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National Newsbits for April 29, 2014

Feast of Saint Catherine Today

The Catholic Church commemorates today the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, the patron saint of Italy along with Saint Francis of Assisi, and one of Europe’s well-venerated patron saints. Religious organizations led by the Congregation of Dominican Sisters, as well as educational institutions named after St. Catherine, will hold commemorative masses for the Italian saint. In the country, feast masses will be celebrated in Samal, Bataan, and Cattaran, Cagayan. Born in Siena, Italy in 1347, St. Catherine was a tertiary of the Dominican Order. She had a long list of remarkable achievements, including working to bring the seat of the Papacy back to Rome, Italy, from its displacement in France during the 13th century. In 1375, she received the stigmata, the five wounds of Christ, although at her request, the marks became visible only after her death in 1380 at the age of 33.  (Christina I. Hermoso)

Special PEPT Slated June 12

The 2014 Special Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) will be held in all school divisions nationwide on June 12. In a memorandum, Undersecretary Alberto Muyot said the free administration of the Special PEPT is being held in commemoration of the 116th celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and is “consistent with the Education for All (EFA) goals” of the Department of Education (DepEd.)  He said the special PEPT will be administered through the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC) with the assistance of personnel from school division offices (SDOs) and schools. Registration for the PEPT will be received at SDOs until May 30. (Ina Hernando-Malipot)

Checklist For Job Fairs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) issued a check-list yesterday to boost the chances of jobseekers to be among the few hired on-the-spot (HOTS) during its simultaneous 65 job fairs this week. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz advised fresh graduates who will join the scheduled job fairs to bring multiple copies of the following documents: resume or curriculum vitae; 2 x 2 ID pictures; diploma and/or transcript of records; and authenticated birth certificate. She advised those with job experiences to also bring multiple copies of their certificate of employment. “These basic requirements will allow them to submit their applications to more employers in the job fairs,” Baldoz said. The labor chief also advised applicants to pre-register for the Labor Job fairs to cut down their processing time.  (Samuel Medenilla)