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Davao City’s Emergency 911



In This Issue...

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Solon files bill to declare Mt.Matutum as protected area Region XII

City officials and employees gather for “Family Day” celebration pbchangco,

Region XII

7 patrol cars delivered to PRO 13 Noel B. Najarro,

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Aquino leads PAGCOR’s nationwide gift-giving project...............................

Caraga Region

PCOO to utilize “texting” as a communication medium .............................

Cover Story Davao’s Emergency 911 page 4

Surigao City spearheads Agri-Industrial Master Plan Workshop for 2012 Annette P. Villaces,

Caraga Region

DOST-SEI graduate scholarships up for grabs Franklin P. Gumapon

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Zambo Norte, adjudged as Region 9’s Most Nutritionally Improved Province Alfonso T. Ruda,


Region IX


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TESDA Specialista program helps ensure employability of graduates Apipa Bagumbaran,


Region X

Modern 3-storey BIR building to rise in Bukidnon Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy,

Davao Councilor vows fight against child trafficking

Carina Cayon,

Region X


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Region XI

Public warned anew on substandard Christmas light decors Mae Gevera Macapagat,

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Region XI


Cover Story

Davao’s Emergency 911


round 4 years ago, we were celebrating my brother’s birthday at our house. Around 12 midnight in front of our gate I witnessed a horrific accident involving the driver of a trisiboat or a makeshift tricycle who hit a sign post at high speed. Immediately we dialed 911. 4


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The call center operator quickly took up our call and asked what’s our emergency. We told the operator about a vehicular accident in front of our house. When she asked of the location I immediately blurted our the code 6-04. It was the code of our electric post, which would register in the operator’s Electronic Computer Aided Dispatch or ECAD giving her the pinpoint coordinates of our location. Several minutes later police and emergency medical crews arrived and attended to the victim which unfortunately due to the extent of the trauma suffered died a week later. That incident was my first brush with our Central 911 system. The Davao City’s Central 911 is a fully integrated, computerized response system linking the people of Davao City to the emergency dispatch system. The city is one of the three locations around the world that uses the emergency number 911, the other two are the countries of United States and Canada. The response system enables people in need of emergency assistance to summon the necessary aid and emergency services by simply dialing 911.


By simply dialing 911 thru landline telephone and cellular phone, residents of Davao City can access the Emergency Computer Aided Dispatch System (ECAD), developed by the Geographic Information System of the Davao Light and Power Co., to easily identify the location of the emergency and dispatch the appropriate responder with the least possible delay. Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Each house has a code which through the GIS can pinpoint the exact coordinates of an emergency. The code is printed in the electric bills of the Davao Light and Power Company. The emergency response process goes through the four main stage of call-taking, tracking dispatching and responding.

acts fees for emergency services rendered. CENTRAL 911 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE


Central 911 EMS is manned by highly trained and competent emergency medical technicians ready to respond to medical emergencies. Each 911 ambulance is equipped with the state of the art basic life support and life saving equipment and has communication gadgets linked to all Cal Center and the Davao Medical Center. Currently the Central 911 has 15 ambulances.

Central 911 provides assistance on Police, Medical, Fire, and CENTRAL 911 FIRE Rescue Emergencies. It even has its own K-9 unit for cases necessitating the use of bomb and drug sniffing canines. It provides service on a 24/7 basis and is completely free of charge unlike the 911 of U.S. and Canada which ex6


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The 911 Fire Unit complement glass boats. the firefighting abilities of the BFP & Other auxiliary units. The 911 CENTRAL 911 CALL CENTER Fire Unit is trained and equipped to respond to high-rise fires and even the dreaded inner-skirt fires in highly populated areas in Davao City. The center has three stateof-the-art fire trucks. CENTRAL 911 URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE

Central 911’s elite USAR unit is equipped with high-tech and cutting edge rescue tools and equipment for various cases like road accident extrication’s, highangle operation, swift water rescues, open sea and deep water rescue, confined space operation, and even animal control cases. At its disposal are four rescue trucks, for water-borne operations it has four rubber boats and three fiber-

The 911 Call Center is responsible for answering emergency calls and logging the appropriate information on the ECAD system. The call takers pinpoint the preTuesday, December 13, 2011


cise location of the emergency on GIS maps projected on their computer monitors. The information extracted is automatically sent to the dispatcher who deploys the appropriate responder nearest to the scene of emergency. CENTRAL 911 K-9 UNIT

Another Feature of Davao City’s 911 is its very own K-9 units. Its bomb and drug sniffing dogs were specially trained in the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame. The 911 K-9 unit operates daily at the Davao City International Airport and other strategic places to help curb the threats of terrorism. 8


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PAST AND PRESENT The sophisticated response system traces its roots in 1997 when the City Government and the DLPC came up with a street lighting project. The project showcased the Power One GIS program of the DLPC which can locate with pinpoint accuracy the location of the street light poles. The power firm customized the GIS into the present ECAD which would be the core of the 911. Under the initiative of then City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the City 911 was established in 2002 as the Central Communications and Emergency Response Center where it functions as a call center and a dispatch center that will link residents to the emergency resources in the government. After a year the various services were added. In 2010, the Central 911 was integrated with the Public Safety

Command Center linking it with another sophisticated city government project- its traffic monitoring center. According to Verner Monsanto, chief of the Central 911, the unit has 300 personnel and receives an average 167 calls per day. Monsanto said that past bud-

get allocations were about P80-million per year but with the reduction of the city’s internal revenue allotment or IRA, about P16-million will be slashed from the past year’s figures. “In reality it will affect our operations but we have to work with that.” Monsanto said. Among 911’s plans will be the establishment of three satellite 911 response centers in Panacan (northern Davao) which was put up in September of 2011, in Toril (southern Davao) slated to be opened this month and in Calinan (western part) tentatively to be launched next year. “Our goal in having these satellite centers is to cut our response time.” Monsanto said. Current average response time is about 16 minutes to which Monsanto is not satisfied. “Because in the first eight minutes something will happen to a patient.” Monsanto said. Tuesday, December 13, 2011




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Aquino joins Volunteer Fire Fighters in celebration of 25th year anniversary


resident Benigno S. Aquino III joined the Association of Volunteer Fire Chiefs and Fire Fighters of the Philippines, Incorporated (AVFCFFPI) in celebrating the group’s 25th year of existence at the Centennial Ballroom of the Manila Hotel on Tuesday. Tuesday, December 13, 2011


The President also led the induction of the newly elected officers of the AVFCFFPI led by its incoming president Jose Go. In his speech keynoting the event, the President lauded the association of volunteer fire fighters for their selfless sacrifice of putting their lives on the line to save others. “Iyan nga po siguro ang diwa ng pagiging volunteer: ang pag-una sa kapakanan n g iba 12


kaysa sa sarili; ang pagbubukas ng loob sa kapwa, at ang pagbubuhos ng pawis, at minsan, buhay, upang siguruhing walang maiiwan,” the President said. “ I s a n g henerasyon na po ninyong isinabuhay ang diwang ito. Dalawampu’t limang taon nang nakaantabay laban sa sunog ang Association of Volunteer Fire Chiefs and Fire Fighters of the Philippines Incorporated--walang kinatatakutang peligro, buo ang loob na sumusugod upang magligtas ng buhay at ari-arian ng kapwa Pilipino,” he added. The President thanked the group for joining government efforts

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and enjoined them to continue this partnership towards bringing progress to the people. “Salamat sa pagiging kasangga ng ating gobyerno sa pagtutulak ng bayan tungo sa tuloy-tuloy na pag-asenso, at sa pagtiyak na hindi iilan lamang ang nakakaangkas sa progreso,” the President said. “Patuloy po sana tayong magkapitbisig, magsilbing gabay at maging bukal ng pag-asa sa bawat paghakbang natin sa tuwid na daan. Kasama kayo, sampu ng sambayanang Pilipino, abot-kamay na po natin ang ating mga mithiin,” he added. (RCK)

Aquino leads PAGCOR’s nationwide gift-giving project


resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday joined

the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) in turning over P4.515-million worth of financial assistance to the Army General Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City which will be used to purchase additional medical equipment for three of the Philippine Army’s hospitals.

The event was part of PAGCOR’s ongoing nationwide giftgiving project in celebration of its 25th anniversary, which started on November 25 and will run until December 19. On its 18th day, PAGCOR chose the Army General Hospital as its

beneficiary. Located at McKinley, Fort Bonifacio, the 10-division Army General Hospital takes care of close to 200 patients who are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation, excluding the number of outpatient cases that are being handled daily by the

healthcare facility. PAGCOR reported that its P4.515-million worth of financial aid will be used to purchase an ultrasound ma-

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forts to improve the lives of soldiers who are mandated to the country. “Maghahanap pa tayo ng ibang mga paraan upang masiguro na habang iginugugol ninyo ang inyong oras at pagod sa pagbabantay sa pambansang kaligtasan, doble-kayod din ang pamahalaan sa pagtutok sa pangangailangan ng kasundaluhan,� the President said in his speech during the change of command ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines general headquarters on Monday morning.

PAGCOR’s “Pamaskong Handog 2011: 25 Days of Christmas, 25 Years of PAGCOR” project aims to help at least 25 various hospital institutions and charitable non-government organizations that cater to the handicapped, indigent, neglected and sickly individuals. “Instead of spending for a lavish party to celebrate PAGCOR’s silver anniversary, we decided to allot a P25million budget for a gift-giving project that would reach out to the less privileged sectors of our society for 25 days,” PACGOR chairman and CEO Cristino Naguiat, Jr. said in a

press statement. Naguiat said PAGCOR has been strictly adhering to President Aquino’s ‘matuwid na daan’ or ‘straight path’ philosophy through the prudent use of resources which enabled them to allocate funds for more significant government projects. “Dahil sa tamang paggastos, ang PAGCOR ay mayroong malaking savings na nailalaan para sa mga makabuluhang proyekto ng ating pamahalaan katulad ng isang bilyong funding para sa construction ng isanlibong classrooms sa buong kapuluan,” Naguiat shared. For his part, Army

General Hospital Commanding Officer Col. Mariano Mejia said the new hospital equipment that will be purchased using PAGCOR’s financial aid will greatly improve the delivery of health services for Philippine Army personnel. “Sa station hospitals kasi unang dinadala ang mga battle casualties, mga sundalong nagkaroon ng vehicular accidents at mga dependents ng military personnel na nasa malalayong probinsya. Mayroon naman kaming mga gamit pero luma na at kailangan nang palitan ‘yung iba,” Mejia explained in a statement. (HDC)

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PCOO to utilize “texting” as a communication medium


he Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) will launch a new communication approach on 2012, aided by an emerging mass communication system called Short Message Service (SMS) or texting on mobile phones. On Thursday’s Talking Points program at DZRB-Radyo ng Bayan, PCOO Assistant Secretary for Special Operations Jose Mari Oquinena said preparations are now being done for its formal public announcement on January 25, 2012. Oquinena said the “text-based information system” is similar to text blasting where the public receives text information through their respective mobile phones. “This will be handled by the PCOO - Office of Special Concern,” which he heads. “Beyond informa16


tion, this is how the public can connect with and (give) feedback” input to the Aquino government, he said. On the same day, the PCOO will also launch a website that will promote volunteerism in the country. Both projects are part of the “Pilipinas Natin” campaign of the government, meant to foster a sense of nationalism or love for the country. Oquinena hopes that through these projects, the Filipinos would develop a sense of “pakialam sa bayan” or concern for the country, and enliven the spirit of

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“bayanihan” or unity. “What is crucial here is, we want to overcome the challenge of disunity,” he said. He also said that though President Benigno S. Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have voted as their leader, is passionate in making “change” happen for the development of the country – he still needs the Filipino peoples’ support for this. “This is for the country. So, let’s have a sense of ownership,” he added.

Photo release

Greek envoy visits Sarangani SARANGANI HIGHLANDS, General Santos City - Greek Ambassador Xenia Stefanidou holds a frame of Blaan women photographed at the Lamlifew village in Malungon during a recent visit to Sarangani province which she described as “paradise”. Stefanidou also visited the white sand beaches of Gumasa in Glan. The “tinolang” native chicken that was served according to her was the best soup she had ever tasted. She was thankful to the hospitality of the people of Sarangani. (Russel Delvo)

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DENR approval for Area Water Quality Management Fund guidelines sought by Olivia Sudaria

KORONADAL CITY -- The Regional Development Council, region XII, through a resolution, has requested the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fast track the approval of the guidelines for the establishment and operation of the Area Water Quality Management Fund under Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. To push for an early response, Environment Management Bureau, region XII (EMB XII) director Tungko Saikol sought RDC XII’s assistance to request the immediate action of DENR on approval of the said



quidelines. Saikol disclosed that DENR has established two (2) Water Quality Management Areas in region XII. The two, according to Saikol, are the Silway River WQMA and Sarangani

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Bay WQMA. With the approval of these guidelines, funds will be available for the operations of the abovementioned Water Quality Management Areas. In a related devel-

opment, Director Saikol proposed for the Water Quality Study for Taplan River in South Cotabato.

RDC XII private sector representative Alfredo Bronx Hebrona suggested that Taplan River should be included

as a priority river to be monitored considering the mining development activities in the area.

Solon files bill to declare Mt.Matutum as protected area KORONADAL CITY -- The Regional Development Council, region XII, through a resolution, has requested the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to fast track the approval of the guidelines for the establishment and operation of the Area Water Quality Management Fund under Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. To push for an early response, Environment Management Bureau, region XII (EMB XII)

director Tungko Saikol sought RDC XII’s assistance to request the immediate action of DENR

on approval of the said quidelines. Saikol disclosed that DENR has established

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two (2) Water Quality Management Areas in region XII. The two, according to Saikol, are the Silway River WQMA and Sarangani Bay WQMA. With the approval of these guidelines, funds will be available for the operations of the

abovementioned Water Quality Management Areas. In a related development, Director Saikol proposed for the Water Quality Study for Taplan River in South Cotabato.

RDC XII private sector representative Alfredo Bronx Hebrona suggested that Taplan River should be included as a priority river to be monitored considering the mining development activities in the area.

City officials and employees gather for “Family Day” celebration COTABATO CITY -- More or less a thousand employees of the Cotabato City government together with local officials led by Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr., took time out from daily busy work schedule to enjoy and relax each other’s company. For one day last December 9, city officials and employees gathered for their annual celebration of “Family Day,” a way of strengthening and enhancing the working relationship and camaraderie between and among employees and city officials. Cotabato City Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr., said, the celebration of Family Day is the city government‘s way of acknowledge



ment to the hardwork and unselfish service in achieving this year’s accomplishments. “We consider our employees as members of one big family, which needs caring, appreciation of their accomplishments and commitment. This is what we do with the celebration of Family Day,” Guiani said. Expressing his gratitude, the mayor noted the significant

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contribution of the city employees in the relentless tax collection campaign which led to increased revenues for this year. City officials and employees enjoyed fun-filled activities that included singing and dancing competition, comedy skit, games, among many others aside from the sumptuous food they shared with guests including the media. (pbchangco)

Agusan del Sur LGU beefs up local folks’ livelihood programs by Robert E. Roperos


n an effort to uplift the economic condition of the province, the local government unit of Agusan del Sur is strengthening livelihood programs and opportunities for its constituents.



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In an effort to uplift the economic condition of the province, the local government unit of Agusan del Sur is strengthening livelihood programs and opportunities for its constituents. In an interview with a local radio sta22


tion here, Agusan del Sur provincial veterinarian Dr. Joriz Elevazo admitted that carabeef supply is running low as the Yuletide season approaches. he province of Agusan del Sur is the main source of carabeef in Caraga Region.

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Thus, the provincial government is introducing other livelihood programs such as hog raising, poultry, and swine upgrading so that local folks in the province can still find other means of business opportunities, said Elevazo.

7 patrol cars delivered to PRO 13 by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY – Seven Toyota Innova patrol cars from the police national headquarters were delivered at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez the regional headquarters of Police Regional Office 13, Monday.

