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Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail : r9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Skype : hnb_r9pia

NATIONAL • Malacanang says Malaysian mediator to come between gov’t and MILF • PhilHealth launches new privilege-laden ID cards • SSS to ‘wipe out’ ID backlog by Oct. 12

Northern Mindanao

Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail : pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com rutchiecabahug@yahoo.com

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) •Volunteer Irish parliamentarian shares peace inputs • No extra charges for Philhealth’s Sponsored program • Tagum City holds Durian Festival • Glan Police Station feted • Cebuano News: Davao RH advocates nangandam sa paglunsad sa Purple Ribbon Campaign

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail : efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail : r12_pia@yahoo.com pia_xii@yahoo.com

Central Mindanao (SOCSKSARGEN) • DENR, SMI, POs sign agreement on forest management • Tagalog News: Bilang ng nagkakasakit ng dengue sa Rehiyon nanana tiling mababa • Clinics aid remote villages in Cotabato • Tagalog News: P35 milyon tulong pinansyal tinanggap ng mga IDPs ng Cotabato mula sa MinDA • Tagalog News: Bilang ng nagkakasakit ng dengue sa Rehiyon nanana tiling mababa

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) • AFP scored anew in recent encounters • Crime prevention: Everybody’s responsibility • Butuan City gov’t to launch ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ • PDEA honors Surigao del Sur Gov for anti-drug campaign

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph

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Sen. Escudero shares his PDAF to Dipolog City indigent patients PDEA Scores anew in its campaign against illegal drugs US-funded bridge project to link Tawi-Tawi islands P-Noy set to award slain “hero” teacher in Zambo city Dipolog City , one of the ten top Performing LGU, Component City Category • Napolcom, PNP report accomplishment thru media forum • MinBizCon opens tomorrow; re-routing scheme starts today

Northern Mindanao • “Galing Mason” regional screening set Sept. 6 • Kauswagan, Lanao Norte prepares to become the “upland rice” capital of NorMin • Presentation of candidates for search of ARMM OIC and other officials starts Sept. 12 - DILG • DA to train young farmers on modern Japanese farming tech niques • Tornado kills 1, injures 4 in Valencia City

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Cover Story:

One Mindanao:

by Robert E. Roperos

Bridging communication and news exchange among regions in the island

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n an effort to bridge the communication and news exchange among regions in Mindanao, a news magazine sent through cyberspace technology has been born.

“One Min- his sincerity to pro- velopment in Minddanao,” a name con- mote peace and de- anao… “He has a big ceptualized heart for Minby Philippine danaoans by Informahaving them tion Agency informed of (PIA) Direcwhat the govtor-General ernment has Atty. Jose A. been doing in Fabia signia timely, accufies the unirate and relity of the reable manner,” gional offices said Abner to bring the M. Caga, PIA good news Northeastern and governMindanao Inment inforformation Clusmation to ter Head and the public. concurrent Re With the gional Director realization of PIA-Caraga. of the elec Dir. Caga tronic news added as the magazine, name implies, the PIA chief One Mindanao has shown is aimed to sig4

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nificantly contribute in achieving peace, unity and progress among Mindanaoans. The e-news magazine’s maiden issue was released on August 15, 2011, in time with the first year anniversary of Atty. Fabia when he assumed as DirectorGeneral of PIA, and send to considerable number of recipients in Caraga Region. According to Caga, with the current clustering of re-

gional offices, “the two clusters from Mindanao agreed to make the electronic news magazines of the five regions into one to bridge the communication and exercise information exchange of the island, and in compliance with the directive of DG Fabia.” The said enews magazine is also sent to a number of recipients per regional office of PIA in Mindan-

ao. D i r. C a g a f u r ther said “One Mindanao” was conceptualized not only to bring the good news of the government t o t h e g e n e ra l p u b lic but also to show that all the regional offices in the island are united, thus, aiming for a one common vision – to be of service to the Mindanaoans t h r o u g h t i m e l y, a cc u ra t e a n d r e l i a b l e information. 5

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Meanwhile, the northeastern Mindanao cluster head noted that the electronic news magazine has the advantage of delivering the material to the personal e-mail addresses of the recipients, thus, disseminating the information personally through the use of cyberspace technology (e-mail), “This is like delivering the e-news magazine to the re-

cipients with a sense of personal touch,” Caga said. Also, with the five Regional Offices having significant number of recipients, Caga said the information of the government’s thrusts and programs are widely disseminated compared to dailies, as copies of it are only limited. “For the reader’s part, the e-news magazine is free of charge,” Caga

added. Caga stressed the e-news magazine is also supported by the concept that the government’s news and information on a specific day, will only be read in daily papers on the following day. “With One Mindanao, news and information from the national government and all regions in the island can be read on the evening of that

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same day when the event happened,” he said. But why use a host website? Dir. Caga explained the use of a host website (http:// issuu.com) is to advance the e-news magazine to a higher level as it can flip pages one after the other, rather than using the traditional one where a .pdf file will be browsed vertical-

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ly. In this way, Caga said, it gives justice to the name “e-news,” an automated news magazine for which pages can be flipped right at the screen of the computer. The host website is free

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of charge. With these d e v e l o p ments, Caga stressed the concept of the news magazine is still present, complied and fulfilled. “We must not stop learning and discovering techniques using modern technologies to maintain the niche that PIA has,” he said. (PIA-Caraga) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Malacanang says Malaysian mediator to come between gov’t and MILF

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alacanang announced on Tuesday that a Malaysian mediator will soon arrive in the Philippines to help government in its negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) confident an agreement with the Muslim group would eventually be reached. “We’re confident that with the arrival of the Malaysian mediator, these issues can be resolved and we can both go back to the negotiating table,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon “Ricky” Carandang said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday. While the government negotiators had given their proposal to the counterparts, the MILF panel said it advised the central committee to reject it. Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Inspite of this development, Carandang said the government will continue to push the peace process forward. “This issue is not going to be resolved overnight. It will not be resolved because of one meeting—it’s a long process,” Carandang said, adding that “what’s important is that both sides are committed to pursuing these peace talks.” Last August, President Benigno Aquino III met MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim in Tokyo as a show of

government’s sincerity to move the peace process forward. The President and Murad agreed to fast track the negotiations to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao. “We believe in the goodwill of the MILF Chairman Murad, when he met with the President. He also expressed their desire to come up with a peace agreement and we are going to pursue that despite the issues that have arisen,” Carandang said. (JS)

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PhilHealth launches new privilegeladen ID cards by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

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anila, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- Members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will now be entitled to a host of privileges and major discounts after the health insurance agency launched on Monday the new PhilHealth ID cards. During the launch at a venue in Pasay City, Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona said the card is loaded with incentives from participating commercial establishments. Likewise, he said that members carrying the cards will also be entitled to discounts for medicines and other health services. “We have lined up the strategies to address the stumbling blocks in our effort to make quality health care accessible to every Filipino through PhilHealth,” Ona said. He said this is a part of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s goal to enroll every Filipino in universal healthcare within three years time.

“We are grateful for the services you will make available for our PhilHealth members. These are innovations that lower costs for medicines and other health services for our PhilHealth members, and at the same time benefit your marketing plans,” he said. Under publicprivate partnership scheme, participating establishments such as Watson’s Pharmacy will give discounts for medicines and cosmetic product purchases. While Rose Pharmacy and South Star Drug will provide discounts for its unbranded generic drugs. On the other hand, Qualifirst, a subsidiary of United Laboratories, will also give 50 to 60 percent

discounts for its generic medicine. Similarly, GlaxoSmith Kleine (GSK) will offer a substantial discount for their flu vaccines while PQ Health Shield will provide 20 percent discount on all vaccines given in their outlets. Fresenius Medical Center will also give discounts for its hemodialysis services while Vivian Sarabia Opticals will offer free eye examination and 20 percent discount on frames and lenses. Unilab will shoulder the P50 card cost of senior citizens. For his part, Dr. Rey B. Aquino, PhilHealth president and chief executive said the new ID card would further expand membership base 9

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“reaching our fellow Filipinos who are no yet covered.” “From today onwards, expect to see more promotional

activities that will push this initiative further. We will gradually roll this out to our areas through a series of caravans

that will eventually snowball until we have saturated the entire country,” Aquino said. (RJB/ JCP-PIA NCR)

SSS to ‘wipe out’ ID backlog by Oct. 12 by Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

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uezon CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- The Social Security System (SSS) expects to eliminate its backlog for membership identification card by mid-October, a senior official said Tuesday.

During the program Talking Points held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and aired over Radyo ng Bayan and PTV 4, SSS Vice President for Public Affairs Marissu Bugante said that in about a month’s time, the state pension fund for private employees would have “wiped-out” the backlog for IDs, which she said currently has reached 600,000. Bugante said the SSS started issuing the new ID cards under the Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) in July to allow for seamless transaction with other government agencies, and soon with

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other business establishments. She said the SSS stopped ID production in April 2010, after more than 10 years in operation, when their card facility “began having problems.” Bugante said members who were supposed to get their IDs when the SSS stopped production last year will be the first to receive them. While members who have applied for their IDs starting July 2011 are sure to get their cards before the end of this year, she said. Bugante said that through their new process of data capturing,

SSS applicants are sure to get their IDs in about a month’s time. The new SSS UMID card, which features a contactless chip and a magnetic stripe, can store information and can be used for transactions such as withdrawing SSS benefits and loans from ATM machines and kiosks. Relatively, the UMID system is also being used by other government agencies and GOCCs such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG). (RJB/JCP-PIA NCR)

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Volunteer Irish parliamentarian shares peace inputs by Mai Gevera-Macapagat DAVAO CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) - Irish Parliament member Dominic Hannigan is on Davao visit to meet and talk to some legislators, non-government organizations, and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to share practices in peace-building in Ireland and Northern Ireland . Deputy Hannigan is in the Philippines to serve a three-week VSO placement as a Parliamentarian Volunteer. He is the second Parliamentarian Volunteer after British Member of Parliament David Amess who worked for two weeks with the Philippine Nurses Association as part of VSO’s Valuing Health Workers advocacy. Speaking before Davao media in Monday’s Kapihan sa Dabaw, the official said he is yet to gather stories from the people he met and share to them the Good Friday Agreement, most especially how it

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was achieved. The visit is primarily aimed at providing opportunities for discourse and learning the concepts and processes of the Good Friday Agreement in relation to the ongoing peace negotiations between the GPH and the MILF. “ The Good Friday A greement ha s a lot of sembla nce t o wha t is needed he r e in Minda na o . Many conflicts share t he same causes, effects, and impacts.” he s aid. Both VSO Bahaginan and VSO Ireland are pushing for a deeper analysis and association of the Good Friday

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Agreement as a vital step in walking through the peace process in Mindanao . The placement hopes that the series of talks and meetings with his target personalities could influence the GPH, and MILF to settle on a common understanding. “ The key here is trust. Both parties must allow each other to understand where they want to bring the negotiation and the willingness to compromise.”, he said. “The challenge is for both to end up happy with the level of power transferred from the central government.” (PIA-XI)

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No extra charges for Philhealth’s Sponsored program DAVAO CITY Sept. 6 (PIA) -- About 207,000 Philhealth members in Davao Region could now benefit the “no balance policy”, a new scheme that required no other fees or expenses to be charged or paid by the patient-member enrolled in the Sponsored Program. The Sponsored Program is a support of the local government units to identified indigent members who are qualified to claim for “no balance billing”. Philhealth XI regional director Dr. Hector Malate said this policy is in relation to the Universal Health Care mandate of the Aquino government to further provide optimal financial risk protection to its members. This particularly benefits the most vulnerable groups – the indigent families of the community. “ With this ‘no balance billing’, an indigent member will Tuesday, September 6, 2011

go home without having to pay for an extra charge or beyond the package rates set Philhealth for respective medical cases and surgeries.”, said Malate. However, there are provisions set by Philhealth before one gets to claim for this particular benefit. The patient must be admitted in government facilities or hospitals. Outpatient surgeries, hemodialysis and radiotherapy must also be performed in accredited government hospitals and all non-hospital facilities like dialysis center and ambulatory surgical clinics.

This policy will also apply to qualified Philhealth members who will avail the Maternity Care Package and Newborn Care Package in all accredited non-hospital Maternity Care Facilities like lying-in clinics, maternity clinics, and birthing homes. The ‘no balance billing’ supports the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality rates through affordable interventions. It also promotes facility-based deliveries and ensures completeness of provision of quality newborn care. (PIA-XI)

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Tagum City holds Durian Festival DAVAO CITY Sept. 6 (PIA)—The City of Tagum is set to hold the festival aimed at celebrating the king of the fruits this September 9-25. Dubbed as the Durian Festival, an annual festivity held to celebrate the bountiful harvest of the fruit. The main highlight of the festival is the Durian Culinary Olympics, which pits participants in 16 durianbased culinary competitions namely; Durian filled bread, Durian kakanin, Durian pie, Durian main dish, Durian plated dessert, Durian petit four, Durian entrement, celebration cake and durian dessert buffet to feature extreme flair

factor competitions such as cocktail and mocktail, restaurant complete services like waiter’s relay, chef’s relay, fruit and vegetable carving. Aside from the culinary competitions a forum on Integrated Disease Management of Phytophthora Diseases of Durian and Jackfruit in Southern Philippines will also be held to benefit durian and jackfruit growers. And for ordinary durian-loving folks there will be a durian eating and crack-

ing contest open to adults and children. Other activities include a Search for ambassador and ambassadress of Mindanao Tourism plus live band and magician’s performances which will be held at the Rotary Park. Now on its 7th year, the Durian Festival is touted as the biggest durian celebration in Mindanao. In Tagum City, it is the city’s second biggest festival of the year next only to the annual Musikahan Festival. (RG ALAMA/ PIA-XI)

Glan Police Station feted by Jenefer Heneral

GLAN, Sarangani, September 6, 2011 - For bagging the Best Police Station of the Year award for 2010, the Glan Police Station is the current toast of the town. 13

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Glan Police... from page 12 The Sponsored Program is a support of the local government units to identified indigent members who are qualified to claim for “no bala n c e b i l l i n g ”. Philhealth XI regional director Dr. Hector Malate said this policy is in relation to the Universal Health Care mandate of the Aquino government to further provide optimal financial risk protection to its members. This particularly benefits the most vulnerable groups – the indigent families of the community. “ With this ‘no bal-

ance billing’, an indigent member will go home without having to pay for an extra charge or beyond the package rates set Philhealth for respective medical cases and surgeries.”, said Malate. However, there are provisions set by Philhealth before one gets to claim for this particular benefit. The patient must be admitted in government facilities or hospitals. Outpatient surgeries, hemodialysis and radiotherapy must also be performed in accredited government hospitals and all non-hospital facilities like dialysis center and ambulatory surgical clinics.

This policy will also apply to qualified Philhealth members who will avail the Maternity Care Package and Newborn Care Package in all accredited non-hospital Maternity Care Facilities like lying-in clinics, maternity clinics, and birthing homes. The ‘no balance billing’ supports the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goal of reducing maternal and infant mortality rates through affordable interventions. It also promotes facility-based deliveries and ensures completeness of provision of quality newborn care. (PIAXI)

Cebuano News: Davao RH advocates nangandam sa paglunsad sa Purple Ribbon Campaign DAVAO CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) - Nangagnadam karon ang mga misuporta sa Reproductive Health kauban ang Catholic lay leaders aron sa pag pasiugda karong miyerkules sa usa ka Purple Ribbon Campaign dinhi sa dakbayan, ang mao unyang pagahi-muong programa gi-desinyo alang sa usa ka sadya ug malipayong kampanya aron sa pag tawag sa atensyon sa atong mga magbabalaod alang sa hinanaling pagpasar sa RH Bill.

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ter kuyog ang ubang mga RH supporter nga atua usab sa ubang lugar alang sa dungan nga paglunsad sa Purple Ribbon Campaign karong Septyembre 7 dinhi sa dakbayan. Ang maong paglunsad magsugod sa usa ka parade sa mga sakyanan 8:00 sa buntag, ug pagasundan sa usa ka pressconference 11:00 sa buntag diha sa Grand Menseng Hotel, kung diin ang mga nag-unang lideres sa maong kampanya gikan sa local ug national nga secretariat magtigom aron pagahisgutan ang mga basihan sa maong programa. Matapos ang maong kampaya matapos sa usa pormal nga kamapnya 4:00 sa hapon diha sa People’s Park niining Dakbayan.

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Sa usa ka imbitasyon, ang CHO ug ang C4RH nagpasibaw nga aduna gayuy pagkinahanglan sa pag promotar sa reproductive health ug ang RH bill aron sa pagtubag sa mga pangutana ug kalibog diha sa katawhang Filipino labi na gayud ngadto mga kabatan-unan. Si Chief of CHO population division Nenita G. Monsanto ug C4RH Davao coordinator nga si Jeff Fuentes nag kanayon nga basi sa pipila ka mga national na mga survey kini nagpakita nga kadaghanan sa Filipino Catholics ug ang ubang relihiyon nagpadayag sa ilang suporta ngadto sa RH ug RH bill. Sila dugang nagkanayon nga ang maong survey naghatag timailhan

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nga “there is nothing contradictory between religious foundations and the principles promoted by RH.” Si Monsanto ug Fuentes dugang mipasibaw sa kaimportante sa pagpakaylap sa usa ka huna-huna nga ang “religion and reproductive health are not enemies but are mutually complementing each other in the light of celebrating human freedom and human rights. Sila dugang namulong nga C4RH usa ka kalihukan nga gi-organisa sa usa ka grupo sa Catholic lay leaders nga nagtu-o nga “Catholism and Reproductive health promote the same principles of respect for human rights and human dignity.” (PIA-XI/Albert D. Cahilog) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


DENR, SMI, POs sign agreement on forest management by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- Officials of the local government units, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, mining firm Sagittarius Mines Inc., and three people’s organizations recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the protection and management of upland forest areas in Tampakan town. The agreement for an Adopt-A-Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) project is being implemented in accordance with President Benigno Aquino III’s mandate to strengthen publicprivate partnership in the National Greening Program. Signatories to the agreement were Jose Sebua, superintendent of SMI’s biodiversity conservation division, and the chairpersons of the three partner people’s organizations, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

namely: Danlag B’laan Multipurpose Cooperative, Buto Upland Farmers Association, and Palo 19A Farmers Association. Other principal signatories were DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Alfredo Pascual, South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr., and Tampakan Mayor Leonardo Escobillo. “The project is part of the social responsibility of SMI to adopt a community-based forest management project by

engaging in agro-forestry activities within the 200-hectare area covered by the three POs,” DENR 12 Regional Technical Director for Forestry Ernesto Lezada said. Under the project, the mining firm will implement a reforestation project in partnership with the people’s organizations. There are many benefits the farmers can gain from the project, an information sheet on the project stated.

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“Firstly, participating members will be paid for their labor in all activities of the reforestation project, receive high quality seedlings of forest trees and rubber for free of charges, and get to participate in skills development programs.” “Most importantly they will earn from the fruits and products they will harvest from the agroforestry project,” the information sheet continued. Under the agreement, DENR and the provincial LGU will provide technical support to the project while Tampakan LGU will lead in the monitoring and maintenance of the restoration/riparian zones established with the partnership. “This project is a manifestation that the government in itself

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cannot function fully if we will not partner with LGUs, POs, and NGOs,” RED Pascual said. ”Without partnering with POs and NGOs we will not be able to attain success in maintaining the integrity and protection of our environment and natural resources , especially in the uplands,” he said. Pascual added that success of projects is assured once the expertise of the government agencies and resources of the private sector partner are pooled. Dalena Samling, chair of the Danlag B’laan Multipurpose Cooperative, said: “We promise to give importance to this project because we know we will gain so much benefits from this.

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This is really a great and rare privilege for us.” She believes the project could discourage their members from engaging in illegal logging since they will be earning from the trees that they will plant in the area. With enough income from the agroforestry farm, farmers in the area could also be discouraged from illegal mining or “banlas operations,” which is rampant in the area. “I congratulate Mayor Escobillo, DENR, SMI and the communities for this project. I hope this project will assure the next generation of a better future with a protected environment.” Gov. Pingoy said. (PIAXII) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Tagalog News: Bilang ng nagkakasakit ng dengue sa Rehiyon nananatiling mababa by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 6 (PIA) – Nananatiling mababa ang bilang ng mga residente ng Soccsksargen Region na nagkakasakit ng dengue, ayon sa Department of Health Region 12 (DOH 12). Sa pinakahuling datos na ipinalabas ng DOH, mula Enero hanggang Agosto, mayroong 1,656 na kaso ng dengue sa boung rehiyon. Ito ayon kay Jenny Ventura, health education officer ng DOH 12, ay mas mababa ng 82 percent sa bilang ng nagka-dengue sa parehong panahon noong nakaraang taon kung kailan may 9,167 na kaso ng dengue ang rehiyon. Sa ulat ng DOH, may pinakamaraming kaso ng nagkasakit ng dengue ngayon ang North Cotabato kung saan may 500 kaso at sinundan ng South Cotabato na may 442 Tuesday, September 6, 2011

na kaso at lungsod ng Heneral Santos na may 319 na kaso. Ang lalawigan ng Sarangani ay may 176 na kaso samantalang ang lungsod ng Cotabato ay may 159 na kaso. Animnapu naman ang nagkasakit ng dengue sa buong lalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat. Ayon kay Ventura, malaki ang ibinaba ng kaso ng dengue sa rehiyon dahil batid na ng mamamayan dito ang mga dapat gawin upang makaiwas sa lamok na may dala ng sakit dulot na rin ng walang humpay na malawakang kampanya ng tanggapan

at mga katuwang na ahensiya laban sa dengue. Sa kaugnay na balita, pinagtutuunan ngayon ng DOH ang pagbibigay ng tulong sa lungsod ng Heneral Santos dahil sa dami ng namamamatay doon dahil sa dengue. Sa ngayon kasi, sa 16 anim na namatay sa dengue sa buong rehiyon simula noong Enero ay 11 ang galing sa Gensan. Base pa rin sa datos, tatlo naman ang namatay sa dengue sa Sarangani, at tig-isa ang sa South Cotabato at North Cotabato. (PIA-XII)

