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Coffee growing has great potential, a local entrepreneur says Danilo E. Doguiles Central Mindanao

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DSWD plans to open Catbalogan relief hub to reach more typhoon ‘Yolanda’ survivors

CENTRAL MINDANAO

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USM declared as one of the best SUCs in vermicompost, vermitea prod’n Shahana Joy E. Duerme

“No ransom policy of the government” stands – Mayor Guiani

Perlita D. Changco

CARAGA REGION

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Sursur guv allocates P6M for CRAM 2014 Nida Grace P. Barcena

DENR-13 raises funds for Typhoon Yolanda victims Angeaine Dela Torre

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Nov. 30 holiday wages for daily-paid workers include the COLA - DOLE Rutchie C. Aguhob

TESDA Specialista Desk opened in Robinsons Mall,CdeO

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SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Guv asks Dabaonons to heed emergency warnings

WESTERN MINDANAO

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Children-evacuees see life positively despite “war” experience

Jocelyn P. Alvarez

DepEd-Zambo. Sur donates cash, relief goods for typhoon “Yolanda” victims

Gideon C. Corgue

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 66


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Coffee growing has great potential, a local entrepreneur says By Danilo E. Doguiles

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tell you there is a very big potential in coffee production, especially Arabica coffee,” said Pastor Fred Fredeluces, chief executive officer of the GreenTropics Coffee Enterprise in nearby General Santos City. Fredeluces, whose roasted coffee businesshas partnered with B’laan communities in Mt. Matutum for coffee growing and processing, said there is so much untapped opportunities for Arabica growing in Soccsksargen Region. Soccsksargen or Region 12 is comprised of the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. “Soccsksargen Region has so much area for expansion of Arabica coffee production because we have very wide highland

areas that can be devoted for this commodity,” the pastorbusinessman told Philippine Information Agency 12. “Coffee grown in high elevations produce tastier and sweeter coffee beans,” he explained. The pastor-entrepreneur pointed out further: “The quality of our coffee is very good. Our only problem is we cannot yet supply market demand.” Elaboratinghis point, Fredelucessaid, a firm in Canada has become interested on their product after his group sent samples of their finished product to them for coffee cupping.


Coffee cupping is an evaluation process were coffee connoisseurs rate a brewed coffee product for its taste, flavor, fragrance, and aroma. Cupping rate, he expounded, is affected by several factors such as elevation, organic and volcanic soil, fermentation process, and method of harvest (handpicking only ripe berries), which he added can easily be achieved in Soccsksargen Region. “Results on the first batch of coffee came back with 81.1 rating. After some improvements on our harvesting and processing methods, we sent another batch and received a rating of 84,”

he said. “At cupping rate of 81.1, our product is already classified as premium coffee,” he emphasized, “ a rating of 84 classifies it as specialty coffee.” Unfortunately, however, theCanadian firm demanded that GreenTropics Coffee to supply them with 50 tons of coffee per month. “At our present status, the 50 tons monthly quota is equal to about ten years production of our partner B’laan communities, he said, while emphasizing the need to expand coffee production area. Fredeluces’ GreenTropics

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buys coffee beans from the MatutumB’laan Farmers’ Association comprised of over 60 households who raise coffee inforested slopes of Mt. Matutum. “We heavily partner with the B’laan communities in this enterprise. When the prevailing price of coffee in the local market is P60 to P70 per kilo, we buy their produce at P100 per kilo.” Besides providing income to the IP families, he added, the strategy is also a very productive means of mitigating the effects of climate change. Ramon Hambangan, a leader of the MatutumB’laan Farmers’ Association said, their trust on coffee as a source of income was restored when they have collaborated with the GreenTropics in the production and processing of Arabica coffee as well as civet coffee excreted by free-ranging wild civet cats that abound the area. Hambangan toldPIA 12 that their group started planting coffee in 1987 with a multinational company but abandoned the over 85 hectare coffee plantation when price of coffee beans went to as low as P5 per kilo. “With the help of Pastor Fredeluces, we learned that coffee production is more productive. We have steadily been earning more from our coffee farms,” he

said. “In fact, we are targeting expansion of our coffee farms to 2,500 hectares.” Aside from the foreign market, locally produced coffee has also gained grounds among the A and B markets as well as among tourists and the ‘curious’ buyers.


