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Cover Story

Miguel Antonio: Singapore’s singing sensation, Davao’s pride Rudolph Alama Southern Mindanao

Today’s issue...

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011


Vol. 1 No. 125


Across the Nation:

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Aquino wants review of govt crisis response after devastating Mindanao typhoon Oplan Paalala: Safety first during the holidays

Regional News:

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Davao Norte town mayor seeks stronger cell signal Jeanevive D. Abangan, Southern Mindanao

3-Year Crab Industry Development Plan launched

Moner Dayaan, Central Mindanao

South Cotabato nangunguna sa operasyon laban sa droga

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

BFP-Butuan conducts ocular inspection to establishments Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region


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OWWA establishes help desk


20T Phil health recipients delisted as beneficiaries starting 2012


Custom collections up in 4th quarter, says Gen. Lim


‘Sendong’ kills 4, leaves 33 missing in Bukidnon


‘Sendong’ leaves 79 dead in Iligan

Ritchel M. Molero, Caraga Region

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Franklin P. Gumapon, Westerm Mindanao

uby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

Cover Story

Miguel Antonio: Singapore’s singing sensation, Davao’s pride


by Rudolph Alama

haven’t seen my former neighbor Kathy for a long while. From bits and pieces of info I have read in Facebook, she was based in Singapore and is married to Samuel, a Singaporean who is the CEO of a shelter company based in the island nation. 4


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Little did I know that we would meet again, you see, Kathy is the mother of current Singaporean singing wonder kid, Miguel Antonio Vedanaigam. Kathy, Miguel, Sam and the rest of the family are coming in to revisit Davao City. Miguel Vedanaigam who goes now with his screen name Miguel Antonio burst into the Singaporean limelight when he joined and convincingly won a singing contest in his school just last year. The Qifa Got Talent. (Miguel is at 3rd Primary at Qifa Primary School) “We really didn’t know that he got this huge talent until he joined the school competition.” Miguel’s rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream”

blew the competition into smithereens where he was adjudged as the winner. Then after the school contest someone invited him to sing before a Singaporean government minister. His performances were then posted on YouTube, these videos were tweeted by radio disc jockeys and before long media men came knocking into the Vedanaigam’s home. Singapore’s New Paper broadsheet once referred to him

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as the Singaporean Justin Bieber. A tag, which Miguel’s father Samuel is not comfortable about. “They both are different.” Justin is a great performer but Miguel is a very good singer. Sam said to us during interview at Marco Polo Davao, where the family is staying for a week. Miguel has been featured in the animated Upin and Ipin Beatbox Commercial, performed for the Japan Relief Foundation, Sin6


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gapore Pools charity Event “Fashion with a Heart”, at the SOTA for Kids Performing Hope Foundation, MILK (Mainly I Love Kids) event, then the David Foster and friends concert where among the thousands who auditioned he was handpicked to sing a spot in the show sharing the stage with Philip Bailey, Michael Bolton and Ashanti. By July of next year he will be representing Singapore to the

World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Hollywood. Miguel will also be joining Talentadong Pinoy, TV5’s Talent show after impressing judges like Tuesday Vargas, Mr. Fu and Richard Gomez in the Singapore auditions. Currently Miguel is undergoing vocal training with Australian singer Corinne Gibbons, he is also enrolled in a SLS (Speech Level Singing) training a high-

ly-technical vocal course which hones and protects your delicate vocal chords. Michael Jackson was one of those famous singers who trained under SLS trainers. Aside from vocal trainings, he is also learning to play the piano. Sam says that they are not the parents who would push their child into going into show business, he says what is important for him and Kathy is that Miguel would choose where he would Saturday, December 17, 2011


going into. He said other Singaporean kids have what they term “tiger parents” referring to domineering and demanding adults with excessively high expectations on their children. Samuel said that he will be meeting with his friends in the Singaporean recording industry as to give the best options for Miguel, who has decided to pursue a professional singing career. And just last week Miguel and his parents jetted to Manila for a meeting with ABS-CBN’s Star Records executives for a possible 8


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recording proposal. Despite the many offers, Miguel’s parents would not just budge and bite the very first tempting offer that comes in. Sam says they are very careful whom they are signing with. As for the moment the former Ateneo de Davao Grade school pupil is enjoying the moment, the friendly kuya to his three other siblings (Isabela, Mikeala and Gabriela) is still the same shy boy who idolizes Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton and Andrea Bocelli, loves to play basketball and wants also to become a plastic surgeon someday.

Palace upbeat about Standard & Poor’s upgrading of country’s financial system


alacañang said on Saturday that the Standard & Poor’s move in upgrading its outlook for the Philippines to positive from stable reflects the strength of the country’s financial system amidst the present global economic uncertainties. During an inter- person Abigail Valte no administration. view aired over gov- attributed the Stan- Valte said the ernment-run dzRB dard & Poor’s out- government is optiRadyo ng Bayan on look upgrade to the mistic that this outSaturday, Deputy reforms being imple- look improvement will Presidential Spokes- mented by the AquiSaturday, December 17, 2011


translate into a muchdeserved credit rating upgrade in the near future. “Ngayon po kasi two notches below investment grade pa tayo. Kung magtuloytuloy po ‘yung mga iba pang mga reporma

and ang strengthening of the financial system, mas mapapadali po ‘yung actual credit rating upgrade,” Valte said. According to Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, the outlook improve-

ment is the fifth positive credit rating action made by various agencies for the Philippines since President Benigno S. Aquino III took office. (JS)

Aquino wants review of govt crisis response after devastating Mindanao typhoon


esident Benigno Aquino III wants a review of the government’s disaster response manual to prevent unnecessary loss of lives in the aftermath of the devastation of Typhoon Sendong in Mindanao.


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The president was briefed by several government agencies in Camp Aguinaldo on Saturday regarding their response to the devastation brought about by Typhoon Sendong, which left more than a hundred people dead and hundreds still missing. The chief executive also wants a more accurate and effective typhoon tracking system so that communities along typhoon path could have enough time to prepare before such disturbance hits. Areas vulnerable to flash floods must be identified for the government to issue immediate warnings during heavy downpours and typhoons, the President said.

At the same time, the President instructed concerned government agencies to do necessary preparations and brace for the entry of Typhoon Sendong in Palawan, the next place expected to be hit by the typhoon based on recent forecasts. During the briefing with the President, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that the death toll could be 130 as of Saturday noon. This figure may continue to rise, it said. At least 260 people are missing, all of them from Iligan City, according to the NDRRMC. In its report to

the President, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is sheltering hundreds of people in Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City and other areas. It has so far distributed food packs Saturday morning which could last for three days. It is planning to distribute more food packs. With regards to the current search and rescue efforts, police and military officials told the President about the need for more rubber boats for their missions. They said rescue efforts as well as salvaging dead bodies will continue once the weather improves. (AS)

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Oplan Paalala: Safety first during the holidays by Alice Sicat


he Bureau of Fire Protection will conduct activities to urge the public to make safety a priority during the holiday season. Under its “Oplan Paalala,” BFP employees will go around barangays from December 15 to 20 to remind residents of safety precautions to avoid fires and injuries amidst the celebrations. Supt. Joselito Cortez of the BFP’s Directorate for Operations said the agency has prepared safety guidelines that it will disseminate during the information campaign. For instance, Cortez said, the public should use only government-approved Christmas lights and other electrical decorations. “Do not use electrical outlets and extension cords more than its capacity, as this might cause 12


of fire,” he added. He also urged the public to turn-off Christmas lights and any electrical decorations before going to sleep or leaving the house. Starting December 26, the BFP will focus its info drive on handling firecrackers. He discouraged the public from buying firecrackers, as the money spent can be used to buy food instead, especially in these difficult times. Instead, the BFP urges the public to use other means to make noise like paper trumpets or “torotot” and banging on metals objects like frying pans. The BFP is also push-

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ing for designating areas where the public can watch fireworks display to avoid fire and injuries. Tomorrow, December 16, BFP representatives will be at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Malate, Manila where a fireworks display will be held at 6 p.m. A similar event will take place on December 27, in Brgy. 28 Caloocan City. Cortez was a a guest at the radio program Talking Points, aired over DZRB Radyo ng Bayan, People’s Television Network (PTV4), and sponsored by the Presidential Communications Operations Office and the Philippine Information Agency.

