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Celebrating Kadayawan 2013

RG Alama Southern Mindanao

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FOI bill takes top spot in Senate’s priority bills

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Hydro firm improves school building in DavSur

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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DOST 10 to install STARBOOKS in CdeO mall Tess Superioridad Baluyos

ETRACS Administration and Users Training for LGU Iligan conducted Irma S. Boza

CARAGA REGION

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DA Asec graces National Corn Performance Review in Surigao City Aurell P. Arais

Butuan police bares readiness vs terrorism threats Johny S. Natad

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DENR 12 seeks uniformity of laws interpretation, enforcement with ARMM Danilo E. Doguiles

Cultural presentations highlight North Cotabato’s Kalivungan Festival Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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Josefina rubber farmers undergo productivity, quality improvement training Gideon C. Corgue

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Celebrating Kadayawan 2013 By RG Alama

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espite security fears coming from the series of bombings in Cagayan de Oro and in Cotabato City, Kadayawan 2013 was pushed thru amidst a frenzied feast of colors and sounds.

Kadayawan is a yearly festival in Davao City, dubbed as the festival of festivals; it is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. The word comes from the friendly greeting Madayaw which in Dabawenyo means good or beautiful. Origins. The festival traces its roots from the practice native tribes residing at the foot of Mount 4

Apo which would gather during a bountiful harvest. This ritual serves as their thanksgiving to the gods particularly to the “Manama” (the Supreme Being). Various farming implements, fruits, flowers, vegetables, rice and corn grains were displayed on mats as villagers give their respect and thanks for the year’s abundance. Singing, dancing and offerings to their divine protectors are the highlights of this ritual. In the 1970s, Mayor Elias B. Lopez, the first fullblooded Bagobo elected as local chief executive, started organizing tribal festivals which consisted of Lumad and the Muslim tribes of Davao City where they showcase their dances and rituals of thanksgiving. In 1986, a program called “Unlad Proyekto Davao” was initiated by the government which was aimed to unite the Dabawenyos after the turbulent Martial Law era. The festival was then called “Apo Duwaling,” a name created from the famous icons of Davao: Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak; Durian, the king of fruits; and Walingwaling, the queen of orchids.

Finally in 1988, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renamed the festival as “Kadayawan sa Dabaw” to celebrate the bountiful harvest of Davao’s flowers, fruits and other produce as well as the wealth of the city’s cultures. It is the same name used to this day. The festival is aimed at highlighting the ten recognized tribes of the city. Kadayawan as Tourist Draw The festival has become a tourist draw for the city. The City Tourism Operations Office 5

Main Activities An array of activities are held during this festival. The city’s parks and malls hosts some of these events which is open for free to the public.

expects an average of 20,00040,000 tourists to flock into the city during the kadayawan. Despite the terror threats, the tourists during the Kadayawan equalled that of last year’s numbers of about 30,000. In 2011 the Davao City Investment Promotions Center registered 70,000 local and foreign tourists who flocked into the city during Kadayawan. According to past figures the city can at least earn P225 million especially with the number of tourists visiting the city during the festivities. 6

OPENING CEREMONY (PANAGTAGPO)- Held at the Peoples Park, it is held a week before the main festivities, with performances and other rituals which gives us a peek on what to expect on the festival. LUMADNONG BANTAWANIndigenous Peoples performances mounted at different parks and malls across the city. TUNOG MINDANAWSong writing competition of Mindanaoan-inspired instrumentation. Held at the Matina Town Square. DAVAO RIVER FESTIVALA fluvial procession of different river floats along a 5-kilometer stretch of Davao River. KADAYAWAN AGRI-TRADE FAIR- Featuring the Davao Floriculture Industry.

LUMADNONG GAMAIndigenous arts fair at Rizal Park. HIYAS NG KADAYAWANCoronation night of Hiyas sa Kadayawan, the various tribes’ muses at the Davao City Recreation Center. HUDYAKAAN SA KADAYAWAN- Street food and outdoor barbecue with live bands playing along Clifford Park, Roxas Avenue. INDAK-INDAK SA KADALANAN- Street dance showcase along major

thoroughfares, one of the highlights of the festival. Street Dance champs for 2013 were Holy Cross of Davao Calinan (Davao Category) and Panay National High School (open category) PAMULAK SA KADAYAWANFloral Float Parade, featuring floats artistically bedecked with flowers which will compete for the most beautiful float. For 2013 winners were Coca Cola (Big Category) and Barangay Hizon (Small category). MALL SHOWS/ PAHALIPAY- You can catch various showbiz celebrities as they descend upon Davao City for shows and performances across parks and malls.

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ACROSS THE NATION

President Aquino signs bill into law aimed at expanding the coverage of Science and Technology Scholarship Program

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill aimed at expanding the coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) Scholarship Program and building a pool of highly qualified science and math teachers in the country. The Chief Executive signed on August 23 2013�. Republic Act No. 10612 otherwise known The newly-signed Act, which is a as the “Fast-Tracked S&T Scholarship Act of consolidation of Senate Bill No. 3400 and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

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House Bill No. 6860, was finally passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives on June 6, 2013. “This Act builds on the current Science and Technology Scholarships offered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Science Education Institute (SEI), as provided for in Republic Act No. 7687, otherwise known as the “Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994,” the President said. The law envisions a fast tracking of more science, technology, and engineering graduates by offering scholarships to deserving students in their third year of undergraduate study, based on their competitiveness and merit. The state also offers additional incentives to attract the graduates of the scholarship program to pursue a career in teaching science, mathematics and technology in high schools, especially in their home regions. The DOST- SEI shall be responsible for evaluation, award-giving and monitoring of scholarship grants and awardees. The Department of Education is hereby tasked to ensure job placement and hiring of qualified graduates under this program as secondary school teachers in science, mathematics and related technology TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

courses, and to ensure that these teachers are hired at Special Science Teacher salary grade levels, as specified in this Act. The DepEd is also tasked with the evaluation and monitoring of hired teachers under this program. Within sixty (60) days from the approval of this Act, the DOST and the DepED shall promulgate the rules and regulations to effectively implement the provisions of this Act. The amount necessary to carry out the implementation of this Act shall be charged against the current year’s appropriations of the SEI under the DOST. “Thereafter, such sums as may be necessary to augment the Science and Technology Scholarship Fund, as provided for in Republic Act No. 7687, shall he included in the annual General Appropriations Act,” the President said. In addition, the SEI is authorized to accept grants, contributions and/or donations from domestic and foreign sources for scholarship grants. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in the Official Gazette and in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation. PND

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FOI bill takes top spot in Senate’s priority bills

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xpect the Freedom of Information Bill (FOI) to hurdle the Senate after majority of its members agreed to put on top of their priority bills set to be passed in the first 100 days of the current 16th Congress.

Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday said he asked the Senator Grace Poe, Senate committee on public information and mass media head, to speed up the committee TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

hearings on the proposed measure. ”The committee report will be prepared after one or two weeks. We intend to debate on that before we adjourn (on Sept. 28),”

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Drilon said in a media interview. The FOI bill is expected to face no big challenge in the Senate as senators filed respective versions of the measure. Among the senators who either filed or re-filed the FOI bill are Senators Teofisto Guingona III, Loren Legarda, Majority Leader Alan Cayetano, Francis Escudero and two neophytes Grace Poe and Sonny Angara. The FOI bill reached the bicameral conference committee in the 14th Congress and the Senate has actually ratified the bicam report but the House of Representatives failed to do its part due to lack of quorum. Some of the provisions of the bill are to mandate all government agencies to disclose information on public interest transactions, documents or records, and provide other information as requested by the public. Government agencies will be required to disclose, through posting TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

in their respective bulletin boards and official websites, transactions such as contracts with the private sector, procurement contracts, loans, grants and other programs entered into by government agencies with other entities, private organizations or foreign institutions. Also, under the bill, the following officials are mandated to disclose through the websites of their respective offices the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net worth (SALN) on an annual basis: the President; the Vice- President; the Members of the Cabinet; the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives; the Justices of the Supreme Court; the Commissioners of the constitutional commissions and other constitutional offices; and the officers of the Armed Forces with the rank of general or the equivalent flag rank. Other priority bills on top of the Senate list are the Sangguniang Kabataan election.

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Eastern Mindanao Command now tracking rebels who torched rubber processing plant

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he Eastern Mindanao Command on Monday announced its pursuit operations against the rebel band who attacked and burned the processing plant of the Standard Rubber Development Corporation (SRDC) in Barangay Taluntalunan, Makilala, North Cotabato Sunday night.

