CSC 10 celebrates 117th anniversary with Talakayan ng mga Lingkod Bayan

Civil Service Commission (CSC) region 10 in celebration of its 117th anniversary convened heads of national and local government in Talakayan ng mga Lingkod Bayan to share programs and projects which underscored ‘malasakit’ or care for the people.

CSC Talakayan ng Mga Lingkod Bayan

CSC regional director Adams Torres shared that this year’s theme, “Tugon sa hamon ng pagbabago, Malasakit ng Lingkod Bayani” is a challenge to government employees to change and be agents of change. In fact, he said, “We are agents of change.” This can be achieved through showing ‘malasakit’ or care such as in various government programs and projects that would uplift the lives of the people.

He explained that each government office has a story of ‘malasakit’.

Although he admitted that only a few selected people can enter the career service. He said that anyone who wants to enter public service are strictly screened not just in their qualifications but based on their character.

He also clarified that the security of tenure does not mean you cannot be removed from your post. Right now, CSC implements performance based security of tenure where employees are rated through their performance according to their position. Aside from this, government employees also follow Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards. This would include duties and responsibilities and prohibited acts.

Apart from facilitating eligibility exams, processing appointments and providing trainings, CSC can also act as a quasi-court, a disciplining body to cases which are elevated from other government agencies.

Torres explained that if there are concerns in a government agency, the head of office is the first person to resolve the issue. However, when it is not resolved or head of office does not take action then CSC will be the one to do it for them alongside with other regulatory services.

CSC 10 RD Torres

As quasi court, CSC can impose discipline with highest penalty to remove the person from government service. However, for criminal cases, the Office of the Ombudsman can imprison a government employee if found guilty.

Corruption is the number one enemy of the government. Torres shared that through the Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA), processing time of government documents is revealed. People will know exactly how long the process will take. This is believed to lessen or do away with corruption which is the source of money making. He further said to never transact anyone without any valid ID.

Torres revealed that dishonesty is the number one case among government offices in the entire country. This includes falsification of documents, fake educational attainment, fake qualification of licenses from the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) or Career Service Eligibility from CSC or National Certificate (NC) II from Technical Educations Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).

In terms of hiring, CSC 10 has come up with weekly bulletin of vacancies. Torres urges everyone to check their facebook page Civil Service Commission region 10 to get weekly job hiring in various government offices in Northern Mindanao. (JMOR/PIA10)


Full scholarship tech-voc senior high school to open in CDO

An Andrew L. Gotianun Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies, a tech-voc senior high school will open at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan Manresa campus in Cagayan de Oro City to cater to less privileged but academic qualified youth, complete with full scholarship in tuition fees and board and lodging.

In a Board of Trustees Speaker Series hosted by Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ revealed that the Andrew Gotianun foundation has donated a hefty amount to build and establish a tech-voc residential school in Cagayan de Oro City under the management of Xavier University (XU) where students will live and enjoy tuition and dormitory scholarship. The donation, he said will allow the school to build two new buildings.  


Fr. Yap said this is a school for the poor which will give a full three-year training to deepen academic scales and tech-voc training and really give good Jesuit education including character formation.

In a speech, Jonathan Gotianun, chairman of Filinvest Development Corporation said that their family has chosen to put up tech-voc school in Mindanao for various reasons.

Based on the research he made about Mindanao. He said, Mindanao continues to lag behind the rest of the Philippines in almost every aspect of development.

In a presentation he made, he described that Mindanao despite having 25% of population, only contributes to 15% of country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) having the lowest GDP per capita of P27,000 while Luzon’s National Capital Region (NCR) with the highest GDP per capita of P430,000. This number is 16 times greater than that of ARMM’s. He said, this shows a great inequality and points to a big gap in terms of development.

In terms of average annual family income, he said, Mindanao is behind Luzon and Visayas. Again ARMM is the lowest at 129,000 per annum which is one-third of NCRs. With regard to average annual family savings, Mindanao has the lowest figures, while top three regions belong to Luzon. ARMM has the lowest figure of P17,000 per year while highest is Region 1 which is four times greater than ARMM. Ultimately, regions with lowest annual family income also has the lowest average annual family savings.

