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President Aquino presides over the change of command of the Philippine Navy Book ‘Sa Kagabhion sa Sendong,’ stories of children survivors Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat, Northern Mindanao

OCD launches Bul-og: Streams of Learning from Sendong Recthie T. Paculba, Northern Mindanao

Kabacan, N. Cotabato to help Pablo victims in ComVal Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

Solon’s office conducts Framework Agreement forum for sidewalk vendors Oliver Ross Rivera, Central Mindanao

Local poverty reduction action plan approved Junesther Jean S. Iway, Caraga Region

Butuan City gov’t receives $1.2-M PET CT scanner from World Medical Relief, Inc. Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao, Caraga Region

DENR, LGUs ink MOA on “Adopt-A-Mojon” project Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Damage to R-XI’s coco industry to reach Php 8-Billion Joey Dalumpines, Southern Mindanao

Cover Story

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Jocelyn P. Alvarez

Western Mindanao


A simple Christmas joy by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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hile most are on a holiday spree, striving to lavish their friends and relatives with gifts, or buy their dream gadgets, furniture, etc., workers of Philippine Information Agency 9 (PIA-9) opted to do otherwise and instead, shared time and simple joys with little “angels” of Sibol Day Care Center, situated at the resettlement area in barangay Tulungatung. “Good morning visitors” echoed the little voices of some 40 children whose faces “lighted up” upon the arrival of the PIA team. “Anante pa ese maga bata ta spera con ustedes” (These children have been eagerly awaiting for you) whispered ma’am Michelle, the center’s day care worker. The children’s eyes seemed to glitter as Kuya Edwin carried inside the center the bundle and box of “joys” the PIA team brought for them. “Tiene para mio?” (is there something for me?) One child curiously and tenderly asked, and so everyone (adult) laughed.

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No Grand Gifts There was nothing extravagant of what that team has prepared for the children, but to the children, it meant their happiness for the day. The PIA team donated to the Sibol Center some old, used toys which were collected from personal belongings of its workers. “These toys are preloved of my son. My son wanted to share his toys to these less fortunate children so they will have something to play on this Christmas,” one PIA employee commented. With loving efforts, the team also prepared 40 gift packs with assorted goods inside such as biscuits, cookies, candies, chocolates, and poncan fruit. “Cheap lang se pero alegre ya se risibi el maga bata conese” (this is cheap but the children would be happy to receive it) said Dave Malcampo, PIA Information Center Manager, who donated a box full of 120 pieces poncan.

No price tags The Best gifts during Christmas does not always come with price tags and batteries, it’s not always toys or how much your gift is worth but the affection, labor, effort and time poured in just to have it “delivered.”

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Bien ta apprecia iyo na supporta ya dale el PIA na di mio day care center. Hinde lang ustedes ya dale kunel maga bata algeria physical, pero emotional tambien,” (I truly appreciate the support that PIA has given my day care center. You did not only gave these children physical happiness but emotional as well) said Sibol Day Care Worker (DCW) Michelle Muta, who have been a volunteer DCW of the center for four years now. “Sana di ito ang una at huling pagalay ng PIA ng tulong sa amin , sa mga preschoolers ng Sibol,” ( I hope this is not the first and the last time that PIA will support us, the preschoolers of Sibol) she added. “It’s such an amazing thing how simple, inexpensive “gifts” could turn into complete joy not only to the beneficiaries but to the giver as well. Seeing these children happy makes me happy,” shared another PIA employee. “Let us always remember the true

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meaning of Christmas. It’s not only a time of merry making, festivity, eating or extravagant partying, but it’s also a time for reflection, remembering the birth of Christ, and the life of Christ that teaches us to be selfless and the need to give and show love,” said PIA9 Regional Director Noemi Edaga. Sibol Day Care Center has been in existence since 2008 under the “wing” of Gawad Kalinga and has 40 preschoolers as of this school year.

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ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino leads ceremonial signing of 2013 General Appropriations Act in Malacanang

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the ceremonial signing of the P2.006-trillion 2013 General Appropriations Act (GAA) in ceremonies held in Malacanang on Wednesday.

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Dubbed the Empowerment Budget, the 2013 GAA was signed into law by President Aquino at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacanang Palace. The 2013 National Budget aims to give the Filipinos more opportunities for governance engagement by investing in strategic programs and projects that spotlight the citizens’ role as economic movers.

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Next year’s national budget is P2.006 trillion, about 10.5 percent higher than this year’s budget of P1.816 trillion. Of the 2013 budget, the lion’s share will still go to social services, most notably to the Department of Education (P232.6 billion), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (P56.3 billion) and the Department of Health (P51.1

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billion). Meanwhile, the economic development will also be supported by next year’s budget for Capital outlay which rose to P325.5 billion and through the implementation of the infrastructure programs under the Department of Public Works and Highways which will receive P155.5 billion. The 2013 GAA was crafted with the aim of investing significantly in the people’s capabilities by prioritizing funding for public services that provide jobs, educate our youth, ensure a healthier citizenry and empower each Filipino to participate in economic activity. For his part, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said that expenditures next year are expected to sustain or even levels posted in 2012. He also stressed that the improved budget execution and project implementation may help drive further growth in the country next Thursday, December 20, 2012

year. “The 2013 GAA was crafted together with civil society groups and communities on-the-ground, who gave us tremendous insight on the ways through which we could reconcile our citizens’ needs with the government’s expenditure plan,” Abad said. Also in attendance were Senator Franklin Drilon, Senator Edgardo Angara, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, Deputy Speaker Pablo Garcia, Deputy Speaker Lorenzo Tañada, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, and 1st district, Negros Oriental Representative Jocelyn Limkaichong. Other members of the Cabinet, House of Representatives and leaders from the business sectors, civil society partners for the Budget process also attended the event. PND (js)

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President Aquino presides over the change of command of the Philippine Navy

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III presided Wednesday the change of command of the Philippine Navy and the retirement ceremony for the outgoing navy chief.

The President led the turn-over of the service to Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano as the new Flag-Officer-inCommand of the Philippine Navy from Vice Admiral Alexander Pama. In his speech during the event,

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the President said he expects Vice Admiral Alano to continue the reforms initiated by Vice Admiral Pama in the Philippine Navy, particularly the thrust to increase the capability of the navy from internal and external threats. Thursday, December 20, 2012


“Ang ganitong uri ng pamumuno ang inaasahan nating ipagpatuloy at higit pang lilinangin ni Vice Admiral Alano bilang bagong Flag Officer-inCommand ng Philippine Navy,” the President said. The Filipino public expects Alano to defeat the threat of terrorism, to help the country rise from calamities that hit Mindanao, and to fight corruption in the service, the Chief Executive said. Because of the navy’s dedication to improve itself and prepare the Philippines for future challenges,

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the President said, every member of the Navy, as well as the entire Filipino nation can now be proud of themselves. The President praised the Navy for its role in asserting the country’s sovereign rights in the contested West Philippine Sea, the Navy’s dental and medical missions as well as its feeding programs and disaster response initiatives. To inspire the members of the Armed Forces to do more, the President said, the government allocated more than P28 billion in one year and seven

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months of the administration for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program. As a result of the increased budget for the AFP, the country was able to acquire Hamilton class cutters: the BRP Gregorio del Pilar and BRP Ramon Alcaraz, and the locally built BRP Tagbanua. The President noted that with the signing of the New AFP Modernization Act last week, the Philippine Navy could continue to modernize its fleet adding that under the new government’s spending plan, it allotted P75 billion in the next five years to modernize the AFP. According to the President, the government will also continue to provide decent shelter to the members of the police and military noting that by August next year, he expects the National Housing Authority to complete the additional 31,200 houses for police and military personnel. The government has so far built

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21,800 low-cost housing units intended for the police and the military, he said. Among those who joined the President during the event were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, and Philippine Coast Guard Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isoreno. Born on May 1, 1958, in Quezon City, Alano is a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy Class Matapat of 1979. He has served the military for 37 years. Among the awards and decorations he has received include three Distinguished Service Stars, an Outstanding Achievement Medal, a Gawad Sa Kaunlaran and a Military Merit Medal with Spearhead Device. Alano is married to Maria Hildelita, a corporate lawyer. The couple is blessed with two daughters, Maria Gabriela, 13, and Sofia Lourdes, 12. PND (as) Thursday, December 20, 2012


President issues Executive Order No. 120 creating Transition Commission that will draft the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has issued an executive order creating a Transition Commission (TC) that will draft the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law in accordance to the Framework Agreement signed by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last October 15. Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The Chief Executive signed Executive Order No. 120 (series. 2012) on December 17 to provide a mechanism for authentic democratic collaboration in the crafting of a proposed law where the affected people themselves are actively involved, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said in a statement. The Executive Order “affirms the President’s resolve to move forward the peace process for the Bangsamoro as a strategic initiative for political stability and economic development.” “The Preamble of the 1987 Philippine Constitution articulates the aspiration of the sovereign Filipino people to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace,” the Chief Executive said. President Aquino said the comprehensive peace process agenda in Mindanao is an indispensable component to achieve real and inclusive regional and national development goals. 14

The Government entered into the 2012 Framework Agreement that is envisioned to pave the way for the peaceful resolution of the armed struggle in Mindanao, the Chief Executive said. He said the government acknowledges its commitment to exert all efforts towards realizing the full implementation of the Framework Agreement. As stipulated in the historic Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the Government and the MILF, a Transition Commission will be constituted for the purpose of crafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law—the instrument that will establish the new autonomous entity. The Executive Order creates a 15-member Transition Commission that will be appointed by the President. The Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front shall come up with a list of candidates from among the Bangsamoro and other residents in the prospective core area of the new political entity. Under the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, specifically Article 7, Section 5, the Transition Commission shall be “composed of fifteen (15) members all of whom are Bangsamoro. Seven (7) members shall be selected Thursday, December 20, 2012


by the Government and eight (8) members, including the Chairman, shall be selected by the MILF.� The Executive Order also provided that the Transition Commission may put up an office and coordinate with other government agencies and Congress to get its work done. It has an initial budget allocation of P100 million. According to the Executive Order, the Transition Commission may also recommend to Congress and the people, when necessary, proposed amendments to the Constitution. The Transition Commission shall also assist in identifying development programs together with the Bangsamoro Development Authority and the Bangsamoro Leadership and Management Institute—two institutions affiliated with the MILF. The Transition Commission can begin its work even as Government and the MILF negotiating panels are still finalizing the four annexes that will complete the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, Deles added. The commission may directly coordinate with legislative bodies in order to accomplish its functions under the Executive Order. It shall cease to operate Thursday, December 20, 2012

upon the enactment by Congress of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Consistent with existing laws, rules and regulations, the President said all national government agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations and government financial institutions may be called upon to support the Commission in the performance of its functions. The commission shall ensure transparency, inclusivity and utmost professionalism in the performance of its mandate, and shall provide for appropriate and effective mechanisms for consultations with all stakeholders, as may be warranted. The Transition Commission shall organize its Secretariat to be headed by an Executive Director as may be designated by the Chair. The Secretariat shall provide administrative and technical support to the Commission. The Commission and its Secretariat shall hold office in such venue as the Commission may deem appropriate. The commission is authorized to create technical committees and designate members, and may engage the assistance of experts and professional advisors, subject to government rules and regulations. PND (js) 15


JCI, LGU unveil Sendong memorial wall in CdeO by Irene Joy B. Dayo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY-- Through the initiative of Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Bai Lawanen and support of city government, Kagay-anons witnessed the Sendong memorial wall successfully unveiled at Gaston Park, December 17. The main purpose of the memorial brought by tropical storm “Sendong” wall is to let everyone remember the (International name, Washi), said victims who died in last year’s calamity Gean Tulang-Cesar, chairperson of the 16

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organization. It serves as sanctuary for surviving families to recall and remember those loved ones who passed away during the tragedy. The memorial wall stands at the right side of Gaston Park just in front of St. Augustine Cathedral. It measures 8 x 12 ft. made of Romblon marble. Names of over 459 identified dead of the catastrophe based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) master list are seen etched one by one on the wall. Candles were lit and prayers were offered. According to JCI Senator Cesar,

every December 17 of the year, people will visit the memorial wall and it will remind them what had happened on the 12/17 of the year 2011. The unveiling of the wall was participated by city government led by Mayor Vicente Emano, JCI Bai Lawanen members, CDeO media, and witnessed by many residents in the area. JCI Bai Lawanen is a first all-lady chapter of the JCI Philippines. It is a sub-organization of Junior Chamber International (JCI), an international leadership organization.

Book ‘Sa Kagabhion sa Sendong,’ stories of children survivors by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY To remember, retell and to be used in preparation for any future calamity in Cagayan de Oro, the Capitol University Press launched “Sa Kagabhion sa Sendong (On the Night of Sendong),” a book of narratives of Children Survivors on December 14, the day typhoon Sendong came here.

The book began in January along the goal of the University to 2012 according to Dr. Amor Q. De take part in national preparedness Torres of Capitol University. This was against typhoons and calamities and Thursday, December 20, 2012

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to advocate neighborhood assistance plan in times of natural disaster. There had been 460 stories told and collected from children survivors, 8 to 12 years old. Out of these, 14 were published and illustrated in the book. These are stories of how we love each other, said De Torres. More importantly, it is imperative that these kids have proper debriefing, she added. Fr. Eric Velandria, SJ, said, “It’s good to learn their story, to remember and retell. It sustains the spirit of solidarity. The burden becomes lighter and sweeter when we help one another. It is a celebration of prayer, faith and love.”

Dr. Beatrice Torno, executive director of Teacher Education Council of the University, expressed in her message that there must be a documentation of the event. Most of these children that survived typhoon Sendong did not now how to swim. Swimming is a life skill. Thus, we must develop our students’ real life ability which they can bring in their lifetime. This book is just the beginning, she added. The 14 kids featured in the book were present in the launching and one by one introduced themselves. They were given the hard copy of the book and anyone who wishes to purchase can do so by contacting the school. They are available at P500 each.

OCD launches Bul-og: Streams of Learning from Sendong by Recthie T. Paculba

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY The Office of Civil Defense10 launched their book, “Bul-og: Streams of Learning from Sendong” and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Plan 2013-2016 at SM Activity Center as part of the City’s commemoration of typhoon Sendong.

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According to Director Ana Cañeda of OCD-10, Bul-og is part of the office’s continuing effort to educate and promote the adoption of DRR in all development processes in line with the agency’s vision of “safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient communities.” The book is the product of a four-month consultation with local and national DDRM stakeholders who shared their stories, reflections and insights on how they dealt with the Sendong disaster, said Caneda. “We were in consultation with our partners and our office began to explore the possibility of expanding the lessons learning exercise to cover all the aspect of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management especially as it related to the Sendong disaster as a way of reviewing and analyzing how the RA 10121 has been mainstreamed in the regional agencies and the local government units in the affected areas, and how the law has impacted on the way they prepared and responded to disaster,” Cañeda added. On the other hand, BGen Romeo Fajardo, Civil Defense Deputy administrator congratulated the

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partner agencies and those who participated in the efforts of DRRMC for “securing our population and ensuring a safe nation.” Cañeda also presented the RDRRMC Plan which focuses on building more awareness among LGU officials and the people to better appreciate disaster risks and how they can prepare and respond, technology improvement in hazard and impact analysis, and weather forecasting. The plan also deals with the management of disaster response that should be systematized, coordinated and supported by adequate information and communication systems, and making of rehabilitation and reconstruction opportunities for concrete actions to develop alternatives towards disaster-resiliency. Fajardo; Cañeda; Atty. Rene Burdeos of the Department of Interior and Local Government; Dir. Leon Dacanay of National Economic and Development Authority; and Dir. Alfonso Alamban of Department of Science and Technology unveiled the book Bul-og in conclusion of the book launching.

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SP Tacurong cited as best Sanggunian in Region 12 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine Councilors League (PCL) has recognized Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat as Most Outstanding Sanggunian-Component City Category in Region XII.

