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OUR COVER

Reaching out a helping hand

RG Alama Southern Mindanao

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President Aquino calls on citizenry to help Yolanda typhoon victims to alleviate their suffering

CARAGA REGION

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Hundreds respond on PPA’s call to help Marcventures relief operation Mindanao-wide Science Fair bats for a smarter PHL

Noel Najarro

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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DepED-Tangub awards top 5 performing elementary schools

Rutchie C. Aguhob

58IB troopers deployed for disaster rescue, relief operations for typhoon Yolanda 58IB/4ID

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Pilipinas Natin conducts “Balangayan” camp in Dipolog

Mary May A. Abellon

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NorthCot gets weather monitoring facilities from DOST

Shahana Joy E. Duerme

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 63


COVER STORY

Reaching out a helping hand By RG Alama

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n times of darkest crisis, The City Government of Davao has again shown its willingness to assist fellow local government units particularly those in Samar and Leyte islands which was devastated by the strongest typhoon recorded in world history, Typhoon Yolanda. Last November 11, the City Council in a special session authorized the release of P8million from its calamity fund to Tacloban City, which will receive P2-million and the provincial governments of Leyte and Southern Leyte which will receive P3 million each. One of the condition for the release of the cash assistance is the declaration of a state of calamity by the two provincial governments in Leyte. Aside from cash assistance the City Government of Davao has sent a 49-man rescue team to Visayas to help in the search-

andrescue operations after typhoon Yolanda struck the region. The rescue team was sent off Sunday morning (Nov. 10). “May mga capabilities tayo, mga modern equipments. Remember God gave this to us not solely for the Dabawenyos but God gave these things to us to serve mankind. We must go and help,” City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said. One of the equipment sent was Davao Central 911’s stateof-the-art MCI (Mass-Casualty


Incident) Ambulance. The vehicle is fully-equipped to be capable of providing emergency care to mass casualty incidents like natural calamities and terrorist attacks. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte personally handed over the cash assistance when he went to Tacloban last November 11. “I think God was somewhere else when the typhoon hit,” the Mayor told news reporters when he described the extent of the devastation in the once vibrant city of Tacloban. “There is no city government functioning,” he said as he pointed out that the situation in Tacloban City is very distressing. And last November 13 the city sent a second wave of 45-man contingent from Davao City’s Central 911, Public Safety Command Center and a medical team from the

City Health Department with 2 truckloads of medical supply and food stuff. The Mayor attended the send-off ceremony before their journey for humanitarian mission was held at the Almendras gymnasium. Apart from the City Government, several government agencies and private individuals are lending a helping hand to the relief effort in any way they can. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office XI has

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sent 10,000 food packs and 14 workers to help in the relief efforts. Ateneo de Davao has a collection and repacking center, while another collection and repacking center has been set up at the Department of Public Works and Highways-XI depot in Panacan which once was the site of the massive relief efforts for Typhoon Pablo last year. One of the biggest music carnivals in the country, Carte Blanche 2013 which will happen this November 16 in Davao City will be a massive party-for-a-cause with part of the proceeds going to

Habitat for Humanity’s Bangon Visayas relief efforts. Apo View Hotel’s Blue Room bar hosted a pack room of audience as bands waived their talent fees for a one-night of relief where proceeds from door charges and bar sales will go to Red Cross.


Government to respect Yolanda fatalities in burial sites, Palace assures

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alacañang on Thursday assured the loved ones of those who died in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that the government will accord their remains due respect.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the mass burials will take into account the sensibilities of the families of the deceased. “Nananatili ang pagrespeto natin sa katauhan ng mga pumanaw (We will maintain our respect for those who died),” he said in a media briefing, adding there will be due respect for the deceased and the sensibility of their families. But Coloma also said they FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

need to bury the deceased, especially since decomposition would set in two days after death. Coloma said the Departments of Health, Defense, and Interior and Local Government, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines are working to prepare for the burial. These agencies are coordinating to identify and prepare the “appropriate burial sites,” he added.

