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• Aquino arrives in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday on a

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Selected public bilateral ties to pitch for more investments from Japan highschool •• Aquino Aquino leaves for official working visit to Japan in ZamPen • Phl envoy to Japan underscores role of the receive

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• Filipinos in Japan are excited to welcome

President Aquino

TALKING POINTS • DOLE prepares students against job mismatc • Mga kursong ‘oversubscribed’ inaaksyunan na ng DOLE • Problema sa jobs mismatch tinutugunan ng DOLE

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Northern Mindanao • City dad calls on Iligan residents to put up security measures during the Diyandi Fest • RDRRMC tells NorMin residents to continuously monitor tropical storm Pedring • Cong. Rodriguez groundbreaks Cag. de Oro River Basin Project to protect residents from floods • MOSCAT conducts free techno-forum to farmers • Lechon festival draws big crowd in Iligan

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• Armchairs, desks given to Kapalong public school • Davao’s cardiovascular health program is set for implementation • 200 ka pamilya sa Mati nakadawat og benepisyong pabalay • Baltic Tree Park gidugangan tanom og 100 kahoy

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Sen. Villar vows to grant scholarship to daughter of a fallen OFW from Caraga Region • CSC Caraga awards region’s outstanding public officials and employees • DSWD-Caraga naghimo’g report sa social protection, development • Presensya sa Chinese students sulod bulan sa Butuan, gikahimuot sa opisyal sa Bureau of Immigration

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Selected Public High Schools in ZamPen to Receive DOST’s STARBOOKS

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providing an effective and efficient access to S&T information through the use of information and communications technologies (ICT), the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. IX (DOST IX) has recently released a grant to the Regional Information Technology and E-Commerce Committee (RITECC-IX) to carry out the project “Piloting of STARBOOKS in Selected Schools / Libraries in Zamboanga Peninsula Region.” The grant, amounting to P 760,324.00 is funded under the DOST Grants-in-aid (GIA) program. RITECCIX is a special committee on ICT under the Regional Development Council IX.

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Cover Story: Selected public high....from page 3 STARBOOKS Recipients The recipients of the project are selected educational institutions / libraries in Region IX with S&T priority subjects in their curriculum as identified by the RITECC-IX members. The project also aims to create and enhance interest of students in the field of S&T, encourage their great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovations and stimulate and inspire their capacity to get involved in research and entreDOST’s STARBOOKS technical and annual reports preneurship. STARBOOKS is the and other latest data and inFirst Philippine Science Digital formation contained at the DOST STARBOOKS in DiLibrary developed by the Sci- DOST’s Science Information polog ence and Technology Informa- Network (SciNeT), Philippine Hundreds of viewers in tion Institute (STII) of DOST. eLib project sources, freely- Dipolog City had the chance This was officially launched on available online resources, of browsing / searching on June 24, 2011 in time for the and subscribed databases. the STARBOOKS at Lee Plaza. DOST-STII’s 24th Anniversary. The event was attended by the DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, other DOST Officials and friends from the media. STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station, is a stand alone, onsite research kiosk that provides free access on S&T information for academic and livelihood use. The system provides relevant and latest information on S&T subjects. Users can have access to thousands of titles of books, journals, scientific researches,

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The mobile kiosk was one of the various display and exhibits featured during the recently conducted Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) organized by DOST-IX. This new academic and livelihood resource differs from other library portals as it does not require Internet connectivity to deliver information to its users. The kiosk has a built-in server that provides instant access to S&T information. The information can be printed using a portable printer. STARBOOKS also contains various videos on DOSTdeveloped technologies for entrepreneurs looking for potential science-based livelihood. On its initial run, 171 technology videos have been uploaded in the kiosk through the different DOST agencies. The videos range from food processing to laundry soap making and other livelihood materials. The DOST

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through the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) will continuously build the STARBOOKS content to ensure that the information offered are rich and timely. STII expects that this project will spur a wave of S&T enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it is also hoped that every barangay in the country will adopt STARBOOKS kiosk to make S&T information accessible to every Filipino. To intensify greater utilization of STARBOOKS in provincial and municipal areas, DOST IX plans to install STARBOOKS kiosks in selected pilot educational institutions / libraries in the region. The Department also encourages public and private libraries / information centers to adopt STARBOOKS. DOST-STII is very willing to provide STARBOOKS content free-of-charge for educational and research purposes.

Schools who wish to avail of the STARBOOKS will be given the contents / software for free. However, they are required to provide for the computer system with the minimum requirements specified for the installation of the STARBOOKS software. For more information, interested parties may visit or call the DOST-IX office at Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City with telephone numbers (062) 991-1024 and look for the writer.

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Aquino arrives in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday on a journey of friendship, trade, economic and bilateral ties resident Benigno S. Aquino III arrives here Sunday afternoon to further cement the country’s existing friendship, economic and bilateral relations with the Japanese government during his four-day official working visit from September 25 to 28.

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The Chief Executive, who will be accompanied by members of his economic team led by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and a powerhouse of Philippine business delegation (numbering over a hundred), arrives at the Haneda Airport on board a Philippine Airlines Flight PR001 from Manila. Shortly after simple arrival ceremonies at the airport, the Chief Executive will immediately proceed to meet with the Filipino community at the Japan Education Center’s Auditorium. In a prepared program for the occasion, President Aquino will be welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Japan Ambassador Manuel Lopez. There will also be an audio visual presentation on the Philippine EmbassyFilipino Community Assistance to the victims of in the afterSunday, September 25, 2011

math of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. This will be followed by a cultural dance presentation by the F i l i p i n o -J a p a n e s e children. After the presentation, three boys and three girls will present to President Aquino the Box of Tanzaku (box of wishes and dreams). Then the President will deliver his message for the Filipino community in Japan. The President is expected to apprise the Filipinos working in Japan about new positive developments and transformation of the Philippines and to thank them for their hard work particularly on their contributions to the country’s economic progress. According to the Philippine Embassy here, there are an estimated 250,000 Filipino overseas workers in various parts of Japan and 30,614 of

which are in Tokyo. He is also set to make a trip to the Tohoku Region particularly the Sendai City, Ishinomaki and the Kadonawaki coastal area which were heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Ishinomaki is a city located in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. As he sets foot at the Sendai station, the President will be welcomed by its officials. He will then proceed to the Ishinomaki City Hall where the Ishinomaki mayor will pay a courtesy call on him. The President then will separately visit the Kadonawaki Junior High School Evacuation Center and the nearby Ishinomaki Catholic Church Kindergarten Building where he will also meet with the Filipino community and deliver a brief message. (RSDA) 9


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Aquino to pitch for more investments from Japan etermined on improving the lives of millions of Filipinos back home, President Benigno S. Aquino III will pitch for more investments from key Japanese businessmen to infuse their capital in the Philippines particularly in his administration’s Public-Private Partnership infrastructure program when he arrives here on Sunday for a four-day official working visit. The Chief Executive will be accompanied by his Cabinet economic team headed by Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and over a hundred Filipino business executives who will likewise assist him in luring Japanese investors to invest in the Philippines. The President is expected to make the pitch when he delivers his speech at the Philippine Economic Forum before Japanese business leaders on the topic “Socioeconomic Forum in the Philippines.” Aside from this, the President is expected to brief big Japanese business organizations on the economic development and vital economic reforms that he had instituted, includ10

ing his policies on good governance, since he assumed office in June 2010, when he will personally meet with them separately during the course of his visit. All these business meetings will take place at the Imperial Hotel where he is billeted. Among these organizations that President Aquino is expected to meet are the top brass of the Terumo Corporation, the Marubeni Corporation, the Toyota Motor Corporation, the “Pocket Mon,” the Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., the Ichijo Co. Ltd., and the Mitsui and Co. Ltd.. The President is going to echo the same pitch that the Philippines is now open for business when he attends the roundtable

discussion with officials and members of the Japan Philippines Economic Cooperation Committee (JPECC) and during the luncheon hosted by the Japan and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the JPECC at the 11th and 12th Floor of the Tokyo, Kaikan respectively. For several decades, Japan has been the second largest trading partner of the Philippines. Since 2010, Japan ranked as the No. 1 export market and import source of the country, which makes Japan the No. 1 trading partner of the Philippines with total trade in 2010 amounting to US$14.5 billion. (RSDA)

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Aquino leaves for official working visit to Japan resident Benigno S.Aquino III left Sunday morning for a fourday working visit to Japan which will focus on strengthening the diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries and share the ‘good news’ that has been happening in the Philippines under his leadership.

The President, joined by a lean delegation, embarked on Philippine Airlines chartered flight PR 001 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. The group left for Tokyo at nine in the morning. In his brief message prior to their departure, President Aquino said he will share with the world the reforms that the government has been and continuously implementing to push for sustainable progress and development that will result to better living standards for the Filipino people. “Ito po ang layunin ng pagbisita natin: ang maitan-

glaw sa mundo ang bagong liwanag ng pagbabagong tinatamasa ng bansa natin ngayon,” President Aquino said. “Ang maipakilala ang isang Pilipinas na diretso nang tumatawid sa landas ng mabuting pamamahala; isang Pilipinas na mas bukas, mas maaliwalas, at mas patas nang lugar sa pagnenegosyo; isang Pilipinas na handang makipagbayanihan sa ibang bansa tungo sa isang mas maunlad na kinabukasan,” he added. The Chief Executive will be dealing with a busy schedule during the visit, that includes a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko

Noda. “Nakatakda tayong makipagpulong sa kagalang-galang na Punong Ministro ng Japan na si Yoshihiko Noda upang patatagin ang ugnayan ng ating dalawang bansa, at balangkasin ang direksiyon ng ating patuloy na pagtutulungan tungo sa kaunlaran ng ating mga lipunan,” the President said. “Nananabik po tayo sa mga magaganap na talakayan, sa magiging palitan ng mga ideya, at umaasa po tayong magbubunga ito ng ilang mga kasunduan at paglalagda,” he added. The President also said that he will convey the Philip12

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pines’ sympathies with the Japanese people for their loss from the March 11 quake and tsunami. In Tokyo, Aquino is set to meet with members of the Filipino community shortly after his arrival at the Haneda Airport to jump-start his fourday official working visit. Several meetings with the Japanese business groups are also in line to seek for more investments in the country. Included in the Presidential Delegation are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Secretary

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Gregory Domingo, Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma, Jr. Some members of the Cabinet were present as part of the send-off party led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles, Commission on Higher Education Secretary Patricia Licuanan, La-

bor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman FrancisTolentino, Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. Also in attendance were other government officials that include Senator Franklin Drilon and Armed Forces of the Philippines officials led by Chief of Staff General Eduardo Oban Jr., and Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Ramon Liwag. The President is expected to arrive in Japan at 2 p.m. today. (JCL)

Phl envoy to Japan underscores role of the country in the ongoing reconstruction of Japan n a gesture of solidarity, the Philippine government will play a role in the ongoing reconstruction of Ishinomaki City Hall through a donation that will be turned over by no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III to its city mayor when he visits the Miyagi Prefecture on Monday, Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez said.

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Ishinomaki City is among the areas that were severely devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami off the Pacific coast of Tohoku region in the eastern part of Japan where there are also quite a number of Filipinos residing there, Lopez said in an interview. “I think it is only fitting that the Philippines play a role in the reconstruction of that area,” Lopez stressed said. According to Lopez, The President will be giving a donation to the Mayor of Ishinomaki for the reconstruction of their city hall that was devastated during the tsunami. “So makikibagay tayo with the local community and at the same time I think, the President, magpapasalamat din siya to the local officials for taking care of our nationals who were affected by both the

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earthquake and the tsunami,” he added. Lopez said the President also recommended that some of the assistance that the Philippines managed to extend Ishinomaki City earlier, like the doctors, be kept to further aid our citizens until their complete recovery from the trauma brought by the tragedy. “Talagang kailangan na kailangan nila and since marami tayong ga kababayan doon, nakakatulong na rin sila hindi lang doon sa ating mga nationals kundi pati na rin sa mga Japanese na nangangailangan din ng tulong ng mga psychologists natin,” Lopez said. Apart from medical support, the Philippine government has extended other forms of assistance to Ishinomaki City right after the quake, like relief goods that include bottled water,

blankets and other items for those who were displaced. Lopez described the relationship between Japan and the Philippines as “a very special” one, adding that “it is probably at its best right now” since Japan is the biggest contributor of official development assistance funds to the Philippines. “[They] are also the biggest foreign direct investors in our country, and even as employers of Filipinos in the Philippines, sila na siguro ang pinakamalaki ngayon sa bansa natin of all the different countries. So, napakaimportante ng role ng Japan sa ating bayan ngayon plus, it goes without saying that Japan is the host country of 220,000 Filipinos or probably even more, who now reside in Japan…, who call Japan their home,” he said further. (HDC)

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Filipinos in Japan are excited to welcome President Aquino he Filipino community here are “excited” to meet President Benigno S. Aquino III again this Sunday when he arrives for his scheduled engagement with them, in his first official working visit here. He attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting held here last year.

In an interview with Radio TV Malacañang, Maria Barro, a Filipino entertainer in Japan conveyed that she and her fellow Filipinos are all looking forward to see President Aquino once again, noting that some of them will take this opportunity to address their “requests” to the Philippine leader. President Aquino has met with the Filipino community members in Tokyo late last year following his attendance of the 18th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting which was held in Yokohama. “Maganda naman ‘yung acceptance ng mga Filipinos dito sa kanya pero…syempre, hindi natin masasabi, may

mga Filipino talaga na maraming request— maraming gustong sabihin at maraming gustong ipaabot sa Presidente natin na eto ‘yung kailangan namin,” Barro said. Barro said the primary request of the Filipino community here is to have a Catholic school built for Filipinos and Filipino-Japanese children that can provide the same quality of education as the schools back in the Philippines. “Siyempre, hindi lahat-lahat ma-a-address at nakita naman namin kay PNoy na willing siyang pakinggan especially ang hiling ng mga Pilipino dito sa Japan ay magkaroon ng eskwelahan para sa mga Pilipino,” she said. Barro said that

she, together with her daughter, will be participating in the ‘big presentation’ being prepared by the Filipino community for the President when they meet him this Sunday afternoon and they are excited about that as well. Barro was among the Filipinos who took part in the humanitarian services rendered by the Philippine Embassy when tragedies struck Japan about six months ago saying that what happened during its aftermath was a picture of ‘unity’ for both the Filipino and the Japanese communities. “Lahat ng Filipino communities natin dito— from the leader to the members—lahat sila nakisama sa pangongolekta ng re15

