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BARMM to establish provincial TVET training center in Sulu

February 25, 2020

COTABATO CITY --- A provisional provincial Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET) training center will soon rise in the province Sulu in a bid to bring Bangsamoro Government services closer to its people.   The Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) signed a memorandum of agreement with the Hadji Buto School of Arts and Trades (HBSAT) on 21 February 2020 for the establishment of the provincial training center.   “I would like to thank HBSAT for agreeing to host the TVET training center,” said BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal.   Under the agreement, the HBSAT will provide a space for the provisional training center.   The MBHTE through its technical education and skills development arm will utilize the space in putting up workshops for the training programs.   “The training programs will include agriculture and construction-related skills development among others,” said Iqbal.   With the establishment of the training center, TESDA-BARMM Executive Director Ruby Andong is optimistic that more Bangsamoro constituents in Sulu will benefit from the project.   “The training center will transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in Sulu,” said Andong.   The MBHTE is also tasked to train HBSAT technical-vocational teachers and help the school improve on its technical-vocational capability.   Iqbal said the establishment of the training center also contributes to efforts creating an enabling environment for sustainable peace, justice, and prosperity in the Bangsamoro.   “We are slowly reaping the benefits of peace since the creation of the new Bangsamoro Government under the Duterte administration,” said Iqbal.   He added more investments are coming in to BARMM because of region’s favourable peace and order situation, which is a result of the peace accord and the establishment of new Bangsamoro regional government.   “We need to ensure that the region is ready to produce skilled workers for existing and upcoming industries in the BARMM,” said Iqbal. Iqbal said the training center is hoped to supply skilled workers for industries in the province of Sulu and nearby areas. #  

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Xavier Ateneo Little Crusaders basketball team wins invitational tourney

February 22, 2020

Xavier Ateneo Little Crusaders basketball team wins invitational tourney   CEBU, Philippines --- The Little Crusaders basketball team of Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan was named champion during the 2nd All Ateneo Invitational Tournament held at Sacred Heart Cebu – Ateneo de Cebu from January 30 to February 3, 2020. The tournament was participated by Ateneo de Davao, Ateneo de Cebu, Xavier Ateneo, Ateneo de Zamboanga, and Ateneo de Iloilo. The objective of this annual gathering is to strengthen the camaraderie among Jesuit schools in the Philippines through sports. This sports gathering was inaugurated last year and was hosted by Ateneo de Davao. Xavier Ateneo will host the 3rd Season of the tournament. This year's Little Crusaders team is ocmposed of the following players: Agustine S. Pajo, Joseph Adrian A. Serra, Raffy M. HAssan, Julius Jadz Villena, Vinn Andrerson P. Racines, Mariano Alden A. Tirona,  Ian Dominic C. Baiño, Amarion C. Pelaez, Zander C. Roque, Ralm Jared Mangubat, Robert Rhanz Ilisan, Edward Theodore D. Masiba, Kalen Matthew C. Calingin, Lorenzo P. Cid, and Gregory James MacAleese.   The team was coached by Mariano  Velez III, Arnel Villapaz and Job Bongbong.

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Xavier Ateneo Service Learning Summit highlights engagements on resiliency

