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MOSCAT celebrates Pearl Anniversary; responds to globalization of higher education Lorry V. Gabule Northern Mindanao

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Aquino declares October 15 a regular holiday for observance of ‘Eid’l Adha’

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Some 700 senior citizens join “Walk for Life” in Bayog town Claro A. Lanipa

Government readies 2,000 patrol cars for 2014 Alma L. Tingcang

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DAR to launch HIMAS ARC in Surigao Sur town Myra Q. Yu

DSWD-Caraga reveals winners of 2013 Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino Jennifer P. Gaitano

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Iligan City kicks off Consumer Welfare Month

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DTI urges consumers to assert their rights Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

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Alternative dispute resolution system for microinsurance claims launched Carina L. Cayon

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 36


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MOSCAT celebrates Pearl Anniversary; responds to globalization of higher education By Lorry V. Gabule Elated and Euphoric!

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hose are some of the words of Dr. Rosalito A. Quirino, President of Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) for the achievements and activities they have for their Pearl Anniversary with the theme: One MOSCAT @30: Responding to Globalization of the Philippine Higher Education. This year’s celebration will make another difference as it will revive the Annual Skills Competition. Dr. Quirino added the events on the competitions will ultimately hone the skills of the students and typify a niche aligned to their mandate in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Engineering. Competitions and activities for the students range from essay writing, on the spot painting, charcoal rendering, video composition, plant propagation, crop breeding, dish garden, forage and pasture identification, internal organ

identification, animal show, agri-produce contests, campus tour and project visit, identification of crops, campus tour, open house, managerial skills contest, musical competition, Palaro 2013 and many others.


One of the highlights of this event, is the presentation of the College President’s Report from February 2011 to September 2013. Achievements and recognitions include its being top in Licensure Examination for Agriculturist (LEA) in Mindanao and being number three in region 10 and number seven in Mindanao based on 2012 LEA result. MOSCAT is also number two in Mindanao and number seven in the country in Information Technology (IT) related project implementation; example is the iSchools Project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). There are also successes in faculty and staff development. From

2011 to 2013, six faculties have earned and graduated Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees from Universities in Kidapawan, Central Mindanao, Mindanao University of Science and Technology and University of the Philippines Los Banos specifically in the courses of Horticulture, Forestry, Science Education, Agriculture, Social Studies and Physical Education. According to Dr. Quirino, 18 faculty members are pursuing advanced education. In terms of laboratories and infrastructures, the Center for Lifelong Education was repaired to increase hall capacity from 100 to 150 persons charged against College income. Meanwhile, laboratory equipment and facilities in Food Technology, Environmental Engineering, Animal Science and Crop Science programs came to life through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) worth Php 3,227,497. There was also a collaborative project on Mushroom Production Technology Transfer between MOSCAT and South Korean universities particularly Chungbuk National University and Korea National College of Agriculture and Fisheries and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) where MOSCAT gained the state of the art laboratory facilities for mushroom spawn production worth P2.5 million, he added. In 2012, four research papers were 5


presented in an international forum and published in the international abstract journal. One paper was accepted in national level and seven papers in the regional level. Currently, he said they have research projects funded by CHED, TULPhil project with World Agroforestry Center - International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (WACICRAF), Integrated Crop Management with Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and watershed evaluation. In terms of Student Development, their students have also gained awards and recognition in national and regional competitions. In 2011, one of their students was listed in the top five national awardees in the search for Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. In 2012, a MOSCAT student also won fourth place in news writing contest – English category in the National Schools Press Conference in Palawan. Also, he said that students from the food technology and hospitality management

participated and competed in the 2012 and 2013 Kumbira, Culinary Arts and Skills competition where they earned gold, bronze medal and diplomas in various categories. In terms of scholarships, MOSCAT has a total of 963 and 916 students who availed the various scholarships and grants for the first and second semesters of school year (SY) 2012 to 2013, he stressed. Enrollment on the other hand is fully computerized since SY 2011. At present, Dr. Quirino said they are tying up with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 for a Bamboo Project, Dairy Farming with the National Dairy Authority (NDA), Mushroom production with KOICA, Organic Vegetable Seed Production with Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), Corn Production with National Cooperative Testing (NCT), Upland Technologies research, Coffee Production with Margaja Resources and Organic Agriculture Center with the Department of Agriculture (DA). Their future plans include institutional accreditation, ISO certification, state universities and colleges level IV, center of excellence and center of development in agriculture, environmental engineering and food. Finally, Dr. Quirino said that with their camaraderie and eagerness, there is no way they cannot be cohesive amidst challenges along the way.


Palace welcomes Moody’s investment upgrade

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alacanang welcomed the investment upgrade by Moody’s Investor’s Service saying the move is an affirmation of the continuing confidence of the international community in the fiscal management of the Aquino administration.

Moody’s upgraded the Philippines’s has assigned a positive outlook to the rating Thursday by one notch from rating. Baa3 to Ba1. At the same time, Moody’s “The pleasant surprise was that FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

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we were also given a positive outlook; meaning, the prospects of another upgrade are quite positive as well,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang said in a press briefing on Thursday. “This will have implications or has already had implications for our credit standing, but this sort of just formalizes it. It is a continuation of the confidence that the international community has FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

in the fiscal management of President Aquino and his team.” Carandang said the factors that prompted the review remain intact, mainly, the sustainability of the country’s robust economic performance, the ongoing fiscal and debt consolidation, and the political stability and improved governance. With Moody’s giving the Philippines an upgrade, Carandang said there’s no question about the country’s credit rating. Moody’s is the last of the “Big 3” credit ratings agencies that gave the Philippines an investment grade. In March this year, Fitch Ratings upgraded the Philippines’ long-term foreign-currency rating by one notch to BBB-minus and left the outlook on the rating at stable. In May, Standard & Poor’s raised the country’s credit rating by a notch from BB+ to BBB- —the minimum investment grade—citing the country’s rosy macroeconomic fundamentals amid global economic problems. PND

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Aquino declares October 15 a regular holiday for observance of ‘Eid’l Adha’

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 658 declaring October 15, 2013, a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

The President signed the proclamation on October 3. Eid’l Adha is one of the two major feasts of Islam and its festival date is based on the declaration made by Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body. The Presidential proclamation said the National Commission on Muslim FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013

Filipinos (NCMF) recommended that the observance of Eid’l Adha be on October 15 and the Eid’l Adha prayer be performed on the final declaration of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Republic Act 9849 provides that Eid’l Adha be celebrated as a regular holiday in the country. PND

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Power coop investing P79-M for upgrading of transmission lines

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istribution utility South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 1) is investing around P79 million within the next two years for the upgrading of its transmission lines and other related facilities. Santiago Tudio, Socoteco 1 general manager, the project involves the installation of two new 69-kilovolt (kV) lines that will provide additional WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

connections from the area to the main transmission lines of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the neighboring electric cooperatives.

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He said the initial 69-kV line, which was projected to start before the end of the year, will connect Koronadal City to the municipality of Tupi in South Cotabato. Socoteco 1 serves Koronadal City, eight towns in South Cotabato province and the municipality of Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat. Tupi town is part of the franchise area of the electric cooperative’s counterpart South Cotabato 2 Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 2). Tudio said the project cost, based on the capital expenditure or capex application earlier submitted by Socoteco 1 to the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), was pegged at around P39 million. The second 69-kV line, which has an estimated cost of P40 million, will be installed along the boundary of Norala town in South Cotabato and Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat. Isulan, which is the capital town of Sultan Kudarat province, is served by the Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

(Sukelco). Tudio said the project was scheduled for implementation by next year to complement with the installation of the line connection between Koronadal City and Tupi town. “These projects will mainly loop our transmission lines and provide alternative connections to power sources in the area,” he said in a briefing. He explained that the connection through Tupi town will link up the area to power sources in Sarangani Province and parts of the Davao area while the Isulan facility will provide additional linkages to sources in Northern Mindanao. “This way, our power supplies will be secured in case something goes wrong in either side of the transmission lines,” he explained. Tudio said the approval of the projects are still pending with the ERC but said they already submitted the required justifications and conducted hearings on the matter. Following the approval of its ERC application, he said Socoteco 1 will immediately process the funding of the project through a bank loan. “There are a number of banks offered to finance the projects but the selection will be done through a bidding sanctioned by the ERC,” Tudio added.

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Zamboanga bounces back from standoff By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The city is back on its feet again, slowly but steadily as manifested by the resumption of operation of establishments and companies as well as offices both public and private.

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City Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar on Tuesday said “City Hall, the seat of government, is back in harness since September 30,” adding “city government transactions kicked off with a commemorative program marked by the lowering of the Philippine flag to half mast as a symbol of gratitude and recognition to fallen soldiers and those who have sacrificed in defense of our flag, our city and our people.” Just yesterday (Oct. 3), vital installations/establishments located in areas of concern were turned-over to heads of offices/management following clearing operations by government troops, said Sheila Belen Covarrubias of the City Information Office (CIO). The Fort Pilar Shrine will be open starting today, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for private devotions, a welcome development for catholic devotees as the feast of Nuestra WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Señora La Virgin del Pilar is nearing, though Novena masses will not be conducted at the Shrine but at the Centro Pastoral instead, every 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. as set and decided by the Shrine management. October 12 is the feast day and the nine-day novena started last Oct. 2. “Our Fiesta Pilar celebration will push through with focus on religious activities,” Mayor Climaco said. In a related development, the Zamboanga City Medical Center the largest government hospital in the region and one of targets of infiltration by lawless elements - was finally turned over to management last Oct. 1. The Southern City Colleges, a private school used as the temporary base of government troops government forces, was also turned-over to the management.

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Some 700 senior citizens join “Walk for Life” in Bayog town By Claro A. Lanipa

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – Some 700 senior citizens from the 28 barangays of this town participated in a “Walk for Life” highlighting the observance of Elderly Filipino Week which is being celebrated every first week of October each year. Speaking during the opening program, Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr. whose message was delivered by Vice Mayor Celso Matias asked the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) to submit a list of all senior citizens aged 77 years old for a possible inclusion in the Social Pension Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The municipal leadership also vowed to extend a similar amount of stipend given to any qualified senior citizen by the national government pending approval of his/her inclusion in the DSWD’s pension program. Babasa also urged the MSWDO to prepare and submit another listing WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

of senior citizens aged 75-77 years old for inclusion in the municipal government’s budget next year. The mayor also pledged to renovate the senior citizens’ building right after the completion of municipal hall extension project by December this year. Giving more color to the weeklong celebration were literary, dance and musical competitions exclusive for the senior citizens in the municipality. This year’s celebration has for its theme, “Nakatatanda: Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Maginhawa at Masayang Pamayanan.”

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Government readies 2,000 patrol cars for 2014 By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY- Here’s a big boost to law enforcement in the local government units (LGUs)! Two thousand police patrol cars will be ready for distribution to the different municipalities in 2014, said Mayor Ace William E, Cerilles of Dumalinao town. Mayor Cerilles, who got reelected as national treasurer of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), said DILG Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II had informed the participants to the First National Directorate Meeting and oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected LMP officers at the New World Hotel in Makati City last Oct. 2-3 of the new police patrol cars to be distributed next year. In an interview with PIA, Mayor Cerilles said 2,000 patrol cars will be made available next year. “Priority will be given to those with no patrol

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cars yet or those which have been destroyed through time,” said the young mayor. Asked what immediate concern of the LMP was, he said they would devise ways to lessen red tape in government transactions. “We can do this by having a tracking number to facilitate a smooth procedure. This way we can easily track down and minimize lapses, and hopefully, totally eradicate red tape in government,” the mayor explained. The newly elected national officers of the LMP who will serve from 2013-2016 are: Sandy Javier of Javier, Leyte – National President; EVP Operations – Reynaldo Navarro, Laak, Compostela Valley;EVP Internal Affairs -Germelina Goulart of Cauyan, Ilocos Sur; EVP External Affairs - Joseph Bernos, La Paz, Abra; EVP Special Concerns – Dennis Go, Gerona, Tarlac. VP Luzon Cluster – Ferdinand Abesamis, Nueva Ecija; VP Visayas – Aljun Diamante – Cebu; VP Mindanao – Diosdado Pallasigue, Sultan Kudarat; Treasurer – Ace Cerilles, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur; PRO –Jonatham Tan, Antique; Auditor –Rudy Luna, Misamis Occidental; Business Manager – Lampa Pandi, Lanao del Sur; Legal Counsel – Ramon Orfanel, Quezon.

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LGU-Butuan signs MOU with PyD, PhilDHRRAMindanao for women sector dev’t by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The city government here thru the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, signed on Thursday the Memorandum of Understanding with Paz Y Desarrollo (PyD) thru Country Director Antonio Miguel Gonzales-Arias and Program Coordinator Clementine Louise Novales, together with Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (philDHRRAMindanao) Program Coordinator Herminia Montenola.

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The purpose of the MOU is to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration among the parties, on a non-exclusive basis, in areas of common interest. The MOU also intends to strengthen cooperation among PyD Philippines, PhilDHRRA-Mindanao and the local government of Butuan City through dialogue, sharing of experiences, co-organizing and participating in specific activities at regional, national and local level; consulting and sharing training materials to contribute to achieve gender equality and promote women’s empowerment. Novales expressed her warm thanks to the local government of Butuan for its continued support

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and implementation of programs for the women sector. “The PyD, in partnership with PhilDHRRA is looking forward to working with the duty bearers and LGU-Butuan in the promotion of gender equality thru implementing different programs and activities in the barangays,” she said. Montenola also bared that they will be implementing programs for the women sector in the five pilot barangays which are Dulag, Pagatpatan, J.P Rizal, Bonbon, and Los Angeles. “Activities like gender sensitivity training, capacity development, leadership training, and bottom-up-budgeting, among others, will be conducted in these barangays,” she said. Also, Arias, said the organization intends to intensify, increase the women’s participation in political agenda. “In partnership with the city government of Butuan, we will come up with guidelines, framework to establish a common points for our collaborative efforts in the implementation of GAD programs and activities in the barangays. We

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will also set up for the planning of next year’s undertakings,” he added. Meanwhile, on behalf of Mayor Amante, Vice Mayor Angelo Calo, signed the MOU together with City Councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos, SP chair on Women’s, Children and Family concerns. Calo assured that the city

government will be implementing the GAD Responsive Annual Budget in the brgys and will be conducting relevant activities for the women sector such as the GAD Summit during Women’s Month celebration. “We will create sustainable programs for the women that are also consistent with the objectives of the MOU,” he added.

DAR to launch HIMAS ARC in Surigao Sur town by Myra Q. Yu

TANDAG CITY-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur is set to launch the 42nd Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) called as HIMAS ARC on Tuesday, October 8 at the municipality of Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

HIMASS ARC is composed of four barangays namely: Hinagdanan, Magtalab, Sta Cruz and San Vicente with a total of 993 beneficiaries who are residents of the said barangays. The creation of the ARC is one of the initiatives of the department and the means of facilitating various projects to be implemented by DAR and the other Comprehensive Agrarian Reform WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Program (CARP) implementing agencies such as: DPWH, NIA, DOH, LGUs and other foreign institution partners for the implementation. Expected guests to grace the said event are 2nd district representative Florencio Garay, Governor Johnny Pimentel, DAR Regional Director Faisar Mambuay and other LGU officials.

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DSWD-Caraga reveals winners of 2013 Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- In line with this year’s National Filipino Family Week celebration, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga conducted the 2013 Search for ‘Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino’ (Talented Filipino Family) held recently at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, this city. The contestants were the selected family-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) representing the five provinces of Caraga region. Nerisa Murih, Social Welfare Officer V and Asst. Regional Director for Administration of DSWD-Caraga said, this is the first time for the WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries to join the said search as agreed by the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Filipino Families. “The Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pilipino 2013 aims to encourage beneficiaries of 4Ps in the region to come out from their shells and show off their talents. Let us

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– 10%; Creativity – 20%; and Relevance to the theme – 30%, a total of 100%. The winners received the plaques of appreciation and cash prizes. The Enso family representing Bunawan, Agusan del Sur received the first prize; Patalinghog family of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur received the second prize; Conde family of Siargao, Surigao del Norte – third prize; Carbonilla family of Butuan City – 4th prize; and Bracho family of Province of Dinagat Islands - 5th prize. Presidential Proclamation No. 60 dated September 28, 1992, declared the observance of the National Filipino Family Week on the last week of September of every year thereafter. This year’s all remember that the family is the celebration is anchored on the basic unit of society, it is where the theme “Unity Across Generations: molding of character and educating A Strong Family, A Strong Society.” of children begin. The values that we uphold in the family also contribute to the kind of society that we have,” Murih added. The criteria for judging are as follows: Team Work – 40%; Stage Presence WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

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Rural Health Unit in Bukidnon to get expansion by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) through its Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as the implementing agency will construct the expansion of Malitbog Rural Health Unit (RHU) in Malitbog Bukidnon to augment its facilities.

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Engr. Denise Maria M. Ayag of DPWH Bukidnon 3rd District Engineering Office said that the one storey RHU building will have a floor area of 169.56 square meters with one unit treatment immunization room, recovery room, delivery/labor room, laboratory room, doctors lounge room, smearing room, doctors clinic room, nurse station, kitchen room and three

units of comfort rooms, two units of waiting area and one unit hallway with ramp-up entrance for those Persons with Disability (PWD). Further, he said that this will be implemented by contract with Pure Gold Construction in the amount of P3, 499.497.13 and will be completed.

Iligan City kicks off Consumer Welfare Month by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The City of Iligan spearheaded in by the Local Price Coordinating Council (LPCC) joins the entire nation in the observance of the Consumer Welfare Month (CWM) in October. As kick-off activity, members of the LPCC attended the local government’s regular flag ceremony at the Anahaw Amphitheatre, city hall, on October 1, signifying the importance of this annual celebration of the Consumer’s Month. As host agency of this year’s celebration, the Department of Health through the Food and Drug Administration led the activity. The message of Dr. Cherlina C. Canaveral, city health officer delved on the Consumer Tips for Health Products. This year’s theme: ‘Health Products’ Quality, Efficacy, Safety and Transparency…Everybody’s Concern’ is anchored on the key policy area of the national government to protect public health as well as enhance

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consumer’s awareness on their rights and responsibilities and thus become empowered and vigilant consumers, said Dr. Canaveral. Ruel B. Paclipan, provincial director, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Lanao del Norte Provincial Office, encouraged plant industries, academe, schools, business sector, especially the local government unit to participate and be a part of the month-long celebration. Activities for the CWM was initially conducted ahead in September with a Barangay Consumer Advocacy Seminar in Barangay Buru-un, Iligan City, on September 12, and the Diskwento Caravan of DTI on Sept 19-20, in time for the city fiesta celebration.

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Other activities in October include Student Consumer Advocacy Seminar in Balo-i town, Lanao del Norte, and in MSU-IIT, College of Business Administration on October 3 and 5, respectively. The Consumer Education Seminar with Rebe Multi-Purpose Cooperative & the Retailer’s Forum in the municipality of Lala, Lanao del Norte will be on October 8. One of the highlights for this month’s activities is the Department of Energy (DOE) Consumer Education and Advocacy Seminar to be conducted on October 10 at Elena Tower Inn, Iligan City, and on Oct 11, LPCC will monitor gasoline, LPG dealers and grocery stores. The unveiling of Price Billboard, a project of LPCC, is set on October 12 in Pala-o Market, this city. On Oct 14 there will be disposal of uncertified products and defective weighing scales and standards briefing at Anahaw Amphitheatre, and a Forum will be held with Drugstores/Pharmacy

Owners on October 15. The LPCC Quiz Bee on its 9th year for high school students in Iligan and Lanao del Norte is scheduled on October 22. The provincial winner shall represent to the Regional 2013 CWM Quiz Bee on October 29 in Cagayan de Oro City. DTI’s Bagwis Awarding Ceremony will be held in Cagayan de Oro City on October 30. Bagwis Awards is one of the flagship programs of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that gives a seal of excellence. The award is given to business establishment that upholds the rights of consumer by instigating an in-house regulation to deliver high quality products at reasonable prices, plus a high degree of courtesy, honesty and responsibility in business where consumers indeed get true value of money. The city shall commence the CWM with a Recognition Ceremony of Quiz Bee Winners and Bagwis Awardees on November 5, 2013.

DTI urges consumers to assert their rights by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) urged the buying public to be more assertive of their rights against unfair sellers and traders who want to take advantage especially that the yuletide season has started. Ermedio J. Abang, DTI Bukidnon establishments’ log showed common provincial director, said data complaints such as shoddy goods monitored from the business and defective products. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

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He encouraged buyers to ask official receipts or any proof of payment to help both buyer and seller to speed of grievance redressing process in case disagreement crops up. “When buying, even from the sidewalks, always demand a receipt to protect you in case you bought defective or substandard goods and products,” Abang said. In Bukidnon, consumers could report or file complaints through DTI-Bukidnon hotline number (088)813-2101, 09273381291 and 09292138476. Abang, however, encouraged

consumers to complain directly in the customer service counters or consumer welfare desks of the stores where the purchase was made for faster and easier action. Meanwhile, Eriberto Taban-ud Jr, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI’s consumer welfare division said that it is the consumers’ responsibility to be alert and nosy about the quality and price of goods bought and services availed in order to act and ensure that we get a fair deal. “As long as we remain ‘passive consumers,’ we continue to be always exploited,” he said.

