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Reaching out to the needy through PDAF Catherine T. Apelacio Central Mindanao

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President Aquino all set for state visit to South Korea this week


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Culture-sensitive health services implemented for IP in Dumingag town Gideon C. Corgue

DENR-IX to extend technical assistance to Zamboanga City Michael Vincent D. Cajulao


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138 farmers graduate from ‘University-on-the-Air’ in Surigao Sur Nida Grace P. Barcena

Health care in remote barangay for indigenous women, children launched

JAbee E. Castardo


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Filing of COC for 2013 barangay elections starts October 30 Rutchie C. Aguhob

LGU launches senior citizen mobile registration Rutchie C. Aguhob



BFAR 11 pushes for preservation during 50th Fish Conservation Week Celebration Jeanevive Abangan


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Village groups receive P2.5-M from DA-MRDP Danilo E. Doguiles

Senior citizens get medical, dental assistance Shahana Joy E. Duerme

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 43

COVER STORY Reaching out to the needy through PDAF By Catherine T. Apelacio


he Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is very important to reach out to the majority of people who are needy, said lawyer and chief-of-staff Paolo Jay Acharon of the Congressional Office of the 1st District of South Cotabato here.

At a recent PIA 12- led focus group discussion, Acharon pointed out the significance of PDAF in uplifting the lives of the people marginalized either due to economic standing or as an outcome of being in the mire of long-time poverty. Aside from being chief of staff, Atty. Acharon is also the nephew of Representative Pedro AcharonJr of the 1st District of South Cotabato. He said Cong. Acharon’s PDAF has funded lots of projects in GenSan, citing most particularly, education and hospital assistance. “There is P5-M hospital assistance every year for indigents in the district” aside from educational

scholarships, among others,” he said. Tracing back the history of PDAF, also called pork barrel, Atty. Acharon said the term originally “refers to a barrel of salt pork which is a common larder item in 19th century.” In the Philippines, according to him, the use of pork barrel funds can

be traced as far back “to the 1930s Countrywide Development Fund during the U.S. colonial occupation.” (CDF) in 1990 with P2.3 billion initial funding for all identified projects. Politically, he said it is “when members The CDF “aims to support small of Congress try to gain funds for local infrastructure and other priority projects in their district,” he told community projects which are not participants composed of Campus included in the national infrastructure Development Communicators program involving massive and costly Network (CDevComNet) officers and projects. It has been regularly included teachers of the Special Program for in the annual General Appropriations Journalism (SPJ), Irineo I. Santiago Acts (GAA) since 1990.” National High School of Metro In 2000, the CDF was renamed Dadiangas here. Priority Development Assistance During the Martial Rule, he Fund or PDAF with a supposedly continued pork earned a new name plenty of “worthy objectives” to aid of “cronyism,” reaching then its lawmakers help their constituents “height” in terms of utilization process improve their living conditions through but “with absolutely no check on any various community-based projects. abuse committed.” Acharon then cited that pork After the EDSA revolution, have two distinct features --lumpsum the congressional allocations were and discretionary. Other forms of tagged as pork barrel; however, pork or discretionary fund, he said “it had definitive parameters, include the President’s Social Fund, equal apportionments, built- Malampaya Fund, Motor Vehicle in accountability and clear Users Charge Fund, and Calamity/ transparency.” Contingency Fund. It then acquired a fresh name, In the early years, the High Court declared “in no uncertain terms that the CDF is valid and constitutional.” Under the Constitution, the “spending power” belongs to Congress, though it can be subjected to the “veto power” of the President. “The power of appropriation carries with it the power to specify the project or activity to be funded under 5

the appropriation law. It can be as detailed and as broad as Congress wants it to be,” Acharon further explained citing a High court ruling. In this case, each senator and congressman gets a P200-M and P70-M in PDAF, respectively. Being a discretionary fund then, it means they have the authority to identify projects and the beneficiaries of their pork barrel allocation. The allocation is further broken down into soft and hard. Soft allocations (e.g. medical, hospital, burial, livelihood, and education assistance), allow a senator to enjoy a ceiling of P100-M and a house member of P30-M each. For hard allocations (e.g. multipurpose buildings, canals, roads, health centers, classrooms, water system, etc.), each of the senator gets the other half of P100-M while house members receive P40-M. Acharon disclosed that the process of PDAF allocation “starts with a senator or congressman making a request” for its release

