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DepEd GenSan gears up for better service this school year Cathy Apelacio and Lipsy Grace Carayo

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President Aquino signs laws creating more courts, amending Family Code EO 23 reduced by half Caraga region’s illegal logging ‘hotspots’, says DENR Noel B.Najarro, Caraga Region

PSHS in Region 12 opens in June Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Number of teenage mothers in GenSan on the rise Catherine T. Apelacio, Central Mindanao

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DSWD launches Reg’l Profile of Poor Households; Tatsulo “stories of hope” Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Young mother dies in landmine blast aftermath Joey Dalunpines, Southern Mindanao

SSS educational assistance loan program made easier Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat, Northern Mindanao

PRO-10 resumes recruitment of applicants PSupt Ronnie Francis M Cariaga, Northern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy DepEd GenSan gears up for better service this school year By Cathy Apelacio and Lipsy Grace Carayo

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s School Year 20132014 will be open soon, the Department of Education (DepEd) here is bent on giving a better service to students in public schools from kindergarten, elementary to high school. Diosdado Ablanido, DepEd GenSan city schools division superintendent said DepEd is currently and strictly implementing a “no payment policy” during enrollment in all levels. He said this policy aims to encourage more parents to enroll their children this school year in line with the department’s desire to boost the school participation rate of Filipino children. Information released by the Division said, no fees should be collected from pupils in kindergarten until Grade 4 in the entire school year. No collection should also be collects from pupils in Grade 5 to high school during the enrolment 4

and from June to July. However, starting August, schools could start collecting mandatory fees but these would only be modest fees for Girl Scout of the Philippines, Red Cross, SPO membership, parentsteachers association (PTA), and school publication fees. Should there be any collection, Ablanido added, this must be

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discussed, determined, and collected by the PTA members themselves. “No teachers, school officials and personnel will be allowed to collect these so-called fees. All these are voluntary and no one is obliged to pay,” he said. He also said that DepEd has abolished the JS (Junior and Senior) promenade to ease parents from the lavish spending. “There will be no JS prom to take place this year or in the next years,” describing the school activity as impractical and expensive for parents. For this school year, DepEd GenSan expects a good turnout in the number of student-enrollees. But it cannot figure out just yet the exact number of enrollees as enrollment is still going on. Ablanido cited that in 2012, there are 128,761 enrollees in public schools here along with 2,780 teachers. The figure comprised of 10,366 kindergartens; 76,926 in the elementary; 36,414 high schools to include the 5,055 in the alternative learning system (ALS) or the nonformal education (NFE). He said that aside from DepEd’s regular school curriculum, it is also offering a specialized education dubbed “open high school” to working youth whose Thursday, May 30, 2013

schedules do not fit the regular school system. Classes are only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (MWF). The Division also announced that for this school year it has hired some 500 teachers for public schools here ready to perform their duty starting June 3, the opening of classes. To date, there are 1,492 elementary classrooms. This would mean, according to DepEd GenSan a ratio of one room per 51 students. In high school, there are 656 rooms with an equivalent ratio of one room per 55 students. In addition to these classrooms, is the ongoing construction of 30 classrooms to boost the existing number, said Ablanido. He also urged all parents with school aged children and regardless of economic status to avail the no payment policy in all public schools saying “enrollment is still going on in both public and private schools” here.

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ACROSS THE NATION Palace says judicial reforms continue

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eforms in the judiciary is continuing and the Aquino administration remains committed in pushing this initiative, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

A year after former chief justice Renato Corona was convicted by the Senate for not fully disclosing his assets, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the administration hasn’t wavered in reforming the country’s judiciary. “It’s still a work in progress,” Valte said in a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday. “Perhaps, the impact immediately that you could already see is the Thursday, May 30, 2013

emphasis given on the filing of SALNs [statements of assets, liabilities and net worth] when it comes to employees of the government. But it is still a work in progress,” she said. “We hope to continue the reforms that the President has been talking about since he was a candidate for the presidency in May 2010,” Valte said. In May last year, the Senate,

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sitting as impeachment court, voted 20-3 to convict Corona for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Philippine Constitution. The court ruled that Corona was guilty of Article II of the impeachment complaint: the chief magistrate did not fully disclose his assets in his Thursday, May 30, 2013

SALN. C o r o n a ’ s conviction came at the end of a fivemonth trial with the entire nation glued to their television sets watching events as they unfolded. The verdict was seen as a triumph for President Benigno S. Aquino III who campaigned in the 2010 presidential election under the “daang matuwid”

reform agenda. The President never recognized Corona’s appointment as chief justice by then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a few weeks before she stepped down in 2010. PND

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President Aquino signs laws creating more courts, amending Family Code

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III recently signed into law Republic Acts creating more courts of justice in the Philippines and amending provisions in the Family Code Establishing the Liability of the Absolute Community or Conjugal Partnership for an Obligation of a Spouse who Practices a Profession and the Capability of Either Spouse to Dispose of an Exclusive Property, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said on Wednesday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, “First, from R.A. 10562 to R.A. Valte said the President signed 10571…we now have new courts Republic Acts 10562 up to 10571 in Paniqui, Capas, Concepcion, “creating courts in several areas.” Tarlac (in the province of Tarlac); Thursday, May 30, 2013

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in Digos, Davao del Sur; as well as in Pasig (in Metro Manila); in Urdaneta, Pangasinan; Antipolo, Rizal; Biñan, Laguna; Cebu City; and Bais, Negros Oriental,” Valte said. Valte added that the President signed RA 10572 which establishes the Liability of the Absolute Community or Conjugal Partnership for an Obligation of a Spouse who Practices a Profession and the Capability of Either Spouse to Dispose of an Exclusive Property. According to Valte, this new law amends Articles 73 and 111 of Executive Order No. 209, also known as the Family Code of the Philippines (FCP) designating the Courts to determine if there is basis for any objection between spouses in exercising any legitimate occupation, business or activity and to discern whether any benefit from this exercise should accrue against community property or separate property; and allowing “either Thursday, May 30, 2013

spouse may mortgage, encamber, alienate, or otherwise, dispose of his/ her exclusive property,” respectively. “So, ang spouse po hindi kailangan ng pahintulot sa kanyang kabiyak para mag-practice ng isang legitimate occupation or profession. Ngunit kung meron disagreement, the court can step in and decide if there is basis to the objection of the spouse,” Valte said. “Ngayon, kung nag-benefit na po ang pamilya from the proceeds of that occupation or profession that is being objected to, then puwede na pong i-charge ang benefit to the community property. Kung hindi naman po nag-object, nag-benefit muna, tapos saka lang nag-object, then it should be charged to the separate property of the spouse,” she said. Valte said the amendment to Article 111 of the Family Code was done to reflect changes in the law. PND

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One-stop-shop for renewable energy projects in Mindanao pushed

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he Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED) on Wednesday strongly pushed for the establishment of a “one-stop-shop” to shorten the application process of Renewable Energy (RE) projects in Mindanao. “[This will] accelerate pending RE projects in Mindanao,” Romeo Montenegro of the Mindanao Development Authority said. Montenegro said that after the enactment of the renewable energy 10

law in 2008 (R.A. 9513), there were more than 200 applications for various RE projects, particularly mini or small hydro plants, all over the country. But only about 50 of them were approved and given service contracts. Thursday, May 30, 2013


However, after all these years, none of these 50 applicants have actually constructed one. “We were trying to figure out why this happened,” he said. RE project’s investors and proponents have identified many challenges that deter them, despite the law, from implementing their projects. Foremost of these are “policy bottlenecks at the national level” and “bottlenecks at the local government level.” Just to get approved, an RE project proponent/investor have “to go through layers” of different government agencies “that will take as much as seven years.” “Hopefully, the one-stop-shop facilitation method would address the problem by simply cutting down red tape in the approval of these applications” Montenegro said. Five years since the passage of R.A