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz to protect the local industry. III ordered his men to intensify “I urge the community to reject security operations to prevent the NPA after they have witnessed similar incidents from happening their true color,� he said. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

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Civilian witnesses said the rebels NPA entered the compound and poured gasoline on the buildings before setting it on fire around 7:40 p.m. The plant manager, Hector Lalaguna, was killed after stepping on a landmine left by the rebels. The use of landmine is a violation of the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Cruz said the NPAs fled after TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

the incident. The SRDC is one of the largest producer and exporter of natural rubber in the Philippines. SRDC is owned Butch Pacheco. An estimated P10 million pesos worth of properties were lost in the incident. According to the workers, they pleaded to the NPA not to burn the processing plant because it is the source of livelihood of 600 workers but were ignored.

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NGCP seeks local government assistance to protect the power lines by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines has appealed to the local government units to help them protect the path of the power lines from the National Power Corporation hydropower plants in Iligan City to other distribution areas in Mindanao. Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, spokesperson of the NGCP said any human activity under the power lines affects the operation TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

and distribution of electricity. She said people under the path of the power lines are also prone to electrocution especially if the poles they carry touch the live wire. Alabanza said that currently the NGCP has an existing memorandum of agreement with the police and military to protect the power lines from pilferages given its more than 20,000 kilometerstretch nationwide. “The authorities will monitor the security of power lines, while the local government units making sure that their respective constituents abide with the safe distance, while the media assists in education and information dissemination,� she

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said. Abalanza said that in Mindanao, the NGCP has classified Abaga, Lanao del Norte-Kirahon, San Martin, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental , Kirahon-Maramag, Bukidnon and Maramag-Bunawan, Davao City as the critical power lines, since it is in these power lines where the bulk of electricity passes through to distribution stations in the cities of Davao and General

Santos. A transmission line of the NGCP in Barangay Madia, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao was toppled Sunday by unidentified armed men using an improvised explosive device. The military said the explosion felled tower 168 9:00 pm Sunday causing a total blackout in Cotabato City and nearby areas. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Mayor Allan Rellon, himself an avid runner, aims to promote healthy lifestyle through fun runs. 900 runners participated in the recently concluded UGMAD Festival Fun Run last August 31, 2013 led by the local chief executive. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

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Hydro firm improves school building in DavSur STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur – AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. eased problems rooting from dilapidated classrooms with the recent turnover of a refurbished 3-classroom school building to Sibulan Elementary School, this town.

The turnover rites were attended by local government of Sta. Cruz led by Mayor Joel Rey Lopez and the Department of Education showing their full support in the project. School Principal Roderick P. Orpilla expressed gratefulness in the event saying, “Thank you Hedcor. From the start until now, you are always there sharing your assistance to our school most especially to our dear students.” “I hope our partnership in achieving the quality education for students will last forever. Thank you for giving us hopes to reach our dreams,” Orpilla stated. Students, parents and faculty members witnessed the ceremonial ribbon cutting, unveiling of brass marker, and signing of deed of donation that marked the formal turn over of the classrooms. The building, after repainting, is more conducive to learning. Also, students will no longer suffer from leaks especially during rainy days for

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classrooms were furnished with sturdy roofing and ready-to-tap electrical installation. New chairs, tables, boards and other school paraphernalia were likewise given. Hedcor Vice President for Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao has called on students and teachers to take care of the project. “We in Hedcor prioritize our assistance to education. Part of it is refurbishing classrooms. I hope you will take care of it, so that many students can also use the classroom. This long term project will help you achieve the quality education,” Pacquiao stated. At present, Grade 2 and Grade 5 pupils occupied the new rooms. Next year, the school administration intends to reserve the rooms for the incoming Grade 1 students to cater the increasing number of enrollees. The project in partnership with the Aboitiz Foundation is an actualization of Hedcor’s promise of inclusive growth with its host communities through CSR’s focused on education, livelihood, health and environment. Hedcor is a wholly owned subsidiary of AbotizPower generating 155MW through run-of-river hydropower operations. It operates 19 plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao.

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DepEd-Tangub enforces ban on selling of junk food near the school premises by Rutchie C. Aguhob

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Education, Tangub City Schools Division (DepEd-Tangub) has moved to strictly enforce the ban on selling of junk foods inside its school premises.

