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Cover Story

Youth camp in N. Cotabato teaches peace Dani Doguiles Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 127

9 Across the Nation:



Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing envoy of the People’s Republic of China


Aquino swears in Hataman as officer-in-charge of ARMM


Regional News:

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Police establishes lounge for retirees 15 DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

P3-M inilaan para sa programang pangkapayapaan sa Tupi, So. Cotabato

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

CDA-Caraga chief says more trainings were given to coops in 2011

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

PNoy to visit CdO, Iligan tomorrowFE Abkilan, Caraga Region

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Nat’l gov’t bent on implementing new policy on PhilHealth sponsorship starting 2012


“Palarong Panlalawigan” opens in Sindangan town


Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Franklin P. Gumapon , Western Mindanao

Death toll in Cagayan de Oro flood rises to 336

Elaine O. Ratunil, Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao


NDRRMC issues final severe bulletin for Sendong


R-XI disaster councils urged to lend hand to Sendong-stricken Region 10

Elaine O. Ratunil, Northern Mindanao

Jeanevive duron-abangan, Southern Mindanao

Cover Story

Youth camp in N. Cotabato teaches peace by Dani Doguiles


or Melody delas Alas, a student of Linangcob National High School in barangay Linangcob, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, the recent provincial leadership camp was an eye-opener.



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She said the leadership peace camp did not only help her gain a better perception about other tribes, especially Muslims, but also boosted her confidence as a student. According to her, she will return to her school proud of her experience. Delas Alas is one of the 210 high school student leaders who have participated in the First Governor Lala Taliño-Mendoza leadership peace camp at the provincial capitol on December 1 to 3. Participants were from pub-

lic and private secondary schools in the 17 municipalities and one city of North Cotabato. Many of them said they were overwhelmed with the opportunity that the provincial government has provided them, which taught them to respect other people’s culture and improve the manner by which they should treat other people. The high school peace camp is in accordance with Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza’s advocacy to start peace education of North Cotabateños at young age. Monday, December 19, 2011


From April to May this year, more than 24,000 fifth graders in province attended the first summer kids peace camp of the provincial LGU and the provincial office of the Department of Education. The three-day peace camp held in relation to “search for the path of peace� focused on several topics including understanding cultural diversity, the government and how it works for them (students), climate change, and leadership in schools with emphasis on leadership styles and anger management. 6


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After each session, students are allowed to exchange views regarding the topics presented to them to gain real grasp of issues. At the closing program, delas Alas , along with three other students were given leadership awards, in recognition of their efforts as council presidents in their respective schools. Also accorded leadership awards were Efren Temario of Ginatilan (Magpet) National High School, Irah Valleser of Kabacan National High School , and Paolo Javier of Kidapawan City National High School.

Also during the closing ceremony, Ma. Ronora C. Comission of President Roxas High School, who attended the camp as a teacher-guardian said, she is very thankful for the “noble” efforts of the provincial government to hold a peace leadership camp free of charge. She added, similar activities in Baguio City could have cost each student at least P20,000 to P25,000. The leadership peace camp

is an initiative of the present administration to guide participants through an exploration of non-violent principles and an analysis of social change and peace building. Meanwhile, Vice Governor Gregorio T. Ipong in his message, likened participant to a lighted candle. “You are now lighted candles. With your experience and learning here, you have been equipped with skills and knowledge you need as you go through life’s journey. Please make use of what you have learned, don’t just keep them,” he asked the students. “We are all counting on you to help us achieve genuine and lasting peace,” the vice governor ended.

