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Aquino assures disbursement of government OUR COVER • funds in programs that will directly benefit the

Filipino people Today’s cover • NAPC working double time to finalize housing features settlement for North Triangle folk

Glan’s 12th

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CNEX • Majority of youth favor divorce--NYC • No need to reform juvenile justice law, says National Youth Commission • Re-think “break time” in schools to subdue bullying – NYC

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• Overseas intern program for students suspended • North Cotabato wins the gawad pamana ng lahi award • Groups to Congress: Put RH bill to a vote! • PopCom National Officals ug Regional Directors nagbisitar sa Kapitolyo sa Comval • Comval gisakmit ang upat ka National Awards sa 2011 Best Tourism Practices

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Food poisoning downs family in T’boli, SouthCotabato • Women ARBS train on hog and poultry production, fruit processing • Backpay ng mga guro sa ARMM ibinigay na • ARMM tuloy ang pamamahagi ng postharvest facilities • Kabawasan sa IRA ng mga LGU sa 2012 pinaghahandaan

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • • • • •

DepEd suspends classes in elementary level in Butuan City Reg’l. DRRMC prepares for tropical depression “Ramon” 24 barangays in Bislig City receive L300 van from city gov’t ACE to support the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program Classes suspended in Surigao City, other areas due to Typhoon ‘Ramon’

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • • • •

Massive agro-forestry up in Lanao Sur DSWD releases cash assistance to 713 CFW beneficiaries Bombings will not halt Fiesta Pilar fete Zambo. Norte schools division beefs up computer training for school heads • DAR-Zambo. Norte joins CSC-ZNFGEU 2011 sports fest

Northern Mindanao • Bukidnon returning HSW’s attend livelihood skills training on haircutting • DILG-10 awards P1M to LGU Sugbongcogon, Mis. Or. • Mayor Emano says more developments taking place in Cag. de Oro • Cag. de Oro SP oks OVR law • Cag. de Oro’s ‘Pista sa Kaumahan’ to kick off Coop Month Festivities

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Cover Story:

Glan’s 12th Lubi-Lubi Festival, a rousing success


he twelfth staging of the Lubi-Lubi sa Glan Festival last October 8, was a rousing success, withbetter performances and bigger crowds than all previous Lubi-Lubi combined.

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Cover Story:Glan’s 12th.....from page 3

Throughout the week-long festivities, which hit the ground running on October 1, the festival area, particularly the party zone, was thronged with revelers out for a good time, and the kiosk operators and vendors had never it so good, making a killing from sales on foods, drinks and other fun items. The festival atmosphere was so thick you could cut it with a knife.

“The festival mood was unprecedented. People from all walks of life, from far and wide, turned up in almost all events we had put on for this year’s celebration. I promise you we will go one better next Lubi-Lubi,” said Mayor Victor James “Tata” Yap, Sr. The festivities opened at 7 p.m., October 1, with a great basketball game at the Atty. Enrique D. Yap, Sr. Cultural Center, followed by a pop & rock concert at Plaza

Rizal by the DXMD band. Day 2 and 3 saw two other great basketball matches and a Moro song and dance contest, which the town’s multi-ethnic public enjoyed to the hilt. Early morning of Day 4 was greeted with a fun run from the Municipal Ground to the Marker, where a Thanksgiving Mass was held, then back to the municipal gym at 7 p.m. for the Global Glanians Social Night, where they danced 5


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Cover Story:Glan’s 12th.....from page 4

the night away. Another concert, featuring the town’s very own Glanians Band and sponsored by SMB/Coca-Cola, wrapped up Day 4. October 5 was literally a red-letter day for the SK Federation of Board Member James P. Yap, which conducted a bloodletting at GlanTraining Center between 8 a.m. and 12 noon. At 1 to 6 p.m., it was the turn of the senior citizens and the womenfolk for their own show and celebration. Serving as finale for the day’s events was the

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hilarious DOBLE KARA & Hip-Hop Dance Contest conducted jointly by the SK Federation and Bombo Radyo at the Atty. Enrique D. Yap, Sr. Cultural Center. Day 6 and 7 came and went with amateur boxing, basketball and concert,on the one hand, and a safari photo contest, coco fun game, the much-awaited Mutya ng Glan and another concert, featuring the highly popular Alamid band, on the other. On Day 8, Foundation Day, it was showtime, kicking off with a civic military parade at 7:30 a.m., followed by the

spectacular Lubi-Lubistreet dancing, the basketball final, a disco concert and a dazzling fireworks display that had the crowd “stargazing” until the wee hours of the morning. “The festival was beautiful while it lasted. We look forward to the next Lubi-Lubihan sa Glan,” said a visitor, who came all the way from North Cotabato. This only goes to show that the Lubi-Lubi sa Glan is here to stay. (GLAN INFORMATION AND NEWS SERVICE/ PIA GENERAL SANTOS CITY)


A backdrop of a coconut plantation and the rhythm of drums School to a passionate rendition of their Lubi-Lubi Festival d paying tribute to the local coconut industry coincides with the GANI INFORMATION OFFICE) 6

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and gongs sends performers from Glan Padidu National High dance Saturday, October 8, and won 3rd place. The festival e town’s 97th foundation anniversary. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANTuesday, October 11, 2011


Aquino assures disbursement of government funds in programs that will directly benefit the Filipino people


resident Benigno S. Aquino III assured the favorable disbursements of government’s funds in programs that will directly benefit the people and empower them to become productive citizens as he urged them to take advantage of the opportunities being offered them as a potent step in uplifting their standards of living.



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Aquino assures.....from page 8

In his message following the Inauguration of the Phase 2 building and groundbreaking ceremonies for the Phase 3 of the Eulogio Rodriguez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City, President Aquino noted the innate skills of the Filipinos as a very important tool in nation-building. “Tinitiyak natin na ang pera ng taumbayan ay mapupunta sa kanila, makapagdudulot ng kaalaman at magbubunga ng kabuhayan… kaya naman sa ating mga estudyante, huwag sana ninyong palampasin ang magandang pagkakataong ibinigay sa inyo upang makapag-aral at umasenso,” the President said. “Taglay ang inyong mayamang kaalaman at kasanayan, talaga naman pong malaki ang

maitutulong ninyo sa lalo pang pag-usad ng ating ekonomiya at ng bayan tungo sa kaunlaran,” he added. The President also noted the government’s unyielding efforts to effect reforms in the country’s educational system. He called for the people’s support in these efforts that will eventually result to the country’s sustainable progress and development. “Hindi po tayo magpapa-diskaril, nagagawa na po natin ang sinasabi nilang imposibleng pagbabago, nawa’y patuloy po tayong magdamayan at magtiwala sa isa’t-isa, sa ganitong paraan hindi po malayong matamasa na natin ang matagal na nating mithiin na maiangat ng husto ang Pilipinas at ang sambayanang Pilipino,” the President said.

