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O UR COVER Local film development council for Davao eyed

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Aquino, Prime Minister Abe discuss digital TV system shift during bilateral meeting

WESTERN MINDANAO

Flash flood destroys houses in Isabela City Rene V. Carbayas

PNP-CIDG files raps vs. Misuari et al. Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

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PDRRMC AgSur convenes to finalize update of Disaster Risk Reduction Plan David M. Suyao

PNP-13 intensifies security on barangay elections Venus L. Garcia

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Comelec calls on public to browse list of 3-termer barangay captains

Rutchie C. Aguhob

Biz forum to hasten CdeO competitiveness as reg’l trade, investment hub CIO

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Islamic faithful set for the Feast of Sacrifice on Oct 15 Joey Sem G. Dalumpine

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Advocates call for support on initiatives for children’s health, nutrition Shahana Joy E. Duerme

Barangays in Koronadal City to give shares for Oct 28 polls Danilo E. Doguiles

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COVER STORY Local film development council for Davao eyed By RG Alama

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Davao City Councilor is proposing through an ordinance the creation of the Film Development Council of Davao City.

international films. Last August, a big South Korean film production company shot several important scenes in Davao City and Davao del Norte which starred popular Korean stars, with the support of the Department of Tourism which is marketing the region as an alternative film location for the lucrative South The resolution was introduced by first district Councilor Leonardo Avila during the October 1 Sangguniang Panglungsod (City Council) session. According to the resolution of Councilor Avila, there is already a thriving film industry in Davao City which has become a favourite destination for location shoots, both for national and


Korean film industry. Aside from film locations, the Sineng Pambansa (National Film Festival) of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) was held last year in Davao City, aside from the Sineng Pambansa, the city also hosts the Mindanao Film Festival which is the longest running independent film festival in the country. According to Avila, there is a need for the local government to support film industry and harness its potentials. Last year the City Government and the FDCP

unveiled the Davao Cinematheque, a 120-seater theatre aimed at showing world cinema and Filipino movie classics to the public for free. One of the guests at the City Council session was renowned film director Brillante Mendoza who who during a session recess urged the City Government to support the proposal of Councilor Avila noting the enthusiasm of many Dabawenyos for cinema. Mendoza, the only Filipino director to win the best director prize in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is currently on a tour among Davao City schools. Avila’s proposal which was treated as the resolution’s first reading was given to the City Council’s Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Arts chaired by Councilor Maria Belen Acosta for further hearings.

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Aquino says Philippines strong enough to handle impact of US financial troubles

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potential US financial meltdown is unlikely and in case it happens, the Philippines is prepared to handle it, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday.

“There are these several steps that have been done by both the economic cluster and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and they can explain the technical... the technical aspects of how we are cushioning the effects,” the President during an interview by the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here Wednesday. “The world’s biggest economy turns belly up, how can you actually protect yourself? But I don’t think that will happen,” he added. The President said even US Secretary of State John Kerry said that this is just an excess of politics in the US and every THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

American politician knows the consequences of a prolonged government shut down and a default. For his part, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said the default is something that is unthinkable, but nevertheless, the Philippine government is preparing for any eventuality by making sure that the country is in a flexible position such as in its liquidity position. “Everyone’s affected, as the President said. But the good thing about the Philippines is that our OFWs are all over the world not just in the US,” Secretary Purisima noted. “Our BPO industry becomes stronger

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when times become difficult because of the need to become more competitive and more efficient, and then tourism is increasingly becoming an important consideration,” he added. The credit risk of the country has also improved as a result of recent investment rating upgrades, Purisima said. “In fact, when we did the auction the other day, we borrowed at a lower cost

than the US for the first time. This is an anomaly but it was—we borrowed for 90 days at one basis point; the US borrows at two basis points,” he added. President Aquino also said that in times of turmoil, investors try to find safe harbor, and bringing their money to the Philippines is better because of the country’s more stable financial environment. PND

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he Philippines may prefer using the Japanese standard when the country shifts to digital terrestrial television (DTV), said President Benigno S. Aquino III who talked with his Japanese counterpart here during a bilateral meeting on Wednesday. In an interview with the Philippine media at the Philippine Embassy here Wednesday night, the President said he told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the government study on the planned transition THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

to another TV standard. The technical working group has completed their assessment, and the stakeholders proposed that the Philippines adopt the Japanese system, the President

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“May last step na gagawin ang NTC which is to hold a hearing among the stakeholders who were actually the proponents. So parang we are migrating to the Japanese digital standards—that’s one thing we discussed,” he said. To finalize the process, the President said the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will call for a final hearing among the stakeholders. This will be the last bureaucratic step necessary for the transition, he added. The reason why Philippine industry experts prefer the Japanese standard is its ability for an emergency broadcast during emergencies, he said. “We are told that it was used during the Fukushima incident. Yung Shinkansen bullet trains managed to stop x number of seconds on a minute prior to the earthquake hitting, (and) saved lives; ‘yung ability to turn on television sets to broadcast this warning maski na naka-off,” the President explained. On the other hand, the proponents of the European system said they could also come up with the same system with similar THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

capability. But what makes it advantageous for the Japanese system is that Japan is frequently visited by disasters like the Philippines and it has used the system on those occasions, the President noted. “The European continent is not visited by the disasters that Japan and we are visited with. So they might be able to meet that need, whereas Japan has demonstrated that they are actually meeting this particular facility of service,” the President noted. A few months ago, the NTC endorsed to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) the adoption of the Japanese standard — Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial or ISDB-T standard — instead of Europe’s Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial 2 or DVBT2 for the Philippines’ migration to digital terrestrial TV by 2015. The NTC was supposed to issue the implementing rules and regulations for digital TV in July 2010 but was delayed following an order from the President for a review. As early as 2010, the agency issued an order adopting ISDB-T as the standard.

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ARMM sets aside P5-M for scholarship for region’s children

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utonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has ordered the release of P5 million for the region’s scholarship to help poor but academically qualified students. The program was in partnership with Amihilda Sangcopan, chief of staff the Commission on Higher Education of the Office of the Regional Governor (CHED) to be jointly implemented in (ORG), said Gov. Hataman has initially June 2014. allocated P5 million to start with the THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

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comprehensive scholarship project dubbed “Iskolar.” Sangcopan said the scholarship project is an expansion of the commission’s regular educational assistance thrusts. To date, there are 337 scholars presently studying in various schools with the help of CHED-ARMM. The “Iskolar” program, according to Sangcopan, is in line with the regional government’s “Kalusugan, Karunungan at Kabuhayan Handog ng ARMM” good governance advocacy. She said the ORG and CHED aim to have the Iskolar fully operational by the start of school year 2014-2015. Sangcopan said Hataman is open to any increase in the ORG’s funding for the program should there is a need to do so. “The P5 million the governor committed is just an initial grant. It can be increased as the project goes on and as the situation calls for it,” Sangcopan told reporters. Later this month, Sangcopan said a qualifying examination for scholarship grants will be administered in THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

designated testing centers across the autonomous region. Qualified to apply for the scholarship programs are sons and daughters of ARMM employees and children of members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “We all agree that education is very important. It can build a strong community of peace-loving people, that is ARMM Gov. Hataman had envisioned for the region,” Sangcopan said.

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Floods put Zambo City underwater; 5 deaths, P57.9-M crops damaged By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Five days of continuous rains have put some areas of the city underwater including its airport, an unprecedented phenomenon in the city’s history.

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“Por trenta anos yo aki ta keda, ara lang yan baha aki (for my 30 years of stay here, this is the first time that flood hits here),” said Katherine, a resident of Tetuan whose area and neighbouring compound were submerged in a waist-deep flood. As of yesterday, death toll due to the massive floods rose to five. “The victims either drowned to death due to rampaging waters or were electrocuted at the height of the flash floods,” reported City Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias. The fatalities were reported in barangays Putik, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Tugbungan and Tumaga. Meanwhile, City Agriculturist Diosado Palacat reported that some THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

6.47 hectares of farmlands and fishponds were inundated causing damage to agricultural crops and fishery products at more or less P57.9 million. “The hardest hit is the fishery sector that includes fishponds and seaweed covering a total of 4.4 hectares with an estimated damage amounting to P36.14 million. The remaining 2.03 hectares cover agricultural crops that include rice, corn and assorted vegetables with a damage estimated to reach P21.84 million,” said Palacat in his initial report to Mayor Beng Climaco. Of the total area inundated, only 1.38 hectares could possibly recover, according to Palacat.

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Flash flood destroys houses in Isabela City By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Flashfloods brought about by continuous rains destroyed some communities near the Aguada riverbanks in the city. At least 12 houses were destroyed Tuesday when ravaging waters suddenly rushed downstream and washed out communities along riverbanks particularly at Purok 2 in Barangay Aguada. Survivors recounted that at around 7a.m. heavy rains immediately swelled the Aguada river and residents began to vacate and move to higher grounds with their women and children. Witnesses said some three THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

houses were carried by the river downstream as chocolate brown water flowed down with boulders and logs from upstream. Edwin Ferrer, who watched his house being slowly carried by the river, said that when it swelled neckdeep he immediately evacuated his family to higher grounds. “When I returned to salvage some belongings, my house was already being carried by the river. I have not retrieved any of our

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belongings. But I am thankful that my wife and children are safe,� Ferrer said in a local dialect. He was one of those 30 families affected by the flashfloods. Affected families were told to vacate the area immediately and take shelter at the West Terminal of the city. Local authorities and the city social welfare have provided relief goods to the affected families. City Mayor Cherrylyn SantosAkbar immediately released advisory for all residents near the riverbanks to evacuate to higher grounds and directed emergency response teams to attend to the affected communities. Swelling of major river systems in Basilan was also observed. The Balagtasan River swelled and flooded the Baluno communities here, as floodwaters have reached the second floor of most houses and destroyed THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

the bridge there. The 15th Special Forces, 4th Special Force Battalion SFRA, SOCOM, of the Philippine Army immediately dispatched rescue teams to the area. Severe flooding and swelling of rivers were also reported in Lamitan City. Basilan Governor Jum Akbar also convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to an emergency meeting to address any untoward incident amid erratic weather condition. Records from the PDDRMC revealed that initially there were five barangays in Isabela City affected, namely: Baluno, Aguada, Timpul, Lanote (Bliss), and Sunrise with 600 families or 2,883 individuals, 17 houses totally damaged, and 68 houses partially damaged. Landslide also occurred at J. S.

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Alano Compound, Barangay Do単a Ramona T. Alano in Isabela City due to nonstop heavy rains. Aguada River broke its banks inundating riverside communities of Barangays Aguada, La Piedad, Lanote (Bliss), destroying some 48 houses at Purok 2 in Barangay Aguada (12 houses totally damaged, 36 partially damaged). Flooding in Lanote Bliss hit 18 houses (7 totally damaged, 11 partially damaged). Residents in Barangay Timpul brace THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

themselves for a possible landslide, as floodwaters continue to rise throughout the city. Six houses were partially damaged. In downtown Isabela, the City Hall building and the Basilan General Hospital were likewise inundated in flood waters. A total of 1,454 evacuees/ internally displaced persons from Barangays Aguada, Timpul and Lanote were initially reported by the PDRRMC.

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PNP-CIDG files raps vs. Misuari et al. By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY – Formal charges were filed against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Prof. Nur Misuari, his right hand Ustadz Habier Malik, and 63 others in relation to the three-week attack in the city. The Philippine National “There were acts under RA 9851 Police-Criminal Investigation and which were committed, included, Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) filed made, and happened during the on Monday charges of rebellion and three-week siege of the city.” violation of Republic Act 9851, or Prior to the filing of charges, the International Humanitarian Law Secretary De Lima said they would with the Zamboanga City Regional make sure that Misuari will be trial Court against Misuari, Malik indicted in these recent atrocities and company after the group staged unlike in the previous MNLF attacks a bloody attack, taking hostage where Misuari was not included 195 individuals and displacing over nor implicated in the case due to 110,000 others. insufficient evidence. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, “This time around, we are in her visit to the city last week, said: making sure that when the prosecutors file the information against Misuari et al, it is strong, that there is direction that will lead to the successful prosecution. And based on my evaluation of the evidence, I see that we can come up with a strong case against Misuari as it appears that there are several witnesses now that would prove the involvement of Misuari,” De Lima said. De Lima also disclosed that President Benigno S. Aquino III had instructed her to make sure that Misuari will be prosecuted. “The marching order of the President to make sure that the cases that will be filed against Misuari et al, this time, would be successful,” concluded the lady justice secretary. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

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Surigao del Sur to host 2014 CRAM by Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur will be hosting the forthcoming 17th Caraga Regional Athletic Meet (CRAM) on 2014.

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The formal declaration was revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 9 by Department of Education (DepEd) Caraga Regional Director Atty. Alberto Escobarte in time of the ceremonial turn-over over of the Regional Sports Banner. Cabadbaran City Mayor Dale Corvera, in his message, said “the hosting of the 16th CRAM was a dramatic one… Deep in my heart, I know that Surigao del Sur is much better host than Cabadbaran City.” This year’s CRAM

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was hosted by Cabadbaran City. Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel, on the other hand, accepted the challenge and responsibility of hosting the very prestigious event to be held in Tandag City soon. Governor Pimentel said that the preparation for the sports complex facilities is about 68% of completion. It can be recalled that Surigao del Sur successfully hosted the Regional Athletic Meet in 1997, and Governor Pimentel was the Vice Governor during that time.

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PDRRMC AgSur convenes to finalize update of Disaster Risk Reduction Plan

by David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur-- Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here convened on Tuesday to finalize the updated Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Plan that would become the official provincial guide in order that duty holders could efficiently and effectively respond in times of calamities and disasters.

According to PDRRM Action Officer Roberto Natividad, the province of Agusan del Sur has considered only five major hazards that are experienced every year, and were made to be the basis in preparing the disaster plan. “The five major hazards that we observed here in Agusan del Sur are flood, typhoon earthquake, rain-induced landslide and armed conflict. In our last meeting, we THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

agree to focus on these five major hazards, and therefore, we have prepared a contingency plan in order that we can immediately and efficiently respond in case these hazards that cause disaster and calamities come,� Natividad said. According to Natividad, the updated plan covers the vision, mission and goals of the council in relation to occurrence of disasters and calamities. Considered first is

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the prevention or the mitigation plan, where massive tree planting and the establishment of the early warning system were considered. Second consideration is preparedness and according to Natividad, “this is where a contingency plan plays the most important role, including the forging of the Memorandum of Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding between civil society organizations and the private sector for strong partnership with the government.” “During the actual occurrence of any hazard, the response of the duty holders, and that is our council and the civil society volunteers comes in. We are therefore to deploy immediately the Damage Assessment needs Analysis teams in all levels in order to determine the extent of damages that the hazard brought. Response teams will also be deployed in order to handle the evacuation centers, while designating exclusive places or areas for livestock, poultry and pets in order for them not to be living together with evacuees for safety and health reason,” Natividad said. After the actual occurrence of hazard, rehabilitation and recovery will follow in order that affected families can return to normal life and recover from loses caused by the calamity. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

“Here, the Department of Education plays the most important role in order that they can establish even temporary learning space in the evacuation centers. Immediate repair and rehabilitation of power supply, water and irrigation system including communication facilities is much needed. Relocation area for those whose houses were damaged and were located in hazard prone areas is of much importance for affected families to recover and live a normal life,” Natividad added. For the contingency plan finalization, soft copies will be sent to all members to review and input any comment and suggestion so that it can be submitted to the RDRRMC on time next week.

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PNP-13 intensifies security on barangay elections by Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY -- The Philippine National Police-Police Regional Office-13 (PNP-PRO-13) has intensified security operations to deter the outbreak of violence in the forthcoming barangay elections on Oct 28.

PSSUPT Eugene Paguirigan, PRO13 chief of Regional Operations said that PRO-13 is intensifying the security posture in identified critical infrastructures and has also put forth efforts in target hardening of vital installations by mobilization of force multipliers, deployment of security personnel, and conduct of security surveys and inspection. “On public safety, our main concern is the security on economic key points, vital installations and areas of convergence. Adequate measures are in place to secure vital installations particularly in transport and communications,” Paguirigan said. Paguirigan said that there are closed-circuit television (CCTV) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

cameras already installed in strategic areas for monitoring and surveillance purposes and they have intensified police presence in crime-prone areas. According to him, the preparations likewise include the implementation of Daily Check Point Monitoring System (DCMS), conduct of a 24/7 strong checkpoint at strategic locations, and dissemination of Project “TIPSTER” (Text Information to the Police for Speedy and Timely Emergency Response), among others. “Part also of PRO 13’s election security plan are the outlined area security procedures and deployment strategies,” declared Paguirigan.

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OWWA awards model OFW families in Region 10 by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Six overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and their families were awarded Tuesday for being model OFW Family in their respective communities. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

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Spearheaded by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 10, the awarding and recognition of the model OFW families in the region were held October 8 in Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center, this city. Given special commendations were Rosalinda Suico-CostaĂąa and family from Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon for their success in managing meager resources and proper channeling

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of funds into sound investments which led to the financial stability of the family’s income generating projects. On the other hand, the family of Engr. Justino Capinpuyan Jr. of barangay Kauswagan here was commended for their support and contribution to all churchrelated activities for spiritual transformation and renewal of faith among Christian families in their community while E n g r.

Ramon Usaraga and family of barangay Maria Cristina in Iligan City was recognized for their involvement in implementing various projects and spearheading peoples’ organization activities geared toward the attainment of socio-cultural development of the community. Also recognized were the family of Alvan Magallones from Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon for their

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extraordinary display of courage and determination to succeed despite various challenges and trial brought before them, as well as, family of Capt. Rolando Mumar of Jasaan in Misamis Oriental for their success in establishing and implementing diversified business undertakings which generated employment opportunities and uplifted the economic plight of constituents within their community. Second Officer Mario Patalinghug and family of barangay Acmac in Iligan City were also commended for their perseverance, hard work and commitment in strengthening family values while maintaining financial stability. Costaña, Capinpuyan and Usaraga were the regional nominees for the land-based category of the

2013 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) while Magallones, Mumar and Patalinghug were the regional nominees for the sea-based category of the said annual awards. Harry Borres, officer-in-charge of OWWA-10, said the MOFYA aims to give proper recognition to OFWs and their families for their sacrifices and contributions in providing better lives for their families, communities and the helping in the country’s economic development. Meanwhile, the Usaraga and Patalinghug families were announced as the regional MOFYA winners and will represent the region in the national MOFYA under the land-based and seabased category, respectively. As incentives, the two families each received P20,000 cash prize and Globe smartphones.

Comelec calls on public to browse list of 3-termer barangay captains by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has called on the public to take action against possible candidates who are barred from running under the three-term rule. Such action can be done by browsing through the ”List of Punong Barangays Serving Three or More Consecutive Terms in Office,” Atty. Roy Prule M. Ebiza, Provincial THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

Election Supervisor (PES) of Misamis Occidental, said. Ebiza said the list is provided by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG),

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taking into account the data as of the 2010 Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (BSK) Elections. Meanwhile, the Comelec has reminded the candidates that a statement that they are eligible for the office that they seek to be elected, despite the fact that they had served for three (3) consecutive terms for the same government posts is a material misrepresentation. Such misrepresentation can be a ground for the cancellation of the certificate of candidacy (COC) or prosecution of an election offense for violation of Section 262 in relation to Section 74 of the Omnibus Election Code, Ebiza said. In Misamis Occidental, 72

out of 490 or 15 percent of the barangays have barangay captains who had served for three (3) or more consecutive terms in office, as shown in the list. Ebiza said the local government unit (LGU) with the most number of the three-termer barangay captains are the towns of Clarin and Tudela with seven , each, followed by Bonifacio, Tudela, Oroquieta City and Ozamiz City, with six, each. The other LGU’s had the following number of threetermer barangay captains: Aloran and Jimenez, five each, Lopez-Jaena, Panaon, Sinacaban and Tangub City, four, each, Baliangao, three, Don Victoriano, two and Calamba, Concepcion and Plaridel, one each.

Biz forum to hasten CdeO competitiveness as reg’l trade, investment hub by CIO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – In a bid to solidify Cagayan de Oro City’s strategic position as the regional center of Northern Mindanao, a business forum among local business executives and investment planners is set on Friday morning, October 11, 2013 at the Grand Caprice, this city. Expecting to grace the 2nd Oro BizCon, dubbed as Cagayan de Oro Stakeholders Forum, is City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno who will share the city government’s vision to achieve inclusive growth by advancing Cagayan de Oro City’s THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

competitiveness. During the business forum, Dr. Arturo G. Corpuz, senior vice president and head of urban, regional planning and land acquisition at Ayala Land, will impart to the participants his vast knowledge and

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expertise on Urbanization: a Framework for Competitiveness of Cagayan de Oro City. Department of Trade and

Regional Leader on Sustainable Development. The holding of the 2nd Oro BizCon is a joint undertaking of the City Government, United States Agency for International Development ( U S A I D ) , Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.

Industry undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya, on the other hand, will discuss the topic on ASEAN integration and the Local Entrepreneur: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Regional Markets.

Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, senior vice president of University of Asia and the Pacific, will talk about strategies on Moving the City as THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

(OroChamber). The business forum likewise serves as a parallel event of the OroBest Expo 2013 which will be held at the Limketkai Atrium on Oct. 11-13, 2013, showcasing successful business enterprises, trade and services of topnotch local industries, companies and business establishments in Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas in the region and Mindanao.

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Davao City plans river promenade, rehab of parks by Noel Baguio

DAVAO CITY- The City Government of Davao particularly the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) is eyeing the development of a river promTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

enade along the Davao River and the rehabilitation of existing public parks.

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river promenade plan to the City Planning and Development Office for approval. The plans will entail the continuation of the river promenade from Bolton Bridge up until Generoso Bridge. A river promenade was built at the riverbank beside Bolton Bridge but has been neglected, Madrazo said that the plan under the Davao River Development Program will have the promenade expanded. She said the promenade will be useful as view decks where people can watch fluvial parades. Future plans will include the expansion of the promenade into Madapo, an area beyond Generoso Bridge. She said that though the riverbanks of the proposed promenade are occupied with settlers, it has been identified as a permanent hazard area, and the settlers are eligible for relocation. Part of the plan is for the other side of the river bank to be covered with trellises and its banks planted with mangroves to hide illegal settlers and at the same time prevent them from throwing garbage along the river. A small river park is planned at the Tiongko Football Field just beside the Bolton Bridge. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

Madrazo said it will be developed as a coastal park. Madrazo hopes that the project will be implemented within three years during the term of incumbent City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Aside from River Promenade, Madrazo said they are proposing a budget of P2-million for the fencing of Osmeña Park, right beside the Sangguniang Panglungsod Building. Madrazo said they are planning to make Osmeña Park, a retiree park where kiosks, benches will be put up for the elderly visiting the park. She noticed that some people have been making the park as home or sleeping quarters to the detriment of other park goers thus the need to fence in the public space. If implemented Osmeña Park will be modelled after the People’s Park where there is an opening and closing time for park visitors. Another plan according to Madrazo is to meet subdivision owners and homeowner association presidents, where they are encouraged to plant trees in vacant lots and among roadsides, as part of the climate change adaptation strategy of the City Government. (PIA/RG Alama)

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Islamic faithful set for the Feast of Sacrifice on Oct 15 DAVAO CITY - All is set for the celebration of the feast of Eidul Adha, the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice on October 15. Aleem Jamal Munib, executive director of the Madrasa Program of Davao City said more than a thousand Muslim faithful will congregate at the Tionko Football Field in Barangay 76-A on Tuesday for the 6:30 am morning prayer and rites commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac to show his faith to God. He said the day also commemorates the end of the Hajj or the pilgrimage to the Holy land of Mecca and Medina. “It is a feast of Sacrifice and at the same time a feast of thanksgiving as God allows us to perform one of the five pillars of Islam which is to travel to the Holy Land,” Munib said. He explained that for the Muslim faithful, the day reminds them of the duty to share their treasures. Munib said that based on the Islamic faith, they emulate Abraham’s obedience to God by going out of his way even to sacrifice THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

his own son. He said that the feast of Sacrifice also gives the Muslim faithful the opportunity to ask forgiveness to Allah and to his neighbours. “We are inspired by the teachings that whoever is first to offer the hand of forgiveness is cherished by God,” Munib said. He said they may butcher several animals which might be distributed among themselves and to the poor after the community prayer. President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has declared October 15 as a national regular holiday in observance of the Eidul Ad-ha, one of the two important feast of Islam. Proclamation No. 658 series of 2013 states that based on Republic Act 9849, Oct. 15 is a regular holiday throughout the country in line with the celebration of the Feast of Sacrifice. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Gensan mayor bares development strategy in first 100 days report By: Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera on Tuesday bared his administration’s development strategy in his first 100 days report since he assumed his post as the new Chief Executive of the City. Rivera particularly talked about the “CLEAN Gensan” strategy or “Creating a Livable Environment for All Generals towards Nation building” which is anchored on good governance, progressive economy, and the partnership and synergy between and among local and national government agencies and the private sector. Part of the good governance, he said, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

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is people’s participation, and the integrity, transparency, accountability, and God-centeredness of the city government. Speaking in Cebuano, the mayor explained that his administration is also focused on promoting an investment positioning that would put Gensan as an agro-industrial hub aside from being the Tuna Capital of the country. For the partnership and synergy, he disclosed that the said developmental strategy is part of the Executive Legislative Agenda (ELA) of the city where the mayor and the Sangguniang Panlungsod are united towards one goal and direction. “Regardless of political affiliation, if you are for development you are part of the CLEAN Gensan,” he pointed out. Meanwhile, Rivera also disclosed the salient initiatives undertaken by his administration for the first 100 days in office. “We strengthened our team at (the) City Hall by developing synergy and empowering our department heads… We also established baselines for our services and we established guidelines and directions for the years to come,” he said. Rivera also disclosed that the local governance has started “building and establishing partnership” by opening the city hall to people, investors and visitors. Another initiative which he called an “initial intervention” is the proposed distribution of the 40-hectare relocation site for residents living in danger zones and for the other THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

informal settlers of the city. “I am happy to announce that more or less 1,818 households will be the beneficiaries of our project,” he enthused. Moreover, the mayor also reported on the “strengthened peace and security programs” of the city like the new Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), the arrival of new ambulance, and the creation of hotline numbers of the city rescue units through a partnership with telecommunication companies in “establishing emergency response system for disasters, accidents and security concerns.” The mayor also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the management of Brigada Mass Media Corporation for the use of “their eyein-the-sky” CCTV cameras to monitor the peace and order situation of the city. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan)

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Advocates call for support on initiatives for children’s health, nutrition

By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato --Child advocates from different program areas of the Save the Children in Mindanao have called for support on strengthening initiatives to combat problems on children’s health and nutrition.

Karen Joy Largo, one of the advocates said that among the pressing issues that concerned agencies should look into is the child mortality or the death of infants under five years old. Largo noted that agencies and organizations should work together to find solutions to the problem because survival of children, who have been tagged as the hope of the nation, is important. Aside from child mortality, Save the Children advocates also identified malnutrition and the lack of health services and facilities as problems that the government should address. They emphasized that the government should allot additional budget for accessible health services and facilities as well as for skilled health workers particularly to farflung areas. To strengthen the call, the Save the Children in Mindanao will be participating in the Global Day for Action-2013 Race for Survival on October 18 this year at the South Cotabato Sports Complex. Pailyn Tan, head of THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

communications, said that it will be their second time to join the global event as means of airing the voices of Mindanao youth to speak out health issues that hunt the children. The global event, according to Tan will be participated by more than 50,000 kids from more than 40 countries around the globe. In the Philippines, the event will be joined by 160 children ages 11 to 13 and from the provinces of South and North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Maguindanao, Agusan del Sur, and Davao Oriental. Meanwhile, during the media launching held recently, Marly Anne Bacaron, senior manager for Mindanao operations appealed for the support of the media in addressing to concerned individuals especially to government officials the children’s needs. Bacaron is hopeful that their participation in this year’s race for survival will intensify child advocacy and child’s rights. (SJDuermePIA12)

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Barangays in Koronadal City to give shares for Oct 28 polls By: Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Barangay officials here have decided to comply with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) resolution requiring the barangays to contribute funds for the conduct of barangay polls on October 28.

City Election Officer Evangeline Basan told local media that the Association of Barangay (ABC) President Sagin Monday has confirmed that the 27 barangay councils in the city has decided to pay the amount required by the poll body. This, she added, after the Commission on Audit (COA) 12 explained to the ABC through a letter that there would be no hitches with their disbursement of funds should they shell out at least P10,000 from the local funds for the said purpose. Per Comelec Resolution No. 9739 promulgated on July 10, local government units are required to contribute at least P10,000 but not more than 10 percent of their general funds. The funds will be used to augment the P1.7 billion allocation of Comelec approved by the Congress for the 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections. The THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

resolution was released before the Congress’s decision to postpone the SK election. The same resolution elaborated that the funds will be spent for the P500 transportation allowance and additional honoraria of the members of the Board of Election Tellers as well as for trainings and meeting. “The amounts shall be released by the LGUs to the Election Officers. For this purpose, field officials of the Commission are directed to extend cooperation and assistance in the disbursement of these amounts,” it continues. Basan said the barangay councils have until October 18 to remit their shares. She pointed out further that after the deadline, they will submit to Comelec Central Office a list of barangays that paid their required shares and those that failed to comply with the order. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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


Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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


One Mindanao - October 10, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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