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Mindanao Film Festival 2011: the growth of the regional film industry Southern Mindanao

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Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011


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DSWD naglaan ng P67.86 milyong pondo para sa mga biktima ni Sendong

Regional News:

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DENR-XI Surpasses 2011 National Greening Program Target Bing Cordova, Southern Mindanao

Sarangani activates Inter-Agency Council against Human Trafficking

Moner Dayaan, Central Mindanao

Industriya ng bangus sa Soccsksargen may potensyal na lumakas

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

BIR orders, reminds business establishments to issue official receipts Nora CL Molde, Caraga Region


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PNP-Caraga launches “blow the whistle” campaign in support to anti-VAW


Military firms-up patrol of PHL waters vs foreign intruders


Merry-makers warned to watch diet this Christmas season


Sendong’ destroys two main bridges in Bukidnon, isolates Baungon town


Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Western Mindanao

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Westerm Mindanao

Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

‘Sendong’ brings havoc to agri properties in Lanao del Sur Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

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Mindanao Film Festival 2011: the growth of the regional film industry


t was another fruitful year, 17 short films in a three-day cinematic event held last December 9-11 at Gaisano Mall Cinema 5.



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“It could have been 30 films but some of the filmmakers could not finish on time.” says Kenth Bajo, festival director of the Mindanao Film Festival. “back then when we started it used to be four or five films.” he adds reminiscing the early days of the film festival. The volume of films shown in the festival mirrors the growth of the Davao film industry. It also shows an active regional filmmaking landscape with filmmakers from Cagayan de Oro, Tagum City, Zamboanga and Iligan pitching in to contribute. The 7th Mindanao Film Festival is the country’s longest continuously running independent regional film festival which traces its roots in 2003 with the hold-

ing of the Guerilla Film Festival where the short film products of the Guerilla Film workshop participants were exhibited. It is organized by the Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation Inc. (MFTDFI) with the hopes of jumpstarting a regional film industry particularly in the time of digital technology which made digital filmmaking accessible. In 2005 to make way for Guerilla workshop alumni and other filmmakers who could not join the workshop but would want to submit their films the festival was opened and hence became the Mindanao Film Festival. In 2009 a partnership was sealed by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts Sunday, December 18, 2011


(NCCA) which provided grants for the festival. Its body of short films were also curated by the cinema committee which saw regional filmmakers being invited to the Cinemarehiyon Film Festival held in Manila. In 2011 the Cinemarehiyon was held in Davao City, the first time it was held outside the confines of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. By 2011 MFF again showcased some short films from budding filmmakers led by homegrown filmmaker John Paul Seniel. The GMA 5 TV news reporter was one of the participants during the first Guerilla film workshops in 2003 and has nearly every year submitted works for exhibition and competition. 6


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In 2010 he got his biggest accolade when his short film “Latus” which tackles about domestic violence won the New York Independent Film and Video Festival and to make his achievement sweeter it was in Cannes, France in time for the prestigious Cannes Film Fest where JP was awarded his trophy. In the 2011 edition of the festival, JP has submitted three short films namely Atong Amigo (Our Friend), Ang Disipolo (The Disciple) and Ang Sulat Kang Ondoy (Letters for Ondoy). The three films actually had stand-alone playdates and since the dates were contiguous of the MFF schedule JP’s three films were extended for a week. JP says that it was his effort of jumpstarting a film industry

where people would make films the rest of the year without having to wait for the Film Festival on December. One of JP’s films Atong Amigo got the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Production Value Awards. The biggest winner of the festival was a Zamboanga City short film titled Placebo which revolves around the life of a lonely convenience store owner who meets a mysterious vixen. Placebo’s production team CineSur is among those behind the Cinemalaya 2010 Best Picture film Halaw. The film also copped best actress honors for Athena Chia, Best Sound, Best Director for Dexter dela Peña and Best Picture. Comedy short “Tiny and Timoy” won best screenplay and

its lead actor Joshua Israel won Best Actor award. The other winners in the festival included the Best Musical Score honors going to Tagumenyo filmmeker Arnel Barbarona’s for his short film “The Proposal.” Tzaddi Esguerra from Iligan City was awarded as the Best student director for helming “Flutterfield,” while “Lakad” from Ateneo de Davao got the accolade for Best Trailer (as determined by Facebook votes) The jurors for the filmfest included acclaimed Moro film director Teng Mangansakan, Cagayan de Oro filmmaker Shaun Uy, Sunstar columnist/blogger Ria Jose and film blogger and representative of the Cinegang film bloggers group Mark Glenn Cabrera. The Future The future looks brighter for the Mindanao Film Festival and more so for the Davao filmmaking movement. Just this year the Film Development Council of the Philippines has started to focus on regional films particularly on Davao City. With the support of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the City Government, a 150-seater Cinematheque will be constructed early next year with funding coming from the FDCP Sunday, December 18, 2011


in usufruct agreement with the City Government. The facility will be constructed in a city-owned lot near the People’s Park. The Cinematheque will be a film archive and a small cinema where films will be screened to the public for free. Bajo, who is also a mem-



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ber of the MFTDFI board says that he is very happy with the recent developments. The foundation he said is fully supportive of the FDCP and has been in constant contact with FDCP Davao coordinator Philip Lat. The FDCP is planning to hold a Davao City Film Festival which is expected to feature international films and is currently holding free film workshops for the public. FDCP head Briccio Santos is incidentally the son of former Davao City Mayor, the late Luis T. Santos. This connections could serve well for the Davao film industry particularly that the thrust of the FDCP is going to the regions particularly under its program Sineng Pambansa (National Cinema).

“No indiscriminate firing on Christmas, New Year” – PNP chief


hilippine National Police chief Nicanor A. Bartolome warned the 140,000 members of the police force to avoid indiscriminate firing this holiday season or else, face the full force of law.

The PNP chief issued Letter of Instruction (LOI) 41/2011 to warn personnel of heavy punishment for indiscriminate firing during

the Holidays. “We are doing this yearly to send a strong message to policemen, soldiers and gun owners and to help the govern-

ment bring down casualties and injuries during the revelry of the yuletide,” Bartolome said. He added that the muzzle taping of service

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firearms is done to show PNPs support to the government’s campaign to prevent firearms injury. PNP regional, provincial and municipal heads should supervise the


muzzle taping. Meanwhile, Bartolome said that all PNP personnel will continue to strengthen police operations to ensure the safety of the public dur-

ing the holidays. Likewise, the PNP chief stressed that alert status remains in areas with fragile peace and order situation especially in the Mindanao regions.

DSWD naglaan ng P67.86 milyong pondo para sa mga biktima ni Sendong ni Lucia F. Broño

bot sa P67.86 milyon ang inilaang tulong ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Sendong.

Ang P57.69 milyon nito ay mga relief goods at ang P10.17 milyon naman ay ang standby funds. Sinabi ni DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman na ito ay handang ilabas


anumang oras kailangan ng mga apektadong lokal na pamahalaan. Ipinahayag rin ni Soliman na ang lahat ng DSWD regional offices sa mga apektadong lugar ay

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naatasan nang maging alerto at agarang makipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na pamahalaan, tignan kung gaano ang pinsala ni Sendong at magbigay ng tulong sa mga pamilyang nasalanta.

DENR-XI Surpasses 2011 National Greening Program Target total of 1,547 hectares. These seedlings


housands of NGP volunteers and partners in Region XI take full pride as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) surpasses its 2011 National Greening Program (NGP) target by 4%, increasing the number of seedlings planted from 2,757,000 to 2,867,000 covering a total area of 5,734 hectares.

Aside from this, it has also significantly partnered with other agencies, local government units (LGUs) and industries resulting to an additional of 489,871 seedlings planted covering a

were either purchased by the partners themselves as their contribution to the environment or were provided by the nurseries of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in the region. DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Jim O. Sampulna explained that the excess 110,000 seedlings planted were purchased using the savings generated from the NGP budget allocation for 2011. “We did not ask for additional funding to be able to surpass our targets, we utilized our budget wisely hence this accomplishment”, Sampulna said. “We are aiming for a 100 percent survival of all the seedlings planted, that is why we have strengthened our monitoring activities. NGP is not just about planting trees, it is also about ensuring that the planted trees will grow so that holistically the aim of the project will be achieved,” Sampulna added. NGPs success in region XI is highly attributed to the CommunityBased Forest Management (CBFM) Peoples Organizations who are the Sunday, December 18, 2011


principal host of the program and to the overwhelming participation as well as support of the local government units (LGUs), students, industries and other partner agencies. NGP is spelled out in Executive Order No. 26 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino, III on February 24, 2011. It is one of the priority programs of the government geared to attain sustainable development for poverty

reduction, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and adaptation by planting 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares of idle, denuded and other suitable lands of the public domain in the country. DENR-XI’s NGP target for 2012 is to plant a total of 6,028,444 covering an area of 12,087 hectares (Bing Cordova, DENR-11 PR).

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Lonely Gulf Davao Gulf was devoid of passenger crafts and othe small shipping particularly those plying the Samal island-Davao City route as PAGASA declared for the first time storm signal no.2 in the City last friday (Dec. 16)in the wake of typhoon Sendong. the coast guard immediately which restricted the movement of water craft particularly around the Davao Gulf area. (photos by Rudolph Alama) 12


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PCCI to oversee BIMP-EAGA Desk in Region 12 by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY– The Regional Development Council (RDC) 12 has designated the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Southwestern Mindanao Regional Office based here as SOCCSKSARGEN’s coordinating desk for the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area or the BIMP-EAGA. The RDC-12 is the highest policy-making body in South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan KudaratSarangani-General Santos or SOCCSKSARGEN Region. With the designation, PCCI is now the region’s official “gateway and conduit” of all BIMP-EAGA trading and economic relations concerns with the East ASEAN trading areas of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. PCCI Southwestern Mindanao’s designation came about with the endorsement of “RDC 12 Economic Development

Committee” through a resolution passed during its 36th regular meeting on December 7 in Alabel town, Sarangani. The move was aimed

to “stimulate the active participation of the private sectors in BIMP-EAGA activities.” Newly-elected PCCI Regional Governor for

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Southwestern Mindanao Bronx Hebrona, described PCCI’s designation as advantage “to the efforts of our local traders and entrepreneurs to participate in trading with the rest of the BIMP-EAGA areas.” Hebrona, Sarangani’s private sector representative to RDC-12, said the move was necessary to beef up the positioning of Region 12 as “promising investment and tourist destination” in the BIMP-EAGA region. He said a BIMP-EAGA Desk shall be activated and this will be supported by the Department



of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Office 12 as its secretariat. Aside from the task to report to the RDC-12 through the Economic Development Committee, the Desk will also form part of the “BIMPEAGA reporting and coordinating structure under the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).” According to RDC-12 chair Darlene AntoninoCustodio, the city mayor here, RDC-12 being the highest policymaking body in the region, has the prerogative to map out the region’s development blueprint to fuel

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and spur growth in the area. RDC-12 exercises “planning, investment programming, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation functions, among others” in order to orchestrate and implement the regional socio-economic development concerns for the benefit of the people. It is also backed by the strong involvement and participation of the private and the business sectors as important partners in project planning and implementation being the backbone of local economy.

Sarangani activates Inter-Agency Council against Human Trafficking GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Sarangani Provincial Gender and Development Council (PGADC) thru the Provincial Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking (PIACaT) is strengthening its campaign against human rights violation and trafficking as the year gets to its end.

The activation of PIACaT in the province has been established “with council resolution through a Provincial Ordinance No. 2008-0609.” PIACaT is being lodged with the PGADC being the one that has a mandatory fund of 5 percent of the total amount of the General Fund of the province. For the next year, PGADC has a projected allocation of more or less P29 million. Fiscal Vicente Felipe Velasco, provincial prosecutor and PIACaT chairperson said the council is bent on implementing RA 9208 otherwise known as the AntiTrafficking in Persons Act of 2003 together with other partner government agencies.

“The Sarangani PIA- ment and proliferation CaT takes off its cam- of prohibited drugs. paign on human rights Velasco asked the

protection and abuses to avert the escalating activities on human trafficking,” he told media at a press conference Monday. According to him, human trafficking may be in the form of sex and domestic slavery, child abuse, illegal recruit-

participation of all stakeholders to include the media to help the council dispense its mandate as he acknowledged the problem of trafficking in women and children to be “alarming.” Meanwhile, Police Senior Inspector Delia Cadorna, also Women and

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Children’s Concerns Desk Officer of Sarangani Police Provincial Office said there are at least “105 recorded victims of trafficking from the seven municipalities” of Sarangani since 2005. “The victims cut across all ages and genders whose recruiters offer better lives and work abroad but only to find themselves victims,” she said. She also lamented that police find it difficult to even bring the case to courtroom since “there is difficulty in getting witnesses and victims are afraid to risk their lives to come out and expose their perpetrators.” Sarangani Board Member Eleanor Saguiguit, committee chair on family, women and children and co-chair of PGADC, said the provincial government is doing its best from providing funds for programs to expanding opportunities for the people in the hope they do away with illegal activities. 16


She said the province has also sought the participation and support of various multisectoral stakeholders to the anti-human trafficking campaign to

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and their provincial and municipal counterparts; the private sectors, NGOs, and religious organizations.

forge a more cohesive and collective efforts. PIACaT is composed of key national government agencies such as the Prosecutor’s Office, the Dept.of Social Welfare and Development, Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Philippine National Police (PNP), National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women (NCFRW), the

Sister Susan Bolanio, executive director of the Oblates of Notre Dame Hesed Foundation and member of PIACaT representing the religious group also urged the media to be actively involved in the campaign. Asked if being a human trafficker or drug courier a result of sheer poverty, Sister Susan simply cited that it is value that really dictates the action of a certain person.

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Industriya ng bangus sa Soccsksargen may potensyal na lumakas KORONADAL CITY -- Malamang na lalawak ang industriya ng bangus sa Soccsksargen Region o Rehiyon 12 kung mapagtutuunan ng pansin ang pagpapaunlad ang mas epektibong sistema para sa isang mas mataas na produksyon, ayon sa isang opisyal ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources- 12 (BFAR-12)

Sa isang TV documentary program na “Invest in R12TV� ng DTI at PIA sa lungsod ng General Santos kamakailan, sinabi ni Ambutong Pautong, assistant regional director ng BFAR-12, na isa itong alternatibo na maaring puntiryahin ng rehiyon upang tugunan ang problema sa bumababang volume ng nakukuhang yamangdagat. Mula 2007 hanggang 2009, nasa 349,000 metriko tonelada ang produksyon ng bangus sa bansa, 60,000 metriko tonelada ang galing sa Mindanao. Ang produksyon ng Rehiyon 12

ay nasa 14,809 metriko tonelada lamang. Karamihan dito ay galing sa lalwigan ng Sarangani at Sultan Kudarat. Dagdag ni Pautong, nakatuon sila ngayon sa pagpapaunlad ng produksyon ng bangus

sa pamamagitan ng mga bagong teknolohiya, improved processing ng iba’t ibang produkto ng bangus, on-farm residue monitoring at pagtaguyod ng responsableng aquaculture. (DEDoguiles)

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DFA announces Foreign Service Exams for 2012 by Robert E. Roperos


he Consular Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Caraga Region recently announced the 2012 schedule of the Foreign Service Examinations.

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According to Mary Val Adiong, OIC-Regional Director, the exam is composed of five parts and will be scheduled from February to August. Adiong said the first part of the exam, the qualifying test for Foreign Service Officer (FSO), is set on February 19. After this, a preliminary interview is set tentatively on March 31 and a written test on April 4 and 6. The psychological test, the fourth part, is tentatively set on June 25 to 29, while the final Oral Test is tentatively scheduled on August 29 to 31, 2012. Adiong added that applicant should be less than 35 years old on February 19, 2012 and should

be holder of a four-year bachelor’s degree or higher. “Here, the applicant is required to submit relevant evidence such as transcript of records, and either the diploma or certificate of graduation,” she added. Moreover, the regional director said applicants should be a Filipino citizen and a permanent resident of the Philippines. “If married to a foreigner, the applicant must secure from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, through the Board of Foreign Service Examinations authority to take the FSO examinations.” Naturalized Filipino applicants, on the other hand, should submit copy of naturalization papers or

Philippine passports. Adiong said applicants with dual or multiple citizenships should submit a notarized affidavit stating that upon passing the examination, they intend to renounce allegiance to their other countries of citizenship. A non-refundable admission fee of P500 is needed to be paid before taking the Qualifying Test upon acceptance of his/ her application. All completed application forms must be submitted to Consular Office not later than January 5, 2012. For further information, please contact Suzette Aluag-Callo through telephone number (085) 3425700.

BIR orders, reminds business establishments to issue official receipts by Nora CL Molde BUTUAN CITY – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Caraga ordered and reminded different business establishments in the region to issue official receipts to their customers. Sunday, December 18, 2011


The order was made, according to BIR regional director Norberto Vitug, because their offices have received complaints that there are some establishments in the region that continually disregard the order of

their agency to issue official receipts to their customers. A penalty amounting to P10,000 for the first offense will be collected from the business establishments who failed to follow the order, said Vitug.

Also, according to Vitug if the business establishments continue to disregard the BIR order, their office will close the erring business establishments through the agency’s “Oplan Kandado” program.

PNP-Caraga launches “blow the whistle” campaign in support to anti-VAW BUTUAN CITY – In support of the advocacy of the United Nations’ advocacy on anti-violence against women (VAW), personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Caraga Region recently launched the “blow the whistle” campaign. 20


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During the regular flag-raising ceremony at the Camp Rafael Rodriguez in Barangay Libertad here, PSupt Martin Gamba, Chief of the Information Office emphasized the need for the police personnel to support anti-VAW campaign. In an interview with a local radio station here, Gamba said the PNP is one of the target audiences of the anti-VAWC campaign program of the national government and the United Nations because majority of the PNP personnel are dominated by men, and men are prone to abusing women and children.

Gamba further said that PNP-Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal has called on the police officers to support and implement the anti-VAWC campaign of the national government. Meanwhile, Gamba said the women’s desk section in police stations in Caraga were able to entertain cases on VAWC. Such cases were jointly resolved by PNP and concerned agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). When asked if there are PNP personnel who were involved in cases

related to VAWC, he said not only cases involving physical abuses were committed by some of the PNP personnel. He added issues related on financial assistance, psychological and even abandonment of their families are among those that were given attention by top PNP officials. “Cases on financial assistance, psychological, and abandoning of their families also happened but all these were given appropriate investigations because top management of the country’s police force will not tolerate such acts committed by police personnel,” Gamba said. The activity forms part of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women which is spearheaded by the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC) composed of public and private stakeholders in the region. This also supports the Human Development Agenda of the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino administration. (Robert E. Roperos)

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City, Water District, forge P48.7M brgy. water projects by Jocelyn P. Alvarez


ar flung barangays of the city will soon enjoy potable water as the city government of Zamboanga and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) forged recently a P48.7million barangay water projects.





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“The city government and our water district recently forged five (5) agreements for the implementation of five (5) barangay water system projects that will expand water service to thousands of households in almost 20 barangays in the city,” shared City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias. “The city is spending some P48.74 million for the 5 water system projects in line with its commitment to help the ZCWD expand its services to far flung barangays. The amount will cover the supplying and laying of distribution lines and other materials,” Covarrubias detailed. The lady IO said, “the ZCWD, represented by General Manager Leonardo Vasquez in the agreement, is spending a similar amount which will cover the labor cost and other materials.” The signing ceremony, held at the City Hall conference room yesterday afternoon, was witnessed by the

officials of the barangay-beneficiaries. Covarrubias said the agreements signed include the construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of water system at Patalon with an estimated cost of P1.59 million; construction/ rehabilitation and installation of Cacao-Lapakan-Cabaluay water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of Tictapul-Licomo-Vitali water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of Mangga Bolong-Bolong-Bungiao-Sangali water system with an estimated cost of P5.33 million; construction/ rehabilitation/ improvement of DumalonZambales-Baluno-Cap-

isan-Malagutay-San Roque-Calarian-CawitSinunuc-Maasin water system with an estimated cost of P33.744 million. Covarrubias said Lobregat and Vasquez gave their assurance to the barangay officials concerned that they will hire laborers from the barangay or community where the projects will be implemented “ Laborers to be hired during the implementation of the projects will be taken from the barangays where the projects are located,” Covarrubias said. “Mayor Lobregat said more projects will be implemented next year to ensure water supply in the different barangays of the city,” she said. (JPA/S.Covarrubias/City Hall/ PIA9)

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Military firms-up patrol of PHL waters vs foreign intruders ISABELA CITY – The military will further intensify its patrol operations to protect the Philippine territories from foreign intruders, the commander of the Western Command (WESCOM) assured after six Chinese poachers were arrested catching endangered marine animals off the coast of Bgy. Ramos, Balabac early this month.


WESCOM Chief LTGen Juancho M. Sabban said the military will strengthen security operations in areas most often frequented by foreign intruders. On December 1, a 24


composite team of naval and marine soldiers apprehended the six Chinese fishermen and discovered eight sea turtles, three of which were already dead, on board a speedboat fol-

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lowing a report they received of the presence of the foreign nationals within the territorial waters of the country. The illegal fishermen even tried to

escape but were caught by the authorities after a chase that lasted 19 minutes. The apprehending team initially caught five of the six Chinese in the operation conducted. The other one was under the water checking their nets during the pursuit that ensued. According to initial reports, the said alien fisherman who had been left behind swam to the nearest community and tried to get help where he was turned over to the proper authorities. In the clearing op-

erations conducted the next day, the authorities found additional four dead sea turtles caught in the fishing nets left behind by the Chinese poachers. The six alien poachers were brought to Puerto Princesa City on December 3 where appropriate cases were filed against them. The recovered marine animals were also transported to the city and after being measured and inventoried, the live ones were released back to the sea while the others were buried after being presented at the fiscal’s

office as evidence. The sea turtles recovered belong to the Green Turtle specie which is second in the category of threatened marine animals by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). An adult green turtle is estimated to have a market value of P10,000 while a juvenile is worth P5,000. The apprehended Chinese fishermen will be charged with violations of the Philippine Wildlife Act and illegal entry. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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Merry-makers warned to watch diet this Christmas season by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Health Regional Office IX issued a warning to the public to watch their diet especially this Christmas season to avoid cardio-vascular diseases and other related complications. DOH IX Regional Director Dr. Aristides Tan enumerated some of the frequent diseases during this festive season. “Cardio-vascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attacks, diabetes mellitus, gouty arthritis, fatty liver, indigestion and diarrhea, are just some of the possible consequences if one neglects his or her diet”, Tan said. Dir. Tan reminded the public to eat and drink in moderation



especially with a lot of parties held this time of the year. He also explained a person’s limit on calories intake on a dayto-day basis. “A person only needs about 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day, depending also on his activities”, Tan said. Instead, he recommended a low-sodium or salt and low-fat diet to stay healthy. “Avoid eating foods with preservatives too much. Sweets should also be taken

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moderately, especially those whose family has a history of diabetes”, he furthered. Tan also emphasized the importance of water intake. He said a person should take at least two liters of water per day to help clean internal organs. He also recommended eating fruits rather than sweet delicacies. Tan also reminded the public to exercise regularly to stay fit and healthy. (JPA/ MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

Sendong affects 22 barangays, leaves 65 dead, 1,107 stranded in Cagayan de Oro by Elaine O. Ratunil


eport of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of 6:00 p.m., December 17, revealed flooding occurred in the city affected 22 barangays, with the onslaught of tropical storm “Sendong.� These are the ba- lulang, Bugo, Canitoan, Kauswagan, Macabalan, rangays of Agusan, Carmen, Consolacion, Macasandig, Puntod, Baikingon, Balubal, Ba- Cugman, Gusa, Iponan, Tablon, Barangays 6, Sunday, December 18, 2011


7, 10, and 13-15. The report also indicated that 65 were found dead, 25 of which were already identified and 40 others still to be identified while there are 1,107 passengers reported stranded. There were also 250 reported rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard, Northern Mindanao District at barangay Macasandig and Isla de Oro and were transported to safer place. Further, 250 were rescued by CGD Northern Mindanao at baran28


gay Macasandig and Isla de Oro and were transported to safer place. At the height of flooding, 10 evacuation centers were being utilized in Cagayan de Oro. The Philippine Air Force-Tactical Operations Group (PAF-TOG) Northern Mindanao, meanwhile, mobilized three (3) choppers: two (2) from Davao and one (1) from Butuan for rescue operation. Likewise, the city experienced water and power outages since

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the evening of December 16. On the other hand, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) pre-positioned P10.17 Million standby funds and P57.69 Million worth of relief supplies in all DSWD-Field Offices (FOs) along the typhoon path, amounting to P67.86 Million. For region 10, an amount of P2,536,301 is for standby funds and P1,186, 382 for relief supplies with a total amount of P3,722,683. PAGASA in its “Severe Weather Bulletin No. 10,” said, TS “Sendong” has slightly weakened as it continues to move towards Palawan. The center of Sendong, as of 5:00 p.m., yesterday, was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 220 km. West of Dumaguete City.

Sendong’ destroys two main bridges in Bukidnon, isolates Baungon town by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -– The heavy rains and strong winds of tropical storm “Sendong” destroyed Bukidnon’s two main bridges leaving Baungon town, the province’s border with Cagayan de Oro City, totally isolated. Initial reports 40 missing, and 220 said this morning. from Baungon Disas- persons affected. The Cabula ter Risk Reduction “Nobody can get Bridge in west Baunand Management in and out of Baungon gon connects the Council (DRRMC) town because of the town to Cagayan de showed six (6) per- collapsed bridges,” Oro, while the Tumalsons dead, more than Gov. Alex Calingasan aong Bridge in BaunSunday, December 18, 2011


gon’s eastern part connects it to the neighboring towns of the province. Gov. Calingasan added that it is impossible to get across to the other roadside because the end-toend distance of the two swelled up rivers span up to an average of 80 meters. These two major rivers in Baungon empty down into the Cagayan de Oro seas. The Governor quickly ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to conduct rapid Damage Analysis and Needs Assessment (DANA) in Baungon, Bukidnon. Arsenio Alagenio, PDRRMC Executive Officer, said the DANA report showed Php15 million dam30


age in Tumalaong Bridge and approaches. “The damage in the Cabula Bridge is yet to be established because its hard to reach the area as light rains continue to pour rendering some portions of Baungon roads impassable,” he added. He further explained that the initial damage cost estimate for crops and other agricultural properties is not available pending their field assessment. Alagenio also reported that “Sendong” ruined four (4) other bridges in the town’s interior villages, including the Calag Bridge in north Bukidnon. Engr. Honorato Saldua of the Bukidnon 3rd Engineering District, Department

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of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) also said they are now closely coordinating with the Bukidnon provincial government in an effort to install a Bailey Panel in one of the damaged spillways, which would serve as temporary access point to reach the ‘isolated’ Baungon town. “This is urgent because Baungon has no electric power since early Friday evening until this Sunday morning,” Engr. Saldua said. With this, the provincial government’s PDRRMC, Philippine Red Cross, DPWH, PNP, Philippine Army, and other concerned branches of the government, including multi-lateral donors join hands in the relief operations.

‘Sendong’ brings havoc to agri properties in Lanao del Sur by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur -– The heavy rains coupled with strong winds caused by ‘Sendong’ last night has brought havoc to agricultural properties in the province. Provincial Information Officer Nasser Ganda said the damage of Sendong were mostly against properties such as houses, agricultural land and farm animals. “But we cannot estimate the cost of damage as of this time yet,” he said. He further said that no other casualty was noted except the two

persons who were reportedly missing in Kapai town this morning. Aside from Kapai, other towns severely affected by floods are Bubong, Ditsaan Ramain, Taraka, Poona Bayabao and Mulondo. However, he said that the impact of Sendong in the province is still manageable. Meanwhile, the

103rd Infantry Brigade headed by Col. Daniel Lucero are sending 100 soldiers to Iligan City as an augmentation volunteers to help in the rescue and recovery operations in the city. The 103rd Infantry Brigade is based in Kampo Ranao, this city. The troops will also be bringing the speedboats of the Brigade.

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One Mindanao - December 18, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - December 18, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao