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Vol. 2 No. 184

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Cover Story

MUCEP’s ESTERO Project cleans-up Carangan Creek in Ozamiz page 4

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Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Northern Mindanao

Government aims to repatriate Filipinos in Saudi Arabia soon DSWD warns against ‘Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation’ text scam DSWD FO 10, Northern Mindanao

Maramag LGU, LPRAT convene for bottomup budgeting Elgie Mary Iman-Aninayon, Northern Mindanao

2013 Brigada Eskwela set May 20-24 Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

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PNP-Lanao del Sur Lady Officers Club holds oath taking of officers Apipa P. Bagumbaran, ARMM

Caraga RDRRMC discusses responsibilities of planning section chief, unit leaders in ICS

Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region


CoVer StoRy MUCEP’s ESTERO Project cleans-up Carangan Creek in Ozamiz By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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public-private partnership (PPP) to reduce the pollution at the Carangan Creek, this city, was recently launched by the Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP).

The partnership intends to determine the necessity of, and the possible plans for dredging and desilting of the Carangan Creek which involves interventions, such as planting of bamboo and other plant species along the creek banks, rip-rapping and

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regular clean-up. Thus, the Ecological Strengthening Through Environment Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO) project has been organized to develop a comprehensive program that involves all the stakeholders in the community. “We need a strong information, education and Communication (IEC) component to convince the people living along the creek to understand why and what they can do to help to make the Carangan Creek free from garbage,” Grace Villanueva, MUCEP Program Director, said. Thus, a Technical Working Group (TWG) for ESTERO have Wednesday, May 15, 2013


been organized composed of representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Ozamiz City Government and the MU faculty and staff. Villanueva said two (2) researches have been conducted for the Carangan Creek baseline data: Water quality assessment done by MU Natural Science Department and DENR-Environment Management Bureau (EMB) and Awareness on Solid Waste Management and Functions of Creeks on the residents living along the creek. Findings of the said researches were presented to the stakeholders during a Carangan Creek Research Forum, after which rehabilitation activities and field/ocular inspection of the whole length of Carangan Creek was done by MUCEP. She said NSTP students, DOLESPES grantees and MUCEP staff conducted regular clean-up and prepared an Environmental Action Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Kits (EAK) for the identified Carangan Creek rehabilitation activities. MU President Dr. Karen Belina F. De Leon has allocated P156,135.50 from the MUNSTP Fund for the ESTERO, while a resource mobilization among the stakeholders raised the amount of P29,200 and in kind, from the following donors: Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), P10,000 for wall murals, Shell Lam-an Gas Station, P4,000 for ECM flip tarps, MetroBank Burgos, P7,000 for ECM kits and Lourdes Pharmacy, P1,000, and ACE Marketing, P200, for for putting up of bill boards. Royal Garden Hotel, P2,000 for ECM Board Games, Ria Thirfty Mart, P5,000 for ECM game prizes and Ong Hoc Trading, clothes for ECM game prizes and Jolibee and McDonalds for snacks during ECM and Environment Classes for Children (ECC) sessions.

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ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino signs K-12 Act into law

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2012 or the K to 12 Basic Education Program in ceremonies held in Malacanang on Wednesday.

The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School and two years of Senior High School) to provide sufficient time for students mastery of concept and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship. In his speech, the President said it Wednesday, May 15, 2013

was the duty of the State to provide for the needs and ensure fair and equal opportunities for all Filipinos, especially the poor and thus the implementation of this education program will strengthen the basic education requirements of students which in turn, will bring them closer to the fulfillment of their dreams and ambitions. “Nagtitipon po tayo ngayon upang saksihan ang isa na namang

