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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Army, Surigao mining firm distribute relief packs to TS Bayang victims in Claver

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Mar. 1 (PIA) – Government troops of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), Philippine Army and the THPAL Nickel Corporation distributed relief packs to the victims of Tropical Storm Basyang that ravaged parts of Surigao del Norte.

Around 562 relief packs composed of rice, canned good, noodles, biscuits, coffee and sugar were distributed to the affected families of the barangays in Claver town.

The distribution and turn over ceremony was led by Lt. Jonald Romorosa of Alpha Company of the 36IB, Philippine Army and THPAL Nickel Corporation Community Relations Officer Genevieve Chua. (36IB, PA/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

More enrollment draw from National TVET Enrollment Day

By Lee M. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 – More enrollment was noted on the first day of the National TVET Enrollment Day and Jobs Bridging Program in this city and the province of Agusan del Norte.

According to Irenea A. Dela Victoria, UTPRAS focal of TESDA-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office, this can be attributed to the partner Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers and Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in the province who have sent their enrollment teams to assist in profiling and enrollment of the prospective trainees.

In the messages given during the launching activity of the program by TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Ashary A. Banto and DOLE-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Naomi Lyn Abellana, the officials underscored the importance of getting a skill and using it to earn a living. They reminded the aspiring and interested trainees on choosing a training for a skill that best suit their interest, a skill that is on-demand in the market and then aim for the mastery of that skill.

To date, data showed a total of 16 TVET providers assisted in the enrollment proceedings and a total of 596 were profiled and enrolled.

Top five programs with the most number of enrollees were: Events Management Services NC III, Computer System Servicing (CSS) NC II, English Language Skills Training Program, Food and Beverage Services (FBS) NC II, and Domestic Work NC II.

TESDA Caraga is inviting everyone to get skills trainings and to start earning a living. The National TVET Enrollment Day and Jobs Bridging Program will culminate today, Mar. 1. The said activity is anchored on the theme: "Magsanay. Magka-hanapbuhay. Magtagumpay.” (LMEscobal, TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Negosyo Center-Sibagat holds pricing seminar, hosts roll-out of ‘NC CES’
SIBAGAT, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 – About 25 market vendors and stakeholders of the Negosyo Center (NC), this municipality learned the basics of computing prices on the items they are selling.

This is what they gained during their seminar on Product Pricing and Costing held here, and organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) thru NC Sibagat. 

The training is one of the modules that will equip the business sector in giving a fair price for businesses and for customers.

Merlie Peñalver, the resource person gave emphasis on identifying pricing constraints like demand on the product, the product and the brand, stages of product life cycle and the pricing strategy based on  product cost.

The participants were so amused as they shared their style in pricing. Accordingly, they don't consider their expenses; instead, they just determine the life span of the commodities, especially for perishable products and then set the price.

Jardynne Narvasa of the Consumer Protection Unit of DTI-Agusan del Sur also equipped the group on the rights and responsibilities of a consumer.

This 2018, Negosyo Center Consumer Education Seminar (NC CES) will form part of NC activities to promote consumerism. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Wasian coconut farmers intensify value-adding activities, undergo entrepreneurial & gender sensitivity trainings

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 – The Wasian coconut farmers are now intensifying the production of their value adding products aside from copra. They are now into virgin coconut oil (VCO) production, which are sold in the neighboring areas.

On February 13, 2018, twenty five members of the group attended the entrepreneurship and gender sensitivity orientation seminar organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) thru the Negosyo Center (NC) Bunawan.

It was noted, that even if they already get good returns from VCO, they still need to enhance the processing method to ensure quality product.

The group was encouraged to display their products in the NCs for wider exposure.

Agusan del Sur has already eight NCs that can help expand the reach of their product.

They were also advised to check on their strategies of giving incentives or commissions based on the members' output so they will be inspired to produce and consider it as a business.

These processors will soon undergo training that will help enhance their production and create more producers.

Jamaica Arenal and Maria Corazon Togonon facilitated the training together with the Bunawan NC Counselor France Amparo Remedios Suaybaguio. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Talacogon Negosyo Center sets more active partnerships with stakeholders

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 – In a recent meeting with Negosyo Center (NC)-Talacogon stakeholders, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Sur urged the group to take part in driving more economic activities in the municipality.

Jose T. Baron, now the Officer-in-Charge of DTI Agusan del Sur met the center's stakeholders and discussed the NC Talacogon's 2017 performance and come up with agreements for the provision of more services to target clients in 2018.

Baron in his presentation of the economic situationer of Agusan del Sur cited the fact that despite Talacogon's progressive economy in terms of productivity (reported gross sales/revenues of registered businesses) and new investments, still the municipality registered high incidence of poverty.

Among the initial partnership agreements reached included more tie-ups with the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office (MSWDO) and a local Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-unlad (P3) conduit Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI).

MSWDO will do a subsequent meeting with the center to check on the modules needed for the projects under the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP).

In partnership with Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc., which provides livelihood skills training to their borrowers, and together with agriculture and agrarian reform offices, the NC will conduct financial literary seminar.

The stakeholders agreed to continue the discussion for more collaboration in the following days.

