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MinDA, DENR, DILG launch two environment programs for Mindanao Page 4 Ariana Cristelle L. Pagdanganan NORTHERN MINDANAO

TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2014 Vol. 3 No. 191

Information to Empower Filipinos

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Palace encouraged by supportive statements of allies on peaceful solution to WPS row

NORTHERN MINDANAO

Reconstituted Iligan city tourism council now back on its helm Lorry V. Gabule All set for Oplan Balik-Eskwela 2014 PNP Iligan Lorry V. Gabule

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BFAR Patrol boats to monitor Davao Gulf fish ban RG Alama

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SurSur PNP introduces new security plan in time for opening of classes Greg Tataro, Jr.

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CSFI Lakbay Aral a resounding success: Sisterhood pact between QC, Butuan offshoots tour

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WESTERN REGION

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DILG-9 personnel hurdle six-month induction training Franklin P. Gumapon Isabela City readies contingency plan for disaster worse-case scenario Rene V. Carbayas

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GSC SMEDCI to intensify efforts to boost MSMEs Catherine T. Apelacio NorthCot LGU brings aids to cholera-affected villagers in Alamada Shahana Joy E. Duerme


COVER STORY MinDA, DENR, DILG launch two environment programs for Mindanao

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by Ariana Cristelle L. Pagdanganan

he Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) made a collaborative effort to launch two environment programs here to sustain the natural resources of Mindanao.

These two projects are the Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project (BSFP) and the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) for the Miarayon-LapokLirongan-Tinaytayan Tribal Association (MILALITTRA) of Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park. The implementation of the BSFP calls for the rehabilitation of Mindanao’s natural habitats as well as in the reforestation of their denuded areas. This project initially targets 200 barangays, organized by the DILG. Each barangay will establish 20 hectares of nursery that will eventually


produce 10,000 seedlings and 4,000 counterpart either by cash or in hectares of tree plantation. kind. BSFP also provides incentives for top performing communities, Meanwhile, MinDA, through the as well as the livelihood MindaNOW! Nurturing support and project Our Waters Program sustainability. is assigned to Secretary coordinate Paje explained the private on how sectors, important the academe DILG plays in and the this program; civil society “Kalahati nung target ni Pangulo organizations na matamnam (CSOs) in by 2016 kayang assisting the i-deliver ng LGUs organization of lamang� (The local partner LGUs/alliance g o v e r n m e n t with the DILG and units (LGUs) DENR. are capable to Further, deliver half of another project the target that the President would want to be planted by 2016). Other than organizing the 200 barangay LGUs, the DILG will also disseminate tree-growing or other environmental initiatives to local partners and present performance incentive scheme for the BSFP. After which, the barangay LGUs will then provide 5


designed by the t h r e e gov e r n ing agencies is called the Payment for Ecosystem Services or PES. This is an environmental m e c h a n i s m in sustaining ecosystems as well as to encourage industry stakeholders to participate in the payment scheme that is meant to protect the

environment against the massive utilization of resources caused by excessive human activities. Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, Chairperson of MinDA, said that PES is already being done in the municipality of Naawan. The municipal council of Naawan had issued an ordinance to collect additional fee of one peso per cubic meter of water consumed per household. Antonino encouraged everyone to do parallel efforts to protect and sustain the environment and its natural resources. “We have to act now in order that the next generation will not blame us for abusing the environment that they will inherit from us in the future,� Antonino expressed. Along with MinDA, DENR, and DILG, other partners that took part in this joint undertaking were the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC), Xavier UniversityAteneo de Cagayan, and the Miarayon-LapokLirongan-Tinaytayan Tribal Association, which was also the recipient of the PES project.


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President Aquino honors outstanding policewomen

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III honored the country’s Ten Outstanding Policewomen for 2013 during a ceremony held at the President’s Hall of Malacanang Palace on Tuesday.

In his speech, President Aquino recognized the exceptional dedication and commitment of policewomen in performing their duties and serving their countrymen. “Tunay po na kayong mga awardees ay bantayog ng pinakamabubuting katangian ng Pilipino, at nagsisilbing mukha ng pagbabagong tinatamasa

na ng ating lipunan. Dahil sa mga gaya ninyo, lalong nagiging pursigido ang inyong gobyerno sa pagpapaunlad ng inyong kakayahan,” he said. The awardees were Police Inspector Arieza Otida, Senior Police Officer 3 Melinda Amsali, Police Superintendent Maria Leonora Chua Camarao, Police Chief Inspector Gemma Vidal Braganza, JUNE| PAGE

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Police Officer 3 Annaliza Palicpic Flores, Senior Police Officer 1 Ruth Bongo Violango, Senior Police Officer 1 Cheryl Quinto Saldo, Police Senior Inspector Jovelyn Abe Bañares, Police Officer 2 Cheryl Lyn Wagas Ano-os, and Police Senior Superintendent Herminigilda Dumaguin Salangad. President Aquino lauded the exemplary service demonstrated by female police officers, noting that gender is inconsequential when it comes to public service. As continued support for the police force, the Chief Executive vowed to upgrade their facilities and equipment, continue in reforming their ranks and map out programs that will uplift the quality of life of uniformed men. In his speech, President Aquino also commended Police Senior Inspector Charity Galvez for successfully defending a police precinct against a rebel attack in Agusan del Sur, and Police Officer 3 Edlyn Arbo for foiling a jeepney robbery, an incident the President mentioned during his State of the Nation Address last year. He mentioned Police Inspector Marjorie Manuta of Tacloban, who was the first

police officer to brief him when Typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban, Leyte last year. President Aquino cited Police Officers 1 Juliet Macababbad, Delia Langpawen, Mercelina Bantiyag and Maricel Rueco, for responding during a robbery incident at the SM Mall of Asia. “Ang ganito nga pong antas ng katapatan at dedikasyon ng inyong mga kasamahan sa serbisyo ang siya mismong nagbunsod sa nabawi na ninyong tiwala at paghanga ng ating mamamayan,” he said. The Search for the Ten Outstanding Policewomen of the Philippines is an annual search sponsored by the Zonta Club of the Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation Inc., to discover and recognize the efforts and achievements of the female members of the Philippine National Police. PND

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Palace encouraged by supportive statements of allies on peaceful solution to WPS row

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alacanang welcomed on Tuesday the supportive statements of allies and other countries who agreed that the best way to tackle the row on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is through seeking a peaceful settlement.

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emphasized the importance of ASEAN centrality in dealing with such matters. He noted that during the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar last month, the heads of ASEAN states and governments affirmed the importance of fleshing out a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea. “Together with the other ASEAN nations, we are advocating the fleshing out of the Code of Conduct,” Coloma said. “We see this as the important opportunity for institutionalizing peace and stability in the region arising from the disputes in the South China Sea.” Coloma said that in the last ASEAN Summit, most or almost all of the countries in the region have already expressed their support for the Philippine advocacy. “…We have seen important progress made in our advocacy and we continue to be encouraged by all of these developments,” the PCOO chief stressed. Furthermore, Coloma noted that in the 13th Asia Security Summit held over the weekend in Singapore, the participants affirmed the importance of respecting the rule of

law as the key to regional stability. “The Philippines’ key allies, namely the United States, Australia, and Japan, expressed similar views that support our country’s basic position on the importance of seeking peaceful settlement of disputes,” Coloma said. “As the President pointed out in recent interviews with the international press, 40 percent of world commerce passes through the South China Sea; hence, it is important that freedom of navigation, as well as freedom of aviation be upheld as emphasized in the ASEAN-Japan Summit last December 2013,” he added. On another note, the PCOO chief also pointed out that despite the sea row, the relationship between the Philippines and China does not “define the totality” of its relations. “We still would like to envision a situation where there will be continuing stability in the South China Sea, as we have pointed out its strategic importance not just to regional, but to global commerce and trade,” he said. “This is the condition that we see for further stability and economic growth in our region,” he added. (PNA) JUBE 2014 | PAGE

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Moro youths pass resolution supporting Malacanang’s Mindanao peace overtures

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ware they are among the beneficiaries of the government’s peace overtures in southern Philippines, a bloc of young Moro leaders here have authored a resolution expressing support to the efforts of the state and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to establish an MILF-led Bangsamoro political entity.

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Both sides signed the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB), which was signed by both sides last March 27 in Malacañang. The resolution was drafted and passed by the Young Moro Professionals Network (YMPN) in the ARMM expressing their desire that the Mindanao peace process become an integral part of the social mainstream. It was endorsed by the YMPN to the secretariat of the 10th National Youth Parliament, held last month in Manila. “We, the youth in the Muslim Mindanao area, want to mainstream the issue of peace process,” pointed out Asan Al-Ameen Camlian, 23, of Basilan, a component province of ARMM. Aside from Basilan, ARMM is composed of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. YMPN is currently the largest group of Muslim professionals in the country, which participated in last month’s 10th National Youth Parliament in Manila. According to Amir Mawalil, director of the ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information, the national youth gathering gave an opportunity for Muslim professionals to ventilate their sentiments and JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

desire toward the achievement of lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao. Mawalil, also a member of the YMPN, said the recent national gathering, participated in by 204 youth parliamentarians from 17 regions, discussed issues like the future of the Filipino youth, health, employment, education, and involvement in propeace and development initiatives. The ARMM was represented in the 10th NYP by Camlian, Tadzmahar Abdulkadil, Fatimah Jasmeen Alih, Sitti Anieza Darong, Ro-Janna Jamiri, Keith Einstein Pon (TawiTawi), Sittie Fatimah Balt, Mubarak Cabugatan, Roselainie Calil, Lady Hanifah Mindalano (Lanao del Sur), Julamin Paglala, and Amenodin Samporna (Maguindanao). (PNA)

