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OUR COVER

Revisiting Dahican

RG Alama Southern Mindanao

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Today’s news... NATIONAL

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President Aquino releases P1.1-B for relief efforts

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Duterte suggests declaration of state of emergency in Tacloban City RG Alama

CARAGA REGION

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1 evacuation center in PDI still open, OCD-Caraga says

Jennifer P. Gaitano

DSWD Caraga augments staff to Southern Leyte

Stella Maris V. Barcelon

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Iligan City dad addresses ST Yolanda, classes at all levels suspended

Lorry V. Gabule

Ozamiz CDRRMC tells camp managers to address gender-sensitive issues Rutchie C. Aguhob

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DOLE-Zambo. Norte releases P578.5-T for Siayan rubber farmers

Alfonso T. Ruda

NEDA-IX holds consultation on ZamPen Dev’t Plan in Isabela City

Rene V. Carbayas

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COVER STORY

Revisiting Dahican By RG Alama

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his would be my fourth time visiting the fabled shores of Dahican, though this is the first time I would visit the place during the Sambuokan festival. Dahican is a coastal barangay in Mati City, capital of Davao Oriental. It is famous for its crescent-shaped beach, a sevenkilometer stretch of fine white sand embraced by clear turquoise waters. The Pacific coast brings in waves which has made it popular for surfers and skimboarders. In fact Dahican is known as the home of the Amihan Boys a group of young surfers and skimboarders, who have become Mati City’s poster boys of sorts attracting wave after wave of visitors eager to try out the tranquil

Pacific playground. I tagged along my photographer friends, the Maniniyot Community group, we rented a van and took a 3-hour trip from Davao City to Mati City. Over the years, the


government invested in infrastructure to develop the tourism destination, one thing I noticed is that cemented roads now connect Mati City proper to Dahican which used to be reached by dirt roads. Then there is the Menzi Beach Park where the city invested in a P20-million visitor information center to cater to a growing number of tourists. There are several resorts and facilities which can accommodate visitors, among these include Botona Beach Resort where I spent holy week with friends many years ago, Kanakbai- where the Provincial Governor once treated us visiting Davao City media for lunch, Dahican Surf Resort and there’s Amihan sa Dahican, the headquarters of the Amihan Boys.

We pitched our tents and rented rudimentary cabanas in a property adjacent to Amihan sa Dahican. Our property caretaker, a kind Kalagan lady was allowed by the owners to develop ramshackle huts for the Sambuokan weekend, she shared that some of the residents were displaced as investors began buying lands along the beach. I hope development would preserve the ambiance of the place and they won’t go the way of Davao City which lost Times Beach to over-development or the case of Samal Island which lost control of its shoreline. Aside from aesthetic value, Dahican is also a nesting ground for marine turtles and the coast is home to dugongs and whale sharks. How to get to Dahican: There are buses and vans that ply the Davao City to Mati route, it is a three hour drive from Davao City to Mati. From the Mati city proper estimated travel time is around 1015 minutes and you need take or hire a tricycle. You can hire vans in Davao City which can take you to the beach. 5


Cooperation between national government, LGUs needed to help Yolanda victims, Palace says

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alacaĂąang on Monday stressed anew the need for the national government to work with local government units to help Filipinos affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras reassured the LGUs that there is no fingerpointing going on, especially now that the national and local governments are pressed for time. “Hirap na hirap ang national government to penetrate the locality. Hindi namin kilala ang barangay captain. Hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng barangay, much more kung nasaan sila. Sa Pablo ang daming natutunan doon. Kapag TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

ang local government at national government maganda ang coordination, napakadaling iabot ang tulong (The national government has a hard time getting to the residents in the localities. We cannot identify the barangays, much less locate them immediately. But one thing I learned while addressing the needs of victims of Tropical Cyclone Pablo is that if officials of the national and local governments

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work together, they can quickly reach those who need help),” Almendras said at a media briefing. “We’re pressed for time, we need to respond, we need to move,” he added. Besides, Almendras said President Benigno S. Aquino III had instructed them to deliver the needed relief items to affected areas in the most efficient way possible. Several areas in the Visayas and Southern Luzon had been affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda that made landfall six times last Friday before exiting the Philippines the next day. Almendras said they particularly need

the local governments, including those at the barangay level, to set up a leadership structure that will make sure the relief items for residents are received and distributed properly. The local leaders would also be in the best position to know how long relief goods such as food packs would last, he added. “It makes the whole process more efficient if the ground is well-organized and ready to accept relief goods,” he said. “We all need to work together... There’s a need to organize ourselves well,” he added. PND