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Yolanda devastated parts of Visayas and Management Council said that and Southern Luzon last week. The as of Thursday morning, more than National Disaster Risk Reduction 2,000 had died in Yolanda’s wake.

President Aquino calls on citizenry to help Yolanda typhoon victims to alleviate their suffering

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III called on citizenry to continue helping typhoon Yolanda’ victims to alleviate their suffering.

“We know the gravity of our countrymen’s suffering, and we know that, now more than ever, all of us are called on to do whatever we can to help alleviate our countrymen’s suffering,” the Chief Executive said FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

in his message read by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas 39th Annual Top Level Management Conference

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in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga on Thursday. The President expressed his gratitude to individuals and organizations here and abroad for their generosity. “Difficult as it may be to find a silver lining, I believe that this is where we can draw hope: the solidarity that millions of Filipinos unaffected by the storm displayed with their countrymen – a solidarity mirrored by so many individuals, private corporations, organizations and countries around the world. The overwhelming message: We are not alone,” he said. President Aquino emphasized the need to assure the typhoon victims that the Philippine government, fellow Filipinos and the international community will help them to rebuild their lives. “It is up to us to make them feel that they are not alone,” the President stressed. The government has been doing its part even before Yolanda (internationally known as Haiyan) made a landfall last week, the President said. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

“Mandatory evacuations were conducted and relief goods prepositioned. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas have been in Leyte since early last Thursday (No.7) to oversee preparations,” he said. “In the wake of the storm, rescue, relief and rehabilitation operations were conducted at the soonest possible time, and they will go on for as long as necessary,” he said. As of Wednesday, the President said 115,607 food packs have been distributed for the victims while medical and surgical teams from the Department of Health (DOH) are already working on the ground. The DOH has set up satellite medical stations in Regions 6, 7 and 8. “The Department of Public Works and Highways has been working nonstop to clear roads, so help can sooner reach cut-off communities. Most roads are now passable, and can be used to deliver relief goods,” he said. PND

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Partnership agreement between Mindaland, Bangsamoro signed in Davao City

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Program Partnership Agreement for the Bangsamoro Development Planning (BDP) was signed in Davao City on Wednesday among the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), Mindanao Land Acquisition, Housing and Development Foundation Inc. (MinLand) and the World Bank. “The BDP is a six-year development plan that aims to provide a mediumand long-term vision and strategy for the recovery and development of the Bangsamoro area,� BDA chairman Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan said. Moro Islamic Liberation Front FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

(MILF) chairperson Al Haj Murad directed Dipatuan to initiate the BDP in support of the Transition Committee in line with the provisions of the Framework on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The BDP, which will run from 2014 to 2020, will be implemented

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in two phases by a multidisciplinary team of national, international and Bangsamoro consultants. Phase 1 will include the two-year Transitional Development Plan to be implemented from 2014 to 2015. This would lay out the directions for existing and planned interventions of the government and development partners in the Bangsamoro areas. Dipatuan said Phase 1 is expected to lead to the Integrative Report which will contain needs assessment based on the seven major key areas of the BDP: accelerated economic growth and development; human values and social development; priority infrastructure and logistic support; agriculture and fisheries, environment, natural resources and ecology; good governance and public administration as well as peace and enhanced security. “BDP aims to build peace and institutions in order to create jobs, justice, security and sustainable human development in the Bangsamoro and adjacent regions,” he said. The World Bank has been tasked to manage and administer the FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF) while the MinLand is a Trust Fund Recipient (TFR), along with the Community and Family Services International (CFSI). “All funds of the Program are channeled through CFSI and MinLand to the community’s bank account for implementation of projects identified by the community either for infrastructure or economic activity,” Dipatuan said. He said the multi-donor MTF is supported by the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the WB, the Canadian Development Agency, Australian Agency for International Development and the government of New Zealand. (PNA)

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Butuan dad thanks constituents, donors for help & support for Typhoon Yolanda victims by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- After their recent visit in Tacloban City to personally deliver the relief goods to typhoon victims, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. expressed his warm thanks to all his constituents and donors for their help, support and prayers.

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“It will be formidable work to help build Tacloban and Northern Leyte and thank God we as a small LGU was given a chance to help,” said Amante. Amante also relayed that there were some 49 members composed of the Peace Keeping Force courtesy of Butuan City Police Office-CMG Unit, two doctors which included Councilor Virgilio Nery Jr. and seven nurses including Ivy Amante, four heavy equipment operators, one speedboat operator, and the rest was the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team (BUSART) headed by Ging Espere and Bong Catedral who visited Tacloban City to help typhoon victims.

“Thank you to all who extended their help and support to our brethren in Tacloban and other nearby municipalities. Through this effort, we hoped to express them our love and care for them as co-Filipinos,” stressed Amante. Mayor Amante together with the team left the city on Sunday and arrived in Tacloban on Monday bringing with them two dump trucks filled with rice, canned goods, water, used clothing, food packs, medicines and some hospital supplies. The mayor also urged the Butuanons to send in more goods thru the city hall.

Hundreds respond on PPA’s call to help Marcventures relief operation

PORT OF LIPATA, Surigao City -- Hundreds of volunteers, mostly students, trooped to this premier port of Caraga Region on Wednesday, November 13, in response to the Philippine Ports Authority’s call for help in the repacking of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation’s P10.1-million relief goods to be sent to Tacloban City. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

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Port Manager Engr. Isidro Butaslac, Jr. said more than three hundred volunteers turned out and helped in the repacking of thousands of assorted relief goods stacked inside the port’s huge warehouse. “Majority of these volunteers are students from Surigao Education Center and Saint Paul University. Other volunteers come from Marcventures, Boy Scouts of the Philippines- Surigao del Norte Chapter, Badminton Addicts of Surigao, dockworkers and some PPA employees. Their love to help is really overwhelming and contagious,” said Engr Butaslac. Engr. Jegie Pereda, Marcventures’ vice-president for operation, thanked PPA-Surigao for providing the free usage of its warehouse and for spearheading the repacking of the said relief goods. “We’re really touched by the Bayanihan spirit of Surigaonons. We see every volunteer wants to do his share to help the hapless victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City and Samar province,” said Engr. Pereda,

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saying “PPA’s accommodation of their relief goods was under the auspices of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Jr., through PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana.” PP/Supt Froilan Caturla, port police commander, disclosed that he and a Marcventures representative will lead in the distribution of the said relief goods in Tacloban City on Friday, November 15. “We’re bringing about 330,000 assorted canned goods, 180,000 powdered milk packs, 150,000 bottled mineral water, 120,000 Biogesic, tens of thousands of instant noodles, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, Diatabs and many others,” PP/ Supt Caturla disclosed. He said they will also distribute 8,000 t-shirts, 7,000 pails, 1,200 cellphones, 500 tents, 200 solar lights and 11 generator sets. “These relief goods would benefit at least 34,000 persons and could help ease their suffering momentarily,” the port police chief added. Members of Caturla’s team bound for Tacloban City include PP/Insp Elvis Daguman, Roger Montilla, Freddie Romero, Jubert Mantilla, Andres Patosa, Ruel Pelares, Tata Diaz and Frisco Ramires, Jr. of PPASurigao, as well as Engr. Carlos Gimena and Alvin Dacoron, resident mine manager and administrative manager of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation, respectively. Marcventures is a multimillion company engaged in the mining of nickel, copper and gold in Surigao del Sur.

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Mindanao-wide Science Fair bats for a smarter PHL by Noel Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- Local inventors, researchers, innovators and students from across Mindanao will converge here for a week-long Science and Technology (S&T) fair that aims to pave the way for a smarter Philippines through science, technology, and innovation. The Mindanao Cluster S&T fair, which kicked off Wednesday aims to showcase the various programs and services of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) councils and institutes as well as the products of DOST-assisted projects from the six regions of Mindanao. “Program beneficiaries, line agencies, and partners from the private sector will also come for a forum on various technologies,” said Dr. Anthony Sales, regional director of DOST Region XI. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Sales added that topics included in the forum include the “Alternative Method to Amalgamation and Cyanidation in the extraction of Gold and Copper” and “Natural Dyeing and Natural Fiber Processing”, among others. Moreover, the science fair will also feature various competitions such as the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), which is open to inventors and researchers from both public and private sectors. Among the categories of RICE

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are the invention or Tuklas Award; the Likha Award that comprises utility model, industrial design, and creative research; and the Sibol Award, which recognizes researches of high school and college students. Sales said that DOST’s S&T initiatives are geared towards improving the productivity of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Mindanao. The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) underscored that achieving inclusive growth in Mindanao requires a responsive knowledge support system from a strong and well-equipped Mindanao Science and Technology community. Speaking before the opening ceremonies of the S&T fair, Cecilia Triño, area management office chief of MinDA-Caraga said that the gathering signifies the resolve of the science community in Mindanao to take on the challenge of tapping opportunities from key global trends including technological change. “I encourage the entire DOST regional offices in Mindanao to undertake scientific and empirical researches and analyses that support the region’s peculiar development needs,” said Triño adding that promoting partnerships and cooperation among government, local research institutes, civil society and business enterprises are vital FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

to achieving social and economic advancement in the island-region. Triño added that building a critical mass of experts on various Mindanao imperatives by providing competitive remuneration to scientists and innovators as well as maximizing research in policymaking and development work are also crucial in attaining inclusive growth in Mindanao. “The science community in Mindanao is also encouraged to pave the way for the setting up of an independent, multi-disciplinary, and state-of-the-art Mindanao Research and Development Center,” Triño said. She added that the center will play the role of coordinating entity and clearing house for all Mindanao-pertinent knowledge resources from academe, think tanks and other institutions. Triño explained that the science community’s efforts to innovate and exhaust the possibilities of science are geared towards uplifting the living conditions of the people in Mindanao where majority of the country’s poorest provinces are found. “Science can significantly contribute to pump-priming our economy, which translates to job generation and eventually inclusive growth or growth that benefits everybody,” she concluded.

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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


Gov’t intensifies efforts against terrorism by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – The government, through the Office of the Interior and Local Government, strengthened its efforts against terrorism here in Northern Mindanao.

Spearheaded by the Law Enforcement and Security Integrated Office (LESIO) and the Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center (ATC-PMC) conducted a training workshop on Hardening Terrorist Targets: Operationalizing the “Wholeof-Nation” Approach Against Terrorism: An Advocacy Campaign for the Northern Mindanao held in Cagayan de Oro on November 14-15. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

The activity is part of the advocacy campaign on Hardening Terrorist Targets which is conducted in response to the President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s call to intensify target hardening efforts in local government, cited lawyer Rene K. Burdeos, Regional Director, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), region 10. Further, it is highlighted with the

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signing of the Pledge of Commitment to support the Whole-Of-Nation approach against terrorism by the governors, mayors, national government agencies, business, and law enforcement and security officials. The manifesto serves as an agreement to support intensified campaign against terrorism. Atty. Burdeos said the two-day event aims to institutionalize the “Target Hardening Program” in various areas. The manifesto also provides a trainer’s training wherein resource persons from different law enforcement agencies will conduct series of lectures and presentations for key officers of the police, military and other lawenforcement units in the region. The Advocacy Program and Trainers’ Training for Target Hardening will be conducted in six regions of Mindanao, Central Visayas, and National Capital Region (NCR) in Luzon and will run from October to December this year. The general objective of the project is to institutionalize Target Hardening Program in the identified conflict areas through a “strategize, operationalize, and prioritize (SOP) concept under the context of a whole-of-nation approach in countering terrorism.” The program was developed following a directive issued by President Aquino to the members of the Cluster on Security and Justice and Peace on August 8, 2013, to intensify its efforts to address terroristic and other security threats in the country. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

Burdeos said the program is envisioned to prevent terrorist-related incidents and get the commitment of governors, mayors, and other local government officials in the priority areas to roll-out Target Hardening Training activities down to its municipalities and barangays. On a longer term, such also envision to institutionalize target hardening programs in all priority areas; passage of the local legislations and/or ordinances; inclusion of target hardening activities in the LGU comprehensive plan and annual appropriations plan; and existence of organized, trained and functional force multipliers in the priority areas. For his part, Col Ricardo B Billones (ret), regional director, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), and co-chair of the Regional Anti-Terrorism Council Convergence (RTCCG) presented Regional Terrorism Threat Situation in Northern Mindanao for the period January 1 to October 31, 2013. The briefing focused on the threat groups operating in the region to include the CPP/NPA/NDF, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Jemaah Islamiya and other significant terrorism-related developments and activities. According to him, it has been assessed that the belligerences perpetrated by the insurgents particularly in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental areas are aligned to the rebels’ tenacious pursuit to widen their influence as well as for the

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furtherance of their revolutionary goals. The threat terrorism in the region is also viewed to be likely to continue, while there is a need to implement target hardening measures among the law enforcement agencies to

include the general populace. As it is noted that there are terrorist groups which are determined with the capability to strike when at a time and place least expected, Col Billones added.

DepED-Tangub awards top 5 performing elementary schools by Rutchie C. Aguhob

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental - The Department of Education, Division of Tangub City (DepEd-Tangub) is set to recognize the top five performing schools of Grade 6 pupils in the division, this coming Dec. 6. The recognition aims to encourage and inspire the teachers and the pupils in the division to work for exemplary performance and increase their National Achievement Test (NAT) results, every year. Subject areas covered by the recognition are Filipino, English, Mathematics, Science and HEKASI or Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika (Geography, History, Civics and Culture), Dr. Victoria V. Gazo, Schools Division Superintendent, said. Particularly, the elementary schools (ES) with the highest Mean Percentage Scores (MPS) in the subject areas are: Filipino, Minsubong ES, 94.71 percent, English, Baluc ES, 92.19 percent, Mathematics, Maloro ES, 98.21 percent, Science, Baluc ES, 96.09 percent and HEKASI, Pangabuan ES, 94.79 percent. However, Gazo said the overall FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

top 5 ES in MPS, are as follows: Minsubong ES, 90.21 percent, Banglay ES, 88.55 percent, Manga ES, 88.52 percent, Sta. Maria Central School, 88.43 percent, and Maloro ES, 88.25 percent. In terms of increase in the number of achievers, by subject area, by school, from School Year 20122013, the following ES posted the highest increase: Filipino, Minsubong ES, 25.38 percent, English, Baluc ES, 33.44 percent, Mathematics, Minsubong ES, 25.19 percent, Science, Baluc ES, 39.63 percent, and HEKASI, Polao ES, 16.33 percent. The over-all top 5 ES in terms of increase of achievers are: Baluc ES, 24.15 percent, Minsubong ES, 20.81 percent, Owayan ES, 14.00 percent, Labuyo ES, 10.60 percent and Aquino ES, 10.46 percent, Gazo added.

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58IB troopers deployed for disaster rescue, relief operations for typhoon Yolanda by 58IB/4ID

CLAVERIA, Misamis Oriental – Soldiers of army’s 58th Infantry Battalion were deployed all over its Area of Operation in preparation for Disaster Relief Rescue Operations for the Super Typhoon “Yolanda” that could hit calamity prone areas of Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and some parts of Bukidnon. Within our capability, preparation were made by 58th IB, including regular monitoring of the typhoon, accounting and conditioning of DRRO equipment and close coordination with respective Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (MDRRMC), said LtCol Jose Eriel M Niembra, 58IB Acting Commanding Officer. He said prior to the landfall of “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”), 58IB soldiers were prepositioned as far as Magsaysay town to Lugait in Misamis Occidental, and Malitbog, Bukidnon. At the outset, soldiers assisted the local government units (LGU) for preventive evacuation especially to residents living along coastal areas, river banks and areas that are prone to landslide, flash floods that may cause loss of lives and of properties. Not-in-uniformed personnel also patrolled critical areas to ensure that no one is left behind and likewise to monitor road conditions especially FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

