Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RNET Caraga starts evaluation of Reg’l Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar for CY 2016

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) – The National Nutrition Council (NNC) Caraga through the Regional Nutrition Evaluation Team (RNET) will be conducting the annual Search for Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar (ROBNS) from May to June 2017 in the different cities and provinces of the region.

According to DOH Caraga regional director and NNC Caraga RNP coordinator Dr. Jose Llacuna Jr., the evaluation shall cover assessment of skills of the BNS in coordinating the Barangay Nutrition Program to various sectors at the grassroots level, efficiency in the delivery of nutrition services, initiatives in resource generation activities, skills in nutrition assessment, maintenance of updated records and timeliness of submission of nutrition reports, among others.

“The mechanics of the evaluation shall consist of desk review of Barangay Nutrition Documents of calendar year 2016. The OBNS will also undergo a written examination which will be administered by the evaluators,” added Llacuna.

The following are the evaluation schedule for the ROBNS: Cabadbaran City – May 9; Tandag City – May 10; Surigao del Norte – May 15-17; Surigao City – May 18; Surigao del Sur (with monitoring and evaluation of local level plan implementation); Agusan del Norte – June 5; written examination of ROBNS contenders in Butuan City – June 6; Agusan del Sur – June 7; Butuan City – June 8; and deliberation of regional OBNS in Butuan City – June 27. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PSA Caraga to hold Reg’l Dissemination Forum on 2014 ASPBI, STEP

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, MAY 24 (PIA) – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Caraga will be holding the Regional Data Dissemination Forum for 2014 annual survey on Philippines Business and Industry (ASPBI) and 2014 survey on Tourism Establishments in the Philippines (STEP) on May 30, 2017 at Big Daddy’s Hotel and Convention Center, this city.

“The objective of this forum is to raise awareness of the stakeholders and data users on the importance of the data generated from ASPBI ans STEP in planning, policy-making, business and research,” bared PSA Caraga regional director Rosalinda Celeste-Apura.

Apura added that said activity will be participated by the regional line agencies, academe, local government units and representatives from various establishments. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


NC-San Francisco conducts learning session on entrepreneurship to 'One Puhunan' borrowers

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur, May 24 – “We’ve learned a lot from the session on entrepreneurship conducted by Negosyo Center here.”

This was the statement of Marivic Pabi of the Learning Session on Entrepreneurship conducted by Negosyo Center (NC)-San Francisco.

Pabi was one of the 34 One Puhunan micro-enterprise borrowers who joined the activity, which aimed to develop their awareness on the importance of shifting paradigm (livelihood and hobby to entrepreneurship).

NC-San Francisco business counselors Aldrin Abapo and Marianne Togonon facilitated the learning session.

As a follow-through, some participants have signified and scheduled a one-on-one consultation with the NC business counselors to further improve their products and get advice on packaging and labelling.

The seminar was conducted at the One Puhunan San Francisco branch, Barangay 4, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur.

This type of partnership will be pursued by all other Agusan del Sur Negosyo Centers with other microfinancing institutions who need help in providing non-financial services such as financial literacy and other business advisory services to their borrowers. This is to help ensure that money borrowed for business will surely be used to grow their business.  (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


OWWA conducts 3 sessions of EDLP phase 1

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, May 24  - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Landbank of the Philippines (LBP), conducted three sessions of Phase 1 Enterprise Development and Loan Program (EDLP) to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) on May 5, 2017 in Agusan del Sur; on May 17, 2017 in the Province of Dinagat Islands and another one on May 22 at OWWA Regional Office, this city.

OWWA currently implements the Enterprise Development and Loan Program, formerly known as 2 Billion OFW-Reintegration Program, under its Family Support and Reintegration Services, a loan facility which is intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families.

“This program aims to provide assistance among active and returning OFWs in order to improve their socio-economic well-being and their reintegration in the mainstream society and aid them in starting off and expanding income generating livelihood which promotes productivity and self-reliance,” bared Jean Mary Ronquillo-Ladion, OWWO II and in-charge of the EDLP.

With its revamped design, the agency made sure that the orientation will be easily accessible to the interested OFWs through its mobilization. The first of the three was conducted at Brgy. 5, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur with 56 attendees from around the province, while 23 OFWs and dependents from the provinces of Dinagat, San Jose and Cagdianao joined during the phase 1 of EDLP held at DTI Negosyo Center in the Province of Dinagat Island. To cater to the OFWs living in Agusan del Norte and those who failed to attend in the previous sessions, another orientation was held at OWWA Training Hall at the Regional Office with 66 loan applicants from all over Caraga.

The first phase of EDLP includes program orientation, financial literacy and personal entrepreneurial assessment. The phase intends to present and clarify among the participants the program scheme and availment procedure.

OFW loan applicants must complete a Program Orientation and Business Appreciation Course, an Enhanced Entrepreneurship Development Training (EEDT) conducted by the agency alongside DTI and LBP. After completing phase 1, interested applicants will then undergo an Entrepreneurship Training and Business Immersion and Business Plan Workshop.

The enhanced loan facility provides a minimum of P100,000 and a maximum of P2,000,000 for individual borrowers and from P100,000 to P5,000,000 for group loan borrowers at an annual interest of 7.5 percent for the entire duration of the loan. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)