The move is for the safety and protection of the health of school children, Dr. Victoria V. Gazo, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) said in her memorandum to all Districts/ Teachers-ln-Charge and Principals of both public and private elementary TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

and secondary schools in the division. Particularly, SDS Gazo directed the DepEd-Tangub school administrators to strictly enforce Article K of City Resolution No. 2004-06-1244, enacted by the Tangub City Council, calling for a ban on selling of junk foods inside the school premises and within the radius of 100 meters away from the school campuses. Pursuant to Sec. 11K.01of the said City Resolution, “No person shall sell junk foods without Sangkap Pinoy seal inside the school premises and within the radius of 100 meters

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away from the school campus.” Sec. 11K.02 defines Junk Foods as “foods which are no longer fresh and nutritious; having neither value for consumption nor further use; rubbish,” while Sangkap Pinoy Seal refer to “foods for sale that are approved by the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).” Meanwhile, Sec. 11K.03 provides that the School Administrator shall strictly implement Article K and that failure to do so shall subject the

concerned school official to administrative sanction in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Civil Service Commission (CSC). Likewise, Sec. 11K.04 imposes the penalty for any person, who violates Article K of the said City Resolution, to pay a fine of P500 or revocation of business permit, of the stores selling junk food within the 100 meter radius from the school campus, SDS Gazo said.

DOST 10 to install STARBOOKS in CdeO mall by Tess Superioridad Baluyos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 through its Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), will be installing Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) in one of the big malls here in the city. STARBOOKS is a digital library containing thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text, video/audio) on a wide range of topics. These include appropriate technologies, investigatory projects, food and nutrition, health and medicine, emerging technologies, energy, environment, and many more and are also updated regularly. It currently contains over 170 videos from the different DOST agencies, particularly Tamang

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DOSTkarte Livelihood which hopes to stimulate the entrepreneurial capacity of Filipinos. Further, the scope of this video ranges from food processing to laundry soap making and all other livelihood modules. It also holds 500,000 titles of digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, annual reports, theses and dissertations, technical and project reports. The Britannica Encyclopedia content is also integrated here.

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The information is free and can be accessed even without internet connection. It’s built-in server can provide simultaneous access to users who can print the digital materials. In Northern Mindanao, four State Colleges and Universities (SCUs), along with LGU-Malitbog, Bukidnon have already availed of the STARBOOKS. These SCUs include the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) in Claveria, Misamis Oriental; Camiguin Polytechnic State College in Mambajao, Camiguin; Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental; Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon. More state colleges have also signified their interest. Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and educational institutions are the prospective stakeholders of the STARBOOKS. Basic requirements are two computer units (1 server, 1 terminal), a pod, with space measuring TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

3m x 4m (with specifications for physical set up of the kiosk), tarpaulin, mandatory one to two days training, and a focal person. To avail of the STARBOOKS, interested offices/ institutions should make a formal letter of request addressed to STII Director and comply with the required manpower components along with the purchase of the computer equipment. A memorandum of understanding will be entered into between STII and the stakeholder after which the kiosk will be installed and finally, the training of focal persons. The stakeholder is also expected to take care of the transportation, accommodation, meals and other incidental expenses of STII staff that will install the kiosk and conduct the training. Presently, this digital library has become an additional feature of DOST Region 10 Science Library and is free to be used by its library users. For inquiries, please visit the DOST Region 10 Office located at J.V. Serina St., Carmen (near JR Borja Memorial City Hospital) and look for STARBOOKS focal person Ms. Arlene Inocando or call 858-39-31 to 33, local 15 or email tsuperioridad.dost@ yahoo.com.

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ETRACS Administration and Users Training for LGU Iligan conducted by Irma S. Boza

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – About 40 employees attended the training on Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment and Collection System (ETRACS) at the Maria Christina Hotel, Iligan City, August 19 to 30.

The Local Government of Iligan has commissioned Ramese System Inc. to conduct the training with participants coming from different offices like the City Treasurer, City Assessor, City Mayor, and Information Communication Technology Office. The Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment and Collection System is designed, developed and maintained by Rameses Systems Inc. It is the enhanced version of TRACS (Tax Assessment and Collection System) currently used by the local government units (LGUs). The system was designed for all local government units (LGUs) for computerized tax and revenue TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

assessment and collection which aims to seamlessly and fully integrate real property system, business licensing and all other revenue activities to t r e a s u r y operations, said Jessie S. Zamora, head, Government Solutions. Meanwhile, the training is substantiated with workshops and exercises and hands-on application of concepts and process. The core modules are tax collection, business permit and real property assessment, added Zamora who handles the training. Furthermore, it allows quicker efficient access in computerized tax and revenue assessment and also improves the capability of the LGU to effectively monitor and collect taxes and fees. The enhanced efficiency would result in measurable increase in revenue and better delivery of basic services.

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19th Nat’l Crime Prevention Week celeb kicks-off in Butuan, stakeholders converge efforts by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- As the 19th National Crime Prevention Week kickedoff on Monday with this year’s theme “Malasakit Mo ay Kailangan upang Krimen ay Maiwasan,” government employees, local officials and partner stakeholders gathered at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city for the flag ceremony and short program. Right after the program, in the motorcade around the stakeholders then participated city thoroughfares to intensify

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information awareness to the general public. In his message, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Romeo Solis stressed that as per Memorandum Circular issued by DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, all government agencies should implement programs and services to combat against crimes in the locality. Agusan del Norte Gov. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba emphasized in her message that it is a privilege working in the government service. “Serving the public sincerely will truly contribute peace to everyone,” she said. DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion also highlighted that crime prevention is everybody’s concern. “All sectors must work together harmoniously to attain peace and development. On the side of the government, its programs, projects and services should reach the people in the communities especially in remote areas to make them feel that we in government service really care for them,” she said. Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr also shared that to contribute to the continuous crime prevention, “we should be TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

vigilant on the things happening around us, never tolerate any situation that would lead to committing crime and that we see to it that we do not become accessories to any crime.” Also, PSSupt Eugenio Paguirigan, PNP-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director led the ceremonial whistleblowing as sign that all government entities and partner stakeholders are committed to share its responsibilities in crime prevention. Meanwhile, Gov. Matba received the check worth P5Million from DILG-Caraga Regional Dir. Famacion, DILGAgusan del Norte Provl Dir. Solis thru its PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) funds, and witnessed by Agusan del Norte Vice Gov. Ramon Bungabong. It was also learned that series of activities are linedup this week that will be participated by various sectors.

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DA Asec graces National Corn Performance Review in Surigao City by Aurell P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY-- Amidst high cost of synthetic farm inputs, Department of Agriculture (DA) Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Edilberto De Luna urged corn stakeholders to practice organic farming. He said that under the organic agriculture program, DA through the local government units will train agricultural extension workers (AEWs) and farmers as well on how to produce organic fertilizers and other natural inputs. “You have at least to reduce your cost, don’t rely solely on inorganic inputs,” he said in a news conference held recently during the National Corn Program Performance Review in Surigao City. He said through organic agriculture farmers could reduce the high cost of farm inputs thus helping them to ease their financial burden. Promotion and adoption of the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

organic agriculture is stipulated on Republic Act 10068 otherwise known as Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. Luna is at the same time the Agri-Pinoy Corn Program National Coordinator. Meanwhile, he said that aside from reducing the cost of production inputs, DA will also help farmers by providing quality corn seeds under the seeds exchange program implemented by the Department through the local government units. DA will also equip farmers the necessary technology through various training packages apt to their needs.

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Butuan police bares readiness vs terrorism threats by Johny S. Natad BUTUAN CITY-- A top official of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) said its police forces have been implementing strategies to keep the city from any terrorism threats. BCPO Director PSSupt Nerio Bermudo during the City Peace and Order Council meeting said the BCPO has already been preparing and implementing plans and actions and tightening the defense system especially the intelligence, target hardening and incident management. “No terrorist activity or incident had been reported in BCPO since 2001. However, we have to contend with the possibility that terrorist coming from outside the region may find suitable targets within Caraga. This office has activated ‘Oplan Kalinaw Butuan’ focusing on anti-terrorism plan/measures to prevent any terroristic plan in our area of responsibility,” Bermudo said. Currently, the BCPO has installed a total of 20 units of CCTV surveillance system within the city’s strategic places. As part of the target hardening operation, the BCPO has been conducting security plan drills/walk through security survey inspection of establishments and institutions that are probable target of terrorism. To ensure coordination and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

cooperation of barangays and communities in peace and order, the BCPO trained the Barangay Information Networks (BINs) and Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs). They also coordinated with the Imam/ Muslim communities and other groups for the possible identification of terrorist. Bermudo held that the BCPO personnel has been stringently conducting the panelling and inspection of baggage to identified economic key points, vital installation and places of convergence like mall, airport, public markets and terminal by Explosive and Ordnance Disposal Team and K-9 units. “We have increased our police presence by conducting recoreda or patrolling, posting of IEC and advocacy materials, establishing 14 police boxes, establishing strong police check points at strategic areas in coordination with Agusan del Norte provincial police office, deployment of office personnel, and augmentation of 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion and Scene of the Crime Operatives,” Bermudo added.

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DENR pushes real-time monitoring of NGP sites by Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is employing technology to promote transparency and accountability in the flagship National Greening Program (NGP).

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According to DENR-12’s Regional Public Affairs Office, the agency is currently investing on training and acquisition of modern gadgets that would enhance real-time monitoring of the projects. Recently, 80 NGP implementers from across Mindanao were gathered in General Santos City for a three-day course on the use of global positioning system (GPS) and information and communication technology. Trainees were from Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Caraga, and the host Soccsksargen Region. The training was the first of a series that will cover the entire country as a precursor the nationwide implementation of geotagging of the project sites of the Aquino administration’s six-year reforestation and poverty alleviation initiative. Electronics and Communications Engr. Anastacio Dazo of the Management Information System Division of the DENR Central Office in Quezon City explained that real-time monitoring is a system of capturing photos in its real time and place through “geo-tagging” with the help of high technology mobile gadgets with Global Positioning System (GPS) support. Geo-tagged pictures, Dazo added, are automatically uploaded to the internet and sent to the DENR Central Office, where these could TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

be observed online, thus, removing the need for costly actual visits to the sites to observe the progress of projects. He said, this modern technology would push any organization to a stronger and responsible outlook in implementing projects not just in DENR but also in other sectors of government. Mandated by Executive Order No. 26 issued by President Aquino on February 24, 2011, the NGP seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees covering 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016, in lands of the public domain. In his message during the training, DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko Saikol urged the trainees to level up their performance in NGP in view of the frontloading of 2016 targets. “From the original 300,000 hectares, our national target for 2014 was raised to 400,000 hectares,” he said. The move came following instructions from DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to accomplish the NGP targets before the end of President Aquino’s term on June 30, 2016. He added that in the second quarter of this year Northern Mindanao Region topped the country in the NGP implementation, while Soccsksargen Region and Davao Region ranked third and fifth, respectively. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with KBBenpolok/MCLocsin-DENR 12)

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DENR 12 seeks uniformity of laws interpretation, enforcement with ARMM

by Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Soccsksargen Region (Region 12) is seeking consistency and uniformity of interpretation and implementation of laws, regulations, and regulations with its counterpart in adjacent region, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Recently, DENR 12 through its Forest Management Service (FMS) conducted a three-day re-orientation seminar for at least 25 field personnel of DENR- ARMM for this purpose, according to an agency press release. “The DENR-ARMM, in particular, deserves no less and its human

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resources need to be continually updated through constant information-sharing and skills development,” DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko M. Saikol said, pointing out that the said region, with its vast natural resources, plays a major role in boosting the Philippine economy.

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Covered in the seminar were topics pertaining to rules of procedure for environmental cases and evidences and Presidential Decree No. 705 or the Revised Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines) and other forestry laws, rules and regulations. They were also re-oriented on procedure in administrative adjudication as well as regarding permits and transport documents including basic skills in scaling and measurement. The current state of the Philippine forests were also discussed. In her lecture on rules of procedure for environmental cases, Atty. Alma Lanzo, chief of Legal Division of the Forest Management Bureau warned the field personnel against warrantless arrest. “The arresting officer has to in-

troduce himself or herself and exhibit proper authorization first and then ask for appropriate license or permit to ensure that everything confiscated from the persons arrested was properly documented,” Lanzo said. Meanwhile, DENR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Muripaga T. Umpar explained, “We have to involve the ARMM to increase their competence and to build greater capacity among all the forest law enforcers in the government. ” Besides, capability building, DENR 12 has also been assisting DENR-ARMM in the implementation of varions national projects such as in the conduct of cadastral survey and forest land boundary assessment and delineation. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with CGValdez/ MCalungsod- Locsin - DENR 12)

Cultural presentations highlight North Cotabato’s Kalivungan Festival by Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato— Cultural presentations in the form of songs and dances were featured on Saturday, August 31, as part of North Cotabato’s Kalivungan Festival.

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Lito Fernandez, education program supervisor I of the Department of Education-Cotabato Division (DepEd-Cotabato Division), said that the competition was aimed at preserving the culture and tradition of the Cotabateños.

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He noted that one of the intentions of the presentations is to showcase the heritage and legacies of older generations. These according to Fernandez, have relatively dwindled, especially among the youth because of the advent of modern technology. “There is a need to inculcate

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traditional music, songs, and dances among our students especially those in elementary and high schools to encourgae them to embrace their own culture and tradition,” Fernandez explained. He also emphasized that preserving our culture and tradition is our duty as Filipino citizens and as such, we must not take this thing for granted. This is already the third year that “Himig, Sayaw at Kantahan” has become part of the festivities of the Kalivungan Festival. Meanwhile, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza extended her appreciation to the delegates for making the festival a splendid activity and for rendering their big contribution in safeguarding the Filipino culture. Chaired by 3rd District Board Member Joemar Cerebo, the event was facilitated by DepEd and was held at the provincial gymnasium. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta.Cruz-N. Cot. Provincial Government Office)

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Dipolog CPO receives motorcycles, firearms By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - To complement the efforts of the Philippine National Police in augmenting the capability of the police force against criminals and other lawless elements, the city government here has recently donated motorcycles and shotguns to the City Police Office (CPO).

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In a simple turnover ceremony held at the Dipolog City police station Monday morning, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy personally turned-over 18 shotguns and four units of Honda CBR 110 motorcycles to Zamboanga del Norte PNP Provincial Director P/Supt. James B. Mejia and DCPO Chief of Police, P/Supt. Joven R. Parcon. In her speech, the lady mayor challenged the local police force to strengthen its campaign against lawless elements operating in the city and urged the police to use the motorcycles in running after perpetrators. Uy also committed to continuously extend assistance needed by the police as she cited their vital role in the maintenance of peace and order in the city toward her vision of “a god-fearing, peaceful and progressive Dipolog City.� TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

Mejia expressed his gratitude to Mayor Uy for her untiring support to the local police force to improve its capability and effectively perform its law enforcement functions and respond to emergency situations. P/Supt. Parcon, on the other hand, said the motorcycles will be utilized by his men in conducting security patrol especially at the commercial areas where most people are going. It can be recalled that during the 112th Police Service Anniversary celebration at PNP Regional Office 9 at Camp Abendan, Barangay Mercedes, Zamboanga City, last Aug. 19, Mayor Uy was awarded as Outstanding Local Chief Executive in recognition of her continuing support to the activities and programs of the regional, provincial and local police offices.

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Josefina rubber farmers undergo productivity, quality improvement training By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – In a bid to help rubber plantation owners and farmers to produce higher yield and better quality variety of rubber, a four-day training on rubber productivity and quality improvement was held on Aug. 27-20 at the old municipal hall in Josefina, Zamboanga del Sur. The training was jointly conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS) and the municipal government of Josefina. DTI Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist Reynaldo Pintacasi said his agency led the convergence efforts and convened the above agencies to help rubber TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

plantation owners and farmers increase their yield and improve the quality of their produce. “The market is very tight and the demand is rising but the rubber production in the province remains low because of farmers’ lack of knowledge on the technology as well as the lack of quality planting materials.” Pintacasi said the training conducted in Josefina was the first batch, while the second and third batches are slated to be held next month in the municipalities of

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Dumingag and Bayog. To ensure the success of the training, Pintacasi said the following agencies provided these services: DTI conducts free lecture on entrepreneurship; DOLE gives free starter kits worth 4,000 each; TESDA provides free competency assessment; ATI provides free skills training; PhilHealth and SSS disseminate universal health care insurance and social security programs; and the LGU provides free venue, meals and supplies. TESDA Provincial Director Eulalalio Lumactod in his message underscored the importance of technology in rubber tapping saying that “with the use of technology, the quality of rubber will be improved giving the farmers better prices in the market.” Lucmactod said his agency’s approach “is to educate stakeholders from rubber industry based on its available resources.” “We are introducing resourcebased and market driven technical skills education to generate employment,” Lumactod explained. Lumactod expressed confidence that “with this training, more farmers would venture into rubber farming and quality rubber will be produced by farmers.” An agriculturist from the ATI taught the participants how to do rubber tapping and how to take care of the rubber tree. He told them not to cut deep so as not to injure the tree. Josefina has 232 hectares of land planted with rubber, making it one of the largest-rubber producing municipalities in the province TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

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