TESDA gives nat’l certification tests bound for CS eligibility

MALAYBALAY CITY— The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will continue its 2nd round of free certification tests for electricians, computer technicians, welders and other “middle-level jobs” this Sept. 12.

During the Bukidnon Monthly Convocation Program on September 5,
Catherine Milagros R. Galapon, TESDA provincial director, called for
applicants in the Skills Assessments and Certification tests which
grant National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC) on
specific fields.
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TESDA gives nat’l certification tests bound for CS eligibility

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/07 Sept) — The Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will continue its
2nd round of free certification tests for electricians, computer
technicians, welders and other “middle-level jobs” this Sept. 12.

During the Bukidnon Monthly Convocation Program on September 5,
Catherine Milagros R. Galapon, TESDA provincial director, called for
applicants in the skills assessments and certification tests ,which
are bases for the granting of National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC) on specific fields.

The tests, which assess competency in wide range of functions and
skills are given in Bukidnon from August 8 to November 18, 2011.

For electricians, the Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II
and III will be held on Sept. 12-16 while the Computer Hardware
Servicing NC II for computer technicians will be on Sept. 26-30.

The Food and Beverage Services NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II and
Housekeeping NC II tests were scheduled on October 10-14 and the
Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II on October 24-28.

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Bookkeeping NC III
will be on November 14-18.

According to Daniel Cañete, Competency Assessment and Certification
(CAC) in-charge, the first run of assessments in Bukidnon was held in
March 28 to April 1. It produced only 115 certified workers out of 247
assessed. Galapon said that the target number of applicants for 2nd
run is 500. So far, less than 200 registered.

According to Galapon, the NC holders, with or without college degree,
are accepted in and out of the country for employment. Based on the
TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph), NCs could be converted to Civil
Service Eligibility through Skills Certificate Equivalency Program
(SCEP) of both TESDA and the Civil Service Commission.

Alan Haohao, 30 years old welder, obtained his certification (SMAW NC
II) during the first run. His NC II certificate was then converted to
Civil Service eligibility and he now works at TESDA office as watchman
and does part-time welding jobs every weekend.  He claimed that having
the certificate helped him a lot and made finding a job easier.

The tests will be held at the TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC)
in Valencia City. Application forms are available there and also at
the TESDA Provincial Office in Malaybalay City. Applicants should
apply a week before the scheduled dates and are required to bring a
copy of birth certificate and three pieces passport-size picture with
white background and collar. (Hazel A. Generalao)

Valencia, tornado-prone area – PAGASA Bukidnon chief

MALAYBALAY CITY – Some areas in Bukidnon are prone to tornadoes, the Valencia City barangays along the Pulangui River, included, Anianita Fortich, chief meteorological officer PAGASA Bukidnon said. Continue reading

SIC, Prov’l Capitol team up for reforestation program

MALAYBALAY CITY – Catholic Church-owned San Isidro College is signing a memorandum of agreement for a four-year reforestation program with the provincial government. Continue reading

Tornado kills boy, injures 4 in Valencia City

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/05 Sept.)A one-year old boy died and four persons were hurt in a tornado incident in three villages in Valencia City Saturday afternoon, Capt. Alejandro Larosa, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council coordinator reported to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

James Alumin, from Purok 18, Batangan Valencia City; was swept by strong winds when the tornado passed through their house. He was separated from his mother, Mary Grace, 22, one of four persons injured in the incident.

The others hurt in the incident were identified as Gogelyn Versaga, 15; Sinisa Versaga; and Elton Galsin, 23. All those hurt, except Galsin, were confined at the Abella Midway Hospital in Valencia City. Continue reading

Bukidnon’s new police director picked through ‘secret balloting’

MALAYBALAY CITY – The new Bukidnon police director was a choice of the plurality of the chiefs of police of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities, Gov. Alex Calingasan admitted to Bukidnon News.

