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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

NATIONAL • Ochoa: Major reforms undertaken to im prove crisis situation management • Press Statement: On the Death Anniversary of Senator “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr.

Northern Mindanao

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

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

• DSWD’s advocacy for the Pantawid Pamilya continues • Army’s 51st Inf Battalion accepts 13 MILF surrenderees • Region 10 to grow 2.168 million new trees under Pres. Aquino’s NGP • Iligan City provides sewing machine to Barangay Tipanoy • Cebuano News: Sapnay Iligan ug BIR mipaluyo sa Hataw sa Rizal Park Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) 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



Today’s News...

The cover of this issue features the Floral Float Parade of the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.


• WHO to declare COMVAL as Filariasis free • Search for model OFW families is on • Davao Light support for Lumad scholars continues • Feature : Pantawid Pamilya begets ‘supermoms’ Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Butuan PNP implements “Discipline Zone” Phase 3 • Nasipit PNP awarded Best Municipal Police Sta tion in Caraga • Cebuano News: Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla, ug laing 15 ka mga mayor, mubisita sa Surigao del Sur • Cebuano News: Cong. Matba, pabor sa RH Bill Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • Military, academe join 3k Check ‘N Run • DepED-Zambo. Norte to hold 2011 SBM grants implementation

COVER Photo Credits :


dabaw pinoy kiwi Kerslyn D. Nierva Agustin Rafael pinaylighterside kat Mabel Sunga Acosta Potograpiya Dabaw

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Across the Nation... Ochoa: Major reforms undertaken to improve crisis situation management


hilippine authorities have undertaken major institutional reforms toward strengthening the capability of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to effectively manage hostage situations in order to avoid a repeat of the Quirino Grandstand incident one year ago. Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said the reforms were part of the recommendations of the Incident Investigation and Review Committee (IIRC), which looked into the handling of the rescue operation during the hostage taking. According to Ochoa, the government has formed the Crisis Action Force (CAF) in the aftermath of the hostage incident and has invested P169.9 million to provide the special police unit with new weapons, equipment and vehicles to help it deal with similar situations in the future. “We have undertaken reforms that focus on improving the capability of the PNP to respond to Sunday, August 21, 2011

crisis situations. We recently activated the CAF, whose personnel are all graduates of specialized training courses,” Ochoa said. He said all personnel of the PNP’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) had received additional training courses, while a pool of negotiators that had undergone training here and overseas on hostage situation and crisis management has already been identified. The PNP, according to Ochoa, has also produced three handbooks on hostage crisis management – the Hostage Negotiation Handbook, PNP Critical Incident Management Action Flow Chart and Checklist

Handbook, and PNP-National Operations Center Incident Management and Monitoring Handbook – to guide all members of the police force. Other recommendations of the IIRC which have been addressed are the imposition of penalties and the filing of appropriate charges against officials it found liable for mishandling the hostage-taking incident. Ochoa said the Office of the President had referred the cases of these officials to the appropriate agencies like the National Police Commission and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.



Press Statement: On the Death Anniversary of Senator “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. We honor the memory of Sen. Ninoy Aquino by doing our best to live up to the ideals and values that he exhibited when he fought for the restoration of democracy, like selflessness and love of country. Sen. Ninoy taught us to put our country first, and we hope that everyone will commemorate his sacrifice by following his example; not just on his death anniversary, but every day.

The President In Focus...

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and Tree Top owner Jaime Agbayani, made a surprise visit to the Tree Top Adventure and Zip Line inside the Camp John Hay Compound on Friday (August 19) to boost the tourism industry in the Cordillera Region, particularly in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. (Photo by Ryan Lim/ Malacanang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr., before trying the zip line adventure during a surprise visit to the Tree Top Adventure and Zip Line inside the Camp John Hay Compound on Friday (August 19) to boost the tourism industry in the Cordillera Region, particularly Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines Baguio City. (Photo by: Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau)



President Benigno S. Aquino III is briefed by DOST Secretary Mario Montejo on the Tree Top Adventure and Zip Line inside the Camp John Hay Compound on Friday (August 19) to boost the tourism industry in the Cordillera Region, particularly in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines (Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacanang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III inspects light-emitting diode (LED) posts that will signal the Public Lighting of the Burnham Park Complex in Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio City Friday night (August 19). The lighting of the city’s premiere park, including Wright Park, is under the Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

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Northern Mindanao

RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB PIA-X Regional Director

DSWD’s advocacy for the Pantawid Pamilya continues by Charmaine Palacio-Tadlas CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 21 (PIA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will continue advocating for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program despite the many controversies and criticisms it had been receiving from the public. This assurance came from Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of DSWD who believes that children deserve to go to school and to have good health whatever their family’s economic conditions. A Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme of the Philippine Government, Pantawid Pamilya provides op-

portunities to poor families in sending their children to school and improving their health, including the pregnant women. Under such scheme, an augmenting subsidy of P300 per month, for every child in a household, can give the child a chance to own a pair of shoes, perhaps a bag or other school supplies that

he/she will need in school. Likewise, a subsidy of P500 per month is also provided to poor families with children aged 0-14 years old for their health needs. Homemaker Alfonsa Salva of Sagay town, Camiguin, can testify that Pantawid Pamilya has evidently provided much to their family. 6

Army’s 51st Inf Battalion accepts 13 MILF surrenderees by 1Lt. Emil Charlie B. Jaudian MALABANG, Lanao del Sur, Aug. 21 (PIA) – Thirteen (13) more members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have surrendered to the 51st Infantry “Fuerte Uno” Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army, in Barangay Matling, here, last Aug. 15. “The fifth batch, they have brought to 62, the total number of MILF fighters who have voluntarily surrendered to the elements of 51IB, since April 26, July 23, July 25, and August 4, this year,” Lt. Col. Ceasar Marlon M. Yadao, Commander of 51IB, said. These former MILF fighters, who were all members of the 304th Brigade, 116th Base Command, Central Mindanao Front Command (CMFC), BIAF, MILF under a certain Aleem Salic operating in Marogong, Kapatagan and Malabang towns, in the

province are: Saiden Dimao Madag, Nasser Abdulkadir Amerol, Alioden Amen Cosain, Saddam Amen Cosain, Junaid Morales Amerol, Daud Dimangadap Jamil, Asad Mandag Maliawan, Andy Lao Macasalung, Sali Gumacap Paulino, Jamaludin Amano Paulino, Juwair Ilmula Gaus, Macacna Ismael Amino and Azis Samanodin Amino, The surrenderees brought along with them their high powered firearms which included: one (1) cal. 30 M1 Garrand rifle, 6

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DSWD’s advocacy... from page 5 “Sa una, dili said. gyud ko makapalit ug Meanwhile, uniform para pang- 19-year old and the eskwela sa akong eldest of six (6) childuha ka-anak. Pero dren, Jovanie Cabutungod sa hinabang nag of Lopez Jaena, nga akong nadawat Misamis Occidental gikan sa Pantawid shares his own expePamilya, ga-uniform rience with Pantawid na sila kung mag- Pamilya: eskwela. Kabalo ko “Gahulam nga gamay ra kaayo lang ko ug bangka na nga butang para aron pagtabok sa pisa uban. Apan alang kas isla aron maguha kanako isip usa ka ug mga kinhasonsh inahan, ug usa la- aron ibaligya. Mao mang ka-housewife, ni ang akong pannahuwasan gyud ko ginabuhi aron makaug dako niini. kaon ang akong (Before, unom ka-igsoon. I could not afford to Akong inahan tua sa buy school uniforms Manila aron mangita for my two children. pud ug panginabuhi, But because of the apan hangtod karon subsidy I received wala pa gihapon sifrom Pantawid Pami- yay napadala para lya, my children are sa amo. Mao nga nanow attending school pugos ko ug trabaho wearing their uni- aron lamang makaforms. It may not be kaon akong mga igmuch for other peo- soon. ple, but as mother (I borrow and as mere home- a boat to cross to maker, this is such a another island and great relief),” Salva pick up shells to be

sold. This is what I do to feed my six (6) siblings. My mother is in Manila looking for a job, but until now she hasn’t sent us anything, forcing me to work to provide food for my siblings),” said Jovanie. “Dako ug natabang ang Pantawid Pamilya sa ako ug sa akong mga igsoon kay naa na mi’y gadawaton para makapalit mi ug pagkaon. Tinood nga dili siya dako nga kantidad, pero dako gihapon siya ug ikatabang sa amo-a. (Pantawid Pamilya has helped me and my siblings a great deal since we can now receive cash for food. While it is true that the money we receive is not enough, but still it is a great help to us),” Jovanie tearfully expressed. Alfonsa and

Jovanie are just two (2) of the 200,569 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilya in Northern Mindanao, as of July 31, 2011, who can testify that the program has truly helped them. Sec. Soliman said the DSWD will defend Pantawid Pamilya because it provides a good future for children of poor families who could not send them to school and provide good health because of their economic instability. “We are concerned with the child who should be in school but could not. It is for the child who should be enjoying a healthy life, but could not. That is why we advocate for Pantawid Pamilya,” Soliman added. (DSWD/PIA-10)

Army’s 51st... from page 5 four (4) M79 40MM Grenade Launchers with one (1) 40MM ammunition, four (4) cal. 9mm INGRAM and four (4) cal .45 pistols. “They cited the same opinions with the previous surrenderees on why they

returned to the folds of the law which is to have a normal life because they were able to see the benefits that their former comrades who are already in the government are benefiting,” Yadao said.

