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Government-private sector partnership in Mindanao’s palm oil industry pushed Danilo E. Doguiles

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Aquino government lauds Bureau of Internal Revenue for successfully surpassing its target for the month of April this year 5,697 families in Region 12 get potable] water from gov’t Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Koronadal City records 80.56% voter turnout in May 13 polls Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

2013 PEPT applications deadline on May 31 Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

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NHTU holds advocacy forum to CSOs, academe Mitzie Santiago, Northern Mindanao

PENRO Agusan del Sur to reforest 8,294 hectares Oliver Ross V. Rivera, Caraga Region

Agusan Sur blood services program exceeded against need in 2012 David M. Suyao, Caraga Region

CSWD, SK hold summer youth camp 2013 Mary May A. Abellon, Western Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Government-private sector partnership in Mindanao’s palm oil industry pushed By Danilo E. Doguiles

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ajor stakeholders of palm oil industry in Mindanao believe stronger collaboration between the private sector and the government could boost the region’s potential for palm oil investments.

In a statement, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) revealed that out of the almost 900,000 hectares of land identified to be suitable for oil palm plantation, 177,000 hectares are already under negotiation for palm oil development. Most of these areas are located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the CARAGA Region. “This calls for a better and stronger participation of our private sector, and more facilitative policies and programs from the government’s end,” said MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino. Antonino added that in the next two years actual investments are expected after the conduct of several businessmatching sessions with potential investors, in partnership with the Board 4

of Investments (BOI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). “Several international players in the palm oil industry are actually very interested in the vast lands that Mindanao has to offer, we just have to continue facilitating the actual implementation of these investments,” she said. Recently, the Univanich Carmen Palm Oil Corporation conducted its

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Oil Development Council Inc. (PPDCI), said that the development of the oil palm industry is one of the viable mechanisms to reduce poverty rate, specifically in Mindanao. In his presentation during the recently concluded 8th National Oil Palm Congress held in Cagayan de Oro City, Pamplona said the surging demand groundbreaking ceremonies for its P600 million palm oil crushing mill in Carmen, Cotabato. The processing plant is expected to cater to oil palm farms in the municipality and its nearby towns in Cotabato Province and will have the capacity to process 30 tons of

crude palm oil per hour. MinDA also announced that more than P30 billion worth of business opportunities were forged during a business matching session held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November last year. Majority of the investments are geared towards the development of Mindanao’s palm oil industry. Meanwhile, Dr. Pablito Pamplona, director and secretary of Philippine Palm Monday, May 27, 2013

for palm oil in the international and domestic markets driven by the discovery of its many uses and an increasing global population have provided farmers with a more secure livelihood. He added that despite the low palm oil prices since October 2012, income of palm oil farmers are still above poverty threshold level, allowing them to provide for the basic needs and health of their families. At present, the Philippines still heavily imports palm oil. In 2011, the country imported 550,000 tons of refined palm oil, mostly from its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, particularly, Malaysia, which supplied about 80 percent of the country’s requirements. While limited land is being devoted 5


t o oil palm in the Philippines, by contrast, millions of hectares have been developed in Southeast Asia particularly in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Indonesia alone, about 1.5 million small farmers grow oil palm mostly under a nucleus outgrowers scheme, a structure that is currently being studied for implementation in Mindanao’s potential oil palm farms. Palm oil is also seen as a viable source of feedstock for biomass to help augment power capacity in Mindanao, which has been experiencing power deficit since last year. “Palm oil is a perfect, viable feedstock for biomass generation,” said Romeo Montenegro, MinDA’s director for 6

Investment Promotion and Public Affairs. He cited palm oil’s higher combustible properties compared to sugar cane, corncobs, and bagasse, which form the bulk of available feedstock for biomass. If palm oil is factored into that capacity, it will add up to the viability of biomass as a major potential source of renewable energy for Mindanao. Montenegro also pointed out that while Land Bank provides support for the development of the palm oil industry, it also provides financing for power generation facility. “Everything is made available; it’s just a matter of taking advantage of this opportunity considering the requirement for power in Mindanao,” he said. Monday, May 27, 2013


ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino appoints lawyer Elias as private representative to the Toll Regulatory Board

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed lawyer Richard Joseph S. Elias as private representative to the Toll Regulatory Board, a Palace official said.

