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Gensan takes pride with Hall of Fame Award for Kalilangan Festival Pops Gumana-Fruylan Central Mindanao

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Palace mobilizes entire bureaucracy for relief efforts

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Musicians hold benefit concert for Yolanda survivors Oliver Ross V. Rivera

Cotabato Airport to undergo renovation

Oliver Ross V. Rivera

CARAGA REGION

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DENR-13 sends portable sawmill to Tacloban City Skills competition, venue to change the world, CATVII prexy says

NORTHERN MINDANAO

‘Barog Bukidnon’ launches transparency movement for good governance, citizens participation

Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

ICADAC underscores activities for Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week celebration

Lorry V. Gabule

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DSWD promotes Listahanan in Davao Region towns

WESTERN MINDANAO

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Nov. 25 is special non-working holiday in Zamboanga

Dominic I. Sanchez

DHCF, SADCFI distribute 8,000 bags of relief goods to “Yolanda”victims

Gideon C. Corgue

OSYs in Lanao del Sur to benefit from TESDA, BEAM and Synergia partnership

Apipa P. Bagumbaran

ARMM Gov. Hataman receives outstanding governorship award THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 67


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Gensan takes pride with Hall of Fame Award for Kalilangan Festival By Pops Gumana-Fruylan

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he country’s tuna capital is taking pride with the recent achievement of the Kalilangan Festival after it notched the Hall of Fame award and put the city in the limelight as the country’s Best Tourism Event under the Culture and Arts Category, city level for three consecutive years. According to Cora Tito, Tourism Officer IV of the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO), the third recognition was conferred by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) during the 2013 Pearl Awards in Legazpi City last month. “This is the third consecutive win for General Santos (Gensan), so next year the city will receive the Hall of Fame recognition, grand slam!” she enthused. The festival, which made Gensan known in the tourism industry, is derived from the word

“Kalilang” which means celebration in the Maguindanaoan dialect. It is a social gathering marked by the exchange of amenities among ethnic leaders, elders, and townsfolk. Former city mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio described Kalilangan Festival as a “cultural extravaganza” or “a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals and traditions like marriage celebrations, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, royal


enthronements, and other social activities.” The festival put more emphasis on the convergence of the tripeople- the lowland Christian population, the Muslim tribes and the indigenous peoples -who have made Gensan their home. “It is unique from other festivities as all activities of the Kalilangan Festival were focused

on the culture of the tri-people, their harmonious unity and peaceful coexistence, “Tito said. Meanwhile, Abdurrahman Canacan, Chancellor of the Mindanao State University (MSU)General Santos campus earlier disclosed that the university has been working on introducing activities that would showcase the city’s traditions and culture amidst the fast-paced development in the area. MSU-Gensan has been managing the Kalilangan Festival since 2011 and currently on its way in the preparation for next year’s festivity which will coincide with the city’s 75th foundation anniversary celebration. Some of the crowd-drawer activities of the Kalilangan Festival are the Salubungan or “Parada ng Lahi,” which features a reenactment of events when Gen. Paulino Santos and other pioneers arrived here in 1939, and the “Kadsagayan” or the glamorous street dance parade and showdown.

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Police in Yolanda-affected areas assures security for reopening of businesses, diskwento Caravan

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olice in Eastern Visayas on Thursday reassured the public of security for businesses about to reopen after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Philippine National Police Special Action to resume normal transactions. Force head and security task force commander This Friday, the Department of Trade Director Carmelo Valmoria said this includes and Industry will hold a Diskwento a Diskwento Caravan slated for Friday. Caravan selling basic goods at low prices. “All these we provided with security,” “We expect there will be other business Valmoria said at a meeting of the inter-agency establishments that will open today task force on Yolanda here Thursdaymorning. and tomorrow. A Diskwento Caravan of Several businesses are trying to recover the Department of Trade and Industry from the effects of Yolanda, which tore is scheduled for Friday,” Valmoria said. through Visayas and Southern Luzon. Meanwhile, Valmoria said they will On Wednesday, Mayor Alfred start sending notices to police personnel Romualdez met with representatives who have not yet reported for duty. of local businesses to encourage “We will send two notices. If they still fail them to resume their trade soonest. to return to work we’ll be forced to charge Banks have started efforts them for neglect of duty,” he said. PND THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

