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Venus L. Garcia Caraga Region

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DOE energizes whole of Bohol, says Palace

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Agusan del Norte extends P1-M aid to Bohol

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EHCP outstanding schools named Jorie C. Valcorza

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DSWD 12 to assess 775,335 households in Soccsksargen Region

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Prov’l gov’t extends aid families of ambushed army troops in Tulunan

Shahana Joy E. Duerme

Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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Davao Region’s top cop urges new Davao City police chief to deliver

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 51


COVER STORY

Engineer promotes organic hog raising By Venus L. Garcia

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eddy Padayhag Sumalpong, a civil engineer by profession and vice-president of Butuan Pork Producers Association, is positive in encouraging the community to venture in raising hogs the organic way.

Sumalpong has been engaged in organic hog production since 2003. “When I initially acquired my Large White breed of pig, I opted to apply organic method of raising,� she said. Organic farming is a natural way on how to raise pigs. The idea is to rear healthy and leaner livestock.

Consumers are assured that no synthetic feeds and antibiotics are induced, which can cause malady both to the pigs and the consumers. Sumalpong’s interest in organic farming brought her course to search for more techniques that turned everything to her advantage. She said that organic farming does not require intensive effort where one should spend laborious hours operating and maintaining the sanitation of pigpen and its surroundings. At this time, she is raising five productive pigs which are housed in a well ventilated pigpen, with a full sawdust beddings sprayed with Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO).


contain chemical elements are not good to human body. She cited that naturally raised hogs are hardly ever prone to animal sickness. They are regarded as a healthy and tolerant hogs that can withstand variations in climate and other environmental factors. In a decade of organic hog raising practice, she is able to sustain in the business with a stable financial profit. Her plant-eating pigs, also named “vegan pigs” can produce a litter of piglets twice each year. “Organic farming not only triple your return of investment, it likewise assures a healthy option of buying and consuming toxic-free products,” she added. She is anticipating for her pregnant sow to farrow this week. When asked about the taste and quality of meat from the organic hogs “We she produces, “a pleasant taste, fine prepare our own simple texture and fresh smell plus low fat concoction of IMO. It’s easy and very constitute its distinctive quality,” said beneficial in keeping the area odor- Sumalpong. and-housefly free,” she said. IMOs prevent the build-up of bad bacteria and hasten composting. Thus, eliminating the inconvenience of frequent wash-and-bath of pigs. “I basically feed the pigs the natural way, rame-rame and birds of paradise leaves became an every treat for my pigs,” Sumalpong said. She emphasized that feeds that 5


Aquino says Bohol could rise again through cooperation

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III rallied the support of all sectors in Bohol assuring them that the government has the resources to rebuild damaged communities there.

“Huwag kayong mag-alala, may kakayahan ang gobyerno ninyong tugunan ang pangagailangan ninyo, at yun ang pakay ng gobyerno talaga, ang asikasuhin kayo. So magtulungan tayo dito, malalaktawan natin FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

itong pagsubok na ito at kakayanin natin ito,� the President said in an interview in Sagbayan, Bohol. The government is prepared to do everything to rehabilitate Bohol and bring back to normal

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the lives of Boholanos, he said. “Yung lahat ng nagsasabing wala nang pondo, etc, nagkakamali sila. Syempre, bago natin maitayo ito hindi naman ura-urada. Katulad doon sa port ng Tubigon, pinapaaral ko ‘yung design na ginawa ng port mismo, dahil kung ibabalik natin, sana hindi lang katulad ‘nung dati, baka mas maganda pa kaysa sa dati,” the President said. The government will also help rebuild historical landmarks like churches in Bohol damaged by the October 15 quake, he said. Government agencies are finalizing the data to identify areas to be rebuilt and to know the structures that have to be prioritized, the President noted. The President also underscored the need of the people to go back home once an assessment of their houses is made so their lives FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

could return to normal. He said there’s no strong quake happening again because experts made an assurance that the energy of the fault that slipped has been released. Experts said there will be continuing aftershocks in two to three weeks. The President arrived in Bohol Wednesday afternoon to oversee the ongoing relief efforts, assess affected infrastructures and assure the people about safety of going home. President Aquino spent the night in Loon, Bohol in a military tent. PND

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DOE energizes whole of Bohol, says Palace

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alacanang reported Thursday that the energy department was able to restore power to all towns of Bohol affected by the quake. Presidential Communications Operations noting energy wasn’t fully restored at Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a barangay and household levels because press briefing Thursday that 100 percent of the concerns on the integrity of the of all the towns have been energized, of structures. which 83 percent of barangays have also Experts want to ensure that there are been energized, and 62 percent of the no structural defects or exposed power households now have power. lines, before electricity is restored to avoid “Ulitin natin: Lahat po ng bayan sa accidents. lalawigan ng Bohol, 100 percent po sa lahat Coloma said Task Force Kapatid is helping ng munisipalidad at bayan at siyudad ay the Department of Energy assess homes in mayroon ng enerhiya o kuryente,” he said. Bohol damaged by the quake. Task Force The government has considered many Kapatid is composed on 215 volunteers, he factors in restoring power, Coloma said said. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

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The Palace official also thanked fuel dealers in Bohol after they made a commitment of not increasing gasoline prices, at least this week. Reporting on the conditions of hospitals in Bohol, Coloma said that based on the assessment by the Department of Health (DOH), there are three hospitals that need rehabilitation. “Nauna nang gumawa ng assessment ang mga engineers sa Department of Health, at tutulungan po ng DPWH ang DOH na ibalik sa tamang kondisyon ang lahat ng mga naapektuhang pasilidad,” Coloma said during the press briefing. The Armed Forces of the Philippines is also active in relief operations, using its naval and air assets, Coloma said. According to him, the military reported that a total of 262,176 kilos of relief goods were shipped by the Philippine Navy, mostly coming from Dumaguete, Aklan, and Cebu. The Philippine Air Force on the other hand used its C-130 planes to deliver the goods, logistics, and supplies coming from Manila. The air force is also using seven helicopters to reach isolated areas. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

Out of the 411,680 kilos delivered, 36,287 kilos have been distributed, Coloma said. The DSWD spearheads the repacking of relief goods, each food pack good for a family of five, Coloma noted. “Ang direktiba ng ating Pangulo ay dapat kumpleto ‘yung distribution ng twoweek food packs. Ibig sabihin, ang bawat pamilyang apektado dapat makatanggap ng pagkain na puwedeng mag-sustento sa kanilang pamilya sa loob ng dalawang linggo. At ang direktiba sa DSWD, dapat ay maganap na ito by October 30 or six days from now,” he said. Coloma also said Bohol Governor Edgar Chato, who heads the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Bohol, reported to the President about the launch of Diskwento Caravan in cooperation with the trade department. The caravan will cover the towns of Loon, Antequera, Maribojoc, Tubigon and Sagbayan. This is aimed bringing back to normal trade in the province. The caravan will also help residents have access to goods in the market following the October 15 quake, Coloma said. PND

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Davao business group push Arabica as Mindanao’s signature brand

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he Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) is pushing for the development of Arabica coffee as a signature brand for Mindanao. “We see a lot of potential in coffee which is why we decided to focus on this as one of the golden crops for the Davao Trade Expo,” DCCCII president Arch. Daniel Lim said. However, he said farmers should be taught the basics of coffee plantation management to improve and increase their yield. One of the private organizations that FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

have invested their time and effort in training coffee farmers, especially those located in insurgency areas, is Coffee for Peace. Its main focus is the promotion of peace in Mindanao through coffee. “We realized that it was difficult to teach the people about peace when without addressing their basic needs first so we went on to teach them about growing coffee,” Coffee for Peace, Inc. Marketing

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Manager Dawn Albert Pates said. Coffee for Peace has been providing training to the tribal communities at Mt. Matutum in Polomolok, South Cotabato, Mt. Apo in Kidapawan North Cotabato and Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon since 2008. They discovered that the area is richly planted with coffee trees despite the Coffee Leaf Rust in the 1800s which wiped out almost all coffee plantations in the world. They got some samples of the coffee beans grown at Mt. Matutum and sent it for cupping to one of Canada’s biggest coffee companies who was impressed and confirmed the high quality of the sample. There are four major varieties of coffee including Arabica, Robusta, Liberica and Excelsa. The Kapeng Barako from Batangas falls under Liberica variety. Mindanaoans however refer to any coffee produced in the mountains as “native” regardless of the variety. Majority or 80 percent of the coffee being produced in Davao and in the country is Robusta since this is the variety being bought by companies like Robina and Nestle for their 3in1 coffee products. While Robusta is good for blending, she said, we are encouraging farmers to plant more Arabica since it is premium quality coffee that has less caffeine, less acidic and has a high 70 percent demand in the global market. “We have an estimated 1,300 hectares of Arabica coffee from our trained farmers,” she said. Coffee for Peace now has trained a total of 27 tribal communities mostly from the B’laan tribe and 972 farmers. The training includes coffee plantation FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

management, peace and reconciliation and financial management. The trainees are not allowed to graduate unless they can produce quality coffee, preferably following the wet process as it is cleaner and more flavorful. She said the country has not been exporting Arabica Coffee for the past 27 years but they had a breakthrough last 2011 when they exported Arabica from Mt. Matutum to Canada. “But Level Ground (importer) from Canada wanted 50 tons a month and we could only deliver 600 kilos,” she said. Pates admitted that they could not even supply the local demand, much more the huge demand from the international market. They also have inquiries from Japan and Europe but they could not commit as of now until they see the first harvests beginning this year. She said they expect to see a good harvest late this year and by 2014 since they only started planting in 2009. Most of the farmers rejuvenated the areas already planted with coffee so that they produce better quality and yield. Following the correct process, each tree can produce 3 to 5 kilos; otherwise, it would only produce less than a kilo of coffee. “The good thing about Arabica is that it can be intercropped with strawberry and carrots so the farmers have other sources of income while waiting for the coffee trees to bear fruit,” she said. And since the Arabica variety requires only 25 percent of sunlight, they also encourage the farmers to plant more trees and contribute to reforestation.

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Popcom-13 intensifies campaign for population management program by Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY -- The Commission on Population (PopCom) Caraga continues in strethening the campaign for Philippine Population Management Program (PPMP) said PopCom regional director Alexander A. Makinano during the forum here on Tuesday. Oct. 22.

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The program is aligned with President Benigno Aquino’s health agenda of universal health care for all Filipinos. PPMP has three component programs : Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP), POPDEV Integration Program, and Responsible Parenthood/ Family Planning Program. “The program has the objective to help couples/ parents exercise responsible parenting to achieve the desired number, timing and spacing of children and to contribute in improving maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition status; to help adolescents and youth avoid risky sexual behaviour to reduce incidence of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, sexually transmitted infections and other psycho-social concerns; and to contribute FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

to policies that will assist government to achieve a favourable balance between population growth and distribution, e c o n o m i c activities and the e n v i r o n m e n t ,” Makinano said. According to family planning survey of 2011, Caraga has the highest percentage of women ages 15-19 who have begun childbearing at 15 percent compared to the national average at 9.5 percent. Through PPMP’s general directions and strategies, “It will generate outcomes of reduced incidence of maternal,

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neonatal and child deaths, delayed sexual involvement among adolescents, reduced proportion of adolescents in early marriages, and reduced incidence of sexually trans mitted disease (STI) and Human Immune-deficiency Virus(HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome(AIDS) infections among adolescents and youth,� bared Makinano. He further said that there are other regional specific issues on population and family planning that need to be addressed. The support of the local government

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units is imperative in realizing the PPMP’s objectives. To increase awareness on family planning method among couples and to advance health and sexuality education into the mainstream of young individuals, PopCom Caraga has also launched its social media networks. The public can now access Popcom Caraga updates through the following internet sites: www.twitter. com/Popcom_Caraga, www. facebook.com/popcom.caraga, and www.popcomcaraga.org.

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Agusan del Norte extends P1-M aid to Bohol

BUTUAN CITY -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte extended P1 million worth of assistance to the 10 most affected municipalities of Bohol which was devastated by the recent 7.2 magnitude earthquake last week.

The aid of P100,000 each for the 10 most earthquakedamaged municipalities in Bohol was handed by the personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) to the local chief executives of the recipient municipalities. The recipients of the monetary assistance were the municipalities of Loon, Maribojoc, Antequera, Calape,

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Tubigon, Sagbayan, Catigbian, Carmen, Balilihan and Loboc which was badly hit during the strong earthquake. During the regular session on Monday, the Sanguniang Panlalawigan approved a resolution authorizing Agusan del Norte Gov. Maria Angelica Rosedell AmanteMatba to extend a P100,000 assistance each to the 10 municipalities in Bohol.

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NorMin all set for Barangay Elections 2013 by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Frontline agencies to supervise and secure the Barangay Elections on October 28 expressed readiness and disclosed preparation activities for a clean and peaceful election day in Northern Mindanao.