S/Supt. Rustom Duran of the Philippine National Police Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) was installed Friday as the new provincial police director of Bukidnon, following the relief of Senior Supt. Cristito Rey Gonzalodo and Malitbog police chief Inspector Alexander Eugenio in May for their failure to thwart the attack on the town’s [police] station by suspected New People’s Army rebels.

He prevailed over two other candidates shortlisted by the police regional office from those who applied for the post in Camp Crame.

Duran vowed to do his “best to stop criminality in the province” in his brief acceptance speech. Calingasan noted in his remarks the growing criminality in the province, but that “the situation in Bukidnon is better off compared to the rest of the country”.

Calingasan said in an interview that in his desire to pick a police director who has the confidence of the chiefs of police and who can work with local officials harmoniously, he opted for a secret balloting to determine who gets most of the support before he endorsed his choice to the regional police office.

The governor summoned all the police chiefs to the PPDO Conference Hall in Malaybalay City on Aug. 3 for the voting.

He noted that Duran was not the first choice of the Bukidnon Mayors’ League.

The count was close with Duran getting nine votes, the highest number, followed by another candidate who got eight. The third candidate got six. The 23rd vote came from the representative of the provincial police office, Calingasan said.

The governor said Duran, who was former police chief of Valencia City and police director of Camiguin, was also his choice because he is a native of Malaybalay City and now a resident of Valencia City.

But he preferred Gonzalodo over Duran when he first picked a bet among those who applied to be Bukidnon police director earlier this year. Gonzalodo has served as previously served as Basilan police director and at the PNP Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Western Mindanao.

Calingasan faced criticism for choosing Gonzalodo, especially following the latter’s relief. (Walter I. Balane)

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WHO backs Bukidnon fight vs. schistosomiasis

MALAYBALAY CITY –  The World Health Organization positively responded to the request of the Bukidnon Sangguniang Panlalawigan for help in the control of schistosomiasis in the province, according to the letter of Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, WHO country director, to the provincial board, dated July 15.

The WHO official stopped short of saying they approved the request but hinted possibility for funding support.

Ngunt-U requested the provincial board to nominate a provincial non-government organization “who will be responsible for the management of WHO funds.

He said they will work with the NGO, the Provincial Health Office, and the Department of Health to develop a technical proposal to meet the provincial board’s request.

But the WHO required the NGO contractor to have at least 10 years experience in communicable disease control, primary health care, mass drug treatment, training of trainers, field supervision, monitoring and evaluation, public relations, events organizing, reporting, project and financial management.

They also cited that the NGO must have good working relationship with the concerned health authorities and local government units.

“Satisfactory completion of similar works with LGU, DOH, or WHO is an advantage,” the WHO added.

The Bukidnon Provincial Board has passed a resolution requesting the World Health Organization (WHO) to intervene and provide financial assistance for the rehabilitation of the Matin-ao Spring Resort in Bangcud, Malaybalay City to “contain and eliminate schistosomiasis.”

The resolution sponsored by lawyer Nemesio Beltran Jr. in May 2011 sought the assistance of WHO to declare the spring as a pilot area where they can pour scientific, medical, and financial resources to prevent schistosomiasis.

Beltran welcomed the WHO response and filed a resolution expressing elation and gratitude of the provincial board to the WHO for “responding positively.”

But he cited that the search for the NGO is the thing to hurdle. He has requested referrals as to whom to nominate.

Beltran said in May that  the problem is too complicated that WHO intervention is needed.

“The provincial government does not have the money and technical expertise to solve the schistosomiasis problem,” he told Bukidnon News then.

Matin-ao resort, a favorite destination of both foreign and local tourists, has reportedly been contaminated and infected with schistosomiasis in the last 10 years.

The provincial government has prohibited bathing in the resort inside its seven-hectare property, but visitors manage to sneak in and bathe in the spring resort’s cool waters. (Walter I. Balane)

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