Agusan del Sur News
400 students avail special program for employment in Agusan del Sur
- Source: http://pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=R13&article=1731336456532
- By: David M. Suyao
- Tuesday, May 08, 2012
AGUSAN DEL SUR- The provincial government of Agusan del Sur has set aside some half a million pesos this summer in order to give the students chance to earn while on summer vacation, while the Department of Labor and Employment shared some P320,000 to complete the daily wage of students who avail of the special program for employment of students (SPES).
According to Provincial Employment Service Officer Divina Lagumbay, while earning P200 per day, the recipients of SPES were divided into two batches, where the first batch started rendering services last April 24 and ended up on April 29, 2012. The second batch which started May 7, will also end on June 1, in order to start the first semester of school year 2012-2013.
“Unlike the previous years where most of the SPES recipients were assigned in different offices like the agriculture office, provincial planning and development office, budget office and other offices in the provincial government, they (recipients) are presently tasked as preliminary enumerators for gathering data in order for the recipients of the survey to be familiar with the questionnaires and formats when the final survey will be conducted,” Lagumbay said.
The survey that the provincial government is set to conduct is to update and correct the data of the Community Based Management System of the province, as one of the basis in planning and budgeting for the coming years.
“But is not only the provincial government that is giving this SPES privilege to the students but also the 13 municipalities and the lone city of Bayugan. But they only accommodate few depending on their financial status,” Lagumbay said.
The Special Program for the Employment of Students started some years ago where high school and college students are given the opportunity by the government to be employed and earn while spending their summer vacation.
Thousands of illegally cut logs seized in Agusan
- Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/189187/thousands-of-illegally-cut-logs-seized-in-agusan
- By: Frinston L. Lim
- Monday, May 07, 2012
Forest rangers under the National Anti-Illegal Task Force of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seized logs that could fill up 21 large trucks during an operation in Loreto, Agusan del Sur early Monday.
The 2,461 lauan logs–with a total volume of 490.21 cubic meters and valued at P3.4 million–were found in Sitio (sub-village) Marang in Kasapa village, according to Louie Ceniza of the task force.
Ceniza told the INQUIRER by text message that a joint team from Compostela Valley, Tagum City and from Caraga Region conducted the operation around 4 a.m. Elements from the military’s intelligence group in Southern Mindanao also participated in the operation, he said.
No arrests were made, however, as the culprits had fled before authorities arrived, Ceniza said.
“The confiscated logs are now deposited at the Tagum City motor pool under the protective custody of Mayor Rey Uy,” he said.
Uy said the latest haul would be turned over to the city government, which will convert the logs into chairs and desks to various public schools.
For over five years now, the city government has been fabricating chairs, desks and other school fixtures out of confiscated logs turned over by the DENR.
The latest seizure, Uy said, translates into an additional 7,000 chairs and desks for various schools in the region.
But he said the sad thing was that illegal harvesting of trees was continuing.
“They won’t stop so we would also be relentless in making apprehensions,” Uy told the INQUIRER by mobile phone.
18 new scholars in Agusan del Sur ink contract with DOST
- Source: http://pia.gov.ph/news/index.php?menu=2&webregion=R13&article=1731335941932
- By: David M. Suyao
- Thursday, May 03, 2012
AGUSAN DEL SUR- A total of 18 young students from this province who passed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholarship examination signed the contract with the department and attended the one-day orientation to officially acknowledge their sincerity and willingness to abide by the rules set by the government to scholars, while signifying their intention to take full advantage and responsibility of the privilege given to them.
In the said ceremony, DOST-Caraga Regional Director Lindo Villacorta said the number of passers in the region have doubled as compared to the previous year.
“I am very proud to announce to you that in the whole of Caraga Region, we have 63 passers, and 18 came from Agusan del Sur. I want to tell you that we in DOST, together with the scholarship passers are very proud because we have doubled the passers this year compared to last year and the year 2010. Last year, there are only 26 passers while in 2010, there are 32," Villacorta said.
The DOST chief of the region also emphasized that sending students to college is not that easy, especially if there is no scholarship grant enjoyed.
"And while it is not easy to pass the scholarship examination, it is much harder to study in college, if a student is not covered with any scholarship grant. Aside from the tuition fee that DOST will shoulder for every scholar, they have also book allowance and many more privileges,” Villacorta said.
The official added while students have their privilege to choose the schools where they will study, they have also identified schools in the country that the students could choose if they want.
“We have identified quality government schools where the students can study if ever they found them fitted for them. We have the University of the Philippines, the Mindanao State Universities, the University of Southern Philippines, and we also recommend the Ateneo de Manila and Davao. Another requirement is that the course they will take must be related to science and technology,” Dir. Villacorta said.
Villacorta also called on the new scholars to do their best to maintain their scholastic records in order that they continue and enjoy the scholarship. For those who will voluntarily quit for whatever reason they may have, they will pay whatever the government have spent for them while they were scholars.
“Few years from now, many of our scholars that signed the contract today will graduate. But I must say this. Do not hesitate to approach me and apply for a job someday. If ever there are vacancies and chances, I am willing to help you and have you work with us in DOST,” Villacorta said.