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Friday, April 20, 2018

DICT-Caraga conducts capability development workshop for ICT
BUTUAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) - The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) - Caraga Region and the Caraga ICT Council recently conducted here a Capability Development Workshop to various ICT councils and organizations in the region.

Emmy Lou Delfin, program manager of e-Innovation, introduced DICT’s Digital PH which aims at enabling digital opportunities and innovation in the countryside through its principal programs - SeedPH, Stepping Up the Value Chain, Digital Cities PH, and Rural Impact Sourcing.

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, vice president of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), facilitated the Capability Development Workshop.

She also shared how NICP started and its mission fundamental to boosting ICT in the country.

Representatives from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Caraga State University (CSU) were invited to share their plans, best practices, and initiatives to aid other councils that will best serve the entire ICT landscape of Caraga. (DICT-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

DepEd Caraga trains educators on multi-factored assessment tools

BUTUAN CITY, April 20 (PIA) - To orient and train the participants on how to identify the developmentally- delayed Grade 1 learners, a Regional Mass Training of Teachers on Multi-Factored Assessment Tools (MFAT) was held on April 9-13, 2018 at the Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center in this city.

The seminar-workshop was in line with the thrust of the Department of Education (DepEd) to ensure inclusive education for the learners with special needs. The Multi-Factored Assessment Tools are being used by the special education teachers to determine if a child needs special education services.

Being a Grade 1 classroom teacher in her first 13 years with the department, DepEd Caraga assistant regional director Fidela V. Rosas, CESO V, expressed her admiration to the participants.

“I love being with Grade 1 teachers, they are as happy as their students. It’s not easy as per experience, and I adore you for that,” she said.

She also emphasized that “the MFAT is for further enhancement as a means to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the learners at the early grades that will serve as a basis for designing appropriate educational interventions for the pupils.”

A series of workshops were conducted during the first three days of the training and a return demonstration with Grade 1 pupils was performed to properly execute the learning of the participants.

The Curriculum Learning Management Division of DepEd Caraga headed by the Regional Special Education (SPED) Coordinator, Dr. Elena N. Capangpangan, together with the SPED Coordinators of the different schools division offices facilitated the five-day orientation which was participated by the district supervisors, school principals, and Grade 1 teachers of the 12 schools divisions of the region. (DepEd-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

423 4Ps student-grantees set to graduate in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.  

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, April 20 (PIA) - After four years of implementation, a total of 423 student-grantees under the “Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA)” of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are set to graduate in Surigao del Sur.

The recognition rites, which also “aims to highlight the gains of Pantawid Pamilya and to share the stories of positive change among ESGP-PA grantees,” will take place at Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) Main Campus Gym at 1:00 PM on April 23, 2018, according to Meiraflor Cabigon, DSWD Provincial Link here.

“This program serves as an educational assistance for college students of selected Pantawid Pamilya households,” she said in a letter of invitation to Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. on April 16, 2018.

Cabigon invited the governor to attend the event and deliver an inspirational message.

“The activity will be attended by DSWD, SDSSU, Provincial Stakeholders and Local Government Units including the graduates and their parents,” she said.

SDSSU under President Dr. Baceledes Estal was named by Cabigon as partner of their agency in carrying out the said program. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)

1 dead, 2 injured in NPA harassment in Surigao del Norte

By Capt. Francisco P. Garello, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, April 20 (PIA) - The CPP-NPA Terrorist operating in Surigao del Norte harassed a community in Brgy Lahi, Gigaquit town that resulted to the instantaneous death of one civilian and wounding two others around 12:00 PM on April 18, 2018.

Accordingly, CPP-NPA Terrorist believed to be under Guerilla Front 16C harassed the civilian community of the town by indiscriminately firing their high-powered firearms at the residents living near the social hall of said barangay.

Further, three civilians on board a motorcycle that was passing by in the area were fired upon by the said armed group that resulted to the death of one and wounding the other two of his companions.

The victim was identified as Jepti Acido, a Pastor, 32 years old, single and resident of Brgy Tayaga, Claver, who died instantaneously and the two wounded were Virgil Flor Ortiz, 23 years old, resident of Brgy Tayaga, Claver and Adner Malaque, 20 years old, single and resident of Brgy Villafranca, Gigaquit town.

Troops of 36IB, while on combat operation, immediately maneuvered to intercept the perpetrators in order to bring justice for the killing of an innocent civilian and wounding two others which were immediately brought to the nearest hospital in Surigao City.

Lt. Colonel Xerxes A. Trinidad, Commanding Officer of the 36th Infantry (Valor) Battalion, in his statement, confirmed the incident and the unfortunate tragedy in the middle of plans on the resumption of Peace Talks between the Government and the NDFP.

“We vehemently condemn these treacherous attacks to the civilians by the CPP-NPA Terrorist. These actions manifest their true intentions of deception and how to resolve conflict in Mindanao,” Trinidad said.

He said that the community of Brgy Lahi has been responding positively to the programs of the government towards peace and development. However, the said attack was made to sow fear and force the community not to support government peace initiatives.

“I am calling all peace loving people of the said community to include the entire municipality of Gigaquit; let us stand together and condemn these barbaric actions of the CNTs,” Lt Colonel Trinidad added.

It can be recalled that since the immersion of the Community Support Program Teams of the 36IB in Brgy Lahi of same town, CNTs already conducted two harassments last September and October of 2017 that brought fear and terror to the civilians residing in the said community. (CMO-36IB, Philippine Army/PIA Surigao del Norte)