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• Aquino vows continued support for the

country’s tourism sector

• Palace says government now more

prepared in handling calamities

Today’s cover • Canilao named Public-Private features Partnership Center chief

Facing the future the banana industry

in Davao

• Aquino appoints Justice Francisco

Villaruz as Presiding Justice of anti-graft court

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Certified seeds ipamamahagi sa mga magsasakang apektado ng pinakahuling pagbaha sa Maguindanao • Sumisip District Hospital sa Basilan muling binuksan • Dinukot na midwife sa ARMM nakalaya na • ARMM Acting Gov. Adiong binati ang 2 OFWs

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Liga lauds Butuan City PNP Director • 4TH RDC-Dev’t Administration Committee meeting set in Butuan • Caraga Reg’l Dev’t Council members to hold team building activity • BCPO receives another vehicle from LGU-Butuan • Tulong para sa mga magsasaka pinag-ibayo ng PAO

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • DSWD continues to cleanse its 4Ps list of beneficiaries • DTI bares policies, penalties under motorcycle healmet law • LGUs urged to support children’s month celebration • Rehab process of Jolo port starts • GSIS padayon pagpalapad sa serbisyo sa mga membro

Northern Mindanao • Camiguin, 2nd in the country to have NAMRIA-delineated/certified municipal waters • DSWD’s social protection gears toward statistics • Haribon Brigade donates school chairs to Madrasah school anew • Entrepreneurship, food sufficiency activities highlight consumer month celebration in Bukidnon • Pagpalambo sa patigayon sa Iligan nakitang solusyon sa nakaung-ong nga pagkunhod sa IRA sa siyudad

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • Study cites faster business process in Davao City • Davao City to focus on Business Permits and Licensing System

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Cover Story: Facing the future, the Banana Industry in Davao by RG Alama


AVAO CITY It is said that the boom of the banana industry in Davao started with the decline of its plant relative the Abaca, which was once the main export product of the region.

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Alexander Valoria, president of Tagum Agricultural Development Company incorporated (TADECO) relates that Tadeco was once an abaca plantation developed by its founder Don Antonio Floirendo in the swamplands of Panabo and Carmen. In the 1960s with the world shifting to synthetic rope, the market of abaca was shrinking. Hence the pioneering magnate shifted to banana cultivars. Also in the decade, neighboring abaca farms also shifted towards banana, a movement which contributed to the current boom of the banana industry. Today banana exports ranks as the second largest dollar earner next to coconuts. For 2010 Cav-

endish banana exports amounted to $720-million. The banana export industry (planted to Cavendish bananas) has about 79,315 hectares and amounts to 32% of the total bananaplanted areas in Mindanao (245,395). It is said that the banana export industry boom gradually started when banana became the staple fruit diet of the Japanese. What was once an exotic fruit has now become a cheap, widely-eaten fruit in Japan. The historical development is similar to the expansion of banana plantations in Latin American countries with the increasing popularization of the once exotic fruit in the United States. In Davao Region

(covering the provinces and city of Davao del Norte, Davao City, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur) total banana hectarage amounted to 87,313 hectares of which 48,153 is planted to cavendish export quality bananas. In 2010 total banana exports by the 5


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Philippines amounted to 2,003,851 metric tons up from 1,926,198 mt of bananas exported in 2009. Primary markets include Japan, the Middle East, South Korea and China. The Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) is a 38-year old group in the banana industry whose

membership consists of 18 banana companies including subsidiary companies and growers. it serves a self-regulatory forum for the players in the industry to ensure compliance to international quality standards, continued global competitiveness and undertaking in promoting research and technological innovations, the group also looks after the welfare of all those involved in the banana export industry. To date total hectarage under PBGEA member group is estimated at 41,000 hectares scattered in 13 Mindanao provinces (Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, North Co-

tabato, South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Lanao del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.) Among the biggest individual growers include Tadeco, Stanfilco, Sumifru and Lapanday, biggest banana brands include Dole, Sumifru and Unifrutti. In 2010 the group exported about 154-million boxes of bananas to markets across the globe. According to Alexander Valoria, the Philippines is the second banana exporting country next to Ecuador. However Valoria said that Ecuador can only lay claim to its top rank since it has more land planted to bananas but in terms of production efficiency the country tops Ecuador, as the per hectare yield of 6

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a Philippine banana farm is estimated at about 4,000 metric tons per hectare a year compared to

3,200/hectare for Ecuador. Valoria’s Tadeco produces about 5,000 MT of bananas in one hectare.

“It is in the banana industry where we can prove that the Filipino has the capability to become productive and efficient.” Valoria says. He cites the banana industry as a testament to the hard work, integrity and industriousness of a Filipino worker. Also the banana industry is also helping in the success of the country’s agrarian reform program. The industry has about 30,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries most of which are former employees of the banana companies. As of 2010 aggregate employment of the banana industry is estimated at 240,000 workers or an annual payroll of P21-billion. In that same year P830-mil7


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lion of annual taxes has been paid to local government units and revenue collection agencies. Also Corporate Social Responsibility projects undertaken by the companies benefit host communities among these are tree-planting projects, medical missions, anti-dengue drive, community works and scholarship grants. Valoria says that the growth of the banana industry in Davao can be attributed to two factors; good weather and good soil. Being away from the typhoon belt Davao is not ravaged by destructive storms plus it has adequate sun and rain all year round. The fertile soil is also very suitable to top quality bananas.

As for the foreign markets, Valoria anticipates a shift to the Chinese market. He says that Chinese banana farms have been afflicted with the destructive Panama disease Tropical Race 4 fungus affecting their production plus current yields is not even enough to meet the demand of the Chinese population. Among numerous issues facing the banana industry is the moratorium on expansion which was lifted in 2009 with the repeal of the Letters of Instruction nos. 58 and 790 which limits the hectarage of banana export plantations. The continued expansion enables the growers to meet the growing demand for bananas and to remain competitive

in the world market as other countries are expanding their banana plantations. The aerial spraying ban which was challenged by the PBGEA before the courts. It was in 2007 when the City Government of Davao banned aerial spraying activities in banana plantations located in the City. Immediately the PBGEA challenged the ruling before the courts. “The City never got to implement the ordinance.� PBGEA Executive director Stephen Antig says. In 2009 the aerial spray ban was declared as unconstitutional by the Court of Appeals. The City Government however has filed cases for certiorari and motion for reconsideration over the CA ruling. 8

