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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

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Executive Editor ……......... EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor ……......... ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region

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GenSan’s

FRAME Savers Movement


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Tagum prepares more food choices for Holiday Tree visitors

PIA Region XI

Jeanevive Duron Abangan,

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The NorMin Veggies Experience: Finding Strength in Consolidation

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ARMM holds singing contest for utility personnel

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PDEA-Caraga culminates Drug Abuse Prevention & Control Week today

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Lanuza Surfing Festival 2011 set on November 21-26

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Kumalarang swamped by heavy floods

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National

In This Issue...

USAID GEM ,

Moner C Dayaan ,

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Aquino, Obama hold bilateral talk in Bali ..............................

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PIA Region XI

PIA Region XII

Online clearance processing is back – NBI 12 Dani Doguiles,

ASEAN leaders approve Myanmar as chair in 2014 ...............................

Cover Story GenSan’s FRAME Savers Movement is proof that even the poor can save

by Olivia Tañedo-Sudaria

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

PIA Region XII

Jennifer P. Gaitano,

PIA-Caraga

Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, PIA-Caraga

Gideon C. Corgue,

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CARAGA REGION

PIA Region IX

PHL Gov’t formally turns-over fishing boats to Vietnam JPA/6CRGAFP/RVC,

PIA Region IX

Typhoons have beneficial effects, too! - PAGASA Apipa Bagumbaran,

WESTERN MINDANAO

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PIA Region X

New farm-to-market road facilitates farmers’ access to markets Vincent N. Labial,

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PIA Region X

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Cover Story

GenSan’s FRAME Savers Movement is proof that even the poor can save by Olivia Taùedo-Sudaria

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aving has become a way of life even to some poor 32,000 constituents of General Santos City whose combined savings account deposit now total to P32 million.

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They will attest that despite poverty, they are able to set aside even a minimal amount to tide them in times of emergent and dire needs. This is the rationale of the Family Resource Allocation Management Enhancement (FRAME) Savers Movement which started its pilot testing for the concept doability among 23 staff of the City Social Welfare and Development Office field division on January 31, 2003. FRAME Savers Movement was patterned on the Bayanihan Savings Replication Project (BSRP) introduced by then DILG Secretary Joey Lina, Jr to the representatives of local government units participating in the Street and Urban Working Children Project (SUWCP) year-end conference in Manila on December 5, 2002. General Santos City was represented in the SUWCP conference by then city administrator Marcelino Dospueblos and City Social Welfare Officer department head Rebecca Magante. Magante conducted an orientation on the project with 23 personnel from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) composing the first Socio-Economic Transformation Group (SET-G) contributing an initial savings of P12,280.00.

Pilot - testing was also conducted in the communities specifically to parents of children-beneficiaries of the Street and Urban Working Children Project in Barangays Apopong, Bawing and Upper Labay, all in General Santos City. This was followed by the Federation of the Women’s Association which raised a total savings of P2,750 for a month. Then Mayor now Congressman Pedro Acharon, Jr signed Executive Order No.14, series of 2003 on May 16, 2003 adopting the concept of (BSRP) which has been continued by the incumbent chief executive, Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio. “CSWDO has been constantly faced with several people seeking assistance for hospitalization, emergency transportation and burial services,” city social welfare officer Magante pointed out. The CSWDO head and city administra-

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tor Dospueblos thought that the BSRP can help ease the problem. Thus, the FRAME project was pursued, stressed Magante who alluded to the project as a poverty alleviation strategy which empowers the participants or members of the Socio-Economic Transformation Groups (SET - Gs) to uplift their socio-economic conditions. “There is a need for a paradigm shift from a mindset of poverty mentality to a life of abundance. These will involve transformational values which include spiritual development, social and family responsibilities that will entail commitment, industry and self - reliance which are taught in the weekly sessions conducted by lay leaders,” the CSWDO head said. “They are encouraged to save for their future needs like education, livelihood or housing needs

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; and in case, they are faced with inevitable circumstances like sickness or death, Hence, the movement is geared towards purposive savings and security of life, “Magante explained. FRAME Savers Movement coordinator Bing Osorio revealed that each member pays P50.00 which covers expenses for an identification card - P 25.00, passbook - P 20.00 and membership form - P 5.00. Osorio said the SET-G comprises of 30 members or more with a leader and a treasurer who collects the monthly mortuary contribution of P20.00 and voluntary contributions on education and livelihood and even travel by some members who choose to avail of these benefits. Currently, there are a total of 839 leaders and 839 treasurers,


according to Osorio who also said that the project is supervised by the Project Management Group composed of representatives from the organization, City Mayor’s Office, DILG, CSWDO and the Share an Opportunity (SAO), a non-government organization. To show how the movement has helped the members, the coordinator said some 3,700 out of the 17,380 family members enrolled with PhilHealthweresponsored by the FRAME Savers Movement in the amount of P 1,110,000.00. In the 2010 FRAME report, 208 benefited from the Mutual Aid Fund for Mortuary Assistance (MAFMA) for which the Savers Movement released P 1,940,731.00 in 2010. On its part, the city government extended P401,000.00 educational assistance to 368 children of FRAME members in 2010, the same report stated. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the City Economic Management and Coop-

erative Development Office (CEMCDO) conducted livelihood skills trainings on soap-making, veggie noodles-making, massage therapy, moringa and food processing,