The MILF surrenderees also said they have nothing to gain from joining the MILF group because of the hardships that they experienced in the mountains and because they saw and experience that only their Com7



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Army’s 51st... from page 7 manders are gaining from their organization. Besides they realized that taking arms against the government will only make their lives and those of their families miserable. They also noticed that those who have surrendered ahead of them were given

livelihood programs by the government that helped them to have better lives as normal citizens through the “Balik-Baril” Program. This is already the output of the massive campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in winning the hearts and minds of

the people to show the role of every member of the AFP in community building and attaining just and a lasting Peace through its new Campaign plan IPSP “BAYANIHAN” in the second district of province, Yadao added. (51IB/PIA-10)

Region 10 to grow 2.168 million new trees under Pres. Aquino’s NGP by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 21 (PIA) – A total of 4,336 hectares of land in Northern Mindanao have been targeted to be planted with various species of trees under the National Greening Program (NGP). With NGP’s target of planting 500 seedlings per hectare, the region expects to grow 2,168,000 new trees in six (6) years. This was explained by Mayor Leandro Jose H. Catarata of Valencia City, who is also the Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee, Regional Development Council, region 10 (EDC, RDC-X) during the last full council meeting in Ozamiz City. Catarata said of the NGP area in the region, the province of Bukidnnon posted the biggest share of 2,002 has. or 46 percent, followed by Misamis Occiden-

tal with 999 has. or 23 percent, Misamis Oriental, 774 has. or 18 percent, Lanao del Norte, 424 has. or 10 percent, Camiguin , 85 has., or 0.02 percent and Lake Lanao, 52 has., or 0.01 percent. Issued by the President Benigno S. Aquino III, last February 24, Executive Order No. 26 directed the implementation of NGP for the period 2011-2016. The NGP complements the national government strategies on sustainable development, poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

In a letter addressed to the EDC, RDC-X, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sought the endorsement of NGP to the RDC-X Full Council which strongly recommended its implementation. Targeting to plant 1.5 million has., nationwide, from 2011-2016, the NGP considers forestlands, mangrove and protected areas, ancestral domains, military reservations, urban areas under the local government unit’s greening plan, abandoned mine sites, and other suitable lands. Meanwhile,

RDC-X has integrated the NGP in the Regional Development Plan (RDP) and coordinated its implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the region after determining the priority lands for its development under the NGP, Catarata said. In addition, RDC-X has been tasked to provide direction to the Regional Convergence I n i t i a t i v e -Te c h n i cal Working Group chaired by DENR in operationalizing the NGP activities in the region. The timetable of activities that clearly details the proposed functions of the RDC under the 8

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Iligan City provides sewing machine to Barangay Tipanoy by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 21 (PIA) -- The city government provided a new sewing machine to the Barangay Council of Tipanoy, here. Costing some Php8,500, the sewing machine will be used in the livelihood project of the women’s group of Tipanoy. It was turned-over and personally received by the officials of Tipanoy led by

Barangay Captain Modesto “Joy” Labrador during a simple ceremony at a flag raising program in city hall. The turn over ceremony was led by Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, Vice Mayor Henry Dy, City Councilor

Michelle Sweet, Councilor Moises Dalisay, Jr. and Alice Coronado, head of the Cooperative Development and Livelihood Office (CDLO). (CIO/PIA-10)

Region 10 to grow... from page 7 NGP has also been worked out by the DENR in collaboration with the RDC Technical Staff. It is also the

DENR that determines the reliability of support mechanisms and condition, such as, seedling materials availability,

accessibility of target planting areas, and inter-agency collaboration on logistical support by firming up formal agree-

ments with various government instrumentalities involved in the NGP, Catarata added. (PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Sapnay Iligan, BIR mipaluyo sa Hataw sa Rizal Park ni Boy Decena

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 21 -- Gipaluyohan sa Sapnay Iligan ug Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) ang pagpahigayon sa “Hataw” sayo sa buntag kagahapong adlawa, Agosto 20, diha sa Rizal Park ning dakbayan. Matud pa ni Kagawad Marlene Young sa Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) nga ang Sapnay Iligan mao’y kahugpongan sa mga kabanay sa mga cancer victims kinsa nagtinguha sa paghatag og kadasig niadtong mga biktima nga maka-recover sa maong sakit. Sumala pa ni Kagawad Young, ang tigpasi-ugda sa senemanang Hataw, nga



modumala sa kalihukan isip substitute instructor mao si Connie Noval aron motudlo sa kombinasyon sa Taebo ug Zumba. Dugang giasoy ni Kagawad Young nga adunay gipang-apod apod nga mga give aways sa mga nangapil sa maong sa kalihukan. (CIO/PIA-10)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Southern Mindanao


