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Giving hope for amputees to walk again Joey Sem G. Dalumpines Southern Mindanao

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Aquino always expects government agencies to perform their utmost best, says official 1th Yaman Gensan promotes business convergence

Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan, Central Mindanao

111 IPs in Region 12 added to NCIP scholars Oliver Ross V. Rivera, Central Mindanao

CSC to conduct 2013 meat inspection and safety exam

Claro A. Lanipa, Western Mindanao

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Free eye cataract surgery benefit retired soldiers, poor patients ideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

Surigao Norte Maritime Industry stakeholders join celebration of ‘Day of the Seafarers’ Susil D. Ragas, caraga Region

World Bank evaluates National Greening Program in Caraga Region Eric F. Gallego, caraga Region

DavNor now offers affordable tourism packages Noel Baguio, Southern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Giving hope for amputees to walk again By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

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atients of the Davao Jubilee Foundation, including those with physical disabilities resulting from armed violence, are benefiting from a newly built physiotherapy clinic. Cheryl Arellano, operations manager of the DJF said the facility caters to all people regardless of financial status and ethnic origin. “We make it a point that our clients especially the amputees will be served according to their need for artificial extremities,” she said. Chona Serra, chief of staff of the DJF said clients will be evaluated first by the social worker to determine if they have the capacity to pay or to settle on probable sponsor that will shoulder the expense in the making of artificial leg.

sponsors like the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes, Lingap Para sa Mahihirap of the city government, or the International Committee on the Red Cross especially if the recipient is a victim of internal conflict. Serra said the patient is examined first to custom fit the size artificial leg to be used. “The patient has to undergo treatment and gait training to ensure that he can easily manoeuvre his movement when using the artificial leg,” she said. Catherine Fry, ICRC health delegate for Mindanao said the new facility will She said DJF usually coordinates to help patients to confidently recover and 4


function to their full potential, so they can regain their independence and dignity. She said the physiotherapy clinic will strengthen the capability of the physical rehabilitation center. “Surely, we can reach out and help more amputees with the facility,” Fry said. Allison Lopez, spokesperson of the International Committee on the Red Cross said the DJF’s fully equipped physiotherapy clinic has individual treatment rooms and gait training area for patients who need to undergo post-prosthetic exercise or to recover from nervous system injuries. She said the facility can accommodate about 30 patients availing of physical therapy every month. Lopez said the newly inaugurated clinic last Monday was constructed with the support of the clinic of the ICRC. She said the DJF is a non-profit organization that provides physical rehabilitation services to amputees and other people with disabilities and caters to people from conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. “The ICRC has been referring warwounded patients to the foundation since 2000,” Lopez said. Last year, the ICRC supported the upgrade of DJF’s workshop as it shifted to polypropylene technology, which produces prosthetic and orthotic devices more quickly and that are more durable and easier to maintain. In 2011, a gait training area where patients could practise using

their new prostheses was built with ICRC assistance. In the first quarter of 2013, more than 160 patients received services in this center while 41 polypropylene prostheses have been delivered to the amputees. One of the technicians is studying in a recognised school of prosthesis in Cambodia with a full sponsorship from the ICRC. The ICRC is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization that assists and protects victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. This year, it continues its assistance to weapon-wounded persons by prepositioning medical materials in 17 hospitals in conflict-prone areas of Mindanao. The organisation also covers the medical costs of some vulnerable/indigent patients injured due to armed violence. The ICRC also works with jail authorities to improve the delivery of health care services within detention facilities and strengthen the links with referral civilian health facilities.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino holds National Economic and Development Authority Board meeting in Malacanang

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esident Benigno S. Aquino III convened the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in Malacanang on Wednesday to discuss plans and projects that will be beneficial to the economic progress of the Philippines. In a press briefing in Malacanang, projects as soon as the board meeting Presidential Spokesperson Edwin adjourns. Lacierda said that the Board will be “Just to inform you, the President comingoutwithalistofICC(Investment is holding a NEDA board meeting Coordination Committee)-approved today. The NEDA board meeting is Thursday, June 27, 2013

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ongoing. The NEDA board is supposed to approve several ICC-approved projects. We will let you know the list of NEDA board approved projects after the whole meeting is over,� Lacierda said. This is the second NEDA board meeting the President has convened this year. The first was on January 18 where two public-private partnership projects and three rural infrastructure projects worth P146.83-billion were approved. These PPP projects are: the Cavite-Laguna Expressway and the North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway Connector Road while the rural infrastructure are the Cordillera Highlands Agricultural Resources Management Project, the Pasa River Dam Project in Isabela, and for the continuation of the antipoverty program Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service (KALAHICIDSS) of the Department of Social Thursday, June 27, 2013

Welfare and Development. President Aquino sits as chairman of the NEDA Board while NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan sits as Vice Chair. Members to the Board include Vice President Jejomar Binay as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council, and Secretaries of the Departments of Budget, Finance, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism, Public Works, Environment, Transportation and Communication, Trade and Industry, Presidential Management Staff and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Other members include the Governor of the Central Bank, the Governor of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, the Chair of the Mindanao Development Authority, and the president of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines. PND (rck)

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Aquino always expects government agencies to perform their utmost best, says official

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he recent “scolding” given by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the National Irrigation Administration led by Administrator Antonio Nangel for its failure to meet its targets should not serve as a wake up call for other agencies to improve performances, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

In a press briefing in Malacanang very start, government agencies and its on Wednesday, Lacierda said from the officials were expected to perform “to Thursday, June 27, 2013

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their utmost best” in order to “deliver of irrigation service on a sustainable basis our commitments” to the Filipino people. to help the country’s farmers. PND (rck) “This is not the first time he has done it (expressed dismay over the poor performance of a government agency). The President is always frank and candid with respect to an agency’s accomplishments or non-accomplishments. So, this should not be a wake up call. From the very start, the President has said that we have six years to deliver our commitments and he expects every agency to perform their mandate to their utmost best,” Lacierda said. At the 50th Anniversary of NIA yesterday held at the NIA Open Grounds, NIA Building Complex in Diliman, Quezon City, the President underscored the need for the NIA to work harder after it failed to meet its target to irrigate 81,170 hectares of farmlands last year. In his speech, the President reminded the NIA to fulfill its mandate to develop and rehabilitate irrigation systems in support of the administration’s Rice Self Sufficiency Program and provide an adequate level Thursday, June 27, 2013

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DOE-approved renewable energy projects in Mindanao could produce 355 MW

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ene Renewable energy (RE) projects in Mindanao awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) have the potential to generate at least 355 megawatts of electricity.

But the meticulous permitting process is hampering the construction of additional RE projects that the DOE is addressing by streamlining the procedure, an official said. As of May 2013, the agency awarded

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43 hydropower projects to various companies in the different parts of the island, DOE data showed. Mario Marasigan, director of DOE’s Energy Utilization and Management Bureau, said Thursday a proponent Thursday, June 27, 2013


needs to secure at least 100 signatories to pursue an RE project. “We’re working to drastically shortcut the process,” he told reporters during an energy workshop for journalists. Marasigan said that most of the signatories required in pursuing an RE project “are not from the DOE” but from other government agencies, including local government units down to the barangay level. He cited that for a one-megawatt RE project, the “highest number of signatories they monitored reached 139, with just 30 coming from the DOE.” Sources of RE include water, solar, wind and geothermal, to name a few. Until now, Mindanao’s power supply comes mostly from RE through the hydropower plants operated by the state-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor), at 52 percent of the supply chart. Romeo Montenegro, Mindanao Development Authority director for investment promotion and public affairs, said that while the government is pushing for renewable energy to help stabilize power supply in the island, committed and indicative investments in the area are still dominated by fossil fuel sources. “Coal is the in thing,” he said of the new and potential power generating facilities coming up in Mindanao. The share of fossil fuels in the island’s energy mix is rising and we have yet to fully tap clean, renewable and indigenous power sources to minimize Thursday, June 27, 2013

the environment cost, Montenegro said. To develop an RE project, he said the developer needs at least seven years to get approvals and another two years for the permitting process. Montenegro said the committed power generating projects that are expected to go on stream in Mindanao between this year to 2016 can produce 580 MW -- of which 500 MW is from coal, 30 MW from oil and 50 MW from geothermal. On the other hand, Montenegro said the indicative coal power projects for Mindanao with target commissioning until 2020 reached 1,825 MW, of which 1,200 MW is proposed by diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. The indicative RE projects in Mindanao would produce only 107 MW, he added. Mindanao’s power supply problem will persist if no new generation facilities will go on stream in the next two to three years, Montenegro noted. Nowadays, Mindanao has sufficient power supply, but the brownouts that hit parts of the island lasting up to eight hours daily a few months ago would be back by August up to December because power plants are scheduled to go on preventive maintenance shutdown, he said. The brownouts that hit parts of Mindanao prior to the May 13 elections were blamed on the reduced generation capability of Napocor’s hydropower plants due to the dams’ declining water levels. (PNA) 11


Region 12 eyes export of meat products By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- After the recent success in the exportation of rice to Dubai and Hong Kong, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is seeking means to send meat products of Soccsksargen Region to other countries.

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DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan told the Philippine Information Agency 12 today that the agency in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are currently working on the possibility of exporting various fresh and processed meat, particularly pork products of Region 12. Last week, representatives of DA and DTI from Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Davao and Soccsksargen regions gathered in General Santos City for the national meat cluster harmonization and convergence workshop. The group discussed strategies and means on how to penetrate the global market. Drawn out in the group discussions was the plan to involve the private sector, particularly the meat processors in realizing the plan. “We need to reinvigorate the standing of our products to compete in the global market by offering fresh and processed meat products that are of high quality,” Director Datukan emphasized during the meeting, which was held at the Tierra Montana Hotel. Meanwhile, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Davinio Catbagan informed the participants that Secretary Proceso Alcala is currently reviewing national livestock roadmap which will primarily serve as the country’s direction towards advancing the livestock and even the poultry Thursday, June 27, 2013

industry in the Philippines. Citing the information provided by the DTI, he said , there is a huge export potential for pork products among Asian countries. Goat products are also in demand in Middle East countries and other Islamic states where Halal food products are required, he added. Talking about the region’s situation, John Pascual, DA 12 regional livestock coordinator boasted of the big chance for the region to export meat products to other countries. He said, this could begin with the re-strengthening and following-up talks on the the exportation of pork products to Dubai. Early last year, DA reported about plans to export “pork-in-a-box” to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, particularly targeting overseas Filipino workers and other nationals like Indians who also consume pork and pork products. Information from DA 12’ s Swine Roadmap for 2013, indicated that Soccsksargen Region or Region 12, which includes the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato, could boast of available stock to supply export requirements as well as Triple A accredited slaughter houses for the processing of export quality pork products. In addition, Soccsksargen Region is also foot-and-mouth disease

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free and has low incidence of hog diseases. Data from the Veterinary Quarantine Services in Gensan show that in 2012 Soccsksargen Region shipped 129,383 heads of swine and 11,435 metric tons of pork, all to local destinations. Most of the hogs were sent to Manila (25%) and Leyte (23) areas. On the other hand, 59 percent of the pork were shipped to Cebu and 17 percent to Manila. Other destinations of pork from Soccsksargen were Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Davao and Cavite. The same office reported that in 2012, excess hog and pork products in the Region was estimated at P1.49 billion.

Pascual said, a series of meetings with various meat processors will soon be carried out to further work on the agency’s meat export program. In May this year, Region 12 shipped 15 metric tons of organic black rice to Dubai. This was followed by two shipments -- a total volume of about 7 metric tons -- of organic black, brown and red rice to Hong Kong in May and early this month. According to DA the exportation of the premium rice products of the M’lang, North Cotabato-based Don Bosco Multi-purpose Cooperative signaled the return of the country in the global rice exportation business in about 40 years. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/LMSalvo-DA 12)

1th Yaman Gensan promotes business convergence

By Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The 11th year celebration of Yaman Gensan (YG) here, which kicked off Thursday, has lined up programs and activities that promote business convergence.

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According to YG Executive Committee chair Theresa Pacheco the month-long business celebration will feature four fora, 40 seminars, 50 speakers, three big fairs, thousands of attendees, and thousands of great ideas envisioned “to create businesses and generate jobs that would translate into growth and development.”

YG, which means “Yabong Maliliit na Negosyo sa GenSan,” is being celebrated every third week of June to third week of July yearly “to spur economic activities during the period perceived business-wise as “lean months.” Pacheco said events such as trade fairs, exhibits and seminars, skills and technology Thursday, June 27, 2013


transfer training workshops, and competitions that promote entrepreneurship, job creation, incite innovation, and facilitate access to technology and approaches that are aligned with the needs, opportunities and strengths of GenSan’s economy will highlight the occasion. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme: “Business innovation through strategic convergence.” Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) will be introduced to new technologies and new ways of doing business to enhance their competitiveness not only locally but globally. Pacheco opined that through Yaman Gensan MSMEs are inspired to break stereotypes, explore new possibilities, and live the realities of their aspirations. Sweet, a massage therapist

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who participated in the YG Health, Beauty and Wellness activities expressed gratefulness to the opportunities offered by the annual business month celebration. “Yaman Gensan is really a big help for small-time entrepreneurs like us because it is the time of the year when we learned new helpful business ideas to withstand economic challenge, and meet many clients in one venue that give us more daily earnings than usual,” she said with a smile. Meanwhile, other activities of the Yaman Gensan 2013 also include the 3rd takbo Para sa Watershed, 2nd Gensan Band Idol, Car Show, YG Zumba, Kantahan sa Territoryo, and the much-anticipated 4th Lechon Festival. (PGFruylan/PIAGensan)

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111 IPs in Region 12 added to NCIP scholars By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 111 first year college students from indigenous cultural communities in the Soccsksargen region have been granted educational assistance by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) under its Educational Assistance Program (EAP).

NCIP-12 Director Timuey Woy Lim P. Wong, told Philippine Information Agency 12, for this school year a total of P6.67 million have been earmarked for the tuition fees and allowances of the scholars. He explained further that student scholars under EAP will be given P20,000 per year or P10,000 per semester for their tuition fees. Wong added that besides the 111 new scholars, some 370 grantees are continuing in higher year levels in several colleges and universities across the region. Based on the original provisions of the program, the continuing grantees receivee P10,000 annually or P5,000 per semester. Thus for this school year, NCIP 12 is serving 481 scholars. Wong explained that the number of scholars in Region 12 include 112 youths from Maguindanao since the area is still covered under its jurisdiction. Soccsksargen Region is com16

posed of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos. EAP is part of NCIP’s commitment of promoting and empowering the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) through the provision of financial assistance to poor but deserving IP students. Aside from the EAP, Wong also said that they have 15 scholars under the Merit-Based scholarship program where each grantee receives P50,000 per school year. To be an NCIP scholar, one must be a bonafide member of an etholinguistic group duly recognized by the commission. Combined income of their parents must not exceed P150,000 per year. Applicants must also pass the qualifying examinations administered by NCIP and must have a general weighted average grade of not lower than 80% in high school. (ORVRivera-PIA12) Thursday, June 27, 2013


Thousands participate in Arbor Day na Zambo By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - An estimated crowd of over 7,000 people actively participated in Arbor Day na Zamboanga, a city-wide celebration in consonance with the June 25, 2013 Philippine Arbor Day observance. Thousands people filled up the Climaco Freedom Park in AbongAbong, to show their love and concern for mother earth and their willingness to protect and preserve

the environment by planting trees. Mayor Celso Lobregat during the short program preceding the tree planting, was amazed at the turnout of participants for this year’s

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observance of Arbor Day. He said: “This is the most-well attended Arbor Day na Zamboanga celebration.” Shortly after the program, the multitude of crowd which consisted of city and national government employees, policemen, military men, students from the different schools, barangay, private, civil organizations and various other sectors participated in the massive tree planting activity at designated areas in the Climaco Freedom Park. “We really appreciate the help and support you’re giving to the local government,” the chief executive said. The Arbor Day program was made even livelier with the cheering competition and the “on the spot search for Miss Arbor Day.” For the cheering competition, 18

the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) contingent won the first prize of P10,000; the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) delegation won the second prize of P6,000 while the military-police combined group received P4,000 as third place winner, while Ms. Arbor Day went to WMSU representative who took home 1,200 cash prize, ZSCMST was first runner up with P1,000 cash price, P500 was given as consolation price to other participants. Winner for the search for Miss Arbor Day was based on the loudest applauds and cheers. After the program and the tree planting event, tagging with metal plates of declared Heritage and Century trees was conducted at Thursday, June 27, 2013


identified areas. The Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga is a yearly undertaking of the City Government through the City Environment and Natural

Resources Office (OCENR) in pursuant to Ordinance 281 designating June 25 as the day for the celebration and mandating the active participation of the public in tree planting activities.

CSC to conduct 2013 meat inspection and safety exam By Claro A. Lanipa PAGADIAN CITY – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announces the conduct of the 2013 Meat Inspection and Safety Examination on August 11, 2013 at two testing centers only, Quezon City and Cagayan de Oro City. Filing of applications started June 20 to July 12, 2013 at any CSC regional/field Offices on a first –come, first served basis. Applications may no longer be accepted before the deadline if the target number of applicants has already been reached by the CSC regional/field offices. The examination is open to all meat inspectors and private individuals who are interested to join the meat inspection service. Applicants must be a Filipino citizen, with good moral character and must be mentally and physically fit, have not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or of disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs. Moreover, the applicant must have not been dishonorably discharged from military service or dismissed for cause from any civilian positions in the government, must be Thursday, June 27, 2013

at least 18 years of age at the date or time of filing of application and must have at least seventy two (72) units leading to a bachelor degree. Application forms are available at any CSC Regional/Field Offices or may be downloaded from the CSC website: www.csc.gov.ph. Application forms may be reproduced in legal size bond paper provided the same format is followed. For more information interested applicants may visit the nearest CSC Regional or Field Office in the area.

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Free eye cataract surgery benefit retired soldiers, poor patients By Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY – “Every one of us plays a crucial role in brightening one’s life.” This was declared by assistant division commander Col. Amadeo Azul Jr. during the opening program of the two-day free eye cataract surgery dubbed “Brotherhood Operation Saving Sight” (BOSS) held recently at Kuta Sang-an Station Hospital, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. The two-day activity was a joint project of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) division, Philippine Army, Alpha Phi Omega-Southern Zamboanga Alumni Association (APO-ZOSA ALAS), and the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation. 20

In his message, Azul said a person’s quality of life can be greatly improved with the simple procedure of cataract surgery. “With the different organizations comprising the team behind the free cataract surgery, the activity becomes a concrete testimony that ‘Bayanihan’ is very much alive,” Azul stressed. Referring to the Internal Peace and Security Plan or “Bayanihan,” Azul said, “this is the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ paradigm shift that embraces the broader frame of Thursday, June 27, 2013


humanity and gives equal focus to its twin role as the protector of the people and protector of the state.” “Activities like this, remind our indigent ‘kababayans’ that here is indeed a government working for them and that there are existing organizations ready to extend help,” Azul said. Acting chief of staff Col. Manuel Ordoña, on the other hand, said “the activity is one of the great strides in elevating our noble cause of public service,” citing the free cleft surgery conducted by the same group last year at the Tabak Division Thursday, June 27, 2013

headquarters. Retired 2nd Lt. Edgar Llarena, a cataract patient said he was very happy that he had availed himself of the free cataract surgery saying that he has no money to pay to undergo cataract surgery in private hospitals. “I also thank the doctors because they have offered their services as free and treated many indigent cataract patients,” Llarena added. A total of 61 indigent cataract patients, mostly elderly, were spared from blindness and poor eyesight complications. 21


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Caraga posts 9.6% economic growth by Johny S. Natad

SURIGAO CITY-- An official of the Regional Development Council said the Caraga region economy grew by 9.6 percent, the highest regional growth rate in the country.

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RDC chair and Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas also said that the poverty incidence in the region has reduced to 9.8%, making Caraga with least poverty incidence among Mindanao regions. The Caraga RDC has embarked on development programs and projects that contributed to the region’s economic growth. Among these are road network improvement, housing, job

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generation thru business investments, and tourism development. Matugas thanked the Caraga congressional representatives who also composed the RDC Advisory Council for their untiring support especially in terms of policy-making and financial aid. She also commended NEDACaraga for helping her in bringing Caraga’s one mission, one vision towards inclusive growth.

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Surigao Norte Maritime Industry stakeholders join celebration of ‘Day of the Seafarers’

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY -- The Surigao del Norte Maritime Industry stakeholders headed by the Marina Regional Office 13, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) joined the celebration of the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ with the theme, “Marinong Pilipino, Karangalan ka ng Mundo,” yesterday, June 25, 2013 at the 2nd Floor of the PPA Terminal this city. The Day of the Seafarer was established by the International Maritime Organization and mandated under Presidential Proclamation No. 183 series of 2011declaring June 25 of every year as the Day of the Filipino Seafarer. In Surigao City, the celebration started with a Motorcade at 7:00 in the morning at the PPA Passenger Parking Area, PPA Port followed by the simultaneous blowing-up of ships horn, thanksgiving Mass officiated by Rev. Fr.Larry Mantilla, and a Boodle Fight Lunch. Highlighting the said event were the launching of the “She to Sea Campaign” by Marina, PCG, PPA and the Maritime Faculty of Surigao Education Center acknowledging the role of women in the maritime industry. Marina Surigao Extension Office Thursday, June 27, 2013

Supervisor In-Charge Engr. Charlie Bacang, in his message, said that the primary purpose of the activity is to pay tribute to Filipino Seafarers and to draw public attention to their contributions to the economic growth of the country. He also said that in 2012, seafarers have contributed a total of $4.8 billion dollars to the national treasury which means a 7.8% increased from 2011 total contributions. Participated the said event were representatives from different government agencies, local media, maritime community, and maritime students from Surigao Education Center. City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas also graced the said event together with PPA Surigao City Port Manager Engr. Isidro Butaslac and Port Police Superintendent Froilan Caturla. 25


World Bank evaluates National Greening Program in Caraga Region

by Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY-- A group of consultants from the World Bank (WB) visited Region 13 (Caraga) on Monday to assess the National Greening Program (NGP) under the National Program Support to Environment and Natural Resources Sector Investment (NPSENRMP SIM) loan from the World Bank.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 13 Officer-in-Charge Regional Technical Director Maritess Ocampo said 71 private organizations in Caraga Region have participated in the NGP 26

program with the funding support of P40,536,000 on seedling production of 4,428,000 pieces which included mangrove and forest tree species from the World Bank NPS-ENRRMP SIM loan. Thursday, June 27, 2013


The group is headed by the WB Consultant Doug Furno . The other members are Isabel Salas , Foreign-Assisted and Special Project Office, DENR Central Office, Forester Aisha de Guzman , Noel Sta Ines , Senior Procurement Specialist , Conrad Bravante,Jr., FASPODENR Project Evaluation Office and Connie C. Cunanan , Administrative Assistant. A short presentation of implementation status of NGP under the NPS-ENRMP in the region was made at the conference room of Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo following the arrival of the WB Review team and FASPO representatives at the DENR Regional Office in Barangay Ambago, Butuan City on June 24. The team proceeded to CENRO Tubay to see for themselves the bank-funded nursery project of the San Antonio Integrated Farmers and Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Barangay San Antonio, Tubay. They are also expected to visit the NGP site in Barangay Thursday, June 27, 2013

E. Morgado in Santiago, Agusan del Norte, and Barangay Sangay in Buenavista, Agusan del Norte the following day.

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Duterte-Carpio cites need to address power woes, ends stint as RDC chair

She told reporters that power remains critical for Mindanao even if she bows out of office on June 30 as mayor of the city. DuterteC a r p i o n o t e d that the

DAVAO CITY-Mayor Sara DuterteCarpio cited finding solutions to power generation and depleting power sources for Mindanao as two major concerns closer to her heart during her stint as chair of the Regional Development Council XI. Thursday, June 27, 2013

Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Power Corporation and the National Economic and Development Authority BoardInfrastructure Committee and other concerned agencies responded to the Regional Development CommitteeMindanao recommendations ranging 33


from the selective dredging of the Pulangi river to increase generating efficiency of the Pulangi IV hydro electric power plant, funding of the Agus VI hydro electric power plant and the Iligan Diesel Power Plant to its optimal operation power generating capacity. She said the compounded efficient operations of these power generating facilities will contribute to the overall available power of the Mindanao Power Grid now and in the immediate future. Dutete-Carpio also expressed hope on the interconnection between the Visayas and Mindanao grid, where surplus power from the geothermal power resources in Leyte will be passed to Mindanao. She said that the RDC XI under her watch is able to come up a one-stop shop which makes easier for investors of mini-hydro power plants from five to 10 megawatt-capacity to get

government nod to operate without going to the national agencies in Manila. “ Small hydro-power sources can also help in the power crisis in Mindanao,” Duterte-Carpio said. She said her preference for renewable energy like the one generated by hydro-electric power plants is the reason why she pushed for the creation of one-stop-shop processing office for power investors. Duterte-Carpio said that personally, she remains unsupportive of any coal-fired power plant because on its impact to environment and public health. “My apprehension is not without basis. There are plenty of experiences by first world countries on the downside of the coal-fired power plant which impacts particularly on the health of residents,” she said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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years since the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental were carved out from the undivided province of Davao under Republic Act 4867.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


DavNor now offers affordable tourism packages TAGUM CITY- Visitors can now enjoy the authentic beauty of the province with budget-friendly tour packages that showcase the best resorts and attractions in the Banana Capital of the country. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario led the launch of the ‘lets touR DavnoR’ Tourism Circuit Packages to offer bundled trips to the top destinations in the province, as part of the extensive promotions and marketing campaign of the provincial government. The event was one of the highlights of the opening salvo of the week-long Kadagayaan Festival 2013, in celebration of the 46th Araw ng Davao del Norte on July 1, 2013. With affordable day tour packages ranging from P800 to P1,500 per individual, foreign and local visitors can choose to bask in the allure of pristine white sand beaches or enjoy the equallysatisfying agriculture, culture and ecology (ACE) destinations in the province. Aside from the world-class beaches in the Island Garden City of Samal. The vast banana plantations in the mainland and the highland journey in nature and culture which will include waterfalls, springs, and lakes, as well as the Ata-Manobo Cultural Village will complete the Thursday, June 27, 2013

‘Island-to-Highland’ tourism brand of the province. Provincial Tourism Council President Araceli Ayuste said some of the tourism packages feature destinations in two or more local government units which were clustered to ensure that nobody is left out as far as tourism development is concerned. She revealed the bundles were identified by the respective local tourism officers with the concurrence of the various tour operators and travel agencies in the region. With the lets touR DavnoR packages, Provincial Tourism Officer Noel Daquioag said it is now easier to introduce products and services available in the different cities and municipalities of the province. He added the project also aims to instill among the Dabaonons greater pride and interest on the best things that their own province has to offer. In order to stir the local tourism industry, Daquioag’s office has since initiated the “Kilalanin Ang Sariling Atin (Know Your Own)” tagline to invite Davao del Norte residents to be inbound tourists and cotravellers, as well, and sharing the experiences and having fun with the visitors.(Noel Baguio-DavNor Info Office) 35


One Mindanao - June 27, 2013  

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