Tuesday, July 3, 2018


NPC, DICT to hold Data Privacy Roadshow in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 (PIA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) in partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) - Mindanao Cluster 2 is set to hold an orientation on Compliance with Republic Act 10173 also known as Data Privacy Act of 2012 on July 10, 2018 at Almont Hotel's Inland Resort, this city.

According to Evamay Dela Rosa, DICT cluster director/DICT Mindanao 2, the Data Privacy Roadshow seeks to provide a venue where local government units, national government agencies, academe and private sector can familiarize themselves with the fundamental data privacy principles, the data privacy law and its implementing rules, as well as with the administrative policies issued by the Commission.

“The NPC and DICT aim to facilitate better delivery of government services, in pursuit of nation-building,” said Dela Rosa. 

The NPC also hopes to establish a network of cooperation among all local government units that will pledge loyalty to the highest standards of data privacy, in line with the trust ascribed to them by the Filipino people.

Dela Rosa added that after the orientation, the participants are expected to be familiarized with the law, its IRR and the commission’s regulations on compliance or the “5 Utos”; carry out its sectoral-wide Privacy Impact Assessment and Privacy by Design; building a Privacy Resilience Workplace; and undergo a Privacy Impact Assessment Workshop, among others. (PIA-Caraga)

Kapatid Mentor Me batch 3 starts in Butuan City

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 - Twenty-five mentees and a crowd of some 100 composed of other micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), accredited mentors of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), members of the local MSME Development Council (MSMEDC), other partner agencies, local government unit (LGU) functionaries and officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) attended the recent  2018 kick-off of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) - Batch 3, this city. 

The conduct of this 2018 MSME mentoring program, the 3rd for DTI Agusan del Norte and 10th for DTI Caraga, is a joint undertaking of DTI, PCE and the City Government of Butuan.

Butuan City Sangguniang Panlungsod Member and Chair of the Committee on Commerce, Trade and Industry Joseph Omar Andaya, who represented City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, thanked DTI for coming up with this program since this would really help the entrepreneurs improve their businesses.

Andaya said that he himself took his Masters in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management and he believes that the topics lined up under the KMME program mirrors that of the course which he took after paying a very large fee. Those part of the program should be very happy that they will get it for free, he added.

“The city of Butuan, other than helping defray the cost of mounting this KMME program is also helping entrepreneurs by providing the enabling infrastructure via roads built to ease flow of goods and since Butuan is really agri-based to promote and support investments and job opportunities in agri-business,” Andaya said.

KMME is a targeted and focused assistance to a group of 20 to 25 pre-selected MSMEs called mentees via weekly coaching and mentoring sessions by business owners and practitioners on the different functional areas of entrepreneurship. After this mentoring journey which will run for 10 weeks, the mentees are expected to become more confident, more knowledgeable and armed with their business improvement plan ready for implementation.

The pre-selection criteria included the commitment or willingness of the MSME to complete the whole process, at least one -year of business operation, with a clear market and a unique selling proposition and awareness of the enterprise’ areas for improvements or gaps that can be addressed from expert inputs (mentoring), coaching and sharing of practices from co-mentees.

The modules include the following: Module 1 : Entrepreneurial Mind--Setting and Values Formation; Module 2 : Marketing Mindset (Situation Analysis, Business as a Solution and Matching with the Market); Module 3A: Market--Driven Product Development and Innovation; 3B: Market Growth and Expansion; Module 4 : Business Model Canvass; Module 5 : Operations Management; Module 6 : Supply and Value Chain; Module 7 : Human Resource and Organization Management; Module 8 : Entrepreneurial Accounting and Financial Management; Module 9 : Taxation, and Module 10 : Business Law (Obligations and Contracts).

Andaya was joined by DTI Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Blesila Lantayona, DTI Caraga Regional Director Brielgo O. Pagaran, OIC Assistant Regional Director Gay A. Tidalgo. Provincial MSMED Council Chair Esther Uy, Department of Labor and Employment Provincial Head Keith Duran and DTI-Agusan del Norte OIC Provincial Director Brenda B. Corvera.

Doing over-all facilitation was DTI Agusan del Norte Negosyo Center (NC) and KMME Provincial Coordinator Myra Gavero. She was assisted by the provincial office's NC staff and personnel from the Butuan City Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion Office. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Mindanao Institute champs in drum, lyre competition

By Nora L. Molde and Jessica O. Mellejor

BUTUAN CITY, July 3 - The Mindanao Institute (MI) located at Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte bagged the championship title in the Drum and Lyre Competition held at the Provincial Capitol Ground here during its recent founding anniversary celebration of the province of Agusan del Norte. 

Eight contenders coming from both public and private schools in the province participated in the competition to include the Jabonga National High School, M.I. Cabadbaran City, Nasipit National Vocational School, Magallanes National High School, Candelaria Institute of Cabadbaran City, Guinabsan National High School, R.T.R. National High School and SPED Buenavista. 

MI bested other contenders in the Best in Musicality & Majorette awards. Candelaria Institute got the first runner up and Best in Choreography while the 2nd runner up and Best Uniform went to SPED Buenavista and Best Band Master was awareded to Guinabsan National High School.

The champion received P50,000; 1st runner-up - P30,000; 2nd runner up - P20,000; and P15,000.00 was given each to the non-winners as consolation prizes. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

DOST-Davao to spearhead 2018 Mindanao National Science and Technology Week celebration

By Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 3 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office XI is set to host the 2018 Mindanao National Science and Technology Week celebration via a three-day event to showcase the different Science and Technology (S&T) programs and projects at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City on July 6 – 8, 2018.

Dr. Anthony Sales, DOST Region XI director and MindaDOST chair, said that President Rodrigo Duterte is “expected to give the Keynote Address” during the affair, noting that it had already been a long time that a head of state had graced such an occasion.

It was confirmed that the “event will showcase the different S&T programs and projects of DOST covering various Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) thematic areas,” citing “the youth, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Communities, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Environment, and Health STI for the Academe.”

In pushing for their programs and projects, Dr. Sales admitted to have invited “all congressmen and senators” who played a “crucial part of development.” 

The DOST regional director had also sent an invitation letter dated June 18, 2018 to Surigao del Sur Gov. Vicente “BB” Pimentel, Jr. cordially inviting the latter “as one of our Honored Guests during the Opening Ceremony” and the “Main Program,” as well at 3:00 p.m. on July 6, 2018 and at 4:00 p.m. on July 7, 2018, respectively. (Radyo Pilipinas-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)