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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014 Vol. 3 No. 111

Information to Empower Filipinos

Butuan Habitat for Humanity celebrates 14th anniv, continues to build houses Jennifer P. Gaitano Caraga Region

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NATIONAL

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Department of Education achieves zero backlog in classrooms, President Aquino says

CARAGA REGION

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DTI opens liaison office in Dinagat Islands

Arnold D. Faelnar

Surigao Vet Office conducts monitoring to all animals vs septicemia

Darryl P. Pinabacdao

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Governance reforms strengthen agri projects under $3M AusAID grant

Jay Rosas

Misamisnon wins 1st Place in 2013 National Leksyong Sagisag Kultura Competition

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

WESTERN MINDANAO

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PCA, Nestle joint venture to benefit farmers in Zambo. Sur Alma L. Tingcang

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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DavNor launches trailblazer health delivery system

Noel Baguio

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NorthCot village benefits from provincial LGU’s medical-dental outreach Shahana Joy E. Duerme

S. Cotabato LGU, partners to offer free surgery to indigents

Abdullah M. Matucan


Butuan Habitat for Humanity celebrates 14th anniv, continues to build houses

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By Jennifer P. Gaitano

he Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Incorporated (BHFHI) celebrated its 14th anniversary on Saturday at the Lucky Village Covered Court, Barangay Ambago, this city.

As its opening salvo, the BHFHI’s officers, board of directors, homepartners and guests assembled early morning at their office along J.C. Aquino Avenue for a motorcade within the city thoroughfares. The group then convened at the Lucky Village Covered Court for the program and camaraderie. The Christ the King Homeowners Association, Pagatpatan Homeowners Association and the Lopez Habitat Homeowners Association also joined the BHFHI during the celebration. In her message, BHFHI President Nora Rama recalled how the organization started building houses to its homepartners. “The Lucky Village here in Barangay Ambago is the first Habitat Village that was established by the BHFHI and this is the


only village that has a covered court,� she said. Rama also reiterated that the Habitat for Humanity provides a long-term housing security for a family - typically homeownership - is the expected result. “Payments made by the new homepartner go into a local Fund for Humanity to build or renovate more houses, giving homepartners the opportunities to give

as well as receive. Habitat homepartners are selected on the basis of need and willingness to partner, regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnic background,� bared Rama. Rama further bared that the BHFHI has 816 total number of houses completed with 398 total number of fully paid houses in 21 sites of Habitat Villages in the city. Also, during the celebration, two of its homepartners namely: Ailyn O. Morales and Danilo S. Yee happily shared their beautiful memories as beneficiaries of the Butuan Habitat for several years. The Habitat homepartners also rendered a cheerful choral performance and 5


a graceful interpretative dance. The BHFHI is a non-government organization working on a mission to provide decent and durable shelters and has built more than a thousand houses in Caraga region and is currently helping the disaster-affected families by helping them establish a new home to live in.


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President Aquino encourages responsibility in PHL media

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Sunday evening made a new pitch for responsibility and discernment from the media through sober reporting.

In his speech at the 114th anniversary of the Manila Bulletin in Manila, the President frowned on what he called unnecessary speculation and negativity. “This is what I have always asked of media: to raise the level of public discourse, instead of fueling unnecessary

speculation and negativity that contribute to national apathy,� he said. He said that in the case of the Manila Bulletin, it has chosen not to trump up the worst news possible and cause despair among the public. Instead, he said the paper FEBRUARY 2014 | PAGE 7


has “consistently given them a true accounting of the facts, and reason enough to be optimistic.” But the President clarified this does not mean he wants media to report only the good news. “The progress of our country can only be accounted for when it is measured against, and in spite of, the challenges that we have endured,” he said, adding the Manila Bulletin has lived up to this by “exhibiting discernment and accountability through sober and responsible reporting.” On the other hand, the President noted the Filipino people have chosen the path of positivity and solidarity even in the face of negativity. He said that in the wake of the devastation brought by super Typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) last year, Filipinos volunteered to repack relief goods and extend whatever help they can. “The naysayers, the irrational critics, the vested interests who measure their

success through their ability to sacrifice the well-being of the nation to pursue their own, selfish agenda—all of them have been left in the dust by a nation that no typhoon, no faction, and no irresponsible columnist can break,” he said. “Our people have proven themselves more united, more discerning, more cooperative, and in particular, more committed to making change permanent than those who once tried to take advantage of them,” he added. He added Filipinos made so much progress by working and studying hard, paying their taxes, following the rules, to “do their part in lifting our nation.” “They know that, not since 1986 have Filipinos been able to go anywhere in the world and hold their heads high, as we do today. They know this because they took it upon themselves to give us a mandate for change back in 2010, and they have stayed the course ever since,” he said. FEBRUARY 2014 | PAGE 8


Department of Education achieves zero backlog in classrooms, President Aquino says

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday that the government finally achieved a zero backlog in classrooms with the construction of 66,813 classrooms.

In his speech during the ceremonial turn-over of the 66,813 classrooms at the Carmona National High School here, the Chief Executive said the Department of Education (DepEd)

finally achieved its target of zero backlog last December, 2013. “Nang maupo tayo sa puwesto, tumambad sa atin ang nakakalulang kakulangan sa sektor ng edukasyon. FEBRUARY 2014 | PAGE 9


Kapos tayo sa libro, silya, at mga guro. Mayroon din tayong—eto na po ang pamosong numero—ng 66,800 na kakulangan sa silid-aralan,” he said. President Aquino said the government managed to mobilize partnerships with various government agencies, local government units (LGUs), the private sector and foreign donors to help meet the target. The classrooms, ranging from one-storey structures to multi-floor buildings, were constructed using national and local government funds and donations from the private sectors. “At ngayong araw nga po, nasaksihan natin ang ceremonial turnover ng 66,813 na bagong classroom, na bumura din sa ipinamanang backlog ng nakaraang administrasyon. Sa totoo lang po, gaya ng ipinangako ni Secretary Armin Luistro, natapos itong ipatayo noon pang Disyembre. Ang bonus pa nga: nalampasan pa natin ang ating target,” the President said. The President lauded Education Secretary Luistro for his commitment

and dedication to provide the basic needs of students such as classrooms, chairs and books, among others. “Makalipas ang mahigit tatlong taon ng mabuting pamamahala. Ang halos 62 milyon—ulitin ko lang po ‘yan ha—62 milyong kakulangan sa libro, burado na, 2012 pa. At nakuha po natin ‘yan, mas maganda pa ang presyo kaysa sa dinatnan—mga naitipid natin dito mga 40 porsyento, Brother Armin, kung tama ang tanda ko,” he said. “Ang dalawa’t kalahating milyong backlog sa upuan, nairaos na rin po. Naggamit pa natin ang mga troso na iligal ang pagkakuha para siguradong wala nang makinabang sa iligal na gawain.” he said. The President expressed belief that education is the central strategy in reducing poverty and building national competitiveness. “Ngayong napunuan na ang mga kakulangan ng nakaraan, kompiyansa tayong mas mapapaarangkada pa—hindi lamang ang sektor ng edukasyon—kundi maging ang pagunlad ng kalakhang lipunan,” he said. PND FEBRUARY 2014 | PAGE 10


Palace reiterates commitment to peace in Mindanao

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alacañang on Sunday reiterated the Aquino administration’s commitment to peace in Mindanao amid the conflict between the government and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). “The government wants peace in Mindanao,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. “We are aware there are people there suffering because of the fighting. We want to attain peace,” she added. Valte also reiterated the government’s appeal to critics to give the peace efforts a chance to succeed as it has already been considered one of the country’s milestones. FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

“Let’s look at the annexes. Let’s look at how beneficial (the peace agreement) will be to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao,” she said The government and the MILF earlier signed the final annex that would pave the way for a comprehensive peace agreement. However, the BIFF, splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has continued to give negative responses to the government’s efforts to include them in peace talks. PAGE | 11


Butuan Habitat homepartners share beautiful memories as beneficiaries By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- In time with the 14th anniversary celebration of the Butuan Habitat for Humanity Inc. (BHFHI) on Saturday held at the Lucky Village Covered in Barangay Ambago of this city, two of its homepartners openly shared their beautiful memories as beneficiaries of the houses built by the BHFHI.

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Ailyn Morales, one of the homepartners of the BHFHI recalled that it was in the year 2006 where she lost her husband and felt hopeless thinking that she was jobless that time and has children to feed. “It’s not that easy to raise kids alone especially if you are jobless. During that time, we were also renting a house, so what i did, i joined into different sidelines to cope up with our daily living and hoped that someday i’ll be able to save more money for us to have our own house,” relayed Morales. Morales further bared that when she heard of the BHFHI, it changed her life as her application for a house grant was approved by the organization. “I’m very proud to be one of the homepartners of Butuan Habitat and as member of the Lopez

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Habitat Homeowners Association in Km. 3, Brgy. Baan,” she added. Another homepartner, Danilo Yee shared that 14 years ago was the time when he acquired his own house being one of the first beneficiaries. He also recalled how he and his family felt devastated when their first house was razed by fire. “We may have lost our house and properties but still I am very thankful that I still have my family and we now enjoy living in the house built for us by the Butuan Habitat,” he stressed. “I am privileged to have been fully involved in the process of building a house. It’s not all about the physical structure but building relationships with our neighborhood,” he remarked.

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DTI opens liaison office in Dinagat Islands By Arnold D. Faelnar

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands -The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has recently established its liaison office in the Province of Dinagat Islands early this year. The DTI is among the first national government agencies to establish an operational unit in one of the country’s newest provinces.

With the establishment of its liaison office in the island, the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs, investors and businessmen in general from the province’s seven municipalities can now avail of technical assistance from DTI in the areas of product development, conduct of skills trainings, market development, entrepreneurship development, financing facilitation, etc. Entrepreneurs used to take FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

more than an hour’s boat trip from San Jose, the province’s capital town to Surigao City just to avail of DTI services which entail additional costs to these entrepreneurs. Local entrepreneurs can also avail of the services of the agency’s banner project, Shared Service Facility (SSF), which aims to improve the quality and productivity of microenterprises and MSMEs by addressing the gaps and bottlenecks in the PAGE | 14


value chain of priority industry clusters through the provision of processing machines/ equipment for the common use of the industry clusters all over the country. DTI will also promote the province to potential investors, and provide technical and business advisory services to local businessmen in the island. In the areas of consumer protection and business regulation, the agency will implement its mandate through the following programs: 1) promotion of stable, reasonable and affordable prices, 2)

promotion of safe products and services, 3) Business Name registration, mediation of consumer complaints, etc. DTI is the government’s key agency in charged with creating a business-friendly environment that is conducive to the growth of enterprises and supportive of fair and robust trade in goods and services, both within and outside the Philippines. The liaison office is headed by Mr. Arnold D. Faelnar as the team leader. It is located at Maribao Building, San Juan, San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands and can be reached at 0917-3111973.

Surigao Vet Office conducts monitoring to all animals vs septicemia By Darryl P. Pinabacdao

SURIGAO CITY -- The City Veterinary Office here will conduct a close monitoring to all animals in the island barangays in a bid to reduce the cases of septicemia.

City Veterinarian Dr. Allan Quines said that the usual ailment of animals such as cows and carabaos during a cold weather is septicemia. A serious condition that may lead to fatality if left untreated. Quines said that he will personally do the monitoring FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

together with his personnel in conducting a close monitoring to all animals. Meanwhile, Quines urged the livestock owners to take extra effort in taking care of their animals to prevent the disease brought by the cold weather. PAGE | 15


NFA MisOr intensifies disaster preparedness campaign through rice loan program by MCTapongot

MISAMIS ORIENTAL – The National Food Authority (NFA) in Misamis Oriental strengthens its campaign on disaster preparedness to the local government units (LGUs), particularly on NFA Rice Loan Program. FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

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Dr. Rafael V. Marasigan, Provincial Manager, NFA MisOr, said they have been conducting series of briefing on Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on its rice loan program to LGUs of Misamis Oriental and the five municipalities of Northern Bukidnon which are under its operational jurisdiction: Talakag, Manolo Fortich, Libona, Baungon and Malitbog. The MOA, once executed between parties, would allow LGUs to purchase NFA rice on credit for the following purposes: relief operations whenever a state of calamity is declared in their locality; and for stock piling in preparation of eventualities or emergencies that may occur at any given time, said Marasigan. Although NFA has conducted said briefing last year, still we send letter-requests with an enclosed “Reply Slip” for them to mail back to NFA informing us whether they are

willing to renew the MOA for the next three years, “still interested” or “not interested” to avail of the program. The letter request will also allow us to know if an LGU is willing to have a briefing on the program or MOA during their scheduled Sangguniang Pambayan/Panglungsod/ Panlalawigan Session, he added. So far, briefing was conducted already for the municipality of Alubijid last January 20. On the other hand, the municipality of Naawan already gave positive feedback on the MOA and pledged to comply with the requirements for submission to NFA. With this advocacy on disaster preparedness, LGUs can be assured of immediate access to good quality NFA rice in times of emergencies/ calamities, whether it be man-made or natural, that may hit Misamis Oriental province and the neighboring municipalities of Northern Bukidnon, Marasigan cited.

Governance reforms strengthen agri projects under $3M AusAID grant by Jay Rosas

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - To better serve rural communities with critical infrastructure projects, governance reforms must be strengthened at the local government units (LGUs) and project implementation level, said Lealyn Ramos, program director for Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP).

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“Instituting governance reforms is important in improving the delivery of agriculture projects and enables a stronger investment climate in the countryside,” she said. She added it will also improve revenue and accountability mechanisms that will enable LGUs to prioritize delivery of agricultural projects and spur development in the countryside. Under the US$3-million grant by the Australian Agency for International development (AusAID), activities that will build local capacities in project implementation is seen to institute governance reforms in implementing agriculture projects under the MRDP. Ramos said capacity building activities in the form of trainings and technical assistance (TA) have been conducted with the aim of enhancing the delivery of agriculture services and productivity through value chain. At the project implementation level, the TA continues to strengthen the planning and management process for local subproject investments ensuring that projects adhere strictly to compliance measures and procurement processes. Among the trainings conducted under the grant include financial management and procurement course for LGUs aimed at improving the bidding process of rural infrastructure projects. Focus was also given on management of environmental resource and in sustaining livelihood projects. Training on Social and Environmental Safeguards (SES), which aims to ensure that people and FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

the environment are not adversely affected by the MRDP projects, have been conducted for LGUs particularly the Program Planning, Monitoring and Implementing Units (PPMIUs), a mechanism introduced by the MRDP to improve project implementation capabilities at the local level. The recent AusAID evaluation report on the grant reported that LGUs need to improve existing investment codes and policy guidelines in implementing projects. There is also a need for more capacity building activities and support to LGUs to fully take advantage of public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, Ramos added. To enhance agricultural services and productivity, trainings and mentoring on Value Chain Analysis (VCA) will be conducted for LGUs as well as on product development and value-adding schemes for agri-fishery products. “Capability building activities are critical in ensuring that the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the LGUs effectively deliver services and fulfill the project requirements in a timely manner and competent quality thereby increasing the project’s sustainability,” Ramos said. Institutional governance reform (IGR) is one of the components under the second phase of MRDP. The program implements rural infrastructure and agricultural productivity enhancement projects and natural resource management interventions. It has also formed different Community-based Monitoring Evaluation Group (CBMEG) to bolster PAGE | 22


community involvement in the implementation of projects, strengthen community ownership, and increase project accountability. Through the 1,125 CBMEGs formed in various barangays in six regions covered by the Program, it is aimed that project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is mainstreamed at the community level. In 2011, the Program launched geo-tagging as a transparency measure which allows the capturing of photographs of projects and uploading it and other relevant information to Google Earth to enhance the monitoring and supervision of projects.

It strengthened the information network of DA and LGUs through various trainings, which led in the documentation of success stories to highlight the change process in the project implementation that would help in replicating best practices in communities served by the project. MRDP is a poverty-alleviation initiative implemented through the DA covering Mindanao provinces, which seeks to further improve rural incomes and achieve food security through agri-fishery infrastructure, livelihood enterprise, and biodiversity conservation projects.

Misamisnon wins 1st Place in 2013 National Leksyong Sagisag Kultura Competition by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Teacher Joemar Yorag of the Bolisong Elementary School, Bonifacio town, Misamis Occidental, has won 1st place in the 2013 National “Leksyong Sagisag Kultura (LSK)” Competition. A lesson planning competition for teachers, particularly, in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), the national level LSK was recently held at the Hiyas ng Bulakan Convention Center, Malolos Bulacan, Dr. Ingrid D. Racoma, Regional Director of the Department of Education, Region 10, said.

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Participants of LSK are School Teachers teaching in any subject area of the MAPEH, who are scholars sponsored by the National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) and required to make a detailed Lesson Plan in any of the subject areas that are actually taught to the students and pupils.

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Conducted under the “Diwang: Sagisag ng Kultura sa Filipinas (DSKF)� project of NCCA and DepEd, the LSK focused on the icons or heroes, places, food, and plants that are found in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Pigcarangan Elementary School, from Tubod town, Lanao del Norte, also from Region 10, won 2nd place in the 2013 National Sagisag Kultura in Rap for Elementary Pupils Contest, also under the DSKF with the same focus of the LSK with the addition of the handicraft, industry and products that are found in the region, Likewise, Christian Anasco, a student of the Manolo Fortich National High School, Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon, won 3rd place in the 2013 FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Sagisag Kultura Kwiz (Quiz) Contest for Secondary Students, Mindanao Cluster, the contents of which also focused on the same items of the LSK. On the other hand, five LSK Mindanao Island Cluster Winners received P5,000 pesos each: Joemar Yorag and Vincent Roy R. Sadicon, from the Misamis Oriental Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS), Cagayan de Oro City, both of Region 10. Joyce Ozaraga, Galas National High School, Dipolog City, and Julieta S. Inte, San Miguel Elementary School, both of Region IX and Richard Moral, Koronadal National CHS, Region XII. PAGE | 24


Filipino-Chinese community a potent force of PH’s economic development, says Zambo. Sur solon By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – “The Filipino-Chinese community is a potent force of the country’s economic development,” Congressman Victor Yu of Zamboanga del Sur’s first district said during the opening program of the 10th Chinese New Year celebration held Thursday at the Plaza Luz this city.

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Yu underscored the contribution of the Filipino-Chinese community to the country’s economy saying many Filipino-Chinese are engaged in business such as banking, real estate, lending, manufacturing, hotel and tourism and many others. The Filipino-Chinese community here has been actively involved not only in providing economic and employment opportunities but in responding to any calamities and maintaining peace and order as well. “The occasion like this is very important not only because we are partying and eating Chinese food, but it brings us closer together,” said Rep. Yu, a full-blooded Chinese, adding that the annual activity was the Chinese people’s way of celebrating the joy for the blessings they received from God in the previous year. “We thanked God for sparing our city from the threats of natural and man-made disasters especially from the Zamboanga siege and FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

super typhoon Yolanda that claimed thousands of lives and damaged millions of properties in Eastern Visayas,” he pointed out. Meanwhile, Mayor Romeo Pulmones has expressed his gratitude to the Pagadian Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) for the unwavering support to the programs and activities of the city government. Although he is not a Chinese, Mayor Pulmones said he’s supporting the yearly celebration. City Tourism Officer Joel Javier, on the other hand, said “the annual celebration highlights the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the Chinese community and its contribution to the country’s development.” The event, which showcased Chinese Food Festival, cultural show, dragon and lion dances, fireworks, etc., was organized by the City Tourism Office in coordination with the Pagadian City Tourism Council and the PCCC.

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PCA, Nestle joint venture to benefit farmers in Zambo. Sur By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY - Over P2-million worth of coffee seedlings will be given to seven municipalities in the province of Zamboanga del Sur which are recipients of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and Nestle Philippines’ joint venture.

This was disclosed by Mr. Dioscoro A. Duran, provincial coconut development manager during an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), saying that 50,000 coffee seedlings have been allocated for each town to be planted in 100 hectares. “The target date of delivery was in January, but because of the inclement weather, only the initial delivery of 30,000 seedlings has been made - 15,000 for Vincenzo Sagun, 5,000 for Dumalinao and 10,000 for Lakewood,” Duran said. However, arrangements have already been made to speed up the delivery, Sagun added. The coffee seedlings which come from Davao is valued at over P1 million and will be delivered to the following areas of the province: District I – East Kahayagan, Aurora and Bag-ong Argao, Molave, District II - Cogon, V Sagun; Kinacap, Dinas; FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Sebucao, Dumalinao; Poblacion, Lakewood and Katipunan, Guipos. In a matter of two years, coffee will be fruit-bearing and Nestle Philippines assures market for its harvest. Meanwhile, PCA Senior Agriculturist Dionedes P. Dagatan has good news for the coconut industry in the province. “The first application consisting of 8,540 bags of salt from Australia will be arriving by the second or third week of February. This is intended to fertilize fruit-bearing coconut trees in Zamboanga del Sur’s District I and II covering 2,135 hectares. The second application will comprise 11,000 bags,” Dagatan revealed. This will be a big boost to the coconut industry as fertilizing coconut trees with common salt or sodium chloride (NaCl) increases its productivity and improves resistance to pest and diseases. PAGE | 27


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DavOr Guv pushes to save Mindanao’s largest irrigation project

DAVAO CITY— Davao Oriental Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon remains determined to pursue the completion of Mindanao’s largest irrigation system development— the Cateel Irrigation Project (CIP), amidst being hit by two major calamities that halted its construction. In a meeting Friday, January 24, with teams from the Provincial Engineering Office, Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) under the Department of FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Agriculture and the National Irrigation Authority ( N I A ) , Governor Malanyaon said that she is fixed and resolved to see the project through. “I am holding on and I am filled with so much faith and optimism that we will accomplish this novel project” she said. Both the Super typhoon Pablo in 2012 and the recent heavy flooding and landslides led by the Low Pressure Area have created massive damage not only to agriculture and infrastructures but as well as the multi-million irrigation system, thus, causing a heavy blow on the province’s already booming PAGE | 29


development milestones. Based on reports from the CIP technical team, the estimated cost of damage to the irrigation project was valued at more than P43 million or 24.39% of the total contract cost, which includes concrete works, boulder riprap, earthworks and diversion and care of the river. The week-long downpour, said expert engineers, had caused the base of the cofferdam to scour while the heavy flooding totally submerged the structure, causing it to be totally washed away. Engr. Ruel Dumadag, Assistant Provincial Engineer explains that the rapid inundation was due to the absence of the forests that used to serve as its watershed system. “The trees, which were totally wiped out at the typhoon Pablo onslaught led to the lack of water seepage. With no proper seepage coupled with the massive debris have contributed to the huge volume of water displacement, which then resulted to the heavy flooding,” he said. Engr. Arnold Rosete, Technical Assistant of the NIA added that Davao Oriental being situated downstream serves as the ‘catchment area’ of large volumes of water coming from nearby provinces such as Compostela

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Valley, which is connected towards the mountain ridges of Cateel. This week, the CIP team is set for a meeting together with the Program Support Office of the MRDP to discuss the province’s proposed catch up plan to extend the project’s timeline. Touted to be the biggest single project under the MRDP all over Mindanao, the CIP sets to provide sustainable irrigation water to approximately1, 600 hectares of suitable rice lands, promising a hundred percent rice sufficiency level for the entire province. Governor Malanyaon said she believes the Cateel Irrigation project will create many opportunities that could significantly generate good income like from warehousing, rice milling, urban services and many others. This P252 Million allotted budget for the CIP is being sourced out from the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), the World Bank and counterpart from the Provincial Government. “Personally, I wanted to finish this project because we have already placed huge investments while the expected return is so promising especially to our people,” she added. (By Karen Lou Deloso)

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DavNor launches trailblazer health delivery system TAGUM CITY–The province of Davao del Norte continues to lead the way in providing better quality health care by pioneering undertakings that allow constituents to enjoy optimal and cost-efficient services at the appropriate levels.

Provincial and local officials, and health professionals launched the maternal newborn child health and nutrition (MNCHN) Service Delivery Network (SDN), Health Referral System (HRS) and the Operationalization Manual for the San Isidro, Kapalong, Asuncion and Talaingod (SIKAT) health development cluster (HDC). The three other HDCs in the province are expected to launch their respective health referral systems within the year. Dr. Lady Jedfeliz Castillo-Molleno, Area Manager of the Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health Project (PRISM)-2 said Davao del Norte is the first province in Mindanao to launch the initiatives. With the creation of the service delivery network, Molleno said the different level of care and services of all the public and private health facilities in the province were verified. The health referral manual is the

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protocol by which health frontliners know where to refer clients that need special and advance medical care. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agapito Hornido said the manual serves as guide for health care providers to ensure effective and efficient delivery of optimum health services, in line with the PEOPLE development strategy of Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario. He added the system ensures that constituents receive the best possible care closest to their homes, considering the economic factors and physical barriers that affect the delivery of health services in the province. It also helps facilitate the cost-effective use of primary health care services and decongestion of hospitals in the province. Hornido bared the province first implemented the local referral system in 2003. But it needed to be revised since glitches were noted, particularly with the creation of the municipality of San Isidro in 2004 and the succeeding installation of new local officials and the turn over of health workers in all the LGUs of SIKAT cluster.(Noel Baguio-DavNor PIO)

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SouthCot town earmarks over P9 M for 2014 Disaster Preparedness Program

By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme TUPI, South Cotabato —The local government unit (LGU) of Tupi through the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) has allotted a total of P9,372,443 for its 2014 disaster preparedness program.

Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. said that most of the budget will be allocated to projects which will help reduce road accidents since the municipality has recorded a high number of such incident for the past years where it reached 208 in 2012. “We were able to minimize floods in our municipality because of our continuous mitigating activities such as tree growing. On the other hand, highway accidents continue to happen in our town,” the mayor said With this, Tamayo noted that the LGU will focus its activities in reducing the number of road accidents adding that they have started implementing some projects in line with the said endeavor. “To reduce these incidents, we FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

had intensified the installation of additional lightings along the highway and we are also expanding our major roads,” Tamayo explained. Meanwhile, he said that even though they can control their residents to reduce speed on the highway, they can’t control those outside of the municipality passing along the national road. “We also need to intensify our activities such as the purchase of speed guns so that we can be objective in apprehending those who violated our speed limit,” the mayor said adding that they will further improve their MDRRMC office through installment of online CCTV cameras to serve as the center of disaster operations. Tamayo also revealed that part PAGE | 32


of the plan is to purchase additional ambulance worth P1.8,000 to cope with the rising demand for disaster services. “We need additional ambulance, so that every time our existing rescue ambulance is on service, we will have another one to respond to any untoward incident, the official

noted. On the other hand, disaster risk reduction officer Emil Sumagaysay emphasized that they are doubling their efforts in finalizing their plans for the immediate implementation of the disaster preparedness programs. (SJDuerme-PIA12/Tupi LGU)

NorthCot village benefits from provincial LGU’s medical-dental outreach

By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme MLANG, North Cotabato —Residents of this town particularly in the village of Palma Perez recently benefited from the provincial government’s medical and dental outreach.

The activity which was headed by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) catered 459 residents who availed of the free check-up, dental services and circumcision. The doctors who rendered their services were Dr.Alex Cabrera of New Cebu District Hospital and Dr. Sabino Marasigan of Fr.Tulio Favali Municipal Hospital while the dentists who served the community were Dr. Jerry Barredo, Dr. Zita Villagonzalo and Dr. Editha Cagoco. Also, personnel from the 7th Field Artillery based in Carmen town led by Capt. Christian Hagonos partnered with the IPHO in the assistance and distribution of medicines as well as in securing the vicinity. Governor Emmylou Mendoza said that being responsive to the basic needs of the people is an essential FEBRUARY 2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

part of the ‘Serbisyong Totoo’ advocacy. “Ensuring good health and sound bodies are both important for the people from the villages especially that in reality, they could not even go to the doctors because of their situations. In this regard, our government doctors and dentists are all-out in giving them their much needed services,” Mendoza stated. In Mendoza’s administration, the provincial government has launched numerous medical and dental outreach programs in many barangays in North Cotabato particularly in far-flung areas. Meanwhile, Eduardo Borromeo, chairman of Palma Perez village extended his gratefulness to the provincial government for realizing PAGE | 33


the said outreach activity. “It is very fortunate for the people of Palma Perez to have availed of this medical-dental outreach, indeed this is a big help especially for those who cannot even afford to consult a doctor,” Borromeo explained.

The medical and dental outreach program of the provincial government of Cotabato thru the IPHO has already served thousands of Cotabateños from the 17 towns and one city of North Cotabato. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta.Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

S. Cotabato LGU, partners to offer free surgery to indigents

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- At least 250 poor residents of General Santos City and neighboring areas are set to benefit from a twoweek surgical mission, an official of the provincial government here.

Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office said, the surgical mission, being so-sponsored by the Gensan-based RD Foundation, Inc. will be conducted by the Canadian Medical Mission Society. “The surgical mission will run from February 24 to March 7, 2014 at Mindanao Medical Center, formerly Baptist Hospital,” Aturdido said. Within these mission dates, he added, the team expect to conduct 100 major surgeries and another 100 for minor cases. They will also do audiology where at least 50 patients with hearing disability will receive free hearing aids. Major operations, according to Aturdido, include cases of goiter and cleft lip minor cases pertain

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to some conditions like removal of cyst. Aturdido said, pre-listing of candidates for free surgery is being conducted at the Out-Patient Department of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital. “Primary recipients of the program are indigent residents,” Aturdido emphasized. As proof, a certificate from the barangay or municipal social welfare officer should be presented to the personnel involved in the pre-listing of candidates for operation. This certificate will be used as as basis for the initial screening, the provincial health officer said. (DEDoguiles/Abdullah M. MatucanPIA12)

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