The appointment was announced by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during an interview aired over government-owned radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday. Valte said the Chief Executive signed the appointment of Atty. Elias last May 17. He will replace Atty. Pablo Roces Nava III. Born in 1971, Elias was admitted to the Bar on April 15, 1996. He obtained his AB Philosophy and Juris Doctor degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University. Monday, May 27, 2013

Valte said Elias had worked at the SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (SGV and Company) as tax and corporate attorney from 1996 to 1998. Being an expert in tax and corporate laws, Elias then engaged in private practice of law and handled various tax and corporate cases since 1999. Prior to his appointment to the Toll Regulatory Board, Elias had also served as consultant in various foreign corporations. Elias also handled labor law consultancy for various private companies.

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Aquino government lauds Bureau of Internal Revenue for successfully surpassing its target for the month of April this year

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he Aquino administration lauded the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for successfully surpassing its target for the month of April this year when it managed to collect P148.99 billion in tax revenues, a Palace official said on Sunday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during an interview aired over government-owned radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday that the BIR collected P148.99

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billion in tax revenues in April, 4.43% higher than its P142.66-billion target. Valte said last month’s collections were also 28.2% more than what the BIR generated in April 2012.

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April is traditionally the BIR’s strongest month because of the yearly deadline for filing the income tax returns. The BIR continues to implement reforms by intensifying its crackdown on tax evaders to hit its revenue goal for 2013. The agency is eyeing to collect P1.253 trillion for the year 2013, over 17% higher than its P1.066-trillion goal in 2012. Meanwhile, Valte also announced that the Department of Tourism allocated a total of P1.5 billion to finance tourism infrastructure projects in the Davao Region. “Isa po doon sa mga proyekto na popondohan po noong amount na binanggit po natin ay iyong improvement ng mga daan connecting the foot of Mt. Apo, iyong Davao del Sur to Davao City,” she said. The DOT’s project aims to bolster tourism in the Davao region and increase employment and business opportunities for the communities in the region. “So isa pang magandang balita

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natin ang 42 million pesos that the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has released to support the operational requirements of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission; at, of course, alinsunod po ito doon sa ating goal na ma-facilitate ang socio-economic reform and development sa ARMM,” Valte said.

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President Aquino cites Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative for its contribution to the energization program in Mindanao

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited on Sunday the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) for its contribution to elevate the standard of service in the energization and helping the government in providing the people access to sustainable, efficient and reasonable electricity. “Our energy infrastructure is the base upon which we establish equitable progress, enabling individuals and communities to obtain the promise of 10

development by engaging in industries and increasing productivity,� the Chief Executive said in his message to DASURECO on the occasion of Monday, May 27, 2013


33rd Annual General Membership Assembly. The DASURECO conducted on Sunday the 33rd Annual General Membership Assembly which has for its theme “Building a Better Future, 37 years of Touching Lives” at the Sta. Cruz Central Elementary School , Zone III, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur . “Our goal as a nation anchors on these key components, and so we turn to our partners in the energy sector to remain steadfast in driving our collective advancement. As one of our distinguished cooperatives, we trust that DASURECO will continue to elevate the standard of service in energization and redefine the field with innovative solutions,” the President said. The President acknowledged that DASURECO is one of providers of quality and dependable supply of electricity at a reasonable cost. “In this period of transition for Mindanao, your enterprise holds a position of great consequence. We turn to you to brace the communities under your watch, as we sow the seeds of revitalization and transform this once tumultuous region into a hub of economic resurgence, built on the bedrock of justice and stability. Let this assembly help you outline your initiatives and unite our endeavors in forging a more vibrant chapter for our people,”he said. Monday, May 27, 2013

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GenSan city gov’t steps up quality health service for constituents By Catherine T. Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government is bent on making improvements to General Santos City Hospital in a bid to provide quality health service for its constituents here.

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“We need to enhance this important health facility to accommodate more patients and give quality health service,” City Mayor Darlene AntoninoCustodio said. “Ang kalusugan ay di dapat naisasantabi (Health must never be sidetracked).” In addition to this, the city government, she said has also computerized the hospital’s laboratory, pharmacy, and billing systems to fast track its various transactions. Early this year, the city hospital completed the renovation of its emergency room-outpatient department (ER-OPD), said Dr. Benjamin Pagarigan Jr., chief of the General Santos City Hospital. According to him, the patients in the city hospital range from 14,000 in previous years and have increased to 16,000 in recent years. He said the number is progressively increasing. “From this rising number, there is a growing need of improving the infrastructure and health facility since no matter how crowded the place is, we could not refuse confinement especially so in a life and death situation,” Pagarigan said. Seeing the need for a whole newimproved hospital, the Department of Health (DOH) also poured in a huge budget to fund the construction of an additional second floor to the hospital which will house the OB ward and private wing, gynecology ward, operating room/delivery room and pediatric ICU room. The laboratory is also equipped with modern equipment and gadgets, Custodio cited. When complete, the tertiary class Monday, May 27, 2013

Dialysis Center which is annexed to the hospital would give easy access to poor patients who are suffering from renal disease. Although there was a recent implementation of a new rate in hospital charges, Custodio vowed that the local government will still continue to subsidize the less privileged patients whose earnings are way below the poverty threshold. Meanwhile, the national government thru the DOH has added the amount of P35-M to the city government’s coffer as assistance for the construction of a modern community hospital that would soon rise in Barangay Calumpang here. The facility, Custodio said will rise in a 1.4 hectare lot at the Antonio Cahilsot Acharon Sports Complex and will be called Calumpang Community Hospital. Earlier, Pagarigan also underscored that additional hospital in a form of community hospital is important to decongest the city hospital. He also said that though the city government has big budget allocation for infrastructure improvement and medicine acquisition, but still the supply for drugs are sometimes not sufficient to cater to the needs of all patients admitted in the hospital. According to him, it is because the city hospital also accommodates patients from neighboring province of Sarangani. The local governments of General Santos City and Sarangani have an existing memorandum of agreement for hospitalization tie-up wherein referred patients from Sarangani 13


will be allowed admission to the city hospital. To further boost health services, the city government has also acquired this month a P13.9-M all-in-one mobile hospital to provide and bring health services to remote places here. The one unit mobile hospital, a big compact bus is complete with laboratory section, dental area, operating and diagnostics rooms. Mayor Custodio said the mobile

hospital comes in handy as it can also be used for emergency situation especially during disaster occurrences and in the conduct of the City Hall sa Barangay, a regular activity of the city government where convergence of services by the different departments are being pooled to serve the people in the barangay. (CT Apelacio/ Lipsy Grace Carayo/PIA-12 General Santos City)

5,697 families in Region 12 get potable water from gov’t By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- At least 5,697 families in the hard-toreach villages of Soccsksargen Region now have full access to safe drinking water courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

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In a recent report, DSWD 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha, said that the government has spent P16.32 million for the completion of community-owned water system projects in Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and North Cotabato provinces. “The newly completed water system projects have put an end to the suffering of thousands families, walking long distance through terrains and slopes to collect water or digging unsafe wells that usually ran dry during hot season,” Taha said. Taha explained that Sultan Kudarat province has completed P10.17 million worth of water system projects in ten barangays, with the biggest number of beneficiaries in the region, providing safe drinking water to 3,901 households as direcf beneficiaries. The remote communities include Langgal, Tinalon, Kuden, Tacupis, and Lagubang in Senator Ninoy Aquino as well as Eday, Libertad, Sinapulan, Kudanding, and Bual in Isulan. The need for potable water of 1,509 families in villages of Maligang, Kapate, and Kayupo in Kiamba and 120 families in Alkikan in Malungon -- both in Sarangani province -- have also been addressed.

Majority of these families collect water from open dug wells and springs that are extremely prone to contamination. Water system projects in Sarangani province cost P5.35 million to complete, Taha said. Moreover, 167 families in Grebona , Libungan town have also been provided with safe drinking water after the completion of a water system project worth P782,000 in the area. “With these projects, we are hoping that it will contribute in the upliftment of standad of living of these families, since they now have more time in engaging in incomegenerating activities instead of collecting water,” Taha added. Financed by World Bank, the projects were constructed through the agency’s community-driven development program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS). Thirty percent of the total project cost was paid by the community as their counterpart. (DEDoguilesPIA 12/ HEstacion - DSWD-12)

Koronadal City records 80.56% voter turnout in May 13 polls By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- More registered voters cast their votes during the May 13 midterm elections compared to the national polls in 2010. Monday, May 27, 2013

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Acting city election officer Ma. Dorothy Losa reported, that of the 82,808 registered voters , a total of 66,710 or 80.56 percent actually cast their votes during this year’s elections. She said that according to their record, voter turnout during first automated elections in May 2010 was only 74.38 percent. The large turnout was achieved despite very long queues of residents looking for their voting precincts and casting of votes as well as problems of in the operations of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in several clustered precincts. Rain also hampered voting in the afternoon. “Also more women participated in the elections,” she added. Among those who voted, 34,125 are women as compared to only 32, 585 men. The large turnout of voters showed the desire of majority of the residents here to be involved in governance, Losa said. On May 16, after delays due to defected compact flash (CF) cards in two clustered precincts the City Board of Canvassers declared incumbent Mayor Peter Miguel winner in the mayoralty race with re-electionist Bebot Ogena as vice mayor. Elected members of the Sangguniang Panglungsod are: Rose Dideles, Edwin Abris, Mark Lapidez, Junette Hurtado, Rene Jumilla, Gregorio Ogoy, Rebecca 16

Bona, Oscar Pagunsan, Erlinda Araquil, and Ankol Cadellino. Moreover, Losa reminded candidates, winners and losers alike, to file their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SoCE). They have until 5:00 p.m. of June 13 to file Losa said. “We cannot issue certificates of compliance to winning candidates who fail to file their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures. Without a certificate of compliance, an elected official cannot assume position,” she explained. Non-winning candidates who won’t file their SoCE, on the other hand, could be fined P10,000 on first offense or P20,000 on second offense, she added.

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Rotary Club of West CdeO awards Most Outstanding Public Teacher for SY 2012-2013 by Sweet Elah Mahinay and Yvonne Jimenez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro awarded on May 22, Wednesday, Randy R. Saligan, a Special Education (SPED) teacher from Ozamis City Central School as Most Outstanding Public School Teacher for school year 2012 to 2013.

Justice Romulo “Romy” V. Borja, past president of the rotary and chairman of Gigi Borja Endowment Fund said a teacher’s role is not simply providing knowledge to students but more importantly inculcating values. Saligan spent six years as a Monday, May 27, 2013

public high school teacher and one year as a Division Scholar. “I feel great success, success beyond hard work and trials, and trials beyond the challenges that I had encountered. This day lies the fulfillment of my little dream,” said 17


Saligan who has considered his recognition as an advance birthday present on his 29th birthday on May 23. He added that the teaching profession reminds him of the days when he was first hired in the public school where nobility, commitment and dedication to service are his only reckons to succeed not even thinking of a recognition like this. Dr. Alan G. Farnazo, Department of Education (DepEd) OIC-regional director said that the best choice in career is teaching. He shared a story and concluded “Even if our work and hard work shall never be recognized, but the work of a teacher will be recognized in heaven,” he said. The criteria for the search is based on the participant’s demo teaching, linkages to the community, instructional materials in the classroom, recommendation from

head superintendents and other documents significant to his teaching experience. Saligan was awarded P70,000 cash and an Apple IPAD. Different public school teachers in region 10 participated specifically from Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador City, Gingoog City, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental. Among the awardees include May Shiela J. Cabungcal from Dona Juana Actub Luz Memorial Central School of Iligan City in 2nd place, May P. Edullantes from Labinay NHS in 3rd place, Barbara Joey P. Moreno from Bukidnon NHS in 4th place, and Jacqueline P. Labial from Kauswagan Central School in 5th place. This annual awarding is on its 31st year, recognizing five most outstanding public school teachers all over Region 10.

2013 PEPT applications deadline on May 31 by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - The deadline for the submission of applications to the 2013 Philippine Education Placement Test (PEPT) is on Friday, May 31. The PEPT will be given for free on June 12, this year, in commemoration of the 115th celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, in all divisions, nationwide, said Jonathan S. Dela Peňa of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Misamis Occidental. 18

Consistent with the Education For All (EFA) goals, DepEd through the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC), will administer the PEPT to the out-ofschool children/youth to determine their grade/year level placement in Monday, May 27, 2013


the formal school system. The PEPT results will be utilized to assist the test-passers to re-enter the formal school in order to finish/ complete the basic education program, Dela Peňa said. This will encourage the testtakers to avail of learning modules prepared by the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS), Bureau of Elementary Education (BEE) and Bureau of Secondary Education (BSE) or any other learning resources available at the division. Meanwhile, Dela Peňa said the

registration will be done at the division offices and the Division Testing Coordinators (DTC) are directed to submit the actual number of PEPT registrants to NETRC on or before June 3, 2013. The DTC will be in-charge with the evaluation of documents and will see to it that documentary requirements of each of the registrants are complete, specifically, Forms 137/138 or the School Report Card, birth certificates and two (2) 1X1 pictures, Dela Peňa added.

NHTU holds advocacy forum to CSOs, academe by Mitzie Santiago

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office 10 NHTU conducted an advocacy forum with CSOs and representatives from the academe as part of its advocacy efforts particularly on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), on May 22, here. The forum aimed to present an overview of NHTSPR and its accomplishments and updates for the year 2012 up to the present. There were 12 participants from various Civil Society Organizations in Region 10 and 11. During the forum, the national, regional, and provincial profiles of poor households were presented. Various queries, issues and concerns relative to NHTSPR were also addressed by the staff from the Regional National Household Targeting Unit. Another highlight of the forum Monday, May 27, 2013

was the presentation of the guidelines on the Conduct of Research Studies in DSWD Offices/Centers/Institutions and the Provision of Research Grants by the Regional Planning Officer. It is hoped that through the conduct of advocacy forum like this activity, significant groups in the society such as those from the academe and Civil Society Organizations would be able to appreciate and eventually utilize the data that NHTSPR has made available for them being active partners in society.

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Gov Pimentel fully support the Cinemobile project in Surigao del Sur by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel has expressed support for the KKS Cinemobile Phase-2 project spearheaded by Peace and Integrity of CreationIntegrated Development Center (JPIC-IDC).

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During the launching of the project held here recently, Pimentel said, “I will give my 100 percent commitment to abide of what has been stated on the Cooperation of Agreement.� On same day, the Cooperation of Agreement was successfully signed between the provincial government represented by Gov. Pimentel and the JPICIDC Inc., with its Executive Director, Fr. Anthony S. Salas. The signing was witnessed by Fr. Felicito Borres (JPIC-IDC Area Director); PSWD Officer May Navidad Salinas; DILG ProvlDir. Pedrito Alacaba; DOLE Provl Director Luth Longos; Philippine Information Monday, May 27, 2013

Agency (PIA) P r o v i n c i a l Coordinator and representatives from the Department of Education; Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office; D e p a r t m e n t of Justice; D e p a r t m e n t of Health and Provincial Health Office. It was stated in a COA that both parties agreed and willing to help make the Provincial Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (PIACAT), Barangay Council of Protection for Children (BCPC) and Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) be functional.

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PENRO Agusan del Sur to reforest 8,294 hectares

by Eric F. Gallego

PATIN-AY, Agusan del Sur -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources ( PENRO) in Agusan del Sur will reforest about 8,294 hectares of denuded forestland in the province under the National Greening Program. “We have set our goals for NGP this year and we are on track, “ PENR Officer Roberto Oliveros said during a Provincial Management Conference held at the PENRO Office here. The CENR officers said the target for NGP sites include CENRO Bayugan 3,115 hectares prepared for tree planting, CENRO Talacogon , 675 hectares, CENRO San Franz, 1,579 hectares, CENRO Loreto, 2,012 hectares and CENRO Bunawan, 913 hectares. “We have already mobilized the different groups and stakeholders in the various areas of the province” PENRO Oliveros said. He said several groups including the private and nongovernment offices, CommunityBased Forest Management Project holders, academe, local government 22

officials, other private organizations have been asked to join the PENRO in the massive tree planting activities that are scheduled to be conducted in separate occasions particularly during the Environment Month in June. PENRO Oliveros also commended his CENRO officers for doing well in their jobs particularly about their efforts to convince the barangay officials to participate in the NGP through the Barangay Forestry Program (BFP). PENRO Oliveros said he got positive response from several community leaders to participate in the NGP. He also asked the CENR Officers to formulate the mechanics of the Memorandum of Agreement with the barangay officials to ensure that the funds for NGP are utilized wisely. Monday, May 27, 2013


Agusan Sur blood services program exceeded against need in 2012

by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR -- Blood collected by the Agusan del Sur blood service program was greater than blood used, according to the Provincial Blood Coordinating Council report as of December 31, 2012. In a presentation by the Philippine Red Cross medical technologist Regene Gail Casido, said the mobile blood donation (MBD) team collected a total of 2,892 bags of blood in 2012 where field donation totaled from different municipalities and barangays reached up to 2,757 bags of 500cc. Being the biggest and the center of medical services province-wide, the D. O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH), has the highest number of blood usage, with a total of 2,216 bags, followed by the Bunawan District Hospital with 90 and the Butuan Medical Center in Butuan City with 36 bags. Blood usage out of the collection from Agusan del Sur reached up to Davao Medical Center with three bags and Andres Soriano Hospital in Bislig with two bags. The highest number of usage of blood by private hospital was the Butuan Doctors Hospital with 47 bags and Manuel J. Santos Hospital Monday, May 27, 2013

also in Butuan City with 13 bags. All who became recipient patients were coming from Agusan del Sur. Even with reactive blood (those that were examined positive with Hepa B, Syphilis, Hepa C, Malaria, expired blood, spoiled chylous and unsuccessful bleed) which totaled to 314 bags, blood collection last year still exceed by 142 bags. This year, as the first quarter closed last March, the mobile blood collection team was able to collect 782 bags of 500 cc blood while the usage was only almost half of the collected which is 495 bags. Reactive blood positive with Hepa B, syphilis and heap C reached 45 bags. Last year, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur has released the full P1.8 million budget for the reagents, which is unique compared to any province nationwide. 23


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Parents, students thank DTI for conducting “Diskwento caravan” By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Parents and students were grateful to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for conducting “Diskwento Brigada Eskwela Caravan 2013” right at its premises here on May 23-24. Edgar Cabilingga, 60, of barangay Banale said he thanked the DTI for holding its annual “Diskwento Caravan” which gave the poor people a chance to avail themselves of school supplies and uniforms for their children at lower prices. “Nalipay ko kaayo nga gihimo

kini nga kalihokan sa DTI aron nga kaming mga kabus nga ginikanan makapalit ug school supplies sa barato nga presyo (I am happy that the DTI conducted this activity so we, the poor parents, could buy school supplies at lower prices),” said Cabilingga.

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Cabilingga bought school supplies and uniforms for his four children: Dexter, fourth year high school student; Edgardo, a grade VII student; Irish Mae, a grade V pupil; and Chrystal Mae, grade 1 pupil. Another parent knowns as Conchita Espinosa of barangay Balangasan said she rushed to the DTI compound upon hearing a report over the radio about the “Diskwento Brigada Eskwela Caravan” being held there. “Human nga akong nadungog sa balita sa radyo nga pagahimoon ang ‘Diskwento Brigada Eskwela Caravan’ nagdali ako pag-anhi sa DTI aron dili ako maulahi ug dili mahutdan sa discounted nga school supplies (After hearing a report over the radio about the Diskwento Brigada Eskwela Caravan, I rushed to DTI so that I would not be late and I could avail myself of the discounted school supplies),” said Monday, May 27, 2013

Espinosa who bought one dozen of notebooks and papers for her six year-old grandchild, Justine Jake, who is now enrolled at Ballesteros Elementary School. Store manager Claressa Baylon said they responded to the request of DTI to join the caravan to help parents and students with limited budget in buying school supplies and uniforms at lower prices. Meanwhile, DTI-Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Director Ma. Socorro Atay said the “Diskwento Caravan” is an annual project of the DTI aimed at giving opportunity for the poor parents and students to avail themselves of school supplies and other commodities at a lower price. “The caravan is now in its 3rd year of giving service to the public,” she added. Atay thanked the participating establishments for actively supporting the activity. 29


“ I am so thankful that the participating establishments like Crown Paper and Stationer, Deli Foodline, Edmar’s Enterprises, Julie’s Bakeshop, Luis General Mechandise , Pagadian Non-Eormal Education Beneficiaries MPC, RML Peoples

Plaza, Young’s Rice Milling, and Zenco Footstep are actively supporting our activities such as this,” Atay said. The caravan is set to be held tomorrow in the municipality of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur.

CSWD, SK hold summer youth camp 2013

By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY — The City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) in partnership with the Sangguniang Kabataan officials of this city successfully conducted the Summer Youth Camp 2013 last May 21-23 at the Alberto Q. Ubay Memorial Agro-Tech Science High School (AQUMATSHS) of Barangay Olingan. Participating in said activity were youths from CSWD’s six districts such as district I comprising barangays Biasong, Estaka, and Central Barangay with Ms. Nenith O. Maningo as center head, district II comprising barangays Sta. Filomena, Sta. Isabel, Miputak and Barra headed by Mr. Roel R. Zorilla, district III with barangays of Galas, Olingan, Punta and Sinaman supervised by Ms. Juvy Orilla, district IV comprising barangays of Gulayon, Turno and Lugdungan with Ms. Susan Lumanta as in charge, district V with barangays Sangkol, Cogon and San Jose headed by Ms. Leticia Sidlao, and district VI comprising barangays Sicayab, Minaog and Galas headed by Ms. Mercy Clamohoy. This year’s youth camp, which was anchored on the theme, “Kaya Ko ‘To ng Walang Druga,” was capped by lectures on drug abuse/ awareness with Dipolog Assistant 30

Police Community Relation Officer SPO2 Zotico E. Calago as resource speaker. Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) of Zamboanga del Norte trough its representative also gave lectures on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and First Aid. Dipolog City Councilor Praxides Rubia, on the other hand, lectured on values formation while the Zamboanga del Norte Federation of Parents Association (ZNFEPA) through its representative talked about leadership. Sports competitions like volleyball and badminton were also conducted to promote the physical well-being of the youth and at the same time encourage camaraderie among their peers. Mr. Jun France Atabelo and Ms. Erika Lota, both from Barangay Olingan won as Mr. and Ms. Summer Youth Camper 2013. Monday, May 27, 2013


DILG-9 bares LTIA winners By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – The Regional Awards Committee (RAC) for the Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) has recently proclaimed the winning barangays for the three categories representing the highly urbanized city, component city and 1st to 3rd class municipalities in the region. DILG-9 Regional Information Officer Lemuel Mejares disclosed that after evaluating the nominees for best performing lupong tagapamayapa (barangay justice), Barangay Pasonance of Zamboanga City emerged as regional winner for highly-urbanized city category while Barangay Olingan of Dipolog City and Barangay Poblacion of Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte were also proclaimed regional winners for component city and 1st to 3rd class municipality categories, respectively. There was no nominee for 4th to 6th class municipality category. It was also learned that the RAC had only received one nominee each for highly-urbanized city and 1st to 3rd class municipality categories. Dipolog City’s Barangay Olingan, on the other hand, wrested the award over Barangay Tuburan of Pagadian City in the component city category. These regional winners will vie for the national LTI awards before the Monday, May 27, 2013

National Awards Committee (NAC). DILG-9 Regional Director Paisal Abutazil served as RAC chair with the regional state prosecutor as vice chair, and the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge, a representative from the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), president of the Liga ng mga Barangay (LnB) regional chapter and two representatives from region-based non-government organizations as members. The nominees were judged according to these criteria: efficiency in operations, effectiveness in carrying out “Katarungang Pambarangay” objectives, and creativity and resourcefulness of the “Lupong Tagapamayapa.” DILG Memorandum Circular 2008-102 dated June 17, 2008 mandated its regional offices to provide technical support and serve as secretariat to the RAC in the selection and submission to the national committee the best performing “lupons” in the region. 31


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Davao City retains top spot in Next Wave City list by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- The City of Davao still retained the spot as the number one city in the list of Next Wave Cities in the country for 2013.

According to Bert Barriga, President of the ICT Davao, an umbrella group of Information Communication Technology stakeholders in the City, the Next Wave Cities are areas in the country which are able to accommodate Monday, May 27, 2013

big Business Process Outsourcing and IT companies and the same time provide an environment which can nurture start-ups. He said the cities are scored on infrastructure, supply and quality of workforce, business environment and risk management. The cities are chosen by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). Though these cities do not receive any monetary incentives but they are given marketing priority for ICT-BPO investors wanting to invest in the country. Davao City was named as the top Next Wave City in 2010 and the list is updated every two years. Presently 33


the top ten Next Wave Cities aside from Davao included Baguio City, Dumaguete City, Iloilo City, Lipa City, Metro Bulacan, Metro Cavite, Metro Laguna, Metro Naga and Metro Rizal. The recognition should not stop us from pushing for more opportunities.” says Barriga. Among these initiatives include the putting up of training centers to produce better English-speaking agents, better programmers and better customer support personnel. He said they would want the City

to be upgraded to Cities considered as Centers of Excellence among the league of Metro Manila, Cebu City and Bacolod. “Hopefully we can be the center of excellence when they release the list again.” Barriga said. Davao City’s burgeoning ICTBPO industry is employing close to 16,000 workers and by the next year an estimated 3,000 more jobs will be available with the entry of two big call center companies in the city. (PIA/RG Alama)

DC’s Anti-Smoking Task Force honor five police stations by Joey Dalumpines Speaking in the Kapehan sa SM Monday, Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, chief of the ASTF said that in 2012 alone, a total of 2,356 violators had been apprehended for smoking in public places. She said the a p p r e h e n s i o n s happened because of the vigilance of the police DAVAO CITY-he Anti-Smoking Task Force in Davao city will honor against defiance of the law. Villareiz said the San Pedro Police police precincts that have consisStation topped the anti-smoking tently enforced the anti-smoking campaign in 2012 with the arrest of ban to ensure the protection of 410 violators, followed by Calinan public health. Police Precinct, Buhangin Police 34

