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Cover Story

Butuan City folk revisit tree planting site at Mount Mayapay page 4

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Richell P. Bongato Caraga Region

Govt wary of sensitive Mindanao situation in going after BIFF, Palace says

166 new cops hurdle basic training Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

4 North Cotabato villages receive livelihood projects from OPPAP Shahana Joy E. Duerme, Central Mindanao

Lanao Norte celebrates Provincial Environment Day

Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

Mambajao scored high in local performance rating Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

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New library cum museum in Aurora town to contribute to students’ researches Gideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

PRO-13 receives more vehicles, equipment PO2 Alexander C. Calanza, Caraga Region

DOH-13 launches Knowledge Center for Health Johny S. Natad, Caraga Region

Sto. Tomas Mayor to work for hospital, roads Jeanevive Duron-Abangan, Southern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Butuan City folk revisit tree planting site at Mount Mayapay By Richell P. Bongato

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bout 400 volunteers from the national government agencies and private sector trooped to Mount Mayapay in this city on Wednesday in what the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-13) coined as “ Balik Tanaw sa Mayapay” to highlight the celebration of the Arbor Day on 25th of June As early as 4:00 am, the volunteers most of whom are state workers have assembled at Libertad Sports Complex to get a ride that will take them to the 675-meterabove sea level planting site amidst a gloomy weather condition. The

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state workers also brought each with them a tree seedling of narra to either plant them to a new ground or replenish those dead seedlings. DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said “this year’s Arbor Day celebration revisits the planting sites in the 375-hectare area for rehabilitation at Mount Mayapay since the program started on the year 2008. The purpose of revisit is to determine high survival rate of the 8,888 mahogany seedlings that were planted on


the year and left at the care of the CENRO Nasipit personnel.” The Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Marites M. Ocampo was also at hand to oversee the activities.

“I am satisfied with my findings,” Tamayo said in his welcome remarks at the program before the start of the planting rites held at a nursery center near the summit of Mt. Mayapay. The seedlings that were planted 5 years ago have grown to at least an average of 10 to 20-feet high, Tamayo said. A decade from now, the people in Butuan City can expect to see the fruits of their labors that put life into the oncedenuded Mount Mayapay. “Everyone appears excited looking forward on the day the brown color of the mountain turning into green,” Tamayo said. Arbor Day began in Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA on April 10, 1872. An estimated one million seedlings were planted by the people in that city on that day. Since then, it became a yearly ritual in the United States to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting. In fact, it was declared a holiday in Nebraska to give the people time to think of the value of trees and caring for them as well. 5


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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino authorizes all government agencies to support ‘Laro’t Saya sa Parke’ program

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has authorized all government agencies and instrumentalities to extend their support and participate in the “Laro’t Saya sa Parke” recreation program to be held every Saturday and Sunday in various venues all over the country. The Chief Executive issued the directive by virtue of Memorandum Circular No. 49 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on July 4. The President noted that Section 19, Article XIV of the Constitution provides that the state shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self-discipline, teamwork, and Tuesday, July 9, 2013

excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry. “Republic Act No. 6847 created the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to promote physical education, encourage and sustain the development of sports in the country to foster physical fitness, self-discipline, teamwork and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry through a unified national sports promotion and development program,” the President said.

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In pursuit of its mandate, the PSC implemented the “Laro’t Saya sa Parke,” a park-based sports for fun and recreation program to be held every Saturday and Sunday. The project promotes an active lifestyle by engaging Filipino families in sports and physical fitness activities. The President enjoined all government agencies and instrumentalities, including

Government-owned or –Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Government Units (LGUs), to extend support and assist PSC in the implementation of the “Laro’t Saya sa Parke” project. He, likewise, encouraged the private sector to support the project. The memorandum circular shall take effect immediately.

Govt wary of sensitive Mindanao situation in going after BIFF, Palace says

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alacañang said the military coordinated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) through the ad hoc joint action group to ensure that the peace talks will not be affected by the recent violence in Mindanao.

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The ad hoc joint action group is an effort of both the government and the MILF that seeks to interdict and isolate lawless elements that take refuge in or near MILF communities. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the military operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was done in the very limited time frame— only three days, she said in a media briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday. “Nagpaalam sila for the operations particularly because merong ibang miyembro ang BIFF that may have been hiding in some areas kung saan may mga miyembro ng MILF. So iniiwasan nila ang mga ganitong pangyayari,” Valte said. “We’ll leave it to the AFP spokesperson to give you more details on the progress of the three days… I checked with Colonel Ramon Zagala kanina and tapos na ‘yung operations primarily dahil magsisimula na ang Ramadan.” The MILF said some of their fighters were affected by the military operations

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and the Muslim group also voiced opposition against the offensives considering the onset of Ramadan. Clashes between government forces and members of the BIFF started over the weekend and the military said it had captured the BIFF stronghold in the villages of Damalabas in Datu Piang and Ganta in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, all in Maguindanao. The military reported at least 30 casualties in the side of the BIFF and five in government forces. The BIFF, led by Ameril Umbra Kato, is a splinter group of the MILF, which is talking peace with the government. Kato figured in several attacks on communities, including one in 2008 following the botched signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain between the government and the MILF. The group also staged simultaneous attacks against the military and civilian communities in August 2011.

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Ramadhan to officially starts on July 10

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he fasting month of Ramadhan will officially start Wednesday after Muslim scholars failed to see the New Moon on Monday night, a Muslim religious organization said on Tuesday.

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Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) in Mindanao and throughout the country failed to see the New Moon. Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Ustadz Jaafar Ali, a senior member of the Darul Ifta, said Muslims in the country would have to start fasting from dawn to dusk on July 10. Physically-fit Muslims are obliged to abstain from food and drinks, including sex, from dawn to dusk during the fasting season which lasts for 28-29 days. It is one of the five pillars of Islamic faith. Others are strongest faith to Allah, five times prayer in a day, performance of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and the giving of “zakat” or alms to the poor and needy Muslims. During the fasting month, Islam believers are to focus on good deeds, more prayers, and refrain from doing anything against the will of the Almighty. Lawyer Anwar Malang, newlyappointed local government secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), called on all local government units in the region to religiously adhere to the rulings of the “Darul Ifta” and help the police maintain law and order to ensure a smooth observance of the Ramadhan by Muslims in the autonomous region. Traditionally, Muslim employees in the ARMM are to report for work at 7:30 a.m., no lunch break but allowed to leave as early as 3:00 p.m. to give them ample time to prepare for the Tuesday, July 9, 2013

“Iftar” or the breaking of the fast at dusk. ARMM is composed of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and TawiTawi, and the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. Ustadz Jaafar Ali also called on Muslims to observe generosity throughout the fasting month by helping the poor in their needs like food, clothing and shelter. Ali also appealed to Muslim gunowners not to fire their guns when the Eud’l Fitr (end of Ramadhan) comes expectedly this August 8 or 9. He once told gunowners to “buy food for the poor instead of using your money to buy bullets to be used in welcoming the end of fasting month.” Traditionally in Mindanao, Muslims create noise by firing their guns for successful completion of the fasting month. (PNA)

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South Cotabato growers export papaya to Singapore

By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Another farmer group in Soccsksargen Region or Region 12 has succeeded in exporting its product to the international market.

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The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 announced that Matutum Tropical Fruits’ Association (MATROFA) based in nearby Tupi town has recently delivered 9 metric tons of fresh Sunrise variety papayas to Singapore via an exporter in Davao City. MATROFA is the second farmer group in Region 12 since May to ship a large volume of locally-produced commodity. In May, Don Bosco Multipurpose Cooperative based in M’lang, North Cotabato shipped 15 MT to organic black rice to Dubai. In the same month, Don Bosco MPC started shipment of organic red, brown and black rice to Hong Kong to fulfill a contract to supply 40 MT of their products to a firm in Hong Kong in six months. Ramon Manansala of MATROFA said they delivered 9 MT tons of papaya for Singapore on June 27. “This shipment is a deal we got through the recent International Food Exhibition (IFEX),” he said. IFEX Philippines was held at the SMX Convetion Center in Pasay City on May 16 – 19. It showcased various fresh and processed agricultural products grown and produced in the country. Sunrise variety papaya was among the products that the Tupi Municipal Agriculture Office has brought to the expo, along with other products from other parts of the Soccsksargen Region. A certain Jocelyn Tago-Mallari, a representative of the Raspina Tropical Fruits, Inc., became interested with their papaya and started negotiations Tuesday, July 9, 2013

