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Information to Empower Filipinos

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 Vol. 3 No. 139

PARFUND promotes integrated rice-duck farming

Venus L. Garcia Caraga Region





President Aquino cites 3 qualities that voters should look for in the next president


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SurSur town signs MOA for Kalahi-CIDSS 4th cycle implementation

Nida Grace P. Barcena

Agnor gov to lead ‘Zumba’ in capitol Brian Jay Ceballos


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LPCC Iligan conducts monitoring, enforcement in grocery stores DTI-Iligan

Sapad Emergency Response Unit gets training PIO-LDN

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Rehydration, early admission for dengue cases urged Joey Sem G. Dalumpines


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Makilala hits 104% pubic market collection efficiency Aida C. Agad 133 police officers deployed to police stations across SOCCSKSARGEN Danilo E. Doguiles



ARMM holds 1st reg’l Cabinet meet, reiterates commitment to peace process

PARFUND promotes integrated rice-duck farming By Venus L. Garcia


he Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development, Inc. (PARFUND) encourages farmers to engage in integrated rice-duck farming system (IRDFS). This year’s 8th International Rice-Duck Conference held in one of the convention centers in this city on March 10-14, 2014, the IRDFS technology was introduced as an environmentally friendly farming technique where ducks are used as a natural pesticide. The IRDFS is about growing rice and ducks together in an integrated paddy field. The ducks eat the harmful insects and weeds, thus eliminating the need for pesticides and herbicides. The paddling movement of the ducks

stimulates the rice plants to produce massive fillers, while the duck manure naturally fertilizes the soil. “The rice-duck farming has increased rice productivity up to 9 tons per hectare, while reducing the cost of production by 30 percent,” bared Jose Apollo Pacamalan, the chief operations officer of PARFUND. Accordingly, it is the only organic rice farming technology that is being adopted on a large scale. In addition, framers gain extra income from the sale of duck meat

and duck eggs, whether raw or processed into salted egg or ‘balut’, a local Filipino delicacy that is in very high demand. Pacamalan also pointed out that in a medium to long-term result, the adoption of the IRDFS will contribute to improving the quality of life of farmers, as evidenced by increased savings and income, better family

nutrition (chemical-free rice, duck, duck meat and duck eggs), and a healthier lifestyle brought about by less exposure to harmful chemicals. For the duration of said conference, IRDFS practitioners in the Philippines will also share their successful experiences and knowledge in implementing rice-duck farming.





President Aquino cites lessons learned from his alma mater


resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday cited the many lessons he learned as an undergraduate student upon attending the 15th anniversary celebration of Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati.

During his speech, President Aquino recalled his student experiences during Martial Law where he and his classmates would be unenthusiastic to study the Constitution. He said that what he had in mind that time was that it was

irrelevant to study the Constitution if a dictator could easily change it. His teacher in Political Science, however, taught him and his classmates that in order for a person to learn what is right, they must also know its difference from what is wrong. MARCH 2014 | PAGE 6

President Aquino said that for him, a good leader was not only intelligent or experienced but also had a good concept of the difference between good and evil. “Kailangan, malinaw rin sa iyo kung ano ang tama at mali. Dahil kung hindi, maliligaw lang kayo ng mga inaakay mo,” the President said. He further said that he had the same thought in mind when he campaigned for president, noting that it was about time Filipinos chose the “straight path”. “Tumugon naman ang sambayanan sa aking imbitasyon. Pinili nila akong maging gabay sa paglalakbay,” President Aquino said. “Isa akong gabay na kasama sa paghahakbang ng mga mamamayan. Dahil

sa Ateneo ko rin natutuhan ito,” he added. President Aquino then urged students pursuing further studies to work hard, not just for their own personal interests but also to help others. Since he assumed office, he said that he decided to call citizens as his “bosses” because while he guided them as President, they guided him as well. He ended his speech by noting how it was the collective efforts of government and citizens to lead the country to progress -- towards the “straight path”. Although the journey towards the straight path was a long one, President Aquino said that he was confident that it would lead to a bright future.

