PIA News Service - Friday, September 28, 2012

DSWD-Caraga spearheads Universal Children’s Month celeb

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Caraga) in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is spearheading this year’s Universal Children’s Month celebration in October.

Anchored on the theme “Bright Child ay Siguraduhin. Responsableng Pamamahayag ay Palaganapin (Ensure Bright Child. Adopt Responsible Journalism)," the celebration will kick off on October 2 with a parade from the Butuan-by-the-River park going to the city’s Guingona Park at 7 a.m.

City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will deliver his speech during the program right after the parade.

CSWD Officer Aldeberan Mordeno, DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat will also deliver their messages while Councilor Angelo Calo will also share his inspirational talk to all the participating-children.

To entertain the guests and participants, a mass demonstration will also be presented by the Libertad District pre-schoolers.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima will give the closing remark. (RER/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan gov’t agencies celebrate Nat’l Filipino Family Week

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- The Regional Inter-agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) composed of different government agencies celebrated the National Filipino Family Week in Balanghai Hotel.

RIAC-FF members participated in a motorcade in the Butuan City thoroughfare as a kick-off activity, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Band.

People should be sure to have quality time even though they are working beyond the required hours of work as stated in this year’s Filipino Family Week theme, “Ensuring Work-Family Balance,” Maria Aurora Curaza-Maquiling of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga said, speaking before stakeholders during the opening program.

Maquiling also emphasized that too much work diminishes quality time with the family.

“We should make sure that despite our hectic schedule at work, we must ensure work and at the same time have a quality time with our family,” she added.

Meanwhile, families representing government agencies joined the “Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pinoy (Search for talented Filipino family),” where each family showcased their talents in dancing and singing.

Winners of the contest received prizes such as: first prize, a sack of rice, P1,000 cash and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) scholarship certificate; second prize, P1,000 worth of grocery items and Tesda scholarship certificate; third prize, P500 worth of grocery items and Tesda scholarship. Non-winners also received consolation prizes. (RER/NLM/DSM/PIA-Caraga)


Tourism office awards individuals, firms for excellence

By Francis Burwell

SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) -- The city government here through the City Tourism Office bestowed awards of excellence to individuals and firms who contributed in the promotion and enriching of the city’s tourism industry.

For achieving the highest numbers of hotel guests from October 2011 to July 2012 among hotel accommodation establishments in the city, recognitions were given to Hotel Tavern with 20,220 guests; Aden Apartelle, 13,307; E.Y. Miner Suites, 13,164; RSY Pension, 9,602; and Mt. Bagarabon Resort, 7,230.

For the highest hotel occupancy rate recorded from October 2011 to July 2012, recognitions were given to Philippine Gateway Hotel with 53.93; Aden Apartelle 35.60; E.Y. Miner Suites with 81.75; Gunter Pension 78.14 and Miwa Beach Resort with the rate of 72.94.

XL Pension House, Le Chard Place, Bed & Breakfast, Miami City Suites, Moon Café and D’Resto Bar & Grill received awards for promoting tourism and demonstrating positive economic impact. A certificate of recognition was also awarded to Conching Apartelle for the untiring support to tourism data collection activities exemplified in the prompt submission of monthly tourist arrival data from the period of October 2011 to July 2012.

Also, a certificate of acknowledgement and recognition was given to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Officer-in-Charge Evangeline Babate and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Surigao Port Manager Isidro Butaslac for setting the standards and providing improved airport and port facilities to all the passengers and guests that created a tourist friendly atmosphere.

Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Roselyn Armida B. Merlin said that under the administration of City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas and that through the cooperation with the government sector and the private sector, soon, Surigao City will be known all over the country and eventually the whole world for its amazing and pristine tourist spots.

The award was given in line with the National Tourism Week celebration in the city. (SDR/Surigao City Media Information and Communication Office/RER/FEA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Feature: Passing thru tech-voc program while aiming for a degree course

By Gervacio Dauz Jr

Juanito P. Banzon, who hails from Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, and is the second child among three siblings in the family, had dreamed of finishing a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEED).

Thus, when he graduated from high school in March 2005, he went straight to Saint Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) in Butuan City and enrolled in the BSEED course.

As a diligent guy, Banzon burned the midnight oil over the next three and a half years gradually inching closer to his dream.