the main thoroughfares. Likewise, 58IB also helped DRRMCs in re-packing 3,000 bags of relief goods containing three kilos of rice, three cans of sardines, one can beef loaf and two pieces instant noodles to be distributed to affected evacuees. According to 1Lt Dandy T Nelmida, 58IB Civic Military Operations (CMO) officer, soldiers of the battalion view these efforts and sacrifices as voluntarily and part and parcel of their jobs both in times of man-made calamities or in times of natural disaster.

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Mysterious relic surfaces from church ruins in Zambo conflict zone By Dominic I. Sanchez ZAMBOANGA CITY - The roofs, fixtures, and effigies of saints in Christ the King church at Martha Drive in barangay Sta. Catalina were destroyed during the height of the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction fighters and government forces, but one mysterious artifact surfaced intact.

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“After clearing the area, the military presented us with this,” said Villaflores, who showed the wooden image of Jesus Christ during the groundbreaking ceremony the other day for the rebuilding of the church. “The statues of the saints were all destroyed, but this one was untouched.” Villaflores shared that earlier, he had asked the pastoral council and the residents if they recognized the image, but they did not. Although it was not decided whether the image was part of the original ornaments in the church, the soldiers who cleared the area said that it was found near the altar, added Villaflores. The origin

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of the image remains a mystery. The image was turned-over to the barangay BEC president Elsie Mallorca, which will now be part of the church ornaments when the rebuilding is complete. The church will be rebuilt through the joint efforts of the city government of Zamboanga, the Archdiocese of Zamboanga and Environmental, Socio-Psychological, Economical and Religious Advancement of the NeoZamboangueños’ Aspirations, or ESPERANZA, an inter-faith volunteer group conceived during the height of the Zamboanga crisis which is dedicated to pursue the development goals of the multi-cultural and multireligious sectors of the city.

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Pilipinas Natin conducts “Balangayan” camp in Dipolog By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – Pilipinas Natin (PN)-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter celebrated its 1st anniversary with a Balangayan Camp, a bayanihan for nation building Nov. 9-10 at the Zamboanga del Norte National High School (ZNNHS), Turno campus this city with 186 campers and 50 PN service teams as participants. High school students from Gulayon Integrated High School, Zamboanga Del Norte National High School, Dipolog National High School, Sicayab National High School and Dicayas Integrated School turned up to attend the said activity. “I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to the City Division Superintendent Victorina Perez and Education Supervisor Roy Tuballa for being our partner in this activity including ZNNHS Principal Alexander Uy for allowing us to use the school as our venue, ZNNHS Department Head Susiline Cabuguas for being our guide in the area and all other teachers who are with their students,” PN regional coordinator Rico Tiquel said. Pilipinas Natin is one of the programs pursued under the Aquino administration through the Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) to build volunteerism that thrives on the FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

people’s continuing response to the call for change. “The Balangayan camp aims to raise the number of volunteers in preparation for Bayani Challenge 2014 and other bayanihan activities,” Ridge Balolong, a PN volunteer explained. Moreover, in order to motivate, inspire and build the participants’ spirit of volunteerism and leadership skills, the topics such as SANLAHI: Dakila ka Pinoy, SAMBAYANAN: Itayo ang Perlas ng Silanganan, SANDUGO: the Call to Journey Together, and SAMBAYANIHAN: Balangay ng Pagbabago, were discussed. On the last day City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Richard C. Timosa of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) gave lectures on the “dos and don’ts” during fire and earthquake. “We’re able to do many good things and build friendship during the two-day camp,” declared Karen Dimacutac, another PN volunteer.

