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Region-11 companies achieve safety milestone EIGHT private companies in Region XI received recognition for their commitment in implementing Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) programs and activities, which have resulted to having no disabling injuries or no lost time accidents in their operations. The Safety Milestone (SMile) Recognition is an incentive program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It aims to motivate and encourage companies to be steadfast in the implementation of OSH programs and activities, thus facilitate compliance with the provisions of the OSH Standards resulting to a safe and healthful workplace. At the Safety Milestone (SMILE) Recognition Program held at The Bayleaf, Intramuros, Manila on December 12, 2011, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz recognized the following companies in Region XI to have achieved safety milestone of no lost time accident for 2011: CocaCola Bottlers Phils., Inc. - Davao Plant (Ulas, Davao City ); Petron Corporation Davao Depot (Brgy. Pampanga, Davao City); San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (

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GenSan adopts anti-flood project GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews) – The city government has adopted as top priority the immediate funding and implementation this year of its P800-million drainage master plan in a bid to resolve the perennial flooding proble ms i n several villages in the area. Mayor Darlene An-

tonino-Custodio said they are currently seeking out available funding resources for the city-wide drainage project, which mainly involves the construction of major drainage channels and additional floodcontrol systems in major rivers traversing the city’s 26 barangays. (

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Surigao admin defends exec over graduation requirement

SURIGAO CITY (MindaNews) -- The Department of Education official facing a snowballing public outcry on her order requiring students to submit a tax clearance certificate as a graduation requirement has found an ally in Capitol an as she admitted there was “no malice” when she issued the memorandum. Dr. Evelyn Fetalvero,

Schools Division Superintendent, said there is no reason to cause an uproar over Division Memorandum 08 issued on January 18 this year as there was “no malice” intended and that she had issued an addendum on February 3 that the Division Memo 8 is still subject for revisions. She said the issue should not be blown out of

proportion as the memo’s intent was merely to support the initiatives of the provincial governor in the collection of taxes. Provincial Administrator of Surigao del Norte lawyer Premolito Plaza came to the rescue of the embattled DepEd official saying it will be “thankless” if they leave her “hanging” (

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Logging, mining blamed for flood BUTUAN CITY (MindaNews) – Logging and mining activities around Lake Mainit and its nearby areas were major factors in the recent flood that hit Jabonga town in Agusan del Norte, the town mayor and an environment group said. Mayor Glicerio M. Monton acknowledged that these activities have caused siltation in the river which channels water from the lake into the sea. “The major river that traverses Jabonga has been silted to the point that it has even diverted from its original route. Before it would take three or more days of nonstop rains to start flooding, now flood waters will immediately rise in just three hours,” said Monton. He added that while the townsfolk have become used to flooding for decades now and have become resilient, it was a gradual (

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THE BARANGAY captains listen as Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte briefed them during a consultative meeting at the Grand Men Seng Hotel. The Police Station Commanders were also in attendance at the meeting. RENE B. LUMAWAG

Smuggled fake medicines and other goods confiscated MANILA (PNA) – Countless Filipino lives may have been saved from the recent seizure of over P400 million worth of illegally imported fake medicines, cell phone batteries and cell phone chargers, among others, by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) Intellectual


Property Rights Division (IPRD), an operating unit of the BOC’s Intelligence Group (IG) under Deputy Commissioner Danilo Lim, which arrived at the Port of Manila from China via Hong Kong late last year. The contraband inside the two 40-foot container vans that were consigned to

Imax Harbor were declared as plastic wares. However, upon physical examination by the Bureau’s IPRD operatives, the container van turned out to contain counterfeit medicines and other items instead. “We will not allow counterfeit items to enter (

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De Lima wants true Mindanao lawyers copies of docu on meet impeachment case MANILA (PNA) – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday for certified true copies of the documents on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment

case in connection with her appearance before the Senate impeachment court on Wednesday. Among the documents being sought by De Lima are the copy of the petitions filed by former Presi(

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D AVA O C I T Y (MindaNews) -- Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao will gather here this weekend to discuss environment, justice and human rights as “peoples’ rights and conditions remain unchanged and neglected (

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case in connection with her appearance before the Senate impeachment court on Wednesday. Among the documents being sought by De Lima are the...