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Thursday, June 13, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 204

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Savoring Camiguin’s nature Franklin P. Gumapon Western Mindanao

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President Aquino reaffirms vow to become partners of growth with international community Tandag LGU 115th Phl Independence Day celeb Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

Surigao City joins celebration of 115th Philippine Independence Annette Villaces, Caraga Region

Kalahi-CIDSS completes P33.53 M worth of classrooms in Region 12 Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

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OWWA-12 pays tribute to migrant workers in Soccsksargen Region Oliver Ross V. Rivera , Central Mindanao

Digos City celebrates 115th Independence Day Carina Cayon, Southern Mindanao

Lanao del Norte’s Kabarangayan Sigurado Program continues to implement free clinic Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

DENR Conducts Biodiversity Tour Lina D. Calvez, Western Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Savoring Camiguin’s nature By Franklin P. Gumapon

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ave you ever gone to the island-province of Camiguin? If you have not yet been there, try to visit the place one of these days! It was a weekend when my family went to Camiguin upon the prodding of my eldest daughter, Hannah Lou, who was the one arranging the trip. Initially, some members of the family were not too eager to go considering the long trip from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to Camiguin, passing through the provinces of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. But the planned family trip did happen on a weekend very recently. 4

Package tour A very reasonable package tour of P1,100 per person for a group of four has enabled the family to set foot on the island-province. It covers one night accommodation with one breakfast and a tour to seven tourist spots within the island. On the first day, we were brought to Sto. NiĂąo Cold Spring, four kilometers north uphill Catarman town, Soda water spring at Barangay Bura, Catarman, Old Ruins of San Roque Thursday, June 13, 2013


Church, Convent and Belfry in Gui-ob, Bonbon, Catarman, Sunken Cemetery which is just a few meters away from the ruins of San Roque Church, and to Katibawasan Falls and Ardent Hot Spring in the capital town of Mambajao. Inviting waters The cold, soda and hot springs are all crystal clear water oozing up from the ground. Running spring waters are contained in big swimming pools beckoning both the young and

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old to take a dip and soothe out their weary soul. Excited to see the 70-meter Katibawasan Falls and the Hot Spring in Mambajao, the group just stayed for a few minutes at the cold spring, soda spring, church ruins and sunken cemetery. Upon reaching the Katibawasan falls whose waters sloshing down from a run-off river, the urge to take a dip seemed irresistible. And when we got down there, we could not help but take a swim in the cold, clear water. After getting out of the cold waters at Katibawan Falls, we proceeded to Ardent Hot Spring, which is six kilometers southwest of Mambajao. It was around 6:00 p.m. when we reached there, but the place was fully occupied. People from all ages were there to frolic in the hot spring. The water there is indeed soothing and relaxing to the body because its penetrating heat seems to massage your weary muscles. 5


other waterfalls called Tuasan and Binangawan, another hot spring called Tangub, a four-hectare Mantigue Island, seven volcanoes and diving spots. In fact, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has identified this island-province as one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the country, and number seven diving spot in the world. This pear-shaped volcanic island, which is 10 kilometers off the coast of the province of Misamis Occidental, has a total land area of 238 square-kilometers. It is also known for its sweet Lanzones fruit which is ubiquitous in all of its five municipalities of Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Mambajao White Island and Sagay. Its unique landscape and pristine Early morning on the following day, natural environment are an enticement a pump boat operator woke us up to difficult to resist for any nature lover. bring us to the White Island, a white Wanna go there? sandbar with Mt. HibokHibok and Old Volcan as a backdrop. It is just a 10-minute ride from Yumbing, Mambajao. Top tourist destination Camiguin has a number of beautiful natural spots. It has two 6

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ACROSS THE NATION Philippine Independence Day calls on all Filipinos to do their part in nation building

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he Philippine Day of Independence, which is celebrated every 12th of June, should compel all Filipinos to recall the ultimate sacrifice offered by our heroes and martyr paid for our freedom and do their part in building an even more progressive nation, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday.

In his toast during the traditional vin d’honneur commemorating the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence held in Malacanang, the President Thursday, June 13, 2013

said that by being “productive and responsible citizens” can we “contribute to making our society truly more just and more equitable.”

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“One hundred and fifteen years ago, our nation gained its independence, and with it, the sacred responsibility of protecting and fulfilling the promise of liberty,” the President said. “Today, as one nation, we reaffirm this commitment. Just as our heroes and martyrs paid the ultimate price for our freedom, as Filipinos, each and every one is asked to do his part in building an even more progressive nation, whether one is in the highest ranks of government, or an employee Thursday, June 13, 2013

in a local company, or an OFW working on distant shores,” he added. “As we focus our efforts on lifting our nation to greater heights, let us remember that it is by being productive and responsible citizens— by performing our tasks to the best of our abilities and by giving to our fellow men their due—that we contribute to making our society truly more just and more equitable,” the President further noted. PND (rck)

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President Aquino reaffirms vow to become partners of growth with international community

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to the international community of the Philippines’ continued support towards strengthening cooperation and promoting dialogue.

In his toast during the traditional vin d’honneur commemorating the 115th Year Anniversary of Philippine Independence held in Malacanang on Wednesday, the President affirmed to members of the diplomatic corps that the Philippines and its people continued to be partners Thursday, June 13, 2013

towards “finding solutions to the challenges that we collectively face.” “On this day, we also renew our collective pledge to foster an international environment of positive engagement. Your Excellencies, as you work to strengthen cooperation and promote dialogue, you will always

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find partners in the Filipino people and their government,” the President said. He hoped the international community would reciprocate and continue working with the Philippines in order to realize the full potential of the Filipino people. “It is my hope that, as my administration strives for more meaningful and lasting reform in our country, you will continue working with us in realizing the full potential of the Filipino people and in finding solutions to the challenges that we collectively face,” the President said. In response Papal Nuncio and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps His Excellency Archbishop Guiseppe Pinto cited “the excellent results delivered by the Executive in the economic sphere.” “We cannot forget, in fact, the most recent events in the institutional life of the country and the excellent results delivered by the Executive in the economic sphere, in view of an inclusive growth by creating employment opportunities and reducing poverty said,” Pinto said. Thursday, June 13, 2013

“Also appreciated is the progress in the efficiency of public administration, improvements in healthcare and education, as well as the efficient allocation of resources,” he added. Pinto also lauded the government for its efforts at attaining peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front through the signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement last October 15, 2012. “The journey towards the full implementation of the legal instrument, with the anticipated conclusion of annexes, coincides with the path to a better understanding and intensification of dialogue between religions and culture,” Pinto said. “For a future of harmony and collaboration in the areas covered by the historic agreement, together with my distinguished colleagues, the Heads of Diplomatic Missions, I would like to renew the most cordial best wishes to you, Mister President, and to the noble Filipino people on this happy occasion,” he added. PND (rck)

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DepEd allots P100M for Indigenous Peoples’ education

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he Department of Education (DepEd) has allotted P100 million to finance education capacity-building initiatives for Indigenous Peoples (IPS), as part of its continuing thrust to make education universal and inclusive of all learners. Education Secretary Armin A. utilization for IPs education (IPEd) Luistro said the fund allotted by program. DepEd comes with implementing “This is part of our commitment to guidelines on its allocation and achieve the Education for All (EFA) Thursday, June 13, 2013

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2015 targets and the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations which we are duty bound to fulfill,� Luistro said. The IPEd program is DepEd’s response to the right of IPs to education that is responsive to their context, respectful of their identity and supportive of the value of their indigenous knowledge, skills and other aspects of their cultural heritage. Luistro said that to strengthen the capacity of DepEd to respond to the IPs learning needs in manner that is flexible, demand-driven and evidence-based, the program support fund amounting to P100 million shall be provided to 100 divisions in 15 regions for school year 2013. The recipient regions are Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central 12

Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao, CARAGA and Central Office (NCR). The fund shall be used for capacity building to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by teachers and personnel across DepEd offices and units to make them effective IPEd implementers. It is also intended for advocacy and partnership building within DepEd, with non-government organizations, IP organizations and communities and other IP advocates. The fund can also be utilized in establishing baseline and situational analysis on IPEd, specifically in creating a data base on IPs.(PNA) Thursday, June 13, 2013


115th ‘Independence Day’ celebrations in Butuan City highlighted with oath-taking of new city officials by Noel Najarro

BUTUAN CITY-- The oath-taking of the new city officials led by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. became one of the highlights of the 115th “Independence Day” celebrations held at the Guingona Park on Wednesday morning.

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The freedom celebrations started off with a parade led by the city officials,city hall chief of offices and employees, officials of the government line agencies, police, military, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the veterans, religious groups, academe and other civic organizations. It was followed by the raising of one of the biggest flags in Mindanao, a 20 x 40 feet tricolor raised on a 100-feet high pole at the center of the park. The flag-raising was witnessed by top city officials led by Mayor Amante, City Police Director S/ Supt. Nerio Bermudo, Capt.

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Emilio Bautista, CO of the 9th Special Forces Company, PA, Boy Scouts of the Philippines and other representatives. The celebrants were welcomed by City Administrator Ms. Leah A. Mendoza. Following the message of the city administrator was the awarding of the agencies, groups and sectors who had been responsible for the honest, orderly and peaceful May 13 mid-term elections by the city Comelec. Next was the much-awaited part of the celebration rites, which was the oath-taking before Regional Trial Judge Hon. Emmanuel

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Escatron of the new city officials, led by re-elected Mayor Amante, Vice-Mayor Angelo Calo, and the eight members of the city council: Samuel Allan Amante, Ramon Carampatana, Ryan Anthony Culima, Ferdinand Nalcot, Rema Burdeos, Virgilio Nerry, Derick Plaza and Jaime Cembrano. Councilor Erwin Dano (5th District) did not attend the celebration while Councilor Sergio Pascual (5th District), although present during the celebrations but excluded himself, as he already took his oath a day earlier before the regional office of the Department of Interior and Local Government. Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mayor Amante, during his independence and inaugural message thanked the Butuanons for giving him and his colleagues a fresh mandate of governance. He told the thousands who had attended the celebration that he choose this date for him and his fellow city officials to take their oath, to remind them that they are servants as well as soldiers who had fought for the freedom of their constituents; freedom from poverty, freedom from fear, and freedom from the bondage of corruption. “We started this fight three years ago, and we will continue to do so. previously, we have set 15


the foundations. Now we have to start the hard works,” he said. According to him, Butuan City is now ready to soar higher and take its place even in the global map.”We have to follow the path of the ‘tuwid na daan’ or the path of righteousness,” he said. According to him, the city governance will continue to maintain its good

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relations with its domestic and foreign partners and “make sure that the gains will be felt by every single Butuanon.” In his message, Vice-Mayor Calo reminded the audience of the fight, the hard struggles and determination of this county’s forefathers in order for today’s generation to benefit from the gains of independence. “It is now our duty to protect and preserve the gains of liberty,” Calo said. He likewise urged what he called the “new team of legislators” to be proactive and dynamic in their legislative efforts. Cultural presentations added color to the event and the most applauded was the dance performed by the deafmute students of the City Central Elementary school. It was then followed by “freedom prayer” led by Rev. Charlie Prior, the city moral recovery officer. The celebration culminated with the release of the yellow “freedom balloons” by the new city officials. (PNA) Thursday, June 13, 2013


Tandag LGU 115th Phl Independence Day celeb

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur-- The city government of Tandag is commemorate the nationwide 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration Yesterday June 12. This year’s theme is “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran.” Activities will start at 6 a.m. with a thanksgiving mass at the Sr. San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral. The flag raising ceremony will then follow with a short program including presentations Thursday, June 13, 2013

by students of Jacinto P. Elpa National High School, Tandag II District, and Saint Theresa College in this city. The simple commemoration will be joined by employees from the national government agencies, local government units, private sectors, students and nongovernment organizations.

