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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail : r9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Skype : hnb_r9pia

Today’s News... NATIONAL

Northern Mindanao

• President Aquino leads commemoration of his father former Sen. Ninoy Aquino’s martyrdom • Aquino extends condolences to families of Tiempo and Polotan-Tuvera • Malacañang cites quick response of Cost Guard and concerned groups in rescue of Fastcraft • Malacañang says Filipinos are one in grief with family vitims of hostage-taking tragedy • Malacañang assures families of Filipinos in Libya of government’s efforts to ensure safety of relatives • Aquino to inspect newly-acquired warship ‘BRP Gregorio Del Pilar’

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Northern Mindanao • DOH, Bukidnon PHO join battle vs. dengue

Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail : pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com rutchiecabahug@yahoo.com

2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail : efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail : r12_pia@yahoo.com pia_xii@yahoo.com

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • Kadayawan 2011, a smashing success

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph

• City Mayor keen on Davao Punch • DOST XI Introduces Strawberry Production Tech • DOST XI announces 2nd Filipinnovation Award for promising start-up companies • More than 2k Matinian pre-schoolers to benefit from DSWD feeing program • Fishery Council conducts database mgt. training

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

OUR COVER

The cover of this issue features the VINTA of Zamboanga City.

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• 2011 crime prevention confab focuses on youth • New XU Prexy vows to push for K+12 • 2nd Minda-wide Vermi Organic Forum opens on Wednesday • Cebuano news: Malacañang miingon ang kagamhanang Aquino motabang sa gastos alang sa paspas nga ‘laboratory test’ sa mga biktima sa dengue nga ‘indigent’

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• P14-M OPAPP funds released to give peace a chance • Reg’l Advisory Council Meeting set in Butuan • Rebels torched down army’s unfinished detachment • AgNor conducts 13th steering committee meeting • Agusan del Sur bagged awards in Red Cross Run for Humanity • Cebuano News: Tagcatong-Vinapor road ug BangonayJabonga road himoon nga secondary arterial road

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • ARMM’s DOLE, REZA execs laud Adiong’s

legacy of instituted reforms • Jolo flood victims to receive DOLE-ARMM’s livelihood kit • Nurses, midwives trained on interpersonal communication • 49th Vice Governors League national confab held in Dapitan

Monday, August 22, 2011

Across the Nation... President Aquino leads commemoration of his father former Sen. Ninoy Aquino’s martyrdom

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III called on the whole nation’s collective actions in pursuing the ideals of his late father, Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., as he led in the commemoration of the latter’s martyrdom that restored the peace and democracy to the nation 28 years ago. In his speech during the Opening Ceremonies of “Ninoy, My Hero” Interactive exhibit at The Atrium, SM Megamall in Pasig City on Sunday, the President issued the call as he encouraged everyone to take part in efforts to respond to the challenges of maintaining the democracy and fight against corruption. “Ngayon po, … 28 years after he (Senator Aquino) has been assassinated, tayo po na nakatatamasa ng maski papaano ng biyaya mula sa kanyang pagsasakripisyo, pagbabalik po ng ating kalayaan… pag-asa at karapatan na mangarap na muli ay baka mapagtagumpayan na po natin… matapos na natin iyong kanilang mga sinimulan,” President Aquino said. “May kakayahan tayong baguhin ang ating tadhana… ginagawa na po natin iyan, mapapamadali natin iyan kung sama-sama nating tapusin ang kanilang mga

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inaasam at pinapanaginipan para sa atin pong sambayanan,” he added. The Chief Executive noted the importance of cooperation in traversing the righteous path towards the country’s progress and development. “Mas marami na po tayo ngayon, mas malaya na nating magagawa ang kanilang ginagawa noong araw kaya ngayon din kailangan mangako na tayo sa susunod na salinlahi…tatapusin na natin itong laban na ito,” the President said. “Kailangan naman po siguro na masabi natin na hindi sayang ang mga sakripisyo ninyo,” he added. Then opposition leader Ninoy was shot to death at the tarmac of the Manila International Airport, which was now named after him, following his return from the United States to lead the nation’s struggle for freedom. Such act of martyrdom

urged the Filipinos to launch a bloodless revolution that ousted then President Marcos catapulted his widow, Corazon C. Aquino as the 11th President of the country in February of the year 1986. The photo exhibit seeks to keep Ninoy’s ideals alive and hopes to inspire the younger generation of heroes who will likewise strive for a Philippines filled with dignity and promise. The exhibit features some of the most memorable photographs as well as illustrations of Ninoy highlighting the diverse aspects of his meaningful life. It will also illustrate a vibrant portrait of Filipino heroism; the sacrifices heroism entails and explains its importance to date in the nation’s history. Also present during the event include House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Senator Serge Osmena and cabi4

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Pres. Aquino leads... from page 3 net officials led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Communications and Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr., Social Welfare

and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Labor Secretary Rosalinda

Baldoz, and Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras. Organized by the Edsa People Power Commission, the exhibit will run until August 27.

Aquino extends condolences to families of Tiempo and Polotan-Tuvera

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he Aquino administration mourns the deaths of National Artist Edith Tiempo and renowned fictionist and essayist Kerima Polotan Tuvera.

“It is a sad weekend for the Philippine literary community as two of its most eminent elders, National Artist for Literature Edith L. Tiempo and renowned fictionist and essayist Kerima Polotan Tuvera, passed away within a day of each other,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement. Tiempo died on Sunday while Tuvera passed away last Friday. Lacierda said the Aquino administration is “united in grief with a country that mourns their passing.” “Many of the country’s established literary practitioners, as well as its most promising young talents, trace their lineage from the Silliman National Writers Workshop which Mrs. Tiempo established with her late husband. Among those who served as a pillar of the workshop was Mrs. Polotan Tuvera, whose own body of work has been widely recognized as crucial to the development of Philippine Literary Fiction written from English,” Lacierda said. “Both stalwarts have influenced generations of writers through their mentoring and through their own works, inspiring countless to tread the same path. We are certain that coming generations of Filipinos

will likewise find a timeless vibrancy in the wealth that they contributed to our culture, our collective memory, and our nation’s story,” he added. Tiempo was born in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on April 22, 1919. Together with her late husband, writer and critic Edilberto K. Tiempo, they founded (in 1962) and directed the Silliman National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City, which has produced some of the country’s best writers. She was conferred the National Artist Award for Literature in 1999. She died at the age of 92 on August 21 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Among her novels were A Blade of Fern (1978), His Native Coast (1979), The Alien Corn (1992), One, Tilting Leaves (1995) and The Builder (2003). She wrote a short fiction, Abide, Joshua, and Other Stories (1964) and poetries, The Tracks of Babylon and Other Poems (1966), The Charmer’s Box (1992), Beyond, Extensions (1993) and Marginal Annotations (2001). Tuvera, former editor in chief of Focus Philippines magazine and the Evening Post newspaper, died at the age of 85. She won four first prizes at the Palanca awards, and also garnered prizes in the 5

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Aquino extends... from page 4 Philippines Free Press short story contest as well as the Stonehill award for the novel in 1961. Born in Jolo, Sulu on December 16, 1925, she was the widow of writer and newsman Juan Tuvera, presidential speechwriter during the Marcos years. They had 10 children.