President Aquino releases P1.1-B for relief efforts

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has approved an additional P1.1 billion in Quick Response Funds for the Departments of Social Welfare and Development and Public Works and Highways for the quick recovery of those areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

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In his televised address on Monday evening, President Aquino also announced the declaration of a state of national calamity, days after Typhoon Yolanda devastated much of Visayas and southern Luzon. “Kasabay nito, idinedeklara po natin ang state of national calamity upang mapabilis ang mga pagkilos ng pamahalaan para sa pagsagip, paghahatid ng tulong, at rehabilitasyon ng mga probinsyang sinalanta ni Yolanda,” the President said. “Mahalaga rin ito, hindi lamang para panatilihing kontrolado ang mga

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presyo ng mga pangunahing produkto at serbisyo na kakailanganin ng ating mga kakabayan, kundi upang maiwasan din ang overpricing at hoarding ng mga mahahalagang bilihin,” he added. He also announced the additional P1.1 billion Quick Response Funds for DSWD and DPWH. “Inaprubahan din natin ang kabuuang P1.1 billion para pandagdag sa Quick Response Funds ng DSWD at DPWH, para sa agarang pagpapatupad ng mga kinakailangang suporta para sa muling pagbangon ng mga kababayan nating hinagupit nitong trahedya,” he said.

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In his address, the President also thanked the PAGASA, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Phivolcs, and the DOST for the detailed information, which allowed local government units to prepare early for Typhoon Yolanda. “Ito ang nagbigay-daan para sa iniuulat na mababang casualty count mula sa ilang mga probinsyang dinaanan din ng bagyo, tulad ng Oriental at Occidental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Aklan, at Romblon, kung saan maagang nakapaghanda ang lokal na pamahalaan,” he said. He said the government is now focusing its efforts to help those areas severely affected by the typhoon, particularly Leyte and Samar. He said the DPWH has been clearing roads blocked by debris and electric posts. “Ayon na rin sa kahilingan ng mga lokal na opisyal, nagpadala tayo ng karagdagang 800 mga sundalo at pulis sa Tacloban upang ibalik ang kaayusan. May tatlong repacking center po tayong naglalabas ng di baba sa 55,000 mga family food pack kada araw; inatasan na po natin si Secretary Abaya ng DOTC upang imando ang pagdadala ng mga relief goods kung saan ito TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

pinaka-kailangan,” he said. He said the government has 18.7 billion pesos from calamity funds, contingency funds and savings that can be used for rehabilitating Typhoon-affected areas. He also said that there are 22 countries that have pledged or have given aid. “Dumarating na rin po ang tulong mula sa ibang bansa; 22 bansa na po ang nagpanata o nagbigay na ng tulong, kabilang na ang Indonesia, Amerika, Inglatera, bansang Hapon, Singapore, New Zealand, pati na rin po ang Hungary,” he said. “Tumutulong na rin po sa iba’t ibang paraan ang pribadong sektor upang ibangon ang mga nasalanta, gaya ng sa pagbabalik ng daloy ng komunikasyon at pati ang pagmimintena ng krudo sa mga apektadong lugar.” He said. President Aquino also assured Filipinos of more aid for typhoon victims. He also called for sobriety. “Sa mga darating na araw, maaasahan ninyo, lalo pang papaspas ang ayuda. Ang panawagan ko lang po: Ang pagiging kalmado, pagdarasal, pakikisama, at pakikipagtulungan. Siya ang magpapabangon sa atin mula sa sakunang ito,” the President said. PND

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Deles welcomes additional 8-M Euros from EU for Mindanao

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ffice of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles has welcomed the allotment of additional 8 million Euros from the European Union (EU) for the Mindanao Trust FundReconstruction and Development Programme (MTF-RDP) in support of the peace process. Deles and EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs on Monday led the ceremonial signing of the contribution agreement held at the OPAPP in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Also present during the signing were Dr. Saffrulah Dipatuan, chairman of the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux and Motoo Konishi,

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Country Director of the World Bank. ”The agreement formalizes the expansion of EU’s contribution to the MTF-RDP. As I understand, the additional funds will be used to support the Sajahatra Bangsamoro, the joint development program of the government of the Philippines and the MILF as well as the Bangsamoro Development Planning,” said Deles. ”The additional contribution will make EU the biggest contributor of MTF to date. As co-chair of the MTF, OPAPP extends again our thanks,” she added. For his part, Piebalgs, who is in the Philippines for the first time, vowed EU’s continuing support for the Philippines, particularly in the peace process. ”These additional funds are the tangible manifestation of the EU’s long-term commitment for the Mindanao peace process, both at the political level and with the people living in this area,” said Piebalgs. The new funds will be channeled through the MTF-RDP and will be programmed for projects in support of promoting confidence-building,

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peace and demand-driven governance. ”This additional funding brings the total EU contribution to the Mindanao Trust Fund to 13.5 million Euros, more than 50 percent of the total trust fund and making the European Union its biggest donor,” said Piebalgs. The MTF-RDP is a mechanism through which development partners pool and coordinate official development assistance in conflictaffected communities in Mindanao. So far, MTF-RDP has implemented at least 141 projects, 70 percent of which was funded by EU, that benefited about 300,000 people in Mindanao areas. Dipatuan, for his part, cited the GPH and the EU for their unwavering efforts for the peace process with the MILF as he assured the EU that their contribution will be used for the benefit of the Bangsamoro people. ”We assure you (EU) that your contribution will not go to waste,” said Dipatuan. Dipatuan stressed that the BDA has been undertaking activities for the benefit of the Bangsamoro people through MTF-RDP.

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Three R-XI provinces under Signal No.1 as Zoraida enters PAR by Jean Abangan

DAVAO DEL NORTE Three provinces of the northern part of the Davao Region are placed under Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) No. 1 as Tropical Depression (TD) Zoraida moves with sustained winds of 55 kph and at a speed of 30 kph west northwest towards Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Respective provincial local government unit (LGU) hoisted alert status directing all Municipal and City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (M/CDRRMO) to reactivate their incident command posts and to make the necessary preparations

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including prepositioning of rescue equipment. Provincial governors of the three provinces have declared suspension of classes at all levels as moderate to heavy rains occurred sporadically. Provincial Information Office of Davao Oriental relayed reports saying, Governor Corazon Malanyaon started this morning’s office work with mass asking for Divine Intervention that the province last year hit by devastating Typhoon Pablo would be spared from calamitous effect of TD Zoraida. She then held a meeting with members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and consequently at about 10:30 a.m., declared suspension of classes at all levels while also directing all mayors to activate their respective MDRRMC , mobilize action centers and prepare for possible evacuation. PIO Davao Oriental said Gov. Malanyaon also directed the city and municipal mayors to warn their people especially those in the shoreline, riverbanks, and landslide prone areas to be evacuated for possible storm surge. On the other hand, Davao del Norte Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario at 11:50 this morning declared suspension of classes at all levels. He also had executive TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

meeting with department heads, discussing among other concerns, preparation for TD Zoraida.\ In an interview with DXDN Radyo Ukay Tagum at around 2:00p.m., Gov. Del Rosario, he revealed ready and alert mode of the Reduce the Risk (RDR) rescue team of the PDRRMC since this morning when PAGASA hoisted PSWS No. 1 with Davao del Norte being included. S u c h alert mode had gone down to the municipal and city and even at the barangay level, he said. Noting the clouds , he projected prolonged rains which he said could possibly lead to flooding though he was hoping the weather would improve. He counted possible preemptive evacuation but he said people would be advised in due time. He called on the public to listen to advice aired via the radio and other media outlets. “Let us be prepared. Let us not take any chance. Whatever may be the instruction, let us follow,” he said. Meanwhile, PAGASA included Compostela Valley late at its 11:00 a.m. weather bulletin prompting the Provincial Gov. Arturo T. Uy to suspend classes at all levels . Raining has also been felt in some areas of Compostela Valley. (PIA11 Jeanevive Duron Abangan)

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Duterte suggests declaration of state of emergency in Tacloban City DAVAO CITY- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte suggested that a state of emergency must be declared in areas destroyed by typhoon Yolanda, particularly Tacloban City to ensure national government intervention and institute public order immediately .

