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O UR COVER “Dalit” Festival continues to be a crowd-drawer in Tangub Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Northern Mindanao

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President Aquino says drastic shifts in Bureau of Customs leadership are already in place

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Dipolog celebrates “Family Day”

WESTERN MINDANAO

Mary May A. Abellon

CARAGA REGION

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ASELCO targets 107 areas in AgSur under P-Noy’s rural electrification program David M. Suyao

Agusan Norte solon to head PH’s young leaders to China forum Eldie N. David

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Pres. Aquino issues Proc. No. 655 declaring the holidays in 2014

Rutchie C. Aguhob

SSS .6% contribution rate increase to balance fund scheme Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Universities to help public elementary schools on ICT awareness

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South Cotabato eyes implementation of Purok Empowerment Ordinance DEDoguiles

DepEd-Cotabato Division vows to restore normalcy in school affected by conflict Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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COVER STORY

“Dalit” Festival continues to be a crowd-drawer in Tangub By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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crowd of more than 15,000 have filled up the Tangub City Sports Complex, here, to view the city’s famed Dalit Festival, Sept. 29.

coming year, through the intercession of the City’s patron, St. Michael, the Archangel,” Atty. Philip T. Tan, City Mayor of Tangub, said. A wedding, birth of a new member of the family, settling of family feud, peace compact, healing of the sick and a bountiful harvest, could be among these blessings. Derived from a Cebuano word Starting with a parade, early in “dalit” meaning “offering,” the festival, is a cultural presentation depicting the various activities of the people of Tangub, and was one of the highlights of the culmination of a month-long City Fiesta celebration. “It was in fact, an offering of thanksgiving to God Almighty for blessings received in the previous year and to ask for more in the


the morning, the Dalit Festival was composed of street dancing rituals with free interpretation of the Filipino way of life and culture, ethic or nonethnic. Meanwhile, the dance steps were dominated by the basic steps of

prayer, praise and grace incorporated with the progressive execution of a ritual with theatrical presentation of their costume and accessories. Festival dancers then advance to the main streets of the city towards the Tangub City Sports Complex, where the showdown was held. Following the showdown was the Search for Festival Queen, a contest among the lead dancers, as to grace and rhythm, beauty of the face and body proportion, focus and projection, and costume.

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Aquino vows higher economic growth figure

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said the Asian Development Bank’s forecast of 7 percent growth this year, and 6.1 percent for next year is within reach.

“I think it’s achievable. Pero I would not want to say right now na guaranteed lahat ‘yan. There are factors beyond our control. Things that happen in the Middle East, for instance; the current government shutdown in America,” the President said when asked to comment on ADB’s raised forecast for the country. The President was interviewed by reporters following his attendance to the Brotherhood of Christian Business THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

and Professionals’ Grand Breakfast at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Wednesday. One of the major sources of optimism for the administration, he said, is the rebounding Japanese economy, a primary market for the Philippine’s export products. “I will not state categorically a particular number but, we will continue to strive to make the GDP figure that

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much higher,� the President added. A new ADB report said the Philippines will be the second fastest growing economy in Asia this year, next to China. In the Asian Development Outlook 2013 update, the ADB raised its 2013 growth forecast for the Philippines to 7 percent, from its earlier forecast of 6 percent in April. The ADB also upgraded its 2014 forecast for the Philippines to 6.1 percent from 5.9 percent. The report noted that the Philippines has been growing faster than expected making it the only Southeast Asian country to have its growth forecast upgraded. Contrary to the upgrade made on the Philippines, the ADB downgraded forecasts for other Southeast Asian countries, such as Indonesia (5.7 percent from 6.4 percent), Thailand (3.8 percent from 4.9 percent) and Malaysia (4.3 percent from 5.3 percent). The ADB has not changed its forecasts for Singapore (2.6 percent) and Vietnam (5.2 percent). PND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

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President Aquino says drastic shifts in Bureau of Customs leadership are already in place

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resident Benigno S. Aquino said drastic shifts in the Bureau of Customs (BoC) leadership, personnel, and processes are already in place, as a result of the administration’s comprehensive reform agenda.

In his speech during the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) Grand Breakfast held at SMX Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Wednesday, the Chief Executive said the government THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

started implementing measures to eliminate smuggling in the Bureau of Customs, adding that the government’s comprehensive reform agenda also aims to restore integrity among BoC officials

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and employees. An estimated 200 billion pesos was lost from the nation’s coffers every year because of transactionalism, patronage, and blatant corruption that have long plagued the Bureau of Customs, the President said. “Ang repormang ipinapatupad natin sa Bureau of Customs ay isa sa mga pinakamatingkad na patunay nito. Mantakin po ninyo: tinatayang umabot sa dalawandaang bilyong piso ang nawawala sa kaban ng bayan taon-taon dahil sa transaksyonalismo, palakasan, at lantarang pandarambong na matagal na umiiral sa Customs,” he noted. “Naging malinaw po sa atin na kung babalasahin lang natin ang mga nasa puwesto, pero ilalagay pa rin sila sa kung saan sila maaaring gumawa ng pinsala, talaga pong wala tayong patutunguhan. Ang atin pong tugon: Reset button para sa ahensyang matagal nang naging mukha ng katiwalian sa gobyerno,” the President stressed.

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“Limang bagong deputy commissioner po ang ating itinalaga. Dalawang EO (Executive Order) para maipasok ang bagong dugo, para sa bagong mga pananaw at pamamaraan,” he said. The President signed on September 2 Executive Order No. 140 Creating a Customs Policy Research Office (CPRO) and Executive Order No. 139 Creating an Office of the Revenue Agency Modernization (ORAM) in the Department of Finance. “Iniatas din ang pag-uwi sa tamang posisyon ng mga naka-detail na empleyado; wala nang security guard na ginagawang collecting officer, o warehouseman na examiner; hindi na puwedeng nasa puwesto ka dahil sa palakasan, at hindi sa kakayahan. Kaya kung may natitira pa ring mga latak na nais kumapit sa lumang kalakaran: Sige po, subukan na lang po ninyo, at tingnan natin ang inyong paglalagyan,” he concluded. PND

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Aquino wants detailed reconstruction plan for Zamboanga City

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III assured the people of Zamboanga City on Wednesday that there is available fund from the national government and disbursement could immediately start as long as the city government provides a detailed rebuilding plan.

“The funds are available, awaiting only after his attendance to the Brotherhood of the concrete plan, meaning, lahat nung Christian Business and Professionals’ Grand details,” the President said in an interview Breakfast at SMX Convention Center in THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

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Pasay City. The President said this plan includes the number of houses to be built, the layout of villages, the distances from commercial centers, funding mechanism, assistance to affected students, cash-for-work programs, the duration of project implementation and others. “We need to have all of the details in place before we are able to disburse the funding. Hindi ‘yung disburse at bahala na ’yung plano. Plano muna na konkreto tapos, disburse ng funds,” he said. Asked to comment on Zamboanga’s call for the declaration of humanitarian crisis so that foreign aid could come in, the President said that as of the moment there are foreign organizations already working hand in hand with domestic relief groups for Zamboanga’s rehabilitation. The Zamboanga situation is a very significant problem for the government, the President admitted, noting that over a hundred thousand people are being cared for by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). But he also assured the people of Zamboanga City that the government will not be scrounging for funds to put their lives back to order. The President has previously promised a P3.9 billion fund for Zamboanga’s reconstruction. As to the recent update on the Zamboanga City crisis, the President said security forces are still ferreting out some rebels. But, the AFP has already turned over to the PNP THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

the actual clearing operation to secure the communities against booby traps and unexploded munitions. With regards to Habier Malik, the Moro National Liberation Front leader who led the attack in Zamboanga, the President said the government is not ready to make a positive statement about his status as forensic experts conduct tests including DNA analysis. The government is also moving detained or captured MNLF rebels to another location to enhance security in Zamboanga City noting their presence in the city may cause tension within the community. The justice department’s work is also ongoing for the filing of cases against MNLF founding Chairman Nur Misuari, he said. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will be going to Zamboanga City to check on the work of the prosecutors who have been interviewing witnesses and hostages to come up with a strong case against Misuari and his men. “It is still an ongoing work. Sa hostages alone, you’re interviewing over 190 individuals tapos, meron din ‘yung interrogations done to the captured individuals whose inputs will also be put in,” the President said. “Their statements are being collated; the evidence is being collected and at the end of the day, we hope to file a very strong case against all of the people involved,” the President said. PND

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Thousands join Alay Lakad 2013 in Dipolog By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Not even the heavy rains were able to cancel the holding of the Alay Lakad 2013 last Sunday, as more than 5,000 people from all walks of life turned up to join the activity.

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Spearheaded by the city government, the annual activity started at 4 a.m. from the city boulevard to the Dipolog City Sports Complex at Barangay Olingan with provincial and city government employees, provincial, city and barangay officials, national government agencies, AFP, PNP, banking institutions, private offices, business sector, academe, religious organizations, fraternities and sororities and the media as participants. In his message, Zamboanga del Norte Governor Roberto Uy stressed to the Alay Lakad scholars the value of education to attain their dreams in life. He also reminded them to make good in their studies. Governor Uy, who was the city mayor for nine years, recalled the support he had extended to the Alay Lakad scholars as a proof of his commitment to helping the poor but talented students finish their studies amid financial constraints. Highlighting the activity was the giving of awards to the participating THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

contingents/ individuals such as most disciplined group to Janvick Enterprises, oldest participant to Guillermo Mercado, 67, youngest participant to Joenit Achis, tallest participant to Allan Sargento, biggest contingent to Jose Rizal Meorial State University (JRMSU), liveliest contingent to Zamboanga del Norte National high School, most colorful contingent to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and best in uniform to Saint Vincent’s College (SVC). Emmanuel Cruz of the Dipolog Special Education Center and Lecxery Girl Mamon of Dipolog Pilot Demonstration School were also crowned as this year’s Mr. and Miss Alay Lakad. Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has expressed her gratitude for all the support extended by the different public and private organizations as well as well-meaning individuals that made the activity a success. Alay Lakad 2013 is anchored on the theme, “Lakad Bayan para sa Kapayapaan.”

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Dipolog celebrates “Family Day” By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY - The city government here through the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) celebrated Family Day with “children in conflict with the law” (CICL) and their parents last Sept. 27 at the Drop-In Center for Children. With the theme “Advancing social and inter-generational solidarity,” Mayor Evelyn T. Uy in her message underscored the importance of family bonding during mealtime and other activities to strengthen the relationship between and among family members. The lady mayor lamented that some children were forced to work even at their young age because they were abandoned by their parents. “Others committed petty crimes because of poverty,” she added. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

Highlighting the celebration was a lecture by Judge Rogelio Laquihon of the Regional Trial Court (RTC)-7 on family rights and responsibilities, children’s rights and the law on Violence against Women and children (VAWC) in a family forum held at the Top Plaza Hotel this city. It can be recalled that the city government had set up a drop-in center for CICL in order to separate them from “hardcore criminals” with interventions from the CSWDO.

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Butuan day care center bares accomplishments

by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY -- The Gender and Development (GAD) Learning Resource Day Care Center (DCC) of this city revealed significant accomplishments in its center operations.

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Day Care in-charge Fe TechavezLabitad, in an interview, disclosed an increase of enrollees compared to the previous year. “Our pre-school has raised from 40 enrollees last year to 47 for this school year but it does not mean we are closing our enrolment since day care center is a whole year round program compared to other preschool institutions who have cutoff dates to cater children,” she said. Labitad said the center also has undergone major makeover since the time they transferred from city hall building to the new location last year. Labitad added that the continuing development of the center relies on the assistance from the city government, the parents and the concerned groups.

“When it comes to sustainability of the day care operation, it largely depends on the support from the city government since this is a mandatory program directing the national and local government to established a preschool for the employees’ children based on EO No. 340 and funds can be taken from the gender and development (GAD) funds,” Labitad said. It was learned that the city has three existing workplace-based DCC including those at the DENR and PNP. Butuan was the first LGU to implement the workplace based DCC since 1982 and was nationally recognized since 1985 when the former Senator THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

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Letecia Ramos-Shahani provided one DCC at the adjacent building of the old Sangguniang Panglungsod. “Day care parents group has its vital role to help contribute a minimal monetary cash or in-kind or in a dropin-a bucket system,” Labitad explained. According to Labitad, this has been her dream and something hoped for having a permanent building, decent and conducive for learning. “Our DCC served as venue for day care workers conferences in the past few months, and a training center for the newly hired day care workers especially those who are coming from different municipalities to pay visit and learned ideas and techniques of DCC operation.”

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Labitad is thankful for the support of City Mayor Amante, City Administrator Leah Mendoza and other concerned people on their concerted efforts to provide one learning school for the employees’ children. “This is one contributing factor how the government galvanizes its support for the renovation of this DCC. City councilors like Ferdinand Nalcot promised to give one unit of air conditioner; Samuel Amante pledged from his CDF an amount of P10,000 for window grill materials; Nestor Amora gave already some materials for the pathway cementing and one unit wall fan,” she bared. Aside from DCC’s regular activities, Labitad said an enhanced parent effectiveness services (EPES) seminar will be conducted to help parents, surrogate parents, guardians and other care givers to enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes in parenting where they can be improve their awareness on significant roles and responsibilities to the family especially on health and nutrition, and family planning Based on the previous year report, the DCC has conducted regular activities like the day care service orientation for the pre-school parents, nutrition month celebration, family day celebration, national children month celebration, Christmas day and outdoor activities like the educational tour to the museum and to the city library.

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ASELCO targets 107 areas in AgSur under P-Noy’s rural electrification program by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR -- A total of 104 puroks/sitios and three barangays will be enjoying the luxury that electric power could give as targeted under Batch II by the Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO) to energize until December of this year.

According to ASELCO General Manager Emmanuel Galarce, the first batch during the initial release by the government fund for this year comprised 42 puroks/ sitios and eight barangays where three barangays from Esperanza town were left behind subject to be completed during the second batch which will end up on December this year. For the second batch beneficiaries, it covers the three barangays and three puroks of Esperanza, 11 puroks of Bayugan City, eight puroks of Bunawan, three puroks of La Paz, five puroks of Loreto,18 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

puroks of Prosperidad, ten puroks of Rosario, 22 puroks of San Francisco, two of San Luis, seven from Sibagat, four from Talacogon, eight from Trento, dfive from Veruela and one from Sta. Josefa. “The Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP) and the Sitio Electrification Program (SLEP) are President Aquino’s pronounced commitment to the Filipino people that by the end of 2006, all barangays and sitios nationwide are already energized. For ASELCO, aside from the scheduled 107 barangays and sitios, we added our target by 37

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sitios and this will increase our commitment to 200 BLEP and SLEP until December of this year. We are also proud to tell you that after the completion of the first batch where ASELCO excelled by meeting the target on time and returning some P2.3 million excess fund to the national treasury, your cooperative was awarded the most transparent and efficient electric cooperative nationwide,” GM Galarce said. During a consultative and Coordination meeting attended by 75 Barangay Captains and 107 sitios and puroks chairpersons as beneficiaries held last week, Chief of ASELCO’s Members Services Department Luzviminda Flores said they conducted said meeting in order that beneficiaries of P-Noy’s BLEP

and SLEP would be knowledgeable of the process of the program for easier faster implementation. “First, beneficiaries should know that this program also needs the spirit of volunteerism from the beneficiaries and the community so that they will be willing to help transport needed materials specially in remote places and the clearing of areas where the electric posts will be erected and to help explain to the members of the community why there is a need to cut trees that could affect the electric lines installation. And the most important participation of the community is to ensure the safety of the people that will be working on the project,” Flores said.

Agusan Norte solon to head PH’s young leaders to China forum by Eldie N. David

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BUTUAN CITY -- Agusan del Norte First District Representative Lawrence “Law” Fortun will lead the delegation of young leaders from the Philippines to a forum and visit to Beijing and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China from October 10-19, 2013. The delegation, which is composed of 10 delegates who are all members of the Philippine Center for Young Leaders (PCYL), a non-stock, non-profit organization that helps develop young elected or appointed government officials into competent and responsible leaders through a variety of trainings, applied research and international exchange programs. The invitation to head the delegation was sent by the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) which is a partner of PCYL since 1981 to promote the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. CAFIU is a nationwide non-profit social organization with profound influence in China and the special consultative status with the United Nations – Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC). Since its founding, CAFIU in the hope to “let the world understand China, and let China understand the world”, has established ties with NGOs and research institutes in scores of countries as well as international organization, and carried out exchanges and cooperation with Chinese NGOs. CAFIU serves as a platform for dialogue and communications. It is committed THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

to enhancing mutual understanding and friendly cooperation between China and other countries. During the visit, the delegates will engage in discussions with CAFIU leaders, listen to some briefings about China’s development in the political, economic and social areas given by Chinese experts and have exchanges with Chinese NGOs. CAFIU will provide the delegation members with international round flight tickets as well as accommodation, meals and local transportation in China.

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VP Binay awards 60 LGUs in Northern Mindanao for completion of CLUPs by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay led today, September 27, the awarding of plaques and certificates to 60 local government units in Northern Mindanao for completion of their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) as part of the CLUP Zero Backlog Program. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

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The LGU of Mahinog in Camiguin province as well as LGU Baungon, Impasug-ong and Kitaotao in Bukdinon got gold for having their CLUPs and zoning ordinances approved by the provincial board and are now for implementation. Seven LGUs got the silver category award for having CLUPs and zoning ordinances approved by the Sangguniang Panglungsod or Sangguniang Bayan and are awaiting approval of the provincial board. These LGUs are Libona, Pangantucan, Sumilao and Talakag in Bukidnon; Alubijid and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental; and Tudela in Misamis Occidental. LGU Malaybalay City, Cagayan de Oro City, Naawan in Misamis Oriental were awarded the bronze category for drafting their CLUPs and zoning ordinances and processing them for approval.

On the other hand, 46 LGUs obtained their certificates of completion for finishing the four planning modules on drafting CLUPs and zoning ordinances. In his message, Binay underscored the importance of CLUPs and zoning ordinances while lauding the LGUs who have completed theirs. The CLUP and zoning ordinance defines the land uses, regulations, development strategies and proposed programs and projects addressing social, economic, infrastructure and climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. He said the Housing Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is also ready to help those LGUs who do not have CLUPs, and assist them in formulating their local shelter plans to determine their housing needs.

Pres. Aquino issues Proc. No. 655 declaring the holidays in 2014 by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 655, “Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days and Special Holiday (For All Schools) For the Year 2014. Such proclamation says there will be a total of 19 holidays throughout the country in 2014, i.e., there are 10 regular holidays, four (4) special

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non-working days, two (2) additional special non-working days, two (2) Islamic holidays and one (1) special holiday for schools only.

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The regular holidays are as follows: New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, Maunday Thursday, April 17, Good Friday, April 18, Labor Day, May 1, Independence Day, June 12, National Heroes Day, August 25, last Monday of August, Bonifacio Day, November 30, Christmas Day, December 25, and Rizal Day, December 30. Special Non-Working Days: Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, Black Saturday, April 19, Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21, All Saints Day, November 1. Additional special non-working days: Day before Christmas, December 24, day After Christmas, December 26, to foster closer family ties and enable to observe Christmas more meaningfully, and Last Day of the Year, December 31. Islamic holidays: Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha, the exact dates of which shall be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, Hijra or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. A special holiday for all schools,

EDSA Revolution Anniversary, February 25, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people, Pursuant to Proc. 655, January 31, 2014, the Chinese Spring Festival, is declared a special non-working day without detriment to public interest as a joint celebration and manifestation of our solidarity with our ChineseFilipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many aspects as a country and as a people. On the other hand, Black Saturday, April 19, has been traditionally declared a special nonworking day, because the observance of the Holy Week is one of the most cherished traditions of the country. Falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Black Saturday, gives the people the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder of the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor without prejudice to public interest.

SSS .6% contribution rate increase to balance fund scheme by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Social Security System (SSS) announced that the increase of .6% in the contribution of members to take effect next year is a need to balance the system’s funding scheme.

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Further, she emphasized that contribution rate has been stagnant for 23 years from 1981 to 2002 while pension increased 21 times. She said, as benefit payments catch up, the contribution rate has to be adjusted to allow the SSS

Atty. Josefina M. OlanFornilos, assistant vice-president of SSS Northern Mindanao stressed that the life of SSS fund is a balancing act. The inflows or revenues such as investment income and contributions must be equal or greater than the outflows or expenditures such as the operating expenses and benefits, she explained. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

fund to cumulate reserves; thus, provision of social security protection to all members across generations be sustained. As of June 2013, there are a total of 30, 040, 266 SSS members nationwide.

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Only 7 electric coops in Mindanao had plans to tap modular generator sets byJoey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY-Only seven out of the 33 member cooperatives of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperative (AMRECO) plan to tap modular power generators as short term means of addressing the power shortage in their respective areas.This according to Clint Pacana, executive director of the AMRECO.

He told reporters at the I-Talk Forum at Seda Hotel that earlier, 22 electric cooperatives considered the

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idea of buying generating sets to address the power shortage from 2013 to 2015, but changed their mind. Pacana said that delay in the release of the governing guideline or Executive Order No. 137 made several electric cooperatives to reconsider the plan. He said the government through the National Electrification Administration has appropriated P4.5-Billion for the modular power generators which can be available electric cooperatives through loan. “This is going to be for a short and medium term basis crisis given the projection that the power situation in Mindanao may normalize by 2015,� Pacana said. He said among the seven takers, three electric cooperatives opt to purchase while four only want to rent generators, respectively. Pacana said those who want

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to purchase generators include the Misamis Oriental Electric Cooperative I, Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative and Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative while those who want to rent comprise of Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative, Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperative, and two other electric cooperatives. He stressed that for electric cooperatives have to provide power especially in urban areas where business thrives. Pacana said the bidding for the modular generators was delayed as they waited for the corresponding guideline from the government. “The Bids and Awards Committee

just reported to the Amreco which in turn report the result to government through the NEA and the Energy Regulatory Commission,� he said Pacana projected that the use of modular power generators will be realized on the first quarter of 2014. Sergio Dagooc, president of the AMRECO said that ideally, Mindanao power needs is placed at 1,300 megawatts. He said that currently, power generation can only supply 1,100 megawatts and has a shortfall of 200 megawatts. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Current shortfall of the Mindanao grid, With a current supply of 1,100 megawatts as compared to the demand of 1,300 megawatts.

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Universities to help public elementary schools on ICT awareness DAVAO CITY- Five colleges and universities in Davao Region may adopt public elementary schools to make the knowhow on information and communication technology inclusive, particularly in robotics, according to Atty. Sam Matunog, chair of the ICT-Davao Incorporated. Speaking at the Kapehan sa SM City Mall Dabaw, he said these academic institutions want the local students in public elementary and high schools to keep pace with the latest innovations and knowledge in ICT. Matunog recognized that robotics is one area of the ICT that is very expensive but expense must not block the children to learn more. He said involving the academe is very important to ensure that children’s creativity will be nurtured well. Matunog said the selection of students will be based on their enthusiasm to learn. He said 15 to 30 students will be selected from the adopted elementary schools and will be

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trained on IT skills in the computer laboratories of the universities for 30 days. “We aim to generate more talents along the way,” Matunog said. He said the University of Mindanao, University of the Philippines-Mindanao, University of Immaculate Conception, and the University of South Eastern Philippines have initially conveyed interest to offer their facilities for the program. Matunog said the one university also considers to be part of the program. He said ICT-Davao aims to do the program every year through the Summer Workshop for IT. Lizabel Wit Holganza, president of the ICT-Davao, Incorporated cited the need to give children ample exposure to the ICT to draw their interest on the field. She said that the children’s interest to learn will be reinforced thoroughly with the complete facilities of these institutions. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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Socoteco 1 guarantees shorter rotational brownout effective today

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- “We are taking a risk,” South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative General Manager Santiago Tudio, said in an interview yesterday morning.

Tudio was referring to the decision of the local power distributor and Mapalad Power Corporation to go on with the commissioning of the 12 megawatt (MW) modular generators sets around 10 a.m. today despite lack of needed permit from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). The Alcantara Group-owned Mapalad Power Corp. owns the modular gensets that Socoteco 1 has rented until 2016 when the power supply in Mindanao is expected stabilize. Asked how the operation of the gensets would affect the current power situation, Tudio replied, “the rotational brownout in our service area would only be 30 minutes up to 1 hour.”

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The decision to go on with the commissioning, he reasoned, is necessary to address the very low power supply from the Mindanao grid. On regular days, he explained, Socoteco 1’s service area requires about 32 MW of power supply but the current allotment for the cooperative from the Mindanao is only at 18 MW. Supposedly, he noted, the problem should have been addressed since Mapalad had committed to reroute to Socoteco 1 the 10MW originally assigned to Holcim Philippines Inc. while waiting for the gensets to be operational. However, with the unexpected toppling of Tower No. 141 in sitio Malabuaya, Kayaga, Kabacan in

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North Cotabato on Thursday last week, resulted in tripping of Kibawe-Tacurong and Tacurong Sultan Kudarat 138 kilovolts transmission . He pointed out further that the supply cannot delivered via Davao and General Santos because the transmission line there is congested. Since Monday, Socoteco 1 has implemented two sets of three-hour power curtailment in its service area, starting from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight. Tudio explained in a press release issued on the same day that the strict implementation of the 6-hour rotational brownout was advised by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. On Tuesday evening, Socoteco 1 decided to test run the modular gensets to augment inadequate power supply. “ Y e s t e r d a y (Tuesday) we called Alcantara Group to ask for clearance (to operate the gensets) and to tell them that THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013

the Socoteco 1 management and its board of directors are willing to take risk,” Tudio said. Socoteco 1 serves Koronadal City and the municipalities of Tampakan, Tantangan, Norala, Banga, Surallah, Lake Sebu, T’boli, and Sto. Nino in South Cotabato as well as Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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South Cotabato eyes implementation of Purok Empowerment Ordinance

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance –Fuentes has announced that her administration would push through with the implementation of the Purok Empowerment Ordinance. Gov. Fuentes made the declaration yesterday at the gathering of barangay officials for the celebration of the Liga ng mga Barangay Day at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center here. She said they are now looking into the legal impediments raised regarding the implementation of the ordinance, which should push through once the issues are addressed. “By January or February next year, we should be able to hold elections at the purok level,” she proclaimed, “so that they will have specific terms, specific obligations, grounds for qualification of purok officials and grounds for their stay in office.” Elected purok officials would become the administrative arm of barangays, she said. Initially, she added, the provincial government has earmarked P6 million to carry out the ordinance. “Municipal and city government units should also be able to allocate seed money for its implementation,” she pointed out. Purok Empowerment Ordinance was passed during Fuentes’ last term as governor, prior to her stint as

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representative of South Cotabato’s second district. Former Vice Governor and incumbent Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena, who sponsored the ordinance , pushed the passage of purok empowerment to institutionalize bayanihan or volunteerism or bayanihan and strengthen the democratization of grassroots politics and the barangay system of governance. “The basic consideration of this proposal is really to improve our system of governance here in South Cotabato. I believe that if we improve our governance, we will be able deliver our basic services better,” he said in an interview before the resolution was approved. However, during former Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr.’s term, the ordinance was not put into action because of some questions on its legality. In an interview last March, Ogena emphasized that the provincial government should have executed the Purok Empowerment Ordinance since this has been passed and no court has declared it as illegal. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

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DepEd-Cotabato Division vows to restore normalcy in school affected by conflict By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Department of Education (DepEd)Cotabato Division is steadfast in finding means to restore normalcy in conduct of classes in Malingao Elementary School in Midsayap, North Cotabato.

Although the school, which was caught in between the conflict between government troops and members of the Moro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), has reopened on Monday, Sept 31, fear and apprehension among students and teachers continue. School principal Josefina Galvez said only five of the school’s twelve teachers have reported for duty. She was uncertain whether the other seven teachers will report and continue with their obligations as teachers. Galvez said she is apprehensive regarding the capability of the remaining teachers to handle classes for the 500 students in case the other teachers decide not to return for duty. Meanwhile, DepEd-Cotabato Division OIC Schools Division Superintendent Romelito Flores explained that they cannot oblige the teachers to continue with their

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responsibility in the school. He added, they are now looking for means to immediately address this concern. Flores said he has assigned the office of Midsayap Southwest District to lay down initiatives that will ensure the attendance of school children despite the inadequacy in the number of teachers. He also requested the local government unit as well as the peacekepping forces to strengthen security measures in the area to alleviate the fear of teachers and students and keep the area guarded from armed groups. On the other hand, North Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan announced on Monday that the DepEd Cental Office is opening two teachers’ items in the said school. (SJDuermePIA12/RRBautista-N. Cot. 1st Congressional District Office)

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

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Dominga Mallonga DOST-Caraga Regional Director

for more details visit us DOST National Website: http://www.dost.gov.ph DOST Caraga Website: http://caraga.dost.gov.ph



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