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Features

The Agusan Marsh

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Vol. 1, No. 69

The Social Significance of Agusan Marsh

by David Suyao

NATI O NAL

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LGUs implement improved permits, licensing system

Works for Koronadal City’s Bulok bridge begins in November

Pagpapapasok ng estudyante sa mga internet cafe hinigpitan

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CSC-Caraga recommends PIACaraga for Level II Accreditation Del Carmen folks train on disaster preparedness

Mayor Amante urges Indigenous Peoples to preserve their culture LGUs should use rationalized planning system, says DILG David relieves BI exec after American bolts Davao immigration jail

Aquino condoles with families of fallen soldiers, vows justice

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Only peace talks, government reforms could end Mindanao violence, says Aquino Ochoa to PMA: Continue fight for peace

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Camiguin’s longest caravan opens 32nd Lanzones Festival

Initao-Libertad Landscape, Seascape celebrates its 9th DOH holds training on voluntary counseling and testing on STI, HIV and AIDS Military takes on new role in Lanao del Norte I will always bring along my ‘Umbrella’

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Bagobo-Tagabawa IPs receives P500-T royalties from Hedcor Phil. Ports Authority casts new vision for Davao Port


Cover Story

The Social Significance of Agusan Marsh

by David Suyao

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n a forum conducted recently, Dr. Rex Linao, Chairman of Agusan Development Foundation Inc. (ADF) said that the Agusan Marsh has eight (8) features that make it important in sustaining human life. Saturday, October 22, 2011

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First, the Agusan Marsh is a Third, is is a wild life sanccatch 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 areas would bring to Agusan del Sur and Butuan City,” Dr. Linao said.

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it is the home of an indigenous people since the 16th century. Dr. Linao said, that during the Spanish regime, the natives stood their ground against officials who ordered them to evacuate Bunawan and Talacogon towns.

tuary. “In Agusan Marsh, we can see different kinds of Heron and owls, 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,” he said.

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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. There are also very rare combination of trees growing where

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tiga tree, a hard wood, grows with parts of Agusan Marsh can be comMalapapaya, a very soft wood tree pared to a plantation. The reason is, species. during floods, the seeds are eroded, and while the water rushes down, Agusan Marsh is also a they form a whirlpool, that gather the vast fishing ground. The main live- seeds in one place, and when they lihood of the natives living in floating grow, they are of the same size and houses within Agusan Marsh is fish- height, like that of a plantation,” Dr. ing. Different kinds of fishes harvest- Linao said. ed from Agusan Marsh are sold to as far as Iligan and Davao provinces. Acit is an ecocording to Dr. Linao, the reason why tourist destination. Inside the Agusalt water crocodiles live in Agusan san Marsh, rare flora and fauna are Marsh is because of the abundance everywhere. During early morning, of fish, and they are easier for them misty views of different colors can to catch for their food. catch everyone’s attention.

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it provides a great learning experience for experts and students’ alike. In Agusan Marsh, medicinal plants and nature plantation are abundant. “[T]rees growing in some

Eighth, it is a navigation

route for people living within the Agusan Marsh and the river banks. It is the main route of travel from up and down the stream. Tribes along Agusan River still use the rivers

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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 condoles with families of fallen soldiers, vows justice

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President Benigno Simeon Aquino III pays his last respects to 15 soldiers killed by alleged joint Abu Sayyaf and MILF troops Friday night (October 21) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. (Photo by Gil Nartea / Benhur Arcayan / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau).

resident Benigno S. Aquino III condoled with the families of 15 soldiers who died in a clash in Basilan this week vowing to pursue justice for their deaths.

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The bodies of the 15 soldiers were transported to Manila Friday night through an Air Force C-130 plane from Mindanao, arriving in Villamor Airbase at around 6 p.m. The President arrived at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig around 10 p.m. Friday to visit the wakes of the soldiers who died in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and other bandit groups in Basilan. During a press briefing after talking to the relatives of the slain soldiers, the President said the government was determined to run after all lawless elements, especially the Abu Sayyaf group, but not the MILF, with whom the government is having a peace dialogue. Amid mounting calls for an all-out- war against the MILF the

President called for calm and sobriety. “Kung tutugisin natin, siyempre kailangang maliwanag kung sino ang tinutugis. Mayroong mga nagmumungkahi lusubing lahat. Anong klaseng desisyon kung pati yung nananahimik lulusubin?” the President said in response to reporters’ questions about proposals for government assault. “Mahaba-haba na po yung ceasefire natin sa MILF. Pero doon sa iba na talaga naman pong hindi natin tinantanan, tulad ng ASG,” he added. The president said there is an ongoing investigation on the incident to shed light to what happened adding that the results may be out next week. At least two military officials who are responsible for handling the Basilan encounter

were relieved from their posts, according to the President. Military officials who will be proven negligent and who committed grave tactical errors may face court martial proceedings, the chief executive said. The President commiserated with the families of the soldiers, thanking them for their sacrifice to defend the nation. He also said the state is extending financial assistance to the families of the dead soldiers as well as other support that the government can give. Depending on the result of the investigation, the government could extend posthumous recognitions to the fallen soldiers who displayed bravery and courage in the battle field, he said. (AS)

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Only peace talks, government reforms could end Mindanao violence, says Aquino

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eace in Mindanao could only be attained through dialogue and bureaucratic reforms, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday.

The President, who visited the remains of the 15 dead soldiers from Basilan, also talked with the families of the fallen warriors Friday night at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig 10

City. Nineteen soldiers died this week in a clash with the members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and allegedly members of lawless groups in Al-Barka, Basilan.

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The President has instructed the military to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and find those responsible for the killings. During the meeting with the families of the slain soldiers, the President said


such violence could erupt again because of the ongoing conflict in Mindanao and the best solution is to put an end to Muslim rebellion through negotiations. The government has been relentlessly talking to the MILF to achieve lasting peace in Mindanao as well as initiating bureaucratic reforms in the region so that no Muslims will put up arms against the government, the President said. The violence has been going on for decades and the present government and the MILF have established a fruitful dialogue so far, he said adding that the recent Basi-

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lan clash shouldn’t affect the ongoing peace talks with the MILF. At the same time, the chief executive also told the families of the slain soldiers that his administration has supported a measure that postpones the election in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) so the government could implement bureaucratic reforms that will eventually eliminate corruption in government. Because of corruption, funds intended for government projects are wasted depriving the people of important projects that would benefit

them, he said. The president also made a commitment to the families of the soldiers that justice will be done and the administration will hold accountable military officials who committed tactical mistakes that resulted to the casualties on the government side. Extending his condolences to the families of the soldiers, the Chief Executive also promised to give financial assistance the families deserve, as well as posthumous awards to the soldiers who displayed bravery during the deadly clash. (AS)

Ochoa to PMA: Continue fight for peace xecutive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Saturday urged government troops and Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets to continue fighting for peace as a fitting tribute to soldiers, two of whom were alumni of the country’s premier military institution, who died recently in an encounter in Basilan. Saturday, October 22, 2011

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A t the 113th Fo u n d a tion Day of the PMA, Ochoa conveyed President Benigno S. Aquino III’s deepest condolences to the fallen soldiers and pledged to properly equip, arm and train government forces and future fighters so that their sacrifices in service to the country will not be in vain. “I know many of you knew the two brave heroes who gave their lives in Basilan, and it is only right that we mourn those who have passed on,” Ochoa, said referring to 2nd Lt. Jose Delfin Keh and 1st Lt. Valdimir Maninang, who along with members of the Army’s Special Forces, died after a nine-hour clash with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Al-Barka, Basilan. “We should also 12

remember that there is no greater tribute to our brave heroes than by fighting for what they themselves fought for: to win the peace. Peace with principle, peace with honor, peace without sacrificing our sovereignty,” Ochoa said. “Our goal has always been peace because history has taught us no country has ever benefitted from long drawnout internal conflicts.” In the midst of this tragic event, however, the Executive Secretary said the real challenge remained. “[I]t is to honor their memory by being true to the values they lived and died for: courage, integrity and loyalty— the three words that all PMA cadets and alumni live by.” Ochoa lauded the men and women in uniform who graduate from the military academy and those who enlist with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for their

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sacrifices to ensure the security and safety of the people. Despite the risks, he added, many young Filipinos aspire to enter the PMA and serve the nation. So far the PMA has produced over 7,000 officers, including 45 graduates from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United States. This year alone, 16,000 individuals aspired to enter the academy, but over 6,000 were allowed to take the entrance exams. Only a thousand


passed and have been deemed qualified for the physical examinations, and only 200 will be accepted to begin their cadetship in April 2012. To strengthen its reputation as a premier military training institution, several projects and programs are in now in various stages of implementation to keep in step with the demands of the times, which require, among others, the academy to prepare its graduates for the tasks of the modern soldier, he said. According to Ochoa, the dramatic change in character and conduct of warfare and the rise of terrorism as a serious global threat only underscore the need for officers and troops to develop a world view that will enable them comprehend the nuances of the law, statecraft, diplomacy and intelligence. “Aside from ad-

dressing the issues concerning modern combat, the academy must also prepare its graduates for duties that do not involve warfare,” Ochoa said, like in disaster response operations and mitigation, which require an understanding of the adverse impact of the weather phenomena on logistics and planning involved in mass evacuation scenarios and rescue operations, mobilization and resource management, and public and community relations. “In these initiatives you are assured of the support of your President, who recognizes the valuable role of the academy in the government’s efforts

to ensure security, justice and peace in our country,” said Ochoa. “[T]his Administration is committed to implementing reforms to build the capability of our military as well as uplift the welfare of our men and women in uniform.” One of these key initiatives is the proposed legislation to extend the AFP Modernization Act until 2025, which calls for the acquisition of Air Force, Navy and Army equipment and material, to boost the capability of the Armed Forces to repel threats within and outside the Philippines borders. It also authorizes the Department of

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National Defense and the AFP to sell, lease and forge joint venture agreements involving defense real properties, and to enter into

public-private partnerships to raise the funding requirements for the military modernization program. “In short, your government wants to put all of you—those who are now in our Armed Forces and

those of you who will soon join them—in a position to successfully fulfill your duties and responsibilities to flag and country,” said Ochoa, who also chairs the Cabinet cluster on security, justice and peace.

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President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Benigno S. Aquino III talks with OPPAP Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles and GPH Peace Panel chair Marvic Leonen before presiding over the AFP Command Conference at the AFP Headquarters Conference Room in Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City Friday (October 21). (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau). 14

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LGUs implement improved permits, licensing system By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Interior and local government officials in South Cotabato hope time spent on getting permits and licenses will soon be shorter with their implementation of an improved business system.

DILG Provincial Director Josephine Leysa, said ten municipalities and the lone city of Koronadal have already oriented on the computer-based DILG program on permits and licensing system. Softwares have also been installed in some LGUs. T’boli and Surallah towns were the last LGUs visited by DILG on Thursday and Friday for the same purpose.

“The program streamlines processing of permits and licenses,” she said. “From ten steps with 12 signatures we intend to standardize the process into 5-5-5: five steps, five signatures, five days in a unified form,” she explained. Leysa said they are encouraging LGUs to upgrade to best practice of three steps, three signatures, in one day processing. “Eventually, maybe

we can achieve the efficiency of Makati and Marikina which follows a two-step process of file and pay. DILG hopes to complete all installations will be completed within October. “We hope to dryrun the system in January, Leysa said. DILG is working with the Department of Trade and Industry for this project. (PIA 12)

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Works for Koronadal City’s Bulok bridge begins in November By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Bulok Bridge at the heart of Koronadal City will be demolished in the first week of November, an official of the Department of Public Works and Highways said. Engr. Marcial Cardenas, planning chief of DPWH South Cotabato said, this is to start the construction of a new bridge that will replace the old one, which safety has been compromised.

Cardenas said they are now on the post qualification evaluation of the construction firm that won the bidding. The national government has alloted P18 million for the project.

This week, DPWH installed notice re-routing traffic of heavy trucks and buses to Alba St. Once the old bridge is demolished, traffic along General Santos Drive will also be cut off. (PIA 12)

Pagpapapasok ng estudyante sa mga internet cafe hinigpitan KORONADAL CITY-- Pinulong kamakailan ng Internet Operations Regulatory Board (IORB) ng mga lungsod ng Koronadal ang mga internet cafe operators, mga magulang at mga guro upang talakayin ang mahigpit na pagpapatupad ng ordinansang nagbabawal sa pagpapasok sa mga estudyante sa panahon ng klase. Ayon kay Mayor Peter B. Miguel, na siya ring chairman ng IORB, matagal nang naipasa ang naturang ordinansa at inaayos lang ang implenentasyon nito. Ipinapatupad ang paghihigpit bilang tugon sa dumaraming reklamo mula sa mga magulang at guro na maraming kabataan ang nahuhumal16

ing sa internet games na pinapayagan naman ng mga cafe operators na oumadok kahit oras ng klase. Ilang magulang pa ang nagsumbong na galing sa kanilang bahay tumutuloy na sa internet cafe ang mga bata at buong araw na lumiliban sa klase. Ilang cafe rin ang pumapayag na

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buksan ng mga bata ang mga porn sites. Maliban sa mga pagpapaalala sa mga internet cafe operators maaaring masuspende ang kanilang negosyo at mapatawan bg multa, hiniling din ni Mayor Miguel sa mga magulang na i-monitor ang kanilang mga anak. (DEDoguiles/ PIA 12)


CSC-Caraga recommends PIA-Caraga for Level II Accreditation by Robert E. Roperos

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he Civil Service Commission (CSC)-Caraga is recommending the regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here for Level II Accreditation of its Accreditation program.

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In a four-page Personnel Management and Assistance Program narrative report on Comprehensive Personnel Management Assessment (CPMA), PIA-Caraga passed the degree of compliance set by CSC. Meanwhile, CSC-Caraga extended their appreciation to PIA-Caraga for having substantially maintained its personal records management.

The Personnel Management, Monitoring, Evaluation and Assistant Services (PMMEAS) is a continuing service to be conducted in the agency right after the conduct of the CPMA. It is a program designed to regularly monitor and oversee performance of agencies that have undergone the CPMA, as well as to ren-

der technical assistance to government agencies, and address capability building or developmental intervention needs of agencies. On May 14, the Personnel Management Assessment Team conducted the 3rd PMMEAS to monitor the consistency of PIA-Caraga’s personnel records management implementation.

Del Carmen folks train on disaster preparedness by Welivie Calang-Diola

DEL CARMEN, Surigao del Norte -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Surigao del Norte recently conducted a disaster preparedness training for barangay officials and disaster volunteers here. 18

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Around 200 volunteers from the 20 barangays attended the training. These included the punong barangays and barangay kagawads on peace and order The participants are among the first line of defense or early responders during emer-

gencies and calamities. The training held from Oct. 10-12 focused on Basic Life Support Services, Fire Drill and other relevant topics which were thoroughly discussed with the use of demo and simulation strategies. The training team

came from the office of the PDRRMC. The training was conducted in coordination with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Del Carmen. (DILG-Del Carmen)

Mayor Amante urges Indigenous Peoples to preserve their culture by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton BUTUAN CITY -- Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. emphasized to the Indigenous Peoples that in achieving development, culture must be preserved.

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“Nagatoo kitang tanan nga kung walay kalinaw, walay kalambuan, ug sa kalambuan importante nga mapreserba nato ang atong kultura (All of us believe that if there is no peace, development cannot be achieved and in development it is important that we’ll be able to preserve

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our culture),� said Amante during the Indigenous Peoples Conference. The mayor added that he felt honored that the lumads and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples chose Butuan City as the place to discuss the issues and concerns of the different lumads from all over Caraga region and as well as to resolve the conflicts and problems being encountered by the lumads. Amante hopes the said activity will settle the lumads and in turn achieve development. The conference was hosted by the NCIP in partnership with the Congress, Civil

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Society Organizations, the United Nations, International Labor Organization, Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Local Government Units and national line agencies at the Balanghai Hotel, this city. The said activity was in line with the 14th Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) Anniversary.


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DILG, OMB join hands vs. corruption in LGUs he Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) have joined forces to combat corruption in local government units (LGUs) from the provincial to the barangay level.

T h e partnership was formed after DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Ombudsman Conchita C. Moralles signed a memorandum of agreement to harmonize the programs and initiatives of the DILG and OMB relative to the prevention of corruption. The agreement was forged during the DILG’s Biyaheng Pinoy culminating activity commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Local Government Code held at the Philippine International Conven-

tion Cent e r (PICC) in Pasay City. Robredo said corruption is one of the challenges faced by local governments as it affects the quality of public services, investment climate and economic development. According to the DILG Secretary, since local governments deal directly with people, the effects of corruption

are quickly felt; hence, there is a need to build a partnership with the Ombudsman and come up with preventive measures against corruption in LGUs. “We have agreed to work together in promoting good governance in the LGUs by harmonizing our respective reform programs,” said Robredo. Robredo cited the Integrity Development Review (IDR) program of the OMB which will be matched with the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) and Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) programs of the DILG.

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The IDR is a program that assesses sufficiency of corruption safeguards and corruption vulnerabilities within an agency’s systems including those of the LGUs, while the LGPMS is a self-assessment and development tool that helps LGUs determine their progress in various sectors. On the other hand, the SGH is an award program recognizing performing LGUs based on pre-determined performance indicators, making them eligible for accessing the Performance Challenge

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Fund (PCF). Robredo explained that the collaborative efforts of the two agencies will come into play by using selected indicators of the IDR as indicators for the SGH and LGPMS, and in like manner, the LGPMS integrity report can be used by the IDR as guide in determining LGUs’ action to scale up corruption prevention or integrity related initiatives. To effectively carry out the agreement, a Joint Management Committee (JMC) and a Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) to be

composed of officials and personnel from the DILG and the OMB shall be created. The JMC and JTWG shall provide overall guidance in the implementation of the program and ensure coordination among local government units. The agreement likewise provides for the designation of Resident Ombudsman Coordinators (ROCs) in all local government units to be recommended by the local chief executive. (DILG Public Affairs Office)

David relieves BI exec after American bolts Davao immigration jail ureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. relieved the head of the bureau’s field office in Davao City in connection with the recent escape of a detained American national, it was learned yesterday.

David designated lawyer Nimfa Edroso as acting alien control officer of Davao , vice Maria Kiamco who was reassigned to her mother unit at 22

the BI’s immigration regulation division in Manila . David said Kiamco was relieved pending results of the investigation into

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the escape of Tigor Hasongan Siapanar, an American of Indonesian descent, who bolted his detention cell last Oct. 17. The immigration


chief also directed Kiamco and other employees at the BI-Davao field office to explain in 72 hours why no administrative and criminal charges should be filed against them in connection with the escape of Siapanar. Siapanar, 27, disappeared from his cell before dawn last Monday after cutting its iron grills with a steel saw. “I will not hesitate to file charges against anyone who will be found liable for this incident,” David said. He added that

the personnel tasked with guarding Siapanar may be administratively charged with gross neglect of duty and slapped with a criminal complaint for infidelity in the custody of prisoners. According to lawyer Maria Antonette Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, she already dispatched a team of immigration agents to investigate the detainee’s escape and submit their report within two days. Mangrobang said the team was also directed to coordinate with the Davao police in conducting a manhunt for Siapanar. Records showed that Siapanar was turned over to the BI last January 11 after he was arrested by Davao policemen for illegal

gun possession. He was later found to be an undocumented and overstaying alien as he failed to produce his passport and a check of the BI’s database showed that he never bothered to extend his stay as a tourist since he last arrived in the country on July 16, 2007. However, despite his being an illegally staying alien, the BI could not deport due to several criminal cases that are pending against him before the courts in Davao City. The Davao City police disclosed that Siapanar faces a string of criminal cases, including attempted murder, domestic violence, child abuse, and illegal drugs. (BID)

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2000 Batang Pinoy Mindanao-leg athletes to converge in Zambo, Oct. 27-30

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by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ome 2000 athletes all over Mindanao will converge in this city for the conduct of the 2011 Batang Pinoy Mindanao-wide leg, October 27-30.

The 3-day sports competition will bring in young delegates ages 15 and below to vie for the Mindanaowide qualifier of the newly revived national multi-sport competi

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tion Batang Pinoy. The competing athletes will represent their respective Local Government Units (LGUs) from Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, CARAGA and ARMM.

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The athletes will compete in 15 sports challenge that include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, gymnastic, judo, swimming,


set on December 10-13 at Naga City, Camarines Sur Meanwhile, City Mayor Celso Lobregat met with co-organizers t o finalized plans for the 3-day sports table tennis, taekwondo, lawn tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. Qualifiers/winners for the Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg will be part of the regional qualifying pool that will battle for the national competition

other needed assistance to the delegates. Zamboanga is the first city in Mindanao to host the first of the 5-leg regional qualifiers since it ceased to operate in 2003. “Batang Pinoy was first introduced in 1999 by virtue of EO No. 44. It is an open category,

event. Richard Aliangan of the City Information office in a press statement said the city is all geared

up for this event. The statement said the city government aside from the reception assistance will also be providing transport support and

meaning, even private schools and out-of –school youth may join since they are representing their LGU,” Aliangan said in a press statement. “The revival of Batang Pinoy envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play,” Aliangan said. (JPA/PIA9-Zambo

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Gutalac town mayor supports RH bill

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by Franklin P. Gumapon

eproductive health (RH) bill is important.”

This was declared by Mayor Mariano Candelaria Jr. in a press conference held in this town recently. Candelaria said he is supporting the reproductive health bill because it would redound to the good and benefit of the family. “Kailangan natin ito upang malaman ng mga tao kung papaano mag-control” (We need this so that the peo-

stressed. The mayor cited cases of poor families who could hardly tend for their sick members but have several children. “How can they buy medicines? They don’t have money,” he rued. It can be recalled that congressmen Seth Frederick Jalosjos and Cesar Jalosjos of Zamboanga del Norte’s first and third districts, respectively, have expressed support to the RH bill now pending in congress. Public consultations on the bill have already been conducted to feel the pulse of the people on the proposed legislation. ple would know how GABRIELA parto control), the mayor ty list representative 26

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Immy de Jesus said “the bill protects and upholds the rights of the women as gender equality and women empowerment are central elements of reproductive health.” It was also learned that once the reproductive health bill is passed into law, it will provide a number of reproductive health care programs such as maternal, infant and child and nutrition, family planning information and services, adolescent and youth reproductive health, elimination of violence against women, male responsibility and participation in reproductive health, and many others. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zambo. Norte)


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LMP-Zambo. Norte bucks 5% IRA reduction for by Franklin P. Gumapon next year his was the unanimous decision reached by the officers and members of LMP-Zamboanga del Norte headed by Mayor Anacleto H. Olvis Jr. of Polanco town during their regular meeting held on Piñahon Island in this municipality yesterday. This was the unanimous decision reached by the officers and members of LMPZamboanga del Norte headed by Mayor Anacleto H. Olvis Jr. of Polanco town during their regular meeting held on Piñahon Island in this municipality yesterday. The group passed a resolution addressed to the President, DBM and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) objecting to the impending 5 percent IRA reduction among LGUs for calendar year 2012.

across the board IRA reduction would adversely affect LGU operations particularly in the provision of infrastructure and social services to their constituents. In the same gathering, another resolution addressed to the Department of Agriculture (DA)has been passed urging its officials “to revisit and change their attitudes and practices in the implementation of the agency’s programs and services.” Mayor Roseller Manigsaca of Rizal town, the proponent of said resolution, lambasted All the local chief the DA officials for executives believed showing bias for that the 5 percent Luzon and neglecting

Mindanao, which supplies more than onethird of the country’s food requirements. Manigsaca called on the DA to support and develop the agriculture in Mindanao for the island is suited for farming with its fertile lands and favorable climate. LMP-Zamboanga del Norte is composed of 25 town mayors. (JPA/FPG/PIAZamboanga del Norte)

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Camiguin’s longest caravan opens 32nd Lanzones Festival by Homer R. Jajalla

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longer and grander caravan around the island’s 64.08 kilometer circumferential roads jovially opened the 32nd celebration of the Camiguin Lanzones Festival. At the Camiguin Tourism Center, Slated from Oct. 16 to 23, the event Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo cut showcases Camiguin’s native fruit at the the ceremonial ribbon to formally open the Agro-Industrial Technology Trade Fair festivities. He was assisted by Vice Governor dubbed as “UGMAD,” which means “to till’ Leo G. Lasacar and witnessed by town and or “to cultivate” in the local dialect. provincial officials in this “island born of Other activities include ‘Kalanrakas sa fire,” also known for its natural wonders Kabataan,’ a charivari street dancing which and sweetest lanzones-bearing trees. is held in each of the five municipalities of the island province. 28

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Kalanrakas winners will then compete for the grand showdown on Saturday, October 23 which marks the peak of the 2011 Lanzones Festival. Other interesting activities include the “Harana in Kinamiguing” or love songs in the local Camiguin dialect, cooking contests, and a variety of choral, folk dance, kiddie theater, and draw and tell competitions.

street dancing which will be held on Oct. 22 starting from Old Parola Wharf and will end at Poblacion Barangay Hall. The ground demonstration or tableau competition will follow in the afternoon.

Mahinog town represented by Columbia St. Michael’s Parish High School (CSMPHS) again strives to win and defend its title as Camiguin Lanzones Festival grand champion in three consecutive years for Also highlight of the festivities is street dancing and two consecutive years the “Pasigarbo sa Camiguin Presents,” a in tableau. showcase of tourism destinations, products and services including the island’s culture The Mutya Sa Buahanan Beauty and heritage. Pageant 2011 (Miss Camiguin Tourism) is on Oct. 22 at the Plaza Union (1914). Festival’s most awaited event is the Mambajao town mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo led the traditional breaking of pots as “pabuenas” that contains lanzones, coins and water during the opening of 32nd Camiguin Lanzones Festival

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Initao-Libertad Landscape, Seascape celebrates its 9th anniversary by Jojo Thiam

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental– Sustainable is beneficial for the young generation. Thus said Regional Executive Director Corazon B. Galinato of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources during the commemoration of the 9th year of the Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS).

Punong barangays Eusebio Waslo and Santy Acut, in return, thanked Galinato for her presence and support during the celebration. They also expressed their gratitude for the visible improvement and development of the area. Peter Elman, meanwhile, delivered the message of Congressman Bambi Emano of the 2nd district of Misamis Oriental who was attending a session in congress. He relayed that Congressman Emano felt that without the vision of a leader, the said forest will no longer exist.

He also emphasized that sustainability is also as important as protection. He explained that protecting the forest needs the cooperation of the people in Barangay Galinato, leading the event, commended Tubigan, Barangay Gimaylan and the local the dedication and the works of Protected government units. Area Superintendent (PASu) Liza Requina and Forester Eddie Macasusi in handling the park well despite the limited funding. She also recognized the work of the well trained and dedicated staff in the maintenance of the national park. Likewise, she expressed her appreciation to the two barangays, Tubigan and Gimaylan, where the protected landscape and seascape is situated for their cooperation saying, “the two barangays are factors in developing the project because of their proximity to the area.” 30

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Under Proclamation No. 66 by President Manuel Quezon, the Initao Forest Reserve was proclaimed on June 16, 1936. On June 23, 1963 under Republic Act 3563, the Initao Forest Reserve was converted into Initao National Park.

Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the area has evolved into a nature-based activities such as picnic, sightseeing, bird watching, canopy walk, zip-lining, caving, snorkeling, diving and forest research. (DENR)

Meanwhile, the Initao National Park, with a portion of adjacent marine waters, was declared as Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape under the National Integrated Protected Areas System or Republic Act 7586, on September 16, 2002. The forest ecosystem of the park encompasses 50.58 hectares. With the converging efforts of the Congressman Emano, the LGUs of Misamis Oriental, Department of Tourism and the Photo Credits: http://farm3.static.flickr.com, http://images.judycquilab.multiply.com, http://img.blog.yahoo.co.kr

DOH holds training on voluntary counseling and testing on STI, HIV and AIDS by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -To help prevent the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a comprehensive training on STI/HIV/AIDS and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVT) for members of the Local AIDS Council has been conducted by Department of Health from October 19-21 in Malaybalay City. Emiliano Galban Jr., DOH Regional AIDS Assistance Team (RAAT) planner, said it is time for the local government units (LGUs), educational institutions and the business community to ensure the implementation of the HIV/AIDS policy and the technical guidelines to be able to

convincingly impart the knowledge and to send a strong message that HIV/AIDS steals, kills, and destroys. “As the number of HIV/AIDS in the country accelerates to an alarming 6 to 7 reported cases per day, we must all get Saturday, October 22, 2011

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involved to bring the spread to the barest minimum,” he said. Meanwhile, the Alliance Against AIDS in Mindanao (ALAGAD Mindanao) reported that there are four HIV infected persons in Bukidnon—two in Malaybalay while the other two are in Valencia City. Furthermore, the United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) latest data showed the Philippines is one of the identified seven countries with the most number in HIV/ AIDS positive—and that the increase is to her baby at birth. alarming with 7,235 reported HIV cases from January 1984 to July 2011. “It is really pertinent for us to be schooled on aspects of this life The World Health Organization (WHO) threatening infection so as to be able to data, likewise, showed more than become strong advocates on HIV/AIDS 38 million people are living with HIV/ prevention,” Galban explained. AIDS around the world, and UNAIDS estimates that without more preventive The training seeks to empower measures, 45 million new cases could participants on STI, HIV and AIDS in occur next year. the health sector, impact on family, The WHO experts fully described HIV as a slow virus that does not produce symptoms until sometime after infection, damaging part of the body’s defenses against infections, which causes AIDS.

community, and workplace and adopt steps to mitigate its spread. Training goals also include sharing knowledge and resources, building partnerships and together become strong advocates for health.

HIV/AIDS spreads through blood transfusion, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. The four major routes of transmission are unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother

Organized by the DOH-RAAT in partnership with ALAGAD-Mindanao, the training is anchored on its theme: “Our epidemic is accelerating! Doing nothing is not an option.”

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Military takes on new role in Lanao del Norte By Vincent N. Labial Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Instead of wielding M16s and other highpowered rifles, soldiers in this province now hold paint brushes, brooms and hammers as they take on their new role as rebuilders of schools and developers of tourist destinations. Dubbed “Operation Bayanihan,” soldiers belonging to the 35th Infantry (Makamandang Battalion) stationed in Camp Allere, Salvador, Lanao del Norte have been making the rounds of local schools to lend a helping hand in the Department of Education. The Battalion has been providing manpower assistance to more than 100 public schools and has been instrumental in improving school facilities, buildings and school grounds. “The function of today’s soldier is no longer confined to just combat operations, he has evolved to become a catalyst for positive development in his area of responsibility and a pro-active peace builder in his community,” 35th IB Commander Ferdinand Razalan said.

The Makamandag battalion also launched recently the newest beach attraction in the province, Umbrella Beach Resort in Brgy. Payong, Sultan Naga Dimaporo during the Ms. Lanao del Norte candidates’ site visit. In a recent Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting, the provincial government headed by Gov. Khalid Dimaporo together with the provincial PNP and AFP leadership jointly declared Kapatagan Valley as insurgency-free. The announcement came after security forces noted significant improvements in the peace and order situation in the valley, and the absence of activities by the New People’s Army (NPA).

Kapatagan Valley is composed of the ‘Operation Bayanihan’ is one of the municipalities of Kapatagan, Sultan Naga activities undertaken by the battalion, Dimaporo, Sapad, Lala, Baroy and Salvador as they celebrate their 9th Refilling all of Lanao Del Norte. Anniversary. The fast-rising province of Lanao del “We have conducted simultaneous Norte is starting to reap the economic gains coastal clean-up from the town of Sultan of having a stable security condition and Naga Dimaporo to Kolambugan. We also booming sports tourism. have a battalion sports fest, a formal program to thank all the stakeholders who The province has recently been have supported us through the years and hailed by booth motocross enthusiasts and a fellowship night,” Lt. Pelagio Dela Cruz organizers as the ‘Motocross Capital of the announced. Philippines.’ (PIO-LDN) Saturday, October 22, 2011

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I will always bring along my ‘Umbrella’ SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, Lanao del Norte - In the scorching heat of the sun I travelled the road of a place I didn’t know what to see. The humid weather and the heat of the sun felt so good with the warm provincial air. The bus I’m riding is full packed and the excitement gets into my nerve as we were informed that we are to stop in my destination - Sultan Naga Dimaporo. As I stepped out from the bus another kind of tricycle met me and it’s another thrill to ride on an umbrella tricycle for the first time. My destination is named Umbrella Beach Resort of Barangay Payong and here I am riding in a vehicle named umbrella tricycle. Too bad I am not bringing an umbrella myself; the irony makes me feel that I didn’t fit into the picture. Along the way, the greenery has caught my attention that made me forgot my umbrella thing. The smell of the salty sea air have enveloped my senses and the more that I felt my solitary presence upon seeing the vast horizon of the Celebes Sea. I left my slippers on the side as I want to walk barefoot on the long line of seashore with very fine grains of sands. I felt so relaxed with the greens from the trees surrounding the beach. How I want to stay until sun down and just be awed by the wonders of nature that surrounds me. I am like a teenage girl love struck by my knights in shining armor. Knights were indeed in Umbrella Beach Resort when I came to know that the place was developed by the 35th Infantry Battalion before it was turned over to the industrious residents of Barangay Payong. The more that I was impressed when I get hold of the thought that out of the strong 34

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and firm hands of the military men of the 35th Infantry Battalion headed by Lt. Col. Ferdinand Razalan, a breath taking place was made where one can find a truly peaceful refuge. I am so left out of seeing this people as the protector of our peace and order, the strength of our nation and people noble enough to defend their country even if it will costs their life and so little did I see them as a protector of the environment and moving up to the extent of developing and beautifying a place I am glad I have stepped into. Umbrella Beach Resort becomes more meaningful and worthy then. I was never allowed to just appreciate the nature as I’ve had my lunch at the raft floating on the seaside. I swear I have erased in my vocabulary diet this day, with the fresh and delectable seafood spread before me that simply made my mouth water. Oh, what a feast! My lunch has made me a bit sleepy but the water is so inviting that I hop into a waiting banca and away we go into the calm azure waters. The salty water in the warm blue sky is such a bursting freedom from the busy city life. How fortunate I am to be here. I want more of this life!!! And with the news that the Provincial Information Office relayed to me about plans to add more water sports in the area like snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat ride and parasailing just makes me look forward to another fun, exciting, meaningful and soooo worthwhile visit to this new found paradise. (LDN)


Bagobo-Tagabawa IPs receives P500-T royalties from Hedcor

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n celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month this year, AboitizPower’s wholly-owned subsidiary Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. honored tribal community by giving half a million pesos to Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe as their annual royalty share from the 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Plant. The share covers the third quarter of the year to be allotted to livelihood program, education, medicines, reforestation, and the maintenance of their ancestral Tudaya Falls.

The turnover ceremony is witnessed by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) commissioners led by Atty. Roque Agton, Jr of Region XI. “We are sincere in carrying out what we promise to share to our host communities. This share is over and above what the law has required from us,” said Vice President in Mindanao Operations Rolando Pacquiao. Hedcor regularly undertakes Corporate Social Responsibility projectsfocusing on education, health, reforestation, energization, and livelihood. “Sa karon, daghan na sa amo ang aduna nay mapakaon sa among mga anak, daghan ng mga bata ang naka skwela, daghan ng mga naay sakit nga naayo. Kini tanan tungod sa Hedcor. (Now, plenty of us can feed our children, plenty of kids go to school, and many who got sick were cured. These are all because of Hedcor.),” Datu Rudy Agtag expressed his gratitude of thanks to Hedcor. “The shares we received from Hedcor is a big help in reclaiming our Saturday, October 22, 2011

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land that has been sold long time ago”, Datu Agtag added. Before the RA 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Act of 1997 was implemented, some land of the IP was sold from them. Atty. Agton explained that no one can buy the ancestral land after the RA 8371 was implemented except for immediate members of the family. Hedcor is the largest developer and the leading producer of run-ofriver hydropower facilities in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao with a total generating capacity of 150 MW.(PR)

Phil. Ports Authority casts new vision for Davao Port DAVAO CITY- Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) formally launched the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management System (QMS) for the Port of Davao with the Facilitation of Vessel Entrance and Clearance (VEC) as its core business process here last October 17, 2011. VEC, a frontline service of the PPA entail four (4) core procedures, namely, 1) Entrance Formalities; 2) Assessment of Vessel Charges; 3) Collection of Charges (for both computerized and non-computerized ports) and; 4) Departure Clearance. Said procedures as embodied in the Quality Procedures Manual shall be implemented in the next three months before the respective internal and external audits. QMS refers to the organizational structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes and resources to implement a service or come up with a product. Once the manualized processes are operationalized and enforcement is perfected based on the standards audits, the Port of Davao (also known as Sasa Wharf) will eventually be qualified to apply for an ISO 9001-2008 accreditation. “After several months of tedious work, I am very pleased to announce that Davao is finally ready to be an ISO-compliant port,” Port District Manager and concurrent PMO-Davao Port Manager Atty. Christian V. Santillan said during his inspirational message at the QMS launching. (PPA) 36

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