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The Salay Handmade Paper Story

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Photo Credits Salay, people in salay

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Challenge and Hope: The Salay Handmade Paper Story


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Aquino bares govt plans to prevent Filipinos from working overseas Aquino says he supports responsible parenthood legislation Palace warns public from sale of substandard Christmas lights PhilRice spearheads celebration of National Rice Awareness Monthby Angelito P. Bautista Jr. Seaweed farming may bring peace to Mindanao -- Alcalaby Jerome Carlo R. Paunan


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Caravan for Peace campaign to arrive in Manila BAC warehouse to rise in Butuan City NSO-Caraga asks cooperation in the conduct of reg’l statistical survey Robredo directs local execs to lead “all-out justice” campaign in Mindanao Agusan del Sur naglabas ng pondo para palakasin ang produksyon ng pangingisda





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BIMP-EAGA Ministers underscore strong interconnectivity in the sub-region Customs to have accreditation system for media

CDA targets expansion of cooperative membership

9 LGU’s in Region 10 sign MOA with DENR for computerization of land records DOLE opens livelihood training center for NorMin sugar workers PCGDNM tells sea passengers: avoid bringing restricted cargo on board ships Distribution of 2 kg. of beef highlights Lanao Norte “beefsharing” festival on Nov. 6


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Challenge and Hope: The Salay Handmade Paper Story


o very typical of most rural towns, this 4th class municipality in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, is quiet and people, here, engaging in traditional agriculture and fishing, live simply. 4

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In 1987, however, clashes between the New People’s Army (NPA) and government soldiers displaced the mountain people who depended mainly on their small farm lots for subsistence. People had to move down to the Poblacion, where they had no adequate food and other necessities. In the midst of this condition, civic-minded individuals heeded the national government’s call for the people to organize the People’s Economic Council (PEC) so they could help themselves. Thus, PEC-Salay was born and came to the family of the Rafisura’s: Dr. Reynaldo, then the Municipal Health Officer (MHO) and his wife, Loreta, who was then recuperating from mastectomy. Being natives of Salay, the couple felt their hearts “wrenched” when they saw some of their town mates begging for food. This tragedy had never occurred before. Food was always available, at the very least in the form of backyard root crops and vegetables. But in 1987, even these were lost when the people left their farms and livelihood to evade the fighting. Providence must have guided Dr. Rafisura, one night, when he saw an exhibit of livelihood proj-

ects. He was on his way home from a medical seminar in the nearby city of Cagayan de Oro. The exhibits, which included instructional film shows, were presented in the municipality of Villanueva by the Design Mobile of the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines (PDDCP). One of the movies was about the process of making handmade paper using “cogon” grass (Imperata cylindrica exaltata). Dr. Rafisura was convinced that handmade papermaking was the answer to PEC’s search for a livelihood project, one that could solve the unemployment problem of Salay. In Salay, grass was (and still is) more abundant than anything else! “Cogon is a pest,” Dr. Rafisura said, “but if it could be made into something beautiful, something that could help our people, then we have to exploit its potential.” A month later, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sponsored a 3-day workshop on handmade papermaking in Salay with trainer Ms. Elizabeth Tagaylo, a chemist. Fifty-three (53) people attended the course, but they were surprised and dismayed at the result of the workshop: The sheet of Saturday, November 5, 2011


handmade paper was coarse like an egg tray. Consequently, only a few participants persevered to finish the training. Still, 10 people decided to stick together and continued the effort. To sustain the project, all the workers willingly sacrificed by receiving pay that cash flow allowed. A raffle draw was made, resulting in an initial capital of Php6,000. It was the DTI, especially then Provincial Director Alfonso Alamban and Regional Director Ninfa AlongAlbania, who kept the morale of the group always high, enabling it to meet the daily challenges. Other agencies who became our friends were the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Fiber Industry and Development consignment basis at stores in CaAuthority (FIDA), PDDCP, and oth- gayan de Oro and even in Manila. er local and even foreign non- gov They also joined trade fairs ernment organizations (NGOs). and networked with any agencies willing to help them. Still, it was Breakthrough Starting with the lowly cogon very difficult to sell handmade pagrass, the group conducted experi- per sheets per se. No one in Mindments and successfully made origi- anao knew about them or apprecinal formulas using fiber of abaca ated their environmental value. Hoping to increase sales, the (Musa textilis), leaves of pineapple (Ananas comosus), sawdust, bark group started converting the handof salago (Wikstroemia lancelota) made paper sheets into artistic handicrafts. This practice began and other indigenous materials. The group then peddled the after Loreta, who loves nature, products and displayed them on took the weeds and flowers in her 6

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garden and pressed them. Afterwards, her sister Carmen Capistrano, a local high school teacher in Salay, decorated a sheet of handmade paper with pressed flowers and leaves. She then added some writings, and turned this combination into a Valentine’s card -- the first greeting card of the group. The process was meticulous and time-consuming, but the finished product did look much better than the plain sheet. This procedure of pressing plant parts on handmade paper eventually became the trade-

mark of the group. After a few months, DTI sent Jon and Eva Honculada to teach basic handicraft techniques. The couple, who composed the first Product Development Team of the group, impressed upon the workers the exacting rules of making straight lines and perfect angles. They also emphasized neatness and quality control in the creation of boxes, frames and novelty items. Later, Loreta had to run the group like a business organization because its size was fluctuating depending on market demand. When orders were high, the number of employees had to increase. When orders were low, the shop had to take a rest. In 1990, the papermakers eventually separated from PECSalay and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as Salay Handmade Paper Industries, Incorporated (SHAPII). Because the group could not raise the equity for registration as cooperative, the members opted to become a corporation although they were not sure about the consequences. They knew they badly needed a legal personality. After registration, Loreta then read business Saturday, November 5, 2011


books to keep SHAPII going. The management of SHAPII became professional when Loreta’s eldest son Neil -- a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Management -- assisted her in running the corporation. Then her daughter Loreen, a nurse, also gave all her energy to SHAPII to improve its marketing and product development departments. An exporter cousin from Manila, Joseph Lee, also joined the group as a stockholder and offered the facilities of his office for communication and marketing. Mr. Lee introduced Salay handmade paper to the country by selling them at the “island displays” of SM Shoemart Malls. His wife Julita or Lita and son Paul exerted every effort selling SHAPII products on consignment basis. It was a big brother system all along, with Joseph and Lita tutoring Loreta on export techniques and the practical side of running a busi8

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ness. SHAPII encountered many challenges during its course of operation. Marketing was the greatest headache. Then there were problems regarding financing, crab mentality, and sustainability. However, these challenges prodded SHAPII to work harder and further improve its network in order to survive. Transparency, honesty, simplicity, self-reliance and trust in God became their source of strength. One dawn, while Loreta was tinkering with pressed flowers, she felt inspired to write the mission of SHAPII. She composed the statements

straight from the heart. They sounded big and too noble, yet they described exactly what she wanted to accomplish. The Board of Directors approved the draft article during its first meeting, that established SHAPII’s direction from the very start. The article continues to guide them through the years. Developments in SHAPII Export awareness came because SHAPII products were largely patronized by foreigners in the Philippines. Besides, being handcrafted, the price range is usually not within the reach of the ordinary people in the locality. Environmentalism has become SHAPII’s most attractive feature. The love of handmade paper is still being developed locally. Several agencies helped SHAPII enter the foreign market. In 1996, the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) sponsored Neil’s participation to a 3-month seminar on export marketing at the Centre of the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) in Netherlands. Later, the Association of Partners for Fairer Trade, Inc. (APFTI) and the DOST-Technology Applica-

tion and Promotion Institute (TAPI) sponsored Neil’s joining an European marketing tour and the Global Technology Search (GTS). As a result, many buyers came to Salay, producing better relationships and bigger orders. Amazingly, the buyers found the simple rustic lifestyle and environment of Salay appealing. They were impressed by the clean and orderly condition of the workers and their shops. “The GTS also introduced us to the practice and ethics of Fair Trade,” Loreta said, as this concept prodded SHAPII to engage in more developmental activities for its workers. It also provided assistance for the installation of electric lights inside the homes of designers so they wouldn’t develop eyestrain while pasting tiny flowers and leaves on paper and the construction of toilets for the workers who pay for these equipment on salary deduction scheme. Even more important, SHAPII coordinated with the German Doctors Team to provide a monthly 3-day medical service to three (3) barangays in Salay and holds English and computer classes every Saturday and during off hours for its staff. Governments agencies like Saturday, November 5, 2011


DTI, DOST, PDDCP and private organizations like Growth for Equity in Mindanao (GEM) and Resource Innovation for Small and Medium Enterprise Foundation (RISE) also continued to help provide assistance to SHAPII. 10

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They did this by gaving seminars, workshops and other learning opportunities for free or for a minimal fee. In Manila, Parkwood Products intensified its marketing activities for SHAPII products, not only locally but also abroad. Its participation in national and a few international trade fairs honed its marketing abilities, while administration was strengthened by seminars and strategic planning sessions given by DTI, DOST and APFTI. In 1999, as SHAPII gathered enough revenues from its sales, it began profit-sharing among its workers. Already, 14 of its 48 stockholders were workers. A SHAPII Multipurpose Cooperative was organized in March 2000 with 137 members. It now operates a canteen and grocery store within the SHAPII Compound. The SHAPII Foundation was registered with SEC on June 3, 2000, and its first community or corporate social responsibility (CSR) project was the provision of a high school scholarship grant to six (6) poor but deserving students who just graduated from elementary. Since tuition is free in public

schools, SHAPII’s scholarship grant pays only for the scholars’ miscellaneous expenses, provided the scholars remained within the top 15 of their classes. SHAPII also participates in the town’s religious and civic activities. It is involved in provincial and regional organizations. Today, SHAPII has progressed significantly. From a motley group of 10, it has grown to its present size of 330, enlarging its workforce according to market demand. It has become a dynamic and vibrant body. The successful expansion has been fueled by aggressive marketing strategy, increased production, quality control, strong value for work, healthy relationship with helping agencies and overseas partners, remarkable networking and, yes … prayers. All through the years, SHAPII’s workers maintain the 3 o’clock habit of praying with full trust in God. Thus, SHAPII

has created desirable impacts to the country as it is realizing its missions. It has become an inspiration to entrepreneurs. For the future, SHAPII visualizes itself to continue operating as a socially responsible and harmonious business group that produces ecologically friendly and globally competitive handmade paper and related handicrafts. It also resolves to continuously pursue efforts for the improvement of the Filipino people within the framework of the Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.

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Aquino bares govt plans to prevent Filipinos from working overseas


resident Benigno S. Aquino III said his government is carrying out multi-pronged approach to create better local job opportunities so that Filipinos will not have to seek greener pastures abroad.


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In an interview over Youtube’s World View interview series on Friday, the President said his administration is trying to attract both domestic and international investors to create more job opportunities for Filipinos to prevent them from leaving. The President cited successes that he had on his foreign trips. He noted that in his trip to China, he got between $1.2 billion or $1.8 billion worth of new investments. One of the major focuses is to boost investments for the country’s manufacturing sector, the Chief Executive said adding that China is ready to set up manufacturing vehicles, trucks, and heavy equipment. The President

said that Chinese investors are looking for 10,000 hectares of land located in the country’s freeport zone to set up their manufacturing business. He also mentioned the Philippines’s prospects in shipbuilding. “We are already the fourth biggest ship building country in the world, and again, we want to go everywhere where there are prospects for our people to have jobs in this country,” he said. While enticing investors to come in, the President said his administration is also tackling reforms within the educational system to ensure better job match ups for new graduates. He said that there are around 50,000 to 60,000 jobs available in the country but

these positions could hardly be filled up because of skills mismatches. “We have tasked the education sector to include vocational aspects in the higher and basic education, to prepare our students, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment, for jobs that will be available upon graduation,” he said. According to the President there are also bright prospects in the business process outsourcing industry saying that the BPO industry could have about 640,000 direct jobs this year creating multiplier effects. Aside from manufacturing and BPO industries, the President said investments in

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the agriculture sector could also create new employments that would result to more local jobs.


Youtube’s interview of President Aquino is the first for an Asian leader. The World View series had earlier this year featured influential leaders like US Presi-

dent Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, among others. (AS)

Aquino says he supports responsible parenthood legislation resident Benigno S. Aquino III renewed his support for a responsible parenthood legislation that will educate the people and give them options on family planning methods.

The President, who was featured on Youtube’s World View interview series on Friday, gave his view on population and health issues in connection with the Reproductive Health Bill. “I’m still in sup14

port of what we can call the Responsible Parenthood Bill,” the President said. “And to think it is an essential aspect of government to be able to empower our people by educating them as to their options and providing

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those that do not have ... to act on their decision.” The President acknowledged the problems created by rapid population growth noting the country’s more than two percent annual population growth

rate. “So we’re not talking about probable problems because of the population question, we’re talking of actual problems that are already existing,” the President said in an interview

which was aired Friday over ANC Television and uploaded on Youtube. “The government’s position basically under my watch is to educate the people, tell them the range of choices, and leave them to

d e cide on what’s best with their family.” But the president clarified that the government will not compel the people to adopt a particular family planning method noting it’s up to the people to decide from all available options. The President was the first Asian leader to be featured on Youtube’s World View interview series. Other influential leaders who appeared on Youtube interview this year were US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. (AS)

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Palace warns public from sale of substandard Christmas lights

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alacañang warned businessmen from selling substandard Christmas lights to the public to prevent fire to ensure the safety of the people and protect properties this yuletide season, a Palace official said

