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

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

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

• Malacañang lauds improved weather forecasting

system of PAGASA

• Aquino takes a hands-on aproach in dealing with

typhoon back home

• Aquino says government already working to

address damage of typhoon Pedring

• Aquino welcomes Terumo Corporation pledge to

expand operations in PHL

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • Militar mananatili sa South Cotabato kahit mailipat na sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ang pamumuno ng internal security operations • Biyaya ng South Cotabato sa medical mission milyun-milyon ang halaga • 2 Tampakan barangays get SCCM project

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Surigao City awards outstanding local tourism enterprises, Bonok-Bonok festival 2011 working committees • Bayugan City conducts VAW desk orientation • ANECO supports PNoy’s electrification program • “Simply extortion, people suffer” • 67 ARBs receive land titles

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • NERBAC info caravan targets Zamboanga City’s east coast barangays • DOT gives free tour guiding seminar • Tech-voc students should develop their skills to be internationally competitive: ZamboSur gov urges • 80 porsiento sa mga LGUs adunay local councils for children -DILG • P-Noy nakakuha ug Very Good Net Satisfaction Rating, sa SWS Survey

Northern Mindanao • Coastal/river clean-up marks 2nd day of National Mari time Week in NorMin • Army’s 401Bde condemns extortion activities of the NPA • GSIS tells old-age/survivorship pensioners: No need to undergo the ARAS • Turn-over of pedestrian overpass tops infrastructure projects of Cong. Rodriguez • Army’s 403rd Bde supports every LGU’s endeavor for peace development

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) • • • •

POEA announces nursing vacancies in Japan SM eyes largest convention facility in Davao The Academe inks the Voluntary Code on Decent Work Davao Ecocrafts-Tindahang Pinoy promotes ‘green’ business • Macañeras, Diaz top World Heart Day run

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Malacañang lauds improved weather forecasting system of PAGASA


alacanang noted the considerable development in the government’s weather forecasting system and its efforts to avert any untoward effects of

natural calamities saying it could be attributed to systems upgrade and reforms in the country’s official weather bureau.

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In a media briefing at the Palace on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that as instructed by President Benigno S. Aquino III, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and As-

tronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has been meticulously focusing on its responsibilities to ensure accuracy in its forecasts on the weather disturbances coming in and out of the country.

Lacierda said that the bureau has been accurate in its forecasts that enable other concerned agencies that include the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Depart5


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ment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to pre-position the necessary supplies

and actions for the benefit of the people. “The instructions of the President have always been there, we’ve updated and upgraded the quality of forecasting of PAGASA and I think

that’s a sea change... we’re now - I think to put it humbly we’re very accurate with respect to weather forecasting and for that reason we are able to preposition the goods properly and also the NDRRMC has been 6

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President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his response during the Roundtable Meeting with officials a pines Economic Cooperation Committee at the Silver Room, Tokyo Kaikan in line with his official wor tember 27), In the photo are DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario and Philippine Ambassador to Japan M SMART) (Photo by Gil Nartea / Malaca単ang Photo Bureau).


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on the ball in every storm, in every situation, we have always relied on them,” Lacierda said. “They have been very, very updated in whatever it is, whether it’s a storm, whether it’s a tsunami alert, the NDRRMC, the DSWD, the MMDA for instance in Metro Manila also has been very, very vigilant with respect to concerns in Metro Manila, DILG also… so all the agencies are working in tandem to make sure that we are able to address any natural calamity,” he added. Lacierda also said that the President, who is currently in Japan for a fourday working visit, has been constantly updated on the situation in the country. “President Aquino is constantly updated with what’s

happening in the country not only with weather updates but also the situation here in the country,” Lacierda said. At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Storm “Pedring” was estimated, based on satellite and surface data, at 260 kilometers East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour. As it gained more strength, “Pedring” was upgraded into a typhoon threatening the provinces of Isabela-Aurora area. On September 26, 2009, the country was devastated by typhoon “Ondoy” leaving over 300 casualties all over the country and massive destruction to properties and livelihood amounting to billions of pesos. (JCL.)



Aquino takes a hands-on aproach in dealing with typhoon back home espite his hectic schedule due to his four-day official working visit here, President Benigno S. Aquino III takes a hands-on approach, just like in the past, on the situation in the Philippines, which is presently battered by Typhoon Pedring.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma made this statement when asked about the reaction of President Aquino on Typhoon Pedring during a press briefing at the Tokyo Kaikan here. Coloma said that the President is closely monitoring the typhoon back home and he is doing this during breaks or in-between his meetings with key Japanese businessmen which are part of his official working visit to Japan. While attending

the Philippine Economic Forum at the Tokyo, Kaikan Hotel here, President Aquino apologized for not having answered the added questions supposed to be fielded to him during the Q and A portion saying that “there is a typhoon visiting the Philippines right now and we are monitoring the situation to ensure that our people are safe.” “We will apologize for the time constraint. There is a typhoon visiting the Philippines right now and we are monitoring the situation to

ensure that our people are safe. Thank you,” the President said. “We are getting timely, even more frequent updates from the Department of Science and Technology. We are now favored by a more accurate weather tracking and weather forecasting system.... Some equipment have been put in place,” Coloma said. Coloma stressed that what has really improved is the closer monitoring by the DOST, and the information is being disseminated very 9


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broadly across government so that our disaster risk reduction response capacity has really improved. As of yesterday, Coloma said, all of the government agencies have already been mobilized through the Office of Civil Defense and NDRRMC headed by Gen. Benito Ramos. They are hands on, they are on the job, even while the President is abroad, the entire government machinery is in place and very much in control of the situation. Coloma noted that during a stormy weather, like in the case of Typhoon Pedring, adequate warning is given in terms of time and also the proper evacuation facilities or temporary relocation facilities have been set

up. “So, you can be certain that these are well in place and the people are properly informed,” he added. “I think what we would like to emphasize is that we are giving our citizens adequate information, and we are also keeping them out of harm’s way through measures like suspension of classes, suspension of work and if they are already in harm’s way we would like to give them direct assistance, such as those who are stranded or those who may have to be evacuated or relocated, that they are in properly provided evacuation or relocation centers.” Confirming the President’s being at the forefront of the typhoon in the Philippines, Coloma said : “As we sit in the busi-

ness meetings, some of us also have our portable computer devices and monitoring the satellite photos ... he (the President) was shown the satellite photo of the extent of Pedring --that it has a diameter of more than 600 kilometers which covers almost the entire of Luzon even if landfall is just in the Aurora and isabela. boundary.” “So you can be sure that it is being tracked very closely. This is also one of the reasons why the President wanted to devote more time talking with the authorities in Manila during this break in the schedule instead of prolonging the interaction here because he feels that this is a very urgent concern.” Coloma recalled 10

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Aquino takes.....from page 9

that there was a parallel situation during the President’s last activity in the Singapore visit adding that, “that was the time when we became aware of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the President immediately took a hands on


approach and contacted the Executive Secretary, the DOST secretary, and the NDRRMC head, Secretary Gazmin. And probably by now all of these coordination is taking place so that there is an effective response to the situation in the country.”

