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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

• Aquino leads observance of National Heroes Day • Aquino to visit Great Wall of China and For bidden City • Filipinos in Beijing welcome President Aqui no’s visit • Busy schedule awaits President Aquino in Beijing

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

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • City Peace and Order Council intensifies existing laws in Butuan • PhilHealth-Caraga meets local tri-media in Butuan • 140 new Barangay Employment Service Offices established • BLE conducts enhanced SRS technical workshop for Caraga • Cebuano News: RMN-dxBC, PRC, PIA ug sponsors nagkahiusa alang sa Bloodletting activity ug Medical, Dental Mission

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

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN)

• Ipil to act on ‘No Habitation Zones’ • 214 studes join campus journalism workshop in Dapitan • RMN-DXDR spearheads bloodletting cum medical mission in Dipolog

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

Northern Mindanao • NorMin Blood Center serves 9,352 bags of blood to 6,076 patients, as of July, this year • DOLE Secretary releases livelihood grants to NorMin beneficiaries • Tangub prepares for city fiesta • SP Cag. de Oro hails two top Nursing Board Passers • Cebuano News: Konseho sa Iligan naghangyo sa DOH nga ayudahan ang medical mission sa kabaranggayan (SP Iligan to request DOH assistance on barangay medical missions)

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 White Water Rafting of

Cagayan de Oro





Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • DOH health fiesta caravan visits ComVal • Davao Light holds talk on flood safety and branding • Cebuano news: Sa Comval: Probinsiya milihok Contra- Trichenella Parasite

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • • • •

Dengue cases in S. Cotabato down by 77% Tacurong City hosts PMA entrance test ARMM to enhance early recovery plan LTO-12 distributes first installment of Pantawid Pasada cards to 672 recipients in Region 12

Monday, August 29, 2011

Aquino leads observance of National Heroes Day


resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited cooperation, heroism and sense of volunteerism as some of the positive traits that are innate among Filipinos as he challenged them to use such skills in working with the government in bringing the nation to sustainable progress and development

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III reviews the honor guards upon arrival for the observance of the National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Monday (August 29). National Heroes Day is celebrated every last Sunday of August pursuant to Act No. 3827, which was enacted on October 28, 1931 by the Philippine Legislature. It commemorates the beginning of the Filipinos fight known for independence from Spain as “Cry of Pugad Lawin” led by Supremo Andres Bonifacio. (Photo by Marcelino Pascua / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO).

In his speech during the

Bayani, Fort Bonifacio in Taguig

pino people can lead the way in

observance of the National He-

City, Monday, President Aquino

effecting change towards the na-

roes Day at the Libigingan ng mga

expressed confidence that the Fili-

tion’s progress adding that ev


Monday, August 29, 2011



Aquino leads... from page 3 President Benigno S. Aquino III offers a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Monument for the observance of National Heroes Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Monday (August 29). National Heroes Day commemorates the beginning of the Filipinos fight for independence from Spain known as “Cry of Pugad Lawin” led by Supreme Andres Bonifacio. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau / PCOO).

eryone can make a difference by


ng Bayan: Gabay ni Juan sa Matu-

helping others.

“Nabigyan tayo ngayon ng

wid na Daan,” underscores the


pagkakataon para gawin muli ang

President’s commitment in pur-

dugo ang kabayanihan ng ating

tama tulad ng ginawa at ipinagla-

suing reforms in the bureaucracy

mga ninuno, tiwala po ako sa

ban ng ating mga bayani…handa

which is part of his agenda to-

kakayahan ng bawat Pilipino na

po akong unang magsakripisyo,

wards good governance, inclu-



subalit tulad ng lagi kong bukam-

sive growth and equal opportunity

ating bansa. Hindi na natin kailan-

bibig… hindi ko po kayang pasanin

for all that is part of the overall

gan pa na magbuwis ng buhay o

ng mag-isa ang kalbaryong dinat-

thrusts of the Philippine Develop-

magpadanak ng dugo para lamang

nan natin…hindi po kailangan ng

ment Plan 2011-2016.



bansa ang isang ‘superman’ para

lang natin ay ang wagas at bukal

ma-resolba ang lahat ng problema

ing the event include Defense Sec-

na pag-tulong sa kapwa Pilipino,”

natin. Ang kailangan po natin ay

retary Voltaire Gazmin, Foreign

the President said.

bayanihan nina Juan at Juana

Affairs Secretary Albert del Ro-

“Ang simpleng pagsunod

dela Cruz, kailangan natin ng mga

sario, Metro Manila Development

sa mga batas at pagtulong sa mga

nakikilahok sa solusyon sa mga

Authority Secretary Francis Tolen-

nangangailangan ay maituturing

problema,” the President noted.

tino, Armed Forces of the Philip-

na ring kabayanihan, ang bawat

“Sa ganitong mga pag-

pines Chief of Staff General Edu-

butil ng sakripisyo, ang bawat pa-

kakataon isinisilang ang mga tu-

ardo Oban Jr., Philippine National

tak na kawanggawa at ang bawat

nay na bayani… mga bayaning

Police Chief Director General Raul



hindi humihingi ng pagkilala ng

Bacalzo, Taguig Mayor Maria Laar-

maliit na paraan ay labis na tumit-

kasaysayan at naninindigan kahit

ni Cayetano, Dean of the Diplo-

ingkad kapag ginawa ng mahigit

walang nakaaalam,” he added.

matic Corps Archbishop Giuseppe

siyamnapung Pilipino,” President

The event highlights the

Pinto, and other members of the

Aquino added.

important contributions of great

Diplomatic Corps, major service

The Chief Executive also

Filipinos in regaining and preserv-

commanders and the officers and

called on the people to support

ing the freedom and democracy

members of the Veterans Federa-

the efforts of the government in

being enjoyed by the present gen-

tion of the Philippines, among oth-

addressing the various problems


ers. (jcl)

of the society such as poverty and










Other officials present dur-

This year’s theme: “Bayani


Monday, August 29, 2011

Aquino to visit Great Wall of China and Forbidden City BEIJING, China: President Benigno S. Aquino III will visit two of Beijing’s most visited historical landmarks -- the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City during his five-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China from August 30 to September 3, 2011.