She was a regular panelist at the Silliman University Writers Workshop in the 1960s, and sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Patricia S. Torres. Among her books, as listed in the Umpil Directory of Filipino Writers, were the novel Hand of the Enemy (1962), Stories, a Collec-

tion (1966), Author’s Choice (1972, essays), and Adventures in a Forgotten Country (1975, essays). One of her last books was The True and the Plain (UP Press), a memoir of childhood. The City of Manila also conferred on her the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan award.

Malacañang cites quick response of Cost Guard and concerned groups in rescue of Fastcraft

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alacañang cited on Monday the Philippine Coast Guard and concerned groups for their “immediate response” in rescuing the crew and passengers of the M/V Island Ferry Fastcraft I which sank near the port of Cebu on Sunday (August 21) due to faulty electrical wiring in its engine room. In a statement, Malacañang said that the quick actions of the PCG and commercial vessel M/ V Seajet which was passing by “rescued majority of the manifested 75 people on board.” “We recognize that more lives could have been lost were it not for the search and rescue team’s valiant efforts, the invaluable assistance extended by the passing passenger vessel, and the heroism of our fisherfolk who were among those first at the scene,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail

Valte said. Valte also cited Transportation and Communication Secretary Mar Roxas for immediately forming a crisis team that oversaw the rescue operations of the crew and passengers of the illfated ship. As of this writing, Roxas had ordered the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ground, effective immediately, all vessels being operated by Island Express Shipping, owner and operator of the sunken ship. The DOTC chief said the directive was meant to

ensure that all vessels operated by Island Express Shipping are seaworthy. Roxas also instructed the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to convene the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) and to subject the owners and operators of Island Express Shipping to a thorough investigation to determine whether the shipping company or its crew was at fault. Island Express Shipping has six vessels: one fastcraft and five RoRo vessels serving Hagnaya-Sta. Fe and Cebu-Tubigon routes.

Malacañang says Filipinos are one in grief with family vitims of hostage-taking tragedy

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he Filipino people express their sympathy with the families of the victims of the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident in last year as well as the people of Hong Kong, a Palace official said on Monday.

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Malacañang says... from page 5 “We recognize the grief that continues to burden the relatives of the victims and we remain committed to reforms and improvements that will move relations between our peoples forward,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in his statement on the eve of the the Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking incident. Lacierda said that concerned private citizens have also established a Solidarity Fund for the families of

the victims, in keeping with the deep solidarity Filipinos feel for the victims and their families. “The Philippines has undertaken the investigations into official culpability: resulting in a dismissal and the filing of administrative charges against four police officials,” he said. Lacierda said the Aquino administration has improved the capability and equipment of the Special Action Force (SAF) and estab-

lished a Tourism Police to ensure the safety of visitors. “Officials of the government will be meeting with some of the families of the victims and with a Hong Kong legislator to share updates on progress in the year since the tragedy took place,” Lacierda said. The survivors and relatives of the slain hostage victims arrived on Sunday from Hong Kong to seek justice and support from the Philippine government.

Malacañang assures families of Filipinos in Libya of government’s efforts to ensure safety of relatives

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alacañang assured the families of Filipinos in Libya that the government has been exerting all the necessary efforts to ensure the safety of their relatives there and eventually bring them home.

In a press briefing at the Palace on Monday, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed all concerned government agencies to assess the situation of Filipinos in Libya and to ensure that not a single Filipino will be harmed in the heightened violence there. “On the situation in Libya, the President has given additional instructions to validate the situation and to see what else can be done to help the Filipinos who want to be repatriated,” Valte said. For the time being, Valte said, there are 86 Filipinos who have already manifested their desire to be repatriated. Heeding to the directives of President Aquino through DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario, Valte added that Foreign Affairs Undesecretary Rafael Seguis is currently in Libya to assess the needs of the Filipinos in the area.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has advised the officials of the Philippine Embassy in Libya to remain indoors due to the extreme danger caused by violence in the streets. “We have been advised by the IOM that our people in the embassy must remain in the embassy due to violence in the streets. We have been advised that it is highly and extremely unsafe for our people in the embassy to go out now and check the situation of our fellow Filipinos,” Valte said. Valte assured that the government is constantly monitoring the situation in Libya to ensure the safety of the Filipinos there. “The President has asked for the continuous update on the situation in Libya, so he asked the concerned officials to constantly keep him abreast of the developments there,” Valte said. An estimated 2,000 Filipinos are still in Libya with about 1,200 in Tripoli and the 7

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Malacañang assures... from page 6 surrounding suburbs. Government estimate reveals that there were about 26,000 Filipinos in Libya at the start of the fighting six months ago, but most of them left soon after the unrest began. Meanwhile, Valte advised the Filipinos in Syria, which is also jolted by escalating violence due to civil unrest, to coordinate with the Philippine Embassy offi-

cials there so that necessary assistance may be extended to them. “Sa mga kababayan po natin na nasa Syria, the embassy is there and the DFA Quick Response Team arrived there over the weekend and were deployed as quickly as possible. As for those who need help they can contact the embassy for assistance,” Valte said. She added that the

government has already issued an appeal for the Filipinos in Syria urging them to leave the country to ensure their safety. There were an estimated 17 thousand Filipinos in Syria. Since mid-March, antigovernment protesters have taken to the streets across the whole country of Syria to demand reforms.