In an interview aired over governmentrun dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Christmas lights are covered by mandatory product standards and should be sold only with the product quality mark, if locally made, and with the International Code Council (ICC) certification mark, if imported. “We hope that the businessmen will observe the regulation. And on the 16

part of government, rest assured that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is on top of the situation to prevent unscrupulous businessmen from selling dangerous wares or potentially dangerous wares,” Lacierda said. At the same time, Lacierda cautioned the public to be careful in procuring such products by looking for the product quality mark or ICC certification. “Ingat lang po and let’s not sacrifice the

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lives of our family members. Malaking peligro po ‘yan kapag bibili tayo nang mura, ‘yun pala nakakasunog,” he said. The DTI deployed market monitoring teams to confiscate all products that would be found not conforming to the regulation. The government also warned that the seller of uncertified products will be penalized. (JS)

PhilRice spearheads celebration of National Rice Awareness Monthby Angelito P. Bautista Jr.


he Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), the country’s lead in science and development, will spearhead the celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) this November.

The month-long celebration also coincides with PhilRice’s 26th anniversary, with the theme “Sapat dapat! Bigas sa mamamayan, buhay

sa bayan.” PhilRice Dir. Eufemio T.Rasco Jr. said during the Communication and News Exchange Forum at the Philippine Information

Agency that the aim of the celebration is to help the public understand the importance of conserving rice and rice farming. Set in Nov. 8,

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the PhilRice anniversary will highlight the Save Rice, Save Lives pledge of the government to gain public’s commitment in conserving rice to help the country achieve rice self-sufficiency in 2013. This is to encourage the rice sector and consumers to promote and practice the sowing the just amount seeds, cook enough rice for the family, recycle leftover rice into other dishes, and di-


versified diet. A series of Save Rice, Save Lives fora will be conducted in various private universities starting November 8. On Nov. 18, PhilRice will hold a ceremonial harvesting in its rice garden at the Rizal Park. Elementary and high school students are invited to particiate in the harvesting, games, and a mini cooking show, featuring healthy alternatives to rice. Various rice crops

will also be presented during the ceremonial harvesting in Rizal Park, the place categorized as the only rice field in Metro Manila. Dir. Rasco also invites everyone to participate in the celebration by adopting the conscious efforts to lessen rice wastage. Other activities for the celebration are listed in PhilRice website, www.philrice. gov.ph (PND/AB/ PIA-GHQ)

Seaweed farming may bring peace to Mindanao -- Alcalaby Jerome Carlo R. Paunan griculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, on Friday, said that seaweed farming has the potential of bringing not only sustainable livelihood to residents but lasting peace to a Mindanao region in the southern part of the country.

During the program “Communication and News Exchange (CNEX)” held at the Philippine Information 18

Agency, Alcala said the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III is keen on expanding the local

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seaweed production, an estimated P9-billion industry, in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The DA chief said that he has personally witnessed the steady transformation of the province of Tawi-Tawi into “a more peaceful and developed area in the ARMM” because of its booming seaweed industry. “Many of the residents of Tawi-Tawi are deeply involved in farming seaweeds for their livelihood,” he said. Relative to this, Alcala said the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is “aggressive” in establishing seaweed labora-

tories in Sulu and other parts of the country in order to have a steady and disease-resistant source of the highlypriced “vegetable of the sea.” “We are very aggressive in pursuing seaweed farming in Sulu to prove that an area would be more peaceful if the residents there have a steady source of income,” Alcala said. Data from the DA reveal that seaweed is among the Top 10 export products of the country. The Philippines is currently the world’s third leading seaweed producer next

to China and Japan. Likewise, for the past seven years, the country has remained the world’s top supplier of carageenan--a byproduct of seaweed-with an annual production of around 34,500 metric tons. Carageenan is a primary ingredient used in manufacturing processed foodstuffs, toothpaste, medicines, beer, and jelly. Moreover, seaweed farming, which require a relatively cheap capital, does not require the use of fertilizers and pesticides. (RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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CDA targets expansion of cooperative membership By Apipa Bagumbaran


he Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) is planning for the massive expansion of cooperative membership in this province. Lawyer Paisalin Tago, CDA Administrator for Mindanao, said one of the agenda of the authority is to increase the total membership to 20 million by 2013, compared to the current total membership of more than seven (7) million, only. He said the CDA is encouraging cooperatives to register, again, as mandated by Republic Act 9520, citing that currently only more than 20,000 cooperatives are registered compared to the more than 90,000 registered cooperatives before the enactment of the new cooperative code. One of the speakers during the recent second provincial cooperative congress held at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol, here, Tago emphasized that putting up a cooperative is a solution to minimize poverty, reduce unemployment, and promote peace and order. He also disclosed that they are eyeing conversion of the so-called electric cooperatives (ECs) into 20

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genuine cooperatives as a strategy to increase membership. Under RA 9520, ECs cannot enjoy the privilege of tax exemption unless they are registered with the CDA and registering will mean the memberconsumers of ECs will then and there become cooperative members. Aside from the expansion in membership, the CDA will also boost and enhance its delivery mechanism and provide an enabling environment

for the strengthening and development of cooperatives in the country. As provided in the Philippine Cooperative Medium-Term Development Plan (PCMTDP) for 20112016, the CDA will ensure access of cooperatives to global markets, provide viable linkages and networks to support cooperatives and establish appropriate quality system. It also creates the appropriate environment for partnership among cooperatives, both local and international, local government units

(LGUs), national line agencies, nongovernment organizations, people’s organizations, and the private sector. Such policies will ensure viable, competitive and sustainable cooperatives as engine of growth and development, Tago said. Furthermore, CDA will also promote cooperativism as the vehicle for social transformation to build strategic and synergistic alliances between and among stakeholders in the cooperative industry.

9 LGU’s in Region 10 sign MOA with DENR for computerization of land records By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental- At least nine (9) local government units (LGU’s), in region 10, have forged a memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), for the computerization of their land records, as of May, this year. Covered by for computerization are the land records of a total of 13,068,398 parcels of lands, Paquito D. Melicor, Jr., Regional Director of the Land Management Bureau (LMB),

DENR-10, said. Among those which has completed their computerization of land records are the following LGU’s of Bukidnon: Saturday, November 5, 2011


Manolo Fortich, 22,199 parcels, Malaybalay City, 34,954 parcels, and Maramag, 21,823 parcels, while that of Valencia City, involving 40,709 parcels of land is still for MOA signing. Still on progress are the Misamis Oriental LGU’s of Opol, 12,922 parcels, Manticao, 4,139 parcels, Lugait, 2,918 pacels, and Naawan, 3,755 parcels and in Misanmis Occidental, particularly, Oroquieta City, for 19,627 parcels of land. Melicor said the computerization of the land records will not only assist DENR-10 in improving its land-related services, but increases their revenue collection of the LGU’s 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. He said DENR- 10, has adopted an integrated computerized information system to improve land-related services by encoding their respective lot data information, cadastral and approved subdivision lots, in a bid to eradicate the proliferation of duplicate and spurious titles and other issues on land records management. However, since DENR-10 has limited manpower to fast track the encoding of lot data information, including cadastral and approved subdivision lots, from the cities and municipalities in the region, it has initiated a partnership with the LGU’s through the MOA. He said this is done through the establishment of the Land 22

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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. 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. Meanwhile, 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. These other systems include the Philippine Reference System (PRS) of 1992 Project of the National Mapping Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) and the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) of the Land Registration Authority (LRA), Melicor added.

DOLE opens livelihood training center for NorMin sugar workers By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – To help sugarcane workers during “off season,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has put up the Sugar Workers Livelihood Training Center (SWLTC) in the Provincial Capitol Compound, here, recently. The first in Northern Mindanao, the SWLTCV will help the sugar cane workers when there is no work in plantations and mills, Atty. Allan Macaraya, Regional Director of DOLE-10 said during his inaugural message. He said this would help the department’s socio economic programs to develop livelihood and increase employment opportunities for the cane workers. “Part of the project cost was taken out from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) fund shared by the sugar industries to DOLE as outlined in the “profit-sharing” scheme, instituted in the sugar industry by virtue of R.A 6982 that aims to augment the income of sugar workers,” Macaraya said. Meanwhile, Gov. Alex Calingasan, in his keynote address, lauded the two (2) sugar mills in Bukidnon—Crystal Sugar Company (CSC) and Bukidnon Sugar Milling Company (BUSCO)—that shared to the SAP fund vast amount from their profits. “While we felt the dire need, the provincial government also offered more than 500 sq.m. land area for this project,” Governor Calingasan said.

Likewise, Engr. Saturnino Escobido, Head of DOLE Bukidnon, recounted how they were able to enter into an agreement with the provincial government and heads of sugar industry to put up this newly built sugar workers’ training center in the province. “This is in response to President Aquino’s call for the private sector to engage in more public-private partnership (PPP) to fight hunger and ensure adequate food,” he added. “We, therefore, express our gratitude to the provincial government, the sugar industry players, the farmers and the sugar workers who were with us in this endeavor,” Escobido said.

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PCGDNM tells sea passengers: avoid bringing restricted cargo on board ships By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Sea passengers should be at the seaport at least three (3) hours before departure time and refrain from bringing restricted/ prohibited items/cargo on board ships in order to avoid inconvenience and prevent undue delays of ship voyages. Examples of these prohibited items are flammable liquids and solids, corrosive materials, toxic and infectious substances, compressed gases, radioactive materials and explosives, among others. Gun owners bringing their firearms aboard ships should also present complete documents, including exemption permits, if they have any. These reminders came from Commodore Elson E. Hermogino, Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard District of Northern Mindanao (PCGDNM), in order to ensure the orderly operation of sea transport facilities and safe, convenient travel of the seafaring public. Hermogino said the PCGDNM will work closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the shipping companies to emphasize respective or integrate commitment for a secured and safe water transport service. “We will be doing this by improving and enforcing safety standards and regulation, such as, inspection of baggage and implementation of security layers in the port and passengers terminal to prevent hostile element from penetrating terrorist act and likewise, to ensure no over loading of passenger,” Hermogino said. Other measures suggested by the PCGDNM is the adoption of the airline model in the control of passengers and cargo by local shipping companies and port authorities in order to avoid carrying of excess passengers and overloading of cargo. 24

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Hermogino also recommended to the shipping companies the improvement of system of determining accurate weights, proper lashing and stowage of cargo to help ensure vessel stability. Meanwhile, he has ordered all PCG units in the region to coordinate with the local shipping and ship owners/operators that selling of tickets will be done much ahead of time to avoid rush and stranding of passengers and rolling cargoes, such as, trucks, buses, vans, vehicles and etc. Prompt submission to the PCG Stations/ detachments of Master Oath of Safety Departure (MOSD) with complete passenger manifest, crew list, cargo stowage plan, cargo manifest and list of dangerous cargo carried can also avoid inconvenience on the part of the passengers, he added.

Distribution of 2 kg. of beef highlights Lanao Norte “beef-sharing” festival on Nov. 6 TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – A centralized distribution of beef will highlight the observance of the Eid Al-Adha Korban “Beef-Sharing” festival, here, on Sunday, Nov. 6. A major highlight of Gov. Mohamad Khalid Q. the event, Dimaporo said Eid Al-Adha, also the beef known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is the second most momentous festival in the Muslim calendar. He said the Eid Al-Adha is an Islamic celebration to commemorate distribution, which will take place at the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim the Sagadan Trade Center in Tubod to follow God’s command to sacrifice Agora Market, will start at 9:00 his son Ishmael. a.m. and holders of beef coupons will be entitled to 2 kilos of fresh Dimaporo said Lanao del beef. Norte, the Land of Beauty and Bounty, is the first province in the The celebration of Korban Philippines that will celebrate this ‘Beef Sharing” is spearheaded by very significant festivity through the Provincial Government of Lanao meat sharing with its constituents. del Norte in cooperation with Pacific (PIA-10) Dialogue Foundations.

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BIMP-EAGA Ministers underscore strong interconnectivity in the sub-region Signing Ministers of the BruneiDarussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area emphasized the role of interconnectivity as the major stimulant for socio-economic development in the sub-region.

In a Joint Statement issued after the 16th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting, the signing ministers from the four countries led by Secretary Gregory Domingo and Secretary Luwalhati Antonino from the Philippine delegation, agreed that it is only through strong connectivity that the food basket and eco-tourism vision can be achieved. With this, the ministers urged all the concerned officials to prioritize the implementation of pending transports infrastructure projects and trade facilitation mechanism. They also deemed ICT to be an inte


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gral aspect in achieving connectivity in the sub-region. To further strengthen the transport sector of BIMP-EAGA, the Transport, Infrastructure, Information and Technology Development cluster has proposed to conduct a study aiming to enhance the implementation of the BIMP-EAGA Transport Memorandum of Understanding. The cluster had also expressed intent to have a capacity building seminar of the ASEAN multi-modal transport. Secretary Antonino herself commended the accomplishments of the Transport cluster, saying that their experience in engaging the transport ministers to ensure the needed policy support for the sector’s projects is something that is worth replicating in the other clusters. “I think it is high time for the EAGA clusters to strengthen the level of collaboration with Customs Immigration Quarantine and Security (CIQS), Natural Resources Development (NRD) cluster and Tourism to ensure that identified projects and action plans are convergent and supportive of each other,” she added. The high-level EAGA meeting

engaged the ministers in a healthy and productive discussion on addressing key imperatives and putting forward initiatives that will define BIMP-EAGA’s strategic role in achieving progress and narrowing the development gaps in the sub-region. This year, the ministers officially expressed their support for the mainstreaming of the local government units and state governments in the operational structure and mechanisms of the BIMP-EAGA cooperation. “Let us take a proactive stance in this undertaking, and continue to exert focus on our strategic direc-

tions for the BIMP-EAGA so we may achieve gains that shall set a benchmark for dynamic sub-regional cooperation,” urged Secretary Domingo. Likewise, the ministers also recognized the crucial role being played by the BIMP-EAGA media in communicating various sub-regional initiatives and generating public awareness and support. They have also expressed support for the implementation of an effective BIMP-EAGA communication strategy which was previously developed with support from the Asian Development Bank. (MINDA)

Customs to have accreditation system for media The Bureau of Customs is fixing their accreditation system for reporters who want to cover the the agency. According to BOC Commis-

sioner Rufino Biazon there is a need to screen the media since they are sometimes the reason of corruption inside the agency. Customs Commissioner Biazon bared the agencys initative during his guesting at the Communication Exchange Forum held by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the Philippine Information Agency and the Peoples Television Network. Curtailing the practices of bogus media or hao siao has been the one

of the priority actions of the customs commissioner. Biazon said in earlier media interviews that they had reduced the number of said unscrupolous media who had usually covered the bureau. With the accreditation system in place. the activities of these bogus media will be diminished if not totally eradicated. (PIA CNEX/RG Alama)

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Caravan for Peace campaign to arrive in Manila by Jennifer P. Gaitano


round 2 ‎ 00 participants comprising of Muslims, Christians and Lumads from Mindanao are going to travel all the way to Manila by land and sea to campaign for peace.




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The “Lakbayan para sa kapayapaan, a Caravan for Peace” kicked off Thursday in Cagayan de Oro City. The group also stopped over in Butuan City and was welcomed by local officials led by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, with a short program held at the city’s Rizal Park. Ms. Norkhaila Mae Mambuay-Campong, Caravan Coordinator bared that with approximately 1352 kilometers of land travel and two sea transfers, the caravan is going to pass by cities of Butuan, Surigao, Maasin, Tacloban, Calbayog, Allen, Matnog, Sorsogon, Legazpi, Naga, Lucena, San Pablo and

Calamba. “The caravan, with 35 vehicles, is expected to be in Manila by November 5, 2011. The Muslim participants will join thousands of Muslims in Manila who will pray at Quezon City Memorial Circle on November 6 in celebration of Eidl Adha while a Concert for Peace will also follow as part of the culminating program of the caravan,” said Campong. Mayor Amante, meanwhile expressed his admiration to the efforts of the Muslim community, Christians and Lumads in Mindanao who are campaigning

for a genuine ‘All out Peace’, instead of ‘All out War’ in the country.

BAC warehouse to rise in Butuan City BUTUAN CITY -- The near completion of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Multi-Purpose Warehouse (Phase 1) in the city is a considered a breakthrough as it will help in the conscientious utilization and storage of office supplies and materials for the City Government of Butuan.

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The warehouse located at Motorpool Compound with an area of 180sq.meters and worth Php 1,994,606.14 will house all supplies and materials procured by the City through City General Services Office. This facility was initiated by the City’s Bids and Awards Committed led by its Chair Leah A. Mendoza and funded by the city government through City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. The BAC recom30

mended the establishment of the warehouse following a study tour in Marikina City where the BAC members were made aware of the city’s best practice in procurement and warehousing systems. The funding for Phase 2 will be set next year 2012 with inclusion of computers, soft wares and training of manpower. It will be the first LGU facility here in Caraga Region to have an effective and efficient

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computer system that can be compared to private warehouses. The technology of warehousing will be manned by competent IT specialists and to be trained supply officers and administrative officers. The establishment of the BAC warehouse is seen to eliminate illegal vales, cash advances, undeclared balances of supplies and materials stocked at the different storage rooms of the

New City Hall Building. ernment in the procure- Butuan City/PIA-Car It will also mean big ment of office supplies aga) savings for the city gov- and materials .(LGU-

NSO-Caraga asks cooperation in the conduct of reg’l statistical survey by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY-– In line with the on-going conduct of the regional statistical survey in Caraga Region, National Statistics Office (NSO)- Caraga Regional Director Dr. Rosalinda Celeste asked the public for their cooperation.

In an interview with a local radio station here, Celeste said the cooperation of the public in answering queries of the enumerators during the conduct of the survey is important as this will result to the correctness of the statistical result. “I am asking the households to enter-

tain the NSO personnel whenever they will visit their homes by answering the questions honestly so that we can arrive with correct data in as far as determining the region’s population and other relevant information concerning the census,” Celeste said. She added that

the result of the survey will be beneficial in determining the population of the country at present. The result will also be used by concerned government agencies in setting up measures to counter the growing poverty incidence in the country.

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Robredo directs local execs to lead “allout justice” campaign in Mindanao MANILA-– Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo has directed all local executives, particularly in the “conflict areas” in Mindanao, to lead and carry out the government’s “all-out justice” campaign by working for the arrest of lawless elements and wanted persons staying or hiding in their localities. The DILG chief, who was with Social Welfare and Development Sec. Dinky Soliman and Presidential Peace Adviser Ging Deles, issued the directive Friday during separate visits in Basilan and Zamboanga Sibugay to deliver the president’s message and government assistance to evacuees in the strife-torn areas in said provinces. During the meetings, Robredo said all elected local officials have sworn duties and are mandated under the law to lead the peace and order campaign, including going out after lawless elements and wanted 32

persons, in their respective localities. “In carrying out those tasks, the governors, mayors, barangay chairmen and their councils can seek out help from concerned national government agencies, like the AFP and the PNP, in maintaining peace and order and development of their areas,” he said. “If local executives won’t do anything against lawless elements and fugitives present in their areas, there would be no peace and development thereat. If those problems persist in their locality, no amount of money and

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infrastructure projects would make them succeed,” he added. Robredo, Deles and Soliman’s visit in Mindanao was part of the government’s response on the recent encounters between government troops and lawless elements from the Abu Sayyaf and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Al-Barka in Basilan and in three towns of Zamboanga Sibugay. The separate encounters resulted in the killing of at least 20 government troops and at least 10 lawless elements from the MILF and the displacement and evacuation of more than 2,000

families in the affected areas. During the separate meetings with Basilan and Zambonga Sibugay provincial peace and order council members, which was attended by top local military and police commanders, and other stakeholders, Robredo underscored the vital role of local chief executives in preventing the prevalence of killings, extortion, kidnapping and other illegal activities being perpetrated by lawless elements in their localities. “If a concerned local chief executive does nothing against

lawless elements or even harbors fugitives in their areas, they are liable under the law. We can file criminal and administrative cases against them such as harboring fugitives or dereliction of duty under the Local Government Code of 1991,” he said. Robredo also explained the government’s policy of “allout justice” instead of an “all-out war” being espoused by some quarters against rogue MILF elements and Abu Sayyaf members in the region, saying that a military solution, based on past experiences, is not

the correct answer to the peace and order problem prevailing in some parts of Mindanao. “It is the responsibility of the government to go after and work for the arrest of lawless elements and fugitives hiding or staying in MILFcontrolled areas. And it does not mean we are up against the MILF. The peace negotiations with them should push through. I hope that the public, particularly the Muslim-dominated areas in Mindanao, would understand that line,” he explained. The DILG chief urged local chief executives and their sanggunian members, the local PNP and AFP commanders, the NGOs and CVOs and other stakeholders in a particular “conflict area” to unite and work hand in hand for the attainment of peace and development in their locality. (DILG Public Affairs Office/PIA-Caraga)

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Agusan del Sur naglabas ng pondo para palakasin ang produksyon ng pangingisda AGUSAN DEL SUR –Nagpalabas ng halos kalahating milyong pundo ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng Agusan del Sur at ito ay madagdagan pa sa loob ng taong ito para palakasin ang produksyon ng pangingisda sa buong lalawigan. Ayon sa ulat ng Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) ang pondo ay inilaan ng dati para sa programang “Intensified and Sustainable Development pf Aquaculture (ISDA) at ito ay naggaling sa 20 prosyentong provincial development fund (PDF) na nagkahalaga ng P786,000 para sa taong ito. “Ang tinutumbok naming ay makapagparami ng aabot sa 20 million na fingerlings para sa taong ito pero dahil sa hindi maganda ang panahon, nakapag-produce na lamang kami ng mga 34

613,000 fingerlings at ito ay aming ipinamahagi sa 308 na mga magsasaka na mayroon ding fishpond sa buong lalawigan. Nakapagpagawa rin kami ng walong fish cages na umani na rin ng mahigit kumulang mga 550 kilos bilang pasiunang produksyon. Ang mga fish cages na ito ay aming i-turn over sa LOGUFAMCO para ito ay maalagaang mabuti at magkaroon ng mas malaking produksyon,” sabi ni Armando Lagumbay, Hepe ng PAO. Dagdag pa ni Lagumbay, nakapag-

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pagawa rin ang PAO ng fishpond demo na nagkahalaga ng mahigit kumulang P300,000, gamit ang tinatawag na delayed feeding strategy sa mga bayan ng Esperanza at Sta. Josefa. “Sa kasalukuyan, habang pinagpatuloy namin ang proyektong ito, ang aming tanggapan ay gumastos na ng humigit kumulang mga P287,400 na. Ang proyektong ito ay inaasahang makapagpababa ng gastosin para sa pagkain ng tilapia na hindi maapektohan ang kanilang paglaki,” sabi ni Lagumbay

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Profile for PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - November 5, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - November 5, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao