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Monday, May 20, 2013
Vol. 2 No. 187
Shared Borders: CORPAT PHILINDO Rudolph Alama Southern Mindanao
Malacanang says Hollywood stars’ recent visit to the Philippines ‘ good press’ PNP, AFP refocuses on crime and terror-prevention after polls Joey Dalumpines, Southern Mindanao
Caraga LGUs attain 100% completion in LGPMS
Agusan del Norte employs 300 students thru SPES
Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, Caraga Region
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COMELEC to candidates: Time to report expenses, donations Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao
Koronadal mayor to focus on construction of transport terminal, other projects in 2nd term Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao
NGCP de-activates Task Force for the 2013 Elections Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao
Mindanao region bags NGCP’s 1st Lineman’s Skills Competition championship Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao
CoVer StoRy Shared Borders: CORPAT PHILINDO By Rudolph Alama
very year naval vessels and sailors from the navies of the Philippines and Indonesia conducts Coordinated Patrol Operations (Corpat) in the high seas which straddle the borderlines of the two countries. The joint patrol and exercises is embodied in the Border Patrol Agreement and the Border Crossing Agreement between the two countries which was first signed in 1975.
Since then there have been 26 CORPATS with the 27th CORPAT dubbed as CORPAT PHILINDO 2713 will be conducted to be held in the second quarter of this year. The opening ceremony of the CORPAT was held last Monday (May 20) at the Felix Apolinario Naval Station in Panacan Davao City.
The Philippine Navy deployed Patrol Ships Miguel Malvar (PS 19) and Magat Salamat (PS 20) while the Indonesian Navy had its patrol craft KRI Kerapu joining this yearâ€™s CORPAT. The CORPAT aims to enforce more effectively the border patrol operations in the areas between the territories of the Philippines and Indonesia in order to strengthen the enforcement of laws in the border areas. It also strengthens the relationship and enhances the mutual cooperation of the two navies through the development of joint operational patrol doctrines and practice of naval practices. The naval exercise particularly
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delves on communication and tactical exercises. Aside from naval exercises and coordinated patrols and medical and dental civic action programs will also be held in Balut Island in the Philippines and the Marore Island in Indonesia. “We really need to cooperate to strengthen our abilities to secure our areas.” Says Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commander Capt. Antonio Habulan Jr. said during the arrival ceremonies at the naval station. The Philippine Navy NFEM welcomed 63 sailors and officers of the Indonesian Patrol craft along with the more than 100 naval personnel of the two Philippine Navy ships. Meanwhile Eko Hartono Monday, May 20, 2013
Indonesian consul-general to Davao City said that with violation of maritime laws such as illegal entry, illegal fishing alongside crimes such as human trafficking, it is high-time for the Philippines and Indonesia to step up cooperation. “We do hope that by having these kind of exercises will strengthen our cooperation with the Philippine Navy.” Hartono said. The navy ships of the two countries will be docked at the Naval Station for two days before departing for the naval exercises and joint patrols. The maritime border area of Indonesia and the Philippines is a sprawling area which starts from southeastern Mindanao to the southwestern part in the Tawi-Tawi area.
ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino receives new Egyptian envoy in Malacañang
resident Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the new envoy of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the Philippines who called on him in Malacanang on Monday.
Egypt’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mahmoud Mostafa Ahmed met with President Aquino at the Music Room of Malacanang to present his credentials before settling down to work as his country’s representative. In a short message, Ambassador Mahmoud assured the President of the continued friendship and cooperation of the people and Egypt and said that he would work towards strengthening the good bilateral relations with the Monday, May 20, 2013
Philippines. The President then ushered Ambassador Mahmoud into an adjoining room for a private meeting. Prior to his meeting with the President, who was joined by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosasrio, Ambassador Mahmoud was accorded military honors by members of the Presidential Security Group at the grounds fronting Malacanang Palace. PND (rck)
Malacanang says Hollywood stars’ recent visit to the Philippines ‘ good press’
alacanang said on Sunday that the recent visits to the Philippines by big-name Hollywood stars meant “good press” for the country that could result into more tourist visits and further spur the country’s economic progress.
Hollywood’s A-list celebrities Vin Diesel and Sarah Jessica Parker were in Manila last week to lead the Asian premiere of the sixth installment of the action movie “Fast and the Furious” and to formally open retail giant SM’s newest mall in Taguig City, respectively. Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the stars’ visit to the country meant that they “have had good experience here with us” that she hoped would be passed on to their friends and fans to entice them to visit us also. Monday, May 20, 2013
“That’s good press for us kasi naging kasama ang Manila doon sa Asian premiere ng nasabing pelikula and certainly generates good press for us especially since the reports that have been coming out are that these personalities have had good experiences here with us,” Valte said. “…and hopefully this reaches their friends and their fans and that this will encourage them to visit us also,” she added. PND (rck)
Tail-end of cold front, ITCZ bring rain over Northern Luzon, Mindanao
xcept for some parts of Northern Luzon and Mindanao, the rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon and evening, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Monday. In its advisory, PAGASA said that a diffused tail-end of a cold front is affecting northern Luzon while the ITCZ is affecting southern Mindanao as the Ilocos region, Cagayan and Isabela provinces, and Zamboanga 8
peninsula will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. Weather Forecaster Connie Dadivas said that parts of Northern Luzon and Mindanao will have cooler Monday, May 20, 2013
temperatures because of a diffused tail-end of a cold front and intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) that affect these areas. She said the cold front, which is expected to affect Northern Luzon will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in this region. However, once the cold front recedes Tuesday, Dadivas said it will be the “cold southwesterly winds” that will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains in Northern Luzon particularly in its southern portions. She noted that the blowing to the country of the southwesterly winds, which is usually accompanied with rains, is part of the transition period to the wet season. On the other hand, Mindanao, especially its northern and southern parts, will also have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains because of the effects of the ITCZ. An ITCZ, which is the breeding ground for low-pressure areas that can become a tropical cyclone, may affect Mindanao until Wednesday. Dadivas further noted that at least one cyclone is still expected to affect the country before the month ends. Dadivas also said that afternoon and evening rains will continue to prevail in many parts of the country for the next two days. She said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon and evening due to Monday, May 20, 2013
local convection or thunderstorms or rains in places where clouds have been formed due to the heating of the earth’s surface. “Inaasahan pa rin natin na hanggang Martes ay mayroong mga biglaang pag-ulan sa hapon o gabi sa iba’t-ibang parte ng bansa dahil sa convective activity,” Dadivas noted. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the western section. PAGASA said light to moderate winds from the south to southwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southeast to south over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate, it added.
Week-long Brigada-Eskwela kicks off in Davao City by Joey Dalumpines
DAVAO CITY- The Brigada Eskwela clean up drive kicked off Monday in all schools of the city with parents, students and teachers helping one another to prepare the classrooms, buildings and surroundings for the opening of classes on June 3, 2013.
Emerita Mapula, principal of the Cesario Villa-Abrille Elementary School at Barangay 76-A lauded the support of the parents in the clean up 10
activity. She also urged other stakeholders in the community to participate. Mapula said the barangay government of 76-A has set Wednesday to help in the preparation of the schoolyard for the opening of classes. â€œI ask all stakeholders that through the Bayanihan spirit, we contribute to the preparation of our school so that the students can directly attend to their classes on the first day of school,â€? she said. Mapula said volunteers may bring cleaning materials like stick brooms, soft brooms, soap and rags to speed up the cleaning of walls, rooms and pathways. She said the Brigada Eskwela has been part of the school preparation for Monday, May 20, 2013
the past two years, for a week prior to the opening of classes. “It is part of the national school operation every opening of classes so that when the students come, they proceed to the learning sessions instead of cleaning the schoolyard,” Mapula said. Genelito Atillo, spokesperson of the Department of Education XI observed that residents are able to accept the need to cooperate in the preparing the schools through the Brigada Eskwela. He said it is good that they see for themselves the favourable impact of the clean-up drive to the enthusiasm of their children to go to school.
Atillo said the Brigada Eskwela has brought unity and cooperation among the stakeholders in the community composed of the pupils, parents, school personnel and the local government. He said the program has saved time and resources to both the students and the DepEd which used to spend Twenty to Thirty Million Pesos for manpower alone. Atillo said that through the Balik Eskwela, the students will attend to their classes right away on the first day of school, unlike in the past when they had to allot two weeks to do the clean up consequently affecting the school calendar. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
PNP, AFP refocuses on crime and terror-prevention after polls by Joey Dalumpines
DAVAO CITY- Police and military authorities in the city are back to fighting crime and terror following the proclamation of all winners in the recently concluded midterm senatorial and local polls. Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa, director of the Davao City Police Office said the police in the city are back to the normal mode in pursuing law enforcement duties against all forms of criminality. “We are back to normal mode. I told my policemen to focus on the activities and campaigns we did prior to the elections,” he said. Monday, May 20, 2013
De la Rosa also reminded all licensed firearm holders that the election gun ban continues to be effective up to June 12. He said after June 12, the election gun ban will be lifted and persons with official permits to carry firearms outside of residence can again enjoy the privilege. Colonel Casiano Monilla, commander of the Task Force Davao said his soldiers have been ordered to improve their competence so that they can serve better the residents of the city. He said the Task Force Davao 11
complements with the DCPO in anti-crime campaign. Monilla said that on a regular basis, the military contingent conducts checkpoints to prevent armed elements from other areas from entering the city. He said the TF Davao still conducts regular patrols within the urban center and assists the police in the inspection of people and cargo in all transport facilities within the city. Monilla said the TF Davao also complements with the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Police in guarding the shoreline of the city. He assured that the unit has 12
enough manpower resources and logistics to function effectively. “We just need to improve further the capacity of our personnel through giving them more training so that they will master their delegated tasks,” Monilla said. He revealed that the sole order given by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is to prevent terror groups from bombing the city. Monilla said Mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte also issued him the same order. “All our efforts are directed towards preventing any terror attack in Davao City,” he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines) Monday, May 20, 2013
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 fiveday Integrated Planning Course held at Pietros Square.
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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 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 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/ 14
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 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 post-incident 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 Monday, May 20, 2013
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; 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 Monday, May 20, 2013
incident history file and turning over the completed documentation files to the PSC, hosting agency or another documentation leader. 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.
Caraga LGUs attain 100% completion in LGPMS
by Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa
BUTUAN CITY -- All seventy-seven (77) local government units of Region 13 (Caraga) have completed the on-line data entry of the Local Governance Performance Management System (LGPMS) for the calendar year 2012. In a Memorandum dated April assessment, management and 18, 2013 from the Bureau of Local development tool used to assess Government Supervision (BLGS) and measure the performance of of the Department of the Interior LGUs in the provinces, cities and and Local Government (DILG) municipalities. By completing Central Office, only Regions II, III, the LGPMS on-line data entry, XIII (Caraga) and CAR attained the LGUs will know the strong 100% completion of LGPMS on- and weak points of their line data entry. services, utilizing different sets The LGPMS is a self- of indicators. These indicators 16
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are focused on governance and development areas that measure their performance in: (1) Administrative Governance, (2) Social Governance, (3) Economic Governance, (4) Environmental Governance and (5) Valuing Fundamentals of Good Governance. The local government officials and functionaries who are respondents to this tool will be able to generate the state of performance and development in their areas that will serve as the basis for coming-up with the State of Local Governance Report (SLGR). This report being generated will now provide the details underpinning the LGUs performance. The LGUs weak performance are revealed and will now be responded through strategic efforts such as strengthening the local governmentâ€™s internal capacity, formulating policies to address certain issues, gaps and challenges and addressing problematic areas to promote development. Through LGPMS, the information being generated in the system is used by LGUs for policy and program development. The result of the assessment will also address development gaps existing in their scope of their locality. This Monday, May 20, 2013
will ensure the delivery of quality basic services to the constituents and will influence future decisions of the LGU Officials focusing on certain areas that promotes development. The Province of Dinagat Islands was excluded in the LGPMS online data entry for C.Y. 2012 for its questioned constitutionality of being a province was finally resolved and officially declared as valid and constitutional just last year in a Minute Resolution dated September 11, 2012 in G.R. No. 180050 (Navarro v. Executive Secretary Ermita).
Agusan del Norte employs 300 students thru SPES by LGU-Agusan del Norte
AGUSAN DEL NORTE -- The Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte thru the Prov. Planning and Development Office (PPDO) gave 300 lucky students from all over the province a chance to work thru the SPES â€“ Special Program for Employment of Students for summer. SPES is mandated under RA No. 7323 known as an act to help poor but deserving students pursue their education by encouraging their employment during summer and/ or Christmas vacations. The SPES objective is to provide students with their first taste of job exposure which will eventually develop their intellectual capabilities and harness their potentials. It is a joint undertaking of the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other government agencies such as the Department of Education (DEPED); Commission on Higher Education 18
(CHED); Department of Budget and Management (DBM); Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD); and Department of Finance. The program is open to all 15 to 25 years old - high school, college, vocational students or even dropouts. The students will be working for 20 working days with Salary not lower than the minimum wage of 231 per day. The summer job started on May 6, 2013 and will end on June 3, 2013 with 60% of their salary paid by the province and the 40% will be shouldered by DOLE. Monday, May 20, 2013
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GSIS-Gensan to be piloted as 24/7 contact center for Mindanao By Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY --The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced that it will pilot GSIS-GenSan as 24/7 contact center for Mindanao area.
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In its recently-held soft launch, GSIS cited the need to establish a 24/7 contact center that will immediately respond to the concerns of its clients nationwide. “GSIS-Bacolod will be the pilot site for the Visayas area; General Santos City for Mindanao; Legaspi for Southern Luzon, and Cabanatuan for Northern Luzon,” said Salvacion Mate, GSIS vice president for Visayas Operations Group. This is under the agency’s vision and mission to bring the agency closer to its 1.5 memberspopulation by being more accessible and responsive to their needs, she told reporters and GSIS members here. She said that if before, a member could hardly contact the GSIS because the line has always been directed to the central office, members now will have the convenience of accessing the agency right from their homes. The contact center, Mate said is already open at the National Capital Region (NCR) and is set to pilot four more areas. Manned by 60 call center agents, the contact center in the NCR has 50 seats ready to answer calls 24/7, she said. Mate added that the call center agents are well-trained to respond to member’s inquiry and provide first-hand resolution for basic and most frequently asked questions. Mate said any GSIS member can 24
now call the hotlines for inquiry free of charge. The numbers are 1-800-8-8474747 for Globe and 1-800-10-8474747 for PLDT/Smart subscribers. However, when dialing the Smart hotline a minimum P8.00 flat rate cost will be charged regardless of the length of call time. The hotlines can be seen at the back of the GSIS Unified MultiPurpose Identification or UMID card. GSIS Vice president for applications management Jean Rusela Bengo also underscored that the contact center will help members “save time and energy” by curtailing visits to the GWAPP machine since their concerns will readily be answered by contact center representatives. Aside from basic questions, she said members can also make follow-ups on claims and loans and validate personal records through the center. Bengo also advised members to make their UMID Card readily available for verification when transacting with the center. Meanwhile, GSIS branch manager Deity Manampan assured members here that GSIS General Santos City has always been quick in processing members’ transactions and that it has been addressing their concerns without unnecessary delay. (CT Apelacio/Lipsy Grace Carayo/PIA12 General Santos City) Monday, May 20, 2013
COMELEC to candidates: Time to report expenses, donations By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- With the elections over, candidates should now account for the expenses and the donations they received for reporting to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), an official of the commission here reminded. “After the elections, all candidates are required to file their statement of contributions and (SoCE)expenses,” reminded Atty Duque Kadatuan, acting provincial election supervisor. “Whether they won or lost in the recently concluded elections, they should file.” The official added that candidates have until 5 p.m. of June 13, 2013 to file their SoCE. According to Section 94 Article XI of the Omnibus Election Code, “’contribution’ includes a gift, donation, subscription, loan, advance or deposit of money or anything of value, or a contract, promise or agreement to contribute, whether or not legally enforceable, made for the purpose of influencing the results of the elections but shall not include services rendered without compensation by individuals volunteering a portion or all of their time in behalf of a candidate or political party. It shall also include the use of facilities voluntarily donated by other persons, the money value of which can be assessed based on the rates prevailing in the area.” The same Code defines “expenditure” Monday, May 20, 2013
