(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 25 November 2022) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao and Palawan. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds coming from East to Northeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas / (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

LGU-Butuan sets Christmas light-up on Dec. 4

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The Task Force Pasko 2017 in the city, through the City Tourism Office as its secretariat, is set to conduct the Christmas Light-Up Butuan on December 4, 2017 during the ceremonial switch-on and opening program at 6:00 p.m. at the city hall grounds.

“With the theme ‘Panag-iban doon Pasko ngani Butuan 2017,’ which means Christmas is about thanksgiving, gathering of families and celebrating the good tidings of the year. We require that all our local government unit (LGU) led activities for Christmas must be aligned to this message. We are also reaching out to our regional line agency partners to help us in this endeavor,” said Lilita Mission-Concon, OIC-City Tourism Officer and director general of Task Force Pasko 2017.

Concon also revealed that series of Pamaskong Handong will be conducted from December 11-19, 2017 in the different barangays of the city.

“We would appreciate your active cooperation and support as we celebrate a unified spirit of Christmas in ‘A City Ascending’,” added Concon. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Lee Kuan Yew School accepts nomination for master degree programs, scholarships

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 21 (PIA) – The Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy in Singapore is inviting the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to nominate candidates to enroll in their master degree programs commencing on August 2018.

The LKY School’s mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations of leaders, raise the standards of governance in Asia, transform lives and create a more sustainable world.

“Since 2004, there have been 2,200 leaders in Asia and in rest of the world who graduated from LKY,” said Kishore Mahbubani, dean and professor in the Practice of Public Policy.

“Our students come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds and they chose to study in our school for the following reasons: our global excellence; global outlook; shaping Asia’s influence in the world; an innovative Asia-focused curriculum for Asia’s policy makers; and generous financial support,” he added.

The LKY School offers the following four master program: Two-year Master in International Affairs (MIA) program suitable for professionals with a keen interest in Asia and global affairs; and a strong passion to contribute to the positive transformations that are taking place in Asia and the world; Two-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) program suitable for early-career professionals with at least two years of relevant work experience, who aim to gain a strong foundation in policy analysis, program evaluation and management; One-year Master in Public Administration (MPA) program suitable for mid-managerial professionals with at least five years relevant work experience, who aspire to make transition to senior management and leadership roles through an intensive and interdisciplinary training in decision-making and problem-solving; and One-year Master in Public Management (MPM) program suitable for senior public officials with over ten years of work experience and a proven track record of leadership and high-level decision-making in their careers, looking for intellectual rejuvenation to become more effective leaders by focusing on the challenges of effective leadership and good governance.

Places in the programs and scholarships are offered on a competitive basis. Head of offices (public, private and non-profit sectors) may take part in the said program or nominate a member of his or her staff and submit the application documents to the DOST-Human Resource Development Program (HRDP) secretariat not later than 15 December 2017.

For more information on courses offered, anyone interested may access www.lkyspp.nus.edu.sg/admissions. (VLG/DOST-DRDP/PIA-Caraga)

15 AgSur women train on biz model canvass
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 21 – Fifteen (15) members of the Trento Kababaihan Kabalikat sa Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran (TKKK) attended the business model canvass (BMC) training- workshop held in Trento town, this province.

The activity, which was held at the newly-opened Negosyo Center (NC)-Trento was facilitated by Nestor Sobreprena, member of the pool of #AdSNegosyoCenters resource persons/trainers and a Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE)-accredited local mentor.

Julieta Mordeno, Federation President of TKKK said they needed the activity to firm up their catering business, which they have just started. According to her, the BMC will help them identify and strengthen their relationship with customers, know the channels, formulate their value proposition and be informed on the revenue streams of their business.

The workshop was a follow-through to the entrepreneurial mind-setting session conducted recently by NC-Trento with NC-Provincial Hub Counselor Lemuel Robocca for the Trento Poblacion women's group.

NC-Trento will coordinate with the group and Sangguniang Bayan Committee Chair on Women Rose Mabunga for other required assistances, including strengthening other enterprise projects of the women’s federation in Trento. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Negosyo Center holds financing forum to AgSur's MSMEs
PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 21 – The Negosyo Center-Agusan del Sur conducted a Financing Forum for the province’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), People's Bank of Caraga (PBC), CARD, Inc., Radiowealth Finance Corporation (RFC), Bank of Makati, One Puhunan, Philnabank Employees' Resources of Agusan Multipurpose Cooperative (PERA-MPC), Baug CARP Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (BCBMPC), Small Business Corporation (SBC), and the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Office (PEEDO), are some of the financing institutions that joined the said forum.

RFC, BCBMPC and PERA-MPC are SBC-accredited conduits under the “Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso” or P3 program.  This program aims to provide low cost credit to MSMEs to get them out of the so-called 5/6 or usurious lending schemes in their localities.

About 70 MSMEs were present to get information on their financing options.

Department of Trade and Industry-Agusan del Sur (DTI-AdS) Officer-in-Charge Brenda Corvera encouraged the participants to deal with formal lenders to be able to build their financial and credit record.

She said this is more practical and wiser in the long term,especially if the MSMEs are considering bigger projects that may require bigger budget in the future. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)