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Precinct, Mobile Patrol Group and the Bunawan Police Precinct with 313, 243, 224 and 211 violators apprehended, respectively. “Our law enforcers are doing their best to implement the smoking ban,” she said. Villareiz said that the ASTF will also come up with a renewed memorandum from the office of Senior Superintendent Ronald De La Rosa, director of the Davao City Police Office reminding all policemen not to smoke during office hours. She said the new anti-smoking ordinance which starts implementation of May 31 underscores no smoking on public places like sidewalks, government facilities, and enclosed buildings and more on public transportation including passenger boats and motor and manually operated trisikads. Villareiz also showed the violation ticket which will be issued to smokers once they are apprehended by authorities. She warned that under the implementing guidelines of the strengthened ordinance on the antismoking violators are given three to five days to return the violation ticket to the police. Villareiz said the Davao City AntiSmoking Task Force will begin issuing citation tickets to individuals who will be violating the New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance starting May 31, the 11th year of the city’s original Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Monday, May 27, 2013

Ordinance which was enacted in 2002. She said the citation ticket will indicate the specific violation and the corresponding administrative penalty. “The person issued with the ticket has the option to either contest the violation in court or voluntarily pay the penalty of P500 imposed upon him or her to avoid being criminally prosecuted within 3 days from apprehension,” Villareiz said. She said that it is clearly stated in the ordinance that the no contest provision can only be availed once and that the violator must undergo smoking cessation counselling. Villareiz pointed out that failure to undergo counselling still warrants the filing of a case in court. City Ordinance No. 036712, Series of 2012, known as The New Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance was passed by the City Council last year and approved by Mayor Sara Duterte early this year. The new ordinance now prohibits smoking of any tobacco product including e-cigarettes, shishas and the like, in all accommodation and entertainment establishments, workplaces, enclosed public places, partially enclosed public places, public buildings, public outdoor spaces and all public conveyances, governmentowned vehicles and other means of public transport within the territorial jurisdiction of Davao City. (PIA XIJoey Sem G. Dalumpines) 35


AFP, PNP, LGUs concerted efforts fastrack release of abducted DSWD worker in Basilan By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Persistent efforts from the combined team of the police, the military, and the local government units in Basilan have resulted to the immediate release of abducted worker of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Basilan. 36

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Jenely Luna-Entera, a social worker of the DSWD was released from her abductors at exactly 7:30 p.m. of May 23, 2013 at Barangay Marang, Sumisip, Basilan after she was abducted last May 22 at about 9:00 a.m. A military report revealed that Jenelyn Luna-Entera was released to the Mayor of Sumisip, Basilan, Gulam Boy Hataman and Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Dacumos, Commander of 64th IB, First Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA). The safe release was made possible through the collective negotiation efforts conducted initially by local government officials of Ungkaya Pukan headed Monday, May 27, 2013

by Mayors Joel and Jomar, Sumisip Mayor, Hataman and Mayor Tong Listarul, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Dacumos and Lieutenant Colonel Paulo Perez, the Battalion Commanders in the area and the MILF 104th Base Command. Immediately after the reported abduction, the troops from 18th Infantry Battalion and 64th Infantry Battalion conducted intensive pursuit and checkpoint operations in order to prevent the abductors from leaving the boundaries of Ungkaya Pukan and Sumisip. The 3rd SRBN was also shifted to Ungkaya Pukan to maintain pressure and contain the area. Subsequently, Ungkaya Pukan 37


Crisis Committee was activated while Sumisip and Provincial Crisis Committee were also activated to support the ongoing negotiations. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman also sought the help of the MILF Central Committee and 104th MILF Base Command for the safe release of Ms. Entera. The successful and immediate release of the victim was made possible through the efforts of all concerned local government agencies, the police and the military and other concerned citizens. Moreover, the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) was also immediately convened in an emergency meeting in the morning of May 23 to discuss measures to get the abducted social worker safely

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and quickly. Ms Luna’s parents were also present and were assured of the government’s efforts to get their daughter quickly from the hands of her abductors. In the PPOC meeting, the council has reiterated and obliged all government agencies, especially those implementing programs in the different barangays and areas of Basilan, to always coordinate with local government units. The council members also asked local government units to adopt measures in protecting government and development workers who are bringing programs and projects to help the poor in the area, especially in areas identified as critical. (WESMINCOM)

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