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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Police Regional Office (PRO) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) region 10 during a press conference today, October 24, revealed that their offices have been in close coordination to prepare for the upcoming elections. COMELEC Regional Director Atty. Renato A. Magbutay said that they have reactivated the Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) and Provincial Joint Security Control Center (PJSCC) with PRO-10 and the army for security. He said that of the 2,022 barangays in the region, 4,228 are running for Punong Barangays and 32,497 for Sangguniang barangay members. Meanwhile, total registered voters are 2,554,676. Further, there are 8,105 clustered

precincts and 1, 935 voting centers. In terms of security measures, PRO-10 P/SSupt Danilo S. Pelisco said that there are 217 barangays on their watch list. Factors affecting this are presence of insurgence in Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte; rido or family feud specifically in Lanao del Norte and intense political rivalry. With this, he said that they have conducted various inspections and have augmented about 1,165 personnel in addition to their 2,420 organic PRO members for security purposes during the election. On the other hand, BGen Ricardo R Visaya of the 4th Infantry Division said they have already arranged their security deployment in various areas and precincts. Particularly, their focus will be in far flung barangays.

EHCP outstanding schools named by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN – Five outstanding Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) implementing schools were awarded here during the in-house program review held at the Camiguin Convention Center, this month.

The schools were adjudged based on the functional set-up of its health corners, drinking and hand washing facilities, as well as, on the knowledge of teachers

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on the program and management of supplies. The final evaluation result for year 2012 declared Binunsaran Elementary School on first spot

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for both EHCP Outstanding School and Classroom Categories. Grabbing the second place for the classroom category was Sagay Elementary School, followed by Maac Elementary School on the third spot. Mambajao Central School was also named second under the Most Outstanding School Category, followed by the Alangilan Integrated School in

Sagay town. Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo, leads the ceremonial distribution of awards together with Santo Betonio, EHCP Evaluation team Leader; Helen Pia単a, Fit for School, Inc. Regional Project Officer; Roy Angelo Gazo, DepEd Camiguin, Schools Division Superintendent, and other local officials.

City dads act on unsanitary condition of market in CdeO by CdeOSP

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - To maintain health and safety standards for the welfare of the consuming public, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 11502-2013, asking Task Force Tsada Merkado to address unsanitary condition at Carmen Market.

This, after the special report Councilor Adrian Barba during its recent regular session. Barba said the unsanitary condition of Carmen Market, especially the meat, fish and vegetable sections is caused by stagnant wastewater. Councilor Barba observed this as he visited Carmen Market and saying that it may cause leptospirosis to the consuming public. These FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

things should be addressed immediately, he stressed. As chairman of the committee on health and sanitation, Councilor Dante Pajo said the Office of the City Mayor Oscar Moreno had created Task Force Tsada Merkado and is undergoing ocular inspections in all markets in the city in order to bring back the trust of the public.

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Tourism boom expected after Lake Sebu was named a Philippine Gem

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Following official declaration of Lake Sebu as one of the 10 Philippine Gems, officials expect an influx of tourists to the area also dubbed as the “Summer Capital of the South.”

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Philippines Gems, according to the online voting contest organizer Isla Lipana & Co., are emerging tourist destinations across the country that deserve to be promoted here and abroad. In a press release posted at the website www.pwc.com.ph, Isla Lipana announced Lake Sebu among the top ten Philippine Gems along with Apo Island, Batanes, Biri Rock Formation, Calaguas Islands, Caramoan, Danjugan, , Mt. Kanlaon, Panglao Island, and Tubbataha. These destinations were chosen from a list of 25 destinations presented for public online voting from June 26 until September 26. Silverio Tandog, program manager of the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance said, they envisioned that Lake Sebu to also experience increase in tourist arrival soon. Tandog cited as an example, massive increase in tourist arrival in Puerto Princesa Underground River after winning the search for 7 New Wonders of Nature. “This is because the organizers of the online voting contest would do FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

the bullish marketing for Lake Sebu,” he said. “We hope that this would translate to more tourists becoming interested on Lake Sebu,” Alfred Allaga of the Local Governance Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), told reporters in the same press conference. Together, AVLDA and LGSP-LED are developing Lake Sebu into a sustainable eco-cultural tourism

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site. Allaga disclosed that at present, the bulk of visitors in the area are domestic tourists who come to Lake Sebu for day tour and return to either Koronadal City or General Santos City for night accommodation. But at present, he pointed out, none of the ten resort operators in Lake Sebu are international standards compliant. Meanwhile, Nelly Nita Dillera, regional director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) 12 said that preparations are underway to build up the area for the coming of more visitors from other parts of the country as well as tourists from abroad. Recently, she said DOT 12, along with AVLDA and LGSP-LED, has embarked in a massive information drive to encourage primary service providers such as hotels and resorts in Lake Sebu to undergo accreditation. ‘These are aimed at improving their facilities, the capability of their personnel and so much more to be upgraded to a standard that is acceptable internationally,” she added. “DOT comes in to help these service providers address their deficiencies such as providing training of personnel for capability-building.” As result of this drive, the regional tourism director explained further, owners of Punta Isla Lake Resort have requested DOT 12 to help them look for designers and architects.

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“We have linked them with architects who have expertise on construction of buildings on slopes,” she said. Regarding, readiness of resorts to accommodate foreign visitors, Tandog believes owners of facilities in Lake Sebu are prepared to respond once the demands come. “When the influx of tourists comes, most likely, these resort operators will be ready to immediately upgrade their facilities to comply with the standards,” he said. Visitors usually come to Lake Sebu for an adventure at the 7 Falls zipline, a tour on the main lake, also called Lake Sebu, and a taste of local delicacies made from Tilapia. Besides Lake Sebu, the town has two other lakes, namely: Lahit and Seloton. At present, the DPWH is implementing a P100 million road concreting project that would connect Lahit with Seloton, passing through the 7 Falls zipline park. Lake Sebu is also home to the National Living Treasure Lang Dulay who weaves T’nalak cloth from her dreams. It is also being developed for birdwatching and caving. Lake Sebu is a banner site of the National Eco-Tourism Strategic Committee and identified as a banner site of the BIMP-EAGA for eco-tourism development. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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DSWD 12 to assess 775,335 households in Soccsksargen Region

By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 will conduct an assessment of 775,335 households in Region 12 beginning later this year or in the first quarter of 2014.

This, according to DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha is to update the department’s database that would be used identify beneficiaries for the agency’s social protection programs and services. “We will be updating our database by conducting the second round of assessment, with the new brand name “Listahanan” and with the tagline “Talaan ng Pamilyang Nangangailangan,” Taha said. To further provide services to underprivileged families in the region, the DSWD 12 regional director encouraged its partners such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to make use of the data for their planning programs and services as well. Aside from the assessment, Taha revealed that DSWD 12 will be implementing the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP). “It is the scaling up of the community driven development (CDD), a strategy that has been tried and proven effective in Kalahi-CIDSS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

(Kapit-Bisig Laban saKahirapan) program. The implementation will start in the next coming months or next year,” She noted. The program will cover 34 municipalities in Soccsksargen region. Further, DSWD 12 is set to expand its convergence strategy to improve access to health and education facilities, as well as livelihood opportunities. Also the implementation of the bottom-up planning and budgeting projects and the institutionalization of the bottom-up budgeting approach will be continued to ensure accountability, transparency and participation. Meanwhile, to continue and strengthen the initiative of helping the poor, Taha called for a stronger partnership with other agencies and organizations. “The number of lives we were able to touch, the number of smiles we were able to bring out and the number of spirits we were able to uplift is far more rewarding than anything else we receive at the end of the day,” she emphasized. (SJDuerme-PIA12)

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Prov’l gov’t extends aid families of ambushed army troops in Tulunan By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

TULUNAN, North Cotabato —The provincial government of North Cotabato recently distributed financial assistance to the families of government forces killed during the ambush in Tulunan town on October 21.

In a visit to the bereaved family of Sgt. Alonto Heramis, member of the 1002nd Brigade of the Philippine Army, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza personally handed the P10,000. Mendoza noted that the same amount were also extended to other families involved in Matalam, Midsayap and Kidapawan City through the help of the province’s board members. Aside from the provincial government’s sincere desire the financial support, according to Mendoza will help augment the burial cost. It can be noted that nine soldiers were killed in an ambush perpetrated by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the boundary of Barangay Caridad and Bituan, Tulunan, North Cotabato. The soldiers belonging to 38th Infantry Battalion (IB), 57th IB, and 1002nd Brigade are on their way to Barangay Caridad on board an army truck 9:00am on Monday when waylaid by a big number of NPA members. Aside from Heramis, the other FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

fatalities were identified as: S/Sgt. Joel Hadlucon of the 38th IB of Purok Catalunan Pequeño, Davao City; Sgt. Jovencio Ocho, OS PA, 38th IB, of Bartolaba Subdivision, Kidapawan City; Cpl. Thong Bansuan, PA 57th IB, of Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao; Cpl. Razzel Baylon, 57th IB, of Barangay Gumaga, Libungan; Cpl. Roger Espititu of Barangay Anonang, Bansalan; CAA Jonell Tundocan Barangay of New Tigbawan, Matalam; CAA Reynaldo Ballesteros of Barangay Salunayan, Midsayap; and CAA Melquides Butaslac, Jr. of Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City. Those wounded were identified as 1Lt. Bruno Jugo, Sgt. Gredum Maybitoin, S/Sgt. Rolando Abastillas, PFC Frederick Barcenal and CAA Elmer Esmella, all were brought to Kidapawan Doctors Hospital. Inc. All of them were given P 5,000 each as financial assistance. Gov. Mendoza assured the families that justice will be served to the victims. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ JSta.Cruz-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

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Tagum to continue dev’t of tourism areas

DAVAO CITY- The City Government of Tagum in Davao del Norte is keen in developing current tourism areas in Tagum City. During the Kapihan sa Abreeza, press conference held at Abreeza Mall in Davao city, Geraldine Abella, City Tourism Officer said that Mayor Allan Rellon is keen on developing the Botanical Park located in Barangay Agustin, 15- minute drive from the city poblacion. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

The 50hectare property was first developed by former Mayor Rey T. Uy and is planted with various trees of different native and f o r e i g n species, currently there are gazebos and waiting sheds built in the area for visitors. Abella said that the new Mayor wanted more tourism facilities to be put up these includes a zipline and hanging bridges. “Mayor Rellon wanted the park to be developed for daytime activities.” Abella said. Another plan is the construction of an IP (Indigenous Peoples) Village in Barangay La Filipina. That plan

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was earlier revealed by Mayor Rellon during the Kaimunan Festival as part of his administration’s commitment towards the preservation and protection of the IP’s diverse culture and tradition. Aside from new projects, the city is also bent on continuing with tourism projects of the past administration. Marlene Alastra chairperson of the Tagum City Tourism Council said that the City intends to plant more palm trees, as they would want to keep the brand of Tagum City as the PalmTree City. During the administration of former Mayor Rey Uy, thousands

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of palm trees in different different species and varieties. The massive palm planting has earned for Tagum the title of Palm Tree City of the Philippines. Alastra said that the replanting will also aim to replace old and dying palm trees, aside from palm trees they are also targeting to plant other varieties of trees. Another project to be sustained is the Tagum River Tour which is held at the Bincungan River, an 8.7 kilometer tidal creek which passes through mangrove forests, bangus, tilapia and crab hatcheries. (PIA/ RG Alama)

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Davao Region’s top cop urges new Davao City police chief to deliver by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- A top ranking officer of the Police Regional Office 11 challenged the new director of the Davao City Police Office to do his best in assuming his new assignment as the city’s top cop.

Chief Superintendent Wency Pascual, director of the PRO 11 said that Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao can either maintain or step up the peace and order programs of Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa who will be assuming a new post in the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police as the head of the police training service. He said the performance of De la Rosa maybe exemplary but he has confidence on the competence of Danao. “Danao is up for the job,” Pascual said. Danao was the chief of the logistics and research development of the PRO 11 before taking the post as city director. He was once the chief of the Talomo District Police Precinct. De la Rosa relinquished his post to Danao in a simple turnover ceremony at the headquar

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ters of the DCPO Friday. He also vouched for the capability of Danao to head the local police force. ���Do your best to keep the city safe all the time,” De la Rosa urged Danao. De la Rosa, a decorated policeman assumed his post as city director on February 2, 2011 after his stint as director of the police offices in Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley. His tour of duty ended in July 2013 but was extended for three months more given the many challenges in the security of the city. De la Rosa is well-accepted by the residents because of his candidness in dealing with the people. He initiated the Operation Plan: Tuktok-Hangyo where he reached out to dialogue with suspected drug-peddlers and users calling them to stop their vice or face the full force of the law. De la Rosa was a recipient of the Outstanding Police Office Award of the Philippine National Police in 2011 and 2013. (PIA 11Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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One Mindanao - October 25, 2013