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EDITORIAL BOARD Executive Editor …….. EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor …….. ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern & Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director - PIA Caraga Region Associate Editors …… NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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Monday, July 29, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 236







Cover Story

Davao Region economy grows 7.4% Rudolph Alama Southern Mindanao

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Malacañang appeals to all to ‘take a look’ at the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, says peace accord will benefit all Bangsamoro Tagum Mayor vows to finish city hall built by previous administration Louie Lapat, Southern Mindanao

Regional Summit on disaster risk reduction and mgt. set for LGU execs Julius Paner, Southern Mindanao

Whirlwind hurts 1, destroys buildings Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

Go4Health regional launch set Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

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DepEd Caraga tops NAT anew Isidro Biol Jr, Caraga Region

DOST-Caraga bats for food safety, quality

Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

DA-9 holds media forum in Dipolog City Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

P300-M set for BUB agriculture projects in 2014 for region 9

Dominic I. Sanchez, Western Mindanao

More weather trackers installed in Soccsksargen Region Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Tacurong City Mayor is LCP’s new Deputy Secretary General for Mindanao Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Davao Region economy grows 7.4% By Rudolph Alama


ast Thursday July 25, the region’s top statisticians namely the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) and the National Statistics Office (NSO), the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Dept. of Agriculture (DA-BAS), the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLEBLES) met and converged for an annual tradition.

That tradition is the presentation of the Performance of the Davao Region Economy for 2012. This is an annual event anticipated by the Davao media particularly business writers as 4

it seen to highlight the economic performance in the past year and also present upcoming economic trends in the region. The presentation was read by Rosendo Aya-Ay Officer-In-Charge of NSCB-XI. The main highlight of the presentation is the report that Davao Region’s economy grew by 7.4% in 2012. It was noted that the 2012 increase in the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) is higher than the 2011 growth of 3.7%.

The acceleration was brought about by the surge in the industry sector and the sustained growth of the services sector. The industry sector surged from 0.7% in 2011 to 8.9% in 2012. Construction, and Electricity, Gas and Water Supply (EGWS) had a 13.7% growth in 2012 as compared to -9.6% in 2011. The services sector sustained its high growth with 9.2% in 2012, last 2011 it grew by about 6.7%. Manufacturing sector grew by 14.0%. According to National Economic Development Authority regional director Maria Lourdes Lim who gave the message after the presentation of Mr. Aya-Ay; the big growth of the region came from the expansion of the trade, real estate and finance sectors. Financial intermediation rose by 12.1%, real estate by 10.8% and Trade by 10.0%. Lim said the region’s performance was better than the target set which

was 6.8%. “Davao leads in the development of real estate and business services, as it strengthens its position as the financial and services hub of Southern Philippines.” Lim said in her speech. Providing the boost is the growth of services which has been linked to the expansions in Business Process Outsourcing and banking, and the establishment of big shopping malls such as SM and Abreeza Ayala Mall. Lim also cited government’s boost in public sector spending such as the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for the poor. The services sector contributed P128 billion to the regional economy, constituting more than half of the region’s economic output. The industry sector meanwhile posted a much faster growth from 0.7% in 2011 to a high of 8.9% in 2012. Lim attributes the growth to the rise in manufacturing of food and beverage, government spending in infrastructure, and the construction of malls, high-end residences, social housing, hotels and condominiums. She also cited the growth of manufacturing which grew 14.0 % in 2012 as compared to 11.8% in 2011. This can be seen as inclusive growth 5

as it means more jobs created for the Davao’s workforce. According to DOLE-XI Regional Director Atty. Joffrey Suyao unemployment rate in the region has been reduced to 5% in the first quarter of 2012, which is lower than the national unemployment average of 7%. Meanwhile Lim cited the challenges in the region’s growth which includes the impact of Typhoon Pablo which hit Davao last Dec. 4. The typhoon’ immense power has devastated agri-business plantations in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. This could be one of the reasons why the AHFF (Agriculture, Hunting, Fisheries and Forestry)sector slowed its growth from 0.6 percent growth in 2011 to 0.4 percent in 2012. Another major factor to impact the region’s economic performance is having stable power supply in the Mindanao Grid which needs additional power generating capacity of 1,050 megawatts. The region has seen investments substantial investments energy with 6

the P 1.3 billion 7-megawatt Hedcor hydro-power plant in Davao del Sur and the P25- billion 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Davao built by Aboitiz Power. Meanwhile based on the presentation the region was fourth in Mindanao among economic growth rates. Western Mindanao buoyed by surge in the canning industry grew 12.4% while Caraga Region’s nickel mining industry contributed much to its 10.6% growth. Region XII followed with 8.1% growth. However Davao Region still is the Mindanao’s economic powerhouse as it contributes 26.6% of Mindanao’s GRDP share. The presentation of the region’s economic data was graced by the country’s top statisticians namely; Carmelita Ericta, administrator of the National Statistics Office (NSO), Dr. Jose Ramon Albert, secretary-general of the National Statistical Coordination Board and Gervacio Selda, executivedirector of the Statistical Research and Training Center. Dr. Jose Albert said that in order for the growth to be really felt the growth must be sustained so as to provide more jobs. “If this growth is sustained, such as in manufacturing, this will become the source of employment to absorb low-income earners and out of school youths.” Albert added.

ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino confers Order of the Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Cross on former Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Tsuneo Tanaka


resident Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Order of the Golden Heart with the rank of Grand Cross (Maringal na Krus) on former Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines Tsuneo Tanaka for his role in establishing numerous health, education and livelihood projects for Filipinos during a simple ceremony in Malacanang on Monday. The Chief Executive awarded the Order of the Golden Heart on Tanaka in a simple ceremony at the Music Room of Malacanang Palace. The President cited the former Monday, July 29, 2013

Ambassador for “playing a vital role in establishing numerous health, education and livelihood projects throughout the country in service of the Filipino masses with the guiding principle that the underprivileged


can learn to make a living with pride.” “Tanaka was also recognized for promoting and fostering a culture of serviceoriented volunteer work for Japanese nationals in the Philippines through the Global Voluntary Service of which he serves as Senior Adviser,” the President said. Tanaka was likewise cited for actively encouraging activities to provide financial and monetary assistance for programs that have helped improve the living standards and economic conditions of Filipinos. The Order of the Golden Heart was

established in 1954 by the late President Ramon Magsaysay to recognize individuals who had rendered distinguished services or material aid to improve the condition of the masses. Joining the President during the conferment ceremony are Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Director Kiyoshi Takiuchi of the Japan Information Center, Embassy of Japan, and Presidential sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz among others. PND (js)

Malacañang appeals to all to ‘take a look’ at the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement, says peace accord will benefit all Bangsamoro


alacanang appealed to all Filipinos to closely review the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement (BFA), saying the peace accord will benefit the Bangsamoro whether they be members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Moro National Liberation Front or the Lumads. Monday, July 29, 2013


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the appeal in a press briefing in Malacanang on Monday amid reports that the MNLF would declare independence for Mindanao if the BFA would be implemented through the abrogation of the 1996 peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the MNLF. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles clarified that what the government sought was the termination of the tripartite review mechanism brokered by the Organization of Islamic Conference and maintained that “the government will continue to engage relevant parties of the MNLF, through the existing mechanism, to find a just and comprehensive political solution for the issue of the southern Philippines.” Lacierda said the BFA, once completed, would foster peace and development in Mindanao whose benefits would redound to all, as this was a “major improvement over the organic Act of the Autonomous Monday, July 29, 2013

Region in Muslim Mindanao.” “The Bangsamoro Framework Agreement will benefit all Bangsamoro. It includes whether you are MILF, MNLF or Lumad, kasama kayo sa makikinabang sa Bangsamoro Framework Agreement,” Lacierda said. “We ask all people, all Bangsamoro to take a look at the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement. This is a major improvement over the organic act of the ARMM and therefore, we will come up with the framework agreement as well as the annexes ultimately to peace and development in Mindanao,” he added. “And therefore we ask the MNLF to seriously look into this agreement, not as MNLF but as Bangsamoro, and it includes everyone: MILF, MNLF and the Lumads,” he further said. The BFA is a commitment by the government and the MILF to establish a new autonomous political entity in Muslim Mindanao. It will replace the ARMM with a more empowered and more equitable system called the Bangsamoro. PND (rck)


NGCP allocates US$ 500M for Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection Plan


he National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is earmarking US$ 500 million for the Leyte- Mindanao Interconnection Plan (LMIP).

NGCP President Henry Sy. Jr. , in a (ERC) and they are sticking it. recent briefing, said this is the project “Normally, we can’t overspend,” he amount that they submitted before said citing that this also covers the the Energy Regulatory Commission design otherwise “we have to go back 10

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to the ERC.” The project is targeted to connect the country’s second largest island group to the power grid as it is the only island group not connected to the national grid. NGCP senior adviser Joseph Ferdinand Dechavez, during the same briefing, said they are now conducting hydrographic survey and targets to finish this in the middle of next year. He said they aim to start the construction of the estimated 400kilometer transmission line by 2016 and finish this by 2018. “We’re not simply just talking about the submarine cable. We’re talking of a Monday, July 29, 2013

very long transmission line, overhead transmission line from both ends. The longer transmission line will be from Surigao going to Cagayan,” he said. Sy said they will bid out the construction of the project. “I don’t think right of way will be too much of a problem,” he added. Data from the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the interconnection project will strengthen the “reliability of subsystems, reduced the needed reserve capacity and enables least cost generation expansion. (PNA) 11

Trade official makes pitch for Mindanao during Phil Icon

DAVAO CITY– Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo, Jr. has called on investors to pour in their resources in Mindanao for it offers vast opportunities.

Manalo, who is handling the Trade and Investment Promotions Group (TIPG) of the department, said during his recent visit in 12

the city for the 1st Philippine Investment Conference (Phil iCon) that Mindanao offers vast potentials for investments. Manalo added that Mindanao is a top investment priority for agriculture, agro-industrial food processing, manufacturing, and tourism. “As the saying goes, agriculture and Mindanao go together like horse and carriage,� he said. Manalo identified a few examples of how the island-region can leverage agriculture into agro-industrial opportunities. He said tropical fruits like coconut, mangosteen, banana, pineapple, and papaya are global Monday, July 29, 2013

favourites. Per data gathered by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippines ranked third among the biggest coconutproducing countries, next to Indonesia and India. Eight of the top 10 producing coconuts in the country are in Mindanao. Meanwhile, the country was rated first in global share production of copra while coco coir and coco peat are considered traditional export staples. “Today, beyond traditional coconut exports, value-added products such as desiccated coconut, virgin coconut oil, and now coconut water have started to show significant year-on-year growth. Indeed, coconut has reemerged as the tree of life,” he said. Harping further on the enormous potential of coconut, the trade official said the coconut derivatives have now become sought-after ingredients even in high-end cosmetics while the coconut milk and water have been gaining popularity as a healthy beverage in the world market. Apart from coconut, Manalo said, carrageenan is also another investment opportunity that can be considered especially that it is farmable in the island-region. In 2011, the country was the world’s top carrageenan Monday, July 29, 2013

producer in terms of production capacity, at 36, 630 metric tons per annum accounting for 40.7 percent of total world production capacity. “We are the world’s largest exporter of carrageenan, a US$5 billion global market, and as demand for food, organic as well as processed, increases, we are identifying this is a definite for investment opportunity,” he said. Manalo said the list for agroindustrial opportunities is long, thus, more are still in store for Mindanao apart from coconut and carrageenan. “Last month (May), our Trade Office in Germany, through our Commercial Attaché, participated in the international Private Label Manufacturing Association’s Conference in Amsterdam. Coming out of the conference, we are excited at the great potential for developing this sector as product differentiator for Philippine exporters,” he said. Manalo said the conference on Private Label Manufacturing opens doors for huge market potentials in China, the US, and France. These contract manufacturing prospects are vast for tuna, salmon, and processed fruits and vegetables. (DTI-11/ JenMendoza) 13

Tagum Mayor vows to finish city hall built by previous administration

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte— Mayor Allan L. Rellon is determined to finish the construction of this city’s iconic new city hall during his term, stressing that it’s high time that the said building should now serve its main purpose.

“I’m doing my best to preserve the 231 million pesos,” said the local chief executive, referring to the amount of money secured by the local government through a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. Expressing confidence that the money would ensure the city hall’s completion, Mayor Rellon said this is among his administration’s priorities since the general Tagumeño populace and even those outside the region is eagerly awaiting for its completion. “Kayang tapusin (It can be completed), and we are determined to finish it because I know the city hall 14

does not only represent Tagum City but it also represents the entire region and even the entire Mindanao,” the mayor told architect-members of the (UAP) United Architects of the Philippines-North Davao Chapter during their 3rd Induction of Officers and New Members of UAP Davao Chapter led by its President Architect Benjamin K. Pangalinan, Jr. last July 25, 2013 in Miko’s Brew. True to his advocacy on consultative and participatory governance, Mayor Rellon asked for support for the Region XI-based architects in guiding his administration to matters related to their field. “I do believe that your sector will contribute a lot to our city in our quest for continuing development.” As of press time, the new city hall is being cordoned to give way to the Commission on Audit (COA) which is currently assessing the said building, as well as auditing the multi-million peso funds used for its construction. Mayor Rellon said this is a welcome development so he will be guided in his future course of action through recommendations from COA regarding the completion of the said building. Based on the estimates from the project manager City Architect Julius Imboy, the building is now 70% completed. (By Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum) Monday, July 29, 2013

Regional Summit on disaster risk reduction and mgt. set for LGU execs DAVAO CITY – A regional summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management for Local Chief Executives in the region will be conducted on July 30-31, 2013 at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Provincial Capitol, Tagum City, Davao del Norte. This is in compliance to the President’s directive to conduct the National DRRM Summit for all LCEs all over the country. The same shall also be a venue to launch the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of region XI. Participants of the summit shall include all Provincial Governors and City and Municipal Mayors of all LGUs in the region, including Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, Planning Officers and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council members and partners. The two-day summit shall have the following priority areas

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of concern that will be tackled: State of DRRM in the Philippines, Climate Change Adaptation, Financing and Allocation of DRRM, Utilization of DRRM Funds, Reviewing the LCEs Roles and Responsibilities in DRRM and DRRM Tools of the four stages of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Rehabilitation and Recovery) to be presented by DOST-PAGASA. At the same time, selected LGUs who were affected by Typhoon Pablo last December 2012 shall present their respective DRRM Learning Experiences and Challenges. These are the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, Municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental and Barangay Andap, New Bataan, ComVal Province. (MIO-Sta. Cruz/Julius Paner)


Lanao Norte surpass bangus production in 2012 by Lovely A. Rosario

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – The Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) has

reported an increase in its bangus production since the start of mariculture program in 2010 in Lanao del Norte.