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9513, the Department of Energy (DoE) has also approved fossil projects left and right to the detriment of the RE sector. “This is very unfortunate since the RE is unable to enjoy the same benefits that coal does since the policy isn’t being implemented and the agency mandated to do it, i.e, DoE, is giving preference to the coal industry,” Anna Abad, of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said. Greenpeace has been advocating for an energy revolution scenario for the Philippines, where a massive shift to RE and energy efficiency measures would wean the country away from the rising costs of fossil fuels. Greenpeace has noted that of the 48 solar energy contracts currently up for review, the DoE has only awarded just one solar energy service contract for pre-development. (PNA)

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Kins, friends of OFW who died while staying at the Phil. embassy-run shelter in Bahrain appeals to President Aquino for help by Noel B.Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- The relatives and friends of the late Kathleen Ann Viray Ilagan, a native of Butuan City, appealed to Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino II, in their quest for justice for the death of their loved one.

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Ilagan, who left the country sometimes on July 2012, and was employed as a pastry chef for a local company based in Baharain, allegedly died by “committing suicide” while temporarily staying at the shelter run by the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain on April 8, 2013. She accordingly sought shelter at the Philippine embassy after leaving her place of employment and requested for her repatriation back to the Philippines. Mrs. Helena Virginia C. Viray, the late OFW’s mother during a press conference held at the Philippine Information Agency 13 conference Thursday, May 30, 2013

room, attended by local tri-media practitioners here in the city, read their letter addressed to President Benigno S. Aquino II, dated May 27. ”Justice, as they say, should always prevail. Leaning on this belief, I, Helena Virginia c. Viray, come into your good office to pursue the case of my daughter, the late Kathleen Ann V. Ilagan, an OFW who allegedly committed suicide inside the premises of the Philippine Embassy-Bahrain on April 8, 2013, who then run into their shelter for assistance. It is unlikely to happen as I knew my daughter

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very much, pushing me to after to whoever is responsible for her death,” thus read a part of Mrs. Viray’s letter to the President. She then stated that immediately in the afternoon after her daughter’s death, The Philippine EmbassyBahrain, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs altogether had sent to her family the documentation and 14

certification of her daughter’s death together with the documentation and reports logged on their interaction with her. She claimed in her letter to the President that she was “extremely dissatisfied” as the reports she said contained some details “which are very inconsistent and misaligned to each other.” In the same letter of appeal to the President, the kins and friends of the victim expressed their various concerns of the circumstances surrounding her death. “These are the things we wanted some answers, but remains to be unanswered,” Viray said. As they pleaded for the President’s assistance, they are also calling for disciplinary action against those people “who may have been negligent of their duties,” she said.

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EO 23 reduced by half Caraga region’s illegal logging ‘hotspots’, says DENR by Noel B.Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 13 said it has succeeded in reducing the identified illegal logging “hot spots” into half due to the implementation of Executive Order No. 23. In a statement, DENR 13 Regional Technical Director for Forest Management Services Maritess M. Ocampo said “DENR has succeeded in reducing the activities of illegal logging from 34 identified ‘hot spots’ to 17, owing to the implementation of Executive Order No. 23.” Among its measures in implementing the executive order, the DENR 13 has also revived its choke points in several strategic locations in the region in a Thursday, May 30, 2013

bid to deter the transport of illegal logs. The Forest Management Service (FMS) has adopted the strategy to accordingly force trucks that are transporting undocumented logs to pass through the “choke points” to prevent them from reaching their destination. The move was accordingly finalized during the meeting of the Regional Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection 15


