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An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

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Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

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SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office

OUR COVER

The Motocross Capital of the Philippines TUBOD, Lanao del Norte

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph

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Vol. 1, No. 81

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte: The Motocross Capital of the Philippines

By Lorry V. Gabule

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Philippines supports UNESCO resolution on wider use of internet for human development Aquino government renews commitment to OFW welfare; supports POEA deployment ban

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Concrete roads under PNoy have 15 years lifespan--Singson

Esperanza tribal leaders to receive CADT soon

31 Economic team bares projects under P72.11-B DAP of Pres. Aquino

SOUTHERN Mindanao

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MBLT-8, TESDA brings dev’t program to alleviate poverty in Liminangcong, Taytay City to give cash aid to victims of Basilan, Sibugay, Zambo City atrocities DTI’s search for cleanest establishments inspire owners to maintain cleanliness

CENTRAL Mindanao

Farmer leader urges for a comprehensive agricultural plan

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SSS announces new loan penalty condonation program DENR Gets Positive Survey Rating, vows improved performance

MASS-SPECC conducts “Nurture A Tree, Save a Planet Earth Campaign”

RDC-X urges LGU-DENR tie up for land records computerization

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DSWD to hold simultaneous community assembly of 4Ps Beneficiaries in Zanorte

P280-m eyed for repair, completion of DavNor highway

National farmer’s holds conference in Oro

BJMP-10 sponsors children’s tree planting

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Municipality in Agusan del Norte to enforce new born screening

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Addressing ARMM infra needs, part of PNoy’s peace initiative

WESTERN Mindanao

Free medicines distributed during Children’s month celebration GSIS partners with LandBank to respond to the needs of pensioners Liga ng mga Barangay in Butuan to propose checkpoints

Phl strongly supports UNESCO stand on press freedom

NORTHERN Mindanao

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CARAGA Region

NATI O NAL

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Closed to traffic Japanese exchange program for students, youths now open for application

P45.2 milyon halaga ng proyekto, naipatupad ng South Cotabato NGP isasama sa regional action plan ng RDC 12 Pamamahala ng P5-M covered court inilipat sa LGU ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao


Cover Story TUBOD, Lanao del Norte: The Motocross Capital of the Philippines By Lorry V. Gabule

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t’s a dream come true for Gov. Khalid Q. Dimaporo – that of making the Province of Lanao del Norte, the “Motocross Capital of the Philippines.”

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The province has been regularly hosting national motocross events, in partnership with SEL-J Sports, Inc. (SJSI), since the completion of its world-class racetrack at the Mindanao Civic Center (MCC) in 2009. The overwhelming, active involvement of many motocross enthusiasts from all over the country during the Motocross Summit in February 2010, spearheaded b y

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Lacnit, President of SJSI, at the MCC Race Track, in Sagadan, Tubod, was proof of a renewed image of Lanao Del Norte, as a peaceful province with a very loving people. “The MCC race track is fantastic by local and interna-

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to the best motocross track in the Philippines, today,� declared Race Director Bobby Orbe. The 2010 Motocross Summit, being the 3rd leg of the Philippine Motocross Challenge, attracted more and more racers from so many provinces of the archipelago. Participants came from Dumaguete, Iloilo, Bukidnon, Davao, Cebu, Manila, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Bicol, Sorsogon, Laguna, Bulacan, Batangas, Surigao, Ozamiz and Pagadian City 6

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and the host, Lanao Del Norte. More than 300 riders from all over the Philippines participated in the 2-day competition. Among the most anticipated racers were Star Riders Glenn Aguilar and Jovie Saulog who became household sports name in the province after the success of the motocross races held in December 2009. Six (6) riders from the American Motocross Association have also expressed their commit- ment to come to this province and pit their racing skills against local superstars like Aguilar, Saulog and Donark Yuson. Seen in action in the Lanao d e l Norte Intern a tional Motocross Invitationals


were Daniel Blair, Tiger Lacey, Santos C.S., Gayan Sandaruwan, James Robinson and Ron de Jesus. The event solidified the title of Lanao del Norte as the Motocross Capital of the Philippines. The motocross events held in the province signified an establishment of progress, concretely made possible by the collaborative efforts exerted by

the provincial government, the people and their development partners. With the province making a significant niche in the development spectrum of the country, there is no doubt that more milestones are coming the province’s way and a valuable legacy of excellent governance is handed, continuously, to every generation.

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Philippines supports UNESCO resolution on wider use of internet for human development

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he Philippines joins other countries in supporting the use of the Internet to enhance human development through education, culture, communication and information.

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The Communication and Information Commission of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution calling on the 193 member states of the organization to “unleash the Internet’s potential to offer opportunities for human development in the areas of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.” The resolution recalled the policy adopted by UNESCO in 2003 promoting multilingualism and universal access to cyberspace. It also reiterated the advocacy of freedom of expression, the observance of ethical principles and respect for privacy. “The Philippines welcomes this report and accepts its invitation for all UNESCO members to reflect upon and analyze the role and impact of the Internet in enhancing human development in the areas of education, culture, communication and information,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, said in a statement during the UNESCO debate. Coloma, the chairman of the Committee on Information and Communication of the Philippine UNESCO National Commission, is attending the 36th Session of the UNESCO General Conference on Communication and Information in Paris, France. The general conference is being held from November 1 to 3. Coloma said that all conference participants share a common mission of promoting universal access to the Internet and fostering ever-higher levels of Internet penetration and use in open and inclusive knowledge societies. This will unlock the potentials for optimizing the use of the Internet in promoting transparency, accountability and good governance, he added. “We believe that an engaged, enlightened and empowered citizenry is able to provide authentic feedback to government and participate meaningfully in democratic institution-building.” In the Philippines, Coloma said, the Aquino government has been actively promoting the use of new media and the social media Thursday, November 3, 2011

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networks t o provide real-time news and public information such as on weather and urban traffic flows. These are also being used for disaster risk reduction in the midst of dangers posed by climate change, and the need for climate change mitigation and adap-

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tation. Coloma noted that key sectors in the Philippines especially women, the youth, young professionals and the members of the armed services, are now actively engaged and participating in online forums that build common ground and consensus on national issues. The General Conference is UNESCO’S

highest ruling body. One of the highlights of this year’s session is the special plenary meeting on the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of UNESCO’S Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. The General Conference also began its work on the organization’s next Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2019. (AS)

Aquino government renews commitment to OFW welfare; supports POEA deployment ban he Aquino administration renewed its commitment for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by supporting fully the deployment ban imposed by an overseas employment regulating body.