Somehow, his resolve to march on to the last and final semester was interrupted because his unpaid dues had piled up to P45,000. The amount was so huge that he was advised by his parents to stop in the meantime while they try to figure out how to get the money needed to attain his dream.

Dismayed by the turn of events, he left the school with a heavy heart and took stock of what he could do to ease his problem.

Banzon was unfazed, however. And with resolve and an indefatigable initiative, he applied for and was admitted as a part-time crew of Jollibee Centro here.

With the small savings working as a part-timer, he enrolled at the Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology here in 2010 and ended up in mid-2011 with a diploma in both automotive technology and computer technology inclusive of a National Certificate Level II (NC II) for the latter program.

His quest did not stop there. He was already employed for eight months as a field computer technician troubleshooting computer units under warranty from his employer – the New Downtown Computer Services here – when the lure of adding another feather to his cap beckoned him again.

When Banzon was assured by the Global Competency-Based Training Center here that he would be admitted as one of the tech-voc scholars under the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Matba of the 2nd District of Agusan del Norte, he quit his job to give full attention to the new opportunity.

For a voracious learner such as him, 55 days of going through the package of Consumer Electronics Servicing (CES) was rather fleeting, but it was intensive enough to enable him to learn the rudiments of repairing appliances such as flat iron, blender, washing machine, cell phone, DVD player and even television set. Proof of his learning was his hurdling and acquisition of another NC II under the CES program.

Right now, Banzon is busy working as a part-time instructor at the Golden Gate College here teaching computer basics.

On the side, he is kept busy with constant calls pleading with him to “kindly repair this, kindly repair that” from loyal clients who appreciated his expertise as a computer and electronics technician rolled into one.

Even then, he still entertained the idea of acquiring additional proficiency in tech-voc, because he had learned that there’s easy income when one has lots of technical expertise.

Surely, he enjoyed the easy life of earning additional income, but stayed focused on the essentials like saving money for the rainy days and to pay his dues at SJIT, so that he can continue with his degree course.

He never ceased to believe that because of his expertise, he would be able to finish a degree in college in the near future.

Looking back, he could only thank Congresswoman Angel Matba, who made it possible for him to earn proficiency in consumer electronics services through her project under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

He was convinced there’s wisdom after all in the admonition that one can eventually finish a degree course faster by passing through tech-voc, which was what he did. (TESDA-Agusan del Norte/NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Gobyerno magpabiling gitutokan ang ekonomiya, mga reporma bisan pa sa ka bisi pagpangandam sa umaabot nga eleksyon

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Set. 28 (PIA) -- Nagpabilin nga gitutokan sa administrasyong Aquino ang pagpalambo sa nasodnong ekonomiya ug pagdayon ang mga reporma sa bureakrasya bisa pa sa ka bisi sa nasod sa pagpangandam alang sa sunod tuig nga piniliay, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo.

Sa regular press briefing kagahapon didto sa Malacañang, si Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nagkanayon nga wala pa gituki sa Pangulo ug sa iyang mga miyembro sa Kabinete kung adunay bay kabag-ohan o mga pagtudlo og bag-ong mga gimbuhaton isip preparasyon sa umaabot nga piniliay.

“We are enjoying a robust growth in our GDP [gross domestic product]. We intend to focus on the economy, in our commitment to bring about change and improvement in the lives of the Filipinos. The programs of government will still continue. As to specific responsibilities, if you’re referring to certain key officials, who are also members of some political parties, that has not been discussed yet,” matud ni Lacierda atol sa maong press briefing.

Samtang si Secretary Mar Roxas moasumir na sa iyang posisyon isip Secretary sa Department of the Interior and Local Government sunod semana, ang Pangulo wala pa magbutang ug bisan kinsa alang sa tagsa tagsa ka mga reponsibilidad aron mangampanya karong umaabot nga piniliay, matud ni Lacierda.

Bisan kung ang administrasyong nangandam alang sa sunod tuig nga eleksyon, si Lacierda mipasalig nga ang administrasyon magpabilin nga molihok aron madugangan ang panudlanan sa gobyerno alang sa mosunod nga unom ka bulan ug aron mapondohan ang nagkalain-laing mga programa.

“We’re hoping to also promote further our investments and consumer spending. But insofar as government resource for the campaign, there has been no discussion on that. We’re working towards attaining our targeted growth so, that’s the focus of the government right now,” matud pa niya. (RER/FEA/SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)