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Vol. 2 No. 178

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Cover Story

Onay Museum: Depicting the life and works of a noble general page 4

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Mary May A. Abellon Western Mindanao

Better interest rates on car loans part of benefits from Philippine credit rating’s upgrade DOH-CHD 9 to hold seminar for media people Gideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

DOLE 12 brings labor education to schools Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Government pours P29.34 M for techvoc scholarships in Region 12 Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

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P.5-M bottled sardines project to benefit women’s group

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Butuan City Comelec conducts final testing, sealing of PCOS Machines

Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

4ID supports jobs fair on Labor Day 4CMO/4ID, Northern Mindan

NOEL B. NAJARRO, Caraga Region

CoVer StoRy Onay Museum: Depicting the life and works of a noble general By Mary May A. Abellon

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ho would think that an ordinary man from a very simple family would become surprisingly extraordinary and an inspiration to many?

He is the complete epitome of hard work. He follows one of the guiding principles of Cicero, a Roman philosopher, that the man who commands efficiently must have obeyed others in past, and the man who obeys dutifully is worthy of being someday a commander.

masterpiece of Gen. Alexander Yano in Sicayab, Dipolog City that was built and completed in 2009. To gain access to the museum, you must have prior permission from the general or his caretaker, though it is open to the public, before you could explore inside the gallery. Onay Museum A big portrait showing the life and works One could find this impressive of the general would welcome you as and incredible collections and you enter the museum. Definitely, you wouldn’t want to miss taking pictures from his childhood through his years in the Philippine Army with all the awards and citations of the general. Among his collections are his memorabilia such as uniforms, trophies, medals and plaques of appreciation and recognition for his courage and 4

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bravery, photos, news clippings about his great works and legacy, and other items gathered in the course of his military and diplomatic careers. “You will find collection of items from my boyhood days in Sindangan and Dipolog City, college days in Cebu, cadetship in PMA, my distinguished military career spanning 37 years and my ambassadorial tour in Brunei Darussalam,” quoted General Yano. But one thing will hook your attention and will impress you. This is a letter written by him during his elementary years on July 4, 1960 addressed to his grandmother and uncle to send him money for his uniform and clothing. “This will serve as an inspiration to local residents and young people showing my humble beginnings that they too can succeed through hardwork, sacrifice and dedication,” said the general in an interview. Family background Alexander Yano was the eldest in a brood of five raised by parents, Iñigo Yano and Gloria Badong, both public

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school teachers. He was born in the municipality of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. He is blessed with a son named Ervin Andrew with the former Estela Aragon from La Union, a retired military nurse. He graduated as salutatorian in a public elementary school of the said town in 1965 and with honors in 1969 during his high school graduation at St. Vincent’s College, Dipolog City. Ms. Josefina M. Alforque, one of his teachers described him this way, “Alex was everything a Grade 1 teacher would have wanted of a pupil: obedient, polite, friendly, and wellbehaved. One could tell even then that he’d grow up to be a man of fine character. What’s more, he excelled in almost all subjects particularly arithmetic, reading and writing.” Entering Class Magilas “I was a student activist during my college days in Cebu in 19691972. I was then a third year BS Civil Engineering student and was not an ideal student. I was an irregular student due to activism. I thought, I wouldn’t 5

finish engineering in five years,” Gen. Yano confided. He said when Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets visited Cebu, he was impressed by their discipline and performance during drills. So he took the exam and passed in 1972. “I wanted to pursue my ideals in a more positive and productive way as a cadet and soldier,” Yano said. As a PMA cadet, he excelled in athletics and extra-curricular activities. He even set two PMA athletic records, in high jump for 5 ft. 9 inches and 400meter low hurdles by 1.9 seconds. You can find the copy of this inside the museum for his triumph in sports. He later completed and topped in all his military trainings in the Philippines and abroad. He also finished the Infantry Officers Advance Course in the US Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, and Georgia, USA and landed in the Commandant’s List as an Honor Graduate. Service beyond the call of duty General Alexander B. Yano earned the highest position in the AFP hierarchy as the 38th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He succeeded Gen. Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr. He is a great pride of Zamboanga del Norte, the province where he came from, being the first general born and raised in Mindanao. “I was the 49th commanding general of the Phil. Army, 38th chief of staff, AFP 1st and only Mindanaoan to become 6

chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP) and a four star general,” he answered when asked about his career in the military. He became Task Force Zamboanga Chief and an overall ground tactical commander during the 2001 Cabatangan crisis that led to the release of over a hundred civilian hostages from over 300 MNLF Breakaway Group elements. This accomplishment gained him the monicker “Liberator of Cabatangan” from the late Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. Facing a new challenge He had his early retirement on May 1, 2009 succeeded by Lt. Gen. Victor Ibrado as the chief of staff. Former President Gloria MacapagalArroyo appointed him as ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. At present, he is living as an ordinary citizen but with extraordinary service to Filipinos. He had written and published his book entitled Onay: A personal journey. “Strive hard through your own merit, talents, hardwork and sacrifice. Endeavor for excellence in everything you do,” he answered when asked for a formula for success. Truly, he is a man with competent leadership, dedication to duty, and high level of professionalism bringing prestige, honor and inspiration to Filipinos especially the youth. Monday, May 6, 2013

ACROSS THE NATION Palace confident of achieving tourism target

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alacanang expressed confidence on Sunday that the government would reach its tourist arrival target of 5.5-million by the end of 2013.

In a press briefing aired over governmentrun radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that tourist arrivals for the first quarter of this year has already breached the one million mark and thus bodes well for the Department of Tourism’s target tourist arrivals. “This marks the second time that the Monday, May 6, 2013

foreign visitor arrival has breached the one million mark kahit first quarter pa lang,” Valte said. “And because of that, the Department of Tourism will reach its 5.5-million arrival target for 2013,” she added. In a statement, the DOT said that the 1.27-million tourist arrivals recorded from January to March of this year, a 10.76-

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percent growth from last year’s 1.15 million for the same period, was a result of government’s stepped-up efforts to improve infrastructure, safety and facilities to allow ease of travel to various tourist spots in the country. “Month after month, we bear witness to a steady upward performance and new record highs. This only means that the efforts of the Department and its partners are bearing fruit. To achieve our 2013 target of 5.5 million and 2016 target of ten million, the Department and its industry partners are actively working on stimulating greater demand overseas, while infrastructure agencies have committed to step up our convergence programs to facilitate entry and access to the different destinations in the country,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. said. “…the expansion and development of secondary gateways could ease the volume of traffic in the primary gateways of Manila and open the country to more visitors by bringing them closer to their end destinations. Significant investments in the air transportation, as well as in the accommodation sector, are seen to beef up capacities in the years to come,” he Monday, May 6, 2013

added. According to the DOT, Korea remains the leading visitor market, which captured 25.83% of the total inbound traffic with 328,454 arrivals, followed by the United States with 186,065 or 14.63% of the overall visitor volume. The Japanese market contributed the third biggest arrivals with 114,269 or 8.99%. Rounding up the top five visitor markets for the first quarter are China with 98,242 and Taiwan with 53,867 visitors. The Korean market rose by 23.93%, the highest among the top five major markets. Other key markets contributing significant volume of arrivals include Australia with 53,679; Singapore with 41,524; Canada with 38,486; Hongkong with 36,005; United Kingdom with 32,475; Malaysia with 27,212; and Germany with 22,491. Double-digit gains were recorded by the Russian Federation (26.9%), Hongkong (25.04%), Korea (23.93%), India (22.1%), Singapore (15.42%), Australia (12.65%), and Malaysia (11.86%). The ASEAN source markets grew 14.82% while East Asia increased by 14.15%. PND (rck)

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Better interest rates on car loans part of benefits from Philippine credit rating’s upgrade

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Palace official said on Sunday that Filipinos who avail of car loans can expect to pay lower monthly installments after international credit rating firm Standard and Poor’s raised the Philippines’ credit rating to investment grade recently.

In a press briefing aired over Spokesperson Abigail Valte said government run radio station dzRB better interest rates on car loans are Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential just part of the myriad of benefits Monday, May 6, 2013

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the country and the Filipinos can expect from the credit upgrade. “At least, for those who avail of the car loans, you would know that you would be able to get a better rate on the interests on the loans that you take out because of the credit rating upgrades po natin. And that’s just one of those things that you can—that the ordinary Filipino can feel,” Valte said. In a statement, S&P said it increased the country’s rating from BB+ to BBB-, the minimum investment grade, on account of the country’s improving macroeconomic fundamentals. It said that the upgrade on the Philippines was due to its “strengthening external profile, moderating inflation, and the government’s declining reliance on foreign currency debt.” Valte said the credit upgrade will most definitely improve the investment climate in the country as it “encourages and it inspires more confident foreign investors to come and to see the country.” “…and it gives them more confidence at least to invest and put Monday, May 6, 2013

their money here and we all know that would create more jobs,” Valte said. The upgrade in the country’s credit rating came after S&P raised its growth forecast for the Philippines for this year from 5.9 to 6.5 percent. PND (rck)

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Military ready to respond to any poll emergency -- EastMinCom

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he military in Mindanao is all set and ready for the May 13, 2013 elections, Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainer Cruz, III, Commanding General of Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said Monday. Cruz said that the Eastmincom has already deployed its forces in various areas in eastern Mindanao to maintain a peaceful and orderly elections. He said that military forces are already in place in the provinces where the insurgents were active such as in Surigao and Compostela Valley. “We have already outlined a military plan of action for the May 13, 2013 elections,” Cruz said in a telephone interview over a radio station here. Cruz said there are standby forces Monday, May 6, 2013

ready for deployment to any areas in eastern Mindanao where reinforcement is needed. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command cover the army’s 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City; the 6th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Division, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao of the Philippine Navy, 3rd Tactical Operations Wing, PAF and the 5th Civil Relations Group, AFP. (PNA) 11

Col. Alobba installed new 101st brigade commander By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - A new Zamboanga del Sur, was installed commanding officer has recently last May 3 as the new commanding officer of the brigade in a simple been installed at the Philippine change of command ceremony Army’s (PA) 101st Infantry presided by Brig. Gen. Daniel Brigade based at Barangay Del Lucero, First Infantry Tabak Division Pilar, Piùan, Zamboanga del commander. Norte. Alobba replaced Col. Amadeo Col. Apolinario Alobba, former chief Azul, who also assumed as assistant of staff of the First Infantry Tabak division commander of the First Division at Pulacan, Labangan, Infantry Tabak Division. He served Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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the brigade for barely six months only starting Oct. 26, 2012 to May 3, 2013. During his stint as brigade commander, Col. Azul was instrumental in weakening the West Mindanao Command of the New People’s Army (NPA), involved in promoting peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in support of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, able to avert kidnapping and sea piracy in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP), and provided coordinative support to help secure the pre-electoral process along with the PNP and COMELEC. Azul was also instrumental in the peace covenant signing among local candidates for the May 13, 2013 elections and in the conduct

of an interfaith prayer rally with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PNP, COMELEC, Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and various religious groups in Zamboanga del Norte. In his farewell message, Col Azul thanked the men and women of the brigade for the cooperation and support they had extended to him. He urged them to extend a similar support to the new brigade commander, as he assured them of “his good character as a person and as a leader.” In his acceptance speech, Col. Alobba vowed to continue various programs and projects initiated by his predecessor, committing to provide a peaceful community to the people residing in his area of responsibility.

DOH-CHD 9 to hold seminar for media people By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) 9 is periodically conducting a seminar for press people on health reporting, recognizing that “health stories are not among the easiest news to report to the public.” DOH-CHD 9 Regional Director Teogenes P. Baluma said the activity aims to help media fully understand the significant facts surrounding health issues that are currently making the headlines. Baluma said the media seminar dubbed “DOH and the Media on Health Issued 101,” is a half day activity and to be held in Lantaka Hotel, Zamboanga City on May 16, Monday, May 6, 2013

2013. Topics to be discussed center on “100% Smoke free Environment” based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003. The agency has invited selected media practitioners to join the activity. 13

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P501-M alloted for rice program in Region 12 in 2013 By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The largest chunk of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-12’s 2013 budget would be spent to boost the region’s rice sector, an official of the agency said.

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Amalia Jayag-Datukan, regional executive director of DA 12 confirmed that of the P1.2 budget allotted for DA 12 this year, P501 million will be spent through the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. This year’s budget is P169 million or 50.93 percent higher than in the previous year. “In 2012, AP Palayan Program was allocated P332-M,” she said. RED Datukan attributed this increase in the rice program to the upsurge in the region’s annual allotment from more than P700-M in 2012 to a whopping P1.2-B this year. She also revealed that of the rice program allocation, P225M will be allocated for infrastructure and post-harvest facility development services. Among these post-harvest equipment are rice combine harvesters, multi-purpose drying pavements (MPDPs), rice threshers, to name a few. Datukan also said that Palayan Program also devoted funds for the rehabilitation and construction of

flatbed dryers, warehouses, palay sheds and other pre and postproduction facilities. “The regional office strengthens its farm mechanization program to attain bigger production this year by ensuring that every farmer could properly manage postharvest losses,” Datukan said. Aside from its farm mechanization program, the department also looks into consideration the utilization of high quality seeds that would eventually produce greater yield per hectare. Considering the allocation per province, 25 percent of the budget will be spent in Sultan Kudarat, 19 percent in North Cotabato, 14 percent in South Cotabato, and 11 percent in Sarangani. With this, Datukan has repeatedly urged farmers’ associations and local government units to submit project proposals to be able to avail of assistance from the program. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with LMSalvoDA 12)

DOLE 12 brings labor education to schools By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 is scoring another first. This time, the agency is bringing its labor advocacy where the incoming labor force are – in colleges, universities and technical vocational schools.

As a highlight of the celebration of the 111th Labor Day celebration, DOLE 12 on May 1 signed a memorandum of agreement with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of 16

Education (DepEd) that launched the Regional Coordinating Council – 12 Advocacy Center. “DOLE 12 is the first regional office of DOLE to establish advocacy centers,“ DOLE 12 regional Monday, May 6, 2013

Ofelia Domingo explained during the MOA signing. DOLE 12 was the first regional office of the Department to achieve an ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System in 2011. It was also known as the first regional office of DOLE to have implemented the Single Entry Approach (SeNa) in resolving complaints and requests usually coming from labor sector. National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB)- 1 2 Director Feliciano Orihuela Jr., who initiated the program, said the partnership would mean

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putting up RCC advocacy corners in libraries of schools -- primarily colleges, universities, and technical vocational schools -- in the region where reading materials will be made available for the students. Each advocacy center will contain books and other information, education and communication materials necessary for the provision of basic knowledge and labor management relations systems for students. “It is important that while the students, who will become the country’s work force, will gain knowledge on the programs and

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activities of DOLE and its attached agencies as well as learn about labor laws and standards, before they actually apply for jobs,” he said. “Regularly, the RCC will also hold seminars and trainings on labor laws and other concerns in partner schools,” he added. These would also mean, he cited, timely orientations for graduating students as well as students in the lower on topics like preparing for interviews, choosing career paths, anti-sexual harassment law, and many others. Orihuela said he already piloted the implementation of the advocacy center in South Baptist College in M’lang , North Cotabato and Holy Child College of Information Technology in Surallah, South Cotabato. Signatories to the agreement yesterday were DOLE Director Domingo, CHED 12 Director Maximo

Aljibe, DepEd 12 OIC Director Ma. Rosa Gutierrez and the directors and heads of the agencies involved in RCC-12, including NCMB, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, National Labor Relations Commission and others. Based on the agreement, the partner HEI will assign a specific area in their library that can be used as the advocacy center or corner. DOLE will provide free IEC materials such as the Labor Code of the Philippines, pamphlets on the programs and projects of the RCC agencies, newsletters, flyers, and other resources as well as coordinate with the partner school on the

conduct of trainings, seminars and orientation activities for the latter’s faculty, staff and students. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Government pours P29.34 M for techvoc scholarships in Region 12 By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 5,510 scholarship slots are now open to young people in Soccsksargen Region who are interested on taking technical vocational education, an official here announced Friday. Zeus Ampuyas, regional director told Philippine Information Agency of the Technical Education and Skills 12 that the national government has Development Authority (TESDA) – 12 allotted P29,344,000 for agency’s 18

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flagship scholarship programs. “In the entire Soccsksargen Region, we have a total of 1,510 slots available under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) Program,” Ampuyas said. This corresponds to a total allocation of P11,324,000 Ampuas added. “For the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP), he continued, “we have a total budget of P18,020,000,” which he added is enough to fund at least 4,000 trainee-scholars. TESDA started accommodating applicants to both scholarship programs on Wednesday in time with the celebration of the 111th Labor Day celebration. PESFA offers educational grants to “qualified and deserving first year students in both degree and nondegree courses” via accredited private technical vocational institutions. “To qualify for the PESFA, an applicant must be a graduate of secondary education,” the director said. “The family’s annual income must also not exceed P72,000.” “If an applicant qualifies, he would to choose from a menu of services (courses) listed in a particular school where he or she wants to enrol.” Based on scholarship guideline, a grantee is only allowed to enrol only in school within the province of his/ her residence. In cases where there are no accredited programs/ schools within the province, the grantee can enrol in any school within the region subject to the recommendation and approval of the TESDA Provincial and Regional Director, respectively. Budget allotment by for PESFA Monday, May 6, 2013

program is as follows: P3.548 M for South Cotabato, P1.994-M for 1st District of Sultan Kudarat, P900,000 for 2nd District of Sultan Kudarat, P3.54-M for North Cotabato, P1.478-M for Sarangani, and P764,000 for Cotabato City. Each PESFA scholar is assigned P7,500 grant, he said. On the other hand, TWSP is “open to high school graduates, workers, or even a baccalaureate degree graduate who wants to take vocational education.” “Course offerings under this program are those identified as key employment generators (KEGs) in the region,” Ampuyas said. “The chances of an individual trainee to be employed after completing the program should be evident,” he said further. TWSP aims to fill up the skills gaps and job requirements of priority industries and sectors with high employment demand, improve the reach of quality TVET to the grassroots, and encourage technical vocational institutions to offer programs in higher qualifications catering to in-demand industry requirements. For the TWSP, each province is allotted P3,000,0000, Ampuyas said. “Individuals who would like to avail of these scholarships may inquire from the TESDA office near them or from the regional office in Koronadal City,” Ampuyas said. In 2012, the national government allocated P10-M for PESFA and P15-M for TWSP. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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“Walk for a Cause” highlights Labor Day celebration in Northern Mindanao by Francis Jane M. Lumacang

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao led the celebration of the 111th Labor Day Celebration last May 1 with a walk for cause dubbed “Lakaw Ta Para Sa Bata Tibuok Amihanang Mindanao.”

More than 2,000 participants joined the three-kilometer walk which started at 6 a.m. from Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center going to Corrales Avenue turning right to Yacapin St. and going back to Sports Center. Aside from the employees of 20

the DOLE Provincial Field Offices, employees of the various government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, Public Employment Service Office, members of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and Career Guidance Network, Monday, May 6, 2013

as well as organized and unorganized workers, and the informal sector workers also joined the walk. The walk aimed to campaign for the 246 children who are at risk to child labor. The participants were asked to donate a minimum amount of P20 to cover the school supplies needs of these children in time for the opening of classes this June. . Aside from cash, the donation of materials (in kind) like food, clothing was also accepted for support to the 246 children. In return, the sponsorparticipants received a baller with the

“Lakaw ta” tagline. The distribution of school kits, foods and stuff for the beneficiaries were given right after the messages of Solidarity of Engr. Melbert Macarambon, Vice President, AWATUTUCP, Mr. Nicandro L. Borja, the regional Director, ALU-TUCP and Mr. Joel Gabatan of Alliance of Progressive Labor. Meanwhile, DOLE-10 Regional Director Atty. Johnson Cañete expressed appreciation to all those who supported the project. “If I were to describe the event in one word, it is, indeed, a success!” Cañete said after the walk.

P.5-M bottled sardines project to benefit women’s group by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - The local government of Mambajao will carry out a P.5-million bottled sardines project to back the Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi) beneficiaries who have undergone training in sardines processing. Town Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo will lead the management and operation of the project until it becomes a viable enterprise after which it will be turned over to the local government for a communitybased operation. The project involves the production of bottled sardines from mansi or tamban specie, which is abundant in its municipal waters. Monday, May 6, 2013

The local government says the catch of this kind, although seasonal, often exceeds the consumers’ demand. This is where the need for processing comes in, to put an added value on the commodity rather than selling it at a very low price. For starters, the enterprise will hire the services of the Kalipi members. The processing center will be located at Sitio Esperanza in Barangay Tagdo 21

inside the vicinity of the Ardent HibokHibok Spring Resort. It is in partnership with the Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP), which approved the release of the P.3-million funding assistance, while the provincial and municipal government covered the remaining fund requirement of the project.

CRMP is funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) to establish an integrated resource management system. A total of P3-million worth of business proposals has been approved and funded in the province.

4ID supports jobs fair on Labor Day by 4CMO/4ID

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The 4th Infantry Division (4ID) joined the Labor Day jobs fair with SM Cagayan de Oro and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10 at the SM city here on May 1. The division through its Army Recruitment Office (ARO) opened the application for a Philippine Army Officer to give interested and qualified applicants a chance to get a stable job in the security service where they will receive a decent salary with several benefits once employed. The quota for this year for army officers is 100. Interested applicants will undergo the normal process of recruitment which will start with the compliance of documentary requirement for the qualifying examination called the Philippine Army Aptitude Test Battery (PAATB) which can be taken at the ARO (Mindanao) here. Brig. Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya, general officer-in-charge of 4ID said, “This activity is most appropriate 22

especially today that we celebrate Labor Day, it is not only aimed in giving employment opportunity to aspiring applicants but this will also give the applicants the opportunity and pride to serve our country.� Visaya encouraged all those interested in being a soldier to take advantage of this activity and apply for officership in the army. He said the process may be tedious but it is worth it, because in the profession, those interested will be given the honor to serve the country and fellow Filipinos while receiving competitive compensation. (4CMO/4ID/PIA10) lf be given the honor to serve the country and fellow Filipino while receiving a competitive compensation or salary. Monday, May 6, 2013

Comelec Central hails Butuan City’s “Operation Baklas” by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY -- National officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) hailed the “Operation Baklas” conducted in this city spearheaded by the local Comelec office.

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According to Comelec-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Michael Abas, during the commission’s recent Command Conference, the local Comelec office was specially mentioned by Comelec Commissioners for converging stakeholders, both in the public and private sectors to participate and witness the activity. Lawyer Ernie Palanan, local Comelec head, said he is thankful to some government agencies and private organizations who have actively participated in the conduct of the activity which showed that if there is cooperation, any activities will succeed. The official also recognized the effort of PIA-Caraga personnel for providing communication 24

support by c o v e r i n g the activity, sending blowby-blow Short Messaging Service (SMS) to text blast recipients including the local tri-media in real-time. O n S a t u r d a y, the team conducted the activity along the main streets here and still found election campaign materials such as posters, tarpaulins, and billboards that are not properly posted in designated areas by the Comelec.

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Butuan City Comelec conducts final testing, sealing of PCOS Machines

by NOEL B. NAJARRO

BUTUAN CITY -- Butuan City Comelec Office on Monday the final sealing and testing of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines. Ongoing testing and sealing were held Elementary School, Brgy. Libertad which at the respective village polling centers started at 8:00 a.m. and ended at 11:45 here in the city. The PCOS machines were a.m. Monday went without any hitches. delivered on Sunday and tightly guarded The voting conducted with ten voters by police. each clustered precincts went all well. All City Comelec Officer Lawyer Ernie the votes were counted and accounted. Palanan together with Philippine Sealed PCOS machines are now housed Information Agency (PIA) CARAGA at the respective polling places and under Regional Dir. Abner Caga, checked and tight guard of the city police. monitored the PCOS machines which In a related development, Palanan were housed at the Father Saturnino together with Caga and civilian advocate Urios University, Morelos Campus prior to Michael Torralba on Saturday led another its transportation to its respective polling “Operation Langkat (Baklas)� or removal centers. of the political advertisements nailed on The final testing and sealing of the the trees along the roadside of Butuan three PCOS Machines housed at Gabriel city. Monday, May 6, 2013

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One Mindanao - May 6, 2013