Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DOST USec inspires PSHS scholars to strive & pursue their goals in life

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) – “Scholars of the Philippine Science High School get the best education. It takes perseverance and hard work for students to survive and surpass all the challenges in PSHS.”

This was the statement of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Prof. Fortunato T. Dela Peña who reached out to the 72 scholars and inspired them to strive hard in their studies and pursue their goals in life, during the opening of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) Caraga Region Campus (CRC) held at the Caraga State University (CSU) Gymnasium in Brgy. Ampayon, this city.

Dela Peña also expressed his thanks and gratitude to the city government officials for the fast realization of the campus and to DOST Caraga headed by regional director Dominga Mallonga where the PSHS is directly under their care.

Dela Peña also stressed that by year 2016, the PSHS will reach to 16 campuses nationwide. “The Philippine Science High School in Caraga region is the 13th campus in the country,” he added.

USec further bared that graduates of the PSHS are recommended to enroll science and technology, engineering and mathematics courses in college.

"We, as parents should let our children choose what course they would want to take up in college. I believe they have specific interest which they will really perform well. Let us help them excel in their studies. With PSHS, the students here are expected to do best in Science and Math," emphasized Dela Peña.

Also, the chosen 72 scholars with the presence of their parents expressed their commitment thru the scholarship pledge.

"The campus administrators with the faculty and staff of PSHS will do their best to ensure the safety and protection of the students while they are in the campus. We encourage the parents to let us know if you have any concerns, we are very willing to assist you," Dela Peña clarified.

He also introduced the Philippine Science High School System as a Service Institute of the DOST whose mandate is to offer on a free scholarship basis for secondary course with special emphasis on subjects pertaining to the Sciences with the end view of preparing its students for a Science career.  This is according to Section 2 of Republic Act 3661 that established the first Philippine Science High School campus in 1964.

“PSHS Scholars receive an education that is humanistic in spirit, global in perspective and patriotic in orientation.  When they graduate, the scholars are expected to pursue degrees in Science and Technology at various colleges and universities both here and abroad.  It is hoped that with seeds of seal for the truth, the PSHS alumni will continue to contribute to the betterment of Philippine society through their engagement in research and development work and leadership in Science and Technology endeavors,” highlighted Dela Peña.

During the program, Dela Peña also shared how his children took the challenge as students in the PSHS in Manila and successfully achieved their goals in life. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


S & T Caraga chief acknowledges individuals, institutions for opening of PSHS CRC

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 (PIA) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga acknowledges the contributions of individuals, groups and institutions for the successful opening of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) or Pisay Caraga Region Campus (CRC) on Monday here.

Director Mallonga, who will lead the supervision and monitoring of Pisay CRC, is very grateful to the local government of Butuan City headed by mayor Ferdinand Amante and the Sangguniang Panlungsod members headed by vice mayor Angelo Calo and its predecessor now congressman Lawrence Lemuel Fortun for pursuing the establishment of the school campus and allotted almost P2 million for the renovation of the classrooms, office, canteen and dorm for temporary use of the students while waiting for the campus to be constructed and completed.

Mallonga also expressed her thanks to former vice president Teofisto Guingona and his family for donating the 5-hectare lot located at barangay Ampayon. 

"I would also like to thank Caraga State University (CSU) headed by then president Johanna Cuenca and the current president Dr. Rowena Varela and Dr. Luisito Tabada taking turns as OIC presidents for allowing the use of its building as classrooms, dorm and office and for the CSU Board of Regents for the vote of approval and support," she said.

Also, Mallonga acknowledges the contribution of DOST undersecretary Fortunato dela Pena for seeing thru the preparations and fast tracking of efforts; and to secretary Mario Montejo for the approval of the establishment of the campus.

The Department of Education (DepEd) also contributed to the opening of CRC, for pushing quality basic education resulting to the 91 passers in the 2013 entrance/qualifying examination. A total of 72 scholars enrolled in CRC while the other 19 passers enrolled in other campuses in the country, Mallonga said.

Mallonga also acknowledges the contributions of Dr. Ruwena Gonzaga, the OIC Campus director for organizing and directing the activities together with the PSHS directorate particularly executive director Dr. Josette Biyo, Dr. Rod Allan de Lara and the faculty and staff for without them, classes of the Pisay campus will not be able to start Monday, June 23.

For his efforts leading to the establishment of Pisay CRC and for vigorously promoting science and technology education in the region, director Mallonga is also thankful to his former boss director Lyndo Villacorta and to her colleagues.

Mallonga said, the establishment of Pisay CRC is vested in Republic Act No. 3661. ”The purpose of this specialized high school is to offer, on a free scholarship basis, a secondary course with special emphasis on subjects pertaining to the sciences with the end view of preparing the students for a science and technology career," Mallonga added.

“As Pisay CRC begins its journey, I wish all the best and may this campus delivers students and graduates who epitomize the ideal educated Filipino,” Mallonga said. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Tandag City chief exec bares feat

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, June 24 (PIA) – City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel has bared it all yesterday when she delivered her first State of the City Address (SOCA) during the occasion of the 7th Charter Day celebration program held at 2:00 p.m. at the public gymnasium here.

In her 36-page report, she stressed that what guided her administration to succeed were the “six pillars of development” she vowed to sustain in her inaugural address:  increased production for food security and increased income; decreased illiteracy and improved skills among youth; healthy community and clean environment; support to social services for the marginalized groups; tourism and infrastructure; and peaceful, orderly and disaster-resilient community.

Alongside other commitments to pursue necessary reforms in local administration and fiscal management, with the promise “to mobilize local and external resources in implementing various development programs and projects throughout the 21 barangays” as well as “to harness public-private collaborations and active involvement of people in local governance and community actions,” Pimentel said that the city government has ensured the prompt, effective and efficient delivery of public service.

Earlier in her report, the mayor said that out of 122 Local Government Units (LGUs), Tandag City was declared by the National Competitiveness Council Philippines as the “45th Most Competitive City in the country for 2013.

Citing statistical data to support her claim how Tandag City has morphed into what it is now—from business, agriculture and livelihood, health and environment, support services, tourism and infrastructure, peace and order, and to future plans and programs—Mayor Pimentel stressed that all these cannot be achieved without the help and cooperation of all concerned in the community in general.

However, she named in particular the “workforce” behind her in the city government and other public officials like Governor Johnny Pimentel and Congressman Philip Pichay as well as head of national government agencies.

Also, with particular mention, the lady mayor said that her administration was conferred with the “Seal of Good Housekeeping” for two consecutive years now—2012 and 2013—by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the national government.

She attributed the feat to the “unqualified opinion” of the Commission on Audit (COA) on the fairness of the presentation of the financial statement of the city as of December 31, 2013.

Pimentel added that all transactions under her administration are transparent in compliance with the “Full Disclosure Policy” under the DILG Memorandum Circular 2013-140. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DA Caraga empowers women through livelihood training

By Aurelius P. Arais

TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, June 24 (PIA) - Recognizing the role of women in nation building, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga conducted series of livelihood training for Rural Improvement Club (RIC) and 4H members and Extension Workers in the region.

The AgriPinoy Corn Program is currently promoting value adding products utilizing cassava through cooking demo livelihood training in which the second batch was held in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur last June 17, 2014.

Similar training was also conducted late last year in Butuan City and more training are currently on the pipeline.

Participants were taught how to cook various cassava recipes such as pudding, cheese, hagik-hik (suman), toron and pitchi-pitchi.

Regional Corn Program Coordinator Abel Wagas emphasized that food processing is an opportunity for the farmer’s wives and the women in general to help augment the income of the family.

He urged the participants to strengthen their associations to engage in cassava food processing wherein ready market is just around in the locality such as restaurants, canteens and more.

A participant expressed amazement after learning that cassava can be processed into more mouth tantalizing menu and vowed to add cassava recipes during special occasions or gatherings.

Cassava is a healthy food alternative.  Cassava roots are a rich source of carbohydrates which is an energy source.  It is generally considered to have a high content of dietary fiber, magnesium, sodium, riboflavin, thiamin, nicotinic acid, and citrate.

Cassava is traditionally utilized as food source in broiled, steamed and boiled forms. (DA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Chamber, AusAID to conduct Roads Forum

SURIGAO CITY, June 23 (PIA) – A one-day Roads Forum will be conducted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to be held at the Sagisi Hall, Gateway Hotel, this city.

The one-day forum is organized under the Coordinating Road Investments for Development (CRID) Project of the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SCCI) in partnership with the Asia Foundation and funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

The activity aims to discuss issues related to roads and propose plans to help address them to ensure convenience in the transport of goods and delivery of services.

The SCCI will also give updates of the CRID Project implementation; share to the stakeholders of Surigao del Norte the initiatives done by the Provincial Roads Investment Coordinating Committee and draw further support in the project.

Highlight of this event is the turn-over of the Digital Road Database of the Province to the provincial government through Governor Sol F. Matugas.

The forum is expected to be participated by the various stakeholders, local government unit executives and the Provincial Road Investment Coordinating Committee members and other partners in the province. (SDR/SCCI/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Travel Clearance: a must for minors traveling abroad

By Vilma Bare & Theresa D. Barsobia

BUTUAN CITY, June 24 - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is mandated to provide special protection to children from all forms of abuse and other conditions prejudicial to their development. In compliance with the provisions of Republic Act 7610, Article IV on Child Trafficking, a child shall not be allowed to travel to a foreign country without a travel clearance except for minors traveling with either mother or father. A travel clearance is also required by a minor who was born out of wedlock traveling with his/her biological father.

