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O UR COVER Sta. Cruz aspires cityhood as it turns 129 years old

Julius R. Paner Southern Mindanao

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ASEAN leaders adopt Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children


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Zambo Norte SP okays contracts of service with doctors Alfonso T. Ruda

DOLE-Zambo. Sur vows more livelihood support for parolees/probationers Michael Vincent D. Cajulao


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Surigao Rotary clubs to launch Dengue Free Movement Edgar Guerra

DAR launches new agrarian reform community in Tagbina, Surigao Sur

Joie L. Ceballos


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CCIFII gears toward a more competitive Iligan Lorry V. Gabule

Comelec reminds barangay election candidates to file COC in person Rutchie C. Aguhob



Banana industry needs support of LGUs Jeanevive Abangan


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Sarangani grants P2.5M to Malapatan for techvoc center Joy R. Sevilla

Army calls for stronger ties with LGUs in N.Cotabato Shahana Joy E. Duerme

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 42

COVER STORY Sta. Cruz aspires cityhood as it turns 129 years old By Julius R. Paner


S STA. CRUZ TOWN of Davao del Sur province turned 129 years old on October 5 this year, its local government leaders and populace have yearned for a new aspiration for the town to become a city. “As the oldest town in the province of Davao del Sur, we really wanted it to become a city soon,” said Sta. Cruz Mayor Joel Ray Lopez. Lopez said that with the constant push of the municipality towards investment generation and tourism development, there can be no other way for this town to go but cityhood. The town has just celebrated its founding anniversary with fun-filled activities on October 3-5, bannering the theme “Bag-ong Tinguha, Bagong Hagit, Dugang Kalampusan (New Aspiration, New Challenge, More Success)”. More than a century-old municipality, Sta. Cruz was legally created on October 5, 1884 and it is the

oldest town in Davao Region, and the third oldest town in Mindanao. “We are glad that as we are now 129 years old, we saw several signs of success as manifested with our strong support from the private sector, national government agencies, provincial government, NGOs and the general public,” Lopez stated. “Our aspiration to become a city is a new challenge for us Sta.

Cruzians to overcome. It will only be just a matter of time, all we need is to believe in each other’s competence, open communication, trust, respect and cooperation among all of us residents of Sta. Cruz, and for sure our vision will be realized,” he added. This year’s celebration was unique as all activities were fused in three days instead of the usual five days. “We really wanted to make the celebration as festive as possible that’s why we fused all the activities in three days instead of the usual five days. In a way, we can also minimize expenses while making the best out of the celebration,” said Councilor Mila Lim, the overall event coordinator of the 129th Araw ng Sta. Cruz. “.” On October 3, the celebration started with a fun run and mangrove growing activity in the morning and was followed by the opening of Sta. Cruz Tourism and Agri-Industrial Trade Exhibit (STATE). STATE was a showcase of tourism destinations in Sta. Cruz while also promoting products locally made by Sta. Cruz producers. It also served as a

venue where agri-industrial companies in the municipality presented their product portfolios to the general public. The first day also showed the colorful Float Parade and Allu Tangogoan, a street dancing competition participated by some barangay contingents in Sta. Cruz displaying the unique cultural heritage of the town as manifested through dancing. Barangay Coronon won the first prize followed by Barangay Zone 3. Defending champion Barangay Tagabuli settled for third place this time. In the evening of October 3 was the Search for Mutya ng Sta. Cruz where a lady from Barangay Astorga Miss Leah Mae Optina was adjudged as the new Mutya ng Sta. Cruz. Rounding off the top five finalists were from Barangay Zone 3, Barangay Inawayan, Barangay Tuban and Barangay Tagabuli. On October 4, different local service providers from the LGU connived to deliver basic services to all sectors of the society. The Municipal Health Office conducted the Preventive Health Services program and it was highlighted with the blessing of new birthing facility located within the municipal hall compound. The Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, on the other hand, had facilitated the Elderly and Children’s Day in consonance to the celebration of Elderly Filipino Week and Children’s Month. The activity was in fact the venue for the Release of Social 5

terminal, a comedy show was held in the evening of October 4, featuring stand up comedians from Davao City. The culmination program on October 5 started with a Holy Mass and was followed by the grand parade. Right after the culmination program, the activity of DepEd followed with a Pension to Elderly. In a separate venue was the free rabbies vaccination program conducted by the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAGRO). Actual fisher folk registration was also conducted by MAGRO along with some other sub-activities relative to agriculture and fishery program. The Department of Education, in partnership with ANAKK Sta. Cruz, had also successfully conducted its 2nd Intra Sta. Cruz Football Tournament. This was in line with the agency’s effort to beef up the social school initiative of ANAKK to train young football players in Sta. Cruz. Over at the integrated transport