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hair dressing, perfume-making, product labelling, packaging and costing to 500 FRAME members. Maria Fe Besorto, a treasurer of the SET-G in Labangal, General Santos City related that how a member, Wilma Dejito benefited from FRAME when she underwent a cesarean operation and tubal ligation which costs P 21,000.00. FRAME shouldered P19,000.00 of the hospital expenses and P 2,000.00 was the only amount paid by the patient. Cindy Ladialan, also a treasurer of the SET-G in Baluan, this city, disclosed that a womanmember of their group was treated in the GSC District Hospital for urinary tract infection which could have cost her P 3,800.00. But her membership with FRAME helped her defray most of the expenses and paid only P 92.00 for the remaining amount. There are several stories and experiences of other members how FRAME has come to their rescue in the most financially difficult times. More than purposive savings and security in life, the movement has helped restore the dignity of the poor that they too - can elevate themselves into a decent living that they aspire for. 8

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ASEAN leaders sign ‘Bali Concord III’

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III joined his fellow leaders in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in signing the “Bali Concord III” containing their commitment in playing a very important role in efforts to deal with the increasing challenges globally.

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The signing ceremonies took place at the Nusa Dua Room 5 of the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, here, Thursday on day two of the ongoing 19th Asean Summit and Related Summits. Joining President Aquino in signing the Bali Concord 3 also known as the Bali Declaration on Asean Community in a Global Community of Nations were Prime Minister Samdeck Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of Cambodia, Sultan Hajji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos, President U Thein Sein of Myanmar, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia. The Bali Concord III focuses to the three pillars of the Asean

namely politics and security, economy and socio-culture. For politics and security cooperation, the declaration deals with conflict resolution, transnational crime and piracy eradication, corruption eradication and nuclear disarmament, among others. In the field of economy it calls for ASEAN’s participation in the global economy, the strengthening of the ASEAN economy, adoption of production standards and economic commodity distribution, access improvement and technology application, agricultural investment increase and energy diversification. The socio-cultural pillar covers the issues of natural disaster mitigation and management, climate change, health, education and culture. Thedeclarationalso reaffirms the regional bloc’s commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international laws which

they subscribed to. Also, their commitment to the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok, 1967); the Declaration on the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Kuala Lumpur, 1971); the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Concord (Bali, 1976), the Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (Bangkok, 1995), the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali, 2003), and the ASEAN CharterASEAN LEADERS SIGNS ‘BALI CONCORD III’ BALI, Indonesia (via PLDTSmart) – President Benigno S. Aquino III joined his fellow leaders in the Association of Southeast

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Asian Nations (Asean) in signing the “Bali Concord III” containing their commitment in playing a very important role in efforts to deal with the increasing challenges globally. The signing ceremonies took place at the Nusa Dua Room 5 of the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, here, Thursday on day two of the ongoing 19th Asean Summit and Related Summits. Joining President Aquino in signing the Bali Concord 3 also known as the Bali Declaration on Asean Community in a global community of Nations were Prime Minister Samdeck Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of Cambodia, Sultan Hajji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of Laos, 12

President U Thein Sein of Myanmar, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung of Vietnam and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia. The Bali Concord III focuses to the three pillars of the Asean namely politics and se-

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curity, economy and socio-culture. For politics and security cooperation, the declaration deals with conflict resolution, transnational crime and piracy eradication, corruption eradication and nuclear disarmament, among others. In the field of economy it calls for ASEAN’s participation in the global economy, the strengthening of the ASEAN economy, adoption of production


standards and economic commodity distribution, access improvement and technology application, agricultural investment increase and energy diversification. The socio-cultural pillar covers the issues of natural disaster mitigation and management, climate change, health, education and culture. The declaration also reaffirms the regional bloc’s commitment to the purposes and principles of

the Charter of the United Nations and International laws which they subscribed to. Also, their commitment to the purposes and principles enshrined in the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok, 1967); the Declaration on Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Kuala Lumpur, 1971); the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Concord (Bali, 1976); the Treaty on the Southeast Asia

Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (Bangkok, 1995); the Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali, 2003) and the ASEAN Charter (Singapore, 2007). Prior to the signing of the Bali Concord III, the leaders of the ten ASEAN-member nations also witnessed the signing of two documents by their respective ministers, which include the agreement of the ASEAN Foreign Minister for the establishment of an ASEAN Coordination Center for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management and the Declaration on ASEAN Unity In Cultural Diversity. (JCL)

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ASEAN leaders approve Myanmar as chair in 2014

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III and his fellow leaders in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), participating in the 19th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits here, has reached a consensus approving Myanmar’s chairmanship of the regional bloc in the year 2014.

This was relayed to the members of the international media covering the ASEAN event by Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natale-

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gawa during a press conference, Thursday at the second day of the summit, here. ‘’I can confirm that the leaders of ASEAN, having received the recommendations by ASE-

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AN foreign ministers, have formally expressed the view and reached their consensus that designates Myanmar as chair of ASEAN in 2014,’’ Natalegawa said. The decision was


reached in consideration of the “significant changes” in Myanmar that serves as encouraging points for its fellow ASEAN-member nations. ‘’Those changes have made it more conducive for Myanmar to carry this responsibility,’’ Natalegawa said. The Indonesian foreign affairs official said that the confirmation of Myanmar’s ASEAN chairmanship ensures that the process of change in the country continues. ‘’What the leaders are doing now by confirming Myanmar’s designation as chair of

ASEAN in 2014, we are trying to ensure that the process of change continues, the momentum is maintained,” Natalegawa noted. From a military form of government, Myanmar is now being ruled by a democratic government. Myanmar agreed to forego its ASEAN chairmanship in 2006 because some ASEAN members during that time feared that the then junta-led government’s chairmanship would affect ASEAN’s international standing. Meanwhile, the Philippines has expressed support to the

bid of Timor Leste to be included in the ASEAN. An ASEAN working group will be looking into the readiness of Timor Leste in joining the regional grouping. Prior to the formal opening of the summit, Timor Leste had already submitted its revised proposal of formal application for full membership to 2011’s A S E A N Chair, Indonesia. (JCL)

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Aquino, Obama hold bilateral talk in Bali

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III was commended by United States President Barack Obama for his leadership and “reforms” in government at the start of their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits, here.

In his opening statement that took place at the grand ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Bali hotel, Friday morning, Obama cited the

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long-standing relationship between the two countries and the alliance showing that “their looking out for each other”. “I just want to commend President Aquino for his lead-

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ership and his reform efforts. I think our relationship that is already very strong can only become stronger,” Obama said. “More importantly, we have in-


BALI, Indonesia – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III meets with United States President Barack Obama during their bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the 19th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits on Friday (November 18) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bali, Indonesia. (PLDT powered by SMART). (Photo by: Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

credible person-toperson relationship between our two counties,” he added. The US President said that, apart from further deepening the relationship between the two countries, the meeting also serves as an opportunity to discuss matters in the summits’ agenda that include maritime security and non-proliferation, among others. President Aquino, for his part, thanked President Obama for the opportunity to tackle and share their thoughts on a wide range of top-

ics as he expressed hopes of strengthening relations amid serious global concerns. “Thank you, Mr. President, for granting this opportunity to share our viewpoints and talk on a wide range of issues. It’s true we’ve had one of the longest relationships based on shared values and history and in these turbulent times we look forward to strengthening it,” President Aquino said. Present during the event for the Philippine side were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert

Del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippine Ambassasdor to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. Also present were US officials led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two leaders are cohosting the Asean-US Leaders’ Summit slated on Friday afternoon. (JCL)

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NEDA Sec. Paderanga counts media as Phil. Devt. Plan partners

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byJeanevive Duron Abangan

ocio-economic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr yesterday asked media practitiones to become partners in realizing the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

In a press conference at the Grand Regal Hotel, Paderanga encouraged media practitioners “to monitor and report not only issues and concerns but also successes of the Plan.” Paderanga yesterday spearheaded the rolling out of the Plan Caravan in the Davao Region , held in Davao City. The event was aimed at baring out to the public the essential contents of PDP covering 2011 to 2016. Bearing the overarching theme focusing on good governance and anti-corruption, PDP is based on the Social Contract of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III with the Filipino People, PDP carries the vision of achieving inclusive growth, creating 18

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employment opportunities and reducing poverty. Paderanga described inclusive growth as a “growth that is shared by all and leaves no one behind.” Under the Plan’s vision for inclusive growth, the Philippine government


sets a higher economic growth of 7 percent to 8 percent per year for at least six years. It also hopes to realize an economic growth that generates mass employment, reduces poverty and achieves the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). To achieve inclusive growth, the plan sets five key strategies: massive investment in infrastructure, transparent and responsive governance, human development and improved social services, competitiveness to generate employment and access to financing.

Applying such strategies, the plan is expected to result in substantial reduction of poverty incidence from 33.1 percent in 1991 to 16.6 percent in 2015; generation of one million jobs annually, growth investments of 22 percent in 2016 from 15.6 percent in 2010, aside from an economic growth of seven percent to eight percent per year. Having gone throug a series of consultation with various stakeholders, the Plan presented during the caravan had incorporated the recommendations gathered, Paderanga said.

Tagum prepares more food choices for Holiday Tree visitors Wednesday this week.

Launched in time with the ceremonial lighting of Tagum City ’s Holiday Tree, Tagum City Food Festival brings together a variety of dishes cooked by members of the city’s United Restaurant, Hotel Owners, Managers and Executives. “Dili lang kutob sa barbecue ang atong makaon but also other cuisine,” Tagum City Tourism Council Chairperson Alma Uy said during the launching of Tagum City Food Festival. Last Thursday (Nov. 17), the TAGUM CITY- Tagumenyos and Food Festival featured Indonesian visitors from other places would cuisine presented in a cooking demo have more choices to eat while performed by Indonesian delegates. watching the colorfully and bright “Hopefully by next year, we ly illumed giant Holiday Tree would be able to invite other coutries

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to showcase their food,” Uy said. “This is our way of promoting the city,” she added. Tonight, the Food Festival will be staging the Search for Humba Master which will be participated by 23 contestants from the city’s 23 barangays. Alma Uy thought of staging a food festival once Tagum City ’s Holiday tree would get lighted because she had noticed that people visiting it were usually looking for food and were eating while watching it changed in bright hues.