Aquino to inspect newly-acquired warship ‘BRP Gregorio Del Pilar’

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will inspect on Tuesday the newly-acquired warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which is part of the upgrading and modernization efforts of the government on the maritime capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Upon his arrival at the Pier 13 in south Harbor, Manila, the President will be welcomed by government officials to be led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr., Philippine Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, and PF15 Commanding Officer Captain Alberto Cruz. Manned by 13 officers and 82 enlisted personnel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar entered the country last week after a month-long voyage from the United States. It dropped its anchor at the Manila Bay, Monday morning to undergo customs, immigration and quarantine inspection. The Philippine Navy recently ac-

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quired the refurbished US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WHEC-715) and commissioned it as BRP Gregorio del Pilar Pacific Fleet 15. The 378-foot vessel with a crew capacity of 180 is equipped with armament and weapons system, propulsion plant, electrical generation, helicopter hangar and flight deck, among others. It will be deployed to carry out the mission for drug interdiction, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, defense readiness and migrant interdiction. It will also perform tasks in protecting the country’s natural gas and oil exploration projects off Palawan amid reported incursions in the West Philippine Sea.

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Southern Mindanao

EFREN F. ELBANBUENA PIA-IX Regional Director

Kadayawan 2011, a smashing success by Rudolph Ian G. Alama

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – “An ultra-mega success.” So says Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte describing the recently concluded Kadayawan thanksgiving festival held last weekend (August 19-20).

“The crowd turn-out was bigger this year, the weather cooperated and there was zero terror incident,” the Mayor said of the factors for the success of the festival which is held in the month of August. According to figures from the Davao City Police Office, crowd turn-out was estimated at around 50,000 people for the indak-indak (street dancing) event and 70,000 for the Pamulak sa Kadayawan (floral float parade). The past 2010 Kadayawan estimated 30,000 heads for Indak-indak and 50,000 for the floral float parade. The Mayor said she gave a grade of 8 to the event which was organized by a private sector organization, the Duaw Foundation.

Mayor Duterte said that one can see the difference between past events organized by the City Government and the current Kadayawan particularly in setting the mood and the over-all participation of the people. She however said that there could be room for improvements particularly in crowd control near the performance areas, the provision of areas where floral floats could be displayed and be seen by the people and more bleachers which could be used by spectators for better vantage point. Duterte is thankful that the event went on smoothly, she recounts several issues which had hounded the festival thanks in part to voracious

critics whom she called as “negastars”. Among these controversies include the new Kadayawan logo which many derided as lifeless and dull, the green colored theme of the festival and the fees for photographer’s among others. She said that all this are lessons which could be studied for future Kadayawan festivals. Kadayawan festival with its indigenous origins is a festival of thanksgiving to the supreme being Manama for abundant harvests, It is a much-anticipated annual event in Davao City whose grandiose festivities have earned its moniker as the Festival of Festival or the King of Festivals. (PIA-11/RG Alama)

City Mayor keen on Davao Punch by Rudolph Ian G. Alama

DAVAO CITY Aug. 22 (PIA) — City Mayor Sara Duterte is looking at the Davao Punch not to inflict bodily harm but as a means of providing livelihood for women. 9

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Monday, August 22, 2011

City Mayor... from page 8 ... The Davao Punch is the name of a drink concocted by a chef from a Davao-based culinary school. A non-alcoholic drink which combines pomelo, calamansi and guava; its recipe and name are trademarked for use by the City of Davao. It is also a clever reference to the July 1 incident where the lady City Mayor punched a Court Sheriff after disobeying her orders to delay the demolition of several shanties. Mayor Duterte’s punches caught on video became an instant viral hit in the internet. “We have given the recipes to restaurants and

bars but that recipe is reserved they cannot develop that into another drink.” Duterte said. If they will add alcohol in the punch then they have to rename it. They could not use the name. The drink is targeted to be a trademark drink of the City similar to the Singapore Sling of Singapore. She said the City is exploring the tie-up with the Department of Science and Technology particularly in bottling the drink which then can be marketed. “They said it is difficult to bottle the punch, that is why we are partnering with

the DOST for the packaging.” According to the Mayor, once bottling is perfected and developed the manufacturing of the bottled punch will be given to the city’s women sector as a livelihood program. Meanwhile, Mayor Duterte said the continuance of the welcome drink booth at the Davao International Airport, where visitors are served with free Davao Punches is subject to the availability of funds coming from the City Tourism Operations Office. (PIA-11/RG Alama)

DOST XI introduces Strawberry Production Technology to Marilog Farmers

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – Growing strawberries in Davao City, is it possible? We all know that strawberries in the Philippines come from its summer capital, Baguio City. But with the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) assistance, it is now possible to grow strawberries in Davao City.

The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XI (DOST XI) brought two (2) experts on strawberry production technologies from La Trinidad, Benguet to New Calinan, Baganihan, Marilog District, Davao City. he experts, namely, Mr. Sergio Gayao and Mr. Peter Bulangen, conducted a short lecture on strawberry production technologies, which includes different varieties and different characteristics of the crop.

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The experts and the farmermembers of Baganihan AgriEco Ventures Cooperative had a three-day encounter discussing the major requirements for a successful production of strawberries. The experts brought sample-planting materials of Sweet Charlie and Festival Varieties and ended the training with a short demonstration on how to plant the strawberry runners (strawberry seeds) and take care of it.

The farm demonstration area was divided into two farms: one farm was devoted to farmer’s practice in Marilog; while, the other farm was dedicated to the production system from Benguet. The farmer-members of Baganihan Agri-Eco Ventures Cooperative were grateful of the knowledge and skill they have gained during the said training. The members vowed to start and ensure the success of the project.

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DOST XI introduces... from page 9 ... The experts will return to check the progress of the strawberry farm demo in September 2011. With the said training, they The experts will also further already understood the sea- teach Baganihan farmers on sonality of strawberry pro- production of runners, pest duction, the peak and low control and fertilization proseason. gram for fruit production There were also inputs on pest and disease control, which is the number one problem of the Baganihan farmers.

and runner production. So, the next time you visit the supermarket, you will be proud to see that the strawberries on the shelves are actually home-grown from Marilog, Davao City. (DOST-XI)

DOST XI announces 2nd Filipinnovation Award for promising start-up companies

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – Filipinnovation is innovation by the Filipinos for the Philippines and the global community. The Department of munication Technology, Ma- A cash award amountScience and Technology Re- terial Science/Engineering, ing to One Hundred Thougional Office No. XI announc- Naotechnology, and Robot- sand Pesos (P100,000.00) es the Regional Screening ics/Mechatronics or a combi- each awaits the awardees. for the 2ndFilipinnnovation nation of these fields. Deadline of submisAward for promising start-up Promising start-up sion of nominations for the companies. The award aims companies operating for Regional Screening is on to encourage local start-up less than three (3) years September 2, 2011 accomcompanies with innovative with exemplary technologi- panied by company logo, product lines and services in cal content and market vi- product/services offered, the market. ability as well as high poten- date started, sales (3 se It further aims to rec- tial socio-economic impact mester), business plan, and ognize and promote local may be nominated for the contact details. For more innovative technology de- said award. Five national details please call 221-5971 velopment by start-up com- awardees will be announced or 2271313 and look for Ms. panies involved in the fields during the 4th Anniversary Leselle Abatol. (DOST-XI) of Biotechnology, Electron- Celebration of Filipinnovaics, Information and Com- tion on November 25, 2011.

More than 2k Matinian pre-schoolers to benefit from DSWD feeing program

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental, Aug. 22 (PIA) – 2,290 pre-scholars from the City of Mati will benefit from the Supplemental feedinig program of the Dept. Of Social Welfare and Dev’t (DSWD) once the program’s implementation starts in September this year, 2011. This was disclosed by program’s implementation in there is a need to organize City Social Welfare and Dev’t the City of Mati, particularly the day care parents from Chief Ms. Virginia Almaida, the pre-requisites to the im- the sixty six (66) day care saying that there has to be a plementation. centers in the twenty six thorough preparation for the Almaida said that first, (26) barangays of Mati. 11

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Monday, August 22, 2011

More than 2k... from page 10 ... “We need then since they will be tasked to cook the food for the supplemental feeding. Of course, we will be guided by the menu prepared by our regional nutritionist. And for the implementation, vegetables and fruits that are taken into consideration, to reach our goal of improving the nutritional status of our children,” she explained. As such, the food stuff must be available in the local market. The supplemental feeding program is to run for 120 feeding days, and the

beneficiaries will be served one (1) sumptuous hot meal once daily. Another preparation is to be done is the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the stakeholders concerned, particularly between the teachers and the Barangay Council. “What took time also was the process of downloading the money from the agency to the local government unit,” Almaida added. The city government received the P3.02-million budget for the program just this August. The program will be

managed by the day care workers who will organize the day care parents and create the different committees need for the program implementation. From the Prov’l Nutrition Data Bank, the malnutrition prevalence rate of the City of Mati remarkably decreased from 6.36% in 2010 to 4.40 in 2011. Mayor Michelle Rabat earlier said that fighting malnutrition will always remain on top of her development agenda under the improved health care services. (DXHM/Neela G. Duallo)

Fishery Council conducts database mgt. training DAVAO CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Xi has undertaken the first regional office in the country implement the Fisheries Office No. 154 S. 2011.

Fatma M. Idris, OIC Regional Director of BFAR XI opened the training August 19 - 21, 2011 at the Ritz Hotel, Davao City The pilot areas covered were Tagum City, Mabini, Sta. Cruz, Davao City and Banaybanay. There were four participants per municipality/city composed of the Municipal Agricultural Officers, Municipal Planning Development Officer, Agricultural technician and Encoder.

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The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Councils (FARMC) Database and Fish Catch Monitoring and Database Management Program is geared towards providing the FARMCS and LGUs with a community-based and stand-alone tool for generating information essential as basis for fisheries management decisions at the local level. Director Idris stressed that this is to further capacitate the

FARMCs in their function as partners of the LGUs in fisheries and aquatic resources management as mandated under Republic Act No. 8550. The three day live in seminar were facilitated by Elmo dela Cruz, Regional FARMC Coordinator and Elsa Orjaliza, Alternate Regional FARMC Coordinator and Virgilio Canon Jr, the program specialist and lecturer. (BFAR)

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Caraga Region

ABNER M. CAGA

PIA-XIII Regional Director

P14-M OPAPP funds released to give peace a chance by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza posed the peace challenge to four mayors in Agusan del Sur. He asked them to work for the elusive peace in the countryside, side by side with development as he received two checks worth P14,216,000 from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP). The amount will be used to finance various projects ranging from infra repairs to livelihood in their respective municipalities. According to OPAPP Assistant Secretary Howard Cafugauan, although the initial implementation of the project will be undertaken by the provincial govern-

ment thru the provincial engineering office, consequent projects will be undertaken by the recipient municipalities with the provincial government as monitoring and evaluation authority. “For the mayors, you should not thank me that the project is finally here... You should thank the members of the technical working group who put their hands together in order that these initial projects will be implemented immediately; and the OPAPP, for believing in our sincerity (to achieve)... lasting peace and develop-

ment in our province,” Gov. Plaza said. The said amount is part of the P18 million intended for the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads in San Francisco, Bayugan and Prosperidad, rehabilitation of Andanan Baily bridge in Sibagat, livelihood projects like rubber-based farming (rubber plus banana plus fruit tress), abaca production, cacao production, handicraft production, and of the water supply system, particularly in Sibagat town. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Reg’l Advisory Council Meeting set in Butuan by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) – Stakeholders of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Caraga region is set to convene for its 3rd quarter meeting on August 26, 1:00 p.m. at the Conference Room of the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office, this city. According to Regional Coordinator Salma Jayne Alonto Tamano of the National Yotuh Commission (NYC), RAC is composed of government offices in Caraga that have programs and activities which cater to the youth sector. “The purpose of the council is to meet every semester to share information, programs and other updates on the youth and

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to come up with resolutions and policy recommendations that would bring about youth development in the region,” Tamano said. With this, member agencies are encouraged to gather recent issues and concerns related to youth that could be included for discussion during the meeting. (PIACaraga)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Rebels torched down army’s unfinished detachment by Dandy Lapura

