(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 19 November 2018) At 3:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression SAMUEL was estimated based on all available data at 665 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (06.9⁰N, 132.2⁰E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. It is moving West Southwest at 15 km/h. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. CARAGA and Davao Region will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Tropical Depression “Samuel”. Rest of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Tropical Depression “Samuel”. Moderate to Strong winds coming from the Northeast to Northwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Thursday, May 10, 2018


CSC confers DTI-Caraga with PRIME-HRM Bronze Award

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, May 10 (PIA) -- The Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga has been conferred with a Bronze Award by the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

On April 30, 2018, during DTI’s Monday convocation, Atty. Winston L. Plaza, assistant regional director of CSC Caraga handed over CSC Resolution No. 1701673 conferring the PRIME-HRM Bronze Award- Maturity Level II Accreditation after going through a series of assessment and evaluation in 2017.

This award confirms that DTI - Caraga’s PRIME-HRM is compliant with the Level 2- Maturity Indicators in the System, Practices, and Competencies of the HRM core systems: Recruitment, Selection and Placement; Performance Management; Learning and Development; and Rewards and Recognition.

PRIME-HRM is a banner program of the CSC that aims to successfully transform the agencies’ HRM system, competencies, and practices to elevate public sector HR to a level of excellence for good governance and for efficient and effective public service delivery.

“Out of 165 government agencies, including LGUs in the region, to date, only DTI is conferred with this award”, Atty. Plaza said in a press statement. He also added that this award grants DTI- Caraga an authority to approve appointments, subject to post audit of CSC.

Meanwhile, DTI-Caraga regional director Brielgo O. Pagaran, expressed his commitment for the agency to continuously comply with the Civil Service Law and rules. He also emphasized the importance of employees’ continual improvement to deliver efficient and effective services to the public.

“This award should inspire and encourage all of us in DTI to continue to do more and work hard towards our vision - Prosperity for All," he added.

Formal awarding will be in July 2018 in Davao City. (VLG/DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Dinagat province initiates FDP meeting

SAN JOSE Dinagat Islands, May 10 (PIA) -- The Provincial Information Office (PIO) of the province of Dinagat Islands initiated the conduct of Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) meeting on May 7, 2018 held at the Provincial Administrator’s Office, Barangay Cuarinta, here.

Provincial Information Officer Millard P. Tawakal said the meeting aimed to organize the guidelines and policy of FDP.

He said that FDP is a government policy that requires local officials of the province and municipalities to fully disclose particular financial transactions of the local government unit (LGU) to keep their constituents informed of how the LGU budget was disbursed and used.

The concerns and issues tackled during the meeting were clearance for government properties, liquidation upon the conduct of activity, and transparency on turning-over of any equipment and facility from the government into beneficiary.

Currently, the province has 712 job order workers as of the first quarter and 476 regular, casual and co-term employees in the province.

The said meeting was attended by representatives and heads of concerned offices from the Provincial General Services Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Governor’s Office, Provincial Treasury Office, Provincial Human Resource Office, Provincial Budget Office and Accounting Office. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

71 Dinagat SPES beneficiaries receive certificate of trainings

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands, May 10 (PIA) -- A total of 71 student beneficiaries under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) from the province of Dinagat Islands received their certificate of completion of trainings during the culmination program conducted on May 4, 2018 at the Provincial Labor and Manpower Training Center, here.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial director Engr. Florante L. Herrera and Provincial Labor and Employment Manpower Office (PLEMO) Officer-in-charge Emma Y. Mausisa handed over the certificates to the 71 students from the municipalities of Loreto, Tubajon, Libjo, Basilisa, Cagdianao, San Jose and Dinagat.

The student beneficiaries also received certificates of trainings from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Career Guidance Advocacy Program and Gender Sensitivity, and Table Napkin Folding and Table Skirting that were conducted during their period of service to capacitate their skills and abilities. (SDR/PIO-Dinagat Islands/PIA-Dinagat Islands)

Stable power supply assured on May 14 polls in SurSur

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, May 10 (PIA) -- The local power distribution utility in Surigao del Sur has given their assurance that power supply will be stable particularly during the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) on May 14.

Aguinaldo Jaluag, corporate planning division chief and spokesperson of Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO II), said that their maintenance crew had already got their job done by conducting clearing operations and other related works to ensure that nothing would go wrong.

The spokesperson-designate, who represents General Manager (GM) Engr. Iglorio Hinayon in official functions and important meetings in certain cases, pointed out that everything had already been taken care of.

Jaluag even said that they have contingency plans to offer in extreme situations, citing the use of King Energy Generation, Inc. (KEGI).

However, it was explained that tapping the services of KEGI had certain “protocols” to follow “upon declaration from” the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in case of grid power supply failure.

KEGI, which SURSECO II had a contract with, could operate in “island mode,” Jaluag stressed.
But in such a setup, only part of their service area could be lighted naming Tandag City, Tago and Cortes towns which get power supply via Tandag substation, he explained further. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)