5.03.2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Butuan, Las Nieves schools readied for K to 12 classroom needs

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – Agusan del Norte First District solon eyes to narrow down classroom deficiency by 2015 in time for K-12 full implementation.

In the recent months, Rep. Lawrence 'Law' Fortun completed a series of turn-over of the newly-built classroom buildings for the city and Las Nieves. This is a response to the full-blown implementation of K-12 education system in the country, which is now on its 5th year.

Data from the Department of Education (DepEd), as cited in the Official Gazette, revealed that, of the 7,914 public high schools, DepEd identified 5,020 as potential Senior High Schools that are expected to accommodate 1.6M to 2.2M students. The remaining 800k to 1M students are expected to go to non-DepEd providers such as private high schools, private HEIs, SUCs and LUCs offering Senior High School.

DepEd expects 1.2M to 1.6M students from public high schools to enter Grade 11 in 2016 and 2017.

The expected retention of students in most high school institutions calls for the need to increase educational infrastructure and facilities. Fortun sees the effort to open sizable number of classroom buildings as a long-term support to elevating education, as well as an immediate response to drastic but inevitable demands brought by K-12 implementation.

On top of this, the Congress is also making an effort to increase allocation for hiring of new teachers. Collectively, these efforts have been reflected in the data coming the Department of Education, showing that since 2010 to 2014, DepEd has filled 128,055 new teacher items and constructed a total of 88,805 classrooms. (LAWig Katawhan/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DA Caraga turns-over hand tractors to farmers

By Aurelius P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) - To empower farmers to become more productive, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga turned-over a total of 37 hand tractors with implements to various farmers associations last April 15, 2015.

In a simple ceremony held at DA Regional Integrated Agricultural Research Station in Brgy. Taguibo, this city, DA Caraga acting director Edna Mabeza appealed to the recipients to maintain the farm equipment and utilized it to the fullest.

“Among hangyo kung adunay mga madaut panahon sa inyong paggamit, pahibaw-a kami aron mapangitaan ug solusyon aron dili masayang (Our appeal is that if something goes wrong while using the equipment, just tell us so we can look for a solution so it won’t be in vain)," Mabeza emphasized.

Of the 37 hand tractors being turned-over, 29 units were under on 85:15 counter parting schemes wherein 85 percent of the amount was funded by the government while the remaining 15 percent was shouldered by the farmers association or cooperatives while the other eight units were on full grant.

Nineteen units goes to various farmers association or cooperatives in Agusan del Sur, nine units to Surigao del Sur, four units to Surigao del Norte, two units to Butuan City, two units to the Province of Dinagat Islands and one unit to Agusan del Norte.

Benhur Torreda, chairman of the Sto. Thomas ARB and Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative of Loreto, Agusan del Sur said that they are grateful to the government through DA for providing the needs of the farmers.

“Dako gyud ang among pasalamat kay mao ni ang among gidamgo nga among madawat (We are grateful because this is what we are dreaming of)," Torreda said.

Hand tractor is used for a faster and efficient preparation of the land before planting.

It was learned from Engr. Rene Morales, chief of the Regional Agricultural Engineering Division that more farm equipments are due to be turned-over to farmers association or cooperatives in the coming days in support to farm mechanization program. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA rolls in mobile IT training in Surigao Norte town

By Jean Mary Ronquillo

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) - With its continuous drive to bring technology advancement to its clients in far-off municipalities of the region, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office-13 rolled in Mobile Information Technology (IT) Training in Tubod, Surigao del Norte on April 21-25, 2015.

OWWA’s IT Training Program aims to provide the OFW families access to technology-based training intended to bridge the communication gap between the OFWs and their families and also upgrade their IT Skills for potential employment opportunities.

Seventeen members of Tubod OFWs and Dependents Association (TODA), mostly youth, availed of the five-day free IT training facilitated by OWWA IT Instructor Vincent Mahinay.

Mahinay presented seven IT training modules including basic computer fundamentals, Business Integrated Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Digital Media Fundamentals.

During the graduation ceremony held on Saturday at the town’s executive function hall, OWWA-13 regional director Samuel Madrid bared that the agency exerted much effort to bring the technology in the municipality to make it more accessible for the OFW families in said area.

“We bring the technology closer so that you will not have the difficulty going to our training hall in Butuan City,” opined Madrid.

Joyce Hinacay, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager, expressed her gratitude to the agency for bringing in the program for the advancement of OFW families in their municipality.

“We are really thankful for the conduct of this free IT training program here for the advantage of clients to save much from possible fare expenses going to Butuan City to enroll in the program,” conveyed Hinacay in local dialect.

Gladys Mae Paas, one of the participants, also extended appreciation to the agency for the learning that IT training has provided for them.

