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Pamaskong Handog

in Lanao del Norte



In This Issue...

Vol. 1 No. 119

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TESDA to launch Specialista Technopreneurship Program next week Jorie C. Valcorza,

Region X

DOLE-10, ‘big brother’ establishments forge agreement on Incentivising Program Apipa Bagumbaran,

Region X

Aquino vows continuing support to military and police force .....................


Cover Story Pamaskong Handog: Strengthening bonds between Muslim and Christians in Lanao del Norte

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Hedcor updates abaca farmers thru training

Mai Gevera Macapagat,

Region XI

Vincent N. Labial


Authorities warn of fake peso bills Dani Doguiles,

P847.34 M budget ipinasa ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng So. Cotabato Ac Agad,

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Region XII

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Army’s 401st Brigade receives 1,000 books for mini-library in Surigao Sur 401st Brigade,

DAR-Surigao del Sur conducts seminar on AO Myra Q. Yu,


Caraga Region

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AFP calls for vigilance, alertness Region IX

Pagadian Diocese spearheads “Sacrifice and March Rally for Life” Alma L. Tingcang,

Region IX

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Cover Story

Pamaskong Handog: Strengthening

bonds between Muslim and Christians in Lanao del Norte by Vincent N. Labial


ore than 2,000 adults and children from the Christian and Muslim communities of this fastrising province received early Christmas gifts from the provincial government on December 8, 2011 as part of its “Pamaskong Handog� program. 4


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Recipients of the gift-giving activity which was held at Agora Public Market, in the capital town of Tubod, also includes persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Each adult recipient received Christmas packs containing assorted grocery items worth P500. “We are thankful that we were made part of this program. And these groceries are a big help to us. Although we are Muslims and don’t celebrate Christmas but we are united

with our Christian brothers as they celebrate this special event,” said Brgy. Pagalungan Captain Asif Juhan Macarambon. Some 2,000 kids from the 22 towns of Lanao del Norte also received assorted toys worth P300. “We started with the Korban Festival where we also invited our Christian residents to be part of this generally Muslim event. We gave our Christian brothers 2 kilos of beef per family. Now that its Christmas Sunday, December 11, 2011


time and we have this ‘Pamaskong Handog’ program for our Christian residents, we also decided to make our Muslim residents part of it,” Gov. Khalid Dimaporo explained. Recipients of the ‘Pamaskong Handog’ program came from the following towns: Linamon, Kauswagan, Maigo, Bacolod, Kolambugan, Balo-I, Matungao, Pantao Ragat, Munai, Pantar, Tagoloan, Tubod, Baroy, 6


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Lala, Kapatagan, Sapad, Nunungan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Poona Piagapo, Magsaysay, Tangkal and Salvador. Each municipality was allotted 90 adults and 90 children as recipients of the giftgiving program. “This is another peacebuilding initiative of Governor Khalid Dimaporo to strengthen the bond between the Muslims and Christians of Lanao del Norte,� said Information Officer Lyndon Calica.

Also on hand to witness the distribution of gifts was 2nd District Congresswoman Fatima Aliah Dimaporo. The provincial government is also spearheading numerous events during the Christmas season: The Lanao del Norte International Motocross Invitationals; Kitty Girls Concert; Celebrity Basketball; and Lanao del Norte Council Golden Jubillee Year Scouts Jamboree and Kid/Kab Olympics. Sunday, December 11, 2011




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OFWs in trouble receive legal assistance from gov’t -- Palace


alacañang on Sunday maintained that the Philippine government, through its embassies around the world, have provided overseas Filipino workers “accused of wrongdoings” with legal assistance from the start as part of its mandate to protect all citizens of the country. Sunday, December 11, 2011


In an interview aired over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said this has been the standing order from President Benigno S. Aquino III. “The Philippine government, through the Philippine embassy and attaches, are working and defending the Filipinos accused

of wrongdoings from the very start,” Lacierda said. He added that it was not a policy of the State to only offer legal assistance to its citizens when judgment has already been rendered. “Pag nahuli sila, binibigyan natin sila kaagad ng legal representation at yun ay ginagawa sa lahat,” Lacierda said.


“Hindi totoong pumapasok lang ang gobyerno pag meron nang sentensiya,” he added. “Wherever a Filipino citizen is situated, we will give assistance to them. That has been the ongoing orders from the President and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario,” Lacierda stressed. (RCK)

Aquino vows continuing support to military and police force resident Benigno S. Aquino III renewed his commitment to give the members of the armed services the necessary tool to effectively do their duties as well as improved their living conditions.


In a speech during the Philippine Air Force (PAF) invitational


shoot fest and firing range blessing on Saturday at the PAF headquarters in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City, he said his administration

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is working continuously to arm and provide the members of the Armed forces and the police the equipment they need.

“Magkikita po kami ni President [Barack] Obama next year, siguro mga Abril, ipapaalala ko lang na may strategic partnership tayo, at baka maalala nilang wala na tayong fighter [jet] dito,” the President said in his speech to the applause of the air force officials. The president said he would request for fighter planes from the US after his visit to Indonesia recently, saying the Obama administration has provided the Indonesian air force F-16 jets, an older generation of American jet fighters. He also said that the US is giving the Philippines another Hamilton class cutter after receiving one this year. The Philippine Navy is set to commission the US-made battleship following some refurbishments. There are also plans to fully equip the country’s police force, the president said. For instance, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is undergoing a bidding process to buy high standard pistols at a lower price than previous purchases. The president said the current police leader-

ship was able to remove corruption in its transactions saving millions of pesos in favor of the government. According to the president there are 40,000 police personnel who do not have their issued fire arms, which affect their performance in combating crime. However, he said that by 2012, his administration might fully address the deficiency of firearms among policemen. After solving the pistol deficiency, he said they will start the bidding to acquire additional rifles for the police force. “Gusto ko lang iemphasize na itong tuwid na daan, hindi naman po para sa isang sektor lang; itong tuwid na daan ay para sa lahat. Kayo, especially those who are older, do you remember the time we had more capabilities in so many different aspects and we’ve lost those capabilities. At the same time we have increasing responsibilities,” the president said referring to the increasing challenges in the country. “So our administration is focused on two things -- provide you the

necessary equipment to put you less in harm’s way, and at the same time, ensure that you’re living conditions are at par and given the same opportunities as the rest of the country,” he said. In concluding his message, he mentioned this year’s Christmas celebration noting that the real spirit of the Yuletide season is being able to be with your respective families. “Remember that it is not exactly the surroundings that are important nor the food that you will be eating, but the idea that we are here for each other,” he said. Aside from delivering a message, the President also unveiled the PAF firing range marker and joined the inaugural shoot during Saturday’s event. (AS)

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RDC-X to hold 4th Quarter Meeting in Tangub, every Dec. 1 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


ffective 2012 and the year thereafter, the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X) will be holding its 4th Quarter Full Council Meeting, here, every Dec. 1. This is in support to Tangub’s Function Hall, attended by members campaign for more tourists’ arrivals, of the council, who are mostly during the Christmas Symbols based in Cagayan de Oro City, seat Festival, that opens on the said date of Northern Mindanao’s regional and lasts until the first Sunday of government, located some 4-5 the following year. hours away on the eastern side of This agreement was arrived the region, particularly, in the mid at during RDC-X’s 90th Full Council portion of Misamis Oriental passing Meeting held here, at the Tangub through the province of Lanao del 12


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Norte. It was also in response to the welcome remarks of City Mayor Philip T. Tan who said Tangub, the “Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines,” has noted almost 30,000 visitors, who viewed their fireworks display, which highlighted the festival’s opening, last Dec. 1. “This figure might even go higher because we only based it on those who paid Php1.00 during the opening, while the government employees and the students were exempted from paying if they only showed their identification cards (ID),” Tan said. Quoting figures from the economic sector, Mayor Tan said Misamis Occidental contributed 40 percent of the region’s tourists

arrivals and that about 80 percent of them were noted to have been contributed by Tangub. “We would like to add up to the number of tourists who come to your place during the Christmas s e a s o n , h e n c e , we will be holding our 4th quarter full council meeting, here, effective, next year,” Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, RDC-X Chairperson, said. Meanwhile, Mayor Tan has asked the council to facilitate the implementation the Panguil Bay Bridge that would connect Tangub in Misamis Occidental to its neighboring province across the bay, particularly, Tubod, Lanao del Norte’s capital town. “Every opening of the said festival, we see people in the shorelines of Lanao del Norte, looking at the skies for our fireworks display. If we have this connectivity worked out, maybe they can just walk through the bridge and be with us,” Mayor Tan said. Sunday, December 11, 2011


TESDA to launch Specialista Technopreneurship Program next week by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – In bid to assist Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trained and certified workers get productive undertakings, the government will launch next week a new flagship project dubbed as “TESDA Specialista Technoprenuership Program (TSTP). Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations announced this in a forum with the media and technical vocational Institute operators in the region. The TSTP pools in certified ‘specialistas’ to serve residential areas with high volume of service demand. “With TSTP we encourage local generation of income or economic activity, as not all technicalvocational graduates will likely be absorb for employment,” he said. The program will provide sites that will serve as its operation center, where facilities like telephone and 14


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tool kits will be kept. The composition likewise includes a TESDA nurturer who will oversee and manage deployment of on a daily basis. Initial list of services TSTP aims to develop includes building/ house repair and maintenance service, beauty care and wellness, appliance repair, automotive/ vehicle maintenance, tourism and related services, and computer hardware services. Pascua called on young people who are about to be employed or already employed to begin looking at other things other than the traditional sources of income.

He also noted that over and above the existing scholarship programs, TESDA will be adding another four economic generators, in the lines of tourism, agriculture, contrition, and electronics. “We are now concentrating under this to be able to link up with the demand of the industries and to further boost the economy on these areas. The key factor why our economy is still moving is because if the local industries” Pascua explained. TESDA will help identify the needs and address it by capacitating

not only the unemployed but also those who are employed, increase their capacity they by pushing along their productivity and helping them cope with what the economy is expecting. Pascua added that by next year the emphasis will be moving towards closer workings with the industry and other key government agencies. “A deeper collaboration, coordination and cooperation among agencies and industries,” he said.

DOLE-10, ‘big brother’ establishments forge agreement on Incentivising Program by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in region 10, has forged an agreement with six (6) establishments in the region who were nominated for the Incentivising Compliance Program (ICP). ICP is one of the many programs of the department to ensure protection of workers welfare, said Atty. Alan M. Macaraya, DOLE-10 regional director and chairman of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC). The program promotes voluntarily compliance by giving due recognition and incentives to a company’s initiative to voluntarily comply with labor laws or for having implemented much higher standards; or by assisting a noncompliant company through training

and technical assistance to enable it to comply with the requirements set by law. Upon compliance, the establishment and its products shall be given a corresponding tripartite certification and/or a Tripartite Seal of Excellence, as the case may be. Signing the agreement were representatives from the STEAG Estate Power Corporation; Pilipinas Kao, Inc; DOLE Skyland; Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation; Philippine Sinter Sunday, December 11, 2011


Corporation; and the Rural Transit Mindanao, Inc. Having signed the agreement, these establishments committed themselves to assist small enterprises particularly their manpower and services providers ensure compliance with the General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards, Macaraya said. He added that this is to ensure their workers will be provided with comfortable working conditions.

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Moreover, the said establishments are also enrolled as ‘big brothers’ under the department’s Kapatiran – Work Improvement for Small Enterprises/ Technical Advisory Visit (KAPATIRANWISE/TAV) Project. The project encourages big companies practicing corporate social responsibility to coach and help small companies in eventually becoming fully compliant with labor, occupational safety and health standards.

Beneficiaries seek 4Ps expansion to include high school students


by Mai Gevera Macapagat amily beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) are clamoring for an expansion of the grant that would cover even high school students. This was bared by Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman after conducting series of consultation dialogue with the different stakeholders nationwide. During her recent visit in this city, Soliman said this is the common feedback received by the agency from the beneficiaries. This early, the official cannot personally address the said feedback as this would need cabinet and presidential approval. At present, the conditional cash grants are given to extremely poor households to improve the health, nutrition and education of children aged 0-14. “ If the government commits to support these children beneficiaries until high school, that would require us

to raise additional budget for the program�, she said. Thus, she was rather favorable to the consolidation of data and funding between local government units and the Department of Education to make sure that these 4Ps beneficiaries really finish high school. Presently, the agency is conducting a monitoring survey to know how many of the pioneering beneficiaries of the program which started in 2009 have continued and finished high school level. Meanwhile, DSWD reported more than 2.2 million families who have been benefiting from this program with about 5 million children kept in school. Records showed that 950 municipalities, 77 cities, 79 provinces, in the 17 regions nationwide have been covered by the 4Ps Program. More than P9 billion has been released to cover cash grants from January to August. The agency has also monitored Sunday, December 11, 2011


high compliance rate of beneficiary on program conditions based on July and August Compliance Monitoring. A Qualitative Impact Evaluation by the Institute of Philippine Culture in Ateneo de Manila observed that 4Ps has a lot of potential in im-

proving people’s lives and changes in beneficiary behaviors. The study was conducted in 6 municipalities of Nueva Ecija, Northern Samar , and Agusan del Sur in 2010. This is just one of the external evaluation efforts conducted to evaluate the program.

Hedcor updates abaca farmers thru training DAVAO CITY- “Nakatabang ang training sa ako. Mas nakabalo nako unsa ang saktong proseso sa pag-atiman sa abaca. Gitudluan pod mi nila sa mga lain lain nga produkto gikan niini.” (I learned how to grow the abaca properly through the training. We were also taught on the different products from abaca) Says 51 year-old Linda Alid (one of the 90 participants) during the abaca farmers’ training conducted by Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and the Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) at Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur last October. Hedcor and FIDA believe that the training is helpful to the abaca farmers because of its viability to the market. Abaca as one of the endemic treasures of the country can now be used for soap making, cosmetics, and beauty cream besides the usual abaca-made hemp products. “The training aims to let the 18


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IP farmers acquire knowledge on the proper cultural management of abaca, update them on the market opportunities and trends of abaca industry and the many uses of abaca they need to know,” FIDA Sr. Agriculturist Analyn Bolivar explained at the training. Bolivar said that abaca is one of the major products in the country and it is one of the most in demand raw products for exports. About 85% of the abaca fiber supply in the world comes from the Philippines. It is also advantageous for the riverbank preservation. As a partner of the community, other forms of assistance were also given to Sibulan farmers such as provision of fruit-bearing tree seedlings and training on Biological Pest Control. Hedcor also conducts regular medical missions to host communities, assists children to go to school, and executes water management initiatives like tree

planting, river bank preservation and river clean up. Sta. Cruz is host to Hedcor’s 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Project which harnesses the Sibulan River. Hedcor, a subsidiary of

AboitizPower, is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower facilities which operates in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao with a total capacity of 150 MW.

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ABACA CULTIVATION- FIDA Senior Agriculturist Analyn Bolivar discusses the control of pest and disease in abaca farming to IP farmers of Barangay Tibolo, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

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City gov’t asks shipping lines to continue calling at Polloc free-port by Moner Dayaan COTABATO CITY – The city government of Cotabato submitted last Friday a letter of appeal to four shipping lines not to stop its services to the free-port of Polloc located at Parang, Maguindanao as this will adversely affect the flow of business in the city.



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Super Ferry, Lorenzo Shipping Lines, Negros Navigation and Sulpicio Shipping Lines stopped calling at the said freeport since December1 due to the alleged increase of harbor pilot’s fee. The shipping lines claimed that several years ago the owners of these shipping lines had been paying almost P600 as harbor pilot’s fee every time each vessel dock at the said seaport. The management of the said shipping lines are now complaining of a tremendous increase of harbor pilots’ fee reaching almost P30, 000 per call. On the part of the Harbor Pilots Association of the Philippines they claimed that due to the increase of crude oil and other forms of oil being used by the small boats (tag boats), they have no other recourse but to increase the harbor pilot’s fees. The letter-appeal

of the city government to the Harbor Pilots Association of the Philippines stemmed from a letter report of the Cotabato Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry asking the local government to intercede and ask the said shipping lines not to divert their routes to other areas. Businessmen said their business will be affected. “If we will be transporting our cargoes from the cities of General Santos, Iligan and Davao as substitute destinations of these shipping lines from Polloc free-port, this will entail additional expenses from us,” the letter states. Members of the business chamber here urged the city government to exert utmost efforts to resolve the issue between the shipping lines and the Harbor Pilots Association of the Philippines the soonest possible time. “We inquired from them (shipping lines)

and HPP regarding the problem. Owners of shipping lines are complaining that the harbor pilot fees at Polloc Freeport had tremendously increased,“ Atty. Cynthia G. Sayadi, city administrator said. According to the shipping lines, Sayadi added,they stopped their services at the said seaport for almost 2 weeks now because of the pilot fees ranging from P600 up to as high as P30, 500.00. “Because of this the shipping lines backed out from calling at the Polloc Freeport,” Sayadi said. “Sabi nila (shipping lines) sa amin na baka sa Gensan at ibang lugar na sila magdadock. This is the main reason why the city government is strongly appealing to the owners of the shipping lines and the harbor pilots to resolve the issue as this will surely affect the economy of the city,” Sayadi pointed out.

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Authorities warn of fake peso bills by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, -- Authorities in North Cotabato warned the public of fake peso notes that syndicates have recently circulated in the area. Police

report said, a fake

bank collector in the Kabacan town, North Cotabato was the latest victim when a fake 500-peso bill was found among the bills he remitted to the bank’s cashier. Although police have yet to establish the exact source of the



bank note, the collector believes this could have come from a client who may not have known that he or she is using fake bills. P/SSupt , Joseph Semillano, chief of Kabacan PNP, urged the public to examine very carefully the

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peso bills they receive especially in public places such as markets and public conveyances where these bank notes do not usually undergo checks for security features. He also advised them immediately report to the police any bank notes they suspect to be counterfeit. They could also examine the bill for security features. For example, he said, in a 500-peso bank note, the words “Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas” can be seen via a simple magnifying glass printed on top of the “500” mark on the bottom left corner of the note’s front face. They may also check for the presence of features that

can be immediately seen such as the security thread embedded off center of the bill and watermark of

a silhouette of the face on the banknote on the unprinted portion of the note. Semillano said

counterfeit banknotes circulating in Kabacan are of P20, P100, and P500 denominations.

P847.34 M budget ipinasa ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng So. Cotabato KORONADAL CITY – Ipinasa na ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng South Cotabato ang P847.34 milyon na budget para sa operasyon nito sa susunod na taon. Ayon kay SP Presiding Officer at vice governor Elmo Tolosa ang kabuuang appropriation ay para sa 2012 annual executive budget at investment plan na kasama din ang pondo para sa iba’t-ibang socio-economic projects and mga development projects. Ang budget ng lalawigan para sa taong 2012 ay tumaas umano ng P25.34 milyon kumpara sa kabuuang P823.8

milyon sa taong 2011. Dagdag pa ni Tolosa, malaking bahagi umano ng budget para sa susunod na taon ay nakalaan para sa Personal Services o PS. Ito ay umabot sa P348.2 milyon o katumbas na 42% ng kabuuang appropriation. Ipinaliwanang ni Tolosa na tumaas ng 3% ang PS buidget dahil umano sa full implementation sa susunod na taon ng Third tranche ng Salary Stan-

dardization Law. Base sa budget proposal at investment plan na nauna ng isinumite ni governor Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr., maglalaan ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng P293.27 milyon para sa general public services; P266.2 milyon para sa social services; P244.6 milyon para sa economic services at P55.13 milyon para sa mga development projects at iba pang non-office expenses. (ac agad)

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Butuan SK Federation opens “Linggo ng Kabataan” celeb today by Robert E. Roperos


he Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation Council here opened the celebration of “Linggo ng Kabataan (Youth Week)” today, Dec. 11.



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According to SK Federation Council President Rauzil Carampatana, the weeklong celebration serves as venue for them to show to the Butuanon youths that despite of the hectic schedules of the officials of the council, they still managed to celebrate and give value to the contributions of the Butuanon youths. Carampatana further

said the celebration will highlight the community extension services of the council to selected barangays of the city. He added they will be giving slippers to marginalized children and youths in these barangays. “Highlighting the activity is a community extension services to some barangays in the city,” Carampatana said.

The youth leader also said the celebration is part of the high impact projects of the SK Federation Council of the city. Meanwhile, Carampatana stressed that the “Linggo ng Kabataan” will run until Saturday, December 17, 2011. The event is in line with the youth development program of the present administration.

Army’s 401st Brigade receives 1,000 books for mini-library in Surigao Sur

SURIGAO DEL SUR – At least 1,000 books from Bagong Kulturang Pinoy (BKP), a non-government agency of the United States were recently delivered to the 401st Infantry “Unite N’Fight” Brigade Headquarters in St. Christine, Lianga of this province. Sunday, December 11, 2011


Assorted books such as encyclopedia, dictionaries, and novels are among those that will be given and distributed to five minilibraries of elementary schools here such as: St. Christine Elementary School, Brgy Diatagon Elementary school both in Lianga; Lawigan Elementary School in Bislig; Carmen Integrated School in Tandag; and San Isidro Elementary School in Marihatag. “This is only the first delivery of said donated books, others are scheduled on 26


2012,” said Col Romeo Gan, Brigade’s Commanding Officer. Col. Gan also said the Army is giving its utmost support to realize and maintain the advocacy of education for children in Surigao del Sur, which forms part of the Regional Development Program of Caraga Region, particularly the promotion of quality education. “The team Army is your partner in promoting good education for our children… Through these reading materials, kids will surely be encouraged

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and motivated to go to school for they are the hope of our country,” Col. Gan said. Gan further said the books will be turned over to five selected schools of the province through Gov. Johnny Pimentel on Dec. 10 at the Brigade Headquarters, Brgy. St. Christine, Lianga. “We will be inviting the superintendent of the Department of Education, principals of said schools, students, local government units and other stakeholders to take part of this momentous event in support to our advocacy for education,” Gan added. Meanwhile, the program includes a read-aloud session by the Provincial Governor with Kindergarten and grade one students of St. Christine Elementary School. (401st Brigade)

DAR-Surigao del Sur conducts seminar on AO by Myra Q. Yu

TANDAG CITY – Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Surigao del Sur in coordination with DAR Regional and Central Office held a three-day seminar to discuss a recently issued agrarian administrative order.

The innovative activity initiated by DAR Secretary Hon. Virgilio delos Reyes used video taped lectures from the Central Office. Topics discussed include DAR’s Administrative Orders in 2011. The interpretations of the said issuances are

conveyed through DAR resource person’s expert in the field where the particular administrative order evolved. Lectures were also focused on the salient provisions of the issuances and its relation to DAR’s goal of completing the Comprehensive

Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) by the year 2014. aWith this endeavor, DAR administration is optimistic that social justice and a more equitable distribution of land be accomplished by the end of 2014. (DARSurigao del Sur)

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78th Dole Anniversary In Zampen Kicks Off With A Job Fair


o highlight the 78th DOLE Foundation Anniversary, with a theme “Sa Ibayong Serbisyo, Tuloy and Pag-asenso” in Zamboanga Peninsula Region, a job fair was conducted on December 7, 2011 at the Plaza del Pilar, Zamboanga City. 28


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In his welcome message, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat, represented by Vice Mayor Oscar Iturralde, congratulated DOLE and commended the personnel for memorably celebrating the anniversary with job fair which he believed will bridge prospective employers with qualified and skilled jobseekers to address the undeniable effects of the global recession which affected thousands of Filipino workers. During the opening of the job fair, DOLE-9 ARD Yahya A. Centi reminded the applicants to be ready with their credentials and entice the employers and recruiters of their qualifications. DOLE-9 Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom stressed that the conduct of the job fair had provided an

other opportunity to the jobseekers in the region to find decent and productive local and overseas employment. The job fair was participated in by 16 local employers and 11 overseas recruitment representatives with a total of 12-Thousand available vacancies. Ligutom revealed that out of 177 applicants referred, 31 were hired on the spot or 17.5% placement rate was attained. RD Ligutom disclosed that major events will be held in the morning of December 8, 2011 such as tree planting, ecumenical service, short program and love drive at the Abong-Abong Park, Pasonanca, this City. Further, DOLE-9 will spearhead the launching of SAGIPTamban (Sustained Availability thru Genuine and Intensified Preservation of Tamban) Alternative Employment Programs at the Zamboanga City Hall Conference

Room. He said that SAGIP-Tamban is a joint program of the concerned national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations and major players in the sardines, fishing and canning industries affected by the closed fishing season which took effect last December 1, 2011 until March 1, 2012, pursuant to a Joint DADILG Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2011 which prohibits the catch of sardines, locally known as “tamban� in the South Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay. The beneficiaries of the program are the fishermen and the temporarily displaced workers of said industries. (JPA/D.Malcampo/ DOLE9/ PIA9-ZBST)

Sunday, December 11, 2011


AFP calls for vigilance, alertness

ISABELA CITY – The Western Mindanao Command under LtGen Raymundo Ferrer is calling on the people of Zamboanga City and the rest of the region to stay vigilant and alert in supporting security forces in the maintenance of law and order.

Lt Colonel Gamal S Hayudini, Group Commander of the 4th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines said the bomb explosion in Atilano Pension House, Canelar, Zamboanga City was the handiwork of terrorist trying to prove of their existence. The explosion killed three (3) people and wounding twentyseven (27) others, two in critical conditions. This terrorist activity should have been prevented if there was vigilance and alertness of those concerned in the area of explosion. “The military and police admit that it is

not easy to preempt when terrorists will attack but it is the concern of everyone to stay vigilant and report to the military and police authorities of any suspected individuals and aban-



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doned bags or baggage in their place,” Hayunidi said. He added that the fight against terrorism is not only the responsibility of the military and police but of every member of the community, playing important role in this fight. “The military’s security measures are in place and our troops are always ready to respond to any call for help and give security assistance but the people’s support and cooperation is needed to end the fight against terrorism,” Hayunidi stressed. (JPA/6CRGAFP/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

Pagadian Diocese spearheads “Sacrifice and March Rally for Life�


by Alma L. Tingcang

larmed by the worsening situation of extra-judicial killings and human rights violations in the city and nearby dioceses, the Diocese of Pagadian spearheaded a synchronized march rally of the people from the eastern and western parts of the diocese comprising the municipalities of Josefina, Dumingag, Mahayag, Molave, Tambulig, Ramon Magsaysay, Midsalip, Sominot, Aurora, Labangan, Tukuran, Pitogo, Tabina, Dimataling, Dinas, Margos, Lapuyan, Vincenzo Sagun, San Miguel, Tigbao and Dumalinao on December 9 that culminated on December 10, in time for the 63rd Universal Declaration of Human Rights anniversary celebration in Pagadian City. Sunday, December 11, 2011


The huge mobilization activity is dubbed “PANAW UG SAKRIPISYO ALANG SA KINABUHI� (Sacrifice and March Rally for Life). Most Rev. Emmanuel T. Cabajar, Bishop of Pagadian Diocese said the threat to the environment and the indigenous peoples (IPs) is increasingly heightened due to the increasing number of mining applications in some municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur. He said that in addition to this, the lives of farmers and other sectors have already felt the worsening effects of climate change to local agriculture in particular, and the whole environment, in

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/ general. Bishop Cabajar church against mining said they have set 5 ob- applications and operajectives of the synchro- tions, RH Bill and other nized march rally: to dehumanizing situation demand from local gov- of Pagadian; to deepernment units (LGUs) en and strengthen our and other agencies to do commitment to pretheir tasks and respon- serve and protect life; sibilities religiously as and to sacrifice in order servants of the people; to achieve the moveto challenge the faithful ment of sustaining life. to care and protect the (ALT-PIA9/Zambo environment; to mani- Sur) fest the united stance 32


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One Mindanao - December 11, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - December 11, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao