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CONTENTS NATIONAL • Aquino cites indomitable spirit of Filipinos • Aquino welcomes renewed commitment of

Convergys to invest in the Philippines


• Aquino conferred Doctor of Laws degree by Fordham University • Joint Fil-Am company partners to invest $15-million in coconut


• BPO company chooses PHL as ‘model’ of higher end call center



poverty reduction program making headway in uplifting the lives of poor families

• Aquino’s economic team to meet with three international credit

rating agencies

• President Aquino attends launching of Open Government

Partnership in New York City

• President Aquino addresses Open Governance Forum in New

York City

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• DOT holds road show for “open skies policy” in Cag. de Oro • Army’s 4th ID offers “Libreng Sakay“ to commuters • Transport strike in Cag. de Oro, generally peaceful – RTA • Forum on sustainable construction set Sept. 21 in Cag. de Oro • DILG cites PPP/lauds academe partnership in Project EMPOWERING

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • NCCA widens reach • “DORMITEL” hits another first for DVO OR • Jump Start your Future with DOST • Understanding Food Fortification in Davao del Norte • Gov. Uy ug Mayor Colina gipanguluhan ang Bayanihan nga pagtukod ug School Buildings sa Maragusan

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Kapitolyo ng Sarangani pangangalanang “James L. Chiongbian Building” • BFAR conducts scholarship exam for fisherfolk children • PIA 12 holds bloodletting activity • Foliar disease ng mga tanim na mais sa South Cotabato,binabantayan • 1,300 na puno itinanim sa selebrasyon ng 11th Civil Service year • Transport strike sa South Cotabato, hindi naka-apekto sa daloy ng trapiko

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • ENRC seeks probe on illegal mining in Taguibo watershed • Agusan del Sur to showcase clothing materials in OTOP Trade Fair in Manila • Agusan del Norte provl hospital celebrates centennial anniversary • Literacy Coordinating Council to hold Annual Literacy Conference • Surigao Norte to join Mindanao ONE trade expo

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • • • •

Public warned against proliferation of fake money 13th national Physics confab slated in Dipolog Oct. 20-22 PCSO shoulders expenses for first kidney transplant in Zambo Barangays should implement mitigation measures to prevent vulnerability to hazards: OCD9 chief urges • 41 mil ka lawak tunghaan ipabarog sa DepEd sunod tuig

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Cover Story: DSWD’s poverty reduction program making

headway in uplifting the lives of poor families by Claro A. Lanipa

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


he poverty reduction program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now making headway in alleviating the lives of poor families. 4 3

Cover story:DSWD’s poverty.....from page 3

Program Implementation in ZamboSur The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, better known as 4Ps started its implementation in the province of Zamboanga del Sur in May 2009, initially covering twelve (12) municipalities with high poverty incidence. It consisted of approximately 29,855 beneficiaries in the two (2) congressional districts of the province. Following the e x p a n s i o n program in the last quarter of 2009, three additional municipalities were included increasing the number of beneficiaries to more or less 38,262 or about 8,407 beneficiaries were

added. P-Noy’s priority agenda In his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July, President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered DSWD to expand the program to two million beneficiaries for 2011. Zamboanga del Sur got a share of about 27,940 beneficiaries. To date, the province has a beneficiary base of approximately 64,575. Impact to beneficiaries

Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader Nenita Arsenal-Torrecampo, a native of Dumalinao, this province said, “ang 4P’s dako kaayo ug natabang sa mga grupo sa mga kababayen-an ilabi na gayud sa relasyon sa isig ka inahan,” (4P’s is of big help to the women’s group especially our relationship among mothers). “The program instills parents’ responsibility in bringing up our children by way of sending them to school regularly. It is also part of the requirements 5


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for us to comply as a beneficiary,” Torrecampo added. “Ang 4P’s dako kaayo ug natabang kanamo nga kabus, kay ang mga bata nga wala naka eskuwela kaniadto karon nakaeskuwela na gayud ug malipayon sila,” (4P’s provided a big help to us. Before, some of our children who were not able to go to school are now enrolled in school and they are so happy) PL Torrecampo narrated. “The health growth of our children are being monitored

regularly, and most of all the number of malnourished children are reduced. Parent beneficiaries were encouraged to engage in individual gardening which includes communal gardening to sustain our nutritional food requirements. To advance and boost our knowledge, parents are required to attend a monthly family development session facilitated by the teachers in our respective schools,” Torrecampo concluded.

Meanwhile, 11-year old Vea Andus Lumosad, grade six pupil of Diplo Elementary School and a resident of Picanan, Ku m a l a ra n g , Zamboanga del Sur struggled hard to finish her education. A daughter of a 4P’s beneficiary and the second child in a family of five, Vea said she saw the efforts made by her mother but it was to no avail. Everything she earned was just enough buy food and milk for her younger siblings. Yet young Vea said, “moadto mi sa eskuwelahan walay balon, bisan na lang para ipalit ug candy” (we go to school without a single centavo in our pocket, nothing even to buy candy). We take our meal even without viand 6

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Cover story:DSWD’s poverty.....from page 5

, and oftentimes only dried fish. If we have obligations in school, I beg my “lola” and sometimes my auntie,” narrated Vea. “When Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program came to us,

it slowly lightened the economic burden of our family. With the release of the financial assistance on a quarterly basis, we can immediately buy our needs for our schooling to include our vitamins.

Our mother saves a little amount for our pocket money in going to school,” the young Andus said. She said the difference before and today with the Pantawid Pamilya can be seen in each of the household beneficiaries. “Gamay apan dako and ikatabang” (small but surely a big help). “I wish to thank my parents for faithfully following the obligations set by the program. I also thank the national government, our Governor and our Congresswoman and local officials for making this program available to the poor.” Vea dreams of becoming a teacher someday. She hopes the program will be sustained until she fulfills her dream. 7


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Program Partners/ Convergence On the other hand, San Miguel Central School Principal said through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, parents have learned to internalize their role and became more responsible thru the Family Development Seminars (FDS) as adopted by the different facilitators. It has also drawn their active participation in all community and school activities as well as settles school obligations on time. Vices among parents were also minimized, Librea said. As to the impact on school children, they become aware of their role and functions in the family and assured of meeting their needs in school with the release of the CCT cash allocation. Increase in Tuesday, September 20, 2011

participation rate and enrollment of pupils from kindergarten to grade six was also noticeable. To cap it all, a decreased absenteeism and drop-outrateresulting to improved overall performance, Librea added. D e p E d Schools Division Superintendent Visminda Serrato affirmed the statements of Librea saying that because of the implementation of 4P’s in the province, enrolment rate tremendously increased. She made mention in particular the kindergarten, wherein the entire division has only 15 regular teachers. As this developed, the department has adopted the socalled Kindergarten Volunteer Program to handle the 871 classes catering to 20,062 kindergarten schoolchildren, Serrato disclosed.

D S W D - I X Regional Director Teodulo R. Romo, Jr. commented that “there no program or agency of the government that can solely resolve poverty. The only effective way to address this problem sustainably is the convergence of all of us.” He urged the local chief executives and partner line agencies to join hands in addressingthisproblem thru our available programs for intended beneficiaries. Let us not be dependent on the Pantawid Pamilya program, we have to provide them other means to sustain and uplift their economic condition. He also challenged the parents to use the cash allocation for its intended purpose and not squander the money for selfish reasons. (ALT/CALPIA9/Zambo Sur) 7

Aquino cites indomitable spirit of Filipinos

NEW YORK CITY – Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III arrives at the Teterboro Airport, New York for his working visit to the United States of America. In New York City, President Aquino will attend the launching of Open Government Partnership and speak before the IBM Centennial Forum and meet with business leaders and Filipino communities. He will also be conferred a Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, by Fordham University. (PLDT powered by SMART). (Photo by: Jay Morales/ Malacañang Photo Bureau).


resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited on Monday the Filipinos’ indomitable spirit which he said was key in giving them the ability and resiliency to withstand everything the world may throw at them and still rise above it all. 8


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Aquino cites.....from page 8

In his speech following his conferment as an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus in Bronx, here, the President said this Filipino spirit has given them “a fresh start” to pick up the pieces of past mistakes and start anew. “I am here to represent a people who were not given, but rather, who gave themselves, a fresh start,” the President said. He said that despite the hardships encountered during the Martial Law years, the Filipino chose to assert the “primacy of conscience” and stood up for his rights against a dictator. “When my father was murdered, “Ninoy, you are not alone,” precisely became the rallying cry of my countrymen. Within three years, Filipinos from all walks of life defied truncheons and tanks armed only with a conscientious objection to dictatorship, and literally, a death-defying desire to uphold the principle that our social contract cannot tolerate anyone being above the law,” the President said. Tuesday, September 20, 2011