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Antig says they are not letting their guards down over the issue as other local government units could follow what Davao City has done. Controlling diseases on banana plants is a major concern for banana growers, there are two major fungus diseases threatening the Philippine banana industry; these are the black Sigatoka leaf spot disease (Mycosphaerella fjiensis morelet) of which aerial spraying fungicide is the most costefficient way of controlling the fungus. And then there is the deadly Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense) of which it has no known cure and is threatening the banana in-


dustry all over the world. “It is an industry killer and an economy killer for Mindanao.� Valoria said of the Panama Disease threat which if left unchecked can wipe out the entire banana industry in Mindanao the same way it destroyed the Malaysian banana industry in three years time. The disease strikes the root of banana stalks and kills the plant quickly. There is no fungicide to kill the fungus and infested banana farms are abandoned and left idle for about five years before they are to be replanted again. Antig said that the disease first monitored in Calinan three years ago has spread to several provinces

like Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley. In Davao City only 1,800 hectares of the original 5,200 hectares planted to bananas have remained due to the infection. As to the effect to banana production, it remains to be seen as PBGEA is still undergoing an inventory, the results could be determined by year’s end. One of the institutional priority measures proposed by PBGEA is the establishment of a National Banana Research Institute which can answer the threats and challenges posed by banana pests and diseases and help maintain a competitive banana industry in the global market.

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Aquino vows continued support for the country’s tourism sector

resident Benigno Aquino III renewed his commitment to the country’s tourism sector saying his administration will do everything so the industry could continue to grow with the help of its stakeholders.


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Aquino vows......from page 10


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Palace says government now more prepared in handling calamities alacanang made an assurance Friday that it can effectively handle any possible crisis an incoming typhoon could cause, as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported the presence of a low pressure area in eastern Visayas. Pagasa warned of more flashfloods and landslides, as a result of more rains because of low pressure areas that could likely turn into a new typhoon. “That’s the reason why we have Secretary (Rogelio) Singson there, he will try to rationalize everything in case of flashfloods, and in case of releases of water from the dams. That’s something that he will work on with the National Water Resources Board,”

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a media briefing at the Palace on Friday. At the same time, Lacierda said the government has an accurate forecasting system in place enabling it to anticipate typhoons and effectively preposition important goods intended for affected communities. “We have been successful as far as prepositioning relief goods is concerned,” he said referring to

the government experience in handling the devastations brought about by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel in Central Luzon. Also during the same media briefing, Lacierda issued a warning against the use of floodwater for drinking and cooking by affected communities in Luzon. “We are concerned with the use of floodwater for drinking water. Floodwater is not potable, so we ask the public…(particularly) the resi13


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dents of Central Luzon not to use floodwater for consumption,” he said. Lacierda also said this is the reason why the President had designated Secretary Singson to become the country’s water czar, to make sure that before the end of the President’s term the country will have potable water


supply for all affected communities. As of Friday afternoon, Pagasa said the low pressure area was seen 420 kilometers east of Visayas, embedded along the inter-tropical convergence zone affecting the Visayas and Mindanao. The weather bureau said the low pressure area will

bring cloudy skies and scattered rain showers to the Bicol region, the Visayas and Mindanao. Light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon, coming from the northwest to southwest, over the rest of the country, Pagasa said. (AS)

Canilao named Public-Private Partnership Center chief alacanang announces the appointment of Cosette V. Canilao as Executive Director of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center considering her vast knowledge and experience in the field of banking and investment, a qualification necessary for the efficient delivery of PPP projects that will make the lives of the Filipino people better. In a press briefing at the Palace, Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin

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Lacierda made the announcement, adding Canilao’s years of experience in the fi-

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“Last September 15, The President appointed Cosette V. Canilao as the head of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center,” Lacierda said, adding that she has over 20 years experience in the private sector in the field of advisory, investment banking and corporate banking. She recently joined government service, initially as consultant of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) for the PPP Center of the Philippines,” he added. Prior to her appointment as head of the PPP Center, Canilao was its Deputy Executive Director, which eliminates the need for a transition. Canilao served as Director of Standard Bank where she established and headed its distressed debt servicing business in the country. She was 14

also a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where she headed the Crisis Management Practice and Financial Services Industry consulting. “Her (Canilao) broad experience in advisory includes corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, divestitures, debt restructuring, compliance review and transactions services,” Lacierda noted. Canilao started her career in program lending and corporate banking. She holds a Masters in Finance degree from the University of the Philippines. She also attended numerous trainings in the course of her career, including a corporate restructuring program in Harvard Business School. PPP Program is a key strategy of the

Philippine Development Plan. With the end view of fostering an environment conducive for private sector entrepreneurial initiatives, the government has developed a policy environment that strongly supports private sector participation in its development activities. This policy environment has two fundamental cornerstones: First, economic structural adjustments geared towards opening the economy to competition and leveling the playing field of enterprise, and second, a clear policy and institutional framework that has been put in place to permit an unencumbered flow of private resources into the government’s development program, especially the infrastructure sector. (JCL) Friday, October 7, 2011


Aquino appoints Justice Francisco Villaruz as Presiding Justice of anti-graft court resident Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Francisco H. Villaruz Jr. as the new Presiding Justice of the anti-graft court.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Justice Villaruz’s appointment papers were signed by the President last October 5. Villaruz will replace Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Edilberto Sandoval who retired last June. Justice Villaruz worked in the private sector for almost four decades before being appointed Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan in 2001. He is known for his professionalism and diligence, proof of which are the six decisions and 100 resolutions that he renders every

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month, and his 99 percent affirmance rating. A respected expert in his field, Justice Villaruz was also Bar Examiner in Criminal Law in 2004 and an MCLE Lecturer. He obtained his B.S. in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1963 and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines, where he graduated third in his class, before being admitted to the Bar in 1968. He is 68 years old and will retire on June 8, 2013. “The Aquino administration is hopeful that the reforms it is instituting across all

branches of government will gain greater momentum with the appointment of Justice Villaruz. The Filipino people can rest assured that government positions integral to the straight path will continue to be filled based on merit, integrity, and competence,” Lacierda said. The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) earlier nominated three associate justices of the Sandiganbayan for the position of presiding justice of the antigraft court. Aside from Villaruz, the other nominees were Associate Justices Efren N. de la Cruz, and Alex L. Quiroz. (JS)



President Benigno Simeon Aquino III graces the 99th anniversary celebration of The Manila Hotel Th 1970s is a Philippine landmark and often the scene of historic events. Defined by its history, elegance, clientele. Also in the photo are The Manila Hotel Chairman Dr. Emilio Yap and former President Joseph


