Monday, December 28, 2015

DENR Caraga strengthens planning strategies for 2016

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 28 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region conducts a three-day regional reprogramming workshop for FY 2016 budget recently in one of the convention centers here.

A total of 70 participants composed of planning officers, budget officers, National Greening Program (NGP) coordinators, and PENR and CENR officers from the different DENR offices within the region are attending the said workshop.

“The activity aims to ensure a well-coordinated Work and Financial Plan for 2016,” said DENR Caraga regional director Nonito M. Tamayo.

During the three-day workshop, the participants are expected to come-up with a critically planned output that would enable the department to properly implement its projects and programs for next year. Each participant is given the chance to consult the planning officers of the regional office guided with the list of approved budget for 2016.

“I would like to remind everyone that as early as today we should focus on giving the best service to the public by effectively delivering our targets. 2016 is a year full of transformation and additional responsibilities. We have a 60% higher budget for 2016 than this year. Let us not put this to waste and put value to every cent,” Tamayo said. (DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


OWWA Caraga holds year-end workshop to 60 scholars

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 28 (PIA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in fulfilling its mandate to provide welfare for its member-OFWs, carried out Learning Support Mechanism to 60 scholars of Agusan del Norte on December 23 at OWWA Caraga Training and Development Hall, this city.

The agency has been implementing scholarship programs under the Education and Training Benefits for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their beneficiaries. These programs are intended to assist in the Baccalaureate Education of OFW’s qualified dependents.

Acknowledging the various challenges faced by the agency’s scholars, OWWA initiated a gathering to aid the students with ways to deal with the demands of their college education. The activity does not only target the psychological well being of the scholars, but was well as their emotional and social growth.

The lecture emphasized on understanding life goals and handling peer pressure and conflict. It was comprehensively conveyed by Maristella Gales, Guidance Counselor of Father Saturnino Urios University.

“This is done to motivate our scholars to perform well in school and ultimately finish their chosen courses,” bared Rodel P. Deligero, Overseas Workers Welfare Officer II, and in-charge for scholarships.

OWWA offers three scholarship programs per region. First is the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for qualified dependents of OFWs consisting of a maximum of P60,000.00 per school year, leading to a four-to-five year baccalaureate course in any college or university after placing in the top 200 passers in the DOST SEI examination. Second is the OFW Dependents Scholarship Program (OFWDSP) consists a maximum of P20,000.00 assistance per school year leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree in a state college or university.  OFW parents must have a monthly salary of not more than US$400.00. And the third is offered to survivors of deceased OFWs consisting of P5,000.00 for elementary, P8,000.00 for high school, P10,000.00 for college (per school year) called Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP).

Aiding the social growth of the scholars, a fellowship gathering wrapped up the day’s activity. “This is a venue where you can get to know your co-scholars that you might meet at school or anywhere. A venue where you can showcase your talents and be proud of your achievements,” shared the Programs and Services officer-in-charge Ma. Ireen C. Cambling.


Caraga Regional Office presently maintains three EDSP scholars, 179 OFWDSP Scholars and 19 ELAP College scholars. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)