According to the President these reforms include the allocation of over two hundred billion pesos for the Department of Education in the year 2012 to cover the acquisition of additional school equipment and the construction of additional 66 thousand classrooms within the next four years. “Naglaan po tayo ng 238.8 bilyong pisong pondo para sa DepEd para sa taong 2012, mula sa pondong ito mahigit labing-pitong bilyong piso ang inilaan natin upang maibsan ang kakulangan ng kagamitan at pasilidad sa mga paaralan at sa pagtatayo at pagpapaayos ng mga silid aralan,” President Aquino said. “Sa pangunguna ni Kalihim Bro. Armin Lusitro, target po natin makapagpatayo ng humigit kumulang 10

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Aquino assures.....from page 9

animnapu’t anim na libong classrooms bago matapos ang ating termino,” he said. The President also bared the allotment of funds to avail some more quality books for the students and the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) program, a government project, created through Republic Act No. 6728, providing opportunities to impoverished students who cannot afford to study in private schools. The government recognizes the contribution of private schools in the country’s educational system, and as such, made improvements through the maximization of their existing resources. “Kasado na rin po ang pondo para sa pagbili ng mga de


kalidad na mga libro nang hindi na kailangan pang maghati-hati ng maraming mag-aaral sa luma at punit-punit na mga aklat… pinagbubuti na rin po natin ang government assistance to students and teachers in private education para masolusyonan ang pagsisiksikan ng mga mag-aaral sa mga pang-publikong paaralan,” President Aquino said. During the event, the President led the unveiling of the project marker of the ERIS four-storey, 40classroom building project amounting to 65 million pesos. He also led the groundbreaking rites of the ERIS Phase 3, a twostorey, 12-classroom school building. Also present were House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Mandaluyong Mayor

Benjamin Abalos Jr., Mandaluyong Representative Neptali Gonzales II, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Director General Joel Villanueva, House Committee on Basic Education Vice Chairman and Deputy Majority Leader Jorge “Bolet” Banal, Quezon Province 4th District Representative Lorenzo Tanada III and Aurora Representative Juan Edgardo Angara, among others. Earlier, President Aquino led the groundbreaking ceremonies of the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School (ABIS) Proposed Site in Welfareville Compound, also in Mandaluyong City where he was also joined by some cabinet and local government unit officials. (Jayson Cruz Luna)

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NAPC working double time to finalize housing settlement for North Triangle folk n line with the Aquino administration’s program for the informal settlers, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) on Tuesday said the government is working double time to finalize an agreement aimed at providing tenurial security for informal settlers of North Triangle in Quezon City. NAPC Assistant Secretary Gina dela Cruz said an inter-agency technical working group (TWG) composed of the commission, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council

(HUDCC) has been exploring ways to come up with a solution that is just, feasible and acceptable to all stakeholders. “We in NAPC have been engaged in a series of talks with various informal settler organizations in North Triangle since October last year and especially when President Aquino called

for the creation of a body in December tasked to craft a housing framework for the urban poor in light of the demolition that took place in the area and the many issues that concern the informal settler families,” dela Cruz said. Some 4,000 to 5,000 families are facing demolition in North Triangle 12

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NAPC working....from page 11

to make way for a P22-billion development project, which includes the entire 30-hectare Sitio San Roque in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa. The project is a joint venture of the Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) and the National Housing Authority (NHA) to develop and transform North Triangle into a central business and commercial district. The NHA is the listed owner of this property. The inter-agency task force has succeeded in getting the approval of President Benigno Aquino III to allocate P10 Billion in 2011 as part of the


P38-billion proposed funding package for the resettlement of some 106,000 informal settler families living in danger zones such as esteros and floodways around the country. The amount will be used to construct low-cost housing in suburban and incity resettlement areas. For North Triangle, the President has given an additional P450 million for the construction of a medium-rise building in Camarin, Caloocan City intended to house some 1,500 families. Dela Cruz said that NAPC, the

DILG and the NHA have been working together with North Triangle informal settlers for an amicable settlement, including the possibilities for onsite, in-city or nearcity relocation plan. The Commission on Human Rights has pitched in as well by providing guidelines for a rightsbased approach to the resettlement of informal settlers. “With these social processes underway, NAPC and the other members of the task force are confident that the problem is being handled carefully,� dela Cruz stressed.

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Majority of youth favor divorce--NYC By Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

greater number of 27.8 million Filipino youths nationwide favor the legalization of divorce in the country, a high ranking government official said Tuesday. During the program “Talking Points” held aired over Radyo ng Bayan, National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Leon Flores said that majority of Filipinos aged 15 to 30 now agree that married couples who are incompatible and have separated should be allowed to file for divorce. Although Flores did not give an exact figure, he said that the youth’s overwhelming support for divorce was just one of the many perceptions the commission was able Tuesday, October 11, 2011

to cull after it conducted a nationwide survey of 5,800 young Filipino respondents as part of NYC’s annual youth assessment program. He said data from the national survey, which the NYC would be releasing soon, will be used in the Philippine Medium Term Youth Development Plan in line with the Philippine Development Plan of the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. He said the Philippine Youth Development Plan will also help ensure that the recom-

mended policies, programs, and courses of actions are carried out by government. Aside from favoring divorce, Flores said the youth’s perception on other issues reveal that the younger sector of the population are active online users involved in social networking sites, even in the rural areas. Likewise, the same survey shows that young Filipinos opt to be passive observers than active leaders and initiators in society, he said. 13


No need to reform juvenile justice law, says National Youth Commission By Alice V. Sicat

"Execute the law, do not execute the children."

his was the position taken by an official of the National Youth Commission regarding calls in Congress to lower the “age of discernment” to nine or 10 years old, from the present 15 years old, as stated in the juvenile justice law. The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 states that children under the age of 15 cannot be charged with a crime. A number of crimes involving children have recently hogged the headlines, that had some legislators calling for a review of the law. Leon Flores, Chair of the NYC, said that instead of amending the law, it should instead be implemented fully. The problem lies, he said, in the imple-

mentation of the law. “LGUs do not hire qualified social workers. Instead, they hire unlicensed social workers, who are relatives of the mayor or governor.” He said unqualified social workers are not capable of providing proper intervention for children. Flores was guest today at the “Talking Points” radio program aired over Radyo ng Bayan and PTV 4, and sponsored by the Philippine Information Agency and the Presi-

dential Communications Operations Office. “Lowering the age of discernment is not the solution (to juvenile delinquency),” Flores said. “Even if the children nowadays are more exposed to information, physiologically, they are still young... (Exposure to more information) does not make them more discerning.” Locking them up in jail together with hardened criminals will make things worse, 15


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No need to....from page 14

he said, will only increase the number of criminals in the country. “(The children) will be marked for life,” he said. A restorative or reformative justice should be applied in these conditions. Regarding police assertion that children


are being used by criminal syndicates, he said, “Then, we should run after the syndicates, not the children.” He admitted, however, that this should be a community effort. “But we all have to take ownership in raising the child,” he said.

“This is a landmark law, which earned for the country the commendation of international agencies because it is compliant with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” he said

Re-think “break time” in schools to subdue bullying – NYC By Phres A. Evardone

ullies are everywhere, but it is in schools where they really thrive on. And teachers, in particular, play a vital role in controlling the impact of bullying to school children.

National Youth Commission (NYC) Chairman Leon G. Flores III offered his insight on what bullying is and how we can quell it during today’s “Talking Points” aired over Radyo ng Bayan and Philippines Television (PTV – 4) Network.

