(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 27 May 2024) At 3:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon "AGHON" {EWINIAR} was estimated based on all available data at 95 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.6°N, 122.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 170 km/h. It is moving North Northeastward at 10 km/h. Southwesterly Windflow affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from South to Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.5 meters).

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ARESCOM commander highlights vital roles of AFP reservists

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 21 (PIA) – “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the reservists throughout the country for their unwavering support, dedication, and volunteerism. While it is true that there is little or no compensation at all for your work, I think you will agree with me that participating is more than enough reward for your deeds.”

This was the statement of Brigadier General Paolo Leo Ma Miciano, Commander of the Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM) in the Philippine Army, during the recently concluded 36th National Reservist Week Regional Convention held in one of the local convention centers here.

“The National Reservist Week (NRW) convention is an offshoot to the Presidential Proclamation Number 627 declaring the period from September 3-10 of every year and thereafter as the “AFP National Reservist Week” in order to underscore the importance of reservists in nation-building and socio-economic efforts,” said Miciano.

Miciano also emphasized that said convention "shall remind us always of the specific role that we play which is actually interconnected with one another."

“We, in the regular force realized that we have reliable partners to carry out the implementation of the concepts of Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan, humanitarian assistance disaster relief, socio-economic development, and climate change/environmental protection. As for the reservists, we are truly appreciative of your efforts and hardwork in ensuring that the reserve force is not only an existing organization on paper but as well a moving and growing force that is proactive and effective,” he added.

Miciano further stressed that cooperation and unity among the forces and the citizenry are very important to achieve lasting peace and development. “Let us keep in mind that the Army Reserve Command does not solely operate on its own. It recognizes the fact that it needs the help of other organizations, groups and individuals to accomplish its tasks for the betterment and welfare of the community," Miciano added. (JPG/ PIA-Caraga)

AFP officials celebrate 36th National Reservist Week, honor newly-commissioned reservists

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 21 (PIA) – In time with this year’s 36th National Reservist Week Regional Convention, the officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) honored the newly-commissioned reservists in Caraga region.

Rear Admiral Aurelio A Rabusa Jr, Deputy Chief of Staff for Reservist and Retiree Affairs, J9 underscored that the celebration primarily intends to give importance to the capabilities of the different reserve units, thereby, addressing also their needs. It also calls all citizens to be part of the armed forces and render services to meet the 80 percent manpower needs of the AFP.

"Our reservist will support in disaster response operations just as they are required to render personal, civil or military duty. It's better that we have to prepare especially in response to national security," emphasized Rabusa.

Rabusa reiterated that the duty of the AFP is to develop our citizenry to take responsibility and join the unit as reservist. They will form part of the non-combatant force to defend families and the country especially during disasters/calamities/war.

Brigadier General Charito B Plaza, Commander of 7th PAF Wing (Reserved) also bared that this is the second time that Butuan City and Caraga region conducted the Regional Convention in line with the National Reservist Week.

"Right now, we have less than 150,000 full-time reservists serving the population in the region. That is why we are inviting the private industries to provide us naval and air assets to be used during calamities and emergencies. We are also inviting the citizens to be part of the armed forces so we can beat the enemies in times of conflict. We also give focus on the welfare of our reservists," Plaza expressed.

Plaza further revealed that as a reservist particularly the enlisted men (non-college graduate), they were given the opportunity to avail of the free education and trainings to learn the skills of a military. “Reservists have no salary during peace time. It is during war-time mission when we are called to active duty that we are entitled for remuneration," she said.

Also, BGen Paolo Leo Ma G Miciano, Commander of Army Reserve Command disclosed that the AFP continues to advocate for more incoming reservists that could extend help to the citizenry in times of disasters/calamities and emergencies.

"I'd like to point out that as far as the AFP is concerned, we are continuously looking for potential reservists from different sectors. Not only in the schools where we trained students in the ROTC program but we also want to train those retirees who want to join the forces, as well as other individuals who already have jobs but want to serve the citizens as reservists," stressed Miciano.

The closing ceremony of said celebration commenced with the entrance of colors by the Caraga State University (CSU) Advance Cadets. BGen Balutan together with other officials from the Philippine Army then led the donning of ranks to newly commissioned Reserved Officers and awarding ceremony. (JPG/VLG, PIA-Caraga)

PhilRice to hold Challenge Field Day, Farmers’ Forum in AgNor

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, April 21 (PIA) – The Philippine Rice (PhilRice) Research Institute is set to hold the “Palayabangan: The 10-5 Challenge Field Day and Farmers’ Forum on April 29, 2015 at the PhilRice’ station in Basilisa, RT Romuladez, Agusan del Norte.

“This event will showcase Palayabangan competition wherein nine leading local and multinational agricultural companies have field set-ups that demonstrate rice technologies and practices to achieve 10 tons yield with P50,000.00 production cost per hectare,” bared Abner Monteclaro, PhilRice Agusan branch director.

Monteclaro also disclosed that these companies will also conduct technology briefings to share their techniques to achieve high yield in lesser cost.

“We have invited some 500 stakeholders which include students, farmers, project implementers, and policy-makers from the three regions under our area of coverage,” added Monteclaro.

For more information, PhilRice Agusan can be reached at telephone number (085) 343-0534. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Agnor solon to students: scholarship application now open!

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - Rep. Lawrence "Law" Fortun is delighted to announce the opening and acceptance of scholarship application for the First District of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and Las Nieves) for academic year 2015-2016.

Interested applicants may now visit the District Constituency Office at 4th Street, Guingona Subd., this city for more information.

The said scholarship program is under the Student Financial Assistance Program (StuFAP) Tulong Dunong program of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with the office of Rep. Fortun.

It can be recalled last year that at least 1,810 students coming from the different Barangays in Butuan City and the Municipality of Las Nieves were awarded scholarship grants under the same scheme. An orientation and awarding ceremony was held at the Caraga State University (CSU) Gymnasium on March 20, 2014 and was graced by Rep. Fortun.

For this year, the bulk of the grant availed through the Tulong-Dunong scheme ranges from P12,000 to P6,000, depending on the students’ tuition needs and rank. All applicants of the program were ranked based on the applicant’s latest grade and income bracket. The scheme also prioritizes courses identified by CHED.

For his part, the young solon challenged the students to make good of the assistance they will get from the government since not all has been given the opportunity to avail it.

“Let this grant be one of your tool in attaining success in life, you take advantage of this opportunity and make good in your studies as your way of giving back to your parents their hard work in order to send you to college,” Fortun said.

Deadline for submission of application is on April 30, 2015. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

9 police officers, personnel receive awards for accomplishment vs illegal drugs

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - Nine police commissioned officers led by a colonel and non-commissioned officers of a southern city police station of the region, were awarded on Monday morning for their significant role in the accomplishment of the campaign against illegal drugs in their area of responsibility.

The awarding ceremony was among the highlights during the Monday flag-raising rites of Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, the regional headquarters of the Police Regional Office 13. The awardees were PSupt. Reynante N. Sibayton, chief of the Bayugan City Police Station, who received a “Medalya Ng Kagalingan” (PNP Merit Medal) for the successful implementation of search warrant by the joint personnel of the Bayugan City Police and the 13th Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (13 RCIDU). The joint police operation resulted to the arrest of Asraf Tomarampong Ampaso on April 11, 2015 at Purok 2B, Buri St., Brgy. Taglatawan of the said city. During the raid a sizable volume of “shabu” estimated to weigh 200 grams amounting to P2,360,000.00 was confiscated. Awarded together with Supt. Sibayton for the same medal were PCInsp. Gregorio Cuevas and PO2 Russel M. Serafina.

The recipients of the “Medalya Ng Papuri” (PNP Commendation Medal) was led by PInsp. Joselito F. Delos Santos for the implementation of Search Warrant No. 2015-81 leading to the arrest of Eleazar L. Bahian on April 10, 2015 at  Purok 2C, Brgy. Taglatawan and confiscation of 11 plastic sachets containing suspected drugs with estimated weight of 1.5 grams with total market value of  P17,700.00; assorted drug paraphernalia, a homemade .3516 Caliber revolver, 2 fragmentation grenades and three rifle grenades. Receiving the same medal with Insp. Delos Santos were PO3 Mirofel C. Romano and PO1 Miguel N. Ellaso.

Another recipients of “Medalya Ng Papuri” were led by PInsp. Ian Kidd C. Eblahan for the implementation of Search Warrant No. 2015-82 leading to the arrest of Dylan Sala Caberte on April 10, 2015 at Purok 10, Brgy. Taglatawan of the said city. Seventeen plastic sachets containing suspected shabu with estimated weight of 3.5 grams with a total value of P41,300.00, assorted drug paraphernalia and a unit of Caliber .38 revolver with ammunition. Awarded together with Insp. Eblahan were SPO2 Melvin A. Dandasan and PO1 Taasha Mae Leah C. Ocio.

The awards were pinned to the recipients by PCSupt. Alexander C. Ignacio, PNP Acting Director for Plans, PCSupt. Roberto Q. Soriano, PNP EOD/ K-9 Management Office and PCSupt. David Y. Ombao, Caraga PNP chief. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

Top Crame officials visit Caraga PRO

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - Two senior officials from police national headquarters from Camp Crame, Quezon City arrived on Monday for a command visit at the Caraga police regional headquartes (PRO) here.

Police Chief Superintendent Alexander C. Ignacio, acting director for Plans and Police Chief Police Superintendent Roberto Q. Soriano, Explosives and Ordnance Device (EOD) and K-9 Service Chief of PNP National Headquarters arrived at 7:30 a.m. where they were given the appropriate arrival honors by the Police regional office here headed by PCSupt. David Y. Ombao.

CSupt. Ignacio is here for a command visit, while CSupt. Soriano briefed those who have attended today’s command conference on the updates of the EOD and K-9 services of the PNP, according to PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, the regional police spokesman here.

Ignacio, the guest of honor and speaker during Monday's flag-raising rites reserved the discussion of serious issues and concerns during the command conference with the top regional, provincial and city police officials. He spent most of his time during his message reminiscing on his brief stint (four months and one ambush, he recalls) as the deputy regional director for operations (DRDO) of this police regional office.

It was during the time of Police CSupt. Reynaldo Rafal, Ignacio recalls, that he was among the party of the regional director who was ambushed by an NPA blocking force when they went to Claver to pave the way for one of the then DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo’s regional visit. It was also the time when the NPAs attacked Taganito Mining sometime in October 2011. “A bus shielded us from more serious consequence when it was hit instead by the landmine placed by the rebels along our path.

"Luckily, nobody was hurt during the incident. I’ve been through on some ambuscades during the course of my tour of duties in other places, but that experience here in Caraga was among the most memorable highlights for me,” Ignacio said.

The whole day command conference was spent on discussions about plans and addressing some issues and concerns brought about by the officers and men from the lower units for actions by the offices of the visiting police officials. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

DTI warns consumers vs sales scam

By Rodrigo R. Matabaran

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 21 (PIA) - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Surigao del Norte warns the public anew on sales scam that victimize consumers.

In an advisory, DTI said scams are done in various modes and approaches. Some will offer freebies or ask to pick a prize, but then the victim is required to buy an item to claim such freebies or prizes. Not knowing that the free item’s cost is being lumped into the product or set of products.

"When you encounter being offered by anyone in any place using one or more of these sales promotional techniques, simply say NO!  If you are really interested on the item being offered or sold, be sure to look first for other alternative suppliers that may offer better price before making a decision," said DTI provincial director Celestino Negapatan.

Usually hard selling technique is being used as scammers do their trick not allowing the victims to think as they fall on their prey. If they succeed, the victim/s could be paying for a product or bundle of products more than its true worth.  "And at times upon reaching home, you realize the product is not useful as you are made to believe it is," Negapatan said.

"Think twice before spending your hard-earn money. Always have discernment on the motives of strangers selling products or services, to be able to avoid some nefarious sales schemes," he added.

Negapatan said that it would be wise to buy quality products and deal only with known stores and business establishments instead of ambulant sellers and sales promoters. "To get the best value for your money, be a vigilant and wise consumer," he said.

For interested parties, community groups and associations who want to learn more on consumerism, please feel free to visit the office of Department of Trade and Industry located at the 2ND Floor, Simtoco Building, Burgos Street, Surigao City or contact at telephone number 826-6129. (SDR/DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

TF Usig reviews 13 cases on record in 5 years

By Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office 13 “Task Force USIG” under its new chairperson recently reviewed the cases in its record for the last five years, from 2010 to 2015.

The task force composed of the Regional Investigation and Detective Managenet (RIDM), the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) 13 and the 13th Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (13 RCIDU), under the present chairmanship of PCSupt. Keth Ernald Ll. Singian recorded 13 cases within the said period, according to PSupt. Martin M. Gamba, the regional police chief spokesperson here.

