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CONTENTS

NATIONAL

OUR COVER:

LAKE SEBU Zipline South Cotabato

• Aquino to meet transport organizations on Wednesday • Malacanang says President has full trust and confidence on Delima • Palace congratulates Shamcey Supsup for placing third runner up in 2011 Miss Universe Pageant

• Aquino appoints Suratos as new member of BSP Monetary Board • Aquino to keynote 1st Integrity Summit

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Sen. Revilla vows to help upgrade Surigao Airport • Caraga RDC meeting tackles LGU and private sector concerns • Carmen amends municipality revenue code • Sumayajaw Festival in Jabonga goes full blast • Coop members undergo conflic

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) An Electronic News Magazine

published daily by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Mindanao Clusters

EDITORIAL STAFF

• Bloodletting highlights national reservist week celeb in Dipolog • DOH encourages parents to avail of free immunization program of gov’t • AFP joins MEDCAP in Talisayan, Mariki • Nominees for ARRM’s regional legislative assembly sign covenant for good governance • Zambo City gears up for “Hermosa Festival 2011”

Northern Mindanao

Executive Editor …….........

EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI

Managing Editor …….........

ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region

Associate Editors …….......

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

NOEMI A. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

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RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

Regional Desk Editors …...

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

Copy Editor ……………….. Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region Layout Artists ……………... Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA Caraga Region Richard D. Atillo, PIA Caraga Region Emmanuel D. Gonzales, PIA Caraga Region Editorial Advisers ……….... ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General Philippine Information Agency

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• 24 Lanao Sur candidates to the RLA of ARMM present their platforms in today’s public forum • 4ID soldiers garner medals in sports competition • Fire razes 91 houses, affects 192 households in Iligan • Cebuano News: SP sa siyudad naghangyo nga ipatuman ang slope protection system sa mga road development and expansion projects • Cebuano News: Mayor Cruz nadasig sa maayong performance sa Iligan diha sa DILG LPGMS report

DOLE sees zero strikes for 2011 NEDA-XI clarifies reports on Austrian bridges Reappointed USEP prexy charts school’s growth Comval launches Unified Telecom System for Disaster Preparedness and Safety • TAGUM CITY to host National IP conclave in October 2011

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) •Provincial board authorizes guv to loan P30 M for school buildings • T’boli women disclose benefits from 4Ps • Tagalog News: Rep. Avance-Fuentes ipaglalaban ang programang mag-aangat ng kabuhayan ng mahihirap • Tagalog News: Mga ina sa T’boli pinatunanayang nakatutulong ang 4PS na mapabuti ang kanilang kalagayan • Cebuano News: Iligan, usa sa top 10 best performing highly urbanized cities sa nasud, base sa DILG report

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alritz escorido edwin gales jasmine perez ray geonzon

allan barredo dani doguiles jakarta herald

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Aquino to meet transport organizations on Wednesday

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will meet the transport sector on Wednesday to listen to their concerns in the midst of continuous increase in petroleum prices, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday.

But Lacierda, clarified during the regular press briefing in Malacanang that the President didn’t call for the meeting to avert an impending strike warned by major transport organizations in the country. “Tingan muna natin ang dayalogo bukas. Kung ayaw nilang magpaawat, and I hope they are being responsible with their statement, we are very, very open to a discussion of their concerns; with their issues. Di po makikipagpulong sa kanila si Pangulo, dahil sa takot sa transport strike,” Lacierda said when asked about the strike.

“May batas po tayong sinusundan, sila po ay may hawak na prangkisa so alam nila ang obligasyon at responsibilidad bilang isang humahawak ng prangkisa. There are consequences to their actions,” he added. Lacierda also defended the Pantawid Pasada program of the government saying that the Palace is open for a discussion with the transport sector regarding their concerns with the program. While some drivers are complaining about not having received the government support, Lacierda said there’s a lot of transport opera-

tors who have availed of the Pantawid Pasada program of the administration. The Palace spokesman also said he can’t tell about the possible second tranche of the Pantawid Pasada program, asking the public to wait for the result of the meeting on Wednesday that will definitely tackle the government support program. At the same time, Lacierda said they are expecting all the transport groups to sit down with the President during the meeting including militant transport organizations, adding the administration has not favored one organi4

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Aquino to meet...from page 3 zation over the other. Lacierda also said the President also met with other con-

cerned agencies Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s meeting with the transport

groups adding that the President wants to involve all the agencies concerned. (AS)

Malacañang says President has full trust and confidence on Delima

M

alacañang assured that President Benigno S. Aquino III has his full trust and confidence on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima amid calls from some groups for her to step down citing failure to file charges against erring government officials specifically from the previous administration In a regular press briefing at the Palace on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the President upholds confidence on the Justice Secretary as manifested by her frequent attendance to meetings in the Palace especially on legal issues concerning the government. “The President maintains his confidence on Secretary Leila de Lima, she’s always called during meetings in the Palace,” Lacierda said. Lacierda made it clear that Secretary De Lima is focused on her responsibilities saying that it’s just that the

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government is taking actions meticulously, especially in gathering sufficient pieces of evidence before filing cases against unscrupulous public officials before the Office of the Ombudsman. “I understand the impatience of some groups but we have to be very prudent in the way we gather evidence, I can very well tell you that Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima has been hard at work, in fact she was with us in this morning’s meeting with the President,” Lacierda said. Lacierda also said that the Aquino administration is not singling

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out anyone in filing necessary cases adding that such charges will be filed depending on the evidences gathered. A group of 30 individuals led by a radio program anchor gathered in front of the Department of Justice on Monday assailing the Justice Secretary for alleged poor performance in failing to resolve graft and plunder charges against a former President. The group called for De Lima to step down from her post for alleged failure to file charges against those who have plundered the country during the previous administration. (JCL)

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Palace congratulates Shamcey Supsup for placing third runner up in 2011 Miss Universe Pageant