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makasaysayang araw sa ating bansa—ang paglagda natin sa batas na magsisilbing pundasyon para sa mas maaliwalas na bukas ng bawat kabataang Pilipino: ang Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 o mas kilala bilang ang K to 12 Act,” the President said. “Dahil na rin sa tiwala ng sambayanan, matagumpay nating nakamit ang adhikaing magkaroon ng isang sistemang pang-edukasyon na tunay na pumapanday sa kakayahan ng ating mga kabataan, at naglalapit sa kanila tungo sa katuparan ng kanilang mga pangarap,” he added. “Malinaw ang batayang prinsipyo ng batas na ito: karapatan ng bawat Pilipinong mamuhay nang marangal; tungkulin naman ng estadong siguruhing may patas na oportunidad ang ating mamamayan, lalo na ang pinakamahihirap nating kababayan. At isang matatag na haligi ng kanilang pag-ahon ang pagkakaroon ng mataas na antas ng edukasyon. Sa pagsasabatas ng K to 12, hindi lang tayo nagdaragdag ng dalawang taon para sa higit pang pagsasanay Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ng ating mga mag-aaral; tinitiyak din nating talagang nabibigyanglakas ang susunod na henerasyon na makiambag sa pagpapalago ng ating ekonomiya at lipunan,” the President said. Witnessing the President’s signing were major proponents, authors and co-authors of the bill from the Senate and House of Representatives led by Senators Franklin Drilon, Edgardo Angara, Ralph Recto, Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. and Representatives Neptali Gonzales II, Sandy Ocampo and Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara. PND (rck)

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Government aims to repatriate Filipinos in Saudi Arabia soon

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he Philippine government continues to track down and assist Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to eventually bring them home, a Palace official said.

In a press conference in Malacanang on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said 37 workers from Saudi Arabia were brought home by the Philippine government last Friday from Saudi Arabia. “We are in the process of helping them complete their documents in order for them to be brought home,” Lacierda told reporters. “We are committed to helping our Philippine nationals in Saudi Arabia, whether you are in Riyadh or in Saudi— whether they are in Riyadh or in Jeddah, we are making all the efforts to Wednesday, May 15, 2013

do that. We are tracking them down.” The Philippine government is completing the requirement processes and it is in touch with the Saudi Arabia government to ensure that it can bring home the stranded Filipinos who would like to come home. Recent reports said some 10,000 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia may avail of the recent concessions by the Kingdom’s government for them to go home. The Saudi Ministry of Labor instructed all labor offices to work double time to handle the applications of those availing of the concessions. PND (as)

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Elections in Eastern Mindanao Command generally peaceful

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he Eastern Mindanao Command, which is based in Panacan, Davao City, on Tuesday announced the conduct of the May 13midterm elections in its area of jurisdiction is generally peaceful.

Jointly, the Eastern Mindanao Command and the Philippine National Police (PNP), deputize by the Commission on Elections to secure the electoral process, faithfully performed their tasks preventing untoward incidents. One such instance was during May 13 itself when Eastern Mindanao Command troopers apprehended 21 civilians for carrying firearms in Malita, Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Davao Del Sur. Some minor glitches occurred such as malfunctioning PCOS machines. However in Compostela Valley, some PCOS were misrouted resulting in the delay in the conduct of the election. There were about 20 election related violent incidents, strikingly is the killing of mayoral candidate aide in Pantukan. 9


DepEd reminds teachers not to engage in partisan political activities by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental- The Department of Education in Misamis Occidental is looking into reports that some of the teachers may have engaged in partisan political activities. This was revealed by of the Misamis Occidental Schools Superintendent Jonathan S. Dela PeĹˆa Division during a recent meeting of 10

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the Joint Provincial Security Control Center (PSCC) who said that some candidates have asked to conduct their campaign inside the school premises, which “we do not allow.” Meanwhile, Dela Peňa gave his assurance that everything is under control and reminded the teachers of the Constitution of the Philippines, which provides that no officer or employee in the civil service shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any electioneering or partisan political campaign. As described in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9006, otherwise known as the Fair Elections Act, the term “partisan political campaign” refers to an act designed to promote the election or defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office. Such acts include any of the following: Forming organizations, associations, clubs, committees or other groups of persons for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or

undertaking any campaign for or against a candidate. Holding political caucuses, conferences, meetings, rallies, parades or other similar assemblies for the purpose of soliciting votes and/or undertaking any election propaganda for or against a candidate. Making speeches, announcements or commentaries, or holding interviews for or against the election of any candidate for public office. Publishing or distributing campaign literature or materials designed to support or oppose the election of any candidate or directly or indirectly soliciting votes, pledges or support for or against any candidate. Any violation of the above provisions shall constitute an election offense and shall be punishable by imprisonment of not less than one (1) year but not more than six (6) years, among other penalties provided by law.

