Phuong vi flowers signalling summer in Hoa Binh

Every year, from early May to June, phuong vi flowers across Vietnam bloom fiercely with fiery blossoms, signalling the beginning of summer. Phuong vi flowers, also known as flame of the forest (Delonix regia), often bloom at the end of the school year, a time when generations of Vietnamese students bid farewell to a chapter of their life. The brilliant red of phuong flowers and cicada symphonies not only arouse summer’s excitement, but also bring about school time nostalgia to adults.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

‘Whole-of-society’ approach to address labor issues – DOLE chief

MANILA: Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma on Thursday underscored the importance of a ‘whole-of-society’ approach to address the country’s labor issues.

Speaking at the Trabaho Para Sa Bayan: Job Opportunities Building Skills (J.O.B.S.) Project at the SM Music Hall, Laguesma said the commitment of the government, as well as the private sector, particularly the employers, is needed to address various issues in the labor sector, such as the creation of quality and decent jobs for Filipinos.

The signing of the memorandum of commitment with the Private Sectors Advisory Council (PSAC), SM Foundation, Jobstreet by SEEK, and other business groups also coincided with the opening of 2,498 job vacancies from 32 companies.

‘Today’s commitment signing not only symbolizes your dedication to supporting the creation of quality and decent jobs but also serves as a reminder that the responsibility of employment is not solely government responsibility alone but the private sector responsibilit
y as well, a whole of society approach for everyone,’ Laguesma said.

He cited PSAC’s commitment and full support for the administration’s job generation goal and upskilling Filipino workers under the government’s national employment master plan through the ‘Trabaho para sa Bayan Act.’

Reacting to calls made by Laguesma, Deborah Sy, executive director of the SM Foundation, said the event is a reflection of the commitment by the private sector in support of government efforts to reduce the job mismatch gap and carry out the needed upskilling of applicants.

‘With today’s gathering of giants of industries, big associations, and government leaders, we hope to contribute to providing employment opportunities to more of our fellow Filipinos,’ she said.

Sy said SM Supermalls have been holding weekly job fairs in their various locations nationwide since January this year.

Dannah Majarocon, managing director of Jobstreet by SEEK, urged employers to post their job vacancies online.

‘Jobstreet by SEEK now provides
employers regardless of location, regardless of job level across the country free access to job posting,’ she said.

Majarocon added that they also help and promote the upskilling and reskilling of candidates.

Meanwhile, job seeker Maria Joana Antolin, a graduating Business Administration student said she is looking for a back office job.

‘Para after ng graduation may mapapasukan na agad (So that after graduation I already have a job),’ she said.

Another graduating student Rose Alia said she does not want to waste her time while waiting for the graduation ceremony in July.

Alia, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Office Administration said she prepared numerous copies of her resumé, hoping to land a job.

‘Para may ginagawa na ako habang naghihintay ng graduation para hindi masayang ang araw, marami din kasing expenses pag graduate, para yung salary maka-help na sa expenses (So that I am already doing something while waiting for graduation. There are also expenses, so my salary could help),’
she said.

Laguesma expressed hope that more jobs would be created in the coming months and that more Filipinos get employed through the various job fairs launched by the government and the private sector.

He said DOLE is continuously working with other government agencies, such as the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to promote employability.

He added that DOLE has also strengthened its Career Development Guidance Counseling to assist job seekers.

Laguesma, meanwhile, advised those who are looking for jobs to properly prepare when applying.

‘Kung may pagnanais na makakita ng trabaho, dapat sa oras ng kaniyang pagdalo sa jobs fair, una, wag kayong magpuyat. Dapat nakahanda kayo. Magdamit ng maayos, hindi naman magarbo. Ang pinakamahalaga, dahil may interview portion, na kung ikaw ay pinalad na yung documentary submissions mo, pumasa lahat, dapat huwag nerbiyusin (If you want to get hired when you attend
job fairs, you should sleep early, be prepared, dress well, and most importantly, when you pass the documentary submissions, do not get nervous during the interview),’ he said.

‘Yung mga basic documents dapat din siguro ay presentable. Kung ikaw ang interviewer gusto mong makita na sa simula pa lamang pagtingin mo ng dokumento pag ininterview mo pasado na agad (Your basic documents should also be presentable. If you are the interviewer, you would want to see the documents from the start so that the applicant would pass the interview right away).’

Source: Philippines News Agency

3 S. Koreans nabbed for robbery in BI custody pending records check

MANILA: The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said the three arrested South Korean nationals who are wanted in their homeland for robbery charges will remain in its custody.

‘They will remain in the BI’s facility in Bicutan, Taguig. We will be checking if they have pending cases here in the Philippines. If they have no pending cases and their travel documents are ready as provided by their embassy, then we can implement the deportation,” BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval said in a statement.

The BI’s fugitive search unit arrested the three suspects — Han Jungwoo, 37; Jo Woongje, 36; and Lee Chihoon, 25 — in Talisay City, Cebu province on May 3.

The three are all subjects of red notices issued by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) after the Seoul eastern district court ordered their arrest in January due to robbery charges.

Rendel Ryan Sy, BI-FSU acting chief, said the suspects were accused of using sophisticated instruments such as tracking devices and surveillance cameras to sec
retly monitor their victims and obtain their passwords and personal information.

The suspects then used the data they have obtained to breach security in the homes of their victims, where they were able to steal various items worth more than 4.5 million Korean won (around US$3,300).

The foreigners will also be placed on the BI blacklist and banned from reentering the country.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Over 6-M seedlings planted under ‘Tanum’ Iloilo tree growing program

ILOILO CITY: Over 6.6 million seedlings have been planted in various areas in the province as part of its ‘Tanum” (plant) Iloilo program since it was launched in 2020 until last year as it gears to embark on another activity at the start of the rainy season.

