Tuesday, October 11, 2016


TESDA Caraga sets 2016 Reg’l Consultation with Industry & TVET stakeholders

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Caraga is set to hold this year’s Regional Consultation with Industry and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Stakesholders on October 12, 2016 at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

According to TESDA Caraga OIC-regional director Rey Cueva, this nationwide event, which aimed to gather Industry and TVET Stakeholders in the regon and discuss issues and concerns regarding TESD operations will be graced by TESDA national officials led by Director-General Sec. Guiling Mamondiong.

One of the highlights of the event is a press conference that will be conducted in the same venue.

TESDA is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Labor and Employment and the Office of the Cabinet Secretary responsible for managing and supervising technical education and skills development in the Philippines.

The agency was established through the enactment of Republic Act No. 7796 authored by Senator Francisco Tatad otherwise known as the "Technical Education and Skills Development Act of 1994", which was signed into law by President Fidel Ramos on August 25, 1994. This Act aims to encourage the full participation of and mobilize the industry, labor, local government units and technical-vocational institutions in the skills development of the country's human resources. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CCPD to hold ‘Movie for Peace’ contest

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – In line with this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) celebration, the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) Caraga is gathering all Caraganons from the universities and non-state actors to participate in the ‘Movie for Peace’ Contest early in December.

Butuan Bishop Most Rev. Juan de Dios Pueblos bared that interested participants are to produce short films reflecting the conflicts in Caraga region. The Caraga Roadmap for Peace will serve as the basis for the movie content.

“The Caraga Roadmap for Peace – the document that will provide a regional direction in achieving the pursuit of an inclusive, just and lasting peace for varied conflict lines in the region is the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) Caraga’s ongoing initiative with a vision of a peaceful and progressive Caraga with diverse, empowered and culturally sensitive communities living in a sustainable environment and enjoying equal rights and opportunities,” underscored Bishop Pueblos.

Bishop Pueblos recalled that on May 24, 2016, the said document was officially launched and is now set for its region-wide implementation and dissemination.  “In line with its aim to create stronger public identification, RPOC with CCPD as the head of the ‘Movie for Peace’ Technical Working Group, and in partnership with GIZ-Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management and Forum Zfd, a ‘Movie for Peace’ Contest is launched and targeted as one of the highlights during the MWOP celebration in December,” he said.

It was also learned that jurors will meet on October 17, 2016 to discuss further the criteria and mechanics of the said contest.

This year’s MWOP celebration is anchored on the theme “Addressing major conflict issues as we move forward for a peaceful and progressive Caraga.” (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


RIAC-SC Caraga visits senior-citizen detainees in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – In line with the Senior Citizens Week celebration, the member agencies of the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Senior Citizens (RIAC-SC) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga recently conducted a jail visitation to senior citizen-detainees in Barangay Ambago, this city.

The DSWD conducted profiling to some 20 senior citizen-detainees while the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga spearheaded the legal consultation at the same time. A short program was also held as a tribute to the senior citizens.

During the visit, senior citizen-detainees also received t-shirts from DSWD and food from the committee.

Jail Inspector Rienzon Roullo, assistant warden of City Jail expressed his warm thanks to all the government agencies that visited the senior citizen-detainees to assess their needs and other concerns. “We welcome any support from other agencies and organizations who wanted to give assistance to the elders inside the jail. Thank you for your time and effort, and may you help more elders not only in the city but in the region in general,” he underlined.

Christine Sabandan, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) here shared an enlightenment messages to the elders and encourage them to continue life even inside the jail. “Everything happens for a reason. Don’t be discouraged because we, your family in the government will take care of you. There is so much in life that we should all appreciate and be thankful for,” she stressed.

Also, Wilma Geralla, focal person of DSWD for RIAC-SC Caraga oriented the senior citizen-detainees on their rights and on the services that the government has provided for them.

Kenneth Po, public relations officer of Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation also gave updates on the programs and services of PhilHealth for its members especially the senior citizens.

The senior citizen-detainees were encouraged to take good care of their health so they can live longer and healthier even inside the jail by practicing healthy lifestyle. They are also informed of the local government's Centenarian Program, wherein senior citizens who will reach the age of 100 will be able to receive a cash gift/incentive of P100,000. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


AgNor PDRRMC set to conduct Contingency Plan Formulation workshop

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the province of Agusan del Norte will hold a four-day planning workshop on October 18 to 21 at Gazebo Pools and Restaurant in Cabadbaran City.

According to PDRRMO officer Erma Suyo, the four-day Contingency Planning Formulation Workshop for Typhoon will help prepare the province to natural hazards. The province’s contingency plan will serve as a tool for an effective incident response, Suyo said.

“The workshop is aimed to ensure that the province of Agusan del Norte will have an all-hazard approach contingency plan,” Suyo added.

Participants are expected to contribute in ensuring the readiness of the province to efficiently respond to calamities brought by natural hazards. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


DAR AgNor conducts financial management course

By Gil E. Miranda

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Agusan del Norte conducted nine rounds of seminars on financial management to nine Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) from different municipalities in Agusan del Norte.

More than 300 participants consisted of several officers, coop management and operational staff and some members, actively participated and gained with practical knowledge on managing their organizations’ financial activities.

DAR Point Person Luningning Buque-Ycoy said that the resource speakers were from training partner institutions accredited by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).

“The seminar aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of the tool on financial analysis in order to create their own systematic financial plan, both short term and long term usage and to determine the status of their operation to come-up decision making,” Ycoy said.

“These series of workshops on basic financial management are in preparation of different social delivery services from DAR that will contribute to the growth of farmer-beneficiaries through their organizations in the province,” added Ycoy.

San Antonio Integrated Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAIFMULCO) Manager Bienvenido Osa was grateful for the continued efforts of the department. He believed the financial management training initiated by DAR has great benefits to their organization.

Bookkeeper Perlita Madaje of Rosario Samahang Nayon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (RSNMPC) said “as a Bookkeeper, the training contributed basic knowledge in handling our financial operation.”

“Kini makahatag og dako nga kaayohan diha sa pag-padagan sa pinansiyal nga hisgutanan sa among kapunonga (This training is a great benefit in the drive for financial matters in our organization)," Madaje added. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Caraga partners, stakeholders feted on 22nd TESDA anniv

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – More than 40 partners and stakeholders of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Caraga Region were given recognition during the region’s celebration of the agency’s 22nd anniversary held recently.

Dubbed as “2016 Araw ng Parangal: “Pagpupugay sa Kawani at Kabalikat ng TESDA,” the ceremony was conducted at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Highlighting the Awarding Ceremony is the presentation of this year’s Caraga Regional TESDA Idol and Regional Kabalikat Award.

Nelson B. Sereño, Academic Head of Systems Technology Institute of Technology in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur was declared Regional TESDA Idol while the Municipality of Tagana-an in the Province of Surigao del Norte won the Regional Kabalikat Award. The two were the region’s contenders in the national finals slated on September 22, 2016 at TESDA Central Office, Taguig City.

In his speech, TESDA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Rey M. Cueva underscored the importance of the activity. He said the conduct of the awarding ceremony served as venue for TESDA Regional and Provincial Offices in Caraga to recognize the support extended by the Operating Units’ partners and stakeholders.

“In our own little way, we are able to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to our partners and stakeholders in the different provinces and cities in Caraga Region,” he said.

Awardees in the province of Agusan del Norte include: Orange Peel Plywood; and SR Metals, Inc. in the Industry Category. Under the Institutional Category, the Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology (PECIT); Candelaria Institute of Technology of Cabadbaran, Inc.; and the Northern Mindanao Colleges, Inc. received plaque of recognition.

Also, Celso B. Felipe from Butuan Doctor’s College was also recognized as the Provincial Tagsanay awardee while Mr. Arne Madarieta of Father Urios of Ampayon was awarded as Provincial TESDA Idol.

The local government units (LGUs) of this city and the Municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte were those awarded under the LGU category. The 29th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army was recognized for their peace and skills development contribution to the province.

Awardees in the province of Agusan del Sur are as follows: Mayor Jose T. Cuyos of the Municipality of Rosario and Mayor Jesryl E. Masendo of Talacogon were chosen to receive plaque under the LGU category, while Asis K. Toma of the Provincial Land Transportation Office received award under the Government Partner Agency category.

Sereño, the 2016 Provincial TESDA Idol and Provincial Tagsanay awardee Jason M. Equipado were also recognized by the provincial office.

Meanwhile, Remegio Remedio and Romeo Pascual, the provincial Community Training and Employment Coordinators (CTEC) of Talacogon and Loreto, respectively were also feted during the activity.

Further, the Saint Paul University (SPU)-Surigao Campus, Surigao Education Center, and the Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) Assessment Center led the awardees in Surigao del Norte under the Institutional Category.

In the Industry Category, the Provincial Office has recognized Nickel Asia Corp. – Taganito Mining Company, and Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC) for their regular support to the community training implemented.

Four LGUs in the province made it as among the awardees in the province: Municipality of Tagana-an, Municipality of Del Carmen, Barangay Cagdianao, and Barangay Hayanggabon.

Same with Agusan del Sur, the provincial CTECs were also accorded with honors. They are: Ma. Margarita L. Liquido, Janecito L. Jalbo, Jr., and Randy S. Petallo. Provincial Tagsanay Rene A. Nala also received Plaque of Recognition, while dxRS-RMN Surigao was awarded as Media Partner of the provincial office.

Surigao del Sur awardees are composed of: Tandag City Councilor Denis Tan, Provincial Engineer Asberto Evallar, PDRRMO Abel De Guzman, and Provincial Agriculturist Marcos Quico under the LGU category.

In the government partner category, Police Acting Provincial Director PSSupt Romaldo Bayting; 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Commanding Officer LTC Randolph Rojas; and 75th Infantry “Marauder” Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army Commanding Officer LTC Haron S Akaz were given plaque of recognition.

Meanwhile, Eduardo C. Miña of the Access for Youth Training and Employment Center in Tandag City also received plaque of recognition for being this year’s Provincial Tagsanay awardee.

Awardees in the Province of Dinagat Islands were headed by Provincial Governor Glenda B. Ecleo and Congresswoman Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao of the Lone District of Dinagat Islands, while May Marie O. Eviota of Don Jose Ecleo Memorial Foundation College of Science and Technology was recognized as the Provincial Tagsanay. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DepEd Butuan sets 2016 division athletic selection meet

By Cecilia S. Amora

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 11 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division will hold its 2016 Division Athletic Meet on November 15-19, 2016.

This year’s athletic selection meet focuses on the theme, “Aiming High, Maximizing Skills, Achieving Excellence.”

“The activity aims to intensively select potential and tougher athletes to be able to defend the Championship title in Caraga Regional Athletic Meet we earned for the last six years and to improve our Division’s contribution to the performance of Caraga delegation in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa,” said Arsenio T. Cornites, Jr., schools division superintendent.

Sport event to be played for Elementary level include: Athletics, Arnis, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, chess, Football, Gymnastics, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, and Volleyball.

For the secondary level, events are Arnis, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Billiards, Boxing, Chess, Football, Gymnastics, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, and Wushu. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)