According to Flores, anyone can be bullied and be a bully at the same time. He pointed out, though, that in their study they noticed that it is among students where bullying is very prevalent. Flores said that one out of five has been

a victim of bullying. And one out of three, at one point, has been abused or exploited. A similar study commissioned by the Department of Education (Dep Ed) showed similar results. Flores noted that re-thinking the concept of “break time” or 16

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Re-think”Break time”....from page 15

recess in schools would definitely help in stopping bullying incidents because this is the best time where students interact with each other and where bullying is likely to occur. He stressed that teachers should watch over the students during breaks so that it would be easier for them to identify the bul-


lies and the ones being bullied and therefore be able to track down bullying incidents. He added that some schools are already implementing this practice and is urging other schools to follow and re-think their “break time” concept. Flores added further that it is of par-

amount importance that students are able to understand what is bullying and why it is wrong. In view of this, NTYC feels elated that the Anti-Bullying Act is now being fast-track in Congress as this would create awareness to the public about bullying and penalize those who will commit it.

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Overseas intern program for students suspended by RG Alama

DAVAO CITY -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has announced that the Student Internship Abroad Program (SIAP) has been suspended by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In a statement the POEA has warned the public particularly students of higher education institutions to be on the lookout for unscrupulous individuals offering schemes that arranges students to undergo practicum overseas particularly in Singapore without the required documentary processing from the POEA and the CHED. The suspension came as CHED has

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monitored the rise of Filipino students/ trainees and graduates of higher education institutions who became victims of cheap labor and human trafficking in Singapore. The said trainees and students have been abused and exploited under the SIAP arrangement. While graduates of highereducation institutions are recruited illegally and are treated and unjustly compensated as student-

interns. The suspension of the SIAP is effective the second semester of School Year 2011-2012. The SIAP program CHED’s accredited local and foreign partner entities who have tied up with participating higher education institutions can recommend, process and monitor studentinterns who will undergo international practicum in Singapore. 17

NORTH COTABATO WINS THE GAWAD PAMANA NG LAHI AWARD KIDAPAWAN,NORTH COTABATO- The Provincial Government of Cotabato with its effort to provide genuine services for its constituents had won the regional Gawad Pamana ng Lahi conferred by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The province won in the provincial category after a rigid validation process done by a multi-sectoral team led by DILG XII last September 23 & 26. “This is an indication of the provincial government’s commitment to provide quality government services guided by the principle of “Serbisyong Totoo” or genuine service for the people,” Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza said. The award is


given to outstanding local government units that have excelled in various performance indicators based on the Local Governance P e r f o r m a n c e Management System (LGPMS) including the seal of Good Housekeeping, awards re3cieved, and innovative programs and projects. This yearly award is an instrument to scale-up the valuing of accountability, transparency and involvement to local

administration and development. The province will receive 3 Million cash prize which will be given at the Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila during the national awarding ceremony today October 11, 2011. Other Gawad Pamana ng Lahi winners are Kidapawan City for the City Category and Surallah, South Cotabato ffor the municipal category.

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Groups to Congress: Put RH bill to a vote! group of sectoral leaders who are gathered today for the civil society press conference on the highly clamored Reproductive Health (RH) bill calls on Congress to heed the call of the majority of the Filipino people, stop the hypocrisy and pass the RH bill now.

According to Ramon San Pascual, Executive Director of the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc.

(PLCPD), civil society groups are now challenging lawmakers to vote on the RH bill. “More than ten years of continuous and repeated debates on it is too much already,” San Pascual

said. “Stretching the legislative process on such an important piece of legislation is detrimental not only to women but to the country as a whole.” The RH bill is a very crucial piece of legislation that responds to the country’s long-standing need for a national law that will provide stable universal access to medically safe, legal, affordable, effective and quality RH care services and information. That is all to it, San Pascual explains. “All you read 20

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Groups of Congress....from page 19

in the bill is all you get, no other agenda. All these talks coming from the anti-RH lawmakers are part of the grand design to block the imminent passage of the bill,” he stressed. RH bill is supported by no less than the President of the Philippines, his cabinet members, government agencies and by almost all sectors—academe, economists, youth, women, faith-based groups, business, labor, development agencies, non-government organizations, local government units, civil society groups, community organizations, celebrities and personalities—while various surveys conducted by prestigious survey institutions have shown time and again that majority of Filipinos want RH education and services and they want the government


to fund it, San Pascual said further. “Yet, there are some lawmakers who are stubbornly refusing to understand that point,” he said. “Is it because the very powerful Catholic bishops and groups affiliated to them are opposing it? It is the poor, especially poor women who are denied with the RH services and are needlessly dying every day who will benefit from it,” he added. San Pascual stressed, “Why can’t Congress pass the RH bill which is broadly and strongly supported by various sectors? What is in it for the lawmakers who are strongly opposing the bill to the point of exhausting all possible means to derail it?” Meanwhile, Dr. Junice Melgar, Secretary General of the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network

(RHAN) and Executive Director of LIKHAAN Center for Women’s Health explains that the sentiment of the whole nation is to pass the RH bill. But according to her, while it is acknowledged that the voice of the people is the voice of God, after more than ten years, Congress has not voted on what the people want – an RH law. “The whole country, ironically except Congress, has made up its mind that it needs an RH law. It is very lamentable that they are choosing not to abide by their sworn obligations – to enact laws that will protect the rights and welfare of their constituents,” she said. “It is with the strongest conviction, that we, women, say it is time for our lawmakers to heed the voice of the people. Vote and pass the RH bill now,” Melgar ended.

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PopCom National Officals ug Regional Directors nagbisitar sa Kapitolyo sa Comval Compostela Valley Province- Perteng lingawa gyod samtang namati sa nindot kaayong mga Awit nga gidalit sa “Better Late than Never Band” (BLTN), ang mga Senior Officers sa PopCom Central Office nga gipanguluhan ni PopCom National Executive Director Tomas Osias ug 10 pa ka mga PopCom Regional Directors nga mibisita sa Kapitolyo niadtong Oktubre 6, 2011.

Si PopCom National Executive Director Osias ug mga kauban, miabot sa kapitolyo kuyog nila ni PopCom Region XI Director Maduh Damsani, DOH Region XI Director Teogenes Baluma, ug PHO Chief Dr. Renato Basañez. Sa ilang paghiabot sila malipayong giabi-abi nila ni Gov. Uy, SP Member Paul Galicia, ug Mayor Reynaldo Navarro sa Laak atol sa usa ka Courtesy Call diha sa Governor’s Office sa kapitolyo. Human sa

pipila ka minutong kolokabildo ang grupo milahos sa Social Hall aron pagtambong sa usa ka pormal nga programa, ug panahon niini gipahibalo kanila pinaagi sa mga Audio Visual Presentations(AVPs) ang mga mahinungdanong butang nga angay nilang masayran bahin sa probinsiya. Ang maong mga mahinungdanong impormasyon nga gipahibalo kanila naglangkob sa Geographical

Locations, sa mga katawhang namuyo, sa mga Tourist Destinations kon maayong laaganan, ug sa mga Best Practices sa Governance kon maayong pagdumala sa gobyerno. Gipahibalo usab kanila ang lainlaing mga programa ug proyekto nga gitabangan pagimplementar sa Provincial ug Municipal LGUs ilalom sa konseptong lusong, ang Barangay Family Development Program nga 22