Committee (RMFPC) presided over by Director Ocampo. “We have to neutralize the negative perception about DENR hence there is a need to establish choke points in strategic places particularly in the areas where illegal logs are noted,” Ocampo was quoted to have said. The choke points shall compliment the existing forest monitoring check points in the national highways and Agusan River. It will be manned by members of the RFMPC and PNP and DENR personnel. Ocampo said the 16

move will hopefully erase the negative public perception that Caraga region is the “haven of illegal logging.” Ocampo also said that DENR-PNPmilitary operations against illegal logging has focused its efforts in the towns of Esperanza, Sibagat, Trento, Loreto, Rosario, La Paz, Talacogon and San Luis in Agusan del Sur; in Bislig, Carmen, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo and Tandag City in Agusan del Sur and Cagdianao in Surigao del Norte. (PNA)

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Women weavers in North Cotabato get more aid from DOST 12 By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- More technical assistance are coming to a group of women loom weavers in Midsayap in North Cotabato through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – 12.

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Zenaida Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST 12 regional director, confirmed today that the agency, the PALMA-PB Alliance, the local government unit of Midsayap and the Midsayap Rural Improvement Club Loom Weavers’ Association (MRICLWA) have signed a memorandum agreement for a collaborative project that would boost the group’s loom weaving venture. The project, dubbed “Enhancement of Loom Weaving Industry for the Empowerment of the Women Sector of Midsayap” is being assisted via the agency’s Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP). As a flagship program of DOST, SETUP assists and enhances the competitiveness of micro, small, medium and enterprises (MSMEs) with an end-point of upgrading their capability to become industry models. “The project (in PALMA-PB) envisions to enhance the loom weaving industry for the empowerment of the women sector as active contributors in the attainment of socio-economic development and sustainability in the area,” Laidan said. PALMA-PB stands for the allied LGUs of Pigcawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Pikit, and Banisilan. She added that DOST has already provided the MRICLWA with initial loom weaving equipment. With the new agreement, additional sets of equipment will be provided to the group next year to help the members produce more quality woven products. In April, 30 members of MRICLWA in 22

Barangays Bulanan and Sambulawan underwent a training advanced handloom weaving and designing geared toward enhancing their capabilities and competitiveness. The training focused on latest technologies on loom setting, design interpretation, and advanced weaving. Science Research Specialist 1 Josefa Garlitos and Science Research Assistant Ramiro Guab, both from the Philippine Textile Research and Development Institute (PTRI) of DOST, served as resource persons. MRICLWA members have been producing varieties of handwoven fabrics using silk threads and yarns. These fabrics are made into bags, slippers, pillow cases, and mats. Laidan said, the silk fabrics woven by the group has particularly caught the eyes of some fabric designers who are now using the product in their fashion ensembles. In response, PALMA-PB Alliance program manager Orly Maraingan lauded DOST 12 for the sustained assistance to the women’s group. “DOST 12 has been very sincere in providing technical assistance and livelihood opportunities to uplift the economic status of our constituents,” he said. He noted that the loom weaving industry in the area is a potential and viable industry for the women in PALMA-PB. Through SETUP, DOST helps MSMEs improve productivity by product quality improvement, human resources development, cost minimization and waste management, and other Thursday, May 30, 2013


operation-related activities. Support that can be availed from the program include new technologies, manpower training, access to capital and market, use of product standards and testing facilities, appropriate packaging and product labeling, supply of raw materials, access to information and efficient transport facilities.

MSMEs that may avail of assistance should be involved in the following priority sectors food processing; furniture and home furnishings; gifts, holiday decors and fashion accessories; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture; metals and engineering; information and communications technology; and halal. (DEDoguilesPIA 12)

PSHS in Region 12 opens in June By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Philippine Science High School Soccsksargen Region Campus (PSHS-SRC) here will finally open its gates to the first batch of students in June.

Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof Laidan, given in September last year, 46 regional director of the Department passed as principal qualifiers and of Science and 44 others as Tec hno l o g y alternate ( D O S T ) qualifiers in the 12 said 90 Soccksargen freshmen Campus. high school The official -- Grade 7 added that in the K to enrolment was 12 system held on May -- students 21 and 22 at will comprise the Provincial the maiden Planning and class. Development She said, Office inside based on the the provincial results of g o ve r n m e n t the national compound competitive here. examination “The PSHS Thursday, May 30, 2013

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is ready to serve the constituents in Region 12 to boost the quality of education in the area,” she said. Region 12 is comprised of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. PSHS in Soccsksargen Region is located in the a 4.5-hectare lot donated by the South Cotabato LGU in Barangay Paraiso, this city. The provincial government bought the land for P7.3 million as its counterpart to the project and allotted additional P5 million to kick off the construction of the initial facilities. Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. also gathered commitments from several donors, including P5 million from YACAP (Youth Against Corruption and Poverty) party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez and P2 million from Agham party-list Rep. Angelo Palmones. Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel also pledged P5 million for the rehabilitation of the road network in the campus’ vicinity. During the ground-breaking ceremonies on June 21 last year, PSHS System Executive Director Dr. Josette Biyo revealed completion of the “Smart” campus would take at least P200 million to complete. The campus is situated near the state-of-the-art Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Science Center, which is still under construction. “This is part of the efforts to put 24

up one Pisay (as PSHS is popularly called) in every administrative region across the country to bring quality education that is highly focused on science and mathematics closer to the grassroots,” Laidan said. PSHS caters to Filipino students who are exceptionally gifted in science and mathematics. Their education is subsidized by the national government. “The PSHS campus (in Koronadal) will not only boost quality education in South Cotabato but also throughout Soccsksargen Region and neighboring regions,” she added. Koronadal City is the administrative seat of Soccsksargen Region. The campus here is the 12th PSHS campus in the country and third in entire Mindanao. The other campuses in Mindanao are located in Baloi, Lanao del Norte for Northern Mindanao and Davao City for Davao Region. Dr. Biyo added that the Soccsksargen campus will feature modern academic buildings, complete research and laboratory facilities, as well as housing facilities. Per campus development plan, Biyo said, the facilities of the new campus will be constructed in several phases. PSHS is an attached agency of the DOST as a specialized public high school system focused on high quality science-based education and training. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) Thursday, May 30, 2013


Number of teenage mothers in GenSan on the rise By Catherine T. Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- The City Population Management Office (CPMO) is alarmed over the increasing teen pregnancy here despite massive government advocacy efforts.

City population management officer Erlinda Grafilo said that statistics for young mothers and fathers in the city are “frustratingly” increasing. As of 2012, teen pregnancy or young mothers with age range 1020 years old reached 3,010 cases with 767 recorded young fathers. Grafilo said these data were based on the birth certificates being forwarded at the Civil Registrar’s

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Office. Basing from these documents, the youngest mother and father in GenSan are 14 and 15 years old, respectively. Meanwhile, Diosdado Ablanido, Department of Education-GenSan city division superintendent, said sex education is started in the fourth grade in the elementary all the way to the secondary levels integrating it in values education.

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But Ablanido said parental role during the formative years of children remains the biggest influence in molding the value of teenagers. Both officials have, however, factored in teenagers’ exposure to various media as the culprit for the increased incidence. Some contributing factors in teenage pregnancy, they cited are lack of parental guidance, peer pressure, lack of education and the new media like exposure to internet-based social networking sites. When asked how can adolescent avoid being pregnant at early age, Grafilo said: “It’s really abstinence.” She explained that government workers like them can only do so much. “What we can only do is educate and do advocacy activities for them like seminars and trainings,” she told reporters. Grafilo underscored the fact that government workers “cannot impose the prophylactic rule or the chastity belt to these adolescents.” “We can’t chastise these teenagers. It all redounds again to how they’re brought up at home during those crucial years of growing up,” she added. According to her, adolescents still prefer much their parents in terms of talking to them the issue on sex education and sexuality. She said that at this stage 26

youngsters have already formed their own mind about their own sexuality which is really difficult to change and influence urging parents then to integrate sex education among the good values and disciplinary measures that they are instilling their children. The City Population Management Office is now intensifying its promotion against teenage pregnancy, through PopCom’s new advocacy shout out: “Pag-aaral ay Para sa Hinaharap, Huwag Ipagpalit sa Sandaling Sarap.” This, Grafilo hopes would deter further incident of teen pregnancy in the city. “We want a zero incident of teenage pregnancy in the city if impossible,” she expressed with strong conviction. Grafilo said partner education in school campuses is a regular advocacy activity of CPMO to help the school, the teachers and the students. This also includes training peer educators and counselors to help educate the students on various population issues. At the opening of classes this June 3, CPMO, Grafilo announced will be posting tarpaulins in schools highlighting their campaign slogan in cooperation with peer educators, peer counselors, the city government offices, and DepEd. (CT Apelacio/ With Lipsy Grace Carayo/PIA-12 General Santos City) Thursday, May 30, 2013


DSWD, TESDA conduct “cash for training” in Bayog By Bernadine Astillero Gabawan

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in coordination with the local government unit of Bayog conducted a “Cash for Training” on Organic Agriculture Production (OAP) and Driving and Auto Servicing (D & AC) here on Tuesday at the Glupa Gulian Agro-Tourism Park in Barangay Kahayagan. 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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The program aimed to empower the disadvantaged youths through skills training and assistance for a gainful employment by venturing them into entrepreneurial activities. The training package includes training cost, tool kits and transportation allowance amounting to of P20,000 per scholar. Fifty three out-of-school youths and unemployed college graduates successfully completed the training - 28 on organic agriculture production and 25 on driving and auto servicing. In his message, Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr. expressed his appreciation on the program for “it gives the youths an opportunity to start their own livelihood.” “With this, it will induce economic activity in the municipality,” Babasa added. Moreover, Mayor Babasa gave assurance to the participants that they would be given an area at the Glupa Gulian for their gardening,

hoping that “this batch will help in the production of rubber seedlings in the municipality.” Also present during the occasion were SB member Celso Matias, TESDA Provincial Director Eulalio Lumactod, MSWDO Conchita Sucaldito, ZOOM Technical and Agriculture Training Center President Nelly Yting, ZOOM school registrar Ma. Dinah Marasigan, LGU department heads and key officials and ZOOM instructors Ruel Maraniag, Alejandro Gesta, Romson Jarantilla and Ridesh Jarantilla. (PIA9)

DSWD launches Reg’l Profile of Poor Households; Tatsulo “stories of hope” By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 9 recently launched its “Regional Profile of Poor Households” (RPPH) back to back with its documentary film Tatsulo “Stories of Hope.” The RPPH contains data that and projects for the disadvantaged will serve as a guide to agencies and Filipino families and communities. organization in developing programs The roster of poor households 28

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found in the RPPH were identified through an information management system that identifies who are the poor, and this system is called the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (HHTS-PR) where series of activities such as house–to-house assessment and validation activities were conducted. The RPPH launching was done through the symbolic unveiling of the life-size RPPH booklet led by DSWD Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Operations Consejo H. Usman. A film showing on the documentary (docu) film Tatsulo “stories of hope” followed shortly after the RPPH booklet-launch. ARD Usman said the docu film showcases life stories of DSWD Tatsulo program beneficiaries of how hope shine upon them in the midst of poverty. Thursday, May 30, 2013

“In our effort to provide general public as well as our partners an idea of our department’s gains and impact on our beneficiaries, we have documented grassroots stories which we hope will serve as an inspiration to our partners and comrades in our fight against poverty,” Usman said. Tatsulo is a convergence strategy employing the three major social protection program of DSWDthe Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), KALAHI-CIDSS and Sustainable Livelihood. It aims to promote total-well being of the family from the development of their human capacities and making income generating opportunities available for them. Present during the launching were the Tatsulo “stories of hope” program beneficiaries themselves. They were presented to the media in a press conference. (PIA9) 29


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PH lacks registered guidance counsellors by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- The country has a lack of registered and licensed guidance counselors. This according to Luzviminda S. Guzman, chair of the Board of Guidance Counselors-Professional Regulation Commission. Guzman said that currently there are 2,266 licensed guidance counselors all over the country. She said that ideally there should be a ratio of 1 guidance counselor for every 500 students, but at the moment there is one counselor serving over a thousand students. She said currently the country Thursday, May 30, 2013

needs 37,000 licensed guidance counselors for the public education system alone. The new rules for guidance counseling were implemented in 2008 under the provisions of Republic Act 9258 or the Guidance and Counselling Act of 2004, which professionalized the services of guidance counselling in the country by requiring board exams for guidance counselors. Under the law those eligible to take up licensure examinations for guidance counselors must earn 42 masteral units in Guidance Counseling. Guzman said that in the past, school guidance counselors were just token members of the faculty. “Sometimes, the nicest and kindest teachers were chosen as guidance counselors.� Guzman said. She recalled that there was no clear direction for their office, sometimes guidance counselors were made to entertain school visitors, Guzman said that in many instances they would have to deal with makeshift 31


offices. Teacher-designates also are burdened with their teaching load and their job as guidance counselors. Guzman said that despite the situation, the guidance counselors managed to perform their duties. One of the main duties of guidance counselors is in the field of career guidance, where they help students choose their careers which could help them land jobs and have a more secure future. Here in Davao City a Regional Career Advocacy Congress was held from May 30-31 and is attended by 300 guidance counselors and coordinators from public and private schools. Organized by the Department

of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and held in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Department of Education (DepEd). The congress is aimed in reducing labor mismatch by helping guidance counselors in the field of career guidance for their students. one of which was presenting current trends in employment particularly the labor market information and the sharing of best practices in career guidance. (PIA/RG Alama)

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Young mother dies in landmine blast aftermath by Joey Dalunpines

DAVAO CITY-The landmine blast that wounded several soldiers and civilians along the Tagum city-Mawab Highway Tuesday last week took a toll on the life of a young mother who passed away because of trauma.

A report received by the 10th Civil-Military Operations Battalion said Ellen Sucnaan, 20, was on vacation at her mother’s house in Purok 6, Barangay Tuburan, Mawab, Compostela Valley, in May 20 after giving birth. In the morning of May 21, an improvised landmine exploded 20 meters away from her mother’s house where she and her baby stayed. Relatives said out of fear Ellen ran away and fell on a cliff. Ellen and her child were rushed to the nearest hospital which referred them to the Southern Philippines Medical Center. On May 25, 2013, she passed away while undergoing medical treatment leaving behind her baby boy. Several soldiers and innocent civilians were wounded in the series Thursday, May 30, 2013

of land mine explosions. 1Lt Vilma Mojado of the 10th Civil-Military Operations Battalion identified the wounded soldiers as Privates First Class Lovie Joy Semillano, Joseph Mendio, Erwin Cordero, Bai Johanna Dorado and Ryan Torena and Gina Gubantes, a civilian dependent. Mojado said the soldiers headed by 1st Lieutenant Grace Joy Arado were tasked to do procurement in Tagum City when the incident happened. One and a half hours later, another improvised landmine exploded at Barangay Tagmanok, Mawab, Compostela Valley stalling the movement of the soldiers who were tasked to conduct clearing patrol on the national highway. The soldiers were spared in the explosion. Incidentally, two riders of a motorcycle were wounded slightly while one taxi was damaged since they were at the rear of the military vehicle during the explosion. The incident prompted the leadership of the 10th Infantry Division to order a pursuit operation against the perpetrators. (PIA XIJoey Sem Dalumpines) 33


MinCARED 2013 works for sustainable energy development by Recthie T. Paculba

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AMRECO) held the Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and DevelopmentMinCARED 2013 to achieve a sustained visible platform for sustainable energy development on May 27, here. With the theme, “Mainstreaming the Mindanao Power Agenda: Reliable, Affordable and Sustainable Power Supply in Mindanao,” AMRECO is in partnership with the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Institute of Power Sector Economics (IPSec), and Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) in 34

seeking solutions on the challenges of meeting demands for Mindanao’s power in the future. According to Dir. Romeo Montenegro, MINDA Investment Relations and Public Affairs Officer, the congress’ advocacy focuses on bracing diversity with emphasis on renewable energy such as wind, Thursday, May 30, 2013


biomass, fuel cell system, solar energy and hydroelectric energy. Furthermore, he added that with the development of renewable energy technology, electric generation cost will not be as costly as having the non-renewable energy as part of the generation mix. On the other hand, Sergio Dagooc, AMRECO president, said that it is their thrust to institutionalize the congress as an annual activity joined by multi-sectors embracing the advocacy on electric power concern as personally theirs being consumers themselves. Giving an emphasis on the use of renewable energy to save generation

cost, Dagooc said that “we will develop renewable energy technology with a balanced use of such and good distribution supply management.” Dagooc also added that with the help of their partners, they will be able to come up with good solutions on the power crisis in Mindanao and they will try to “beat out ahead of our requirement.” In 2012, the greatest achievement of MinCARED was on rendering the supply problem being everyone’s concern and not blaming the electric cooperatives for it, and cushioning the impact of the coverage brownouts of the electric cooperatives’ respective areas.

SSS educational assistance loan program made easier by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Active Social Security System (SSS) members can now avail of the educational assistance loan program through easier application process and with higher loanable amount. There is no distinction whether an SSS member is employed or selfemployed to avail this loan, said Lawyer Edwin Halo, branch head of SSS Cagayan de Oro. If the member is active and is regularly paying his monthly contribution, then he or she may avail. Nationwide, there are already 17,000 SSS members who availed of such loan, Atty. Halo revealed. Thursday, May 30, 2013

The maximum loanable amount per semester or trimester is P20,000 for college degrees and P10,000 for those vocational and technical courses. Atty. Halo also said that they grant these loans to SSS members in the condition that the schools and universities they intend to be enrolled or want their beneficiary enrolled are accredited by the Commission 35


on Higher Education (CHED) and vocational schools which are accredited also by Technical Educational Skills and Development Authority (TESDA). Also, we will need the assessment of the school to gauge how much loan we can grant for a member, he added. An active SSS member may avail said loan if he or she has a monthly income of not more than P25,000 and he or she has 12 posted monthly contributions provided that one contribution is paid within three months prior to the loan application.

If there were no contribution made in the past three months, a member can pay immediately and show proof of payment. For those married SSS members, these two couples may avail to up to two beneficiaries each: who can be an SSS member, legal wife/husband of the SSS member and child including illegitimate. This loan program started second semester of last year (2012) nationwide to help students from lowincome families to pay for tuition and miscellaneous fees.

PRO-10 resumes recruitment of applicants by PSupt Ronnie Francis M Cariaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Recruitment Program for Police Officers 1 (PO1) will start on June 14. Oath-taking of successful applicants will be on September 30. PCSupt Catalino B Rodriguez Jr, Regional Director, Police Regional Office (PRO-10) said that after a series of screening and deliberation, those who will take their oath shall immediately be turned over to Regional Training School (RTS) 10, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City for their basic training. The PNP, through its transformation roadmap known as PATROL Plan 2030, will achieve to make the organization a highly competent police force where every police officer is duly trained, wellequipped and knowledgeable on all aspects of police work. 36

Applicants are required to submit their application folders with the following attachments: CSC Personal Data Sheet, Diploma and Transcript of Records, Eligibility, Birth Certificate, Medical and Dental Clearances, Neuropsychiatric Test Result, Drug test result, Fingerprint Card, Handwriting specimen, NBI Clearance, marriage contract and birth certificate of children (if married) whole body and passportsize pictures and local clearances. For further information, interested applicants are advised to visit PRO-10 (Attention: Chief, RPHRDD) at Camp Alagar, Lapasan, this city. Thursday, May 30, 2013



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