PIA News Service - Thursday, November 21, 2013

Marcventures to ‘power’ Power Fm in Tacloban City

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation has collaborated with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office in providing logistical support for the establishment of Power FM, the agency’s FM station in Tacloban City.

Marcventures is a multi-million company engaged in the mining of nickel, copper and gold in Surigao del Sur.

Marcventures corporate secretary Atty. Noel Anthony Libres said that since there’s no power lines yet, the company will provide a generator set to energize the station.

“This is our way of helping our people return to normalcy and deliver critical information,” Libres said.

PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga said the station will operate on 24/7 under 107.8 FM band.

“I know that the large population in Leyte have no access yet to television, newspapers, internet or normal radio since the infrastructure was destroyed by the typhoon but majority of them have still cellphones with radio capability. We will tap them, ” Caga said. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


PIA Mindanao cluster supports Coloma’s move to send Team Mindanao to Tacloban

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Mindanao cluster welcomes the idea of sending the PIA Team Mindanao led by PIA Caraga regional director and Northern and Northeastern Mindanao cluster head Abner Caga to Tacloban City to provide communication support to the emergency relief efforts of the government and temporary take-over of the agency’s operation there.

It can be recalled that Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Sonny Coloma tapped the PIA Mindanao cluster to lead the communication effort of the government in the storm-ravaged region.

“We welcome the move of Sec. Coloma to send our disaster czar in Mindanao to Tacloban to provide communication support to the relief efforts of the government,” said Southern, Western and Central Mindanao cluster head and PIA-XI regional director Efren Elbanbuena.

Most disaster relief efforts focus on supplying food, water and shelter, “but it’s equally important to establish communication links and provide appropriate information intervention to the public, that’s why PIA-Mindanao team led by Dir. Caga will be in Tacloban,” Elbanbuena added.

PIA X regional director Thelma Oliver also declared support to team Mindanao for successfully performing their task with efficiency always. “The team is known of implementing an effective approach in coming up a more functional way in running the agency’s operations,” said Oliver.

“We certainly see the exceptional capability of Team Mindanao to provide services needed in the field of information and communication. Equipped with the state-of-the-art technology, they are in best position to encompass a wide-range coverage to make people aware about the status and important concerns in Tacloban,” said PIA IX regional director Noemi Edaga.

“With the serious demand of maintaining the usual operation of PIA in the devastated areas, I believe that the Mindanao team has the full competencies in the discharge of their duties,” said PIA XII regional director Olivia Sudaria.

Caga thanked his fellow directors “for placing their trust and confidence in our abilities. I also thank God for giving me the opportunity to go over there and help our ‘kababayans’ in dire need. Rest assured that our team will do its best, as always.” (FEA/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


RCC briefs local tri-media on its accomplishments

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), composed of different government agencies led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga convened on Thursday and briefed members of the local tri-media on its accomplishments, future plans, programs.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga Regional Dir. Florencio Sunico Jr, bared that their office has donated cash amounting to P42,355.00 for the typhoon 'Yolanda' victims. "We also gave relief packs and used clothing while fund raising is still ongoing," he said.

Atty. Johnson Cañete, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga Regional Director and RCC chair, expressed his warm gratitude and appreciation to the active participation of the local tri-media in Caraga in the government’s activities and advocacy. "I'm happy to see our media here in Caraga who are very serious in what they do to inform the public on the government’s efforts," he said.

When he discussed on the updates on the monitoring of the implementation of the workers’ rights and benefits, Cañete urged the employers in the private companies to give the 13th month pay of its workers. "Those employees who have only worked for few months in the certain company, can still receive due amount of their service," he said.

Cañete also announced that the members will hold its last meeting for this year on December 2, in time with DOLE’s 80th anniversary celebration, wherein various activities will be conducted.

Meantime, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-Caraga Regional Director Petrona Bergado reported updates on ‘Saudization’. “The Saudization law in Saudi Arabia allows the arrest of illegally staying Filipino workers in the oil-rich kingdom,” she said.

Bergado further said that there are 5,189 Caraganon-workers who are presently employed in Saudi Arabia to which 20 percent of it are representing the whole number of OWWA members. “There are also 2,407 active OWWA members in Caraga and 2,782 inactive. With this, we are continuously encouraging our OFWs to register in OWWA so they can get the protection and benefits while they are abroad,” she added. 

Atty. Ligaya Lumbay of National Conciliation Mediation Board (NCMB)-Caraga bared that for the past and present year, Caraga has maintained to be a strike-free region.

Also, Olga Virginia Demata, Information Officer of Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), said that they are establishing a network with TESDA Caraga thru its Kagabay Program Skills Enhancement Training and have partnered with M.J. Santos hospital in Butuan City to implement certain programs.

The RCC in Caraga is composed of different government agencies such as DOLE, NLRC, NCMB, TESDA, OWWA, Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), and Philippine Employment Service Office (PESO). (VLG/JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOST “adopts” Yolanda victim families, raises funds for relief

By Allan Mauro V. Marfal

MANILA, Nov. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is currently conducting its own relief operations to support the families  affected by typhoon Yolanda that ruined Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte, as well as neighboring towns in central Philippines two weeks ago.

During the flag raising ceremony last Monday at DOST Compound in Bicutan, Taguig City, Secretary Mario G. Montejo appealed to all employees to extend assistance to the 400 families or about 2,000 people who have evacuated to the Philippine Science High School System (PSHS) Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte. The evacuees are staying at the first and second floors of the PSHS buildings and depend solely on donations for their daily survival.

“We appeal to your kindness and generosity to adopt a family at the PSHS evacuation center,“ Sec. Montejo said.

Secretary Montejo also said that DOST would need about P1,000.00 to support for a family of five for a week. Thus, DOST targets to rise P2 million to support the families for a month.

“With 20 agencies under the department, the goal is  to receive cash donations of about P100,000.00, more or less, from each DOST agency,” he said.

DOST will turn over cash donations this week to the DOST VII Regional Office in Cebu City where food, water, and other necessities will be bought and packed. The supplies will be immediately brought to Palo, Leyte. The relief operation is being managed by the DOST-Office of Undersecretary for Regional Operations.

“We are all witnesses to what typhoon Yolanda brought to our country, particularly its effect on our brothers and sisters in the central part of the country. We cannot leave the 2,000 evacuees behind,” he told.

DOST also hopes that assistance will also come from other sectors in the country and abroad to help “alleviate the difficult circumstances of our colleagues and the other 2,000 other evacuees.”

Last week, DOST has donated food, water, clothes, and other supplies to DOST VIII and PSHS personnel, students and their families, including those staying in DOST VIII and PSHS campuses.

“Our regional offices coordinated efforts and the Mindanao regional offices, braving the risks on the road, brought the long awaited assistance to our colleagues and their families in Palo, Leyte,” he informed. (S &T Media Service, DOST-STII/PIA-Caraga)


Cabadbaran City hosts 2013 Regl Skills Competition

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The City of Cabadbaran has hosted the 2013 Regional Skills Competition held recently at Candelaria Institute of Cabadbaran (CIC).

TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio Sunico, Jr. said through the Caraga Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc. (CATVII), seven skills/qualifications were featured in the competition such as Food and Beverage Services, Commercial Cooking, IT/Software Application, Visual Graphics Design, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Plumbing and Heating.

The two-day competition kicked-off with a motorcade participated in by different Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in the region, followed by a festive opening ceremonies attended by coaches, experts, competitors, students, CATVII and TESDA officials and personnel. In the afternoon, the competition proper started.

For the Food and Beverage Services, Jorlex Solde Villa of AMA Computer Learning Center in Agusan del Sur won gold medal while Geronimo Pino of Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology (PECIT) won silver medal.

In the Electrical Technology, gold medalist is Junrel Adante of Surigao del Sur Electric Coop. (SURSECO) Training Center. Silver medal went to Ramulo Acal Jr. of the Agusan del Norte Provincial Training Center, while Joy Col of Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center won third place and received bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Greg Gauden Mundiz of Bislig City Water District Training Center was declared winner in the Plumbing and Heating Technology and received gold medal.

For cooking, gold medal went to Monaliza Fundar of Agusan del Norte Provincial Training Center, followed by Janice Merin of Agusan del Sur College who went home with silver medal, while Joselle Tabares of Andres Soriano College was proclaimed bronze medalist.

Computer wizards in the region have also competed in the IT/Software Application where Walter Lad of Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Main was proclaimed gold medalist. Saint Michael College of Caraga’s Jhoremavic April Balinton won second place and awarded silver medal. In the Visual Graphics Design, the lone contender from Candelaria Institute of Cabadbaran has reached the minimum standard set by the Regional Skills Competition and received gold medal.

Under the welding area, Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades’ (ASSAT) Christian Gerongco won the gold medal. Followed closely is Ray Anthony Orbillos of Agusan del Norte’s Provincial Training Center while third place was shared by Junrey Hinayon of Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center and Jerlyn Casia of Great Center in Surigao del Sur.

All winners received cash prizes of P3,000; P2,000; and P1,000 for gold, silver, and bronze medalists, respectively during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies held at the People’s Hall in Cabadbaran City Hall.

