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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 • New tourism secretary to assume post by the end of the month, Aquino says • Aquino asks people of Cordillera to preserve their tourist spots, natural resources • US report lauds decline of terrorism in PHL, says Malacañang • Joint report of World Bank and Australian Agency optimistic over gov’t’s poverty re duction effort

Northern Mindanao

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

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 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 (SOCSKARGEN) 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

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

• ARMM, FIT team up to enhance school chil dren’s hygiene, health • 249 studes attend journalistic writing seminar in Sergio Osmeña • Dipolog to hold business forum on Sept. 2 • Feature: RSC endorses lone nominee to the 2011 National Search for Outstanding Volunteers Northern Mindanao • Mis. Or. PPOC joins GPH Panel’s call for the NPA to respect human rights • MUST/DTI opens IT training program for SME’s in Region 10 • PPOC-CMS, Mis. Or. levels internal tribal conflict • CU, Carmelite nuns in concert • Cebuano News: Pre-Bid Conference alang sa Swiss Challenge Process sa IDPP ipahigayon Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

OUR COVER

• DavNor Capitol to launch own version of Pinoy Biggest Loser • DavNor Gov open to lifestyle check of Capitol officials, employees • Mindanao: Bowl of mineral deposits

The cover of this issue features the streetdancNortheastern Mindanao (Caraga) ing of Kadayawan Festival in • GSIS G-WAPS to be installed in Agusan del Norte capitol Davao City. • Surigao del Sur SP reports semi-annual accomplishment Photo Credit: DURIANBURGDAVAO

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• Cebuano News: 13th steering committee meeting sa comanagement project gipahigayon • Cebuano News: Gov. Amante, guest of honor sa travelling exhibit nga gipasiugdahan sa probinsiya

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Across the Nation... New tourism secretary to assume post by the end of the month, Aquino says BAGUIO CITY - A new secretary of tourism will assume office late this month following the resignation of Secretary Alberto Lim, President Benigno Aquino III said on Friday.

“That is done, there is already a replacement. He will take office, by August 31, if I am not mistaken,” the President said during an interview in Camp John Hay here. However, the President declined to reveal the name of the new tourism secretary because he wants “to use the time to situate himself properly to take over the function.” Asked by reporters to describe the new secretary of tourism, the President said: “he has the qualities that are necessary that I think can fast track tourism growth. So, I would rather let him talk about the plans that he will be implementing.”

He added that the new tourism chief comes from the private sector, adding that he’s willing to do some sacrifices by leaving his job. He has been studying the Tourism Act, the bureaucracies as well as how to work with government, so by the end of the month, the new secretary will be ready to assume the post, the President said. Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said last week that he was leaving the Cabinet to focus more on his family thanking the President for giving him the opportunity to serve the people. Lim said his resignation is effective August 31, 2011.

Aquino asks people of Cordillera to preserve their tourist spots, natural resources BAGUIO CITY - The people of the Cordillera region must preserve their natural resources and tourist spots to entice more tourists to visit the region, President Bengino Aquino III said in an interview in Camp John Hay here on Friday.

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tions in Cordillera disappeared because of abuse and neglect. “Napakarami ng attractions dito but first

preserve what you have. Maraming puwedeng gawin pero ang kailangan siguro ay ‘yung pag-aayos ng attitude ng ating mga

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kababayan. Ang natural resources na nandito existing for so long sayang naman kung hindi natin ipe-preserve para mapakinabangan ng mga susunod na mga salinlahi,” the president said when asked how his administration promotes tourism in the region. “Yung dalaw natin dito sa mga zip line at saka para sa pag-highlight nga ng mga activities na hindi mo magagawa sa National Capital Region, di magagawa in other places nearby, iha-highlight. But more than anything the

tourism industry for the entire country has to deal with the infrastructure,” he added. The President was in Baguio City to lead the public lighting of Burnham and Wright Parks as part of their improvement especially the replacement of old lighting systems. At the same time, the President mentioned the Caticlan airport in Aklan, which was renovated by the San Miguel Corp. saying the government expects to increase the tourist arrival there to three million once the develop-

ments are made. These include the expansion of the runway, adding more facilities needed for night landing. In Metro Manila, he said part of the plan is to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and to consider the nautical highway proposal. Aside from protecting the tourists that visit the country, the President said there must also be some reforms in the bureaucracy to make it easier for visitors to come to the Philippines.

US report lauds decline of terrorism in PHL, says Malacañang

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alacanang on Saturday expressed elation over the US State department’s report noting a continued decline of the terrorist activities in the Philippines.

Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the government will consider the report as an indication to further improve its counter terrorism efforts. “We are very happy about this development and we will take this as an indication to further our counter terrorism efforts,” Valte said. “So at least naipapakita naman po natin that we are serious about the safety and security of our country,” she added over government-run radio station, dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. The US State Department, in its “Country Reports on Terrorism 2010,” reported that the terrorist activities in the Philippines declined in the past year.

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“The ability of terrorist groups, such as Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyah and the New People’s Army, to conduct terrorist activities inside the Philippines continued to decline,” the report said. “The Philippine government, with US support, has kept constant pressure on terrorist groups even as their security services were stretched thin by other demands such as carrying out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and providing security for the national election in May,” it added. The US State Department also lauded the Philippine law enforcers for their “vigorous efforts to arrest terrorists and eliminate safe havens, and closely coordinated efforts with US law enforcement officers.”

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Joint report of World Bank and Australian Agency optimistic over gov’t’s poverty reduction effort

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alacanang welcomed on Saturday the joint report of the World Bank (WB) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) saying that the Aquino administration’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) for the poor is expected to raise annual income of beneficiaries by 12.6 percent. “The WB-AusAID report reaffirms our belief that this program is a solid foundation for improving the quality of life of Filipinos,” said Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda in a statement. Quoting the WB-AusAID report which was released on Friday, Lacierda said the program can “reduce overall food poverty in program areas by 5.5 percent.” “This further validates the Executive Branch’s proposal to increase the CCT budget in order to widen its reach. The WB-AusAID report validates what we have been saying all along—that the 4Ps is an investment in the people,” Lacierda said. He further stated that, “And while the increase in household incomes is indeed an intended objective of the program, the government’s overall social program involves much more in ensuring that beneficiaries remain healthy, educated, and productive, thus giving them the ability to raise their lots in life.”

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“The 4Ps program, while ensuring that its beneficiaries have enough resources, also creates, in the long term, a skilled and productive citizenry that can reap the gains that will be generated by a robust national economy,” he said. He stressed, “It is in fact only one aspect of a wide-ranging strategy toward inclusive growth: the government is continuously working toward ensuring a level playing field that will encourage investors and generate jobs. This lifts our countrymen outof poverty, creating a financially empowered consumer base and further spurring growth, which, ultimately, will lead to our vision of an equitably progressive nation.” Pantawid Pamilya aims to reduce poverty and improve children’s health and schooling as well as maternal health in poor households in the poorest provinces and municipalities in the country. The WB noted that

the simulations it conducted with the AusAID showed that the conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme could increase annual incomes of beneficiaries by 12.6%. “Studies of various CCT programs worldwide have shown how such transfers are indeed directed towards prioritizing food on the table. If this is so, results suggest that the Pantawid Pamilya grant can reduce food poverty among household beneficiaries by 13.3 percentage points. Consequently, it can reduce overall food poverty in program areas by 5.5 percentage points,” the report said. In an interview over government-run dzRB Radyo by Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace was elated over the WB-AusAID report citing that the Aquino administration’s CCT program called Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) can reduce poverty in the country.

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Western Western Mindanao Mindanao

NOEMI B. EDAGA PIA-IX Regional Director

ARMM, FIT team up to enhance school children’s hygiene, health

ARMM Education Secretary Bart Caudang, Fit for School program Executive Director Alexander Schratz, and Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong (shown from left to right) hold together a sample of a kit of tooth brushes, liquid fluoride paste and hand soaps in a posterity pose after they signed on Thursday afternoon at the ORG conference room a memorandum of agreement mandating the conduct of Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) for school children in the region. Looking on is Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo, who aired a profound assurance at the event’s press conference for a sustained implementation of the program in the region amid prospected regional change guards. (BPIARMM/PIA9-BST)

ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 19 (PIA) – The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao signed a memorandum of agreement with officials of Fit for School Inc. (FIT) on Thursday to formalize commitment for the implementation, institutionalization and sustainability of the Essential Health Care Program (EHCP) in ARMM. The Bureau of Public Information said in a press release, the DepEd-ARMM has team up with FIT to implement a school-based health program designed to improve the hygiene of thousands of children in selected schools in the region this school year.

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FIT is a non-government organization working on improving health condition of children in the country, according to ARMM Education Secretary Bart Caudang. EHCP requires and teaches children to undergo daily hand washing with soap and tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste and bi-annual de-worming, program organizers said. Around 10,800 school children are targeted to be covered by the program in its introductory stage this school year in some schools of the seven schools’ divisions of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur and Marawi City, Caudang said.

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He said the program not only ensures the proper hygiene of children in school but also allow them to develop a health-enhancing habit. FIT officials said EHCP has been successful in 23 provinces in the country and was shown to be effective in reducing the spread of infectious diseases and rate of tooth decay among children. The program’s initial stage will be carried out with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Deutsche Gessellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). (BPIARMM/RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

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249 studes attend journalistic writing seminar in Sergio Osmeña by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG, Aug. 20 (PIA) - - A total of 249 high school students from nine public secondary schools have participated in a campus journalism seminar held at Sergio Osmeña National High School, Sergio Osmeña, Zamboanga del Norte last weekend. The students were given lectures on newswriting, feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, copyreading and headline writing, editorial cartoon, photojournalism, broadcasting and media ethics. Active media men served as lecturers in the said seminar like former Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Zamboanga del Norte manager Czarito B. Zamora, Zamboanga del Norte Press Club (ZNPC) President Rose-

marie P. Miranda, PIA-Zamboanga del Norte manager Franklin P. Gumapon, ZNPC Director Sammy Amatong, former PIA-Zamboanga del Norte staff Dennis O. Garay and many others. The Sergio Osmeña journalistic writing seminar was the sixth leg of annual campus journalism seminar sponsored by the ZNPC and PIA. The first leg was held in Siocon town followed by Gutalac, Sindangan, Liloy and Katipunan. The group has been scheduled to hold the same activity in Rizal town on Aug. 20-21. ZNPC President Miranda said “the conduct of journalistic writing workshop for high students, which is designed to equip them with the basic knowledge and

skills in writing, has become a regular project of the club in partnership with PIA and the Department of Education (DepED). A writing contest follows after each lecture. The winners would receive cash prizes, medals and/or trophies from the club. Miranda beamed with pride to say that through this campus journalism seminar, student-delegates from this province fared well in the regional and national schools press conferences. This project of the club is a labor of love for budding campus writers, as this is given at no cost to the schools and students. (FPG/ PIA-Zambo. Norte).

Dipolog to hold business forum on Sept. 2 by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 20 (PIA) - In keeping with its goal of promoting employment opportunities, the city government in coordination with the newly organized Dipolog Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (DTIPC) is slated to hold a business forum on Sept. 2. Mr. Henry Tianero, provincial head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zamboanga del Norte disclosed

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that the activity aims to hold a consultation dialogue with the business sector to find out the manpower needs of business establishments not only in the locality but also in other places. Tianero also said DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes M. Trasmonte would be coming over to grace the occasion. In a related development, DTIPC is now in the process of finalizing its constitution and by-laws so that

the duties and functions of the its officers and members shall be properly defined. DTIPC is chaired by City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, with representatives from the labor, employer and government sectors as vice chairmen. The council also seeks to provide the workers an opportunity to actively participate in decision making process. 8

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Dipolog to hold... from page 7... Active members of the council include officials of private learning institutions, local businessmen, representatives from labor organizations, and representative from national government

agencies such the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and National Labor Relation Commission

(NLRC). Presently, no major labor disputes and problems have so far been reported in the city. (FPG/PIA-Zambop. Norte)

Feature: RSC endorses lone nominee to the 2011 National Search for Outstanding Volunteers By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY, 20 August (PIA) - - To highlight and recognize the exemplary performance and dedication to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism , the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) launched the 2011 Search for Outstanding Volunteers with the theme, “Build Hope, Change Lives: Volunteer!” In Zamboanga Peninsula Region, the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) has endorsed a lone qualifier in the person of Ms. Velia Santos Ebol, of Poblacion

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Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Involvement in Volunteer Work

Ms. Ebol is the organizer and founding president of the Zamboanga Peninsula Women’s Solidarity Foundation, Inc. (ZPWSFI) which was established in 2001. However, her volunteer work started way back in 1974 at the Sto. Nino Parish in Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay under Fr. Ralph Kroes, and the Prelature of Ipil under Bishops Antonio Ledesma and Federico Escal-

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er. She actively promoted the formation of basic Christian communities and volunteer catechists as well as organized farmers into cooperatives.

Great Leadership Potential Ms. Ebol always looks

for ways to inspire members of the ZPWSFI and she is a “fighter” of women’s and children’s rights. athorities file appropriate cases against perpetrators, even accompanying victims in court during trials. 9

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She has that ability to establish networking and linkages with government officials, religious leaders, stakeholders, funding organizations, peoples’ organizations and civil society groups. With this, she was able to raise the amount of P1.3 million to fund the pet project of the ZPWSFI which is the Center for Women and Children in Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay. The Center provides shelter care, legal, medical, educational services, spiritual enrichment, counseling, therapy sessions, livelihood skills development, critical incidence stress debriefing, recreational activities and community participation skills development. The explosion at the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) Malangas Coal Mine which resulted to the death of 84 miners while 74 were hospitalized set another milestone in the life of Ms. Ebol as a volunteer. She led church members in washing the dead bodies, helping the bereaved families with their immediate needs and in the processing of their claims. Later, she estab-

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lished the Women’s Solidarity Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Credit Union which is composed of the widows and orphaned children that lends money for emergency purposes such as hospitalization, seed capital for livelihood projects, and cash for children’s education. Another disaster which hit Malangas was a fire which prompted her to organize a disaster relief response to collect and distribute foods, sleeping mats, water containers, cooking pans, among others.

Promotion and support to volunteers/ volunteer programs

She promoted volunteerism among her fellow officials and board members of the ZPWSFI, to extend their services even without compensation or remuneration. Guided by that burning spirit, ZPWSFI was able to send the abandoned, neglected, as well as the traumatized rape and incest victims to school. They also conducted livelihood

training such as sewing, handicrafts making, swine raising, and vegetable gardening. Others activities which they actively pursued were character building, home management training, promoting valuation for education among children and teenagers. Ms. Ebol continued to advocate peace among communities and through her leadership, the lay workers in the Prelature of Ipil have organized into cooperatives and maintained dialogues with the bishop, priests and sisters on vital social and human rights issues. A special student with disability due to meningitis cannot go to school since it was difficult to commute with her situation. Ms. Ebol sought the assistance of Fr. Ralph Kroes and got a wheelchair for the special child. Ms Ebol served during national and local elections as Chairperson and received a Certificate of Commendation from the Commission on Elections for her exemplary performance and service which resulted to a free, orderly, honest, peaceful, credible and meaning elections.

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Northern Mindanao

RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB PIA-X Regional Director

Mis. Or. PPOC joins GPH Panel’s call for the NPA to respect human rights CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 20 (PIA) – The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), here, has supported the Government of the Philippines (GPH) Panel in condemning the New People’s Army (NPA)’s latest antics. These antics include the granting of the supposed “prisoner of war (POW) “ status to the four (4) abducted Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) guards and having Mayor Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur face trial before a “people’s court.” “The Communist Party of the PhilippinesNPA-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) is not a state nor has any government recognized it as a belligerent force. It should not presume to act like one,” the GPH Panel said. These acts committed by the NPA are nothing short of criminal. They are violative of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), which they have signed, as well, as every human rights protocol. The BJMP guards should not have been abducted in the first place because the functions they perform are civilian in nature and they are far from being “combatants.”

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These guards should be released immediately without any preconditions. We are concerned that some of them are suffering from poor health and nutrition. We hold the NPA directly responsible for their safety, and for any adverse health conditions they may suffer. We also condemn in the strongest terms the trial of Mayor Dano by a so-called “people’s court”. This is a denial of the Mayor’s fundamental rights which they themselves always demand when their own people are caught and are brought before a court of justice. The mayor’s basic right to defend himself in the best possible way, his right to choose his own counsel, to enjoy the presumption of innocence, to be appraised of the complaints against him and to adequately prepare his appropriate defense, to call on witnesses and present documents, to be free from coercion, force or intimidation, are being violated with impunity. Again the mayor is a non-combatant and should

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be released without preconditions, including both of his escorts who enjoy the same basic rights as any other. It is unfortunate that while they are talking peace with government, the NPA has escalated its attacks and other acts of violence to unprecedented levels, committing the very acts they accuse government of doing. Obviously, they are working on the assumption that human rights apply only to them and that they can easily deprive those they choose to. Thus, Gov. Oscar S. Moreno, Chairperson of the PPOC, has joined the GPH Panel in reiterating the call to the CPP/NPA/NDF to seriously talk peace with government if they are serious in desiring to end the armed conflict. “We ask that they stop these abductions, killings and other criminal acts which benefit no one, except those who actually profit from violence,” the Governor added. (PIO/PIA-10)

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MUST/DTI opens IT training program for SME’s in region 10 by Rutchie C. Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 20 (PIA) – Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in Northern Mindanao will now have the chance to equip themselves with proper and adequate know-how on the use of Information Technology (IT) to advance their businesses. This, after a training program have been developed by the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), here, Regional Director Linda O. Boniao of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), region 10, said. A joint project of MUST and DTI-10, the program provides SME’s with equal opportunities to compete in the global economy. She said the program is open to SME companies with a total asset size of not more than Php100million. The training integrates IT with SME’s for effective management of

records, product promotion and advertisement, real-time business communication and market research and analysis. At the end of this training, participants are envisioned to have sufficient knowledge of Personal Computers (PC) and Computer System, she said. They are also expected to acquire skills for basic PC operations and be able to use current technologies in managing business documents, effectively use the internet for marketing researches and use online tools in promoting and selling their products.

Contained in four (4) modules, the training has been designed to last for 80 hours with components consisting of the following contents: Office Productivity Tools, 24 hours, Internet Basics and Applications, 16 hours, Online Business Tools, 32 hours and Market Research and Analysis, eight (8) hours or a total of 80 hours. The schedule of the trainings have been set on Fridays and Saturdays, from Aug. 5 up to Sept. 3, this year, at Rooms 309 & 310, 3rd floor, ICT Bldg, MUST, with a minimal fee of Php300,00 per module. (DTI/PIA-10)

PPOC-CMC, Mis. Or. levels internal tribal conflict by Katrina Leyson-Abrio CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 20 (PIA) – Cementing its role as the local instrument for peace process and nation-building, the Provincial Peace and Order Council – Conflict Management Cluster (PPOCCMC), here, leveled the conflict within the Plaridel and Hinaplanon Tribal Communities of Claveria town. The leveling off was Provincial Director Poncia- Local Government (DILG) arranged by Vice Governor no D. Caberte of the De- and Head of the PPOC Norris Babiera assisted by partment of Interior and Secretariat, through a dia12

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logue to iron-out pressing issues besetting the communities, last August 9. It was learned during the process that when the old chieftain, Florencio Dangwa, was killed, Roberto Lag-e a.k.a. Datu Maloloyon assumed leadership of the community. Datu Maloloy-on, at the time, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Minergy Hydro Power Plant (HPP) prepared by the National Commission of Indigenous People (NCIP) as stipulated in the IPRA Law. As provided in the MOA, Minergy will allot Php500,000 for the use of natural resources in the area, particularly, for hydro power plant with Cabulig River as its source. As part of the agreement, the money will be downloaded to NCIP and

be used for the processing of their CADT claim. However, during the leadership of Datu Maloloy-on several conflicts developed that affected their transactions with Minergy HPP and CADT claim processing. Because of this, the community appointed Josefina Pimentel as representative of the tribal council, particularly on its CADT claim. In 2009, Ladislaw Dangwa was appointed as the new chieftain. For some reasons, Datu Maloloy-on could not accept the change in leadership. He openly signified his intent and desire to claim the money allotted by Minergy HPP due to the fact that he was the signatory of the MOA. He also expressed his belief that he is the rightful chieftain.

CU, Carmelite nuns in concert

On the other hand, the tribal community conveyed their decision that the MOA with Minergy should be amended to clarify some issues. Aggravating to this circumstance, some properties of Sta. Clara Corporation, the contractor of MINERGY HPP was burned by still unidentified perpetrators resulting in damages estimated at Php70 million. So far the communities agreed to strengthen their traditional political structure and clarify the role of Datu Maloloy-on. They also agreed to meet up for another dialogue in the last week of August to discuss amendments of the MOA and make a presentation of their final traditional political structure. (DILG-Mis. Or./PIA-10)

by: Lordilie Enjambre

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- The multi-awarded Capitol University (CU) Glee Club and Dance Troupe will be performing during the concert of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns as they present “PAGHAHANDOG,” tomorrow , August 21, at 7:00 p.m., Carmelite Chapel, Camaman-an, this city.

The concert is a fund-raising event for the completion of the Carmelite Monastery Chapel’s re-roofing,” said CU Vice President Dr. Fe R. Juarez. She mused that CU is happy to share its talents for a worthy cause.

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Singing like an angel’s choir is the best we can do so the audience will be inspired to donate generously to realize the renovation plan. The admission is FREE but love offerings will be greatly appreciated. (Orochamber/ PIA-10) Saturday, August 20, 2011


Cebuano News: Pre-Bid Conference alang sa Swiss Challenge Process sa IDPP ipahigayon ni Melvin T. Anggot

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- Andam na ang mga sakop sa Bids and Awards Committee ug Ad Hoc Committee on the Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP) Disposal sa dakbayan sa Iligan sa natakda nga Pre-Bid Conference sa Swiss Challenge Process isip pamaagi sa pagbaligya niini. Una nang gika-asoy sa Chair- bid conference kon pagpakigtagbo person sa Ad Hoc Committee nga sa mga interesadong bidders aron si Kagawad Moises Dalisay, Jr. Sa mas mapasabot pa gayud ang unod Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) sa Terms of Reference sa Swiss nga himoon kining bukas sa publiko Challenge sa IDPP. ug ipahigayon sulod sa SP Session Posible usab nga makab-ot na Hall, aron mahibaloan sa tanan ang ang pihong petsa sa Swiss Chalproceso. lenge pagkahuman sa maong pan Matud ni Kagawad Dalisay, agtagbo. (CIO/PIA-10) mahinungdanon ang maong pre-

Cebuano News: Kagamhanan sa siyudad mihatag og usa ka makina sa panahi ngadto sa Barangay Tipanoy ni Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- Mihatag ang kagamhanang lokal sa Iligan og usa ka bag-ong yunit sa makina alang sa pagpanahi ngadto sa konseho sa Barangay Tipanoy. Gihimo kini pinaagi sa usa ka simple nga seremonya atol sa flag raising program sa city hall bag-ohay pa lamang. Gidumala ang maong seremonya nila ni Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz, Vice Mayor Henry Dy ug Kagawad Michelle Sweet ug Moises Dalisay, Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jr. Sa Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) ug hepe sa Cooperative Development and Livelihood Office (CDLO) nga si Alice Coronado. Sa nasayran gikan sa CDLO, pagagamiton ang maong makina sa livelihood project sa hugpong sa kababayen-

an sa Tipanoy. Nagbalor ang maong makina og ocho mil kinyentos pesos (Php8,500). Personal nga midawat sa nahisgutang ayuda ang mga opisyales sa Barangay Tipanoy pinanguluhan ni Kapitan Modesto “Joy� Labrador. (CIO/PIA-10)

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Southern Mindanao

EFREN F. ELBANBUENA PIA-IX Regional Director

DavNor Capitol to launch own version of Pinoy Biggest Loser by Noel Baguio

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Aug. 20 (PIA)--Riding on the popularity of the Pinoy edition of the hit weigh-loss reality TV show The Biggest Loser, the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte is launching its own version of the health and fitness competition. The province, through the Provincial Administrator’s Office (PAdO)-Sports Division, in partnership with the Provincial Human Resources and Management Office (PHRMO), Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Provincial Information Office (PIO) is set to launch the 2011 Pinoy Biggest Loser-Capitol Edition on September 5, 2011. The contest, which will run until December, will become the highlight of the institutional Christmas party of the provincial government this year. OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain said the contest aims to provide the employees an opportunity to shape up and live a better and healthier life, as well as, offer them the neces-

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sary support towards the acquisition of their goals. It will also impart guidance and information that the employees can use to start leading healthy lives in pursuit of their important role of advancing the programs and projects of the provincial government and in building a stronger nation. Provincial Sports Coordinator Giovanni Gulanes said there will be twenty-one participants, aged 20-45 years old, coming from the seven clustered departments of the provincial government, namely: Strikers, Healers, Coters, Legislators, Vermis, Builders and Funders. The contestants must have a minimum requirement of 175 lbs and above for the males and 150 lbs and above for the

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females. They will be required three hours per week to have their gym session at the sponsoring fitness centers. A weekly weighin will also be conducted every Thursday. Parlors games will further be held every month, with prizes at stake for the winning teams. The individual grand winner will bag P20,000 cash prize, plus other surprise items and services, courtesy of the private partners of the contest. At the same time, the winning cluster will also get P15,000 cash prize. The 1st runner up (cluster category) will further receive P9,000 cash prize, while the 2nd runner up (cluster) P6, 000 cash prize. (Noel Baguio, PIO Davao del Norte/ PIA XI)

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DavNor Gov open to lifestyle check of Capitol officials, employees by Noel Baguio DAVAO DEL NORTE, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario is open to the idea of conducting lifestyle check among officials and employees of the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte. When asked by the media at the last Kapihan sa Kapitolyo if he welcomes any proposal for provincial officials, executives and personnel to have their net assets and properties evaluated, the governor assured that he will readily oblige. He, however, said he would have to check with his legal department on how to go about it, lest the right to privacy of officials and employees will be encroached upon. But, Gov. del Rosario made it clear he will not prevent the citizens from conducting lifestyle checks to any Capitol personnel, as it is in pursuit of the President’s “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path) anti-corruption campaign. He assured concerned citizens can call or text him anytime if they wish to report officials and employees involved in graft and corruption. Or if they wish the provincial government to check on personnel who are ostentatiously displaying their wealth that are out of proportion to their legitimate income. He noted that extravagant lifestyle is the most obvious indicator of corruption. “All you have to do is call or text me, or you may put it in writing,” he said.

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Or better yet, the governor encouraged concerned citizens to go directly to the Office of the Ombudsman. Del Rosario said public officials and employees are required to submit a yearly Statement of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), which is being submitted to the Ombudsman. As an essential anti-corruption tool, the SALN was specifically designed to be a lifestyle check to dissuade people in public service from enriching themselves. The governor also bared a resident ombudsman coordinator will soon be appointed at the Capitol. The coordinator shall act as a “strategic partner” of the Office of the Ombudsman in anti-corruption education, corruption prevention, public assistance, monitoring compliance with existing laws and directives, and the dissemination of the programs, accomplishments and related initiatives of the Office of the Ombudsman. However, the governor cautioned some mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that such documents will not be used for illegal or immoral purposes. (JDA/NB, PIO Davao del Norte/ PIA 12)

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Mindanao: Bowl of mineral deposits by Jeanevive D. Abangan

DAVAO CITY, August 20 (PIA) -- Mindanao is not only a food basket but also a bowl of mineral deposit as it holds the country’s biggest volume of gold, nickel and copper. Philippine Chamber of Mines in the Philippines Chairman Artemio F. Disini revealed in his presentation during the recently concluded Mindanao Mining Summit that Mindanao have so much minerals to mine. Using a data from the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), Disini showed that 44 percent or 2.968 billion metric tons (MT) of the country’s 6.757 billion MT total copper mineral resources, can be mined in Mindanao. In terms of gold resources, Mindanao holds 3.057 billion MT or 76 percent of the country’s 4.018 billion MT total gold deposits , and that it treasures 954 million MT nickel or 57 percent of the 1.665 billion MT total nickel deposits. Mindanao consequently is raking in the biggest investments share of mining projects which are set to start operating within 2013 to 2017. Such investments are projected to turn in substantial revenues. Disini further revealed that Mindanao corners US$8.2 billion or 78 percent of the US$10.5 billion total copper project investments nationwide. The revenue projection of such copper project investments for Mindanao alone is expected to reach US$3.6 billion when production starts within 2015 to 2017. More than half, spe-

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cifically US$203 million of the US$353 million total investments for gold projects go to Mindanao where five mining companies are in the pipeline to start their operation within 2013 to 2017. Such gold mining projects in Mindanao are seen to contribute US$1.2 billion revenue or 34 percent to the US$3.5 billion national revenues which can be generated once actual gold mining operation start. Mindanao also gets US$2.5 billion or 51 percent of the country’s US$ 4.9 billion total investments for nickel mining projects. With such level of investment, Mindanao would eventually bring in US$3 billion revenue or 73 percent to total projected national revenue of US$ 4.1 billion when copper production starts within 2012 to 2017. With so much investments for minerals production nationwide, Disini revealed that copper production will go up from 58,000 MT in 2010 to 714,00 MT in 2018 with its export revenue value leaping from US$ 343 million to US$ 4.942 billion. By 2018, Gold production will also increase from 41 MT to 88 MT, elevating export revenue of such mineral to USS3.473 billion from US$ 1.533 billion in 2010. In the same year, Nickel production is seen to soar from 19,000 MT to 194,000 MT with

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its export revenue estimated value rising to US$4.070 billion from US$213 million in 2010. The new investments being poured into the minerals industry are bringing along employment benefits to 1.75 million more Filipinos. This is in addition to the 8.5 million Filipinos who are currently benefiting directly from such industry based on the 2010 Mining Industry Statistics. In the same event, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje confirmed the presence of a substantial volume of minerals t in the country saying “research tells us that the Philippines has more than US$840 billion worth of untapped minerals deposits.” He, however, emphasized the need to “responsibly harness” such wealth so it could become a “ticket to boost the country’s economy.” Paje called on stakeholders especially mining investors to conscientiously practice responsible mining taking into consideration the socio-economic equitable sharing of benefits while adequately protecting the environment. Paje affirmed DENR’s support to mining industry but he bared having weeded out the non-performing mining investors and cleansed DENR’s list of pending applications by approving only 530 and denying 1,606 applications. (PIA 11/jean duron-abangan)

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Caraga Region

ABNER M. CAGA

PIA-XIII Regional Director

GSIS G-WAPS to be installed in Agusan del Norte capitol by Maria Rebecca Ayaton

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Aug. 20 (PIA) -- Employees of the provincial capitol here may soon not have to go to a Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Branch Office to transact business. Recently, personnel of the IT Division of GSIS visited the provincial capitol offices to assess where a GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-WAPS) kiosk may be installed. With the G-WAPS, employees of the provincial capitol will be able to transact their remittances, loans, and other transactions in GSIS us-

ing the GSIS electronic card. The kiosk will be installed within this week, it was learned. Meanwhile, employees of the capitol are very thankful for the said project because this would make the monitoring of the GSIS transactions much easier and convenient. (with reports from Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Surigao del Sur SP reports semi-annual accomplishment by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, August 20 (PIA) -- The office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Surigao del Sur has enacted 284 resolutions and 20 ordinances in all the 26 sessions conducted during the first 1st half of 2011. This was stated in a report that covered the total sessions conducted and legislations enacted by the body, accordSaturday, August 20, 2011

ing to Reynilda Cosare, Secretary to the Sagguniang Panlalawigan. Cosare clarified that the said report

also covers the accomplishment of all its employees. (Radyo ng Bayan Tandag/ PIA Surigao del Sur)

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Cebuano News: 13th steering committee meeting sa co-management project gipahigayon ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Agosto (20) -- Gipahigayon kagahapong adlawa ang 13th Steering Committee Meeting sa Co-Management Projrect sa Provincial Government sa Agusan del Norte nga naglangkob sa LASBUENASCAR Area, nga nailing Sustainable Agro-Forestry Development Project.

Ang maong panagtigum gitambungan kini ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante isip presiding officer ug committee chairman, Board Member Rey Jamboy, Board Member Joseph Tomaneng ug uban pang mga myembro sa komitiba, uban ang mga prospective foriegn in-

vestors kon diin gitratar kini sa maong komitiba aron hisgutan ang ilang mga tumong ug tuyo sa pagbobo ug pohunan sa maong luna. Gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga kon magkasinabot ang mga myembro sa komitiba ug ang mga investors, daku matud pa kini nga

benipisyo alang sa katawhang Agusanon sa natad sa ekonomikanhong kahimtang. Ang maong panagtigum gipahigayon kini sa Provincial Investment Promotion Center, PEEDMO Building, Capitol Site, Butuan City. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Gov. Amante, guest of honor sa travelling exhibit nga gipasiugdahan sa probinsiya ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Agosto 20 (PIA) – Gikatakdang ipahigayon karong hapon ang usa ka Travelling Exhibit nga gipasiugdahan sa Philippine Veterans Bank nga usa ka private commercial bank nga gipanag-iyahan sa mga Filipino World War ll Veterans nga nagdala sa themang: “War of Our Fathers…A Tribute to the Filipino Freedom Fighters”.

Gibutyag ni Mr. Ricardo A. Balbido Jr. ang Presidente ug CEO sa Veterans Bank nga masaksihan sa maong exhibit compilation ug dramatic story sa mga Worl War ll Heroes, kon diin gilangkuban kini sa 42 panels nga naglangkob sa mga wartime photos, artifacts, documents ug video presentation. Alayon niini gikatakdang si Gov. Amante ang mo- cut sa ribbon

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isip simbolo sa pag-abli sa maong exhibit uban ang mga kadagkuang opisyal sa Philippine Veterans Bank, Department of Education, socio-civic organization ug uban pang mga kadagkuang opisyal sa gobyerno. Ang maong kalihukan ipahigayon kini karong hapon alas 5:00 ang takna sa Butuan National Museum, Brgy. Doongan, Butuan City. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga) Saturday, August 20, 2011



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