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Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail : r9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Skype : hnb_r9pia

NATIONAL • DA constructs asparagus facility in GenSan • Red Cross to highlight partnership in World First Aid Day 2011 celeb

Northern Mindanao

Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail : pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com rutchiecabahug@yahoo.com

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • Tagum intensifies reforestation program • Mayor’s Griffin Team grabs 2nd champ title in cheerdance tilt • Taiwanese eyes investment in Panabo mariculture • P3M water project benefits barangay folks in Panabo • Coop members undergo conflict management seminar workshop

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail : efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Tagalog News: Drivers, operators hinihikayat na kunin na ang fuel subsidy • Tagalog News: Pamamahala sa seguridad ng S. Cotabato ililipat sa pa mahalaang panlalawigan • NFA intensifies local rice procurement • S. Cotabato has new police provincial director

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail : r12_pia@yahoo.com pia_xii@yahoo.com

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Agusan del Norte gearing for 10th Baoto Festival • DOST Caraga to host 1st Reg’l Invention Contest and Exhibits • Tagalog News: Dambuhalang isda na may bigat na 30kls, lumulutang sa Magallanes Agusan del Norte

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

OUR COVER Today’s cover

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• Ecological balance, key to Mindanao’s economic growth and development, says Acosta • Cebuano news: 4 ka matang sa droga, ma-detect sa PDEA Drug Test • Cebuano news: SPES nakaangkon- dugang pahat nga P168.1 mnilyones

Northern Mindanao • It’s all systems go for candidates to campaign for OIC-ARMM posts • Heavy rains hinder maintenance work, cause power interruption – NGCP • LGU Kauswagan leads “SGH” Awardees in Lanao Norte • Iligan City Dad requests GSIS to resume pension for retired NPC employees • Cebuano News: Iligan, usa sa top 10 best performing highly urbanized cities sa nasud, base sa DILG report

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Cover Story:

Baoto Festival :

a recognition to Agusanons’ forefathers by Nora CL Molde

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he 30K paddling competition/marathon – the signature sport of the province of Agusan del Norte is now on its 10th year giving highlights to the celebration of the 10thBaoto Festival and is considered as the longest paddling race in the Philippines for three-seater dug-out canoes.

The Baoto Festival, according to Festival Director Edgar M. Palarca, Jr., was conceptualized ten years ago to give recognition to Agusanons’ forefathers. It is

an island race that pays tribute to the “baoto” or native dug-out canoes. Baoto is an old name for baroto (boat). It is the means of transportation of our ances-

tors in traversing rivers, oceans & lake. The celebration of the festival is set every third week of September where level of water in Lake Mainit - fourth 4

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largest lake in the Philippines, and also the deepest lake in the country is high. It is located in northeastern part of Mindanao and shared between the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte. The paddling competition will be held in Jabonga - one of the 10 towns in the province of Agusan del Norte gifted with scenery as it is embraced by mountain ranges and surrounded by lakes perfect for the said event.

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This year’s Baoto festival will feature free adventure skills training such as paddling, mountaineering, caving, snorkeling and single rope technique. The festival will be held on September 1316, 2011with the main venue in Jabonga where lake Mainit is located while some events will be held at Kitcharao, Santiago and Tubay. Baoto races/contests include the following: 150 m. double slalom – men/women,

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boys/girls; 75 m. single sprint – men/women, boys/girls and the most beautiful baoto. The finale event which is the 30k paddling marathon from Jabonga to Tubay will be participated in by the different municipalities in Agusan del Norte and other provinces. Come one, come a l l , l e t ’s c e l e b ra t e t h e B a o t o Fe s t i va l 2011 and experie n c e t h e f u n , e xc i t e ment and big prizes. (PIA-Caraga)

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DA constructs asparagus facility in GenSan

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n its bid to transform the area into a major high value crop producer, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is constructing a P3.75 million asparagus packing facility at Barangay San Jose, in General Santos City (GenSan).

In a statement, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said that the DA wants to turn Gensan into a top producer of asparagus on top of its distinction as the ‘tuna capital’ of the Philippines. Earlier, Alcala and GenSan Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio led the ceremonial groundbreaking of the facility that will benefit 60 farmer-members of the Greenland Asparagus Producers Multipurpose Cooperative (GAPMC), funded by the DA’s High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) and the National Agribusiness Corporation

(NABCOR). The GAPMC farmer-members, led by their chairman Roger Pascual, currently plant a total of 15 hectares, where they harvest an average of 300 to 400 kilos of asparagus shoots daily, which are sorted and packed in a makeshift hut. The GAPMC was organized in 2008. Pascual said most of them were former contract growers of Marsman-Drysdale Agriventures, Inc. With the new packing facility, which will be completed by end of October, Pascual said the GAPMC would be able to double their ca-

pacity of up to 800 kilos per day. Currently they supply major supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels in Metro Manila. “I would therefore like to see farmers in General Santos City to improve their quality of life in the next one and a half years,” Sec. Alcala said. GAPMC chairman Pascual said in GenSan alone there are about 5,000 hectares that could be planted to high value crops. Alcala also instructed regional officials of the National Irrigation Administration to undertake appropriate irrigation projects to 6

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support the year-round production of high value crops. He also directed the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research to

assess the potential of processing and canning asparagus for domestic and export markets. For its part, the DA-NABCOR will help

the GAPMC to link directly with institutional buyers and assist the group in their marketing activities. (DA/ RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

Red Cross to highlight partnership in World First Aid Day 2011 celeb

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he Philippine Red cross joins 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies all over the world to celebrate World First Aid Day with theme “First Aid for All.”

To highlight the celebration, the Philippine Red Cross will strengthen its partnership with various stakeholders, including government and non-government organizations, to organize first aiders in the workplace. Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said first aid is a core activity of the PRC. “We are happy to note that there is a steady increase in the number volunteer first aiders providing services and training to others. Our objective is to have a first aider in every home,” said Gordon. World First Aid Day was organized by the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) in 2000 to heighten global

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awareness on the importance of first aid skills in saving lives in everyday crisis. In the Philippines, Red Cross chapters will intensify its recruitment and training in schools and barangays. The Safety Services of the PRC is in charge of securing the health and safety of Filipinos. To successfully carry out these tasks, the Safety Services program includes training in First Aid, Basic Life Support – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Accident Prevention. According to the Red Cross, their Safety Services was able to train 78,200 participants for First Aid training; 79,351 Basic Life Support train-

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ing; and 553 participants for Accident Prevention course in 2010. Discussions are also in progress with the Department of Transportation and Communications to include road safety and first aid training as a requirement in getting driver’s license. Meanwhile, PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang thanked all Red Cross chapters and volunteers in making World First Aid Day a significant event that can help save more lives. To avail of PRC’s First Aid training, please contact PRC Safety Services at 5270000 loc. 129 or 189 or email safety@ redcross.org.ph. (PRC/ PRJB/JEG-PIA NCR)

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Tagum intensifies reforestation program TAGUM CITY, Davao Del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) — Residents here wake up to cooler mornings wrapped with thick fogs, a strong manifestation of the temperature decline in this city as a result of the massive greening and reforestation programs spearheaded by the local government in recent years. Reporting to students and stakeholders who attended an early morning tree planting drive in the Accretion Area in Barangay Pandapan, City Mayor Rey T. Uy proudly shared that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) noted a two degree dip of the city’s annual average temperature, from 28.35°C in 2001 to 26.70°C in 2010. Data obtained from the nation’s weather bureau noted the annual average temperature of the city as follows: 28.08°C (2002), 27.80°C (2003), 27.65°C (2004), 27.03°C (2005), 26.85°C (2006), 26.54°C (2007), 27.03°C (2008) and 27.40°C (2009). This is a concrete Sunday, September 11, 2011

result of the greening programs such as the accretion reforestation jointly undertaken by the local government and the private sector, Uy said, adding that the city will intensify these programs for the benefit of both the environment and the future generation. On September 8, 2011, Uy inked another memorandum of agreement with Tagum Cooperative, Inc. to maintain the accretion area planted with fastgrowing trees with a budget of two hundred thousand pesos, sourced out from the cooperative’s coffers. D e p E d Superintendent Nenita E. Lumaad, who also sits as the Chairperson of the cooperative’s Board of Directors shared that this is

part of their firm’s corporate social responsibility. Lumaad urged the students, parents and her colleagues at DepEd and Tagum Cooperative to earnestly supervise the accretion area to ensure the survival of the planted trees. By signing the MOA, Tagum Cooperative joined the ranks of the private sectors who tied up with the local government in its green brigade. Among these are the NCCC Cares and the Tagum Water District. Meanwhile, Mayor Uy announced that aside from tree planting activities, his administration will also launch the wall greening project in the coming days. (CIO-Tagum/Louie Lapat & Edwin Lasquite)

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Mayor’s Griffin Team grabs 2nd champ title in cheerdance tilt TAGUM CITY, Davao Del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) —The Atrium of the iconic new city hall of Tagum came to life with loud cheers and jubilant faces as the Human Resource Management Office of the City Government of Tagum staged the highly-anticipated Cheerdance Competition last September 9 which exhibited some of the hidden talents of the city hall employees. Cluster 1 as Champion dubbed as the Mayor’s Griffin Team went home P50,000 richer as they notched its second championship title in the said competition. The cluster was composed of cheerleaders from the City Mayor’s Office both Executive and Administrative, City Treasury Office, City Legal Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Accounting Office, Civil Security Services, Special Operations and Inspectorate Units, Public Information Division, Information System and Development Unit, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Section and the Business Permit and Licensing Division. The group also clinched the Best in Costume Award. Adjudged 1st Runner Up was Cluster 2 composed of City Budget Office, Commission on Audit, City Vice Mayor’s Office, the Sangguniang

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Panlungsod both Legislative and Secretariat and the Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development Section. The group went home with P30,000. Trailing behind Cluster 2 was Cluster 6 which was grabbed the 2nd Runner Up place and went home with a cash prize of P20,000. The group was also cited the Darling of the Crowd with a cash prize worth P10,000. Cluster 6 comprised of the City Health Office, CEOElectrical Division, Special Community Development, Public Employment Service Office, CEO-Motorpool Division, CMO-Health and Sanitation Services and the Traffic Management Unit. The 3rd Runner Up was Cluster 5 which was awarded with a cash prize of P10,000. Participants of the said group came from the Division City Veterinary Office, City Agriculture Office, City Assessor’s

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Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Commission on Elections and employees detailed to national line agencies. Clusters 4 and 3 each received P5,000 as consolation prizes. Cluster 4 was composed of City Civil Registrar’s Office, CEO-Administration, CMOCity Band, City Economic Enterprise Office and the CEO-Maintenance. City General Services Office, City Architect’s Office, CMO-Bids and Awards Committee, CEO-New City Hall Site and the Industrial Plant Division were the members of Cluster 3. This activity was part of the many events organized by the city government as a way of celebrating the 111th Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. (CIO-Tagum/Louie Lapat & Edwin Lasquite) Sunday, September 11, 2011


Taiwanese eyes investment in Panabo mariculture PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) – City Mayor Jose L. Silvosa, Sr., gladly welcomed Taiwanese investors who recently visited the city for a possible investment ties with the local government of Panabo City. Gaudi Holdings, Inc. chairman Kuo-Kei Liao with his Taiwanese investors were in the city mainly to explore potential investment opportunities by discussing initial bilateral agreement between Taiwan and Panabo City. City Agriculturist Alejandro Mayato said that their visit focused on exploring trade and investment opportunities and they are interested about the City Government’s

policies and initiatives in the trade and investment areas. Mayato said the Taiwanese planned to purchase mariculture products for export such as bangus, grouper and high value fish to Taiwan, Shanghai and Hongkong. They are also planning to put up fish cages in the mariculture park and interested in investing coffee and corn in the city. The visitors toured the city for ocular visit on

identified sites and witnessed the big potential of Panabo City for a potential long term investment. Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup, together with regional director Fatma Idris of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other BFAR and city government officials, also welcomed the Taiwanese investors. (CIO-Panabo City/Erwin Cubio)

P3M water project benefits barangay folks in Panabo

PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) – Some 254 households in Barangay Tibungol here would soon get the benefits of an adequate supply of clean and safe drinking water courtesy of a P3 million project from the Department of Agriculture.

The City Government of Panabo recently spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony on September 8 to begin the construction of a Potable Water

System (PWS) under the implementation of DA-Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) at Purok 3 in Barangay Tibungol. The MRDP project

which has a funding from the World Bank, will have a water reservoir for the constituents of the barangay. Based on the Barangay Development 10

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Plan, Barangay Tibungol is occupied with banana plantation and all puroks use Dumoy Water. There is no other access to safe water. “The city government, the Department of Agriculture, the MRDP and the Provincial Government look forward to help the barangays and maximize this water system to be substantially taken care of by the Barangay,” City Mayor Jose Silvosa

stated. The government is ready to extend assistance in anyway and at any time, Silvosa added in his message delivered by City Administrator Henry Esparagoza during the groundbreaking ceremony. According to Barangay Captain Fernando Candol, the construction of the potable water system will greatly help his, especially in Purok 3 which has the

highest incidence of poverty. “Most of the residents in Purok 3 cannot afford to install or drill for safe water,” he said. Also |pPresent during the ceremony were Provincial Planning Officer Josie Jean Rabanos, City Department heads, Barangay Tibungol officials and DAMRDP officials. (CIOPanabo City/Mark Anthony Gellor)

Coop members undergo conflict management seminar workshop PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) – Some 128 members from the different cooperatives in Panabo City participated in the two-day Conflict Management Seminar Workshop held at the 3rd floor function hall, New City hall Building on September 7 and 8. The objective of the activity was to equip participants the knowledge and wisdom necessary in assessing risk and handle conflict situations and difficult people in their cooperative. Francisco Trinidad, PNHSTC-Ethics Committee said that he was thankful of this seminar, saying “It

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was very informative and helpful.” “It’s my first time to attend this conflict management seminar since I became a member of our cooperative, I’ve learned that conflict must be resolved before the situation gets worse”, Trinidad said. The seminar was

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facilitated by Mr. Sofronio Talisic, chairman of Provincial Cooperative Union-Davao. It was participated by the Conciliation and Mediation Committee, board of directors, cooperative officers, and all members. (CIO- Panabo City/Elreen Ann D. Albuna) Sunday, September 11, 2011


Tagalog News: Drivers, operators hinihikayat na kunin na ang fuel subsidy by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 11 (PIA) -- Muling nananawagan ang pamahalaang panglungsod sa mga drivers at operators ng tricycle sa Koronadal City na kunin na ang kanilang fuel subsidy. Ayon kay OIC city treasurer Marlon Gumbao, mayroon na lamang hanggang ngayong linggo ang mga driver at operator na kunin ang kanilang P150 na subsidiya sa langis sa ilalim ng programang Pantawid Pasada ng pamahalaan. Aniya, bagamat wala pa silang natatanggap na

pormal kautusan galing sa Department of the Interior and Local Government, kailangan na umano nilang magsumite ng liquidation at disbursement report sa katapusan ng buwan. Aminado si Gumbao na nahihirapan silang kumbinsihin ang dapat makatanggap ng ayuda

dahil na liliitan umano ang mga ito sa halaga ng tulong. Hanggang ngayon, sa kabuuang bilang na m a h u g it a p a t na l i bong benepisyaryo, nasa h a lo s d a la wa n g l i bo pa lang ang kumuha ng ka n ila n g fu e l subsi dy. ( PIA 1 2 )

Tagalog News: Pamamahala sa seguridad ng S. Cotabato ililipat sa pamahalaang panlalawigan by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 11 (PIA) -- Pormal nang ililipat mula sa Philippine Army papunta sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ang internal security operations (ISO) ng South Cotabato.

Sa Setyembre 23 itinakda ang turnover ceremony ng ISO mula sa 27th Infantry

Battalion ng Army at ililipat sa provincial LGU. Ito ayon kay Gov.

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Tagalog News: Pamamahala sa seguridad... from page 11

ang mamumuno sa iba’t ibang ahensiya sa mga gawaing pangseguridad dito sa lalawigan. Dagdag pa ng gobernador, m a g a n d a n g palatadaan ito lalung lalo na sa pagsulong ng turismo sa lalawigan dahil patunay ito na nasa mababang antas ang banta ng kaguluhan

dito. Patunay din umano ito na ligtas na maglakbay sa lalawigan ang mga turista mula sa ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas, maging yaong galing sa ibayong dagat. Ayon kay Gov. Pingoy, sa buong bansa pangalawang lalawigan ang South Cotabato na binigyan

ng pagkakataon na pamunuan ang internal security operations. Naniniwala si Gov. Pingoy na mas mabisa ang diyalogo at programang pangkabuhayan sa kanayunan para bigyang lunas ang insureksyon at suliranin sa seguridad kaysa sandata. (PIA 12)

NFA intensifies local rice procurement by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Sept 11 (PIA) -- South Cotabato’s National Food Authority will intensify procurement of produce from local rice farmers this week.

Angelina Lucena, assistant manager of NFA South Cotabato said, besides the continuous buying of palay in Koronadal City, they will start accepting deliveries in two additional sites in the upper valley area starting September. NFA South Cotabato has already rented one warehouse

in Norala and another in Surallah towns for the produce bought from the two municipalities and neighboring places. She said the procurement team and the warehouses will be in full operational capacity this week to achieve their target 168,000 bags by the end of December 2011.

NFA buys palay at P17.40 per kilo from farmers and P17.70 from accredited farmer associations and cooperatives. Prevailing buying prices of commercial traders here range from P15 to P15.50 only. Lucena added measures to prevent scrupulous commercial 13

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NFA intensifies... from page 12

traders from exploiting the program exclusively for farmers and their organizations have been put in place. Among these control measures are strict implementation of documentation requirements, verification processes, random checking and many others.

Officials of NFA South Cotabato have also repeatedly appealed to farmers in the province not to allow traders to use them as conduits of illegal activities. She said only the legitimate farmers and their organizations should be able to avail of the higher price the government offers for

their produce. T h i s y e a r, S o u t h Cotabato receives no allocation from imported rice but N FA a n d a g r i c u l t u r a l officials here are confident local production will be more than sufficient to supply local requirements (PIA 12)

S. Cotabato has new police provincial director by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Sept 11 (PIA) -- Outgoing South Cotabato Police Provincial Director P/SSupt. Nilo Wong has confirmed that he will be turning over leadership of the provincial police force to the new director.

Wong, who will be retiring on September 26, said he has already received instructions for the turnover ceremonies on September 14, to P/ SSupt. Randolf Delfin. In an interview with a local media, Wong said he is very grateful to local officials, PNP Sunday, September 11, 2011

personnel and residents of the province for the support they accorded him in his term as police provincial director. Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr., in an meeting with the press last month openly declared his decision to support Delfin as the new head of the provincial police

office. He said, although he does not know Delfin personally, the latter’s reputation as a strict and respected leader has been well-known to him and the local police officials who have highly recommended his transfer to the province.

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Agusan del Norte gearing for 10th Baoto Festival by Brian Jay Ceballos

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 11 (PIA) – Preparations are in high gear for the “10th Baoto Festival 2011” which promises to surpass last year’s set of activities. The festival pays tribute to the “baoto” or native dug-out canoe which is the featured activity in the festival, the race for dug-out canoes or popularly known as the 30K Paddling Competition in Lake Mainit which is considered to be the longest paddling race in the Philippines for 3-seater dug-out canoes. The Lake Mainit side in the municipality of Jabonga will host the big event with the support of other nearby municipalities namely: Kitcharao, Santiago and Tubay which are gifted with sceneries as they are embraced by mountain ranges and surrounded by the lake, perfect for the said festival. Other set of activities are also scheduled to be held in these municipalities. The Provincial Government of Agusand del Norte headed by Governor Erlpe John M. Amante will head the festival thru the Community Affairs Division (CAD). “All committees are set for the big event,” Agusan del Norte Provincial Information Officer and Festival Director Edgar Palarca Jr. announced. The “baoto” (boat) competition shall also include

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“baoto” race without an outrigger, regatta using only the sail made from indigenous material, and the single and double Slalom for men and women category. The most beautifully design Baoto will be chosen with a price. To create environmental awareness, the organizers will also be conducting tree planting activity at the Lantawan Eco Park, Kitcharao which will be participated in by different delegations of government offices and different schools. Other activities also include: Kite Flying Competition which is sponsored by the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) which is headed by SP Member Nieva Famador; Cycling Competition; Beach Volleyball and Triathlon. This year’s festival is promising to add more color-

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ful activities to the event to lure guests and spectators from every corner of the land. Sumayajaw Dancers will be performing in the said festival coupled with fireworks display and booths of different sponsors so you can buy food, drinks or souvenir items. The CAD is pressing for new sponsors to come aboard together with the joint support of the Provincial Government and the LGU’s that are involved to boost the capability of the organizers to give the crowd a show above any other. All of the activities are participated in by the different municipalities in Agusan del Norte and other provinces and you can only witness such event in this part of the province. (PIA-CARAGA)

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DOST Caraga to host 1st Reg’l Invention Contest and Exhibits

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Office headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta will be hosting the 2011 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) with the theme: “Imbensyon at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa Pag-unlad” on September 21-23, 2011 at Luciana Convention Center, J.P. Rosales Avenue, this city. The activity will feature inventions and exhibits and other invention development endeavors which will promote the commercialization of inventions and technologies of Caraga inventors and researchers. The regional winners in the said contest will receive cash prizes and plaques/certificates and will vie for major awards during the National Invention Contest in July 2002. The invention contest

is open to investors, students and researchers who are interested to participate under the following categories: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category (Likha Award), Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for High School, and Student Creative Research Category (Sibol Award) for College Students. The Regional Invention

Contest and Exhibits (RICE) is a support initiative of the DOT-Technology and Promotion Institute and DOST regional offices for Republic Act 7459, also known as the National Inventors and Inventions Incentives Act of the Philippines. One of the provisions of the law, as implemented by DOST-TAPI, is the selection and granting of cash rewards to outstanding inventions. (DOST-13/PIACaraga)

Tagalog News: Dambuhalang isda na may bigat na 30kls, lumulutang sa Magallanes Agusan del Norte BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- Nagulantang ang mga residente na naninirahan sa Brgy. Sto. Niño sa bayan ng Magallanes Agusan del Norte matapos makita ang lumulutang na isang malaki at kakaibang uri ng isda bandang alas 7:00 ng umaga, Sabado (Sept. 10). Ayon kay Sto. Niño Barangay Captain Candelaria Millanes, ang naturang isda ay may bigat na 30 kilo at may haba na mahigit sa limang talampakan, at may lapad na apat na tiil. Ito ay kulay puti at itim. Ayon pa kay Kapitan Millanes, namataan ng mga mangingisda ang nasabing

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isda nung nakaraang gabi. Makailang bese nila ito pinalo nila ito nang lumapit sa lambat nilang panghuli. Ngunit dahil sa kadiliman ay di nila makita ang naturang isda. Hindi umano inakala ng mga mangingisda na ang kanilang pinapalo ay isa palang malaking isda. Kinumpirma ni Kapitan Millanes na wala sil-

ang nakikita na pasa sa katawan ng isda dahil matitigas din ang balat nito. Sa ngayon pinaplano na ni Kapitan Millanes at iba pang lokal na opisyal ng barangay na kanilang ililibing ang patay na isda, at hindi ito ipapakain sa mga residente upang walang maidulot na kapahamakan. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

