41 schools to pilot K to 12 in Caraga Region

By Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) – Forty-one schools were chosen among the 12 divisions in Caraga Region to pilot classes in Grades 11 and 12, according to Dr. Elizabeth Baguio of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga.

Baguio said five schools in Agusan del Norte division, five in Agusan del Sur, five in Surigao del Norte, Siargao with three, six in Surigao del Sur, three in Dinagat Islands, Bayugan City with three, Bislig City with two, Butuan City with five, Cabadbaran City with one and three schools in Surigao City division were selected to be the model for the Senior High School (SHS) implementation.

Baguio said the SHS will offer a core curriculum and electives in four tracks, namely: the Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL); Academic (Acad); Sports; and Arts and Designs.

“The Acad will offer Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and General Academic (GA),” Baguio said.

Baguio said TVL track will offer courses in four strands, namely: Agri-Fishery; Home Economics; Industry Arts, and Information and Communications Technology. This is in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

“The Sports track will prepare the students for a career in sports while the Arts and Design track will offer courses in graphic or performing arts,” she said.

Of the schools prioritized, Baguio said three will offer the Academic Track; one in Sports Track and 37 in TVL.

Based on the K+12 program under the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (R.A. 10533), it expands the basic education system from a 10-year to a 12-year program with the addition of two years of SHS. As stipulated in R.A. 10533, senior high school will be mandatorily implemented by school year 2016-2017. (FEA/PIA-Caraga)


Philhealth, DOH launch ALAGA KA in Butuan

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health (DOH) led on Monday the launching of “ALAGA KA Para sa Maayos na Buhay” program in Caraga region held at the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court here.

The launching was joined by more or less 3,000 members of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and is simultaneously done in the 17 regions of the country.

According to DOH Caraga regional director Dr. Minerva P. Molon, the launching aims to reach indigent families who are members of the NHTS-PR.

Philhealth regional vice president Johnny Y, Sychua said during the launching, “The ALAGA KA is a tool to provide the country’s 14.7 million indigent families with greater access to primary health care services.”

During the event, activities include updating of Member Data Records (MDRs), basic medical consultations, and orientations on updated policies and benefits of Philhealth, validation of new ALAGA KA members enrolled through the Point Care Program, audio-visual presentations on Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), and information dissemination of different health programs. Inquiries from the members of the NHTS-PR were also entertained.

Butuan City mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., recognizes the importance of the ALAGA KA program of the government. “This endeavor is very important and will surely help alleviate the living condition of the poor,” he said.

Also, a ceremonial distribution of the Philhealth’s Members Data Records (MDRs) by PhilHealth RVP Sychua, DOH regional director Molon, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba represented by Aquino W. Gambe, and partners from the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and DSWD to the NHTS-PR members from the different municipalities/city of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City is being held during the whole day event.

Meantime, after the message of President Benigno S. Aquino III via live streaming on the launching of the program, stakeholders affixed their signatures at the Commitment Wall recognizing the value of accessible health care to families and committed to work together to strengthen primary health care in the Philippines to realize the goals of Kalusugan Pangkalahatan of the government. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


4ID needs more male applicants as candidate soldiers

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Mar. 24 (PIA) - The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID) is now accepting and processing more male applicants for Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) starting on 24 – 28 March 2014. The division requires additional quota of 150 candidates for this quarter.

Qualified applicants must be natural born Filipino, at least 5 feet in height with ages from 18 to 26 years old on the start of training and must not be 27 years old on or before the date of appointment as candidate soldier, no more age waiver shall be issued by Higher Headquarters. They must have at least 72 units in college (if High School Graduate only, he must possess a special skill needed in the military service and certified by TESDA). Interested applicants must take the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB) with the score of at least 80 percent. Applicants must be unmarried and without child with good moral character. They must also be physically and mentally fit and has no pending case in any court and they must comply with all documentary requirements. 

The procedure of acceptance for Philippine Army Candidate Soldier applicants shall depend upon their qualification and evaluation by the 4ID Screening and Selection Board.

Interested applicants are advised to bring along with them their basic qualification supporting documents with proper tabbing during the registration on March 24, 2014. Supporting documents includes the following:

A. Whole body picture (colored)
B. Bio-data with 2X2 ID picture
C. Original copy of National Statistics Office Birth Certificate with official receipt
D. Original copy of National Statistics Office Marriage Contract of Parents with official receipt
E. Certificate of Legal Beneficiaries (Notarized)
F. Original Transcript of Records (College/Vocational) of Form 137 and 138 (High School) with visible School Dry Seal
G. Diploma (with School Dry Seal)
H. Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB) Result (Official Result Authenticated by the examiner)
I.   Physical and Medical Examination (PME) Results (Authenticated and signed by the Commanding Officer of Medical Service Unit Station Hospital)
J.  Physical Fitness Test (PFT) Result (Authenticated and signed by the PFT Officer)
K. Drug Test Result (To be taken at the accredited testing center)
L.  Hepatitis B Test Result(To be taken at the accredited testing center)
M. Local Clearances from the place of residence for at least ten years
1. Barangay
2. Police
3. Mayor
4. Regional Trial Court (RTC)
5. National Bureau of Investigation
6. Residence Certificate
N. Affidavit of Being Single (Notarized)
O. Original Copy of Certificate of Non-Marriage (CENOMAR) with Official Receipt

Furthermore, qualified applicants are advised to proceed at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City to undergo the stages of processing for applicants.

Qualified applicants who will be selected among the pool of applicants will undergo Candidate Soldier Course to be handled by the 4th Division Training School (4DTS) at Battalion Retraining Facility, Kibaritan, Brgy Malinao, Kalilangan, Bukidnon.

Candidate Soldiers while on training will receive Pay and Allowances with the gross amount of 14,205.00 pesos each month. Once enlisted into the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with a rank of Private, they will receive a monthly salary of 20,404.00 pesos with insurance and healthcare benefits, billeting and housing privileges, job security, leadership and other skills trainings, opportunity for career advancement based on performance, opportunities for Post graduate studies both within the country and abroad, and will enjoy the opportunity and privilege of serving in the Army for our country.

Disqualification for Candidate Soldier Applicants

Those who have tattoo on their body and/or those whose bodies have been pierced/ punctured identifying their affiliation with unlawful organizations that is inimical to the government and the AFP. Applicants must in good appearance not crossed-eyed; hare-lipped; flat footed; improper bearing (obese or lanky). Those who have missing appendages or fingers have false teeth, and those who are suffering sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Applicants with fake documents will mean his outright disqualification/ denial of his CS application. His name will be blacklisted to all Philippine Army recruitment center thru fastest means of communication.

Captain Crishtian C Uy, 4ID Spokesperson encouraged everybody who are interested and able to become a member of the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

"I assure you that you will be given decent salary and benefits. I also urge you to make use of this opportunity for you to have a stable job. Aside from that, you will also enjoy the privilege of serving our fellow Filipino and our native land,” Cpt Uy added. (4ID AFP/PIA-Caraga)


Slain rebels dragged by their comrades

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Mar. 24 (PIA) - Soldiers from the Army’s 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion encountered ten communist rebels at Sitio Nakadayas, Brgy Mahagsay, San Luis, Agusan del Sur on March 19, 2014 at around 11:55 a.m.

Soldiers from 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion conducted combat patrol following a military intelligence and information provided by civilians in the area. The troops stormed the rebel hideout near Adgaoan River and clashed with the rebels. Firefight lasted for about ten minutes. Then, the troops did their best to scour all parts of the rebel’s camp despite the bad weather condition and the strong current of the river due to the heavy downpour of rains. This gave the rebels a chance to escape and drag along with them their three killed comrades heading towards west direction.

Said New People’s Army rebels were identified to be members of Guerilla Front – 88, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee operating in the hinterlands of Esperanza, San Luis and Lapaz all of Agusan del Sur.

Major General Ricardo Visaya, commander 4ID congratulated his troops who displayed their courageous act in combat. "Let us inform our brothers and sisters that your army is here to render their services for all filipino victim of NPA atrocities,” Visaya said.

Meanwhile, Colonel Gregory Cayetano, commander of the army’s 401ST Infantry “Unity” Brigade, challeged all troops in the field to continue their peace effort in coordination with the local populace in the area. "Your strong determination shows that your dedication of service is a distinct credit and honor for the Armed Forces of the Philippines and every Filipino,” said Cayetano.

“We are always conducting long range combat patrol to the barangays where the NPA rebels usually conduct extortion from poor farmers and innocent civilians. So, to end these treacherous  act of violences, we will ask the local populace to support our operating troops by giving timely and exact information about the presence of the armed rebels,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rolando Dumawa, Commanding Officer, 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion. (4ID PA/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pamahalaan, handang ipagtanggol ang mamamayan sa gitna ng bantang paghiganti mula sa CPP/NPA

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 24, 2014 (PIA) - Handang depensahan ng Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas (AFP) ang mga sibilyan sa gitna ng posibleng pag-atake bilang paghiganti mula sa mga miyembro ng Communist Party ng Pilipinas pagkatapos maaresto ang dalawa nilang matataas na lider na sina Benito at Wilma Timson sa Cebu noong Sabado.

“Batid naming palagi, at buo ang aming pagkabatid sa posibleng paghiganti, at ang ating sandatahang lakas ay palaging handa para ipagtanggol ang populasyon,” sabi ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda sa pakipanayam sa kanya ng Radyo ng Bayan noon Linggo.

Pinuri na Malakanyang ang pagsikap na ginawa ng AFP at ng Philippine National Police sa paghuli sa nagtatagong mag-asawa na nasa listahan ng “most wanted” ng otoridad dahil sa mga keimen na nagawa laban sa tao, kasama na ang pagpatay, pagpatay ng maramihan at bigong pagpatay na mga kaso.

“Nahuli naming ang kanilang mga lider, matataas na lider pa man din, ang mag-asawang Tiamson na siya nangulo ng CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) dito sa Pilipinas,” sabi ni Lacierda nang tanungin kung ipalagay ban g pamahalaan ang nangyari bilang malaking dagok sa komunistang insurhensiya.

Pinanindigan ng Malakanyang ang legalidad ng pagkahuli ng AFP sa mag-asawang Tiamson sa gitna ng sinabi ng National Democratic Front (NDF) na nababalutan sila ng Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) na nilagdaan ng pamahalaan at ng CPP-NDF noong 1995.

Sinabi ni Lacierda na ang talaan ng JASIG ay kinilalang ‘inoperative’ ng pamahalaan dahil sa pagkabigo ng NDF na buksan ang floppy disk na naglalaman ng mga pangalanat pagkakilanlan ng kanilang mga consultant kung saan dapat ay nakalista ang pangalan ng mga Tiamson.

Pero sinabi rin ng Malakanyang na ang pamahalaan ng Pilipinas sa ilalim ng administrasyong Aquino ay nanatiling bukas sa na maibalik ang usapang pangkapayapaan kasama ang CPP-NPA-NDF, at hinihikayan ang kanilang mga miyambro na ibaba ang kanilang mga armas at bumalik sa kandungan ng pamahalaan.

“Palagi kaming handa para mag-usap para matugunan ang maaring magawa at madalian at may kabuluhang usapan at patuloy kaming umaasa na umabot sa puntong iyon sa medaling panahon kaysa patagalin pa,” sabi ni Lacierda habang tinutukoy ang sinabi ni Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Gobyerno andam sa pagpanalipod sa mga katawhan taliwala sa posibleng  pagpanimalos gikan sa CPP-NPA

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Marso 24 (PIA) - Ang Armadong Kusog sa Pilipinas kon Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) andam sa pagpanalipod sa mga sibilyan taliwala sa posibiling pagpanimalos nga pag-atake sa mga myembro sa Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) human sa gihimong pag-aresto sa duha ka mga de ranggo nga mga lider niini nga sila  Benito ug Wilma Tiamzon didto sa Cebu niadtong Sabado.

"Kami sa kanunay nahibalo, ug nakabalo sa posibleng  pag atake, ug ang atong armadong kusog kanunay nga andam sa pagpanalipod sa mga katawhan,” (“We are always aware, fully aware of the possibility of retaliation, and our armed forces are always ready to defend the population,”) kini ang gisulti ni Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda sa usa ka pakighinabi sa Radyo ng Bayan niadtong Dominggo.

Gidayeg sa Malakanyang ang mga paningkamot nga nahimo sa AFP ug sa mga kapolisan (PNP) sa pagdakop sa eskapong magtiayon kinsa nahitala sa listahan sa mga “most wanted” sa mga awtoridad sa gihimong  krimen batok sa katawhan, lakip na ang murder, multiple murder, ug frustrated murder.
Naaresto namo ang pinakapangulo, ang pinakataas nga liderato nga walay lain, ang magtiayon nga Tiamzon, kinsa maoy nangulo sa CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) dinhi sa Pilipinas,” (“We’ve captured their leadership, the top leadership at the very least, the Tiamzon couple, who are heading the CPP-NPA (New People’s Army) here in the Philippines,”) sumala pa ni Lacierda sa pagpangutana kaniya kon ang gobyerno mikonsidera sa kaayohan isip ‘big blow’ ngadto sa mga kumunista sa insurhensiya. 

Sumala pa sa taho nga ang Malakanyang misuporta sa legalidad sa pag-aresto sa AFP sa magtia-ayon nga Tiamzon luyo sa depensa gikan sa National Democratic Front (NDF) nga sila napasilong sa Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) diin ang gobyerno milagda uban ang CPP-NDF sa tuig 1995.

Sumala pa ni Lacierda nga ang listahan sa JASIG nahimong ‘inoperative’ sa gobyerno tungod sa mga kapalpakan sa pag-abli sa floppy disc diin tua didto ang mga pangalan ug mga kailhanan sa ilahang mga kunsoltant diin ang mga Tiamzon gotuohan nga nahilista.

Apan ang MalacaƱang miingon nga ang gobyerno sa Pilipinas ubos sa Aquino nga administrasyon nagpabilin nga abli ngadto sa pagpadayon sa proseso sa kalinaw uban sa mga CPP-NPA-NDF, nga nag-awhag sa mga miyembro nga "sa pagsakripisyo sa ilang mga armas ug mobalik sa sa panon sa mga balaod."

"Kami kanunay nga andam alang sa mga pakigpulong aron sa pagsulbad sa pagkab-ot ug gilangkuban-panahong sustantibo nga adyenda ug kita magpadayon sa paglaum sa pagkuha niana nga punto sa gilayon kaysa maulahi," (“We are always ready for talks to address a doable and time-bound substantive agenda and we continue to hope to get to that point sooner rather than later,”) matod pa ni Lacierda nga gikutlo kang Presidential Adviser sa Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: Forest in the City Hall Exhibit, gidagsa

Ni Sheila Yatar

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) - Gidagsa sa mga estudyante lakip na ang mga bisita gikan sa nagkadaiyang mga tulunghaan ug barangay ning dakbayan ang “Forest in the City Hall Exhibit” sa city hall lobby, Marso 17-21.

Hulagway sa usa ka lasang nga naa sulod sa usa ka syudad ang gihanyag nga talan-awon niini ngadto sa mga manan-away. Aduna’y mga lingkuranan ug lamesa diin mamahimong magkape o magmeryenda ilalom sa mga dagkung payong nga napalibutan sa mga tanom ug aduna pa’y busay.

Nalingaw gayud ang mga manan-away nga nagpahulagway pa kauban ilang mga higala sulod sa eksibit. Samtang naglingaw-lingaw sila sa ilang pagbisita, gisaysay usab kanila ang importansya sa kinaiyahan, lakip na ang kahulugan sa Vision 2020 uban ang mga strategic initiatives niini.

Ang “Forest in the City Hall Exhibit” giablihan subay sa paglunsad sa Vision 2020 nga gisugdan sa usa ka Simultaneous Tree Planting Activity niadtong milabay’ng Marso 16.

Sa mensahe ni Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. pinaagi sa usa ka live phone patch interview atol sa pag-abli sa maong eksibit, gipadayag niini ang iyang kalipay nga nahimong nagmalampuson ang gipahigayong paglunsad sa Vision 2020. Gibutyag usab sa Halandong Mayor nga giasoy na niya ang maong kalihukan ngadto sa Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) ug malaumon kini nga mapresentar ang nasangpit nga paglunsad atol sa umalabot nga 2015 APEC Summit nga ipahigayon unya dinhi sa nasud. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: Butuan, nitala ug Satisfactory Rating sa nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill

Ni Lyka Quinto

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 24 (PIA) - Tungod sa hugot nga pagpangandam sa lokal nga panggamhanan pinaagi sa pagpanguna sa buhatan sa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management, nakuha sa Butuan City ang satisfactory rating kon 84/100 nga punto human sa gipahigayong Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, Marso 19, 2014.

Miagi kini sa makuti nga ebalwasyon gikan sa mga personahe sa Office of Civil Defense kun OCD.

Mahibaluan nga 100 points ang maximum score sa maong drill ug ang tala nga  80-84 mao’y makakuha sa satisfactory rate samtang ang tala nga 70-79 kinahanglan na ug repeat performance.

Gibutyag ni OCD Regional Director Liza Mazo nga, “Ang Butuan City Hall was chosen to represent Caraga Region in the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill. Congratulations! Tungod kay ang Butuan City Hall nag participate despite the low pressure area. Bisan nag- ulan ning sulong gihapon ta, wala ta ni atras. Nag- cooperate ug nag perform gyud mo.”

”The objective to evacuate safely was met. Incident Command Post led by Ging Espere, marshalls, ug sa tanan, job well done! You did a great job! You scored a total of 84 points which means satisfactory. Congratulations,” dugang ni RD Liza Mazo. (LGU Butuan City PIO/PIA-Agusan del Norte)