6.07.2015

Friday, June 5, 2015

148 HS grads qualify for 2015 DOST scholarship

By Mary Grace Tambis

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) - A total of 148 graduating students from Caraga have qualified for the 2015 Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) undergraduate scholarship.

According to DOST Caraga scholarship coordinator Meriam B. Bouquia, 1,227 graduating high school students from different private and public institutions regionwide applied and took the challenge of the qualifying examination last September 26, 2014 and only 12.06 percent of them surpassed.

Said result was posted by SEI on March 8, 2015 wherein 30 passers came from Agusan del Norte (ADN), 39 from Agusan del Sur (ADS), 36 from Surigao del Norte (SDN), 34 from Surigao del Sur (SDS), and 9 from the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI).

They shall enroll to courses under engineering, natural, physical, and applied sciences based on the priority courses enumerated by the scholarship program. Moreover, such grant is allowed only in universities and other higher education institutions which are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to be centers of excellence or centers of development. This allows them to pursue their desired fields in science in leading institutions countrywide.

Scholars are now entitled to receive an increased amount of monthly stipend and other allowances starting academic year 2015-2016. Students who will be taking up Physics, Geology, Mining Engineering, Agriculture, and Fisheries will be given a P6,000.00 monthly stipend while those who will enroll in other priority courses are entitled to P5,000.00 monthly. The program will also provide P1,000.00 book allowance per academic year, P10,000.00 tuition fee subsidy per semester, and P1,000.00 MS/PE clothing allowance.

In return, they are expected to maintain high scholastic grades, based on DOST standards, and moral behaviors so as to continually enjoy the benefits offered by the program.

The said DOST scholarship provides students the opportunity to become key players in the country’s development and will help in creating science and technology-based solutions to contribute to the country’s economic growth. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Cortes women OFWs undergo beauty care skills training

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) - Understanding the rapidly growing economy and the increasing number of tourists exploring the area brought about by the development of the municipality’s eco-tourism, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) together with the local government of Cortes, Surigao del Sur, has recently afforded the Cortes OFW and Dependents Organization (CODA) Skills Training on Beauty Care on May 28-30, 2015.

Vincent Dueñas, Cortes Tourism Officer, emphasized the challenge in upgrading the human capital’s capability to meet the area’s rising demand for more skilled workers and increase Cortesanon’s household income.

“We are trying to promote and develop eco-tourism, but the question is: are we ready to cater services to the tourists,” said Dueñas.

The three-day techno transfer was participated in by some 17 CODA members. Among the skills included in the course were manicure, pedicure, hair cutting, and a more advanced skill in beauty care and hair rebonding.

OWWA Caraga regional director Samuel S. Madrid, in his message, pointed out the government’s action to help alleviate poverty, “Ang gobyerno ay ginagawa ang lahat upang madagdagan o kaya’y mabigyan kayo ng panibagong kaalaman upang lalo kayong maging kapaki-pakinabang sa buhay,” Madrid further expressed his gratitude and lauded the members of CODA for their dedication and determination in improving their organization.

In response to the agency’s fervent pursuit to further heighten the empowerment of its member-OFWs and arm them with competency especially in the outskirts of the region, the members of the organization much appreciated the agency’s efforts with delight.

Leonora L. Anecoy, a member of CODA and an amateur manicurist, shared her elation for being granted with the training. “After availing of the financial literacy training, it is very helpful that we are given beauty care training to advance our skills where we can generate additional income from," she said in a local dialect.

After the training program, the participants were provided with starter kits making them ready to start their own venture to beauty care and gradually open up a beauty care center. The activity was done simultaneously with the Information Technology Training catering to some other members of the organization. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: DOLE Caraga scholar now PESO Manager

By Iris Asis

“I wouldn’t be able to finish my studies if not for the SPES program of DOLE.”

This was the touching statement of Junrey Escobal, now a 34 years old, living at Pantao, Claver, Surigao del Norte. Junrey is the only boy among the four children of Mr. and Mrs. Columbus R. Escobal. His father is a fisherman while his mother, a housewife.

Eager to finish his college education, he sought help from the Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE's) Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) program to subsidize his tuition fee from 2002 to 2006.

“It wasn’t easy for me, sometimes I go to school without money for food, but I managed to finish my AB English degree at NEMCO (Northeastern Mindanao Colleges) in Surigao City. Thanks to DOLE,” he stressed.

He was immediately hired at Platinum Group of Mining Companies as the community organizer for three years.

Claver Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee saw his potential and tasked him to settle labor issues in Claver. Completing the duty effortlessly, the good mayor designated him as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager in Claver.

Since 2012, Escobal is among the top performing PESO managers in Caraga.

“Being a SPES beneficiary truly helped me a lot not only financially but also in my current job. I am now the one implementing the program”, he giggled.

“As the PESO manager of Claver, I make sure that the selection of SPES beneficiaries are for those who truly deserve it," he added.

