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OFW Reintegration Program revives motor parts business

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Aquino asks Boholanons to avoid panic buying

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Science high school receives P1.5 M grant for construction of facility DEDoguiles

North Cotabato gov urges provincial officials to strengthen public service Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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Implementing agencies report price, supply situation in Agsur Lolita I. Dorado

DOH CHD Caraga leads Consumer Welfare Month Dir. Minerva P. Molon

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DOH donated P8 million to government-owned hospital in Iligan Lorry V. Gabule

DILG-Misamis Occidental advocates for good governance in the barangay election Rutchie C. Aguhob

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Dipolog is national finalist for “Most BusinessFriendly LGU” Mary May A. Abellon

PDEA steps up info campaign vs. illegal drugs Alfonso T. Ruda

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LGUs’ local disaster risk reduction and management plans up for review Louie Lapat

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OFW Reintegration Program revives motor parts business By ORV Rivera with GB Docusin

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engie Domingo has always described her life as comfortable. Her husband-engineer works overseas, the remittance is more than enough for their two healthy kids. When they mutually decided to move out of their comfort zone to settle permanently in Koronadal City, that’s when doubts and worries began to loom on her. To ensure the continuance of living the easy life in another location, she convinced her husband to invest their savings by acquiring properties in Davao City, General Santos City, and Koronadal City. She believes the properties will multiply their earnings and secure their future. Still, Vengie was not content

with property acquisition strategy. She wanted more means to roll their money. With her husband’s consent, she put up a business called Motor Trading and Bicycle Parts business in Koronadal City. Being a neophyte in the trading industry took a toll on her. She flunked the first year of business operation through losses. One mistake led to another until she found herself in a financial trap. Vengie used up whatever remained of their savings to maintain their integrity by patching things with various banks and untarnish their reputable credit line. As entrepreneur, she believes she should have a reputable credit line with banks.


To recover from the tragic financial loss, someone encouraged her to apply for a loan under the 2-Billion Overseas Filipino Workers Reintegration Program (ORP) of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Incidentally, the requirements of the ORP were at synch with her loan term preferences. Again, Vengie consulted her husband who answered in the affirmative. She grabbed the opportunity, submitted her application and underwent all the necessary procedures such as going through the Entrepreneurial Development Training, preparing business proposal, etc. for the approval of her loan application in the shortest time possible. With the tons of business proposals being scrutinized by the Land Bank of the Philippines, it took long for her loan to be approved. Impatience almost consumed her. But her strong will, determination, and persuasion helped her through that on February 2012, her loan was finally approved. Vengie has become more careful in managing the business and handling finances with the loan resuscitating her trading company. She tried hard to avoid pitfalls that caused her initial failure. Eventually, their business recovered and she was able to acquire more goods. She took calculated risks to increase their earnings. Little by little, she managed to perfect her selfformulated strategies which others would not have considered because of fear.

Vengie is so grateful to the 2-B OFW Reintegration Program. It came at the time she needed financial support the most. “Aspiring business-entrepreneurs should not aim the 2-B OFW Reintegration Program only to be wasted”, Vengie uttered. “Dapat isipin nila ‘yong negosyo ng alam nila at kung paano nila maibabalik ito” (They should venture into something they’re interested in with passion, alongside the strategy on how to repay the loan to OWWA), she added. Vengie’s Motor Trading & Bicycle Parts business continues to operate in Koronadal City with plans to expand in neighboring towns. nasa puso nila napaglalaanan nilang pera ng hihiramin at kung paano nila maibabalik ito” (They should venture into something they’re interested in with passion, alongside the strategy on how to repay the loan to OWWA), she added. Vengie’s Motor Trading & Bicycle Parts business continues to operate in Koronadal City with plans to expand in neighboring towns.

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President Aquino urges Boholanons to help ensure safety of Bohol structures

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III asked the people of Bohol to contact their local officials if they notice defects in structures following a strong earthquake that hit the province.

“You can contact your LGU and have an assessment as to kung may duda kayo, kung may napansin kayong cracks. You lead our investigators, give them the clues,� the President THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

said during a briefing with government agencies here in Bohol on Wednesday. If the people doubt the structural integrity of a building, they must inform the experts so the government could

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focus on the most critical structures. The President also asked the Department of Public Works and Highways to coordinate with the Provincial Engineering Office—the local engineering centers to make sure that all structures are checked. The newest Building Code was implemented in 2010, mandating for

the ability for new buildings to withstand magnitude 7.2 earthquakes, he said. But the problem is the older buildings. There is a procedure called retrofitting to make them compliant on a performance basis with the Building Code and basically to ensure their safety, he stressed.

Aquino asks Boholanons to avoid panic buying

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III appealed for calm particularly with regards to supply of food in Bohol warning people not to overreact saying there is enough supply of food in the province. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

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“Kung magtatakutan tayo dito, gagawa tayo ng problema sa sitwasyon na walang problema, magpapanic buying tayong bigla na nandiyan lang pala lahat ng supply,” the President said in a briefing with government agencies here on Wednesday. Panicking may induce shortages because people may buy four or five times of their normal consumption. The public will lose control of the present situation if they panic, he said. It will not only disrupt the market but also the farming sector since it may affect the prices. “Yung merkado, pati ang farming sector apektado rin sa fluctuation ng prices,” he said. The President also warned those who will seize the opportunity to overprice basic commodities, saying that once a state of calamity is declared, there will be price controls. “You mark it up, you are in violation, and there will be sanctions. And I assure you we will be monitoring THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

everybody’s compliance with the said law,” the President said. The chief executive also said he wants government agencies to assure the people that there are sufficient funds available, enough items, goods, and materials for all of those who have evacuated. The President arrived in Bohol Wednesday morning to assess the quake devastation in the province. He also led the distribution of relief goods to affected families.

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DSWD says P6.33 M aid provided to flood victims in Visayas and Mindanao

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he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Wednesday a total of P6.33 million worth of relief assistance have been extended to the victims of flooding due to heavy rains due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) last October 5-8 in Visayas and Mindanao Regions. In a statement, the DSWD said that the P6.33 million worth of relief assistance were from the combined resources of DSWD (P3.39 million), local government units (P2.35 million) and nongovernment organizations (P581,370). As of noon Wednesday, the DSWD said some 47 evacuation centers remained open temporarily sheltering 4,361 families or 18,927 persons while 22,875 families or about 104,171 persons are outside the evacuation centers and also being provided with relief assistance. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

The evacuation centers are located in one in Region 6 with four families; 35 in Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City with 3,049 families; 30 families in Bukidnon; two in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato with 49 families; eight in Basilan and Sulu, 1,229 families. The DSWD in Central Visayas said that it is scheduled to distribute 7,179 family packs to the affected families in Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Basay, Dumaguete City, and Bayawan, Negros Oriental.

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Sarangani releases nearly P2.6 M for day-care center upgrade ALABEL, Sarangani -- The provincial government on Friday (October 11) released a total of P2,570,000 intended to fund rehabilitation and upgrading of day-care centers in six of its seven municipalities.

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According to a press release from the Sarangani Information Office the distribution of checks highlighted the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Worker’s 2013 Conference/Assembly held at the provincial gym. The same report said P450,000 was handed to Alabel municipality; P430,000 to Malapatan; P750,000 to Glan with P745,000; P420,000to Malungon; P210,000 to Kiamba; and P315,000 to Maitum. Provincial ECCD officer Raquel Panal, explained Maasim was not included among the recipients last Friday because its allotment of P280,000 for the same was turned over earlier. All municipalities have also received various learning materials.

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The grant was from the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) fund of the provincial government. Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, in his message, expressed his gratefulness to the day-care center workers for giving their dedication and taking part in the formative years of the children in Sarangani. “I congratulate and thank you for your commitment. You play a very important role in educating the children,” Gov. Solon said. “Being the out-of-home parents, the values that you impart among the innocent kids would be the very foundation of character that would strongly shape their personalities as they grow up and face the challenges in life.” Solon commits that the

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government, under his administration and with the help of all officials, will continue to improve the day-care centers in the province. “Along with the other officials in the province, we will strive hard to build more day-care centers,” the local chief executive promised. Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, through the Committee on Budget and

Appropriations, is set to approve the appropriation for the Gender and Development (GAD) Plan this month. Among the items in the GAD plan proposes for the increase of monthly honorarium of the 470 ECCD/day-care center workers in the province to P3,100,000. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with Joy R. Sevilla-Sarangani Information Office)

Science high school receives P1.5 M grant for construction of facility ALABEL, Sarangani -- The Alabel National Science High School (ANSHS) here recently received P1.5 million for the construction of its multi-purpose covered court. According to a report from the build the foundation of the covered provincial government’s information court.” office said Sarangani Gov. Steve The PTCA of ANSHS submitted Chiongbian Solon handed to check for a resolution to the provincial the said amount to ANSHS principal government, thus the grant of P1.5 Norma Rendon, ANSHS principal on million. October 7. It was funded from the 2012 Victor Rodriguez Jr., planning Annual Investment Plan (AIP) fund of development officer of the Provincial the provincial government, Rodriguez Planning and Development Office explained further. (PPDO), who assisted in the processing Governor Solon said the government of the grant, said the school’s Parents, is committed to support any endeavor Teachers and Community Association that will benefit the Sarangans (PTCA) have contributed P500,000 whether it is for education, health, for the project. infrastructure, tourism, peace and “The project would be of great help order, agriculture, environment, trito the students who had to go to the people, and economy, which were provincial gym for their activities,” covered in the governor’s “Sulong Rodriguez said. “The construction has Sarangani” advocacy. (DEDoguilesalready started using the P500,000 PIA 12 with Joy R. Sevilla – Sarangani counterpart (from the PTCA) to Information Office) THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

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North Cotabato gov urges provincial officials to strengthen public service By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato -- To further strengthen the “Serbisyong Totoo” advocacy of the provincial government of North Cotabato, the chief executive encourages provincial department heads to work on the true essence of public service. Governor Emmylou Mendoza said that this would make sure that appropriate services will be delivered and needs of the people will be met. To check on this, Mendoza has called for an outcome level performance evaluation among department heads, focal persons, and key personnel of the provincial government to determine the impact of their work to the people they serve. In the evaluation, the employees were asked what inputs or the resources of the department offices in the process of rendering service do they have and what are outputs or results in return that make them achieve an outcome. The employees were also required to make an action plan with their targeted goals for a given time. The action plans were due for further critiquing. The governor emphasized that the “Serbisyong Totoo” advocacy must not only remain a slogan or would simply promote a particular person in the government. “The advocacy must be seen, felt and put into action through developmental programs and tangible projects all

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for the welfare of the people of the province,” Mendoza added. To continue the right implementation of the advocacy, dedicated and reliable workforce is needed. Meanwhile, it can be noted that the past 3 years have been prolific for the provincial government in terms of project implementations. There were series of turn-over of different projects in all the three districts of the province including water systems, road concreting, multi-purpose buildings, barangay halls and covered courts. There were also chains of barangay visitations with medical and dental outreach as well as livestock dispersals. Also, various livelihoods, educational and agricultural programs were implemented in North Cotabato. With these projects and programs, Mendoza is hopeful that her constituents in the provincial government will continue and intensify their responsibilities as public servants to achieve the goal of extending quality services to the people. (SJDuermePIA12/JSta.Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

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DOH-13 new RD to ensure functionality of health facilities in the region by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- In time with its monthly conduct of media forum, the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga with its new OIC-Regional Director Minerva Molon, assured that the department will do its best to ensure the provision and functionality of health facilities in the DOH-accredited hospitals in the provinces of Caraga region.

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Molon also bared that as observed in its seven Rural Health Units (RHus) in the region, needed number of Municipal Health Officers is still to be completed while there are also health facilities that are still waiting for the necessary equipment to be delivered at their respective areas. She also said that the region needs more trained midwives especially in the province of Dinagat Islands, among others. “The department will be hiring graduates of any health-related courses on a job-order status and they will be assigned in the different rural health units to augment the number of presently employed in the RHUs,” she said. She further emphasized that she will personally visit the DOHaccredited hospitals in the provinces to check, assess the status of health facilities and to know what are the other infrastructures needed to be established. “I was tasked no less than our secretary of health to upgrade the health facilities here. We will help other provinces in the region that still need to enhance their facilities and we will work closely with them,” emphasized Molon. On the other hand, citing the updates on medicines, the new director also reminds the public to buy drugs only from duly licensed pharmacies and THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

distributors. The wise use of drugs takes knowledge of its uses for one to best benefit from it. “When your doctor prescribes you your medications, always ask for the Generic of the drug for you to benefit from the program of the government while saving for yourself and your family,” she said. Molon also assured that he department will continue to inform the public on the updates of its programs and services.

