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NGO to popularize Tagakaolo, Blaan, Tboli games in video Danilo E. Doguiles Central Mindanao

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President Aquino calls on government and private institutions to lower Philippine flag to half mast in commemoration of Jose Rizal’s death anniversary



DA 12 strengthens partnership with the media in Soccsksargen

Shahana Joy E. Duerme


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Solon appeals to companies to donate rubber boats for Oro’s disaster preparedness CdeOSP

DepEd sets aside P645M for Science, Math equipment in public high schools Rutchie C. Aguhob


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Caraga industry players adopt 3 main strategies for tourism development Port cops seize deadly weapons Eugenio Lira, Jr.


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DSWD shelter houses seen as unexpected grace



Polanco bags 1st year CROWN maintenance award Mary May A. Abellon

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 89


NGO to popularize Tagakaolo, Blaan, Tboli games in video By Danilo E. Doguiles


ollowing its release of six books in Blaan, Tboli, and Tagakaolo dialects early this month, the international children’s welfare group Save the Children has embarked in another project that would complete its first batch of documentation of indigenous games as well as songs, rhymes, and lullabies. Pailyn Tan, communications officer of Save the Children, told Philippine Information Agency, the initiative is in accordance with their advocacy to revive and popularize these IP communities’ traditions. Blaan, Tboli, and Tagakaolo are indigenous peoples groups

living in parts of South Cotabato, Sarangani, and Davao del Sur. On December 6, Save the Children launched at the U.P. – Ayala Land TechnoHub in Diliman, Quezon City six books, namely: “Sem-gwasKemNga” (Tboli Children’s Games), “Danga Na Mangayse” (Tagakaulo Children’s Games), “Dad SnagwasNga” (Blaan Children’s Games), “Pasumbukan: Tagakaulo Songs, Rhymes and Lullabiies,”“Gusamtifun I FukalLingag: Blaan Songs, Rhymes and Lullabies”, and “UdeSegton: A Collection of Tboli Songs and Rhymes.” These books, with texts in

the respective lumad tongues, were produced through the NGO’s First Read Project. Days after the book launching, Save the Children gathered a creative team to travel to remote IP communities in Malungon and Glan in Sarangani and Tboli in South Cotabato to document games and songs in video. Video documentation in these communities were participated by lumad children and mothers under the guidance of elders and leaders who are familiar how each game or song is played or sung. Tan said, the products which will be released primarily in compact disks will serve as accompanying material for the books. Regarding documentation of games, Tan explained: “Although

these games have traditionally been played by elder members of the lumad communities, IP children are not familiar with these because they do not play these games on ordinary days.” Videos on games are being produced as instructional materials that would provide a step-by-step guide how to play each game. Traditional songs, rhymes, and lullabies, on the other hand, are being produced as a capella music videos. “Once completed, copies of the video materials will be distributed to IP communities, local government units, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and housed in libraries of schools of living traditions. 5

Besides using these materials to teach children about their traditions, Tan added, “IP communities may also use the videos to showcase their games and songs in festivals.” Tan said, Save the Children will also present the finished video materials not only in other parts of the Philippines but also in other Asian countries. “We want other countries to know that indigenous peoples communities in the Philippines exist and that they have their own unique traditions and ways of life,” Tan said. Save the Children intends to complete the production of video materials before the February, 2014 international launching of

the Blaan, Tboli, and Tagakaolo books. During the taping at Sitio Black Stone, Upper Mainit, Malungon, T a g a k a o l o chieftain Alfonso Tayauan Sr. told PIA 12 that he was amazed at the attention Save the Children has accorded his community. “Our community is very grateful to Save the Children for giving importance to our culture as lumads,” Tayauan said. “It is a very rare opportunity that our traditional games and songs are documented.” He hopes that production of such videos would help their children remember the games their parents used to play. “With modernization, our children have forgotten how to play traditional games that are enjoyed with what nature provides,” he commented. “I believe the efforts of Save the Children to document our games and songs would lead us to take pride of our own songs, musical instruments, and games,” Tayauan said.

Palace says government to intensify campaign against drug cartels


he government will intensify its efforts to halt the alleged operations of drug cartels following the successful drug bust in Batangas last Wednesday, a Palace official said on Friday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, syndicates were able to enter the Deputy Presidential spokesperson country and start their operations here. Abigail Valte said the government Valte said they will check particular will investigate how Mexican drug informations with the Bureau of



Immigration (BI) because it was reported that some drug gang members were using US passports. “Part of their prosecution is the checking of how they were able to enter the country — were their papers in order or talagang merong na-miss. That is something that should also be looked into after the capture of the ring,” Valte said. The Palace official also said that the identification of the drug cartel members is a good thing in the fight


against illegal narcotics in the country. This time, it would be easier for drug operatives to identify and target the members of the syndicate, she said. The increased coordination of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other anti-drug groups or foreign drug enforcement agencies has resulted to successful drug busts in the country, she said. “Nagkakaroon ng mas magandang information sharing, which leads to the capture of either smugglers or these rings here kasi ayaw natin na maging haven for illegal drugs ang ating bansa,” Valte said. This week, authorities seized more than P420 million worth of illegal drugs in a raid in Batangas. The police arrested three people including a Chinese-Filipino. PND


President Aquino calls on government and private institutions to lower Philippine flag to half mast in commemoration of Jose Rizal’s death anniversary


he Aquino government called on all institutions, both public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in solemn commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s death anniversary on December 30, a Palace official said.



“As the nation prepares to commemorate the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on the 30th of December, we invite our fellow citizens to reflect on how his legacy has reverberated throughout our people’s collective narrative. This year’s Rizal Day likewise marks the centennial of the Rizal Monument, built as the tomb and memorial to Dr. Rizal and which has since then served as the de facto symbol of our nationhood,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday. “We also take this opportunity to once again remind our government bodies of Republic Act 229, which requires of all institutions, public and private, to lower the Philippine flag to half mast in solemn commemoration of Dr. Rizal’s ultimate sacrifice on December 30, 1896,” Valte said. Valte said Republic Act 229 also strictly forbids cockfighting, horse racing, and Jai Alai games every December 30, with criminal punishment in the form of fines or imprisonment, or both, for any official, citizen, or public or private institution that violates this law. “The Presidential Communications


Development and Strategic Planning Office, as its contribution to the Rizal Day 2013 commemoration, will be launching a special page on the Rizal Monument; it will feature a comprehensive essay, archival photo galleries, an architectural retrospective, and contextual maps focusing on the Rizal Monument and on the Bagumbayan of history—a tract of land that has been an integral part of the narrative of Philippine independence,” Valte stressed. “The special page will also feature, for the first time, a full translation of the famous essay, “The Tagalog Hamlet,” by Miguel de Unamuno, one of the earliest and most influential reflections on Rizal, whom Unamuno also immortalized as “The Tagalog Christ,” Valte said. According to Valte, the special page, with its many multimedia features, has been made possible through collaborations with the National Historical Institute, the National Library, the National Parks Development Committee, architectural scholars and historians and heritage enthusiasts. Valte said the special page will be available on the Official Gazette website on December 30.


New rubber variety to give N. Cotabato farmers, tappers better revenue


new variety of rubber is now ready for tapping and expected to boost rubber farmers’ income, officials here said. It was three years after they ready for tapping which will shorten were planted in the Advance the six-year yield of rubber trees. Rubber Technology Farm owned In a farm visitation made by a by Makilala-based businessman group of observers led by Cotabato Alfonso Jack Sandique, about Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño8,000 PB260 rubber trees are now Mendoza, it appears that most of



the “PB260 variety” rubber trees can now produce sap or cup lumps. Sandique earlier invited TaliñoMendoza and other contingents coming from local government of Makilala, Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Land Bank of the Philippines and farmers to check on the high class variety of rubber trees planted sometime in December of 2010. The rubber trees were planted in the 18-hectare farm of Sandique in Barangay New Cebu where a total of 495 PB260 trees were planted in each hectare. PB260 variety is its hasty maturity, a very distinct character, which according to Sandique was a breakthrough in the rubber industry. Sandique owns the Sandique Rubber Farms in Makilala which also exports rubber produce to other Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. During the farm visit, Sandique toured Mendoza and the contingents


to the 18-hectare rubber farm and showed the group the remarkable state of the rubber trees which he says will alleviate the poor living conditions of many rubber farmers. “This is rubber technology we now have that aims to make our rubber trees and rubber products competitive in the market. This is through the good quality of rubber the PB260 clone produces,” Sandique told the visiting group. Mendoza whose priority programs include that of agriculture and support to farmers was very optimistic that this will help solve the problems hounding rubber farmers such as low quality of rubber cup lumps, deteriorating market price and issues in marketability of rubber. “I am certain that this innovation in rubber farming will become part of the solutions to the problems facing our rubber farmers and rubber tappers at present. The provincial government welcomes and supports initiatives that will uplift the lives of our farmers,” the governor said. (PNA)


ARMM investments hit P1.463 B in 2013 By Danilo Doguiles COTABATO CITY – Investors have poured in P1.463 billion worth of business venture in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.



The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of ARMM in a report sent to the Philippine Information Agency 12 indicated that this year’s investments is “higher by 157 percent compared to last year’s 569 million worth of investments.” Shamera Abobakar, information officer of RBOI-ARMM said, “this is the second time that the agency hit the P1 billion mark; the first was in 2011. Both times were during the tenure of lawyer Ishak Mastura as chairman and managing head of RBOI.” This massive increase was partly attributed, according to the same report, to the positive perception on the region brought about by the signing of the “Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro” between the Philippine Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front on October 15, 2012. ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman’s active involvement in the promotion of the region, the report cited, also brought strong impression among foreign and local investors. “Let us make the business environment conducive and friendly to our investors,” was quoted in several occasions. Let us not make it difficult for businessmen to put their investments in ARMM.” This year, RBOI has registered four firms, some of which are enjoying


fiscal and non-fiscal investment incentives. The largest of which was AlTawitawi Nickel Corporation (ANC) which poured in P707.9 million for an expansion project on mining and quarrying of nickel ore in Brgy. Tumbagaan, Languyan, Tawi-Tawi. The second top investor is the Bumbaran Development Corporation, which constructed 1,500 housing units worth P365 million in Brgy. Sarmiento, Parang, Maguindanao. La Frutera, Inc. has poured in P300 million for their 300-heactera expansion of Cavendish banana plantation in the Municipality of Pandag, Maguindanao. The company has been operating in ARMM particularly in Maguindanao since 1997. Moreover, the Iron Blaze Petroleum, Inc. committed a P90 million oil depot with a capacity of 9 million liters. The oil depot project in Polloc Port in Parang, Maguindanao is considered as a priority of the regional government to lure more investors to the region because of the role that energy and oil consumption plays as catalyst for faster economic growth. RBOI also reported that in 2013, some 1,743 jobs were generated out of the four firms registered with RBOI, a rise of 72% compared to the 1,016 jobs opened in 2012. (DEDoguilesPIA 12)


DA 12 strengthens partnership with the media in Soccsksargen By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato—In a bid to further disseminate information on the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) programs and projects, DA 12 is building up a stronger connection with the members of the press. During the recent media interfacing in Kidapawan City, DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia JayagDatukan emphasized the importance of the media in giving the people especially the farmers access on agricultural programs and projects. Datukan said that with radio and TV programs, projects and activities of the department can be disseminated. “I am thankful for the press people that even without us from the DA in the field, we can extend information regarding what the government is doing to farmers in far-flung areas,” she added. The regional executive director also noted that with the help of the media, the public will be equipped with information on the initiatives of the DA and other line agencies in changing the lives of the people. “Without the press, many will not know of the government services,” Datukan said. Meanwhile, she is hopeful that the DA’s connection to the media people will be strengthened for the years to come as Datukan believes that partnership with the press will help the department promote public service. On the other hand, she encouraged them to coordinate with the department


not only on the information with regards to DA’s undertakings but also on the issues concerning the department. The Department of Agriculture’s media interfacing which was aimed at strengthening media ties and thanking the press people of their support to the said department was attended by media practitioners from Region 12. Among the event’s highlights was the exposure tour in three agricultural areas which include the: Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CEMIARC) in Barangay Amas; Balindog Research Outreach Station in Barangay Balindog; and at the residence of Dr. Melchor Sequiña, the National Gawad Saka 2013 Outstanding Coconut Farmer who is a resident of Kidapawan City. In 2014, the national government has alloted P3.04 billion for agricultural programs and projects n Soccsksargen Region, which includes the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat as well as the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos. Access to this fund, Datukan has repeatedly announced, depends on proposals from farmers and fisherfolk and their organizations and the local government units. (SJDuerme-PIA12)


DepEd-Misamis Occidental presents writeshop modules on open high school program by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Writeshop modules on the implementation of the Open High School Program (OHSP) in the Division of Misamis Occidental will be presented today in a plenary by participants of capability training for OHSP implementers. Now on its 3rd Phase, the training-workshop is held in consonance with the Education for All (EFA) goal of the Department of Education (DepEd) of making every Filipino functionally literate by 2015, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela PeĹˆa, Schools Division Superintendent, said.


Particularly, the workshop aims to capacitate schools to implement the OHSP and prevent potential leavers and encourage those who are out-of-school to finish high school. It also aims to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase participation rate and orient teachers


on their role as facilitators for the OHSP and develop supplementary learning modules to help increase achievement rate through quality distance education. Meanwhile, Dela PeĹˆa said Phase I of the training held last Nov. 12, was the conference on the Current Implementation of OHSP, of all Education Program Supervisors (ESP) and Public School Secondary Heads of 16 high schools in the division. Phase II held last Dec. 16, was

for the guidance counselors and designates, OHSP Coordinators and OHSP Core Facilitators of the implementing schools. Phase III held Dec. 17-18, is the OHSP Writeshop Module in the following learning areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Filipino, Araling Panlipunan and Music Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), among others.

Solon appeals to companies to donate rubber boats for Oro’s disaster preparedness by CdeOSP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The City Council committee on environment and natural resources is appealing to companies to consider donating rubber boats capable of carrying 10 to 15 persons and other rescue equipment to the city government. According to Councilor Zaldy Ocon, Cagayan de Oro experienced devastations and loss of lives during the typhoon Sendong tragedy in 2011. Efforts have been exerted to ensure that it will not happen again but climate change has made it difficult to predict weather conditions and the magnitude of its effects, he added. Councilor Ocon said the administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno is preparing for calamities that may


hit the city anytime and is working to strengthen disaster preparedness and response. He said the donations will greatly help the city and will help save lives. The Councilor said the possibility of giving tax credits to donors who will help the city in the campaign to ensure zero casualties during calamities will be studied.


DepEd sets aside P645M for Science, Math equipment in public high schools by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Education (DepEd) set aside P645,009,000 for Science Equipment and Mathematics Instructional Tool compliant to the K to 12 Curriculum for Grades 7 to 10, this year. The appropriation already includes the mass production and supply and delivery of such equipment to a total of 2,966 recipient public secondary schools, all over the country, of which 2,964 are regular and two others are Science, Technology and Engineering-oriented high schools. Included in the General Appropriations Act under the DepEd Locally Funded Projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the project has an approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P644,967,917 from the FY 2013 Fund. Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the project aims to ensure the effectiveness of teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics in basic education, through the National Science Teaching Instrumentation Center (NSTIC), in coordination with the Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE). To ensure the maximum utilization of the equipment, eight Science and four Mathematics teachers per region, together with the concerned division and regional


supervisors, were trained on the preventive maintenance procedures and minor repair process, who will serve as regional core trainers in their respective areas. Meanwhile, the recipient schools are requested to provide their own sturdy storage cabinets to store the equipment, especially, those that are fragile and critical, among which are laboratory glassware and production items for Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, as well as market items for Earth/Space Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. On the other hand, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela Pena, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd, Division of Misamis Occidental, said 13 public secondary schools in the division are among the recipients of these basic Science and Mathematics Equipment.

These are the Baliangao School of Fisheries, Bonifacio National High School (NHS), Diwat NHS, Ignacio Tan Memorial Integrated School (IS), Jimenez National Comprehensive High School (NCHS), Sinonoc NHS, Aquino IS, Carmen IS, Colambutan Bajo NHS, Panaon NHS, Sapang Ama NHS (Sapang Dalaga NHS Annex), Sibugon IS and Upper Usugan CNHS.


IFAD on RuMEPP Caraga: Job well done By Arnold D. Faelnar BUTUAN CITY -- “Job well done!” – This sums up the overall assessment of the recent supervisory mission on the Rural Micro Enterprise Promotion Program (RuMEPP) in Caraga.



The Supervision and Implementation Support (SIS) Mission for the RuMEPP was conducted recently by a team from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In an interview following the IFAD SIS Mission, Country Program Officer Yolando Arban commended RuMEPP project implementers in Caraga for their work. He was joined by the other mission members – Dr. Ramon Quesada, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Small Business Corporation (SBC) and Edilberto Angeles of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). The mission was made to measure the strategies of the region in helping reduce poverty incidence through increased economic activities in the provinces. It also validated RUMEPP programme implementation and the status of compliance to the agreed actions from the mission made last year. Arban confirms the positive impact of the RuMEPP projects through the development of micro entrepreneurs


(MEs) who were operating profitably and sustainably through the RuMEPP initiative He said that the implementation of RuMEPP in Caraga Region has achieved satisfactory marks by IFAD standards. This was evident during the actual visits and interviews of the beneficiaries who showcased development in their business enterprise because of the RuMEPP intervention. Among the projects visited were the seaweeds pickle delights in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, the “Kalakat” or palm oil fronds project in Trento, Agusan del Sur, and the woven water lily project of Butuan City in Agusan del Norte. RuMEPP is a seven-year, US$22.826 million program assisted by IFAD with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as the lead implementing agency. It aims to reduce rural poverty through increased economic development, job creation, and better income for poor rural households by promoting profitable and sustainable micro enterprises.


Caraga industry players adopt 3 main strategies for tourism development

BUTUAN CITY - Caraga’s tourism industry is targeting an increased contribution to the regional economy of some Php3.91 billion more and 48,522 new jobs by 2016. To meet these goals, industry based on the number of tourists, players are adopting three main revenues generated from each strategies as outlined in the tourist, the input level standard for National Tourism Development Plan the gross value added or economic 2011-2016, namely – 1) improving contribution figures, and the jobs market access and connectivity; created per tourist standard used 2) developing and marketing by local government units. competitive tourist destinations The move was made during the and products; and 3) Strengthening Learning Session on Green Tourism tourism institutional government cum Roadmapping Workshop, and human resource capacities. recently. The 2016 targets are made after The activity was attended by due consideration of 2012 base tourism stakeholders both private figures such as the estimated P1.16 and government and supported billion gross value added (GVA) in by GIZ-Coseram through its 2012 and about 74,465 jobs as partnership with the Department of the same year. Estimates were of Trade and Industry - Caraga in



the Industry Cluster Assistance for Regional Economic Development (I-CARE) project. In improving market access and connectivity, Caraga will embark on improving the capacities of airports in the cities of Butuan & Surigao and in Siargao Island. The industry will also work for the regularization of flights in Bislig City and Tandag City. Another task will be to make Caraga more accessible from the Luzon and the Visayas Islands via sea travel through fast craft transport and improving on-arrival tourist accommodation facilities and amenities from the ports of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and Surigao City to tourist destinations. For easier access from other places within Mindanao, the industry will work to speed up implementation of the projects under the DPWH-DOT road improvement development.

In terms of developing and marketing competitive destinations and products, the region will focus on designing and setting up or upgrading the tourism service infrastructure which include the transport network, communication, and other tourist servicing facilities – in the identified tourism development areas (TDAs). Caraga’s TDAs are Siargao, Dinagat, Surigao City-Lake Mainit, Butuan City- Cabadbaran City, Agusan Marsh, and San AgustinHinatuan-Bislig. To strengthen institutional governance and human resource capabilities, priority tasks include skills capability building, improving labor relations, professional tourism training and education, as well as the improvement of governance for tourism development at the LGU level.

Port cops seize deadly weapons by Eugenio Lira, Jr.

BUTUAN CITY -- Dozens of deadly weapons confiscated from passengers in the island port of Dapa, Surigao del Norte, were turned over on Thursday, December 26, to officials of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

Port Police Inspector Elvis Aurelio Daguman, detachment commander of the Port of Dapa, turned in about 86 pieces of


assorted bladed weapons and 3 pieces of brass knuckles to PP/ Superintendent Froilan Caturla, commander of the Port of Surigao


City, as part of the former’s year-end accomplishment report covering the second half of 2013. “This big haul of lethal weapons is a result of our intensified campaign called “Operation Bakal” during the third and fourth quarters of this year. We were able to detect these through our baggage x-ray machine and manual security checks conducted by our port police personnel and PPA security guards on outbound passengers in the Port of Dapa,” Daguman disclosed. PP/Superintendent Froilan Caturla said their implementation of “Operation Bakal” in all ports under the PPA Port Management


Office of Surigao, which covers the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur, had greatly helped in ensuring the safety of sea-going travelers and the public who use governments ports during their travels. Port Manager Isidro Butaslac, Jr. has commended PP/Inspector Elvis Aurelio Daguman saying “his extraordinary vigilance against criminally-minded passengers who were bringing deadly weapons had contributed a lot in building Dapa Port as the safest gateway to the island of Siargao which is globally known as one of the major tourists’ destinations in Asia-Pacific region.”


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PNoy hopeful to see Laak burst in agri trade

LAAK, Compostela Valley Province--- President Benigno S. Aquino was hopeful to come back to the Municipality of Laak and someday see it bursting with economic activity triggered by agriculture


production. He expressed such desire during his recent visit to Barangay Kidawa at the outskirts of the Municipality of Laak to inspect the modified shelter project of


the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) due for turn-over to Typhoon Pablo victims in Barangay Kidawa identified as the typhoon hard-hit area in the Municipality of Laak. Upon his return, he expected to see Laak experiencing heavy traffic flow of agricultural trade particularly of rice which Barangay Kidawa was seen to have the highest potential of producing. “Pipilitin ko pong makabalik at pag nakabalik ako dito sana nirereklamo na ni Mayor (Reynaldo) Navarro ma-traffic na dito. (I will try to come back here and during my return, I hope Mayor Navarro would then be complaining about traffic.)” he said. Looking at the plains nearby, President Aquino saw the potential of rice production of barangay Kidawa where he was hoping to someday see some 6,000 hectares, irrigated “Dito ang laki ng potential natin at pipilitin ho, lahat ng magagawa ng inyong pamahalaan, pipilitin nating marating ninyo yon talagang di hamak na malayo sa dati ninyong nakagisnan. (We have huge potential here and your government will try what it can do for you to move forward beyond what you’ve used to have been.) In a talk before the President’s arrival, Laak Municipal Mayor


Reynaldo Navarro expressed intention to ask the Aquino to provide road network, build bridges, install rural electrification lines and put in place irrigation system. Navarro admitted that barangay Kidawa used to be one of the highly influenced areas of the New People’s Army (NPA). He was glad of the visit of the President citing it as “an antidote” to what the NPA had been telling people “that the government has left behind its people in peripheral areas.” Barangay Kadiwa lies more than 100 kilometers from Tagum City which runs 55 kilometers from the commercial center of Davao City. It borders with Veruela in Agusan del Sur in the CARAGA Region. DSWD XI data says that the Municipality of Laak was created in 1979 with 40 regular barangays and 15 special barangays carved out from the municipalities of Monkayo, Montevista and Asuncion. It became part of Compostela Valley Province in 1998 but isolated, as does not directly connect with other towns of the province. Laak can be accessed through the province of Davao del Norte, passing through Tagum City-Asuncion-San Isidro road or through Loreto-Veruela-Trento route in the CARAGA Region. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive D. Abangan)


DSWD shelter houses seen as unexpected grace LAAK, Compostela Valley Province--- About 500 families in Barangay Kidawa in the outskirts of the municipality of Laak this province used to think life ahead would be grim as they totally lost their houses and livelihood to the wrath of Typhoon Pablo which brought destruction to the area last Dec. 4, 2012.

But they clung to high hopes especially when they started to see the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI mobilizing its working staff and resources to put up shelter houses for typhoon victims. The day before the formal turning over ceremony on Dec. 22, beneficiaries were seen busy cleaning their assigned units not only because President Benigno S. Aquino would be coming but because they were expecting to spend Christmas and New Year in the house they called their “new home.” “Para sa amoa hulog ng langit kining balaya (For us this house falls from heaven.)”,teary-eyed 45-yearold Nenita Quinob said as she and members of her family were busy hanging curtains, rolling off floor mats, cleaning the surrounding of their new home. The Quinob family was one of


the 456 whose houses were totally damaged by the heavy blow of Typhoon Pablo and swept by the strong current of flood-waters of Magad River where most Kidawa residents (60 percent Dibabawon tribe) used to live. Nenita was glad of having a completely new house for her family, citing it as way better compared with the one they used to live in, that was made of light materials such as cogon grass, and coconut timber. Nenita and her family was one of the 115 recipients of the completed modified shelter units built halfconcrete with hard-wood walling and typhoon resilient roofing. The units were made ready for occupants. Installed with two-room division, the units were already painted, constructed with a comfort room and septic tank, and a separate kitchen. DSWD XI Regional Director Priscilla Razon said DSWD rolled out P110,000 funding for each of the unit, exposing a total of P11.5 million in constructing the 115 units. For Barangay Kidawa alone, DSWD programmed to build 456 modefied shelter units for the 3,813 total number of Typhoon Pablo target beneficiaries in the entire town of Laak. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive D. Abangan)


DSWD beneficiaries’ stories to be shared in new book

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Who are the poor? What are their struggles, and how do they cope? These questions will be answered in a book by the poor themselves who wish to have their voices heard by the public.



The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Social Marketing Unit here is currently producing Paglaom Part II, a compilation of success stories of the poor, particularly the beneficiaries of its poverty-reduction programs. The book is tentatively scheduled to be launched January 2014. “The beneficiaries of our programs, Pantawid Pamilya, KalahiCIDSS and the Sustainable Livelihood Program have much to share about how they are very determined to succeed in spite of their struggles,” said Narrabelle Bue, DSWD-IX regional information officer. The book shall contain stories of beneficiaries of the three programs from different municipalities in Western Mindanao. The programs are collectively called Tatsulo, which is the agency’s convergence initiative geared towards multiplying the impact of the three among individual families.


In the poorest municipalities all over the country, the three programs are complementary. While Pantawid provides families with conditional cash grants for children’s education and health, Kalahi-CIDSS capacitates community residents in the poorest areas to identify and implement by themselves priority developmental projects such as the construction of roads, schools, health stations and others. In addition, the SLP trains Pantawid beneficiaries to be able to start a sustainable microenterprise. These programs also involve the participation of various non-government and civil society groups, to ensure that the programs are free from corruption. Social welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman has defined Tatsulo, or the merging of the programs as a “torch that will bring the poorest out from poverty”.


Polanco bags 1st year CROWN maintenance award By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The municipality of Polanco in Zamboanga del Norte has received on Tuesday its 1st Year Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) maintenance award in an awarding ceremony held in this city by the National Nutrition Council (NNC)-9. This award is given to the local government unit (LGU) which has consistently shown an excellent implementation in its local nutrition programs and in the reduction of under-nutrition prevalence for three consecutive years. Meanwhile, the municipality of Piñan and the city of Dipolog were the Green Banner awardees for Regional Outstanding Nutrition Program Implementation category while the municipality of Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay was also the Green Banner awardee in said province. Dapitan City, on the other hand, received a certificate of recognition as first runner-up winner in the Outstanding Performance in Nutrition Implementation. Dr. Domiciano P. Talaboc of Polanco town, Dr. Ricardo S. Awit of Piñan town and Meriam O. Lacaya of Dipolog City were given certificates of recognition as outstanding nutrition action officers. Recognized as the outstanding barangay nutrition scholars were Felisa J. Guilingan of Guinles,


Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, Alicia F. Cabayacruz of Boalan, Zamboanga City, Tessie Espinosa of Poblacion Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, Florence P. Reville of Larayan, Dapitan City, Normalita Tactacon from of Upper Sibatang, Pagadian City, Jocelyn T. Macaambac of Kailan, Margosatubig, Zamboanga del Sur, and Luzviminda Maligro of Sta. Filomena, Dipolog City. Furthermore, the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Food Authority (NFA), Nutritionist Dietitian Association of the Philippines and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) have received a certificates of recognition for the implementation of special program support to the NNC in the region.


One Mindanao - December 27, 2013