SURIGAO DEL NORTE, August 22 (PIA) - Another vicious act was recently committed by the Communist Terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF (CNN) last August 20, 2011 when they torched down the unfinished detachment of the 30th Infantry Battalion located in Brgy. Bunyasan, Malimono this province. A report from 30IB’s Civil Military Officer Capt. Tony Bugawan revealed that it was around 7:40 pm, Saturday when the incident happened. Bugawan said CNN rebels then fired shots to the nearby houses which caused the people to panic and psychological trauma to the children and elderly. In response, 30IB’s Bravo Company assigned in the area opened fire at the rebels. The firefight lasted

about 15minutes. Bugawan said no casualty was reported in the government side while undetermined number on the enemy side. Meantime, residents of Malimono praised the heroic act of the Philippine Army force. TThey also vowed to support to the government forces in suppressing the rebel group in the area. Earlier, panic also reigned in the residents of the neighboring municipality of San Francisco as they

received NPA threats spread over text messages such as bombing explosion, assault and kidnapping of San Francicso Mayor Simplicia Bacol. With these, classes were suspended on that day. As of press time, the army and police forces are still on heightened alert for possible attacks of the CNN rebels. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

AgNor conducts 13th steering committee meeting by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - The provincial government of Agusan del Norte recently conducted the 13th Steering Committee Meeting on CoManagement Project which covers the LASBUENASCAR Area (Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, and Carmen) that is also known as Sustainable AgroForestry Development Project. Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, as chairman of the committee presided the said meeting with Board Members Rey Jamboy and Joseph To-

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area. Gov. Amante bared that when the board members and foreign investors agree, accept and approve the concept, Agusanons will truly

benefit from this. Said meeting was held at the Provincial Investment Promotion Center, PEEDMO Building, Capitol Site, Butuan City. (PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Sur bagged awards in Red Cross Run for Humanity by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Fourteen runners from Agusan del Sur went home bringing along awards after proving their capability in running and marathon during the recently conducted “Run for Humanity” dubbed as Red Cross run 2011 in Tagum City. Participated by some 4,000 runners from various groups and sectors from Davao del Norte and the neighboring provinces, all the 14 Agusan del Sur runners were decorated with awards after winning in various categories over their opponents. Ruby Joy Lopez grabbed the fifth place in the 12 years old and under category in their four-kilometer finisher run while Angelo Loyola, Nilo Nicolas and Anna Loren Lumimbay bagged the 7th, 5th and another 7th place in the Eight-kilometer finisher run respectively for boys and girls. For the four-kilometer finisher run for boys and girls, Joan Rose Nicolas and Raymund

Lopez proved to be both second bests when they won the second place. Jumar Lumimbay on the other hand grabbed the third place in the top ten men’s eightkilometer finisher. On the top ten 18-kilometer finisher, five of the Agusan del Sur’s contestants never failed having Jeekee Concha in the 10th place, jayson Lumimbay on the 7th place, Raul Lopez on the 5th place, su;loicio Nicolas, 4th place and Eduardo Padios grabbing the 3rd place. For women of the same category, Josephine Lumimbay got the second place. One attention catcher is Agusan del Sur’s runner who proved himself worthy to be the group’s team leader. A special

award was bestowed to Danilo Garcia, the Provincial Sports Development Coordinator, who grabbed the 4th place in the 50 years old and above category after finishing the prescribed distance. The special event was made possible thru the cooperation of the Philippine Red Cross Davao del Norte Chapter in collaboration with KALINGA ng Liga ng mga Bise Mayor at Gobernador ng Davao del Norte and the 1st Davao del Norte Ready Reserve Battalion of the Philippine Army in commemoration of the International Humanitarian Law day. (PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Cebuano News: Tagcatong-Vinapor road ug BangonayJabonga road himoon nga secondary arterial road ni Roselyn Gangca Exaure

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Gihingusgan karon ni Agusan del Norte 2nd District Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba nga mapalabang na ang iyang gidusong House Bill ngadto na sa kongreso aron madeklarang Secondary Arterial Road ang Tagcatong-Vinapor Road ug ang Bangonay-Jabonga Road gikan sa pagka- provincial road. Gipasabot ni Cong. Matba nga kon ang probinsya ug ang Congressional District Office lang ang saligan sa pagsemento sa maong mga kalsada, dili matud pa mapaigo ang pondo aron makompleto kini sa pagsemento kon, diin ang Tagcatong-Vinapor Road nanginahanglan kini ug dili mominos sa P110M nga pondo. Alayon niini na-

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kig-alayon na si Cong. Matba sa 1st District Congressional Office sa Misamis Oriental aron hingusgan nga mamahimong secondary road ang Tagcatong-Vinapor Road ug mamahimo na unya nga ponduhan sa Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ang maong kantidad aron kini masemento sa hingpit. Samtang gibutyag pa usab ni Cong. Matba

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nga ang dalan sa Jabonga kinahanglan na matud pa nga i-upgrade aron kini dili dali nga maguba sa panahon sa pagbaha, apan nanginahanglan na usab kini ug dakung pondo nga dili makaya sa probinsya ug sa congressional district office, hinungdan nga iya usab kini nga gihingusgan nga mamahimong secondary road aron maponduhan sa national government al-

ang sa kahumanan sa maong proyekto. Subay niini nanghinaut na lamang si Cong. Matba nga mapalabang na ug dali sa kongresos ang maong propose House Bill aron masulbad na ang problema sa dalan sa duha ka mga lugar ning lalawigan. (Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga)

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Western Western Mindanao Mindanao

NOEMI B. EDAGA PIA-IX Regional Director

DepED-Zambo. Norte to hold 2011 SBM grants implementation by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 22 - To orient the school heads of the public elementary and secondary schools in Zamboanga del Norte on the 2011 School-Based Management (SBM) grants implementation, the provincial schools division will hold starting tomorrow a series of orientation workshops at the Top Plaza Hotel in this city. In a memorandum issued to all school heads by Dr. Elsa R. Cruz, officer in-charge of the provincial school division, the August 22-23 schedule will be for cluster I school heads, covering all elementary and secondary schools of the first congressional district, Katipunan I and II districts, Roxas I district and all secondary schools of Katipunan and Roxas towns. On August 24-25, the participants will be coming from Roxas II district, Manukan I and II districts, all secondary schools of Manukan, Ponot district, all secondary schools of Jose Dalman town, North Sindangan district, South Sindangan district, Sindangan Central district, all secondary schools of Sindangan municipality, Siayan district, all secondary schools of Siayan town, Bacun-

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gan district, all secondary school of Leon Postigo municipality, Godod district, all secondary school of Godod town, Salug I district, Salug II district, and all secondary schools of Salug municipality. The cluster III which covers Liloy I and II districts, all secondary schools of Liloy town, Tampilisan district, all secondary schools of Tampilisan municipality, Kalawit district, all secondary schools of Kalawit, Labason district, all secondary schools of Labason, Gutalac I and II district, all secondary schools of Gutalac, Baliguian district, all secondary schools of Gutalac, Siocon district, all secondary schools of Siocon town, Sirawai district, all secondary schools of Sirawai, Sibuco district and all secondary schools of Sibuco will converge on

August 26-27. Division and district supervisors are also enjoined to attend the said activity. The school heads have been directed to bring along their School Improvement Plans (SIPs). Technical assistance will be also provided to SBM grant school-recipients. (FPG/ PIA Zambo. Norte) EDITOR’S NOTE: (This article was already published yesterday, Sunday, August 21, 2011. However, the lead paragraph used is intended for the other article of Region 9 entitled: Military, academe join 3K Check ‘N Run” that was also published yesterday. Thus, this article is again published in today’s issue to correct what was already published. Our apologies.)

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ARMM’s DOLE, REZA execs laud Adiong’s legacy of instituted reforms ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 21 (PIA) – Two top women executives in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have declared that initial reforms needed were already instituted in their respective offices during their brief stint under the administration of outgoing ARMM Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong. The Bureau of Public Information reveals, in a press release, that at least two key ARMM Cabinet members took pride of the 18-month Adiong regime and their respective leaderships, in general, and that they will bow out of office with good legacy. ARMM’s Labor and Employment Secretary Myra Alih and Regional Economic Zone Authority (REZA) Executive Director Rosslaini Sinarimbo both affirmed that the “greatest asset” of their regime is its “convergence” of efforts in administrative and operational functions under the principle of “consultation, transparency and moral governance.” “We are now ready to vacate our office honorably,” Alih said, adding that concrete reforms had been taking place long before proponents for appointment of officers-in-charge (OICs) began to espouse such. Malacañang-appointed OICs are set to assume the ARMM reins after Sept. 30. “We are hopeful that

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those who will replace us will have the same passion for our people in the ARMM,” Alih told the weekly Tapatan sa ARMM media forum here Wednesday. For her part, Sinarimbo said they have widened ARMM’s horizon of economic opportunities through the reactivation of the REZA, which was created in 2002 but rendered operational only in 2010, citing their fruitful trade missions to Malaysia and revival of links with the Brunei-IndonesiaMalaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMPEAGA). “During the early part of ARG Adiong’s assumption of office, we had observed that ARMM had strengthened back its social services but its economic activities are still significantly weak,” Sinarimbo said. She said that while the regional government worked hard to address the problems of regaining the trust of all stakeholders and the early recovery of IDPs, she and her team also embarked on laying down the ground-works for

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the effective functioning of the REZA. “With our trade missions to Malaysia, our local fruit and flour producers have got substantial increase in product orders abroad,” Sinarimbo, saying that coffee products have also gained a lucrative market outlet in Malaysia through their trade missions. In their remaining days in office, Sinarimbo said the Adiong administration has lined up vital business forums for seaweed, rubber, oil palm and coconut products to possible participation of investors outside ARMM. She expressed hope their “successors will continue the structures already started like the Polloc Freeport and its facilities or else it will become another white elephant,” she added. On labor and employment concerns, Alih said, the DOLE-ARMM under her watch had earned recognition from counterpart offices and in concerned institutions. Alih said the recent 17

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missions in Malaysia had opened up job opportunities for 40,000 oil palm plantation workers with salaries ranging from 3,500 to 4,000 Ringgits (equivalent of P50,000) a

month. She said the Malaysian government reactivated its “amnesty program” for illegal migrants that would benefit hundreds of undocumented Filipinos

staying or working in Malaysia. “Malaysians prefer workers from the ARMM because they have almost the same culture and food with Malaysians while oth-

ers also know how to speak the Bahasa language,” she said. (MD-BPIARMM/ RVC-PI9 BaSulTa)

Jolo flood victims to receive DOLE-ARMM’s livelihood kit ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 21 (PIA) – Two top women executives in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have declared that initial reforms needed were already instituted in their respective offices during their brief stint under the administration of outgoing ARMM Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong. In a press release, Jo Henry of BPI said that residents who suffered most in the flood that destroyed several houses and devastated the town’s economy last February will receive livelihood assistance from DOLE-ARMM. DOLE-ARMM Secretary Myra Alih announced this “good news” at the weekly Tapatan sa ARMM media forum in Cotabato City on Wednesday, describing it as a fruit of the representations to national government of regional officials led by Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Adiong. Alih said her agency had received funds from the national government for the purchase of 50 to

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100 packages of starter kits consisting appliances and electronic devices requested by selected flood victims themselves for their small-scale livelihood enterprises. She did not reveal the cost of each starter kit, saying only that it is similar to assistance package received by most of some 800 workers displaced by the self-imposed closure of a ferment firm in Maguindanao. Alih said the adversely flood-affected residents here had asked for sewing machines, mini food processing devices, freezers and other light equipment needed in their business enterprises to reel off from economic displacement.

Meanwhile, Alih said her agency sponsored one night of the ongoing Ramadhan Fair on Aug. 15 in Cotabato City to distribute similar starter kits to the displaced workers of the ferment factory in Maguindanao, which closed up in 2009 after its American buyer stopped importing due to the prevailing economic slowdown in the United States. The “Pangkabuhayan Showcase” night started with a cultural presentation featuring all-male Moro musical instrumental renditions using gongs and kulintang witnessed by hundreds of spectators including recipients of the starter kits. (BPIARMM/ RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

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Nurses, midwives trained on interpersonal communication by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Eleven nurses and midwives have recently completed a three-day training on interpersonal communication and counseling conducted by the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Health Office (PHO) in cooperation with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Gerry Roxas Foundation and Health Pro. Ms. Elena C o m p l a i n t s prenatal checkups. mothers are advised Daarol, PHO family were rife against Each pregnant wom- to go to the nearest planning coordina- health workers who an has to see the hospitals and birthtor said the training appeared snooty to doctor or any health ing homes to have sought to give the their clients. personnel four times their babies delivnurses and midwives The partici- before giving birth. ered by professional the basics in inter- pants were also urged With the new health workers to personal communi- to always encourage law prohibiting “hi- avoid complications. cation and counsel- their clients particu- lots� (traditional (FPG/PIA-Zambo. ing to make them larly the pregnant birth attendants) Norte) effective in dealing women to visit the from assisting pregwith their patients nearest health cen- nant women in givand clients. ters for their regular ing birth, expectant

49th Vice Governors League national confab held in Dapitan by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG, Aug. 22 (PIA) - Officers and members of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP) were in Dapitan City recently for their 49th national assembly. Zamboanga del Norte Vice Governor Francis H. Olvis told the local press that more than 50 vice governors from all over the country attended the gathering which was held at Dakak Park and Beach Resort, Taguilon, Dapitan City. Olvis further said the vice governors purposely came to attend the 6th academic session of the continuing diploma course in Local Governance and

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Development (LGD) in which vice governors and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members must undertake to equip them with the knowledge and skills in coming up with responsive legislative measures to help address the complex problems confronting local governance such as poverty, unemployment, environment, peace and security. The group paid courtesy calls on the

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local chief executives of Dapitan City and the provincial government of Zamboanga el Norte headed by Governor Rolando E. Yebes. They also made a visit to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center, which Marinduque Vice Governor Antonio L. Uy Jr., a physician, commended the provincial government for the impressive health facility in the area. The recent

gathering of the vice governors in Dapitan City was just one of the many conventions held by the different public and private organizations in said place. Dapitan is known for its Rizal Shrine, the living legacy of Dr. Jose P. Rizal when he was banished to this place by the Spaniards in 1892-1896. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

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Northern Mindanao

RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB PIA-X Regional Director

DOH, Bukidnon PHO join battle vs. dengue by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, August 22 (PIA) – Admitting there is an uncertain research result on the vaccine against dengue, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) here, has called for continuous active participation of the residents on anti-dengue drive largely based on prevention over treatment.

Dr. Teresita Damasco, Provincial Health Officer, said dengue is everyone’s concern and should do their share in cleanliness, since this is still the best weapon to fight the dreadful disease. In the latest report to Governor Alex Calingasan, PHO surveillance data shows there were only 275 cases from January until now, compared to 1,505 cases in the same months of 2010, hence a drop rate of more than 80 percent. Despite this, Damasco urged the people of Bukidnon to be more alert as dengue peaks during August to September, the perfect time it hits vulnerable areas. “Dengue is a manmade problem because mosquitoes that carry dengue need our containers, refrigerators, old tires, empty bottles and cans, drains, and solid wastes as ideal breeding sites,”

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she said in a simultaneous radio broadcast aired over ten (10) AM and FM radio stations here. Dr. Josephine Ibalio, dengue control service coordinator of the DOH, likewise, has detailed again the 4S campaign, which are: Search and destroy mosquito breeding places; Self-protection through use of mosquito nets and wearing of long sleeve shirts and pants; Seek early consultation and treatment if symptoms persist; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging. Since mosquitoes breed near houses, says Dr. Ibalio, any intervention must begin at the household level, to eliminate larvae and eggs so they won’t produce adults that can transmit the disease. With these preventive activities, the DOH and PHO join forces to create as much awareness as possible among the chil-

dren, their families and the community. “But shifting ‘ownership’ of dengue control from gov ernment to the people pose a serious challenge because people still think it’s the government’s business,” Dr. Iba lio said. “The message is that it’s not the government’s or local agencies’ sole responsibility; we all have to pitch in because, in the long run, it’s our own health we’re promoting,” she explained. Meanwhile, Damasco applauds the DOH for layingout so clearly what the local government’s Rural Health Units (RHUs) must do: Promote coordination, stimulate environmental actions, provide quality care for dengue patients, standardized reporting, and prepare for outbreaks. (PIA 10)

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2011 crime prevention confab focuses on youth by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 22 (PIA) – This year’s celebration of the 17th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW), from Sept. 1-7, will focus on youth participation and youth development. Thus, avers Atty. Marte S. Palomar, Regional Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Northern Mindanao during a meeting in preparation for the celebration. Declaring Sept. 1-7, every year as NCPW is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 461, dated August 31, 1994. Anchored on this year’s theme of “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon

Ko,” complemented by the proactive slogan, “Knock Out Crime,” the week-long celebration primarily aims to promote community involvement and participation in crime prevention. It also aims to build public commitment and participation in activities that effectively deter commission of crimes. Palomar said the celebration will kick-off with a “Walk for a Cause” on Sept, 1, which is aimed at

helping the school children of Tagpangi Elementary School, this city, by providing them with school supplies and other basic necessities. A minimum amount of P20.00 per participant will be collected as registration fee. Meanwhile, the opening program will be highlighted by the awarding of “Police Excellence Award” and the blowing of whistles. (PIA-10)

New XU Prexy vows to push for K+12 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 22 (PIA) – Fr. Robert C. Yap, SJ, the new President of Xavier University (XU)-Ateneo de Cagayan, here, has vowed to push for the implementation of K+12 in its basic education. “Although the leg- The 10th President of XU, to have two (2) additional islation has not yet been he succeeds Fr. Jose Ra- years of what will be conpassed and the imple- mon T. Villarin, SJ, who sidered Senior High School menting rules and regula- assumed post as President that will be composed of tions are still in the draw- of Ateneo de Manila Uni- two tracks: ing board, the signs are versity (ADMU), recently. A career-bound track that K+12 will happen and He said “XU needs to at the end of which the that it will be another proj- start to prepare for what graduate joins the work ect for the goal of Stron- will, most likely, be a ma- force and a college-bound ger Formation of XU,” Fr. jor overhaul not only of track whose graduate Yap said during his inves- Philippine basic education moves on to tertiary studtiture, last Aug. 15, at the but tertiary education, as ies. Immaculate Conception well.” Chapel of XU. He said the plan, so far, is 21

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NEW XU... from page 20 ... “As an economist, I am in favor of a basic principle guiding the design of these tracks. The supply of competencies must match the demand,” said Fr. Yap, who has a PhD in Economics from the University College London, in 2002. He also has a Masters in Economics from the New School for Social Research, New York, USA in 1988 and an AB in Economics, from the Honors Program, graduating Cum Laude, from ADMU in 1980. His other degrees include a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, in 1995 and an MA in Theology, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Loyola School of Theology, ADMU, in 1992. Meanwhile, Fr. Yap said the competencies that XU supplies must match the demand of the private sector, civil society, government and civil service in Northern Mindanao, the Philippines

and the ASEAN region. These extra two (2) years will not only mean that our XU High School will have to offer two more years of pre-university college-bound training. It will, likewise, imply that XU will have to offer programs for the careerbound track. “We will strengthen and align the technical and vocational courses offered by our Center for Integrated Technologies (CIT). All our colleges, i.e., engineering, agriculture, nursing, computer studies, education, arts and sciences, business and management, may have to offer 2-year ladderized programs on the careerbound track for their respective fields,” he said. Further, he said, K+12 will also mean revisions of the tertiary General Education Curriculum that will be offered after Senior High School. And the courses that will be offered at the junior and senior years of the tertiary level will also have to be upgraded so these be-

come more research-oriented. When the laws are enacted and the rules and regulations are promulgated, XU will rise to the challenge of K+12 and will avail creatively of the opportunities it offers for making education better. He also said XU needs to develop a more professional organization saying “Our student population has grown from 14,000 in 2002 to 16,000, today. Our undergraduate tertiary level population is the biggest among the Ateneos with the most number of schools and colleges.” “And no matter at what level, whether careeror college- bound or ladderized or upgraded university programs, Ateneo de Cagayan will make sure that all are marked by the characteristics of Jesuit education, ‘en todo amar y servir,’ in all things to love and serve the Lord,” Fr. Yap added. (XU/ PIA-10)

2nd Minda-wide Vermi Organic Forum opens on Wednesday by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, August 22 (PIA) –Expecting around 400 participants, the Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council (RAFC), in Northern Mindanao, have their hands full for the 3-day vermi organic stakeholders meet, set to open on Wednesday, Aug. 24, here in the city. 22

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“The forum aims to institutionalize the organic sector industry and expect to come up with a vermi organic organization, by province and by municipality,” Professor Edgardo D. Layug, Chairperson of RAFC, said. It will also serve as a platform in discussing the implementing rules and regulation of Republic Act 10068, as well, as provide updates on the salient provision of the law, focusing, primarily, on accreditation, registration of organic food and input products, establishment of demo farms and the organic agricultural roadmap for year 2011-2016. Layug said all efforts

during the 2-day activity are geared towards the efficient implementation of RA 10068 and on the formulation of a regional organic roadmap, as it further intends to come up with a Mindanao vermi baseline information. Meanwhile, the forum will run from August 25-26 at the Grand Caprice Restaurant, this city, matched side by side with a whole day training/practicum on the basic principles and techniques in vermiculture on August 24. This will take place at the Manresa Farm in Upper Carmen where a step by step demonstration from identification and collection of materials,

pre-composting, feeding, maintenance, harvesting and quality analysis will be done. Layug explained that vermiculture is simply a way of composting, using earthworms to speed up the process and thereby utilizing the worm droppings or worm manure called vermicastings as its end-product that could be used or sold as organic fertilizers for plants or crops. Vermi is a first class compost product and preferred by most farmers as they can manufacture their own compost fertilizers right on their own backyard through the aid of vermi or earthworms, Layug said. (PIA 10)

Cebuano news: Malacañang miingon ang kagamhanang Aquino motabang sa gastos alang sa paspas nga ‘laboratory test’ sa mga biktima sa dengue nga ‘indigent’ by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, August 22 (PIA) – Ang kagamhanang Aquino motabang sa gastos alang sa paspas nga ‘laboratory test’ ngadto sa ‘nga mga biktima sa dengue nga mga ‘indigent.

Mipasalig usab kini nga ang Department of Health (DOH) andam kanunay kon ugaling adunay ‘dengue outbreaks’ sa nasud. Atol sa press briefing didto sa Malacañang, si Presidential Spokesper-

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son Edwin Lacierda miingon nga ilang tuki-on ang mga ‘findings’ kabahin sa dengue kauban si Health Secretary Enrique Ona. Kini aron maseguro nga ang departamento adunay igong pundo sa pagtabang sa pagpadali sa

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‘laboratory test’ sa mga pasyente sa dengue. Gawas sa tabang sa Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), si Lacierda miingon nga ang gobyerno, pinaagi sa DOH, motabang gayod aron mahatagan ug

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pundo ang nasangpit nga ‘laboratory test.’ Mipahayag usab siya ug kabalaka tungod kay ang sitwasyon sa dengue karon nag-anam ug kagrabe bisan pa man dunay pag-ubos niini sa uban nga mga dapit. “Ato lamang gipahayag ang kasamtangan nga kaso sa dengue sa tibuok nasud-dunay pag-ubos sa uban nga bahin, apan duna usab mga pagtaas sa kaso sa mga apekatado na mga lugar,” matud ni Lacierda. Sayo pa niini, ang kagamhanang Aquino nagaghat sa tanan nga mga

local government units (LGUs) aron sa pagpangapod-apod sa dengue traps aron nga mo-ubos ang kaso sa dengue dinhi sa nasud. Matud ni Lacierda nga ang gobyerno naga-aghat karon sa mag LGUs ug kumonidad aron magkuha sa dengue traps (Mosquito Ovicidal/Larvicidal trap (OL Trap) gikan sa Department of Science and Technology (DOST). “Barato lamang kayo kini nga ‘dengue trap’ nga hinimo sa DOST ug napamatud-an na kini nga epektibo,” dugang niya.

Ang ‘OL Trap’ simple lamang nga kahimanan nga motabang aron moubos ang ihap sa mga lamok nga babaye nga Aedes aegypti nga maoy gadala sa dengue. Si Lacierda miingon usab nga importante kaayo ang tabang sa LGUs alang sa malampuson nga pag-apod-apod sa teknolohiya samtang iyang gidayeg ang ka-epektibo sa hinimo sa DOST nga ‘OL Trap’ base sa una nga mga resulta niini. (NCR/ PIA-10)

PHOTO RELEASES:

DILG-10 Director Loreto T. Bhagwani presents certificates for qualifiers of seal of good housekeeping and performance challenge fund (4th-6th class cities and municipalities category) in Northern Mindanao. (Exuperio S. Zagado / PIA-10)

Cementing its role as the local instrument for peace process and nationbuilding, the Conflict Management Cluster of Misamis Oriental Provincial Peace and Order Council, with Vice Governor Norris Babiera, assisted by DILG-Misamis Oriental Director Ponciano D. Caberte, levels the conflict within the Plaridel and Hinaplanon Tribal Communities of Claveria and arranges a dialogue to iron-out pressing issues besetting the community. (DILG-MisOr)

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