(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 12 November 2018) At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 405 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.0⁰N, 130.0⁰E). Tail-end of Cold Front affecting Southern Luzon. Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Trough of Low Pressure Area. Eastern section of Mindanao will have moderate to strong winds coming from the Northeast to Northwest and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough over these areas. Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the Northeast and the coastal waters will be slight to moderate. (PAGASA)

Thursday, August 16, 2018


S&T programs, projects to highlight RST week in Caraga

By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 16 (PIA) – Various science and technology (S&T) programs and projects, technologies from several Research and Development Institutes (RDIs), and Research and Development outputs from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) will highlight the celebration of the annual Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) in Caraga region on September 5 to 8 here.

According to Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga regional director Dominga Mallonga, the four-day event will showcase the S&T initiatives implemented in the region and the available technologies and innovations of the various RDIs and other agencies of DOST to support the Regional Development Council’s thrust to become the “Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mineral and Eco-tourism" (FAME) Center of the Philippines.

During the event, the signing of the memorandum of agreement with municipal mayors for Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Upgrading Program and the launching of the Food Establishment Inspection and Grading System (FEIGS) and DOST Caraga’s weekly radio program #TechnoAsenso will be conducted, said Mallonga.

Mallonga further said that the 2017 Best SETUP Adoptor and Graduated Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) clients will also be awarded during the event.

Various projects in the provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Norte will also be visited during the celebration, to include the Eel Farm in Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte, Hillsview and VPO Enterprises in the municipalities of Trento and Rosario in the province of Agusan del Sur. 

The forum on the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), Pursuing a Career in STI; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), and SETUP and testimonials will also be held during the four-day event.

Also, exhibits, film showing, video wall presentations, Balik Scientist program orientation, Science for Change Program (S4CP) workshop, and different S&T contests like logo making, extemporaneous speech for elementary and high school levels, and robotics demonstration and lego making contests form part of the four-day celebration.

The 2018 RSTW will be graced by DOST secretary Fortunato de la Peña and other officials of the department, Mallonga added. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)

TESDA partners with gov’t agencies to provide job opportunities

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 16 – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has partnered with government agencies in order to provide job opportunities to technical-vocational (Tech-Voc) graduates through the conduct of the World Café of Opportunities (WCO) on August 25, 2018.

In a memorandum of agreement signed by the heads of the different government agencies in the country to include the Cooperative Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, Office of the President – Office of the Cabinet Secretary, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, among others, agreed that there is a need for the collaboration of government agencies, industry associations, enterprises, and financial institutions to greater improve the social impact of projects which increase employment rate and lessen poverty incidence in the country.

The present administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aims to provide more employment opportunities and promote entrepreneurship at the grassroots level thus, all concerned government agencies should join forces, resources and facilities in order to create more employment opportunities, establish livelihood projects, address job skills mismatch among job applicants and increase actual employment rate in the country.

The MOA highlighted that it is the policy of the government as expressed through the World Café of Opportunities through Job Linkaging and Networking Services (JoLiNS) to identify key employment generators (KEGs) that will create more job opportunities on various sectors including among others Agri-fishery, Automotive, General Infrastructure, Metals and Engineering, Semi-conductor and Electronics, Information and Communication Technology, Tourism, Land Transportation, Language and Culture, and Health, Social and Other Community Development Services sector. 

It can be recalled that on February 7, 2018, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10970 declaring August 25 every year as National Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) Day nationwide.

In Caraga Region, the activity will be conducted at Butuan Grand Palace Hotel, this city where some 1,000 tech-voc alumni are expected to grab the opportunity. TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr. said that out of this number of expected participants, target hired on the spot is around 100. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

AgNor SHS students learn to start a business

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte, Aug. 16 -- Negosyo Center (NC) Buenavista conducted a briefing on “Negosyo Center Services & Operations cum How to Start a Business” to senior high students of Saint James High School (SJHS) last August 10 here.

A total of 113 students, mostly from the Accountancy and Business Management strand, attended the said briefing.

During the briefing, some students shared that they already have a business of their own.

Some are reportedly engaged in online selling and the e-loading business while others plan to have a business in the near future such as owning a bakery, piggery, and commercial stores. 

Apparently, some of the students were not aware that a Negosyo Center exists especially in Buenavista. They were thankful knowing that there is a government agency which is committed to support would-be entrepreneurs like them. 

The activity was facilitated by NC Buenavista personnel – Elyn Rose Ranario, Honey Arriola, Liberty Fortun and Metchelo Gocotano. The team got the full support of SJHS Principal Merly Abiva. (DTI-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

Caraga’s preparation for 2018 WCO underway

By Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 16 -- The preparation for the conduct of the 2018 World Café of Opportunities (WCO) in Caraga is on its final phase,  said Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Dr. Julius Sol O. Jamero.

The development came after the Executive Committee (ExeCom) meeting was held recently in one of the local hotels in the city attended by members of the different committees graced by TESDA-Caraga Provincial Directors and Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico, Jr.

The WCO primarily aims to help technical vocational education and training (TVET) graduates find jobs specifically in the construction and tourism sectors, TESDA and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) scholarships, and possible availment of loan packages through identified financial institutions during the World Café of Opportunities.

In Caraga Region, the activity will be conducted on August 25, 2018 at Butuan Grand Palace Hotel, this city and the registration for jobseekers starts at 7:00 a.m.

On August 26, the activity, which will be conducted at TESDA-Caraga Regional Office at G/F, Balibrea Building, Pili Drive, Butuan City, will start at 7:00 a.m.

According to Dir. Sunico, the World Café of Opportunities is a jobs fair that will be held simultaneously in 17 regions of TESDA nationwide during the celebration of the National Technical-Vocational (tech-voc) Day on August 25.

It can be recalled that on February 7, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10970 which declares August 25 of every year as National Technical-Vocational (Tech-Voc) Day nationwide.

Moreover, TESDA Director-General, Sec. Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong said the WCO will now be held twice a year on a regular basis or once in every semester in the respective regions or provinces in the coming years.
The TESDA Chief added, the training program aims to capacitate the officials and employees of the agency as well as its TESDA Technology Institutes in industry coordination to better prepare them for the implementation of this bi-annual event.

World Café of Opportunities in a sense, will open job opportunities and other employment support interventions which shall be offered and will be placed in various stations within the event area, where the jobseekers could roam around and pick the opportunity of their choice.

The twin benefit strategy is one of the twists, where jobseekers are not the sole beneficiaries but even the partner agencies/companies.

Its target beneficiaries are TVET graduates, entrepreneurs, companies/industries with job vacancies, and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their qualified beneficiaries.

Among the services offered under World Cafe of Opportunities are job opportunities; basic/upgrading skills required for employment of TVET graduates and industry workers; technical assistance for TVET graduates/entrepreneurs so that they could avail of loan for their business; and training for OFW returnees and their qualified beneficiaries. (TESDA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Probinsya sa Agusan Norte nag-apod-apod og school supplies sa bukid

By Ramon Joma R. Bungabong

DAKBAYAN SA BUTUAN, Agosto 16 -- Nag-apod-apod og school supplies ang kagamhanan sa sa Agusan del Norte didto sa Tribal Barangay Lawan-lawan, lungsod sa Las Nieves, ug sa Sitio Lekda, Barangay Simbahan, bag-uhay pa lamang didto lungsod sa Buenavista.

Kini makanunayong programa ni governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba aron pagtabang sa pagpaeskuyla sa kabataan ilabi na sa lagyo nga mga dapit. Gilusad nya ang maong programa sa bag-o pa siyang milingkod pagka gobernador niadtong tuig 2013.

Ubay-ubay ang mga tinun-an nga nakadawat sa maong school supplies, gikan sa pre-school hangtod na sa senior high school. Nag-una sa pag-apod-apod didto sa duha ka dapit mao si Bise Gobernador Ramon “RamBu” Bungabong. Didto usab sila Board Member Virgilio R. Escasiñas, Jr. Board Member Datu Buwang Eddie S. Ampiyawan, ug OIC Provincial Agriculturist Alvin Aclan.

Sa Lawan-lawan, didto sila Mayor Avelina Rosales ug Punong Barangay More Migduyan. Sa Lekda mitambong silang Punong Barangay Walter Tuga ug IPMR SB Member Lando Lanapan.

Ang Prov’l. Social Welfare and Development Office, girepresentahan nila Semonette Pabillore ug Juliette Paguia. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)