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6 Soccsksargen nominees vie for national Gawad Saka Awards page 4

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Danilo Doguiles Central Mindanao

President Aquino encourages participants to Livestock Philippines 2013 to make full use of expo events to ‘forge partnerships that will spur growth of Philippine livestock and poultry industry’ Barrio school receives water system, sports gear from NGO

Aida C. Agad, Central Mindanao

Flood victims receive relief goods from Rotary Club of Isulan

Aida C. Agad, Central Mindanao

Surigao Sur Gawad Kalasag winners bared Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

DENR gets unmanned aircraft to fight illegal logging in Caraga Region Eric F. Gallego, Caraga Region

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MILF top official denounces Rosario Arcade bombing in CDO CIO, Northern Mindanao

3,871 teachers join grade 8 mass training on DepEd’s K to 12 Margie R. Valmoria, Northern Mindanao

TESDA’s free services benefit poor children, mothers Gideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

P7.5-M worth of infra, crops, fishery wiped out in Zamboanga

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

PNoy to terrorists: Feel the full force of the law

Joey Dalumpines, Southern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy 6 Soccsksargen nominees vie for national Gawad Saka Awards By Danilo Doguiles

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hree farmers, a professorscientist, and two farmer groups from Soccsksargen Region are in for the final stretch of the 2013 National Gawad Saka Search, the Department of Agriculture 12 announced today. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia-Jayag Datukan said the regional office endorsed 11 nominees to the department’s annual nationwide search for individuals and institutions whose exemplary works have contributed to the country’s agricultural development. Datukan identified the farmer finalists from Region 12 as Merlito

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Ancheta for outstanding sugarcane farmer category, Dr. Melchor Serquiña for coconut farmer category and Leonardo Primne Jr. for fisherfolk category. Dr. Cayetano C. Pomares of the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato is also a finalist in the agriculture scientist category. Moreover, Malandag Barangay Food Terminal is being considered for Outstanding BFT (BLGU-Operated) category while the Alamada Multipurpose Cooperative is in for the small farmers’ organization category. Ancheta owns and personally manages a five-hectare sugarcane farm in Barangay Kibudoc, Carmen, North Cotabato. Using appropriate technologies, he said he is assured


of net income of not less than P50,000 per hectare per harvest. What separates Ancheta among other farmers, however, is the regular work and assistance he provides to members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the area. Serquiña of Kidapawan City is a veterinarian who has chosen coconutbased farming as a primary vocation. The Serquiña Farm, dubbed “Farm in the City,” grows over 400 coconuts as main crops integrated with swine production following a Korean Technology as well as production area for poultry. He also planted high value crops like kalamansi, rambutan, mangosteen and tropical fruits for consumption and income. Like other coconut farmers, the veterinarian-coconut farmer has in several times been affected by the highly variable price of copra but he got through this by establishing a coconut seedling nursery out of the mature nuts he collected from his

farm. Dok Chong also produces his own bio-gas out of the different farm wastes. Moreover, Primne of Banga, South Cotabato relies on tilapia production for family livelihood. Unlike most growers, however, Primne sell tipalia while these are still fingerlings, which he said “commands better income.” For additional income he, raises ornamental fishes. Primne , who is named as a “magsasakang siyentista” also grows palay in a two-hectare farm, which has been chosen as a Palayamanan Model Farm of the Department of Agriculture. Along with palay, he raises cows, goats, chickens and ducks. Dr. Pomares, is a multi-awarded professor at the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato. As an agricultural scientist, he is known for biotechnology techniques on breeding and physiology. His paramount breakthrough, the artificial insemination in goats and sheep, has been adopted by the Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Development Council and Bureau of Animal Industry, Isabela State University and other premier academic institutions . Dr. Pomares has institutionalized artificial breeding as a tool to livestock improvement through his two-way work with the DA and National Artificial Breeding Center, among others, making 5


it as a principal component of the Unified National Artificial Insemination Program (UNAIP). He also spearheaded the genetic resources conservation of Philippine crocodiles particularly Crocodylus mindorensis by leading the establishment of the Philippine Crocodile Rescue and Breeding Center in North Cotabato. Among over 100 food terminals in the region, Malandag Barangay Food Terminal in Malungon, Sarangani is considered the most progressive villagebased food terminal in the region. Starting only as a simple stall selling vegetables produced by local farmers, it has now expanded to turned into a major store in the area, adding grocery items and other household requirements to its wares. Most importantly it has provided additional income for its members through the expanded projects including swine and poultry production projects. Meanwhile, Alamada Multi-purpose Cooperative in Alamada, North Cotabato was established in 1991 as Agricultural