WHO to declare COMVAL as Filariasis free NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Aug. 21 (PIA) –- The World Health Organization (WHO) is set to officially declare Compostela Valley as the first in Davao Region to be Filariasis-free province. This was bared by the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Renato B. Basañes in a Provincial Health Board meeting on August 4. Said pronouncement will be officially conferred to Comval under Governor Arturo Uy on September 3, 2011 at Maco Gym in time for two-day Family Health Fair-Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK).

Lymphatic Filariasis is an infection with the filarial worms, Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi or B. timori. These parasites are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and develop into adult worms in the lymphatic vessels, causing severe damage and swelling (lymph edema). Elephantiasis – painful,

disfiguring swelling of the legs and genital organs – is a classic sign of late-stage disease. The infection can be treated with drugs. However, chronic conditions may not be curable by antifilarial drugs and require other measures such as surgery for hydrocele, care of the skin and exercise to increase lymphatic drainage

Search for model OFW families is on

in lymph edema. Annual treatment of all individuals at risk (individuals living in endemic areas) with recommended antifilarial drugs combination of either diethyl-carbamazine citrate (DEC) and albendazole, or ivermectin and albendazole; or the regular use of DEC fortified salt can prevent occurrence of new infection and disease. 10

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) -– Non-government organizations, peoples organizations, religious associations and local government units in the region are urged to nominate deserving overseas workers for this year’s search for Model Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA). Overseas Workers Welfare Administration regional head Zenobia Caro bared the ongoing nominations of 2011 MOFYA with the deadline on August 31 at the regional level. Caro said the nomination forms and details on the search are available at

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OWWA regional office or may be downloaded from OWWA website at www.owwa.gov. ph. She said the annual search is looking for two winners, one from the landbased category and one from the sea-based category. “The MOYFA recog-

nizes the outstanding efforts and determination of OFW families to preserve the family ties despite the distance that separates them for years,” she stated. According to Caro, an eligible OFW family nominee must be headed by a seabased or land-based OFW, 10



WHO to declare... from page 9

Search for model... from page 9

In 2007, record shows that the province has identified ten people diagnosed with Filariasis. Gov. Uy then ordered the Provincial Health Office to strongly support the National Filariasis Program through the Mass Drug Administration in all barangays of the 11 municipalities. After the serious implementation of the continuous mass drug administration, DOH undertake Lot Quality Assurance Survey through random blood samples to 3,000 children examined by the

formerly or presently working abroad with a formal or informal contract of employment or work permit, and with proof of OWWA membership. She said that the OFW head, either single or married, must have at least four years of work experience as an OFW. The OFW family must also be known as a solid/ stable family in their community, and with financial stability. Caro said this qualification must be certified by the Barangay Captain in a Certification of Family Solidarity. The parish priest or head of the religious sect to which the OFW family belongs could also certify to establish good family rela-

health care providers of PHO, DOH and DepEd. Result of the recently conducted evaluation shows that the province is now free of such disease prompting the WHO to declare Compostela Valley as Filariasis free. The province will receive the Seal of Recognition plus a prize of P1 million as the 1st in Region XI to be Filariasis free. DOH Secretary Enrique Ona will personally hand over the award and the prize to Gov. Uy on September 3. (CLC/ IDS COMVAL/Rodielyn A. Manugas/PIA XI)

Davao Light support for Lumad scholars continues

tions. Caro said the regional winners will represent Davao Region to vie for the national award. In 2007, a regional MOYFA winner from Digos City, Davao del Sur brought home the national award for epitomizing an outstanding role model of an OFW family. Caro said the national awardee is headed by a former OFW from Saudi Arabia, now a barangay kagawad who also served as a barangay health worker and actively engaged in other community services. She added that the OFW head was able to buy a farm lot and send her children to college. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) –- A dozen “lumad” or indigenous people college scholars will continue to enjoy their educational subsidy for school year 20112012 from Davao Light & Power Co., the Aboitiz-owned electric utility distributing power in Davao City, Panabo City, and the towns of Carmen, Dujali and Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte. The subsidy which amounts to P100,000 annually is coursed through the Mindanawon Foundation, Inc., a Jesuit-run nongovernment organization (NGO) based at the Ateneo

de Davao University (ADDU) in Davao City. Even as the 12 are retained, Mindanawon is set to continue its recruitment based on the criteria set by the organization’s Board of

Directors. Davao Light which is one of its major supporters, has committed to provide financial subsidy for the book requirements of the “lumad” beneficiaries. 11



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Davao Light support... from page 10 Arturo M. Milan, the Social Work); Carl company’s Exec. Vice Lou Malinog – T’boli President and Chief (Holy Cross of Davao Operating Officer College – BS Crimi(EVP-COO), hand- nology); and Keved over the check in Malinog – also a to Mindanawon Ex- T’boli (Ateneo – BS ecutive Director Ms. Civil Engineering); Perpy C. Tio. The Krizza Feb Udal – hand-over was wit- Bagobo Tagabawa nessed by Ms. Norkis (Holy Cross – BS Landas, also of the Mass CommunicaJesuit-run NGO, and tion); Hernan Ambe Vic N. Sumalinog, – Bagobo Tagabawa Comrel Manager of (Davao Central ColDavao Light. leges–AB Political The retained Science); Reem LanLumad scholars in- das – Kalagan (Davao clude Jenefer Ambe Central Colleges – Bagobo Tagabawa – BEED Generalist); (2nd year Nursing Emman Rey Dapaing at ADDU); Jethro – Mansaka (Ateneo Anta – Obo Manobo – 3r year Law); Mar(UM – BSED Ma- celino Severino III jor in Biological Sci- – Mansaka (Ateneo ence); Anelie Ba- – 1st year Law); and long – Mangguangan Jun Mark Amban tribe (Holy Cross of Obo-Manobo (MA in Davao College – BS Educational Admin-

istration at Ateneo). The Lumad college scholarship program is implemented by Mindanawon, in cooperation with other private colleges and universities in Davao, and supported mostly by corporations and generous individuals. The scholars are housed in a residential place in downtown Davao closer to the schools they are studying. They are being brought to the city from their respective upland dwellings. Pa r t i c i p a t i n g schools provide tuition privileges to the scholars while some corporations and individuals give subsidies to the lu-

mad students’ other requirements in their studies and stay in the city. Meanwhile, a good number of lumad graduates under the Mindanawon scholarship program are now gainfully employed in various institutions. Some are teaching in public and private schools, some in non-government organization (NGO) work, in call centers, one in the Middle East doing social work, and one connected with the Islamic Bank of the Philippines (formerly Amanah Bank) based in Cotabato City. (CLC/DLPC/ PR/PIA XI)

Feature : Pantawid Pamilya begets ‘supermoms’


eing a leader is pure hard work. Hard, tortuous work. As a leader, you are tasked to be the spotlight for your members and guide them every step of the way. A leader must go above and beyond the call of duty just to ensure that things will run as smoothly as possible.

Being a mother and a leader, or aptly called a parent leader in Pantawid Pamilya, entails performing the same arduous task twice over. However, beneath all the tough and challenging workload, being a parent leader is a fulfillment in its own noble sense.

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The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program teaches not only responsible parenthood and the value of health and education in the fight against poverty but it also empowers the parent beneficiaries to deviate from their usual housewife tasks. It imparts to them the

value of community involvement and leadership in the improvement of their’s and their constituents’ lives. Eliza Bulan, 52 years old, of Brgy. Lizada, Toril shares her sentiment in being a parent leader. Eliza has eight children that depend solely on her. Her husband 12



Feature: Pantawid Pamilya... from page 11 died in an accident in 1993. To make both ends meet, Eliza works two jobs in a day. She sells native delicacies in their neighborhood, cooks meals and peddles them in schools. “Lisod pero ginakaya nako para sa akong mga anak. Kung ginahunahuna man gud nimo ang kaugmaon sa imong mga anak, mas dali buhaton ug dawaton ang mga butang (It is hard but I am willing to endure it for my children. If you keep in mind that you are doing it for your children’s future, then things are easier to bear and accept),” Eliza shared. To top it all, Eliza was also tasked as a parent leader in their barangay. She has 36 members that look up to her for guidance and leadership. “Kung lisod mahimong inahan mas lisod mahimong parent leader. Mahadlok ka magkamali kay ikaw man ang ginasaligan sa imong mga miyembro (If it is hard to be a mother then it is much harder to be a parent leader. You are afraid to commit mistakes because your members depend on you on a lot of things),” Eliza added. “Wala ko nagmahay nga mapili nga parent leader. Dako kaayo kini nga oportunidad para sa akoa (I do not have regrets that I was chosen as a parent leader. It has been a huge help to me),” declared Eliza. Since Pantawid Pamilya came to their lives, Eliza’s four schooling children have never been more excited in going to school. “Sila pa gani pirmaninte ang gapahinumdum sa akoa nga tumanon gyud ang mga kondisyones sa Pantawid Pamilya (They are even the ones who remind me to comply with the Pantawid Pamilya conditionalities),” she concluded. Forty-one year-old Venus Timbal is another epitome of a Pantawid Pamilya supermom. Venus works as a tricycle driver in Sitio Lawis, Barangay Lizada. Her P150earning a day is used to support their daily needs. Her husband, who works as a welder, takes care of the other essential needs of their family. Venus is also a parent leader with 36