He advised the marginalized students to never give up hope in continuing their studies. Help is just around, you just have to open your eyes. DOLE's SPES Program can help. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: The legendary mover

By Marie Angela A. Conde

What does it take to become an “Outstanding Multi-grade Teacher” and an honorary school Principal?

“From small dream come great realization,” says the dreamer with the promising passion to lead and become someone big. Passion, honesty, perseverance, hard work and faith are few of the ideals that ma'am Robina O. Agan possesses to become an ideal teacher and a model Principal at M.L. Pineda Memorial Elementary School at Florida, Butuan City.

Despite her bitter past from struggling to finish her primary until tertiary education, poverty never weakened her faith. She strived to graduate in college of her dream course – BS in Elementary Education at Caraga State University formerly NORMISIST. It is such a leap of faith to make a dream come true and for Ma’am Robina, if one believes in the power of his dreams, he will never wander rather will find happiness and passion.

With her guts and determination, she served and shared her expertise in teaching as a multi-grade teacher in grades one and two at West Tungao Elementary School for eight years. Her ardor to serve the children opened a more challenging journey towards excellence as she was awarded second runner-up outstanding multi-grade teacher.

Becoming a teacher is just the start of the journey. The award she received awakened her to dream bigger and so with her guts and prime knowledge she composed her confidence and search for greater opportunities. Leadership was what she targeted so she enrolled her Masters degree in Elementary Education major in Teaching English as Second Language at Cebu Normal University and completed her academic requirements.

Conquering your fears is simply fighting for your dreams and that is what ma’am Robina exactly did. A big crowded city of Cebu did not even move her to fear. She fought the challenges, she tried and made the best to learn in the long road way forward to success. Her dream and passion led her to the executive ladder as head teacher and not long was hailed as Principal.

Becoming a principal is like becoming the mother of the school and she portrayed what an ideal mother does for her children. Thus, a good mother does not only focus on her children’s good (Teachers and Students) instead she should also be able to manifest good character and relationship to her neighbors (the people in Florida and the Barangay Officials). For most teachers under her, residents and Barangay Officials in Florida, she was notable for her honesty, kindness, ingenuity and sociable character.

Few of her remarkable works and projects were remembered and talked about, as such she repainted the school building, cemented the school fence (boundary) and posts. Her ingenuity has added beauty to the school and to the principal’s office with her stimulus in encouraging the parents to donate and raise money for the beautification of the school. Thus, she successfully purchased a sofa set and grass cutter machine for the school year 2011-2012.

Apart from planning and implementing school programs and projects, she never fails to observe classes, check lesson plans and evaluate the teacher’s performances in teaching. She also never misses to give advises to students, teachers, parents and even barangay officials. In addition, she is very keen from keeping the school clean. All these works are commendable and will always be remembered by everyone she served.

Her influence to the school and to the community is noteworthy, from a dreamer, teacher and up to becoming a principal, her service is winning. It is ideal to say that a person who shares her highest attainment for the good of all is a legendary mover. Thus, for ma’am Robina as a teacher and a principal she affected goodness and will never stop inspiring. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Butuan villagers join Brigada Eskwela

By Marie Angela A. Conde

BUTUAN CITY, June 5 (PIA) – Stakeholders from Mariana L. Pineda Elementary School in Barangay Florida continue its support to the government-initiated “Brigada Eskwela” by repainting walls and blackboards, cleaning windows and doors, or repairing fences  to the annual “school maintenance week” project.

This year, it ran from May 18 to 23 under the theme "Tayo para sa Kalinisan, Kaligtasan, at Kahandaan ng Ating mga Paaralan (Stand for the Cleanliness, Safety, and Preparedness of our Schools)."

"Our vision is transforming lives. And I feel together with my councilmen that the best way to transform lives is through our advocacy which is education. That is why, I as a father of this community is active in activities relating to education,” said Florida brgy. captain Danilo E. Tuso during the Brigada Eskwela’s opening program.

Through the initiative of Ma. Aurora A. Ecoben, the school principal, several private partners such as One Network Bank and Eastwest Bank are given the opportunity to contribute resources for the effort. Local government units and community members provide manpower and volunteer services during this week-long activity.  (DepEd Butuan City/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


TESDA bares 2015 scholarship program in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, June 5 (PIA) – A total of P11,565,681.84 is set aside for the implementation of 2015 Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) scholarship program in Surigao del Sur.

Rey Cueva, TESDA provincial chief here, broke down the amount to P1,591,784 for Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA); P1,825,000 for Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP); P6,434,597.84 for Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), and; P1,714,300 for Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB).

Correspondingly, he cited the number of slots for each program, particularly for PESFA-196, TWSP-200, and STEP-530.

However, Cueva has yet to indicate the number of slots for BUB.

In addition, 13 technical-vocational (Tech-Voc) providers have been identified to cater for the various skills training and qualifications enumerated under the said scholarship program. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)