The meeting was also attended by the town's local councilors Rene Floren Committee Chairman on Trade and Industry and members, Elvin Maligsa and Melch Marion C. Demegillo;  Municipal Agriculturist Reuel Barraca;  Municipal Administrator Paul Salinas, Airon James Cebrian Monato, SLP coordinator, Corazon Alcular, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer of Talacogon, other staff of the local government unit of Talacogon and representative of the People's Bank of Caraga.

Hosting the meeting was NC Talacogon Business Counsellor Louida Legaspi. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

TESDA reshuffle takes effect

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Mar. 1 – “In the interest of service,” a  major shift in TESDA leadership in Caraga region is set to take effect today, March 1, 2018.   

TESDA Order No. 32 dated February 2, 2018 signed by no less than Director-General (DG) Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong is expected to cause movement between and among key officials in the agency’s hierarchy. 

Labeled “Reassignment of TESDA Key Officials,” the order stated that “the concerned officials are hereby directed to effect a smooth turnover of duties and responsibilities and clear themselves of work, property and financial accountabilities from their previous offices before assuming their new post.”

Named were two regional directors (RDs) and four provincial directors (PDs), to include Supervising TESD Specialist Allan Millan, OIC-PD of Surigao del Sur. 

Millan told media that he had to go back to his previous post in Surigao del Norte – a mere swap seats with PD Rey Cueva.  The latter is not new to Surigao del Sur being the former PD for a number of years. 

Moreover, with this order, PD Enrico Banario had to go to Samar TESDA Region VIII since PD Julius Sol Jamero whose former assignment was Negros Occidental in TESDA Region VI had to take his place in Agusan del Norte. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA_Surigao del Sur)

Bunawan, Rosario BuB projects get push to increase production and boost from other stakeholders' support

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Mar. 1 – Two women associations in Bunawan and Rosario of this province, who are producers of pineapple marmalade, pineapple vinegar and daing were advised to increase production so they can expand their market and inspire their members to produce more.

This encouragement was expressed during the Bottom up Budgeting  (BuB) Consultative Meeting held in Bunawan, facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) thru Negosyo Center (NC)-Bunawan.

Susan Singson, President of San Andres Women's Association, producer of pineapple marmalade and pineapple vinegar reported to the group that their products got good sales in the OTOP Store in Butuan City only they can't deliver regularly.

She said they need to improve their production through the cooperation of their members.

Josefa Batulan, President of Kalingayan's Daing Women's Association, producer of daing also shared the capacity of the group to produce daing but that they need a presentable display center.

Representatives of Philsaga Mining Corporation (PMC) mentioned that they can assist said need next year. 

These two women producers were encouraged to display in all Negosyo Centers in the province and participate in trade fairs for further exposure.

The focal persons of BuB – Susan Soblechero Morala and Tessie R.  Montante both of the Municipal Social Development Office of Rosario and Bunawan, staff of PMC, Jeanette Garsilva Celedio, Reuben A. Peñaloga, Bernabe Luna and Reonel Aninon of DTI Agusan del Sur with NC- Bunawan Business Counsellors France Tumulak Suaybaguio – committed to work closely to encourage and develop more processors in the area. (DTI-Agusan del Sur/PIA-Agusan del Sur)

More Agusanons avail services in TESDA’s Jobs Bridging Program

By Lee M. Escobal

BUTUAN CITY, Mar. 1 – The nationwide launching of TESDA’s National TVET Enrollment Day and Jobs Bridging Program on February 27 here has not only amassed a number of interested individuals enrolling various TESDA training programs and/or qualifications but also attracted a number of TVET graduates looking for a job.

Employment agencies for jobs abroad and local companies with job vacancies were invited in the Jobs Bridging Program. A total of nine employers/agencies were present on the first day of the program, two of which came all the way from Cagayan de Oro City.

Based on the data provided by DOLE-Agusan del Norte Field Office, a total of 3,000 jobs abroad (part of the 9,000+ jobs previously announced) and 125 local job vacancies/postings were available on the first day.

Employment agencies that participated were as follows: Jenerick Int’l Manpower, Inc., Pisces Int’l Placement Corp., FVJ Overseas Placement and Placewell Int’l Services Corp.

Meanwhile, local companies present were the Bachelor Express, Inc., Equiparco Construction Company, Olin Dept of Engineering and Construction, Watergate, Hi Precision, and Vross Meat Shoppe.

The two-day activity, anchored on the theme “Magsanay. Magka-hanapbuhay. Magtagumpay,” is a directive of TESDA’s Director General Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong, created not only to make various TESDA programs and services more accessible to the public but more importantly to assist TESDA/TVET graduates in searching for work and/or employment.

It is also anchored on the two-pronged strategy of the Duterte Administration in expanding access to high quality and relevant TVET opportunities, addressing the disparities and increasing active linkages and mechanization of various sectors so that every Filipino can enjoy a better and dignified quality of life.

The jobs bridging program has been made possible through the support of LGU-Butuan, DOLE Regional Office and Agusan del Norte Field Office, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Caraga, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the Philippine Electronics and Communications Institute of Technology (PECIT) for the venue.

TESDA Caraga is inviting everyone to participate in the National TVET Enrollment Day and Jobs Bridging Program. The 2-day activity will commence today, March 1 and will be conducted every 25th and 26th day of August, in time of TESDA’s Anniversary, thereafter. (LMEscobal, TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Agusan del Norte)