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Ecological balance, key to Mindanao’s economic growth and development, says Acosta by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, September 11 (PIA) – ‘No economic or business opportunity will flourish if we have degraded the environment.” This was declared by Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection secretary Juan Romeo Nerues O. Acosta on Friday during the closing ceremony of the 20th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizcon) at the City Commercial Center (C3) here. In his keynote speech delivered before the businessmen, Acosta said if we do not have clean water, if our forests are depleted, our river basins dried up, and coral reefs are dead due to over fishing and siltation business opportunities will never thrive. Acosta, a Mindanaoan and strong advocate of environmental protection and conservation underscored the great importance of ecological balance in attaining

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peace and development. Acosta viewed balanced ecology as one of government’s trusts in attaining sustainable development for Mindanao . “Anything that is our economy is a subsidiary of our ecology,” Acosta explained. “When there were no more forests, there will be no watersheds. When there will be no water, there will be no “palay”. When there will be no “palay” , there will be no food. When there will be no food, there will be no life,” the Presidential Adviser for environmental Protection said. Acosta appealed to everyone that in attaining development, one should never compromise the benefits that they enjoy. “Never compromise

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what should come and what you should also been able to enjoy and benefit from simply because we are now in a situation of a highly contending competitive dynamic,” Acosta added. In a related development, Acosta said that President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III is not only very much concerned on his campaign on anti-corruption and good governance with the popular slogan “matuwid na daan” (straight path), but he is also concerned on the environment with its slogan “Matuwid na daan sa berdeng paraan”. Acosta also said that peace and good governance are very important thrusts in sustaining economic growth in Mindanao. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian) Sunday, September 11, 2011


Cebuano news: 4 ka matang sa droga, ma-detect sa PDEA Drug Test ni Alfonso T. Rudae DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA)-- Kayang mahibaw-an sa PDEA Drug test pinaagi sa ihi ang upat ka matang sa droga nga naa sulod sa lawas sa usa ka tawo. Matod pa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Jose S Jimenez Jr, ang drug testing immune-assay kit nga gigamit karon sa PDEA Laboratory Service adunay kapabilidad nga mahibaw-an ang presensiya sa shabu; marijuana; ecstacy ug cocaine sa usa ka tawo nga gigamit karon dinhi sa Pilipinas. Dugang pa ni Santiago, ang resulta sa drug test nga gigamitan niining maong kit mahimong masayran sulod sa singko(5) minutes. Sa gipahigayong deliberasyon sa budget sa PDEA para sa tuig 2012

didto sa hawanan sa kongreso, nagpahayag ug kabalaka si Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy sa iyang nadiskubrehan nga kadaghanan sa mga accredited centers nga nagpahigayon ug drug test niadtong nag-apply ug bag-ong lisensiya o nag-renew sa ilang driver’s license mikonpirmar lamang sa presensiya sa shabu ug marijuana sa mga specimen nga ilang gisumiti para sa analysis. Giuyonan usab ni Gutierez ang obserbasyon ni Dy, dungan ang pag-angkon sa panginahanglan alang sa pag-up-

grade sa kapabilidad sa mga drug testing centers sa nasod. Apan giklaro ni Gutierez, nga ang operasyon sa mga drug testing centers dili na kontrolado sa PDEA sanglit ang superbisyon ug control niini ilalom naman sa hurisdiksyon sa Department of Health. Samtang sa laing bahin, ang Integrated Drug Test Manual and Information System (IDTOMIS) nga gigamit karon pagfacilitate sa pag-isyo ug pag-renew sa mga lisensiya gidumala usab sa Land Tansportation Office(LTO). (JPA/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

Cebuano news: SPES nakaangkon- dugang ni Alfonso T. Ruda pahat nga P168.1 mnilyones DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA)-- Mas daghan nang kabus apan utokang mga estudiante ang nakatakdang makapahimulos sa Special Program for the Employment of Students kon SPES. 18

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Cebuano news: SPES... from page 17

Kini ang gipahayag ni Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz base sa nahimong kabag-ohan sa SPES Law nga nagpaubos sa hiniusang kita sa mga ginikanan sa usa ka aplikante kay sa unang gitakda SPES Law nga 36 mil pesos isip rekisitos aron makapahimulos ang usa ka aplikante sa maong programa. “Nagkahulugan kini nga daghan nang mga estudiante ang makapahimulos sa SPES, ilabi na karon nga nagpagawas pa si Presidente Benigno Aquino III niadtong Mayo niining tuiga ug dugang 168.1mlyones ka pesos nga pahat alang sa SPES,” matod pa ni Baldoz. Ang dugang pahat sa SPES nga gihatag ni Presidente Aquino, dili pa lakip sa 172.1 milyones ka pesos nga pahat sa SPES para sa 2011. Sumala pa ni Baldoz, gumikan sa dugang pahat nga gihatag para SPES, moabot na karon sa 52 mil ka mga estudiante ang makapahimulos niini gikan sa 16 ka mga rehiyon sa nasod. Ang SPES maoy usa ka work appreciation ug work bridging program nga maghatag ug kahigayonan sa kabus apan utokang mga estudiante nga nagpangidaron ug gikan 15 ngadto sa 25 anyos nga makapadayon sa ilang pagtungha sa sekond-

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arya; kolehiyo; technical ug vocational education pinaagi sa pagtrabaho ug gikan sa 20 ngadto sa 52 ka adlaw, gawas lang sa pasko diin magtrabaho lang sila ug gikan sa 10 ngadto sa 15 ka adlaw. Samtang magtrabaho, ang mga benepisyaryo sa SPES magdawat sa minimum nga suweldo nga gipatuman sa ilang rehiyon diin 40 porsiento niini ang bayran sa Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) pinaagi sa porma sa voucher alang sa ilang tuition fees, samtang ang 60 porsiento bayran sa ilang employer pinaagi sa cash. Gawas niini, magdawat usab ang nagtarabahong benepisyaryo sa SPES ug mga benepisyo ug uban pang prebilihiyo ilalom sa Balaod sa Pamuo. Alayon niini, giawhag ni Baldoz ang mga intresado sa SPES nga moduso sa ilang aplikasyon ug sayo. “Mahimo silang moduol sa labing duol nga buhatan sa Public Employment Service Office (PESO) aron masuta kon ang kita sa ilang pamilya nasulod ba sa regional threshold nga gideterminar sa National Economic Development Authority. Ug kon kwalipikado, moduso dayon sa ilang aplikasyon,” matod pa ni Baldoz. Nanawagan usab si Baldoz sa mga kwalipikadong

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employer sa nagkalaian-laing rehiyon ug lalawigan sa nasod nga manguha ug mga estudiante sa SPES. Sanglit ang SPES tibuok tuig namang programa, mahimo na usang isumiti sa mga kuwalipikadong employers ang ilang mga saad sa labing duol nga buhatan sa PESO o sa labing duol nga buhatan sa DOLE, ma-rehiyonal man o probinsiyal. Samtang sa laing bahin, nag-isyo na usab ang Financial Management Service sa DOLE alokasyon para sa nagkalainlaing rehiyon sa nasod alang sa dugang pahata sa SPES sama niining mosunod. NAGKALAI ug regional allocation sa SPES budget sama niining mosunod - National Capital Region (NCR), P29,798,496; Region 1, P9,147,469; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), P3,062,487; Region 2, P8,244,621; Region 3, P13,302,949; Region 4-A, P13,496,437; Region 4-B, P7,041,649; Region 5, P6,140,467; Region 6, P3,839,987; Region 7, P15,020,655; Region 8, P7,261,923; Region 9, P9.876,521; Region 10, P13,598,906; Region 11, P10,561,978; Region 12, P10,195,212; and CARAGA, P7,510,243. (JPA/ATR/PIAZambo Norte)

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It’s all systems go for candidates to campaign for OIC-ARMM posts by Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Sept. 11 (PIA) – It’s all systems go for applicants to the officer-in-charge (OIC) positions in the two (2) congressional districts of the province under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to present themselves to their constituents. This, as the Lanao del Sur Provincial Office of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to hold a public forum, tomorrow, Sept. 12, for all the candidates to the various positions in the province that needed to be filled up in an OIC capacity. To be held at the Dimaporo Gym, inside the Mindanao State University (MSU), this city, the forum will give each applicant, a chance to present their agenda, that is: For local governance programs for

applicants to the OIC Regional Governor and Vice-Governor positions and legislative agenda for those interested of the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) positions. It will also allow people in ARMM to have a glimpse of the character, perspective and priorities of the said applicants/nominees, as well, as obtain their commitment for reforms in the region. President Benigno S. Aquino III will be appointing OICs for regional governor, regional vice governor,

and 24 members of the RLA, with six (6) members, each, for Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Sulu, and three (3) members, each, for Basilan and Tawi-tawi. Meanwhile, similar public fora have been scheduled by DILG, from Sept. 12-15, in other areas of ARMM to require the candidates to enunciate their respective plans and programs, as well as, positions on various issues affecting the region. A simultaneous provincial public forum will be conducted tomorrow, in the other 20

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four (4) provinces of the region, namely: Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, and Basilan. The venues for these activities are: Shariff Kabunsuan Complex in Cotabato City for the two (2) districts of Maguindanao, Patikul town for the two (2) districts of Sulu, Jaafar Convention Hall inside MSU-Bongao campus in Tawi-tawi province, and Basilan State College in Isa-

bela City, province of Basilan. Similarly, fora will also be held at Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) Complex in Cotabato City and Ateneo de Zamboanga University on September 13 and 15, respectively. Press conferences are also slated, as part of the activities, to provide information to the media relative to the on-going

screening of candidates and the result of the provincial fora. The DILG, meanwhile, is inviting members of the media to provide coverage to said events as recognition of their important roles in elevating public awareness and gaining public trust in the process of selecting the officers-incharge (OICs) for the ARMM government. (PIA10)

Heavy rains hinder maintenance work, cause power interruption – NGCP by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 11 (PIA) – Power interruption occurred, yesterday, Sept. 10, along the Lugait, Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro City (Lugait-CDO) 69 kilovolt electric power line. The situation affected some franchise areas of the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperatives (MORESCO) 1 from Libertad, Mis. Or. to Talakag town in Bukidnon. Beth Ladaga, Information Officer of

NGCP said their linemen were facilitating maintenance activities on the Lugait-CDO line, at a remote area in Barangay Dalayap, El Salvador City. They were there for the replacement of structure 164 for three

(3) roten wood poles with 3T type (3T – 3) to steel poles. However, the work was hindered by heavy rains. “The condition slowed down the work of the linemen, who also considered their safety,” she added. 21

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Heavy rains... from page 20

She also said the rains aggravated the already very wet and muddy surface due to constant afternoon rains in the area, the previous days.

Moreover, the communication signal in the area was not good, which made the linemen unable to communicate immediately after their work was

finished before 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Lugait-CDO 69KV line was energized at 7:59 p.m., and the CDO-Talakag 34.5 KV

LGU Kauswagan leads “SGH” Awardees in Lanao Norte by Diony Fuentes KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) – The local government unit of Kauswagan has placed itself in the forefront among seven (7) LGU’s of the province who received the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) Awards, this year.

Together with the SGH award, it also received the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of Php1.0 million for an excellent performance in local governance,” Director Loreto M. Bhagwani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10, said during the awarding ceremonies held

in Cagayan de Oro City, recently. Bhagwani said the Kauswagan LGU was cited for championing transparency and accountability in its government transactions based on the merits of a sound fiscal management. It is also cited for valuing performance management and other gen-

eral impressions gathered like peace and order situation or simply on the visibility of the chief executive in his area of responsibility. The LGU has actively mobilized its Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), as strictly required under RA 9184, the New Government Procurement Act, mandating public 22

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bidding for government projects. It has also developed its citizen’s charter embodying therein the frontline services that each office in the Municipal Hall has to offer to its clients and let them feel ‘special’ the moment they come to the municipal hall. Mayor Rommel C. Arnado said he sees to it that the municipal officials and employees are reporting to office on time and managed to put up a biometric machine to record their prompt attendance everyday. The LGU has developed and capacitated their municipal officials and employees to make

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them more professional and more capable in doing their jobs through attendance in trainings and work shops. It has also equipped their respective offices with technical gadgets and equipment necessary in the delivery of public services. Among others, the LGU has capacitated and reconstituted the different local special bodies and committees, such as, the Municipal Development Council (MDC), Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC), Municipal School Boards (MSB), and Local Finance Committee (LFC). Arnado said

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all these achievements are proudly implemented with the convergence efforts among all stakeholders with the strong support of the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice Mayor Matildo Jubas. The other SGH awardees of the province who were also given the PCF of Php1.0 million, each, are those of Kolambugan, Linamon, Magsaysay, Matungao, Munai and Salvador. Common in all these LGU’s including Kauswagan is their being conflict –affected areas in the past and their being peace and development areas, at present. (PIA-10) Sunday, September 11, 2011


Iligan City Dad requests GSIS to resume pension for retired NPC employees by Melvin T. Anggot

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- Kagawad Providencio Abragan, Jr. of the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) is calling on Roberto Vergara, President of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to return the suspended pension to retired and former employees of National Power Corporation (NPC). Abragan, who is the Chairperson of the SP Committee on Labor and Employment of the said the separation pay given to employees under the EPIRA law is different from retirement

pay. He said the suspension of the GSIS pension to former employees of NPC is not justifiable since these employees have given their contribution when they were still active

employees of the firm. Abragan endorsed a resolution in the regular session of the council regarding the issue that will support his request to the GSIS. (CIO/ PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Iligan, usa sa top 10 best performing highly urbanized cities sa nasud, base sa DILG report by Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 11 (PIA) -- Nalakip ang Iligan sa top 10 highly urbanized ug independent component cities (HUICC) sa tibuok nasud sa natad sa panggobyerno. Base kini sa performance report sa mga local government units (LGU) nga gipagula sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) niini lamang milabay nga Septembre 3. Sa Local Government Performance Management System Sunday, September 11, 2011

(LPGMS) report sa DILG alang sa tuig 2010, nabutang ang Iligan sa ikanumero ocho (No. 8) diha sa talaan sa mga best governed HUICC. Ang LPGMS mao’y usa ka kasangkapan sa DILG diha sa website nga magsukod sa mga kahimo-

an sa usa ka siyudad ug probinsiya diha sa tulo (3) ka mga aspeto sa panggobyerno sama sa transparency, participation and financial accountability, partikular na sa administrative, social, economic ug environmental governance.

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