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Synergeia project: Education, a collaboration of all stakeholders
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By BONG D. FABE
Contributing Editor

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental — It has been said time and again that education is not just the sole purview of schools or of the Department of Education (DepEd). (more…)



Agencies commit to hasten RE project applications in Mindanao
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In a bid to push for cleaner and greener energy sources in Mindanao, key regional government agencies involved in the permitting process of renewable energy (RE) projects have expressed commitment to accelerate processing and updating of RE project applications in the regions. (more…)



RHPU-11 arrests 7 suspected carnappers
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By Marlon Gayog & Sara Castor
MDN Davao Bureau

DAVAO CITY — The Regional Highway Patrol Unit 11 (RHPU11) headed by its new regional chief, Police Senior Superintendent Jeronimo T. Carba, has intensified its campaign to arrest person who violated RA 6935, better known as the Anti- Carnapping Law of 1972. (more…)



XU’s search for ‘Athena Awards’
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The 2nd Search for the Xavier University’s Most Outstanding Faculty Award or “ATHENA Awards” was recently concluded for the school year 2014-2015. This is to honor and recognize outstanding faculty achievers who demonstrate their commitment to teaching and dedicating themselves to the advancement of the university’s vision and mission.

There were five (5) finalists on the senior category, three (3) for junior category and two (2) for rookie category. The panels of judges were Fr. Rene Tacastacas, SJ, Mrs. Irene A. Grace Guitarte, Ms. Ma Soledad dela Fuente-Amir, Mr. Raymundo G. Talimio and Mr. Joseph Roldan Tagalog.

Awarding Ceremony was held on July 22, 2015, 11:00 AM at University Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was witnessed by the faculties of the different colleges of Xavier University, admin staffs and Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, XU President.

The finalists were given medallions, certificates and cash prizes. The winners were announced and awarded by Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, Mr. Novelec B. Ocangas, President of XUCPFA-CIT Council, Dr. Alfonso P. Alamban, President of XUCAPFA and Mrs. Teresita N. Lopez, President of XUCPFA-SBM Council. The Senior Category winner was Mr. Jessie B. Salon of the School of Business & Management who received Php 60,000.00 cash and trophy while the winner of Junior Category was Engr. Dexter S. Lo of the College of Engineering who also received Php 40,000.00 cash and trophy. While Mr. Roderick Z. Ocangas of the College of Arts & Sciences who received Php 20,000.00 cash and trophy was the winner of the Rookie Category.

The event was hosted by Mrs. Geraldine R. Borja.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!



Tesda to hold synchronized national free assessment to all skilled workers
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CAGAYAN de Oro City–The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be undertaking a nationwide synchronized Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) to cater to skilled workers, trainers and Tech-Voc graduates nationwide on July 31, 2015.
In Northern Mindanao region, the assessment will be held in selected Tesda assessment centers while the main Regional NATCAC hub will be at COBSAT, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City.
The NATCAC is intended to: (i) Sustain continuous people’s awareness and acceptance of the assessment and certification program; (ii) Promote industry acceptance and recognition of the value of certification in quality assuring the competencies of their workers; (iii) Upgrade the qualification of existing workers, trainers and assessors to a higher level of qualification; and (iv) Enhance the competitiveness and employability of workers.
One of the highlights is the videoconferencing to showcase synchronized conduct of assessment through the Regional NaTCAC hubs. During the opening, our Region X NaTCAC Hub will be connected via livestreaming to the Central office and the rest of the regions in the country.
The TESDA –X Regional Director Edgar A. Sales is enjoining the skilled workers to seize this opportunity to avail of the free
assessment. In his statement “this is an avenue that provides opportunity to our skilled workers to upgrade their level of skills competency and ensure better delivery of services. I also encourage the companies to allow their workers to participate as we work together in realizing our goals to increase the number of skilled workers in the region and enhance their employability.”
The qualifications to be offered on this program include:
• Automotive Servicing NC II
• Bartending NC II
• Bookkeeping NC II
• Bread and Pastry NC II
• Carpentry NC II
• Computer Systems Servicing NC II
• Driving NC II
• Dressmaking NC II
• Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II
• Food and Beverage Services NC II
• Masonry NC II
• Plumbing NC II
• Refrigeration and Airconditioning NC II
• Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II

Interested applicants may download the NATCAC application form and the self-assessment guides for various qualifications at the TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph).



Adopt ‘precautionary measures:’ Beach, resort owners told
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By Cris Diaz

MISAMIS Oriental–Beach and resort owners in this capital province of Northern Mindanao have been advised to adopt precautionary measures as local authorities confirmed sightings of “Sharks” lurking near popular beaches here.
Town Mayor Maximo Seno, of the coastal town of Opol, a coastal town where dozens of popular public resorts are located west of Misamis Oriental, met
with resort and beach owners Wednesday to adopt safety measures for swimmers.
Seno called the meeting of beach owners to his office after the Philippines News Agency (PNA) reported on Tuesday of Sharks “feasting” on dead human body floating in the coastal sea of El Salvador City, a component city adjacent to Opol.
The beach and resort owners agreed to install watchtowers with loud speakers strong enough to warn swimmers on sightings of Sharks, Seno said.
He said that trained rescuers would keep an eye on the swimmers and possible presence of “Sharks” in the coastal waters.
Seno said that all beaches and resorts along the Opol coastlines would install “floaters” to serve as warnings to swimmers that swimming beyond the floaters is no longer safe.
He said that “night swimming” would no longer be allowed along the shorelines of the Opol.
“A notice prohibiting night swimming would be installed prominently in all the beach resorts here,” Seno said.
Last Tuesday, a group of anglers and members of the “Bantay Dagat” (coast guard) in Molugan, a fishing village of El Salvador City, reported an unidentified body of a man floating 10 kilometers away from the shoreline of Molugan.
Joel Caballa, the leader of the group, said they went to the scene to retrieve the decomposing body of the man, but were held at bay by Sharks, which were feasting on the body.
“The rescuers could not go near the body because the sharks would threaten to attack the boat every time we attempt to get near,” Caballa said.
Caballa went on the air over a local radio station here Wednesday asking a public apology for failure to retrieve the man’s body, which the Sharks could have consumed entirely.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Northern Mindanao now conduct a probe into the incident to determine the Shark species that feast on the dead human body.
“Sharks do not eat humans,” Teodoro Bacolod, the provincial BFAR officer said.

Bacolod, however, said that the BFAR has monitored the presence of the shark, about 7 meters long, in the fish landing of Opol some two weeks ago. (PNA)



Davao Light imposes four-hour power cut off
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DAVAO City ––Davao Light and Power Co.(DLPC) started Thursday imposing a maximum of three to four hours of rotating power interruptions in this city and franchise areas in Davao del Norte.
This developed after the Therma South Inc. (TSI) coal plant shut down for an unscheduled repair. The TSI coal plant is still under commissioning stage.
Davao Light gets 60 megawatts from TSI to mitigate the power deficit for the past weeks. With 60MW lost, that would mean four hours of blackout, DLPC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Arturo Milan said.
“TSI will shut down anytime today (Thursday).
It is still under a commissioning stage and will do a lot of adjustments. This is beyond DLPC’s control,” Milan said at the presentation of the 2014 report on the Economic Performance of Davao Region at Ritz Hotel on Thursday.
Milan said Davao Light was receiving 163 megawatts (MW) from National Power Corp. (NPC) – Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM), which was below the 275-contracted average demand. The peak demand reached 326 MWs.
Since TSI is still in the commissioning stage, it is expected that it will trip 80-90 percent of the time since it is not easy to connect to the grid.
Just last week, DLPC has increased the duration of its power interruption from a maximum of one to two hours after the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) advised an increase in the power supply shortage in Mindanao from 60 MWs to 130 MWs.
Milan said TSI’s 60 MWs eased the power outages while STEAG State Power plant remained offline as it underwent an emergency shutdown from July 18 to Aug. 16 on one unit coal-fired plant at Barangay Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
He also said Pulangi and Agus Hydroelectric plants were also not working due to low water level while the Mt. Apo source had shut down since July 18.
In a press statement, DLPC said increase in power outages was necessary to avoid breakdown of the entire distribution system, which happens when the demand is higher than what is being supplied.
Corporate Communications Officer Rossano Luga said DLPC continued to implement its contingency measures in order to cushion the impact of the supply shortage.
Davao Light is running its standby Bajada Power Plant, optimizing on its embedded Sibulan and Talomo Hydropower plants and supply agreement with TMI. It is also activating its Interruptible Load Program (ILP).
Milan said Davao Light was running its 33-MW Bajada plant and it was also receiving 30 MWs from TMI, 37 MWs from Hedcor and 38 MW from ILP.
“We know that Mindanao does not have reserve so that is the situation now,” Milan said. (PNA)
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PMA holds entrance exam in Mindanao
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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City––The military on Thursday announced the holding of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entrance examinations in various testing centers in North and Northeastern Mindanao regions on August 2.
Capt. Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division here, said that the PMA exam would be in Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan De Oro in Northern Mindanao while the examination in Northeastern Mindanao in the Caraga Region would be in Agusan National High School in Butuan City.
Walk-in applicants may start applying on August 1 (Saturday) at the Army Recruitment Office (ARO) in Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The applicants must bring any valid ID. The application form must be properly filled-up
and submitted together with the applicant’s NSO copy of their birth certificate and two pieces 2×2 ID picture with white background for submission to the PMA Entrance Exam Proctor Team.
Applicants must be at least a high school graduate, at least 5 feet tall for both male and female, single, and must be 18 to 21 years old on April 1, 2016, the start of the school year at PMA.
The PMA Entrance Examination aims to measure the mental ability of the applicants in the subjects included in the package of the examination questioner, such as; Math (Algebra and Geometry), English (Grammar, Composition, and Reading Comprehension), Abstract Reasoning, (Verbal and Numerical Reasoning and Pattern Analysis.
The examinees should make sure that the requirements are complete before proceeding to their designated examination centers.
MGen. Oscar T. Lactao, commander of the Army’s 4ID, said that the examination would give patriotic youth who are willing to serve the country a chance to join the noble profession of arms.
Lactao said that passing the PMA exam would give the youth a chance to be a future leader and be part of the organization that advocates peace, serves the Filipino people and protects the sovereignty of the state. (PNA)



Rotating brownouts continue to pester Cagayan de Oro
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By CRIS DIAZ, Contributing Editor

FOUR-hour rotating brownouts continue to plague Cagayan de Oro City, the trading capital of Northern Mindanao, as local businessmen lament its ill effect on the local economy.
The STEAG coal-fired power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental has started its annual maintenance work in one of its 220-megawatt power turbines that contributed to the rotating brownouts.
The rotating brownouts here started early July after power distributors in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan De Oro City, together conducted maintenance works on power lines.
When everyone thought that the power maintenance by the local power distributors was over, the shutting down of one of the STEAG coal-fired power plant then came in exacerbating the power situation here.
STEAG coal-fired power plant, the first coal plant in Misamis Oriental, has two power turbines, each has the capacity of 110 megawatts or a total of 220 megawatts.
STEAG feeds most of its power to the National Power Corporation (Napocor) that subsequently distributes the power to various power utility distributors in Mindanao.
In March this year, STEAG has its first turbine maintained causing a month-long Mindanao wide power outages.
Under a rotating brownout, the local power distributors have divided the city of Cagayan De Oro and the province of Misamis Oriental into four or more districts.
One or two districts experience four-hour brownout while the other districts remain lighted until their scheduled power outage.



SYNERGEIA PROJECT: Education is a collaboration of all stakeholders
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By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental — IT HAS BEEN said time and again that education is not just the sole purview of schools or of the Department of Education (DepEd).
And the Reading and English Proficiency Program of the STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) in partnership with the Synergeia Foundation and other stakeholders like the DepEd, local government unit, the community and the academe like Xavier University has proven its veracity.
“Thanks to SPI’s Reading and English Proficiency Program, we have attained our highest rating in the National Achievement Test (NAT) for elementary schools this year at 85 percent,” said Elsa P. Millanes, the program’s coordinators for the Vicente N. Chavez Memorial Central School (VNCMCS).
The program, locally called “Manghud, Magulang”, which aims to give elementary school pupils a solid foundation that will eventually launch them to be globally competitive, is a multi-stakeholder approach to education. It aims to strengthen one of the important foundations in the learning process, which is reading and English proficiency, and thus improved their academic performance.
Proficiency in English is a foundation of a better grasp of such important subjects as science and mathematics, said SPI president and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich during the program’s launching in 2007.
“Ultimately, we want our students to excel in these fields [English, Science, and Mathematics] for them to be more prepared as they aspire to become more globally competitive,” he said.
Pupils’ low academic performance has been mainly attributed to difficulties in reading and comprehension.
“If pupils can read the question and comprehend well, then naturally they can answer the question. Kay kung dili sila makasabot, dili man pud sila maka-answer (If they don’t understand, they also cannot answer),” Millanes said.
Performer School
Before “Synergeia” as the program is popularly called locally, the most that VNCMCS pupils get during NAT was 79% in 2012. Prior years showed their NAT rating was way below passing grade, at 65%. Then it slowly clawed up to P69%, then 70%.
This is mainly due to the efforts of teachers who despite the “burden” that it entails continue their labor of love: they have to make or buy their own reading manuals and materials to make it easy for pupils to understand the lessons and comprehend the English language.
But with teachers like Millanes, whose dedication to educating children is like a second nature that it just comes naturally, the school’s NAT rating continue to rise through the years until it reached 83% in 2014.