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Implementing agencies report price, supply situation in Agsur by Lolita I. Dorado

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur -- Implementing agencies reported recently on price and supply situation of basic necessities to the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC), here. The LPCC chaired by Mayor Albin D. Magdamit recently met to discuss the issue of increasing price of rice as well as the price and supply situation of the products that each agency is tasked to monitor per RA 7581 or the Price Act of the Philippines. Mayor Magdamit said that the locality is facing low supply of rice in the local market while waiting for the harvest in the THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

coming months and that this might further push prices upward. The National Food Authority (NFA) reported that there is sufficient supply of NFA rice available in the province which can be bought at P27.00 per kilo. The council tasked the NFA tomake available its rice to more outlets. One of the identified outlets is the Farm Level Grains Center (FLGC), a Spanish-Government

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funded project which provides rice milling, palay buying and selling. NFA Assistance Manager, Hugo Sarigumba, requested the council to submit to their office the volume requirement of NFA rice for the municipality of Prosperidad. The LPCC also considered tapping barangay council halls through the barangay captainsas alternative outlets to ensure that NFA rice can reach the different communities in the municipality. DTI-Agusan del Sur Provincial Director, Dir. Lolita I. Dorado, for her part reported that prices of basic necessities and

prime commodities under DTI jurisdiction, as monitored in the municipality and the whole of Agusan del Sur, are within the suggested retail prices (SRPs) set by the agency. She said further that there is adequate supply of these products which include canned products [sardines, luncheon meat, meat loaf, corned beef and beef loaf], processed milk [condensed, evaporated and powdered], coffee refill, soap [detergent/ laundry and toilet soap variants], bread, instant noodles and flour.

DOH CHD Caraga leads Consumer Welfare Month by Dir. Minerva P. Molon

BUTUAN CITY -- The month of October has been declared as the Consumer Welfare Month as per Presidential Proclamation no. 1098 dated September 26, 1997, which also created the National Consumer Affairs Council (NCAC). The Department of Health as a member has been designated to lead the celebration for 2013. This year’s theme is “Health Products, Quality, Efficacy, Safety and Transparency – Everybody’s Concern”. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

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The DOH Center for Health Development Caraga in coordination with other agencies have lined-up different activities in celebration hereof, such as a holy mass at the St. Joseph Cathedral Diocesan Shrine at 5:00 am on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 followed by a fun walk from Guingona Park to the Provincial Capitol Grounds. A Hataw was then conducted led by the DOH CHD Caraga staff after the joint opening ceremonies of the Consumer Welfare Month, National Research Month and Cooperative Month celebrations. To better foster comradery and socialization, a Budol Feast highlighted the day’s activities. On October 25, 2013, a ConsumerNet Meets the Public, a DOH Policy Dissemination and Advocacy forum on the implementation of the Electronic Drug Price

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Monitoring System (EDPMS) will be conducted in one of the convention centers in the city with a resource speaker coming from the DOH CHD Caraga. Also, on October 31 a Regional Quiz Bowl and culmination program will be held at the DTI – Caraga Conference room with the DOH as a contributor to the questions for the said quiz bowl. “Consumers, especially of health products, be it services of health professionals or health goods in different forms; should be knowledgeable of what they are accessing and availing. It is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard their health. The DOH will help in ensuring a nation of consumers with good and improved health seeking behavior towards cost efficient/effective interventions for better health outcomes.”

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RSCC-10 holds tree growing activity by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Around 400 narra and bamboo seedlings were planted in the riverbanks of Barangay Balulang, this city, by the employees of the member-agencies of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC).

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part of the activities for the statistics month, said Brenda Lynn Castro, officer-in-charge of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) in the region. She said the tree growing aims to emphasize the importance of preserving natural resources stressing

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especially in Balulang after it was badly hit by typhoon Sendong in December 2011. According to him, Sendong has damaged 3,055 houses and left 84 persons dead and/or missing in Balulang alone.

that caring for the environment is not just the responsibility of Department of Environment and Natural Resources but everybody’s call. For his part, Balulang Barangay Captain Alfredo Carcosa said the activity will greatly help in the rehabilitation of the environment

DOH donated P8 million to governmentowned hospital in Iligan by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Department of Health donated P8 million for the construction of the comprehensive emergency maternal obstetric and neonatal care building at the Gregorio Lluch Memorial Hospital (GLMH), a government-owned hospital, this city. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

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Assistant Regional Director Adriano P. Suba-an of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development, Northern Mindanao (DOH 10-CHD) Cagayan de Oro City, graced the inauguration and blessing of the new building on October 11, 2013. This P8 million worth building replaces the old obstetrics-neonatal care unit within the city hospital. The construction was awarded to Salvo Construction which started August 2012 and completed in September this year, said Suba-an. The new building comprising the admission area, labor room, delivery room, nursery, ob-gyne operating room, sub-sterile corridor, nurses station, breast-feeding room, pathologic room, and others to complete the designed 15-room working areas, added ARD Suba-an . In his message, Suba-an reiterated the following key thrusts that Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona wanted them to deliver to the locality: Attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) such as eradicate extreme hunger and poverty; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; and ensure environmental sustainability with the extensive rollout and deployment of community health teams (CHTs) in the locality to ensure availment of all health services among the less fortunate ones; and Increased enrolment to the PhilHealth Sponsored Program

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especially among those in the first quintile (Q1) population to achieve universal coverage; Access to quality and effective service delivery though the Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP). Suba-an said, DOH aims to build health worker capabilities to better influence local governance for health, stir the entire heath system toward the promotion of health and well-being of its constituents and provide quality, efficient, equitable and accessible health care through a strong multi-sectoral collaborative and coordinative strategy. Meanwhile, Dr. Anita G. Saloma, Chief of GLMH, said equiptment worth P3 million pesos shall be installed in the new center the soonest time possible, so that its full operation will start before the year ends. Two rooms constructed within the hospital amounting P349 thousand were also inaugurated on the same day, donated by the Iliganon Association in California, U.S.A. The activity was also attended by city officials led by Mayor Celso G. Regencia and some Sangguniang Panlungsod members. Mayor Regencia thanked DOHNorthMin for the assistance that the city acquired from the national level, and committed to support the DOH –Northern Mindanao vision: A Center of Exellence Committed to Local Health System Development to Attain Quality Health Care.

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DILG-Misamis Occidental advocates for good governance in the barangay election by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Misamis Occidental will continue to advocate for good governance in all the barangays of the province.

This was the message of Sanivier G. Patoc, Provincial Director of DILG, during the Provincial Joint Command Conference (PJCC) of the Commission on Elections (Conelec), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Education (DepEd) and the Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF), held in the city, recently. “The DILG will leave no stone unturned to achieve honest, orderly and peaceful elections and our advocacy is to let the people know about the criteria of who can be the best barangay officials to elect,” he said. Patoc also said good governance starts with the conduct of an honest and fair election for the officials to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

deserve the word “Honorable,” a title used to address those who win in the elections. On the problem of the unreleased election funds by some of the local government units of the province, Patoc said DILG will communicate with the concerned LGU’s for the release of such funds, given that the Oct. 28 barangay elections is just a few days away from now. Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9739, all LGU’s have been required to set aside at least P10,000, but not more than ten percent (10%) of the general funds of the barangays for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). The amount will be used primarily to defray the expenses of the board of election tellers, particularly, their transportation allowance in the amount of P500, each. It will also be used for their additional honoraria, trainings and meetings and released to the EO’s, who are directed to extend cooperation and assistance in the disbursements of the amounts.

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Sen. Trillanes donates equipment for emergencies to Dipolog By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY – Sets of equipment to be used during emergencies and calamities have been donated by Senator Antonio Trillanes to the city government here last week.

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These gadgets consist of handheld radios, hardhats with head lamps, life vests and flashlights. Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has also distributed these gadgets to 16 barangays in a simple turnover ceremony held at the conference room, City Mayor’s Office this city. The recipient-barangays include Central Barangay, Bisaong, Miputak, Turno, Gulayon, Lugdingan, Sicayab, Sta. Isabel, Stas. Filomena, Olingan, Punta, Sinaman, San Jose, Sangkol,

Cogon and Diwan. It was also learned that most of the recipient-barangays are in floodprone areas. Each of them received 5 units of handheld radios, 10 units of hardhats, 10 life vests and 5 flash lights. The barangay chairmen also expressed their gratitude to the Senator Trillanes and Mayor Uy for the support to their disaster management efforts.

Dipolog is national finalist for “Most Business-Friendly LGU” By Mary May A. Abellon DIPOLOG CITY – After a rigorous deliberation by the panel of judges, the city government here has emerged as one of the national finalists in the search for Most Business-Friendly LGU (local government unit) for category three cities recently. Sponsored by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated (PCCI), the awarding will be held at Manila Hotel in Manila on Oct. 24, 2013. Dipolog has to slug it out with the other three national finalists, namely, Laoag, Masbate and Calapan. During final judging, Mayor Evelyn T. Uy presented before the judges the city’s accomplishments in relation to the six-point program upon which the judgment for the 2014 Most Business-Friendly LGU is based. The six-point program includes trade, investments and tourism THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

promotions; public-private sector partnership; micro, small and medium enterprises development; quality management system, innovations, and human resources development; quality customer service; and interlocal government relations. The lady mayor bared that the judges had also asked her about the city’s tourism industry, power supply and other industries. “They also asked me the reason behind the city’s “Swigapore 2030” vision,” Mayor Uy added. “Swigapore 2030,” which is a combination of Switzerland and Singapore, has been adopted by the Uy administration in pursuit of a

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good, transparent local governance aimed at making Dipolog a peaceful and self-reliant super city by 2030. The panel of judges was composed of PhilExport President Sergio Ortiz-Luiz, PCCI LGU awards chair Jose S. Alejandro,

former Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Undersecretary Austere Panadero of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Assistant Secretary Bles Lantayona of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other PCCI members.

PDEA steps up info campaign vs. illegal drugs By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has strengthened its information dissemination campaign on the ill effects of illegal drugs, putting emphasis on preventive education to reduce demand for the prohibited substance. Zamboanga del Norte PDEA head Jury Rocamora also urged the parents to monitor any changes in their children’s behavior. “PDEA is also in close coordination with the Department of Education (DepED) in the conduct of anti-drug information campaign to the students. In fact, we go to the different schools in our area of responsibility to conduct lecture to the students,” Rocamora said. However, he admitted that some minors are involved in illegal drug trade as “runners.” Some of them were apprehended and turnedover to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for rehabilitation. Rocamora also disclosed that some minor offenders escaped from the rehabilitation center, and those who were released after showing improvements in their behavior at the center were reported to have returned to their old vices. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

He stressed that this campaign needs a collaborative effort of all stakeholders like the concerned government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations and the public to prevent these minors from becoming “full-blown drug pushers in the future.” Rocamora revealed that most of those involved in illegal drugs are out-of-school youth and college students. Though he refused to identify them, Rocamora also divulged that there are policemen allegedly involved in illegal drugs, but are now facing charges in court or were already dismissed from the service. As to the extent of illegal drug problem in the province, Rocamora said “it is manageable” owing to the extensive operations against prohibited drugs by the provincial police leadership.

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Rellon supports LGU workers’ application as Coast Guard Auxiliaries

This after Mayor Allan L. Rellon signified his commitment to support the application of some of the local government employees to the PCGA during the orientation last October 15, 2013, attended by the personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management O f f i c e , members of CITY OF TAGUM, DAVAO DEL the Bantay Dagat and employees NORTE — Members of the city’s rescue team, Bantay Dagat forces, from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office and the City and some employees of the loInformation Office. cal government will soon become The orientation was conducted enlisted as members of the Philipby the Coast Guard Auxiliary District pine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). Southeastern Mindanao led by District THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2013

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Director Commodore Beethoven Sur and Deputy Director for Administration Efren Elbanbuena, who is also the regional director of the Philippine Information Agency. The Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian support group of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) under the Development of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). The Coast Guard Auxiliary assists the PCG in the enforcement of maritime laws at seas. The local chief executive cited that it is timely that the personnel of the local government, especially those

tasked in disaster quick response teams and those guarding the coastal areas, be part of the civilian support group of the Coast Guard. The PCGA is mandated under Republic Act 993 or the Philippine Coast Guard Act. T he PCGA is involved in the assisted enforcement of maritime laws in the country, especially the promotion of Maritime Safety. It is also involved in maritime search and rescue (SAR) missions, as well as the protection of the marine environment. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)

LGUs’ local disaster risk reduction and management plans up for review by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY-Members of the technical working group of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council met to review the local risk reduction and management plans per local government unit and to review the readiness of partner agencies to respond to contingencies following the earthquake that struck Central Visayas Tuesday morning.

Loreto Rirao, director of the Office of Civil Defense 11 and chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 11 said the latest disaster entails everyone to be prepared on any disaster. He also cited the need to

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strengthen the coordination between the RDRRMC and the local government units in handling emergency situations geared at saving lives. Rirao noticed the need to improve the coordination between many local government units and the disaster bodies in handling actual emergency situations during the immediate aftermath of the disaster. “Only the schools are focused in conducting either earthquake or fire drills,” he said. Rirao stressed the need to examine further the local disaster risk reduction and

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management council per province and municipality and to align it with the corresponding national and regional plans on disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness and response, disaster rehabilitation and recovery. He said during the scrutiny, partner line-government agencies can make evaluation and recommendation especially on their corresponding contribution

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to make the disaster plan relevant and effective. “We have to evaluate the local DRRM plans seriously per municipality, per province,� Rirao said. He said the local DRR plans must conform with the laws on disaster risk reduction management like the Republic Act 10121. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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