President Aquino cites 3 qualities that voters should look for in the next president


esponding to the question of one of the students from Hope Christian High School in a table talk on Thursday, President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the three qualities voters should look for in the next president.

The President noted that the three qualities were: Competence, substance and honesty and being to put others before himself. “Syempre, number one, you have to -- well, not in the precise order, ano -- pero ‘yung competence has to be demonstrated,” President Aquino said.

“May punto ba ‘yung sinasabi niya? Mukha bang totoo ‘yung lumalabas sa kanyang bibig or maganda lang pakinggan,” he said. President Aquino said a President should do more than just be able to dance, sing or “look cute” in public. “Tapos ‘yung sa akin napakaMARCH 2014 | PAGE 7

importante ‘yung substance, ‘yung pagiging totoo. Kung hindi mo mapapagkatiwalaan itong mamumuno sa atin, paano ka susunod ulit sa kanya?” he said. Finally, the President said that wanting to give public service for others more than for oneself should also be demonstrated. “...Yung third value, talagang ito bang taong ito na-demonstrate ‘yung pagiging para sa iba as opposed to para sa sarili?” President Aquino said. “Klaro ba na ‘yung gawain niya tungo sa kapakanan ng iba o kapakanan ng

sarili? Tapos balik tayo dito, kung manonood lang tayo ng commercial niya noong panahon ng kampanya kulang ang ginawa natin,” he added. T h e President said that an additional q u a l i t y he would like to include would be that a President would have “faith dimension”. “Kailangan may humility rin,” he said, adding that he didn’t really need to enumerate the qualities in the first place. “...At the end of the day there really has to be a continuity between his actions and his words, and that has to be demonstrated consistently before he can start or you should start imparting your trust on him or her,” he added. (PNA) MARCH 2014 | PAGE 8

Mindanao’s organic products attract bigger int’l markets


indanao’s organic black rice and coco sugar earned international attention at the recently held 25th Biofach Organic Fair, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food products held last month in Nuremberg, Germany.

Bios Dynamis, an organic rice TreeLife coco sugar from the town producer popular for its sought- of Carmen showcased Mindanaoafter organic black rice, and the grown organic products during the MARCH 2014 |

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four-day exhibit in Germany, which was attended by more than 42,000 trade visitors from 135 countries. The event featured 2,235 exhibitors from 76 countries who presented their food and cosmetic products to top buyers from Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. “The reception of the international community to our locally grown products is very promising. It only shows that indeed, there is a bigger market for our farmers and small to medium scale businesses, as long as they pass specific international standards,” said North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza who participated in the exhibit. Mendoza added that the participation of Bios Dynamis Don Bosco Foundation and the Tree Life Coco Sugar to the annual exhibit was spearheaded by the provincial government of Cotabato and funded by the Philippine-European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP). “Our presence there affirmed the potentials of our local organic products in penetrating markets of more advanced countries and I hope this progress will inspire more farmers in going organic,” she said. To date, the North Cotabato provincial office is processing confirmed orders from Netherlands, UK, Australia, and New Zealand, which are expected to MARCH 2014 |

be formalized in the next six months. Moreover, potential buyers and customers from USA, South Africa, Asia, and Singapore have expressed interest in the featured Mindanao products. Bios Dynamis has already shipped organic black rice and other food products to Hong Kong, Macau, and China. Tree Life Coco Sugar on the other hand initially introduced their products to Netherlands and UK. Mendoza said the provincial government of North Cotabato is looking into a regular participation to similar international exhibits, since they serve as platforms in showcasing the best of Mindanao’s products. “This is again a strong indication of viability of Mindanao’s high value agricultural products penetrating larger international markets,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, whose office, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has ramped up investment promotion efforts to bring Mindanao products to foreign markets. In a statement, Lord Mayor of Nuremberg Ulrich Maly said that BIOFACH is an important flagship and image-builder for the city and for the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg. “One major goal, for example, is to link organic and regionality more strongly and promote regional value creation partnerships,” he added. PAGE | 10

Butuan City gov’t recognizes involvement of women in nation-building By Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY - The city government here recognized the efforts and involvement of women in nation-building especially in the activities that has greatly contributed to the development of the city.