The “Task Force USIG” according to Gamba is tasked by the PNP to investigate and to look into the extra-judicial deaths (EJDs) of media personalities, militant party list members, leftist activists and deaths of foreign nationals (DFNs).

Gamba said that of the recorded 13 cases by the said task force within the aforesaid period which were reviewed during a recent meeting at the “TF USIG Conference Room” of the regional police headquarters here; two cases have already been solved, seven cases were cleared and four are now under investigation.

The solved cases (cases filed in court and the suspects or some were arrested) were the killings of two foreign nationals, the Canadian Harry Joseph Alfred Dever Doyle, who was killed in the afternoon of August 12, 2012 at Palma Beach, Brgy. Punta, Bilar in Surigao City. Four suspects were pinpointed by the police of which two were arrested Jeffrey Parian alias “Opok” and Jerome Tanora Devocion, while two are still at-large Jhonny Parian and Erma “Jane” Undang Doyle. A case for “Murder/Parricide” was filed in court against the suspects docketed under NPS Docket No. XIII-05-INV-12H-00299 on August 30, 2012 under Criminal Cases Nos. 10175 and 10176 and an arrest warrant issued against them on August 15, 2013.

Another case was that of a Korean businessman Hong Jou Seo, who was killed in the evening of January 24, 2011 at Sitio Uguban, Purok 7, Brgy. Marfil in Rosario, Agusan del Sur. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the said incident, Jerson U. Agripo, Eliseo V. Labe and Caesar V. Labe. A case for “Robbery with Homicide” was filed against the suspects under Criminal Case No. 7301 on July 28, 2011.

The seven cleared cases (cases were filed in court, the suspects were identified but are still at-large) included that of the killings of Leonardo Amper Civil and Ronald Octavio Civil on June 22, 2011 at Sitio Sinug-ang, Bayugan 3, Rosario in Agusan del Sur. Four suspects were identified by the police in connection of the incident, a certain Willie B. Sabordo alias “Commander Thata” allegedly of the CPP-NPA under Southeastern Command (SECOM 14) and three “John Does”  now charged with “Murder” under Criminal Case No. 7556 on September 23, 2011; the case of Datu Ronald L. Manhumusay, Sr. a rebel returnee, former Chairperson of the Kilusang Nagkahiusang Minoriya (KNM), Mindanao Allied Forces (MAF) and Tribal Coalition of Mindanao (TRICOM). Manhumusay, Sr.; who was killed in the morning of September 10, 2011 at Purok 3, Brgy. Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte.

Four suspects were pointed out by the PNP, Lino Namatidong, a.k.a. “Dahoy/Tasyo,” Nay-una Pinakilid, a.k.a. “Aloy,” Rolando Barangan a.k.a. “Benzar,” and Crisanto Ligayna a.k.a. “Jr/Santo” alleged NPAs and still at-large.  Appropriate case was filed with NPS-XIII-02-INV-111-0083 dated September 23, 2011 with Criminal Case No. 7731 dated June 29, 2012; the case of Datu Roy Q. Gallego, a Supreme Datu known as “Bagtikan” and President of Bayanihan Council of Datus (BACODA), killed on the afternoon of October 14, 2011 at the National Highway of Sitio Mamprasanon, Brgy. Banahaw, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Two suspects, a certain Hildo Tejero and a John Doe was pointed by the police as the perpetrator but are still at-large. Appropriate cases were filed at the court with NPS-XIII-07c 12ab-00022, dated February 8, 2012 with Criminal Case No. 5202 dated June 18, 2012.

Then there was the case of two Indian nationals Manjeet Singh and Sukhwnider Singh, involved in “Lending” money also known as “5/6”, killed in the morning of November 15, 2011 at Purok 5, Poblacion Trento, Agusan del Sur. Two suspects were believed to be the perpetrators identified by the police as Edmark Domingo alias “Edong” and a John Doe who are still at-large, charged with “Double Murder”; docketed under NPS No. 13-03-INV-11K-258 on November 21, 2011 and Criminal Case No.7731 on June 29, 2012; Ogon Jansoe, a Danish national, on December 19, 2012 at Brgy. San Teodoro, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. Four suspects were pointed out by the police identified as Nilo P. Amador, alias Jun Equila, Roger B. Tuyor and a John Doe who are still at-large.

