Sunday, September 21, 2014

DOST offers support to OFWs, beneficiaries

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga region has offered its assistance to the region’s Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their beneficiaries during the 1st Caraga OFWs Summit held on September 20-21, in one of the convention centers here.

DOST assistant regional director Ricardo N. Varela shares how their agency – DOST can assist them in terms of doing business in the region.

“DOST will assist interested OFWs and their beneficiaries to do business in the region through partnerships like providing with the equipment and processing facilities needed; through upgrading their technology; and even improving packaging and labeling for their existing business or products,” Varela said.

“Doing business with the money earned abroad using the technology that DOST can offer will help OFWs and their beneficiaries maintain their income and even increase it,” Varela added.

During the summit, Varela told and suggested to OFWs and their beneficiaries present to personally manage and monitor their own business. “If you will go into business make sure to invest your hard-earned money wisely and monitor it properly, do not just entrust to anybody without having knowledge on how to make it grow,” he said.

Also, during the summit Varela announced that DOST is also offering scholarships to OFW beneficiaries. Scholarship is available to high school and college students.

“To those who are interested to avail the DOST assistance, services and programs, just visit our office for discussion and more information,” Varela said.

The 1st Caraga OFWs Summit held in one of the convention centers here carries the theme “Kabuhayan sa Kapaligiran ng mga OFWs Tungo sa Kaunlaran.” (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor elementary teacher honored as Metrobank Foundation outstanding teacher

By Simplicia C. Cebreros

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 21 (PIA) – Sharon Rose P. Puyo, an elementary school teacher of Cabadbaran South Central Elementary School - Special Education (SPED) Center of Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, is one of the 10 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers of 2014.

Teacher Puyo has been a special education teacher, particularly of children with hearing difficulties, for 16 years. She has developed sign language classes for those who care for deaf children.

According to reports, Puyo has also partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development in ensuring that adult deaf learners have access to entrepreneurial training, such as cooking, baking and candle making.

She also trains a deaf group that performs dances and songs in local events.

This year’s 10 outstanding teachers are composed of four elementary, four secondary public school teachers, and two professors from the higher education level, the winners join the rank of 326 outstanding teachers who have been honored by the Foundation since 1985.

The 10 outstanding teachers received gold medallions and a cash prize of P500,000 each during the Metrobank’s 52nd anniversary celebration held recently. They also received a trophy and plaque of recognition for their school. (DepEd-Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)