“Si Pangulo naman ay parati namang nasa equilibrium situation. You can be certain that he is viewing this with a sense of urgency and with a sense of concern that we would really do what is needed in order to avoid damage to life and property,” he said. (RSDA)

Aquino says government already working to address damage of typhoon Pedring resident Benigno S. Aquino III made an assurance Tuesday that the government is on top of the situation as Typhoon Pedring battered Luzon, devastating mostly agricultural areas.

“I am in constant touch with these members of my cabinet and the Executive Secretary has been instructed to keep me and the public informed of conditions pertaining as well as miti-

gation efforts,” the President said in a statement he issued in Japan. The President is in Japan for a fourday official working visit there. He is due to arrive in Manila on Wednesday.

“I have been in touch with Secretaries Soliman, Gazmin, and Almendras. I have instructed the Executive Secretary to compile information from NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and 11


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Management Council) and to inform our people of conditions as well as of government efforts to mitigate the effects of the storm,� he said. The President said he was informed by Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman about two typhoon-related casualties. He also got the report about severe flooding in Maguindanao. The government has prepared and distributed relief packs to people in Mindanao who were affected by flooding there, he said. In Camarines Sur and Albay, the President said preventive evacuations are ongoing. There is also the report of blackouts with 37 percent of Meralco service area without power due to tripping caused by high winds. In Aurora and Isabela, the government is awaiting the passage of the storm to restore power service, he said. The government is also closely monitoring the Marikina River although it is not yet in the critical level, President Aquino said adding there is ongoing voluntary evacuations of Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Marikina residents. Typhoon Pedring slammed into the Philippines Tuesday, killing two persons as it brought heavy rain and strong wind that blew away roofs, uprooted small trees and toppled power lines. The typhoon hit the northeastern side of Luzon before dawn, bringing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers an hour and gusts clocking in at 170 kilometers an hour, according to PAGASA. It said that the provinces of Isabela and Aurora were the most heavily affected initially, although storm alerts were also issued in more than 40 other areas including Metro Manila. (AS) 11


Aquino welcomes Terumo Corporation pledge to expand Japanese firm famous for producing disposable syringes and hospital equipment presented on Tuesday a “letter of commitment” to President Benigno S. Aquino III, manifesting its desire to expand its current facilities in the country that would complement one of the administration’s priority projects in its public-private

President Aquino was paid a courtesy call by Terumo Corporation’s top officials at the Imperial Hotel Tuesday morning and they pledged to expand their investments in the country by further developing its factory in Biñan, Laguna and acquiring additional lands to build other facilities. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said Terumo Corporation is “very upbeat” about its commitment to increase its current investments in the Philippines “because

they like the work ethics of the Filipino workers that are also highly skilled”. “They want to double or triple their workforce as soon as the new land or new space would have been acquired,” Coloma told reporters at a press briefing held at the Tokyo Kaikan after the roundtable discussion of the President with Japanese business leaders. Coloma said syringes is one of the important products of Terumo Corporation and President Aquino noted that its commitment to expand

its facilities in the Philippines is a “significant development” because this will complement the government’s plan to come up with a vaccination plant. The establishment of a vaccination factory is among the four priority PPP projects laid out by the President to Japanese business leaders during their roundtable discussion. The other three include the creation of 10,000 school buildings, the Daang Hari SLEX Road construction, and the NLEX-SLEX connector. 13


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Coloma did not give any figures as regards to the amount of investments Terumo Corporation would bring to the country. He said they would rather disclose the figures along with those that have been committed by other Japanese firms once they are through with all the business meetings lined up for the President. Terumo Corporation was represented by its chairman and chief executive officer, Koji Nakao and president, Maki Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Takizawa whose letter of commitment was turned over by President Aquino to Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo. Founded in 1921 by Dr. Kitasato Shibasaburo, Terumo Corporation started its business with manufacturing thermometers and it has since expanded to become one of the largest producers of medical devices globally. Terumo Corporation opened its first overseas office

in the United States in 1971, marking its first overseas expansion. It has since established subsidiaries in Europe, China, India, Philippines and Thailand. Terumo Corporation holds its headquarters and factory in the Philippines at 124 East Main Avenue Laguna Technopark, Bi単an, Laguna. Among their products include medical disposables, blood bags market, coronary stents, catheters and many others. (HDC) 13

Militar mananatili sa South Cotabato kahit mailipat na sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ang pamumuno ng internal security operations


by Dani Doguiles

lilipat na ng 27th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army ang pamamahala ng internal security operations (ISO) sa pamahalaang panlalawigan ng South Cotabato sa Biyernes. Subalit, nilinaw ni Lt. Col. Alex Noel Bravo, commanding officer 27th IB, na hindi ito mangangahulugan na iiwan na nila ang South Cotabato. Binigyang-diin pa nito na mananatili ang kanilang presensya sa lalawigan. Ayon kay Bravo, ang ibibigay sa gobyernong probinsyal ang pamumuno ng pinag-isang

gawain ukol sa seguridad ng iba’t –ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan at mga nongovernment agency. Mangangahulugan umano na ang pagpapatupad ng lahat na programang pangkapayapaan at pangkatiwasayan sa buong South Cotabato ay pangungunahan na ang provincial LGU. Dagdag pa nito na nasa kamay na ng pa-

mahalaang lokal ang pagpapatuloy ng kanilang nagawang pagbuwag sa banta ng insurhensya sa lalawigan matapos nilang ma“clear” ang lalawigan sa mga rebeldeng grupo, partikular na ang NPA Front 76 at 73. Ang pag-turnover ng ISO, aniya, ay pangalawang bahagi ng kanilang internal peace 15


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Militar mananatili....from page 14 and security plan (IPSP) kung saan dapat nakatutok na sa pagpapa-unlad ng estado ng buhay ng mamamayan ang paglaban sa armadong pakikibaka. Sa Biyernes,Setyembre

30, gagawin ang turnover ceremony ng ISO. Gaganapin ito sa South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center sa lungsod ng Koronadal. Sa ngayon, hinihintay pa umano nila ang kumpirmasyon ng pagdalo ni Interior and Local

Government secretary Jesse Robredo bilang panauhing pandangal. Ang South Cotabato ang pangatlong lalawigan sa Mindanao na binigyan ng responsibilidad na pamunuan ang ISO.

Biyaya ng South Cotabato sa medical mission milyun-milyon ang halaga KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 27 (PIA) – Kung susumahin, milyun-milyon ang halaga ng biyayang tinatamasa ngayon ng mga taga-South Cotabato sa surgical mission na kasalukuyang na isinasagawa ng mga espesyalistang doktor na kasapi ng Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc. (MCFI) sa South Cotabato Simula kahapon ng hapon, ginawang operating room ng mga doktor ng MCFI ang ilang tanggapan at kuwarto sa loob ng South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center sa Alunan Ave., Koronadal City para mang-opera ng bukol, sungi, katarata, ptyregium, duling, at luslos nang walang bayad. Sa taya ng isang tauhan ng MCFI aabutin din ng ilang milyon

ang halaga ng libreng operasyon. Halimbawa aniya, ang sa mga pribadong ospital operasyon sa ptyregium ay nagkakahalaga ng P5,000 hanggang P10,000 samantalang ang operasyon sa katarata at pag-aayos ng duling na mata ay nagkakahalaga naman ng P50,000 hanggang P80,000. Kahapon, nakapag-opera na umano ang grupo ng mahigit

50 kaso ng ptyregium samantalang ngayong araw may nakalista na umanong mahigit 60 kaso ng katarata. Mas maraming kaso pa ng stradismus o pagkaduling ang nakatakda namang operahan sa mga nalalabing araw. Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. na aabot sa anim na raang pasyenteng taga-South Cotabato ang nakatala para magpa-opera sa 16

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Biyaya ng South Cotabato....from page 15 surgical mission. Hindi pa kasama sa bilang ang mga nagpatala para magpa-opera ng goiter na ipinagpaliban sa mga susunod na misyon dahil kailangan ang

masinsinang eksaminasyon bago ang operasyon na kailangan ding gawin sa isang kompletong operation room setup dahil komplikado ito. Magtatapos ang

surgical mission ng Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc. sa Huwebes, Setyembre 29. Ito na ang kanilang ika-49 na surgical mission sa buong Mindanao.

2 Tampakan barangays get SCCM project TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- Two barangays here get P100,000 assistance from the provincial government under the South Cotabato Convergence Model (SCCM) Project. Barangay Sta Cruz received assistance for its vermiculture - vermicomposting livelihood project while Barangay Buto is being assisted for the repair and rehabilitation of its water sytem. Just recently, South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. signed a memorandum of agreement with the barangay councils of the

two barangays for the immediate implementation of the project. Barangay Chairmen Reynaldo F. Estanislao of Sta. Cruz and Efren E. Batiao of Buto represented their respective barangay councils in the signing ceremony of the Project Proposal and the Trust Account Management Agreement (TAMA). SCCM Project

Manager Dennis C. Dignadice who conducted the orientation to the core group members assigned to manage the project said, the province will provide financial assistance of P 50,000 to each baranagay; funds will be deposited in the barangay accounts. Dignadice reminded the core groups to properly spend the funds for 17


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the project. All transactions should be open to scrutiny by their respective residents to ensure transparency. In his message to the residents, Gov. Pingoy, Jr. thanked barangay officials and the core group members for their commitment and support to the program and encouraged residents to participate in the activities and to support their councils. “Although this is Tuesday, September 27, 2011

only a small amount, show that you can properly implement a project,� he told the two core groups. Gov. Pingoy promised to increase fund assistance for the projects if the residents could prove that they have effectively implemented their projects. He assured the barangay officials and the core group members that as much as possible he would be transparent to them but he also

urged them to do the same. He also enumerated several accomplishments regarding assistance to barangays and their residents. These include distribution of more than 37,000 Philhealth cards to poor residents, the plan to put up a public hospital in Surahah, and educational assistance to hundreds of poor but deserving students of South Cotabato under the Kabugwason Paglaum Scholarship Program. 17


Surigao City awards outstanding local tourism enterprises, Bonok-Bonok festival 2011 working committees by Susil D. Ragas he city government of Surigao recently presented the Tourism Excellence Award to outstanding local tourism enterprises in the city in recognition of their commitment to excellence and for consistently delivering significant

contribution to the city’s tourism development.





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Surigao City awards...from page 18

The said recognition was held Monday, Sep. 26, 2011 during the kick-off ceremony in celebration of the National Tourism Week and World Tourism Day spearheaded by the City Tourism Office at the City Hall Building, this city It was learned that, Philippine Gateway Hotel received the award of the highest number of hotel guests throughout the year 2010 among the hotel accommodation with 19,403 guests recorded. Hotel Tavern received the highest occupancy rate for hotel accommodation category Tuesday, September 27, 2011

with 75.96% increase; Gunter Pension Hauz with 84.90 % increase for pension houses category; and Big Brother Hauz with 44.44% increase for apartelle establishments. Also, SLB Pension Annex received a ‘Prompt Submission of Tourist Arrival Report’ award for its prompt submission of monthly tourist arrival data from January up to present. Bethlehem (House of Bread) and Bastie Coffeeshops & Resto also received the award for New Tourism Related Investment category in promoting tourism and

demonstrating positive economic impacts in the city of Surigao; and Diwata Highlands received the award for New Tourism Attraction. Meanwhile, members of the Bonok-Bonok Festival working committee headed by Festival Director Richard Nick Amores were also given the Special Thanks and Recognition (STAR) award for their remarkable services and contribution during the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2011 held on September 9, 2011.


Bayugan City conducts VAW desk orientation

by Rena L. Naguita

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) – The Local Government Unit of Bayugan City, through the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) conducted an Orientation on Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk for the officials of the covered barangays held recently at the Lope A. Asis Memorial Gymnasium, Bayugan City. 12 Punong Barangays and 42 Barangay Kagawads who are Chaired the Women and Children Committee attended the activity. The orientation aims to ensure the establishment of a VAW Desk in every barangay of the City as provided in Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women to ensure that violence against women cases are fully addressed in a gendersensitive manner. In his message, Hon. Kirk A. Asis, Sangguniang Panlungsod member and IACAT-VAWC Co-Chairman, emphasized that 20

the issue on violence against women should be responded by concerned LGUs since it affects the family especially the children. He also added that barangays should come up with programs and projects geared towards strengthening family relations and youth development. DILG Provincial Director Arleen Ann R. Sanchez provided inputs on the DILG, DSWD, DepEd, DOH, and PCW’s Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2010-2 dated December 9, 2010 which is the Guidelines in the Establishment of a VAW Desk

in every barangay while Mrs. Flordeliza C. Obani of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office discussed the salient features of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act. At the end of the activity, it was agreed that every barangay in Bayugan City will establish a VAW Desk and designate a VAW Desk Officer before October 2011 ends. On the other hand,City Mayor Kim Lope A. Asis will issue a memorandum enjoining compliance thereof.

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ANECO supports PNoy’s electrification program

by Cecil Ybañez

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) – The Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) under the leadership of Board of Director President Dioscoro P. Boco and General Manager Arch. Horacio T. Santos fully supports the priority program of His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III which aims to fully energize the 31,000 sitios and puroks in the entire country during his term of office. Dubbed as the “Barangay Line Enhancement and Sitio Energization Program,” this priority program will start this year and will run up to 2016 with a budget of P31 billion. During the workshop organized by the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA) at the PDA, Toledo City last September 21 to 24, 2011, the said priority program was hatched. Participated by 277 delegates from Re-

gions VI to XII, ARMM and the Caraga, the workshop aims to discuss new critical issues and concerns, strategies and initiatives to ensure smooth program implementation and to comply with the requirements of the Office of the President and the Commission on Audit (COA). The delegates composed of General Managers, Finance, Institutional and Technical Managers were very enthusiastic in supporting the said program. Initial project cost is pegged at P1.5 billion with a target of 1,410 sitios and

puroks with a target date of completion at the end of this year. An initial budget of P814 million will be released to start the program. Spearheaded by ANECO General Manager Santos, the entire ECs (Electric Cooperatives) of Caraga region is committed to energize some 102 puroks and sitios by the end or before the end of December 2011. This is distributed as follows: ASELCO – 20, DIELCO – 14, SIARELCO – 18, SURNECO – 14, SURSECO 1 – 3, SURSECO 2 – 6, and ANECO – 27. According to 22

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GM Santos, an initial P20,800,000.00 (Twenty Million Eight Hundred Thousand pesos) budget for the 27 identified puroks and sitios in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte is expected to be downloaded to ANECO’s account. This 27 puroks and sitios is part of the

159 unenergized sitios of his AOR. They will be energized before the end of this year. With barely 3 months to finish, GM Santos remains optimistic of the full realization of this noble priority program of His Excellency Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

GM Santos further said that he is committed to fully implement the said program not only in his AOR (Area Of Responsibility) but the entire region as well because of his being appointed leader of the Caraga region ECs. (ANECO)

“Simply extortion, people suffer” LIANGA, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 27 (PIA) – Some 10 to 15 hectares of banana plants were destroyed by alleged New Peoples Army (NPA) together with Militia ng Bayan (MB) and burned three trucks and heavy equipment owned by Dole Philippines Corporation at Barangay Anahaw Daan, Tago, Surgao del Sur on September 26, 2011 at about 01:30 in the morning. The investigation revealed that three dump trucks and two backhoes were torched down by around 30 NPAs and 50 MBs due to failure of paying revolutionary tax to Communist Party of the Philippines/New

Peoples Army/National Democratic Front (CNN). Meanwhile, the army’s 401st Infantry “Unite N’ Fight” Bridage under Col Romeo G Gan issued a statement condemning the recent NPA terrorist

attack on the business sector. “This act of extortion affected our economy and the livelihood opportunity of the populace. If they really care for our nation they should stop hurting the community 23


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“Simply extortion....from page 22

and the environment,” Col Gan said. Gan also added that due to the CNN’s desperation they resorted to pursue threats, illegal and vi-

olent activities to force the people to give their support. Meanwhile, Col Gan denounced the terrorist action and issued a direct order to

subordinate units to exert all efforts in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in pursuit of the criminals. (401st IB)

67 ARBs receive land titles

by Gennalyn Luis

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Sept. 27 (PIA) – Some 67 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) received land titles or certificate of land ownership awards (CLOA) as proof of ownership of the land they till from the Department of Agrarian Reform, Agusan del Sur provincial office in Barangay Katipunan, Bayugan City that highlighted the celebration of the Araw ng Barangay Katipunan. The 67 land titles are portions of 460.6553 hectares located in Brgy. Katipunan, Bayugan City, subject for distribution to some 282 identified ARBs who are members of Katipunan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association (KARBA) organized last April 2011. Bayugan City Mayor Kim Lope Asis expressed his joy, witnessing his constituents receiving the CLOAs, hoping that the ARBs will be more

productive for having security of tenure with the proof of ownership of the land they till. “I am very grateful to our DAR partners for distributing the CLOA/ titles to our ARBs. The land you are tilling can now be called your very own. I encourage you utilize your land and plant them with various vegetables, fruits and other plants, aside from rubber and coconut trees that you have already

planted. You should persevere and work hard. This way, you can give your family a decent living,” Mayor Asis said. Assistant Regional Director Alejandro S. Otacan also said that the land should be taken care of by the ARBs. “We should not waste the effort and money that the government had spent in giving you the titles. Remember that these titles cannot be transferred, 24

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67 ARBs....from page 23 mortgaged or sold to other persons, so I ask you refrain from doing it. Those were violations with corresponding penalties,” ARD Otacan said. According to Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Myrna Ferer, having CLOA in their possession, and with beneficiaries’ diligence plus the help extended to them by the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) and the local government, there is no reason that the

ARBs will not succeed and have a decent life ahead. Happiness were also seen in the faces of the ARBs that they were given the titles. “We have been cultivating our area for more than 20 years now and finally, we have the titles which symbolized that we now owned the land legally. Our heartfelt thanks to DAR and our local government for giving these gift to us. In return, we will do our best to make our land more produc-

tive,” ARBs spouses Roberto Molina said. The said CLOA/title distribution was headed by the DAR Assistant Regional Director for Operations (ARDO) Alejandro Otacan, PARO I Myrna Ferrer, Mayor Kim Lope K. Asis of Bayugan City, MARO Alex Trazo, CARPO Cristino Samputon of DAR and other local government unit officials, DAR personnel including Barangay Officials headed by Brgy. Captain Rogelio F. Estodillo,Sr.


Butuan Regional Office of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) conducted a Seminar-cum Dialogue on the Updates of GSIS Benefits and Programs and Pre-Retirement Counseling at Goat2Geder Hotel, Butuan City last September 23, 2011. The seminar-cum dialogue was carried out to inform their members/ pensioners about their new payment policies. (PIA-Caraga)


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Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Butuan Regional Manager Mamole A. Pangandaman presents the good news for GSIS pensioners during the Seminar/Dialogue on Updates of GSIS Benefits and Programs and Pre-Retirement Counseling that was recently conducted at Goat 2 Geder Hotel, Butuan City. (PIA-Caraga)

Agency Authorized Officers (AAOs) and other GSIS members attended the Updates of GSIS Benefits and Programs and Pre-Retirement Counseling that was conducted by GSIS-Caraga last September 23, 2011 which was held in one of the Hotels in Butuan City. Many of the pensioners were happy upon knowing that they no longer need to update their Annual Renewal of Active Status (ARAS), additional servicing bank, GW@Ps etc and etc. (PIA-Caraga) Tuesday, September 27, 2011


NERBAC info caravan targets Zamboanga City’s east coast barangays


fter the successful information caravan held in Barangay Labuan last year, member agencies of the National Economic Research and Business Assistance Center Region 9 (NERBAC-9) will once again hit the road on September 28, 2011 to conduct the same activity in Curuan in the east coast of Zamboanga City. 26

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NERBAC info...from page 26 According to Ms. Herminia B. Cuevas, NERBAC-9 Center Manager, all seven member agencies of the NERBAC will be joining the caravan. These agencies are: the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG Fund, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and Zamboanga City Local Government Unit, particularly the City’s Licensing Division “We are grateful that the barangay officials of Curuan graciously accepted our request for the use of their Social Hall for this activity considering that we target to serve not only Curuan’s residents but also those from its neighbor-

ing barangays”, Cuevas said. The caravan’s program will start at 9:00 in the morning beginning with a brief orientation of the programs and services of the NERBAC and each of its member agencies. This shall be followed immediately with the one-on-one consultation sessions and on-site registration for businessmen who may want to register with the DTI, BIR and the City Licensing Division. Those with coop concerns may consult with the CDA while those who would like to avail of the services of PagIBIG, SSS and Philhealth may refer their concerns directly with these agencies. The infocaravan is among the activities initiated by NERBAC to bring

the government’s services closer to the people, particularly those in the far-flung barangays. When asked about her agency, Cuevas disclosed that NERBAC is not another government agency but a center created by law which brought under one roof the different government agencies involved in business registration and licensing. “It acts as a single window for investment facilitation in terms of express licensing and registration, knowledge management, and incentives facilitation thus, providing better, faster more efficient services and reduced cost of doing business for our investors and business registrants”, Cuevas said.

DOT gives free tour guiding seminar by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 27 (PIA) - - 35 participants benefit from the Department of Tourism (DOT) 9- initiated Tour Guiding seminar being held today, September 27 until the 29th in one of the local hotels here. The three day basic Director Mary June Bu- 21-days Advance Tour tour guiding seminar ac- gante is a pre requisite Guiding class of which cording to DOT Regional to proceeding to the participants will be is28 Tuesday, September 27, 2011


DOT gives free....from page 27 sued their tour guiding accreditation/license. The said tour guiding seminar includes techniques in basic tour guiding, how to conduct a tour, duties and responsibilities of a tour guide, escorting a guest and communication skills. Partiipants will be exposed to hands on training where they will showcase what they have learned

The seminar was given for free by the tourism department to help the city boost its tourism industry by producing pool of accredited and trained tour guides in the city. Bugante said, there are only two accredited/ licensed tour guides in the city. The participants are all graduates of a fouryear course and have

passed the stringent screening conducted by the DOT. Bugante explained “si tiene grupo tan biahe, bueno kel tiene tour guide para dale informacion del un lugar” (if there are groups that travel, it would be better to have a tour guide to give information about a particular place or destination).

Tech-voc students should develop their skills to be internationally competitive: ZamboSur gov urges by Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY, September 27 (PIA) – ‘To be able for the students to compete at the international level, they should improve first their skills.’ In a message of Governor Antoio H. Cerilles delivered by Provincial administrator Frederick Anthony Padayhag in the culmination ceremony of the Provincial Skills Competition on Friday at the City Commercial Center, Cerilles said we wanted the Filipino technicalvocational (tech-voc) students to be recog-

nized internationally thus they need to “fully develop their skills for them to be competent and efficient workers not only domestically but internationally.” Cerilles underscored the importance of ‘skills’ and ‘competition’ as interrelated factors in development saying that skills is God’s gift to man, and

competition is the driving force that pushes a man to develop his acquired skills. Cerilels cited section 3 of TESDA Act of 1994 which states that ” TESDA promote and strengthen the quality of technical education and skills development programs to attain international competitiveness 29


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Tech-voc students....from page 28 The law, Cerilles said gave emphasis on skills development programs of which TESDA and TVIs are promoting. “ We hope that the skills of the students will be developed for them to be competent and can be trusted by their respective employers whenever they land a job,” Cerilles added. With the skills that Filipinos have, it will help address problem on poverty, Padayhag said admitting that poverty is the number one economic and problem that is besetting our county today. The chief executive said the provincial government is complimenting TESDA in de-

veloping the skills of students by establishing 20 campuses of JH Cerilles State College in the province. Meanwhile, 2nd district board member Roger Saniel encouraged the parents and students to take vocational-technical courses saying that thru TESDA courses it will help assure students a bigger, brighter and better future. Saniel expressed optimism that students from the TechnicalVocational Institutions (TVIs) will use their skills properly and to be sincere in their studies adding that their parents ‘shed their blood and sweat’ just to let them finish and to have

a job in the future. Awaded winners in the competition are as follows: Eastern Mindanao College and Technology, over-all champion (6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze) , Lucan Central College, first runner up (6 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze) ; and Systems Institute of Technology, second runner up, (3 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze.) The winners received cash prizes and certificates of recognition. Provincial director Eulalio B. Lumactod said winners in the provincialevel will vie for the regional skills competition which will be held on October this year in Zamboanga City.

80 porsiento sa mga LGUs adunay local councils for children -DILG by Claro A. Lanipa

Manila, Sept. 27 (PIA) – Adunay kapin sa 80 porsiento sa mga kagamhanang lokal (LGUs) nga nagtuboy sa katungod sa mga kabataan ug nag-implementar sa sa mga programa alang sa mga kabataan sa ilang tagsa-tagsa, matod pa sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). 30

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80 porsiento....from page 29

Si Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, mikutlo sa taho gikan sa National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) ug sa mga buhatan rehiyonal sa maong departamento, miingon 83 porsiento kon suma total sa 36,527 sa 43,279 ka mga LGUs sa nasud ang nakaorganisar o nag-organisar pag-usab sa ilang konseho alang sa mga kabataan sukad miaging tuig, samtang 512 ang wala motuman niini. Sa pikas nga bahin, 20 ka mga probinsiya, 17 ka mga siyudad, 174 ka mga lungsod ug 3,876 ka mga barangay ang wala mosubmitir sa ilang taho. Sa 36,527 LCPCs, 55 anaa sa provincial level, 114 sa city level, 1,195 sa mu-


nicipalities ug 35,163 sa mga barangayas, miingon si Robredo. Apan, si Robredo mipasabot, nga ang pag-organisar sa LCPCs wala nagpasabot nga sa diha-diha molihok gilayon ang maong konseho. “The departamento motantiya sa lihok niining mga konseho base sa ilang performance sa mosunod: organization, meetings, policies, plans and budget accomplishments sa mga programa, proyekto ug mga kalihukan nga may kalimbigitan sa kaayohan ug pagpanalipod sa mga kabataan,� miingon si Robredo. Ang mga LCPCs pagatawgon isip ideal kon maangkon kini sa rating 80 – 100% pinaagi sa pagtuman sa mga kinahanglanon sa tanang indicators;

Mature kon makakuha kini sa rating 5179% sa pagtuman sa mga kinahanglanon sa organisasyon ug meetings ug ubang mga sub-indicators; Progressive kon ang rating 21-50% kon nakatuman sa mga kinahanglanon alang sa organisasyon, meetings ug pipila sa mga sub-indicators; ang Basic kon rating sa 20% pa ubos alang sa mga konseho nga nakahimo sa mga kinahanglanon alang sa organisasyon o kaha meetings lang. Base sa maong taho, si Robredo miingon nga ang suma total sa 37,193 ka mga PCPCs nga gitantiya sa tibuok nasud, 5,581 (ideal); 14,018 (mature); 11,547 (progressive); ug 6,047 (Basic).

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P-Noy nakakuha ug Very Good Net Satisfaction Rating, sa SWS Survey by Alfonso T. Ruida

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 27(PIA)-- Padayon nang miani ug positibong resulta ang mga repormang gipatuman ni Presidente Benigno Aquino III sulod sa kapin sa tuig sa iyang administrasyon. Sa labing ulahing survey nga gihimo sa Social Weather Station, gikan sa Septyembre 4 ngadto sa 7 niining tuiga, misaka ug 10 ka puntos ang satisfaction rating sa Presidente ngadto sa 56+ gikan sa 46+ niadtong Hunyo, nga igo na kaayong nakapasaka sa iyang rating gikan sa “Good” ngadto sa “Very Good”. Matod pa ni Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, ang pagbawi ni Presidente Aquino sa “Very Good” Net Satsfaction rating maoy usa ka indikasyon nga inanay nang natagamtaman sa mga Filipinhon ang positibong kausaban sa nasod. Sa maong survey, 70 porsiento sa mga respondents ang nagpakitag pagka-kontento sa binuhatan ni Presidente Aquino batok sa 14 porTuesday, September 27, 2011

siento lamang nga dili kontento. Dugang pa ni Lacierda, ang resulta sa SWS Survey maoy malig-ong ebidensiya nga kadtong mipili nga buksan ang ilang pangisipan nakadawat na sa mensahe ni Presidente Aquino ug ila nang nasinati ang positibong kausaban sa atong katilingban. Samtang sa Pulse Asia Ulat nga Survey, gikan sa Agosto 20 ngadto sa Sepotymbre 2, misaka usab sa 77 porsiento ang approval rating ni Presidente gikan sa kanhing 71 porsiento,. Alayon niini, gipasalamatan ni Lacierda ang kinabag-an sa mga Filipino nga mipili sa hagp-ot apan tul-id nga dalan sa katarong ug miila sa linyang kanunay nga gibalik ni Presidente Aquino nga “Kung walang corrupt walang

mahirap.” Ang resulta sa survey malipayong gidawat sa Malakanyang. Gihimong pasikaran sa Malakanyang sa pagsaka sa net satisfaction rating sa Pangulo ang agresibo niining kampany sa pagusmpo sa korupstyuon sa gobyerno ug sa pagpaningkamot niini nga mahatagan ug kauswagan ang kinabuhi sa mga kabus nga Filipinhgon. Bisan pa man niining maong kalambuan, gipasalig ni Lacierda nga ipadayon gihapon sa administrasyong Aquino ang nasugdan niining mga reporma nga nakasentro sa iyang obligasyon sa iyang mga BOSS nga mao ang katawhan---ang pagbuntog sa kapobrehon; pagsumpo sa korupsyon ug pagpalambo sa kalidad sa kinabuhi sa mga Filipino. 31

Coastal/river clean-up marks 2nd day of National Maritime Week in NorMin by TGalileo Garcia


oastal clean-up, river clean-up, port

clean-up, mangrove tree-planting and tree-growing.



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Coastal/river clean-up,....from page 32 This is actually the order of the day, during the 2nd day of the National Maritime Week (NMW), observed from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, this year, focused on the theme: “Piracy – Orchestrating the Response.” Regional Director Carpio of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) said today’s coastal clean-up will take place in Taytay, El Salvador City, by some 60 participants from Capitol University composed of students and faculty members who will be providing their own transportation thru car-pooling. Another group from the Southern Philippines College (SPC) will con-

duct a clean-up drive in Barangay Bonbon while the Safer River Life Saver group from Liceo de Cagayan University (LCDU) will also do a river cleanup in Barangay Kauswagan and the Macabalan Wharf. Meanwhile, open ships will be held for vessels at berth to give time to the sea traveling public the opportunity to tour the ship and acquaint themselves with the facilities of the ships. Carpio said a floral offering for the fallen seafarers on board Harbor Star and Cagayan Harbor Pilots, Inc., in Macajalar Bay, here, highlighted yesterday’s opening of the NMW.

The celebration started with the dressing up of all ships on site at the Macabalan Port at 6:00 a.m., followed by a motorcade around the city’s main thoroughfare at 6:30 a.m. By 7:00a.m., again, all ships on site at Macabalan Port, docked or on anchorage, simultaneously blew their horns, followed by an ecumenical mass at the Passenger Terminal Complex of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) officiated by Msgr. Tex Legitimas at 7:30 a.m. By 10:30 a.m., a film on “Sea Piracy/ Safety of Life at Sea” was shown at the PPA Passenger Terminal in Macabalan.

Army’s 401Bde condemns extortion activities of the NPA St Christine, Lianga, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 27 (PIA) – The 401st Infantry “Unite N’ Fight” Brigade (401Bde), Philippine Army, has condemned the New People’s Army (NPA) for its recent terrorist attack on the business sector of the province. 34 Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Army’s 401Bde....from page 33 This, after some 10 to 15 hectares of banana plants were, allegedly, destroyed by the NPA, together with members of the Militia ng Bayan (MB) in Barangay Anahaw Daan, Tago, Surigao del Sur, at about 1:30 a.m., yesterday, Sept. 26. Col. Romeo G. Gan, Commander of 401Bde, said the group also burned three (3) dump trucks and two (2) backhoes owned by Dole Philippines Corporation in the area. Investigation re-

vealed that the heavy equipment were torched down by more or less 30 NPA’s and 50 MB’s due to the company’s failure of paying revolutionary taxes to the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/National Democratic Front (CNN). “This act of extortion affected our economy and the livelihood opportunity of the populace. If they really care for our nation they should stop hurting the community and the environment,” the 401Bde

Commander said. He also added that due to the CNN’s desperation, they resorted to pursue threats, illegal and violent activities to force the people to give their support. Meanwhile, the 401Bde Commander issued a direct order to subordinate units to exert all efforts, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the area, to do pursuit operations of the criminals.

GSIS tells old-age/survivorship pensioners: No need to undergo by Wilmer M. Carabanes the ARAS CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Orienal, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- Effective May 1, this year, all old-age and survivorship pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) residing in the Philippines were no longer required to comply with the Annual Renewal of Active Status (ARAS), on their birth month. This was clarified by Robert Vergara, GSIS President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during the Stakeholders’ Dialogue held at

Mallberry Suitres, here, recently. Vergara, however, said this provision does not include the following who will still be re-

quired to comply with ARAS for the last time: Pensioners who are on suspended status as of April 30, 2011 and pensioners whose 35


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GSIS tells....from page 34 birth month falls on any of the following months – February, March or April and have not complied with their ARAS. Likewise, old-age and survivorship pensioners residing abroad will still be required to comply with the ARAS on their birth month, every year, using Skype

or GSIS Voice Activated Processing System ( G-VAPS), as there is no way for the GSIS to monitor the status of these pensioners. These pensioners will be given a two (2) month grace period, after their birth month, to comply with ARAS, otherwise, their monthly pension

will be suspended. Pensioners 80 years old and above or bed-ridden who are currently suspended and who are about to be suspended should request for a home visit to have their ARAs for the last time.

Turn-over of pedestrian overpass tops infrastructure projects of by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Cong. Rodriguez CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 27 (PIA) -- The construction of a pedestrian overpass topped the list of 14 infrastructure projects that Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez of the city’s 2nd District, has turned-over to the different recipient barangays of his district, last Sept. 23. Worth some Php14 million, funding for the said projects were sourced out from the Congressman’s Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF). “These projects were very much needed by our constituents in these areas, that’s why, they had to be prioritized,” the Congressman said during the projects’

turn-over ceremony attended by the residents of the barangays where the projects were undertaken. “I am, particularly, concerned of the safety of the school children who have to cross the street before and after classes, thus, the construction of the pedestrian overpass, to keep them safe from vehicu-

lar traffic,” he said. In hand to receive the projects were the different Punong Barangays (Village Chieftains) of the concerned barangays, together with the members of the barangay council. Of these projects, three (3) were on the construction of multi-purpose buildings (MPB), three (3) were 36

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Turn-over of pedestrian....from page 35 on the repair of roads, two (2) were on the repair of bridges, two (2) were on the construction of flood control dikes and one (1), each, were on the construction of a pedestrian overpass, construction/repair of drainage, construction of MPB covered court and repair of water system. Engr. Allan Borromeo of the City Engineering District, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said, particularly, the projects, their respective amounts and their location are as follows: Construction of multi-purpose building (MPB) in Barangay Puer-

to at Php886,144.79, in Barangay Macasandig at Php467,671.03, and in Barangay Macabalan at Php1,709,518.21. Concreting/repair of roads in Barangay Nazareth at Php721,913.95, in Barangay Macasandig at Php1,871,613.74 and in Barangay Puntod at Php886,000. Construction of two (2) flood control dikes in Barangay Bugo at Php441,871.81 and Php467,828.43, respectively. Construction of pedestrian overpass in Barangay Cugman at Php3,306703.87, and completion of MPB covered court in Ba-

rangay Lapasan at Php930,999.86. Construction/repair of drainage in Barangay Gusa at Php439,964 and the construction/ repair of water system in Barangay Nazareth at Php487,938. Meanwhile, Borromeo said funds for the repair of Agusan Bridge at Php719,069.76 and Bigaan Bridge at Php628,806.80 were sourced out from the Assets Preservation of National Roads Generated from Pavement Management System and HDM-4 Preventive Maintenance of the Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan City Road (BCIR).

Army’s 403rd Bde supports every LGU’s endeavor for peace development by Cpt. Eduardo I. Meclat, Jr.

CAMP OSITO BAHIAN, Malaybalay City, Sept. 27 (PIA) --The 403rd Infantry “Peacemaker” Brigade (403Bde), Philippine Army, here, will support every endeavor of the different local government units (LGU’s), in promoting peace and development of the communities. 37 36

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Army’s 403rd....from page 36

This assurance came from Col. Romeo L. Gapuz, Commander of 403rd Bde, who said his unit advocates for the upliftment of the lives of our fellow Filipinos in the communities within its area of responsibility. Gapuz said 403rdBde also adheres to the rights of every individual, the supremacy of the civilian authority and the rule of law during an armed conflict, during the celebration of the recent International Day of Peace held at the Mis. Or. Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro City, last Sept. 21. “We be-

lieve in the supremacy of peace talks, peace negotiation and we support anything which can help for the peace and development of our community,” Gapuz said. The celebration coincided with the 1st year anniversary of the Internal Security Operations (ISO) responsiblility handover from the Phil. Army. Anchored on the theme: ”Kalinaw Ipatigbabaw, sa Misamis Oriental, sa Mindanaw, sa Pilipinas ug sa Tibook Kalibutan (Let peace reign in Mis. Or., Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the Whole World),” the different activi-

ties were made to make the celebration more meaningful. It was highlighted by a caravan of the members of the Municipal POC’s, who simultaneously, started at about 5:00 a.m. from as far as the Magsaysay town in the Eastern side and from Lugait town in the Western side going to the capitol, arriving at the place of convergence at about 09:00 a.m., same day. Run for Peace was also conducted at about 6:00 a.m. from the Provincial Capitol going to Rodelsa Circle and vice-versa, participated in by more or less 400 38

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Army’s 403rd....from page 37

runners from the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, 403rd Bde, Philippine National Police (PNP), non-government organizations (NGO), religious groups, academe, students, LGU Misamis Oriental, boxers and other peace advocates. A mass for peace was also officiated by Rev. Fr. Nathan Lerio while a ritual was also made by members of the Indigenous People (IP) and the various tribal groups, such as, the Higaonon tribes, with the participation of by the different sectors and stake holders. Meanwhile,


Maj. Gen. Victor A Felix, Commander of the 4 PA and Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, awarded plaques of recognition and cash assistance to the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel who were injured during the Medina town siege. Also present during the occasion were Vice Gov. Norris C. Babiera, Co-chairperson of PPOC, Regional Director Loreto T. Bhagwani of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10, P/Sr. Supt. Graciano J. Mejares, Provincial Direc-

tor of PNP, different town mayors, other religious leaders, member of the academe, non-government organization (NGO), students and youth sectors, media personnel and other peace advocates. The celebration culminated with a prayer rally organized by the different church and religious leaders of the different denominations participated by the different stake holders adhering for the continuation of the peace negotiation of the GPH-NDF at Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City 6:00 p.m., the same day.

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POEA announces nursing vacancies in Japan


by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

ore than 100 overseas job vacancies for nurses to Japan are opened by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA XI) as it starts accepting applicants for the fourth batch of nurses and caregivers for Japan .

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POEA announces....from page 39 POEA XI regional director Carolina Agdamag urged qualified nurses to apply online as early as now to get a good chance of getting a slot. This is the fourth batch of recruitment for nurses and caregivers bound for Japan in cooperation with the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS). J a p a n e s e institutions preferred applicants aged 20 to 35. They are also strict about physical and psychological fitness of candidates. POEA also cited that employers strictly observe training


or work schedule that includes Saturdays and Sundays. Starting salary rate for nurses is 40,000 Yen, equivalent to more than P20,000. P r e - e m p l oy m e n t orientation will soon commence for qualified applicants who have registered online and maintained an active status through the POEA E-registration system via www.poea. gov.ph . Knowledge of the Japanese language is an advantage. Qualified applicants who pass the interview and are successfully matched with a Japanese institution

SM eyes largest convention facility in Davao

shall undergo the three (3) months Preparatory Japanese Language Training (PJL T) which is sponsored by the Government of Japan and will be conducted at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) , Taguig City . Upon entry to Japan , another six (6) months Japanese language training will be conducted. Licensed nurses with three year hospital experience are qualified; while applicants who graduated from any four year course and certified as a caregiver by TESDA could also qualify for a caregiver job.

by RG Alama

espite being a highly-urbanized city, Davao currently lacks a large convention center which can accommodate 3,000 to 5,000 people.


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SM eyes....from page 40 However that problem will be a thing of the past as SM is set to open SMX in Davao City in its mall development located in Lanang district this 2012. The SMX Davao Convention Center is expected to accommodate 5,000 plus people and can be divided into three halls that can accommodate 700 to 1,800 people. It has a leasable area of about 5,400 square meters. According to SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation Vice President for sales and marketing Lourdes Macalindong, the facility aims to boost local tourism as it can attract large conventions and


exhibitions. The City has been unable to snatch the hosting of premiere conventions and other large events like the much-coveted Ad Congress because of the lack of a sufficient convention facility in the City. Jason Magnaye, chief of the Davao City and investment Promotions Center and the City Tourism Operations Office says that they will be promoting these convention facilities as the city sets to woo the Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibit (MICE) market. He bared that another development, the Davao International Exhibition and

Convention Center is also being constructed also in Lanang. The facility can accommodate 3,000 to 4,000 people. Magnaye said that the two convention centers will be open by the time the City hosts MICE convention in March 2013. The SMX is touted to become a one-stop convention complex with a nearby hotel being put up in the area. The 204room Park Inn Hotel under the Raddisson brand aims to complement the SMX and will be connected by a series of foot bridges. The P800million hotel the first of its brand in Southeast Asia is expected to open by 2013.

The Academe inks the Voluntary Code on Decent Work


he past year saw the strengthening of the Industry Tripartite Councils of Banana Industry and Information Communication Technology-Business Process Outsourcing through the symbol of the Voluntary Code of Good Practices on Decent Work+ Agenda. However it never ended there, for this year centers on the academe in organizing their industry specific tripartite council known as the Academic Industry Tripartite Council in advancing further industrial peace thru social dialogue and tripartism. Tuesday, September 27, 2011



The Academe....from page 41 Inspired under the framework of Decent Work, the Academic Industry inks the Voluntary Code of Good Practices on Decent Work+ Common Agenda that sums up good practices and agreements. The said Voluntary Code as it affirms to the minimum requirements of national statutes and regulatory issuances encompasses practices beyond ethical legal and public expectations aimed at making improvements on social, environmental, labor rights and good governance. The significance of the code nurtures mutual collaboration of workers and employers towards self –regulation and voluntary compliance to enhance workplace productivity, promote decent work and increase Filipino competitiveness as it captures the premise of the future world of work. All sectoral representatives from government,

management and labor having been equally represented were consistent in maintaining active participation in over five (5) meetings and round table discussions from 22nd of July to 9th of September, 2011. During the drafting, Department of Labor and Employment-XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao expressed that the labor and management issues both for academic and non-academic personnel as well as academic support personnel must be dealt appropriately. Through consensus, this concern is stipulated in the Academic ITC Voluntary Code of Good Practices on Decent Work+ Common Agenda. The signatories of the Voluntary Code included: Davao Doctors College, College Faculty Union of Ateneo de Davao University, Southpoint School, Ateneo de Davao Employees UnionFFW (Teaching and NonTeaching), Philippine Womens College,

Brokenshire College Union, TESDA, City Government of Davao, Davao Association of Guidance Counselors, Brokenshire College, Brokenshire College of Toril, San Pedro College, Unyon ng mga Guro sa Ateneo HS, Holy Cross of Davao College, San Pedro College, Davao Wisdom Academy, University of Mindanao Supreme Faculty Council, University of Mindanao, Holy Cross of Davao College Faculty Union, Ateneo de Davao University, Holy Cross of Davao College Employees Association, Ateneo de Davao University, Assumption College of Davao, Assumption College of Davao Employees Union, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration, PESODavao, National Labor Relations Commission, Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, 43


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The Academe....from page 42 National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, Professional Regulation Commission, and Department of Labor and Employment. The Voluntary Code was formally presented to Honorable Secretary Rosalinda DimapilisBaldoz through the launching of“Social Partnership for Effective Labor Governance” held on 21 September, 2011 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. The Academic Industry Tripartite Council (AITC) and this


code brings out the advocacy as crucial levers of society to ensure the development of effective relationships among the different sectors for enhancement not just labor management relations, employment conditions and job creation yet bridging curriculum and industry mismatch, ensuring quality education and talent development, entrepreneurship and productivity. The newly signed voluntary code is a living document that will be kept alive thru evidencing the commitments of the AITC

Davao EcocraftsTindahang Pinoy promotes ‘green’ business

where other members of the industry may actively take part by joining the Academic Industry Tripartite Council in Davao Region. Thru this code, it shall aim further as a complimentary mechanism for government mandatory regulation in predicting labor management relations and employment conditions, strengthening laws and regulations, and adoption of innovative or current trends when development is soaring fast over existing laws.

by Jenny Molbog-Mendoza

he newly-installed project of the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Tourism (DOT) is an avenue to further promote ‘green’ business in the Davao Region.

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Davao Ecocrafts-Tindahang....from page 43 The Davao Ecocrafts store is the Tindahang Pinoy brand of Davao. It is a ‘pasalubong center that showcases Davao Region’s authentic, sustainable products ranging from processed foods, gift items and stationeries, fashion accessories, furnishings and home decors, furniture, to other items typically found in a souvenir shop. This is being managed by the Davao Ecocrafts, Incorporated. DTI 11 Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that in buying ‘pasalubong’ items and other products at the Davao Ecocrafts, the buyers are assured of quality. “The rare find of valuable pieces of art at the shop is really meant to cater to the


discriminating standards of local and foreign buyers while providing the total tourist experience and satisfaction among visitors and tourists of the city and the region,” she said adding that the promotion of ‘green’ business is one of the major requirements before a certain product gets the chance to be part of the store’s showcase. “In the world market, going green has been the rule of thumb. In fact, the organic products from the region, like the coconut sugar, are a big hit in the international trading arena. In the local scene, people prefer organic products as well because of the growing awareness towards healthy lifestyle,” she said.

Moreover, she said that the use of sustainable raw materials will ensure that such are sourced out locally, thus, giving opportunities to the producers. Loreto said that this collaborative effort also involves an accreditation program of the DOT in terms of customer service and visual merchandising standards “While there are many pasalubong centers in the regio4n, we have to develop the standards for us to really maintain the quality of our products,” she said. The Davao Ecocrafts is located at Aldevinco Shopping Center (right in front of the Marco Polo Hotel) along Claro M. Recto Avenue, Davao City.

Macañeras, Diaz top World Heart Day run ocal bets Adnie Macañeras and April Diaz took the spotlight while the top guns were away in the World Heart Day WalkRun last Sunday in an out and back course at the Robinson’s Cybergate in Bajada, this city.


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Macañeras, Diaz....from page 44

Macañeras of Brokenshire College ruled the men’s 10K event by clocking 35 minutes and 39 seconds. He was followed closely by Gilbert Maluyo of Kidapawan City at 35:50 while Angelito Sibayan of Maragusan took third place at 35:25. Diaz, 24, topped the distaff side with a time of 44:14 followed by 19-year old Cresilyn Jaro (44:15) of Brokenshire and 16-year old May Love Briones (46:43) of University of Mindanao. Macañeras and Diaz both earned P3,000 cash and a medal awarded by Department of Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, who was assisted by Edith Cunanan, board member of the Dr. Gerry Cunanan Memorial Heart Foundation Inc., Elmer Bartolo of Calinan and Evangeline Villanueva

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of General Santos City shared the limelight by winning the 5K to pocket P2,000 with medals. Bartolo clocked 16:53 to win the men’s category followed by Gasper John Dominado (17:09) and Michael Barrosa (17:41) in that order. Villanueva, 23 of Holy Trinity College, had a time of 20:19 followed by Cellie Rose Jaro (20:36) and Dana Mae Memoracion (21:32). The 3K male champion was Daniel Diego (9:26) followed by Rolly Padernal (9:44) and Ronald Dagaang (9:46) while the top three finishers in the female side were Tycha Diaz (13:02), Christy Capaniarihan (13:16) and Cecillie Jaro (15:06). More than 1,700 runners and walkers joined the fundraising event held for the benefit of the DGMHFI, Thalassemia Foundation Inc. and SCOOP Davao.

Ateneo de Davao University Nursing Department was the biggest delegation while among the participants were Mutya ng Dabaw Janet Ty, city administrator Lyka Lopez, Phoenix Petroleum corporate affairs manager Ben Sur, Malaysia karatedo champion Oona Barnes and lawyer Manz Carpio, husband of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. The sponsors were Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, Southern Phils. Medical Center, Phoenix Petroleum Phils. Inc., Philippine Heart Association, R o b i n s o n ’ s Supermarket, Uniliver, GMA Davao Network, Althea Cunanan, Beefit Gym and Aerobics, Sumifro Phils. Corp., Nature’s Spring Water, city government of Davao, Vantage Sports, Kingtian Pros, Doc Gerry’s Net Café, Romy Francisco and Center for Health Development. 45

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One Mindanao - September 27, 2011  

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