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Mindanao newsbits for May 17, 2014

SKILLS MAP IN DAVAO

DAVAO CITY – A regional skills map that will allow skilled workers and professionals to easily locate job matching is set to be established in Davao region. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-11) said the map is an innovative facility aimed at hastening the matching of employers and jobseekers in every barangay across the region.  “With this virtual mapping of skills, we can easily locate and identify the number of carpenters, plumbers, other skilled workers, and professionals in the respective barangay and link them with employers looking for specific skills among the manpower supply,” DOLE-11 regional director Joffrey Suyao said.  (Alex Lopez)

POWER CRISIS

STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur – With the continuous power crisis experienced in the country particularly in Mindanao, Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla of the Department of Energy (DOE) called on the private entities on Tuesday to build more power plants. “Availability is important in terms of power. What we need now is to build the plants to solve these power crisis,” Petilla stressed. He said the country has 17,000 MW installed capacity but only 15,000 MW of which are dependable. He added the national government tried not to intervene with talks about power generation. “We try not to get involved in the generation. Under the EPIRA, private sectors are supposed to build power plants. (Cherry Mae Palicte)

MORO INSTRUMENTS

COTABATO CITY – On the verge of eventual disbandment, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governance has introduced a special program for constituent kids willing to learn how to play Moro traditional instruments featured in traditional banquets. Through its Bureau of Cultural Heritage (BCH), the current ARMM administration is now training 23 kids aged 7 to 12 years old on theater arts and in playing the kulintang, an ethnic Muslim percussion instrument, in a three-week summer workshop, the agency said in a press statement. “This is part of our efforts to preserve and promote the vibrant culture of the Bangsamoro, especially among the younger generations,” said Ardan Sali, BCH-ARMM director. (Ali G. Macabalang)

PREVENTING DIARRHEA

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH -13) issued some tips to prevent diarrhea and gastroenteritis as an outbreak was noted in some areas of the country. Water must be boiled because boiling water kills almost all potential germs. Food should always be properly prepared and cooked well. Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly in clean water before eating or cooking. Always cover food to keep it safe from contaminants, insects and other pests. The public is encouraged to eat home-cooked foods. Proper hygiene such as regular washing of hands before eating and after using the toilet should also be practiced. (Mike Crismundo)

PROGRAM FOR EMPLOYMENT

BUTUAN CITY  – The city government of Butuan and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-13) had allotted more than R4.6 million intended for the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) project this year. Initially, at least 1,340 youths attended the recent orientation program for the prospective SPES workers here and this number of SPES was announced on Wednesday. During the orientation, City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. told the youths to seriously consider and value the opportunity afforded to them as the compensation they may receive out of the program will help provide for their enrollment next school year. (Mike Crismundo)