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PopCom national ....from page 21

nagtumong sa pagpalambo sa moral nga aspeto sa pamilya, ang pagpromotar sa spirit of volunteerism pinaagi sa USWAG Gawad Kalinga (GK) nga naglakip sa pagtukod ug mga balay nga gipapuyan nga libre sa mga kabus ug sa pagtukod ug School Building ilalom sa Programang Kalinga sa Kabataan, Bayanihan sa Paaralan. Population

Commission Officers visited the Provincial Capitol of Comval to touch base with LGU officials. Ang tibuok Social Hall sa kapitolyo napuno sa palakpak ug mga pagdayeg gikan sa mga bisita sa diha nga sila gidalitan sa mga nindot kaayong awit sa BLTN Band nga “You and I” ug “I Belive”. Gani misabay gayod pagkanta ang halos tanan kanila. Mga singers sa

naila na kaayong BLTN Band sa kapitolyo sila si Executive Assistant Hermogenes Maning, Assistant Provincial Administrator Fernando Juab, SPU Chief Raul Villocino, PPDO Chief Romeo Celeste, Asst. PPDO Chief Reymundo Pajarito, Executive Assistant Macario Humol, ug Executive Assistant IV Isabelo Melendres nga maoy ilang Talent Manager.

Comval gisakmit ang upat ka National Awards sa 2011 Best Tourism Practices by Gilbert M. Cabahug

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE-----Ang probinsiya sa Compostela Valley maoy misakmit sa upat ka National Awards sa “2011 Best Tourism Practices”, nga gihatag sa kauluhan pinaagi sa Department of Tourism (DOT) ug sa Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP), atol sa bag-o nahumang 12th ATOP National Convention nga malampusong gihimo didto sa Roxas City, Probinsiya sa Capiz.



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Comval gisakmit ....from page 22



12th probinsiya sa Composte- Provincial Tourism Of-

ATOP National Conven- la Valley ang ikaduhang fice, ang tulo ka mga tion niadtong Oktobre puwesto sa “2011 Best dagko ug nindot kaay5,2011, ang probinsiya in Sports Festival Event”. ong mga Trophy ngadto sa


Valley Entry sa probinsiya nii- nila nj Asst. Provincial

maoy nahimong Grand ni mao ang gipahigay- Administrator Fernando Champion sa “2011 Best on nga “3rd Summer Juab, SP Member FeTourism Month Celebra- Beach Sports Festival”. lisa Navarro, SP Memtion” sa Provincial Level


Category ilalom sa te- kadaugan

nga ber Dr. Ruben Flores, mao

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mang “Tourism and Bio- “Best in Cultural Event” IV.Isabelo


diversity”. Samtang, si diin ang Diwanag Festi- nga maoy nagrepresenProvincial Tourism Of- val sa lungsod sa Mon- tar ficer Christine Dompor tevista





nahi- “Chiongkee” Uy atol sa

maoy giilang “2011 Most mong 2ndPlacer ilalom gihimong


Outstanding Tourism Of- sa Municipal Category. Turn-over sa Kapitolyo ficer of the Philippines”.

Malipayong gitunol niadtongOktobre10,2011.

Naangkon usab sa sa mga personahe sa

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Food poisoning downs family in T’boli, SouthCotabato by DaniDoguiles

KORONADAL CITY – Health officials in South Cotabato are conducting investigation of a food poisoning incident in T’boli town that downed a family of six. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., provincial health officer, said he immediately ordered a team to go to SitioLibi, Barangay Lambuling, T’boli to help determine the cause of food poisoning of a family that led to death of two children and hospitalization of four others. Norberto Lapastora,

administrative officer of T’boli LGU, identified the victims who are now under observation at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital as parents Jomari and Mary Ann Fundo and their children Saida and Lorie. Fatalities were identified as Narjun Fundo and Maila Fundo. Initial reports that

reached T’boli LGU said that the family experienced severe abdominal pain, headache and vomiting after eating a meal of porridge allegedly made from NFA rice distributed under the Municipal Social Welfare Office’s supplemental feeding program. However,Dr.Aturdido said this report has yet to 25


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Food poisoning.....from page 24 be confirmed. He said, investigation is still underway to determine what the victims have ingested. Aturdido said they have already collected stool and blood samples for

laboratory examinations. Lapastora meanwhile said samples of the rice alleged to have poisoned the family have been sent to Davao City for testing. Aturdido also re-

ported that both parents and one of the two children confined at SCPH are now stable but added that one of the children is still in a critical condition.

Women ARBS train on hog and poultry production, fruit processing by Maria Theresa V. Quimsing KORONADAL CITY -- Twenty-four women agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato were recently trained on hog and poultry production at the Provincial Animal Production and Processing Center in Barangay Tinongcop, Tantangan, South Cotabato. They were introduced to the basic principles of raising swine and chicken as an additional means to earn family income. They were also exposed to the provincial government’s animal production and processing center where they observed technologies for profitable production of pigs, chicken, cows, and goats. In addition to the

training, 13 of the women received P2,300 startup capital specifically for the purchase of a piglet and the initial feed requirements. The grant is covered by a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to ensure proper implementation of the project , return of the capital, and later replication of the project for the other women ARBs. Another group

of women ARBs were trained on processing of fruits like papaya and pineapple in Tupi town. Training focused on preparation of products like jams and pickles. Both trainings are part of the program of the Department of Agrarian Reform under Gender And Development (GAD) which aims to provide capability and livelihood 26

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training for rural women as mandated in Section 37-A of RA 9700, or the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with

Reforms (CARPER). Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Felix C. Frias said DAR will continue to help women by increasing

their income, enhancing participation in the community, and making them partners in rural development.

Backpay ng mga guro sa ARMM ibinigay na COTABATO CITY - Nagsimula kahapon ang pang-apat na pagreles ng mga back pay sa mga guro sa may labingdalawang (12) divisions na sakop ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) kung saan tumanggap ang may 1,246 na mga guro ng kanilang back pay simula sa taong 2005 hanggang 2011. Ayon kay ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo pinagsisikapan ng administrasyon ni Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong na maibigay lahat ang sahod at mga binipisyo na dapat para sa mga guro ng rehiyon. Ayon sa Cash Division ng Office of the Regional Governor o ORG ang reles na ginagawa ngayon ay pang-apat na sa ilalim ng administrasyon ni Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin

Alonto Adiong simula noong umupo siya bilang acting governor noong December 2009. Ginawa ang unang reles ng mga back salaries noong September 2010; pangalawang reles noong December 2010 at ang pangatlo ay noong buwan ng Abril taong kasalukuyan (2011). Umabot sa 2,017 mga guro sa buong rehiyon ang nakuha ang kanilang back pay noong Abril 2011. Kasama sa tu-

manggap kahapon sina titser Ali Sabpel mula sa Pagalungan District at Jose Marie Tuvieron ng Datu Saudi High School sa tumanggap ng back pay kasama ang may 277 na mga guro mula sa dalawang division ng Maguindanao. Si Sabpel ay tumanggap ng siyam na tseke bilang sahod mula June 2006 hanggang February 2007 kasama ang year- end bonus at GMA bonus samantala si Tuvieron ay nakatanggap ng walong 27


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(8) tseke bilang sahod mula August 2010 hanggang February 2011. Sa harap ng mga guro kahapon ng umaga sinabi ni Sinarimbo na mahalaga ang papel na ginagampanan ng mga guro. Ayon sa kalihim nakadepende sa mga guro ang kinabukasan ng rehiyon. Nanawagan si Sinarimbo sa lahat ng mga guro sa rehiyon at naniniwala siya na may pag-asa ang rehiyon na magkaroon ng maganda at kalidad na edukasyon. Kaya pakiusap ni Sinarimbo sa lahat ng guro na gawing mabuti ang kanilang pagtuturo. Ayon sa Finance department ng Office of the Regional Governor umabot ng 106 milyong piso ang kabuuang back salaries na tinanggapap ng may 1,246 na mga guro kahapon.

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Napag-alaman na mayroong mga guro mula sa lalawigan ng Lanao del Sur na tumanggap ng umabot sa104 na bilang ng tseke bilang sahod mula April 2008 hanggang August nitong taon. Nagpaabot naman ng sobrang pasasalamat ang mga guro sa pamunuan ni Governor Adiong sa ginawang pag-aayos ng matagal na nilang mga sahod. Mula sa apat na division ng Lanao Sur kasama ang Marawi City, may 451 na guro ang tumanggap ng kanilang mga backpay; mula sa dalawang division ng Sulu na may 280; Tawitawi na may 176; Basilan na may 14 na mga guro at Lamitan na mayroong 46. Gingawa sa Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex ang pamim-

igay ng sahod sa mga gurong may provisionary at permanent appointments na hindi nakatanggap ng kanilang sahod mula taong 2006, 2007 at school year 2010-2011. Ang schedule ng relasing ay ang sumusunod: October 10 (Lunes) para sa Maguindanao I and II; October 11 (Martes) para sa Lanao del Sur IA at B, Lanao del Sur II A at B at ang para sa lungsod ng Marawi. Gagawin sa October 12 (Merkules) ang para sa Tawi-Tawi, Sulu I at II, Basilan at Lamitan. Pinapayuhan ang mga guro na magtatanggap ng kanilang mga back pay na magdala ng original at photo copy ng kanilang appointment at dalawang valid identification cards. (MCD)


ARMM tuloy ang pamamahagi ng postharvest facilities COTABATO CITY – Tuloy ang pamamahagi ng Office of the Regional GovernorARMM ng mga post harvest facilities, mga binhi at abuno para sa mga magsasaka na biktima ng kaguluhan noong 2008 at ng mga pabalik-balik ng pagbaha sa lalawigan ng Maguindanao. Tinanggap mismo ng mga lider ng mga magsasaka mula kay ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo kahapon sa Office of the Regional Governor ang mga nasabing mga farm inputs. Nakatanggap ang farmer associations mula sa barangay Kakal, Paglat at barangay Bagundang, Gen. Salipada K. Pendadun (GSKP) ng tig 100 bags (sako) ng palay seeds, 20 bags ng corn seeds, 10 units (bote) ng fertilizers at tig isang rice thresher. Sinabi ni Sinarimbo


na umaasa ang pamunuan ni Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto- Adiong na maging daan ng pagsimula muli ng mga magsasaka ng kanilang buhay ang mga nasabing farm inputs. Nangako naman sina Guiedtem Ali at Salambat Abdul, lider ng mga Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) mula Paglat at GSKP ayon sa pagkasunod-sunod na gagamitin sa tama ang mga nasabing farm inputs upang makaahon sa sunod-sunod na trahedya sa buhay. Ayon kay Abdul

nagpapasalamat siya sa ARMM dahil may maitatanim na sila at siguradong may makain na ang kanyang pamilya at kabarangay. Nakatanggap ng tig-isang rice thresher ang farmer associations mula sa mga bayan ng alayan, Upi, GSKP, Pandag, Pagatin, Kabuntalan, Sultan Kudarat, Datu Paglas, Paglat at Montawal. Iginawad din ni Sinarimbo noong araw ng Sabado ang 6 na corn sheller sa bayan ng Buldon. (MCD)

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Kabawasan sa IRA ng mga LGU sa 2012 pinaghahandaan KORONADAL CITY – Pinaghahandaan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan maging ng mga municipal at city LGUs ng South Cotabato mas maliit na budget sa susunod na taon dahil sa malaking kabawasan sa kanilang mga internal revenue allotment (IRA). Tinatayang nasa 4.2 porsiyento kasi ang mababawas sa mga IRA ng mga LGU sa 2012 dulot ng karagdagang labing-anim na bagong lungsod sa bansa batay sa desisyon ng Korte Suprema na pinal na nagsasabing naayon sa batas ang kanilang cityhood conversion. Ang pamahalaang panlalawigan halimbawa makakatanggap lang ng P751 milyon na IRA sa susunod na taon. Ito ay P104.5 milyon na mas mababa sa kasulukuyang IRA na 787.8 milyon. Samantala, aabot

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naman sa P67.4 milyon ang mababawas sa IRA ng sampung bayan at isang lungsod ng South Cotabato. Pinakamalaki ang awas sa IRA ng Koronadal City LGU na tatapyasan ng P20.39 milyon. Sa 2012 makatatanggap lang ito ng P405.2 milyon sa halip na P425.59 milyon. Mula P2.45 milyon hanggang P7.5 milyon naman ang mababawas sa IRA ng sampung bayan dito. Ayon kay South Cotabato Provincial Treasurer Elvira Rafael maapektuhan ng

pagtapyas sa IRA ang maintenance and operating expenses ng mga LGUs. Sa MOOE kinukuha ang gastos sa office supply, gasoline, travelling, training expenses, repair and maintance ng kagamitan, at marami pang iba. Siniguro naman ni Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. na hindi dapat maapektuhan ng kabawasan sa budget ang pagbibigay ang batayang serbisyo ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. Naghahanap na rin umano sila ng mapagkunan ng karagdagang pondo. (DEDoguiles)



DepEd suspends classes in elementary level in Butuan City

by Robert E. Roperos

he Department of Education (DepEd) Butuan City Division has declared suspension of classes in the elementary level. Storm signal no. 1 was declared in Agusan del Norte and the neighboring provinces as tropical storm “Ramon� gets closer.





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DepEd suspends.....from page 30 In a radio interview this morning, DepEdButuan City Division spokesperson Prof. Israel Reveche said they have directed all elementary schools in Butuan to suspend classes today. However, Reveche said teachers are directed to report to their respective classrooms. “Only pupils are advised not to attend classes and teachers must report to their classrooms,” Reveche said. As of press time, classes in the elementary

level in other provinces in the region are also suspended. Board Member Mamerto Galanida, acting Surigao Norte Governor, has ordered the suspension of classes in preschool and elementary in the entire province, including Surigao City and Siargao islands. Surigao del Sur OIC Division Superintendent Gloria Su has also told all District Supervisors especially in the municipality of Hinatuan to suspend their classes. Su said the

District Supervisors are now tasked to announce the suspension of classes in their areas of responsibility. Tropical depression “Ramon” is expected to hit Caraga Region tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12. Aside from Butuan City and Agusan del Norte, storm signal no. 1 was also declared in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Siargao Island, and the Province of Dinagat Islands.