They are charged with “Murder” and “Frustrated Murder” under NPS No. 13-03-INV-11K-258 on April 24, 2013 and Criminal Case No. 7971; the case a businessman Kamlesh Kumar G. Hariramani in the morning of August 5, 2013 at Obediza St.; Brgy. 2, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. A suspect was identified as a certain Reynante Llandino, who is still at-large. Suspect is charged with “Murder” at the Office of the Provincial Posecutor, Patin-ay, Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur docketed under No. 13-03-INV-13-202 on September 2, 2013 and Criminal Case No. 8085 dated January 10, 2014; and that of a Swish national killed on October 7, 2014 at Brgy. Togbungon, Surigao City.

Suspects were identified by the police as Arnaud Mcfly a.k.a “Nono Gerald/John Lennon/Arnaud Oliver Juvet” and some John Does and Jane does, all at-large. They are charged with “Murder” at the Office of City Prosecutor docketed under NPS No.XIII-05-INV-14J-00431 dated October 16, 2014.

The cases under investigation were that of Leonardo I. Behing, alias “Andot”; a leader of the Lumadnong Pakigbisog sa Caraga (LUPACA) on July 31, 2010 at Purok 5, Brgy. Padiay, Sibagat, in Agusan del Sur. The suspects were believed to be lawless armed group or CPP-NPAs.

The police are probing into the victim’s alleged involvement in the hostage-taking of DENR personnel at Brgy. Anticala, Butuan City on October 21, 2009. He reportedly has a standing arrest warrant before his death for Kidnapping under Criminal Case No. 13906 issued by Judge Edgar Manilag of RTC Branch 33, Libertad, this city; the case of Renato P. Deliguer and Agustito D. Ladera allged members of the New People’s Army who were shot and killed on September 2, 2010 at Pinagdayonan, Palonpon, Mahaba, Marihatag in Surigao del Sur by still unidentified group; the killings of Balvinderl Singh Sarjit and Tejinderpal Singh Sarjit who were allegedly involved in “Lending” or “5’6” killed on May 12, 2010 at the Public Market of Poblacion Trento in Agusan del Sur by an unidentified group and Ciang Hu Liu, a Chinese national and Rizzel Caumpay De Cruz on April 25, 2014 at Purok 1, Brgy. Bugas-bugas, Placer in Surigao del Norte, also by still unidentified group.

Gamba said that there were no reported killings of media personality within the said period. (PNA/PIA-Caraga)

Skills training on coco products benefits DOFWA members

By Jean Mary Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 21 (PIA) - Eyeing the bountiful resources of coconut in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte as a potential source of revenue for OFW Family Circle in the area, a three-day Skills Training on Coco Sugar Processing and other Coco Products was conducted at Dapa Women’s Center last April 14-16, 2015.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-RWO13) in coordination with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Surigao del Norte field office facilitated the training which benefited some 35 members of Dapa Overseas Filipino Workers Association (DOFWA).

Roselyn Dagsa, DOFWA President, expressed her appreciation to OWWA for providing their organization a skills training which has given them possible products they can showcase in their envisioned “Pasalubong Center” near the Port of Dapa.

Among their finished products were coco sugar, virgin coconut oil, coco vinegar and sauce, and other coco food products. 

“We really learned a lot from the training which at first we have no idea of what could be the output. It was such a blessing in disguise for us here,” conveyed Dagsa in local dialect.

In his message, OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel Madrid encouraged the participants to use what they learned in the daily practice. He likewise commended the DOFWA members for their effort of putting up their organization and hoped that in the long run the organization will attain its sufficiency.

“Maganda itong serbisyo na binigay ng pamahalaan upang kayo’y mabigyan ng sapat na kaalaman para masupplement at maimprove pa ang inyong nalalaman,” bared Madrid.

He also inspired them to avail of other government services that can assist and improve the organization.

“Mapalad kayong mga dependents of OFWs and OFWs because you have exclusive access sa OWWA pero hindi kayo excluded sa programs and services ng ibang agency,” added Madrid.

