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Aquino visit Cebu, Bohol Wednesday to assess earthquake damage


Classes resume in Zamboanga today after war, floods Dominic I. Sanchez

National Meat Safety Consciousness Week kicks off in Pagadian City Alma L. Tingcang


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Bayugan City Poblacion officials get village updates Alvin A. Añonuevo

Surigao City Prosecutors Office bares second, third quarter accomplishments


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MisOr high schools compete in DTI provincial quiz bee Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

DTI disposed substandard electrical products, defective weighing scales Lorry V. Gabule


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Davao entrepreneur wins prestigious Agora Award Jeanevive Abangan



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Mindanao-wide rubber congress pushed Danilo E. Doguiles

North Cotabato holds first culture and arts congress Shahana Joy E. Duerme

Multi-sectoral groups rally for honest, peaceful barangay polls in Lanao del Sur Apipa P. Bagumbaran

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 44


PIA-12 organizes DevComnetwork with students By Catherine T. Apelacio


n a bid to expand reach of government information in Soccsksargen Region (Region 12), the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 12 has embarked on a program that would organize a network of student communicators.

Early this month, Alabel National Science High School (ANSHS) in Alabel, Sarangani Province and Koronadal National Comprehensive High School (KNCHS) organized their respective groups that became part of the Campus Development Communicators Network (CDevComNet).

Late last year, CDevCom net was piloted at the Irineo L. Santiago National High School of Metro Dadiangas in General Santos City with the school’s key students of the Special Program for Journalism (SPJ). CDevComNet is a brainchild of PIA 12 Regional Director Olivia Sudaria, who personally leads the organization campuses. Sudaria described it as “initiative” to boost the efforts of the agency in massively disseminating and propagating government information to the public. She said the students and the

youth, in general are “potent force” in nation building. “As hope of the fatherland and future leaders of the country, the opportunity to usher in transformation lies in their hands,” she enunciated. She also believes that the “campus is a venue where they also can sound off their ideals on good governance which they can carry on in their communities.” Director Sudaria said the CDevComNet will lead in the school communication efforts and serve as “campus media practitioners” since they are poised to be “catalysts of change” at schools. According to her, through the various communication activities that the CDevComNet shall be conducting under the tutelage of PIA-12, core members will learn about what government is doing for them and the country, as a whole. The organization of CDevComNet in schools aims to develop students’ potentials on

communications especially the raw skills of core members at a minimal cost as possible. With increased knowledge on government undertakings, it will enable them then to share to their peers and their respective communities about government--its plans, policies, programs, projects, and activities. The CDevComNet elected officers at ANSHS are CathrineAng, president; Faith Abasolo, vice president; AlmeraAgulan, secretary; Ferneil Torres, treasurer; LyelleGalupar, auditor; ZyrilClavel, business manager; FrenzieEscalada, public relations officer; and WennethCorpuz, representative for Grade 7. ANSHS Principal Norma Rendon noted the significance of CDevComNet in school, saying it is a good venue for her students to get actively involved in government communication activities. CDevComNetofficersin Irineo L. Santiago NHS are Karen Gin Doria, president; AlonicaLineses, vice president; Jashiene Anne Lanaja, secretary; Andre Lou Agawa, treasurer; RodsmanTumbaga, auditor; Angelika Layola, public relations officer; Daphne Cose and Clarisse Canque, business managers; Jose Calaque and Robert 5

Manlangit, peace officers; Donessa Tomas, ShielaVallente, and Win LalaineDurato, representatives for 4th year, 3rd year, and Grade 7, respectively. SPJ Coordinator Sally Palomo urged the officers to take their role seriously, so they will be able to learn the trade in communicating government activities, regularly partaking in raising awareness and boosting the knowledge of the public alongside PIA. The school has also designated the “third Monday� of the month for the officers and the proponent-organizer to interface on different issues and concerns to include possible learning skills for the officers. The recentlyheld Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) has conspicuously set off PIA-12 and

CDevComNet tandem in the campus. Director Sudaria assured that the PIA-12 will continue to supervise the communication activities of the organization from infancy until it becomes stabilized and matures. The organization will also be assisted and guided by their respective school paper advisers or coordinators, she added. On October 3, CDevComNet was brought to the consciousness of KNCHS organizing key students composed of school papers editors and writers. It was also joined by their respective school papers advisers. The group here is being led by Very soon CDevComNet will also be at the portal of General Santos National School of Arts and Trade and to be expanded later in select colleges and universities all over the region, if necessary.