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Clinics aid remote villages in Cotabato MAGPET, North Cotabato, Sept. 5 (PIA) -- Rogie Porras, 38, cannot imagine a world in which medical help is two hours away, and the only way to reach it is climbing up and down a seemingly never-ending series of steep slopes. This proves a huge challenge for people in need of health care in the mostly impoverished villages across Magpet town in North Cotabato province. Filipino government officials have established regional hospitals and a network of medical clinics, often in need of significant improvement and expansions, but these are often far and away from the distant rural population. Being a mountainous area, untreated diseases are commonplace. Porras, a village leader of Datu Celo (population 1,059), some 16 kilometers off the town center, speaks of the need to construct a health care clinic for rural people. But they cry of the resources unavailable to improve the

village’s current health center built in 1994. “It doesn’t serve its purpose without a delivery room. It’s narrow and could not even accommodate patients because of its lacking facilities. Worse, health professionals visit us rarely.” Converted into village hall, villagers cry for a better service to address their most pressing need. “We badly need a health clinic to address other emerging diseases that hit us, malnourished children and sickly pregnant mothers abound.” The Makamasang Tugon program under the KALAHI-CIDSS or the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa

Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services Kapangyarihan at Kaunlararan sa Barangay, the Philippine government’s flagship poverty-alleviation project implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development through the financial support of the World Bank, is helping Datu Celo village and four other remote villages in Magpet by building medical clinics. Under the program, communities and their local government units (LGUs) are trained to choose, design, and implement sub-projects that address their most 19

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Clinics aid.... from page 18 pressing need. Magpet’s 32 barangays received a grant of Php16 million support, or Php500,000 budget per barangay, to implement priority sub-projects such as health stations, school buildings, water system, bridges, and roads. The Php951, 218,000-worth clinic in Datu Celo, which began construction early 2011, will be staffed by regular midwife who is expected to provide vital medical services including immunizations, prescription, childbirth assistance, and medical help for persons with infections, broken limbs, and other out-patient care. “Of course more challenging cases, including surgeries, will be sent to regional hospitals,” Porras said. The presence of the decent clinic is also

expected to boost attendance of highland people who are reluctant to visit a clinic. “With our success in this health station, from the villagers’ preference on traditional home remedies, this clinic will enable education and respect on proper health care among them.” “Without access to a clinic, the people in the villages of Magcaalam, Mahongcog, Ilian, Gubatan and Datu Celo would be forced to bear the potentially dire consequences of ill-equipped health clinics,” volunteer Eulalia Pesador. “I am happy to have the clinic close by.” Ten more villages (Pangaon, Kisandal, Kinarum, Doles, Kamada, Bongolanon, Basak, Temporan and Poblacion) are building water system, day care center, classroom building.

Magpet Mayor Efren Pinol said these community health projects provide relief and development to the people and serves as a reminder that the government and the people in barangay (village) work together. “Because we share the same aspirations for the impoverished people to rise against the challenge of poverty, and give them hope for a brighter future.” In 2006, the KALAHI-CIDSS made its way to Magpet when the project was launched. Words of gratitude poured on how the project gave these communities a life-long legacy of development. KALAHI-CIDSS began building roads, bridges, schools, water system, post-harvest facilities, and health clinics in 2003 to demonstrate empowerment, 20

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Clinics aid.... from page 19 improved local governance and immediate progress to Filipinos. “Eight years later, its focus continues to improve the poorest sectors and connects the rural Philippines to basic services,” says Gemma Rivera, KALAHI-CIDSS project manager said. A total cost of Php 41,536 have been poured on KALAHI-CIDSS projects in Magpet from 2006-2009, of which Php28,823 million was sourced from a World Bank loan and Php12,712 million

from the local government unit of Magpet. Of this amount, at least 37 sub-projects such as bridges, day care centers, drainage, health center, roads, schools, and water system across 32 barangays have been constructed. “These investments are a critical part of the President Aquino’s poverty agenda that will help augment families living conditions, and specifically give every child the chance to reach his or her full po-

tentials,” Rivera added. The DSWD offers more rights, protections and benefits for Filipinos, according to Rivera. “Help is on the way through 2015 to reach the Millennium Development Goals in which we have signed up and committed to achieve,” she said. The effort highlights the convergence of poverty-reducing initiatives of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS and SEA-K. (DED/PIAXII/KALAHI-CIDSS)

Tagalog News: P35 milyon tulong pinansyal tinanggap ng mga IDPs ng Cotabato mula sa MinDA KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 6 (PIA) – Umabot sa mahigit P35 milyon ang tulong pinansiyal na ibinigay ng Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) sa Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Cotabato na nakalaan para sa mga internally displaced persons (IDPs) ng lalawigan.

Ang tseke ay personal na iniabot ni MinDA chair Secretary Lualhati An-

tonino kay governor Emmylou Mendoza sa pagtatatapos ng 97th Foundation An-

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Tagalog News: P35 milyon.... from page 20

gagamitin umano ang ibinigay na pondo para sa serbisyong pangkalusugan at iba pang pangangailangan ng mga IDPs na biktima ng kagu-

luhan noong taong 2008. Popondohan din umano ang mga proyektong gaya ng pagtatayo ng dagdag na health centers, tulong

pangkabuhayan, “Botika sa Barangay” at iba pang mga imprastruktura sa mga komunidad na naapektuhan ng kaguluhan. (PIA-XII)

Tagalog News: Bilang ng nagkakasakit ng dengue sa Rehiyon nananatiling mababa KORONADAL CITY, Setyembre 6 (PIA) – Nananatiling mababa ang bilang ng mga residente ng Soccsksargen Region na nagkakasakit ng dengue, ayon sa Department of Health Region 12 (DOH 12). Ang tseke ay personal na iniabot ni MinDA chair Secretary Lualhati Antonino kay governor Emmylou Mendoza sa pagtatatapos ng 97th Foundation Anniversary ng lalawigan. Ayon kay governor Mendoza, gagamitin umano ang ibinigay na pondo para sa serbisyong pangkalusugan at iba pang pangangai-

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langan ng mga IDPs na biktima ng kaguluhan noong taong 2008. Popondohan din umano ang mga proyektong gaya ng pagtatayo ng dagdag na health centers, tulong pangkabuhayan, “Botika sa Barangay” at iba pang mga imprastruktura sa mga komunidad na naapektuhan ng kaguluhan. Sa nasabing

okasyon, pinasalamatan ni Mendoza ang Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at si Secretary Antonino dahil sa tulong pinansiyana patuloy na Hiniling din nito sa mga puno ng mga pamahalaang lokal ipagpatuloy ang pagtaguyod sa kapayapaan upang maiwasan ang kaguluhan gaya ng nangyari noong 2008. (AC AGAD /PIA-XII)

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AFP scored anew in recent encounters by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- Troops from the 4th Infantry Division, particularly the 402nd Brigade, Philippine Army gained another victory in a series of encounters held Friday and Saturday.

