Monday, May 25, 2015

PIDS, UNICEF to hold Seminar on Out-of-School Children

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) - The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is set to hold the Seminar on Out-of-School Children (OOSC) in the country on May 26, 2015 at the C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Building, 106 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

According to PIDS president Gilberto M. Llanto, this event aims to present to key education stakeholders the findings and recommendations of the Philippine Country Study on OOSC that was conducted in line with the UNICEF/UNESCO Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children.

“The Philippine Report containing the findings and recommendations shall also be launched and distributed during the event. Updated with the most recent data available, the Report provides insights on who the OOSC are in the country, the barriers and bottlenecks to their schooling, a review of policies and strategies, and the ways forward to address the issue,” added Llanto.

It was also learned that said seminar will also be livestreamed at http://livestreaming.pids.gov.ph/. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Peace Caravan set in AgSur town

By David M. Suyao

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 25 (PIA) - The Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS), in collaboration with the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process - Whole of Nation Initiative (OPAPP-WNI) in coordination with the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) is initiating the Local Government Unit (LGU)-led Peace Caravan on May 28-29, 2015 in the nine barangays of Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

The caravan will be participated by various government agencies who will bring government services, support to livelihood, advocacy and information on government offers, legal consultation and distribution of school supplies and materials to students.

Among the agencies expected to participate in the Peace Caravan and in-charge in the medical mission are Department of Education (DepEd), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Provincial/Municipal Health Offices. They are expected to perform circumcision (tuli), dental, medical prenatal vaccination and consultation. The Department of Health, which will provide around 50 health practitioners, is expected to extend Pangkalahatang Pangkalusugan Roadshow Showcase specifically the maternal health advocacy, family planning counseling and subdermal implant, vaccination for senior citizens, immunization of missed children, HIV advocacy and testing, blood donation activity, distribution of jerry cans, distribution of hygiene kits to identified clients, and will give augment medicines for the province.

To address the agricultural needs, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) are expected to distribute 10 bags of corn seeds, 50 bags of rice seeds, 100 bags of upland rice seeds with 600 pcs. of rubber seedlings in support to the Upland Sustainable Agro-forestry Development (USAD) as Governor Adolph Edward Plaza’s flagship program, five kilograms of vegetable seeds and 600 pcs. of banana planting materials.  The PAO will also distribute production technology guide on rubber, banana, cacao, coffee, upland rice, corn, vegetables, tilapia and African Hito. Distribution of farm inputs and equipment will be shouldered by the MLGU while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will turn over the timbangan ng bayan to Loreto LGU.

Other services that the Peace Caravan will extend are animal disease consultation, infrastructure like water system and day care centers, birth registration, mass wedding and health insurance.

The PNP, AFP and the LGU will offer free haircut.

Land title distribution (Certificate of Land Ownership Agreement-CLOA) will be done by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) while the Technical Education and Skills Development (TESDA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will discuss on DOST and TESDA scholarship and community-based training and competency assessment processing. The DTI will openly demonstrate kalakat waving and other technologies as part of their technology transfer program.

Other agencies that will be joining the Peace Caravan are: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Department of Social Welfae and Deveopment (DSWD), National Commissionon Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


SurSur holds DRR-CCA forum

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 25 (PIA) - The provincial government of Surigao del Sur through the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) in coordination with Cantilan Bank, Incorporation spearheaded on Friday the conduct of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) Forum held at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, this city.

The activity, according to PDRRM officer Abel de Guzman, primarily aims to share the best practices and streamline all efforts by all sectors in the society as they work for a more unified response gearing towards protecting the environment and lives of many people vulnerable to any types of disasters.

Cebu Provincial DRRM Office chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., in his presentation, elaborated the hazard from disaster. Accordingly, hazard as he described is a potential harm or danger, then vulnerability leads to new hazards and creates a new and bigger disasters.

“Disasters often follow natural hazards,” Baltazar emphasized.

Baltazar said that a disaster's severity depends on how much impact a hazard has on society and the environment. "The scale of the impact in turn depends on the choices we make for our lives and for our environment," he added.

The whole day activity was participated in by the city/municipal government executive officers with DRRM officers, members of the Provincial DRRM council, academe, civil society organizations (CSOs), and media partners. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI: School supplies in SurSur remain within SRP

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 25 (PIA) – Following the conduct of price monitoring on school supplies last week, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Surigao del Sur headed by Provincial Director Romel Oribe, declared products remain to be sold within the suggested retail price (SRP).

Manny Disca, consumer welfare division chief, pointed out that they were particularly concerned about monitoring writing pads, ball-pens, and notebooks, such being classified as prime commodities. 

Disca went on to say there are a lot of these products for consumers to choose from, citing several brands.

Other school supplies like crayons, bags, and the like are not classified as prime commodities under the product standards, he clarified.

