(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 14 October 2019) Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Light to moderate winds from Northeast to Northwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Former rebels, supporters benefit livelihood programs from gov't

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 (PIA) -- With the aim to put a stop on the insurgency problem in the province of Surigao del Sur, the members of the poverty reduction, livelihood and employment cluster have launched the enterprise development and skills and livelihood programs for the former rebels and supporters of the rebel groups in Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.

Along with it, beneficiaries also undergone the spiritual and values formation session.

According to Regional Director Ashary Banto of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), with the said program, it brings the government closer to the people particularly to the target beneficiaries, to ease their difficulty in going to other places to get the services.

Col. Cerilo Balaoro, Jr., deputy commander of 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army said, the initiated program seeks to address the main problem in the area, to include poverty and unemployment.

Also, Thelma Salazar, an Indigenous Peoples (IP) is thankful to the different government agencies for providing them their programs and services in their barangay.

Meanwhile, Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander Pimentel encourages the local residents to report to his office should they know anyone who wants to surrender, as the local government unit offers appropriate support for the former rebels who desire to live a normal life in the mainstream society. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

More TESDA scholarships, skills trainings available for SurSur folks

By Lee Escobal

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur, July 25 (PIA) -- More scholarships from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be made available to the Surigaonons, a TESDA official confirmed.

During their recent meeting with Second District Representative Johnny T. Pimentel and Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, TESDA Surigao del Sur Provincial Director Rey Cueva said that Rep. Pimentel has allocated scholarship slots for the interested Surigaonons amounting to P3.5 million under the Special Training for Scholarship Program (STEP).

More slots will also be provided for the constituents in District II for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Tourism Sectors.

For District I, Rep. Prospero A. Pichay, Jr. has expressed full commitment and support to the conduct of Community-Based Training Programs (CBTP) to ensure that government services will be made more accessible to the Surigaonons.

On the other hand, Gov. Pimentel has expressed his commitment for skills and livelihood programs amounting to P2M per local government unit starting next year, these include the programs of the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC). 

He also committed to allot scholarship funds for TESDA.

TESDA Surigao del Sur, on the other hand, is set to start its commitment to conduct trainings on Basic Haircutting, Nail Care and Massage Therapy to the Mangagoy fire victims last June as being profiled by the Bislig City Social Welfare and Development Office. (TESDA/PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Army, PNP enhance skills, complete journalism training in Butuan

By Maj. Francisco Garello

BUTUAN CITY, July 25 – About 31 personnel coming from the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) enhanced their skills as they completed the three-day Journalism Training held at the Headquarters of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army in Barangay Bancasi, this city.

In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, the Basic Journalism Training participated by 21 personnel of the 402nd Brigade and 10 from Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) formally culminated in a closing ceremony on July 20, 2019.

“We are very grateful for including us in this training. It really helped us a lot in learning the skills in news writing and the proper way of conveying our messages to the people,” Police Corporal Laarni Mabilog of BCPO expressed.

During the training, participants underwent series of workshops and presentations. They were subjected to straightforward critiquing from the subject matter experts of PIA Caraga to evaluate and improve their individual outputs. 

1st Lieutenant Jayson Tulang from 36IB under the 402nd Brigade said, that his expectation on the training were surpassed. The skills he learned were exceptional considering the limited number of training days.

“Our skills were clearly enhanced. Not only did we learn about how to craft a news release but also using the info graphics to reinforce on how we convey our stories and to the intended audience. We are very thankful to PIA for painstakingly guiding us,” he added. 

In his speech, Col. Maurito Licudine, 402nd Brigade commander conveyed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to PIA Caraga for the overwhelming support to the training and lending their precious time in sharing their expertise and knowledge in the realm of news writing and information to Army and PNP personnel.

“I would like to congratulate the participants coming from different battalion and combat support units together with the PNP personnel of Butuan city for enduring the training. I am confident that the participants learned a lot as they go back to their respective units with the acquired learning and skills, they will be able to contribute to the information operation guided by the accomplishment of our mission in line with our campaign to end the local communist armed conflict,” said Licudine. (CMO officer, 402nd Brigade/ PIA-Caraga)