In an interview Monday with MGen Victor Felix, 4ID Commanding General, he said, the government troops conducted offensive operations in Northern portion of Agusan del Norte, par-

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AFP scored.... from page 22 the New People’s Army (NPA). Gen Felix also said an NPA member was killed during the encounter on Friday, hitting his chest, while a government soldier was injured during Saturday’s encounter. The body of the killed NPA was already turned-over to officials of the said barangay, Felix said. Meanwhile, Maj Noli Kanashiro of the Army’s Public Affairs Office of 4ID said the encounter happened at around 3:00 p.m. in the said area, after report from civilians reached the Army saying the rebel group is visible in the

area. He said among the recovered items include: three M-16 rifles, one M-14 rifle, one AK-47. Kanashiro added aside from the arms and ammunitions, two homemade landmines were also left by the enemies during the encounter. “The government troops also recovered subversive documents and devices used by the rebels such as handheld radios, radio monitors and wires,” he said. With the latest development, it really showed that the civilians in the area are already tired of the activities conducted by the left-

ists which greatly affect their lives. Kanashiro said the support given by the community to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is an indication that the government troops have been always be victorious in their quest to uphold peace and security in the country. “ Even in t he pr evious encounters, we are victorious in our quest to fight the NPAs becau se the p eo p le a re wit h us… the y have b een supp o rting o ur effor t s in the fight against ins urg enc ie s ,” Kana s hiro s aid . (P IACa ra ga )

Crime prevention: Everybody’s responsibility by David M. Suyao

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Crime prevention.... from page 23 PInsp Nemesio Saronhilo Jr., provincial investigation officer said, with the ratio of a police personnel against the number of people in the community they will be serving, it is almost impossible for the police to cover the safety and order of a place if not for the cooperation of the people. “Our ratio is suppose to be around 800 people to one policeman, but it turns out to be 2,000 to one. Even in imagination, it is almost impossible for us to keep the peace and order to its proper place but we are doing our best to implement our duties and responsibilities, by gaining people’s cooperation so that we can maintain the peace and order expected from us. Aside from police visibility therefore, it is very important that people will cooperate because crime prevention is everybody’s responsibility,” P/insp. Saronhilo said. On the part of the

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, JO3 Bernardino Palen said the jails all over the country are congested because of criminality and other violations of the law. “If only the people can control themselves and live a peaceful and orderly life, congestion in jails will not be a problem and government’s expenditures will be reduced. What we are trying to program now is for every municipality to have separate cells for the youth offender so that reforms for the youth will be assured, and that they become productive and responsible citizens upon their release. We also have activities in jails for the inmates so that after serving their sentence, they will have something to start with,” JO3 Palen said. For the Bureau of Fire Protection, S/Insp. Augusto Cesar Kinazo said, their concern is more on fire prevention rather that

protection. “We are therefore conducting orientation every now and then especially to business establishment and industry because these establishments usually catch fire and millions of pesos and even lives are lost. We also determine, during the fire, the causes so that arson will totally be stopped, including negligence. During the fire, automatically, the PNP will assist us so that looting and thief can be avoided,” S/ Insp. Kinazo said. DILG Provincial Director Arlene Ann Sanchez also enumerated the different activities that the DILG has lined up during the celebration of the Crime Prevention Week. These activities include motorcade during the opening day last September 1, 2011 from the provincial capitol ground to the municipality of Prosperidad and back, symposium, provincial jail visitation with inputs on moral recovery and values formation and distribution 25

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Crime prevention.... from page 24 of goods to inmates, radio the clean-up drive in San office on the last day, Sepguesting, mass feeding of Francisco and blood-let- tember 7, 2011. (DMS/ malnourished children and ting at the PNP provincial PIA-Agusan del Sur)

Butuan City gov’t to launch ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -- To fully implement the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, the city government here through Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr, together with the regional and national line agencies will launch the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ on September 11, 2011. The launching will start with a simultaneous Clean-up in the 38 barangays by the residents and barangay officials, and at the main city streets by the government employees at from 5:00-6:30 in the morning. Mayor Amante will lead the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Caravan at 6:30-7:30am in the Clean Zones from Brgy. Ampayon going to Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym to personally give a short background of the program as well as to thank the resi-

dents and other participants while Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun will lead the Caravan from Brgy. Libertad going to FSUU Gym. The following activities will also be held inside the FSUU Gym at around 7:30 am: 1) Commitment of support from the 38 barangays thru a covenant signing; 2) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing with the CBOFP Operators; 3) Introduction of the Eco Martials; 4) MOU signing with the Media for Clean Airwaves; 5) Photo Exhibits; 6) Clean

Seal Exhibit; 7) MOU with the Department of Education (DepEd); and 8) Covenant signing by stakeholders. Right after the proper program at the FSUU Gym, Mayor Amante and other officials and employees will proceed to Brgys. Antongalon and Taguibo for the dumping of biodegradable wastes to organic fertilizer. Also, 172 campus photojournalists from different schools identified by the over-all coordinator Ms. Ma. Ruth Jugao will 26

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Butuan City.... from page 25 document the simultaneous clean-up, for which photos will be exhibited inside the FSUU Gym. Top ten best photos will be chosen, it was learned. Meanwhile, Busi-

ness establishments in the city are enjoined to show their support by hanging streamers and also to participate during the cleanup activity. Participants of said

event are also advised to wear colored-Green t-shirt and shall bring their own cleaning materials in their respective areas. (JPG/PIACaraga)

PDEA honors Surigao del Sur Gov for anti-drug campaign by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel received a Plaque of Recognition from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Usec. Jose Gutierrez during the “JYes Kontra Droga” program launching held recently here It can be recalled that early this year, suspected pushers of Shabu were reportedly seized by the Provincial Police operatives thru acoordination raid in the municipality of Madrid and around P420,000 worth of Shabu was confiscated during the raid in Barobo. Aside from this, suspected small dealers and users of shabu and other illegal drugs were seized

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program thru the support of the chair committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs Hon Vicente Pimentel, III, in partnership with the PDEA, Pimentel hoped that drug-related problems will be minimized, if not, be totally eliminated. According to USec. Gutierrez, Surigao del Sur is the first province to activate the PADAC.(PIASurigao del Sur)

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Sen. Escudero shares his PDAF to Dipolog City indigent patients by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) — Indigent patients from Dipolog City have found a guardian angel in the person of Senator Francis Escudero. This after Senator Escudero has committed to allocate P200,000.00 of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), commonly known as “Pork Barrel” Funds for the indigent patients from Dipolog City that will be admitted at Dr. Jose Memorial Hospital in Dapitan City. According to the City Information Office, Senator Escudero, in his letter dated August 23, 2011 to Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy pledged to share P200,000.00 of his pork barrel to the indigent patients upon learning that most if not all of them usually go to the City Mayor for

financial assistance. Relative to this Mayor Uy, then asks the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Dipolog City to pass a resolution to grant her authority to enter a Memorandum of Agreement in the name of the Local Government Unit of Dipolog City with the Office of Senator Escudero for the said purpose. Expected to sign in behalf of the Office of Senator Escudero in the signing of the MOA with the City Government of Dipolog once Mayor Uy’s gets the nod from the Sangguniang Panlungsod. In another development, Dipolog City Planning Officer Engr.