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Surigao City joins celebration of 115th Philippine Independence

by Annette Villaces

SURIGAO CITY-- The city government of Surigao City will join the nation in commemoration of this year’s 115th Philippine Independence Day celebration June 12, 2013. The celebration will start with a National Prayer at 7:00 in the morning at the City Hall Grounds to be led by Christine Edillor from Northeastern Mindanao College (NEMCO). To be followed by the entry of Philippine Flag by the City PNP, Flag Raising ceremony to be led by the city and provincial officials and the singing of the National Anthem by the students of Surigao West Central Elementary School. During the said event, Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Gov. Sol F. Matugas, Surigao del 18

Norte 2nd District Representative Guillermo Romarate, Jr, and 1st District Representative Francisco T. Matugas are expected to give inspirational messages. The Surigao West Central Elementary School will have a presentation, and the City Chorale Ensemble will sing “Ako Ay Pilipino.” Officials and representative from different government agencies, non-government organizations, socio-civic organizations and local media are expected to attend the said event Thursday, June 13, 2013


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DENR-12 calls for vigilance on food wastage

By Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12 has called on the public to be more vigilant on the food they are eating and wasting. 24

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This, as the whole country and the world celebrate the Environment Month this June with a theme “Think, Eat, Save,” which was espoused from United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP’s World Environment Day (WED) celebrated on June 5. In the Philippines, Proclamation No. 237, s. 1988, enjoins the country to observe the whole month of June as Environment Month. The proclamation encourages Filipinos “to focus public attention to the protection and conservation of the country’s natural resources.” At the opening of the event in Sarangani on Monday (June 10), DENR12 regional executive director Datu Tungko Saikol said that this year’s celebration is directed to the reduction of “food wastage” by people from the ordinary vendors, consumers, industries to farmers. He said that inculcating knowledge and consciousness through massive education and awareness among the various sectors would help achieve the objective in food wastage reduction. The UNEP, citing a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said that “every year 1.3 billion tons of food get lost or wasted” which drives then each day more than 20,000 children of the world under the age of five to hunger and ultimately death. Describing the theme as the three pillars for this environment month celebration, Saikol explained that these are meaningful considering that people in the communities are being reminded to “Think” before considering Thursday, June 13, 2013

throwing food as waste. The second pillar, “Eat,” he said promotes reduction in “environment impact” by buying and consuming only food that is organic and using recyclable materials urging then food producers to be also “more environmentally-responsible.” All these, according to him, redound to Saving energy, resources and the environment, as a whole. Saikol said that in this way wastes that produce methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that plunked into landfills will be lessen. The UNEP/UNFAO report also corroborates that “food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labor and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change.” In developing countries, the report said “food waste and losses occur mainly at early stages of the food value chain and can be traced back to financial, managerial and technical constraints in harvesting techniques as well as storage –and cooling facilities.” The report also urged all stakeholders to strengthen “the supply chain through the support farmers.” It also said that the amount of food loss and waste could be reduced by putting in more investments in infrastructure, transportation, as well as in the expansion of the food especially in packaging industry. Meanwhile, in Philippine setting, the International Rice Research Institute reported that the country’s food

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losses especially in rice is pegged at “more than P23 million a day or about P8.4 billion a year” causing then huge damage to environment. Saikol stressed that finding valuable use for food that is thrown away would be beneficially helpful to decrease the amount of losses and waste. On Monday, Sarangani Governor

Migs Domiguez also called on his constituents to translate informationbased knowledge into concrete action by being “mindful of their food preparation and eating habits.” (CT Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City)

Kalahi-CIDSS completes P33.53 M worth of classrooms in Region 12 By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 12-- Thousands of school children in remote villages of Soccsksargen Region returned to school last week in newly-built classrooms instead of the usual dilapidated, overcrowded, makeshift learning facilities. Gemma Rivera, assistant regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 reported that 56 new classrooms were constructed across three provinces in Region 12 via the department’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehenshive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KalahiCIDSS). Rivera added that, the government spent a total of P33.53 million for these projects intended to help address the pressing concerns of classroom shortage and congestion. At least 25 villages in Sarangani, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces benefited from the said 26

projects. Soccsksargen Region also includes the province of South Cotabato. “Most of these school villages had gone far beyond the standard classroom-student ratio, denying accessible and quality education to young learners,” said Rivera. In Sarangani province these classroom buildings were constructed in Seven Hills, Nomoh, Kabatiol, Kablacan and Daliao in Maasim town; Pangi, New La Union, Maguling, Ticulab, and Wali in Maitum; Lagundi, and Tambilil in Kiamba; as well as Kibala and Banahaw in Malungon. The government poured in P22.24 million for these projects in Thursday, June 13, 2013


Sarangani. A total of P2.94 million worth of learning facilities were also recently opened in North Cotabato. Classroom buildings were constructed in Barangays Batiocan, Palao, Abaga and Montay in Libungan town. In Sultan Kudarat, these projects are located in the villages of Kenram, Mapantig, and Kolambog in Isulan; Malegdeg in Senator Ninoy Aquino; Natividad in Columbio; and South Sepaka in Bagumbayan. The completed classrooms in Sultan Kudarat cost P8.35 million. Rivera added that P5.95 million worth of new classrooms are also expected to be completed in the Thursday, June 13, 2013

coming weeks. These additional classrooms include those in the villages of Monteverde and Daluga in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat worth P4.06 million and an P1.89 million worth of classroom building in Tuanadatu Maasim in Sarangani Construction in Tuanadatu was delayed due to armed conflict in the area; construction of the classroom building resumed recently. The DSWD has constructed thousands of classrooms in the region since Kalahi-CIDSS started in 2003 through the financial support from the World Bank. Rivera said in a report that the 27


DSWD’s school building investments has now reached a total of P143 million region-wide. Under the Kalahi-CIDSS project,

control over decision, project implementation and resources rests on community. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with HTEstacion, DSWD-12)

OWWA-12 pays tribute to migrant workers in Soccsksargen Region By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Overseas Filipino Workers and their families from Soccsksargen Region flocked to SM City General Santos last Friday during the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-Region 12 celebration of the 18th Migrant Workers Day.

Over 500 participants from different provinces of the region attended the yearly event that gives recognition to the invaluable contributions of migrant workers around the globe. The celebration served as a venue for government and its partner private entities to showcase their programs and services for the benefit of migrant workers and their families. This years theme is “Migranteng Pilipino: Tayo ay magkasama sa pag-abot ng pangarap mo.” Among the highlights of the event was the launching of the tribute song for OFWs “Abot Kamay Kita” written by renowned composer Vehnee Saturno and performed by Rachelle Ann Go and Jay-R. “The launching was held simultaneously in different OWWA 28

regional offices and selected posts in Europe, Middle East and Asia,” according to OWWA-12 programs and services division chief Marilou Sumalinog. OWWA-12’s partners setup a booth to provide services accessible to all participants, free of charge. These include Globe, BPI, PhilAm Life, and MMG School of Paramedics and Allied Sciences Inc., individually, A One-Stop Processing Center in cooperation with POEA, PhilHealth and PAG-IBIG was also opened in the venue to cater payments, and other concerns of returning migrant workers. OFW Family Circles also shared their talents in the dance competition, depicting the culture of the people of Soccsksargen. (ORVRivera-PIA12) Thursday, June 13, 2013


Comval marks indie day by building 50 houses for poor residents

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley Province— With the country’s celebration of the 115th Independence Day with the theme, “Kalayaan 2013: Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran,” the local Thursday, June 13, 2013

governments of Compostela Valley Province and the municipality of Monkayo, alongside Gawad Kalinga has spearheaded another National Bayani Build from June 12-19, 2013 in Sitio Maite, Poblacion, Monkayo. 29


Dubbed “Ipagdiwang ang Kalayaan, Tayo na’t Mag-Bayanihan,” a total of 50 houses (duplex type) will be built for the poorest of the poor and families whose houses are fully damaged by Typhoon-Pablo and are still living at the evacuation centers. It is an 8-day test of endurance, courage and love for country. Hailed GK Champion, Gov. Arturo Uy expressed his gratitude for yet again another show of love and support of every Filipino especially at this trying times that the province is facing. Newly-elected Mayor Joselito Brillantes and the rest of the local officials also extend their gratitude saying the additional houses will greatly make a difference especially among the most in need as it gives them a new sense of hope despite what they have gone through. Meanwhile, Rene Rieta, GK Southern Mindanao Head who graced the event also espoused “pagmamahal sa Diyos, pagmamahal sa kapwa at pagmamahal sa bayan” (the love of God, love of neighbor and love of country). The Uswag-Gawad Kalinga, which started in 2007, is the provincial government’s strategy to provide decent homes as a poverty alleviation initiative. Aside from the houses, family-beneficiaries are also given means of livelihood through various training and equipping them so that they can provide for their own. 30

True to his promise in 2007, Gov. Uy has completed all 11 municipalities to have its own GK Villages. Monkayo alone has 2 GK Villages bringing the total number to 98 houses. The first was built during the 4th Uswag-GK1MB Challenge on April 9-17, 2010 called the “Uswag Gawad Kalinga Bansilaw Village.” I ndeed, it was a show of heroism, “buhay na mga bayani” in action who came on the opening of the week-long build on June 12 at the “Kariyawan Uswag GK Village.” With the exception of GK Iligan, the rest of the 48 teams all came from Comval, both from government agencies and non-government organizations. Also taking part in the event are the Humanitarian partners and other NGOs such as the World Food Program (WFP) who provided for the Cash for Work program wherein about 236 laborers and skilled workers benefitted and were deployed in the GK site. The volunteer-heroes not only manifest the Comvalenyos’ indomitable spirit to rise whatever challenge it may face but also of everyone who are willing to share whatever resources they have, to give their share of labor and love to the least of their brothers and sisters. And these traits are what make us truly Filipinos. (fe maestre, ids covmal)

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Digos City celebrates 115th Independence Day by Carina Cayon

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur– Around a thousand crowd led by officials and employees of the local government and national government agencies in Digos City paid tribute to the Philippine flag as early as 6:30 am today in a simple ceremony to commemorate the 115th Independence Day.

The flag-raising rites and a short program ensued at Rizal Park, this city, immediately after the blowing of sirens by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), entrance of colors by the Boys Scout of the Philippines-Digos Chapter and the Volley Fire of 21-gun Salute by one squad of the Digos City Police Thursday, June 13, 2013

Station personnel. The singing of the National Anthem was led by the Digos City National High School band. Digos City Mayor Joseph Penas headed other officials from the Philippine National Police (PNP), BFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Department of Education (DepEd) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). In his message, Penas reiterated the essence of Independence Day, urging everyone to celebrate it heartily. Digos City Police Station chief 31


Psupt. Alan Manibog urged every Filipino to rejuvenate the spirit of nationalism and love for the country, as he observed that lesser people regard with great significance the Independence Day celebration. Manibog, who led the recitation of the “Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas” during the event, emphasized that loving the country would mean respecting and appreciating the laws of the country. “From the law enforcer’s perspective, many end up violating

our laws because they lack love for the country and appreciation for our laws,” he stated in an interview, adding that the country would suffer from a negative image if crime volume increases. Also highlighting the Independence Day celebration in Digos City were the intermission presentation by the Digos City National High School dance troupe, wreathlaying at the monument of Jose Rizal and the community singing of “Bayan Ko”. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (left) with Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commodore Antonio Habulan during the flag-raising rites part of the independence day ceremonies held all over local government units in the country.

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PNoy conducts Laguindingan Airport final inspection by Recthie T. Paculba

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – President Benigno Aquino III was at Misamis Oriental to conduct a final inspection of the Laguindingan Airport and view the airport’s marker prior to its operation on June 15. The President is set to view the Laguindingan Airport Marker before he proceeds with the inspection. In the inspection of the airport facilities, PNoy will check out the x-ray machine, walk through metal detector, CCTV room, baggage handling carousel area and check-in counters. Thursday, June 13, 2013

A program will also be held which will be graced in by Misamis Oriental Governor, Mayor-Elect Cagayan de Oro City Oscar Moreno, Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Director General and Joseph E.A. “Jun” Abaya, Department of Transportation and 33


Communications Secretary. The expected crowd is 500 which will be composed of national and local government officials, officers and representative from Embassy of South Korea to the Philippines, representatives from business and private sector, project contractor and consultant, local residents and other invited guests. Laguindingan Airport

Development Project, with a total project cost of P7.853 billion, envisages the development of a new major trunk line airport of international standards. The project components entail civil works and buildings air navigation system and support facilities consulting services construction of access road right-of-way (ROW) acquisition resettlement.

Lanao del Norte’s Kabarangayan Sigurado Program continues to implement free clinic by Lorry V. Gabule

TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE - Re-elected Governor Khalid Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte continues to implement the free medical and dental missions which started on the third week of May until May 31, 2013. The Kabarangayan Sigurado program is coordinated by the Provincial Community Affair’s Office (PCAO) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO). Participating residents are given priority numbers for a more organized consultation process. After the doctor’s check-up and diagnosis, the patient’s free medicines are then dispensed by a representative from the PHO. Medicines for headaches, body pains, infections, hypertension, diabetes, allergies, cough, anemia

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are the most prescribed. Vitamins are also regularly given to children found be underweight or malnourished. For their part, doctors from the Armed Forces of the Philippines assigned here in the province also perform free circumcision on young boys. Another round of free clinic is expected to be given for Lanao del Norte Muslim residents on October 2013 during the celebration of the holy month of Ramadhan.

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DENR Conducts Biodiversity Tour by Lina D. Calvez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 conducted a Biodiversity Tour for Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Persons on May 22, at Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS). The activity aims to heighten awareness on biodiversity conservation. OIC-Chief Florenda Lamason-Yap of Legal Division represented the Regional Executive Director (RED) Ruth M. Tawantawan in the event. She challenged the participants to take part in the biodiversity conservation to mitigate further effects of climate change. The tour includes lecture on Biodiversity of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD) by Forester Ranoray Love Noro. The event was centered on the role of women in biodiversity conservation. The participants toured around ILPLS to observe and learn on biodiversity conservation. ILPLS is situated in the municipalities of Initao and Libertad, Misamis Oriental with a land area of 1,300.78 hectares. The area has 1,250.20 hectares seascape and 50.58 hectares landscape with high biodiversity value and a venue for field trips and recreational activities. There are 37 tree species in the Recreation Zone of ILPLS and 25 Thursday, June 13, 2013

species also in the Strict Protection Zone. There are a total of 45 avian species seen in the area. Other activities within the Protected Area (PA) include cave exploration, bird watching, boating, snorkeling and diving. The Biodiversity Tour was part of the celebration for International Day for Biodiversity which aims to increase the understanding and awareness of people on biodiversity issues. The theme was “Water and Biodiversity”. The Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) sponsored the Biodiversity Tour. 35


Philippines no longer the “Sick Man of Asia,” says Zambo Sur solon By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY- Pagadian City celebrated the 115th Independence Day in simple but meaningful rites yesterday at the Rizal Monument in front of the City Hall Complex. Mayor Romeo P. Pulmones, ably represented by Councilor Roque M. Yamba said our forefathers risked their lives and shed their precious

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capacity to live up to the responsibilities of free men and women,” the mayor opined. He said “the real issues hampering the freedom that we are experiencing should be confronted with and let us strive for higher standards of good governance. Our collective efforts will contribute much in preserving our freedom that would lead us towards a brighter future.” “This year’s theme: ‘Kalayaan 2013:Ambagan Tungo sa Malawakang Kaunlaran’ is very fitting indeed since we are moving towards development, hand in hand, each contributing our share to national progress,” he added. On the other hand, Zamboaanga del Sur first district representative Victor J. Yu said in his message as ready by former city mayor and now board member-elect Joaquin G. Pajares said “development must be felt, it must trickle down to every household and to every Filipino.” “Filipinos have shifted from fighting against foreign dominance to fighting domestic challenges. Our country is on the right track, and we are winning the fight against poverty. No longer are we the ‘Sick man of Asia,’ we are now a developing economy with a GDP rate of 7.8%, the highest in Asia, higher than China and other developed economies in Asia,” the good congressman said. While agreeing that there is still so much to be done in order that development will be felt by every Filipino, the congressman urged everyone to work together to defeat poverty and other threats to “our peaceful existence.” Congressman Yu said we should not forget the virtues and values that we have learned and use these to achieve our goals, especially towards the development of our nation.

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Tabak chief urges Filipino people to help protect country’s freedom By Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY – The free and independent republic that we are now enjoying is the fruit of the victory that was achieved by our ancestors. This was the gist of the message of Brigadier General (BGen.) Felicito Virgilio Trinidad Jr., officer in-charge of the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, which was delivered in Filipino by 53d Infantry Battalion executive officer Major Eusebio Ganitnit during the 115th Independence Day celebration held at Rizal Monument in this city yesterday. Trinidad said “we give thanks to our heroes who made the greatest sacrifice to keep us safe and free from our colonizers. They offered their blood and lives for our independence and democracy. Thus, the independence that we commemorate today is an everlasting legacy that we inherited from our patriots.” “In this historic occasion, we salute their service, honor their lives and remember that we owe them the freedom that we are enjoying every day,” Trinidad continued. Trinidad also said: “As inheritors 38

of independence, we need to carry out our responsibilities in protecting the independence that our ancestors had fought and died for.” Trinidad appealed to all Filipinos to remain united and steadfast using the lessons learned from the past and help the government and people in building a strong republic. Major Ganitnit led the department heads of the city government, officials and employees from the national government agencies and civic organizations in the wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. In a related development, the 1st Infantry (Tabak) division conducted a bloodletting activity in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Seven soldiers who got wounded in fighting lawless elements were also awarded medals for gallantry at the Tabak headquarters. Thursday, June 13, 2013


DSWD’s modified conditional cash program to help Sabah displaced persons By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Qualified displaced persons from Sabah will benefit from the modified Conditional Cash Transfer (MCCT) program from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Narabelle Bue, DSWD-9 regional information officer said the DSWD had developed a program that would help the displaced persons and families from Sabah regain normalcy in their lives and be reintegrated into their communities. The MCCT, which is a basically a prototype of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), aims to cater to families with children 0-14 years old. DSWD 9 Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo revealed that for Region 9, they had already identified 137 displaced persons who returned to the Philippines due to the conflict in Sabah. Similar to the identification of Pantawid beneficiaries, the 137 names were subjected to the Proxy Means test and accordingly, 102 came out eligible for the program. Thursday, June 13, 2013

To ensure accurate data and to avoid duplication of beneficiaries, Leonardo U. Lindo, Project Development Officer from DSWD Central Office, said that enrolment would be through the Biometric Identification system. So far, field testing of the biometric system customized for the program was already conducted last week and participated in by prospective beneficiaries of the program. Aside from Region 9, DSWD will also identify prospective beneficiaries from Region 12 and ARMM. An orientation workshop will be conducted to prepare Local government units for the implementation of the MCCT program as well as the processing and implementation of the biometric enrolment. 39


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