with a project list accompanying the request. Projects, he stressed are drawn from a “menu” specified in the annual budget law. The request is then sent to the Senate finance committee, in the case of a senator, or the House appropriations committee, in the case of a House member. After evaluating the request, the committee chairman endorses it to the Senate president or the Speaker, who then forwards it to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Atty. Acharon said it is the DBM that makes sure that “the project list conforms to the menu in the budget law.” When a project proposal meets the necessary requirements, the department then releases the funds to the implementing agency identified by the lawmaker, who is furnished a copy of the document known as special allotment release order (SARO). SARO is a document that obligates funds for a project to its implementing agency issued by the DBM thru its Secretary. Acharon said that copies of the SARO are also given to the DBM Budget Technical Services, DBM Budget and Management Bureaus, DBM Regional Office, and the Commission on Audit (COA). A notification letter is also sent to the legislator concerned as part of

the whole process. Consequently, cash allocations are released based on the national government cash program and percentage of project completion, said the lawyer-chief-of-staff. Afterwards, he said a Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) is sent to the government depository bank, and an Advice of Notice of Cash Allocation Issued (ANCAI) to the implementing agency. According to him, this signals “that the agency can already pay its obligation with its contractor or supplier.” “The legislator concerned also receives a copy of the ANCAI,” he added. Atty. Acharon emphasized, however, that “only national government agencies, LGUs, and GOCCs identified in the GAA are allowed to implement PDAF-funded projects.” “Implementing agencies may

engage with a contractor or a supplier depending on the goods and services that need to be delivered,” he clarified. In such situation, all procurement process must then comply with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and its implementing rules and regulations. During the discussions, Acharon also spelled out that not all legislators abused their pork in fact many of them have used it to help uplift the lives of their constituents by funding various worthwhile projects. But “we submit to the wish of the President and the majority,” he said in reference to the scrapping of PDAF in the 2014 national budget. Moreover, the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order on the release of the remaining balance of the pork barrel fund for this year still stands as it yet to embark on another hearing to resolve the issue, whether or not it be lifted. Describing the activity as timely, PIA-12 regional director Olivia Sudaria said the FGD aimed at not only raising awareness but as well as increasing people’s understanding on PDAF, in its totality, truth and fairness, starting off at schools. 7

Palace welcomes continued public support for Aquino


alacanang welcomed a recent Social Weather Station survey showing continuing public support for President Benigno S. Aquino III and his reform agenda.

The Social Weather Station Survey for the third quarter of 2013 shows 68 percent of Filipinos satisfied with President Aquino’s performance. The survey also shows a seven-point increase among those MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013

dissatisfied—from 12 percent in June to 19 percent in September. In a statement on Monday, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that while an overwhelming majority of Filipinos


remains supportive of the President and his agenda, the Palace recognizes that the increase in the number of dissatisfied people reflects the depth of public anger and disappointment for those who steal and misuse public funds. “We share this anger and disappointment. No amount of clutter should confuse the true issue at hand: Public funds were stolen by elected officials and their cohorts in the bureaucracy and the private sector,” Valte said in a statement. Public support of the President stemmed from his sincerity in addressing the ills of the system, his unwavering commitment to do what is just and right, his compassion for the underprivileged, and his belief that only by weeding out corruption can we uplift the lives of the poor, she noted. “These remain our bedrock principles as the Aquino MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013

administration takes on its most significant fight yet, against those who have joined ranks to derail us from the straight path. Despite their efforts, we shall triumph, because we know—and the numbers show—that our Bosses, the people, remain on our side,” she continued. At the same time, Valte expressed her gratitude for the great majority of people who have not been swayed by those opposing reform, thanking them for their commitment and lauding their capacity to discern. The Palace official also made an assurance that the administration’s pursuit of justice will continue and intensify to hold accountable those who stole public funds and committed abuse of power. “Those who have wronged us will be held accountable. Those who wish to bring us back to the old ways will not succeed,” she said.