presentation of the different Drum and Bugle Corps and Drum and Lyre Corps in the municipality. Another highlight was the sports championship games and the motocross racing which took place in Escandor area, Barangay Zone 3. As official media partner of the event, the GMA Kapuso Network brought in some of its popular primetime stars to the delight of the people of the town during the GMA Kapuso Fiesta in the evening of October 5. Meanwhile, the San Miguel Brewery, Inc., sponsored a nightly entertainment at the municipal plaza for three straight nights, providing live entertainment to the general audience. The 129th Araw ng Sta. Cruz celebration was concluded with fireworks display.

ASEAN leaders agree on enhanced trade, investment


he leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations reiterated the need to enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness and to continue deepening its economic integration to meet its targets in 2015.

In a statement at the conclusion of the 23rd ASEAN Summit here, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei said the regional block is pleased with the continued robust performance of each country’s economy. “Last year, ASEAN grew by 5.7 percent FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

and was able to maintain its level of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows at $108.2 billion as well as recorded $2.47 trillion in total merchandise trade. Against the backdrop of weaker global growth, regional growth is expected


to moderate in the immediate term. Nonetheless, in the longer term, economic activities in the region are expected to remain robust,” Bolkiah said in a statement released Thursday. ASEAN, Bolkiah said, was encouraged by the progress of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), where 279 measures (79.7 percent) of the AEC Blueprint have been implemented. “Recognizing the challenges being faced in implementing the AEC, we further agreed to intensify our efforts in those areas under the AEC with high impact to ensure credible integration results by 2015,” he said in the statement. In this regard, he said ASEAN welcomed the progress in trade and investment liberalization and facilitation initiatives in the region, such as the on-going work to streamline Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) and to address Non-Tariff Barrier (NTB) effects of NTMs through National level and Regional level Work Programmes on NTMs, efforts to deepen services integration through the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Services, especially the 9th Package of Services commitments FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

and the enhancement of the AFAS, as well as the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement. The group also supported the development of effective rules and regulations, such as on competition policy and intellectual property rights, to foster a more competitive region. At the same time, he said ASEAN remains committed to the facilitation of the movement of ASEAN nationals to complement trade and investment facilitation work. It is also important to promote financial literacy among the region’s people and ASEAN welcomed the outcomes of the ASEAN Financial Literacy Conference held in Brunei Darussalam last September. “We also intensified our efforts to build stronger integrated financial markets. We believe that robust capital markets are important to ensure financial stability, efficient allocation of capital, harness foreign capital inflows, and develop new investment vehicles in the region,” he said. To enhance regional transport services, the ASEAN needs to strengthen intra-ASEAN maritime and shipping


services, including the establishment of a task force to monitor and promote the implementation of the ASEAN Single Shipping Market and the progress of the ASEAN Single Aviation Market particularly on the development of a framework on Ramp Inspection, Aviation Security joint exercise and the ASEAN Regional Contingency Plan. Also during the summit, leaders expressed their determination to continue enhancing ASEAN energy cooperation to address major energy challenges and thus, ensure a secure and reliable energy supply to the ASEAN region. Ensuring regional food security is essential for ensuring broader security of the people in the region, Bolkiah said. He said leaders noted the ongoing progress and achievement made in the implementation of the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework and its Strategic Plan of Action 2009-2013. “We supported the initiation of the work on developing the post2015 vision, objectives and goals of the ASEAN Cooperation in Food, Agriculture and Forestry sector towards FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

2020,” he said in the statement. The regional grouping also realized the potential of SMEs to increase their contribution to the region’s economic development and to promote inclusive growth. In this regards, ASEAN leaders welcomed the revision of the ASEAN Strategic Action Plan for SME Development 2010-2015 as part of rigorous efforts to align its work with the dynamic economic landscape and regional architecture, as well as the development of a draft Strategic Roadmap to enhance SMEs across the region. The leaders also welcomed the progress on works aimed at integrating ASEAN into the global economy, particularly through the implementation of the ASEAN+1 FTAs, the on-going negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and preparations for the ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Area negotiations. President Benigno S. Aquino III joined fellow ASEAN leaders and other dialogue partners in the two-day ASEAN summit here. Immediately after the closing ceremonies, the President left for Manila Thursday evening. PND


ASEAN leaders adopt Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children


resident Benigno S. Aquino III and his Southeast Asian counterparts adopted on Thursday the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children in the region at the culmination of the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit.