He said state of calamity is not enough since there are no more local government units functioning in the affected areas since most of them are also victims. Duterte visited Tacloban City Monday to have a first- hand grasp of the situation there. He said the first responders whom the LGUs rely namely the police, soldiers and social workers also have their own dead to attend to. “There is no city government functioning,” he said as he pointed out that the situation in Tacloban City is very distressing. Duterte said no one is working to check the whereabouts of the missing with the barangay governments no longer functioning. He said people loiter on the streets begging for food and water. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III declared a nationwide state of calamity yesterday to speed up the relief and rescue operation and rehabilitation efforts on areas affected by typhoon Yolanda.

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Duterte said he left the assistance of the people of Davao for the victims to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas since he could hardly reach the city mayor. “If you have a relative there, go to Tacloban City, take him out together with the rest of what’s left of his family since there is no longer food and nothing can be bought there any longer even a candy ,” he said. Duterte said 95 percent of Tacloban City is gone with many dead bodies still littering the streets, destroyed buildings and houses, fallen trees and power and communication lines. He said that from the sky, it could be surmised that the people of Tacloban City had nowhere to go to seek refuge during the storm since it is situated on a plain along the sea, with the closest mountain about 50 kilometers away. Duterte said the place needs a ship of drinking water and another shipload of formalin for the cadavers. He said the 49-man search and rescue contingent from the Emergency Response Center Central 911 which left Saturday arrived in Tacloban City on Monday afternoon as they inched there way clearing the highway to the devastated area. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Filipino Students See Benefits of Studying in the U.S.

In a globalized economy, international experience is coveted. A degree from a high-quality college or university sets the stage for a successful career. This is why hundreds of young Filipinos flocked to the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati on October 25 to visit the first-ever EducationUSA Student Fair hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. U.S. Embassy ChargÊ d’ Affaires Brian L. Goldbeck, along with two eager students drawn from the crowd, cut the ribbon and welcomed students to the event where representatives of 29 different U.S. colleges and universities discussed the exceptional educational possibilities of the United States.

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Hoping to distinguish themselves with an American degree, the visitors toured exhibits, collected information, and asked questions of the representatives from the U.S. who were visiting the Philippines as part of an Education trade mission. They discussed two- and four-year undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in a variety of disciplines. The schools offered information on scholarships, internship, and financial aid opportunities. Representatives from the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy answered questions on the student visa process, and advisors from EducationUSA, and the U.S. Embassy and the Philippine American Educational Foundation, offered free guidance services to interested students. “Studying in the U.S. provides not only a high quality education, but valuable international and cultural experience,” said Jim McCarthy, Commercial Counselor of the U.S. Commercial Service Philippines, which organized the School Fair and the other Education TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Trade Mission Activities. “Our universities offer a wide variety of disciplines and unparalleled diversity, which makes education one of our top U.S. service exports.” Judging from the turn-out at the event, many Filipinos understand the value of in a U.S. university education. Several universities present expressed their delight at the crowds, And students rushed in to begin their first-hand discovery of U.S. higher education. The interest kept up all day, as did the quality of the potential students. According to Andre Cordon, the delegation member from Pace University in New York City, the numbers and the seriousness of the potential students exceeded his expectations and warranted exploring the possibility of a more frequent presence for Pace in the Philippines. In addition to meeting prospective students,

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universities met with representatives of key local universities, colleges, and high schools to explore possible partnerships. The schools were impressed at the quality of the students’ knowledge of U.S. programs and indicated they would return to promote their schools in the coming months and future School Fairs. Two additional receptions with representatives from local schools, Philippine government, Filipino alumni of U.S. universities, local U.S. education services and equipment firms, alumni of U.S. Embassysponsored exchange programs, and U.S. Embassy officials highlighted the importance of using education as a bridge between the two countries. Chargé d’Affaires Goldbeck stated, “Starting with the Thomasites, and continuing with U.S. Peace Corps Education Volunteers, Americans have worked here in the Philippines to strengthen educational capacity by first teaching, and then later training and mentoring teachers; and by helping to establish several of the great universities in the Philippines. Today, our binational Fulbright Commission, the oldest in the world, continues to provide exceptional educational and teaching opportunities to Americans and Filipinos to further strengthen educational TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

linkages between our two peoples.” EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate comprehensive and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. It is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). In the Philippines, EducationUSA is administered by the Philippine American Educational Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Embassy. Interested students can follow EducationUSA’s “five steps to study in a U.S. college or university” online at https://www.educationusa.info/ about.php. And on November 13, during International Education Week, the EducationUSA is hosting an online virtual Education Fair entitled “College Week Live – International Students Day,” that provides a venue for Filipino students to explore study options in the United States.

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1 evacuation center in PDI still open, OCDCaraga says by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo said that only one evacuation center has remained open with three families from the municipality of Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands. “A total of 6,712 families were evacuated in 172 evacuation centers in five provinces of Caraga region. 915 families in Agusan del Norte, 64 families in Agusan del Sur, 2,518 families in Dinagat Islands, 2,297 in Surigao del Norte and 918 families in Surigao del Sur,” Mazo said in a status report realeased 6 a.m., Monday. One person was reported dead from Purok-3, Barangay Poblacion, Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Death was caused by electrocution due to toppled electrical post. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

As to damaged properties recorded, Mazo bared that from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (PDRRMOs) of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte indicated a total of 809 partially and 47 totally damaged houses. “A total of 11 schools and its facilities and five government buildings in Dinagat Islands were reported damaged with total estimated cost at around P5,080,000.00 while it also sustained an estimated damage of P1,574,769.25 in agriculture

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including Rice, Cassava, Sweet Potato, Corn, Banana and Mango,� Mazo said. Some parts of the region also experienced power interruption. Local electric company in Dinagat Islands announced a blackout within 2-3 days caused by the damaged and toppled down electric posts. In Surigao del Norte, blackout has now been restored in the most part of the province whereas 30 percent of Siargao Islands are still experiencing power outage. In Surigao del Sur, blackouts were reported in the municipalities of Tago, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan and Carrascal. In Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, no cell phone signal in both Smart and Globe network. On the profile of assistance extended to most affected areas, Mazo disclosed that the PDRRMC in TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

DInagat Islands provided a total of 5,656 food packs to all its municipalities containing rice, groceries or both. CDRRMC Butuan prepared food packs containing three kilos of rice, three pieces of noodles and three pieces of canned goods. MDRRMC B u e n a v i s t a also provided family packs. Meanwhile the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided a total P1,321,152.12 food packs to the provinces of Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte. CDRRMC Butuan has also distributed a total of 280 food packs in nine evacuation centers for 12 barangays. As of reporting time, OCD continues to monitor reports from the different provinces of the region.

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DSWD Caraga augments staff to Southern Leyte by Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Field Office augments 15 staff to 18 municipalities in Southern Leyte affected by super typhoon Yolanda to conduct rapid damage and needs assessment in order to provide all possible support. The staff will be divided into Liloan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, three teams; each team is San Ricardo, Silago, Hinunangan, composed of one team leader, Hinundayan, Anahawan, three members and one driver. San Juan and St. Bernard. From November 11-13, 2013, DSWD Caraga has 5,000 family the teams will assess what are packs ready for distribution to the immediate relief needs of the Southern Leyte, while DSWD victims and the road conditions. volunteers are now preparing After the teams’ assessment of additional 50,000 family packs. the extent of the damage brought Each family pack contains six by super typhoon Yolanda, the kilos of rice, six pieces noodles, teams will communicate with six assorted canned goods and the Relief Operation Center six pieces of coffee. DSWD will located in Surigao City in order directly distribute the relief goods to immediately send out relief to the affected municipalities. goods to the concerned areas. The Field Office is also accepting The 18 municipalities in Southern food and non-food donations. Leyte that will be assessed are the Groups or individuals can drop their following; Maasin City, Macrahon, donations at DSWD Field Office Padre Burgos, Malitbog, Tomas Caraga, Pili Drive Butuan City. Oppus, Bontoc, Sogod, Libagon, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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City solon reiterates importance of garbage cans inside PUJs by CdeOSP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The City Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources urges all drivers and operators of Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) here to put garbage containers inside their vehicles.

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City Councilor Zaldy Ocon, committee chair on environment and natural resources, said this will enable passengers to throw their solid wastes properly and refrain from throwing garbage anywhere else on the streets. The provision of garbage tins inside PUJs is mandated under section 87 of Ordinance No. 10551-2007, otherwise known as the Traffic Code of Cagayan de Oro City, which was enacted in 2007. Non compliance is punishable by law, Councilor Ocon stressed. Further, the councilor appealed to commuters to report to the Roads and Administration (RTA) violations to the traffic code. He said they can do this by texting cellphone number

09069641092, which the RTA provided as one of its 24/7 services. Ocon said this will help commuters report violations of drivers while they are on board. “Aduna usab kitay balaud nga nagmando sa tanang operators sa sakyanang publiko sa pagsulat o pag printa usab sa sulod sa ilang sakyanan ang plate number ug ngalan sa operator ug kinahanglan sa dako ug klaro nga mga letra ug numero,� (We also have a law that states that all operators of PUJs should write or print inside their jeepneys the plate number and name of the operator and in bold letters and numbers, Ocon added, citing section 114 of the Traffic Code).

Iligan City dad addresses ST Yolanda, classes at all levels suspended by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – Mayor Celso G. Regencia of Iligan issued a memorandum addressed to Schools Division Superintendent Randolph B. Tortola, Department of Education (DepEd), Iligan City, on the suspension of classes at all levels on November 8, 2013. The memorandum dated November 7, 2013, is relative to the series of weather advisories for the coming of Super Typhoon Yolanda, wherein the entire country has been bracing and preparing their constituents to prevent further TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

damage of lives and properties. Tortola said the memorandum shall apply to all public and private schools, this city. This follows that all faculty and DepEd personnel shall no longer report to their respective assigned areas.

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The memo also contains a available for immediate evacuation request to all school principals to of the possible affected population. make their respective schools

Ozamiz CDRRMC tells camp managers to address gender-sensitive issues by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), here, has asked the Camp Managers to address the gender sensitive issues, such as the sanitary toilet facilities, in the evacuation centers.

More than 20 evacuation centers that can accommodate close to 15,000 individuals, have been designated in the city, in case Typhoon Yolanda will change track and hit the province of Misamis Occidental after making a fall in Samar. Six (6) of these evacuation centers, the use of which are given free, are covered by a memorandum of agreement between the local government unit and the private institutions that own them, Mark

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Vincent C. Israel, OCDRRM Officer, said. These privately-owned evacuation centers include the La Salle University Arts Center, Medina College Gym, Lighthouse Academy, Alliance Church, DOPIM (Dipolog-Ozamiz-PagadianIligan-Marawi) Seminary and the Knights of Columbus Bldg. The other evacuation centers are government-owned, such as, the Association of Barangay Council (ABC) Hall, elementary schools, high schools, multi-purpose halls and barangay halls. Meanwhile, the OCDRRMC has advised the concerned Barangay Captains of the affected areas to coordinate with the City Nutrition Office for the conduct of the Community Kitchen for the evacuees who will volunteer to go to the evacuation center even before the actual storm arrives.

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ZAMSURECO-I sends linemen to Tacloban City, Leyte By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-I (ZAMSURECO-I) is sending a team of linemen to Tacloban City and Leyte province today to help restore power in the areas severely affected by super typhoon Yolanda last Thursday.

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ZAMSURECO-I Manager Jose Raul Saniel in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 staff said the 27 linemen are a part of the “Task Force Kapatid” (TFK) organized by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to help the provinces and cities whose electricity/power was put out by typhoon Yolanda. Saniel said the NEA is directing the TFK to do immediate restoration of power in typhoon-devastated areas. “All electric cooperatives are strongly supporting this initiative because we want to extend help to our ‘kabayans’ in Leyte,” said Saniel. The linemen clad in their uniforms, left the city at 2 a.m. by land to Leyte via Surigao City, Saniel reported. Saniel also disclosed that the group was led by Allan Cabatingan, president of ZAMSURECO-I board of directors, with area manager Engr. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Catranillo Buhawe and technical services manager Engr. Russel Flores. The TFK team has yet to attend a final briefing on Nov. 13, at 1p.m. to be conducted by the NEA officials before attending to their assigned tasks. “This TFK team is well trained and very capable,” Saniel stressed. Each member of the team is provided with pocket money, food, medicines, tools and necessary equipment. Asked about how ready is the team to perform its tasks, lineman Jigger Lauganas answered: 100 percent ready. “In fact, a day after the typhoon battered the Central Visayas region, we were immediately called by General Manager Saniel to get ready,” Lauganas added. “We have already asked permission from our wives, parents and children and it is our joy to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda,” Lauganas declared.

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DOLE-Zambo. Norte releases P578.5-T for Siayan rubber farmers By Alfonso T. Ruda

SIAYAN, Zamboanga del Norte – Sixty rubber farmers here got a financial assistance amounting to P578,500 from the provincial office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to help them improve and increase their production. In a turnover ceremony held recently at the Farmers Training Center in this municipality, Senior Labor Employment Officer Aileen Mondejar through its partner, Kasayanyangan Rural Development Foundation Inc. (KRDFI), handed the check to the rubber farmers who were all members of the Seriac Rubber Farmers Association (SRFA) and Sayaw Planters Association (SPA). Both associations embark on rubber farming. Mondejar also made the symbolic handing of planting materials to farmer-beneficiaries represented by Virgilio Taypen and Cristino Balolot, SRFA and SPA presidents, respectively. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Speaking on behalf of Mayor Flora Villarosa, Vice Mayor Daisy Limbang said that “through this project, 3 to 5 years from now ‘white gold’ (rubber tree latex) will surely give impact to the lives of the people of Siayan.” Limbang also expressed optimism that “with the continuous government support, Siayan will no longer be considered, sooner or later, the poorest municipality in the country.” Attending the said event were Municipal Agriculturist Leonardo R. Ablao, KDRFI Manager Alvin Valerio, and municipal councilors Roselyn Secretario and Raul Dominise. (DOLE9)

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NEDA-IX holds consultation on ZamPen Dev’t Plan in Isabela City By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – A team from the National Economic and Development Authority Region (NEDA)-IX came here last week to conduct a consultation on the draft Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Development Plan (RDP) for 2014-2016.

With the objective of generating more inputs for the enhancement of the said document, the participants coming from the different sectors and organizations in the city were divided into four major sectors TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

social, infrastructure, economic, and development administration - to review the proposed plans and determine some gaps, inconsistencies, and suggested action points.

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Engr. Vicente S. Fabian, NEDA-IX area team leader said in his opening statement that the RDP is the region’s “bible” that will guide planners, local government units, and locally based government agencies in their pursuit for accelerated development in the different areas of the region. “This activity is undertaken to assess if the region is within the track of contributing to President Aquino’s platform on inclusive growth. Likewise, there is a need to evaluate if the interventions at the regional level have contributed to employment generation and poverty reduction,” Fabian explained. He added that the updated Zamboanga Peninsula RDP is being drafted after a series of sectoral consultations, and is targeted for approval by RDC-IX and for submission to the Office of the President before the end of this month. During the five-hour consultation, Fabian introduced the draft ZamPen Medium-Term Regional Development Plan 20142016 with the vision of being the Southern Agri-Fisheries Corridor of the Philippines. To achieve the vision, the region must face the challenges that dawdle growth in the region. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

These challenges include the erratic trend in the Gross Regional Domestic Product, high population growth, high poverty incidence, high underemployment rate, presence of threat groups, and inadequate infrastructure support. ZamPen is also challenged to elevate production ranking in other champion products, such as abaca, coconut, mango, seaweeds, processed fish, and rubber. To confront the said challenges, the regional development plan will employ the following strategies, namely: promotion of broadbased, sustainable employment opportunities; better population management; improvement of infrastructure facilities; strengthening of social services; good governance; and peace initiatives at the local level. If the neighboring Zamboanga City is the region’s regional industrial and commercial center, the participants proposed that Isabela City would be the agri-aqua marine sanctuary of Zamboanga Peninsula. Isabela City is peculiarly located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in the island province of Basilan, but is under region IX.

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One Mindanao - November 12, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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