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Aquino calls on local and foreign tourists to visit country’s natural wonders/eco-tourism destinations DAR Sec urges hastening of claim folders into certificates of land ownership Rashid M. Datu, Northern Mindanao

DOST-X releases list of 2012 science scholars Navarro/Lantaya/Baluyos, Northern Mindanao

DepEd declares Tagum City national champion in ALS Southern Mindanao

Tagum ‘Care for School Chairs’ rounds schools in summer

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Business climate improving in Cotabato City PBChangco, Central Mindanao

DTI’s SME Caravan 2012 focuses on upgrading enterprises Dani Doguiles , Central Mindanao

Surigao Norte to hold job fair and mobile passporting in Siargao Island Caraga Region

Small-scale irrigation project up for implementation Eldie N. David, Caraga Region

Zambo Norte school board to raise salaries of teachers

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Malaysian authorities rescue 4 Filipinas forced to work in a night club

Western Mindanao

Cover Story

Maramag: New tourism highway of Northern Mindanao

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Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy Northern Mindanao


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Maramag: New tourism highway of Northern Mindanao by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

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amous for its cool crystal-blue spring waters abundantly flowing, Maramag town in the province of Bukidnon is the new tourism highway in Northern Mindanao, where the legendary Musuan Peak straddles in the famed state-owned Central Mindanao University. This landlocked town of 116,600 people spread across 20 barangays prides itself in being Mindanao’s top source of fresh carabao (water buffalo) milk and other end products such as chocolate milk, pastillas de leche (milk candies) and cookies—all of which are available in their display center just along the national highway inside the Philippine Carabao Center. Maramag served as the nodal point of the major national roads of the province to the different places in

Mindanao. When travelling by land through a public utility vehicle, Maramag is three (3) hours from Cagayan de Oro City (north reference); 3 hours from Davao City (south-east); 2 hours from Wao, Lanao del Sur (west); and 5 hours from General Santos City. A cool haven As temperatures surge this summer, it’s comforting to know that there is a safe place for those who

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Corporation, which mills sugar cane and produces an average of 10,000 metric tons of sugar per day. Lately, the mulberry plantation was established. Their harvests contribute to the country’s silk fiber supply for export. seek DOLEs’ sweet bananas are also peace and tranquility. grown here. Its fresh fruits are exported Mayor Alicia Paulican-Resus said the to Japan, Korea, China, Hongkong, MGM Mountain Resort, Edlimar Farm New Zealand and the Middle East. and Spring Resort, Regidor Spring Resort and Waig Crystal Spring Nature’s beauty Resort are perfect places to go as its surrounding lush forests and Nature trekkers and mountain cool waters allow you to relax with climbers find a panoramic view at the privacy. top of Musuan Peak’s 100-hectare Centennial Park. Mountaineers see Rich agriculture a vista of Maramag’s grandeur and the acres of sugar cane, rice and The town’s rich soil produces cornfields. high grade sugar cane, flowers, fruits, vegetables, rice, corn and other major crops, which are regularly shipped to major markets in the country. With sugar cane ranked as the number one crop, Maramag boasts its agricultural importance to the development of Mindanao. It has the Crystal Sugar

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Not only is Maramag endowed with natural attractions. The town’s terrain is characterized by slopes, steep hills and mountains with thick forests protecting the place from floods and storms. Not hot, but not too cold, the place delivers the ideal climate that offers everyone the opportunity to enjoy memorable holidays. There are countless reasons why one should visit the town. The unique culture and the beauty of the spectacular landscapes, alone, are enough to amaze you. Here you will get the chance to relax body and soul, under the sun, enjoying crystal blue waters. Add on the rest Maramag has to offer.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino urges Filipinos to unite and work together in preserving country’s natural wonders

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III called on the Filipino people to continue working together in caring and preserving the country’s natural wonders to ensure environmental sustainability that will buttress the government’s efforts towards economic progress and development. In his speech during the official inauguration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR)

as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature (N7WN) at the One Esplanade Open Grounds

in Pasay City on Friday night, President Aquino issued the call stressing the people’s responsibility

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in the preservation of the environment to make sure that the country’s world-class tourist spots retain their natural splendor. “This honor reminds us of how truly blessed our country is and of how it is our task as Filipinos not to take these blessings for granted. We have to act as responsible stewards and this means valuing our natural resources and ensuring the environmental sustainability of all our development efforts,” the President said. “Let us remember, tourism, however, must be nurtured and sustained, and the best way to do that is to take care of sites like the Underground River—not in words but most importantly in deeds… let us protect it, preserve it and make sure that it retains the natural wonder, the same goes for all our other natural treasures,” he added. The Chief Executive also noted the cooperation and unity of the Filipino people which landed the PPUR as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature making it through

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a stiff global competition. “Today it gives me hope not only for the success of our future tourism efforts but also for our continued success along the straight and righteous path,” the President said. “If we put in the kind of work that brought us to this day, if government and the private sector continue working together, if we take pride in our country and continue fulfilling our individual roles no matter how big or small, then we can be sure that our successes will not stop here. Our country will continue to stand strong and progressive guided by the broad light of day,” he noted. President Aquino thanked everyone for the collective efforts which made the PPUR not only one of the country’s pride but also the pride of the world.

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“I thank everyone who participated in this effort—from those who led the campaign, and most especially those who joined us in sending their text and internet votes. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the pride of Palawan... now it is the pride of the world because it has officially been named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature,” he said. “I’m especially proud to be here because this is, after all, a collective success in the face of tremendous competition. When we got to the finalists’ round, there were 27 other finalists and millions of other voters from all over the world. We pulled together and once again put the Philippines on the map,” he noted. President Aquino received the award (plaque) from New7Wonders president and founder


Bernard Weber signaling the official inauguration of the PPUR as one of the World’s Seven Wonders of Nature. Present to witness the event were Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma

Jr. and Puerto Princesa Palawan Mayor Edward Hagedorn. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is located some 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa in Palawan. It consists of a limestone karst mountain landscape, several large chambers containing significant formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and an 8.2 km navigable underground river that winds through a

cave before flowing directly into the West Philippine Sea. At the exit, a flawless lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. The other six included in the N7WN are Amazon River (South Africa), Halong Bay (Vietnam), Iguazo Falls (Argentina/ Brazil), Jeju Island (South Korea), Komodo National Park (Indonesia) and Table Mountain (South Africa). (JCL)

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said that the government has identified several new eco-tourism destinations in the country apart from those which are already existing as he encouraged local and foreign tourists to visit and personally experience the world-class tourist spots in the Philippines that serve as the pride of the Filipino people. Monday, April 23, 2012

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In his message during the official inauguration of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature (N7WN) at the One Esplanade Open Grounds in Pasay City on Friday night, President Aquino bared that the various concerned agencies of the government has been focused in promoting the country’s existing and newly-identified tourist spots that may provide more economic opportunities for the people. “I am happy to tell you that the Department

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of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism are working together to market even more natural wonders in our country as ecotourism destinations. I understand that 78 of them have been identified in addition to those that we already have,” the President stressed. The Chief Executive noted the potential contribution of the tourism industry in providing more e m p l o y m e n t opportunities. “While they may not have the acclaim and titles that the Puerto

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Princesa Underground River has garnered, I can guarantee you that they will be equally representative of the beauty and the diversity of our country and they will undoubtedly boost our tourism industry as well,” the President said, adding that tourism creates opportunities for our countrymen and has an immediate palpable effect on our economy. “I am told that for each tourist that sets foot on our shores, one new job is created. Each tourist will have travel agents fixing the itineraries, tour guides who will show them around and merchants who will hopefully be able to sell them our locally made delicacies and handicrafts and a lot of others who are at the service industry,” President Aquino said. The President also shared with the people his personal experiences in visiting the PPUR and the amazing sight of the


naturally-carved formations within the navigable river. “Not long ago, I had a chance to explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River myself. It was an amazing experience. Journeying down a river that winds through a subterranean cave system is like traveling back in time with walls and caverns that have been shaped by the elements and extraordinary formations of stalactites and stalagmites,” the President said. “The Underground River is a true example of the artistry of nature when it is preserved and cared for by man. The river has also helped us understand our Earth a little more. Words alone cannot do justice to the Underground River, he noted. According to the President, one must experience it firsthand to be able to understand exactly why it is

one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. “So please consider this as an open invitation to visit, if not, revisit the Puerto Princesa Undeground River and see for yourselves what millions of people around the world voted for and ultimately realize that, yes, it is indeed more fun in the Philippines,” he said. Puerto Princesa Underground River is located some 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa, in Palawan. It consists of a limestone karst mountain landscape, several large chambers containing significant formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and an 8.2 km navigable underground river that winds through a cave before flowing directly into the West Philippine Sea. At the exit, a flawless lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. (JCL)

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MinDA, PCCI jointly hold consultations in preparation for the 21st MinBizCon

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he Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development through its Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) Program and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), are holding consultation meetings to identify the pressing issues affecting Mindanao’s economic competitiveness.

USAID through the GEM Program provides assistance to business support organizations to help them implement development strategies that will improve the competitiveness of major industries in Mindanao. The broad-based

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regional consultations were scheduled to take place in Zamboanga City on April 18 covering the areas of western Mindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Cagayan de Oro on April 24 for northern and eastern

Mindanao; and General Santos City on May 8 for central and southern Mindanao. “ T h e s e consultations are part of our continuing efforts in policy modification and advocacy to ensure that Mindanao imperatives in key sectors are Monday, April 23, 2012


addressed by the national government,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, chairperson of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). Participants will include representatives from chambers of commerce, national government agencies, industry and trade associations, and academic institutions. Issues pertaining to the power, agriculture, mining and transport sectors dominated last year’s discussions. “PCCI local chambers nationwide, through our regional governors and area vice presidents, provide our national board with inputs with which to formulate national policy positions,” said PCCI Secretary-General Crisanto Frianeza. “The Mindanao chambers are privileged to have an able partner in MinDA,” Frianeza said. “When the chambers come up with policy recommendations, Monday, April 23, 2012

MinDA assists not only in facilitating discussions but in providing inputs on how these recommendations can be refined.” He added: “More importantly, the chambers and the government, through MinDA, readily find common ground and are able to push together for these recommendations.” “We are working closely with PCCI in pushing for Mindanaospecific policies to create an environment conducive to business growth,” said Secretary Antonino. “We recognize the critical role played by the private sector in addressing our peace and development imperatives in the region.” MinDA and PCCI will consolidate the results of this year’s consultations and use these to formulate the initial draft of a policy agenda for Mindanao. MinDA will provide the draft policy agenda by

early June to concerned Cabinet secretaries, for them to review with their departments. The draft will be refined further at high-level roundtable discussions that will serve as a prelude to the 21th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon), which will be held on August 2-4 in Butuan City. The event will allow cabinet officials and the private sector to focus together on specific issues and bottlenecks affecting Mindanao’s competitiveness, and to develop appropriate commitments from government agencies, the business community and other stakeholders. “Development, in any area, requires a private-public partnership,” Frianeza said. The final draft of the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda will be presented to President Benigno Aquino III at the 21st MinBizCon. ONE MINDANAO

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Tourists arrival in Region 10 up by 10.07%

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total tourists arrival of 1,632,862 was noted in Northern Mindanao, Region 10, last year, higher by 10.07 percent compared to 1,483,525 tourists in 2010. Of this figure, 83,732 or 5.13 percent were foreigners, while 1,549,130 or 94.87 percent were domestic

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tourists, Director Catalino E. Chan III of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Region 10, said. He said the number of foreign tourists increased by 89.89 percent from the previous year’s 44,094, while the domestic tourists also increased by 7.62 percent from 1,439,431 tourists in 2011. Chan said Bukidnon was the most favorite destination of the foreigners Monday, April 23, 2012


with the most number of 46,748 representing 55.83 percent of the total foreign tourists followed by the Cagayan de Oro (CdO)-Misamis Oriental (CDO/Mis. Or.) Cluster with 26,550 or 31.71 percent. Camiguin was next with 8,552 or 10.21 percent, Iligan City-Lanao del Norte (IC/LDN) Cluster, 1,049 or 1.25 percent and Ozamiz City-Tangub City-Misamis Occidental (OC/TC/Mis. Occ.) Cluster, 833 or 0.99 percent. The most visited destination of the domestic tourists was the CdO-Mis. Or. Cluster with the most number of 409,158 representing 26.41 percent, followed by the OC/ TC/Mis. Occ. Cluster with 364,428 or 23.52 percent. The other destinations of the domestic tourists were Camiguin, 362,100 or 23.37 percent, Bukidnon, 291,667 or 18.63 percent and IC/LDN Cluster, 121,777 or 7.86 percent. Meanwhile, Chan said the Monday, April 23, 2012

number of Filipino Balikbayans increased from 6,241 to 22,176 or 255.36 percent. The DOT data also show the increases of foreign tourists from the following countries: Europe, from 393 to 453 or 15.27 percent, Middle East, from 360 to 413 or 14.72 percent, Association of Southeast Asian countries, from 1,182 to 1,282 or 8.46 percent and Oceania, particularly, Canada and USA, from 2,058 to 2,078 or 0.97 percent. However, foreign tourists from South Asia decreased from 680 to 512 or a decline of 24.71 percent, North America, from 10,676 to 9,435 or a decline of 11.62 percent and East Asia countries, from 11,423 to 11,172 or a decline of 2.20 percent. Chan added other foreign tourists not classified under the countries mentioned above also posted a significant increase from 8,205 to 51,396 or 526.40 percent. ONE MINDANAO

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DAR Sec urges hastening of claim folders into certificates of land ownership by Rashid M. Datu

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - Speaking before the Municipal Agrarian Reform Officers (MAROs) from Iligan City and Lanao del Norte during a consultation held April 12, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes exhorted MAROs to implement a new way to convert claim folders into Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) and speed up the attainment of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). “Our job is to finish a program that we started in 1986 which is to stabilize land ownership of farmers over public land. Before, the MAROs used to do the land acquisition process by themselves. Now they cannot work on their own in their respective municipalities but will have to look at all the

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claim folders in the province as a group,� he said. The CARP program still needs to attain 70 percent of its target nationwide, and there are 20 provinces that account for 70 percent of this balance. Iligan City and Lanao del Norte are part of this group that needs to be monitored by the DAR main office. OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Ibrahim Marmay said the visit of Secretary de los Reyes is a welcome development since the implementation of new policies is their responsibility. The newly appointed DAR Secretary was a former Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and Legal Affairs of the DAR and taught Business Law in the MBA program of Dela Salle College in Manila. Monday, April 23, 2012


Addressing the MAROs, he said times have changed and yet what we have been doing for the past 20 years is still the same. “We have spent so much money for surveys, but only an insignificant number of CLOAs came out. One strategy that we have adopted is that once the survey money comes out, the CLOA should also come out,” he said. The new DAR administration has expressed concern over the problem that despite the surveys, the claim folders are not cleaned. “There are titles that are lost, sometimes the land owner cannot be located, and in some cases, there is a title but the land is missing, while in other cases there is a record of cadastral survey on paper but did not actually happen,” Secretary delos Reyes noted. Monday, April 23, 2012

“The old style was everything was done by the MARO office. We cannot do that now. The central office and the regional office will now come down to you and look at your problem,” Sec. de los Reyes stressed. He was accompanied by DAR Region 10 Regional Director Felix Aguhob. In Lanao del Norte, there is still a balance of about 12,000 hectares containing 1,500 claim folders that need to be converted into CLOAs and there are 23 MAROs working in the province. The same problem exists for the other provinces like Negros, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Leyte, and Isabela. The DAR expects a rise in CLOA accomplishments from 2012 to 2013 with the implementation of its transition plan in the 20 provinces. (DAR) ONE MINDANAO

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DOST-X releases list of 2012 science scholars by Zendelyn A. Navarro/Nitt Marie Lantaya/Tess Superioridad Baluyos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 10 announces the new batch of science scholars from Northern Mindanao. There are 11 qualifiers under the Merit Category and 132 qualifiers for Republic Act 7687. The scholars will enjoy tuition and school fee grants, PE uniforms, book and transportation allowances, monthly stipend, and group accident insurance. The new scholars are expected to enroll in an approved priority science and technology courses at state colleges and universities and Commission on Higher Education Centers of Excellence/Development. Qualifiers are required to attend the scholarship orientation/contract signing on April 23 at Philtown Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City with one of their parents or a legal guardian. Scholars coming from provinces and cities outside of Misamis Oriental are to report at the morning session of the orientation while those from Cagayan de Oro City/Misamis Oriental are required to attend the afternoon session. The final list of qualifiers is available at the nearest DOST Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) in the region and at the DOST Regional Office. DOST continues to provide scholarships to deserving students who wish to pursue science and technology

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(S&T) courses in tertiary level for the development of competent manpower that will run the country’s industry. The S&T Scholarship Program under Republic Act 7687 of 1994 awards scholarships in baccalaureate degrees to talented and deserving students from poor families. On the other hand, the Merit Scholarship program, which started in 1958, provides scholarships in priority S&T courses and are open to those who belong to higher socioeconomic status.

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Optimized plant operation provides reliable power supply in DavSur by Carina Cayon

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fter generating over 600 GWh last year from its run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao, Hedcor attests its high reliability when it comes to power generation. “We are producing power efficiently and reliably for more than 30 years now,” Hedcor Vice President Boy Jabonillo said. “Reliability for us means we deliver to our customers as promised. Making our plants Monday, April 23, 2012

reliable to produce power is a year-round responsibility,” Jabonillo added. He pointed out three reasons why Hedcor hydropower system is reliable. First, Hedcor makes sure its plants are readily available to generate power. Hedcor maintains its plant through constant monitoring of equipment and its annual preventive maintenance schedule for optimum performance throughout the year. In fact, the plants are averaging 98% reliable. Second, Hedcor continues to build more run-of-river hydropower plants to address the growing demands of power in the regions. In Mindanao, there are five plants that Hedcor is currently developing, it will bring 55 MW of ONE MINDANAO

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additional capacity to Davao City, Davao del Sur and Bukidnon in 2014. “We have a unique operational ability in which we can provide energy regularly to power our customers because water is accessible in our area”,Jabonillo said. Lastly, Hedcor intensifies its watershed management activities including reforestation, river clean up and riverbank stabilization as the company’s operations is highly dependent on available water. “A healthy watershed ensures us water will always be available”, he said.

Hedcor, the AboitizPower wholly-owned subsidiary, is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower systems with 19 generating plants in the country. The five projects are under application with the Department of Energy as Renewable Energy (RE) Projects under the Renewable Energy Act. Once RE Contracts are issued, two of the five plants can start constructing while the three can progress to detailed design. Without the RE Contract, Hedcor cannot get the other permits to progress the project to construction. (Hedcor)

DepEd declares Tagum City national champion in ALS TAGUM CITY– The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Tagum City was cited as this year’s 1st Placer National Champion for Most Efficient City Division in the implementation of the Alternative Learning System.

DepEd’s Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS) has accorded the award to said division, citing the very strategic partnership of DepEd and the Local Government of Tagum City. BALS Director Carolina Guerero bestowed the award to DepEd Tagum City Division with a plaque and cash

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prize of P100,000 on April 12, 2012 at the Teachers Camp, in Baguio City. Fifteen Regions vied for the prestigious National Awards which was shortlisted by DepEd–BALS panel committees into five finalists in the span of two months. The final verdict was announced during the awarding ceremony last April 12 in Baguio City that placed Tagum City as the National Champion, followed by Cagayan de Oro City as 2nd; Butuan City, 3rd; Naga City, 4th; and Tuguegarao City, 5th. This award adds to the feathers on Tagum’s cap when it comes to alternative learning system. Tagum Monday, April 23, 2012


City Mayor Rey T. Uy extended his congratulations to DepEd Tagum headed by its Tagum City School Divisions Superintendent Nenita E. Lumaad for yet another “job well done” during the city employees Monday flag-raising ceremony on April 16.

The local chief executive emphasized that with or without awards, his administration will work closely with DepEd Tagum in giving equal opportunities to the lessprivileged through the ALS. (CIOTagum City)

Tagum ‘Care for School Chairs’ rounds schools in summer TAGUM CITY – Most schools in the country today are on an official hiatus: school children and teachers go on summer break, leaving the halls and corridors of schools silent and empty.

But for the team of Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy, this is just a perfect time to boost his “Care for School Chairs” Program thereby giving far-flung schools in Davao Region “new tools of hope” long before classes officially open in June. As large volumes of confiscated logs arrive in Tagum City’s Motorpool in Tipaz, Barangay East every now and then, the local chief executive is also busy going to schools to distribute new school chairs fabricated by the Local Government of Tagum thru the initiatives of Mayor Uy. Sta. Fe Elementary School received 90 armchairs while 50 pieces of the same were also given to its annex high school. In the municipality of Maco, Compostela Valley Province, two schools benefited from the distribution

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of chairs conducted on April 18, 2012. The Concepcion Elementary School received 130 armchairs and 50 kiddie chairs, 25 of which will be given to the Barangay Day Center. Dumlan Elementary School also received 130 pieces of armchairs, 30 kiddie chairs for the school’s kindergarten class and ten for the barangay day care center. Requests from school’s authorities come at a little expense, with Mayor Uy only a text away. It usually takes two to three weeks for the chairs fabricated from confiscated logs to be delivered personally by the local chief executive. To date, a total of 36,512 school furniture (armchairs, desks, kiddie chairs, teacher tables, computer and working table) have been distributed by LGU Tagum to different schools as part of Tagum’s ‘Social Responsibility’ to its neighboring Cities and municipalities in Davao Region since August 2011. (CIO-Tagum/Louie Lapat) ONE MINDANAO

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South Cotabato generally peaceful -- PNP By Fruto Sumagaysay Jr. KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- “The peace and order situation in the province is generally peaceful, under control,” Police Senior Superintendent Randolf Delfin, South Cotabato Police Provincial Office (SCPPO) Provincial Director, during the 2nd quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held on Wednesday in Koronadal City.

For the first quarter of efficiency, he continued, 2012; crime cleared the year, Delfin said, the increased from 25% efficiency also increased province’s total crime in 2011 to 27.33% in from 53.33% in 2011 to volume was 793. Of this number 494 were cleared and 218 were solved. PD Delfin said that the province’s crime rate in the first quarter of this year have reduced compared to last year in the same period. Data indicated that the crime rate for the first quarter of 2012 averaged 31.9% versus 35.7% in the first quarter of last year, he reported. Crime solution

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illegal drugs with 33 persons arrested out of 18 operations conducted, and confiscating in the process i l l e g a l drugs (both marijuana and shabu) with an estimated DDB street value of more than P5 million . In its campaign against wanted persons, 75 persons with warrants of arrest were 73.33% in 2012. apprehended The SCPPO scored big while 18 financiers, in its campaign against coordinators or ushers

were likewise arrested in its campaign against illegal gambling. The SCPPO report further indicated that they were able to recover IEDs at Lamba, Banga and Magon, Tantangan early this year, and 18 low-powered and high-powered firearms which resulted in the apprehension of 12 suspects. In their anticarnapping campaign, the SCPPO were able to recover 15 motorcycles out of the 23 incidents reported, in which six cases have been filed in court. (Fruto C. Sumagaysay Jr./DEDPIA 12/SoCot PIO)

Business climate improving in Cotabato City COTABATO CITY --A Cotabato exec noted the improvement of business climate the past months as he underscores strengthening coordination between the local government, law enforcement agencies and residents in the maintenance of peace and security in the area.

Cotabato City Mayor Japal “Jojo� Guiani, Jr, cited the increase in the number of business establishments i n d i c a t i n g improvement of Monday, April 23, 2012

the confidence of businessmen to invest in the city citing increase in awareness, vigilance, and support of residents in the campaign against

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activities that would redound to benefit of the people and the community. “In increasing number of investors who have established their business in the city is indicative of their confidence on our peace and development efforts with the help of the residents who assist our authorities by giving information regarding dubious personalities,� Guiani added.

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From 7,000 in 2010, the number of business establishments in Cotabato City has increased to 8,200 this year, Guiani said, adding that this is a welcome development in terms of generating additional revenues to the city’s coffer. Guiani assured revenues generated would boost the delivery of basic services to many poor communities in the city.

The chief executive expressed optimism the improved business environment has a positive impact on the image of Cotabato City with the assurance of strengthening collaboration and coordination with law enforcement agencies, barangay officials, and other stakeholders for more vigorous implementation of peace and security measures. (PBChangco-PIA Cotabato City)

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DTI’s SME Caravan 2012 focuses on upgrading enterprises By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Once again, Sultan Kudarat province’s Department of Trade and Industry will gather micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in Soccsksargen Region to help boost local enterprises.

This time though, preferred participants to the SME Caravan 2012 at the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Gymnasium in Isulan town on April 25 to 26 are those who have existing enterprises and are looking for means to improve their businesses. Sultan Kudarat Trade & Industry Provincial Director Nelly Dillera said the SME Caravan 2012 aims to provide the local entrepreneurs with first hand information on entrepreneurship – from improvement of product to capacitating entrepreneurs. “This year’s SME Caravan in Monday, April 23, 2012

Region 12 would help the growing number of entrepreneurs learn how to manage their businesses, access funds, maintain high level of product quality for food and enhance

their awareness on sensing the right and legitimate local and international market opportunities,” Dillera said. “There shall also be a topic on Tourism Product Identification a n d Development to aid the tourism officers and even landowners in identifying potential area for tourism development.” A m o n g the resource persons invited for the breakout s e s s i o n s include Roberto Castañeda and Euclid Cezar. Castañeda, who will share his knowledge on developing ONE MINDANAO

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an entrepreneurial mindset and surviving pitfalls of small businesses, is the founder of the Don Roberto’s Winery, producer of the world’s first mango wine. Besides, its green mango and sweet mango wines, his company also produces brewed coffee wine. Cezar, a professor of San Beda College – Manila, is a wellknown business coach and host of “Super Entrepinoy” program. He is the owner of Ink More which sells readyto-use ink cartridges. “We want to benchmark what these entrepreneurs have done to be able to inspire our ‘kababayans’ to aspire to attain what these

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entrepreneurs have achieved,” Dillera said in an interview with a local radio station.

Other resource persons include Engr. Menandro Ortego, OIC Testing and Inspection Division of the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), who will discuss food safety assurance system; and Dennis Monong, assistant vice president for Mindanao operations of People’s Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC) who will teach MSMEs how to find best financing for their businesses. Side events such as trade fair of Region 12’s best products, market matching, product evaluation, design exhibit, online

business name registration, and plant visit and assessment for the acquisition of Food and Drug License to Operate. Dillera said preferred participants are entrepreneurs involved in the region’s priority industries like processors of coffee, muscovado, banana, coconut, bangus/ fishery, crafts, bamboo, pangasius, rubber, palm oil, mango, ICT-BPO. Dillera reported that number of new businesses in Sultan Kudarat has increased 84 percent, from 959 newly registered businesses in 2010 to 1,770 in 2011. Last year, 121 new entrepreneurs were created, which is 74 percent higher than the 107 new entrepreneurs in 2010. This is a two-day activity for free but reservations must be made for prescreening. Contact the nearest DTI office for details and reservations. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12) Monday, April 23, 2012


ARMM holds 1st Peace Communication Summit

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edia and civil society sectors convened for the first-ever Peace Communication Summit of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held at the Al-nor Convention Hall in Cotabato City. Representatives of the media and civil society sectors who came from Manila and various parts of Mindanao gathered on Tuesday to explore effective ways on how to communicate peace in reporting about the armed conflict in the south. The participants related their Monday, April 23, 2012

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Rosalie Romero relayed her speech to the assembly who commended the participants “for choosing to take part in the solution to the issues confronting conflict and political coverage in the country.” Deles also urged everyone to “remain optimistic and affirm that indeed there is a space to communicate peace in reporting the Mindanao conflict.” “Year after year, various groups and sectors have organized same forums, proving to us that journalists and communicators will never run out of avenues to become potent instruments of peace,” Romero added. Resource persons from the government, civil society, and media provided information and backdrop for the whole-day discussion. Assistant Secretary Rosalie Romero of the OPAPP Public Affairs Group provided updates on the peace talks and the government’s development efforts through the PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program. Carol Arguillas, editor of MindaNews, gave a talk on the role of media in promoting peace in the coverage of armed conflict, while Guiamel Alim, chair of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), discussed the role of civil society organizations in peace communication. Arguillas stressed that peace communication advocates have been discussing the same things again and again. “What we lack is action,”

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she said. Apart from the media’s dearth of context, she argued that many reporters do not think about the consequences of what they write. “A minor skirmish can escalate into a major war because of irresponsible reportage. What we need to focus on is the repercussion of conflict and violence.” Professor Arnold Molina-Azurin of the University of the Philippines College of Anthropology discussed the importance of changing the audience’s mindsets towards supporting the objectives of peace. Azurin, who based his discussion on his paper entitled, “Enculturing Peace by Displacing Myths and Warprone Mindset with Multicultural Knowledge,” underlined the need to transform mindsets and educate oneself consistently as a peace communicator. “We, peace communicators should be creative in changing mindsets. We should be working harder in acquiring knowledge because this knowledge will be the one to displace the bad ideas,” he stated. Following the presentations was an open forum where participants assessed the current state of conflict reportage and talked over ways to improve it. The ARMM Peace Communication Summit was organized by armmpeace.com, an ad hoc group composed of the ARMM Bureau of Public Information, OPAPP, The Asia Foundation, and CBCS. (OPAPP/ RVC/PIA-9 ZBST) Monday, April 23, 2012


PHL tourism execs to observe country’s biggest global game fishing event in Siargao Island by Michael O. Conte

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ilar Mayor Lucio T. Gonzales

on Friday said top officials of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the country will arrive this week in Siargao Island to witness and observe the holding of the 5th Siargao International Game Fishing Tournament, considered as the most successful and largest sport fishing tournament in the Philippines.

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“We are expecting the arrival of DOT officials from different regions who will observe how we make this annual global tournament a huge success and earned recognition around the world. They were surprised how the world quickly noticed us, when in fact

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we are not the first one to stage this kind of event in the country,� Gonzales said. A f t e r four years of successful hosting of this event, the island received a number of developments from infrastructure to tourism-related job opportunities with the influx of more foreign and local tourists. The international event, which will be held in

the municipality of Pilar, will be participated by around 80 anglers from the United States, Singapore, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines, and will be vying for the biggest fish in the Game Fishing Mecca of the Philippines. It can be recalled that last year, former DOT Secretary Alberto Lim led the opening of the event with Congressman Francisco T. Matugas, Governor Sol Matugas, Mayor Lucio Gonzales, and other officials from the province of Surigao del Norte. Monday, April 23, 2012


Surigao Norte to hold job fair and mobile passporting in Siargao Island SURIGAO CITY -- The provincial government of Surigao del Norte will simultaneously conduct a mobile passporting and job fair in Siargao Island next month. Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Provincial Chief Emilio Pantejo said jobs seekers and those who want to have their passport renewed or those applying for new passports can take advantage of the opportunity while taking the time to also enjoy the summer activities in Siargao Island. According to Pantejo, both activities will be conducted on May 7 to 8 at Dapa Municipal Gymnasium in Dapa town in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Monday, April 23, 2012

Workers Welfare Administration, National Statistics Office (NSO), PESO, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Pantejo said several POEA accredited recruitment agencies will conduct interviews and hiring. “ I n t e r e s t e d applicants should bring with them pertinent documents such as passports, training certificates, bio-data and others,� he said. For the mobile passporting, Pantejo said applicants are advised to bring with them the required documents such as NSO certified birth

certificates for the new applicants, three colored photos as specified by the DFA, marriage contract, valid IDs and other supporting documents, and P1,200 processing fee. Pantejo further revealed that the said activities are in support to the nationwide celebration of National Service Day on May 9 and the Health, Education and Environment, AgriAquaculture, Livelihood and Spiritual Renewal (HEALS) agenda of Gov. Sol Matugas and the office of Congressman Francisco Matugas. ONE MINDANAO

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Small-scale irrigation project up for implementation by Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY-- The Sangguniang Panlungsod approved a resolution recently authorizing Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. to enter into an agreement for the implementation of a small-scale irrigation project in support to the National High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP). The resolution, authored by Councilor Angelo S. Calo Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture of the City Council, was in accordance with Republic Act 8435 otherwise known as the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Act to strengthen the agriculture and

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fisheries sector through modernization to attain food security, poverty alleviation, income enhancement and profitability, global competitiveness, and sustainability. In connection with the program, the city government of Butuan will implement the installation and construction of one unit Wind Pump Irrigation

System at Km. 7 Farmer’s Cooperative in Barangay Tungao, with a project cost of P350,000, which is envisioned to enhance the agricultural p r o d u c t i v i t y, a c c e l e r a t e development, and improve the economic resources of the small farmers within the HVCDP cluster areas. Monday, April 23, 2012


DILG9 chief congratulates Kumalarang for complying full disclosure policy By Gideon C. Corgue

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epartment of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) IX Regional Director Paisal Abutazil congratulated the local government of Kumalarang under the sterling leadership of Mayor Allan Damas for having complied with the requirements of Seal of Good Housekeeping thereby making them a recipient of the agency’s Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

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Speaking before the municipal and barangay officials, employees, and residents during the groundbreaking ceremony of the P700,000 worth of municipal streets at the Tennis Court, Abutazil said the Seal of Good Housekeeping is given to a local government unit (LGU) that demonstrated good governance, sound fiscal management, transparency, and accountability. As a recipient of the LGSF, an LGU should meet the requirements of the Seal of Good Housekeeping, namely: compliance with the full disclosure policy and no adverse findings from the Commission on Audit (COA). “These requirements were fully complied by your municipality thus you were chosen as one of the lucky recipients of the LGSF in the region,� he added. The DILG chief encouraged the

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officials to continue complying with the requirements, for them to receive LGSF funded projects for next year. Mayor Allan Damas, in his message, said that the LGSF-funded project was a big help in implementing different infrastructure development projects. Damas said the concrete pavement for municipal streets is the project that they have long dreamed of because during heavy rains, streets tend to be flooded in Poblacion, the mayor added. With their faithful compliance and adherence to the full disclosure policy of the government, Damas is optimistic that they will be a consistent recipient of projects that will be implemented in their municipality. Also present during the ceremony was Provincial Director Abcede Asjali. (JPA/GCC-PIA 9, Zambosur) Monday, April 23, 2012


Zambo Norte school board to raise salaries of teachers By Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY The Provincial School Board of Zamboanga del Norte chaired by Governor Rolando E. Yebes decided to increase the monthly salary of secondary school teachers paid for by the province’s Special Education Fund (SEF) from P4,400 to P6,000.00 starting June this year. This was announced by Governor Yebes during his recent State of the Province Address held at the Zamboanga del Norte Convention and Exhibition Center (ZNCEC) here with municipal and provincial officials, heads of the different national government agencies (NGAs) based in the province, civic and religious leaders, non-government organizations (NGOs), Subanen leaders and others in attendance. For several years, the “school board” teachers were only receiving a monthly pay of P4,400 and yet they were as loaded as the regular teachers of the Department of Education (DepED). The provincial government Monday, April 23, 2012

purposely hired secondary teachers to be charged against the SEF to augment the teaching staff of secondary schools in the province. It has been reported that a number of secondary schools especially the so-called “annexes and extensions” and other newly opened high schools lack teachers. This prompted the provincial government to hire teachers to help the DepED address the education needs of the people. Should there be teacher items available, these “school board” teachers are said to be given priority by DepED in the hiring of new teachers. (JPA/FPG-PIA ZamboNorte) ONE MINDANAO

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Malaysian authorities rescue 4 Filipinas forced to work in a night club ZAMBOANGA CITY – Officials of the Philippine Embassy confirmed that Malaysian authorities rescued four (4) Filipinas forced to work in a night club in Johor Baru, near the border of Singapore. According to the report, the women were rescued last Wednesday by members of the Criminal Investigation Division/AntiHuman trafficking Section of the Royal Malaysia Police. Investigation revealed the women, ages 27-36, were recruited in Manila by a certain Ramil Garcia, using Zamboanga City as their exit point to Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. The victims said they were offered high paying jobs there, but were surprised when Garcia handed them to a certain Norminda Buko Whigan. They were then sold to a night club owner as customer service workers. From Sandakan, they were transferred to Johor Baru by plane on March 29, and were offered to Emy Wong, owner of the club. They were locked up in her house and force to work in her club. However, the four found a way to contact Blas F. Ople Policy Center, which contacted the Philippine Embassy there. Immediately, the embassy coordinated with the Malaysian authorities to map out their rescue operation, and on April 18, they went to raid the club

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but Wong and the women have already left. The authorities, with two personnel from the Philippine Embassy, went to Wong’s house and there rescued the women. Wong, however, was not there but police arrested her husband. A manhunt operation is being conducted to track down Wong. Filipino Ambassador to Malaysia Jose Eduardo Malaya thanked the Malaysian authorities for their immediate action resulting to the rescue of the Filipinas. “WE appreciate the swift action of the Malaysian Police in rescuing our nationals. This is a proof of the commitment and partnership of our two countries against human trafficking”, Malaya said. (MVC/ PIA-ZBST/Mindanao Examiner)

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