President Aquino all set for state visit to South Korea this week


resident Benigno S. Aquino III will leave this week for a two-day state visit to the Republic of Korea to further boost ties between the two countries, as well as attract more investments to the Philippines.

President Aquino will visit South Korea on October 17 and October 18, his first since he assumed office in June 2010, upon the invitation of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye. During the press briefing in Malacanang, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said the President will be the first leader to undertake a state visit to Korea since President Park took office in


February this year. “The two leaders will hold their first summit meeting to discuss bilateral issues such as political dialogue, defense cooperation, trade and investments relations, official development assistance, consular and labor cooperation and peopleto-people exchanges as well as regional issues among others,” he said. President Aquino and President Park will


also witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the defense ministries of the Philippines and Korea concerning cooperation in the field of defense. “It will cover a wide range of cooperation from exchange of visits by military personnel and experts to humanitarian assistance and international peacekeeping activities,” Hernandez said. On the second day of his visit to South Korea, President Aquino will meet with the Korean business community including executives of leading Korean conglomerates to discuss investment opportunities in the Philippines. Korea is the 3rd largest economy in Asia and the 13th in the world in 2012. It is also one of the Philippines’ major investment and trade partners with the bilateral trade amounting to US$7.408 billion last year. Korea remains the country’s top source of tourists reaching more than one million in 2012. During his visit there, President Aquino will also have a chance to meet with the Filipino community living and working in MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2013

Seoul. During the said event, the President will confer the Order of Lakandula on Representative Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee of the Korean National Assembly. Representative Lee, who hails from Cavite and Davao City, is the first naturalized Korean to be elected to the National Assembly. “The award is in recognition of this achievement, as well as her advocacies in promoting migrant women’s rights and multiculturalism,” Hernandez said. The Philippines and Republic of Korea established relations in March 1949. During the Korean War in 1950, the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea joined the UN-led coalition in defending the freedom of the Korean people. Until today, both countries recognize this as the bedrock of Philippine-Korean relations. The President’s visit to South Korea is his third trip for this month. Last week, the President embarked on a five-day trip to Indonesia and Brunei to attend the 21st Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, respectively. PND


Mindanao grid expects add’l 515mw in next 3 yrs


he Mindanao grid is expecting an additional 515 megawatts of power by 2016 courtesy of three committed projects which could offset the prevailing supply gap in the region which resulted to massive brownouts. The Department of Energy (DOE), in its presentation before the Senate finance committee, said that for the entire country FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

the aggregate investment for all committed power projects across grids already reached P178.4 billion, according to the Department of


Energy’s (DOE) presentation to the Senate finance committee. Of the total, Luzon grid power investments accounted for P90.7 billion and could yield additional 767.4 megawatts; while Visayas raked in P43.8 billion for 429.6MW; and Mindanao cornered P43.9 billion for 515MW. The three power projects expected to be fully operational in the next three years are the 300MW coal plant of Therma South Inc. of the Aboitiz Group; 200MW coal plant of the Sarangani Energy Corporation of the Alcantara Group; and 15MW diesel plant of the Mapalad Energy Generating Corporation. The target commissioning of these “firmed up” power projects would be from 2013 until the year 2016, putting in the muchneeded additional megawatts in all three major power grids. To be labeled as “committed project” would be a very significant development for the industry because this is the phase in project implementation wherein construction and commercial commissioning can already be set certain. The committed power projects for Luzon are the 270-MW phases 1 and 2 Pulang Bato coal facility of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation of the Ayala Group and Trans-Asia joint venture; 300-MW Calaca plant expansion of the Consunji group; FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

20MW Maibarara geothermal power project; 67.5MW Pililla wind project of Alternergy Wind One Corporation; 9.9MW biomass plant of San Jose City I Power Corporation; 18MW biomass facility of Isabela Biomass Energy Corporation; and 82MW coal plant of Anda Power Corporation. In that project list are two renewable energy (RE) ventures which have applied to avail of the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system. These are the wind project of Alternergy and the Isabela biomass plant. The roster of committed projects for Visayas grid covered the 270MW coal plant project of Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings Corporation; 82MW coal plant of the Toledo Power Company; 50MW Nasulo geothermal project of Energy Development Corporation; 8.0MW Villasiga hydroelectric facility of Sunwest Water & Electric Co. Inc.; 3.6MW biomass plant of Asian Energy System; and the 16MW biomass project of San Carlos BioPower Inc. On indicative projects, the energy department logged proposed investments for Luzon grid with total installed capacity 10,152.5MW – targeted for implementation from 2015 until 2020. Prospective projects for Visayas grid could yield additional 718MW; while Mindanao grid penciled in capacity additions of 2,534.6 megawatts. (PNA)


PROVET gives free anti-rabies vaccinations By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - More or less 130 dogs from the different municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte have been given free anti-rabies vaccinations by the Provincial Veterinarian’s Office (PROVET) here at the Capitol Plaza recently.



PROVET head Dr. Elmer Atienza said the activity, which was conducted Oct. 8-11, was in support of this year’s observance of Animal Welfare Week. Atienza said the provincial government had allocated P300,000.00 worth of vaccines for the program that would benefit more or less 10,000 dogs all over the province. Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy emphasized that the provincial government aims to eliminate rabies in the province

including its twin cities of Dipolog and Dapitan. Atienza cited the dangers a dog bite may cause to an individual if left unattended. So, he urged all pet owners to have their dogs immunized from rabies. It was also learned that the four-day activity was part of a joint initiative by the provincial government and the city government of Dipolog to make Zamboanga del Norte rabies-free by 2020.

Culture-sensitive health services implemented for IP in Dumingag town By Gideon C. Corgue

DUMINGAG, Zamboanga del Sur – Indigenous people’s (IP) pregnant women will no longer suffer from complications of pregnancy, as health services are now being intensified for them. Senior reproductive health specialist Dr. Noel Espallardo of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has assured during the recent launching of Indigenous People-Maternal Neonatal Care, Health and Nutrition (IP-MCNH) Project- Mindanao at the Dumingag Cultural Center that outreach health service activities would be regularly conducted to the IP communities. Espallardo said “the IPs, who are among the most disadvantaged of the Philippine populace, are vulnerable to inequities in health. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

The isolation of IPs contributes to the barriers in their access to health services.” To address the health needs of IP communities, the Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) shall be implementing culture-sensitive health services, Espallardo explained. It can be recalled that on April 19, 2013, a joint memorandum circular no. 2013-01 also known as


“Guidelines on the Delivery of Basic Health Services for Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous People” was signed by DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, and Zenaida Brigada Pawid of NCIP. Dubbed “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan” for IPs under DOH’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program, it is geared towards achieving better health outcomes, sustained heath financing, and responsive health care systems by making health services accessible to all especially the poor. Espallardo said the joint circular also employs a strategy known as the Geographically- isolated and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) Health Systems Development (HSD) aimed at establishing a health system that would address health inequity in GIDAs and improve availability and access to health resources and services. “The key course of action of GIDA-HSD is the extension of basic and regular health facility-based services to the far-flung areas and marginalized population,” Espallardo pointed out. Dumingag has 23 barangays inhabited mostly by Subanen people. Its 12 barangay health stations need to be improved while 11 others have yet to be established.


DENR-IX to extend technical assistance to Zamboanga City By Claro A.Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – To help in the rehabilitation efforts of Zamboanga City following the standoff between the government forces and the members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Misuari faction, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-IX will be extending some technical assistance to the city. Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable instructed his field personnel in Zamboanga City to provide technical assistance in the relocation of the informal settlers and donate confiscated lumbers to be used in building homes for affected families. Director Adorable elaborated that, once the area is cleared by the military from all threats, his office is willing to assist the city government in the conduct of a joint assessment together with the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (MGB), National Housing Authority (NHA) and other stakeholders to look for government sites or lots for possible housing/ resettlement sites for the affected families. “MGB will conduct a geo-hazard FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

assessment on the proposed area to ensure its suitability for human settlement,” Adorable added. He also said his office is now in the process of conducting a final inventory of confiscated forest products to be donated through the city government of Zamboanga for the construction of houses, government infrastructures and school buildings. Records would show that 10,160 houses were burned and/ or destroyed during the three-week standoff leaving 118,819 people homeless. Adorable assured that DENRIX would always support the rehabilitation and reconstructions efforts of Zamboanga City.


DOST-Caraga steps up preparation for this year’s Mindanao Cluster S & T Fair by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga is stepping up its preparations for this year’s Mindanao Cluster Science and Technology (S&T) Fair on November 6-10, 2013 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.



DOST-Caraga OIC Regional Director Dominga Mallonga said the five-day event will showcase the products of DOST-assisted projects from six regions in Mindanao and the various programs and services of the DOST Councils and Institutes. “There will be a fora on various technologies to be participated by our program beneficiaries, line agencies and partners from the private sectors which support the DOST’s S & T initiatives in improving the productivity of SMEs in the region,” added Mallonga. It was also learned that back to back to this activity is the conduct of the 2013 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE)

with the theme “Invention and Innovation for Smarter Philippines. The contest is a competition open to inventors and researchers from both public and private sectors who are interested to participate under the following categories: Invention Category (Tuklas Award), Utility Model Category, Industrial Design Category, Creative Research Category, all under the Likha Award and Student Creative Research Category for High School and College Students under the Sibol Award. This year’s Mindanao Cluster S & T Fair is anchored on the theme, “Science, Technology and Innovation: The Road to a Smarter Philippines”.

138 farmers graduate from ‘Universityon-the-Air’ in Surigao Sur by Nida Grace P. Barcena

TANDAG CITY-- A total of 138 farmers graduated from the University-on-theAir (UOA) on White Corn Production in Surigao del Sur. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


The graduation rites held at the Provincial Social Hall in Tandag City on Thursday, Oct. 10 was joined by farmer students of San Miguel (63), Tago (49), Bayabas (11) and Tandag City (15). The UOA on White Corn Production was a radio program lesson based on the course module that was discussed on the air. It was anchored by Japhet Sugian with David Naungayan, the Provincial Corn Coordinator, as a resource speaker and was aired thru Sure FM every Tuesday morning

from June to August, 2013. It can be recalled that early this year, a mass briefing and enrollment was conducted in the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and in Butuan City. The Department of Agriculture thru its AgriPinoy corn program recognized the power of radio in communication and information dissemination direct to the beneficiaries on the ground.

Health care in remote barangay for indigenous women, children launched by Abee E. Castardo

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur -- Three birthing clinics/ Barangay Health Centers are set to be constructed in Barangay Binicalan, San Luis, this province to address the health needs of the lumads (indigenous people), specially women and children. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


The program, according to Dr. Joel Espallardo, Senior Reproductive Health Specialist of the Department of Health (DOH), is funded by the European Union thru the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and is aimed to address the health and nutrition program of pregnant women, newly born babies and children. “Our aim here is to give enough attention to the health needs of women, their new born babies and the children in Barangay Binicalan and other neighboring barangays, where our lumads like the Tagbuligan, Banwaon, Manobo, Talaandig and Adgawan live. That is why, this program called Indigenous Peoples Maternal Neonatal, Children Health and Nutrition (IP-MNCHN) project will be implemented,” said Dr. Espallardo. According to data from San Luis Rural Health Unit, most of the pregnant women deliver their children at home, which causes high mortality among them, which were supposedly can be prevented. Aside from that, records also show that only 35 percent of the children were immunized in the area. In order to address the issue, Atty. Elsie Alejandro of the NCIP FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

said, three birthing clinics/ rural health units with complete facilities will be constructed in Barangay Binikalan to be manned by midwives so that the problem on the birth delivery of pregnant women, enough health care for the new born babies and the nutrition needs of children will be given enough attention and mortality during delivery will be eradicated. “The IP-MNCHN will last until 2016 and funds will be coming from the European Union. Since this program is Mindanaowide, together with Barangay Binikalan, the program will also start in Zamboanga del Sur, North Cotabato, Bukidnon and Compostela Valley province. The total fund set aside for this program for the five municipalities is P400 million, and we are lucky enough to be one of the recipients,” Atty. Alejandro said. Since this program is one of the priorities of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur and the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, a ceremonial signing of manifesto of commitment were done between all the stakeholders spearheaded by Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza of Agusan del Sur, facilitated by Gilbert Pacificar, the provincial project coordinator.


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MisOr emerges as Quality Corn Achievers’ Awardee by Joanne L. Olson

MISAMIS ORIENTAL– The Provincial Local Government Unit of Misamis Oriental (PLGU-MisOr) is one of the recipients of the Quality Corn Achievers’ Awardee after the Department of Agriculture (DA) has recognized the outstanding contribution of the province to the corn industry.



Concepcion C. Salcedo, corn coordinator of MisOr, said that for the 2010-2012 period the province has allocated almost P6.5 million to the Corn Program, which was utilized for the distribution of corn seeds, the establishment of Multi-Purpose Drying Pavements, the provision of corn sheller and farm tractors, the adoption of Good Agricultural Practices for Corn, the conduct of soil analysis and Farmers’ Field Schools, among others. The amount, she added, has extended assistance to corn farmers with a total area planted of 47,588 hectares and an average volume of production of 249,000 metric tons (mt) at an average yield of 4.4 mt/ ha. Major projects implemented by the province in coordination with the DA-10 and the city and municipal LGUs, Salcedo reported, include the establishment of a seed production site and a Bio-N processing center, which is located in the town of Villanueva; and a 100 tonners capacity Corn Processing Complex in Claveria. She further expressed that the

projects would not have been made possible if not for the 26 active, dynamic and dedicated technical staff of the Provincial Agriculture’s Office supporting the corn program and the 101 agricultural technicians assigned in the different cities and municipalities. As a national corn quality achievers’ awardee, PLGU-MisOr will receive a prize amounting to P3 million worth of projects, which will be awarded on October 23, 2013 in Tagaytay City. Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano and Salcedo is set to receive the award. For his part, Emano assured that the province will continue to pursue initiatives that will sustain the production of quality corn among farmers. “We will exhaust all our means, all our efforts to continue delivering basic services in helping our agricultural sector, especially the farmers of our corn…because you are the sector that has been supportive for sustainable food in the province,” provincial governor said.

Filing of COC for 2013 barangay elections starts October 11 by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - Filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) relative to the October 28, 2013 Barangay Elections will start on October 11 until October 17, except October 13, Sunday. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


This is pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9761, promulgated last August 23, which has extended to six days the period of filing the COC: October 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, from 8:00 a.m. up to 5:00 p.m., each day, Atty. Roy Prule M. Ebiza, Provincial Election Supervisor, said. Previously, Comelec Resolution No. 9715, promulgated last June 18, prescribed the period for filing of COC in connection with the Oct. 28 Barangay Elections to be on Oct. 15-17, 2013, or a duration of three days. Due to the numerous requests from field offices for the extension of the filing period of the COC’s, the

Comelec promulgated Resolution No.9761, as the three-day period may not be sufficient to accommodate all the candidates. In view of the expanding interest to participate in the Oct. 28 elections, it is likely that the number of candidates for the barangay elective positions will significantly increase, the Comelec said. However, noting the tendency of the candidates to file the COC’s toward the end of the filing period, the Comelec said it can no longer extend it beyond October 17, 2013, as the following day, Oct. 18, 2013 is already the start of the campaign period.

LGU launches senior citizen mobile registration by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – More than 400 senior citizens and person with disabilities (PWDs) availed of the mobile birth certificate reconstruction and registration here, during the “Makanunayong Serbisyo Alang sa Katawhan” (MSAK) barangay visits. MSAK is a regular program of the local government of Mambajao, bringing basic government services to the barangays. This year, it was expanded to cover civil registration services, with special focus on the senior citizens, where most records were destroyed by the Japanese occupation, volcanic eruption, and termites. The outreach started off last August until this month to cover all 15 barangays in Mambajao. Editha B. Moosreiner, Municipal FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

Civil Registrar said this is their way of honoring the elderly and those with disabilities, in time for the “Elderly Filipino Week Celebration” on October 1-7 and the “Senior Citizens Month Celebration” last September. The MSAK program also brings in services like the medical, dental, feeding, seeding distribution, even hair and facial make-over. It is the government’s way of giving back to the people, what the people need.


City plans night and weekend markets to ease city streets-TMC by Joey Dalumpines

the Traffic Management Center said five areas are chosen as sites for the night market namely, Ilustre Street Extension from the underpass of the Bangkerohan Bridge to the corner of Ilustre and Pichon Streets, DAVAO CITY- Local officials recDuterte to General Luna Streets, ommended the holding of night Both sides of the Roxas Avenue and weekend markets in order to particularly beside the drainage accommodate street vendors to sell their merchandise to the resi- canal from the Corner of Father Faura and Pag-asa Streets, Bangoy dents, consequently clearing the to Alvarez Streets in Magsaysay streets and sidewalks of the city Avenue and Bangoy Streets towards during the day. Dionesio Abude, chief of the fly-over bridge in Agdao. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013


He said the night market will start at 5:00 pm onwards. Abude said a weekend market will also be set-up along San Pedro Street from the corner of the city hall drive towards the corner of Anda Street and from Bangoy Street to Alvarez Street at Magsaysay Avenue. He said the weekend market will start at 2:00 pm onwards. Yusop Jimlani, chief of the City Demolition Team said vendors will be charged P150-tax payment for every night display. He expressed hope that street vendors will follow suit and eventually help clear the areas where they currently conduct their

trade. Jimlani observed several ambulant vendors are already occupying the space between the San Pedro Cathedral and the Sangguniang Panlungsod building permanently. “They have to leave eventually since we agreed in the first place that their stay is only temporary, only during the holding of the Kadayawan Festival,� he said. Jimlani stressed that even with the absence of a relocation site, vendors must be removed from the area to give access to the masses that use the road and sidewalk. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Total number of registered voters for Davao del Sur who will determine the fate of the province of Davao Occidental


BFAR 11 pushes for preservation during 50th Fish Conservation Week Celebration by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY-The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 11 celebrates today the 50th Fish Conservation Week calling for the preservation and protection of the fish and its sanctuaries.

Fatma Idris, director of the BFAR 11 said the celebration runs from October 13 to 19 when they pay tribute to fisherfolks, schools and colleges which contribute to the information drive of taking care of the water based resources. She said their agency has brought down the information campaign to the consciousness of the young who are keener in preservation and other ways to protect the environment. Idris said all activities will revolve on the theme, “Pangisdang Pinagyaman Ngayong Henerasyon, Sagana sa Panghabangpanahon.” “There will be motorcade af


ter the flag-ceremony and mass, then we will proceed to the awarding ceremony for the winners in the MTV and short documentary presented by high schools and colleges and our partner-stakeholders in the region,” she said. Jose Longro, Jr., city fishery officer of the BFAR 11 said they will also provide fishing gears to fisher folks who want to upgrade their fishing equipment during the celebration week except on October 15 which is a national holiday in commemoration of the Ed’l Adha, or the end of the Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. He urged fisher folks in the city to visit their office and avail of the services being offered by their agency. “Just come to our office and we are very much willing to assist you,” Longro said. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


Kids receive school supplies from Smart GENERAL SANTOS CITY - City Mayor Ronnel Rivera distributes school supplies from Smart Communications Monday, October 7, at Lozano Elementary School in Barangay Sinawal. Education is one of the three areas of concern of the mayor, aside from health and modified social services. (GENSAN INFO OFFICE)



GPH Panel condemns BIFF violence in some parts of Mindanao

By Shahana Joy DuermeQFF KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato --The GPH Panel, in a press briefing held recently, condemned the violent incidents committed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in different provinces in Mindanao.

GPH Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the BIFF attacks showed a total disregard to human life and a willful desire to block the progress towards achieving a peaceful resolution of the armed conflicts in region. From July to September this year, the government panel tallied a total of 48 violent incidents, including shootings, explosions and fire fights in the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Basilan. Some of the incidents in Basilan involved alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. “These acts show that the BIFF and their cohorts are bent on disrupting the peaceful option, and have no qualms to use violence against civilians in order to achieve their political objectives,” Coronel-Ferrer added. On the other hand, government negotiator and presidential adviser on Muslim Concerns Yasmin Busran-Lao noted that the peace negotiation in Mindanao is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

open to all who wish to participate in a non-violent political change. “There will be space for all those who wish to participate based on fair rules. We are optimistic that the Bangsamoro will grab this opportunity and will transcend personal, tribal, or organizational interests to bring about good governance for our people,” Busran-Lao emphasized. She also explained that the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) aim to strengthen the partnership with the MILF as a peace partner in building effective and responsive autonomous governance in the Bangsamoro region. On the issue about the “exclusion” of the MNLF in this process, the head of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, Secretary Mehol Sadain clarified that similar tracks are being pursued with the different MNLF groups and personalities who will commit to renounce violence. But the government panel member added that the unity of


the MNLF and the MILF cannot be imposed by the government, instead, Sadain said that both groups need to build the bridges among themselves. “We will support such initiatives but we cannot force it upon them,” Sadain added. Meanwhile, members of

the peace panel are not only condemning political violence but are also calling for support to peaceful reform. Moreover, they are hopeful that peace negotiations will bring results that will end conflict in Mindanao. (SJDuerme-PIA12/OPAPP)

Village groups receive P2.5-M from DA-MRDP By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Five people’s organization in Malungon, Sarangani Province recently received P2.5 million as livelihood assistance from the Mindanao Rural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture These projects were funded under the program’s Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) intended to improve the living conditions of residents in remote villages. Malungon Mayor Reynaldo Constantino identified the PO’s that received P500, 000 each as follows: Nagkahiusang Mag-uuma para sa Kalambuan sa Barangay Tamban, Nagkahiusang Kababayen-an ug Kabatan-unan sa Barangay Lutay, Nagkahiusang Katawhan sa Barangay Panamin, Upper Lumabat Integrated Farmers’ Association, and United People of Barangay San Juan. Since last year, he pointed out, MRDP-CFAD has already implemented P7.5 million worth of livelihood projects in the area. In 2012, MRDP poured in P5 million for Barangays Laurel, Banate, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

Kawayan, San Miguel, and San Roque “The local government of Malungon in collaboration with the DA-MRDP continuously provides livelihood projects to ensure that development is constant and is really felt on the ground,” he said. With these aids for his constituents, the local chief executive thanked the DA 12 through Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan for trusting the LGU in the agency’s efforts to achieve Food Staples Self-sufficiency Program (FSSP) and for providing local groups with a means to earn income. Rogaciano J. Lumen, head of MRDPCFAD in Region 12, said the project was designed to provide farmers and different participating people’s organizations the opportunity to improve their lives by augmenting


their family’s incomes. MRDP is a long-term poverty alleviation initiative of the national government implemented by the DA in Mindanao jointly funded by the

World Bank and the counterparts from the national government and local government units. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with LMSalvo- DA 12)

Senior citizens get medical, dental assistance

By: Shahana Joy Duerme KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato -- Senior citizens in Buayan, M’lang and Poblacio, Pikit, recently received free medical and dental care courtesy of the provincial government of North Cotabato.

The outreach program was headed by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) through its Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) in partnership with the 7th Field Artillery Battalion of the Philippine Army. In Buayan, 275 elderly residents benefited from the free medical consultation while 19 availed of the free dental services On the other hand, in Barangay Poblacion, 109 senior citizens benefited from medical consultation while 5 availed of the free dental services. They were also provided medicines and vitamins. During the same event, doctors and staff of the IPHO also conducted circumcision while the Philippine Army provided hair grooming services. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

Gov. Emmylou Mendoza said, senior citizens deserve care and should be prioritized in health programs. “Without them (senior citizens) we will not be where we are now and we will not become who we are now. We owe it to them,” she added. Over the years, Mendoza, with her “Serbisyong Totoo” advocacy has already reached out to thousands of individuals in North Cotabato through medical-dental programs. This comes along with other priority projects such as road concreting, construction of multipurpose buildings, barangay halls, covered courts and other infrastructure projects. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta. Cruz&VGBacarat-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)


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One Mindanao - October 14, 2013