8.12.2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TESDA-13 chief welcomes new player in technical education, skills dev’t training

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) -  Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga regional director Dr. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said the agency warmly welcomes the newly-inaugurated Provincial Community Training Center (PCTC) in Bad-as, Placer, Surigao del Norte, as new player in the field of technical education and skills development (TESD) in the region.

Sunico said following in the trail blazed by the province of Surigao del Norte with the pioneering establishment of a locally-initiated manpower training center back in 1993, the provincial government under the dynamic leadership of Gov. Sol Matugas has created another flagship infrastructure devoted to skills development – the PCTC.

The TESDA chief of the region also emphasized that with the mining sector as the major partner of the provincial government in this private-public partnership (PPP) initiative, a new ground has been broken in the history of local government skills training provision in the region, making the PCTC one of a kind.

“The opening of a new training facility in a strategic location in the mainland area of the province is eagerly anticipated by the various TESD stakeholders particularly the broad sector of the unemployed youths and adults, as it seeks to expand access to training opportunities in the underserved localities,” Sunico said.

The official further stressed the advent of the PCTC is expected to consolidate the efforts of the provincial government in pursuit of its manpower development thrust, as it confronts age-old issues of mismatch and skills gaps in the growth sectors of the economy and builds its capacity to compete in the labor market, both in the domestic and global fronts.

With the establishment of the training center in the province, Sunico said that TESDA is committed to fully provide technical support to the training center’s operations, even as it strengthens its oversight and authority role over the other local training institutions in the region.

Sunico bolstered that as TESDA broadens access to skills training programs and intensify efforts at making TESDA programs and services relevant, “we continue to play an engaged role in local initiatives to ensure that the efforts of all TESD providers are coordinated, integrated and aligned to our strategic thrust of providing opportunities in human capital investment for inclusive growth.” (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


RTR mandates VAWC desk in every barangay

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The local government unit of Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR) of the province of Agusan del Norte, mandated the establishment of Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desk in all of its barangays.

This mandate is embodied in Municipal Ordinance No. 266-2014, authored by municipal councilor Francisco M. Ba?o. Under the said ordinance, a VAWC desk shall be established in every barangay, preferably within the barangay hall which shall be handled by a person who is trained in gender-sensitive cases, preferably a woman barangay kagawad or woman barangay tanod.

The legislative measure is in consonance with Republic Act 7910, known as the Magna Carta on Women which seeks to eliminate discrimination on women by recognizing, protecting, and promoting their rights. It is also in line with the Gender and Development Code of the province of Agusan del Norte.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan through the Committee on Social Welfare and Population Development, chaired by Provincial Board Member Elizabeth Marie R. Calo, pushed for the approval of the said ordinance pursuant to Section 447 of the Local Government Code of 1991, which empowers the sangguniang bayan to enact ordinances, approve resolutions and appropriate funds for the general welfare of the municipality and its inhabitants pursuant to Section 16 of this Code. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DILG 13 leads child friendly local governance audit in Caraga

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 13 leads in the conduct of Child Friendly Local Governance Audit (CFLGA) in the region.

Six cities and 67 municipalities were assessed using the CFLGA tool to gauge their performance in delivering children and youth-specific social services in the community.

The CFLGA is an audit system that assesses the delivery of social welfare services on child and youth. It is a result-based assessment tool and a mandatory audit designed to identify the results of the intervention. The Council for the Welfare of Children has adopted the audit as a major tool in assessing LGU performance and uses its result as inputs in the Conferment of the Seal of Child Friendly Local Governance.

Results of the assessment were transmitted from the city/municipal level to the provincial level and to the regional level. The Regional Audit Team (RAT), chaired by the DILG and co-chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the Department of Education (DepEd) validates the results and prepares the consolidated regional overall rating for submission to the Regional Subcommittee on the Council for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC).

The department supports the realization of children’s rights and building a “Child-Sensitive and Child-Friendly Society,” in accordance with the country’s commitments to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao City biz group commits to enhance consumer welfare

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The local business community here signified their commitment to improve delivery of services to their customers and partake on the responsibility to enhance the welfare of consumers during the Business Forum on Consumer Welfare sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held on August 8, 2014 at Parkway Hotel, this city.

The activity aimed to enlighten the entrepreneurs, business managers and their representatives on the benefits and advantages of improving the way they conduct their business particularly along the context of observing consumer protection laws and welfare mechanism.

During the forum, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Rodrigo R. Matabaran explained the overview of the activity and stressed that the purpose of the activity is to enhance capabilities of business establishments to undertake customers-centered operation that will improve the benefits and welfare of consumers.

“More so with the upcoming ASEAN economic integration by 2015, the business sector will be facing some challenges considering the increasing competition with the free flow of goods, services and investments among member countries. This further sets the imperatives to level up the quality of service of the private sector and the government alike to keep the pace of current economic realities,” Matabaran said.

Other topics discussed during the said forum include fair trade laws, product standards and consumer complaints procedures among others by Trade and Industry Development Specialist Josephine D. Gabutin wherein she stressed the importance of religious compliance of fair trade laws to serve better their customers and avoid fines and penalties resulting from violations.

Also various issues were raised during the forum including availment of privileges of senior citizens and sub-standards products in the market among others. 

Surigao del Norte Consumers Organization (SUNCO) president and retired colonel Nestor MindaƱa, during the open forum pointed out that establishments must extend the discount privileges entitled to senior citizens, while Surigao Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (SFCCI) press relation officer Benito Lim suggested that the government must address standards compliance at the manufacturers and importers level since the local establishments such as hardware and other traders merely buy what is available from their suppliers.

Meantime, in her closing remarks, Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (SCCI) president Concepcion R. Paqueo expressed her thanks to the DTI management headed by provincial director Celestino L. Negapatan for undertaking the activity as she learned some relevant guidelines in conducting business within the backdrop of consumer welfare and protection, and she also encouraged the business community to be sensitive on the needs of their customers that can result to some beneficial impacts on their operation in terms of continuing customers’ patronage.

A total of 48 participants representing the Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), Surigao Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Surigao del Norte Consumers Organization (SUNCO), Claver Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Claver Consumers Organization and various business establishments participated the said forum. (SDR/RRM, DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Agusan Sur showcases farm products in Mindanao Trade Expo 2014

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 12 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) provincial office here recently assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) to participate and promote their agricultural products in the Mindanao Trade Expo 2014 at the Abreeza Mall, Davao City.

The Trade Expo, which runs from August 8 to 14, showcases the unique products and distinct garment designs of Mindanao.

The participating ARBOs include, Magkiangkang Multi- Purpose Cooperative of Bayugan City (MAMPC) marketing their famous cocoa products (tableya), Sta. Maria Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (STAMARBEMCO) of Sta. Maria, Prosperidad promoting their colorful Kaong (Sugar Palm fruits products) and Kaagap Multi- Purpose Cooperative (KAAGAPMUCO) in Hubang, San Francisco, Agusan Sur exhibiting their Coir Twines (products made of coconut husks), Coco net, Coco Virgin Oil, Coco Syrup and other coconut by-products.

Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD) chief Fe Mosquera said the Trade Expo aims to inform the public about the activities of the department and to promote the products of farmer-beneficiaries, as well as market their products not only in the country but also internationally.

The said activity is participated by farmers, businessmen, and entrepreneurs from Luzon and Visayas. (DAR-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo umaasang gagawa ang United Nations ng mga hakbang para protektahan ang mga tagapamayapang Pilipino sa Liberia mula sa Ebola

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Agosto 12 (PIA) - Umaasa ang Palasyo na gagawa ng mga hakbang ang United Nations para maprotektahan ang mga Pilipinong tagapamayapa sa Liberia mula sa Ebola.

“Ang pwersang pangkapayapaan ay nasa ilalim ng UN. Inaasahan naming na ang UN ay seguruhin na ang pwersang pangkapayapaan na nasa ilalim ng kanyang nasasakopan ay maprotektahan ng mabuti,” sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa mga mamamahayag noong Lunes ng makapanayam ang media.

Sinabi niya na hindi malaman kung gaano kalayo ang mga pwersang pangkapayapaan mula sa lugar na tinamaan ng epidemya.

“Pero inaasahan ko na gagawa ng mga hakbang ang United Nations para maseguro ang kaligtasan na kanyang pwersang pangkapayapaan,” ulit niya.

Ang Liberia, kasama na ang Sierra Leone at New Guinea, ay sentro ng pananalasa ng Ebola, na umako na ng 1,000 na buhay.

Ayon sa ulat, ang mga Pilipinong tagapamayapa ay inaasahang babalik mula sa kanilang mga trabaho sa Liberia sa darating na Setyembre o Oktubre ng taong ito.

Ang mga tagapamayapa mula sa United Nations ay nagmomonitor sa tigil putukan na kasunduan sa Liberia kasunod ng gyera sibil noong 2003.

Sinabi ni Lacierda na ang Department of Health ay siyang mag-asikaso sa mga sundalo sa kanilang pagbalik mula sa Africa. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Cabadbaran Literacy Council gimugna

Ni Mary Cheryl S. Monoy

BUTUAN CITY, Agosto 12 (PIA) - Gipanghingusgan ni SP Alicia C. Funcion ang pagmugna sa Cabadbaran City Literacy Coordinating Council pinaagi sa City Ordinance No. 2014 – 012 sa maong dakbayan nga gibasi sa Republic Act 10122 o “An Act Strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council.”

Tumong sa nasangpit nga ordinansa ang pagmugna sa maong konseho aron matutukan gayod ang paghatag og mga programa ug mga proyekto nga makatabang paghaw-as sa katawhan sa kalisod sa kinabuhi, mahatagan sila og panginabuhian, mahatag ang ilang mga pangadlaw-adlaw nga panginahanglan, kagawasan (freedom) ug insaktong edukasyon.

Si Mayor Dale B. Corvera maoy mangulo niini inubanan sa City Schools Division Superintendent nga mao ang vice chairman ug mga miyembro nga mao ang SP Chairman on Education, Alternative Learning System (ALS) Coordinator, mga representante sa DILG, PNP, CSWD, NGO/PO, City Legal Officer, City Budget Officer, City Health Officer ug uban pa nga ahensya o buhaton sa lungsod.


Gi-aprubahan gilayon kini sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan pinaagi sa Sanggunian Resolution No. 176 – 2014 nga gipangamahan ni bokal Rodulfo A. Pitogo. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)