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Palace mobilizes entire bureaucracy for relief efforts

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alacanang has mobilized the country’s 1.3-strong bureaucracy to help in relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Memorandum Circular 57 directs all department secretaries, and heads of agencies and government corporations to mobilize their respective officials and employees to help in relief and rehabilitation efforts. MC 57 also authorizes local government units to mobilize and help in the efforts. The Palace also issued Memorandum THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

Order 61 which directs the Department of Health to temporarily take over control of health and sanitation operations of LGUs affected by Typhoon Yolanda. The orders were signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. Communications Secretary Herminio B. Coloma, Jr. said the orders effectively expands the relief

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and rehabilitation operations of the national government for typhoonstricken areas. “Even before the issuance of the MCs, many government employees already volunteered to assist in relief efforts. This issuance makes it possible for us to mobilize even more personnel for relief efforts,” Coloma said. “The national government recognizes that the extent of this calamity has left many LGUs crippled as local government officials were victims of this typhoon as well. The Department of Health has already activated all its resources to provide medical assistance the survivors of this tragedy,” he added. MC 57 gives agency heads and LGUs the discretion to exempt their officials and employees who will be part of the effort from observing normal office hours or from performing their regular duties, and to determine the duration and extent of their participation. On the other hand, MO 61 puts health and sanitation services in typhoon-stricken areas under the direct supervision and control of the THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

DOH. Malacanang cited Section 17 (f) of Republic Act 7160, or the Local Government Code of 1991, which provides that “the national government may provide or augment the basic services and facilities assigned to a LGU” when these services or facilities are either not available or inadequate to address an emergency situation. RA 7160 also allows the Health secretary, upon the direction of the President and in consultation with the LGUs concerned, to temporarily assume direct supervision over health operations in any LGU for the duration of the emergency in cases of widespread public health dangers. An estimated 4.5 million people have been affected by Typhoon Yolanda. There are presently 1,595 evacuation centers providing temporary shelter to 89,785 families or 418,988 persons in Regions IV-A and B, VI, VII, VIII, and CARAGA. Other displaced families totaling 759,996 or 3.5 million individuals have chosen to stay with their friends and families.

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Energy Secretary hopeful of Mindanao GenSet program implementation despite SC decision on Malampaya Fund

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ould Mindanao’s lack of power get a hit from the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision disallowing the government to tap the Malampaya Fund for purposes other than energy-related? Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla hopes not. Malacanang issued last July Executive Order 137 allowing electric cooperatives (ECs) to get a loan through the National Electrification Administration (NEA) to purchase THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

or rent modular generator sets. The program was allocated a P 4.5 billion budget to be sourced from the government’s share in the Malampaya natural gas field project in West Philippine Sea, off northwest Palawan. However, the High Court on Tuesday

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declared as unconstitutional the use of the Malampaya Fund other than its original use, which is for the exploration, exploitation and development of indigenous energy resources. The SC decision prevented the government from tapping the Malampaya Fund for other purposes other than energy-related. This after noting among others that the phrase in Section 8 of Presidential Decree 910 regarding the Malampaya Fund did not pass the sufficient standard test. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said the generator set program may keep its funding because generators are sources of energy. “It might get through because it’s an energy source,” he said. Petilla said Department of Energy (DOE) lawyers would discuss with the Chief Presidential Legal Adviser how to use the Malampaya Fund for energy-related projects without being questioned. “We will exhaust all efforts to define various definitions of energy resources in any dictionary. We just want to make sure that we will not be questioned,” he stressed. To date, remaining royalties received by the national government from the Malampaya oil field gas project amounts to about P 137 billion. Acquisition or rent of the generator

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sets by the ECS is among the solutions the government has put in place to address the power crisis in Mindanao. The other options are the interruptible load program (ILP) and the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM). Under the ILP program, private companies with power generators need not tap electric DUs for their need but instead use their own facilities. In turn, they would be paid by the DUs based on the fuel and oil used in running their entities’ generators and on the depreciation of the equipment. To date, 12 entities received the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to be part of the ILP and these are projected to provide 160MW capacity. On the other hand, under the IMEM program, big entities that own generators would be tapped to provide capacity to as much as 200 megawatts to power cooperatives. Full commercial operations of the IMEM is set to start on November 26, the Energy Department earlier said. Petilla said the IMEM would only be tapped until all new power plants in Mindanao that are scheduled to commence operations in 2015 become online. The IMEM would be implemented in coordination with the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), which is the designated operator. (PNA)

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Koronadal City LGU eyes sisterhood with storm-hit town in Leyte By: Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The local government of the City of Koronadal is contemplating on establishing sisterhood with Sta. Fe town in Leyte province.