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alacañang congratulated Ms. Shamcey Supsup Tuesday for winning third runner-up in the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, saying her feat brings honor and pride for the country. “The humility, intellect, and grace that you exhibited during the competition embodied the spirit of the true Filipina; and, in our eyes, that is the

true victory today—that the world stood witness to and found an appreciation for the ideals, values, and beauty that has long characterized our nation,”

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement on Tuesday. “May this triumph serve as a way for other nations to come to appre6

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Palace congratulates...from page 5 ciate not just the beauty of our people, but that of our country. On behalf of the Filipino people, we are proud of you; and we see even greater things ahead for you,” Lacierda stressed. Leila Lopes from Angola was crowned Miss Universe Monday night. Lopes is Angola’s first winner beating 88 other competitors to win the title during the 60th anniversary of the Ms. Universe pageant. She replaces last year’s

winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. The first runner-up was 23-year-old Olesia Stefanko of Ukraine, while second runner-up was Priscila Machado of Brazil and the fourth Miss China. During the question and answer portion, Supsup answered her question without a translator when asked: “Would you change your religious belief to marry the person that you love?” “If I had to change

my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too,” Supsup said. Supsup also ranked first among the fans in the vote for the top five candidates and second in the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. (AS)

Aquino appoints Suratos as new member of BSP Monetary Board

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Armando L. Suratos as a new member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) replacing Juanita D. Amatong whose term expired on July 3 this year. According to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, who made the announcement Tuesday, Suratos will stay as a member of the Monetary Board until July 3, 2017. Suratos was appointed by the President September 9, 2011. Suratos held the position of deputy governor until December last year and was re-

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placed by BSP Assistant Governor and General Counsel Juan de Zuñiga Jr. Suratos retired from the BSP December 5, 2010 after serving the central bank for 40 years. Suratos, who holds a law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, served as technical assistant at the Supreme Court

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before joining the central bank. He ranked eighth in the bar examinations when he took it in 1971. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines and attended Georgetown University in Washington in 1975. (AS) Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Aquino to keynote 1st Integrity Summit

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker at the 1st Integrity Summit that will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City on Wednesday (September 14). The Summit, with the theme “Cultivating a Culture of Integrity in Business and Beyond,” brings together local and global corporate leaders, anti-corruption experts, and senior government officials to present global trends in ethics compliance programs, as well as concrete ways to strengthen ethical business practices in the Philippines. It aims to gather experts and authorities to present ways on how to strengthen ethical business practices and institutionalize them so that “business with ethics” becomes the country’s norm, rather than the exception. The event dovetails with the President’s battle cry – “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap”. It is the first conference ever to be organized in the PhilipTuesday, September 13, 2011

pines along this theme, and it will also analyze global trends in the fight against corruption and how countries stack up in this battle, and will provide industry and company-specific initiatives in keeping corruption at a bay. The Summit is organized by the Integrity Initiative -- a nationwide, private sector led campaign that institutionalizes common ethical standards among various sectors of society. The Initiative is implemented by the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), in partnership with the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham), and the Asian Institute of Management-Hills Governance Center (AIM).

As the Summit’s highlight, the private sector will launch the Unified Code of Conduct for business in the presence of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Joining the President will be Vice President Jejomar Binay, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Ramon Del Rosario - Chairman, Integrity Summit & Makati Business Club; Hubert D’ Aboville, president, European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines; Felino Palafox, Jr., Vice Chairman, Integrity Initiative and president Management Association of the Philippines; Fe Zamora, Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and Edilberto de Jesus, President, Asian Institute of Management.(RCK)

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Sen. Revilla vows to help upgrade Surigao Airport by FEAbkilan SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. expressed support for the expansion of the Surigao City Airport.

“Your

airport’s current

length

of i n g t h e r u n w a y o r

runway is too short,” the airport’s runway e v e n t r a n s f e r i n g i t Revilla, chair of both is only 1,708 meters t o a n e w s i t e ,” R e Public

Works

and and needs an addi- v i l l a .

Public Services com- tional

400

meters

Mayor

Matu-

mittees, said during to accommodate an g a s s a i d t h i s w i l l a press conference airbus. here on September 10.

improving

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will help in lobby- mote tourism, not Data

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national

gov- but

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thority of the Phil- e r n m e n t . “ W e w i l l p r o v i n c e ippines

(CAAP)

re- s t u d y

vealed

that

the b i l i t y

the of

as

entire well.

possi- (PIA-Surigao del expand- Norte)

Caraga RDC meeting tackles LGU and private sector concerns SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - The executive committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Caraga met recently to discuss the creation of an oversight committee and the establishment of a science high school in the province, among others.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Sen. Revilla vows...from page 8

The RDC, chaired by Gov. Sol Matugas, also tackled priority concerns of the council for 2011-2013 including concerns of the private sector. There was also a proposal to conduct a study on the impact of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Also deliberated in that meeting were the turn-over of chairmanship of Lake Mainit Development Alliance after the resignation of LMDA Program Director Kaiser Recabo, proposed training program for LGUs, and RDC Activities in the coming

months. Other activities discussed were the invitation to participate in the travel to Israel, and Mindana o O n e Tr a d e a n d To u r i s m E x h i b i t i n Manila on October 2011. (PPDO-Surigao del Norte/ PIA-Surigao del Norte)

Carmen amends municipality revenue code Jay Vincent V. Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 13 (PIA) - Local officials of Carmen, Agusan del Norte have proposed amendments to the 2003 Municipal Revenue Code. This new code aims to raise revenues for the municipality through an increase in business taxes, fees for services and rental rates for municipal government properties. Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The SP Comm i t t e e o n Wa y s and Means chaired by Board Memb e r J o s e p h E . To maneng who recommended for its approval cited Article 281 of R.A. 7160 as its basis which allows local

government units (LGUs) to adjust their tax rates once in every five years but not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the previous rates. (LGU-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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Sumayajaw Festival in Jabonga goes by Francisco R. Jayoma full blast AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- The 10th Sumayajaw Festival in the Municipality of Jabonga has gone full blast as various activities were held in different parts of the town to mark the event. The festival is an annual celebration in honor of the patron saint Nuestra Senora de la Assuncion.

T h o u s a n d s o f J a - of five barangays: San

Pa r t i c i p a n t s

b o n g a n o n s t r o o p e d t o Vicente Ferrer Chapel, danced the

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as

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S q u a r e r e c e n t l y t o s e e Nicolas Chapel, Brgy. their the

gracefully

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c r o w d - Colorado; Divine Mer- intercession for giving

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protecting

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dancing.

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during

them

potential typhoon

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t h e p a ra d e o f 1 l c o n - tion Church, Brgy. Po- tingents town

around

wearing

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val organizers decided

Category

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B by

was to level the prize of con- twenty thousand pesos

a n d b r i n g i n g a l s o w i t h tingents from elemen- to defray the expenses t h e m d i f f e r e n t f o r m s tary and high schools: of all contingents. of

props

and

p a ra - Baleguian

p h e r n a l i a t o a d d a t- tary

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t ra c t i o n t o t h e i r p r e - Central sentation.

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contingents different

High

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National

Vicente High School for Best Choreography

and

National Cuyago National High Cuyago School for Best in CosSchool tume.

from and Jabonga National del

chapels High School.

special

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competition National High School, in

egories: A & B. Cate- High

However,

(LGU-Agusan

Norte/PIA-Agu-

san del Norte)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Bloodletting highlights national reservist week celeb in Dipolog by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - A bloodletting activity has capped the 32nd Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) National Reservist Week celebration here recently.

The 101st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army (PA) based in Del Pilar, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte in collaboration with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and the city government of Dipolog conducted a bloodletting activity at the city hall compound during the culmination of the reservist week Sunday. Local PNRC administrator Josh-

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

ua Bicoy disclosed that 58 bags of blood were collected in the said activity. In a related development, 101st brigade commander Col. Jet Velarmino underscored the “important contributions of the reservist to the overall AFP mission.” He said the reservists have greatly helped in responding to emergencies and

disasters and in the conduct of medical and dental services to the people. The bloodletting activity was attended by army officers and soldiers, ROTC cadets and cadettes, Zamboanga del Norte second district representative Rosendo S. Labadlabad and Red Cross volunteers. (FPG/PIAZambo. Norte)

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DOH encourages parents to avail of free immunization program of gov’t by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - Health Department here encourages parents to bring their infants and children ages zero to six years old to their respective health centers or any government health facilities and avail of the free immunization program of the government. This call was made by Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan in consonance with the recent approval of President Benigno Aquino III of Republic Act (RA) No. 10152 known as “Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011.” Tan said parents should take advantage of the program and avail the immunization which the doctor said is for their children’s health benefit. Tan explained immunization frees the children from diseases such as measles, polio, hepatitis B and other diseases preventable by vaccines. Tan revealed,

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DOH 9 has a budget of P77million per year to include cost for immunization. He said immunization rate now is much higher compared to previous years where only few parents bring their children to health center for immunization. He said the department is continuing its advocacy to parents and guardians of children on the importance of immunization. He said the DOH aims to immunize 100% of all eligible infants and children. The mandatory basic immunization for all infants and children provided under RA No. 10152

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include vaccine-preventable disease: Tu b e r c u l o s i s ; D i p h theria, tetanus and pertussis; poliomyelitis; measles; mumps; rubella or german measles, hepatitis B, influenza type B(HIB)n and other types as may be determined by the Secretary of Health. Before the approval of RA No. 10152, the only vaccines given for free by the government are: Bacille Calmette Guérin (BCG) , Oral Pol i o Va c c i n e ( O P V ) , Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping c o u g h ) , a n d Te t a n u s (DPT) and measles. (JPA/PIA 9-Zambo City)

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AFP joins MEDCAP in Talisayan, Mariki ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Sept. 13 (PIA) – Barangays Talisayan and Makiri in Zamboanga City gets medical services from a joint medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP), the 4th Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced. The joint MEDCAP was conducted by San Ramon Power Incorporated, Task Force Zamboanga, 4th CRG, CRSAFP, Philippine National Police and Zamboanga City Economic Zone serving around 460 beneficiaries at Barangay Talisayan last September 9. Another MEDCAP activity was also held at Barangay Mariki. These series of MEDCAP activities participated by the military are still part of the overall efforts for the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan or “BAYANIHAN,” joining together with the different stakeholders in delivering basic services to the people. Around 400 Tuesday, September 13, 2011

benefited the medical service alone while around 120 benefited the dental service. Food feeding and distribution of used clothing were also conducted. Lt Col Gamal S Hayudini PAF, Group Commander of the 4th CRG, CRSAFP said the AFP firmly acknowledges people’s support as vital to achieving peace and order. “This joint effort that made this MEDCAP possible is simply a manifestation of our successful campaign for Bayanihan among the different stakeholders,” he said. Hayud ini a d d ed t h at Milita ry o p e rat io n s a re no t the b e s t so lu tio n in s o lving

the p ro b le m of lawle s s nes s a nd insurg enc y in the cou ntry, “ the AFP t h r u t h e IPSP recognizes that d ifferent gover nment a g enc ies an d civil society and the people’s cont ribution a re vita l a nd necess a ry to win peace a nd s o lve decadeso ld ins urg ency pr oblem.” M e a n w h i l e , parlor games were also conducted for the kids present at the MEDCAP activity where winners were given sports balls, dog-tag acc e s s o r y, a n d o t h er fun prizes. IPSP Bayanihan pamphlets were also distributed. (JPA/ 4CRG-AFP/RVCPIA9 BaSuTa)

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Photo Releases:

PO2 Nellia I. Rallestan together with PFC Melchor Aloot PA hands out IPSP flyers to the residents of Brgy. Talisayan during the Medical Dental Mission sponsored by San Ramon Power Inc. (4CRGAFP/PIA9-BST)

An Army personnel works hand in hand with a civilian dentist during the Medical and Dental Mission held at Mariki Elementary School. (4CRGAFP/PIA9-BST)

Tsg. Robert Cabalosa PN (M) hands out IPSP flyers to the residents of Brgy Mariki during a medical dental mission, sponsored by the PCSO in cooperation of Universidad de Zamboanga. (4CRGAFP/PIA9-BST)

PFC Melchor Aloot PA earns a smile from the children who receives the rubber balls at Brgy Talisayan during the medical mission. (4CRGAFP/ PIA9-BST). (4CRGAFP/PIA9-BST)

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Nominees for ARRM’s regional legislative assembly sign covenant for good governance by Gideon C. Corgue BONGAO, TAWI-TAWI, September 13 (PIA) – To show support to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s good governance program, nominees for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) on Monday signed a covenant during the public forum conducted by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), provincial office at Beachside Inn here. The eight (8) nominees who willfully signed the covenant were Rodolfo A. Bawasanta, Ismael B. Abubakar Jr., Dayang Carlsum S. Jumaide, Nurjay M. Sujali, Hamid K. Ladjakahal, Abdelnooh Hadjirul, Syed R. Bederi, and Eddie M. Alih. ARMM Provincial Director Julgabir I. Sappayan said the covenant is a roadmap of national government that will ensure the introduction and sustenance of needed reforms in the ARMM. This roadmap, Sappayan said being pursued relentlessly and vigorously, a package of strategic key action Tuesday, September 13, 2011

that includes cleaning up of electoral process, strengthening bureaucratic reforms , accelerating service, delivery and implementation of development projects, ensuring good governance benchmark in ARMM , and fully engaging civil society and people’s organizations in government, and maximizing the potential of the government. “This roadmap for good governance shall be carried out in a manner in which the voice, sentiments and concerns of the people of ARMM , the stakeholders, local officials and even our foreign and local development partners are upheld and

respected which are complete expression our strict adherence to the principles of democracy and making it in the region and for the people of ARMM,” Sappayan opined. The covenant signing concluded the 4-hours public forum with the stakeholders from local officials, people’s organization, civil society, academe, etc Among those who attended the public forum were Philippine Information Agency (PIA-9) regional director Noemi B. Edaga, Zamboanga City DILG director Taha Arakama, and Bongao Mayor Jasper Que. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

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Zambo City gears up for “Hermosa Festival 2011” by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - The city is in its festive mood as preparations for the grandest festival in Zamboanga-the “2011 Zamboanga Hermosa Festival,” is now being undertaken.

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saint Nuestra Señora Jr. as chair and City n e s s a n d b e p a r t o f La Virgen Del Pilar, Tourism Officer Sar- t h e c e l e b r a t i o n . whose

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24 Lanao Sur candidates to the RLA of ARMM present their platforms in today’s public forum by Apipa P. Bagumbaran MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, Sept. 13 (PIA) – At least 24 candidates for assemblymen from Lanao del Sur’s two (2) congressional districts to the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) took turns to talk about their platforms in today’s public forum organized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Shortlisted from 64 aspirants, only three (3) candidates, from each of the districts will serve the remaining 21 months of office of the members of the RLA. Given five (5) minutes, each, the candidates to introduced themselves and discussed their proposed platforms, after which they were asked to elaborate on some issues and concerns by the panelist whose name they handpicked from a box. The candidates, their backgrounds and the sectors they represent are as follows: Lanao del Sur-1st District

– Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr., Youth, Ziaur-Rahman Adiong, incumbent, Atty. Majul Gandamra, Political, Gonarano Mapandi, Academe, Atty. Aquil Ismael, and Atty. Aliman Mangandog. Samira Gutoc, Women, Yasir Pangadapun Naga, LP, Jaylani Alonto, Professional, Johari Macarampat and Dr. Manimah D. Pandi and Norkhalila MambuayCampong, Youth, who was in Sweden and who presented her platform by phone patch. Lanao del Sur2nd District – Yasser Balindong, incumbent RLA member, Mcmillan

Lucman, Government Sector, Atty. Madraop Pamaloy, CSO, Atty. Zahrain Bantao, Benjamin Marohombsar, Professional and Alexander Menor, incumbent RLA member. Sittie Norhanie Lao, Youth, Jamael Balt, Peace Nominee, Allan Pagrangan, People’s Organization, Ibra Macapanton, Media, Saaddudin Alauya, Academe and Tulawidan Dimaporo, Political. Composing the panelists and the sectors they represent were the following: Mohammad Faisal D. Pangadapun, Youth, Abulkhair M. Ali18

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24 Lanao Sur...from page 17 basa, Non-government Organization, Atty. Alizedney M. Ditucalan, Professional, and Raysalam B. Mangondato,

Local Government Unit. Dr. Dipsy M. Maruhom, Women, Dr. Alinader D. Minalang, Government, Dr. Guimba B.

Poingan, Public Institution, Samanuding D. Sansarona, Media, and Rashid V. Pandi, Education. (PIA-10)

4ID soldiers garner medals in sports competition by Major Eugenio Julio C Osias IV CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Sept. 13 (PIA) – Maj. Gen. Victor A Felix, Commander of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA), has commended five (5) of his soldiers for bagging the major prizes in the long distance foot race/fun run initiated by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), region 10. The said soldiers bagged the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 10th prizes in the event, which was held in observance of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary, last Sept. 9. To celebrate the occasion, CSC-10 has lined up a series of activities participated by all inter-agency employees in the region envisioned to show-case their skills through friendly games and fun-run competition. Meanwhile, the 4ID runners, who show-cased their skills and showed sportsmanship and camaraderie in the said athletic activity and their respective units were the following:

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PFC Ernie Z. Cabingue, 26IB, 1st Placer, PFC Danilo L. Orallo, 4th Mechanized Infantry Company, 2nd Placer, SGT Jerry N. Gamilla, 8IB, 3rd Placer, SSg Donato A. Barua, 4PDS, 4th Placer, Cpl Jester T. Camargo, 23IB, 5th Placer and SSg Joennel L. Traces, 23rd IB, 10th Placer. The event started from Bulua Gymnasium passing along Marcos Bridge, and ended-up at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center. It was also participated in by all government agency employees and was among the monthlong series of activities for the celebration. “I commend these

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soldier-athletes who dedicated themselves in improving their skills and by showing commitment and discipline,” Felix said. He, likewise, gave motivation to personnel by providing them adequate support to enable them to maintain their excellent performance in sports. The participation of the “Diamond” troopers was an expression of commitment and support to the community, as soldiers were not only trained to hone their combat prowess, but they were also physically and mentally trained in any sports competition.(4CMP/ PIA-10)

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Fire razes 91 houses, affects 192 households in Iligan by Lorry V. Gabule ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 13 (PIA) — For victims of the conflagration, it was kind of a night mare when they woke up. Nothing was left but ashes of their properties, after they were totally burned. Around 12:10 a.m. of Sept. 11, fire furiously razed 91 houses, inflicting total damage, that left 192 families with 455 dependents of Puroks Abestilla and Bagong Lipunan, Barangay Mahayahay, here, homeless. Likewise, there were 48 identified as renters, boarders, and sharers, whose belongings were partially damaged. The fire started at the residence of Guro Alam Tucal of Purok Bagong Lipunan. It was reported that upon the arrival of the city fire truck, three (3) residential buildings made up of mixed materials were already engulfed by fire. Firefighters have controlled the fire after one hour and 30 minutes (1:30min.) of firefighting operations and declared fire out at around 3:00am, said City Fire Marshal Wilfredo A. David, Chief, Bureau of Fire Protection, (BFP).

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Sixteen (16) fire trucks from the city and neighboring towns responded to fully clear the area out of danger while the estimated damage to property amounted to Php20 million. Several victims are now at the evacuation center in the barangay gymnasium, while others took refuge at the houses of their relatives. David said a thorough investigation on the cause of fire is being conducted, which is still ongoing as of press time. “We based our listings from the actual interview using the intake form of the families affected, which was done by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) workers assigned in the area,” explained Josefina Mabanta, CSWD Supervisor, District 3. The city government provided rice, sardines,

noodles, kitchen wares, beddings and used clothing as immediate relief assistance to the fire victims, which are directly distributed by pack to the victims at the evacuation center. Other groups who donated food packs were the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) Party List, city councilors, individuals and religious groups, clubs, who brought their donations directly to the evacuation center. Meanwhile Evelyn Madrio, Team Leader of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10, Cagayan de Oro City, has requested for augmentation of relief assistance from the region to be distributed to the fire victims, and cash assistance to the totally/partially damaged houses/ properties of the victims. (PIA-10)

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Cebuano News: SP sa siyudad naghangyo nga ipatuman ang slope protection system sa mga road development and expansion projects by Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- Naghangyo karon ang konseho sa siyudad kang Congressman Vicente Belmonte, Jr. nga mando-an ang lokal nga sanga sa Department of Public Works and Highways nga butangan og slope protection system ang tanang road development and expansion project sa bukirang bahin sa atong dapit. Tuyo niini ang paglikay sa damyos sa propriedad ug kinabuhi nga posibleng mahitabo tungod sa pagdahili sa yuta panahon sa mga pag-ulan ulan. Mipahayag si Kagawad Joe Zalsos sa Sangguniang Panglung-

sod, ang nangamahan sa resolusyon alang sa maong lakang, nga gitinguha usab sa kagamhanang lokal ang paglikay nga mahitabo dinhi sa Iligan ang nahitabo didto sa Valencia niining milabay’ng mga bulan.

Partikular nga buot mahatagan og pagtagad sa mga magbabalaod ang slope protection system alang sa gipangkabkab ug gipalapdang mga dalan sa Circumferential Road 3 ug Iligan-Bukidnon Road. (CIO/PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Mayor Cruz nadasig sa maayong performance sa Iligan diha sa DILG LPGMS report by Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 13 (PIA) -- Nakapadasig kang Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz ang resulta sa 2010 Local Government Performance Management System System (LPGMS) report sa Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) nga naglakip sa Iligan sa top 8 diha sa mga best performing highly urbanized and independent component cities sa nasud. Alang kang Mayor Cruz, nagtimaan ang maong kalambo-an nga aduna gayu’y nakab-ot ang kagamhanang lokal sa Iligan diha sa paningkamot nga mamintinar ang taas nga standard sa paghatod sa serbisyo publiko.

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Subling gipahayag sa pamuno-dakbayan nga dili lamang iya ang maong accomplishment kundili tungod usab sa pag-abag sa ubang mga opisyal sa siyudad, mga department heads ug tanang mga kawani sa lokal nga kagamhanan.

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Nanghinaut si Mayor Cruz nga magsilbing dugang inspirasyon ang maong kalampusan nga ipadayon o kaha labwan pa ang maayong performance sa pagsilbi sa katawhan ug dugang pagpalambo sa dakbayan. (CIO/PIA-10)

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DOLE sees zero strikes for 2011 by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY Sept. 13 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is optimistic to sustain this zero strike situation until yearend. DOLE XI regional director Atty. Joffrey Suyao announced in yesterday’s Kapihan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao that his office has not yet received any petition from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). “The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) is doing its best to settle mediations as soon as possible.” Suyao said. He added that in a meeting scheduled next week, the board will determine the time to meet and discuss the possibility

of a wage hike. This early, the DOLE has also inspected 1,200 establishments all over the region. Three hundred of the said number was found to have violated the existing wage order. The board is again set to meet in the coming days to again monitor and consolidate which of the violators have complied with the wage order. Suyao explained that an establishment is given seven days to correct its violation after a complaint was filed. If there was no

compliance made given the time, then the DOLE may call for a summary investigation. “ After that 7 days, the office given the violator another 30 days to comply. If the establishment failed to do so, that’s the time we issue a compliance order.” he stressed. The purpose of this process is to strengthen conciliation and mediation such that simple labor violations won’t result to legal processes like strikes and lock-outs. (PIA 11/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

NEDA-XI clarifies reports on Austrian bridges by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

DAVAO CITY Sept. 13 (PIA) - National Economic Development Authority regional director who also sits as Chairperson in the Regional Project Monitoring Committee of the Regional Development Council XI Lourdes Lim clarified that the six Austrian-assisted bridge projects in Davao del Sur have all been completed contrary to reports. 22 Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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NEDA-XI clarifies...from page 21 In yesterday’s Kapihan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, Lim shared to the Davao media the monitoring report of the RDC on those bridge projects. “ RPMC conducts a quarterly monitoring on these projects and we immediately convey the report to the concerned agencies.” said Lim after receiving reports that some bridge projects in Davao del Sur haven’t been completed when completion date is

supposed to be in 2009. Kinangan Bridge in Malita was completed in 2009, the Tubalan Bridge, Meybio Bridge, and the Pangian II Bridge were 100 percent complete in 2010. The two remaining bridges, Culaman and Marabatuan, had just been completed early this year. Lim said their monitoring found out that reasons for the delay are inaccessibility of the project sites as well as the difficulty in transporting the materials.

The RPMC submitted minor corrections to the DPWH and these were answered and complied immediately after, said Lim. Also during the press forum, the RPMC showed photos of the said bridge projects. A total of P164 million was donated by the Austrian Government for these particular infrastructure projects in the first district of Davao del Sur. (PIA 11/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

Reappointed USEP prexy charts school’s growth DAVAO CITY Sept. 13 (PIA) - Improved academic standings and new school facilities are among the things that recently reappointed University of Southeastern Philippines president Perfecto Alibin will be focusing for the next four years of his term. “We are working on putting our programs for accreditation and have identified programs as centers of excellence.” Alibin said during an interview at his office at the sprawling USEP campus in Barrio Obrero, Davao City. “Accreditation is a tool

of quality assurance.” Alibin said. His immediate thrust is making sure that the university’s numerous programs are leveling up. For example, a level 1 course must improve unto the next level, until it reaches level 3 which is the highest. Alibin has identified

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Reappointed USEP...from page 22 Under Alibin who was first appointed university president in September 2007, USEP has consistently ranked number one among top performing SUCs (state universities and colleges) in the country. The assessments are based on the number of programs awarded accreditation status at different levels by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP). In a ranking done by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) the world’s leading network for universities and business school, USEP ranks among the top 200 Asian universities and among the top 10 Philippine universities Also in Alibin’s tenure, new school facilities and infrastructure are also being developed, foremost is the 8,000-seater USEP Gymnasium which is nearing completion. The P120-million project, touted as the biggest gymnasium in Davao City will soon be turned-over to the University, another

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P10-million pledge from the Davao City first district Representative Karlo Nograles is expected to completely finish the facility, this includes the putting up of a modern basketball court comparable to the ones being used by professional leagues like the Philippine Basketball Association. Another facility is the Andaya Building which houses the College of Governance, Business and Economics. Another P10-million has been allocated to further expand the building into three floors. The planned Laboratory building which will house the chemistry, biology and physics laboratories has been approved by the university board with an initial P10-million allocation. Alibin is also eyeing the construction of a library building but is looking at advances in library technology particularly in virtual digital libraries. At present USEP is investing in its electronic library through subscriptions

of e-books and e-journals and personal computer (PC) units. “We are the only library hooked up with the Philippine e-library and the Philippine Institute of Digital Studies.” Alibin added. To be a successful university president you must be a good mix of an academic, executive and corporate manager. Because a university doesn’t just involve academics, to level up as an institution you must also be a corporate manager Alibin said. From 2006-2009 USEP recorded a 75% increase of special projects income attributed to effective monitoring, evaluation and management of income-generating special projects. Under Alibin’s term the school was able to earn profit from commercial stalls and agriculture ventures in its provincial campuses. Alibin said that he will still pursue that initiative, under proposal is a privatepublic partnership (PPP) for the USEP gymnasium. (PIA 11/RG Alama)

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Comval launches Unified Telecom System for Disaster Preparedness and Safety COMVAL Province, Sept.13 - The Province of Compostela Valley, through the Provincial Disaster Risk Management Council (PDRRMC) has embarked on a Wireless Broadband Telecommunication System project called the “Unified Telecommunication System for Disaster Preparedness and Public Safety- Phase I.� Launched on September 8 at the capitol, the project maximizes the use and availability of different ICT technologies to different disaster management teams in the province. It converges Information and Communication Technologies such as the Telephone, Radio, Intercoms, Fax, IP Surveillance, Cellular Phone, Internet, Intranet, and GPS surveillance. According to PDRRMC Action Officer Raul Villocino, the Phase I of the project involves the installation of ICT facilities in 8 LGUs (Maragusan, Laak, Pantukan, Mabini, Maco, New Bataan, Compostela, and Monkayo), 4 Provincial Hospitals, and 5 emergency response vehicles. The command center is located in the

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Provincial Capitol. The project establishes a telephone and data communication system among the RHUs, Hospitals and the Provincial Capitol. With this system, the MDRRMCs, RHUs and Hospitals can now contact each other or the Provincial Capitol Offices via VOIP phone at no cost. They can also send data or fax messages to other RHUs, CVP Hospitals or at the capitol without any long distance charges. And with the Internet services available in the MDRRMCs, RHUs and Hospitals, they can now monitor disaster advisories and send reports right then and there in their computers as well as instant messages. Disaster response teams equipped with radios which can connect

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with the existing radio network of the province can now interconnect with a telephone in the network and vice versa. The command center situated at the capitol is equipped with Radio, Intercoms, Fax, IP Surveillance, Cellular Phone, Internet, Intranet, and Vehicle Tracking services. It manages all services forwarded in the LGUs and Hospitals. Another component of the project is its capability of establishing a mobile command center. The mobile command center has similar functionalities with the fixed command center in the Provincial Capitol. However, it can be activated in any area in the province within reach by the existing radio communication network. It capacitates disaster 25

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Comval launches..from page 24 response teams in the field with data and communication tools with the aim of strengthening the coordination among various emergency response teams. The project is in its initial roll out phase.

The succeeding phases shall extend the installation to other agencies. According to Gov. Uy, though it has been initiated by the PDRRMC as part of its disaster mitigation measure but its usefulness extends to

other services and activities of the LGUs. The project implementation serves to improve the quality and delivery of public services in Compostela Valley province. (JOYZEL ODI/ITCDD/ IDS COMVAL)

TAGUM CITY to host National IP conclave in October 2011 TAGUM CITY, Sept. 13 -The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples’ Month (Buwan ng Katutubong Pilipino” moves to Davao Region in Mindanao with Tagum City as its main venue. This October, Dayaw: Indigenous Peoples Festival 2011, under the auspices of the NCCA’s Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts and Mindanawon Foundation, in partnership with local governments, government agencies and the private sector, focuses the spotlight on the country’s indigenous peoples, celebrating their arts and ways of life, discussing important issues and making more people aware of the richness and importance of indigenous cultures. The leaders and rep-

resentatives of more than 100 indigenous peoples of the Philippines will converge together in City of Tagum, Davao del Norte on October 6-10, 2011 to showcase their rituals, performing arts, cuisines, games, crafts and others. Additionally, they will be joined by delegates from Southeast Asian countries in simultaneous exchange and interactive activities such as performances, exhibitions, forums, lecturedemonstrations, workshops on traditional crafts and cuisines and indigenous games.

This year, Dayaw aims to celebrate the cultures of the Filipino people as well as those of the visiting foreign delegates by “understanding the commonalities of the various indigenous peoples.” It also aims to “strengthen/ broaden the awareness, appreciation and pride of all Filipinos for our own traditional culture in the context of cross-cultural interactions in a global society. With the theme “Paghabi ng Ating Pagkakatulad Tungo sa Kapayapaan” (Interweaving Our Com26

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TAGUM CITY to host..from page 25 monalities Towards Peace), the festival features many components such as Tanghalang Makulay (a ritual and performing arts festival), Salu-salong Sarap (a food festival), Mga Habi ng Panaginip (an arts and crafts exhibit, focusing on basketry, textile and mat weaving), Sama-sama sa Tuwa(games/sports), and Usapang Dangal at Likhang Paghayag (forum and creative workshop on peace and unity). The celebration is in consonance with Presidential Proclamation 1906, declaring October as National Indigenous Peoples’ Month. The NCCA has been holding major festivals for several years now in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. In 2007, Kalimudan: Panaghi-usa sa Mindanao (Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Gathering) held in Davao City in November, featured Mindanao’s ethnic groups. The following year, Timpuyog: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration in Luzon was held in Santiago City, Isabela, focus-

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ing on Luzon ethnic groups and featuring performances, arts and crafts workshops, cultural awareness lectures, forums, tours, and a theme-park exhibition featuring the traditional houses, cultural resources, practices/rituals, chants, music, songs and dances, stories, traditional arts and crafts, indigenous games. In 2009, the Indigenous Peoples’ Festival was held in the Visayas, particularly in Roxas City, Capiz, called Dungog, with similar activities and aims. Last year, Dayaw 2010 was held in Metro Manila. This festival aims provide venue for indigenous peoples to celebrate the richness of their cultures; allow cultural exchanges that will foster deeper cultural understanding to sustain a culture of peace; provide opportunity to discuss IP rights; give students and other people a chance to deepen their awareness and appreciation of indigenous cultures; recognize the expertise and contri-

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butions of indigenous communities; and advocate for the preservation as well as integration of traditional culture into the national cultural mainstream. Dayaw 2011 is held in cooperation with the City Government of Tagum, City Tourism Council of Tagum and other Local Government Units, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Department of Education, Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Foreign Affairs, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Trade and Industry, National Commission for Muslim Filipino, SM City Davao, Abreeza Ayala, as well as non-governmental, sociocivic and peoples’ organizations. The NCCA is led by its chairman, Prof. Felipe de Leon, Jr., and Malou Jacob as executive director, with Commissioner Joycie Dorado-Alegre as SCCTA head. (CIO-Tagum/ PIA)

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Provincial board authorizes guv to loan P30 M for school buildings by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 13 (PIA) - South Cotabato’s provincial board yesterdayapproved a resolution authorizing Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. to enter into a loan contract withthe Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for the construction of classrooms. But instead of the original request for P40 million, the provincial board authorizes Gov. Pingoy to borrow only P30 million in behalf of the provincial school board. According to data from the Department of Education, South Cotabato still needs 93 classrooms for elementary and 37 classrooms for secondary level based on a ratio of 41.48 students to one classroom. Vice Governor Elmo Tolosa, in a press brief-

ing this morning said that they reduced the authorized loan to allow the provincial board to observe the initial implementation of the project. “If we observe positive results in the implementation, we will authorize the governor for an additional P10 million loan,” he said. He added: “With the amount we will be able to build more or less 50 classrooms,” The provincial government is also considering two schemes to

augment the number of classrooms that will be constructed from the said amount. Tolosa said they are considering the offer of local construction firm Chiu Kim for a three-plus-two scheme wherein for every three classrooms contracted, the firm will construct two additional classrooms for free. In an earlier interview, board member Jose Madanguit said, he and other members of the board have already inspected Chiu 28

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Provincial board...from page 27 Kim’s work and have observed that the additional classrooms that the firm build pass standards. Both Tolosa and Mandanguit, however, clarified that the project will still go through the usual bidding process and that the construction firm’s offer will only be realized if it wins the bid. Tolosa added that they will also enter into an agreement with the Department of Education for a counterpart scheme where DepEd

builds a classroom for every classroom that the LGU constructs. He said if both schemes will be pursued South Cotabato is expected to gain at least seven additional classrooms for every three classrooms originally contracted. The loan with DBP is payable for ten years at 7.5 percent interest per annum. Payment will be charged to the special education fund. (PIA 12)

T’boli women disclose benefits from 4Ps

T’BOLI, South Cotabato, September 13 (PIA) – In their testimonies during the convergence caravan held on September 10 at the municipal gymnasium of Tboli, South Cotabato, four women-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were one in saying that the cash they received have tremendously helped in augmenting their families ‘incomes

Juvelyn Lumbay of Barangay Sinolon; Hemia Mas of Barangay Desawo ; Susan Esperila of Barangay Poblacion; and Nona Pahiran of Barangay Edwards, all of Tboli, South Cotabato said the amount they receive enable them to purchase school sup-

plies and materials for their children’s projects and basic needs like food. Part of the fund assistance, according to them, was used as fare in visiting health centers with their children for check-ups. The convergence caravan organized by

the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 12, headed by Director Zorahayda Taha was supported by other government agencies to include the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture, Department of Pub29

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T’boli women disclose...from page 28 lic Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, PhilHealth and the Philippine Information Agency. Most of the agencies distributed information materials to the people and others like DTI and DA displayed products from their clients.

In answering the criticism on mendicancy, DSWD assistant secretary Camilo Gudmalin explained, “ a minor detail people tend to ignore is that recipients generally receive help for no more than five (5) years.” “So the notion of a temporary bridge is precisely to discourage parasitism and encourage long term behavioural change. After all, at P1,400 a month per family, CCTs can only supplement the household income of beneficia-

ries by increasing their purchasing power for food and other necessities,”Gudmalin further said. “Moreover, close monitoring of the program has indicated that compliance rates have been particularly high: children’s attendance in school was a decent 88%, while enrolment rates for children from the ages 6-14 was as high as 96%,” the DSWD official added. (OTSUDARIA/PIA 12)

Tagalog News: Rep. Avance-Fuentes ipaglalaban ang programang magaangat ng kabuhayan ng mahihirap KORONADAL CITY, Seytembre 13 (PIA) – Nangako si South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Daisy Avance-Fuentes na patuloy niyang ipaglalaban ang mga programang magaangat sa kabuhayan ng mga mahihirap na pamilya sa lalawigan. Ito ang inihayag ni Convergence Caravan ment Region 12 (DSWD Rep.Fuentes sa harap ng Department of Social 12) sa T’boli, South Cong mga lumahok sa Welfare and Develop- tabato noong Sabado. 30

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Tagalog News: Rep. Avance-Fuentes...from page 29 Ayon sa kongresista, hangad niyang makaahon ang mga pamilya mula sa kahirapan, lalung lalo na ang mga pamilya dito sa lalawigan ng South Cotabato. Aniya, hangad din niya na pagkatapos ng mga programa, magiging produktibong mamamayan na ang mga ito at hindi na kailangang umasa pa sa ayuda ng pamahalaan. Isinagawa ng tanggapan ng DSWD 12 ang convergence caravan upang ipaliwanag sa mga mamamayan at tuloy manawagan ng suporta at pakikiisa sa mga programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino, Kapit- Bisig Laban sa

Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), at Self Employment AssistanceKabuhayan (SEA-K). Sa naturang caravan hinikayat ni DSWD 12 Regional Director Zorahayda Taha ang mga residente ng T’boli na manatiling mapagbantay sa programa lalung lalo na sa implementasyon nito. Hiniling din niya sa mga magulang na siguraduhin na ang mga bata ay regular na pumapasok sa paaralan at siguraduhong sila ay palagiang kumukonsulta o bumibisita sa kanilang barangay health unit. Layon din ng con-

vergence caravan ang mapakinggan ang boses ng mga benepisyaryo ng mga programang pangkabuhayan ng pamahalaan. Ayon sa kay Hemia Mas, benepisyaryo ng 4Ps sa Barangay Desawo, malaki ang naging tulong ng programa sa kanilang pamilya. Aniya, nakakapasok na ang kanyang mga anak sa paaralan na hindi nagugutom at nabibilhan na rin umano niya ng tsinelas na magagamit na sapin sa paa ng kanyang mga anak sa paglalakad papuntang eskuwela. (DEDoguiles/ PIA 12)

Tagalog News: Mga ina sa T’boli pinatunanayang nakatutulong ang 4PS na mapabuti ang kanilang kalagayan KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 13 (PIA) – Apat na ina ng tahanan ang nagpatunay na nakatutulong ang natatanggap na ayuda ng pamahalaan sa pamamagitan ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). 31

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Tagalog News: Rep. Mga ina sa T’boli...from page 30

Sa convergence caravan na isinagawa sa bayan ng T’boli noong Sabado, parehong pinasalamatan nina Juvelyn Lumbay ng Barangay Sinolon, Hemia Mas ng Barangay Desawo, Susan Esperila ng Barangay Poblacion, at Nona Pahiran ang DSWD sa pagpapatupad ng 4Ps na nagdulot sa kanila ng ginhawa sa buhay. Anila, dahil sa kanilang natatanggap na pera buwan-buwan, nakabibili na sila ng mga kagamitan ng kanilang mga anak para patuloy na makapapasok sa paaralan. Nakatutulong din umano ito na mapunan ang kakulangan sa pagkain ng kani-kanilang pamilya. Ang nalalabing halaga ay nagagamit pa nila na pamasahe papunta sa mga health Tuesday, September 13, 2011

center dala ang kanilang mga anak para bumisita o magpakonsulta. Ang apat na ina ay kasama sa mga lumahok sa convergence caravan sa T’boli na pinangunahan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 12 (DSWD 12). Katuwang ng DSWD ang iba pang tanggapan ng pamahalaan tulad ng Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Health, Department of Education, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Technical Education and Skills Development Author-

ity, at Philippine Information Agency na nagbigay rin ng kanikanilang serbisyo sa mga residente ng naturang bayan. Samantala niliwanag ni DSWD assistant secretary Camillo Gudmalin na ang conditional cash transfer (CCT) sa 4Ps ay pansamantala o pantawid lamang kung kaya’t hindi magreresulta sa katamaran at parasitismo sa mga benepisyaryo. Aniya, ayon sa kanilang isinagawang monitoring, dahil sa programa nasa 88 porsiyento na ngayon ang antas ng pagpasok sa paaralan ng mga anak ng mga benepisyaryo, samantalang nasa 96 porsiyento naman ang enrolment rate ng mga batang nasa 6 na taong gulang hanggang 12 taong gulang. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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