PIA News Service - Monday, January 6, 2014

PIA chief visits Butuan City, lauds PIA-Caraga's Skills Enhancement Training

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Jose Mari Oquiñena visited the city to grace the agency's three-day Skills Enhancement Training on Radio Broadcasting, News and Feature Writing, holding a Press Conference and Direction Setting, held at the agency’s regional office here.

DG Oquiñena was welcomed by the PIA-Caraga personnel including the Information Center Managers in the provinces. He was the guest speaker of the last day of said training on Saturday.

In his message, Oquiñena reiterated that PIA must continue to be of service to the Filipino people. “As the PIA stands for President’s professional communicators; Integrators, facilitators, enablers and institution-builders in Development Communication; and Adaptive managers of change and transformational leaders, we must see to it that we are able to perform our functions and responsibilities,” he said.

Oquiñena also suggested to PIA-Caraga to gather more recipients for its Textblast operation coming from the different sectors in every province since sending information through Short Messaging Service (SMS) is more convenient, accessible, and useful to the recipients.

“People nowadays already have their own mobile phones and when they receive the information through text from PIA, they will surely read the content and it’s up to them whether they will save or delete the text,” explained Oquiñena.

Also, Oquiñena lauded the efforts of PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga for putting up its own FM radio station, wherein national, local and government news are being broadcasted on time.
  
Meanwhile, director Caga assured DG Oquiñena that PIA-Caraga will continue to perform beyond expected and will establish more effective strategies to come up with better and more comprehensive output. (JPG/PIA-Caraga) 


AgNor gov expresses thanks, gratitude to China’s Consul-General for continued partnership

By Jennifer P. Gaitano
        
BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte Governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba expressed her thanks and gratitude to Consulate General of the People's Republic of China Zhang Weiguo, his party and the members of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen for their continued support and business partnership.

Matba briefed the guests on the province’ social condition, investment areas and geographical background, its accessibility thru marine and air transport, and communication facilities.

The presentation of Agusan del Norte’s profile is expected to convince the Chinese nationals to invest more in Agusan, especially with the strengthened implementation of the existing investment code.

Matba also lauded the Chinese investors in the province whom she described as "risk-takers" when it comes to business. She sincerely asked the support of the Consulate to continuously give more investments for the development of the province and its constituents.

“Chinese investors are the ones who took the risks and settled for trade and industry here in Agusan. It started the strong support of the local government that sustained the good Filipino-Chinese relationship,” she remarked.

The lady governor also said that her office is open for another meeting with the consulate general to further discuss the Chinese’ best practices in China where it will also best apply in the province in terms of business development. 

Meanwhile, the Honorable Consulate said that the government of China will do its best to find a way to help the provincial government of Agusan del Norte to meet its business/investments needs.

“Our Filipino-Chinese businessmen are also here to help you with your concerns. Let us work together and help each other,” said Weiguo.

Weiguo further expressed that he is glad to know that the province has also programs and projects that protects the environment.

The Honorable Consulate and his party paid the courtesy call to the lady governor on Monday morning. It was his second day in Butuan since his arrival on Sunday afternoon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA’s video-making contest to brand tech-voc graduates

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the nationwide Tatak TESDA video-making contest is promoting and branding graduates in the technical and vocational courses.

In a recent interview with a local broadcaster here, Dir. Sunico said with TESDA’s advisory to extend the submission of entries to the said competition, this will give more time to prospect contestants who will qualify with the standards set by the agency.

Dir. Sunico explained the first ever video-making contest is a venue to promote the success stories of tech-voc graduates who are now doing well in their chosen fields especially in the aspect of improving their economic status.

The official added there are more Filipinos who are graduates of technical-vocational courses who are now successful in their chosen careers both here and abroad. The competition is a way of sharing their success stories to others who wish to enroll in tech-voc courses especially the youths.

Sunico further stressed that to date, Caraga Region has already five entries in the individual category, and one entry in the school category and are now posted in the official Facebook account of TESDA-Caraga.

“All these entries were already posted in the official Facebook account of TESDA-Caraga and link or URL of these videos are also sent to the Screening Committee of the competition through email,” Sunico said.

The TESDA chief of the region also enjoined the public to LIKE the videos/entries of the region as this plays significant role in proclaiming one of the special awards.

“Those videos that can get 1,500 or more FB Likes will be given a scholarship slot through the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) by TESDA so this can help in providing free tech-voc education to the participants and their relatives/friends as this is transferrable according to the choice of the contestant,” Dir. Sunico explained.

Top ten entries from the Individual Category shall receive P10,000 for the refinement of their videos.

For Best in Video (Cinematography) category, the graduate will receive P25,000 and a trophy while winner in the TVI will receive P250,000 worth of TWSP scholarship and trophy. Same prizes will be given to winners under the Best in Story (Screenplay) category.

A graduate who wins the People’s Choice Award will receive P50,000 and a trophy while the TVI receives P500,000 worth of TWSP scholarship and a trophy.

Grand winner in the graduate category receives P100,000 and a trophy while in the TVI category, the grand winner receives P1 million worth of TWSP scholarship and a trophy.

Participants/finalists can win only one of the first three categories and the Grand Winner Award. The award and utilization of the TWSP slots by the graduate and the TVI shall be subject to and in accordance to the existing guidelines of TESDA.

Interested participants may contact the nearest TESDA provincial offices for details. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano News: Malakanyang abli nga mabalhin ang pagsugod sa klase sa bulan sa Setyembre

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Enero 06 (PIA) - Ang malakanyang namahayag kagahapon nga abli sa mga tanyag nga ibalhin ang pagsugod sa klase gikan sa bulan sa Hunyo ngadto na sa bulan Setyembre diin gikabutyag nga kini nagasubay sa pagpangandam sa gimugna nga Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration sa tuig 2015.

Sa pakighinabi sa dzRD Radyo ng Bayan kang Presidential Communication and Operation Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr. siya miingon nga kini nga tanyag usab pinasubay sa adbokasiya sa ASEAN mobility nga tumong niini nga mahatagan ug sayon nga pagbiyahe kon paglakbay sa mga katawhan sulod sa maong rehiyon.

“Bukas ang pamahalaan sa pag-aaral ng panukalang ilipat ang panahon ng pagbubukas ng klase para sa mga kolehiyo at unibersidad, mula Hunyo patungong Setyembre, bilang paghahanda sa pag-iisa ng ating mga kasaping bansa sa ASEAN sa ilalim ng konsepto ng ASEAN integration simula sa taong 2015,” sulti pa ni Coloma.

“Layunin din ng panukalang ito ang pagtugon ng ating bansa sa panawagang bigyang-daan ang ASEAN mobility, o ang malayang paglalakbay ng mga mamamayan sa bansang ASEAN upang mag-aral sa mga paaralang may internasyonal na orientasyon, at upang magamit ang kanilang mga kakayahan o talento sa iba’t ibang larangang propesyonal,” dugag pa niya.

Hinoon siya mapahinungdanon nga mibutyag sa ka-importansya sa dugang pag-estudyo sa maong proposisyon aron alang sa mabungahon nga pagdesisyon sa maong hisgutanan

“Ipinauubaya ng pamahalaan sa kongreso, bilang kapantay at independiyenteng sangay, ang pangunguna sa pagkilos sa paglipat sa schedule ng pagbubukas ng klase dahil ito ay napapaloob sa batas,” siya miingon.

“Sa kasalukuyan patuloy na tatalima ang pamahalaan sa pangunguna ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon sa isinasaad ng batas tungkol sa itinatakdang panahon ng pagbubukas ng klase,” siya midugang pag ingon. (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)