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11 COVER STORY Keeping Mt. Hamiguitan’s untouched beauty

Jeanevive Duron-Abangan SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Government will not waver in West Philippine Sea claims, Palace official says

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DTI urges LGUs harmonization in investment promotion by Michael Uy

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PIA conducts first leg of climate change advocacy forum

by Alma L. Tingcang

Isabela LGU, NGAs, NGOs, OSYs ink MoU for out-of-school youth dev’t

by Rene V. Carbayas

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DA strengthens partnership with LFTs by Rhea C. Abao

SurSur guv gets top post in Mindanao Confed

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FPRDI boosts Clarin’s bamboo industry with training on processing by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

TESDA launches Google Apps for Education by Honey Analou E. Doña

by Greg Tataro Jr.

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Keeping Mt. Hamiguitan’s untouched beauty

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by Jeanevive Duron-Abangan

owering in 5,369-foot height at its peak, Mt. Hamiguitan treasures rare flowers, plants, animals and insects. I find them truly amazing. I stop short of breathing when I see the unending winding rivers and the waterfalls gushing with cool, misty, fresh white water. I cannot not blink as I pan my eyes in a wide horizon of thick mossy forest of century-old bonsai trees. Colourful butterflies in variety of species are flying around a hidden garden amidst dipterocarp forests, underneath grow various types of plants. Among them are endemic orchids and rare carnivorous pitcher plants. As I look up the sky, eagles are flying at the horizon brightly lit up by the sun which rays refreshingly blend with cool mountain breeze .

This was how Mayor Justina Yu of San Isidro, Davao Oriental recalled her experience with Mt. Hamiguitan when she first climbed it in 1992 to explore it with 34 other municipal officials. She got interested to take the climb after a visit of an old Mandaya Chieftain, Daramba Bago who told her, sometime in 1965, about the rich forest of Mt. Hamiguitan. Her uphill climb went on for years beyond 1992 as she fought to protect the mountain and its


treasures against miners and loggers. Such quest resonated beyond the borders of her town, touching the consciousness of officials in neighbouring towns of Governor Generoso and the city of Mati to protect Mt. Hamiguitan from the lure of mining and logging money. Mayors Vicente Orencia of Governor Generoso, Carlo Rabat of Mati and Yu have come to a common ground of protecting and conserving Mt. Hamiguitan (including its buffer zones) which straddles across their towns. Orencia pitches total prohibition of entry into the buffer zone shielding the mountain range;

Rabat calls for uniform LGU policies to protect it, while Yu still wages her battle-cry against mining and illegal logging. The call and quest to protect and preserve Mt. Hamiguitan echoed through the halls of Congress with the passage in 2004 of Republic Act 9303, An Act Declaring Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary and Its Vicinities as Protected Area, through efforts of then Congressman Mayo Almario, now the vice governor of Davao Oriental. Lately, Provincial Governor Corazon Malanyaon successfully put Mt. Hamiguitan on the world’s pedestal


of wildlife and nature protection. On June 23, 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed it as a World Heritage Site. The process of getting the nod of approval of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was long and arduous. The provincial government team spearheaded by tourism consultant, Cynthia “Ging” Rodriguez, took six long years to comply the standard documentation requirements of UNESCO. It was, however, through the leadership of Malanyaon that wide stakeholders’

support came together and moved forward efforts to gain UNESCO’s much-coveted inscription. While thanking the World Heritage Committee for the inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan, Malanyaon vowed to protect and conserve its “universal value and

integrity”. “The conservation of this property is the Filipino people’s gift to humanity,” she said before officials and members of the World Heritage Committee during its 38th Session in Doha, Qatar. Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary which straddles in a land area of 16,923 hectares with a buffer zone of 9,729 hectares based on UNESCO’s documentation, stands as the only UNESCO-inscribed site in Mindanao. It is the only mountain range in the Philippines categorized as a World Heritage Site and the sixth UNESCO-inscribed wildlife sanctuary


in the world. It came in as the sixth UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Philippines. Others earlier inscribed were the city of Vigan (Ilocos Sur), the Baroque churches of the Philippines (the Miag-ao Church in Ilo-ilo, the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, the San

Agustin Church in Manila and the Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur), the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. The UNESCO inscription of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary surely is a beacon for visitors to site-see what’s in the mountain but strict regulation policies still keep off curious people. Besides, Governor Malanyaon has made it clear that protecting Mt. Hamiguitan is the paramount reason of seeking UNESCO’s inscription. There are plans of creating an “interpretation site” , for tourism purposes, to give a glimpse of what’s in Mt. Hamiguitan but up to this time, the mountain is still closed to so-called recreational trekkers. Only very few have scaled the heights of Mt. Hamiguitan to see nature’s wondrous beauty it has long been keeping at its bosom. The public in general can only imagine and marvel at bounty of its flora and fauna based on pictures and written accounts of those who have gone there. People’s imagination is better kept that way and leave Mt. Hamiguitan with its untouched beauty.


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he Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has asked RPN-9 to submit all documents on the sale of Solar Entertainment Corporation’s shares in the network.

“Recently, our Office was informed that Solar Entertainment Corporation (Solar) sold its total shareholdings at RPN-9 to the group of former Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua. Records show that Solar owns 34.16 percent of RPN-9,” PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a statement issued Friday. The government, through the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), owns 20.80 percent of RPN-9. Far East Managers and Investors, Inc. (FEMII), the group of former Ambassador Roberto S. Benedicto, owns 32 percent, and private individual stockholders

own the remaining 13.04 percent. RPN-9 is one of the agencies under the supervision of the PCOO, pursuant to Executive Order No. 4, s. 2010. The group of Cabangon Chua is set to take over management control of the sequestered broadcasting firm RPN-9, following a deal to buy the stake held by some key shareholders. Cabangon Chua also has interests in print and radio media assets, as well as in real estate, banking, insurance, and car dealership . AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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he Philippine government will continue to push for its claim in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and will use all diplomatic ways to resolve its dispute with China, a Palace official said.

“The Philippine government will not cease in filing and availing of the legal and diplomatic means in resolving this dispute. We have filed a diplomatic protest,â€? Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in an interview in MalacaĂąang on Friday. “It is not a question of whether they will heed the diplomatic protest. What is important is that the Philippine government continues to assert its right against its neighbors,â€? Secretary Lacierda said, noting that the Philippines has availed of diplomatic and arbitration channels in resolving its dispute with China.

Asked if the country is open to bilateral negotiations with China, he said, “It makes no sense for us to negotiate bilaterally if the claimants to those disputed seas or waters would comprise more than two claimant-countries.� He said the government is very cognizant of the situation in the West Philippine Sea and it will take measures to ensure the safety of Filipinos in the area. Lacierda however said that while the dispute with China remains unresolved, the Philippines is still interested in dealing with the Asian giant, especially in terms of trade. PND AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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President Aquino to review small portion of draft Bangsamoro Law

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he government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels have agreed on more than 70 percent of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, which was submitted to President Aquino on Wednesday evening, a Palace official has said. The bulk of it has already been agreed upon by both panels. More than 70 percent have been agreed upon, so we are looking at a few provisions that would still need the President’s observation,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in an interview in Malacañang on Friday. Secretary Lacierda said the President has seen the draft and is going through it. “Hopefully, we will be able to see kung ano ang magiging reaksyon ng ating Pangulo at kung meron pa ba siyang gagawing mga aksyon,” he said, noting that the President certainly knows the importance of the agreement, which will be submitted to Congress within this month. Asked if he thinks the President’s review of the remaining 20 to 30 percent would delay the submission of the draft law to Congress, Lacierda said it would

not. He added that there has been close collaboration between the peace panels and also between Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. and Mohagher Iqbal of the MILF. Both parties recognize the importance of the initiative and the MILF has expressed optimism over the completion of the remaining segments of the draft law, Lacierda said. Once the draft law is approved by Congress, a plebiscite will be held and a transition authority will be created in preparation for the conduct of an election in the Bangsamoro in 2016. President Aquino has vowed to push for the conduct of a fair and democratic poll in the region before he leaves office in 2016. PND AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Davao City Police Office to present more wishlist to City Gov’t. by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Police Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao said he will present more wishlist to the city government after the a training for the city’s Special Weapons and Tactics unit will be conducted. “Mahiya naman tayo kung hihingi agad.” Danao said during an interview with media during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City last Monday (August 18). He said the wishlist of equipment will be for the city’s SWAT Team, he did not specifically state what equipment they will recommend. Last year the previous city police chief Senior Superintendent Ronald

dela Rosa asked for kevlar vests, M4 rifles, tear gas and stun grenades for the 30-man SWAT team of the DCPO. Danao said he is confident that the local government will help as they have been very supportive. “Since I assumed office, we received about 22 patrol vehicles already.” The City Police Chief said. “We now have 54 patrol vehicles so there will be no excuse for not doing our jobs.” Danao added. Recently the City Government donated 66 motorcycles to the Land Transportation Office, Traffic Management Group (TMG) and Traffic Management Command (TMC). The SWAT training conducted by the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force touches on enhancing the antiterrorism, anti-criminality capabilities of the SWAT and Task Force Davao. (PIA/RG Alama)


DTI urges LGUs harmonization in investment promotion DAVAO DEL NORTE - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) based in the province encouraged recently the local government units in the province to strengthen its investment promotion through standard policies and registration process.

Around 40 office heads in the local government units concerned in investment promotion, business permits and licensing, treasury and assessor assembled on August 13 at Big8 Corporate Hotel to a Forum on Business Permits and Licensing System cum Local Investment and Incentive Code Harmonization in the province. Romeo Castanaga, provincial director of DTI – Davao del Norte, said that since the establishment of the provincial investment and incentive code, their office advocated to the cities and municipalities to have their codes synchronized with the province in terms of substance and form. The Davao del Norte Investment and Incentive Code (DNIIC) was enacted last March 2014 containing 11 chapters. Castanaga said that among the features of the code were the

incentives to distressed projects, expanded non-fiscal incentives, and the responsibilities of the registered enterprises, which include an undertaking of a community based corporate social responsibility (CSR). Castanaga disclosed that Tagum City was the first one to synchronize its incentive code to the province. Vedastito Galvez, DTI region XI division chief on investment promotion, said that they are promoting to other provinces as a model the investment code of Davao del Norte. Galvez said that this code will also help the investment promotion unit in the cities and municipalities to further economic growth in their area. He also said that aside from the investment and incentive code, their office are also evaluating the possibility of harmonizing the business processing system in the region. “Some have 5-6 steps to secure business permit, but I think we can still lower it down to 3-4 steps,� Galvez said. He added that they are still consulting with the concerned offices in the LGU for its implementation. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)

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DTI-Caraga warns public on the use of butane canister filled with LPG by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga warned the public of the rampant unsafe practice of the use of butane canisters as containers for household liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).


“These canisters are not intended and designed for LPG and therefore may pose danger to users and households,” reminded Brielgo Pagaran, DTI-Caraga regional director. Pagaran also bared that based on the Philippine National Standard (PNS) 03-01:2000, only welded steel cylinders with a water capacity of one liter to 150 liters are intended for storage and transport of LPG. “Butane canisters are not compliant with quality and safety requirements for LPG refill. As such, it may leak and emit hazardous gas and cause explosion and fire, thus

posing danger,” Pagaran reiterated. DTI further urged the public to report any information on the said unsafe practice at the nearest DTI Regional or Provincial Office. Aside from its mission to enable business environment/reduces cost of doing business to facilitate trade and investments, intensify global competitiveness, and value chain and industry cluster management, DTI is also continuously empowering consumers, ensuring safe and reasonably-priced products and services, and the supply chain management.

DA strengthens partnership with LFTs by Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY - The Agri-Pinoy Rice Program of the Department of Agriculture (DA) called for an Agriculture Extension WorkerLocal Farmer Technician (LFT) partnership to complement the effort of the department in boosting agricultural productivity and sufficiency in the country. To attain the objectives of Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), the DA set its vision to enhancing effectiveness by strengthening the delivery of extension services to rice farmers and accelerate the adoption of new technologies and “best practices” through the Local Farmer Technician Program (LFTP). Based on research studies, the need to increase the number of extension workers remains high as formidable

number of farmers are not reached by the limited number of agricultural extension technicians. At present, the rice farmer-to-LGU technician ratio is more than 150:1. New and improved technologies and other farm support interventions can reach more farmers by strengthening the LFTP. According to DA-13 regional technical director Edgardo D. Dahino, LFTs are very effective partners in carrying out extension services because AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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of their first-hand experiences in rice production. Aside from that, LFTs were also trained on the principles and concepts of rice science enabling them to become rice farming technicians. “Caraga region has now 98 LFTs who were trained and now acted as partners and active players in the development and promotion of modern rice production technologies in low yielding rice-growing areas in the region,” Dahino said. Aside from strengthening LFTP, community seed banking was also introduced as an extension tool to increase farmer’s access to quality seeds. The facility is controlled and operated by farmers themselves. DA had also invested in trainings to fully equip the LFTs.

“My social mobilization, facilitation, and communication skills was enhanced after I went through verious trainings conducted by DA and its attached agencies which made me a more capable Local Farm Technician,” said Felix D. Vasquez, LFT of Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. “Palay Check System, Integrated Pest Management and AgroEcosystem Analysis are a few of the rice technologies that were shared to me which I also shared to my fellow farmers through Farmers Field School,” he added. As part of their incentive, LFTs are provided by the DA P3,000 per month released quarterly. This is to ensure mobility of the LFTs within their area of responsibility and also ensures sustainability of agriextension services in the barangays.

SurSur guv gets top post in Mindanao Confed by Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY - Surigao del Sur Governor Johnny Pimentel informed capitol employees on Monday during the regular flag ceremony program that he “was elected as the new president” of the Mindanao Confederation of Governors, City Mayors, and Municipal Mayors League.

In a reorganizational meeting held in Manila last Thursday, he said that they were required to attend by Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairperson, Secretary Luwalhati Antonio. Gov. Pimentel said that the purpose of which was “to elect the new set of officers until 2016.” “So, this is another feather on my accomplishment as your governor because

since 1990, there have been different presidents—there was Governor Daisy Fuentes (South Cotabato), Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario (Davao del Norte) and nobody came from the province of Surigao del Sur,” he stressed. During the occasion, Pimentel said that her sisterin-law, Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Cabrera-Pimentel was also in attendance. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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UN urges Zambo youth to join humanitarian work By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – “The world needs more humanitarian heroes,” emphasized Al Hashim of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) during a forum participated in by college students at the Garden Orchid Hotel yesterday, Aug. 19, in commemoration of the World Humanitarian Day.

“We want to raise awareness and spur interest among students in humanitarian work hoping that they will consider heeding the call,” Hashim told students of Ateneo de Zamboanga University,


“The need for humanitarians continues to increase,” Pickering explained. Statistics show that six million more people were displaced due to violence and disasters in 2013, compared to the previous year’s data. An approximated fifty million people all over the world were displaced last year, including internally-displaced persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City. Meanwhile, Mayor Beng Climaco cited the efforts of the numerous humanitarians, both local and foreign who have been serving Zamboanga IDPs since last year. “Unlike us politicians, you are not pressured by Universidad de Zamboanga and voters to serve, nevertheless, you Western Mindanao State University. still are here,” said Mayor Climaco. In a video clip presented to the “Humanitarian workers are audience, United Nations Secretary- those whose hearts, heads, minds General Ban Ki Moon said that World and the totality of their persons are Humanitarian Day looks to “honor dedicated to their passion and zeal those who have fallen and those who to help humanity,” she added. continue to help those who need it “Miles de gracias con vos anywhere.” While there are numerous people otros,” (a thousand thanks to you) who have made humanitarian work Mayor Climaco said, citing each of the foreign humanitarian agencies a career, many are volunteers. here. “Everyone can be a humanitarian hero,” said Safia Taulani, also from Meanwhile, the mayor called on the public to never forget the countless UN-OCHA. number of Zamboanguenos who In an earlier interview, UN-OCHA went out of their way during the Zamboanga hub head Ben Pickering siege in helping those that were explained that humanitarian workers displaced. are subjected to difficult situations since they work in areas of conflict “They never hugged the limelight, and disaster. “Many are subjected but they still helped those who were to violence themselves,” Pickering in need,” she added. pointed out. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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PIA conducts first leg of climate change advocacy forum By Alma L. Tingcang

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – A climate change advocacy forum kicks off today at Bayog National High School (BNHS) here spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This is the first among a series of advocacy campaigns in schools, tapping the youth to be advocates for climate change adaptation and resiliency. Mr. Danilo Ungang, BNHS school principal lauded the PIA for choosing their school as the pilot area in its advocacy campaign. Bayog is identified as a flood and landslideprone municipality. Information Center Manager

Claro A. Lanipa encouraged the participants to “listen, take note and pay attention to the climate change video presentation,” which aims to lessen public apathy, and called on the youth to be actively involved in the campaign to be climate changeresilient. “The local government unit (LGU) will not stop its advocacy on climate change resiliency and adaptation until all the people will AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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understand and be prepared for any disaster,” said Ms. Bernadine A. Gabawan, municipal information officer speaking on behalf of Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa who is in Manila for an equally important task. Elected officers of the youth advocate group “I am a Climate

Change-Resilient Youth were: President – Julie Claire C. Salomes; Vice President – Armie Je M. Anlap; Secretary – Grizelle A. Elardo; Saira Comie – Treasurer; Business Manager – Christyl Joy Baco; PIO – Ronn Brevler Clorion; and Auditor - John Irvin Baterna.

Isabela LGU, NGAs, NGOs, OSYs ink MoU for out-of-school youth dev’t by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan– The out-of-school youth (OSY) here will now have the chance to become agents of change as envisioned by the Out-of-school Youth Development Alliance as commitments from different stakeholders were sealed through a Memorandum of Understanding last Aug. 19. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Robinson Wee of Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) Project explained that the creation of the Out-of-School Youth Development Alliance (OSYDA) is MYDev’s mechanism in bringing together key stakeholders including OSY representatives for improved local governance that adequately responds to the needs of OSY and promotes the full engagement in community development. “It shall serve as a local body to institutionalize the participation of all sectors in addressing OSY issues and concerns and in identifying the appropriate program interventions for OSYs through planning, directionsetting and mobilizing resources to support OSY programs and services. Wee also introduced the two elected OSY, namely, Jaymark A. Solon and Lovely Queen B. Molina as

members of the OSYDA, representing the sector. Representatives of memberorganization in the alliance took turn signing the MoU. The members are the following: the Office of the City Mayor, Chairperson of City Council Committee on Education, Ulama Supreme Council, DepEd-Isabela City, DOLE, TESDA, City Population Office, Philippine Information Agency, Nagdilaab Foundation Inc., Isabela Foundation Inc., City Social Welfare and Development Office, City PESO, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. The MoU stipulates the commitments, roles, and responsibility of alliance members to pursue the vision-mission, goals, and objectives of the OSYDA. The OSYDA envisions to become a dynamic alliance that empowers OSYs as agents of change and peace AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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and development in Isabela City through its mission of collaborating and networking with stakeholders and sharing resources in advancing the welfare of OSYs in order to develop them into productive, skilled and civically engaged members of the community. Paul Mason, General Development Officer-USAID and Dr. Miriam A. Pahm, MYDev Acting Chief of Party-Education Development Center (EDC) witnessed the signing of MoU. In her message, Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar said that “the challenges of the present time pose some difficulties for

some families to cope with - to the detriment of children’s education - as families experience hardship brought about by poverty.” “But with this unified effort, we are opening opportunities for the families, especially the youth to educate themselves, train, and compete with the advent of new technologies. And we even protect them from illegal drugs and other illegal activities. For they have other things to focus here for their future,” the Mayor said. She thanked the partners and the USAID MYDev project for the assistance and for including the OSYs of Isabela City as one of the AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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priority areas for the project. Engr. Wesley Tan, head of DOLE-Isabela City said that “the Filipino life is full of ceremonies, part of culture and more than the ceremonial signing of the MoU, I guess the challenge to the members of the development alliance is the core message and intent of what we have signed.” Tan stressed that more than the signing is the responsibility toward improving the conditions of the OSYs by looking into the contributions and resources that each member-alliance needs to put into the project. “It’s a call for action,” he said, as he reminded alliance members that each is a gift to the people and that each is in a better position to serve. Meanwhile, Executive Director Miriam Suacito of the Nagdilaab Foundation introduced the 26 young people from Barangay Baluno who completed the TESDA training on dressmaking. She said that these

youth did not only learn the skill in dressmaking but also life skills that taught them to “sew” and “mend” relationships. “They are our walking and living model that the integrated technical skills training can mend poverty to development, brokenness and violence to peace as articulated in our program objective of Mindanao Youth for Development,” she said. For her part, Miriam Pahm remarked that the youths who finished the dressmaking course are not anymore OSYs, but completers. “Graduations provide new identity and signify better person. From this day on you are no longer out-of-school youths,” Pahm declared. MYDev is a five-year USAID program in the Philippines that addresses key constraints to peace and stability in selected conflictaffected areas in Mindanao. AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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Kahimunan 2014 to showcase best products of Northern Mindanao by DTI-MOR

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - More than 30 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from different provinces of Northern Mindanao will showcase the region’s best products in the Kahimunan Northern Mindanao Food and Lifestyle Show 2014 on August 23 to 30, at SM City, Masterson Avenue, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.


The Kahimunan 2014 is a core event of the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014, an annual city fiesta celebration of the city. It is hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) which features products of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental – from processed food beverages, gifts and hardwares, fashion accessories, home style and living and health and organic products. One of the features of this event

is the recognition of Best Product Design for Housewares/Furnishing and Fashion Categories as well as recognition of the Most Innovative Food Product. The Kahimunan 2014 is a marketing event to enable MSMEs to promote and access new markets for their products. Further, trade trainings and product development activities were conducted as part of the preparatory activities for the event.

FPRDI boosts Clarin’s bamboo industry with training on processing by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CLARIN, Misamis Occidental - The Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) from Los Ba?os, Laguna has given the bamboo industry, here, a boost with a 10-day training on bamboo processing. Aimed to enhance the knowhow, as well, as share and learn skills with the local bamboo growers, the training held August 19-28, at the Municipal Gym, was conducted under the Enhanced Livelihood Support Activity (ELSA) program of the local government unit (LGU). Included in the training are drying, E-Bamboo handicraft and

furniture making and finishing and the proper use and care of equipment and transfer of modern technology, specifically in the bamboo industry, mayor Elsa F. Navarro said. Navarro said the FPRDI has encouraged the use of bamboo as a high value product because of its potential for environmental protection in preventing soil erosion AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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and sequestration of carbon. As recalled, FPRDI was a signatory to a memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered by DOST, region 10, and the LGU for the development of the bamboo industry in Clarin, last February, during the 93rd Araw ng Clarin, this year. Meanwhile, some 50 participants coming from the Bamboo Growers and Processors Association, PAG-ASA Youth Association of the Philippines, Clarin Chapter, Federated Women’s

Association, Indigenous Peoples of Clarin, Clarin National High School (CNHS) Parents –Teachers Confederated Association (PTCA) and Barangay Lapasan Community leaders attended the training. Last May 5-14, the Bamboo Growers and Processors Emersion and Skills Enhancement Training Seminar/ Workshop was also conducted by DOST in the municipality, Navarro added.

TESDA launches Google Apps for Education by Honey Analou E. Doña

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Region 10 has launched the use of free online applications to increase collaboration and improve communication for all TESDA employees and training institutions. Access to these free online apps has been made available through “Google Apps for Education.” With the Google Apps for Education, TESDA employees/ personnel and training institutions will be able to send and receive e-mail with a @tesda.gov.ph domain name, store data and share documents with Drive, hold web-based video conferences with Google+ Hangouts and easily build websites with Sites. Available applications under

the Google Apps are Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Hangout and Sites. Under the Gmail, all TESDA employees and officials will have an email account that can be accessed using any device. The email user will each have 30GB of storage space shared between Gmail and Google Drive. Google Drive is a free webbased office suite that allows users to create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, AUGUST 2014 | PAGE

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and drawings in real-time as well as upload and share any file type. Google Calendar, on the other hand, will help TESDA easily coordinate work or class schedules, meetings and events online while Google Hangout will provide a free web-based video conference with up to 10 simultaneous users, which can be increased to 15 under Google+ premium services which can be used to set up meetings. Google Sites is a free website creation tool allows one to publish

a website. It can be used by TESDA to create websites for its regional and provincial offices as well as its Technology Institutions. TESDA OIC-Regional Director Edgar A. Sales said work-related transactions of TESDA are now made easier with this increasing technology. He said the new technology also provides new learning experience to users and help expand the reach of technical vocational education and training.

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One Mindanao - August 22, 2014  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao Cluster.

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