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Arena XI Serbisyo Caravan in Nabunturan, Compostella Valley.


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Malacañang congratulates FilipinoAmerican for bagging 2011 CNN Hero of the Year ........................................

Anti-trafficking council eyes airport trainings RG Alama,

Region XI

Task Force created to oversee implementation of Lake Sebu-Maitum Ecology Road Dev’t Project

Region XII

4Ps to include 5,000 families in N. Cotabato

Dani Doguiles,

Region XII

Aquino vows to pursue modernization plans of AFP .............................................

Cover Story ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan reaches out anew

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Jeanevive Duron-Abangan

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PNP-Caraga chief to police force: “Don’t fire guns on Christmas, New Year’s Eve” Robert E. Roperos,

3 quakes jolt Dinagat Islands, Surigao Norte FEAbkilan,

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Marines mark six decades of safeguarding Filipinos

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DSWD steps up processing of new 4Ps beneficiaries to meet 2011 target of 2.3M households Rene V. Carbayas,

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RDC-X is 2nd RDC in the country with most accomplishments – Cruz Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

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TESDA gears up for TSTP launching in LDS Apipa Bagumbaran

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Cover Story

ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan reaches out anew by Jeanevive Duron-Abangan

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enior citizens received pension fund. Indigents got medical services. Farmers brought home seedlings and seeds. Households received compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Fisherfolks took tilapia fingerlings and micro entrepreneurs received livelihood assistance. 4

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These were among the benefits and services that the Serbisyo Caravan delivered to residents of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province where the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) XI conducted the second leg of its caravan of services last November 29. Medical needs Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy got overwhelmed with the presence of regional directors and the pool of services that they brought along with them. While expressing his gratitude, he was also hoping that ARENA XI would come back next year and again haul government services to other towns in his prov-

ince. He particularly took note of the medical services as among the topmost needs of his people, and that he hoped that the medical outreach would be done in longer days so more people would be able to benefit from it. Mayor Romeo Clarin of Nabunturan said he observed that more residents avail of the free surgery, medical and dental check-ups and medicines. Dr. James Dumdum who headed the medical outreach team in the caravan said the team had targeted to do ten major surgeries and 100 minor surgeries such as cyst excisions. A dozen surgeons, three anesthesiologists, one pediatrician, Monday, December 12, 2011

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The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI made some 190 indigent senior citizens in Nabunturan happy as they took home their social pension given them in cash. DSWD XI released some P407,500 social pension payouts given in line with the full implementation of Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The law provides a monthly stipend of P500 to indigent senior citizens of 77 years of other age and above, to augment what they have for their daily subsistence and medical needs. Meanwhile, other agencies also made actual distribution of goods and materials. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) dispersed about 29,500 pieces of Tilapia fin-

an ophthalmologist and an internist volunteered their services during the ARENA Caravan medical outreach in Nabunturan. The Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) spearheaded the conduct of such surgical mission with the support of the Department of Health (DOH) XI which supplied the drugs for major surgery and medicines for minor surgeries. While providing security during the caravan and entertaining people through its Marching Band, the 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army also conducted a separate dental service. Released goods.

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gerlings. The Department of Agriculture (DA) gave out some 500 pieces of durian seedlings and 200 packs of assorted vegetable seeds. The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) distributed Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs), while the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) distributed land titles to patentees under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). While receiving applications for teachers exam, the Professioal Regulation Commission (PRC) XI turned over 2,000 pieces of pencils to Gov. Uy who would be giving them away to Grade I pupils in public

schools of the province. The Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) turned over during that day an Abaca solar dryer to Nabunturan LGU and to Monkayo LGU. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) XI handed

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over scholarship grants, while the Department of Energy (DOE) distributed 3,000 energy saving lamps. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released P300,000 worth of livelihood assistance to those making a living in the informal sector in Nabunturan. Other services delivered Other services rendered were lectures, consultation/ dialogues, briefing/ orientation seminar, information drive on various government programs, forum and counseling, processing of documents, licensing, online registration, technol8

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ogy training, and business name registration. Distribution of wheelchairs and other assistive devices to persons with disabilities was also part of the services de-

livered. Other participating agencies are Philhealth, the Departments of Education, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Justice, Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government. The Serbisyo Caravan in Nabunturan also got the support of the National Statistics Office, Commission on Audit, National Economic and Development Authority, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Public Attor-


ney’s Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Coconut Authority, Quedancor, Agricultural Training Institute, National Food Authority. Other supportive agencies included the Commission on Human Rights, Philippine Information Agency, Land Bank of the Philippines, Maritime Industry Authority, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Police Commission, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Plant Industry. Banner Project The ARENA XI has hoisted the Serbisyo Caravan as its banner project in its bid to bring government services closer to the people. Serbisyo

Caravan first hauled and pooled the services of government line agencies to Boston and Cateel towns in Davao Oriental in August this year. ARENA XI earned in Davao Oriental the appreciation of local government officials especially that of Provincial Gov. Corazon Malanyaon who saw the outpouring of services, and of social and economic benefits for her less fortunate constituents. Davao Oriental Philippine Councilors League (PCL) president Vicente Castillones pushed for a resolution commending the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan as a model of delivering

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government services to poor communities. ARENA XI President Achilles Gerard Bravo, regional director of the Department of Budget (DBM) XI, targeted to bring the caravan of government services to identified poor towns where people badly need national government attention.

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Similar to the previous leg in Davao Oriental, Bravo again looked at the recent ARENA Serbisyo Caravan in Nabunturan as a triumph over hectic schedules as it brought together 47 national line agencies and government-owned-andcontrolled corporations (GOCCs) with their agency heads.


Aquino appoints Lt. Gen. Dellosa as new AFP Chief of Staff

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III appointed Lieutenant General Jessie D. Dellosa as the 43rd Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in ceremonies held at the AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Monday. Monday, December 12, 2011

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Dellosa replaces retiring Chief of Staff General Eduardo Oban, Jr. who will reach the retirement age of 56 on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. In his speech, the President expressed confidence that under the leadership of Dellosa, the AFP will be able to fully and professionally achieve its mandate of protecting the people. The President said the principled and straight-forward leader that Dellosa is, will

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serve as the AFP’s anchor on which its advocacy and aspirations will be built on. He told Dellosa to take to heart the concepts of bravery, integrity and honesty in order to achieve his sworn duty to the country and to the flag. “Kay Lieutenant General Dellosa: huwag mong tatalikuran ang mandato mo sa taumbayan. Isabuhay mo ang katapangan, integridad at katapatan sa bansa upang mapanghawakan mo ang iyong sinumpaang tungkulin sa bandila,” the President said. “Alam kong marami kang repormang nais ipatupad, at huwag ka sanang panghinaan ng loob sa mga pagsubok

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na darating; kasangga mo ang administrasyong ito sa pagharap sa anumang laban na kailangang supilin ng Sandatahang Lakas. Lagi mong tatandaang nakaatang sa iyong balikat, hindi lamang ang seguridad ng ating estado, kundi maging ang dangal ng lahing Pilipino,” he added. The President assured Dellosa that he had his, the government’s and the people’s full support as he assumes the post of AFP Chief of Staff. Dellosa, a former aide-de-camp to the late former President Corazon Aquino, is a member of Philippine Military Academy “Matapat” Class of 1979. Prior to his appointment, he was the commander of the Northern Luzon Command. He was born in Bacon, Sorsogon in 1957 and is married to Mary Rose Fernandez with whom he has three children. (RCK)


Malacañang congratulates Filipino-American for bagging 2011 CNN Hero of the Year

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alacañang congratulated Filipino-American midwife Robin Lim who was named the 2011 CNN Hero of the Year, a Palace official said on Monday.

“We are very happy that the effort of one of our Filipinos has again been recognized on the international stage,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday. Through her Yayasan Bumi Sehat health clinics, Lim offers free prenatal care,

birthing services and medical aid in Indonesia, where many families cannot afford care, according to the CNN report. “Every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet,” Lim said during the

“CNN Heroes: An AllStar Tribute,” at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday night (US Time). The reports said “Mother Robin,” or “Ibu Robin” as she is called by the locals, was chosen by the

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public after an 11week vote on CNN. com. For being named Hero of the Year, Lim will receive $250,000 for her cause. “That’s in

addition to the $50,000 that she and the rest of the top 10 Heroes each received for making the top 10,” the CNN.com said. This is the fifth year that CNN, with the help of entertainers and oth-

er celebrities, have honored everyday people changing the world. Filipino Efren Penaflorida Jr., a teacher and social worker, was named 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. (JS)

Aquino vows to pursue modernization plans of AFP

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to pursue changes in the Armed Forces of the Philippines by not only strengthening it’s procurement processes but by also closely scrutinizing the quality of the gears, weapons and equipment purchased by the military.

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of our valiant soldiers defending the people will not be wasted due to defective gears. “Kaya naman

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sisiguraduhin nating maayos, hindi lamang ang procurement ng inyong mga armas at kagamitan, kundi ang


mismong kalidad ng mga uniporme, bala, armas, sasakyan at iba pa ninyong pangangailangan,” the President said in his speech keynoting change of command ceremonies in Camp Aguinaldo on Monday. “Batid kasi nating buhay, kaligtasan, at kalayaan ng mamamayang Pilipino ang nakataya rito. Sa pamamagitan ng ating Modernization and Capability Upgrade Program, sisiguruhin nating hindi tayo malalagasan ng kawal dahil

lamang sa luma at depektibong kagamitan,” he said. He added that the government has also “upgraded” the benefits of the men in uniform to include education and housing. “Sa pamamagitan naman ng mga education at training programs, itutugma natin sa panahon ang mga reporma ng AFP, at iaangat ang antas ng kakayahan at kaalaman ng kasundaluhan, upang makasabay sila sa husay at teknolohiyang militar ng ibang

mga mas modernong bansa,” the President said. He pointed out that more than 8,000 personnel have already availed while some 7,000 more are lined up for the government’s housing program. “Maghahanap pa tayo ng ibang mga paraan upang masiguro na habang iginugugol ninyo ang inyong oras at pagod sa pagbabantay sa pambansang kaligtasan, doblekayod din ang pamahalaan sa pagtutok sa pangangailangan ng kasundaluhan,” the President said. (RCK)

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Floods now cause of massive human displacement in Mindanao by Jeanevive Abangan

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looding occurrences, no longer armed conflicts are now causing massive displacements in Mindanao. Carolyn Arguillas, convenor of the Mindanao Media Forum, called on media practitioners to pay attention on displacements due to flooding during the 7th Mindanao Media Summit held in General Santos City. Arguillas revealed that the 16

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number of displaced persons due to flooding soared high past the displacement figure due to armed conflicts. Arguillas’ culled data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) revealed that 855,480 persons from 168,518 families in Mindanao were affected due to continuous rains based on the emergency incidents monitoring done from January 1 to January 31, 2011 alone. Citing the same data source, Arguillas revealed that displaced persons due to armed conflict in Mindanao totaled only 26,422 from January, 2011 to May, 2011 as monitored by NDRRMC. “Dati rati tungod sa guerra daghan ang na-displace, karon tungod na sa baha. (It used to be due to armed conflict that some were displaced but now it’s due to flood.),” she told participants to the annual Mindanao Media Summit which this year bannered the


theme, “Environment Watch: Mindanao.” In January 2011 alone, Mindanao shared 43 percent of the 2,001,221 total number of displaced persons nationwide due to flood triggered by continuous rains brought about by tail-end of a cold front. NDCC data presented by Arguillas showed that the flooding in Mindanao was widespread, affecting two provinces in Northern Mindanao; four provinces in Southwestern Mindanao; one, Southeastern Mindanao; five, CARAGA; one in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). CARAGA Region registered the highest number of affected persons, totaled at 646,942 in January 2011 alone, while the Davao Region (Region 11) came next with 131,263. Floodaffected persons in Northern Mindanao

totaled 18,160; 35 in South Cotabato; and 59,080 in ARMM The same NDRRMC data revealed that the displacements due to armed conflicts were monitored only in five provinces of Mindanao particularly in Basilan, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and in Sarangani. Arguillas noted that displacements due to armed conflict particularly in Basilan happened due to military operations against the Abu Sayyaf Group of kidnappers while those in Davao Oriental and in Sarangani were due to armed clashes between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA). Monitored displaced in North Cotabato and in Maguindanao were affected by the armed conflict between some elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Anti-trafficking council eyes airport trainings DAVAO CITY - The Regional InterAgency Council against Trafficking Integrated Action Network (RIACTION) is setting its sights on training airport personnel to deal with trafficking cases. According to Assistant Re-

gional Prosecutor Barbara Mae Flores they had started the capacity-building of airport personnel with a training conducted last

November 25 and this will function as mini-task forces under the RIACTION-XI. The airport task force will be composed of personnel coming from the City Social Services Development Office, Bureau of Immigration, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Justice, Philippine National Police units from the Monday, December 12, 2011

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Police Regional Office (Regional Public Safety Company) and the Sasa Precinct of the Davao City Police Office, the Aviation Security Group, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Flores said that they are looking early next year where they can set up a help desk in the airport to attend to anti-trafficking cases particularly in the enforcement of RA 9208 or the anti-trafficking law. She said these training would eventually lead to the formation of mini-task forces throughout the region under the auspices of the Regional Inter-Agency Coun18

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cil Against Trafficking or RIACATXI. Meanwhile, according to non-government organization TALIKALA, it monitored about 35 cases of trafficking in the region for 2011 alone. It also identified trafficking hotspots in the city where persons particularly minors are recruited among these communities. Identified localities are barangays 23-C, 31, 76-A, Leon Garcia, Sasa, Monteverde and Matina Aplaya. The DSWD Field office in the region has received 41 trafficked persons referred to them, many of which coming from different regions in Mindanao. (RG Alama)


IPOPHL encourages GenSan SMEs to register intellectual property by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) encouraged small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs) here to register for trademark, copyright, and/or patent to ensure their protection against infringement. Atty. Ricardo R. He explained that all the only worth P1 billion, but Blancaflor, Director Gen- stores of Mang Inasal all its trademark was worth eral of IPOPHL, was in over the country were P2 billion. the Tuna Capital over the weekend to orient SMEs on the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) which can become “the most valuable business asset of an enterprise.” Blancaflor shared the success story of “Mang Inasal,” the first barbecue fast food chain in the Philippines, which after three years of operation sold its business assets to “Jollibee” for P3 billion. Monday, December 12, 2011

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“Little did Mang Inasal know that the three-colored trademark would be bought for an additional P2 billion,” he said. Blancaflor explained that IPOPHL is pushing for the registration of intellectual property to uncover hidden creations of the minds that are still unutilized. He said one foreign study revealed that 27 percent of 1,000 science projects in the country, which are considered genuine work, could have been patented worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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“We never know we are actually sitting on a gold mine,” he stressed. Meanwhile, Blancaflor commended the creation of the General Santos City Intellectual Property Association (GINPAS), a group that advocates intellectual property rights in the city. He expressed optimism that with GINPAS around more people will move for the registration of their intellectual creations that could benefit the local government through “more taxes and more economic growth.” Dorecita Delima, Assistant Regional Di-

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rector of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 12 also expressed confidence that the creation GINPAS would encourage other provinces and cities in the region to adopt the same advocacies on intellectual property. “IPOPHL is the lead agency in the country mandated to implement state policies on intellectual property (IP), including coordinating the efforts of the public and private sectors to formulate and implement plans and policies to strengthen the protection of IPR in the country.”


Task Force created to oversee implementation of Lake Sebu-Maitum Ecology Road Dev’t Project KORONADAL CITY-- The creation of Task Force Lake Sebu-Maitum Ecology Road Development Project will showcase the institutionalization of the convergence of services and efforts to ensure the smooth implementation of the project while protecting and conserving the environment. The project is one of the Kilos Abante Infrastructure projects of Region XII for 2011 to 2016 which if completed, would directly link the existing Cotabato-Surallah-Koronadal-General Santos Arterial Road in South Cotabato province and the Sarangani-Sultan Kudarat Coastal Road in Sarangani province. The road is expected to provide shorter link between the coastal towns of Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat to the regional center in Koronadal City via Lake Sebu and Surallah towns in South Cotabato. Importantly, the road will facilitate the movement of people, goods and services between rural communities in the upland areas of South Cotabato and Sa-

rangani provinces. Likewise, the tourist destinations in the areas of Lake Sebu, Maitum and adjacent tourist places will also become more accessible. In Regional Development Council Resolution Number 125, series of 2011, the abovementioned project was adopted and the task force was created. The Task Force is chaired by South Cotabato governor Arthur Pingoy, Jr. and co-chaired by Sarangani governor Miguel Rene Dominguez. The members comprise of InfraCom chairman Alfredo Bronx Hebrona, Jr. and the regional directors of DPWH, DENR, NEDA, NCIP, EMB and DOT. Also included are the mayors of Lake Sebu and Maitum; Protected

Area Superintendent (PASu) for Allah Valley Protected Landscape, district engineers of both South Cotabato and Sarangani and three (3) private sector representatives from RDC XII. The Task Force secretariat shall be led by DPWH XII with members coming from the LGU-South Cotabato, DENR XII and NEDA XII. (NEDA )

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4Ps to include 5,000 families in N. Cotabato by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Some 5,000 families from Kabacan, North Cotabato could be included in the national government’s conditional cash transfer program. This after the municipality is included in the fifth set of LGU beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). Susan Macalipat, social welfare and development officer of Kabacan said, based on the National Household Targeting Survey of 2009 the municipality has 5,018 families that could qualify in the CCT. Most of them reside conflict-affected villages of Simone, Nangaan, Pisan, Simbuhay, and Tamped. Macalipat clarified, the list is not final since this will still be validated during the community assembly and family registration on December 13 to 17. Aside from Kabacan, 4Ps expansion in North Cotabato will also include poor families on the municipalities of Makilala, Midsayap, and Libun22

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gan and the city of Kidapawan. At present, 4Ps is being implemented in 12 towns, namely: Alamada, Aleosan, Antipas, Banisilan, Carmen, Magpet, Matalam, Pigcawayan, Pikit, President Roxas, and Tulunan. Records from DSWD12 showed that the present number of CCT beneficiaries stands at 42,189 families. Cash grants released to these beneficiaries have reached a total of P72.28 million. 4Ps is one of the

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three poverty reduction strategies of the national government under the DSWD. It provides poorest of the poor families with monthly cash grants reaching up to P1,400 to ensure education, nutrition, and healrh of children. Continuity of cash grants depends on compliance with certain conditions including attendance of children in school, regular visit to the health center, and pre-natal check ups of mothers.


DOH-Caraga strengthens advocacy on Family Planning, Maternal & Child Health by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he Department of Health (DOH) Caraga Regional Office, headed by Regional Director Leonita Gorgolon, is strengthening its advocacy on Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health (FP/ MCH) Program of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration in support to the Philippine Development Plan.

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During the recently concluded one-day Inter-Agency Meeting on Family Planning (FP), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), FP Program Coordinator Emmi Marie Cabahug said based on the maternal mortality rate in the Philippines in 2003, 4,600 Filipina women die every year while over 100,000 suffer from pregnancy related to disabilities, and three babies are born every minute. “Three million pregnancies occur every year. Half are unintended while 1/3 of women with unintended pregnancy end in abortion,” said Cabahug. For 2010, the main cause of maternal mortality Caraga in 2010 is maternal hemorrhage - 60 percent; eclampsia followed with 29 24

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percent; other medical conditions – 7 percent; and infections – 4 percent. Cabahug also said that DOH prioritizes the facilitybased deliveries to mothers; increasing birth attendance; upgrading Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) facilities; establishing of RED Hotline; improving transportation and communication; and providing local government unit and community support. Thus, DOH-CHD has identified and strengthened the nine child survival interventions: 1) skilled attendance during pregnancy, delivery and immediate post-

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partum; 2) care of the newborn; 3) breastfeeding and complementary feeding; 4) micronutirent supplementation and deworming; 5) immunization of children and mothers; 6) integrated management of sick children; 7) child injury prevention and control; 8) birth spacing; environmental sanitation and smoke-free home. With this, DOH calls on the women to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, planned and supported; every pregnancy is adequately managed throughout its course; every delivery is facility-based; and every mother and new born care secures proper postpartum and postnatal care with appropriate package of services.


PNP-Caraga chief to police force: “Don’t fire guns on Christmas, New Year’s Eve” by Robert E. Roperos

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BUTUAN CITY – Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Director, General Reynaldo Rafal warned police officers not to fire their guns on Christmas and New Year’s eve.

Gen. Rafal explained the order came from the higher authorities in Camp Crame and all police officers in the country must follow the order.

Firearms issued to police officers should be sealed-off before December 24, 2011 to ensure public safety. The practice has been done in previous years. “In

this way, the people will celebrate happily and peacefully,” the official said. The official said whoever violates the order will be dealt with accordingly.

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3 quakes jolt Dinagat Islands, Surigao Norte by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY – Three earthquakes hit Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte provinces early Monday, but there was no initial report of damage or casualty.

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It said that the epicenter was 54Km Northeast of Loreto. A second quake measuring 3.8 was recorded at 1:12 a.m. at 43km still in Loreto. The third quake measured magnitude

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2.5 & was recorded at 1:39AM with the epicenter at 56 Km NE of Burgos, Surigao del Norte. No damage or aftershock was expected from the three quakes Phivolcs said.


City supports DOLE’s “Sagip Tamban” alternative employment program by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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he City gives its full commitment to Labor and Employment’s Sustained Availability thru Genuine and Intensified Preservation of Tamban or “SAGIP Tamban” Program recently launched here said Vic Larato, of the City Information Office (CIO). Monday, December 12, 2011

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The Program is aimed at preserving the supply of “tamban,” a fish species used as the primary raw material in the manufacture of canned and bottled sardines in Zamboanga City. Larato said, “Mayor Celso Lobregat during the launching said the SAGIP Tamban is an important program as it ensures the survival of the tamban species as well as sardines industry and the livelihood of some 20,000 to 30,000 workers.” He said the implementation of the closed fishing season continues to be a huge worry for everyone affected especially the workers as the closed fishing season translates to the temporary loss of their income, good thing the SAGIP Tamban was launched as it goes with it an alternative employment program for the sardines, fishing and canning industries in the Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) region. Larato, during the launching of the “SAGIP Tamban” informed stake

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holders that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Industrial Group of Zamboanga signed a pledge of commitment “where the signatories collectively pledged to enroll the various programs on emergency employment, skills training and livelihood as alternative employment programs to the fishermen and the workers in the sardines, fishing and canning industries in the ZamPen region who are affected by the ongoing closed fishing season for tamban.” Larato explained “the signatories to the pledge of commitment also vowed to work with various sectors in the community to ensure successful ans sustainable implementation of the projects. It can be recalled,

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BFAR started implementing the closed fishing season on sardines starting December 1 this year until March 1, 2012. During the threemonth closed fishing season, there will be no catching of sardines on the specified months. Any person, association or corporation caught catching sardines in the conservation area will be subject to fines and penalty. Conservation areas include East Sulu, Basilan Straight and Sibugury Bay The imposition of a closed fishing season is to allow the fish species to spawn. BFAR said December to March are the months when mature sardines reproduce. (JPA/CIO/ PIA9)


Marines mark six decades of safeguarding Filipinos ISABELA CITY – Marine soldiers stationed in Palawan commemorated a year over six decades of commitment and service to the people as they celebrated the 61st “birthday” of the Philippine Marine Corps last November 26 at the Pavilion Complex of the Provincial Capitol. “This is a momentous event because it marks 61 years of heritage of selfless dedication shown by our marine soldiers in protecting our country and its people and in being a fundamental force in bringing peace and progress to our communities,” LtGen Juancho M. Sabban, Commander of the Western Command (WESCOM), said. A member of the Marines himself, LtGen Sabban takes pride in the service rendered by the unit and the significant role it played in achieving a strategic victory particularly in the province of Palawan.

LtGen Sabban said Palawan enjoys peace and progress because the armed forces, the marines in particular, have been successful in curtailing threats to the province’s security. At present, two

marine battalions are stationed in the province: the 12th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-12) headed by Col Raul Caldez which is responsible in maintaining peace and order in Southern Palawan and the 4th

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Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT-4) under the command of LTC Antonio Manlapas which was deployed in the northern part of the province. The latter has just recently replaced MBLT-8 commanded by LTC Adolfo Albalate that for almost two years have served to protect the people of Palawan and, in equal measures, bring developmental programs and projects to the communities under its jurisdiction. “As we celebrate the 61st birthday of

the Marine Corps, we would like to once again impress our unrelenting devotion in fighting threats to security,” LtGen. Sabban expressed. Gracing the occasion along with LtGen. Sabban were Col. Caldez, LTC Albalate, LTC Manlapas and Commodore Rustom Joseph Peña, Commander of the Naval Forces West (NFW). This year’s celebration is themed “Mandirigmang Marino, Kaakibat sa Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan ng Sambayanang Pili-

Palawan Governor Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra addresses the marine soldiers stationed in Palawan, commemorating a year over six decades of commitment and service to the people as they celebrated the 61st “birthday” of the Philippine Marine Corps. 30

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pino.” Palawan Governor Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra was also present to celebrate with the marines. Amidst the celebration, the WESCOM Chief called on the marine soldiers to always live up to the core values of the Marine Corps that are based on honor, responsibilities, professionalism, integrity and bravery. “Be worthy of the rank and uniforms you wear,” LTGen Sabban challenged the marines. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)


DSWD steps up processing of new 4Ps beneficiaries to meet 2011 target of 2.3M households by Rene V. Carbayas ISABELA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has stepped up the registration process of new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps in the ARMM and other neighboring regions in a bid to meet the program’s target enlistment of 1.3 million additional families for this year.

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Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman told media that the agency is working for the inclusion before yearend of around

65,000 more families from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other parts of Mindanao in the national government’s

anti-poverty initiative. She said the additional 4Ps beneficiaries from the ARMM of the conditional cash transfer program will come

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from areas that were affected by the recent floods and armed conflicts. “The (registration) lag is mainly in the ARMM but the assemblies and registration for the additional beneficiaries there are presently ongoing and we’re hoping to complete the process within this month or the next,” Soliman said in a consultation with the media on the implementation of the 4Ps. The DSWD said that it has already enlisted 1,188,576 households as new beneficiaries as of end-October out of its targeted 1,303,810 households for this 32

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year. Since the introduction of 4Ps in 2008, it has so far covered 2,232,839 householdbeneficiaries or 95.45 percent of its targeted 2,339,241 households by the end of the year. Based on the agency’s accomplishment report, Mindanao’s six regions comprised the bulk of the beneficiaries with 1,086,280 or 48.65 percent followed by Luzon with 669,575 households or 29.99 percent and Visayas with 476,984 or 21.36 percent. 4Ps is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national govern-

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ment that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0-14 years. It is one of the responses of the Philippine government to the challenge of meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The program provides beneficiaries cash grants of P500 a month for health and nutrition expenses and P300 a month per child for educational expenses. A household with three qualified children could get P1, 400.00 monthly. (JPA/RVC/PIA9ZBST)


DOLE celebrates 78 years of public service by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in region 10, celebrated its 78th anniversary with activities that highlight its mission of promoting gainful employment opportunities and protecting workers welfare. In a simple program held recently at the DOLE-10 Regional Office Training Center, here, livelihood check amounting to Php600,000 for lanzones production was turnedover to the provincial government

of Camiguin under the department’s Kabuhayan program in which the identified component beneficiary was the Camiguin Traders Cooperative. Members of the Efficiency and Integrity Board (EIB) also took Monday, December 12, 2011

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their oath of office to monitor strict observance of the Code of Conduct for the department’s personnel, field officials and employees. Lawyer Alan M. Macaraya, regional director of DOLE-10, said the creation of board was in line with the anti-corruption program of the Aquino III administration which promotes transparency and accountability. It was created as a component of the administrative reforms being pursued by the department in support to the 22-point Labor and Employment Agenda of the President, he further said. He explained that the Board will be looking at the performance of the DOLE regional office particularly on efficiency and integrity and recommend system improvement to ensure integrity and fairness in the

organization. During the program, the DOLE10 also forged a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with six (6) establishments in the region who were nominated for the Incentivising Compliance Program (ICP). ICP gives due recognition and incentives to establishments who voluntarily comply with labor laws, or assist non-compliant establishments, through training and technical assistance, to enable them to comply with the requirements set by law. Likewise, an interaction with the members of the media was also conducted to lay-out the accomplishments of the department and its attached agencies. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Sa Ibayong Serbisyo, Tuloy and Pag-asenso.”

RDC-X is 2nd RDC in the country with most accomplishments – Cruz by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – “A better Philippines with Region 10 as one of the contributors to the country’s economy. And this is just what we did.” This was the congratulatory message of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz of Iligan City, Chairperson of the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X), to the council members during the 90th 34

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Full Council Meeting, held here, recently. “We are the 2nd RDC in the country with the most accomplishments, second to the National Capital Region (NCR)


and we continue to be the largest economy in Mindanao and the 3rd largest in the country, next to Bicol and NCR. This should make us all proud, as I am very proud to be part of the region’s development,” the RDC-x Chair said. “For all our efforts and hard work, during the year, we deserve a break and de-stress ourselves, during Christmas. That’s why, we will be holding the next 4th quarter full council meeting, every Dec. 1, here, in Tangub,” Cruz added. The date also coincides with the opening of the Christmas Symbols Festival, which is on its 19th year in Tangub, dubbed as the “Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines.” Cruz also assured to facilitate the travel of the council members, who are mostly based in Cagayan de Oro City, seat of Northern Mindanao’s regional government, located in Misamis Oriental. http://www.cdodev.com

These RDC-X members had to negotiate some 4-5 hours travel towards the western portion of the region to get a roll-onroll-off (RO-RO) service at the seaport of Barangay Mukas in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte and cross Panguil Bay to reach Ozamiz City before going to Tangub. Meanwhile, RDC-X performed the following actions on the agenda items during the meeting: confirmation, approval and information, one (1) each and endorsement, 10. So far, as of the 89th Full Council Meeting held during the 2nd Quarter in Ozamiz City, RDC-X has passed a total of 44 resolutions, all in accordance with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP).

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TESDA gears up for TSTP launching in LDS by Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - The Provincial Office of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) steps-up its preparation for the upcoming launching of TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) on December 14. The TSTP is our new program aimed at facilitating employment of TESDA graduates and certified workers and c r e a t i n g livelihood opportunities for them, said TESDA Provincial Director Tarhata S. Mapandi. Anchored on the tagline “TESDA Specialista, Kaagapay sa Matuwid Na Pag-Unlad,� she said the program will assist TESDA-certified graduates to get into productive undertakings to help themselves and their communities. Through this program, we will tap our trained and certified workers who will be providing services required by their immediate communities, she added. Meanwhile, 36

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Mapandi disclosed that they are also waiting for the release of scholarship vouchers for the 381 slots allocated for the first district of the province under the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA). The 171 slots allotted for the second district have already been awarded to the scholars, she said. Additional scholarships are also up for grabs under the stimulus package granted to the agency with another 405 PESFA slots and 315 slots for the Training For Work Scholarship Program amounting to P2 million, she added.


One Mindanao - December 12, 2011  

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