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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

In This Issue... COVER STORY : Dipolog panoramic view atop 3,003-step Linabo Peak


• Malacañang announces deadline of applications or nomination forms for OIC positions in ARMM • Palace prepared to extend assistance to Libya

Northern Mindanao

Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail : pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com rutchiecabahug@yahoo.com

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

• Japan envoy turns-over P28M ‘friendship’ building to ARMM • 191 couples attend health classes • CSC pushes for ARMM R.A.C.E. towards nation-building • RTWP Board conducts assessment on workers wage adjustment in ARMM

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail : efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN)

Northern Mindanao

• RTWP Board conducts assessment on workers wage adjustment in ARMM • KALAHI-CIDSS project coverage expands in Mis. Occ. • Health Secretary Ona to speak in filariasis forum in Cag. de Oro, Sept. 1 • NAPOLCOM reaches out to NorMin youth for crime prevention • Bloodletting to celebrate 111st PCS anniversary set Sept. 8

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

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

• National palm oil congress in North Cotabato begins today • Cotabato Prov’l Hospital gets P54-M upgrade • Bayan ng Lebak bukas para sa Rubber Industry • CHR-12 explains human Trafficking in Persons in ICON meeting • FuturisTech BPO Investment Forum sa Tacurong City magbibigay-daan sa bagong negosyo

• More ‘serbisyo caravans’ in poorest towns • Strong media support key in dengue control • Orientation for private sector on DSWD’s convergence framework set today • Nat’l travel agencies see ecotourism boom in Tagum City • JeepneEd to support in improving Sarangani education

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

OUR COVER Today’s cover features the 3,003-step Linabo Peak, one of the spectacular landscapes of Dipolog City.


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Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN)

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

• NAPOLCOM reaches out to NorMin youth for crime prevention • Free medical services – Gov Plaza’s birthday gift to Agusanons • RC Surigao City’s drinking fountain project benefits 730 schoolchildren of Canlanipa ES • Surigao Norte to ink MOA with Climate Change Commission, BFAR on Demonstrating Eco-Town Framework • Major investments to be based in LASBUENASCAR areas

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Dipolog panoramic view atop 3,003-step Linabo Peak

his city’s spectacular landscape comes in full view 3,003 steps up the Linabo Peak.

The 3,003 steps to Linabo Peak, originally named 1,001 Steps in the early 1990’s, is one of the favorite nature eco-tourism destination of Dipolog City situated at Sitio Dinginan in Barangay Lungdungan. Discovered by then City Mayor Roseller L. Barinaga and Mr. Hiroshi Ikeda, Director of Organization for Industrial, Spiritual & Cultural Advancement (OISCA) International, the original place was a massive stone-ground mountain slope with scattered boulders leading to Linabo Peak – Dipolog’s highest elevation point at 486 meters above sea level. It is about 6 kilometers away from the

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heart of Dipolog and is a 15-minute ride from the city proper. The once stone-ground mountain slope turned into a massive verdant forest after its discovery due to the extensive tree planting activities spearheaded by the City Government of Dipolog in partnership with OISCA International. The construction of the concrete steps and walkway started in 1994 winding up along a tunnel of verdant trees and fertile ground, leading climbers, trekkers, tourists and visitors to a panoramic view of the sky, plains and sea horizon. During Lenten Season, thousands 4

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Cover Story: Dipolog panoramic... from page 3

of devotees, visitors and Peak, one has to experi- cations of the Department tourists participate in the ence a 50-meter rough of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). The 3,003 Steps offers the adventurous and the daring, an opportunity to commune with Mother Nature and getting the feel of “being on top of the world” upon reaching the peak. The site also promotes physical fitness and well being but is not recommended for people with cardiovascular ailment. As soon as one annual “Katkat Sakripisyo”, trail trekking that leads to reaches the place, cool a religious reenactment of a breathtaking panoramic breezes blow a soothing Jesus’ passion, suffering view of nature at its best. touch to welcome him/her and death through the tra- Linabo Peak houses on visitor to the panoramic ditional Way of the Cross, the north side, the towers view of the Orchid City. making their way through of Smart Communications, (LRR/FPG/PIA-Zambomarkers depicting the 14 Globe, and Telecommuni- anga del Norte) stations of the cross, and ends at Linabo Elementary School. During summer, an annual invitational downhill bike competition is being conducted on the slopes of the 3,003 Steps to Linabo Peak, as one of the activities highlighting the city’s annual P’gsalabuk Festival every month of May. Reaching Linabo



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Malacañang announces deadline of applications or nomination forms for OIC positions in ARMM


alacañang reminded the public that the deadline for submission of nominations for the officers-in-charge (OIC) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is only until Friday, August 26.

In a press briefing at the Palace on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda urged those who are interested for the OIC position in ARMM to submit their respective applications and nominations for the available position in the region. He added that the OIC position vacancies include the regional governor, vice governor and several slots for the regional legislative assembly. “Tomorrow, 26th of August is the deadline of submission of the applications and nominations for the ARMM OICs, just to let you know we are looking for nominees, applications for the following positions one OIC regional governor, one position of OIC regional vice governor, 24 positions of OIC regional legislative assembly, three for each legislative district of ARMM which is Basilan, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur,Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, “Lacierda said.

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“We just like to remind the public and also all the residents of ARMM, if you’re interested please submit your applications, the last day will be tomorrow,” he stressed. When asked on the selection process for the said OIC positions, Lacierda noted that upon acceptance of the applications and nominations, these will be forwarded to the Presidential Management Staff for profiling and clearance, then to the screening committee. He also said that the public will be informed of developments in every stage of the screening process. It will be recalled that the Office of the President has opened the nominations for the OIC positions for the ARMM who will assume the post until the 2013 mid-elections. On top of the qualifications required in the Constitution, applicants must have proven competence, integrity, reliability, and moral

soundness to lead the region. Apart from these, applicants must not be facing any administrative or criminal complaint, and must not be a fugitive from justice. Applicants must submit all requirements that include duly accomplished application form, certification of residency, certification of voter’s registration, clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation, and sworn statement attesting that no administrative, criminal or civil charges has been filed against him or her. The screening committee shall give due preference to prospective applicants and nominees who will have no intention to run for any elective position in the next ARMM Election. Nomination forms are available for download at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) website at www.dilg. gov.ph. (jcl)



Palace prepared to extend assistance to Libya


alacañang announced that it is ready to extend help in Libya’s reconstruction, a Palace official said on Thursday.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang held on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, “If there will be a request [for assistance] in the reconstruction, we will respond with whatever help we can provide.” The Philippine government is willing to work with the international community in rebuilding Libya. Lacierda also stressed that the welfare of the Filipinos in Libya remains the primary concern of the Phil-

ippine government. “Right now, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is monitoring the situation in Libya. Our primary concern is the protection of our own Filipino workers and nationals there,” he said. He said the Aquino administration welcomes the imminent resolution of the conflict in Libya. “The Philippines supports a peaceful transition in Libya in order for normalcy to return to the country, and looks forward to working with

the Libyan people in pursuing peace and stability,” Lacierda quoting the statement of the DFA. The DFA said, “The Philippine government thanks the Libyan people for keeping Filipinos and their families in Libya safe and for the hospitality extended to them throughout the conflict including the Filipino medical workers who chose to remain in order to continue providing emergency humanitarian assistance to all parties in the conflict.” (js)


President Benigno Simeon Aquino III administers the Oath of Office to Juan Romeo Nereus Acosta as Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection in a ceremony at the President’s Hall, Malacañan Palace Wednesday August 24, 2011. (Photo by: Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau)



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Japan envoy turns-over P28M ‘friendship’ building to ARMM ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 25 (PIA) – Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe turned over last week the Japan-funded P28.8-million friendship hall and training center to the management of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, calling it as an edifice that will tighten his nation’s link with the Filipinos and help capacitate workforces in ARMM. Japan’s ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Toshinao Urabe (2nd from right), and ARMM Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the inauguration and formal turn-over of the Japan-ARMM Friendship Hall and Training Center (FHTC), Friday, August 19, at the ARMM compound in Cotabato City. Assisting them are ARMM Acting Vice-Governor Rejie Sahali-Generale, ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo and Minister Keizo Takewaka, Embassy of Japan’s head and minister for political affairs. The modern and fully-equipped building (inset photo) worth P28.8 million was funded thru the Counter-Value Fund of Japan’s NonProject Grant Aid for the Philippines. (BPI-ARMM/ PIA9-BST)

Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe (center) gestures in pointing out the “great potentials” for peace and development in the ARMM as Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong (left) and Regional Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo listen attentively at a dinner reception in Cotabato City Thursday. (BPI-ARMM/PIA9-BST)

The ARMM information bureau said in a press release that the ambassador expressed elation over the present ARMM officials’ warm reception of the interventions of his government, particularly the Japan Inter-

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national Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the fields of peacebuilding, human resource enhancement and infrastructure development. Urabe assisted the Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong in

the ceremonial ribbon cutting, marking the opening and turnover of the JapanMuslim Mindanao two-storey “Friendship Hall and Training Center”, which is built inside the ARMM compound in Cotabato City. 8



Japan envoy... from page 7 Ambassador Urabe said the building is part of his government’s assistance to the people of ARMM towards gaining peace and prosperity in the region. “This will help you train eligible, competent administrators to effectively govern ARMM towards peace and prosperity,” Urabe said citing that governing is hard because it involves listening to the diverse views of the people and encouraging their assistance towards attaining a common goal. Urabe also thanked the ARMM people for their sympathy and support to the Japanese people during their ordeal after the unfortunate earthquake and tsunami last March 11, 2011. On his part Adiong accepted the gift with “pleasure and gratitude that I receive this gift from the Japanese people as a symbol of the solid friendship and cooperation between the Bangsamoro people and the people of Japan.” “Let me also assure you that this will be maximized for its noble purpose,” he assured the Japanese officials present. Ambassador Urabe was also accompanied by other Japanese officials led by Minister for Political Affairs Keisho Takewaka. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo also expressed gratitude and pleasure during the turn-


over citing that the landmark building signifies the enduring friendship between ARMM and Japan. “As we open this building today, we also open the hope for peace and development for ARMM as we can now train highly competent people for us to ultimately attain peace and development,” he said. The JICA approved the building’s P28.8-million allocation on October 8, 2009 but construction works commenced in 2010 due to the disruptive effects of the Maguindanao massacre that had created a major overhaul in the ARMM’s top leadership, engineering officials said. The building, fully completed early this month, is equipped with office spaces, function halls and training equipment, and other facilities of international standard, they said. It will house among others the ARMM development Academy (ADA), a regional counterpart of the Development Academy of the Philippines. Sinarimbo announced that a series of trainings of administrative and technical personnel in the autonomous region has been lined up to start one after the other after the fasting month of Ramadhan. Ambassador Urabe came here Thursday for various official functions includ-


ing his gracing of the “Friendship Hall” building turnover. Upon his arrival, Urabe immediately met officials of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) and top leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in separate meetings. At a dinner reception with Adiong and other ARMM officials, Urabe talked casually to give emphasis on the “great potentials” of the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao in terms of “vast fertile lands and natural resources.” Such bright prospects, he said, would just need “proper” interventions and investments to spur socioeconomic development in the region. Noting that “Japan is close to the Philippines,” Urabe said his government’s interventions in the region are meant “to help create peace and bright future for Mindanao.” Japan is a key member of the IMT that monitors the ceasefire accord between the government and the MILF, and in the pool of foreign institutions facilitating the GPH-MILF peace talks. It had hosted early this month the one-on-one meeting between President Aquino and MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. (BPI-ARMM/ RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

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191 couples attend health classes by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) - - As the country celebrates the month of August as National Family Planning Month, the City Health Office (CHO) here has spearheaded the conduct of health classes in six cluster areas in the city. A total of 191 couples attended the health classes which focused on responsible parenthood and family planning. CHO family planning coordinator Rhodora Yrañela disclosed that the participants particularly the young couples were urged to adopt birth spacing to protect the health of the mother and children. It can be recalled that the Department of Health (DOH) designated the month of August every year as the National Family Planning

Month with the goal of increasing public awareness on the importance of responsible parenthood to attain a better quality of life for the mother, the father and the family as a whole. Latest results of the Pulse Asia survey on reproductive health showed that five out of 10 Filipino couples no longer want to have more children while seven out of 10 really want to practice family planning. In a related development, a policy forum on Responsible Parenthood-Repro-

ductive Health (RP-RH) bill is slated to be held in Dapitan City tomorrow to be attended by local chief executives of Zamboanga del Norte, religious leaders, academe, students and other stakeholders. This activity is organized by the Commission on Population (POPCOM) headed by its administrator Tomas Osias. To serve as resource speakers in said activity are POCOM Administrator Tomas Osias and GABRIELA partylist representative Luz Ilagan. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

CSC pushes for ARMM R.A.C.E. towards nation-building ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 25 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is launching a campaign for prompt bureaucratic operations in the country that enjoins all public servants to be responsive, accessible, courteous and effective (RACE), and help contribute to building a robust nation. In a press release, ARMM Information chief Ali. Macabalang disclosed that the 111th anniversary campaign for next month, dubbed with a theme - “Championing R.A.C.E.: Public Service Excellence at Full Speed,” is a nationwide advocacy. But CSC director for ARMM Resurreccion Pueyo said that this campaign is

imperatively advocated in the 20-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to move apace with other regions. Pueyo said that the month-long commemoration will provide a venue for government agencies in ARMM to showcase reforms and milestones in performing their respective mandates in

pursuit of the Aquino administration’s reform policy on “Daang Matuwid.” He said the kick-off activity will start with a parade on the 1st day of September but as early as today, August 25, they would embark on a media campaign promoting R.A.C.E. across ARMM. The CSC official added that throughout September,


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CSC pushes... from page 9 they will campaign for the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Watch headed by its Policies and Systems Evaluation Division on selected agencies, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and other government instrumentalities in ARMM. On the Sept. 7, he said, the CSC-ARMM will also launch its Local Scholarship Program, and conduct on Sept. 14 the “Brigada Ahen-

sya” advocacy “90-minuto: Alay sa Mundo”- the 3rd wave of the CSC-ARMM Clean and Green Campaign inside the ARMM compound here simultaneously with those of field offices across the region. The festivities will also feature the annual crowd favorite - the Inter-Agency Friendship games of basketball and volleyball – that earlier brim the COA-ARMM covered court with spectators. The awarding ceremony for the Search for Out-

standing Officials and Employees in the region will be held on Sept. 21 at the Shariff Kabunsuan Complex inside the ARMM Compound. Pueyo said that the celebration will culminate with the CSC-ARMM Family Day and Awarding Rites for Service Loyalty among CSCARMM employees to be held at the Cusiong Beach in Datu Odin Sinsuat town, Maguindanao. (AGM-BPIARMM/ RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

RTWP Board conducts assessment on workers wage adjustment in ARMM ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 25 (PIA) – The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RTWPBARMM) convened recently to assess the regional economic conditions as well as to determine the presence of supervising event as basis for an early wage adjustment. The RTWPB-ARMM, in its assessment shall consider the increase of prices of basic commodities and non-food commodities like oil, transport fare, changes in power and water rates and other related events which adversely affect workers’. DOLE-ARMM Secretary Mayra Mangkabung Alih explained that this is in compliance to the Memorandum issued to all RTWPB dated April


7, 2011 issued by DOLE National Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz. RTWPB Board Secretary Lilian Ruth C. Cabanban said the regional assessment shall also consider the age of the current minimum wage, erosion in real minimum wages, the regional inflation and the effects of an early wage adjustment on the regional economy, particularly on business viability and job presentation.


Also present in the meeting were Norma Arcega of DTI-ARMM; Rep. Datu Haron Bandila; Labor sector representative Ale Tuba; and Almerio Lerios, senior LEO; Rajah Datudacula; CEO III Sunnah Ampatuan; Admin Asst III Sarah Andong; and Labor Mediator / Arbiter Joseph G. Longno, Jr. (ZP-BPIARMM/RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

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Industry Tripartite Councils present voluntary code of good practices to Labor Secretary Baldoz by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 25 (PIA) – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has thanked the Banana, Pineapple and Business Process Outsource Industry Tripartite Councils (BPBPO-ITC), in region 10, for their efforts in coming up with a “Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP).” The code was signed by the different leaders of the ITC, together with Secretary Baldoz, Atty. Alan M. Macaraya, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), region10, and several stakeholders at Grand Caprice Restaurant, during her visit, here, yesterday, Aug. 24. “Maganda ang ginawa ninyo sa paggagawa ng ganitong VCGP. Binigyan ninyong halaga ang kapayapaan sa pamamalakad sa industriya ninyo. Ito ay makakatulong para sa inyong ika-uunlad. Sana gagayahin ito ng ibang pang mga kompaniya. (It is good that you have come up with this VCGP. You have

given importance to achieving industrial peace. This will greatly help in your development. I hope other industries will do the same),” she told them. The ITC’s VCGP expresses the agreement of the BPBPO companies of the region to bind themselves faithfully and declare their unwavering support to the advancement of the companies and that of their workers. It also signified their commitment to the following undertakings to ensure that all stakeholders will equitably take advantage of the fruits of the industries in the region: Conditions of work:

The industries will comply with all statutory benefits required by law, social benefits and the collection bargaining agreements (CBA) of workers’ organization. It will also endeavor to grant living wage when circumstances of business undertakings allow and ensure protection and well-being of every worker against work-related injury, sickness or death through a just and humane working condition. Labor management relations: Management will ensure security of tenure to its workers and observe workers rights to self-organization. Social protection, 12

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human relations and productivity: The industries will ensure that all its workers are afforded social protection and management will implement recognition and awards program to encourage productivity among its workers. Corporate citizenship/community relations: Labor and management, as an involving partnership possessing a single personality in the community, will undertake activities contributing to the development of the community. Social dialogue and collaboration among industry stakeholders: Avail of tripartite mechanism and social dialogue in addressing the economic, social and labor

issues affecting the industries. Achieving code objectives through councils advocacy and education: All stakeholders will undertake activities and programs to achieve the objectives of the code and make the same workable and achievable thru a tripartite multi-agency approach. “On top and beyond the provisions and requirements of the Labor Code, the stakeholders of the BPBOP, we also signify our pledge to advance the aspirations of this code and continuously strive towards good practices of the industry,” the VCGP concluded. (DOLE/PIA-10)

KALAHI-CIDSS project coverage expands in Mis. Occ. by Apipa Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 25 (PIA) - The Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) has expanded its coverage to two (2) more local government units (LGUs) in Misamis Occidental. The municipality of Pana-on and Calamba were identified as additional recipients of the pro-poor project of the government, disclosed Concepcion Dorado, KALAHI-CIDSS Regional Project Coordinator, during the ‘Talakay-

an sa PIA’ held, yesterday, at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), here. A poverty-reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), KALAHICIDSS projects empower poor local

communities to achieve improved access to basic services, as well as, to participate in more inclusive local governance. It helps poor communities develop the necessary skills and provides them with seed

funds and resources to select, implement, and sustain small-scale community infrastructure social projects using a community-driven development (CDD) approach, she said. Dorado emphasized that the focus of the project 13



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is on people empowerment because people have the capacity to make change happen. She said all decisions on the projects involve the participation of the community citing that in choosing the projects, decision will come from the entire community and not from a certain individual. In region 10, some 69 KALAHI-CIDSS projects with

a total grant of P66.59 million were implemented in the municipality of Kapatagan, Lala and Bacolod in Lanao del Norte, as well as, in Concepcion, Lopez Jaena, and Sinacaban towns in Misamis Occidental. These projects include the construction of day care centers, school buildings, health stations, road improvements, water systems, and solar dryers,

among others. Meanwhile, Dorado said that DSWD received additional funding for more pro-poor infrastructure projects. KALAHI-CIDSS project will soon expand to cover urban areas to help the urban communities lagging in terms of access to basic social services, she concluded. (PIA-10)

Health Secretary Ona to speak in filariasis forum in Cag. de Oro, Sept. 1 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 25 (PIA) – Health Secretary Enrique Ona will be the keynote speaker during the 3rd National Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination (LF) Forum, on Sept. 1-2, at Dynasty Court Hotel, this city. Conducted by the Coalition for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis-Philippines, Inc. (CELF-Philippines, Inc.), the forum will be anchored on the theme: “Expanding Partnerships towards Integrated Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis and Control of other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD).” Jaime Galvez Tan, MD, MPH, Chairperson of CELFPhilippines, Inc., said LF affects about 650,000 men, women and children in the Philippines, resulting in an

estimated total economic loss of $38.7 million per year (WHO, 2009). “More than a billion people in 80 countries in the world are at risk of the LF. It is also estimated that over 120 million people are affected and over 40 million have seriously been incapacitated and disfigured by the disease (WHO, 2009),” Tan added. The second leading cause of permanent and long term disability worldwide (WHO, 1996), LF is just one of the several NTD’s that remain

as a public health problem in poor communities today, including the Philippines. To eliminate LF as a public health problem, the Department of Health (DOH) has established the National Filariasis Elimination Program (NFEP). Meanwhile, the forum aims to raise public awareness, describe challenges and good practices to forge partnerships among the various stakeholders and other partners committed to the elimination of LF and the control 14

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of other NTD’s in the country. A non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization, CELF-Philippines, Inc., aims to assist in the efforts to eliminate LF in the Philippines through community managed initiatives and local and international partnerships. In addition to providing support to the NFEP, the Coalition serves as a liaison body among groups that are involved or interested in the elimination of LF in the Phil-

ippines. This is done by promoting social mobilization for the maximum participation in Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and disability management, capacity building, provision of technical assistance, partnership and collaboration to assist the national effort for LF elimination. Among the topics included in the 2-day activity are the role of the private sector in the control of LF and the NTD’s, current efforts for

the integration of information systems for NTDs and the role of academic institutions in the control of NTDs. Also included are some of the good practices in LF elimination of some local government units (LGU), research gaps in LF and NTD studies in the Philippines from the social science perspective and the need for integration of control of NTDs in the Philippines. (CELF/PIA-10)

NAPOLCOM reaches out to NorMin youth for crime prevention by Apipa Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, August 25 (PIA) - The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), region 10, will reach out to college and high school students for their involvement in crime prevention. Lawyer Marte S. Palomar, Regional Director of NAPOLCOM-10, said ‘Ugnayan sa mga Mag-aaral ng Pangkriminolohiyang Edukasyon’ will be conducted on September 1 and 5, at the Capitol University (CU) and Cagayan de Oro College (COC), here, respectively, to draw support and commitment from students on deterring criminality in the re-

gion. “Criminology students will also be informed on the requirements on how to become police officers and what are expected of them when they become such,” he added. Likewise, awareness drive on both the criminal justice system and drug abuse will also be conducted by the Philippine National Police

(PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), regional offices at the Macabalan National High School and Indahag National High School, on September 2 and 5, respectively. Student Crime Prevention Committees (SCPC) that will help in the formulation of crime prevention measures in schools will also be organized in these

two (2) schools, Palomar added. The activities, he said, are part of the 17th National Crime Prevention Week celebration in the region that will run from September 1 to 7. Other activities slated during the week are the conduct of a ‘Walk for A Cause’ on September 1 followed by a press conference and open15



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ing ceremony at the Provincial Capitol highlighting the awarding of Police Excellence Award and the ‘Pito Laban sa Krimen’ program.

Anchored on the theme “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko,” and complemented by the proactive slogan “Knock-Out Crime,” the

weeklong celebration aims to promote community involvement and participation in crime prevention. (PIA10)

Bloodletting to celebrate 111st PCS anniversary set Sept. 8 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 25 (PIA) – A bloodletting activity will be among the highlights of the month-long celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service (PSC) Anniversary, in region 10, next month. “September of every year has been declared the PSC month, and this year, the celebration theme is “Championing R A C E: Public Service Excellence at Full Speed,” Atty. Lourdes Clavite-Vidal, Regional Director of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), region 10, said. Spearheaded by CSC, the celebration in the region will begin with a fitness walk and “Hataw” exercises on Sept.1. The activity will start at 5:00 a.m., at the CSC-10 Office, Vamenta Boulevard, here, and winds up at the Parade Grounds of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, in Camp Evangelista, Barangay Patag where the Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hataw will be done. A thanksgiving mass is then arranged at the St. Augustine Cathedral for Sept. 2, at 9:00 a.m., followed by the conduct of “Brigada Ahensiya,” a clean-up drive and charitable services, and a simultaneous flag-raising ceremony on Sept.5. Vidal said a “Talakayan sa PIA” has been set on Sept. 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the Philippine Information Agency while the Anti Red-Tape Act (ARTA) Watch has been set for Sept. 7-8 and a marathon/fun run for heads of agencies, executives, athletes, sports coordinators, and other sports enthusiasts, on Sept. 9. The Inter-Agency Friendship Games has also

been set from Sept. 1216, at Bulua Gym while the Awarding Rites-Honor Awards Program for LIngkod ng Bayan, Dangal ng Bayan, CSC Pag-asa Awards has been set on Sept. 19. The Diskwento Para sa Kawani Trade Fair and Government Express has also been set at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol, from Sept. 21-23, while the Musical show is set at the LimKetKai Rotonda, at 2:00 p.m., on Sept. 27.. Again, the Parangal at Pasasalamat Awarding Rites will be done at the LimKetKai Rotonda at 1:30 p.m. of Sept. 28 and the Family Day by the respective agencies on Sept. 30. (CSC/PIA-10)



More ‘serbisyo caravans’ in poorest towns by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY , August 25, 2011 PIA – Serbisyo Caravan initiated by the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (Arena XI) is set to be replicated in at least five municipalities in the region this year. Speaking before the media in yesterday’s Hermes Club at Pearl Farm Marina, Arena XI President and Department of Budget and Management (DBM XI) regional director Achilles Gerard Bravo bared plans of holding fundraising activities to conduct more caravans in poorest municipalities identified by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA XI). It was last August 3 to 5 that the first Serbisyo Caravan reached the communities of Boston and Cateel in the province of Davao Oriental . “ We were able to bring 47 national government agencies to those areas, 55 directors and heads of offices, and 250 agency personnel who provided various services to people.”, Bravo said. The official considers the caravan a symbolism of cooperation amongst different national government


agencies with the support of the provincial and municipal government units. The agency which benefited the most number of people in both towns is the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) which turned over more than P6 million cash to their 4Ps beneficiaries during that 2-day caravan. Some of the agency’s prime programs brought to the towns are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Supplementary Feeding, Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens and others. Eighty-three thousand pesos is handed to 21 older persons in Boston while P84,000 is given out to 58 older persons in Cateel. Seventy-eight farmers and fisherfolks also received rice subsidy or cash for work amounting to a total of more than P200,000. Residents of Boston and Cateel also appreciated the presence of the National Statistics Office (NSO)


during the caravan as they were able to secure certificates like birth, marriage, death, and CENOMAR instead of going to Davao City . Thirty-five million pesos was also given to the provincial governor from the Department of Health for the hospital enhancement facilities. Medicines worth P40,000 were spent for the surgical mission. The Philhealth also distributed a total of 3,969 health cards for National Household Targeting System Beneficiaries. Bravo said the next caravan will be in Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province on late September of early October. This early, AREAN XI has set a fundraising activity through a Songspell Concert. Proceeds of which will be used in the future serbisyo caravans in other target municipalities. (PIA 11/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

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Strong media support key in dengue control

DAVAO CITY Aug. 25 (PIA) - The strong support coming from the Davao City media and continuous anti-dengue efforts were one of the reasons for the significant reduction of dengue cases in Davao City as compared to last year. According to Dr. Jo- prevention particularly in the public. sephine Villafuerte, City the cleaning up of their Also the Food-forHealth Officer, there were surroundings particularly Work program of the City a recorded 518 cases of those identified as breed- Government launched in dengue from the period ing areas for mosquitoes. May this year also contribJanuary to July this year Last year, the City uted to the efforts in the as compared to the 2,347 initiated a 4’o clock hab- fight against dengue. In dengue cases registered in it, where the community this program beneficiaries the same period last year. took part in simultane- will work on designated There were 42 deaths re- ously cleaning up their communities like coastal corded last year as com- surroundings. It was sup- and drainage clean-up, pared to this year’s 16 fa- ported by the city govern- urban greening and refortalities. ment, media networks and estation in exchange for a Villafuerte credits barangay councils. specified amount of grothis to the intensified me- “Our programs did cery items. dia campaign made more not stop even if there were Villafuerte said that effective by a very sup- no cases, our disease sur- some areas have portive local media which veillance continued.” Villa- been recommended for disseminated necessary fuerte said. inclusion in the food-forinformation on how to Currently the City work-program, these are combat and prevent the Health is on the midst of areas which are high-risk mosquito-borne disease. a massive information dis- areas for dengue. (PIA Also, a very sup- semination against den- 11/RG Alama) portive community played gue distributing relevant a key role in dengue- information materials to

Orientation for private sector on DSWD’s convergence framework set today

DAVAO City -The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development conducts today a private sector orientation on the convergence of its poverty reduction programs at the Apo View Hotel, Davao City .

Anchored on the public-private partnership thrust of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the activity will focus on how the private sector

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can help in pushing for the success of these programs which are particularly implemented in the poorest municipalities nationwide. Specifically, the ac-

tivity will try to educate the prospective partners on the intricacies of the key programs that include the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehen




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sive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), Self-Employment Assistance - Kaunlaran (SEA-K) and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). The objective of the activity is to make them realize that their assistance is needed for the development of the communities where these programs are being implemented. The activity hopes to gather representatives of the business sector, the academe and the media whom the regional office has identified not only as partners but as agents of change.

“The partnership with the private sector is necessary considering that the government, aside from being burdened with countless problems, has also limited resources. The private sector has always been kind enough to lend its hand for a good cause,” said Assistant Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD. Razon also hopes that at the end of the activity, the private sector will be able to decide and pledge its support to the programs.(DSWD/Leslie LaoFrancis)

Nat’l travel agencies group sees ecotourism boom in Tagum City by Louie Lapat & Edwin of CIO TAGUM


n organization of national travel agencies is seeing a boom in ecotourism activities in the City of Tagum after they went on a one-day excursion in the said city. In an interview, the biggest and the larg- The team also paid Rosemarie Sandoval Ga- est travel association a courtesy call to Tagum lang, President of the in the Philippines with City Mayor Rey T. Uy National Association more than 1,000 mem- prior to the start of their of Independent Travel bers and 17 chapters tour. Over breakfast, the Agencies (NAITAS), Inc. scattered nationwide. mayor encouraged the expressed confidence NAITAS members are all team to help promote about the city’s branding strong marketing agents Tagum and talked a bit of its ecotourism sites, and produces 65% of of his administration’s particularly the recent- outbound air tickets and best practices. ly-launched Tagum City 70% of domestic air tick- Erstwhile NAITAS River Cruise. ets being issued from all President Sheila John She added that over the country. son, who had been in her group is “very much Mrs. Galang led her Tagum six years ago, willing” to help promote 28-man NAITAS delega- expressed amazement Tagum City not just na- tion during the familiar- of the city’s transformationally but also in its in- ization trip which itiner- tion in terms of its ecotternational partners. ary includes breakfast ourism destinations. The National Asso- at Punong Restaurant, “I was surprised ciation of Independent the iconic New City Hall because when I was Travel Agencies-Philip- of Tagum and Banana here six years ago, wala pines, Inc. or NAITAS is Beach in Magdum. pa masyadong tourist




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destinations and it’s re- re-branding your city to said. (CIO Tagum) ally amazing how you become a must-see deshad boomed in terms of tination,” Miss Johnson

JeepneEd to support in improving Sarangani education

ALABEL, Sarangani (August 25, 2011) – Founders of JeepeEd Project ini-

tially clinched agreements on Tuesday (August 23) with local partners to make Sarangani the next pilot for their science project once the jeepney begins rolling in October . JeepneEd is a mobile science and technology laboratory equipped with netbooks, internet connection, LCD projector, scanner, printer, other instructional materials, and hands-on activities designed to serve a community of eight to 12 schools. But in Sarangani, Shaina Tantuico, one of JeepneEd founders who is responsible for teaching and curriculum development, said that they initially identified four schools to serve starting Grade 5 up to 2nd year high school. “Our mission is to provide communitydriven, sustainable, inschool support in science and technology on a redesigned jeepney that runs on used vegetable oil,” the founders said. The JeepneEd also sought to address gaps of science teaching methods in public Thursday, August 25, 2011

schools where teachers usually resorted to lectures due to unavailability of resource materials and other exposure activities. The mobile laboratory will stir students’ interest to discover new things from indigenous materials which Tantuico pointed out these learning activities “can be integrated into (the students’) lessons in schools.” Tantuico said their aim for the students is to be able to see everyday things in a scientific way like using salt as conductor and rice as insulator and using gumamela petals and mayana leaves to become PH tester for soil, “a chemistry topic in Grade 5 and in 2nd year high school,” she said. Tantuico said they were able to pattern the science activities in the mobile lab from the sci-

ence laboratories in California and East Timor only that they made it “more localized in the Philippines .” “We want this project to go on for as long as possible,” Tantuico said. Alabel National Science High School physics teacher Ariel Lalisan said the Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation would shoulder the honorarium of the two JeepneEd facilitators and a driver to sustain the operation of JeepneEd once it be turned over to Sarangani. Lalisan said parents can also share counterpart funds for the operation of the JeepneEd or they can also give used vegetable oil as substitute for fuel. (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)



National palm oil congress in North Cotabato begins today by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) – At least 500 stakeholders

of oil palm industry are now in Kidapawan City for the 7th National Palm Oil Congress, which begins today. Participants in- tunity to be clarified tabato Provincial clude oil palm grow- of their concerns Government, Deers, investors, bank- and queries in partment of Trade ers, researchers, open forums where and Industry, and agricultural leaders, experts are on the City Governacademicians, and standby to discuss ment of Kidapawan. local government of- the issues. North Cotabato ficials from all over Among the ex- Gov. Emmylou Talthe country. pected outputs of iño-Mendoza said Also expected the congress are her administration today is Agriculture resolutions pertain- welcomes the Secretary Proceso ing to important is- conduct of palm oil Alcala who is the suesaffecting the industry congress in congress’ keynote industry. the province, conspeaker. This year’s sidering that one of Highlights of the palm oil congress the thrusts of the national congress is “Go Green. Pro- provincial governare different pre- mote Prosperity and ment is the develsentations on the Overcome Poverty opment of this high industry updates, Through Palm Oil value crop in the programs, trend and Farming.” province. prospects, devel- It is being spon- At present, the opment initiatives, sored by Philippine province has about fertilization, and fi- Palm Oil Develop- 6,000 hectares nancial support. ment Council Inc., planted to oil palm, Participants will Department of Ag- mostly in the mualso be given oppor- riculture, North Co- nicipalities of Tulu-




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nan and M’lang. As a support to the development the palm oil industry in the province, the provincial government has continued its Plant-Now-

Pay-Later Program (PNPL) which loans planting materials farmers who would like to get into oil palm farming. As of this year, 533 farmers have

already availed of loans for oil palm seedling or a total of 1,763 hectares planted to oil plan through the PNPL program. (PIA 12)

Cotabato Prov’l Hospital gets P54-M upgrade by Dani Doguiles North Cotabato Provincial Hospital, the largestgovernment health facility in the province will soon get some new equipment and additional rooms, worth P54 million. Dr. Rey Catague, Regional Director clude as sophistiprovincial health of- Abdullah Dumama, cated platelet sepaficer, said any time who pushed hard for rator, which among soon works for the the release of the others plays a marehabilitation and funds to the prov- jor role in saving expansion of the ince. advanced cases of provincial hospital Project includes dengue. begin with the re- repair of some areas DOH is also set cent completion of of the hospital as to each of the Muthe bidding process well as construction nicipal Health Offor the project. of additionalhospital fice funds amount The project is rooms, which is in- ing to P2.5 M each being funded by tended to decongest also for repairs and the Department of the hospital. purchase of needed Health (DOH) under From the same equipment for betits Hospital Facility amount, some hos- ter health service to Enhancement Pro- pital equipment will residentsin their argram. also be purchased. eas of responsibili Catague added, According to the ties. (PIA 12) the project was re- original plan the alized with assis- equipment that will tance from DOH 12 be purchased inKORONADAL CITY, Aug 25 (PIA) --

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Bayan ng Lebak bukas para sa Rubber Industry

KORONADAL CITY, Agosto 25 (PIA) – Inihayag ni Sultan Kudarat trade and

industry provincial directorNelly Dillera na tinatayang aabot sa apatna-raang ektaryang Rubber plantation ang nakatakdangsimulan ang pagtatanim sa Bayan ng Lebak sa Lalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat.

Ayon kay Dilera, ang negosasyon sa pagtatanim ng rubber ay nagging pinal umano pagkatapos ngisinagawang “Forum on Rubber Industry” na pinangunahan ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)sa lalawigan at ng Pamahalaang Bayan ng Lebak. Tinatayang P 42 milyon ang kabuuang investment na dala ng papalagong rubber industry sa bayan. Aabot umano sa mahigit P112,000 ang

investment sa bawat ektaryang pagtatamnan ng rubber ayon kay Dillera. Ito rin umano ay inaasahang magbubukas ng mahigit 700 trabaho para sa mga residente. Ang programa, ayon kay Dillera ay sinusuportahan ng pamahalaang lokal sa pamamagitan ng seedlings support sa ilalim ng Plant Now and Pay Later scheme at pagbibigay ng impormasyon at kaalaman

hinggil sa pagtatanim at pagpapalago ng rubber. Inilahad din ni Dillera sa isang ulat sa Philippine Information Agency na kaagapay din umano ng ahensiya at ng lokal na pamahalaan sa pagpapalago ng rubber industry sa Lebak ang Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) sa pamamagitan ng pagpapautang sa mga rubber growers. (ac agad PIA12)

CHR-12 explains human Trafficking in Persons in ICON meeting by CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 25 (PIA)--There is a difference between human trafficking and human smuggling, according to Miguel Penalosa, regional information officer of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) 12.

Penalosa told information officers and members of the Information Coordinating Network (ICON) 12 on Monday that human trafficking “involves coercion of a person” characterized by subsequent exploitation after the illegal entry of a person in a foreign coun-


try. “It is in fact considered a human right issue,” he said. Human smuggling, on the o t h e r hand, he said is “a migration issue” and is characterized by facilitating for a fee the illegal entry of a person into a foreign country and “usually


does not involve coercion.” Penalosa said R.A. 9208 otherwise known as Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 provides the institutionalization of government polices to eliminate trafficking in persons, especially women and children. 23

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“It establishes the necessary mechanisms to protect and support trafficked persons and provides penalties for violators,’ he stressed. He then described human trafficking as illegal trade of human being “committed by means of threat or use of force, or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or of a person having actual control over another person for the purpose of exploitation such as sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, and removal or sale of organs or other similar acts.” Last year the Philippines was one of the 58 countries under the “Tier 2 Watch List” based on the US trafficking report. But President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July and during the 23rd National Convention of the Prosecutors League of the Philippines here in April announced that the Philippines has been Thursday, August 25, 2011

dropped from the US Tier 2 human trafficking watch list and now in the Tier 2 status. The President attributed the removal to the efforts of the prosecution in increasing convictions in human trafficking cases involving traffickers. The US rates each country depending upon its effort to reduce trafficking and subsequently labels based upon a tier system: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 2 watch list, or Tier 3. Penalosa said when a country is included in the tier system list, financial assistance from the US will either diminish or be suspended depending on the severity of the case. The assessment employs the three “Ps” approach, which are: Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution to determine whether a country be placed in the tier system. Those under the Tier 2 Watch List are “countries whose governments do not fully comply with the Traf-

ficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards but are making significant efforts to comply with those standards. Countries “whose governments do not fully comply with the TVPA’s minimum standards but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with those standards” are placed under the Tier 2 category. Penalosa said any person, natural or juridical, found guilty of trafficking may be punished for trafficking in persons, that is prescribed in 10 years and if committed by a syndicate or in a large scale, in 20 years. “The prescriptive period shall commence to run from the day on which the trafficked person is delivered or released from the conditions of bondage,” Penalosa told ICON communicators. Under R.A. 9208, the penalties are classified according to acts of trafficking with 20 years imprisonment and a fine of




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P1-M to P2-M; acts that promote trafficking with 15 years imprisonment and a fine of P500,000 to P1-M; qualified trafficking with Life imprisonment and a fine of P2-M to P5-M; breach of confidentiality clause with 6 years imprisonment and a fine of P500,000 to P1-M; use of trafficked persons, first offense–6 months community service and a fine of

P50,000 and second offense–1 year imprisonment and a fine of P100,000. All fines imposed and the proceeds and properties forfeited and confiscated resulting from those offenses will go to a trust fund managed by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking or IACAT. “This will be used exclusively for programs that will prevent acts of traf-

ficking, and will protect, rehabilitate and reintegrate trafficked persons into the mainstream society,” Penalosa underscored. In finale, he said: “Trafficking in persons, besides it is a gross violation of human rights, also mirrors the society’s concern for the vulnerable sectors.” (CTA/PIA General Santos City )

FuturisTech BPO Investment Forum sa Tacurong City magbibigay-daan sa bagong negosyo KORONADAL CITY, Agosto 25 (PIA) – Naging tampok sa isinagawang FuturisTech BPO Investment Forum sa Lungsod ng Tacurong noong nakalipas na linggo ang tatlong negosyo na maaaring pagkakakitaan gamit ang computer at internet.

Ayon kay Sultan Kudarat trade and industry provincial director Nelly Dillera, ang tatlong negosyo ay kinabibilangan ng BPO Accounting, BPO Computer-Aided Designs for Engineering and Architecture at ang BPO Headhunting o Recruitment Business. Ang mga negosyong ito, ayon kay Dillera ay maaaring gawin sa bahay lamang at ang mgakliyente ay


posible umanong magmula sa ibang bansa. Ang nasabing forum na inorganisa ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Sultan Kudarat provincial office at ng Association of Sultan KudaratInformation and CommunicationTechnology (ASK-ICT) ay naging daan umano para sa pagkakaroon ng interes ng ilang mgapartisipante na pasukin ang mga negosyong nabanggit.


Apat na mga ito ayon kay Dillera ay mga accountants, tatlong draftsman at engineers, dalawa ang nais mag-Headhunting para sa mga skilled trades at dalawa rin umano ang nagpahayag ng interes na mangasiwa sa BPO company. Ang ito ay tututukan umano ng DTI sa pagsisimula ng kanilang negosyo sa lugar. (ac agad PIA12)

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Phl has 965 hemodialysis centers nationwide, REDCOP official says by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, August 25 (PIA) – People who are suffering from renal disease need not to worry where to go for their hemodialysis.

In a press conference, Dr. Susan Jorge, Adult Nephrology Consultant and Assistant Program Manager of Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) said from 290 hemodialysis centers in 2008, it increased to 320 in 2009 and again increased in 2010 to 355. Dr. Jorge said of the 16 regions, Region IV-A Thursday, August 25, 2011

has the biggest number of hemodialysis centers having 30, followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 267, and Region III with 146. Meanwhile, in Caraga Region, NKTI said the region has already five hemodialyis centers as of 2010. This, according to NKTI, can already cater to the needs of the patients

who will undergo hemodialysis in the region. The NKTI official was here in the region for the conduct of the Seminar on Urinalysis: Maximizing the Use of a Basic Tool for Diagnosis and Prevention of Kidney Diseases held Wednesday in one of the local convention centers here. (PIA-Caraga)



Free medical services – Gov Plaza’s birthday gift to Agusanons by Alex Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Aug. 25 (PIA) - Hundreds of Agusanons were served

during the outreach program in two barangays as Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza’s gift to Agusanons a day before he celebrates his birthday on August 21, 2011. According to Dr. morning until the end of On the other hand, Susan Tan, Municipal the day,” Dr. Tan said. Vice Gov. Santiago Cane Health Officer of San According to Gov. Jr. said, the Sangguniang Francisco town, records Plaza, he felt so satisfied Panlalawigan is on the show that some 1,500 seeing hundreds of his process of passing a bill patients from Barangay constituents respond- to set aside more that a Alegria and neighbor- ing to the offer of the million pesos fund to fiing barangays availed government specially in nance the medical and of free medical check- availing medical servic- dental outreach program up and medicines dur- es. of the provincial governing the medical outreach “There is no gift as ment next year. and blood-letting activi- precious as life that God Aside from the proties that lasted the whole has given us. We must vincial fund, the office day on Saturday, August therefore take care of of Cong. Maria Valentina 20, at Barangay Alegria our life, and make them Plaza of District I and gymnasium, San Fran- healthy so that we can Cong. Evelyn Mellanacisco, Agusan del Sur. serve ourselves, our Plaza of District II also “When we arrived family and the commu- set aside funds for the at Alegria gym, many nity to the best that we purpose. people of various ages can. In that way, we can Together with the are already gathered be proud that while we Office of the Governor at the barangay gym live, we are productive during the outreach proto avail of our free ser- and responsible people,” gram were the Philipvices. Without wasting Gov. Plaza said. pine Dental Association, time, we immediately In her message, Agusan del Sur Chapter, extended our services Agusan del Sur District Agusan del Sur Provinranging from medical 2 Representative Ev- cial Health Office, 402nd check-up and distribu- elyn Plaza Mellana said Infantry Brigade, Philtion of free medicines, the success of the out- ippine Army, 544 Entuli for boys, dental ser- reach program which gineering Construction vices, mass feeding, im- she started as early as Batallion, 1502 Agusan munization, papsmear the first quarter of this del Sur Community Deand blood-letting. I want year is the result of the fense Center, the Rural to tell everyone that in convergence of various Health Unit of San Franmany outreach activities agencies who shelled out cisco and the Philippine that we have conducted, their resources so that Red Cross. (PIA-Aguthis is the first time that services for the Agusan- san del Sur) I experienced serving ons can be extended in a so many people, from larger scope.



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RC Surigao City’s drinking fountain project benefits 730 schoolchildren of Canlanipa ES by Jun Clerigo

SURIGAO CITY, Aug. 25 (PIA) -The Rotary Club of Surigao City in coop-

eration with Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) successfully inaugurated its 7th Water Drinking Fountain project last August 22 for the 730 pupils of Canlanipa Elementary School in Barangay Canlanipa, this city. President Jay Remy the different elementary and my teachers accept Gonzalez hopes that this schools of the city. it with joyful heart.” project can be of help I believed the chil- The turnover certo children’s health and dren here will use this emony was also witsharpen their minds drinking fountain with nessed by some 20 “because water is very extra care. If there is faculty members and important to our living.” problem on the faucet, I school’s PTA President Gonzalez then ex- told your principal to call Reynilda Dematera. pressed gratitude to us so that immediate re- From 2007 to 2010, SMWD through its Chair- pair will be done,” Past almost 5,000 schoolchilman Bienvenido Ilano President and Paul Har- dren benefited the free and Board of Director ris Fellow Bernardo Mora water drinking fountain Bernardo Mora for their said. from six elementary efforts in supporting this Everyone was so schools of the city, they project. excited to see the mem- were Mariano Espina Me “We are happy that bers of Rotary Club of morial Central elemenwe could be of help to Surigao City being the tary School in Barangay you and the next gener- first socio-civic club to Taft, CV Diez Central ation of pupils. We are visit the said school. Elementary School in looking for an additional School Principal Barangay Washington, water drinking fountain Frediswinda Espejon Surigao West central Elto be established here gladly conveyed her grat- ementary School in Baduring my term,” Presi- itude to all the Rotarians rangay San Juan, Sudent Gonzalez said. for giving the school this rigao City Pilot School, SMWD Chairman drinking fountain, “ba- Surigao City Elementary Bienvenido Ilano ex- sically one of the basic School and Navarro Mepressed joy to be of part- facilities we have been morial Central Elemenner with the Rotary Club anticipating to have for tary School in Barangay of Surigao City and com- our children. But now Taft. (Rotary Club of mitted to construct more it’s here you’ve made it Surigao City/PIA-Suwater drinking fountain a reality in our midst. rigao del Norte) in the city schools. Thanks a million for “We started this this and we assure you project four years ago in we will take care of it. I Thursday, August 25, 2011



Surigao Norte to ink MOA with Climate Change Commission, BFAR on Demonstrating Eco-Town Framework SURIGAO DEL NORTE, Aug. 25 (PIA) - Gov. Sol F. Matugas announced recently that the provincial government will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Climate Change Commission headed by Executive Director Lucille L. Sering and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on the project “Demonstrating Eco-Town Framework.” Acoording to Gov. Matugas, this project will be piloted in four (4) municipalities in Siargao Island namely, Del Carmen, San Benito, San Isidro and Pilar, based on the significant area of mangrove eco-systems. The total mangrove area in the said municipalities is 8,600 hectares. The MOA signing will

take place today, Aug. 25 at 3:00 P.M. at the Provincial Governor’s Office, Capitol Compound, Surigao City. The project will address vulnerability to climate change impacts of the municipalities by developing their technical capability to regulate, conserve and protect their fishery resources. The

project will also establish productivity enhancing and market development programs in fishing communities of the pilot municipalities. The program will be further replicated in other municipalities with large fishing potentials. (Provincial Planning and Development Office/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Major investments to be based in LASBUENASCAR areas by: Maria Rebecca Ayaton

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Aug. 25 (PIA) – Municipalities in Agusan del Norte are expected to be flooded with big-time foreign investors. These investors will establish their businesses in the Co-Management Project Area of LASBUENASCAR (Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, Carmen) which covers 56,000 hectares of land.

Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante revealed that most of the businesses will constitute agricultural production, in fact two of the foreign investors have already paid P500,000 for the cash band fee of P500,000. The governor fur-


ther explained that the companies are compelled to pay the rental fee according to the land that they have occupied and local government of LASBUENASCAR will benefit from the money generated. Many jobs will be created if the businesses


will be established and surely development of the LASBUENASCAR areas will advance which makes the Governor very hopeful and grateful. (MRA with reports from Agusan del Norte PIO/PIA-Caraga)

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