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Friday, May 20, 2016

DOLE Bicol: “Beware of fake inspectors”

By Julius Embile

Legazpi City, Albay – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol region has warned the public of bogus inspectors posing as DOLE employees.

“We have received many circulating reports about individuals posing as DOLE inspectors and have been doing solicitations,” said newly appointed DOLE Bicol regional director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.

“Let it be known to the public that it is prohibited, for employees of DOLE, to receive any form of solicitation,” she added.

On their Management Committee (ManCom) meeting, Trayvilla said their Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) are not allowed to go to any company or office without prior authorization from the regional director. As of now, DOLE Bicol only has fourteen LLCOs, and their prime functions are only to check salary and assist companies to voluntarily adhere to DOLE’s regulations.

In order to identify authorized LLCOs, the public is advised to check DOLE’s website (www.ro5.dole.gov.ph) where the names and photos of their LLCOs are posted.

“We have also received reports about people introducing themselves as DOLE employees or retired employees, offering special arrangements allegedly from DOLE. These are fake”, stated Trayvilla. DOLE made it clear that their retired or dismissed employees are not authorized conduct visits to any company or to represent the department.

The same reminder has been released by DOLE seven years ago, and again in 2013, when news were received about people falsely representing DOLE to ask for money.

According to DOLE Bicol, the focus of their office is to provide clean, honest, and efficient service to Bicolanos in the labor aspect. Any authorized payment to be received by DOLE can only be done within their respective regional and provincial offices, stated DOLE.

Trayvilla also is also urging everyone to report to their office, or other proper authorities, if they would encounter anyone untruly representing DOLE. This is a form of fraud, and is punishable by the law.  (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3261463622034/dole-bicol-beware-of-fake-inspectors-#sthash.lRvW3wS7.dpuf

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ECC steps up compensation program advocacy in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, May 18 (PIA) – Workers who might go through work related injuries, disease or death can have additional compensation and benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) of the government.

The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) again reminds workers and employers from the public and private sectors of their rights and duties under the ECP which aims to provide appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies.

“The ECP provides added compensation and benefits for injuries, disease or death that are work related aside from the claims and benefits provided by the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth and Pag-ibig which requires mandatory contribution. For ECP the employee is covered right on the first day of employment,” ECC Deputy Excecutive Director Atty. Jonathan T. Villasotto said during the press conference held at La Piazza Hotel today.

The press conference is part of the ECP information campaign done in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol to impart ECP to the media and encourage support in disseminating information through quad-media.

Moreover Villasotto noted employer-employee relationship is required to avail of the program.

“Any engagement or contract for performance of work without employer-employee relationship is not covered,” he said.

EC claimant or his beneficiaries can be filed at the SSS for private sector employees and the GSIS for public sector employees.  

 Among the ECP benefits are temporary and permanent compensation in case of loss of income benefit, supplemental pension, reimbursement of medical services, death and funeral benefit and rehabilitation services.

“Claims for compensation must be filed within three years,” Villasotto said.

Also part of the ECP awareness campaign in the region is the advocacy seminar to be conducted tomorrow in Tabaco City with more than 120 expected participants from the public and private sectors.

“The seminar will focus on the three major components of the ECP – prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services – along with recent ECP reforms  considered as ECC’s ultimate strategies anchored on “3Es” – equalized, enhanced and expanded – reforms to answer challenges facing the ECP,” ECC Bicol focal person Ma. Yvette C. Bonavente said.

Various programs, projects and services of DOLE in the region will be discussed as well.

Consultation meeting with the GSIS and SSS is also slated on May 19, 2016 to update officers on the recent ECP policies to facilitate processing of EC claims.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463555575/ecc-steps-up-compensation-program-advocacy-in-albay#sthash.RUQANdK2.dpuf

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Missing school principal in Sorsogon City found; Sorsoganons lauded PNP efforts

By Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon City, May 17 (PIA) – Relatives, friends, acquaintances, including Governor-elect Robert Rodrigueza, lauded the efforts and strategies employed by the Philippine National Police here in investigating and taking quick action to locate the whereabouts of the missing elementary school principal, Christian Ana Delos Angeles.

After barely two weeks of tough effort to find Delos Angeles, public school principal of Ticol Elementary School in Sorsogon City, local authorities here considered the search as finally over.

In a press release, P/Supt. Nonito F. Marquez, Police Community Relation-Public Information Office head of Sorsogon Police Provincial Office, divulged that at around 8:50PM of May 16, 2016, elements of Sorsogon City Police Station (CPS) led by P/SInsp. Romeo TriƱanes Rocio, Jr. while conducting Oplan Sita along Alegre St. in Brgy Burabod, this city, flagged down a black skeleton motorcycle driven by a minor with also a minor backride.

The driver failed to present necessary documents of ownership and upon verification, the chassis and engine number matched with the Honda Dash 110 of the missing school principal, consequently, have them arrested.

Ensuing a lawful search on the driver’s sling bag, two (2) Indian arrows with sling and one (1) brass knuckles were recovered. Also recovered from the possession and control of the back rider was one (1) balisong 6.5 inches from handle to tip.

The driver likewise narrated voluntarily that he knew the location of the cadaver of the missing Delos Angeles.

Thereafter, personnel of Sorsogon CPS together with the driver immediately proceeded at Sitio Gabao, Brgy San Roque, Bacon District, Sorsogon City and found a male dead person with multiple stab wounds lying in a creek near the pathway at the said place.

Likewise, follow-up operation resulted in the arrest of four (4) other suspects, all minors.

At about 10:00 PM, personnel of Sorsogon Provincial Crime Laboratory Office led by SPO1 Aljo M. Liray processed the crime scene and recovered one black sling bag without a content which according to the victim’s relative belongs to Christian Delos Angeles.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that Pulis Kasanggayahan created the Provincial Task Group Delos Angeles under the supervision of Acting Provincial Director PSSupt Ronaldo R. Cabral to focus and intensify the investigation on the disappearance of Delos Angeles.

Delos Angeles, 39 years old, single, resident of Alegre St., Brgy. Burabod, Sorsogon City, was reported missing by his father, Benjamin Delos Angeles on May 4, 2016 at around 4:30PM. The father’s report to Sorsogon CPS said that his son left their house on May 2, 2016 at around 11:00PM on board a Honda Dash 110, plate no. 5834-ET, to talk to a certain Flores of undisclosed place. However, his son failed to return to their house until the time of reporting.

“We have already exerted efforts to locate his whereabouts by asking some friends and co-workers but no one knows his exact location. Moreover, his driven motorcycle can no longer be found and his contact numbers can no longer be reached,” the father said.

The cadaver of the victim was brought to a funeral parlor in the city for autopsy.

The said minors were referred to CSWD, Sorsogon City for proper disposition while appropriate case is being prepared by Sorsogon CPS against the suspects. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/801463463832/missing-school-principal-in-sorsogon-city-found-sorsoganons-lauded-pnp-efforts#sthash.ac4ZFmC3.dpuf

Monday, May 16, 2016

DepEd Bicol marks K to12 law 3rd anniversary

LEGAZPI CITY, May 16 – The K to 12 program was signed into law three years ago and will be on full implementation this year.

 As such, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoins the public in the observance of its 3rd year anniversary after President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III signed the Republic Act No. 10533, An Act Enhancing the Philippine Education System by Strengthening Its Curriculum and Increasing the Number of Years for Basic Education otherwise known as the K to 12 Law.

In time for this observance, DepEd Bicol is holding a ten-day Regional Orientation-Workshop on Senior High School (SHS) staffing in preparation for the implementation of SHS, Grade 11 this school year.

“The Curriculum and Learning Management Division and Policy, Planning and Research Division (PPRD) shall conduct the Regional-Orientation-Workshop on SHS staffing on May 12-21 to come up with the final SHS grades 11 and 12 class programs/schedules and determine the number of SHS teachers needed per school,” DepEd Bicol Director Ramon Fiel Abcede said.

Abcede said the orientation-workshop likewise aims to “discuss some issues on DepEd Order No. 3, series 2016 or Hiring Guidelines for SHS teachers, train participants on the use of the electronic tool for SHS staffing, utilize the system as a management tool in determining SHS teachers who are underloaded and may still teach SHS subjects.”

As part of the pre-work activities needed in the actual workshop, Abcede directed concerned school heads to draft school personnel assignment list and basic profile for this coming school year and class programs for grades 11 and 12.

The K to 12 Program covers 13 years of basic education with the following stages: Kindergarten to Grade 3, Grades 4 to 6, Grade 7 to 10 (Junior High School) and Grades 11 to 12 (Senior High School). This is found to be the best period for learning under basic education.  It is also the recognized standard for students and professionals globally.

The Program holds distinct significance this coming School Year 2016-2017 as the Department begins  the implementation of the Grade 11 of the Senior High School (SHS) Program, the first of the 2 cohorts (Grades 11 and 12) which were added to the country's 10-year basic education system.

Recently, the Supreme Court on March 15 dismissed several petitions filed against the implementation of the K to 12 Program, thus paving the way for its continued   operation particularly the said SHS Program.

 As the country girds for the opening of classes this coming School Year 2016-2017 on June 13, 2016, the Department through Education Secretary Br .Armin A.  Luistro FSC invites and enjoins everyone to give their full support to the successful implementation of K to 12 Program specially the SHS Program.(MAL/SAA/DepEd5/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463385633/deped-bicol-marks-k-to12-law-3rd-anniversary#sthash.w6SzNtf2.dpuf

Techno-demo on mushroom culture, Abaca scrunch making set may 24

VIRAC, Catanduanes, May 16, (PIA) -- The Abaca Festival Committee, under the auspices of provincial government of Catanduanes, in cooperation with the Provincial Tourism Office, will spearhead a techno demo on mushroom culture and abaca scrunch making on May 24, 2016 at the Capitol Grounds here.

According to .Carmel B. Garcia, provincial tourism officer of Catanduanes, the activity will provide additional agricultural perspectives in venturing in the trade of mushroom and abaca scrunch as a livelihood undertaking.

The techno demo, spearheaded by the Provincial Agricultural Services Office (PASO) together with the Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Science and Technology, will present new techniques in mushroom culture and further show the health benefits and sustainability of income for the community.

PASO head Roberto Ceballo said that the mushroom culture training hopes to enlighten and supplement ideas to further improve trade to farmers, especially those who uses other media other than abaca such as rice straw, coco dust, rice bran, rice hull and many others.

He added that for years now, the mushroom culture has been gaining popularity from household consumers to hotel and restaurants as a connoisseur’s delight.

The demand for mushrooms in the urban and rural areas has grown because of the preference for pesticide free food.

"Demand is high not only because of the health benefits and nutritional values but as well as the availability of the indigenous raw materials, small area requirement for growing, less capital needed for investment and potential profits," Ceballo noted.

Meanwhile, abaca scrunch making training is designed to demonstrate the application of abaca fibers in the trade of abaca scrunch.

Abaca Scrunch is made from matted fine fibers of abaca bonded by starch solution or glue. It is used to produce finished products such as placemats, handbags, photo frames, among others.

The training will be a combination of trainer demonstrating the technique and hands-on activity by the participants. (MAL/EAB/PTO/PIA5/Catanduanes/PTO)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/841463370794/techno-demo-on-mushroom-culture-abaca-scrunch-making-set-may-24#sthash.HK1cxk1K.dpuf