City administrator and city DRRM chief Cyrus Urbano said that Mayor Peter Miguel conveyed his plan to adopt the municipality after personally witnessing the condition of the town after the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda. Mayor Miguel, who is a medical doctor by profession, leads a 28man medical team currently helping the survivors of the supertyphoon to recover from the disaster. Among the team members are doctors, nurses, stress debriefers and other volunteers. They brought with them P200,000 worth of medicines and a portable power generator. “According to Mayor Miguel, Koronadal LGU’s medical mission is the first group that has set up a clinic in the area. There have been foreign medical missions THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

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did not stay long in the area,’ Urbano said. The team has established its makeshift medical clinic in front of the town’s municipal hall. Initially, the team plans to stay in the area for at least one week, excluding travel time. Urbano reported that yesterday, the team treated at least 775 patients suffering from traumatic injuries, lacerated wounds, punctured wounds, respiratory tract infection, acute gastroenteritis, and other ailments. Today, he added, Mayor Miguel and some members of the team went around the town to visit homes and conduct stress debriefing. “PNP personnel and other volunteers who are also with the team helped in the clearing operations,” e said. He added that Mayor Miguel was invited to sit in a meeting of Sta. Fe’s Sangguniang Bayan where he

was consulted how the municipal government should address its problems. Sta. Fe is a landlocked, fifth class municipality located in between Palo and Alangalang along PaloCarigara-Ormoc City Road. Per 2010 census, the municipality has a total population of 17,427. Meanwhile, Urbano also reported that they have recently sent the second batch of relief goods for the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda. He said the batch included 98 food packs, 54 boxes of bottled water, 10 boxes of multivitamins and antibiotics, 157 sacks of clothes, 100 sacks of hygiene kits, and 15 sacks of assorted items such as shoes, bags, mats, and blankets. “These were delivered to the Philippine Navy ship docked at Makar wharf (Gensan port)” he said. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Musicians hold benefit concert for Yolanda survivors

By: Oliver Ross V. Rivera MIDSAYAP, North Cotabato – Musicians from different municipalities in the 1st district of the province joined forces last weekend for a benefit concert to raise funds for the survivors in the visayas region that was severely devastated by super typhoon Yolanda.

Titled “KanTABANG para sa P28,647.50. Visayas” the two-day fundraising The amount was gathered from event was able to raise a total of the beer sales, talent fees donated THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

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by performers, and collection via donation box. Julius Ryan Bulahan, one of the organizers said the amount was already deposited to the calamity fund of Sagip Kapamilya, the emergency humanitarian assistance program of ABS-CBN Foundation. The show featured the best bands from the PPALMA area,

namely: Music Network, Villevoyz, Mangindusa, Passpoint, Wreckage of Elmo, United Pirates, El Geo, Forced to Fake, Klasmeyt and Pedestrian Language. The event was organized by the Midsayap Musicians and sponsored by Virgo Midsayap. (ORVRiveraPIA12)

Cotabato Airport to undergo renovation

By: Oliver Ross V. Rivera COTABATO CITY– The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)-Cotabato today released schedule for the closure of the Cotabato Airport in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat which will undergo renovation and windening of its runway and taxiway. In a statement sent to Philippine The Cotabato Airport Development Information Agency 12, Cotabato Project is undertaken by the Department Airport Manager Leon Masalta Jr., said of Transportation and Communications the airport will be open for 4 days and (DOTC). will be closed for 3 days every week “Cotabato Airport being a Class until the duration of the project. I Airport by its category is among Interruption of airport operations is the principal airports being funded set on the following dates: for upgrading to meet international November 26-28, 2013 standards.” Masalta said. December 3-5, 2013 Masalta added that this would December 10-12, 2013 clearly boost the business climate and December 17-19, 2013 attract both local and foreign tourists January 7-9, 2014 and investors that would elevate the January 14-16, 2014 economy and life living of the people in January 28-30, 2014 Central Mindanao. February 4-6, 2014 Meanwhile, CAAP also guarantees February 11-13, 2014 and assures the safety of the flying February 18-20, 2014 public which is the most priority to February 25-27, 2014 improve and upgrade their existing Closure time will be from 7:00 a.m. airport facilities. (ORVRivera-PIA12) to 4:00 p.m.

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Marcventures to ‘power’ Power Fm in Tacloban City

BUTUAN CITY -- As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, the Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation has collaborated with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office in providing logistical support for the establishment of Power FM, the agency’s FM station in Tacloban City.

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Marcventures is a multimillion company engaged in the mining of nickel, copper and gold in Surigao del Sur. Marcventures corporate secretary said that since there’s no power lines yet, the company will provide a generator set to energize the station. “This is our way of helping our people return to normalcy and deliver critical information,” Libres said. PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga said the station will operate on 24/7 under 107.8 FM band. “I know that the large population in Leyte have no access yet to television, newspapers, internet or

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normal radio since the infrastructure was destroyed by the typhoon but majority of them have still cellphones with radio capability. We will tap them, ” Caga said.

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DENR-13 sends portable sawmill to Tacloban City

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional office had sent a portable sawmill to be used in clearing and rebuilding operations in Tacloban City. DENR-Caraga acted on the instructions of Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje “to help in slicing to lumbers the trees felled down by the recent typhoon so that these can be used as raw materials needed for the rebuilding of houses of the homeless typhoon victims.” Regional Executive Director Nonito Tamayo sent off the portable sawmill to Tacloban City along with four operators. Meanwhile, DENR-13 is also raising funds for the typhoon “Yolanda” victims. Officials and employees of the department have initiated a fund-raising project to contribute in the relief efforts of the government THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

in the typhoon-devastated areas. Tamayo said that he has initiated the “pass the hat” initiative to his top field officers in the five provinces, including the 13 community environment and natural resources officers so they can also share their contributions to the typhoon victims. “We want to help physically, but the least we can do now is to contribute whatever we can donate to the victims,” he said. The donations will be sent to the office of the DENR Secretary for distribution to the typhoon-hit provinces in the Visayas.

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Skills competition, venue to change the world, CATVII prexy says BUTUAN CITY -- Top official of the Caraga Association of Technical Vocational Institutions, Inc. (CATVII) said the holding of the skills competition in the region served as venue to change the world into a better one. In his speech during the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Regional Skills Competition held recently in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, CATVII President Inocencio Angeles, Jr. pointed out that in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)Caraga, the dream of engaging all

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the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) and its trainees in the region for a friendly competition have come into a reality through the event. Angeles discussed that this year’s competition is the first skills competition spearheaded by CATVII which was founded in 2012. He added the activity is showcasing the different

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skills and capabilities of the techvoc trainees and students to prepare them for the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Skills Competition slated next year. “We shall showcase the skills and capabilities of our trainees as we prepare them in accordance to international standards particularly the ASEAN standards in the areas of Food and Beverage Services, Commercial Cooking, IT/Software Application, Visual Graphics Design, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Plumbing and Heating,” Angeles said. The activity, according to the officiasl also promotes cooperation among different Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions, TESDA provincial and regional personnel, industry partners and other stakeholders. Angeles further said winners of the different skills competition will represent the region in the staging of the Philippine National Skills Competition early next year. He added the region’s representatives will be trained accordingly to comply with the ASEAN skills competition r e q u i r e m e n t s . The Regional Skills Competition is a THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

friendly competition on vocational and technical skills. Competitors are endorsed by respective TVET institutions in Caraga Region who is currently enrolled or 6-month graduates prior to the competition of Training Centers and/or Technical-Vocational schools of trade areas stated earlier. With the successful conduct of the activity, Angeles expressed his thanks and gratitude to all TVIs in the region who have made significant contributions. He also lauded the efforts of TESDA-Caraga for extending full support to the event. This year’s competition which is anchored on the theme “Ganda ng Buhay, Tekbok ang Kulay” is graced by TESDA Deputy DirectorGeneral for Field Operations Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua who interacts with the local tri-media here in a press conference held prior to the closing and awarding ceremonies.

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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


Tagoloan River Basin Council organization pushed by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL – The technical working group for the Tagoloan River Basin organization held its third consultative meeting here on Tuesday, November 19, to review, assess, and plan the river’s conservation activities as well as the establishment of the Tagoloan River Basin Management Council.

This will be a replication to the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council which was organized in November 2010. It will be chaired by the Bishop of Malaybalay and co-chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional director and supported by four technical working groups (TWG) involving government agencies, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

local government units (LGUs), universities, and non-governmental organizations. The TWG is currently consolidating an inter-agency work and financial plan (WFP) for 2014, which will be submitted to the Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) of DENR for funding consideration.

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DENR Regional Technical Director Agustilo Obsioma emphasized the need to capture and integrate activities lined up by the LGUs and the Department of Agriculture and its corresponding bureaus. Other stakeholders were likewise

encouraged to prepare their own respective work and financial plan. Meanwhile, the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement among stakeholders is already set on December 6.

‘Barog Bukidnon’ launches transparency movement for good governance, citizens participation by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - A newly-formed citizen action group “Barog Bukidnon,” launched Thursday a transparency program to promote good governance and citizens participation in the province. “Barog (stand firm) Bukidnon” aims to independently monitor, report, and campaign local government units (LGUs) transparency and accountability issues especially on corruption, health, and environment. Emma N. Molina, Barog Bukidnon chairperson, said those behind and committing to the new group—with members representing different sectors including peoples’ organizations, media, and schools— were responsible for showing the “real people power” in working together and organize for better local governance. “Thousands of Bukidnons have cell phones, access to tri-media, Internet, Facebook, and other social media accounts. These devices are best used in participating in governing process to ensure that LGUs are responsive to the peoples’ needs,” THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

Molina said. She said the event also formally declared ‘Barog Bukidnon’s affiliation with the Citizens Action Network for Accountability (CANA) to strengthen actions on fostering good governance. CANA is a three-year project partly funded by the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines. It is a collaboration of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Center for Community Journalism and Development, MindaNews and the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines. It is in line with the government’s full disclosure policy under Good Governance as reflected in the Philippine Development Plan, Molina said.

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ICADAC underscores activities for Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week celebration by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – The Iligan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC) has lined-up programs and activities for the weeklong observance of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week from November 18-22, 2013. A motorcade was done last Nov. 18 as kick-off for the week, participated by different groups from the youth, DepEd, PNP, plant industries, academe, civic clubs, and the Drugs Council, letting the people aware of the celebration, and converged to the Anahaw Amphitheatre, city hall, for the flagraising ceremony, followed by a short program Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Regencia said in his message that he has a list of city hall employees dependent of this illegal activity, the use of ‘shabu’ a drug menace to society. He said he will take action on this because the clearing of this menace should start from Barangay City Hall. Other activities for the week include Drug Abuse Preventive Education Symposium for youth and parents to three barangays, including school symposia to different schools with speakers from the Iligan City Police Office; posting of anti-drug abuse slogans and posters in the

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workplace and in school campus; radio guesting advocating drugabuse prevention and control; wholesome sports activity for the youth as alternative to dangerous drugs; conduct of unannounced random drug tests at the city hall; and the Fraternal Games which is on its 8th year already, with the participation of all fraternities and sororities in Iligan. The celebration will be highlighted with a March Rally joined by all sectors in the society, each group shall bring a slogan showing support in the fight against illegal drugs, converging at the Rizal Parkcity public plaza onFriday, November 22. A culmination program will follow with the burning of confiscated illegal drugs and paraphernalias, to be witnessed by the public at the city plaza. Bearing this year’s theme is ‘Make Health Your “NEW HIGH” In Life, Not Drugs.’

