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DA’s Barangay Food Terminal boosts cooperativism page 4

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Aurell P. Arais Caraga Region

Govt remains focused on achieving inclusive growth New PO1s in Soccsksargen Region receive badges, advanced to SCOUT training Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Graduating elementary students may now apply for PSHS scholarship in SY 2014-2015 Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Kapatagan high school tops Sagayan Festival

Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

DSWD advocates laws on solo Parents, domestic workers Hacelyn B. Barrero, Northern Mindanao

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PAMANA monitoring team visits Tungawan town

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

July 11 is World Population Day Jocelyn P. Alvarez , Western Mindanao

DENR-13 orders stricter monitoring of illegal transport of fruit trees Eric Gallego, Caraga Region

Agusan Norte SP to pass health, tourism code Johny S. Natad, Caraga Region

Promotion of human rights is everybody’s concern Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Armm

Tagumenyo bags Mindanao micro-enterprise award

Jean Abangan , Southern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy DA’s Barangay Food Terminal boosts cooperativism By Aurell P. Arais

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s strong as the tree named Bayug, where Bayugan City got its name, the JCA Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (JARBEMCO) thru test of times still stands strong. of each year. JARBEMCO was organized on April 5, 1999 by virtue of CARP Law initiated by CARP beneficiaries of farm land comprising 303 hectares situated at Sta. Teresita, OsmeĂąa, Hamogaway and Marcelina in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur. From its 51 original cooperators, current membership totals to 145 beneficiaries composed of the former workers-employees of the

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former JCA Rubber Development Corporation. At first, its operation focused on production-based economic operations consisting of rubber, durian, mangosteen and coconut plantations and now it has expanded its plantation coverage with the opening of around 120 hectares of oil-palm, 60 hectares rubber and 6 hectares falcata. To cater the needs of its workers, JARBEMCO ventured into store operations and it has expanded


even more when they availed the Barangay Food Terminal (BFT), a Project of the Department of Agriculture launched last February 9, 2011. Noralyn Gonzaga, BFT Incharge said that thru Barangay Food Terminal Project, DA provided them various equipment such as two cold storage facilities, plastic crates, three weighing scales, push cart, plastic tray, styrofoam boxes, electronic cash register and cash amount of P100,000 as support fund for additional capitalization. The proponent also raised the said amount of P100,000 as their counterpart and was used mainly for the procurement of food products such as meat, poultry products, fish, fruits and vegetables. JARBEMCO’s BFT open up a sure market for local farmers as well as swine raisers around their community where they can sell their produce. BFT has generated employment having three regular employees and two on call employees during peak season of the month receiving minimum daily wage. Gonzaga said that BFT helps a lot for them

as workers and employees of the cooperative since they can avail its services including credit where payment will be automatically deducted from their salary while those non-members is bounded with duly signed customer agreement. Aside from enjoying lower price on goods as compared to Bayugan City market, its customers can enjoy patronage refund and dividends every end of the year, thus an additional benefit for the customers family and cheer up the spirit of cooperativism. For almost two years in operation, JARBEMCO BFT has manifested a net income of 179,940.53. Henceforth, from these figures, financial indicators are quite promising for JARBEMCO BFT as it faces another challenge in the years to come.

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ACROSS THE NATION Malacanang elated over survey showing govt fight against corruption gaining headway

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alacanang said on Wednesday that President Benigno S. Aquino III’s effort to rid the government of corruption is gaining headway as more Filipinos have noticed that corruption numbers have gone down in 2013. It cited a recent Transparency International survey saying 38 percent of Filipinos believe that the government’s effort to wipe out corruption is gaining ground. In a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the fact that more Filipinos have taken stock of President Aquino’s anti-corruption advocacy show that his good governance program is working. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

“In 2013, 32 percent—only 32 percent believe that corruption increased; 41 percent (said it) remained the same; and, from six percent of those who felt in 2010 that corruption decreased, it is now 38 percent believe that corruption decreased,” Lacierda said. “We recognize that there are still some levels of corruption but the people have seen that there is a consistent fight against corruption under this government and so that has been recognized by those surveyed.

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From a six percent in 2010, it’s now 38 percent,” he added. He said President Aquino’s plan to make government corruption free would continue “to the very last day of this administration.” “Those who were surveyed, at the very least, recognized that there have been an increase in the recognition that corruption has decreased under this administration and we continue to fight against corruption. This is an ongoing process and it will continue to the very last day in our administration,”

Lacierda said. According to the Global Corruption Barometer of 2013 released by Transparency International on Tuesday, the perception of Filipinos on the corruption level in the country has significantly improved over the past two years. Initiated in 2003 and conducted biennially, the Global Corruption Barometer is the largest cross-country survey to collect the general public’s views and experiences of corruption. PND (rck)

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alacanang said achieving inclusive growth will remain the administration’s goal to address economic inequality but told the public that such a target will not be achieved overnight. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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The National Statistical Coordination Board reported on the widening gap between the rich and the poor that may have economic and social implications. But Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda doubted the NSCB report’s correctness in a press briefing in Malacanang Wednesday. “There has been a growth even in the lowest levels and if you notice the growth, for instance, there’s a growth of eight percent in the lowest level; four percent in—three-plus in the middle income; and, from the high, it is about 10,” he explained. “All those growths, if you notice, are above inflation rates. Inflation is 3.2 percent. There’s real growth even in the low level.” But the real challenge for the administration is addressing inclusive growth, he said. “From the very start of our administration, we have said that we are going to bat for inclusive growth and it’s not going to happen overnight. We are continuously doing it and making sure that no one would be left behind,” he said. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Part of the government thrust is job creation. Producing jobs not only for the unskilled laborers but also for skilled workers, he noted. For instance, the government eyes to create more jobs in the Business Process Outsourcing sector, he said. It is also ready to grant loans to those who want to venture on entrepreneurship. The government also wants to make sure that the business environment is conducive for more foreign investments, he said believing the administration is already in that track. “We are in the right track. In fact, Secretary Arsenio Balisacan has mentioned that we are now in a new growth trajectory,” he said.

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President Aquino greets Muslims for observance of Ramadhan

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III extended his greetings to Muslims communities as they observe Ramadhan, the holy month of the Islamic faith.

“My warmest greetings to the Muslim Filipino community as you begin the observance of Ramadhan,” the President said in his message released on Tuesday. “As one of the five pillars of Islam, this sacred month calls the faithful to seek to be closer 10

to Allah and to ask for His mercy.” Ramadhan is a vital aspect in the everyday life of Muslims as it allows not only for contemplation and atonement but also for Muslims to be more mindful of the Muhammad’s teachings. Wednesday, July 10, 2013


“May your prayer and fasting evoke a deeper and more profound connection with your heritage and faith, inspire discipline, restraint, and generosity of spirit; and help guide you towards becoming greater embodiments of harmony and social justice,” the President said.

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“I wish you a solemn and meaningful Ramadhan, may this event foster greater understanding and cooperation among our varied faiths, and guide the Philippines towards lasting peace and progress,” Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed worldwide as a month of fasting. The month lasts 29-30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. PND

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People’s safety the core for Region 12’s observance of NDCM By Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The safety and welfare of the people is this year’s core for Region 12’s observance of National Disaster Consciousness Month (NDCM) this July.

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The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) 12 said the observance is significant to create awareness in the society about the huge impact of disaster to people’s lives, properties, livelihood, and homes. Because the impact is so huge and disastrous, this could instantly change our lives, said Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 12-OIC regional director Jerome Barranco, also acting chairman of the RDRRMC 12. This year’s NDCM theme, according to OCD 12 is “Ligtas na Bayan, Maunlad na Pamayanan.” On July 1, the RDRMMC 12 led the launching for the observance of the 2013 national disaster month. Along with the kick off event was the creation of awareness in radio and television stations where members of the RDRRMC were interviewed by members of the local media. Likewise, the council also encouraged all its members to make an announcement of NDCM in their respective flag raising ceremonies every Monday. Barranco also urged them and the private sectors in the region like malls, banks and offices manning public installations like airport and bus terminals to display a large streamer of NDCM with its theme starting July 1 to 31. On Friday, July 5, the Dept. of Natural and Environment Resources (DENR) 12 and the OCD 12 led a region-wide simultaneous clean up drive and coastal clean up at the Queen Tuna Park here in collaboration with provincial and city Wednesday, July 10, 2013

environment and natural resources officers (ENROs) and the Philippine Coast Guard. Other participating agencies were the RDRRMC 12 members, the Search and Rescue (SaR) teams and members of the community. Barranco said NDCM is also timely to augment the need of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for more supply of blood as the Dept of Health-Center for Health Development (DOHCHD) and the PRC Cotabato chapter initiated a bloodletting on hundreds of screened volunteers on Saturday. The AFP, PNP, and the BFP were also part of the team that led the activity. The month-long observance will also prioritize the conduct of the region-wide “Simultaneous Tree Growing” to be spearheaded by DENR and provincial/municipal/city ENROs on Friday, July 12 at barangay Kematu, Tboli, South Cotabato. Assembly area will be at the DENR12 Regional Office at 6 a.m. The OCD-12 cited that continuous tree growing in the communities is important to replenish fallen and cut trees in the denuded forest in the region urging the people in the communities to also do their part in saving and preserving the environment. Other activities, Barranco bared also include information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign on DRRM on Saturday, July 13. “This is very important activity to boost the knowledge of the people on disaster preparedness at all times,” he said. 13


In a speech at PNP-12’s launching of NDCM observance Monday, Barranco cited the terrible effects calamities have brought upon various barangays in Region 12. Of the 1,194 barangays in the region, he said, 341 of them have actually hit by flash floods, 281 by landslides while 75 others have either experienced or are vulnerable to tsunami. The IEC campaign, which will be held at Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU) Gym from 8 a.m. to 12 n.n. will be led by OCD, PHIVOLCS, PAGASA, BFP, DENRMGB, DENR-EMB, and DOST. The participating agencies of the campaign, according to OCD-12 are the members of the regional, provincial, city and municipal DRRM councils, students, and community leaders. Still part of the observance, Barranco added is the Orientation on Cluster Approach on July 17 at Phela Grande Hotel in GenSan with DSWD, DA, DOH, and DepEd as lead agencies. Barranco added that the NDCM is also generating the participation of youth and students to actively involve in environmental advocacy and in enhancing their knowledge on climate change and climate adaptation. “So we are coming up with a Feature Writing Contest for College Students on July 25 at Phela Grande Hotel here with PIA, DILG, CHED, NEDA, DOST, and DOT as lead agencies,” said OIC RD Barranco. 14

According to him, the “provincial and city DRRM councils shall identify one college or university student who shall represent their respective councils.” The “Draw and Tell Contest” for primary and secondary students also on July 25 at Phela Grande will be spearheaded by DepEd, DILG, OCD, DOT, DSWD, and NEDA. Participants to the contest will be “primary or secondary students who shall represent their respective councils” after the provincial or city DRRM councils shall have identified them as contestants. Only one will represent each council. Meanwhile, OCD-12 also told PIA General Santos that the DSWD will undertake “Supplemental Feeding” among school graders in partnership with the National Nutrition Council 12, DOH, and DepEd. The DILG will also sponsor a training on “Understanding Multi-Hazard Maps, Its Usage and Application in Local Development” for the first batch of local DRRMCs and barangay DRRM committees. Capping the NDCM event is a special program which will highlight and honor the winners for the 2013 Gawad Kalasag Award on July 31. Gawad Kalasag Award is conferred to best government office, nongovernment organization, and individuals who have showcased exceptional contributions and gallantry in helping people and the communities during calamity and disaster occurrences. (CT Apelacio/ PIA-12 General Santos City) Wednesday, July 10, 2013


New PO1s in Soccsksargen Region receive badges, advanced to SCOUT training By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Four days after completing their Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP), Soccsksargen Region’s new police officers 1 (PO1) were formally bestowed their official badge as members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of the Police Regional Office (PRO 12), said the badge of honor ceremony was held at the PRO 12 headquarters in Tambler, General Santos City yesterday. “The badge symbolizes their full authority as police officers,” Mauricio said. It also means that the new PO1’s are ready to give their life in the name of service, for the love of God, country and people. The same ceremony, he added, underscores the new police officers’ responsibility to serve and protect the community from whatever unlawful incident. At the ceremony yesterday morning, Police Regional Director PCSupt Charles Calima Jr., told the officers: “The PNP badge pinned on your left breast is the symbol of that legal authority.” “It is so placed, nearer to your heart, to remind you of the fidelity and dedication to duty expected to you as a public servant,” he said. Calima also reminded them: “Upon taking the oath and assumption to office, you are invested by the people Wednesday, July 10, 2013

and the law with the authority as law enforcers.” In response, the new PO1s swore to do their best to enforce the law to anyone without prejudice regardless of race, culture, sex, religion or status in life. Mauricio also disclosed that

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yesterday afternoon, after the badge of honor ceremony were immediately advanced to the next mandatory training: the Special Counter Insurgency Unit Training (SCOUT). In a previous interview, Maurici, described the SCOUT as a “rigid and tough training” 45-day training for police officers. “But on the contrary, it is the best training that we could experience, because it teaches every basic detail in internal security operations,” he added. As SCOUT trainees, police officers will undergo courses on first aid, rope courses, immediate action drills, water/seaborne tactics, terrain modeling, close quarter battle, and survival.

They will also undergo field training exercises as well as community immersion. Mauricio explained further, the training is is substantial and useful for the law enforcers and at the same time an advantage for the communities where they will be assigned since they will be equipped with skills as credible law enforcers. At the opening program of the SCOUT, Regional Chief Directorial Staff PSSupt. Randolph Delfin told the trainees to “become better police officers,” emphasizing further that “they are the hope of a reformed organization.” He added that as law enforcers, the must be the first to follow the law and must be models for communities to follow. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/

Graduating elementary students may now apply for PSHS scholarship in SY 2014-2015 By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Qualified Grade VI pupils who are interested to enroll at any school of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) system may now file their application form, an official of the Department of Science and Technology 12 announced yesterday.

Since all students of the DOST-run school are government scholars, the same application would primarily serve as an application for the scholarship program. Dr. Zenaida Hadji-Raof Laidan, regional director of DOST 12 said the scholarship program aims to produce and develop future highquality human resources who 16

will take active participation and leadership roles in the science and technology activities of the country. Laidan added only the top 10 percent of the graduating elementary class may take the examination for scholarship and entry to the PSHS system. Applicants are screened only Wednesday, July 10, 2013


once, she said, through a scholastic aptitude test, designed to measure scientific ability, quantitative ability, abstract reasoning and verbal aptitude. The examination is scheduled on September 28. Because of this, applicants must submit application forms in duplicate copies to the DOST Regional Office inside the ARMM Compound in Cotabato City or nearest Provincial S & T Center on or before August 2. Application forms are available in said offices or may be downloaded from the PSHS website, www.pshs. edu.ph. Examination centers in Region Wednesday, July 10, 2013

12 include Cotabato State University (formerly Cotabato City State Polytechnic College) in Cotabato City; University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato; Sultan Kudarat State University in Tacurong City; Notre Dame of Marbel University in Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Mindanao State University in General Santos City. In June this year, PSHS - Soccsksargen Region Campus opened at Barangay Paraiso, this city. It is the 12th campus of the PSHS system and third in Mindanao. For inquiries on the entrance to PSHS and the scholarship program, interested persons may call DOST Regional Office at (064) 4216908 or (064) 421-2711 inquire from the S&T center in their area: (083) 554-7997 in General Santos; (083)228-2342 in Koronadal City, South Cotabato; 09195704895 in Sultan Kudarat and (064) 228-5174 in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/DOST 12)

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XU assures Xavier Ecoville sustainability during Hope Festival by Recthie T. Paculba

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In Cagayan de Oro, 568 tropical storm Sendong survivors were given permanent homes called Xavier Ecoville. To ensure sustainability in this community, Xavier University turned over a livelihood center to the Xavier Ecoville Multipurpose Cooperative (Xempco) during the Dayun, Padayun: The Xavier Ecoville Hope Festival and blessing of their houses on July 6 in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City.

This, in partnership with Peace and Equity Foundation, Maybank Foundation, Steag State Power Inc., Smart Communications, Rotary Club West, and Rustan’s. During the turn over, Fr. Roberto Yap, Xavier University president, said that the real challenge in building a 18

community such as Xavier Ecoville does not solely focus on providing homes but on helping people get employment opportunities and earn a living for their families thus, they Wednesday, July 10, 2013


created the livelihood center. Among the representatives of the partner institutions who graced the said event included Dr. Carsten Eevers, Steag State manager and Eric H. Montelibano of Maybank. The turnover ceremony also highlighted the signing of the memorandum of agreement with Maybank Foundation, Xempco, and the Xavier Science Foundation (XSF). In the MOA, Maybank agrees to grant XSF P500,000 for the implementation of the Xavier EcovilleMaybank Manpower Services Project proposal and another P500,000 for the acquisition of a vehicle for the manpower services and the cooperative. In return, XSF agres to facilitate the implementation of the approved project proposal and judiciously use the grant amount to

maximize the benefits to the community. Xempco, on the other hand, agrees to help in implementing the approved project proposal and comanage the manpower services for the duration of the project (six months). They will also take full managerial and operational function and responsibility afterwards. The CDA-registered Xempco has been established to become the hub of enterprise development and livelihood skills training in the community. Currently, the enterprises managed by the cooperative are wholesaling, loan and credit, tree nursery, food processing, and bakeshop, sewing, and manpower agency.

Kapatagan high school tops Sagayan Festival by Lorry V. Gabule

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – The Kapatagan National High School topped this year’s cultural dance of Lanao del Norte, the Sagayan Festival. First Runner-up went to Balo-i National High School, while the Lanao del Norte National Comprehensive High School of Baroy placed second runner-up. Prizes at stake were checks Wednesday, July 10, 2013

amounting P100,000, P75,000, and P50,000 for the champion, first and second runners-up, respectively, plus trophy each. While the nonwinning contingents Teofila Quibranza National High School of Tubod and 19


MSU-IIT IRDA of Lala received consolation prize of P25,000 each, plus trophy. Criteria for judging were based on Performance: interpretation equivalent to 30 percent; choreography, 30 percent; costume,

10 percent; and Musicality—tonality, 15 percent; rhythm, and 15 percent. Sagayan depicts a war dance among the Maranaos, performed during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte celebration. This year, the provincial government initiated it through a school based sustainable program tapping the secondary level, cited Governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo in his message. The Governor urged the students to understand that diversity of culture would not affect the harmonious relationship we instill among Muslims and Christians here in the province.

DSWD advocates laws on solo Parents, domestic workers by Hacelyn B. Barrero

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Social Welfare and Development 10 (DSWD-10) conducted an Advocacy Forum on Republic Act 8972 or The Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000 and Republic Act 10361 or The Domestic Workers Welfare Act on June 21 at Cagayan de Oro City. The Department of Social (DSWD-10) conducted an Advocacy Welfare and Development 10 Forum on Republic Act 8972 or The 20

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Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000 and Republic Act 10361 or The Domestic Workers Welfare Act on June 21 at Cagayan de Oro City. There were 50 participants comprising local social workers, solo parents advocates, as well as people’s organization representatives in the forum. Deputy Provincial Prosecutor of Misamis Oriental Atty. Malou Romualdo-Sumalpong who specializes in family court cases, discussed Republic Act No. 8972. According to her, the law aims to help solo parents who find it difficult to cope being a single parent. Promulgated on November 7, 2000, RA 8972 is the Philippine law on single parents. The law provides comprehensive program of services for solo parents and their children to be carried out by DSWD, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Commission on Higher Education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the National Housing Authority, the Department of Labor and Employment, and other related government and non-government agencies. (Sec. 2, RA 8972). A person is considered a single parent if: A woman who gives birth as a result of rape and other crimes Wednesday, July 10, 2013

against chastity even without final conviction of the offender: provided that the mother keeps and raises the child; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to death of spouse; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood while the spouse is detained or is serving sentence for a criminal conviction for at least one year; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to physical and/or mental incapacity of spouse as certified by a public medical practitioner; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one year, as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of children; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to declaration of nullity of annulment of marriage as decreed by a court or by a church as long as he/she is entrusted with the custody of children; Parent left solo or alone with the responsibility of parenthood due to abandonment of spouse for at least one year; Unmarried mother/father who has preferred to keep and rear her/his child/children instead of having others care for them or give them up to welfare institution; 21


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Any other person who solely provides parental care and support to a child or children; Any family member who assumes the responsibility of head of family as a result of the death, abandonment, disappearance or prolonged absence of the parents or solo parent. A change in the status or circumstance of the parent claiming benefit under this Act, such that he/she is no longer left alone with

workers and employment terms and conditions as stipulated in the memorandum of agreement. The law signed January 18 by President Aquino sets the minimum wage of household service workers in the country to P2,500 a month for those employed in the National Capital Region; P2,000 a month for those employed in chartered cities and first class municipalities; and P1,500 a month for those employed in other municipalities.

the responsibility of parenthood, shall terminate his/her eligibility for these benefits. Meanwhile, the speaker shared the details of the new law on Republic Act No. 10361 also known as “The Batas Kasambahay.� The law elaborates on the new approved rights and privileges of the domestic

Sumalpong said the purpose of the law is to protect the rights and provide better privileges of domestic workers for them to become more productive citizens of the country. She said they have contributed a lot in the daily activities of our family and the community as well. Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Lady solon sets high hopes for Zambo Sibugay Province By Alma L. Tingcang IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - “I’m happy to be back because it is my pleasure to serve you and watch Zamboanga Sibugay bounce back to progress,” so declared Congresswoman Dulce Ann K. Hofer of Sibugay’s second district. Hofer, daughter of former Sibugay, has started working long governor George T. Hofer who is before her assumption to office for considered the father of Zamboanga the good of the Sibugaynons. Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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She went on to clarify that contrary to what her detractors say, when her father lost in the 2010 elections, the older Hofer had turned-over to DILG on June 30, 2010 , P203 million cash, savings of P130 million and total assets of 1.125 billion, emphasizing the fact that Zamboanga Sibugay was financially healthy when he left the capitol. She laid out her plans for the province and her legislative agenda would center on health and hospital services, agriculture, aquaculture, education, environment, farm-tomarket roads, and irrigation facilities and many others. Hofer intends to revive the longest Talaba Festival by February next year and focus on the production of high-value marine products such as prawn and crabs as well as the thriving rubber industry in Sibugay. Not to be left out, 24

Congresswoman Hofer has also worked out for scholarship programs for the youth “because education is close to her heart,” as she was a teacher before becoming a legislator. “I will carry on the legacy of my parents and look forward to a bright future full of hope. I will work hard to realize our dreams for our beloved Zamboanga Sibugay,” Hofer said. She rallied Sibugaynons to unite and work together to bring progress and development to the province. The lady solon also acknowledged the dedication and commitment of every Sibugaynon for without them, the people’s votes would not have been protected courageously. “To all of you I dedicate my renewed service in congress. Most of all, I thank the Almighty God because He has fought our battles and victory was truly God’s intervention. Wednesday, July 10, 2013


PAMANA monitoring team visits Tungawan town By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – A project monitoring team from the Department of Interior and Local Government-Office of the Project Development Services (DILG-OPDS) in region 9 has recently joined PAyapa at MAsaganang PAmayaNAnZamboanga-Basilan-Sulu Tawi-Tawi (PAMANA-ZAMBASULTA) area coordinator Vicente Borgonia in inspecting the bridge project in a conflict-affected area in Zamboanga Sibugay. DILG-9 Information Officer Lemuel Mejares told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the monitoring team went to Barangay Datu Tumanggong in Tungawan,

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Zamboanga Sibugay to check the construction of the bridge abutment in preparation for the installation of a steel bridge. This project is implemented

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under the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) “Tulay ng Pangulo (President’s bridge)” program with an allocation of P2.5 million. Mejares said the bridge project, which is constructed in the socalled territory of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), aims to provide the community access to the urban centers. Once completed, the bridge would help cut down the cost in transporting farm products to the markets. Before proceeding to the

project site, the team together with the Barangay Captain and a Barangay Kagawad (councilor) got a clearance from an MILF checkpoint to enter the place. The group was then accompanied by an armed MILF combatant to the area. Barangay Datu Tumanggong is also a recipient of a P10 million-water system project under the Salintubig (Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Para sa Lahat) program in 2011. DILG-OPDS was represented by Engr. Rey Neo with Information Officer Mejares.

July 11 is World Population Day By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Commission Population (PopCom) enjoins everyone to observe World Population Day (WPD) on July 11 and be one in helping shape and empower adolescent girls as this year’s theme focuses on them. To amplify the call to action to empower adolescent girls, PopCom has chosen for local observance this theme: “Work for a brighter future. Address Teen Pregnancy NOW!” Said theme is also anchored on the international theme set by the United Nations Population Fund which goes “Adolescent Pregnancy.” PopCom Regional Director Reynaldo Wong in his letter said millions of young girls face discrimination that prevents them from exercising their reproductive health rights. “In the Philippines, 26

teenagers face pregnancy and childbearing before they are physically, emotionally and socially mature enough to be mothers,” he said. “Equipped with the right skills and opportunities, teenage girls can invest in themselves now and later in their families and communicates. Hence their rights, health, education and potential must be safeguarded and assured in the development agenda of every nation,” Wong in the same communication letter said. According to the PopCom chief, the country must invest in Wednesday, July 10, 2013


adolescent girls for their own sake, saying “educated and healthy girls have the opportunity to reach full potentials as they are more likely to delay childbearing, marry later, have healthier children and earn higher incomes.” “They can help uplift themselves and their present and future families out of poverty and be a force for change in their communities and generations to come,” he stressed. Pregnancy complications are Wednesday, July 10, 2013

the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15-19, killing thousands of girls every year. World Population Day in an annual event, observed every July 11 each year, seeking to raise awareness on global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, inspired by the public interest of five billion people. 27


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Popcom Caraga taps media, religious groups to address teen pregnancy by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY -- The Population Commission (Popcom) in Caraga urged members of the local media and religious groups to support the commission in working proactively in addressing the issue on teenage pregnancy in the region.

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Popcom Caraga Officer-inCharge Alexander A. Makinano, in a press conference cum “Caraga in Focus” in celebration of the World Population Day, said the issue of teenage pregnancy in the country is alarming. A report from the 2011 Family Health Survey of the National Statistics Office shows that 9.5 percent of women in the Philippines aged 15-19 years old have started childbearing. Makinano recognized the significant contribution of quadmedia in delivering accurate information to the public especially on family planning and responsible parenting program of the agency. “The campaign now is to 30

minimize teen pregnancy. With our concerted effort through our inter-agency engagement in close partnership with the media, we could eliminate this teen pregnancy rate,” Makinano added. He also recognized the significant role of the different religious sectors and civil society organizations in the problem of teen pregnancy, as well as in the implementation of the government’s reproductive health education program, and health and population agenda in the region. “Our effort should be multisectoral which includes all sectors of government agencies concerned. The religious sectors should be actively, directly and Wednesday, July 10, 2013


sustainably involved in the program implementation. That is why the authors, co-authors and even the concerned government agencies ensured that the reproductive health education program should be values-laden, cultural sensitive - that the religious and ethical and moral values are seriously considered,” Makinano emphasized. On the same occasion, Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga Local Health Support Chief Dr. Ernesto E. Pareja revealed that the unplanned pregnancy is one of the reasons why they less likely to pursue their education. “Other researchers believed Wednesday, July 10, 2013

that the lack of comprehensive sexuality education and limited access to adolescent friendly reproductive health services are some reasons for the high incidence of teenage pregnancy,” Pareja added. Pareja likewise manifested the essential cooperation of media groups in delivering updates and advocacies related to health and population program of the government. He bared that the DOH as part of the POPCOM board of commissioner continues to support the agency’s initiatives for the responsible parenthood and reproductive health. This year’s World Population Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Work for a Brighter Future, Address Teen Pregnancy NOW!”

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DENR-13 orders stricter monitoring of illegal transport of fruit trees by Eric Gallego BUTUAN CITY-- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) Caraga has approved a color coding alert system to enhance coordination among government agencies during disasters and calamities. DENR Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said fruit trees being harvested from private lands must be supported by a certificate from the Department of Agriculture. On the other hand, a clearance from the DENR Central Office is necessary to be secured if the fruit trees were cut from the natural forest. Tamayo was reacting to instances where he personally witnessed several lumber of “baono durian” species being transported along the Maharlika Highway in Agusan del Sur. “This kind of species are mostly found in natural forest,” he said. “Some forest protection officers particularly those manning the checkpoints and forest monitoring centers are complacent on their duties,” Tamyo said during a technical meeting held at the DENR Regional Conference Hall in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on Wednesday. “We are 32

verifying reports that some of these officers have tolerated the movement of undocumented fruit trees without checking the papers because of alleged solicited favor,” he said. “Either way, let this serve as a warning to them who are trying to engage in shady deals to stop and reform their ways otherwise, they will face disciplinary action that may lead to administrative sanctions and dismissal from the service depending on the gravity of the offense,” Tamayo said. He said there are growing demands of fruit tree-lumber in the region. Since fruit trees are outside the regulation of the DENR people opt to harvest fruit trees even in natural forest areas. But RED Tamayo, however, made it clear that the cutting of trees in natural forest is prohibited by virtue of EO 23. Tamayo has instructed environment officers to disseminate the agreed arrangement done from previous Wednesday, July 10, 2013


meeting that “henceforth, fruits trees that are harvested on private lands and transported through the Agusan river or highway by the owner must be supported with the necessary documents including a certification from the Department of Agriculture as a prerequisite for the issuance of a

transport permit. “Otherwise, a clearance from the central office must be secured, if these fruit trees that are harvested from the natural forest area shall be transported by the farmer operator,� RED Tamayo said.

Agusan Norte SP to pass health, tourism code by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY-- The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of Agusan del Norte on its inaugural session held recently recognized the urgent need to pass the health and tourism ordinance of the province. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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During his legislative agenda address, Agusan del Norte Vice Governor Ramon A.G. Bungabong recommended to the members of the SP to approve the Health and Sanitation Code to facilitate the quality of health and wellbeing of the people of Agusan. He also recommended the approval of the Provincial Tourism Code for the tourism development in the province. “Within three months, we will pass the longawaited Health and Sanitation Code. This is one of the major legislation required by the DILG in order to pass its standard of governance,” 34

Bungabong said. Bungabong also said the proposed Provincial Tourism Code of Agusan del Norte will apply modern approach in tourism development. He also stated the province has promising tourism spots like the marvelous Lake Mainit of Jabonga and Kitcharao, the beautiful beaches of Carmen, the Tacub Falls in Buenavista, among others, that can generate income to the province. “Within six months, we will formulate a Provincial Tourism Code that will express our comprehensive approach to tapping tourism potential of the province,” Bungabong said.

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Mass oath taking of officials marks 54th Araw ng Lanao del Sur celebration by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - A mass oath taking of newly-elected municipal, city and provincial officials marked the 54th Araw ng Lanao del Sur celebration on July 4. Provincial Governor Mamintal ‘Bombit’ Adiong Jr., Vice Governor Arsad Marohombsar and First District Representative Ansarruddin ‘Hooky’ 42

Adiong led the other elected officials in taking their oaths before Judge Wenida Papandayan of the Regional Trial Court Branch 12. Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Also joining them were Board Members and Regional Legislative Assembly Members from the two districts of the province as well as elected mayors, vice-mayors, and councilors from the 39 municipalities of the province. In his speech, Adiong encouraged his fellow officials to be true to their sworn duties and responsibilities. Adiong also said that his administration will further strengthen programs on agriculture, health, education, youth and women empowerment. We will continue enhanced cooperation with other agencies in pursuit of these goals, he added. The mass oath taking, held at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium here, was witnessed by Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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Promotion of human rights is everybody’s concern by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The promotion of human rights should be everybody’s concern. This was emphasized by Atty. Galuash ‘Bong’ Ballaho, commissioner of the Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim M i n d a n a o (ARMM) during the inauguration of its field office in the city Monday, July 8. He said human rights issues are a major problem in the region but this is now slowly changing. Ballaho said their office is collaborating with other agencies for potential solutions to these issues citing their convergence program with the security sector in the region that is now gaining positive results. The RHRC monitors family feuds (rido) and helps in the reconciliation of warring parties with the support of local government units and non44

government organizations, he added. Since most of human rights violations arise from armed conflict, Ballaho said they are monitoring the peace process and the flight of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) and evacuees. So far, there are no reported IDPs in the province, he said. The RHRC is an independent office that has the same powers and mandate as the national Commission on Human Rights. It was created by Wednesday, July 10, 2013


virtue of Section 16 of Republic Act No.9054 and operationalized by Muslim Mindanao Act No. 288 or the ARMM Human Rights Commission Charter of 2012 authored by Assemblyman Zia-ur Rahman A. Adiong. Lawyer Abdel Jamal Disangcopan, head of the RHRC

He said the opening of the field office will ensure that human rights issues in the area will be addressed in line with the “Daang Matuwid (straight path)� espoused by President Aquino and ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman.

Marawi Field Office, meanwhile thanked the provincial government for giving them space at the provincial capitol complex. He also expressed appreciation for the positive reception from human rights partners and stakeholders in the province. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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R-XI remains top counter-insurgency priority by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- Army chief Lt. General Noel Coballes affirmed that Davao Region remains a top priority area in the anti-insurgency campaign in the country. He said that recent development like the continued activities of the rebels in the area remain a security concern for the government. Coballes said the status of the region as a venue of the anti- insurgency campaign will change only depending on the assessment of the Armed Forces of 46

the Philippines, particularly on the dwindling dissent in the area. On the abduction of five soldiers who remain in the hands of the rebels in Paquibato District, he said that the Army will not negotiate for the freedom of the captives, stressing that the government does not negotiate with terror groups. However, Coballes said that a negotiation is being pursued by another group for the safe release of the soldiers. “We remain firm in our policy not to negotiate with terrorists,� he said. Coballes was in Davao City to listen to the regular meeting of the Philippine Army Multi-Sector Advisory Board where genuine reforms in the ranks are being pursued based on governance and strong-private-public partnership. The meeting aimed to allow the Army to showcase significant achievements of operational and Wednesday, July 10, 2013


tactical units relative to the Army Transformation Roadmap and Internal Peace and Security Plan implementation. It also showcased the disaster response and rehabilitation

convergence efforts of Army units and civilian-stakeholders in the area of responsibility of the 10th Infantry Division. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Tagumenyo bags Mindanao micro-enterprise award by Jean Abangan She has been selling viand and native delicacies but the award has made her known, gaining her a number of bookings for catering and increasing the demand for her food products.

TAGUM CITY, Davao del NorteShe sells fruits, delicacies and viand. She shows courage, courtesy and dedication. She is Alma Libraza, the grand prize winner of the 2013 Mindanao Cooperative MicroEntrepreneur Award (MICMA). In an interview last week, Libranza thanked Tagum Cooperative for tapping her into the search for MICMA which has opened doors for her to reach a much wider market to sell her home-made food items. Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bagging P50,000 cash award, she confided using part of it for additional capital of her food trade for which she also bought some kitchen utensils to use for her small catering services. The award has made her proved that indeed her hard work pays and that good relationship along with perseverance and dedication to “whatever we do can make a difference.� A resident of Brgy. Visayan Village, Tagum City, Libranza got 47


the cash prize and a trophy for picking the “Nanlimbasog” Award of MICMA conferred on April 20, 2013 during the 39th MASS SPECC General Assembly held at the Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. The Mindanao Alliance for Selfhelp Societies-Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative (MASS SPECC) Cooperative Development Center staged the 5th year of MICMA this year in recognition of the contribution of cooperatives in reducing poverty through supporting micro enterprises. In an info material, MASS SPEC explained that MICMA was aimed at creating public awareness

and making an impact on the microenterprise sector. MASS SPECC divide MICMA into two categories; one dubbed as “Nanlimbasog (trying hard) Award” opened to micro-entrepreneurs who successfully started a business which became a reliable source of income for the family. The other MICMA category was called the “Mauswagon (progressive) Award” given to microentrepreneurs who had grown their business to employment generation level, benefiting other people aside from the their own household or family members. (Jeanevive Abangan PIA-XI)

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