DENR Caraga chief visits 82-year old NGP beneficiary
By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 9 (PIA) – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo on Wednesday visited a senior folk at the remote barangay of Sangay in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte to commend him for a successful endeavor in maintaining a perfect survival rating of the tree seedlings that he planted through the National Greening Program (NGP).
The DENR official congratulated Juan Acero Galon, 82 years old and his wife Teofila for the 100 percent survival rating of the falcata seedlings on their one-hectare farm.
“This is the essence of the NGP, which is to reduce poverty in the countryside by giving them the means to earn income,” Director Tamayo said. The other goals of the NGP are to promote food security, environmental stability, biodiversity conservation, and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation.
“My wife and I are happy that we were able to participate in the NGP,” Galon said. “We expect to earn income from those falcata trees once they mature in about six years from now,” he said.
Mang Juan as he is fondly called by his peers admitted he can hardly afford to provide decent meal for his nine children before he joined the program. “The NGP helped us sustain our daily needs,” he said.
Mang Juan is an active member of the Sangay Watershed Planters Association (SAWAPA) People’s Organization. The association maintains 58 hectares of falcata plantation under the NGP.
The program taught him to diversify his tree farm through planting cash crops such as banana and corn although he opted for banana. “This is where we get our income to survive while waiting for the falcata to mature,” Mang Juan said.
The elder couple which will celebrate their 59th wedding anniversary this year can still outpace the much younger age in hiking uphill and manage to work in the farm from sunrise to sunset. “This is the secret of long life, which is to live a healthy lifestyle in a clean environment,” Mang Juan said.
Director Tamayo said the couple is a role model of NGP who despite their advance age could maintain a 100 percent survival rate of the tree seedlings that they have planted. “NGP is more than climate change mitigation,” he said. “The program helps the people in any possible way it can to give the people in the hinterlands a better living condition,” added Tamayo.
He said the DENR is happy to note that there are people like Mang Juan who are dedicated in pursuing the success of the NGP. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
223 Agusanons complete STEP training, receive toolkits from TESDA
By Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 9 (PIA) - A total of 223 Agusanons have recently completed their skills training and received toolkits from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The first batch of scholars in Caraga Region under the Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) received toolkits and Certificate of Training Completion from TESDA Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr., and Agusan del Sur 1st district representative Ma. Valentina G. Plaza during the program's Closing and Awarding Ceremonies at the Bayugan City Gymnasium, Agusan del Sur.
The program was initiated by TESDA-Agusan del Sur and the Agusan del Sur School of Arts and Trades (ASSAT) being the training institution, in partnership with the Congressional Office of Ma. Valentina G. Plaza of the First District of Agusan del Sur.
The program was also made possible through the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Bayugan City Division, and the Local Government Units of the Municipalities of San Luis, Esperanza, Talacogon, and Prosperidad.
For Bayugan City, 24 finished Carpentry NC II; Masonry NC I - 24; Install Lighting System/Electrical Devices - 28; and Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC I - 29.
In San Luis, 30 beneficiaries have finished Install Lighting System/Electrical Devices. Further, 30 beneficiaries from Esperanza graduated in Masonry NC I.
Furthermore, 28 beneficiaries from Talacogon have finished in Carpentry NC II, while 30 beneficiaries from the municipality of Prosperidad finished Shield Metal Arc Welding NC I.
The Special Training for Employment Program (STEP) is a community-based specialty training program that will address the specific skills needs of the communities and promote employment, particularly through entrepreneurial, self-employment and service-oriented activities.
Training programs are generally short-term and shall use the cluster of competencies prescribed in the Training Regulations promulgated by TESDA whenever applicable. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
Police Regional Office 13 to hire 947 police rookies
By Noel B. Najarro
BUTUAN CITY, April 9 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) announced recently that it will be hiring 947 qualified applicants for police rookie positions for this year.
”This is in line with the Philippine National Police (PNP) program to look for new sets of police officers in the entire country for this year 2015,” said PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, the chief regional police spokesperson in an interview on Monday.
According to Gamba, any physically fit male or female and graduate of any four year college course, who wishes to join the profession of public service will be eligible applicants. He added that the regional police office is accepting police young applicants every day, those who have the desire and determination to undergo the underlying trainings to become part of the police force. The applicants will possibly be divided in three batches, with the first batch possibly on the month of July, another batch sometime on October and the third batch possibly on December of this year, Gamba said.
At present, the regional headquarters has already received about 600 application folders because of their continuing reception of police applicants every day, “But we need more than this present number so that we may have a wider choice of the most qualified young applicants to enter the police service,” Gamba said.
The general qualifications and standards as set forth by the PNP and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) includes: Filipino citizenship, good moral character, baccalaureate degree holder from a recognized learning institution, must possess any of the following eligibility, NAPOLCOM PNP Entrance Examination, R.A. No. 6506 (License Criminologist), R.A. No. 1080 (Bar and Board Examinations of Baccalaureate Degree), P.D. 907 (Granting of Civil Service Eligibility to College Honor Graduates), civil service professional examination. The applicant must not have been dishonorably discharged from military employment or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government, must not have been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, at least 1.62 meter in height for male and 1.57 meters for female, weighing not more or less than 5 kilograms from the standard weight corresponding to his or her age, height and sex and must not less than 21 nor more than 30 years of age.
Other documents to be photocopied which must be issued and authenticated by the issuing office will include (initial requirements) such as: duly accomplished personal data sheet (CSC Form 212), birth certificate authenticated by the National Statistics Office (NSO), reports of rating of eligibility authenticated by the issuing authority, transcript of scholastic records and diploma duly authenticated by the school registrar and a certification authenticated and verified (CAV) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
According to Supt. Gamba, that interested applicants may call at 815-3325; 815-1668; 342-4570 or visit PRO 13 Office and look for SPO1 Josephine Mante of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (R-1) for more details. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)