The primary objective of the issuance of travel clearance is to protect minors from trafficking, abuse exploitation or improper influence by person/s engaged in trafficking. A thorough assessment and review of the documents submitted will be made to ensure that a travel clearance will be issued to minors who are traveling abroad (MTA) for valid reasons.

Documents needed for issuance of travel clearance are authenticated Birth Certificate of the minor, Authenticated Marriage Contract by the biological parents (if married), Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR) from NSO for minors born out of wedlock, Death Certificate in case of deceased parents, Affidavit of Consent from both parents permitting their child/children to travel abroad stipulating the destination, departure, purpose and traveling companion, Two colored passport size picture of the minor, photocopy of the passport of the traveling companion, and filled-out application form. This program is under the Protective Services Unit through the Community Based Services.

One of the strategies made by the concerned community based social workers to facilitate immediate issuance of travel clearance is through coordination with the LGU Social Workers who are oriented about the program including the required documents so that they could also advise MTA applicants to comply first the needed documents before going to the DSWD satellite office for interview and review of the documents as basis for the issuance of travel clearance.

MTA applicants are advised to submit their complete documents at the DSWD Satellite Offices per province through the assigned community - based social workers for review and preparation of assessment report except in the province of Agusan del Norte where they could directly submit their application at the Field Office through the assigned Focal Person/community based social worker. Processing of travel clearance is at least two days upon completion of required documents.

From January 2014 to March 2014, a total of 52 travel clearance issued to minors.  Out of the 52 minors issued with travel clearance, 20 went for vacation, eight visited their parents and relatives, four went for a tour or leisure trip, four went for study tour or educational trip, four went for the completion of their International Student Convention, three attended the International Science and Engineering Fair, and seven for issuance of passport.

Agusan del Norte (AdN) ranked number one with highest cases of minors traveling abroad with a total of twenty 24, province of Surigao del Norte ranked number two with a total of 15, Agusan del Sur (ADS) ranked number three with a total of eight and Surigao del Sur with a total of five. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Pilipinas at Hapon nakapag-ambag sa kapayapaan ng rehiyon, sabi ng isang opisyal ng embahada

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Hunyo 24 (PIA) - Ang pinagsamang depensa at seguridad sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Hapon ay patuloy na nakapag ambag sa kapayapaan at tatag sa rehiyon, sabi ng isang diplomatiko ng Pilipinas.

Gumawa ng pagsaayos ang dalawang bansa para sa kanikanilang nangungunang ahensiya na magsagawa ng pag-uusap sa regular na paraan, sabi ni Charge d' Affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo Gilberto G.B. Asugue sa isang panayam sa radyo at telebisyon ng Malakanyang noong nakaraang linggo.

Sabi ni Asugue na ang dalawang bansa ay nagkaroon ng pinagsamang pagtitipon sa antas na politikal: ang mga undersecretaries ng kani-kanilang mga foreign affairs ministers na gumagawa ng taunang konsultasyon para suriing muli ang kabuuang magkabilaang relasyon; at ang Department of National Defense ng Pilipinas at ministerya ng Hapon ay mayroon ding regular na pagpupulong.

“Ang Kalihim ng Depensa ng Pilipinas at ang Ministerya ng Depensa ng Hapon ay gumagawa ng regular na konsultasyon para mapag-usapan ang mga pang ehiyon na isyu ng bawat bansa para mapalakas ang rehiyonal na kapayapaan,” sabi niya.

Ang pagpupulong na  ito ay isang oportunidad para sa mga opisyal ng pangseguridad para maipakita kung papano sila makipagtulungan sa isa’t isa  sa pag ambag para sa rehiyonal na kapayapaan at para rin sa kanilang pagsisikap para matugunan ang iba pang may kaugnayan sa seguridad, hindi lamang ng rehiyon kundi pati narin ang iba pang parte ng mundo.

Sabi pa niya na ang pagtataling ito ay nagbunga sa Pilipinas at Hapon na magbigay suporta para sa pandaigdigang pagsisikap para labanan at pamimirata sa baybayin ng Somalia.

Ayon kay Asugue, ang Hapon ay nag-alay ng coast guard para sa pinagsamang pwersa na pandagat habang ang Pilipinas ay nag-ambag ng isang liaison officer sa pinagsamang pwersang pandagat.

Nakatakdang gumawa ng isang araw na pagbisita habang nagtatrabaho sa Hapon sa Martes para makipagkita kay Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at para na rin matugunan ang pangkapayapaang pulong ng Mindanao sa Hiroshima.

Babalik ang Pangulo sa Manila mamayang gabi, Martes, Hunyo 24. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)