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Bukidnon’s Blue Water Cave —A hidden paradise

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Mary Krezelle S. Mamon NORTHERN MINDANAO

Information to Empower Filipinos


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Director of Taiwan-based foundation calls on President Aquino


Mindanao coal-fired full capacity now back on line SPI

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NKTI-REDCOP intensifies IEC on Renal Health & Disease Prevention Jennifer P. Gaitano

CSC-13 to launch PRIME-HRM Jennifer P. Gaitano


Lanao del Norte LGU distributed building materials to 20 schools DepED




DavSur provincial LGU beefs up support to rice farmers Nilda S. Aniñon

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WESMINCOM, WMSU, ABS-CBN extend help to Zambo IDPs Rene V. Carbayas DTI-9 launches SSF Project in Sibugay Emmanuel D. Taghoy

COVER STORY Bukidnon’s Blue Water Cave—A hidden paradise


by Mary Krezelle S. Mamon

or people who like to smell wood blossoms in the cool fresh mountain air while plunging in a gently flowing cool blue waters, or go caving (spelunking) this summer, Blue Water Cave is one perfect place to go.

Quezon town Mayor Gregorio Gue said the local government and Kiokong Climbing Society—a non-profit group—developed the Kiokong Eco-Tourism project to oversee town visitors’ activities while trekking and spelunking especially during weekends. “Visitors should clean their own mess and keep back the trash with them to preserve the cleanliness of the place,” he said. The hidden paradise of Southern Bukidnon A natural tourist attraction hidden in the country view of San Jose village in Quezon, Bukidnon, Blue Water Cave River flows underground

in connecting caverns, which is blue in color all year round. The trail to the blue waters includes a scenic view of white rock cliff walls, where hikers and rock wall climbers pulled themselves up a steep rock face surrounded with amazing rock formations, rolling hills and mountains. Take hikes, take photos, breath the fresh air deeply, and notice the amazing animals from flying lemurs to species of birds soaring up high. How to get there The entrance is along the n a t i o n a l highway with a huge billboard describing at a glance what this municipality offers. Quezon municipality is said to be Mindanao’s sugar capital located in southern Bukidnon. It is four to five hours away from Cagayan de Oro and three to four hours from Davao City.

Visitors can get in touch with Kiokong Eco Tourism days before the actual visit for food and transportation tips. Exploring the Blue Water Cave A narrow trail leading the Blue Water Cave is clearly visible and no guide is required to reach it. It is an easy way towards the paradise, until a steep way downwards approaches to finally reach the riverbank of Pulangi River and see the wonderful cave. The cool, semideep, pure blue water meets the Pulangi waters, and leaves a


bluish a r e a before mixing with waters of the giant Pulangi River. The cave’s opening is small. At the bottom, cool and clear water accumulated. It is freezing cold and very refreshing. White Rock Wall Climbing Following the trail back is also the route for the White Rock Wall Climbing. There are fixed pitons (mountaineering device) going up

the White Rock Wall. These are like pegs hammered into rocks with hooks where the mountaineer attaches karabiners. Karabiners are metal loops used as connectors to safely hold a freely running rope. The Kiokong Climbing Society facilitators always check the safety gears. They demonstrate how to pull ropes up and how to rappel down. They said a “beginner” usually goes for up to 30 feet but for advanced climbers, facilitators can offer the 30meter climb. A legendary place of privacy and peace This hidden paradise of Southern Bukidnon is truly an amazing tourist destination one could unexpectedly thought of Bukidnon to have this place as one of its treasures. The adrenaline rush adventure of its trail, the amazing rock formations, cool, pure, and clear water gushing from a cave makes this beautiful Blue Water Cave perfect for a summer get away. Its unspoiled beauty, serene surroundings, and wildlife treasures have enticed countless visitors each year. Truly untouched, the way God originally created it. One of His bountiful creations—a hidden paradise!




Opening of school generally peaceful, orderly, says Palace


onday’s school opening was generally peaceful and orderly, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday deployed 18,500 personnel for more than 7,400 police assistance desks established nationwide to assist and maintain order during the opening of

classes, Lacierda said in a press briefing. “This is over and above the regular mobile and foot patrols that will be likewise focused on the different schools and campuses. The PNP had earlier JUNE| PAGE


set the operational guidelines and An estimated 26 million students procedures to ensure a safe, secure, from both public and private schools and peaceful opening of classes up returned to school on Monday. PND to the succeeding weeks,” he added.

Director of Taiwan-based foundation calls on President Aquino


ranking official of the Taiwan-based nonprofit organization, Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang Palace on Monday afternoon.

Stephen Huang, the foundation’s director for global coordination, met with President Aquino at the Palace’s Music Room. Also present during the courtesy call were Tzu Chi Foundation Philippines vice president and chief executive officer Alfredo Li, Honorary Board of Commissioners head Dr. Francis Chua, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo Lacson, and Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras. The Tzu Chi Foundation promotes awareness of world issues and environmental protection. PND

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Review of Bangsamoro Law is to ensure it complies with comprehensive agreement, Palace says


alacanang is reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure that it complies with the provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), a Palace official has said.

“We are making sure that this will stand judicial scrutiny. To a large extent, we want to make sure that when it goes to Congress, it will be as smooth as possible,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during Monday’s press briefing. He said the BBL is still being evaluated and studied by the Office of the President and the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel. Asked why it is taking too long to transmit the BBL to Congress for approval, Lacierda answered, “It is the evaluation of the bill itself. They have to go through each and every provision just to be sure JUNE2014 |

that it is in sync with the agreement.” He said Malacanang is making sure that the BBL can stand on its own, should there be a challenge to its constitutionality. “We can assure (Bangsamoro Transition Commission) Chair Mohagher Iqbal that the Bangsamoro Basic bill will reflect the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and its annexes,” Lacierda added. The CAB was signed in Malacanang last March 27, ending the decades-long conflict that has claimed the lives of hundreds of people in Mindanao. PND PAGE | 9

Tourism, state prosecutor, academe back knowledge sharing for sustainable dev’t by Ana Celeste W. Felisilda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - To promote a culture of learning and knowledge sharing in pursuit of sustainable development through excellence in local governance, three stakeholders had agreed to pool their knowledge and expertise for Local Governance Resource Center (LGRC).

The Department of Tourism 27 the Memorandum of Understanding (DOT), Office of the Regional State (MOU) at the LGRRC 10. Prosecutor (RSP) and Capitol Agreements in the MOU include University (CU) jointly signed on May the attendance and participation in all

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multisectoral advisory council (MSAC) activities and regular meetings to assess the operations and ensure the dynamism of the components to the LGRC; designate a permanent focal person; and mobilization of their resources to support information materials on exemplary practices in the delivery of their respective agency mandates. Also signed was the MOU on the LGRC partnership with Group Foundation, Inc. entitled “Citizen Watchdog for Good Governance” for the Research and Monitoring Project of the Conditional Cash Transfer Program of the Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) to the beneficiaries in Cagayan de Oro City. MSAC is the governing, policymaking body of the LGRC. It provides the general direction and guidance

to the LGRC plans and programs and formulates policies and guidelines in the operationalization of the LGRC. The LGRC is a dynamic, interactive and virtual program that contributes to build the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as a knowledge centric organization (KCO) and builds learning communities that pursue local governance excellence through knowledge sharing and innovation. According to Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, regional director, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10, LGRC is not merely a physical facility, or library, nor is it simply a repository of knowledge products. It also makes knowledge products accessible to local government units (LGUs) and secondary users, among others.

Mindanao coal-fired full capacity now back on line by SPI

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental - Power supply in Mindanao is expected to improve further following the full operations of STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) - 210 MW (net) coal-fired power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Steag’s Unit 1, with a net generating output of 105MW, was synchronized to the Mindanao grid at around 3:28 p.m. on May 30, 2014, JUNE2014 |

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electrical generating sets with a net capacity of 105MW each. Both units underwent repairs and maintenance since February 27, 2014. Unit 2 went on line last May 7, 2014. “We are pleased to announce that Unit 1 has resumed operations and we hope that this added capacity will help improve the critical power supply condition of Mindanao” says SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers. SPI is one of the major power producers in Mindanao. Since start of its operations in November 2006, it has delivered more than 10 billion kWh of power to the grid representing about 18% of the island’s electricity

supply. SPI is principally owned by the German company Steag GmbH, with Aboitiz Power Corporation and La Filipina Uygongco Corporation as shareholders.

Lanao del Norte LGU distributed building materials to 20 schools by DepED

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - In support to Brigada Eskwela program of the Department of Education, the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte, distributed building materials to 17 elementary schools and three schools at the secondary level, this province. Through the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO), construction supplies like roofing materials, plywood, plain sheets, roof sealants, and bags of cement were delivered to the identified schools. Guillermo Abugan Sr. Elementary JUNE2014 |

School (GAES), one of the recipient schools identified by the provincial LGU received 15 bags of cement, 20 pieces plywood, 10 pieces plain sheets, 10 feet corrugated galvanized iron and roof sealants. GAES Principal Rosalinda PAGE | 12

Tabanao, faculty and staff expressed their gratitude to Governor Khalid Q. Dimaporo and Cong. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo of the First Congressional District of Lanao del Norte, for their continued support to their school. Parents, especially the pupils were thankful too. Other primary schools that received construction materials were Pantaon Primary School, Candis Elementary School, Princesa Elementary School, Maliwanag Elementary School, Linamon Central School, Matampay Elementary School, San Antonio Elementary School, Daugolaan Elementary School, Miguela Pogoy Memorial School, Feliza Bond Elementary School, Liangan East Elementary School, Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, Guillermo Gimeno Elementary School, Kalinaw/Kalilintad JUNE2014 |

Integrated Peace School, and Tipolo Elementary School. Among the secondary level that also received construction materials were Lala National High School, Salvador National High School and Panoloon National High School. The ‘Brigada Eskwela’ also known as the ‘National Schools Maintenance Week’ is an annual project of DepEd to improve the learning environment of students, and where all stakeholders join together and assist in the enhancement of school facilities. From May 19 to 24, 2014, school teachers, administrators, parents and various organizations including the Armed Forces of the Philippines and local government unit personnel went to local schools and help clean the classrooms, repaint school furnitures and repair defective doors and leaking roofs. PAGE | 13

DA-XI braces for the El Nino in August DAVAO CITY- The Department of Agriculture in Davao Region braces for impact of the the El Nino Phenomenon despite the 50:50 chance of occurrence according to the projection of the weather bureau. Remelyn Ricoter, director of

the DA 11 said the El Nino mitigating plan includes cloud-seeding operation to induce rain. She said the cloud-seeding operation will be done side by side with the Bureau of Soil and Water Management. Ricoter said the cloud-seeding operation will not be done hastily. She said it will be done with the assessment of the cloud formation and the crops which might be affected by the induced rain in the vicinity. “The cloud seeding needs P2-Million for a thirty-day-operation which will have 60 sorties

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because of the high cost of the plane covering a P40,000 per flying hour” she said. Ricoter said the DA has to rent or to use the plane from the Philippine Air Force or from the private operators. She said the DA also needs to pay for the fuel, and incentive for the pilot and the technical personnel. Ricoter revealed based on the weather bureau’s projections, Davao City, Davao Oriental will be put under the moderately vulnerable areas. She said the DA will also provide open surface water pumps and drought-tolerant varieties for seeds and crops. “We coordinated with the provincial agriculturists to monitor the effects of the El Nino,” Ricoter said. (PIA 11- Joey Sem G. Dalumpines) -

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DavSur provincial LGU beefs up support to rice farmers DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur- The provincial government of Davao del Sur recently provided farm inputs to farmers in the municipalities of Matanao and Magsaysay, aiming to boost rice hybridization in the province, especially in these rice growing areas. Some 170 farmers from Lumbang Irrigators Service Association and Kauswagan BuriLaangan Irrigators Association in Matanao were enlisted as recipients of five bags of organic fertilizer, one bag potash, one bag mureate, one bags urea, and one kilo fungicide. As production support under farm machineries, the Department of Agriculture in Region XI also handed over one unit of floating tiller. In Magsaysay, the farmers’ association-recipients were Badagoy Irrigators Association, Albatana Blucon Community Irrigators Association, UgsingTacul Farmers Association, San Isidro-Tacul Communal Irrigators Association (SITCIA), Kilolog Communal Irrigators Association and Mabini-Barayong Communal Irrigators Association. The 130 farmers of these farmer associations were given five bags of organic fertilizer, one bag JUNE2014 |

of potash, two bags of urea, one kilo of fungicide and five units of floating tillers. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, through Nally Bangoy and executive assistant to the governor Marivic Hubac, turned over the assistance to the beneficiaries on May 21 this year. In 2012, the province of Davao del Sur was a recipient of the AgriPinoy Rice Achievers Award which conferred a P4 million assistance to the provincial government for the implementation of the Rice Hybridization Program. The award has given Governor Claude Bautista the inspiration to fully support the agriculture programs in the province. Hubac said that the governor is bent on strengthening the rice production of the province by providing more hybrid seeds and fertilizers in order to meet rice sufficiency in the province. “Rice hybridization has the yield advantage of 15-20% compared to Inbred rice production,” she said. DA intends to boost farming pursuits in rice growing areas through the Rice Hybridization Program. (LGU-Davao del Sur/Nilda S. Aniñon) PAGE | 15

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Sagala procession in the Island Garden City of Samal. The end of May heralds the holding of Flores de Mayo across towns and cities in the country.

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NKTI-REDCOP officials visit radio stations in Butuan By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY - In time with the conduct of the Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention on Thursday, program manager of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute-Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI-REDCOP) Dr. Antonio Paraiso, together with assistant program manager Dr. Susan Gorge, and Cristina Tumaliuan of Philippine Renal Disease Registry visited several radio stations here for its advocacy campaign against kidney disease.

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Said officials were interviewed at RMN dxBCButuan, Bombo Radyo and Power-FM of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga. The importance of having a healthy lifestyle and tips on how to prevent other diseases that also affect the kidneys of the individuals are some of the topics discussed during their radio interview. Paraiso explained that the NKTI’s goal is to provide world class health care to all patients and their families and to pursue excellence in developing and establishing the highest level of training and research for physicians and paramedical personnel. “Our mission is to campaign for a healthy lifestyle. We inform people how to live a healthy lifestyle, prevent kidney disease and let them understand how to cope if they already have this disease,” remarked Paraiso. Paraiso further disclosed that apart from its general campaign on renal health and disease prevention, there are issues and concerns that the NKTIREDCOP need to address and let people know how to JUNE2014 |

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prevent kidney disease. “That’s why we visit places in the country to raise awareness among all Filipinos that kidney disease is common, that often it is without symptoms, that it can be prevented and that it can be treated if diagnosed early,” he said. Also, when asked the difference between a nephrologist and urologist, Jorge explained that a nephrologist is a physician who studies and deals with neprology. “A nephrology is the adult and pediatric study of the kidneys and its diseases. The nephrologist deals with the diagnosis and management of kidney disease.

Meanwhile, a urologist is a physician who had specialty training to diagnose and conduct surgery operations, treat diseases of the male and female urinary tracts, as well as of the male reproductive organs,” she said. Jorge then advised people to undergo urinalysis every year so that they will know if they have kidney disease, and to know what to do so as not to complicate the disease. Meanwhile, Tumaliuan reported that around 142 patients were recorded to have undergone dialysis in Caraga region last year, 2013.

NKTI-REDCOP intensifies IEC on Renal Health & Disease Prevention by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- As the National Kidney Month will be celebrated in June this year with the theme, “A Healthy Lifestyle Makes Your Kidneys Smile”, the National Kidney and Transplant Institute-Renal Disease Control Program (NKTI-REDCOP) has intensified its information, education and communication (IEC) campaign in the different regions of the country including Caraga. JUNE2014 |

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Dr. Antonio Paraiso, NKTIREDCOP program manager, together with Dr. Susan Jorge, assistant program manager, and Cristina Tumaliuan of Philippine Renal Disease Registry visited this city for the conduct of Lay Forum on Renal Health and Disease Prevention on May 29, 2014. During said activity, there were more than 300 participants comprising barangay health workers (BHWs), academe, nurses, information officers of government agencies and local media. Paraiso encouraged everyone to take care of the kidneys as a vital organ. “We are here to raise awareness among all Filipinos that kidney disease is common, that often it is without symptoms, that it can be prevented and that it can be treated if diagnosed early,” he said. Paraiso also asked other government agencies to help intensify nutritional campaign. “We’ll teach people how to cook and select what food to eat so they will practice a healthy diet,” he added. Meanwhile, Jorge shared that an individual should drink five to eight glasses of water a day because our body needs it. “Let’s eat vegetables, do exercise, have enough sleep and JUNE2014 |

avoid any vices. I know we all desire to be healthy and the best way to achieve it is to practice healthy lifestyle, and we should take this seriously,” stressed Jorge. Jorge further explained the risks of sleep deprivation which causes an increase of a person’s blood sugar and blood pressure. “Make it a practice to always observe a good sleeping habit and follow the doctor’s advice to avoid health complications,” Jorge pointed out. The Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP) is the office in-charge of implementing the NKTI’s public health projects on the prevention and control of renal and other related diseases. It plans, implements and monitors projects for research, advocacy, training, service and quality assurance. REDCOP’s activities are done mostly on a national scale through its network of Regional Coordinators throughout the country. The REDCOP also administers and manages the Philippine Renal Disease Registry (PRDR), which include the following: the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Registry composed of the Hemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis & Transplant Registries, and the Chronic Kidney Disease Registry composed of Biopsy.

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CSC-13 to launch PRIME-HRM by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY- With its vision of becoming Asia’s leading Center of Excellence in Human Resource and Organization Development and as the central human resource management in the public sector, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Caraga regional office will launch on Monday, the Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management (PRIME-HRM) at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. “We also aim of aligning agency’s HR actions, processes and procedures as mandated under PRIME-HRM using its new assessment tool,” bared CSCCaraga regional director Resurreccion Pueyo. Pueyo further explained that the PRIME-HRM is a tool that CSC uses to recognize the best practices, innovations, enhancements, and remarkable developments in human resource management performed by a particular agency. “In the event that an agency qualifies for a status and recognition tantamount to its achievements, the commission thereby delegates authority to that office to execute functions that are normally performed by CSC. There are five levels that every agency under CSC can be categorized under depending on its adherence to PRIMEHRM standards: Level I (Regulated); Level II (Accredited); Level III JUNE2014 |

(Deregulated); Center of Excellence in Human Resource Management; and Seal of Excellence in Human Resource Management,” relayed Pueyo. PRIME-HRM has three components, namely Comprehensive HRM Assistance, Review and Monitoring (CHARM); Continuing Assistance and Review for Excellence Human Resource Management (CARE-HRM); and Special Program for Evaluation and Assessment as Required/Requested (SPEAR). CHARM is concerned with appraising human resource management standards and systems, records management, and human resource personnel competence; CARE-HRM is a continuing program that serves to assist agencies in the implementation of the recommendations as contained in the CHARM findings; and SPEAR is involved with the special assessment of particular HRM agencies, either by necessity or by request. PAGE | 21

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‘Subay Bahandi sa Kadagatan’ beefs up public awareness on environmental protection, preservation By Gideon C. Corgue DINAS, Zamboanga del Sur – Officials from the national government agencies (NGAs), municipal and barangay officials, heads of offices, religious and civic leaders have recently joined the coastline tour dubbed “Subay Bahandi sa Kadagatan” (Tour to Marine Resources) 2014, a coastal resource management program initiated by the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) here.

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Mayor Basilio Vidad said the program was launched for the first time in the coastal barangay of Tarakan to raise awareness among stakeholders toward environmental protection and preservation, help secure the Marine Protected Area (MPA), reopen seas for small fishers , appreciate resources in the mangrove areas and seas, and reassess livelihood and tourism potentials in the municipality. Vidad added that Dinas, a coastal municipality of second district, is endowed with a number of marine resources. “The waters around are home to different species of fish and corals,” he declared. Fishing is the major source of livelihood of the people in the municipality. “We need to protect and preserve these resources thus, the LGU and other stakeholders collaborated for the implementation of the coastalbased resources management through the establishment and maintenance of MPA,” Vidad JUNE2014 |

explained. Vidad said during his first term as mayor in 1988, he established fish sanctuary with the assistance of MAO to address problem of dwindling fish catch in the area. Such a program was sustained until he became a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board), and is now being continued in his fourth term as municipal mayor. The group was toured to the marine sanctuaries including the awesome and beautiful bat sanctuary, which lasted for about three hours to remind them of the richness of the town’s diverse marine resources. “With this project, the stakeholders will help the municipal government in intensifying its campaign for protecting and preserving marine resources in the area,” Vidad said. “I wish that this project will be sustained and be supported by all stakeholders even after my term of office,” the mayor urged. PAGE | 28

WESMINCOM, WMSU, ABS-CBN extend help to Zambo IDPs by Rene V. Carbayas

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Barangay Tulungatong in Zamboanga City recently received drums and trash bins from the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) in partnership with the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU).

In a press release, Capt Maria Rowena A Muyuela PN(M), Command Public Information Officer reported that twenty trash bins and nine water containers (drums) were distributed to IDPs last May 16 through the collaborative efforts made by the soldiers and other key JUNE2014 |

stakeholders. She said that the effort is part of the community mobilization and development program of WESMINCOM. The drums and trash bins were received by Brgy Tulungatong Chairman, Nur Jeopakkal. PAGE | 29

The activity was spearheaded by Col. Rodrigo Gregorio, General Staff Course (Infantry), Philippine Army Civil Military Operations Officer of WestMinCom who represented the WestMinCom Commander Lt. General Rustico O. Guerrero AFP. Also present during the turnover were Professor Aleyssa Bagian Abdul Karim, Professors Ludy Dequit and Janette Francisco of the CSWDO, and Ceilita Quisel, a DSWD Social Worker. Last May 9, WesMinCom also partnered with ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163 and Sagip KapamilyaZamboanga for a “Gift-giving and advocacy� program for IDPs relocated at Upper Calarian and Tulungatung bunk houses. Muyuela said part of the relief goods distributed were those donated

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from Davao City. The ABS-CBN Bantay Bata 163 Davao donated relief goods consisting of non foods and food items, such as: 75 boxes of shampoo, 75 boxes of conditioner, about 30 sacks of food packs, and 20 sacks used clothes, and 6 boxes of medicines. Lt General Rustico O Guerrero AFP, Commander, Western Mindanao Command spearheaded the turnover of donations to respective officer In charge of Community Social Work of PTSI-Transitory Site, Upper Calarian and Tulungatong. The activity was also attended by the WestMinCom staff officers together with the Chairman and Officers of PTSI Upper Calarian and Tulungatong Bunk Houses. (WesMinCom)

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DTI-9 launches SSF Project in Sibugay By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Some equipments of the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) Project of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9 were turned-over recently to three cooperatives in the province. The three beneficiaries were the Sulo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SARBEMCO) situated at Barangay Sulo of Naga town, Katipunan ng mga May Kapansanan sa Ipil, Inc. (KAMPIL, Inc.) situated in Ipil town, and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries of Marcelo Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ARBEMCO) situated in Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte. SARBEMCO has received from the SSF project five Abaca stripping machines and one rope making machine with a total cost of P785 thousand while KAMPIL, Inc. received five sewing machines and one rope making machine with a total cost of P179 thousand. ARBEMCO has also received five Abaca spindle machines and one rope making machine amounting to P784 thousand. Roel C. Catimbang, senior trade & industry development specialist of DTI-Sibugay said the total project JUNE2014 |

cost was 1.7 million. The project turnover was attended by Dr. Sitti Amina Jain, DTI-9 regional director and Engr. Noel R. Bazan, concurrent provincial director of DTI-Sibugay. It could be recalled that DTI had earmarked P46 million for SSF projects in Region 9 for this year, 70 percent higher than the P27.12 million allocation in 2013. Dr. Jain said that the SSF Project would be able to help more small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Region 9, which are in need of government support to acquire the necessary equipment, tools or machinery to improve their production. The SSF project is a collaborative effort of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) with the help of the private sector via Public-Private Partnership (PPP). PAGE | 31

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