GreenTropics coffee brands, he said, are now being served locally in coffee shops of hotels and resto bars, in Koronadal City, Sarangani, General Santos City, Davao, and Zamboanga. Problem on the fluctuation of prices, he clarified, could also be addressed by value adding coffee products as well as by marketing quality coffee products to other countries. Pastor Fredeluces is scheduled to present the GreenTropics experience in coffee business at the Mindanao Coffee Growers’ Congress on November 26 and 27 at the Phela Grande Convention Center in Gensan. The congress aims at upgrading the livelihood of coffee producers not only in the region but also in other parts of Mindanao and the Philippines. One of the major speakers is Le Ngoc Bau, director of the Western Highlands Agro-Forestry and Scientific and Technical Institute, an office under the Vietnam Agricultural Science Institute. He will present coffee farming practices in Vietnam. Coffee farmers in Vietnam, according to Dr. Dante Eugenio, president of Soccsksargen Coffee Alliance, harvest over 3 metric tons per hectare per year, as compared to the usual 500 to 800 kg/ha annual yield among growers in Soccsksargen Region.

Resource persons from Nestle Philippines Inc., Benguet State University, Philippine Coffee Board will also present technology updates on Arabica and Robusta coffee production, value-adding , and climate change mitigation for coffee. Coffee industry situations and market opportunities will also be elaborated. The Mindanao Coffee Congress is being spearheaded by the Soccsksargen Coffee Alliance, Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Council 12,and the Department of Agriculture 12.

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President Aquino wants ‘weather-proof’ communities to avoid repeat of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ tragedy

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III wants communities redesigned such that they will not be as vulnerable to storm surges and other effects of powerful cyclones like super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan).

The President, who was interviewed “Siyempre gusto natin malaman at the Ormoc City Airport Tuesday, said bakit umabot ng ganoon, mayroon it pained him to learn of so many deaths pa ba tayong magagawa? Pwede ba because of the effects of Yolanda. nating ire-design ang communities WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

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para mas maging resistant to such things ... ‘yung maski sa mamatayan, talagang mabigat sa kalooban ko ‘yun (We want to see if there is something we can do to prevent such a tragedy in the future. Can we redesign our communities to be more resistant to such occurrences? The deaths of so many people have weighed heavily on me),” he said. Yolanda, one of the most powerful cyclones in recent history, barreled through parts of Visayas and Southern Luzon earlier this month. It left more than 3,000 dead in its wake. Since Sunday, the President had been visiting areas in the Visayas that were affected by Yolanda. He returned to Manila Tuesday afternoon. President Aquino said the concerned government agencies are already working on medical attention, power restoration, and helping people get their lives back to normal. Meanwhile, the President said he is returning to Manila to make sure there are enough funds to provide for the needs of those affected. He said he wanted to meet WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

the Cabinet, including Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, to follow up on the government’s plans to rehabilitate the coconut industry. Also, he said he wants to talk to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad to make sure there is enough funding for related government programs. Meanwhile, the President said he expects power and communications to be restored soonest, now that roads have been cleared in the affected areas. He lauded residents for helping each other recover from Yolanda’s effects. “Talagang bibilis at bibilis na rin sa susunod na araw, dahil lahat itong transportation glitches, ay unti-unti... tuloy-tuloy na hahanapan ng paraan para lalong mapabilis ang pag-ikot ng mga nagde-deliver. Talagang challenge, pero talagang naagapan ng napakaraming sector (We expect the recovery efforts to move faster in the coming days because the transportation glitches are being addressed. We are finding more ways to deliver relief items and services, and we are meeting the challenges with the help of so many sectors),” he said. PND

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DSWD plans to open Catbalogan relief hub to reach more typhoon ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) plans to open a relief hub in Catbalogan to search more people affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” that hit the Visayas region last week.

“Ating palalakasin ang GuiuanOrmoc hub, ngayon, ayon sa meeting ini-explore namin ang pagtatayo ng Catbalogan hub at nang sa ganon ay mas mabilis at mas marami ang maihatid,” Social welfare Secretary WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Dinky Soliman said in a press briefing here at the Leyte Sports complex on Wednesday. Soliman also said that there is an agreement with Mayor Alfred Romualdez of Tacloban City that the

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city is ready to take over in the delivery of food items in different barangays. Starting Tuesday there is a transition in the distribution from the DSWD to the city government, she said. Soliman said it’s an augmentation of the local to the initiatives of the national government. Presently in Eastern Samar, there are a lot of chopper drops being made especially by the US military, but she said the government wants to transition to land vehicles to widen the scope of delivery and bring in more relief goods. The military provided eight trucks for the initiative, she said. And in case there are barangays not yet served by the ongoing relief efforts, Soliman said they can contact the DSWD through its grievance and redress section to get their sentiments. People or barangays needing help could contact the DSWD through mobile phone number: 0920-9463766 Soliman advised the people communicating with the DSWD to provide all the information needed, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

such as the name of survivors, exact address and other details so personnel will not have difficulty finding them. President Aquino had a three-day stay here to coordinate relief and recovery works. He left for Manila Tuesday afternoon. PND

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Mindanao Science Centrum seeks more gov’t funding

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fficials of the still-unfinished Mindanao Science and Technology Centrum (MSTC) in Bago Oshiro, Tugbok district here has asked the government and other sectors to help finance the construction of the facility so that after 14 years, it will finally have a roof. The MSTC was designed as a two-storey structure with a dome roof but up to now, only the first floor has been completed. “The Centrum remains unfinished even after 14 years but we continue WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

to provide science exhibits that will make Mindanao’s young people more aware of science and technology,” said Dr. Ma. Delia Moran-Morados, former Department of Science and Technology (DoST) 11 regional director.

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The MSTC broke ground in 1999 through a P10-million grant from former Speaker Jose de Venecia’s Community Development Fund. Other funds were given for the Centrum but not enough to complete its construction. The MSTC was supposed to be Mindanao’s first science-oriented government facility and yet, the structure has languished for 14 years literally without a roof on its head. De Venecia’s contribution was used for the land development and construction of the 5,000-square meter building which used to be estimated at P52 million 14 years ago. The-five hectare lot on which the MSTC now sits was donated by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Plant Industries. Today, Mila C. Francisco, MSTC consultant for Science Education said they now need P195 million to complete the Centrum since the price of construction materials and labor

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costs has increased through the years. Despite its situation, the MSTC has managed to survive and is now hosting a one-month Energy Exhibit which will be open up to December 5, for public school students and other science enthusiasts in Mindanao. The Energy Exhibit consists of 35 energy exhibits that depict the many forms of energy including light, mechanical, sound, water and electricity. While the MSTC has permanent exhibits at the Centrum geared for science students, the traveling energy exhibits are something new and should not be missed by students. Morados said that through the exhibit, the young will 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 sources of energy.

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Fishing industry raises funds for storm-hit fisherfolk By: Danilo E. Doguiles GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- Soccsksargen Region’s fishing industry is extending help to fisherfolk, who are among the hardest hit by super typhoon Yolanda in Visayas. “For

the benefit of fisherfolk-victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, the Soccsksargen Federation Of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc (SFFAII) is launching the following two fund raising activities, ” SFFAII executive director Rossana Bernadette Contreras, said in a letter sent to Philippine Information Agency. This fundraising project, she said, is comprised of “Piso para sa Mangingisda ng Visayas” and “Filipino Spirit is Unsinkable” T-shirts. “Tin cans bearing the campaign will be distributed to schools and offices who would like to take part in this endeavour,” she explained. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

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For this particular activity, SFFAII has received assistance from several partners such as Oriental Tin Can and Metal Sheet Mfg. Co., RD Group of Companies, Alliance Select Foods, Seatrade Canning Corp, General Tuna Corporation, Celebes Canning Corporation, Rowell Can that provided cans to be distributed to offices and agencies that would help raise donations for the typhoon victims. Gregoria Printing Press provided the labels for the tin cans. The group is also raising funds by selling T-shirts printed with the words “Filipino Spirit is Unsinkable.” Each shirt costs P250. “For our friends all over the Philippines, we can send the shirts to them anywhere in the Philippines via DHL courier for a minimum order of 4 pieces at the same price of P250.00 each,” she said, She added those living abroad may buy T-shirts for their friends in the Philippines. “By the way, you can also choose to have the fishermen and their families receive the shirts. The name and the contact details and possibly pictures of the recipients will be sent to you after the distribution,” Contreras continued. Payments for the shirts and cash donations may be deposited to the following accounts: Account Name: Socsksargen Federation of Fishing & Allied Ind., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Inc. (SFFAII) Account Number: 0411-014575003 Bank Name: Security Bank Santiango Branch IBAN Code: UID010457 SwiftCode: SETCPHMM Account Name: Socsksargen Federation of Fishing & Allied Ind., Inc. Account Number: 006238005499 Bank Name: Banco de OroSantiango Branch Local buyers may also buy the shirt from the SFFAII office at the 2nd Floor SAFI 4 Building along Magsaysay Avenue, General Santos City. For orders and deliveries, please call (083)301-6543, (083) 552-9736 or email sffaii1999@yahoo.com or fishing.federation@gmail.com. Contreras reasoned that their fundraising activity specifically targets fishing communities since they are the most marginalized sector. “We think it is strategic to help them

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get back on their feet to enable them to fish again the soonest time possible and eventually provide food for their respective communities. Hopefully, we can help many fishermen,” she said. Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

helped SFFAII in identifying fishing communities and in reaching the beneficiaries. She added that they have already sent the first batch of relief goods to super typhoon Yolanda survivors. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

USM declared as one of the best SUCs in vermicompost, vermitea prod’n By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KABACAN, North Cotabato -- State-owned University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato was declared yesterday as one of the best universities and colleges in the country producing vermicompost and vermitea.

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USM vermi composting facility focal person Dr. Josephine Migalbin said that the award was conferred in Diliman, Quezon City by the Bureau of Soil and Water Management of the Department of Agriculture during the ongoing national conference on soil fertility management researches and organic fertilizer production and regulation. Migalbin noted that in the entire Region 12 only USM was granted the recognition. Other awardees were University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB), Jose Rizal Sate Memorial University, Apayao State College and Cagayan State University (CSU). Migalbin said that CSU was granted P100,000 being the outstanding university in vermicompost and vermitea. Meanwhile, the other four universities received P15,000 each and a certificate of recognition. “We are glad that USM was among the best SUCs in whole country when it comes to vermicompost and vermitea

production. The award brought honor and pride in our university,” Migalbin said. She also noted that the award will serve as challenge for her team to work hard to surpass CSU and become the outstanding SUC next year. “We will strengthen our vermicompost and vermitea project and we will also conduct advocacy and trainings. We will do better to achieve the outstanding award,” she emphasized. The said citation was also in line with the promotion of organic agriculture in the country. Vermicompost and vermitea production started in USM since 2007. Among the personalities who laid down the foundation of this project includes Dr. Geoffray Atok, Dr. Julius Jerome Ele, Prof. Jurhamid Imlan and Dr. Eulalio Vergara and through the help of the project workers Joseph Estrada and Mangorato Antagan. (SJDuermePIA12/RBeñez-DXVL)

“No ransom policy of the government” stands – Mayor Guiani

By: Perlita D. Changco COTABATO CITY- The government of Cotabato City remains committed to adhere to the no ransom policy of the government , assured Mayor Japal “Jojo” Guiani, Jr. following the release on Friday evening of kidnap victim businessman Mike Khemani in an undisclosed area between the towns of Kabuntalan and Datu Piang in Maguindanao.

Khemani, an Indian national residing in Cotabato City for quite sometime, was forcibly taken by unidentified armed WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

men last October 29, 2013 past six in evening in front of his establishment and taken to undisclosed nearby marshy

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areas. Early on, Guiani has been consistent and firm in statements adhering to the no ransom policy of the government as ongoing inteilligence gathering and rescue operations by the Joint Anti-Kidnapping Task Force continues to secure the victim’s safe release. The day after the kidnapping incident, Guiani said, he appealed for the assistance of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to help facilitate the safe and immediate release of Mr. Khemani in the spirit of solidarity and harmony with the ongoing exploratory talks between the GPH and the MILF. “We stick to the no ransom policy of the government, otherwise mamimihasa ang mga iyan and we cannot tolerate kidnapping in the city, ” Guiani said. Guiani said, he believes the coordinated and aggressive efforts of the city government, law enforcers and the MILF resulted to some pressure on the part of the kidnappers that led to the release of Khemani.

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Guiani also believes that those involved in this kidnapping are cash-strapped losing candidates during the October 28, 2013 barangay elections and urged the victim to identify the group behind for filing of appropriate charges against them Considering the timing of the incident, Guiani said, he believes the possibility in the involvement of some disgruntled politicians and some personalities in kidnapping to raise funds. “We have received information that certain personalities are involve in kidnapping and some of them are working with the government so I think the agencies knows about this, it’s up for them to confirm this,” Guiani said. As the City Police Office under PSSupt. Rolen Balquin is set to file the appropriate charges, the authorities and other law enforcement agencies have the corresponding identities of the group involved in the Khemani kidnapping case, Guiani said. (PBChangco/PIA Cotabato City)

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RDC-GADCC Caraga discusses VAWC issues & concerns by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY -- In a recent press conference, the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) under the Regional Development Council (RDC) discussed issues and concerns on Violence Against Women and Children (VWC), as well as updates on the activities set for this year’s 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women.

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PSI Charity Galvez of Philippine National Police (PNP)-Caraga, recognized the vital role of media in info-dissemination on the rights of women and their children against abusive men (husband/father). “The media is our constant partner. They help us gather reports from the VAWC victims in the community so we can also immediately respond to them,” she said. Galvez further encouraged abused married women not to tolerate what their husbands are doing to them. “Women should know their rights and should fight for it,” she said. PSI Venus Nelmida of PNP-Caraga also bared that because of the electronic-blotter (e-blotter) system of the PNP, its recorded VAWC cases from the barangay up to the regional level are now synchronized and updated. “Unlike before, there are cases reported in the barangay level and are not forwarded in the municipal/ city to regional headquarters but WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

now, with the e-blotter, records from the barangay up to the regional are already synchronized. With this, we can easily monitor the cases and its trend,” she said. Jessie Catherine Aranas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Caraga said the department has services for the VAWC victim-survivors as well as to their families which shall be provided in accordance to their needs. “These are the following but not limited to: Counseling or debriefing if necessary; Temporary shelter at Home for Girls; Financial assistance for the conduct of medical interventions/ medical assistance; Referral for legal assistance; Educational assistance; and Livelihood and skills training,” she said. When asked if there is also a law protecting men against their abusive spouses, Mr. Leonor Ledesma of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga stressed that “While

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there is a law that protects the welfare of the women and children, those said to be ‘abused men’ can also file a physical injury case against their spouses. But what usually happens, reports show that more women are abused than men”. Ledesma also emphasized that the CHR is open for individuals who want to raise their concerns that is related to human rights issues and concerns. Meanwhile, GADCC-Caraga Cochairperson Edna Hontiveros of FORWARD Filipina Inc., is calling on Caraganons to support the activities of men and women for this year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women set on November 25 to December 12. The said campaign will kickoff with a joint/simultaneous Flag Raising Ceremony on Nov. 25 at the Agusan del Norte Capitol Covered Court, this city. Series of activities will then follow in different schedule. With this year’s theme of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women which is “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty!”, the call will WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

emphasize the importance of having a functional mechanism, operated by competent and capable duty-bearers with a sense of responsibility and accountability originating from a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of gender-based violence and the provisions of VAW laws.

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Sursur guv allocates P6M for CRAM 2014 by Nida Grace P. Barcena SURIGAO DEL SUR-- Governor Johnny Pimentel has allocated more than P6Million for the hosting of the Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) to be held in Tandag City on February next year, said Provincial Treasurer’s Officer Wenifreda Perez. “I am pleased to inform everyone that Governor Pimentel has already approved the P6,118,929.00 budget for the CRAM 2014,” said Perez during the recently meeting with the committee members.. Education Program Supervisor Melba Ladroma said three major committees have been created for the event, to wit: the Host Executive (composed of the Provincial officials and local chief executives from two cities and 17 municipalities), the Steering (composed of DepEd WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

officials, LGU officials, ex-officio members and Provincial School Board) and the Working Committee with 46 sub-committees. Governor Pimentel reminded all the chairpersons assigned under the working committees to coordinate with their co-chair and members. “You have to closely coordinate with your members.” Expected guests and delegates will be coming from the five provinces of Caraga Region to participate the annual event.

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DENR-13 raises funds for Typhoon Yolanda victims by Angeaine Dela Torre SURIGAO CITY -- Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga region have initiated fund raising project to contribute in the relief efforts of the government in the typhoondevastated areas in the Western Visayas particularly in the hardest-hit Tacloban City in Leyte. DENR-13 Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo said he has initiated “pass the hat” to his top field officers in the five provinces including 13 Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers so that they can share their contributions to the typhoon victims in the Visayas. “We are dismayed by what we are seeing over the news in television about the situation in the areas ravaged by the strongest typhoon ever in the history,” RED Tamayo said. “We want to help physically but the least we can do now is to contribute whatever we can WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

donate to the victims,” he added. The officials have started shelling out any amount they can raise since it was announced to the DENR employees during their Monday convocation program. The top field officials headed by PENR officer Roberto Oliveros, in similar way, have donated bills in various denominations during their Management Conference on Tuesday. “We want to be part of whatever help we can give to our fellow men,” PENRO Oliveros said. The donation for typhoon victims will be sent to the Office of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje for appropriate action.

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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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


DTI intensifies info campaign on balikbayan box shipments by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – The Department of Trade and Industry, through its Philippine Shippers’ Bureau (DTI-PSB), steps up its information campaign to urge Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to transact only with DTI-accredited Philippine sea consolidators or freight forwarders and their counterparts or agents abroad.

Ruel B. Paclipan of DTI said, OFWs have a penchant in sending holiday gifts for their loved ones and we intend to lessen, if not eradicate, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

complaints or cases of undelivered balikbayan boxes in the months ahead if these OFWs will send their boxes through fraudulent foreign sea consolidators. We intensify our campaign in Iligan City and neighboring places against fake cargo forwarders that often victimizes Overseas Filipino workers that send packages and cargoes to their families, added Paclipan. As of 30 September 2013, there are 600 DTIaccredited sea freight forwarders. The DTI urges consumers to avoid becoming victims of unscrupulous

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cargo forwarders and check the list of DTI-accredited sea freight forwarders and monitor regular advisories and alerts at www.dti.gov.ph. Complaints on pilferage or lost item and non-delivery of balikbayan boxes may be filed at the Philippine Shippers’ Bureau at 2nd Floor, DTI Bldg., 361 Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati

City; or sent through facsimile number (632) 751.3305 or email address dti_psb@yahoo.com.ph . Call DTI Direct (632) 751.3330 for assistance, or they may contact DTI Iligan City, Lanao del Norte Provincial Office through telephone number (063) 2215532/5534.

Nov. 30 holiday wages for daily-paid workers include the COLA - DOLE by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The cost of living allowance (COLA) will be included in the computation of the wages for the dailypaid workers on Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day. A regular holiday throughout the country in honor of Andres De Castro Bonifacio, Father of the Philippine Revolution and Supreme Leader of the Katipunan (Kataas-taasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan), Nov. 30 is one of the 10 regular holidays for the year 2013, per Proclamation No. 459 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Thus payment of the daily wage on this day will be covered by the rules enumerated in Labor Advisory No. 6, s. of 2012, signed by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapiles-Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). These rules, DOLE Provincial Director Jose G. Robles said, are as follows: If the employee did not work, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

he/she shall be paid 100% of his/her salary for that day [(Daily rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 100%]. If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid 200% or his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%]. If the employee worked in excess of eight (8) hours overtime work, he/ she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day [Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% number of hours worked]. If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his/ her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate of 200% [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%] + [30% (Daily rate x 200%)]. If the employee worked in excess

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of eight hours overtime work, during on said day (Hourly rate of the basic a regular holiday that also falls on his/ daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x her rest day, he/she shall be paid an number of hours worked). additional 30% of his/her hourly rate

TESDA Specialista Desk opened in Robinsons Mall,CdeO by TESDA-10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Amidst the heavy downpour spawned by Typhoon Zoraida, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority - Region 10 opened its “TESDA Specialista Desk” on November 11 at the Robinsons Mall, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. “TESDA Specialista Desk which will be manned by a TESDA Staff aims to bring TESDA’s programs and services closer to the people”, Director Edgar A. Sales, TESDA 10 OIC-Regional Director, said. He said it will cater to the youth and workers needing information on the various programs and services of TESDA. The desk shall accommodate inquiries and referrals on the following: training programs, scholarship application requirements/ available scholarship slots, assessment certification requirements/assessment schedules, and program registration. Pamphlets, brochures and other literature/advice on TESDA’s programs and services are also

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available. The TESDA Specialista Desk is located at the Robinsons Mall Lingkod Pinoy Center (RMLPC) conceptualized by the Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) as part of its corporate social responsibility and its desire to bring government services in one convenient location. The RLC and TESDA forged the partnership last May 20, 2013 for mall space to be provided to TESDA under a rent free arrangement. Sales together with TESDA Misamis Oriental Provincial Director Leo V. Velez led the opening of TESDA Specialista Desk as part of the Robinsons Mall Lingkod Pinoy Center launching graced by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno.

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Relief operation by Archdiocese of Davao underway by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The Archdiocese of Davao thanked the faithful in the dioceses of Davao, Digos,Tagum and Mati for the overwhelming response to the relief operation for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Viasayas. Father Leonardo Dublan, Jr., parish priest of the Ascension of the Lord Parish at the GSIS-Matina said a total of six container vans full

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of relief goods are already on the way to Tacloban City via Cebu. He said more goods need to be repacked by volunteers at the GSIS gym beside the parish church, from the schools, parishes and organizations which responded for the needy in the typhoon ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas. “We thank the women, students, policemen and soldiers who participate in the relief efforts, particularly the repacking of goods ,� Dublan said. He announced that the Oplan Tabang Bagyo has discouraged now the donation of used clothings. Dublan said the displaced individuals and families need more rice, biscuits for the children, coffee, milk, chocolate beverages and sugar. He explained that the Social

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Action Center of the Archdiocese of Cebu will facilitate the delivery of relief goods to the affected families in Tacloban City. Dublan said the initial shipment of relief goods is intended for the residents of Palo, Leyte while the second shipment is intended for the survivors in Borongan, Eastern Samar. “The massive destruction and difficulties among the people in Leyte and Samar areas prompt us to deliver more goods there than in

Aklan and Capiz,” he said. Dublan said there are also no ships traversing from Cebu to other typhoon ravaged places in Western Visayas. He said Aklan and Capiz are more accessible to the relief operations from Manila. “We hope that the faithful from Luzon will also look up for the welfare of people affected by typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas,” Dublan said. (PIA 11Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

DAVAO DEL NORTE– Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario urged his constituents to heed emergency warnings and immediately take action to prevent loss of lives during calamities.

The Governor said the provincial disaster risk reduction management council (PDRRMC), along with the local DRRMCs in the province, have not failed in their avowed duty to warn, inform and advise the public in times of emergencies. It has also been a standard operating procedure for the disaster councils to conduct preemptive evacuation in the onset of storm warnings and potential flooding, as part of the established early warning and preparedness system.

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However, del Rosario lamented that some people still continue to ignore the warnings, which resulted to the death of two persons in the aftermath of Tropical Depression Zoraida. The bodies of 22-year old Ben Banhaw from Tanglaw, B.E. Dujali town and 20-year old Dowen Anito of Sampao, Kapalong, Davao del Norte were both found Friday morning after going missing for three days. Apparently unmindful of the warnings of TD Zoraida, Banhaw disappeared while trying to salvage driftwoods floating in the raging Panaga River, while Anito vanished when he carelessly swam across the rampaging floods over the Sampao River. “I hope our people will learn to

heed the warnings,� del Rosario said. He pointed out the victims could have thought they could easily ride out the storm, as it only brought intermittent rains and negligible winds. But, their indifference has caused their precious lives. The PDRRMC reported that a total of 7,575 families were affected by the storm, with some 1,697 families evacuated to safer grounds when intermittent rains caused the rivers to swell. Total damage to crops was pegged at P22,145,325, as well as, P4,022,591 to infrastructures. The province has already sent relief augmentation to the affected communities. ( Noel Baguio/davnor pio)

facts and figures

P4,022,591

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Total damage to infrastrurure in the province of Davao del Norte during the onslaught of tropica;l depression Zoraida

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Midsalip to receive 88-M infra projects under ARCP-II By Claro A. Lanipa

MIDSALIP, Zamboanga del Sur – Some P88 million worth of various infrastructure projects under the Agrarian Reform Community Phase II (ARCP-II) will soon be implemented in this municipality.

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Bagsakan covered court in Barangay Poblacion B the following ongoing projects in the municipality, namely: construction of farm-to-market road (FMR) from barangays Buloron to Dumalinao with a total length of 1.8961 kilometers amounting to Php12,009,528.31, construction of FMR from Buloron to Lumpanid with a total length of 3.16 km with a project cost of P 19,233,543.66, construction of one unit tribal center at the Poblacion with a total amount of P 931,457.70. These ongoing projects are being funded in a counter-parting scheme with 40 percent of the total cost of the project to come from ARCP II, 35 percent from the local government unit (LGU), and 25 percent from the National Government Agency support to LGUs. Another project, which was already approved and is now ready for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

implementation, is the rehabilitation of Buloron Communal Irrigation System worth P12,299,408 wherein 50 percent would be shouldered by ARCP II, 15 percent by LGU, 25 percent by NGALGU, and 10 percent by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Mendoza reported. He further disclosed that the cacao production in Midsalip covering 210 hectares with 112 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) and non-ARBs will also expand soon with a funding of P14 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) through the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP). Four more FMR projects worth P5 million each are being proposed and another two units of Tulay ng Pangulo Pang-Agraryo in barangay Palili are under validation, MARO Mendoza added.

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Children-evacuees see life positively despite “war” experience By Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY Children –evacuees from a recent armed conflict here who are still housed in various evacuation centers still see life positively as they expressed their thoughts and ideas through art. These children shared joy and laughter as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 recently celebrated the Children’s month. To ease life a bit, DSWD conducted fun filled activities by showcasing creativity of the children. Anchored on the theme, “Kahirapan ay Wakasan, Karapatan ng Bata ay Ipaglaban”, each evacuation center sent in their respective representatives /contestants for categories 3-5, 6-12 and 13-17 years old for the Draw and Tell contest wherein each participant was given 30 minutes to draw and explain their interpretation of the theme. The children showed their creativity and fluency in the contest. Each piece depicted their experiences during the “Zamboanga conflict” and their views to overcome such a crisis. The draw and tell output from children-evacuees was impressive WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

because they still foresee their lives positively in the years to come. For category 3-5 years old , Yolly Alejo from the grandstand evacuation ranked 3rd place, Richard Repolon ranked 2nd from Tetuan Central School Evacuation Center while Arwina Wahid from Baliwan Central School Evacuation Center bagged the 1st place. For category 6-12 years old, Jeralyn Castro from Sta. Maria Elementary School Evacuation finished as 3rd placer while Kezrie Hayudini a student representative from East Central School ranked 2nd and Ferdinand Abdurahman from West High School evacuation center emerged as 1st placer. For the 7-17 years old category, Shiela Mae Flores from Tetuan Central School evacuation center landed on the 3rd place, Joshua Nationales from Sta. Maria Evacuation ranked 2nd and Bash Idlasan from West High School evacuation got 1st place.

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DepEd-Zambo. Sur donates cash, relief goods for typhoon “Yolanda” victims By Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY – As the people of the Visayas region struggle for survival in the aftermath of super typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan), the Department of Education (DepEd)-Zamboanga del Sur schools division has extended financial assistance and relief goods for the victims. Dr. Arturo Bayocot, schools division superintendent, said DepEd officials, employees and teachers in the province have contributed cash and relief goods to help out the typhoon victims. “From our schools, districts and division office, we immediately gave voluntary contributions to the survivors of typhoon “Yolanda,” Bayocot said in a text message sent to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9. “I’ve deposited P130 thousand through DepEd Office of Secretary’s trust fund account,” Bayocot disclosed. Bayocot added “the division has collected in-kind donations and divided them among disaster stricken-areas of Zamboanga, Bohol and Tacloban. As an expression of our deepest concern and sympathy, Bayocot said, the DepEd officials and employees are keen in helping the victims of calamities. Bayocot cited the relief assistance given to the victims in Zamboanga siege in September where two vans of relief goods were shipped to Zamboanga for war and flood victims. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2013

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One Mindanao - November 20, 2013