The theme of the Presi-

the Great Wall because it is the


dent’s visit is “people-centered

best preserved and most popular

partnership” highlighting the cen-

among all sections of the Great

will visit the three main halls

turies-old friendship between the

Wall. It is more than 1,000 meters

where national treasures are dis-

Philippines and China. It also hopes

(or 3,281 feet) above sea level and

played. An interpreter will be on

to push for more trade, invest-

commands a strategic position for

hand to brief the President on the

ment, media, culture, education

transportation and defense in an-

features of the Forbidden City.

and tourism exchanges between

cient times.

the two countries. Aside from Bei-


bidden City, the President will be

jing, the President will also visit

means “reach eight directions,”

requested to write a message

the cities of Shanghai and Xiamen

got its name because the maze

about his visit.

as part of his itinerary.

of its ridges stretches in all direc-

tions. It is also easily accessible

Chinese Imperial Palace from the

Great Wall, President Aquino will

and has easy walking conditions.

Ming Dynasty to the end of the

be received by Deputy Director of

Based on records, some

Qing Dynasty. It is located in the

the Badaling Special Administra-

400 state leaders and notable per-

middle of Beijing, China, and now

tive Center Rong Xinfeng.

sonalities have climbed Badaling

houses the Palace Museum.

to admire the magnificence and

corted by Xinfeng to the south

beauty of its panoramic scenery.

years, it served as the home of

tower of the Badaling section

On February 24, 1972, this

emperors and their households, as

where he will write a short mes-

site was visited by then United

well as the ceremonial and politi-

sage and sign the Guest Book.

States President Richard Nixon

cal center of the Chinese govern-

During his visit, the Presi-

and his wife during his historic

ment. Built in 1406 to 1420, the

dent will be presented the follow-

journey to China. The U.S. First

complex consists of 980 buildings

ing as souvenirs, namely, a framed

Couple was accompanied by Vice

with 8,707 bays of rooms and cov-

night photo of the Great Wall, a

Premier Li Xiannian in touring the

ers 7,800,000 feet.

book containing more than 400

site. President Barack Obama also

photos of state leaders who visit-

visited Badaling on his visit here

City has been under the charge of

ed the Great Wall since the 1950’s,

on November 18, 2009, calling the

the Palace Museum whose exten-

and a framed certificate showing

structure “spectacular.”

sive collection of artworks and ar-

that President Aquino had climbed

After his visit to Badaling,

tifacts were built for the imperial

the Great Wall.

President Aquino will proceed to

collections of the Ming and Qing

The Chinese government

the Forbidden City which is most

dynasties. (rsda)

has recommended that the Presi-

commonly known in Chinese as

dent visit the Badaling section of

Gugong, meaning the “Former

Upon his arrival at the

The President will be es-

Monday, August 29, 2011



In this site, the President

Before he leaves the For-

The Forbidden City was the

For almost five hundred

Since 1925, the Forbidden



Filipinos in Beijing welcome President Aquino’s visit BEIJING, China: More than 2,000 Filipino overseas workers comprising the Filipino community in Beijing welcome President Benigno S. Aquino III’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China saying it is an “affirmation of the excellent state of relations between the two countries.” “They are very proud of this visit, as it is a clear and strong indication that despite some issues between the Philippines and their host country, the relationship is on a good track and both governments are highly committed to strengthen this friendship and cooperation,” Charge d’Affaires ad interim Alex Chua of the Philippine Embassy said in an interview. The President is scheduled to pay a visit to the People’s Republic of China (PROC) from August 30 to September 3, 2011 upon the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao. The theme of the President’s visit is “people-centered partnership” highlighting the centuries old friendship between the Philippines and China and to promote more exchanges and better understanding between the two countries. The President’s visit to PROC is his first since he assumed office in June 2010. Aside from Beijing, the Chief Executive is also set to visit Shanghai and Xiamen as part


of his itinerary. During his visit, President Aquino will meet with the Filipino community in Beijing at the China World Hotel where he will personally check on their conditions and will inform them of the positive developments in the Philippines under his administration. Chua cited the popularity of President Aquino especially among the Filipino community in Beijing as evidenced by the positive results of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) during the elections in May last year. “The President is quite popular in Beijing and he topped the elections in this OAV precinct,” he said. Chua said that based on the Philippine Embassy’s record, there are 2,492 Filipinos residing or working in Beijing and its neighboring cities and provinces adding that the actual number of Filipinos in this Chinese capital could be more. According to Chua, Filipinos in Beijing work in various fields -- international journalists, global executives, musi-


cians, household service employees, doctors, engineers, teachers, and hotel and restaurant managers among others Asked whether the Philippine Embassy is implementing programs to help and assist Filipino workers in Beijing, Chua pointed out that the Embassy has been seriously looking after the welfare of Filipino nationals. “We have a 24-hour hotline that receives calls ranging from questions on visas, passports and consular services as well as requests for various forms of consular assistance,” he said. The Embassy also informs the Filipino community of updates on information from the Philippines and China that are relevant to them. “We also send them advisories related to public health such as the flu epidemic here at winter time and the local radiation levels observed by authorities in the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan,” Chua added. (rsda pm)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Busy schedule awaits President Aquino in Beijing BEIJING, China: President Benigno S. Aquino III expects a busy schedule upon his arrival here on Tuesday on the first leg of his five-day state visit to the People’s Republic of China (PROC) from August 30 to September 3, 2011.

Included in the President’s visit to PROC are the cities of Shanghai and Xiamen. The Chief Executive’s visit, his first, is aimed at further strengthening the over three decades of “friendly and mutually beneficial relations between the Philippines and China.” The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the President’s visit likewise hopes to “promote a people-centered partnership that will push for more trade, investments, media, culture, education, and tourism exchange between the two countries.” Accompanied by some members of his Cabinet and a large Philippine business delegation (about 270), the President will arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport on board a Philippine Airlines Special Commercial Flight PR001 from Manila. He will be welcomed by Chinese Embassy officials led by Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin,

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Liu Jianchao, Deputy Director-General of Protocol Department Xie Bohua of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and officials of the Philippine Embassy in Beijing headed by Charge d’Affaires ad interim Alex Chua, Minister and Consul General Maria Teresa Almojuela and First Secretary and Consul Noel Novicio. From the airport, the President and his delegation will motor to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse where he will stay for the duration of his visit here. The President will start his activity on Wednesday morning (August 31) by meeting separately with Chinese businessmen at the China World Hotel. These are the officials of the Energy World, the State Grid of China Corporation/National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, China Trend/China Investment Corporation/China Petroleum, and DPWH-led

Chinese Contractors. He will also have a brief meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. This will be followed by his attendance at the Philippines-China Economic and Trade Forum where he will deliver his keynote speech. At the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the President will be interviewed by Yang Rui and Yang Lan of CCTV Dialogue. The President will be officially welcomed at the Great Hall of the People here by Chinese President Hu Jintao, in fitting ceremonies accorded a visiting head of state. Immediately after his first summit meeting with the Chinese leader, the two heads of state will hold a bilateral meeting. President Aquino and President Hu Jintao are also expected to witness the signing of agreements in the fields of trade, economic and technical cooperation, media, sports, 8

