CHED starts regionwide info drive, accepts applicants for StuFAPS program

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Caraga has started processing applications for scholarships, grants-in-aid and loans per CHED Memorandum Order No. 13, series of 2014 or the “Enhanced Guidelines for the Implementation of Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs), Effective AY 2014-2015.”

According to information officer Engr. Ramil A. Sanchez, CHED StuFAPs aim is to make quality higher education accessible to poor and deserving students who will enroll in CHED Priority Courses.

Sanchez further said, CHED StuFAPs include the Scholarship Program which is categorized into:  (a) State Scholarship Program with Full and Partial Scholarships, and (b) Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) Scholarship.

The second category of StuFAPs is the Grants-In-Aid or Tulong Dunong and the third category is Study Now Pay Later Plan, which is a loan, Sanchez said.

Qualified to apply are Filipino students who are high school graduate, candidate for graduation in high school, with earned units college or those who are passers of Alternative Learning System (ALS) or Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) of the Department of Education.

“Applicants must come from a family whose parents/guardian have a combined annual income not exceeding P300,000. They may avail of only one CHED scholarship or financial assistance program and must not be a graduate of any degree program,” Sanchez added.

The list of priority courses that the students may choose is identified in CHED Memorandum Order No. 1, series of 2014 or the “CHED Priority Courses for AY 2014-2015 to 2017-2018.”

According to Sanchez, the CHED Priority Courses list is based on the national development plans manpower demands for AY 2014-2015 and DOLE Jobs Fit 2020 Vision. The list was deliberated during the interagency meetings by the representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) and Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC). This list excludes the oversubscribed courses.

To increase public awareness on the CHED StuFAPs and to gain more applicants from all over Caraga, CHED Regional Director Dr. Zenaida G. Gersana has tapped the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga through OIC-Regional Director Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte.

“The DepEd division office throughout the region will facilitate the holding of public information drives, from March 17 to 21, where students and school principals will be invited. CHED coordinated with the Congressional Offices in the nine districts to ensure widest dissemination of the opportunities for scholarships, grants and loans for students pursuing various priority baccalaureate degrees,” Sanchez said.

Students and/or principals/parents who are interested may call (085) 342-2064 or visit the CHED Caraga StuFAPs Unit at 2nd Floor of the Higher Education Development Center (HEDC) Building, CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City. They may also visit the dedicated website at http://stufaps.chedcaraga.com.

Today, CHED Caraga with the Department of Education are in Surigao del Sur for the information drive of the StuFAPS program.

“For further information, they may visit CHED’s national website (www.ched.gov.ph) and/or the Caraga Regional Office website/blog at www.chedcaraga.com for news, information and advisory on higher education and related matters. They can can also call or email me at CHED Caraga (085) 342-7483 or email at rsanchez@ched.gov.ph," Sanchez said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


BCWD prepares for 2014 milestone events

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) - The Butuan City Water District (BCWD) is preparing for the celebration of the district’s two significant occasions, the 13th Water Consciousness Week and its 40th Anniversary beginning March 22 to April 5.

According to BCWD Senior Public Relations Officer Ramil S. Barquin, series of activities will highlight its agenda on corporate social responsibility to include community outreach commitment, and educational/environmental and employee recognition.

“This year’s theme for both events is “BCWD: 40 Years of Addressing Challenges in Providing Potable and Safe Water,” Barquin said.

The theme reflects the celebration of the 40 years of challenges and triumphs in BCWD’s continuous journey in providing potable water to the city, Barquin added.

Among the activities included in the celebration are:

            * March 19     -           On-Location Shooting (7:00 a.m.);
            * March 20     -           Tour to BCWD Facilities (6:30 a.m.);
            * March 22     -           Tree Planting (7:00 a.m.) at?Sitio Tagkiling, ?Anticala;
            * March 24     -           Mass Feeding and Deworming (7:00 a.m.)
                                     -           Gift Giving for Tagkiling and Sitio Tagkiling, Dugyaman Anticala
            * March 25     -           10th Photo Contest Iyao, Anticala
            * March 26     -           Mass Feeding and Deworming (9:00 a.m.), Brgy. Pinamanculan
            * March 29     -           Visit to Balay Silonganan (9:00 a.m.)
            * March 31     -           Judging of Entries (10:00 a.m.)?
                                    -           10th Photo Contest BCWD CREAD Office
                                    -           Distribution of Press Kits for Media
            * April 1          -           Motorcade
                                                (Assembly: 7:00 a.m.?Sports Complex/Start: 7:30 a.m.)
                                    -           Bloodletting - after motorcade
                                    -           Distribution of anniversary t-shirts for
                                                the? first 40 concessionaires (after the motorcade)
            * April 2          -           24th Poster Making at the BCWD Roof Deck
                                                Elementary (8:00a.m.)
                                                High School (2:00p.m.)
                                    -           Anniversary Give-away (8:00a.m.-5:00p.m.) ?
                                                at BCWD CREAD Office
            * April 3          -           2nd Quarter Water Quiz at the ?BCWD Training Hall?
                                                Elementary (8:00a.m.)
                                                High School (2:00p.m.)
                                    -           Visit to Por Cristo (9:00a.m.) in Abilan, Buenavista
                                                Agusan del Norte
            * April 4          -           13th Tap & Drill Olympics (9:00a.m.) at the
                                                BCWD Admin. Building
                                    -           Anniversary Give-away (8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. ?
                                                for concessionaires
            * April 5          -           Mass  (8:00 a.m.)
                                    -           Sports fest (9:00 a.m.)
                                    -           Awards Program at LJ Mega convention Center
                                                * Institutional Awards (2:00 p.m.)
                                                * Employees Night (6:00 p.m.)

Barquin further said, all activities for this year’s celebration have been carefully planned and hemmed by the different committees constituted to supervise each activity with General Manager Anselmo L. Sang Tian as the overall managing executive.

Sharing the pleasure of ensuring the successful implementation of all activities are the members of the policy-making body chaired by Director Crispin L. Young with Directors Pacita T. Buñol, Juanito A. Lao, Claudio B. Estacio and Roldan L. Torralba, whose ideas and suggestions further put a spark in the preparation of the 2014 milestone events, Barquin said. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


It's all systems go for ALAGA KA launching in Caraga

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) –  The Caraga regional offices of the Department of Heath (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the city government of Butuan and provincial government of Agusan del Norte are now set for the nationwide launching of the ALAGA KA Para sa Maayos na buhay Program.

A series of partnership meetings have been held to prepare the big event that will be happening on Monday, March 24.

In Caraga region, the launching will be held at the Agusan del Norte provincial capitol covered court where some 800 family-beneficiaries from Butuan City and from the different municipalities of the Agusan del Norte identified by the DSWD will be attending.

DOH Caraga Local Health Support Chief Dr. Ernesto Pareja said during the series of partnership meetings, partners’ support to PhilHealth during the launching is very significant and will surely contribute to its success.

According to Angelita Luta of PhilHealth, during the event, attendees will be provided with the health services and information services; LGUs and DOH will provide primary health care services; and the DSWD and PhilHealth will do the  validation of members’ records.

ALAGA KA Para sa Maayos na Buhay Program, according to PhilHealth regional vice-president Johnny Sychua, is a term for ALAmin at GAmitin, it is an integrated advocacy program for the poor to know their rights and utilize the services under the PhilHealth Sponsored Program.

This program integrates the DSWD National Household Targeting System (DSWD-NHTS) and the Local Government Units (LGUs) efforts to enroll the poor and provide them with the necessary essential health services, Sychua said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgSur guv releases almost P6-M to 30 brgys

By Melody E.  de Vera

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Mar. 19, 2014 (PIA) - A total of P5,820,000 worth of checks were turned-over by Governor Adolph Edward “Eddiebong” G. Plaza to 30 barangays on Monday, March 17, at the Governor’s Office, D.O Plaza Government Center, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, this province.

These barangays are coming from the municipalities of Sibagat, Prosperidad, Talacogon, Esperanza, San Francisco, Trento, Veruela and the lone city Bayugan.

Barangay chairperson of barangays Ilihan and Perez, in Sibagat received around P400,000 for the construction of their respective multi-purpose building; P1.1 million for barangays Claro Cortez, Berseba, Gethsemane, Mahayag, Osmena and Marcelina in Bayugan City for road rehabilitation, construction of drying pavement, construction of hanging bridge, water system rehabilitation, constructions of multi-purpose hall.

Barangay Sta. Irene received P200,000 for the construction of farmers hall; P40,000.00 for the extension of one unit classroom in brgy. Causwagan, Talacogon; P1,050,000 each for barangays San Jose, Duangan, Oro, Odiong, Sinakungan, Tagbalili in Esperanza for the completion and construction of multi-purpose buildings, construction of 270 linear meter concrete pathway, construction of multi-purpose community center phase-1, and proposed construction of 200 linear meter concrete pathway.

In San Francisco town, barangays Tagapua, Rizal, Borbon, Lapinigan, and Hubang received P1,580,000 each for the construction and rehabilitation of multi-purpose buildings improvement and rehabilitation of farmers and youth training center and barangay road rehabilitation and another P100,000 for barangay San Roque, Trento for the construction of multi-purpose building phase-3 while barangays Katipunan, Sawagan, Sinubong, Sisimon, Caigangan, Sta. Cruz and Sampaguita in Veruela received a total of P8,050,000 for the rehabilitation of purok halls, installation of additional pipeline, rehabilitation of farm-to-market road, and construction of multi-purpose building.

Prior to the turn-over, Governor Plaza met up with all the barangay officials inside the Provincial Governors Conference Room and took the opportunity to advise them that instead of focusing on structural projects, they focus on livelihood programs/ projects for the people in the barangays that can easily improve their standard of living.

“Akong hangyo kaninyo nga panginabuhian ang inyong unahon ug dili kanang mga building kay sayang lang nga kung gutom pod ang mga tiyan. Mao akong tudlo kaninyo nga tutukan gyud ninyo ang livelihood programs (I am asking you to prioritize livelihood programs and projects because it is useless that we have many infrastructures but our stomach are empty),” Plaza said.

The barangay officials were encouraged by the governor to cultivate their lands and plant high-valued vegetables as he admitted that Agusan del Sur is lack of high-valued vegetables such as egg plant, bitter gourd (ampalaya), lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and to coordinate with their barangay agricultural workers.

 “We should make use of our soils so that government assistance will not be wasted. The provincial government cannot do it alone, while you just sit and wait for blessings. Being officials in the barangays, you are the authority to make plans and programs that can help the government. We have to help each other,” Gov. Plaza said.

He told the barangay officials to relay his message to the people in their respective barangays in order for them to cooperate for their own good.

On the other hand, the barangay officials expressed their gratitude to the provincial governor for the checks they received that will surely complete their ongoing projects, while pledging to go into livelihood programs and projects.

The funds distributed were taken from unspent 20 percent Provincial Development Fund (PDF) of Calendar Year 2012-2013 to support the barangay development projects and his counterpart to special projects. (DMS/PPIO Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


AgNor to host 'Dart Tournament for a Cause'

By Brian Jay Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) - The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte through the Capitol Employees Dart Club Inc. (CEDCI) will be holding a dart for a cause dubbed “PICKS DARTS, HEALS HEARTS” - P113,500.00 Open Dart Tournament on June 6-8, 2014 at the Capitol Covered Court, Capitol Compound, here.

“PRICKS DARTS, HEALS HEARTS” will be a pre-sports activity of the 47th Araw ng Agusan del Norte.

For the second time in the province, the sport has enhanced its paradigm from purely sports and entertainment to a community involvement, because part of the proceeds from this tournament will be given to the less privileged communities.

Last year, July 20, the community of Por Cristo - A Home of the Abandoned Elderly in the municipality of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was the beneficiary.
        
CEDCI President Fermin C. Antenorio stressed that getting involved in this endeavor will be a win-win situation. “No one shall become a loser because everybody shares in healing the hearts of the abandoned ones,” he added.
        
On the other hand, Antenorio is also welcoming all dart enthusiasts and sponsors all over the country particularly in the neighboring provinces, cities and municipalities in Mindanao like Davao, Cotabato, General Santos, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro and especially the provinces and cities within Caraga Region, whether in government or private, to participate in this tournament. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


AgNor solon attends Asian conference on Climate Change

QUEZON CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) - Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun was recently sent as official delegate to the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) Climate Change Conference and Strategic Workshop held on March 14-17, 2014 in Malacca and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Fortun said the conference delegates deliberated on important local initiatives with global impact on the issues of climate change. The young solon was chosen as delegate to the conference because of his pro-environment advocacies and environmental legislation in Congress.

Among these measures which he principally authored or co-authored are the Marine Pollution bill, the Coastal Areas Protection bill, the Plastics Bags Regulation bill, the Mt. Mayapay Protected Area bill and the Sustainable Forest Management bill. He was also successful in lobbying with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to increase the reforestation coverage of the Taguibo Watershed to more than 700 hectares under the 2014 National Greening Program (NGP). When he was the Vice Mayor of Butuan City, he authored the passage of the Butuan City Watershed Code through the help of the members of the Environment and Natural Resources Council (ENRC) which he re-activated and Chaired.

“Climate change is an urgent concern that cuts across political, economic, territorial, cultural and religious boundaries. It affects the very core of our freedoms and liberties for all of these will be of no consequence when the survival of each of us and the whole planet is threatened by extinction,” Fortun said. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Cebuano News: DOST mipasiugda ug kalihukan kabahin sa SETUP sa mga lungsod sa Surigao del Sur

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Marso 19 (PIA) - Ang buhatan sa Department of Science and Technology (DOST) nagpalambo sa ilahang programa nga Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program kon SETUP ngadto sa upat ka mga lungsod, sa: Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, Lingig, ug Bislig City sakop sa ikaduhang distrito ning probinsya karong adlawa, Miyerkules, Marso 19.

Ang SETUP usa sa nag-unang program sa DOST isip tubag ngadto sa mga panginahanglan sa publiko sa pagpagpalambo pinaage sa mga teknolohiya ug mga nag unang kabag-ohan nga gipalambo sa nagkalain-laing mga pasilidad sa DOST. Kini nga programa nagpatin-aw sa pagtabang ngadto sa mga SMEs sa paggamit ug mopahiangay sa mga inobasyon sa teknolihiya ug siyentipikanhong mga proseso nga pagpalambo sa negosyo sa produksyon ug pagkamalampuson.

Sumala pa ni Provincial Science and Technology Driector Andrew Soliano, ang maong kalihokan nga gipahigayon karon didto sa Mangagoy, Bislig City pagatambongan sa mga representante gikan sa upat ka mga lungsod sakop sa ikaduhang distrito ning probinsiya, Bislig City, nasyonal og lokal nga mga ahensya sa gobyerno, nagkadaiyang mga sector lakip na usab ang mga micro, small and medium enterprises.

"Ang SETUP usa ka nasudnnong nag-unang programa sa DOST nga nag-awhag ug pagtabang sa mga small, and medium enterprises (SMEs) sa pagsagop sa mga inobasyon sa teknolohiya ngadto sa pagpalambo sa ilang mga produkto, mga serbisyo, sa ilahang mga operasyon, ug sa pagdugang sa ilang mga abot ug sa katakos,” matud pa ni Soliano.

Dugang pa ni Soliano nga ang program nakatutok sa unom ka mga prayoridad nga mga sector: food processing; furniture; gifts, decors and handicrafts; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture (Cut flowers, fruits, high value crops); og metals and engineering.

Sa laing bahin, ang buhatan sa Provincial S & T Center sub-office didto sa ika-duhang distrito ning probinsya paga-ablihan usab karong adlawa atol sa maong aktibidad didto sa Bareda St. Mangagoy, Bislig City. (NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Cebuano News: AgNor mi-uyon sa SPMS gikan sa CSC

Ni Mary Cherly S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 19 (PIA) - Aron mapalambo pa og tiunay ang pagpanarbaho sa mga empleyado ug ang ka-epektibo sa organisasyon, ang probinsya sa Agusan del Norte mi-uyon sa Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) nga nagagikan sa Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Ang maong performance-based nga sistema adunay mga tumong: 1. Aron makita ang kahiusahan sa trabaho sa organisasyon ug sa matag empleyado niini; 2. Aron maseguro ang pagka-epektibo ug pagkaproduktibo sa maong organisasyon base sa aktwal nga mga performance targets; ug 3. Aron adunay basehan sa performance rating sigon sa nakitang gitrabaho sa mga empleyado lakip na ang paghatag og rewards o incentives ug silot sa mga pasaway.

Gihisgotan ni Rofel C. Cabaltera, Hepe sa Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) ang Revised Rules sa CSC particular na ang Rule 19, Section 93 nga adunay titulo nga Grounds and Procedures of Dropping from the Rolls: 1. Ang pag-absent sa opisina nga walay pagtugot sa hepe niini; ug 2. Kon ang empleyado adunay unsatisfactory o poor rating performance.

Ang ebalwasyon niini pagahimuon kausa (1) kada unom ka bulan gikan sa Enero 1 hangtod sa Hunyo 30 ug Hulyo 1 hangtod sa Desyembre 31 sa maong tuig. Kini may kalabotan sa tanang first ug second level sa career service nga mga empleyado sa probinsya.

Giaprobahan gilayon kini sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 047 – 2014 nga gipangamahanan ni PBM Rodulfo A. Pitogo, ang tsirman sa Committee on Human Resource Development, Labor and Employment. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)