Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AgSur Peace and Order Council plan for 2014-2016 ready for implementation

By David M. Suyao
        
AGUSAN DEL SUR, Feb. 12 (PIA) - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Plan for the year 2014-2016 will be ready for implementation upon the signature of the council’s chairperson Governor Adolph Edward Plaza.

During the PPOC meeting last week, members of the council were given the task to review the draft of the plan for three years implementation with the council’s chair and vice chairman Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Jr. present.

The PPOC major plan for 2014-2016 ranges from Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement whose objectives are to deter criminal elements and intensify implementation of laws and local ordinances. The Philippine National Police (PNP) is identified as the lead agency in the implementation of these activities with local officials, civilian volunteer organizations (CVOs), non-government organizations (NGOs), religious and private sectors, civil security units and private security agencies as support groups.

Other major responsibilities of the PNP together with the army embodied in the plan are to intensify the internal security operation and the formulation of assistance in traffic enforcement and management, which will include the Land Transportation Office, the Highway Patrol group as implementing agencies.

Other priorities in the plan include the anti-criminality campaign on illegal drugs targeting supply reduction, demand reduction, inter-agency cooperation and community participation. The others are illegal gambling, illegal logging, anti- carnapping, recovery of loose firearms, anti- cattle rustling and arrest of most wanted persons. With these activities identified, the plan includes its concept of operations.

According to DILG Provincial Director Arlene Ann Sanchez, other activities will be subject to review by the member-agencies and will be finalized as soon as corrected and signed by the agencies concerned. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


TESDA-13 chief bares scholarship grants for 2014

By Robert E. Roperos
        
BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 12 (PIA) – Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. bared the scholarship grants available this year.

During this year’s first Regional Coordinating Committee’s (RCC) press conference held recently at the conference room of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga, Sunico said more scholarship slots are offered by TESDA through then directives of Sec. Joel J. Villanueva to ensure that more Filipinos can avail of free technical-vocational (tech-voc) education, especially the youth sector.

When asked why the government has increased scholarship slots this year, the official said the government has seen the importance of training the people to be skilled workers so that they can find stable jobs enough to feed their family.

Sunico further said this development is also in support to the Human Development Cluster as embodied in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the present administration.

Sunico stressed because of TESDA’s successful implementation of scholarship programs last year, the government wants that more people will be given the opportunity to be trained as skilled workers for free in preparation for their quest to find decent jobs both here and abroad.

Under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) scholarship program, Sunico said the government is allocating some P10,418,000 for Caraga Region alone. “High School graduating students aged at least 15 years old are qualified to apply the program,” Sunico added.

The Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) is intended for workers who wish to undergo tech-voc training for free. The program has a fund allocation of P21,124,000 and is focused on Agro-Fishery, Business Process Outsource-Information and Communications Technology (BPO-ICT), Tourism, General Infrastructure, Electronics, and Manufacturing Services.

Meanwhile, the TESDA-chief of the region emphasized that a new scholarship program is now being offered by the government.  Through the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), constituents in the nine congressional districts of Caraga will be benefited and will each have an allocation of P3 million. “For this community-based training program, the government is spending a total of P27 million for our region,” Sunico said.

In other developments, Sunico said TESDA is likewise supporting the Grassroot Participatory Budgeting, formerly called the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB). He explained this is the first time it was implemented in the country. The project comes from the Local Poverty Action Plan of the Local Government Units (LGUs).

The concerned LGUs will identify the training for their constituents. TESDA, on the other hand assists the LGUs in conducting skills training, provide trainors, and conduct assessment.

In Caraga Region, Sunico said 25 municipalities have submitted their project proposal that is attributed to skills training. It has a budget allocation of some P13,276,663, it was learned.

With these developments, Sunico enjoined interested scholarship applicants to get in touch with the respective TESDA provincial offices for details. In Agusan del Norte, the provincial office can be contacted thru (085) 342-0085. For TESDA-Agusan del Sur, the numbers are as follows: (085) 343-7278. TESDA-Surigao del Norte can be reached at (086) 826-2591, while TESDA-Surigao del Sur may be called at (086) 211-3957. Residents in the Dinagat Island Province may contact the OIC-Provincial Director at 0917-7035737. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)