MANILA-The “princess of the people needs our support”. In her bid to be elected at the upper house of congress otherwise known as the Philippine Senate, former Tongkil, Sulu Mayor, former Sulu Vice Governor and former Sulu Congresswoman Hja Nur Ana Lady Ann Sahidulla is not a neophyte in Philippine politics.

She has filed her Certificate of Candidacy for Senator early today (October 5, 2021) armed with her Three Platforms of Government namely: Business and Job Generation, Equal Opportunities To All and Tourism.

The Tausug lady legislator explains  her platform concise and easy to digest and these are the three explanations:  in the area of 1. Business and Job Generation- she says that we Filipinos are not lazy and as a matter of fact, when we’re working abroad, we don’t just work on one job instead most of us do several jobs a day.

The same goes when we engage in business abroad we don’t just engage in a single business hence us Filipinos get rich easily compared with other races simply because of our industriousness she says.

 So if elected get elected she says she will enact laws streamlining and securing the security of tenure of workers, eliminate the “age limit” and impose the “per hour” rate labor policy much like the U.S labor rate;

In business she says she would enact the flat tax system that would equalize all existing taxes so business either large or small can thrive. The 2nd platform is about Equal opportunities to all-regardless of gender, religion and academic background especially in the workplace and business so that the Filipino can be proud of themselves and be financially independent.

Envisioning that in the perceivable future it would result in the patronization of local products and services in other words everything “Pinoy” in a bid for the local economy to thrive. Lastly is on the area of Tourism- since our country is beautiful and other nations are envious of our culture attitude and standard of living, imparting to our minds that it is a liability rather than an asset which is far from the truth.

Princess Lady Ann says that our strength is our people and places where we call home anywhere in the country so we should be proud to let the world see and experience them.

By the outsiders patronizing us, come enormous opportunities that could have a domino effect on the part of betterment of lives, for the individual, to the family, to the economy and to the local industry.///MJ Olvina-Balaguer, +639053611058, and DZMJ Online “Makabuluhang Jornalismo, Your Happiness Channel”


17 August 2021

TESDA inks MoA with Cagayan gov’t to reach more IPs, remote areas

Taguig City – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is set to reach more Indigenous people and geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDAs) in the province of Cagayan.

This was after TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña and Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) last August 12 to boost Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) projects in the province.

Under the MoA, the Cagayan government shall provide TESDA a total of Php 867,000 financial assistance for the latter’s skills training assistance and other programs for the province.

TESDA’s Project TALAGA (TESDA-Alay ay Liwanag at Asenso Gamit ang enerhiya ng Araw) for Brgy. Anurturu, Rizal, one of the 822 Barangay Development Project (BDP) barangays shall receive Php 393,000 to procure supplies/materials for the installation of solar panels/lights in the Barangay Hall, as well as, in the un-energized houses of the 25-target scholar-beneficiaries of PV Systems Installation and Maintenance NC II.

Likewise, a total of Php 81,000 is committed to fund Project SID SET UP (Sustaining Integrated Development through Skills and Entrepreneurship Training Upscaling Program) for Brgy. Apayao in Piat, which is also one of the BDP priority barangays.

The fund will be used for the procurement of equipment, tools, and supplies/materials for the setting-up of a mini laboratory for animal health care requirements of the group of scholar-beneficiaries who shall be trained along Animal Health Care and Management NC III and Agro-entrepreneurship NC II.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Project HOTS (Harnessing the power Of The Sun) for the island-barangay of Fuga in Aparri, shall receive Php 393,000 which will be used to procure supplies/materials required to install solar panels/lights in the Barangay Hall, and in each of the respective abodes of the 25 target scholar-beneficiaries of PV Systems Installation NC II.

In his speech, TESDA Secretary Isidro Lapeña expressed his gratitude to Mamba and said that the province is very lucky to have him as their governor.

“Maswerte po kayong mga taga-Cagayan dahil ang inyong Governor ang nangunguna sa mga developments na ito,” he said.

For his part, Mamba likewise thanked Lapeña for TESDA’s assistance to the province by providing skills training programs to its residents.

“This partnership will go a long way. This partnership is not only limited to this, dahil nakita po natin ngayon, the Provincial Government of Cagayan is setting up skills training centers in the province in partnership with the TESDA,” he said.

Also present during the virtual ceremony were TESDA officials including Deputy Director General for Operations Lina Sarmiento, Deputy Director General for Partnerships and Linkages Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, Region II Director Archie Grande, Cagayan Provincial Director Romeo Talosig, and the department heads of the provincial government of Cagayan.


Statement of TESDA Director General, Secretary Isidro Lapeña, on COA Report regarding the P160M spending on NTF-ELCAC-Related Projects

As soon as I was informed of this report from the Commission on Audit, I immediately directed our offices concerned to collate all the documents pertaining to this report in order for us to properly respond to the matter.

As far as I know, out of the total P160,083,401.61, the amount of P147,383,401.61 were releases to the Regional Offices. These funds were sourced out from the TESDA Centrally Managed Funds, specifically from TESDA scholarship funds as reflected in TESDA’s budget FY 2020 GAA.

On the other hand, the amount of P12.7 million balance from the P160 million were taken from the P45.9 million budget for the implementation of EO 70 allocated by DBM which are intended for the operating expenses for 17 regions.  The allocation in question were spent for various scholarship and livelihood programs for the beneficiaries such as: members of the communist terrorist groups who decided to return to the government’s fold, residents various geographically isolated and disadvantaged communities, including indigenous peoples in far-flung areas of the country. This fund in question was used in order for them to live a normal life again.

The P6 million fund augmentation for Regional Office12 is part of the P12.7 million budget allocation to some regions. The said amount per COA report pertains to the budget allocation and not “were used” as alleged by Rappler.

For the information of the public, TESDA chairs the Poverty Reduction, Livelihood, and Employment Cluster (PRLEC) as well as the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC-12). That is the reason why TESDA is actively involved in the various programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). We also have existing protocols to ensure proper and lawful disbursement of funds and has submitted all the documents to COA to support our disbursements.

Nevertheless, we are currently coordinating with COA in order to resolve this issue.

We will release a detailed report on this matter as soon as possible.