As far as labor force is concerned, he said that participation seem to be similar across regions with most of these between 60-65%. These participation rates are low, but ARMM is worst at 48%.

Also, of those between six and 24 years of age, out of school percentages are also the highest in Mindanao when compared to other regions in the country. He said, highest out of school youth percentages are all in Mindanao. On health, life expectancy are lowest in all areas in Philippines. However, females live longer than males in all regions. But if you want to live longer, whether male or female, on average you have better significantly chance to do so just by living in Luzon, he said.


He shared, “We felt Mindanao was the area of the greatest need. We also felt that institutions in Luzon were already getting a lot of support. We wanted to do something in the periphery, in the boundary among the marginalized.”

Further, he shared that they chose to support tech-voc since this is an area that did not get enough attention but could clearly address the need for employable skills in the manufacturing sector. They also wanted to support kids who come from financially disadvantaged families who just wanted to learn a skill that can sustain themselves and their families right after high school. These are kids who can’t afford or simply aren’t interested to pursue a college education.

“By teaching them an employable skill through tech-voc, we can open opportunities for them to break out of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness,” he said.

The donation of the Gotianun foundation will just be enough to complete phase 1 of the school which can accommodate 500 students. The ultimate goal is to go beyond this and quickly expand the school to accommodate 1,500 students every year by building phase 2 and phase 3.

Finally, he encouraged educators, alumni and all sectors to contribute and take action to help. He said that whatever happens in Mindanao will affect everyone living in it in some significant way. He urged each one to be a catalyst for change and to work together to achieve what is seemingly impossible. He said that this school is a way of paying it forward by opening doors of opportunities for the youth.

For more information on this scholarship or to apply, visit (JMOR/PIA10)

TESDA partners recognized

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-10 has recognized a number of individuals and organizations for their contribution as partners in promoting the Tech-Voc sector in the region.

Connie Adajar

In an awarding ceremony held Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, Provincial Director Leo V. Velez of TESDA-Misamis Oriental hailed the support extended to TESDA by some individuals, businesses, industries, schools, government sectors, media, religious organizations and other stakeholders that enabled the agency to achieve its goals.

The individual awardees were Connie B. Adajar for wage-employed category and Michellene A. Uapal for self-employed category.


From the industries, the awardees were the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Mindanao Area, Del Monte Foundation, Inc., Republic Biscuit Corportion and MM enterprises, Inc., Municipal Agriculture Office of LGU-Manolog Fortich, Bukidnon and Juan C. Acosta foundation, Inc. in Bukidnon; MAQS Training Center and Alrose Foods Corporation in Lanao del Norte; Monark Foundation, Inc., Steag State Power, Inc., Greencars Mindanao Corporation, Crossroads Training Institute, Inc., Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA), First Asian Metals Corporation, Northern Mindanao Agricultural Crops and Livestock Research Complex of the Department of Agriculture-10 in Misamis Oriental.

TESDA “Kabalikat Award” was given to the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, one of the only two local government units of Mindanao that got said award. The other Kabalikat awardee was Tagum City.

For the TVET institutions/associations, the awards were given to Federations of Region X TVET (FORT), Bukidnon TVET Institutions Association (BUKTIA), St. Laurence Institute of Technology, Inc., Christian Horizon School, Inc., Oroquieta Agro-Industrial School, and Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology.

These LGUs were also recognized for their support to TESDA, namely, Cagayan de Oro City, the municipalities of Quezon and Manolo Fortich, and Valencia City in Bukidnon, Bacolod and Kauswagan town in Lanao de Norte, and Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental.

From the development institutions, the awardees include the World Vision Development Foundation-Northwestern Mindanao, Technical Vocational Association of Institutions in Iligan City and Lanao del Norte. Gender and Development Program of LGU-Iligan City and Save Life Program of LGU-Sinacaban.

Awardees from community training and employment coordinators (CTECs) were Vera May Eunice D. Zamora of Bukidnon, Laurafe Z. Diaz of Lanao del Norte, Mark Anthony D. Artigas of Misamis Occidental and Patricio P. Parami Jr. of Misamis Oriental.

