12.13.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Surigao del Sur extends assistance to Yolanda victims

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dec. 11 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur has extended cash assistance to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda amounted to P600,000 recently.

Abel de Guzman of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management office representing Gov. Johnny Pimentel handed-over on Monday the check worth P200,000 each to the three identified municipalities in Eastern Visayas.

According to de Guzman, Mayor Pelagio Tecson Jr. of Tanauan, Leyte received the cash assistance. "He personally talked to Gov. Pimentel via cellphone to extend his gratitude in behalf of the Tanauanons," said de Guzman.

Mayor Igmedeo Junji Ponferrada in behalf of the municipality of Basey, Western Samar and Vice Mayor Rogelio Cablao of Guiuan, Eastern Samar also received the cash assistance.

In a related development, the the city govt of Bislig, NGO's, businessmen and generous individuals all in Bislig City pulled their resources to raise funds for the Yolanda victims in Region 8. The team was led by Mayor Librado Navarro with the medical team who recently conducted medical mission in the municipality of Villaba, Leyte. Along with them were 3,000 food packs, assorted clothing and medicines.

The PDRRMO bared that the municipality of Carrascal, Hinatuan and Lianga all of this province have already extended assistance to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


PNP identifies suspects in killing Surigao Sur journalist

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Dec. 11 (PIA) - Authorities have already identified the alleged perpetrators who shot to death a radio broadcaster at Barangay Mabua, Tandag City last December 6.

According to SPO1 Ranilo Malong, Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office Information Officer, their names can't be divulged yet to the public to ensure their arrest.

“The murder case docketed under NPS-XIII-07-INV-13L-00275 against the four primary suspects was already filed at the Provincial Prosecutors Office in Tandag City yesterday,” Malong said.

It can be recalled that Michael D. Melo a.k.a. Mike Milo, National Supervisor of Prime FM in Tandag City was shot at close range on his left ear by the three unidentified men who were riding in tandem in Brgy. Mabua, Tandag City last Friday, and no fired cartridge was found in the crime scene.

Malong added that marital problem is seen as one of the motives behind the killing and not related to his work.

Earlier, Malacanang condemned the killing of Melo saying a police task force was already created to hunt down the perpetrators. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


One month after end of program, C4TP yields 48% employment rate in Caraga Region

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 11 (PIA) – A month after the program ended in October 2013, the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) has recorded 48% of employment rate out of the total beneficiaries in Caraga Region.

C4TP is a joint undertaking of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said this is a welcome development for the government agencies that have converged for the realization of the program considering that the program has just ended its implementation last October 31, 2013.

According to Dir. Sunico, aside from DSWD and TESDA, local government units of the different provinces, cities, and municipalities in the region have also supported the program implementation.

Out of 3,286 total beneficiaries enrolled this year, 1,604 were already employed which is equal to 48%. Of this figure, self-employment has yielded 1,547 (96%) while wage employment got 57 (4%).

Under the wage employment, total number enrolled is pegged at 1,299 and out of this figure, 1,286 have graduated, equivalent to 98.99%. With this figure, 1,630 were assessed where 1,408 (86.38%) of it were certified.

In the self employment component, a total of 1,987 were enrolled and 1,926 (96.93%) have graduated while out of 2,499, only 1,922 (76.91%) were certified.

Meanwhile, Emma De Villa, TESDA-Caraga Finance and Administrative Services Division (FASD) Chief and C4TP focal person explained there are some C4TP beneficiaries who were enrolled in bundled courses like Automotive Servicing and Driving, Food and Beverage Service (FBS) and Bartending, Carpentry and Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM), EIM and Masonry, Commercial Cooking and Baking/Pastry Production, Wellness Massage and Perform Manicure/Pedicure, among others.

“This is the reason why the figure indicated under assessed is more than the number of beneficiaries enrolled,” De Villa said.

With these developments, Dir. Sunico is optimistic that the program’s employment rate increases as time goes on. “This is already a good development for us because at present, nearly 50% of our total beneficiaries have find employment – may it be wage- or self-employment… and I am optimistic that more C4TP graduates can find employment before the end of this year or early next year,” he said.

The C4TP is one of the flagship programs of the Aquino administration which is entrusted to TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva and DSWD Sec. Corazon “Dinky” Soliman that was implemented early this year as a means of poverty alleviation. Because of its successful implementation in Caraga, local chief executives are hoping that another batch of beneficiaries will be the given the opportunity to avail the program next year. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: GSIS magbibigay ng Pamaskong Handog sa mga pensyonado

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Disyembre 11 (PIA) - Ang mga pensyonado ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ay makakatanggap ng kanilang taunang Pamaskong cash gift sa pamamagitan ng kanilang eCard na account simula Disyembre 10, 2013.

“Ang Board of Trustees and Management ng GSIS ay nakapag isip na ang mga pensyonado ay tumitingala sa hinaharap na makakatanggap ng kanilang cash gift bawat taon bilang parte ng pasko,” sabi ng Pangulo at General Manager ng GSIS, Robert Vergara.

“Ito ang dahilan kung bakit gusto ng Board na ibigay ito sa lalong medaling panahon,” sabi ni Vergara.

Ayon kay PGM Vergara, ang pondo para sa pensyon ay aabot sa kabuuang Php 2.1 bilyon para sa cash gift, ang halaga na magiging mas mataas kung ikumpara sa alokasyon noong nagdaang taon ng 16.7 porsyento na umabot lamang sa Php1.8 bilyon.

Ang kwalipikadong makakatanggap ng cash gift ay ang 238,490 na matatanda na nagsipagretiro at ang mga may kapansanan na mga pensyonado na tumatanggap ng kanilang buwanang pensyon sa hindi bababa sa limang taon noong Disyembre 15, 2012.

Yung mga pensyonadong nakatira na sa ibang bansa at sa Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) na nasa sinuspendeng sitwasyon sa panahon ng pagtanggap ng Christmas Cash Gift ay hindi maaring tumanggap pero maaring maging kwalipikado kung bubuhayin nila ang kanilang kalagayan, bago dumating ang Abril 30, 2014.

Sinabi ni Vergara na ang pensyonado na tatanggap ng kanilang cash gift sa unang pagkakataon ay mabibigyan ng halagang katumbas ng isang buwang pensyon pero hindi lalampas sa Php 10,000. Habang ang mga pensyonado na nakatanggap na ng cash gift noon pa na mas malaki pa sa Php 10,000 ay makakatanggap ng isang buwang pensyon hanggang sa mataas na halagang Php 12,600.

Dagdag pa rito, ang mga pensyonadong nagsibalik ang kanilang buwanang pensyon pagkatapos ng Disyembre 12, 2012 (o kaya ang limang taon na garantiyang panahon) ay makakatanggap ng halagang katumbas ng isang buwang pensyon na hanggang sa pinakamataas Php 10,000.

Pero may mga pensyonado na hindi maaring makatanggap ng cash gift. Kasali rito ang mga benepisaryong buhay ng namatay na na pensyonado at ang kanilang mga supling, mga retiradong natanggap na ang kanilang pensyon sa pamamagitan ng lump sum at tatanggap ng regular na buwanang pensyon pagkatapos ng Disyembre 31, 2013; at ang mga bagong retirado mula 2009 hanggang 2013 na pwedeng tumanggap Christmas Cash Gift pagkatapos ng limang taon mula ng magretiro.

Ang mga pensyonadong inactivate ang kanilang kalagayan pagsapit ng Abril 30, 2014 ay makakatanggap na kanilang cash gift bago mag ika 31 ng Mayo, 2014. Para sa mga karagdagan ng pagbibigay ng cash gift, ang mga pensionado ay maaring tumawag sa GSIS contact center na 847.4747. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)