DSWD warns against ‘Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation’ text scam by DSWD FO 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development on May 6 warned the public against a new wave of scam text messages claiming they have won hundreds of thousands of pesos from the “President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation.” Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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“We have already issued earlier warnings before but there are really people out to mislead so let us all be vigilant,” said DSWD secretary Corazon Soliman. The Department said it learned of the scam after many callers informed its Pantawid Pamilya National Program Monitoring Office (NPMO). It said the text message claims the recipient won P950,000 from the “President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang

Pilipino Program.” Recipient were then asked to text their “complete name, age, address, work.” “The DSWD emphasizes that this is not true because the Department does not hold raffle promos or draws,” the DSWD said. It urged recipients to report the text to the nearest DSWD office or text to the Pantawid Pamilya Grievance Text Hotline 0918-912-2813.

Maramag LGU, LPRAT convene for bottom-up budgeting by Elgie Mary Iman-Aninayon

MARAMAG, Bukidnon - The Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) and functionaries of Maramag local government unit (LGU) converged for a 2-day Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) planning workshop held here recently. Mayor Alicia Paulican-Resus said that by being transparent to the public, this budget approach encourages active participation of citizens to create a more visible, accountable, and responsive government. “This process assures the public that funds will be spent for programs intended solely to target beneficiaries in order to improve the social and economic well-being of the citizens,” the mayor said. The government has introduced the bottom-up budgeting system for 12

the 2014 national budget to have closer citizen engagement through civil society organizations (CSOs) and the local communities. Francisco Y. Cipriano, Jr., Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, likewise, said the grassroots communities should have a voice in crafting the local budget because prioritizing projects and allocating funds greatly affect people’s lives. In order to come up with the local priority projects for inclusion in the Wednesday, May 15, 2013


2014 national budget, the participants were tasked to present project process, roles and responsibilities, and menu of programs by participating agencies. They were also tasked to identify projects and to agree on a set of community-determined priority projects such as agriculture and fisheries support, potable water supply, basic education, public healthcare, social welfare and development programs, and national greening program for 2014. As the workshop ends, they were able to identify 30 priority projects with corresponding ‘simplified summary’ for each project. Signed by LPRAT chairperson and duly endorsed by the Pantawid Pamilya Parent Leader, Basic Sector Organization, IP Sector Representative, and CSO Member of the Municipal Development Council (MDC), the documents were submitted to the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT), through DILGWednesday, May 15, 2013

Region 10, for consolidation and evaluation. LPRAT was created functionally as work force for the formulation and monitoring of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Plan (LPRAP) which contains programs and projects collectively drawn through a participatory process by the LGUs, CSOs and other stakeholders in order to directly address needs of poor communities and marginalized sectors in the municipality. As identified by BUB, the total project cost allocated for the Municipality of Maramag was pegged at P25,605,000, where 85% or P22 million comes from the national government and the remaining 15% or P3,605,000 will be LGUs counterpart. These bottoms-up budgeting are in support to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and attain the Philippine Development Plans of poverty reduction and inclusive growth. 13


12-0 win in favor of LP candidates happens for third time in Dipolog By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY — Dipolognons have finally spoken who among the candidates running for local posts in the city to entrust the reins of the city government. Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Incumbent city mayor, Evelyn Tang-Uy of the Liberal Party (LP) got fresh mandate from her constituents after garnering 36,617 votes over her rival, former Pi単an town mayor Cecilia Jalosjos-Carreon who got only 22,487 votes in the recently concluded midterm elections. A 12-0 victory for LP candidates has for the third time happened in the city since the first term of Mayor Uy in 2007. The lady mayor is now on its third term. Sitting councilor, Dr. Horacio Velasco won overwhelmingly the vice mayoral post, garnering 34,634 votes against incumbent Zamboanga del Norte Vice Governor Francis H. Olvis who got 21,518 votes only. All ten candidates for councilor under LP also won, beating their opponents from the Alliance for Peace and Progress (APP), a local political party affiliated with the