Monday, August 29, 2011



Busy schedule... from page 7

culture and information among others that will further boost the relationship between the two countries. In the evening, the President will attend a State Banquet at the Great Hall of the People which will be hosted in his honor by the Chinese President. He will also meet with the Filipino community of Beijing to personally check on their condition and to inform them of the positive developments of the Philippines under his administration. There are some 2,492 Filipinos in Beijing and its neighboring cities and provinces who are working as doctors, engineers, teachers, and hotel and restaurant managers, including musicians among others. Prior to the Coffee with the Philippine media, the President will drop by at a dinner hosted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines for the 270 business delegation. President Aquino will also take time out from his busy schedules here to visit Beijing’s two most visited historical sites -- the Great Wall of China and the For-


bidden City. The Chinese government has recommended that President Aquino will visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall, which is approximately 80 kilometers northwest from the center of Beijing. The Badaling section of the Great Wall, which is the best preserved and most popular among all its sections, is more than 1,000 meters (or 3,281 feet) above sea level, and said to command a strategic position for transportation and defense in ancient times. The famous Great Wall of China, aside from the Forbidden City, is the most frequented site by both local visitors and tourists all over the world. The Forbidden City is most commonly known in Chinese as Gugong which means the “Former Palace.” It was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. In efforts to enjoin more investors to infuse their capital in the Philippines, President Aquino


will likewise meet separately with officials of other Chinese business groups namely, the Lee World, China ASEAN Fund, Dong Feng, Shandong Sanli Tires, and Dungfeng. Before leaving for Shanghai, the President will meet with Chairman Wu Bangguo of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and Premier Wen Jiabao. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China on June 9, 1975, the bilateral partnership between the two countries has reached unprecedented levels in terms of political/security and regional cooperation, trade, investment, agriculture, tourism, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, which have benefited the two countries and peoples. The Philippines-China economic and trade cooperation continues to serve as the engine that drives Philippine-China relations to greater heights. China is the Philippines’ third largest trading partner and the fastest growing source of tourists. (rsda)

Monday, August 29, 2011

City Peace and Order Council intensifies existing laws in Butuan by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - Member-agencies from the government and

private sectors convened recently for the regular City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) Meeting held at the City Mayor’s Conference Room 2, this city. On behalf of City crime. local ordinances in the Mayor Ferdinand M. Cuya also re- city will be issued the Amante, Jr, City Coun- vealed that they ‘No Tolerance Ticket’ cilor Ryan Culima have conducted the for them to pay the presided the meet- 10-kilometer Run, corresponding penaling and accepted the Tree Planting Activ- ties of the violation. accomplishments re- ity, Coastal Clean-up “The public ports of the member- in Brgy. Masao, and should be vigilant agencies which con- Medical and Den- and responsible betributed to peace and tal Mission. I t cause when they will order in the city. was also learned that be caught violating PSupt Rolando P the PNP’s ‘Discipline these city ordinances, Cuya, Jr. of the Butu- Zone’ will be fully im- he or she shall face an City Police Office plemented on Sep- the consequences, (BCPO) bared that tember 1, 2011. even if the violator is their office continues Also, Culima an official or a highto intensify its cam- stressed that the city ranked personality,” paign against illegal government with the Culima said. drugs, illegal posses- PNP will be strictly Meanwhile, sion of firearms, il- implementing the Agent Myrian Balbada legal logging, illegal said ‘Discipline Zone’ of the Philippine Drug gambling, and oth- on Sept. 1 while vio- Enforcement Agency er campaign against lators of the existing (PDEA) Caraga bared 10

Monday, August 29, 2011



City Peace... from page 9

that until now, Shabu is the main drug of choice by the users and Marijuana second. Agent Balbada further said that from July 1-31, 2011, PDEA has conducted 12 operations and arrested 18 persons while

from Aug. 1-25, they conducted 15 operations and arrested 33 persons. “From January to July 2011, there were 139 total of Drug Cases filed in Court with 206 total of the accused persons,” cited Balbada.

The council will convene again next month to assess and evaluate the extent of implementation of the local ordinances by the authorities and the obedience of the general public. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

PhilHealth-Caraga meets local tri-media in Butuan by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Inc. headed by Regional Vice President Johnny Y. Sychua with other PhilHealth officials recently conducted a media briefing on PhilHealth, held recently at the PhilHealth-Caraga Regional Conference Room, this city.

Medical Specialist IV Dr. Grace S. Tanangkingsing of PhilHealth clarified that a patient does not need to be confined in a hospital for three (3) days for him/her to avail the healthcare services of PhilHealth. “Only with basic 24 hours admission, a patient can already avail the benefits,” said Tanangkingsing.


Responding to a question on whether there will be an increase in premium rate, Sychua said, “Increasing the premium rate is not bad especially (considering that) for 11 years, PhilHealth has not increased the premium rate…Probably, there will be an increase but I can not tell you when,” stressed Sychua.


Sychua also encouraged the general public to immediately report to their office if they encounter a doctor who will require them to be confined in the hospital for three days so they can avail the healthcare services of PhilHealth because it has no truth. (JPG/ PIA-Caraga)

Monday, August 29, 2011

140 new Barangay Employment Service Offices established by Lilian Solis BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - After the successful institutionalization of 62 Barangay Employment Service Offices (BESOs) in Surigao del Norte, an additional 140 new BESOs have been established in the Province of Agusan del Norte and in the cities of Butuan and Cabadbaran.

