6.01.2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 NATCAC launched in Caraga

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) – Caraganons as well as people from the neighboring provinces of the region can now avail free assessment and certification thru the 2015 National TVET Competency and Accreditation Certification (NATCAC) program which was launched recently at the Activity Center of Robinsons Place-Butuan.

Dr. Florencio F. Sunico Jr., TESDA Caraga regional director underscored the benefits that people can get from the program. He said since this is offered free of charge, interested individuals need not to worry about the assessment fee. “All they have to do is to see to it that they will successfully pass the assessment,” Sunico said.

The program, which aimed to promote assessment and certification program at the company/enterprise level, is offered for free at the regional and provincial levels funded by the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

It also expands clients’ access to assessment and certification program as well as to enhance the competitiveness, employability and productivity of workers, and upgrade the qualification of existing works, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification.

Workers, industry practitioners, professional, career shifters who want to undergo competency assessment, trainers of private and public Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs), DepEd Grades 9 and 10 Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) teachers, Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers, returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)/Filipino Expatriates with relevant experience who want to undergo competency assessment and industry practitioners who are prospective competency assessors.

Interested applicants must submit a duly accomplished form, self-assessment guide, three 2 x 2 passport size pictures in white background with name written at the back. Said requirements must be submitted to the identified accredited assessment centers or the nearest TESDA Provincial Offices.

The schedule and venue for the national assessment per qualification will be determined by the regional and provincial offices. For the first batch will be held this month; second batch is on August, and the last batch is on November.

For the detailed schedule, please call TESDA Provincial Offices in Caraga Region. TESDA-Agusan del Norte can be contacted thru (085) 342-0085; TESDA-Agusan del Sur (085) 343-7278; TESDA-Surigao del Norte (086) 826-2591; TESDA-Surigao del Sur (086) 211-3957; and TESDA-Dinagat Islands at 0919350-6106. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


PopCom capacitates OSY to resolve own concerns

BUTUAN CITY, May 29 (PIA) - The Commission on Population (PopCom) - Caraga in partnership with Mindanao Health conducted a three-day Adolescent Youth Peer Facilitators’ Training held recently, at this city.

Out-of-school-youth (OSY) coming from cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran were trained on how to properly and effectively facilitate their peers, and OSY in the city participated in an interactive discussion on youth issues and concerns through a forum known as 'Usapang Barkadahan,' which was facilitated by the trained youth themselves.

Said training capacitated the young peer facilitators; developed their skills and capabilities in managing and influencing peers to adopt positive behaviour on responsible practice of sexuality and sexual health. Through this training, the adolescents were also empowered and enhanced their critical thinking and actualized their full potential.  

PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano said that the Filipino youth of today are confronted with numerous threats and complex problems, which serve as barriers in their journey towards responsible adulthood and productive individuals. “This activity is very significant because it helped strengthen their practical life skills such as effective decision-making, making responsible choices, and life goal planning,” added Makinano.

The PopCom official also disclosed that there will be a 'Usapang Barkadahan' roll-out at selected barangays in the city to capacitate other youth to surface and resolve issues and concerns affecting them. (PopCom-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


NIA reveals status of irrigation development in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 29 (PIA) – The Provincial Irrigation Management Office (PIMO) of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Surigao del Sur has revealed the status of irrigation development province-wide as of May 15, 2015.

Engr. Salome Layasan, PIMO division manager, indicated that figures have remained on the rise in the status report for CY-2012, QRF, CY-2013, and CY-2014 irrigation projects costing up to a total of P1,227,037,362,52.

These are broken down as follows: For CY-2014—P184,854,000;  CY-2013—P337,640,000,  and;  CY-2012—P704,543,362.52.  Correspondingly, physical and financial accomplishments have been posted at 66.39 percent and 53.13 percent; 91.25 percent and 65.16 percent, and; 77.43 percent and 67.44 percent, respectively.

Also, Quick Response Fund (QRF) due to Typhoon Pablo damages, which carries a total cost of P53,651,000.00, physical and financial accomplishments have been reported at 100 percent and 78.62 percent, respectively.

Other CY-2012 irrigation projects such as Project Needing Clearance and Variance Projects, physical and financial accomplishments were placed at 100 percent and 97.93 percent as well as 48.53 percent and 38.45 percent, respectively.

The costs of Project Needing Clearance and Variance Projects amounted to P23,038,000 and P41,911,132.81, respectively, or a total of P64,949,132.81.

PIMO is servicing some 15,957 out of 26,778 hectares of the potential irrigable area over Surigao del Sur or equivalent to 59.589 percent, Layasan stated in her latest report. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)