Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tandag City DepEd chief tells school heads to keep grad rites simple

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Division Office, this city, has issued a memorandum reminding all concerned school heads to keep the “2015 graduation rites” simple.

Dr. Gregoria Su, schools division superintendent, pointed out that no contribution should be collected for graduation purposes or anything for that matter.

“Expenses relative to the graduation rites should be charged to the school Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) under the 2015 Budget,” she said quoting DepEd Order No. 3 dated February 26, 2015.

However, Su clarified that Parent-Teachers Associations (PTAs) are not barred from giving donations in whatever form.

Su also said that graduation schedule should be set either on March 26 or 27, adding, however, that other dates that fall within the same week can be considered especially in far flung areas.

This year’s closing exercises carry the theme “Saktong Buhay: Sa De-kalidad na Edukasyon Pinanday,” it was learned. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Dinagat Islands barangay officials familiarize on VAWC

By Ma. Jane Mayola

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, Mar. 18 (PIA) - The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office conducted recently a two-day orientation-workshop on the establishment of barangay VAWC desks held at the Pension House Function Hall, Barangay Justiniana, this municipality.

The activity aims to institutionalize VAWC (Violence Against Women and Childeren) desks in all barangays in the province, since barangays are the front liners in providing women and children protection and other related services.

During the two-day activity, Social Welfare Officer III Jessie Catherine Aranas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga oriented the participants on matters about the establishment of barangay VAWC desks which include the legal basis, officer designation, protocols and procedures, monitoring and evaluation, and the salient provision on laws related to gender-based violence.

The activity was participated by the barangay officials and VAWC officers from the municipalities of Dinagat, Basilisa, and Loreto.

Other municipalities will be under the second batch of the orientation to be held on April this year. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)


Caraga army brigade chief seeks continued public support vs. NPA

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 18 (PIA) – Col. Alexander Macario, 401st Infantry Brigade commander of the Philippine Army (PA) has called on the public to always keep in touch with any of the police and army in case of menacing presence of New People’s Army (NPA) in their locality as the 46th anniversary of the rebel groups on March 29 draws near.

The army official admitted that NPA activities in his area of responsibility (AOR) have stepped up;  in fact as he speaks early today while being interviewed, Macario bared at least five construction equipment owned by Madyaw Construction and Development Corporation in La Paz town, Agusan del Sur have been burned.

He said that Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur are still under the “security responsibility” of his brigade, adding that anytime within this week or a week later, the latter will already be fully “realigned” to the 402nd Infantry Brigade, which is under Col. Isidro Purisima, who just assumed post early last month.

Moreover, he stressed that 402nd Brigade’s AOR is going to be solely Surigao del Sur, which is home to four army battalions at present.

Transition is currently ongoing, Macario remarked.

It can be recalled that news of putting up an army brigade in Surigao del Sur has already been made public recently by Governor Johnny Pimentel.

Meanwhile, the brigade commander said that despite the increased sightings of insurgents as reported by civilians in his AOR, the situation remains relatively normal, hence there is no cause for alarm. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


COA auditors present audit findings to TESDA-13 personnel

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 18 (PIA) - Audit team of the Commission on Audit (COA)-Caraga has recently met with key personnel of the different operating units of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga to report the annual audit findings during the previous year.

This was learned from TESDA Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. saying that this activity supports the flagship program of the national government which is Transparency and Accountability, in line with the directives of TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva.

In her opening statement, Finance and Administrative Services Division (FASD) chief Emma De Villa emphasized that the activity provides input to the finance matters of the agency so that everything will be put in place or systematically considering that TESDA-Caraga is already certified internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

The official is hoping that with the conduct of the activity, financial and operational transactions will be improved not only in the regional and provincial offices but as well as the TESDA Technology Institutions (TTIs).

During the event, OIC-Regional Supervising Auditor Maritess Odtojan who is the team leader presented the annual findings. Recommendations were also presented where concerned TESDA personnel were given the opportunity to raise queries on every issues and concerns raised.

Odtojan further said it is imperative for both the auditee agency and auditors to have a clear understanding of what the management had done to attain its goal of accomplishing 100 percent of its mandated programs and projects.

Likewise, this undertaking is for the management to understand how and why the auditors had come up with the findings.

De Villa further said before these audit results will be finalized, auditors shall seek first the comments of the management regarding the outcome of their audit. The exit conference served as venue for both parties to give their comments and insights on the audit findings.

Section 41 of Presidential Decree 1445 stated “The Commission shall submit to the President, the Prime Minister, and the National Assembly not later than the last day of September of each year an annual report of the financial condition and results of operation of all agencies of the government which shall include recommendations of measures necessary to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these agencies.” (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog News: Palasyo: Walang “sinadyang paglabag” ng kautusan sa hanay ng pulisya sa parte ni Pangulong Aquino

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Marso 18 (PIA) - Alin man ay walang sinadyang paglabag ng kautusan sa hanay ng pulisya o pag bale-wala ng batas sa parte ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino noong isakatuparan ang operasyon para tugisin ang mga suspetsadong terorista sa Mamasapano, Maguindanao noong nakaraang Enero, sabi ng Palasyo.

Sinabi ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa mga mamamahayag nong Martes na palaging nagpunyagi ang Pangulo sa kanyang mga ginagawa at ito ay naaayon sa Konstitusyon.

“Wala pong ganyang intensyon (break the chain of command) dahil sa lahat ng pagkakataon, ang Pangulo po natin ay sinusuri ang kongkretong batayan sa Konstitusyon at sa batas sa lahat ng kanyang pagkilos,” sabi niya.

Binigyang diin ni Coloma na kahit ang Pangulo ay Commander-in-Chief o kaya Chief Executive ng PNP, ang prinsipyo ay pareho at ito ay sakmal lahat ng responsibilidad ng Pangulo.

“Iisa lang po ang bottom line: Kailangan niyang tuparin ang kanyang sinumpaang tungkulin; na pangalagaan at ipagtaggol ang konstitusyon, bigyan ng hustisya ang bawat Pilipino,” sabi niya.

“Iyan po ang kanyang sinumpaang tungkulin. Kaya po malinaw din naman ang kanyang sagot na ginawa niya dito sa pagkakataong ito ang inaakala niyang pinakamabuting paraan nang pagganap niya ng kanyang tungkulin. At kinikilala rin naman ito ng Board of Inquiry, na nagsabing nasa karapatan ng Pangulo na direktang magbigay ng kautusan sa (Special Action Force) Director (Getulio) Napenas,” paliwanag niya.

May mga pananaw na nilabag ni Pangulong Aquino ang kautusan sa hanay ng pulisya ng payagan niya ang suspendidong Hepe ng PNP na si Director General Alan Purisima na maging kasangkot sa operasyon para hulihin ang mga teroristang sina Zulkifli bin Hir na kilalarin bilang Marwan at Abdul Bassit Usman.

“Walang pagsira doon sa regulasyon dahil kahit ano namang perspektibo ang ating kuhanin dito, whether it is the Chief Executive or the Commander-in-Chief perspective, iisa lang po ang prinsipyo dito: the President has ultimate responsibility,” sabi ni Coloma. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)