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lief [goods], pagluluto ng pagkain, hanggang pinuntahan nila ‘yung mga tao…sa mga affected areas— ‘yung mga Filipino sa affected areas,” Barro recalled. Barro noted that she herself did flew back to the Philippines when the radiation leak scare broke out following the nuSunday, September 25, 2011

clear power plant explosion at the Fukushima Prefecture but she returned after everything went back to normal. “Actually, umuwi ako ng Pilipinas ‘nun dahil medyo natakot din ako kasi I have my own family in the Philippines. Pero pagbalik ko dito, nakita ko parang business

as usual, kahit medyo humina ‘yung mga companies that target the Filipino market,” she said. On Monday, President Aquino is also scheduled to meet with another group of Filipinos in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture that was badly hit by the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake. (HDC) 15


President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his departure statement Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 for his official working visit to Japan S to meet with the Filipino Community in Tokyo, visit an evacuation ings while there. Likewise, he will have a bilateral meeting with His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. (Photo by: Robert Vi単as / 16

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t during the send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Sunday morning (September 25). President Aquino is scheduled n center in Ishinomaki City, and attend a series of business meeth Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and a state call on on / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau) Sunday, September 25, 2011

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DOLE prepares students against job mismatch by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

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o effectively address the country’s perennial jobs to skills mismatch problem, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is now working to help secondary school students aim or study courses which will provide them with skills needed by the industry. 19 18

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During the program “Talking Points” held at the Philippine Information Agency, DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz said their agency is now providing third and fourth year high school students throughout the country with an effective career and employment guide counseling. “Ito ay kung papano natin matuturuan nang maayos na pagpapaplano ng kanilang career ang ating mga kabataan at ‘yung mga kursong kukunin nila ay talagang tutugma sa mga trabahong kakailanganin natin sa mga susunod na taon,” he said. (We are working to effectively teach the youth how to plan their career including what course to take in college that allows for a greater chance Sunday, September 25, 2011

of employability in the future.) Cruz said that through proper career coaching, students will also be able to best determine the course they will take in college by giving preference to jobs that match their interests, skills, values, and other abilities and more importantly, that which the industries need. He said the intervention will help most graduating high school students determine the “right job” for them in the future, thereby assuring them of employment in the particular industry they trained for, and curbing the job mismatch problem. At the same time, the labor official said the DOLE has continuous coordination with other concerned g o v e r n m e n t

agencies like CHED (Commission on Higher Education) to determine and regulate those courses which would produce graduates who cannot be employed in the future and determine those that would. He likewise was emphatic on what courses would have the highest batting average in terms of employability and these are - mining, welder, mechanics, aeronautics, geology, and software engineering. To address the jobs-skills mismatch, the Commission on Higher Education has been providing scholarship grants to priority courses as a way to influence the course preferences of graduating high school students as well as present first year and second year college students. 19


Mga kursong ‘oversubscribed’ inaaksyunan na ng DOLE by Maria Camille B. Blaquera QUEZON CITY, Set. 25 (PIA) -- Patuloy na nakikipag- ugnayan ang DOLE sa Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at Department of Education (DepEd) upang isaayos at tulungan ang mga estudyante kung ano ang kursong kanilang dapat kunin upang maiwasan ang “oversubscribed” na mga kurso, tulad ng Nursing, Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) at Information Technology (IT). Ito ang ipinahayag ni Labor Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz sa programang Talking Points kaninang umaga.

Ayon kay Cruz, ang DOLE ay nagsasagawa ng mga career guide seminar sa mga eskwelahan upang gabayan ang mga magsisipagtapos sa tamang pagpili ng kurso. Ito ay upang maiwasan na umano ang mga mismatches na nagiging dahilan ng pagdami ng walang trabaho at mga underemployed. D a g d a g pa ni Cruz, isa mga nagawa na nila upang 20

masolusyunan ang oversupply ng nars ay ang paglulunsad noong isang taon ng Nurse Program na sa taong kasalukuyan ay inabsorb na ng Department of Health (DOH) at Department of Social Welfare (DSWD) at tinawag nila itong Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service o RN Heals. Ang programang ito ay nagbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga nars na

walang trabaho, na magsanay at magtrabaho sa mga rural areas. “Noong isang linggo lamang ay inutusan din kami ni Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz na magdaos ng isang special jobs fair para sa mga nursing graduates natin, whether na pasado yan o hindi sa Licensure Exam. Magkakaroon kami ng isang malakihang jobs fair para sa ating unemployed nurses,” sabi pa ni Cruz. Sunday, September 25, 2011


Problema sa jobs mismatch tinutugunan ng DOLE by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan QUEZON CITY, Set. 24 (PIA) -- Upang matugunan ang problema sa job-skill mismatch o undere4ployment, tinatarget ngayon ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang mga estudyante ng high school sa buong bansa para sa mas epektibong pagpili ng kursong magdudulot ng “tamang trabaho” para sa kanila o pagpili sa kursong kailangang kailangan ng mga industriya dito. Ito ang inilahad ni DOLE Undersecretary Danilo Cruz sa programang “Talking Points” na ginanap sa Philippine Information Agency, kasabay ng pagsabing, nagsasagawa ang kanilang ahensya ng career at employment guide counseling para sa mga mag-aaral ng 3rd at 4th year sa high school. “Ito ay kung papano natin matuturuan nang maayos na pagpapa-plano ng kanilang career ang ating mga kabataan at yaong mga kursong kukunin nila ay talagang tutugma sa mga trabahong kakailanganin Sunday, September 25, 2011

natin sa mga susunod na taon,” ani Cruz. Sinabi pa ng opisyal na sa pamamagitan nang tamang career coaching, mas epektibong mapipili ng mga estudyante ang kursong kukunin sa kolehiyo na pinaka-akma sa kanilang interes, kakayahan, kaugalian, at abilidad. Aniya, sa pamamagitan ng naturang serbisyo, mas mapupunan din ang mga trabahong higit na ‘in-demand’ sa mga susunod na taon ng mga kwalipikadong aplikante kaya’t mas mababawasan ang problema ng job mis-

match sa bansa. Gayundin, tiniyak ng opisyal na patuloy ang koordinasyon ng DOLE sa iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan tulad ng CHED o Commission on Higher Education para matukoy at mabantayan ang mga kursong malabo nang makapagbigay ng trabaho sa mga Pinoy sa hinaharap. Bukod pa rito, inilahad din ni Cruz ang mga kursong mas bebenta sa mga susunod na taon dahil sa pagiging in-demand ng mga ito gaya ng sa mining, aeronautics, geology, at software engineering. 21


City dad calls on Iligan residents to put up security measures during the Diyandi Fest by Lorry V. Gabule

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ayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, Chairperson of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) of Iligan has called on the residents to get involved in the security preparations, in this year’s celebration of Diyandi Festival. 22

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City dad calls..from page 22 The City Mayor sounded the call to the CPOC members, especially the barangay officials and its counterpart from other national government agencies who are members of the National POC, the necessity to take part in matters pertaining to the state of peace and development in the city. He said the Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) has prepared a generalized security plan called OPLAN Viva Señor San Miguel for all activities of the Festival. The security plan is for major events that draws huge crowd like

the Pagpakanaug ni Señor San Miguel on Sept 20, the Kasadya Street Dancing on Sept 27, and the Procession of Señor San Miguel on Sept 29the feast day. The CPOC Chairperson said the community also has a great job to do which is to be vigilant pertaining to security matters. Further, the CPOC shall function to provide and recommend measures to converge and orchestrate internal security operation efforts of civil authorities and agencies, military and police. Meanwhile, P/ SSupt Celso G. Regen-

cia, ICPO Director, revealed that to beef up the security for the whole duration of the festival in September, a company from the 10th Regional Public Safety Battalion, PNP Regional Office 10, Cagayan de Oro City, will augment the city’s law enforcers. Also to complement and augment the ICPO in securing the area are the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Light Armor Division, Philippine Army (PA), under Col. Aldred L. Limoso, and the 4th Mechanized Battalion, PA, under Lt. Col. Efren Baluyot.

RDRRMC tells NorMin residents to continuously monitor tropical storm Pedring CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Residents of Northern Mindanao, particularly, those living in low-lying and mountainous areas have been advised to guard themselves against possible flashfloods and landslides. 24 Sunday, September 25, 2011

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RDRRMR tells...from page 23 This, after the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued an advisory, Severe Weather Bulletin No. 1, on tropical storm “Pedring,” which has already entered into Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). The NDRRMC advisory said Pedring was spotted East of Southern Luzon and was already 1,030 km. East of Virac, Catanduanes as of 4:00 p.m., of Sept. 24. Its strength was

estimated at a maximum of 65 kph near the center with a gustiness of up to 80 kph moving West Northwest at 19 kph. Today, Sunday, TS Pedring is expected to be some 890 km. East of Baler, Aurora and about 510 km. East Northeast of the area or at 500 km. East Southeast of Tuguegarao City, by Monday, Sept. 26, and some 120 km. East of the city by Tuesday afternoon. Regional Director Ana Cañeda of the Office

of Civil Defense (OCD) said although this weather disturbance is still too far to directly affect any part of the country, widespread rains are expected over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Thus, people in flood-prone areas should continue to be vigilant to prevent the loss of lives and damaged to property due to “Pedring,” Cañeda who is also the Chairperson of the Regional DRRMC, region 10, said.

Cong. Rodriguez groundbreaks Cag. de Oro River Basin Project to protect residents from floods by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Residents of the flood-prone barangays, along the Cagayan de Oro River, can now heave a sigh of relief. This, after Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District has included, among his priority, the Cagayan

de Oro City River Basin (CDOCRB) Project, so people in the area can be protected from flooding. “We want to pro-

tect our people from flashfloods, not only during the rainy season but also during occasional rains brought about by the 25

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global warming and climate change,� the Congressman said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, yesterday, Sept. 23. With an allocation of Php100 million, the project involves the construction of revetment and channel excavation along the CDOCRB that is expected to benefit the residents of Poblacion, Barangay Uno, Barangay Macasandig and Barangay Carmen, this city. Rodriguez, however, said that the bid-out price of the project was reduced to Php60,415, 539.25 million, saving for the government about Php40 million, which can be used of an extension of the revetment, later-on. To be completed in 300 calendar days, the revetment will have a total length of Sunday, September 25, 2011

265 meters, the construction of which will be undertaken by the bid winner/contractor, the Equi-Parco Construction Co. in three (3) parts: Pob., Barangay Uno at the back of the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral consisting of the repair of the existing dike/ revetment of 35 lineal meters and the construction of 80 LM. revetment connecting the newly accomplished revetment of the City’s 5th Bridge, downstream. Calacala Section, Barangay Macasandig consisting of the construction of 50 LM. revetment continueing the newsly completed revetment at the 5th Bridge, upstream, the construction of 50 LM. New construction in Calacala Section and channel excavation and

dredging of some 24,582.40 cu. m. of river materials. Barangay Carmen consisting of new construction of 50 LM or revetment and channel excavation or dredging of some 47,090.00 cu.m. of the river materials. (PIA-10) Meanwhile, Aaron Neri, Punong Barangay (Village Chieftain) of Macasanding, together with the members of the United Settlers Association (USA) in Calacala, thanked Congressman Rodriguez for his concern of their safety. He said it was his barangay which was the hardest hit during the flashfloods of January 2009 which resulted in huge damages to property, particularly, the houses, partially and totally, of his constituents. 25


MOSCAT conducts free techno-forum to farmers by Genesis V. Monterde

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Claveria farmers recently attended a technology forum conducted by the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT). Focused on organic vegetable production, vermin composting and livestock/animal production, the forum was initiated to update farmers on the new development in farming technologies and help improve their production. Dr. Rosalito Quirino, President of MOSCAT, was pleased with the cooperation of the farmers and reassured his support for them. “Ako nagatinguha nga panghingosgan ang programa sa agrikultura, tungod kay ako nagatuo nga samtang aduna pay mga pamilya nga gutom walay kalinaw sa atong

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nasud (I am strongly pushing for the enhancement the agricultural programs, for I believe that while there were still families starving, there will be no peace in the country)” he said. Dr. Nelda Gonzaga, Director of Research Development and Extension Office (RDEO), likewise, said the event formed part of the school’s 28th founding anniversary celebration anchored with the theme “UNIFIED MOSCAT: soaring greater heights at 28.” A technology fair was also held with various exhibits from participating agencies giving

out their services ranging from free-dog vaccination, crop production information, and animal-raising, among others. Meanwhile, Mayor Redentor Salvaleon revealed during the forum that Claveria’s Income Revenue Allotment (IRA) has now reached to more than Php100 million brought by its booming economy, tax collection efforts, and project development. He also motivated the farmers to stay industrious, to plan and work hard to be successful, adding that he will give more attention on feeding the hungry before any other project.

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Lechon festival draws big crowd in Iligan

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Thousands of residents, here, and from other places flocked to the 2nd “Indigay sa Lechon” (roasted pig competition), one of the highlights of Diyandi (gathering) festival, along Roxas Avenue, this city, last Sept. 20. Melvin Anggot, City Information Officer said 60 crispy and spicy roasted pig were given free to residents and visitors by the city government and the city’s lone congressional district. Anggot said, among the nine (9) participants of the competition, Miling’s Lechon of Timoga, Buruun bagged the “Best Lechon” award with Php10,000, while Amalia’s lechon was second, with Php 8,000 and Dodong’s lechon was third with P7,000. Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz officially claimed “lechon” from Iligan City is the Sunday, September 25, 2011

country’s most delicious roasted pig better than Cebu City. Cruz said, “lechon” from Bayug and Timoga are among the best roasted pig as delicacies from Iligan City and had been sending deliveries to Manila and even abroad. The Mayor said the lechon is one of the so called “One Town One Product” that formed part of Iligan City’s being the number eight (8) in the country performance in good governance. Meanwhile, Congressman Vicente Belmonte Jr. of the city’s lone district., said there

are three (3) major products and delicacies that makes Iligan City well known. These are the world class Cheding Peanuts, Sukang Pinakurat and the famous lechon from Iligan City. Belmonte said ‘ lechon’ from Iligan gives more power to our patron saint St. Michael the Archangel who protect Iligan City and drive out evils that tends to destroy it. It is also the favorite food of Señior San Miguel and that lechon from Iligan City attracts local and foreign tourists from other places. (CIO) 27


Armchairs, desks given to Kapalong public school by Louie Lapat & Edwin Lasquite

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public elementary school here received on Friday at least 112 armchairs and 100 desks from the city government of Tagum which fabricated the fixtures from the bulk of confiscated hot logs.

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evaluated the condition of the new desks and armchairs prior to the start of the official turnover ceremony. Uy expressed the need for good desks and

chairs to fuel the interest of the children to do better in their schooling, a thing which Kapalong Mayor Edgardo L. Timbol agreed on. School principal 29 Sunday, September 25, 2011


Armchairs, desks....from page 28 Justo Villaber recalled that it only took him one text message for Mayor Uy to approve and immediately deliver the principal’s request of school fixtures. “Wala gyud mi naglisod og request. Pasalamat mi sa kinasing-kasing sa tabang ni Mayor Uy. (It was not hard for us to request. We heartily thank the help of Mayor Uy),” Villaber stressed. The teachers also believe that the assistance would help boost the delivery of quality education and improve their students’ performance. Uy brought to Tagum Motorpool’s Fabrication

some 40 desks from the said school, which need minor repairs. In his talk with the media, Uy said this is part of Tagum’s “social responsibility” thus the city leads the massive payback through investing in the education of students in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte through its fabrication of armchairs, desks and tables. Uy said his administration is targeting to fabricate 6,000 to 8,000 armchairs out from the hot logs donated by the Department of Environment and Natural

Davao’s cardiovascular health program is set for implementation

Resources by the end of 2011 which will help ease the problem of lack of chairs in the schools. “Dako ang atong pasalamat kay Mayor Uy sa iyang gihatag karong buntaga…kini dako gyud og tabang sa pag-eskwela sa amoang mga bata diri (We have great gratitude to Mayor Uy for his help. This is a big help to the education of our children here),” Mayor Timbol said. This was the third wave of the distribution of school fixtures by the Tagum City LGU, after Talaingod in Davao del Norte and Laak in Compostela Valley.

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Health care services related to cardiovascular diseases specifically on diabetes and hypertension would soon be available in the barangays here as the Cardiovascular Program of Davao City is being set for full implementation. 30 Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Davao’s cardiovascular...from page 29 Following the installation of CVD program services and equipment in all 186 barangays of the city, the city government and the Handicap InternationalPhilippines are preparing to carry out the program which was launched in May this year. Prior to the implementation, at least 100 barangay captains in the city are expected to get orientation on the details of the CVD program on September 29 at Marco Polo Hotel, this city. Erolle Jay Miranda, communications officer of the CVD projectHandicap InternationalPhilippines, said the bulk of participants to the orientation will be coming from Davao City’s League of Barangay Captains. Miranda said that the CVD program is utilizing a multistakeholder approach in the implementation of the program, citing the significant involvement of the local government

in this endeavor. He bared City Mayor Sara Duterte is also anticipated to lead the city government during the orientation activity which would prepare the communities for the onset of the CVD program. The LGU of Carmona, Cavite will also attend the event to share their best practices in supporting and sustaining noncommunicable disease initiatives particularly on diabetes projects, Miranda said. Preceding the orientation is a fun run that will start and end at People’s Park at 5:30 am – 9:00 am of the same day, that aims to culminate the very first World Heart Day Celebration in the city, with a theme: “One World, One Home, One Heart.” Miranda said the CVD program stakeholders will spearhead the event with the participation of various representatives

from the local government. Private organizations, schools and universities and the general public are also urged to join, he stated. According to Miranda, the World Heart Federation declared every 29th day of September as the World Heart Day in 2000 that has a goal of informing people around the globe that “heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.1 million lives each year.” During the CVD launching on May 27, 2011, Mayor Duterte forged partnership with the Handicap International-Philippines for the development and implementation of the program to provide Davaoeños easy access to cardiovascular-related health services. In a memorandum of agreement, both parties signified a take-off of the fouryear implementation of the CVD program that actually started in 2010 31

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Davao’s cardiovascular...from page 30 and would end in 2013. The Department of Health-Center for Health Development Region 11 and the Southern Philippines Medical Center were also part of the signatories in the MOA. The CVD program would provide health services at the barangay level, which include medical consultations, regular monitoring, nutrition and diet counseling, foot care and laboratory testing. A referral system would be established

between health centers of the City Health Office, SPMC, and the Davao Jubilee Foundation “to provide a continuum of patient care.” The other services would also include education and information drive, proper nutrition counseling, and laboratories and examination tools such as lipid profile test, among others. H a n d i c a p International program director Catherine Vasseur earlier said that part of the program

would capacitate the city government to handle the disease, aiming a stop to be victims of the diabetes and hypertension which are among the top ten causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. Vasseur has said that about P15 million capitalization would be spent for the training of barangay health workers from the 186 barangays, equipment and laboratories to be installed at 16 barangay centers, and other activities for the support groups.

200 ka pamilya sa Mati nakadawat og benepisyong pabalay

by Sarx Lanos

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Mismong si Gobernador Corazon T. Nuñez-Malanyaon ang ning-apod-apod ngadto sa 200 ka mga pamilya og mga papeles nga nagpamatuod sa ilang pagpanag-iya sa lote nga katukoran nila og kaugalingong panimalay. N i a d t o n g Setyembre 21, nadawat sa mga pamilyang benepisyaryo nga sakop sa GSIS

Dahican Neighborhood Association, Inc. ang mga papeles sa lote pinaagi sa programang pabalay ni Gob. Malanyaon.

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200 ka pamilya..from page 31 laing tawo ang mao nga mga lote kay aron kini mapanunod sa kaliwatan sa matag benepisyaryo. Si Provincial Housing Committee Chairman Dante M. Ganir nagbutyag nga ang maong yuta nga isa sa mga proyektong pabalay ni Gob.Malanyaon adunay gidak-on nga tulo ka ektarya nga naglangkob sa 200 ka lote. Ang luna nahimutang haduol sa Government Center sa Dahican, Mati City, dinhi nga probinsya. Gusto sa gobernador nga mahimong isa ka ideal ang mao nga subdivision kay gusto niya nga mahimong nindot ug mabulukon iyang mga proyekto. Naglantaw pod ang gobernador nga adunay mini-forest sulod sa subdivision. Gipahimangnoan sa gobernador ang mga benepisyaryo aron makighiusa sa usag-usa ka silingan ug manghinlo sa palibot sa subdivision ingon man sa sulod ug gawas sa 32

matag panimalay sama sa hustong paghipos sa basura. Si Leo Bonga nga presidente sa GSIS Dahican Neighborhood Association, Inc. mapasalamaton og daku ngadto kang Gob. Malanyaon kay nakaangkon na gayud sila og kaugalingong lote ug makatukod na sila sa kaugalingon nilang panimalay. “Nagpasalamat gayud kami kang Gob. Cora kay naa na gyud mi kaugalingong lote. Ug gipasalamatan usab namo si Sir Dante Ganir, kay Ma’am Flor Tabanao, Board Member Tina Yu, ug sa tanan nila nga kaubanan sa paglihok aron maka-angkon kami ug kaugalinong panimalay,” matud pa ni Bonga. Si Board Member Tina Yu nga Chairperson sa Committee on Housing sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan dinhi nga probinsya, siya nagdasig sa mga benepisyaryo aron sa pag-aktibo

sa pagbayad sa ilang obligasyon aron ang gamay nilang bayad sa mao nga lote, gamiton na usab aron pagtukod sa laing proyektong pabalay aron daghan pa gayud ang dugang makabenpisyo. Si Bise Mayor Carlo Rabat sa Mati City nagpasalamat kang Gobernador Malanyaon sa mao nga proyekto ug nalipay siya kay daghan na pud siyag silingan. Mohatag usab siya ug semelya sa kahoy aron itanom sa miniforest sulod sa mao nga subdivision. Si Barangay Kapitan Danny “Pogi” Acera mapasalamaton usab kang Gobernador Malanyaon sa pagtukod sa mao nga proyekto sulod sa iyang barangayugnisaad siya nga ang P200,000 nga ayuda sa probinsya ilawom sa administrasyon ni Gobernador Malanyaon ngadto sa matag barangay magtag tuig, iya na lamang idonar aron sa pagpalambo sa mao nga subdivision. Sunday, September 25, 2011


