Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NMSF calls on job seekers to participate in mini jobs fair, free employment coaching, seminars

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) – The Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries (NMSF) in Matabao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is set to hold a mini Jobs Fair open to all interested job seekers on October 7, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the NMSF Campus.

This activity is sponsored by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-NMSF Blue Desk. There are job openings for local and overseas vacancies.

Interested job seekers are advised to come in proper attire and bring all necessary documents such as birth certificate, bio-data, resume, diploma, transcript of record, training certificates, identification (ID) pictures, and valid passport (6 months prior to departure).

Also, in time with the mini Jobs Fair, the said school is also calling on interested individuals to participate in the conduct of free Employment Coaching and Pre-Employment Orientation and Anti-illegal Recruitment Seminar on the same day and venue.

For more information, call (085) 343-4201 or text 09203079894 and look for Mrs. Victoria Sumayod, NMSF faculty.

Said activities is anchored on the theme "Pangarap na Trabaho Para Sayo". (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DOE to host this year’s Consumer Welfare Month

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) – The Department of Energy (DOE) will host this year’s Consumers’ Welfare Month in October with the theme “Sapat na Impormasyon: Susi sa Wastong Pagamit ng Enerhiya.”

“The theme is anchored on the key policy area of the national government to adopt appropriate measures to highlight consumer education in choosing the best energy choices,” bared regional director Brielgo Pagaran of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga.

Pagaran further disclosed that said celebration will kick-off on October 1 with a Thanksgiving Mass to be held at the Capitol Covered Court of this city.

On October 3 and 8, DOE, together with other partner stakeholders will hold the “Consumer Network (ConsumerNet) Meets the Public” Forum at Karaga Hotel.

Meanwhile, the celebration will culminate on October 31 with the conduct of the Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl at the DTI-Caraga regional office. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Tulay sa OFWs coop prexy lauds members for successful 1st OFWs Summit

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) – The Tulay sa Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) multi-purpose cooperative (MPC) has successfully conducted its 1st Caraga OFWs Summit on September 20 to 21 in one of the convention centers here.

Engr. Zaldy Deronia, the Tulay sa OFWs MPC president, expressed elation on the number of participants coming from the different areas of the region. “I am very thankful for your response  and for your attendance to this first summit that we have,” he said.

This will only be the beginning, we will be doing this annually, and we hope that other OFWs, former OFWs and their beneficiaries not present today will be joining us next time, Deronia added.

Engr. Deronia then encouraged all the members of the cooperative to help make the OFW cooperative more organized, working, and functional. "Let's work together to make our coop grow... let us unite our efforts for us to move forward," he said.

“I thanked you all for participating, let’s take active involvement in our cooperative and make it performing, sustainable and beneficial to all of us member.

The 1st Caraga OFW Summit according to Engr. Deronia aimed to gather the different OFW organizations and to organize an OFW Cooperative in the region. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur PNP chief hopes for a no-nonsense lifestyle check

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero welcomes the conduct of lifestyle check for the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

However, he expressed hope that it will be a no-nonsense exercise in order to really purge the entire PNP organization of those who will be unmasked to have amassed wealth through illegal means.

Moreover, Verdadero said that it will cast away doubts on members who have nothing to do with some controversies hounding the 150,000-strong police force, but truly deserved to remain in the service of country and fellowmen.

“It will indeed ensure respect, trust, and integrity in the police force,” he stressed.

Verdadero admitted that crimes involving law enforcers have put the entire police force in bad light.

Recently, Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered to carry out a lifestyle check for the members of the police force nationwide.

Reportedly, such step was an offshoot of the spate of high profile crimes involving policemen, including the Edsa robbery and abduction incident in Mandaluyong recently as well as reports of declaration of multimillion peso net worth by some law enforcers. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur guv eyes 'TreeVolution' to set a new world record

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel expressed optimism that the Philippines can indeed set a new world record on September 26 by planting the most number of trees in one hour in multiple locations through the spearheading of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“I think we can surpass the 1,900,000,” stressed Gov. Pimentel, citing India’s feat.

Reportedly, based on Guinness World record, India has planted in one hour 1,945,535 trees in 408 locations across its border in 2011.

Pimentel reiterated Monday the unrelenting support of the provincial government for the upcoming Mindanao-wide tree planting activity dubbed as “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow.”

“We will mobilize 1,600 people,” adding that “Each person will have to plant 25 trees,” Pimentel told capitol employees, referring to the required participants that will be fielded on September 26 in Tandag City.

He likewise assured that the entire province of Surigao del Sur, through all its cities and municipalities, will take part in the endeavor—from the municipalities of Lingig to Carrascal, the southernmost and the northernmost tips.

However, based on the data provided by DENR, here, the “Province-wide Target for Simultaneous Tree Planting” is 338.5 hectares for four identified locations, citing only Bislig City—72; Tandag City—187.5; Lianga—40; and, Cantilan—39; with a total of 113,000 seedlings allotted for 5,275 planters.