Millanes thought that they have already reached the zenith, but she was happily surprised to know that this year 2015, the school’s NAT rating is 85%, the highest so far since the school’s founding.
“The last two years, nag-increase gyud og dako ang among achievement rates sa NAT for elementary,” she proudly proclaimed.
“The academic achievement of the school depends on the learning of the pupils. Without any references, books and manuals, we cannot enhance their lessons. If the student cannot comprehend well, it will lead to poor achievement of pupils. Sa instruction pa lang daan, telling them what to do, diha gyud magsumikad. If the pupils cannot understand the direction and cannot comprehend the question, they cannot answer correctly,” she explained.
Collaborative Effort
Education, thus, is a collaborative effort.
With the help and support of stakeholders, it is not surprising that VNCMCS is a “performer school”, an achiever school.
“We are very proud that the district of Villanueva, especially us here in this school, we frequently host regional contests. This is because we are supported by the LGU. And we have sent representatives to various national championships. This also because we have a very good relationship with the community,” Millanes disclosed.
She added: “We are really very grateful for the support of all stakeholders to elevate our school’s overall performance, not just our pupils’.”
It is also to the stakeholders that the Vicente N. Chavez Memorial Central School, through Millanes, expressed gratefulness for passing the second level of accreditation in the School-Based Management (SBM) category of the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda (BESRA).
SBM, a Key Thrust 1 of BESRA to raise school performance, is a means of localizing governance starting at the grassroots level in the DepEd. It is based on the national policy of decentralization originally set by the Philippine Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160) as a response to the new challenges for sustainable human development by enabling local communities to become self-reliant and more effective partners in the attainment of national goals.
In SBM, empowerment of stakeholders is given emphasis to enable them to actively participate in the continuous improvement of the school towards the realization of the desired pupils learning outcomes.
“Without the stakeholders’ support, failure gyud siguro mi ani,” she said.
Key: Read, Read, Read
Despite the school’s achievements, Millanes refused to boast about it because for her, teachers are just facilitators of the learning process of pupils.
If pupils have no strong foundation in reading and English proficiency, stakeholders’ support and teachers’ efforts will not gain much.
“The key here is really read and read and read. The purpose of reading is to enhance learning,” she said.
If pupils can comprehend English, “teachers can now easily facilitate learning because the children are ready for the lessons particular to their grade level. And they can understand and answer simple questions.”
Millanes admitted that despite SPI and Synergeia’s reading program, there are still a number of pupils who can’t read and comprehend English consistent with their grade level. This is because there are really some who are naturally slow readers or even non-readers. These are those who are in the “frustration level.”
Parental support plays a very important factor in the reading and comprehension of pupils. And those in the frustration level have no parental support. Other factors are the environment and lack of educational materials. “The teacher or school factor is very negligible,” she said.
According to Millanes, pupils who belong in the frustration level in reading are those who come from broken families and have no monitoring and support from parents.
The good news, however, is that there are pupils who come from broken families who are naturally resilient and thus excel academically.
“We have many of them here in our school,” she said as she thanked Synergeia and SPI and other stakeholders for providing the necessary manuals, materials and trainings for them to carry out their mandate properly and with success.
“It is easy for us teachers now that we have this reading program. We also no longer need to prepare our own materials and manuals because all lessons are now ready-made. Thus, we can save much time in teaching and guiding pupils. We also minimized on expenses for materials. In short, the burdens placed on our shoulders have been lifted,” she stressed.

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