Moreover, the awarding of certificates for Skills Training graduates was held during the DOLE-RCC activity in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on Friday, April 17, graced by the presence of DOLE secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz together with Surigao del Norte 1st district representative Francisco Matugas and governor Sol Matugas. (OWWA-13/PIA-Caraga)

Tagalog News: Palasyo binigyang diin ang pangangailangan ng pagsasakatuparan ng programang K to 12

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Abril 21 (PIA) - Inulit-ulit ng Palasyo ang pangangailangan ng pagsakatuparan ng K to 12 na pangunahing programang pang-edukasyon para mapalago ang kakayahan ng mga manggagawang Pilipino sa pandaigdigang ekonomiya.

“Kailangang-kailangan ang pagpapatupad nito upang mapanatili at matiyak ang competitiveness ng mga Pilipino sa global economy,” sabi ni Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. sa isang panayam sa medya sa Malakanyang.

“Tayo na lang po ang isa sa iilang bansa na hindi pa nagkakaroon ng globally accepted basic education program na labing-dalawang taon dahil ang ating basic education program na papalitan nitong K to 12 ay 10 years lamang,” puna niya.

Dagdag pa ni Coloma na maraming pagpilian ang ginawa na maaring makuha ng mga guro na maapektuhan pagmaipatupad na ang programa sa darating na akademikong taon.

“Kung gusto nilang tumigil na sa pagseserbisyo, merong inilalaang mga benepisyo sa kanila na naaayon sa batas. Kung gusto naman nilang mag-training, meron ding opportunity for retraining na ibibigay. Kaya nga mainam na pagkakataon ito na mag-level up din sila sa kanilang skills development habang isinasagawa ang transition,” sabi niya.

Sabi ni Coloma na sa mga darating na ilang araw, ang kCabinet education cluster, na kinabibilangan ng Kalihim ng Edukasyon Armin Luistro, Director-General ng Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Joel Villanueva, Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Cynthia Bautista at iba pang opisyal ay magbibigay ng marami pang detalyadong impormasyon na siyang sasagot sa mga pagkabalisa na inihain ng ibang grupo tungkol sa implementasyon ng programa.

“Tinitiyak lamang na ang lahat ay ginagawa upang maibsan ang epekto nito sa mga guro at sa mga mag-aaral; at tinitiyak din na lahat ng nararapat ay ginagawa para maging maayos ang pag-transition natin sa K to 12,” sabi niya.

Ayon sa Departamento ng Edukasyon, ang Pilipinas ay siyang pinakahuling bansa sa Asya at isa sa tatlo lamang na bansa sa buong mundo (kasama na ang Angola at Djibouti) na mayroong 10 taong pre-university cycle.

Sabi ng Departamento, ang programang 12 taon ay nakitaan na pinakamabuti para sa pag-aqaral sa ilalim ng basikong edukasyon at kinikilalang pamantayan para sa mga pandaigdingan estudyante at propesyonal.

Isang koalisyon ng mga guro, mga hindi nagtuturong kawani, mga magulang at grupo ng mga manggagawa ay nagpakitang gustong itigil ang implementasyon ng K to 12, at nagsabing hindi nito naprotektahan ang mga guro at non-teaching personnel na maaring maapektuhan kapag naipatupad na ang programa. (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Palasyo mianunsyo sa pagtudlo sa kanhi gobernador sa Cavite isip miyembro sa PCSO Board of Directors

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 21 (PIA) – Si kanhi Cavite Gobernador Erineo Maliksi gikatahong gitudlo ingon nga sakop sa Board of Directors sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ug ginominar isip Chairman sa Board, kini ang gibutyag sa Palasyo kagahapon, adlaw nga Lunes.

Subay sa taho, gikompirma ni Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.  nga ang pagtudlo kang Maliksi gipirmahan ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III niadtong Biyernes (Abril 17).

Siya ang muhulip sa kang Margarita P. Juico isip PCSO Chairman.

Sumala pa, nga si Maliksi nag-alagad ingon nga gobernador sa Cavite sulod sa tulo ka termino gikan sa tuig 2001 ngadto sa 2010. Siya usab nag-alagad ingon nga representante sa probinsya alang sa duha ka lain pa nga termino gikan sa tuig 1998 ngadto sa 2001 ug gikan sa 2010 ngadto sa 2013.

Siya usab gikatahong mayor sa Imus, Cavite gikan sa tuig 1988 ngadto sa 1998.

Kalabot pa niini, siya migradwar gikan sa University of the East sa tuig 1969 uban sa usa ka degree sa Political Science. (NGBT/PIA Surigao del Sur)

Cebuano News: Palasyo misubli sa kamahinungdanon sa pagpatuman sa K to 12

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Abril 21 (PIA) - Ang Palasyo misubli kung unsa kamahinungdanon ang pagpatuman sa programa sa K to 12 basic education sa pagpalambo sa competitiveness sa mga Filipino workforce sa global nga ekonomiya.

“Gikinahanglan ang pagpatuman niini aron magpabilin og masiguro ang competitiveness sa mga Pilipino sa ekonomiyang global (Kailangang-kailangan ang pagpapatupad nito upang mapanatili at matiyak ang competitiveness ng mga Pilipino sa global economy),” kini ang gisulti ni Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. atol sa usa ka press briefing nga gipahigayon didto sa Malakanyang kagahapon.

“Kita na lamang ang usa sa mga pipila ka mga nasud ang wala pa makadawat og programa sa globally accepted basic education nga adunay dose ka-tuig tungod kay ang atoang programa sa basic education nga paga hulipan niining K to 12 adunay napulo (10) ka tuig lamang (Tayo na lang po ang isa sa iilang bansa na hindi pa nagkakaroon ng globally accepted basic education program na labing-dalawang taon dahil ang ating basic education program na papalitan nitong K to 12 ay 10 years lamang),” siya miigon.

Si secretary Coloma midugang sa pag ingon nga adunay mga kapilian nga itanyag sa mga magtutudlo nga apektado sa nahisgutang programa sa pagpatuman niini sa umaabot nga academic year.

Kung gusto nila nga muondang sa pagpanerbisyo, adunay gitagana nga mga benepisyo alang kanila nga gipasubay sa balaod. Kung gusto pod nila nga mag training, duna pod ubay ubay nga oportunidad nga ihatag. Mas nindot kini nga oportunidad nga mag level-up usab sila sa ilahang mga kahanas nga molambo samtang gipahigayon ang transisyon. (Kung gusto nilang tumigil na sa pagseserbisyo, merong inilalaang mga benepisyo sa kanila na naaayon sa batas. Kung gusto naman nilang mag-training, meron ding opportunity for retraining na ibibigay. Kaya nga mainam na pagkakataon ito na mag-level up din sila sa kanilang skills development habang isinasagawa ang transition),” si Coloma miingon.

Dugang pa ni Coloma nga sa sunod nga pipila ka mga adlaw, ang Cabinete education cluster, nga gilangkoban nila ni Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Technical Education ug Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Joel Villanueva, Commission on Higher Education Commissioner Cynthia Bautista, ug sa ubang mga opisyal, gikatahong mobutyag sa dugang pang mga detalyado nga impormasyon kon unsaon sa pagsulbad sa mga problema nga gipasaka sa pipila ka mga sekta kabahin sa gikatahong pagpatuman sa maong programa.

“Gipaniguro lamang nga ang tanan gibuhat aron mapakunhod ang epekto niini sa mga magtutudlo ug sa mga estudyante; ug usab sa pagsiguro nga ang tanan nga angayan nga buhaton aron mamaayo ang transisyon sa atong K to 12 (Tinitiyak lamang na ang lahat ay ginagawa upang maibsan ang epekto nito sa mga guro at sa mga mag-aaral; at tinitiyak din na lahat ng nararapat ay ginagawa para maging maayos ang pag-transition natin sa K to 12),” siya miingon.

Dugang pa niini, ang Departamento sa Edukasyon mibutyag nga ang Pilipinas mao ang katapusan nga nasud sa Asya, ug usa sa tulo lang ka nasud sa tibuok kalibutan (uban sa Angola ug sa Djibouti), nga adunay napulo katuig sa pre-university cycle.

Dugang pa sa departamento nga ang 12 katuig nga programa nakaplagan nga ang labing maayo nga panahon sa pagkat-on ubos sa basic nga edukasyon ug ang giila nga sumbanan alang sa mga estudyante ug sa mga propesyonal sa tibuok kalibutan.

Sa laing bahin, usa ka koalisyon sa mga magtutudlo, non-teaching staff, mga ginikanan ug mga labor group ang nagtinguha sa pagpahunong sa implementasyon sa K to 12 nga programa, miingon nga kini napakyas sa pagpanalipod sa mga magtutudlo ug non-teaching staff nga maapektuhan kon magsugod na ang programa. (NGBT/PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)