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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 207


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Cover Story

Public vet services go full swing Jorie C. Valcorza Northern Mindanao

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President Aquino holds Cabinet meeting to assess government’s midterm performance NFA-GenSan assures stable supply of rice Catherine T. Apelacio, Central Mindanao

DOST 12 announces P40-M allotment for MSME aid Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

UP Mindanao Archi program continues 100%-passing rate in board exam Southern Mindanao

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UN agency official cites energy firm for community development efforts Jerome R. Soldevilla , Northern Mindanao

4ID leads Youth Leadership Summit 4CMO/4ID, Northern Mindanao

DAR implements ARCCESS in Zamboanga del Norte Mary May A. Abellon, Western Mindanao

DILG9 staff bags 6th place in LGOO training Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Public vet services go full swing By Jorie C. Valcorza


iving in an island-province made some things seemingly unreachable, while goods and services maybe available, prices are little off than regular. But, for livestock farmers here, it’s completely a different experience. Apart from the government’s year round house-to-house vaccination campaign, the provincial government now opened its doors to walk-in clients seeking medical attention for their pets and farm animals. Owners likely cover only for the 4

medications of these animals with the P20.00 t0 P40.00 fee collected by Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) for small animals (dogs, cats, & swine), while examination and treatment fee for large farm animals on the other hand pegs at around P40.00 to P80.00. Friday, June 14, 2013

A total of 973 farming families were assisted starting January to May of this year or 2,903 animals of various species have been treated. Other services include deworming, castration, fecal and semen examinations for horses, carabaos, goats, swine and cattle. This move, affords residents in the province cheaper alternative for veterinary services, helped ensure sustainable supply of medication for both livestock and pets, as well as, prevent an outbreak of destructive diseases. As a tourist destination area, local leaders here have worked not only in maintaining its natural wonders but also in keeping its surroundings safe. It is the first province in the country to be declared as ‘rabies free’ in 2004 and was able to maintain it up to Friday, June 14, 2013

present. Under its rabies vaccination campaign program, the cumulative number of dogs and cats served as of January to May of this year is pitched at 3,381 pets or 2,406 owners served. Dog catching and confiscation activities were likewise regularly imposed. Meanwhile, the province is set to receive some 25 heads of dairy herds from the National Dairy Administration (NDA), this month. Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo said this will provide for the establishment of the Camiguin Pilot Dairy Production Farm which will benefit both farmers and children. The cows are already pregnant and in barely four months will be able to produce milk at a very conservative estimate about 10 liters yield per cow every day. 5

ACROSS THE NATION Aquino signs a bill on modernization of agriculture and fisheries sector into law


resident Benigno S. Aquino III has signed into law a bill in a bid to boost the modernization of the agriculture and fisheries sector.

The Chief Executive signed on June Law�. 5 Republic Act No. 10601 otherwise The Act, which is a consolidation known as the “Agricultural and of Senate Bill No. 3338 and House Fisheries Mechanization (AFMech) Bill No. 6548, was finally passed Tuesday, June 18, 2013


by the Senate and the House of Representatives on February 4, 2013. The law mandates the state to promote the development and adoption of modern, appropriate and cost-effective and environmentallysafe agricultural and fisheries machinery and equipment to enhance farm productivity and efficiency in order to achieve food security and safety and increase farmers’ income, the President said. The state is mandated to provide a conducive environment for the assembly and manufacture of engines,machineryandequipmentfor agricultural and fisheries production, processing and marketing. The state shall strengthen support services such as credit faculties, research, training and extension programs, rural infrastructures, postharvest facilities and marketing services. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The law, likewise, mandates the state to deliver integrated support services to farmers, fisherfolk and other stakeholders, and assist them to be able to viably operate and manage their agricultural and fisheries mechanization projects. Under the Act, the Department of Agriculture (DA) will craft a five-year National Agri-Fishery Program to promote a conducive-environment for the local assembling and manufacturing of equipment for agricultural and fisheries production, processing and marketing. Thelocalgovernmentunits,through an ordinance, shall also formulate in consultation with the DA and implement their respective provincial, city and municipal agricultural and fishery mechanization plans as a vital component of their respective local development plans. The DA, together with the Department of Agrarian Reform,


shall carry out contiguous farming projects in order to effect suitable field shapes and sizes conducive to efficient operation of agricultural machinery and equipment and likewise to ensure economies of scale. The use of renewable and nonconventional energy such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and other farm-based energy sources shall be promoted as power sources for the operation and maintenance of agricultural and fisheries machinery. All manufacturers, fabricators, assemblers and importers must register with the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering (BAFE) within six months upon enactment of RA 10601. Registrants must provide certificationbyanaccreditedcertifying body of all products sold in the market within the next three years. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Registrants must also submit to the list of local or imported equipment within a year after the enactment of the law. The law imposes penalties and sanctions on prohibited acts such as sale or lease of agricultural and fishery machinery not registered with the BAFE and without warranty, among others. Violators of the law may face a fine ranging from P1,000 to P10,000 and imprisonment of two months to one year. “The Secretary of Agriculture shall include in the DA’s program the implementation of this Act, the funding of which shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act,” the President said. This Act shall take effect after 15 days from its publication in the Official Gazette or 2 newspapers of general circulation. PND


President Aquino holds Cabinet meeting to assess government’s midterm performance


resident Benigno S. Aquino III held a meeting with members of his Cabinet to assess his administration’s accomplishments and the work that still needs to be done to sustain the sterling economic performance of the country as he enters into the third year of his term, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said on Tuesday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, 17) to conduct a “midterm review Almendras said the President pooled of the economic considerations of his Official family on Monday (June the Republic of the Philippines.” Tuesday, June 18, 2013


“The President ordered that, as we are approaching the middle of his term, he wanted a very detailed and a full-blown review of the past three years, looking at questions about the economy,” Almendras said. “We started with a lot of data gathering, some analysis that was done by NEDA (National Economic Development Authority), and then we shifted into a review/planning mode sometime in February,” he added. He said the economic cluster as well as appropriate agencies met with the President “to really just understand some of the things that have transpired in the past three years.” Yesterday was the first meeting with the President to discuss and report to him what the findings were, what the analyses were, and to begin the discussion on how do we move forward from here on and all the way to the end of 2016,” Almendras said. “It was attended by members of the economic cluster and a few members Tuesday, June 18, 2013

from the human development cluster as well as the security cluster that had direct impact or coordination with some of the economic concerns,” he said. “We had so many things to talk about. We had 11 agencies to go through and we had to integrate some of the programs that were being discussed moving on from here to the future,” Almendras said. PND


Mindanao floods displace more than 100,000


loods brought about by southwest monsoon and low pressure area in Davao del Norte, Sarangani Province, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Maguindanao have caused the forced evacuation of about 21,000 families with almost 100,000 individuals over the weekend.

The latest flooding happened at around 3:14 a.m. last June 16 in Barangay Tanglaw, Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte wherein Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported at least 167 families evacuated. 11

Based on the record from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), flooding also occurred at around 7:00 p.m. on June 1 in three provinces in Soccksargen affecting five municipalities with 23 barangays. The worst affected municipality was Kabacan in North Cotabato wherein a total of 7,657 families with 32,190 individuals evacuated. Floodings also hit the municipalities of Kalamansig and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat province with 341 families and 1,705 residents affected. Two houses were also totally damaged and five houses were partially damaged. In Lebak, 420 families were affected with 2,100 individuals. In Sarangani Province, the municipality of Alabel was flooded affecting 20 families with 70 individuals. As of June 14, displaced persons from Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, and Alabel, Sarangani have already returned to their homes. 12