ASEAN leaders issued the said declaration bearing in mind the “need for a strengthened holistic and multidisciplinary approach that is responsive to gender and age as well as being sensitive to children,” Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei said in a statement. “We noted that the Declaration, in recognition of the specific situations of women and children, particularly victims and survivors of violence, indicates the kind of support and services to be provided in ASEAN member states,” it added. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

ASEAN leaders also adopted the Declaration on Strengthening Social Protection, which was among the advocacies of President Aquino during his participation in the two-day summit. It aims to set out principles, strategies, and mechanisms in accordance with the domestic laws and policies of ASEAN member states in ensuring equitable access to services, social welfare and justice, as well as development of social services for all to bring about prosperity in the region. PND


DoTC awards development works contract for four airports


he Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Friday announced it has awarded the infrastructure contracts for the improvement of four airports in the Visayas and Mindanao. DoTC spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal said the contracts were awarded on Sept. 30, which include the contract for the semi-permanent airport terminal FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

project at the Puerto Princesa Airport given to D.G. Sarmenta in the amount of P 21,495,653.42, which is lower that the bid ceiling of P22,682,431.07.


“This will improve passenger convenience by allowing the airport to meet increasing tourist arrivals in the meantime that long-term upgrades are being done. We are aiming for this to be up by summer next year,” Sagcal said. Other improvement contracts were also awarded for the following projects:--The Dipolog Airport Development Project was awarded to V.T. Lao Construction in the amount of P 26,695,751.89. The bid ceiling was originally set at P 34,256,439.56. The project involves the construction of river protection and runway strip grade correction.--The Zamboanga Airport Development Project was awarded to Advance Tech Construction & Trading Corporation in the amount


of P 5,738,808.80. The bid ceiling was originally set at P 6,019,216.26. The project involves creek de-siltation; de-clogging of box culvert; and construction of a steel strainer.--The Catarman Airport Development Project was awarded to Vesa Engineering and Construction in the amount of P 7,520,088.88. The bid ceiling was originally set at P 7,563,953.07. It covers asphalt overlay of the runway and construction of the perimeter fence. Sagcal said the DoTC has saved over P 9 million from these projects, which the government can now use to accelerate spending in order to boost the country’s economy through the Disbursement Allocation Program (DAP).


17,000 individuals evacuate due to floods; City under state of calamity By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Over 17,000 individuals or more than 4,000 families left their homes and sought safer grounds as floods hit their barangays, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) reported Wednesday.



The floods caused by the five-day continuous rains started Oct. 4. City Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias disclosed that the evacuees came from 25 barangays reportedly hard hit by flash floods. “These barangays include Ayala, Baliwasan, Boalan, Calarian, Curuan, Divisoria, Lanzones, Maasin, Malagutay, Pasonanca, Putik, Recodo, San Jose Gusu, San Roque, Sinunuc, Sta. Maria, Talon-talon, Tetuan, Tugbungan, Tumaga, Vitali, Zambowood, Talisayan, Labuan and Patalon,” Covarrubias enumerated. She said, “Mayor Beng Climaco has recommended to the city council to approve a resolution declaring Zamboanga to be under a state of calamity due torrential rains that hit the city.” Rains became intense on Sunday and Monday prompting the city to dispatch its rescue teams. On Tuesday night, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. dispatched again rescue teams to Marcos Drive in Putik due to floods caused by the swelling of river and damaged riprap facility, said Covarrubias. Radio groups, Aleson Shipping Lines Inc., Bureau of Fire Protection, CEO-GSO, Coast Guard, Coast Guard (Auxiliary), EAAB, Red Cross, Task Force Zamboanga, Contractors, PNP, Magnolia Shipping Lines and Everlines supported the rescue operations. Continues relief operations are also being done in various evacuation centers jointly by the city government and the barangay officials. Mayor Climaco also directed the barangay officials to utilize their calamity funds and to mobilize all resources to assist their constituents. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


Zambo Norte SP okays contracts of service with doctors By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - In support of the efforts of the provincial leadership to provide sufficient health services to people of Zamboanga del Norte, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has recently approved the “Contract of Service” entered into between the provincial government and selected medical practitioners in the province. In its regular session Tuesday, the SP approved a resolution granting authority to Governor Roberto Y. Uy to enter into a contract on behalf of the provincial government and the thirteen medical doctors, namely: Dr. Oswaldo J. Lamdag; Dr. Josephine F. Lamdag; Dr. Cherry Minda D. Pantinople-Lagorra; Dr. Babelonia J. Kangleon; Dr. Rosemarie L> Dublin; Dr. Bedo A. Valles; Dr. Genesis O. Realiza; Dr. Jose A. Noriega; Dr.Roger Evan V. Dublin; Dr. Gracia T. Hamoy; Dr. Genevieve A Doble; Dr. Lito Q. Buensalida; and Dr. Elaine B. Angay. The contract covers the period, July to December 2013. approve These doctors were also hired by the previous administration under Job Order Contracts.

