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Monday, July 29, 2019


MGB turns over school projects, launches ALS training facility in Surigao Norte HS

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 29 (PIA) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Caraga turned over recently several school projects and launched the Alternative Learning System-Education and Skills Training (ALS-EST) training facility and assessment center at the Gigaquit National School of Home Industries (GNSHI), Gigaquit town, this province.

The turned over school projects and donated materials include bread and pastry production national certificate II (BPP NC II) assessment center, unserviceable instructional and office equipment, as well as, two-unit vehicles.

As one of the Department of Education's (DepEd's) non-formal education programs, ALS-EST is a variant of the Alternative Learning System which is the DepEd’s primary vehicle for non-formal education.

It systematically integrates a skills training component into the standard academic ALS Curriculum.  ALS-EST offers out-of-school youth and adults the prospects of self-improvement and productive life. 

MGB 13 Division OIC Chief Engr. Carlos A. Cogolio, Jr, said that the agency will continue to promote education and support optimal learning and the holistic enrichment of human life. 

Meanwhile, DepEd Caraga Assistant Regional Director Dr. Fidela Rosas said that GNSHI is making a name for Gigaquit because it is the only high school piloting the ALS-EST in Caraga Region. 

She lauded the school principal, faculty, staff and learners for having complied with the requirements prescribed by the DepEd and envisioned that GNSHI will make a big leap in as far as academic, technical and total development of learners and the possible acknowledgment of teachers as model teachers in the promotion of program offerings.

She also conveyed the warmest congratulations of DepEd Regional Director Cesar Bringas to GNHSI for successfully implementing the ALS-EST which is the only one in Caraga Region.

Rosas also thanked MGB Caraga Regional Director Glenn Noble for supporting the needs of the ALS learners and for allowing GNSHI to make use of their unserviceable materials which the learners can repair during their learning periods. 

"I know that the efforts made by the MGB Caraga have provided a spark of positivity for the sustainability of the ALS-EST program,” Rosas added. (MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte)                                 
                       
Farmer's group receives P1M livelihood project in Surigao Norte

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, July 29 (PIA) -- The Sabang Tayaga Poultry Livelihood Association (SATAPOLA) in Barangay Tayaga, Claver town received an egg production project worth P1 million from the mining company, Platinum Group Metals Corporation (PGMC).

The said livelihood project was replicated by PGMC after the success of a similar project with Punta Naga Sustainable Livelihood Association, a non-mining community in Barangay Cagdianao, Claver.

SATAPOLA President Ancelmo Olvez expressed his gratitude to PGMC for despite being a non-mining barangay, they were able to receive the said project. It was learned that this is the first-ever big-ticket livelihood project implemented by PGMC outside its host communities.

As part of the skills enhancement and empowerment, SATAPOLA members undergone series of training such as Philippines BizCamp and a one-month actual farm management training accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Adlay, Carrascal, Surigao del Sur.

Olvez assured PGMC that they will work hard for the success of the project.                 
                        
Meanwhile, Tayaga Punong Barangay Arnel P. Laurena also thanked PGMC for their concerns to the non-mining barangays.

Laurena said while PGMC work for their business to prosper, they are also after for the welfare of the whole of Claver by expanding their Social Development and Management Program coverage to the non-mining barangays. (PGMC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)