(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 19 April 2021) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "BISING" {SURIGAE} was located based on all available data at 250 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0°N, 126.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h. It is moving North Northwestward at 10 km/h. Caraga Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorm due to TY Bising. Possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to heavy rains. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest will prevail over the region with slight to moderate seas/ (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

PIA News Service - Friday, December 20, 2013

TESDA certifies new masons in Butuan City

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 20 (PIA) – Some 40 masons from this city were assessed and certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Office (TESDA), receiving national certification in Masonry NC-II.

This development came after Holcim Philippines, Inc., one of the leading cement manufacturers in the country has signed a memorandum of agreement with the local government unit here and TESDA-Caraga to train masons from this city for 17 days.

The training, dubbed “Holcim Galing Mason” was launched last month in Butuan City Hall. During the launching, 40 masons coming from different barangays here have signified their intention to undergo the said training.

The first phase of the training took place from November 12-18, 2013 where the trainees are required to construct two classroom buildings at Ampayon Integrated High School.

After this phase, the trainees were assessed by TESDA-accredited assessors where all trainees reportedly passed the said assessment.

Also, top 25 of the trainees were chosen to continue in the next phase where they were given the opportunity to undergo free National Certification (NC)-II assessment through the National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC).

Maria Cristina Soberano, TESD Specialist-II and TESDA-Caraga focal person of Galing Mason said the 15 trainees who were not able to join in the second phase of the project still received training allowance of P150.00 per day, aside from the free morning and afternoon snacks and lunch every day.

“Aside from the national certification, they also received allowance in the entire duration of their training… Free morning and afternoon snacks and lunch per day were also served to the trainees for the entire training period to ensure that they will really finish the training,” she said.

In an earlier speaking engagement, Butuan City Councilor Ramon Carampatana emphasized that the trainees, after they will be conferred with national certification by TESDA, will be regularly contacted by the city government in case construction projects are taking place in the city.

“The city government has high level of trust and confidence to TESDA… This means we believe that if TESDA has certified a skilled worker, he/she has passed not only the national qualification standard set by TESDA, but as well as the international standards set by other countries in as far as selecting globally-competitive skilled workers is concerned,” Carampatana said.

Because of this, the official said that with the future construction projects that are implemented by the city government, they will be tapping the services of the 40 masons. “This is what has been stipulated also in the memorandum of agreement that we have signed between TESDA and Holcim Philippines, Inc.,” Carampatana said.

During the training recognition held recently in Barangay Ampayon here, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr., and TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Rodrigo De Villa were among the dignitaries present who witness the confirmation of the trainees. (TESDA-13 /PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Cong. Amante mibotar sa P2.264T alang sa 2014 badyet

Ni Aimee B. Sienes- Sajor

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Des. 20 (PIA) - Gi-aprubahan niadtong Disyembre 10, 2013 sa Bicameral Conference Committee didto sa kongreso ang badyet sa sunod tuig 2014 nga mikabat sa P2.264 trilyones ka pesos diin mas taas kini og 11% kaysa 2013 nga badyet.

Ang maong badyet miagi usab sa pagtuki sa Committee on Appropriations diin usa sa miyembro si Cong. Erlpe John M. Amante nga mibotar sa maong badyet.

Ang 2014 General Appropriations Bill nanginahanglan og pag-uyon sa Senado ug House of Representatives sa dili pa kini i-adto sa Presidente alang sa iyang pirma.

Kinahanglan nga sayo maaprubahan ang badyet bag-o magsugod ang kada fiscal year aron masiguro ang paghatag og pundo alang sa mga programa ug proyekto sa gobyerno.

Sa niaging semana usab, Disyembre 3, mibotar si Cong. Amante, uban sa 122 ka kongresista, aron sa pag-apruba sa P14.6 B supplementary budget alang sa disaster fund.

Ang pundo gamiton alang sa rehabilitasyon sa mga lugar nga naigo sa kalamidad karong tuiga sama sa typhoons Labuyo, Odette, Pablo, Sendong ug Yolanda, ang Zamboanga City siege, ug ang linog sa Bohol. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Cebuano News: Agnor makadawat og P7M pasidungog gikan sa DILG

Ni Jay Vincent V. Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Des. 20 (PIA) - Seal of Good Housekeeping award, mao kini ang pasidungog nga nadawat na usab sa probinsya sa Agusan del Norte bag-ohay pa lamang gikan sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) tungod sa maayong pagdala niini sa pang-gobyerno.

Usa ang probinsya sa mga nakakuha sa maong ganti sa tibuok nasod tungod sa exemplary performance niini sa local legislation, development planning, resource generation, resource allocation and utilization, customer service, ug human resource management ug development, maingon man sa matang sa fundamental of good governance.

Tungod niini makadawat matod pa ang probinsya og 7 ka milyon ka pesos nga performance Challenge Fund Subsidy gikan sa DILG isip cash prize.

Ang Seal of Good House Keeping usa sa mga proyekto sa DILG nga tinuig nga gihatag sa mga LGUs sa tibuok nasod agig pasidungog kanila ug pamaagi na usab aron kini mas maningkamot pa sa paghatag ug kalidad nga serbisyo ngadto sa katawhan. Matod pa sa ahensya, sunod tuig 2014, aduna, na usay bag-ong award ang ihatag niini nga mao ang Seal of Good Local Governance diin basihan ang nahinmo sa LGU sa natad sa good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendly and competiveness, environmental compliance, ug law and order and public safety. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)