“Pasalamat jud ko kay daghan ko nakat-unan sa training especially pag-gamit sa Microsoft excel kay dili man gud tanan natudlo sa school (I really learned a lot in this training especially the use of Microsoft excel because not all of these were taught in school),” shared Paas.

Madrid likewise lauded the training graduates and urged them to use what they learned and to share it to others.

“Nakikita ko na napaka-interested ng inyong kabataan kasi napakalaking tulong po nito na magiging gabay sa kanilang pag-aaral at naway makatulong din ito sa inyong pang-araw-araw na panghanabuhay,” said Madrid.

He also commended the president of TODA OFW Family Circle for their active participation and hoped that the training only served as the start of many more undertakings of the organization to strengthen their group and later on becomes self-reliant, self-propelling and self-sustaining organization. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Active dev’t partners express support to DSWD's 'Listahanan' project

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – In the upcoming second round family assessment, the Listahanan project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga is in action to disseminate information on the nationwide activity.

Recently, Listahanan conducted an orientation with the Sangguniang Bayan Members (SB), Municipal Social Welfare Development Officers (MSWDOs), Municipal Planning Development Officers (MPDOs), Barangay Officials, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the entire Caraga region.

Active partners expressed their commitment and support in helping the Department as the local verification committee during and after the assessment period.

“We will closely monitor and support the Listahanan project in this activity,” said MSWDO Editha L. Grana of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte.

“We also hope that all the residents, even those living in the far flung areas, in our municipality will be assessed,” she added.

Listahanan Deputy Regional Project Manager Nerisa T. Murih pointed out that the second round family assessment is very crucial. “Your role as Bantay, Gabay, Kaagapay, at Tulay, is a great help for us to achieve a high-quality database of poor families,” she said.

The Listahanan is a national government project implemented by the DSWD. It is an information management system that aims to establish a reliable database of poor families to be prioritized in the delivery of social protection programs and services of the Government. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD Caraga trains 1,577 'Listahanan' field workers

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga has currently trained some 1,577 newly-hired field workers for the second round of the family assessment for the Listahanan project.

The newly-hired staff will be equipped through various capability trainings as area coordinators, area supervisors, enumerators, encoders, and verifiers for them to gather correct, accurate, and credible database of the poor families in Caraga.

In her inspirational message, DSWD-Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli stressed the importance of the functions and responsibilities in the nationwide second round family assessment.

“Welcome to DSWD family. Each of you is a hero of this historical event. Your output will determine the socio-economic of every Caraganons who will be identified poor. Be serious in this endeavor, work with all honesty and commit your heart because their future lies in your hands,” Brigoli articulated.

The purpose of said assessment is to update the database of poor families and also to provide a high-quality data to help our partners like the national government agencies and other stakeholders as basis for their social protection programs and services. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)


TESDA launches summer skills, livelihood training in Surigao Norte town

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Apr. 29 (PIA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here has launched its summer program dubbed “TESDA Summer Skills and Livelihood Training” on April 27, 2015 at the town of Malimono, this province.

The TESDA Summer Skills and Livelihood Training is the newest effort of the provincial office to develop the skills of the youth from which they can earn and help their family, giving them better options in life and become a productive member of the society.

TESDA Surigao del Norte provincial director Allan S. Millan said during the launching that the skills and livelihood training is a series of training to be jointly undertaken by the local government units of the province, primarily aimed to improve livelihood in the community and bring the government’s social services closer to the people.

He said the project caters to out-of-school youth and adults who are willing to learn and acquire livelihood skills to augment their family income.

More than 200 youth and 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) beneficiaries will undergo a training on message therapy, shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), small engine and motorcycle mechanic, cellphone repair, table skirting, fish and meat processing, and baking from April 27 to May 27, 2015.

The one-month summer training is sponsored by the local government unit of Malimono in partnership with TESDA, Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture (SNCAT), Phil. Coconut Authority, Global Competency Based Training Center and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte under its HEALS Plus Program. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


DSWD creates hotline for 'Listahanan' Project

By Maria Cecilia N. Sosas

BUTUAN CITY, April 29 (PIA) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga has created its own Hotline for its Listahanan Project to respond immediately to the issues and concerns of the general public in time with the second round family assessment.

Listahanan Regional Field Coordinator Aldie Mae A. Andoy is the point person in answering all the issues and concerns of the general public during the assessment period.

Andoy assured that possible issues and concerns that will be received by their office will be recorded properly and will be addressed appropriately.


For queries, issues and concerns just type Listahanan namelocation  tanong o reklamo and send to 0921-774-1896. (Social Marketing Unit/DSWD-13/PIA-Caraga)