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(POEA), the Amended Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 also provides that

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the state shall allow the deployment of OFWs to companies and contractors with international


operations that are compliant with standards prescribed by the POEA, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement on Thursday. Citing the statement of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Valte said that the number of OFWs to be affected by the deployment ban in 41 countries would be very minimal. “As an important pillar of the Philippine economy, part of our commitment to migrant workers includes expanding economic opportunities while ensuring

their safety wherever they may be in the world,” she said. The labor department said the ban will affect just over 200 OFWs, and those who have opted to come home can avail of the government’s integration program. It also said that the 41 countries affected by the ban are not considered major receiving countries for OFWs. This week, the POEA ordered a deployment ban on 41 countries for the

lack of guarantees ensuring the welfare of OFWs. The POEA said the receiving countries must have labor laws or conventions related to the protection of migrant workers. At present, the Philippines has an existing deployment ban on conflict-affected countries like Somalia, Syria, Nigeria, Lebanon and also imposes partial ban to Iraq and Afghanistan. (AS)

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Phl strongly supports UNESCO stand on press freedom

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he Philippines has thrown its support for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) stand on press freedom saying it jives with President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract with the Filipino people.

In his statement at the opening ceremonies of the CI (Communication and Information) Commission meetings held during the 36th UNESCO Con12

ference in Paris, France on Monday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the Philippine government is committed to protecting the

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citizenry, particularly journalists, in the practice of their profession. “…the Philippines wishes to express its strong support for the CI


sector’s vigorous promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and freedom of information as these freedoms are hallmarks of our government’s Social Contract with the Filipino people under the leadership of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” Coloma said. “We wish to particularly underline our support for IPDC’s (International Programme for the Development of Communication – a multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development

in developing countries) function as an oversight body on the safety of journalists. Our government is fully committed to the creation of an environment that will ensure the safety and protection of journalists in the practice of their profession,” he added. He said the government is working towards enacting the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act that aims to strengthen the protection of this fundamental right. Coloma also said the government is adapting a U N E SC O - i n s p i red communication for development (C4D)

framework that hopes to “create a community of citizens and strategic guide of the different communication and information agencies of government towards an authentic two-way dialogue between the people and the state.” The Communications Secretary also reaffirmed the country’s commitment to promote the five major programs of the Organization’s Information for All Programme (IFAP), particularly the program on Media and Information Literacy. The overall goal of IFAP is to help UNESCO Member

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States d e v e l o p and implement national information policies and knowledge strategies in a world increasingly using information and communication technologies (ICT). In order to achieve this goal, the Programme concentrates its efforts on the five priority areas: 1) Information for Development focuses on the value of information for addressing development issues; 2) Information Literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve 14

their personal, social, occupational and educational goal; 3) Information Preservation will be predominantly executed by strengthening the underlying principles of the Memory of the World Programme, beyond its registers, which serve as catalysts to alert decision makers and the public at large; 4) Information Ethics cover the ethical, legal and societal aspects of the applications of ICT and derive from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and, 5) Information Accessibility encompasses the many issues surrounding availability, accessibility and affordability of information, as well as the special

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needs of people with disabilities. Coloma said the government has partnered with the Philippine Social Science Council and the Commission on Information and Communications Technology to develop an electronic science hub which will serve as an open access repository of Philippine social science publications and materials. “This project seeks to attain the full potentials of digital technologies in building the research capability of academic institutions, so that these may contribute more significantly to knowledge creation,� Coloma said. (RCK)


Concrete roads under PNoy have 15 years by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan lifespan--Singson

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oncrete roads and highways built under theadministration of President Benigno S. Aquino III could last for 15years without repair, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson assured Tuesday.

During the program CNEX-Talking Points held at the Philippine Information Agency, Singson expressed confidence in the quality of their agency’s road projects that these would not need any unnecessary

maintenance under normal conditions. “If the concrete road is of quality standards it will never need any repair for 10 to 15 years under normal condition,” Singson explained, “while a good asphalt road has around

10 to 12 years lifespan before any maintenance is needed.” The official added that this durability could equate to more government savings on repair and maintenance cost. This is a far cry, he

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said, from recent road projects made by the previous administration which, in a span of only two years, already needed some form of repair, something that is “unacceptable” to the agency. Singson said the DPWH is now very strict in ensuring that all materials being used for

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road construction in the country are of high quality. Proof of which, he said is that their agency has engaged with private service providers and have consulted with top engineering firms to double check the quality assurance of all recent projects nationwide.

Aside from double checking on current infrastructure projects, Sinson said this partnership will guarantee effective and transparent assessment of materials meant for the construction and rehabilitation of roads and bridge projects across the country. (RDA/ RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

Addressing ARMM infra needs, part of PNoy’s peace initiative by Precie Catherine C. Cuarto

resident Benigno Aquino III’s peace initiative in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) includes the completion ofhigh priority infrastructure projects which have met “substantial delays” in the past.

Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson saidthis during the Talking Points-Communication and News Exchange Forum(CNEX) aired over Radyo ng Bayan and PTV-4. When asked why President Aquino is putting priority on the ARMM,Singson answered, “It’s part of the initiative (of President 16

Aquino)to bring peace to Mindanao.” Singson said the DPWH has already coordinated with the ARMM organizations and its governor about three months ago to review the condition of the national roads covered by the said region, including the Basilan area. They had come up with a recommendation to push-

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through high priority infrastructure projects, and how these may completed within the national budget and some assisting foreign funds. “We have big foreign-assisted projects in ARMM. First, (we have some projects) funded by the Saudi fund, (while) another set of projects are funded under the Kuwait fund,”


Singson said. Singson also said that because of past peace and order situation in the region, some of these projects encountered substantial delays. “The directive of the President is to look at the actual situation of these foreign assisted projects, and find out how we can—once and for all—complete these projects.” According to Singson, President Aquino directed him and Interior and Local Government Sec. Jesse Robredo to look at how development may be brought to the ARMM. “In relation to that (di-

rective), we have completed and submitted to the task force led by Sec. Robredo to augment thru pump priming projects in the ARMM area.” Singson further said the Department of Budget and Management allocated 26 percent of the DPWH budget for the Mindanao region alone. This is equivalent to almost P16 billion to P22 billion. Some P2.7 billion of this will be used for infrastructure development in the ARMM. “It will be mostly for roads and bridges,” Singson said. There are, however, other agencies involved such

as the Department of Agriculture to address irrigation and fish production concerns. “So, it is a combination of national agencies, getting together on how to bring honest-to-goodness development in ARMM, which that area needs so badly,” Singson concluded. Talking Points radio program and CNEX media forum are sponsored by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Broadcasting Service and Philippine News Agency.(RDA/PCCC/ PIA-GHQ)

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Free medicines distributed during Children’s month celebration

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he culmination of the National Children’s month celebration with the special children of Trento West Central Elementary School in Trento, Agusan del Sur was highlighted with the distribution of medicines.

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Congresswoman Evelyn Plaza-Mellana, who led the distribution, also shared advices to teachers and parents on preparing the children for their future. “For the parents, with the tender age of your children, I suggest you let them enjoy playing and train them to be interested in sports because sports help develop the personality of a child,” Mellana said. The children, on the other hand, were treated to games and contests. Attentioncatchers were the special children that enjoyed playing and participating.

