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Cover Story

Feature: New hawk-owls specie sighted in Camiguin Jorie C. Valcorza Northern Mindanao

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President Aquino cites officers and men of the Presidential Security Group for their dignity and courage

HIV cases in Caraga up - DOH Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Local exec lauds university for their tree -growing program Eldie N. David, Caraga Region

DA-9 launches National Year of Rice in Dipolog Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

OWWA releases P220,000 in death and burial benefits

Mary Jane R. Amarado , Western Mindanao


Over 11,000 MILF families to gain from DSWD’s cash-for-work program

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Tupi town receives Garantisadong Pambata Champs award

Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Shahana Joy E. Duerme, Central Mindanao

Phil. Eagles goes online with live streaming project

Rudolph Alama, Southern Mindanao

RDC-10 to hold consultation on 2014 programs,projects and budget proposals Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Feature: New hawk-owls specie sighted in Camiguin By Jorie C. Valcorza


ig, fluffy, bluegray eyed hawkowls were sighted by researchers in this volcanic island paradise at the northern tip of

It is the only one of its kind. At night, it gives a long solo hoot that builds in intensity, with a distinctive low growling tone to attract mates or defend their territory. Pairs of these owls often do short barking duets (rapid yapping) that always starts with a growl. Recordings and observations made by scientists from the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation confirms the uniqueness of its attributes when compared to other hawk-owl population, not even those found in other parts 4

Mindanao. Researchers noted a smaller but consistent disparity in plumage and measurements, but despite this confusing physical resemblances and variability, vocal differences in their kind, they said only confirms they are but new separate specie. In some published interviews with the authors, they conveyed their amazement on the differences in vocalization. Experts said the owls do not learn their Tuesday, March 5, 2013

song; it is genetically wired on their DNA. As such, this bird now finds its place in the global avian diversity levels, now named as Ninox leventisi Camiguin or the Camiguin Hawk-Owl, together with new owl specie also found in Cebu. Other owl species unveiled by a team of local and international experts includes the Luzon hawk-owl (scientific name Ninox philippensis), Mindor hawk-owl (Ninox mindorensis), the Romblon hawk-owl (Ninox spilonata), the Mindanao hawkowl (Ninox spilocephala), the Sulo hawk-owl (Ninox reyi), Cebu hawk-owl (Ninox rumseyi) and new sub- specie of Romblon hawk-owl named (Ninox spilonata fisheri). The lead author of this

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taxonomy review of the Philippine Hawk-Owls is Pamela Rasmussen, together with other co-authors of this scientific initiative with a team of American, British and Filipino scientistsDesmond Allen, Nigel Collar, Bram Demeulemeseester, Robert Hutchinson, Robert Kennedy, Frank Lambert, Liza MariePaguntalan, and Philip Godfrey Jakosalem. Camiguin Protected Area Superintendent and Forest Management Services Chief, Roberto S. Rufino on the other 5

hand said, further studies on the owl’s habitat and conservation is now ongoing. These owls have been sighted in Sitio Pamahawan, Barangay Pandan, a site covered under the Mt. Timpoong Protected Area and often frequented by researchers who wanted to explore the richness of the mountain’s biological biodiversity. Other scientific


research conducted here also found new species of moss mouse (smallest rats) and Hanging-Parrots (split). Meanwhile, the province is set to launch the discovery of the Camiguin Hawk-Owl to the public on March 9, in time for the Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok Protected Area 9th Anniversary celebration. To date, the Camiguin Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) has entered into a partnership agreement with the Mindanao State University (MSU) Iligan Institute of Technology for the conduct of another research project the seeks to collect information on the population and ecology of Camiguin endemic species, such as, the Camiguin HawkOwl, Camiguin NarrowMouthed Frog and other species. The team will likewise investigate the diversity and abundance of canopy and understory birds, including, bats and identify existing and potential threats to these species and to their habitat. Tuesday, March 5, 2013


President Aquino leads 27th anniversary of the Presidential Security Group


resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies marking the 27th founding anniversary of the Presidential Security Group at its headquarters in Malaca単ang Park, Manila Yesterday. Joining the President were Defense of plaques of recognition to the PSG Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, PSG personnel awardees for 2012 as well as Commander Brigadier General Ramon citations to public and private individuals Mateo Dizon, and other national and for their unwavering support and local government officials led by Manila assistance to the PSG. Mayor Alfredo Lim. The Best PSG Personnel for 2012 are: Upon his arrival at the PSG Grandstand, Major Ian Noel P. Ignes, Organic Officer President Aquino was accorded military of the Year (Field Grade Category); honors by PSG troops. Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John The President led the presentation C. Lobaton, Organic Officer of the Year Tuesday, March 5, 2013


(Company Grade Category);Lieutenant Colonel Ray Claudio R. Abaya, Operational Control (OPCON) Officer of the Year (Field Grade Category); Lieutenant Crisanto A. Anas, OPCON Officer of the Year (Company Grade Category): Master Sergeant Jonard M. Delima, Organic Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Senior NCO Category); Staff Sergeant Ricky J. Gonzales, Organic Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Junior NCO Category); Technical Sergeant Roland G. Macalma, OPCON Officer of the Year (Senior NCO Category), Sgt. Michael C. Cabanes, OPCON Enlisted Personnel of the Year (Junior (NCO Category) and Registered Nurse Myra G. Rocio, Civilian Employee of the Year. The PSG also presented the Plaque of Recognition to Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Phividec Industrial Authority Administrator Leo Magno, Development Academy of the Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio D. Kalaw Jr. Tanduay Distillers Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Young and Sonny Guevarra, of the Alcatel Philippines. To signify their profound thanks to Tuesday, March 5, 2013

President Aquino, the PSG presented to the Chief Executive a memento which symbolizes the PSG’s commitment to protect the President of the Republic of the Philippines. After the ceremonies, the Chief Executive inspected the PSG War Room and C2 Situation Room. The PSG traces its roots to March 1897 when it was created to protect General Emilio Aguinaldo, then President of the revolutionary government. Since then, it has gone through several name changes under succeeding Presidents such as: Malacañang Guards (President Quezon), Presidential Guards (President Osmeña), Malacañang Secret Agents (President Quirino), Presidential Security Force (President Garcia), and Presidential Security Agency (President Diosdado Macapagal). In 1986, the late President Corazon Aquino disbanded the Presidential Security Command that served under former President Ferdinand Marcos, and replaced it with a leaner Presidential Security Group with then Army Colonel Voltaire Gazmin as its chief. PND (js)


President Aquino cites officers and men of the Presidential Security Group for their dignity and courage


resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited the officers and members of the elite Presidential Security Group (PSG) for their dignity and courage in carrying out their mandate to protect the Chief Executive and the seat of government. In his speech keynoting the 27th Founding Anniversary of the PSG in Malacanang Park, Manila on Monday, the President thanked the PSG for providing him the security that allows him to pursue his administration’s Tuesday, March 5, 2013

advocacy to implement reforms. Sa paglilibot ko sa kalakhang bansa upang alamin at pabilisin pa ang pagsulong natin sa tuwid na daan, at sa pakikisalamuha sa ating mga kababayan—sa loob man o labas ng


bansa—lagi kong kasama ang mga bumubuo sa Presidential Security Group,” President Aquino said. “Sa ilalim man ng nagbabagang araw, o sa biglaang buhos ng ulan; sa harap man ng pulutong ng tao, o maski sa kakaunting pribadong oras na nakakahalubilo ko kayo—buong-lakas at buong-sigasig kayong nagsisilbi— para samahan akong tuparin ang mga sinumpaan kong tungkulin sa bayan,” he said. The President acknowledged the continuous efforts of the PSG to professionalize its members in carrying out its tasks of providing protection for the Chief Executive, the First Family and the institution. The PSG also provides protective security to visiting Heads of States and Diplomats “Matapos ang dalawampu’t pitong taon, ibang-iba na talaga ang PSG ngayon. Nasisiguro kong higit kailanman, nalulugod din kayo sa kompiyansa at tiwala ng sambayanan sa ating pamahalaan, lalo pa’t binabantayan ninyo hindi lamang ang seguridad ko at ng aking pamilya, kundi maging ng buong institusyon Tuesday, March 5, 2013

na ating pinaglilingkuran,” he said. Despite the tough challenges, the President said, the PSG succeeded in bringing back the honor to the elite group through the reforms implemented by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. “Sa likod ng kaliwa’t kanang problema na ipinamana ng diktadurya, sa kabila ng mga tangkang muling panaigin ang karahasan at pagkakanya-kanya, itinindig ni Secretary Volts (Gazmin) at ng PSG nang may buong dangal at tapang upang maitaguyod ang seguridad at kapayapaan sa bansa, at maipagtanggol ang nabawi nating demokrasya,” he said. The President also lauded PSG Commander Brigadier General Ramon Mateo Dizon for leading the elite group to effectively carry out the tasks. “Kaya naman, sa pangunguna ni Brigadier General Chito Dizon, muli ko kayong pinapasalamatan sa isa na namang makabuluhan at matagumpay na taon ng inyong hanay. Saludo at tinitingala ko kayo sa inyong tibay at walang-kapagurang dedikasyong maglingkod,” he said. PND (js)


AboitizPower projects on track for 2015 completion targets


onstruction of various power projects committed by AboitizPower to perk up the Mindanao grid was on schedule for completion in 2015, a company press statement Monday said.

It said AboitizPower has committed P35 billion in fresh investments to add more capacity to Mindanao, now experiencing acute power shortage Tuesday, March 5, 2013

on a daily basis. Stakeholders expect power shortage to worsen as water levels in Lake Lanao come down in summer months. 11

Subsidiary Therma South Inc., which is building a 300-MW, 24/7 base load coal power plant in southern Davao City, has deployed close to one thousand workers on its construction site, expecting to increase the manpower requirements in the next few months. “Thanks to the support of our host barangays and local government units as well as various government agencies, we are on our way in meeting our committed completion target in 2015,� Therma South president and COO Benjamin A. Cariaso, Jr., said. He said Therma South was optimistic of a long term solution to ongoing power crisis with a reliable base 12

load power to Mindanao power users thru electric cooperatives that would sign up with AboitizPower. A n o t h e r s u b s i d i a r y, Hedcor Inc., is moving fullswing on the construction of its Tudaya 1 and 2 run-of-river hydro power plants, with more than 300 workers in the two sites in barangays Astorga and Sibulan, both in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The two facilities scheduled for completion in 2014 would provide a combined 13-megawatt of reliable and renewable power. Therma South is using the latest circulating fluidized-bed combustion technology to ensure the clean coal power plant will meet stringent government health and environment standards. Hedcor, on the other hand, has 30 years of leadership and expertise on the run-of-river hydro power technology. It currently supplies 155MW of renewable hydro power to Luzon and Mindanao. (PNA) Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Butuan City LGU launches program on turning wastes into ‘works of art’ by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- The Butuan City government has found another innovative way of dealing with its waste problem in line with its “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” program. Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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In coordination with the local youth development council, the Butuan local government unit (LGU) launched Monday morning at the old Sangunniang Bayan 14

Building a program dubbed as “Ang Pagbutwa Hong Balangay: From Waste To Work of Art.” Ten artists from all over the region are competing to transform recyclable waste materials into a three-footlong and three-foot-high model of the Butuan City icon, the “Balangay.” The opening ceremony this morning was attended by Butuan City government officials led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., Leah Mendoza, City Administrator, and Virgilio Nery, chairman of the City Council Committee on Environment. The artists started creating their piece right after the kick-off ceremonies and are expected to complete their works on Friday, March 8 to be presented to the public at 3 p.m. Nery, in his briefing for the rationale of the activity, mentioned that the morning activity is but an “add-on” of the ongoing “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” which already had contributed greatly to the environmental, socio-economic development of Butuan. “Cleanliness is beautiful enough, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

but turning garbage waste into a ‘work of art’ will be another plus factor for the beautification program of the city,” Nery said. Mayor Amante, for his part, said that the program is in line with one of his administration’s f l a g s h i p programs which is turning waste into something useful, just like his waste to energy program, in which a number of foreign businessmen had already signified their intentions to invest. The prizes at stake from Butuan LGU and the sponsors will be P7,000.00 for first prize; P5,000.00 as second prize; P3,000.00 for third prize and P2,000.00 as consolation prizes for the rest of the participants. The awarding will be held on March 8, at 3 p.m., when the works of art will be displayed at the city hall lobby. Tuesday, March 5, 2013


HIV cases in Caraga up - DOH

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD)-Caraga on Friday said cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the region increased from 1995 to January 2013. During the recent media forum Also, the DOH official also said spearheaded by the region’s that 90-91 percent engaged in health department here, Dr. male-to-male sexual relationship, Gerna Manatad said 69 cases and 11 to 12 percent of them were recorded by their monitoring were overseas Filipino workers units. Of these, 10 were recorded (OFWs). from 1995-2007; one each in With the increasing cases in 2008 and 2009; six in 2010; 18 the region, DOH-CHD Caraga has in 2011; 32 in 2012; and one in identified key actions or measures January 2013. such as regularly conduct of HIV Dr. Manatad further said of education to the Most at Risk these figures, 90-91 percent of Population (MARPs) like the the cases are males, with age registered sex workers, freelance ranges from 18 to 67 years old. sex workers, men having sex with 16

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men, and the clients. Manatad also said to increase case detection, the health department is planning to expand number of Social Hygiene Clinic or rural health units to do voluntary HIV counseling and testing. They will also conduct mobile Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) for those areas with no access to VCT. Dr.Manatad further said that with regards to the prevention and fight against stigma and discrimination, the DOH is advocating for the hundred percent Condom Use Program (CUP) especially for entertainment establishments; Conduct of peer education and outreach; Multisectoral coordination Tuesday, March 5, 2013

through Philippine National AIDS Council (PNAC); Empowerment of communities; C o m m u n i t y assemblies to reduce stigma; Augmentation of resources of social Hygiene Clinics; and Procured male condoms distributed as education materials during outreach. In 2011, 17 males and one female were detected to have been positive of HIV in the region, while in 2012, two females and 30 males were recorded at the health department. At the national level, 11,702 reported cases were recorded from 1984 to 2012. In 2011, 2,349 cases were reported while 3,338 cases were reported in 2012, an increase of 42.103 percent, it was learned.


Local exec lauds university for their tree -growing program by Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY-- A local executive lauded the efforts of Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) on their Tree-Growing project at Sitio Tagkiling in Brgy. Anticala as part of their advocacy to rehabilitate the Taguibo Watershed. Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” management framework so that Fortun together with other all aspects of the management of government employees, joined the watershed will be covered,” other stakeholders and actively Fortun said. participated in the tree planting The recently passed Watershed activity in the area. Code of Butuan City already laid Fortun said the effort of FSUU down the foundation for this is a big step towards the total framework plan. rehabilitation of the Taguibo The city government of Butuan watershed in which only about recently signed a memorandum of 1,000 hectares is currently agreement (MOA) with Enterprise forested out of the 12,000 Works/Worldwide Philippines hectares of the said watershed. (EWWP) for the joint undertaking “While this may be big step for the framing of the said plan. towards the rehabilitation of the The vice mayor planted 40 forest area, we still need to come up seedlings despite the terrain and with a comprehensive watershed rugged condition of the area. 18

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New fire truck helps boost firefighting capability of BFP, says fire chief By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – City Fire Marshall F/Sr. Inspector Rheno Cimafranca reported recently that Pagadian had acquired state-of-the-art fire truck. The fire truck, is one of the and procured by the Department of 38 Rosenbauer TLF 4000 trucks the Interior and Local Government designed for highly urbanized areas (DILG) through a loan from the Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email

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Austrian government. Said fire truck was turned-over on Wednesday to local officials in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Cimafranca, who attended the turnover ceremony with Mayor Samuel Co, said “the new fire trucks have the capacity to discharge 2,400 liters of water per minute. Their water canons can push water up to 62 meters horizontally and 24 meters vertically- equivalent to an eight story-building.” Cimafranca thanked the DILG for including Pagadian City in the first batch of recipients the 38 modern fire trucks. He disclosed that the city four fire trucks and only three of these are serviceable.

