7.09.2013

PIA News Service - Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Caraga disaster council boosts coordination among gov't agencies

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) --The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga has approved a color coding alert system to enhance coordination among government agencies during disasters and calamities.

RDRRMC Caraga Chairperson and Office of Civil Defense (OCD-13) Regional Director Liza Mazo said the OCD has established and maintained information system via short message service (SMS) infoboard, which will be sent to all DRRMCs, partners and communities to inform them of the impending threat.

“The SMS that will be sent are based on the color coding alert system presented by Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Caraga and approved by the council for uniform dissemination of information,” Mazo added.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said the color coding alert system has been set in placed so that if there is impending threat of disaster, all DRRMC have uniform understanding of information and advisories.

“With the regional alert level system for coordination, the DRRMC have uniform interpretation of information about any impending threat, if ever there is imminent danger of typhoon or any calamity that may occur in the region,” Mallonga explained.

The Alert Level 1 (Yellow) of the alert system illustrates that the threat has already felt within 72 hours. The RDRRMC operation center (Opcen) at OCD is activated and advise all sectoral members to standby. Dissemination and coordination of emergency warning information/ advisory to RDRRMC member agencies and local DRRMCs are issued and required the submission of real time situational reports using the standardized reporting templates through channels. All protocols and procedures stipulated in the Contingency Plan are applied.

Pre-emptive evacuation may be implemented and all procedures based on the contingency plan must be applied during the Alert Level 2 (Orange), which demonstrates that the threat is progressing. The Opcen continues to disseminate warning information / advisories and monitoring. All nine sectoral leaders of the council shall report to the Opcen and all sectoral members advised to standby 24 hours for possible mobilization.

On Alert Level 3 (Red), the hazard will likely affect certain community, thus the local DRRMCs are advised to implement forced evacuation of affected communities applying necessary protocols and procedures on the contingency plan.

There should be deployment of response units when deemed necessary. The continues dissemination of warning information/advisories and monitoring is intensified at the Opcen, where all sectoral leaders must render duty services and all sectoral members to standby 24 hours for deployment. The Opcen will strengthen its coordination with the local DRRMCs on the current situation of the area and require the submission of real time situational reports. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Agusan Norte SP to pass health, tourism code

By Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Agusan del Norte on its inaugural session held recently recognized the urgent need to pass the health and tourism ordinance of the province.

During his legislative agenda address, Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Ramon A.G. Bungabong recommended to the members of the SP to approve the Health and Sanitation Code to facilitate the quality of health and well-being of the people of Agusan. He also recommended the approval of the Provincial Tourism Code for the tourism development in the province.

"Within three months, we will pass the long-awaited Health and Sanitation Code. This is one of the major legislation required by the DILG in order to pass its standard of governance," Bungabong said.

Bungabong also said the proposed Provincial Tourism Code of Agusan del Norte will apply modern approach in tourism development. He also stated the province has promising tourism spots like the marvelous Lake Mainit of Jabonga and Kitcharao, the beautiful beaches of Carmen, the Tacub Falls in Buenavista, among others, that can generate income to the province.

“Within six months, we will formulate a Provincial Tourism Code that will express our comprehensive approach to tapping tourism potential of the province,” Bungabong said. (DEA/PIA-Caraga)


News feature: 'I am prepared for employment' - C4TP graduate

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- A graduate of the Cash for Training Project (C4TP), a partnership program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) firmly said that the program has prepared him to compete with professionals for employment.

Crispiniano Sajor Jr. from Malimono Surigao del Norte could not help but express his gratefulness for being one of the beneficiaries of the C4TP and was able to finish Automotive/Driving NC II.

During Wednesday’s culmination program held at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City, Sajor gave his impression of the program in front of the 438 graduates, municipal mayors of the province, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio Sunico Jr., and DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Minda Brigoli.

Sajor underscored that when he started training in February 2013, he thought that job employments were only for those who have college degrees.

That was five months ago. Now, he is reaping the fruits of what he has sown to prepare him for a better future, as he is about to receive his Training Certificate from TESDA Provincial Training Center in Surigao del Norte.

Sajor recalled that as he went on with the training, he realized that his skills in auto mechanic and driving were totally developed and he is confident that he can already compete with professionals in acquiring jobs because TESDA has fully equipped him – skills, personality, and the right attitude.

“Over the past three months, I have come through these doors to grow, build, comprehend and learn. Through the power of relations, I have grown socially, physically and mentally. Through the power of compassionate teaching, I can say that I am now prepared for employments here and abroad,” Sajor said.