Reg’l. DRRMC prepares for tropical depression “Ramon”

BUTUAN CITY -- Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Regional Director Dr. Blanche Gobenciong said today that the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Caraga is already prepared for tropical depression “Ramon”. In an interview, Dr. Gobenciong said the DRRMC in all the local government units in the region were already given advisories last night. “This is to ensure that as early as last night, they will be able to give warnings to the public,” Gobenciong said. Aside from the advisories, Gobenciong said LGUs were informed to keep in touch with the Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RDRRMC any time. At 11:00 a.m. today, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) reported that tropical depression “Ramon” has maintained its strength as it continues to threaten Eastern Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region). Based on satellite and surface data , the

center of the tropical depression was estimated at 245 kilometers East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is expected to be at 30 kilometers North of Hinatuan by tomorrow morning and at 30 kilometers South of Romblon by Thursday morning. By Friday morning, it will be at 120 kilometers Southwest of Iba, Zambales. (Robert E. Roperos) 31


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24 barangays in Bislig City receive L300 van from city gov’t by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- Some 24 barangays of Bislig City received an L300 van each from the city government as part of the “Libreng serbisyo Ihatod sa Barangay” (LIB) Program of Mayor Librado Navarro. According to city information officer Carlito Abar, the said 24 vehicle units were already distributed to the said

barangays in a turn-over ceremony led by Mayor Navarro on October 7. During the previous months, regular ba-

sic services were offered in line with the said program and were brought to the different barangays of this city.

ACE to support the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY – The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) headed by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Rene Burdeos, signed the covenant for Clean Environment which signifies their commitment to support and participate in all the activities of the program. Based on the covenant, ACE members recognize the importance of a clean environment and commit to support

the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program of the city government of Butuan led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.

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ACE to support.....from page 33 fects of climate change. Meanwhile, Dir. Burdeos acknowledged the continued support and participation of its members from different government agencies especially in this campaign to achieve a ‘Clean Ground,

Zero Waste’ city. The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) is an organization of heads of offices from different government agencies in Region XIII which aims to further professionalize the corps of CESOs and

eligibles. ACE members not only provide financial assistance through the members’ contributions to civic groups’ programs but also undertake outreach programs for the less privileged sector of the society.

Classes suspended in Surigao City, other areas due to Typhoon ‘Ramon’ by FEAbkilan SURIGAO CITY - Classes in the pre-school and elementary levels in Surigao City and the rest of Surigao del Norte were ordered suspended Tuesday by acting Governor Board Member Mamerto Galanida after storm signal number one was hoisted over the province due to typhoon “Ramon”

In a radio interview, Galanida immediately issued an advisory to all its municipal units and raised an alert over municipalities with low-lying areas to prepare against possible flashfloods and landslides during the next few hours of typhoon ‘Ramon’ approaching Surigao City. Also, the PDRRMC of Dinagat Islands through Provincial Administrator Benglen Ecleo declared no


classes to pre-schools and elementary in the whole province. “All municipal DRRMCs are alerted to take precautionary measures to prevent untoward inicidents,” Ecleo said. The weather bureau raised public storm signal number one over the provinces of Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte Provinces, Bohol, Biliran, Camotes Island, Surigao del Norte, Siar-

gao Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Group of Islands and Camiguin Island. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Ramon was 360 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour near the center, moving west northwest at 17 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

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Massive agro-forestry up in Lanao Sur


he provincial government of Lanao del Sur is embarking on massive fruit-bearing, rubber and other high value trees farming to include coconuts soon, which President Aquino is promoting for mass “buko juice� production as potential export products in the region. 36

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Massive -agro....from page 35 In a press release, the Bureau of Public Information (BPI) disclosed that Lanao Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong Jr. was set to fly to Manila to meet the administrator of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for the possible crafting of a plan to include coconut production in his administration’s farming drive. “I would meet with the PCA hierarchy for its possible assistance in our desire to include massive coconut production in line with the President’s expressed impetus for production of buko juice, oil and other coco byproducts,” Adiong told journalists in an interview. Upon his reelection

in 2010, Governor Adiong said he had developed a provincial nursery in his hometown of Ditsaan-Ramaincapable of accommodating 300,000 seedlings at a time, but the distribution and planting works have been stalled because of unstable peace and order affected by pervasive local feudal politics and other lawless activities. “With the creation of the Task Force Ranao, which the President has suported, to contain all sorts of criminal activities in our province, we now unleash our full efforts in planting, rubber and fruit-bearing trees. Very soon, we will include coconut farming,” Adiong said. Presently, he said, the provincial

nursery contains more than 50,000 assorted seedlings that will be distributed free to all towns with known vast idle lands. Few days after the creation of the task force by the country top defense, military and police brasses on Sept. 24, many residents have started preparing their long-abandoned lands for use in agro-forestry development to boost the economy of the province. “One basic element of high criminality incidence is poverty. When one is hungry, he is likely to be angry and tending to commit any actions to feed his family. Chances are, the actions come in illegal fashion,” Adiong said.

DSWD releases cash assistance to 713 CFW beneficiaries by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY- Filled with excitement and joy , the 713 ‘cash for work’ small scale farmers and fisherfolks from barangays Balintawak, Buenvista, Kawit, Lumad, Napolan and San Pedro flocked at the covered court on Monday to receive their cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD9). 37 36

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DSWD releases....from page 36 Mayor Samuel S. Co said the distribution of P1,803,890 worth of cash assistance to the said beneficiaries was part of the cash for work (CFW) program of of DSWD and the second batch of release whose initial amount of P9,196,550 was released to the 3,635 beneficiaries in the 47 barangays on September 25. Co said P11-M was given by the President Benigno Simeon Aquino III thru DSWD9 to the beneficiaries for rendering community work in 11 days in their respective barangays where each beneficiary received of P2,530 as payment of their work. The CFW beneficiaries rendered work in their respective barangays on August 1-12. Co said the project though is short has offered help to the poor small scale farmers and fisherfolks by providing them temporary employ-

ment and income augmentation and trained them to become productive by doing community work. The chief executive suggested to the DSWD that in the next implementation of said project, the agency should not pressure the local government unit by giving them deadline to finish the project saying

that Pagadian LGU has experienced difficulty in the implementation of the project . “We have experienced difficulty in implementing the project because we were given deadline to complete the project,” Co commented. “I suggest that next time we will be given 2-3 months to prepare because almost

all employees of DSWD, City Agriculture’s Office and City Eingineer’s Office have to go out to train and monitor these beneficiaries. We have to totally shut down the operation of the office to ensure the effective implementation of the project,” Co remarked. Meanwhile, City Social Welfare and Development Oficer Abdulgani J. Pagayao thanked Mayor Co for helping the agency in implementing the poject in the city. “Akong gipasalamatan si Mayor Co nga mitabang pagpatuman ning maong programa. Bisan sa kalisod sa panahon, iyang gipaninguha nga madawat gyud ninyo ang inyong cash assistance karon adlawa (I thanked Mayor Co for helping in the implementation of the program. Even in this hard times, he facilitated the for the realease of your cash assistance today),” Pagayao said. Abedel Ismael, 49 38

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DSWD releases....from page 37 of Kawit who waited at the venue at 12:00 noon, one (1) hour ahead of the scheduled program was very excited to receive the cash

assistance saying that the cash he received will be used to buy foods for his wife and 5 children. Ismael thanked the government for choos-

ing him as one of the benefeciairies. He hoped that the project will be sustained by the government to help the poor sectors of society.

Bombings will not halt Fiesta Pilar fete

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- City Mayor Celso Lobregat said all activities for the Fiesta Pilar celebration will not go for naught even with the twin bombings last Sunday. Lobregat strongly condemned the bombing calling it despicable but stressed that all scheduled activities for this year’s fiesta will push through as planned. He also assured the public that authorities are in control of the situation, tightening the security here even more. He added that they are not leaving any stone unturned to identify the culprits and put them behind bars. “What happened forced us to take a step backward, but we should not be daunted. Let us take two or three steps forward”, he said. He urged the pub38

lic not to be afraid and give the culprits the pleasure of succeeding in their plans. “We should not give the perpetrators the moral victory. To succumb to intimidation or terror campaign is giving the perpetrators moral victory”, the Chief Executive stressed. Mayor Lobregat lauded Zamboangueños’ courage despite the bombings after seeing that it (bombings) did not hamper the festive mood of the people and participation in all activities. “I made the rounds of all the events sponsored by the local gov-

ernment and private groups and we can say the fighting spirit of our city and people are very much alive”, the mayor said. The twin bombings happened last Sunday shortly after noon. The first bomb exploded in a cockpit in Barangay San Roque, about five kilometers from the city proper, at around 12:30 pm, and was followed by another blast in Red Palm Pension House in Barangay Guiwan, five minutes after. Eleven people were injured in the separate bombings with no casualties. Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zambo. Norte schools division beefs up computer training for school heads by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY- With the advent of modern technologies, the Department of Education (DepED) is now intensifying the conduct of computer operation workshops for secondary school heads to catch up with the demands of times. Secondary school heads from more than 102 high schools in Zamboanga del Norte have been required to undergo a five-day training on computer operation to be conducted in three batches starting Oct. 10 until Nov. 5. According to Dr. Elsa Refugio-Cruz, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga del Norte provincial schools division, the training aims to

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equip the school heads with the knowledge and skills in using desktop and/or laptop computers to be able to run Microsoft word, excel and power point applications. Like other government agencies, DepED also aims to implement paperless transactions through the use of computers and internet. In a related development, the Department

of Science and Technology (DOST) has also recommended the use of laptops and/or tablets to the students instead of using papers, notebooks and other school supplies made of wood. DOST said using laptops/tablets in schools is environment-friendly, as this would reduce the demands for papers, thereby protecting the trees and the environment.


DAR-Zambo. Norte joins CSC-ZNFGEU 2011 sports fest by Shannie Pacatang-Jacinto

DIPOLOG CITY - - As part of its gender and development (GAD) activity, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)-Zamboanga del Norte provincial office through the DAR Employees Association (DAREA) joined the recently concluded 4th Civil Service CommissionZamboanga del Norte Federation of Government Employees Unions (CSC-ZNFGEU) inter-government agency sports fest held at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) in Dapitan City. This year’s sports activity was jointly hosted by the JRMSU-Dapitan campus, the Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital (DJRMH) and the Dapitan City Water District. The three-day sports fest was participated in by the officials and employees of the different National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in celebration of the 111th


Civic Service Month. The sports activities were designed to promote camaraderie, unity and friendship among public servants. DAR male players garnered first place in the following games: basketball, table tennis doubles, and chess. DAR players also landed second place in volleyball-men and badminton-women doubles. Its contestant in the quiz bee wound up third. During the opening ceremonies, DAR’s Eliza Aniñon, who won first

place in walkathon during the 2010 sports fest, did the honor of carrying the flame of friendship and lighting of the urn of peace and unity. For her part, DAREA-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter President Anne Andresita Vallejera-Agura has impressed upon the participants that “it’s not in winning the game that matters but the friendship and camaraderie engendered among the public servants,” adding that in sports competitions, “how we play the game is what matters most.”

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Bukidnon returning HSW’s attend livelihood skills training on haircutting By Nestor E. Flores, Jr.

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon – Some 24 displaced and returning Household Service Workers (HSW’s) in Bukidnon attended the Skills Training on Haircutting, held at the BHW-Multi Purpose Hall, here, last Sept. 26-27. The 2-day training was done under the Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) Livelihood Program of the National Reintegration Center Office (NRCO), Regional Director Petrona M. Bergado of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), region 10, said. Bergado said the BPBH Program is one of the income augmentation

strategies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) by providing them livelihood opportunities through skills training and starterkits. The livelihood projects under the program are funded by NCRO through the its direct administration or through accredited OFW coopera-

tives, family circles and other associations. The trainings were done under the supervision of OWWA Regional Offices in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Regional Offices and other training institutions. Meanwhile, the training was made successful in collaboration with the local government 42

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Bukidnon returning ....from page 41 unit of Valencia City and TESDA-Malaybalay City, who provided the Expert Haircutting Trainor Bryan Y. de la Salde to handle the training. The participants who came from the different barangays in the city and the neighboring areas and their former jobsites were as follows: Rowena S. Abella and Julieta M Gumbao from Taiwan, Josephine G. Alecer from Singapore and Hongkong, Karen Flosie P Barrientos, Lucresia B. Espina, Erah R. Intong and Ana M. Zamo-

By Rochelle D. Dagang

ra from Hongkong. Marilyn E. Balabat, Wynnylyn A. Dahuloran, Alma T. Quintero and Cherrylin M. Sepe from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Almera M. Cantoy, Ma. Rosario S. Hilot, Nenita L. Lazaro, Joyjen Y. Manigos, Melona A. Resmadero and Erlinda T. Sabandija from Kuwait. Leonila L. Dadagan and Rosalie B. Salmoy from Qatar, Rhea May D. Manigos, Gladdies G. Ongue, Alma T. Quintero from Jordan, Vangie R. Saren from Lebanon, Riyadh KSA and Sarah

R.Simborio from Malaysia. Bergado said each participant received a certificate for completing the 2-day skills training seminar and starters kits worth Php1,800, each. With Bergado during the closing program were City Mayor Leandro Catarata, Sangguniang Panglungsod Kagawad Onel Roque, Valencia City-PESO Manager Eden Zamora, TESDA Provincial Director Catherine Galapon, DOLE Provincial Director Saturnino B. Escobido.

DILG-10 awards P1M to LGU Sugbongcogon, Mis. Or.

SUGBONGCOGON, Misamis Oriental – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10, has given Php1.0 million to the local government unit of Sugbongcogon, this province, as awardee of the 2011 Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), last Oct. 3. Sugbongcogon Mayor Jerome P. Lagbas, personally, received the cheque from Regional Director Loreto T. Bhagwani of DILG-10, witnessed

by the Regional Office personnel during their Monday convocation. Lagbas expressed his heartfelt thanks to the Department for this award which will

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him in his endeavour. The municipality of Sugbongcogon was accorded the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH), this year, along with 20 other municipalities, one (1) province and one (1) city, of the region as a precondition to access the PCF. The PCF, on the other hand, is accorded to LGUs who have exhibited strong performance in the following areas of evaluation: Good Planning, Sound Fiscal Management, Tra n s p a r e n c y, A c c o u n t a b i l i t y, Valuing Performance Management using LGPMS results, and General Impressions on the LGU. Other SGH qualifiers who have yet to submit the required documents before receiving the award are: Province of Camiguin and Mahinog, Camiguin.

