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• Malacañang welcomes release of Jail


Today’s cover features

personnel in Cotabato by New Peoples Army

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

SPMC eyes • Siocon women undergo training on bottled

sardines making becoming Asia’s premier • Mayor sa Sindangan nagpasalamat sa mga medical center programa sa DSWD • Palasyo padayon nga makigbatok sa human trafficking

Northern Mindanao

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

• Radyo ng Bayan-DXIM to deliver ‘good news pinoy/galing ng pinoy’ and increase the gross national product – PCOO Sec. Coloma • CSC-10 cites 25 gov’t institutions/personnel for PAG-ASA awards • House Resolution 1277 ni Cong. Rodriguez sa Cagayan de Oro 2nd District supportado sa Sangguni ang Panglungsod sa Iligan • Konseho mihatag na’g panugot kang Mayor Cruz nga paliton ang Tinago Residence Inn, unang installment, gihikay na • Gobyerno mihatag ug kaseguruhan sa mga ‘investors’ alang sa mas maayo nga seguridad sa mga lugar nga dunay minahan

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • Nephrologists keep abreast of scientific lectures • Panabo campaigns for increased revenue collection • Another 1st in Comval - building schools the GK way!

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Bio-N mixing plant opens in Sultan Kudarat • DA conducts 1st Mindanao Agri-Machinery Roadshow in Gensan

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Feature:On sows, patience and profit • City Pop Quiz 2011, nagmalampuson • DOH inaprubahan na ang P29 M na pondo para sa pagpapatayo ng ospital sa Surallah • Pagpausbaw sa produkto ug desinyo sa water hyacinth gipahigayon sa Barangay Mahay

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Cover Story:

SPMC eyes becoming Asia’s premier medical center

By Carina L. Cayon


t started with a “Sick Ward” made up of nipa huts almost a century ago. Now under its new name, the Southern Philippines Medical Center, it stands grand in Davao City aspiring to be South East Asia’s premier medical center but mainly to provide excellent health care for the marginalized sector.

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Cover Story:SPMC eyes.....from page 3

SPMC was formerly known as the Regional Hospital, and later as the Davao Medical Center (DMC) for the last 23 years. It was built after the Philippine government mandated for the establishment of government hospitals in 1917. It stands at a 2.2hectare area three kilometers north of downtown Davao City and its facilities were improved to 1,200 bed capacity, making it the largest hospital among the 76 hospitals under the Department of Health. It is second to the Philippine General Hospital, which has a 1,500 bed capacity, although it is being ran by the University of the Philippines system for health services. Aside from the main hospital, which also allocated a wing

for 25 payward beds Center and a psychiafor the paying pa- try facility, the Davao tients, SPMC is also Mental Hospital. host to three special- It houses half-

ty centers: the Min- way, or transient, danao Heart Center, homes such as Balay Mindanao Dialysis Dangpanan for the in5


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Cover Story:SPMC eyes.....from page 4

digenous people and the House of Hope for children with cancer. SPMC has 27 fully

ambulatory operating rooms (OR), six from the outpatient department, two from

plant operations and the other 18 operating theaters inside the main hospital. SPMC provides outpatient services with 17 specialty clinics and laboratories, and carries out 18 special services and programs such as renal transplantation program, open heart surgery program, Women and Children Protection Unit and Welcome Center, industrial clinic, special diagnostics services and the mobile clinic bus, among others.

Modernization Chief of hospital Dr. Leopoldo Vega continued to oversee the significant transformation of SPMC into a modernized hospital adopting the latest and highly sophisticated technology for its infrastrucfunctional operating the heart center that tures, equipment and theaters to include an cover kidney trans- facilities. 6 Sunday, October 9, 2011


Cover Story:SPMC eyes.....from page 5

“We greatly improved by modernizing our infrastructures and upgrading our facilities,” said Vega, who took over the administration of then DMC three years ago from the former hospital chief and the late Dr. Gerardo Cunanan. SPMC got its new name in November 2009 by virtue of Republic Act 9792. Vega cited the renovation, now at 90 percent or the work, of the hospital wards and the annex buildings to accommodate patients. In its accomplishment report in 2010, SPMC said it received an allocation of P59 million in 2009 for upgrading/renovation works, while another P4.7 million was set for the improvement of the Davao Mental Hospital, located nearer downtown.

Vega said government adapted the technology standard for the SPMC hospital equipment and facilities such as diagnostics laboratories, operating rooms, ancillary and support services. “We are in the process of upgrading most of our equipment,” he added, In fact, he disclosed that the hospital is moving toward digitalization of the X-ray machines, which would no longer use films and would produce results instantly. Even the hospital waste management has adopted a non-burn technology called autoclave, wherein wastes are shredded and disposed of safely, SPMC administrative staff Renato Celerida, said. The hospital also recently ob-

tained a mobile clinic bus worth $1 million from the government of China in April this year, Celerida said. The mobile clinic bus provides services such as ultra-sound, ECG, X-ray, blood and chemistry analysis, general and pre-natal examination and birthing. The bus was already sent to four places in Davao City 7


