1.02.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, January 2, 2013


PAEF now accepting applications for 2014-2015 Fulbright scholarship grants

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) – The Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) is now accepting applications for Fulbright scholarship grants for school year 2014-2015.

This was learned from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-Caraga Regional Office through its website at www.chedcaraga.com.

In a letter addressed to CHED-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Isabela Mahler, PAEF Executive Director Esmeralda Cunanan said the granting of scholarship will be conducted through competition where applicants are evaluated or assessed according to their undergraduate records, professional work experiences and other qualifications.

The scholarship is for graduate degree and non-degree study grants in the United States such as master’s, Ph.D., and doctoral dissertation. Application for these grants will be received by PAEF until March 25, 2013.

Applications are accepted from faculty and staff of Philippine universities and professionals from the private and government sectors.

Cunanan said the Fulbright scholarship grants have been awarded to around 2,000 Filipinos since 1948. It enables deserving Filipinos to pursue their fields of study in the United States and develop leaders who will contribute to the promotion of international peace and understanding. “Today, Fulbright scholars occupy prominent positions in the government and the private sector,” Cunanan added.

Grants under the Philippine Student Program are for a maximum of one academic year for non-degree, one to two years for master’s, and two years for doctoral degree studies. The grant provides for round-trip international travel, monthly maintenance allowance, tuition and fees, book/supply allowance, as well as health and accident insurance.

Qualified applicants must be of Filipino citizenship and proficient in English. Must be a college degree holder with major in field of specialization and has excellent undergraduate record.

While no medical certification is required at application time, applicants must be in good health to pursue graduate work in the United States. However, finalists will be required to pass a medical examination.

Also, applicants must have at least two years of professional work experience (after college) in their field of specialization. For degree programs, applicants must not be older than 40 years of age at the time of application. This age requirement is waived for non-degree study.

Cunanan said that upon completion of the study, applicants must immediately return to the Philippines.

In addition to the eligibility requirements cited, applicants for doctoral enrichment must be enrolled in a relevant doctoral study program in a Philippine university and must have completed at least two-thirds of the academic course requirements of the Ph.D. program.

For the applicants in the doctoral dissertation research, he/she must be enrolled in a doctoral program and must have a dissertation topic approved at least by his/her adviser, and must show proof that materials required to pursue research are not available in the Philippines but are available in the United States.

To qualify, applicants must also submit the required documents such as: 1) Official or certified true copy of Transcript of Records from all colleges/universities attended, 2) Certified true copy of diploma, 3) Four letters of reference, 4) Completed seven-page application form, and 5) NBI clearance acquired for the last six months.

Standardized test scores (TOEFL, GRE) are not required at the time of application, and documents submitted will not be returned to the applicants.

Moreover, Cunanan said additional competition materials may be obtained directly from the PAEF office and can be downloaded from its website at www.fulbright.org.ph. (RER/PIA-Caraga)


Application for CSC Career Service examinations is now open

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 2 (PIA) -- The filing of applications for the April 14 CSC Career Service Professional and Sub-Professional written examinations is now open.

Applications are now accepted nationwide in all Civil Service Commission (CSC) regional and field offices until February 28 with examination fee of P500 for both levels of written exam. However, the CSC reminds all concerned that the application period may be closed any time before said date once these offices have reached its quota.The CSC also said that applicants should come in proper attire when filing their application and, thus, should avoid wearing sleeveless shirt/blouse, short pants, and/or slippers.

The CSC said the Civil Service Examinations (CSE) are generally ability tests designed to measure verbal, analytical, numerical, and clerical skills, that passing the CSE entitles one to either a Professional or Sub-Professional eligibility which, along with education, experience and training requirements, is needed for permanent appointment to corresponding positions in the government career service.

The CSE is open to Filipino citizens, regardless of educational attainment, who are at least 18-years-old at the time of filing the application, and who have not taken the same level of examination in less than three months.

Application requirements are: 1. Properly accomplished Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2012) which is available at any CSC Regional/Field Office, or may be downloaded from CSC website www.csc.gov.ph; 2. Four pieces of recently taken ID pictures (not more than three months ago) with the following specifications: Passport-sized (4.5 cm x 3.5cm); colored with white background in standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up and with head and face occupying at least 80 percent of the picture and with name tag positioned approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin); in bare face (without eye glasses, or any accessory that may cover facial features); showing left and right ears; in full-face view directly facing the camera with neural facial expression and both eyes open; and with handwritten (not computer-generated) name tag showing the applicant's signature over printed full name (first name, middle initial, last name, and extension name, if any); 3. Original and photocopy of any the following valid ID cards containing the applicant's name, clear picture, date of birth and signature, and the issuing agency authorized officer's name and signature: Driver's License, SSS ID, GSIS ID, PhilHeath ID, current company/office ID, current School ID, Postal ID, BIR ID, Barangay ID, Voter's ID, valid passport, or Police Clearance; 4. Original and photocopy of NSO-issued Birth Certificate, or Birth Certificate authenticated/issued by the Local Civil Registrar for applicants without data on their date of birth i their valid ID.

The CSC emphasized further that it neither holds any review class nor publishes and distributes any review material or the CSE. It does not accredit and has never accredited any review center offering and holding review classes to prospective Career Service examinees.

For more information, verification and updates, applicants may follow our CSC website at www.csc.gov.ph or they may call on CSC Para sa Taumbayan hotline at (02) 951-2575, (02) 951-2576 and (02) 932-0111. (RER/CSC-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Malacañang nasubo sa pagpanaw ni Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J.

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Enero 2 (PIA) -- Ang Malacañang miduyog sa kasub-anan sa pagpanaw ni Fr. James B. Reuter, S.J., human nag-antus sa balatian niadtong Lunes, Disyembre 31, 2012 sa edad nga 96.

Sa pamahayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda iyang gitumbok ang unang pag-abot ni Fr. Reuter dinhi sa Pilipinas isip usa ka batan-on nga pareng Jesuit human sa World War II ug sa tibook niyang bokasyon isip pare dinhi sa nasod nahimong higala, tagamatuto, tagakompisal, tigtambag sa henerasyong Filipino.

Dugang pa ni Lacierda nga legasiya usab ni Fr. Reuter sa mga Filipino ang nabatog nga Family Rosary Crusade o ang pormasyon sa JESCOM dinhi sa Pilipinas.

Sumala ni kanhi Ateneo de Manila president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J., ang haya sa patayng lawas ni Fr. Reuter kasamtangang anaa karon sa Simbahan sa Gesu sa Ateneo de Manila University campus sa Quezon City. Ang plano sa lubong pagahimoon human sa bakasyon. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)