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SP Tacurong headed by Mayor Lina O. Montilla and Vice Mayor Charito L. Collado accepted the award dubbed the Local Legislative Award during DILG-XII’s YearEnd Evaluation and Awarding Ceremonies on December 12, 2012 in General Santos City. Members of Tacurong Sanggunian include City Councilors Psyche Sucaldito, Jose Remos Segura, Rodrigo Jamorabon, Joseph Lechonsito, Cirilo Flores, Benjamin Fajardo Jr., Virgilio Paredes, Lino Ledda, Joselito Cajandig, Sr., Ariel Ferdinand dela Cruz, ABC President Silvestre Llanto, and SK Federation President Albert Gulmatico. The Local Legislative Award was launched

in 2006 by the PCL together with the DILG to recognize exemplary performance of Sanggunian of component cities and municipalities in legislating measures that establish meaningful local administration and development. The units are evaluated according to effectiveness of local agenda and legislative tracking system, availability of legislative documents, efficiency of performance, and quality of office setup as well as staff complement. Considered as priority ordinances on assessing the ordinances with impact on local communities are: appropriation ordinances, zoning

ordinance, local tax or revenue code, disaster management code, annual investment plan, comprehensive land use plan, social waste management plan, environment code, gender and development program (or plan), sanitation code, child and youth welfare code and ordinance of poverty diagnosis. As regional winner, SP Tacurong will be contending with other cities in the national level. Tacurong is a fourth class city. It became a component city of Sultan Kudarat province in 2000 by virtue of Republic Act 8805 in September 2000 (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/JLBillano-Tacurong LGU)

Kabacan, N. Cotabato to help Pablo victims in ComVal By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The local government unit (LGU) of Kabacan, North Cotabato will be extending help to affected residents of the Compostela Valley province due to typhoon Pablo. Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The LGU allotted financial aid worth P100,000 for the victims. Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction officer Dr. Cedric Mantawil said that their office is accepting donations in cash or in kind. Also, they have launched hotline numbers 2482123, 0920-948-5004, and 0919-319-0840 for those who want to give assistance. The official also said

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that donations can be dropped at the radio station DXVL FM and at the faculty house of the University of Southern Mindanao (USM). Volunteer-officials of Kabacan LGU will visit the affected area before Christmas. Meanwhile, Bebot Moneva, of the USM, stated that they are planning to cancel their Christmas party and help the victims instead.

USM president Dr. Jesus Antonio Derije also expressed his support for the town’s action. This initiative was headed by LGU Kabacan in coordination with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) with the help of the Kabacan Water District and USM.

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Based on the latest record of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), affected families in

Compostela Valley reached 121, 572. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Pablo casualties has risen to 1,046, mostly from Comval and Davao

Oriental. Total damage to infrastructure, agriculture and private properties was pegged at P24.2 billion. (SJDPIA12/RBeñez-DXVL)

Solon’s office conducts Framework Agreement forum for sidewalk vendors By Oliver Ross Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – The Office of North Cotabato 1st District Congressman Jesus Sacdalan conducted a forum on the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro for members of the Midsayap Umbrella and Sidewalk Vendors Association (Musva).

Over 100 members of Musva participated in the forum aimed at helping the vendors understand that the signed framework agreement is a guide for a final peace agreement. Resource speaker in the forum was Engr. Jerry Pieldad, Congressional District Office political affairs officer. Last month, Musva President Mary Ann Dolendo sought assistance from the office of Cong. Sacdalan to Thursday, December 20, 2012

orient their members on the framework agreement. “The forum has enlightened vendors in the municipality,” Dolendo said. She added that they will help in the information dissemination by sharing with their customers what they had learned from the activity. This initiative was part of fulfilling Sacdalan’s promise to tackle the framework agreement to communities for them to understand it

better. The Bangsamoro F r a m e w o r k Agreement is a preliminary peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed on October 15, 2012 in Malacañang Palace. This will pave the way for the establishment of the new autonomous political entity, the Bangsamoro, to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Butuan Watershed Management Council convened

by Junesther Jean S. Iway and Eldie N. David

BUTUAN CITY -- The Butuan City Watershed Management Council, the implementing body of the Watershed Code of Butuan, has been formally convened.

The Council was created pursuant to SP Ordinance No. 3829-2012 to primarily address and ensure the protection, conservation,

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the bounds of the law. Apart from the Council, a Barangay Watershed Management Council (BWMC) and the Watershed Multipartite Monitoring Team (WMMT) will also be created in ensuring compliance with the Code and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and other environmental laws. The council is composed of representatives from the different government agencies as well as from the private sector who are stakeholders in the protection of the environment. According to Vice Mayor Law Fortun, the principal author of the

Watershed code, the convening of the council is just a manifestation of the local government’s serious effort of the local government to protect the environment at all cost. In the meeting, the Council has already decided on actions to initially commence its operation and on how to implement the Code effectively thereby giving paramount attention on matters needed to be completed. Such as identifying the representatives that will be coming from the different sectors and nongovernmental organizations who will partake in overseeing the execution of the Code.

Local poverty reduction action plan approved by Junesther Jean S. Iway

BUTUAN CITY -- The Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved a

resolution regarding the supplemental 2013 Local Poverty Reduction Plan as endorsed by the City Development Council through CDC Executive Committee Resolution No. 09 series of 2012. Thursday, December 20, 2012

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This is in consonance with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01, Series of 2012 directing all the local government units to adhere to the policy guidelines and procedures in the implementation of the Bottom-Up Planning and Budgeting for the Fiscal Year 2013. The end goal for the approval was for the enhancement and enrichment of the physical assets of the poor. Such as empowering the Senior Citizens sector

through the effective delivery of the basic services they need, another is through promoting a continued education by providing sufficient learning facilities for the students and lastly, through supporting and sustaining the livelihood and economic opportunities especially those of the displaced workers in the forestry sector to purposely improve the quality life of all Butuanons. The replanning of the Special Purpose Fund (SPF) for the LPRAP was administered but the LPRA Team chaired by City Mayor together with the different sectoral representatives as members thereof.

Butuan City gov’t receives $1.2-M PET CT scanner from World Medical Relief, Inc. by Maria Luisa Dianah Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY -- World Medical Relief, Inc. President and

CEO Mr. George Samson along with World Medical Relief, Inc. Ambassador of Health Dr. David Zarate turned over to Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. the 10 pacemakers donated by World Medical Relief, Inc. to the City Government of Butuan during the Turnover Ceremony of Donated Medical Supplies and Equipment recently held at the city hall grounds. 26

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Already the third batch of donations received from the World Medical Relief, Inc., the 10 pacemakers amounts to Php1 Million each and the PET CT Scanner that’s due to arrive in the city by January for use at the Butuan Medical Center amounts to $1.2 Million or a whooping Php60 Million. In his acceptance speech, Mayor Amante conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Samson and Dr. Zarate for the overwhelming support that the World Medical Relief, Inc. has continuously been extending to the city government. He added that we all should really be thankful that out of the hundreds of hospitals in the country, the World Medical Relief, Inc. chose our Butuan Medical Center (BMC). With these and previous donations, Mayor Amante said that we are better equipped in taking care of our sick, especially the less fortunate. Thursday, December 20, 2012

But as though a simple thank you in its sincerest tone isn’t enough to show the city government’s appreciation to the World Medical Relief, Inc., the Sangguniang Panlungsod here immediately passed a resolution to proclaim Mr. Samson as an Honorary Butuanon to recognize his valuable contribution to the improvement of the city government’s medical services to its people. A plaque made from magkono wood declaring Mr. Samson as an Honorary Butuanon was presented to him by Mayor Amante and Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun during the Turnover Ceremony. Mr. Samson upon accepting the honor given to him revealed 27


that there are more to come and that things are just starting to get better for the Butuanons. The World Medical Relief, Inc., he assured, will continue to include Butuan in their mission to serve the sick and the poor. He also made known that the recent donation of PET CT Scanner, the most advanced version of which is just the second of its kind in the whole Philippines. The only other hospital that has this is St. Luke’s Medical Center in Manila. The said PET CT Scanner has the ability to identify even the most undetectable cancer cells. After the Turnover Ceremony, Mr. Samson and Dr. Zarate then went

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for an ocular inspection at the BMC to see for themselves the present state of the hospital, and to check for the lacking medical supplies and equipment. They took note of every detail and gave their word to make sure that the hospital gets what it needs in the next donations to come. The first and second batches of donated medical supplies and equipment including beds and cushions, wheelchairs, crutches, disposable diapers, gauzes, and many others arrived January 2011 and July 2012 and have reached a total of Php 40 Million. These are now being used at the BMC.

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NCIP holds Tribal Leaders’ Forum By Bernadine A. Gabawan

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Regional Office 9 conducted a Tribal Leaders’ Forum with the aim to iron out conflicts on Ancestral Domain issues on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Sangguniang Bayan Member Celso A. Matias who represented Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa, Jr. in his welcome message expressed his gratitude to the NCIP for holding the said forum. “Through this forum, peace and unity will be attained among the tribal leaders,� he said. It can be recalled that during a Peace Forum held last June 28, 2012, a map indicating the ancestral domain claims of the tribal group was presented by the four tribal leaders, namely: Timuays Casiano Edal, Ramon Lumige, Lucenio Manda, and Joel Lumpinas. During the forum, it was learned that there are two conflicting groups who applied for ancestral domain claims led by Timuay Casiano

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Edal and Timuay Luciano Manda. NCIP Commissioner for Northern and Western Mindanao Cosme Lambayon and NCIP-9 Regional Director Salong Sunggod strongly recommended to end their divisibility and to have one common goal to attain peace and progress. They also suggested there should be one representative to stand for the group who will also serve as the liaison. Regrettably, one of the two Thursday, December 20, 2012


conflicting leaders did not agree on the recommendation, but it was resolved by assigning the two leaders to represent their group. Also present during the forum were: Mercilyn Hatad, Officer InCharge, NCIP Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Office, Dr. Robert Barcela, OIC-NCIP District Office based

in Guipos, Vicky Cajandag, PDSI Executive Director, Atty. Fausto Lingating, NCIP Legal Consultant, Celso Matias, SM Member, LGUBayog, Lt.Col. Victor Tanggawohn, Commanding Officer, 53rd IB, Philippine Army, some barangay chairmen and NCIP employees.

DENR, LGUs ink MOA on “Adopt-A-Mojon” project By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - Three towns of Zamboanga del Norte have recently expressed support to the “Adopt-A-Mojon” project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Mayor Anjanette Sulit of La Libertad town together with Mayor Rolando Te of Godod and Vice Mayor Daisy Limbang of Siayan turned up to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DENR on the Philippine Reference System of 1992 (PRS 92) “Adopt-A-Mojon” project held at Mibang Hotel, Sta. Filomena this city. The local chief executives vowed to help protect the mother “mojons” – the geodetic control points – installed and placed by the DENR in their respective municipalities. DENR-IX’s Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) chief Roservirico A. Tan disclosed that the mother mojons have already been installed in all the 25 towns and two cities of Zamboanga del Norte. Tan added that “PRS92 is a homogeneous national network Thursday, December 20, 2012

of geodetic control points (GCPs), marked by survey monuments or mojons, that have been established using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and becomes the standard reference system for all surveying and mapping activities in the Philippines.” “It is mandated that all new surveys and maps shall be referred to PRS92,” said Tan. Government agencies engaged in surveying and mapping like the DENR, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other agencies are said to be the primary stakeholders of PRS92. 31


DSWD distributes ‘noche buena’ packs to typhoon victims

DAVAO CITY– To share the spirit of Christmas to families affected by Typhoon ‘Pablo’, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman will start the distribution of ‘noche buena’ packs in New Bataan on December 22. A total of 173,000 noche buena packs will be distributed in all severely affected areas in Davao Region. Further, DSWD Regions

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XII and X will be helping in the packaging of the ‘noche buena’ packs. Each ‘noche Buena’ pack contains 1 ½ kilos bihon, 2 cans corned beef, 2 packs fudgee bar, 1 bottle sandwich spread, 1 can fruit cocktail, 1 can condensed milk, 1 box cheese, 1 pack choco candies and 1 piece malong which will be used as packaging. At present, a total of 418,973 family food packs amounting to P89,191,397.00 have already been distributed to the affected families in the four provinces of Davao Region. For queries, clarifications and updates on DSWD relief operations, please contact any of these text hotlines 0917-6429366 (Globe), 0928-8681532 (Smart) and 09227710061 (Sun). (DSWD/Sheryll Jane B. Sanico) Thursday, December 20, 2012


Damage to R-XI’s coco industry to reach Php 8-Billion by Joey Dalumpines

NABUNTURAN, Compostela ValleyA top official of the Philippine Coconut Authority estimated a total of eight billion peso- to the devastation wrecked by typhoon Pablo to the coconut industry in Davao Region.

Undersecretary Euclides Forbes, administrator of the PCA said the destruction of the coconut plantations in Davao Oriental will surely affect the overall annual production of coconut products nationwide since the province had been the number one producer of copra prior to the storm. He said that per record, there are 314 million coconut trees all over the country. Forbes said it is possible that other provinces in the country may cover the loss of Davao Oriental in copra production next year. “We need massive rehabilitation like the need to replant immediately given that many oil mills rely on the coconut industry in this part of the country,” he said. Forbes said the total valuation of the destruction of the coconut industry in Davao Oriental might be beyond sixty percent. He revealed that the PCA will realign two million coconut trees intended for Luzon to be planted to Thursday, December 20, 2012

Davao Oriental. Forbes said that for 2013, a total 17 million coconut trees are to be planted nationwide. He said that part of the intervention is to add more to the Php1-Million fertilization fund for the coconut trees in the typhoon stricken areas. “We will implement it in the ten thousand hectares of coconut plantation in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental areas,” Forbes said. He also said that the PCA will encourage coconut farmers to do intercropping and livestock-raising in line with the “Kaanib Program,” while waiting for the coconut trees to grow. Forbes said it takes seven years to plant and harvest coconut trees. “We urge farmers not to rely solely on coconut for income since they can diversify to inter-cropping and raising goats and pigs while waiting for the trees to grow. It is the only way for them to go higher than the the poverty threshold which is P100,000 annually,” he said. Forbes said the emerging coconut trees will already be of the dwarf variety since the climate change has proven that Mindanao is no longer typhoon-free. 33


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Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario gestures in a discussion with the executives of Filipinas Palm Oil Plantations, Inc. (FPPI) who are interested to establish a 2,000-hectare palm oil plantation in Davao del Norte, largely in Asuncion town, during the investors’ courtesy call today at the governor’s office, Tagum City. With him is Asuncion Mayor Nilo Parreñas who said that the investors came in the right time in view of the devastation brought by typhoon Pablo to coconut-covered areas.

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Lanao del Sur execs support land survey in ARMM by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Local chief executives in the province fully support the forest land boundary assessment and delineation (FLBD) project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. expressed his unwavering commitment during the launching of the project held in Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, December 2. He is also thankful for the implementation of the project in the Thursday, December 20, 2012

region which is set to kick-off in the province. A priority project of President Benigno S. Aquino III, the FLBD project aims to map areas to delineate the boundaries between forestland and alienable and disposable lands in the Autonomous Region in Muslim 35


Mindanao (ARMM). Adiong, however, urged the DENR-ARMM to coordinate with the provincial government and the respective municipal mayors on the schedule of the actual conduct of the land survey to avoid problems in the field. League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Lanao del Sur Chapter President and Poona Bayabao Mayor Lampa Pandi also conveyed the same support to the project. He said the LMP will provide the necessary assistance to the DENR during the actual survey. Earlier, DENR-ARMM Secretary Hadji Kahal Kedtag enjoined municipal mayors and their respective 36

Sangguniang Bayan to support the implementation of the project. He said the active participation of the local government units is critical to the success of the FLBD project. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, on the other hand, said the implementation of the P44 million FLBD project is pursuant to the memorandum of agreement the ARMM government signed with the DENR on June 19, this year. He said the project is in compliance with the agenda of the President to complete and perfect the country’s land delineation and land classification before the end of his term.

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