members. She shares it is a rare privilege to be chosen as one. “Nalipay ko nga mahimong instrumento sa panaghiusa sa akong mga sakop diri sa amoang barangay (I am happy to be an instrument of unity among my members here in our barangay),” Venus grinned. Aside from the financial assistance that Pantawid Pamilya has been extending to them, Venus observed that Pantawid beneficiaries have formed some kind of a special bond. “Kung sa una dili gyud mi magkaila ug magtinagdanay, sukad niabot ang Pantawid mas naging close mi (When before we barely even know each other much less speak to each other, but now with Pantawid we became close), Venus added. “Ang Pantawid Pamilya dili lang usa ka conditional cash transfer nga programa, mitabang pud kini sa amoa isip indibidwal, isip lumulupyo sa among barangay ug isip inahan sa amoang mga anak pinaagi sa pag-pahinumdum sa amoa sa amoang mga responsibilidad (Pantawid is more than just a conditional cash transfer program, it also helped us as individuals, as citizens of our barangay and as mothers by reminding us of our responsibilities),” the two supermoms chorused. Pantawid Pamilya or the “conditional cash transfer program” of the government aims to help improve the quality of life of the identified poorest households in the country. It provides financial assistance to help sustain the health, nutrition and education needs particularly of children from ages 0 to 14 years old. The program also promotes responsible parenthood through the monthly Family Development Sessions. At present, a total of 124,403 households covering 31 municipalities, 3 cities and 593 barangays are already benefiting from the program in Davao Region. Led by DSWD, DOH and DepEd, Pantawid Pamilya intends to cover three million poor households throughout the country in 2012. (CLC/ DSWD-11/Sheryll Jane B. Sanico)

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Caraga Region


PIA-XIII Regional Director

Butuan PNP implements “Discipline Zone” Phase 3 by Noel B. Najarro BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) - The mounting congestion of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic and the problem of sanitation at the city’s school belt along J.C. Aquino Avenue, from the junction of Montilla Blvd., to that part of the same road fronting the Father Saturnino Urios University, the FSUU Gymnasium, Sacred Heart Kindergarten School, St. Joseph Cathedral and the Rizal Park, the Butuan City Police Office, going towards the foot of the Ramon Magsaysay Bridge, and the A.D. Curato St. intersection going towards Noli Me Tangere St., fronting Butuan City Central Elementary School and Agusan National High School, where the influx of the motorists and pedestrians are more pronounced specially during peak hours, brought about the implementation by the city police of the so-called “Discipline Zone” in coordination with the local government of the city. Butuan City Police Director PSSupt. Jose V. Carillo, called up recently a press conference at BCPO conference room attended by Hon. Ryan Anthony B. Culima, Chairman of the city council Committee on Police, Public Safety and Order and other

top city police officials to signal the implementation the program’s third phase which is massive information campaign. To this end, Carillo said, he needed to enlist the help of the city’s tri-media. Phase 1, which was the preparatory phase and

Phase 2, which was the holding of the dialogue with the stakeholders had been successfully conducted, Carillo said. The fourth Phase will be the dry run and the fifth and final phase will be full implementation, he added. In a briefing conduct14

Nasipit PNP awarded Best Municipal Police Station in Caraga by Maria Rebecca Ayaton BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) – The Nasipit Police Station in Agusan del Norte was recently awarded as the Best Municipal Police Station in Caraga Region. During the 110th Police Service Anniversary Celebration held in Police Regional Office (PRO)-13 in Libertad, this city, P/SInsp. Edmund Montillano, chief of Nasipit Municipal Police Station received the Plaque of Recognition from PRO-13

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Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal. Meanwhile, PSSupt. Eugenio B. Paguirigan was honored for having been chosen as the Best Senior Police Commission Officer for Administration. The awarding ceremo-

ny was led by PDir. Victorino S. Panagniban Jr. the Director of DIPO-EM assisted by PCSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, Police Regional Office Caraga Regional Director. (with reports from Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)