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City councilor Ferdie Nalcot, who was then representing Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr during the 10th ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ celebration held on Monday at the Balanghai Hotel here, expressed his appreciation to all empowered women who continuously supporting the activities of the government and its involvement in policy-making and other relevant endeavors of the local government. “The city government recognizes the role of women in nation-building. Women of today are already empowered and have active involvement in policy making, business, and in other activities,” he said. Nalcot highlighted that Caraga has recorded the highest economic growth rate among others. “This is also because of the active participation of women in entrepreneurial activities that greatly contributed to the increase of our region’s economic growth,” he said. Nalcot also revealed that Caraga is the most peaceful region in Mindanao. “More investors are interested to engage into various businesses here because of the peace and order that we have and our potential to sustain this good standing, which women had been a part of this endeavor,” he said. Nalcot added that that more women will

benefit from the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) since Philippine Health (PhilHealth) will also increase its enrollees which at present is 16,000 and an additional of 32,000 more beneficiaries. Meanwhile, Nalcot also cited that he has lobbied at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) his proposed resolution on the updated guidelines for the provision/allocation of the five percent fund intended for the women’s activities and welfare. “Our local government will ensure that the fund allocated for the women’s welfare will be implemented and not just an attribution. This should be institutionalized and be strictly observed,” stressed Nalcot. This year’s 10th ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ is spearheaded by the Regional Development Council Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) chaired by Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga regional director Atty. Marylin Pintor. It is an avenue where women and men enjoy the trade fair, garage sale, massage and spa, medical mission, legal counseling, parlor games, and other leisure activities.

SurSur town signs MOA for Kalahi-CIDSS 4th cycle implementation By Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY -- The government’s anti-poverty project Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), through the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Caraga renewed its engagement with the local government unit (LGU) of San Miguel, this province with the implementation of the Kalahi-CIDSS and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Cycle 4 project. MARCH 2014 |

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It was learned that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be signed on Wednesday between the DSWDCaraga and the provincial/municipal/ barangay officials at the Community Development Information Center (CDIC) Multi-Purpose Hall in San Miguel. According to Community Development Information Officer Nancy Elizalde, prior to the MOA signing, DSWD-13 regional director Minda Brigoloi will also turn-over

the check worth P1.2M for the Sustainable Livelihood Program to the following Self Employment Assistance Kabayan Associations (SKAs): Angat Carromata; Central Libas Sud; Central Castillo; Libas Sud 4Ps Agrivet Supply; Central Tina and Castillo B & V. Kalahi-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that develops self-propelling communities where people actively participate in the activities that will improve their lives.

Agnor gov to lead ‘Zumba’ in capitol By Brian Jay Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY -- Agusan del Norte provincial governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba will spearhead a Zumba exercise for all the capitol employees every Wednesdays at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court here.

The activity is a one-hour exercise program of the province with a licensed International Zumba Instructor. It primarily aims to revitalize the physical fitness and promote the value of proper exercise among the entire workforce. Gov. Matba, a health conscious and Zumba enthusiast herself said that working out is beneficial, but with our demanding schedules, it is easy for our fitness routines to be set MARCH 2014 |

aside. But when working out becomes something we love to do, it is much easier. Matba added that Zumba is a type of exercise people want to do, they feel good about doing it, and it is for everyone. Zumba, a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s, involves dance and aerobic elements. PAGE | 13

MisOcc all set for ‘Go Four Health’ direction in 2014 by: Rutchie C. Aguhob


ROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental --The Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental (PGMO) is set to implement the “Go Four Health,” directions in 2014.