Meanwhile, Disca disclosed that before classes begin, DTI is again poised to make another round of price monitoring to ensure that prices are going to stay within the SRP. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


TESDA personnel attends ISO Capability Build-Up program

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 25 (PIA) - To ensure that all personnel are aware of the updates of the agency’s ISO certification, officials and staff of the different operating units of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga have attended the ISO Capability Build-Up program held recently in one of the local convention centers here.

TESDA-Caraga regional director Florencio F. Sunico said that in order for the TESDA personnel to move in one direction, there must be a common understanding on what are the latest updates of the agency’s ISO 9001:2008 certification.

On April 13, 2015, TUV SUD Philippines has awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Certification to TESDA Sec. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva at Malacañang Palace, making the 17 Regional Offices and 85 Provincial Offices in the country ISO-certified, thus, making TESDA as the first and only Education agency of the government that is internationally certified.

Allan Fabella, TESDA’s Quality Management System (QMS) Consultant on ISO-related activities served as the Resource Person discussing the Practical Internal Audit based on ISO 19011:2011.

Particularly, the topics that were discussed during the three-day activity include: Practical Internal Auditing, Standard QMS terms, 8 Quality Management Principles, Principles of Internal Audit, Internal Audit Cycle, Internal Auditing, PDCA Principle in Internal Auditing, and Corrective and Preventive Actions.

After the discussion of each topic, workshops were conducted to see to it that the discussions made were internalized by the participants.

On the last day of the activity, selected participants have given the regarding their insights and thoughts regarding the event.

Abegail Eupeña, Supervising TESD Specialist from TESDA-Surigao del Norte said the activity has given practical scenario of what will happen during the audit. She added this will serve as input to all process owners and the internal auditors themselves on what are they going to do in case the audit will be held anytime.

The event is also part of the Staff Development Program of TESDA-Caraga in support to the Human Development Cluster of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA Surigao Norte scholars join 'Brigada Eskwela'

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, May 25 (PIA) – The scholars of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Surigao del Norte Headed by provincial director Allan S. Millan joined the National Schools Maintenance Week dubbed “Brigada Eskwela” on May 20, 2015 in the different schools of the city.

The schools that are visited and assisted by the TESDA scholars are Surigao City Pilot School (SCPS), Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School (MEMCES), Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School (NAMCES), Surigao West Central Elementary School (SWECES) and C.V Diez Memorial Central Elementary School (CVDiez).

According to TESDA provincial director Allan S. Millan, a number of their scholars were deployed in different schools to help in cleaning, painting and minor repairs of classrooms before the opening of classes this coming June.

“Enjoining our scholars in voluntary works is our way of teaching them the value of volunteerism, the government is helping them by being a scholar so it is there obligation to also contribute and help their community through voluntary works,” Millan said.

The scholars who joined the brigada eskwela are enrolled at Surigao Education Center (SEC), TESDA-Provincial Training Center (TESDA-PTC), Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT), and TESDA-Private Educaion Student Financial Assistance (TESDA-PESFA).

The Department of Education (DepEd) spearheaded the conduct of Brigada Eskwela 2015 also known as National Schools Maintenance Week from May 18-23, 2015 with the theme, “Tayo Para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan.”

This school maintenance effort engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that public school facilities are prepared in time for the forthcoming school opening. (SDR/TESDA-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Lathalain: Matipid ang pag-recycle ng tirang pagkain

Ni Marilou R. Galang

Sa hirap ng buhay ngayon, kailangan matutong magtipid. Pagdating sa pagkain, pwede ng magtipid sa pamamagitan ng paggamit ng left-overs o mga natirang malinis na pagkain. Narito ang ilang paraan kung paano ito magagawa:

Ang mga pritong isda ay maaaring gawing kardilyo, torta o mga pagkaing may sarsa tulad ng eskabetse, sarsiyado o totso; ang karne sa linagang baka o baboy ay maaaring panggisa sa gulay, pansit at lumpia o maaaring gawing metsado o torta; ang ginisang gulay ay maaari rin gawing lumpiang prito o ihalo sa pansit; ang kaning-lamig ay maaaring isangag na may halong natirang hinimay na isda o baboy o itlog at toyo para pampalasa. Ihain kasama ng linagang berdeng gulay. O kaya ay pwede rin itong gawing pudding o ampaw. Para makagawa ng ampaw, ibilad sa araw ang kaning-lamig, iprito sa mantika ang binilad na kaning-lamig at lagyan ng inarnibal na pulang asukal; at ang lumang pan-amerikano o pan de sal o pan de limon ay pwedeng isama sa hinimay na isda o giniling na karne para sa burgers. Maaari rin gawin itong pudding para pang-himagas o gawing biskotso at pahiran ng margarina.


Ang impormasyon ito ay hatid sa inyo ng FNRI-DOST, ang pangunahing ahensiya ng gobyerno sa pananaliksik sa pagkain at nutrisyon. Para sa karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa pagkain at nutrisyon, sumulat o tumawag kay Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num:  8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.; FNRI Facebook page: facebook.com/FNRI-DOST; FNRI Twitter account: twitter.com/FNRI-DOST (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)