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IN MINDANAO

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail : r9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Skype : hnb_r9pia

COVER STORY : Zamboanga’s Pride

Pasonanca Natural Park by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

PIA 9 – Zamboanga City

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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

• Ochoa: OFWs in US facilities in Afghanistan, Iraq not covered by deployment ban• Malacanang says Phl-Ja pan relation remains stable

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN)

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

• 2,500 dengue mosquito traps set for distribution in South Cotabato • N. Cotabato tutulong sa pagpapalaya ng mga tauhan ng BJMP

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

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

• Baldoz thanks P-Noy for additional Php168.1M for DOLE’s SPES program • GP3 urges government, business sectors to go “Green” • It’s all systems go for Lanao Norte – Malaybalay goodwill games • Iligan LCC warns public of substandard plywood sold in the market • DOTC has given go signal for continuation of Laguindingan Airport work

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

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

OUR COVER Today’s cover features the Pasonanca Natural Park

• DCWD workers donate blood to Red Cross• Cebuano News: Tumong ug tinguha sa PLEB, gibutyag • PH’s poorest town to host RDC-IX confab • PMA holds entrance examination for cadetship • Plans to improve air base in Palawan underway • Barangay Official in Dapitan City apprehended for illegal drug trade

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • • • •

DOLE assures intervention for repatriated OFWs Caraga’s pick for the Nat’l Best PESO Award SUMAPI in Surigao City pays 13 workers 1.3M Cebuano News: Mga district hospitals sa Agusan del Norte, gipalambo • Cebuano News: Co-Management Project sa probinsya laumang makapausab sa economic profile sa Agusan del Norte

about 7 km. away from Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Zamboanga City

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• Gov’s bday wish: Genuine peace for the country • Rice hybridization: a big help to the farmers of Davao del Sur • DavSur adunay bag-ong hepe sa pulisya • LGU-DavSur mitunol og hinabang sa mga barangay

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Zamboanga’s Pride

Pasonanca Natural Park byJocelyn P. Alvarez PIA 9 – Zamboanga

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hotos, videos and great stories, sometimes are not enough to illustrate the beauty and wonder of a particular scenic spot unless seen by own naked eye; one great “experience” is something money cannot buy. These are some of the mutual feelings that members of the Zamboanga Adventure Tour-

ism Eco- Recreation Society (ZATERS) felt when the group embarked on it’s first adventure tour-

ism activity, - a 1.8 km trek on the “recreational” zone of the protected area of the “Pasonanca 4

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Cover Story: Pasonanca Nature Park... from page 3

Natural Park” as the group encourages Zamboangueños to try trekking the “recreational area” to appreciate it’s value and beauty and as a way of promoting tourism in the city. More than 30 members of the multi-sectoral adventure tourism group literally climb it’s way to the densely forested area of the Pasonanca Natural Park extending to the then RCPI “repeater” area in Muruk (now being used by the ZC water District) with DENR 9 and SPELEO-Zamboanga (professional tour guides) leading the way up the park. Assistant Protected Area Superintendent Joel A. Baysa Jr. oriented the group on the various trees covering the park’s “recreational zone” while ascending the 1.8 km zone. Some trees that caught the group’s attention were: the century old- 25meter-high Banuang tree com-

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monly known as the “Binuang” tree, a material commonly use for fruit crate, toothpick, pads and papers; the 70 year old20 meter-high Dao tree and the 50 year old-15 -meter-high Kamagong tree. Mr. Baysa revealed of some sightings of wild tarsiers in the park. “But they (tarsiers) can only be seen during night-time since Tarsiers are nocturnal by nature” he was quoted as saying. The group, after reaching the peek of the Park’s “recreational zone” proceeded to the “repeater” tower in Muruk where everybody was mesmerized and amazed of the picturesque view over-

seeing the entire city. From “up there” one can see the entire city comparable to “ants falling in line”. A beauty beyond words and beyond compare. 5

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Pasonanca Natural Park- a backgrounder

The Pasonanca Natural Park is located at the Western-most tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula and North of the City proper. It is embraced by seven barangays in the Protected Area and Buffer Zones namely Bunguiao, Talosa, Salaan, Lumayang, Pasonanca, Dulian and Baluno. The Natural Park has 20% to 90% slope category. Most often, land configuration is rough, steep to very steep with

lowest elevation recorded at 78 meters above sea level while the highest is 1, 364 meters above sea level. A noticeable mountain rock formation called mount Pulong-Bato is situated at the southern tip of the watershed. This rock formation has an elevation of approximately 324 meters above sea level. The watershed unit is traversed with streams and creeks draining into the main river. There are more than 20 perenial springs and six streams flowing within the area. The main river is called Tumaga River . It is the source of domestic, industrial and irrigation water supply. It is the city’s only source of potable ground water. Soil Strata of the natural park are composed of clay, clay loam, loam and sand.

Endemic Birds in the Park The dense forest of the park tail paris nesting/breeding ground for enrot, Phildemic bird species. Among those ippine birds than can be found in the L e a f watershed are: Zamboanga Bulbird, and bul (hypsipetes rufigularis), PhilWhiteippine Hawk Eagale, Philippine eared Falconet, Crested Serpent Eagle, Ta i l o r Rufous Hornbill, Mindanao Taricbird. Retic Hornbill, Writhed hornbill, port has Mindanao Broadbill, Blue-naped it, that a Philippine Eagle was parrot, Blue crowned Racquet sighted in the area. 6 Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Mammals in Park

Mammals are occasionally seen in cats, deer, monkeys, tarsier and Mindanao thickly wooden portions of the forest. Flying Lemur roaming the forest floor in There are a number of wild boars, wild search of food and prey.