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The military calls for more volunteers to repack relief goods by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- The military has called for volunteers to assist in the repacking of relief goods for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Eastern, Central and Western Visayas. Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commanding officer of the 10th Civil-Military Operations Battalion said the government has set up two collection points for relief THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

assistance at the gymnasium of the GSIS in Matina run by the Archdiocese of Davao and the depot of the Department of Public Works and HighwaysXI in Barangay Panacan, serving as inter-agency relief assistance center. He said 42 organizations have already promised to participate in the repacking but helping hands are still much needed. “Several organizations have already pledged cash, goods, equipment, trucks and even ships and aircraft, with the DSWD setting the schedule of convoys bound for Tacloban,� Obligado said. He said communities who want to

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volunteer may approach the nearest police stations that will ferry them to the nearest packing stations. Obligado said that the region’s experience on typhoon Pablo has been made by United Nations organizations as a pattern to respond to the areas ravaged by typhoon Yolanda. He also urged the residents to also donate nails to expedite the construction of much needed shelters for the affected families. On Saturday, the Eastern

Mindanao Command sent 350 soldiers from the 4th ID, 10th ID, Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and Army Engineering units to respond to calls for reconstruction and rehabilitation in Tacloban City. The troops brought along with them a solar powered lighting system that can be used to charge cellular phones and other devices and even energize the community where soldiers are deployed. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

DSWD promotes Listahanan in Davao Region towns DAVAO CITY– The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is currently advocating to local government units the Listahanan or Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan for local officials to understand the system of targeting the poor households that should receive propoor programs and services. Previously known as the

National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), the use of Listahanan nationwide has led to 3.8 million poor households enrolled in Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the Philippine conditional cash transfer program, and the poor elderly receiving social pensions. It has also paved for thousands of THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

health cards distributed with poor families availing of state-run health insurance. Implemented by DSWD, Listahanan is a database of poor households and being used as reference in identifying beneficiaries of social protection services. It is a functional, objective and transparent targeting system that identifies who and where the poor are, thus reducing leakage of social services to non-poor and minimizing exclusion of the poor from said social services. Listahanan likewise serves as guide to national government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders in identifying qualified beneficiaries of their social

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protection programs. With the Listahanan caravan conducted in different municipalities in Region XI, the DSWD National Household Targeting Unit has been extensively promoting the use of the database of poor households. “We are confident that our LGUs will appreciate the system and apply it in the implementation of their programs for poor families,” said Director Priscilla N. Razon of DSWD.

Included in the Listahanan caravan is the discussion of the phases on household assessment and the use of observable and verifiable characteristics of households. Razon said that during the caravan, issues and concerns especially of families not benefiting from DSWD programs like Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood and Social Pension, were raised and immediately responded to. In collaboration with local and national agencies and other stakeholders, Listahanan will definitely ensure that social protection programs benefit those who really need the assistance. (DSWD-11)

did you know

Apo View Hotel in Davao City gets its name from the majestic view of the country’s highest peak which can be seen from the hotel premises way before huge buildings in the Davao downtown area impeded the spectacular vista.

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Dipolog hosts 12th ZANDIDAP council jamboree By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – A total of 1,610 junior and senior boy scouts joined the 12th Zamboanga del Norte, Dipolog, Dapitan (ZANDIDAP) Council Urban Scout Jamboree held at the Zamboanga del Norte Sports Complex in this city last Nov. 13-17.

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The participants who were divided into four sub-camps with their teacher-coaches came from 68 schools in the province including the two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. The four sub-camps were “Makakalikasan” for participants from the first and second congressional districts, “Makadiyos” for third district, “Makatao” for Dipolog City, and “Makabansa” for Dapitan City. Coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP), the activity was anchored on the theme, “Scouting: Education for Life,” which implies that the scouting activities are designed to develop every scout to become independent and to survive any challenges that may come his way. In her message during the opening program, Schools Superintendent Natividad P. Bayubay of the Zamboanga del Norte schools division reminded the participants of the environmental issues confronting THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

the country like the earthquake in Bohol and the strong typhoon that hit Leyte. “Let us dedicate this urban jamboree to the global movement to save what has been left on earth. Let us link arms to break the barriers of race, ideology and political belief to make this province, region, nation and this world a better place to live in,” said Bayubay who also served as division scouting commissioner. She, however, urged the scouts to make new friends, share experience and make most of the once-in-a life time experience of the jamboree. Among the activities conducted during the whole duration of the jamboree were leadership training, lectures, community immersion, tree planting, teambuilding, etc. with emphases on climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster preparedness, environmental protection and responding to any emergencies.

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Nov. 25 is special non-working holiday in Zamboanga

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - November 25, Monday is officially declared a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga City by President Benigno S. Aquino III pursuant to Proclamation No. 684 to pave the way for the conduct of a special barangay election which was deferred due to the crisis besetting the city last September. Sheila Covarrubias, city information officer, said that “the proclamation was signed last Nov. 13,” following a recommendation from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to postpone the balloting here and in Bohol due to the calamities that had affected the areas. Nov. 13 was the last day of filing for the candidates’ certificates of candidacy and on Nov. 15, the campaign period began. The last day for the campaign is on Nov. 23, Saturday, giving the candidates barely eight days for sharing their platforms of governance. On Election Day, precincts will be open from 7a.m. until 3p.m. Meanwhile, candidates are mandated to submit their sworn

statements of election contributions and expenditures on or before Dec. 26 this year. Comelec’s Resolution 9807 declares that “there is a need to declare November 25, 2013 as a special non-working holiday in Zamboanga City and in the Province of Bohol to afford registered voters therein the opportunity to participate fully in said Special Barangay Elections.” By law, in a special non-working holiday, employees who reported for work are granted 1.3 times their daily rate. If they rendered overtime, they are granted the said computation, plus their hourly rate multiplied by the number of excess hours multiplied by 1.69.

DHCF, SADCFI distribute 8,000 bags of relief goods to “Yolanda”victims By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – In addition to the 5,000 bags of relief goods earlier delivered to Bantayan Island in Cebu, another 3,000 bags will be distributed today for the typhoon survivors in Tacloban City. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

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This was announced by Saleh Zaher, director of Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Moktuon Humanitarian Charity Est. in Dubai and Ustadz Nasser Maulana, president of Southeast Asia Development Committee Foundation, Inc. (SADCFI) in a press conference held on Wednesday at the SADCFI’s office here. Zaher said Vice President Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Moktuon of Dubai, who is also the president of Dubai Humanitarian Charity Foundation (DHCF) has ordered them to immediately fly to Philippines to extend relief goods for super typhoon “Yolanda” victims in the hardest hit areas in Central Visayas. Zaher, along with Faisal Alshehi, DHCF operations manager who arrived in Manila on Nov, 15, met with the officers of SADCFI to discuss their plans of distributing relief goods to typhoon survivors in Central Visayas. Zaher said it was their first time to visit the Philippines. “Our mission in your country is to help survivors who begged for food, water, and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

medicines in the severely affected areas,” Zaher said. Zaher added that last Nov. 16, DHCF officers and SADCFI personally delivered the first batch of 5,000 bags of relief goods consisting of 25 kilos of rice, one dozen canned goods, one dozen noodles, and two kilos of sugar, soap, and candles to the victims of “Yolanda” in Bantayan Island, Cebu. “The relief goods will be equally distributed to the victims regardless of race, nationality, color, ethnicity and religion. Whether the victim is Christian or Muslim, he will receive the relief goods,” Maulana assured. Maulana said group left Pagadian City at 7a.m. today to deliver second batch of truck load of relief goods to the hardest hit areas in Tacloban City to help ease the sufferings of the victims. Zaher thanked the Philippine government for allowing them to enter the country and the SADCFI for facilitating the distribution of relief goods, as they do not exactly know the areas affected by the typhoon.

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ECOWATCH launched in Lanao del Sur by: Mohammad Nassif M. Elias

The launching of the program dubbed “ECOWATCH� was spearheaded by the Office of the Regional Vice Governor in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENRARMM) and the Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (BYA). THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

program on environmental protection was launched here on November 14.

ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Alrashid A. Lucman said the program aims to promote awareness on the protection of Lake Lanao and the environment. He said it is also an avenue for the government to provide support to the youth for a wider advocacy on environmental protection.

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“Alam namin ang ganitong advocacy ay mahirap isulong kapag walang supporta ang mga kabataan so the challenge entirely defends on you whether you will response positively on this challenge”, Lucman said to the different youth groups who participated in the launching held in Marawi Resort Hotel, Mindanao State University (MSU) main campus. Regional Environment Secretary Kahal Q. Kedtag said the DENR-ARMM, since the very beginning, pledge to support the reform agenda of the regional governor Mujiv Hataman which includes environment protection. He also said that they are working hand in hand with other line agencies of the government to ensure that their programs and projects are environmentally friendly and sound. “Our mandate of ensuring sustainable development of the region and the promotion of environment sustainability and protection remains to be at the fore THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

front of our programs and projects”, reiterated Kedtag. He said he is happy that the Office of the ARMM Regional Vice Governor of took the step in bridging the youth to the environment and instilling in the mindset of youth that they have also the responsibility towards the environment. During the launching, lectures on climate change and tree planting, as well as, the state of Lake Lanao and related issues and concerns were presented by name DENR Provincial Director Cosain Abbas and PENRO Pipalawan Naga, respectively. Dr. Asnawil Ronsing, professor and director of Shariah Center of MSU-Main Campus, also tackled the Islamic perspective in preserving the environment. The ECOWATCH launching was attended by 190 advocates of environmental protection comprising of students, youth leaders, and civil society organizations in the province.

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OSYs in Lanao del Sur to benefit from TESDA, BEAM and Synergia partnership by: Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - An additional 1,000 out-of-school youth (OSY) will benefit from a new skills training project that will start next month.

The OSY training project aims to provide an avenue for OSYs to become productive members of the community, said TESDA Provincial Director Tarhata S. Mapandi during the “Ozor ka, Ranao!” program aired Monday, November 18, over DxSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi. Mapandi said the training project is a joint undertaking of the Basic Education Assistance in Mindanao (BEAM), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Synergia Foundation. It will be implemented in Marawi THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

City and seven Synergia-partnered municipalities like Ganassi, Kapatagan, Saguiaran, Mulondo, Taraka, Balindong, and Calanogas, she said. But Mapandi added that she has also requested for slots or inclusion of OSYs in farflung areas of the province. She said the six-month training which they hope to finish in May 2014 is geared towards wage and self employment. “Ozor ka, Ranao!” is a one-hour radio program of Philippine Information Agency and Philippine Broadcasting Service aims to provide people with information and updates on various efforts to bring development and prosperity in the province. It is aired live over DxSO Radyo ng Bayan Marawi, 8am to 9am, every first and third Monday of the month.

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ARMM Gov. Hataman receives outstanding governorship award

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman is one of this year’s awardees for Outstanding Governorship given by an international organization, Wednesday, November 13, in Metro Manila. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

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Hataman received the coveted Outstanding Governorship Award from the Superbrands Marketing Incorporated (SMI), an organization founded in 1994 in United Kingdom with 90 member countries. Hataman is the sole Moro governor among the six awardees that include Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto. “I would like to thank those who make up the Superbrands Marketing Incorporated or SMI for giving recognition to the Outstanding Governors for 2013,” Hataman said on his speech during the awarding ceremony. He said he is elated to be among those chosen to receive the award this year. “If I am not mistaken, I am the first Muslim or Moro leader, as far as I know, to receive this award. I would take this as a great honor not only for myself but for the entire Bangsamoro,” he said. The award, according to SMI, serves as testimony of Filipinos’ commitment to excellence. Hataman is known for initiating reforms in the graft-ridden 24year old regional bureaucracy and was touted by President Benigno Aquino III as ‘ghostbuster’ for his efforts in combating ghost teachers and schools that led to hundreds of millions of savings in the region’s education department. “The key to our service is our THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

loyalty to our duty, determination to right the wrong, decision to reform a rotten system and a firm belief in the capability of our people. In a short period, we have shown that change can happen in ARMM,” Hataman said. The regional chief executive also reiterated his all-out support to the ongoing peace negotiations in the south. “As of now, we are preparing ARMM for the coming of a final peace agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and our government. We look forward to a peaceful and better tomorrow with the coming of the Bangsamoro,” he said. Hataman, who earlier announced that his government will send a humanitarian team to Visayas, sent his message of solidarity to all those affected by the super storm Yolanda. “In closing, I would like to express our solidarity with all the provinces devastated by typhoon Yolanda. We in ARMM send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of those who perished in the typhoon. Let us show at times like this our unity as a nation, who cares and supports each other whether there is a calamity or not,” he said. (Bureau of Public Information-ARMM)

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One Mindanao - November 21, 2013