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• Aquino meets Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing • Aquino meets Wu Bangguo in Beijing • President Aquino arrives in Shanghai • Aquino visits Great Wall of China and Forbidden City •Aquino cites PH-China centuries-old ties at business forum • Aquino appoints ‘Neric’ Acosta acting member of

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• The greatest advantage of investing in PHL is the Filipino workforce – Aquino •The country faces graft and corruption as modern-day oppressor, says Coloma

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Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • 587 volunteers finish BPAT training in Koronadal City • S. Cotabato guv signs papers for purchase of PSHS campus • Industrya ng Cotton, muling binubuhay sa Rehiyon Dose • Rehiyon Dose mayroong 2 entry para sa 2010 Search for Best PESO • Mga pulis, tagumpay na nahadlangan ang panibagong pagtatangkang pambobomba sa rehiyon

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • Butuan witnesses simultaneous opening ceremonies of big events in September • PDEA-Caraga intensifies efforts to drug prevention • 40 Caraga 4th to 6th class towns to receive P1M Performance Challenge Fund • Government Internship Program extends to 3 months • CSC-Caraga sets activities for the 111th Phil. Civil Service Anniv celebration

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Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) • Dipolog CHO conducts continuing info drive on dengue • Calatrava Officials to Visit Dipolog City

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Northern Mindanao • MSU-IIT to host 9th Iligan City Computing Fair 2011 • ARM • 1st eco-friendly condominium opens in Northern Mindanao • OWWA joins the Civil Service Commission’s fitness walk and Hataw • Cebuano News: Konseho sa siyudad buot mohimo’g halalom nga pagtuon sa comprehensive compact nga gisumiter sa MILF • Cebuano News: Mayor Cruz midawat sa ikaduhang release alang sa Supplemental Feeding Program sa mga day care centers gikan sa DSWD

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Irrigation project ensures sustainability of fish biodiversity MinDA chair wants Agus-Pulangi privatization postponed Pusher Busted By PDEA Agents Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Celebrates its 20th Year of Service

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Aquino meets Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing

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EIJING, China: President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday met with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao who underscored the importance of managing bilateral relations between the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China “from a strategic and long-term perspective”.

BEIJING, China— President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is welcomed by Badaling Special Administrative Center Deputy Director Rong Xinfeng upon arrival for his visit to the Great Wall of China, Badaling Section Thursday (September 01), during his five-day State Visit to the People’s Republic of China. The Badaling Section of the Great Wall is the best preserved and the most popular, with more than 1,000 meters above sea level and a commanding strategic position for transportation and defence in ancient times. The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest human-made structure. Badaling, which literally means “reach eight directions,” got its name from its maze of ridges stretching in all directions. The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications, built, rebuilt and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern boarders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. The most famous is the wall built between 220 BC and 200 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Jay Morales/ Malacañang Photo Bureau).

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Aquino meets...from page 3 In his opening remarks, Premier Wen lauded the ‘productive talks’ held by President Aquino with his counterpart, Chinese President Hu Jintao, at the Great Hall of the People yesterday where they signed several agreements aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties between their countries. “It is important to view and manage this relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective and properly handle the disagreements between us because that will help shape a favorable atmosphere and sustain the growth of our bilateral ties,” Premier Wen told President Aquino.

“You and the President have together set out a new program for the growth of our bilateral ties. These agreements must be fully implemented and today, I’m happy to have this opportunity to have an exchange of views with you on those major issues of mutual interest,” he added. President Aquino, for his part, said he agrees with the premise of the Chinese official and expressed commitment toward sustaining the growth of the bilateral ties between China and the Philippines. He also did not miss the opportunity to thank China and everyone responsible for making his

first official trip to Beijing a successful one. “We acknowledge and we are fortunate for the friendship that China has bestowed on our country,” President Aquino added. The President arrived at the Zhongnanhai at about 4:10 p.m. where he was welcomed by Premier Wen and other Chinese government officials. He was joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, and Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda among other officials during the meeting. (HDC)

Aquino meets Wu Bangguo in Beijing BEIJING, China: Wu Bangguo, Standing Committee Chairman of the National People’s Congress welcomed President Benigno S. Aquino III saying that his visit to People’s Republic of China will help further improve the relations between the two countries. “believe that your visit will give another strong boost to our balanced of ties, Bangguo said in welcoming the President on Thursday at

the Great Hall of the People here. “It shows how much importance you have given to the Philippines relations

with China. Yesterday you had very good discussion with President Hu Jintao. You had a thorough exchange of views on the bilateral rela5

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Aquino meets...from page 4

BEIJING, China— President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is welcomed by Badaling Special Administrative Center Deputy Director Rong Xinfeng upon arrival for his visit to the Great Wall of China, Badaling Section Thursday (September 01), during his five-day State Visit to the People’s Republic of China. The Badaling Section of the Great Wall is the best preserved and the most popular, with more than 1,000 meters above sea level and a commanding strategic position for transportation and defence in ancient times. About 400 State leaders and VIPs have climbed Badaling and admired the magnificence and beauty of its scenery. The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest humanmade structure. In the photo is Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Jay Morales/ Malacañang Photo Bureau)

tionship and issues of mutual interests. You also jointly attended the signing ceremony of a large number of agreements,” Bangguo stressed. Bangguo likewise expressed elation over the fact that the President’s trip to PROC would also include Shanghai and Fujian. “As the Chinese often say, seeing is the best. I am sure that your visit will help you gain a much deeper understanding about China. I sincerely hope that you will leave the country with a fond memory. Once again a very warm welcome to you,” he said. For his part, President Aquino expressed his profound thanks to Bangguo for welcoming him and for all the courtesies extended

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to him and his delegation by the government of China. “Even right now, we can go home confident that we will be bringing a lot of good news to our people. Thank you you very much for all of these,” the President told Bangguo The President informed Bangguo about the good news that he received during his visit. “A very good piece for news that we received this afternoon is the China ASEAN Fund, they’re earmarking a substantial portion of this fund for the Philippines. And again, we’d like to thank you for that.” he stressed. The President also informed Bangguo about the Great Hall of the People, as well as his visit to the Great

Wall of China. “This is my first time to have visited the People’s Republic of China. From the Great Hall (of the People) that is truly impressive to the very physically taxing trip we had to the Great Wall earlier,” he said He likewise noted that Filipinos have a better understanding of the character of the Chinese people to saying that “when they are determined to do something, the successes they want, they are able to achieve.” “One can’t help but admire the fact that you have a lot of ethnic groups, you have a diverse population but you also see a lot of unity throughout the centuries,” he added. (RSDA)

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President Aquino arrives in Shanghai SHANGHAI, China (via PLDT) – President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived Thursday night here for the second leg of his five-day threecity tour of the People’s Republic of China which began last August 30 until September 3, 2011.