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This is actually a composite of programs, projects and activities along the “Go Smoke-Free, Go ‘Sustansiya (vitamin-rich food), Go ‘Sigla’ (physical fitness) and Go Slow in ‘Tagay’ (alcoholic drinks),” Dr. Rachel T. Micarandayo, Provincial Health Officer, said. Particularly, under the Go Smoke-Free component are the conduct of anti-smoking activities, among which is the campaign for the completely ban the Tobacco Advertisement Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS). This also includes the intensification of the campaign for Smoke-Free local government units and the search for smoke-free barangays, as additional category for conferment of the Provincial Red

Orchid Award. Another would be the awareness campaign for smokefree homes and the implementation of a Smoking Cessation Program to include detoxification through ear acupuncture, Micarandayo said. Meanwhile, PGMO will accelerate the Anti-Rabies, as well, as Anti-Malaria activities to maintain the province’s Malaria-Free status, as declared by the Department of Health (DOH), July of last year. In addition, it will conduct activities on Schistosomiasis Prevention and Control Program and will continuously work on the upgrading of health facilities and hospitals, through civil works and equipment, Micarandayo added.

LPCC Iligan conducts monitoring, enforcement in grocery stores by: DTI-Iligan

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – The Local Price Coordinating Council inspection team (LPCC-Iligan) monitored 11 grocery stores and 10 convenience shops within the city in January and February this year. Three teams were separately dispatched led by two staff from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Iligan City, Lanao del Norte Provincial Office, and from the City Health Office (CHO). MARCH 2014 |

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Market, this city. The DTI teams checked on the accuracy of price tags and correctness of label including the expiration or best before dates. Also, validation of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities against the recent suggested retail prices (SRPs) issued by the DTI was monitored. Meanwhile, Delia R. Enanoza, CHO representative, directed the inspection and verification of the five stores as a follow up of the monitoring done in January this year. These grocery stores were previously warned for selling expired goods, and instructed to withdraw the perished items from the shelves. The three teams correspondingly examined the business permits and checked if closed circuit television (CCTV) were installed to the 21 business establishments, as advised by the Chief of the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) Carmen P. Magnaye under the Office of the City Mayor. The results of the monitoring and enforcement showed that nearly all of the establishments have secured business permits. Most of the grocery stores, however, put inaccurate price tags for the reason that the assigned merchandisers were unable to update the prices on time, and missed to regularly check expiration or best before dates of the goods. Store owners and supervisors were asked to take appropriate action in order to avoid penalties or sanctions as provided by law. MARCH 2014 |

LPCC inspection team revealed that almost all of the goods in the 10 convenience shops visited do not bear price tags. Thus, LPCC Iligan has agreed to hold a forum with regard to consumer protection and welfare on March 14, this year. Resource persons will be from CHO-Food and Drug Agency, Bureau of Fire Protection, BPLO and DTI. “We will be expecting 30 grocery and convenience store owners or their representatives to attend the forum,� said Redublado. This is pursuant to Republic at 7394 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines emphasizing the policy of the State to protect the interests of the consumer, promote his/her general welfare and establish standards of conduct for business and industry.

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Sapad Emergency Response Unit gets training by: PIO-LDN

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte — Around 72 emergency responders of the newly created Sapad Emergency Response Unit (ERU) experienced a 5-day training on Basic Life Support provided by the Department of Health Region 10 (DOH-10) in coordination with provincial local government.

The 5-day training held on March 3 to 7 at the Sapad Municipal Hall, focused on Basic Life Support (BLS), standard first aid, and realistic simulation exercises. According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) Head Marlyn Trozo, the interior town of Sapad is prone to flooding and landslides. “We are happy that Sapad finally has its own emergency response unit equipped with complete facilities and equipment. The provincial government led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo will MARCH 2014 |

always be ready to lend its support and assistance,” says PDRRMO Head Marlyn Trozo. She said that there will be followup enhancement trainings in the coming months to the new Sapad ERU. Meanwhile, PDRRMO has placed flood markers in identified barangays and put up early warning systems to mitigate the effects of natural calamities. The volunteer responders were composed of municipal employees, local Rural Health Unit nurses and midwives, soldiers from the 35th Infantry Battalion, CAFGU elements, and Sapad police personnel. The province of Lanao del Norte has already ERUs fully functioning to the following towns like Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Kolambugan, Tubod, Baroy, Kapatagan and Sapad. PAGE | 21

