Tuesday, July 25, 2017

DOLE-NRCO, DepEd, other partners to conduct ‘Salindunong 2017’

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is spearheading the conduct of the ‘Salindunong 2017’ for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) K-12 teachers of the entire Caraga region on July 29-30, 2017.

According to DOLE Caraga regional director Chona Mantilla, said activity is in partnership with the Unified Filipino-American Educators, Inc. (UNIFIED) – Maryland Chapter, Washington, D.C, who will visit the region on the aforementioned dates.

“The activity aims to provide skills training and capacity building for our OFW teachers who are employed by the Department of Education (DepEd) through our ‘Sa Pinas, Ikaw and Ma’am/Sir’ project and those who are pre-screened/pre-quaified to be employed by DepEd through the k-12 program as allocated by the department for OFWs’ employment,” highlighted Mantilla.

Mantilla further encouraged other OFWs to learn to know more about the other opportunities that they could venture and excel in their field of interest.

Other partners will also be witnessing the event, along with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga and media. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


DSWD-13 to recognize 4P’s scholarship grant graduates

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – In recognizing the exemplary performance of the scholar-graduates who benefitted from the 4P’s scholarship grant under the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga through the Social Marketing Unit (SMU) will conduct an advocacy activity dubbed “Padayag” on August 11, 2017 in this city.

Along with the celebration is the awarding of the regional winners for the Search for Exemplary Child, Huwarang Pamilya and Modelong Parent Leader.

According to DSWD Caraga OIC regional director, a press conference will be conducted right after the activity to provide updates on the implementation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), its milestones for the first semester of 2017.

This year’s activity bears the theme, “Hamon sa Bagong Henerasyon: Serbisyong May Malasakit Para sa Maunlad na Bukas ng Bawat Pilipino”.

The ESGP-PA is an educational grant which gives priority to the beneficiaries of 4Ps by providing them opportunity to get college education, increase their chance to get better employment in the future and ultimately uplift the lives of their family so that they become contributors to national development.

The 4Ps student grantee is entitled to a maximum of P60,000 as grant per year or P30, 000 per semester. The grant covers the costs for tuition fees and other school fees; academic and other extracurricular expenses; purchase of textbooks; board and lodging; transportation; clothing; admission and entrance fees; health and other valid related education expenses and support services. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan soldiers undergo photoshop, mobile photography training

By Regal C. Oribia

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) - The 4th Civil Military Operations “Kasaligan” (CMO) Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based here underwent a mobile photography and photoshop training aimed to enhance the personnel’s knowledge and skills on photography and prepare them to perform their task as civil military operators.

Lt. Col. Rico A. Amaro, 4CMO commanding officer, said that it is important for every CMO soldier to learn and develop the skills in photography and photoshop as these can be used in their community activities.

He also added that the coordination between government agencies, LGUs, and stakeholders will be more effective and easier if the soldiers have this kind of skills. (RCO/PIA-Caraga)


PRRD's SONA gains positive feedback in SurSur

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 25 (PIA) – The State of the Nation Address (SONA) delivered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Monday afternoon gained positive responses from different sectors (security, business, government) in the province.

In an interview with Radyo Pilipinas Tandag, 402nd brigade commander Col. Franco Nemesio Gacal said that he was overwhelmed when President Duterte promised of the “swift acquisition of medical equipment and medical centers” for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"It is a great help for the AFP and for the welfare of our soldiers who put their lives in danger while performing their duties and responsibilities," said Col. Gacal. While former councilor and Tandag administrator Gigi Irong rated President Duterte’s SONA with the score of 9. The rating is based on a scale of 1 to 10.

“'(My) administration will remain focus on the war against illegal drugs' marked on my mind,” said Boboy Peteros, a government employee. According to Peteros, illegal drugs are the main cause of most evildoers and crimes.

Meanwhile, the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao has also gained positive feedbacks in Surigao del Sur as 1st District Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Henrich Pimentel, Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas, and Tandag City Police chief of police Rey Sorreda earlier expressed their support for its extension before it was approved recently by the legislators. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


NEDA-13 set to conduct RDP regional launch in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) – To further promote ownership, entitlement and participation among Caraganons of the Caraga Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2017-2022, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga prepares for the RDP Regional Launch on Tuesday, August 1 to be held at the LMX Convention Center in this city.

“Of equal importance to the crafting and then approval of the plan is encouraging Caraganons to own the plan and contribute towards the achievement of its goals and objectives. Hence there is a need to seek popular support by conducting various activities,” said NEDA Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño.

Anchored on the theme, “Ikaw, Ako, Kitang Tanan: Kalamboan, Atong Paningkamutan,” the launch will be a symbolic gathering of people across all sectors that will be involved in the plan implementation process.

The event will be graced by NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia as the keynote speaker. The activity will also showcase several artistic cultural presentations by various local artists featuring the Caraga region and the Caraga RDP.

The RDP 2017-2022 was approved by the Regional Development Council through RDC Resolution Number 8, Series of 2017 during the 1st Quarter Meeting last March 2, 2017. “The plan was crafted after a series of multi-stakeholder consultations both at the regional and local levels,” added Cariño.

It can be recalled that just recently Caraga had its kick off launching of the RDP 2017-2022 at the Municipality of Dinagat, Dinagat Islands. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Asia-Pacific union leaders join hands to end workplace violence

BUTUAN CITY, Jul. 25 (PIA) - A total of 40 participants from 26 affiliates, including global union federations, partners, and allies in 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific converged in Manila recently as they ramped up plans for the biggest campaign against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) within the workplace.

Said event was organized by the International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) in collaboration with the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) and ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ILO-ACTRAV).

The growing interest against ‘GBV@Work’ comes as the International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body finally decided to place a standard setting item (double discussion) on violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work starting at the 107th Session of the ILO in June 2018.

“We have been preparing for this well in advance,” said ITUC-AP General Secretary Shoya Yoshida.

 “We gather evidence to support the trade union advocacy and campaign for a comprehensive ILO convention and recommendation on ‘Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work’ - with a strong focus on gender-based violence (including domestic violence),” Yoshida added.

The said meeting took the next step with building and preparing the Asia Pacific national focal points for campaigning around GBV@Work.

Several sessions reviewed the discussions and decisions of the ILO governing body and the meeting of experts, the ILO law and practice report, walked the participants through the international labor standards and standard setting procedures and other preparatory work.

Participants from Taiwan and Mongolia shared the importance of strengthening the evidence based on domestic violence and its impact at work and using the national survey findings to improve protection of women.

The meeting also showcased participants’ experiences and suggestions in increasing women’s representation in the ILC. Participants gained insights from the sharing of the Philippine tripartite partners on building a unified position on the adoption and ratification of Convention 189 and labor law reforms and implementation.

The meeting concluded with identifying immediate and priority advocacy campaign plans and strategies for the ILC discussions and generated strong commitment from affiliates on actions to address GBV@Work. (FEA/ITUC-AP/PIA-Caraga)


Sec. Pernia to unveil PRDP in Caraga

By Melanie A. Maur

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 - Sec. Ernesto M. Pernia of the National Economic and Development Authority will unveil the Philippine and Regional Development Plans (PDP/RDP) 2017-2022, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the LMX Convention Center here.

The PDP and RDP are anchored on the 0-10 point Socioeconomic Agenda of the Duterte administration, which is geared towards realizing AmBisyon Natin 2040 of a “Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay.”

At the short-term, the RDP will lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high trust society and a globally competitive knowledge economy at the regional level by 2022. By 2022, Caraga aims to become the “Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral, and Eco-tourism Center of the Country” by developing the region’s abundant resources in fishery, agriculture, forestry, mining, and eco-tourism.

These sectors have been observed as the growth drivers of the region’s economy, generating employment for the region. The improvement of the productivity of the said sectors will result in generation of employment opportunities and reduction in poverty.

The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) approved and adopted the RDP through RDC Resolution No. 8, series of 2017 during the RDC Full Council Meeting on March 2, 2017.

The unveiling will be attended by representatives from regional line agencies, local government units, academe, private sector, and civil society organizations. (NEDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


DOST S&T undergrad scholarships for 2018 now open

By Meriam Bouquia

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 - The Department of Science and Technology Caraga Region (DOST Caraga) is now accepting applicants for the 2018 S&T Undergraduate Scholarships for Republic Act 7687 and Merit Programs.

The selection of scholars is through a written examination which will be held on October 15, 2017 in eight test centers in the region.

To be eligible to take the scholarship examination, an applicant must possess the following qualifications: Member of the STEM strand senior high school graduating class; or member of the top five percent (5%) of the Non-STEM strand senior high school graduating class; Natural-born Filipino citizen and resident of the municipality for the last 4 years as attested by the barangay chairman; With good moral character and in good health; and Qualifier of the 2018 S&T Scholarship Examination.

Application forms are available at the DOST Caraga Regional Office, CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City and DOST Provincial Offices in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, Bislig and Tandag City, Surigao City and San Jose, Dinagat Islands.  It can also be downloaded at www.sei.dost.gov.ph.

Deadline for submission of application form and supporting documents is on August 25, 2017.

For inquiries, please visit or call DOST Caraga @ telephone no. 342-6225. (DOST-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)


Dinagat Islands LGU joins NDPR week celeb

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, July 25 - The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) in Dinagat Islands joined the 39th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week Celebration through the conduct of 2nd PWD Convention on July 20, 2017 held at the Provincial Guest Center, this province.

Anchored on the theme, "Karapatan at Pribilehiyo ng May Kapansanan: Isakatuparan at Ipaglaba," the activity aims to fully recognize the rights of PWDs (Persons with Disability) and their reintegration to the society.

During the said activity, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) provided vitamins such as ascorbic acid, vitamin B complex, and vitamins with iron.

Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) laso gave free massage therapy services for the PWDs. (PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)