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DSWD turns over P3.6-M for social infra projects in Sultan Kudarat

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL, South Cotabato -- Anti-poverty projects continue to sprout in Sultan Kudarat province through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12.

Last week, DSWD-12 reported completion of over P20.86 million worth of community projects in Isulan and Bagumbayan towns of the said province. This week, checks with a total amount of P3.6 million were turned over to the mentioned municipalities for the implementation of social infrastructure projects, a report from the agency noted. DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha on Monday handed to Bagumbayan mayor Bernardita R. Bito-onon and Isulan social welfare officer Cecilia P. Gampong the checks intended to fund six community projects. “These are among the identified priority poverty reduction projects by the local government units which are also endorsed by the civil society FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

organizations,” Taha explained. Projects include construction of crisis center with facilities in Barangay Poblacion in Bagumbayan as well as rehabilitation of existing day care centers in the villages of Kalawag I, Kudanding, Sampao, Laguinding, and Laguilayan in Isulan. All these are carried out under the agency’s Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) where 30 percent of the cost is being shouldered by the recipient communities. Regional project coordinator Emerita Dizon explained that these projects are under the Bottom-up Planning and Budgeting or BUB Project of Aquino Administration which DSWD is one of the

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implementing agencies. She said that under the project, DSWD earmarked a total of P91.72 million to fund over 100 sustainable livelihoods, protective, and social infrastructure projects in 25 municipalities across Region 12.

Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region is comprised of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani as well as the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong, and General Santos. BUB is an approach in formulating budget proposal of National Government Agencies, taking into consideration the development needs of poor municipalities, formulated with strong participation with civil society organizations. Last week, DSWD 12 reported it has completed 15 Kalahi-CIDSS implemented community projects in Bagumbayan and Isulan with total cost of P20.86 M. Over 10,000 households directly benefit from these projects. Data from the agency indicated that DSWD 12 through KalahiCIDSS has already 620 sub-projects worth P626.4 M in 371 barangays in Region 12. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with HTEstacion-DSWD-12)

NorthCot gets weather monitoring facilities from DOST By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato --In a bid to address perennial flooding and other weather-related concerns, the Department of Science and Technology 12 (DOST 12) is be giving out Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs) and Automated Water Level Monitoring Stations (AWLMSs) to municipalities in North Cotabato before this month ends.

Beneficiary LGUs include Pigcawayan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Antipas, Arakan, President Roxas, Pikit, Kabacan, Matalam, M’lang, Magpet, Banisilan, Libungan, Tulunan, and Makilala, as well as FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

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the lone city of Kidapawan. Other towns such as Carmen and Alamada have already received the same apparatus during the second quarter of this year. North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza disclosed that funds for this project were allocated by DOST 12. Mendoza said each beneficiary municipality will receive a set of ARG. On the other hand, the AWLMSs will only be installed in the municipalities of Pigcawayan, Alamada, Magpet and Makilala. The governor thanked DOST 12 for granting her request and expressed appreciation for the said department in making North Cotabato the only province with complete set of ARGs per locality. According to Engr. Normina Pahm, provincial science and technology director, DOST 12 provided this project to North Cotabato due to the many calamities happening in the country this year. Aside from this, she added, DOST management was inspired to help after witnessing how the provincial government provided active participation and support to every program of the department.

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Pahm explained that the local government units (LGUs) will be responsible in identifying the area of installation, fencing of the gadget, security, and its maintenance. DOST 12 on the other hand, will validate the area before setting up the project. They will also provide proper trainings for the preservation of the equipment. Meanwhile, Mendoza noted that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will facilitate and monitor the maintenance. After its set-up, the automated rain gauges are expected to help the local government units monitor and detect occurrence of heavy rainfall. Data recorded out of the gauge will be forwarded to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to assess the weather condition, and at the same time provide needed recommendations or suggestions to the locality. Schedule of installations will be done simultaneously on November 20 to 30 of this year. (SJDuermePIA12/SGJHenry-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

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One Mindanao - November 15, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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