In his letter to the SP, Governor Uy underscored the importance of retaining the services of these doctors “so as not to hamper the operations of the hospital.” Under the contract, except for health reasons, the doctors with their approved schedule are required to be on duty or on call 24 hours at the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center to immediately attend to the needs of the patients especially during emergencies. The governor also directed the doctors to prescribe medicines that are available at the hospital’s pharmacy for their patients, “as these are cheaper than but as effective as those sold in drugstores.”

DOLE-Zambo. Sur vows more livelihood support for parolees/probationers By Franklin P. Gumapon

TUKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur – After the first set of livelihood starter kits was given recently to 18 parolees and probationers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Zamboanga del Sur has pledged to give additional starter kits to other parolees in the province. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


DOLE-Zamboanga del Sur chief Lourdes B. Amores bared in an interview with the local press that her office is considering the request of the provincial office of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) for additional livelihood starter kits for its clients. In support of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract to help alleviate the plight of the marginalized sector, the PPA is tapping the support of the different national line agencies and local government units to assist the parolees and probationers in their livelihood activities. The starter kits given to 18 parolees include mango sprayer, plow, welding machine, fishnet and others all costing P120 thousand. Amores told the recipients to “make use of their starter kits for their living” adding that the DOLE would take these back if they are not using them. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

She also warned them not to sell the starter kits because these are given as government’s livelihood assistance to them. Before they received their starter kits, the parolees/probationers underwent entrepreneurship development training to equip them with the needed skills and knowledge in pursuing their livelihood activities. The first batch of parolees to receive DOLE’s livelihood starter kits came from the municipalities of Tukuran, Pitogo, Tabina, Dumalinao, Tigbao and Guipos. Aside from Ms. Amores, PPA Regional Director Tarcisia A. Tampos, PPA-Zamboanga del Sur chief Nicasio Dujali and Tukuran Mayor Francisvic Villamero were also present in the distribution of the starter kits to the beneficiaries at the LGU Beach Resort in this town.


Therma South 25-B coal-powered plant set to operate by 2015 by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- Aboitiz Power Subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) is set to deliver on its promise to complete its 300MW baseload power plant in Davao City by the first half of 2015, a power firm top executive said.



Bobby Orig, First Vice president for Mindanao Affairs told Mindanao media, six of whom came from Caraga region who were invited to visit the on-going construction site located between Brgy. Binugao, Davao City and Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur that the power plant is close to 50 percent complete. He also said some 2,000 workers on site are working round-theclock to complete the power plant. “We are fully committed in delivering our power to our customers on time and help relieve Mindanao of the debilitating of the Mindanao power crisis,” orig said. The 25-billion power plant started its site preparation work in late 2011 after it received approval from Davao City Council. The full construction started in 2012. The Mindanao media who visited the site saw that the superstructure of the first two 150MW power plant units has already been erected while the foundation work of the second unit has been completed. A coal dome, a first of its kind in the country, is also being constructed. The Therma South is building a fully-enclosed dome to secure and contain its coal supply as fulfillment of its environmental condition set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). More steel structures are being FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

delivered on site, between Binugao, Davao City and Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur to complete the other parts of the power plant complex. “We are happy that close to 20 electric cooperatives and distribution utilities in Mindanao have put their trust in Aboitiz Power and we will live up to our promise in delivering a modern, safe and reliable power plant that will make Mindanao proud,” according to Orig. Despite an expanding economy and population, no major power plant has been built in Mindanao since 2007. With the demand for power increasing and no additional supply, the island has been facing almost daily power shortages since 2011. More than 50 percent of Mindanao’s power supply comes from hydro power coming out of Laker Lanao, which is vulnerable during summer month and long dry spells. Coal is seen as an ideal compliment to hydro power to ensure that Mindanao has reliable baseload power that can run 24/7 no matter what the weather condition will be, while utilizing its hydro resources. If not arrested, the power shortage in MIndanao is projected to hit 484 MW by 2015, enough to cut off power supply to major cities of Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan and Zamboanga.


