Monday, July 13, 2015

TESDA skills competitions
for tech-voc graduates up

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 11 (PIA)--Technical and vocational education graduates will again find the venue to prove who among them sits on the top and be reckoned Bohol's best, as the Provincial Skills Competitions (PSC) pits them against each other July 13-14. 

The PSC will serve as a venue to recognize the skills excellence of our young industry skilled workers and graduates of technical and vocational schools and training centers and institutions compete against each other to be called the best trained skilled workers, said group organizers.

The organizers, the Association of Public and Private TechVoc Institutions in Bohol (APTIB), who are into the mission of developing the globally competitive Filipino Workers who possess world class skills, values and work ethics, put up the event this year at the Bohol Island State University (BISU) Main Campus and three other venues. 

Supervised by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), APTIB said this year, the contest areas would be in the fields of welding and its technologies, web design, cooking and restaurant service. 

No less than TESDA regional director Rosanna Urdaneta is expected to grace the events, while organizers have said they invited Governor Edgar Chatto, Congressman Rene Relampagos, Mayor Leonila Montero, Board Member Dionisio Balite and City Mayor John Geesnell Yap to join them. 

The PSC opens Monday at the Cristal-e College in Panglao, where cooking and restaurant services skills competitions would be held. 

Welding technologies would be competed at the BISU Bingag Campus while web design competitions would be at the STI in Tagbilaran. (rac/pia-7Bohol)

Calamity communications delegates 
affirm efficient communications aid 

CEBU CITY, July 10 (PIA)—Central Visayan delegates to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Communications Summit affirm their commitments to strengthen and enhance multi-sectoral support to effect an effective conduct of operational emergency response in any given disaster. 

At the Regional DRRM Communication s Summit held at the Quest Hotel and Convention Center, disaster early responders and relief volunteers signed their commitment to strengthen this commitment to filling in the gap of communications vacuum being a disaster relief area clearly not effectively responded to. 

The delegates have seen the need for the efficiency of information and communication technology during disaster response operations as crucial to address communications electronics and information needs in identified and set up emergency operations centers and response command posts in a disaster area. 

Delegates comprised of communications in disaster situation as well as quick relief service government and non-government agencies as well as private and volunteer emergency responders signed a Declaration of Commitment Friday, July 10, which also operationalized the Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team-7 (RETT-7) and back up response teams of 8 technically skilled squad members each with its own expertise.

The RETT-7 response team is comprised of experts in the provision of vital information technology and telecommunications services to help carry out operations efficiently and effectively, to set up these vital systems support services in basic communications infrastructure providing voice and internet connectivity to emergency operations centers and command bases, in coordination ang implementing data communications services and public information expert to cast these vital information to the disaster victims and responders as well, explains Lieutenant Edwin Sadang of the Office of the Civil Defense.

The delegates, by committing, agreed to partner with the RDRRMC through the OCD and other stakeholders, assist in mainstreaming ICT in disaster response in building a nation of safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient Filipinos by implementing Regional Disaster Response Plans through the emergency communications cluster.

The new communications protocols in disaster response also attempts to make use of available cutting edge technology, message broadcasting platforms including mobile applications so that even an ordinary smartphone wielding child can be informed if he ticks on it for information, OCD Regional Director Olive Luces hinted. 

Representing the summit for the Regional Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council with the OCD are DOST PAG-ASA, the Philippine Information Agency, National Telecommunications Commission, Bureau of Fire Protection, National Economic Development Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, International Care Ministries, Consolacion, Danao, Ronda, Carcar, Talisay, Jagna Bohol, Bayawan Negros Oriental, 

Philippine National Police, Department of Social Welfare and Development. Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, Department of Health, Philippine National Red Cross, the PDRRMCs of Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental, SMART communications, Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications, TARSIER 117, Radio Emergency Auxilliary Communications Team, Radio Rescue Emergency Assistance Volunteer Organization.

The REYY-7 Team has also adopted a manual of operations even as they act as standby force which Visayas can send to any area needing disaster response, said Ver Neil Balaba of OCD Cebu. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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