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15 COVER STORY One Mindanao sailing on for 3 years Page 6 Franklin P. Gumapon WESTERN MINDANAO
CARAGA REGION Government focused on ensuring safety of commuters in light of MRT mishap
WESTERN MINDANAO Army announces recruitment of new soldiers
by Mary May A. Abellon
Climate change forum set Aug. 20 at Bayog National High School by Gideon C. Corgue
NORTHERN MINDANAO World Vision’s ABK3 LEAP: Keeping kids in school, curbing child labor
by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy
PHLPOST, DBM unveil Procurement Service Hub in Mindanao by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
Del Rosario highlights Samal-Davao bridge project by Keisha Therese Halili
Comelec installs new office chief in SurSur by Greg Tataro Jr.
Caraga RDC to hold Training Workshop on Design, Production & Evaluation of Print Communication Materials to IOs by Jennifer P. Gaitano
Provincial monitoring team lauds Tacurong’s children’s council by Danilo E. Doguiles
DILG shares Sarangani’s rebel program to other LGUs by AJCUgsad
ARMM unveils Islamic ruling on TB Govt creates special task force to oversee Lanao Sur coop
Information to Empower Filipinos
One Mindanao sailing on for 3 years
by Franklin P. Gumapon
ime flies too fast. Three years after its maiden issue on August 15, 2011, One Mindanao e-magazine continues to serve its online readers with news and information about the events taking place in various parts of Mindanao and the country as well. Coming up with an e-magazine all started with the advent of online media that the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) has to catch up and blend with to give better services to the people. Using the e-mail, PIA-Caraga headed by director Abner M. Caga and the Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (Basulta) Information Center headed by manager Felipo David G. Malcampo religiously sent articles culled from the news stories posted on the websites of PIA, the then Office
of the Press Secretary and Philippines News Agency (PNA) as well as articles released by the provincial/regional offices of the different government line agencies. For his part, Malcampo then would email to all his contacts who were mostly PIA employees and members of the Mindanao Communicators Network (MCN). Malcampo is now the information center manager of PIA-Zamboanga City-Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi (ZBST) cluster. Their initiatives had led to the idea of putting up an e-magazine barely more than a year President Benigno S. Aquino assumed the presidency. President Aquino also changed the name of the Office of the Press Secretary to Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) to which PIA belongs. Support to One Mindanao e-magazine No one among the five PIA regional directors of Mindanao objected to the plan of coming out with a daily e-magazine that would publish news and feature stories produced by PIA writers. The magazine reserves a space/section for each region to accommodate
its stories. With director Caga taking the lead, One Mindanao e-magazine had its maiden issue on August 15, 2011. And until today, the magazineâ€™s final layout is being done daily by PIA-Caraga regional office. Growing subscribers One Mindanao is now being followed by thousands of subscribers not only those from the island, but also those from other parts of the country and the globe. A subscriber said he enjoyed reading the magazine as it carries stories from all over Mindanao, making her updated and posted on the things happening from other parts of the island. Many subscribers say they enjoy reading the magazine
not only because of its contents but for its colorful layout as well. Inter-cultural understanding One Mindanao came into being for a noble purpose: to promote inter-cultural understanding among the peoples of the island. “Featuring Mindanao’s places, peoples and cultures in the magazine in a way promotes cultural understanding that would lead to peace and progress,” said PIA-9 regional director Noemi B. Edaga. Although a few places of Mindanao are faced with peace and order issues, the people here are one in their quest for lasting peace, and One Mindanao is completely supporting it. With director Efren F. Elbanbuena of PIA-11, director Abner M. Caga of PIA-Caraga, director Noemi B. Edaga of PIA-9, director Thelma B. Oliver of PIA-10 and director Olivia T. Sudaria of PIA-12 steering the Mindanao team, One Mindanao magazine will continue to sail on.