With only P132,799.94 in its first production year, now it recorded more than P500,000 in its annual gross income, the Provincial Resource and Management Council (PRMC) reported. 16

In 2010, the province started with only 10,000 bangus fingerlings in one fish cage, in 2011, it increased to 30,000 bangus fingerlings in three fish cages. Gross income from bangus Monday, July 29, 2013

production in 2012 has reached its highest-level ever of P563,830.75. The bangus fish cages are located in Barangay Sugod, in the coastal town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND). Mariculture Project Manager Stephen Harun said, selling price for big size bangus is P105 per kilo, and P100, P90 per kilo for medium and small sizes, respectively. “We offer same selling price with other traders but we are the only

supplier that allows wholesaler to pay within one week from date of delivery,” Harun said. We also engage in Lapu-lapu production which started just last April, and is expected to have its first harvest in October this year, added Harun. Lapu-lapu fish variety is being sold in the market at P450 per kilo. When bangus or milkfish (scientific name “Chanoschanos”) reaches maturity, it could measure one meter.

Whirlwind hurts 1, destroys buildings by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon - A whirlwind or thunderstorm, locally known as “ipo-ipo” ripped through two (2) villages in Valencia City, injuring 84-year old resident at 3:45 p.m on July 24. Described as a sudden occurrence of funnel-shaped strong winds from the sky, hitting down grounds in powerful twisting motion, the whirlwind rapidly devastated 10 households and 6 commercial buildings along its path. It tore off roofs of a school building, City Hall administration extension office, and uprooted some decade-old trees in the city. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) immediately provided the emergency rescue teams of the local government unit, Monday, July 29, 2013

Philippine National Police, and civic communication volunteers, among others, reports reaching the office of Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr said. Based on CDRRMC’s rapid damage assessment and needs analysis report, the whirlwind’s destruction reached P800,000. However, there were no forced evacuation orders from the local government because the CDRRMO provided immediate service assistance to affected areas in the form of towing trucks and chain saws to cut uprooted trees. Besides, houses were just slightly damaged, 17

said Hipolito Ucang, Officer InCharge, City Social Welfare and Development Office. Valencia City DRRM office is still conducting ocular inspection in affected areas.

Cash assistance will be provided by the local government unit soon as the damage assessment in the whirlwind-hit areas will be completed, Ucang said.

Go4Health regional launch set by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Go Sigla, Go Sustansya, Go Smoke-Free, and Go Slow sa Tagay (moderate drinking) are the newest slogan of the healthy lifestyle program dubbed “Go4Health Movement.”

Go4Health is just an extension to the Healthy Lifestyle (HL) program of the Department of Health (DOH), which now trims the sevenhealthy habits to four. The regional launch is set on 18

August 16, here in the city. It will kick-off with a walk from the Rodelsa Circle to the Pelaez Sports Complex, where the hataw exercise and ceremonial opening of the program will also be performed. DOH urged the public, including companies, to support the program and make the personal commitment now to physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation to smoking and alcohol consumption. To access help tools, applications and updates on healthy living, register now to the Pilipinas Go4Health website (www.go4health. ph) or Go4Health.PH social media accounts. Monday, July 29, 2013

City gov’t lines-up activities for this year’s ‘Adlaw Hong Butuan’ celeb by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The city government here has lined-up activities for this year’s ‘63rd Adlaw Hong Butuan’ celebration on August 2. On July 25, the city government thru the City Tourism Office conducted the Butuanon Quiz Bee and Extemporaneous Speech dubbed “Speak Butuanon Drive” held at the City Library with students from different schools as participants Monday, July 29, 2013

of said activities. On July 26, awarding of land titles to some Butuanons was conducted at the city hall grounds while on June 27, the city government through Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr will have its radio

