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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jobs fair set on August 21 in SurSur town

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 10 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment-Surigao del Sur (DOLE-SDS) Field Office in partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur will hold a Jobs Fair to be conducted at the municipal gymnasium of Hinatuan on Aug. 21, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

DOLE-SDS advised all interested applicants to be ready with the basic requirements such as resume with 2x2 picture attached; certificate of employment; and other pertinent papers.

For those applicants who would like to have multiple job applications, they may bring extra copies of the basic requirements.

Applicants can avail both local and overseas job opportunities during the one-day activity.

Meanwhile, the event also offers processing of application for Registration of Workers Association (RWA).

Worker’s Association registration refers to the process of determining whether the application for registration of such organization complies with the documentary requirements prescribed under  Rules 3 and 4 of DOLE Department order No. 40-03, as amended.

Clients who may avail are working youth, Overseas Filipino Workers, Persons with Disabilities, displaced workers and all other workers, including ambulant, intermittent workers, the self-employed, rural workers and those without definite employers. (w/ a report from DOLE/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

AgSur mentees finish 'Kapatid Mentor Me' modules with session on business law

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Aug. 10 - Rounding up the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) set of 10 business modules, which started with entrepreneurial mindsetting is the Business Law/Basic Contract and Obligations done for the Agusan del Sur mentees just recently.

The session handled by Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) Angelpreneur Atty. Ronald Solis gave the mentees knowledge on the existing business laws in the Philippines which are important while operating a business: how to form, run/manage, close or sell one.

The 25 mentees (pre-selected micro and small entrepreneurs) were given techniques on how to address legal problems that they may encounter in the course of running their businesses.

Dina Pantaleon, one of the mentees said she was “thankful for the inputs which were discussed so well."

Pantaleon also shared that she appreciated the firm reminder to read and understand the content of any contract first before signing and that the any contract in business should be fair for both parties.

Meanwhile, Atty. Solis encouraged the mentees to pursue their business goals and said he is ready to help with his continuing commitment to the KMME.

The business law session was held at the Provincial Learning Center, Gov. D.O. Plaza Government Center, Prosperidad, this province. This is the last module that the mentees have to complete in order to graduate from the KMME program. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

PRO13 calls students, local artists for mural contest

By PSupt Martin M. Gamba

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 is calling all students and local artists to help beautify Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez and poster awareness of the gallantry of Caraga police, to be awarded during the Regional Advisory Council Summit on September 6, 2017.

PCSupt Rolando B. Felix announced that the mural contest will have P5,000 for the first prize, P3,000 for the second prize, P2,000 for the third prize and P1,000 consolation prize for the non-winners.

Artists can submit their entry for the mural that will be painted on the front wall of Camp Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City, which is visible to community as they make their way into and out of the city.

The mural making contest should highlight PRO13 slogan “The Home of the Brave, Friendly and Peace Centered Police Force."

Interested artists must submit a 12x18 inches mural proposal or entries to Regional Police Community Relation Division Office of PRO 13. Artists can use water color, charcoal, oil paint or oil pastels on a construction paper, watercolor paper or white drawing paper. Submissions must be vibrant, engaging, uplifting and with appropriate content for all audiences. 

“Art is something that brightens up the community," said Felix.

"We recognize the power of art not only to transform blighted properties and landscape, but also to engage citizens in uplifting the morale of our police force," Felix added.

Submission of all entries is on or before September 1, 2017. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

2 FITS centers launched in AgNor

By Ginalyn V. Arbutante

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 - The municipalities of Las Nieves and Magallanes in Agusan del Norte launched their Farmers’ Information and Technology Services (FITS) Centers on July 28 and 31, 2017, respectively. The FITS center is one of the components of the Techno-Gabay Program (TGP) that was led by the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center (ATI-RTC) 13 since 2012.

Farmer-leaders, local government officials, and agriculture personnel participated in the launching ceremony. Las Nieves Mayor Avelina Rosales thanked the ATI for the support in establishing their FITS center.

“The FITS center is a big help to the farmers of Las Nieves because all information about farming can be accessed by the farmers at our own locality specifically in the municipal agriculture office,” Mayor Rosales said.

On the other hand, Magallanes Municipal Agriculturist Presciana Cabiad was grateful to the support rendered by the ATI to their municipality and to the farmers as well.

The launching ceremony highlights on the ceremonial turn-over of the check as catalytic fund worth P100,000 to the said LGUs’ FITS centers.

Present during the launching ceremony was Mr. Rodel Pasion, representing Caraga State University (CSU) as partner-agency at the same time member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the TGP together with Ginalyn Arbutante and Fil Victor Babanto from ATI-Caraga who discussed the overview of TGP.

These two newly-launched FITS centers are among the seven centers to be established for the year 2017. (ATI-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

OCD Caraga trains Surigao provinces in contingency planning

By April Rose Anne Sanchez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 – The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Region once again conducted a four-day Contingency Plan Training for the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur on August 1-4, 2017 at Almont Inland Resort, this city. This capacity development initiative is one of the priority targets of OCD based on its Annual Plans and Budget (APB) 2017.

The four-day training activity trained the participants on the whole concept of contingency planning. The province of Surigao del Norte formulated a Contingency Plan for Earthquake while the Province of Surigao del Sur formulated a Contingency Plan for Typhoon. Both provinces integrated the Cluster Approach and Incident Command System (ICS) in their respective plans. A table-top simulation exercise also took place during the training.

OCD Caraga's pool of facilitators/trainers led by Lorene Catedral with Amado Posas, April Rose Anne Sanchez, Aizy Lyn Paglinawan and Dave Madayag used the new CP guidebook as per Joint National DRRM Council and National Security Council (NSC) Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2016 dated August 30, 2015 entitled Guidelines on the Formulation of Contingency Plans for Natural and Human-Induced Hazards and Adoption of the Contingency Planning Guidebook.

It can be remembered that OCD Caraga conducted the same training for the Municipalities of Cortes and San Miguel, Surigao del Sur and La Paz, Agusan del Sur on June 6-9, 2017 and Bayabas and Lianga, Surigao del Sur and San Isidro, Surigao del Norte on June 13-16, 2017. (OCD-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DOST launches Food Innovation Center

By Aimee B. Sienes

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 - Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in the province of Agusan del Norte now have the chance to avail of the use of the facilities and equipment of the newly-launched and inaugurated Food Innovation Center (FIC) of the Department of Science and Technology in partnership with the Caraga State University (CSU), located inside the campus of CSU, Amapayon, on Tuesday here.

DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said that they are continuously collaborating with other government agencies in trying to look for quality solutions using new technologies to help and assist the different sectors and entrepreneurs improve their businesses and livelihood.

According to Engr. Edgar Garcia, TAPI-DOST Director, the agency's FIC helps the micro, small and medium enterprises in providing them the new technology in food processing that will help them in their business ventures and makes their food processing easier and more convenient.

Various officials and representatives from different national and local agencies and MSMEs were present to witness the said inauguration. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Butuan rural women train on root crops processing

By Ginalyn V. Arbutante

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 - The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) in Caraga recently conducted a training on root crops processing in support to Gender and Development (GAD) held at San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Pastoral Center, Ampayon, this city.

The said activity aims to enhance the knowledge, attitude, and skills of the women farmers with regard to Gender and Development (GAD) through involvement in root crops processing.

It was participated by 28 women from Butuan City in coordination with the City Agriculture Office.

These women-participants were Rural Improvement Club (RIC) members and Barangay Nutrition Scholars who were also farmers planting root crops and were very interested to venture into value-adding processed products as another source of income.

The first day of the training was about Good Manufacturing Practices which was discussed by Jennifer J. Dejarme, the Senior Science Research Specialist of DOST-Caraga and a member of the Caraga Food Safety Team

Topics include handwashing, personal hygiene, cross contamination, and food safety hazards. The participants were delighted upon knowing the practices that will help improve their day-to-day living. Participants were able to learn in the preparation of food wherein food safety should always be considered.

On the other hand, Carla Jeanne P. Catral discussed several recipes of root crops like Ube Yema, Camote Pie, and Taro Fries.  She is a successful food entrepreneur whose products are already available in Gaisano and Robinsons Malls in the city.

The participants have enjoyed and learned that there are more to root crops rather than selling it fresh on the market. Also, the participants were toured at ATI-RTC 13 Demo Farm and saw diversified crops and animals.

Indalecia V. Calo, one of the participants, said that she was very thankful to ATI-RTC 13 for the opportunity that was given to them especially to the women of the city.

“I just thought that I will only get money from selling root crops but there is more to it, processing into value-added products is a good technique as Income Generating Project (IGP) for the women," Calo said.

"We thought that making pies and others are difficult but we now know that they were very easy and delicious. Again, I want to thank ATI for this training. Thank you," Calo added.  (ATI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Python troopers bag Caraga's Gawad Kalasag award

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Aug. 10 (PIA) - The Army's 30th Infantry "Python" Battalion (30IB) won for the first time the Caraga Regional Search for Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang kaligtasan) for the Government Emergency Response Management GEMS Category.

Gawad Kalasag is the country's premier annual award for outstanding contributions in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and humanitarian assistance.

Lt. Col. Allen Raymund Tomas, commanding officer of the 30IB, received the KALASAG Plaque of Recognition and cash prize worth P50,000 that will be used for DDRM related activities from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Region during the awarding ceremony and culmination of the National Disaster Resilience Month celebration held at Almont Resort, Butuan City.

Lt. Col. Tomas said the award is very significant for it has recognized their efforts in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. “It is true that the Army is not only dedicated in securing our territories but also devoted in selfless service to the Filipino people,” he said.

Civil Military Operations Officer 2nd Lieutenant Jonel Castillo said the award would not be made possible without the supportive efforts of their counterparts from the local DRROs of Surigao City and Surigao del Norte who became their partners in rescue operations during different calamities in the province.

The army unit, which has its area of operation in the province of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands, will be representing Caraga region in the National Search for Gawad KALASAG this year. (30IB-Philippine Army/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

OWWA launches 2017 Model OFW Family Search for Caraga

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 10 - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office Caraga announced the launching of the search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award (MOFYA) in Caraga region.

The annual MOFYA search is designed to give due recognition to outstanding achievements of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families in promoting best practices in managing family challenges albeit adverse effects of overseas migration  on family solidarity and cohesiveness.

To be eligible for nomination, the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) must be the head of the nuclear family, land-based or sea-based, formerly or presently working abroad with a formal or informal contract of employment or work permit, and must have a proof of OWWA membership.

MOFYA nominees must conform to the following criteria: (a) 50 percent for wholesome OFW family; (b) 20 percent for civic/community involvement of OFW and family members; (c) 20 percent of success in children’s or family member’s education; and (d) 10 percent for success in managing family finances.

The OFW, either single or married and with proof of OWWA membership, should head the family and may either be or formerly working abroad under a formal or informal employment contract or work permit; the OFW should have at least five (4) years of work experience; the OFW family should be known as an exemplary presence in the community; and the OFW family should be financially stable and that he/she has returned to the country for good for no longer than 10 years at the time of nomination.

Previous regional MOFYA nominees can be nominated for the second time only after two years; must not be related up to the third degree of consanguinity and affinity to officials and employees of OWWA, DOLE and its attached agencies, and social partners of MOFYA; and must NOT be a holder of an elective/appointive position in national/local office at the time of nomination.

Two families; one coming sea-based and another from the land-based category will be chosen as MOFYA regional winners in September and will represent the region in the national search in November 2017.

OWWA Caraga Regional Director Samuel Madrid is encouraging the following sectors: Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), Peoples’ Organizations (POs), Religious Groups, Community based Socio-Civic Organizations and Local Government Units (LGUs) and OFW Family Circles (OFCs) to send their MOFYA nominees.

For more information about the program, kindly visit the OWWA Caraga office at Nimfa Tiu Bldg. II, J.P. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City or contact us at (085) 342-6178/2255989. (JPIM/ OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)