Duterte orders tightened security for Araw ng Dabaw

Tuesday night, he said one of the events of the celebration which is the Sayawan sa Daan will be confined at the People’s Park because of security consideration. He explained that the government continues to be alert against terrorism which happens all over the world. Duterte recalled the city had experience terror attacks several times before. “The security will be as tight as that during DAVAO CITY- Mayor Rodrigo Duthe Martial Law days. It is called terte ordered the police and milihardening,” he said. tary to tighten the security of the Duterte described the scenario city days before and during the like the presence of check points celebration of the Araw ng Davao and inspections. on March 16. He assured that the government Speaking to reporters following personnel on the checkpoint will be the command conference with courteous and to do their job with the security cluster of goverment MARCH 2014 |

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a smile. Duterte said the security in Davao City in the coming days will be strengthened, characterized by the presence of security forces from the police, military and other members of the security sector of government. He urged the people to understand the authorities in its approach in handling the city’s security. “We are just being prudent. But I would like to ask the cooperation of the people to understand us and to be vigilant, to prevent any incident, God forbids,” Duterte stressed. He said he has to problem with the New People’s Army and even invited them to send a contingent to participate in the civic-military parade provided they do not carry their firearms. Duterte said rebels may go back to the mountains and pursue their armed struggle. “We recognize the state of rebellion in this place. I have no problem with the rebels. I just reacted over their use of improvised land mine which hit several civilians,” he said. Duterte cited the incidents where the rebels used improvised landmines in Balutakay, Bansalan and Matana-o recently which wounded several soldiers and civilians and killed seven soldiers, respectively. He said that in the days to MARCH 2014 |

come, he will discuss with the rebels not to use of landmines so that the Philippine Air Force will not be used against them. “It is good that the rebels will follow what they invoke based on the Geneva Convention. It behoves upon them to also honor the treaty,” Duterte pointed out. He said the Araw ng Davao celebration will have three main highlights namely the crowning of the Mutya ng Davao, Sayawan sa Daan and the civic-military parade on March 16. “The Araw ng Davao celebration is more of a sovereign exercise. The participation here is more from the government,” Duterte said. He said he already requested all the police, military and functionaries of government to participate to show to the people that the city continues to move forward to progress. Superintendent Richard Badang, chief of the Civil Relations Branch of the Davao City Police Office revealed that a contingent of policemen has been sent by the Police Regional Office 11 to augment the current number of policemen to handle security duties during the festivity. He said they also seek the assistance of the Philippine Army to assist in keeping the city safe. (PIA-11 Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Rehydration, early admission for dengue cases urged DAVAO CITY- Health authorities in Davao del Norte and Davao region support the advocacy of early treatment of dengue cases through hydration, and early admission to hospital.

Dr. Agapito Hornido, provincial health officer of Davao del Norte underscored that the death caused by dengue fever is primary due to dehydration. He said it is necessary for patients to be admitted immediately to the hospital after having high fever from one to two days for early medical intervention. ’ It is important for the doctors to have time to manage patients’ hydration and help them survive,” Hornido said. He also stressed that durian, tawa-tawa and balut do not cure dengue cases. He said that culturally, male patients underestimate the effect of dengue fever to the body treating it just like an ordinary fever. Hornido also observed there are still doctors and even parents who demand for immediate blood