with Tupi’s agriculture office, which in turn contacted Manansala. Raspina Tropical Fruits, Inc., according to its website, “is a Philippine company engaged in the export of fresh tropical fruits that are naturallygrown from the bountiful farmlands and green pastures of Mindanao.” It has base in Sasa, Davao City. As an exporter it “currently supplies fresh bananas, pineapples, and papayas to Asia, the Middle East, and African markets.” During the ensuing negotiations, Manansala told DA 12 that he cannot personally accommodate the 9 MT volume required by the exporter and decided to source out from other farmer members of the MATROFA. “Exporting our products gives more profits to small farmers like me because of higher prices,” he said. As a grower, Manansala said, he has been delivering PPY variety papaya to 13


Singapore, Pakistan, and Dubai since 2011 as well as pineapples to other countries. Manansala expects that more export deals will come to their association. Meanwhile, DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia JayagDatukan assured that the agency would continue to assist farmer groups

in finding market opportunities for their produce. Among the strategies they have seen is sending farmer groups to fairs and expos where the latter may find better and bigger markets for their products. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ LMSalvo-DA 12)

166 new cops hurdle basic training By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 166 police officers 1 in Soccsksargen Region on Friday completed their police basic training, an official of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 confirmed.

PSInsp. Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of PRO 12, said PO1s have completed the Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP), a training course where the new police officers were exposed to actual police work. They comprised the PSFT Class

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2013-01 “Tinadhana.� PSFTP is a six-month mandatory training for PO1s to help rookie police officers internalize the core values of police service to become competent, responsible and productive before they are deployed to their permanent assignments.

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For this training, they were fielded to different police stations across the region where they were exposed to three phases of police works including patrolling, investigation and traffic management. The training is the second phase of the one-year training a new officer undergoes after being recruited to the police force. In an earlier interview, Mauricio explained that after the PSFTP, the new police officers are brought back to the Regional Training School 12 for assessment before they are conferred with their official badge. At the graduation rites on July 5, Regional Chief Directorial Staff PSSupt. Randolph Delfin the police officers to wholeheartedly render service to the community and to implement the law regardless of race or status in life. “The PNP exists in order to serve

God, country and people,” he reminded them. He also encouraged the PO1’s to do their duties with great dedication and love. On their part, the PO1s pledged to use their acquired knowledge and skills in accordance to the core values of honesty, professionalism and responsiveness bounded with team spirit, organizational unity and excellence to achieve public safety objectives for the benefit of the community and for the greater good of the country. Mauricio added that after completing the PSFTP, the new PO1s will immediately proceed to their 45-day Special Counter Insurgency Unit Training (SCOUT) to further enhance their skills in preparation for their duties as law enforcers. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/WBAVillaforesPRO 12)

4 North Cotabato villages receive livelihood projects from OPPAP By Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Four conflict-affected barangays in Midsayap, North Cotabato recently received livelihood projects from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

The projects for the villages of Kapinpilan, Sambulawan, Tumbras and Central Labas were part of the assistance provided by OPAPP under its Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program. North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mendoza and OPPAP assistant secretary Howard Capugawan on Friday led the turn-over of four cornsheller buildings, four warehouses, four solar dryers, several units of corn-shellers, hand-tractors with trailers and engines for mini-rice mill 15


to officials of mentioned villages Each corn-sheller building costs around P2,134,000 while each warehouse and solar dryer costs P1,800,000 and P685,900, respectively. Each recipient barangays also received P6 million to put up infrastructure and equipment for farmers, most of them growing rice and corn. Gov. Mendoza said that this year, OPAPP has identified 22 villages in the province as beneficiaries of various development projects to include the ones handed in the turn-over. Fourteen of these barangays are located in Midsayap and are identified as conflict-affected areas. Other assistance like farm to market roads, multi-purpose buildings and water projects are also being scheduled for implementation. Mendoza noted that the provincial government initiates actions that will link the conflict-stricken barangays to the national government. “Your provincial government in its mandate to bring peace and development mediates particularly in reconciliation,” the governor told hundreds of villagers present in the event. She further emphasized that the provincial government is living up to its “Serbisyong Totoo” tagline. 16

Meanwhile, ASec Capugawan told the beneficiaries that OPAPP is all out in helping depressed barangays. “It is a directive for us to partner with the local government units (LGUs) and engage with them in peace and development efforts,” the OPAPP official said. He also reminded the recipient barangays to sustain and maintain the projects given to them. OPAPP, since its creation years ago is also partnering with nongovernment organizations, civil societies and peoples’ organization. On the other hand, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) vicechairman Jimmy Labawan gave his commitment in supporting all government developmental efforts in the province. During the turn–over ceremony, the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army headed by Major General Romeo Gapuz in collaboration with the North East Kutawato State Revolutionary Committee (NEKSRC) of the MNLF conducted free haircut, medical checkup, circumcision and feeding in Barangay Kapinpilan. The NEKSRC will also be a partner of the recipient barangays in sustaining the projects from the national government. (SJDuermePIA12/JSta.Cruz-N. Cot. Provincial Government Office) Tuesday, July 9, 2013


DOST 10 announces activities for National Science Technology Week by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology

region 10 (DOST-10) has prepared set of activities for the annual National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) starting July 16 to 19 here. DOST Regional Director Alfonso Alamban announced during the ‘Talakayan sa PIA’ last July 1 that DOST will have its National Science and Technology Week this month. The opening ceremony is scheduled on July 16, Tuesday at Pearlmont Inn. Its highlights include awarding of DOST Scholar Achiever, Launching and Unveiling of the Philippine Standard Time (Juan Time), STARBOOKS and Complementary Foods. There will also be memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing of the Hydromet Project (a component of Project NOAH or Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) in the city. For the remaining days, DOST 10 will hold press conferences, SETUP Forum, ICT Quiz Show, Productivity Enhancement Seminar, Financial Literacy Seminar, and Nutritional Assessment: Nutrition and Diet Counselling for their staff. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Lanao Norte celebrates Provincial Environment Day by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – The provincial government of Lanao del Norte spearheaded the Provincial Environment Day with a coastal clean-up and tree planting activities on June 28, 2013.

A total of 250 non-fruit bearing seedlings were planted at the vicinity and around Tinago Falls, one of the country’s known waterfalls located in Barangay Robocon, Linamon, Lanao Del Norte. Among those who joined in were the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local officials of Lanao Del Norte. Some members of the Girls Scouts of the Philippines as well as 18

the school teachers of Robocon Elementary School were also involved in the tree planting. Prior to the said activity, was a coastal clean-up at Adam & Eve Beach Resort, in Barangay Samburon, Linamon, this province. Also, the provincial government has accorded plaques to stakeholders in their valuable contribution in protecting the environment. One of those being recognized is the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion for the valuable efforts of the unit in protecting the environment with activities like tree planting, coastal clean-up thru the KALASAG’ or KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan, SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan Program. After the awarding was the presentation of the eleven (11) candidates vying for the title of Miss Lanao del Norte 2013. The candidates also joined in the tree planting. Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Mambajao scored high in local performance rating by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN - Mambajao town’s Annual State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) showed a 4.63 rating (out of 5) or high level performance score in 2012. SLGR is a web-based, self- maternal, child and health care assessment process developed by program, which also translates to the Department of Interior and zero maternal deaths in 2012. Local Government (DILG) using the The Mambajao LGU likewise Local Performance Management came up with a feedback system, System (LGPMS) tool in identifying now made available to every capabilities and limitations of the transacting client, to solicit their LGU in the delivery of essential views and satisfaction level on services. services availed. Town Mayor Maria Luisa “Programs, projects, and Romualdo cited this during her State activities in the name of ‘good of Municipality Address (SOMA) governance’ were delivered because on Friday, July 5 at the Camiguin we have championed participatory Convention Center. governance,” she said. She noted on efforts invested Romualdo added that her in the crafting of the tourism master administration’s thrust for a ‘Clean plan, updating of the land use plan and Beautiful Mambajao’ will and environmental laws, as well remain as the LGU’s loud battle cry, as, the streamlining of frontline as a way of protecting the town services for improved governance. from floods or calamities triggered In the area of revenue by poor garbage or environment generation, the municipality showed management. an increase of 4.3 percent, due the To date, the LGU has already increase in number of investors from owned three dump trucks and 1,221 in 2011 to 1,286 in 2012 and one garbage compactors to another 6 percent increase in real manage garbage collections and property tax generation. targets further to institutionalize For health services, the LGU the scheduled collection reported an investment in the of biodegradable and nonamount of P1.5 million for the biodegradable wastes. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Philippines biodiversity depleting, says DENR official By Claro A. Lanipa PAGADIAN CITY – Recent assessment made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) revealed that of the 24 percent of the total of 44,000 square-kilometers of coral reefs of good condition in the Philippines, only two percent remain in excellent condition. 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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Mussaendra G. Tee, chief, Biodiversity Conservation and Management Section, Protected Areas Wildlife Coastal Zone Management (PAWCZMS), DENR-9 also presented during the weekly PIA Media Forum last Thursday that of the original 450,000 hectares of mangrove forests in the country only 149,000 remain untouched. “But based on the 1995 DENR statistics, these mangrove areas were further reduced to only 117,700 hectares,” Tee added. She further reported that “more than half of the country’s wetlands of international importance covering 14,000 square-kilometers are threatened.” “The country had an estimated 17 million hectares of forest lands in 1935, but now only 6 million remain intact and only 800,000 hectares of these are old growth,”

she reported. “The Philippines is one of the 18 countries in the world identified as containing 60-70 percent of the world’s biodiversity next only to Brazil, Columbia and Indonesia,” Tee said. According to Tee, the Philippines ranks fifth in the world in terms of plant species, numbering to more than 8,000; fourth in bird endemism registering 579 species of bird of which 395 are known to nest and breed in the country. The country is also fifth in mammal endemism. “The factors that threaten our biodiversity are attributed to manmade and natural disasters such as logging, fires, land conversion, destructive fishing, encroachment/ occupancy in protected areas, siltation, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and typhoons,” Tee concluded.

New library cum museum in Aurora town to contribute to students’ researches By Gideon C. Corgue

AURORA, Zamboanga del Sur – “The local government has envisioned a library and museum so that students could hone their research skills, and expand their understanding of the history of our municipality,” thus said outgoing Mayor Enrique Cabahug Jr. during the inauguration and blessing ceremony of the municipal library and museum last June 28. Cabahug said the P4 million museum was the old municipal hall two-storey municipal library and which was converted for the purpose Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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to serve as a repository of artifacts and other objects that would give scientific, artistic and historical importance among students in the municipality. Cabahug said the funds used in the renovation of the building were sourced from the local savings and not from outside sources. Cabahug disclosed that it took them a few years to materialize the project out “of the good financial and planning management of his administration” that led to the realization of the municipality’s “long cherished dreams.” Aurora National High School teacher Weavster Blanco said they are very happy that the LGU constructed a municipal library and museum saying that the building would contribute significantly to students’ research activities. “With the students’ exposure to pictures of the 16 local chief executives, and other historical and 22

artistic objects, it will help them better understand the history of Aurora,” said Blanco who is handling media arts subjects. Special Program for the Arts (SPA) teacher Robilla Opada said they are very proud that the administration of outgoing Mayor Cabahug provided an “educational building” for the students. “We are blessed to have this building where our students can hone their research skills and abilities,” Opada said. “To gauge the learning development of my students, I required them to make a reaction paper on their visit to the library and museum,” said Opada. “Mas enjoy kaayo mi nga moduaw aning library and museum aron madugangan ang among kahibalo sa culture and arts (We enjoyed visiting this library and museum to improve our knowledge on culture and arts),” said senior student Ibon Calandria. Tuesday, July 9, 2013


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MindaNews trains students on environmental news reporting, basic photography

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Mindanao News and Information Cooperative Center (MNICC) has conducted a training on Environmental News Reporting/Writing and Basic Photography for students of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU).

