DA-7 to roll out Bigasan ng Masa in Dumaguete

By Roi Lomotan


Kapihan sa PIA (1)
(L-R) PIA-Negros Oriental Information Officer Roi Lomotan, DA-Negros Oriental HVPC/Corn and Cassava Focal Person Bernard Limbaga, DA-7 RAFIS Chief Cheryl Dela Victoria, Provincial Agriculturist Office Operations Division Chief Alvin Blaza, and DA-7 Rice Program Focal Person Dana May Baybay during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held on June 13, 2018 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

After its successful launch in Cebu in March, the Department of Agriculture region 7 (DA-7) is set to roll out its “Bigasan ng Masa” Program in DUmaguete City on June 21.

DA-7 Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Information Services (RAFIS) Chief Cheryl Dela Victoria announced this during a Kapihan sa PIA forum here.

She said the program is DA’s response to the public clamour to avail quality rice at an affordable price.

“Ang consumers na maka-avail ug mas lower na presyo sa bigas kung i-compara nato sa current market price sa Dumaguete (We want our consumers to avail of rice at a price that is lower compared to the current market price in Dumaguete City),” Dela Victoria said.

Through DA’s Bigasan ng Masa, the public can buy special premium rice at P48/kg, well-milled rice at P44/kg, undermilled rice at P38/kg, brown rice at P40/kg, and black rice at P70/kg.

The prices are lower compared to the data collected by DA-7 on the price of rice sold at the Public Market here, wherein white rice varieties (special premium rice, well-milled rice, and undermilled) are sold from P43 to P53/kg while brown rice is sold at P55/kg.

However, black rice is still sold at P70/kg in the local market.

Dela Victoria disclosed that each household can buy between two kilos to 10 kilos of rice when the Bigasan ng Masa opens.

Buyers will be entertained on a first come-first served basis.

DA will transport two tons of rice from Bohol, equivalent to 3,000 kilos of rice to be sold during the Bigasan ng Masa.

Dela Victoria explained that initially, Bigasan ng Masa is done one time only but this can be done again depending on public demand.

DA sells rice twice a month in Cebu to address the high demand of consumers.

“Kung very acceptable ang pagbaligya ng DA sa Bugas, we might as well have it for a second round. Mahimo siyang monthly. Kung daghan man gihapon ang sige pangita, then dili gihapon ang enough ang suplay ng bugas dire sa Negros we will be doing it twice a month. (If the response to DA selling rice is acceptable, we might as well hold a second round. So this will be done monthly. If the demand is still high and the supply of rice in Negros is not enough, we will be doing it twice a month),” Dela Victoria said. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)



TESDA NegOr accepts applications for Nat’l Assessment Day

By Roi Lomotan


Kapihan sa PIA (10)
(L-R) PIA-Negros Oriental Information Officer Roi Lomotan, TESDA – Negros Oriental Director Floro Ringca, TESDA Assessment and Certification Focal Person Engr. Juan Ogabang Jr., and TESDA TEST Supervising Specialist Beth Aimee Tubog during the Kapihan sa PIA forum on TESDA’s Free Tech-Voc Skills Assessment held on June 14, 2018 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City.


The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Negros Oriental has started accepting applications for its National Assessment Day on June 26 and 27.

Officials from the TESDA provincial office made the announcement during a Kapihan sa PIA forum held June 14 here.

TESDA Provincial Director Dr. Floro Ringca encouraged industry workers, career shifters looking for jobs, graduates of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programs, senior high school students who graduated from tech-voc track, and teachers, trainers and other individuals who have undergone training and interested to be certified TVET Trainers and / or TESDA Accredited Assessors to avail of the free tech-voc skills assessment the agency.

The two-day activity highlights one of the core programs of TESDA which is Assessment and Certification.

The assessment process seeks to determine if the individual or worker can meet the standards expected in a specific industry.

On the other hand, a certificate is given to those who have met the competency standards of the industry to ensure the competitiveness of industry workers.

The event also aims to enhance employment and entrepreneurial prospects of various applicants through a TESDA Certification.

Individuals can apply for assessment and certification in the following TESDA qualifications: hielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC I, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II for Metals and Engineering Sector, Automotive Servicing NC I, Automotive NC II, Driving NC II for Land Transport Sector, Cookery NC II, Bread and Pastry NC II, Events Management NC III, Barista NC II, Food Processing NC II for Tourism Sector, Health Care Services NC II, Caregiving NC II, Massage Therapy NC II, Hilot (Wellness Massage) NC II, Hairdressing NC II, Beauty Care Services NC II, Pharmacy Services NC II, Bookkeeping NC III for Health, Social and Other Community Development Services Sector, and x Animal Production NC II, Organic Agriculture Production NC II for Agro-fishery Sector.

This time, the agency will also prioritize qualifications involved in the construction sector in support to the government’s “Build, Build, Build” Program.

“We will prioritize qualifications under the construction sector. What are these? Carpentry, masonry, tile setting, plumbing, electrical installation, and welding,” Dr. Ringca announced.

The free assessment process will be held in 12 different areas, namely, Asian College, Cebu Science of Welding and Skills Technology Inc., Dumaguete Christian Technical School, La Consolacion College in Bais City, Metro Dumaguete College, Negros Island Training and Assessment Center (NITAC), Provincial Integrated Skills Training Center (PISTC), Silliman University, Sto. Niño Skill Training, and Team Skills for Culinary Arts.

Some 830 slots were opened for the assessment and certification of said qualifications and programs.

Initially, the TESDA provincial office has set the deadline of filing for application on June 15, 2018.

However, TESDA TEST Supervising Specialist Beth Aimee Tubog explained that since there are still vacant slots in some programs, they will still be accepting applications from individuals until before the date of assessment.

Some qualifications with available slots in major assessment centers are Bread and Pastry NCII, Caregiving NCII, Health Care Services NCII, Computer Systems Servicing NCII, Events Management Services NCIII, Housekeeping NCII, and Food and Beverage Services NCII for Asian College, Carpentry NCII and Masonry NCII for Cebu Science, Bread and Pastry NCII and Cookery NCII for La Consolacion College of Bais City, Hilot (Wellness Massage NCII) in NITAC, Food Processing NCII and Tourism Promotion Services NCII in Team Skills.

Interested applicants must submit accomplished registration form he Application Form and Self – Assessment Guide (SAG) at https:goo.gl/sluc7c and http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Self-Assessment Guide (the said form can also be secured at the Provincial office), three passport size pictures, colored, white background with name written at the back and all other requirements to the accredited assessment centers or at the nearest TESDA Provincial Office.

For more information, interested individuals may reach TESDA through 225-1578.

GSIS to roll out APIR Caravan in Negros Oriental and Siquijor

By Roi Lomotan

Kapihan sa PIA on GSIS APIR Program (9)
PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos, GSIS-Dumaguete City Branch Manager Atty. Mercedes VPE Enriquez, and GSIS – Dumaguete City Information Officer Risty Villahermosa during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on GSIS’s APIR Program held on April 6, 2018 at the Conference Hall of GSIS – Dumaguete City Branch. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) – Dumaguete City Branch will roll out its Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation (APIR) Caravan in different towns and cities in the province and also in Siquijor starting this month.

This is part of the nationwide campaign to urge GSIS “old-age” and “survivor” pensioners aged 79 years old and below to appear before GSIS personnel to activate their status and ensure the continuous receipt of their pension.

The caravan will begin on April 18 at Canlaon City Gym for pensioners in Canlaon City. On the other hand, pensioners in Guihulngan City and Vallehermoso are invited to participate in the APIR Caravan at Guihulngan City Gym on April 19, 2018.

On April 20, the APIR Caravan will travel to Tayasan Multi-Purpose Hall. The caravan will also cater to GSIS pensioners in Jimalalud.

On April 24, the APIR Caravan will take place at Domolog Public Market in Bindoy. This is intended for GSIS pensioners in Bindoy and Ayungon Towns.

On April 26, the staff of GSIS – Dumaguete Branch will visit Bais Cultural Center in Bais City to service pensioners in Bais City and Manjuyod Town.

On May 3 and 4, the APIR Caravan will go to Tanjay City Plaza Osmeña to serve pensioners from Tanjay City, and the municipalities of Amlan and Pamplona.

On May 16, the APIR Caravan will go to Siaton and on May 17 to 18, the staff of GSIS will head to Bayawan City to service pensioners in Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina and Basay towns.

The last schedule for the APIR Caravan in Negros Oriental is on May 30 in Mabinay town.

GSIS – Dumaguete City Branch will also carry out APIR Caravan in Siquijor on the following dates: April 19 and 20 in Larena town for pensioners Larena and Enrique Villanueva towns, May 17 and 18 in Siquijor town for pensioners in the said municipality and San Juan town, and on May 23 and 24 in Lazi Cultural Center, Lazi town.

During these activities, GSIS will also bring a portable GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk where they can swipe their GSIS UMID (Unified Membership I.D.) Cards to reactivate their status.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum this morning at the Conference Room of GSIS-Dumaguete City Branch, It’s manager Atty. Mercedes VPE Enriquez cited GSIS is reviving its old policy which requires pensioners to report to the GSIS and verify their status and existence. Many years ago, this policy was called Annual Renewal of Active Status (ARAS).

“Once you become a pensioner, be it old age or pensioner for a survivor, you will be a pensioner for life. So we need to validate every year kung buhi pa ba ta because it will affect our actuarial fund. Mao ning kinahanglan ta magpahibalo (Once you become a pensioner, be it old age or pensioner for a survivor, you will be pensioner for life so we need to validate every year our existence because it will affect our actuarial fund. That is why we need to report and reactivate out status),”Atty. Mercedes said.

Starting March 23 to June 30, 2018, GSIS will conduct a three-month reactivation period for all its pensioners.

During these dates, pensioners will have to report to any GSIS office or any GSIS GWAPS Kiosk deployed in strategic areas nearest to them or during the APIR Caravan in the abovementioned cities and municipalities for reactivation and renewal of their status using their GSIS UMID cards.

GSIS Dumaguete has deployed GWAPS kiosks in Robinsons Place Dumaguete, LandBank Dumaguete City, Provincial Capitol, and in Guihulngan City, Tayasan, Siaton Municipal, Bais City, Tanjay City.

For pensioners whose birth month falls within the reactivation period, they only have to reactivate their status once this year. After this, they have to renew it on their birth month next year and every year after.

However, for pensioners whose birth month falls outside the reactivation period (July to December 2018) they will have to reactivate their status twice this year. First is before June 30, which is the last day of the reactivation period. The second is on their birth month this year where they have to renew their status. After this, they will only have renew their status once next year and every year after on their birth month.

Meanwhile, GSIS is also open for house visitation for pensioners aged 81 years and above who are bedridden or can no longer travel to GSIS office or kiosks.

Pensioners or their relatives who would like to request a home visit must send a letter together with their contact number, sketch or location map of their residence and in addition, barangay certification that certifies the pensioner is incapable to travel to GSIS or medical certificate.

With this, Atty. Enriquez encourages all the pensioners to participate in the APIR caravan and have their statuses renewed.

Right now there 8, 492 GSIS pensioners in Negros Oriental and Siquijor. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)