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transfusion once the patient is diagnosed to have dengue fever giving more concern to the platelet count which is a common presumption. He said there are also doctors who address immediately dengue cases with dehydration using the dextrose and plasma which is available in the local blood bank. “It is easier to detect dehydration brought about by the loose bowel movement than dehydration due to dengue fever because you can see the number of waste excretion. Incidentally, the leaking of the blood vessels occur inside the body and cannot the seen through the naked eyes,” he said. Hornido said when the dehydration sets in the body shock occurs followed by death. He said it is already hard for the doctor to revive the patient’s life when it is already in the state of shock when the body temperature is already low. Hornido said dengue cases vary from one person to another so the doctor’s approach varies PAGE | 24

according to the state of the patient. “We encourage parents to bring their children immediately to the nearest health center so that they can be referred immediately to the hospital. Early intervention, early treatment and management are our approach to dengue cases,” he said. Engr. Antonietta Ebol, regional dengue program manager of the Department of Health 11 said Dr. Richard Mata, a pediatrician has been their partner in the dengue awareness campaign. She said the government and Dr. Mata share the vision of reducing the dengue cases in the region. Dr. Mata has advocated the MARCH 2014 |

necessity of hydration by taking hydrating agent and dextrose as treatment for dengue fever. He said dengue fever leads to the breaking of the blood vessels which causes the dehydration and if not treated accordingly, will lead to kidney failure, dialysis and death. Mata said it is important for patients with dengue fever to urinate from time to time to ensure that hydration sets in the body. “I advocate for the early admission of patients to the hospital for them to be treated accordingly,” he said. He also stressed that Tawatawa, Durian and Balut are not cure for dengue. In Davao City alone, 52 deaths were attributed to dengue fever in 2012 while 37 deaths in 2013. The Regional Dengue Program Office of the DOH 11 also noted three deaths due to dengue fever in January, 2014. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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LGU Tacurong now issues civil registry documents in security paper

By: Danilo E. Doguiles TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat- Residents of Tacurong City who would request for vital documents from the City Civil Registrar’s Office will receive copies of the birth certificates, marriage contracts, death certificates and others in security papers (SECPA).

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City Mayor Lina Montilla, along with National Statistics Office (NSO) 12 Regional Director Maqtahar Manulon, NSO Provincial Director Rafael Sambrano, and City Civil Registrar Josephine Balino, announced on Monday, March 10, that the City Civil Registrar’s Office has already been authorized to print vital civil registry documents in SECPA. The event was highlighted by a public display of bundles of security papers that will be used in the issuance of the requested documents. In her message, Mayor Montilla emphasized, the launching of the SECPA program is an offshoot of the LGU’s desire for a more efficient and much shorter service time in issuing civil registry documents. “Our constituents need not spend huge amount of money in going to NSO General Santos and idly wait in long queues waiting for the issuance of their registry documents in SECPA,”, Mayor Montilla said. The mayor dubbed the SECPA program as “Project Lily” in honor of former City Civil Registrar Iglesia ‘Lily’ Madrigal who worked out the program’s implementation here before retiring from government service. Madrigal was not able to witness the realization of the project she initiated as she succumbed to an illness last year. Meanwhile, Director Manulon lauded the city government for another notable accomplishment. MARCH 2014 |

He said, through the SECPA program, services provided by the NSO are made available at the LGU where is more accessible to the public. Also present during the event were representatives of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS) as well as Department of Education-City Schools Division headed by OIC Superintendent Romelito Flores. These representatives assured that the civil registry documents issued by the City LGU of Tacurong will be honored by their respective agencies. Moreover, Civil Registrar Balino disclosed that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), although not represented during the activity, have guaranteed that they will accept documents issued by the LGU. She added, their office is waiting for commitment from the Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC). The SECPA launching was realized after a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed late last year among the participating agencies including LGU Tacurong City, NSO (currently the Philippine Statistics Authority), Philippine Association of Philippine Civil Registrars, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from the LGU Tacurong City Information) PAGE | 27

Makilala hits 104% pubic market collection efficiency

By: Aida C. Agad MAKILALA, North Cotabato – For four years in a row, the Makilala Public Market Economic Enterprise Management Office (EEMO) gained a surplus in their local collection target, an official of the municipal government confirmed.

