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Thursday, October 3, 2019


TESDA chief graces mass graduation of FRs in SurSur

By Robert E. Roperos

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, October 3 -- Secretary Isidro S. Lapeña of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Tuesday graced the mass graduation of some 145 former rebels (FRs) in Sitio Ibuan, Barangay Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur.

Speaking before the graduates and the local community, Sec. Lapeña emphasized that the undertaking was conceptualized through a “whole-of-nation” approach where government agencies are coordinating with each other to bring the government closer to the people.

Sec. Lapeña said the government has been doing everything to serve the people especially the marginalized sector as directed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

“Gusto naming ipaalam sa lahat na ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno natin ngayon ay nagsasama-sama upang mapagsilbihan kayo ng maayos bilang pagtugon sa directives ng ating mahal na Pangulo – Rodrigo Roa Duterte (We want everybody to know that the agencies of our government now are converging to serve you well heeding to the directives of our President – Rodrigo Roa Duterte)," he said.

The TESDA chief also pointed out that the president is even telling his cabinet secretaries not to stay in Manila but rather to go and visit in different places in the country so that they will know the actual scenario.

Prior to the mass graduation, Lapeña, together with Usec. Joann Burgos of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary led the inauguration of the Ibuan Enterprise Village where the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur has donated P500,000.00 while the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Caraga has also pledged P600,000.00 thru the employment scheme.

Meanwhile, 28 former rebels from Barangay Banahaw in Tandag City took their oath of allegiance before Surigao del Sur Governor Alexander T. Pimentel, signifying their support to the cause of the government.

In the morning, Lapeña visited the Marihatag town where the proposed Provincial Training Center of Surigao del Sur will be established.

Under the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) as mandated in Executive Order No. 70, TESDA is the lead agency of the said cluster. (TESDA Caraga/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

PRLEC leads mass graduation, enterprise village launching in SurSur 

By Lee M. Escobal

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Oct. 3 -- The Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) under the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflic (PTF-ELCAC) of Surigao del Sur in close collaboration with the 36th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army and other member agencies spearheaded the mass graduation and inauguration of the enterprise village on Oct. 1, 2019, at Sitio Ibuan, Brgy. Mampi, Lanuza, this province.

The activity was attended by Sec. Isidro "Sid" S. Lapeña, Director-General of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) together with other TESDA officials, Usec. Jo Ann M. Burgos of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary, MGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Gov. Alexander Pimentel and other local officials.

A total of 699 training certificates were awarded to 145 trainees who successfully completed the 13 skills and livelihood trainings such as Small Engine Repair and Maintenance, Food Processing (Native Delicacies), Basic House Wiring, Organic Agriculture Production NC II, Spiritual and Values Training, Coco Twine Rope Production, Vegetable Production, Duck Raising, Native Chicken Production, Tilapia Production, Entrepreneurship Training, Animal Production (Swine) NC II and Abaca Production and Disease Management.

Of the nine enterprises identified for the Ibuan community, only three were inaugurated on Wednesday. These were the habal habal mini spare parts store and vulcanizing shop, the coco twine rope production and the bigasan sa Ibuan. Six more enterprises will open to include vegetable production, native chicken production, itik farming/balut production, hog production, tilapia production and Ibuan cold spring. The inauguration of the Ibuan Enterprise Village was made possible through the financial support of the provincial government of Surigao del Sur amounting to P500,000.

Also, Genebelle Bal, Provincial Head of the Department of Labor and Employment-Surigao del Sur, announced the P600,000 assistance through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or the Emergency Employment Program.

In response, the Ibuan community through Mrs. Thelma J. Salazar, the former rebel representative; Danilo B. Duaso, representative of the community; and Hawudon Cherlito G. Juagpao, representative of the IP community, thanked the government for the support they have received. The beneficiaries also assured them of their full commitment to be advocates of peace and development in their community.

It can be recalled that Sitio Ibuan, Brgy. Mampi was the first community in the province, that declared the communist NPA terrorist as persona non grata. (TESDA/PIA Surigao del Sur)

PRLEC SurSur pinasinayaan ang enterprise village sa Sitio Ibuan

By Nida Grace P. Barcena

LUNGSOD NG TANDAG, Surigao del Sur, Oktubre 3 (PIA) -- Bilang pagtugon na matuldukan na ang  local communist and armed conflict sa probinsya ng Surigao del Sur, inilunsad ng Poverty Reduction, Livelihood and Employment Development Cluster (PRLEC) sa pangunguna ng Technical Education Skills, and Development Authority (TESDA) ang inagurasyon ng Ibuan Enterprise sa mismong kumunidad ng Sitio Ibuan, Baranggay Mampi, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur araw ng Martes, Oktubre 1, 2019.

Kasabay nito, nagpaabot ang lokal na pamahalaan ng probinsiya sa pangunguna ni Governor Alexander Pimentel ng pinansyal na tulong na nagakakahalaga ng P500,000 na personal na inabot ang tseke sa nasabing okasyon.

Kasabay nito ang Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) naman ay nagbigay ng kanilang pangako na maglalaan ng P600,000.00 na pundo sa pamamagitan ng “TUPAD,” ang cash-for-work program ng nasabing ahensya.

Idinaos din ang isang mass graduation sa 145 former rebels na residente ng Sitio Ibuan. Sila ay nakatanggap ng umabot sa 669 sertipiko matapos sumailalaim sa iba’t ibang  skills and livelihood training na pinagkaloob ng ibat-ibat ahensya ng gobyerno para sa mga katutubo simula ng mabuksan ang programa nuong Hulyo 18 ng kasalukuyang taon.

Base sa datos ng TESDA provincial office ng Surigao del Sur ang mga benepisyaryo ay sumasailalim sa mga sumusunod na Skills and Livelihood Programs: Spiritual and Values Training; Coco Twine Rope Production; Vegetable Production; Duck Raising; Native Chicken Production; Tilapia Production; Animal Production (Swine) NC II; Entrepreneurship Training; at Abaca Production. Kasalukuyang nagpapatuloy naman ang Masonry NC II, at Carpentry NC II.

Kasabay nito nagpaabot ng pasasalamat ang mga taga-Ibuan dahil sa wakas ay nakarating ang mga ibat-ibang ahensya ng gobyerno sa kanilang lugar upang magdala ng ibang-ibang tulong at serbisyo para sa mga residente doon.

Ayon naman kay Thelma Salazar, presidente ng Ibuan Peace Farmers organization (IPFO), kasalukuyang Barangay Kagawad ng Mampi at isa sa mga benepisyaryong programa, na malaki ang kanilang pasasalamat sa gobyerno sa ibinigay na pagkakataon at tulong na rin para sa kanila.

“Nagpapasalamat kami dahil ang mismong mga kinatawan na ng mga ahensiya ng gobyerno ang pumupunta sa aming lugar upang magbigay ng kanilang serbisyo. Umaasa kami na taga rito sa Ibuan, na ang lahat ng tulong na pinagkaloob sa amin ay magtuloy-tuloy na kasabay ng kooperasyon naming lahat na mga residente dito,” sabi ni Salazar.

Dumalo naman ni Secretary Isidro Lapeña, ang Director-General ng TESDA upang personal na masaksihan ang nasabing okasyon kasama si Usec. Joann Burgos bilang representante ni Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexie Nograles.

Matatandaan, noong Marso 2, 2018, aabot sa 23 NPA supporters ang nagsurender sa 36IB, at noong Marso 25 ng kasalukuyang taon, 65 NPA supporters and members ang boluntaryong sumuko at nagbalik loob sa gobyerno galing ng Sitio Ibuan. Lahat ng mga sumuko ay mga benepisyaryo ng kasalukuyang programa ng PRLEC na nabuo sa pamagitan ng “consultation – convergence – commitment.” (PIA-Surigao del Sur)