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United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Atty. Jasmin Pinsoy, daughterof sitting councilor Marvelita Pinsoy, emerged as number one with 32, 328 votes. Topping the race for city councilor amazed the voters here as she is a neophyte in the political arena. Other elected councilors are Dante Bagarinao receiving with 32, 299 votes, Atty. Peter Co - 31, 466 votes, Atty. Raul Barbaso - 30, 446 votes, Atty. James Verduguez - 30, 163 votes, Atty. James Cyril Ruiz 30, 036 votes, Praxy Rubia - 29, 400 votes, Kenny Ong - 28,797 votes, Atty. Ruben Legorio - 27, 865 votes and Atty. Jonald Napigquit -27, 789 votes. The winning candidates were proclaimed yesterday by the City Board of Canvassers led by Acting City Election Officer Melpre A. Mercadera.

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2013 Brigada Eskwela set May 20-24 By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY – All is set for this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” in Zamboanga del Norte. This was declared by Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourma Poculan of the Zamboanga del Norte schools division in an interview yesterday. Poculan said the weeklong Brigada Eskwela (school preparation activity) will be capped by a search for outstanding Brigada Eskwela implementers among public elementary and secondary schools. Education Supervisor Arcelita Zamoras, on the other hand, told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that two elementary schools and a secondary school in the province have been declared “Brigada Eskwela Hall of Fame” awardees after winning the said search for three consecutive years in the national level. These schools are Nabilid Elementary School in Roxas town, Tampilisan Central School in Tampilisan municipality and Gutalac National High School of Gutalac town. Zamoras also said the division’s entry schools for this year’s search are Piñan Central School of Piñan town, Bacong Central School of Salug town, Tabon Elementary School of Jose Dalman municipality, Situbo Elementary School of Tampilisan town, Polanco National High School 16

of Polanco municipality, Bacungan National High School of Leon Postigo town, Manukan National High School of Manukan municipality and Ubay National High School of Labason town. Brigada Eskwela, which started in 2003, is a nationwide voluntary effort among teachers, parents, students, community members and other organizations to do minor repairs and cleanups on their schools in preparation for the opening of classes. The provincial schools division was able to generate in last year’s Brigada Eskwela more than P4.2 million from voluntary contributions in the form materials, labor and other services rendered during the weeklong activity. Wednesday, May 15, 2013


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MSU continues to help capacitate Muslim communities by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur Mindanao State University (MSU) continues to serve as an effective instrument in capacitating Muslim communities to catch up with more developed communities in the country. This was emphasized by MSU President Macapado Muslim during the groundbreaking rites of the College of Information Technology building in MSU main campus recently. Muslim said one noticeable trend in the university today is the increasing number of top performing Muslim students and graduates. He cited as an example a Muslim graduate of Bachelor of Science in Biology, who led the 1,837 graduates of MSU Marawi last April 4, 2013. “Aiman Cairoden is the first Muslim summa cum laude graduate in the 51-year history of MSU,” he 18

proudly cited. Muslim also noted the commendable performance of MSU graduates in board and bar examinations saying that a good number of these achievers were Muslims. “In the last five years, from 2008 to 2012, the MSU system has produced a total of132 topnotchers and top 10 placers, 69 of whom are from MSU Marawi, 28 from MSU Iligan, 24 from MSU General Santos, four from MSU Tawi-Tawi, three from MSU Naawan, and two from MSU Maguindanao,” he said. Wednesday, May 15, 2013