SHANGHAI, China—Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III arrives at the Hongqiao International Airport Thursday night September 01, 2011 in line with his five-day State Visit to the People’s Republic of China (PROC). The visit is expected to boost the Philippines-China relationship and will showcase the country as an investment haven to Chinese businessmen following major reform measures President Aquino has initiated in the government. (PLDT powered by SMART). (Photo by: Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

The P r e s i d e n t , whose special commercial flight PR001 arrived at the Hongqiao International Airport at around 7:30, came from Beijing after meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chinese businessmen. Upon his arrival, the President was met by Li Mingjun, Director General of the Foreign Affairs Office and Philippine Consul General to Shanghai Charles Jose. From the airport, the President proceeded to the Shangri-la Hotel in the Pudong district, his

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official place of residence during his stay, before beginning a hectic, wholeday schedule highlighted by the Philippine–Eastern China Business Forum at 10 this morning. The President will then witness a signing ceremony between the CEO of Chinese hotel chain Jinjiang Group and the Filipino-Chinese owner of Liwayway Marketing Corporation, makers of Oishi prawn crackers who will call on the Chief Executive at 11 a.m. President Aquino will then proceed to the Heng-

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shan Picardie Hotel for a luncheon hosted by the Mayor of Shanghai, Han Zheng. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Chinese investors namely: the Luen Thai Private Group and Huwawei Business Group executives before going on a site visit of Liwayway Marketing Corp’s manufacturing plant here. The President will cap the day by meeting with members of the Filipino community who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Chief Executive. (RCK)

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Aquino visits Great Wall of China and Forbidden City BEIJING, China -- President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday visited the Great Wall of China which he described as “awe-inspiring.”

BEIJING, China—Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III tours China’s historical landmark, the Imperial Palace, also known as the “Forbidden City” Thursday (September 01), during his five-day State Visit to the People’s Republic of China. The Forbidden City is a symbol of oriental culture, established on the basis of the Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Its construction was prepared since 1406 and completed in 1420 during the reign of the third Ming emperor Yongle and after the downfall of the Ming dynasty, it remained to be the imperial residence of the Qing dynasty until 1924. The Palace Museum was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1987, and attracts about 8 million visitors every year. (PLDT powered by SMART) (Photo by Jay Morales / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

“The Great Wall is truly awe- inspiring. Conceptualizing it is already a marvel, but to actually construct it....” the President said in a message he wrote during his visit to this historical landmark frequented by local tourists and visitors from all over the world here. The President, accompanied by some

members of his Cabinet, motored to the Great Wall at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday to see for himself this noted favorite site of visitors here. Upon his arrival, President Aquino was received by Deputy Director of the Badaling Special Administrative Center Rong Xinfeng. After the greetings and introduction,

the President, escorted by Xinfeng and some members of his Cabinet moved to treck the long stretch until he bravely reached the uphill portion of the south tower of the Badaling section of the Great Wall. As a token for his visit, the President was first presented a book containing more than 400 photos of state lead8

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ers who visited the Great Wall since the ‘50’s. Included in the book was the President’s late mother, former President Corazon C. Aquino, who also visited it during her historic visit to China. Two more gifts were given to the President at the VIP Room, namely, a framed night photo of the Great Wall, and a framed certificate attesting that he had climbed the Great Wall. While in the Great Wall, President Aquino obliged to have a photo opportunity with some of his Cabinet members and delegation. The Chinese government has recommended that the President should visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall because it is the best preserved and most popular among all of the Great Wall’s sections. It is more than 1,000 meters (or 3,281 feet) above sea level and commands a strategic position for transportation and defense in ancient times.

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Badaling, which literally means “reach eight directions,” got its name because the maze of its ridges stretches in all directions. It is also easily accessible and has easy walking conditions. Based on records, some 400 state leaders and notable personalities have climbed Badaling and admired the magnificence and beauty of its panoramic scenery. On February 24, 1972, this site was visited by then United States President Richard Nixon and his wife during his historic journey to China. The US First Couple was accompanied by Vice Premier Li Xiannian in touring the site. President Barack Obama also visited Badaling on his visit here on November 18, 2009, calling the structure “spectacular.” After his visit to Badaling, President Aquino proceeded to the Forbidden City which is most commonly known in Chinese as Gugong, meaning the “Former Palace.”

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In this site, the President visited three main halls where national treasures are displayed. An interpreter was on hand to brief the President on the features of the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle o Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 7,800,000 feet. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. (RSDA) Friday, September 2, 2011


Aquino cites PH-China centuries-old ties at business forum BEIJING, China (via PLDT) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the centuries-old ties between the Philippines and China as he challenged both countries to step up its mutual and beneficial relations in order to create “opportunities for a better life for both our peoples in the 21st century.”

In his speech keynoting the PhilippinesEastern China Business Forum held at the Shangri-la Hotel here this morning, the President invited Chinese businessmen to invest in the Philippines, which he said is now “open for business.” “Before there was the People’s Republic of China or the Republic of the Philippines, there were the Chinese and the Filipino people. Our ties go back centuries, people-to-people, to an extent that can literally be seen and touched,” the President said to some 500 Chinese and Filipino-Chinese businessmen who attended the forum. “Since then, our ties have been strong

and solid, and thus, enduring. It is up to us, now, to increase our mutual understanding to unleash the great potential for partnerships between you and us,” he added. He said that his Administration was undertaking reforms in government in order to make the Philippines more appealing as an investment site to potential investors. These he said include ridding the bureaucracy of corruption and by heavily investing in infrastructure and in the Filipino people. “Ending corruption means ending transactions made for the benefit of those in power, conveniently neglecting the vast major-

ity of my countrymen. By holding the corrupt accountable, we are sending a signal to the whole world: in the Philippines, the rules are followed. In the Philippines, we have a level playing field. In the Philippines we are open for business: the clean, fair, and honest kind,” the President said. “Just as our people will benefit from jobs created by investments, government, too, will benefit from commercial investments, which can be channelled into public investments: first, in infrastructure, to make our country even more attractive to those who wish to set up shop. And second, in our people, 10

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in the form of added funding for social services, education, and health,” he added. “All these creates an environment where people are empowered with skills and capabilities to participate in society; where jobs give our people the chance to improve their lot in life; and where businesses thrive because there is ample infrastructure, and because consumers have disposable incomes,” the President said. The President pointed out that the reforms being implemented have already borne fruit such as having Philippine stock markets hitting all-time highs, seven times during his Administration, and having the ability to fund even more projects without raising taxes in the past year. He expressed confidence that this positive trend his government reforms are taking “will be carried forward

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and onwards through our Public-Private Partnership Programs” resulting in an “increase in foreign direct investments, and improved industry competitiveness.” “A more prudent and honest fiscal management program has already yielded many billions of pesos in savings. At the same time, we are accelerating government spending to stimulate the economy,” the President said. He assured the audience that the reforms being implemented were not meant to dissuade anyone from investing in the Philippines but were in fact being done to “create a more equitable business environment.” “It is my hope that these reforms do not raise doubts among some who are contemplating investing in the Philippines. Let me assure you that we must do these things now in

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order to create a more equitable business environment, where each contract signed and each project completed will stand firmly on the bedrock of integrity,” the President said. “In other words, where every contract represents the Five “R’s” we envision: Right Project, Right Cost, Right Quality, Right People and Right on Time. This is the only way to ensure that your projects will not be questioned by the public, or by succeeding administrations,” he added. In ending, the President once again cited the long, enduring ties between our peoples. “Our ties of mutual interest and partnerships are unshakably firm; let us build on this to create, together, opportunities for a better life for both our peoples in the 21st century,” the President said. (RCK) Friday, September 2, 2011


Aquino appoints ‘Neric’ Acosta acting member of Laguna Lake Development Authority

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed former Rep. Juan Romeo Nereus “Neric” Acosta of Bukidnon province as acting member of the board of directors of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA).

The appointment was announced by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during a news briefing held in Malacanang on Friday. A member of the Liberal Party Acosta, took his oath of office last August 24 as presidential adviser for environmental protection before President Aquino in Malacanang Palace. Acosta, who served as representative for the

first district of Bukidnon, is the principal author of the Clean Air Act. He also sponsored major environmental legislation on clean water, solid waste management and biodiversity protection. He also served as the House of Representative’s chairman of the Committee on Ecology and vice chairman of the Committees on Science and Technology, Human Rights, and Foreign Relations.

Valte also announced the resignation of LLDA General Manager Rodrigo Cabrera. The President will soon name the replacement of Cabrera, according to Valte. “The letter of resignation of GM Cabrera was accepted by the Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. last August 17 and took effect also on the same day,” Valte said. (JS)

The greatest advantage of investing in PHL is the Filipino workforce – Aquino SHANGHAI, China (via PLDT) – President Benigno S. Aquino cited on Friday the Filipino workforce as the single greatest advantage of investing in the Philippines. In the Q&A portion of his participation to the Philippine-Eastern China Business Forum held at the Shangri-la

Hotel here, the President said the Filipino’s educational attainment, adaptability and quality of work were some

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The greatest....from page 11 mary advantage of investing in the Philippines is the quality of our human work force. The labor force is one that is highly adapted, highly educated and with an increasing ability to be adaptable to any conditions in any country,” the President said. Trade Secretary Cristino Panlilio echoed the President’s observation saying the Filipino worker was one of the most sought after employees in the international arena.

In his presentation, Panlilio said that the 35.92-million that comprise the Filipino workforce, had achieved a 92.3 percent literacy rate, 76 percent were fluent in English and that 469,654 were college graduates in the fields of engineering, business and medical and allied services. But aside from having an outstanding workforce, Panlilio said the Philippines’ strategic location, robust telecom infrastructure and

world-class economic zones which have cut down red-tape to zero were also the reasons for choosing the Philippines as a top-rate investment site. “There is a whole list of incentives for setting up in the Philippines and your idea of laborintensive industries is in line with our own goal of job generation which is one of the promises we made to the people,” the President said. (RCK)

The country faces graft and corruption as modern-day oppressor, says Coloma CABIAO, Nueva Ecija: Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma told the people of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, who commemorate Friday the 115th anniversary celebration of the “First Cry of Nueva Ecija,” that the country now faces a new kind of oppressor—graft and corruption.

Friday’s commemoration highlights the heroism of Gen. Mariano Llanera, a Cabiao-born military leader who led fights against the Spaniards during the uprisings in Nueva Ecija and Bula-

can. In an interview over Nueva Ecijabased dwNE radio Friday morning, Coloma said that while people of the province celebrate the bravery of General Llanera and

his men during the revolution, they must also bear in mind that the country now fights graft and corruption which is a major challenge for the country. “Ito po ay laban sa mga nagsasagawa 13

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ng anomalya na dapat nang puksain at itigil para naman po umunlad ang ating bansa sa pamamagitan ng pagtahak sa daang matuwid,” Coloma said. Coloma also relayed the message of President Benigno S. Aquino III who expressed his message of support to the people of Cabiao. The President is in China for a five-day state visit and is expected to be back on Saturday, September 3. At the same time, Coloma asked the people of Cabiao to tell the government about their wants and concerns so that the Aquino administration could address them. Coloma noted that this is the reason why the President organized the Presidential Communications Operations Office, the office Coloma heads,

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to link the people with their government. The President wants the people to inform him about things that could help the country move forward, Coloma said. In the modern times, the country also needs a revolution, Coloma said, adding however that it is an uprising that is unarmed one contrary to General Llanera’s rebellion. “Ito po ay isang rebolusyon at isang himagsikan sa larangan ng kaisipan, sa larangan ng kamulatan. Kinakailangang baguhin na po natin ang ating kaisipan. Huwag na po tayong magisip ng mga bagay na makasisira o makakalikha pa ng kaguluhan o ligalig. Ang isipin po nating lahat: Ano po ba ang puwede nating gawin? Ano po ba ang ating maitutulong?” he said.

The event in Cabiao on Friday is also called Gen. Mariano Llanera Day. General Llanera, a native of Cabiao, led around 3,000 revolutionaries in a successful assault of San Isidro, the former capital of Nueva Ecija, on September 2, 1896. Llanera, who also led battles in Bulacan, was one of the signatories of the Biak-na-Bato Constitution in November 1897 and the pact of Biak-na-Bato on the same year. He was exiled in Hong Kong together with General Emilio Aguinaldo in December 1897 and the following year he was captured by the Americans and was deported to Guam. He returned to the Philippines in December 1902 and died in the Philippines on September 19, 1942. (AS)

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587 volunteers finish BPAT training in Koronadal City by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- Some 587 volunteers were honoured here yesterday for completing their training as members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of the city’s 27 villages. The graduation ceremonies held at the city’s Rizal Park culminates the enhancement training for the barangay police teams, which began on August 9. With such a large number of volunteers, the trainings were done seven clusters with each cluster comprising BPATSof three to four barangays. Training focuced on the duties and responsibilities of barangay police teams as counterparts of the city police in their communities, basic police intelligence operations, and handling of firearms and handcuffs. They were also reoriented on the 8 Core Values being promoted

