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CONTENTS NATIONAL

• Coloma urges interfaith groups to contnue

supporting the President, his vision for the country OUR COVER • Government underscores use of ‘Juan time’ in effecting change for the better Today’s cover • Malacañang open to lower house probing features management of dams in recent typhoon Mambajao, seeking to • Palace appeals for preparedness in wake of new become Camiguin’s typhoon ‘Quiel’ tourism center

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

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Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region Nora CL Molde, PIA Caraga Region

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

• Ordinance proposed to build ‘by-pass’ road in Panabo • Tokyo Univ studes to study NGO livelihood project impact • Philhealth scheme may prevent patients from sustaining treatment, doctors say • 330 Women in COMVAL receive certificate on livelihood training • Feature: PPP is alive and well in ComVal

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Former rebels, sympathizers to receive livelihood assistance from DA, Philippine Army • 3 Automated Weather Stations itinayo sa Soccsksargen Region

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • DILG-13 to conduct forum on Poverty Reduction with CSO-LGU partners • DSWD-Caraga to launch NHTS-PR Program Database • ADFI, AAMCO bares social significance of Agusan Marsh • Aquino nakakuha $1.4B-investment commitments gikan Japan • Faith-based nga grupo magasaulog ug pakighiusa sa Balangayan Conference

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • ‘Being a professional is not a right, but a privilege’: PRC9 chief reminds new nurses • Former NPA rebel enlisted into the regular force, AFP • Siayan town urges stores, food establishments to sell iodized salt • 80% sa pondo sa NGOs miadto sa social welfare and development nga mga programa- DSWD • DPWH nagmando sa mga contractors sa pagpadali sa gipang-ayong mga kalsada sa siyudad

Northern Mindanao • Blogging contest on for development workers in Mindanao • OroChamber conducts livelihood training

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Cover Story: by Jorie C. Valcorza

Mambajao seeks to become Camiguin’s tourism center

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fter successfully reversing its status from a 6th class to a 3rd class municipality, the town is now poised to become the island’s tourism center.

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Cover Story:Mambajao seeks......from page 3

Thus, Mayor Maria Luisa Romualdo sounded a call of competitiveness among its constituents to become her active partners for development. She believes that starting with some small extra steps and feats toward her administration’s thrusts for a “Clean and Beautiful Mambajao,” the local government will surely sustain and win its way to become a more progressive town. The Mayor acknowledged that their rich natural endowments can be used as leverage to push, further, the town’s tourism growth.

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The municipal government is currently working closely with its local counterparts at the barangay level to identify potential tourist spots or recreational areas to develop. Meanwhile, Mayor Romualdo’s “zero plastic campaign” will also serve as its springboard towards achieving its vision for a clean, beautiful, healthy and progressive town. Mambajao is the capital town of the province and the biggest among the five municipalities, where most big establishments, hotels and cottages are also located. It is in the same

town where the famous sand bar, known to many as ‘White Island’ can be found. Other site worth seeing includes the Katibawasan Falls, Kabiling Cave, Ardent and Tangub Hot Spring, Mt. Hibok-hibok Crater, Hikdop Reef, and the old San Nicolas Church. The town has recently concluded its town fiesta which threads on the theme “Mambajao sa Bag-ong Dekada”, highlighted with a nightly demonstrations, hat parade, and the annual search for Ms. Mambajao, to showcase its talented and brilliant beauties.

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Coloma urges interfaith groups to contnue supporting the President, his vision for the country

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residential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma called on the participants of the Balangayan conference on Saturday to continue supporting the vision of the president so that Filipinos may reach their “promised land.� Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Coloma, in his message to the participants of the Balangayan conference held at the University of Santo Tomas on Saturday, said that it is a divine will for President Benigno Aquino III to become the country’s leader who pledged of fighting corruption and poverty. Coloma also encouraged the people to follow the righteous path that the President champions. Other Asian countries have overtaken the Philippines in terms of progress because of corruption and mismanagement of the government. Coloma also noted the very large number of poor people with insignificant middle class as a result of these problems. “Kahit po mahirap yan, yan naman po ang magdadala sa atin sa

kaunlaran,” he said referring to the righteous path that the administration spearheads. He added that in the social contract of the President with the Filipino people, the President’s vision is to have society with people having “sense of right and wrong from the living example of their highest leaders.” “Kaakibat po doon ang realization that doing what is right... yung pagsunod sa daang matuwid does not only make sense morally but also translates into higher economic value,” he said. In fact, in 15 months of the Aquino administration, the country received several upgrades from rating agencies resulting to significant savings in interest payments. Most of the savings went to the pro-poor

programs of the government, Coloma said. “Dahil dun sa daang matuwid mas madaling natutugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan at mas nakakaangat tayo sa kahirapan, mas nakakausad tayo sa daang matuwid tungo sa kaunlaran.” At the same time, Coloma led the reaffirment of everyone’s commitment to their fellow citizens saying everyone must join in community action to achieve a better Philippines. “You cannot be just a successful individual Filipino, you must relate, you must find meaning in community,” he said. The Balangayan conference, held at the College of Medicine auditorium of the University of Santo Tomas, 7

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is a meeting of several faith-based groups discussing faith and patriotism to achieve national unity and progress. The conference is part of a series of activities of Pilipinas Natin, a volunteer movement that the President launched in June intended for nation building through volunteerism. The conference became a venue for Filipinos of dif-

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ferent faiths to unite in manifesting their common values and love for the nation. Participating groups include the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, the University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies, Buddhist Light International Association, Tuklas Katutubo, The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, The Focolare Move-

ment, representatives from Hindu community, The National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Theology professors, students from seminaries and Catholic universities, representatives from student councils and youth organizations, the National Youth Commission, and the Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation. (AS)

Government underscores use of ‘Juan time’ in effecting change for the better residential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. underscored the importance of material time in pursuing the Aquino government’s thrusts to effect change that will benefit the Filipinos and the country as part of its social contract with the citizenry. In his brief message during the launching ceremonies of “Juan Time, the New Filipino Time” at the

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Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Friday, Coloma stressed the need to maximize every second of time

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(PST), which is always punctual in consideration of the interest of others. “Bawat buwan, bawat linggo, bawat oras, bawat minuto, bawat saglit ay mahalaga…. Kaya dapat po ay nasa oras tayo palagi… dapat alalahanin natin yung ‘Juan time, the New Filipino Time’ ang magiging Philippine Standard Time at ito ay oras ng pagbabago,” Coloma said. He also cited the government’s all out efforts to effect reforms in the country within President Aquino’s six year term of office. He encouraged the people to let go of the habit of being late. “Sa akin pong palagay ang pinakamahalagang oras ngayon na dapat nating isa-isip, isa-puso at isa-diwa ay ito: ngayon po ay oras ng pagbabago… kailangan po na magba-

go ang ating pananaw hinggil sa oras. Kaya po pinaaalala ko sa aking sarili, labin-limang buwan na po ang lumipas, limampu’t pitong buwan na lamang ang nalalabi sa pamahalaan ni Pangulong Noynoy Aquino para tuparin ang mga pangako sa Bayang Pilipinas, apat na taon na lamang at siyam na buwan ang nalalabi,” Coloma said. Also present during the event were other government officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay. Spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in cooperation with several partners in the government and the private sector, the event aims to sync all time pieces in the country’s more than 7,100 islands to promote the nationwide use of PST, the new Philippine Standard Time.

The campaign theme “Juan Time” comes from a word play on “One Time” – with “Juan” referring to the common name for Filipinos. DOST Secretary Mario Montejo highlighted the importance of time as a resource but often overlooked. He said that “Juan Time” also reminds people that keeping to the PST avoid the difficulties of having confusing, unsynchronized time. Established decades ago, the PST is set by the DOST’s Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country’s official timekeeper since 1978 as mandated by Section 6 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 8. The Philippine Standard Time is set through DOST-PA9

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GASA’s timing system that consists of a rubidium atomic clock, Global Positioning System receiver, time interval counter, distribution amplifier, and a

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computer. The system automatically calculates its time difference with every satellite within its antenna’s field of view.

The Philippine Standard Time is available online at the DOST-PAGASA website: http://www.pag a s a . d o s t . g o v. p h . (JCL)

Malacañang open to lower house probing management of dams in recent typhoon alacañang will not block any attempt from its legislative counterpart should there be an investigation on the issue of whether dam managers followed proper protocols when they released water from their gates during the onslaught of typhoon ‘Pedring’ (Nesat) in the country early this week, a Palace official said. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued this statement on Saturday in reaction to an insinuation that a legislative inquiry into the flashfloods which engulfed Central Luzon and whether dam operators may be held responsible is unlikely because most of the lawmakers are allied

with President Benigno S. Aquino III. “Hindi po magiging balakid kung kaalyado po ni Pangulong Aquino ‘yung mga nasa lehislatura dahil makikita n’yo naman po marami hong mga imbestigasyon sa mga sinasabi po nilang anomalya na natutuloy naman po at nagpaparticipate po ang ating

mga opisyal ‘pag pinapatawag ng Mababang Kapulungan o mismo kahit po ng Senado,” said Valte over Radyo ng Bayan. Most residents in the flooded areas of Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Tarlac are reportedly blaming dam managers and their local officials for alleg10

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Malacañang open....from page 9

edly not giving enough warning with respect to the volumes of water that would be released from their gates at the height of the typhoon’s assault. Quoting a report from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Valte said residents were given enough information by the local authorities but some of them just refused to flee from their homes. “Nagbigay po ng sufficient warning at ngayon nga po ‘yung DILG is coordinating with the local government to ensure that the warnings are getting through... are being carried out... and are being acted upon,” Valte said. “Upon checking with the LGUs, they (DILG) got the notice that the dam gates will be opened but according to the LGUs, there

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were people who refuse to evacuate. So magsu-submit po sila ng report on the flood’s impact on the ground,” she added. Valte said Malacañang is still waiting to be furnished with copies of the complete reports from the DILG, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and representatives from the National Power Corporation (NPC) which held an emergency last night to assess the flood situation in Central Luzon. NDRRMC has reported that six of the major dams in Central Luzon opened their gates as the waters

reached spilling levels and they include: (3 gates/3.8 m), Angat (3 gates/3m), Ambuklao (2 gates/2 m), Binga (5 gates/3m), Magat (7 gates/7m), and San Roque (1 gate/ 0.5m). Valte said Malacañang has to be apprised on the full report of the flood’s impact on the ground to determine whether the DILG’s statement pertained to the entire community that the LGUs said refused to be evacuated right before dam gates were opened. Malacañang, nonetheless, vowed “to get to the bottom” of this particular flood situation to find out who should be held liable as to why residents were not able to escape the tide despite receiving adequate warnings from the government agencies concerned. (HDC)

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Palace appeals for preparedness in wake of new typhoon ‘Quiel’ alacanang appealed to residents in low-lying, mountainous and coastal areas under public storm signals to evacuate as typhoon “Quiel” made landfall over Dinapigue, Isabela, a Palace official

said on Saturday.

In an interview aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the appeal after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services AdministrationDepartment of Science and Technology (PAGASA-DOST) Service Insitutes alerted residents in low-lying and mountainous areas against possible flashfloods and landslides. The PAGASADOST Service Institutes, likewise, alerted those living in coastal areas against possible big waves or storm surges generated by

this tropical cyclone. Under public storm signal number 3 (100-185 kph winds) are Isabela, Northern Aurora, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Under public storm signal number 2 (60-100 kph winds) are Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Zambales, Bulacan, Northern Quezon and Polillo Island. Under public storm signal number 1(45-60 kph winds) are rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Rizal, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Ba-

tangas, Lubang Island, Babuyan Island, Calayan Group of Island, and Metro Manila. The onslaught of typhoon Pedring caused floodings in several barangays in Bulacan, Pampanga and other areas. Some residents claimed that they were not given early notices about the release of water from dams. “According to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) upon checking with the LGUs, they got the notice that the dam gates will be opened. But according to the LGUs, there were people who refuse to evacuate. So magsu12

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Palace appeals....from page 11

submit po sila ng report on the flood’s impact on the ground,” Valte explained. In response to the appeal of President Benigno S. Aquino III to Filipinos to keep the spirit of “bayanihan” in time of disasters, Valte said several civilians started coordinating with concerned government agencies and media networks to extend help for those affected by the typhoons Pedring and Quiel. “Sinabi nga din ng Pangulong Aquino ‘yung bayanihan po natin talaga comes alive tuwing nagkakaroon po tayo ng ganitong sitwasyon,” she noted.. Valte said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started repacking relief packages for typhoon victims and invited the public to extend help. “Sa makakapagbigay po ng tulong—kahit po anong tulong, magkakaroon po sila ng repacking ng relief packages sa DSWD warehouse, sa chapel road po ‘yan sa Pasay, malapit sa NAIA. Pumunta lang tayo

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doon kung gusto n’yo pong mag-volunteer.” She said the Aquino government has enough stand-by funds for the continued search-rescue and relief operations for affected areas. She said the repair and rehabilitation of damaged bridges and roads are now being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways. “We continue to extend assistance doon sa mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan, Nueva Ecija at sa Pampanga na nabaha dahil sa bagyong ‘Pedring,’” Valte said. Valte added, “So far, okay naman ang mga preparations for ‘Quiel’. Naka-preposition na ang mga relief goods, nakahanda ang mga evacuation centers, nandyan na mga gamot na galing sa Department of Health at, of course, naka-red alert pa rin po ang National Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Council,” she said. (JS)

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Ordinance proposed to build ‘by-pass’ road in Panabo DAVAO CITY, Oct 1 (PIA) -- A proposed ordinance to build a “by-pass” road and to permanently close a portion of the old Panabo wharf road was tackled during a public hearing on September 28, 2011 at ABC Hall, Panabo City. The proposed ordinance states that a “bypass and substitute road” that will connect the remaining stretch of Panabo Wharf Road to the Panabo Coastal Roadshall be constructed on city government-owned property. Cost of construction will be shouldered by the private sector. Panabo City Councilor Ruperto B. Cagape, Jr., Chairperson on Committee on Public Works and Infrastructures stressed that the Public and Private Partnership (PPP) scheme is important for the estab-

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lishment of the substitute road which is favorable for the betterment of the city. He said that the there is a need to construct a by-pass road because the critical bend that connects the city road to the coastal road gets congested, leaving trucks and trailers with limited road space with which to maneuver. The said construction of the by-pass road through private sector donation will make it possible for the city government to abandon the critical section of the old Panabo Wharf road--a

public land subject to the disposition of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Cagape also said that since the by-pass road will be utilized by the public, the old road will be closed to avoid vehicular accidents in the area near Panabo wharf. Hon. Cagape said that all suggestions, comments are well taken during the public hearing and will be discussed in the next council meeting. (MGM/PIA/ Anthony Gellor – CIO Panabo)

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Tokyo Univ studes to study NGO livelihood project impact DAVAO CITY, Oct 1 (PIA) -- Thirteen Japanese sociology students and three (3) professors from Tokyo University, Japan are in town to learn about how a handmade paper project of a non-government organization’s (NGO) affected the lives of its beneficiairies in Barangay Katipunan, Panabo City. T he KATAKUS Inc. or Kababayen-an Alang sa Teknolohiya nga Haum sa Kinaiyahan ug Kauswagan, is an NGO that helps women in the communities

improve their lives through livelihood program such as making different fibers sheets and various novelty items out of banana fibers. On September 28, 2011,

the Japanese group paid a courtesy call to Panabo City Mayor Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. last at City Mayor’s Office. (mgm/pia/ Mark Anthony Gellor – CIO )

Philhealth scheme may prevent patients from sustaining treatment, doctors say by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY Oct 1 (PIA) -- With the new PhilHealth payment scheme, medical societies are worried that kidney patients undergoing dialysis will face difficulty in sustaining medical treatment. 16 Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Philhealth scheme....from page 15

Philippine Society of Nephrology Mindanao Secretary Dr. Franklin Guillano bared this during the Hermes Club Forum last Friday. Philhealth recently implemented a new scheme which includes a Hemodialysis package that cost a total of P4,000, with P500 professional fee for every treatment. Adult Nephrologist Dr. Maria Theresa Badang said she was worried that because the package limits the subsidized treatment to only 45 sessions per yer, patiets may not be able to sustain the procedure.

Bad-ang said kidney patient undergoing dialysis generally need more than 45 treatments a year. Davao nephrologists also disclosed that the package rate per treatment may have been pegged too costly especially for Davao patients who benefit from the cheapest dialysis cost in the whole country. The P4,000 package rate set by Philhealth actually costs only P500 to P700 per treatment in both private and public hospitals in Davao City. What they have been pushing for is a

more friendly scheme that could help the patients sustain lifelong treatment of hemodialysis. This early, doctors are already expecting more patients to complain about this scheme. Pediatric nephrologist Dr. Micheal Manalaysay of the Davao Doctors Hospital said that by reducing the dialysis cost in Davao hospitals, a significant increase of survival rate was noted. However, with the new Pilhealth scheme he said he could only hope that this survival rate won’t be affected. (PIA-11)

330 Women in COMVAL receive certificate on livelihood training COMPOSTELA VALLEY, Oct 1 (PIA) -- A total of 330 successful trainees received their certificate of training from the Technical Education and Development Authority (TESDA) last September 28, 2011 at the capitol. The graduates are all members of the council of women in their respective municipalities. 17 16

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The training, conducted in partnership with TESDA, was organized by the provincial government through the women’s development program for marginalized urban communities. The livelihood training package are mostly designed for home-based business. Technical Education and Development Authority (TESDA) is mandated by law to integrate, coordinate and monitor skills development programs; develop

middle-level manpower and develop an accreditation system for institutions involved in middle-level manpower development; approve skills standards and tests; fund programs and projects for technical education and skills development; and assist in training programs. Training seminars were in various municipalities, based on the demand of the women’s groups in the area. Trainees were given starter kit after the training so they can jumpstart

their livelihood projects . TESDA Provincial Director Remegias G. Timonio said that through the livelihood training caravan, hunger and poverty problem will eventually be addressed. As food for thought for the training graduates, Governor Arturo T. Uy quoted the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu: “Give a man a fish; feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime.”(rodielyn manugas/ids comval)

Feature: PPP is alive and well in ComVal by Grace Almedilla

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lessings come to those whose hands reach out to others. Perhaps herein lies the magic of bayanihan; how the giving of oneself, enables one to receive.

In this light, the provincial government of Compostela Valley, through Governor Arturo T. Uy, sought the help of private organizations in dealing with challenges faced by the province. In the past, for instance, it has partnered with the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber ofCommerce,Inc.(FFCCCI). Now, to provide long term solutions to the chronic lack of classrooms in public schools in the province has established partnership with the Aboitiz Group of Companies, which is known of its corpo-

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rate social responsibility (CSR) projects in Compostela Valley. Thus, a one-storey 2-classroom school building for kindergarten pupils was turnedover to Maco Central Elementary School on September 20, 2011 by the Aboitiz Group of Companies through the AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay, Aruga Tungo sa PagAngat at Pag-Asa) Silid Pangarap Foundation, Aboitiz Power, and Therma Marine, Inc. The ceremonial turn-over was followed with the signing of the Deed of Donation and Deed of Acceptance.

Right after the event, another blessing in the form of musical instruments were received by the province from the Aboitiz Group of Companies through the AGAPP Silid Pangarap Foundation. It was turned-over on the same day at the Atty. Orlando S. Rimando National High School in Maco.

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han spirit is alive and well in ComVal. The same spirit that gives life to the government’s Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) strategy. (grace almedilla/ids comval)

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Former rebels, sympathizers to receive livelihood assistance from DA, Philippine Army by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Oct 1 (PIA) -- Rebel returnees and former New People’s Army (NPA) sympathizers in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat will soon receive livelihood assistance from the Department of Agriculture in the region and the Philippine Army.

Lt. Col Alexis Noel through the Department also underwent

Bravo, commanding

expo-

offi- of Social Welfare and De- sure trips to leading plan-

cer of the 27th Infantry Bat- velopment

from

which tations and model farms.

talion, said they are now they could earn their liv-

“Hopefully, we

can

on the finalizing with DA ing and address poverty. release the seedling to the 12 Regional Executive Di-

“We were able to fa- beneficiaries

before the

rector Amalia Datukan the cilitate around P1 million end of this year,” he said. release of P1 million worth worth of high value crops

“These former rebel

of seedlings to rebel re- seedlings to be distributed sympathizers have been turnees, former sympathiz- to the former sympathizers organized and are

now

ers, and residents in the of NPA as their additional members of the barangay 11 villages of Columbio. source of income,” he said. defense system,” he added.

He said the assistance

The intended

is line with the govern- eficiaries ment’s social re-integration trained

have in

the

ben-

Bravo said his troops

been are concentrating on the cultural mountain villages

in the

program where returnees management of the high boundaries of Columbio, are assistance, primarily value

crops. They have Matanao and

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Former rebels....from page 19 in Davao del Sur and Mak- rilla troop of less than 50 and development outreach ilala in North Cotabato members in the area but programs in communities because NPA rebels are added that their influence known to have been constill operating in the area. in the communities has trolled or influenced by He confirmed that already diminished after the rebel group. (PIA 12) NPA’s Front 72 has a guer- they intensified their peace

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KORONADAL CITY, Okt. 1 (PIA) -- Tatlong automated weather stations (AWS) ang kamakailan ay itinayo ng Department of Science and Technology sa Rehiyon 12 (DOST 12). Ang mga AWS ay itinayo sa General Santos City Airport, loob ng People’s Compound sa Cotabato City,at sa Barangay Badyangon sa Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. Paliwanag ni DOST 12 Regional Director Zenaida Laidan, ang modernong AWS ay may kakayahang magsagawa ng meteorological measurements at magpadala ang real-time report hinggil sa kondisyon ng panahon.

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Ang AWS na naagkakahalga ng tig250,000 bawat isa ay magagamit rin umano sa pag-issue ng tsunami warning.

Ayon sa Philippine

Amospheric, Geophysical and

Astronomical

Services Administration (PAGASA)

NG

DOST,

maliban sa Doppler Radar, kailangan din nila ang AWS tomate

para ma-au-

ang

kanilang

weather stations upang mas mabilis, epektibo at tumpak ang kanilang data system na makatutulong sa mas maagang warning at monitoring sa mga posibleng

kalamidad.

Maaaring

maba-

sa ang real-time report ng bawat tion sa

weather stabansa

gamit

ang AWS sa website na http://202.90.149.66/ predict/stations/php. (DEDoguiles/ PIA 12)

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DILG-13 to conduct forum on Poverty Reduction with CSOLGU partners by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

he Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Office, in its commitment to aggressively scale up interventions through the active involvement and participation of non-government organizations in achieving transparency, accountability, participation and performance in governance, will be conducting a forum dubbed as “Localizing Poverty Reduction: Convergence Forum of CSO-LGU Partners� on October 6-7,2011 at the Prince Hotel and Restaurant, this City.

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DILG-13 to conduct...from page 21 DILG Regional Director Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, said that the forum is aimed to strengthen and enhance Local Government-Civil Society Organization collaboration as active partners in local governance geared towards attaining empowered and accountable local

government units. He also added that through the forum, the DILG will be able to identify and determine factors that either reinforce or hinder the maturation of the partnerships, to be able to come up with a Mutual Plan of Actionwhich will serve as their roadmap, for further

promotion of civic consciousness and regular partnership workshops. Expected participants for the forum are the following: CSO City/Provincial Officers, League Presidents and Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Committee members.

DSWD-Caraga to launch NHTS-PR Program Database by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) – In line with the celebration of the National Statistics Month on October 2011, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office headed by Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat in coordination with the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) will be spearheading the Nationwide Launching of the department’s National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) Program Database. According to Dir. Jabagat, the launching is anchored on the theme: “Quality Social Protection for Focused Targeting: Improving Outcomes, Changing Lives”. “NHTS-PR is a special project of the government that aims to identify who and where the poor are in the country. Ex22

ecutive Order 867 series of 2010 provides for the Adoption of the NHTSPR as the only mechanism for identifying poor households who shall be recipients of Social Protection Programs nationwide,” Jabagat said. Jabagat added that this is done through the conduct of household

assessment in all municipalities and cities of the region while the whole process of NHTS-PR was already completed and the data is already available for sharing. Said launching is set to be conducted on October 5, 2011, 9:00am at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. Saturday, October 1, 2011


ADFI, AAMCO bares social significance of Agusan Marsh by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR, Oct. 1 (PIA) - The chairman of Agusan Development Foundation Inc. (ADFI and chairman of Alliance of Agusan Marsh Conservation Organizations (AAMCO) recently bared the social significance of Agusan Marsh, the reason why it must be protected.

In a forum conducted recently, Dr. Rex Linao, Chairman of ADFI and AAMCO said there are eight features of Agusan Marsh that made it significant to human life. It has also some unique features compared to other wetlands around the world.

“The first feature of Agusan Marsh that has significant to human life is that, it is a catch basin of waters from Davao Region, Bukidnon and Surigao del Sur. We can just imagine the damages that the flood waters during rainy season from the above mentioned ar-

eas would bring to Agusan del Sur and Butuan City,� Dr. Linao said. The second feature according to Dr. Linao is, it is a home of indigenous people since the 16th century. Dr. Linao said, that during the Spanish regime, the governor cello ordered 24

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ADFI, AAMCO.....from page 23 the natives of Bunawan and Talacogon to evacuate in Cabadbaran, but because it is their home, and they are used to live in the place, they disobeyed the order. “The third feature is it is a wild life sanctuary. In Agusan Marsh, we can see different kinds of Heron and owls, world record crocodiles, eagles, tarsiers that many said can only be found in Bohol, but can also be found in Agusan Marsh, wild ducks and very small frogs considered to be endemic in Agusan del Sur only, The fourth is, it is a farm or agricultural land of endemic plants. In Barangay Kaimpugan, San Francisco town, there is a peat area where bonsai plants and trees grow. We can also find very rare combination of trees growing where tiga tree, a hard wood, grows with Malapapaya, a very soft wood tree specie. Agusan Marsh is also a vast fishing ground, and it became the fifth feature. The main livelihood of the natives that

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live in floating houses within Agusan Marsh is fishing. Different kinds of fishes harvested from Agusan Marsh are sold to as far as Iligan and Davao provinces. According to Dr. Linao, the reason why salt water crocodiles live in Agusan Marsh is because of the abundance of fish, and they are easier for them to catch for their food. The sixth feature is it is the experts and students’ destination. In Agusan Marsh, as seen in pictures shown by Dr. Linao, medicinal plants and nature plantation are abundant. “As you can see in the picture, trees growing in some parts of Agusan Marsh can be compared to a plantation. The reason is, during floods, the seeds are eroded, and while the water rushes down, they form a whirlpool, that gather the seeds in one place, and when they grow, they are of the same size and height, like that of a plantation,” Dr. Linao said. The seventh feature is, it is an eco-tour-

ist destination. Inside the Agusan Marsh, rare flora and fauna are everywhere. During early morning, misty views of different colors can catch everyone’s attention. There are areas also, that the blues or the lotus come and go, that during night time, a traveler can no longer see the route because the water is covered with lotus. Agusan Marsh is a navigation route for people living within the Agusan Marsh and the river banks, and it is the 8th feature. It is the main route of travel from up and down the stream. Tribes along Agusan River still use the rivers within Agusan Marsh as their way to travel from one place to another. “These are just few features and reasons why Agusan Marsh should be given attention and be protected, because if we lose this wonder of nature, our bio-diversity will no longer be balanced,” Dr. Linao said.

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Aquino nakakuha $1.4B-investment commitments gikan Japan ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) – Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mitaho nga siya nakakuha og $1.4 billion investment pledges human sa iyang upat ka adlaw nga pagbisita sa Japan. Sa iyang mensahe pag-abot didto sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport Centennial Terminal 2 niadtong Huwebes sa gabii ang Pangulo miingon ang iyang opisyal nga pagbisita sa Japan nagtinguha sa paghimo

og lig-on nga “strategic partnership” tali sa maong nasod. “Wala pong duda sa tagumpay ng ating biyahe: sa loob lamang ng apat na araw dumalo po tayo sa tatlumpu’t anim na meeting at iba’t-

ibang engagement, kung saan may $1.4 billion na halaga ng bagong mga negosyo’t mamumuhunan ang tiyak na papasok mula sa Japan, ito po ay sa mga sektor ng enerhiya, manufacturing, at mga serbisyo,” 26

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Aquino nakakuha....from page 25 ang Pangulo miingon sa iyang pamahayag. Atol sa maong biyahe, ang Pangulo miingon nga siya nakahimo sa pagsubli pa introdyus sa nasod isip ua ka lugar nga andam alang sa negosyo diin ang mga mamumuhunan makadahom nga sila pagatagdon uban ang patas ug kamatuoran. Ang Pangulo usab nagpasalamat kang Japanese Emperor Akihito ug Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda alang sa ilang mainiton nga pagdawat ug makanunayong pagsuporta sa Pilipinas. “Habang nakatutok sila sa recovery at reconstruction ng kanilang bansa, mananatili sila sa pagbigay ng Official Development Assistance sa Pilipinas, bilang suporta sa ating Philippine Development Plan at sa PublicPrivate Partnership program. Nakakagalak ng kalooban ang ganitong uri ng malasakit mula sa bansang Hapon,” the president said. Human sa iyang 26

pakigpulong kang Noda ang Pangulo miingon nga ang Pilipinas makadahom og arang-arang nga mekanismo alang sa pagpasulod sa mga Filipino nurses ug caregivers didto sa Japan. Ug sa samang higayon, ang duha ka mga nasod misaad og maayong kooperasyon alang sa pagpaayo sa disaster prevention and management lakip usab ang climate change response, ang Pangulo miingon. Siya ug si Noda mipirma og Forestland Management Project. Ang Pilipinas nakakuha usab og suporta sa Japan alang sa pagmentinar sa kalinaw didto sa giawayan nga West Philippine Sea, ang Pangulo miingon. “Pareho naming kinikilala na magandang hakbang ang pagtanggap sa Guidelines for the Implementation on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea,” siya miingon. Luyo sa mga isyu sa ekonomiya, ang Pan-

gulo ug si Prime Minister Noda mituki usab sa turismo ug information technology ug ang panginahanglanon sa Pilipinas aron mapalig-on niini ang coast guard. Ang Pangulo miingon ang iyang bag-ohay palang nga pagbisita sa US ug Japan nakapabalik sa pagsalig ug kumpiyansa sa international community ngadto sa Pilipinas. “Sa naging sunodsunod po nating pagbisita sa ibang bansa, lalo pong naging malinaw at nanunumbalik na ang tiwala at kumpiyansa ng mundo sa Pilipinas,” ang Pangulo miingon. “At iyan naman po ang mithiin natin: na kapag narinig ang pangalan ng ating bansa, hindi kurapsyon at utak wang-wang ang tatatak sa kanila; sa halip, isang bansang marangal at maunlad, isang bansa kung saan nangingibabaw ang kultura ng mabuting pamamahala at pakikipag-kapwa,” siya midugang. Saturday, October 1, 2011


Faith-based nga grupo magasaulog ug pakighiusa sa Balangayan Conference ni Dandy Lapura SURIGAO CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) – Ang mga representante sa nagkalain-laing faithbased nga grupo magkitaay karong adlawa sa University of Santo Tomas isip tubag sa tawag sa kabagohan ni Presidente Benigno Aquino III. Ang Balangayan Conference, pagahimoon karong buntag sa Sabado didto sa Medicine Auditorium sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas, isip kabahin sa ubay-ubay na aktibidadis sa Pilipinas Nation, usa ka boluntaryong kalihokan nga gilungsad sa Presidente kaniadtong Hunyo nga gituyo para sa pagpa-usbaw sa nasod pinaagi sa boluntarismo. Ang maong komperensiya maoy lugar sa mga Pilipino sa nagkalaing-laing tinuohan para mahiusa sa pagpadayag sa ilang nagkaparehong bili ug gugma sa nasod. Kini usab namugna para mawala ang dili maayong panghuna-huna sa nagkadaiyang grupong tinuohan nga naglisud sa pagsulbad, paghanap ug kaparehong kapasikaran ug pakigtambayayong sa matag-usa. Mukabat sa otso syentos ka batan-ong Pilipino ang gikatakdang motambong sa maong kalihokan. Ang mga partisiSaturday, October 1, 2011

panteng grupo gilakipan sa National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, an University of the Philippines Institute of Islamic Studies, Buddhis Light International Association, Tuklas Katutubo, National Commission on Indigineous Peoples, Focolare Movement, representante gikan sa Hindu community, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, mga Tiyolohiyang propesor, studyante gikan sa mga seminary ug Katolikong unibersidad, representante gikan sa mga student councils ug mga organisasyon sa kabatan-onan, ang National Youth Commission, ug ang Gawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation. Si Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma mag-abli sa komperensiya ug mohinabi sa nagkalain-laing panglantaw ug aspirasyon sa mga Pilipino sa nagkalain-laing tinuohan sa tibuok nasod. Ang ilang

pagkalkulo ug panghinaut sa nasod maipaabot sa mga mananambong pinaagi sa usa ka live nga presentasyon “Anong Pilipinas ang Gusto Mo?” Ang mga representante sa faith-based nga grupo mohimo unya ug paghatag sa mga pamagi kung giunsa pagpadayag sa ilang gugma para sa Pilipinas. Sa ikaduhang seksiyon sa komperensiya, PCOO Undersecretary for Special Concerns Jose Mari M. Oquiñea mangulo sa pagdasig sa mga partisipante sa pagsaulog sa pakighiusa isip mga Pilipino nga motabang sa uban pinaagi sa iyang panultihon “My Brother’s Keeper.” Ang porsiyon sa pangutana ug tubag ug lakip ang mga reaksiyon gikan sa mga liderers sa nagkalain-laing komunidad maoy magdala ug kahayag sa posibilidad sa maharuhay na kasamtangan.

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‘Being a professional is not a right, but a privilege’: PRC9 chief reminds

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by Gideon Gideon C. C. Corgue Corgue by

ath-takers, all clad in their white nursing uniform brimming with pride and joy walked down the aisle as the marching song played as background to officially start the 6th Oathtaking Ceremony on Friday at Liga City Convention Center here. 28

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‘Being a professional....from page 28

The 356 newly registered nurses who passed the July 2011 Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) from 21 different nursing

professionals made the ceremony more decent and sober. Esteban, however reminded them that to be a professional is not

schools in Visayas and Mindanao officially took the Oath of Professionals before the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC9) Regional Director Esteban N. Senando in simple yet meaningful ceremony. Esteban, the ceremony’s guest speaker in his message said the privilege of being

a right but a privilege. “Let me remind you that to be a professional is not a right but a privilege granted by the state to the licensee. If it is abused, it will be revoked, suspended and cancelled in a more compelling sense,” Esteban said. Esteban said as new professionals, it

“As qualified member of nursing profession, it is expected of you that you uphold the principles of competence, integrity and professional attitude for you to become globally competitive,” Esteban urged. 30

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‘Being a professional....from page 29

PRC9 Regional Director Senando N. Esteban delivers his message during the 6th nurses mass oath-taking ceremony at the Liga City Convention Center on September 30, 2011.

does not end with the passing of the licensure examination but its just the beginning of new base and or the initiation of professional practice. “As qualified member of nursing profession, it is expected of you that you uphold the principles of competence, integrity and professional attitude for you to become globally competitive,” Esteban urged. “Continue to use your knowledge and expertise and provide the best standard of professional practice, while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards of the profession in serving your fellowmen,” Senando challenged the oath-takers. Senando said the PRC as

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their partner, continue to look beyond the practice of their profession and strives to make their profession and services relevant to our present and future need. “As your partner, it is the PRC’s mission mold globally competitive breed of Filipino professionals,” Esteban concluded. Among those present at the event were PNA regional governor Florence A. Alcazar, PNA Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City chapter president Helen M. Arao, and Association of Deans of the Philippine Colleges of Nursing president Jesusa D. Gomez, the clinical instructors and proud parents. (GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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Former NPA rebel enlisted into the regular force, AFP PAGADIAN CITY, October 1 (PIA) – In line with the amnesty program of the government, aka Pol/Lorie, true name: Lito E.Cloma, former regional cadre of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMPRC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army (CPP/NPA) was given a chance to begin a brighter and more challenging life after he was enlisted into the regular force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, recently. It all started when he was recruited into the leftist armed underground movement at the age of 16 sometime in 1979 at an outskirt

barangay of Calamba, Misamis Occidental by a certain aka Edwin, an active member of the CPP/NPA under district committee – “Bal-

kan” of the Front Committee – “Sendong” of the WMRPC with a promise giving him a job and earn a living. Instead he became 32

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Former NPA....from page 31

an active member of the Semi-Legal Team of the underground movement. Later on, he became full-time member of the leftist armed movement in 1981 after receiving several lectures and indoctrinations on the communist ideology with a belief that the government, particularly the military, is the enemy of the party. During his stint in the underground movement, he experience hardships, sacrifices, and several tactical offensives and encounters with the military in the different areas of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte provinces. Until he was apprehended by elements of 5th Infantry Battalion at vicinity of

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barangay Laperian, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur sometime in 1981. From then on, aka Pol lived and mingled with the people in the midst of joy witout worry and hesitation but in great hope and anticipation to start a news life someday. In his active participation and support to the government programs, he was elected as barangay kagawad in 1998 for two terms. With his past sad experiences, aka Pol heartily encourages and calls upon those who are still in the leftist armed underground movement to lay-down their firearms and avail of the ‘Balik-Baril” and social integration programs of the government in the spirit of

peace, love, unity and development which are elements that should prevail in the locality. “Grab the chance to live happily in the mainstream of society together with our families and loved ones as what has happened to me,” he concluded. “Manghinauton ako sa tanan nga aktibo pa sa kalihokan sa pagkakaron nga dili ninyo pasagdan ang mga adlaw nga nanubang alang kaninyo kay sa inyong paghimata talisapo na ang adlaw,” aka Pol added. Tabak chief, MGen Noel A. Coballes congratulated him for his sincere come back to the folds of law and for being a true public servant of the people. (JPA/AFP/ GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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Siayan town urges stores, food establishments to sell iodized by Franklin P. Gumapon salt DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 1 (PIA) - - The municipal council of Siayan town in Zamboanga del Norte has recently passed an ordinance requiring all sari-sari store owners and food service establishments there to sell and use iodized salt.

Municipal Ordinance particularly those living in

Any

store

owner

No. 11-05 sought the sup- the far-flung barangays. caught violating the said port of the store owners and

The municipal may- ordinance shall be fined

restaurant operators to the or has also been tasked and/or imprisoned upon government’s salt iodiza- to constitute a monitoring the discretion of the court. tion program to address io- team to ensure compli- Siayan is an interior dine deficiency disorder as ance by store owners and municipality of Zamboansuffered by some of the res- food service establish- ga del Norte and has been idents of municipality more ments with the said law. tagged as the poorest town 34 Saturday, October 1, 2011

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Siayan town.....from page 33 in the country based on the Municipal Health Of- far-flung

barangays

are

the report issued by the fice (MHO) also showed suffering from iodine deNational Statistical Coor- that a number of people ficiency disorder. (JPA/ dination Board (NSCB). in the municipality es- FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

Reports released by pecially those living in

80% sa pondo sa NGOs miadto sa social welfare and development nga mga programa- DSWD ni Claro A. Lanipa Manila, 01 Oct. (PIA) – Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman kagahapon mibutyag nga ang DSWD sa tinuig mangayo sa tanang rehistrado, lisensyado ug accredited non-government organizations (NGOs) nga mosubmitir ug audited financial report ug accomplishment report.

Ang NGOs mosub- mipasabot ni Sec. Soliman. tin-aw human ang mga opi-

mitir

sa

ngadto sa

ilang

reports

“Sa paghangyo ka- syales sa Philippine Charity

DSWD-Stan- nila sa pagsumbitir niin- Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)

dards Bureau nga maoy ing mga reports, kabahin mipagula sa pamahayag nag-monitor sa operasyon, kini sa ilang pagpatuman nga matod pa “dakong banga nagpamatuud nga 80 sa sukaranan nga atong hin sa maong pondo ang porsiento sa mga pondo gihimo

aron

maseguro gigamit sa pagbayad sa

sa NGOs miadto sa imple- nga ilang gihatod sa ka- suweldo sa mga empleyamentasyon sa mga pro- lidad nga serbisyo ngad- do ug ubang mga galastograma alang sa ilang mga to sa ilang mga kliyente,” hon sa wala mibutyag nga kliyente, samtang ang 20 dugtong pa ni Soliman. charitable porsiento nagamit sa mga

Gipagawas ni Sec.

organization.”

Matod pa sa DSWD

galastohan administratibo, Soliman ang maong pagpa- adunay 104 ka mga reh35 34

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80% sa pondo.....from page 34 istrado, lisensyado ug ac- ang atong mga kaabag sa Apan, sa kanunay atong credited nga mga NGOs pag-implementar sa mga gi-obserbahan ang mga ug foundations nga nag- programa ug serbisyo al- prinsipyo sa accountability tanyag ug mga progra- ang sa mga gi-abusohan ug ug transparency sa tanang ma

ug

serbisyo

alang disadvantaged mga kaba- natong mga trasaksyones

sa mga gitawag vulner- baehan, kabataan, mga ka- uban kanila,� gihatagan able and disadvantaged tigulangan, ug mga tawong ug kamahinungdanon ni nga sekta sa katilingban. adunay kabilingan sa la- Sec. Soliman. (JPA/DSWD/

“Ang mga NGOs mao was (PWDs), tali sa uban. C A L / P I A 9 / Z a m b o S u r )

DPWH nagmando sa mga contractors sa pagpadali sa gipang-ayong mga kalsada sa siyudad ni Edwin L. Diesto

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct 1 (PIA) – Nagmando ang opisina sa Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) sa mga contractors nga nag-repair sa mga kalsada sa siyudad sa pagpadali niini paghuman tungod haduol na ang Fiesta Pilar sa siyudad.

Si

DPWH

District conveniences) ang mga sa

Engineer Merham Acas bisita

nga

mutambong

Rabbit

Construction.

Matud pa ni Engi-

maoy nagmando sa mga unya sa fiesta sa siyudad. neer Acas ang hinungdan contractors sa pag-over-

Ang kalsada sa Ba- sa pagkalangay sa trabaho

time ug pag-uminto sa liwasan Seaside nagkan- sa proyekto mao tungod sa mga

himan

mapadali

niini

ang

aron tidad kinig P19 milyon ulan, apan kaya nila kining

pagtra- sa

pagpaayo,

gigunitan mahuman sa gi tanyag nga

baho sa maong proyekto. kini sa Uni Tech Builders. schedule tungod naga traSi Konsehal Gerky Valesco Samtang ang kalsada sa Si- baho sila sa sobra 8 oras usa sa mihangyo sa DPWH nunuc, Cawit ug Calarian kung adunay ulan. (JPA/ sa pagpadali aron

dili

sa trabaho nagkantidad usab kinig ELD/PIA9-Zambo

mahasol

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City)

(en- P42 milyon gigunitan kini

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Blogging contest on for development workers in Mindanao

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by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

evelopment workers in Mindanao will now have a chance to promote their inspiring stories and get recognition for their work.

This, as the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is calling on individuals between 13 and 35 years old based in the island to join the RAFI -Triennial Awards (TA) Blogging Contest focused on the theme, “Shaping the Big Picture of Change.� Submission of the blog entries, which started, yesterday, Sept. 30, will end on Dec. 15, 2011. Entrants are expected to do background research on the lives and works of RAFI Triennial awardees and finalists nearest their area and must ensure that their blogs are accessible until winners are declared in January 2012. To join the contest, individuals should register through www.rafi.org.ph and must have an existing and updated blog for at least six (6) months, with all entries in original and and written in English, with a minimum of 1,000 words and maximum of 37 36

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Blogging contest....from page 36 4,000 words. Entries should not have been entered or won in previous competitions. Writers must at the end of their blogs indicate, “This is an official entry to the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards Blogging Contest” and include a link to the RAFI website. The criteria for judging include 50 percent for content for originality and alignment to the theme and research value and 50 percent for writing style or composition, including technicalities. A contest participant is allowed a maximum of three (3) blogs that feature different awardees and finalists.

After posting their entries on their blogs, entrants should email application form, URL of the blog post, and electronic copy of at least one valid ID to ellen.red@ rafi.org.ph with the subject header: Entry to the RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest. Cash prizes of Php25,000, Php20,000, and Php15,000, for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively and all entries of winners and finalists will be consolidated and published into a book. For more information on the RAFI Triennial Awards Blogging Contest and to check on the awardee or finalist nearest you, visit www.rafi. org.ph

This year, five (5) Mindanaoans, have made it to the top five (5) finalists in the Ramon (RAFI-TA), three (3) of whom were cited for the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary, Individual Category, while two (2) others were cited for the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution. Now on its 5th run with conferment of awards in 2012, the RAFITA is an awards program of RAFI given every three (3) years to recognize the philanthropic, humanitarian, and holistic efforts of individuals and institutions in Mindanao and the Visayas in enhancing the quality of life of the communities they serve.

OroChamber conducts livelihood training by Lordilie Enjambre

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 1 (PIA) – Some 65 women attended the livelihood training conducted by the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (OroChamber) at the Nazareth Barangay Hall, this city. 38 Saturday, October 1, 2011

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OroChamber conducts....from page 37

The whole-day activity which started at 8:00 a.m., was attended by women beneficiaries from Barangays Camaman-an, Gusa, and Nazareth. “The rise in the prices of basic commodities is already over-stretching the purchasing power of every Filipino, thus the need to enhance the livelihood capability of every family” Atty. Zoilo Antonio Velez, OroChamber Vice President for Agriculture, Mining and Fishery Sector, said. The Chamber thought of helping augment the income of target families in the city to cope with the steady increase of the prices of basic goods by giving them

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additional livelihood opportunities. Meanwhile, the training intervention which is lodged in the Chamber’s Ice on Milk Project is supported by Congressman Maximo Rodriguez of the Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) Party-List. The other sponsors of the training were BusinessWeek, National Dairy Authority (NDA) in region 10, Magnum Radio Station, Parasat Cable TV, Sunstar Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao Current. Participants were also taught by the Land O’ Lakes organization how to make white cheese, yema and lactoflan which they can readily sell and earn extra in-

come in the process. The trainers were experts from NDA 10 and the Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (NMFDC). Meanwhile, Antonio Uy, President of OroChamber expects a good number of women-participants during the BruneiIndonesia-Malaysia-Philippines, East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Trade Fair cum OROBEST EXPO 2011 in October as the livelihood session will be staged back-to-back with the Dairy Forum. Another training on relevant milk processing techniques for the women from Puntod and other barangays is scheduled on October 20, Uy said.

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