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hursday night (October 06), The Manila Hotel which opened in 1912 and extensively remodeled in the and world-class service, The Manila Hotel remains to be the hotel of choice by the most distinguished h Estrada. (Photo by: Jay Morales / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau). Friday, October 7, 2011


Certified seeds ipamamahagi sa mga magsasakang apektado ng pinakahuling pagbaha sa Maguindanao by pbchangco

COTABATO CITY, Oct 7 (PIA) - Handa na ang mahigit tatlong libong sako ng certified seeds na ipamamahagi ng Department of Agriculture- (DA) Maguindanao para sa magsasakang apektado ng pagbaha sanhi ng mga pagulan dala ng bagyong Pedring at Quiel. Sa unti-unting paghupa ng tubig-baha, iniulat ni Operations chief Salik Panalunsong ng Department of Agriculture and Fisheries sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) na mamahagi ng certified seeds ang ahensiya upang matulungan ang mahigit isang libong magsasaka na nawalan ng kabuhayan na makapagtanim sa susunod na cropping season para di gaanong maapektuhan ang suplay ng bigas sa lugar. 18

Ayon kay Panalunsong umaabot sa 18,000 ektarya ng sakahan sa Maguindanao ang nasalanta ng mga pagbaha kung 15,000 libo dito ang palayan at 3,000 ang maisan. Umaabot din umano sa P73 milyun ang kabuuang halaga ng mga nasirang pananim kung saan 1,058 na mga magsasaka ang nawalan ng kabuhayan sa buong lalawigan hindi pa kasali ang sektor ng pangingisda habang nagpapatuloy pa ang

ginagawang assessment ng mga nasirang fish cages, ayon kay Panalunsong. Ipinahayag ni Panalunsong na puspusan ang pagsasakatuparan ng iba’t ibang programa naglalayong lalong paunlarin ang sektor ng pagsasaka bilang suporta sa agenda ng gobyerno ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na pagkain. Sa limang prubinsiya sakop ng ARMM ang Maguindanao at Lanao del Sur lamang ang agricultural areas. Friday, October 7, 2011

Sumisip District Hospital sa Basilan muling binuksan COTABATO CITY, Okt. 7 (PIA) - Muling binuksan sa publiko ang Sumisip District Hospital sa Basilan pagkaraan ng labingtatlong (13) taon na itinigil ang paghahatid ng pagserbisyong pangkalusugan sa mga mamamayan sa lugar, ito ang ipinahayag ni Regional Secretary Kadil Sinolinding, Jr., ng Department of Health sa Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM). Ayon kay Dr. Sinolindlng, ang Sumisip District Hospital ay isinasara noong 1998 nang malagay sa panganib ang mga health personnel ng naturang pagamutan bunsod ng tumataas na kaso ng kidnapping. Sa pagtutulungan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) at ibang sektor ng lipunan ay binuk-

san ang nasabing pasilidad upang muling maghatid ng serbisyong pangkalusugan sa mga residente sa lugar, ani Sinolinding. Sinabi ni Sinolinding na nauna nang tiniyak ni Health Secretary Enrique Ona ang paglalaan ng pondo para sa pagbibili ng mga bagong kagamitan at karagdang suplay ng gamot para sa naturang pagamutan bilang bahagi ng mas ipinalakas at pinala-

wak ng programang pangkalusugan ng gobyerno. Sa pagbubukas ng Simisip District Hospital , ayon sa opisyal, maraming maralitang mamamayan sa lugar ang mabibiyayaan ng murang pagpapa-ospital ,gamutan at malaki rin ang maitutulong nito sa kampanya kontra malnutrisyon at pagbaba ng infant and maternal mortality rate sa autonomous region. (pbchangco)

Dinukot na midwife sa ARMM nakalaya na COTABATO CITY, Okt.7 (PIA) – Kinumpirma kahapon ni ARMM Health Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding,Jr. na nakalaya na mula sa kanyang mga kidnappers ang midwife na si Evangeline Taverisma. Ayon kay Sinolining “maganda ang kalagayan ngayon ni Taverisma� matapos siyang nailigtas sa

ginawang rescue operation ng pinagsanib na pwersa ng mga pulis at mga CVO ng bayan ng Indanan, Sulu

kahapon ng madaling araw. Si Taverisma ay dinukot noong ika-tatlo ng Agosto taong kasalukuyan 20

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Dinukot na midwife...from page 19 habang siya ay papunta sa kanyang trabaho sa health center ng Indanan. Dagdag pa ni Sinolinding balak nilang dalhin sa lungsod ng Zamboanga ang health worker upang mabigyan ng mas magandang medical check- up.

Nagpaabot ng pasasalamat si Sinolinding at ang ARMM government sa mga tumulong para sa ligtas na pagkakalaya ni Ginang Taverisma at sa mga patuloy na nagbibigay ng proteksyon sa mga health workers ng rehiyon.

Tuloy pa rin ang panawagan ni Sinolinding sa mga opisyal ng gobyerno at mga law enforcers na bigyan ng siguridad ang mga health workers na nagbibigay (naghahatid) ng health services sa mga kumunidad sa rehiyon.( MCD)

ARMM Acting Gov. Adiong binati ang 2 OFWs

COTABATO CITY, Okt. 7, (PIA) – Binati at pinasalamatan ni Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong ang dalawang Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) na nagwagi sa ginawang Search for the Model OFW Family of the Year 2011. Ito ang ipinarating ni ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo ng dumalaw sa tanggapan ni governor Adiong sina Hadja Rahma Nur Abantas at Salamina Usman Abdulkarim ngayong araw pagkatapos iginawad sa kanila ang titulo ng DOLE-ARMM at POEA-ARMM na siyang mga ahensyang nanguna sa nasabing Search. Si Abantas ay napiling panalo sa kategoryang land-based ay mula sa lalawigan ng Tawi-Tawi at nagtrabaho ng dalawangpung taon sa Kingdom of Saudi Arabia bilang domestic helper kung saan napagtapos niya ng pag-aaral at ngayon ay


lahat professionals ang kanyang anim na anak. Si Jamil Usman ang kapatid ni Abdulkarim ay siya namang nanalo sa sea-based category ay nasa laot ngayon bilang seaman ay napagtapos din ang kanyang mga anak na sumunod sa kanyang yapak bilang mga seamen. Ang mga nanalo ay ilalaban sa national search sa November 4 sa lungsod ng Maynila bilang mga kinatawan ng ARMM. Nakatanggap ng cash prizes at mga plake ng pagkilala ang mga nanalo at nagpaabot din ng halaga ang Office of the Regional Governor bilang pagbati sa natamong karangalan.

Ayon kay Sinarimbo masaya at nagpapasalamat ang pamunuan ng ARMM dahil sa mga magagandang kwentong ginagawa ng mga kababayang OFW para sa pamilya at sa bayan. Ang ARMM ay nagsimulang lumahok sa nasabing Search noong 2005 kung saan nakasungkit na ito ng dalawang awards. Noong 2008, iginawad sa isang OFW mula Sulu ang Enterpreneurship Award at noong 2009 nakuha ni Zenaida Maga, isang nurse mula sa lungsod ng Marawi na nagtrabaho sa Libya ang National Awardee in Community Service. (MCD)

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Liga lauds Butuan City PNP Director by SPO4 Rey V. Poloyapoy

he Liga ng mga Punong Barangay on Wednesday during its regular session cited the Butuan City Police Office’s “one policeman for every barangay” scheme.

Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo launched the Adopt-a-Barangay Project during the monthly regular session of the Liga ng mga


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Punong Barangay held at Imadejas Convention Center, this city. In his discussion, Carillo explained to the punong barangays the nature of the project as

embodied in the letter of instruction prepared by his office previously. The project’s scheme strengthens the ties between the 22


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barangay and the police by assigning one policeman for every barangay to coordinate with the local officials and act as liaison officer between the two offices. The assigned policemen will also discuss the matters regarding the maintenance of

peace and order in the area during the regular meeting with the Barangay-Based Institutions such as: Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC), Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), Barangay Council for Protection of Children (BCPC), and to include the barangay

Tanod organization. After the presentation of the project, Punong Barangay Menelio Galan of Barangay San Ignacio immediately moved for the adoption of the said project by the Liga ng mga Punong Barangay and was readily approved by the body.

4TH RDC-Dev’t Administration Committee meeting set in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) -- Member-agencies of the Regional Development Council – Development Administration Committee (RDC-DAC) is set to convene for its 4th Quarter Meeting on October 14, 2011, 9:00a.m. at the Rajah Colambu Hall, Mazua Island Resort, Malvar Compound, Doongan, this city. 23 22

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4th RDC-Dev’t...from page 22 During the meeting, committee members will give updates on Butuan City’s Convergence Workshop; open interest of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) to join the Caraga RDC Full Council as nonvoting member; and give status of the regional line agencies’ submission on agency budget/programs and projects to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and President Aquino’s Social Contract. DAC focuses on regional development planning which includes the Medium-Term Regional Development Plan and the Physical Land Use Plan with Disaster Risks Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptability (CCA).

The committee also covers the Development Finance and Regional Budgeting, Good Governance and InstitutionBuilding, Peace and Security, Policy and Research, Statistics and Data Banking and Communication Advocacy. The following are also the functions of the committee: 1) In coordination with sectoral committees concerned, monitor, review and evaluate implementation of all programs and projects along the lines of development administration in the region, identify implementation gaps and act on these directly or through a recommendation to the RDC, and determine success stories in program and project implementation; 2) Re-

view and recommend to the RDC regional budget proposals of the national government agencies not belonging to the other sectoral committees; 3) Coordinate the formulation, evaluation, approval of medium-term and annual socio-economic development plans and investment programs of National Government Agencies (NGAs) not belonging to the other sectoral committees; 4) Propose policies, guidelines, systems and programs and projects designed for effective government management and services; 5) Create subcommittees and task forces as it may be necessary to carry out its objectives; and 6) Prepare and submit annual accomplishment reports.

Caraga Reg’l Dev’t Council members to hold team building activity BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) – The Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) will be holding a team building activity for its members in November 2011 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort in this city. The said activity was agreed upon during the RDC Execom Meeting on September 6, 2011 at Surigao City.

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Caraga Reg’l....from page 23 According to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga Regional Director and RDC ViceChairperson Carmencita Cochingco, the team building activity will further strengthen the ties and partnership among the RDC members from different government

agencies and partner stakeholders. Cochingco also bared that the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (R.A.F.I) from Cebu City has been identified to conduct the two and a half day team building exercise dubbed “Low Element.” With this, partici-

pants will be paying a fee of P4,500 to cover expenses such as program preparations, facilitators, safety coordinator, technical crew, equipment, travel and accident insurance, among other. Dir. Cochingco encouraged all RDC members to attend ativity. (JPG)

BCPO receives another vehicle from LGU-Butuan

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) -- In an effort to build the logistical capacity of the local police on its campaign against all forms of criminalities, the local government issued another vehicle to Butuan City Police Office (BCPO). Hon. Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., City Mayor, Butuan City, recently visited BCPO to lead the simple turnover ceremony of a slightly-used Toyota Pick-up type vehicle. “My regular visit to this office means that I have a friendly relationship with the local police,” Amante said. He also said that

the diminution of Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for FY 2012 “simply means that Butuan City will be poorer by One Hundred Twenty Million Pesos (P120M) next year.” “Your rice allowance was due for increase recently,” the mayor paused, allowing a loud applause of his audience. “But because

of the effects of diminution, we were forced to continue giving the same amount instead of an increase,” Amante said with an apologetic tone. The mayor, however, pledged to give a cash bonus to the group of Police Chief Inspector Rowena A. Martinez for the successful arrest recently of Allan Lagang25


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BCPO receives.....from page 24 ga, the number six Most Wanted Persons in Caraga. Amante also announced the plan to buy an electric car for the use of Butuan City Police Office in the future. “Electric cars are very economic to use and maintain. Besides, it’s a one-time investment. “If we can keep Butuan a low-crimerate city, investors from neighboring cities which, today are suffering from high-crime incidents,

will transfer to us and our people will benefit from it,” Amante ended. Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo, City Director, Butuan City Police Office, Butuan City thanked the local government headed by Mayor Amante for support to its projects such as the renovation of the Quality Service Lane, repair of the BCPO building, and the support of the Discipline Zone Project. “Although the Discipline Zone still lacks the

necessary road signs for proper implementation, but the project is gaining headwind in terms of enforcement of ordinances and community support,” Carillo said. He said that projects to be launched in the future include EBlotter, creation of the BCPO mini-library, renovation of the bachelor’s quarter, and the groundbreaking ceremony of the future site of the Butuan City Police Office’s headquarters in Doongan. (BCPO)

Tulong para sa mga magsasaka pinagibayo ng PAO by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 7 (PIA) –- Pinagibayo ng pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Agrikultura (PAO) ang tulong sa mga magsasaka sa pamamagitan ng paglunsad ng tinatawag na organic farming, integrated pests management and small scale irrigation system.

Mula sa 20 porsyentong pondo ng development fund ng pamahalaang panlalawigan,

ang PAO ay naglunsad ng isang trichoderma laboratory na nagkahalaga ng P150,000.

Target ng PAO makapaglabas ng 10,000 pakete ng trichoderma para sa taong ito. 26

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Ang trichoderma ay isang compost-activator fungi na ginagamit para palusugin ang lupa at gawing mas mayabong ang palay. Ayon sa ulat na naitala nitong nagdaang Agosto 31, ang PAO ay nakapag ani ng trichoderma na may dami katumbas ng 16,950 pakete; higit ito sa itinalaga na 6,950 pakete. Ang PAO ay nakapamigay na ng 8,469 pakete sa mga magsasaka para sa may 419 na sakahan, ayon pa sa ulat. Ang PAO ay nakapaglunsad din ng vermin-culture, isang teknolohiya sa agrikutura na nagpaparami ng mga uod na tumutulong para makakagawa ng organic fertilizer. Ang pondo ay


galing din sa provincial development fund ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na nagkahalaga ng P220,000 at nadagdagan pa ng halagang P65,000 na galing naman sa general fund. Noong katapusan ng Agosto, ang PAO ay nakagawa ng 313 sako at naibahagi sa 142 na magsasaka. Sa nakitang kahalagahan at pakinabang ng organic farming, ang mga magsasaka ay nagsimulang ipatupad ang teknolohiyang pinapatupad ng PAO. Sa kasalukuyan, 27 na composting facilities na ang naisagawa sa buong lalawigan. Ang mga pasilidad na ito ay nakapagpamahagi na ng 981 sako ng vermin-compost. Ang PAO ay naglunsad din ng progra-

mang integrated pest management (IPM) sa 18 na lugar sa taong ito. Ang unang grupo ng mga benepisaryo ay 529 na magsasaka mula sa mga bayan ng San Francisco, Prosperidad,Bunawan, Rosario at Esperanza. Para sa pangalawang grupo, ang PAO ay nagtalaga ng 21 lugar mula sa mga bayan ng Trento, Bunawan, Lungsod ng Bayugan, Loreto at Sibagat. Para mapalakas pa ang supply ng patubig sa mga palayan, ang PAO ay nagmahagi ng sampung bomba ng patubig o tinatawag na shallow well na nagkahalaga ng P1 milyon. Isa pang milyong piso ang itinabi para sa multi-purpose drying pavement na ipapatupad sa taong ito.

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DSWD continues to cleanse its 4Ps list of beneficiaries by Alfonso T. Ruda

Dipolog City, Oct. 7( PIA)---The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s effort to cleanse its list of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries has been proven effective as it has successfully removed thousands of them have been removed from the list of 4Ps beneficiaries. In Dipolog City, during the City Advisory Committee Meeting, Social Welfare Officer I Mary Fil Amelyn M. Aying, said they have already removed more

than 1,000 members from its list 4Ps beneficiaries in Dipolog City after they have bee found to be not qualified to avail of the program.

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of the beneficiaries to comply with the conditions set by the program and some of the children-beneficiaries were already above 14 years old, which is the age limit set for 4Ps. Meanwhile, throughout Zamboanga del Norte, DSWD Project Development Officer II Alex Sabal said, its cleansing effort has already resulted to the removal of more or less 8,000 4Ps beneficiaries in Zamboanga del Norte. “From the original list of more than 75,000 4Ps beneficiairies, it is now down to more or less 67,000,” Sabal said. However, Sabal has not yet disclosed the exact figure as they are still awaiting reports from other municipalities of the prov28

ince. Meanwhile, DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, in her latest visit to the province, has reiterated her appeal to the media to help the government in its information dissemination campaign on the program. Soliman cited the vital role of media, particularly, the broadcast media in the government’s information and dissemination campaign since its broadcast reaches the remotest areas where most of the beneficiaries of the government anti- poverty alleviation program live. According to her, the people in the remote areas merely rely on radio as their source of information particularly on the government programs.

Under the program, every household is entitled to receive a P300.00 monthly cash assistance for their children aging below 14 years and another 500 for the family or a maximum of P1,400.00 per month. The assistance is primarily for the basic health and education needs of the family. However family beneficiaries have also to comply with the conditions set forth by the program. The children should spend 85% of their time attending to their classes; that they are regularly given medical check-up at the barangay health center; and that the mother regularly attend Responsible parenthood session conducted for the purpose. Friday, October 7, 2011

DTI bares policies, penalties under motorcycle healmet law by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) - - Motorcycle drivers and back riders are all required to wear the standard protective motorcycle helmets at all times while driving on all roads and highways. This was disclosed by Consumer’s Welfare Division Chief Julius Salaveria of the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here. Salaveria said that under Republic Act No. 10054, otherwise known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009, the motorcycle driver and his/her back rider should wear the standard protective motorcycle helmet during long or short trips. “The standard helmet is one that complies with the Friday, October 7, 2011

specifications issued by the DTI,” he stressed. Any person caught not wearing the standard helmet will be fined P1,500 for the first offense, P3,000 for the second offense, P5,000 for the third offense, and P10,000 plus confiscation of driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses. On the other hand, those persons or establishments found selling substandard motorcycle helmets or those without PS (Philippine Standard) mark or ICC

(Import Commodity Clearance) certificate shall be fined not less than P3,000 for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense. Tampering, alteration, forgery and imitation of PS mark and/or ICC certificate in the helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,00o, without prejudice to other penalties imposed under RA 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.” 29

LGUs urged to support children’s month celebration DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) - - Secretary Jesse M. Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged all the local chief executives (LCEs) across the country to support and spearhead the children’s month celebration in their respective jurisdictions this month.

In his recent memorandum to the governors, city/municipal mayors, barangay chairmen, Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons,DILG regional directors and field officers, Secretary Robredo has enjoined them to undertake activities in support of the national children’s month which is celebrated every October of each year pursuant to Proclamation No. 267 dated September 30, 1993. The government recognizes the Filipino children as the most valuable asset of the nation and their vital 30

role in nation-building. The theme for this year’s children’s month celebration is, “Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) Para Sa Bright Child: Pakilusin, Palakasin, Pagtulungan Natin.” During the monthlong celebration, the LCEs are also expected to deliver their annual State of the Children’s Report (SCR) stating, among others, the programs and projects pursued by their respective local government units (LGUs) for the furtherance of the children’s welfare and development.