The patrol cars were assigned unit numbers 831 to 837, and distributed to each recipient police offices at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Five of the patrol cars were assiged to Agusan del Norte, Agu-

san del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, the Regional Police Headquarters and Butuan City Police Office. Caraga PNP Chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal said, in an interview

at his office, that the vehicles had already been designated and marked to the recipient police office when it was delivered to the camp. “So what we will do this afternoon is just to facilitate its

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distribution to the recipient office,” Rafal said. The official said that other equipments were turned over by Gen. Bartolome to PRO 13 during his visit which includ24


ed some investigation equipments, civil disturbance management (CDM) equipments, information technology equipments such as the 12 laptop computers donated by the Po-

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lice Public Safety Mutual Benefits, Loans and Savings Association (PPSMBLSAI) for the use the “eBlotter System” of Butuan City and soon in the province of Agusan del Norte.

Surigao City spearheads Agri-Industrial Master Plan Workshop for 2012 by Annette P. Villaces

SURIGAO CITY – The city government here spearheaded recently the Master Planning Workshop on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries at the City Cultural Center. The 3-day activity, from Dec. 5 to 7, aimed to develop a master plan for the agriculture and fisheries sectors for the year 2012. Engineer Allen Macababayao, the team leader and economic consultant of the city presented an overview of the city’s agricultur-

al master plan, while agriculture and agroindustrial consultant Dr. Rafael Barrozo discussed the Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development Program (SAFIDEV). The team also discussed the setting up of organic farmer’s market depot, fish and

soya processing plant and cannery, organic dairy processing plant, engineered bamboo plant and training center, and techno-demo farms and nurseries. Participants of the said event included city employees, media practitioners, farmers and fisherfolks from 54 city barangays.

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Fleet-Marines, DENR apprehend Chinese poachers in Balabac by Rene V. Carbayas



oint elements of Naval Forces West based in Balabac and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) apprehended five Chinese poachers at 1.5 nautical miles off the coast of Brgy Ramos, Balabac, Palawan, recently. 26


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The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP reported that the arrest of poachers was based on the report that a foreign watercraft is at the vicinity of the said barangay and believed to be conducting illegal activities. The report of a concerned individual was crucial to the arrest when the military received the report at about 6:30 in the afternoon from a concerned individual on the presence of a speedboat with twin outboard motor at the proximity of Sitio Calugcug, Brgy Ramos, Balabac in Palawan believed to be of foreign national and allegedly poaching sea turtles. The military said that upon receipt of the report Major Ferdinand D. Atos PN, the commanding officer of Naval Station Narciso Del Rosario (NSNDR), immediately coordinated with other law enforcement agencies and the municipal government of Balabac for the repudiation of the illegal activity and possible apprehension



of the poachers. A group was organized and divided into two teams composed of the personnel coming from NSNDR, 212nd marine company of MBLT-12 and the OIC of DENR sub office that is also based in Balabac. The municipal government of Balabac provided the two speedboats that were used by the teams. The military narrated that after the briefing at about 8:40 pm of December 1 the

teams discretely proceeded to the location of the reported speedboat and maneuvered towards the subject upon confirming the information. The crew of the foreign speedboat however resisted the possibility of arrest and sped away which led to a hot pursuit operation. The poachers also tried to bump and ram the speedboat used by a team while trying to evade arrest. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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DOST-SEI graduate scholarships up for grabs by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY - Young professionals who would like to pursue their master’s and doctorate degrees in the fields of mathematics, science and technology can now apply for a scholarship grant with the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

Provincial Director Marcial R. Dahonan of DOST-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Office (DOST-ZNPO) announced this week that his office has started accepting applications for the DOST-SEI graduate scholarship programs. Interested applicants may apply either for the university-based Master of Science (MS)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 28


program or the thesis/dissertation grant support for DOST’s research and development priority areas. Qualified to apply for this program are professionals doing research or those from industry, newly graduated students and ongoing MS/Ph.D students in priority science and technology fields and DOST network schools. Moreover, the applicant must be a Filipino citizen, not more than 45 years old at the time of application, in good health condition, able to pass the admission requirements for graduate studies at any of the

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DOST identified institutions as well as the interview and other screening procedures. Acceptance of applications is open until April 30, 2012. Scholarship awardees may choose from any of the following priority fields of study which include agriculture, forestry and natural resources, biological sciences, biotechnology, chemical sciences, earth, atmospheric and space sciences, environmental sciences, fisheries and marine science, information and communication technology, material science and nanotechnology, pure and applied mathematics, health and pharmaceutical

sciences, and pure and applied physics. The scholar will enjoy free tuition and other school fees, monthly stipend of P15,000 for MS program and P23,000 for Ph.D. program, book allowance of P7,500 per year, transportation allowance of P10,000, group allowance of P500 and MS thesis allowance of P30,000 and P60,000 for dissertation. Each scholar is also obliged to render “service obligation” in the Philippines after finishing his/her MS/ Ph.D. degree. The schools where the scholars should study are UPManila for those who will take up medical

microbiology, parasitology, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, pharmacology, pharmacy, health education and promotion, biochemistry, nutrition, tropical medicine, occupational health, bioinformatics, dental medicine, rehabilitation science, bioethics and clinical medicine; UP-Diliman for environmental science, chemistry MBB, biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biotechnology, nutrition, sports medicine, human kinetics, population studies; UPLos Baños for applied nutrition, MBB, chemistry, environmental science and botany; UP-Visayas for biol-

ogy, UST for medical physics, biological sciences, pharmacy, clinical psychology, microbiology, medical technology, chemistry, physical therapy and food science; DLSU for biology and chemistry; UERMMMC for epidemiology, Asian health practices and tropical medicine; SLMC-College of Medicine for molecular medicine; MSU-IIT for chemistry and biology; SLU-Baguio for biology and botany; USC-Cebu for biology and chemistry; VSU for food science and technology, and PWU for medical technology. (JPA/FPG/PIAZambo. Norte)

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Zambo Norte, adjudged as Region 9’s Most Nutritionally Improved Province by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Zamboanga del Norte was recently adjudged as the Most Nutritionally Improved Province in the Zamboanga Peninsula Region.

The recognition was given to the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte in an Awarding Ceremony held at Crystal Ballroom Grand Astoria Hotel, in Zamboanga City. According to Ms. Czarfe Lopez, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Nutrition Coordinator, the award is in recognition of the relentless effort of the Provincial Nutrition Office headed by Ms. Ma. Leila Realiza in monitoring the implementation of nutrition-related services in the municipalities and barangays to reduce the cases



of malnutrition in the province. Other awardees include Zamboanga Sibugay, which was awarded with Green banners Awards and Plaque of Recognition for Regional Outstanding Nutrition Implementer; Zamboanga City, Outstanding City; and Polanco as Outstanding Municipality. Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay was 2nd Crown Maintenance Awardee; Zamboanga Sibugay, Most Outstanding province; and Dipolog City as the Most Improved City in Nutrition Program Im-

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plementation. In her message, National Nutrition Council Assistant Secretary Maria-Bernardita Flores urged the awardees and other Nutrition Officers to sustain their energetic efforts to attain the Millenium Development Goals of the Aquino administration. The awards were personally handed over by Nutrition Program Coordinator Ms. Maria del Pilar Pamela Tarossa and Department of Health, Region 9 Director Dr. Aristides Tan. (JPA/RAIcalina/ ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

PDEA-10 chief assures the public to continue its mandate 24/7 by Elaine O. Ratunil


he Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Northern Mindanao vowed to continue its mandate 24 hours, seven (7) days a week.

This reiterated Director Roberto S. Opeña of PDEA as he and some of the personnel received awards in recognition for the unselfish and courageous service to the government and the people of this region in its anti-drug campaign, significant of which is the indispensable assistance in the ‘controlled delivery’ that resulted in the seizure of almost 2 kilos of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) worth P20 million. The award, further, cited the operation conducted last November 20, 2011 is the biggest in the

Visayas-Mindanao area and the drug seizure and arrest of a suspected member of a drug syndicate is a step closer of neutralizing the drug menace in the region. Conferred by the Philippine Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, with its President, Senator Vicente Sotto III, Director Opeña was cited for his exemplary leadership in leading the men and women of PDEA-10 in its anti-drug campaign. Receiving the plaque of recognition from Lawyer Clarence Paul Oaminal, former undersecretary Tuesday, December 13, 2011


of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Ope単a said the PDEA-10 will continue to accelerate its effort against illegal drugs. Meanwhile, Oaminal cited the concerted efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the

campaign against illegal drugs. However, he said we need the help of the community of Northern Mindanao in the fight against illegal drugs and in achieving the vision of a Drug Free Philippines.

TESDA Specialista program helps ensure employability of graduates by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The new program of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) is a strategy to respond to the challenge of ensuring employability of TESDA graduates and certified workers. John Simborios, TESDA-10 Chief Technical Skills Development Specialist, said the TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) is a holistic approach to help TESDAtrained and certified workers to get into productive undertakings to help themselves and their immediate environment thereby creating employment opportunities. The program will develop a pool of trained and certified TESDA SPECIALISTAs who will respond to the demand of services by the households and their immediate communities thus providing alternative job opportunities for TESDA graduates. TSTP is focused on nurturing TESDA graduates and certified workers 32


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through the establishment of aggrupations or group of related skills and qualifications, he said. The initial aggrupations TESDA aim to develop include building/ house repair and maintenance services; beauty care and wellness services; appliance repair services; automotive/vehicle maintenance

services; tourism–related services; health-related services; and computer hardware services. The aggrupation building/ house repair and maintenance will include plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, and painting services while the appliance repair aggrupation will include refrigeration and aircon repair services, TV repair services, and other appliance services, Simborios cited. Each aggrupation will be composed of 10 SPECIALISTAs who will be provided with toolkits. TESDA will hire ‘Nurturers’

who will lead and manage the deployment of the SPECIALISTAs on a daily basis, he added. Meanwhile, TESDA SPECIALISTA must be 18 years old and at least high school graduate with TESDA National Certificate Level II while TESDA Nurturer must be a college graduate and must have an experience in community/ group organizing, enterprise development and other socioeconomic development projects. The TSTP will be launched on December 14, 2011 nationwide.

Modern 3-storey BIR building to rise in Bukidnon by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – In response to the government’s call to maintain prudence in government spending, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Revenue District 99 (BIR-RD99) in Bukidnon recently broke ground for the three-storey office building which will soon rise in Casisang, Malaybalay City. The site is conveniently located few meters away from the national highway and a short walk from Casisang Elementary School. Atty. Alberto Olasiman, BIR Regional Director for Northern Mindanao, in his speech during the groundbreaking rites, said the proposed modern building worth

Php15.3 million will be constructed in a 600-square meter lot donated by Estelito Marabe, who was a top taxpayer-awardee in terms of corporate and withholding taxes. “The agency could save as much as P45,000 monthly rental fees, owing to the Bukidnon taxpayers support especially to the Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Marabe family who donated the property,” Atty. Olasiman said. “This is another milestone of the agency in keeping with President Benigno S. Aquino’s call for austerity measures in governance. We lauded the noble gesture of the donor,” he added. Myrna Bernardo, Revenue District Officer of BIR-RD99 in Bukidnon, meanwhile, in her message said, “This is a dream come true, because the agency has been leasing office space buildings for more than 30 years now.” “BIR-RD99’s more than 50

hardworking men and women could soon conveniently serve clients throughout the province given the comfortable facilities in the new edifice,” she said. She added that the building will be completed in 255 calendar days (8 to 9 months) as stipulated in the project profile. “With this, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the donor because this is also in line with the government’s call to be sensible in public spending,” Bernardo ended.

Atty. Alberto Olasiman, Regional Director, BIR Northern Mindanao, (fourth from left) led the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed 3-storey BIR Bukidnon building in Casisang, Malaybalay City. In photo: (clockwise) Rev. Fr. Armand Paunillan, Engr. Rey Peter Gille, BIR Asst. Regional Director Mamapok Diro and RDO Myrna Bernardo. http://www.cdodev.com 34 ONE MINDANAO

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PNP beefs up patrol personnel on Xmas season by RG Alama


he Philippine National Police Regional Office has beefed up its patrol personnel to increase police visibility in time for the Christmas season. Police Regional Office director superintendent Jaime Morente said that about 90% of the 5,300 strong

PNP personnel in the region are now assigned for shifting patrol duties. Ordinarily about 75% of these policemen are patrol officers while others are on administrative duties. Morente said that police officers doing administrative work will be assigned for morning patrol duties from Tuesday, December 13, 2011


the directive of PNP chief Director –General Nicanor Bartolome to have policemen on administrative duty do patrol work. Aside from office policemen other units like the Regional Mobile Group and other special groups are also spreading out in streets for added police visibility in the form of mobile and foot patrols and checkpoints. Morente said that based on Oplan Pasko 2011, the PNP will concentrate on the deployment of uniformed personnel on crime prone areas and to intensify covert anti-crime operations led by police intelligence agents. Coordination with barangay

tanods and security guards are also being implemented. The regional director also has advised the Davao City Police Office to have night patrol personnel to cover various nightspots in the city. Morente said that he has observed that there many beautiful places in Davao City where people converged during nighttime like People’s Park and those places filled with Christmas lights. The police has warned the public to be cautious and vigilant as incidents of crime and robberies are expected to increase this approaching Christmas season.

Davao Councilor vows fight against child trafficking by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY– City Councilor Atty. Leah Librado vowed to continue her support and solidarity with children’s rights advocates in a campaign against child trafficking. The Councilor made the pledge before members of the Davao City Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, various non-government organizations and government agencies during Monday’s observance of the International Day Against Trafficking in Person (TIP). As part of her program for the protection of children’s rights and welfare in the city, Librado said that her office is eying the “crafting of local laws pertinent to the resolution of issues on Trafficking in Person.” 36


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Anchoring on the event’s theme stating, “Komunidad Palakasin, Child Trafficking Sugpuin!,” she emphasized on the “significance of an empowered, strong community against child trafficking.” She said though that the “glaring reality that TIP will not be solved without addressing, foremost, poverty and the lack of awareness of the people.” “Our efforts in the city to address the issue on TIP are not divorced from our efforts in resolving the root cause of poverty, such as providing adequate social services and decent employment,” the lady Councilor stated.

Librado said that empowering the community against TIP “can only be truly realized and sustained if we will have a stable economy, politics and culture.” She said that most of the victims of TIP are those who belong to the low earning families in Davao City and elsewhere. “These victims are gambling their lives, swallowing a bitter pill just to survive. These are the stories we need to hear and dig in every victims of trafficking,” she said. Librado also disclosed that her office is working for the ratification of the Juvenile Facility ordinance, aiming to provide comprehensive

intervention for the Children at Risk and Children in Conflict with the law. She said that the city deemed this ordinance necessary to protect the welfare of the children and families as well. Librado chairs the 16th Davao City Council committee on women and children, and co-chairs DCIACAT with Mayor Sara Duterte as chair. According to Wikipedia, human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery.

Public warned anew on substandard Christmas light decors by Mae Gevera Macapagat DAVAO CITY- With 13 fire incidents since the start of the holiday season here in the city, Davao Central 911 head Col. Verner Monsanto reminded the public to be more careful with Christmas light decors as these appeared to have caused fire cases in the city. The Bureau of Fire supported this claim as most of the cases investigated by the agency are caused by faulty wirings. “ Some of the lights used as Christmas decors are substandard. To avoid fire incidences, we are suggesting that they only those lights which passed the standards.” he said.

Davao’s 911 head also advised the public not to make more than three connections as these are prone to electric problem and might be the cause for a fire incident. Starting December 16 as Catholics start to attend “Misa de Gallo” or Nine Mornings, Monsanto advised churchgoers to turn off Christmas light decors especially when there’s no one left in the house. Concerned agencies like The Bureau of Fire and the 911 recorded last Friday’s fire incident at Magallanes Riverside which gutted 50 houses as the biggest incident this quarter. (Mai Gevera-Macapagat) Tuesday, December 13, 2011


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One Mindanao - December 13, 2011  

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An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao