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• Leptospirosis is ‘very’ deadly – DOH • DA streamlines ACEF grants


Today’s cover features

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN)


the highland pardise • Provincial govt renews call for rabies vaccination • Kato hahabulin ng AFP at MILF • Sema nanawagan ng bayanihan para masolusyunan ang pagbabaha sa Maguindanao Photo Credit: Bernardo Agulo

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • DSWD Caraga conducted the 1st Convergence Caravan • Butuan dad convenes partner agencies, stakeholders to discuss dev’t plans for IPs • Rabies Prevention and Control Program, gihingusgan sa Agusan • P35-K, kita gikan sa mga viewers ni buwayang Lolong • Surigao del Sur, gitay-og sa magnitude 5.1 nga linog- USGS • P506-K nga kahoy’ng Lawaan, nakumpiska sa Brgy. Dangkias

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • Pasulit alang sa mga out-of-school youth gitakda pagahimoon karong Nobyembre- DepEd • PLGPMI magpahigayon ug 11th Regional Assembly Zamboanga • Gobyerno mipasalig sa supisyenteng pondo para sa mga OFWs

Northern Mindanao • ‘Search for 2011 MOFYA in region 10 has 8 nominees • Church group appeals to NPA to release the Initao vendors • Protest rally opens Coop Month celebration in Cag. de Oro • Bloodletting highlights 6th day of Nat’l Maritime Week in Cag. de Oro • NSCB to conduct capacity building for designated statisticians in region 10

Southern Mindanao (Davao) • Panabo elderly join sports fete • Pollution control officers push for inclusion of Envi laws in school curriculum

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Cover Story: Bukidnon: The highland paradise

by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy


amous for its rich agriculture, healthy livestock, and flourishing forest, Bukidnon is the highland paradise in the heart of bubbling Mindanao, where the spectacular Kaamulan Festival is annually celebrated.

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Cover Story:Bukidnon: the highland.......from page 3

This mountaintop province of 1.2 million people spread across 20 towns and two component cities prides itself in being Mindanao’s food basket. Its rich soil produce high grade flowers, fruits and vegetables, among them broccoli, cauliflower, sweet bell pepper, tomato, carrot, potato, and other high-value crops, which are regularly shipped to major markets in the country. Lately, the Agro-Industrial Trade Center was established. Its storage facility keeps the lettuce and asparagus fresh even after reaching foreign markets. Del Monte Philippines’ sweet pineapples are also grown here. Its fresh and canned pineapples are exported to the United States of America, Middle East, Europe, and the rest of Asia Pacific particularly in New Zealand, Bermudas, Hongkong, South Korea, Japan, and China. In harmony with nature Bukidnons have very strong reasons why they


prefer to intertwine harmoniously with nature. It is home to over 400 species of natural grown and planted trees. This has inspired Governor Alex Calingasan to intensify its greening program by planting not only Philippine trees of indigenous species, but also exotic forest trees. Mt. Kitanglad, the country’s second highest mountain, stands proudly here with a bird watching site. It is the comfortable abode for wildlife, which includes the Philippine Eagle. The Asia’s longest dual zip line, also, lies in the pristine wildlife at Dahilayan Adventure Park. With cool mountain breeze and ever green pine trees surrounding the area, experience the breathtaking and heart pumping zip line adventures at an elevation drop of 100 meters with speed ranging from 60100 kph. Likewise, the Del Monte golf course and country club here is one of the major golf destinations in the world due to

its perfect landscape, mini lake, and well trimmed greens that offer a marvelous haven for golf enthusiasts. When temperatures surge and the hassles of everyday life start to overwhelm, it’s comforting to know that there is a sanctuary for those who seek serenity and peace. The Monastery of Transfiguration and the Carmelite Sister’s Monastery, separately located in mountains and hills, are perfect places for quiet moments and prayer. Not only is Bukidnon endowed with natural attractions. With an average elevation of 915 meters above sea level, the province’s terrain is characterized by deep ravines and thick forest mountains which protect the province from storms, making it typhoon-free. There are countless reasons why Bukidnons love nature. Find time to come and visit us here. Before you know it, you will be adding other reasons why this province should naturally be as it is—a highland paradise.

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Leptospirosis is ‘very’ deadly – DOH he Department of Health reiterated that leptospirosis is ‘very’ deadly.

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Leptospirosis is......from page 5

This, after most parts of Metro Manila was submerged with flood waters early this week caused by typhoon ‘Pedring.’ In a release by the Department of Health, Center for Health Development-Metro Manila (CHD-MM) Regional Director Eduardo Janairo reported that cases of leptospirosis are fast rising as series of typhoons continue to bring flood waters in various areas of Metro Manila. Janairo said the disease brought about by rats can be very deadly as it is transmitted through humans from contaminated waters, especially rat urine. “Once it comes into contact with cuts and open wounds in the skin, a person may develop high-grade fever, muscle pain and nausea. If complications may arise, it can 6

lead to renal failure, respiratory distress and eventually death,” said Janairo. He asked the public to avoid wading, and most of all swimming in flood waters. If unavoidable, the DOH advises the public to wear proper protection like boots and gloves, and other protective gears. The CHD-MM chief also advised hospitals to immediately treat patients with high fever and provide Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT). “There should be no deaths caused by leptospirosis because it is treatable and preventable,” Janairo stressed. Meanwhile, Janairo advised those who have been exposed to flood waters to immediately seek medical help if they start not to feel well. CHD’s Regional Epidemiology and Sur-

veillance Unit records showed 391 cases of leptospirosis, with 31 deaths from January to September 8, 2011. According to DOH, majority of the cases belonged to the age group from 1530 years old, with 159 cases and five deaths. Among the cities with the most number of recorded cases of leptospirosis are: Manila (79), Quezon City (76), Caloocan (3), Malabon (4), Navotas (27), Valenzuela (21), Parañaque (22), Pasay (19), Makati (12), Las Piñas (10), and Taguig (10). Recently, Marikina City Health officials distributed some medicines against leptospirosis to evacuees. Hundreds of residents flee their homes after Marikina River overflowed due to continuous heavy rains caused by ‘Pedring.’

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DA streamlines ACEF grants

epartment of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala said over the weekend that their agency will offer a more streamlined grant from the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) to help boost agricultural productivity and capability for market competition. Alcala noted such was not the case before when ACEF withdrawals consisted of more loans than grants. “Of the total ACEF funds, 60 percent will be for grants and 10 percent will be for scholarships while only 30 percent will be for loans,” Alcala said. He said that this funding primarily extends assistance to small farmers, fisherfolk and agricultural entrepreneurs nationwide. Alcala also emphasized the need for refocusing the distribution of ACEF funds, noting that target beneficiaries concerned must receive the financial assistance they need to be competitive locally and globally. Republic Act 8178 Sunday, October 2, 2011

(Agricultural Tariffication Act of 1996) created ACEF which pools tariffs or taxes collected from agricultural commodities imported under the minimum access volume (MAV) mechanism. MAV is the volume of an agricultural product allowed to be imported with a lower tariff as committed by the Philippines to World Trade Organization under the Uruguay Round Final Act, RA 8178 reads. ACEF funds are for competitiveness-enhancing initiatives like providing irrigation and farm-to-market roads, post-harvest facilities, credit, research and development, marketing, re-training and extension services. Citing latest avail-

able data, Alcala said government’s ACEF collection from 1999 to 2010 totaled PhP10.79 billion. Of this amount, he said government previously released to some 304 borrowers ACEF loans totaling PhP5.82 billion. Government also released as ACEF grants a total PhP2.96 billion or nearly only half of loans drawn from the facility, he added. “ACEF funds still available in the National Treasury is about PhP1.9 billion,” he said. RA 8178 provides that proceeds of MAV importation “shall accrue to the General Fund and shall be deposited with the National Treasury.” (DA/ RJB/JCP-PIA NCR) 7



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Provincial govt renews call for rabies vaccination

by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Oct 2 (PIA) -- Officials of South Cotabato’s Provincial Veterinary Office (PVet) have renewed their call to residents of the province to have their pet dogs vaccinated against rabies. PVet conducted mass vaccination and castration in T’boli town on Wednesday to celebrate the World Rabies Awareness Day but only six of its 27 barangays have supported the activity. From January to June, three residents in the municipality died of rabies. Provincial health officials also searched for at least 40 individuals in the area who killed and ate a suspected rabid dog for their post exposure prophylaxis to prevent more deaths due to rabies.


Dr. Lorna Lamorena has also called on barangay officials to encourage their constituents to support the campaign to rid the province of the fatal virus. She said they only charge a fee of P10 for each shot of anti rabies vaccine. She added the amount is very minimal as compared to the cost of treatment which could amount at least P16,000 once a person is exposed to the virus. Death cannot be avoided once rabies virus has attacked the

nervous system, Lamorena pointed out. A report from the provincial epidemiology and surveillance unit said that South Cotabato government has already spent more than P9 million for anti-rabies vaccines since 2009. Of the said amount P2.7 million were spent this year to prevent the escalation of the recent spate of rabies incidents in the province. This year, rabies has been listed among the top ten diseases in South Cotabato.

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Kato hahabulin ng AFP at MILF KORONADAL CITY, Okt. 2 (PIA) -- Hahabulin ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) si Kumander Ameril Umbra Kato sa panahong opisyal na itong ititiwalag ng Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Subalit nilinaw ni Lt. Gen. Arthur Tabaquero, commander ng Eastern Mindanao Command, na gagagawin nila ang paghahabol kay Kato katuwang ang MILF base sa probisyon ng ilang kasunduang pinirmahan ng MILF at government peace panel sa nagpapatuloy na usapang pangkapayapaan. Matatandaang ilang opisyal ng MILF ang nagpahayag na inalis na

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nila sa listahan ng kanilang miyembro si Kato matapos hindi ito tumugon sa kanilang September 26 deadline para bumalik sa MILF at buwagin ang kanyang itinatag na Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM). Kasabay rito, hindi na umano sakop si Kato sa ceasefire agreement at prosesong pangkapayapaan. Ani Tabaquero, hinihintay na lamang nila ang

opisyal na deklarasyon ng MILF hinggil sa tuluyang pagtiwalag kay Kato bago nila simulan ang military action. Si Kato ay may standing warrant of arrest sa kasong multiple murder, 15 kaso ng arson, 9 na kaso ng attempted murder, at 26 na kaso ng frustrated murder at robbery bunsod ng ilang pag-atake ng kanyang grupo sa North Cotabato at Maguindanao noong 2008.


Sema nanawagan ng bayanihan para masolusyunan ang pagbabaha sa Maguindanao KORONADAL CITY, Okt. 2 (PIA) – Bayanihan ng mga pamahalaang lokal at kanilang mga nasasakupang kumunidad ang isang magandang solusyon sa pagbabaha sa Maguindanao, ayon kay Maguindanao First District Rep. Bai Sema. Habang wala pang kagamitan tulad ng dredger ang pamahalaan lokal ng Cotabato City at lalawigan ng Maguindanao mas mainam aniya na regular na mag-organisa ng bayanihan ang mga LGU sa Pulangi River Rio Grande de Mindanao at iba pang ilog sa lugar. Sa ganitong paraan lang umano mapapanatiling malinis ang mga daluyan ng tubig sa mga water hyacinths at


iba pang nakabarang dumi na dahilan ng pagbabaha sa maraming bayan sa Mindanao at Cotabato City. Nitong nakalipas na linggo sa kahilingan ni Rep. Sema pinahiram ng Department of Public Works and Highways Region 12 ang Maguindanao ng isang watermaster na tumulong para hukayin ang may halos 10 ektaryang water hyacinth na bumara sa tubig malapit sa Taviran Bridge.

Tumulong din sa pag-alis ng water lily ang mga volunteer at mga sundalong pinadala ng 6ID gamit ang bolo, pala at iba pang matatalim na kagamitan. Sa taya ng Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council ng Maguindanao umabot sa mahigit 50,000 na pamilya ang lumikas dahil sa pagbaha sa 16 na bayan. Sampung barangay din sa Cotabato City ang nalubog sa baha.

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DSWD Caraga conducted the 1st Convergence Caravan


by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga conducted recently the 1st Convergence Caravan for the 1st District of Agusan del Norte, with the theme “Kaya ng Pinoy Tumawid sa Kahirapan”, at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.


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DSWD Caraga...from page 13 DSWD Caraga gathered 150 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries from Butuan City and 100 from the municipality of Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte, partner agencies and the media to witness the caravan and to gain support for the budget of the Philippine conditional cash transfer (CCT). In the said caravan, DSWD Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat briefed the public about Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Jabagat also reported the DSWD’s performance status of compliance from May to June. “There are already 7,957 registered Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Butuan and 2221

in Las Nieves. About 41 million worth of cash grants was disbursed to Butuan City beneficiaries and 29 million pesos to Las Nieves beneficiaries”, said Jabagat. Meanwhile, beneficiaries testified on how the 4Ps have helped their lives. Hera Beloria, a twelve year-old girl, and an honor student from Las Nieves said that the program was of great help for her family especially in her studies. “Because of the program, I can now buy the school supplies that I need ug makabayad nako sa akong mga bayronon sa eskwelahan (and I can now pay my school fees), said Beloria. Also, the benefi-

ciaries were given opportunity to consult and inquire concerning livelihood and employment issues because partner agencies of DSWD such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor-Public Employment Service Offices (DOLE-PESO) stationed their desks for the said purpose. The Convergence Caravan is actually the three core programs of DSWD, the 4Ps, Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and SelfEmployment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K).

Butuan dad convenes partner agencies, stakeholders to discuss dev’t plans for IPs by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) – Convergence partners from the government and private stakeholders convened Friday, Sept. 30 for the one-day initial Workshop for the “Formulation of a Master Plan for the Eco-Cultural Development of Barangays Anticala and Pianing of this city under Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT 135). 14

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Butuan dad...from page 14

In a written statement, Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr bared that the formulation of a master plan for the EcoCultural Development of said barangays is part of the APTO’s Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP). Thus, the meeting/workshop was aimed primarily at: a) Revisiting the Convergence Cluster Plans; b) Identifying significant priorities to form part of a Master plan for the Eco-Cultural Development of the area; and c) Making practical arSunday, October 2, 2011

rangements for the implementation of the plan. It was learned that the convergence partners will be focusing on the high impact projects/strategies for the IPs with the following: a) Cultural Development; b) Socio-Economic Development; and c) Environmental development. During the meeting, convergence partners expressed their commitment to support the IPs thru their respective programs and services. Also, leaders of

the Manobo tribe present ensured the convergence partners of their active participation and cooperation to the programs and services being offered to them by the government and partner stakeholders. The activity is facilitated by a team of collaborating entities including the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the city government, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), the Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo (SIKAP, Inc.) and the Anticala-Pianing Tibal Organization (APTO) with support from the Indigenous Peoples Development Program (IPDP), a technical cooperation initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Spanish International Development Agency (AECID) in partnership with the government of the Philippines. 15

Rabies Prevention and Control Program, gihingusgan sa Agusan BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - Gihingusgan karon sa Agusan del Norte Provincial Veterinary Office ang programang Rabbies Prevention and Control sa probensya. Gipahayag ni Dr. Belen Aruelo, hepe sa maong buhatan, usa kini ka espesyal nga programa ni Agusan del Norte Gov. Erlpe John Amante. Dugang ni Dr. Aruelo,

nagkataas ang ihap sa kaso sa rabbies sa tibuok kalibutan rason nga tinguha sa gobernador nga pa injectionan ang tanang binuhing iro sanglit sagad sa mga kaso sa rabbies ang nag-gikan sa

nahisgutang mananap. Tinguha usab sa gobernador nga wala nay Agusanon ang mamatay tungod lamang sa kamandag sa rabbies. (BR/ PIA-Caraga)

P35-K, kita gikan sa mga viewers ni buwayang Lolong

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - Normal na matud pa ang flow sa mga taong nagalantaw kang Lolong. 17 16

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p35-K, Kita gikan...from page 16 Sa pakighinabi kang Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde, inanay ng naplastar ang area nga gikahimutangan sa buwaya hinungdan nga kontrolado na usab sa mga opisyal ang pagdugok sa mga taong molantaw kaniya. Subay niini, gibutyag usab ni Mayor Elorde nga wala pa gihapon nikaon si

Lolong sukad pa sa pagsikop niini apan gipaneguro sa opisyal nga normal lang sa buwaya ang dugay nga pagkaon basta kanunay lang kining nagapagawas sa iyang hugaw. Dugang pa niini, nga ubay-ubayng katawhan ang molili kang Lolong kondiin minimum nga kita niini ang P10,000 matag adlaw

samtang P30-35,000 usab matag weekends. Giklaro usab sa mayor nga aduna nay mga nakapaskin nga mga tarpaulins sa lungga ni Lolong kondiin nakalatid ang mga “do’s & dont’s” sa paglantaw kang Lolong aron usab dili mabag-uhan ang naasuyng hayop. (BR/PIACaraga)

Surigao del Sur, gitay-og sa magnitude 5.1 nga linog- USGS BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - Nakatala karon sa bag-ong pagtay-og ang United States Geological Survey (USGS) sa usa ka probinsya sa Mindanao. Basi sa datus sa USGS, gitay-og sa magnitude 5.1 nga linog ang amihanang sidlakan sa Surigao del Sur diin ang epicenter napalgan sa lungsod sa Lingig.

Sa estimate usab sa Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) duna kini gilagmong 32 kilometros og gikaingong tectonic in origin. Subay niini, nasi-

natian ang intensity-3 sa dakbayan sa Bislig. Walay gikatahong nagbilin kini og damyos sa mga kabtangan sa nasangpit nga probinsya. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

P506-K nga kahoy’ng Lawaan, nakumpiska sa Brgy. Dangkias BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA) - Gibana-banang mosuma-total sa P500,000 ang kantidad sa mga kahoy’ng Lawaan nga nakumpiska sa hiniusang pwersa sa 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion ug Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force. Basi sa report, narekober sa mga otoridad ang gi-abandunang 11,000 board feet ug 8,000 board feet sa Brgy. Dangkias ning Sunday, October 2, 2011

dakbayan. Padayon pang giila ang mga responsableng nagpaluyo sa pag-abanduna sa mga naasuyng kahoy.

Tungod niini, mas gipahugtan pa sa DENRCaraga ang ilang kampanya batuk sa illegal logging. (BR/PIA-Caraga) 17

Pasulit alang sa mga out-of-school youth gitakda pagahimoon karong Nobyembre- DepEd by Claro A. Lanipa


ng Departamento sa Edukasyon (DepEd) pinaagi sa National Education Testing and Research Center nagpahibalo nga ang Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) pagahimoon karong Nobyembre 20, 2011 alang sa Luzon ug Nobyembre 27, alang sa Bisayas ug Mindanaoang. 19 18

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Pasulit alang....from page 18

Matod pa ni DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro and PEPT gitumong sa pagdani sa mga outof-school youth ug ibutang kanila sa pormal sistema sa pagtungha kon gusto sila. Pinaagi sa PEPT, gusto usab nato i-validate ug iaccredit ang kahibalo ug kabatid sa natad sa pagtuon nakab-ot pinaagi sa informal ug nonformal pamaagi. Ug sa unahan, and PEPT mohatag ug dalan alang kanila sa pagsulod balik sa pormal nga pageskuwela, pagtuboy ug trabaho, pagbansay ug pag-empleyo,� dugtong ni Luistro. Ang PEPT gipunting sa mga Pilipinong lungsuranon kinsa wala nakahuman pagtungha sa elementarya ug sekondarya sa dili mominus sa usa ka tuig. Alang usab kini sa wala gayud moagi ug pormal

nga edukasyon apan makabasa ug makasulat, o kaha niadtong nagtrabaho na karon apan nagkinahanglan ug i-upgrade ang ilang academic level sa elementarya man o sekondarya.Dugang pa, interesadong mga aplikante kinahanglan ang iyang edad usa ka tuig labaw sa ilang grade/ year level sa pormal sistema pag-eskuwela. Mga aplikante kinahanglan magdala sa birth certificate gikan sa NSO o Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated (original ug 2 photo-copies), duha ka buok bag-ong 1�x1� nga litrato ug school record (original ug 2 photocopies) sa Form 137 (Transcript of Records adunay selyo sa eskuwelahan ug gipirmahan sa principal o registrar) kon Form 138 (Report Card uban sa selyo sa

eskuwelahan ug gipirmahan sa principal/ registrar) alang sa elementary ug Form 137 alang sa sekondarya. Ang mokuha sa PEPT mobayad ug P50 alang sa regular pasulit matag Nobyembre sa mga gitudlo testing centers sa tibuok nasud ug P200 alang sa walkin o special administration nga pagahimoon gikan sa Enero hangtod Junyo sa DepEdNETRC sa Pasig City. Alang sa elementary, ang pasulit gilangkoban sa Science,Mathematics, HeKaSi (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika), Filipino ug English. Sa sekondarya, ang pasulit alang sa first year molangkob sa General Science, Elementary Algebra, Philippine History (Kasaysayan at Pamahalaan ng Pilipinas), English I ug Filipino I; 20

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Pasulit alang....from page 19

alang sa second year, naglangkob sa Biology, Intermediate Algebra, Asian History (Kasaysayan ng mga Bansang Asyano), English II ug Filipino II; alang sa third year, mao ang Chem-

istry, Geometry, World History (Kasaysayan ng Daigdig), English III ug Filipino III; alang sa fourth year, ang exam molangkab sa Physics, Advance Algebra, Trigonometry, Statis-

tics, Economics, English IV ug Filipino IV. Ang PEPT mahimong ihatag usab sa mga tawong adunay diperensya sa panglantaw- kon Braille o non- Braille readers.

PLGPMI magpahigayon ug 11th Regional Assembly Zamboanga by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA)—Usa ka asembliya nga pasiugdahan Philippines League of Government and Private Midwives, Incorporated, Western Mindanao Chapter ang nakatakdang ipahigayon karong Nobyembre 18 ug 19 didto sa New Grand Astora Hotel, sa dakbayan sa Zamboanga. Alayon niini, si Ms. Fely Bontilao, Regional President sa PLGPMIWestern Mindanao Chapter nagdapit sa tanang midwives ug mga komandronas sa Zamboanga del Norte

nga motambong sa 11th Regional Assembly nga ipahigayon sa nasangpit nga dakbayan sa nahisgutang petsa. Matod pa ni Bontilao, ang asembliya nagtumong nga matuki

ug mahatagan ug dugang kahibalo ang mga midwives ug mga komadronas, kabahin sa Nutritional Deficiency; Anemia ug uban pang matang sa Iron Deficiency Disorders 21


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PLGPMI magpahigayon....from page 20

sa mga nagsabak ug mga nanganak na kon Post partium mother. Gawas niini, tukion usab sa asembliya ang kabahin sa epekto sa pagpanigarilyo sa mga kababayihan ug epekto sa paghanggab ug aso sa sigarilyo sa

mga inahan, pag-atiman sa panglawas sa kabataan ug uban pa. Matod pa ni Bontilao, ang obligasyon lang sa mga partipantes mao ang 400 pesos nga registration fee nga gamiton ra usab sa ilang paniudto ug me-

rienda sulod sa duha ka adlawng asembliya. Ang asembliya sa PLGPMI nagdala sa tema nga “”Roadmap to Universal Healthcare, Kalusugan Noon, Ngayon at Bukas, Primary Healthcare pa rin ang Lunas.”

Gobyerno mipasalig sa supisyenteng pondo para sa mga OFWs DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 2 (PIA)—Taliwala sa kontrobersya kabahin sa giingong “lump sum” funds, ang gobyerno mipasalig nga walay nakuha bisan usa ka dako sa 100 ka milyon ka pesos nga Legal Assistance Fund (LAF) nga alang sa mga Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) diha sa proposed budget sa Department of Foreign Affairs sunod tuig. Sumala pa ni Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas, kini tungod kay ilang gilantaw ang LAF nga mohatag ug tukmang panabang-legal sa

nagakadaghang mga OFWs nga posibling makasinati ug problema o kaha makahimo ug kalapasan batok sa balaod didto sa nasod nga ilang adtoan.

“Samtang nagakdaghan na ang mga Filipino ang moadto sa ubang mga nasod aron manarbaho, posibli na usab nga magakdaghan 22

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Gobyerno mipasalig....from page 21

ang mga OFWs nga posibling magkaproblema. Kining LAF gamiton lamang gayod para isuporta sa maong mga OFWs sa pagpanalipod kanila sa kasong ilang atubangon,� matod pa ni Gullas. Sa proposed General Appropriations Act of 2012, ang gobyerno nagbutang ug bag-ong 30 milyones ka pesos sa proposed DFA budget aron magpabilin ang LAF nga 100 22

ka milyon ka pesos. Ang LAF unang na-establisar sa balaod nga 100 ka milyon ka pesos, diin 50 milyones ka pesos kuhaon gikan sa Contingency Fund sa Presidente; 30 milyones ka pesos gikan sa Social Fund sa Presidente; ug 20 milyones ka pesos gikan sa Trust Fund sa Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Ang pondo padaganon sa Legal Assistant for Migrant Work-

ers sa DFA nga maoy responsable sa paghatag ug kinatibukang koordinasyon para sa mga legal aid services sa mga OFWs ug uban pang mga Filipino nga tua sa gawas sa nasod. Lakip sa mga gastong gamitan sa LAF mao ang professional fees sa mga langyawng abogado nga mo-representar sa OFW sa kaso; bayad sa piyansa; ug uban pang gastong may kalabutan sa kaso. Sunday, October 2, 2011


Search for 2011 MOFYA in region 10 has 8 nominees by Nestor B. Flores, Jr.

t least eight (8) families from Northern Mindanao have been nominated to the 2011 Model Overseas Filipino Workers Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) of the region.

An annual event of OWWA, MOFYA aims to give recognition to OFW’s and their families who have demonstrated steady and enduring family ties, outstanding community service and financial stability. Regional Director

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Petrona M. Bergado of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), region 10, said three (3) of the nominees are land-based while five (5) others are sea-based. Awarding of the regional winner will take

place on Monday, Oct. 3, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Grand Caprice Restaurant, Lim Ket Kai Complex, this city. Meanwhile, she said the nominees in the land-based category are the families of Engr. Emelito L. Dades of San 24 23

Search for 2011....from page Carlos, Valencia City, Engr. Ferzenio Socorro G. Gonzales of Steelmakers’ Village, Tubod, Iligan City and Mauro G. Pandero of Poblacion 2, Villanueva, Mis. Or. Those of the seabased category are Capt. Ereberto C. Caberte of Don Juan Subdivision, Pala-o, Iligan City, Luis L. Denuyo of San Carlos, Valencia City, 3rd Mate Alvan B. Magallones of Damilag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Capt. Rolando H. Humar of Lower Jasaan, Mis. Or., and AB Elpedio C. Obeñita of San Carlos, Valencia City. Bergado said nominated for MOFYA are OFW’s, married or single, who is the head of the family with at least four(4) years of experience working as a land-

based or sea-based OFW and the family is known to have demonstrated strong and good family relations in the community where they reside. The family members must have attained educational achievements and exemplary performance in their respective professions and active community involvement in socio-civic and religious activities and initiates or supports community projects. Likewise, the family must have properly harnessed the financial gains from OFWs’ overseas employment, thereby making the OFW family financially stable. Bergado, however, said a Filipino Family who acquired immigrant status in other countries are not eligible for nomina-

tion. Meanwhile, the following list of institutions/organizations are qualified to nominate: OFW organizations/ institutions, non-government organizations (NGO), people’s organizations, religious organizations or associations, community-based sociocivic clubs,academe and local government units. She also said no individual nomination shall be accepted and that the criteria for judging is divided categorically into: Wholesomeness of the OFW Family, 50%, civic community/religious involvement of the OFW family, 20%, success in the OFW and/or family member/s education or profession, 20% and success in managing family finances, 10%.

Church group appeals to NPA to release the Initao vendors by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE OR0 CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 2 (PIA) – The Social Action Center (SCA) of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, has appealed to the New People’s Army (NPA) to release the six (6) vendors from Initao, this province, who they abducted, last August 19. 25


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Church group....from page 24 The vendors, namely: James Mabaylan, Nelson Bagares, Segundino Dailo, Ernesto Callo Jr., Julieto Sarsaba and Ronald Boiles are all residents of Tubigan, Initao, who left their place on August 10, on board a rented cargo truck. They brought with them some 50 locally manufactured wooden beds, with improvised mattress made out of indigenous materials, such as, coconut coir and covered it with synthetic foam, which they wanted to sell in Davao City. Along the way, the group stopped in some points of the trip and hired local guides who helped them go around town to peddle the beds, which they sold within the range of Php1,200 to Php1,500. This was how they earned their living for more than 10 years, now. They would leave Initao for about a week and then return home, after all the beds were sold out. On Aug. 19, they

told their wives, through their mobile phones, that only 19 beds were left unsold, and that they were already in the Pakibato District, along the Bukidnon-Davao border, about to take the diversion road or short cut to Davao via San Fernando town in Bukidnon. So far, that was the last message from the group, that their wives claimed to have received, as the news of their abduction came from the grapevine, which the NPA has confirmed to be in their custody because the vendors were mistaken to be government spies. For more than two (2) months now, the remaining beds have been left to rot, after being left to the elements unattended. Meanwhile, the SAC has also enjoined all the faithful to offer incessant prayers for the settlement of the situation in the name of peace, during a media forum held at the Archbishop’s House in the city, recently. Present during the

forum were the wives of five (5) of the victims, as well, as the mother of the 6th, who asked the help of the media in their appeal to the NPA to release their husbands. “We, in the SAC, with bended knees, prayerfully appeal to whoever is responsible for the abduction for the immediate release of the vendors of Initao without harm and ransom,” Fr. Lerio Fr. Nathan C. Lerio, SSJV, Director of SAC, said in his letter of appeal to the general public. “Let us respect human rights and promote democratic and peaceful dwelling being freed from harassment and coercion,” he said. We cannot attain peace and prosperity through human right violations but only in the spirit of dialogue, selfgiving love and respect human dignity that we enjoy a peaceful and progressive society, he said. Fr. Lerio has also begged the national and local leaders, law enforc26

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Church group....from page 25 ers, civic organizations and religious sectors to have concerted actions just to settle the social issues that jeopardize the security and welfare of our citizenry. “We earnestly pray for the concerned families whose family members’ lives are endangered to hold faith in God and remain strong

with fervent hope that things will be well by the grace of God. We are in solidarity with you in this trying moments,” he added. Rosemarie, wife of James Mabaylan said her husband, the driver of the cargo truck, is already a senior citizen, who never had a record of mischief in their place.

So too, with all his companions and she cannot understand why the NPA is holding them. “We solely depend on our husbands for a living. Some of our children had to stop going to school because we can no longer afford their daily needs,” the wives said.

Protest rally opens Coop Month celebration in Cag. de Oro by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 2 (PIA) -- A protestmarch by civil society organizations (CSO) greeted today’s opening of the October Cooperative Month celebration, in the city. Organized by Task Force “TOO BIG” and its supporters, in collaboration with the Cooperative Movement,” the protest started with a holy mass at 7:00 a.m. at the Provincial Capitol. Fr. Nathan Lerio, SSJV, Chairperson of the Good Governance Apostolate (GGA), Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, said the protest was

aimed at making the CSO voice be heard on the following issues: The unjustified water rate increase imposed by the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) and the demand for its good governance, transparency, accountability and improved water services to its consumers. The task force cited the 30% increase of the

price of water currently imposed by the COWD on the water consumers is too much. It also cited some of COWD’s irregularities, such as, the Commission on Audit (COA) report of showing a disbursement of Php41 million of “disbursements without legal basis.” Another irregularity cited was the huge 56% 27


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Protest rally...from page 26 of “systems loss” of unbilled water and other management and operational inefficiencies. “Water is a very relevant issue that affects all of us in Cagayan de Oro and may have national repercussions as

we lead other CSO’s in our country to take a closer look and examine the management and operations of the G o ve r n m e n t- O w n e d Controlled Corporation (GOCC) Water Districts,” the task force said.

“We hope our crusade/advocacy/campaign on this issue, will effect changes for the better, such as, making the GOCC’s publicly or consumer-owned and controlled,” it also said.

Bloodletting highlights 6th day of Nat’l Maritime Week in Cag. de Oro CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 2 (PIA) –The conduct of a bloodletting activity at the Capitol University (CU) grounds provided one of the highlights of the 6th day, Sept. 30, of the National Maritime Week (NMW), observed here, from Sept. 25-Oct. 1, this year. The activity was led by the Philippine Red Cross, through the Northern Mindanao Blood Center (PRCNMBC), with volunteer blood donors from the various schools offering B.S. Marine courses and other school organizations, led by the university, Engr. Emmanuel B. Carpio, Regional Director of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), region 10, said. Also conducted in the area was the on-site

issuance of licenses by MARINA, application for clearances with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and security paper for birth certificates with National Statistics Office (NSO) and re-issuance of licenses by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Meanwhile, a symposium was held on the updates of the maritime industry-related issues in the country that included, among others,

the following: Search and rescue and port state control, customs regulations and smuggling, quarantine on board ships, new shipping developments, immigration-watch listing and counseling. Health concerns, such as dengue, yellowfever prevention, labor situation updates, assistance and consultation with the Overseas Welfare Workers’ Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine Overseas Em28

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Bloodletting highlights...from page 26 ployment Administration (POEA) and environment protection and waste disposal. Resource persons during the symposium included the heads/representatives of MARINA,

Philippine Coast Guard District of Northern Mindanao District (PCGDNM), Bureau of Customs (BuCos), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE),

Departemnt of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Msgr. Tex Legitimas and Atty. Casimiro B. Juarez, Jr. of CU.

NSCB to conduct capacity building for designated statisticians in region 10 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 2 (PIA) – Practical applications on Measures of Central Tendencies, Ratios and Proportions, and Quartiles, Deciles and Percentiles will be among the topics of the training entitled “Capacity Building for Designated Statisticians,” to be held, here, this month. Linito M. Pascual, Secretary of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee said the training will be spearheaded by the National Economic and Development authority (NEDA) and the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), in celebration of the National Statistics Month of October. Pascual, who is also the Officer-inCharge and Regional Unit Head of NSCB-10


said no registration fee will be charged to the participants but enjoins that participating agencies will send the same participant for the three (3) sessions, which is scheduled on Oct. 13, 20 and 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the NEDA-RDC Conference Room, along Capistrano-Echem Sts., this city. Other topics of the training include the practical applications

of Interpolation and Extrapolation, Simple Forecasting, Linear, Geometric and Moving Averages, Means, Standard Errors, Coefficient of Variation, Test of Hypothesis, Analysis of Variance, Correlation, Regression, Indices and Composite Indexing. The training is limited to 20 participants, who will be asked to bring his/her own lap top during the sessions, Pacual also said.

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Panabo elderly join sports fete PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, Oct. 02 (PIA) – Over a thousand senior citizens here spent a grand time together in a weeklong elderly celebration with various activities that featured a socio-cultural and sports competition. About 1,500 members of the senior citizen groups took center stage in the Elderly Week Celebration last week as the city government honored them with a range of fun and treat. In the 16th Socio Cultural and Sports competition, the elderly gamely joined in events such as walkaton, drama, dancercise, chess, dart and Search for Lolo Pogi and Lola Beauty which added more excitement during the program. Panabo City Mayor

Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. led the culmination program on September 28 at the Panabo MultiPurpose Tourism Cultural and Sports Center. Silvosa attributed the improvement of the city to the unity and hard work of the elderly, saying “Without our senior citizen, there’s no such Panabo.” “The values that the senior citizens have could be a guide for the youth. They should emulate the ways why the senior citizen succeeded up to this time,” the

mayor stated in the vernacular during his inspirational message. The City Government of Panabo through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) prepared the Elderly Week activities. Other than contest and sports, the CSWDO will also conduct a forum on the Republic Act No. 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 and RA 9442 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Person on October 5, 2011 at the ABC Hall New Pandan, Panabo City. 30

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According to Panabo CSWD Officer Eugene Ortigoza, the observance of the elderly week aimed to give meaning and importance to the Senior Citizens.

Ortigoza said that the observance was very successful and everybody enjoyed the day as they joined the different contest and sports events. The theme for this

year was dubbed as: “Nakatatanda: Gabay, Tulay,Kaagapay at Bantay Tungo sa Kaunlaran.” (CIO-Panabo/ June Geraldo & Mark Anthony Gellor)

Pollution control officers push for inclusion of Envi laws in school curriculum DAVAO CITY, Oct. 02 (PIA) – The more than 200 participants to the Basic Training and Advance (AIR) Workshop for Pollution control Officer (PCO) I & II suggested that all environmental laws particularly on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) shall be included in school curriculum from the lowest grade up to college including vocational courses. The PCO Training that was held September 29-30, 2011 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in this city, was participated in by representatives of local government units (LGUs), academe, hog raisers, poultry owners, and other establishments and industries from within Regions XI and XII. Dr. Marissa Tamayo-Barnuevo, own-

er of Marissa Barbueno Vitarich Grower and one of the participants to the said training, suggested that using of plastic bags in the supermarkets should be banned. She added that a schedule to buy wastes shall be set regularly and properly announced so that even the children will be anticipating for the day to sell their wastes because

there is “Pera sa Basura”. Gil N. Indino, vice chairman of the Nabunturan Integrated Miners Development Cooperative (NIMDC), said that Republic Act 9003 known as Ecological Solid Waste Management must be included in the school curriculum. Narciso J. Samar of PLGU-Davao Oriental said clarification, reacti31


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vation and or strengthening of institutional mechanisms in the implementation of various environmental related laws like RA 6969, 9003, among others, meaning, a memorandum list of the functions, duties roles and responsibilities of the respective LGUs be specifically identified and clearly disseminated not only to the local chief executives but

also to the focal persons in implementation like the MENROs, PENROs SWM Coordinators PCOs, and others. Dante M. Ganir, Officer In-charge of the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of the PLGU-Davao Oriental said, these suggestions of his co-participants to the said training must be given importance and shall

be treated as urgent. Nestor Silva Llana, also a participant said all environmental laws must be widely disseminated. Cesar M. Lanos, another representative of the PLGU-Davao Oriental to the said training said if all environmental laws shall be strictly implemented the problem on global warming can be abated. (IPID News Service/Sarx Lanos)


Some Durian trees at Uy’s Durian Farm in Tagum City are still bearing fruits. Tagum City Tourism Council Alma Uy explains that the harvest season of Durian comes late this year because of frequent rains. Tagum City held this year its month-long Durian Festival in September. It used to hold the festival either in July or August. (PIA 11/ jean d abangan) Sunday, October 2, 2011


Tagum City Cooperative leader Norma Pereyras (in red blouse) shares with the pride of Davao del Norte’s recognition as one of the provincial LGUs which have come up with the best Provincial/Local Planning and Expenditure Management (P/LPEM) outputs. Some civic leaders have been involved in crafting Davao del Norte’s P/ LPEM outputs which NEDA and Asian Development Bank have recognized as among the best. (PIA 11/ jean duron-abangan)


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Davao del Norte Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio (2nd from left) together with PHO chief Dr. Agapito Hornido checks on how the provincial government employees are benefitting from the free therapeutic massage offered as part of the Philippine Civil Service Month celebration. The Provincial Health Office late last September delivered a one-day free medical services intended only for provincial government employees. Other than therapeutic massage, services offered also included consultation, dental, laboratory exam on hemoglobin and sugar, eye exam, prostate cance screening and papsmear, and minor surgery. Hornido wants to continue offering such services during Civil Service Month celebration to promote good health and wellness among provincial government

workers. (PIA 11/ jean d abangan)

Some Durian trees at Uy’s Durian Farm in Tagum City are still bearing fruits. Tagum City Tourism Council Alma Uy explains that the harvest season of Durian comes late this year because of frequent rains. Tagum City held this year its month-long Durian Festival in September. It used to hold the festival either in July or August. (PIA 11/ jean d abangan) Sunday, October 2, 2011


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