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Solons deliberate on environmental ordinances for Labo River protection by CIO

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidenta - At least two ordinances are due for deliberation by the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP), here, to address environmental issues and concerns of the Labo River in the city.

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of the river. A consolidated report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB), Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), City Engineers Office and the SP also reveal that there are quarry operators conducting mechanical quarry operations in areas outside their concessions. Rampant quarrying in the area has posed imminent danger to the inhabitants in barangay Labo, near the river, due to massive landslide

along the river banks, Vice-Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez said. Meanwhile, Senior Specialist Teresa Digamon of MGB-Misamis Occidental said there are major portions of the Labo river banks that needed to be protected before it totally give in due to the strong floods. On the other hand, the DENR previously released seven (7) names of existing concessioners who had acquired permits from the Office of the Governor to operate at the Labo River.

Reconstituted Iligan city tourism council now back on its helm by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY - The city of Iligan has reconstituted its tourism council to promote local tourism development. Per Executive Order No. 51-A, series of 2014, dated 31st of March 2014, city Mayor Celso G. Regencia has reconstituted the Iligan City Tourism Council (ICTC), as such that tourism is a vital economic industry. Dr. Jennifer Wee-Tan, chairman, Northern Mindanao Regional Tourism Council, officiated the officers’ Oath of Office and induction of members on May 28, 2014 at the Elena Tower Inn, this city. In her message, Dr. Tan

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congratulated Mayor Celso G. Regencia of Iligan for reviving the City Tourism Council, and appreciated Regencia’s enthusiasm since Iligan had been out in the Councils of Tourism nationwide. Tan added tourism should be localized that is to develop talents among the community; and recognize the community as they are the ones that would promote the place through their talents and skills. People should support the city head, its leaders to unite, and be one PAGE | 14


if you truly love Iligan, said Tan. She recalled when she assumed as the city chief executive of Tangub City. She never doubted offers from individuals or groups (regardless of political affiliation) to help her develop their city. Hence, she gave them the opportunity to present their intention for the good of the city. For his part, mayor Regencia said that Iligan City government will pool whatever resources it has to develop as the city has vast tourism potentials, both natural and manmade in nature, coupled with human resources. He also said private and public partnership is vital to the city’s economic industry. Iliganons have to have a paradigm shift from an industrial center to become a tourism destination; change the mindset from being a ‘tourist’ to a ‘destination,’ the mayor added. Meanwhile, Director Catalino E. Chan of the Department of Tourism, region 10, underscored the importance of creating a tourism council and its role in tourism development. He said the council’s participation shall be a 60% private and 40% public partnership, with standing committee coming from the private in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Integration. Further, Chan said the aims and purposes of ASEAN are: to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Southeast Asian Nations; to promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter; and to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields. One strategy to get the attention of getting Iligan into the limelight is to coordinate with religious leaders and organizations. Through these groups they could recommend Iligan as their venue for holding conventions, summit, conferences, thus, make Iligan as the center of conferences, said Chan. He urged the Iligan Tourism Office to coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) to train the school children greet or say Iligan’s tagline “Maayong Iligan” (Good Day Iligan), a greeting visitors can’t forget the moment they leave Iligan, or simply teach students the distance how many minutes will it take if somebody asks his point of interest to go in Iligan’s tourist destinations. Director Chan said, “Remember, the Philippines is not only those in Visayas and Luzon destinations, but we have it in Iligan--a place where people are hospitable, peacefulloving and Maayong Iliganons (Good Iliganons). We are not competing our destinations but complementing. Meanwhile, officers and members of ICTC expressed their commitments to promote local tourism development. PAGE | 15


All set for Oplan Balik-Eskwela 2014 - PNP Iligan by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte -The Iligan City Police Office-Philippine National Police (ICPO-PNP) is all set to provide safety and security of the students and other commuters during the opening of classes this school year 2014. The opening of classes for public schools is on June 2, 2014 and on June 16, 2014 for private schools. We have organized security coverage and public safety services in different schools, campus, and particularly where huge volume of students are expected to converge in the first to second week of June, expressed P/SSupt. Gerardo Manubay Rosales, city director, ICPO-PNP. This is in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the barangay officials. Moreover, security coverage will be provided by established Police Assistance Desks (PADs) together with Local Government Units, Parents Teachers Association, and volunteer groups in all airports, seaports, transport terminals and other areas of convergence nationwide. As directed by the Police Regional Office (PRO-10), we shall organize teams in our five (5) police stations to conduct mobile and foot patrols along major routes and highways leading to all learning institutions and within the immediate vicinity of school premises to ensure public safety, said Rosales. “We also would like to warn the JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

public, especially the students to be more vigilant while going to school particularly on public utility jeepneys, bus, where criminals could take advantage, pickpocket, snatching, swindling, robbery/hold-up, and street-level drug trafficking,� Rosales said. Furthermore, students are also cautioned from talking with strangers by keeping their distance or not talking to them at all, and to avoid wearing jewelry, bringing large amount of money, or using expensive phones while in the streets. Parents should always keep their eyes on their children while going and leaving school premises, the City PNP Chief added. The ICPO will also designate dedicated personnel to address bullying inside and outside school premises in coordination with school officials; coordinate with concerned local government units regarding the strict implementation of the zoning ordinance prohibiting the existence of computer shops, billiards establishment and other distractive recreation within the immediate of the schools. PAGE | 16


DENR-XI expresses relief over the release of contractors lease of four contractors and one driver who were abducted in May 30 by heavily armed after conducting an aerial survey of the National Greening program plantations in Barangay New Leyte, Maco Compostela Valley. Joselin Marcus Fragada,

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director of the DENR-XI said the victims namely Kendrick Wong, Nico Lasaca, Chris Favila, Tim Sabino and driver, Jonas Loredo were set free following negotiations headed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. He said that since Friday, he had been coordinating closely with Duterte who had been negotiating for the freedom of the victims.Fragada affirmed that the survey aims to validate the survival of the seedlings in the

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plantation areas. He said the use of the aerial survey technology was aimed to make sure that the plantations in the last three years are in place, particularly the survival rate of the seedlings in the area. Fragada clarified he was only aware of the presence of the contractors in the area when the news about the reported abduction broke out. He said he immediately sought the assistance of Duterte to assure the safety of the five missing victims. Fragada said the Sky-Eye, the private firm where the victims belong has been authorized by the DENR to look for the NGP plantations through aerial surveillance. Fragada said the Sky-Eye had initially conducted an aerial surveillance in Kapalong, Davao del Norte where he was also present to see the technology this year.

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He said the aerial surveillance in Barangay New Leyte, Maco, Comval last Friday was supposedly the second time the survey in the region was conducted. Fragada stressed proper protocol could have been observed by the contractors with the DENR and the local government authorities of Maco about the activities in the area to prevent the abduction. He said he already extended his apologies to the Maco Municipal government for failure to coordinate about the presence of the contractors in the area. Fragada said the victims are not employees of the DENR. He also revealed that the National Greening Program Davao Region this year targets 16,000 hectares. Fragada said 33, 000 hectares had been planted in 2013. He said the program is due to end by 2016. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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BFAR Patrol boats to monitor Davao Gulf fish ban DAVAO CITY- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will deploy a patrol boat to monitor the soon-to-be implemented commercial fishing ban in the Davao Gulf. According to BFAR Regional Office XI director Fatma Idris a patrol boat will be deployed from Manila to complement the three patrol boats of BFAR during the fishing ban. Marine assets from the Philippine Navy, Coast Guard the Philippine National Police Maritime Group will also assist in the monitoring. The Davao Gulf Management Council will oversee the implementation of the ban. The fish ban covering Davao Gulf will involve commercial fishers using bag net and ring net methods. The duration of the ban will be three months from June to August. Idris, who guested at Kapehan sa SM Davao media forum last Monday (June 2) said the ban is not yet implemented pending the publication of the order in newspapers of general circulation.

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The ban is covered by the Joint Department Administrative Order (JDAO) between the Department of Agriculture of which BFAR is an attached agency and the Department of Interior and Local Government. The period is identified as the spawning season for small pelagic fishes. Idris said that based on study by the BFAR on Davao Gulf fisheries, the Gulf has already reached the maximum level of decline and would need immediate conservation measures. Covered in the ban are fishing vessels weighing 301 to 150 tons. Penalty for violating the ban is P100,000. BFAR is also planning to distribute 300 boat engines to affected fisher folks along with fish and hook lines. The bureau is asking the fishermen to register either online or submit it thru commercial fishing operators. Only hook and line fishing method is allowed during the fishing ban period. (PIA/RG Alama)

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DENR Caraga leads World Environment Month celeb; lined up activities for Climate Change awareness By Nora L. Molde

BUTUAN CITY - “We are celebrating June as the Environment Month,” says Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional executive director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo in a press statement Tuesday.

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According to RED Tamayo, this month – June is considered “a special to all of us who care for the preservation and protection of our environment and natural resource.” The yearly celebration was established by virtue of proclamation no. 237 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1988 of which the DENR has been mandated to lead this celebration. Tamayo said, the DENR has lined up various activities to give meaning to the celebration and stimulate awareness to the people of the environment in the face of challenges of the global climate changes. “On June 5, the United Nations and the more than 100 countries in the world will celebrate the World Environment Day to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment and encourage political attention and action,” Tamayo said. He also said that the World Environment Day celebration is anchored on the theme, “Small Islands and Climate Change: Raise your voice, not the sea level” is very much appropriate at this time “that we are experiencing the effects of the global climate change.” Tamayo further said, June 5 serves also as the ’’people’s day’’ JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

for doing something positive for the environment, concreting individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. Also, on June 25, the nation will be celebrating the Arbor Day, a simultaneous mangrove planting will be held regionwide. “The declaration of the United Nations General Assembly for 2014 as the Year of Small Islands Developing States aims to celebrate the contribution of this group of countries and territories,” Tamayo said. These small islands are home to vibrant and distinct cultures and heritage as well as to rich ecosystems, biodiversity and dazzling landscapes, Tamayo added. These small islands faced with many environmental challenges brought about by Climate change. Rising ocean levels is threatening to wipe out if not reduce small islands into smaller pieces of lands. Melting ice and the expansion of the oceans which both due to global warming are the causes of sea level rise. Philippines is an archipelago with 7,107 islands and though we do not fall under the category of small island states, some islands in the country is at high risk from rising seas particularly those villages that are situated in the low lying areas. PAGE | 21


“We are also confronted with the problem of waste management. We seem to care less of throwing our waste everywhere. We do not practice waste segregation and we have problem of land space to dispose solid and liquid waste. It would seem to take little time before we are literally buried in trash,” he said. “It is good for us that the President and DENR through the leadership of Secretary Ramon JP Paje have timely implemented the National Greening Program (NGP) on February 2011 as a strategy to cushion the impact of climate change through out the country,” Tamayo added. Furthermore, the purpose of the NGP according to Tamayo is to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of forest lands nationwide. “From 2011 to 2013, some 683,069 hectares of the NGP sites,

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or 46 percent of the 1.5 million hectare target, have been planted, with more than 1.2 million jobs generated. For 2014, the NGP has targeted to produce 164 million seedlings and plant them in the different parts of the country covering 300,000 hectares,” Tamayo bared. Tamayo said the call of this year’s celebration is to recognize that “we all face the same challenges and are connected and united by our common goal of a sustainable and prosperous life for all on this planet.” “The call is to raise our voice in solidarity with one another, particularly with the people of the small islands. Whether it is to organize clean up campaigns, tree planting, plastic bans, art exhibits, recycling drives, social media campaigns and others - every action counts,” Tamayo concluded.

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SurSur PNP introduces new security plan in time for opening of classes by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY -- Surigao del Sur officer in charge (OIC) Provincial Director P/SSupt. Narciso Verdadero has brought in what he believes a better approach to deter crime in time for the opening of the new school year 2014-2015.

A week earlier, Verdadero confirmed about holding a meeting with all his concerned chiefs of police (COPs) provincewide for the implementation of the local anticriminality action plan (LACAP) within their respective areas of responsibilities (AORs). He explained that LACAP seeks to harness the support of all “barangay tanods” as “force multiplier” as well as the local JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

government units (LGUs) at the city or town levels in order to carry out the task of securing and protecting the school children in particular and the community in general against criminal activities. Verdadero admitted that the entire police force can be more effective and efficient in doing their job only if they have the support and cooperation of everybody in the community. PAGE | 23


CSFI Lakbay Aral a resounding success: Sisterhood pact between QC, Butuan offshoots tour by LAWig Katawhan

BUTUAN CITY- Summer just couldn’t contain adventure-hunting escapades of members of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI), as over 20 congressional spouses around the country experienced bounties that beset magnificent Caraga during their 4-day Lakbay Aral tour. They trekked white beaches, dived pristine-clear waters, revisited colorful history, dipped in mouth-watering delicacies, and savored all goodies heavens could afford to country’s last tourism frontier. The tour was hosted by the CSFI Caraga Regional Chapter headed by Marie Therese Fortun, wife of Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun. This regular activity of the spouses of legislators is the first for this term with the aim of promoting tourism in the countryside. Participants of the tour came to visit cultural heritage sites of Butuan: Regional Museum and Balangay Shrine. On top of experience nature endowments and historical wonders of the region, Lakbay Aral 2014 was also designed as a ‘learning session’ to showcase the best practices local government units being visited that might be applicable for replication in other localities. Butuan City took pride in showcasing its Butuan 2020 Vision: Butuan City as a Premier Forest City by the year 2020. It came as a surprise, but perhaps the best take-home of the Butuan City from the Lakbay Aral 2014, is the announcement of Quezon City Vice Mayor and CSFI Chairperson Joy Belmonte over plans of Quezon City entering into a sisterhood agreement with Butuan, as JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

she expressed elation over the experience of travelling the whole region despite with the limited time. During the dinner jointly hosted by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Agusan del Norte Provincial Governor Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba, Agusan del Norte Second District Representative Erlpe John M. Amante and Rep. Fortun, Belmonte revealed that Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has expressed his intent to enter into a sisterhood agreement between Quezon City and Butuan City. This was the message conveyed to the hosts as they expressed great appreciation for the city’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Should the sisterhood agreement be entered, the two cities will have a wider opportunity knowledge sharing, technology transfer, investment promotion linkages among others. With this set-up, Butuan will tend to benefit more since Quezon City belongs to the top 5 richest cities in the country. Belmonte said that she herself learned how civilization existed even during the precolonial period with the discoveries of the Balangays in Butuan. She also said that with the experience they had in Caraga, she will invite other friends, relatives as well as other officials to also visit the region. PAGE | 24


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Nego-Tour ’14 showcases products in Zambo. Norte By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – The Agri-Tourism Investment Forum or the NegoTour ’14, which was held here Friday, showcased potential products of Zamboanga del Norte that can compete both locally and globally. Among the potential products are rubber, coconut and palm oil, mineral products, cacao, seaweeds, bamboo and the tourism sites of the

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province. The Nego-Tour, which is one of the highlights of the 62nd founding anniversary of the Zamboanga del

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Norte, was spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with the city government of Dipolog, Regional Development Council (RDC)-9 as well as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG/, Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 9abfar), Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP). Representatives from the business sector, local government units and the media also participated in the said activity. In her message, Dipolog Mayor Evelyn T. Uy said: “This is a chance to develop our priority products in the province.” Governor Roberto Y. Uy, on the other hand, said “the activity is one way to show that the province is now a viable area for investors.” “Time will come our province will become the richest among the provinces in Mindanao and in the JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

whole country. The blessing of the Lord gives wealth,” Governor Uy added. Executive Assistant Ryan Victor P. Miranda of the provincial government also showed in a video presentation the proposed ASEAN blueprint of Zamboanga del Norte featuring a free flow of goods, agriproducts and other products the province can offer. “Zamboanga del Norte will open doors for global competitiveness. We have the place, the people, support and the shared dreams to make Zamboanga del Norte an agri-tourist venture,” Miranda said. Moreover, Philippine Bamboo Foundation Inc. (PBFI) President Edgardo Manda, former general manager of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), talked on the viability and development of the bamboo industry in the country and in Zamboanga del Norte. The participants were also informed of the financing programs from government banks and other government agencies. PAGE | 31


DILG-9 personnel hurdle sixmonth induction training By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – Six personnel holding Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) II position of the Department of Interior and Local Government Unit (DILG)-9 are now qualified to be promoted to higher positions after they have successfully completed the six-month induction training with field immersion practice held in Cagayan de Oro City and selected local government units (LGUs). The trainees who were recently conferred as graduates at the Local Government Academy Training Center (LGATC) at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Los BaĹˆos, Laguna include River Tabada of DILGZamboanga del Norte provincial

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clusters throughout the country who succeeded in finishing the course. They belong to the 48th batch of trainees. Regional Director Paisal Abutazil and Assistant Regional Director Pedro Cuevas Jr. were elated that all of the trainees from region 9 were able to survive and graduate from the training. The training has four components, namely, General Orientation of the Department, Center Training and Field Immersion, Competency Assessment, and Certificate of Completion. Only those who have completed the requirements for the first three components would be given certificate of completion. In competency assessment component, the trainees have to go through a paper and pencil test (or written exams), simulated exercises and interviews by a team of experts in local governance. JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Lemuel Mejares, one of the graduates, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that Undersecretary Austere Panadero had underscored during the graduation rites at UP-Los Baňos the pivotal role of the LGOOs – as DILG’s front liners in the LGUs – in advancing the department’s mission and mandate toward excellent local governance. Panadero disclosed that the department would continue through the Local Government Academy to train more workers to become agents of change. “Such induction training for LGOOs is an integral program of the DILG to further strengthen its internal and organizational competencies critical in helping its clients,” he said. For their part, the trainees were also grateful for the all-out support given them by the department. PAGE | 33


Isabela City readies contingency plan for disaster worse-case scenario By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – The members and support organizations of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) gathered Wednesday for a half-day consultative meeting and the preparation of the city’s contingency plan for any eventuality. Some 40 participants dominated by the security sector coming from the military, police, the bureau of fire, and the coast guard participated in the workshop held at the City Infirmary social hall here in this city. Dionisio Mondejar Jr, Office of Civil Defense-BASULTA Planning Officer provided an overview of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan and gave emphasis on the need for every locality, i.e. the municipalities and the barangays to come up with a preparedness plan and a contingency plan for what could be a worse-case scenario. He stressed that the local JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

government unit must meet the requirements of the four areas of disaster preparation and planning, such as mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery. The city planning and budget offices also presented the city disaster plan and the budget allocation, which were already approved by the city council. When asked about the status of creating a permanent plantilla personal for DRRM Officer with three staffs, City Administrator Ramon Nuñal answered that “the city is already responding to these needs.” During the workshop, PAGE | 34


participants were broken into groups of security sector, local government units, barangays, and national government and other agencies to plot individual organization’s role in an imagined disaster with 8.1 magnitude earthquake scenario that may hit city. In an initial analysis of the responses from each group, the participants saw the need for the city to name an official DRRM Officer with a command center and staff to fully operate the DRRM plans. The original two-day workshop was cut into series of half days due to funding constraints. The next meeting is set today (June 3) for the presentation of respective arrangements and plans of the following sectors: Command and Control, Communication and Warning, Search and Rescue, Evacuation Service, Relief Operation, Transportation, Medical and Health, Fire, and the EngineeringRe c o n s t r u c t i o n Rehabilitation and Recovery. JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

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12th Yaman Gensan to feature new events By: Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY--The General Santos City Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, Incorporated (GSC-SMEDCI) is all set in its preparations for the conduct of the 12th Yaman GenSan (YG) which will kick off June 20 until July 18, 2014.

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With the theme “Advancing Entrepreneurial Paradigms,” the GSC-SMEDCI has lined up various activities for the appreciation of entrepreneurs coming from the different regions of the country and even abroad. Featuring in this event are two new concepts of enhancing the celebration of YG such as the 1st MSME Regional Congress and MSME Going Global Conference. Rosanna Bernadette Contreras, newly-sworn president of GSCSMEDCI said that they are considered major events of the 12th Yaman Gensan, which literally means Yabong Maliliit na Negosyo sa GenSan. She hopes that the 1st MSME Regional Congress which is scheduled on June 17-18 at KCC Convention Center here will all the more strengthen the status of MSME business environment in Region 12. The SMEDCI-led regional congress carries the theme “Yabong Maliit na Negosyo sa Rehiyon 12.” It will feature well-versed speakers to discuss various government’s MSME development initiatives both at the local and national arenas so that participating stakeholders will have better grasp of them. Contreras revealed that topics to be discussed include the overview of MSMEs in Region 12, the RA 9178Barangay micro Business Enterprise: The Law and Its Application and the JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Local Government Units Initiatives in Support of MSME Development, the Social Media and MSMEs. Also to be tackled are the Financing Options for MSMEs, the Notre Dame Business Resource Center Foundation, Inc. Initiatives and the MSMEs, GSC SMEDCI and the MSMEs and the Industry Updates: Opportunities, Challenges, Issues and Concerns. Meanwhile, the MSME Going Global Conference is another highlight which banners the theme, “Turning MSMEs and Farmers into Exporters.” It will also be held at the same convention on June 2021. Partnering with Southmin Fairtrade Network, Incorporated (SFNI), SMEDCI is confident that this event will turnout successful considering that this is timely touching on the cornerstone of “global market integration and competition.” “This aims to educate participants on global market integration and competition, build stronger networks among producers, buyers and development partners to include crafting sound policies toward improving the status of MSMEs in the region,” Fermin Rivas, SFNI board of director on special projects and MSME Going Global Conference director, sounded off. With everything lined up, SMEDCI is confident that the participants in the two new events will appreciate PAGE | 37


the learning from highly regarded speakers while also enjoying the knowledge and fun-filled YG regular events. Contreras assured participants that all YG events will help participating entrepreneurs

improve their knowledge and skills in business and will greatly benefit the entire MSMEs community here as well as in the entire Region 12. (CT Apelacio with Lipsy Grace Carayo, PIA-12 General Santos City)

GSC SMEDCI to intensify efforts to boost MSMEs By: Catherine T. Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY---The General Santos City Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, Incorporated (GSC-SMEDCI) is stepping up to further help the business community here and the rest of Soccsargen. According to Rosanna Bernadette not just be focused on “surviving” but most Contreras, newly-sworn president of GSC of all toward “thriving.” SMEDCI, they will strengthen the council Contreras also disclosed that the council as an institution by reviewing the by- does not receive fund assistance from laws, amending policies and building up any government agencies except for the membership as well as enhancing training annual financial assistance that the local and retraining of the new and existing government of General Santos allocates for members. the Yaman Gensan celebration. “We will enhance what we already have Thus, she added that it’s about time and work together toward institutional that the SMEDCI find a way to generate strengthening,” she said. funds through collaboration, partnership SMEDCI has long been behind the and linkages with the academes, the successes of micro, small, and medium non-governmental organizations, and the businesses in this area. private sectors to help fuel up its day-toTo give flesh to the initiatives of the day operations. new SMEDCI leader, Contreras said she will For this year, Mayor Ronnel Rivera said push through with the establishment of the the city government has allocated P1.3 SMED center. million to augment the conduct of the 12th She described the center as a house of Yaman GenSan. “birthing, growing and strengthening of Contreras also announced her plan micro, small and medium-scale enterprises to intensify the council’s “advocacy (MSMEs).” work through active representation and Contreras said she hopes to build the participation in public consultations.” center to increase the “survival rate” of SMEDCI is also considering the conduct newborn businesses in the city. of Kapihan to be more transparent and She believes entrepreneurs must think making the MSME Regional Congress into proactively, saying that their mindset should annual event to strengthen partnership with JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

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different sectors including the media, build more networks, and increase membership. With the help of concerned government agencies, Contreras is positive about improving the situation of MSMEs in GenSan. She also expressed her appreciation for the continued support of the Dept. of

Trade and Industries Region 12 particularly in its provision of knowledge and technical skills to the MSMEs and for always rallying behind SMEDCI. Contreras has replaced bank executive Engr. Maria Theresa Pacheco, who served as president of SMEDCI for several years. (CT Apelacio with Lipsy Grace Carayo, PIA12 General Santos City)

NorthCot LGU brings aids to cholera-affected villagers in Alamada By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme ALAMADA, North Cotabato—The provincial government of North Cotabato in its aim to help the cholera-affected barangays in Alamada has recently distributed relief packs to a total of 500 families. Marchita Capilitan, focal person of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), said that each of the families were given one sack of rice and a bar soap. “The provincial government would like to make sure that the families will be given assistance especially rice for their daily consumption,” Capilitan stated. Capilitan noted that last week, the PSWDO along with the different local government units and nongovernment organizations sent hundreds of gallons of distilled water for the victims of the outbreak including those residents who were not hospitalized but are using the same water resource. The conduct of the relief operation was in partnership with the Provincial JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operations Center, personnel from the 38th Infantry Battalion, 40th Infantry Battalion and the Special Action Force of the PNP. The beneficiary families came from 11 sitios in Barangay Dado, namely: Teren-Teren, Upper Baugan, Sarmiento, Bacong, Veterans, New Leon, Tapas, Dulao, Helmet, Kurbada and Membalawag; eight sitios from Barangay Lower Dado composed of Santol, Pomelo, Lakatan, Rambutan, Lansones, Mangga, Samplaok, Durian and two sitios in the nearby barangay of Pigcawaran, the Lower Baugan and Rebi. Dr. Eva Rabaya, head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) disclosed that as of May 18, 2014, some 581 patients of Alamada PAGE | 39


Community District Hospital and other nearby hospitals were confirmed to have been infected by cholera. Out of this number, more than half of the patients have fully recovered and have been discharged. The remaining patients have shown recovery and are ready to go out of the hospital anytime. Rabaya stated that Governor Emmylou Mendoza has directed the IPHO to continue monitoring the condition of the patients and tasked the provincial health personnel deployed in the three affected barangays to ensure the safety of the residents. “The governor also ordered the cleaning, flushing and chlorination of the intake box and reservoir to ensure that the water source is safe and free from any bacteria that will cause sickness,� she added. Meanwhile, Alamada Mayor Virginia Concepcion has ordered the Municipal Health Office and the village officials of Dado, Lower Dado and Pigcawaran to safeguard the water JUNE2014 | www.pia.gov.ph

source to avoid the occurrence of future cholera outbreaks. She also called upon the chairmen of the affected villages to be the front liners in maintaining the cleanliness of their own water sources and encourage their constituents to help out. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta. Cruz&RASotto-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

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