“The acquisition of the fire trucks would help boost the fire fignting capability of the BFP,” Cimafranca said. The fire truck which will arrive here soon “is of great help to the BFP in stepping up the bureau’s fire prevention campaign since it can deliver faster and better fire control action,” stressed Cimafranca. The fire chief also said the BFP will conduct a five-day Fire Truck Operation and Maintenance Training on March 4-8, before these vehicles will be deployed to the recipientcities. “I have sent three personnel in Manila to attend the training so that the fire truck will be brought here,” Cimafranca said.

DA-9 launches National Year of Rice in Dipolog By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Agriculture (DA) in region 9 recently held a media forum at Mibang Hotel here to officially launch the National Year of Rice 2013, which aims to attain the rice self-sufficiency target next year. President Benigno Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 494 directing the DA to lead the celebration of the National Year of Rice and raise public awareness on responsible rice consumption. The media forum has sought the help of media men support to enjoin the public or the riceconsuming public, producers and the policy-makers to support the goal of 22

making the country rice sufficient. To draw the commitment of the group, DA-9 Regional Executive Director Eduardo Holoyohoy, together with DA Regional Technical Director Dennis Palabrica, RAFID Chief Maria Melba Wee, Marilou Sybico of NFAZamboanga del Norte provincial office, Senior Engineer Zardo Roa of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) and DA regional office staff Tuesday, March 5, 2013

came in full force to solicit from the local media practitioners their support to the NYR 2013 celebration by having them recite the “Pledge for Rice/Panatang Makapalay.” Wee pointed out that by the end of 2013, 50% of the consuming public in the focus areas are expected to commit themselves to be responsible rice consumers by just eating the right amount of rice, not wasting rice and eating other Tuesday, March 5, 2013

sources of carbohydrates. DA revealed that every Filipino wasted an average of 2 tablespoons of cooked rice or 9 grams of uncooked rice a day. “In 2010, our wasted rice was equivalent to 13% of total rice imports of the same year. This is equivalent to P6.2-billion or the consumption of nearly 2.6 million Filipinos,” Wee said. On the average, Filipinos eat 4-1/2 cups of rice a day when 3 23

of rice is already enough. Rice occupies 50% of the typical Filipino plate while the remaining 50% is shared by fruits

or vegetables and protein. The DA recommends the equal sharing of rice, fruits, vegetables and protein in one’s plate.

OWWA releases P220,000 in death and burial benefits By Mary Jane R. Amarado

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 9 has released the amount of P220,000 in death and burial benefits to the family of the late Ailyn Tagarda Hidalgo, 30, an OFW whose body was found inside the drainage system at the basement of her employer’s residence at Yarmouk, State of Kuwait on Nov. 27, 2012. OWWA Regional Director Hassan Gabra Jumdain said Hidalgo’s remains arrived in Zamboanga City on Jan. 25, 2013 via Air Philippine Express flight PR993 at 5:45 a.m. From the city, the remains were brought to Coloy Coloran, Siay, Zamboanga Del Sur. OWWA and the local government unit of Siay facilitated and assisted in the airport transfer of the remains of Hidalgo. On Feb. 25, Director Jumdain personally handed the check to Mrs. Marlina Hidalgo, the victim’s mother. Mrs. Hidalgo thanked OWWA for the effort and assistance extended to the family. Director Jumdain disclosed that families of OFWs who were OWWA members at the time of their death would receive death and burial benefits of P120,000 in case of death due to natural cause, or P220,000 in case of death due to accident. 24

On the other hand, the families are also eligible to avail of OWWA’s Education and Livelihood Assistance Program (ELAP), scholarship grant for a qualified dependent, and livelihood assistance in the amount of P15, 000.00 to the surviving spouse. The late OFW is the eldest among six siblings and the family’s breadwinner. She is survived by her eight-year old daughter. Based on POEA database she was deployed by Malorata International Manpower Agency as domestic helper on Nov. 13, 2005 and the foreign agency was Nadia Suleiman Malallah Housemaid Recruitment Office. For her second contract, she was deployed by Mirben International Manpower Services on May 16, 2008. The foreign agency was Mohd Al-Aid Recruiting Agency/ MahdAyedSaed Al Rashidi Office. Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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EMB 12 mobilizes barangays to protect creek By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment and Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) 12 is engaging communities for a more sustained protection of the Bulok Creek.


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Bulok Creek, which cuts through the city’s commercial center and traverses at least seven barangays here, is considered a very important water body in Koronadal City. It is a pilot water body for the implementation of the agency’s Adoptan-Estero Program in partnership with local government units and private partners. Recently, the DENREMB 12 has strengthen its information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign regarding their Adopt-an-Estero Program. Target of the said IEC campaign are the villages of Mambucal, San, Isidro, Sta. Cruz, Zone III, Zone I, General Paulino Santos (GPS) , and Morales, where the Bulok Creek negotiates. Village officials of Morales, Mambucal and Sta. Cruz, San Isidro, and GPS have already signed memoranda of agreement with the EMB to fully support the program, after their villages were visited for the campaign. “Early this year, I met with Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel to Tuesday, March 5, 2013

discuss how to effectively implement the Adopt-anEstero Program,” EMB 12 OIC-Regional Director Ma. Socorro Lanto said. Lanto added that as suggested by Mayor Miguel, strategies set for implementation in the area include mobilization the local officials and their residents in the cleanup of the creek , urban greening and the creation of TANIM (Tree and Nature Improvement for Mother Earth), a foundation that would concentrate of environmental concerns. Engr. Bolawan Sambarani, EMB 12 Adopt-an-Estero focal person explained further that the IEC campaign also seeks recommendations from the officials and the constituents on how to improve the conditions of the said creek. It is also an opportunity to educate communities on the importance of solid waste management and to encourage massive participation to the program. Bulok Creek has been a concern of local officials and residents here. During heavy rains

it overflows and causes flooding in several villages along its banks and cuts traffic at the city’s main street. Adopt-an-Estero Program, a DENR priority program, is a public, private and community partnership in achieving a cleaner, safer and healthier environment through cleaning up and maintaining particular water channel. At present, 11 adoptors have already pledged commitment for the rehabilitation and protection of Bulok Creek. These are the city LGU of Koronadal, barangay councils of Morales and Mambucal, KCC Mall of Marbel, Ace Centerpoint, Alpha Sigma Phi (ALPHANS) Koronadal City Alumni Council, Rotary Club of Marbel and Koronadal, Free and Accepted Masons Koronadal Lodge 209 , Sultan Kudarat Lodge 348, BJ’s Lechon House, Society of Filipino Foresters in Region XII, and other stakeholders. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ MBCollong/SLMeditarEMB 12) 27

Over 11,000 MILF families to gain from DSWD’s cash-for-work program By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato- Over 11,000 families, all members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), are set to benefit from the cashfor-work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha said the initial number of beneficiaries are located in Region 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Taha explained, the inclusion of these families in the agency’s cash-for-work program is part of the immediate interventions promised under the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program. President Benigno Aquino III launched the Sajahatra B a n g s a m o r o Program on February 15 at the Bangsamoro Leadership and M a n a g e m e n t Institute in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. It intends aims to uplift the health, livelihood and 28

education conditions of Bangsamoro communities. The cash-for-work program, Taha continued, is among the confidencebuilding measures that the department has identified in support to the Sajahatra Bangsamoro Program and the on-going peace negotiations. Under the program, indigent MILF-member families will be provided temporary employment.

Meanwhile, the regional office of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) or PhilHealth here also announced that over 11,000 families are also scheduled to receive their PhilHealth cards that they could use to avail of health insurance benefits just like the members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of DSWD. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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Tupi town receives Garantisadong Pambata Champs award By Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Tupi, South Cotabato has received ‘Garantisadong Pambata’ (GP) Champs Award due to its efforts in delivering exemplary services on basic child health care in the municipality.

The award was conferred by the Department of Health (DOH) during the 2nd GP Champs and Orally Fit Child Awards held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City. Dr. Ma. Rizalina M. Arenas, municipal health dentist said that the award was the result of their consistent rendering of commendable services to every child in the

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town which eventually improves their health and welfare. Aside from the plaque of recognition, the health office also received a cheque worth P50,000. The criteria for GP Champs award were: GP Coverage- 50%; Other Essential Health Services Performed20%; GP Best Practices/ Efforts/Innovative Interventions-10%; Provision of Budget for Child Survival Services- 10% and Health Promotion10%. Tu p i - M H O is the sole recipient of said award in South Cotabato province. On the other

hand, it can be noted that in October last year, the SOCCSKSARGEN Region ‘GP-Lakbay Buhay Kalusugan’ (LBK) Fiesta Caravan was successfully launched at Barangay Polonuling, of the municipality wherein thousands of residents regardless of age and status received various free health services. Meanwhile, Municipal Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo Jr., expressed his full support in the realization and promotion of health programs in the locality. One of his initiatives is the conduct of “Munisipyo sa Barangay” that brings range of free health services to the residents of the town’s 15 barangays. (SJDuerme-PIA12/Tupi LGU) 29

DC marks 10th year of deadly bombing, Duterte cites need to study terrorism by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- Acting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cited the need to look into the reason why terrorism prevails and threatens many countries including the United States up to now.

Speaking to reporters after commemorating the 10th Year anniversary of the explosion at the waiting area of the former terminal 30

of the Davao International Airport Tuesday, he said that terrorism continues to threaten civilizations with its causes still existing and unresolved. “Unless we address the underlying cause of the terrorism, it will continue to threaten societies in many parts of the world, including the Philippines,” Duterte said. He said terrorism brings the challenge to governments to be vigilant at all times. Duterte said even the US was vulnerable to terror attacks hitting the World Trade Center, and the Pentagon in September 11, 2001. “Terrorism will stay for awhile until we come to terms with the people behind it and ask them why and at least we can offer the minimum requirement of solution,” he said. Duterte said terrorism continues to be a challenge especially to the security Tuesday, March 5, 2013

forces. He hoped that the authorities will have the sane minds to work harder in protecting the residents from terror attacks. Duterte said terrorism must be understood like violence begetting violence. “It’s like in the family where someone exacts vengeance if you kill

someone, then if you’re killed, your son might look for the perpetrator and kills him and the cycle of violence runs down until the next generation,” he said. Duterte led the families of the victims in lighting a candle and offering flowers for those 21 people killed and 148 wounded during the explosion. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Phil. Eagles goes online with live streaming project by Rudolph Alama

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DAVAO CITY- The lives of two Philippine Eagles are being streamed online as part of a global awareness project for the endangered avian species. Dennis Salvador, executivedirector of the Philippine Eagle Foundation said that the project aims to present the Philippine Eagle on a global scale. Salvador said that little has been known of the raptor internationally which is listed as critically endangered. The set-up involves placing video cameras on a cage containing two breeding raptors. The cameras are linked to the world via ustream, which allows real-time viewing thru the online livestreaming portal. Local and international partners are helping in the project with the American-based Raptor Resource Project helping fund the 24-hour video set-up with the acquisition of one PDZ video camera and an IR camera for night time use. Telecom giant Globe has provided to the PEF an internet facility for free within a period of 12 months, these enables the foundation to link the cameras up online. Globe Telecom’s senior spe32

cialist for Corporate Social Responsibility, Fernando Esguerra Jr said that the cost of the fixed 1 Mbps (megabits per second) internet facility is estimated at P12,000 a month. Esguerra said the internet facility was started from scratch with cables being dragged to the breeding area. Another local partner Aboitiz Foundation donated the cable wires. Globe has been supporting the PEF in its eagle conservation program. In 2012 it organized the Globe Arakan XC (Cross Country) biking challenge. The mountain bike race held in Arakan Valley, a known abode of the endangered raptors is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts to raise funds for the PEF. Meanwhile Salvador said the live streaming project is a preparation for another media project with a possible collaboration with National Geographic videographer Neil Rettig who is known for his documentary work on the American Harpy’s Eagle. Salvador said they hope that a project similar to the Harpy Eagle documentary would be produced for the Philippine Eagle. (PIA/RG Alama) Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Traffic accident tests Lanao del Norte’s emergency preparedness by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte -- A fuel tanker truck containing 18 thousand liters of petroleum products overturned in the capital town of Tubod last February 27, blocking the main street of the community.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) immediately dispatched a response team to assess the accident around 2 a.m. Standard operating procedures and protocols in handling hazardous and volatile materials were strictly observed by emergency responders to stabilize the situation. Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The incident tested the capability of local emergency response teams in handling accidents involving hazardous materials

(HazMat). HazMat include materials that are radioactive, flammable, explosive, corrosive, oxidizing, asphyxiating, biohazardous, toxic, pathogenic or allergenic. “Although this is a very unfortunate incident that resulted 33

to the loss of the driver’s life but we learned a lot from this experience. We learned that there are still areas that we can improve on but on the whole we were able to handle the dangerous situation fairly well,” PDRRMO Head Merlyn Trozo said. The lone fatality was identified as Arnold dela Cerna Armodia, 36 years old, a resident of Don Carlos, Bukidnon. Other responding agencies include emergency teams from Tubod, Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (Laneco), Provincial Engineer’s Office, fire stations from Tubod, Iligan City, Baroy, Lala, Bacolod, Kolambugan and Lanao del Norte. Also on the scene were police officers from Tubod, highway patrol group and provincial PNP headquarters. The provincial government through PDRRMO is now training members of barangay response teams in a two-day disaster preparedness

workshop for them to effectively address disaster incidents in their communities. “This is the fulfillment of Governor Khalid Dimaporo’s instruction to re-echo what we have learned at the provincial-level on disaster preparedness to the various communities in the province particularly those near the coastline,” Trozo said. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) of Lanao del Norte was proclaimed the regional winner of the Gawad Kalasag (Kalamidad Labanan Sariling Galing ang Kaligtasan) award last July 31, 2012. It is an annual presidential award given to an exemplary province, city and municipality with the best disaster coordinating council having the best contingency plan and disaster preparedness/management program.

RDC-10 to hold consultation on 2014 programs, projects and budget proposals by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Northern Mindanao is set to conduct a joint sector committee consultation on the region’s programs, projects and activities on Tuesday, March 5. The consultation, to be held at the fiscal year (FY) 2014. Pearlmont Inn and Restaurant here, RDC-10 Chairperson and Iligan will also tackle budget proposals for City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz said 34

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the simultaneous consultation aims to gather comments and significant inputs from various stakeholders in the region to ensure substantial and wellreviewed programs and projects for FY 2014 that are relevant to Northern Mindanao’s needs. He said it will also serve as a venue for local government units (LGUs) in the region to provide feedback on the impact of the national government’s programs and projects in their localities. The RDC-10 hopes that the inputs from the consultation will influence the development programs and projects of national/regional government agencies, governmentowned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), and state universities and

colleges (SUCs) to become responsive to the President’s Social Contract, Philippine Development Plan, Regional Development Plan, and the Millennium Development Goals. Expected to participate in the whole-day consultation are representatives from regional line agencies, GOCCs, LGUs, and SUCs. Sectoral Committee chairpersons who will preside over their respective committees are Mayor Philip T. Tan for Macro and Development Administration, Mayor Ma. Luisa F. Romualdo for Social Development, Mayor Leandro Jose H. Catarata for Economic Development, and Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez for Infrastructure Development.

DENR evaluates management of protected area by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - The Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) has taken a closer look into the management and operations of the Mt. Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok Natural Monument. It is a multi-sectoral body responsible for the administration and management of all protected areas such as the Timpoong-Hibokhibok Natural Monument which was declared a protected area in 2004 under Presidential Proclamation 570. PAMB, together with the Provincial Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Protected Area Office evaluated the area and reviewed the management effectiveness capacity in protected area governance and law enforcement, natural resource management and research, as well as values and threats. 35

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The implementation of the national greening program in and outside the protected area was also assessed. The natural monument’s timberland area covers four municipalities in the Province of Camiguin: Mambajao, Mahinog, Sagay and Catarman. PENRO has two forest rangers assigned to patrol the area together with two guard volunteers from each barangay covered by the Mt. Timpoong-HibokHibok Natural Monument. M e a n w h i l e , researchers from the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation and ornithologists from Europe have discovered a new species of owl named the Camiguin Hawk Owl with the scientific name of Ninox leventisi. It was described as big, fluffy, strongly brown-barred and checkered, has blue or white eyes and it is the first known owl with these traits. Researchers said the owl sung low tunes and gruff like a barking dog. Pairs can often be heard doing a short series of rapid yapping which is a Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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