7.30.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

PIA-Caraga involves media workers in staff recruitment process

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga conducted on Monday the selection process of its job applicants through a written examination and interview at the PIA-Caraga regional office here.

PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga said that one thing that makes selection process unique among other government agencies is that, it is not only PIA personnel who are involved but also its partner stakeholders from the quad-media.

“The media has been our partner in information dissemination and we also wanted them to know better our PIA personnel to establish a good working relationship with them, that’s why we considered them to be in the members of the panel,” said Caga.

Caga added that in this way, applicants will experience fair and transparent selection process by the PIA selection board. “After the examination, applicants are given the chance to see each of their answers during the rotation of test questionnaires. We want to inculcate to them (applicants) the mindset that the agency is just and transparent. With this, we will also be able to get the best and deserving applicant for the position."

Caga also emphasized that applicants who desire to work in the agency must be able to pass both the examination and the interview and should possess good communication skills; willing to work beyond what is expected; eager to achieve the agency’s targets; among others.

“Since the seven applicants are after for the Information Officer II position, he/she must possess the Career Service (Professional)/Second Level Eligibility; a proficient writer of news and feature articles for print and broadcast; has vast experience in media coverages of important event; proficient in the formulation of communication plans on development programs; proficient in MS word, excel, powerpoint presentation applications; and one-year of relevant experience,” Caga said.

It was also learned that the applicants’ outputs will be sent to PIA central office for further assessment and final decision considering the choice of the regional selection board. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City, BFAR to step up ECOFISH program

By Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY, July 30 (PIA) -- The Surigao City Agriculture Office and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) planned to strengthened the Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) program.

During its meeting held recently at the CMO-Conference Room, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said he issued a Memorandum Order for the suspension of permit for the hauling and banning the harvest of brown seaweeds locally known as “samo.”

Plans to be implemented in order to strengthen the ECOFISH program include the monitoring of illegal fishing, registration of local legitimate fisherman, and provide training for sustainable fishing.

The ECOFISH program is implemented by the Department of Agriculture through BFAR with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that aims to protect the coastal marine resources and improved livelihood through sustainable fishing. (SDR/City PIO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Farmers Field School on Corn Production culminates with 150 graduates

By Aurell P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, July 30 (PIA) - Age doesn’t matter in education.

This was proven by Enrica Miramonte, a 78 year old corn farmer of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.

Nanay Enrica is one of the 150 farmers who received their certificates during the mass graduation of the Farmers Field School (FFS) on Corn Production last July 18, held in the municipal gymnasium of the town.

She said that she has to walk more than two kilometers early morning every Friday for four months to reach the venue of their class.

Nanay Enrica said that from the training, she learned lot of new technologies such as the proper way of land preparation, selection of high yielding seeds, seeding rate and the proper way of applying fertilizer.

Aside from the FFS mass graduation, simultaneously held is the culmination of the season-long Training of Trainers (TOT) on Integrated Pest Management for Corn Production attended by 30 agricultural extension workers (AEWs) including the five barangay extension workers (BAWs). The event was graced by Esperanza Municipal Mayor Deo Manpatilan Jr. and other local officials.

Also in attendance were OIC Provincial Agriculturist Jessica Unson of Agusan del Sur, Agri-Pinoy Corn Coordinator Abel F. Wagas of DA RFU 13, and Dr. Nenita Sumile, Center Director of the Agricultural Training Institute.

The conduct of season – long TOT on IPM and the FFS on Corn Production are geared towards capacitating both LGU extension workers and farmers to increase their knowledge and learn new approaches in corn production.


It is a joint effort of the DA-RFU-13, ATI and LGUs in responding to the goals of the present administration to attain food sufficiency and security. (FEA/RAFID DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)