Reptiles in the Park Reptiles such as king Cobra, coral snake tor Lizard (Bayawak) are likewise found in Mindanao Pit viper, Boiga, Philippine cobra nooks and niches of the watershed. and Philippine Sailfin Lizard, Water Moni-

ZATERS and Adventure Tourism

The trekking venture was one of Zamboanga Adventure Tourism Eco- Recreation Society’s (ZATERS) outdoor activities as a way of helping propel the city’s Adventure Tourism. The group hopes to tone down negat i v e p e r c e p t i o n about t h e city thru Adventure Tourism. ZATERS was organized on August 28, 2010 with an initial of 40 members. An ini-

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tiative of the Philippine Information Agency 9 in partnership with the Department of Tourism and SPELEOZamboanga. Members and supporters of the Adventure Tourism Group are: government employees (mostly information officers) from DOT, DENR, DTI, DOLE, DILG, PIA, OCD, DPWH, OWWA, NLRC, TESDA, NNC, Bureau of Fire, OCENR, City Mayor’s Office, Student Council leaders from Western Mindanao State University, Ateneo de Zamboanga U n i v e r s i t y, Zamboanga City School of Polytechnic College; local media and private organizations like SPELEO-Zamboanga and Voice of Mindanao (VoM). (JPA/PIA 9-Zambo City) Sunday, August 28, 2011


Ochoa: OFWs in US facilities in Afghanistan, Iraq not covered by deployment ban

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xecutive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said on Sunday that the deployment ban to Afghanistan and Iraq stays, but Filipinos currently employed in military bases and facilities of the United States (US) are excluded and will be allowed to continue working in these countries.

“After making an assessment of the conditions in Afghanistan and Iraq based on input from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), we have recommended that Filipino workers who are already employed in US military bases and installations in these countries be allowed to remain there to continue their employment,” Ochoa said. Ochoa, who chairs the Overseas Preparedness Response Team, however stressed that for security reasons, the deployment ban covering Afghanistan and Iraq stays and no new workers will be allowed to travel to these countries for work. Sunday, August 28, 2011

According to Ochoa, President Benigno Aquino III approved the recommendations last Friday. Concerns were raised when the US military ordered all contractors last year not to hire third country nationals, whose domestic laws prohibit their citizens from traveling and working in Iraq and Afghanistan. Washington had warned that contractors caught violating the order would no longer be allowed to bid in US projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. The DFA estimates that the combined number of Filipinos working in Iraq and Afghanistan could

reach 7,000. Ochoa reiterated that the government would continue to closely monitor the situation on the ground to ensure the safety of Filipino workers who choose to remain in Afghanistan and Iraq. “Ensuring the safety and security of our OFWs who work in Afghanistan and Iraq is our primary concern. Just as their livelihoods are important to them, their lives are important to us. We will take whatever precautions necessary so that nothing untoward happens to Filipinos who work in these countries,” Ochoa said.

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2,500 dengue mosquito traps set for distribution in South Cotabato by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Aug 27 (PIA) -- The regional offices of the Department of Health (DOH 12) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST 12) in partnership with the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) will be distributing at least 2,500 Ovicidal/Larvicidal (OL) traps, an official said.

Dr. Rogelio Aturdido said the OL traps or dengue mosquito traps will be distributed to areas identified with cases of dengue. The mosquito trap was developed by the Industrial Technology Development Institute as an inexpensive, nontoxic mosquito control. An OL trap assembly consists of a black cannister for water, a 1x6.5x1/2 inch lawanit strip, and pellets of irganic sources.

The lawanit strip, which is plunged into the water and pellet solution, serves as an attractant for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs on; the solution prevents the eggs and larvae from developing. The number of cases this year, however, according to records of the disease surveillance unit of IPHO remains more than half to that of the same period last year. Only one death has also

been recorded in tge entire province. Dr. Aturdido, however, urged full cooperation as the OL traps need supervision to be effective. He said the water and pellet solution must be replaced regularly because it only potent for 7 to 10 days. If not replaced, the solution can become a breeding place of mosquitoes. Dr. Zenaida Laidan, regional di 9

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2,500 dengue mosquito... from page 8

rector of DOST 12, emphasized in an earlier interview that although OL traps have proven effective in control-

ling development of mosquitoes, ridding the surroundings of possible mosquito breeding grounds remains out if the

best method of protecting communities from becoming victims of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. (PIA 12)

N. Cotabato tutulong sa pagpapalaya ng mga tauhan ng BJMP KORONADAL CITY, Aug 28 (PIA) -- Tutulong ang pamahalaang lokal ng North Cotabato na mapalaya ang mga tauhan ng Bureau of Jail and Penology na kinidnap ng NPA sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon noon pang Hulyo 21.

Jail and Penology na kinidnap ng NPA sa Kitaotao, Bukidnon noon pang Hulyo 21. Kamakailan muling pinalalakas ni Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Talino-Mendoza ang “Sowing the Peace” chapter Kidapawan City sa layong makipagugnayan sa pamunuan ng New Peoples Army sa lalawigan. Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ani Gov. Mendoza, kailangan muna unanong matiyak na sa North Cotabato nga dinala ang mga BJMP personnel. Kung nasa lalawigan dinala ang mga bihag, mas madali unano ang pakikipag-usap sa grupong makakaliwa dahil may tiwala at kumpiyansa na ang NPA sa pamahalaang pan-

lalawigan, patunay dito ang dalawang matagumpay na pagpapalaya ng bihag sa lalawigan. Pinamumunuan ang “Sowing the Peace” chapter ng Kidapawan ni Father Paul Paracha bg Diocese ng Pres. Roxas. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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DOLE assures intervention for repatriated OFWs BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- “We would like to inform the public especially the Overseas Filipino workers families that the Department of Labor and Employment is always looking into the welfare of the repatriated OFWs from Libya, Syria and from other countries in the middle east,” Regional Director Ofelia Domingo said in her short message during the selection of the Region’s Best PESOs on August 22, 2011, in the presence of representatives from academe and media. Dir. Domingo urged the public to help disseminate the programs of DOLE to the affected OFWs particularly the technical and financial assistance to start livelihood project or to acquire skills to manage small businesses. The DOLE’s programs enrolled under the Community Based Employment Program fit the needs of the affected OFWs, where their dependents could be prioritized for employment under

the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) or they, themselves and their family members could avail of the technical assistance in forms of training, referral and placement and consultancy services which will be provided by OWWA, TESDA, POEA, RTWPB, NLRC, NCMB and PESO and financial and livelihood assistance in a form of starter kits to be provided by DOLE.

RD Domingo added that these are not the only programs the affected OFWs DOLE can offer. They have just to visit or call any of the DOLE attached agencies and field offices to seek for the assistance that they need and they will be immediately entertained. The general public can also visit our website: www. caraga.dole.gov.ph or use our hotline: (085) 3455212. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

Caraga’s pick for the Nat’l Best PESO Award by Mary Lyn Saludo and Domz Nazario

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- Six (6) Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers from Caraga region were nominated for the the National Best PESO Award. Deliberation will be done by the Bureau of Local Employment. Awarding will be held during the 11th National PESO Congress set on October 5-7, 2011.

The regional selection was done by the Evaluation Team headed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga

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Regional Director Ofelia Domingo with staff from Technical Support Services Division (TSSD), Field Office Heads, Austin Bade of OWWA, Mari-

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Caraga’s pick... from page 10 down on August 22, 2011 to work on the challenging task of determining the most qualified nominees for the National Best PESO award. Nominees were evaluated according to Impact of Performance/Achievement (80%) which cover Core Services, Referral and Placement, Number of Labor Market Information (LMI) reports submitted, Number of Career Guidance conducted and beneficiaries, and DOLE Programs implemented; Recipient of Awards from prestigious institutions (10%), and Leadership in any prestigious organization with

contribution to employment (10%) During the initial deliberation, the body agreed to select two (2) best contenders for the following categories: Municipal PESO (1st– 4th class); Provincial PESO (1st & 2nd Class); Highly Urbanized City PESO; Component City PESO. After a thorough deliberation, the following nominees emerged as winners in their respective category: Mr. Rolando Uyan (LGU –Surigao City) – Component City; Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay (PLGU – Agusan Sur) – Provincial 1st Class; Mr. Emilio Pante-

jo (PLGU – Surigao Norte) – Provincial 2nd Class; Ms. Alale Frias (LGU – Trento, Agusan Sur) – Municipal 1st Class; Ms. Rhoniel Serenado (LGU – Sta. Josefa, Agusan Sur) – Municipal 3rd Class; Ms. Aniceta M. Selda (LGU – Cagwait, Surigao Sur) – Municipality 4th Class. The evaluation results with the comprehensive “Bid Book” and other pertinent documents/attachments of all the regional winners will be immediately sent to The Bureau of Local Employment for the national deliberation. (DOLE-13/PIA-Caraga)

SUMAPI in Surigao City pays 13 workers 1.3M by Glo Varquez BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- The Single Entry Approach (SENA) or the 30day mandatory conciliation-mediation approach in the disposition of cases proved to be a blessing not only to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) but also to the workers as it hastened settlement of claims and complaints filed by workers in any DOLE office. It has become true in Surigao City where one company, the Surigao Marine Products Incorporated (SUMAPI) paid a total of P1,347,022.74 for 13 workers in just one (1) hearing of the case. This settlement has been the highest in the history of case disposition thru SENA in the province of Surigao del Norte, involving only one company. From February to August 2011, Surigao del Norte posted settlement

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amount of P2,321,632.30 with the following details: February - 96,260.49 benefiting one (1) worker; March - 786,787.61 benefiting six (6) workers; July - 1,347,022.74 benefiting 13 workers; and August 91,561.32 benefiting three (3) workers. DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo continues to encourage the SENA Desk Officers in every field office and attach agency to always uphold and support the President

Aquino’s goal to “reform labor arbitration and adjudication systems by streamlining procedures, removing red tape, and at the same time, restore integrity and fairness in the system”. RD Domingo is very proud of the first semester accomplishments of Caraga making the region the topnotcher in SENA implementation and is hopeful of a sustained effort in the next semester. (DOLE-13/ PIA-Caraga)

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Cebuano News: Mga district hospitals sa Agusan del Norte, gipalambo ni Roselyn Gangca Exaure BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- Gisugdan na sa pagdevelop ang mga District Hospitals ning lalawigan, kini ang gibutyag ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante, kon diin usa kini sa iyang mga priority programs.

Alayon niini gikatakdang butangan ug lima ka mga private rooms ang Cabadbaran District Hospital sa Cabadbaran City, aron dili na kinahanglan nga moanhi pa sa dakbayan sa Butuan ang mga pasyente nga maadmit nga nanginahanglan ug mga pribadong lawak. Gidugang pa ni Gov. Amante nga plano usab nga butangan ug mga doctor�s offices ang mao-

ng balay tambalanan aron i-patronize na kini sa mga pribadong doktor ug mas molambo pa unya ang serbisyo niini. (VC1) Sumala pa usab ni Gov. Amante nga iyang gigahinan ug dakung pondo ang pagdevelop sa Cabadbaran District Hospital ug kon unsa man gani ang mamahimong output niini, mao usab kini ang himoon sa mga district hospitals ning lalawigan.

Gibutyag pa usab ni Gov. Amante nga ang mga private rooms sa Cabadbaran District Hospital mamahimong susama na unya sa mga private hospitals ning syudad sa Butuan apan mas barato matud pa kini kon itandi ngadto na sa mga pribadong balay tambalanan. (RGE, Agusan del Norte-PIO/PIACaraga)

Cebuano News: Co-Management Project sa probinsya laumang makapausab sa economic profile sa Agusan del Norte ni Roselyn Gangca Exaure BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- Daku ang panglantaw ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John M. Amante nga makahatag og dakung kausaban sa economic profile ning lalawigan ang katumanan sa Co-management Project sa LASBUENASCAR (Las Nieves, Buenavista, Nasipit, ug Carmen) Area nga naglangkob sa 56,000 ka ektarya nga yuta.

Gipasabot pa ni Gov. Amante nga kon ma-utilize lang sa sakto ang maong luna, makahatag gayud kini ug dakung kausaban, kon diin nagrepresenta kini

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panahon ug karon matransform na kini ngadto na sa usa ka productive land pinaagi sa co-management project. (RGE, Agusan del Norte-PIO/ PIA-Caraga)

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DCWD workers donate blood to Red Cross by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 28 - - With the onslaught of dengue virus in the country more particularly in Metro Manila, the city government here led by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has designated the City Health Office (CHO) as the lead agency in the campaign against dengue-causing mosquitoes. The CHO has conducted year-round “search and destroy operations” of all potential breeding places of dengue carrying mosquitoes resulting in the decrease of dengue cases in the city from January to June this year. CHO records showed that only 30 dengue cases were reported from January to June this year as compared to 131 cases during the same period last year. Earlier the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued a memorandum to the local government units (LGUs) urging them conduct Sunday, August 28, 2011

cleanup activities aimed at destroying all potential breeding places of dengue carrying mosquitoes. The said circular also calls for the enforcement of environmental sanitation such as dredging of clogged canals, esteros and other waterways, pruning thick bushes or tree branches and removal or draining of receptacles containing stagnant water, and the conduct information drive on environmental control of breeding sites of dengue-causing mosquitoes. In a related development, Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano

of the Department of Education (DepED) has urged the school principals and teachers to be models in leading the campaign against dengue in their respective communities. During the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) program on PTV 4 and Radyo ng Bayan recently, Quijano disclosed that the DepED is now pushing for a program dubbed “Eskwelahan, simbahan, Barangay, Palenke at Buong Komunidad, Sama-sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue” as contained in the department’s Memorandum 152. (FPG/ PIA-Zambo. Norte)

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PH’s poorest town to host RDC-IX confab by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 28 (PIA) - - All roads lead Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on Sept. 1 as the offices and members of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-IX will hold their regular meeting there. RDC-IX Chair and non-government ficiaries of 4P, SEA-K and Dipolog City agencies to help alle- and KALAHI-CIDSS. Mayor Evelyn T. Uy viate the plight of its The once passive disclosed that all the poor constituents. and diffident Subregional directors Among the gov- anen people,of this of the different line ernment agencies municipality, who agencies based in the whose programs and comprise the majorregion together with services have already ity of the inhabitants the provincial gover- benefitted the com- have now learned to nors, city/municipal munity people is the actively participate in mayors and non-gov- Department of Social family development ernment organiza- Welfare and Devel- sessions. tions (NGOs) are ex- opment (DSWD) with Siayan has great pected to attend the its three-pronged potentials in agrisaid conference to program: Pantawid culture and mining. discuss the different Pamilyang Pilipino Mayor Flora Villarosa, issues and concerns Program (4P), SEA-K however, has been as well as programs and KALAHI-CIDSS. firm on her stand to be implemented in Local media men against all forms the region. who participated in a of mining, viewing Being the poor- media tour organized it as destructive to est town in the coun- by DSWD to this town the environment. try, Siayan is now a last June 16, had (FPG/PIA-Zambo. recipient of a number personally witnessed Norte) of programs and proj- and heard the testiects by government monies of the bene-

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PMA holds entrance examination for cadetship ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 26 (PIA) – The Philippine Military Academy is conducting the PMA Entrance Examination for PMA Cadetship today, August 28 on 37 examination centers nationwide, the 6th Civil Relation Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced. In a press statement, the military said that getting accepted in the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) entails getting a well-rounded education in academics, leadership, teamwork and physical fitness while receiving a salary and allowances higher than those received by the highest ranking enlisted personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)—all these while studying. Moreover, a guaranteed job awaits every PMA cadet after graduation and each is assured to have a Sunday, August 28, 2011

progressive career as a Regular Officer in the Philippine Army, Philippine Air Force (PAF) or the Philippine Navy (PN). Most importantly, it bestows a rare privilege to serve his or her country. For one to become a PMA cadet, he or she must be a natural born citizen, single and has never been married, stands at least 5’4” for male and 5’2” for female, graduated high school with a general average of 85 percent or higher, physically fit for training and has no administrative or criminal case.

Applicants must at least be 17 years old, but not a day older than 22 years old and a day younger than 17 years old, on April 01, 2012. And more importantly, they must pass the PMA entrance examination. The military further noted that an exemption has been made that allows 16year-old applicants for cadetship who meet the aforementioned qualifications to take the qualifying examination since its result will be valid for two years. (6CRGAFP/RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

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Plans to improve air base in Palawan underway

SABELA CITY, Basilan, Aug 28 (PIA) – As part of the development program being pushed to improve the capabilities of the Armed Forces’ services in the province of Palawan, the planning team from the 570th Composite Tactical Wing (CTW) sat down with its counterpart from the Western Command (WESCOM) and the Naval Forces West (NFW) to map out the development of the air base in Palawan. In a press release, the 6th Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines reveals that a two-day conference was held last August 18 and 19 to formulate the Master Development Plan of Antonio Bautista Air Base (ABAB). ABAB is one of the nine air bases eyed for the priority development programs of the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Maximizing the use of its land resources is the primary objective of coming up with a Master Development Plan for ABAB. The lay-outs of the land areas of both WESCOM and NFW were integrated

in conceptualizing the plan since the two are adjacent to ABAB. As the three military headquarters share some common needs, the planners aim to come up with a strategic design that would serve as a basis for deciding where to put up a facility, like a hospital for instance, that is most convenient and accessible to all. Equally important is that conceptualizing the Master Development Plan would allow the planners to decide what project is most suited to a certain land area so as to maximize its utilization. Experts have been

consulted in formulating the conceptual plan for ABAB. For instance, with the help of an environmentalist, the effect of a certain project on the natural environment has been assessed and taken into consideration. Should the National Headquarters approve the plan and the National Government provide the fund for its implementation right after, it would not only translate to an improved headquarters’ lay-out, but it would also mean better services for the people. (6CRG-AFP/ RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

Barangay Official in Dapitan City apprehended for illegal drug trade

by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY,Aug 28(PIA)-- Another barangay official and the first Barangay official in Dapitan City fell into the hands of government operatives after being suspected of engaging in illegal drug trade.

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Barangay Official... from page 16 Renante Adaza y Artanjo, 41 years old, the incumbent Barangay Chairman of Sta. Cruz, Dapitan City was apprehended at his residence in Barangay Sta. Cruz at about 8:30AM on August 27, 2011 by the joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Zamboanga del Norte represented by IOI Ran B. Avenido and POI Maryjel E. Alaban of the Provincial Public Safety Company, based in Camp Hamac. Sicayab, Dipolog City. Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Drug Enforcement Officer IO2 Jury Rocamora said the drug buy-bust operation was implemented after Adaza (the suspect ) agreed to sell to a PDEA agent who posed as buyer at his residence two (2) heat-sealed plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance called “shabu� for Two Thousand Pesos (P2,000.00) Items recovered in the possession of the suspect are two(2) Rizal match boxes containing heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu with an estimated weight of 0.6434 grams and two (2) One Thousand Peso Bills as marked money.

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After the arrest of Adaza, at about 9:30AM, Avenido and Alaban conducted a search operation at the residence of the said barangay official to implement the Search Warrant issued by Judge Jose Rene Dondoyano of the Municipal Trial Court of Cities in Dapitan City. This operation resulted in the seizure of the following items-four (4) pieces, match boxes, with heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu; two(2) match boxes of dried marijuana leaves; one(l) cigarette foil containing dried marijuana leaves; fifteen (15) unused aluminum foils; six (6) rubberized tubings; four(4) assorted glass tubings; one(1) improvised bamboo stick sealer; (1) cut mirror; four(4) used cut aluminum foils; four(4) repacking elements; three(3) rolled aluminum foils; two(2) disposable lighters(pink and blue); one(1) sando bag with label Gaizano Ozamis; two(2) plastic tubing and a knife; five(5) disposable lighters, several aluminum foils and cigarette packs; one big roll of aluminum foil; one (1)

pink pouch containing cash and paper bills amounting to P2,263, believed to be the proceeds money. The estimated weight of confiscated illegal drugs during the search is 26.4399 grams (1.2081 grams, shabu and 25,2318 grams, dried marijuana leaves). According to Rocamora, Adaza has already been placed under surveillance for quite some time by the PDEA after numerous reports were received by his office on the illegal activities of the said barangay official. Adaza is now detained at the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office detention cell at Camp Hamac, Sicayab Dipolog City while appropriate case is readied to be filed against him in court for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. It may be recalled that Harold A. Uy, Barangay Councilor of Barangay Biasong, Dipolog City was also arrested in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the joint PDEA-PNP operatives on August 2 this year. (ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

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Baldoz thanks P-Noy for additional Php168.1M for DOLE’s SPES program CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 28 (PIA) — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz expressed utmost gratitude to President Benigno S. Aquino III, following the release of the additional P168.1 million budget for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) program. Baldoz was on a 2-day President Aquino’s Labor Day gram for 2011 to Php350.282 visit, here, recently to meet 2011 speech, he promised the million, benefitting an estiwith the Regional Coordinat- increase in the SPES budget, mated 136,000 students, naing Council (RCC) officials and saying poor but industrious tionwide. beneficiaries of the Integrat- students who face the pros- In view of the release ed Livelihood Project of the pect of not being able to enroll of the additional fund for the Department of Labor and Em- in college due to lack of funds SPES, Baldoz directed all DOLE ployment (DOLE), and deliver deserve government assis- regional directors to plan for the keynote address of the 1st tance. its immediate implementation Regional Occupational Safe- He also promised to starting September until Dety, Health, and Environment continue increasing the bud- cember 2011, as the validity Summit held at the Pearlmont get for the SPES program in of the allotment is only till the Hotel. 2012 as prescribed under the end of the year. Released by the Depart- SPES law. Mandated under Rement of Budget and Manage- The Labor Secretary said public Act No. 7323, the SPES ment (DBM), the additional that DOLE-Regional Office No. program helps poor but debudget for the SPES program 10 will get a share of Php13 serving students pursue their of DOLE will benefit an addi- million from the increase, education by encouraging their tional 52,000 poor but deserv- bringing the total 2011 SPES employment during summer ing students up to December budget for Northern Mindanao and/or Christmas vacations. 31, 2011, nationwide. to Php19 million. SPES beneficiaries are “I am very thankful to Meanwhile, Atty. Allan paid by employers sixty perthe President for the release Macaraya, Regional Director cent (60%) of their salaries of more money for this very of DOLE-10, who hosted Sec- or wages and forty percent important work appreciation retary Baldoz, said the ad- (40%) through education program for poor, but deserv- ditional SPES budget for his vouchers paid by the governing Filipino students. The ad- region will benefit more than ment. The program is open to ditional money will go a long 7,000 students. “This is very all qualified high school, colway in enabling SPES benefi- good news for Northern Mind- lege, technology or vocational ciaries to earn tuition money anao,” he said. students or drop-outs and infor their college education,” The additional budget terested employers. (DOLE/ said Baldoz. of P168.1 million will bring the PIA-10) She recalled that in total budget for the SPES pro-

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GP3 urges government, business sectors to go “Green” by Gelo Udaundo MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon, Aug. 28 (PIA) – Former Congressman Nereus O. Acosta, here, has called on the government and business sectors to help develop a green environment to address the climate change challenge.

He sounded the call during a conference of the Green Purchasing, Green Productivity, towards a Green Philippines (GP3) with the theme “Facing Climate Change and Achieving Sustainable Growth.” Acosta, who is the Chairperson of the GP3 Convener Committee, said the country needs “the consciousness of a Green Philippines” and invited stakeholders to “find ways to live a green life.” Consumers are the biggest problem and the main solution on this movement and local government units are urged to support entrepreneurs who are at the center for a green strategy, he pointed out. “We need political will to continuously collaborate efforts of the public and private sector on how to inculcate this movement”, he added. Acosta, who chaired the Committee on Ecology, when he was Congressman of the First District of Bukidnon, pointed out that the two main factors

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for the success of a green economy is sustainability and localization. “One can’t legislate economic and social behavior, but one can legislate policies to prevent the economic behavior,” he noted. Acosta shared that based on a recent study, about 262 million people are already affected by climate change-related matters, while another 1.8 billion is expected to suffer from water shortage in 2025 in Asia and Africa. The study further proved that with a “green” economy, there can be higher gross domestic product, reduced poverty, more jobs, enhanced social equity and better quality of growth than a “brown” economy. Integrated in the GP3 conference is the international initiative programs for a green economy. Examples are EU switch Asia programs which highlight business potentials through sustainable consumption and production in Asia, initiated by Green

Philippine Islands of Sustainability (GPIS), Zero Carbon Resort and SMART Cebu Project. The GPIS is a project that aims to contribute to an improved environmental and sustainable industrial development of Metro Manila and CALABARZON, by reducing the pollution level and by increasing resource efficiency in specific companies. On the other hand, Zero Carbon Resort project seeks to enable tourism small and medium enterprises (SMEs), such as, hotels and resorts, to provide their energy services in an efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sound way. The project applies the 3R strategy: ReduceReplace-Redesign. A showcase “Zero Carbon Cottage” will be built in Palawan, which will operate using solar- and biomass-based energy generation systems. Finally, SMART Cebu is a project implemented by a consortium of European and Philippine orga-

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nizations in Cebu that is aimed at increasing the competitiveness of SMEs engaged in the home and lifestyle sectors in Cebu by promoting clean production, development of ecofriendly products and entering the green markets in Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, another

program called Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) is also consistent with the thrust to boost Philippine competitiveness as it focuses on greening existing jobs in critical sectors, such as, food production and manufacturing. At the same time,

it also promotes new employment in green sectors, such as, renewable energy and energy efficiency. These programs target MSMEs for environmental adaptability, responsibility and transparency. (PhilExport-10A/ PIA-10)

It’s all systems go for Lanao Norte – Malaybalay goodwill games by Vincent N. Labial TUBOD, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 28 (PIA) – More than 200 government employees are set to see action this coming Sept. 2-4, for the anticipated Lanao del NorteMalaybalay City Goodwill Games to be held at the sprawling Mindanao Civic Center (MCC), here.

The athletes will be competing in five (5) sporting events, namely: basketball (men) and volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis, and badminton (men and women). “The goodwill games is conceived not only to promote a healthy lifestyle among government employees but also to showcase to our neighboring cities and provinces that Lanao del Norte is a peaceful and progressive province,” (Provincial Information Officer Lyndon Calica said. The 3-day competition will be the elim-

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ination round with the top two (2) teams in each sporting discipline advancing to the finals which will be played in Malaybalay City on a later date. “Everything is now all set for the goodwill games. Our employees are excited to play with our counterparts from Malaybalay City”, Provincial Sports Coordinator Nelson Lasola expressed. Each contingent will be led by their chief executive, Governor Khalid Dimaporo for Lanao del Norte and Mayor Ignacio Zubiri for Malaybalay City.

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Gov. Dimaporo is scheduled to host a welcome dinner on the first day of the games. Meanwhile, the provincial government will also be launching its Inter-Color Competition on Sept. 9, for the rest of the provincial employees. Nine (9) teams will be competing in the competition which will run until December of this year. The public is encouraged to witness the upcoming games at the MCC Sports Complex. Admission to the sporting venues is free, Calica added. (PIO/PIA-10) Sunday, August 28, 2011


Iligan LCC warns public of substandard plywood sold in the market by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- The Local Price Coordinating Council (LCC) of the city is warning the consuming public to watch out for smuggled Chinese plywood that could possibly be sold by construction dealers, here.

Based on information disclosed by the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA), the plywood is substandard and not durable compared to plywood made from falcatta wood in Mindanao.

These products did not pass the quality test of the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Product Standards (DTI-BPS) as these has only a thickness of 5mm. The substandard

plywood can be identified because the grains are rough and fibrous and cheaper by Php15, each, compared to genuine plywood. (CIO/ PIA-10)

DOTC has given go signal for continuation of Laguindingan Airport work by Melvin T. Anggot/Virgilio C. Garcia ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Aug. 28 (PIA) -- Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz was elated to announce that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has given the go signal for the continuation of work in all aspects of the Laguindingan Airport in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental.

Cruz, who is the Chairperson of the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X) 10 said this development is the result of the meeting of undersecretaries and technical staff of DOTC with Secretary Mar Roxas, last week. As can be recalled, work on the Laguindingan Airport was temporarily suspended by DOTC, the project being under their agency for the purpose of checking on the status of the project. Mayor Cruz said DOTC directed that the

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project be given priority, especially, in the procurement of aviation facilities for the safety and convenience of people that will use the airport. Because of this, RDC-X is negotiating with a supplier of the needed facilities that has proven technology. He also admitted that the completion of the project will experience a delay of about eight (8) months from its target completion date of April 2012. As of press time, work on the Laguindingan

Airport is 85% complete, Mayor Cruz said. The Chairman of RDC-X, in his visit to DOTC, was accompanied by Governor Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental, Representative Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City’s 2nd District and Engr. Leon Dacanay, Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and several personnel of the regional technical staff. (CIO/ PIA-10)

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Gov’s bday wish: Genuine peace for the country by Carina L. Cayon TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Aug. 28 (PIA) – Any septuagenarian would easily wish for longer life, peace of mind, more love and happiness for himself and his family, as he hit another bonus year in his life. But not for Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario, who is hoping to see a seemingly impossible dream finally come true at the remaining decades of his life. When asked what would be his wish when he blows out the candles come his 77th birthday on September 1, 2011, the governor revealed his lone fondest wish is for the country to eventually attain a just and lasting peace. “I hope I will live to the day that there shall finally be a lasting peace in this country,” said del Rosario, who has become an institution in the realm of propoor and pro-people local governance. After pouring in billions of hard infrastructure projects in the province during his previous administrations, the governor rolled out his human-centered development strategy known as P.E.O.P.L.E.

He revealed the very purpose he pursued his propeople agenda is to be able to contribute to the over-all objective of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III in striking a just and lasting peace and inclusive economic growth in the country. “I really envisioned this program to help attain the president’s vision of achieving lasting peace and sweeping progress in our country,” he said. He cited the province is doing its share in attaining the president’s goal by providing essential services directly to the people, particularly in affording improved health, better education and broader livelihood and income opportunities. As he puts it, the strategy is designed to develop Davao del Norte as a major gateway to Mindanao, “as we go out linking ourselves to the world in a global competition.”

Del Rosario earlier revealed initial accomplishment of his P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda include: the P36 million from the Department of Health (DOH), out of the total of P52 million allotted for health facility enhancement fund for improvement of the three district hospitals and putting up the new Provincial Health Office (PHO) building; more than P20 million for the Universal Philhealth coverage of indigent constituents; P44 million counterpart funding for building more school-building starting this year; arrival of 150 milking cows for livelihood and nutrition program of the province; about P200million worth of rural infrastructure from the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP); construction of the P240 million Provincial Sports Complex this year; and the P40 million Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) coming from 23

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Gov’s bday.. from page 22 the Australian Aid for International Development (AusAID). Being the president of the Confederation of Local Chief Executives in Mindanao (ConFed), Gov. del Rosario vowed to use his influence to bring the peace and development concerns of the LGUs in the Island to higher arena of decision-making. As chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-XI, del Rosario further offered to help the peace-building efforts of the government by mulling localized peace talks with the communist and separatist movements in the region. In line with the celebration of the governor’s 77th birthday, the province held its second community

health and social services outreach program that benefitted more than a thousand residents in Barangay New Cortes, New Corella town on August 26, 2011. The convergence initiative pooled the resources of the province, the LGU, army, police and various government agencies in delivering, among others, medical consultation and services, surgical outreach, dental services, urine exam, distribution of fruit tree seedlings, anti-malaria mosquito nets, slippers, and toothbrushes. A milk-feeding program was also launched for the pre-schoolers of the barangay, which will run for the next 60 days. The provincial government also held a fellow-

ship activity for its officials and employees on August 27, 2011 at the Beach View Resort in Pindasan, Mabini, Compostela Valley Province. OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain said the event is an appropriate opportunity to refurbish the working synergy, camaraderie and unity among the provincial offices, who are the forerunners of the executive and legislative branches in the delivery of good public governance services The different clusters of the Capitol prepared an entire day of entertaining activities and presentations to highlight the occasion. (PIO-DavNor/Noel Baguio)

Rice hybridization: a big help to the farmers of Davao del Sur DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Aug. 28 (PIA) – Farmers of Barangay San Miguel, Digos City, were thankful after having been chosen as among the recipients of the P5 million rice hybridization program of the provincial government here. For instance, the family of beneficiary Gloria Palma who recently died, expressed gratitude to the local government not only for the several benefits they could get from the program, but also for

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the burial assistance of P10,000 they obtained from the crop insurance as it was integrated in the hybridization project. Romeo Palma, son of the deceased beneficiary, particularly

thanked Governor Douglas Ra. Cagas for the opportunity that the provincial head has given to his family to improve their living through the program. Davao del Sur LGU has allocated P5 million

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through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist for the rice hybridization program which would benefit the farmers from the municipalities of Bansalan, Matanao, Magsaysay and Digos City. Antonia Marfel, OPAG rice coordinator, clarified though that the program is not a doleout since recipients are obliged to make their

land productive. In order to continue with the program, farmers are urged to attend scheduled farmer’s class to gain knowledge on modern and proper ways of planting rice including separation and arrangement of ricefields until harvest time to maintain the lands productivity, Marfel said. OPAG technician Riza Allego said that re-

cipients will have to pay a premium of P932 per year which will serve as crop insurance that has a coverage worth of P20,000. The program has also provided the farmer-recipients F1 rice variety including fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides for every one hectare of ricefield that they till. (PIO-DavSur)

DavSur adunay bag-ong hepe sa pulisya DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Aug. 28 (PIA) – Malampuson ang gihimong turnover ceremony ug change of command bag-ohay pa lamang tali nila Police Sr. Supt. Ronald Marapon Dela Rosa, outgoing Davao del Sur Police Director ug Police Sr. Supt. Vladimir Custer Kahulugan, incoming Davao del Sur Police Director.

Atol sa maong okasyon, si Gobernador Douglas RA. Cagas mihagit sa bagong hepe sa pulisya nga si Kahulugan sa pagpadayon sa mga nasugdan sa iyang amahan nga si kanhi Legendary Chief of Police Laudemer Kahulugan, ug sa pagtapos sa mga butang nga wala pa nahuman

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ni Dela Rosa. Matud pa ni Cagas nga taas siya og ekspektasyon sa bag-ong Police Director nga dili siya pakyason sa pag-wagtang ug pagsumpo sa mga krimen sama sa kawat, patay, carnapping illegal drugs, illegal gambling ug uban pa. Sa kabahin usab

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ni Kahulugan isip pagdawat sa maong hagit ug tahas, siya namulong nga isa sa iyang mga prayoridad ug programang gihan-ay mao ang pagpalig-on sa pwersa sa iyang mga ginsakpan. Usa niini, matud pa niya, mao ang pagpatuman sa Police Visibility aron 25

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DavSur adunay.. from page 24

mamintinar ang kahapsay ug kalinaw sa tibuok probinsiya sa Davao del Sur. Ang maong okasyon gisaksihan sa mga lideres sa probinsiya ug mga opisyales sa kapu-

lisan, kasundaluhan, pinangunahan nila Police Chief Supt. Jaime Morente ug 34th Infantry Battalion Commander Col. Oliver Artuz ug mga pinasidunggang bisita niadtong Agosto 15.

Ang aktibidades gisaulog didto sa Cagas-Dela Rosa Multipurpose Covered Court sa Brgy. San Agustin, Digos City, Davao del Sur. (PIODavSur Staff/Junie S. Corpin)

LGU-DavSur mitunol og hinabang sa mga barangay DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Aug. 28 (PIA) – Ang lokal nga panggamhanan sa probinsya sa Davao del Sur mitunol og hinabang pinansyal alang sa pagpalambo sa nagkadaiyang proyekto sa pipila ka mga barangay dinhi. Ang Barangay Dawis sa Digos City nakadawat og P650,000.00 diin ang P150,000.00 niini maoy ika-tulo nga bahin nga nahatag (o 3rd tranche) alang sa barangay operations, samtang ang P500,000.00 ang idapat alang sa pagpalit og usa ka MiniDumptruck. Ang Barangay Malawanit sa lungsod sa Magsaysay, nahatagan og P500,000.00. Ang P150,000 nga baSunday, August 28, 2011

hin niini ang alang sa construction sa duha ka unit nga Water Reservoir. Ang P200,000 gialokar alang sa Farmto-Market Road. Ang P70,000 gigahin alang sa Goat Dispersal ug ang P60,000 para sa Agricultural Equipment, samtang ang P20,000 alang sa barangay hall sa Brgy. Malawanit. Sa lungsod sa Sulop, P500,000 ang gitunol alang sa pagtukod og Barangay Hall,

samtang ang Liga ng Hagonoy, sa lungsod sa Hagonoy nahatagan og P50,000 nga idapat alang sa pagpalambo sa access road. Ang mga hinabang pinansyal gi apod-apod sa naasoy nga mga barangay ug kalungsuran sa usa ka convocation program niining bulana nga gipahigayon sa Davao del Sur Sports Complex and Business Center. (PIO-DavSur)

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PHOTO RELEASES

Serbisyo Caravan Davao Oriental

Members of the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army “Agila� Band perform a brass band show which enlivened the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan opening ceremonies in Boston and in Cateel, Davao Oriental. (PIA 11/jean d abangan) 1Lt. Paolo Marco M. Mangligot and Sgt. Edwin L. Doong are among those deployed during the conduct dental operation by the 1370th Dental Detachment of 10th Infanty Division to conduct a dental outreach during the ARENA XI organized Serbisyo Caravan in Boston and Cateel, Davao Oriental. (PIA 11/ erwin fernandez)

ARENA 11 President Achilles Gerard Bravo explains that the Serbisyo Caravan organized by the ARENA XI is aimed at bringing government services close to the people especially the marginalized and the poor. (PIA 11/jean d abangan)

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