Public urged to refrain from lighting firecrackers


he Department of Health has called on the public to refrain from lighting firecrackers to minimize injuries. The campaign called IWAS PUTOK is an annual advocacy by the DOH which discourages the use of firecrackers in efforts to prevent firecracker-related injuries. Dr. Paolo Pantojan of the DOH Region XI speaking before members of the media at Pearl Farm’s Hermes Club held last December 16 said that the current theme of this year’s IWAS PAPUTOK is APIR (Give me Five). It stands for Aksiyon Paputok Injury Reduction.

The campaign enumerated five reminders for an injury free yuletide and new year celebrations, Pantojan said. Among these include; fireworks is a hazard, all firecrackers should not be used by children, keep away from people lighting firecrackers, never pick unexploded lighted fireworks, seek medical treatment if injured by firecrackers. Pantojan said that victims must immediately apply first aid to their wounds. stop the bleeding and clean their wounds with soap and water then have tetanus toxoid shots to avoid being infected with tetanus. The DOH has lauded the City Government of Davao for banning the use of firecrackers and pyrotechnics which has significantly reduced the number of injuries in the region. Per data estimates from the Southern Philippines Medical Center, the city has no registered injuries for the past three years now. (RG Alama) Saturday, December 17, 2011


Davao Norte town mayor seeks stronger cell signal

SAN ISIDRO, DAVAO DEL NORTEA barangay kagawad knocks at the house of the barangay captain of Datu Balong in San Isidro, Davao del Norte, asking for assistance to get an ambulance to take his wife to the hospital.

The barangay captain then takes a two-kilometer single motor ride to an area where he can get a cellphone signal so he can call the town mayor and request that the ambulance be sent immediately. “Ingon ana ka limited ang signal sa cellphone. (That is how limited the cellphone signal.),” San Isidro Municipal Mayor Rosebell Abelita-Nana said in an interview. She revealed that six or seven of the 13 barangays in her town still have limited access to cellphone signal though two telecommunication companies have already set up their cellsites about 200 kilometers from the town poblacion. Nana has wanted telecommunication companies to power 14


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up their cellsites to provide much stronger cellphone signal and easy access to the internet which right now still remains “frustrating to acccess.” “We have cellsites but the internet connecton is still limited, slow; browsing is limited,” she told PIA in an interview during the conduct of information drive regarding the Philippine Development Plan and SMS Reporting. In case of municipal government transactions needing internet posting, her staff has to travel about 50 kilometers to Tagum City just to do so. In areas where cellphone signal is very limited, barangay folks either would take a 30-motor ride to a signal-live spot or climb a tree just to text or call, Nana said. Responding to call for assistance or emergencies happening in far-flung barangays of her town would have been much timely if cellphone signal were much stronger. “My phone is open; they can call me anytime,” Nana said in explaining her availability to her constituents. However, she has found herself sometimes unreachable and unable to respond to request for assistance due to limited cellphone signal especially in dead spot areas. “Open access ko sa ilaha, ug sila sa akoa pero limited kay may

areas nga dili ma-reac.(I am open access to them but it is limited because there areas which cannot be reached ,” she said. “Wala mi limit sa assistance pero sila malimitahan kung unsaon mi nila pag pahibalo. (We have no limit in terms of assistance but they are being limited as to how they can inform us.),” Nana added. Meanwhile,she also expressed being wary about the possibility that school children in her town would be experiencing a kind “culture shock” as most of them have not been exposed to internet browsing to research answers to their assignments. “Gusto man na nga intervention sa mga teachers (Teachers would have wanted such intervention) but we are (being) limited because we only have limited access (to the internet),” she said. Citing these situations, Nana called on telecommunication

companies to roll out a much better telecommunication technology so her constituents would be able to enjoy full internet access and strong cellphone signal. Nana has known that access to the internet has become a universal challenge and that government transactions have now been made more transparent through internet posting of information. “Dili lang unta mi m- neglect (We won’t be neglected) that we are also a part of the challenge. Ang need sa syudad ug dinhi pareho lang baya (What those in the cities need, we also need the same). I hope they would consider that,” she said. Nana assured telecommunication companies of a good return of their investments in her town as she expected her constituents to buy more telecommunication gadgets and load up even more once the signal would get much stronger. (jeanevive d. abangan)

facts and figures 90%


The total percentage of Philippine National Police personnel in the Davao region who will be deployed for patrol duties according to regional director Chief Superintendent Jaime Morente.

Total number of PNP personnel in Davao Region.

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BFAR, DTI train coop members on seaweed processing by Jane Christine Balayo & Omar Sabal KORONADAL CITY -- Some 15 members of a cooperative in Sarangani recently underwent training on processing and value addition of seaweeds into income-generating products.



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The two-day training, specifically intended for members of the Sarangani Seaweed Producers Cooperative, was implemented by the Post Harvest Section (PHS) of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Region 12 in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry - Sarangani Province (DTISP) at the Municipal Hall of Alabel town, Sarangani Province. Training was focused on the production products such as pickles, noodles, and chips out of seaweeds. Jocelyn Romasanta, PHSs chief of the PHS,

BFAR 12 technical staff and DTI counterparts to ensure that technologies were clearly and properly conveyed to the target recipients for them to develop and sustain means of livelihood other than fishing. She said that the participants, majority of whom were women, were taught to maximize use of seaweeds which are commonly grown in the area. “This, in effect, is an opportunity to empower women who complement efforts with their fisherman-husbands,” Romasanta said. To ensure that beneficiaries sustain their

operation, BFAR 12 also awarded them with one unit noodle-making equipment. The participants personally thanked BFAR 12 & DTI- SP for the support they had given to their group and for the knowledge they had gained in the lecture and training. According to them, it was indeed a great help for them to have an additional job and income. Seaweeds is one of the municipal’s main product line and this is the reason why the government took the initiative to develop more products out of this commodity. (BFAR 12/ DEDoguiles)

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3-Year Crab Industry Development Plan launched by Moner Dayaan COTABATO CITY – A 3-year crab development plan for Cotabato City was formally launched Thursday as component event of the 1st Cotabato City crab festival in celebration of Shariff Kabunsuan Festival.

Aniceto V. Razalan, secretary to the city mayor who discussed the Cotabato’s crab development plan in yesterday during the Crab Forum 2011 said, a memorandum of agreement can be entered into by Cotabato City in nearby coastal town of Parang, Maguindanao for the establishment of alternate crab hatchery and consultation with the said local government unit (LGU) for crab investment . One strategy to develop and increase crab production, Razalan said, is for the city government to source out financial assistance for crab producers by coordinating with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and possible extension of capital as18


sistance from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). To address poor crab hatchery facilities, there is a need to identify location for crab hatchery operation and purchase of necessary equipment. Due to the depletion of mangroves in a coastal barangay of the city which is a good habitat of crabs, the

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plan recommended the rehabilitation of the mangroves in said area and planting of mangrove trees. Establishment of a model crab farm is also envisioned so that it can serve as model to other crab producers and to provide them incentive so they can sustain their crab production. The plan is to establish at least one

farm in each barangay. Providing infrastructure support like roads and bridges, reduction of cost production and easy market access should be undertaken. It is also recommended that to address the inadequate information on the business opportuni-

ties in the crab industry the plan include invitation of new investors, conduct business matching and crab exhibits. The city government will formulate ordinance on tax incentives for crab producers and introduce new technology on crab production by seeking the assistance

of SEAFDEC through BFAR. Razalan said that the present volume of production is very minimal just enough to meet the local market demand. The plan aims to achieve an increase of crab production from 200% to 300% after the 3-year plan for crab production is implemented.

South Cotabato nangunguna sa operasyon laban sa droga KORONADAL CITY -- Ipinagmamalaki ng mga otoridad na nangunguna ang lalawigan ng South Cotabato sa buong Soccsksargen Region sa operasyon laban sa ipinagbabawal na droga.

Sa meeting ng Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) kahapon, inihayag ni Police Superintendent Jemuel Siason, operations chief ng South Cotabato Police Provincial Office, na nakatakdang tumanggap ng parangal ang South Cotabato PNP mula sa Police Regional Office12 bilang pagkilala sa pagiging pinakaaktibo nito at pagkakaroon ng pinakamaraming nadakip kung iligal na droga ang pag-uusapan.

Base sa datos, nakapagsagawa ang PNP katuwang ang Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) at National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) ng 41 drug-related raid mula Enero hanggang sa kasalukuyan. Sa mga naturang raid, aabot sa 58 katao ang nadakip at nakasuhan. Dagdag ni Siason, nananatili ang kanilang mahigpit na pagmamanman sa drug-related activities sa lalawigan partikular sa Barangay Ambalgan

sa bayan ng Sto. Niño dahil nananatili pa rin aniyang aktibo ang drug trade sa lugar. Bagama’t naging aktibo ang kanilang operasyon laban sa iligay na droga hindi aniya maikakaila na nanatili ang mga illegal drug activities dito. Pinalalakas din ng PNP South Cotabato ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga sa mga kumunidad sa pamamagitan ng programang “Pamilya Ayaw sa Droga.”(DEDoguiles)

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Gov’t agencies give focus on Kalusugan Pangkalahatan by Jennifer P. Gaitano


epresentatives from the national government agencies, local government units, and partner stakeholders tackled the Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (Universal Health Care) Program of President Benigno Aquino III’s administration, during its meeting held recently in one of the local convention centers here.



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The activity was spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga in support to the Regional Development Plan and Millennium Development Goals No. 4 and 5 (Reduce Child Mortality, Improved Maternal Health, and Combat HIV/ AIDS, malaria, and other diseases). DOH bared that as of November 2011, there are 62 Rural Health Units (RHUs) already in place, where PhilHealth accredits its Out-Patient Benefit (OPB) and provides Ma-

ternal Care Package. The implementation of the said program shall be directed towards ensuring the achievement of the health system goals of better health outcomes, sustained health financing and responsive health system by ensuring that all Filipinos, especially the disadvantaged group in the spirit of solidarity and have equitable access to affordable health care. DOH revealed that in 2010, there were 64 maternal mortality cases in Caraga. They are aiming to achieve zero mortality rate in the coming years through the collaborative efforts of the government and private stakeholders. Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is the health reform agenda of the DOH. Its main aim is to provide

financial risk protection for all Filipinos, especially the poor, by ensuring universal PhilHealth coverage and improving the benefits of Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth, Inc.). The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives are designed to help PhilHealth encourage more and more people to become part of PhilHealth and to assist PhilHealth in improving its services for its members. All of these will be at no cost to the corporation. Government agencies will convene again on February 2012 to discuss further plans and activities that will continue to protect the public’s health, and will also conduct training/orientation on basic family planning to LGUs.

BFP-Butuan conducts ocular inspection to establishments by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here is regularly conducting ocular inspections to establishments and sees to it that the buildings have complied the regulations set by the bureau. Saturday, December 17, 2011


In an interview with a local radio station here recently, BFPButuan Chief Inspector Aldrich Gomez said the ocular inspection is part of their mandate to ensure that all establishments here

are safe. Insp. Gomez is thankful to the city government for their relentless efforts in supporting the mandate of the BFP. Gomez said those who have violated the

mandate required of them will be penalized accordingly. “This is imposed so that owners of establishments will give value to the importance of complying the requirements to ensure safety,” he added. This effort of BFPButuan supports the good governance of Mayor Amante which is also the flagship program of the Aquino Administration as embodied in the Philippine Development Plan.

OWWA establishes help desk by Ritchel M. Molero

BUTUAN CITY – The establishment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Help Desks is set after officials from the province of Surigao del Sur and representatives of the ten municipalities finally signed recently the Memorandum of Agreement with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the La Entrada, Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. 22


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San Agustin; Mayor Alfeo G. Perez, Jr. of San Miguel; and Vice-Mayor Nelita T. Cotiangco of Tagbina. Meanwhile, OWWA-Caraga conducted a two-day Entrepreneurial Development Training (EDT) to 55 OFWs and their families in the same venue. Participants were The agreement is committed partnership of OWWA with the local government units to provide programs and services that shall appropriately and timely respond to the needs of OFWs and their families. The MOA signing was led by OWWA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Marieta A. Lumawag and the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Marcos Quico. O W WA- C a ra g a ’s Programs and Services Chief Annette F. Lovete, Family Welfare Officers Ronnie B. Azura and Lorie

Ann Hilongos and PESO Managers from the ten municipalities witnessed the said event. The municipalities’ representatives who also signed the MOA were the following: Vice-Mayor Carlosito C. Avila of the Municipality of Cagwait; Mayor Genito B. Guardo of the Municipality of Cantilan; Mayor Pedro M. Trinidad, Jr. of Cortes; Mayor Candelario J. Viola, Jr. of Hinatuan; Mayor Roy Hegino S. Sarmen of Lianga; Mayor Jose A. Arpilleda of Madrid; Vice-Mayor Jovita S. Umapas of Marihatag; Mayor Honolulu C. Go of

mostly members of OFW Family Circles from the municipalities of Madrid, Cortes, Cantilan and Tandag. The EDT is one of the requirements for the OFW P2 Billion Reintegration Loan Program of the OWWA in partnership with Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines. Among the topics discussed focused on How to Start Your Own Business, Financial Literacy, How to Make a Business Proposal and Values Re-Orientation. (OWWA-Caraga)

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PRC to launch Sky Lanterns Festival in Dipolog by Alfonso T. Ruda

M PHOTO BY: Ruel D. Tabada

otivated by its desire to raise sufficient funds for emergency purposes and fully serve the needy in times of calamity, the Philippine Red Cross, Zamboanga del Norte Chapter will launch a fund-raising campaign this Christmas, dubbed as the Sky Lanterns Festival 2011.



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It will be held at the Sunset Boulevard, Dipolog City starting 6 o’clock in the evening on December 17, 2011. Mr. Joshua Bicoy, PRC-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter administrator said, the festival aims to gather various members of the community and organizations to celebrate the spirit of Christmas through peace and unity. According to Bicoy, PRC which primarily depends on financial support from donations, contributions and membership fees for all programs and projects during emergency situations and calamities hopes to generate additional funds from the said festival. Anchored on its philosophy, “Always First. Always ready, always There,” the local PRC chapter has organized a 24-hour Emergency Response Unit which would help and respond to any given emergency situation 24/7. The Sky Lanterns Festival, chaired by Zamboanga del Norte

PNP Provincial Director Sr. Supt. Ulpiano Lopez; Co-chairman Engr. Leoncio Solamillo of the DPWH First Engineering District; and Board of Directors Chairperson Engr. Socorro Hamac have appealed to the public and other organizations to sponsor the activity at PhP150.00 per lantern. For more information regarding the upcoming activity, Bicoy urges the interested parties to visit the PRC office located at the Provincial Tourism Complex and see Mr. Nicoh Gen Regencia, the Chapter Service Re p r e s e n t a t i ve . (JPA/ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte) Saturday, December 17, 2011


20T Phil health recipients delisted as beneficiaries starting 2012 by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some 20,000 recipients of the city government‘s PhilHealth insurance program were delisted as its beneficiaries starting 2012.

City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said “the new policy makes only those included in the list yielded from the National 26


Housing Targeting System (NHTS) survey as eligible for the Philhealth sponsorship program.” Covarrubias said the city government has

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made several requests for the reconsideration of the said 20,000 delisted, but the national government is bent on implementing the new

policy. “Mayor Lobregat has earlier sought reconsideration from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through Secretary Jesse Robredo and the Department of Health (DOH) through Secretary Enrique Ona and Philhealth chief executive officer Dr. Rey Aquino on the new sponsorship policy. However, the government is bent on implementing the policy starting January 2012 nationwide,” Covarrubias explained. The delisting was in view of the new policy on PhilHealth sponsorship involving local government units nationwide. “The 20,000 beneficiaries expected to be affected by the new policy are part of the total 25,792 beneficiaries of the health insurance program in the city,” the active lady IO said. “Only over 5,000 in the list of present beneficiaries are included in the NHTS survey

conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” she ders confirmed. the P600 while the nation “To be affected al government shoulders are senior citizens, ba- the remaining P600.” rangay officials, per- Covarrubias said sons with disabilities, the NHTS survey was members of Rural Im- done in 2009 purposely provement Club, mem- to identify the poorest of bers of the media and the poor and the DOH, other sectors that are DILG and Philhealth are included in the city’s set to use the NHTS list in PHILHEALTH program,” the national sponsorship Covarrubias explained. program starting 2012. The new policy is Covarrubias shared, “under the present pro- also to pave the way gram, each beneficiary for the expansion of the is entitled to a one-year 4 P’s program of the PhilHealth insurance for national government. P1,200, of which the local (JPA/SCovarrubias/ government unit shoul- CIO) Saturday, December 17, 2011


Custom collections up in 4th quarter, says by Franklin P. Gumapon Gen. Lim DIPOLOG CITY - The collection of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) this last quarter has improved, according to Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Gen. Danilo Lim.

Lim, during his recent media interview here said the bureau’s collection starting last October 2011 has improved compared to that of September of same year. “We were behind P30 billion in our collection last September,” Lim disclosed. However, Lim said the BOC has been able to minimize its collection deficit in the fourth quarter of this year. Lim further disclosed that reforms have been undertaken in the customs to weed out corruption and to improve the image of the agency. For years the BOC earned the moniker as the most corrupt agency



of the government. With this, the BOC is now introducingsystemic/structural reforms to stem the prevalence of corruption in the agency. One tangible reform the agency is pursuing these days is the reduction of smuggling cases

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by intensifying it campaign against smugglers, said Lim. Lim has dropped by in this city the other day on his way to Oroquieta City for a speaking engagement. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

Iligan City under state of calamity

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte -- City Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan declared the entire city under State of Calamity, through a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panglungsod. Saturday, December 17, 2011


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The local government unit, throught the local city executive, may disburse funds for relief operations and disaster preparedness to purchase equipment like rubber boats.

Earlier, the city mayor had an aerial view of the submerged areas and the houses swept by Typhoon Sendong. He had also expressed relief on President Benigno Aquino

III’s commitment in providing assistance to the flash floods victims and in sending Interior and Local Government secretary Jessie Robredo to visit the flood stricken city. He also thanked the municipalities of Bacolod and Maigo of Lanao del Norte and from Ozamis City, who sent fire trucks with potable water at evacuation centers and the priests and nuns in the city who opened their churches and provided a refuge for some evacuees The Department of Social Welfare and Development – Region 10 will also be hauling 10,000 food packs for Iligan City typhoon victims.

‘Sendong’ kills 4, leaves 33 missing in Bukidnon by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon –- At least four persons were killed and 33 were missing, after a flood, brought by tropical storm “Sendong’ hit Tumalaong village in Barangay Lingating, Baungon, Bukidnon before dawn Saturday. 30


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Initial report said the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) immediately responded through the emergency rescue teams of the Philippine Red Cross, 403rd Brigade of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police, Arsenio Alagenio, Executive Officer of the PDRRMC said. Residents reported earlier that as many as 40 to 50 people were missing, but Alagenio said the lower figure of 33 was more accurate as it was based on a report from the barangay officials. “There were twenty

two (22) houses in Libona town in Bukidnon totally damaged by the strong winds and floodwaters,� Alagenio said. The Tumalaong Bridge which connects Baungon and Libona towns, all in Bukidnon, also collapsed due to the strong current of floodwaters. The Kabula Bridge in Baungon town was also damaged. Said bridge connects Baungon, Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City. This rendered Baungon town isolated from the rest of the neighboring towns of Bukidnon and

Cagayan de Oro City. The rains brought by Sendong started at 5:00 a.m. Friday and lasted until 3:00 a.m. Saturday. The provincial government has started distributing relief goods to the flood victims along with other private agencies, while the Libona municipal government had also set up a relief center. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are on alert to monitor hazard prone areas, especially those living in low lying and mountainous areas, as light rains continuously poured over the area.

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‘Sendong’ leaves 79 dead in Iligan by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte-- At least 79 people were reported dead and 260 person missing as flash floods spawned by Tropical Storm Sendong hit 17 barangays in Iligan City, the City Disaster Council said.

Arnel Bendijo, head of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Iligan, this figure is as of 4:30 pm today. At around 12 midnight residents were awakened by continuous heavy rains accompanied by strong winds and the rush of flood waters caused by the swollen Mandulog and Iligan Rivers. He said around 2,000 families are affected and they come from Barangays Mandulog, Digkilaan, Bonbonon, Upper and Lower 32


Hiplanon, San Roque, Sta. Filomena, Santiago, Bagong Silang, San Miguel, Abuno, Tipanoy, Tubod, Mahayhay, Ubaldo Laya, Tambacan, Pugaan and Palao. The Bayug island, which is under Barangay Hinaplanon, is being monitored as it is secluded with sea water and several families missing are believed to have come from this island. As of press time, continuous search and rescue operation is being undertaken by Task Force Maka-

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lintad. Teams from the Accredited Civilian Disaster Volunteers, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross, and the city’s 811 rescue team were also mobilized. Rescued residents were taken to ten evacuation centers identified by the City Social and Welfare Development (CSWD) and the barangay officials. They are now being given by CSWD packed foods that include rice, canned goods, coffee and noodles.

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