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Cover Story

Taking a tour in Opol Aviary and Mini Zoo page 4

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Recthie T. Paculba Northern Mindanao

Palace hopes to achieve enhanced customs collection before year ends 52 children with facial defects smile again in Lanao del Norte KHMJ/PIO-LDN , Northern Mindanao

DepEd announces winners of First National Search for Guro ng Pag-Asa

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Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

MGB-13 urged students to take mining engineering, geology courses Marx Rev A. Buenavidez, Caraga Region

Agusan Sur gets DILG nod on good governance Caraga Regoin Mindanao

Dapitan City allocates P1-M for SPES Alfonso T. Rudan, Western Mindanao

Western Mindanao Command is major participant in Bayani Challenge 2013 Alfonso T. Rudan, Western Mindanao

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DSWD, JJWC strengthen pillars of juvenile justice system in Region 12 Danilo E. Doguiles, Southern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Taking a tour in Opol Aviary and Mini Zoo By Recthie T. Paculba

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pol Aviary and Mini Zoo feature a wide variety of native birds and animals along Opol Highway, Misamis Oriental. It is a product of Rupert Domingo’s fondness of collecting various species from the different parts of the country.

There are various species in the site including birds of different colors and breeds, albino Burmese python, Philippine brown deer and saltwater crocodile from Siargao Island. Among the 48 bird species raised in the zoo include African lovebirds, diamond

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doves, Nicobar pigeon from Palawan, pincher, local doves, parrot and the Philippine cockatoo. The aviary and mini zoo was opened on November 18, 2006 which was just composed of few animal collections of Domingo and after

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several years, he expanded the area and created more shelters for new animals brought to the mini zoo. Animals that were brought in the area which need shelter and proper handling also came from various places in the Region brought by anonymous people who show concern for the animals. These animals also add to the growing number of species in the mini zoo. Due to calamities that hit the Region for the past two years, many bird species and other animals died in the area and only few species survived. Currently, the caretakers of the aviary and mini zoo are renovating the shelters and cages of the animals so that they continue to grow in number. The Municipality of Opol was once known as an uninhabited wilderness during the Spanish time. When a group of Boholanons migrated to

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the place, the area was grown with different types of crops and the most abundant crop was white squash or “opo.” The place became popularly known as “opo” and due slip of the tongue, most of the residents began referring to the place as “opol.” According to Domingo, also the founder of the first rafting adventure in Cagayan de Oro City, putting up the Opol Aviary and Mini Zoo is somewhat making the people in Opol relive those years where the area is a habitat to many wild animals and a home to many bounties of nature. 5


ACROSS THE NATION Palace appeals to Filipinos to pay proper taxes on time

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alacanang appealed to the Filipino citizenry to pay their taxes properly and on time as the deadline for the filing of income tax returns will be on Monday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday, Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) said the President and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares have pointed out which segments of the society need to comply with paying

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the right taxes. “This is a gentle reminder to all of them who should be paying the proper taxes to please pay your taxes, the proper amount, and file them on time,” Carandang said. “At kung puwede, huwag natin hintayin until the last minute para hindi tayo nagmamadali at hindi tayo naha-hassle. We

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have several days to go before the deadline so, we urge people to try to beat the rush, and again, to pay the taxes,” he said. Carandang also said that with the reforms being initiated by the Aquino administration, the people’s taxes go to the right programs and that their money is being spent wisely. “So we have no reason, at this point, to try to avoid taxes, and this is our contribution

to making our country better,” Carandang added. “So please pay your taxes early, pay the proper amount, and rest assured that it’s going to the right places,” he said. If the Filipino people really want to effectively eliminate poverty, grow the economy and fight corruption, they should fund it through paying the proper taxes, Carandang said. PND (as)

Palace hopes to achieve enhanced customs collection before year ends

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alacanang said it wants to see improved Customs performance before the end of the year as the government carries out its “huge plan” to reform the bureau as mentioned by the President this week. Friday, April 12, 2013

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“We’re hoping that you can see the results in terms of improved Customs collection performance before the end of the year,” Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) said in a press conference in Malacanang on Thursday. In an interview in Roxas City on Wednesday, President Benigno S. Aquino III said the government had already come out with an action plan to effectively curb smuggling in the country. In 2011, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) had a collection shortfall of P55 billion, and last year it had P59 billion. Asked by reporters if there’s a warning or a marching order for Customs Commissioner Rufino Biazon to avoid a shortfall this year, Carandang asked the Friday, April 12, 2013

public to give Biazon a chance to improve BOC’s performance. “Commissioner Biazon is doing what he can. We are taking steps. Commissioner Biazon is taking steps to improve the situation in Customs. Let’s give him a chance to do that. And we hope that before the end of the year, you’ll see improvements,” he said. The President assured the public that his administration remains committed to improve the services of the BOC by enhancing its anti-smuggling efforts. Once the action plan is implemented, the President noted that the various smuggling activities in the country will be solved. He said the action plan is also aimed at cleansing the BOC of scalawags and misfits. PND (as)

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PEEP project generated huge power use savings: DOE

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he Philippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP) of the Department of Energy that started in 2009 has saved power consumption of household residents nationwide by about 239,800 kilowatt per hour (KWH) valued at P3.6 billion a year. Friday, April 12, 2013

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This was announced Wednesday by DOE Undersecretary Loreta G. Ayson at a press conference on the wrapping up of the project in June this year. PEEP is an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project with a loan amount of ,100,000 and a Philippine government counterpart fund amounting to P625 million. It is aimed at implementing energy saving measures to help curb growing energy demand. Ayson said the project involves three components which are the:1) efficient lighting initiatives thru the distribution of 8,600,000 Compact Flourescent Lamps (CFLs) in households nationwide, retrofitting of public lighting systems; 2) efficiency initiatives in buildings; and 3) communication and social mobilization focused on campaign for efficient lighting. In the public lighting retrofittings, savings generated reached about 794.5 kwh valued at P45 million a year, Ayson said adding that retrofitting of government lighting systems numbered to 150 government buildings of which 15 are in Mindanao. In Davao City, PEEP project thru CFLs and retrofitting of government buildings has generated a energy 10

consumption savings of about 37,530 KWH valued at P375,399 per year. In the first batch of 5 million CFLs, 2 million went to Mindanao distributed by electric distributors and cooperatives. In the second batch of 3.6 million CFLS, each congressional district in Davao City received 10,000 CFLs. The efficient lighting initiatives of the project also include the provision of solar home systems with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in 223 households in selected offgrid areas. Ayson said the reduced electricity demand would consequently reduce the overall need for additional generation capacity of about 243 MW and will avoid large amount of carbon dioxide emissions. DOE hoped the PEEP project would help establish sustainable business models for large-scale replication of energy-efficiency programs in the future.

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Kagay-anons celebrate Araw ng Kagitingan and Philippine Veterans week by Mark Anthony Dedoyco

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), other government agencies and private sector held a ceremony on April 9 to celebrate “Araw ng Kagitingan” and Philippine Veterans Week here.

With this year’s theme, “Ang Beterano Sigla at Inspirasyon ng Kabataan Tungo sa Tuwid na Daan,” it aims to memorialize the veterans’ heroic deeds to instil a sense of national pride and promote love for country among people. Friday, April 12, 2013

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to witness the event. The ceremony started with music from AFP 4ID band followed by the singing of the National Anthem and Pilipinas Kong Mahal. Finally there was a gun salute and a floral offering. In pursuant of E.O No. 203 series of 1987 and Presidential Proclamation No. series of 1989 the whole nation should observe this event to commemorate the sacrifices and brevity of Philippine heroes to gain freedom during the colonisers Mayor Vicente Y. Emano of Cagayan de Oro was first to offer flowers during Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

Next was the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, AFP, PNP, Department of Tourism Region (DOT) 10, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) 10, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Region 10, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10, Department of Education (DepEd) Misamis Oriental, Civil Service Commission (CSC) 10, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 10, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) region 10, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Region 10, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