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Aquino to visit Cagayan de Oro, Iligan and Dumaguete Tuesday


resident Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to visit typhoon-ravaged areas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Dumaguete tomorrow to personally oversee the ongoing relief efforts by the government and inspect the damages wrought by the disaster, MalacaĂąang said. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters at a news briefing on Monday in Malacanang that the President

will be having briefings from local government officials in the said areas and will take some time to discuss with them their

concerns. “He (President Aquino) will be briefed also by the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and

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Development) there in Cagayan de Oro and he will fly to Iligan and then to Dumaguete to inspect the damages and also to provide relief efforts as well,” he added. Lacierda said the President would have wanted to visit as early as Sunday but the Presidential Security Group as well as the Department of National Defense advised him to reschedule it for Tuesday citing bad weather conditions as the primary reason. After he was informed of the extent of the damages inflicted by storm ‘Sendong’ on the government and the people of Northern Mindanao, President Aquino has been in touch constantly with his Cabinet officials that were already on the ground. Lacierda said the President regularly gives instructions and receives updates from Interior and 10

Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, and National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos who were already on the ground. “The President was very much aware of what was going on and he made sure that all relief efforts and all necessary efforts insofar as search and rescue are given to the people affected,” he stressed, dispelling talks that the Chief Executive was again missing in action in times of crisis. Lacierda, moreover, mentioned that the President is requiring all concerned government officials and agencies to come up with a “comprehensive report” on what they have been doing for the past three days

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“to see if adequate service was provided for the people of Mindanao.” Lacierda, moreover, mentioned that the President is requiring all concerned government officials and agencies to come up with a “comprehensive report” on what they have been doing for the past three days. President Aquino, during his briefing at the NDRRMC headquarters last Saturday had already tasked Robredo and Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo to review of the country’s weather forecasting system. “We recognize that there have been a lot of deaths in Mindanao and therefore that (weather forecasting system) is something that we should really look into and the President wants that looked into,” he said. (HDC)

Aquino confers Order of Sikatuna on outgoing envoy of the People’s Republic of China


resident Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Order of Sikatuna on the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchiao in recognition of his important role in further strengthening the foundation of bilateral relations between the two countries. In his farewell call at the Music Room of the Palace on Monday, Ambassador Liu received the Order of

Sikatuna with the Rank of Datu, Grand Cross (Gold Distinction) from President Aquino for outstanding ef-

forts in strengthening relations through the conduct of high level meetings between the Philippines and

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the Peoples’ Republic of China, the preparations of visits of highranking officials from both sides including the State Visit of President Aquino to China. The Chinese envoy was regarded for his part in convening the bilateral consultative mechanisms including Foreign Ministry Consultations and facilitation activities between the two countries in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the Philippine-China diplomatic relations, the signing of key bilateral agreements and his constructive role following the Hong Kong hostage crisis. The President also noted Ambassador Liu’s efforts in enhancing economic cooperation between the 12

two countries, making China one of the top trading partners of the Philippines and one of the largest source of development assistance. Ambassador Liu was accompanied by his wife, Wang Yihong and other officials of the Chinese embassy during his farewell call in Malacanang. Also present during the event were Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Affairs Maria Theresa Lazaro, among others. Later, the incoming Ambassadors of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Panama presented their respective Cre-

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dentials to President Aquino. First to present his credentials was Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Mohammadi who is on his second tour of duty to the country. Ambassador Mohammadi extended his President’s best regards to President Aquino, who in return, expressed gratitude in welcoming the envoy. Panamanian Ambassador Roberto Carlos Vallarino Moreno also presented his credentials to the President. The former maritime lawyer has served the Panama Maritime Authority before assuming his position as envoy to the country. Ambassador Moreno is married to a Filipina. (JCL)

Aquino swears in Hataman as officer-in-charge of ARMM


ewly appointed officerin-charge governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) took his oath of office before President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday in Malacanan Palace.

President Aquino administered the oath of office of Hataman, a former Anak Mindanao

Party-list representative, and Hadja Bainon Karon, who was appointed as OIC-regional vice

governor of ARMM. Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that

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President Aquino has instructed the newly appointed OIC governor of ARMM to ensure the proper implementation of reforms in the region. “He is a former congressman and he knows the politics and the people of ARMM. We believe that he could be a person who can advance the reforms in ARMM,” 14

Lacierda said during a press briefing. President Aquino signed into law on June 30 this year Republic Act 10153, postponing the elections set in August 2010 at the ARMM and synchronizing the elections to the national and local polls in May 2013. “The reason why we went for

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a synchronization and also, in particular, the ARMM, is to make sure that all the excesses of the past, all the corruption be eradicated and make sure that ARMM … would really push to advance the welfare of the people from ARMM,” Lacierda said. Under RA 10153, President Aquino is authorized to appoint officers-in-charge (OICs) for the regional elective officers of ARMM. Appointed OICs in ARMM will hold office until the May 2013 synchronized elections. (CO)

Police blew whistles in support of VAW campaign by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY – Officials and members of the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO-12) recently blew whistles to show support to the campaign against violence on women (VAW). In a press release sent today by P/Supt Resty Damaso of the PRO-12’s information office, said the cere-

mony was held at the police regional headquarter at Barangay Tambler, General Santos City on De-

cember 12. He said, it was held in accordance with Proclamation No. 1172 “declaring November 25 to December 12 of each year as the 18day campaign to end violence against women.” He added, the blowing of whistles was a symbolic gesture of a commitment to prevent VAW, to speak out against VAW, and help women suffering from VAW. Police Chief Superintendent Lester Camba, deputy regional

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director for administration of PRO-12, who led the whistle-blowing ceremony said, “Together, let us help our nation to build a better future. Let us stop abuse against women.” He challenged all policemen to be “well-versed with the rights of women” and to be “fully equipped with full knowledge on where and how to report actual VAW cases.” “Let us help and sympathize with [those who suffer] from that abuse and … help the victims seek assistance from service provid-

ers like us, social and health workers,” he said. He also reminded them “to respect women as we respect our mothers” and never to forget that “law enforcers are the protectors of the abused,

weak, and innocent.” Besides the whistle –blowing ceremony, PRO-12 personnel also joined in a symbolic sign-up campaign symbolic of their participation in the fight against VAW.

Police establishes lounge for retirees KORONADAL CITY-- Police Regional Office – 12 has recently established a Pensioner’s Lounge inside Camp Fermin Lira in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City. Police Chief Superintendent Rizaldo Tungala Jr., director of the Regional Finance Service Office (RSFO), which spearheaded the construction of the lounge 16


said, it was made in honor of police pensioners , considered “unsung heroes for having rendered service and dedicated threefourths of their lives in

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the cause of God, people, and country.” The building which was inaugurated on December 14, according to P/Supt. Resty Damaso of PRO-12’s in-

formation office said, “ was established to pay tribute to the courage and gallantry the retirees manifested through the years.” “This was also a thanksgiving for the sterling performance they have shown during the past years and seen that they are still committed and dedicated in ensuring public safety and maintaining peace and order up to this time,” he added. He said the RFSO 12 family do not only look for the morale and welfare of its personnel but also that of the personnel who had served the organization for many decades, which is why they decided to build a conducive place where retirees could rest. It should also serve as a satellite office of the RFSO-12 exclusively to cater the needs of the retirees.

During the inauguration, Tungala congratulated members of RFSO-12 for being awarded as the Best Regional Finance Service Office in the country. He told them, “You should not rest on your laurels. Continue doing

jardi Mantele in his message said, “I thank all the persons who have supported the establishment of this building. I am so proud of the RSFO-12 for their hard work and initiative.” “Let is serve our retirees because it

what is right, work for every peso of your salary, so that when you bow out of the service, you have something good to look back to because of your accomplishments.” Police Regional Director P/CSupt. Ben-

is through their efforts that the region has remained peaceful and orderly,” he said. “This building is a proof that the police organization loves and cares for its retirees.” ( DEDoguiles)

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P3-M inilaan para sa programang pangkapayapaan sa Tupi, So. Cotabato KORONADAL CITY -- Patunay na nagpapatuloy ang gawain ng pamahalaan sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan sa Mindanao, tatlong milyong pisong�stimulus fund� ang nakatakdang ibinigay ng pamahalaan sa bayan ng Tupi, South Cotabato. Ang pondong ay inilaan sa pamamagitan ng Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) ng Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), partikular para sa kumunidad sa Barangay Palian, Tupi, Kamakailan, nagpadala ng kinatawan si OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles kay South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. upang pag-usapan ang tulong pinansyal sa Brgy. Palian na dating apektado ng kaguluhan sa pagitan ng makakaliwang grupo at mga tropa ng goby-



erno at mapag-usapan kung paano maililipat ang naturang halaga para sa mga proyektong pangkaunlaran sa lugar. Ang PAMANA ay programa ng pamahalaang Aquino na naglalayong maibsan ang kahirapan partikular sa mga nayon na apektado ng armadong kaguluhan sa pamamagitan ng community empowerment. Layon din nito na masigurong makakarating sa kumunidad ang kailangan at mas mabuting serbisyong panlipunan. Nauna nang nakatanggap ang Barangay Palian ng P4.9 milyon

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mula sa United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)- ACT for Peace. Ginamit ng kumunidad sa pagbuo ng Mindanao Coco-Sugar Corporation (MCSC) na ngayon ay ngayon ay nagpapabili nan g coco-sugar sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng lalawigan at rehiyon. Ayon kay Marcos Gabat, isang peace advocate na itinalagang area supervisor ng MCSC, nagagalak sila sa hakbang ng OPAPP para sa karagdagang tulong sa Barangay Palian na sigurado aniyang mas magpapalago sa kanilang kabuhayan. Umaasa silang magagamit nila ang naturang pondo sa pagpapatayo ng isang training center na susuporta sa kanilang pangangailangan sa pagpapalago ng kanilang negosyo tulad ng karagdagang manggagawa, kasanasayan at teknolohiya. (DEDoguiles)

Search is on for the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees by Nora CL Molde


he search for the 2012 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees is now on. This was announced by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairman Dr. Francisco T. Duque III.



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Three awards categories are at stake including the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award and the Civil Service Commission Pagasa Award. The Awards for Outstaning Work Performance that of the Presidential Lingkod Bayan is conferred on an individual or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions which had nationwide impact on public interest,

security and patrimony. The contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment. According to CSC, the Agency’s Pagasa Award is conferred on an individual or group of individual for outstanding contribution/s resulting from an idea or performance that directly benefit more than one department of the government. Meanwhile, the Award for Exemplary Conduct and Ethical Behavior is the Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Award or the Dangal ng Bayan Award. This award is conferred on an individual for performance of extraordinary act or public service and consistent demonstra-

tion of exemplary ethical behavior on the basis of his/her observance of the eight norms of behavior provided under Republic Act (RA) No. 6713. In Caraga region, nominations may be submitted to their regional office located at Upper Doongan, Butuan City or to any of the CSC field offices in Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. Deadline for submission of nominations is on April 30, 2012. The Search is mandated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Executive Order Nos. 292 and 508, s. 1992, as amended by Executive Order No. 77, s. 1993 and Republic Act No. 6713.

CDA-Caraga chief says more trainings were given to coops in 2011 by Robert E. Roperos


ooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez recently said they have conducted more trainings to local cooperatives in the region to ensure their effectivity and productivity. 20


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According to Dir. Pelaez, a total of 35 trainings were conducted to some 1,778 cooperative members and officials region-wide as of October 2011. The CDA chief of the region also said

that in 2012, they will be conducting more trainings to those registered cooperatives in an effort to provide them strategies, therefore, ensuring sustainability. With these developments, Dir. Pe-

laez is hopeful that the participants will apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the trainings to obtain a more effective and productive cooperative, thus sustaining the transaction. These CDA projects support the economic agenda of the Aquino administration that is featured in the Philippine Development Plan. According to Pres.BenignoAquino III, the plan serves as the Philippines’ guide in formulating policies and implementing development programs until the end of his term in 2016.

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PNoy to visit CDO, Iligan tomorrow by FE Abkilan

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – President Benigno S. Aquino III will visit tomorrow, Dec. 20, 2011, here and in Iligan City to lead the distribution of relief goods and assess the extent of damage brought by Typhoon Sendong.

Accompanying the president are Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robre22


do, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Defense Secretary

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Voltaire Gazmin, Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Mindanao Development Authority Secretary

ID for the briefing on the Cagayan de Oro City situation. National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council executive director Usec. Benito Ramos will brief the president on the effects of Typhoon Sendong in the city, including the status of relief operations, the immediate needs of the affected families, and the recommended short and long term solutions to the flooding in the city. Right after the briefing, the president will proceed immediately to Iliwill proceed imme- gan City to persondiately to the VIP ally see the on-golounge of TOG-4- ing relief efforts of Luwalhati Antonino. He will be welcomed by Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano, EASTMINCOM Commanding General MGen. Arthur Tabaquero, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) MGen. Victor Felix, Directorate for Integrated Police Operations Dir. P/CSupt. Victorino Panganiban, Jr., PNP-10 Regional Director P/ CSupt. Jufel Adriatico, Tactical Operations Group (TOG) Commander LTC Elpidio Talja, Jr., and Civil Aviation Authority Area Manager Naga Rascal at Lumbia Airport. The president

the government at Iligan City National High School (ICNHS) auditorium and assess the damages wrought by the disaster in the area via aerial inspection. He will be joined by DND Sec. Gazmin and Usec Ramos. Afterwards, the president will be brought back to Cagayan de Oro City to visit the evacuees at the City Central School and lead the distribution of relief goods and interact with the evacuees. PNoy will then motored to Lumbia Airport to proceed to Dumaguete City for another presidential engagement. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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House Speaker Belmonte inducts JCISP 2012 National Board by Alma L. Tingcang


ouse Speaker Feliciano “Sonny� R. Belmonte Jr. was the guest of honor and inducting officer during the 45th Induction Ceremonies of the JCI Senate Philippines held at the Megayon Stage, Provincial Government Complex, Dao, this city on December 17, 2011.





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Belmonte, who is also a JCI Senator inducted the 2012 National Board of the JCISP headed by JCI Senator and Zamboanga del Sur Governor Antonio H. Cerilles. It can be recalled that Governor Cerilles was elected president of the JCI Senate in Panglao, Bohol last November. In his speech, Belmonte said as far as the house is concerned, their objective is to make the Philippines more competitive in order to get more

investments. “It would mean jobs, economic activities for everybody. Together with competitiveness comes good infrastructure, good education and good social services.” He said he has complete confidence in our own abilities, the abilities of fellow Filipinos. “Can you imagine, almost 10 million Filipinos valued everywhere in the world because of their abilities? Kung hindi man natin vinavalue sometimes ang ating mga kababayans, they are well valued

everywhere!” drawing a loud cheer and applause from the crowd. “As I said, we want to improve our competitiveness. Last December 15, President Benigno Aquino III signed the budget for 2012. Since 1986, this is the first time that the president has ever signed a budget that early. Because we worked early, we worked hard and we were able to produce it. Anong ibig sabihin nito? This means we will be able to release the money and get it going,” Belmonte said.

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“Last year, nahuli tayo ng paggastos sa pera and it contributed to a decline in our gross domestic product (GDP). Pero ngayon, the promise is that P150B will be released soon at nang ma-jumpstart na ang ating mga infrastructure programs,” explained Belmonte. Talking about the impeachment issue, he cited the words of Plato saying, “where the law is subject to some other operative and has none of its own, the collapse of the state, in my view, is not far off. But if the law is the master of the government and the government is its slave, then the situation is full of promise…” The impeachment of the chief justice along with the president, vice president, heads of constitutional bodies including the ombudsman is the only method mentioned in the constitution to remove them from office. “What we are talking about is that everybody is subject to accountability for what they do in office. This 26


process does not mean that they are guilty. It means they are being given the chance to defend themselves, to prove themselves right. This is not a question of constitutional crisis or anything else. This is not a question of personality at all. This is a democratic process at work. Nobody is above the law and everybody has to abide by the law,” Belmonte said. Congress, with 285 members where 188 voted for the filing of impeachment raps against Chief Justice Renato Corona is the most public of all institutions in our country where districts, party lists, all of them come together. The house speaker also noted that there are several members of Congress who are fellow Jaycees, even those in government service. At all levels, they got their first phase of politics in the Jaycees. He called on them to do more, to help ameliorate the condition of everybody in the country. “Sayang ang ating pinagkagal-

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ingan sa pagiging JC at sa paglilingkod sa bayan kung hindi nating ipagpapatuloy ang gusto nating gawin. That is the challenge that I want to give you, tayong mga JCI senators, let’s be more active dahil tayo ay mga leaders. If we all strive to do this, even our post JC days will continue to be meaningful to us, meaningful to our communities and meaningful to our country,” he said in conclusion. The Junior Chamber International Senate Philippines (JCISP) is an organization of JCI members who, in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contribution to the JCI movement have been awarded lifetime membership as JCI senators. The following core values are imbued in every JC member : faith in God, brotherhood of man, individual freedom and dignity, government of laws, human personality and service to humanity. (ALT-PIA9/ZamboSur)

Nat’l gov’t bent on implementing new policy on PhilHealth sponsorship starting 2012 by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The national government is bent on implementing starting next year the new PhilHealth insurance sponsorship policy involving local government units (LGUs) nationwide. The new policy makes the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) survey result as the government’s data base for the identification of eligible Phil Health insurance beneficiaries. LGU sponsored PhilHealth insurance beneficiary is entitled to a one-year health insurance for P1,200, of which the LGU shoulders the P600 while the national government shoulders the remaining P600.

It can be recalled, the NHTS survey was done in 2009 purposely to identify the poorest of the poor and the government is set to use the NHTS list in the national sponsorship program starting 2012. City Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias said “with the implementation and the city’s compliance to the new policy, some 20,000 beneficiaries of the city government’s PhilHealth insurance

program are set to lose their benefits starting January 2012. The city, at present, has 25,792 total number of PhilHealth insurance beneficiaries. The new policy also seeks to increase the insurance sponsorship from P1,200 per beneficiary to P2, 400 in the coming years, which means that each beneficiary will have bigger/ higher amount allotted for them for their health insurance.

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“Palarong Panlalawigan” opens in Sindangan town by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - The yearly “Palarong Panlalawigan” has been formally opened yesterday in Sindangan town with seven athletic delegations from secondary schools and four from elementary schools joining. Key officials of the Department of Education (DepED)-Zamboanga del Norte division headed by Dr. Elsa Refugio-Cruz as well as the provincial and mu28


nicipal officials graced the opening ceremonies that followed a grand parade around the major thoroughfares in said town. Zamboanga del

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Norte second district board member Ricky M. Mejorada III, who represented Governor Rolando E. Yebes, told the athletes, coaches and officiating officials

not to allow cheating in the conduct of the athletic competitions. He reminded them that “it is not how we win the game but how we play the game” that matters most in sports competitions. Atty. Crisologo Decierdo, who was sent by Cong. Rosendo S. Labadlabad of the province’s second district to speak on his

behalf, posed a challenge to the athletes to produce from among them another Manny Pacquiao, a boxer from General Santos City who became a world boxing champion. Decierdo also assured the athletes and the school officials of Cong. Labadlabad’s support to DepED’s sports development program. He cited the

construction of covered courts in every barangay/school in his district as a proof of the legislator’s support to education. Sindangan is 83 kilometers south of this city and it will be celebrating its 75th founding anniversary come Dec. 23. (JPA/FPG/PIAZamboanga del Norte)

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Water please..., residents of CDO cry out by Elaine O. Ratunil


hough ‘Sendong’ stormed out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), residents here still cry for water as most of the city experience water outage.

In its advisory, the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) notified the city “Due to the flooding which has affected our facilities and the power interruption which has affected water supply in almost the entire service area, the COWD shall be undertaking disinfection procedures to ensure safety and potability of water. The public is therefore advised to boil the water from the faucet before drinking.” Regional Disaster Risk



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Reduction and Management Council revealed 29 barangays in the city were affected with flash floods leaving many residents trapped on the rooftop and walls of their homes, and caused 76 totally and 50 partially damaged houses, as of 6:00 a.m., today. The tropical storm also left the city with power outage. Sixty percent had been restored in the city, as of 5:17 p.m., December 18. Meanwhile, there are at least 6,738 families, consisting of 38,767 persons affected of the flashflood, of which, 5,343 families, consisting of 34,291 persons who are now inside the 10 evacuation centers in the city.

Death toll in Cagayan de Oro flood rises to 336 by Elaine O. Ratunil and Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The death toll due to flooding in the city of Cagayan de Oro now rose to 336. This was according to the official report the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) region 10 office at 12:00 NN today. Twenty three (23) persons were already identified while identities of the other 313 died are yet to be established. The bodies are now at the different funeral homes in the city. RDRRMC said all the immediate kin of the reported fatalities are currently being attended by the concerned local government unit and disaster council in the city. Office of Civil Defense(OCD) Regional Director Ana Ca単eda said 22 barangays in the city were affected with flashfloods leaving many residents trapped on the rooftop and walls of their homes, power and water outrages. While some residents took refuge on trees, others had to climb nearby storey buildings to avoid being swept away by the flood waters. Buildings and household items such as television sets and fridges were destroyed and swept away by the flood waters. The heavy downpour, that

started about 4:00 p.m. Friday and lasted until about 3:00 a.m. Saturday, brought almost every activity in the capital city to a halt. Some businesses had to close down because the flood waters had taken over their premises and also of the power and water outages. Walls were broken down while wooden structures and even some buildings, particularly those on water courses, were destroyed by the floods. Military personnel and other rescue teams used boats to rescue some of the trapped residents, especially in areas where flooding was very extensive. Ca単eda, on the other hand, said Monday, December 19, 2011


due to communication problems as a result of power outages, cities of Valencia, Iligan and Ozamiz are yet to submit their reports and damages are still to be determined. RDRRMC is led by Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Northern Mindanao, Department of Interior and Local



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Government (DILG)10, National Economic D e v e l o p m e n t Authority (NEDA)-10 and other line agencies of the government including military and police commanders. The OCD, RDRRMC, and all concerned branches of the government, including the private sectors are now joining hands and efforts in giving relief assistance to the flood

victims. Sendong, the 19th storm to hit the Philippines this year, has made another landfall in the vicinity of Puerto Princesa city and is now heading towards West Philippine Sea.

NDRRMC issues final severe bulletin for Sendong CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operation Center (NDRRMCOpCen) issued final severe weather bulletin for tropical storm Sendong (Washi) at 10:30 p.m., yesterday. People living near the mountain slopes and in low-lying areas of the river systems of Northern Mindanao are still being alerted for possible flashfloods and landslides. Based on satellite and surface data, Sendong was estimated at 480 km west-northwest of Puerto Princesa, with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness up to 80 kph. It is forecasted to move west at 24 kph. By Monday morning, Sendong is expected to be at 740 km west of Puerto Princesa. In Northern Mindanao, the observed rainfall for the past 24 hours ending at 8:00 a.m., yesterday, recorded 12.44 mm rainfall in Malaybalay, while the forecast rainfall is light rains for the next 24 hours, the NDRRMC said. Hence, Northern Mindanao DRRMC has issued general flood advisory No. 3 for the region. Watercourses that are likely to be affected are rivers and streams in all the five provinces of the region: Bukidnon, Camiguin Island, Lanao del Norte, Misamis

Oriental and Misamis Occidental. The public and the local DRRMC’s are reminded to take appropriate pro-active actions to aim for “zero” casualties. Earlier, fishing boats and other small sea crafts in the region were also advised not to venture out into the sea, while larger sea vessels were alerted against big waves, Regional Director Ana C. Cañeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Chairperson of Regional DRRMC region 10, said. (Elaine O. Ratunil)

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R-XI disaster councils urged to lend hand to Sendong-stricken Region 10

Regional Director and DRRMC chairperson Liza Mazo asked RDRRMC and PDRRMC members to forward their donations to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 11 referred to as the receiving center of donations. In a separate interview, Disaster Management and Crisis Inhe Office of Civil Defense tervention Unit head Desiree Pingol (OCD) XI is encouraging all of DSWD -XI said that their office had Disaster Risk Reduction Manageyet to receive an order from the nament Councils (DRRMCs) to donate in cash or in kind to typhoon- tional office to extend relief assistance to Northern Mindanao “but our office affected families in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro where is open to receive donations.” She asked donors to properly tropical storm Sendong heavily turn over cash or items to DSWD 11 poured rains last Saturday. In a memorandum order released office so they would be properly acMonday morning (Dec. 19), OCD knowledged while also appealing them to give “non-perishable items.”




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She suggested items to be donated such as blankets, slippers, mosquito nets, clothing. In case food items, either canned or pouched goods are preferred. Meanwhile, OCD-XI revealed that flood-water levels in the 15 TS Sendong-affected barangays had already subsided and bodies of casualties had been taken cared of. In its monitoring report as of 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 19, OCD 11 revealed TS Sendong left five persons dead and 15 barangays flooded, affecting a total of 910 families as it passed last Friday (Dec. 16) in Northeastern Mindanao areas which were then placed by PAGASA under storm signal number 2. It also wrought 382 hectares of agricultural areas in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley; totally damaged 16 houses in Compostela Valley and partially damaged two others in the same province; and took a toll on road infrastructure at an estimated value of P750,000 in Asuncion, Davao del Norte. In the Davao Region, TS Sendong badly lashed Compostela Valley where it caused landslide in gold-rush Mt. Diwata, Monkayo and triggered

flashfloods in six other barangays of Monkayo particularly in its Poblacion, Pasian, Baylo, Naboc, Upper Ulip, and Rizal. Other flashflood-affected towns in Compostela were Nabunturan, New Bataan and Montevista . Mt. Diwata landslide victim Rosita Dela Pena, 57 is now at Angel Funeral Homes in Monkayo. Other landslide casualties, Tuan siblings Nasser, Rakema and Ashlia have been brought to Tagum City while Julito Lumactod is still in Mt. Diwata. In Davao del Norte, TS Sendong caused flood only in barangay Napungas of Asuncion where 514 families were reportedly affected. OCD XI reported no incident related to TS in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur. Meanwhile, only the municipalities of Compostela, Monkayo and Montevista have created evacuation centers at the height of the flashfloods. However, evacuees returned home when flood-waters subsided. Most roads leading to flooded barangays are now declared passable except in Matangad, Upper Ulip in Monkayo and Purok 3 of the same town where bridges are still under repair. (jeanevive duron-abangan)

facts and figures


Number of firecracker-related injury in Davao City for the past three years (according to data from the Southern Philippine Medical Center) Monday, December 19, 2011


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