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by the city government, namely: Love of God, Love of Country, Respectfulness, Integrity, Discipline, Commitment, Stewardship, and Commitment. Mayor Peter B. Miguel believes the BPATs can help improve implementing peace and order as well as security programs of the city government as partners of pol ce authorities, especially in the communities. “The BPATs serve as force multiplier for our police force,” he said. He added having volunteer police teams in the villages will help augment the number of police in keeping the city peaceful and orderly as well as in

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controlling criminal activities in the communities. Volunteers will also assist police officers in conducting checkpoints, entrapment operations, and in patrolling their respective barangays. At the graduation ceremonies, Mayor Miguel urged the BPATS to serve as models to their communities as peacekeeping teams. He specifically asked them to refrain from smoking and drinking. As volunteers, BPATs do not receive honoraria but Mayor Miguel promised to extend help by giving them free Philhealth cards; he is also considering providing them with insurance. (PIA 12)

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S. Cotabato guv signs papers for purchase of PSHS campus by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) -- South Cotabato Gov. Pingoy yesterday announced that he has already signed documents for the purchase of a 4.5 ha lot in Brgy. Paraiso, this city, where a Philippine Science High School (PSHS) campus will soon be established. Just recently, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has authorized Gov. Pingoy to purchase the lot that costs P1.6 million per hectare. Gov. Pingoy said, the provincial government will soon be paying half of the P7.3 million to fast tract processing of necessary documents. After the taxes have been paid, we will release the remaining half of the amount, he said. The lot is the provincial government’s counterpart in the establishment of PSHS in South Cotabato, particularly in Koronadal City. Pingoy added, once the provincial governFriday, September 2, 2011

ment has purchased the lot, he will meet with the Department of Science and Technology in Region 12 (DOST 12) for the signing of agreement for the donation of the land to latter for the construction of necessary school buildings and other facilities. Construction of PSHS buildings and facilities is scheduled before the year ends for the target opening of classes in June 2012. He added, local government units in the province will not be burdened with this project since funds for the operations of the PSHS campus here will come from DOST. Philippine Science High School System is

being operated by the Department of Science and Technology. It offers a free scholarship to deserving students in a specialized secondary course leading to a career in science and technology. As government scholars, PSHS students enjoy free tuition, books, monthly stipend, living allowances, and transportation allowance. PSHS system has campuses in Quezon City; Davao City; Iloilo City; Palo, Leyte; Bayombong, Nueva Ecija; Goa, Camarines Sur; Balo-i, Lanao del Norte; Argao, Cebu; and Angeles City, Pampanga. (PIA 12)

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Industrya ng Cotton, muling binubuhay sa Rehiyon Dose KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – Umaabot sa mahigit 200 ektarya na ang tinamnan ng cotton, kaugnay ng hakbang ng pamahalaan na muling buhayin ang industriya. Ayon kay South Cotabato provincial agriculturist Reynaldo Legaste, nakipagtulungan na ang Cotton Development Administration (CODA) sa Primatrix Fibre Corp. sa paghikayat sa mga magsasaka na magtanim ng cotton. Mahigit 200 mga magsasaka na rin umano ang tumanggap ng tulong pinansiyal mula sa Primatex, ayon kay Legaste. Ang cotton ay kasa-

lukuyan ng nakatanim sa mga bayan ng T’boli, Polomolok at Tantangan, base sa rekomendasyon ng lokal na tanggapan ng kagawaran ng agrikultura, lalo na ngayong darating na panahon ng tag-init. Umaasa si Legaste na sa pagtatapos ng taong 2011, aabot sa mahigit 500 ektarya ang matatamnan ng cotton sa Lalawigan at tinatayang aabot sa 2,000 ektarya ang inaasahan sa taong 2012.

Habang sa Lalawigan ng Sarangani, ini-ulat din ni Legaste na mayroon ng mahigit 500 ektarya ang nataniman ng cotton. Naging katanggtaptanggap umano sa mga magsasaka ang muling pagtatanim ng cotton dahil sa mataas na “farmgate price” nito na tinataya sa mula P22 hanggang P24 bawat kilo, ayon kay Legaste. (AC AGAD PIA12)

Rehiyon Dose mayroong 2 entry para sa 2010 Search for Best PESO KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – Dalawang entry ang isinumite ng Rehiyon Dose para sa 2010 Nationwide Search for Best PESO. Ayon kay Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 director Atty. Ma. Gloria Tango, kanyang inindorso ang mga Public Em-

ployment Service Offices (PESO) ng bayan ng Pigcawayan sa Cotabato at ang school-based PESO ng Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC),

na maging opisyal na kakatawan sa rehiyon sa pagpipili sa buong kapu luan. Ang mga nabanggit na PESO ay naging katu17

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Rehiyon Dose...from page 16 wang ng DOLE 12 lalo na sa pagtugon sa problema ng mga residente sa employment. Naging maganda umano ang performance ng dalawang nabanggit na PESO kung kayat ito ang napili ng mga hurado ng rehiyon na pinamumunuan ni Atty. Tan-

go, upang kumatawan sa Rehiyon sa patimpalak. Umaasa si Tango na makakasungkit ng panalo ang mga entry ng rehiyon sa nasabing patimpalak dahil umano sa kanilang mga magandang performance na suportado ng mga credentials.

Matatandaang tatlong taon ding pumapailanlang ang mga entries ng rehiyon, gaya ng Isulan-LGU PESO. Itinanghal na itong Hall of Famer dahil sa sunudsunod na panalo sa loob ng tatlong taon, ayon kay Tango. (AC AGAD PIA12)

Mga pulis, tagumpay na nahadlangan ang panibagong pagtatangkang pambobomba sa rehiyon KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – Nagtagumpay ang mga operatiba ng pulis sa paghadlang sa isa na naming panibagong pagtatangkang pambobomba sa Rehiyon Dose, ng ma-recover ng mga ito ang isang improvised na bomba na iniwan malapit sa isang checkpoint sa Lungsod ng Taurong, kamakalawa. Ayon kay Philippine National Police (PNP) police director Felicisimo Khu, ang hepe ng Directorate for Integrated Police Operations (DIPO) sa Western Mindanao, ang bomba ay natagpuan ng mga operatiba sa isang palayan, 500 metro ang layo sa isang police security checkpoint sa Purok Sampaguita, Barangay Grino sa Lungsod ng Tacurong. Friday, September 2, 2011

Ayon kay Khu, maaaring ang bomba ay gagamitin sa planong pambobomba sa Lungsod ng Tacurong o iba pang lugar sa rehiyon ng mga teroristang pinaniniwalaang kasamahan ni “fugitive bomber� Abdul Basit Usman. Mula umano buwan ng Hunyo nitong taon mahigit labing-isang (11) improvised explosives ang narekober ng

mga operatiba ng PNP sa ilang bahagi ng rehiyon at maging sa kalapit na Lalawigan ng Maguindanao. Ang pinakahuling pagsabog ng bomba sa Lungsod ng Tacurong, ay naging dahilan ng pagkamatay ng isang sibilyan at mataas na opisyal ng Maguindanao, at pagkasugat ng maraming iba pa. (AC AGAD PIA12)

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Butuan witnesses simultaneous opening ceremonies of big events in September by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – There are three big events happening in the month of September which is led by different government agencies and to be participated by the government employees, non-government organizations, academe and private stakeholders.

Employees from the government, and some members from the non-government organizations actively participating during the ‘Lakad Laban sa Krimen’ Fun Walk from Rizal Park going to City Hall Grounds, Butuan City as the celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month simultaneously kicked off on Sept. 1, 2011. (PIA-Caraga)

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with the ‘Lakad Laban sa Krimen’ Fun Walk participated by employees from the government, and members from the non-government organizations. Said Fun Walk started at 5:00am from Rizal Park going to the City Hall Grounds, where an ecumenical prayer and short program was held and followed by the ‘Hataw’ exercise. In her message, Ms. Nerissa Murih of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga bared that the National Filipino Family Week is a special event for all Filipinos. “With this celebration, we promote the Filipino values Friday, September 2, 2011

and Gender and Development (GAD) for all,” Murih said. Murih also emphasized that with this year’s theme: “Kontra Krimen at Pro-GAD ang Pamilyang Pinoy,” we should all continue to serve our Pamilyang Pinoy and continue to impart the good values to our children. Also, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Remeneo Valenzuela stressed that the National Crime Prevention Week with this year’s them: “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko! Knock Out Crime!” focuses on the importance of the youths as contributor in nationbuilding. Meanwhile, Civil

Service Commission (CSC) Agusan del Norte Provincial Dir. Mishach Dinhayan revealed that the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration with this year’s theme: Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed,” is calling on all public servants to continue to make change in public service with President Benigno Aquino III’s mandate – ‘Sa Matuwid na Daan’. The lead agencies of government have lined-up activities fro this month and are calling on to the public to support the government in this endeavor.(JPG/ PIA-Caraga)

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Rene Burdeos acknowledges the collaborative efforts of the government agencies and expresses his thanks to all the participants during the simultaneous opening ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month, held Sept. 1, 2011 at the City Hall Grounds, Butuan City. (PIA-Caraga)

Ms. Nerissa Murih of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga bares that the National Filipino Family Week is a special event for all Filipinos. And with this celebration, we promote the Filipino values and Gender and Development (GAD) for all, held Sept. 1, 2011 at the City Hall Grounds, Butuan City during the simultaneous opening ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month. (PIA-Caraga)

Employees from the government agencies and some from the non-government organizations are shown here during the ‘Hataw’ exercise held Sept. 1, 2011 at the City Hall Grounds, Butuan City as the celebration of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month simultaneously kicked off on Sept. 1, 2011. (PIA-Caraga)

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Agusan del Norte Provincial Dir. Mishach Dinhayan reveals that the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary celebration with this year’s theme: Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed,” is calling on all public servants to continue to make change in public service with President Benigno Aquino III’s mandate – ‘Sa Matuwid na Daan’, held Sept. 1, 2011 at the City Hall Grounds, Butuan City during the simultaneous opening ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month. (PIA-Caraga)

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National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Remeneo Valenzuela stresses that the National Crime Prevention Week with this year’s them: “Pinoy Ako, Crime Prevention Misyon Ko! Knock Out Crime!” focuses on the importance of the youths as contributor in nation-building, held Sept. 1, 2011 at the City Hall Grounds, Butuan City during the simultaneous opening ceremony of the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service month. (PIA-Caraga)

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PDEA-Caraga intensifies efforts to drug prevention by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) celebrated with the National Police Commission’s (NAPOLCOM) 17th National Crime Prevention Week set Sept 1-7, 2011 and hosted a press conference held Thursday, September 1 at City Interior and Local Government (CILG) office, Barangay Doongan, this city.

PDEA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director Joel Plaza (extreme right) stresses that their office is continuously strengthening its campaign against illegal drugs and is serious in implementing Republic Act 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Danger-ous Drugs Act of 2002 with the PNP, during a press conference held Thursday, Sept. 1 at City Interior and Local Government (CILG) office, Barangay Doongan, Butuan city. (PIA-Caraga)

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juana, and 132 drug cases sive Dangerous Drugs Act of

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40 Caraga 4th to 6th class towns to receive P1M Performance Challenge Fund by Noel B. Najarro BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) - Forty 4th to 6th class municipalities of Caraga Region will receive a P1,000,000.00 peso Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) for passing the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) Program of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for the Calendar Year 2011.

This was announced by DILG Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos during a press conference held Thursday, Sept. 1 at the CILG-Butuan Office, marking the start of the three celebrations this month which are the National Crime Prevention Week, National Filipino Family Week, and 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary. The forum was attended also by other top regional officials of some national agencies: Re-

gional Director Joel Plaza (PDEA), Regional Director Remenio Valenzuela (NAPOLCOM), Regional Director Marilyn Pintor (CHR), City Dir. Romeo Solis (CILG), PSupt. Martin M. Gamba (PIO-PRO 13), JSInsp. Herman Paas and JInsp. Prospero Parnay, Jr (BJMP). Dir. Burdeos said that this was a significant feat for Caraga region where all of its 4th to 6th municipalities has achieved the seal. “This is something that we can boast of, as Cara-

ganons. While in the other regions only a number of their towns are making it to the award, all of our 4th to 6th class municipalities did it,� he said. According to Dir. Burdeos, that the program recognizes the local government units which had not received adverse or disclaimer opinions from the Commission on Audit (COA) on their financial statements of 2010. They also complied with the full disclosure policy budget, bids and awards 23

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40 Caraga 4th...from page 22 which need to be published in conspicuous places, print media of community or general circulation and in the website. The municipalities, according to Burdeos, can avail of the performance challenge fund, which is a support fund to finance local development initiatives aligned to priorities such as the attainment of the millennium development goals, local economic development or the adaptation to climate change and disaster preparedness. The forty municipalities includes: Carmen, Kitcharao, Magallanes, Reme-

dios T, Rumualdez, Santiago, and Tubay (all of Agusan del Norte); Basilisa, Dinagat, Libjo, Loreto, San Jose, and Tubajon (all of Dinagat Island Province); Alegria, Bacuag, Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, Gigaquit, Mainit, Malimono, Pilar, Placer, San Benito, San Francisco, San Isidro, Sta. Monica, Sison, Socorro, Taganaan, and Tubod (all of Surigao del Norte); Bayabas, Cagwait, Carmen, Carascal, Cortes, Lanuza, Lianga, Madrid and San Agustin (all of Surigao del Sur). (PIA-Caraga)

Government Internship Program extends to 3 months by Maria Rebecca Ayaton BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) - From a 2-month internship, the Government Internship Program (GIP) spearheaded by the National Youth Commission (NYC) extended the internship period into three (3) months effective last July 2011 to intensify the youths’ preparation for future work. Ms. Salma Jayne A. Tamano of NYC presented the updates of the GIP project during the 3rd Semester Caraga Regional Advisory Council (RAC) Meeting conducted recently at the Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Office. NYC is the lead agency for GIP which is participated with all the

departments and agencies of the national government, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and the local government units. Accordingly, the GIP program is created to provide financial assistance to the students. GIP is open for the youth aged 18-25 years and must be at least a high school graduate.

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Government Internship...from page 23 understanding of rules and regulation, and proper use of office equipment. “The objective of the program is to encourage the youth to join public service. The program shall involve and acquaint interns with government

programs and projects draw their support and understanding towards them”, said Tamano. However, students who have previously availed the GIP program are no longer qualified to re-avail so that many people could benefit

from the said program. By the time the training period ends, the interns will have a GIP graduation and agency that they worked at must issue them a “Certificate of Completion”. (MRA/ PIA-Caraga)

CSC-Caraga sets activities for the 111th Phil. Civil Service Anniv celebration by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga headed by Regional Director Adams Torres bared that their office had already disseminated the CSC Memorandum Circular No. 17, series of 2011 which outlines the activities for the month-long celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary with the theme: “Championing R.A.C.E. (Responsive, Accessible, Courteous, and Effective): Excellent Public Service at Full Speed.”

On September 5-7, 2011, the CSC personnel will be conducting the ‘Brigada Ahensya’ in the different government agencies. The local government of Butuan headed by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr with CSC-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office will also spearhead the conduct of the Tree Planting activity on September 9. On September 19,

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a simultaneous Flag Raising Ceremony will be held in all the government agencies which will mark the 111th celebration of the Philippine Civil Service anniversary. An Open House Showcasing government services will also be held at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol on September 20-23 with simultaneous activities like Bloodletting, Free Dental services, and free massage.

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Also, on September 21, CSC-Caraga Regional Office will be spearheading the Regional Search Awarding Ceremony at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, which will also serve as culminating activity of the 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary celebration. Employees from the government agencies are enjoined to participate in the said activities. (JPG/ PIA-Caraga)

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Dipolog CHO conducts continuing info drive on dengue by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA)—Despite the successful campaign of the City Health Office against dengue, the Dipolog City Government is still pursuing its continuing massive information campaign against dengue in the different areas in the city.

Recently, the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Health Office and Dipolog City Health Office have jointly conducted and information drive on Dengue and AntiSmoking with the teachers and pupils of the Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School. The campaign is aimed to provide information and awareness among teachers and pupils about dengue and

the ill-effects of smoking to human bodies5. Ariel Saldariega, CHO Sanitation Officer II, in his lecture emphasized the importance of continuous cleaning to our surroundings as an effective strategy against dengue. Saldariega said, he discouraged fogging because he noticed that this has been by some schools. According to him, some

schools merely rely on fogging and don’t bother anymore to clean its environment. So far, the CHO has only recorded 34 cases of dengue in Dipolog City from January to June this year compared to the 135 cases which it had recorded during the same period last year. Subsequently, Barangay Sta. Felomina which has recorded the most number of dengue 26

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cases (52) last year, was made as the pilot barangay for its Ovicidal/Larvaecidal Trap project. Saldariega also

discouraged the children from smoking, it being the main cause of tuberculosis as well the City’s Anti-Smoking Ordi-

nance which prohibits smoking in public places such as schools. (ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

Calatrava Officials to Visit Dipolog City by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA)-- Dipolog City Government’s Best Practices, worthy of emulation continue to earn admiration from other Local Government Units in other parts of the country.

This developed after the local officials of Calatrava, Negros Occidental have expressed their desire to visit the city this month. According to the City Information Office, Calatrava Municipal Mayor Araceli T. Somosa, thru Carolina P. Binga-an, her Private Secretary has sent a letter to Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy to inform her of their planned visit to the city. Accompanying

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Somosa in her trip are the members of Sangguniang Bayan; Department Heads and Barangay Chairmen. The trip to Dipolog City is in line for their Hands-on Learning Process as part of their Capacity Development Agenda. Mayor Somosa said Dipolog City, known as the Orchid Capital and Bottled Sardines Capital of the country is one of the many cities which

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has a booming tourism industry and best practices that they want to practice in her municipality. Among the areas to be visited by the Calatrava officials are Sanitary Landfill, solid Waste Management, Climate Change Mitigation, Disaster Preparedness Plan, Tourism Programs, Local Economic Enterprises, including the City Public Market and the City’s Slaughterhouse. (ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte) Friday, September 2, 2011


MSU-IIT to host 9th Iligan City Computing Fair 2011 by Lorry V. Gabule ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 2 (PIA)--The School of Computer Studies (SCS) of the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) will be holding the Iligan City Computing Fair 2011 (ICCF), at the MSU-IIT Campus, here, this coming Sept. 21-23.

Anchored on the theme “Information Freedom: Ethical Computing Towards Responsible NETIZENSHIP,” the fair features technical forum, student projects presentation, quiz shows for high school and college students. Also included open programming competition, digital arts open competition, flash animation competition, computer hardware servicing competition, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) exhibits. Prof. Ernesto E. Empig, Dean, SCS, MSUIIT, said the goal of the ICCF is not just to create another 2-day event, but also to encourage Friday, September 2, 2011

participants from the academe not only in the city but the whole of the Visayas and Mindanao regions, and from the industry and business sectors to participate in the events, enrich their experiences, gain knowledge, skills and views on ICT. “This will be a good venue for students to gain friendship with other participants and meet their future employers through a job fair, a good opportunity to reach prospective clients and strengthens customersupplier relationships in these islands. “This year, we are expecting the usual support of the different institutions and ICT enthusi-

asts as they participate in this annual big event in the ICT field, with stress on information freedom and its implications on the roles and responsibilities of the users of the information highway,” Empig said. Meanwhile, the ICCF 2011 is part of the lined up month-long activities of the Iligan City Fiesta Celebration this month. For more information about the fair, those interested may call the Office of the Dean, SCS, MSU-IIT at (063) 221-2002 or call Prof. Rolando L. Galucan, ICCF 2011 Chairperson at 09067712567, and email at iccf@g.msuiit. edu.ph. (PIA 10)

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1st eco-friendly condominium opens in Northern Mindanao by Apipa Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 02 (PIA) – The first-ever eco-friendly condominium in Northern Mindanao, dubbed as Primavera Residences, was showcased yesterday during the unveiling of its office, showroom and model unit, here.

Primavera is an Italian-inspired condominium constructed along the principle of sustainable architecture such as generating its own energy, minimizing power usage and maximizing natural lighting and ventilation that can save up to 20 percent (20%) of the building’s energy consumption. It is the first green building in the Mindanao with photovoltaic solar panels located on the rooftop of the building which help in the production of renewable energy. Also, the presence of a green inner courtyard will help the building mitigate the high temperature during summer season as the shelter will produce shadow to protect from the sun’s direct radiation with a dramatic decrease in temperature.

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It was designed by ITA Project, an awardwinning Italian architectural firm recognized internationally for its expertise in green and sustainable architecture and design. Located at Pueblo de Oro Township, here, the first-ever condominium was developed by the Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation, who actively promotes green initiatives in the city. In Pueblo de Oro, we are taking huge steps to help encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle to keep this city green, said Rodolfo Menes, senior vice-president and general manager of Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation. He said the ecofriendly condominium will also complement the other green efforts in the Pueblo Township including the 40-hectare

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Pueblo Urban Rainforest and the electronic shuttles that are serving the township residents making Pueblo the landmark of green development in the city. Meanwhile, City Mayor Emano expressed gratitude to the Italian government for implementing the green project in Mindanao, particularly, here in the city. Putting-up the Primavera here is helping the local government in the development of the city, as well as, in giving employments to local residents, he said. He also hopes the partnership between the two governments for the development of Mindanao will last forever emphasizing that the country cannot be totally develop without the development of Mindanao. (PIA10)

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OWWA joins the Civil Service Commission’s fitness walk and Hataw by Nestor B. Flores, Jr. CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 2, (PIA) -- The officers and staff of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), region 10, joined the Fitness Walk and Hataw activity organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) as it celebrated the 111th Year Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service (PCS), yesterday, Sept. 1.

Anchored on w the theme:“Championing R.A.C.E. ( Responsiveness, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service): Public Service Excellence At Full Speed,” the activity started with a fitness walk early at 5:30 a.m., yesterday, at Vamenta Blvd., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro, just outside the gate of the CSC Office bound to the Parade Grounds of Camp Evangelista, Patag, this city. Upon arrival, each

participating government agency was recognized and then, a short program followed which was highlighted by the “Hataw”(aerobic dance) led by the Department of Health (DOH) Staff. The Fitness Walk and Hataw are but part of the numerous activities prepared by the CSC for the PCS celebration. Another activity is the upcoming “Talakayan” in which, OWWA 10, is one of the invited guests.

This will take place on Sept. 6, at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Office. Issues to be discussed include the programs and innovations of the guest agencies that are aligned with the government’s top agenda for economic reforms, those under health and welfare, and those directed to improve the delivery of public services in the fight against corruption. (OWWA/ PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Konseho sa siyudad buot mohimo’g halalom nga pagtuon sa comprehensive compact nga gisumiter sa MILF ni Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 1 (PIA) -- Naghangyo karon si City Councilor Ariel Anghay sa mga kaubang sakop sa konseho partikular na ang Committee on Good Government nga tun-an ang final draft sa comprehensive compact nga gisumiter sa Moro Islamic Liberation Front ngadto sa Government of the Philippines (GPh) peace panel.

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Cebuano News: Konseho....from page 29 Sa nakutlong kasayuran sa magbabalaod, gisumiter na sa MILF ang maong dokumento atol sa resumption sa GPhMILF peace talks kagahapong adlawa didto sa Malaysia. Misugyot si Konsehal Anghay nga makalendaryo ang maong isyu diha sa mosunod nga

regular session nga natakda sa unang Lunes sa Septembre sanglit natunong man nga holiday ang katapusang Lunes sa Agosto. Alayon niini, miduso si City Councilor Moises Dalisay, Jr. nga mamugna na ang usa ka komitiba sa siyudad nga mohimo og halalom nga

pagtuon sa unod sa nahisgutang comprehensive compact nga hinikay sa MILF. Kini aron makahimo ang kagamhanan sa Iligan og maayo nga baruganan sa bag-ong proposals sa MILF alang sa malungtaron nga kalinaw sa Mindanao. (CIO/PIA-10)

Cebuano News: Mayor Cruz midawat sa ikaduhang release alang sa Supplemental Feeding Program sa mga day care centers gikan sa DSWD ni Melvin T. Anggot ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte -- Personal nga gidawat ni Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz atol sa flag raising program sa city hall kagahapong adlawa ang tseke gikan sa Department of Social Welfare and Development nga nagbalor og 2,034,600 pesos. Kadto mao ang ikaduhang release sa maong ahensiya alang sa Supplemental Feeding Program nga ipatuman sa 121 ka mga day care centers nga adunay 6,498 ka mga bata, ning siyudad. Kung kahinumduman nga nadawat sa kagamhanan sa siyudad ang unang release niadtong miaging bulan sa Hulyo nga nagkantidad og 639 ka libo ka pesos (Php639,000). Mitunol sa maong

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tseke ngadto sa pamunodakbayan mao ang focal person sa nutrition program sa DSWD 10 nga si Cheryl Nacario. Sa nasayran gikan ni CSWD Officer Grace Joy Saquilabon, mokabat ngadto sa ocho milyones pesos ang gigahin sa DSWD alang sa Supplemental Feeding Program diha sa mga day care centers sa Iligan. Sa maong okasyon, gipasalamatan ni Mayor

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Cruz ang DSWD Regional Office 10 ubos sa pamuno-an ni Director Araceli Solamillo tungod sa mga ayuda nga gihatag sa katawhan sa Dakbayan sa Iligan sama sa Cash for Work alang sa mga mag-uuma nga nagbalor og onse milyones pesos, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program kon 4P’s, relief assistance panahon sa kalamidad ug uban pa. (CIO/PIA-10)

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Irrigation project ensures sustainability of fish biodiversity CATEEL, Davao Oriental, Sept. 2 - Aside from boosting the province’s rice production, the irrigation project to be constructed here will also ensure sustainability of fish biodiversity. The P256 million irrigation project of the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) and the provincial government of Davao Oriental integrates social environmental safeguards (SES) to ensure that people and environment are not negatively affected project implementation. In compliance with the World Bank operation policy, SES is a measure that mitigates and protects the environment from the cumulative adverse impact

that might be brought by failure to recognize that inherent value of natural resources. “Fishing aside from farming is also one of the important sources of food and livelihood in the province. While irrigation project will greatly boost rice production, we must also ensure that other sources of livelihood will not be jeopardized,” said program director Lealyn Ramos. “While we want to spur rural development, MRDP also puts premium on environmental protection. En-

vironmental safeguards are being observed and integrated in the design, site selection and implementation,” she added. Citing the soon to be established irrigation project in Cateel, Ramos said the program ensures that aside from quality engineering standards it also conforms to the recommended environmental safeguards. The dams and other structures that will be constructed may tend to block and pose hazard to fishes’ natural migration, a fish32

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friendly infrastructure was incorporated to the final design of the irrigation project. “A fish ladder design was recommended to prevent damage to fish biodiversity and fish stocks along Cateel River ,” SES specialist Arnel Areglado said. Fish ladder, also known as a fish way, fish pass or fish steps is a structure designed to allow migrating fish pass around barriers such as dams or locks by swimming and leaping up series of relatively low steps. Protection and recovery of fish stocks in the area is ensured since fishes have the opportunity to migrate and spawn in downstream and upstream ecosystems. “The Cateel irrigation project which incorporates a 42-meter fish ladder structure is the first of its kind in Mindanao . It also showcas-

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es how the perceived negative impact of development projects can be addressed by putting in place the recommended environmental safeguards,” Areglado said. The Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) revealed that Cateel River which is the major water source of the irrigation project is a home to ecologically important fish species. “These fish species are found to be either andromous (migrating from the sea to the river) or catadromous (migrating from the river to the sea) and the tributary of Cateel River is crucial in their life cycle,” Areglado said adding: “The IEE identified the presence of “Pigek” the country’s most expensive but nearly endangered fish along Cateel River .” Pigek which is also

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known as Pigok in Northern Mindanao and Ludong in Luzon swims to salt water to spawn from October to December and returns to upstream ponds after. It undergoes upstream migration during December, January, and February, and this coincides with other species of fry also undergo upstream migration. “Since Pigek was found to be endemic in the Cateel River , there is a need to protect and conserve this valuable fish species along with the establishment of dams and other engineering structures. Construction of a fish ladder as part of the irrigation project is the best way to address this need,” Areglado said.(Noel T. Provido/DA-MRDP/ PIA 11)

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MinDA chair wants Agus-Pulangi privatization postponed by Mai Gevera-Macapagat DAVAO CITY, Sept. 2 (PIA) - Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino bared opposition on the proposed privatization of the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex, saying it is best to have it postponed first as industrialization in Mindanao is still starting. Antonino clarified that she is not pushing for a total opposition, just a temporary delay to give way for an assurance that people in Mindanao would continue to have sufficient and cheap power supply. The official supported the move of North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Talino-Mendoza in fighting against privatization as it won’t answer the problem of power crisis and would rather result to high power

rates. Data showed that Mindanao is spared from a rising power rate and remains the cheapest here in this part of the country due to the operation of the Agus-Pulangi Complex. The said facility supplies 55.38 percent of Mindanao ’s power needs. She stressed that transferring this facility to the hands of few conglomerates could result to price manipulation.

It was, however, in the recent visit of President Benigno Aquino III that he expressed plans of pursuing the privatization of Agus and Pulangi as mandated by the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA). The President also told Mindanao residents to expect higher electricity rates in the coming years due to this move. (PIA 11/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)

Pusher Busted By PDEA Agents DAVAO CITY, Sept. 2 - Agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office XI led by Director Emerson Rosales, Officer-InCharge conducted buy-bust operation last August 31, 2011 at around 5:40 p.m. at Brgy. 76-A, Boulevard, Davao City . The suspect is identified as Anjero Teodoro Betangkol, 32 years old, married, and a resident of Brgy. 76-A, Boulevard, Davao City . He was arrested after selling one sachet of suspected methamphetamine hydrochlo-

ride otherwise known as “shabu” worth one thousand five hundred pesos (Php 1,500.000) to PDEA agent who acted as poseur buyer. Three pieces of plastic sachets with suspected shabu residue and drug paraphernalia were

also recovered from his possession and control. The suspect is now detained at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office XI Jail Facility, while the seized suspected illegal drugs were submitted to Philippine 34

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Pusher Busted... from page 33 National Police Crime Laboratory, Ecoland, Davao City for laboratory examination. Cases for violation of Section 5 ( Sale of Dangerous Drugs)

and Section 12 (Possession of Equipment, Instrument, Apparatus, and other Paraphernalia for Dangerous Drugs), Article II of Republic Act

9165 otherwise known as The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being filed against the suspect. (PDEA 11)

Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Celebrates its 20th Year of Service PANACAN, Davao City, Sept. 2 – The Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) celebrates its 20th year of service to the Filipino people in Eastern Mindanao on September 02, 2011 with a theme “Magkahawak kamay nating abutin ang kapayapaan, seguridad at pag-unlad ng Silangang Mindanao tungo sa pagkakaisa ng Lahing Pilipino sa buong kapuluan ng Pilipinas”. The highlights of the event includes recognition of the best Enlisted Personnel of the year, civilian employee of the year, as well as recognition of various Non Government Organizations (NGOs), private sectors who greatly extended assistance to the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao’s accomplishment. In his anniversary message, NFEM Commander, Commodore Philip L Cacayan AFP revealed that “the force structure of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao has grown significantly for years. Having a vast maritime area and huge landmass to protect,

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one Marine Brigade based in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat was placed under the operational control of the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao on November 2010, purposely to address the growing security concerns in Cotabato City and Sultan Kudarat”. “This month, the newly activated six (6) coast watch stations will be fully operational. It is strategically scattered in various Eastern Mindanao shoreline to enhance our monitoring and interdiction capability against enemy threats. We also strengthen our Civil Military Units to vigorously implement

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the Armed Forces of the Philippines ’ BAYANIHAN Program”, Commodore Cacayan added. Commodore Cacayan ended his anniversary message, congratulating all Officers, Enlisted Personnel, and civilian employees for their hard work and dedication in order to perform and achieved its mission and thanking all the people and organizations who willingly supported the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) humanitarian activities. “Daghang Salamat sa inyohang tanan”. (5th CRG/PIA 11)

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One Mindanao - September 2, 2011  

Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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