Albert Alimpulos said that the construction of the 100-bed capacity Corazon C. Aquino Hospital will be started immediately as soon as they will get the go signal from the Central Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Alimpulos said, all the pertinent papers relevant to the construction of the said hospital has already passed the initial screening conducted by the DPWH First District Office in Dipolog City and is now with its regional office for comment before it will be forwarded to the DPWH Central Office for final screening 28

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and ultimately, its implementation. The P200-million hospital was personally committed by by Kris Aquino (younger sister of the President) during the Presiden-

tial Campaign of then Presidential Candidate Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 Presidential election. In that meeting, Kris personally Mayor Uy about her priority

project to ask from the President, if ever President Aquino will be elected as President which the City Mayor readily replied, a hospital.(ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

PDEA scores anew in its campaign against illegal drugs by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) — Exactly after 12 hours after an anchorman of radio station DXFL in Dipolog City was apprehended in a joint drug buy-bust operations of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Police Operatives of Dipolog City, another suspect involved in illegal drugs was also arrested by the PDEA operatives in Dapitan City. Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Drug Enforcement Officer IO2 Jury Rocamora identified the suspect as Joselito Inao y Bolotaolo alias Jule, 39 years old, resident of Mitimos, Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte and a conductor of bus number No. 1354 of Rural Transit Mindanao, Incorporated. Inao was apprehended by an Anti-illegal drug operation conducted by PDEA Agents

IO1 Hector Ryan Avenido and IO1 Beau Faith Ortrezuela at about 3:30PM, September 4, 2011 at Barangay Sulangon through the Rotonda of Polo, Dapitan City. Found in the possession of Inao are the following items---1.2 grams of white crystalline granules believed to be shabu, contained in a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet, placed in another big transparent plastic sa-

chet. Other items recovered from the possession of the suspect include One(1) Mighty Cigarette pack; a match (Rizal); two (2) Php20.00 bills; One (1) One Thousand Korean Won; One(1) leather black wallet; fifty-seven (57) RTMI tickets; Two(2) valid IDs and assorted documents; one(1) black Nokia cellphone model 6600-IC mobile phone with sim card and battery ;one 29

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(1) Black Samsung Model SGH-C160M with sim card and battery; thirty-three (33) assorted paper bills of different denominations amounting to Php6,600.00 and assorted coins amounting to Php91.00. According to Rocamora, Inao is presently detained at the PDEA Office at Fishport in Bagting, Dapitan City and is scheduled for inquest today, Sept. 6, 2011.

Earlier, in Dipolog City, Genesis Ajero, an anchorman of radio program “Isyo Karon: aired over DXFL-FM from 6:00AM till 7:AM from Monday to Saturday was apprehended at about 1:30AM, Sept. 4, 2011 in a drug buy-bust operation jointly conducted by PDEA operatives, 9th Regional Public Safety Battalion, DOJ representative and Team David along Patangan Road, Purok 5,

Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City. Recovered from the suspect were 16 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing white crystalline granules said to be shabu, Php500.00 marked money and a Nokia cellphone. A j er o is n ow d eta i n ed a t t h e Di p o l o g C i ty Re f or m ato r y C en ter i n Di c aya s , Di p o l og C i ty. (ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

US-funded bridge project to link Tawi-Tawi islands ISABELA CITY, Basilan, Sept. 6 (PIA) – A United States-funded road and bridge project will soon connect the two major islands of Tawi-Tawi and is expected to spur development and significantly boost the province’s economy. The bridge-road project is being completed here by national and regional agencies, with assistance from the U.S. government, and will directly link Sanga-Sanga Island, where the local airport is located, with the mainland of Tawi-Tawi. The project is a partnership involving the De-

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partment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Tawi-Tawi Provincial Government, and the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Tawi-Tawi Gov.

Sadikul Sahali said the bridge-road connection will enable local growers to transport their crops and other products more efficiently and at lower cost to the capital town of Bongao, which is located on Sanga-Sanga Island and is the center of commercial a c t i v i t y i n t h e province.

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US-funded bridge... from page 29 “This will greatly improve the livelihood of farmers, particularly in the municipalities on Tawi-Tawi Island, such as Panglima Sugala, Sapa-Sapa and Languyan,” Governor Sahali said. “Upland growers will have an easier time getting their harvests to markets,” he added. “This has been a longtime dream here, to have a land connection between the two largest islands,” said Nazrullah Masahud, vice president of the Tawi-Tawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Masahud said he

expected growers to begin expanding production and diversifying their crops, following the infrastructure improvements. “Previously, farmers had told me that they hesitated to engage in new ventures because transport was undependable,” Masahud also said. He added that the bridge-road connections would also facilitate the installation of water pipelines and electric power connections to serve rapidly growing communities between the town of Bongao and Panglima Sugala municipality.

Through the GEM Program, USAID has helped to improve the island-province’s economy through 51 barangay infrastructure projects, including the construction of 26 boat landings. Six larger infrastructure projects completed by GEM in Tawi-Tawi include the extension and widening of the Bongao airport runway, which enabled Airphil Express to establish a ZamboangaBongao route, now plying four times weekly by a 77-seater Bombardier Q400. (BPI-ARMM/ RVC-PIA9 BaSulTa)

P-Noy set to award slain “hero” teacher in Zambo city

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA) -– Ms. Lorna Pulalon, the teacher from Talisayan Elementary School slain last year while protecting her pupils from a deranged attacker, will be awarded the Dangal ng Bayan Posthumous Award by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), with no less than President Benigno Aquino III, presenting the award to her family, initially on September 19 in Malacañang. CSC IX Public Assistance and Liaison Division Chief Maria Asuncion Tan said the parents of Ms. Pulalon, Teacher Lorna to her pupils, are expected to fly to Manila to receive the award. President Aquino will personally

give the award to the medallion and P200, 000.00 cash to the hero’s parents scheduled tentatively on the 19th. It can be remembered that Teacher Lorna blocked the attacks of the suspect against the chil-

dren shielding them with her body just to make sure that they are not harmed. She saved 38 pupils which cost her life. Tan said the deed is very heroic and that Teacher Lorna deserves the highest recognition that she can get. 31

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P-Noy set... from page 30 The Civil Service Commission IX nominated Teacher Lorna and is a

unanimous choice among CSC and other governthe Honor and Awards ment agencies. (JPA/ Committee composed of MVC/PIA9-Zambo City)

Dipolog City , one of the ten top Performing LGU, Component City Category by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY, Sept. 6 (PIA)—Dipolog City has been recently included among one of the top performing Local Government Units (LGUs) under the Component City category. This was the result of the 2010 Local Government State of Performance (LGSP) report of the Department of Interior and Local Government. The LGSP Report is one way of assessing the performance of an LGU on governance, and providing information on the LGU’s state of local governance and development. Based on the LGSP Report, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, then announced the top thirty (30) LGUs in the three different categories all over the country. In the Component City Category, aside from Dipolog City, other cities which comprises the top ten are Ligao City in Albay; Laoag City in La Union; San Fernando; Vigan; Gingoog; Cabanatuan; La Carlota; Iriga;and Batac, Ilocos Norte. The top ten(10) per-

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forming provinces are Bohol; Bulacan; La Union; Negros Oriental; Pangasinan; Ilocos Norte; Albay; Caviete; Compostela Valley; and Tarlac. On the other hand, the top ten (10) performing highly urbanized cities and independent component cities are Valenzuela; San Juan; Puerto Princesa; Angeles; Davao; Naga; Zamboanga; Iligan; Cebu; and Taguig. The LGU’s recognition was based on its administrative performance; social; economic; and environmental governance and fundamentals of good governance including transparency; participation; and financial accountability designed to uplift the social living condition of its constituents. The recognition received by the City Government of Dipolog came

amidst accusation by the critics of Mayor Evelyn T. Uy of sowing terror in the city by conducting political persecution to the media personalities who are very vocal against her administration. Particularly cited by her critics was the arrest of Genesis Ajero, an Anchorman of Isyo Karon program aired over DXFL, Monday to Saturday, from 6 to 7 o’clock in the morning. Ajero, a mediaman identified with the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte was apprehended about 1:30AM on Sept. 4, 2011 in a drug buy-bust operation conducted by the joint elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, 9th Regional Public Safety Battalion; Dipolog City PNP and Team David along Patangan Road, Purok 5 at Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City.(ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte)

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Napolcom, PNP report accomplishment thru media forum by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY, September 6 (PIA) – To report to the public the programs, activities and accomplishments of law the enforcement agencies, the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) in coordination with the National Police Commission (Napolcom-9 conducted recently a media forum at the ZSPPO’s conference room Napolcom-9 assistant regional director Atty. Pablito Abad Jr. said the media forum was part of the lined-up of activities for the 17th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) celebration observed on September 1-7 every year. Abad said media forum is one of the ways in raising awareness about

programs, activities and accomplishments of the law enforcement agencies involved in crime prevention. “With the information we give to our media partners, the community gets also informed about accomplishments,” he added. Abad said the Napolcom, PNP, PDEA and DILG are upholding the

principles of transparency and accountability espoused by His Excellency President Benigno “NoyNoy” Aquino III. “We want to be transparent in our works. We need to update the community with our programs and activities for us to consistently gain their support in our fight against crime,” Abad said acknowledging the 33

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community as vital partner in promoting crime prevention. Zamboanga del Sur Police provincial director Jose Bayani Gucela gave updates on the issues of criminalities such as illegal drugs, robbery and piracy. The following chiefs of police: P/Supt. Primitivo Lorenzo Jr. of Pagadian City Police Station; Sr. Inspector Michael

Palermo of Molave Police Station; Inspectors Haidel T-ilan, Pitogo Police Station; Benjamin Napigkit, Dinas Police Station; and Daniel Peley, Bayog Police Station assisted Gucela in giving updates of the issues and concerns in their respective area of responsibilities. The forum was attended by the members of the Zamboan-

ga del Sur-Pagadian City Press Club, Inc. and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencies (PDEA’s) investigation officers Rolly Calangi and Arlene Decano. Police community relations office (PCR) chief P/Sr. Inspector Teresita O. Paclibar was the forum’s moderator. (NBE/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

MinBizCon opens tomorrow; re-routing scheme starts today by Gideon C. Corgue

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City PNP director P/Supt. Primitivo Lorenzo Jr. on Monday’s media forum organized by the Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Police (ZSPPO) said, the issue on security preparations for the 20th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) slated on September 7-9 has already been discussed. Lorenzo said traffic decongestion, as part of the security operations has been comprehensively mapped out. “We will implement today the dry run of re-routing scheme to decongest busy streets; avert traffic prob-

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lems and spare our residents, visitors and participants to the 20th MinBizcon from any mobility interruptions” Lorenzo reported. The dry run, Lorenzo said will be implemented to find out problems that will be possibly encountered. In related development, PNP provincial director P/Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani L. Gucela said security preparations for the 20th MinBizCon are now in place. “We have created a group to exclusively secure the city and the venue. Plainclothed-police are now deployed in strategic loca-

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tions and the services of our Joint AFP/PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPEC) members are now tapped to augment the PNP in providing security measures,” Gucela emphasized. Pagadian and Zamboanga del Sur Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. (PZSCCFI) president Maria Lourdes Quisumbing said 400 investors from Visayas and Mindanao were invited to participate the 20th MinBizcon which will be held at the newly opened City Commercial Center here. (NBE/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


“Galing Mason” regional screening set Sept. 6 by Jorie C. Valcorza CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 6 (PIA) – Some 13 “Galing Mason” regional qualifiers will compete in today’s skills demo competition at the Gawad Kalinga (GK) site in La Paz 1, Barangay Lapasan, here. Each competitor carries out independently general masonry work like the interpretation of the working drawing, hollow block setting and laying, plastering, wall smooth finishes, and concrete slab construction. Regional Director Irene M. Isaac of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, region 10 (TESDA-10) said the event aims to showcase and give special recognition to dedicated and hardworking masons who have shown pride and great improvement in their work. “This is not only

a test of skills but also considers how responsible the nominees are to their family and community,” Isaac added. The competition, which was officially declared open, yesterday, Sept. 5, will also help build additional houses for the GK village in Lapasan. Meanwhile, Provincial Director Edgar A. Sales of TESDA-Misamis Oriental gave a briefing on the rules of the contest during the opening of the competition. Among those who attended the briefing were Lapasan Punong Barangay (Vil-

lage Chief) Omar D.C. Labuntog, and GK La Paz 1 President, Romy Rementizo, together with the regional qualifiers who, likewise, recited their oath to the competition. Only the top two (2) winning nominees will represent Northern Mindanao to the National Galing Mason Awards Road Show for 2011, who will be judged based on productivity, technical competence and professionalism. The Galing Mason award is initiated by TESDA and Holcim, a cement manufacturer, to honor Filipino ma36

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sons who show great skill and pride in their work and are also model citizens in their community. The Most Outstanding Mason will

get Php150,000 cash, while the group who nominated him also receives Php50,000 which will be spent for social project of their choice, while regional

winners likewise takes home Php25,000. L a s t y e a r, t h e Misamis Occidental nominees bagged the regional winner award. (PIA 10)

Kauswagan, Lanao Norte prepares to become the “upland rice” capital of NorMin KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte, Sept. 6 (PIA) – At least 29 upland rice farmers, from this town, completed the 130 days intensive hands-on farmers field school training conducted by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) of Region 10. Mayor Rommel C. Arnado said the training was done in preparation of the town’s plan to become the upland rice capital of the region. This, after the Sanguniang Bayan approved SB Resolution No. 226 dated August 24, this year, declaring Kauswagan as “The Organic Town” of the province. The training was held with the support of the Municipal Agriculture’s Office (MAO) and the Assisi Development Foundation,

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Inc., a partner for the town’s new development framework of “Sustainable Integrated Kauswagan Area Development and Peace Agenda (SIKAD PA).” Arnado said, the town has an estimated 1,000 has. of land available for agriculture production, of which 600 has. will be allocated for upland rice full blown production with the support from the Department of Agriculture (DA). Meanwhile, three (3) has. of demonstration farm were planted

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with upland rice with proper technology in organic farming application. Adelino F. Rico, Municipal Agriculture Officer, said the upland rice varieties planted include “Denorado,” “Dumudao” and RC -9 whose harvest activities are on-going and are expected to harvest about 40 bags. The product output will be utilized as seedlings for the next cropping season, Rico said. (MIO/PIA-10) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Presentation of candidates for search of ARMM OIC and other officials starts Sept. 12 - DILG by RutchieCabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 6 (PIA) – The presentation of candidates for the search of persons to be appointed as Officers-in-Charge (OIC) in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will start on Monday, Sept. 12.

Secretary Jessie M. Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) these appointments include those of the Offices of the Regional Governor, Regional Vice Governor and members of the Regional Legislative Assembly. Robredo said the screening committee to do the search has been created by virtue of Presidential Executive Order No. 51, series of 2011, which aims to screen and recommend to the Presi-

dent, persons who will be appointed to such positions. The DILG Secretary also said the committee has already embarked on its search for the persons most appropriate to head the ARMM offices. “To ensure the smooth, orderly and equitable implementation of its mandate to recommend the most suitable persons for the above-mentioned positions, the Committee has already formulated the guidelines for the search,” he said. Meanwhile,

DILG has scheduled a series of public fora to strengthen information dissemination on the matter. These events would require nominees to enunciate their respective plans, programs and positions on various issues affecting the ARMM. It would also allow the people in the region to have a glimpse of the character, perspective, as well, as the priorities of the candidates. Thus, the presentation of these candidates have 38

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been scheduled by DILG in the following areas: Sept. 12 – for the 1st and 2nd Districts of Lanao del Sur to be held in Marawi State University (MSU), Marawi City. For the 1st and 2nd Districts of Maguindanao to be held at Shariff Ka-

bunsuan Complex, Cotabato City and the 1st and 2nd Districts of Sulu to be held in Patikul, Sulu. For Tawi-tawi Province at the Jaafar Convention Hall, MSU Campus in Bongao, Tawitawi and Basilan Province at the Basilan State Col-

lege, Isabela City. Sept. 13 – for the Cotabato Media at the Office of the Regional Governor (ORG) Complex, Cotabato City. Sept. 15, for the Zamboanga Media at the Ateneo de Zamboanga Univers i t y, Z a m b o a n g a C i t y. ( P I A - 1 0 )

DA to train young farmers on modern Japanese farming techniques by Apipa Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Sept. 6 (PIA) --- The Department of Agriculture (DA), regional field unit 10 (DA, RFU10), will be recruiting at least three (3) young farmers in the region to participate in the 2012 Young Filipino Farmers Training Program in Japan (YFFTPJ). The program will provide modern Japanese farming techniques to the deserving young Filipino farmers and afford them the chance to exchange agricultural information and farm techniques with their

Japanese hosts. It will also give them the chance to acquire various technical knowledge and skills in agricultural and cooperative management, said Nilda Salas, Regional Agricultural and Fishery

Council (RAFC) Coordinator. Implemented by the National Agricultural and Fishery Council (NAFC), in collaboration with the Japan Agricultural Exchange Council (JAEC) and the Japan Ministry 39

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of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (JMAFF), the training program consists of four (4) phases, namely, the home stay module, pre-departure orientation course, training proper in Japan, and the post training and evaluation. The home stay module is a 60-day training module under the guidance of the YFFTPJ graduates focusing on farm activities, visits to other farms and agricultural institutions, conversational Nihongo and physical fitness. The pre-departure orientation, on the other hand, is a 75-day training course which includes basic courses on rice, vegetable, swine and cattle production, farm business planning, farm mechanization, computer literacy, formal Nihongo language course, basic Japanese culture and tradition,

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values formation and leadership training, among others. The training proper in Japan involves an 11-month intensive on-farm training under Japanese host farmers of JAEC, while the post training and evaluation requires a 5-day training on volunteerism, people-centered development, orientation on Agricultural and Fishery Councils, project proposal preparation, and entrepreneurship. It will also include sharing of experiences and evaluation of the training program by the participants. Salas said the program is geared at ensuring the sustainability of the country’s agricultural industry through the continued infusion and training of young farmers and farm leaders to carry on the tasks of mak-

ing agricultural lands productive, thereby, ensuring food security for the country. She said the YFF TPJ is open to all out-of-school youth-farmers preferably 20-26 yearold male, single, either college level or high school graduate, not presently employed in any job except farming and have a minimum two (2) years continuous farming experience and available farm and/or existing agri-based project/s. Aspirants must also undergo the screening process and pass the provincial and regional qualifying examinations. Interested applicants can get application forms at the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in their respective provinces, Salas added. (PIA10)

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Tornado kills 1, injures 4 in Valencia City by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Sept. 6 (PIA) – A tornado ripped through three (3) villages in Valencia City, killing a one-year-old boy and injuring four (4) people at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 3. Reports reaching Gov. Alex Calingasan said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), immediately, responded through the emergency rescue teams of the Army Reserve Command, 1003rd CDC, City DRRMC emergency rescue units, ABC Eagles and Kabalikat Civicom Volunteers, among others. The medical examiner’s report said ‘drowning’ ruled the cause of 1-yearold James Alumin’s death, Arsenio Alagenio, Executive Officer of the PDRRMC, said. James’ mother, Mary Grace Alumin, 22, said she saw her one-year old boy

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swept away by hardblowing wind waves and slammed the boy upside-down to a nearby National Irrigation Admnistration (NIA) main canal, separating him from her hug, as the strong winds tore off their roofs pulling up their frail house. Those injured were Rogelyn Versaga, 15, Elton Galsin, 23, and James’ grandmother Sinisa Versaga, 48, all in the same roof. Medical reports from Abella Midway Hospital said seriously injured was Sinisa, who needs an urgent surgery for a right clavicular fracture, while Rogelyn, Mary Grace’s sister, also suffered from faint avulsion fracture.

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The victims, meanwhile, welcomed offers to help them in medical and surgical costs. “Hopefully, the assistance from the government will include surgical expenses,” said Barangay Kagawad Era Salces who also attends to the victims needs in the hospital. The tornado affected 40 families or 151 persons in the villages of Batangan, Kahaponan, and Tongantongan, all in Valencia City. The PDRRMC, local government units, private and multilateral donors, who quickly went to the ruined site, joined hands for relief efforts. (PIA-10) Tuesday, September 6, 2011


One Mindanao - September 6, 2011  

Electronice News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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