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Government asks group to reconsider demand for tax holiday, Palace says


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Police visibility intensifies in Misamis Occidental cemeteries on Undas Rutchie C. Aguhob

4ID formally accepts 36 former NPA rebels 4ID



CENRO reports status of illegal logging cases filed in court


Caraga’s entry for Best Sanitation Practices is from SurSur

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Schools in Gensan receive chairs from RD Foundation Danilo E. Doguiles

Dengue cases in Region 12 exceeds 11,000 Dani Doguiles



Construction of Tagum’s multi-specie hatchery to start soon Louie Lapat

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 54


DepEd, JollibeeFoundation — hand in hand to keep kids in school and fight malnutrition By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy


epartment of Education (DepEd) here and fastfood giant Jollibeeworked hand in handinfighting malnutrition through Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) school feeding programto help kids stay in school.

Joseph Tanbuntiong, president of Jollibee Philippines,ledlocal government officials,teachers, and other Jollibee officers in serving nutritious meals to pupils of Malaybalay City Central School during the conduct of the company’s BLT feeding program as they opened recentlythe 1,500 square-meter store, the second branch in this city, and also the 800th in the country. “BLTis a comprehensive feeding and parents’ education program implemented for 136 school days or eight months, from July to March, per school year. It aims to combat chronic malnutrition, improve attendance, and nutritional status of schoolchildren

especially in remote communities where dropout in primary grades is prevalent due to malnourishment,” Tabuntiong said. The BLT HealthyRecipe DepEd and Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) used the healthy recipes prepared by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the

Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The recipes include some 30 preparations using vegetables and alternatives, which include malunggay, creamy squash-carrot soup, malu-lollipop with pickled papaya and vegetable omelette, among others. Ana Aluyen, Jollibee RegionalBusiness Unit head for Mindanao, said they are using the FNRI-DOST recipes in their feeding programs as it is proven healthy. She said the JGF have compiled these for the use of parents and their partners for years and found that pupils fed with these meals have improved well, as shown inrecords monitored by local government health and nutrition workers.

Malaybalay City Central School (31 pupils), Casisang Central School (15 pupils), Kalasungay Central School (23 pupils), Bangcud Central School (18 pupils), and Managok Elementary School (22 pupils). These pupils he said were listed under “below normal weight-for-age” nutrition status. He saidthere are latest study results that say, a poor feeding habit, not lack of food, is the main cause of child malnutrition. Malnutrition is the condition that results from eating a diet in which certain nutrients are lacking, or in the wrong proportions. Hence, DepEd Malaybalay City Division workforce,

Combating Malnutrition In July 17 this year, Malaybalay city government and Jollibee sponsored a “BLT daily hotmeal lunch”for 136 feeding days in five public schools here. Schools Division Superintendent Edilberto Oplenaria ofDepEd Division of Malaybalay, said this helped 109 pupils in grades 1 to 3 of the schools namely 5

in coordination with Malaybalay city government as local implementing partner (LIP), will facilitate efficient operation of this needed BLT feeding programby JGF until its completion in March 2014because this is part of the Division’s quest to integrate health and nutrition projects that would remarkably sway learners’ school performance, Oplenaria said. In response, Tanbuntiong said the program is open to all. He said they started BLT but it is not something that they keep only to themselves because they need to work with partners who will directly implement and provide

complementary services such as feeding facility, medical and dental check-up, deworming, and workforce for monthly monitoring of nutritional status of BLT-served pupils. “They can copy the concept, join us or whatever, we don’t mind because the program is worth replicated in more public schools,” he said. Meanwhile, Malaybalay city government, represented by Vice Mayor Roland Deticio who joined in the feeding activity, said “this is a major milestone that connects the city government and JGF’s initiative in promoting good health among schoolchildren, which is also in response to the national government’s call for LGUs and the private sector to go into more public-private partnership (PPP) to help improve lives.”

President Aquino open to holding dialogue with groups opposed to DAP, Palace says


resident Benigno S. Aquino is open to holding a dialogue with groups who are still contesting the administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) despite his frequent explanations on the matter these past few weeks, Malacañang said.

In an interview over governmentrun radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan Sunday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the President is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

willing to take suggestions from concerned citizens anytime to address their issues on DAP as he had already manifested in his televised speech last week. “Bukas po ang Pangulo na makipag-


diyalogo sa ating mga mamamayan. Ang pagtatalumpati niya on nationwide television at iba pang mga broadcast facilities ay pagpapakita ng kanyang pagiging bukas at ng kanyang kahandaan sa pakikipag-diyalogo at pakikipagugnayan sa ating mga kababayan. Siya po ay handang tumanggap ng kanilang mga suhestiyon at sa lahat ng pagkakataon po ay nais niyang malaman ang saloobin ng mga mamamayan,” Coloma stated. Coloma, meanwhile, reiterated the Aquino administration’s commitment to prosecute those involved in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or ‘pork barrel’ scam even without the so-called ‘100-day deadline’ being imposed by some sectors. He said Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice is already preparing the necessary documents for the second complaint or information to be filed against the concerned individuals in the PDAF scam before the Office of the Ombudsman soon. Even public officials who are allied with the administration would not be spared from the process, Coloma said, as President Aquino specifically MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

instructed all agencies tasked to investigate the case to “let the evidence point to the direction of the inquiry.” “Ang pinagbabatayan po ng pagsasampa ng kaso at ng impormasyon o ng complaint ay kung ano po ang isinasaad na ebidensya. At ang konsepto po ng katarungan dito po sa administrasyong Aquino ay ‘yun pong nakikita nating nakapiring na lady justice. Wala po itong sini-sino, wala po itong kinikilala kung ano man ang political affiliation, ano man ang posisyon o estado sa lipunan. Kinakailangan po ay pantay-pantay at patas ang paggawad ng hustisya,” Coloma stated. Coloma assured that the Aquino administration will provide “equal application of the law” and will handle this matter with utmost impartiality. “Sa lahat po ng ginagawa at isasagawa, ito po ang konsiderasyon natin: Ang equal application of the law at ‘yun pong kawalan ng diskriminasyon. Kinakailangan po ay maging batay sa ebidensya, batay sa katotohanan, katuwiran, at katarungan,” Coloma said. PND


Government asks group to reconsider demand for tax holiday, Palace says


he Aquino government called on business, civil society and workers groups to reconsider their position for a threemonth tax holiday following the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Sunday.

In an interview aired over governmentrun radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Coloma issued the statement after various groups joined the “Million People March” advocates to demand for a threemonth tax holiday not only to business firms but also to ordinary workers due to pork barrel controversy. “Kailangan po sigurong pag-aralan nila MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

nang husto dahil hindi po ito magiging kapaki-pakinabang at ang masasaktan po rito ay ang mga mamamayan ng ating bansa, lalong-lalo na po ‘yung mga dumaranas pa ng kahirapan na siyang recipients or beneficiaries ng malalaking pondo mula sa gobyerno na nanggaling din po sa taxpayers’ contribution,” Coloma said


“Siguro po dapat pag-isipan mabuti ng mga nagpapanukala ang idea na ito. Unang-una po, ang buwis po ang lifeblood ng ating economy. Ito pong ating gastusin sa national budget, ang malaking porsyento po nito ay pinopondohan ng mga buwis na binabayad ng mga mamamayan, Coloma stressed. The tax system in the Philippines appears to be sound, said Coloma, adding that the current system serves to encourage even greater interest and investments in our country. “Ang pangalawa pong konsiderasyon ay ito: Ang Pilipinas po ay meron nang isa sa mababang antas ng taxation as a percentage of GDP. Kung ihahambing sa kabuuan ng ating gross domestic product, maihahanay tayo doon sa mga bansang mababa ang porsyento o bahagdan ng GDP na accounted for by income taxes,” Coloma said. “Kaya mas mainam siguro na mapataas pa natin ang income tax collection ng ating bansa, kung gusto po talaga nating mapahusay ang takbo ng ating ekonomiya,” he said. Coloma said the Aquino government remains committed to uphold its good governance agenda. He said sound fiscal management and integrity-based MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

leadership has led to a resurgent economy in the face of uncertainties in the global arena. “Isa pa po, dahil sa mahusay na fiscal management ng ating pamahalaan at sa ating tinatawag na sound macroeconomic fundamentals ay nabigyan tayo ng investment grade rating. Ang investment grade rating ay parang seal of good housekeeping para sa Pilipinas,” he said. “At kasama na po sa mga factors involved diyan ang pag-reduce ng budget deficient and, in turn, the reduction of the budget deficit ay dahil sa napataas ng Bureau of Internal Revenue at ng Bureau of Customs, at ng iba pang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan ang ating revenue-generating effort. Kaya dapat po tingnan natin ito sa pangkalahatang perspektibo,” Coloma said. “Sa kabuuan naman po masasabi natin na ang mga taxpayers’ money ay nagagamit para sa mga kapakipakinabang na mga proyekto. Nagamit po ito sa imprastraktura, nagamit po ito sa school building projects, nagamit sa pagsasagawa ng mga social amelioration and poverty reduction programs, at marami pa pong mga programa,” he said. PND


DA 11 cites increasing demand for coco coir in Europe


here are still many opportunities in the coconut industry including the European market which has an increasing demand for coco coir and other coconut by-products. “Coco coir and its products have a Department of Agriculture 11 huge demand in European Countries, director Remelyn Recoter said. particularly in Netherlands,� The annual demand for coir MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


yarn in Western Europe is about 28,000 metric tons while its demand for coir rope is about 26,000 metric tons, she added. Recoter said Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands also have high demands for coco coir, estimated at four million doormats and 150,000 square meter of coir floor coverings. “Coir has a unique physical & technical characteristic that are highly desired in the manufacture of new industrial products for construction and engineering,� she said. It is also in demand for the fishing industry since it is buoyant, resistant to bacteria and salt water, making it suitable as marine cordage and for use in commercial marine culture. She said car manufacturers in the European Union, Japan and Korea need 137,000 metric tons of rubberized molded coir every year. Recoter said coconut is no longer just a source of food and drinks for the whole world. Aside from its popularity as a source of coco sugar, virgin coconut oil and base for cosmetics, she said, coconut is also becoming popular in horticulture for mulching and soil treatment medium, soil conditioner


and substrate. The coconut methyl ester and engine oil is being used locally as an alternative to diesel. Recoter said farmers in the Davao Region should take advantage of the growing world demand for coconut considering that it remains the top producer of coconut in the whole country for the last five years from 2008 to 2012. The Davao Region has a coconut production of 2,671,203.34 metric tons (MT) in 2008, 2,691,904.84 MT for 2009, 2,635,866.63 MT for 2010, 2,627,248.20MT for 2011 and 2,720,232.61 MT for 2012. This is followed by Northern Mindanao with a coconut production of 1,745,949.54MT in 2011 and 1,816,601.41MT in 2012 and by Zamboanga Peninsula with coconut production of 1,557,621.30MT in 2011 and 1,730,428.16MT for 2012. Recoter however admitted that coconut production in the region has fluctuated from 2008 to 2011 because of cyclical change and a reduction in areas harvested. The destruction of up to six million coconut trees in the region due to Typhoon Pablo in December 2012 is also expected to affect this year’s total coconut production. (PNA)


Alimyun Festival, a blanket of colorful blooms in celebrating All Saint’s Day by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – A strong Filipino trait for most Christians is the commemoration of the dead during All Soul’s Day and All Saints Day. Filipinos visit the gravesite of their dear departed with flowers and offerings.

The Alimyun Festival (refers to the fragrance of a flower) in Iligan is a yearly event of beauty which is also a tourist attraction since the flowers grouped together is a spectacular MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

sight of a blanket of colorful blooms adorning the festival grounds located along Consunji Street, this city. The event takes at least three to four days starting 31 October.


The festival ground is a market outlet of the city for the sale of cut flowers cultivated by farmers in the remote sitios of Mibolo and Mibala, this city. These farmers sell the flowers during All Saints’ Day directly to buyers which is a major boost to their income majority of them are women. The people of Iligan and visitors have a convenient place to purchase fresh and affordable flowers in a spectacular scene of colorful blooms blanketing the festival ground. Dr Melchora Ambalong, along with the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) and the Gender and Development (GAD) of Iligan, has conceptualized, planned and organized this festival starting 2005. Alimyun Festival is one of three Religious Cultural festivals for the three major communities living in Iligan. The Alimyon for the Christians, the Ka’amulan for the Higa-unon and the Eid’l Adha for the Maranaos. These highlighted the cultural and religious uniqueness of each

community, which aim to bridge understanding between these diverse communities. With understanding there is harmony, and with harmony there is peace. With peace there is ‘economic’ prosperity for all. Ambalong said they aimed to have a venue where Muslims, Christians and Higa-unons mingle as members of GAD Iligan working together in a friendly and relax atmosphere. The festival is spearheaded by the Gender-based Association for Development of Iligan (GAD-Iligan), an affiliate of MCW, in partnership with the Office of the Maranao Higaunun and other Cultural Communities supported by the City Mayors Office. In preparation for this event, the cut flower growers or farmers intensify their flower production starting June. These farmers not only supply the people of Iligan but also bring the flowers to Cagayan de Oro, Pagadian, Tangub even up to Zamboanga City and Dipolog.

Police visibility intensifies in Misamis Occidental cemeteries on Undas by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Philippine National Police in Misamis Occidental will intensify the conduct of police visibility and security patrols in bus terminals, airports, seaports, cemeteries and churches where large gathering of people are expected, this weekend. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


the buses. On the other hand, it will closely monitoring the traffic situation to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, in coordination with the traffic administration, the Highway Patrol Group and other volunteer organizations, such as Karancho, Barangay Patrol Action Teams, and other force multipliers. Also to be done by the MOPPO are the following: Designate safe parking areas in every cemetery of the province and provide traffic management and control along their routes. Conduct inspection of every This was assured by P/Sr. Supt. Jerry luggage entering the cemetery and C. Linsagan, Director of the Misamis motor vehicle or conveyance entering Occidental Provincial Police Office the designated parking area and (MOPPO) who said OPLAN 05/2013 employ plain clothes personnel to be “All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day 2013” on the look-out for suspicious and is now operational in the province. unattended and/or abandoned bags/ Under the plan, all Chiefs of packages. Police and Officers-in-Charge of the Continue the conduct of City/Municipal Police Stations will information drive with emphasis on establish Public Assistance Centers the “Do’s and Don’ts” in a bomb (PAC) in the areas to ensure a threat situation and how to avoid peaceful and orderly observance of being victimized by pickpockets, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on robbers, hold-uppers. Nov. 1 and 2, respectively. Also, that bringing or drinking Meanwhile, the MOPPO will of liquor inside the cemetery is undertake preemptive and preventive strictly prohibited, including firearms, actions and security measures to bladed weapons, firearms, explosives, deter, thwart enemy plans and gambling paraphernalia, activities, in coordination with the loudspeakers, etc. concerned government agencies, such as the Philippine Coast Guards Photo from http://www. (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority christinejohnsonbooks. (PPA), in the case of seaports and com/2010/12/holiday-madnessthe Terminals-in-Charge, in case of day-10/3-lit-candles-712347/ MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


4ID formally accepts 36 former NPA rebels by 4ID

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The Army’s 4th Infantry Division formally accepted, on October 31, 36 former rebels bringing with them 42 assorted firearms. Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental; Police Director Manuel Barcelona, Director, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Eastern Mindanao; Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno; PCSupt Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr, Police Regional Office (PRO-10) Regional Director; and Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, Regional Director, Department These former members of of Interior and Local Government National People’s Army (NPA) also (DILG)-10 and Secretariat, Regional received a total of P1,169,000.00 Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-10. through the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for cash remuneration on the different firearms they have turned-over to the government. The ceremony was graced by Lieutenant General Ricardo Rainier G Cruz, Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP together with Governor Adolf Edward Plaza of Agusan del Sur; Governor MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


Meanwhile, 4ID also lined-up activities for the former rebels before the formal ceremony. They underwent series of orientations with the different agencies of the government, values formation seminar and team building activities to boost their confidence in joining the mainstream society. All of the 36 surrenderees were regular members of the NPA rebels operating in the hinter areas of Caraga and Region 10, composed of 17 individuals from Agusan del Sur, six from Bukidnon, six from Surigao del Sur, three from Surigao del Norte, two from Agusan del Norte and one from the province of Misamis Oriental. The surrenderees brought along with them 42 assorted high and low powered firearms to include: AK 47’s, M14, M16A1, Garand rifles, cal. 30 carbine and a Squad automatic weapon (SAW), SMG’s cal.45 pistols and a caliber 38 revolver. “We in the 4th Infantry Division are very much happy to welcome our MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

brothers and sisters who have finally decided to return to the folds of the law. We know that they have been led a life full of hardships they endured while they were still in the mountains fighting against their brother Filipinos. We are very thankful to them that they gave up their arms and wants to start living a normal life back to their loved ones and families,” Brig. Gen. Ricardo Visaya, Commander, 4th Infantry Division said. “Binabati ko rin at binibigyang pugay ang ating mga kasundaluhan sa 4th Infantry Division. Malaki ang papel na inyong ginampanan upang mahikayat ang ating mga kapatid na iwanan ang kanilang kilusan at mamuhay tulad natin ng malaya at mapayapa.” (I commend our soldiers of 4ID. You have an enormous task to encourage our brothers to leave the revolutionary and live free and peacefully) LtGen Cruz praised. To all our officers and men, let us continue to perform our mandated mission that is to protect the people and their communities in a renewed campaign through peaceful means. To all our peace partners, let us continue to work together to finally achieve a genuine peace and development, he added.


P1M worth of drugs, marijuana burned in Butuan City by Noel Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- Almost P1 million pesos worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride, known as “shabu,” and marijuana were burned and destroyed at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional office here on Tuesday.



In the press forum following the activity, PDEA Regional Director Erwin Ogario said the burning of the drugs and other evidences on resolved cases in the region include 82.6837 grams of shabu worth P702,811 and 6.478 kilos of marijuana worth P226,736, or a total value of P929,547. The guest of honor during the activity was Undersecretary Arturo C. Cacdac, Jr., the Director General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Other guests were City Chief Prosecutor Aljay Go, PNP Region 13 Director, CSupt. Getulio Napenas; and PDEA 13 Regional Dir. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

Erwin S. Ogario, RTC executive judge Francisco Maclang; and RTC Branch 4 presiding judge Godofredo B. Abul Jr. In his message, Cacdac enjoined every sector to help law enforcement agencies in fighting against the illegal drug menace.


CENRO reports status of illegal logging cases filed in court by Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR -- At least four cases against illegal loggers filed in the province have resulted in conviction, said Bislig City Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Forester Michael Montalban during the Provincial Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee (PMFPC) meeting held Thursday, Oct. 31 at the municipality of Cantilan, this province. Montalban said the of PMFPC who attended this implementation of the Executive year’s first conference conducted Order 23 has resulted to outside the city of Tandag. the apprehension of around Upon his assumption to CENRO 29,217.15 board feet of lumber Cantilan, Oconer said, based on their and 377.72 cubic meters of logs data, the illegal logging activities under his area of responsibility. have been neutralized this year as EO 23 declared a Moratorium compared from the previous years. on Cutting and Harvesting of There are four CENR offices in Timber in the Natural and Residual Surigao del Sur based in Bislig City, Forest and Creating the Anti- Lianga, Tandag City and Cantilan Illegal Logging Task Force, it was that strictly implemented the EO signed by President Benigno S. 23 under the supervision of the Aquino III on February, 2011. Department of Environment and Meanwhile, CENR officer Natural Resources – Provincial Joseph Leo Oconer being the Environment and Natural host, welcomed the members Resources (DENR-PENR) office. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


Caraga’s entry for Best Sanitation Practices is from SurSur by Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR -- A barangay in San Agustin town, this province is the official entry of Caraga region for this year’s National Search for the Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices (NSBBSP). Provincial Health Officer Dr. Algerico Irizari said that Barangay Pongon, San Agustin was proclaimed as regional winner in the just concluded competition in the regional level last week in Butuan City. “Barangay Pong-on will be the region’s entry for this year’s search,” said Irizari. In an interview, PHO Supervising Sanitation Inspector Rodrigo Gordo said that the evaluation for the national competition will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 30 where the team from the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Office will be doing an assessment. Since 2008, Surigao del Sur has been sending an official entry for the national competition to represent the region. In 2008, Barangay Tawagan of Cagwait town and MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

Barangay Sasa of Hinatuan town in 2009 both are national awardees. Barangay Babuyan in Carrascal town was a 3rd placer in 2010 competition while Barangay Mararag of Marihatag in 2011 and Barangay Maticdum of Tandag City in 2012 both proclaimed as National awardee, respectively. The annual search for Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices is part of the DOH advocacy to give recognition to the local government units at the barangay level that seriously included sanitation as one of their priority programs. DOH is now on its 6th year of implementation that envision to boost accelerate the local government and community in addressing sanitation problem.


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Shabu remains the most abused drug in Region 12 -- PDEA

By: Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 12 confirmed that shabu remains the most abused drug in Region 12.



PDEA-12 assistant regional director Atty. Ronniel Pe said that because of the massive availability of shabu in Region 12, it has become a lucrative business for some people in the area. “Shabu is still the most common abused drug in the region,” Pe said. He revealed that supply of shabu usually comes from Cotabato City being transported to some parts of the region like Kidapawan City, Tacurong City, Koronadal City, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, Glan, Sarangani, among others. The supply of Marijuana, he said comes from Sarangani, Colombio in Sultan Kudarat, Tampakan and T’boli in South Cotabato. In General Santos City, PDEA agents, according to him, are focusing their tight watch on Silway, being touted as “drug den” for its big number of users and peddlers. Pe also cited the importance of community vigilance saying that one may know or sense if there’s a drug laboratory operating in an area. An indication, he said is when there’s a visible destruction of trees that surround a house and a stinky smell of water and a rise in the electricity bill. While appreciating some members of community for their involvement in the monitoring and reporting of suspicious people and their activities, Pe also urged the others who are still “passive” to do their part in helping the agency apprehend illegal drug dealers and MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

users and more so in helping agents accost drug dens and laboratories. PDEA-12 maintains that it will continue to do its mandate in keeping drug criminals at bay. Atty. Pe said the anti-illegal drug campaign of the agency remains to be at the fore as it benefits all ages and gender especially the youth and other vulnerable sectors of society. Pe also said that PDEA is working hard, stepping up its efforts on the areas of intelligence and surveillance to reduce the supplies of illegal drugs like shabu and marijuana that are commonly sold and popular among users. The agency is also hopeful for the establishment of a Drug Rehabilitation Center in the region that will cater to the needs of victims of illegal drugs. Likewise Pe is looking forward to the creation of a “drug court” in the region. According to him, a drug court focused on just the issues of illegal drugs would be a welcome development as it is important for the speedy resolution of cases lamenting for a number of cases that are either stagnant or too slow. Should this be taken into consideration, there’ll be no long wait for the victims or suspects to know the fate they would be in, he said. (CT Apelacio, PIA-12 General Santos City)


Schools in Gensan receive chairs from RD Foundation By: Danilo E. Doguiles GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Two elementary schools in General Santos City recently received over 700 armchairs from RD Foundation Inc.

RD Foundation general manager Rodrigo Rivera, who is the father of Gensan City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, on October 23 led the turnover of 294 chairs to Bula Central Elementary School and 132 chairs to Jose Divinagracia Sr. Elementary School. Both schools are located in Barangay Bula. At the Armchairs Project turnover ceremony at Bula Central Elementary School, the older Rivera told attendees that the donation was only a part of the mayor’s commitment to augment the over 7,000 deficiency in armchairs in the city’s public schools as reported by the Department of Education (DepEd). “With this donation of armchairs, we hope to address the pressing need of our schoolchildren in their academic learning,” he said. The Armchairs Project is an initiative under the Alay sa Kabataan Lahat ng Alaga at Talino (AKLAT) Program of the City Mayor’s Office. AKLAT aims at improving the performance of schools and schoolchildren through a publicprivate partnership in the provision of classrooms, books, and other MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

school needs. Mayor Rivera prioritizes children as the recipients of his three main agenda: health, education, and modified social services. The mayor’s father also pointed out that the Rivera family has already committed to the fulfillment of the endeavor by the city mayor. For this particular project the foundation nearly P300,000 with help from donors and partners of RD Group of Companies. Aside from the public schools, skilled persons with disability (PWDs) also benefited from the said project because PWDs construct the armchairs as their livelihood under the “Edukasyon Mo, Kabuhayan Mo” program. RD Foundation Inc. is a corporate social arm of the RD Group of Companies and the Rivera Family in this city. As a development catalyst, RD Foundation carries out programs in education, livelihood for cultural communities, basic health and social services, environment, and evangelism and outreach ministry program. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with IJMLagare-GenSan Information Office)


Dengue cases in Region 12 exceeds 11,000 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY , South Cotabato -- As of October 19 this year, dengue fever has affected 11,458 individuals in Soccksargen Region, according to a report released by the Department of Health – Center for Health Development in Soccsksargen Region (DOH-CHD 12). According to the report from the department’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), the number of cases is 221% higher compared to that on the same period (42nd week) last year. “Areas with highest reported cases were North Cotabato (28%), General Santos City (24%), and South Cotabato (23%),” the same report noted. In actual numbers, these translated to 3,207 individuals in North Cotabato, 2,733 in Gensan, and 2,645 in South Cotbato. Ages of those affected by the mosquito-borne disease ranged from 11 days old to 93 years old. Highest increase in dengue cases was recorded from Sarangani which had 1,879 cases on the 42nd week this year as compared to only 265 cases on the same period in 2012. Sixty deaths were also reported, which is almost double to 39 fatalities recorded on the same period in 2012. Of these, 21 were reported from Gensan, 14 from Sarangani, 12 from North Cotabato, 9 from South Cotabato, 3 from Sultan Kudarat, and 1 from Cotabato City. Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., head of the Integrated Provincial Health Office in South Cotabato, earlier described the MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013

over 200% rise in dengue in the province as alarming. He pointed out that this should serve as a wakeup call for communities to strengthen campaign against the mosquito-borne disease. “Seeking and destroying breeding areas of mosquitoes remains the best measure to control the spread of dengue virus,” Dr. Aturdido said. He said massive information campaign to educate the public of the control and prevention of dengue remains one of the important activities of health officials across the province. However, Dr. Aturdido emphasized, no amount of effort in holding anti-dengue campaigns and distribution of information, education and communication materials by health officials could result in the reduction of dengue cases if residents in communities would not actively participate in the ridding their villages of breeding places of mosquitoes. Dr. Aturdido also repeatedly reminded the public to immediately seek medical attention when experiencing symptoms of the infection, such as fever that lasts for two days or more. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)


Public warned against sustained hike in dengue cases in Davao City by Joey Dalumpines

sa SM City, Divine Hilario, information and education officer of the DOH 11 said a total of 9,593 cases with 60 deaths had been attributed to dengue as of October this year, higher by 1,181 cases but lower by 30 deaths compared to the same period in DAVAO CITY-An official of the 2012, with 8,412 cases and 90 Department of Health (DOH) in deaths. Davao Region urged the public She said the DOH surveillance to continue to be vigilant against unit acquired the data from the dengue-carrying mosquitoes as their monitoring showed sustained different sentinel hospitals where increase in dengue cases in Davao these cases were attended. “This year’s cases may be City as of October 30, 2013. Speaking at the Kapehan more but the number of deaths MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013


declined. We are glad that the mortality rate is lower despite the increase in number of cases,” Hilario said. Hilario stressed there is no let up in informing the public, particularly on the precautionary measures to prevent dengue. She attributed the lower mortality rate to the information drive warning the public on the ways to prevent the disease. Hilario said the Health Department aims to reduce the number of fatalities due to dengue before the year ends despite the occurrence of heavy downpour and floods. She said most cases were monitored in Buhangin District with 1,002 and seven deaths, followed by Talomo South and North with 971 and five deaths

and 733 with three deaths, respectively. Hilario said Agdao District also registered 535 cases with zero fatality, followed by District B with 344 cases and one death, Bunawan with 314 cases and three deaths, and Calinan with 300 cases and four deaths. She urged the public to be wary of water-borne diseases brought about by flooding like Leptospirosis. Hilario said six cases of Leptospirosis were monitored since October 2013. “Avoid wading in floodwaters and wear boots once you need to immerse to avoid infection,” she pointed out. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

facts and figures 9.593


total dengue cases recorded as of October in Davao City.


Construction of Tagum’s multi-specie hatchery to start soon CITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE—This city’s local government through the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO) is now on the move for the construction of a community-based multi-species hatchery in Barangay Liboganon.

The said facility is worth 1.2 million pesos and is funded by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources under the Department of Agriculture. The site where the multispecies hatchery will soon rise is actually a land owned by the Obero Family along the shoreline of Barangay Liboganon, adjacent to the CAGRO sub-office Obero family authorized the city government to use the land through the signing of the deed of usufruct between the local government and their family represented by Mrs. Denia D. Obero. The signing of the deed of usufruct was done last November 4, 2013 with Mayor Allan Rellon and Mrs. Obero affixing their signatures in front of the city hall employees gathered for their monthly convocation program. C ity Agriculturist Engr. Harold


S. Dawa said the construction of the hatchery will begin immediately and is geared towards the vision of increasing the yield of fisherfolks in the coastal areas of the city, especially that their mandate is refocused on food security under Mayor Rellon’s administration. Dawa bared it will be fully operational by the first quarter of year 2014. Once operational, the hatchery will be the center for propagation of species, which will then be distributed to qualified fisherfolks and farmers. This is part of BFAR’s Philippine National Aquasilviculture Program (PNAP) that aims to ensure resource sustainability attain food security and alleviate poverty. The local government under the leadership of Mayor Rellon fully supported the construction of the multi-species hatchery facility since this is line with the advocacy of the local chief executive on agriculture as included in the EAGLE WINGS Program. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)


One Mindanao - November 4, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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