President Aquino eager to feel the
resident Aquinoâ€™s major concern is to feel the peopleâ€™s pulse to make sure that the reforms he has spearheaded in recent years would become permanent and would benefit all Filipinos, a Palace official said on Thursday. â€œWhat is essential for the President is to know the sentiments of his bosses, the Filipino people,â€? Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a press briefing in MalacaĂąang. â€œHe will continue to listen to them so he will know their views on how to ensure that the reforms and transformation that he has begun will continue and will become permanent,â€? he added. Coloma was responding to questions on what made the President change his mind on Charter Change. Asked how the President would gauge the people wishes, Coloma said many channels of information could serve as relevant sources of information for the President. In an exclusive interview with TV5 on Wednesday, President Aquino said that the Constitution is not perfect
and some of its provisions are already obsolete and may need fine-tuning. He said amending the Constitution can put limits to the powers given to the Supreme Court, which appears to be frequently using its power to check the Executive and Legislative branches of government. He has to listen to his â€œbossesâ€?, the Chief Executive said, clarifying however that his statement did not necessarily mean that he would automatically go after a term extension. He explained that â€œlistening to his bossesâ€? means asking them how the reforms he had begun would remain beyond his term of office. The President had rejected moves to amend the Constitution in the past, saying the country has done well even without changing the Charter, especially its economic provisions. PND AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
Government focused on ensuring safety of commuters in light of MRT mishap
he Palace said Thursday that ensuring the safety of commuters is a major goal of the government. “Ang pagtiyak sa kaligtasan ng mga pasahero at ng mga mamamayan ang pangunahing layunin ng pamahalaan. Ayon kay Secretary (Jun) Abaya, inaalam na ng pamunuan ng MRT kung paano naganap ang aksidente upang tiyaking hindi na ito mauulit, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing in Malacañang. A Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) train overshot the station in Pasay City on Wednesday, injuring more than 30 passengers. Asked by reporters about the President’s reaction to the accident, Coloma said: “Ang Pangulo ay mayroong mataas na level ng interes at prayoridad na binibigay sa mga bagay na ‘yan, lalong-lalo na ang involved dito ay ang kaligtasan at kapakanan ng libulibong Pilipino na gumagamit ng mass transport facility natin, o ‘yung MRT, araw-araw.” “Kaya makatitiyak tayo na napakataas ng prayoridad nito sa kanyang isipan, at gagawin niya ang nararapat—ginagawa niya ang nararapat para tiyakin
na ang mga kinauukulan ay ginagawa din ang kanilang tungkulin,” he added. Coloma further said that the Palace would support the proposed creation of a body that will oversee the operations of public transportation to ensure the safety of commuters. At least 38 passengers were injured when a wayward MRT 3 train overshot the tracks at the Taft Avenue station in Pasay City around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Injured passengers were rushed to the San Juan de Dios General Hospital, the Manila Sanatorium, and the Pasay City General Hospital, according to police officials. Before the incident, the train experienced technical problems at the Magallanes station and became nonoperational. It was being pushed by an operational train toward Taft Avenue, the last station on the MRT line, when it disengaged and overshot the tracks, reports said. PND AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
MinDA, PBSP sees partnership to improve poor communities in Mindanao
he Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) will forge an agreement to strategically direct investments to impoverish areas in Mindanao, thereby improve their economic condition.
Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, Director for Investment Promotions and Public Affairs of MinDA, said that PBSP board vice-chair Paul Dominguez and MinDA Chair Secretary Luwalhati Antonino have
discussed details of the partnership agreement and set the signing of the agreement on September 8. Montenegro said the agreement will be presented to President Benigno S. Aquino III, who is the AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
guest of honor during the formal launch when the details of responsibilities by each party will be expounded. According to Montenegro, the PBSP is tapped by corporations and companies to undertake their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), will undertake the programs and projects beyond their CSR. This is not mere extending help to communities, for instance, in the form of school building, feeding program and others but this is bringing to the areas where these corporations could expand their businesses and tap members of the community for possible jobs, Montenegro said. He however, stressed that some considerations are noted on the basis of the companies required mandate. The collaboration with MinDa is purposely to also enable PBSP link with local government units. Montenegro said MinDAâ€™s role is to identify the areas for the expansion projects of the companies
and PBSP to get corporate members to invest in highly impoverished areas which are targeted to benefit the economic mainstream of the total supply chain. MinDA, he said is working with other government agencies and local government units for the harmonization of policies making sure that these companies get the support or assistance, for example, in permit and clearances requirements. Montenegro said there are already identified existing areas for possible expansion but the listing and documentation are still ongoing because the project areas must meet the companiesâ€™ needs and criteria. He cited that there are companies looking for areas between 10,000 to 30,000 hectares or more for coffee, cacao, rubber and oil palm. The infrastructure requirement is also one of the considerations, that is why the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is allocating 30 percent of its budget in 2015 to Mindanao.
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DTI conducts orientation seminar on PNS 26:2003 By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Trade and Trade and Industry here, in cooperation with the Philippine Association of BI-GI Pipes Manufacturers, Inc. has recently an Orientation Seminar on Product National Standards(PNS 26:2003) at Top Plaza hotel this city.
The half-day activity was participated in by local hardware dealers, contractors, representatives of the local government units, especially those members of the bids and awards committee and engineering students in the different colleges and universities in the city. The forum aims to guide the buyers in choosing safe and quality steel pipes as proliferation of uncertified and sub-standard imported products are noted in the local market. Mr. Julius Salaveria, DTI Trade Development Division Chief said selling sub-standard products carries a penalty of P25,000 regardless of the price of the sub-standard products. Rennier Trinidad of PABIGIPMI said PNS 26:2003 applies to steel pipes intended for ordinary applications such as in steam lines used in centralized heating system in restaurant, hotels and resorts;
water lines used by water utilities, irrigation and fire alarm sprinkler system; gas lines used in centralized LPG system for hotels and malls and those pipes used for compressed air supply for car manufacturers and factories Salaveria said steel pipes used in water, steam, gas and air lines are covered under Mandatory Product Standard Certification Scheme of the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards. â€œThe BPS is the only office under DTI is the only office licensed to determine the standard of a certain product and ensure that every customer gets the right quality or standard of the product,â€? he said. Salaveria pointed out the importance of having Product Standard markings on Philippinemade products as well as Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) markings on imported items to ensure its compliance to the required quality AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
standard. covered under the mandatory product He added that a local standard certification scheme after a manufacturer could only be issued factory and product audit has been product license on the products conducted by BPS.
Army announces recruitment of new soldiers By Mary May A. Abellon
DIPOLOG CITY â€“ The 101st Infantry Brigade of 1st Tabak Division, Philippine Army (PA) is now recruiting interested applicants to join the army. Col. Apolinario Y. Alobba, 101st Brigade commander, urged those interested to take the pre-entry examinations scheduled on Aug. 23 and Sept. 5 this year. It was learned that the Army Recruitment Office for Mindanao (AROM) and Army Personnel Management Center (APMC) Testing Team will conduct the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) in the 1st Infantry Divisionâ€™s Area of Responsibility (AOR) for interested applicants of Officer Preparatory Course (OPC), Officer Candidate Course (OCC) and Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) on the following dates: Aug. 23 at Iligan Medical Center College, Iligan City; Aug. 25-26 at H1ID, PA, Upper Pulacan, Zamboanga del Sur; Aug. 28 at AMMC, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay; Aug. 30-31 at 1ATG, TRADOC, PA, Malagutay, Zamboanga City; Sept. 2-3 at JRMSU Campus, Dipolog City; and on Sept. 5 in Oroquieta City. Civilians applying for OCC must
be a Filipino citizen, 21-24 years old, a graduate of any four-year college course, single, and at least 5 ft. tall. Meanwhile, those applying for OPC must be Filipino citizen, single, 21-31 years old, MS-43 graduate (if advance ROTC graduate), graduate of any four-year college course and at least 5 ft. tall. However, for CSC applicant must be single and has no child, 1826 years old, has 72 units in college but, if he is a high school graduate only, he must possess a certified skill needed in the military service. All interested applicants must be physically and mentally fit. Applicants shall bring the original copy of NSO Birth Certificate, Transcript of Records (TOR) and diploma for college graduate, diploma w/ Form 137-A for high school graduate, valid ID , and one 2x2 picture for OCC and OPC applicants. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
Climate change forum set Aug. 20 at Bayog National High School
By Gideon C. Corgue BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – In a bid to intensify an advocacy campaign on climate change to stakeholders, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, the development communication arm of national government, will hold a climate change advocacy forum at Bayog National High School (BNHS) come Aug. 20 in barangay Kahayagan here. Provincial Information Center with knowledge on climate change Manager Claro Lanipa said the mitigation and adaptation. forum is an offshoot to the regional “We are delighted that PIA9 has launch of Climate Change Advocacy chosen BNHS to be the first school Campaign held by the Department of to receive its services,” Ungang said, Environment and Natural Resources adding that after the activity, those (DENR)-9 and Philippine Information students living beside or atop the Agency (PIA)-9 in Sibugay Grand hills and mountains would be able Plaza Hotel, Ipil, Zamboanga to apply their knowledge during Sibugay last July 18 aimed at emergencies. increasing public awareness on To ensure quality participation climate change adaptation and risk of the students, Lanipa said, only reduction programs of the national classrrom key officers are invited to government. join the activity. Lanipa said it is the first time “The forum, which will last for that a climate change advocacy less than three hours, is entirely forum will be conducted in public different because it will be purely video secondary schools in the province. presentation of the documentary He added that PIA-9 has produced by PIA containing scientific encouraged the active involvement explanations from climate change of secondary students especially experts with images on natural and those in municipalities vulnerable to man-made disasters happening in flooding, landslides and other natural the country,” Lanipa explained. disasters. “These students play a “Strictly, there will be no crucial role in disaster mitigation,” lecture. The activity is interactive. At Lanipa said. the end of the video documentary, Meanwhile, BNHS Principal participants are encouraged to Danilo Ungang expressed his formulate solutions to address the elation over the proposed activity challenges of climate change,” Lanipa saying this will equip the students concluded. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
DENR, PIA climate change advocacy campaign reel off
by Jorie C. Valcorza
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - â€œNagbabago na ang Pa nahon, Panahon na para Magbagoâ€? is the newest climate change slogan launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in northern Mindanao, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
The campaign aims to weaken apathy to climate change and popularize and strengthen adaptation and mitigation measures in response to climate change. The event was witnessed by the media, national line agencies heads and information officers, Pilipinas Natin (PN), as well as faculty and students from colleges and universities offering communication courses. DENR’s Environment Management Bureau (EMB) region 10 director Sabdullah C. Abubacar said it is also aimed at inspiring and motivating active cooperation and participation particularly of the youth, as well as foster partnerships with public and private communities. Highlights’ of the launch is the unveiling of the thematic advocacy brand logo and ceremonial pledge of the KALIgKASAN, a term coined from the work Kaligtasan (safety) and Kalikasan (environment). The advocacy calls not only of protecting the environment, but also of protecting ourselves. Other program brand under this campaign is the “Punuan” for the national greening program (NGP) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
and “Nagbago na Ako” support endorsement statement. Meanwhile, DENR and PIA tapped the PN youth leaders to take the lead in informing, inspiring, and involving the youth or the future generation to the campaign on Climate Change adaptation and mitigation. Starting this August, PN targets to reach at least 10,000 participants in the different Climate Change fora and campus tours, and 500 PN leaders in the region to come up with an effective strategy for the campaign. As a prelude to the environment agency’s newest campaign to mitigate the effects of global warming, some 5000 mangrove propagules were planted in Taytay,
El Salvador City. Further, the event was to highlight the World Environment Day celebration with the theme “Raise your voice, not the sea level.” This is celebrated every year to give human face to environmental issues and empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development. Close to 1000 participants from various national line agencies, local government units, academe, media, and youth groups joined the event. DENR and PIA also hosted a media advocacy and writeshop on the Development of Broadcaster’s Manual for Climate Change.
World Vision’s ABK3 LEAP: Keeping kids in school, curbing child labor by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy
BUKIDNON - “Marlon” is a grade three pupil at a village in Don Carlos town who attends school since early this June, but feels like it’s his first day in school. “I can now proudly carry my brand new backpack,” he said in dialect, minutes after becoming the first pupil to receive a raincoat, a set of school materials, and a backpack from World Vision through the project dubbed “Pag-Aaral ng Bata para sa Kinabukasan-Livelihood, Education, Advocacy, and Protection (ABK3 LEAP), which endeavors to reduce
child labor through education. “I used to carry a tattered bag and a ripped umbrella every day, all because we could not afford to buy these kinds of school stuff,” added ‘Inday’ a grade four pupil, who also received her school supplies for free on the same day. “Marlon” is one of the more than 300 profiled schoolchildren AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
in a sugarcane neighborhood of Sinangguyan who needs support to lift his self-confidence so that he can dare the challenges in school. Primed to Keep Kids in School “While attracting children to school is a crucial challenge, keeping them in school is even more essential. This requires a combination of educational activities that satisfies the child’s academic, social and emotional needs,” said Steve Francis Sarigumba, World Vision provincial engagement officer for Bukidnon. To help bring more children to school while trying to stop those engaging in child labor, the World Vision, DepEd, and barangay government units jointly established a Learning Resource Center (LRC) in six identified barangays in Bukidnon namely San Nicolas, Sinangguyan and Maray-maray in Don Carlos municipality; San Roque, Panadtalan and Kuya in Maramag town. Earlier, as the world commemorated the World Day Against Child Labor, ABK3 organized poster-making contest, Pinoylympics, livelihood products display, and reflexology service in Don Carlos town, which made the day a children’s festival. A “Book Drive” was also launched on the same day to gather more used or new books from generous individuals and groups. The book collecting event ran for weeks. Every book donated was handed over to Learning Resource Centers (LRCs), where supplemental learning materials such as educational toys, encyclopedias, and different types of books are available for the
targeted 2,000 children, Sarigumba said. Combating Child Labor Sometimes, work does not harm children. Work may even help them to learn new skills or to develop a sense of responsibility. Child law experts, however, said if work is intolerable or harmful to children, denying them their right to fully develop, to play or go to school, it defies children’s rights as specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Republic Act 9231 or the AntiChild Labor Law provides that children below 15 years old—if working in nonhazardous conditions—may work for not more than 20 hours a week, at most, 4 hours a day. The law limits children 15 to 17 years old to work not more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Night work from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. is also prohibited. Violators shall be meted the corresponding penalty. The Challenge The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates 2.4 million child workers are in the Philippines and many of them are in rural areas working in fields. Recent ILO statistics showed that Bukidnon is among five provinces in the country that employ children as laborers, having about 2,000 children and youth between 9 and 17 years old engaged in laborious works within sugarcane plantations, corn and rice fields. “We must help them in their struggle because Child Labor, as an issue, is closely connected with AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
scarcity, education, the distribution of world resources, socio-economic structures and other related issues. Children could do nothing without somebody’s help,” ABK’s provincial head said. Hence, World Vision, through ABK3 LEAP project, provides educational assistance to schoolchildren, geared towards combating child labor in sugarcane areas. It adopted the best practices developed from ABK1 & ABK2 projects previously implemented in the country’s 10 provinces. Funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDoL), ABK3 LEAP project is an initiative to reduce child labor in sugarcane areas and aims to assist 52,000 children (5-17 years old) and 25,000 households in identified provinces nationwide for a period of four years with education
opportunities for children, sustainable livelihood for parents and families as well as youth employment services among others. The project covers 11 provinces, namely Batangas, Camarines Sur, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Leyte, Bukidnon, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. These provinces were selected on the basis of sugarcane production, poverty incidence, size of rural population and education averages in terms of enrolment rate, retention, dropouts and classroom size. As beneficiaries of the ABK3 LEAP project, Bukidnon’s Don Carlos and Maramag towns are now hoping a lift in the pride and spirit of the assisted schoolchildren. “Children are happy by nature. They are happy if their environment is happy,” Sarigumba said.
PHLPOST, DBM unveil Procurement Service Hub in Mindanao by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) launched recently the first ever DBM Procurement Service Hub in the PHLPOST regional office in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro city. According to DBM Procurement Oro is looked at as the gateway to Service Executive Director Atty. Mindanao and that through this hub, Estanislao Granados that Cagayan de all supplies in Mindanao will be based AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
in Cagayan de Oro. He said that there will be a whole lot of difference since in the previous years, delivery of supplies and equipment to the different government offices in Mindanao take three to five weeks to accomplish. Now, from Cagayan de Oro, it should only take 15 hours to Zamboanga, seven hours to Surigao and nine hours to Koronadal and so on. Also he explained that this will be a different kind of challenge to the PHLPOST because in one year time, at least 522 twenty footer vans will pass in the Cagayan de Oro warehouse. PHLPOST Assistant Post Master General for Marketing and Management Support Services Luis D. Carlos meanwhile said that this is the first ever hub in the country and it is just the beginning of a logistics service that they are moving not
only with DBM but eventually with the Department of Health (DOH) and Games and Amusement Board (GAB). “It’s not a stamp company anymore but a logistics company,” Carlos said. The opening of this hub is the beginning of a rapid development in this part of the country, the Mindanao area is a growth area. This is an instrument of progress, a procurement of service, to provide supplies and equipment with PHLPOST as logistics provider, he said. Meanwhile, PHLPOST Mindanao Area 8 Director Nimia S. Acebes said that in 36 years of service, she never dreamed PHLPOST to have warehouse business but explained that they need to adapt to the changes. That is why now; they are into warehouse and logistics. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
ADB President visits Panabo City
DAVAO DEL NORTE – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takihiko Nakao expressed his continuous support for Panabo City in his visit to Barangay Kiotoy.
Nakao, the first ever ADB president to Mindanao, wanted to see for himself the current state of the finance institution’s projects in the city. “Our vision is to continue supporting Mindanao and Panabo City. We want to continue helping developing areas”, he said. Nakao brought with him his team composed of Richard Bolt, Country Director, Philippines Country Office, James Nugent, Director General, Southeast Asia Department; Takihiko Nakao, and Naoya Jinda, Chief Advisor to the President. He first assessed the farm-to-market road that connects Brgy. Kiotoy to Brgy. Mabunao. Nakao noted that despite not being cemented, the gravel road was well maintained. A group of children warm-
ly greeted him at the barangay hall as they held a huge banner and cheered his name. In the program that followed, selected residents gave their testimonials about how the projects have helped their livelihood. Nakao also visited a water tower that was part of the potable water system project, and the bus and jeepney terminal project. Before leaving, Nakao dropped by the Panabo City Mariculture Park to appreciate the fishing industry of the city firsthand. Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario thanked Nakao for choosing Panabo as its beneficiary. “Dako gyud among pasalamat sa ADB kay gipili ninyo ang Panabo na tabangan (We are very
grateful to ADB for choosing to help Panabo). I hope you will continue to partner with us in the years to come”, he said. The Asian Development Bank
began their infrastructure projects in the early 2000s and completed them in the later part of the decade.(by Keisha Therese Halili/DavNor PIO )
Del Rosario highlights Samal-Davao bridge project
DAVAO DEL NORTE– Regional Development Council (RDC) XI Chair Rodolfo P. Del Rosario revealed that the Samal-Davao bridge could cost as much as P10 billion, contrary to the P6 billion initial projection.
In the maiden press briefing of the council held in Tagum City, Del Rosario stated that the ballooning of the number can ensure that only the best materials possible will be used in the making of a high-quality bridge. “Hindi lang P6 billion ito. Baka beyond P10 billion (This is not just P6 billion. Maybe this is beyond P10
billion). Pero, since we are talking about development, and if we want to really help out in easing up the heavy traffic in Davao City, a bridge to Samal can greatly help” he said. Del Rosario expressed that RDC is currently preparing a proposal to the national government for the funding of a pre-feasibility study to be approved by the National Economic Development Authority. Only then can the actual planning of the project commence. “After we have the feasibility study, then I guess that will be the time we can present it in a roadshow, sell the idea to any investor or get the national government to fund it”, he said. Del Rosario also stressed the importance of the media in disseminating information to the public regarding the various projects of the council. He believes that a wellinformed public will appreciate the importance of good governance in the progress of the region. “I think the objective here today is to communicate our programs to our people. We need your support. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
We have to be transparent about this”, he said. On another note, the RDC XI announced its targets which they hope to accomplish by 2016. These include the enabling of the regional economy to grow by an average of 7.5 percent annually and peaking at 8.7%, the decrease of poverty incidence from 28.6% to 22.3%, the increase of employment rate to 98.2%, the growth of investment inflows from P8.4 billion in 2012 to P18 billion, and the increase of the simple literacy rate from 93.2% to 100%. RDC Vice Chair Maria Lourdes D. Lim pronounced the local government units with notable performances in the development
of their areas. “In terms of revenue generation, topping the list are Davao City and Tagum City. In terms of poverty reduction, Davao Oriental has improved a lot by 6% in reducing its poverty numbers”, she said. Del Rosario also added that Davao del Norte is ahead of its own targets for the development of the region. “Based on my perception, Davao Del Norte is very much ahead. We have our steady, continuing programs, and I think they are very effective as far as our feedback is concerned”, he said. (by Keisha Therese Halili/DavNor PIO)
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estimated number of tourists that will flock to Davao City during August. One ofthe largest festivals in the country- Kadayawan Festival is held every 3rd week of August in Davao City
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Govt agencies to celebrate 2014 Natl Filipino Family Week by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY - Government agencies with partner stakeholders will be celebrating this yearâ€™s National Filipino Family Week on Sept. 22-30.
During the recently held meeting of the Regional InterAgency Committee for Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga, the member-agencies discussed and set activities for the weeklong celebration. Among of these activities include the: 1) Orientation on Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act and the Organization of Solo Parents in the regional level; 2) Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino; 3) Mass Wedding; 4) Binyagang Bayan with free birth registration; 5) Search for Best Family Portrait; and 6) Regional Parents Education Congress. “The members of the RIAC-
FF from the different provinces of the region will participate in these activities and will hold other activities related to this celebration in their respective areas. We’ll surely have a family bonding,” emphasized Aldie Mae Andoy, focal person for RIAC-FF and Regional Committee for the Welfare of Children (RCWC) from DSWD. Presidential Proclamation No. 60 dated September 28, 1992 and Executive Order No. 241 dated June 9, 1995, declared the observance of the National Filipino Family Week on the last week of September and every year thereafter. It is aimed to strengthen family unity and relationships through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values.
Comelec installs new office chief in SurSur by Greg Tataro Jr. TANDAG CITY - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Surigao del Sur has now installed a full-fledged Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) after so long a time. According to Atty. Ernie Palanan, he was appointed on July 28, but only held his first day in office on August 12 due to important matters AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
that have yet to be settled in his previous assignment in Butuan City, being the former city election officer (EO). He also clarified that his first day as PES was set for the “partial turn-over” of things from
his predecessor—referring to Alma Acosta, who was at the helm for almost two decades in an acting capacity. Meanwhile, Palanan stressed that the final turn-over will take place on August 21.
Caraga RDC to hold Training Workshop on Design, Production & Evaluation of Print Communication Materials to IOs by Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY - The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga as the secretariat of the Regional Development Council (RDC) will be holding a Training-Workshop on Design, Production, and Evaluation of Print Communication Materials on August 26-29, 2014 at the Nasipit Hall, Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. According to NEDA-Caraga regional director Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, participants of this trainingworkshop are the information officers and public relations officers of government agencies. Cariño bared that the RDC is currently implementing the Communication Plan (ComPlan) for the Revised Caraga Regional Development Plan 2013-2016. One of the strategies identified in the ComPlan is to establish linkage with the association of information officers (IOs), which will serve as the regional arm in promoting, popularizing and effectively communicating the Plan to program implementers, nongovernment organizations, private sector and the general public. “In order to strengthen the capacities of the information officers,
the conduct of capability building interventions is also given priority in the Communication Plan. Hence, the Caraga RDC in cooperation with the Republic of Germany through the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will conduct this activity, which is free of charge,” relayed Cariño. Participants are required to bring their own laptops installed with MS Publisher 2007 and a DSLR camera. It was learned that the Day-1 of said training will focus on visual and graphic design, and photo journalism. Participants on Day-2 will undergo editing photoshop while Day-3 will focus on publications design on poster, leaflets, brochures, newsletters and magazines. Day-4 will be the presentation of the participants’ outputs and closing ceremony. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
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DepEd calls for Sulong Sarangani, Sulong Karunungan ALABEL, Sarangani(- Department of Education-Sarangani division celebrates its 21st anniversary and Education Summit on August 8 with the theme â€œSulong Sarangani, Sulong Karunungan: Edugaling tungo sa Edukalidadâ€? held at Capitol gymnasium. (Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)
No more long queues of residents seeking help – Gov. Fuentes By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Effective delivery of basic social services has addressed the concern of many government officials here regarding residents lining up to seek their assistance, said South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes.
“In all my 24 years in public service, this is the first time that I have not experienced residents queuing outside of our house or my office to ask for help,” said Gov. Fuentes as she recounted her administration’s accomplishments on providing access to basic services during her State of the Province Address (SOPA) Monday. Fuentes delivered her SOPA at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center in front of an estimated 6,000 audience composed of
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officials from national government agencies, local government officials, representatives from partner private organizations and nongovernment and many others. Said SOPA was also broadcast live over radio stations here. In the past, Gov. Fuentes described, her staff would cook for visiting residents from 5 0’clock in the morning until 10 o’clock in the evening. The governor attributed the improvement to the effective implementation of social services such as the “no balance billing” and point-of-care program of PhilHealth for indigents as well as social services. She reported that since July last year, the provincial government has already enrolled 2,031 individuals as sponsored members of the PhilHealth; these are valued at over P7 million. The provincial government pays for the P2,400 annual premium of the The LGU has also extended assistance to 7,823 beneficiaries via partnership with private hospitals, funeral parlors, and pharmacies with whom the provincial government has established memorandums of agreement. At least 1,435 families were provided emergency shelter assistance, 227 individuals with
financial assistance, 260 families with rice assistance, and 41 individuals with transportation assistance. Its barangay outreach program has also served 9,116 individuals with medical services, circumcision, dental services, haircut, sharpening of farm tools and others. The provincial government has also distributed 49 horses, 46 carabaos, and 95 cows through its livestock dispersal program. Other help extended to barangays included 39,065 liter of fuel to 54 barangays, installation of 116 jetmatic pumps in 17 barangays, 2,347 bags of cement to 52 barangays and 7 schools, 6,075 chairs to 140 barangay schools, 308 computer sets to 83 schools and barangays, 659 computer tables to 67 barangay schools, 400 gallons of paints to 39 barangays, and 640 GI sheets to 25 barangays and 430 reinforcing steel bars to 18 barangays. “All barangays can expect more assistance,” she promised. Fuentes also noted that the provincial government also extended aid to victims of calamities including P1 million to Zamboanga City affected by the MNLF siege as well as 15 truckloads of good worth P5 million to the typhoon Yolanda victims in Antique. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
Provincial monitoring team lauds Tacurong’s children’s council
By: Danilo E. Doguiles TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat -- The provincial monitoring team for the functionality of Local CouncilS for the Protection of Children (LCPCs) has commended Tacurong City for its child-friendly advocacies and programs. The team specifically cited the LGU for its best practices including Project PAGLAUM under MDG-FACES, Busog Lusog Talino (BLT), PEACE Summer Camp, and Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan. Headed by Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Thelma Cadelina, the team visited Tacurong City’s Crisis Center for Women and Children Tuesday for an evaluation conference of its children’s welfare and protection programs. In attendance were representatives from planning, budget, health and social welfare offices of the city LGU, PNP-Tacurong, and Local Government Operations Officer Alberto Sero Jr. The team noted the LGU’s initiatives in working with non-government and people’s organizations, national line agencies, and religious organization to support and sustain the projects. LGU’s resource mobilization was also commended especially in sustaining the BLT in partnership with Jollibee Group Foundation, and PEACE Camp in partnership with SEAOIL. This school year, the BLT is reaching 240 wasted and severely wasted children in 6 schools for a 24-week
supplemental feeding program. Through Project PAGLAUM under DILG’s MDG-FACES, the LGU aims to improve the living conditions of 40 children beneficiaries in Purok Onse, a slum area. “The team was also amazed at how the Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan had helped children in conflict with law and other children at risk to fulfill their dreams through the Balik Eskwela Program in partnership with DepEdALS,” according to Crisis Center Head Nancy Bawe. Kalinga sa mga Batang Lansangan is a community-based literacy and preventive intervention program for street children and CICL. Cadelina said the evaluation conference was conducted also to allow the city government to share its experience in the implementation of programs from children. This way, she said, the information could be shared with other LGUs in the province and encourage the latter to also come up with innovations for promoting children’s welfare. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from the LGU-Tacurong City) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
DILG shares Sarangani’s rebel program to other LGUs
ALABEL, Sarangani— The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has tapped the Sarangani experience on handling the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) for former rebels (FRs) to be shared to other local government units (LGUs) in the whole country.
Lizette Lopez, CLIP program head under the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), joined the replication seminar last May 23 – June 2, 2014 at different venues, in Cagayan de Oro City for the cities and provinces of Mindanao; Cebu City for Visayas LGUs, and Manila for Luzon cluster. “We have been receiving good remarks about it,” said Lopez. CLIP is under Sulong Kapayapaan of the Sulong Sarangani flagship program of Gov. Steve Chiongbian Solon. The program’s goal is to reintegrate former FRs in the social mainstream and uplift their socioeconomic conditions to become active partners in development. The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) previously funded the rebel returnee program but it has been turned over recently to DILG. DILG provides national policy direction, develops implementing guidelines of the program, coordinates with different agencies
and assists in the monitoring and evaluation of FRs development. It gives assistance to each qualified FR for mobilization expenses, medical check-up and livelihood. Additional cash assistance is granted if rebels surrender firearms and ammunition. A thorough validation and authentication of the applicants is done through the Joint AFP-PNP Intelligence Committee (JAPIC), supervised by the CLIP committee. For this year, the Provincial Government of Sarangani thru the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) has allocated enough funds for its local counterpart of livelihood assistance, food assistance, Philhealth enrolment, and other skills training to qualified rebel returnees. Gov. Solon and the rest of the provincial officials are glad of the move of DILG and pledged to continue converging government resources to improve the living condition of all sectors. (AJCUgsadSarangani Information Office/ DEDoguiles-PIA 12) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
ARMMâ€™s first semester port revenue collections reach P4.9M
otal collections of the Regional Ports and Management Authority in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has reached a record-high of P4.9 million for the first semester of this year, its highest revenue ever for the same period and more than double of last yearâ€™s P2.4 million. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
Hanie Bud, RPMA general manager, said the increase can be attributed to improved implementation of port dues and the cooperation of port users and other clientele, and reflects their overall management. “We will likely exceed our target collection for this year by as much as 100 percent based on the present trend,” he said. RPMA had earlier projected a total collection of P6 million for this year. In 2013, the agency generated a P5.4 millioncollection from the three base ports and five sub-ports it oversees. Established in 2002, RPMA is the sole Government Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) in the ARMM and contributes largely to the region’s coffers. “We are mandated to effect reforms so in two years’ time, we generated a P10M trust
fund apart from our regular remittance to the Office of the Regional Treasury,” said Bud. Bud said aside from increased revenue generation, they have enhanced port facilities and passenger terminals in the region that included the installation of improved security and data information system management. “Major base ports and sub-ports were provided with computers for technical enhancement,” he added. RPMA operates the base ports in Jolo, Sulu, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi and Lamitan city, Basilan, and sub-ports in Siasi in Sulu, Maluso in Basilan,and Mapun, Sitangkai and Sibutu in Tawi-Tawi. It also exercises regulatory powers in six private ports/wharves in the region. (Bureau of Public Information)
ARMM unveils Islamic ruling on TB MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The Department of Health in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) has enlisted the help of Muslim religious leaders and scholars in the fight against tuberculosis (TB). AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
The agency formally unveiled a religious edict or Fatwa (Islamic ruling) on TB that was crafted in partnership with the Darul Iftah (House of Opinion), the association of Ulamas (Islamic scholars) in the country. ARMM Health Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr., said the Fatwa is their “coordinative strategy to hasten the bringing of right information, diagnosis and attitude towards tuberculosis.” The Fatwa encourages people suffering from symptoms of TB and those diagnosed with it to consult a doctor or any qualified health professionals and observe proper medication, citing certain Islamic injunctions and examples of Prophet Mohammad himself. It is intended to be propagated with the help of the Ulamas and other Muslim religious leaders in
their khutbah (sermons) especially during congregational prayer on Fridays. He said the Fatwa and the keen support of the Ulamas would be very helpful in combating TB in the region. Sinolinding said they recognize the strong influence of the Ulamas and other religious leaders. “Our people look up to them and tapping them in this campaign will merit trust among our Muslim constituents.” Based on its data, ARMM’s health department has managed to bring down TB cases in the region by as much as 60 percent from 4,275 in 2011 to 1,700 in 2012. Sinolinding said the fight against TB requires the support and active collaboration of stakeholders. (Bureau of Public InformationARMM) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE
Govt creates special task force to oversee Lanao Sur coop by: Johaniah N. Yusoph
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The government has created a special task force to oversee the management of the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO). Secretary Jericho Petilla of the Department of Energy (DOE) said the Task Force LASURECO was organized based on Memorandum Circular No. 65 issued by the Office of the President creating an interagency committee (IAC) to oversee electrification programs and projects involving distribution utilities in the country. The task force, chaired by Energy Assistant Secretary Matanog Mapandi with 103rd Brigade Commander Col. Glen Macasero and Police Chief Supt. Edgardo Inking as co-chairs, will take over the management of LASURECO to solve the power problem in the province. Petilla said the power problem in Lanao del Sur has been lingering for so many years already and the government have not forgotten it. “It may have taken some time, but we want to come here with a solution for all of you,” he said during the task force meeting with local chief executives and other stakeholders in the province Thursday, August 7. He said the government is neutral in solving the power problem in Lanao. “We are not trying to
undermine anyone here. We are not trying to undermine LASURECO and we are not also trying to undermine the local government units. Kung merun man pong problema ang dalawa, ang pagpasok namin dito ay hindi papanig sa isang side kundi dahil gusto namin ng solusyon,” stressed Petilla. The energy secretary said the task force will focus on manpower and materials acquisition from August 8 to 21 and implement metering from August 22 to November 30. According to him, the President has committed P69 million for the metering in every household with existing lines provided they have applied for it. They also plan to stabilize meter reading and bill system starting December to January next year and to finally normalize LASURECO by February 2015 through memberconsumers’ election of board of directors who will elect among themselves the coop’s general manager. Petilla however clarified that the move does not mean that the P8 billion debts of LASURECO will be wiped-out. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE