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Nurturing the young minds: Science Sparks exhibition features basic energy sources for pupils and high school students in Davao City Joey Sem G. Dalumpines Southern Mindanao

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Aquino government working hard with international humanitarian partners to bring emergency assistance to Yolanda typhoon victims

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Local tourism seen to feel effects of Yolanda

RG Alama

CARAGA REGION

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Cabadbaran schools receive armchairs from TESDA Robert Roperos

Cabadbaran City student tops 8th Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl

Jennifer P. Gaitano

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Church hierarchy calls bishops-clergy to work with people in developing youth

Rutchie C. Aguhob

Revival of Visayan songs, dances highlight Tangub’s heritage and culture week Rutchie C. Aguhob

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DSWD conducts skills training for trafficked persons in Bayog

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SouthCot assures aid to typhoon victims

Danilo E. Doguiles

NorthCot LGU sympathizes with victims of super typhoon Yolanda Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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Nurturing the young minds: Science Sparks exhibition features basic energy sources for pupils and high school students in Davao City By Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

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he Mindanao Science and Technology Centrum Foundation Incorporated, first scienceoriented facility in Mindanao opened November 5 its more than a month-long Science Sparks exhibition at Barangay Bago Oshiro, Mintal aimed at enhancing the interest and knowledge among schoolchildren the relevance of science and technology. Dr. Maria Delia Morados, president of the MSTCI said the significance of the exhibition is for the young to have a better understanding of the need to develop and to conserve sources of energy and to come up with scientific basis for new technologies that will derive new source of energy. She said there is also a need to motivate the young minds to come up with means and gadgets to conserve energy. “In reality, the exhibit will

help school children understand the necessity of the basis of the kind of courses to take in the future,� Morados said. She said a better understanding of science will give the children the basic scientific literacy why energy must be conserved and be developed. Morados stressed that science and technology are the pillars of development. The Science Sparks, a mobile science exhibition from Manila that offers interactive, hands-


on energy based exhibits that promote a better grasp of Science and Technology will be open to students up to December 15. “You have the science to find out all the necessary information and then develop a technology that can propel all our development efforts. But you need to have a very good and critical manpower with more students now inclined to take Information Technology,” she said. Morados said the exhibition has been moved to December 15 to accommodate more pupils and students whose schedule to visit the city has been hampered by the typhoons. She said many schools in the region advise to see the Science exhibit. Caroline Villanava, Science instructor of the Philippine Science High School said the Science Sparks

features 35 energybased exhibits from the Philippine Centrum Science Foundation in Manila covering electromagnetism, optics, electro-magnetic waves, and sources of energy. “ T h e s e are basically interactive Science exhibits which the children can hold, manipulate and observe the gadgets,” she said. Villanava said a corresponding memorandum was issued by the Department of Education to elementary and secondary schools to allow pupils and students to come and watch the exhibition. She said the exhibition offers a rare opportunity for students to learn more beyond the four corners of their classrooms. “The students will surely experience learning by doing,” Villanava said.

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Aquino eyes ecological engineering to minimize impact of climate change

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he country is adopting ecological re-engineering to minimize the effects of climate change, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

The President told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that it is an accepted reality for the Filipino community that global climate change is indeed happening and it need not be debated. The Chief Executive said ecological reengineering is one of the best scientific methods available for vulnerable countries to cope with the climate change. It is an emerging study of integrating ecology and engineering, concerned with the design, monitoring, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

and construction of ecosystems. “For instance, climate change has changed the season in the Philippines,” he said, noting that seasons that are supposed to be dry experience rains and vice versa. Before, the country never had typhoons in December, but today, strong storms hit the country at the tail end of the year, he said. Climate change wreaks havoc on agriculture affecting the farmers’ planting season and many couldn’t

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adjust to these changes, he added. As the Philippines grapples to rebuild in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, the President told CNN that his administration will have to plan its communities to make them more resilient to all the ravages of nature in the future. “There will be ecological reengineering like planting mangroves as a defense against tsunamis, and investments in the sciences, particularly the way the country’s weather bureau gather and analyze data,” he said. One of the major components is the ongoing geohazard mapping being done by the government