President Aquino instructs concerned government agencies to assist earthquake-hit areas


resident Benigno Aquino III has instructed all concerned government agencies to provide the necessary assistance to areas damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake Tuesday.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has ordered Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Defense Secretary Voltaire WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

Gazmin and Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to immediately address the needs of the local government units particularly in areas badly damaged by the quake such as Bohol and Cebu.


Valte said the DSWD has allocated a standby assistance fund of P8.7- million – P5.9-million for Western Visayas and P2.84-million for Central Visayas. The President has also instructed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to inspect the resiliency of the structures and establishments in areas jolted by the quake to avoid further accidents. “Ang instructions po sa akin ng Executive Secretary ay ulitin po ito sa inyo para matulungan niyo po kaming madala ng mensahe sa mga kababayan natin doon. Iwasan po muna natin ‘yung mga damaged structure,” Valte said. “Ang DSWD po ang magpoprovide ng mga tents doon sa open spaces, while the structures are being checked by the DPWH, as well as the Local Public Works Office of the local government units,” she added. Valte likewise said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have been deployed to


help in the rescue operations. She also assured that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has been overseeing the clearing operations in several airports such as Mactan International Airport and Tagbilaran City Airport to avoid disruption of flights. The Department of Health (DOH) has also activated hospitals in Western and Central Visayas as well as the hospitals in Metro Manila in case additional manpower will be needed. The President was briefed by concerned government officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council office in Camp Aguinaldo Tuesday afternoon. As of latest update, President Aquino said at least 28 people were killed following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that jolted Carmen, Bohol and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao. Eighteen were killed in Bohol, nine in Cebu and one in Siquijor.


Aquino visit Cebu, Bohol Wednesday to assess earthquake damage


resident Benigno S. Aquino III will visit quake ravaged areas in Cebu and Bohol on Wednesday to assess the destruction there.

In a briefing at the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council on Tuesday, the President said he wanted agencies to account for everyone in the disaster areas especially those trapped in buildings and isolated locations. The President also instructed agencies to inform the people in affected areas that there’s no tsunami WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

warning raised and tidal waves won’t affect coastal communities. The Department of Science and Technology said during the briefing that there are possibilities for sinkholes to appear, and these could threaten people and infrastructures, so the public must take extra precaution while in the disaster areas. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky


Soliman said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has ready food provisions and tents for the victims. She also said tents are needed because many people are afraid to go home as aftershocks continued. In Tagbilaran Stadium, Soliman said there are 200 families that are already taking shelter there and many were still coming. The defense department said three C-130 cargo planes from the air force are on standby to carry relief supplies and personnel. It was also reported that the Tagbilaran port could accommodate naval ships that will ferry relief goods, personnel and other supplies. The Department of Public Works and Highways said there are 12 bridges that were damaged by the quake in Bohol, which will make transporting of supplies difficult. The department has to make temporary bridges to make affected communities accessible. President Aquino said the DPWH WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

must take a second look at how it does the assessments on the country’s buildings and structures to ensure their structural integrity and prevent the loss of lives. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said that they have been carrying out assessments of the country’s structures under their structural resiliency program that are focused on hospitals and schools. Also during the same briefing, officials from the Department of Education said that 95 percent of school buildings in Cebu were reported to have cracks and were now considered unsafe. The DepEd announced the suspension of classes in Cebu and Bohol tomorrow. The earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.2 in the Richter scale, making it a major quake, is the strongest that hit Bohol in the last 400 years, according to government officials. The quake’s epicenter was tracked at the mountainous area in Bohol, they said. PND


Earthquake inflicts no major damage in NorMin


orthern Mindanao was spared of major damage as an intensity 7.2 earthquake hits the Central Visayas region Tuesday morning, local officials here said. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) said that the tremor which struck about 8:15 a.m. was of tectonic origin and was traced to have originated in the eastern part of Bohol that spread toward the Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao region. Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., provincial administrator of Misamis Oriental, said that the earthquake was felt at intensity 4.2 in the province. He said the province’s risk and management council has not received any report of damage in the province’s 23 towns and the two component cities of Gingoog in the east coast and El Salvador in the west coast. Residents in Cagayan de Oro City said that the earthquake was felt for more than four minutes. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

Police Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares, the city’s police chief, said that the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) has not received any report of damage caused by the earthquake. The Army’s 4th Infantry Division based at Camp Evangelista in Patag, Cagayan de Oro, has yet to release and official statement about the effect of the earthquake in Northern Mindanao Tuesday morning. Capt. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the Army’s Public Affairs Division, said that the military was still gathering reports about the effect of the earthquake from the various military commands within the area of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. Northern Mindanao comprised Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, and Bukidnon.


Two “conflict barangays” in Zambo cleared By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Task Force Suyod completed its clearing operations in two barangays here, two weeks after the attack was declared over.



Barangay Rio Hondo, one of the directly affected barangays, and Barangay Zone 4 were cleared of explosives, booby traps, and possible Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) remnants according to the City Public Information Office (CPIO). The Task Force is still in the process of clearing Barangay Sta. Catalina, the worst affected area where MNLF-Misuari faction rebels set camp, and the neighboring barangay of Sta. Barbara. Authorities have reportedly cleared at least 70% of Sta. Catalina and at least 20% of Sta. Barbara as of this writing. Task Force Zamboanga has WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

turned-over the Sta. Barbara Barangay Hall and mosque to its Barangay chairman two weeks ago. Also among the cleared facilities that were turned-over to their respective heads of offices are the Hall of Justice, the Zamboanga City Medical Center, Land Transportation Office, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-IX and its umbrella offices, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and the Land Bank of the Philippines, among others. CPIO data disclosed that there were 53 bodies recovered during the daily clearing operations, including 396 explosives and 19 firearms.


Classes resume in Zamboanga today after war, floods

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Zamboanga Crisis Management Committee (CMC) has ordered that all schools resume classes today after a three-week standoff followed by torrents. But teachers already reported to their respective schools Monday to clean up their classrooms, which for over a month have been used as temporary evacuation centers for conflict-displaced families and those that were affected by the intense floods that had inundated several barangays in the city. “Our priority is to ensure that the classrooms are clean when classes begin today,” said Baliwasan Central School Principal Dr. Teresita Sagrado. She said that as of Monday, there were still approximately 200 evacuees in the school. Most of them come from conflict-affected barangays in Sta. Catalina-Rio Hondo area. On the other hand, most of the families that evacuated due to floods have already gone home. Sagrado said the floodwater had reached knee-deep in some classrooms, drenching some books WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

and other school materials. “We cannot tell if normal classes will really happen today. But we will abide by the CMC’s order,” said Dr. Sagrado. In the meantime, to pave the way for the holding of classes, the remaining 200 evacuees in said school would be transferred to its SPED center. It can be recalled that last Sept.9, thousands of families fled their homes in barangays Rio Hondo, Talon-Talon, Mampang, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Kasanyangan and other nearby villages due to a standoff wrought by rogue MNLFMisuari faction fighters. Houses were burned down leaving thousands of people homeless. The crisis lasted for three weeks, which was immediately followed by incessant rains last week that brought flooding in several barangays, causing more families to seek shelter in evacuation centers like schools.


National Meat Safety Consciousness Week kicks off in Pagadian City By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY - Every consumer must be conscious of the safety of meat sold in the market and that it should undergo meat inspection to ensure that it is safe for human consumption. This was the gist of the message of Dr. Arturo S. De Jesus Jr, Regional Technical Director of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) in a media forum held at Anastacia Pension House and Restaurant on Oct. 7 to drumbeat the celebration of the 41st National Meat Safety Consciousness Week. “While it is true that we eat meat where we derive protein, it is possible that the unsuspecting WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

consumer might be able to buy meat which may have not undergone meat inspection. If we buy contaminated meat, we will also be infected with diseases. We should be aware and be able to identify fresh meat aside from asking for the meat inspection certificate from the meat dealer,� he explained. Dr. De Jesus cited a case of a young man who was afflicted with a disease caused by eating meat


contaminated with cyst which caused him to experience epileptic seizure. Doctors found a cyst on his head so he had to be operated immediately. Others may be infected with tapeworm which is common among domestic animals. He lauded the media for their crucial role in disseminating accurate and relevant information to the consuming public and rallied their support for a health conscious and more informed citizenry. This year’s theme is “Meat Safety for AEC: Gearing towards Asean Economic Community 2015.” “We are doing our best, in the Department of Agriculture (DA) especially with NMIS, so that our meat inspection system will be at par, if not better than other ASEAN member countries come 2015. Not only improve our system of inspection but the upgrade of our laboratories, including how we raise our farm animals. Our goal for the regional economic integration is by 2015,” says Dr. De Jesus. The NMIS will continue to raise the standard by imposing proper meat inspection in the slaughterhouse and upgrade existing facilities in the country so that we will be able to export our products to our Asean neighbors. De Jesus was joined by Dr. Wilson Baya, Senior Meat Control Officer; Ms. Susan Yecpot, Meat Science and Technology Division chief; Mr. Olympio Yecpot, Accreditation, Regulation Enforcement Division and Mr. Dino Sumalinog, chief of the Consumer Information and Protection Assistance Unit. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


Over nutrition is a serious health concern, says DOH-Caraga by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) Caraga emphasized during a recent media forum that over nutrition (overweight/obesity) is a serious health concern especially in the light of its strong association with the development of noncommunicable diseases specifically cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, and chronic respiratory diseases.



Delma O. Legaspi, registered nurse and Healthy Lifestyle & Non-Communicable Disease Coordinator of DOH-Caraga, bared that among the health risks associated with obesity include the following: Cancer, Reproductive hormone abnormalities, Polycystic ovary syndrome, impaired fertility, low back pain, fetal defects associated with maternal obesity, coronary heart disease, hypertension, osteoarthritis, Hyperurecemia and gout, Type II Diabetes, Gallbladder diseases, Dyslipidemia, breathlessness, and sleep apnea. “Let’s be conscious of our health. Let’s eat a healthy diet by following

these tips: eat just enough fats, oils and sugar; eat moderately animal foods, dried beans and nuts; eat more vegetables and fruits; and eat most rice and other cereals, bread and rootcrops,” she said. Legaspi further said that other ways of preventing over nutrition and obesity such as: remove additives like MSG and lessen Sodium and Sugar in cooking; offer a healthier menu – fresh fruits instead of pastries; and offices should provide a short break in the morning to give those who missed out on breakfast a chance to grab a quick meal. “Prevention is better than cure,” stressed Legaspi.

Bayugan City Poblacion officials get village updates by Alvin A. Añonuevo AGUSAN DEL SUR-- Officials and residents of Barangay (village) Poblacion in Bayugan City gathered last Sunday, Oct. 13 for the second Barangay General Assembly for this year. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


The Local Government Code mandates all the local government units to conduct their own barangay general assembly to discuss the problems and projects for the community. The barangay conducted its first General Assembly last April, 2013. The program started with a welcome address by Barangay councilor Henry C. Buque. Barangay chairman Kim A. Asis then reported to his constituents the various projects implemented by the council from health, economic development, infrastructure projects to four public schools, medical and burial services.

During the open forum, purok presidents suggested various projects and programs to be implemented with the approval of the Barangay Council. Also, issues on drugs, garbage collection and disposal, among others were raised. Chairman Asis then thanked all his constituents who attended the event. To date, Barangay Poblacion is one of the most populous barangays in the province. According to Barangay Secretary Maria Estela T. Paring, Barangay Poblacion has a total population of 19, 849 and subdivided in 30 puroks.

Surigao City Prosecutors Office bares second, third quarter accomplishments

SURIGAO CITY -- The City Prosecutors Office here unveiled recently its second and third quarter accomplishment report for 2013 during the flag raising ceremony held at the City Hall Compound, this city. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


Anecita N. Escudo, Administrative Officer V of the City Prosecutor Office revealed that cases received by their office for criminal complaints of different offenses for preliminary investigations or regular cases reached a total of 310, and another 123 for inquest cases, with a total of 433 cases for the second and third quarter of this year. Out of 433 cases, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 had the most numbered with 42 cases and followed by 41 cases for Theft and Robbery. Escudo said that for the pending cases of the 1st quarter of 2013, their office recorded 93 regular cases for preliminary investigation and 8 inquest cases for further investigation. There were 211 cases filed in the court and 108 both regular and inquest cases were dismissed for insufficient evidence. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

With regards to Fiscal’s Clearance and Administration Oath of Office, a total of 863 litigants were served and provided speedy legal services for various legal counseling and documents for any legal purposes. “The four prosecutors of our office handled a total of 1,176 various criminal cases before Municipal Trial Courts and Regional Trial Courts. There were 53 accused that were found guilty beyond reasonable doubt and were convicted to suffer imprisonments and/or fines. Justice was served to those victims,” Escudo said. The City Prosecutor’s Office is the duly authorized representative of the Office of the Solicitor General in the 49 Specials Proceedings cases, such as declaration of nullity of marriage, correction of entries, adoption, land cases and other civil cases.


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Inug-og festival highlights Oroquieta City Octoberfest by Joanne L. Olson

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Inug-og Festival, Street Dancing and Ritual Competition at 1:00 p.m., today, Oct. 14, will be among the highlights of the month-long celebration of the City Fiesta, here.



A prelude to the feast of the city patron, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary on October 16, the festival is actually a tribute to the Subanen tribe who live along the numerous rivers inside the Mt. Malindang Ranges Natural Park (MMRNP), at the foot of which, Oroquieta, the provincial capital of Misamis Occidental, is nestled. Now on its 27th year, the Inugog Festival is a tableau and free interpretation depicting the Subanen ritual and way of life, with the participants wearing Subanen-inspired apparel, of predominantly black and red colors, dancing to live music and ethnic musical instruments, such as, bamboos, gongs and native drums. Meanwhile, a festival of rides, “perya” (fair) and “baratillo” (discounted rates) of agricultural and industrial products have been on display at the Reclamation Area, here, from October 1-31. Daily/nightly shows are also among the celebration: Oct. 3, 4th Cooperative Educational Contest, Oct. 4, Senior Citizens’ Day and Oct. 5,

Balls Club of Misamis University Basketball Competition, World Teachers’ Day and Eagles’ Battle of the Bands. Oct. 7, Drum Corps Competition, Oct. 8, Miss Oroquieta City Tourism 2013 Pageant, Oct. 11, Girls Scout of the Philippines (GSP) Search for the Badges, Boys Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) Skills-o-Rama and GMA Kapuso Fiesta Invitational Fireworks Competition. Oct. 12, Knights of Columbus Day, Live Band Concert, Dawn and Free Style Invitational Fireworks Competition and Astig Mindanao HipHop Dance Contest, Oct. 15, PreFiesta Concert and Oct. 16, OctoberFest Live Band Concert. Oct. 17-20, 2013 Invitational Basketball Tournament, Oct. 18-20, 8th Western Mindanao Boys Scouts Jamboree and Oct. 20, Labyognay XIV: 4th Mayor Jason P. Almonte Cup. Oct. 23, Coop Month Celebration, Oct. 24, Government Employees’ Fun Day and Oct. 25, Universal Children’s Month Celebration.

MisOr high schools compete in DTI provincial quiz bee by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A total of 61 fourth year students from 33 public high schools in Misamis Oriental competed in the provincial quiz bee of the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental (DTIMOR) on October 11, Friday at SM this city. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


As part for this month’s Consumer Welfare Celebration, the provincial quiz bee allowed students to compete on their knowledge on consumer rights, trade laws and health related concerns. The quiz was categorized in three rounds namely, easy, average and difficult. The first round constituted of 10 easy questions wherein students were given multiple choices. Second round was five questions with two points each. Lastly, the difficult level posted five questions with three points each without multiple choices. Cherry Jane Deluna of Agusan National High School garnered the first place and received P3,000 cash and a certificate. Second place went to Fetty Gilo of Alubijid Comprehensive High School with P2,000 cash and a certificate while Junnifer Lufranco of

Cagayan de Oro National High School took the third place with P1,000 cash and certificate. According to the Department of Education (DepEd), this is the best way and venue to increase the level of awareness and improve knowledge of these students on consumer welfare. According to Almer R. Masillones of DTI-MOR, the consumer welfare month this year with the theme “Health products’ quality, efficacy, safety and transparency, everybody’s concern” is chaired by the Department of Health (DOH) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Moreover, the provincial quiz bee is on its 7th year. It first started in 2007 here, Masillones said. Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 declares the month of October of each year as Consumer Welfare Month.

DTI disposed substandard electrical products, defective weighing scales by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) of Iligan conducted a disposal activity of substandard/uncertified electrical, building and construction materials, electrical appliances and selected consumer products like Christmas lights and lighters, after the city flag raising ceremony. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


These products are believed to be one of the major causes of fires in the country, said Ruel B. Paclipan, provincial director, DTI Iligan City/ Lanao del Norte. The city government officials and employees led by Mayor Celso G. Regencia witnessed the crushing of those disposed products with the use of the road roller. These products were apprehended from nine establishments- six from Iligan City and three from Lanao del Norte, during a joint LPCC and Bureau of Fire monitoring on November and December 2012. The total value of goods apprehended amounted to P286,693.00. Included in the disposal were 50 defective weighing scales which are no longer fit to use and are found to be beyond repair/calibration. These


were confiscated during the LPCC ‘Operation Timbangan,’ spearheaded by the Permits and Licenses Division, Office of the City Mayor, last August 2012 at Pala-o and Central Markets, this city. The conduct of this disposal activity promotes awareness and enhances consumer welfare through the prohibition of sale of substandard products and by encouraging consumers to buy safe and quality products which comply with relevant standards, by looking for the quality marks like Philippine Standard (PS) mark or Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark. The Local Price Coordinating Council is composed of government line agencies and offices from the local government unit.


Police power invoke to save lives in hazardous city streets by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte justified the full implementation of all traffic rules including the compliance of speed limit within the city roads to ensure public safety.

Duterte expressed disappointment over the sight of children crossing the streets as if running for their lives even on the pedestrian lanes just to evade fast

running vehicles “It is no longer acceptable,” he stressed. Earlier, he ordered the He invoked the city ex- Land Transportation Office 11, ecutive’s police power to save the City Traffic Group and the Traffic Management Center to lives. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


be on the streets to implement the traffic regulations. Duterte’s specific directive is for authorities to run after public utility jeepneys with engines beyond legal specification, drag racers and abusive drivers of fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances. “This must end now,” he said. He stressed that the 40 kilometers per hour must be the specific speed limit within the city. Duterte mulled of issuing an executive order to impound and to make arrest violators of traffic rules. He said the proposed law covers to impound cars owned by drag racers. “Do not release until I talk to them and to their parents. They are only showing off that they are rich,” Duterte pointed out. He said that in the eyes of the law, everyone is equal here in Davao City. However, Duterte pointed out that under his watch, the poor is given ample protection. Dionesio Abude, chief of WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

the TMC expressed readiness to implement Duterte’s directive given that his office has many operatives deputized by the LTO. He said the TMC has 60 LTO-deputized personnel. Chief Inspector Rhodelio Poliquit, head of the Traffic Group said four teams are now deployed on the Northern and Southern parts of the city to ensure that traffic rules are strictly followed. He said every team is composed of eight operatives from the TMC, and three police from the Traffic Group. P oliquit expressed appreciation to residents who cooperate by reporting violation on traffic rules like drag racing. Atty Gomer Dy, director of the LTO 11 said that the current traffic rules and regulations impose administrative fines only to violators. He said fines are imposed only on traffic violations without the fear for possible imprisonment. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


Davao entrepreneur wins prestigious Agora Award DAVAO CITY- Davao entrepreneur Dennis Uy, President and CEO of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., received the prestigious Agora Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship – Large Scale that honors business and marketing excellence. Uy was recognized for “growing a provincial-based business into a nationally successful brand, for embodying the Filipino’s enterprising spirit, for persevering despite the odds, and for being an indispensable partner of the Filipino.” Uy and other Filipino companies and marketing professionals were awarded in the 34th Agora Awards on October 9, 2013 at the Manila Peninsula, Makati City. Winners in this year’s various categories include GMA Kapuso Foundation, Posh Nails, and Alaska Milk Corporation. Since its inception in 1979, the prestigious Agora Awards has honored many distinguished individuals and companies who have made significant achievements in the marketing profession. The Agora Awards is the beacon of Filipino marketing excellence that spotlights admirable qualities of versatility, innovativeness and WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

ingenuity. Through the Agora, the Filipino is hailed as a world-class marketer endowed with a proven flair of out-of-the-box thinking and trailblazing achievements. Because of the Agora, marketing excellence shines through with a distinctively Filipino touch. Uy was recognized for growing Phoenix Petroleum from a small, provincial-based business into the leading independent oil company in the country – from Top 570th to Top 53rd Corporation in five years, from 5 stations to 350 nationwide in less than eight years. From the start, Uy used creative branding and marketing strategy to grow his business. “When I started Phoenix, I never thought we would accomplish what we have over the years. But I guess if you work hard, remain committed, and have faith in your convictions – anything is possible,” Uy said after receiving the award. Last March, Uy was also awarded by the City of Davao the prestigious Datu Bago award for his achievements in entrepreneurship and service to the community. (pr)


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Phoenix Petroleum President and CEO Dennis Uy is honored for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship-Large Scale in the prestigious 34th Agora Awards. The awarding was held on October 9, 2013 at the Peninsula Manila, Makati City.



P2.8- M tramline installed in remote village in Sarangani By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Transport of products in hard-toreach villages in Malungon, Sarangani have become smoother and less costly with the installation of a tramline in the area.



Recently, the Department of Agriculture in Soccsksargen Region (DA 12) has completed installation of a P2.8 million worth of tramline in said town to facilitate the smooth flow of various farm products from various production areas to intended local markets. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said the facility will definitely assist farmers in the transportation of their produce from highly-elevated areas of Barangay Datal Batong and nearby villages. “The rate of postharvest losses caused by rugged roads is expected to be trimmed down as farmers start to bring their products to the


markets with the aid of a tramline,” Director Datukan said. The 800-meter long tramline traverses a 500-feet deep mountain ridge to sitio Blol. In each delivery, the tramline could carry from 350 to 500 kilograms of farm goods. Malungon Mayor Reynaldo Constantino said the transport facility could also benefit poor farmers from Barangay Kiturok -- the farthest Blaan-occupied community at the southern border of the municipality. Mayor Constantino said it will not only expand the local production of high-value crops but will also help advance socio-economic condition of the small farmers in the area, who are mostly indigenous people. “This fast and safer means of transportation will reduce the cost of transport expenses by almost 25 percent compared with the previous hauling system using cattle and horses,” Constantino pointed out. Information from the provincial information office of Sarangani indicated that there are already two operational agricultural tramlines installed in the entire province. The other facility was located in Kiamba. Philippine Center for Post-Harvest and Mechanization (Philmech) reported that DA has bankrolled more or less P96-million from its 2012 budget for the installation of


32 tramline systems nationwide. Apart from those tramlines being completed this year, PhilMech officials noted that more tramlines will be constructed up to 2016. “Of the 156 physical targets to

be installed, 89 will be constructed in Luzon while the rest will be distributed in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with LMSalvo-DA 12)

Mindanao-wide rubber congress pushed By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Following the success of the recent Mindanao Banana Congress, the Department of Agriculture in Soccsksargen Region (DA-12) is pushing for the holding of another Mindanaowide congress, this time for rubber growers. DA 12 Regional Executive Regional Development Organization through Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan its president, Edwin Gandingan, confirmed she, along with Regional has also joined in the planning. Agriculture and Fisheries Council Datukan explained she was Chairman Dionesio Bautista, led the encouraged to push for a similar preparations for the Mindanao Rubber activity by the response of the Growers’ Congress. stakeholders to the Mindanao Soccsksargen Rubber Producers Banana Congress held in General



Santos City on August 29 - 30. She said, the event, which will revolve around the theme: “Empowering the Rubber Growers as Partners for Sustainable Economic Growth,” would focus on helping rubber growers learn new technologies that could boost rubber production not only in Soccsksargen Region but also in the entire Mindanao. At the end of the congress, resolutions that would support the rubber industry are also expected to be passed for consideration by appropriate bodies. The Mindanao rubber growers’ congress is tentatively scheduled on November 6 – 8 this year in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato . Besides discussions on important rubber technologies, the congress will also feature a field tour to rubber plantations in nearby Makilala town. A minimal registration fee will be charged for the congress, she

added. This early, Director Datukan is calling on stakeholders to support the activity. Data from the High Value Crops Development Program (HVCPD) of DA 12 indicated that in 2012 the country produced 88, 943 metric tons (MT) of raw rubber. Of these, 27, 869 (MT) were produced in Soccsksargen Region, which include the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato City. Production in Soccsksargen Region is concentrated in North Cotabato which has a production area of more than 55,000 hectares. North Cotabato has over 13,000 rubber farmers. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with HMOsoteoDA 12)

North Cotabato holds first culture and arts congress By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato--The provincial government of North Cotabato conducted last week a two-day province-wide culture and arts congress at Café Martina of the state-run University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato. The first ever event was attended by private organizations and private tourism officers from local government individuals in the provinces of North units, educators, representatives of and South Cotabato, and General WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013


Santos City. Participants belong to indigenous tribes such as Manobo, Bagobo, Tagbanua, Maguindanaoan and many others. The congress was aimed at bringing the indigenous people together to appreciate each other’s differences by understanding each culture and creating a stronger bond among various tribes while showcasing their homegrown talents such as dancing, singing and acting and turn it into a collaborative or mutual effort. The activity started with the ceremonial banging of a gong followed by a short film viewing on the history of North Cotabato. Among the topics discussed in the event was the categorization of the culture and arts stakeholders into seven disciples of arts which was presented by Juanito Ferrer, Culture and Arts Consultant and South Cotabato Culture and Arts Foundation Incorporated (SCCAFI) president. Other guests include Leonardo S. Cariño, artistic director of Teatro Ambahanon and member of the National Commission of Culture and Arts – Cultural Education Committee and Eric Raz, chairman of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in North Cotabato. The activity held a panel discussion and a short open forum. The participants also underwent a WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

workshop on artistic management and event organizing and handling. North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Mendoza believes that this undertaking would help the recently launched Cotabato Centennial Movement or the countdown for the provinces’ 100 years of service next year, in its task to make the celebration meaningful and live up to the expectation of the constituents. “We may be different because we belong to different tribes. We may be diverse because we have our own culture and tradition but we live in only one province thus we need to understand and accept each other’s presence,” Mendoza noted. The culture and arts congress was initiated under the theme, “Cotabato: Empowering the Empire through Culture and Arts”. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ JSta. Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)


Muslim Filipinos celebrate Eid’l Adha by: Apipa P. Bagumbaran


uslims all over the country trooped in their respective mosques Tuesday morning to mark the celebration of Eid’l Adha.

Known as the Feast of Sacrifice, Eid’l Adha is an Islamic festival that commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his own son as an act of submission to Allah’s command. The feast is celebrated with Eid WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

prayers (kutba) and qurbani. Qurbani is an act where livestock are slaughtered and the meat shared to family, friends, and poor to show one’s gratitude to Allah. The livestock symbolizes the animal that was sacrificed in place of Ibrahim’s son.


Meanwhile, President Benigno S. Aquino III joined the Muslim community in the country in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Adha. In his Eid message, the President said the celebration remind us of Ibrahim’s tale of sacrifice and its narrative of unconditional trust, devotion and fortitude that in the face of a seemingly insurmountable task, he showed courage and immense faith in the Almighty. “We in government are one with

you in recognizing the solemnity of this occasion and we honor the diversity of our people’s faiths, each founded on love, compassion, respect, and understanding,” the President said. According to him, these are the same ideals that fuel national renewal and humanity’s ongoing journey of transformation. Eid’l Adha is a regular holiday throughout the country to bring the religious and cultural significance of the celebration to the fore of national consciousness.

Multi-sectoral groups rally for honest, peaceful barangay polls in Lanao del Sur by: Apipa P. Bagumbaran MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Civil society organizations, government and non-government organizations converged here on Monday, October 14, and kicked-off a massive campaign for clean, honest and peaceful barangay elections come October 28.



The peace caravan took-off early in the morning and stormed the roads of the province with stop-over in Balindong, Binidayan and Mulondo for short programs to raise public awareness on the peaceful conduct of barangay elections. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis, one of the organizers of the activity, said the peace caravan also sought the support of local government units (LGUs) and the community to make the barangay elections in the province successful. We are calling to the LGUs to activate their Municipal Peace and Order Councils, participate in the Provincial Election Monitoring Action Center, open up their hot lines, and provide electricity, because without it, many anomalies could happen, she said. She also urged community members to be vigilant, report anomalies to proper authorities and support the police and army to have safe WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

and secure elections. Members of the army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade led by Col. Glenn Macasero also joined the whole day peace caravan. Macasero reiterated that the military and police, as deputized agents of the Commission on Elections, will do their best to secure the election. He also asked for the public’s support stressing that a safe and peaceful election is much attainable with the help of the public. Meanwhile, Balindong town mayor Raysalam Bagul-Mangondato expressed appreciation to the organizers of the activity for choosing her municipality as the first stop of the caravan. She said her municipality fully supports the call of the multi-sectoral groups for honest and peaceful elections.


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