Affected barangays in Kalamansig were already declared under state of calamity. In Maguindanao, heavy rains occurred last June 13, 2013, and flooded five municipalities with 49 barangays affecting a total of 12,390 families with 61,947 individuals. The Municipality of Montawal was hardly hit by the flooding in which a total of 4.046 with 20,230 individuals were affected. It was followed by Sultan sa Barongis with 1,562 families and 7,810 persons affected. On Monday, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had a meeting with regional Executive Secretary Lawyer Anwar Malang for the relief assistance for the affected families. The ARMM local government also allocated P500,000 for the food packs to be given to the flood victims. All affected municipalities have already activated the Incident Command Posts (ICP) for futher monitoring the incidents. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

San Miguel Corp turns over P25-M hospital building to South Cotabato LGU By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Public-private partnership has gained for the provincial government of South Cotabato a hospital building.

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San Miguel Corporation through its subsidiary, Daguma AgroMinerals Inc, on Thursday handed over to the provincial government headed by Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. the marker and front building of the Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH) at Brgy Dajay, Surallah. SMC donated P25 million for the construction of the said building, which will house the administrative offices, emergency room, outpatient department, laboratories, diagnostic, and pharmacy of the community health facility. At the turn over ceremony, Gov. Pingoy said that sometime in 2010 he met with SMC chairman and CEO Ramon Ang to request the latter to sponsor a ward at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital. Mr. Ang has asked him to come 14

up with a proposal for a hospital building. Gov Pingoy recalled that he said then that there are no available space for another building inside one-hectare provincial hospital compound to which Mr. Ang suggested, that they look for another space where the facility could be built as he is giving P30 million for the project. Following the meeting, Pingoy met with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan which started off the search for a suitable land and later the donation of a 4.98-hectare lot by the municipal government of Surallah led by Mayor Romulo Solivio Sr. Surallah LGU bought the area for P5 million. In August 15, last year, a ground-breaking ceremony was Tuesday, June 18, 2013

held at the site to signal the start of the construction of the hospital buildings. Once operational, the UVCH will primarily serve residents of five towns in the province’s Upper Valley area, namely: Surallah, Sto, Niño, Banga, Lake Sebu, and T’boli with a total population of 314,278 based on 2007 census. UVCH is projected to address the overcrowding of patients at the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) in Koronadal City. SCPH is a 200-bed capacity tertiary health facility but at times up to 350 patients are being served therein. Data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) indicated that about 24 percent of the patients served at the SCPH are from the Upper Valley towns. Jovencio Marquez, who represented Luis Rolando Fadrigo, social development coordinator of SMC, to the turn over rites described the project as a “lofty dream we have shared with Gov. Dodo Pingoy and many of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.” “We have seen, experienced, and felt the difficulty of many of our fellow South Cotabateños who could not be properly accommodated at the provincial hospital simply because the number of people needing health and medical care is much higher than the holding capacity of the provincial hospital,” Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Marquez said in his message. “When we at the Daguma AgroMinerals Inc. saw the condition of the provincial hospital , there was an almost instant congruence of the dreams of the local officials with our ideas on community assistance supported by the benevolent and generous heart of Mr. Ramon Ang of SMC,” he added. Besides the P25 million for the UVCH, SMC also spent P5 million for the rehabilitation of the road going to Brgy Upper Sepaka, Surallah and Brgy Ned, Lake Sebu. For the same project, the provincial government has also solicited P28 million from the Department of Health through its Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP). Construction of the Department of Health (DOH)-funded pentagonshaped, Mediterranean style main hospital is on the final stage and is expected to be turned over to the provincial government in July. The DOH counterpart will house the 25-bed wards and the CEMONC (Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care) area. Pingoy, who will end his term as governor on June 30 said: “I hope the next administration will continue this project… because there should be continuity of the good projects and programs of the previous administration.” (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) 15

NFA-GenSan assures stable supply of rice By Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The National Food Authority (NFA)-GenSan assured the public today that there is no shortage of NFA rice in all its accredited retail outlets in the city and in neighboring Sarangani province. This assurance came in anticipation of the rainy season, and that the rice stock may come “lean” as June to August is planting season in the Philippines. Rainy season, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has already begun early last week.


Edegary Roncal, NFA provincial manager here said that NFA will guarantee for the “availability and visibility” of NFA rice in all outlets in its area of responsibility. He also revealed that NFA Administrator Orlan Calayag directed all NFA Regional Field Offices nationwide to monitor and ensure that supplies of NFA rice sold in the

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available and can be readily accessed by the public especially the poor. “NFA GenSan assures the public that the 151 active NFA rice market outlets here in the city and in Sarangani have stable supply of rice,” Roncal said. He also stressed that NFA “has enough buffer stocks ready to meet the demands” of local governments and those agencies undertaking or having a continuing relief operations in areas stricken by man-made or natural calamities. According to Roncal, NFA rice can be bought at P27.00 per kilo in any of its rice retail outlets in SarGen (Sarangani-GenSan) area. To pre-empt any rice shortfall,

Alma Sañada, NFA acting regional information officer told PIA General Santos City that the agency continues to buy palay at P17 per kilo with incentives such as additional 20 centavo per kilo for the drying and 2050 centavos per kilo for the delivery depending on the distance. Moreover “there is also a 30-centavo per kilo as cooperative development incentive fee (CDIF) given to a farmer who is a member of a cooperative or farmer organization,” she said. Sañada also clarified that the P17.00 price per kilo is only good for “clean and dry” palay, saying NFA also wants to ensure the quality and integrity of rice being delivered and purchased by the agency. (CT Apelacio/PIA General

DOST 12 announces P40-M allotment for MSME aid By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Soccsksargen Region is urging micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to submit proposals that could upgrade their businesses.

Dr. Zenaida Hadji RaofLaidan, regional director of DOST 12 said the agency has allocated P40 million this year for assistance to the MSMEs in Soccksargen Region under the Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) SETUP is a nationwide strategy of DOST to encourage and assist MSMEs to adopt Tuesday, June 18, 2013

technological innovations that could improve their operations and boost their productivity and competitiveness. “We are continuously encouraging MSMEs from around Soccsksargen Region to submit proposals for more assistance under SETUP,” Director Laidan said. Soccsksargen Region 17

includes the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. Laidan told Philippine Information Agency 12 that proposals of four food-based industries were approved last month and that a total of P2.4 million aid have been released to these enterprises. Lopez Food Products in Kabacan, North Cotabato was granted aid worth P700,000. Meanwhile, Kennitz Breads n Parties and Gracelin Fruit Ice Cream, both in Kidapawan City received P500,000 each. The official identified the fourth beneficiary as Teri’s Place in Surallah South Cotabato that received P473,365 aid to upgrade its bakery equipment and facilities. Through SETUP, DOST helps MSMEs improve productivity by product quality improvement, human resources development, cost minimization and waste management, and other operation-related activities. Support that can be availed from the program include new technologies, manpower training, access to capital and market, use of product standards 18

and testing facilities, appropriate packaging and product labeling, supply of raw materials, access to information and efficient transport facilities. Among the priority sectors that may avail of the SETUP assistance include: food processing; furniture and home furnishings; gifts, holiday decors and fashion accessories; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture; metals and engineering; information and communications technology; and halal In March, seven enterprises in General Santos City and Sultan Kudarat province were granted a total of P4.65 million from SETUP. Beneficiaries include: Aunt Ludi Bakeshop and Snack Haus, Greentropics Coffee Enterprise, Pan de Pugon ni Ka Chona, Rosechie Food Products and R & R Organic Ventures in Gensan as well as RG Candy Factory and Albaran’s Coco Candy in Sultan Kudarat. Interested MSMEs may inquire from the nearest Provincial Science and Technology Center or at the regional office of DOST inside the ORG Compound in Cotabato City. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/BKTagitikan DOST 12) Tuesday, June 18, 2013

POEA XI and SM Davao links-up for overseas employment seminar by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration XI and the Shoe Mart City-Davao will conduct a joint pre-employment seminar and mini-job fair on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 19 aimed at informing job applicants on the employment process to work abroad. Speaking at the Kapehan sa SM City Dabaw, Engr. Nick Santos, assistant m a r k e t i n g manager of the SM City Davao said activity is open to all people from 1:00 to 5:00 pm when all applicants are taught how to apply for overseas employment. He said it is important that Filipinos must be protected from illegal-jobrecruitment schemes. “We ought to teach our overseas 19

workers what they need to do when they want to work abroad,” Santos said. Carolina Agdamag, regional director of the POEA XI said the activity will highlight the preemployment orientation seminar and mini-job fair which will be conducted in SM City. She said a simultaneous activity will be launched in nearby provinces through the POEA-onwheels to discuss the available legal services of the POEA. Agdamag said the campaign against illegal-overseas-job recruitment will also be discussed lengthily with the law enforcement

agencies in the region. She also revealed that many jobseekers from Davao Region are bound for the Middle East countries. “We have processed from January to April 2013, a total of eight thousand overseas workers regardless of countries of destination,” Agdamag said. She said on the top ten list for country-destination includes, Saudi Arabia, and then followed by United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Thailand. She said Thailand is a favorite destination for teachers. (Joey Dalumpines PIA XI)

did you know... That Davao Light & Power Company started as an American-owned electric company as it was incorporated in 1929 by Patrick Henry Frank, Relatives and Associates. Negotiations for the purchase of Davao Light by the Aboitiz Group was seriously undertaken in late 1941 but was subsequently aborted due to the outbreak of World War II. Negotiations resumed during the post-war era and Davao Light was finally acquired on the 25th of July, 1946 by Don Ramon Aboitiz, Relatives and Associates through the efforts of Francisco Such, then resident manager of Ormoc Electric Light Company.


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UP Mindanao Archi program continues 100%-passing rate in board exam

DAVAO CITY- UP Mindanao BS Architecture program maintained its 100%-passing rate record in the latest Architect Licensure Examination with ten passers from among its graduates, in comparison to the national passing rate of 51%. The Professional Regulation

Commission (PRC) announced that 901 out of 1,767 passed the Examination given by the Board of Architecture on June 7 & 9, 2013. Leading the ten UP Mindanao passers is Jahzeel V. Magdadaro with a grade of 84.20, is the sixth-placer in the Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Exam. The UP Mindanao BS Architecture program has maintained its 100%passing record since its graduates started taking the exams in 2007. It has produced a fifth-placer in 2010 in Arch. Jeremy Roy A. Sanchez and a secondplacer in 2012 in the person of Arch. Alexis Ken S. Cartajenas. The UP Mindanao BS Architecture graduates who passed the June 7 and 9, 2013 exam are: Caryn Mae P. Resurreccion, Marie Blanche F. Agunod, Jahzeel V. Magdadaro (84.20%, sixth placer), Gizelle Grace D. Ambasan, Camille A. Marzon, Jessa A. Cortel, Lizlee N. Soldevilla, Jane Marie S. Oponda, Karen S. Babia, and Ariel P. Bangcaya. The BS Architecture program likewise has the highest number of freshmen for academic year 2013-2014 with 43 new architecture students. 21

The UP Mindanao Department of Architecture was officially created in 2012, separating it from its beginnings within the Dept. of Humanities,

as a result of the successes of the program, and is currently headed by Prof. Arch. Jean Marie V. Juanga as department chair. (pr)

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Mayor Rey T. Uy leads in the flag-raising ceremony during the commemoration of the 115th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence last June 12, 2013 at the Old City Hall grounds in Tagum, as assisted by DepEd OIC-Schools Division Superientendent Cristy C. Epe, Executive Asssitant Delia B. dela Cruz and WB Leoncito Hernaez, Jr. of the Shangri-La No. 196 of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines. Photo by Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum


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Exhibit marks opening of Sinuglaw Festival by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An exhibit on the different varieties of Sinuglaw and its preparations marked the opening of Sinuglaw Festival here.

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The exhibit, held at the SM-CDO Atrium on June 14, was led by Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 10. COHARA Board of Director Eileen E. San Juan said Sinuglaw Festival is a city-wide event to drum-up the August fiesta celebration of the city and to prelude “Kumbira,” COHARA’s annual culinary show and competition. She said the festival aims to feature and highlight the local dish, Sinuglaw, in the member hotels and restaurants and at the same time promote its as a truly Kagay-anon dish to its guests, tourists and locals alike. “We realized that in tourism promotion, we must have a distinct product to promote and claim as our own,” she said. According to her, the term “Sinuglaw” is a combination of “sinugba” which means grill, and “kinilaw” which is cooking by soaking in vinegard or citric acid. “In Sinuglaw, the sinugba refers to the grilled pork belly sliced into bite-size pieces while kinilaw is the raw fish, popularly using malasugue or tanguigue, soaked in coconut vinegar with onions, ginger, salt, suwa, and tabon-tabon,” explained San Juan. “All these ingredients are mixed together...and we have Sinuglaw,”she added. She said the use of indigenous ingredients like suwa, a native lime, and tabon-tabon, a brown nut that 24

looks like a chico fruit, gives the distinctive feature of a Kagay-anon Sinuglaw. Meanwhile, the exhibit was highlighted by free demonstration on Sinuglaw preparation by Chef Isidro Sobriano of the VIP Hotel as well as food tasting of the different varieties of Sinuglaw prepared by 14 participating hotels and restaurants. These included N Hotel, Kagayanon Restaurant, Thai Me Up, Hotel Koresco, De Luxe Hotel, VIP Hotel, Cagayan River View Inn, Bigby’s Cafe, Casa Crystalla, Mapawa Nature Park, Apple Tree Resort, Dynasty Court Hotel, Duka Bay Resort, and Xavier Sports and Country Club. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

UN agency official cites energy firm for community development efforts by Jerome R. Soldevilla

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental – United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) country representative to the Philippines Dr. Suresh Chandra Raj lauded energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) for initiating various community development programs and projects that have contributed to the social and economic development of its host communities in Mindanao. Dr. Raj visited recently the 210 MW (net) Mindanao coal-fired power plant of STEAG State Power Inc. in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental to look into some of the region’s current best-practices on industry and community stakeholders collaboration. He cited SPI’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that address local concerns on education, health, sanitation, disastermanagement, local governance enhancement, and environmental conservation, and how the company has established strong partnerships with other stakeholders and local government entities. “I congratulate Steag for its good CSR programs and I am happy to see that such initiatives have gained fruition worthy of emulation and replication by other industries in the country,” Dr. Raj said. UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and Tuesday, June 18, 2013

environmental sustainability. The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition. Over the years, SPI has worked closely with agencies of the local and national government, including private and civil society organizations in the region, in implementing various poverty-reduction programs and projects. More than PhP 5.8 million worth of public education improvement projects had been implemented so far in its host communities in Misamis Oriental. Moreover, SPI together with the German Development Agency DEG is also undertaking a P16.9 million LGU capability building project in six areas of Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro City for povertyreduction planning and program implementation. A P31.97 million electrification 25

project is also underway for the energization of some 39 villages in Northern Mindanao. SPI is also undertaking a 1,200 hectare reforestation project in

Cagayan de Oro City and a 16.4 hectare mangrove rehabilitation and development in coastal areas of Misamis Oriental.

4ID leads Youth Leadership Summit by 4CMO/4ID

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The 4th Civil-Military Operations “Kasaligan” Battalion, 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division in partnership with the Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth (POINTY) opened the three-day live-in Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS) here in Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City on June 14. 60 youth-participants coming from different barangays of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental joined the youth seminar. In an opening ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Leo Bongosia, 4ID Spokesman said this activity is for the youth to enhance their potentials as future leaders, become responsible citizens, and catalysts for peace and development. Government agency chiefs, NGOs and academe heads were invited as guest lecturers and subject-matter-experts. He added that enhancing our youths’ potentials and honing them for their roles as catalysts for peace and development is a big step in preparing them as good leaders 26

and productive members of our society. This seminar has three phases: the first day aims to revisit the current situation of the youth sector and its challenges, the second day shall promote the programs of the government and to distinguish the vital relationship between the government and the youth, and on the third day we shall be able to establish an ideal youth of the community. Meanwhile, POINTY was organized after conducting seven provincial-level youth leadership seminars. It was held to make the youth more responsible, productive and well-informed members of society. Tuesday, June 18, 2013

No disadvantage, only benefits in donating blood, says Red Cross By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Donating blood produces fresh blood, which means better circulation, less incidents of high blood pressure and strokes, and a healthier immune system, shares Red Cross Zamboanga’s Blood Center Manager Kelly Geronimo. “We have a lot of patients in need of blood every day. We cannot simply produce new blood and we depend on donors. There is no

disadvantage, but there are plenty of benefits, one of which is to save lives,” Geronimo said. Moreover, regular blood

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donation also reduces the risk of heart diseases and removes excess iron from the body. On June 14 as the world celebrated Blood Donors’ Day, Zamboanga City scored with a mass blood donation drive which was spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). Over a hundred eager potential donors came to the PRC compound to give blood. Vic Liozo, Red Cross Chapter Administrator was pleased by the turn-out. The volunteers were then screened for any traces of transmittable diseases such as hepatitis B and C, malaria, syphilis and HIV. More or less 80 persons were able to share their blood, including students, government and nongovernment workers, personnel from the military and police, and eager walk-in donors. Maritess Calonge, a firsttime donor and a college student from Western Mindanao State University said that she was initially apprehensive to donate blood since she was afraid of needles. But upon hearing of its benefits, and the pleasant feeling of being able to help those in need of blood was enough to motivate her. “It was not that painful,” she said, “just like a bite from a mosquito. You just feel a little disoriented afterwards, but after that, everything’s OK.” Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross Governor and incumbent Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat cited the need for more eager blood donors. 28

He said every day, not just in the city but all over the world, a lot of people need blood transfusions. Lobregat calls for a more intensive advocacy on blood donation. This year’s World Blood Donors’ Day theme is, “Give the gift of life: donate blood.” Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DAR implements ARCCESS in Zamboanga del Norte By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY - Three selected municipalities in the province of Zamboanga del Norte have benefited from the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) program of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Among the beneficiaries of the first batch were the Guinles Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (GUIFAMUCO) in the municipality of Polanco, San Miguel Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (SMARBEMCO) in Mutia, and the Joaquin Macias Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (JMARBEMCO) in Sindangan town. ARCCESS has two major interventions: the delivery of Business Development Services (BDS) to Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) 29

through the deployment of Community-Based Enterprise Organizers (CBEOs), and the provision of farm equipment and machineries of Common Service facilities (CSFs) to ARBOs. In CBEOs, the government will hire a professional to assist the business and management of cooperatives and an agricultural extension technician to assist farmers in farm production technology. Reynaldo Manigos, ARCCESS point person in Zamboanga del Norte, said during an interview that this program was conceptualized in 2011 but it was only this year that the equipment and machineries were delivered. “The delivery of the needed equipment and machineries to the first batch of ARBOs was made only this year,” said Manigos. The CSFs include threshers, dryers, shellers, automatic planters, sprayers, coffee roasters, cassava granulators, tractors and hauling trucks. These CSFs will be granted based on the readiness of ARBOs to manage and optimize the use of the equipment, as well as the necessity of the equipment to the operation of each ARBO. “The role of DAR is to monitor the proper use of common service facilities while the operation of the business and cooperative rests on the farmers,” Mr. Manigos bared. 30

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DILG9 staff bags 6th place in LGOO training By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – Ms. Dishie Lauron, one of the participants in the recently concluded Local Government Operations Officer Training conducted by the Local Government Academy (LGA) in Koronadal City, was ranked 6th among her batch mates. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 Regional Director Paisal O. Abutazil recognized Lauron’s feat in a recent regional conference, saying: “We salute you in putting the name of DILG-9 in the limelight from a year-long training of Local Government Operations Officers.” Lauron was among the 337 trainees from all over the country comprising the 47th batch that underwent one year training on local governance. DILG-9 awarded Lauron a Plaque of Recognition which was personally handed to her by Director Abutazil and Assistant Regional Director Pedro G. Cuevas Jr. “I really do not expect it. What I prayed is just to pass (the training) but it’s more than enough. I asked only for ‘pandesal’ (bread), but the Heavens gave me hamburger,” said Lauron with tears of joy in her eyes. Lauron failed to attend the graduation rites at Los Baños, Laguna as she is now on the family way. “It really came to me a great surprise,” she quipped. She also expressed her thanks to the management for giving her Tuesday, June 18, 2013

the opportunity to be trained on local governance. Her co-participants from DILG-9 were Chandiramani Obut, Philip Cuevas and Junil Cabahug. (DILG9) 31


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Surigao City receives 3 water pumps from DA by Annette Villaces

BUTUAN CITY-- The city agriculture office has received a total of three water from the Department of AgricultureRegional Office 13 to be distributed to the three barangays of the city. City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba bared that the said water pumps will be used for the irrigation system of barangays Mat-I, Togbongon and Brgy. Quezon. “These water pumps will surely be of great help for the farmers especially during summer time and drought,� Elumba said. He also bared that four more


water pumps are scheduled to arrive by the end of this year. On his part, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Department of Agriculture-Regional Office 13 for allocating the said water pumps and to the City Agriculture Office, as well.

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Surigao Sur all set for 53rd Araw celeb

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur-- The provincial government of Surigao del Sur is all set for the three- day celebration of the 53rd Araw ng Surigao del on June 19 with this year’s theme: “Padayon Paglambo, Surigao del Sur” (Continue Growing, Surigao del Sur). Provincial Administrator Efren followed by an opening parade Rivas said the celebration will participated by local officials, formally kick-off on Monday, June government & private employees, 17 with a thanksgiving mass students and representatives Tuesday, June 18, 2013


from the different sectors in the province. Rivas said the sports fest activities have already started on June 13 and will continue until June 18 at the provincial sports complex here. On June 17, the activities are Skills Demonstration with the TESDA Provincial Office held at the City Boulevard from 9 am-4 pm; Opening of the Agri-Trade Fair at 10a.m.; Pinoy Games in the afternoon and the Modern Dance competition at 6:30 p.m.. During the night, the “Pasalamat ni Gov. Johnny Pimentel” will be held featuring- Daybreak Banda & Tandag City Band. On June 18, The Jobs thru Techvoc Program (JTP) facilitated by TESDA will offer two-day “Libreng Serbisyo sa Katawhan” (free haircut, manicure/pedicure, massage and other services) in cooperation with other Government Agencies held at the City Boulevard; Farmers Congress held at the Provincial Social Hall; Kinilaw Festival; Amateur Boxing and Battle of the Bands contest at night. In coordination with the provincial government, a Jobs Fair will be facilitated by the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with the 36

Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the Capitol Lobby on June 19. On the eve of the same day the, culmination to be spearheaded by the provincial government will be joined by National Government Agencies, Provincial/Local Government Unit Officials and employees, and stakeholders featuring Mocca Girls and SMB Band at the City Boulevard. Meanwhile, June 19 was declared a special non-working holiday in the entire province of Surigao del Sur by virtue of Republic Act No. 7671.

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