Baltic Tree Park gidugangan tanom og 100 kahoy BANAYBANAY, Davao Oriental, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Ang isa ka gatos ka punoan nga mangga ug 450 ka punoan nga mahogany nga gitanom sa Baltic Tree Park haduol sa Welcome Park sa Barangay Pintatagan, dinhi nga lungsod ang gidugangan na usab sa pagtanom og 100 ka punoan nga mahogany. Ang pagtanom sa dugang 100 ka punoan gihimo isip paghandum sa ikaduha ka tuig nga kasumaran sa pagkamatay ni anhing retired Col. Eulogio C. Baltazar nga nailhan usab sa angga nga Baltic. Si Baltic mao ang kaniadto officer incharge sa Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) sa Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) sa Davao Oriental. Matud pa ni OIC ENRO Dante M. Ganir nga ang Baltic Tree Park gitanoman og mangga aron malahutayon ang pagbarog sa mao nga kahoy kay aron ang bunga mao ang paaboton nga produkto Sunday, September 25, 2011

nga kahinaman sa katawhan, samtang ang mahogany mohatag usab ug dugang kabugnaw sa palibot. Ang Baltic Tree Park nga isa ka proyekto nga bunga sa hunahuna ni Sarx Lanos aron magsilbi nga buhing handumanan sa gipatay nga nangulo sa buhatan sa kagamhanan sa probinsya alang sa pagamoma sa kinaiyahan nga si Col. Yul Baltazar, kini gitukod usab nga proyekto isip kabahin sa Million Trees Movement of Davao Oriental nga isa ka espesyal nga programa ni Gobernador Corazon T. Nunez-Malanyaon. Ang mga semelya nga gitanom sa Baltic

Tree Park gikan sa ENRO-Davao Oriental Provincial Nursery ug ang mga tanom gi-atiman sa mga personahe sa ENRO ug CSU nga naa sa Pintatagan Monitoring Point. Gusto ni OIC ENRO Ganir nga mamintina gayud kanunay ang mao nga Tree Park ug ang ubang mga tinanom nga kahoy didto sa nagkalainlaing dapit sulod sa proobinsya aron molabong pag-yo sa ingon makatabang gayud kini sa pagpabugnaw sa sobrang pagka-alimoot karon sa kalibotan duyog usab sa panglantaw ni Gobernador Malanyaon nga aron mobalik ang kalunhaw sa tibuok probinsya 33


DAR S.Cotabato mixes info drive, medical services

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by Dani Doguiles

outh Cotabato’s Department of Agrarian recently embarked on an information campaign for Republic Act 9700 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Reforms. But instead of simply gathering agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in community meetings, DAR So. Cotabato has brought with them an array of other services including a medical caravan and many other services through line agencies in the region.

The activity tagged as “Info- Med Caravan” was held at Brgy Aflek, T’boli on September 14 and Brgy Lower Maculan, Lake Sebu on September 21. Another one is scheduled for Brgy Buenavista, Surallah on Wednesday. Felix Frias, provincial agrarian reform offi-

cer II, said although the activity was primarily intended for ARBs, other residents in the area also benefited from the services. In the first two medical missions, 208 persons were served with medical check up, 91 with dental services, and 25 in circumcision. 35

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DAR S.Cotabato...from page 34 Medical services were provided by the medical staffs of the 1002nd Brigade Philippine Army and Police Regional Office 12. Medical supplies were provided by the 2nd District Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, nongovernment organization Mahintana Foundation Inc., and the local government units of T’boli and Lake Sebu. Frias said, this activity is an innovation that insures delivery of information along with services that directly benefit local residents. He said this is their new strategy to enhance public awareness on the CARPER law and

strengthen partnership with stakeholders. “It is our responsibility to inform people about DAR’s programs, but then we also must put more meaning to this by providing services that truly reflect government’s concern for the people,” he said. Other agencies involved in the activity were Department of Agriculture, Philhealth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Philippines Information Agency. DA 12 presented its Agri-Pinoy Program and distributed packs of assorted vegetable seeds. DENR 12 provided 20 Mahogany seedlings

for each barangay. These were planted inside public school campuses and in hilly areas. Philheath 12 along with the local registrars facilitated registration of residents who do not have Philhealth coverage. Philhealth personnel were also there to discuss with locals, mostly indigenous people, the benefits of a health insurance. PIA 12 informed the participants of the other government programs and advocacies they may avail of or benefit from. A film on climate change was also presented. (with report from Ma. Theresa Quimsing, DAR SOCOT.

Upi, Maguindanao balak gawing food basket, sentro ng turismo by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 25 (PIA) -- Kaugnay sa patuloy na paglago ng bayan ng Upi, Maguindanao, isinusulong ngayon ng lokal na pamahalaan at tanggapan ni Rep. Bai Sandra Sema na kilalanin itong food basket ng ARMM at pangunahing destinasyon ng mga turista. 36 Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Upi, Maguindanao ....from page 35 Sa isinagawang convergence caravan ng Department of Social Welfare and Development doon kamakailan sinabi ni Upi Mayor Ramon Piang na plano niyang makilala ang bayan na “Salad Bowl Capital and High Yield Crop Producing Area.� Kilala na ngayon ang Upi na mahalagang pinagkukunan

ng produktong mais ng ARMM. Kaugnay rito, binubuo na ng lokal na pamahalaan at congressional office ni Sema ang Vegetable Livelihood Farming Program. Samantala, inihayag din ni Rep. Sema na inilalatag na ang plano na gawing isang eco-tourism area ang Upi na nag-

Pagtatayo ng PSHS sa Koronadal planong simulan bago magtatapos ang 2011

sisilbing gateway ng lalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat sa pamamagitan ng coastal road. Iniulat din niya na nakahanda na ang P500,000 na pondo para sa pagpapaayos ng Upi municipal gymnasium. Handa na rin aniya ang pobdo para sa 50 scholars na magaaral sa Upi Agricultural School.

by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 25 (PIA) -- Inaasahan ni South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. na masisimulan ang pagtatayo ng Philippine Science High School sa Brgy. Paraiso, Koronadal City bago magtatapos ang taon. Inaasahan din ng gobernador na magbubukas ang PSHS dito sabay ng pagbubukas ng klase sa Hunyo 2012. Inihayag ni Gov. Pingoy na nabili na ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang limang ektaryang lote na pagtatayuan ng PSHS sa Brgy Paraiso na malapit din sa tinatayong regional office ng Department of 36

Science and Technology (DOST 12). Ang DOST na mother agency ng PSHS ang magtatayo ng mga building at iba pang pasilidad ng paaralan kung saan ang lahat ng mga magaaral ay iskolar ng pamahalaan. Matapos mabili ang lote sa halagang P7.3 milyon, minamadali

na ngayon ng provincial LGU ang pagbuo ng memorandum of agreement hinggil sa paglipat ng lote sa pamamahala ng DOST 12 at agarang pagsisimula ng kontruksyon ng mga pasilidad doon. Ang PSHS sa Koronadal ay pangatlo sa Mindanao at pangsampu sa buong bansa.

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Sen. Villar vows to grant scholarship to daughter of a fallen OFW from Caraga Region by Robert E. Roperos

en. Manny Villar vowed to grant scholarship to the daughter of Jovie Montesoso, an OFW who was killed in Kuwait on August 5, by allegedly jumping from the eighth floor of the Tara Hotel where she was working as a receptionist.

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Sen, Villar vows ...from page 38 In a recent phonepatch interview during the morning radio program of one of the local radio stations here, Sen. Villar extended his condolences to the bereaved family of the victim and said that he will support the educational needs of her daughter until she will finish a degree. Villar also said aside from the scholarship grant, he is more than willing to extend assistance to her family

considering that the victim is the breadwinner of the family. When asked on his reaction on the Montesoso’s move signing a waiver that investigation will still be conducted, the senator stressed “if that is the decision of her family, I can’t blame them,” he said. However, Villar said he will look into the extent of the case considering that result of the preliminary investigation

revealed that there is no foul play happened. In spite of the investigation’s result, Villar is still determined to push for a thorough investigation on the case. On Wednesday, the body of Montesoso was already brought to her hometown in Verdo, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. According to her sister Rochelle, on Sunday, her body will be brought for interment at the Bayugan City Cemetery.

CSC Caraga awards region’s outstanding public officials and employees

by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The month-long celebration in Caraga region of the 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary was highlighted with the awarding of the region’s outstanding public officials and employees by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on September 21. Winners in the Outstanding Public Servants (TOPS) and the Ulirang Kawani (UK) awards were given recognition in a memorable ceremony held in one of the local convention centers here.

This year’s awardee for the TOPS is the Municipal Mayor of the local government unit of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Hon. Leonida P. Manpatilan. Manpatilan is the lone awardee out of ten

nominees regionwide. She was also awarded the Philippine-Australia Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3i) Award, Caraga Chapter with the following PA3i Officers: Regional Director Le-

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ticia Dela Cruz-Tan of the Department of Tourism and PA3i National Board of Trustee; Director II Noemi Rabe-Torres, CSC Surigao del Norte Field Director and PA3i President, Caraga Chapter; Mr. Jesusimo L. Ronquillo, Agusan del Sur Provincial Administrator and PA3i Vice President; and Atty. Anthony P. Vitor, LGOO V of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Caraga and PA3i Treasuer. On the other hand, Mrs. Virginia B. Candelario, a Master Teacher II and District Alternative Learning System (ALS) Coordinator of Ampayon Elementary School, DeSunday, September 25, 2011

partment of Education Butuan District I. She is the only awardee from the six nominees of the region. Chief Personnel Specialist (CPS) Ruth Beniga of the Public Assistance and Liaison Division of CSC regional office Caraga said the TOPS Award is conferred to an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstration of exemplary behavior on the basis of the eight norms of behavior provided under RA No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The UK Award is conferred to an individual for the observance of attendance policy and the consistent demonstration of exemplary behavior on the basis of the eight norms of behavior provided under R.A. 6713, CPS Beniga added. The search is an annual undertaking of the CSC in time with the celebration of the Philippine Civil Service anniversary every month of September. This year’s theme is “Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed.”

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DSWD-Caraga naghimo’g report sa social protection, development

ni Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- Ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Regional Office mihangyo sa suporta gikan sa lokal nga panggamhanan niining rehiyon ug mga ahensiya sa gobyerno alang sa pagkolekta ug pagprepaprar sa Social Protection and Development Report (SPDR). Sigun ni Mr. Jean Paul Parajes, DSWDCaraga Planning Officer sa buhatan sa DSWDCaraga nga kini kabahin sa DSWD Reform Agenda (RA 1) diin kini makglambigit ug manguna sa Social Protection (SP). “Ang SPDR nagasilbi’ng sumbanan alang sa epektibong pagplano ug proseso sa pag-budget ingon man sa policy for-

mulation ug program development,” si Parajes nag-ingon. Nasayran usab nga makita sa SPDR ang general information sa usa ka lugar/munisipyo sama sa Geographical, Demographic Characteristics, Poverty Profile, Source of Income, and Welfare Profile; ug ang mga musunod: Risks and

Presensya sa Chinese students sulod bulan sa Butuan, gikahimuot sa opisyal sa Bureau of Immigration

Vulnerability Assessment pinaagi sa pag-identify sa Risks and Prevalence of Risk, Pag-identify sa mga Vulnerable Groups and Prevalence of Vulnerability, SP Programs/Projects Responding to Risks and Vulnerability, ug ang Gaps on Existing SP Programs/Projects Responding to Risks/Vulnerability.

ni Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Gi-angkon dili pa lang dugay ni G. Pastor Moran, Alien Control Officer sa sangang buhatan sa Bureau of Immigration (BI) ni’ng dakbayan nga ang presensya sa mga Chinese students sulod bulan dako og ikatabang aron sa pagpalambo sa ekonomikanhong kalihukan sa tibuok rehiyon sa Caraga. 41 40

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Presensya sa Chinese ...from page 40

Kini ang gipamulong ni Moran atol sa taping sa Caraga in Focus nga gihimo bag-ohay pa lamang sa rehiyon nga buhatan sa Philippine Information Agency (PIA) dinhi. Matud ni Moran, ang pagtungha sa mga Chinese students makadugang sa panudlanan sa lokal nga panggamhanan sanglit gilaumang musaka usab ang ginanSunday, September 25, 2011

siya sa mga nag-unang establisamento ni’ng dakbayan. Hinuon, sa natad sa seguridad, aminado si Moran nga gikinahanglan gayud nga triplehon sa mga otoridad ang pagbantay aron masiguro ang kahapsay ug seguridad sa maong mga langyaw’ng estudyante. Nahibalo-an nga ang hapit 250 ka mga Chinese students mupahigayon sa pagtuon sa pinulungang Ingles kung diin usa sa mga nagunang kolehiyo sa dakbayan – ang Saint Joseph

Institute of Technology (SJIT), ang matud pa, nakapasar sa standards nga gipangita sa Chinese government ingon man ang I-Brain Master Philippines nga kansang nakig-negotiate taliwala sa Chinese government ug sa maong tulunghaan. Ang SJIT mao’y bugtong tulunghaan sa dakbayan nga certified sa International Organization for Standardization o ISO kung diin nadawat sa maong tulunghaan ang certification niadtong tuig 2000. 41


TESDA conducts “Regional Galing Mason 2011”

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he Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) here recently conducted a skills demo competition in masonry dubbed as “Regional Galing Mason 2011.”

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TESDA conducts..from page 42 Eight masonry ex- concrete slab construcperts from all over the tion. Zamboanga Peninsu- The contestants’ la region joined i n workmanship, techthe said competition to niques and speed were which two contenders also taken into considercame from Zamboanga ation in judging. City, three from Zam- At the end of the boanga Del Sur province, competition, Raymundo two from Zamboanga Lacastesantos, contesdel Norte and lone con- tant from Zamboanga tender from Zamboanga City was adjudged as Sibugay province. the winner. During the com- Raymundo, accordpetition, the 8 masons ing to Jocelyn Wee, Indemonstrated their formation Officer, TESskills in actual plastering DA will receive P25,000 hallow block laying and cash prize and a certifi-

cate. He will also represent Region IX in the October 21-25 National Skills Demo Competition in Masonry (NSDCM) scheduled to be held in Manila. (NSDCM) according to Wee is an annual undertaking of TESDA to promote Filipino workers, especially masons who have shown pride and great improvement in their work while being responsible members of the family and community.

Natives get CFSA lectures from CENRO by Paulnazer Lontua

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, September 25 (PIA) – Natives or indigenous people of Sitio Tiling, Barangay San Fernandino of the municipality of R.T. Lim in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay welcomed the representatives from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) based in the municipality Ipil for a session of awareness and orientation on the important points of the Certificate of Forest Stewardship Agreement (CFSA) which was held recently. A team of CENRO personnel headed by CENRO Serena Cabrera went to a remote area in R.T. Lim where majority of the settlers were members of the indige-

nous people to intensify their information drive on teaching people living in forest areas on the importance of forest preservation. In an interview with

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Natives ges CFSA..from page 43 gal loggers and prevent calamities like landslides and flash floods in their area as well as their neighboring communities. Cabrera also added that it is also the obligation of the people who live near areas known to have many trees to protect nature particularly the trees against loggers who just make use of the natural resources for money without thinking of any of the negative results or outcomes of their operations. “We also believe that our people living in this kind of area are somehow responsible for protecting Mother Nature from greedy loggers who are into monetary profit and not thinking about the outcome of their operations. It is therefore our job in the CENRO to educate these natives about the different programs of the government to help preserve our forests from destruction”, Cabrera explained. Another purpose of the visit was the organization of the indigenous people in the said place to make them stewards or guardians and protec44

tors of their forests and also make them (IPs) managers of their own lands. Timuay Fernando Mudai, one of the respected elders or leaders of the community of IPs in the said place, showed his utmost support to the program of the government and pledged to guard their lands and forest trees with their lives and prevent anybody who intends to destroy their natural resources. However, Timuay Mudai also revealed to the CENRO personnel that one of their eajor problems is illegal logging which somehow became rampant in the past years which resulted to the destruction of some forest areas in their place. Mudai also said that the IP in Sitio Tiling will need all the help that they can get from the different government agencies to safeguard Mother Nature and to do that is through proper linkaging and coordination. “We will protect these forests but we also need the help of our partners like the government and other non-govern-

ment agencies (NGOs). Logging has been our problem here and the result was not good and if things will continue like this we will end up the losers”, Mudai pointed out. The idea was positively responded by the personnel from CENRO. Other government agency who came along with CENRO was the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) to also update the natives on the status of their application for their certificate of Ancestral Domain Claim for the 25,000 hectares ancestral land. It was discovered that the natives still haven’t complied with all the requirements and the NCIP personnel urged the leaders as well as members of the community of IPs to secure all the necessary requirements to fast track the approval of their application. During that day two agencies got connected with the natives. One with the purpose of promoting environmental protection and preservation while the other on advocating the preservation of cultural heritage. Sunday, September 25, 2011


Tourist police gets DOT TOPCOP training by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) - - Some 60 policemen directly assigned and involved in protecting and looking after the welfare of tourists got a “Tourist Oriented Police for Community Order and Protection” (TOPCOP) training from the Department of Tourism (DOT). The recently conducted three day training was held at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 9 in Camp Romeo Abendan, Barangay Mercedes, here. The training involved handling and approaching tourists, basic courtesy, securing tourist destinations, and differences in culture and traditions. Lecturers/trainers include: P/Sr. Supt. Christian Haveria- Asis-

tant Chief Public Safety Division and Chief Tourist Safety and Protection from the Philippine National Police- National Headquarters in Manila; Dr. Susan Reyes-Anthropologist and Director of Philosophy; Luz Navarro-Team North America of DOT; and Mila Say of DOT Planning Division. Training participants include Tourist Police, Aviation Security Group and police from the Regional Office IX .

DOT Regional Director Mary June Bugante said the training was just in time for the city’s grandest annual event-the Fiesta Pilar celebration or Zamboanga Hermosa Festival this October. It is during this October festivity month where hundreds if not thousands of tourists are expected to visit the city for the various activities lined up for the event.

2 of 7 Ipil gas stations completed compliance-DOE by Paulnazer T. Lontua

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, Sept. 25 (PIA) --Out of the seven (7) gasoline refilling stations in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay only two (2) have complete documents for the procurement of a compliance certificate from the DOE. This is what Fred Paclar, a representative from the Department of Energy (DOE)-Field Office based in Davao City said in an interview. 46 Sunday, September 25, 2011

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Paclar, together with other representatives from the DOE, visited the municipality of Ipil for a calibration and general inspection of all existing gasoline refilling stations which was personally requested by the Committee Chairman for Trade and Industry of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Ipil, SB Member Alberto Alcoriza, Jr. During the inspection, the DOE Inspecting Team checked every pumping gas station. A calibration bucket was used by the DOE personnel to see if the pumping stations refills accurately. According to Paclar, all pumping stations should be calibrated to ensure accurate readings on the quantity of gasoline products that customers get from gas refilling stations. He further said that the DOE team

also got samples of the gasoline products from every gasoline refilling station to check if certain standards are followed like octane levels, etc. “We are very particular with the accuracy of the pumping stations so that the consumers get quality gasoline products and accurate quantity so we are strictly implementing standards in our calibrations and sampling”, said Paclar. The samples are set to be sent to the National Office of the DOE for laboratory tests and the results along with the recommendations from the said government agency will be sent to the concerned gas refilling station. SB Member Alcoriza also expressed his thanks to the DOE team for answering his call for a calibration and general inspection to the gaso-

line stations in Ipil to protect the interests of the consumers as well as the owners and operators of the said gas stations because they can check whether their services need improvement and their facilities more upgrading and standardization. Alcoriza also explained that the safety and protection of the motorists and the public as a whole is also one of the main reasons why the inspection was conducted. “I am thankful that the DOE never failed Ipil in its request for an inspection because we really need this kind of activity every now and then for us to protect the interest of our business operators and more importantly the public. The safety of the Ipileños as well as the Sibugaynons is also one of our reasons why we requested for 47

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this inspection”, explained Alcoriza. Department of Trade and Industry ( DT I ) - Za m b o a n g a Sibugay Provincial Chief, Edito Lumacang, and other representatives from the Municipal Treasurer’s Office of Ipil also came along with the DOE Inspecting Team to personally witness the inspection. However, Paclar and his team were slightly dismayed when the result of the inspection revealed that there were some pumping stations that have inaccurate readings in their refilling of gasoline products. The DOE team immediately sealed the said defective gas pumping stations and imposed penalties to the owners and operators. “We have no choice but to implement sanctions on these gas stations because they have violated our regulations. The penalty is also Sunday, September 25, 2011

based from the existing national mandate from the DOE and the owners can only reopen their sealed gas pumping stations if they would fix them and pass another calibration test and after paying penalties imposed on them”, Paclar pointed out. Gas stations that have incomplete papers for securing the compliance certificate of the DOE were also given sanctions and further recommendations to completely satisfy the requirements set by the DOE for a gas refilling station. Some motorists appreciated the inspection conducted by the local government of Ipil through the DOE because it also gave them the chance to identify gas stations with defective pumping stations and patronize those that have accurate and quality gasoline products. Alcoriza conclud-

ed that the result of the inspection would prompt him to fully and religiously enforce and implement standard schedules of calibration and inspection to all gas stations which is every six (6) months. “We will be very strict now and follow the standard schedule for inspection and calibration which is every six months”, ended Alcoriza. Gas station pumps are regulated by the government by a bureau or division centered on standards and weights. In the Philippines, the DOE regulates and inspects gas stations to keep the sale of gasoline fair for consumers. Inspections are routinely done throughout the year for retail gas stations. Tests are employed to check calibration of the pumps to ensure a fair meter count and quality of the product.

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