He added that the Filipinos determination to stand firm on their democratic ideals was once more put to the test when it condemned the previous administration’s move to subvert democracy in order to remain in power. “My predecessor, facing questions on her legitimacy, focused on keeping herself in power, to the exclusion of all other considerations,” the President said. “In both cases, those who had grown fat on the corrupt status quo funded and supported efforts to subvert democracy; and in both cases, despite it all, the Filipino renewed their social contract with each other and stood firm in their democratic ideals,” he added. The President said he was proud that the Filipino has remained true to himself and chose the right path to true democracy. “You make me proud for you have remained true to yourselves. Whether at home or abroad, the Filipino stands for something, by holding fast to democracy, by working mightily for reform, it can well

and truly be said, there is no corner of the world where a Filipino cannot hold their head high,” the President said. “It is said of Filipinos that their hospitality and generosity knows no bounds. And it is with that sense of paying it forward that I am here in the United States, to share the lessons - hard earned, but in the earning, so much more cherished and uncompromising — that we have learned in keeping government open and transparent. We have had our periods of darkness, but now we are living in the light,” he added. “Let no one doubt that where the citizenry is unafraid to take its leaders to task, and who participate in nation-building, there you have a nation of empowered citizens cognizant of why government exists. And that is to alleviate the suffering of our countrymen. By means of being empowered, our fellow citizens will not only identify the problems we face, but will commit to being part of the solution, and by so doing, seize the better future we all deserve,” the President said. (RCK) 9

Aquino welcomes renewed commitment of Convergys to invest in the Philippines


resident Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed a top US business process outsourcing company’s decision to renew its pledge to partner with government in its advocacy to alleviate poverty, provide more jobs and spur economic growth through its commitment to invest in the Philippines. Jeffrey Fox, president and CEO of Convergys Corporation told the President of his company’s recommitment plans during a courtesy call the executive made to the Chief Executive at the Guggenheim Room of the Omni Berkshires Hotel here Monday. He said Convergys was cognizant of the opportunity for growth any one would have when investing in the Philippines and that the company was taking definite steps to en10

sure that the partnership between the two remains strong. “I met with President Aquino to reemphasize the partnership and growth opportunities that Convergys and the country of the Philippines have together and to confirm our long-term commitment to invest in the Philippines,” Fox said. Fox added that he took the time to personally thank the President for all the help he has done in making the BPO industry in the coun-

try flourish. “We appreciate everything that the government does to make sure that we’re good partners,” Fox said. Fox said the President likewise recommitted he and his government’s support for the industry. “The President has a history of being engaged and very supportive of not only our industry but I think all industries that can bring quality jobs to the Philippines,” Fox said. (RCK) Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aquino conferred Doctor of Laws degree by Fordham University


resident Benigno S. Aquino III was formally conferred an honorary degree by Fordham University during his visit here Monday.

Fordham University officials led by its president Fr. Joseph McShane, S.J. presented the President with his Doctor of Laws degree honoris causa in ceremonies held at the institution’s Keating Hall, Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, New York. In his remarks after the conferment, the President expressed awe at being conferred a degree saying that he was “struck by the symbolism” of the event. “I am struck by the symbolism of Fordham’s Tuesday, September 20, 2011

tradition of literally carving in stone, the names of leaders upon whom you have conferred honorary doctorates,” the President said. President Aquino now joins over 30 others, including that of his mother, whose names are carved on the steps of what is known as the “Terrace of the Presidents” at Keating Hall. “Memorialized in this manner for all time, these names serve as proof positive, or proof negative, of this universi-

ty’s considered judgment in bestowing this honor,” the President said. “It serves as a permanent reminder that the verdict of history on those who have been accorded this distinction will neither be deferred, nor ignored,” he added. The President’s name was carved next to that of his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, who also received an honorary degree from Fordham in September 1986. (RCK)


Joint Fil-Am company partners to invest $15-million in coconut industry


resident Benigno S. Aquino III has expressed excitement over renewed interest by potential investors on the Philippine coconut, a Palace official said on Monday here.

Presidential Communications and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang said that the President was in good spirits after a soft drink manufacturer as well as a Filipino and American company expressed their intent to invest on harvesting the natural and medicinal properties of coconut water and selling it around the world. In separate courtesy calls at the Guggenheim Room of the Omni Berkshire Hotel here, soft drink giant Pepsi Corporation (PepsiCo), American beverage company Vita Coco and Filipino based Fiesta Coco Equity told the President of its respective investment plans for the Philippine coconut. Carandang said that PepsiCo, Vita Coco and Fiesta Coco Equity were aware of the growing demand for coconut water in the United States and other countries as an alternative to carbonated sodas. He said consumers were turning to healthier means to hydrate themselves after working out or just quench everyday thirst from normal activities.


Because of this, Carandang said that these companies were turning to coconut-rich countries as sources for their individual products. “So these companies want to source the demand for coconut water from the Philippines. So malaking opportunity ito for our coconut industry and for our farmers,” Carandang said. Carandang added that although PepsiCo did not throw out any numbers during the courtesy call, the company is serious in its plans to expand its coconut harvesting operations in the Philippines because of its “huge potential.” In a separate interview, Vita Coco co-founder and CEO Michael Kirben and Fiesta Coco Equity (FCE) president Romeo Chan said that they had just signed an agreement to increase the production and harvesting of coconut water. Chan said that FCE, which has coconut plantation in Misamis Occidental, has pledged to supply the demand of Vita Coco. The duo said that they had told the President of their company’s pledge to

invest $15-million over the next four years not only to harvest coconut water but to do its part in preserving the resource by planting more coconut trees in the country. “Generally we discussed the coconut industry in the Philippines and how there’s a lot of room to bring rebirth to the industry in general,” Kirben said. “We expressed a lot of interest in the planting of coconut trees to revive the coconut industry because we noticed that a lot of the trees are senile and old,” Chan added. Carandang meanwhile said the President was excited over the new investment prospects as these would help in his government’s poverty alleviation campaign through job generation. “It (investment) is something rural communities can benefit from so it dovetails with the President’s anti-poverty through job generation campaign,” Carandang said. “Kaya nga masaya siya eh…excited siya, excited si Presidente,” he added. (RCK) Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BPO company chooses PHL as ‘model’ of higher end call center work


leading business process outsourcing company has chosen the Philippines as one of its “model centers” that will supply the growing demand for highly trained and skilled workers to cater to clients with “higher end” needs. Bill Bloom, executive vice president of EXL Services, a leading provider of outsourcing and transformation services to Global 1000 companies in multiple industries, called on President Benigno S. Aquino III Monday at the Guggenheim room of the Omni Berkshire hotel here to tell the Chief Executive of their company’s growth

and expansion programs in Manila. He said that his company has a growing base of clients who need higher end services than traditional call center work. Called “middle office,” this type of higher end services caters to work needed by professionals in health and business

fields. “So that would include work that is typically provided to physicians, nurses or lawyers or accountants and we’re building models such that we can offer those services to our clients here in the US from our centers in the Philippines,” Bloom said. (RCK)

Aquino’s economic team to meet with three international credit rating agencies


embers of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s economic team will meet with three international credit rating agencies here in the United States, a Malacanang official said.

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary

Ricky Carandang said some members of the economic team who accompanied the President

during this trip will be staying behind to meet with the rating firms. “Pagkauwi namin ni 14

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Aquino’s economic team.....from page 13

Pangulong Aquino, ang iba sa economic team ay maiiwan dito para makipagpulong sa mga rating agencies,” Carandang said during an interview after the conferment rites at Fordham University. The secretary said that the Philippine economic team sought the meeting with the international credit rating firms. He added that the meeting seeks to ask the rating agencies to take a “second look” at the Philippines’ sovereign credit rating.

“I think it’s to make the case that our fiscal management right now probably deserves a second look as far as ratings are concerned. They have some concerns about the sustainability of our spending programs,” he said. He said he expects the meeting between the economic team and the credit rating firms will “help explain our plans for sustaining the spending programs that we have,” he added. “So yung may mga tanong kung papano ip-

agpapatuloy ito na hindi naman masyadong lalaki ang utang natin,” the secretary said, “sasabihin natin sa kanila pag tiningnan iyong nagawa na natin at ang plano natin moving forward ay baka puwedeng magkaroon ng mas mataas na rating ang Pilipinas,” he added. The credit ratings awarded to the Philippines by Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors’ Service, and Fitch Ratings were all below investment grade. (CO)

President Aquino attends launching of Open Government Partnership in New York City


resident Benigno S. Aquino III will attend the launching of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) on Tuesday here to underscore his administration’s commitment to good governance and anti-corruption.

President Aquino has accepted the invitation of US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff, co-chairs of the OGP, to join

the official launch of the OGP here in New York on Tuesday. The Philippines is one of only two countries from Asia invited

to become a member of the Steering Committee of OGP. Other members are the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Mexico, 15


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Norway and South Africa. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia said that the inclusion of the Philippines to the Steering Committee is due to President Aquino’s commitment to good governance and anti-corruption. “The Philippines has been selected because of President Aquino’s commitment to good governance and his determination to fight corruption in order to be able to create more jobs for Filipinos and eventually, of course, reduce poverty,” he said. “The fact that we were selected is, I think, very significant. It rec-

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ognizes the efforts of President Aquino and, of course, his Cabinet in promoting accountability, transparency and accountability and good governance practices,” he said during an interview. Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the members of the Steering Committee were selected based on the following criteria: Fiscal Transparency, Access to Information, Dis-

closures Related to Elected Officials and Citizen Engagement. “Each country will submit an action plan and our action plan is focused on improving public services, increasing public integrity and more effective use of public resources. So those are the three main points in that action plan,” Cuisia said. The ambassador said about 40 other countries will be joining the launching of the OGP on Tuesday but only the members of the Steering Committee, including the Philippines, will be speaking during the official launch. (CO)


President Aquino addresses Open Governance Forum in New York City


resident Benigno S. Aquino III will keynote an Open Governance forum on the second day of his official visit to the United States of America slated from September 18 to 21.

The Chief Executive will deliver a keynote speech Tuesday morning here at an OGP-related forum called “The Power Open: A Global Discussion.” He is the only head of state invited to address this forum to be held at Google’s New York office. The forum is an all-day multistakeholder conversation focused on the role of openness in improving responsiveness, fostering accountability, creating efficiency, fighting corruption, and


similar themes. After his speaking engagement, President Aquino will meet with the top executives of IBM. He will also attend the formal launching of the OGP, co-chaired by US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff. The Philippines is one of only two countries from Asia invited to become a member of the Steering Committee of OGP. Other members of the Committee are the United States, Brazil, United King-

dom, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway and South Africa. On the same day, the President will meet with the Foreign Minister of Norway. He will also be speaking about his administration’s domestic and foreign policy thrusts before the Asia Society. The Asia Society is an organization founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III to promote greater knowledge of Asia in the US. The Society has offices throughout the US and Asia. (CO)

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DOT holds road show for “open skies policy” in Cag. de Oro by Jorie C. Valcorza

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has set off its road show for the “open skies policy” in the city, last Friday, Sept. 16. 18 Tuesday, September 20, 2011


DOT holds...from page 17 Lawyer Jose Claro S. Tesoro, one of the advocates of the policy, spoke before the industry partners about what to expect, what are the benefits, and importantly on their roles in the new policy venture. The forum was attended by the local airline representatives, tour operators, Provincial and City Tourism Officers, and members of the City Tourism Board from regions 10, 12 and 13. Also present were members of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (OroChamber), Promote CDO Foundation Inc., among others. Tesoro said the singing of Executive Order No. 29 or the New Expanded Pocket Skies Policy is seen to lower air fare and boosts tourism industry in the country. It opens opportunities for foreign plane carriers to service Philippine secondary gateways, which means all airports in the country

other than the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). In a separate engagement with the press, Tesoro admitted that local carriers have objections because of the fact that there is no grant of similar traffic rights for them, he said, reciprocal benefits has been looked upon differently on traffic right as in exchange of another traffic right. “There has been a change of approach in this kind of reputation since EO 210 was passed way back in 1995, it is now more of an exchange of benefits, we give privilege to foreign carriers to come here, and bring in their tourists for us and then we get reciprocal benefits from the tourist as they spend and patronize our services during their stay in the country,” Tesoro explained. Tesoro added that all the routes for the secondary gateways are but just developmental routes, almost all will

be operated for the first time and it’s not just because they decided to open these routes. It will surely become viable, he said, since it takes time and saves the local investors from the risk and losses in trying the feasibility of these routes. He, however, assured that if it goes on successful, there will negotiations with the foreign carriers for a bilateral framework, to include in the grant, for our carriers to operate in their home country, as well. Tesoro, likewise, reminded industry players, especially from the secondary gateways to do their job in promoting its destination. “It’s not just because we open the doors for open skies policy that tourist will automatically come in. We have to make these secondary destinations attractive for the foreign countries. We cannot just sit back and wait. 19


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DOT holds...from page 18 wW have to entice, persuade and induce them to come,” he said. “We are in competition with more than 100 countries trying to lure tourists. Those who have succeeded are those destinations that offer lower fares, and the best example is Bangkok when it

adopted a liberalized aviation policy. Open skies have proven itself as instigator of lower fares,” he added. He also emphasized that concerns regarding infrastructure capacity, as well, as financing will not be a hindrance when there is a towering demand from the

foreign market to these destinations. Tesoro said it just needs some extra pushing from the stakeholders to get things done, as proven by some secondary gateways already established in other parts of the country. (PIA-10)

Army’s 4th ID offers “Libreng Sakay“ to commuters CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Sept. 20 (PIA) -- The Army’s 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, in coordination with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, Philippine National Police (PNP) and other government agencies provided a free ride dubbed as “LIBRENG SAKAY” to commuters affected by the transport strike, here, yesterday, Sept. 19. Three (3) military vehicles, particularly, 6x6 trucks were dispatched as augmentation to ferry stranded commuters within the city as early as 5:00 O’clock a.m. to ensure that business will go on, as usual. The said vehicles took the following routes: Route 1 - Barangay Bugo passing thru Puerto, and C.M. Recto Ave. to the City proper and vice versa, Route 2 - Barangay Iponan to Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Patag and Carmen to City proper and Route 3 – Barangay Lumbia, Lumbia Airport passing thru SM mall to the City proper. Maj. Gen. Victor A Felix, 4ID Commander, said his unit is looking forward that this endeavor contributes to the overall plan of the local government of Cagayan de Oro City was of great help to the riding public who were directly affected by the

transport strike. Thus, he has directed all units under his command to coordinate with their respective counterparts from the local government units (LGU) in their respective areas of operation to initiate the same activity, if necessary, to ensure an uninterrupted flow of government services to the people and to ease inconveniencies, among the riding public. (4CMO/PIA-10) 19

Transport strike in Cag. de Oro, generally peaceful – RTA by Elaine O. Ratunil CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 20 (PIA) – At least 10 buses coming from two (2) big transport companies, the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. (RTMI) and Super 5, were placed at the disposal of the Task Force Transport Strike organized by the Cagayan de Oro City Government to assist the passengers affected by yesterday’ transport strike. Engr. Nonito Oclarit, Head of the city’s Road and Transport Administration (RTA) said the use of the buses was facilitated by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), in the region. Along with the buses were three (3) 6x6 trucks of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, and more than five (5) motor vehicles of the city government, were fielded in the different parts of the city to assist commuters, Oclarit said. “It was actually business as usual, even with only 25-30 percent of the public utility jeepneys (PUJ) mostly not affiliated with any transport groups, took to the streets to ferry


the commuters” he said. The “Libreng Sakay” project of the City Government, with the RMTI and Super 5 buses, the 6x6 trucks and the motor vehicles of the city has indeed helped, Oclarit said. Meanwhile, he said the strike was generally peaceful as strikers confined themselves to the seven (7) designated areas of engagement allowed them, which were mostly considered “choke” points, namely: Barangay Bulua, Vamenta-Sereña junction, Kauswagan junction, Licoan-Recto junction, Ororama Megacenter, Trendline and Puerto junction. By 3:00 p.m., the strikers converged near

the Gaisano Mall for a short program before they disbanded. So far, only one (1) incident of the “suyak” or improvised nails that deflated the tires of a motor vehicle was reported, but no other on-toward incident took place. Likewise, there was no reported burning of tires, during yesterday’s strike, a good depart from the previous practice where strikers burned tires to attract attention to their cause. They just calmly explained about their concerns of urging the government to order the roll-back in the prices of oil, which was their foremost complaints, Oclarit added. (PIA-10) Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Forum on sustainable construction set Sept. 21 in Cag. de Oro by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 20 (PIA) – Another public-private partnership (PPP) undertaking will be held at Mallberry Suites, here, tomorrow, Sept. 21. This time, it will be a Coffeetalk on Sustainable Construction, among representatives from government, nongovernment organizations (NGO), business sector and the media practitioners of the city. Sponsored by Holcim Philippines, Inc., the forum will be anchored on the topic “sustainable construction and how the communities can be more sustainable.” Expected to give the keynote speech is Architect Mike Guerrero of the Green Architecture Advocacy of the Philippines (GAAP) whose presentation will be anchored on the five (5) pillars of sustainable construction as defined by Holcim. A panel of reactors will show how the sustainable construction standards to be expounded by Guerrero are reflect-

ed in various local initiatives. Invited reactors include Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Norris Babiera, representing the government, Lugait Chamber of Commerce President Ranario Perez representing business, and Rene Michael Baňos, president Konsumanting Kagay-anon, Inc. representing the media. Also around to share their views on the topic are Holcim Philippines COO Roland van Wijnen, Lugait Plant Manager Lorenz Pendang and Davao Plant Manager Joe Bernal. Edgar U. Timbungco, Manager, Communications Services, Holcim Philippines, Inc. (HPHI), said a similar activity will be held in Baguio City on Oct.26. He said that these activities will end with a national forum in Manila

this coming November with plans to have participants present their ideas on building sustainable communities to a panel of top-level experts. Likewise, the said the regional coffeetalks are part of HPHI’s efforts to promote one of the company’s main advocacies, i.e., sustainable construction, which refers “to the practice of creating structures in ways that are innovative and transferable, environmentally responsible, economically viable and aesthetically pleasing.” Timbungco said the first Holcim Journalism Award for Sustainable Construction was launched, last year, to bring the discussion about this vital issue to a broader base of participants. One of the world’s leading suppliers of ce22

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Forum on...from page 21 ment and aggregates, particularly crushed stone, gravel and sand, as well, as downstream activities such as readymix concrete and asphalt, Holcim currently employs 1,700 in the Philippines. The group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents and Holcim Philippines,

Inc. (HPHI) is a Philippines-based cement manufacturer and a member of the Holcim Group. The HPHI is involved in the manufacture, sale and distribution of cement to the domestic and export markets producing four cement products: Holcim Excel, Holcim WallRight, Holcim Premium Bulk and Hol-

cim 4X and tts products are sold in bags, jumbo bags and in bulk. It also operates four (4) cement plants in the country: La Union and Bulacan, in Luzon and Davao and Misamis Oriental, particularly, in Lugait town, located at the boundary of this province and Lanao del Norte going to the western part of Mindanao. (PIA-10)

DILG cites PPP/lauds academe partnership in Project EMPOWERING by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 20 (PIA) –The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) cited STEAG State Power Inc. for putting up some Php16.9 million, of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds for program EMPOWERING. During its launching at Grand Caprice Restaurant, yesterday, Sept. 19, DILG Secretary Jessie M. Robredo also thanked the other partners for helping the local government units (LGU) of the province in pursuing a cleartargeted anti-poverty program.

The DILG Secretary, who could not make it to the signing of the declaration of support to the project due to some pressing concerns in Manila, was represented by DILG Undersecretary Austere A. Panadero for Local Governance. Meanwhile, he

lauded the participation Xavier UniversityAteneo de Cagayan, one of its partners, saying this was the first time that the academe has taken part in the program. “The involvement of Xavier University, particularly, the Governance Leadership Insti23


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DILG cites...from page 22 tute, is very useful in meeting the challenge of putting up the core of good people in the community and help analyze, on a regular basis, evidence-based solutions/ recommendations to improve the program,” he said. Projects to be undertaken along Project EMPOWERING is the upgrading of the geographic information system (GIS) in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) City and implementation of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) in the LGU’s of El Salvador City, Laguindingan,Opol, Tagoloan, Jasaan and Medina. The declaration of support was signed by Dr. Bodo Goerlich, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of STEAG, DILG USec. Panadero, Fr. Robert Yap, S.J., XU President and officials of ASSIST Asia. Also around to Tuesday, September 20, 2011

sign the declaration were Gov. Oscar S. Moreno of Mis. Or., Telly Sagaral, representing Mayor Vicente Y. Emano of CDO, and the following Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of the recipient LGU’s: Mayor Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr. of Medina, Mayor Dexter Yasay of Opol, Mayor Oliver L. Ubaob of Laguindingan, Mayor Redentor S.Jardin of Jasaan and the representatives of the local government units (LGU) of El Salvador City and Tagoloan. Meanwhile, Ma. Teresa Alegrio, STEAG Community Relations Manager, said Project EMPOWERING or Empowering Monitoring System on Poverty Watch for a more Effective and Responsive Approach in Governance is a public-private partnership (PPP) for poverty reduction initiatives of the afore-mentioned LGU’s.

To be implemented in18 months, starting this month of September, it aims to achieve economic growth in the province by enabling the LGU’s to acquire necessary technical skills and know-how in utilizing the CBMS development tools. “With this project, the LGU’s will be able to diagnose the extent and causes of poverty in the area, which could become their basis in formulating policies and programs, in identifying target beneficiaries,” she said. The generated data can then be turned into a useful information tool to gauge the poverty status and concentration in their area, which can be used to plan for appropriate actions in addressing its underlying causes and to assess the impact of their policies, programs, projects and activities. (PIA-10) 23

by RG Alama


NCCA widens reach

he National Commission for the Culture and the Arts is widening its reach for culture and arts programs as evidenced by the number of requests for grants this year.



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NCCA widens....from page 24 According to NCCA Policy Formulation and Planning head Marichu Tellano, the commission has received about 800 funding requests this year as compared to about 500 requests in 2010. According to Tellano, the funding for the grants do not come from the general appropriations act or the national budget but from the 10% of the travel tax levied upon individuals leaving the country. The said the

endowment fund is aimed to provide the requests for grants of culture and arts-related programs. Tellano said that the fund has increased from last year but she said that NCCA has also widened its reach to cover more programs. The National Endowment Fund for the Culture and the Arts is a fund used exclusively for the implementation of arts and culture programs in line with the Medium Term Philippine

Development Plan for the Culture and the Arts. Administering the fund is part of NCCA’s mandate. One of the funded program is the soon-tobe held Dayaw 2011: Indigenous Peoples Festival in line with the Indigenous Peoples Month Celebration. Dayaw 2011 will be held in Tagum City and will be participated by 440 participants mostly indigenous Peoples from Cordillera to Tawi-Tawi. (PIA/RG Alama)

“DORMITEL” hits another first for DVO OR by Ms. Neela G. Duallo


ity of Mati Located in the perimeter of a 70-hectare government owned property in Barangay Dahican in the City of Mati, the all-new Dormitel is set to become the province’s most affordable and quality facility for conventions, seminars, trainings and other activities designed to uplift delivery of local government services. The Dormitel was blessed and inaugurated last September 8. The proud caretaker of the DORMITEL, the Vice-Governor’s Office and the 13th Sangguniang Panlalawigan

through Vice-Governor Mayo Almario, welcomed the guests to the occasion led by the different department heads, particularly from the TESDA, Dept. of Public Works and

Highways, and Provincial Treasurer’s Office through Prov’l Treasurer Amacna, representing Gov. Corazon Malanyaon. The activity started with the blessing, 26

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“DORMITEL“ hits....from page 25 followed by the Holy Eucharist officiated by Fr. Danilo Fuentes of the Diocese of Mati. A short program followed, with messages from Vice-Governor Mayo Almario, Congresswoman Thelma Almario, and Mayor Michelle Rabat. The highlight of the program was the turnover ceremonies of the said project. The Department of Interior and Local Government –Davao Oriental Provincial Office is the first tenant of the DORMITEL, as the Office transferred to their new home days before the blessing. The TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) and the Lupon School of Fisheries has also accepted the responsibility of managing the restaurant inside the structure, as the aftermath of their Hotel and Restaurant

course, with their students working for the restaurant, as their training area, preparing them for the actual work after graduation. Vice-Governor Mayor Almario also boasted of the very affordable room rates of the facility, particularly for Davao Oriental residents, as stipulated in a provincial ordinance establishing the tariffs. A Barangay health worker, barangay tanod,or any barangay functionary for that matter, may stay overnight for just one hundred pesos while those from other provinces who wish to stay will have to pay more. The DORMITEL can accommodate 114 persons, with its 2 VIP rooms, 10 small economy rooms, and 8 large economy rooms. The male rooms are separated from the female

rooms. Vice-Gov. Mayo Almario reminisced the days when the project started in 2008, particularly during its groundbreaking where he and Gov. Corazon Malanyaon discussed their visions for the said facility. “This is the fruit of our collaboration. We never expected the DORMITEL to turn out such as this. I would like to thank the Governor for all the support, my mother Congresswoman Thelma Almario for her counterpart also, to my colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, including the 12th SP for making sure of the project’s continuity by providing funds thereof as stipulated in the budget proposals. We have once again proven that if we are one, we can do wonders,” he said. The provincial gov27


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“DORMITEL“ hits....from page 26 ernment allotted P3.8 million for the project, while Congresswoman Almario gave her counterpart of P18.9 million, which brought the total project cost to P22 million. Witnessing the



event were local government officials from the different Local Government Units of Davao Oriental, barangay officials, government employees, and local media practitioners.

The Good Governance and Comprehensive Livelihood Training Center and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Workshop were also blessed on the said historic event. (ND)

Jump Start your Future with DOST

epartment of Science and Technology (DOST) Scholar. The scholarship is open to graduating high school students with high aptitude in Science and Technology and who wish to pursue priority fields of study in basic sciences, engineering and other applied sciences and science teaching.

There are two (2) scholarship programs being offered: one is RA 7687, otherwise known as the S&T Scholarship Act of 1994, which is awarded to talented and deserving students coming from poor families. The other scholarship program, called DOST-

SEI Merit Scholarship is granted to students with high aptitude in science, mathematics and technology regardless of the family’s socio-economic status. To qualify for the scholarship programs, a student must possess the following qualifications:

1. Belongs to the upper 5% of the high school graduating class or belongs to the graduating class of a DOST-SEI-identified or DepEd-recognized science high school; 2. Natural-born Filipino citizen;3. Resident of the municipality for the last 4 yrs; 4. In good 28

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health; and 5. O f good moral character. Qualified applicants will be awarded tuition fees (not to exceed P6,000.00/ semester), book and uniform allowances, monthly stipend and insurance. The filing of the scholarship application can be done online thru www. sei.dost.gov.ph and www.science-schol-



arships.ph or you can visit our Regional Office at corners Dumanlas-Friendship Roads, Bajada, Davao City and thru our Provincial Science and Technology Centers in Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley Province, Davao Oriental, and Davao del Norte. Application forms and information materials are available at the DOST Regional Office

No. XI, Dumanlas cor Friendship Roads, Bajada, Davao City or at www.sei.dost. gov.ph. Deadline of application is on October 21, 2011 while the examination date is on November 20, 2011. For more details, please contact Mr. Roel Chris CaĂąon or Mr. Ramel L. Salon at tel. no. (082) 2215428 for more details. (DOST)

Understanding Food Fortification in Davao del Norte

n collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), a 2-day Seminar-Workshop on Understanding Food Fortification was conducted by the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. XI (DOST XI) through its Provincial S&T Center in Davao del Norte and the Tagum City Investment and Promotion Office on July 26-27, 2011 at the Provincial Capitol’s Bulwagan ng Lalawigan 29 28

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Understanding Food....from page 28

The seminarworkshop was actively participated by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), City/Municipal Nutrition Action Officers, representatives from the academes and representatives from the local government units. On the first day, the resource speakers who are experts on Food Fortification from FNRI namely, Ms. Marcela Saises, Ms. Czarina Teresita Martinez and Ms. Abbie Padrones presented relevant topics which are useful for the participants. The topics include FNRI-DOST and Results of the Micronutrient Nutrition in the Philippines; Guidelines and Policies on Food Fortification Program; Food Fortification Technology; and FNRI Fortified Prod

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ucts and Communication/Promotion/ Marketing Plan and Food Fortification. A plant visit was made on the second day to make the participants experience the real scenarios of food fortification. The companies visited have availed of fortification technologies being offered by DOST-FNRI such as vitamin A fortified bread and iodine fortified water. It is good to note that in Tagum City, all food establishments were required to serve iron-fortified rice. The ordinance was because of the Mandatory fortification of rice with iron based on the Republic Act 8976, “An Act Establishing the Philippine Food Fortification Program and for other Purposes�. It was also sug-

gested during the open forum that Rice Millers as well as the different related agencies must informed and be invited to the same seminar-workshop in the future for full implementation of the mandatory food fortification. DOST through FNRI is supportive of food fortification so as to combat malnourishment in the country. Food fortification would also help SMEs expand its market and profitability while simultaneously playing a key role in improving the health and nutritional status of every Filipino. It is vital for the government and private sectors to work hand in hand in order to have an effective and sustainable food fortification program. (DOST) 29

Gov. Uy ug Mayor Colina gipanguluhan ang Bayanihan nga pagtukod ug School Buildings sa Maragusan


by Gilbert Cabahug

ila si Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy ug Mayor Cesar Colina maoy nangulo niadtong Septyembre 13, 2011, sa pagtukod ug tulo ka classrooms nga School Buildings sa duha ka mga tulunghaan sa Maragusan nga mao ang Sapawan Elementary School sa Brgy. New Albay ug ang Mapawa National High School Bagong Silang Annex. Ang duha ka mga tulunghaan apil sa upat ka mga pilot School Sites sa programang Kalinga sa Kabataan: Bayanihan sa Paaralan nga gipatuman karon sa gobernador sa tibuok probinsiya sa Compostela Valley. Ilalom sa “Bayanihan sa Paaralan Program” nila ni Gov. Uy ug Vice Gov. Ramil Gentugaya, gisugdan na karon pagtukod sa paagi nga Bayanihan ang pito ka classrooms nga School Buildings sa upat ka mga napiling pilot School Sites sa Comval nga mao ang Mapawa National High School Bagong Silang Annex ug ang Sapawan Elementary School sa Brgy. New Albay sa Maragusan, ang Elizalde National High School sa Maco, ug ang Eduardo Maquidato Sr. Elem. School sa Sitio


Magapalway diha sa Brgy. Bongabong, Pantukan. Atol sa gihimong opening program sa Maragusan, gipahibalo sa gobernador ang tulo ka mga nagunang rason sa programang Kalinga sa Kabataan Bayanihan sa Paaralan nga mao ang bayanihan nga paagi sa pagtukod ug mga School Buildings kon pag-adopt sa sistema sa Gawad Kalinga alang sa maong tumong. Unang rason mao nga madaginot sa probinsiya ang labor component sa proyekto, ug iyang gibana-bana nga pinaagi niining sistemaha ang budget alang sa upat lang u-nta ka classroom posibleng makatukod ug lima. Ikaduhang rason mao nga dali lang kini mahuman tungod sa gihimong pagtinabangay sa mga katawhan,

ug ang ika-tulo mao nga mapromotar niini ang sense of belongingness diha sa kasing-kasing sa katilingban sa rason tungod kay nahimo silang kabahin, ug nakatampo sila’g dako sa gitukod nga School Building nga mapahimuslan sa ilang mga kabataan. Ang sense of belongingness maoy makahatag sa mga katawhan ug dugang kadasig nga ilang ampingan ang proyekto nga ilang gihagoan. Sa Septyembre 14 gisugdan usab pagtukod pinaagi sa sistemang bayanihan, ang duha ka classroom sa Elizalde National High School sa Maco, ug ang laing duha ka classroom sa Eduardo Maquidato Sr .Elem. School sa Sitio Magapalway sa Brgy. Bongabong, Pantukan. (GC/ids comval)

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photo releases The chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and Committee on Climate Change Senator Loren Legarda tries her hand at weaving the dagmay cloth of the Mandaya tribe in the sidelines of the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly held at the Provincial Capitol of Davao del Norte in Tagum City on September 16, 2011. “Every visit I make to you leads to a discovery of the rich heritage of the indigenous peoples—your intricately woven fabrics, the songs, chants and dances that narrate the story of your ancestors, and the distinct way of life you strive to preserve,” the Senator said during the two-day assembly.

Five indigenous cultural communities of Mindanao, namely the Ata, Matigsalog, Obu-Manuvu, Diangan and the Bagobo, adopted Senator Loren Legarda as “Bae Matumpis,” which means The One who takes care. The ceremony was held at the Tribu K’Mindanawan, a tribal village where the heritage of various indigenous cultural communities of Mindanao are showcased, in Davao City on September 17 in the sidelines of the Senator’s trip to the city where she convened the two-day Mindanao Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly. Legarda is the chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities and Committee on Climate Change

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Kapitolyo ng Sarangani pangangalanang “James L. Chiongbian Building”


nihayag ni Sarangani board member Eugene Alzate na ipinasa na ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang ordinansang magiging batayan para sa pagpapangalan ng pangunahing gusali ng Provincial Capitol Complex na “James L. Chiongbian Building.” 33 32

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Kapitolyo ng....from page 32

Ayon kay Alzate ang hakbang na ito ay bilang pagkilala sa mga ginawa ng namayapang mambabatas, at isa na umano rito ang pagkakatatag ng Lalawigan ng Sarangani noong taong 1992. Nakaukit umano sa kasaysayan ng lalawigan ang mga inisyatibo ni dating Congressman Chiongbian, kung kayat ang gusali ng kapitolyo ay ini-aalay sa kanyang mga ginawa, ayon kay Alzate. Ang Sarangani ay opisyal na nagging probinsiya noong Marso a-16, 1992 base sa Republic Act No.7228 na ini-akda ni Chiongbian nong ito ay kinatawan pa ng 3rd Congressional District ng Lalawigan ng South Cotabato. Ayon pa kay Alzate, si Chiongbian umano ang humiling ng pondong Php55 milyon para sa konstruksiyon ng provincial capitol building mula sa infrastructure funds ng Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Ang itinuturing na “White House” sa Timog Mindanao, ang Sarangani provincial capitol building ay isa sa pangunahing landmarks at tourists’ attraction ng lalawigan. (ac agad PIA12)

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BFAR conducts scholarship exam for fisherfolk children

by Jane Christine Balayo and Omar Sabal

The small-scale fisherfolk children as they were reviewing notes and exchanging ideas before taking the examination on September 17, 2011 at Ireneo L. Santiago National High School in General Santos City.

KORONADAL CITY, Sept 20 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) simultaneously conducted a scholarship examination for fisherfolk children on September 17 this year in different regions nationwide. 35 34

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BFAR conducts....from page 34

Among the examinees, 180 came from South Central Mindanao who took the examination in two testing center, namely: Ireneo L. Santiago National High School in General Santos City and at the ABC Hall in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. The examination will determine the top ten applicants in region 12 who will enjoy a full scholarship for college studies leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Fisheries or any related course. BFAR 12 Regional Director Sani Macabalang said that the examination is one avenue for the government to provide for the needs of its clients especially the poor small scale fisherfolk. “The scholarship is our strategy to nurture potential leaders and key players of our industry and in effect they will be the ones to sustain our goal of modernized

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and globally competitive fisheries,” Macabalang said. Bonyamin Abdul, one of the examinees, said that the scholarship program of BFAR would be a big help for him to earn a degree especially because it would be financially difficult for his parents to send him to college. The scholarship, according to Vernaliza Forones, a teacher in General Santos City, is an opportunity to supplement daily expenses of the students. “It is very evident that the children of fisherfolk need help as we observe that their performance in school deteriorates since they also have to work aside from schooling to help their parents for their expenses. With the scholarship program, they do not need to work anymore and focus on their studies instead,” Forones said. Results of the examination will be published

soon in national dailies. Successful examinees are entitled to avail a package of benefits and privileges. They are expected to enroll in the nearest accredited school starting the school year 2012-2013. The examination is one of the activities lined up for the implementation of the BFAR-Fisherfolk Children Educational Grant or BFAR-FCEG. This grant is offered annually through competitive examination since 1994 to poor small-scale fisherfolk children who want to pursue higher education in fisheries and related disciplines. The examination was conducted in cooperation with the Department of Edu-

cation, participating schools and local government units. (DED/PIA 12/BFAR 12)


PIA 12 holds bloodletting activity

by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, September 20 (PIA) — Close to 100 students and volunteers flocked the Gensan College of Technology (GCT) here on Monday for the Joint Blood Letting Activity of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 12 and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) - Gensan Chapter which collected some 6, 750 ml of blood. PIA 12 Director Olive Sudaria said this is the agency’s response to the recent public’s demand for blood especially for patients infected with dengue. According to Rose Sabelita, Medical Technology Chief of PRCGensan, majority of the walk-in volunteers who were supposed to donate blood were “deferred” because they lack the required number of sleep which is at least 6-8 hours prior to the “phlebotomy” or the bloodletting. “Some were turned down because they have menstrual period; others were underweight, while there are some who have cough and colds, and were taking medications,” she revealed.

Dr. Luzviminda Anislag of PRC Gensan said it is necessary that a blood donor should be “physically fit” and does not have any underlying sickness or any communicable disease that could be detrimental to the lives of the “blood beneficiaries.” To ensure that blood donors are physically fit, PRC nurses subjected them to a screening and series of physical examinations which include: taking their weight, blood pressure, blood type, undergoes medical checkup and an interview to know their medical history and determine other activities that exposed them to health risks. However, Dr. Anislag clarified that even if a

blood donor has passed all the physical examinations and successfully donated his or her blood to PRC, it does not mean that the blood is already safe for transfusion. She said the blood collected during the bloodletting is still subject to laboratory tests to ensure that donors are safe from HIV/AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis, malaria, and other communicable diseases. The PRC doctor revealed that in case a blood is found to be infected with any disease it will be disposed, and PRC will then contact the donor for counseling, or referral to medical specialist for a possible treatment. Meanwhile, GCT president Norma So 37


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PIA 12 holds....from page 36 mido expressed gratitude to PIA 12 Regional Director Olive Sudaria for establishing a partnership with her school to make this bloodletting activity possible. She, however, feels sorry that many students who earlier gave their commitment to voluntarily donate blood for this activity were not able to make it because of the nationwide transport strike which affected commuters in Gensan.

Nevertheless, Sabelita said the 6, 750 ml of blood collected is already a big help for the PRC especially that there was a big demand for blood in the past months from patients who were undergoing dialysis, surgeries, operations, and patients who were in need of blood transfusion because of diseases like dengue. Lourence Real, a second year Information and Communica-

tion Technology (ICT) student, is optimistic that his first time experience to donate blood would not only mean cleansing for him, but new life for others. He said he would be glad to know that through his blood he helps another person’s life to continue. “I want to be an instrument for others to live,” he opined. (PGFruylan/PIAGeneral Santos City)

Foliar disease ng mga tanim na mais sa South Cotabato, binabantayan KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 20 (PIA) – Masusing binabantayan ng ilang kawani ng tanggapan ng agrikultura sa South Cotabato ang paglabas ng foliar disease na sumisira sa tanim na mais sa ilang bahagi ng lalawigan. Ayon kay South Cotabato provincial agriculturist Reynaldo Legaste, ang hindi pa kilalang foliar disease, na naging sanhi ng pagkatuyo ng mga tanim na mais ay naunang naobserbahan sa ilang mga maisan sa bayan ng Banga at kalapit-bayan. Base sa inisyal na pagtaya, umabot na sa

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mahigit 25% ng mga maisan sa Banga ang sinira ang foliar disease, naumano’y isang fungus. Ang naturang sakit sa mais ayon kay Le-

gaste ay kumakalat sa mga murang mais lalo na sa reproductive age nito. Ito umano ay isang malaking kaabalahan sa mga kawani ng agrikultura dahil ma-

giging malaki rin umano ang epekto nito sa aanihing mais sa lugar. Kanila din umanong tinitingnan ang posibilidad na maaaring ang mga ginamit na binhing mais ng mga magsasaka ang naging dahilan ng paglabas ng foliar disease. (ac agad PIA12)


1,300 na puno itinanim sa selebrasyon ng 11th Civil Service year

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 20 (PIA) -- Bilang pagdiriwang ng ika111 anibersaryo ng Philippine Civil Service, nagtanim ng mahigit 1,300 na punong mahogany at assorted fruit trees ang mga empleyado ng kapitolyo ng South Cotabato kahapon. Mismong si Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. and nanguna sa tree planting activity na isinagawa sa dalawang lugar sa Koronadal. Ang unang grupo ay nagtanim ng 700 puno sa UP School of Health Sciences campus sa Barangay Carpenter Hill samantalang nagtanim naman ng 600 na puno sa

golf course sa Barangay Paraiso ang isa pang grupo. Ayon kay Rudy Jimenea, executive assistant ng gobernador, ang gawain ay naaayon na rin sa greening program at reforestation project ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. ‘ Aniya, inuna nilang tinaniman ang UP campus dahil sa kawalan

ng mga punong kahoy sa lugar. Ang mga naturang lupain ay parehong pag-aaari ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. Hindi naman naputol ang serbisyo sa publiko dahil may iilang mga tauhan na naiwan sa mga tanggapan sa loob ng kapitolyo. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

Transport strike sa South Cotabato, hindi naka-apekto sa daloy ng trapiko

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 20 (PIA) – Walang epekto sa normal na daloy ng trapiko sa Lungsod ng Kornadal ang isinagawang nationwide transport strike. Tuloy pa rin ang pamamasada ng mga tricycles, ang pangunahing sasakyan sa lungsod. Kahit na ang mga malalaking kompanya ng bus at ilang mga pampasaherong mga van ay bumiyahe rin sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng lalawigan ng South Cotabato at karatig-bayan. Ayon sa pulisya, maliban sa bayan ng Polomolok, ang transport


strike na pinangunahan ng lokal na grupong PISTON (Pinag-isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide) ay hindi gaanong naramdaman sa ibang bayan ng lalawigan. Ayon kay South Cotabato Provincial Police Office spokesman Supt. Jemuel Siason, sa pangkalahatan, ang transport strike sa buong lalawigan ay hindi nagtagumpay dahil nag-

ing norman naman umano ang daloy ng trapiko. Hindi kagaya ng mga nakalipas na taong transport strike, walang inilagay na mga barikada ang mga nagpo-protesta, kung kayat naging normal ang biyahe ng mga sasakyan at walang mga pasaherong na-stranded sa mga kalsada at terminal (ac agad PIA12)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ENRC seeks probe on illegal mining in Taguibo watershed by Eldie N. David


he newly re-convened Environment and Natural Resources Council (ENRC) of Butuan City is seeking a probe on the alleged illegal mining activity in the Taguibo Watershed area that might threaten the supply of water here.

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ENRC seeks....from page 39 In a meeting held recently, the Council acted on reports that there are renewed mining activities going on in the said watershed area by people who disregard environmental protection. In a resolution passed by the Council, it sought explanation from the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regarding the mining activities being done in the Taguibo Watershed area, which already triggered vehement opposition by the residents of Butuan City in the past. The resolution stemmed from the report of Engr. Anselmo L. Sang Tian, General Manager of the Butuan City Water District (BCWD) to the Council during the said meeting that 40

several individuals and corporation have started mining operations in the area. Although it was unclear whether the alleged illegal mining activities are being done within the area of Butuan City, it was, however, confirmed that the said illegal activities are done within the Taguibo Watershed area. The City of Butuan hosts the biggest part of the Taguibo watershed, which runs through some municipalities in Agusan del Norte. It can be recalled that in the past years Butuan City experienced a crisis in water supply when massive illegal mining and illegal logging activities were done in the Taguibo Watershed which is the cityĂ­s source of potable water. It was only through a concerted effort of the people of

Butuan in condemning and blocking the said operations that the activities were stopped prompting the people to be more vigilant. The ENRC, which is mandated by DENR Administrative Order NO. 30-1992, is Chaired by City Vice Mayor Lawrence H. Fortun. Counting among its members are representatives from the DENR, City Environment and Natural Resources (ENRO), Sangguniang Panlungsod, Liga ng mga Punong Barangay, SK Federation, Department of Education (DepEd), Butuan City Police Office, Butuan Chamber of Comerce and Industry, Inc., Butuan Global Forum, Inc., Fr. Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Policy Center and the Butuan City Water District (BCWD). (Vice Mayor’s Office/PIACaraga) Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Agusan del Sur to showcase clothing materials in OTOP Trade Fair in Manila by Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 20 (PIA) -- Another product produced here is expected to mark its name in the national market. Members of the various Abaca waivers organizations from the province of Agusan del Sur will join the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Trade Fair at SM Megamall in Manila on September 21-25, 2011 to showcase the newly woven cloth called pinukpok and other products made of Abaca fiber. According to Gil Dennis Raposa of the Inte-

grated Conservation Solutions Asia (ICS-Asia), their aim in joining the OTOP trade fair is to introduce the new product made of Abaca from Agusan del Sur waived by nine women waivers organization in the province. “By participating the OTOP Trade fair this coming September 21-25, we want to introduce pinukpok to the market at the

national level,” Raposa said. They also want to make known that the product is from Agusan del Sur and is now available in the market. Raposa also said that even though the product is new, these are of best quality and can command a good in the market. (PIAAgusan del Sur)

Agusan del Norte prov’l hospital celebrates centennial anniversary by Nora CL Molde AGUSAN DEL NORTE, Sept. 20 (PIA) -- The provincial hospital here will be celebrating its 100 years of providing quality health services to the Agusanons and nearby provinces of Caraga region in October, this year. The said hospital will celebrate with the theme, AdNPH @ 100: “Withstanding and Meeting the Challenges of Time.” For the past 100

years, the hospital stood the test of time and surpassed the challenges in giving the quality health services to the community.

The centennial celebration, according to Mr. Dave P. Luison, vice chairman on the centennial celebrations, will start on October 9 and will end 42

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on the 14th. Thus, according to him, the management has prepared a week-long celebration where different activities has been lined-up which is just fitting for the stakeholders and partners to celebrate. According to Luison the celebration will provide a free medical and dental services (medical consultations and digital rectal examinations for male 40 years and above);

free diabetic, hypertension and cholesterol screening which is open to the public. Aside from the health-related services, the celebration is also inviting the public to join the fun run which serves as a kickoff activity on the first day of the celebration on the 9th of October. Entry fee for 3K races is one hundred seventy pesos and one hundred eighty pesos for the 5K races inclu-

sive of t-shirt and race kit. Other activities lined-up are as follows: the opening of the health fair on October 10 (health booths will be opened on October 10-13 from 8 o’clock in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon; Larong Pinoy and other games exclusive for the hospital staff/employees, retirees, partners and stakeholders. (PIACaraga)

Literacy Coordinating Council to hold Annual Literacy Conference by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) -- The Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) of the Department of Education (DepEd) will once again spearhead this year’s Annual National Literacy Conference on Sept. 27-29, 2011 at the Imperial Palace Suites, Quezon City with the theme: “Pursuing Community Development through Peace Literacy.”

DepEd Undersecretary and LCC Chairperson Rizalino Rivera said the

celebration of the annual Literacy Week will be held on September 2 to

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ment units, private organizations and non-government organizations. The objectives of the conference are to: 1) raise awareness on literacy for peace and sustainable future among the participants; 2) share good practices on peace literacy for good governance; 3) reflect on peace situations and identify appropriate strategies and community intervention; and 4) develop Peace and Literacy Action Agenda: Programs, projects and Activities for Community Development. Undersecretary Rivera also bared that one of

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the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the National Literacy Hall of Fame to Tagum City for being a three-time first place winner in the Outstanding Local Government Unit (Component City Level) category in the National Literacy Awards. Tagum City is also an awardee in the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2011 for its exemplary accomplishments in literacy development through peace literacy. Rivera added that participants will have to pay the registration fee of P5,000 to cover the expenses for board and

lodging, handouts, kits, among others. Also, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Committee Chair on Education Arts and Culture Sen. Edgardo Angara, Committee Chair on Basic Education and Culture Cong. Salvador Escudero III are expected to deliver their messages to all the participants while during the Literacy Hall of Fame Awarding Ceremony, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director-General and LCC Member Atty. Jose A. Fabia will also give his message. (PIACaraga)


Surigao Norte to join Mindanao ONE trade expo SURIGAO CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) – The province of Surigao del Norte is joining the Mindanao ONE trade expo which shall be conducted on 14-17 October 2011 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Gov. Sol Matugas confirmed recently. With the objective of optimizing the full potentials of Mindanao, the 4-day trade expo will showcase products of the island from its smallest stakeholders to its biggest companies in the fields of agricultureaquaculture, trade, investment and tourism. The event is co-organized by the Mindanao Trade Expo Foundation, Inc. (MTEFI) and PHILEXPORT Davao in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Local Government Units (LGUs), Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Institutions, the Departments


of Agriculture, Science and Technology, Tourism, Trade and Industry, and its attached agency, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), and USAID’s Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program. “A business forum and business matching will also be conducted to highlight the potentials of Mindanao and its ASEAN neighbors in the context of the BIMP-EAGA sub-regional economic cooperation,” said Matugas, who is currently the Regional Development Council (RDC) chairperson of Caraga Region. Matugas further said that Mindanao ONE

will help launch Mindanao from its prevailing image as a conflict-affected area to ONE island that is modern but deep in its cultural richness; a paradise for those who seek the pleasures of ecological balance; and a destination for those looking for business prospects in the midst of the sumptuousness of its natural environment. “The Provincial Government is putting its best foot forward to bring Surigao’s products to the markets in Metro Manila,” said Matugas. Matugas also said that reparations are now going-on for the said event. (PPDO-Surigao del Norte/PIASurigao del Norte)

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ublic warned against proliferation of by Alfonso T. Ruda fake money


he Philippine National Police has recently warned the public against the proliferation of fake money in Zamboanga del Norte and the two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan.

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Public warned....from page 45 Zamboanga del Norte Police Director, Senior Superintendent Ulpiano C. Lopez issued the warning after the elements of the Provincial Public Safety Battalion led by Police Supt. Jalilul Bandahala has arrested Jeoffey P. Gutib in Dapitan City last Sunday. Gutib. 29 years old, allegedly a resident of Sibalye, Iligan City was apprehended around 12:45 PM Sunday during the cockfighting inside the Gallera de Dapitan, Barangayn Dawo, Dapitan City. Police operatives have recovered from his possession six (6) piec-

es P500 bills and 2 pcs. One Thousand Peso bills used as bet money. The suspect is now detained at Dapitan City Detention cell, while the confiscated fake money was submitted to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for verification. Meanwhile, in Dipolog City, joint operations of the elements of Dipolog City Police Office, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Team David have collared another set of suspected illegal drug pushers operating in the city. DCPO Chief, P/ Supt. Kenneth H. Mission said Francis Dar-

win Moroscallo, 30 years old-resident of Purok Madasigon, Sicayab, Dipolog City; Rodrigo Bayobay Jr, 50 years old and Hope Balancar, 22 years old, both residents of Bonifacio St., Dipolog City were arrested in a drug buy bust operation conducted at around 4:30PM in Purok Madasigon, Sicayab, this city Suspects are now detained at the detention cell of Dipolog City Police Office, while confiscated items/evidences are kept at the police station for court exhibit. (ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

13th national Physics confab slated in Dipolog Oct. 20-22 by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) - - High school and college Physics teachers are slated to converge here on Oct. 20-22 for the 13th national Physics conference organized by the Samahang Pisika ng Visayas at Mindanao (SPVM). The three-day conference, which will be hosted by the Andres Bonifacio College (ABC), will have Secretary Mario Montejo of the De-

partment of Science and Technology (DOST) as the keynote speaker. SPVM President Dr. Reynaldo M. Vequizo said the conference will

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13th national....from page 46 Physics and detectors, materials science and others. Two physicists from the Photonics Research Center, University of Malaya, Malaysia known as Dr. Mohd Zamani Zulkifli and Prof. Sulaiman Wadi Harun will serve as plenary speakers. Other plenary speakers are Prof. Ivan B. Culaba of the Physics depart-

ment of the Ateneo de Manila University, Prof. Joan Cordovillo of Bicol State University and Dr. Maricor N. Soriano of the National Institute of Physics, University of the Philippines. The national Physics conference is an annual activity of the SPVM to showcase advances in Physics research and education as well as to

enhance collaboration among physicists, Physics educators and students in the Philippines. Registration fee for regular participants is P2,750 and P2,500 for student-participants to cover SPVM annual membership fee, conference kit, snacks and lunch. (FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

PCSO shoulders expenses for first kidney transplant in Zambo by Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) - - The government’s charity office- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to finance the first ever kidney transplant operation in Zamboanga City as local hospital here is scheduled to perform the “historical” kidney transplant on October 1, revealed Dr. Michael Abutazil, Renal Transplantation Head, Western Mindanao Medical Center (WMMC). Dr. Abutazil said, WMMC Renal Transplant Unit (RTU) is ready to perform the procedure to a 45 year old male kidney patient whose donor is his 41 year old cousin. Abutazil explained, both the kidney donor and recipient will under-

go the process simultaneously. “The operation will take three to four hours,” Abutazil said. According to the RTU head, 7 doctors will composed the team that will do the procedure on the patient and donor. “The team will be

composed of seven doctors which include transplant surgeon, urologists, nephrologists, and an anesthesiologist,” he said. Abutazil revealed, WMCC recently purchased an aesthetic machine in preparation for the transplant proce48

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PCSO shoulders...from page 47 dure. “To assure sterility of the operating room (OR), the OR will not be used 12 hours before the scheduled transplant, that is why WMMC has purchased this aesthetic machine and other special instruments for the purpose ” Abutazil explained. It can be recalled, WMMC’s Renal Transplant Unit recently got it’s license to operate / accreditation certificate as released by the Department of Health (Manila) giving go signal for

the hospital to perform kidney transplantation after thorough studies and scrutiny and personal visit conducted by DOH and National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) months back. “The opening of the WMMC Renal Transplant Unit will pave the way for future organ transplant in the city at a much lesser cost,” Dr. Abutazil said. Abutazil shared, kidney transplantation will cost a patient some P1.5million if done at the NKTI and P800,000.00

when done in Davao City. Dr. Abutazil said there are only five local nephrologists / doctors in Zamboanga who specialize in kidney disease/ trouble. He confirmed that Zamboanga City alone has a 1000 patients diagnosed with renal failure who needs kidney transplant. Patients with chronic renal failure spends three times a week for dialysis amounting to P2, 800 per session or P8, 400 every week. (JPA/ PIA 9-Zambo City)

Barangays should implement mitigation measures to prevent vulnerability to hazards: OCD9 chief urges by Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) – The barangays should establish and implement appropriate strategies and effective measures to reduce or prevent from the impact of natural calamities.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD9) Regional Director Adriano Fuego told the different barangay chairmen of the

province during the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Seminar sponsored by the Liga ng mga Baran-

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(DILG) held recently at the Bulwagan ng Kabataan, Dao here. “Gikinahanglan gayud nga ang mga barangay mohimo ug mga lakang pagpakunhod sa peligro nga gidulot sa natural nga mga kalamidad Mohimo kamo ug plano aron malikayan nga adunay makasinati sa sa kalamidad (It is very necessary that the barangays should implement mitigating measures to prevent hazards that are brought by natural disasters You have to make a plan to prevent from experiencing natural disasters, ” Fuego urged. Fuego also encouraged the barangay chairmen to use 5% of their calam-

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ity fund as mandated under Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010”, saying that it has been a traditional practice of local government executives to use the said funds only when calamity happens. “Ang RA 10121 nga na-aprobahan sa 14th Congress maoy nakapadasig sa mga LGUs nga mohimo ug mga lakang. Dili sama kaniadto ang LGUs maghulat pa nga adunay kalamidad nga mahitabo ayha magamit ang nasangpit nga pundo ( RA 10121 which was approved by the 14th Congress has inspired LGUs to

prepare mitigation measures. Unlike before, LGUs have to wait first that calamity will happen for them to use the said funds),” Fuego explained. Fuego advised them to prepare a comprehensive and integrated LDRRM plan that would serve as basis for the LGUs to use the fund properly. The plan, Fuego said shall be used to support disaster risk reduction especially in the implementation of disaster preparedness programs such as conduct of disaster risk reduction and management training, procurement of equipments, medicines, etc. (JPA/ GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)


41 mil ka lawak tunghaan ipabarog sa DepEd sunod tuig by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA)—Determinado ang administrasyong Aquino nga tubagon ang kakulangan sa mga lawak-tunghaan pinaagi sa pagpabarog ug 41.000 ka mga lawak-tunghaan sunod tuig.

Mao kini ang gipahayag ni Education Secretary Armin Luistro sa gipahigayong pagdungog sa senado sa gisugyot nga budget sa DepEd para sa 2012 nga 191 bilyones ka pesos. Matod pa ni Luistro, 18.2 bilyones ka pesos sa ilang gipangayong pondo para sa tuig 2012 gamiton sa pagpabarog ug pagpaayo sa mga lawak tunghaan, diin 5 bilyones niini ang ipatuman pinaagi sa public-private partnership kon PPP Program. Mahinumdoman, nga sa gipa-


higayong pagdungog sa budget sa DepEd niadtong miaging tuig, gitumbok sa DepEd ang lima ka nag-unang problema sa departamento sama sa kakulangan sa mga magtutudlo, libro, lingkuranan ug mga pasilidad sa tubig ug sanitasyon. Matod pa ni Luistro, inanay nang gitubag sa DepEd ang maong mga problema. Dugang pa sa kalihim, sugdan na sa Deped ang paghatod ug dugang 12.5 milyones ka mga lingkuranan para sa tunghaan sa di pa matapos ang tuig 2011.

Gawas sa pagsulbad sa nag-unang lima ka problema sa DepEd, nga plano usab sa DepEd ang pagbutang ug internet connection ang 27,000 ka mga pampublikong tunghaan sa sekondarya sa tibuok nasod. Sa pagkakaron, 68 porsiento sa mga tuinghaan sa sekondarya sa nasod ang duna nay internet connection. Sunod niini, gilantaw usab sa DepEd ang kawalaykuryente sa 9,000 ka mga pampublkong tunghaan sa tibuok nasod. (JPA/ ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

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photo releases 11 year-old Vea A. Lumusad, grade 6 pupil of Diplo Elementary School and a resident of Picanan, Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur describes their economic situation prior and during the implementation of 4Ps.

San Miguel Central School principal Jerry C. Librea shares the positive impact of 4Ps to parents and their children.

Schools Division Superintendent Visminda Serrato shares her observations on the tremendous increase of enrolment and participation rate of school children as a result of the implementation of 4Ps program in the province.

DSWD9 Regional Director Teodulo R. Romo Jr. says “the only effective way to address the problem of poverty sustainably is thru the convergence of local government units and other stakeholders.

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Profile for PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - September 20, 2011  

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One Mindanao - September 20, 2011  

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