‘Our tree planting is our regular implementation for La Niña because that is part of our long-term plans. That is part of our Tanum Iloilo program, an ongoing program that cuts across other programs,’ Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said in a press conference on Thursday.

The provincial government launched the program in 2020, aiming to plant 1.5 million trees annually to ‘restore and develop the province’s forests from ridge to reef to achieve the status of a Forest Province.’

The tree growing prioritizes primary and secondary forests and households.

The latest, he said, was in schools and plazas targeting some 1 million trees.

The province’s one central and five satellite nurseries produce around 1 to 1.5 million seedlings annually for the prog

Data, however, showed that from 2020 to 2022, the survival rate of the over 5.11 million seedlings was 48 percent, while monitoring is ongoing for the over 1.54 million planted last year.

For the mangrove rehabilitation, the province has recorded a 39 percent survival rate among mangroves planted in 330.50 hectares in 14 coastal municipalities.

Defensor is proposing for the private sector to adopt forest lands to ensure the sustainability of the program.

‘We have to improve on that, the adoption of forests so that it can be nurtured,’ he added.

Source: Philippines News Agency

CSC releases results of March 3 Career Service exams

MANILA: The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has released the results of the Career Service Examination – Pen and Paper Test (CSE-PPT) held nationwide on March 3, 2024.

The CSC said a total of 57,683 individuals, or 17.20 percent of the 297,952 candidates, passed the exam, including the 51,311 who took the CSE Professional Level.

‘Congratulations to all the passers of the CSE-PPT. Your accomplishment not only reflects your personal capabilities but also underscores your preparedness to contribute significantly to the betterment of the civil service. Nawa ay manatili ang inyong determinasyon at sipag sa pagpasok sa serbisyo publiko (May your determination and diligence persist when you enter public service),’ CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles said in a statement.

Region IV (Southern Tagalog) posted the highest passing rate with 9,473 passers out of 40,549 examinees (23.36 percent); followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 12,690 passers out of 54,468 examinees (23.30 percent), and Region III (Central L
uzon) with 4,541 passers out of 19,642 examinees (23.12 percent).

The List of Passers can be accessed on the CSC website at by clicking the Examination Results widget found on the left side. Alternatively, examinees can go directly to the CSC Examination Portal at

Both successful and unsuccessful examinees may generate their individual test results through the CSC Online Civil Service Examination Result Generation System (OCSERGS) by May 19, 2024, as no report of rating shall be mailed to individual examinees.

Meanwhile, the CSC Examination, Recruitment, and Placement Office has recommended that successful candidates personally claim their Certification of Eligibility (CoE), printed on CSC letterhead and issued at no cost, from the relevant CSC Regional Office (RO) or Field Office (FO) starting June 13, 2024

They are further advised to verify the availability of their certifications prior to visiting the CSC RO or FO.

Passers who have relocated to a different regi
on or reside in remote areas within the same region may obtain their Certification of Eligibility (CoE) from the nearest CSC RO or FO serving as conduit to their current residence or workplace.

The comprehensive information regarding individual examination results and CoE for successful candidates can be accessed through Examination Advisory No. 6, s. 2024, which is published on the CSC website.

Source: Philippines News Agency

Role of coops in sustainable dev’t, climate resilience highlighted

DAVAO CITY: The Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the integral function of cooperatives in ushering sustainable development and attaining effective climate action in the country during the 47th General Assembly and 22nd Leaders’ Congress of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) held on May 4.

Secretary Robert E.A. Borje, CCC vice chairperson and executive director, underscored the vital role of cooperatives during the second plenary session titled ‘Green Growth and Climate Resilience as a Path for Sustainability.’

‘Cooperatives embody the spirit of bayanihan where people come together to help one another, to share resources, and work towards a common goal. It is also a creative approach to supporting people who need help. Strengthening the resilience of cooperatives enhances the resilience of our people, thereby fortifying the resilience of our entire nation,’ Borje said.

‘Local energy cooperatives can promote renewable sources, such as solar and wind, reducing fossil fuel dependenc
e through shared resources. Agricultural cooperatives, on the other hand, aid sustainable farming, lowering carbon footprints and enhancing biodiversity. Meanwhile, transportation cooperatives advocate eco-friendly travel, cutting emissions and congestion. All of these foster local production for a resilient Philippine economy,’ he added.

During the discussion, Borje amplified the ongoing efforts of the national government to achieve climate resilience and sustainable development across all sectors.

He detailed the country’s overarching development and climate plans and frameworks such as the National Framework on Climate Change (NFCC), National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (NCCAP), and the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

Borje emphasized the importance of the NAP in assisting cooperatives in identifying their assets and financial risks amid disasters and climate challenges.

He delved into how climate frameworks can effectively facilitate cooperative efforts to promote eco-friendly goods, services
, technologies and practices to help protect Philippine ecosystems and biodiversity.

Borje also highlighted the importance of reducing energy, materials, and water consumption through highly efficient strategies, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, and mitigating long-term waste and pollution.

NATCCO was established to supervise the coordination and provision of training and educational services at the national level, and serve as a support mechanism for promoting social justice and economic development.

This year, NATCCO’s assembly is focused on the theme ‘Building Trust, Climate Resilience and Sustainable Futures: Happy Members of Secured Co-ops in an Integrated Network.’

The CCC remains steadfast in its commitment to mainstreaming a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in developing the country’s strategies and plans for the climate crisis.

By engaging and involving the public, private, and cooperatives, the CCC aims to foster ecological and sustainable practices across a range of indu
stries and contribute to the attainment of a climate smart and climate resilient Philippines.

Source: Philippines News Agency