“I therefore call on the local government units that we invest for our children as one of our gifts for them, so that they will grow to be loving, concerned and responsible citizens in the future,” she said. Aside from her message, Mellana

also asked pre-school teachers, if they received the play station set given by the UNICEF and to list down the most needed section of the play set so that she can complement them. Since the start of the year 2011, the two lady solons, Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza of District I, and Cong. Evelyn Plaza – Mellana of District II, have been conducting medical outreach and giving medical and educational assistance to their constituents in their respective districts, prioritizing the children in Agusan del Sur.

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GSIS partners with LandBank to respond to the needs of pensioners by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), in its goal to be more responsive to the needs of the pensioners, has partnered with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) as its alternate servicing bank for payment of pensions and loan proceeds. In a press statement, GSIS-Caraga Regional Manager Mamole Pangandaman said that GSIS have arranged with LandBank to provide members with an ATM savings account where their monthly pension can be credited. “The GSIS is expanding its partnership with LandBank to give not only our pensioners, but also our 1.4 million members the option to avail of LandBank’s banking services,” Pangandaman stressed. 20

Thus, members who will choose to avail themselves of LandBank’s services will be issued a Unified MultiPurpose ID (UMID) eCard where loan proceeds and other benefits such as cash dividends will be credited. Members who want to avail of the option to be served by LandBank may proceed to the nearest LandBank branch near them and claim their ATM card not later than November 30, 2011, and should bring the following: GSIS eCard

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and one (1) government-issued ID (such as: Postal ID, Senior Citizen’s ID, Passport, Voter’s ID, etc). Pangandaman also emphasized that having a LandBank UMID eCard entitles one to the following benefits: 1) No maintaining balance required for your savings account; 2) No service fee on withdrawal and balance inquiry from any of LandBank’s more than 900 ATMs nationwide; 3) As a debit card in more than 20,000 accredited merchants nationwide;


4) As a discount card for selected Pfizer medicines and when enrolling your children/relatives in any STI campus nationwide; and 5) Can withdraw from any Expressnet, Bancnet or Megalink ATM network. Also, members who wish to transfer their account to LandBank, may register through any of the

following means: EMAIL to eservices@ gsis.gov.ph their 1) Name, 2) Date of Birth, 3) UMID Common Reference Number (CRN) and 4) Preferred LANDBANK branch; or Log in to GSIS eCard online transactions facility at www.gsis.gov. ph using their 11digit GSIS ID Number. Once logged in, click on the icon [Choose LANDBANK as your Servicing Bank] and indicate their preferred Land Bank Branch via a drop-down list menu; or they may visit any GSIS Field Office near them to signify their intent to transfer their bank account. However, if a member decides to continue receiving his/

her pension through UnionBank will continue to be credited in their GSIS eCard account with UnionBank. Regardless of their choice of servicing bank, the GSIS eCard remains as their GSIS identification and transaction card for availment of their pension loan through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GW@PS) kiosk, and may continue to be entitled to the discounts extended to GSIS eCardholders for Pfizer medicines and tuition fees with any STI campus nationwide. With this, Pangandaman assures its pensioners and members that GSIS will continue to serve them and satisfy their loan needs.

Liga ng mga Barangay in Butuan to propose checkpoints by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY– Liga ng mga Punong Barangay president Nestor Amora of Brgy. Banza here has proposed for the implementation of checkpoints in every barangay of the city. Thursday, November 3, 2011

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The proposal was made after it was observed that crime incidents in the city have increased as Yuletide Season is fast approaching. Amora said if all the 86 barangays of the city will cooperate, faster resolution of crimes that have been happening lately will be achieved. The barangay captains’ association prexy of the city said force multipliers of each barangay will be used to man the checkpoints to ensure that they can really

monitor the people who will be coming in and out of the area. These Civilian Volunteer Officers (CVOs) and barangay tanods should coordinate with the local police force of the city. “Aside from this, the checkpoint will also help to refrain the lawless elements from coming in the city,” Amora added. With this, Amora said he will include this plan as soon as possible so that budget will be allocated for this purpose.

It can be recalled that series of shooting and robbery incidents happened these past days which caused alarm to Butuanons safety and security. The latest of which is the shooting incident happened in a downtown area here where the victim was reportedly shot in front of his family while walking. However, the law enforcers as well as the government troops vow to double their efforts to counter the problem.

Municipality in Agusan del Norte to enforce new born screening BUTUAN CITY – The municipality of Carmen in Agusan del Norte is now enforcing the conduct of new born screening to all newly-born babies in the area.

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As per Municipal Order No. 13 authored by Sangguniang Bayan member Raul Aparicio, the conduct of new born screening is mandatory to protect the babies from metabolic disorders. Municipal officials said this is one way of helping the parents to determine at the early stage if their newly-born babies are free from

these metabolic diseases or not. Meanwhile, according to the Department of Health (DOH), most babies with metabolic disorders look normal at birth. One will never know that the baby has the disorder until the onset of signs and symptoms and more often ill effects are already irreversible. The DOH also advised that newborn screening is ideally done on the 48th hour or at least 24 hours from birth. Some disorders are not detected if the test is done earlier than 24 hours. The baby must be screened again after 2 weeks for more accu-

rate results. Some of the disorders included in the newborn screening package are Congenital Hypothyroidism, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Galactosemia , Phenylketonuria, and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency. Babies with positive results should be referred at once to the nearest hospital or specialist for confirmatory testing and further management. Should there be no specialist in the area, the NBS secretariat office will assist its attending physician, the DOH said. (Robert E. Roperos)

Esperanza tribal leaders to receive CADT soon AGUSAN DEL SUR = -- Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza told tribal leaders in Barangay Tagbalili that their Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title will be given to them soon, since the process is nearing its completion.

Plaza said this during the cross country tour “Malungon Mountain Trail” with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other local officials “The objective of this moun-

tain trail is to bring along the message of peace all over the province of Agusan del Sur and to let our lumad (natives) brothers and sisters know that their long awaited CADT will soon be in their

hands. I want you to know that the provincial government had set aside P5 Million for the processing of the CADT all over the province for speedy and efficient processing,” Plaza said.

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In Tagbalili alone, the identified CADT of the Higaonon tribe reached to 104,000 hectares of land, and this area is the last of the nine clusters for the social preparation done by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Agusan del Sur provincial office. “Our dream is for us to be given the authority to manage our ancestral lands, where we get mostly 24

our way of living. Because of what the governor said, words can not express how we feel, because this is a great help for us and the future of the Higaonon tribe,� Tagbalili Barangay Captain Erick Dumaguing said. NCIP representative Adelaida Buyog said after this last cluster of social preparation activity they are conducting, documents will already be forwarded to Central Office for evaluation and the release of the CADT will follow. During the visit of the German Bundestag (Parliament)

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in Esparanza last August, Plaza presented to them the LGUs efforts in processing the CADT so that the lumads will have security of tenure over their ancestral land. The provincial government have also conducted series of consultations and referrals to both the lumads and the national government in order to speed up the issuance of the CADT to the lumads in the entire Agusan del Sur. (David M. Suyao)


DSWD to hold simultaneous community assembly of 4Ps Beneficiaries in Zanorte

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by Alfonso T. Ruda

he Department of Social Welfare and Development will hold a simultaneous community assembly of all potential Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in the 13 municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte. Mr. Jose Cruz, DSWD-Zamboanga del Norte Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Provincial Link said, the new batch of 4Ps beneficiaries were determined after the National Household Targeting Sy s t e m - Re va l i d a t i o n was conducted in the said municipalities last May 2011. The 22,891 beneficiaries are in the municipalities of Leon Postigo with 1,322 families; Baliguian, 1,332; Godod, 917; Gutalac, 1,840; Jose Dalman, 1,223; Kalawit, 1,177; Katipu-

nan, 1,430; Manukan, 1,523; Roxas, 1,599; Sergio Osme単a, 1,218; Siayan, 2,055, Sibuco, 3,831; and Sindangan with 3,424 family-beneficiaries. The DSWD staff in the province is augmented by the DSWD personnel from the DSWDZamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur with the support coming from the concerned Local Government Units, Department of Education; Dept. of Health; and Civil Society Organizations. They will conduct

registration and revalidation in a minimum of 5 barangays per day starting today until Monday, November 7, 2011. The Pantawid ng Pamilyang Pilipino Program is an anti-poverty alleviation program of the government that provides cash assistance to the indigent families for their health and educational needs. The family beneficiary with three children aging below 14 years old will receive a maximum monthly allowance of P1,400.00, provided,

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they comply with the requirements set forth by the program. Each child is entitled to P300.00 and the mother, P500.00. Among the condi-

tions include the regular medical check-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. (JPA/ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

MBLT-8, TESDA brings dev’t program to alleviate poverty in Liminangcong, Taytay

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rue to the spirit of the AFP’s Campaign Plan Bayanihan (Internal Peace and Security Plan) of collective efforts by volunteerism, 80 residents of Bgy. Liminangcong, Taytay received skills development training on barbering and beauty care from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). In a press release, the 6th Civil Relations Group, AFP said the training was made possible through the concerted endeavor of different local government agencies and organizations facilitated by the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team and the 6thCRG. The three-day crash course on haircutting and beauty enhancement skills, which ended on October 22 with a closing ceremony, aimed to equip the recipients with skills that would give them an opportunity for self-em26

ployment and thereby help them improve their quality of life. The skills and development program was part of the “ACAP ni ACA” community service project of 1st district Representative Antonio C. Alvarez that seeks to alleviate poverty in impoverished communities in the northern part of the province. Its mission compliments with one of TESDA’s fundamental service delivery framework: to provide area-based income-generating opportunities to Filipinos,

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especially to the poor. It was also in line with the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which, in a nutshell, works on the principle that winning the peace is everybody’s concern and bringing development to the community needs the collective efforts of all the stakeholders. The military’s IPSP focuses more on creating networks and building partnerships with all the stakeholders involved to address the root problems that cause


disruptions in peace that in turn hampers development. The skills development program conducted in Barangay Liminangcong, Taytay was yet another example of the potent power of cooperation in achieving a common goal. The Peace and De-

velopment Team headed by 2Lt Sherwin Salvador and the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-8) facilitated the training, which was made possible through the coordination of the 6th CRG, Civil Relations Services of the AFP (CRG, CRSAFP). Present to witness

the closing ceremony of the three-day training were Gateway Educational Foundation, Inc. (GEFI) School Director Connie Wolverton, TESDA Coordinator for the 1st district of Palawan Belle Magno and Lieutenant Salvador. (JPA/6CRGAFP/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

The Peace and Development Team headed by 2Lt Sherwin Salvador and the 8th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-8) facilitated the training, which was made possible through the coordination of the 6th CRG, Civil Relations Services of the AFP

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City to give cash aid to victims of Basilan, Sibugay, Zambo City atrocities by Jocelyn P. Alvarez he city government is set to distribute cash assistance to the families of slain, wounded soldiers and civilians as a result of the recent atrocities that beset Zamboanga City, Basilan Province and Zamboanga Sibugay. Thursday, November 3, 2011

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In a press state- the mayor hopes that ment, City Information the cash assistance will Officer (IO) Sheila Co- in one way or the other help alleviate the plight of the victims. The active City IO explained, among those included in the financial assistance list will be those killed and wounded in action during the Basilan envarrubias said, the city counter on October 18, government thru the City the Zamboanga Sibugay Social Welfare and De- ambush incident that ocvelopment Office (CSW- curred last October 22, DO) in cooperation with the sea encounter off Task Force Zamboanga Taluksangay waters and (TFZ) “is finalizing the Sangali explosion that list of soldiers who were occurred on October 25 slain and wounded dur- and 26 respectively, all ing the recent ambush, in Zamboanga City. explosion or encounters “Also included are in Basilan, Zamboanga the 11 people who were Sibugay and Zamboan- wounded during the twin ga City for the release of explosions at the San financial assistance as a Roque cockpit and the show of sympathy to the Red Palm pension house families affected.” in Guiwan last October Covarrubias said, 9, also in Zamboanga

City,” Covarrubias said. “At least 19 soldiers were killed and several others wounded during the Albarka encounter in Basilan while two were killed in the ambush in Payao, ZamboangaSibugay Province,” Covarrubias said “On the other hand , one was killed from Task Force Zamboanga, three others injured in

the sea patrol encounter off Taluksangay waters while one civilian was instantly killed and 6 others wounded in the Sangali explosion,” the lady IO confirmed. (JPA/ SC/PIA9-Zambo City)

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Mardale Hotel’s manager Rose Bolotaolo on Friday’s culmination program of consumer welfare month c el e bration at ZAMSURECO-I function hall said the search has encouraged them to promote cleanliness saying that the role of tourism-related establishments is not only to give better service to their customers but cleanliness as well. Mardale Hotel which operated for less than a year with 64 rooms, 3 function halls, and 45 employees was adjudged first prize winner in the hotel and restau-

rant category (local) received. We will do and received plaque of our best to maintain recognition. cleanliness in our hotel),” Bolotaolo proudly said. Bolotaolo said the search, indeed pushed them to practice cleanliness. “ This is not only for our hotel’s benefit but also for the for the benefit of all tourism-related Bolataolo said the establishments in Pagaward that they re- adian,” Bolataolo addceived is the beginning ed. of better service. Julie’s bakeshop “Dako kaayong owner/franchisee Dogarbo namo pagkada- lores Francisco said wat ning maong pasi- she was elated that dungog. Mao ni ang her establishment was sinugdanan sa among adjudged first prize maayo nga serbisyo winner in bakeshop ug ang among dungog (franchise category) nga naangkon amo kini saying that her bakenga ipalahutay. Pan- shop joined the annual ingkamutan namo nga search for awhile but sa tanang panahon garnered 2nd and 3rd limpyo ang among ho- place only. tel (We are extremely “Sa among proud to receive this kadaugan karon manhonour. This is the be- ingkamot gyud mi nga ginning of our better makahatag ug maayo service and we trea- nga serbisyo sa among sure the award that we customers. Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Ang among tumong karon mao ang pagmentenar sa standard sa kalmpyo sa among establisimiento (With this award, we will do our best to provide excellent service to our customers. Our goal now is to maintain the standard of cleanliness in our establishment),” Francisco explained. Francisco believes that when cleanliness is maintained, the sales will also increase . “We are providing satisfaction to our customers and that satisfaction is through our cleanest and tastiest bread,” Francsico added. Best emporium fastfood supervisor Eva Ansag said the award 30

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the active involvement and cooperation of the staff. “Nalipay gyud mi tungod kay nakita namo ang bunga sa among pagpanglimpyo sa establisimiento ug mao ang pasidungog nga naangkon namo ( We are very happy that the cleanliness that we do has cer-

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tainly bear fruits – and that is the award that we received),” Ansag said. Ansag said that they do cleaning not only everyday but almost every hour just to make sure that the foods being prepared in the kitchen are clean. The search for cleanest establishments is an annual search conducted by the DTI provincial office in coordination with the Pagadian City Consumers Association Inc. and ConumerNet during the celebration of Consumer Welfare Month every month of October. The search started in 1988 up to present. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)


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Economic team bares projects under P72.11-B DAP of Pres. Aquino By Apipa Bagumbaran

enior officials from the country’s economic cluster agencies has announced the implementation of P72.11 billion worth of high-impact projects under the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP) of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The DAP fast-tracks the implementation of around 22 programs and projects, said Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Director Rolando Toledo, during the recent mid-year economic briefing held at the Platinum Ballroom of Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, here. Toledo said the plan not only accelerates disbursements but also ensures that government spending translates into greater economic activities. Among the projects included in the

DAP are the construction and rehabilitation of P5.5-billion worth of roads, bridges, flood control, and other projects, many of which have been damaged in the recent typhoons. He said these projects already have a completed program of work and many are quick-disbursing projects below P40 million. In addition, a total of P1.87 billion will be allocated for the rehabilitation of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2, including the replacement of worn-out rails, repair and rehabilitation of trains and improvement of train station facilities. For the Metro Rail Transit (MRT), P4.5 billion has also been provided for the purchase of additional train cars. In terms of agriculture and agrarian reform, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will construct and rehabilitate P1.62-billion worth of irrigation, farm-tomarket roads and other infrastructure. Additional funding requirements Thursday, November 3, 2011

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of P919 million will also be released for the Mindanao Rural Development Project (MRDP), P411 million for the Agno River Integrated Irrigation Project (ARIIP) while P1.29 billion will be released for the Agrarian Reform Communities Project 2 of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The National Statistics Office, DA, DAR, DBM will also conduct a National Survey of Farmers and Fisherfolk (NSFF) with a budget of P625 million. While the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will be afforded with a total of P425 million to improve its capacity, particularly on the enhancement of its Doppler Radar Network (DRN), as well, as to establish a National Meteorological and Climate Center (MCC) with state-of-the-art information technology facilities. In light of the anticipated reduction in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) in 2012, a total of P6.5-billion will also be provided to local government units (LGUs) which are almost completely dependent on IRA for the construction of arterial roads that connect to national roads; rural electrification for barangays and sitios, and other priority projects that have economic impact, preferably directed to poor sectors and communities. Another P6.5 billion will also be allocated for the various other programs and projects while the Quezon province will be given P750 million development assistance in line with the settlement of National Power Corp. tax liabilities. Likewise, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will be provided a total of P11.05-billion for various housing projects, including on-site housing development for families living along dangerous areas worth P10 billion and housing for the Bureau of Fire Protection 32

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(BFP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel (BJMP) worth P500 million. The government will also release P400 million to the Home Guarantee Corporation (HGC) as equity infusion for its credit insurance and mortgage guaranty operations. On the other hand, a total of P1.5billion will be allocated for the payment of obligations of the national government to support premium subsidies for indigents under the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). The Department of Health (DOH) will also have an additional P249-million for the hiring of nurses and midwives to be deployed to rural areas. Furthermore, P357-million was also set-aside for the upgrading of the physical plant and medical equipment of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC), P280million for the renovation and purchase of equipment of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and P35-million for the pediatric pulmonary program of the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP). Meanwhile, a Comprehensive Peace and Development Intervention (CPDI) package worth P8.59-billion will be implemented by the government to foster peace, development and reform in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program will also be provided with an additional P1.82billion for peace and development activities with the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), as well as to support for the Reintegration Program of former rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA), among others.


National farmer’s holds conference in Oro by Kathleen Emillie Araña

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Some 110 participants from 49 dioceses and archdioceses across the country attended the Biennial National Farmer’s Conference, here, recently. Hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture (SA) Center of the Xavier University College of Agriculture, in cooperation of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and ADEXTRA Ministries, the activity aimed to share experiences and best practices in sustainable agriculture. The affair was anchored on the theme “Life of Sustainable Agriculture” with the active SA program of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). “This was born out of the SA Program of the CBCP – National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice and Peace (NASSA),” Program Coordinator Ronel Barsatan explained.

implementation of the RA 10068 known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. It also launched the umbrella network, IDSANET Philippines, modeled after IDSANet Mindanao. Mindanao delegates arrived from the archdioceses and dioceses of Ozamiz , Malaybalay, Julo, Surigao, Kidapawan, Tandag, Cotabato, Basilan, Tagum, Pagadian, Davao, Mati, Dipolog, Ipil, Butuan and Iligan. Present during the event were the following SA advocates: ChinChin Guttierez and Roy Alvarez and Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ DD of Cagayan de Oro, Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos, DD of Butuan, Bishop Jose Cabantan, DD of Malaybalay and Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Director of CBCP-NASSA.

The program has been sustained through its island networks, the InterDiocesan Sustainable Agriculture Network (IDSANet) Mindanao, VIDSANet The organizers, this year, (Visayas) and LIDSANet (Luzon). comprised the CBCP-NASSA, known as the Caritas Filipinas Foundation This year’s conference, also, Inc. (CFFI), Caritas ASIA, Canadian sought to consolidate the experiences Catholic Organization for Development of the Diocesan Social Action Centers & Peace, Entraide et Fratenite, Caritas (DSAC), to collaborate with the Korea, DA and RU Foundry. (XU) government, particularly the DA, in the Thursday, November 3, 2011

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MASS-SPECC conducts “Nurture A Tree, Save a Planet Earth Campaign” by Mark Brazil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – A synchronized environmental consciousness campaign dubbed as “Nurture A Tree, Save a Planet Earth Campaign” was launched launched by the Mindanao Alliance Self-Help Societies- Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (MASSSPECC) Cooperative Development Center, here, recently. The one-day activity was conducted in a synchronized manner participated by all cooperative affiliates around the different regions in Mindanao. This initiative of MASS-SPECC, a federation of primary cooperatives around Mindanao, is part of its thrust to implement cooperative social services to the communities where its member cooperatives are located. The objective of the activity is to promote awareness among the member cooperatives on its contribution in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of ensuring environmental sustainability. Apart from the financial services offered by the cooperatives to its members, provision of social services that is responsive to the needs of the members and the communities remains an important thrust of the movement. Thus, realizing the significance of social capital and community involvement in the cooperative movement, this “Nurture A Tree, Save Planet Earth Campaign” is also a timely activity to promote awareness on the importance of caring for the 34

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environment as pro-active response of an individual cooperator, as well, as a collective and institutional response among cooperative affiliates to mitigate the effects of climate change, as well, as to lessen the impact of disasters and calamities. It has been years that individual cooperatives have been implementing its respective social service program. However, doing it individually by cooperatives only creates thin impact to the community. With this, a bigger and collaborated move was conducted to achieve substantial impact and wider involvement. The synchronized tree planting activity is a unified initiative of the different primary cooperatives under MASS-SPECC to culminate the celebration of the month of October as Cooperative Month. All Co-operators in Region 9 in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Region 10 in Northern Mindanao, Region 11 in Davao, Region 12 in Socsargen and Caraga in Region 13 were enjoined to participate in this synchronized tree planting activity. (MASS-SPECC)


BJMP-10 sponsors children’s tree planting by JO1 Jeza Mae Sarah C. Sanchez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - In support of the nationwide Children’s Month Celebration, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, region 10 (BJMP-10), recently, led a group of children in planting a hundred of trees at the Malasag Eco-park, here. “There’s something so unique about planting trees with children. Maybe because children serves as the future stewards of this world,” said Jail/Sr. Supt Abraham Pil Lintao Regional Director of BJMP-10. “They need to be taught about the values of rearing and caring for the environment this early,” he stressed. The children, who participated in the said activity, were girl-victims of abuse and exploitation sheltered at the DSWD’s House for Girls. It is the intention of BJMP-10 that through the said activity, these children would feel their importance to the society and somehow work to uplift their self-esteem. Lintao said that these children, in spite of all that they had been through, should nevertheless hold their heads high. By the simple act of planting a hundred trees, they have already contributed immensely in the protection of the eco-system, he said. “One might notice that for the past few months, we had keenly involved ourselves with communitybased activities which concerns the environment and mitigating the effects of global warming.

This endeavor is way beyond our mandate of safekeeping and development of inmates, the Regional Director quipped. “Nevertheless as a Bureau and as a part of the larger community, our commitment for public service compels us to go beyond the said mandate”, he further added. Meanwhile, after the tree planting activity, BJMP-10 also sponsored a Child Feeding Program for the rest of the younger children sheltered at the DSWD’s House for Girls. (BJMP)

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RDC-X urges LGU-DENR tie up for land records computerization By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental -- The Regional Development Council, Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) has urged the local government units (LGU’s) of the region to forge a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), region 10, for the computerization of their land records. The computerization of the land records will not only assist DENR-10 in improving its land-related services, but also provides benefits to the LGU’s, Paquito D. Melicor, Jr., Regional Director of the Land Management Bureau (LMB), region 10, said. Melicor said the computerization will increase their revenue collection through precise land information with General Information Service (GIS) applications on property identification and valuations, including effective and efficient planning of land-based development projects. Meanwhile, he said DENR- 10, has adopted an integrated computerized information system to improve landrelated services by encoding their respective lot data information, to include cadastral and approved subdivision lots, in a bid to eradicate the proliferation of duplicate and spurious titles and other issues on land records management. He said this is done through the establishment of the Land Administration and Management System (LAMS), which is designed to provide effective management of land records and efficient delivery of land transactions and information services to the public. 36

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With the LAMS database and imaging technology and by computerized inspection, verification and approval of survey returns, effective land titling activities will soon be realized. The LAMS will be the platform for managing the land data and information of the LMB and Land Management Services (LMS) in the DENR’s regional offices, where data may be inputted from other systems, such as the Philippine Reference System of 1992 (PRS ’92) Project of the National Mapping Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) and the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) of the Land Registration Authority (LRA). He said the deteriorating physical state of the paper records and the absence of an up-to-date spatial map that links these records into an effective system have negatively affected the land-related services of DENR at the regional office. Hence, the DENR-LMS X is presently undertaking computerization of land records to improve the land management record system in the region, parallel to the project of the NAMRIA thru the (PRS ‘ 92), Melicor added.


P280-m eyed for repair, completion of DavNor highway -million is being eyed to be allocated this 2012 to finish the highway which would connect the towns of Talaingod in Davao del Norte and San Fernando in Bukidnon. Last July, the Mindanao Development Authority in a resolution has asked President Benigno Aquino III to prioritize the completion of the 57-kilometer road project. That aims to provide avao del Norte Governor a direct alternate route from BukidRodolfo del Rosario has non to Davao del Norte and nearby bared plans of the Department of provinces that would bring in the Public Works and Highways in alflow of goods, agricultural produce locating P280 million for the repair and tourists directly to the area. and completion of the Kapalong Landslides in July caused by Talaingod-Bukidnon Road. heavy downpour destroyed some The Governor shared the plans sections of the road in Valencia City of the national government agency Bukidnon. during a people’s forum in the mu The project was started in 2007 nicipality of Talaingod on the occaand has not been finished due to sion of the 14th Kalibongan Festival lack of funds. it is estimated that last October 28. P2.29 billion more are needed to He said that the P80-million will completely finished the road. (PIA/ be spent for the repair the landslide RG Alama) prone area of the road while P200

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Farmer leader urges for a comprehensive agricultural plan by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY– A farmer leader here urged the local government to formulate a comprehensive agricultural plan to ensure food security for the city. Nick Galope, chair of Davao City Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee, also called on officials not to indiscriminately approve applications for land conversions to protect agricultural land. Galope raised the challenge to the city government in fear that the city may cease to be food supplier sans the comprehensive agricultural plan, and with the upsurge of land conversions from agricultural lands to housing subdivisions. “What would be left of our agricultural lands in the city?” he asked in the vernacular, saying that for the last 20 years he has witnessed the rapid conversions of lands in the city. He said that production of primary crops such as coconut, corn, banana and rice might decline due to the sprouting of housing villages. Galope brought up his concern for food security during a recentlyheld forum on the accomplishments and plans of the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office of Davao City until 2014. In the forum, Galope also expressed worries on the state of farmers, particularly the agrarian reform

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beneficiaries when the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Extension and Reforms (CARPER) would end by 2014. “If the time comes when the program ends, would the local government take the responsibility of helping the farmers?” he raised urging local officials present during the forum to continue assisting farmers even without the agrarian reform program. Galope represents the farmworkers sector with major crops in the PARCCOM which takes the functions to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the CARP in each province in the country. Meanwhile, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte urged her fellow officials from the local government, the DAR and the Department of Agriculture to keep on assisting the farmers in the city. The mayor cited the assistance in the form of training and capacity building activities, enhanced access to financial assistance and rehabilitation or creation of more farm-tomarket roads. “Let us realize this forum to empower our farmers and to give them informed choices, so that we can achieve our mutual desire for sustainable rural development,” Duterte stated in her message deliv


ered by her representative during the CARPER forum. While acknowledging that the implementation of CARPER “remains an uphill climb”, Duterte called on the unity of the government officials, saying that “we are answerable to those who till the land, those by whose blood and sweat this country continues to feed its people.” DARPO Davao City legal divi-

sion chief Atty. Glenn Pobre reported that from January to September this year, the city has accomplished 63 hectares in its land and acquisition program, with 59 agrarian reform beneficiaries. Pobre said that the figure represents 11 percent of the total target of 563 hectares for 2011. He added that more has to be accomplished for the following years until 2014. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

SSS announces new loan penalty condonation program by Mai Gevera Macapagat

DAVAO CITY- Unlike the previous condonation program scheme implemented by the Social Security System (SSS), the new program approved last October 2011comes with a new scheme and terms now more equitable. In today’s Kapihan sa SSS, an

annual media forum attended by SSS bigwigs held in different major cities in the country, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. announced to Davao media the President’s approval on a new condonation program. “This time, the terms would be more equitable in consideration to borrowers who have paid their obligations on time.” de Quiros said. SSS decided to amend the previous scheme and make it more fair his time. The amount of condonable penalties would now vary depending on the reason behind the member’s loan delinquency. Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Members filing for total disability or retirement claims will have 50 per net of their penalties condoned, with the balance taken out from their benefits. However, borrowers who neglected to pay even once are not covered by the program. De Quiros said the SSS is yet to fix the date of implementation pending approval of amnesty guidelines. The office is to make announcement in the coming weeks. Davao City is the home of

the SSS Southern Mindanao Division which supervises operations in Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Surigao del Sur, North Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Maguindanao, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani. The Southern Mindanao Division oversees more than 56,000 registered employers and around 2 million SSS members. (PIA XI/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

DENR Gets Positive Survey Rating, vows improved performance DAVAO CITY- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is inspired of the positive rating given by the people in as far as the government’s performance on environmental issues are concerned. This result was revealed in a

recent opinion survey conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to assess the third quarter performance of the President in terms of economy, good governance, social development, justice and security, climate change and environmental protection. DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said he is happy with the positive rating and stressed that such rating means that the department’s efforts in various fronts of environmental protection and natural resources management are being felt 40

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and appreciated by the people. This result, according to Paje is a big challenge for the agency to perform even more. Paje further said that even with the positive response of the public, his department will continue to level up its efforts to respond to public expectations. He also gave credit to the advocacy that DENR have embarked in partnership with various sectors of the society. “These public-private partnerships (PPP) provided the catalyst to boost the department’s performance”, Paje added. In Region XI, PPP led to the successful planting of 2,757 million tree seedlings covering an area of 5,514 hectares under the National Greening Program (NGP) before the 3rd quarter of 2011. NGP is one of the priority programs of the govern


ment spelled out in Executive Order (E.O.) No. 26 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino, III on February 24, 2011which aims to reduce poverty, promote food security, environment stability, biodiversity conservation and enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Moreover, with the implementation of Executive Order No. 23, or the moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of trees in natural and residual forest and the creation of the anti-illegal logging task force, DENRXI has already confiscated a total of 21,093 pieces of logs and lumber valued at PhP 9,713,343.91. Out of these total confiscations, 975.26 cu. m. were donated to the Department of Education (DepED) for manufacturing into school fixtures. To date, there are already 1,917 arm chairs, 964 desks and 2 teachers’ tables turned over by the LGU to DepED. The LGUs, particularly Tagum City Motorpool under Mayor Rey T. Uy, took charge of the manufacturing of the confiscations into school fixtures because of its capacity to do the job.

To further strengthen the forest protection of the region, a total of Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committees (MFPCs) were organized and a total of 28 environmental officers were deputized. In terms of biodiversity conservation, three capacity-building on protected areas management, biodiversity and eco-tourism program and 15 biodiversity and conservation lectures were conducted. One training for wildlife enforcement officers composed of the members of Philippine National Police (PNP), Task Force Davao and 911 Davao was also done. DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Jim O. Sampulna revealed much has yet to be done to achieve the holistic care and protection of the environment, but he is optimistic that the current overwhelming participation of the citizens in the region will steer towards an even more improved performance of the agency. Sampulna said that DENR-XI will never cease partnering and coordinating with other sectors. “Through partnerships we are able to prevent the illegal hunting of Tokai Gecko or Tuko; award land titles to various beneficiaries; conduct political boundary surveys; pursued the Integrated Coastal Environment Program (ICRMP) in Davao Oriental; sustained “Linis Estero and River Clean-Up” activities; coastal clean-up; constant dialogue/meeting with partner agencies and the LGUs, among others,” he added. (Bing Cordova/DENR-XI PR). Thursday, November 3, 2011

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They, too, got talents! Members of the police force in the Soccsksargen Region (Region 12) have shown that aside from ensuring peaceful and orderly communities they also have talents to show. During the Police - Media Night and PRO 12 Got Talent Grand Finals on October 28 (Friday) at Golden State Laboratory, Purok Malakas, San Isidro, General Santos City, police personnel here presented talents in singing, magic tricks, hip-hop dancing, and others. (Photo by: Winston Malala/PIA 12)

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Japanese exchange program for students, youths now open for application By Dani Doguiles The National Youth Commission (NYC) recently announced that it is now accepting applications for the Japan East-East Asia Network of Exchange Students and Youths (JENESYS) 2011-2012 Program.

JENESYS, an annual exchange program carried out by the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) with active participation of the Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan in Manila and the NYC, aims to provide an opportunity for Filipino participants to learn about Philippine-Japan relations and experience Japanese culture through institutional visits and home-stay programs. NYC regional head Raymond Domingo said, the exchange program is open to students currently enrolled in college or university and supervisors 30 to 50 years old. Student applicants must be Filipino and currently enrolled in

college or university. Freshmen to senior college/university students are qualified to apply. They should be of good moral character, with graded weight average (GWA) of 2.25 (85% equivalent) and have no failing grade in the previous semester, physically and mentally fit to travel,

officer or active member of a youth organization for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application, preferably a first-time traveller to Japan, and have not been a recipient of any NYC-related travel grant. They should be knowledgeable of the history, geography,

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culture and arts, and current issues on the Philippines, and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asia countries. Applicants who have studied or are currently studying Japanese language and culture will be given preference. They must also be willing to become active NYC and JICC volunteers after the program to continue to promote the learning from the JENESYS program. Student applicants must submit the following: two copies each of NYC application form with passport-sized picture with white background, JE-

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what he/she can contribute to recovery after recent Great East Japan Earthquake, and how he/she can put to use lessons learned from the exchange program. The essay should not be longer than 100 words. NYC , in coordination with the JICC will recruit and recommend qualified supervisors for the JENESYS program. Supervisors should be 30 to 50 years old as of April 1, 2012; physically and mentally fit to travel; experienced in handling, managing, or supervising groups of youngsters; preferably can speak Japanese; and knowledgeable in ASEAN, Japan, and other international concerns. Supervisors will consolidate the post program reports and essays of the student ambassadors under his/her charge and ensure a good written output. Supervisors are also encouraged to take active role in promoting various Japanese government youth exchange and scholarship programs.


Application forms are also available at any of the information centers of the Philippine Information Agency in Koronadal City, Cotabato City, and General Santos

City. Domingo said the deadline for submission of applications forms will be on November 18, 2011. Forms may be submitted to

the NYC Area Office, Room 308, 3/F Jose Go Huillo Bldg., Tomas Claudio Ext., Zamboanga City. (PIA 12)

P45.2 milyon halaga ng proyekto, naipatupad ng South Cotabato KORONADAL CITY, Nob 3 - Umabot na sa mahigit P42.5 milyon ang halaga ng mga prayoridad na proyektong pang-imprastruktura ang naipatupad ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng South Cotabato bilang bahagi ng community development program nito sa taong 2011. Ayon kay governor Arthur Y. Pinggoy Jr. ang mga natapos na mga proyekto ay para sa sektor ng kalusugan, edukasyon, kalikasan at mga eco-tourism facilities na nauna na umanong itinuring na prayoridad upang kaagad na mabigyan ng pondo at naipatupad ng Provincial Development Council (PDC). Tinukoy ni governor Pingoy ang ulat ng Provincial Engineer’s Office na nagsasabing karamihan sa mga nabanggit na proyekto nag Thursday, November 3, 2011

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kakahalaga ng P11.84 ay kinabibilangan ng repair at konstruksiyon ng mga health-related facilities ant iba pang mga community-based infrastructure ang naipatupad sa nakaraang walong buwan ngayong taon. Kabilang rin umano dito ang konstruksiyon, improvement, rehabilitation at repair ng ilang tanggapan sa provincial capitol, pasilidad ng Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) at

ng University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences-South Cotabato campus na umabot sa P11.2 milyon. Dagdag pa ni governor Pingoy, bahagi din umano dito ang P2.4 milyon pasilidad na magkatuwang na naipatupad ng pamahalaang panlalawigan at ng United States Agency for International Development sa pamamagitan ng Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM). Ang iba pang mga

natapos ng mga proyekto ay ang repair at concreting ng mga road networks na nagkakahalaga ng P10.16 milyon; konstruksiyon at development ng water system na mayroong pondong P3.5 milyon; konstruksiyon ng mga solar dryers, mini gymnasium, line canals, dagdag na mga silid-aralan at drainage at flood control projects na umabot sa kabuuang halaga na P6.075 milyon. (ac agad PIA12)

NGP isasama sa regional action plan ng RDC 12 KORONADAL CITY -- Inatasan ang mga miyembro ng Regional Development Council (RDC) 12 na magsumite ng kanilang mga action plan na susuporta sa National Greening Program (NGP). Sa naturang memora ndum ng RDC, inaatasan din ang Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) at Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na isama sa Regional Action Plan ng rehiyon 12 ang National Greening Program (NGP). Ayon kay Rolando Doria, chairperson ng Economic Development Committee (EDC), sinisikap at ninanais ng konseho at ng tanggapan ng DENR na pagsamahin ang mga plano at hakbangin ng mga organisasyon ng pa46

mahalaan at mga pribadong organisasyon para sa pagpapatupad NGP sa buong Soccsksargen Region. Sa Nobyembre 3-4 ay magkakaroon sila ng planning-workshop upang makabuo ng limang taong na strategic plan at Regional Action Plan para sa taong 2012 at 2013. Hiniling ni Doria sa mga representante na dalhin ang mga nakahandang Action Plan ng ka Layunin ng NGP na nilang ahensiya para sa NGP dahil ito ay ilalatag mabawasan ang bilang ng sa Regional Action Plan sa mga mahihirap na mamamayan sa pamamagitan taong 2012-2016. ng pagbibigay kaalaman

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tingkol sa kahalahan ng kalikasan. Nilalayon din ng NGP na makapagtanim ng 1.5 bilyung puno sa 1.5 milyong hektarya na lu-

pain sa mga lugar na tulad ng kagubatan, mangrove at protective areas, ancestral domain; civil military reservations; at mga

urban areas na itatalaga ng mga local government units (LGUs). (KJNavecis/PIA12)

Pamamahala ng P5-M covered court inilipat sa LGU ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao COTABATO CITY, Nob. 3, 2011 - Pormal na isinalin ni Maguindanao governor Esmael “Toto” Masngundadatu sa pamahalaang bayan ng Ampatuan ang proyektong covered court na pinondohan ng prubinsya sa halagang P5 milyun. Tuloy-tuloy ang implementasyon ng iba’t ibang proyekto pangkaunlaran tulad ng imprastruktura sa iba’t ibang bayan ng lalawigan upang lalong pasiglahin ang pangkabuhayan ng mga residente para sa pag-anat ng ekonomiya sa lalawigan. Sa kanyang mensahe, hinikayat ni Mangundadatu ang mga mamamamayan na pagibayuhin ang kanilang pagsisikap kasabay ng pagpupursige ng pamahalaang panlalawigan na maisakatuparan ang mga prayoridad na proyekto at programang naglalayong iangat ang kabuhayan sa mga kanayunan. Ayon sa gubernador, pinanalalakas ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang pagtutulungan at partnership sa pampubliko at

pribadong sektor sa pagsasakatuparan ng mga proyekto at programang napabilang sa priority investment plan na magpapasigla at palakasin ang economic activities sa prubinsya para umunlad ang kabuhayan ng mga mahihirap na mamamayan. Kasabay ng turn-over ceremony, ang pamamahagi ng relief assistance-bigas, noodles at de lata sa 900 pamilya at bags at school supplies sa mahigit 100 kabataang magaaral. Gamit ang mobile clinic ng Maguindanao, nagsagawa rin ng medical mission kung saan daan-daang residente mula sa anim (6) na bayan ang nabiyayaan ng libreng konsultasyon, gamutan, tuli at iba pang serbisyong pangkalusugan sa pakikipagtulungan ng military,

pulis, mga kinauukulang ahensiya ng gobyerno, at lokal na pamahalaan. Tiniyak ng opisyal na isa-isang mabibigyan ng covered court ang 36 na bayan sa prubinsya sabay hikayat sa mga ito na pangalagaan ang mga proyektong imprastruktura sa kanilang bayan sabay panawagan sa mga magulang na bigyan-halaga at tutukan ang pagaaral ng kani-kanilang mga anak para sa magandang kinabukasan. “Edukasyon ang pamana na tanging maiiwan nating mga magulang sa ating mga anak, siyang susi tungo sa magandang kinabukasan ng pamilya,” diin ni Mangundadatu. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)

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