He further said this is another step of his vocation which will develop his potentials and aptitudes into becoming responsible leader of the country. “For these, I am forever thankful to TESDA and DSWD for being the instrument of my success next to God,” Sajor added.

Sajor ended his speech by quoting Helen Keller, an American author who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“‘The worst thing that could ever happen to a person is to have eyes but fail to have a vision’… I believe that God prepared success for everyone. It only depends on the person who knows how to envision his future,” Sajor said.

When asked what is his next moves after graduation, he said he wants to put up his own machine shop in their town in Malimono so that he can also help others especially the youth of his age to fulfill their dreams and aspirations and like him, can be productive citizens of their community. (NCLM/TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA-Agusan del Norte spearheads skills competition

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- To intensify skills development of the youths in the province, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Agusan del Norte spearheaded the conduct of skills competition held recently in separate venues.

The activity, dubbed as 2013 Provincial Skills Competition featured skills competition in Information Technology/Software application, Welding, Foods and Beverages Services (FABS), Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM), Cooking, and Visual Graphics Design.

Skills competition for IT/software application was held at AMA Computer Learning Center here while the foods and beverages service was conducted at Butuan Doctors’ College.

Meanwhile, Candelaria Institute in Cabadbaran City hosted the Welding as well as the Visual Graphics Design. For cooking, the Provincial Training Center in Cabadbaran City hosted the competition.

For the Foods and Beverages Services, a student from the Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology (PECIT) of this city was proclaimed provincial champion. Saint Michael’s College of Caraga (SMCC) in Nasipit town was also proclaimed champion in the IT/software application, while a student from the Provincial Training Center in Cabadbaran City was declared winner in the Welding.

In a related development, since there is only one contender each for cooking and visual graphics design, the contestants were required to conduct a demonstration but they are still qualified to be the province’s representatives to the regional level, it was learned.

TESDA Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rodrigo De Villa said winners of the different skills will represent the province in the Regional Skills Competition for which, schedule is yet to be determined.

However, De Villa said the provincial office of Agusan del Norte will be hosting the regional tilt. “Hopefully, the venue of the Regional Skills Competition will be finally decided to be held here in Butuan City, being the region’s capital center,” PD De Villa said.

De Villa further said after the regional winners are proclaimed, they will automatically represent the region in the national skills competition which will be held late this year in Metro Manila. (NCLM/TESDA-13/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


TESDA-Caraga chief: 'C4TP, a triumph of convergence'

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio Sunico Jr. said the “Cash for Training Project (C4TP)” of the national government is a triumph of convergence.

Citing the efforts of the public and private stakeholders during the Culmination Program of the C4TP beneficiaries in Surigao del Norte held recently, Sunico underscored the relevance of implementing the program.

The official said starting from the conceptualization of the program until its implementation, convergence of both the public and private stakeholders were observed since different communities are involved in it.

“The implementation of the program is made through convergence of the government and private sectors. The project was conceptualized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between TESDA Sec. Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva and Dept. of Social Welfare and Development Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman. It takes an entire community to provide skills and train individuals to be productive in his own community,” Sunico said.

Sunico further said the DSWD has poured in P1.3 billion for the project while TESDA provided the trainings and its authorized training providers designed to match specifically, indicated demand for wage and self-employment.

Furthermore, Sunico said the local government units, training providers, and non-government organizations served as partners in nurturing the economic activities the graduates will pursue.

With these developments, the TESDA chief said that all sectors of society have been mobilized for the realization of the project. “And now, we come to the point that we have to experience the triumph of this convergence. You as the new graduates and we in the government as successful implementers of this program. Congratulations to all of us,” Sunico said.

Moreover, Sunico enjoined the graduates to make use of what they have learned so that they can now provide for their families.

A total of 439 trainees completed the training and received Certificates of Training Completion from Sunico and DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli. Of these graduates, 249 finished the self-employment (Hanapbuhay) component and 190 graduates under the Wage employment (Trabaho).

In Surigao del Norte, TESDA-Caraga had identified 11 training providers, namely, Saint Ignatius de Loyola Computer College, Systems Technology Institute, Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center, Saint Paul University-Surigao, Global Competency-Based Training Center, SNCAT-Magpayang Campus, Surigao Doctor’s College, Siargao Island Institute of Technology, Bucas Grande Institute of Technology, Livelihood Training Center, and Surigao Education Center. (NCLM/TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD invites students to logo-making contest

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- Students are in for a challenge as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) invites the academe in a logo-making contest for its new program, the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP).