The Regional Skills Competition showcases and recognizes the work excellence of trainees for both sexes and a competitive setting. It also provides technical-vocational education and training system with an objective and precise means of measuring the comparative and collective quality of its output.

Dir. Sunico likewise emphasized that the skills competition is a venue where capabilities of skilled workers and technical-vocational students will be featured and will somehow be enhanced because winners will represent the region in the national level next year.

The official also said before the winners will be sent for the national finals, they will undergo massive training and coaching with the different experts and coaches in the region to see to it that they can meet the standards set in the national and international level.

Sunico further said national winners will have the chance to represent the country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition scheduled next year. Meanwhile, winners in the ASEAN level will compete in the World Skills Competition. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Skills competition, venue to change the world, CATVII prexy says

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – Top official of the Caraga Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc. (CATVII) said the holding of the skills competition in the region served as venue to change the world into a better one.

In his speech during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Regional Skills Competition held recently in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, CATVII President Inocencio Angeles, Jr. pointed out that in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga, the dream of engaging all the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and its trainees in the region for a friendly competition have come into a reality through the event.

Angeles discussed that this year’s competition is the first skills competition spearheaded by CATVII which was founded in 2012. He added the activity is showcasing the different skills and capabilities of the tech-voc trainees and students to prepare them for the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition slated next year.

“We shall showcase the skills and capabilities of our trainees as we prepare them in accordance to international standards particularly the ASEAN standards in the areas of Food and Beverage Services, Commercial Cooking, IT/Software Application, Visual Graphics Design, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Plumbing and Heating,” Angeles said.

The activity, according to the officiasl also promotes cooperation among different Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, TESDA provincial and regional personnel, industry partners and other stakeholders.

Angeles further said winners of the different skills competition will represent the region in the staging of the Philippine National Skills Competition early next year. He added the region’s representatives will be trained accordingly to comply with the ASEAN skills competition requirements.

The Regional Skills Competition is a friendly competition on vocational and technical skills. Competitors are endorsed by respective TVET institutions in Caraga Region who is currently enrolled or 6-month graduates prior to the competition of Training Centers and/or Technical-Vocational schools of trade areas stated earlier.

With the successful conduct of the activity, Angeles expressed his thanks and gratitude to all TVIs in the region who have made significant contributions. He also lauded the efforts of TESDA-Caraga for extending full support to the event.

This year’s competition which is anchored on the theme “Ganda ng Buhay, Tekbok ang Kulay” is graced by TESDA Deputy Director-General for Field Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua who interacts with the local tri-media here in a press conference held prior to the closing and awarding ceremonies. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno gipadali ang distribusyon sa mga hygiene kits, non-food items sa mga apektadong lugar sa bagyong Yolanda, matud sa DSWD

Ni Susil D. Ragas & Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 21 (PIA) – Gipadali na sa DSWD ang pagpang-apod apod sa mga non-food items didto sa mga apektadong lugar sa bagyong Yolanda tungod kay nagsugod na ang pag-ulan-ulan sa maong mga lugar.

Sumala ni DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman kini nga butang naglangkob sa sa hygiene kits ug mga trapal nga pwede magamit isip temporaryong atop.

Sumala pa niya nga gisugdan na sa DSWD ang inisyal nga stress debriefing didto sa mga evacuation centers, ug siya naglaom nga madugangan pa ang maong kapasidad sa mosunod nga mga adlaw.

Matud ni Soliman , ang DSWD nagpadayon sa pag hatod og mga bugas ug food packs ngadto sa apektadong mga lugar lakip na ang Leyte,  Eastern Samar ug Tacloban City.

Gikan sa Tacloban hub, matud niya ang DSWD naka hatod na og 52,412 packs sukad kagahapon, sa mokabat 24 ka mga munisipyo.

Gikan sa Ormoc hub, matud pa niya ang DSWD nakahatod na og 19,004 food ug rice packs ngadto sa nuybe ka mga munisipyo.

Apan, sumala pa ni Soliman nga gisugdan na sa DSWD ang transisyon diin ang mga goods dalhon didto sa syudad sa Tacloban imbes nga ang mga taga barangay ang mokuha niini gikan didto sa mga hubs.

Iyang gipasabot nga ang lokal nga pangagamhanan maoy moapod-apod niini ngadto sa mga kabarangayan tungod kay obligasyon man niini ang pag responde.

Matud niya nga ang mga evacuation centers sa syudad padayon nga suportado sa DSWD regional ug national offices.


Dugang pa ni Soliman nga sukad niadtong Nob. 9 ngadto 20, mokabat na sa 863,691 food ug rice packs, 184,779 high-energy biscuits, ug 220,192 (usa ka litro nga water) ang ilang nahatag. (PIA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Sur)