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guesting to intensify its ‘Speaking Butuanon’ Campaign. On July 28, the Abayan Festival will be celebrated at the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) grounds through a procession at 5:30 am to assemble at St. Joseph Cathedral; Thanksgiving Mass at 7:00 am; Program, Games and Fluvial Procession at 8:30 am at the Agusan River; Araw ng Leon Kilat at 2:00 pm; and SMB Night at 7:00 pm. On July 29, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga will be spearheading the Police Community Relation celebration with a tree planting activity at 5:00 am, Run and Sing for Peace, as well as the Orientation and Workshop for Tourist Police. On the same day, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga is also set to hold its Trade Fair and Exhibit at the Almont Inland Resort. On July 30, Culmination activities for the Nutrition Month celebration will be conducted at 8:00 am. The DTI-Caraga will also launch its Small-Medium Enterprise Roving Academy at 9:00 am. On July 31, the members of the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) will have its meeting with the city mayor to discuss economic gains of Butuan especially as being the Regional Center of Caraga region. 20

On August 1, a Mass Wedding will be held at the Blanghai Hotel and Convention Center at 8:00 am. At the same time, a Mega Jobs Fair is set at the Almont Inland Resort. Meanwhile, on August 2, Butuanons will participate in the Thanksgiving Mass – 7:00 am at the Cathedral, to be followed by the following activities: Floral Offering at the tomb of Congressman Marcos Mordeno Calo (Father of Butuan City) at the Zamora Cemetery; Motorcade; People’s Summit and Shared Service Facility Launching; LUmbia Festival; and Employees Night of the city government of Butuan. City Tourism Officer Mary Jane Tutaan also invites everyone to watch the cast of ‘Please be careful with my Heart’ Teleserye – Mr. Richard Yap (Sir Chief) and Ms. Jodi Santa Maria (Maya) to perform live concert at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium, 7:00 pm. Adlaw Hong Butuan is the Charter Day celebration of Butuan. On August 2, 1950, Butuan became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 523. President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared August 2, which falls on a Friday, as a special (non-working) day in Butuan City northeastern part of the Agusan Valley, Mindanao, in celebration of its “63rd Adlaw Hong Butuan.” Monday, July 29, 2013

DepEd Caraga tops NAT anew by Isidro Biol, Jr

BUTUAN CITY-- The Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Administrative Region has topped again in the National Achievement Test (NAT), which was conducted by the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC) in March 2013. The region acquired the top rank performance for two consecutive years in Grade 3, Grade 6 and Year 4. The table below shows the comparative results based on the Mean Percentage Scores (MPS) of the region’s performance in the three grade levels: Grade SY 2011-2012 SY2012-2013 Grade 3 74.47 % 74.22 % Grade 6 79.85 % 79.49 % Year 4 62.42 % 64.62 % It can be gleaned from the table that Grade 6 pupils have achieved Monday, July 29, 2013

more than the standard criterion of 75% achievement level set by the Department of Education which is the national target and they belonged to the superior group based on the percentage of correctly answered items in a test or subject area proficiencies in four levels with the corresponding descriptive equivalent, such as: 76 – 100% Superior; 5175% Upper Average; 26-50% Lower Average; and 0-25% Poor. The performance of Grade 3 and Year 21

4 belongs to the Upper Average. The Grade 3 pupils took the test based on the six subject areas that included English Reading, Filipino Reading, English Grammar, Filipino Grammar, Science, and Mathematics; while the Grade 6 pupils took the Filipino, Mathematics, English, Science, and HEKASI subject areas. The Year 4 students took the Filipino, Araling Panlipunan, Mathematics, Science, English, and Critical Thinking subject areas. DepEd Caraga regional director Atty. Alberto T. Escobarte said the laudable feat was achieved due to the provisions of the various intervention activities by the schools and the adherence to the Time-On-Task Policy of the department. The said policy was implemented in order to achieve the exact contact time allotment in

every subject so that the learning competencies per quarter is realized. Escobarte added that the Remediation, Reinforcement and Enrichment (RRE) Program of the region became effective due to its implementation by focusing the Least Learned Skills (LLS) of the pupils/ students in the subject areas during the Friday classes integrating the strategies of teaching the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). “The success of the region is also attributed by the supportive stakeholders such as: the nine congressional representatives; the provincial governors; city mayors; and all municipal and government officials all headed by Chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and provincial governor of Surigao del Norte, Sol F. Matugas,� Escobarte said.

DOST-Caraga bats for food safety, quality by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga emphasized food safety and quality to prevent consumers from illness, during the Training on Food Safety Awareness recently held at the Butuan City School of Arts and Trade. 22

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DOST-Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said food safety means proper handling, proper preparation, and proper storage of food to avoid sickness. “Food-borne illness is a disease transmitted to humans by food and this may be caused by bacteria that grow on food or by viruses that are spread because food is not cleaned, stored or handled properly,” said Mallonga. Also, Olga Virginia Demata of Food Safety - DOST-Caraga said that when preparing food, proper hand washing must be observed. “These are the ways to proper hand washing: 1) Wet hands with hot running potable water. The water should be as hot as the hands can comfortably stand; 2) Apply enough soap to build up a good lather. Soap may be liquid, powder or bar soap; 3) Rub hands together for at least 20 seconds. One fun way to do this is to sing a “Happy Birthday” Monday, July 29, 2013

song while lathering the hands; 4) Clean under fingernails and between fingers. A nail brush is recommended but avoid splashing; 5) Rinse hands thoroughly under running water; and 6) Dry hands. Hands should be dried with clean, single use, disposable paper towels or hot air blow dryer,” explained Demata. Demata added that for food handlers who are selling their products in the market, the food should also be properly sealed. “By considering these things in our daily living, we can all be healthy and away from any type of diseases especially the food-borne illness where one can experience stomach upset/ache and diarrhea in most cases,” Demata said.


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Cerilles declares all-out war on illegal gambling By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – After successfully implementing the fight against illegal drugs in Zamboanga del Sur, the provincial officials led by Governor Antonio H. Cerilles declared on Friday an all-out war against illegal gambling. In a press conference held at Cerilles said after a consultation the provincial governor’s office, with the provincial officials they 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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have come up with the decision to stop and condemn all forms of illegal gambling activities. ”We condemn the existence of illegal gambling activities since these become a social menace in our society,” Cerilles pointed out. Cerilles warned that a onestrike policy would be applied to policemen who are protectors of this nefarious activity. “In line with the thrust of the provincial government and considering the ill effects of illegal gambling and its bad influence on our children, I have issued Executive Order No. 5 series of 2013 aimed at reconstituting the anti-illegal gambling task force in the province,” Cerilles announced. The task force we formed, Cerilles said, “is a group that would monitor the existence of these illegal gambling activities.” Monday, July 29, 2013

Cerilles said his administration is now focused on eliminating illegal gambling in the first 100 days. “Today, we are declaring an all-out war against all forms of illegal gambling activities such as video karera, illegal numbers game, etc.,” Cerilles said. The governor also disclosed that the task force had come up with an anti-illegal gambling covenant with all its members as signatories. “We have affixed our signature as our tangible manifestation of our strong desire, determination, and commitment to enforce all anti-illegal gambling laws and illegal gambling in the province,” stressed Cerilles. The task force is composed of Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Director PSSupt. Thomas Abellar as chairman and NBI head agent Norman Decampong, Crime Investigation Detection Group head Chief Insp. 35

Romulo Talay Jr., Provincial Public Safety Battalion Commander Supt. Michael Palermo and JH Cerilles State College’s college of law dean Atty. Domingo Redelusa IV as members. Cerilles also urged the media to expose and lambast any local

officials/law enforcers protecting illegal gambling operations. “I appeal to the media to help me in this drive so that all of us will have one stand against illegal gambling,” Cerilles concluded.

DA-9 holds media forum in Dipolog City By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Motivated by the recognition of the agency’s efforts in the last State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino III, the Department of Agriculture (DA)-9 recently held a media forum on Food Staples Sufficiency Program(FSSP) in Dipolog City. The half-day forum, which was held Thursday morning at Mibang Hotel here, was attended by municipal mayors, municipal agriculturists, media men and representatives 36

of some local chief executives in Zamboanga del Norte. Representing Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, Councilor Peter Y. Co welcomed the participants and expressed his Monday, July 29, 2013

thanks to the DA for holding said activity in the city. DA-9 Regional Technical Director (RTD) for Extension, LGU Support and Infrastructure Constancio Alama pointed out the importance of food stables that could substitute for rice in the dining table. Food Staples Sufficiency Program is the banner program of DA’s Agrikulturang Pilipino (AgriPinoy) framework. He said “food self-sufficiency is not only concerned with increasing production level but enhancing rural productivity and global competitiveness,” adding “it is not only about supply catching up with demand, but includes the management of demand or consumption.” Among the food staples that could substitute for rice but contain similar food nutrients as rice are corn, camote, cassava, banana, adlai, and taro. “These crops easily grow in our own farm,” he said. Among the components of the FSSP program include irrigation, farm-to-market roads and other infrastructures, post-harvest facilities and other mechanization, research and extension, marketing, credit, demand management and policy environment. RTD Alama also reported the success of DA in implementing various programs that led to the reduction of rice importation and exportation of locally produced rice to other parts of the world. The rice importation of the country was reduced from 2.4 million

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metric tons in 2010 to 187,000 metric tons this year, while achieving almost 98 percent rice production in 2012. Recently, DA has reported to have exceeded their 100 metric tons target for rice export this year. According to Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala, the shipment of 45 metric tons to Singapore last July 22, 2013 brought the total rice export to 106 metric tons.


P300-M set for BUB agriculture projects in 2014 for region 9 By Dominic I. Sanchez ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Department of Agriculture (DA) here reveals that P300 million has been earmarked for the implementation of irrigation, farm-to-market roads, farmers’ capabilitybuilding trainings and other agriculture-related projects in region 9 for the year 2014. But P30 million is allotted for this city alone.

Ramon Raul Bucoy, the Agriculture Production Center Officer of DA-9 said in a press conference held Wednesday at the Grand Astoria Hotel that these projects would be implemented through the national government’s Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) process in which community, city and municipal stakeholders including the residents, civil society groups and other sectors are directly consulted on the identification of the priority projects. In 2013, Zamboanga City received a total of P15 million for the BUB, mostly for irrigation projects. Under the BUB, local people’s organizations such as farmers and fisher folks are consulted on their problems, needs and situation. As proof of the participatory process, the list of priority projects must be 38

signed by representatives of such organizations, which will eventually be endorsed to the appropriate agency. The BUB is being implemented jointly by the DA and other agencies under the Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster, the Good Governance and AntiCorruption Cluster and the Economic Development Cluster. Its aim is to reduce the country’s poverty incidence to 16.6 percent by 2015, from 26.5 percent in 2009. Bucoy said that “since the stakeholders themselves helped in identifying these projects under the BUB, we are ensured that these will indeed have a positive effect on their communities, particularly on enhancing their income and productivity as farmers.” Monday, July 29, 2013

Rice terraces rising in North Cotabato By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Farmers in North Cotabato in Soccsksargen Region are building their own version of the rice terraces not only as a tourist attraction but also to improve agricultural production.

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The Department of Agriculture is currently overseeing the construction of rice terraces in a hilly, remote village in Arakan, North Cotabato. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala last week visited the farflung village of Datu Ladayon in Arakan to personally witness the construction of rock walls that would form the terraces in the area. Amazed at the bright prospects the project could bring to the farming community, Alcala said he will “personally bring this to the attention of President Benigno C. Aquino III.” “Datu Ladayon has the perfect ingredients to become the newest tourist destination as rice terraces will soon rise here when the rock walls are completed,” Alcala said. “It will be the region’s first rice terraces,” he said. Alcala also appreciated how local farmers worked together in putting up rock walls on the mountainside to build the terrace that does not require construction of a separate irrigation system because of ample supply of water from a nearby waterfalls. Arakan Mayor Rene Rubino explained, the rock walls are being constructed near the 100meter-high Matigol Falls in sitio 40

(sub-village) Inamong. Arakan is also known Arakan for its waterfalls, caves, cold and hot springs and the 500-hectare Forest Wild Life Park in Barangay Salasang. Besides rice terraces, Datu Ladayon is also being shaped as a model community for agricultural development where most of the agricultural commodities are cultivated and raised by the community in a learning farm established by Lingkod Saka Inc. Alcala hopes that the village would soon be a model community in the management of natural resources. The rice terraces project is a result of a ten-day training on rock wall establishment with rock wall-making experts from Batad, Ifugao, namely, Randy Albano and Sylvano Dumanghat. Alfredo Talahawa, a trainee from Glan, Sarangani, said he was surprised at first that they were brought to a very remote barangay for a training. “The training was not a joke because we really started from scratches. We cleared the area first before we finally begin the creation of rock walls,” he recounted. “We are proud to say that we form vital parts in making this Monday, July 29, 2013

history,” Talahawa said. Amalia Jayag-Datukan, regional executive director of DA 12, said the rock-wall-making is a flagship project of department. She also announced that Sec. Alcala has assigned Assistant Secretary and National Rice Program Director Dante Delima to ensure the success of the construction of rice terraces and

make sure that the project is completed. Since the project is still at its initial stage, Datukan urged agricultural extension workers, agriculture officials and interested farmers to transfer the technical know-how of rock wall-making to other farmers so that “together we will make history.” When the rice terraces are

More weather trackers installed in Soccsksargen Region By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Fifteen weather devices have recently been installed in different parts of Soccsksargen Region, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 12.

Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof Laidan, regional director of DOST 12, the installation of the weather tracking devices form part of the continuing nationwide effort to mitigate disasters and hazards due to typhoons and heavy rains. Laidan said, these included seven Automated Rain Gauges (ARG), four Automated Weather Stations (AWS), and four Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS). ARGs were installed in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; Carmen and Alamada in North Cotabato; Kiamba and Malungon in Sarangani; Tupi and Koronadal City in South Cotabato. Meanwhile, AWSs were Monday, July 29, 2013

established at the People’s Palace in Cotabato City; Barangay Badyangon, Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat; North Cotabato provincial capitol compound in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City; and the General Santos City airport complex. WLMSs were located at Lumayong Bridge in Kabacan, North Cotabato; Kalawag III Bridge in Allah River, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; New Dumangas Bridge in T’boli, South Cotabato; and Upper Buayan Bridge in Malungon, Sarangani. The Doppler antennas in Tampakan, South Cotabato and Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur have already functioned to forecast weather conditions in Mindanao. 41

“These are modern devices that provide real-time weather data,” Laidan said. Each AWS is equipped with sensors capable of measuring weather parameters, wind speed and directions, air temperature, air humidity, and air pressure as well as rain volume, duration and intensity, she explained further. ARGs gather and record the amount of rain fall over a set period of time. The WLMS is a stand-alone equipment with solar panel panel and makes use of an ultrasonic sensor to measure the rate of change of water level using the principles similar to radar and sonar. “Weather and rainfall data are sent wirelessly through short message system (SMS) or text message. Each station is equipped with data logger platform GSM Data Acquisition Terminal (GDAT), which serves as a mini-computer or brain that intelligently controls all functions and data communications,” a briefer on the automated weather station said. “Deployment of these modern tracking equipment would eliminate subjective weather forecasting that would eventually help keep our communities alert to possible calamities and untoward incidents brought about by heavy rains and typhoons,” Laidan said. She said these projects are implemented in coordination with 42

Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), which helped develop the needed instruments to assist the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its weather monitoring and forecasting functions. These are in partnership with local government unuts which provided the area and security of the devices, These tracking devices are among DOST Secretary Mario Montejo’s initiative for a “Smarter Philippines,” which utilizes science and technology in assisting and ensuring the safety of every Filipino through disaster preparednesd and mitigation under the DOST’s Project NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards. (DEDoguiles-PIA12/BKTagitikanDOST 12) Monday, July 29, 2013

Tacurong City Mayor is LCP’s new Deputy Secretary General for Mindanao By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Mayor Lina Montilla of Tacurong City is League of Cities of the Philippine’s (LCP) deputy secretary general for Mindanao. Almost all of the mayors from 143 member cities of LCP attended the event which also served as farewell gathering for San Fernando City Mayor Oscar Rodriguez, the outgoing LCP national president. Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista replaced Rodriguez as LCP national president.

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Prior to the assembly, Mayor Montilla said she already had hints that she will be given a position in the influential league but she did not expect such higher office. When asked as to the reason why she was selected to such high office, Mayor Montilla replied that perhaps her 100 percent attendance and active participation in all undertakings of the LCP paved way. She also reasoned that the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi Award received by Tacurong City in 2012 elicited admiration from her fellow mayors and that could be one of the factors that made her a familiar face around the league. Humbled by the trust and confidence given to her, Montilla pledged that she will maintain her dynamic presence in the league. As deputy secretary general, Mayor Montilla joins other mayors in the National Executive Board. She will be in charge of facilitating seminars and conventions in Mindanao region. She will also be directly coordinating with the secretary general relative to matters concerning all cities in the south. (DEDoguilesPIA 12/AFreno- LGU Tacurong City) 43

Isabela City, DOLE urge barangays to support “Kasambahay” law By Rene V. Carbayas ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Two separate forums on Kasambahay Law were held recently in the city to raise public consciousness on Republic Act 10361 that institutes policies for the protection and welfare of domestic workers. City Administrator Ramon Nuñal said during the forum that “this advocacy initiated by DOLE is an attempt to educate the public through the help of the stakeholders and the barangay officials, most importantly, whose role is crucial to the success of implementing the 44

law.” “I know we will not be 100 percent successful in our advocacy, especially among employers. Many of whom will circumvent the law and many will still refuse to obey the law. Therefore it is a challenge for us. The law identified the role of the Monday, July 29, 2013

barangay leaders to come up with a data base,” he said. Enrico C. Flores, SSS Basilan branch head revealed that as of July 5 only 8 employers and 9 “kasambahays” (househelps) have voluntarily registered at the SSS in the city. Recognizing the limited manpower of the local labor department, Nuñal said that the data gathered from the barangays will greatly help monitor and enforce the law and that the data will be very useful for the Social Security System, Pag-IBIG and PhiHealth. Cyrus P. Tingcang of DOLE region 9 said that “the law protects both the employer and employee as each is now bound with a contract where the obligation of each is stipulated.” Tingcang stressed that barangays must establish a Kasambahay desk where the registry of household workers in the barangay is set up to facilitate rescue of distressed workers. Monday, July 29, 2013

Engr. Wesley D. Tan, officerin-charge of DOLE Isabela City Field Office said that “R.A. 10361 is the fulfillment of the Philippine’s commitment and obligation to afford greater protection to domestic household service worker (Kasambahay) and the Philipines ratified ILO convention 189 known as Decent Work for Domestic Workers in 2012.” Dubbed “learning session on Kasambahay Law,” DOLE-Isabela City conducted forums on July 5 and 16 for barangay chairpersons and selected officials, including various government line agencies and the local government unit of Isabela, and for the kasambahays and their employers, respectively. During the sessions salient features of the law were discussed, including obligations of employers and Kasambahays to SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG. TESDA also introduced its programs that may help kasambahays enhance their skills. 45

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