Meanwhile, Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy expressed high hopes for peace and unity as he turned on the lights of the Holiday Tree which stands 108.6 ft. adorned with Bethlehem star, flowers, snowflakes, angels, birds, fruits, Musical notes and staffs and 400 meters roof lights of various colors. The 1,000 sets of Rice bulbs add brightness of the Holiday Trees which overall lightings are blinking in rhythmic patterns. ( Jeanevive Duron Abangan)

The NorMin Veggies Experience: Finding Strength in Consolidation The Northern Mindanao Vegetable Producers Association (NorMinVeggies) is implementing a groundbreaking farming and marketing system that has boosted the stock of hundreds of small-hold farmers across Mindanao in the southern Philippines, and revolutionized vegetable production in the region. Starting with only 15 producermembers in 1999, NorMinVeggies’ core membership has expanded to 178, which include farmers, cooperatives, foundations, and growers’ associations. The transformation began when NorminVeggies introduced the cluster farming method to its members. Under the clustering system, a group of farmers in selected areas are 20

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tasked to grow a particular crop utilizing a set of farming protocols and following a fixed production schedule. The association could then schedule the volume of the crops it would produce at a time based on the specific requirements of buyers.


Commodity clustering is not new to Mindanao, where it has long been practiced through contractgrowing agreements between farmers and large multinational agribusiness firms. What makes NorminVeggies’ approach different is that it builds on a partnership between relatively small-scale “independent” growers with other sources of income and some access to capital and technology— its core members—and what it refers to as “small” growers with tiny familyoperated farms, of which Mindanao has thousands. Working with more than 3,000 affiliate growers in two provinces, NorminVeggies now produces at least 12 different kinds of semi-temperate vegetables, which include iceberg and romaine lettuce, broccoli, cherry tomato, cauliflower, carrots and sweet corn. Through its “privateprivate” partnerships with these affiliate growers, it supplies bulk-buying clients in other regions in the Philippines with at least 70 metric tons of vegetables weekly, in addition to supplying more traditional markets in Mindanao. In the first quarter of 2011, the association

shipped out 1,273,255 kilograms (or 1,403 MT) of assorted vegetables to various buyers across the country. In An Agenda for High and Inclusive Growth In the Philippines (2010), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) cited NorMinVeggies as a “model for facilitating the grouping of small producers to achieve the advantages that clustering offers.” The association’s experience was also highlighted in the World Bank’s World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development and at the ADB global food security forum in 2010. When a handful of enterprising vegetable growers in Bukidnon Province formed NorminVeggies 12 years ago, its members knew they were up against established farming competitors with access to more resources and advanced production technologies. But the fledgling organization was determined to address a major concern limiting the competitiveness of small farmers in the region: how to efficiently ship out their produce to markets, while maintaining quality and reducing post-

harvest loses. “Our goal was to engage marginal farmers who had very limited financial resources,” relates Marcelino Remotigue, NorminVeggies president. Most smallhold farms operating individually had no guarantee their produce would fetch good prices, or at the very least break even. Local buyers explained they had to trim as much as 25 percent from the total weight of vegetable deliveries, to remove portions that were damaged during transport. And due to the lack of proper production and post-harvest techniques, such farmers found it difficult to produce vegetables that could meet the strict quality requirements of prospective institutional buyers. Remotigue recalls that small growers initially found it difficult to adjust to the system’s stringent protocols. But after a few months of trial and error, they began to realize the benefits of the innovative farming method. They were not only producing better quality vegetables; production volumes also shot up. “I constantly reminded my

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bers that if they wanted to be part of a cluster, they really had to strictly follow the system’s protocols,” he said. By combining their harvests, the growers are able to take advantage of economies of scale and negotiate for better prices with buyers. The group regularly fills large volume orders which are shipped directly to buyers across the country. “This way, the group is able to come up with a consistent quality and volume which is crucial to our buyers,” Remotigue said. NorminVeggies developed its value chain with the help of the U.S. Agency for International Development, through USAID’s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (USAID-GEM) Program.

USAID-GEM also provided NorMinVeggies with training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), improved post-harvest handling techniques, marketing and logistics assistance as the association developed and started to expand its operations. This assistance enabled the association to “break through” as a supplier to institutional buyers and markets, says Joan Cua Uy, NorMinVeggies vice president for marketing. The association now plays a vital role as a major service provider to the local vegetable sector by providing training to farmers, initiating market promotion activities, and organizing vegetable industry events. In 2006, the association, again with support from USAID-GEM, estab-

did you know...

That the Dromida Davawensis a new species of Sponge Crab recently discovered in Davao City was found by a medical doctor by accident. Dr. Jose Naval, had gone to visit a diver who was a victim of a stabbing accident. At the diver’s house in the coastal village of Punta Dumalag he saw an unusual looking crab inside a pail. spurred by the oddity he closely studied the crab. It was later confirmed as a new species of sponge crab identitical to the one found in Australia in 1923. 22

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lished the NorMinVeggies Consolidation Center, which serves as a centralized trading and consolidation area for the association’s produce. Over time, the center has evolved to become a supply chain manager that coordinates, for a fee, the interaction among the small farmers, buyers, and service providers, such as seed and logistics companies. “We see ourselves as growers who are also able to provide business development services for which other growers are prepared to pay,” Uy says. NorMinVeggies’ clients now include a major supermarket chain and a high-end hotel, consolidators for fastfood chains like KFC, and hotel and restaurant distributors. (USAID

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South Cotabato moves toward filaria-free status in 2012 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Health officials of South Cotabato are eyeing for the province’s inclusion among the filaria-free provinces next year. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., provincial health officer, said they have

intensified activities geared toward eradication of the disease

and becoming the second province in Soccsksargen Region

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(Region 12) to be declared filaria-free. In June 2011, the Department of Health declared North Cotabato as filaria-free. Aturdido said, this year they have monitored three cases of filariasis in South Cotabato, based on a tests. But these are still being validated by DOH to confirm whether the results are really positive. “If we will not be declared filaria-free

next year, we will continue with our programs until we have eradicated the disease from the province,” he said. Cooperation of the residents in the anti-filariasis program is crucial in the achievement of this goal, he added. In line with the celebration of November as Filariasis Awareness Month, South Cotabato’s Integrated Provincial Health Office 24

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and all rural health units in the province are conducting massive administration of drugs against filaria. Aturdido asked residents to immediately take the antifilarial drugs medicines once these are given to them by rural health workers for their protection. Anti-filarial drugs are also available in rural health units. “As in our antimalaria campaign, we also ask everyone to use mosquito nets while sleeping,” he added. According to the World Health Organization, filariasis is an infection caused by parasitic worms Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi or B. timori.

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These parasites are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and develop into adult worms in the lymphatic vessels, causing severe damage and swelling (lymphoedema). Elephantiasis (painful, disfiguring swelling of the legs and genital organs), is a classic sign of late-stage disease. The infection can be treated with drugs. However, chronic conditions may not be curable by anti-filarial drugs and require other measures, eg. surgery for hydrocele, care of the skin and exercise to increase lymphatic drainage in lymphoedema.


ARMM holds singing contest for utility personnel By Moner C Dayaan COTABATO CITY – In a rare occasion, janitors, drivers, and security guards are given opportunity to take center stage.

In a move to honor P10,000.00 for the

the largely unnoticed personnel during the 22nd ARMM anniversary, Acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong thru Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib G. Sianrimbo and the Bureau of Public Information led by Executive Director Ali G. Macabalang, launched Wednesday the first–ever singing contest for utility personnel employed in ARMM. “These are the unsung heroes in the public service who walk an extra mile beyond office hours,” explained Sinarimbo. Prizes ranging from P 15,000.00 for the Champion,

2nd prize, P5,000.00 for the 3rd prize, and cash prizes for nonwinners were shelled out by the Office of the Regional Governor. BPI Executive Director Ali G. Macabalang said, these are workers of the government who stayed with him late at night without the usual overtime pay. “This is a way of saying ‘thank you’ for the unusual commitment to service of lowly employees who consistently deliver beyond compensation,” Macabalang explained. Garnering an average score of 90.5%, Sajid Dadang of

DTI–ARMM went home with the top prize. Coming close second who received P10,000 is Jerry Paulino of DOLE – ARMM who got a score of 89%. Third is Haron Sakilan of BCH – ARMM for his 87% and a prize of P5,000.00 All the remaining 15 non – winners received modest cash consolation prizes. “This year’s successful conduct of the Singing Contest will form part of a tradition as one of the proud highlights of our anniversary celebration,” explained Sinarimbo (PIA Cotabato City/BPI – ARMM)

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Online clearance processing is back – NBI 12 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY-- Residents in South Cotabato and nearby provinces need not wait for a month or two to issued NBI clearance. National Bureau of Investigation – 12 Regional Director Atty. Angelito Magno announced today that the online clearance issuance of the regional office in Koronadal City is back in operation. “This means that those who apply for NBI clearance can receive their document immediately,” Magno said. He assured applicants that NBI 12 can now issue clearance within ten minutes or less except in cases when they have “hits” or “records.” NBI-12’s office is located at the second floor of the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center along Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City. In July, Mega Data 26

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Corp. (MDC), the company that ran the clearance processing of NBI, pulled out its facilities including the online issuance system after its contract with NBI expired on June 30.

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This led NBI to return to the manual processing of clearance applications that further resulted in long queues in NBI offices and weeks to receive their documents.


Caraga RDC to prioritize region’s poorest barangays by Ian G. Miculob

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he Caraga Regional Development Council (RDC) will prioritize the poorest barangays in terms of resource allocation by the government agencies, local government units and non-government organizations in an effort to make a positive difference to the poverty situation in the Caraga Region.

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A resolution creating a special body to oversee planning and synchronization of interventions in the poorest barangays in the region through convergence of efforts and resources was presented to the Caraga RDC during its 69th RDC Full Council Meeting on October 18, 2011 at the Villa Maria Luisa Hotel, Tandag City in Surigao del Sur. Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny T. Pimental hosted the meeting. The RDC favorably endorsed the following: (1) Re-endorsement of Port Zone Delineation Application of the Ports in Caraga Region; (2) House Bill No. 5143 “An Act Increasing the Excise tax on Minerals, Mineral Products and Quarry Re28

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sources, Amending for the Purpose Certain Sections of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, As Amended”; (3) House Bill No. 5058 “An Act Amending RA 7916 or the Special Economic Zone Act of 1995 Thereby Excluding Mining Operations from Activities Eligible for PEZA Registration and Incentives”; (4) House Bill No. 4808 “Promoting the Development of Mineral Processing and in the Process Banning the Export of Iron, Nickel, Chromite, Manganese and Other Strategic Metallic Ores, and for other Purposes”; (5) Request for Sustained Security in Investment Areas in the Region; (6) RDC-DAC Resolution No. 6, Series of 2011 “Endorsing the National Intelligence

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Coordinating Agency as Non-Voting Member of the RDC”; (7) Request to the Office of the President Not to Re-impose the Clearance Requirement for the Transfer of Motor Vehicles from One Island to Another through Ferry or Similar Transshipment Services; (8) Draft Administrative Order Authorizing the Grant of Family Visit Privilege to Third Level Officials and Other Officers of Equivalent Rank But are Not Presidential Appointees of Government Agencies; and, (9) Caraga Regional Investment Development Program 2011-2016. Once confirmed by the RDC during its special meeting this month,


it will set the Special Committee for Poorest Barangays (SCPB), to be chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, into action. The Department of Health, Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry, Commission on Population, Department of Environment and Nat-

ural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education, Armed Force of the Philippines, Congressional District Representatives, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and the Department of Agrarian Reform will become members of the SCPB while the National Economic and Development Authority shall act as the secretariat. A total of 220 poorest barangays was identified by the provincial local government units. Although the RDC has agreed on prioritization strategy, it has yet to decide among three options, to wit: (1) all 220 barangays are top priority, (2) top 20 per cent (44 barangays) poorest barangays are prioritized on the first year and the following poorer barangays (44 barangays) are added thereafter, or (3) the RDC Full Council decides on what proportion of the total 220 barangays are prioritized

throughout the implementation period. The convergence initiative is the brainchild of RDC Chairperson and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas who wants the RDC to create an impact on the poverty situation in the region before her term ends in 2013. Asian Development Bank consultant and one-time lead economist of the World Bank in Washington, DC, Dr. Vicente B. Paqueo, who presented the topic “Towards Rapid, Inclusive and Sustainable Development� during the meeting, stressed the need to mobilize, empower and engage the public, NGOs, and other civil society organizations in the planning, implementation and oversight of development efforts. Recent data show that the Caraga Region recorded the highest poverty incidence among families among the 17 regions in the country in 2009.

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PDEA-Caraga culminates Drug Abuse Prevention & Control Week today by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY –- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Regional Office spearheaded culmination of this year’s Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week with an awarding ceremony to government agencies and private stakeholders who are actively campaigning against use of illegal drugs in the region.

Governor Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur graced the culmination program held today at the PDEA-Caraga Regional Office as guest speaker. “Illegal Drugs has been a problem in the 80 provinces 30

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of this country. It does not only affect rich people but also the poor, the young and elders. That is why there is really a need now that the LGUs should support and take part in solving this problem,” he said.

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Pimentel also encouraged other local government units in the region to strengthen its Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) and replicate his “JYES KontraDroga” which was recently launched in


Tandag City. The “JYES KontraDroga” aims to implement its 10 (JYES) point agenda against drug abuse. They are as follows: (1) To establish a Covenant with all sectors; (2) To strengthen Anti-Drug Abuse Councils; (3) To intensify Information Education Campaign on “KontraDroga”; (4) To adapt a Moral Recovery Program; (5) To institutionalize Sports Development Program for the youth; (6) to establish a Rehabilitation Program for

drug dependents; (7) to provide Skills Development and Livelihood Programs; (8) to provide regular Support to the Law Enforcement Units on anti-illegal drugs operations and PADAC activities; (9) to advocate a Healthy Lifestyle; and (10) to lead a Drug-Free Surigao del Sur. Aside from the delivery of the governor’s message, burning of drug and nondrug evidence on decided cases, and signing of documents and certification of

burning were also conducted along. Meanwhile, PDEACaraga Officer-InCharge Dir. Joel Plaza thanked all the partners from the government and private sector for continuously supporting them. He also asked for the active participation of the LGUs in its campaign. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Global Action for Healthy Communities without Drugs”.

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Lanuza Surfing Festival 2011 set on November 21-26 by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR –- The Local Government Unit of Lanuza, headed by Mayor Salvacion Azarcon, is now on its final preparation for their upcoming 9th Lanuza Surfing Festival 2011.

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to November 26. This year’s celebration of the Surfing Festival will be highlighted with the 9th National Surfing Open (Wahini’s Division, Men’s Division and Junior Division)

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and 7th Longboard Invitational competition to be held at the island of Doot Poktoy in Lanuza. Azarcon revealed that an entry fee of P200.00 per surfer is required.


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PagIbig Fund gives free LBP Cash Cards to by Jocelyn P. Alvarez MPL applicants ome Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or simply PagIBIG Fund-Zamboanga branch, has started giving out Land Bank (LBP) Cash Cards for free to its members who have applied for Multi Purpose Loan (MPL).

Ms. Cora Mamauag , Marketing Officer, PagIBIG said the LBP Cash Cards are exclusively given to members who will avail the MPL Program of which approved MPL amount will be directly credited/ deposited to the said Cash Cards, un-

like before where approved loans were released in checks. “Librenamingibibigay sa first 35,000 MPL applicants ang LBP Cash Cards kaya dapat mag apply na sila ngayon,(referring to PagIBIG members)” (we will give free LBP cash cards to the first 35,000 MPL applicants region-wide, so they better apply now), the active marketing officer said. Member applicants who were not be able to catch the first 35,000 free LBP Cash Cards will have to go to Land Bank

to personally apply for the cash card and pay P100.00 for the card. Mamauag said, this new service is Pag-IBIG’s way of bringing its services closer to it’s members. LBP Cash Card is an electronic debit card that utilizes the stored value system and like the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card, operates on magnetic stripe technology with Personalized Identification Number (PIN)-based protocol. The Cash Card is a special product for institutional clients

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and has its own special features. Mamauag said, LBP Cash Card has special features. Unlike ATM cards, the Cash Card has no opening deposit; no maintaining balance required for the card to remain active and has no dormancy period. It can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days

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a week through the more than 900 LBPATM’s and 8,000 ATM’s of Expressnet, Megalink and Bancnet ATM systems nationwide; Withdrawable up to 50,000 per day; and can be used as debit card using the Express Payment System (EPS) facility with over 20,000 accredited merchants.

The Cash Card has three years card validity. Pag-IBIG Fund has initially started issuing the Cash Cards since yesterday (Nov. 17) afternoon. This Cash Card project is in partnership with LBP Zamboanga Branch. (JPA/PIAZBST)

Kumalarang swamped by heavy floods by Gideon C. Corgue

our barangays of Kumalarang, this province were inundated by heavy flooding on Friday.

Vice Mayor Eugenio Salva in an interview said at about 6 pm, Thursday, heavy rains struck the low-lying barangays, namely: Boyugan East, Gawil, Poblacion, and Sicade. Salva said he was shocked that for almost an hour of heavy rains, the flood waters rose very quickly and it reached up to waist level. Atol sa makusog nga pag-ulan, ang kinatibukang lungsod nakasinati ug brown-out u gang mga poste sa kuryente 34

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nangatumba. Nasinati namo ang pagka-walay kuryente sulod sa napulo’g upat ka oras ug hangtud karon ang kuryente wala mibalik hangtud nga ang tagaZAMSURECO-II moilis sa nadaut nga mga poste sa maong dapit (During the heavy rains the entire municipality has experienced brown-out and the electricity posts fell down. We suffered brown-out for about 14 hours and until now the electricity did not resume until ZAMSURECO–II

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electricians will replace the damaged wooden posts in the area),” Salva reported. Salva said 5 houses near the river of barangay Gawil were destroyed and an estimated 30 hectares of farm land had been damaged, undetermined number of animals were drowned but no casualty of persons has been reported. Salva said the flood waters receded at past 7 pm. Municipal planning


and development coordinator Allel Tabiado said mayor Allan Damas, chairman of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) will call an

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emergency meeting after all municipal employees will finish doing their clean up. “ The chief executive has ordered to clean the offices which were affected by the

floods,” Tabiado added. Tabiado said the MDRRMC will do an immediate onsite visit on the area to assess the extent of the damage. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

PHL Gov’t formally turns-over fishing boats to Vietnam he Western Command, in compliance to the order given by the Office of the President, has formally turned over on November 11 to the Vietnam Embassy the seven fishing boats confiscated from the 122 Vietnamese fishermen who were arrested earlier this year fishing within the territorial waters of the Philippines off the southern part of Palawan. But “as an act of goodwill and liberality on the part of the Philippine Government,” it has transferred “by way of donation” the ownership of the fishing vessels— five of which are under the custody of the Provincial Government while the other two under the Western Command (WESCOM)—to Vietnam by virtue of a Deed of Conveyance signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. and Vietnam Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Nguyen Vu

Tu on October 25. The 6th Civil Relation Group of the AFP said that 34 remaining Vietnamese nationals sailed home on board the seven boats on the same day that they were formally turned over to the Vietnam Embassy. WESCOM and the Provincial Government also executed a manifestation that relieved them of any responsibilities to the vessels while the boat captains, who have been staying in the boats since their capture, signed an

acknowledgement that they received the vessels in good order. In consideration to the close diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Vietnam, the Office of the President, in a letter issued by Undersecretary Ronaldo A. Geron dated November 09, 2011, has ordered the release of the seven fishing vessels used by the Vietnamese nationals. The Regional Trial Court of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City awarded the ownership

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of the said fishing vessels to the Philippine Government after it has found the Vietnamese fishermen guilty of violating the Philippine law in a decision it promulgated dated August 26 also this year. The agreement to return the boat ownership to Vietnam aims to “further deepen and invigorate the relationship between the two countries.� Both countries are claimants to the internationally disputed Spratly Archipelago which is be-

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lieved to hold vast reserves of oil and gas. The Office of the President has directed WESCOM Chief LTGen Juancho M. Sabban AFP to coordinate with the Vietnamese Embassy in the Philippines to facilitate the immediate release of the fishing vessels. The seven Vietnamese fishing vessels in question were confiscated after Philippine authorities arrested 122 Vietnamese nationals fishing about two nautical miles off the coast of Tamburok Island in the municipality of Balabac on May 30 this year. RTC Palawan sentenced the accused to collectively pay a fine of US$100,000 for each group in each vessel but they were relieved of the

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obligation after the court subsequently granted a motion to declare them insolvent. Eighty-eight (88) of them have already been deported to their own country four months after they were arrested. The remaining 34, including the seven boat captains of the fishing vessels, are still waiting the processing of their documents for their repatriation. LTGen Sabban AFP continues to assure the residents of Palawan and Puerto Princesa City that the military will be even more vigilant in protecting the territory of the Philippines from intruders, particularly its maritime resources from poachers. (JPA/6CRGAFP/RVCPIA9 ZBST)


Cag. de Oro to host the 11th National Coop Summit in Oct. 2012 by Elaine O. Ratunil

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he City of Golden Friendship will host the 11th National Cooperative Summit on October 10-12, next year.

This proud announcement was made by Former Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino, Chairman of the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) and National Summit Committee, during its official launching at the recently concluded Cooperative Peace Forum 11.11.11 held this city, last Nov. 11. Anchored on the theme: “Cooperative Enterprises Build a

Better Philippines,” the summit intends to highlight the contribution of the cooperatives’ socio-economic development of the country, especially, in poverty alleviation and mainstream cooperativism as a mode of doing business. “The summit, also, intends to challenge and mobilize all of us to make our voices heard, make our presence felt by all sectors—basic Friday, November 18, 2011

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sectors, business and government, do business together and expand our bases and create new wealth for our members and the future of our children,” he said. Meanwhile, Aquino cited that Cagayan de Oro City is home of the pioneers and leading cooperative federations in the country, such as, Coop Life Mutual Benefit Services (CLIMBS) Life and General Insurance Cooperative, Mindanao Alliance Self-help SocietiesSouthern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASS-SPECC), National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) and Philippine Federation of Credit Cooperatives (PFCCO). He also noted among the prominent leaders and pioneers of cooperativism in the country are the late father and son, Atty. Mordino Cua and Gil Cua, the late Fr. William Masterson, S.J. and Former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. Also significant is the fact the hosting of the event in CDO coincides with the year-long celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) declared by the United Nations from which the 11th Summit theme of the event was culled. The 11th Summit theme, he said, is also in line with one of the 38

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sub-themes of Philippines 2012 IYC that is “Prosperity” while the theme of the 2012 Philippine IYC is “Transformative Cooperatives Advancing People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace.” The National Cooperative Summit is a bi-annual convention of cooperative leaders and advocates to address pressing challenges facing the movement and of the society in general. The lead convener of the event is the PCC, with the CDA as Co-Convener and local hosts of the event is composed of CLIMBS, FICCO, MASS-SPECC, NATCCO, PFCCO-Mindanao League and CDA Regional Office, in coordination with the City Government of CDO.


Typhoons have beneficial effects, too! - PAGASA By Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - Despite their devastating impacts, tropical cyclones or typhoons also have beneficial effects. Hence, typhoon rains mean water for both plants and the people, cleans the streets and canals the air decreasing the level of pollutants in the communities, he said.

This was cited by Mario C. Guya, Weather Specialist II of the Philippine Atmospheric. Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) during the recent 2nd Northern Mindanao Media Conference held at Balay Mindanaw Peace Center, here.

Guya, however, warned that typhoons can also bring hazards that have devastating impacts on infrastructure, as well as, human and animal life. These hazards could be strong winds, heavy rains, storm surges, floods, landslides, and mudflow, he further said. Thus, he advised the close monitoring of the latest Severe Weather Bulletin issued by PAGASA every six hours, during the occurrence of typhoons.

He said typhoon is an intense weather disturbance with very low pressure and strong wind circulation blowing in a counter-clockwise direction toward the center called the ‘eye’.

Other preparations that he suggested include advising children to stay indoors, storing adequate supply of food and water in covered containers as water supply may be cut-off, and preparing flashlights, batteries, matches, kerosene lamps Guya, who discussed the or candles and charcoal in anticipation Weather Causing Phenomena, said of power failure. rainfall brought about by typhoons increases groundwater levels of dams In case of a strong tropical that provide drinking water, irrigation cyclone, people should stay away water and power generation. from coasts and river banks and Friday, November 18, 2011

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evacuate low-lying areas. They should stay in safe houses until after the disturbance has left the area, or, if the house is not strong

enough to withstand the battering of strong winds, they should seek shelter in stronger houses or go to the designated evacuation centers, he added.

New farm-to-market road facilitates farmers’ access to markets By Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte –Construction of the farm-to-market road project in Barangay Matampay, Bucana, Lala, this province, will soon facilitate the market access of farmers.

The announcement was made under Kalahi-CIDDS in the coastal after a simple ribbon-cutting town of Lala, said. ceremony held at the site last Nov. 11. Spearheading the implementation of the project is The project was implemented the Provincial Social Welfare and under the Kapitbisig Laban sa Development Office (PSWDO) Kahirapan-Comprehensive and headed by Anabelle Mendez with Integrated Delivery of Social the assistance of DSWD Region Services (Kalahi-CIDDS) program 10. of the Department of Social Welfare Upon completion, the farmand Development (DSWD). to-market road will help ease the transportation of cultured crabs Four(4) other towns in Lanao from the fish pens to their selling del Norte continue to benefit from areas. the Kalahi-CIDDS program, namely: Kapatagan, Bacolod, Salvador and In the past, crab farmers Sapad. used to carry their harvested crabs through the small dikes which “The provincial government normally take an hour to cross on is always quick in releasing its foot just to reach the local market. counterpart because these are community-driven projects. These Now using the new road, are what our people wanted,” Gov. however, farmers can easily reach Khalid Dimaporo, who expressed the town market in less than 15 pleasure with the latest project minutes. (PIO) 40

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