Butuan PNP... from page 13 ed at the start of the said press forum, PCInsp. Reynante N. Sibayton, chief of the Operation Branch of BCPO and commander of the Butuan City Police Station 1, pointed out some of the causes of the traffic-congestion in the area such as: illegal terminals, disregarding the loading/unloading zone, obstruction of the flow of traffic, illegal parking, disregarding the traffic lights, indiscriminate throwing of garbage, illegal peddling and smoking in public places. City PNP Dir. Carillo said, that the project was embarked in proper coordination with the local government of the city, the LTTMO, together with the barangay officials, school administrators, PTA and the Drivers and Operators Association of the “Discipline Zone” affected areas. The City Police, Carillo said, had initially implemented a similar zone as early as July in coordination with the local barangay unit of


Brgy. Libertad, this city with positive results. A “Discipline Zone” was implemented right at the front of its own regional camp at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, starting at the part of J.G. Aquino Ave., fronting Sto. Nino Shrine, reaching beyond the Butuan City Police Station 3. It primarily decongested the pedestrian and vehicular traffic, particularly at the J.C. Aquino Ave., Ambago Road T-junction, fronting the barangay public market and the police station. This time, traffic decongestion and sanitation will be focused along Montilla Blvd., corner J.C. Aquino Ave., R. Calo St., San Francisco St., E. Luna St., A.D. Curato St. going towards Butuan City Elementary School (A.D. Curato St.,) until Noli Me Tangere St., fronting Agusan National High School (Teofilo Sanchez St.,). The ten identified “Discipline Zone Posts” includes: first, at J.C. Aquino, corner Montilla Blvd.; sec-


ond, at R. Calo St., (fronting Dunkin Donuts); third, at San Francisco St., (near Sacred Heart Kindergarten School); fourth, still at San Francisco St., ( back portion of the Butuan City Central Elementary School); fifth, J.C. Aquino (fronting BCPO); sixth, Cor. J.C. Aquino and A.D. Curato (fronting Chowking); seventh, at Del Pilar St.; eight, at Gomez St.; ninth, at Noli Me Tangere St.; and tenth, at T. Sanchez St. The posts will be manned by a police personnel, an LTTMO personnel and a barangay tanod (village police). This is purposely done, according to Hon. Culima to preempt any familiarity, thus preventing collusion to render exceptions or favor to any future apprehensions by any of the three personnel manning the posts. Supervising personnel from Butuan City Police Office will be assigned to inspect the post operation from time to time. Carillo said that the posts will be

manned 24/7, with the personnel from the City Public Safety Company taking over the place of the LTTMO and Barangay Tanods beyond their working hours. He also emphasized that there will be “Zero tolerance.” Among the laws and ordinances to be implemented includes: SP Ordinance 778-90 / 623-87 (Anti-Smoking in Public Places), SP Ordinace 76770 as amended by SP Ordinace 1501 (Anti-Littering), SP Ordinace 300-65 / 359-56 (Loading and Unloading Zone), SP Ordinance 104494 (Jaywalking), SP Ordinance 959-93 (One-way along A.D. Curato St. from J.C. Aquino Ave., going south up to Noli Me Tangere St.), SP Ordinance 2045-96 (Use of Helmet for all Drivers and Backriders of Motorcycle), SP Ordinance 221699 (No Tricycle is allowed to Operate on National Highway), SP Orinance 27202005 (No Parking on Either side of J.C. Aquino Ave., from M. 15

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Butuan PNP... from page 14 Calo St., to Narra Road) and the other city ordinances. A dry-run will be conducted on August 23- 30, 2011; and the full implementation of the “Discipline Zone” will start in Septem-

ber 1, 2011. The violators will be issued “citation tickets” and penalties will be paid to the City Treasurer’s Office of Butuan. Ignoring the citation

tickets or payments of the authorized penalties imposed may result to the filing of cases in courts. (PIACaraga)

Cebuano News: Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla, ug laing 15 ka mga mayor, mubisita sa Surigao del Sur BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) - Mubisita sa probinsya sa Surigao del Sur karong Agosto 24 hangtud sa petsa 26 ning tuiga si Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla ang presidente sa League of Municipalities of the Philippines kauban ang laing 15 ka mga Mayor sa probinsya sa Cavite. Kini ang gikumpirma ni Engr. Mer- ngadto na sa Southern part, apan wala lyn Baure ang Provincial Planning and maapil ang lungsod sa Linging ug pipila Development Office kon PPDO chief sa ka interior municipalities. Surigao del Sur. Mag stop over usab ang gropo sa Matud pa sa opisyal nga ang gropo lungsod sa Cortes, Cantilan, Madrid, ni Revilla ang makigtagbo usab sa mga Carmen, Lanuza, Tandag City, Bislig City, Mayor sa nasangpit nga probinsya. HInatuan, Britania ug San Agustin. (BR/ Gawas niini ang gropo ni Revilla PIA-Caraga) ang mulibot sa probinsya gikan sa North

Cebuano News: Cong. Matba, pabor sa RH Bill ni Roselyn Gangca-Exaure AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Agosto 21 (PIA) -- Pabor si Agusan del Norte 2nd District Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba sa Reproductive Health kon RH Bill nga gidebatihan karon sa kongreso. Sumala pa sa kongresista nga obli- RH Bill mag-insister sa pag-gamit sa argasyon matud pa niya ang paghatag ug tificial method. kaayuhan sa katawhan nga iyang gialag- Nakalatid matud pa sa RH Bill ang aran, hinungdan nga iyang gilantaw ang paghatag ug kahigayunan sa katawhan kaayuhan nga iyang mahatag niini. nga makahibalo sa natural nga pamaagi Gipasabot sa opisyal nga ang iyang ug artificial nga pamaagi ug ang magpag-uyon sa RH Bill sa tumong nga tiayon na matud pa ang bahala kung mamahimong responsible ang matag unsa nga method o pamaagi ang ilang ginikanan sa pag-plano sa ilang pamilya, sundon. (Agusan del Norte PIO/PIAug wala matud pa nagpasabot nga ang Caraga)

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Military, academe join 3k Check ‘N Run

PAGADIAN CITY, August 21 (PIA) – Clad in their jogging attire, officers and

members of the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (City and provincial office), Department of Education (DepEd), city division teaching and non-teaching staff, college students, and elementary pupils joined the 3-K Check “N Run on Saturday which popped the signal to start the checkmyschool.org synchronized validation of school data. The Check ‘N Run is a pilot activity of Checkmyschool.org, a joint initiative of DepEd and the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific of government which facilitates community involvement in validating information on school services. The 3-K event started at 5:30 a.m. from Plaza Luz to Rotunda Hills, barangay Dao with almost 1,000 registered participants. 1st Infantry Tabak G7 chief Lt. Col. Samuel Leria said the division under the command of MajGen Noel A.


Coballes is strongly supporting the event by sending 50 combined officers and enlisted personnel. Our participation in this event is one way of promoting AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan dubbed “Oplan Bayanihan” where we hope to win the hearts and minds of the people,” Leria said. DepEd city division Special Education (SPED) coordinator Dr. Domingo Ompoco Jr. said SPED teachers and pupils are also participating the event to show support. “The pupils are not


only actively taking part in the program by rendering doxology through an interpretative sign language but they also joined the fun run,” Ompoco added. Ompoco said even if they are special children, the school wants that their learning will not only be confined in the four walls of the classroom but also in extra-curricular activities and events. Certificates were given by the organizers to all participants who actively participated in the event. (ALT/ GCC-PIA9, ZamboSur)

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DepED-Zambo. Norte to hold 2011 SBM grants implementation by Franklin P. Gumapon PAGADIAN CITY, August 21 (PIA) – Clad in their jogging attire, officers and

members of the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (City and provincial office), Department of Education (DepEd), city division teaching and non-teaching staff, college students, and elementary pupils joined the 3-K Check “N Run on Saturday which popped the signal to start the checkmyschool.org synchronized validation of school data.

In a memorandum issued to all school heads by Dr. Elsa R. Cruz, officer in-charge of the provincial school division, the August 2223 schedule will be for cluster I school heads, covering all elementary and secondary schools of the first congressional district, Katipunan I and II districts, Roxas I district and all secondary schools of Katipunan and Roxas towns. On August 24-25, the participants will be coming from Roxas II district, Manukan I and II districts, all secondary schools of Manukan, Ponot district, all secondary schools of Jose Dalman town, North Sindangan district, South

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Sindangan district, Sindangan Central district, all secondary schools of Sindangan municipality, Siayan district, all secondary schools of Siayan town, Bacungan district, all secondary school of Leon Postigo municipality, Godod district, all secondary school of Godod town, Salug I district, Salug II district, and all secondary schools of Salug municipality. The cluster III which covers Liloy I and II districts, all secondary schools of Liloy town, Tampilisan district, all secondary schools of Tampilisan municipality, Kalawit district, all secondary schools of Kalawit, Labason district, all secondary schools of

Labason, Gutalac I and II district, all secondary schools of Gutalac, Baliguian district, all secondary schools of Gutalac, Siocon district, all secondary schools of Siocon town, Sirawai district, all secondary schools of Sirawai, Sibuco district and all secondary schools of Sibuco will converge on August 26-27. Division and district supervisors are also enjoined to attend the said activity. The school heads have been directed to bring along their School Improvement Plans (SIPs). Technical assistance will be also provided to SBM grant schoolrecipients. (FPG/PIA Zambo. Norte)



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