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Vol. 2 No. 119

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Joey Sem G. Dalumpines Southern Mindanao

President Aquino calls on all Filipinos to be discerning in choosing the next set of leaders during May polls DSWD-12 turns over P1.8M classroom building in Sarangani Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

NFA I-Rice campaign reaches more South Cotabato advocates in 2012 Aida C. Agad, Central Mindanao

Lanao Sur stakeholders air commitment for clean and honest polls Apipa P. Bagumbaran, ARMM

DepEd employees to receive refund from GSIS

Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

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Camiguin spends P10M on scholarship programs Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

ZamPen OFWs benefit P27-M from OWWA9 Gay Iris TS. Tangcalagan, Western Mindanao

PAG-IBIG partners with University Faculty Union for a housing project Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

DavNor to launch Oplan A.N.D.A.M. Noel Baguio, Southern Mindanao

City Civil Registrar’s Office, Pag-IBIG tie up for Mass Civil Wedding CMO-PIO, Caraga Region

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On the road to recovery By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines


ridges being reconstructed, power lines being restored, cars of aid agencies prowling the highway, a convoy of relief goods, lines of survivors receiving relief assistance, these scenes have become common in areas hardest hit by typhoon Pablo in December 2012. Even if the mountains began to turn green again, traces of the devastation could still be seen with the scenes of destroyed farmlands, coconut plantations, buildings and debris of destroyed houses and fallen coconut trees scattered along the highway. Tents and bunkhouses were provided as temporary shelter for those whose houses were totally destroyed while partially-damaged houses were restored with building materials given by government, aid agencies and private organizations. Stress debriefings especially for 4

children are conducted regularly in East Coast communities to address the trauma in order to hasten their return to normal lives. Pesident Benigno Simeon Aquino III underscored the welfare of residents as primary consideration in Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the plan to establish safe relocation sites in areas hardest hit by typhoon Pablo on December 4, 2012. He said that after meeting with government experts on geo-hazards, building and no-building zones must be defined in every community so that residents would know where to build their homes. No build zones pertain to areas prone to high risks like flash flood and landslide,” Aquino said in a press briefing following his speech in the closing program of the Philippine Development at the Marco Polo Hotel Tuesday. The president assured of continued assistance to 140,000 families or equivalent to 75 percent of the total number of affected families. He said cash- for- work activities and livelihood assistance will be given to 139,798 families. Aquino said emergency shelter assistance is given to 62,638 families and core-shelter assistance to 39,762 families. In order to prevent a repeat of the catastrophic event that hit the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the Climate Change Commission (CCC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and the Australian Agency for International Development will extend assistance to the two provinces to strengthen their capability in formulating their respective disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation-enhanced plans. The UNDP-AusAID supported project, “Enabling Regions 10 and 11 cope with the Climate Change” or Project Climate Twin Phoenix, being implemented by the Commission in Typhoon Sendong affected areas in Region X will now support the typhoon Pablo-devastated areas in Region XI. Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering of the CCC said that the project will extend technical assistance in enhancing the multi-hazard maps of Davao Oriental


and Compostela Valley in coordination with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and the Project: Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), taking into consideration the climate change projections. “The enhanced multi-hazard maps will guide the local government units in identifying to no build zones and build up zones, updating contingency plans and instituting effective warning 6

systems and moving toward risk-based development and land use planning for the long term,� she explained. Sering said the occurrence of extreme weather events in the future is certain as a result of the rapidly changing climate. She said communities must prepare against these events by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in relevant planning and decisionmaking processes from the national to the city and municipal levels. In Davao Oriental, people cheered as the provincial government and a private firm held the groundbreaking ceremonies on the construction site for a resettlement project for residents who lost their homes in Barangay Lambajon, Baganga. Governor Corazon Malanyaon urged residents of Baganga, Davao Oriental to show unity by supporting one another as assistance pours in from government and various sectors for the survivors of typhoon Pablo. She said that survivors must show gratitude to the benefactors by helping one another cope with the calamity now that more support pours in this time, from government, non-government organization, international relief groups and private corporations which are also concerned of the welfare of people in areas hardest hit by Typhoon Pablo. Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Malanyaon thanked the Manuel V. Pangilinan Group of Companies and its respective foundations for the construction of houses which is a step towards recovery and an opportunity to do better as a community. She called the shelter assistance from the MVP Group of companies as historic, being the first company to respond to the plea of resettlement for the typhoon survivors. “Let us help one another and show unity. It our way of showing gratitude for the help we receive,” Malanyaon said. She said the construction of new houses coincides to the launching of the province’s “Bring Back Better Advocacy” which calls on every resident to support the drive towards recovery. She said it is also the aim of the provincial government that a resettlement site will be constructed in every barangay in the East Coast towns hardest hit by the storm. Mon Isberto, head of the public affairs of the Smart Telecommunications said thatthe MVP Group of Companies put all its initiatives under the banner “Tulong Kapatid.” He said the several government officials suggested that their company would focus on resettlement due to the many houses destroyed by the storm. “Our telethon through TV-5 was able Wednesday, February 6, 2013

to raise more than a hundred million pesos, and part of it was used in the initial relief work and medical mission, but the bulk of it after consultation with government will be used for housing. The government suggested to us to handle housing in Davao Oriental,” Isberto said. He said that the order to them by MVP is to expedite the relief work by proceeding with the groundbreaking. Isberto said the resettlement project includes electricity and water system. “We will build anywhere from 200 to 250 homes,” he said. Isberto said the MVP group of companies will undertake the construction on the land provided by the provincial government. He said they will also engage with non-government organizations to do social work once the resettlement project is established. In Compostela Valley, rehabilitation effort continues and is spearheaded by the provincial government, with the help of the military’s Task Force Tambayayong, the Philippine Red Cross, aid agencies like the World Food Program, United Nations Development Program, Australian Aid and USAid. Local officials built a memorial marker dedicated to people who perished in the flash flood in Barangay Andap and to start the healing among families who lost several love ones and neighbors during the calamity. 7

ACROSS THE NATION Aquino says creating safe zones a top priority for government


elocating communities from danger areas will remain the government’s top priority despite its tremendous cost, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday. In an interview after attending the But the Davao City local government 2013 Philippines Development Forum complains of high cost of moving the (PDF) at Marco Polo Hotel here, the people away from danger zones. President was asked about his plans on But the President said the important Davao City residents living along the thing for the government is to find safe city’s riverbanks. locations for those communities despite Riverside communities in Davao City the cost. are considered vulnerable, according to “Pinaka-importante dito ‘yung saving the Mines and Geosciences Bureau after lives. Kailangan nating gumawa ng the recent flooding incident last week. paraan, maghanap ng pondo para Wednesday, February 6, 2013


pondohan ang magastos na trabahong ito dahil ang priority ng gobyerno ay paglingkuran ang taumbayan,” he told reporters. “Hindi tayo maglilingkod kung pababayaan natin sila doon sa mga risky areas.” The government can find money if it has the will to help those communities, the President said. For instance, he said his administration could use the P12billion savings by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last year to fund the initiative.

“Palagay ko naman ang dami nang examples kung saan tayo nakatipid. Kanina binanggit ko ang DPWH, P12-billion. Palagay ko malakilaki na ang maililipat nating pondo sa mga savings mula ‘nung last year and even ‘yung 2011 na savings para pondohan itong pagsasaayos ng ating mga komunidad,” the President said. The chief executive mentioned during the PDF the reforms at the DPWH, a department once known for rampant corruption. PND

President Aquino calls on all Filipinos to be discerning in choosing the next set of leaders during May polls


resident Benigno S. Aquino III called on all Filipinos to be extra discerning when choosing the next set of leaders of the Philippines during the national and local midterm elections that will be held in May 2013. Wednesday, February 6, 2013


The President made the call in his speech during the inauguration of the the Andres Bonifacio College Graduate and Professional School building here on Tuesday. He said that by weeding out the “false” candidates from the real ones who dedicate their lives to serve the people would ensure that the Philippines and the Filipino will achieve its dream of genuine change. “Ang tanong ngayon: Gusto ba nating magtuloy-tuloy ang pagbabago? Sasagutin po ito ng taumbayan sa darating na Mayo. Ang hamon ko sa ating lahat, lalo na sa ating kabataan na magmamana ng ating kinabukasan --makilahok, magbantay at makiisa sa pagtataguyod ng isang tapat at patas na halalan,” the President said. “Kilatisin po natin ang bawat kandidato --- sino ang tunay na Wednesday, February 6, 2013

lingkod-bayan o nagpapanggap lamang?,” he added. He expressed confidence that with the help of the people, especially the people of Dipolog, the gains achieved by his administration to move the country forward would continue beyond his term as President. “Walang duda: Kinikilala na maging ng mundo ang pagbabagong tinatamasa ng ating bayan; na ibang-iba na ito kumpara sa ating dinatnan. Kompiyansa po akong sa pakikiisa ng mga Dipolognon at ng sambayanang Pilipino, magtutuloy-tuloy ang pag-usad ng bansa kahit matapos ang aking termino,” the President said. “Sama-sama nating iangat ang bawat isa, kapit-bisig nating tugunan ang problema, na maghahatid sa atin sa isang bansang tunay na payapa at masagana,” he added. PND (rck)


Aquino renews commitment for Mindanao development


he tremendous potential of Mindanao for development makes it a top priority for the government to set its sight on the region for further development, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

Speaking before the participants attending the 2013 Philippines Development Forum (PDF) on Tuesday at Marco Polo Hotel here, the President Wednesday, February 6, 2013

said Mindanao has always been known to be the Land of Promise, because of its great potential for growth and development, but unfortunately the 11

region remains untapped. “For the longest time, this potential remained untapped, and its promise, unfulfilled; instead, some parts of Mindanao were known by many for violence, inequality, and corruption in local governance,” he said. “This history is precisely why the development of Mindanao is a priority for our administration. We know it is necessary to step up reform here if we are to foster inclusive growth.” According to the President, among the major government initiatives to develop Mindanao began with the synchronization of elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the national and local elections scheduled this year. He noted that the government also alloted P8.59 billion for the ARMM’s 12

transitional investment support plan, which will fund the construction of necessary infrastructure i n transportation and health, improve the quality of education and strengthen the region’s food

industry. One of the major achievements is the signing of the Framework Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) he said, a move that will bring an end to the decades-long insurgency, and ensure lasting peace in Mindanao. The President also thanked international donors and partners for helping Mindanao communities during the recent calamities, assisting local people strengthen their communities and build peace, work to improve access to social services, health and education. Joining the President were Peace Adviser Teresita Deles, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan. PND (as) Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DENR, LGUs in Region 12 push for inclusion of two caves as ecotourism sites By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Environment officials and local government units in Soccksargen Region are advancing the inclusion of two caves as in the Regional Ecotourism and Development Plan.

These caves are identified as the Kofnit Cave in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and the Tenobak Cave in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat Province. Ali Hajinasser, chief ofProtected Areas and Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Natural Resources (DENR) 12 disclosed the plan during a twoday writeshop on cave management planning on January 24-25 at Belmar Eco Park and Resort in Glan town, Sarangani Province. Hadjinasser, a forester, emphasized the importance of a management plan as a prerequisite opening ecotourism sites. “It is our mandate to protect our environment and conserve our natural resources, hence we must see to it that a management regime is in place before all ecotourism sites will be opened to tourists, local and foreign alike,” he said. Lake Sebu Municipal Tourism Officer Thelma Arcallo who was also the team leader of her group shares the view of For. Hadjinasser pertaining to the need to preserve our natural wonders like in Lake Sebu. “We believe that there will be an increase in economic activities 14

for the people in the area once Kofnit Cave is opened to tourists,” Arcallo pointed out. “Our plan adopted the communitybased ecotourism model wherein both the environment and cultural heritage are preserved while the benefits are shared by the people in the area,” she explained. Kofnit got its name from the T’boli term for bat, apparently because of the presence of bats in the cave. It is located in Sitio Lembila of Barangay Lamfugon in the municipality of Lake Sebu. Meanwhile, chairman Ronilo Gonzaga of Barangay Keytodac in Lebak town said in his report that they have a natural wealth in Tenobak Cave which has a subterranean river like that in Palawan. “The underground river drops several feet below into what is called as Tenobak Falls which is actually a series of seven water falls,’ Gonzaga said.

“This ecotourism destination can be packaged to include a bird watching site, ideal for nature lovers, together with the cultural heritage of the Dulangan Manobo, the indigenous tribal group in the area.” However, the distance proves to be a deterrent in attracting tourists from other places. Travel time takes some three hours on paved road from the Cotabato Airport in Barangay Awang in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao to Barangay Keytodac, Lebak and another six – kilometer walk to Tenobak Cave. In this regard, Leo Lardera, local legislative staff of the Sangguniang Bayan of Lebak, bared that his municipality is making some representations with the office of Congressman Arnulfo F. Go of the second district of Sultan Kudarat for the passing of a resolution supporting the conversion of the Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Esperanza - Lebak barangay road to a national highway. If this is materialized, he said, this will pave the way for the planned road improvement with a shorter distance of 55 kilometers between Esperanza town and

Barangay Keytodac . Regional technical director Geronimo Sequito of DENR 12’s Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management shall convene the members of the multisectoral Regional

Cave Committee this February for a twoday Cave Management Planning Workshop in Koronadal City. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 MCalungsodLocsin/DENR 12)

DSWD-12 turns over P1.8M classroom building in Sarangani MAITUM, Sarangani -- Finally, the agony of holding classes either on stage or under the tree is over for the students and teachers of Wali Integrated School in Maitum, Sarangani Province. Long clamored problems of classroom shortage and congestion of school are finally answered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development with the recent turnover

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of newly constructed 1-unit-3 classroom high school building worth P1,825,000 to the Department of Education and Parents-Teacher Association. DSWD-12 assistant

regional director Gemma Rivera led the turn-over ceremony of the facility to local government and education officials, parents, community volunteers and beneficiary-students of


the project that will help improve the quality of education of the school. “The newly constructed school building is a symbol of our collaboration for better future of the young generation” Rivera said in his message.“Unlike before, rain or shine, learning will be hampered no more and indeed, your new classrooms are conducive for learning for everyone,” she added. Wali, which already existed for more than 50 years was elevated to integrated school status in 2010 with only three considered functional buildings to cater the increasing number of enrolment every year. One of the buildings had reportedly collapsed during an earthquake and was declared dangerous

to school children by the provincial government. The two other buildings were also found to be termite-infested and are also of danger to collapse, anytime. This is the second time that Wali Integrated School benefited the school project of the DSWD through the KapitBisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Delivery Social Services (KalahiCIDSS), a community –driven development project which empowers individuals by involving them in the identification and giving addressing to the problems of the community. In 2011, the DSWD inaugurated a 1 unit-3 classroom building amounting to P1,839,603.19. Meanwhile, DSWD 12

reported that five more 3 classroom buildings in different barangays of Maitum are expected to be completed by March 2013. By second quarter of the year, six school buildings and one day care center worth P11.7 million will be constructed under Kalahi-CIDSS Project funded by Australian Agency for International Development. “Kalahi-CIDSS school building projects is a supply side of our Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps,” Rivera said. “Enrolment increases every year, thus, we need more school buildings with the guarantee of safe and protected spaces and classrooms for our school children”. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ Hilbert Estacion, DSWD-

NFA I-Rice campaign reaches more South Cotabato advocates in 2012 By Aida C. Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The National Food Authority (NFA) here has reached out to more South Cotabato advocates of the government’s rice fortification program. 16

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For the year 2012, about 1,445 stakeholders from various sectors were able to take part in the I-Rice Advocacy activities spearheaded by the public information sector of NFA-South Cotabato, an official said. Acting information officer Luisito Mangayayamdisclosedto thePhilippineInformation Agency here that these advocates represents the cross-section of the community in the 10 towns and the lone city of the province. Mangayayam said 770 advocates are from the federation of Day Care Workers of South Cotabato, 420 individuals

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represent the farmers and cooperative sector, while 40 are from the academe and five from the media. These advocates, Mangayayam said are enough and potent force that would help NFASouth Cotabato carry on its mandate specifically on advocacy on rice fortification as embodied in the Philippine Food Fortification Program under Republic Act No. 8976. Mangayayam cited Rule VI of the said law which calls for the mandatory food fortification of all rice, except brown rice and locally-produced glutenous rice to be

fortified with iron. N F A - S o u t h Cotabato’s I-rice advocacy program is aimed at helping other government agencies’ such as DA, NNC, DOH, DTI and LGUs in their efforts to curb malnutrition, Mangayayam said. This he said will be sustained this year even with the change of command with the new provincial manager Guialudin D. Usman. Usman formally took over NFA-South Cotabato last January 9, 2013 vice former manager Avelino M. Usman, now taking the Cotabato province. (ACAgad PIA12)


All systems go for the PhilHealth 2013 run in Marawi City by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - It’s all systems go for the conduct of the PhilHealth Run 2013 here in the city. According to Dr. Sainuddin Moti, chairman of the PhilHealth Run 2013 here, the run will kick off on February 17 at Lanao People’s Park in Amai Pakpak Avenue. The event, dubbed as “PhilHealth Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection,” will be held simultaneously in more than 18 sites nationwide to mark PhilHealth’s 18th year anniversary. This run aims to raise funds for the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), a national referral hospital that admits patients with illnesses requiring subspecialty 18

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care such as childhood cancer. Moti said proceeds of the run will also be given to a local beneficiary and will support other programs and activities on mother and child protection. He revealed that they are eyeing the Philippine National Red CrossLanao del Sur/Marawi City Chapter to be the local beneficiary of this year’s Philhealth run. Those interested to join can register at PhilHealth Regional Office ARMM located at Noramis Building,

O.M. Dianalan Blvd., this city. The run will have five categories: three-kilometer (3K), five-kilometer (5K), 10-kilometer (10K), 18kilometer (18K), and 3K kiddie run. Registration fees range from P250 for the Kiddie and 3K run, P300 for the 5K, P350 for the 10K, up to P450 for the 18K. These fees are inclusive of the official singlet, race bib, timing chip, finisher’s certificate, and a raffle coupon, as well as finisher’s medal for the 18K.

Lanao Sur stakeholders air commitment for clean and honest polls by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Various stakeholders coming from the different sectors here including political candidates have expressed their commitment for honest, orderly and peaceful 2013 elections this coming May. They gave their support and commitment for clean and honest elections, Wednesday, during the “Kasalimbago sa Election 2013 Summit,” an electoral reform advocacy conference which believes that participation of the different sectors is vital in promoting good governance. Among those attended were Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Acting Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, Lanao del Sur Assemblymen, ARMM Cabinet Secretaries, Provincial Governor Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mamintal A. Adiong Jr., Provincial Board Members, municipal mayors, municipal treasurers, elections officers and officials from the regional and provincial Commission on Elections (Comelec), city and provincial schools division superintendents and teachers, security forces, and representatives from civil society groups. Comelec Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph also graced the summit and challenged political aspirants to become Muslim leaders not just political leaders. 19

A symbolic burning of bad practices also highlighted the election summit to manifest the commitment to get rid of malpractices allegedly done during the past political exercises in the province. The event, with the theme “Strengthening People’s Voice through Electoral Reform and Transparency in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City” was organized by the Kasalimbago Task Force. The task force chaired by Provincial Election Supervisor Nasib Yasin and vice-chaired by Assemblywoman Samira GutocTomawis and BGen Daniel A. Lucero 20

of the 103rd Infantry Brigade was formed following the success of the general voter’s registration in the ARMM. Other members of the Kasalimbago Task Force included Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Alfredo Modestano, schools division superintendents, and representatives from the local chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and League of Treasurers of the Philippines, as well as from the Lanao del Sur People’s Council and other civil society groups. (APB/ PIA-10) Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cadastral survey project in Iligan launched by Melvin T. Anggot and Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY-- A cadastral survey project was launched on January 29 here to determine the boundaries of Iligan with neighboring provinces and municipalities. In a program, Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz expressed his elation over the project that is believed to be the solution of the boundary dispute between Balo-i (Lanao del Norte), Tagoloan II (Lanao del Sur), province of Bukidnon, and the municipalities of Lugait, Manticao and Opol (Misamis Oriental). Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mayor Cruz believes that the result of the survey will help in determining the real owner of P80 million national wealth share from the National Power Corporation. Because of the boundary issue between Balo-i and Iligan, the national wealth fund is under escrow deposit in the bank for the last 20 years. 21

The cadastral survey will be System (DENR-LMS). This will be done conducted with the technical support through a private contractor, the MS of the Department of Environment and Surveying and Engineering Services. Natural Resources – Land Management

DepEd employees to receive refund from GSIS by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) will receive refund of premiums from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) starting February.

Ma. Cecilia Vega, GSIS Cagayan de Oro Branch Manager, said they will refund premiums in arrears previously deducted from the life insurance benefits of more than 73,000 DepEd employees including 28,279 active members, 35,759 pensioners and 9,329 separated members. DepEd employees covered by 22

the February refund are those whose Cash Surrender Value (amount paid to the policyholder upon separation from the service) or Maturity Benefit (benefit payable upon maturity of the endowment policy) were processed between 1997 to 2010. The refund will be released through the eCard or UMID card but those without eCard or UMID card will receive the refund through checks. According to the GSIS, the initial refund of P363 million was made possible by the payment of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of a 50 percent down payment of DepEd’s P6.92 billion in unpaid compulsory premium contributions representing the government share of nearly 800,000 teaching and non-teaching employees of the DepEd from July 1, 1997 to December 31, 2010. The GSIS, DBM and DepEd signed an agreement September of last year to address the recurring concern on the non-remittance of premium contributions affecting the right of DepEd workers to avail themselves Wednesday, February 6, 2013

their full GSIS benefits while in service and upon their retirement. DepEd employees in active service will enjoy a proportionate increase in loanable amounts and potentially increased retirement and life insurance benefits after the complete settlement of unpaid

premiums. GSIS will also recalculate the benefits received by those who have already retired and will refund deducted amount representing premium in arrears that have already been paid by the DBM. Their pensions will likewise be adjusted.

Camiguin spends P10M on scholarship programs by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - The P10-million financial assistance from government is benefiting 1,939 provincial youth scholars and 175 Commission on Higher Education (CHED) scholars.

The fund was sourced from Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the province’s lone district representative Pedro P. Romualdo. Through this, grantees are freed from school fees and were also enjoying quarterly cash allowances. Through its partner, the Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), students are honed in their chosen fields like engineering and technology, agriculture, arts, sciences, education, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

eco-tourism and nursing, including technical vocational education and training (TVET). Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, likewise, acknowledged the assistance of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) for implementing P1.1-million worth of training under its work scholarship program. The fund extended assistance to CPSC and to the Camiguin School of Arts and Trades (CSAT), that helped 174 students. Tesda’s private education student financial assistance (Pespa) also helped 52 needy student scholars. All in all, Tesda’s TVET training has reached about 4,462 graduate beneficiaries in the province, last year. 23

Task Force Zambo, PNP conduct crime prevention activities By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – As part of their crime prevention awareness activities, the Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) and the City Police Office (CPO) are now tapping the community through “pulong-pulong” to prevent further cases of kidnappings and terrorism in the city. Newly installed TFZ commanding emphasized that “it is important that officer Col. Glenn Macasero the authorities and the public


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work hand in hand to prevent further escalation of kidnappings and terrorism here.” “We have to act now before it’s too late. We have to show these lawless elements that we are one. We need to be always ready and vigilant against them,” Col. Macasero said during a “pulong-pulong” with barangay leaders and key sectors of Barangay Ayala, west of the city. Macasero also said the public should not let terrorists get what they want. “These people want you to fear them and feel helpless against them. They want you to do nothing and not help in preventing them from doing what they want. We should not give in to this,” stressed the Task Force chief. He explained that terrorist groups have deeper objectives other than making money. “These groups want to destabilize our government and put it into shame, and they are doing Wednesday, February 6, 2013

it especially in the barangay level. They want us to feel helpless and scared, and in the process making us incapable of doing what is right,” he pointed out. Zamboanga City Police Chief Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo, on the other hand, said this kind of activity would help empower the barangay officials in combating kidnapping and terrorism. “This activity with our partner, the Task Force Zamboanga, aims to empower our community leaders by letting them know their roles in crime prevention. We need their cooperation to succeed in our desire to have a peaceful society,” De Ocampo told the crowd. De Ocampo revealed that they would use the same approach in all the barangays of the city to help build linkages and establish a better system in case of any eventualities. “We will conduct the same activity in all barangays. We deemed it necessary to conduct it first in all 25

coastal barangays since they are more vulnerable to kidnappings and entry of terrorists or lawless elements,” he said. Task Force Zamboanga and the PNP have also intensified security

measures in the city with the establishment of checkpoints and chokepoints in strategic areas in the city. PNP is also intensifying gun ban implementation to deter criminal activities here.

ZamPen OFWs benefit P27-M from OWWA9 By Gay Iris TS. Tangcalagan

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration IX (OWWA-IX) has recently reported the release of a total of Php 27, 799,267.85 for the implementation of programs and services to overseas Filipino workers’ (OFW) families and members in the region. Beneficiaries from the cities of Zamboanga , Isabela, Basilan, Dipolog and the province of Zamboanga Sibugay have already availed themselves of various programs and services offered by OWWA which include Reintegration, Death and Burial benefit, Skills Employment Scholarship, OFWs Dependents Scholarship, Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay, Education Development Scholarship Program, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. OWWA – IX also extended relief assistance for OFWs working in Syria during the time when the said country was in trouble. Furthermore, sea-based members have also availed of scholarship grants in short – term upgrading courses under the Seafarer’s Upgrading Program. 26

OWWA Regional Director Hassan Gabra Jumdain expressed his gratitude to OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis- Baldoz, to the DOLE- Regional Coordinating Committee and OWWA Board of Trustees and its Executive Management for the untiring support given to the agency. OWWA, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is primarily tasked with the promotion of the interests and welfare of OFWs. Meanwhile, OFWs are encouraged to become OWWA members to avail of the same benefits. For more information, one can visit the OWWA-IX Regional Office with its new office address at 3rd Floor, Goodwill Center, Canelar, Zamboanga City. Wednesday, February 6, 2013

PAG-IBIG partners with University Faculty Union for a housing project By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

PAGADIAN CITY - In line with its thrust to provide all its members with decent homes which they can call “their own,” the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG Fund Zamboanga City Branch, takes another milestone in bringing its thrust into action with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Faculty Union for a housing project. The MOA paves the way for the development of a housing project for the benefit of the association’s members, said Cora Mamauag, chief of PAG-IBIG’s Marketing and Enforcement Division. “The agreement, signed in a simple ceremony held at the WMSU campus, Zamboanga City, is made in line with the thrust of the Fund to reach out to all its members and provide them with the opportunity to own houses of their own through affordable and flexible schemes,” Mamauag said in a press statement. “Through this program the Fund grants loans under its Group Housing Loan Program (GHLP) to a qualified group such as the association for the development of its real property into a subdivision project through a joint venture with any qualified housing project developer,” Mamauag further said. Mamauag said WMSU President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho was delighted of this new partnership Wednesday, February 6, 2013

as “members of the WMSU faculty and the University’s support staff will now have opportunity to own houses through housing loans that offer the lowest interest rates in the industry and the easiest payment schedules.” “Pres. Ho envisioned creating a community where the WMSU employees can have decent and comfortable living spaces but could not find the right institution to finance the project until the Pag-IBIG Fund offered to assist in realizing this venture,” Mamauag informed. “This is a dream-come-true for them,” she cited. The MOA was entered into by and between PAG-IBIG Fund represented by its Vice President for Mindanao Operations Fermin A. Sta. Teresa Jr. together with the branch head, Cesar C. Bazan, and WMSU Faculty Union represented by its President Edgar R. Araojo and University President Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho. 27


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Mt. Diwata Brgy calls for repair of public schools

COMPOSTELA VALLEY- Gold-rush area Mt. Diwata Barangay Captain Rodolfo Boyles Wednesday pressed for assistance to build back schools in his barangays as school children continued to suffer attending classes under roofless rooms. Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Attending the meeting of the Project Monitoring and Coordination Center National Task Force Diwalwal (PMCC-NTFD), Boyles revealed in an interview that school children in Mt. Diwata in both elementary and high school, were attending 29

since two weeks ago bringing umbrellas while attending classes. The super-typhoon Pablo ruined school buildings and blew away roofs of elementary and high school buildings in the barangay that nestled in a 724-hectare area at the Mt. Diwalwal Mineral Reservation Area. Boyles said classes restarted just two weeks ago after the holiday season break but the incessant rains due to unfavorable weather systems frequently disrupted classes, a normal week of class is held for about three days only. Parents were mobilized to a bayanihan or community work to start repairing damaged classrooms but he complained of not having enough resources to reconstruct and to provide roofing for damaged school buildings. Barangay Mt. Diwata Post Disaster Report showed that Typhoon Pablo knocked off and totally damaged 12 classrooms among which were school offices of Mt. Diwata Elementary School, while seven others were partially damaged. The toll on Mt. Diwata Elementary School registered the biggest value of damage at P1.8 million among the logged damaged government infrastructure in the barangay. 30

The typhoon also brought partial damages to 10 classrooms and offices of Mt. Diwata Barangay High School. Aside from reconstruction and repair of school buildings, Boyles also appealed for more school furniture especially school chairs as some students and pupils were noted to go on standing while attending classes. “Kulang na jud kaayo ang mga gamit sa eskwelahan. (Schools area really now lacking in materials.),� he said. On top of his concerns to rehab schools, Boyles also appealed for restoration of electricity which he deemed important for residents to go on with their small-scale mining trade. He also expressed hope that the government would provide road repair services as typhoon Pablo brought considerable damage to the circumferential road in his barangay. Aside from damages to infrastructure, Typhoon Pablo also displaced 599 families of the 3,624 affected. The displaced were also left with no houses to go back to as their residences had been totally damaged by the storm. A total of 2,033 other houses were logged as partially damaged. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan) Wednesday, February 6, 2013

DavNor to launch Oplan A.N.D.A.M. TAGUM CITY –The Province of Davao del Norte is taking its successful emergency planning to a higher level by launching this February the barangay disaster preparedness campaign to make every household ever ready to face natural calamities. Dubbed as Oplan ANDAM (Advocacy on Natural Disasters Awareness and Management), the community-based disaster risk reduction campaign seeks to protect, especially the vulnerable families from the adverse impact of natural cataclysmic events, such as typhoons, floods, landslides, and the likes. The battle plan was conceptualized by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on disaster risk preparedness and response strategy for all barangays in Davao del Norte, which was created by Governor Rodolfo del Rosario by virtue of Executive Order No. 04 dated January 25, 2013. The governor decided to intensify the disaster awareness campaign in the communities after Typhoon Pablo and the following low pressure areas, which brought successive flooding in the province. The floods affected hundreds of thousands of people and damaged over P4-billion worth of crops and infrastructure. Del Rosario trumpeted the wellcoordinated emergency plan that was Wednesday, February 6, 2013

carried out by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offfice, along with the various DRRMOs of the LGUs, which resulted to only three casualties since “Pablo”. As the province shifted to response and rehabilitation phases, the governor mandated deeper preparedness at the household level, particularly in disaster-prone areas, in order to attain zero casualty and cushion off the destructive impacts during natural catastrophes. OIC-Provincial Information Officer Romulo Tagalo, who is a member of the TWG, revealed the province will roll out the Oplan ANDAM in identified barangays starting the first week of February and onwards. He said the awareness campaign will particularly tap the mothers, since they are “more concerned over the welfare of their families.” The activity includes lectures on climatechange,householdpreparation techniques, community-level early warning system and communication system. The province will also provide emergency or grab kits to families, who will be selected at random during the orientation. Such grab kits will include flashlights, toiletries, transistor radios, and food in pouches, among others. ( Noel Baguio/ DavNor PIO) 31

Army’s 402nd Brigade has new commander by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- The 402nd Infantry (Stinger) Brigade of the Philippine Army under the 4th Infantry Division has a new commander starting today after its outgoing commanding officer was promoted to become the adjutant general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).


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In a change of command ceremony held 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Kalayaan Hall, Camp Bancasi, Barangay Bancasi, this city, 402nd Brigade Commander Col. Ronald Albano turned over the helm of the command to Col. Vicente Maligmat as officer-in-charge of the said brigade. Presiding the turnover rites was the commanding general of the 4th Infantry (Diamond Division) Major Gen. Nestor A. Anonuevo, attended by local government officials, regional directors of the line agencies, the regional and provincial police and the top Army officials operating in Caraga region. In his message for the occasion, Maj. Gen. Anonuevo reminded the officers and personnel of the 402nd Brigade to continue the good performance and accomplishments it had achieved under the stewardship of Col. Albano. He also reminded the Army of its vital role especially in spearheading Wednesday, February 6, 2013

the implementation of the President’s Executive Order 23 and the anti-illegal logging operations in the region together with the DENR, besides the internal security operations. Another challenge for the Army, according to Anonuevo, is maintaining the security and fairness of the forthcoming elections. The Army, he said, should always be ready to assist the Philippine National Police and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in ensuring the success and credibility of the coming political exercise as it is the foundation of the country’s democracy. (PNA)


City Civil Registrar’s Office, Pag-IBIG tie up for Mass Civil Wedding by CMO-PIO

BUTUAN CITY -- The City Civil Registrar’s Office here, in partnership with Pag-IBIG Fund-Caraga Region is now geared up for yet the grandest Mass Civil Wedding in the city which will be held at the newly-renovated Guingona Park come Valentine’s Day February 14, 2013. In an interview with Judith AlvizoCalo, city civil registrar, the wedding will be free for the participating couple. They will be exempted from any charge including the issuance of the Affidavit of Cohabitation Fee. Calo added that this year’s Mass Civil Wedding is extra special because Pag-IBIG Fund Caraga Region, aside from providing the free wedding rings, will also raffle a brand new house for a lucky couple. The City Civil Registrar said the program will just cater to a hundred couples. Thus, she is urging interested 34

couples who would want to avail of the free wedding to visit their office for the necessary requirements. The mass civil wedding has been a yearly event for the local government of Butuan City which aims to legally bind unwed couples, especially those who have already been living together, through these weddings. The City Civil Registrar’s Office is located at the ground floor of the City Hall Building and opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with landline numbers 3425487. Wednesday, February 6, 2013

100 high school studes join peace symposium by 1LT. Stephen Basco

SURIGAO DEL NORTE-- Around 100 junior and sophomore high school students participated in the peace symposium conducted recently in Payapag National High School, Barangay Payapag, Bacuag, this province. The peace symposium was Armed Forces of the Philippines. spearheaded by members of Members of the speaker’s the speakers bureau of the 30th bureau invited the sophomores Infantry Battalion of the Philippine and juniors interested to become Army. cadets of the Philippine Military The symposium focused on the Acedemy in Baguio City to take responsibilities of the youth in the Philippine Military Academy’s carrying out the Internal Peace and Entrance Examination scheduled Security Plan (IPSP), “Bayanihan,” on August 25 at designated and youth development of the testing sites in Butuan City. Wednesday, February 6, 2013


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