TESDA-12 pushes certification of K to 12 teachers

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region 12 is processing the release of national certifications to technology and livelihood education (TLE) teachers in parts of the region.

Zeus Ampuyas, TESDA Region 12 director, said they have partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the region to facilitate the certification of TLE teachers in various competencies.

Such move mainly covers teachers who were assigned to teach in the Grade 9 classes of the K to 12 education program, he said.

Ampuyas said an initial 790 TLE teachers from various parts of Region 12 have underwent competency assessment and certification for various skills.

Also known as Soccsksargen, Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Kidapawan and Cotabato.

The official said the assessment, which ran for two days, was facilitated by TESDA-accredited centers or institutions in the region.

He said the initiative was in line with the agency’s National Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Competency Assessment and Certification Program.

The TVET qualifications covered by the assessment are: Beauty Care NC (National Certificate) II, Caregiving NC II, Cookery NC II, Dressmaking NC II, Front Office NC II, Household Services NC II, Animal Production NC II, Crop Production NC II, Food Processing NC II, Horticulture NC II, Automotive Servicing NC II, Carpentry NC II, Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II, Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II, Masonry NC II, Plumbing NC II, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, Computer Hardware Servicing NC II and Technical Drafting NC II.

Ampuyas said their partnership with DEpEd-12 was in compliance with the mandates of K to 12 program and Section 13.2 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.

“The IRR specifically provided that teachers who will teach specialized subjects in the secondary education should possess the necessary certification issued by TESDA,” he said.

Joint Circular No. 1, series of 2014 issued on September 9, 2014 provided that TESDA should closely coordinate with DepEd to ensure that all TLE teachers handling Grade 9 classes are properly certified.(PNA)

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3 female inmates caught selling drugs inside Bulacan provincial jail

The city government here is gearing up for its hosting of one of the meetings of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in April.

Bacolod will welcome officials from the APEC member-economies during the Open Data Initiative meeting on April 16 and 17 as announced during Monday’s launch of the country’s hosting of the APEC Forum led by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

“This is for Bacolod and we are ready,” Mayor Monico Puentevella said.

Puentevella, who attended the launching event at Green Sun Hotel in Makati City, said the details of the event will be known soon.

He added that he will form an organizing committee and lead the preparations for the city.

The main focus will be the strengthening of security measures, tourism, peace and order, healthcare, entertainment, and media relations aspects, the mayor said.

The private sector will also be a part of the local APEC committee, he added.

“We will put up some improvements if we have enough resources,” Puentevella said, noting that additional streetlights and widening of roads will be the top priority.

A mini-MassKara celebration will also be included to let guests take part in the world-renowned festival.

Bacolod will join other key cities and metros in the Philippines, including Metro Manila, Boracay, Iloilo, Tagaytay, Metro Cebu, Bagac, Bataan; Clark and Legazpi as sites for various APEC meetings.

During the launching rites, President Aquino unveiled the 2015 APEC theme, “Building inclusive economies, building a better world."

"Southeast Asia, in particular, has been identified as one of the world’s most promising regions. It is for this reason that the Philippines has chosen to orient this year’s Apec towards making certain that this growth has tangible effects on the lives of all our peoples. This explains our theme: 'Building inclusive economies, building a better world',” the President said.

“I am confident that with our country’s remarkable turnaround in recent years, our story and our experiences can certainly enrich the discussions on this topic," he added.

The 2015 APEC Forum will be attended by the heads of states and ministers of the 21 member-economies.(PNA)

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DTI-Zamboanga del Sur intensifies campaign against sale of sub-standard Christmas lights

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here has intensified its campaign against the sale of sub-standard decorations particularly Christmas lights.

Ma. Socorro Atay, DTI-Zamboanga del Sur director, said Wednesday her enforcement team is going around the province inspecting business establishments to ensure the Christmas decorations being sold are of good quality.

The office of Atay covers the entire province, which comprises of one component city - Pagadian City - and 26 municipalities.

Atay said the move is to ensure the protection of the consumers from unfortunate incidents like fire originated from the use of sub-standard Christmas lights.

The DTI official advised the public to refrain from buying uncertified Christmas lights bearing the following brand names “Mabuhay Star,” “Ako,” and “Lucky Deer.”

She said the DTI has also suspended the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) of two importers of Christmas lights namely “Great Circles Trading” and “Highest Regard Enterprises.”

She asked retailers to only sell certified decorations particularly Christmas lights.

She also advised consumers to buy certified brands of Christmas lights and to look for the ICC and Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) markings. (PNA)

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No labor strike in Caraga -- NCMB

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has maintained industrial peace here as CARAGA experienced a "zero percent" in actual labor strike as the year is about to close, a top regional official of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) said Tuesday.

”We have maintained a zero percent actual strike in Caraga for this year. There are 2 pending case notices for strike but we are affirmative that these will not be pursued,” Atty. Ligaya R. Lumbay, NCMB regional chief, said in a recent press forum.

Regional Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Senior Labor and Employment Officer and Coordinator Meriam Balmocena also said during the same forum that her agency continuously monitor and facilitate the OFWs in the prevention of their rights and job recruitment.

”As of today, we have some 970 OFWs served which is higher in number comparatively with that of last year with only 647 OFWs served. This will mean that there is an increase of OFWs who are getting aware of their rights and responsibilities. They’re no longer hesitant to have their concerns and complaints raised to our office,” Balmocena said. (PNA)

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P31.7-M infrastructure projects in Bacolod completed

The City Engineer’s Office here completed P31.767 million worth of infrastructure projects as of October this year.

A report submitted by City Engineer Belly Aguillon to the Office of Mayor Monico Puentevella showed the completed projects include the maintenance of the city’s streetlights, improvement and rehabilitation of drainage systems of Purok Greenfield, Barangay Tangub and Purok Sigay in Barangay 2, and renovation of the Day Care Center of Barangay 3.

Ongoing projects amounting to P17.147 million include, among others, the concreting of the main jeepney road route at Paglaum Village in Barangay Mansilingan worth P1 million; rehabilitation of Narra Avenue, Shopping Center in Barangay Villamonte, P1 million; concreting of existing road connecting Ging Street going to L Street at Hermelinda Homes in Barangay Mansilingan, P2.194 million; construction of road leading to Barangay Felisa Dumpsite, P2.4 million; and the completion of road concreting in 16th Street, North Drive in Barangay 7, P1.5 million.

The repairs of various public elementary and high school buildings are also included in the current projects.

Moreover, the P2.3-million rehabilitation of the I.V. Ferrer Bridge in Barangay Villamonte was also finished while the construction of 10 one-unit classrooms in various schools worth P1 million each is nearing completion. (PNA)

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27-foot Christmas Bethlehem tree lighted in Isabela

Provincial government officials officially lighted the colorful 27-foot Christmas Bethlehem tree at the Queen Isabella II skypark located in front of the provincial capitol here on Monday (Dec.1) around 6:45 p.m. to the delight of about 2,500 spectators who witnessed the event.

The Christmas tree also boasts of a giant Santa Claus with his reindeer and the Belen.

Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III who led the unveiling and lighting of the giant Christmas tree said the Christmas tree symbolizes peace and progress.

A ten-minute grand fireworks display also marked the event.

The lighted tree is situated near the 17-foot sculptured image of Queen Isabella II, which is at the center of a fountain in the skypark's mini-park.(PNA)

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IP leaders undergo paralegal training

At least one hundred Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders from the four districts of Isabela have undergone a paralegal seminar and workshop to apprise them on the criminal justice system that are present in the the government.

The two set of seminar/workshops were conducted recently for the IP leaders of District 1 and 2 and for District 3 and 4.

Barbara Garcia, NCIP – Isabela head said the enactment of Republic Act No. 8731 otherwise known as the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) vested the indigenous peoples four rights – right to ancestral domain, right to self-governance and empowerment, right to social justice and human rights, and the right to cultural integrity – rights that IPs may enjoy and exercise in all aspects of their lives that are bound to be recognized, promoted and protected.

Garcia said that oftentimes the indigenous peoples find themselves in the situation of modernization that they tend to retreat and pose silence instead of taking a hard time to voice out and fight for their rights.

She said the seminar/workshop for IP leaders aims to increase indigenous peoples’ access to law and legal services that will eventually give them the meaning to their rights that are enshrined by IPRA.

Garcia said the activity also aims to empower the IPs, IP elders/leaders as effective paralegal volunteers to their respective places, thus making them efficient partners in extending legal services to the IPs.

The seminar workshop lecturers during the two successive trainings are from the police, prosecutors office, and from the jail and management office.

The IP leaders/elders were informed on the country’s criminal justice system, the five pillars of justice system which are law enforcement, prosecution, courts, correction and community. Workshops were also conducted.

The NCIP–Isabela is hopeful that the IP leaders have absorbed the lectures and will put these to practice in their respective places. (PNA)

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US Navy, Army engineers tie up to build typhoon-resistant schools in Cebu City

Construction of public buildings in three different Cebu communities was made possible by the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command and U.S. Navy Construction Civic Action Detail Philippines engineers where 1,300 school children, and 150 civilians are beneficiaries.


The construction for the new classrooms in Poog Elementary School in Toledo City; comfort rooms and classrooms in Aloguisan Central Elementary School at Aloguisan; and repair of living, cooking, laundry and educational facilities at Barangay Labangon, Cebu City cost 14 million in investment from the U.S Pacific  Command.


Typhoon and earthquake resistant design classrooms will also be built to support the local economy through purchasing building materials, lodging and food from local businesses.


In the purpose of complete humanitarian assistance construction in hard to access and disaster-affected areas in the Philippines, the CCCAD Philippines tied up with the Armed Forces of the Philippines engineers, to undertake active construction projects. 


With the invitation of the Philippine government the CCAD and its projects were chosen together with the U.S. Embassy, U.S. Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment, the respective AFP Unified Command, and regional, city, and barangay offices.


They had been working since February 2014 in Cebu City to accomplish the said project with the goals to develop infrastructure for community education, health, disaster preparedness and to have more collaboration between AFP and US Navy military engineers. (Andrea Iguid/PTV News)

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