Tuesday, October 13, 2015

OWWA holds financial literacy training for distressed, displaced Caraga OFWs

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 13 (PIA) - In a bid to promote and provide alternative livelihood support and reintegration to its member-OFWs who have gone through various adversities during their employment abroad, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) conducted an Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT) and Financial Literacy to Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! applicants on October 12, 2015 at OWWA Training Hall, this city.          

The Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! Program grants a non-cash livelihood assistance of P10,000.00 to provide immediate relief to displaced member-OFWs.  The assistance consists of techno-skills and/or entrepreneurship training, starter kits and other incidental services that will aid the beneficiary towards self or wage employment.

The target beneficiaries who were displaced by hostilities, wars/political conflict in the host country, victims of illegal recruitment or human trafficking who were repatriated before finishing their contracts may avail of the program only once provided they apply within one year after return to the country.

As one of the availment requirements, the 37 applicants were provided with a one day entrepreneurship development training and financial literacy which was carried out by the OWWA personnel. The training intended to provide the participants with the basic concepts of efficient budgeting, financial management and saving approaches.

Furthermore, the OFWs are assisted in identifying their prospect business venture adhering to the priority projects  including, but not limited to, health and wellness, house repairs, food processing, handicraft, goods under the One Town, One Product (OTOP) scheme and agriculture-related projects.

Apart from the Certificate of Attendance to the Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT), the applicant must also submit a Simple Business Plan which was also part of the training. He/she must also provide proof of repatriation or return to Philippines; e.g. passport or travel documents; airline ticket.

After they have completed the training and submitted all the necessary requirements, the beneficiaries are then advised to keep in contact with the agency for the processing and procurement of their starter kits. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


SurSur PNP assures peace and order as COC filing begins

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 13 (PIA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Surigao del Sur has assured maintenance of peace and order as the five-day schedule for the filing of Certificate of Candidacy (COC) starts on Monday, October 12.

P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero said security to COMELEC offices had already been beefed up province-wide, taking the cue from the command conference called upon by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) a couple of weeks ago.

The provincial police chief pointed out that all PNP units here had been reminded of their task ahead.

The PNP expected trooping of candidates to file their respective COCs from time to time until it comes to the crunch, Verdadero remarked.

In the meantime, the Provincial Police Office (PPO) bared that no election-related incident had been reported so far. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Known bets file COCs on first day in SurSur

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 13 (PIA) – Prominent candidates, mostly under the administration Liberal Party (LP), have already filed their respective Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) office here during the first day of the filing schedule, which will run from October 12-16, 2015.

Atty. Ernie Palanan said the first day of COC filing at his office seemed to be no eventful day as there were no fanfares.

A total of 11 candidates for the various posts at the provincial level made it to the COMELEC provincial office with incumbent Board Member Dr. Mariano Atacador, who is seeking a third term, as number one on the list.

Governor Johnny Pimentel told capitol employees during the regular Monday flag ceremony program that the LP slate had started the day with a Mass at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, this city.

He then bared the complete LP bets at the provincial level as well as their mayoralty candidates, citing that all incumbent mayors were in LP now, to include first district congressman Philip Pichay, who would run as first term mayor in Cantilan town.

Carrascal Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. would be their gubernatorial bet, the governor said, referring to his eldest brother, a former governor, who was his predecessor.  Besides, he also named another elder brother, Tandag City administrator, former mayor Alexander “Ayek” Pimentel, making a comeback.

A different story unfolded at the city election office here contrary to the ambiance at the provincial level. The first filing day at the city office was indeed marked by an all-out festive mood for the administration party led by mayoralty candidate Ayek.  A drum & bugle corps accompanied the “eager administration bets” as they went around the city streets beforehand.

During the first filing day, LP provincial chair Governor Pimentel, who decided to make a bid for the congressional seat in the second district of the province, was fifth on the “COMELEC log” to file his COC at 9:40 a.m. (NGBT/Radyo g Byan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


DTI-BPS releases Philippine National Standards on plastic shopping bags

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 13 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau of Philippine Standards (DTI-BPS) has issued the Philippine National Standards (PNS) on the specifications of plastic shopping bags, which is a flexible plastic material used for containing and transporting goods.

The PNS 2097:2014 provides the general characteristics, safety and labelling requirements for plastic shopping bags.

It applies the terms and definitions of biodegradable, biodegradable plastic, compostable plastic, composting, degradable plastic, oxidatively degradable plastic, plastic, polymer, and recyclable.

The PNS 2097 lists the maximum allowable concentration of heavy metals and other toxic hazardous substances and the degradation requirements of a plastic shopping bag.

The BPS Technical Committee on Packaging and packaging materials or BPS/TC 40, in collaboration of the BPS Technical Committee on Plastics and plastic products or BPS/TC 45 prepared the said PNS.

In preparation of PNS 2097:2014, the said committees referred to the following PNS: PNS 2102:2013-specifications for compostable plastic; PNS 2104:2011- standard specification for plastics that degrade in the environment by a combination of oxidation and biodegration; and PNS/BHT ISO 8124-1:2008 – safety of toys – safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties.

The DTI-BPS, as the National Standards Body, is the Philippines’ member to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  (SDR/DTI-SdN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Tagalog News: Mga magsasaka sa Surigao del Sur, tumanggap ng lupa mula sa DAR

BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 13 (PIA) - Pormal ng ipinamahagi ng Department of Agrarian Reform o DAR ang 1,715 ektaryang sakahan sa 802 magsasakang benepisyaryo sa bayan ng Hinatuan sa lalawigan ng Surigao del Sur.

Ayon kay DAR Caraga Regional Director Julita Ragandang, personal na tinanggap ang Certificates of Land Ownership Awards o CLOAs ng mga magsasakang benepisyaryo na nagpahayag naman ng kagalakan dahil natupad na ang kanilang inaasam-asam na lupain sa ilalim ng Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program o CARP ng Pamahalaan.

Ipinaliwanag naman ni Hinatuan Mayor Candelario Viola sa mga magsasaka na ang repormang pansakahan ay di lamang umano pamamahagi ng lupa, naglalaan rin ang Pamahalaan ng mga programa at proyekto para matulungan ang magsasakang umangat ang kanilang kabuhayan.


Pinaalalahanan naman ni Director Ragadang ang mga magsasaka na maging responsable at gawing produktibo ang lupang naipamahagi sa kanila dahil kasunod na umano nito ang mga suportang serbisyong ilalaan ng DAR para mapaigi ang produksiyon sa lupa. (DAR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)