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The MNICC is a cooperative composed of independent, professional journalists who believe and practice people empowerment through media. MindaNews photojournalist Mr. Erwin Mascarinas said the training, held on July 6-7, aimed to enhance the knowledge, skills and interest of students on news reporting/writing, as well as in photography. “Students also contribute to nation-building and with right information and ethics, they can be of great help in informing the public on the events happening in the different areas and take photos using their tools in their own creativity,” Mascarinas said. He said that when taking photos of an event/situation, one should apply the ‘Rule of Thirds’, which gives more dramatic and visually interesting shot. “Every photo should also contain the message and should not necessarily be beautiful or aesthetic.” Vanessa Almeda, marketing officer of MindaNews, said news writing is a craft and may be mastered not so much through higher studies in the academe but through constant reading and practice. Tuesday, July 9, 2013

“There is no substitution for accuracy in reporting the news. This also goes to show that in journalism, there is no substitute for truth. After all, the journalist’s best defense is the truth,” said Almeda. Meanwhile, Mr. Horacio Marcos Mordeno, editor-in-chief of MindaNews, siad environmental journalism is dealing with information regarding current events, trends, issues and people that are associated with the non-human world with which humans necessarily interact. “When writing environmental news, one must consider the following key pointers: social and economic issues (including conflict); indigenous peoples; laws/policies (including actual budget); and people’s actions/ environmental groups,” Mordeno cited. With these developments, the MindaNews also expressed that the organization will replicate such activity in other schools to capacitate the students. Also present during the twoday training are the personnel from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), some media personalities from regions 10 and 13 (Caraga). 25


PRO-13 receives more vehicles, equipment by PO2 Alexander C. Calanza

BUTUAN CITY-- The Philippine National Police - Regional Office Caraga (PNP-PRO 13) awarded additional vehicles and equipment coming from National Headquarters (NHQ) to enhance the capabilities of police stations and other units in combating crime and immediate response. PRO-13 Regional Director P/CSupt. Getulio P Nape単as led the blessing and turn-over of three patrol vehicles and motorcycles, troop carrier from NHQ at Camp Rafael C Rodriguez in Barangay Libertad, this city. The said vehicles were distributed to different municipalities in the region. Among these were the Municipal Police Station (MPS) of General Luna in Siargao Island which got one vehicle, San Francisco MPS of Agusan del Sur received one vehicle and one motorcycle, Veruela MPS of Agusan del Sur received a vehicle, Burgos MPS of Siargao Island received one motorcycle, and Nasipit MPS of Agusan del Norte received one motorcycle. On the other hand, the troop carrier truck and van was turned-over to regional 26

headquarters. Nape単as, likewise, handed-over the Kevlar helmets to Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Director P/SSupt. Eugenio Paguirigan. The regional director also facilitated the distribution of Kevlar helmets and bulletproof vests to the elite forces and maneuvering unit such as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) and Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) of PNP in the region. Nape単as also handed over one unit of computer desktop donated by Public Safety Savings and Loan Association Inc. to 131st Regional Public Safety Company of Sitio Cutlog, Brgy Bahi, Barobo, Surigao del Sur. Tuesday, July 9, 2013


DOH-13 launches Knowledge Center for Health by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY-- The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) - Caraga successfully launched the Knowledge Center for Health at DOH Caraga Regional Office, this city. DOH Caraga Regional Director Arieal I. Valencia, during the blessing and opening ceremony held Friday, said that the center is open to the public. The center’s e-library system provides health Tuesday, July 9, 2013

information from DOH central and other sources. “Anyone can see and ask for the needed information on health services,” Valencia said. The knowledge center is an 27


electronic library where available materials and services are organized including the DOH publications on health statistics, hospital manuals, public health program information, health policies, health news clippings and advisories. The center also post the World Health Organization (WHO) publications, online access to medical references and other health related sources. With Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (KP or health for all) program as its frameowrk, the knowledge center aims to empower the public through awareness on health management services and to guide them in making decisions related to quality health care. The project was made possible through the Information 28

Management Service (IMS) of the DOH Central Office in partnership with SMART for the IT technical assistance and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for funding support.

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Davao City Dads welcomes ASEAN Anti-Smoking confab delegates by Joey Dalumpines

welcomed the delegation after they were introduced during the privilege hour by Councilor Melchor Quitain. Bung-on Ritthiphakdee, director of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control A l l i a n c e said participants want to take the city’s anti-smoking policy as model for their respective countries. She lauded the support of all sectors in the compliance of the anti-smoking law. The Seatca awarded the city government for its strong DAVAO CITY- The Sangguniang enforcement and advocacy campaign Panlungsod ng Dabaw welcomed against smoking in public places. the delegates from eight AssociaCouncilor Bonifacio Militar, author tion of Southeast Asian Nation of the Comprehensive member countries who are in the Anti-Smoking Ordinance enacted in country to study and compare best 2002 bared that public health is the practices in smoke-free policies primordial concern in passing the and to learn on the policy formula- ordinance. tion and enforcement of the AntiHe said he never thought that the smoking Ordinance in Davao City. local ordinance would impact on many Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte countries in Southeast Asia. 36

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Militar said the city is very serious in implementing the anti-smoking ordinance for the protection of all from the negative effects of secondary smoke. “I hope that you will bring to your respective countries this policy which will surely impact in the protection of public health,” he said. In May 31, the Anti-Smoking Task Force in Davao City launched the amended Anti-Smoking policy or City Ordinance No. 0367-12, Series of 2012,

known as The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance. Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the ASTF said the new anti-smoking policy no longer allows smoking in enclosed public places, including public vehicles and sidewalks where smokers and non-smokers converge. She said the new law rids the designated smoking areas within any establishment. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

STO TOMAS, Davao del Norte- The former village chief who is now the Mayor of Santo Tomas has vowed to set up a public emergency hospital and seek help for concreting of circumferential roads connecting the town to nearby areas. Newly-installed Municipal Mayor Benigno Andamon in an interview remained true to his campaign promises of setting up a public emergency hospital with medical doctors serving on a 24hour basis to attend to emergency and other health needs of his constituents. Andamon, said he sympathized with Sto. Tomas residents who he said usually would be driven outof-town to seek medical treatment even on slight injuries and ailments which could have otherwise been treated easily.

“Dalhon dayon sa ambulansiya, gasto sa fuel,” (it will be transported by ambulance, we will be spending much on fuel) he told media practitioners. He divulged plans of seeking the assistance of Department of Health Assistant Sec. Romulo Busuego chief of hospital of the DRH (Davao Regional Hospital) to make use of the 4,000 square meters of lot in Sto. Tomas to build the emergency facility. Meanwhile, Andamon also revealed the program of works he had already tasked the municipal engineer to do for the circumferential road from Sto. Tomas to nearby town of Braulio E. Dujali worth P230 million and the P47 million road concreting from his town to Tagum City. He bared having made a letter of request for Department of

Sto. Tomas Mayor to work for hospital, roads

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Public Works and Highway (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson, pushing for the realization of road network concreting projects, benefiting Sto. Tomas. He was also planning to ask assistance from Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario and some senators who can help him realize plans for a public emergency hospital and road projects, which he cited as “the dreams of the people of Sto. Tomas.” Meanwhile, Andamon also intended to give attention to peace and order, integrating moral

recovery and values re-orientation especially among the youth through tapping the assistance of church workers. “Kung mawala ang values sa atong kabataan, daghan ang gangs. (If our youth lost their values, gangs will proliferate.)” he said. Andamon used to serve the Municipal Police Office and had grabbed awards three times as an outstanding policeman before serving as the Punong Barangay (Barangay Captain) of barangay Poblacion known as Tibal-og. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

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Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon officiates his first civil mass wedding. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum

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