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make communities safe. The President also acknowledged that the real challenge after the relief efforts is rebuilding the houses of tens of thousands of families affected by the typhoon. The construction of these new houses has to be better to withstand the ravages of nature, he said. The government will also later map areas prone to storm surges to protect the people, the President said That I think is the next phase of the studies that we have to do to make our country more resilient to all of these natural disasters,” he noted. PND

Aquino government working hard with international humanitarian partners to bring emergency assistance to Yolanda typhoon victims

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he Aquino government is working hard with its international humanitarian partners to bring emergency assistance to the typhoon victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan), particularly in Tacloban, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said on Wednesday. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

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President Benigno S. Aquino III directed concerned government agencies to come out with a mechanism that coordinates humanitarian action with the international community to speed up relief and rehabilitation efforts for the disaster victims, Almendras said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang Almendras said the Chief Executive convened on Tuesday some of his Cabinet members to discuss the logistic and relief operation for the communities devastated by the super-typhoon. “This will come out to be one of the largest logistic and relief operation that the Philippine government has ever done in history and the President wanted to make sure that we have aligned everything,” Almendras said “We need to coordinate how we are going to work with the international community. The past two or three days, quite a number of head of states have been calling the President, have talked to him, offering the aid that they want to do and asking how and in what best way they can help,” the Cabinet Secretary said. The President wants to ensure that the assistance from the international THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

community will be used to rebuild the lives of disaster victims. “What we have agreed on is for all international aid coordination must be coursed through Department of Foreig Affairs. The process will require that once DFA gets the information, DFA will have to determine kung ano po ‘yung klase ng tulong na ibibigay nila. For example, the German government sent us a team, which is a self-contained team that can do search, rescue, health, and medical services. As we speak, that team is now landing in Guiuan in Samar,” he said. “Ang napagkasunduan, the minute the DFA gets the information they will transmit to the appropriate agency. If it has to do with medical aid—either hospitals, medicines, or whatever related to medical—it will be simultaneously referred to both the Department of Health and to Natural Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council —being the central point,” Almendras said. “So if it were a donation of goods, simultaneously, the DFA will coordinate directly with the DSWD to determine kung ano itong mga contents na ipinamimigay nila at saan dapat dadalhin, and also with NDRRMC,” he said. PND

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ARMM approves P11.4-M marine development project for Tawi-tawi

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he Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) sanctioned on Thursday an P11.4-million marine development project for South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi. The project intends to improve the livelihood of local fisherfolk and protect vital marine ecosystem in the area. The initiative includes the establishment of a 90-hectare fish sanctuary, mangrove reforestation, provision of 150 units of nonmotorized bancas and fishing paraphernalia implemented by ARMM’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). “We want to improve the livelihood of our fisherfolk and secure the viability of marine ecosystems within the region,” Janice Musali, BFAR-ARMM director, said. Musali said funds for the project would be released in tranches. “Fifty percent of the total project cost will be released on the first tranche to cover mobilization and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

procurement charges,” she stressed. Lawyer Laisa Alamia, ARMM executive secretary, said the project is in keeping with Muslim Mindanao Act No. 86 or the ARMM Aquatic and Fisheries Code of 1996 and the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) scheme employed by the regional government, which ensures that development needs of poor and remote areas like South Ubian are addressed. BFAR-ARMM aims to strengthen the protection and development strategies for the region’s fishery. Only last month, the office launched the Fisherfolk’s Registration (FishR) program to gather salient baseline data that can help ensure protection and welfare of some 50,000 individuals engaged in the ARMM fishing industry.

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No casualty, major damage in DavNor by Noel Baguio

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sion Zoraida.

However, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the typhoon has not wreaked a major

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damage in the province as its rainbands pounded across most of Mindanao and Visayas. He said he did not expect major damages, especially to crops and properties since TD Zoraida only brought intermittent rains and negligible winds. No casualty was also reported by the respective local disaster risk reduction management councils. Del Rosario said the concerned LGUs have conducted preemptive evacuation to ensure the safety of affected families. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC)-Operation Center said some 58 percent of the families affected were evacuated to safety by the concerned LGUs when Zoraida made landfall in Caraga, Davao Oriental at around 9 am Tuesday. Del Rosario expects the evacuees to start returning to their homes on Wednesday, as soon as the floodwaters subside.

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As the affected upstream LGUs began to dry up, the low-lying communities downstream received the bulk of the floodwaters causing some roads to be impassable as of 3 pm in the same day, including the Causwagan-GMAP RoadMatin-ao Road in New Corella; Kinamayan, Sto. Tomas-Tagum City Road; Sagayen-Asuncion Road; and, New CamilingCarmen Road. PAGASA lowered TD Zoraida to a low pressure area (LPA) as of 2 pm Tuesday lifting the Storm Warning Signal No. 1 over Davao del Norte and the rest of the provinces in the region However, the governor directed the incident command center of the province to continue monitoring the situation. Classes in all levels are also expected to resume in the province by Wednesday. In Sto. Tomas town, Mayor Benigno Andamon declared a state of calamity after nine barangays were affected by the flooding. (noel baguio/davnor pio)

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Local tourism seen to feel effects of Yolanda DAVAO CITY- Local tourism is seen to feel the adverse effects of typhoon Yolanda which devastated Visayas. City Tourism Operations Office chief Lisette Marquez said there is a big probability that business events and conventions would be shelved as corporations would donate these expenses to relief efforts. They also expect lesser travels as people would also donate to the relief efforts rather than going on vacation. Marques said that it would take a month to determine if visitor arrivals have been affected by the typhoon. As for foreign visitor arrivals, Marques said that it would depend on how the country is portrayed by the media. “National disasters

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are one of the main reasons why people would not travel to a locality.� Marques added. Based on visitor arrivals only about 10% of tourists in Davao are foreigners while 90% of tourists are local. Before typhoon Yolanda stuck central Philippines, the local government of Davao sent a delegation to World Travel Market in London headed by Marques and City Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre. Marques said that during the World Travel Market, they had meetings with tour operators who were interested in the availability of facilities for conventions and meetings aside from an inventory of adventure activities. (PIA/RG Alama)

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Mindanao S & T exhibition propels smart innovations, inventions by Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY -- The recently concluded 2013 Mindanao Cluster Science and Technology (S&T) Fair 2013 hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga serves as an avenue for local inventors and innovators from across Mindanao to exhibit their ingenuity and technological discoveries.

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DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo said that “the use of S & T is always a sound development model for the improvement of the individual and society in terms of improved processes, products and services.” He expressed his trust in local technology which affirms the creativity of Filipinos particularly the Philippine scientific community. The event also has showcased the various programs and services of the DOST Councils and Institutes and products of DOST-assisted projects. “It prepares the country for global competitiveness. Smarter Philippines program in farming; disaster mitigation; health care; small, micro and medium businesses; and industries will boost the growth of our economy,” said Montejo. RxBox is one among the DOST’s

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effort for a “Smarter Philippines”. It is a multi-component program designed to provide better access to life saving healthcare services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide. It reduces unnecessary travels and hospitalizations of patients through telemedicine systems. The program’s core systems are training, eHealth tools, and a diagnostic sensor package. There is also an eHealth Tablet, a technology which serves as local messaging system for more efficient and transparent communication system between the mayor (executive office) and the local health officers in the community. It serves as local electronic medical record (EMR) system

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that provide simple but efficient patient record system to better address local patient needs. “Our concept of development is ‘adaptation’ in the sense of putting system that will encourage communities to be resilient especially in preparation for calamities and climate change,” said DOST-XI regional director Anthony Sales. The nationwide Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) program taps on stateof-the-art tools of science for flood hazard modeling. The program will generate high resolution, detailed, and up-to-date national elevation maps and data sets for 19 critical river basins in the Philippines including the Agusan river. DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute has introduced the Automated Weather Stations THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

