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Today’s issue...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vol. 2 No. 188







Cover Story

Google and the elections Rudolph Alama Southern Mindanao

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President Aquino directs Department of Labor and other government agencies to address job mismatch KKS-Sine Mobile project set to launch in Tandag City Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

DA-Caraga holds photo contest Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Milk processing center opens in South Cotabato town Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

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PNP assures safety in opening of classes, joins Brigada Eskwela Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

DILG 9 to conduct BuB assessment workshop in Zamboanga City Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

DOH-10 official bats for healthy lifestyle, awareness in fight against HIV-AIDS Yvonne A. Jimenez, Northern Mindanao

Navy’s Chief visits 4ID 4CMO/4ID, Northern Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Google and the elections By Rudolph Alama


ith millions of Filipinos getting online everyday internet search giant Google has stepped up to provide online support to help voters and information-hungry online netizens during the conduct of the May 2013 elections.

This with its Precinct-Finder which was first launched in 2010 and the recent Google Election page which was launched in February of this year. The Philippine election page allows Filipinos to visit one site and be updated with election news from different media outlets. Dan Cedric Delima, software developer from Google and a member of the engineering team developing the project said that Google already had a similar platform for other countries with the Philippine becoming part of it when the company established its presence with an office in the country. He said the page was made in collaboration with PPCRV (Parish 4

Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting) along with other media networks and outlets. The page maintained by an election team provides site visitors with filters based on candidates, political parties or national issues giving much easier and more convenient access to news and information. Aside from news there are also live-streamed debates on Youtubes or one can discuss electionrelated topics with reporters using the Google + Hangout platform. The page has an incident map which was developed by Delima, where it distributes election-related incidents according to geographic locations and mapped it using Google Map API by putting place marks on where the

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incidents occurred. He said it helps visualize the prevalence of election-related incidents in a given area. “For example we can see in the map that election-related violence is prevalent in the region or in this province maraming news ng election fraud na narereport.” (in this province there are plenty of election fraud news reported). Delima said as of recent update they had mapped around 250-300 incidents spread all over the country. “You’ve read or heard a lot of news but you can now visualize where it is happening because of the map.” Aside from the Philippine election page, Google had its precinct-finder tool to help voters find their precincts. Comelec (Commission on Elections) will just give you the address, Google will help you find it, Delima explained the concept. A visitor can input his precinct number, city and region and the site provides you the map

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where to find your precincts. The online tool gets much of its help from volunteer mappers which plots the location of the precinct centers using the Google Maps. Delima said the 2013 Precinct Finder gets updates since there were changes to the precincts from the 2010 elections. He said as of last update which occurred before the May 13 elections the site handles about 1-million requests daily. The Philippines is the first country to have a Google precinct-finder tool, partly due to Delima, who was born in General Santos and who grew up in Davao City. He said in Google they are given 20% of their time where they can choose to do anything and he chose to develop the incident-map feature of the election page and the precinct-finder tool. Delima said he was inspired to develop the precinct finder since many schools which serve as voting centers are hard to locate particularly for new voters or those who had changed residences or had been away from the country for a long time. Aside from elections, the precinct-finder can be used during disasters for rescue and relief groups to find the schools which are often used as evacuation centers. 5

ACROSS THE NATION Malacañang says Taiwan will provide additional security to protect Filipinos


he Taiwan government intends to provide additional security to protect Filipinos in Taiwan amid reports of assault and discrimination against Filipino nationals staying there, a Palace official said on Monday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang that the Philippine government remains optimistic that the harassment and assaults against Filipinos in Taiwan will be stopped after Taiwan Tuesday, May 21, 2013

President Ma Ying-jeou vowed last week to protect the Filipinos there. Last Friday, the Taiwan’s leader called for calm and promised to protect Filipinos residing and working in the island. “I understand, that their leadership


has already expressed intent to provide additional security and we’re hoping that the reported incidents will not be repeated,” Valte said. The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) had already organized a team that will document reports of harassment and assaults against Filipinos in Taiwan and relay it to Taiwan’s foreign ministry. “Our counterparts there are already working with the relevant ministries in Taiwan for the investigation of these attacks,” Valte said. Valte said the Philippine government is calling on the Taiwanese people not to harass the Filipinos there because they have nothing to do with the shooting death

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of a Taiwanese fisherman last May 9 off Batanes. The Philippine government assured that contingencies are now in place in case there is an exodus of Filipinos from Taiwan. The Department of Labor said it is looking at other markets such as South Korea, the Middle East and Malaysia that could absorb Filipino workers affected by the current diplomatic row with Taiwan. PND (js)


President Aquino directs Department of Labor and other government agencies to address job mismatch


resident Benigno S. Aquino III had already tapped the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to continue working to address the prevailing job mismatch, a Palace official said on Monday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing in Malacanang that the Chief Executive asked the concerned Tuesday, May 21, 2013

agencies to exert all the necessary efforts to attain the administration’s goal of providing employment for Filipinos after graduation.


Valte said President Aquino stressed the need for the concerned government agencies to craft measures to help address the country’s employment concerns. “The President has repeatedly talked about this. It needs to be addressed by a convergence between the Labor department, the CHED and the TESDA,” Valte said. Valte said the Chief Executive directed the DOLE to work along with its partner agencies in implementing various job creation facilitation programs to address the prevailing job mistmatch. “Ang gusto po natin ay nabibigyan ng proper advice ang ating mga estudyante kung ano ang mga Tuesday, May 21, 2013

kurso na kapag naka-graduate sila ay bukas pa ang merkado para sa mga ganoong empleyo,” Valte said. “So, nakita po natin ‘yan nang nagkaroon ng oversupply in some sectors with the number of jobs that are available after they had graduated, and that is precisely why the President ordered these three agencies to come together and make sure that the proper advice is given our students who are beginning their university education,” she said. The administration is trying to attract both domestic and international investors to create more job opportunities for Filipinos.


ITCZ brings rains over parts of Mindanao


xpect light rains over the part of Mindanao on Tuesday, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). An ITCZ is a merger of winds from different directions, which is also a breeding ground for low pressure areas (LPA). In its advisory, PAGASA said Zamboanga Peninsula and Sarangani and Davao del Sur provinces will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms. The weather agency also said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will continue to experience sunny to partly cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the western section due to local convection or thunderstorms or rains in places where clouds have been 10

formed due to the heating of the earth’s surface. In its extended outlook, PAGASA said Metro Manila may expect temperatures of 26 to 35 degrees Celsius while in Tuguegarao City 24 to 34 degrees Celsius, and Angeles and Olongapo Cities 25 to 33 degrees Celsius PAGASA also 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 said. Tuesday, May 21, 2013

More medical equipment arriving for Butuan City Medical Center by Noel Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- In line with the envisioned program of the Butuan City Medical Center (BCMC) to deliver a “world class delivery of medical services� more equipment and medical supplies are arriving for the said medical facility. Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. in a recent interview, said they are expecting the delivery of the P43 million worth of a “Positron Emission Tormography/ Computed Tormography (PET/CT )Scan,� that is due for delivery possibly this week from Detroit, Michigan. Mayor Amante also disclosed that another 40-footer container van of medical equipment is also coming. Amante, who himself is a physician , said he will see to it


that the updating and equipping of the Butuan City Medical Center in terms of its collection, personnel, infrastructure and the delivery of services will be ongoing until the city government can attain what has been envisioned for this cityrun medical facility. Recently, Mayor Amante received the donation from Rotary Club International, based in Vancouver, Canada some hospital beds and other medical equipment and supplies.

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KKS-Sine Mobile project set to launch in Tandag City

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- To intensify the fight against sex trafficking of children and women, the Karl Kubel Stiftung (KKS) Sine Mobile Project will be launched on May 22 in Tandag City. The will be held at Villa Maria Luisa Hotel. The project has four Local Government Units (LGUs) beneficiaries coming from Surigao del Sur, the City of Tandag & Bislig, Municipality of Barobo and Cantilan, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer May Navidad Salinas said. Salinas said that the KKS-Sine Mobile – entitled “Fight Against Sex Trafficking of Children & Women thru Awareness Racing” was Tuesday, May 21, 2013

supported by the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation- Integrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC) a non-government organization operating in Agusan del Sur. Salinas further said that the JPIC-IDC officials and the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Johnny Pimentel is also set to ink the Cooperation Of Agreement (COA) on that same day. 13

DA-Caraga holds photo contest by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- In time with National Year of Rice, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga will be conducting the Rice Capture: Photography Contest, as part of the yearlong celebration. DA-Caraga Regional Director Edna Mabeza said this event is being highlighted by Presidential Procalamation No. 494 dated October 18, 2012. “The idea is for the government through the leadership of the DA to be more aggressive on the campaign for a more responsible consumption of rice and other staples with the aim of achieving rice self-sufficiency for the country in the year 2013 and beyond,” stressed Mabeza. Said contest is also an avenue to encourage the participation and support of photographers and photography-enthusiasts to get 14

involved and to take pictures that can contribute in spreading the NYR 2013 goals and advocates through the use of camera. Mabeza added that this contest is open to all photographers and photography-enthusiasts 18 years old and above in and from Caraga region. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Sapat na Bigas Kaya ng Pinas” (Enough Rice… the Philippines can!) For more information, DA-Caraga can be reached at telephone number (085) 342-4092 local 211 or 09124710503. Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Philippine’s first Kalahi-CIDSS water purifying project to open in Sultan Kudarat By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Residents in a remote village in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat will soon have its source of purified water, courtesy of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS).


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Gemma Rivera, assistant regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12, revealed that the project is the first community-owned water purifying station project in the country. Located in Barangay D. Lotilla, a remote village of Isulan town, the project costs P846,638.00. It is seen to end decades of the villagers’ concern over insufficient and safe supply of drinking water. Rivera added that the project is expected to be fully operational late this month or early June with at least 765 households set to benefit from the project. “The residents have been left with no choice but to spend a portion of their income to buy drinking water especially for children, elders and sick members of the community, a factor in making them live in dire poverty,” Rivera said. Aside from answering community health concerns due to unsafe drinking water, Rivera added, the project is also an income generating initiative which will provide employment for villagers and entrepreneurial opportunities.

It is also intended as a source of revenue for the local government unit. Rivera pointed out that since KalahiCIDSS began in 2003, this is the first time in the entire country that a community decided to establish a water purifying station. Usually, communities covered by project decide to build day care centers, health stations, classroom buildings, bridges, water systems, farm-to-market roads, and similar infrastructures. A community-driven development project, Kalahi-CIDSS gives community people an opportunity to chart local development directions by analyzing their own needs, managing resources and implementing appropriate intervention. Kalahi-CIDSS is one of the “Tatsulok”, a convergence of three flagship poverty-reduction programs implemented by DSWD, which includes Pantawid Pamilya (4Ps) and Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with report from Hilbert Estacion-DSWD-12)

Milk processing center opens in South Cotabato town By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Farmers in Sto. Niño town in South Cotabato would soon be adding value to the milk they are producing from their carabaos. Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Recently, the Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) in cooperation with the local government unit formally opened a milk processing center in the said town. Benjamin Basilio, center director of PCC based at the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato, said the Sto. Ni単o Dairy Farmers Association (SANDAFA), a dairy association organized by the PCC and the municipal agriculture office will take-over in the management of the facility intended to boost dairy enterprise development in the area. Opening of the processing center will eventually let the association


generate additional incomes and encourage other local farmers to venture into dairy production as an income-generating activity, along with raising crops and livestock. A technical staff of the Department of Agriculture-attached agency explained today that the establishment of a milk processing facility in the area is a consequence of years of implementation of upgrading of carabao not only as a draft animal but also for improved hide, meat, and milk production. In Sto. Ni単o, the dispersal and IA activities of PCC has resulted in offspring that are capable of producing

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more milk than the native carabaos. The milk they produce are brought to the pooling center beside Municipal Agriculture Office for processing, primarily as pasteurized milk. The same staff said that the association has also been trained in making dairy-based products. Basilio added that besides the use of carabaos as draft animals in raising crops, these animals are now becoming sources of income of farm families with products such as pasteurized fresh carabao milk, milk bars, ice cream, pastillas and other sweets that they can sell. In his response message, Sto Niño Mayor Antonio F. Damandaman expressed his thanks to the PCC for granting the project in his municipality which he said “will boost the dairy industry and would later facilitate dairy farmers to increase milk production.” During the inauguration, officials of the SANDAFA, DA-PCC, Sto. Niño

LGU, and the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian signed a memorandum of agreement that would ensure continuous support to the initiative. As stipulated in the agreement, the LGU will assist the DA-PCC in delivering and implementing the latter’s programs which include carabao development program, artificial insemination, animal health, and dairy enterprise aimed at creating more livelihood opportunities for local farmers. Apart from these, the LGU assured financial assistance to the association through buy-back scheme to preserve crossbred carabaos as well as purchase of milk products that the local government could use in its feeding program. Meanwhile, PCC and OPVET have committed technical assistance to the association for the proper management of their carabaos for dairy production. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/LMSalvo-DA 12)

PNP assures safety in opening of classes, joins Brigada Eskwela By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- After the success of its operations during the recently concluded national and local elections, Soccsksargen Region’s police force is all set to make sure that the opening of classes in June will also be secure and orderly.

PCSupt. Charles Calima Jr., acting regional director of the Police Regional Office said they have already coordinated with the Department of Education, Commission on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Higher Education, local government units, and non-government organizations regarding specific tasks for the start of the school year. “Part of our goal to ensure the 23

operational readiness of police units wela,” which aims to prepare classin responding to peace and order rooms and school for the opening concerns,” he said. of classes on June 3. “Regional Director Calima has diHe added that they have already rected all provincial, city and municdesigned plans and programs for ipal police stations to join ‘Brigada the deployment of our personnel to Eskwela’ starting today until May beef up the necessary police securi- 24,” Mauricio said, “to support the ty requirement in all public schools DepEd, parents and teachers aswithin the region. sociations in cleaning and prepar“Our police integrated patrolling ing the schools for the upcoming system has also been strength- school year.” ened,” he said. For this activity, he added, police Soccsksargen Region consists of personnel will be involved in repairthe provinces of South Cotabato, ing and repainting classrooms; fixNorth Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat ing dilapidated desk, chairs, and taand Sarangani as well as the cit- bles; cutting of overgrown grasses; ies of General Santos, Koronadal, and cleaning of school premises. Tacurong, Kidapawan, and CotabaBrigada Eskwela, officially the to. “National Schools Maintenance Meanwhile, PSInsp. Benjamin Week,” is scheduled on May 20 to Mauricio Jr., information chief of 24 is voluntary effort of schools, the Police Regional Office 12 said, parent, teachers, and community police visibility will be heightened associations and other stakeholdto secure streets, schools and their ers in the locality to conduct school surroundings as well as other places maintenance activities. of public convergence from crimiDepEd officials see this year’s “Banals and untoward incidents. lik Eskwela” as more “challenging” Flyers, primers on basic crime because of the litter left by the reprevention are also being dissemi- cently concluded national and local nated to the public. elections, especially in schools that Tips and preventive measures for were used as polling precincts. the benefit of parents and children Balik Eskwela kicked off in sevare also being regularly discussed eral locations across Soccsksarin radio programs hosted by PNP gen Region and other parts of the 12 and in other venues. country this morning with a caraAll police officers across the re- van led by DepEd’s district offices. gion have also been ordered to fully (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) participate in DepEd’s “Brigada Esk24

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Photo by Ruel D. Tabada/DDCC

Dipolog’s 15th P’gsalabuk festival wows viewers By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY — Local and foreign audiences were awestruck as they witnessed the P’gsalabuk street dancing and showdown presentation held at the Dipolog Boulevard last May 17. Want Want to to publish publish your your photo, photo, news and feature news and feature release release just just email email

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Photo by Ruel D. Tabada/DDCC

The 15th P’gsalabuk Festival, which officially began last April 30 until May 31, would be participated in by city government employees, business groups and students from the different schools in the city. P’gsalabuk is a Subano term which means “togetherness.” It is popularized by a catchphrase, “Unity amidst diversity,” showcasing the myriad interplay of cultures among Mindanao tri-people: Christians, Moro and Lumads. Other than promoting tourism in the city, the festivity also seeks to promote mutual respect, peace and harmony in the area through appreciation of the tri-people’s rich ethno-history, culture, arts, crafts, 26

traditions, practices, customs, music, rituals and many others. Aside from the grandiose dance showdown presentation, this year’s festival also features visual art exhibition, cultural shows, sports events and special games which are open to the public. Last May 18-19, the Triathlon Centennial Championship was successfully conducted in Dipolog with local and foreign sports enthusiasts as participants. Moreover, the P’gsalabuk offroad competition will kick-off on May 25-26, which is free of charge for viewers who want to experience the thrill and adrenaline rush. Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DILG 9 to conduct BuB assessment workshop in Zamboanga City By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – To evaluate the project implementation of Bottomup Budgeting (BuB) for fiscal year 2013, an assessment workshop by the Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team-Technical Working Group (RPRAT-TWG) is slated to be held on May 22-23, 2013 at the Garden Orchid Hotel, Zamboanga City. Spearheaded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 through its Local Government Capacity & Development Division (LGCDD), the two-day activity will be attended by some 32 participants from the national government agencies (NGAs) such as the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(TESDA). Representatives from DILG central office will also be joining the workshop. The activity aims that the participants shall be able to identify the factors that can facilitate or affect BuB FY 2013 project implementation, come up with recommendations to facilitate project implementation for BuB FY 2013, and draw appropriate steps from the lessons/experiences to effect smooth implementation of projects for 2014 and 2015. Workshop outputs will be presented for critiquing and approval to the regional directors of the participating agencies who will convene for the purpose in the afternoon of the second day. RPRAT outputs are indispensable in the appraisal of the inter-agency collaboration among the thirteen participating agencies on May 31, 2013. 27


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RDC-10 backs implementation of climate change and disaster risks info system by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Northern Mindanao has backed the move to build climate and disaster resilient communities in the region. The support was conveyed by the Council through a resolution enjoining support to and advocacy on the implementation of a geospatial database system on climate change and disaster risks in Region 10. The database system, called “Climate Change and Risk Information Systems for Planning (Crisp), aims to respond to the need for an integrated and efficient storage of reliable and upto-date risk information in geospatial format which the government and general public can easily access. It is a joint project of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office X and the Climate Change Commission. Accordingly, the implementation of the Crisp project will involve organization of the Crisp Core Group (CCG) to be compose of RDC-X Regional Land Use Committee Tuesday, May 21, 2013

(RLUC-X) members and other agencies possessing geospatial data holdings; installation of the Crisp system and building-up/maintenance of Crisp database at the NEDA-X; and preparation of a handbook or operations manual on the Crisp system. It also involves the advocacy of the system to the national government 29

agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector partners. Meanwhile, the RDC-X is encouraging NGAs and LGUs in the

region to improve climate and disaster risk assessments, and the sharing thereof, for purposes of evidencebased planning, social mobilization and advocacy.

DOH-10 official bats for healthy lifestyle, awareness in fight against HIV-AIDS by Yvonne A. Jimenez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A healthy lifestyle and adequate knowledge of Human Immune Deficiency Virus infection / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV / AIDS) are essential in the fight against the deadly disease, an official of the Department of Health said. “HIV-AIDS is incurable and fatal but 100 percent preventable. A person with HIV is infected for life and you cannot tell who is infected,” Dr. Evelyn Magsayo, DOH 10 HIV-AIDS program manager said. “Getting HIV is a decision.” Human Immune Deficiency Virus Infection / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It begins with an infection and is caused by a virus (not bacteria), attacks the immune system, may be transmitted sexually and has prolonged asymptomatic (no symptoms) period. From HIV (asymptomatic), a person infected can lead to having AIDS in two to 10 years and could die due to complications, Dr. David Mendoza, DOH regional epidemiologist, said. 30

It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. HIV can be found in saliva, tears, nervous system tissue and spinal fluid, blood, semen (including pre-seminal fluid, which is the liquid that comes out before ejaculation), vaginal fluid, and breast milk. However, only blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk has been shown to transmit infection to others. HIV can be acquired in 3-4-4-5. The first number three (3) implies the three (3) modes of infection transmission particularly the unprotected, penetrative sex, blood and blood products and mother-tochild (parent-to-child). Second four (4) specifies body fluids that HIV may be transmitted: blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Third four (4) is the requisites for HIV infection namely: exit, sufficient, Tuesday, May 21, 2013

survive and enter. Finally the five (5) ABCDE which imply to (A) abstain from sex, (B) be faithful to your partner, (C) correct and consistent use of condom, (D) do not use illegal drugs or share needles and (E) educate yourself. Sexual risk behaviors account for most HIV infections. Unprotected receptive sex with multiple partners is the sexual behavior that carries the highest risk for HIV acquisition. For those sexually active, the most effective way to prevent HIV and many other sexually transmitted

infections (STIs) are to avoid sex, or use condom. Almost all people infected with HIV, if they are not treated, will develop AIDS. There is a small group of patients who develop AIDS very slowly, or never at all. Ninety-five percent (95%) of males and at least one person per week are reported to have this disease. “Your health is your best asset, protect it,” Dr. Mendoza said. “It’s not your occupation, but your behavior that puts you on high risk.”

Navy’s Chief visits 4ID by 4CMO/4ID

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City --The Flag Officer-InCommand of the Philippine Navy visited the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division on May 18. The Flag Officer-In-Command of the Philippine Navy was welcomed by Brigadier General Ricardo R Visaya AFP, General Officer-In-Charge of 4ID in simple honors. Coming from a check with his marines of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-3 stationed in Gingoog City, proceeded to the 4ID’s Camp Evangelista Station Hospital and eased wounded marine soldiers. Vice Admiral Alano medalled each soldier with a Wounded Personnel Medal and handed out financial assistance. “The main reason we were deployed here was to stabilize the Tuesday, May 21, 2013

situation and make sure that a free election will be conducted here,” Vice Admiral Alano said in his press statement. Asked with the duration of the Marines’ stay in the region Vice Admiral Alano said, “Depending on the situation, we are ready to go; particularly our Marine Battalions are mobile battalions.” Major Leo E Bongosia, 4ID Spokesperson said, “Military award is an essential part in the military wherein sacrifices and effort of our soldiers in securing this country from threats are given due recognition.” 31

Philippine-Indonesia Joint Naval Exercise starts Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The navies of the Philippines and Indonesia formally commenced the joint civil-military exercise called Corpat-PHILINDO XXVII-13 Tuesday in a simple ceremony at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Headquarters in Camp 32

Panacan aimed at improving the interoperability of both contingents in guarding their respective territorial waters in the Celebes Sea against terrorism, smuggling and illegal fishing.

Captain Severino David, deputy Tuesday, May 21, 2013

commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command said the joint civil-military exercise would be preceded with friendship basketball game Tuesday afternoon. He said on Wednesday naval vessels of the Philippines and Indonesia would sail for Sarangani Island in Davao del Sur to conduct a medical- dental outreach program. David said that on Thursday, both contingents proceed to Maruri Island the first Islet of Indonesia on South to conduct the same activity for the Indonesian residents there. “We’ll be conducting medical-dental assistance to the Filipinos and Indonesian in these areas,” he said. David said that in returning home, the Philippines will also fetch three Filipinos arrested for illegal fishing in the Indonesian waters. He said the Philippine Navy will bring the three Filipino to G’lan, Sarangani Province for processing at the Bureau of Immigration Office. David said the joint exercise will involve two naval vessels and one

airplane. He said through the respective naval forces, Philippines and Indonesia have been working together to address the issues like terrorism and smuggling of illegal drugs. Lt. Colonel Ardiansyah Muqsit, military attaché of Indonesia said both navies will conduct communication exercise and replenishment of logistics at sea. He said the border-crossing agreement between Indonesia and the Philippines is working smoothly to ensure the entry of fishermen from both sides without getting arrested. Ardiansyah affirmed that the joint exercise will strengthen ties of both countries on their respective stance against terrorism and transnational crimes. “We cannot allow anyone to bring guns and drugs to Indonesia from the Philippines or vice versa. We will also run after undocumented fishermen who conduct fishing expedition in our territory,” he said. (PIA XI-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

facts and figures

5 Tuesday, May 21, 2013

the number of naval vessels under Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao.


DPWH XI monthly presscons as part of transparency initiatives by Jean Abangan

DAVAO DEL NORTE- As part of its transparency measure, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI will call for regular monthly press conference during the meeting of district engineers with the regional director. DPWH XI Mariano R. Alquiza bared this objective of DPWH XI in a press conference yesterday (May 20) at the Davao del Norte DPWH District Engineering Office in Tagum City, Davao del Norte where Alquiza was on the regular meeting with district engineers. “We are practicing transparency in our operation,� he said. 34

During the press conference, Alquiza shared latest development of DPWH regional operation particularly on its performance, tourism convergence projects, completion of classroom projects and the Davao del NorteBukidnon Road. Alquiza bared that DPWH XI got at the top of ranking among regional offices nationwide in terms of preconstruction phase work which involves survey, preparation of plans and bidding while it ranked 4th in the construction phase. Alquiza attributed as reasons of its low ranking in construction, problems such as peace and order in its area of operation, road right of way and the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo which he said had a lingering effect on efforts of DPWH to push through with projects. As of May 15, DPWH XI regional office handled P3.02 billion worth of infrastructure projects while P 7.4 billion was distributed to the eight Tuesday, May 21, 2013

engineering districts in the four provinces of the Davao Region including that in Davao City. Meanwhile, Alquiza revealed that DPWH XI got a P1.487 billion budget for 15 projects lined up under the tourism convergence program to build access roads to tourism sites in all identified tourist destinations in the region including that in the Island Garden City of Samal. The budget for tourism access projects, however, excludes those infrastructure that would be needed in view of Davao City’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) in 2015. Alquiza said his office has yet to receive the budget for such purpose but he presumed that most APECrelated infra will be built in Davao City area. One of the big-ticket projects on focus of DPWH XI, is the Davao Tuesday, May 21, 2013

del NorteBukidnon road which pavement is almost completely done with only 30 kilometers remain unpaved, Alquiza said. He, however, could not speak on behalf of the DPWH X regarding the progress of its road construction and pavement in those portions belonging to Bukidnon. On the other hand, Alquiza revealed instruction of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson to hit completion of one-storey classroom buildings (whether one-room or two-room) by end of June and the two-storey school buildings by August to serve pupils and students this school year 2013-2014. Out of 149 one-storey classroom projects, DPWH already completed 34 batting an average completion rate of 31.47 percent as of May 15. Among the four provinces, he looked at the province of Compostela Valley to get ahead with 34 classroom projects already done while only one is still on-going, posting a completion rate of 84.23 percent. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)


One Mindanao - May 21, 2013  

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