Wednesday, May 18, 2016



450 schools offer SHS in Caraga region

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – A total of 450 schools, 367 in public secondary schools and 83 in private schools/state universities and colleges (SUCs), in the region will be offering the Senior High School (SHS) effective June 13, 2016.

It was learned that the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga is now closely monitoring the status of all the inputs that are important to the successful implementation of the SHS.

Some of the preparations of DepEd include the hiring and training of SHS teachers, construction of classrooms, training of school heads, provision of tools and equipment for Technical-Vocational and Livelihood (TVL) as well as for science and mathematics, reproduction of instructional materials, and among others. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


DILG 13 holds procurement compliance and performance indicators seminar-workshop

By Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 13 (Caraga) through the Regional Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has conducted a two-day Seminar-Workshop on the Implementation of Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicators (APCPI) on May 12-13, in one of the convention centers here.

The conduct of activity is in line with adoption and use of the Agency Procurement Compliance and Performance Indicators (APCPI) System as one of the new requirements for the grant of Performance Based Bonus (PBB) for F.Y. 2015. This is by virtue of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Harmonization of National Government Performance Monitoring, Information and Reporting System Memorandum Circular No. 2015-1 dated August 12, 2015 on the Guidelines on the Grant of the PBB.         

Designed to provide the participants with a working knowledge on the use and application of the APCPI, workshops on APCPI Assessment using actual data were conducted per field operating unit (FOU). It was concluded with the Analysis of the 2015 Procurement Assessment Results and the Preparation of an Action Plan.        

A total of 33 participants composed of the DILG Regional Office BAC Members, BAC-Technical Working Group (TWG), BAC Secretariat, Ad Hoc Committee (to be created), one end-user representative of each Division/Section/Unit and a BAC Chair and two BAC Secretariat from the DILG Provincial Offices participated in the said event.

The whole activity was facilitated by Regional BAC Vice-Chair Ray Gregory F. Jaranilla serving as Resource Person with the assistance of Monet C. Bullecer and Kristine Jean E. Forsuelo, both Regional BAC Secretariat. The activity also included a review on the Government Procurement Process with a brief discussion on Republic Act No. 9184 and a lecture and hands-on practice of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PHILGEPS) by Atty. Allen M. Gasulas.

With the APCPI Assessment Result as the main output of the activity, the participants per FOU were committed to submit it to the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) on or before June 30, 2016. (DILG-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOLE inks MOA with SurSur state univ for establishment of PESO academe

By Romelyn Bactol

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 18 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Caraga in partnership with the Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) has recently established a public employment service office (PESO) academe in the six campuses of SDSSU.

DOLE Caraga regional director Atty. Evelyn Ramos and SDSSU officer-in-charge Catherine Solomon representing SDSSU university president Dr. Baceledes R. Estal led the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between DOLE and SDSSU last Apr. 28 at the SDSSU Tandag Campus Board Room, this city.

The MOA signing was witnessed by Provincial PESO Manager Marcos M. Quico and 24 other PESO Managers from LGUs and academe.

“The role of PESO to DOLE is very significant in terms of accomplishing the programs. They have a direct access in reaching out our constituents - in the public, in our people, and that is a privileged public service. I hope that PESO will continue to engage with us in terms of accomplishing our programs. Rest assured that our provincial field office and the regional office would be here to support you,” said Atty. Ramos.

Meanwhile, Solomon revealed that they have more than 2,000 graduates in the last academic year 2015-2016. This would mean additional unemployed graduates in Surigao del Sur that need to be addressed. Thus, Atty. Ramos emphasized that both DOLE and PESO should work hand in hand in assisting these graduates.

As one of the DOLE’s assistance to SDSSU, a Job Search Kiosk will be assigned to the six campuses to provide labor market information (LMI). This is a stand-alone labor market information system capable of employment facilitation like job search and skills matching facility. Likewise, programs and services of DOLE’s attached agencies and other partner agencies such as the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) can be accessed.

The six campuses of SDSSU are located in Tandag City - the main campus, Cantilan, Cagwait, San Miguel, Lianga, and Tagbina. (DOLE/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Negosyo Center Butuan extends labeling assistance to 5 new products developed

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – Five newly developed products of Sapyaw Fisherfolks Association (SFA) were recently provided label designs with starters kits by Negosyo Center (NC)-Butuan.

Several skills trainings on food processing for SFA members under the Bottom Up Budgeting Program led to the development of five novel foodstuffs utilizing home-grown ingredients. These are polvoron, cookies and tarts made of “Unaw” or sago flour as well as “kayam” chips and “laksoy” (nipa wine). And to improve and increase marketability, enhancement through product labeling assistance was deemed necessary.

During the lecture and workshop, participants learned the basic features of a product label, its significance and some tips on designing labels.

Jason C. Balacuit, the resource person from JCB Express Solutions, stressed on the importance of a product label in marketing and in conveying the company’s image, values and perceived worth of the product. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DTI-AgNor conducts green economic devt sensitization

BUTUAN CITY, May 18 (PIA) – The Department of Trade and Industry Agusan del Norte (DTI-ADN) recently conducted a green economic development sensitization to its staff held recently at the Negosyo Center – Butuan Training Room with Raquel J. Capio of the Promotion on Green Economic Development (ProGED) Project as the resource person.

The event was intended to facilitate in phasing of green economic development (GED) with the DTI programs, projects and activities and enable the personnel to integrate greening in the daily operation of the organization.

As such, inputs included GED as driver of economic growth amidst climate change and environmental degradation, and approaches and strategies to go green.

The activity was graced by DTI ADN Provincial Director Gay A. Tidalgo who gave the welcome remarks and GIZ-ProGED Project Manager Dr. Volker Steigerwald who enlightened the participants on GED and posed a challenge to everyone with his message.

A workshop capped the session with the participants discussing and formulating strategies on greening.

ProGED is a development cooperation project jointly implemented by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of MSMEs by adopting environment friendly and climate smart growth strategies. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DTI provides SSF to women entrepreneurs in AgSur town

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 18 (PIA) – The Women’s Association of San Francisco Agusan del Sur, Inc. (WASFADSI) launched recently its Shared Service Facility (SSF) for the Upgrading of Catering Services Project.

Ester D. Libo, WASFADSI President thanked the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Agusan del Sur for the opportunity to operate the SSF for the federation’s catering business as well as to make available these facilities for use of its members.

In response, DTI-Agusan del Sur OIC-Provincial Director Brenda B. Corvera asked the group to take good care of the SSF facilities. She reminded the group that they can impose fees for the facilities’ use to allow them to earn income which they can use for their operations as well as set aside for the maintenance and replacement of equipment in the future.

WASFADSI is the mother organization of all the 27 women’s association in the municipality.

The launching done last April 26, 2016 at the Women Training Center in Brgy. 3 in San Francisco town was attended by the presidents and representatives from these associations.

The SSF for the Upgraded Catering Services included one unit of each of the following:  electric rice cooker, stainless preparation table with bottom shelf, chafing dish, food processor, meat grinder, pressure cooker, chest freezer and meat slicer for a total cost of P264, 000.00.

This SSF is one of seven SSFs granted in the municipality of San Francisco to several cooperators.  The said facilities amounted to P6.14 Million representing 33 percent of the total amount of SSFs in the province.

The federation also manages the training center which was provided the local government unit of San Francisco as a shared facility which accommodates seminars and other functions.  As a women’s group it also handles advocacy activities related to violence against women and children (VAWC), assistances directed at women in especially difficult circumstances (WEDC) and the disadvantaged women through skills development training and livelihood opportunities. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)