He further noted that this positive without the presence of MSU campuses trend show that Muslim students are in many of the conflict-affected areas now catching up with their Christian in Mindanao. brothers and sisters. The MSU President also pointedout that the university has been playing a very significant preemptive peace building function. “MSU campuses are essentially education and peace building camps competing with the camps of the Abu Sayyaf, MNLF, MILF and CPP-NPA in attracting our young Muslim brothers and sisters,� he added. According to him, the Mindanao conflict would have been more precarious today Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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PNP-Lanao del Sur Lady Officers Club holds oath taking of officers by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Officers of the newly-organized Lanao del Sur Provincial Police Office (LDSPPO) Lady Officers Club took their oath of office in a simple ceremony held at the LDSPPO Conference Room recently. The oath taking was officiated in by LDSPPO Officer-In-Charge PSSupt Nickson Muksan. It was witnessed in by representatives of the Philippine Muslim Women Council (PMWC), Regional Legislative Assembly, and fellow police women assigned in the province. Sworn into office were PO2 Esnairah Lucman as president, PO3 Dycylyn Albellera as vice-president, PO3 Joy Marzonia as secretary, PO1 Laarni Palma as treasurer, PO3 Hamida Ibrahim as auditor, and PO3 Maria Fe Mortera as PIO.

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Muksan, in his message, underscored the crucial role of police women not only in their respective homes but also in the community. This was reiterated by Assembly woman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis who stressed that police women officers remind the public of the rule of law through community presence and conversations. On the other hand, PMWC President Padoman Paporo lauded the LDSPPO for empowering police women and organizing the lady officers club. She said the PMWC will work closely with the club to address anything that involves the protection of children and women. Club President Lucman meanwhile pledged that officers of the newly-formed club will do their best in performing their duties and obligations. She said they will collaboratively work, with passion and commitment, to safeguard the welfare of the people in the province.

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PLDT-PhilCom supports Butuan’s RMRT on 2013 elections by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT)Philippine Global Communications (PhilCom) Inc. has partnered with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga to support the agency-initiated Rapid Media Reaction Team (RMRT) for the May 13 mid-term elections.

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PLDT-PhilCom Butuan provided free internet connection to the PIA regional office for the coverage of the elections. “As part of our corporate social responsibility and as we also aim to achieve honest, orderly and peaceful elections, we are extending our contribution to the PIA and to the legitimate media personalities who are members of the Rapid Media Reaction Team. We believe that through unified efforts with other stakeholders, we can all achieve a fair and safe elections,” said Dennis Pacot, PLDT-PhilCom Butuan head. Grigg Pedrosa, area sales manager of PLDT-Philcom, acknowledged PIA for its initiative in promoting unity 22

among the local tri-media outfits in the city. “We are very happy to work with PIA and the RMR Team here in Butuan and with this free internet wi-fi connection that we are providing them, we hope this would help them in fulfilling their responsibilities to the general public,” Pedrosa said. PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga said only relevant and accurate information will be broadcasted in real-time to the public before, during and after elections through their pool of media partners in the RMRT.

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Caraga RDRRMC discusses responsibilities of planning section chief, unit leaders in ICS

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Caraga upgraded its training in Incident Command System (ICS) through participating in a five-day Integrated Planning Course held at Pietros Square. The course contains the duties and responsibilities of the planning section chief (PSC), one of the general staff under the incident commander (IC). The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga led the activity through Regional Director Liza Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mazo, chairperson of the region’s RDRRMC. The participants have already attended the basic/ intermediate course in ICS last May 2012. From April 29 to May 3, the participants went through eight modules on the duties and 23


responsibilities of the PSC and unit leaders in the ICS organization, namely, the resource unit, situation unit, documentation unit and demobilization unit. The speakers during the fiveday training were Col. MarioVerner Monsanto, consultant of the Office of the Vice Mayor in Davao City; Randy Pabon, deputy administrator of Amity Public Safety Academy; Fire Senior Insp. Noel Nelson Ababon, acting fire marshall of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Cebu City and Ryan Castañeda, special operations officer II of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Castañeda said in the ICS organization, the general staff under the incident commander are composed of the operations section, planning section, logistics section and finance/ administrative section. “The planning section chief has a big role as he directs the activities of all subordinate personnel to lead the creation of alternate strategies for addressing the emergency and to advise the IC regarding these strategies. The planning section chief will provide the IC with diagrams, maps and information about campus buildings and resources relevant to the emergency incident,” said 24

Castañeda. The main responsibilities of the PSC are maintaining resource and situation status; preparing incident action plan (IAP); providing documentation; preparing demobilization plan; providing technical specialists; information gathering; strategy identification and planning; conducting meetings and briefings; IAP/Contingency plan development; interactions and management and to be knowledgeable about the forms, documents and supplies at the pre-incident, on-scene and postincident levels. Monsanto said the resource unit leader will be responsible in establishing all incident checkin activities and maintain a master check-in list of incident resources. “The resource unit leader also prepare[s] and process[es] the resource status change information, as well as present displays, charts, lists reflecting current status and location of resources, transportation and support vehicles,” Monsanto added. Ababon said the situation unit leader will be responsible in collecting and organizing incident status and situation information; Wednesday, May 15, 2013


evaluating, analyzing, and displaying the incident status summary, maps, and weather for use by the ICS personnel and agency dispatchers. “The five primary maps prepared by the situation unit leader [are the] Situation Unit Map; Incident Action Plan Map; Operations Briefing Map; External Traffic Plan Map and Facilities (Internal Traffic Plan) Map,” said Ababon. Meanwhile, Pabon said the demobilization unit leader will take responsibility of the demobilization unit to ensure an orderly, safe and cost-effective release of personnel and equipment. The demobilization unit gathers the information and writes the demobilization plan and implements it. Pabon said the demobilization unit leader is also responsible in duplicating the IAP operational period briefing and assisting other incident functional areas with photocopying needs; maintaining incident documentation in easily accessible files during the incident operations; establishing the incident history file and turning over the completed documentation files to the PSC, hosting agency or another documentation leader. Wednesday, May 15, 2013

To come up with the IAP, there are 23 ICS forms to be filled out by the respective ICS personnel, however, not all of the forms are used on every incident. The forms needed in ICS are: 201 (Incident Briefing); 202 (Incident Objectives); 203 (Organizational Assignment List); 204 (Division Assignment List); 205 (Incident Radio Communication Plan); 206 (Medical Plan); 209 (Incident Status Summary); 211 (Checkin Information); 213 (General Message); 214 (Unit Log); 215 (Planning Worksheet); 215-A (Incident Action Plan Safety and Risk Analysis); 216 (Radio Requirements Worksheet); 217 (Radio Frequency Assignment Worksheet); 218 (Support Vehicle Inventory); 220 (Air Operations Summary) and 221 (Demobilization Check-out). Mazo said after the participants have done all the exercises in the modules and passed the speakers’ assessment/evaluation, they are now equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of the PSC and its unit leaders. “There will be more training on ICS for the RDRRMC memberagencies to look forward to,” she said. 25


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Rellon, Gementiza proclaimed as Tagum’s new leaders Louie Lapat Tagum

CITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE - Both enjoying a popular mandate, incumbent Vice Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Councilor Geterito T. Gementiza are poised to become this city’s new set of leaders after being proclaimed by the Commission on Elections as Mayor-elect and Vice Mayor-elect shortly before noon Wednesday, May 15, 2013. 30

Elected to a fresh three-year term starting on June 30 this year, both leaders vowed to continue the progress and development of Tagum City through meaningful reforms in their executive and legislative agenda. The 44-year old Rellon garnered a total votes of 54, 492 votes during Monday’s election while Gementiza mustered 51, 845 votes over-all. Monday’s election recorded a high turnout of voters pegged at 74.5%, according to data released by the local Comelec Office. Pitching eagerness to open the city’s new chapter, the incumbent head of Tagum’s legislative acknowledged last-termer and in Wednesday, May 15, 2013


cumbent Mayor Rey T. Uy’s programs and projects that made Tagum what it is today during their nine-year partnership as Tagum’s stewards from 2004 to 2013. In his first public speech after being proclaimed mayor-elect, Rellon called on Tagumeños to unite and rally behind his new administration to achieve a common good. “I am offering my gesture of reconciliation, let’s get back to work and let’s make Tagum a better place to live in,” he said before a jam-packed audience at the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s Session

Hall where the consolidation and canvassing of votes for Tagum City was done. Gementiza, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to his supporters for putting their trust to him to lead the 6th City Council. Meanwhile, the COMELEC is still set to proclaim the 10 winners for City Councilors, as there are still four remaining precincts that need to be canvassed. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)

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DAVAO CITY- Supporters of 2nd district congressional candidate Joji Ilagan-Bian resorts to prayers during the lightning rally held by her supporters at the San Pedro Cathedral which is in front of the City Canvassing Center at the Sangguniang Panglungsod. Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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DavSur local election winners proclaimed by Carina Cayon

DIGOS CITY- Most of the city and municipal Board of Canvassers here have already proclaimed local winners from mayoral positions to councilors, since yesterday shortly after automated results came out. The municipal BOC of Malalag chaired by acting election officer Sitti Miriam J. Codah was among the early boards to proclaim winning candidates before 12 noon of May 14. The board announced incumbent Mayor Roel O. Paras to have won again the position, enabling him to continue serving in his 3rd term as the local chief executive of the municipality of Malalag. Paras running mate Anselmo 32

Mejias, Sr. under the Nacionalista Party and Davao del Sur Peoples Alliance Party, was proclaimed winner for the Vice Mayoral race. The BOC of Hagonoy t o w n yesterday proclaimed as election winners 3rd termer Mayor Franco Calida and Vice Mayor Myrna Raut. The proclaimed councilors are: Helen Nu単ez, Sheryll Gayud, Vincent Paden, Ronald Watin, Raymundo Alalong, Sr., Dante Aznar, Teodulo Briones and Gonzalo Palmos Jr. All winners in Hagonoy are under the Nacionalista Party/DavSur Peoples Alliance Party. Mayor Joseph Pe単as will continue serving in his 2nd term as local chief executive of Digos City for 2013-2016, after being proclaimed winner by the CBOC chaired by Atty. Alan Kadon late last night (May 14). Pe単as, who ran under the Liberal Party, was opposed by incumbent Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Governor Douglas Ra Cagas of the Nacionalista Party/Davao del Sur Peoples Alliance Party. Also proclaimed was Vice Mayor Reynaldo Hermosisima, the running mate of Peñas. Though the Digos City board has not yet completed canvassing two election returns with about 1,300 remaining ballots as of this morning due to the concern on defective compact flash cards, the proclamation of the mayoral and vicemayoral winners pushed through by virtue of Comelec Resolution 9700. Comelec Resolution No. 9700 allows local boards to proclaim winners at the local race requiring no clearances at the Comelec to announce, provided however that “it cannot adversely affect the results.” “Proclamation is subject for annulment in case of doubt,” it states. In Bansalan, re-electionist Mayor Edwin Reyes will still be in the position in his 3rd term for 2013-2016 as he was proclaimed winner by the MBOC yesterday afternoon. Bansalan’s incumbent Vice-Mayor Arnel Gallardo of the Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC) will also continue serving the municipality after winning again the same position. Virginia Cawa, a barangay captain, emerged as winner in the mayoral race in Sarangani Island, the farthest town of Davao del Sur. ShewasproclaimedbySarangani Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MBOC at about 8:45 this morning (May 15), along with her husband incumbent Mayor Jerry Cawa who won the vice-mayor position. The winning candidates for the Board Members in no particular order are: Jovanie Almierol, Lorencio Angin, Adelan de Arce, Jamere Esmael, Wendy Grace Gomez, Alfredo Lora, Arturo Olarte, Jr., and Sergio Tablingon. Sta. Cruz Mayor Atty. Joel Ray Lopez will still continue to be the local chief executive in the municipality. Along with re-elected Vice Mayor Alexis Almendras, Lopez is scheduled to be proclaimed later today. The winning councilors of Sta. Cruz are: Alvin Rey Almendras, Mila Lim, Alan Angub, Lolita Legaspi, Fernando Ugdoracion, Ronald Cruda, Jaime Lao, Jr. and Michelle Orpilla. Sta. Cruz MBOC was the latest to have transmitted election returns to the Provincial Canvassing as of 2pm today, making a total of 10 municipalities out of the 14 towns and Digos City, to have completed canvassing and transmission. Provincial BOC Chair Atty. Gay Asuncion Enumerables said the MBOCs of Sulop, Don Marcelino and Padada have also made their respective proclamations yesterday. Davao del Sur has a total registered voters of 523,862 in 337 barangays, with 723 clustered precincts.

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One Mindanao - May 15, 2013