1.29.2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Improve public service," TESDA-13 personnel told

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) – True to its vision to be the leading partner in developing Filipino workforce with world-class competence and positive work values, personnel from the different Operating Units of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were reminded to improve public service.

During the 2015 Corporate Planning and Regional Quality Management Committee (RQMC) Meeting held recently at Amontay Beach Resort in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, TESDA-Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said since the agency has been recommended for an ISO Certification, the general public has high expectations toward the services they will receive from TESDA.

“We have already recommended by TUV SUD Philippines for an ISO 9001:2008 Certification. This means that our clients expect a more organized system in our delivery of services which is anchored to the vision, mission and quality policy of TESDA,” Dir. Sunico said.

Dir. Sunico further stressed the conduct of the activity is to review and analyze the 2014 performance. It will also serve as a venue to provide guidance and directions for 2013 operations, as well as to situate new heads of operating units to their new roles and responsibilities, plan for regional and provincial activities and agree on some operational issues and concerns.

As to the physical and financial accomplishments, it was presented that the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) Project for Dapa town and Surigao City are given until March 31, 2015 to comply with all the requirements, TESDA Caraga as an agency will implement the projects for them.

Under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS), the training providers, total registered programs, registered programs per sector, Training Regulations utilization for 2014, qualifications for migration, and compliance audit were discussed.

It was agreed that for those TVET providers who were not able to migrate their courses, no scholarship slots will be given to them. However, the Executive Committee members composed of RD Sunico, TESDA-Caraga provincial directors, TESDA Technology Institute (TTI) administrators, and Provincial Training Center heads agreed to be discriminate in program registration and look at the capabilities of the TVET Provider. It was also carried out that the migration of programs of TTIs will be completed not later than February 2015 – Provincial Office level. By March 2015, all programs due for migration are already migrated.

The common findings for the compliance audits for the Assessment Centers were presented by Romel Natad, Sr. TESD Specialist and outgoing focal person for Competency Assessment and Certification System (CACS). The amended guidelines on the implementation of Competency Assessment and Certification of TVET Trainers for TM Level I as taken from TESDA Circular No. 20 series of 2014 were also discussed.

The Execom agreed further that if there is no assessment center in the province or the region, the student to undergo assessment is allowed to go outside the region for assessments, inclusive for Implementing Guidelines for Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

For those who are listed as trainers, check their contracts with the TVET Provider to also protect our students and the scholarship given to them, for TWSP.

Under the Training Methodology (TM) Course, it is best to make it a directed competency-based program and follow the given timeframe in complying all the requirements for completion, which is 33 days.

In the case of TM-1 Assessment, this will be performed by the Provincial Office as prescribed. The two Provincial Offices with TM-1 providers shall adhere to the new guidelines. Stocking and inventory of National Certificates (NCs) shall be adopted at the Regional Office and Provincial Office in coordination with Finance and Administrative Services Division (FASD) through the Accounting Office.

Dir. Sunico is optimistic that with the planning of different Operation Units of TESDA-Caraga, more Caraganons will avail of free trainings through the scholarship programs of TESDA and be world-class skilled workers, in line with the Human Development Cluster of the Philippine Development Plan. (TESDA-13/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur gets near rice self-sufficiency level

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur is just a little shy to reach the rice self-sufficiency level, according to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPAG).

Marcos Quico, OPAG chief, bared last week that palay yield has continued to gain pace since 2012, 2013, and 2014 despite the growing number of population side by side with the increasing consumption.

Recently, he said that the province has posted 94.84 percent in rice self-sufficiency as compared to 2012 and 2013 with 72.33 percent and 88.87 percent, respectively.

The continuous uptrend in yield is attributed to government support and other modern farm interventions.

The OPAG chief expressed optimism that it will just be a matter of time to overcome the problem. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Construction of school dorms urged in Surigao Norte town

By Luzmarie Escobal Jandug

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) – Members of the Technical Working Group of the National Advisory Committee (NAC) have urged the Department of Education (DepEd)-Caraga to construct school dormitories in some elementary and high schools in Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte.

This development came after the NAC Technical Working Group visited the province of Surigao del Norte recently to validate the livelihood projects that are implemented by different government agencies of the region for the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

During the last day of the evaluation where regional focal persons were converged to bare the evaluation results and recommendations, the Technical Working Group composed of officials from the different national government agencies in Manila led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have unanimously agreed to recommend the construction of dormitories in the remote part of the said town to address the dropout problem in the municipality.

Through this, DSWD undersecretary Milo Gudmalin said this can also reduce transportation cost of the students which is one of the causes of dropouts. “Dropout rate of pupils/students are increasing and this all because that parents cannot afford to send their children to school… they cannot afford for the transportation expenses of their children,” Gudmalin said.

Because of this development, Gudmalin said the regional office of the Education Department in Caraga should find a way to solve this problem.

The four-day validation was made possible in order to assess the implementation of the livelihood opportunities and other projects implemented by the different government agencies in the region. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


NAC pushes for plantilla position for kindergarten teachers

By Jolanie E. Bucad

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) – A plantilla position must be created for Kindergarten teachers.

This is the recommendation of the members of the Technical Working Group of the National Advisory Committee (TWG-NAC) during the validation of livelihood projects that are implemented by different government agencies of the region for the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD undersecretary Milo Gudmalin said the Education Department should consider posting plantilla positions for kindergarten teachers so that there will be no fast turnovers of teachers in the preschool.

Meanwhile, Department of Education (DepEd)-Caraga regional director Atty. Alberto Escobarte said since this recommendation from the TWG-NAC is practical, he is willing to bring this matter to the higher officials of the agency.

In other developments, the technical working group has found out that Villafranca Elementary School Grade 3 pupils are still using the old textbook, thus, there is lack of K-12 textbooks. Because of this, the group has decided to include the recommendation of procuring these books to the DepEd-Caraga Region.

Further, the DepEd is enjoined to provide updated textbooks based on K-12 curriculum through coordination and updating with Division Levels.

Aside from the issues mentioned, there is also a need for potable water supply and sanitary toilet facilities separate for male and female pupils in some elementary and high schools in Surigao del Norte in response to the Gender and Development (GAD) issues. With regards to this issue, it was recommended that the attention of DepEd and the Department of Health (DOH) must be called and likewise to explore the possibility of tapping WASH project assisted by the UNICEF.

For his part, Usec. Gudmalin is hopeful that all recommendations will be given favorable consideration and action for the benefit of the schoolchildren in Surigao del Norte. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


SurSur to hold Joint Peace & Security Coordinating Committee meeting

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 27 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Sur is set to hold a Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee (JPSCC) meeting on January 28, 2015 at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city.

Governor Johnny Pimentel, JPSCC chair, is going to preside over the event, which will highlight the respective briefings of both the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

However, representatives from National Line Agencies/Offices (NLA/Os), and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are likewise party to the occasion.

Col. Alexander Macario, commanding officer of the 401st Infantry Brigade of the AFP is going to handle the “security” briefing while P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero, acting provincial director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province will present the peace and order situation.

Also, MGen Oscar Lactao, commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) and P/Chief Supt. David Ombao, regional director of Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) are tasked to speak on particular matters within the scope of their respective posts—the JPSCC Coordinating Mechanisms and Measures for the AFP while Criminality, Law Enforcement and Public Safety Measures for the PNP.

An open forum will follow afterwards.

Before adjournment, the event will be capped by a message of the governor. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


SurSur PLGU, Tubod MLGU triumph in DSWD’s 'BayanI Ka!' awards

By Eunice G. Montaos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 27 - The provincial/municipal local government units (P/MLGUs) of Surigao del Sur and Tubod, Surigao del Norte respectively received accolades in the first ever BayanI Ka! awards of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) held on January 23, 2015 at AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

The BayanI Ka! awards is an initiative of the national program management office (NPMO) of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services-National Community-Driven Development Program (KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP). Such recognition seeks not only to distinguish the contribution of the Program’s supporters but also to identify the Program’s champions who will help in promoting the gains of the CDD-implemented projects to their respective circles.

The nominations and validations from the field offices of the Department ran from September-November 2014.

Recognized for advocating the CDD strategy and its participatory, transparency, and accountability principles, the PLGU of Surigao del Sur under the leadership of Governor Johnny T. Pimentel is the national awardee for the special award on improved local governance (PLGU category).

Meanwhile, the MLGU of Tubod led by Mayor Cristina Hemady R. Arcillas is hailed as the national awardee for the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MLGU) category.

Both LGUs received a plaque of recognition and a check amounting to Php10,000 for their awards.

Graced by Honorable Secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the said event was attended by the key DSWD officials, members of the NPMO of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, regional directors, assistant regional directors, and other awardees. It also served as the culminating activity for the national unified regional program review and evaluation workshop.

During the event, Governor Pimentel also gave a testimonial/message about the experience of Surigao del Sur in implementing the KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP, then Kalahi-CIDSS project.

Regional director Minda B. Brigoli and assistant regional director for Operations Mita G. Lim escorted the awardees during the awards day.

Held annually, the “Bayani Ka!” award seeks to showcase what CDD essentially does which is raising local, everyday heroes who are willing to put their communities (“bayan”) before their own selves (“I). (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Setting the Right Example: Convergence gains grounds

It was from her neighbor that Joeme S. Delaganar, of Esperanza Agusan del Sur, 52 years old first heard that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provides capital assistance to the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries.

Not later then, she became a member of the Bird of Paradise Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) Association and received P10,000 from DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. She invested the money into swine production. She started with two sows but knew that they will be better off not depending on the income they will get from the two heads alone.                                        

So, Felix, Joemes’ husband met with a staff of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. The fruit of the said discussion was another venture – a fishpond. The Municipal Agriculture Office of the municipality of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur provided the tilapia fingerlings while the provincial office of the Department of Agriculture provided the feeds. Felix worked alone to realize the pond and finished it after two months.

The Delaganar Family has already sold a total of P10,000 from the tilapia and P20,000 from the piglets of the sows. Now, the two sows have 19 piglets and the couple plans to have more.                                                                                 

Because of their hard work and determination, Felix and Joeme have not only reaped financial benefits from their livelihood but have also gained admiration as their neighbors consider them their models. (DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Diskwento Caravan isasagawa sa Cabadbaran City bago ang kapistahan

Ni Ma. Lourdes P. Apego

BUTUAN CITY, Enero 27 (PIA) - Isang Diskwento Caravan ang isasagawa sa Cabadbaran City ilang araw bago ang kapistahan ng nasabing lunsod.

Ayon kay Ginang Gay Tidalgo, Provincial Director ng DTI Agusan del Norte, ang apat araw na Diskwento Caravan ay isasagawa simula Enero 29 hanggang sa Enero 31 nitong taon.

Sinabi ni Tidalgo na ang nasabing kaganapan, na nag-aalok ng mga pangunahing bilihin sa diskwentong presyo, ay kauna-unahan para sa taong 2015 at ito ay matatagpuan sa parking area sa Princity Inc., Atega-Curato Sts., Cabadbaran City.

Ito ay ipinapatupad sa pamumuno ng DTI sa pakikipagtulungan ng mga consumer friendly establishments at local na pamahalaan ng Cabadbaran.

Sa pamamagitan ng Diskwento Caravan, mabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga consumers na makabili ng kanilang mga pangangailangan  sa fiesta sa may diskwentong presyo, ani ni Tidalgo. (Radyo ng Bayan Butuan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Tagalog News: Gobyerno ipagpatuloy ang pagtulak sa proseso para sa kapayapaan ng Mindanao kahit sa nangyaring insidente, sabi ng opisyal ng Palasyo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Enero 27, 2015 (PIA) - Ipagpatuloy ng gobyerno ang pagtulak para sa proseso ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao kahit may nangyaring sagupaan sa pagitan ng pulis at mga miyembro ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao, sabi ni Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. noong Lunes.

“Ang pananaw ng pamahalaan ay hindi nagbabago. Mahalaga ang peace process sa Mindanao, mahalaga ang pagpasa ng Bangsamoro Basic Law at patuloy pa ring itinataguyod ang prosesong pangkapayaan,” sabi niya sa isang panayam sa media sa Malakanyang.

Mga 43 na miyembro ng Philippine National Police na nabibilang sa Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) ang namatay at 11 ang nasugatan noong sila ay magsagupa laban sa mga miyembro ng MILF.

Ang mga pulis ay nasa lugar na iyon para arestuhin ang suspetsadong Malaysian terrorist na si Zulkifli bin Hir alyas Marwan at ang Pilipinong eksperto sa paggawa ng bomba na si Abdul Bassit Usman, na siyang sinisisi sa mga teroristang pag-atake sa Mindanao.

Tinanong tungkol sa naunang anunsiyo na ginawa ng tsirman ng Senate Committee on Local Government na si Senator Fredinand “Bongbong” Marcos, sinabi niya na ititigil niya ang konsultasyon ng Senado tungko sa Bangsamoro Basic Law dahil sa insidente, sabi naman ni Coloma na karapatan ito ng Senado.

“Karapatan naman po ng Senado ang pagtatakda ng mga pagdinig hinggil diyan. Nauunawaan natin na dahil sa ulat hinggil sa napabalitang insidente sa Maguindanao noong Linggo ay hahanap ng paliwanag ang ating mga mambabatas tungkol sa ano ba talaga ang naganap. Kaya’t nauunawaan naman namin ang kanilang hakbang na tinukoy,” sabi niya.

“Ganunpaman, ay patuloy pa rin ang pagtataguyod natin ng prosesong pangkapayapaan at ang pagtingin sa posibleng pagsasabatas ng Bangsamoro Basic Law dahil ito ay mahalagang hakbang sa prosesong pangkapayapaan,” dagdag niya.

Ang gobyerno at ang MILF ay lumagda sa Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro noong Marso 27 ng nakaraang taon, sa pagsisikap na itigil ang deka-dekadang alitan sa Mindanao.

Ang binabalangkas na Bangsamoro Basic Law ay kasalukuyang tinatalakay sa Kongreso. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)