52 children with facial defects smile again in Lanao del Norte by KHMJ/PIO-LDN

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - Fifty-two children born with cleft lip and cleft palate were successfully operated on last March 15 to 17 at the Kapatagan Provincial Hospital (KPH) in this province. The surgical mission dubbed as Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile (BOSS), is a joint project of Maharlika Charity Foundation Inc., Alpha Phi Omega Southern Zamboanga Alumni Association (APO-SOZA-ALAS) and the provincial government of Lanao del Norte. This is the second time that children with these type of birth defects were given free surgery in the province. The first mission was 12

held on September 10 to 13, 2012 at the Lanao Norte Provincial Hospital (LNPH), in the coastal town of Baroy where 69 patients were operated on. “We are happy to help these patients who are suffering from facial deformities. This is a life-changing operation for these children as they can now perform their daily activities in school and in the community with more confidence,� said KPH Chief of Hospital Medel Tomada. Friday, April 12, 2013


The Maharlika Charity Foundation to conduct another surgical mission Inc., APO-SOZA-ALAS and the local for indigent residents of the province government of Lanao del Norte is set before the end of the year.

DepEd announces winners of First National Search for Guro ng Pag-Asa by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental -The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced the winners in the First National Search for the “GURO ng PAG-ASA (Gantimpala para sa Ulirang Pagtuturo ng Pagiimpok at Araling PanSAlapi),” Award held in the last quarter of 2012. The winners were selected from 28 nominees nationwide and were given P100,000 and plaques of recognition while their schools were given a complete set of computers. Declared winners in the national level and the region where they came from were Violeta A. Roson of F. Benitez Elementary School, Makati City, National Capital Region (NCR); May C. Villanueva, Sta. Rosa Elementary School, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Region 4A (Calabarzon); Lynie Marie R. Amboni, Baguio Central Elementary School, Davao City, Region 9 and Evelyn E. Balunsay, Aurora A. Quezon Elementary School (AQES), Malate, Manila, NCR. Meanwhile, the regional winners include Zelda T. Arceño of the Malaybalay City Central School in Bukidnon, Region 10, Nida C. Azana of AQES, Juana Ninfa P. Abrigo, Alaminos Central School, Alaminos, Laguna, Region 4A; Mae E. Pangatihon, Sta. Barbara Elementary School, Iloilo Friday, April 12, 2013

City, Region 6 and Annie M. Jamero of the Doňa Asuncion Hizon Elementary School in Davao City, Region 11. Initiated by DepEd in partnership with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the search aims to give recognition to outstanding teachers who have effectively taught and are implemented the lessons contained in the Teaching Guides on Financial Education (TGFE) for elementary students. These teaching guides have been used by the teachers from Grade 1-6 to integrate the concepts of “pagkamatipid” (thrifty), “pagkamasinop” (economical/frugal) and “pag-iimpok” (saving) in the public elementary curriculum. Started in School Year 2008 to 2009, these concepts were taught, particularly in the learning areas of Edukasyon sa Pagkatao (EsP), Araling Pantahanan (AP) and Edukasyong Panlipunan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP).

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Government to provide financial assistance to Mindanao Coops to address electric power problem by David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur -- The Philippine Government has offered assistance to all Mindanao Electric Cooperative by extending financial assistance through a soft loan at National Electric Administration to purchase Modular Generating Sets at 6 percent interest per annum.

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Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (ASELCO) Gen. Manager Emmanuel Galarce said, because of the power shortage that Mindanao is again experiencing this year, the National Electrification Administration convened all the electric cooperatives in Mindanao and offered three options in order to immediately address the problem. “The first option is that, the cooperative will rent a diesel generating set at P1.4 million a month, which is very expensive. The second option is to purchase on its own a generating sets with an estimated cost of P22 million per Mega watt (MW), and the third option is the Department of Energy will provide soft loan to electric coops at six percent interest rate per annum with a grace period of two years. Meaning, the cooperatives will be given two years that they will only pay the interest. Thereafter, the electric coop will decide to push

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through in acquiring the generator sets, or return the gen sets to the government. During our meeting with the Board of Directors of ASELCO, the body has decided to take the third option,” Engr. Galarse said. According to Engr. Galarse, when the modular gen set will be in place on August this year, the power deficiency will automatically go down from the monthly average of 10,500 kilo watt (KW) from this month to July, to an average of 1,400 KW starting August to December. Agusan del Sur at present has a monthly demand of 25,770 KW per month. “With the installation of the gen sets, power interruption will surely become shorter. These days, we are experiencing a maximum of 1.5 hours per feeder rotational brown out with a total of four and a half hours a day. But it is also expected that electric rates per kilowatt hour will also increase from P1.80 to P4.00 per kilowatt hour,” Engr. Galarse said. Duringbrownouts,Engr.Galarse said, big industrial establishments incurred a difference P9.00 per kilowatt hour if they use their own generator sets. While paying only P7.00 per kilowatt hour, they will be spending P16.00 per kilowatt hour for diesel.

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MGB-13 urged students to take mining engineering, geology courses by Marx Rev A. Buenavidez

SURIGAO CITY -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) – Caraga Regional Office urged students to take up courses that could land them jobs in the mining industry. MGB-13 Regional Director, Engr. Roger A. De Dios said during the Top Students Summit attended by more than 100 graduating high school students and scholars held recently at the Provincial Convention Center spearheaded by the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and the Department of Education. Anchored on the theme, “Career Guidance Leading to Right Choices Towards Global Competitiveness,” the said event was in line with the Education Roadmap of the province and one of Governor Sol F. Matugas’ flagship projects under her H.E.A.L.S. program which stresses the need for nurturing top-notch and globally16

competitive individuals through befitting career guidance leading to well-informed choices on career opportunities. De Dios said the recent announcement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stressed that Geology (top 2) and Mining/Metallurgical engineering courses (top 4) are in the top 10 list of high paying jobs with monthly salaries pegged at Php 64,889 and Php 55,638, respectively. Apart from presenting the background and benefits of the minerals industry, as well as, the laws and perspectives encompassing it, De Dios also imparted valuable Friday, April 12, 2013


insights and urged graduates not only to seek for a good job but to aspire for the achievement of a respectable profession that would enable them to cultivate personal growth and development.

In addition, it was noted that only about 800 from the country’s 3,000 mining engineers are working with the local mining industry and most of these are either in their twilight years or working abroad.

Agusan Sur gets DILG nod on good governance AGUSAN DEL SUR

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provincial government of Agusan del Sur scored high in planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, financial management and budget execution, procurement and resource mobilization meriting from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) its Seal of Good Housekeeping.

With the seal, the province received a P7 million incentive from DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund which was handed over by Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion to Governor Eddiebong Plaza recently. With another P7 million from the provincial government as counterpart, the total amount will be used for the construction and upgrading of bio-sand filter facilities and the establishment of rainwater collection services in the province this year. Famacion said the PCF is a Friday, April 12, 2013

performance-based incentive conferred to LGUs for achieving the Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) with the aim of stimulating their performance in putting a premium on development initiatives for their constituents. Governor Plaza said the challenge may be daunting but with strong will and the cooperation of the provincial government work force, sound fiscal management and transparent and accountable governance were implemented. 17


BEIs equipped, ready for May 2013 automated polls, says city election chief By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Public school teachers in Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City who will serve as members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) have already been equipped with the knowledge and capacities in operating the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and are now ready to serve in the May 13, 2013 automated elections. Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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This was declared by city election supervisor Atty. Dinah C. Sapong in an exclusive interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) during the training for the last batch of more than 3,000 public school teachers on April 3-4 at Chandler Suites here. Sapong said the two-day extensive training, which was composed of lectures and hands on, was done in seven batches starting last March 8 until April 4. “The participants were also given lectures on the guidelines and general instructions governing the conduct of the midterm elections, and basic PCOS operations like the switching on and off of the machine,” she explained. Sapong said a training for PCOS technicians was also conducted to give support and technical assistance to the BEIs during the elections. The city election supervisor also disclosed that after the training, the participants underwent both written and practical exams administered by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for them to qualify not only as certified BEIs but certified PCOs operators as well. “Those who failed the exam would be immediately replaced. That’s how strict the training was,” Sapong declared. Unlike in the previous automated elections, the training for PCOs technicians is now being conducted by COMELEC after it was given authority by the national government to handle the technical aspect. 20

The trainers were composed mostly of municipal elections officers and some election assistants in the province who were trained by the COMELEC personnel department during the regional pool of trainers’ training held on Feb. 26-March 5 in Zamboanga City. “I am optimistic that the BEIs can perform their roles effectively and help ensure the smooth conduct of the elections,” Sapong concluded. Friday, April 12, 2013


Dapitan City allocates P1-M for SPES By Alfonso T. Ruda

DAPITAN CITY - A total of 473 students from this city’s fifty barangays are going to benefit this summer from the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) jointly implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the city government led by Mayor Agapito Cardino. Public Employment Service Officer (PESO) Floro Empeynado said the program beneficiaries will work in three (3) batches for a period of 20 days. The first batch of 173 students already reported to work last April 1, while the second batch of 160 students and the third batch of 130 started working on April 8. SPES beneficiaries from barangays near the city proper are assigned to work at the City’s Engineering Office (CEO) and those

residing in the rural areas are directed to work right in their respective barangays. Under the SPES program, the local government unit (LGU) shall shoulder 60 percent of the students’ salaries while the remaining 40% will be shouldered by the DOLE. Mayor Cardino urged the students to use their earning from SPES for their studies. He also told them to strive hard to reach their ambitions in life and become successful persons in the future.

Western Mindanao Command is major participant in Bayani Challenge 2013 By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – The Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) was a major participant in this year’s Gawad Kalinga Bayani Challenge 2013 which was held on March 23-27, 2013. Friday, April 12, 2013

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The AFP units on the ground have directly participated in the planning and execution in five sites within the command’s jurisdictional area,namely, Miatan, Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte; Tigbanuang, Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay; Tulungatung, Zamboanga City; Poblacion, Sapad, Lanao del Norte; and Pamucalin, Lantawan, Basilan. The Bayani Challenge is an annual national event organized by the Gawad Kalinga aimed at showcasing the Filipinos’ Bayanihan spirit and love for Country through volunteerism and cooperation. This project commenced in 2006 in Ginsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte in response to a huge landslide there at that time and this continued on to symbolize that the Filipino People need is united to help others, an innate Filipino trait that shares a helping hand. In a press release, Col. Rodrigo T Gregorio, WESMINCOM Public Information Officer said the event was considered high priority, as no less than the WESMINCOM 22

commander, Lt.Gen. Rey C Ardo, who personally and closely supervised and monitored the activity to ensure its success and sustainability. The major activities included the building and repair of houses, refurbishing of classrooms, treeplanting and coastal cleanup, health missions, and fun activities for children. Gregorio said the event had showcased the participation of several stakeholders such as the LGUs of the concerned areas, line government agencies, nongovernment organizations and civil society organizations, benefactors of the project and youth volunteers. The military’s 104th “Sultan” Brigade in Basilan together with the army’s Special Forces spearheaded the continued work during weekends to complete the 30 houses for the poor beneficiaries in the area. A number of volunteers from various sectors and organizations in Basilan visited the Pamucalin GK village in Lantawan and helped in the construction. Friday, April 12, 2013


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South Cotabato gets P25-M reward for good governance By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Good governance has gained South Cotabato provincial government P25 million financial reward, which the LGU can use in implementing development initiatives.

R e y n a l d o Bungubung, acting regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 12, on Monday turned

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over to Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. checks for the financial incentives to the LGU “for manifesting excellence in governance.” “The cash rewards

consist of P15 million for the Local Governance P e r f o r m a n c e Management System (LGPMS), P3 million for being the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi

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winner in Region 12 in 2012, and P7 million for the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF),” Bungubung said. He explained both the LGPMS and PCF incentives were for the province’s Bronze Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) in 2011. Criteria for the bronze SGH are: no adverse Commission on Audit finding and full compliance to the government’s full disclosure policy. Friday, April 12, 2013

“The province’s laudable performance in internal housekeeping for good governance, transparency, and accountability enabled it to receive the SGH,” Bungubung said. The funds, he added, could be used by provincial government “to finance projects that will help attain the country’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), disaster

risk reduction and management and other local development projects.” D I L G - S o u t h Cotabato chief Josephine Leysa added: “You cannot get any of these financial incentives if you are not a recipient of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.” Meanwhile, Gov. Pingoy said the SGH and the development funds prove that the provincial government has been accountable and transparent in all its transactions. Pingoy attributed the achievement to the “concerted efforts of the officials and the employees of the provincial government.” “The fund will be used according to the guidelines provided by the DILG,” he assured, adding that these are intended for education and health projects of the provincial LGU. He said part of the fund will be used to purchase health kits that will be distributed

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“Sadly, they spend out to the barangay health workers as well as of their pockets and are computers for schools, not refunded for such especially those in expenses,” he added. Pingoy said, each remote villages. “In my recent visits to schools in remote barangays, I found out that many teachers need to travel downtown to find Internet cafés to encode reports required by the Department of Education because they do not have a single computer in their schools,” the governor said.

school should be provided with at least one computer exclusively for use in the encoding of reports of teachers and the schools. Lately, reports that the South Cotabato has passed evaluation and is a recipient of the Silver SGH has circulated in social media sites, including

the FB accounts of the provincial government. However, OIC Director Bungubung said that although there might be truth to the report “we have to wait for the official communication from the DILG Central Office.’ “We do not want to pre-

empt the DILG Central Office’s disclosure of the result,” Bungubung said. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

DSWD, JJWC strengthen pillars of juvenile justice system in Region 12

By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 12 together with Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) led the training of stakeholders and personnel of offices handling children in conflict with the law cases using multi-disciplinary approach.

In a three-day session among social workers, judicial officials, law enforcers, local government officials and penologists, DSWD 12 director Zorahayda Taha urged the frontliners of the seven pillars of the juvenile justice system to help curb the number of children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the region. “We have to work together, we cannot just punish our children because of the shortcomings of the society,” Taha said. “Convergence does not happen 26

only in the poverty reduction program implementation of DSWD. It is also needed in our other programs particularly in the implementation of child protection programs of the government,” she added. Taha disclosed that in DSWD CICL database, 1,214 cases and offenses were recorded from 2009 until 2012. Top offenses were robbery, theft, and physical abuse. In handling these CICL, Taha noted that DSWD provided interventions Friday, April 12, 2013


such as counseling, referrals, provision of basic needs and of legal, financial and medical assistance. Naira Aratuc, chief of communitybased programs of DSWD, pointed out that the children’s welfare program implementation needs the involvement of the seven pillars of the system The seven pillars include: law enforcement, prosecution, public attorney’s office, the court, the corrections; the social workers and Friday, April 12, 2013

the community. Topics discussed in the meeting were Review of Republic Act 9344, barangay and social workers guidelines and procedures in handling CICL, and the use of multi-system approach and Diversion for CICL. The training was participated in by Judge Milanio Guerrero of RTC 20-Tacurong City, Judge Renato Renato Gleyo of RTC 19-Isulan Sultan Kudarat, Tacurong City prosecutor Renato Consebit, PA II of Isulan Norlyn Consebit,

Asst. Prosec. Attorney Meriam C. Dagum and PA III of PAO Tacurong City Jacques Jojit Duadua. Also present were social welfare officers Daisy Aduaya of Kalamansig, Susan Oamil of Lambayong, Eufemia Robles of Tacurong City, Junnah Pachics of Bagumbayan, Veronica Solinap of Lutayan, Leovie Marie Nasatoya, Pelma Pelobillo of Lebak, Wea lyn Grace Dalagon of Isulan. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ DGDomingo-DSWD 12) 27


21.5% increase of Region 12 passers in 2013 DOST-SEI Scholarship program noted By Perlita D. Changco COTABATO CITY, April 12 -- The Department of Science and Technology, Region 12 has noted a remarkable increase in the number of passers in its scholarship program for 2013 posting a 21.5% hike compared to that of last year. DOST 12 regional director Zenaida P. HR-Laidan said, 79 incoming college freshmen in Region XII have qualified to avail of the agency’s scholarship program for school year 2013-2014. Laidan said, of the total number of successful examinees, 70 met the criteria for the Science and Techonology Scholarship program under Republic Act 7687 while the other nine have qualified for the Merit Scholarship Award. DOST conducted the qualifying examination in November 18, 2012 for top 10% graduating high school students in Region XII held in the following testing centers: University Laboratory SchoolUniversity of Southern Mindanao (ULS-USM) in 28

Kabacan, Cotabato; Notre Dame University (NDU), Cotabato City; Mindanao State University (MSU)General Santos City; Notre Dame of Marbel College (NDMU)-Koronadal City, and Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College (SKPSC)-Tacurong City. The Merit program is open to graduating high school students interest to pursue baccalaureate degrees in the field of science and technology regardless of family economic status while the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1984 or RA 7687 caters to deserving poor and indigent students in the country. Both under the DOSTSEI and Merit programs, scholars are entitled to tuition and other school

fees subsidy, book allowance and monthly living allowance, among others, except for a pro-rated monthly stipend for the latter depending on the family’s socio-economic status. As the annual DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarhip provides the opportunity for deserving high school graduates to pursue four or five-year baccalaureate degress in priority science and technology areas, programs Qualifiers can enroll in state universities and other higher education institutions duly recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development (pbchangco/ PIA Cotabato City/DOST 12) Friday, April 12, 2013


Panabo Mariculture Park marks 7th anniversary Silvosa, Sr. attended the event and encourages the stakeholder to support the fishery business. He stressed that stakeholders, fisherfolks and the local government plays a vital role and become a steward for fishery industry. “Help yourselves, as the government is helping you, kita isip steward sa mga gihatag sa Ginoo dapat magbantay ilabi na PANABO CITY-The Local Government of Panabo City led by Mayor sa mga isda sa kadagatan, busa ato kining ampingan ug dili nato Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. joined the pasagdan” (we are stewards of 7th Founding Anniversary with a theme “Mariculture Park, Padayon what is given to use by God, we alang sa Kalamboan ug Panginab- must conserve these particularly the fishes in the ocean) Mayor uhian” of the Panabo Mariculture Park last March 25-30, 2013 at the Silvosa said during his opening During the 7th PMP Mariculture Park Bagsakan Center, message. Anniversary, Andrew M. Ventura, Barangay Cagangohan Panabo City Mayor Jose L. DR., DEV Training Center Director Friday, April 12, 2013

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of DA/BFAR-RFTC reported the highlights and accomplishments and development of PMP since 2006 that Bangus production has reached upto 7,426 Million Metric Tone with a gross income of P46B. To date number of Marine Fish cages are; 36 units for Fisherfolk (BFAR assisted); Private cages 257 units; BFAR (Demo Projects) has 11 cages. Furthermore, total number of investors/locators like Fisherfolk has (36) and Private Investors (46) fishcages respectively. This program is attended by

Ms. Remelyn Recoter, CESO IV represented by Ms. Mirope Lamsen, Ms. Marie Malinao Operation Manager/Davao Fishport Complex, Ms. Fatma Idris BFAR XI Regional Director represented by Ms. Ma. Erlinda Ali-PFO, Also present were Ms. Juvy Nieves representative of Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Mr. Alejandro Mayato of City Agriculture’s Office, Barangay Captain Russel Dumajil, and City Councilors Hon. Emeterio E. Blase and Hon. Jovito Glodo. (Rogie Lloyd Dumaboc/CIO Panabo)

DAVAO CITY- With a shared interest to conserve the Davao Gulf’s marine biodiversity and to promote sustainable development for local communities, WWF-Philippines and the Davao Gulf Management Council (DGMC) have conducted a comprehensive Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) mapping exercise to assess the gulf’s sensitivity to oil spills, soil leaching and other environmental disturbances. Funded by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) and launched in 2007, the Davao Gulf ESI maps will serve as tools in land use planning, oil spill or marine pollution response

operations as well as the proper use of agro-chemicals. Founded on the concept and methodology of ESI mapping, it examines two of the country’s pressing environmental issues – oil spill incidence and the potential for groundwater contamination. Davao Gulf ranks as one of the priority conservation areas of the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Eco-region. It is a breeding and nursery ground for small and large pelagic species, with frequent sightings of whale sharks, dugongs and leatherback turtles, among the list of species cited in the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES).

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Beneath the waters of the gulf lies a paradisiacal abode of brimming tropical marine species. Davao has long bragged of its rich natural environment, making it a favorite among divers, tourists, investors, business opportunists, scientists and conservationists alike. Sadly, the Davao Gulf is being threatened by the very economic activities it supports. Seen along the coast are ports, oil depots, factories and other capital-intensive industries that are perceived to exert pressure on the quality of the water, the natural habitats and the fisheries of the gulf. Friday, April 12, 2013

Environmental exploitation by humans gradually surfaced as local communities sank deeper into crevices of poverty – an effect of a growing population. Fish yields decreased, leading many to adopt destructive fishing methods in order to survive. A 2006 study revealed that less than 20% of the gulf’s coral reefs remain in good condition. People are now pinning their hopes on the aquaculture industry, which produces seaweeds, milkfish and tilapia to compensate for everdecreasing fish yields. Pollution is another major menace: fertilizers and pesticides 31


used by various plantations as well as mine tailings often contaminate groundwater and other bodies of water through run-off or leaching. Oil tankers and vessels traversing the gulf threaten it as well with the possibility of oil or chemical spills. The gulf’s myriad industrial plants also spew out sewage. Local wastes from communities plus oil sludge frequently place marine life in danger. Progress for the Davao Gulf usually means urban development – at great cost to the environment. Says DGMC Secretary General and Past District Director, CGAD-SEM, COMMO LEONARDO R AVILA III PCGA, “Over three million people in five cities and 18 municipalities live around the gulf. Thousands rely on it for food and livelihood. Reduced productivity will have dire consequences so we should concentrate on protecting what assets remain.” As a top ecological solutionsprovider, WWF-Philippines has long pioneered ESI mapping for oil spills, developing the country’s first ESI map in Batangas. WWF Phils., Coast Guard District, Southeastern Mindanao and Coast Guard Auxiliary District, Southeastern Mindanao conducted a 3-day community-based oil spill response planning and workshops for the Davao Gulf at the Mindanao Training Resource Center, Bajada, 32

Davao City last March 13-15, 2013. Commo George V Ursabia Jr., PCG, District Commander of Coast Guard District, Southeastern Mindanao says that this activity supports the establishment of a collaborative effort in the prevention, monitoring and response to oil spill incidents. This is in tandem with the on-going formulation of the local Oil Spill Contingency Plan for Davao Gulf, wherein the Philippine Coast Guard is very much a part of. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing for the Adoption of the Davao Gulf Oil Spill Contingency Plan and the Prevention of Pollution in Davao Gulf was conducted and attended by Coastal City/Municipal mayors in Davao Gulf during the Mayors Conference on September 21, 2012 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City. Says WWF Chair and CEO Lory Tan, “Technology has progressed at an astonishing pace. ESI maps can serve as vital tools to help us cope with climate impacts. Used properly, the maps we make today can protect the lives of thousands in the future.” The creation of comprehensive sensitivity maps for other vulnerable sites is now being considered to prepare the country not just for oil spills – but floods, storms and other telltale impacts of global climate change. (CAPT NOLI S REMULTA PCGA) Friday, April 12, 2013



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