O UR COVER ‘Pablo’ families celebrate 2nd veggie harvest festival Carmela Cadigal-Duron Southern Mindanao
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TD Agaton incurs big damage to agri, infra in Butuan Nora L. Molde
126 individuals volunteer for DSWD packing of relief goods
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DTI-9 to boost Shared Service Facility program with P46-M budget for 2014
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‘Pablo’ families celebrate 2nd veggie harvest festival By Carmela Cadigal-Duron
ome 154 professional and non-professional farmer-beneficiaries who are all Typhoon Pablo victims and whose livelihood was heavily affected gathered anew first week of August last year to mark the 2nd Harvest Festival of the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) Farmers’ Training Program. The 2nd Harvest Festival on August 2 served as the highlight during the observance of the 59th Araw ng Barangay Olaycon. The 1st Harvest Festival was held on May 2
right before the graduation rites on May 3 at SM Lanang Premier where they brought in and showcased their produce. Now on its 6th year, KSK is spearheaded by SM Foundation, Inc., this time, in partnership with LGU Monkayo, HarBest Agribusiness Corp., DA and DSWD. The 48th batch of KSK started in February 2013 with participants coming from 10 barangays of Monkayo. From February to May, the vegetable production course ran for 12 Tuesdays and covered one module per
meeting. Celestino Alla of HarBest Agribusiness Corp. conducted the lectures in the morning while afternoons were slated for hands on sessions. Among the topics discussed were Nursery Preparation, Seed Sowing, Land Preparation, Caring & Nursing of Seedling, Pruning, Trellis Preparation, Fruit Selection and Fruit Thinning, Pest and Disease Control, Irrigation & Drainage, and Postharvest Technology. Integrated in the training course is the orientation on the DSWD Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) focused on Community Driven Enterprise Development approach which covers Self Awareness, Time Management, Financial Literacy, Product Management, Participatory Livelihood Issue Analysis, and Value Chain Analysis. DSWD and DA also taught participants Cost Analysis and Return of Investment Analysis. The one-hectare demonstration farm for the high-value crop production in Barangay Olaycon was donated by the Brillantes family.
Managed by the recent KSK graduates, the farm grows fruits and vegetables like watermelon, corn, lettuce, stringed beans, ampalaya, kangkong, eggplant, tomato, squash, honeydew, cucumber, gourd, cantaloupe, and bell pepper. At least 50 Pantawid Pamilya families participated in the training who also sold their fruit and vegetable produce at the Barangay Market Market. Pantawid Parent Leaders Rio Albit, Irelina Erhuela and Juanita Gogo happily joined other Pantawid grantees in selling their fresh crops during the annual barangay fair, saying, they feel good and renewed to be involved in this activity. Meanwhile, a number of participants have already started transferring the farming technology in their respective barangays. Alexander Ypil, 45, of Barangay Tubo-tubo has taught 54 individuals and they are now harvesting their crops. Ypil proudly showed his farm to the organizers and visitors and even offered them a taste of his very sweet and luscious watermelon.
Recipient and KALAHI-CIDSS Volunteer Milagros Gogo said the program is a big help to her family and this was confirmed by fellow participants Rea Dulay, Perlita Morala and Lea Rim, adding, “We are trying to get back to our normal lives with our children at school and we are coping despite the hardships.” In her message, Cristie S. Angeles, Asst. Vice President for Outreach Program and Livelihood of SM Foundation, Inc. stressed that indeed public-private partnership (PPP) is working and very much possible. She said Olaycon is blessed because of good governance, as she enthused “I can see a better, healthier and happier tomorrow for your community.” Training participant and Olaycon Barangay Chair Janet B. Diel happily announced that the graduates have been recently organized into Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Vegetable Production Association. “We are overwhelmed with the support we are getting from different agencies and offices. We
urged everyone to visit Olaycon and buy our products. ” Mayor Joselito B. Brillantes proclaimed there is sunshine after every storm, attributing their bout and triumph over Typhoon Pablo. “However, we still need the support of national agencies for us to continue moving forward. I would like to thank DSWD and other national agencies which never failed to bring in relief assistance. Yet we should not depend on dole out but must be self-sufficient and self-reliant. Now, we are also conducting seminars on animal dispersal which provides us more opportunities for recovery.” Addressing the community, Brillantes thanked them for their resilience to trials, pointing out, “Nothing is impossible if we just work hard.” DA Assistant Director Bernadette San Juan emphasized to recipients, “This day proves your stability and endurance as a community.” HarBest Agribusiness Corp. President Arsenio Barcelona
urged the farmer-beneficiaries, “Learning new agriculture technologies makes the difference. Farmers have lots of opportunities because we all consume food. Let us share what we learn and make the lives of others better. Every celebration is an opportunity to start a better life. Let us be seedlings that can germinate and grow and bear fruit. Let us be a lighted candle that gives light. Let us make Olaycon a brand that will be known all over the country. Let us make our produce visible at SM malls.” “You have accomplished this because of your own efforts and cooperation and I acknowledge your capability. Let us continue working together and helping others in need, teach them the new farming technologies. Let’s produce quality products and fetch right value for them. We will help link you up with possible local markets and with government programs that require your produce like the Supplementary Feeding Program and more.” This was the challenge and assurance of DSWD Livelihood Director Georgina Hernandez. DSWD Poverty Reduction Bureau Director Honorita Bayudan reminded beneficiaries to always put food on the table for the family first and ensure good health of each member before selling the extra to the neighbors or local
market. “I am glad that I now see Monkayo rising up. I can sense the dynamism and productiveness of the LGU and NGAs.” Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD said in her message, “We will not go hungry in Monkayo because of the vegetables and the productiveness of the people plus the community has the resources. The real spirit of publicprivate partnership is manifested here. What has been accomplished here is the result of PPP where collaboration and coordination exist. With this program, we were able to transform lives while food security is ensured. We can replicate this in other areas. Indeed, you have stood up and risen from the ruins. DSWD will continue to provide technical inputs and guidance as you move forward.” Earlier, DSWD turned over to Monkayo LGU a total of P 11,300,000.00 Cash For Work check and a P 90,000.00 educational assistance for nine students of Monkayo.
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Aquino government earmarks P1.4 trillion to improve the lives of Filipinos, Coloma says
he Aquino government is actively taking steps to improve the Filipino lives by creating more economic opportunities for Filipinos through earmarking more than P1.4 trillion for social and economic services in this year’s national budget, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. said.
Coloma said in a regular press latest survey of Pulse Asia Research. briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday that The 2014 national budget allocated the government started taking steps funds for social and economic to address the concerns raised in the services in a bid to improve the WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
overall quality of life of the Filipino, the Communications Secretary said. “The amount represents 63.4 percent of the total P2.265 trillion budget, which includes the P62.6 billion for the Conditional Cash Transfer program, the P35.3 billion for the National Health Insurance Program and the P10.7 billion for technical support services for farmers,” he said.
Coloma said this year’s budget also includes a P100 billion allocation for the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of communities affected by the Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region, which registered the biggest change in the perception of the Filipinos interviewed by Pulse Asia on the quality of life during the last quarter of Year 2013. PND
President Aquino rewards Insurance Commission employees’ performance, propriety with milestone bonus
iting their efficiency and sense of propriety, President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday announced a “milestone bonus” for employees of the Insurance Commission, the government agency that regulates and strengthens the country’s insurance industry.
The election of Alvarez, the first Asian to be named as chairman of the institute’s prestigious advisory body, was announced by John Topping, President of Climate Institute in Washington D.C. Prior to his election as chairman of the board of advisers of the WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
institute, Alvarez was serving as commissioner of the Climate Change Commission. Alvarez, who has been with the institute’s advisory board for over two decades, said he assumed the new post at a time “when the world is reeling from the disastrous
impacts of climate change.â€? He is a recipient of the Order of Lakandula with the rank of Grand Cross (Bayani), one of the highest awards of the Republic of the Philippines to a citizen whose â€œlife is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people.â€? A delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention, Alvarez served the maximum two terms as senator, chairing the Senate committee on environment. He later won as congressman of Isabela province and occupied five Cabinet positions during the administrations of former presidents Corazon C. Aquino and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, including stewardship of the departments WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
of natural resources and agrarian reform. In Congress, Alvarez authored major agrarian, social and economic development laws. But it was his role in advocating landmark environmental legislation that brought him to the fore in the Philippine ecological movement in mid-1990s. In 1995, Alvarez organized and chaired the Manila Asia Pacific Leaders Climate Summit, the first climate conference in the Philippines and the world, for which he received the Outstanding Public Policy Achievement award from the Climate Institute. To protect the public from health hazards and reduce pollution, he asked the oil companies to remove lead from gasoline, reducing sulphur content. He also crafted the national climate change framework and founded the Earthsavers Movement, an organization of young Filipinos engaged in climate awareness. PND
Government continues to engage stakeholders to ensure Mindanao peace
he government remains hopeful that groups opposing the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will eventually support the Mindanao peace process, the Palace said on Tuesday. It was reported that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rejected proposals to unite with the MILF in crafting the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement with the government. “Patuloy po ang pagpupunyagi at pagsisikap ng ating pamahalaan na matamo ang kabuuan ng pakikipagsunduang pangkapayapaan na makakatulong po sa pagpapaunlad ng buong Kamindanaoan,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said in a press briefing in Malacanang. Coloma said the Aquino government wants to persuade all the stakeholders in the Mindanao peace process to join the initiative for the benefit of the region. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
“Kaya patuloy rin po iyong ating pag-asa na makikita ng ating mga kapatid na hindi pa sumasang-ayon at hindi pa lumalahok ang kabutihan na matatamo natin kapag nagkaroon na ng kabuuang kasunduang pangkapayapaan hinggil sa Mindanao,” he added. The government continues to talk with the MNLF being one of the stakeholders in Mindanao, he said. Coloma also noted that even before the Zamboanga standoff last year, there were ongoing discussions between the Philippine government and the MNLF in Indonesia. Both sides were discussing the remaining issues of the Tripoli agreement. PND
DSWD 10 provides relief goods to Agaton survivors by Oliver B. Inodeo
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY â€“ The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 distributed thousands of family foods packs and hundreds of hygiene kits and blankets to families affected by flooding and heavy downpour brought about by the Tropical Depression Agaton, now a low pressure area, in Northern Mindanao.
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The 372 families in Linamon, Lanao del Norte who fleed from their houses to evacuation centers due to flooding since late last week, received family food packs, hygiene kits and blankets. Linamon and Kapatagan are among the towns in Lanao del Norte hardly hit by the tropical depression. Meanwhile, a total of 3,533 family food packs were provided to affected families here. DSWD Field Office 10 is continuously coordinating with other local government units for possible relief operations in the region. Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo,
DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, has ordered all Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) Team leaders in all five provinces of the region to assist LGU and to assess the impacts of disaster to hardly hit towns. The Quick Response Team of DSWD Field Office 10 also has rendered 24-hour duty yesterday following the Code Red declaration by the local disaster risk reduction and management council of this city due to intermittent rains. Today, the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (LDRRMC) downgraded the alert status to orange.
Maramag LGU pushes anti-wastage ordinance by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy
MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Policy-makers of the local government unit (LGU) of Maramag in Bukidnon has crafted an ordinance that would help address the country’s problem on rice wastage. This, after the National Food Authority (NFA) sounded the call of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to encourage the general public to be prudent in rice consumption. Joseph D. Palmada, chairman of the committee on agriculture in Maramag’s Sangguniang Bayan, said their proposal intends to help minimize wastage of rice in the food service industry and boost economic WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
prosperity in the locality. “Once enacted, the ordinance would require restaurants, fast food chains, cafeterias, and caterers, to include one-half cup serving of cooked rice in their menu,” he said. It also requires canteens in schools, hospitals, offices, and other related food service industry operating in Maramag town to include half-cup rice serving during caterings and
plated meals, he added. The ordinance provides that any food service provider found violating the stated law shall be fined P2,500.00 and take the brunt of license or business permit revocation. Palmada explained the policy was not meant to discourage people from eating rice, but to ensure that they will be served only the quantity they could eat to avoid left-over. It can even help those who are at times short of budget because the price of half-cup in the proposed ordinance is also half the price of ‘one
cup serving’, Palmada said. Citing the DA’s data, he said Filipinos throw away at least 2.5 tablespoons every day or about P6.2 billion worth of rice wasted every year, which is enough to feed 2.6 million Filipinos every year. “I hope more people would take in having half-cup of rice available and/or default in the food service industry, which is in support to the rice self-sufficiency program of President Benigno S. Aquino III through the Agri-Pinoy program,” Palmada said.
Metrobank Foundation, DepEd, CHED launch 30th Search for Outstanding Search by Metrobank Foundation Inc.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), have launched the 30th Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT). The 2014 Search coincides with the leadership. Since its launch in 1984, 35th anniversary of MBFI. the Search has awarded a total of 326 educators all over the Philippines. With the theme, “Launching Dreams towards Nation Building,” the search Joining the Search is easy. Teachers honors the teaching profession just need to submit a two-page Basic specifically those who manifest Information Sheet (BIS) with no commitment to the development of additional documents required. The the youth through exemplary Search is open to all teachers in the competence, remarkable dedication elementary, secondary, and higher to their work, and effective educational education levels in both public and WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
private schools throughout the country. Possible candidates should be Filipino citizen who are actively teaching in the country for the last 10 years and with valid PRC license. For the Elementary competition, schools are entitled to nominate two nominees, one each from the primary (Kinder to Grade III) and intermediate (Grade IV to Grade VI), while schools for secondary and higher education competition are entitled to one nominee, respectively. Past Regional Finalists and National Finalists of the Search, who meet the basic eligibility requirements and have shown sustained good moral standing in the community, are deemed automatic Provincial Finalists. Good News! Cash prize for each of the 10 winners is increased from P350,000.00 last year to P0.5 Million this year. The awardees will also receive a medal, a trophy, and a plaque of recognition for their school.
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National Finalists not chosen as winners will receive P20,000.00 cash while Regional Finalists will get P0, 000.00 cash incentive. The deadline for submission of the BIS to the MBFI Secretariat or to the nearest Metrobank branch in your area is on/or before January 27, 2014. Basic Information Sheets are now available in all Metrobank branches, DepEd regional and division offices, and CHED regional offices nationwide. Eligible applicants will then be asked to submit the official nomination forms on February 21st. The forms may also be downloaded through the Metrobank Foundation website at www.mbfoundation.org.ph. For further details, please call the MBFI Secretariat at tel. nos. (02) 857-0618 / 898-8898; telefax: (02) 8185656/750-0837; or e-mail: idlabitad@ metrobank.com.ph; or aareyes@ metrobank.com.ph.
Diligence, intense interest help, says ASEAN Quiz winner By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Krystianne Paul de Pedro believes deep interest, coupled with persistence to learn was a major force in winning the ASEAN Regional Quiz about two years ago.
De Pedro, who was a senior student at the Koronadal National Comprehensive High School here, was a member of the three-person delegation from the Philippines and won first place in the 5th ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Regional Quiz at Chaktomok Hall, Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Aug. 3, 2012. Other members of the team were Franchesca Anne Inacay of the St. Albert de Great School in Dagupan City and Maria Krizelle Rubin of San Joaquin National High School in Calbayog City, Western Samar. “I’ve reached that level -- winning the contest with the other team members -- because I was very deeply interested with ASEAN and its member states,” de Pedro WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
told Philippine Information Agency in an interview. “Being curious about politics, governance and similar topics, I think, has also helped,” added. In addition to these, he pointed out, being diligent about learning every aspect of the ASEAN as an organization was also very important because “what answer would you provide to questions asked when you have not even read about it.” Members of the team, he explained, had to learn as much as they could individually, adding that after the national quiz, he only met with Inacay and Rubin a week before flying to Cambodia. His summer vacation after winning second in the national competition on January 25, 2012, he
recalled, was spent mostly by searching the internet for every source of information on ASEAN as an organization as well as the its member states: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. “I had to learn everything I can about ASEAN as an organization and its member countries, including topics like politics, economy, culture, structure, history, landmarks, and so much more,” he said. “Good thing, my heart was on the topic.” While preparing for the contest in Phnom Penh, he admitted, they WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
all felt some pressure because their coaches constantly reminded them that Philippines teams before them had performed well in the ASEAN Regional Quiz. Prior to them, individual delegates won 1st place in Thailand in 2002 and in Brunei Darussalam in 2004; and 2nd place in Malaysia in 2006. In 2009, the country’s team delegate also won first place; the quiz was held in the Philippines. “Delegates from other countries looked like geniuses, but we told ourselves, other Filipinos before us have won this quiz, so we can also win this,” he said.
De Pedro, Inacay, and Rubin got perfect score of 20 points during the first round which had “trueor-false” items, 19 of 20 points in the second round which had multiple choice items, and 32 of 40 points in the third round which had “fill in the blanks” items. Their 71 points won them the 1st place against Cambodia team’s 70 points and Thailand team’s 68 points. De Pedro is currently enrolled as a freshman taking BS Accountancy at the state-run Mindanao State University - General Santos City Campus. He enjoys a scholarship under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Education for Development Scholarship Program. On Thursday, January 23, some 17 high school students represent-
ing the 17 administrative regions, including for the first time the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, will be competing for the 6th ASEAN Quiz – National Competition. The competition will be held at PTV 4, Quezon City, Philippines. Contestants will compete in four rounds - Visual Matching Type; True or False; Multiple Choice; and Fill-in-the Blanks. The first placer will receive P20,000 and a medal. The second placer will get P15,000 and a medal, while the third placer will bring home P10,000 plus medal. The top three winners will be the country’s representative to the Sixth ASEAN Quiz Competition that will be held in Vietnam on August 2014 (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)
3 medical missions slated for indigent patients in SarGen By: Catherine T. Apelacio
GENERAL SANTOS CITY --The city government has called on its residents needing medical attention to get themselves screened for a three successive surgical missions here. Three medical teams from different for hospital operation. foundations would soon arrive here The first mission, said Ana Marie along with nurses, doctors, and other Cang, program committee member medical staff to bring humanitarian of City Hospital Team will kick off on aid to indigents in this part of Region January 25 and continue until January 12. 31. The surgery is for free and exclusive Operations to be conducted, to the indigent patients in GenSan and according to her will focus on breast Sarangani that cannot afford the cost mass, thyroid goiter, hernias, and WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
multiple cysts. The Florida Mission is composed of some 20 medical practitioners and will serve 25 to 30 screened patients from the city. The second mission, on the other hand will be set on February 15-22 which will be led by the World Surgical Foundation. This team comprises of more or less 50 staff catering to at least 300 constituents from GenSan and Sarangani. Each area will have 150 available slots, Cang said. Patients who were not served in the earlier missions may also have the chance to get attended in the third surgical mission on February 24 to March 7 which will be conducted by Fil-Canadian Foundation. This mission will serve two thousand patients, the organizer said. Aside from the usual breast mass, thyroid goiter, hernias, multiple cysts, the free surgical mission will also provide treatment for cleft lip, parotid tumor, myoma, gall bladder stone, and urological cases. D e n t a l services and a b d o m i n a l surgery are also expected to be done during the third mission. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
Aside from the surgical operations, the Fil-Canadian Foundation will also be giving away some hearing aids to screened patients. Cang emphasixedthat patients usually spend at least P50,000 for major surgeries when such operations are undertaken in private hospitals. Thus, this endeavor would be a great help to the underprivileged, she said. The local governments of General Santos City and Sarangani have been in partnership with these foundations in the past humanitarian activities here. The Florida Mission Team had already conducted two missions in GenSan while the World Surgical Foundation and Fil-Canadian Foundation have had one each. (CT Apelacio/Lipsy Grace Carayo, PIA-12 General Santos City)
Long -lasting peace in Mindanao at hand, says MILF chief negotiator
By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato-- Peace, which has been so elusive in some parts of Mindanao for a long time is about to happen.
This is because, according to Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief peace negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) which he chairs draw near to the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. In a courtesy call to the provincial government of North Cotabato, Iqbal, together with the commissioners of the BTC expressed optimism on the realization of peace in Mindanao. “The time has come for the people of Mindanao to set aside hatred, differences and conflict. We have to come into terms and achieve long lasting peace in this part of the country,” Iqbal noted. Moreover, the MILF chief negotiator said that the BTC and the quest for Bangsamoro establishment face bigger challenges, now that the commission is at the depth of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) drafting. “The drafting of the BBL will finally be finished on April of this year and we hope for the best that President Benigno Aquino will endorse it as a priority bill,” he added. Meanwhile, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
expressed her full support to the peace process and assured the commission that the provincial government is supporting peace initiatives through the conduct of forums, dialogues and other measures to address the apprehension of the people. The governor also revealed that the board members and other officials of the province are abreast in the implementation of peace efforts particularly in settling disputes over territorial claims in some parts of North Cotabato. Likewise, 602nd brigade commanding officer Col. Allan Arrojad also signified the military’s respect and support to the peace process. The BTC came with the delegation from the International Monitoring Team (IMT) led by Major Gen. Dato Abdul Rahim bin Mohd Yusuff. With him are other members of the IMT whose responsibility is to keep an eye on the implementation of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the MILF. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ JSta.Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)
Butuan dad asks for donations for TD Agaton flood-victims By Jennifer P. Gaitano
BUTUAN CITY -- Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr asked everyone to extend help to the families affected by Tropical Depression (TD) Agaton.
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“They need hot meals like champorado, binignit or pospas, which you can directly serve in the evacuation sites. Good rice, canned goods other than sardines, mineral water especially for kids, mats and blankets, slightly used clothes, milk for children, coffee and sugar, and most of all your love and prayers to sustain them through the storm. It’s so heart-warming to do it and always they show their happiness and appreciation, “said Amante. The city hall basement is open to receive the donations in cash or in kind. Amante further expressed that TD Agaton has inflicted more damage and has affected more Butuanon lives than the killer Yolanda. It
has displaced more than 3,000 families and its complications may even persist for a few more days. It was also learned that repacking of relief goods for immediate distribution to different evacuation centers in the city is still ongoing. The disaster brigade/ City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and other government agencies concerned are closely coordinating for the relief distribution. The city government according to Mayor Amante has already given several rounds of relief goods together with the Congressional Office of Cong. Law Fortun, other agencies and some donor institutions and friends to the displaced families.
TD Agaton incurs big damage to agri, infra in Butuan By Nora L. Molde
BUTUAN CITY - Due to floodings caused by Tropical Depression Agaton, the damage to agriculture and infrastructure in the city now reached to P31,792,750. The City Agriculturist’s 50 hectares of corn area Office (CAO) revealed that worth P500,00.00; 30 damages of agriculture now hectares of banana area worth reached to P16,985,750, while P300,000.00; and 24 hectares infrastructure damage is at of vegetable area worth P14,807,000 said City Engr. 360,000.00 was recorded by Lorden Vismanos. the CAO A total of 1,775 hectares of Meantime, the city suspended rice field worth P15,825,750; classes in all levels of both WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
public and private schools including work in public and private institutions and banks as per Proclamation Number 7 on Monday, January 20. Also, per Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution
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Number 004-2014, the city was declared under a state of calamity due to the effects and damages caused by the low pressure area on January 12.
126 individuals volunteer for DSWD packing of relief goods By Stella Maris V. Barcelon
BUTUAN CITY-- One hundred twenty-six individuals volunteered today for the packing of DSWD relief goods in barangay Tiniwisan, this city Sixty-eight of them are staff and scholars of Butuan City Congressman Law Fortun and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, 18 are from the Mormonsâ€™ Church while 40 private individuals also volunteered in the packing of relief goods. The Department of Social Welfare delivered to the municipalities of and Development (DSWD) Field Agusan del Sur namely Esperanza Office Caraga aims to reach 31,000 with 3,000 family packs, San family packs ready to be augmented Francisco with 1,000 family packs, to requesting local government Bayugan City with 500 family packs units (LGUs). and Rosario with 500 family packs. The Field Office continues DSWD Field Office Quick Response to receive requests for relief Team with three shifts in a day augmentation from different LGUs. together with the Municipal Action To date, the office has released Teams (MAT) leaders, community 14,912 family packs worth based-workers, and project-based P4,092,419.12 to 13 LGUs. A total staff continues to monitor the of 5,000 family packs are to be situation on 24-hour basis. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
PRC-Sibugay conducts first aid, basic life support training By Emmanuel D. Taghoy
MALANGAS, Zamboanga Sibugay - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)Zamboanga Sibugay chapter conducted recently First Aid and Basic Life Support Training to students of Western Mindanao State University The training, for standard first aid (WMSU)-Malangas composed of lecture and and Cardiopulmonary Campus. practical examination Resuscitation (CPR),
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catered to more or less 60 studentparticipants from the Criminology Department of WMSU-Malangas. “We have only expected a maximum of 30 students participating in the event, but more came than what we have expected. It only proves their interest in the training,” said Philippine Red Cross Administrator Hilario G. Miranda Jr. in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). The agency provided four lecturers for the three-day activity which included day and evening sessions to tackle every aspect of the training. Miranda explained that the training is a requisite for every college institution and it is very important especially to schools far
from hospitals to be able to respond to any emergency. He also added that it was not the first time that the PRC held such an activity in WMSU-Malangas. “We have chosen WMSUMalangas campus for the training as per request of the school. It was not the first time. We had several trainings at WMSU-Malangas because the school is also actively participating in our blood donation activities.” WMSU-Malangas bagged PRC’s “Bloodiest School” award for Zamboanga Sibugay in 2013 for actively participating in the agency’s bloodletting activities. Miranda hinted that this year WMSU-Malangas might still get the award.
DTI-9 to boost Shared Service Facility program with P46-M budget for 2014 By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9’s assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) just got better with an increase in the budget allocation for the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program, almost doubling that of last year. DTI-9 chief Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, in a press release, revealed that the 2014 budget is P46 million, roughly 70 percent higher than the P27.12 million allocation last year, giving the agency more opportunity to help uplift the SMEs in the region. “With this bigger budget, we WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
should be able to help more SMEs in the region which are needful of government support in acquiring needed equipment, tools or machinery to improve their production,” Doctor Jain said. However, Jain clarified that the project or assistance is not for
individual SME but for groups or duly registered SME organizations as the project’s name implies. Jain said they will be targeting high impact projects that would result in more job creation. This project also aims to help SMEs to come up with better value added products for added income. “In our selection criteria, poverty alleviation through jobs creation is paramount in view of this government’s commitment for inclusive growth. Walang iwanan (no one be left out) as our Secretary succinctly puts it in his marching orders to us in the field,” Jain pointed. Last year, the DTI had officially launched the SSF in the region WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
with Zamboanga City as the pilot area, benefiting nine cooperatives with over P3-million worth of assistance. This was part of the 67 projects the DTI targeted all over the region in 2013 to address the gaps in the value chain of priority clusters by providing processing or manufacturing equipment, tools and machinery. DTI will also strictly monitor all beneficiaries to make sure that the project serves its purpose. “Our work doesn’t stop there once the projects are established. We have to monitor and document the progress of each, making sure that they are used and that they deliver the benefits as planned,” the DTI-9 chief said.
Mayor Climaco lauds Gador, welcomes Millan at NavForWeM change of guard rites By Mary May A. Abellon
DIPOLOG CITY – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will soon establish a district office here in partnership with the provincial government of Zamboanga del Norte. ZAMBOANGA CITY - Mayor Beng Climaco has thanked outgoing Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NavForWeM) command Chief Rear Admiral Isabelo H. Gador for a job well done as she also welcomed to Zamboanga City the latter’s successor, Rear Admiral Jesus C. Millan. Mayor Climaco had a chance to meet and exchange pleasantries with the two navy officers together with the Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Jose Luis M. Alano during a reception at the Navy Officers Club after the change of command ceremonies yesterday morning. In his speech, Rear Admiral Gador described his eight-month stint at NavForWeM command as a challenge that he together with the sailors and the marines had passed with flying colors. “Together, we sailed smoothly even during tumultuous times. And I am proud to have worked side by side with focused teams of sailors and marines,” Gador said, stressing that serving the command for him was more than a privilege. “It was an honor as well.” He acknowledged his successor, Rear Admiral Millan, as a visionary leader and a veteran in the naval field of operations, having been assigned at NavForWeM as deputy commander WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
three years ago. For his part, Millan vowed to continue the good programs that his predecessor had started, and committed himself to addressing the challenges, and finding out which one is relevant to the success of the command’s operations. He likewise vowed to enhance the capability of his personnel in maritime operations in synergy with other units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) in particular. “We will do some enhancements, and in the spirit of Bayanihan, we believe we can do more,” Rear Admiral Millan pointed out in addressing the naval sailors and marines. (Vic Larato)
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