Tuesday, February 13, 2018

AgNor town implements educational assistance
 
Nasipit, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 13 – The local government unit of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte will now be implementing Educational Assistance through Municipal Ordinance No. 11-2017, otherwise known as the "Municipal Assistance Fund Program (MEAFP)."

The said ordinance, authored by Sangguniang Bayan Member Virgilio F. Baja was approved by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through Sanggunian Resolution No. 318-2017.

The said ordinance aims to provide educational assistance to qualified poor students who enrolled in Grade VII up to Grade 10 (Junior High School) who are residents of the municipality.

The said program is one of the basic social services under the Educational Assistance Fund Program prioritized by the municipality of Nasipit by providing appropriations for its sustainability. This ordinance was enacted to promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels.

In line with the powers of the local governments to enact ordinances under the Local Government Code of 1991, the said municipal ordinance was approved through the efforts of Board Member Aquino W. Gambe, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Culture. (JVLumonsod, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


Skills training development center to be established in Buenavista
  
Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 13 – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Agusan del Norte approved the Municipal Ordinance No. 37-2017 from the municipality of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, establishing the Buenavista Skill Training and Development Center, providing mechanism in its implementation thereof and other purposes.

The proposed Training and Development Center is an alternative learning center in the said municipality, wherein the youth who are underprivileged and cannot afford to proceed his/her college education will be given the chance to harness their potentials through training programs to improve their learning skills which help them become competitive in finding a job or employment opportunities.

The center aims to contribute to the national government’s thrust in addressing poverty alleviation.

The proposed measure is in line with Republic Act 7160, particularly Section 17 which provides that local government units shall continue exercising the powers and discharging the duties and functions currently vested upon, and likewise exercise such other powers and discharge such other responsibilities as are necessary. appropriate, or incidental to efficient and effective provisions of the basic services and

Pushing for the approval of said ordinance was through the efforts of the Committee on Education and Culture, chaired by Provincial Board Member Aquino W. Gambe. (JOMellejor, LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


3 NPA terrorists killed in AgNor clash

Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, Feb. 13 – Three New Peoples’ Army (NPA) terrorists died in an encounter with 29th Infantry (MATATAG) Battalion (29IB), Philippine Army at Sitio Taiwan, Barangay Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on February 11, 2018.

The three dead bodies of the NPAs Front 16 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) have yet to be identified. One M4 sniper rifle with scope, several ammunitions, five improvised landmines, one hand grenade, one rifle grenade, and a cellphone were among those recovered in the terrorists’ encampment that can accommodate 100 persons. Bloodstains in the withdrawal routes of the terrorist NPAs are still being tracked.

“We will pursue these terrorists at all cost just to ensure that the people of Northern Mindanao and Caraga Regions will attain the peace they deserve so that economic development that they were long deprived of will come in,” said Major General Ronald Villanueva of the 4th Infantry Division when he thanked the civilian informants who gave the location of the NPA camp.

Villanueva also congratulated the 29IB and the 402nd Infantry Brigade under Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal as he also exhorted them to continue the pressure so that the NPA terrorists will no longer hold their members who are already contemplating to surrender. (1st Lt Tere Ingente (FS) PA 4ID/PIA-Agusan del Norte)


ATI-Caraga secures anew ISO 9001 certification

Butuan City, Feb. 13 – The aim to provide quality and excellent extension services is not merely paper and words for the Agricultural Training Institute-Regional Training Center XIII (ATI-Caraga). Its total commitment to serve its citizen-customers is demonstrated through the recent ISO 9001: 2015 certification that it received from the global certification body TÜV SÜD Group.

The ISO 9001: 2015 is the latest revision of the international standard on quality management systems. It is an update of ISO 9001: 2008 certification which ATI-Caraga also received last year. Being ISO certified for two consecutive years indicates that the Center has maintained the standard specifically in the development and provision of trainings, knowledge products and services, accreditation of Extension Service Providers (ESP), scholarships, alliance building, national extension system planning, monitoring and evaluation.

The ATI-Caraga is among the eight training centers within the ATI network that was conferred the ISO certification. These centers include the ATI Central Office, International Training Center for Pig Husbandry (ITCPH), ATI-RTC II, ATI-RTC CAR, ATI-RTC VI, ATI-RTC VIII, ATI-RTC XII AND ATI-RTC XIII.


Former ATI Caraga Center Director Robert T. Poculan Jr. and current OIC Center Director Samuel L. Calonzo received the certificate on January 29, 2018 at the ATI Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City. Present during the awarding were Senator Cynthia A. Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Dr. Luz A. Taposok, ATI National Director. (JPDEJampac, ATI-Caraga Technical Staff)