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Cover Story:SPMC eyes.....from page 6

such as Matina Pangi, Matina Crossing, Bago Aplaya and Marilog, and had served 2,000 people. The mobile clinic bus would provide services upon requests from the communities, Celerida said. SPMC’s modernization move does not cover only health care services, but

also full computerization system that integrates a lot of network operation, from billing to medical records of patients. Vega revealed that they’re hitting off at 85% to finish the hospital information system. Lani Paler, chief of the medical records section, said records of admitted and OPD patients are placed in a centralized and computerized filing system, which was acknowledged as the model medical records keeping among DOH retained hospitals. Aside from this, SPMC is gradually following the standard of the World Health Organization on the translation of diseases and clinical procedures, comply-

ing with Version 10, an international statistical classification of diseases. SPMC is leading in this area among government hospitals. Mindanao Heart Center Vega particularly takes pride of the Mindanao Heart Center which he said is the only DOH center that can provide open heart and vascular surgeries. The state-ofthe-art heart center was fully operational in 2008 and has a current capacity of 100 beds, with wards and private rooms. It houses surgery and coronary care unit, and intensive care units for children,. The center has two operating rooms that also accommo8

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Cover Story:SPMC eyes.....from page 7

date kidney transplant operations. The center has a team of experts composed of nine cardiologists, to include the only pedia cardiologist in Mindanao, five surgeons, four pulmonologists, and nephrologists for kidney cases. Charity Mata, the heart center’s nurse supervisor, said there are 11 staff nurses, a medical technologist and a radiology technologist. Vega said the heart center, which caters to both indigent and private patients, has more surgery services compared to the private-ran Davao Doctors’ Hospital in Davao City and the heart center in Cebu. Patients have come from other areas 8

such as Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, seeking the lower rates at the Mindanao Heart Center. “We are 25% cheaper compared to private centers,” he stated. For a 24-hour coronary heart care admission, Mata said they let a patient prepare P50,000, while a bypass surgery would need P400,00 to P600,000. Indigents could avail of charity assistance from the Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Fund, Inc. The Lingap Center of the Davao City government, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and other sponsoring agencies could also provide assistance to indigent patients, Mata revealed. Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cover Story:More Meaningful.....from page 8

Sunday, October 9, 2011



Malacañang welcomes release of Jail personnel in Cotabato by New Peoples Army

alacañang welcomed on Sunday the release of four Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel who were abducted by suspected members of the New People’s Army in Bukidnon last July.


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Malacañang welcomes.....from page 10

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, in a press briefing aired over government-run radio station dzRB, called the release a “confidence building measure” but appealed to the rebels not to include civilians or non-combatants in their operations. “We welcome the release of the four BJMP personnel but we’d like to remind the CPP-NPANDF that the BJMP personnel are considered as non-combat-

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ants. They are not combatants so they should not be used as pawns in this war,” Lacierda said. “So ang request namin sa NPA ay huwag naman pong gamitin yung mga civilian or non-combatants sa kanilang operations,” he added, urging them to “continue these confidence building measures.” He said the government remains committed to the pursuit of lasting peace with the

rebels as “we have been doing a series of moves to show our sincerity towards advancing the peace process.” The four BJMP personnel namely: Inspector Murphy Todyog, Jail Warden Erico Llamasares, Special Jail Officer 2 Rogelio Begontes and Jail Officer 1 Rolando Bajoyo Jr., were released by their captors unharmed in Barangay Balite, Magpet town in North Cotabato on Saturday. (RCK)


Siocon women undergo training on bottled sardines making


by Franklin P. Gumapon

group of women belonging to the Sta. Marian Women’s Association (SMWA) of Siocon town have recently completed a three-day training on Spanish style bottled sardines making conducted here by the Dipolog School of Fisheries (DSF). This training was sponsored by the TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc., a mining firm operating at sitio Canatuan, Tabayo, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, as part of its corporate social responsibility for the people in

this town more especially the marginalized sectors. TVI Community Relations Development Office program officer Julma Villanueva Jr. disclosed that the training on bottled sardines making was given by the

company to the women from barangay Sta. Maria in Siocon town to help them improve their living condition by introducing to them other forms of livelihood activities like bottled sardines making. “Most of these 13


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Siocon women....from page 12

women are housewives of small fishermen in the area and their main source of income is from selling fish,” said Villaneva adding that “they have no other source of livelihood.” Herring fish, which is the main raw material in making bottled

sardines, abounds in the municipality and the rest of Zamboanga del Norte. The Spanish style bottled sardine has been chosen by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the “One Town, One Product” (OTOP) of the province more particularly in

Dipolog City. Based on DTI’s record, the province and its twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan have now around 50 bottled sardine manufacturers. Bottled sardines are a favorite buy among tourists, visitors and guests of the province.

Mayor sa Sindangan nagpasalamat sa mga programa sa DSWD DIPOLOG CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) - - Daku ang pagpasalamat ni Mayor Nilo Z. Sy sa lungsod sa Sindangan sa pagpatuman sa buhatan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa mga programa niini alang sa kalambo-an sa katawhan ning maong lungsod. Kini mao ang gipasibaw ni Sy karong bag-o sa usa ka interview nga gihimo sa usa ka local nga pamantalaan ning dakbayan. Nalipay ang mayor nga natabangan ang mga kabus nga katawhan pinaagi sa Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

kon 4P nga sa pagkakaron adunay mokabat sa 6,931 ka mga beneficiaries. Hinuon mikunhod na ang gidaghanon sa mga 4P beneficiaries gikan sa may 8, 769 kaniadto tungod kay ang ubang pamilya nga nakapahimulos niini walay

nay sakop nga mga bata nga nagpangedaron 14 anyos paubos. Sa laing bahin, gikalipay sa Municipal Social Welfare Officer nga si Yolanda Saile sa lungsod sa Sindangan nga ilang natabangan ang mga kabus nga bata pinaagi sa pagbukas ug 14

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Mayor sa Sindagan....from page 13 mga day care centers sa tanang barangay ug mga dagkung sitio sa maong lungsod. Ila usab nga gipadayun ang paghatag ug

supplemental feeding alang sa mga kabus nga kabataan arun mamahimsug ang ilang panlawas. Ang lungsod sa Sin-

dangan maoy ginadakang lungsod ning lalawigan sa Zamboanga del Norte nga gilangkuban sa 52 ka mga barangay. (FPG)

Palasyo padayon nga makigbatok sa human trafficking by Gideon C. Corgue Manila, 09 Oct. (PIA) – Ang Malakanyang nagkanayon nga ang kagamhanan mopalig-on sa iyang kampanya batok sa human trafficking ilabi na gayud human nga ang U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. mipagula sa iyang pasaylo sa iyang komentaryo nga nag-ingon nga ang 40 porsiento sa mga langyaw nga turista ang mianhi sa Pilipinas alang sa “sex tourism.” Sa usa ka interview dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, si Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda nagkanayon nga kung ang Palasyo pangutan-on sa isyu ni Thomas sa sex tourism ang comment sarado na “Akong nakahinabi karon si Secretary Albert del Rosario ug kita ang gopahibalo nga ang Ambassador mipadangat na sa usa ka text message sa iyang pangayo ug pasaylo sa iyang gipagula nga pahayag. Busa atong gipakisama ang maong isyu nga sarado na, apan ang atong 14

pakigbatok sa human trafficking nagpadayon,” si Lacierda nagkanayon dihang gipangutana sa mga reporters sa Palasyo mahtungod sa padaylo nga gihimo ni Thomas. “Padayon kita nga mogukod sa mga tawo nga nagpahimulos sa atong mga katawhan ug sa atong mga kabataan,” dugtong pa niya. Si Lacierda nagkanayon nga klaro nga ang maong mga pamahayag ni Thomas ang wala gipaluyuhan asa tukma nga statistics busa siya ang nangayo ug pasaylo ngadto kang Secretary

Del Rosario ug sa kagamhanan sa Pilipinas. Sa iyang nahauna nga pamahayag si Thomas nagkanayon nga 40 porsiyento sa mga langyaw nga lalaki nga mianhi sa Pilipinas naghimo sa “sexual tourism,”nga maoy nakapaaghat sa kagamhanan sa Pilipinas pagpangutana sa dautang motibo sa Ambassador. Pipila sa mga magbabalod nga Filipino ang nagpangutana usab kang Thomas aron mopatin-aw ug mopasabot kung asa niya nakuha ang maong figures.

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Radyo ng Bayan-DXIM to deliver ‘good news pinoy/ galling ng pinoy’ and increase the gross national product – PCOO Sec. Coloma By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 9 (PIA) – Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communication and Operations Office (PCOO) said Radio ng Bayan DXIM, Cagayan de Oro of the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS), will become a major channel for knowing the sentiments and aspirations of the people, in this part of the country. “Through this station, people will be inspired to deliver to our people ‘good news pinoy’ or ‘galing ng pinoy’(GNP), and will also be the primary means for increasing our gross national product,” he said during its blessing and switching on last Oct. 7. The occasion marked the station’s resumption of operations, after it went off-air, last March, to give way for the needed upgrading, both for its announcers booth

and equipment, thereby, bringing about its present “state-of-the art” features. The PCOO Secretary said the Aquino administration is committed to strengthen and revitalize the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), one of the major radio facilities of our country, in terms of information and dissemination. “This is why we have started renovating and improving the facilities of Radio ng Bayan- DXIM, so

that, we can reach more people and so that it will become a more effective channel for gathering feedbacks from them,” the PCOO Secretary said. Coloma said the facility can also be used for communicating to our people the major programs of our President. “In the past, communication was only from top to bottom, from the government to the people. But President Aquino wants the flow of communication from the peo16

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Radyo ng Bayan....from page 15 ple to him or bottoms up, and more importantly, he wants to know the sentiments, the aspirations of our people,” he said. Meanwhile, the PCOO Secretary extended the greetings of the President. “Yesterday, we were meeting for the revitalization of our People’s Television Network and when he knew that I was going to Cagayan de Oro, this afternoon, he asked me to convey to you and to Congressman Rufus Rodriguez of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro

ByLuzviminda Sabal-Rodriguez

his warmest greetings.” He also thanked the Congressman, who he said was with him in Batasang Pambansa during the primary deliberation of the PCOO budget. But before the passage of the budget, your Congressman stood on the floor to tell everybody he should like to see a much better, much improved broadcasting facility in your city of golden friendship. “And because of that, the budget of PCOO was immediately passed. But

more than 200 congressmen also approached me and asked what did Congressman Rodriguez do to earn the favor of giving in to the most beautiful Radio ng Bayan,” Coloma said. He also said Radyo ng Bayan has become a sports affiliate, as the official broadcaster of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). “If it is not yet here, we will move to bring the simulcast of the PBA games live from Manila,” he remarked.

CSC-10 cites 25 gov’t institutions/ personnel for PAG-ASA awards

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 9 (PIA) – At least 25 government institutions/personnel were cited by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), region 10, during the recent celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service (PCS). Atty. Lourdes Clavite-Vidal, Regional Director of CSC, region 10, said these institutions/personnel came out winners in the 2011 Regional Search for the CSC Awards in various catego-

ries of for the 111th PCS, anchored on the theme: “Championing R.A.C.E.: Public Service Excellence at Full Speed.” The awarding ceremony took place at the Atrium of SM Ca-

gayan de Oro for the following: PAG-ASA Award, Individual Category: Dionesio B. Cagampang of the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Unit 10 (DA-10), and Dr. Ro17


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CSC-10 cites....from page 16

salito A. Quirino, President of the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT), finalist. Group Category: Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (NOMIARC), DA, Malaybalay City, Team Leader, Carmelito R. Lapoot, Members: Gloria L. Betonio, Lilia M. Cagbabanua, Lorena V. Duna, Nellie T. Ga, Genito A. Jumalon, Lucille T. Minguez and Antonieta S. Tumapon. Presidential/Lingkod Bayan Award: Semi-finalists – Lucia V. Buaquiňa, Provincial Government of Bukidnon, Bukidnon Housing Team, Provincial Economic Enterprise Development and Management, Provincial Government of Bukidnon, Team leader, Delia A. Damasco, and Team Members: Saturnina A. Arsua, Liezel Therese V. Lumayan, Arlen A. Sunga, Angelito E. Mariquit, Walter V.

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Borres, Engr. Teodocio A. Awetin and Rodrigo E. Igot. Outstanding Agency: Municipal Government of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. Outstanding Local Chief Executive: Mayor Benjie Y. Baguio, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. Outstanding Head of Agency: Buenalita B. Raňises, Manager, Kapatagan Water District and Outstanding Human Resource Management Practitioner: Corazon A. Pates, Municipal Government of Maramag, Bukidnon. Honor Roll on the Anti-Red Tape Act Implementation: City Government of Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, Mayor Ruth De Lara-Guingona, Municipal Government of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Mayor Benjie Y. Baguio, City Government of Valencia City, Bukidnon, Mayor Leandro Jose M. Catarata, Municipal Government of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, Mayor Mario

T. Okinlay. Gantimpala AGAD Award: Kennet Lloyd S. Eltanal, Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Region 10, and CSC Loyalty Award: Julieta R. Reyes and Emily R. Lerin, 20 years, each and Armando A. Alamhali, 15 years. Commendations: Mayor Alicia P. Resus, Municipal Government of Maramag, Bukidnon, Semi-finalist of Outstanding Agency, Juanito C. Aroa, Manager, Malaybalay City Water District, Semifinalist for Outstanding Head of Agency and Julieta G. Dominguez, City Government of Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Semi-finalist for Outstanding HRM Practitioner. Plaque of Appreciation: Julius S. Maquiling, Manager, National Irrigation Administration (NIA), SM City, Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) Dancers.


House Resolution 1277 ni Cong. Rodriguez sa Cagayan de Oro 2nd District supportado sa Sangguniang Panglungsod sa Iligan By Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- Suportado sa tulo ka mga haligi sa Dakbayan sa Iligan ang House Resolution no. 1277 nga giduso nila ni Cagayan de Oro2nd District Representative Rufus Rodriguez ug sa igsoon niining si Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) Party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez didto sa kongreso. Kini mao ang pag-awhag sa Bureau of Immigration nga hatagan og special visa ang mga negosyanteng Hapon nga interesadong mobubo sa ilang puhunan dinhi sa nasud ug ang pagexpatriate kon pagpalalin sa mga trabahante sa maong nasud nga buot nang mobalhin sa Pilipinas. Mala-umon sila si Iligan City Representa-

tive Vicente Belmonte, Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz ug Vice Mayor Henry Dy nga daghan sa mga Japanese investors ang mobutang sa ilang mga negosyo dinhi sa Rehiyon 10. Gani, sumala pa ni Vice Mayor Dy, tumong sa gisa-ulog nga Iligan Business Month karong Octobre ang pagpakita sa mga investors nga madasigon ang natad sa patigayon sa atong

dakbayan aron pagdani kanila nga mag-negosyo sa atong dapit. Angay’ng masayran nga pormal nang gilunsad niadtong miaging adlaw ang unang Iligan Business Month nga saulogon sa siyudad matag Octobre sa tuig pinasubay sa usa ka ordinansa nga gipangamahanan ni Kagawad Frederick Siao sa Sangguniang Panglungsod.

Konseho mihatag na’g panugot kang Mayor Cruz nga paliton ang Tinago Residence Inn, unang installment, gihikay na ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Oct. 9 (PIA)--Gibutyag ni Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz nga gihatagan na siya karon og panugot sa Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) nga mopirma sa kasabutan tali sa Capital Services aron mapalit ug pormal nang mapanag-iya sa siyudad ang Tinago Residence Inn. 19 18

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Konseho mihatag...from page 18

Atol sa flag raising program sa city hall niadtong adlaw’ng Lunes, giasoy sa pamuno-dakbayan nga gihikay na karon ang unang installment sa pagpalit sa maong kabtangan ug gilayong sugdan ang pag-develop sa kalsada, training center ug uban pang

pasilidad. Sa nasayran gikan ni Agnes Clerigo-Maingat, City Tourism Officer, nagkantidad ang Tinago Residence Inn og 15 milyones pesos (Php15 million) ug kini bayran sa siyudad sa duha ka installments nga tag 7.5 milyones

pesos sulod sa duha ka tuig. Pasi-una karong gimando-an ni Mayor Cruz si Maingat nga susihon ang uban pang kakulangon sa propriedad aron mahatagan og pagtagad sa mosunod nga mga paglihok. (Melvin T. Anggot)

Gobyerno mihatag ug kaseguruhan sa mga ‘investors’ alang sa mas maayo nga seguridad sa mga lugar nga dunay minahan ByRuby Leonora R. Balistoy MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Oct. 9 (PIA) – Ang Malacañang mihatag ug kaseguruhan alang sa mas maayo nga seguridad sa mga lugar sa nasud nga dunay mga minahan, human gi-atake sa mga rebeldeng New People’s Army (NPA) ang probinsya sa Surigao del Norte.

Ang mga ‘Japanese’ ug ‘Australian’ nga mga ‘mining investors’ mipahayag sa ilang mga kabalaka kabahin sa seguridad sa Pilipinas kabahin sa ‘mining operations’ bisan pa man sa mga pahayag sa gobyerno nga hugtan mga pa-

maagi alang sa seguridad. “Atong nasabtan ang ilang gibati kay bisan kita mismo nagsubo sa nahitabo, mao man gani nga kinahanglan ang insakto nga aksyon niini. Nagahimo kita ug ‘threat assessment” ug ato kining

gilihok sumala sa rekomendasyon sa Department of National Defense (DND), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), ug Philippine National Police (PNP),” matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda atol sa media briefing sa 20

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Gobyerno mihatag...from page 19

Malacañang. Ang Spokesman sa Presidente mipasalig usab nga suta-on sa gobyerno ang mga giingon nga mga abuso nga gihimo sa mga ‘mining firms’ nga matud pa maoy hinungdan sa pag-atake sa mga rebelde Surigao del Norte. Gikataho usab nga ang mga lumad kon indigenous people kuno dunay simpatiya sa mga aksyon nga gihimo sa NPA diin bisan ang environment adviser nga si Neric Acosta nakurat sa mga nasangpit nga panghitabo ug mga klaro nga ‘violations.’ Bisan si Lacierda miingon nga ang mga NPA dili angayan nga mobuhat niini nga ‘violence’ aron lang masulbad


ang mga isyu sa kinaiyahan tungod kay dunay mga ‘pro-environment nga mga grupo nga anaa sa gobyerno,” matud ni Lacierda. “Dili na unta kinahanglan ang mga bayolente nga mga pamaagi. Pwede man gani i-complain sa kagamhanan tungod kay naa si Secretary Paje, ug si Secretary Neric Acosta diin nabantog na nga environmentalist, busa aduna kitay mgakusganon nga mga environmental groups sulod sa kagamhanan,” dugang ni Lacierda. “Kana nga problema gisang-at unta nila kanato kon ugaling dunay mga kalapasan. Ug kung nakita kana ni Presidential Adviser Neric Acosta, segurado

ako nga iya kanang tutokan,” dugang niya. Ang mga NPA guerillas mihino sa maong pag-atake didto sa Taganito Mining Corp. (TMC), Taganito HPAL Nickel Corp. ug Platinum Group Metals Corp. (PGMC) nga naa nagoperate sa Claver, Surigao del Norte, niadtong Lunes, maoy hinungdan nga namatay ang tulo (3) ka security guards. Gisunog usab sa mga rebelled ang napulo (10) ka mga dumptrucks, walo (8) ka mga backhoes, duha (2) ka mga lantsa ug usa ka guest house, matud sa taho sa military ug kapolisan. Giilog usab sa mga rebelde ang mga armas sa mga ‘security guards’.

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Nephrologists keep abreast of scientific lectures by Carina L. Cayon

bout 300 nephrologists from all over the country gathered starting Thursday until Saturday in the city to keep abreast of the scientific topics regarding their field of expertise.

The officials and members of the Philippine Society of Nephrology updated themselves of various lectures from their colleagues and from invited guest speakers of the International Society of Nephrology. The PSN Mindanao chapter organized its 12th midyear national convention on October 6-8 at the Mar-

co Polo Hotel, this city. PSN president Dr. Delia V. Bayog told the Philippine Information Agency that the PSNMindanao chapter officials chose to focus on the different faces of kidney diseases among various age groups, thus the theme: “Nephrology: Across the Stream of Life.” Among the scientific topics was on “Tran-

sitional Nephrology” discussed by Dr. Carmelo A. Alfiler, while the topic on “The Aging Kidneys” was provided by Dr. Irmingarda P. Gueco. Medical specialist from ISN-Australia professor Lawrence McMahon took up the topics on “Chronic Kidney Disease in Pregnancy” and “Abdominal Compartment Syndrome.” 22

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Nephrologist keep....from page 21 Bayog said that the midyear convention was a combination of scientific activities with local and international resource persons, social activities and business meeting. “The convention is updating of new development in nephrology and a venue of camaraderie,” she stated, saying that the Society’s Constitution requires the officials to hold an annual meeting and midyear convention for all members. After the lectures, the group engaged in social activities in a fellow night at Waterfront Hotel and in a team building at Pearl Farm Beach Resort in the Island Garden City of Sa-

mal in Davao del Norte. A lunch symposium on “Kidney Stones” was also conducted at Pearl Farm. Bayog said PSN also involves in advocacy campaigns to help the government address kidney disease as among the top ten causes of morbidity in the country. “We work hard for the early detection and prevention of this disease,” she stated. Prior to the lecture proper, PSN launched its first coffee table book featuring the group’s 40year gains and programs. Bayog said they are going to initially produce 1,000 copies of the books which they plan to give out to

the members for free. “We’re still studying the book’s selling price for non-members who are interested to get copies of the book,” she added. The book presents the transition of PSN from a handful of ten persons who organized PSN in 1971, up to the present time when the Society handles a total membership of 466, Bayog said. The PSN has six chapters coming from Mindanao, Central and Eastern Visayas (Cebu and Leyte), Western Visayas (Iloilo and Negros) and the newly formed Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon.

Panabo campaigns for increased revenue collection PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, Oct. 09 (PIA) – The city mayor here posed a challenge to his employees in supporting his administration’s campaign for the increased revenue collection to generate more services and development. 23 22

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Panabo campaigns....from page 22 Mayor Jose Silvosa, Sr. urged the city hall personnel to help him explain to the constituents the need to raise revenue collections. The mayor said that the fourth City Council crafted in 2009 a City Ordinance, calling for the increase in the revenue collection to cope up with the growing demands of the City. However, he said the ordinance was not fully implemented due to amendments and negotiations. He said the business sector filed a petition appealing for the local government to im-

plement back the old ordinance series of 1992. But Silvosa said in the vernacular, “The poor people need more the services of the government. The well to do people could afford to avail of health services everywhere.” “The rich people became rich because of the poor people. Therefore, it is just for the rich to increase their tax payments for the government to function well in terms of delivery of services,” he added. Silvosa attributed to the sufficient funds allocated to the City Health Office, the several health recogni-

tions from the Provincial Health Office on the local government of Panabo. “The reason why Panabo City Health Office garnered six awards because of the bigger budget allocation given to them,” he stated during the Monday convocation program sponsored by the General Services Office on September 26 at Panabo City Hall Lobby. The awards were proofs of the exemplary services rendered by CHO to the Panaboans, specifically the existence of an Emergency Clinic and Safe Birthing Facility which Panabo City takes pride in. (CIO-Panabo)

Another 1st in Comval - building schools the GK way! by Fe Maestre

NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley, Oct. 09 (PIA) – A one-classroom building constructed in just 14 days! Or a two-classroom building built in 18 days! Impossible? In Compostela Valley, we say it’s possible! A miracle? No, it’s “bayanihan!” 24 Sunday, October 9, 2011


Another 1st....from page 23

Such is the impact of the “Kalinga sa Kabataan: Bayanihan sa Paaralan” program, another innovation of Governor Arturo Uy, that more than enough volunteers came out to help, sometimes exceeding the required work for the day. “Right from the start there are so many volunteers. We’re supposed to have 20 volunteers assigned but more than 40 turned out to help on just the first day,” Mapawa National High School Annex teacher-in-charge Herminigildo Mates said in the dialect. In Elizalde National High School in Maco, not a few teachers and parents were teary-eyed out of gratitude and when

testimonies on their experiences were expressed during the turn-over ceremony. They said they will miss the camaraderie and experience while working among government employees and other residents in the communities. The teachers and parents also shared that the GK experienced instilled in them the Filipino values especially on volunteerism, sharing and caring for others. B u i l d i n g schools the GK way The governor has seen for himself on his barangay sorties the problem on overcrowded classrooms with students holding classes in barangay halls, multi-purpose halls and had

to make do under dilapidated buildings. Not one to sit on his laurels, he believes that any endeavor related to education must involve all stakeholders including business entities operating within the province as part of their corporate social responsibility. And so the “Kalinga sa Kabataan, Bayanihan sa Paaralan” (KB-BSP) was introduced by the provincial government. Banking on the spirit of “Bayanihan,” it is a pooling of resources from public and private institutions and individuals with direct participation of the local government units, teachers, parents, schoolchildren and the community 25


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where the classrooms are to be constructed. Pilot Areas The community-based, public-private partnership of school building projects started on September 13 and 14 with the construction of seven classrooms in the 1st pilot areas. One classroom was built in Sapawan Primary School in New Albay, Maragusan, while two classrooms were constructed for each in the following schools: Mapawa National High School Bagong Silang Annex in Maragusan, Elizalde National High School in Maco, and Eduardo Maquidato Sr. Elementary School in Sitio Magapalway, Brgy. Bongabong, Pantukan. After 14 and 18 days of construc-

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tion, all classrooms were formally turned over and blessed on October 4-6. “We wanted to construct the school buildings in the shortest possible number of days, to minimize the cost and maximize resources without compromising quality standard. This way we can stretch our savings and use this for our succeeding construction,” Gov. Uy said. Records showed that the total cost for the pilot school areas as per Program of Works (POW) amounted to more than P4 million, but with the KB-BSP way, records showed a savings of P880,363 from the labor cost or about 21% of the total project cost. This is apart from the

other savings which is P250,820 for unutilized or saved materials. “And this is just the beginning for we intend to set the 2nd phase with nine more classroom buildings in Laak on October 13 in barangays Kapatagan, Kaligutan, Longganapan and San Antonio,” he added. Indeed, ComVal’s experience has yet again shown that there is no absence of generosity and concern among its people. It also shows how government, private sectors and the whole community can work together to achieve significant and successful outcome beneficial to all.


Bio-N mixing plant opens in Sultan Kudarat

by Edgar Allan G. Pasaol

KORONADAL CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala is confident on helping farmers increase their production through the application and utilization of modern agricultural methods and infrastructure facilities. This he said during the relaunching of the new Bio-N mixing plant on Thursday in Tacurong City. Alcala said that the establishment of Bio-N mixing facility is very beneficial as it reduces the utilization of traditional fertilizers that form the bulk of farm investment.

He added Bio-N production is one of the priority programs of the government to boost farm production while reducing cost. The P2-million Bio-N mixing plant, complete with building and materials for production, was also given an additional P500,000 fund by Secretary Alca-

la for additional Bio-N production for corn and high value crops and for the improvement of the facility. The establishment of Bio-N plant in the province is a manifestation of the government’s concern to provide all necessary production and agriinfrastructure and 27


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Bio-N mixing..from page 26

equipment support to the farmer-beneficiaries in the production of rice, corn, and high value commercial crops. DA-12 Chief of the Soils Laboratory Nadja Gayanandang said that in applying Bio-N, rice seeds are placed inside a container and moistened with water, just enough to allow Bio-N to stick to the seeds. A drop of sticker to the water is recommended to enhance moisture. Gayanandang also said that the inoculated seeds should

not be exposed to direct sunlight. Instead, they should be kept in a cool place until use. The inoculated seeds should then be drilled in the planting hole then covered with soil. Bio-N is being sold at P75.00 per packet of 200 grams. Bio-N application reduces the nitrogen requirement of crops by as much as 50 percent. It is a breakthrough technology that promises very significant impact on the country’s farmers in terms of increasing farm pro-

ductivity and income. It is a bio-fertilizer microorganism that fixes atmospheric nitrogen into its available form. It reduces the use of up to two sacks of fertilizers when applied. On the other hand, Sec. Alcala also turned over farm implements, sprayers, vegetable seeds, plastic drums and coffee seedlings to the Local Government of Isulan and Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, Magpet, North Cotabato and Banga, South Cotabato during the said launching.

DA conducts 1st Mindanao AgriMachinery Roadshow in Gensan by Angelica A. Laurilla

KORONADAL CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -- An array of farm machineries and equipment were presented to farmers, irrigators, local government officials, and agriculture personnel during the 1st Mindanao Agricultural Farm Machinery and Equipment Roadshow in General Santos City last week. 28 Sunday, October 9, 2011


DA conducts....from page 27

The two-day AgriMachinery roadshow featured four wheel tractors, hand tractors, rice threshers, rice harvesters, hermetic cocoon storage, rotavator and many others. Participants to the roadshow came from all regions in Mindanao. In his keynote address, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala lauded the farmers for their efforts in sustaining rice production in the region. He said the roadshow is aimed at giving farmers a “personal hand” of selecting the latest farm technologies that they need. This activity is part of the 100 percent rice sufficiency by 2013 drive of the department’s Rice Mecha-


nization Program. Alcala also pointed out that proper utilization of agricultural machinery will optimize the use of rice farm and its productivity lessening postharvest losses, especially in Mindanao which is being relied upon in boosting the country’s rice production because Luzon is always hit by typhoons. National Rice Program Coordinator Director Dante Delima said DA considers the choice of farmers as necessary especially in purchasing the equipment that will help them increase farm yields. Delima also presented a government “counterparting scheme” in the procurement of farm

machineries and equipment wherein 85 percent of the cost will be shouldered by the national government through a DA grant and 15 percent will come from the concerned local government units. P ro c u re m e n t will still undergo the usual government bidding process. Agri-machinery companies and credit facilities were also provided time to present their services to farmers. The roadshow was conducted in coordination with the Department of Agriculture,Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) and the city government of General Santos.

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Feature:On sows, patience and profit by David M. Suyao

onaldo Cuanan, 36, used to work for the provincial government of Agusan del Sur until he stumbled into swine raising, as friends from the provincial agriculture’s office would often talk to him about how big a business venture it can be. “I started the venture in 2006 with my meager savings. I bought two sows, and after a few months, asked my friends from PAO to artificially inseminate the sows,” Cuanan said. “Na-

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bored gyud ko ug pinaabot (I really felt bored while waiting) for 114 days feeding the sows.” His patience paid off, as each sow bore ten piglets each. “Joy replaced my boredom,” he

recalls. After a month, Cuanan earned a gross income of P36,000 out of the 18 piglets. He said he was just happy to earn that much. That’s when Cuan30


Feature: On sows...from page 29 an decided to expand his business. Eager to learn more, he attended seminars and hog raisers’ conventions. He even trained with the International Training Institute on pig husbandry specializing on artificial insemination course. Cuanan’s industry caught the attention of the provincial government, which always showed willingness to help him in his new business. Under the provincial government’s swine upgrading program, then governor Maria Valentina Plaza gave him a high breed sow to add to his materials for production. After two years in the swine business, Cuanan put up a semen

laboratory to ensure that he has the best quality materials for insemination not only for his sows, but for other hog raisers in the community. Word soon spread that Cuanan was using high breed and high quality semen for artificial insemination. Thus, many pig growers went to him and he was able to charge P250 per 100 ml. bottle of semen for artificial insemination. Last year, Cuanan already had eight high breed and healthy sows and two boars in his piggery in San Jose, Prosperidad. Each sow bears an average of 10 piglets twice a year giving him a gross sales of P360,000. “Of course, swine

project needs personal attention. That is why I resigned from my job at the provincial capitol to focus my attention to my pigs,” he said. Cuanan plans to expand his laboratory project cum business, but he wants to maintain only ten sows and two boars so that “I can fully attend to the animals.” Today, Ronaldo Cuanan has mastered the art of patience, and is happily cashing in on his sows and boars. He hopes that someday, the project will evolve into a re-dispersal center of healthy piglets, so he can share more high breed materials with people who want to sow their luck in the business, so to speak.

City Pop Quiz 2011, nagmalampuson by Ritchelle Encabo BUTUAN CITY, Okt. 9 (PIA) -- Ubay-ubay nga mga kaestudyantehan ning dakbayan, ang nisangka sa City Wide Population Quiz, sa Temang: “The World at 7 Billion” Oktubre 7, 2011 alas 10 sa buntag. 31 30

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City Pop Quiz...from page 30 Ang maong kalihukan gitambungan ni ity Councilor Erwin L. Dano, chairperson sa Committee on Education, Mr. Renato Latorre, Coordinator, Social Studies Division DepEd-Butuan City , Ms. Marieta S. Pajo, City Population Office - OIC. Gilangkuban sa 21 ka mga sekondaryang tulonghaan sa pamuno sa ilang Quiz Master nga Ms. Rutchie C. Saluta. Sa sulod sa tulo ka kategorya ang nahimong

mananaug mao ang Agusan National High School kon (ANHS) nga si Ms. Ruby Athena C. Comiling inubanan sa iyang coach nga si Mrs. Marina B. Sanquenza. Ang maong mananaug maoy ilaban sa ipahigayon nga Regional Pop Quiz ni’ng bulana. Atol sa gipahigayon nga City Pop Quiz, aduna pod Oath Taking of Newly Elected Officers of the Federation of PopDev Club Coordinators and

Presidents. Sa mensahe ni Leah A. Mendoza, City Administrator ni’ng dakbayan, “Education and learning should never stop, no matter what your age, cause there is never an end to learning until we are 6 feet below the ground “ iyang gi-ingganyo ang mga kabatanonan nga magpadayon sa pagpartesipar sa mga susama niini nga kalihukan.

Pagpausbaw sa produkto ug desinyo sa water hyacinth gipahigayon sa Barangay Mahay by Jovelyn C. Mejorada

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 9 (PIA) -– Mas gipausbaw ang kahibalo sa mga partisipante sa paggama sa mga nagkalain-laing mga desinyo ug produkto gamit ang materyales nga water hyacinth kon waterlily, sa pagpanguna sa buhatan sa City Housing and Development (CHDO) didto sa GK Social Hall barangay Mahay ning dakbayan sa Butuan niadtong Oktubre 6, 2011. Ang mga partisipante mao ang mga homeowners sa gawad kalinga relocation site sa nahisgutang barangay sa katuyuan nga makabaton kini og dugang panginabuhian. Subay niini nga programa gipang-apodapod usab ang certificate of participation sa mga partisipante isip pasidungog ug sa pagpalambu sa Sunday, October 9, 2011

ilang kahibalo nga maoy ikapasigarbo sa Butuan ngadto sa laing dapit. Tungod niini gipaabot ni Halangdong Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. ang iyang suporta uban sa panghinaut nga kini nga pagtulun-an makahatag dugang ayuda kanila ug nga mas mapalambu pa kini nga programa nga diin gar-

bo sa mga Butuanon. Dugang pa niini muhatag usab ang panggamhanan og usa ka pwesto nga libre sa may Langihan area aron didto idisplay ang mga produkto niini nga livelihood, sama sa tsinilas, bags, baskets, Christmas decoration ug uban pa kini isip suporta ni Mayor Jun Amante kanila. 31

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One Mindanao - October 9, 2011  

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An Electronic New Magazine of PIA Mindanao