Surigao Rotary clubs to launch Dengue Free Movement

by Edgar Guerra

SURIGAO CITY-- The Rotary clubs of Zone 3C1, District 3860 consisting of four Rotary clubs of Surigao will launch a Dengue Free Surigao Movement in partnership with the city government of Surigao on Oct. 12, 2013 at the Surigao City Cultural Center, this city.

The program will be highlighted by a motorcade at 9:00 a.m. (assembly place, infront of city hall) to be followed by the launching and unveiling of Dengue Free Surigao Movement. All partner agencies are encouraged to join the motorcade. Dr. Wyben Briones of Cebu Medical Society will be the resource speaker on how to wipe out larvae FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

of dengue carrier mosquito using an insecticide called “temphos� from Canada donated by the Rotary District of Canada. The Dengue Free Philippines Movement was first launched in Cebu then, Bohol, Leyte and other areas under District 3860. The project was found to be effective and recorded a reduction of dengue cases.


DAR launches new agrarian reform community in Tagbina, Surigao Sur by Joie L. Ceballos BUTUAN CITY -- Hope is what you can see from the faces of the farmers of Barangays Hinagdanan, Maglatab, Sta. Cruz and San Vicente (HIMASS), all of Tagbina, Surigao Sur during the launching of the HIMASS Agrarian Reform Community (ARC), October 8, 2013.

Attended by about a hundred farmers from the four barangays, the launching of the HIMASS ARC in Tagbina now covers all barangays of the municipality. DAR adopted the ARC strategy in 1993 to serve as focal points of economic development in the countryside. ARC is a cluster of barangays where a critical mass of agrarian reform beneficiary is situated. Agrarian Reform Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said that this launching is the start of various projects for the barangays leading to a holistic development of the community. “We will continue to tap partner agencies, local and foreign donors to help us address the development needs of this ARC,” Mambuay added. A development plan amounting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

to an approximate total of P220 million was presented by the four barangays captains. In his message, Mr. Jose Conja representing second district representative Florencio Garay appeased the farmers on the ongoing discussion of the development assistance fund of the legislators. “Implementing agencies like DAR, will take care of you, and this launching is a good start,” he said. Tagbina Mayor Generoso Naraiso thanked DAR for this effort. Also present during the launching were PARO Benjamin Mataksil and representatives from partner agencies like DENR.


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Students learn traditional post mail letter writing by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Elementary and high school students here learn the traditional letter writing through post mail in the first National Letter Writing Day of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), October 9. Zeanley Banaag, grade six pupil of Corpus Christi School revealed that he was not really into writing but through this activity he was able to write a formal thank you letter to his friend. He added that he was excited since they were the first batch to participate in a national activity and he appreciated the experience so much. Ann Ross Fernandez of Montessori School said that she wrote write the correct spelling of the words a thank you letter to her teacher. She and be more careful in composing added that in writing, she is able to them. For her part, PHLPost Central FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


Mindanao Area Director Nimia S. Acebes said this activity is in celebration of the World Post Day wherein all over the world the intention is to ignite the art and joy of writing a letter. Department of Education (DepEd) Chief for Elementary and Secondary Education, Wilfreda Famador, said these students are one lucky group because they experienced the process of writing a letter, sealing with a kiss, buying a stamp and mailing it. She stressed that they wanted to rekindle this appreciation to the

students: the process of going to the post office, collect stamps, writing of correct pronunciation and grammar among others. The activity was participated by seven schools in the city particularly Immanuel Mission International School, Capitol University High School, Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS), Montessori de Oro, Corpus Christi School, Liceo de Cagayan University and Pilgrim Christian College Grade School.

CCIFII gears toward a more competitive Iligan by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation of Iligan, Inc., (CCIFII) in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announces its 3rd Iligan City Business Month Celebration with the theme “Gear Up for a More Competitive Iligan. The month-long celebration aims to intensify efforts to increase its competitiveness as the new investment and tourism destination in Mindanao. Emily M. Pascua, CCIFII president, said for the past two years, the Business Month Celebration which is a public-private partnership endeavour, has gained the multi-sectoral support from different partners forging a strong link between the public and the private sector. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

While Councilor Frederick W. Siao, co-main author, said Sangguniang Panlungsod Resolution Number 11715 declaring month of October of each year as Iligan City Business Month dubbed as ‘Asenso Iliganon.’ He said, this will be celebrated every year thereafter, to provide the local stakeholders such as the local business sectors, the educational institutions, among others, with a concrete venue to craft their own vision, mission, plans, and strategies


to advance the business climate in Iligan. This is enviably one of the city’s strategies to perk up economic activities by holding business activities and festivities that increased the sales of products and services of the local stakeholders. Thus, during this month, we need to institutionalize the holding of business conferences/conventions, regularize trade exhibits, and strengthen the opportunity of the small players to showcase their products, added Siao. In a press statement, Pascua said this year’s theme is not far-fletched from its goal. The city will be showered with different business opportunities for both micro-scale entrepreneurs and businessmen in the metro. We have lined up activities which started with the Great Citywide Sale as kick-off event last September 27 to October 4, 2013, timely for the city fiesta in September, Pascua cited. The launching of the Iligan Business Month during the flag ceremony at the city hall amphitheatre was on October 7 with the support

of the city government through the Sangguniang Panlungsod. This was followed by a motorcade around the city thoroughfare, converged at the 2nd floor of the Gaisano Mall-Iligan for a press conference, courtesy of the mall’s management, to be able to let the mall shoppers witnessed the event. Other activities include the holding of a 3-day Trade Fair, Oct 1113; DTI Roving Academy, Oct 16; Business Forum, Oct 17; 1st Business Unity Fun Run, Oct 26; Social Media for Business, Oct 22; and Accounting for Non-Accountants, Oct 23. The Business Month will be highlighted with a Job Fair on Oct 1819, and the Tourism Congress on Oct. 19. The month’s celebration will be highlighted with the Iligan Business Night –‘Goes Halloween’ on 30th October. The City of Iligan has a lot to look forward for 2013, with a promise to relive and lift the local business climate, thus we have to work together for a business-friendly-environment in Iligan City, said Pascua.

Comelec reminds barangay election candidates to file COC in person by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) reminds candidates that filing of the Certificate of Candidacy (COC) must be made in person. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


It can also be filed by their duly Officers (OEO). authorized representative, whose Filing of the COC shall be in any authority shall be in writing, under day from Oct. 11-17, 2013, except October 13, during regular hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., however, if at 4:45 p.m. of Oct. 17, there are still persons intending to file COC present inside the OEO, the Receiving Officer shall prepare a

oath and attached to the COC, Atty. Roy Prule M. Ebiza, Provincial Elections Supervisor, said. This is pursuant to the guidelines enumerated in Comelec Resolution No. 9740, promulgated last July 10, which provides that the COC will not be accepted if sent by regular mail, electronic mail, telegram or facsimile. Meanwhile, Comelec Resolution 9740 provides that no person shall be elected Punong Barangay and members of the Sangguniang Barangay (SB), unless he/she files a sworn COC in triplicate in the form prescribed by the Comelec with the Office of the City/ Municipal Election FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

complete list of all the names of the said persons, consecutively numbered and the time of listing. The persons listed shall be called by announcing each name in the order which they are listed, but any person who is not present when his name is called shall not be allowed to file his COC, Ebiza added.


DavSur voters to determine new province during brgy elections by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- Aside from voting their barangay officials, Davao del Sur voters would determine the fate of Davao Occidental during the coming Barangay Elections this coming October 28. Atty. Tomas Valero, designated regional director of the Commission on Elections Region XI (Comelec-XI) said that special ballots in Davao del Sur will include yes/no choices for the creation of the new province. Also during the synchronized Barangay Assembly to be held on Oct. 13, the pros and cons in the creation of the new province will also be discussed in the barangays of Davao del Sur. Republic Act 10360 signed by President Benigno Aquino III early this year created the province of Davao Occidental which is carved out from the southern part of Davao del


Sur, the proposed new province will include the towns of Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Sarangani, Malita and Jose Abad Santos. The law though needs approval through a plebiscite where the majority votes of about 523,862 registered voters in Davao del Sur are needed to formally approve its creation. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC Regional Director Wilhelm Suyko said that the DILG is ready to assist the new province if it will be ratified by majority vote in the plebiscite. Suyko said that DILG will always be ready to assist in the transition of the new province, in past cases DILG officers served as interim provincial officials during the transition period before the appointment of OICs and eventually the election of new provincial officials.(PIA/RG Alama)


Banana industry needs support of LGUs by Jeanevive Abangan

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - A banana industry executive in the Davao Region recently called on local government units (LGUs) to craft policies to protect the banana industry from the adverse effect of pole-vaulting and Panama disease.

Guesting at Tagum Biz Talk at Big 8 last Tuesday, Stephen Antig, executive director of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Assocation (PBGEA) said players of the banana industry need the help of LGUs in implementing measures to curb Panama Disease or fusarium wilt in bananas. They also need the LGUs in crafting an ordinance criminalizing pole-vaulting cited as illegal practice among banana growers who secretly sell to other buyers their produce under contract of a certain banana exporting company. “Unless, we can come up with an ordinance, pole-vaulting is a threat to the industry,” Antig told members of the media while explaining that such practice loses quality control of bananas for export market as well due income for the government. He projected a scenario


that would possibly happen to the country’s banana similar to what had happened with the Philippine Nata de Coco which used to hit it big but eventually lost the export market due to an instance of poisonous chemical discovery in a nata de coco from the Philippines. Antig wanted the country’s banana industry to sustain the export reputation as the world’s “tastiest” and mostefficient banana industry hitting a production volume of more than 5,000 boxes per hectare per year. Not only does pole-vaulting threaten the quality of export banana but Antig said it also reduces income due to the government. He bared a loss of 40 percent of the total boxes of banana produce that went to pole-vaulting in 2013, and an average of 15 percent per years 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, Antig also pointed the need of local government cooperation to curb infestation of fusarium wilt which he said could be a real threat to the banana industry in five to six years if left unchecked. Antig said the fusarium wilt


can spread in a rate of about 1: 6 but he said PBGEA is yet to produce the data of the total number of affected hectares in Mindanao. On the same forum Panabo City Councilor Renato Bangoy, also an official of Save our Sagingan (SOS) encourages LGUs to invest in a plant nursery to produce tissue-cultured plantings of export Cavendish banana but also of local market favorites-Lakatan and Latundan. While the Department of Agriculture (DA) sets a


phytosanitary policy measures in plantations of Cavendish banana for export, fusarium wilt has been left unchecked in Latundan and Lakatan plantation. He said fusarium wilt has continued to spread in local banana plantations because growers use shoots already infected with the wilt as planting materials. Panabo City already has established a plant nursery to produce good seedlings of various varieties of banana, Bangoy said. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)


3 Soccsksargen bets win national Gawad Saka awards

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Three of the six finalists from Soccsksargen Region are among this year’s national awardees in the 2013 Gawad Saka Search.



DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan named the national winners as Dr. Cayetano Pomares as outstanding agricultural scientist, Dr. Melchor Serquiña as outstanding coconut farmer, and Leonardo Primne Jr. as outstanding fisherfolk (fish culture). “As national winners, each of them will receive cash prizes and a presidential citation in an awarding ceremony slated sometime in October,” Datukan said. Outstanding agricultural scientist Dr. Pomares, is a multi-awarded professor of the state-owned University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato and is known for his works in biotechnology techniques in animal breeding. One of his most important breakthroughs, the artificial insemination of goats and sheep, has been adopted by the Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Development Council, Bureau of Animal Industry, Isabela State University, and other institutions. Pomares has also institutionalized artificial breeding as a tool to livestock improvement through his two-way work with the DA and National Artificial Breeding Center, among others, making it as a principal component of the Unified National Artificial Insemination Program (UNAIP). He also spearheaded the genetic resources conservation of Philippine crocodiles particularly Crocodylus mindorensis by leading the establishment of the Philippine Crocodile Rescue and Breeding Center in North Cotabato. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

As a national winner, he will receive P900,000 worth of project grant as well as P100,000 cash prize from the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR). Dr. Serquiña who lives in Kidapawan City is a veterinarian by profession but has chosen coconut-based farming for vocation. His Serquiña Farm, popularly called “Farm in the City” owing to its location, grows over 400 hills of coconuts as main crops integrated with Korean technology-based piggery and poultry farm as well as high value crops like kalamansi, rambutan, mangosteen and other tropical fruits. Like other coconut farmers, the veterinarian-coconut farmer has in several times been affected by the highly variable price of copra but he got through this by establishing a coconut seedling nursery out of the mature nuts he collected from his farm. Dok Chong, as he is fondly called by his acquaintances also produces his own bio-gas out of the different farm wastes. As an outstanding coconut farmer, he is set to receive a cash prize of P150,000 from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA). Moreover, Primne, this year’s outstanding fisherfolk (fish culture category) grows tilapia for its fingerlings, which have become a primary source of income for the family. He also raises ornamental fishes. Being a “magsasakang siyentista,” he manages a two-hectare rice farm


which has been chosen as one of the Palayamanan Model Farms of DA in Region 12. On the same lot, he also raises As a national awardee, Primne will receive P150,000 from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). While extending congratulations for their success, Director Datukan challenged the Pomares, Serquina, and Primne to inspire their fellow farmers and scientists and encourage them to participate in the future staging of the Gawad Saka Search. Last year, Soccsksargen Region produced four national Gawad Saka awardees, namely: coconut farmer