February 22, 2020

Xavier Ateneo’s annual Service Learning Summit, with the theme “Engaging Xavier Ateneo to the frontiers of building resilient communities” focused on resilience as a priority area in pushing for sustainability and inclusivity in development. Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, and sectors to adapt and grow despite chronic issues and the challenges it continues to face. The world continues to face threats, both natural and man-made, as a result of rapid urbanization, climate change, and political conflict among others. It is important that efforts are streamlined into forming resilient communities that can protect and improve people’s lives, mitigate the effects of climate change, and advance development. This year’s summit showcased projects and engagements of Xavier Ateneo’s Service Learning Program that have contributed to building resilient communities in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon.  It was attended by guests from the academe, local government units, and partners from the Jesuit mission district.  The summit featured service learning engagements related to Resiliency in Good Governance and the Environment, Resiliency in Livelihood and Agriculture, and Resiliency in Peace and Education.  The summit featured testimonials of partners, faculty, and students.  Fr Bros Flores SJ, school director of Pangantucan Community High School, where the XU School of Education made their engagement, shared how service learning made an impact in conveying hope among its learners Students have become bearers of hope in the Jesuit mission schools of Bukidnon by being “living proofs” of how the Universal Apostolic Preference can be lived out. The energy, creativity, and commitment of these students have inspired learners in their school to pay it forward as they serve as volunteer teachers in a local high school. Engr Ingrid Yvonne Madrial, Social Development coordinator of the College of Engineering, shared how service learning complemented the academic goals of the college by providing a space for students to concretize Xavier Ateneo’s mission of serving others through their various fields of expertise. Aside from academic formation, Madrial shared how the program encouraged the students to empathize on the needs of the community as well as to be more critical on the issues and problems that beset them. For Audrey Therese Yu, a graduating engineering student and president of the XU Central Student Government, service learning has magnified the importance of her degree in advancing the development of communities in the field of agricultural sustainability. She has seen the social impact of the skills and competencies forged through one’s education on communities and sectors that continue to face social inequities. The summit had affirmed the value of “Education for Social Justice” which serves as a rallying point for service learning as a framework to introduce a formative education that seeks to correct marginalization and social injustice. While academic competencies are important, Xavier Ateneo recognizes that a meaningful education requires commitment to developing solutions to problems that propagate social exclusion. Xavier Ateneo, through the SLP, hopes to influence the educational landscape of the country by forming students who are not only competent but more importantly, compassionately committed to change society. (XU Comms)      

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Xavier Ateneo students rank second in 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards

February 22, 2020

Xavier Ateneo students rank second in 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards   The XU Philippine Association of Agriculturists Juniors (PAA Juniors) have finished second as the  Mindanao entry to the 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards.     Sponsored by Lockton Philippines, the just concluded first half of the 1st Lockton Philippines Legacy Awards is a first of its kind college-based action research contest on environmental risk management where participants pitch solutions on how a particular community in their respective areas of concern can alleviate their pressing environmental concerns.    The young group of Agriculture students from Xavier Ateneo seeks to expand the use of innovation and new methods to the community.    Their action research entitled “Promotion of Sustainable Adoption of Agricultural Technologies (Black Soldier Fly and Self-Circulating Hydroponics) to Students of Balulang Elementary School Cagayan de Oro City” talks about innovated agricultural technologies for food production activities and pollution prevention by creating an action plan to allow the youth to work with young kids and engage in a small scale vegetable production project for a more sustainable future.    The team is composed of Aliyah Cabilin; Kent Anthony Delgado; Vhone Fulgarinas;  April Gador; Brix Mexy Palmes; and Jade Tagotongan, with  Mr. Floro Dalapag, Adviser. Five winning teams were selected from 36 participating schools with 48 action research proposals  as the pioneering batch of awardees.  The action research is just the first part of this unique contest as the second half consists of a Student Partner Program where a participating company may fund and support the proposals. This is a great opportunity for a business establishment or corporation seeking meaningful CSR activity to adopt one of the student proposals and contribute to an important, long-lasting initiative.  Victorio C Valledor, president and CEO of Lockton Philippines Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers Inc, awarded Xavier Ateneo through Roel R Ravanera, vice-president for social development.   Certificates and cash prizes were award ed to the student-researchers and their moderator during a ceremony held on Wednesday, February 12 at AVR 8, SBM building of Xavier Ateneo.

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LTFRB 10 conducts apprehensions of colorum taxis and other passenger vehicles

February 21, 2020

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - With the present thrust of the National Government under the Duterte administration to clean the streets of illegal structures and colorum vehicles, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board regional office 10 (LTFRB 10) conducted surprise apprehensions yesterday in strategic areas in the city. The LTFRB apprehending team went to Koresco area in Upper Lumbia and apprehended these colorum taxis and other passenger vehicles plying the streets without the required government permits to operate. LTFRB 10 Regional Director Aminoden Guro had earlier told the media that there will be lots of apprehensions in the streets in the coming weeks for 2020 to get rid of colorum vehicles. Guro said these illegal operators are denying the government the right taxes and revenues which amounts to millions of pesos, to the detriment of the coffers of the government. These losses in government revenue every year could have been a big help to the people who will enjoy basic services such as medicines in hospitals and other forms of government support system. Earlier, the LTFRB team also conducted surprise apprehensions in Barangay Canitoan and the operations resulted to the apprehensions of many taxis and private vehicles without the necessary permits to operate.

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