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Monday, October 9, 2017

CSC implements use of CSC eligibility card

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) – Passers of the May 3, 2015 Career Service Examination-Paper and Pencil Test (CSE-PPT), professional and sub-professional levels may now personally claim the Civil Service Commission (CSC) eligibility card at the CSC regional office, with jurisdiction over the place where the eligible took the examination.

The Commission started the processing of cards on May 12 of this year to those who opted to replace their certificate of eligibility in security paper with the new CSC eligibility card.

The CSC eligibility card serves as official proof issued to passers of all CSC examinations, taken through the PPT and the CSC computerized examination (CSC COMEX).

For passers of eligibility examinations conducted before May 3, 2015, a separate advisory on when they can avail of the card, on voluntary basis, shall be issued later on.

As contained in the CSC Memorandum Circular No. 23, series 2017, the eligible is required to appear in person at the CSC central office or the CSC regional office concerned in claiming the card. Representatives are not allowed to claim the card on behalf of the eligible.

The eligible availing of the CSC eligibility card shall pay an application fee amounting to P200.

CSC reiterates that for the meantime, the CSC eligibility card is only available for the May 3, 2015 CSE-PPT professional and sub-professional eligible.

For more details, Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office (ERPO) Advisory No. 09, s. 2017 can be downloaded from the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)

Army ensures decent burial of 2 NPAs in AgSur

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Oct. 9 – Despite of the existing struggle between military units and the New People’s Army (NPA), the 26th Infantry Battalion (26IB), Philippine Army and the local government unit (LGU) of Talacogon ensured a decent burial to two identified cadavers of NPA members found after an encounter in KM46, Binicalan, San Luis, this province on September 29, 2017.

According to 26IB commanding officer LTC Rommel Pagayon, the day after the firefight, two dead bodies of NPA were found by the troops of 26IB's Bravo Company a distance from the encounter site.

The cadavers were identified as Joy Martinez alias “Tata/Norbeng”, a resident of Brgy. Marbon, Talacogon, Agusan del Sur, and Michael Sanchez alias “Kin/Adam" of Brgy. Oromica, Esperanza, of the same province.

It can also be recalled that the troops recovered the remains of two NPAs that were left by their comrades beside the riverbank. The 26IB executed effort to bring back the remains from the mountainous area and present them to the families for proper disposition. Mayor Jesryl E. Masendo of Talacogon provided the necessary funeral assistance and their needs.

Likewise, the 401st Infantry Brigade under Colonel Andres Centino, Brigade Commander expressed sympathy to the families.

In a statement, Col. Centino gave emphasis that the two NPAs are victims of the pointless armed struggle of the CPP-NPA. “Returning to the folds of the law and mainstream society is the finest option for them (NPA) before it’s too late,” he stressed.

The encounter resulted to six high-powered firearms, one IED, subversive documents and personal belongings recovered. (JPG/26IB Phil. Army/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

DOST launches tech for wastewater treatment in Siargao

By Gabrielle Espinosa

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Oct. 9 – Scientists, local government unit (LGU) personnel, government agencies representatives, educators, volunteer groups and students gathered on September 21, 2017 in Siargao Island to participate in the launching of the Eco-friendly Septic Tank System (Eco-sep), a technology that will help solve the issue on wastewater contamination in beaches and ground water.

Eco-sep, funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD), aims to install sustainable and eco-friendly septic water management system. The Eco-sep will address the problem on untreated wastewaters in resorts, public establishments and households.

In Siargao, Eco-sep systems are currently installed in three pilot sites: General Luna Market, General Luna High School and Traveler’s Beach Resort under a research project involving said technology.

“The samples collected from these sites will serve as a baseline for DOST to convince resort owners, LGUs and households to adopt the technology in our campaign [as part of the project],” says Engr. Noel Ajoc, Project Coordinator.

Inventor of the Eco-sep Technology Dr. Merlinda Palencia explained that the Eco-sep system contains Vigormin, an organomineral that hastens the decomposition of harmful bacteria present in septic tanks, thereby, preventing it to escape from the tank and avoid contamination in sewage systems.

Dr. Palencia noted that the Eco-sep system will be very efficient as most septic tanks in Siargao have a bottomless design wherein the wastewater immediately seeps through the ground causing higher risk of contamination in freshwater.

“Eco-sep will make an impact to Siargao since the source of its eco-tourism is the pristine, fresh and very clean water along its beaches. We don’t want Siargao to follow the footsteps of Boracay where the fecal bacteria are already present in its seawater,” added Palencia.

DOST Caraga Regional Director Dominga D. Mallonga also assured that the agency will always continue its support in sustaining the eco-tourism of the island.

“With the development and increasing influx of tourists in Siargao, challenges come. DOST will always be along the way so that we will be able to plan out carefully and avoid problems in Solid Waste Management and Food Safety,” assured Mallonga.

Aside from the Eco-sep technology, the activity also paved way for DOST to introduce other projects for the people in Siargao. Some of which include the food-based livelihood for the elderly, IT-enabled livelihood project and the turn-over of the Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS). (DOST/PIA-Surigao del Norte)