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A better life for PWDs through “Kabuhayan” Gideon C. Corgue Western Mindanao

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Palace reiterates its willingness to end all domestic conflicts DOH ensures availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Caraga, ARMM

Johny S. Natad, Caraga Region

Butuan councilor & chair on social services committee lauds PWDs Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Lanao Norte caravan brings government closer to the people KHMJ, Northern Mindanao

Biz group lauds ‘Hapsay Dalan’ in CdeO Elaine O. Ratunil, Northern Mindanao

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US Treasury awards Dev’t Impact Honors to DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS project

Dominic I. Sanchez, Western Mindanao

Dipolog celebrates disability prevention, rehabilitation week

Mary May A. Abellon, Western Mindanao

Public Safety Command Center cites glitch in running after kidnappers Joey Sem G. Dalumpines, Southern Mindanao

PH exports more premium rice from South Cotabato, Nueva Ecija Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Barrio school earns Hall of Fame in Brigada Eskuwela

Edgar V. dela Cruz, Central Mindanao


CoVer StoRy A better life for PWDs through “Kabuhayan” By Gideon C. Corgue

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ersons with disabilities (PWDs) are often overlooked, neglected and deprived of their needs by society and many times denied involvement in decision-making that affects their very existence. But this deplorable situation never happened in this municipality situated in the southern part of Zamboanga del Sur. In Lapuyan, which is predominantly inhabited by Subanens, the PWDs were given access to livelihood by the local government. LGU/DSWD Support It was in 2011 that Mayor Daylinda Sulong established a livelihood project for PWDs dubbed “Kabuhayan.” The good mayor chose a retired teacher, Josefina Semini to become the “Kabuhayan” project coordinator. With an initial funding of P100,000.00, the project sought to improve the well-being of PWDs starting with only 13 members. At the inception of the project, 4

it was Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center (AVRC) superintendent Fatima Caminan of DSWD in Zamboanga City who introduced the idea of providing free skills training for PWDs. Skills Training Five PWDs were brought to the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center III, DSWD in Zamboanga City for a free one


good citizens of the community,” Sulong announced. “She designed and implemented livelihood programs and activities in order to promote access, inclusion and the full participation of persons with disabilities in our municipality. The project provides help to PWDs to live a normal year to six months skills training while their transportation and accommodation were shouldered by the LGU. They were trained as masseur, tailor, barber, carpenter, and other skills. Semini said with a job to do, they feel important and are able to eventually become independent. “The lady chief executive was concerned with the plight of our PWDs who were neglected in the past. She then established a livelihood center called Lapuyan Kabuhayan Center: The Home for the Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Sectors. Mayor Sulong said the building which is patterned after DSWD’s AVRC III became the home for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of the municipality. “This will be their home where they will enhance their skills to be more productive, and eventually gain employment thereby becoming

life,” she added. “We encouraged them to hone their skills for them to become productive, self-sufficient, and to live fruitful lives. They don’t need our pity, they need our love and encouragement,” said Semini quoting mayor Sulong. The LGU’s support was observed by the agency which prompted AVRC Superintendent Fatima Caminan to visit the municipality and proposed employment opportunities for the PWDs which was then approved by the chief 5


executive. Employment opportunities Thirty-one year-old Jezrel Langhay of Waterfall, Lapuyan said no one would ever thought that despite their handicap, there are still kind-hearted people who care and offer new hope for them. “Nagpasalamat ko ug dako sa administrasyon ni Mayor Sulong ug sa DSWD nga ila kaming gitabangan nga mga disabled persons makapangita ug trabaho. Wala mi magdahum nga bisan pa sa kakulian sa among panglawas adunay mga manggiloy-on nga mga tawo nga nag-amuma ug naghatag bag-ong paglaum kanamo. (I am deeply grateful that the administration of Mayor Sulong and the DSWD helped us, disabled persons in looking for a job. We did not expect that despite our handicap, there are still kind-hearted people who care and offer new hope for us),” said Langhay, the eldest in a family of six. Dako ang akong kalipay tungod kay nakatabang ako sa akong pamilya. Ang akong kita isip mananahi gihatag nako 6

sa akong ginikanan aron mapalit namo ug pagkaon. Sa una, masulob-on ako tungod kay anaa ra man ko sulod sa balay ug walay trabaho ug karon duna na ako’y trabaho (I am very happy because I was able to help my family. I give my earnings as a tailor to my parents so we could buy food for the family. I used to be sad because I only stay in the house, jobless and with nothing to do, but now, I already have a job),” Langhay happily said. Semini said PWDs are now receiving P2,000 to 3,000 each from DSWD as incentives. “There are many programs available for all sorts of disabilities in our municipality,” Semini said . If they are encouraged and learn to believe in themselves, there is no reason they will not flourish. “With a job to do, they feel important and eventually become productive and independent,” Semini concluded.


ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino cites country’s medical technologies for up-to-date clinical practice standards in the treatment of disease

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited the country’s medical technologists for their efforts to equip themselves with up-todate clinical practice standards in ensuring the right treatment of diseases of patients. In his message to the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc. (PAMET, Inc.) on the occasion of the 7th PAMET North Luzon Regional Congress, the Chief Executive said medical Friday, July 19, 2013

technologists are among the government’s steadfast partners in institutionalizing reform to improve the health of the people. The PAMET Integrated Chapters

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of Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino opened on Thursday the 7th PAMET North Luzon Regional Congress. The event will end on Saturday. “Comprehensive healthcare complements our agenda of institutional reform and people empowerment, bringing us closer to an even sturdier, more equitably Friday, July 19, 2013

progressive Philippines,” the President said. “Indeed, your association counts among our steadfast partners in realizing these objectives, as you continue to equip our medical technologists in North Luzon with up-to-date clinical practice standards in screening and testing, which are crucial to the detection and treatment of diseases and medical conditions,” he said. The President expressed hope that the event will serve as a platform for the PAMET members’ further learning and development, enabling them to respond accordingly to the needs of their patients. “May the ideals of excellence, professionalism, and integrity always show in your work. As one collective, let our sonorous voice towards greater heights be heard, and transform our country into the dynamic nation that it truly is,” he said. PND

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Palace reiterates its willingness to end all domestic conflicts

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alacanang reiterates its commitment to end all internal conflicts in the country adding it is up to the communist rebels to show its sincerity if it wants to talk peace with the government.

The government has been negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and has concluded this week wealthsharing agreement with them. Friday, July 19, 2013

If the MILF and the government finally forged a peace pact, discussing peace with the communist insurgents will remain significant, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said

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in a press briefing on Thursday. Peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippine-New People’s ArmyNational Democratic Front (CPP-NPANDF) hit a snag over disagreements on the release of political prisoners, whom the rebels said were vital participants in the peace discussions. “Our position has always been we would like to resolve all these internal conflicts in a peaceful manner. We Friday, July 19, 2013

have stated our position many times. We have advocated our position several times. It is up to the CPP-NPA-NDF to come to the table and break bread with us,” Lacierda told reporters when asked about how significant it is for the government to discuss peace with the CPP-NPA-NDF. The government had confirmed that its chief negotiator with the communist rebels has resigned after several months of lull in the peace talks. Lacierda also mentioned the government’s willingness to provide protection to a vice mayor in the Visayas region who has been in the rebel’s hit list. The NPA leadership has ordered its members to “arrest” the vice mayor in Bacolod City. Asked if he thinks the NPA threat against a duly-elected official an insult to the government’s mandate to maintain order and peace, he said: “We own the brand, law and order is our brand. It is not any other people’s brand, any other rebels’ or group’s brand.” PND

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Tourism 12 launches travel program for Mindanao

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indanaons and other local tourists will now have a chance of visiting various parts of Mindanao as the Asianet Travel Agency and Davao Metro Shutte partnered with the Department of Tourism in the project “Destination: Mindanaw.” Nelly Dillera, Departmetn of Tourism 12 regional director, said the Weekend Tour will officially kick off next week with its initial trip to Lake Sebu in the SOCCSKSARGEN Region as the destination. Dillera said “Destination: Mindanaw” Friday, July 19, 2013

weekend tours aim at increasing the income of restaurants, hotels and resorts, “pasalubong outlets,” tour guides, travel agency and the bus company. She said the project offers and promotes fun-filled and educational tours to encourage people to visit Mindanao, 11


compel the local government units and tourist establishments to improve services and facilities and change the negative perception on Mindanao. In addition to Lake Sebu that passes through General Santos City and Koronadal City, other tour packages in Region 12 include Gensan – Sarangani, Kidapawan-North Cotabato, Tacurong –Sultan kUdarat, and Cotabato City. The local DOT encourages travel

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agencies to sell more tour packages to bring in more tourists to the region. There shall also be tour packages to Camiguin, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Surigao City and Davao. “We would like to impress upon our tourists that Mindanao is not all about violence, crimes, and rebellion, there’s more about Mindanao that our tourist got to find out,” Dillera said. (PNA)

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Gov’t agencies, partner stakeholders celebrate NDPR Week in Butuan by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY-- The member-agencies of the Regional Council on Disability Affairs (RCDA) Caraga led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), together with CSWD started the opening ceremony of this year’s observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral and followed with a motorcade program at the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES).

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Pupils with their parents and teachers of BCES also joined in the celebration. Mr. Rico Canales, Vice President of the Butuan Association of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), said this celebration is remarkable evidence that PWDs are contributing to nation-building and not a burden to society. “Respect and acknowledgement from the people in the communities are the things that makes us happy and makes us feel that we belong in the society,” he said. Canales also expressed his thanks to the city government thru Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr for the creation/establishment of the Rehabilitation Centers for young adults and senior citizens. “We PWDs always want to work with the 14

people in the community and government to attain sustainable development for all,” he said. Also, the Butuan Blind Association, Butuan City Special Education Center, and Children with Autism, presented their talents through an intermission number that truly touched the minds and hearts of the guests and participants from different sectors. With this year’s theme “Building an Inclusive and NonHandicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities,” the RCDA promotes the rights and welfare of the PWDs which includes the women and children.

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DOH ensures availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Caraga, ARMM by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY-- Residents here have no need to worry about the availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) for infants, a health official assured saying that they have allocated PCV in the regions of Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The PCV vaccination for Caraga and ARMM regions and infants is part of the Expanded can be accessible throughout Program on Immunization (EPI) the local health centers to of the health department, which ensure vaccines availability provides free vaccines that to the local communities. protect the infant children from “The DOH has committed one the common vaccine preventable million pesos that will benefit diseases that help address the 333,000 children in Caraga and reduction of child mortality. ARMM for the next two years. DOH Asec. Enrique Tayag, The Caraga and ARMM deserve who graced the launching in the best in health care,” he said. Butuan City on Wednesday, July Tayag said that as part of 17, said the health department the implementation of the PCV guaranteed that the PCV will be immunization, the DOH is making available to the communities in sure “that the health workers are Friday, July 19, 2013

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given the adequate training, the communities are mobilized and raise the community awareness of the community about the vaccine especially the mother, and the PVC are stored securely and effectively in the local health centers.” The Public Private Partnership in Public Health of the administration in close collaboration with government, health providers, and medicine and vaccine industries could also ensure the quality of the PVC. “We, in the DOH valued the

collaboration of health providers, vaccine industries through public private partnership in public health. We recognized the industries effort of ensuring the PVC introduction to Caraga and ARMM run smoothly,” Tayag added. DOH Caraga Regional Director Arieal Valencia, revealed that the PVC for the meantime will be placed at the Butuan City Medical Center to ensure the vaccines viability and management before its distribution to the local health centers.

Butuan councilor & chair on social services committee lauds PWDs by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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This was the statement of city councilor and chair of the social services committee F e r d i n a n d Nalcot during the opening program of this year’s National D i s a b i l i t y Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration held on Wednesday at the Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES). Speaking before the teachers, parents, representatives of government agencies, Nalcot expressed his appreciation to the PWDs who are striving hard to live and making things worthy that would contribute development in the community. “When I see PWDs working hard despite their disability, I feel inspired and I feel more motivated to do my part well as government worker… PWDs are model of hope and strength that we should never give up on things that will make us happy and things that will improve other people’s lives,” stressed Nalcot. Also, Nalcot acknowledged the untiring efforts of the teachers Friday, July 19, 2013

in teaching and in molding the characters of the children especially those with disabilities. “We commend the valuable support and efforts of our teachers especially in the public schools handling a number of pupils in a class but are still able to perform their jobs well and have been inculcating good characters to the children so they will grow responsible and God-fearing,” said Nalcot. With this, Nalcot, as chair of the committee, encouraged the general public to promote the rights and welfare for the PWDs not only for this celebration but in every day living. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Building an Inclusive and NonHandicapping Environment for Persons with Disabilities.” 17