C h i l d - f r i e n d ly activities such as art contest, children’s fair, photo exhibit, film showing, camping, medical missions and others are also encouraged to be conducted by the LGUs. A report on all the activities undertaken during the children’s month by each LGU shall be submitted to the council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) through the Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) within a month after the said events. (JPA)

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Rehab process of Jolo port starts ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Oct 7 (PIA) – The Philippine Port Authority (PPA) officers and officials of its consulting firm Science and Vision recently met with Sulu Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan and provincial government officials to start the process of rehabilitating the port of Jolo. Engr. Jameson Lee, Principal Engineer, PPA, PDO-SOMIN, said that the initial phase of the port rehab would be to have a feasibility study of the port to maximize the potential of the facility based on the socio-economic profile of the province. “Science and Vision consulting firm will be conducting the study, the same firm that we commissioned to do the study for Davao and Zamboanga Port,” Lee added. “The study will have a time frame of approximately 6 months and will include tourism, international standards, Local Economic Development, port management and other concerns,” Engr. Malou Mamatad, Head Consultant of Science and Vision said. Provincial Information Officer Sonny Abing III said that in the year 2000, under

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Executive Order 8283, the port of Jolo was extended by 78 meters reinforced concrete pier, including RORO and lighting facilities with a cost of P54-million. This was in the time of then President Joseph Estrada and the 2nd term of Governor Abdusakur M. Tan. The rehabilitation was made thru the initiative of Gov. Abdusakur M. Tan and 1st District Representative Tupay Loong. Abing said they are partners in the development and united in the vision of making Sulu reach its full economic potential. “Gov. Tan’s constant follow-up of the project and his commitment to improve power generation in Sulu to accommodate the port was key in making this project possible,” Lee emphasized. “We will privatize power generation in the province of Sulu in 3 years’ time,” confirms Gov. Tan.

Tan added the port will serve as a gateway for economic development in the province. “To have an updated port facility especially in this part of the country is of great importance, a vital component of sustainable economic growth,” the governor said. Mamatad explains that the Feasibility Study has a budget cost of 4.3 million pesos. The costs, he said, will cover four (4) existing ports in Mindanao: Ulotanga in Zamboanga del Sur, Tukuran in Pagadian city, Katipunan in Zamboanga del Norte and Jolo in Sulu. Based on their experiences in managing ports, PPA officers and consultants were impressed by the socio economic profile of the province. “Ports bring change and we see this change in Sulu,” Abing said. (JPA)


GSIS padayon pagpalapad sa serbisyo sa mga membro by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 7(PIA)--- Ang Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) padayon karong nagpatuman ug mga kausaban aron mapalambo ang ilang serbisyo ug masakop ug makabenepisyo ang kapin sa 1.4 milyones nilang mga membro. Kini gihimo sa GSIS pinaagi sa pagpalapad sa ilang partnership uban sa Land Bank of the Philippines. Ilalom sa maong partnership, gihatagan ug kahigayonan sa GSIS ang ilang mga membro nga makuha ang abot sa ilang loan ug uban pang benepisyo pinaagi sa Unified MultiPurposed Indentification eCard nga giisyo sa Land Bank of the Philippines. Mahinumdoman nga niadtong Disyembre sa miaging tuig, gi-renew sa GSIS ang partnership uban sa LANDBANK aron mahatagan ug kahigayonan ang mga pensiyonado nga makuha ang ilang pensiyon ug uban pang benepisyo pinaagi sa LANDBANK ATM o pinaagi sa ilang eCard. Ang LANDBANK du32

nay 327 ka mga sangang bangko kapin sa 900 ka mga Automated Teller Machines sa tibuok nasod. Subling mahinumdoman, nga miani ug pagsaway gikan sa mga membro sa GSIS ang pagbalhin sa GSIS ngadto sa Union Bank isip bangko nga gamiton sa pagkuha sa bunga sa ilang loan ug uban pang benepsisyo, gumikan sa kagamay lang sa mga sangang-bangko niini, nga nagresulta sa pagpahamtang ug bank charges panahon sa pagwith-draw niini pinaagi sa ATM sa ubang mga bangko. Gamit ang UMID eCard nga giisyo sa LANDBANK, mahimo nang makuha sa membro sa GSIS ang bunga sa ilang loan ug uban pang benepisyo sa bisan sang ATM sa Bancnet, Expressnet, ug

Megalink sa tibuok nasod. Ang UMID eCard nga giisyo sa LANDBANK mahimo usab nga gamiton debit card sa kapin sa 200 ka mga accredited merchanmts sa tibuok nasod ug isip discount card sa mga corporate partner sa GSIS sama sa Pfizer ug STI. Ang nasangpit nga LANDBANK UMID ecard libre ug wala na magkinahanglan ug maintaining balance nga kinahanglanon ang mga membrong gustong mobalhin sa LANDBANK. Matod pa ni GSIS Chairman ug General Manager Roberto Vergara, kining maong kausaban mao ang tipik lamang sa padayong pagpatuman ug mga inisyatibo nga nagtumong nga mapalambo ang serbisyo ug mapaduol ang GSIS sa ilang mga membro. Friday, October 7, 2011

Camiguin, 2nd in the country to have NAMRIA-delineated/ certified municipal waters By Jorie C. Valcorza

CAMIGUIN, Mambajao, Oct. 7 (PIA) – Camiguin now ranks as the second province in the country to get certification for its municipal waters from the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). Friday, October 7, 2011


With a total area of 144,038.01 hectares, the province had successfully defined its municipal waters giving the municipal local government units (MLGUs) jurisdiction and responsibility in spatial terms, as well, as providing the executive and legislative departments clear guidance in the governance and management of the island’s coastal and marine resources. The certification of municipal wasters was a primary objective of the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP), a project the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), with the support from the New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP). “The delineation allows the municipal LGUs to generate revenues from the use of its fisheries and aquatic resources, enforce fisheries and environmental laws, and develop an equitable and viable system of allocating ‘access and use’ rights

to municipal fisheries and aquatic resources among its residents,” Amida Diwata M. Jasma, CCRMP Phase I Project Officer explained. The CCRMP assisted the LGUs in obtaining copies of the proposed municipal water maps prepared by NAMRIA and helped in validating these by groundtrotting the municipal boundaries monuments (MBM), which served as the coastal terminal points for delineating the boundaries between municipal waters. Following the release of the certification and the data on length of shoreline and area of municipal waters, all the towns in the province, likewise, enacted ordinances adopting the municipal water delineation as approved by NAMRIA. To date, the LGU of Mambajao with the assistance of the CCRMP and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has enacted its own Municipal Water Fee Ordinance

and Comprehensive Fisheries and Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Code of 2010, which provides for the protection, preservation, and the regulation of the local fishing industry, the municipal waters and the marine resources of Mambajao. Just recently, LGU Catarman has also enacted the Catarman CRM Code of 2011, while Guinsiliban town is also formulating its own CRM code for legislation. Camiguin Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO), Gaudioso B. Malaton likewise noted that through CCRMP, the province has established Deputy Fish Wardens and formed the Municipal Coastal Law Enforcement Teams (MCLET) to strengthen its coastal law enforcement. These enforcers were all trained and provided with enforcement paraphernalia, such as, pump boats, global positioning system (GPS) 35


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Camiguin, 2nd....from page 34 units, communication equipment, raincoats and flashlights. “They conducted seaborne patrol opera-

tions and documented some 28 incidence of fishery law ordinance violations, last year, where they reprimand-

ed, charged fines or confiscated the fishing gears of the violators,” Malaton added. (PIA 10)

DSWD’s social protection gears toward statistics By Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Oct. 7 (PIA) — Social protection is a set of policies and programs that reduce the risk for both poor, as well, as the non-poor from falling into poverty or further deeper into poverty. What makes social protection different from poverty reduction is that while poverty reduction aims to improve the quality of life of the poor through various means, social protection aims to prevent the poor’s living conditions from further deteriorating and prevent the non-poor from joining their ranks. These points were raised by Virginia Cardona, Chief, Social Pension for Senior Citizen Indigency Program Division, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, during the flag raising/kick-off ceremony of the National Sta-

tistics Month (NSM) of October at the City Hall Amphitheatre, here, last Oct. 4. Now, on its 22nd year of observance, the NSM anchors on the theme, “Quality Social Protection Statistics for Focused Targeting: Improving Outcomes, Changing Lives,” with DSWD taking the lead in this year’s activities. Cardona, who represented Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD, region 10, said the latest official poverty statistics show that as of 2009, the Philippines is home to 23 million poor Filipinos, equivalent to more than a quarter of the

entire population. “Ten (10) million Filipinos are food-poor, meaning they don’t earn enough to buy their minimum food requirements. The situation becomes worse when poor families experience sudden economic shocks such as job loss, illnesses, and calamities. Because of this, the government has decided to step in and protect the poor from falling deeper into poverty. DSWD’s programs form the core of the government’s social protection and antipoverty efforts. It 36

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DSWD’s social....from page 35 helps the government by identifying the poor households that need assistance redistributing income to the poor and the most vulnerable. “Our Department is mandated to protect poor households, but given limited resources, we need to have a clear system for identifying the poor and determining where they are,� Cardona said. This is why the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) was developed, disclosed Cardona. This internationally accepted targeting system enables the government to objectively identify the poor by minimizing political interference in the

identification process. It ensures that social protection programs benefit those who really need the assistance, and by concentrating government resources on the poor, government will have better impact at lower cost. The NHTS-PR uses observable and verifiable characteristics of households as criteria for classifying households as poor, which reduces opportunities for favoring one group of beneficiaries over another. This can improve governance, transparency, and credibility of programs, thus, DSWD uses NHTS-PR for providing social protection programs targeting to those individuals and

families who need government resources the most. This system will not only be for the consumption of DSWD, but can now be availed of by other agencies which have social protection programs. Since the government will be using a unified set of criteria for identifying the poor, it becomes much easier for government to bring together all of its programs to a particular group of poor households. Lastly, the database of the NHTS-PR will guide them to where and who the poor are in the region and thus enable them to flow their resources to the right targets, Cardona added. (PIA 10)

Haribon Brigade donates school chairs to Madrasah school anew By Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Oct. 7 (PIA) --- Another Madrasah school, here, has received 40 quality school chairs from the 103rd Infantry (Haribon) Brigade, Philippine Army. 37 36

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Haribon Brgade....from page 36 The donation to the Lanao Islamic Paramedical College Foundation Inc. (LIPCFI), held yesterday at the school lobby, was made through the 64th Infantry (Knights) Battallion, one of the operationally controlled units of the Haribon Brigade. Lt. Col. Dario C. Bucawit, Commander of 64IB, said the chairs was constructed by his soldiers utilizing the confiscated fletches of lumber yielded from illegal logging. He said the donation of school chairs was made to strengthen the relationship between the school and military citing that it is one way of showing how soldiers give back to the com-

munity the services they particularly, 64IB andeserve. d103rd Bde for donating such school chairs. “I am very happy that they have chosen our school, among other schools in Marawi City, to be the recipient of these school chairs,” expressed Eden Camsa. On the other hand, Bucawit has assured the school adminis It is also in line tration of their assiswith the current Internal tance in any way posPeace and Security Plan sible emphasizing that (IPSP) dubbed as “Baya- the military presence in nihan” which is designed the city is not solely to to win the peace in every pursue those individuals corner of the country, he who have violated the said. people’s rights but also Meanwhile, one of to render government the students has ex- services to the people. pressed appreciation (PIA-10) to the Philippine Army,

Entrepreneurship, food sufficiency activities highlight consumer month celebration in Bukidnon by Famelah Racquel D. Villanueva MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Oct. 7 (PIA) – In order to promote consumers’ welfare and broaden the scope of consumer education, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Bukidnon has lined-up several activities to mark this year’s celebration of the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM). 38 Friday, October 7, 2011


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DTI Provincial Director Ermedio Abang said the department has embarked on major activities for the whole month, to highlight the event that kicked off with a one-hour radio program that discussed entrepreneurship, consumers’ basic rights and responsibilities, last Oct. 6. The advocacy aims to strengthen the general public’s awareness especially on honest packaging, advertising, product guarantees, and improved safety standards. Vital issues discussed, which was aired over radio station DXBU here, also included consumerism and safe affordable food. In partnership with the DTI, the Department of Agriculture (DA) leads this year’s CWM celebration with the theme “Sapat, Ligtas at Abot-kayang Pagkain para sa Lahat

(Enough, safe and affordable food for all).” It aims to give focus on DA’s continuing program on food self sufficiency and promote active participation among local government units, farmers, non-government organizations, and private sectors for agricultural development. This, likewise, inspires communities to take part with the DTI’s One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) program. Meanwhile, Abang said the month-long celebration will also be highlighted by the following activities: Oct. 10-11, Consumer Education & Information at San Agustin Institute of Technology and Mountain View College, both

in Valencia City, Oct. 14, Provincial Quiz Bee at the Provincial Planning and Development Office conference room and Oct. 18-19, Briefing on Product Standards Law at Malaybalay City People’s Hall and Valencia City. Oct. 20-21, Monitoring and Enforcement with accredited consumer organization, Oct. 25, Briefing on Business Licensing & Price Act, in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), D’ Garden Party Venue, Malaybalay City. Oct. 27, 39


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Entrepereurship....from page 38

Regional Quiz Bee at Cagayan de Oro City, Oct. 27-28, Entrepreneurship Training at Farmers Training Center, City Agriculture Office, Malaybalay City and BHW Building, Valencia City

and Oct. 28, Regional Bagwis Awarding ceremony in Cagayan de Oro City. The CWM is observed each October by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1098, which is initiated

by the National Consumer Affairs Council (NCAC) to improve the management, coordination and effectiveness of consumer programs of various government agencies. (DTI/PIA-10)

Pagpalambo sa patigayon sa Iligan nakitang solusyon sa nakaung-ong nga pagkunhod sa IRA sa siyudad By Boy Decena

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Oct 7. (PIA) --Gipaningkamutan karon sa pamuno-an ni Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz nga mapalig-on pa ang panagtambayayong sa kagamhanan ug sa sektor sa patigayon diha sa pagpalambo sa negosyo sa Dakbayan sa Iligan. Sumala ni Vice Mayor Henry Dy, kini mao ang usa sa mga estratihiya nga ipatuman sa siyudad agi’g pagpangandam sa nakaung-ong nga pagkunhod sa internal revenue allotment kon IRA share sa sunod nga tuig tungod sa ubos nga koleksiyon sa nasudnong kagamhanan niadtong tuig 2009 ug ang kamugnaan sa 16 Friday, October 7, 2011

ka mga bag-ong siyudad. Dugang niini, mipahayag si Kagawad Frederick Siao sa Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) nga nagkahiusa gayud ang kagamhanang lokal, tulo ka mga chambers of commerce ug uban pang mga ahensiya ug organisasyon diha sa dugang pagpadasig sa negosyo sa atong dapit

pinaagi sa pagsaulog sa Iligan Business Month niining bulan sa Oktubre. Alayon niini, gilantaw usab sa siyudad ang pag-review sa investment promotion program sa siyudad ug dugang pagpasayon sa proseso sa paglukat og business permits pinaagi sa Business One Stop Shop. (CIO/PIA 10) 39


Study cites faster business process in Davao City by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

avao City is the second quickest to allow the start of a business, and first in dealing with construction permits.


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Study cites....from page 40 This came out after a survey was conducted, Doing Business Survey 2011 which compared the regulatory environment for business in 25 cities in the Philippines. The report focuses on national and local regulations that affect 3 stages in the life of a small to medium-size domestic firm: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, and registering property. It is also in Davao City that new policies were created to satisfy the needs of most new SMEs. The city allows for the issuance of a temporary business permit which the business enterprise can use for one month while the permit is being processed. National Competi-

tiveness Commission Private Sector Director for Operations Ruy Y. Moreno reported that an investor applying for a business permit in Davao City would only go through 17 processes in 27 days, the most. This makes Davao City second to General Santos City as the fastest to deal with business applications. The survey supports the call of President Benigno Aquino III for local government units to look for more ways to streamline processes to make business startups easier. “I hope the LGUs can also find ways to implement reforms that will be consistent with the ones we have already started.� this he said during his State

of the Nation Address. Streamlining business processing and licensing turns out beneficial to local businessmen as this could save time and financial resources, allows for more contribution to local investments, and facilitates access to financing. The LGU, on its part, also gets benefits out from it as its revenue generation improves, customer satisfaction is achieved, and good governance is practiced. One model city that showed a significant shift on revenues after reforms were made in business processing is Iloilo City. Its revenue of 61.75 million in 2007 rose to a 41.3 percent high in 2008 reaching 95.75 million.

Davao City to focus on Business Permits and Licensing System DAVAO CITY September 7 (PIA) - The Davao City local government targets to join the roster of LGUs that have completed and are implementing a Business Permits and Licensing System (BPLS). 42 Friday, October 7, 2011


Davao City....from page 41 In yesterday’s National Competitive Council Roadshow held at Grand Men Seng Hotel, City Planning Officer Roberto P. Alabado III disclosed that the BPLS which is now a priority program of the present local administration is instrumental in upgrading the services of the LGU. “This also gives us a benchmark as to how we are fairing with other cities.” he said. It is also here in Davao City that new policies were created to satisfy the needs of most new SMEs. The city allows for the issuance of a temporary business permit which the business enterprise can use for one month while the permit is being processed. NCC private sector co-chairman Guillermo Luz lauded Davao City for joining the existing 221 LGUs who have been implementing BPLS. There are currently 119 LGUs which are in the process of fixing processes to finally imple-


ment a complete BPLS. This program is aimed to streamline business permits and licensing system in the country to the target 480 LGUs by 2014. BPLS follows a standard that limits the processing time of LGUs to issue business permits and licenses to a maximum of 10 days from the date of submission of the application form. This also required the LGU to have a unified form each for new applications and renewals as well as to have a limited number of steps in processing applications and renewals. Luz bared that Philippines dropped four notches from ranking 144th in 2010 to 148th this year through the Doing Business Survey conducted by the IFC. Singapore leads the survey since 2009 and tailed by other ASEAN countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam. The survey shows that Philippines needs

to prioritize efforts in starting a business, dealing with construction permits, and closing a business. The NCC called the attention of concerned government agencies like the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Internal Revenue, local government units, and the Department of Interior and Local Government to work on these priority areas. Aside from BPLS, the NCC also pushes for other priority projects such as the Performance Governance System Balanced Scorecard, the Philippine Business Registry (PBR), the National Single Window (NSW), and the Transparency in Budget Delivery. NCC is mandated to promote and develop competitiveness strategies and push for the implementation of an action agenda for competitiveness and link it to the Philippine Development Plan

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Profile for PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - October 7, 2011  

An Electronic News magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - October 7, 2011  

An Electronic News magazine of PIA Mindanao