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Credit Cooperative (ACCA) with a meager P12,500 capital fund. Since then, it has continuously grown as a major enterprise managed and owned by farmers members that do not only come the municipality of Alamada but also the other town in PPALMA (Pigcawayan, Pikit, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan) alliance. As of 2012, its total assets are valued at P114,639,646. In one year alone (from 2011 to 2012) its assets grew by over P13 million. Alamada MPC is also a multiawarded farmer enterprise: Most Outstanding Coop 1998 to 2001, Gawad Pitak Awardee, Model Cooperative and Key Cooperative from 2003 to present, and one of the Top 30 Outstanding Time Depositors. As finalists, the aforementioned individuals and groups are being evaluated against two other nominees in their respective categories from other regions. Declaration and awarding of the national winners of the Gawad Saka Search is initially set in October.


ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino says peace needed to achieve real progress in Mindanao

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resident Benigno Simeon Aquino III on Thursday underscored the need to put in place peace and security in order to achieve real progress in Mindanao.

The President delivered a short yet inspiring keynote speech before delegates of the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference Thursday morning at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier here. Mr. Aquino arrived at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Camp Catitipan, Buhangin district along with several Cabinet members before 11 a.m. Thursday and immediately headed to the business conference venue to give his message. “Any real progress must be built on Thursday, August 8, 2013

peace,” he said. The President also highlighted agriculture, infrastructure and tourism as drivers of growth in preparation for integration into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “The vision is to have a Mindanao that can compete with the ASEAN community... I believe our projects are doing exactly that. If we work together, I know we can fulfill Mindanao’s promises,” he said. President Aquino said, “Right now, we are already on track in addressing the

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energy deficiency in Mindanao by 2015.” to allocate P34.290 billion for infra projects He also announced the plan for the in Mindanao. (PNA) Department of Public Works and Highways

President Aquino encourages participants to Livestock Philippines 2013 to make full use of expo events to ‘forge partnerships that will spur growth of Philippine livestock and poultry industry’

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III encouraged the participants to Livestock Philippines 2013, the country’s international livestock nutrition, health, production and meat industry expo and conference, to make full use of the expo’s various events, exhibits and discussions to “forge partnerships that will spur the growth of Philippine livestock and poultry industry.”

The President said in his speech expo provides a “breeding ground” for formally opening Livestock Philippines bigger opportunities in the industry. 2013 at the SMX Convention Center “…events like this bring local and in Pasay City on Wednesday that this foreign stakeholders together— Thursday, August 8, 2013

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hopefully, to forge partnerships that will spur the growth of the Philippine livestock and poultry industry,” the President said. “This event shows that government is not alone in its efforts. The sheer number of attendees alone assures me that the Expo and Conference is a breeding ground for even greater opportunities for the industry. So I encourage you to make the most of this event: explore the offerings of the different exhibitors, ask questions, build your networks, and participate in the discussions that will take place in the next few days,” he added. The President pointed out that by sharing ideas, views and technology on the livestock and poultry industry, we will be able to improve the breeding of better livestock and poultry stock that will benefit all. “I am certain that we can all find ways to help each other, and to profit at the same time. After all, in the same way that cooperation between Filipinos and Americans allowed our Thursday, August 8, 2013

country to surpass an epidemic of Rinderpest (an infectious viral disease of cattle) in the early 20th century, so too will the sharing of knowledge and best practices in this event allow us to surpass the challenges that remain, and to advance the industry,” the President said. Livestock Philippines 2013 will provide key decision-makers including integrators, farmers, feed millers, manufacturers and traders of feed ingredients, additives, supplements and premixes, meat and meat products processors, farm equipment fabricators and suppliers, slaughterhouse operators, veterinarians, veterinary drugs and products manufacturers, and other industry stakeholders from across the country as well as other neighboring countries with a preview of state-of-the-art technology, equipment and machineries deemed to improve production efficiency for those in the livestock industry. This year’s theme is “Food Security through Feeds Safety.” PND

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President Aquino expresses support for Mindanao businessmen

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III expressed full support for Mindanao’s business leaders who convened for the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) to craft ASEAN integration policy agenda aimed at improving the business climate.

The Chief Executive attended the opening program of the MinBizCon 2013 which has for its theme “One, Global Mindanao: Moving Towards 10

Asean Business Integration’’ held at SMX Convention Center at SM Lanang Premier, Lanang, Davao City on Thursday. Thursday, August 8, 2013


Key business leaders gathered during the three-day event to discuss the policy agenda in ensuring that the Philippines is ready for the integration of economies among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015. Representatives from the Brunei Darussalam-IndonesiaMalaysia-Philippines - East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) also attended the conference. The ASEAN is pursuing the integration of economies among the 10-member states with the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community by December 2015. ASEAN is composed of Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar. The integration will allow companies based in ASEAN member-nations to enter each other’s markets, with lowered tarriffs and capital market integration. Foreign and local resource speakers during the 3-day conference were invited to speak on trade, energy, tourism, Thursday, August 8, 2013

infrastructure, agriculture and business, among others. The Mindanao Business Conference is joining the Aquino administration in preparing the business community for the 2015 economic integration. John Gaisano, Jr. conference director of the 22nd MinBizCon, said that Mindanao’s small and medium enterprises would have the leverage to compete with their ASEAN counterparts since the island-region’s economy is being supported by a largely SME-based sector. Meanwhile, Mindanao Development Authority chair Luwalhati Antonino lauded President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address in which he called for the review the cabotage law The said law prohibits foreign vessels from directly transporting domestic cargo between two ports other than those designated as international ports. “Mindanao’s business community has long been clamoring for the amendment of the cabotage law, which the President has cited as a key legislative item in his recent SONA,” Antonino said. PND (js) 11


Koronadal City to auction 100 properties to recover P28-M unpaid taxes By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- For the first time in its history, the local government here is auctioning private properties to recover unpaid real property taxes.

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government of Koronadal holds an auction of real properties with delinquent taxes,” he added. Properties that will be offered to bidders include agricultural lands, commercial buildings, residential lands, residential buildings and machineries. Most notable among these tax collectibles are RPTs for a total of eight properties owned by Philippine Telephone Corporation (Piltel) and Pilipino Telephone Corporation, with a total tax dues amounting to P19.09 million. Gumbao said the auction sale is pursuant to the provisions of Section 260 (Advertisement and Sale) and 263 (Purchase of Property By the Local Government Units for Want of Bidder) of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. City Treasurer Marloun Gumbao said some 100 properties which are certified as delinquents will be sold at a public auction on September 18-20, 2013 at the city hall lobby. Gumbao said the move is meant to recover overdue real property taxes with current value of P28,311,387.19. “This proves that we are determined in our drive to collect taxes from people who refuse to pay their obligations,” he emphasized. “This is the first time that the city Thursday, August 8, 2013

Currently, the list of properties, which the official described as “only the first of several batches,” is undergoing publication. Billboards containing the list of these properties are also being set up in conspicuous places, particularly at the city hall compound and along Gensan Drive at the city center. Same information are also announced through local radio stations via interviews the city treasurer and news reports.

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Owners can still redeem their properties, Gumbao pointed out. “At any time before distraint of real property, payment of the real property tax inclusive of surcharges, interests and penalties may be made.” “Should an owner decide to redeem the property before the scheduled auction date he or she has to pay in full the tax amount due plus all the penalties,” he said. Moreover, a staff of the City Treasurer’s Office explained in a phone interview with the Philippine Information Agency 12 that the owner of a successfully auctioned property still has one year from the date of auction to redeem the subject property. “That owner has to pay the full amount paid by the winning bidder

plus an interest of two percent per month. If the full amount is not paid after the grace period, ownership of the property will be awarded to the bidder,” she said. One week before the auction, the City Treasurer’s Office will register interested bidders. Upon registration they will be assigned permanent individual bidders number. Interested bidders are required to pay a fee of P2,000, which is not refundable. Since last year, the City Treasurer’s Office has repeatedly reminded delinquent taxpayers to fulfil their obligations. In fact, Gumbao said, in several occasions they have sent letters to these taxpayers urging them to pay. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Barrio school receives water system, sports gear from NGO By Aida C. Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- A foreign-funded non-government organization (NGO) came to fulfill the wishes of pupils from a barrio elementary school in Lutayan town in Sultan Kudarat.

Student government leaders Twizzy Chavez and Jiemina Sandigan of Antong Elementary School received the gifts from Save the Children focal person Melchi Uyasan in a ceremony Tuesday last week. The gifts included sports equipments for volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and chess. 14

Chavez and Sandigan, led their fellow pupils as they thank Save the Children, and read their vows to help their teachers and school officials in safekeeping of the sports tool. School principal Kaydo G. Mabinay also thanked the foreignfunded group for responding to the letter the pupils previously wrote Save the Children Foundation here Thursday, August 8, 2013


in South Central Mindanao. In their letter, the pupils stated that the common problem they had encountered in their school is the lack of sports facilities. They said, “some of the causes of the problem of their school is the playing of pupils with mud and stinks in canal or drainage; climbing trees, fences and roof of the session hall and vandalism; no sports facilities and others which eventually result to frequent cutting of classes, gambling, sickness and low grades.“ (“ilan sa mga dahilan at suliranin ng aming paaralan ay ang paglalaro ng mga bata sa putik at maruruming kanal, pag-akyat sa mga puno at pader at bubong ng session hall at vandalism, dahil walang libangan, walang pasilidad sa sports at madalas naging epekto ng madalas na pagliban sa

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klase, pagsusugal, pagkakasakit at pagbaba ng grado.”) The pupils also wrote, “sa pangarap na ito na magkaroon ng sports facilities, walang sapat na pondo ang aming paaralan upang maibigay ang aming kahilingan, kaya dumudulog po kami sa inyo na sana po ay mabigyang kasagutan ang aming problema.” (Much to our desire to have sports facilities, our school don’t have enough funds, that’s why we plead for you to help us solve our problem, the students wrote.) This barrio elementary school populated by 257 pupis, 10 teachers with the support of Save the Children was also able to construct two-sets of 10-faucet handwashing and toothbrushing area. (ACAgad PIA 12/CaGonzales-Antong ES)

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Flood victims receive relief goods from Rotary Club of Isulan By Aida C. Agad

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Around 290 flood victims from two barangays of Isulan received relief food packs of noodles, rice, bottled water, canned goods and some milk from home-based non-government organization. The Rotary Club of Isulan distributed Tuesday, relief goods to affected families of the flood that left rice fields and homes underwater in the two barangays of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Sunday. Mark Phillip Mariveles, president of the Rotary Club of Isulan (RC Isulan) said the packs are donations from fellow Rotarians, some members of REACT Capitol group and private individuals who were touched of the unfortunate state of the affected families. He said, he is very glad and thankful to those who responded to his call and volunteered to share their time, money and actively participated in the distribution of relief goods to the affected families. “Having this kind of activity embodies the ideals of being a Rotarian. It is nice to see Rotarians working and pooling resources together to help the less fortunate ones. It is like putting into action the theme for the Rotary Year “Engage Rotary, Change Lives,” Mariveles said. He also expressed his gratitude 16

to the members of PNP, BFP, REACT, Rotaract Club of Isulan, and staff of Radyo Natin Isulan and Radyo Natin Tacurong who volunteered in the repacking of the sacks of rice, boxes of noodles and cans of goods. “It is a good thing that some officers and members of the PNP and BFP are Rotarians which made the influx of volunteers overwhelming,” Mariveles said. Of the 290 households from Puroks Sikat, Bagong Pag-asa II and Roxas of Barangay Bambad and Puroks Santan, Riverside and San Francisco of Barangay Kalawag 3, only 150 families Bambad evacuated to Maremco Elementary School while the affected families in Kalawag 3 decided to stay with their homes and to wait for the flood to subside. Around 1:00 on Saturday morning the water level of Allah river rose and overflowed to the farm lands and houses of affected barangays. This is due to heavy downpour of rain in South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces. (ACAgad PIA 12/Jemuel Dael-RN Isulan) Thursday, August 8, 2013


Agri-Pinoy Corn Program Performance Review commences in Surigao City by Susil Ragas

SURIGAO CITY -- The Agri-Pinoy second quarter Performance Review and Planning Workshop under the Department of Agriculture (DA) started on Tuesday, August 6 at Almont Beach Resort, Lipata, this city. The activity will run until Aug. 8. 2013.

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The three-day activity aims to assist and evaluate the accomplishments of corn program in the country, and to review lay-out plans and projects for implementation. More than 150 participants comprising national corn program officials, corn coordinators, report officers from 17 regions all over the country and other line-agencies under the Department of Agriculture signed up for the activity. National Corn Program Coordinator and DA Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Edilberto de Luna, DA Spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacup together with DA-RFU 13 Regional Director Edna Mabeza graced the event. The Agri-Pinoy Corn Program is a flagship program of the Department of Agriculture which aimed primarily to achieve sufficient and sustainable supply of staple food in the country.

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Surigao Sur Gawad Kalasag winners bared by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

SURIGAO DEL SUR-- The municipality of Hinatuan was adjudged winner for the 3rd-5th class municipal category, while Barangay San Juan in Hinatuan won this year’s regional awarding in the prestigious 2013 Gawad “Kalamidad at Sakuna Labanan, Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan” (Kalasag) regional search for excellence in Disaster Risk Management (DRM). PDRRMO Disaster Program Specialist Abel de Guzman said the province of Surigao del Sur was also awarded third place of the five provinces in Caraga. The awarding ceremony was held in Butuan City last week. According to De Guzman, the recognition was based on the 2012 performance accomplishments of the local government unit report on disaster prevention and mitigation; disaster preparedness; Thursday, August 8, 2013

disaster response and; disaster rehabilitation and recovery. The executive summary and other supporting documents were also included as means of verification during the validation conducted on the month of May this year with the team evaluators, de Guzma added. The “Gawad Kalasag” award is a recognition scheme in its search for excellence on DRM and humanitarian assistance. 19


DENR gets unmanned aircraft to fight illegal logging in Caraga Region

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BUTUAN CITY-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region is using a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology popularly known as “drone” developed by Filipino scientists and engineers in an effort to closely monitor the activities and movement of illegal logging operations in the remote mountain villages of the region. At the same time, the Forest Management Sector headed by OIC Regional Technical Director Marites C. Ocampo said she would use and analyze the data and pictures that are taken through the video camera of the UAV related to the National Greening Program (NGP) being implemented by the DENR. “We want to know the exact situation of planted tree species of the NGP at the site designated by our PENRO and CENRO officers to guide the management in decision 20

making process,” Ocampo said. SKYEYE, the operator of the UAV gave a complete briefing of the UAV operations to PENRO Roberto Oliveros in Agusan del Sur and PENRO Merlinda R. Manila in Surigao del Sur at the DENR Regional Office in the presence of the Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo and RTD Ocampo on Tuesday in a move to have a better understanding of the technology. Tamayo said “for the first time, the DENR is adopting the Thursday, August 8, 2013


unmanned aircraft in monitoring the activities and movement of illegal logging in the region considering the complexities of this annoying problem.” He said that several attempts have been made in the past to solve this problem but little breakthrough has been achieved so far. “We cannot afford to relax our campaign. Those timber poachers and log smugglers are always there waiting for every opportunity to break in and transport those illegal logs,” Tamayo said. “In that case we would be sure, the DENR shall always stand on their way to stop them and that appropriate cases be filed against those culprits

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so they land in jail,” he said. He said the incidence of illegal logging in the region has been sustained to its low level record as compared in the past. Although there are reports of apprehensions of cargo trucks transporting illegal logs, the PNP and the Philippine Army soldiers are constantly on alert to stop it, he said. Incidentally, the UAV could likewise help the top DENR management in identifying the weak areas in the reforestation activities under the National Greening Program. He said “the DENR Caraga Region is vying for the best agency performer among other regional offices this year hence, we want to make sure the documentations being submitted to the central office are proper and correct.” The poor performers, he said, shall have to face corresponding disciplinary actions for their failures. Tamayo said the UAV technology is expected to minimize the high risk of lives among the DENR personnel engaged in antiillegal logging campaign at the front lines. 21


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P8M reef bud project starts in Camiguin by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – Some 450 reef buds were installed in three sites here, after typhoon Pablo ravaged the Cantaan Giant Clam Sanctuary and shattered live coral cover in the island, last year.

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Each unit is a mixture of both organic and inorganic composite artificial reef, molded in coconut husk to mimic underwater calcification. This project was initiated to demonstrate application of successful coral reef rehabilitation technology. A technique, along with other local 32

management intervention, devised to improve the country’s ecosystem resilience in the face of climate change. The Philippine Coral Reef Resources Assessment and Conservation Program (PhilCORE) implemented this in the province along with Boracay and Verde Island Thursday, August 8, 2013


in Batangas. It released P8-million for Camiguin through the Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (DENR-PAWB), while the Sangkalikasan Cooperative likewise spearheaded the actual rehabilitation activities through the fabrication and deployment of reef buds, coral asexual reproduction, and training of local beneficiaries. Sangkalikasan Group Marine Biologist Elpidio Olaer III said site assessment and validation activities were conducted prior to

the dropping of the buds to avoid adverse impact on adjacent coral reefs. Olaer noted that it takes around 150 reef buds to cover a single hectare, with droppings gauged at an average of 10-20 units per day by use of modified bamboo rafts or balsa. “Considering the funds and mobility of the team, deployment of reef buds will temporarily cover selected Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Mambajao, after which will be replicated to other areas in the province,” he added.

MILF top official denounces Rosario Arcade bombing in CDO by CIO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has condemned in the strongest possible terms the senseless killings of eight innocent civilians and injury to over 40 persons as a result of the deadly bomb attack at the Rosario Arcade in Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City on the evening of July 26, 2013. The condemnation was expressed in by MILF negotiating panel member Bobby Alonto when he paid a courtesy call on Aug. 6, to City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, who was deeply touched by the gesture of support of the top MILF official. Alonto at the same time Thursday, August 8, 2013

conveyed the group’s profound condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families of the dead victims of the bombing incident even as he manifested MILF’s support to the government’s peace initiatives in Mindanao. 33


3,871 teachers join grade 8 mass training on DepEd’s K to 12 by Margie R. Valmoria

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A total of 3,871 teachers in Northern Mindanao participated in the Department of Education (DepEd) grade eight mass training on K to 12 basic education program (BEP) on April 29 to May 3 and May 6 to 10 this year.

Since President Aquino signed Republic Act 10533 or Enhanced Basic Education Act into law on May 15 making it K to 12, DepED national and regional prime movers immediately mobilized their respective regions. As its implementation, the department have held administrative meetings and conducted various massive K to 12 trainings for teachers among others. There were two batches of these trainings and were conducted in various institutions such as Xavier University, Capitol University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Bukidnon State University. Another mass training on K to 12 BEP for grade two was conducted simultaneously in all 14 divisions in 34

the region on May 20 to 24. Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Antonio D. Lagudawill presented the Senior High School (SHS) Program to the different Schools Division Superintendents during a Technical Assistance in preparation of SHS cum Regional Management Committee Conference on August 1 to 2 in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. K to 12 encompasses at least one year of kindergarten, six years of elementary education, and six years of secondary education. Moreover, secondary education includes four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school. This law aims to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship. To date, DepED region 10 has been utilizing all its resources to prepare the different divisions in implementing the SHS Program in 2016. Thursday, August 8, 2013


Zambo Norte bags 3rd place in regional fruit, vegetable exhibit By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Zamboanga del Norte’s booth won third place in the recently concluded Regional Fruit and Vegetable Promotion and Exhibition held in this city. The two-day fruit and vegetable promotion and exhibition, which was held at Mibang Hotel Function Hall last July 29-30, was spearheaded

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said the DA organized the two-day affair to give time to the vegetable growers and farmers and other stakeholders to show their expertise on how to develop and market their agricultural products. The contest was gauged based on the agricultural products displayed in the different booths, especially the processed fruits and vegetables emanating from the different provinces of the region. For its feat, Zamboanga del Norte, through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA) received a cash prize of P3,000.00, while Pagadian City and Zamboanga City received P5,000.00 and P4,000.00 cash prize as champion and runner-up of the contest, respectively. 36

In fruit and vegetable table arrangement contest, the winners were Zamboanga City-first place with a cash prize of P3,000.00 followed by Pagadian City as runner-up with P2,000 cash prize and Dipolog City as third place winner with P1,000 cash prize. Meanwhile, Pagadian City got first place in cooking contest and received a cash prize of P1,500.00, followed by Zamboanga City with P1,200. DA-9 Regional Executive Director Eduardo Holoyohoy hoped that the result of the two-day competition would inspire vegetable and fruit growers to further improve and adopt new technology in processing their agricultural products. Thursday, August 8, 2013


TESDA’s free services benefit poor children, mothers By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Some 100 indigent children and their mothers recently gathered at Gaisano Mall here to avail themselves of free services offered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) ranging from hairdressing, wellness massage, pedicure, manicure and others. Spearheaded by TESDAZamboanga del Sur, the activity also showcased the scholars as well as the instructors of trade skills from the 33 technical-vocational institutions (TVIs) in the province. In his message as read by Ms. Alma Gudmalin of TESDA-9’s regional operations division, Regional Director Lorenzo Macapili said “this is the first time that the agency is embarking on a social marketing event wherein we have kids and their mothers as our beneficiaries.” “This activity helps advocate, highlight and showcase the many wonderful opportunities in technicalvocational education and training Thursday, August 8, 2013

(TVET) by providing TESDA free services and by creating awareness among the kids on the great potential offered by TVET as a career pathway,” Gudmalin quoting Macapili said. “Today, we are offering free TESDA services to the mothers such as: beauty care, hairdressing, wellness massage, and etc. and kiddie party where their children would enjoy eating free delicious foods and playing games with prizes,” continued Macapili’s message, adding “these free services will give them (mothers) business ideas on how to augment their family income.” TESDA-ZN Provincial Director Eulalio Lumactod also said a 37


demonstration class featuring trade areas from the technical vocational education training (TVET) institutions in the province would also be conducted where instructors and students wear their appropriate attire while demonstrating their respective skills. The activities, Lumactod said, would showcase the technical education skills and development and communitybased training of the agency. “Through these activities, the public will be informed the importance of technical-vocational education in the country,” Lumactod explained. “This is also our own little way of saying thank you to our boss, Secretary Joel Villanueva who is celebrating his birthday today and the 19th founding anniversary of the agency,” Lumactod concluded. The activity was anchored on the theme, “Sa TESDA tiyak na may trabaho ka”, “Sa ikauunlad ng bayan Skills ang Kailangan”. 38

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P7.5-M worth of infra, crops, fishery wiped out in Zamboanga By Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY - The three-day continuous rains and strong winds last week inundated some barangays of the city and damaged some P7.5 million worth of infrastructures , crops and fishery. Reports reaching the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) disclosed that the damage to roads and ripraps was estimated at P7 million while that of crops and fishery was P284,620 and P 182,400, respectively. Public Information Officer Belen Covarrubias said aside from the P7 million-damage to infrastructure, “an estimated 88 hectares of farms and fishponds were also inundated bringing the cost of damage to over P467,000.” “The figures, however, are still subject for validation after the water will subside,” she added. Covarrubias said reports from City Engineer Luis Despalo revealed “that heavy volume of water in Tugbungan Barigon, Royal Lane in Tugbungan, Putik, Manicahan Poso caused the riprap facilities to collapse while the erosion in Curuan destroyed several linear meters of road in the area.” According to the lady PIO, approximately P10 million is needed for the repair of the damaged infrastructures. Covarrubias also said “as confirmed by City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat, 31.8 hectares of Thursday, August 8, 2013

farms planted with rice, corn and assorted vegetables and another 57 hectares of fishponds were flooded.” Mayor Beng Climaco, on the other hand, immediately convened the members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to come up with appropriate measures to help the victims and to repair the damages to infrastructures. The city government through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) also provided relief assistance to the victims who were temporarily housed at the evacuation centers at the height of the flooding and landslides last weekend. As of Aug. 5, CSWDO reported that 354 families with 1,066 dependents were affected by flashfloods and landslides and other weather-related incidents while two children died when their house was buried in a landslide at Barangay Limpapa Saturday morning. Evacuees came from the affected barangays of Tetuan, Tugbungan, Divisoria, Limpapa, Patalon and Manicahan. 39


Mindanao eyed to receive P34-bn worth of infra for 2014 by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- Mindanao is being eyed to have an infrastructure allocation of P34.29-billion this 2014.

This according to President Benigno Aquino III during his speech at the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference held today (August 7) at 40

the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. “For 2014 alone, we are proposing to the congress that the DPWH is set to allocate another 34.29 billion pesos for projects in the region.� The President said in his speech. The chief executive noted that for 2011-2013 the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated P61.54 billion for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects in Mindanao. During his speech the President enumerated other high-level projects currently being accomplished in the region, this include the Lake Lanao Thursday, August 8, 2013


Circumferential Road Project worth P767-million pesos, which will be completed in February 2015. Aside from roads the government is also rehabilitating 15 airports and 46 ports, according to the President the goal is to see a Mindanao economy no longer stifled by a lack of proper roads, ports, or airports. In one of the issues raised by Mindanao business leaders during the regular consultations held before this year’s Minbizcon, they have asked for more infrastructure projects in the region which could help them prepare for the incoming ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Integration by 2015. The integration will combine

the ASEAN member-states into one single market economy. “The vision here is also to create a Mindanao that can compete within the ASEAN community—this is a vision that, with government and private sector initiatives, as well as continuing solidarity, can surely be achieved; and we believe our projects are doing precisely that.” The President said in his speech. President Aquino is the first President to attend the biennial gathering of business leaders, government officials and other stakeholders in Mindanao. (PIA/RG Alama)

PNoy to terrorists: Feel the full force of the law by Joey Dalumpines DAVAO CITY-President Benigno Simeon Aquino III bared that challenges on the stability of peace and order exist, despite the gains of the ongoing peace process between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Speaking during the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference held at the SMX Lanang Convention Center, he said the recent blasts that hit cities Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and Midsayap, North Cotabato and other areas in Central Mindanao affected not only the immediate areas but throughout the country. Aquino said the blasts were perpetrated by small groups of Thursday, August 8, 2013

people desperate to disrupt the attainment of peace in Mindanao. As he expressed sympathy to the families of the victims of the blasts, the president warned the perpetrators that the arm of the law will eventually reach them. “To those willing to partner with us for peace, we welcome you as brothers. But to those who want to challenge the authority of the state, you will feel the full brunt, might and strength of the state’s response. You will not in the way of peace that will help fulfill the potentials of Mindanao,” Aquino said. During the press briefing, the president identified the Abu

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Sayyaf Group as one of the groups disrupting the peace and order in Mindanao. He said government forces continue to conduct operations against this group, citing successes in the effort with the neutralization of Dr. Abu in 2012. The President declined to provide more information on the ongoing investigation on the blasts in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato. However, he mulled of giving rewards to individuals who can provide information that will lead to the arrests of the perpetrators behind the latest bombing incidents Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato. Aquino said one of the angles 42

being pursued by authorities is the possible involvement of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in the blasts in order to lessen the ongoing follow-up military operation against them. “Basically, mayroong mga threat groups na nagsama-sama dahil nga to a large degree, lumiit ang capacities nila. Tatlong grupo ang aming tinitingnan na medyo dati ay may pagka-loose ang kanilang samahan. Tila ngayon ay lalong nagsama-sama at desperado na mahadlang an gating proseso ng pagkakaroon ng kapayapaan dito sa Mindanao,� (There are threat groups which are combining because to a large degree their capacities have become smaller, we Thursday, August 8, 2013


are looking at three groups which are loosely allied, but as of now they have become closer together and are desperate to stop our peace process here in Mindanao.) he said. Aquino has tasked the security sector to continue hardening of the probable target areas. In his assessment, he said terror groups might exploit freedom and other rights guaranteed in the constitution like movement, assembly and the like. Aquino said these groups had been aspiring for long to conduct terror attacks. “As to the capability, there seems to be no change as to the assessment where they are able to undertake their operations,” he said. The President said that there are persistent reports that the terror groups want to hit Davao. However, he observed that the terrorists seem to evade Davao City attributing to the tight security of the city and the good governance of the city government.

“It is a good deterrent. However, wherever we do target hardening, terror groups also look for other soft targets,” Aquino said. He appealed to the citizens to co operate as force-multipliers of the security service by providing information in detecting suspicious individuals or activities. Earlier, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte mulled of scrapping the Kadayawan Festival for security reasons following the deadly blasts in Cagayan de Oro City and Cotabato City. He gave the security sector up to August 13 to come up with a clearer picture on the security situation of the city. “We will proceed with the festivities if the security forces with a rating of 7.5 in a scale of one to ten, can guarantee the safety of the residents and visitors,” Duterte said. He cited the primacy of the lives of the residents for the possible cancellation of the Kadayawan Festival. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Infrastructure budget proposal for Mindanao in 2014. As announced by the President.

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