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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

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Tourist Destinations in Davao City


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Vol. 1 No. 123

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PNoy is in the right direction, says former military rebel Franklin P. Gumapon,

Region IX

City reminds adult carolers to seek permit Jocelyn P. Alvarez,

Region IX

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2013 rice self-sufficiency target doable thru dynamic rice-related agencies ...

Cover Story

Destination Davao page 4 RG Alama

Pag-IBIG Fund celebrates 31st anniversary

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Region X

Palay prices in Bukidnon steady as NFA steps up procurement drive Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

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Del Rosario endorsed to lead Mindanao peace and security committee

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DTI cautions public to examine ICC of imported items

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Aquino leads commissioning of navy assets............................................................

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SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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Daan-daang trabaho, pamaskong handog ng South Cotabato LGU DEDoguiles,

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Sec. Paje distributes 2,341 patents in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Province Eric F. Gallego,

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Caraga Region

Agusan del Norte LGU supports DOH birth spacing campaign Caraga Region

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Cover Story

Destination Davao

by RG Alama

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nder the National Tourism Development Plan, there are 21 tourism clusters and within each clusters there are tourism development areas and Davao is included in the Top 10 priority tourism clusters.� says Department of Tourism-XI regional director Art Boncato. 4

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Interviewed during the Talking Points Radio Show of Radyo Ng Bayan last Tuesday (Dec. 13) Boncato is optimistic and bullish about tourism in the region. Part of the plans is the goal of the DOT to double existing tourism arrivals (which stands at 3.5million) for the next five years. By 2016 the plan is to have 7-million foreign tourists. Among the plan is the opening up of secondary airports like Clark and Davao to more international flights which would decongest the existing terminals in the Ninoy Aquino International Airports. “Dapat ma-optimize na ang DIA (Davao International Airport)

for international flights.� Boncato said. As for the NTDP the tourism sector is eyeing to develop tourism areas in the priority tourism cluster of Davao. The first would be the contiguous areas of Davao City, Samal and Davao del Norte, the next would be the areas of Davao del Sur and another tourism area is the Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. To prepare for this, the tourism stakeholders in the region has come up with a One Davao tagline which could position the region as one great destination. Currently the Department has adopted the Islands-to-Highlands Thursday, December 15, 2011

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line where visitors can either go to the sun-soaked beaches or hike up to mountainous attractions. Boncato said they are also encouraging localities in the region to come up with their own tagline and brand. Davao City for example has launched its Life is Here tag and image branding. Though he frowns upon the idea of marketing the region or city as separate and distinct from Mindanao which is suffering from serious image issues. “Davao is the heart of Mindanao. The success of Davao is also the success of Mindanao. “ Boncato said. He adds that bad things do happen in many places across the world. “We should bring out the beauty of Mindanao,” Boncato urged the tourism stakeholders, “When we show to people the beauty of Davao, we are also showing the beauty of Mindanao.” he adds. Based on data culled from hotels, which is the basis for tourists arrivals in the city. The figures collected from January to August 2011 there were about 500,000 tourist arrivals from the region. Up by 10% as compared to last year. Of these 95% are local tourists with only 5% coming from other countries. Majority foreign 6

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visitors are from United States, Japan and South Korea. China meanwhile is considered as an emerging market which they like to focus on. Boncato said they are also enticing niche markets like scuba divers and wake boarders. There are many dive sites in Davao Gulf while the Deca Wakeboard Park in Mintal is drawing in wake boarders. The region is also shaping up for its Meetings, Exhibition, Conventions and Exhibitions or MICE market. Currently new convention facilities like the SMX by SM City and the Davao International Exhibition and Convention Center are being constructed as so with new hotels and other accommodations. Boncato reveals that the 10% increase in arrivals could partly be attributed to the growing MICE market which finds the region as a perfect destination because of its

highlands-to-islands attractions. Another reason for the growth would include the promotion campaigns of the various local governments like Davao City. “it is crucial for every region to have a branding campaign.” Boncato said. He says the ideally brandings depicts the visitors’ experiences in specific locations they had visited. The director also bared that the DOT will be embarking on a new branding campaign, he briefs us on the progress and says that an advertising agency has already been chosen to implement the campaign. Another reason for the growth is the entry of low-cost carriers. For example Tiger Airways has started to operate at the Davao International Airport and will connect the City to Singapore. The regional director said that more airlines would bring in more tourists. Davao remains a top destination for local inbound tourists cur-

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rently DOT estimates that there 28 million traveling Filipinos who travel at least twice a year to other destinations in the country. He said he hopes the region could also increase its foreign arrivals. One way is to effectively monitor tourism arrivals. By next year under the new tourism law all tourism establishments like hotels, inns and resorts must be accredited by the DOT. During the enactment of the local government code, tourism accreditation was devolved to the local governments and accreditation was only optional.

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With accreditation these establishments must present data to the DOT. Unlike the current system where they only get data from accredited tourism businesses or about 50% of the inventory. Boncato says that to fully attract more tourists the country must increase its budget for tourism promotions. The country for example has a budget of $20-million and gets 3.5 million foreign visitors as compared to Malaysia which has a $80-million budget and gets 24-million visitors and Thailand with $75-million and has about 17-million foreign tourists annually.


2012 National Budget earliest to be signed since 1986

President Noynoy Aquino signs Republic Act (R.A.) 10155, the P1.245 Trillion General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the Fiscal Year 2012 during the Signing Ceremony at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malaca単an Palace Thursday December 15, 2011.

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he National Budget for 2012, which was signed into law by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday, (December 15), is the earliest government appropriations law approved since Philippine democracy was restored in 1986. Thrusday, December 15, 2011

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In his speech following the signing, the President said that this day should go down in history as a first in the 25 years of Philippine democracy. “Kanina lang ay nasaksihan ninyo ang ating paglagda sa ating budget, ang pinaka-maagang pagsasabatas sa taunang budget mula ng mabawi natin ang demokrasya nuong 1986,” the President said. “Tunay pong makasaysayan ang araw na ito,” he added. The earliest budget enactments for the four o t h e r Philippine

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Presidents who came before him are as follows: Corazon Aquino – December 18, 1986; Fidel Ramos – January 6, 1993; Joseph Estrada – December 30, 1998; and Gloria Arroyo – January 21, 2002. President Aquino thanked the people who worked doubly hard to prepare the 2012 budget namely: Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the Department of Budget and Manangement. In a statement, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said the early signing of the budget meant that government could immediately implement its programs

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and key infrastructure projects even on the first day of the New Year. “In contrast to 2011 when infrastructure spending was delayed, we intend to begin 2012 on a very strong note,” Abad said. “The swiftness of the budget signiong also means that the government can hit the ground running with its programs, starting with key infrastructure projects. It also reinforces the President’s commitment to his Social Contract with the Filipino people and underscores our mission to ensure economic development and transparent government spending,” he said. (RCK)


Aquino leads commissioning of navy assets

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the commissioning of the new and refurbished Philippine Navy ships and helicopter saying the additional naval assets will ensure greater peace and security in the country.

In his speech after the commissioning and christening of the three ships and a chopper on Wednesday at South Harbor in Manila, the President said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should put its focus not only on internal threats but

also on external challenges. “Kailangang ituon ng sandatahang lakas ang pansin sa mga banta—hindi lamang sa loob ng bansa, ngunit ngayon, maging sa mga panlabas na hamon. Bilang isang arkipelago na

may 36,000 nautical miles na baybayin, mahalaga pong magkaroon tayo ng sapat at matatag n a

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D o , am erum povilicibes inupang dahil sa tatag at dedikasyon ximmo estrur. depensa n ta re incla mabantayan ang ating ninyo,” he said. tod res! Seri mga isla,” he said. The continuing modlica percTo meet these ernization of the Philippine ae adeatu ta, Castra, challenges, the Presi- armed forces is a manifestav e r i p i o r e , dent said, the coun- tion of the righteous path that med cuppli, try should modernize the country is taking, Presim verfec te its military by acquir- dent Aquino said. Although entilic is. ing new weapons and the military has limited resolum pope teremus, equipment and increas- sources, he said it was able em, cae ing the readiness of its to carry out its modernization es Mae forces. The acquisition of program through prudent aceret ver- the assets by the Navy spending. um dit. is a major thrust of the “Patunay ang narating rem fac government to strength- nating ito sa layo ng kaya natm ilis con a, quam en the country’s maritime ing abutin kung sama-sama lamang tayong magsasagopulicae- defenses, he said. uo es- The Chief Executive wan, at iisang direksyon ang t i l l e g i n thanked the men and ating tatahakin. Sa likod ng aginatre, women in the Navy for ating pagsulong, huwag sana ivagite mus hoc- their unwavering dedica- nating lilimutin na mahaba pa am hoca; tion to serve the country ang ating lalakbayin. Manaos acesi by securing the country’s tili sana tayong nakatutok sa on Itam borders. ating layunin, kumapit nawa erunte “Sumasaludo ako tayo sa inaasam nating tunonloc vensa puspusang pag- guhin: isang Pilipinas na mas nt iam t, qui con susumikap at patuloy matatag, mas maginhawa, dereo, noter- na pagkayod ng Huk- mas mapayapa, at natatanglvirius spic te, bong Dagat ng Pilipi- awan ng wagas na liwanag,” niquamdis in nas, sa pangunguna he said. ntilnestrum ni Vice Admiral Alex- Among the navy asacesuam qua ander Pama, upang sets that were commissioned res egiticen tes se queri public magampanan ang Wednesday include the newly tung- acquired Hamilton Class cutorum et pat ni- kanilang mus aut venatus kulin sa bayan. ter Barko ng Republika ng et? At omanum, Hindi po tayo Pilipinas (BRP) Gregorio del pullariam uteatis, us makakarat- Pilar and the new Landing cupiocus, C. Octam ing sa pag- Craft Utility (LCU) BRP Tagbaerimmorum incurbite k a k a t a - nua. erehemq uodicie muntem ong ito dieniam furo ut Cupio, The Navy also put into ni int? Tius bondam reistra kundi service the newly refurbished ctoreo imum hicio, cononsimure BO105 helicopter donated by forsum faurehe ntelute rbemorb effre, nit. Na, macior adducon sus- Thursday, December 15, 2011 12 ONE MINDANAO pess enatuam dem idessena ina, quosse

Department of Tourism and commissioned and renamed the Presidential Yacht BRP Ang Pangulo, formerly the BRP Pag-Asa. BRP Gregorio del Pilar, which was acquired by the Philippine government through the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Program, arrived in the Philippines from the United States last August. The US-made battle ship was acquired through the Malampaya Gas-to-Power Project Funds of the Department of Energy. The BRP Gregorio del Pilar will primarily patrol the West Philippine Sea, according to the President, adding that hopefully another Hamilton Class cutter will arrived in the country from the US. On the other hand, BRP Tagbanua, a Filipino-made vessel, is primarily configured to transport combat personnel, tanks, vehicles, artillery equipment, and cargoes in support to military amphibious operations. It also has capabilities to perform non-combatant evacuation; medical assistance projects; disaster, rescue and relief operations; and transport/ logistics mission in support to national socio-economic projects of the government. It was built using the AFP Modernization Fund. (AS)


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2013 rice self-sufficiency target doable thru dynamic rice-related agencies by Precie Catherine C. Cuarto n official from the National Food Authority (NFA) said that the country’s rice self-sufficiency goal for 2013 can be attained if government rice-related agencies continue to be dynamic. In today’s episode of “Talking Points” radio program, NFA Director for Public Affairs Rex Estoperez said rice importation is on a decline but there are factors that affect rice production that government agencies must address. There is a need, Estoperez said, to beef up agricultural infrastructures before 2013. Also, changing weather and other environmental factors, such as pests, must be considered ‘constant foes’ when it comes to rice yield productivity and quality.

He said rice supply can be greatly affected by typhoons, especially when it hits at a time when the major harvest is expected to be made, like the last quarter of the year. “But we do not stop laying out strategies on where (to start again) and how to overcome problems so that rice production would remain high,” he said. The Department of Agriculture and Philippine Rice Research Institute have developed rice varieties that can resist pests, flood, and

drought. There are also varieties that have nutrients like Vitamin A for “Golden Rice,” and iron for i-Rice. “These agencies are developing (rice) varieties to suit the needs (of the consumers),” said Estoperez. Estoperez also encouraged the consumers to consider other crops that can alter dependence on rice, and to advocate for the locally produced rice varieties developed by researchers for the Filipino market.

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Former MNLF members receive livelihood projects from WESCOM, ICRC

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hey once exchanged fires; now they are partners in development as former rebels and the military engaged in developing agricultural lands.

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Through the initiative of its Commanding Officer, LtGen Juancho M. Sabban, the Western Command (WESCOM) brought a developmental project to former members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to help them improve their lives and discourage them from reverting to their old ways. The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP disclosed that LtGen. Sabban personally attended the turn-over of agricultural livelihood projects to former MNLF members who now reside in the town of Rizal. Among the projects handed over to the former rebels were 11 carabaos (water buffalos), five hand tractors and threshers and rice seeds that the recipients could use to develop their rice fields. “Though at one time we have been at odds with one anoth-

er, these people have the Indecided to renounce ternational Communitheir old ways to live ty of Red Cross (ICRC) a peaceful life. Most who provided the of them have become items that were disgood friends and we tributed to the former want to help them rebels. now to improve their The project aims lives,� LtGen. Sabban not only to rehabilitate said. the beneficiaries who The agricultur- have once been part al livelihood projects of an armed struggle were handed over to but also to help them the former MNLF mem- reclaim their lives, a bers last December 4. great part of which LtGen. Sabban said the were spent in the project was made pos- boondocks and fightsible with the help of ing authorities. Thursday, December 15, 2011

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The beneficiaries of the program were former members of the said group who are now neglected by their organization, LTGen Sabban

explained. “This only shows that we can put our differences in the past and move forward with a shared purpose and that

is achieving progress for our community and better life for our people,” the WESCOM Chief said. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

PNoy is in the right direction, says former military rebel by Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY - Former military official Col. Ariel Querubin told the media people here this morning that “President Benigno simeon C. Aquino III is in the right path” in pursuing good governance.

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The couple shared with the participants the hardships they went through in life and how the Lord strengthened them. Querubin recalled the pains his family suffered when he was incarcerated for more than four years on accusation of rebellion during the administration of former President Gloria Arroyo. The former military official told the press that he fought the Arroyo administration because of bad governance that brought about corruption, poverty, inequality and all evils of society.

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When asked how he felt for the former President after the latter was served an arrest warrant for electoral sabotage, he curtly replied: “She got a dose of her own medicine.” In a separate development, Querubin expressed objection to an all-out war policy against the rebels. War, he said, is expensive and it could deplete our resources. “We shall continue running after the bandits but, at the same time, continue the peace talks,” Querubin suggested.


City reminds adult carolers to seek permit by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government through the City Administrators Office reminds adult carolers to secure a permit first at the City Hall before they can conduct caroling activities this yuletide season. City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said big organizations, civic and other organized groups that intend to do caroling activities this Christmas season should get permits from the local government. “The policy is intended to discourage syndicates and moneymaking activities,” said Covarrubias. “An applicant of for caroling permit should present a letter of request in securing the permit,” she explained. Covarrubias said the permit is free of charge “but authorities have to determined the exact objective of the proposed caroling activities.”

Covarrubias informed that as of Dec. 8, the City Administrator’s Office has approved the application 0f 10 groups to conduct caroling activities this Christmas.

Caroling starts Dec. 16 until Dec. 24. Covarrubias said the city has been implementing this policy for years now with the purpose of discouraging syndicates. (JPA/CIO)

The lady IO further said “in the case of the children carolers, no permit is required.”

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LCC, PIA rev up for radio program on literacy by Elaine O. Ratunil

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he Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC), in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), will launch “Literasi Para sa Kaunlaran,” radio program, this month.

LCC’s Chairperson Rizalino D. Rivera, who is also Department of Education’s undersecretary, said the radio program on literacy aims to promote the thrusts and programs of Republic Act 10122 otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening the Literacy Coordinating Council (LCC) by Amending RA 7165,” also, known as “An Act Creating the LCC, 18

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Defining its Powers and Functions, Appropriating Funds, therefore and for Other Purposes.” Further, Usec. Rizalino said the “Literasi Para sa Kaunlaran” intends to intensify advocacy and social mobilization promoting literacy endeavors of LCC through radio broadcast in remote areas of the country where literacy rate is at its


lowest. Dr. Norma Salcedo of the Department of Education (DepEd), Head of the LCC Secretariat, on the other hand, said through the program, the LCC hopes to convince the parents in these areas by showing them the importance of sending their children to school or to non-formal schools for out of school children. They also aim to encourage out of school youths (OSY) and indigenous people to avail of non-formal schools,

placements and assessment programs. The radio program hopes to promote the policy thrusts, directions and programs initiated by the LCC; and to underscore the importance of functional literacy in the empowerment of people and in poverty and hunger mitigation efforts, Salcedo said. The once a week radio segment will be aired live over a local radio station here in the city, every Sunday, 7:00-8:00 p.m. starting December 18. There will be a delayed telecast over PARASAT Cable TV 29 on Saturdays, 5:30 to 7:30 in the evening. It will also have delayed telecast over various cable stations in the five (5) provinces of Northern Mindanao: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental and including Marawi city.

Pag-IBIG Fund celebrates 31st anniversary CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – The Pag-IBIG Fund is celebrating its 31st anniversary, this month. Corporate-wide convocation was organized, December 1, as a kickoff to Pag-IBIG Fund’s month-long celebration. As its corporate social responsibility, the officers and employees of the PagIBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch simultaneously conducted outreach activities, December 3, where 180 beneficiaries were given meals and gift

items. The outreach activity transpired at the following areas: Tahanan sa Kabataan, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City; St. Joseph’s Golden Home Foundation, Inc., Dolores-Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City; Calabrian Children’s Foundation, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City; Alternative Learning Center of (Landfill) Dagong, Carmen, Cagayan Thursday, December 15, 2011

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de Oro City; Children of Barangay 9, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Since Pag-IBIG Fund values good health, a physical fitness activity cum “Hataw” was also set and participated by the Cagayan de Oro Branch workforce, December 10, at Pelaez Sports Complex, this city. To solemnly commemorate PagIBIG Fund’s 31 years of steadfast pledge in providing excellent and professional service to all its members, a Eucharistic celebration will be held at the Pag-IBIG Fund Training Room, December 14. On the same day, Pag-IBIG Fund will sponsor a Bloodletting service, conducted by the Philippine National Red Cross. The Cagayan de Oro Branch has been practicing this activity for more than a decade as its way of supporting the nation’s call for more blood donors in order to save lives. Furthermore, a forum with the officers and members of the Fund Coordinators Club and several employers in Northern Mindanao will convene on December 15 at a local restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City. During the conference, updates on the latest programs implemented by Pag-IBIG Fund will be presented. Moreover, the Chiefs of Divisions of the Cagayan de Oro Branch will also update the participants with the current policies concerning their unit. The conference, thus, becomes an important venue to gather the feedback from the member’s representatives concerning the Fund’s Provident Savings and Loan Programs and services, as well. Plaques of Recognition will be given to various employers who helped the Fund implement and enforce 20

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Republic Act 9679 also known as the Home Development Mutual Fund (PagIBIG Fund) Law of 2009. The awardees include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 10, the National Economic Research and Assistance Center (NERBAC), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10, the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA)-10, the Municipal Government of Gitagum and the City Government of Valencia. Awards will also be given to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for assisting the Fund in the registration of outgoing Filipino Overseas Contract Workers. The Land Bank of the Philippines Velez Branch will also receive an award for helping improve the Fund’s services thru its Cash Card system. The Philippine Information Agency 10 will also be given an award for its valuable support to the Fund during the conduct of the “Pabahay Caravan” last September 26, 2011. As partners of the Fund, retired Fund Coordinators will also be honored during the said conference. (Pag-IBIG Fund)


Palay prices in Bukidnon steady as NFA steps up procurement drive by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Palay buying prices in Bukidnon have stabilized since the past several months as the National Food Authority (NFA) stepped up its palay procurement drive and continued to advise farmers to sell their produce to NFA, which buys it with incentives. Victoria Duray, NFA Provincial Manager, said the agency buys palay at P17.00 per kilo plus farmers’ incentive of 70 centavos (P.70) per kilo for transport, drying and cooperative development that sums up to P17.70 per kilo. The prevailing palay buying prices in major trading centers here have so far increased to as high as 16.94 to 17.00 per kilo to level off with the agency’s buying price. “NFAs procurement program aims to even up the grains supply and prices. We have enough funds for the agency’s procurement program. We also intend to accommodate all palay deliveries to our buying stations,”

Duray said. “We have three (3) palay buying stations in the province located in Maramag town, Barangay Aglayan in Malaybalay, and Valencia City, with a total capacity of 500,000 bags,” she added. She also cited that these warehouses are located within various commercial or trading centers in the province. “As a government entity, NFA will continue to be at the forefront of the country’s rice marketing to ensure stability in the supply and prices of its staple cereals,” Duray concluded.

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Davao’s 911 braces for funding cut with IRA slash

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he Davao City’s Central 911 (Central Communications and Emergency Response Center ) is bracing for a reduction of their annual funding as the City is reeling from a reduction of its Internal Revenue Allotment. From an annual budget of P80million it would be decreased by P64million. Says 911 chief Verner Monsanto. The funding cut is the offshoot of the City’s reduced IRA which was slashed by about P360-million. Which has prompted Davao City Mayor Sara 22

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Duterte to institute belt-tightening measures. The funding cut would surely affect the country’s most sophisticated emergency response services patterned after the 911’s of United States and Canada. “In reality it affects us, but we have to work with that.” Monsanto said of the funding cut. Majority of the 911’s budget is geared towards Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses. He added. Monsanto says he had hoped to buy more assets for 911. The rescue unit has about 15 ambulances, 4 rescue vehicles, 3 fire trucks, 4 rubber boats and 3 fiber-glass boats. It has about 300 personnel assigned in various services; the call center, emergency medical services, fire, urban search and rescue and K-9 unit. He says the unit is in the process of creating satellite centers to cut back on response time which averages within 16 minutes. “kasi sa 8 minutes may nangyari na sa


pasyente (because within 8 minutes something has already happened to the patient).� Monanto said. Satellite centers will be placed in Panacan in the northern part of Davao which has been operational since September of this year, another satellite would be in Toril, in the southern portion of the city which he hopes to open this month.

And for next year a satellite in Calinan district will be realized. The satellite centers will have one medical ambulance with four medical personnel assigned. Monsanto bared. About P1-million has been allocated for each satellite center. (RG Alama)

Del Rosario endorsed to lead Mindanao peace and security committee DAVAO CITY- Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario was unanimously endorsed by the Mindanao Peace and Development Security Committee (MPDSC) under the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) to be its working Vice-Chairman during its Organizational Meeting and 1st Principal’s Meeting last December 09, 2011, at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The endorsement is made by Mr.

Confederation of Local Chief Executives in Mindanao and Chairmanship of the Regional Peace and Order Council XI. It readily gathered support of Generals Raymundo B. Ferrer of WestMinCom, Arthur I. Tabaquero of EastMinCom, and their counterparts in the Internal Security Operations. The MPDSC is a mechanism under the Mindanao 2020 which purports to integrate all Regional Peace and Order Councils in Mindanao, with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Jake Miranda, the business sector rep- and the Philippine National Police. The three-pronged objective of resentative to MinDA in recognition of Gov. del Rosario as President of the the new committee includes the consolidation of Mindanao-wide issues that impact on peace and development security; convergence of efforts and initiatives on peace and development; and strengthening of coordination, complementation and alignment of development sector and security sector initiatives anchored on the over-all peace and development agenda of the Aquino government. Thursday, December 15, 2011

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In her message, MinDA Chair Sec. Luwalhati R. Antonino emphasized the need for the creation of the MPDSC to assist her on the grounds that the threats to Mindanao’s peace do not respect geographical boundaries, constantly evolving, active, and mobile because the sponsors are also thinking and planning. “Peace and development should go hand-in-hand. There are numerous queries from potential investors, especially for plantations, in Mindanao; and I am endorsing ARMM which they think is not serious,” Sec. Antonino said. “I am appealing to the security sector to attain peace and security by empowering our people through edu-

cation and livelihood,” she added. The MPDSC proposed to look into the dredging of Liguasan marsh as its first test of collaboration between and among the security sector, the MILF elements, and the community people in preparation to La Niña predicted by PAG-ASA. Del Rosario welcomed the endorsement as another challenge to his emerging role as nurturer of peace in the region and the whole of Mindanao. His RPOC center-piece program, Convergence for Peace and Development, is penetrating remote barangays in Davao del Norte which are in need of basic socio-economic interventions. (PIO DavNorte)

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Tagum City was named by the Department of Tourism the country’s Palm City. Based on 2009 figures about 11,500 palms were planted in its roadside as part of its Palm-Tree planting project covering about 60kilometers of streets and highways. The most number of palms planted by any urban community in the country. Among palm tree varieties planted are Royal Palms planted along highways, Red Palms, Foxtail Palms, Bunga Palms and McArthur Palms. Lequala, Bismarck, Madagascar palms can also be found in the City’s sprawling Energy Park. 24

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DOST seeks presidential approval in institutionalizing Phil Nat’l Halal Industry by Olivia Sudaria

KORONADAL CITY -- The Department of Science and Technology, region XII (DOST XII) has proposed for the institutionalization of the Philippine National Halal Industry and Halal Science Center (PNHLSC) through an executive order to be signed by President Aquino. DOST XII director Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan said the PNHLSC is the first of its kind in the country which shall serve as the country’s clearing house of all Halal products manufactured and processed for domestic and international consumption for the protection of the Philippine Halal market. She further said the PNHLSC shall also serve as the center for Research, DevelopThursday, December 15, 2011

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ment and Extension (RD&E), Halal Education and Training for Halal Science Incubation. It shall be recognized as the competent authority in Halal Science and shall be an accrediting body for Halal laboratories and certifying body for Halal products, Laidan pointed out. The DOST XII director disclosed that as far as the technical aspect is concerned, DOST XII has capa-

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bilities referring to the advanced Halal laboratory equipment and competent Muslim scientists. The construction of the P75 million four-storey Philippine Halal Center building, according to Laidan, is on-going at its one-hectare site at Barangay Paraiso, Koronadal City which was donated by LGU-South Cotabato through the efforts of Governor Arthur Pingoy, Jr.

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Laidan is optimistic of the economic impact of the project which, she said, will be beneficial to both Muslims and non-Muslims. In its 36th regular meeting held last week, the Regional Development Council, region XII approved the resolution endorsing the institutionalization of the Philippine Halal Laboratory and Halal Science Center.


DTI cautions public to examine ICC of imported items COTABATO CITY, -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Region 12 through its city office here cautions consumers to carefully examine the import commodity clearance (ICC) of Christmas lights, food items and other commercial items in malls and grocery stores before buying. The reminder yesterday by OIC-City Director Carlos Nunez, DTI 12 was made in the wake of reports that there are commercial items being sold in the city which are labeled as imported but no ICC markings. Nunez said their office had been conducting inspections in various commercial establishments here even before the yuletide season to protect customers from buying fake imported items, especially sub-standard Christmas lights. As far as Christmas lights are concerned, Nunez said, consumers should check the label of Christmas lights if these items are made before or just last 2008 “Make sure that these items are not produced or manufactured long time ago dahil maaring may kalumaan na ang mga ito,”

Nunez said. Nunez advised store owners who are selling sub-standard Christmas lights to pull these items out of their establishments. He also asked consumers to report to DTI if there are sub-standard Christmas lights being sold in stores so that appropriate actions could be taken against the sellers. The Department of Trade and Industry, according to Nunez, have not monitored

price increase of commodities as of the moment. In the department’s weekly price monitoring during the first week of December there has been no significant increase of price of prime commodities. Businessmen, Nunez added, are satisfied with the present prices of items this Christmas season. (MCD-PIA Cotabato City)

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Daan-daang trabaho, pamaskong handog ng South Cotabato LGU KORONADAL CITY -- Daan-daang trabaho sa loob at labas ng bansa ang inihandog kahapon, Disyembre 14, ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng South Cotabato sa isang jobs fair sa Protech Center, Alunan Avenue, Koronadal City. Ang jobs fair na magkatuwang na ipinatupad ng South Cotabato LGU at ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ay isang mahalagang bahagi December Fest 2011 ng lalawigan. Ayon kay Jessie Claverias Jr., labor employment office II ng DOLE South Cotabato field office at focal person for jobs fair, sampung overseas employment agencies at labintatlong lokal na mga kompanya ang kabilang sa mga naghahanap ng mga trabahante. Kabilang sa mga trabahong inihahain ng mga lokal na kompanya ay ang sumusunod: call center agent, manager, supervisor, management information system managers, service crew, cashier, management trainees, sales marketing clerk at marami pang iba. 28

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Sa mga nagnanais makapagtrabaho sa labas ng bansa may mga bakanteng trabaho para sa mga caregiver, tutor, domestic helper, engineers, physical therapist, service crew, cooks, housekeepers, machine operators, carpenter, draftsmen, hairdresser at x-ray technician, optical technician, at marami pang iba. Umaasa ang DOLE na katulad ng kanilang mga nakaraang jobs fair marami pa rin ang mapapabilang sa mga “hired on the spot.”

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Matatandaang umabot sa mahigit 420 na aplikante ang “hired on the spot” sa kanilang isinagawang jobs fair sa Gaisano Grand Mall sa Koronadal City noong Oktubre 4. Sa mga hindi nakahabol sa jobs fair sa Protech Center kahapon, may kaparehong jobs fair ding isinasagawa ngayon, Disyembre 15, sa bayan ng Sto. Niño sa kahilingan na rin ng pamahalaang bayan. (DEDoguiles)


PNP to draw patrol plans for ‘simbang gabi’ by Robert E. Roperos

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o ensure public safety during “Simbang Gabi (Nightly Mass),” which begins at dawn Friday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Director C/Supt. Reynaldo Rafal required station commanders in the region to submit their patrol plans.

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In an interview with a radio station here, PSupt. Martin Gamba, public information officer of PNP-Caraga Region said the patrol plans will be submitted to the Regional Operations and Plan Division for evaluation, and to see to it that all the plans submitted fits the needs of their respective areas of responsibilities. However, the information officer of the region’s peacekeepers clarified that the police visibility is not only applicable during these times but will al30

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ways be implemented 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Ang police visibility dili lang ipatuman panahon sa Simbang Gabi kung dili sa tibuok oras kada adlaw 24/7 kay ang atong services wala man lang nagaingon nga i-intensify nato ang police visibility ug police operations sa panahon nga adunay espesyal nga okasyon kung dili kanunay kana sa matag adlaw),” Gamba said. (The police visibility is not only implemented during the Simbang Gabi but it should be on a 24/7

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because our services mandated us to intensify police visibility and police operations not only during special occasions but rather on a daily basis.) The official also said the ceremonial sealing of firearms of police personnel will be made before the celebration of the Christmas eve to identify those who have fired their issued firearms, without any valid reason. Gamba said violators will face appropriate disciplinary action as this order came from Camp Crame. He also made an assurance that police officials here will not tolerate any violations of their personnel. “I can assure the public that PNP officials will not tolerate any violations made by these police officers,” Gamba said.


Sec. Paje distributes 2,341 patents in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Province by Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje awarded some 2,341 patents covering 10,675,924 square meters to the different beneficiaries in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Province during his recent visit in Surigao City.

The move highlighted the “Handog Titulo ng Pangulo program” being implemented through DENR-Land Management Bureau (DENR-LMB), giving the people the opportunity to own the land that they have tilled for many years.

Secretary Paje awarded the titles to the different mayors who were present during the environment forum sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte held at the Provincial Convention Center in Surigao City on

November 29,2011. The local officials who received the patents in behalf of their constituents are Mayor Carlos M. Egay of Gigaquit, 43; Mayor Ramon B. Mondano of Mainit, 71; Mayor Teodoro F. Sinaca, Jr. of Malimono, 65;

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Mayor Felimon V. Napuli of Placer,135; Mayor Simplicia P. Bacol of San Francisco, 51; Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas of Surigao City, 312; Mayor Cesar A. Diaz of Tagana-an , 78; Mayor Cristina HR Arcillas of Tubod, 49; Mayor Peter Ruaya of Dapa, 30; Mayor Jaime P. Rusillon of General Luna, 87; Mayor Lamberto B. Dominos, Sr. of San Isidro, 49; Mayor Elizabeth R. Galanida of Socorro, 614 , Mayor Rosalinda C. Penera of Sta. Monica,66 , all in Surigao del Norte and Mayor Allan B. Ecleo II of San Jose, Dinagat Province, 691 patents. “We are happy to see our landless folk in this part of the country receiving patents from the DENR which is a reward of years of labor and tilling the land… We expect the new land owners therefore, that they will improve their lands and productive,” Paje said. Meanwhile, DENR Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said this is the biggest distribution of patents done in 32

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Caraga Region this year in keeping with the mandate of the DENR to process and distribute land titles under the “Handog Titulo ng Pangulo” program. The town of San Jose in Dinagat Province under Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer (PENRO) Aga Patubo has the biggest produced patents with a total of 691.

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Secretary Paje was invited guest speaker to the “Environment Forum” sponsored by Surigao del Norte Governor Sol F. Matugas. The DENR Chief also announced that new reforms in the mining industry are being prepared to be implemented shortly to improve revenue collections benefitting the local government units. (DENR-13)


Agusan del Norte LGU supports DOH birth spacing campaign

AGUSAN DEL NORTE – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here has adopted a national campaign on family planning by promoting proper birth spacing of three to five years. With a call “3-5 Taong Agwat, Dapat!”, the campaign aims to educate parents about the importance of waiting for three to five years before having another child. “We need to tell mothers and fathers why a longer birth interval is best for them,” said Provincial

Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth Campado. According to Campado, a mother needs at least three years to recover from previous birth. This will also allow her to spend more time with her child during the crucial first-five years of child development. “Relevant infor-

mation is crucial to help couples make a decision for their family’s future,” Campado added. Meanwhile, Dr. Irma Asuncion, Director of the National Center for Health Promotion (NCHP) of the DOH said that they are mandated to provide information

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about the benefits of birth spacing so that parents can make an informed, voluntary decision about how they will plan their family. Short birth spacing is linked with poor health outcomes like maternal and newborn morbidity and deaths, premature births, 34

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low birth weight, and child stunting in numerous studies cited by the World Health Organization in its global technical discussions. Recent survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that 73 percent of respondents agreed that the government should pro-

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vide information on all methods of modern family planning. Also, data from the Department of Health showed that about 55 percent of women in the Philippines give birth too soon after a preceding birth. Asuncion further encouraged local leaders and health service providers to step up health promotion through the conduct of health events and classes to increase the number of people adopting ways of birth spacing or reducing the size of their families. Rural health facilities in Agusan Del Norte, with the support of the Provincial Health Office have been conducting health classes and health events in municipalities.


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