TESDA-10’s active media partners were RPN TV-5/DXKO, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-10, 101.3 Grace-FM, Tingog Misamisnon Channel and Mellow Touch 95.7 FM.


TESDA -10 has also bestowed loyalty awards on its personnel who have served the agency for 10 years or more. The awardees were Carmen Savariz, Dendo Sumagang, and Fred N. Naingue for having served 10 years of service; Romuel M. Cabahug, Edgar A. Sales and Maria Rowena M. Paña for 15 years of service; Gil Arsenio Q. Factura, Gemma C. Lee, Augustine H. Matbagon, Mabie L. Sabornido, Joselito A. Balares and Lee R. Catane for 20 years of service; Susan Maghanoy, Irma M. Del Mar, Carina B. Ledesma, Ma. Villa L. Suralta, Jouie C. Tabilin and Augusto D. Trinidad for 25 years of service; Margarita G. Dela Cruz, Marcelino G. Lagunsad, Antonio Saluta, Agustin F. Llido and Ruben A. Torremucha for 30 years of service; and Minda S. Pearales for 35 years of service.


The awarding ceremony was also attended by Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano, who shared that his “Iskolar Ko Ni Bambi” program had already benefited a number of students in the province. Most of his scholars, he said, are now gainfully employed here and abroad. (FPGumapon/PIA10)

DOH campaigns to find 1M cases of TB nationwide

Department of Health (DOH) through its Tuberculosis-Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (TB-HIV) dissemination forum in Cagayan de Oro City campaigns in aggressively looking for the one million cases of tuberculosis (TB) in the country by switching strategies and changing from “business as usual” to “business unusual.”

Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy, director of Disease Prevention and Control Bureau of DOH shares that the prevalence of TB in our country continuous to be high. Around one million Filipinos are expected to have TB and may or may not know it. Further, more than one-third of TB patients suffer catastrophic cost due to TB at 20% of the family’s annual income.


On the other hand, Dr. Suy explained that the country also has an alarming 140% annual increase in the number of reported cases of HIV. He announced that we are not the highest in terms of number of HIV cases in the Asia Pacific region but we have an alarming increasing rate of the numbers of HIV cases in the region.

Further, DOH has registered more than 45,000 cumulative cases of HIV. To date, there is still no cure of HIV nor vaccine to prevent its transmission. Meanwhile, persons with HIV is 29 times more likely to develop TB than those without HIV. TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. One in five deaths of people with HIV is TB.

He said, our country is aggressively aimed to reduce the burden of TB by 2035. “Look for the 1Million cases of TB in the country” is a standing order of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

Meanwhile, TB and HIV services including treatment are free. Dr. Suy said our health workers are competent and facilities are reliable.

For her part, Dr. Anna Marie Celina Garfin of the National TB program explained that TB is still a major health problem based on the 2016 National TB Prevalence Survey. Around 1% of the population or one million out of 100 million total population of the country has TB. Further, this is found more in males and older age group with history of treatment, smoking, diabetes, poor and urban dwellers. There is also low case notification of TB and a poor health seeking behavior with 81% of presumptive TB are not taking any action or self-medicating; 30% consulted a private sector.

She said that impact targets for 2022 is to reduce the number of TB deaths by 50% from 14,000 to 7,000 deaths; reduce TB incidence rate by 15%, reduce to zero number of TB affected households that experience catastrophic costs due to TB and at least 90% of patients are satisfied with the services of DOTS facilities.


On HIV and AIDS, Dr. Gerard Belimac program manager of National HIV, AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention and control program said that DOH focuses on key populations namely the Male having sex with Male (MSM), female sex workers and people who inject drugs – inclusive of young people. For prevention, DOH includes services such as risk reduction counseling – safer sex, community-based treatment for drug users, outreach focused condom distribution and instruction. Meanwhile, diagnosis includes community-based HIV screening, Free HIV testing and counseling, and rapid HIV testing for pregnant women, key populations and TB patients.

For the treatment, DOH provides interventions such as free anti-retrovirals (ARV), outpatient HIV benefit package (P30,000/patient/year to cover for other expenses). For care, DOH provides psychosocial counseling and treatment adherence counseling.


Patients of either TB or HIV may go to various government health facilities including rural health centers, TB-DOTS centers, 130 social hygiene clinics nationwide, 50 satellite or treatment hubs and community based organizations.

Finally, DOH proposes how communities can help. Companies and employers can institutionalize HIV awareness in workplaces, expand the number of HIV treatment hubs, conduct operations researches to improve programs and integrate HIV counseling services in relevant programs. (JMOR/PIA10) 

81 villages in NorMin drug-free

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has declared 81 drug-free barangays in Northern Mindanao region as a result of their intensified anti-drug operation and drug clearing program as of June 29.


Agent Joerick S. Tacal cited during the monthly meeting of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) region 10 that the province of Misamis Occidental has the most number of drug-free barangays with 43; Misamis Oriental, 18; Camiguin, 12; and Bukidnon, 8. Lanao del Norte, however, has not declared a single barangay yet.


Based on the Dangerous Drug Board, before a certain barangay will be declared as drug-free, they must undergo assessment and validation with the chief of police and certified by the mayor, PDEA, the Department of Health and Department of the Interior Local Government (DILG) before the issuance of certificate for drug-free.


These parameters include non-availability of drug supply; absence of drug transit/transshipment activity; absence of clandestine drug laboratory; absence of clandestine drug warehouse; absence of clandestine chemical warehouse; absence of marijuana cultivation site; absence of drug den, dive or resort; and compulsory drug treatment and rehabilitation processing desk.


Also, absence of drug pusher; absence of drug user/dependent; absence of protector/coddler/financier; active involvement of barangay officials in anti-drug activities; active involvement of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to help maintain the drug liberated status of the barangay; and existence of drug awareness, preventive education and information and other related programs.


The PDEA, Tacal said that among the general guidelines provided in the drug-clearing program are the mandatory creation of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs); the conduct of barangay drug-clearing operations which is divided into three phases, namely the Pre-Operation Phase, Operation Phase and Post-Operation Phase; the classification of barangays in determining the priority areas for clearing operations; the duties of local chief executives in the barangay drug-clearing program; and the penalty for non-compliance.


The BADACs were deputized and empowered to plan and implement strategic policies; and evaluate programs and projects on drug prevention and control, given the political and police powers of the barangay to administer the affairs of the community.


The conduct of sustaining clearing operations against drug-affected barangays in the initial phase include the activation of BADACs, capability enhancement of all stakeholders through seminars, preventive education and trainings, organization of house clusters to determine all essential facts of illegal drug activities happening in the neighborhood, submission of report containing watch-list of drug personalities, establishment of a rehabilitation referral desk in every barangay, among others.


The Operation Phase is the actual implementation of drug supply and demand reduction strategies in drug-affected areas. This is where PDEA and other support agencies come into play.


The Post-Operation Phase is aimed to maintain the ‘drug-cleared’ status of the barangays after drug-clearing operations through sustainable support projects such as sports, religious and social activities, implement sustainable livelihood projects as a reintegration program to former users and pushers, and continuing anti-drug awareness programs.


Tacal noted that the local chief executives are duty bound to ensure the organization of BADAC in all barangays within their territorial jurisdiction, allocation of substantial portion in the barangay budget and ensure compliance with the duties and responsibilities of the BADAC in the anti-drug campaign.


Meanwhile, PDEA in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other operating units made a total of 364 anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 which resulted to the seizure of drugs with an estimated value P18,875,111.91. (EOR/PIA10)

PIA 10 conducts ASEAN forum in Oroquieta, MisOcc

Close to 300 participants from the province of Misamis Occidental attended the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) multi-sectoral forum spearheaded by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) region 10 in Oroquieta provincial capitol on 23 August 2017.


Various sectors ranging from senior citizens association, religious group, youth, women, person with disability (PWDs) micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), local government through barangay and municipal councilors and information officers, students and the academe gathered in one venue to get information on ASEAN and various government priority projects.


PIA Central Office Director Olive Tiu explained the benefits of being member of ASEAN. For students, they could get scholarships in ASEAN member countries. For entrepreneurs, their product could be a hit in ASEAN with over 650 million population which is a bigger market. Meanwhile, for travelers, they can easily visit other ASEAN member countries, such as Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and others without the need for visa, among others.


Tiu said that we are not only citizens of our country but of of a bigger community, the ASEAN community. ASEAN is the world’s 3rdlargest market and labor force. She added that because of this bigger community, we can make an impact in the international sphere.


ASEAN is also heralded as on the success of modern economics for the amount of business of trade in the past years as result various partnerships, agreements collaborative efforts among its neighbors. We are citizens of ASEAN. ASEAN is more than just a name, more than just a beautiful sites we advertise, ASEAN is also about opportunities for every Filipino, Tiu said.


Meanwhile, Neil Pabilona, head of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Misamis Occidental shared that in upholding law and order in the province, they are pursuing illegal drug operation. He mentioned that it is the young ones who are most affected since they are the most curious.


He also discussed barangay affectation where they have categorized barangays based on how critical they are affected by illegal drugs.


In Misamis Occidental, about 455 of the 490 barangays have been affected by illegal drugs. Meanwhile, Ozamiz City was identified as drug hotspot in the province.


On the other hand, other government agencies such as the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) have discussed various programs of the government such as the AmBisyon Natin 2040 and economic pillar of ASEAN respectively.


Engr. Cecilio Clarete of NEDA shared AmBisYon Natin 2040 is a long term vision for the Philippines where it reflects on the life we want for the next 20 years.


He said that by the year 2022, the main objective is to lay down the foundation for inclusive growth, a high-trust and resilient society, and globally-competitive knowledge economy. Therefore within 2017-2021, the overall strategic development framework of the Philippine and the regional development plan is anchored on three major pillars of “Malasakit, Pagbabago and Patuloy na Pag-unlad (or in Visayan dialect, Pagpakabana, Kabag-uhan ug Padayon nga Pag-asenso).


On the other hand, DTI Misamis Occidental provincial caretaker Jane Marie L. Tabucan shared the various economic advantages of being member with ASEAN. There is a freer flow of goods and lower tariffs for goods going out of the country and to member ASEAN states.


Among the highlights of the forum is the cultural presentation of Misamis Occidental National High School.


This year, Philippines is host to the 50th ASEAN anniversary where various meetings, summits and activities are held in the country. (JMOR/PIA10)

Camiguin cites vast ASEAN opportunities, reaps initial gains

Increase in tourism by 11 percent, coming in of a fast craft by November and boost of flights from Cebu to Camiguin by December are among the major developments that the provincial government identified as the positive effects of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the province.


Mambajao Municipal Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo shared during the ASEAN Multi-Sectoral Forum on August 25 that the province, being able to earn the 10th spot in the most competitive province throughout the country, has remarkably shown economic dynamism.


“Economic dynamism means that we are ready in ASEAN and all the country to receive investors in our LGU (local government unit),” the mayor stressed.


He further said that if the country wants to be competitive with ASEAN, it should consider an open economy since such will open doors for boundless opportunities especially on generating jobs.


Provincial developments


When it comes to economic opportunities, the mayor shared that they are now expecting a lot of investors coming in to the province including two hotels, supermarket, a drug store and more.


They are also repairing the airport’s runway to accommodate the flocking of local and foreign tourists in the area.


Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Provincial Manager Napoleon Bael said that they are currently accommodating an average of 78 passengers per flight and such number has not decreased even if it’s past the peak season already.


Aside from improving the airport and seaports in the area, the provincial government also plans to work on wireless local area networking that will hasten up all sorts of communication in the province.


Program for the children


As to the language proficiency, Romualdo said that they will be opening a speech laboratory in September “to give exact pronunciation and diction; to prepare for ASEAN.”


Such laboratories will commence in central schools and by next year, the provincial government is targeting to put up the facility in all schools in Camiguin as well as in the barangays.

ASEAN Info Kiosk in Camiguin Seaport

There will also be health programs to be implemented to further decrease the four percent malnutrition of children in the province to at least one percent.


“We have plenty of things to do in Camiguin, so many things to do that every life of the Camiguingnon will be worth for,” Romualdo stressed.(RTP/PIA10)