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VP Binay urges Boy Scouts to keep commitment to serve byJean Abangan

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte- Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday urged the Boys Scouts to keep their commitment to serve communities as they take part in the four-day Eastern Mindanao Regional Rover Moot held in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Addressing participants as the concurrent president of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Binay reminded them that they were not in a jamboree but their participation in the Boys Scout Rover Moot was meant to help communities. “You have created an image which is something very honorable,� he said while citing the role of rover scouts. After his brief message, the Vice President unveiled the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Rover Moot

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2013 marker at the Energy Park in Barangay, Apokon, Tagum City and went around posing for picturetaking with the participants. In an interview with the media, Binay revealed his realization of the importance of the Boy Scouts movement as a factor of rearing up good children and of ensuring their good future. He recalled his message to the Ten Outstanding Boys Scouts of the Philippines to whom he told not to lose their hope for the country. “Ipagmalaki ninyong kayo ay Pilipino. Dito sa mga nahaharap nating problema tignan ninyo, makilahok kayo ‘pagkat kayo ay mamamayan din ng Pilipinas” (Be proud that you are Filipinos. Examine the problems that we are facing; get involved because you are also citizens of the Philippines.),” he said in recalling his message to the outstanding Boy Scouts. Meanwhile, Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, regional BSP commissioner, expected some 2,000 participants to join the Eastern Mindanao Boy Scouts Rover Moot that brought together members from eastern Mindanao provinces of Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

Sarangani, Cotabato, Agusan, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat and from the cities of Davao, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos City. Rellon, Tagum City BSP Council chair explained that the Rover Moot involved the15 to 20 years of age Boy Scouts expected to take on leadership role and community service work. Unlike the usual campbase Boys Scout activity known as Jamboree, the Rover Moot engages participants in community immersion to share their talent and skills, “leading young people to become responsible in the community,” Rellon said. Among the community work they will be involved are on environmental protection such as tree and mangrove planting; agriculture development such as soil bagging and demo farming; and health service on dengue prevention, Rello said. They will also be involved in a team building to show unity and hone leadership skills. “This is actually an application of their learning from kids, cubs, boys and girls scouts,” Mayor Rellon said. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan, photo by Lorenzo Abangan)

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Alternative dispute resolution system for microinsurance claims launched DAVAO CITY– The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Insurance Commission (IC) recently introduced in the region an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for microinsurance to address complaints on benefit claims outside the courtroom.

The DOF and IC created the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Microinsurance (ADReM) method aiming at minimizing expenses, time and delays of litigation, and providing option for out-of-court resolution of disputes arising from denied microinsurance claims The mechanism also covers addressing complaints from those not fully paid within ten working days from receipt of complete documents. However, the implementing guidelines set by IC in its Circular Letters do not stop the parties from seeking other modes of settlement. The implementing guidelines feature ADReM’s structural process described with the acronym LAPET which stands for least cost, accessible, practical, effective and timely. IC deputy commissioner Ferdinand George Florendo said the ADReM processes are integrated as additional component in the country’s microinsurance regulatory framework seeking to strengthen consumer protection in the microinsurance WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

sector whose beneficiaries are mostly from the low-income group. The ADReM implementing guidelines were issued to microinsurance providers such as the commercial insurance companies, mutual benefit associations and cooperative insurance societies that provide small and short-term insurance coverages to low-income members. The IC has accredited 18 life microinsurance companies that shall respond to the needs and paying capacities of the low-income sector. As part of the mechanism, a separate Circular Letter was set for the procedures of accrediting mediatorsconciliators to sit in the ADReM. The IC does the accreditation of individuals who voluntarily seek to be accredited and whose qualifications include competence, knowledge and training in the process of mediationconciliation. The accredited ADReM mediatorsconciliators shall abide by the Code of Conduct to include ensuring that “the resolution of a dispute rests will be the responsibility of the parties concerned and that at all times will not pressure any of the parties into an agreement or make a substantive decision on behalf of any party.” (PIA11/Carina L. Cayon)

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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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