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Birth registration: IPs gateway for living an empowered life Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy Northern Mindanao

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Malacanang welcomes the latest Pulse Asia survey showing President Aquino’s trust approval up from 72 to 77 La Salle-Ozamiz to hold the “Run for a Priest 2013,” Aug. 3

KRutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

LGU Ozamiz acts on plight of trafficked persons from the city Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

PRC Agusan Norte-Butuan City bares accomplishments Nora L. Molde, Caraga Region

Oil industry bureau to conduct multi-sectoral advocacy nationwide Johny S. Natad, Caraga Region

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LGU Sta. Cruz joins seminar-workshop on land use plan updating

Julius Paner, Southern Mindanao

RNC 12 highlights sites in Soccsksargen Region with good nutrition practices

Shahana Joy E. Duerme, Central Mindanao

North Cotabato government supports signed wealth-sharing agreement

Shahana Joy E. Duerme, Central Mindanao

Scale insects hit coco plants in Basilan, says PCA-9

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Pulmones orders firearms inventory at city PNP station

Claro A. Lanipa, Western Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Birth registration: IPs gateway for living an empowered life By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

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aro” is 59 years old member of indigenous people (IP), but feels like his life has just begun. “I can now say that I am really who I am,” he said in ‘Binukid’ dialect minutes after becoming the first person in the Salumayag sub-village in San Fernando town to receive a birth certificate under a government organization and nongovernment organization (GO/NGO)funded program. “I have been refused a job as house or farm help, denied membership in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and have been asked to prove my identity countless times, all because I did not have this ‘small paper’ called birth certificate,” added ‘Angaray’ a mother of two children, who also have birth certificates just this year 2013. Being nobody “Taro” is one of the more than 2,000 Manobo-Tigwahanon tribe members who had no identification for his entire 4

life. He grew up in San Fernando town’s rainforest. The details and circumstances of his birth were unknown to him, as the lack of identity documentation in the community appears widespread. “The process for obtaining identification is extremely complicated, time-consuming, and disempowering for them because no forms of supplementary identification exist. This creates significant barriers when attempting to access services taken for granted by the

Empowered by the new birth certificate Everyone deserves to live in a community where they can feel safe and secure, and have a sense of belonging. “Birth registration opens the door to rights to children and adults, which many other human beings take for granted: to receive healthcare; to go to school, to protection from under-age broader military service or recruitment; community,” said Fundador Binahon to prove their age; to inherit property Jr, National Commission on Indigenous and to marry, among other rights and People (NCIP) Community Service Center privileges enjoyed by a birth certificate head for southern Bukidnon. holder,” Binahon said. But with the aid of the legal service of Higaonon, Umayamnon, Tigwahanon- Working effectively with indigenous Manobo Council of Elders and Leaders communities (HUTCEL), NCIP, National Statistics Office (NSO), Bukidnon provincial government NCIP data showed many reasons why and other stakeholders, Taro finally had births go unregistered in IP communities. his birth registered at age 59. These include cultural beliefs and attitudes, alternative documents and naming ceremonies, poor infrastructure, remote areas, fear of discrimination and bullying, conflict and unrest, or simply the fact that there is no system in place. However, with this IP birth registration project, they can now live with confidence and optimism— to feel respected and valued, Binahon said.

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ACROSS THE NATION Malacanang welcomes reports that President Aquino’s public satisfaction rating for second quarter of 2013 Social Weather Stations survey up by 76 percent

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alacañang welcomed reports that President Benigno S. Aquino III’s public satisfaction rating for the second quarter of the 2013 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey rose to 76%, saying the Chief Executive’s consistently strong ratings affirmed his administration’s mandate of good governance, a Palace official said. In his message to the Technologists, Inc. (PAMET, Inc.) Philippine Association of Medical on the occasion of the 7th PAMET Monday, July 22, 2013

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North Luzon Regional Congress, the Chief Executive said medical technologists are among the government’s steadfast partners in institutionalizing reform to improve the health of the people. The PAMET Integrated Chapters 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 progressive Philippines,” the President said. “Indeed, your association counts among our steadfast partners in realizing these

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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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Malacanang welcomes the latest Pulse Asia survey showing President Aquino’s trust approval up from 72 to 77

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alacañang welcomed the latest Pulse Asia survey showing the President Benigno S. Aquino III’s trust approval which soared from 72 to 77, saying the survey results are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued confidence in the Chief Executive, a Palace official said.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin ng Bayan June 2013 Survey. Lacierda issued the statement “We welcome the latest Pulse Asia on Monday following the release survey that shows an increase in of the latest Pulse Asia’s Ulat trust and sustained overwhelming Monday, July 22, 2013

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support for the President. Taken from June 20 to July 4, 2013, the President’s trust approval soared from 72 to 77, representing a five point jump in the past three months while his performance approval remained steady at 73,” Lacierda said. “These unprecedented ratings for a chief executive since Pulse Asia began its trust and performance poll, are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued support for and confidence Monday, July 22, 2013

in the President and the s w e e p i n g changes and programs he has championed since day one,” he noted. Lacierda said the survey results are indication that the Aquino administration’s reforms, good government initiatives, and social investments are producing results. “Today, as the President fulfills a constitutional duty to report to the Filipino people, we continue to be strengthened in our resolve to soldier on the path towards good governance and face the challenges of the next three years knowing our countrymen are solidly behind his leadership,” Lacierda said. PND

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P4.4-B Fund To Boost Mindanao Agricultural Development

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he government’s crusade in alleviating poverty in Mindanao has geared up as the Japanese government funded a P4.4-billion comprehensive package of support services project benefitting around 70,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in 216 barangays in Mindanao. The project dubbed as Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development (MINSAAD), funded under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), also aims to improve the living condition of more than 400,000 residents located in 12 settlement areas in Central, Northern and Southern 10

Mindanao. MINSAAD Director Nasser Musali said the project is designed to increase agricultural productivity, product value and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries and other small-scale farmers through provision of agricultural infrastructures and other capacity-building support. Monday, July 22, 2013

The comprehensive package of support services involve the construction of farmto-market roads, bridges, irrigations, and potable water systems, among others, as well as providing technical assistance and linking the farmers with financing institutions. The settlement areas covered by MINSAAD, with a population of 404,175, include the B’laan Settlement Reservation Area, Bukidnon Settlement Area Project, Karagan Valley Settlement, Lanao del Norte Resettlement Area 1, Lanao del Norte Resettlement Area 2, Lanao del Norte Resettlement Area 3, North Cotabato Resettlement Area 1, North Cotabato Resettlement Area 2, South Cotabato Resettlement Area 1, Sultan Kudarat Resettlement Area 1, Sultan Kudarat Resettlement Area 1-2, and Sultan Kudarat Resettlement Area 2. Musali explained that the project is funded by a P3.3-billion JICA loan complemented with P1.1-billion counterpart fund from the Philippine government. “The project is a colossal challenge and it requires interagency and multi-sectoral cooperation,” he added. For project implementation, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) serves as the lead executing agency, while the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), and other government agencies, as well as the local government units, are co-implementing agencies. DAR Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan Monday, July 22, 2013

said that MINSAAD is complemented by a larger framework of support within the DAR, which is called the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS). “Through ARCCESS, the DAR provides professional agri-extension services, business development and enterprise to ARB organizations, and accessible agricultural credit for all crops, grants common service facilities, and ensures land tenure stability in distributed lands such as the settlement areas and the construction of rural infrastructure,” Pacturan said. “The interventions of MINSAAD and the DAR’s ARCCESS program would definitely play an important role in the current administration’s focus on food security, rural household incomes, peace and stability, sustainable rural development, and improved basic social services,” Pacturan added. Counselor Koichi Ibarra of the Japan Consular Office, for his part, said the JICA loan was part of his country’s efforts to contribute to the success of agrarian reform in the Philippines. “I believe that the success of agriculture is the foundation of stability in this country,” he said. Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) Secretary Lualhati Antonino said that the project supports the MINDA 2020 development project goals and the peace process in Mindanao. “I am looking forward on MINSAAD as a partner in bringing Mindanao to economic progress,” Antonino said. 11

Fisher folks embark on P2M coco sugar project by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – A P2-million worth community enterprise is now operating in the town of Guinsiliban to assist in raising the income of coastal dwellers and lessen dependency on fishing.

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The Coco Sugar production is operated by the Guinsiliban Coconut Sap/Toddy Sugar Producer Association, with some 18 members coming from identified fisher folks and women’s association who are directly working on the project. Members are tasked to gather coconut sap, locally known as “tuba”, at an average of three gallons per day, 12

to be purchased by the association at a price of P40/gallon. The enterprise also pays sugar processors/beneficiaries at a minimum monthly wage. Evelyn T. Deguit, Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CCRMP) Phase II Team Leader said it first started as a household-based production in Sitio Cabuan and later Monday, July 22, 2013

identified under its conservationbased enterprises project. The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) likewise affirmed on the coco sugar’s big market potential. With technical assistance and release of financial counterparts from various government agencies to include the PCA, Provincial/Municipal Local Government Unit (P/MLGU), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Skills Education (TESDA), and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) the community project takes off. The CCRMP, on the other hand,

take on thirty eight percent (38%) of the project cost in the amount of P 800,000, while the partner People’s Organization (PO) likewise added a P 252,000 counterpart. The province is one of the few provinces to get funding from the New Zealand Agency for International Aid (NZAid), through the CCRMP project, which seeks to assists communities in establishing sustainable economic activities geared towards improving quality of life among coastal communities while seeking to improve the integrity and productivity of its coastal resources.

La Salle-Ozamiz to hold the “Run for a Priest 2013,” Aug. 3 by KRutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The La Salle University (LSU) has embarked on a project dubbed “Run For A Priest,” this coming Aug. 3, Saturday, starting at 4:30 a.m. The project aims to raise funds for the scholarship of the seminarians of Blessed John Paul College Seminary and St. Mary’s Theologate in Gango, this city, who are currently enrolled in LSU, this school year. Assembly area will be at the St. Columban grounds in LSU, Barangay Las Aguadas, with expected participants from the Lasallian Monday, July 22, 2013

faculty, staff, students, alumni, religious organizations, friends and the seminarians, themselves. The event is also in honor of Father John Mary Vianney, the Patron of Parish Priests whose feast day falls on Aug. 4, Dr. Ana Maria Director, Office of Development and Alumni Relations (ODAR) of LSU, said. Meanwhile, Ereňo said there 13

will be two (2) categories of participants, during the event: 2K with prizes of P500, for 1st place and P200 for 2nd and 3rd place winners, each, and 3K with prizes of P700 for 1st place and P600 and 500 for 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively. The registration fees are as follows: Option A with jersey singlet (sando shirt) with sizes Extra Small and Small, P200, each, Medium, P250, Large, P300 and Extra Large, P350.

Option B without jersey singlet but with token, P30 for specialized and public schools, P50 for elementary and high school and P100 for the faculty and staff, college students, alumni, parents and friends. On-site registration will be done at the LSU Arts Center on Aug. 3, while the pre-registration runs from July 1- Aug. 2. For more information, please call ODAR with contact no. 0917-329-0411.

LGU Ozamiz acts on plight of trafficked persons from the city by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Ozamiz City Government has activated its Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) to extend livelihood to the victims of illegal recruitment from one of its barangays. Mostly carpenters and drivers, 15 men and a pregnant woman, said to be the live-in partner of one of them, were recruited only through text by a certain “Abs,” who directed them to proceed to the Zamboanga City Wharf, last June 30. The group left their abode in Barangay San Antonio, Ozamiz City, at 7 a.m., on the appointed day and boarded a bus toward Pagadian City, where they took a van that brought 14

them to the said wharf at P500 per head. They were to board a private cargo ship, MV Julemina, that would bring them to Bacongan Island in Palawan, where work awaited them, recounts one of the victims. However, interviewers from the CIU of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office learned that the person who texted them was a former resident of their Monday, July 22, 2013

barangay who made it big in Malaysia. So, they surmised that the group were really headed for Malaysia and not for Palawan, the CIU-CSWD said, sensing that the group had withheld some information about the recruiter, the name of whom they never revealed. Upon reaching Zamboanga Wharf, the said ship was still unloading its cargo, so the group waited in the vicinity until the unloading was over. However, after unloading, the ship was again reloading another set of cargoes, so the group continued waiting that lasted for three days and three nights. Apparently alerted by the group’s encampment in the wharf, a team from the Zamboanga City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) escorted by the Crime Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police (CIDG-PNP) in the area came to their rescue. They were then brought to the

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Processing Center for Displaced Persons (PCDP) in Zamboanga City, where they spent another three days and three nights. After almost a week without provisions and without hearing from their recruiter, the group decided to contact their families, who in turn asked the help of the LGU, to raise the amount of more than P6,000, for their fare in coming back home to San Antonio. Meanwhile, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo O. Parojinog, Sr., said the LGU, through CIU-CSWD, have started to assess the skills, not only of the victims of illegal recruiters but also of their families for possible interventions in their livelihood. City SWD Officer Ludie Salud A. Raras, said the victims have already undergone counseling and home visits will be done to determine, based on the Social Welfare Indicators (SWI), the level of assistance they need, whether it is survival, subsistence or if they are selfsufficient, so that the intervention from the LGU will not go to waste.

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DOST-Caraga chief encourages PWDs to learn skills for small-scale business by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY-- As part of the week-long activities for the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week celebration from July 17-23, 2013, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga spearheaded on Friday the Training on Buko/ Coconut Juice Processing and Food Safety Awareness held at Butuan City School of Arts and Trade (BCSAT).

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In her message, Regional Director Dominga Mallonga encouraged the persons with disabilities (PWDs) to learn more about Buko/Coconut Juice Processing and Food Safety Awareness and put up their own small-scale business. “Buko/Coconut trees are abundant in Caraga region that is why this is a good start for our PWDs to utilize for their business as their livelihood,” said Mallonga. She also emphasized that the department provides assistance to the PWDs be it technical or financial. “We can provide assistance Monday, July 22, 2013

to those PWDs in the region especially those who have their cooperatives, and provide them technology training for their business,” she said. Mallonga further stressed that when selling foods, good manufacturing and sanitation practices must be observed to ensure a safe and quality food production. “For us to have a successful business, be it small-scale or large scale, we have to make sure that foods we sell in the market are clean, safe and worth the price. If we can establish a good business, we can make it grow and expand,” said Mallonga. With this, the DOST director expressed confidence that with enough knowledge, skills and trainings, PWDs can achieve their goals in life.

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PRC Agusan Norte-Butuan City bares accomplishments by Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY-- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del NorteButuan City reported its accomplishments for the months of May and June 2013 during its regular meeting held Thursday, in one of the convention centers, here. PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan Course with 64 graduates City Board of Directors Chairman from the different different Atty. Felixberto I. Guiritan establishments, Response Team presided the meeting while the and PRC Chapter Volunteers. different committee chairmen On Blood Services, the Chapter also presented their committee was able to collect 1,255 units of accomplishments for the period. blood including those required For the months of May and from blood letting activities. Blood June, the Chapter’s Disaster donors are categorized according Management Services was to their type of donation: walk-in able to conduct three classes has a total donors of 290; patienton Basic Disaster Management directed – 310; replacement and 143 Mobilization Training – 272; and from mass blood 18

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donation with 383 donors. All the blood units collected were tested to five major blood transmissible diseases and all units nonreactive to all serologic tests were given to both private and government hospitals of Butuan City and Agusan del Norte. The chapter was able to release a total of 1,270 units blood to hospitals and has served 1,270 units to clients who suffered from anemia and other blood-related disorders. Other PRC Chapters also sent blood samples to the Chapter for the serological test (Hubbing System). Chapters from Gingoog City sent 142, Surigao City – 79, Surigao del Sur – 81, and Agusan del Sur – 383, having a total of 685 for the months of May and June alone. Also, during the Chapter’s regular meeting, Safety Services committee chair reported the conduct of the following activities: three classes on Standard Tailored first Aid Training Course with 59 graduates; three classes on Basic Life healthcare Providers Training Course producing 59 graduates; two classes on Basic Water Safety and Rescue Training Course with 48 graduates; one class each on Automated External Monday, July 22, 2013

Defibrillator Training with 19 graduates, Rubber Boat Operation Training with 24 graduates, and Ambulance Operation Training Courses with 20 graduates. An Organized Ambulance Operation and First Aid Station were also set up in 12 separate precincts of the cities of Butuan & Cabadbaran and nine municipalities of Agusan del Norte. During the month of June, on the Community Health and Nursing Services, the Chapter continued the third phase implementation of the Community-Based Health and First Aid Project at the municipality of Carmen, Agusan del Norte in coordination with the Rural Health Unit through its Municipal Health Officer. Also, the Community Health Volunteers conducted health education and campaign activity on First Aid on their respective barangays with 65 numbers of people reached. The Chapter was also able to conduct two batches of training on Youth Volunteer Orientation Course, Leadership Formation Course, and Basic Leadership. For the period of two months, the Chapter was able to notify and counsel 38 blood donors who were found reactive to blood serological examination. 19

Oil industry bureau to conduct multi-sectoral advocacy nationwide by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY -- The Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB) of the Department of Energy (DOE) will be conducting a series of multi-sectoral advocacy in eight provinces nationwide. The multi-sectoral advocacy is part of the effort of OIMB in disseminating awareness on downstream oil industry and its benefits to the general public. The sectoral approach will gather 50 provincial information officers and media practitioners and 50 LGU representatives from each province. OIMB has set dates of implementation for the eight provinces with the following schedules: 1. Bulacan - July 20, 2013 2. Surigao - August 5-7, 2013 3. Saranggani - August 7-9, 2013 4. Misamis Oriental- August 11-13, 2013 5. Zamboanga Peninsula 20

September 4-6, 2013 6. Cebu - September 18-20, 2013 7. Batangas - October 7-9, 2013 8. Oriental Mindoro - October 9-11, 2013 It is expected that during the activity, the LGU representatives and stakeholders in the retail marketing business of Liquid Petroleum Products and Liquified Petroleum Gas will undergo hands-on demonstration in the calibration and sealing of a dispensing pump in a gasoline station. In the province of Surigao, the activity will be held at Surigao City. Monday, July 22, 2013

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Public-Private partnership for Kadayawan gearing up 2013 Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival and for other purposes. Mayor Rodrigo Dutertewillchairthe festival executive c o m m i t t e e alongside vicechairpersons Paolo Duterte, the City Vice-Mayor who will lead the Government Sector and businesswoman Gene Bangayan DAVAO CITY- The City Government of Davao along with the city’s pri- who will represent the private sector. The public-private partnership vate sector is steadily preparing of the festival is a long tradition of the for one of its biggest annual fesfestival dating back in 1988 when it tivals, the 2013 Kadayawan with was first created. the signing of Executive Order 15 The EO seeks to enlist the support last July 16 by the City Mayor. The EO mandates the creation and participation of the private sector of the steering committee of the in the planning and execution of the 28

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festival activities in order to fully maximize the benefits of the festival. Duaw Davao Festivals Foundation will partner with the City Government during the Kadayawan 2013. They are tasked to handle the main activities which will include Opening Ceremonies, Lumadnong Gama (Indigenous Peoples Trade Fair), Pasalamat (thanksgiving), Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Streed Dancing), Pamulak sa Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade) and Konsiyerto/ Pahalipay. Other private partners include the Samahan ng mga Musikeros sa Dabaw (Samadhi) will handle tunog Mindanaw, The Davao Association

of Tour Operators will be in-charge of Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan (street party), Kaliwat Performing Artists will have Moda Mindanaw (fashion competition)andLumadnong Batawan (Indigenous Performance Showcase). While the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will have Sayaw Mindanaw. Aside from recognizing the indigenous heritage of the city, Kadayawan is also one of the major tourismeventsinthecountryattracting tourists and visitors wanting to take part of the merry-making and display of cultural performances. (PIA/RG Alama)

LGU Sta. Cruz joins seminar-workshop on land use plan updating DAVAO CITY – The local government unit of Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur province is participating this week in a seminarworkshop on revising/updating of the Municipal Comprehensive Land Use Plan/Zoning Ordinance being conducted in the city starting today (July 22).

In a Memorandum Order, Sta. Cruz Mayor Joel Ray Lopez has sent the members of the LGU‘s Technical Working Group (TWG) to join the seminarworkshop that tackles about the module II of the Cluster Planning

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Approach in the revision/updating of the municipal CLUP/Zoning Ordinance. The activity also serves as the venue to assess the output of the Module I and pre-assessment for the data requirements for Module II that discusses about the Economic Sector and Social Sector and Consequence and Vulnerability Analysis for Social and Economic Sectors. Lopez said the activity is in line with the technical assistance of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board – Southern 29

Mindanao Region undertaken in coordination with the League of Local Planning and Development Coordinators of the Philippines, Inc. (LLPDCPI). Among the TWG members of Sta. Cruz are the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, Statistician, Draftsman/Computer Analyst, Project Analyst, Encoder, Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Agriculture, Tourism, Trade and Industry, Education and Health; Municipal Agriculture Officer, and 30

the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer. The other members are the Tourism Officer, Municipal Health Officer, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer, and the representatives from the Department of Education, Philippine National Police and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The seminar-workshop runs until July 26, 2013 at the Regency Inn, Villa Abrille St., Davao City. (PIO-Sta. Cruz/Julius Paner) Monday, July 22, 2013

DA 12 distributes certified palay seeds to flood victims in North Cotabato By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Rice farmers who were affected by recent floods in North Cotabato received aids, in the form of certified palay seeds, from the Department of Agriculture (DA) – 12.

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DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag- Datukan told Philippine Information Agency 12 that a total of 120 bags of palay seeds were delivered to the homes of farmer recipients in Carmen, Kabacan, and Pikit towns. Marang-ay Irrigator’s Association and Amianan Irrigators’ Association , both in Carmen town received 20 sacks each. Division 5 and Division 6 Irrigators’ Associations in adjacent Kabacan also received the same allocation while the Bagonabati Irrigators’ Association in Pikit town was provided 40 sacks of palay seeds. Delivery of these help to farmers

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was done last week. Jayag-Datukan explained the seeds, were intended to help farmers immediately restart their rice-growing activities after their crops were washed out by flood waters. The aids were delivered directly to the farmers, she explained, to make sure that the certified palay seeds are received by the intended farmers who were earlier assessed and verified to have lost their crops because of flooding. Transporting the goods right where the farmers are is also much appreciated by the farmers who realized that the government is committed and ready to assist

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them in times of need. Jerry Manalo, chairman of Barangay Aringay in Kabacan said, farmers in his area are very thankful for the very immediate response of DA 12. Because of the assistance, farmers in his area of responsibility are most likely to immediately recover their losses from the calamity. Beneficiaries of the aid were

among the over 10,000 families who were affected by floods brought about by southwest moon in midJune. Besides the mentioned towns, the flood also affected several barangays in Matalam, Mlang, President Roxas and Tulunan towns in North Cotabato and Montawal in Maguindanao, ARMM. (DEDoguilesPIA 12/LMSalvo-DA 12)

RNC 12 highlights sites in Soccsksargen Region with good nutrition practices By Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Regional Nutrition Council of Soccsksargen Region has cited Malungon town in Sarangani and General Santos City for their laudable nutrition programs and practices. Last week, the National Nutrition Council (NNC) 12 brought guests, including personnel of some government agencies as well as staff of the non-government organization Accion el Hambre (ACF International) to these places. NNC 12 regional coordinator Araceli Latonio said that the project visit was aimed at showcasing the nutrition projects with good nutrition practices initiated by selected local government units (LGUs) in Soccsksargen region. This strategy aspires to strengthen the promotion and replication of their good nutrition practices in other areas of the region. Malungon, Mayor Reynaldo F. Constantino assured RNC 12 of their utmost efforts to improve the nutritional status of preschool and Monday, July 22, 2013

school children in their locality. The town takes pride of its Nutri Care Center where undernourished children are adopted, fed and cared until they return to their normal healthy state. The committee was toured on the town’s Restore Food for Children (RFC) Nutri Farm where various vegetables are planted and fishes and small animals are raised. Aside from the Nutri Farm and Nutri Care Center, they also visited the RFC Multi-purpose Center donated by Congressman Manny Pacquiao. The center is being utilized for feeding underweight children; it also serves as a feeding demo area. The facility has an RFC Nutri store where nutritious products are on sale; income from the store is plowed back to fund

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nutrition projects. The municipality also features 31 ‘kamaligs’ (multi-purpose huts) for each of the town’s barangay which are intended to house pregnant women living in far areas weeks before they give birth to ease access to birthing centers thus minimizing complications. These huts cater to patients from far-flung areas who are under medication as well as as sleeping quarters for barangay constituents who are attending activities in the town. Meawhile, General Santos City boasts of its breastfeeding stations in public areas as the city government is steadfast in promoting breastmilk as the best nutrition for babies. Among the facilities visited were the health center in Barangay North Dadiangas which advocates breastfeeding and milk banking. The team also visited the breastfeeding facility at the General Santos City Public Terminal in Bulaong. The structure has a room designed to give comfort and privacy

to breastfeeding mothers. Latonio challenged other LGUs in the region to promote good nutrition through implementation of innovative strategies on nutrition and good nutrition practices leading towards a wellnourished community. (SJDuerme-PIA12/RMacadaanNNC12)

North Cotabato government supports signed wealth-sharing agreement By Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The provincial government of North Cotabato has expressed its appreciation and support to the recent signing of the second annex of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 34

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According to Gov. Emmylou Mendoza, it was through perseverance from both the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels and the willingness to find solutions to the problems in Mindanao that the annex on wealth sharing, the second of the four annexes being deliberated by the two sides was eventually signed. The governor pointed out that everyone in Mindanao seeks for long lasting peace to prevail. She also said that the provincial government of Cotabato is in concurrence with all the efforts in looking for concrete and acceptable solutions to the problem. The signing came several months after the annex for the creation of the Transition Commission was forged. The commission was tasked to formally craft the basic law of the Bangsamoro entity which will be the basis for the governance the moment it will be established. It was concluded in the second annex that 75 percent of the government central taxes, fees and charges collected in the Bangsamoro, other than tariff and custom duties will go to the Bangsamoro Government, including the shares of the component local governments. The rest will be given to the central government. Monday, July 22, 2013

For income derived from exploration, development and utilization of metallic minerals within the region, 75 percent will go to the Bangsamoro government. Those form non-metallic minerals, will wholly go to the said administration and its component local governments. Meanwhile, income taken from exploiting energy resources like uranium, and deposits of fossil fuels like petroleum, natural gas and coal will be equally shared by the Bangsamoro and national governments. Further, government income from the operations of Bangsamoro government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), financial institutions, economic zones, and free ports operating in the region will go to the Bangsamoro Government. It is expected that both peace panels will be resuming discussions for the power sharing and normalization annexes after the Ramadhan. Meanwhile, Governor Mendoza hopes that like the first two annexes, peace panels will decide doable and satisfactory results on normalization and power sharing annexes despite the heavy issues underlying the annexes. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta. Cruz-N. Cot. Prov’l Govt.) 35

DOH-ARMM turns-over three units speedboat-type ambulance to Tawi-Tawi By Nash Tahang

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi - Three units of a speedboat-type sea ambulance were turned-over to the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi by Department of Health-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOH-ARMM) in a simple ceremony Friday at Lomboy wharf in this municipality. Governor Nurbert Sahali DOH-ARMM Secretary Dr. Kadil received the sea ambulance from Sinolinding after the ribbon cutting 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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ceremony symbolizing the formal turnover of the fast craft to the provincial government. Sahali said the three speedboat– type ambulances are of great help to the people in the island municipalities as these will hasten the patient’s mobility to the nearest hospital. “It will help save lives,” he added. He said Tawi-Tawi, which is composed of island municipalities, really needs sea transportations. “We will dispatch the first three sea ambulances to the Municipalities of Panglima Sugala, Sapa-Sapa, and

Sibutu,” Sahali stressed. He also conveyed his gratitude to the national government and the ARMM for the grant of special projects that are directly beneficial to the people. Meanwhile, Dr. Sukarno Asri, provincial health officer, revealed that seven motorized “jungkung” or pump boats will also be dispatched to Tawi-Tawi by DOH-ARMM as part of special projects to help the island municipalities address the need for fast transportation by their constituencies.

Scale insects hit coco plants in Basilan, says PCA-9 By Franklin P. Gumapon

ZAMBOANGA CITY – After Batangas, coconut scale insects have found their way to the island-province of Basilan, prompting the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)-9 to conduct massive leaf pruning of infected coconut plants. Monday, July 22, 2013

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In a briefing held here Friday for Information Center Managers (ICMs) of Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, Rudy B. Corsame, PCA chief of Isabela City in Basilan, reported that some 6,000 coconut trees in 15 barangays of said city got infested with scale insect. Scale insects (Aspidiotus destructor), which are considered plant parasites, feed on the sap from the plant’s vascular system resulting in the yellowing of leaves progressing to drying and wilting in young and old palms. This pest also attacks ornamental plants and fruit trees like mango, lanzones, mango, mangosteen, guava, papaya, avocado and others. To control the pest, the PCA recommends leaf pruning of affected coconut trees to reduce its reproduction and to prevent its spread to other areas. It also embarks on biological control by releasing “coccinellid predators” that 38

feed on scale insects. Local quarantine regulations shall also be strengthened to avoid the transport of infested plants, coconut planting materials and other plants that may introduce the pest to other non-outbreak areas. PCA theorized that the scale insect outbreak was wrought by “imbalance or loss of natural enemies” due to excessive use of pesticides or by natural causes such as long drought and climate change. Reports reaching the Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 said scale insect had attacked fruit trees particularly lanzones in some parts of Zamboanga Peninsula. However, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-9 is still investigating the said report. For its part, PIA-9 led by Regional Director Noemi Edaga has assured both the PCA and DA of its help in their information campaign on the prevention and control of scale insect infestation. Monday, July 22, 2013

Pulmones orders firearms inventory at city PNP station By Claro A. Lanipa PAGADIAN CITY – City Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones recently has ordered the legal department of the city government to conduct an inventory of firearms issued to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the City Police Station (CPS). The new local chief executive wanted to ascertain whether these firearms issued to PNP personnel assigned at CPS are properly accounted for. “These firearms should be used to protect the people of Pagadian,” he said, adding he wanted these inventoried as there were reports that some of these guns were not returned by some policemen assigned in the city during the past administration. ”The legal department is conducting a thorough study on the situation wherein legal actions may be filed against these people if they refuse to return the firearms issued to them, especially those who are no longer assigned at the city police station,” the Mayor said. “These are owned by the city government. If these are owned by the PNP, then they could bring them anywhere they are assigned. But, since these are owned by the city government, then they should return the firearms to the Pagadian City Police Station,” Pulmones stressed. The Mayor also added that even a group of civilians were issued with the same firearms and have yet to Monday, July 22, 2013

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