The contest will run from July 12 -26 and is open to students of colleges and universities all over the country.

DSWD Caraga Regional Director Minda B. Brigoli said that the logo should reflect the essence of NCDDP and should have the name of the program in the design. It should also be designed to match the image of DSWD.

The logo can be designed in the medium of choice of the contestant but the final copy has to be submitted in digital format. Each contestant can submit a maximum of three designs.

The winning design will be used as the official logo of the national program and the winning designer will receive P10,000 prize.

The NCDDP is the scale-up of the operations of the community-driven development approach used and proven effective by the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).

CDD empowers ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively.

For more information about the contest, interested individuals may see posters and other print ads in the school premises and the DSWD regional field offices, they may also call (085) 342 5619 or e-mail at kc_sm_central@yahoo.com or they may visit http://ncddp.dswd.gov.ph. (FEA/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


NSO-13 gears up for Labor Force and Annual Poverty Indicators surveys

BUTUAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) --The National Statistics Office-Caraga (NSO-13) will conduct the July 2013 Labor Force Survey (LFS) and the 2013 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey from July 9 to July 31.

The LFS is a nationwide quarterly survey of households conducted by the NSO to gather data on the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population aimed to provide a quantitative framework for the preparations of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market.

Specifically, the LFS is designed to collect information on the distribution of household population 15 years old and over, by employment status, by sex, and age group; distribution of employed persons by major occupation group, major industry group, class of worker, number of hours worked, highest grade completed, nature of employment, and by sex; distribution of underemployed persons by total hours worked, major occupation group, class of worker, and by sex; and distribution of unemployed persons by age group, highest grade completed, by number of weeks looking for work, job search method, and by sex.

The 2013 Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS) will also be undertaken as a rider to the LFS. This is a nationwide sample survey designed to provide access and impact indicators that can be used as inputs for the assessment of the government programs on poverty alleviation and for use in policy-making and planning. This survey is a joint undertaking of the National Statistics Office, World Bank Mission, and the United Nation Development Program.

The LFS covers about 50,000 sample households nationwide. This sample size will allow the generation of reliable estimates of indicators of employment and some other important indicators from LFS for each region. Meanwhile, the APIS will include about 13,000 sample housing unit.

In Caraga, the statistical researcher or interviewer will visit 1,715 LFS households and 582 LFS/APIS sample households. The sample is deemed sufficient to provide reliable estimates of non-income indicators for each region, with the first semester of 2013 as the reference period.

NSO field staff and selected trained statistical researchers will do a comprehensive door-to-door interview to the sample households during enumeration period. NSO assures respondents that all information are strictly confidential and will not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591. (FEA/NSO-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Palasyo mipasalig adunay igong kwarta aron pundohan ang P2.3 trilyon nga 2014 budget

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Hulyo 9 (PIA) – Gipasalig sa Malakanyang nga ilang mapundohan ang gisugyot sa Presidente nga mokantidad P2.3 trilyon nga badyet alang sa tuig 2014 tungod kay ang ila na kining gitun-an og maayo, matud sa opisyales sa Palasyo.

Isugyot ni Presidente Aquino ang P2.3 trilyon nga national budget alang sunod tuig human siya mohatag sa iyang ika-upat nga State of the Nation Address karong Hulyo 22.

Matud ni Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte nga gikumpirmar karong semanaha sa budget department nga mokantidad sa P2.268 trilyon nga badyet ang pangayoon sa Presidente ngadto sa Senado ug sa Balay Balaoranan aron pundohan.

Matud pa ni Valte nga kaya kini nga pundo ug ilang kanunay nga giseguro ang balance nga paggasto ug seguroon nga ang maong kwarta nga gigahin alang sa usa ka proyekto maadto ug magasto gyud sa maong proyekto.

Ang sugyot nga badyet mas taas og 13.1 porsyento o P262 bilyon nga taas kumpara sa badyet karong tuiga nga mokantidad P2.006 trilyon.

Dugang pa ni Valte nga ang maong dugang mga pundo moadto alang sa pagpadaghan og mga patigayon sa imprastraktura, panggobyerno ug pagsumpo sa korupsyon, maayong kalidad nga edukasyon, maayong panglawas ug pabalay, ug alang sa climate change adaptation nga mga programa nga maoy gikinahanglan alang sa kalamboan sa nasod. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)