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Kauswagan, Kolambugan, Linamon, Magsaysay, Matungao, Munai and Salvador, all of Lanao del Norte, and Tangub City, Aloran, Bonifacio, Don Victoriano, Lopez Jaena and Tudela, all of Misamis Occidental. Damulog and Sumilao, both of Bukidnon, and Alubijid, Gitagum, Laguindingan and Libertad, all of Misamis Oriental. These LGUs have all the reason to celebrate considering that a window of opportunity has been opened for them to access the PCF, which is worth Php1.0M per SGH-qualified municipality, Php3.0M for the SGH-qualified city, and Php7.0M for the SGH-qualified province. The PCF is a financial incentive awarded to qualified LGUs to jumpstart local development initiatives that are aligned with the

national government’s programs for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), tourism and local economic development, disaster risk reduction and management, and solid waste management projects, among others. Projects that may be financed by the PCF include school buildings, rural health units, water and sanitation systems, local roads and bridges, slaughterhouses, flood control, reforestation, postharvest facilities, cold storage facilities, among others. Under the guidelines, each eligible LGU should provide a counterpart fund that is equal to or greater than the PCF granted by the national government to be sourced from their 20% development fund or from other sources.


By Lorebeth C. Requiroso

Mayor Emano says more developments taking place in Cag. de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – The operation of the Palm Oil Plantation project in Barangay Tignapoloan, this city, started recently, announced Mayor Vicente Emano as he expressed gladness over this development. “Ang maong plantasyon mokabat sa dos mil ektarya nga gipanag-iyahan sa A. Brown ug mohatag og trabaho sa dili mominos dos sientos (200) ka mga igsoon natong mga kabus dinha sa kabukiran (The said plantation involves an area of about 2,000 hectares owned by A. Brown Co,. and can offer jobs to not less than 200 of our poor farmers),” he said. It may be recalled that the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) headed

by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas endorsed the issuance of a social acceptability clearance to the proponent for the plantation project. Meanwhile, Mayor Emano said more investors are also getting into the hotel industry. “Magsugod na usab sa pagmugna sa bag-ong Tune Hotel dinha tupad sa Coca-Cola. Ang maong hotel napulo ka andana, (Construction of a new 10-storey hotel, Tune Hotel, will also about to start near the Coca-Cola

Plant).” he added. It was learned that Asia Steel will also soon be opening its plant, here. The mayor said all these will boost the city’s economy and improve the lives of the city’s constituents. “Ako nagapanghinaut nga kining maong mga negosyo ug uban pang mo-abot makahatag sa mga trabaho sa mga kabus dinhi sa atong dakbayan (I hope these businesses can give jobs to the poor constituenst of the city),” he added.

Cag. de Oro SP oks OVR law By Lorebeth C. Requiroso

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Those who have the bad habit of littering, vandalizing and violating other city ordinances should start shaping up or they will be issued with Ordinance Violation Receipts (OVR), pay corresponding fines within 72 hours, or face legal action. 45 44

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This, after the Sangguniang Panglungsod, during its recent regular session presided over by Kagawad Ramon Tabor, approved Ordinance No. 12139-2011, prescribing the issuance of OVR or Citation Ticket for violators or offenders of city laws. The ordinance was authored by Kagawad Ian Mark Nacaya, Chairperson of the Committee on Police, Fire and Public Safety and Councilor Simeon Licayan, noting that many penal and regulatory ordinances of the city have not been effectively implemented for lack of appropriate and practical mechanisms especially in the apprehension of violators. The authors said the issuance of the OVR will facilitate the apprehension of offenders and imposition of applicable penalties. The ordinance au-

thorizes all the enforcement personnel from the apprehending officers to the deputized personnel to issue the OVR as entrusted to them and prepared by the city mayor through the city treasurer. Sanitation officers of the City Health Office, private individuals duly authorized by the Mayor to issue OVR, barangay health workers, members of the barangay police, tax inspectors and garbage inspectors will be deputized to issue citation tickets to violators caught in the act or in “flagrante delicto.” The ordinance provides that persons violating any provision shall be issued a Citation Ticket. Duplicate copies of Citation Ticket shall be turned over by the apprehending officer to the Office of the City Treasurer and the City Legal Officer within twenty four hours from

the time it was confiscated or issued. The apprehending officer shall demand presentation of any valid identification card, who shall then indicate in the citation ticket the name and address of the offender and shall stipulate therein the specific violation and furnish copy of the citation ticket to the person apprehended. In case of business establishment found violating the ordinance, the apprehending officer shall demand the presentation of Mayor’s or Business Permit, and indicate the name and address of the owner and the corresponding Mayor’s Permit Number, the particular provision violated and furnish copy of the said citation ticket. The OVR issued shall serve as evidence and reference in the prosecution of the vio46

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lation cases when such are brought to court as well as basis in the report of fees collected by the City Treasurer. If the violator refuses to accept the OVR, the same shall be issued by the apprehending officer with the notation that it was not accepted by the violator. In case of a private individual, the ap-

prehending officer shall turn over copies of the Citation Ticket to the City Legal Office and in case of an establishment, the apprehending officer shall leave a copy of the OVR in the place where the establishment is located with the same notation that such had been refused. If the apprehended person decides to

contest his/her violation or the apprehension, he/she may lodge a protest before the City Legal Officer through an Arbitration and Grievance Committee. The ordinance, which was favorably endorsed by City Prosecutor Fidel Macauyag, takes effect 15 days after its publication.

Cag. de Oro’s ‘Pista sa Kaumahan’ to kick off Coop Month Festivities By Cheryl C. Moncay CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental -- The city government is launching the “Pista Sa Kaumahan,” this coming Oct. 19-20, to mark the month of October as Cooperative Month.

Anchored on the theme “Kalampusan Maangkon Kon Adunay Panaghiusa”, the 3-day event will be held at the City Hall Quadrangle from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.,where contests and games

with cash awards await participants. These include the booth contest, Hawaiian Dance contest, dayang-dayang contest, ethnic dance contest, ‘shall we dance’ contest, sack race,

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for those who seek this thrill ride. The ‘Pinaka Contest’ shall include the pinaka-taas nga Sitao, pinaka- taas nga bulig sa Saging (Kadisnon), pinaka-taas nga talong, pinaka-dako nga kalabasa, pinaka-dako nga Nangka, pinakadako nga bulig sa butong, pinaka-taas nga ampalaya, and pinaka-

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gwapa nga kanding. The Pista sa Kaumahan will kick off on the 19th of October with a parade that will start at the Gaston Park. As arranged by the different committees headed by Ms. Nena S. Salon, the parade shall comprise of the CDO Horsemen, ABC 4 Districts,

City Officials, Department Heads, City Hall Working Committee, Farmers’ Sector, Coop Sector, RIC, Fishery Sector, Livestock, and the Youth Sector. For more information and details on the various contests, please contact CSWD OIC Ms. Nena S. Salon at the City Hall


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