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Mt. Hibok-hibok another tourist come-on in Camiguin

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Mountain climbing, another tourist come-on in Camiguin By Jorie C. Valcorza

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Aquino govt committed to complete peace deal with breakaway communist group Malacañang congratulates Filipino students for achievements in 2011 Australian Mathematics Competition Malacañang supports Department of Education’s activities in celebration of National Reading Month K to12 program to enhance technical skills of Filipino students TESDA and BPAP aim to create 65,000 BPO jobs

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Zanorte’s 22,891 indigent families to benefit 4Ps Velocity colors team distributes free candles during All Saints day DSWD prepares displaced families to go home


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Closed to traffic


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Info intensified for ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program

Peace talks, primary option for injustices in Mindanao – CYLN DA promotes healthy diet

GIZ to implement project in Surigao Norte

All Saints’ Day commemoration in Caraga region generally peaceful – PNP

Soccsksargen’s All Saints’ Day is generally peaceful -- Mantele

DOST 12 Halal industry serves both Muslim and non-Muslim markets


DepEd 12 launches PRIME Koronadal City creates TWG on establishment of sanitary landfill


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Mati mayor eyes Davao Citybased investors for business growth DepEd’s rationalization plan will not retrench health Visual Artists to converge in Tagum for 5th Kalinawa Visual Arts Fest

PNP-NorMin assures residents of security during Undas

PCG NorMin sets up public assistance center/help desk in Oro Port for the Undas Prevent “akyat bahay” breakins during “Undas,” PNP-10 LGUs brace for landuse, environmental impact of Laguindingan Airport 4P’s is also about changing attitudes


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Mountain climbing, another tourist come-on in Camiguin

By Jorie C. Valcorza


hile most tourist only see the island’s great beaches, hot and cold spring waters or falls, the place has these and many more besides.


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As its names suggest Camiguin or “the island born of fire,” also offers great outdoor adventures and rare opportunities for visitors to camp near its old volcano crater, as well as experience the adventure and thrill of going through the dense forest and fell the coolness of springs, which are rich of endemic plants and animals. The four-hour upward trek to the summit of Mt. HibokHibok starts when climbers jump-off from Ardent Spring. Another entry point is in Tibulid, Yumbing still in Mambajao town which runs little farther, but taken by those who prefers to camp in for a night. Roberto S. Rufino, Protected Area Superintendent

and officer-in-charge of the Forest Management Service of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the province said visitors are discouraged to camp in the summit for their safety but can be accommodated instead to an equally beautiful spot along Mt. Hibok-Hibok’s old crater, where they can indulge in the majestic view of the placid crater lake. Rufino said the crater is safe as its bed is compact, but still they discourage guests from dipping into the water. From the summit, where the mossy crater formed from its past eruption can also be seen, you get a good view of the nearby White Island, Bo-

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hol Sea to the north, Macajalar Bay in Cagayan de Oro and Siquijor Island to the west. Around its summit were several small craters filled with water, which experts say are really where the burning lava flowed and are now hardened into water containers with bowl shapes and formed into shallow lakes. Climbers are also advised to descend early in the morning before the clouds starts rolling and block the majestic view in the later portion of the day. “Mt. Hibok-Hibok is now fast becoming a popular hik6

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ing destination in the island and is popularly known among foreign tourist, as almost half of them always go for the climb,” Rufino said. He reminded interested climbers to secure permits from their office, adding that no visitors are also allowed to climb on the area without guides. “It is important to secure permits and undergo basic orientation, especially, for the first timers and be provided with capable tour guides who are more familiar with the terrain,” he clarified. Meanwhile, Rufino noted that Mt. Timpoong and Mt.

Hibok-Hibok have been proclaimed protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System of (NIPAS) and is officially called “Timpoong and Hibok-hibok Natural Monument.� He also said Mt. Timpoong is a magnet to researchers, as

numerous scientific researches were conducted here and have come to identify and fingerprint various endemic plant and animal species. In fact, the smallest known rodent is also found on its forest, Rufino added.

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Aquino govt committed to complete peace deal with breakaway communist group


alaca単ang said it is committed to complete peace agreement with the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa PilipinasRevolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPMP-RPA-ABB ) and will release the money intended for the rebel group. 8

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“The Aquino administration is committed to the five negotiating tables that are pursuing a just and lasting peace,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement on Wednesday. Valte said the government will release the funds to the local government units (LGUs) in areas that will be identified for community development and livelihood assistance. Under the agreement, which was signed in December 2000 during the Es-


trada administration, the government made a commitment to fund the reintegration and development projects for the rebel organization. This includes livelihood projects, housing assistance, education and training, primary health care, agriculture and irrigation facilities, farm-to-market roads, microfinance, among others. Valte also said the military expressed its support for the peace process with the RPMP-RPA-ABB, acknowledging its im-

pact on security concerns on the ground. The Aquino administration plans to give P31 million to RPMP-RPA-ABB that will come from the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Pamana, a P329million fund administered by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP). RPMP-RPA-ABB is a breakaway organization from the mainstream group of Jose Maria Sison. (AS)

Malacañang congratulates Filipino students for achievements in 2011 Australian Mathematics Competition

alacañang has congratulated the Filipino students who excelled in the 2011 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), saying that their recent achievements “are testaments to the well-rounded and world-class talent of the Filipino.” Wednesday, November 2, 2011


