PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Preparations underway for biz conference in Butuan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 17 (PIA) -- The preparation for this year’s 21st Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) here is ongoing said Cherry May Busa, board of trustee member of the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI).

In today’s press conference hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Caraga, Busa said the chamber of commerce together with the city government here is all set as the annual gathering of business entrepreneurs in Mindanao will take place in this city on August 2 to 4 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

Busa said BCCIFI is hosting this year’s MinBizCon that is anchored on the theme, “Invest in Mindanao: Towards a More Inclusive, Progressive and Greener Future.” She said there will be around 700 private businessmen and entrepreneurs from all over Mindanao in the conference.

The event is the premier platform for fostering competitiveness and accelerating economic growth in the Mindanao region and for showcasing its trade and investment opportunities.

Meanwhile, Alfredo Baluyut Jr., BCCIFI past president, said the annual MinBizCon serves as the official business conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for the Mindanao area and is the biggest PCCI business conference in scope and number of participants, among them senior business leaders, members of chambers of commerce, government policymakers, investors and foreign trading partners.

Baluyut said MinBizCon is an opportunity for broad range of stakeholders to speak with one voice on the region’s most pressing economic policy concerns where the highlight of the event is the formal presentation of the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda to the Office of the President of the Philippines.

The official explained after the annual Mindanao Business Policy Agenda final draft is formally presented at the conference, the Mindanao Development Authority and PCCI will jointly monitor the progress made by government and the business community in implementing the agenda recommendations.

In addition, Baluyut said the Mindanao agenda is incorporated into PCCI’s annual policy agenda as part of the Philippine Business Conference resolutions, which are nationwide in scope.

Among the dignitaries invited to grace the affair are Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Liu Jianchao, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Ambassador Hye-Min Lee, and US Ambassador to the Philippines H.E. Harry Thomas. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA rolls out competency certification for workers

By Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, July 17 -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Agusan del Norte rolled out the free National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) for workers last July 9 via a ceremony at the Butuan Doctors’ College mini-gym in Butuan City.

The NATCAC, a support mechanism for the middle-level workers who desire to acquire national certification for their respective skills, has been launched in partnership with other TESDA provincial offices across the country.

TESDA-ADN Provincial Director lauded the partnership arrangement with ANECO, a local electric utility, when GM Santos signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TESDA as a mutual covenant in support of the continuing need to professionalize the private electricians, who are members of the AEMPC and who are ANECO-accredited.

“This tie up with the industry is about making a difference between those who are certified and those who are not. If certified, then there’s a stamp of quality,” he said.

In line also with said initiative, he said that TESDA Agusan del Norte had already conducted a soft launching of the Bitaug Certified Establishment Recognition Program, which was done last July 5 during the Department of Trade and Industry small, and medium enterprise caravan 2012 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort.

This recognition program is TESDA’s way of acknowledging, valuing, and putting premium to establishments and institutions that hire a critical number of certified workers vis-à-vis the set standards.

Part of the agreement forged by ANECO is to “require the current crop of accredited external electricians to upgrade their credentials such as undergoing assessment and certification” and to “Require the succeeding crop of applicant external electricians to have a National Certification as a prerequisite for their admittance as new members of the recognized aggrupation.”

TESDA, for its part, agrees, in support for the AEMPC members, to “rromote the need of and encourage the external electricians concerned to undergo assessment and certification, and to facilitate the conduct of assessment and certification in order to saturate the industry and achieve a critical number of certified and qualified external electricians.”

Liza B. Budtan, supervising TESD specialist, said that NATCAC “is a synchronized conduct of assessment and certification” all throughout the country. It runs on July 9 to 20; August 20 to 31; and October 15 to 26 this year.

She presented also that NATCAC is a scheme for the industry’s acceptance and recognition of the value of certification in quality-assuring the competencies of their workers, a tool to enhance the competitiveness and employability of workers; and a plot to upgrade the qualification of existing workers, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification.

The free NATCAC program covers 24 qualifications under eight sectors and are held in more than four separate venues. Examples of qualifications are Carpentry NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Technical Drafting NC II, and Photography NC II. Also, examples of sectors are information and communication technology, land transport, construction and electronics.

Also present during the launching were Archbishop Horacio T. Santos, general manager (GM) of the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO), members of the Agusan del Norte Electricians’ Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AEMPC), tech-voc scholars, and school representatives from the Butuan Doctors’ College and Global-Competency-Based Training Center, Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. (NCLM/TESDA-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: CSC Caraga hinikayat ang mga ahensya ng gobyerno na sumali sa nationwide choral competition

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

LUNGSOD NG BUTUAN, Hulyo 17 (PIA) -- Hinikayat ng Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga ang mga ahesiya ng gobyerno na makilahok sa nationwide choral competition.

Ayon kay CSC-Caraga Reginal Director Adams Torres, ang kompetisiyon ay kaalinsabay sa pagdiriwang ng 112th Philippine Civil Service Anniversay ngayong Setyembre na may temang “Kawani, Ikaw ay isang lingcod ng bayan.”

Ani torres, ang kopmetisiyon ay may layuning itampok ang masining musikal ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at itaguyod ang kultura at sining na Filipino sa pamamagitan ng pag-awit koral.

Binigyang-diin din ng hepe ng CSC ng rehiyon ang isang natatanging tampok ng kompetisiyon sa taong ito na gaganapin sa buong bansa.

Ang pangangalap ay gagawin sa dalawang antas. Ang una ay ang pagpili sa dalawang mananagumpay para sa bawat grupo na magpapakita sa apat na ito. Ang ikalawang antas naman ay ang programa ng kompetisiyon ng walong mananagumpay na gaganapin ng Setyembre 17, sa unibersidad ng pilipinas (UP) teatro, Osmeña Ave., UP Diliman, lungsod ng Quezon.

Ang interesadong grupong koral na mang-aawit ay maaaring magpasa ng kanilang papeles at iba pang kahingian sa mga sumusunod na tanggapan ng CSC hanggang Hulyo 31: CSC Region 3-Pampanga (Luzon), CSC Region 6-Lungsod ngIloIlo (Visayas), CSC Region 11- Lungsod ng Davao (Mindanao), at CSC-Lungsod ng Quezon (NCR).

Ang walong mananagumpay ang kukumpleto sa 2012 government chorale grand finals na gaganapin ng Setyembre 17.

Samantala, pinaalalahanan ng CSC ang mga interesadong partisepante na ipasa ang kanilang mga kahingian at ang kahit anong gastusin ay babayaran ng ahensiyang lalahok. (RER/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Gobyernong Aquino gipangihusgan ang mga paningkamot aron pagpangita sa mga Filipino didto sa Syria, sulti sa Malacañang

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 17 (PIA) -- Gipangihusgan sa administrasyong Aquino ang mga paningkamot niini aron pagpangita sa mga Filipino didto sa nagkasamok nga nasod sa Syria subay sa mando sa gobyerno nga evacuation program.

Si Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda mianunsyo atol sa regular press briefing didto sa Malacañang kagahapon Lunes nga ang crisis alert level didto sa Syria nagpabilin gihapon sa Number 4, nagpasabot nga ang mandatory nga pagpauli sa tanang mga Filipino sa nasod padayon gihapon.

"Some of our nationalities are already intermarried with Syrian nationals .... We continue to repatriate them, we will find them pero kung may pamilya na po sila, medyo mahihirapan po tayo i-repatriate sila," sulti ni Lacierda.

Matud sa mga taho nga gihimo na sa gobyernong Pilipinas ang tanan aron mapadali ang pagkuha sa tanang mga Filipino didto sa maong nagkasamok nga nasod. Apan, ang mga operasyon nabalda tungod sa pagdumili sa pipila ka mga Filipino nga mobiya sa Syria.

Si Lacierda miingon nga ang bag-ong hut-ong sa mga gipabalik miabot dinhi sa nasod niaging semana. “The latest number of Overseas Filipino Workers who have arrived is around 17,” sulti niya.

Sukad niadtong Hulyo 12, mokabat na sa 1,775 ka mga Filipino ang nakabalik na sukad gipatuman sa Gobyernong Pilipinas ang mandatory repatriation plan alang sa Syria niadtong Disyembre 2011 subay sa padayon nga krisis didto sa maong nasod.

Ang Department of Foreign Affairs miawhag sa mga pamilyang Filipino didto sa Syria nga mohatag og impormasyon ngadto sa buhatan sa Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs sa kasamtangang lokasyon ug contact sa ilang mga kaparyentehan didto sa Syria pinaagi pagtawag sa mosunod nga mga numero (02) 834-4996 0 (02) 834-3333. (RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)