Acting market administrator Raul Anjao disclosed in a report to the Philippine Information Agency 12 that their targeted base on local collection has a surplus of 104 percent, For the year 2013, Anjao explained that based on their target base collection of Php 10,060,000, they were able to collect Php 10,478,354.02. Anjao elaborated, the source of their accumulated collection were ground rentals of stall owners at the public market as well as cash tickets from transient vendors and the transport sector. Anjao attributed their high collection on the sustained economic activity and steady flow of vendors from outside Makilala wanting to do business in the municipality. “Our peace and order condition is a factor that gives favorable environment, assurance and confidence for investor or small business entrepreneurs, and because of this, they also feel their obligaMARCH 2014 |

tion in paying their dues and taxes,” added Anjao. Based on reports collated by the local government, the business sector has commented that the thriving and growing economic condition in Makilala is the offshoot of the political stability and full implementation of plans and programs under the stewardship of Mayor Rudy Caoagdan. A high impact project initiated by Mayor Rudy Caoagdan during his first term of office that helped boosts the economy is the flagship program dubbed the Makilala Rural and Urban Development Initiative (MAKI-RUDI). The project entails giving out free rubber seedlings to all farmers who wanted to plant rubber. According to Mayor Caoagdan, around 10,000 hectares in Makilala are either abandoned or unproductive. He envisions utilizing the land through the rubber development program planting five million rubber trees which can generate 5,000 PAGE | 28

workers including tappers. Once the rubber trees become productive with its “white gold” an estimated money circulation of P400 million every month will infuse the economy in Makilala. As reported, the MAKIRUDI has a total of 1,304,053 rubber trees planted as of December 31, 2013, developing 2,834.56 hectares of

land in a matter of three (3) years implementation. “Our economic condition now is just the effect of the cohesive efforts of all sectors that bring to fruition all endeavors of our government thus, making Makilala conducive to future investments,” Mayor Caoagdan said. (ACAgad PIA12/Odin Deseo LGU-Makilala)

133 police officers deployed to police stations across SOCCSKSARGEN

By: Danilo E. Doguiles GENERAL SANTOS CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 133 police officers 1 (PO1) from the Regional Public Safety Batallion (RPSB) were deployed to different police stations in SOCCSKSARGEN Region Monday. PSInsp. Aldrin Martin Gonzales, the real essence of being a police ofspokesperson of the Police Regional ficer, the one that people always wish Office 12, the deployment of PO1s to have: the protectors of the innowas part of the efforts of the police cent and the defenders of the weak,” regional office to beef up the need- he said. “Most importantly, always ed security strength in police stations protect your dignity and reputation in the area. being the ‘alagad ng batas.’ Free At the setting out ceremony on yourself from any stains of immoralMonday, Police Regional Director PC- ity and corruption.” Supt, Lester Camba reminded the \Of the 133 PO1s, 39 are assigned officers: “As you will be reassigned to to Cotabato City Police Office, 33 to the police stations within this region, North Cotabato Provincial Police Ofalways bear in mind that you play a fice, 18 to General Santos City Police vital role in our quest for a change, Office and 14 each to police provinthat’s to uplift the image of our be- cial offices of Sultan Kudarat, Saranloved PNP as well as to provide qual- gani and South Cotabato. ity police services to the community,” Moreover, one personnel was asCamba added, this is also an op- signed to Regional Headquarters Serportunity to repay kindness the vice Group 12 (RHSG) to help in the of the municipality that have given delivery of medical services.(DEDoguthem support when they were ap- iles-PIA 12 with report from PO2 LMplying about one year ago. Paglinawan- RPIO 12) “Always put in your mind and heart MARCH 2014 |

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2014 Women’s Month celebration kicks off in ARMM


undreds of officials and employees in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) marched early Monday, March 3, in celebration of this year’s Women’s Month with the theme “Babae, ang Tatag Mo, ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong.” MARCH 2014 |

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She said apart from the kick-off ceremony, women’s sports fest, dance sport exhibition, livelihood trainings and symposia. Site validation of the proposed Regional Women Peace Center will also be conducted. P r o v i n c i a l

In an opening program following the parade, Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW) chairperson Jehan Mutin said series of activities are all geared up for this month.

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counterpart’s will also complement the regional celebration with entrepreneurial training, gender-based activities that includes assessment and review of the Localization of National Action Plan (LNAP). LNAP held the primacy of peace and non-violence in a just and gender responsive society. Meanwhile, Samira GutocTomawis, former women representative of the 7th Regional Legislative Assembly, urged the public to reject all forms of gender biases and renew vow for rights protection and empowerment. ARMM is keen on the advancement

of women and rights. As of December of last year, the 8th Legislative Assembly had adopted Resolution No. 602 expressing full support to RCBW crusade to end violence against women. The national Women’s Month is observed and celebrated on March of every year by virtue of Presidential Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227 and Republic Act 6949. The celebration highlights recognition of women’s resiliency, strength and contributions to nation building. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)

ARMM holds 1st reg’l Cabinet meet, reiterates commitment to peace process MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government is embarking on series of efforts aimed at providing the upcoming Bangsamoro government a smooth transition of power even as it continues to implement the reform agenda it started more than two years ago. During its first regional Cabinet meeting held in Lamitan City Tuesday, March 4, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman reiterated its earlier instruction to its regional officials that line agencies including its workforce, employees should device mechanisms that will help in the transition stage. “We are laying down the foundation. We want to make sure that we are very much ready when the official turnover comes and we

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know that whatever we are doing now in the ARMM government will be useful when the new Bangsamoro government sets in,” Hataman said. The ARMM Cabinet meeting also tackled the accomplishments of the line departments for the first two months of the year. Hataman cited the improved investment climate in the region with record-breaking investments for 2013 and for the first two months PAGE | 32

of the year. The ARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) recently reported an approved P1.451billion worth of investments for the 1st quarter of this year. “This is a record for the region, since it is almost the same as the total amount of investments registered with the board in 2013, which stood at P1.463 billion by the end of year,” said RBOI chairman and managing head Ishak Mastura, who presented during the Cabinet meeting other interested investors in the region for 2014. Mastura reiterated that there is also the contributing factor of governance reforms in ARMM and the “hands-on” investment promotion initiated by the Hataman administration convincing local investors that the autonomous region is serious about wooing and securing investors to expand their operations or to set-up new enterprises in the region. For the region’s education sector, Secretary Jamar Kulayan said that it targets to address the problem on classroom gaps by 2016. “This is unprecedented,” Hataman said referring to a number of accomplishments by his administration. Meanwhile, lawyer Anwar Malang, secretary of the region’s Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said that it held on March 3 in Isabela City, its first ARMM Barangay Summit MARCH 2014 |

on Governance, Peace and Development. Malang said the summit was attended by more than 200 barangay executives across the province of Basilan. “This is our first batch and we are looking at implementing this in the remaining four provinces of the region,” he said. For her part, ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud-Alamia said that the current ARMM administration wants to capacitate more local government units which she noted will play a crucial role in the success of the proposed autonomous political entity. Chief-of-staff Amihilda Sangcopan of the Office of the Regional Governor who is in charge of the region’s flagship program on education, health and livelihood, said that ARMM is currently conducting screening process for deserving beneficiaries of the said project. May ‘K’ ka sa ARMM is a direct assistance program of the ARMM under the leadership of Gov. Mujiv Hataman. K stands for Karunungan (education) Kalusugan (health) at Kabuhayan (livelihood. Sangcopan said that the scholarship component is already on its second phase and that it targets to benefit thousands of deserving students. (Sheila May Dela Cruz/ Bureau of Public InformationARMM/PIA-10)

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One Mindanao - March 13, 2014  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao Cluster.

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