“We are proud to congratulate our Pinoy Math whiz kids for their recent achievements in the 2011 Australian Mathematics Competition,” Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement. Adrian Reginald Sy, a high school student from St. Jude Catholic School in Manila, garnered a perfect score in this year’s 10

AMC. Sy was one of 27 students worldwide who got a perfect score in the competition. Besides Sy, 10 Filipino math whiz kids were awarded this year, as 60 other Filipino students placed in the top two percent of the 300,000 students who took the AMC test on August 4 here in Manila. “Sy, along with the ten Filipino participants who were awarded for

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their high scores in the same test, and the 60 other Filipino students who placed in the top 2 percent of the 300,000 participants of the AMC, are testaments to the well-rounded and world-class talent of the Filipino,” Valte said. “They, and the many others who have excelled in numerous fields, assure us of our nation’s bright future,” the Presidential Deputy Spokesperson added. (CO)


Malacañang supports Department of Education’s activities in celebration of National Reading Month alacañang on Wednesday backed the Department of Education’s (DepEd) activities lined up in celebration of National Reading Month this November aimed at encouraging school children and the youth in general to make reading a habit.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that November has been declared by DepEd as National Reading Month for which a set of month-long read-

ing activities has been arranged, enjoining schools and learning centers to participate. “We fully support the Department of Education’s campaign to encourage school children to participate in the month-long reading activities, such as read-a-thons, storytelling sessions, shared readings, and reading camps,” Valte said in a statement. The DepEd came up with its declaration on October 25 by virtue of Memorandum

No. 244, making November of every year as National Reading Month and November 25, 2011 as Nationwide Araw ng Pagbasa. These particular events are anchored on the 10-point Basic Education Agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III and the institutionalization of the “Every Child a Reader” Program (ECARP) by the DepEd. Quoting Secretary Armin Luistro, Valte said the DepEd is initiating programs that would: promote

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reading a n d literacy among the pupils and students; motivate our youth to learn from the lives and works of eminent Filipinos; uphold one’s heritage and values;

and make reading a shared physical experience, specifically among the youth, thereby increasing its relevance amidst the growing reliance on the internet and inclination to on-line activities. The observance of the National Read-

ing Month further coincides with the celebration of the National Book Development month (Proclamation 1436 series of 2007) and the fourth week of November is National Book Week (Proclamation 109 series of 1936), Valte added. (HDC)

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President Benigno S. Aquino III distributes baller bands to the people who gathered near the tombs of his parents at the Manila Memorial Park on Monday, (October 31). Earlier the President and his sisters pay their respects to their parents. (photo by Rey Baniquit/Malacanang Photo Bureau)


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K to12 program to enhance technical skills of Filipino students by Phres A. Evardone


he implementation of the K to 12 basic education program of the Department of Education (DepEd) will further enhance the technical skills of Filipino students, said Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Deputy General for Field Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua recently. Pascua particularly stressed that strengthening the basic foundations of students in core subjects like English, Mathematics and

Science is crucial in the process of learning technical skills. “Ang TESDA rin po, gusto namin yung tuturuan namin ay maalam

na rin sa Science and Math, kasi pano mo nga naman tuturuan ang isang tao ng kagalingan kung ang kanyang pagintindi ng Math, Algebra

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or kung ano pa mang kagalingan sa arithmetic, numerology ay hindi pa sapat” Pascua said. (We at TESDA wanted that those whom we are training are knowledgeable also in Science and Math because it would be much harder to teach them technical skills if their understanding of the basic principles in Mathematics are insufficient). Moreover, he also stressed the importance of rigorously enhancing the basic communications skills of students in their elementary and secondary education. He said that they have to adjust their training capacities to in-


clude the enhancement of the trainees’ communication skills because their foundation is not sufficient. “Pero sana hindi na kailangan yan kung ang ating mga kabataan or post-secondary graduates ay maganda ang kanilang basic education. So kung magaling ka nang mag-English di mo na kailangang ng konti pang pagtutulak doon sa areang yun.” (This would not have been necessary had our students been provided with a better foundation on their basic education. So if one knows better English then he will not be required intensive training on this area any-

more) However, Pascua is optimistic that once the K to 12 program of DepEd willbe fully implemented these issues will certainly be addressed and eventually minimized. The K to 12 Basic Education Program requires all incoming students to enroll into two more years of basic education which basically include the Universal kindergarten, 6 years of elementary, 4 years of junior high school with an additional 2 years for senior high school. Pascua was the guest of the program “Talking Points” aired over People’s Television (PTV-4) and Radyo ng Bayan.

TESDA and BPAP aim to create 65,000 BPO jobs by Alice Sicat

echnical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) target to fill-up at least 65,000 positions in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry to answer the country’s current problem of unemployment.


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Deputy Director General for Field Operations Teodoro Pascua said in the program “Talking Points” aired over Radyo ng Bayan and People’s Television (PTV-4) that P500 million will go to TESDA from President Benigno Aquino III’s stimulus package and at least P500,000 of it will be allotted for the BPO Training. BPO training consists of both voice and non-voice processes since call center industries require both skills. Pascua said the training normally last for weeks to six months, depending on the skill of the per-

son and the course being taken. There were those who apply but lacks the skills, so these people need an extensive training. There are also those who are already skilled but still needed to upgrade their skills, Pascua said. He also said that next year, a new job under the BPO industry will be introduced in the country. Medical transcriptions will be in demand because countries such as US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada aim to put their medical records and systems online, he said. TESDA AND BPAP also agreed that at

least 70 percent of those who will undergo the training will be hired and part of the training cost should be set aside for future scholarships. The success of this project could be the answer to the country’s unemployment problem however, Pascua said we also have to look into the bigger picture for the country’s future in the BPO industry. Pascua said that Philippines is number one in the call center industry in terms of employed people but not in terms of owning the big call center companies in the country.

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Closed to traffic Bulok Bridge, located at the heart of Koronadal City, has been closed to traffic to give way to the reconstruction job that will start this week. According to the South Cotabato District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the bridge will cost P15.2 million. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)


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Soccsksargen’s All Saints’ Day is generally peaceful -- Mantele By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY-- Yesterday’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day has been generally peaceful, according to the initial assessment of the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO 12). P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele, PRO 12 regional director, said police stations all over Soccsksargen Region have not monitored any untoward incident related to the celebration since October 31 until November 1. He said, with the establishment of Police Assistance Centers (PAC’s), police check-

points, Oplan Kaluluwa Police Assistance Hub, and Police hotlines as well as coordination with media, PRO 12 “is confident that the observance of All Soul’s Day and All Soul’s Day will remain orderly and peaceful.” Mantele cited the help of counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and

other law enforcement agencies as well as the assistance from barangay peacekeeping action teams, local government units, and other concerned groups in maintaining peace and order in cemeteries, terminals, business establishments, and streets. To make sure that police personnel were

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ready and prepared for the two-day activity, Mantele inspected security preparations in all public places starting October 31. Mantele started his visitation and inspection at the police station in Lambayong town in Sultan Kudarat early Monday morning.

He then proceeded to Cotabato City, North Cotabato, and other parts of Sultan Kudarat, inspecting every cemetery and memorial park and transport terminals along the way. Yesterday he continued the activity in South Cotabato, Saran-

gani, and General Santos City. Mantele said, police personnel will remain on guard and ready to respond to any eventuality as long as their are people visiting their departed loved ones. (PIA 12)

DOST 12 Halal industry serves both Muslim and non-Muslim markets

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- “While it is a duty and obligation tor Muslims to promote, develop, protect and sustain Halal, Halal industry is ever more seen as an excellent opportunity for non-Muslims also to venture taking into account prospect of serving both the Muslim and non-Muslim markets,” declared DOST 12 director Hadja Sittie Shayma Zenaida Hadji Raof - Laidan. Laidan who was a recent guest of the radio program “Meet the Press,” a media forum aired over DXCP, General Santos City and initiated by the station management and the Philippine Information Agency, said the involvement of non-Muslims in the Halal industry is also a manifestation of their concern to the Muslim culture. She further said a well - developed Halal industry can only be fully achieved when complemented by all concerned stakeholders. When queried on the 18

stride of the government in the development of the Halal industry, Laidan spoke about the excellence in analytical testing by DOST 12’s Halal laboratory which she said, provides reliable analytical testing data that helps the industry, agencies of government and the academe around the world in making firm decisions about their products. Laidan asserted DOST 12’s commitment of quality assurance and

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quality control. She said DOST 12’s quality management system has been certified by the ISO 9001 Standards for the highest standards of quality and reliability according to customer and all applicable regulatory and statutory requirements. She added that the Laboratory Quality Management System adheres strictly to the management and technical requirements of the internationally recognized ISOMEC 17025.

This is an accreditation obtained in 2006 after the DOST 12 complied with the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The DOST 12 director said the Halal laboratory devotes its services to the analyses of food and non-food products, intended for the halal markets, both domestic and international. The facility serves as and credibility of Philippine-made Halal prodthe clearing-house to ucts, she elaborated. assure the authenticity


DepEd 12 launches PRIME

KORONADAL CITY -- The Department of Education, region 12 will embark into an educational development initiative to improve access to quality basic education for girls and boys in disadvantaged indigenous peoples and Muslim communities in the region. The Philippine’s Response to Indigenous Peoples’ and Muslim Education (PRIME) launched on October 26 at the regional office of DepEd 12, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City, will be implemented in the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. This will be in partnership with the local government units, the National Commission on Indig-

enous Peoples and the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. PRIME is being supported by the Government of Australia as a founding partner for an initial period of three (3) years (2011 - 2014) through a grant of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The Australian grant assistance covers two (2) thrusts namely: 1.)

assist in stimulating community-led demand for quality education and 2.) strengthen the capacity of the community, DepEd and other stakeholders to respond in providing relevant, sustainable and quality learning opportunities. DepEd 12 director Isabelita Borres vowed all out support to PRIME as she directed the divisions of Sarangani, South

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Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat for active participation in the program.

Indeed, PRIME will help promote development in the areas through relevant basic

education for the indigenous peoples and Muslim communities, Borres said. (OTSUDARIA/PIA

Koronadal City creates TWG on establishment of sanitary landfill By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY -- The local government unit here has created a technical working group (TWG) a thorough study on the city’s plan to establish its own sanitary landfill (SLF). Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel said, the primary objective of the TWG is to study and plan the city’s SLF in accordance to Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.” Members of the TWG are particularly concerned with the city LGU’s concern to establishing environmentally-sound techniques of waste recovery, utilization, and disposal. The TWG consists of two committees, namely: conceptual design and IEC resource mobilization. Conceptual design


committee will be concerned with planning and designing the SLF and providing technical assistance in the establishment of an SLF management plan. It shall also supervise the implementation of the SLF, including the design and construction of the facility and manage the review and evaluation of its outputs. On the other hand, the IEC resource mobilization committee will take care of the implementation of information, education, and communication campaign to ensure that the residents

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living in the vicinity of the SLF will be properly educated of the city’s project. Miguel said the committee, in close coordination with experts from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other concerned agencies have already identified the area where the SLF will be established. He added the city government will immediately purchase the planned SLF site once the decision of the committee will be final. (PIA 12)

Info intensified for ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program by Jennifer P. Gaitano


n November 11 (11-11-11), the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program of the city government here led by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will be fully implemented through the ‘No Segregation, No Collection’ policy in all the barangays.



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With this, Butuanons will have to segregate wastes at source and follow schedules of garbage collection. Constant reminders through radio programs are being aired by the different radio stations here. Also, the Clean Airwaves Committee chaired by the Philippine Information Agency, which handles info-campaign with the local trimedia for this program continues to intensify its info-dissemination strategies. Thus, during a meeting, PIA-Caraga regional director Abner Caga said that PIA-Caraga has been promoting the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program from the very start and had been conducting lined-up ac22

tivities by the working committees. Caga said that PIA is working together with the local tri-media in the information dissemination. News and photo releases related to proper solid waste management are also being posted and published in the PIA website, blogspot, Facebook accounts, and in its daily electronic news magazine – ‘One Mindanao.’ It was also learned that the Clean Airwaves Committee’s proposal to convene media practitioners in Butuan for the orientation/forum on laws, and on ordinances related to the environment and solid waste management had been approved by the mayor and are set tentatively to be imple-

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mented on the second week of November. Along with the orientation/forum is a covenant signing between the local tri-media and the city government as a sign of partnership and commitment to continuously promote and adhere to the law on proper segregation of wastes. Meanwhile, program coordinators Gemma Reserva, General Services division chief; Earl Enrico “Bong” Alcala, consultant of the city government; and Ruth Jugao, City Economic Enterprise and Development Office (CEEDO) manager expressed their support to the efforts of the media and the Clean Airwaves Committee.

Peace talks, primary option for injustices in Mindanao – CYLN by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY – The peace talks must be the primary option for the injustices experienced by the people of Mindanao.

This is the statement of the Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network (CYLN) following the conflict between the government troops and the lawless elements, which resulted to the killing of 19 soldiers in Al Barka, Basilan. Notwithstanding the process of reforms and negotiations are slow, it is by far the best way to go, the statement further said. The allout war policies in 2001, 2004 and 2008 never fully resolved the issue and feeds into the vicious cycle of violence, the group

added. The region’s youth leaders’ network stressed the Philippine government must look at the long-term effect of this call to arms. “An effrontery call for an out war to avenge the fallen in Basilan is reckless and inconsiderate of the plight of the innocent Mindanaoan peoples,” it said. In 2008, the war triggered a humanitarian catastrophe with 600,000 internally-displaced persons. “We urge the government, the MILF and the public to put

primacy to the peace process and not on a knee-jerk all out war,” the group said. The group further said an immediate international and independent probe on the recent Basilan incident must take place immediately. Moreover, the group called on the government and the MILF to reaffirm the ceasefire agreement and its corresponding mechanisms such as the Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and prevent another humanitarian crisis.

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DA promotes healthy diet by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

BUTUAN CITY – Kung naa kay malunggay, mura naka ug naay parmasya (if you have malunggay, it is like that you already have a pharmacy). Antonio Moreno, an agriculturist at the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (RAFID) of the Department of Agriculture said this during the recently conducted 5th “ConsumerNET Meets the Public” Forum. He said that the sad reality today is that while people consume less healthy 24

foods like fruits and vegetabes, they are eating more unhealthy stuff like instant noodles and canned goods. “We can get very very little nutrition from these kinds of foods. In fact, it is close to nothing. And if this will continue, it could lead to malnutrition,” Moreno said. “As we all know, malnutrition will lead to

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poor mental health and a low-fiber diet may result into colon cancer.” “However, if we look at our backyards, there are indigenous vegetables that are readily available, vegetables that are very nutritious and very affordable”, said Moreno. He added that “in our country, we are blessed to have many

indigenous vegetables that are highly nutritious most especially the horseradish tree (malunggay).” Moreno reminded the participants during the forum that

the DA in partnership with other government agencies, non-government organizations, state universities and colleges, faith-based groups and etc., cre-

ated a program called “Gulayan sa Paaralan Project” to teach the youth in planting vegetables and as well as to encourage them to eat such kind of foods.

GIZ to implement project in Surigao Norte by Arturo M. Cruje

SURIGAO CITY – The GIZ, a German International Development Cooperation Fund, will implement a major program, focusing on poverty reduction and preservation of the environment in the province.

A joint undertaking of the German and Philippine governments, the Conflict Sensitive Resource and Asset Management Program supports an integrated approach to poverty reduction and peace building in the province. The program aims to ensure that governance of natural resources and assets is implemented

in a peaceful and sustainable manner benefiting the community. The target groups of the program are the disadvantaged poor population, people affected by landbased resource conflicts, indigenous people and women. In Surigao del Norte, the program supports the endeavor of civil soci-

ety and state actors to develop a conflict sensitive ecosystem approach from upland watershed to coastal areas. Multi-stakeholder dialogues, participatory land use planning, strengthening of community –based “wardens” and empowerment of marginalized are the priority activities.

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All Saints’ Day commemoration in Caraga region generally peaceful – PNP

BUTUAN CITY – The commemoration of All Saints’ Day in Caraga Region is generally peaceful, said Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal. In an interview with a local radio station here, the region’s PNP chief said no major incidents have been reported in time with the nationwide commemoration on Tuesday. Rafal said this can be attributed to the joint efforts of government troops and agencies who have played important roles to ensure peace and security. He added the people have also cooperated 26

which contributed to the peaceful outcome of the commemoration of All Saints’ Day. In Butuan City, the Land Transportation and Traffic Management Office (LTTMO) implemented a traffic re-routing of all motor vehicles. Signages were also installed serving as guide to the motorists where to go. “It’s good that LTTMO and other government agencies have

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worked hand-in-hand in implementing a peaceful commemoration of All Saints’ Day,” said Tatay Miguel in Cebuano dialect. He added the public are properly directed where to go and be reminded of what are the things to do inside the cemetery. Today, Nov. 2, the whole nation is commemorating the All Souls’ Day. (Robert E. Roperos)


Zanorte’s 22,891 indigent families to benefit 4Ps by Alfonso T. Ruda ore or less 22, 891 additional indigent families from the 13 municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte will soon benefit from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This was relayed by DSWD-9 Regional Director Teodolo Romo Jr., to Governor Rolando E. Yebes after the former received a directive from DSWD Central Office of the additional 4Ps beneficiaries allotted for the province. The new batch of 4Ps beneficiaries will replace those who were removed from the original list of beneficiaries for various reasons. It maybe because they have no more children below 14 years or have failed to comply with the conditions set forth by the program.

The Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program is an antipoverty alleviation program of the government that provides cash assistance to the indigent families for their health and educational needs. T h e f a m i l y beneficiary with three children aging below 14 years old will receive a maximum m o n t h l y allowance of P1,400.00,

provided, they comply with the requirements set forth by the program. Each child is entitled to P300.00 and the mother, P500.00. Among the conditions include the regular medical check-

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up for the children, especially those below 5 years old; that the children spend 85% of their time in school; and that the mother regularly attend to the Responsible Parenthood session conducted for

the purpose. The new additional 4Ps beneficiaries will come from Leon Postigo which has 1,322 families; Baliguian, 1,332; Godod, 917; Gutalac, 1,840; Jose Dalman, 1,223; Kalawit,

1,177; Katipunan, 1430; Manukan, 1,523; Roxas, 1,599; Sergio Osmeña, 1,218; Siayan, 2,055; Sibuco, 3,831; and Sindangan with 3,424 families. (JPA/ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

Velocity colors team distributes free candles by Gideon C. Corgue during All Saints day


appy smiling faces were seen on Tuesday from the residents upon receiving free candles from the group of young male motorcycle enthusiasts on All Saints Day and All Saints day, one of the oldest Catholic traditions of visiting and praying their departed loved ones. The Velocity Colors Team (VCT), a civic organization with almost 20 members waiting at the entrance of the cemetery with hanging card boards on their necks marked “free candles” distributed free candles of different sizes to the residents who are walking at the Pagadian City Memorial Cemetery to visit their deceased loved ones. VCT president Don Mabasa said the free candles distribution 28

is one of the regular activities conducted by the group as a gesture of showing concern to the community saying that they observed that there were only few organizations who rendered community service, nowadays. Mabasa said the VCT started the free distribution of candles 4 years ago. “It was in 2007 that VCT has initiated the project to give little support to the public.”

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Mabasa said. “Each member donated P20 and or 1 pack of candles just to realize this project because there are still many people who have no candles to offer during their visit to their departed loved ones ,” Mabasa added. Mabasa said the VCT is doing other community services annually such as giving free school supplies to public elementary schools in rural barangays and Christmas caroling.

“The proceeds of the caroling will be used to fund the social projects,” Mabasa explained. The smiling faces and ‘thank you’ phrase from the beneficiaries


have inspired us to pursue our projects, Mabasa said. “ I was also inspired by the commitment and support by our members to our projects,” Mabasa concluded.(JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

DSWD prepares displaced families to go home he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that social preparations are being provided to displace families from the municipalities affected by the armed conflict for their eventual return to their respective places of origin. In Zamboanga Sibugay, families who are staying in evacuation centers are being provided with counseling and stress debriefing sessions before they go back to their own home. The DSWD will also immediately release the cash grants under the Pantawid Pamilya to help the families as they return home.

Majority of the family evacuees are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. On October 28, 2011 DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman together with DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and OPAPP Secretary Teresita Deles visited the evacuation centers in Zamboanga Sibugay to assess the

situation of the evacuees. “I was pleased to see that the evacuation centers were clean and the evacuees were doing well. Social workers managing the evacuation centers continue to provide the evacuees counseling sessions and play therapy to children to reduce the trauma that they are

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undergoing,� Secretary Soliman said. The DSWD also reported that as of October 30, some evacuees have started to return home. Meanwhile, the Cashfor-Work/Training will soon be implemented after social workers from concerned local government units have identified and validated the beneficiaries. The Cash-forWork is a temporary intervention that provides cash for beneficiaries in exchange for undertaking community projects such as construction and repair of destroyed houses and community facilities, garbage collection and management, road repair, and dredging of canals among others. During her visit to Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, Secretary Soliman distributed 30

checks for cash-forwork to the following: Payao and Alicia P2 million each while Talusan, Mabuhay and Olutanga P1 million each. The DSWD said that in addition to the provision of relief assistance, early recovery and rehabilitation plans include among others the rehabilitation and construction of access roads in the affected areas. To further lessen the vulnerabilities of the

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families, a sustainable livelihood program will be provided to them so that they can live better and normal lives. DSWD social workers continue to coordinate with the concerned local government units to determine appropriate follow-through services for evacuees who will be returning home. (DSWD/ PIA9/CAL/Zambo Sur)


PNP-NorMin assures residents of security during Undas By: Elaine O. Ratunil

he Philippine National Police, region 10 (PNP-10), will provide maximum security coverage and public safety services to all residents in the region, during the “Undas.”

This assurance came from P/ Chief Supt. Jufel C. Adriatico, Regional Director of PNP-10, who said he has directed all PNP units in the region to provide security assistance to people along the highways and major thoroughfares, and traffic management in routes leading to cemeteries and other places of convergence to ensure a peaceful and orderly observance of the Undas. All Saints’ Day or “Todos Los Santos,” celebrated on Nov. 1, signals the start of the celebration and All Souls’ Day or “Araw ng mga Patay” on Nov. 2, the collective remembrance of the Day of the Dead.

These annual events are expected to bring an influx of people from all walks of life to the cemeteries or simply for a vacation in their respective home towns, Adriatico said. This movement of people, utilizing all forms of transportation, will create traffic jams/congestion with the possibility of occurrence of accidents along major thoroughfares and roads leading to transport

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terminals, such as, bus stations, airports and seaports, cemeteries and other popular resorts. With this scenario, various threat groups, to include terrorist and criminal elements/gangs may take advantage of the situation to carry out their nefarious and illegal activities. Thus, there will be a continuous implementation of the 3-Tiered Defense System particularly in critical infrastructures, airports and seaports, bus terminals, popular public places, and other areas of convergence, Adriatico said. Likewise, PNP-10 will initiate operational and administrative activities to ensure public awareness on crime prevention and safety tip to avoid being victims of crime or lawlessness and participate in the solemn observance of the annual

event for the departed brothers and sisters. Particularly, PNP 10 will establish route safety marshals for motorist and assistance hubs for the handicapped, disabled and elderly in all cemeteries and in all land, sea and air transport terminals. It will coordinate with the 4the Infantry Division, Philippine Army for augmentation in its area of responsibility (AOR) and other government agencies, if the needed arises. Meanwhile, it will orchestrate the active participation of radio groups, accredited non-government organizations (NGOs), and communitybased volunteers as force multipliers in providing traffic management, road safety, and community watch during the period.

PCG NorMin sets up public assistance center/help desk in Oro Port for the Undas By: Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – A Public Assistance Center/ Help Desk (PACHD) has been set up by the Philippine Coast Guard, District of Northern Mindanao (PCGDNM), in the Port of Cagayan de Oro, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7, this year. “This is to ensure the orderly operation of sea transport facilities and safe, convenient travel of the seafaring public,” PCGDNM Commander Elson E. Hermogino said. He said requests for assistance and complaints of the riding public can now be immediately and properly addressed by the concerned agencies 32

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through the PACHD. “Traditionally, All Saints’ Day is observed on Nov. 1 and All Souls ’ Day, on Nov. 2. We expect hundreds, if not thousands of the seafaring public, to flock anew in various seaports, nationwide, to go home and join their families in commemorating All Saints’ Day and pay homage or respect to

their dearly departed, on All Souls’ Day,” Hermogino said. Meanwhile, Oct. 31 has been declared a holiday, so that people might want to make use of the long weekend and may go on these trips home to their provinces starting Oct. 28. Some might even want to extend their holidays, until Nov. 6, so we have scheduled the PACHD until Nov. 7, he said. Thus, in anticipation of these events, PCGDNM has set up the PACHD

in strategic place within ports, harbors and appropriate areas within their respective area of responsibility (AOR) where heavy influx of passengers is expected. Meanwhile, Hermogino said the PACHD is tasked to establish an information, help complaint and medical assistance where the seafaring public could readily and easily seek assistance on matters relative of sea travel. The PACHD is set up, in coordination with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Marine Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group with the local shipping companies, ship owners/operators, other government and non-government (GO/NGO’s) and also with the PCG Auxiliary.

Prevent “akyat bahay” break-ins during “Undas,” PNP-10 Chief tells Policemen By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Undertake security patrol in residential areas to prevent “akyat bahay” or break-in operations, while the people are away to celebrate “Undas.” This is the directive of P/Chief Supt. Jufel C. Adriatico, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police, region 10 (PNP-10), to all Provincial Directors, City Directors

and Commander of the 10th Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB). Along with this, Adriatico said he has also ordered the PNP units Wednesday, November 2, 2011


in the region to do the following: Implement active defense against Communist Terrorists (CT), who may attack lightly defended installations during the November holidays. Establish assistance hubs for handicapped, disabled and elderly along major highways, cemeteries, airports, seaports, bus terminals, and resorts. Conduct police visibility operations and security patrols in areas frequented by the general public, specifically, in malls, transport facilities and terminals, bus stations, airports, seaports, cemeteries, churches, resorts and other areas vulnerable to terrorist hostile activities. “Coordination with the concerned local government units (LGU’s) and other government law enforcement agencies, and private security providers is very important in these matters,” Adriatico said. Meanwhile, he said he has also ordered the PNP units to deploy Road Safety Marshals in strategic area along the routes from and to cemeteries and other areas of convergence, as well, as intensify intelligence, counter-intelligence, and police operations to preempt/ prevent terrorist activities. Among others, the PRO10 Chief has also ordered the PNP units, regionwide to do the following: Coordinate with different civic and amateur radio groups/ 34

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associations to assist the PNP in addressing traffic congestions in major thoroughfares and in monitoring and reporting of incidents, traffic situation and motorist assistance. Coordinate with security agencies and company guards/ forces for their active role in assisting the PNP in motor vehicle traffic control/direction and immediate reporting of crime incidents Conduct random mobile checkpoint in accordance with PNP Operational Procedures, where Respect for Human Rights must be strictly observed. Maintain safe exclusion area for all conveyances/vehicles such as cars, trucks, delivery vans, motorcycles, tricycles, etc, away from the cemeteries. Provide security coverage to power plants, telecommunication relay stations, and vital installations and continue the conduct of information drives with emphasis on the “Do’s and Don’ts in bomb threat situations.

LGUs brace for landuse, environmental impact of Laguindingan Airport CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental --- As the completion of the Laguindingan Airport development project (LADP) nears the three contiguous municipalities of Gitagum, Laguindingan, and Alubijid have turned their attention on their land use and environmental impacts and related developments of the project. Thus, the Regional Development Council (RDC), Northern Mindanao, has created a special committee on LADP, chaired by Governor Oscar S. Moreno of Misamis Oriental, Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, said. The special committee specifically aims to ensure the smooth operation of the Laguindingan international standard airport once it is completed in early 2012. Dacanay said other subcommittees are also looking into the infrastructure, both internal and external, and investment and with the landowners are ongoing. Meanwhile, in a subcommittee meeting of the special RDC-10 committee on LADP, chaired by Laguindingan mayor Oliver Ubaub, officials and staff of the three municipalities, discussed the need for a sanitary landfill for their common use among other projects

for priority implementation. However, it was learned that the Environment and Management Bureau (EMB), in the region, had already identified a site in Talao, Gitagum to be most appropriate for a sanitary landfill for this cluster of municipalities and that negotiations Other programs to be given priority attention are the watershed management to sustain adequate water supply, and integrated coastal resource management to prevent destruction of marine resources. Also included are the riverbank protection to preserve salt beds and fishponds downstream, food security, quarantine services, and urban greening. The body also recognized the need for complementation and harmonization of sector and comprehensive land use (CLU) plans of the three municipalities. (NEDA) Wednesday, November 2, 2011


4P’s is also about changing attitudes by Charmaine P. Tadlas

LOPEZ JAENA, Misamis Occidental -– The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P’s) is not just about the money but it is about changing attitudes and perceptions of the Filipinos. This was emphasized by Rosendo Requina, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer of Misamis Occidental, during a recent campaign forum facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Lopez Jaena town, this province.

and that it is not just merely to provide cash grants but to change the attitude and perceptions of the beneficiaries toward education and health care, two vital channels to better their lives,” he said.

One of the biggest antipoverty programs of the Philippine Government implemented through “The objective of the Program the DSWD, 4P’s provides a cash goes beyond providing subsidies subsidy of P1,400 on a monthly to the poorest Filipino families basis to each qualified household 36

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“What is P1,400? It is not enough to let our children finish school and have three meals a day, but it is just an augmentation for the family’s educational and health needs,” he said.

beneficiary. The cash subsidy is to be used for the educational and health needs of a qualified poor family specifically those having children aged 14 and below and those families with pregnant women.

The amount’s main purpose is to open the eyes of our families that education and health is essentially important. Thus, Requina challenged the beneficiaries of the 4P’s to faithfully fulfill their co-responsibilities of the Program, so that in the end change will truly happen in their families. (DSWD)

However, in exchange for the subsidy, the beneficiaries are to comply to certain conditions set by the Program such as ensuring that their children are sent to school, with an attendance of at least 85% during the school year, regular visit to health centers, and faithful attendance to Family Development Sessions facilitated by DSWD. Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Mati mayor eyes Davao City-based investors for business growth By Mai Gevera- Macapagat

nesses from Davao,� she said in an interview with the Davao media. Some of the invited resource persons who tackled about tourism, investment prospects and opportunities are Department of Tourism regional director Arturo Boncato, Davao Crocodile Park president Philipp Dizon, and Quezon Province 4thDistrict representative Lorenzo Tanada III. The tourism and investment forum was aimed at getting a share of eeing the need to keep up the Davao business market by showwith the growth of other neighboring cities, the City of Mati ing the tourism and business potentials of the city and how supportive has taken bolder steps to entice the city government is to welcome big investors to do business here. and accommodate investors from Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat Davao. invited business leaders from Davao Rabat announced the plans of City to a business and investment the Shangrila Group and the Lhuforum dubbed Asenso at negosyo sa illiers to develop a portion of the Turismo held recently as a highlight white sand Dahican Beach. Local of its annual Sambuokan Festival and investors have started resort develits 108th Foundation Anniversary. opment, however, the city govern “We are targeting Davao-based ment eyes a huge investment to be business to expand or look into the poured in for this tourist site. Visitors business potentials here in our city. frequent Dahican for its huge blue We know our strengths and weakwaves, dolphins, turtles, and its renesses so for now we focus on busilaxing ambiance.



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of Philippine Islands, and Metrobank are set to open their branch in the city. Rabat takes this development as a big start for other investors to consider this city as a next big thing in the region. With the recent Supreme Court declaration of a finality it being a city, Rabat hopes to boost infrastructure projects next year as it starts to receive a bigger share of the internal revenue allotment. The city will have a total of P800 million spending capacity next year, with a P550 million IRA and the rest from grants and loans. The city will be prioritizing the construction of a new Philippine National Police building, school buildings, a juvenile center, and streetlights.

The tourism office also prepares priority investment for next year which include the completion of the Mati Park and Baywalk, establishment of the Menzi Beach Park and Campsite, Davao Oriental Museum, Buso Hotspring redevelopment, and the rehabilitation of the FGR Centennial Sports Complex. The office is also set to implement tourism programs next year like making the city as a MICE destination or a site for meetings and events in the region. The Mati Dive, the Dahican Cruises, and the Philippine Eagle Sanctuary Tours are also part of the lead tourism programs. (PIA-11/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

DepEd’s rationalization plan will not retrench health workers – official clarifies by Carina Cayon

DAVAO CITY- A national official of the Department of Education recently clarified here that the department’s impending rationalization plan will not retrench any of its health personnel. Dr. Juan Araojo, assistant director of DepEd’s Health and Nutrition Center in central office, emphasized that there will be no reduction of personnel from the health and nutrition units under the department’s mandated streamlining program. “Walang matatanggal,” Araojo told the Philippine Information Agen-

cy, saying that same assurance was told to the 4,900 DepEd health workers nationwide composing of doctors, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, dieticians and dental aides. Araojo was with DepEd Undersecretary for regional operations Rizalino Rivera and some consultants in the city last week to clarify misconceptions about the rationalization plan, and to appease the tension and anxieties among the department’s health workers in Mindanao. “Varied interpretations and misunderstanding of the rationalization plan created panic and agitation Wednesday, November 2, 2011


among health workers nationwide,” he stated. Araojo cited one falsehood which came out and was circulated nationwide through text, stating that services of the affected health workers would end by December this year. “There’s no truth in it,” he said in an interview during the conduct of the third leg of consultations held in Davao City which were participated in by health workers from Regions 9 to 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He explained that the rationalization plan will only tackle of moving people, but said that movement will take place within the department. Araojo said that if there’s movement in the health and nutrition unit, personnel from the regional and division offices will likely be transferred to the district offices where services are most needed. However, health and nutrition unit chief Dr. Mariblanca C. Piatos of DepEd region XI said that they still want to go for the retention of said unit to be under the direct supervision of the regional director, while

the unit at the division level would still be under the office of the superintendent. Piatos said that instead of transferring personnel, filling-up of vacant positions should be considered, saying that there is still an urgent need to improve the health and nutrition condition of the school children. Araojo said that recommendations of the health workers that were brought up in the workshop activities during the consultations will be taken up as DepEd officials and consultants will discuss the final revision of the rationalization plan. He recalled that the department was able submit to the Department of Budget and Management its rationalization plan in 2006 as mandated by the previous administration under Executive Order No. 366 of 2004. He said that DBM sent back the plan last year with recommendations of revising some provisions in accordance to the streamlining program. He added that said revision is due for submission to DBM by December this year. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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hat the world’s smallest primate the Tarsier can also be found in Mati City, Davao Oriental. Locally known as “Mago.” The existence of these creatures has been recorded since the 1970s in the private lands of Andrada, Laude, Malabanan, Gregorio, Chan, Santiago-Garcia and Punzalan within the peripheries of Mati City. 40

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Visual Artists to converge in Tagum for 5th Kalinawa Visual Arts Fest TAGUM CITY- From November 03 to November 11 the Kalinawa Art Foundation, the City Government of Tagum and City of Tagum Tourism Council will partner once again to bring the 5th Kalinawa Visual Arts Festival in Tagum City. The opening ceremony for the exhibit is scheduled on Saturday, November 05 at 5:00 p.m at the Tagum Trade and Cultural Center. The exhibit will then be opened to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Sunday November 6 through Friday November 11. The awards ceremony will be on November 11, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. The community sale will start on Sunday, November 6 up to Friday, November 11 2011 wherein art aficionados will have the chance to buy some of their favorite artworks which are displayed in the said exhibit. This exhibition will showcase the artistry of the Indigenous People to promote a deeper appreciation and broader knowledge of this Filipino heritage. The mission of the KALINAWA ART FOUNDATION is to build on the inherent talent of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines by

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creating institutional mechanisms to develop a visual fine arts sector that celebrates their culture, promotes talent develops skills, facilitates training and builds cross cultural education. For the competition element of the event, the categories are: Traditional—pieces based on Indigenous traditional knowledge and/or materials; Youth—open category for artists under 18 years of age; Open Two Dimensional—any two-dimensional pieces excluding photography, which can include but is not limited to paintings, drawings, tapestries and etchings; and Open Three Dimensional—any three-dimensional pieces, including but not limited to sculpture and pottery Considered to be an annual celebration of the arts, the Kalinawa Visual Arts Festival wishes to highlight the galleries and art culture and to identify and promote the works of artists with varied backgrounds and fresh perspectives. This event promises to have a wide selection of art for the appreciation of the patrons throughout the world. (CITY INFORMATION OFFICE- Tagum)

That the Dept. of Public Works and Highways is planning to spend for the repair and completion of the Kapalong-Talaingod-Bukidnon Road in Davao del Norte for the period 2011-2012. Wednesday, November 2, 2011


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