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DOST 10 PINOY complementary foods technology now available by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) PINOY (Package for the Improvement of Nutrition of Young Children) complementary foods technology is now available and can be adopted by private companies for massive production. Provincial Director Cecilia Aca-ac of DOST Misamis Oriental said during the National Science and Technology week here that the PINOY technology if produced massively and become mainstream and visible in grocery stores and malls will really help in aiding malnutrition in the region and the country. According to her, this technology produces complementary food blends and snack foods developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) particularly BIGMO: Rice-Mongo-Sesame ready to cook blend, BIGMO: Rice-Mongo Instant Blend and BIGMO Curls with cheese flavor. Friday, July 19, 2013

The technology is simple and at the same time raw materials are locally available and sustainable, she added. Cecilia said the goal is to reduce prevalence of under nutrition among 25


the targeted underweight from 6 to 35 months old children. At present, two universities in this city are locally producing complementary foods through PINOY technology particularly Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and Mindanao University of Science and

Technology. For interested companies or for more details, you may write or call Regional Director Alfonso P. Alamban of DOST region 10 at 858-3931 up to 33 or visit your respective DOST provinces.

Lanao Norte caravan brings government closer to the people by KHMJ

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - The Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo (MKD) Serbisyo Sigurado Caravan gathered more than 5,000 people on July 3, at MCC Gymnasium, this province. Popularly known as ‘People’s Day,’ the event is annually held as part of the week-long celebration of the Araw ng Lanao. Special recruitment services, free legal services of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) of the Department of Justice, medical and dental consultation led by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), mass feeding by the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and business day opportunity seminar were among the services enjoyed by local residents and visitors from nearby cities of Iligan and Ozamiz. This affair marks the partnership 26

of the provincial government of Lanao del Norte with the national government agencies like National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Statistics Office (NSO), Land Transportation office (LTO), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), Pag-IBIG Fund, Government Social Insurance System (GSIS), Department of Health (DOH), Technical Education Student Development Authority (TESDA), PhilHealth, Philippine Army and Philippine National police. Also, the Non-governmental organizations like the Red Cross-Lanao del Friday, July 19, 2013


Norte chapter partake in providing services to the participants. “This event is yearly offered by the provincial government in its intention to bring the services of the national agencies to Lanao del Norte, to make it easier and accessible to the constituents and visitors from nearby cities thus targets the purpose of bringing the government closer to the people,”

Eugene Pusing, Provincial Human Resource Management Officer said. Also included in the said event is the Governor Kid’s Day facilitated by Dunkin’ Donuts-Iligan and Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO). This was followed in the evening by Ely Buendia’s Rock Concert.

Biz group lauds ‘Hapsay Dalan’ in CdeO by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ORO CHAMBER) lauds the city government’s move to widen major roads by phasing out the mini stalls of sidewalk vendors and even halt the operations of the famed Night Café. The business group is happy to note that sales have improved among many of its member-companies especially those located in the Divisoria area. “We are happy to receive reports from our members on sales improvement,” said Oro Chamber President Efren Uy. Uy believes that in freeing the streets with sidewalk vendors, legitimate enterprises can already cater to more customers because of increased visibility of their stores, not to mention the absence of Friday, July 19, 2013

clutter. Past president Antonio Uy, who owns Marny’s Fastfood and Wang’s Tea Fuzion, shared that conveniencewise, the business operation improved. Before, they had difficulty loading and unloading the food containers as the vehicle would be normally parked two or three blocks away from the store due to traffic and the helter-skelter in Divisoria. “The city is now clean,” Tony Uy reiterated. Another business, Barkadahan Grill, is happy with the sudden boost 27


in sales after Hapsay Dalan (orderly street) stopped the Night Café. Chamber President congratulates the current city administration for its Hapsay Dalan as it helped alleviate traffic congestion and restored the order in Divisoria and Cogon Market. Uy is also encouraging the Night Café entrepreneurs to register as micro business enterprises so they can benefit from the assistance of the different government agencies ranging from technical to financial support under the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) Law. The Chamber Executive is asking the Night Café vendors to be patient too as the city is surely looking for the best site where they can be relocated. The Barangay Micro Business 28

Enterprises Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9178) or commonly known as the BMBE Law has Mayor Oscar Moreno as one of its authors. This act refers to any business entity or e n t e r p r i s e engaged in production, processing or manufacturing of products or commodities, including agroprocessing, trading and services, whose total assets including those arising from loans but exclusive of the land on which the particular business entity’s office, plant and equipment are situated, shall not be more than Three Million Pesos. The Department of Trade and Industry, in coordination with the private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs), shall explore the possibilities of linking or matching-up BMBEs will small, medium and large enterprises, and likewise establish incentives thereof. The data gathered from business registration shall be made accessible to and shall be utilized by private sector organizations and NGOs for purposes of business matching, trade and investment promotion. Friday, July 19, 2013


DepEd holds education summit in Bayog By Bernadine Astillero-Gabawan

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – The Department of Education (DepEd) Zamboanga del Sur Schools Division in collaboration with the local government unit of Bayog conducted a two-day Education Summit last week at the Bayog Central Elementary School. Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email

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The summit aimed at surfing causes of low school performance and to formulate plans and strategies to improve the same, needing convergence of all government agencies. Summit outputs will be presented to the ExecutiveLegislative Agenda meeting together with the outputs of the forthcoming health, agriculture and peace summit. “We are part and parcel of the problem on educating our children. That is why we will look into where the problem had started,” said Mayor Leonardo Babasa Jr. during the opening program. Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Arturo Bayocot commended the municipal leadership saying “this activity is the first of its kind, a benchmark in the whole province since there are no other LGUs that look into the performance of the schools and the teachers.” The event was attended by all teachers of Bayog DepEd District headed by District Supervisor Rudy Luna, local paid teachers, municipal officials and department heads led by Mayor Babasa, other key officials and the 28 barangay chairmen. The summit ended with a covenant signing among stakeholders comprising school officials, municipal officials, barangay officials, civic leaders and others.

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US Treasury awards Dev’t Impact Honors to DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS project By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), one of the poverty-reduction and community empowerment projects implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Bank was chosen over 40 international candidates for the Development Impact Honors Awards by the United States Treasury Department. Melanie Sison, National Social Marketing Officer of the project said that the Development Impact Awards “recognizes the different projects supported by multilateral development banks all over the world”. She furthered that the entries coming from the different countries all over the globe was based on criteria such as the quality of the results, focus on the primary sectors, innovations used, and risk mitigation strategies utilized. In his letter to World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim, US Secretary of Treasury Jacob J. Lew said that Kalahi-CISS was chosen because it is “especially high-impact and noteworthy”. Rodolfo Nillosguin Jr., regional monitoring and evaluation officer of Kalahi-CIDSS shared that in Region IX, 33 municipalities in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay are currently implementing Kalahi-CIDSS. Over 900 community infrastructure and Friday, July 19, 2013

development projects were built by community volunteers, many of whom are Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. The municipalities are Leon Postigo, Baliguian, Godod, Jose Dalman, Mutia, Salug, Gutalac, Kalawit, Katipunan, and Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte; Bayog, Dinas, Dumingag, Lakewood, Lapuyan, Midsalip, San Pablo, Dumalinao, Josefina, Kumalarang, Sominot, Dinas, Tigbao, Tukuran and Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga 31


del Sur; Alicia, Mabuhay, Payao, Mabuhay, Ipil, Kabasalan, Malangas and Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay. These municipalities will continue the project towards 2014, which will transform into a “National Community Driven Development Program.” Meanwhile, DSWD Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo expressed optimism on the

upcoming implementation of the NCDDP. “This award re-echoes how the communities have succeeded in realizing their most pressing needs. We are very optimistic that the continuous implementation of Kalahi-CIDSS, now the NCDPP will reap more development, especially for the poor families,” Director Arevalo said.

Dipolog celebrates disability prevention, rehabilitation week By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – In support of observance of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week (NDPRW), the city government here has lined up a series of activities for persons with disabilities starting July 17-23. Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada had issued Proclamation No. 361 declaring every July 1723 each year as National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week, which culminates on the birthday of the sublime paralytic, Apolinario Mabini. The weeklong celebration aims to encourage public support in helping uplift the economic and social conditions of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to make them active participants in nation building. Anchored on the theme, “Building an Inclusive and NonHandicapping Environment for 32

Persons with Disability,” the NDPRW will be capped by a free medical and dental check by the City health office (CHO) and a free massage to be facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). The activities conducted during the opening day include a thanksgiving mass and parlor games for children like straw relay, crutches relay, pinoy henyo, trip to Jerusalem, tomato dance and wheelchair relay. Special children will also be given a tour or field trip to Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. A culmination program will be held at the Senior Citizens Covered Court, Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City. Friday, July 19, 2013


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Cebu Pac compensates Flight 5J971 passengers DAVAO CITY- About 42 passengers of the Cebu Pacific Flight 5J971 which skidded off the Davao runway last June 2 will be receiving compensation from the airline company. These were the group of passengers who had banded together as Flight 5J971 Crash Victims Association and earlier demanded a P1-million per passenger compensation from the airline. The compensation is part of a quitclaim agreement with the airline company. The amount of cash which the 42 passengers will be receiving is shrouded in secrecy as part of the quitclaim. The cash will be distributed in the afternoon today (July 18). “We are glad that Cebu Pacific has reached out to all the passengers of 5J 971 particularly our group 5J 971 Crash Victims Association.” said the group’s public relations 34

officer Nino Alinsub during a press conference held this morning (July 18). The press conference will also be the last for the group as after the payment and under the terms of the quitclaim they will closing the issue behind them. The details of the harrowing passengers’ experience during the July 2 landing at the Davao International Airport was detailed in Alinsub’s online blog which went viral in the internet and was subsequently picked by the media. “We have agreed to accept the airline’s very reasonable offer of financial assistance to cover passengers’ expenses related to the incident.” Alinsub said reading the group’s official statement. Aside from the cash compensation, the airline also assured the group of their steps “to make flying with them a better experience.” (RG Alama) Friday, July 19, 2013


Public Safety Command Center cites glitch in running after kidnappers following the shoot-out that killed three of their alleged companions during a foiled pay-off last Thursday (July 11) in front of a bank at C.M. Recto Street. Francisco Villaroman, chief of the Public Safety Command Center told reporters that the incident happened so fast that their technicians failed to put a monitor for a closedcircuit television camera set up in the area one hour and thirty minutes before the shooting incident occurred. Speaking in the I-Speak Forum, he said that prior to the incident, the PSCC was able to set up a CCTV camera almost fronting the crime scene at 11:00 am on that day. “We were quite unlucky. We could have monitored the movement of people and vehicles in the area prior to the incident,� Villaroman said. He said the PSCC was also DAVAO CITY-An official of the given an inaccurate information by Public Safety Command Center rethe witness on the vehicles carrying vealed a mixed-up in the informa- the 10 other perpetrators which could tion on the vehicles carrying the have been monitored by other CCTV remaining ten alleged members of cameras installed in other parts of the the kidnap-for-ransom group. city. The kidnappers had eluded arrest Villaroman explained that the Friday, July 19, 2013

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rest of the alleged abductors got away as authorities did know what to look for given the wrong information. “There was a misunderstanding from the ground up to the operation center. The witness was also in the state of shock when asked about the description of other vehicles carrying other perpetrators, so the information given initially was inaccurate,” he said. Villaroman said it was too late already to pursue the accurate information that the perpetrators fled on board Pajero sports-utilityvehicles. He said the local authorities could have captured the other perpetrators if the witness gave the exact color, model and model of the sports-utility vehicles which tailed them from Manila, Butuan to Davao City. Villaroman said that currently, they now have the correct information about the perpetrators who are still

subject for a massive manhunt. He also allayed the fears of city residents that the perpetrators might strike in the city. Villaroman said the kidnapfor-ransom-group operates in Metro Manila and adjoining regions III and IV. He said the Mitsubishi Montero used by the perpetrators killed in the shootout was bought in Baliuag, Bulacan and owned by someone from Angono, Rizal. “It means that the perpetrators were operating in Metro Manila and Central Luzon and not from Davao City,” Villaroman said, though he disclosed that one of those killed in the shootout hailed from South Cotabato. He assured that the perpetrators are being hunted down by the intelligence community nationwide. (Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Did You Know... Tha Mati Airport, a minor commercial (secondary) domestic airport in Mati City, Davao Oriental is the only other airport in the region next to the Davao International Airport (Francisco Bangoy International Airport) in Davao City. Due to lack of market no airlines operate from this airport at the present.

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USWAG Sarangani 2013 launches DTI’s SME roving academy and SSF By Catherine T. Apelacio

MALAPATAN, Sarangani -- The 4th USWAG Sarangani “goes to town” opens Tuesday (July 16) at the municipal gymnasium here.

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USWAG which literally means in Cebuano “to prosper,” stands for united towards a strong, wealthy, and globally competitive Sarangani. Tuesday’s opening is the 9th regular USWAG celebration in the province. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Sarangani provincial director Engr. Nenita Barroso said USWAG Sarangani 2013 also kicked off the DTI Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Roving Academy (SMERA) and the Shared Service Facility (SSF) in Sarangani. SMERA, a nationwide government program is poised “to bring to local level micro, small, medium enterprise (MSME) learning programs designed to promote entrepreneurship, develop key competencies in opportunities searching, product development, marketing, and finance.” The program, Barroso added endeavors to find ways on how to help increase productivity and efficiency of the MSMEs. The DTI’s Shared Service Facility, on the other hand, “aims to improve the quality and productivity of micro-enterprises and SMEs” by providing them the tools, machinery, and equipment to help them boost production and ultimately to be competitively at par with others. DTI-12 assistant regional director Dorecita Delima conveyed to participating MSMEs five characteristics to establishing a business. First, she said a would-be entrepreneur must have an “idea” to think about coupled with the “intent” to pursue such an idea. Afterwhich, she said is the crafting of a well-meaning 38

“plan” and the “determination” to implement it. Lastly, Delima added is the “perseverance” to take on all challenges and rise above it leading to success. She also urged all MSMEs to enroll in the MSME Roving caravan for free saying it has no hassles in the part of those interested to join. “This has no investment from your end. This is for free. Libre ang mga training dito,” she said. The SME roving academy is also set to take off in the towns of Kiamba on July 23 and Alabel on July 25. Carrying the theme, “GabayNegosyo sa Pag-Asenso,” USWAG Sarangani is staged in support of the nationally-mandated SME development (SMED) Week every month of July. Sarangani then expanded it into a month-long event celebrated in different host municipalities of the province taking it out from the usual provincial capitol-based celebration and dubbed “USWAG Sarangani goes to town.” Engr. Barroso explained that USWAG Sarangani is a mechanism geared toward “MSME promotion and development as well as venue for pushing policies and advocacies of all stakeholders. At the event’s opening, Delima prodded all MSMEs especially those in the priority industry clusters to also avail the SSF program stressing its huge benefits to them. “Kung may produkto na kayo at kulang lang sa equipment, we will give you the equipment for free but you have to qualify….you must have a Friday, July 19, 2013


cooperator..,” she told MSMEs, guests, and other participants. DTI-Sarangani explained that SSF beneficiary would get the help of a cooperative or an institution that can provide and share a facility to house the machinery and equipment. SSF program is implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Citing the program benefits, Delima said that improved quality products would also mean sustained patronage and increased profit and income which will ultimately redound to good quality of living. DTI said the types of equipment that are in store for the beneficiaries include packaging machines, mechanical/kiln

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driers, dye vats, slicers, thickness planers, handlooms, among others. Supportive of USWAG and the DTI programs, Governor Steve Chiongbian-Solon described MSMEs as engine of local economy commending those whom he said have the vision to persevere and succeed. “Dako gyud ang inyong eksena sa paglambo sa ekonomiya sa atong lugar ug sa Pilipinas sa katibuk-an. Ing-ana mo ka-importante sa kalambuan (You have big role in the development of our economy and the country as a whole. MSMEs are that important in development),” he said. The newly-installed governor also encouraged the MSMEs to enlist in the DTI programs boosting their morale,

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saying that in the event of failure a micro-entrepreneur must not despair or get discouraged instead he/she must go on with that vision of dream and achieve it. Based on research, he said “before

a micro-entrepreneur can truly succeed, he/she experiences a failure at least three times” reiterating then his vision of success for the MSMEs of Sarangani. (CT Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City)

PH exports more premium rice from South Cotabato, Nueva Ecija

By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- More premium rice produced by farmers in South Cotabato and Nueva Ecija are set for shipment to Singapore next week.

The Department of Agriculture, announced early this week said that some 45 metric tons white aromatic rice produced by farmers belonging to Magtutumana

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ng Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija and Firmus Farm Service Providers’ Cooperative based in Koronadal City in South Cotabato

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is scheduled to be be shipped on July 22. Firmus is a cooperative that specializes in the provision of farm workers that can be hired for a fee, concept that was initiated by the Department of Agriculture - 12 last year. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala disclosed that the current shipment of Aromatic White Rice was gathered and selected from the best crops produced in the country during the last cropping season. Each grain, he explained, was carefully harvested when fully mature and when the rice paddies have turned into a landscape of golden brown stalks under the clean, pollution-free environment of the Philippine countryside. The batch is the second shipment that the Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Vendors Association Philippines Incorporated (VIEVA Phil. Inc.) arranged for exportation of locally produced premium rice products. In May, it shipped to Dubai, United Arab Emirates 15 metric tons of organic black rice produced by the Don Bosco Multi-Purpose Cooperative based in M’lang, North Cotabato in Soccsksargen Friday, July 19, 2013

Region along with 20 metric tons of white aromatic rice from Luzon. Ms. Lea M. Cruz, president of VIEVA Phil. Inc, which acts as the shipper/exporter of the cargo, further stressed that they processed and packed all its rice products hygienically to preserve their rich aroma and superb quality - mindful of the discriminating taste of foreign buyers. Each cup of any of these products is thus, both nourishment and an experience in delightful taste, Cruz said. Meanwhile, Amalia JayagDatukan, DA 12’s Regional Executive Director said, exportation of premium rice to other countries will encourage Filipino farmers to embark on planting special rice varieties since it has huge export potentials. She said that the department is willing to support individual and private rice exporters so that they can find market for global exportation. She also stressed that the department is giving special attention to its Rice Export Program where Region 12 plays a very significant role. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/LMSalvo-DA 12) 41


Barrio school earns Hall of Fame in Brigada Eskuwela By Edgar V. dela Cruz KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Bambad Central School (BCS) in Bambad, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat has earned the Hall of Fame as best implementer in Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education (DepEd) an official said. School principal Rima DiestoMagdayao Ph.D. said this barrio elementary school has bagged various awards since the start of the competition for Brigada Eskwela in Sultan Kudarat Schools Division. It garnered the second place in 2008-2009; first place in 2009- 2010 and second place in 2010-2011. For school year 2011-2012, BCS got the first place and again made it in the first place in 2012-2013 school year. Volunteers for the school’s Brigada Eskuwela held on the third week of May, offer their free services in painting classrooms, repairing furnitures and cleaning up the school grounds, while others donate the needed materials and supplies, the school principal said. Brigada Eskwela is a nationwide voluntary effort which started in 2003, bringing together teachers, parents and the community to do clean up and repairs in public schools to prepare the learning facilities for the June school opening. Dr. Magdayao said, this year’s Brigada Eskwela has involved about 2,703 volunteers, working and 42

rendering services of about 6,993 hours with a total estimated cost of P174,825. The school was also able to collect P41,000 worth of school supplies and cash amounting to P102,585 used for the replacement of door jambs, ceiling board and gutter and repainting of landscape, fence, walls, chairs ceilings and roofs. Another P3,135 collection was used for the purchased of materials for the installation of fascia board. Other voluntary works during the SY 2013-14 include landscaping of the school’s Math Park, flower garden and finishing of the five-span of fence, construction of multi-purpose pavement, renovation of Girl Scout and Boy Scout of the Philippine Park, elevation of school ground and school garden, pruning of trees and tiling of floors. Magdayao also attributed their success in the Brigada through the collective efforts and harmonious relationship of stakeholders, the local government of Isulan, parents, teachers and the pupils themselves. (EBdelaCruz/ACAgad PIA12) Friday, July 19, 2013



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