Moreover, the area identified to be planted for Tandag City is in Barangay Maticdum—a National Greening Program-Bottom Up Budgeting (NGP-BUB) project, about 10 kilometers east, it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


OWWA Caraga holds IT training for OFWs in Siargao Island

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) - In order to bring in the advent of technology closer to the OFW organization in one of the remote islands of the region, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga conducted an Information Technology Training in Dapa, Surigao del Norte on September 16-19, 2014.

The IT Training is one of the short-term training programs of OWWA for OFWs and their legal dependents. It is a free training which aims to provide OFWs and their families’ access to technology-based training intended to upgrade their IT skills to find better employment opportunities as well as help bridge the physical divide between the workers and their families in the Philippines.

Fourteen (14) members of the newly-registered Dapa Overseas Filipino Workers Association (DOFWA) participated in the said training. Family Welfare Officer Ronilo Maningo assisted in organizing the DOFWA which was finally registered last July 21 under Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Maningo bared that the proposal for the training was brought in during the DOFWA assessment meeting together with the OWWA representatives on August 22, following the oath-taking ceremony of DOFWA officers.

In a letter request to OWWA dated August 25, DOFWA President Rosely Dagsa expressed high hopes that the Computer Literacy Training will be advantageous to the DOFWA members. 

OWWA OIC regional director Eduardo Bellido shared, that IT training can be an aid to the organization in terms of generating income or in marketing their enterprise.

However, Bellido opined, “the members of DOFWA should first undergo a Community Leadership Training and Entrepreneurship Development Training prior to the establishment of community based-enterprise to strengthen their business endeavor and OWWA will help the organization along this line.”

Meanwhile, OWWA IT Instructor Vincent Mahinay said that the four-day IT training session covered six modules which include: Computer Fundamentals I and II, Internet and World Wide Web, Word Processing Fundamentals, Spread Sheets Fundamentals, Presentation Fundamentals and Digital Media Fundamentals.

Mahinay cited, this was not the first time of OWWA to conduct IT outreach program in a far flung area of the region. In fact, he said, the municipality of Dapa is the 5th municipality in the region to hold an IT training program in their area.

For the past six years since the implementation of the program in 2008, Mahinay said, there were about 3000 OFWs and OFW dependents which have benefited from the training. This year, OWWA Caraga targeted around 600 OFWs and OFW dependents to be given IT training. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA brings services to OFW dependents in Surigao Norte town

By Jean Mary G. Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) - In an effort to bring the services of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to its clientele, the OWWA Regional Welfare Office Caraga in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Pilar in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte held an orientation of its programs and services to OFW dependents in Pilar on September 16, 2014.

Around 31 OFW dependents of the said municipality attended the orientation. 

OWWA OIC regional director Eduardo Bellido bared that his move in reaching out to the clients always start at the far-flung areas like Siargao where services are needed most.

“One of the purposes of my visit in your area is to strengthen the OFW Help Desk to address immediate concerns of our member OFWs abroad,” said Bellido.

Bellido added, that his other purpose for visiting the place is to identify the number of OFWs and their families in the municipality and to look into the conditions of OFW Families. While the third one, he said, is to organize an OFW Family Circle.

He exhorted the participants to form an OFC to benefit from the trainings spearheaded by OWWA, such as an orientation on migration realities, financial literacy and techno-skills trainings that will generate livelihood opportunities for the OFWs or upgrade their skills and values formation seminar which aims to keep the OFW family ties stronger despite the temporary absence of a family member.

“Basically, our intention is to see to it that we provide the necessary assistance especially during difficult circumstances where the family needed us most,” said Bellido.

Meanwhile, Marichu Polvorosa, Human Resource Management Officer Designate of LGU Pilar, is thankful for the presence of OWWA in their area and at the same time is hopeful that OWWA’s programs will be responsive to its beneficiaries. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)


Surfing competition opens in Siargao

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept, 24 (PIA) – Now on its 20th year, the Siargao International Surfing Cup formally opens today, Sep. 24 at Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Island.

The event will run until Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014.

This year, the surfing competition is brought to a higher level as it is sanctioned by both prestigious international surfing organizations such as the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC).

The two prestigious international surfing organizations will give Siargao ratings of ASP-World Qualifying Series 1 Star and ASC Grade 6, the highest rating for ASC Tour.

Around 80-100 professional surfers coming from Australia, Indonesia, Hawaii, United States of America, Japan, and Philippines, among others, are to compete for both the US$15,000 Prize Money and the valuable rating points in the effort to qualify for the ASP World Tour.

“Expecting more or less than a hundred of professional foreign surfers from the different parts of the world, we will continue to invite everyone to support our Eco-Tourism drive - the drive for love in sports and adoration for the environment.” Governor Sol F. Matugas said. (SDR/Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)