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International Red Cross Chief calls on President Aquino

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by Danilo E. Doguiles

ODC in Tacurong extends training to over 400 coop members by Danilo E. Doguiles

by Rhea C. Abao

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ZCMC crafts policy on media relations by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

DOE begins 5th Phil. Energy Contracting Round in ZamPen by Dominic I. Sanchez

NORTHERN MINDANAO

Agri Credit Ugnayan on AFFP conducted by Rhea C. Abao

DA strengthens partnership with LFTs

WESTERN MINDANAO

LGU seed farm gets P.7-M aid from DA 12

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Biz group in CDO to host Mindanao Food Congress 2014 by Oro Chamber

Adlaw sa Kabus in Oro on Aug. 27 by CdeOSP

Information to Empower Filipinos


Artists mentor school kids on arts

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by Aida C. Agad and Jan Monalisa Castillon

bout 144 pupils of a public elementary school here honed their skills through a workshop training in arts mentored by a nationally known artist. Multi-awarded Ronald Tamfalan and local artist Jocelyn Burlaza trained the four batches of Grades 4, 5 and 6 pupils of the Koronadal Central Elementary School (KCES) 1, on basic color mixing, sketching and technique composition, poster, mosaic and collage making. KCES 1 project


coordinator and art adviser Mary Dee T. Masola said the seminar workshop is pushed by the school administration to enhance the competitiveness of their pupils in different art contests not only in the local arena but in the national level as well. Masola also said that “at the end of the training workshop, pupils are able to understand that arts is not only for contest but for recreation.� T h e workshop participated in by interested grades 4, 5 and 6 elementary pupils was held on weekends starting last month and

ended on the first week of this month. The artists-mentors used lectures and hands-on activities in basic color mixing, sketching and technique composition, poster, mosaic and collage making at the sessions held at the school’s audio visual room. The participants were trained to acquire proper knowledge and techniques on arts, so that the school will have a ready pool of artists for local to national competitions in Arts, Masola explained. Teachers who were present in the workshop also actively participated and were also able to learn more about arts and its dimensions.


President Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing Japanese Ambassador

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu, Katangiang Ginto (Grand Cross, Gold Distinction) on outgoing Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe. Ambassador Urabe, together with the Japanese Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Tetsuro Amano and Political Minister Hironori Shibata, paid a farewell call on the President at the Music Room of Malacañang Palace. Present during the conferment ceremony were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras. Ambassador Urabe was cited for “his significant contribution to the peace process and development in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.” Last March 20, Ambassador Urabe signed eight

grant contracts with recipient organizations for various social development projects in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. These projects were funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) implemented by the Japanese Embassy as part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD). The Order of Sikatuna is an Order of Diplomatic Merit conferred upon individuals who have rendered exceptional and meritorious services to the Philippines. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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International Red Cross Chief calls on President Aquino

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nternational Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malaca単ang Palace on Tuesday.

Maurer is in the Philippines to evaluate efforts to rebuild communities destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda last year. On Monday (August 25), he visited the district hospital in Basey, Samar, which is being repaired with the help of the ICRC and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). He then proceeded to Santa Cruz, Giporlos in Eastern Samar where storm-resilient shelters have been built. Accompanying the ICRC chief during his courtesy call were Alain Aeschliman, head of the ICRC Operations for East Asia and the Pacific; Graziells Leito-Piccolo; and Paul Maucle, head of an ICRC delegation that visited

Basey, Samar. Also present were Health Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles, and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson. During the meeting, Maurer also gave the President a souvenir picture of former president Corazon Aquino with former ICRC president Cornelio Sommaruga. The photo was taken when Cory Aquino visited the ICRC Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in 1988. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Mindanao bishop worried over reports on Filipino youths training under ISIS

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Mindanao prelate is worried over reports that some Filipino youths are being trained under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“There is reason to be worried...,” said Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad in a text message. With this, the Catholic bishop said the government should monitor the Filipinos who are reportedly in Iraq. “I hope the government could monitor the 100 Filipinos who are there. I am really worried,” Jumoad

said. Asked on what he thinks is the effect of the reports to Christians, especially in Mindanao, he said, “The worry is there, and it will be heightened when it is done here in Mindanao. I hope our Muslim leaders will do something to neutralize this.” AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Paragliding is fun in Sarangani MAASIM, Sarangani - A paragliding pilot glides over the paragliding site during the first day of the International Paragliding Accuracy Competition Friday, August 22, at SAFII Ranch Paragliding Site in sitio Seguil, Barangay Tinoto. The competition brings together paragliding enthusiasts all over the world to one location in the Philippines, which is in Sarangani Province, and at the same time share and treasure friendship, camaraderie, sportsmanship and nature among the riders. (Kim Windell V. Tiblani/PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)


Cotabato PPO receives two special unit awards By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato—The Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) was recently granted with two special unit awards from the Police Regional Office (PRO 12). These include recognition with the most number of firearms recovered during the conduct of various police interventions and its notable accomplishment in the campaign against illegal drugs. CPPO police director PSSupt. Danilo P. Peralta revealed that their office has listed 39 operations and 50 arrests as well as recovered 44 assorted firearms, two fragmentation hand grenade, and one 60 mm mortar projectile used as improvised explosive device (IED). It has also recorded 50 cases of violation of P.D. 1866 amended by R.A. 8294 or illegal possession of firearms. Various operations against illegal drugs were also conducted in different parts of the province. Meanwhile, Peralta was also awarded as the Best Police Commission Officer with achievement award in the field of police administration. The PRO 12 bestowed the award to Peralta based on PNP Integrated Transformation Program – Performance Governance System (ITP-PGS) and on his initiatives as a provincial director. On the other hand, President Roxas Municipal Police Station in President

Roxas town of this province received Special Unit Award after its notable performance in defending the police outpost from the attacks of the New People’s Army on May 20 of this year. PCSupt. Lester O. Camba, regional director of PRO 12 who conferred the awards emphasized his continued in the desire of providing a safe and sound environment to all constituents. “The PRO 12 adheres to give the people and the community the service and protection they deserve and maintain the peace and order in every community,” Camba said. He also congratulated his men and the whole PNP for years of noble service to the country. Aside from Peralta, other police officers who have rendered commendable performances and exemplary services from different provinces in Region 12 were also given awards by the PRO12 in line with the office’s 113th police service anniversary. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ JSta.Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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LGU seed farm gets P.7-M aid from DA 12 By: Danilo E. Doguiles TACURONG, Sultan Kudarat-- Tacurong City’s Seed Farm in Barangay Rajah Muda recently opened its new mini-warehouse and an expansion of its multi-purpose drying payment constructed with funding from the Department of Agriculture 12’s Agri-Pinoy Rice Program.

According to City Agriculturist Ramon Losanes, the latest project, which included a 420- square meter (sq m) drying pavement, costs P700,000. The new drying pavement has doubled the size of its original 420- sq m drying pavement built in 2012, also with funding from DA 12. Losanes added that with the completion of the last project, the seed farm is now fully functional. The 840 sq m multi-purpose drying pavement, he elaborated, can accommodate 80 to 100 sacks of palay while the mini-warehouse can store 800-1,000 sacks of palay seeds, fertilizers, and other farm inputs. Farmers in Barangay Rajah Muda are welcome to use the drying facitity, he said, noting further that Mayor Lina Montilla has ordered that no fee will be

charged to farmers who will use the dryer. Tacurong City’s 8-hectare Seed Farm produces quality certified seeds, which are sold to farmers in the city’s 20 barangays at a very low price. Each bag of certified seeds can be bought for as low as P900. These seeds are made available every planting season. Another mini warehouse with multi-purpose drying pavement was installed at Purok Esmeralda, Barangay Upper Katungal for the benefit of the members of the Mindanao Pioneers Agrarian Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (MINPARBEMCO). Both facilities were turned over to the respective recipients in a ceremony on Tuesday, August 20. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from LGU Tacurong Information Office)

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ODC in Tacurong extends training to over 400 coop members By: Danilo E. Doguiles TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat -- At least 455 members of cooperatives across Sultan Kudarat Province has been reached in training-seminars conducted by the Tacurong City Office for Development of Cooperative (ODC) since January.

City cooperative officer Nestor Leguro said the ODC, the lone accredited cooperative training provider in the province, has already held 12 various coop trainingseminars not only in Tacurong City but also in the municipalities of Lebak, Kalamansig, Esperanza, Bagumabayan, Isulan, Lambayong, and Columbio. These events, he added, were able to reach at least 455 members who were equipped not only in matters that pertain to ensuring success in the operation of their respective cooperatives but also in areas where they could improve their living standards. Leguro further reported that besides the trainings, the ODC has also released over P200,000 aid to three primary cooperatives in Tacurong under its Cooperative Livelihood Assistance Program. Two more cooperatives are processing their applications for the

livelihood assistance, he added. In his report, Leguro noted that Tacurong City has already 18 active cooperatives with combined membership of 6,601 as of 2013. These cooperatives reported a total revenue of P24.45 million last year. “These figures prove that the significant contributions of the cooperative sector to the economy of the city,” he said, “this is the primary reason why cooperatives get full support from the city government.” In response to ODC’s report, Mayor Lina Montilla assured that the city local government seeks to strengthen implementation of development programs that would benefit the sector of cooperatives and other sectors in the city. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from LGU-Tacurong City Information)

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DOLE Caraga tops in LLCS implementation

BUTUAN CITY - Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday there is no doubt that teamwork among the implementers and the support and cooperation that the DOLE has elicited from its tripartite partners through constant and sustained social dialogue will spell the difference in the overall success of the new labor laws compliance system (LLCS).


The DOLE chief stated this observation at the industrywide consultation cum dialogue that the DOLE Caraga Regional Office organized and hosted at the Almont Hotel Inland Resort to assess the progress of the LLCS’s implementation. Baldoz and Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, head of the DOLE’s internal and labor relations cluster, were at the event to emphasize the seriousness of the DOLE in addressing the issue of ‘5-5-5’ and ‘contractualization’ across all industries and to showcase strategies to accelerate the implementation of the LLCS. Also present at the event were DOLE Caraga Regional Director Johnson Canete, Carlos Eludo, Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) Vice Chairman; Dulmar Raagas, Mining ITC Vice Chairman-Management; and Elbert Mesa, Security, Manpower, and General Services ITC Vice Chairman-Management, Lt. Anuar Inidal, Acting Station Commander, Philippine Coast Guard, Butuan; and ITC members and representatives. During the dialogue, Secretary Baldoz listened to officials and members of the region’s three industry tripartite

councils (ITCs) who took turns in relating their experiences in complying with the country’s labor laws under the new LLCS. “We wish to inform you, Madam Secretary, that the new approach of the DOLE in implementing the new LLCS has been good business for us. Now, it is the clients who are coming to us wanting us to do business with them,” said Mesa. Baldoz visited Caraga to hear and see for herself the strategies that makes the DOLE Caraga Regional Office tops in the implementation of the Labor Law Compliance System (LLCS). The DOLE Caraga Regional Office has already achieved 44 percent, or 438, of its 2014 target of 999 establishments for joint assessment under the new LLCS. Of those it has jointly assessed, 35 percent, or 151 establishments, have been issued Certificates of Compliance with General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health. It has also issued Certificates of Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) to 24 establishments. In Butuan City, Baldoz presided over the awarding of CoCs to 20 local establishments and Child Labor Free Establishment Certificates to 38 other local companies.(PNA) AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Agri Credit Ugnayan on AFFP conducted by Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY - The Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga together with the Agriculture Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and Peoples Credit Financing Corporation (PCFC) held an Agri Credit Ugnayan recently to interested farmer associations and cooperatives within the region. DA-13 marketing assistance division chief Lynn A. Pareñas said that Agri Credit Ugnayan is an intensified information campaign of the DA for its stakeholders to be informed regarding the programs of the agency specifically on credit or financing which can be provided to farmers. During the forum, ACPC Director Norman William S. Kraft said that the implementation of the Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Program (AFFP) intends to enhance financial inclusion of the rural poor particularly those who belong to the agriculture sector as a means to bring about more inclusive growth. Although the local banking

sector is known to have more than sufficient funds for lending, access to these funds by smallholders in the agriculture sector remains constrained. Thus, insufficient access to finance by the enterprising rural poor is seen as one of the biggest constraints for advancing both rural and agricultural development. “We want an active involvement in the provinces of the region, who needs financial assistance for their cooperatives or associations,” Kraft said. According to Account Officer of PCFC Leonido Carlo Flores, Agriculture and Fisheries Financing Program is a P1 billion fund appropriated to ACPC

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for the establishment of a flexible credit facility for the benefit of small farmers registered in the Registry System of Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA). It is an alternative to the rigid and stringent credit facility usually provided by banks and other micro-finance lending institutions. The funds were released by ACPC to the two Government Financing Institutions (GFIs), with Land Bank of the Philippines receiving P550 million intended for agri-finance facility while the PCFC has P450 Million for agri-microfinance facility. Participants of the said AgriCredit Ugnayan is positive that the program will definitely help the

farmers and fishers in the region. “The regional orientation on AFFP gives us the awareness on how to avail the services offered, we are looking forward for a partnership that will help our organization to access credit assistance with lower interest rates,” said Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) chairperson Zenaida Mansiliohan. DARFO XIII Marketing Assistance Division continues to facilitate farmer associations, cooperatives in their access on credit/ financing assistance that will be eventually generate investment and employment in their communities.

DA strengthens partnership with LFTs by Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY - The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) called for an Agriculture Extension WorkerLocal Farmer Technician (LFT) partnership to complement the effort of the department in boosting agricultural productivity and sufficiency in the country. To attain the objectives of Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), the DA set its vision to enhancing effectiveness by strengthening the delivery of extension services to rice farmers and accelerate the adoption of new technologies and “best practices” through the Local Farmer Technician Program (LFTP). Based on research studies,

the need to increase the number of extension workers remains high as formidable number of farmers are not reached by the limited number of agricultural extension technicians. At present, the rice farmer-to-LGU technician ratio is more than 150:1. New and improved technologies and other farm support interventions can reach more farmers AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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by strengthening the LFTP. According to DA-13 regional technical director Edgardo D. Dahino, LFTs are very effective partners in carrying out extension services because of their first-hand experiences in rice production. Aside from that, LFTs were also trained on the principles and concepts of rice science enabling them to become rice farming technicians. “Caraga region has now 98 LFTs who were trained and now acted as partners and active players in the development and promotion of modern rice production technologies in low yielding rice-growing areas in the region,” Dahino said. Aside from strengthening

LFTP, community seed banking was also introduced as an extension tool to increase farmer’s access to quality seeds. The facility is controlled and operated by farmers themselves. DA had also invested in trainings to fully equip the LFTs. “My social mobilization, facilitation, and communication skills was enhanced after I went through verious trainings conducted by DA and its attached agencies which made me a more capable Local Farm Technician,” said Felix D. Vasquez, LFT of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. “Palay Check System, Integrated Pest Management and Agro-Ecosystem Analysis are a few of the rice technologies that were shared to me which I also shared to my fellow farmers through Farmers Field School,” he added. As part of their incentive, LFTs are provided by the DA P3,000 per month released quarterly. This is to ensure mobility of the LFTs within their area of responsibility and also ensures sustainability of agriextension services in the barangays. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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For more details visit us: DOST National Website: http://www.dost.gov.ph DOST Caraga Website: http://caraga.dost.gov.ph


BNHS studes back environment protection, climate change adaptation By Gideon C. Corgue

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – Students of Bayog National High School (BNHS) here have expressed their support to protecting the environment, as they formulated an action plan aimed at addressing the adverse effects of climate change. In a climate change advocacy forum conducted on Wednesday by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), a 30-minute video documentary on climate change produced by PIA and a six-minute video produced by the GMA Network were shown to the students, followed

by an open forum. The students were also asked to give their suggestions and recommendations to mitigate the impact of climate change. “We have to plant trees so that we can help the government address climate change that is


already affecting us today,” said Armie Jay Anlap, a senior high school student adding that “human beings are now suffering the adverse effects of climate change and so with our agriculture.” Grizzell Elardo, also a senior high school student, said “we have to observe proper disposal of garbage and avoid burning of plastics, as these would contribute to global warming and climate change.” “No one will be spared from the severe consequences of climate change. We need to act now. Otherwise, we will all suffer,” Elardo urged. Nasher Dulay, a freshman student said he is ready to participate in tree planting activity to be undertaken by the school to help solve climate change problem. Dulay recalled that during

his elementary years, he actively participated in tree planting activities conducted by the Boy Scout of the Philippines at the Eco-Park in Bayog. “I am very much eager to plant more trees and will support other activities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation,” Dulay added. Meanwhile, School Principal Danilo Ungang said BNHS has implemented Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, in support of the climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts of the government. “We are teaching our students to be responsible by strictly observing proper disposal of garbage in our school, Ungang concluded. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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ZCMC crafts policy on media relations By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - In consonance with the ISO certification of the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC), the government-run hospital crafted a clear-cut policy on media relations.

ZCMC Chief Administrative Officer Violeta Mangaso said a meeting with members of the Zamboanga Press Club was conducted recently to discuss the said hospital policy to the media. Mangaso said the policy provides guidance to both ZCMC and the media in the release of information about the patient. “It is our primary concern that the patient’s right is not put into jeopardy or is not violated,” Mangaso emphasized. Mangaso said the policy on

media relations uphold the right, dignity, privacy, confidentiality and consent of the patient with regard to giving information to media or an interview. Mangaso asked the understanding of the local media that before an interview [with the patient concerned] is granted, the Public Assistance and Customer Care Unit (PACCU) shall present the request [of the media] to the patient and his/her family including the attending physician/head nurse on duty regarding the interview, AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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if the patient or the latter’s family give the consent needed through signing the consent form, then the interview now may proceed. A PACCU representative shall accompany the media personnel. She also said all media interviews, photography or video tape sessions with patients must be coordinated with PACCU during office hours. In case of inquiries during evenings, weekends and holidays, the Senior House Officer on duty is the authorized spokesperson to media queries. The chief administrative officer said PACCU staff member should at all times accompany the media during the duration of his “transaction” (interview, taking photos or video). Mangaso, however, clarified that media access may be denied in cases where media presence would aggravate the patient’s condition or interfere with appropriate clinical care. “After the patient is discharged, the hospital is no longer in the

position to disclose information about the him/her,” Mangaso further explained. Mangaso clarified that although ZCMC is viewed as a public service institution, medical information is not an open public record. “There are rules to follow and policy to respect,” she said.. “Only ZCMC-accredited media men shall have access to the hospital and patients,” she said. “To be accredited, their managers/station managers, editor in chief shall write us and enumerate the names of their reporters or writers that they want us to accredit,” Mangaso explained. She said, those who will be accredited shall be issued an ID. ‘The ZCMC will set up a media center where the media can hangout as they do their stories or after a coverage. We are also thinking of conducting a regular press conference, probably one a month, ” Magaso said.

DOE begins 5th Phil. Energy Contracting Round in ZamPen By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Energy (DOE) is now holding the 5th Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR5) for potentially coal-rich areas all over the country. Eight municipalities in region 9 are covered in the areas to be bid out to private companies for exploration. The contracting period will end in September this year. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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In an information-dissemination campaign conducted by the DOE in Garden Orchid Hotel here, it was learned that the eight municipalities are Godod, Baliguian and Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte, and Kabasalan, Alicia, Imelda, Payao and Malangas in Zamboanga Sibugay. Representatives from the local government units of these areas attended the activity, including Zamboanga Sibugay Governor Wilter Palma. DOE Undersecretary Zenaida Y. Monsada explained that the PECR “is a mechanism whereby the government bids out areas with potential indigenous energy resources for exploration and possible development and production”.

“This provides a more transparent and competitive system of awarding petroleum service and coal operating contracts,” Unsecretary Mosada added. According to Engr. Nenito Jariel, OIC-Chief of the Coal and Nuclear Minerals Division, applicant private corporations must be Filipino, and must submit the necessary legal, technical and financial documents on or before September 26, 11:00 am Philippine Standard Time. Failure to submit on or before the deadline will cause disqualification. “An application fee of P50,000 will be collected and non-refundable,” Jariel said. “Only exploration works will be accepted,” he pointed out. The applicants will be screened on criteria including legal qualifications, work program, technical and financial qualifications. Winning applicants will be endorsed on November 21. In the development, production and sale of coal resources, the host LGUs are entitled to the following shares: 20% to the province, 45% to the municipality and 35% to the barangay. Utilization of these shares include 80% to lower the cost of electricity in the LGUs where such source of energy is located, while 20% will be used for development and livelihood. From 2009 to 2013, LGUs have received a total of P22.77 million worth of shares from the coal industry. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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DA turns over first bottomsup completed road project to Tudela, MisOcc by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

TUDELA, Misamis Occidental - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has turned over the MitugasGala farm-to-market road (FMR), the first to be completed using the 2013 Bottoms-up Budgeting (BUB) process in Misamis Occidental to the municipal government unit, here, last Aug. 20.


A project involving the concreting of 747 linear meters (0.75 km.), the FMR had an allocation of P6,000,000, but was contracted at a cost of P5,889,165.62 by MDB General Construction, based in Catadman, Ozamiz City, and completed, last July 31, this year. “The project now eases the lives of the farmers, who in the past, needed to walk for hours through Gala’s winding road and cross a river, just to bring their farm produce, mostly on foot, to the junction of Mitugas,” barangay captain Juan Gumilos of Gala said, during the turn-over ceremony. The junction serves as the “tabo” or meeting/market place for the “komprador” or traders, set every Friday, as no mode of transport reaches Gala and motor vehicles are only up to the junction. “The farmers don’t have the money to pay for the fare of more than P100 per person and an equal amount for every sack of cargo on board a ‘habal-habal’ or motorcycle, if they

bring their goods to the poblacion,” Gumilos also said. Meanwhile, the Mitugas-Gala FMR project was part of P107,470,000, the total allocation of DA for Misamis Occidental’s 2013 BUB, now called the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Process, Sanivier G. Patoc, provincial director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), said. Of the amount, P75,200,000 or 69.97 percent is intended for the construction/ repair/rehabilitation/ concreting of FMR’s in the other local government units (LGU) of the province to develop the farms and improve the lives of the farmers through increased food production. These FMR’s will be implemented in the hinterlands of Aloran, Baliangao, Bonifacio, Calamba, Don Victoriano, Jimenez, Lopez-Jaena, Plaridel, and Sapang-Dalaga and the cities of Oroquieta, Ozamiz and Tangub City, Patoc added.

Biz group in CDO to host Mindanao Food Congress 2014 by Oro Chamber

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) will host the Mindanao Food Congress 2014, the largest gathering of agriculture and food industry players, government policy makers, exhibitors, businessmen and consumers in Mindanao. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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This year’s Food Congress with the ultimate goal of aligning Mindanao Food Security in the ASEAN Market hopes to re-affirm the position of the island as the country’s food basket by showcasing its agricultural products towards finding new markets and establishing industry networks. More importantly, this conference

will be an opportune time for privatepublic stakeholders to discuss policy issues as they prepare Mindanao for the challenges of the One ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Set on September 25-26, at the Luxe Hotel, the Mindanao Food Congress is also co-hosted by the city government of Cagayan de

Oro, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), and the Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industries (CAFFINORMIN). Meanwhile, Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) supports this congress as he is one of the invited keynote speakers on the said event. The secretary has also issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-88 encouraging all local chief executives in Mindanao Regions to send representatives on the said congress, particularly from their respective Local Agricultural Office to participate on official business. All DILG Regional Directors of Mindanao and the ARMM Regional Governor are also directed to disseminate the memorandum circular within their respective jurisdiction. For any inquiries about the event, please contact the Mindanao Food Congress Secretariat at 858-4068 or 858-4073.

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Adlaw sa Kabus in Oro on Aug. 27 by CdeOSP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - In compliance with Ordinance No. 8881-2003, declaring the 27th day of August 2003 and every year thereafter as “Adlaw sa Kabus” in the city, the Committee on Entertainment of the Regulatory and Complaint Board (RCB) for movie houses and amusement places, enjoins all moviehouse operators to reduce their admission rates by 50% or undertake a buy one-take one movie ticket promo on August 27, this year. “Sigun sa Ordinance 8881-2003, kon ang usa ka sinehan mohimo sa maong promo, ang maong sinehan mahatagan sa exemption sa pagbayad sa 30% amusement tax nianang adlawa,” (Based on the ordinance, a movie house is entitled to a 30% exemption on amusement tax when it will have such promo on that day) councilor Salcedo, chair of the committee, explained. As chair of the city council committee on social services, Salcedo invites Kagay-anons to avail of this privilege. “Dako na kaayo kini nga pribiliyo aron maka tan-aw sa sine nga barato ug maka relax ang katawhan sa besperas sa kapistahan sa atong dakbayan,” (It would be a great privilege to watch a movie in an affordable price and the people can have a relaxation a day before the feast day of our city) Salcedo said. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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One Mindanao - August 26, 2014  

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