In an orientation on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Programs and Projects intended for the barangays held recently at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, 140 Barangay Captains finally signed commitment with the DOLE to establish an employment office in their barangays. DOLE Asst. Regional Director Teresita Bonghanoy who signed the commitment in behalf of Regional Director Ofelia Domingo expressed her gratefulness for the wilful decision of the barangay officials to fully support the programs of DOLE particularly employment facilitation and the community based employment program. The barangay captains brought some of their officials to the orientation making the total number of participants to 173. These officials are from differMonday, August 29, 2011

ent barangays in Butuan City, Cabadbaran City and municipalities of the Province of Agusan del Norte. The orientation was purposely conducted to inform the barangays on their important role in the implementation of employment facilitation and livelihood programs by creating a BESO in their own locality which ultimately will help address the unemployment problems. Marcos M. Quico, Provincial PESO of Surigao del Sur was one of the resource speakers during the above mentioned orientation. He clearly discussed the PESO Act of 1999 and the Circular No. 94-69 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) wherein all LGUs are mandated to establish operate and maintain Public Employment Service Office to ensure the prompt,

timely and adequate delivery of employment facilitation services of the government to its constituents. Also part of his discussion was the livelihood program of DOLE that includes liquidation fund releases. Meanwhile, Ms. Alale Frias, PESO Manager of Trento Agusan del Sur also served as resource speaker on Career and Employment Coaching and PESO best practices. She emphasized the important role of BESOs in giving employment coaching services to its constituents. Topics on Labor Market Information and Skills Registry System as well as tips and guide on how to address illegal recruitment were also discussed by Ms. Lilian Solis of DOLE-ADN and Director Marieta Bellotindos of POEA. (DOLE13/PIA-Caraga)



BLE conducts enhanced SRS technical workshop for Caraga by Domz Nazario BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) - The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) conducted a technical workshop on the enhanced version of the Skills Registry System (SRS) on August 25, 2011. The workshop was participated in by the focal persons from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga field offices.

BLE is rolling out the upgraded version of the system to all the regions in preparation for the second-wave phase of the SRS project. The workshop is also intended to gather feedback from the users on how to further improve the system. Mr. Apolo Montes of BLE presented the upgraded and third version of the offline system which now features the following modules and upgrades: No duplication of records; Report Generation for both Applicants and Establishment records per barangay; Print Option for both


Applicants and Establishments per barangay; Save option and Export to Text File option (Export to Microsoft Excel will soon follow); The system now allows entry text entry for skills that are not in the default skills database; The system now allows entry text entry for schools/universities that are not in the default schools database; and Data entry is easier with auto display of choices. M s . J o y Bastareche, one of the participants suggested that a choice for underemployment option should


be included since only employed and unemployed options are available for employment status of applicant. It was also suggested that an option for searching for applicants by skill should be added to the feature of the search module since this is a very common and mostly used criteria when searching for applicants. Mr. Montes said the module for that feature is being developed by the programmers of BLE and a patch for the system will be made available as soon as the module is completed. (DOLE-13/ PIA-Caraga) Monday, August 29, 2011

Cebuano News: RMN-dxBC, PRC, PIA ug sponsors nagkahiusa alang sa Bloodletting activity ug Medical, Dental Mission ni Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Nagpahigayon ug bloodletting activity ang RMN-dxBC inubanan sa Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del NorteButuan City Chapter, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) ug uban ang nagkalain-laing sponsors kagahapong adlawa (Aug. 28) sa Brgy. Obrero Covered Court, ning siyudad. Matud pa ni RMNdxBC Manager Ramil Bangues, ang gipahigayong bloodletting activity alayon sa ilang ika-59th anniversary ug usa usab ka paagi sa paghatag og bili sa founder sa maong estasyon nga si Don Henry R. Canoy nga diin prayoridad niini ang paghatag ug serbisyo sa katawhan. Mahinumdumang natukod ang pinaka-unang estayon sa RMN dinhi sa Mindanao niadtong August 28, 1952 sa Cagayan de Oro. Dugang pa ni Bangues nga inubanan sa bloodletting activity mao usab ang pagpahigayon o paghatag Monday, August 29, 2011

sa free Medical and Dental services, free massage, free optical check-up, free haircut, free livelihood seminar ug mass feeding alang sa mga residente sa Brgy. Obrero. Adunay kapin sa 200 nga mga residente uban ang senior citizens nga mi-avail sa mga serbisyo ug ubay-ubay nga mga volunteers ang midonar ug dugo sa Red Cross. Sa laing bahin, gibutyag usab ni RMNdxBC News Director Sasie Abastas-Babar nga ang mga tigpaminaw sa ilang estasyon mao ang mga beneficiaries sa maong livelihood seminar

diin gitudlu-an sila sa mga nagkalain-laing stratehiya kung unsaon nga makabaton ug makasugod og maayong negosyo. Daku usab ang pasalamat ni Bangues ug Babar kauban sa ilang mga staff ngadto sa Phil. Red Cross, PIA, 402nd Brigade Phil. Army ug sa local nga panggamhanan ning siyudad sa Butuan ug probinsya sa Agusan del Norte ilabi na usab kay Vice-Mayor Atty. Lawrence Fortun, uban ang mga pribadong sector nga misponsor sa nasangpit nga mga aktibidades. (PIA-Caraga)



Ipil to act on ‘No Habitation Zones’ Ipil will act on the call of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to all LGUs to declare ‘no habitation zones’ to all high risk areas in their respective localities, says Sangginiang Bayan (SB) Member Alberto Alcoriza, Jr. “We in the SB Body, together with our Local Chief Executive, Atty. Eldwin Alibutdan, will do something about the call of the DENR and will soon find a good plan to implement ‘no habitation zones’ to all high risk areas in our municipality,” Alcoriza disclosed. Recently, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje called all LGUs to declare “no habitation zones” all areas identified as highrisk to flashfloods and landslides. Paje’s appeal came on the aftermath of landslides and flooding incidents that claimed several lives caused by recent typhoons that entered the country’s

area of responsibility. In Ipil, the recent flashflood in Barangay Don Andres was an example that areas which are high-risk to such calamities should be considered ‘no habitation zones’ according to Alcoriza. The LGU even placed Barangay Don Andres under state of calamity because of the damage caused by the 8- hoursheavy rain downpour on July 28, 2011 that resulted to a flash flood. To implement the mandate of the Department the municipal (MENRO) and community environment and natural resources (CENRO)

offices has already scheduled a meeting to draft plan for action. In addition, Secretary Paje appealed to all LGUs to use geohazard maps earlier distributed by DENR to avoid loss of lives and properties especially in critical times when typhoons sweep the country which triggered heavy precipitation of lands, Alcoriza disclosed. Geohazard maps not only identify the areas susceptible to floods, landslides and flashfloods but also the level of their susceptibility such as high, moderate and low. During the recent Ipil Sangguni15



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Ipil to act... from page 14

ang Regular Session, SB members supported the plan and considered all possible reactions of the public. Questions like “Is there a relocation site for people who will be affected? Who will be affected? What places in Ipil should be considered high-risk?” were considered for as plan-

ning inputs. Meanwhile, Alcoriza said that the initial plan would be to prohibit any additional construction or settlement of new occupants in areas considered high-risk to calamities. The problem on relocation will be settled in the future. “As of now, we

will focus on the identification of no habitation zones and telling people not to add any structure or not to allow any new comer to settle in vacant lots to somehow respond to the call of Secretary Paje. Relocation and other problems will be settled in the future”, Alcoriza ended.

214 studes join campus journalism workshop in Dapitan by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 29 - Two hundred fourteen high school students turned up during the two-day campus journalism seminar conducted by the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club (ZNPC) at Sulangon National High School in Sulangon, Dapitan City last weekend. That journalistic writing workshop was the eighth leg of the press club’s nine campus journalism seminars for high school students for this school year. The first one was held in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte last July 9-10.

This annual campus journalism seminar, which is given to budding campus journalists for free, has become ZNPC’s regular project in partnership with the Department of Education (DepED) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

The high school students who participated in the said seminar all came from Dapitan City’s eight public secondary schools, a private high school and a state university. Topics discussed in the seminar include newswriting, 16

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feature writing, editorial writing, sports writing, editorial cartoon, copyreading and headline writing, media ethics, broadcasting, photojour-

nalism and page layout. The final leg of the campus journalism seminar will be in Dipolog City this coming weekend with

high school students from public and private schools in this city as participants. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

RMN-DXDR spearheads bloodletting cum medical mission in Dipolog DIPOLOG CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA)—Seventeen bags of different types of blood were collected in yesterday’s bloodletting activity spearheaded by RMN- dxDR in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter, Philippine Army’s 101st Infantry Brigade and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). The bloodletting coupled with medical and dental services took place at the Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School in this city with military doctors, dentists and nurses attending to the patients. PNRC personnel were primarily in charge of the blood-


letting wherein the blood donors were mostly army soldiers. Local PNRC administrator Joshua Bicoy also told the PIA that another bloodletting activity with army soldiers will be conducted at barangay Maras in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte on


Aug. 31. Bicoy also appealed to the public to support the bloodletting campaign to ensure blood supply for the patients needing blood transfusion more especially those infected with dengue. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

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NorMin Blood Center serves 9,352 bags of blood to 6,076 patients, as of July, this year by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Some 9,352 bags or units of blood have been served to 6,076 patients by the Northern Mindanao Regional Blood Center, Philippine National Red Cross (NMRBC-PNRC) based, here, as of July, this year. Dr. Claire Azura-Paglinawan, Medical Officer of MRBC-PNRC, said the highest number of 1,596 bags of blood was during the month of March which was served to 970 patients. Data at MRBC-PNRC also show the following number of bags of blood and patients served per month:July, 1,426 bags served to 853 patients, January,1,368 bags for 938 patients, May, 1,307 bags for 892 patients, June, 1,306 bags for 895 patients, April, 1,251 bags for 796 patients and February, 1,098 bags for 732 patients. Paglinawan said while blood donation is free of charge, the blood processing needs re-agents. Thus, blood

processing has the following fees:Fresh whole blood, Php1,500, Packed Red Blood Cell, Php1,100, Platelet concentrate, Php700, fresh Frozen Plasma, Php700, Cryoprecipitate, P700 and Wshed Red Blood Cell, Php1,600. Meanwhile, Paglinawan said NMRBC has continued to advocate for voluntary blood donation considering that the blood units they collect will have expiration from date of collection, like the platelet concentrate which expires five (5) days after collection. For the month of September, NMRBC has linedup the following schedule of bloodletting: Sept. 2 at Lourdes College and Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and

Light, Co. (Cepalco), Sept. 3, Xavier University, Nursing Department and ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro, Sept. 4, Macabalan and Cagayan de Oro AirSoft, and Sept. 5, Jetti Station, Tagoloan, Mis. Or. Sept. 6, STEAG State Power, Villanueva, Mis. Or., Sept. 8, FG Bukidnon, Sept. 9, Mis. Or. General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) and Sept. 10, Bukas na Loob sa Dios and Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST). Sept. 11, Ang Dating Daan and Immaculate Conception Aluba, Sept. 12, Celebration International, Sept. 20, Barangay Lumbia and Sept. 24, Metro Bank, Main, this city. (PIA-10)

DOLE Secretary releases livelihood grants to NorMin beneficiaries by Jorie C. Valcorza CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the release of Php5,000, each to 26 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) who just finished the Native Snacks Preparation Training (NSPT) in Misamis Occidental.


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DOLE Secretary... from page 17 Baldoz gave the order to Atty. Allan M. Macaraya, Regional Director of DOLE, region 10, in answer to the request of the trainees for cash to serve as their capital, during her recent visit to the city. Undertaken through the “Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay” Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the NSPT provides training for livelihood skills of returning women OFW’s. The trainees from Misamis Occidental came to Cagayan de Oro City to receive their starter kits containing basic utensils for native snack preparation worth Php3, 399, each. The DOLE Secretary told them not to worry because “Grant ang mga ito. Hindi ninyo kailangan bayaran. Kailangan lang ninyong segurohin na may mapupuntahan ang perang ito na magagamit sa dapat paggagamitan na capi-

tal sa negosyo ninyo!” (These are grants, therefore, you are not required to pay them. Just make sure it will be used for the purpose and will go a long as your capital in your business). Likewise, the Secretary distributed checks worth Php10,000, each, to 27 beneficiaries of the OFW-12 Golden Friendship Asso. In the city under National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO). Meanwhile, Sec. Baldoz was presented the “Voluntary Code of Good Practices,” by the three (3) leading employment generator industries in the region, Banana, Pineapple and Business Process Outsource Industry Tripartite Councils (BPBPO-ITC). She also took time to meet the League of Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers, academe and guidance councilors and announced the additional Php168.1 million budget for the Special Program for

the Employment of Student (SPES). Another meeting she had was with Gov. Oscar Moreno of Mis. Or. for an on-site visit of the on-going construction of OWWA Hospital in Alubijid town, this province. Her interaction included the Bolisong Women Wine Makers in El Salvador City whom she promised to extend cash and non-cash assistance, giving them the assurance “that if DOLE trusted to invest money on new entrepreneurs, it is far more willing to help established groups like theirs.” On a related event, the DOLE Secretary also received a manifesto from the relocated families affected by the construction of the Laguindingan International Airport, where some five (5) beneficiary associations consisting of 1,125 members received a total of Php1.8 million cash assistance from DOLE for their livelihood projects. (PIA 10)

Tangub prepares for city fiesta

by Judith Tablan

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Tangub is once more getting ready for the celebration of its city fiesta on September 29. Major activities lined up for the event actually started with the deadline for registration of candidates for the Search for Miss Tangub City Tourism 2011, last Aug. 13. An acquaintance/fel-

lowship of national agencies in celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary, have been scheduled on Sept. 8, that will be capped in the evening by a variety show at Sinanduloy Cultural

Center. In the afternoon of September 9, candidates for Miss Tangub City Tourism will be formally presented to the public after the Alay Lakad at Tangub City Sports Complex.




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Tangub prepares... from page 18 For the first time, the Alay Lakad will be done at 3:30 p.m., on the same day, instead of at dawn, as usually practiced, to get maximum participation of employees, students and citizens of the city. A city athletic meet, participated in by elementary and secondary schools of the Tangub City Schools Division is scheduled on Sept 16-18, while the time-honored ritual

of changing the robe of St. Michael, the Archangel , at St. Michael’s Parish Church falls on Sept 20. On the following day, Sept 21, the Talent Competition Night of the candidates for Miss Tangub City Tourism will taker place while the Search for Miss Tangub City Tourism on have been scheduled on Sept. 24. The city-owned radio station, DXJT Radyo ng Bayan,

will turn four (4) years old on Sept 26 while a Cultural Night, a competition of folk dances, among the city employees of both local and national agencies, is set on Sept 28. The Search for Dalit Festival Queen, Dalit Festival Street dancing and showdown that follow the next day, Sept. 29, will conclude the city fiesta celebration. (CIO/PIA-10)

SP Cag. de Oro hails two top Nursing Board Passers by Lorebeth C. Requiroso CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Legislators , here, hailed two (2) of the city’s nursing graduates for making it to the top 10 list of board passers, this week. At the regular session Tuesday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, the City Council adopted a resolution congratulating and commending Maria Theresa Daclan Bido of Lourdes College (LC) for giving honor to the city by

ranking 6th in the licensure examination for nurses given last June 2011. A separate resolution also commends and congratulates Angela Nicole Rago Ocio of Xavier University (XU)-Ateneo de Cagayan, for ranking

7th in the same licensure examinations. Legislators also gave tribute to Lourdes College and XU for producing top board passers. (CIO/PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Konseho sa Iligan naghangyo sa DOH nga ayudahan ang medical mission sa by Melvin T. Anggot kabaranggayan ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte , Aug. (PIA) -- Miduso og resolusyon si City Councilor Ruderic Marzo atol sa regular session sa konseho niadtong miaging adlaw aron paghangyo kang Health Secretary Enrique Ona nga mo-alokar og singko milyones pesos (Php5 million) nga balor sa medisina alang sa Dakbayan sa Iligan. Alayon ang maong lakang sa tinguha ni Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz nga adunay maggamit nga mga medisina sa mga medical

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missions nga ipahigayon sa 44 ka mga barangay sakop ning dakbayan. Kaabag ni Konsehal Marzo sa pagduso sa ma-

ong resolusyon mao sila si City Councilor Chonilo Ruiz ug City Councilor Marlene Young. (CIO/PIA-10)



DOH health fiesta caravan visits ComVal

NABUNTURAN, COMVAL, August 29 - Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona will grace the Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan (LBK) Family Health Fiesta on September 2 and 3 at Maco, Compostella Valley where he also certify the province as Filariasis-free during the two-day event.

Governor Arturo T. Uy fully supports health promotion by enacting four years ago EO 035-2008 declaring September 3 a day to celebrate the Family Health Fair. This year, the special feature of the fair is the LBK fiesta. LBK is a comprehensive health promotion caravan of the Department of Health (DOH) through the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP). It is the seventh in a


series of 10 destinations which started in Capas, Tarlac in March, and the second of only five LBK destinations in Mindanao. Governor Arturo T. Uy considers the province blessed for having been chosen as one of the destinations of the pilot year of the LBK health caravan of DOH. “When I assumed office, there were many concerns that I must address, and I knew that


health is the biggest challenge of all. Since then, we have made both ends meet in order to put health programs and service delivery on top of our priorities. Our annual Family Health Day is one way of increasing the level of awareness and extending the health services for our constituents, hence, we make it a point to have the hosting of such in all 11 municipalities in the province,� Gov. Uy said. 21

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Comval commences its Family Health Fair on 2008 with the launching of the Family Health Book at the capitol afterwhich Nabunturan and Montevista followed, respectively, in the hosting of the fair. Aligned with the Aquino Health Agenda of universal access to quality health care, LBK aims to bring information and education to remote communities. It has been promoting health-seeking behaviors to fathers, mothers of reproductive age, and their young children aged 14 and below in Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Negros Occidental, Bohol and Bukidnon. LBK features a bus customized with consultation and examination clinics and Monday, August 29, 2011

a health promotion arena of interactive exhibits, health classes and wellness activities, storytelling sessions, cooking demos, games and raffles, dance contests and entertainment shows focused on safe motherhood, child nutrition and family health. LBK carries the message, “Walang Iwanan sa Biyaheng Kalusugan” (No One Left Behind in the Journey to Health), to highlight the government’s goal of providing all Filipinos access to health. The health fiesta caravan proceeds to three other pilot sites afterwards, namely: Zamboanga del Norte and South Cotabato in Mindanao; and lastly, to Maguindanao in ARMM, throughout

2011. LBK is made possible by a partnership among the DOH, the municipality of Maco and the province of Compostella Valley, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and private partners such as the Dona Marta T. Hernandez Foundation of Victory Liner Inc., Philippine Daily Inquirer, Melawares, Air21, OMF Literature Inc., Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, Manila Broadcasting Company, UNTV, Center for Community Journalism and Development, Philippine Press Institute, and the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders and Advocates International, Inc. (IDS-Comval/PIA XI)



Davao Light holds talk on flood safety and branding DAVAO CITY, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Davao Light and Power Company held talks to three universities within its franchise on flood safety and branding. Visited were the kind of calamity. Acasio at BSU was also graced University of Mindanao said that it is important by the Vice-mayor of in Panabo (UM Panabo), for people know how to Sto. Tomas, Hon. DanBukidnon State Uni- react accordingly espe- iel Batosalem. versity (BSU) in Sto. cially after the incident The company also Tomas last July 21 and that hit Davao City last had similar talks last the Ateneo de Davao June 29 which affected January and February University (AdDU) last thousands of families. 2011 to a combined 81 August 1. Ross Luga, AVP for college and university Forty-one Mar- Corporate Communica- students of Holy Cross keting students of UM tions & Branding, gave of Davao College and Panabo, 73 Business the talk on Branding, University of SouthAdministration stu- while Geographic In- eastern Philippines. dents from BSU, and 44 formation Systems Su- Through the visBS Marketing students pervisor Russel Bolivar its, the local electric from AdDU, along with presented the compa- distribution utility also their teachers and staff ny’s mapping system. hopes to educate the attended the talks. Reynold Felix, students about the Safety Department AVP & head of Panabo company and how cusManager Ruel Acasio Branch, accompanied tomers can avail of its gave the students a lec- the team during the services. (DLPC/PIA ture on flood safety and separate visits in BSU XI) how to prepare for this and UM Panabo. The talk