Alberto Panghulan, high value crops farmer Gregorio Saljay III, sugarcane farmer Jaime Sillador, and small animal raiser Vicente Doletin as outstanding. Gawad Saka Search is an annual undertaking of DA in cooperation with the local government units, other government institutions, nongovernment organizations and private sector. It provides due recognition to farmers, fisherfolk and farming institutions whose exemplary contributions to the agricultural development of the country serve as an inspiration to others. ( DEDoguilesPIA 12 with LMSalvo- DA 12)

Sarangani grants P2.5M to Malapatan for techvoc center

ALABEL, Sarangan – The provincial government of Sarangani on Monday awarded P2.5 million to the local government unit of Malapatan for the establishment of a three-classroom technical and vocational competency training and assessment center.

The center is aimed at training unemployed individuals as well as out-of –school youths in skills tha could become a source of livelihood or employment. “The project, if established, will be the first local governmentowned techvoc facility in the whole Region 12,” Glenda Revaño, administrative officer IV of the Provincial Administrator’s Office (PADO), said in an interview. A s counterpart, the Malapatan LGU has earmarked P4 million for a 1,939 square meter land and facility at barangay Tuyan; the deed FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

of donation for the lot has already been executed. Revaño said the project is the government’s initiative to address unemployment issues among OSYs and individuals in the province particularly those in Alabel, Malapatan, and Glan. “Malapatan is considered because its location is strategic to cater beneficiaries from Alabel, Malapatan, and Glan. This is a great opportunity especially for our OSY to acquire skills. This would be a community-based center so trainees would not need to spend


for transportation to go to the city,” she said. Revaño added the techvoc competency center will entitle a trainee to acquire a national certificate (NC II) from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority(TESDA). She disclosed that based on the 2007 results of the CommunityBased Monitoring System (CBMS), 83.09% or 46,242 of the province’s total population ages 17-24 were neither in school nor earning a living. “Most of them have stopped schooling after graduating from high school and have also not found employment. With this

initiative, they can gain skills and at the same time, a certificate, which is required especially in foreign employment,” she explained. Revaño pointed out trainees will be screened and those who are really willing to undergo the training will have a great opportunity to avail of the program. The P2.5 million cheque was received by municipal planning development coordinator Tita Suib and municipal treasurer Felicisima Tindugan, who represented Malapatan Mayor Alfonso Singcoy during the flag raising ceremony at the Capitol. (Joy R. SevillaSarangani Information Office/DEDPIA 12)

Army calls for stronger ties with LGUs in N.Cotabato By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato--The 602nd and the 1002nd brigades of the Philippine Army have called for stronger coordination among the local chief executives in North Cotabato to combat threats in the peace and order of the province.

In a recently conducted joint meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), 602nd Brigade Commander Gen. Ademar T. Tomaro appealed to the LCEs to further enhance the existing civic relationship between the army and the civilians. He also noted that the exchange of reliable information FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

will help promote security in the locality. Meanwhile, the army official emphasized that the situation in the towns of Midsayap, Mlang and Tulunan which was harassed by armed groups recently is now relatively peaceful. Tomaro also lauded Governor Emmylou Mendoza for the creation of the Crisis Management Committee for the fast resolution


of the armed crisis in Midsayap. Like Tomaro, 1002nd Brigade Commander Col. Norman S. Flores also sought the help of the civilians especially in giving reliable information to the authority. In his report, Flores said that as of now, 1002nd Brigade’s area of responsibility is generally peaceful.

Both commanders assured the PDC and the PPOC that the military, together with the PNP, is doing all efforts to maintain peace and order in North Cotabato. In response, the LCEs vowed to maintain and enhance effective communication to peacekeeping forces. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta. Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

GenSan dancers win big in Lubi-lubi sa Glan

GLAN, Sarangani, Oct 11- General Santos School of Arts and Trades participants perform during the street dancing competition at Glan Central Elementary School grandstand Tuesday, October 8, beating three other teams for the grand prize. The other winners are as follows: 1st runner-up Glan School of Arts and Trades, 2nd runner-up Green Valley College of Glan, and 3rd runner-up Alabel National High School. Jake T. Narte/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


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