to include “the payment or delivery of money of anything of value, or a contract, promise or agreement to make an expenditure, for the purpose of influencing the results of the election. It shall also include the use of facilities personally owned by the candidate, the money value of the use of which can be assessed based on the rates prevailing in the area.” Koronadal City acting election officer Ma. Dorothy Losa in a separate interview said: “Non-submission of statement of contributions and expenditures carries a penalty of P10,000.” Kadatuan also appealed to candidates to help in the clean-up by removing the tarpaulins and other campaign materials that they and their supporters have posted during the campaign period. “When I came to South Cotabato as the acting election supervisor, I was impressed with its clean environment. I hope to leave the province as clean as it was before the elections,” he said. Before his interim assignment here, Kadatuan was provincial election 25
officer of North Cotabato province. Yesterday afternoon, the Provincial Board of Canvassers led by Kadatuan proclaimed the winners of the May 13 elections. Incumbent 1st District Representative Pedro Acharon Jr. retains his post over first-time candidate Barangay Apopong, General Santos City Chairman Ruel Pacquiao, brother of Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Ferdinand Hernandez was proclaimed winner in the congressional race for the province’s second district against incumbent Vice Governor Elmo Tolosa. Incumbent 2nd District Rep. Daisy Avance-Fuentes returns to her former post as governor after winning against incumbent Gov. Arthur Arthur Pingoy Jr.
Board member Cecile Diel was also proclaimed as vice-governor elect. Also proclaimed winner of the election for board members were: Gly Mariano-Trabado, Romeo Tamayo, and Jovelyn Baitus in the 1st District as well as Vicente “Vic” De Jesus, Ma. Ester Marin Catorce, Ellen Grace Zubere-Albios, Ervin Luntao, Agustin “Teng” Demaala, Romulo Solivio and Samuel Ladot in the 2nd District. In Region 12, South Cotabato was the first to declare a complete set of provincial officials. Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region covers the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)
Koronadal mayor to focus on construction of transport terminal, other projects in 2nd term By Danilo E. Doguiles
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Mayor Peter Miguel said he would push for the planned construction of several projects that would push for the city’s economic potential further in his second term as the local chief executive.
Construction of a transport terminal complex, a night market, and a sanitary landfill would take priority, Miguel said in an interview right after he was declared as winner in the mayoralty race. At past 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 26
May 16, the City Board of Canvassers proclaimed Miguel as mayor-elect with total votes of 58, 146 as well as Eliordo Ogena as vice mayor with 33, 896 votes Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are: Dideles, Rose Monday, May 20, 2013
(35,910); Abris, Edwin (34,388); Lapidez, Mark (33,669); Hurtado, Junette (31, 324); Jumilla Rene (29, 441); Ogoy , Gregorio (27, 852); Bona, Rebecca (27, 279); Pagunsan Oscar (26,622); Araquil, Erlinda (26,404); and Cadellino, Ankol (25, 895). Last year, the city government began the process of establishing a public terminal with the purchase of a 5.9 hectare lot in Barangay Zone 3. Before the campaign period, the LGU was already in talks with banks for a loan of about P150 million to finance the planned integrated transport terminal complex. According to the city’s initial plans, the proposed terminal’s main building will occupy at least two hectares. The remaining area will be reserved for future site development. All existing transport terminals in Koronadal City -- the administrative seat of Soccsksargen Region – are all privately-owned, including one operated by the Yellow Bus Company, the region’s largest bus fleet plying the route from Sultan Kudarat province to South Cotabato and Davao City. Also before the elections the LGU has started initiatives for the establishment of a sanitary landfill. It has already identified a 10hectare lot in Paraiso for this purpose; before the elections, the Monday, May 20, 2013
city LGU has held consultations with the residents in the property’s immediate vicinity. For several times, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have repeatedly reminded the city LGU to put up a sanitary landfill in compliance with the mandates of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003). Miguel said is also bent on pursuing his plans to establish a night market. In a previous interview, he explained that with the city’s booming economy and being the center of Region 12, a night market could be a very appropriate investment for the city. The local chief executive and other city officials have travelled to Tagum City in Davao Province last year to study the implementation and operation of Tagum’s night market. Aside from these major projects, Miguel said he is also considering the construction of a convention center that would further strengthen its place as the Soccsksargen’s administrative seat. Soccsksargen covers the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat as well as the cities of Koronadal, General Santos, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) 27
Brigada Eskwela starts today By Claro A. Lanipa
PAGADIAN CITY – Zamboanga del Sur Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Arturo Bayocot disclosed that starting today, May 20, until May 24, all public elementary and secondary schools are having the School Maintenance Week better known as “Brigada Eskwela.” In an interview, Dr. Bayocot encouraged all stakeholders (internal and external) such as parents, local government units and barangays officials to actively participate and cooperate with the yearly activity initiated by the schools in their respective communities. “I appeal to all of you to help your respective schools in your communities in preparation for the opening of classes come June 3. We
have discouraged the old practices where children during their first days in schools are engaged in cleaning their respective rooms and school premises,” Bayocot said. “This is the main reason why DepEd has designated the whole week of May 20-24 as school maintenance week in preparation for the school opening,” Bayocot added. Bayocot further said: “starting June 3, regular classes will start, that is
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why it is really important that we have to help in the preparation of our schools prior to the start of regular classes.” There are several activities to be undertaken during the whole week such as minor repairs of jalousy windows, defective chairs, paintings, or additional chairs if needed. “Teachers are also required to prepare a structuring in their
respective classrooms within the week, so that when classes start everything will be in place,” Bayocot added. “I encouraged the parents, members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), the School Governing Council (SGC) and the LGUs to help our Brigada Eskwela,” the schools superintendent reiterated.
NGCP de-activates Task Force for the 2013 Elections By Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has recently deactivated the operations of its 2013 Power Task Force Election (PTFE). Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, NGCP spokesperson said the deactivation of the Task force took effect last May 17, 2013. The NGCP PTFE, which operated 24 hours a day since May 10 at NGCP’s Over-all Disaster Command Center in Diliman, Quezon City, was created to monitor the system condition, restoration activities, and reports from the Regional Command Centers and submitted the same to the Department of Energy and other external agencies, as well as ensure its readiness to respond to emergency situations during the election period. The NGCP has suspended all its preventive maintenance operations one week before and one week after the election to ensure continuity in power distribution and further ensure that its technical people and linemen were preMonday, May 20, 2013
positioned in areas where they would be most needed during emergency situation. Alabanza pointed out that NGCP is ready to organize a similar task force to ensure reliable power transmission services during crucial national events such as elections. The corporation will continue to conduct regular maintenance activities and expansion projects to enhance the quality of electricity delivered to customers and the public. Announcements on these planned activities, as well as unplanned grid disturbances and other matters of importance will continue to be posted on NGCP’s website at www.ngcp.ph, or though Facebook (www.facebook.com/ NGCP1) and Twitter (@NGCP_ALERT). (NGCP)
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WESMINCOM welcomes new deputy chief By Rene V. Carbayas
ISABELA CITY, Basilan – In a time-honored change of office ceremony, Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) welcomed the new Deputy Commander last April 27 inside Camp Navarro in Zamboanga City. Brigadier General (BGen.) Orlando E De Leon replaced BGen. Eugenio Clemen who just retired from the military service. The ceremony was officiated by no less than Lieutenant General Rey C Ardo, Commander of Western Mindanao Command and attended by commanders from the different units, civilian employees and personnel. Prior to his designation as deputy commander of WESMINCOM, BGen Monday, May 20, 2013
De Leon was the commander of the 2nd Marine Brigade in the Province of Sulu who was instrumental in the transformation of the Marines. “Ang Marines ngayon as hindi na kinatatakutan bagkus nirerespeto. Ito ay dahil sa malaking contribusyon nila in ‘winning the peace’ in the said province which is the battle cry of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Internal Peace and Security ‘Bayanihan’ (The marines today are not feared anymore but are respected 31
because of their contribution in winning the peace in Sulu, which is the battle cry of the AFPâ€™s IPSP),â€? De Leon said. De Leon was born on September 7, 1959 in Tabaco City, Albay. He is happily married to Dahlia M. De Leon and blessed with four children namely: Therese Josephine, Orlando Jr., Strawberry Marie and Lucky Angel. He finished both his elementary and secondary education at Aquinas University of Legazpi, Legazpi City where he graduated with First Honorable Mention. He was accepted into the Philippine Military Academy in 1977 and graduated in 1982. His ascent in military service gave him the opportunity to undergo career and specialization courses for advancement both local and abroad. Among his career courses are Basic Airborne Course, Naval Intelligence Officers Course, Basic and Advance Career Courses and the Command and General Staff Course (GGSC). His outstanding achievement in the military service is highlighted 32
by the numerous awards and recognitions he received both from military and civilian sectors. Among others, he is a recipient of Most Outstanding and AFP Officer of the Year award in 2000 (PAOCTF), Distinguished Service Star, Bronze Cross Medals, Silver Wing Medal and several Military Merit Medals both for combat and administration and Military commendations from Military and other institutions. A battle-tested soldier, BGen de Leon has served in Mindanao for most of his career. Among the positions he had held include: Platoon Commander and Commanding Officer of the 31st Marine Company and 5th Marine Company, Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) between 1984-1988 Intelligence Officer of the MBLT 3, Intelligence Officer of 3rd Marine Brigade in 19951996, Deputy for Intelligence of the then Southcom between 1999-2001, Executive Officer at MBLT 5 in 19971999, Chief of Staff of the Philippine Marine Corps, Deputy Commander of the 3rd Marine Brigade all between 2004-2006. (WESMINCOM) Monday, May 20, 2013
MOCAN to hold 30th International AIDS candlelight memorial, mobilization by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Misamis Oriental – Cagayan De Oro AIDS Network (MOCAN) invites the whole community to join the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization “In Solidarity” on May 19, 4:30 p.m. at Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, here.
The program will focus on the dangers, threats of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic, said Fritzie Caybot-Estoque, chairperson of MOCAN and director Monday, May 20, 2013
of Liceo Center for Community Development. “It’s right here in Cagayan De Oro, dugay na pero kulang pa ta sa aksyon para ma prevent, para ma 33
minimize ang pag spread sa disease (It has long been here but we still need to take more action to prevent and minimize the spread of the disease),” she said. According to Estoque, MOCAN regularly conduct surveillance and at the same time provide care and support for persons living with HIV or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Particularly, they have conducted awareness programs by community dissemination, community education, and community organization. Through this, they have encouraged people to be aware and voluntarily get counseling and be tested especially in the vulnerable sector. She added that through this program, almost every week during their field they would find one person positive with HIV. As much as the group would like to remind people to be cautious
of getting infected with HIV or AIDS, they also want people to join together and not discriminate those who have the infection. That way, people living with HIV/AIDS will have the courage to voluntarily be counseled and get tested. When a person is found positive, Estoque explained that they need to undergo counseling specifically on the do’s and don’ts. Meanwhile people who have had negative results are given guidance as to what to do to prevent having the disease. Lastly, Estoque said that the most effective way to prevent HIV/ AIDS from happening to anybody is awareness and behavior change. On Sunday, they have invited a Person Living with AIDS (PLA) for a testimony and Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, assistant secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) as their keynote speaker, she said.
Mindanao region bags NGCP’s 1st Lineman’s Skills Competition championship by Lorry V. Gabule
ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The host region, Mindanao, emerged as overall champion in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) 1st Lineman’s Skills Competition held at the Lineman’s Academy in Maria Cristina, Iligan City on April 23 to 25, 2013. Four teams composed of 14 , and Mindanao competed during the linemen coming from several districts three-day event. in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas After such intensive and 34
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exhilarating competitions, the Mindanao Region garnered a total of six gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze medals. South Luzon came in second, followed closely by North Luzon and the Visayas. Mark Emmanuel Villaspin, a lineman from North Luzon, was crowned ‘Rodeo King’ for garnering the highest score in the individual and group events. The linemen were showcased in their full duty gear during the 10 events that they competed, particularly: Steel Pole Erection; Wood Pole Climbing; Rope Splicing; Pole Dressing; Conductor Riding; Knot Tying; Pole Undressing; Hurt Man Pole Top Resource; Bandaging, Splints, and Transfer; and Emergency Restoration System (ERS) Installation. The event was designed to display the unique skills and talents of linemen that are rarely seen by the
public. Atty Cynthia P. Alabanza, NGCP Spokesperson and Head of Corporate Communications, clarified that more than showcasing the competence and expertise of linemen, the competition is an opportunity to honor unsung heroes. NGCP linemen are the frontliners of our operations. This would give everyone a better appreciation of the risks they take on a day-to-day basis and under all types of weather conditions. Their commitment and passion to ensuring the safety and reliability of the grid makes them the heart and soul of NGCP, added Alabanza. NGCP’s regular training activities aim to enhance the quality of transmission services to ensure the reliability of electricity delivered to grid-connected customers like generators, distributors, and large industries, said Alabanza.
What every Filipino consumer should know by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Lawyer Fel Lester G. Brillantes of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 shares important information and reminder to all “modern day” Filipino consumers. He emphasized five reminders. First, don’t let anyone insert or swipe your credit card twice without giving you a “transaction cancelled” receipt from the first swipe. Second, if you have difficulty Monday, May 20, 2013
paying your credit card debt or you are complaining against excessive bank finance charges and credit card agents, do not go to DTI. Instead, lodge a written complaint with the Financial Consumer Affairs Group (FCAG) of the 35
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Third, don’t respond to any text messages claiming that you won in a raffle and the source of the text is just an ordinary 11-digit number instead of the special three to four digit numbers. Most scammers love to identify themselves as “lawyers.” Contact NTC’s one-stop public assistance center at 921-32-51 or 926-77-22 for sim card blocking request. If you want to check whether or not a DTI sales promo number is genuine, verify the same at the DTI-NCR website. (http://dtincr.ph/ verifysalespromo.php) Fourth, tell your parents not to entertain “vulture agents.” They are the annoying people inside the malls asking you if you have a credit card. In some instances, target victims are approached by vulture agents informing them that he/she has won a gift or a “give-away.” After fraudulent manipulation, victims will be convinced to part their money as insurance premiums or down payments of their products. If they are selling insurance products, lodge your complaint with the Insurance Commission for malpractices of insurance companies or agents. Fifth, do not invest your money to companies with “Pyramid-ScamLike-Behavior.” The only people that are able to make money on a pyramid scheme are the scammers at the top of the pyramid. Pyramid scammers usually invite their members for a free seminar. At the seminar, you will be enticed 36
to become an investor by paying a certain amount of money which will allow you to earn by recruiting two or more other investors and the pyramid goes on. To disguise the scam as a legitimate networking scheme, scammers offer in their recruitment package some beauty, herbal or other products (usually overpriced, of poor quality and difficult to sell) for selling. The money received by the members comes primarily from recruitment and not from the direct selling of their products. However, Pyramid scams are not that easy to spot. Thus, before joining any of their seminars, ask them if their company is a member of the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP) and verify it at the DSAP website (http://www.dsap.ph/ directory.html). If the company is not a DSAP member, this should be a red flag and you should conduct further research about the company you are dealing with. If possible, secure copies of their Articles of Incorporation, General Information Sheet (GIS) and the like for verification with the SEC. These documents will aid government agencies to know the responsible directors/officers behind the corporation and proper service of summons in case of complaints. You can also visit the official website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (sec.gov.ph) to check if a company is inside SEC’s public advisories or “babala” against scammers. Monday, May 20, 2013