Cebuano news: Sa Comval: Probinsiya milihok Contra-Trichenella Parasite NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Aug. 29 (PIA) -- Ilalom sa liderato nila ni Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy ug vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, milihok na karon ang probinsiya pinaagi sa Provincial Veterinarian’s Office(PVO) sa Compostela Valley aron pakigbatokan ang infection sa Trichelenella Parasite sa mga baboyan. Kini matud ni PVO Chief Dr. Benjamin Reyno. 23



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Unang lakang aron mapakgang ang pagkuyanap sa maong parasite sa mga baboyan, matud ni Dr. Reyno nga ang probinsiya pinaagi sa PVO kauban ang mga Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAGRO) ug ang Economic Enterprise Office sa onse ka mga lungsod sa Compostela Valley, ang nagtinabangay sa pagkuha sa mokabat 1,400 ka mga Blood Samples sa mga baboyan sa tibuok probinsiya nga gilangkoban sa mga Commercial Farms, SemiCommercial Farms, ug backyard production. Ang mga Staff sa PVO maoy magkuha’g blood sample didto sa mga Commercial ug Semi-Commercial Farms. Samtang ang MAGRO ug Eco. Enterprise Office sa mga kalungsuran maoy magkuha ug blood samples sa backyard nga mga baboyan, ug kini didto nila kolektahon sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga Monday, August 29, 2011

slaughterhouse. Ang mga baboy nga nag-edad ug gikan lima ka bulan ug tunga hangtud sa unom ka bulan maoy ilang gikuhaan ug mga Blood samples. Ang makolektang Blood Samples dalhon didto sa Veterinary Quarantine Services (VQS) sa D.A. RFU XI alang sa usa ka Screening ug Examination nga paghimoon sa Regional Diagnostic Laboratory diha sa Bago Oshiro, Mintal, Davao City. Ang pagkuha’g blood samples gisugdan niadtong Agusto 10, ug kini mahuman sa Agosto 31,2011. Gipasabot ni Dr. Reyno nga ang Trichenella usa ka Zoonotic Parasite diin ang intermediate host nini mao ang baboy. Kon ang usa ka tawo makakaon ug half cook nga karne sa baboy nga positibo sa maong parasite, siya mamahimong bitokon (round worms). Mahibal-an ang positibo

sa maong sakit pinaagi sa usa ka diagnostic procedure nga himoon sa dugo nga gitawag ug ELISA kon Enzyme Link Immunosorbent Assay. Ang Trichenella Infection kauban ang Foot and Mouth Diseases(FMD), HogCholera, ug Pseudo Rabies, maoy pipila sa mga sakit sa kahayupan nga hugtanong gibantayan karon sa kalibutan tungod sa grabeng kadaot nga mahatag niini sa tawo. Kini naapil sa List-A Priority sa Office Internationale Epizootes( OIE). Gawas sa gihimong surveilance sa incidence ug sa epidemiology sa Trichinella, matud ni Dr. Reyno nga regular usab nga gihimo sa probinsiya ang surveilance sa SORRA Trypanosimiasis Infestation pinaagi sa pag-examine sa dugo sa mga kanding, kabaw, baka, kabayo, ug karnero. (gilbert cabahug/ids comval/ PIA XI)



Dengue cases in S. Cotabato down by 77% by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Aug 29 (PIA) -- Dengue cases in South Cotabato continues to go down, a report of the Integrated Provincial Health Office said.

Cecil Lorenzo, diseases surveillance officer of the IPHO announced that the dengue cases as of this month is down by 77 percent as compared to the figure last year. Also, only one death has been recorded this year. From January to August, South Cotabato have recorded 458 dengue cases as compared to 1,930 cases in the same period last year, Lorenzo said. Most of these cases were monitored from the Polomolok town, Koronadal City, and the towns of Tupi,


Sto. Niño, and Lake Sebu. Lorenzo explained at present, they have already implemented “Oplan Kulob,” in the barangays Poblacion, Cannery, and Pagaulungan in Polomolok where most of the dengue cases in the province have been monitored. Through “Oplan Kulob,” residents in the identified areas, as well as other barangays in the entire province are urged to turn every open water container upside down to eliminate all possible breeding grounds of mosquitoes. At present, the


IPHO is also keeping its guards on Tupi town, which has recently shown an increasing trend in the number of dengue cases. Lorenzo explained the province has prevented similar outbreak as last year because of the massive anti-dengue information drive that the IPHO and other stakeholders have implemented. Communities here have become aware of their responsibilities that regularly communities implement “bayanihan” to clean up possible breeding grounds of mosqui 25

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toes, she said. In coordination with the Department of Health, several schools in the province have been given chemically treated

nets that have been used as curtains that kill mosquitoes. Recently, the Department of Science and Technology 12 have distributed at

least 2,500 ovicidal/ larvicidal traps to communities here that have reported dengue cases. (PIA 12)

Tacurong City hosts PMA entrance test by Allan S. Freno

TACURONG CITY, Aug 29 (PIA) -- More than 200 youths trooped to the city gymnasium of Tacurong on Sunday, August 28 to take the entrance examination of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). The entrance examination, the first ever to be conducted here , was the initial stage in the process an applicant has to hurdle to enter the most prestigious military academy in the country. Many of the applicants who took the exam were from Tacurong City but a sizable number also came from other municipalities of Sultan Kudarat and neighboring provinces. Before the written test, examiners from the PMA checked first the exam permits of the applicants and subMonday, August 29, 2011

sequently conducted a limited physical test, which included height measurement among others. For males, an applicant must not be less than 5 feet and four inches tall, while a female applicant must reach at least 5 feet and two inches limit. The examiners also accommodated a number of walk-in applicants with complete documentary requirements. Major Edgar Catu, Senior Tactical Officer of PMA and team leader of the examiners who arrived here,

said that most of the applicants passed the limited physical test but there were some of them who failed to reach the height requirement. One hundred ninety-nine applicants who passed the limited physical test were eventually allowed to take the written test. Joining Major Catu in the team of examiners were Technical Sergeants Adelino Lomibao and Joel Tongawan. Two Cadets 1st Class, Bryan Vingno and Alvin dela Cruz, also were part of the five-man team. Ving




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no and dela Cruz, both residents of Barangay San Pablo, Tacurong will graduate in the PMA next year. Mayor Lina Montilla said that the city government is grateful to the effort of Major Catu who personally recommended and lobbied to the PMA to add Tacurong as another testing center in the region. In an interview, Major Catu said that in years that he has been conducting entrance tests, he observed that many applicants from Tacurong and neigh-

boring towns were flocking to the testing centers in General Santos City and Cotabato City. “I saw how difficult it was for them to go to far testing centers”, Major Catu said. “I recommended Tacurong to be a testing center and I am grateful that my recommendation solicited a positive response.” He also stated that Tacurong has been a familiar place since he spent three years in the city when he was still with the 301st Infantry Brigade, Philip-

pine Army, which was formerly based in Barangay Kalandagan. With the number of examinees who took the entrance test last Sunday, Major Catu is confident that the PMA will make the place a permanent testing center in the years ahead. Mayor Montilla also hopes that with this recent development, the city will start producing a number of PMA graduates every year. (DED/PIA 12/ Tacurong CPIO)

ARMM to enhance early recovery plan KORONADAL CITY, Aug 29 (PIA) -- The regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be working next month with partners from humanitarian agencies in enhancing the existing ARMM Early Recovery Plan (ERP) following a two and a half day review of the plan held this week. The ERP is the framework being pursued by the ARMM along with United Nations (UN) humanitarian agencies, international and local non-govern-

ment organizations in the recovery and rehabilitation of areas heavily affected by the 2008 fighting between the government and Moro rebels.

According to Romeo Diocolano, head of the Technical Management Services of the Office of the Regional Governor (TMS-ORG)ARMM, the review un 27



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derscored the need to take steps to conform the implementation setup of the ARMM ERP to the national directive that sets the tone for handling disasters that was approved in 2010 when the ERP was already in place. Means have also to be explored to expand the coverage of the recovery and rehabilitation efforts to the 150 other return sites which are currently not in the priority list, he said. The ARMM ERP is being implemented using a cluster approach, a model set by the UN that is also in used in a number of other countries facing humanitarian problems. It puts together organizations providing similar interventions in the target area under a single cluster with the assignment of a lead agency that would coordinate the cluster’s efforts. Meanwhile, Republic Act 10121 known as the “Philippines DiMonday, August 29, 2011

saster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” espouses the four pillars – mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation – in disaster interventions. Diocolano said the absence of an Office of Civil Defense (OCD) operating in the area of autonomy at the time of the ERP’s creation prompted the ARMM government to establish an ad hoc body to oversee the implementation of the ERP, the Technical Management Group (TMG). There is no guarantee that the composition of the TMG and its function will be maintained considering its provisional nature, he said, which could compromise the continuity of the ERP. During the review, Diocolano said the region cannot do away with complying with RA 10121 but it does not mean that the cluster approach has to be abandon altogether

given its effectiveness in the implementation of the ERP. Diocolano believes the cluster approach is to be mobilized to comply with one of the four pillars – response. He said recommendations brought up in the review will be raised in the upcoming meeting of the region’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC) in time for it to be included in the transition report of present ARMM officials. ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo said they would like to ensure that ongoing programs and projects in the ARMM including those in the pipeline will be carried over once the president’s appointees take over this October. He said a way to do this is to present the would-be ARMM officers-in-charge with a comprehensive transition report. (DED/ PIA12/BPI-ARMM)



LTO-12 distributes first installment of Pantawid Pasada cards to 672 recipients in Region 12 by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY, August 29 (PIA)---Six hundred seventy two of the 2,066 recipients of the Public Transport Assistance Program (PTAP) in Region 12 are due to receive the Pantawid Pasada cards, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 12 confirmed after it held the ceremonial distribution Thursday (August 25) at the Family Country Homes here.

LTO-12 regional director Arlan Mangelen said only 672 cards have arrived in the meantime and this will be the first installment that will be distributed to the recipients all over Region 12 through the LTO district offices. He said the remaining 1,394 Pantawid Pasada cards will arrive in due time. “Itong programa na ito ay ginawa ng ating pamahalaan upang makatulong sa ating mga kababayan apektado ng pagdaigdigang pag-

taas ng langis,” Mangelen told transport sector representatives urging them to keep the card even if they would have consumed the total amount deposited in it. He said the card, which is valid until 2016, contains Php1,050.00 worth of fuel and can be used one time or gradually until the amount is consumed depending on the user. Mangelen also said the card “is not a subsidy but assistance” to jeepney drivers and can be

used as discount card for the promos and benefits that will be initiated by oil companies in the future. “Kaya nga ang validity ng card ay 5 years dahil baka nga mag-extend pa ang programa na yan,” he added saying that government cannot control fuel spikes since it is a global issue. Jesus Pardillo, vice chairman of the General Santos City Transport Cooperative (TransCo) said he is very grateful to President Benigno Aquino III’s PTAP as 29



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it will somehow help them traverse across the increasing fuel. “Mapasalamaton gyud kami sa atong Pangulo kay nagmugna sya ingon aning programa nga makatabang sa among kalisod tungod sa nagataas nga presyo sa gasolina (We are very thankful to the President for initiating this kind of program to help us in difficult times as a result of increased fuel price),” he said. He, however, urged LTO to lead in the elimination of “colorums,” those units operating illegally even without approved franchise. But Mangelen said the issue will be dealt later when the system has been fixed and in place citing “political will of local government units” is also a big factor in getting rid of coloMonday, August 29, 2011

rums. “Kung magkakaroon na tayo ng sistema na mas maganda in addition to the strong political will of local governments mawawala rin yang mga colorums,” he said. TransCo also asked the inclusion of “multicabs” to be added in the list of program beneficiaries since they are considered public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in Region 12. In response, Department of Energy (DOE) XI regional director Manuel Llaneza, who was representing Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr., said multicabs may be included in the next round as they were not considered in the original list of recipients. LTO advised jeepney drivers to use their Pantawid

Pasada card at accredited gas stations such as Shell, Jetti, Petron, and Sea Oil all over the region. Also included in PTAP is the Php150.00 for tricycles. But the fund allocation for them will be downloaded to the local government units (LGUs) who are authorized to grant the assistance for legitimate tricycle franchise, said LTO12. PTAP fuel assistance will only be received by legitimate recipients whose names will be submitted by Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and validated by LTO in a bid to prevent fare hike as a result of the uncontrolled increase in pump prices. (CTA/PIA General Santos City)



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