( A W S ) e q u i p p e d with different s e n s o r s capable of measuring air humidity, pressure, t e m p e ra t u r e ; wind speed and direction; rain amount, duration and intensity. The A d v a n c e d Remote Data-Acquisition Unit (arQ), the core of the system, is a device that can store, record, acquire, and process data gathered from various sensors. Apart from these, the agency is also developing technologies that will help address the poorest communities in the country. “We initiated livelihood projects to local communities by utilizing the abundant local resources available in their area,” bared DOSTIX regional director Minda Manzano. Officer-in-charge Dominga Mallonga of DOST Caraga hoped that through Mindanao S & T Fair, which is anchored with the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines,” more citizens will be inspired to engage in scientific breakthroughs that spur socio-economic developments not just in Mindanao but the entire country.

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Cabadbaran schools receive armchairs from TESDA

BUTUAN CITY -- Some 16 elementary and high schools in the division of Cabadbaran City recently received a total of 3,376 armchairs from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Caraga. In a ceremony held in one of the elementary schools in Cabadbaran City, TESDA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Florencio Sunico Jr. led the turnover of armchairs to DepEd City Schools Division and local officials led by Mayor Dale Corvera. Dr. Sunico, in his speech said this is part of the PNoy Bayanihan Project initiated by TESDA through the leadership of Sec. Joel Villanueva, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through Sec. Ramon Paje and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), where illegally-cut logs in the region confiscated by DENR were THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

processed and made into armchairs and desks, addressing the armchairs shortage of public elementary and high schools in the region. “This is another noble project of the Aquino Administration initiated by TESDA, DENR and PAGCOR to ensure that elementary pupils and high school students will be comfortable as they spend basic education in their respective schools,� Dir. Sunico said. Meanwhile, Cabadbaran City Schools Division Superintendent and concurrent DepEd-Caraga OIC Assistant Regional Director Dr. Rebecca Delapuz acknowledged TESDA, DENR and PAGCOR for

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choosing their division as one of the recipients of the project in the region. The official said this is another laudable project of the national government in providing quality education to schoolchildren not only in their division but as well as in other divisions in Caraga Region. “While we are advocating Education for All (EFA) by 2016, our government has see to it that this will be achieved by providing facilities for the comfort of our schoolchildren… Thanks to TESDA and DSWD,” Delapuz said. Of the total number of armchairs turned-over, North Cabadbaran Central Elem. School received 841, Caasinan Elem. School received

117, while Kauswagan Elem. School received 43 armchairs. To complete the list, Bay-ang Elem. School received 54 armchairs, Comagascas Elem. School – 162; Del Pilar Elem. School – 251; Pirada Elem. School – 173; Putting Bato Elem. School – 286; Cabinet Elem. School – 144; Calibunan Elem. School – 226; La Union Elem. School – 198; Sanghan Elem. School – 70; Cabadbaran City National High School – 391; Alfonso Dagani Elem. School – 74; Calamba Elem. School – 69; and Cabadbaran South Central Elem. School (CASOCES) with 277 armchairs. (RER, TESDA-Caraga/ PIA-Caraga)

Cabadbaran City student tops 8th Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- Kimberly Jhil Mae C. Perang, a fourth-year high school student of Cabadbaran City National High School, won this year’s edition of the Regional Consumer Quiz Bowl last October 31, 2013 held at DTICaraga Regional Office, J.C. Aquino Avenue, this city. She was coached by Jester Ceballos of Cabadbaran City National High School. The regional quiz bowl is an annual activity organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) - Caraga as part of the Consumer Welfare Month celebration in the month of October. The activity aims to raise awareness among senior high school students about consumer welfare and protection, and on current and pressing concerns affecting consumers and the general public.

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Meanwhile, Ruth Mae P. Sango of De La Salle John Bosco College, Bislig City and Andrew Philip R. Sur of Banza National High School, Butuan City won 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Winners from division-level competitions represent their respective schools division in the regional level. This year’s competition was participated by seven schools divisions, namely Agusan del Norte, Butuan City, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao City and Bislig City.

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

for more details visit us DOST National Website: http://www.dost.gov.ph DOST Caraga Website: http://caraga.dost.gov.ph


Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

for more details visit us DOST National Website: http://www.dost.gov.ph DOST Caraga Website: http://caraga.dost.gov.ph


DOST-SEI conducts i-Teach Math in CdeO by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) recently conducted here the last leg of the Mathematics Courseware and Tablet PC project, “i-Teach Math” (Improving Technology-Enhanced Activities for Creative Honing of Mathematics Skills) to Grade One mathematics teachers. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

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According to Teresita Baluyos of DOST region 10, this i-Teach Math is implemented in seven different clusters nationwide. The aim was to build and strengthen the capacity of teachers and their respective schools in using and learning the contents of the interactive Grade One mathematics courseware and to train them in applying and teaching the contents. She explained that the training, however, did not only focus on the use of the technology package; it also demonstrated how pupils’ conceptual understanding of selected concepts in Grade One mathematics and mathematical reasoning can be

enhanced. She added that about 80 Grade One mathematics teachers from Regions 10, 11, 12 and ARMM participated in the training. This program of DOST is in line with its slogan, “Science, Technology and Innovation: the Road to Smarter Philippines.” “In time, students would love to learn mathematics, and math teachers would not be branded anymore as ‘terrors’ but student-friendly partners in making learning mathematics more fun and enjoyable,” concluded Baluyos.

Church hierarchy calls bishops-clergy to work with people in developing youth by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Archbishop Jose S. Palma, D.D., has called on the DOPIM (Dipolog-Ozamiz-Pagadian-Iligan-Marawi) Bishops and Clergy to work with the community in developing the youth. “As stewards of the Roman Cebu residents during the Oct

Catholic Church, we are missionaries and ministers of collaboration, cooperation and working with other people, most especially the parents, and we do not work alone to develop the youth towards the gift of faith,” he said. Head of the Archdiocese of Cebu, Archbishop Palma, who shared the experience of some THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

15, 2013 earthquake, also reminded the DOPIM bishops and clergy that God is their boss and that they are accountable to God of what they do in their areas. “Continue the many good things that you have started and do it with a renewed commitment enriched by your personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and His holiness,” he said.

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Archbishop Palma was in Ozamiz City, as speaker of the 38th DOPIM Bishops-Clergy Convention, Nov. 4-7, 2013, with the theme: “Era of New Evangelization: Integral Faith Formation Towards Stewardship in the Local Church.” The four-day convention, held last week, was attended by close to 200 Bishops and Clergy from the DOPIM cities, who took a respite from their pastoral duties and joined several teambuilding games, such as: basketball, volleyball, lawn tennis, table tennis, chess, dart,

badminton and others. Among the convention highlights was the conduct of Panawduaw (Pilgrimage), from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to the “Birhen sa Cotta” Shrine, in the Cotta area. After the pilgrimage, a Mass was officiated by Archbishop Jesus A. Dosado, C.M., D.D., Archbishop of Ozamiz, in celebration of the “Pangilin sa mga Payag” and culmination of the Year of Faith for the Ozamiz Archdiocese.

Revival of Visayan songs, dances highlight Tangub’s heritage and culture week by Rutchie C. Aguhob

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental - A week-long revival of songs/ dances and debates in the Visayan dialect will highlight the celebration the city’s Heritage and Culture Week, from Nov. 22-28, this year. Now on its 9th year, the celebration focuses on the theme: “Ang Kabilin nga Bulawan, Ugmaron, Ampingan ug Ipadayon (Golden Heritage: To be Developed, Protected and Sustained),” said Atty. Philip T. Tan, the City Mayor. Leading the conduct of the activities is the Tangub City Historical Commission (TCHC), in coordination with the Department

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of Education, Division of Tangub City, Gov. Alfornso D. Tan College (GADTC) and the Northeastern Mindanao State College (NMSC). Meanwhile, Narcisa A. Naron, TCHC General Commissioner said the week starts with a painting exhibit at the Sinanduloy Cultrual Center (SCC) by elementary and high school students of the city on Nov. 22.

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The other activities are as follows: “Tigi sa Kaalam” (Local History Tests) involving the general information on the history of Tangub for both elementary and high school level, at the Library Hub, Nov. 23. “Harana”(Singing of Visayan Love Songs) by high school and college students and the community at the SCC, Nov. 24, and “Kundiman” (Vocal Song Rendition), for high school and college students at Function Hall 1, Nov. 25. Philippine Folk Dance (dancing with various choreographies) by

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high school and college students at the Activity Center Quadrangle, Nov. 26, and “Tigi sa Katarungan” or “Lantugi” (Debate) in the Visayan dialect using the Lubas sa Dagang Binisaya (LuDaBi) by college students at the SCC, Nov. 27. Capping the week-long celebration is the conduct of a Grand “Bayle” (Ball), a revival of old Filipino songs and dances by selected able senior citizens of the city’s 55 barangays at the SCC, Naron added.

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Zambo. Sur lady lawyers, doctors donate relief goods for “Yolanda” victims By Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY – The popular adage, “It’s better to give than to receive,” has inspired the officers and members of the Greater Innovation of Responsible Lady Lawyers in Zamboanga del Sur (GIRLLZ) and Zamboanga del Sur Medical Society (ZSMS) to donate relief goods for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda.”

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One truck load of relief goods consisting of packed food supplies, used clothing, bottled water, medicines, etc. were turned-over on Tuesday evening by the officers of GIRLLZ and ZSMS to the personnel of the 1st Infantry Tabak Division, in support of the army’s relief operation efforts dubbed “Oplan Tabang Visayas.” GIRLLZ president Atty. Analyn Costanilla said the officers and members of the two associations agreed to support “Oplan Tabang Visayas” after they had read the infographic announcement posted on the Philippine Information Agency - IX (PIA9) facebook page. “It all started when we read the infographic announcement posted THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

on PIA9’s facebook page,” Costanilla said adding “we do text brigade and at the same time, used social media to contact the rest of our members working in the municipalities.” “I encouraged them to share their blessings to the people in Visayas region who are greatly affected by typhoon Yolanda,” the lady lawyer urged. Costanilla said she was grateful for the overwhelming support of the members. “They are generous. They brought to the office packed readyto-eat foods,” declared Costanilla who led in packing the donated goods in her office. “I am happy to finally finish pre-packing more than 500 food

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packs and repacking some of the other donated items,” said Atty. Easter Nori Talip who spent two days packing the items. “The overwhelming response to the call for donations was unbelievable but it really did happen. My heart is overflowing with happiness and gratitude,” Talip added. Meanwhile, the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Society led by Dr. Babie Normita Lucero disclosed that the doctors in the province wanted to extend help to the typhoon victims by providing voluntary basic health care services in the most affected areas. But this has to be coordinated yet with the medical society in Tacloban City. Lucero said “we have already a team doctors who are willing to volunteer their services but there is no government plane to transport them there. She said the ZSMS is now supporting GIRLLZ’s initiative in collecting donations for the typhoon victims. “It’s fulfilling to help people who are suffering from the aftermath of natural disasters. I hope that with this little help, we could see the victims smile amid suffering and misery. An additional three truckloads of relief goods were collected Tuesday from Gaisano Capital Mall, Philippine Information Agency, and Pagadian Monstessori Center. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

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DSWD conducts skills training for trafficked persons in Bayog By Claro A. Lanipa BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – To assist and provide livelihood opportunities for trafficked persons, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Field Office 9 (DSWD-FO9) in coordination with the municipal government Bayog conducted a skills training on crop production and swine fattening last Friday at the Municipal Swimming Pool function hall. Twenty victims of forced labor and trafficking rescued by DSWDFO9 personnel and members of the Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) of Zamboanga City participated in the said training including five other victims who were able to escape and go home by themselves. After the training, nine participants in corn production were given farm inputs amounting to P2,917 each while the other 11 who were trained on swine fattening were each given one piglet with feeds amounting to P4,015. On the other hand, nine THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

trafficked persons also received P2,000 each to support their needs and expenses in securing necessary documents while looking for jobs. A participant who enrolled this school year in high school was also given P3,275 for his school uniform and supplies. The activity was also attended by Vice Mayor Celso Matias, representing Mayor Leonardo Babasa Jr., Social Welfare Officer II Pacita Aso of DSWD, Municipal Agriculturiast Nora Paredes and Agricultural Technologist Edwina Caray who handled the skills training on corn production and swine fattening, respectively.

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GBG GenSan to host GDayX Mindanao By: Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY--- The Google Business Group (GBG) General Santos will host GdayX Mindanao, the “biggest, funniest, and most star-studded Google event in southern Philippines,” which is expected to bring together professionals and entrepreneurs in the region for a day full of learning and fun. Powered by Google, GdayX many accomplished activities and Mindanao, will kick off at 8:30 in the contribution in boosting the knowledge morning on Saturday, November 16 of communities regarding Google’s at the Trade Hall 1 of SM City here. Avel Manansala, GBG GenSan community manager said “GDayX is a community organized event that is supported by Google following the format inspired by Google Gdays.” GBG GenSan has been recently cited as the number one chapter in the Philippines for its

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innovations and exploits as well as sharing the knowledge to empower members of society here. The event will be keynoted by Ryan Morales, head of marketing of Google Philippines. Other very important guests also include Aileen Apolo de Jesus, head of outreach, Google Southeast Asia and Hadi Othman, program manager for Outreach, Google Southeast Asia. Their talks will revolve around Outreach 10X and Google Business Groups, respectively. Bernie Arellano, advocate, Google Map Maker and co-manager of GBG Iloilo will, on the other hand, discuss Crisis Mapping, a very useful real-time analysis of data for emergencies. Meanwhile, GdayX will also be celebrated in several other locations in the Philippines, being the city of GenSan as one of the key hosts. “The reason for holding Gdays X in different locations is to bring the Gdays experience closer to the members of the Google Business Group, GDG (Google Developers Group) and GSA (Google Student Ambassador) communities,” Manansala told PIA General Santos City. Manansala described joining GdayX Mindanao as “one of a kind and fun Googley experience.” “So expect a day of learning and showcase of cool stuff from Google which you may be able to use in your career, profession or in your business or classroom,” he said earlier encouraging professionals, businessmen, and the like to register online, quick and fast since it’s “free of charge” and that “slots are limited.” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

The event, according to Manansala, aims to teach or enhance learning of participants particularly on Google Apps, How to Get Business Online, getting familiar on other Google Products, among others. There will also be a separate tracks for educators/teachers and businessmen/entrepreneurs to ensure conducive learning and to be able to serve them conveniently. For educators/teachers track, the topics to be discussed during the breakout session will include Google Apps for Education, Google Search and Plus for Education, Paperless Classroom via Google Drive, and Google Student Ambassador (GSA)/ GEG Programs. Noteworthy topics such as Creating Online Presence with Google, Mapping Business with Map Maker and Places, Paperless Office via Google Drive, and Collaboration for every business with Google Apps top the list in the break out session for businessmen/ entrepreneurs track Manansala stressed, however, that filling up the online registration form doesn’t mean an automatically guaranteed seat. “There will be a selection process before we confirm attendance. Your chance to become one of the participants depends on the comprehensiveness of your answer. If you are confirmed, you will receive an email from us with event details,” he pointed out. He added though that only those who have signed up online and were able to receive their confirmation of acceptance from the organizer will

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be allowed immediate access. “No walk-ins will be accepted,” Manansala quipped. Supported by DownLow Lights and Sounds, MP Princess Printers and the Department of Tourism Regional Office 12, GDayX Mindanao is also copresented by SM City General Santos,

SMART #LiveMore and Greenleaf, the official hotel and with ABS-CBN and the SocCSkSarGen Bloggers as media partners. For more details, please see http:// goo.gl/UrjKzN. (CT Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City)

SouthCot assures aid to typhoon victims By: Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- South Cotabato will send help to victims of super typhoon Yolanda, Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes vowed.

Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes, confirmed in an interview that she has already asked the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for an authority to allocate P1 million from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Quick Response Fund as aid to the survivors in the storm-hit areas. “Depending on the SP’s response, I might call for a special session on this matter within this week,” she said. Once approved, the fund will be used to purchase relief goods. Unlike in the case of Zamboanga where there were enough sources for goods, she said, aids for typhoon Yolanda survivors should be goods that are ready for immediate distribution because most markets in the affected areas have also been destroyed. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

In September, South Cotabato LGU sent P1-M financial assistance for victims of the armed conflict to the city government of Zamboanga. Regarding the aid for typhoon Yolanda survivor, she said, “I have ordered the bids and awards committee to study how to expedite the bidding process considering that this is an emergency.” Fuentes also directed the PDRRM to ask local government units to solicit from residents, businesses, and corporations in their respective jurisdictions. She also called on public support for this initiative. “In our gratitude to God that we have not experienced such calamity and widespread devastation, I plead let us extend help to our fellow Filipinos who are suffering now,” the

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governor appealed. For this purpose, the provincial government has designated the Office of the Governor located inside the capitol compound and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office along Mabini St. this city as drop off points for donations. Preferred goods are canned goods, ready-to-eat food, noodles, bottled water, medicines, health kits, blankets, and kitchen utensils. Clothes are also accepted but these should still be wearable, the local chief executive reminded. Fuentes said, once gathered relief goods will be delivered to a Department of Social Welfare and Development processing

center in Cebu City. Aside from the Office of the Governor and there PSWDO, there are other donation centers for Yolanda survivors across Koronadal City, including: Koronadal City Hall Lobby in Barangay Carpenter Hill. (Cash donations may also be deposited to this The LGU – Koronadal City account at the Land Bank of the Philippines with account number 0752-1011-83.) Social Action Center at the St. Anthony Parish along Alunan Ave. Philippine Red Cross - South Cotabato Chapter along Mabini St. Ace Centerpoint and KCC Mall of Marbel along Gensan Drive. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

NorthCot LGU sympathizes with victims of super typhoon Yolanda

By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato --The provincial government of North Cotabato expressed sympathy to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that recently ravaged Samar and Leyte.

“We empathize with those family members who were left by their loved ones, as well as laud those who made great efforts to keep safe and help the residents during the disaster,” Governor Emmylou Mendoza said. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

She added that Cotabateños should be thankful because the province was not affected by the said calamity. Regarding this, governor bared, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office

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(PDDRMO) has kicked off a relief operation to aid the victims of the super typhoon. Meanwhile, Cynthia Ortega, designated head of PDRRMO yesterday morning announced that the office is accepting any type of donations in cash or in kind. “This is the perfect time to let our brothers and sisters feel we are present and ready to help,” Ortega emphasized. She also said that the provincial government will be accepting donations until tomorrow, November 14. The provincial government has already embarked its commitment and proved its dedication in helping millions of Filipinos affected by

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previous calamities like typhoon Ondoy in 2010, Sendong in 2011, and Pablo in 2012. Some agencies participating in the relief operations are United Nations World Food Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund, Red Cross, Catholic Relief Services, and World Vision. On the other hand, Mendoza assured that relief goods will be brought to the command center in Tacloban City the soonest possible time. She also extended her appreciation to the members and staff of PDRRMO for making such initiative. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ SGJHenry-North Cotabato Provincial Government)

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