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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Blitz

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Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com rutchiecabahug@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region

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Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

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Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

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Cover Story

Sarangani earns Seal of Good Housekeeping Award

Beverly Paoyon Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

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Aquino assures victims of typhoon ‘Sendong’ in Mindanao of government assistance Govt to declare typhoon hit areas in Visayas, Mindanao as state of national calamity

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2012 Kahimunan Festival is only for Brgy. Libertad contingents, organizers say Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

City gov’t celebrates Butuan by the River’s 1st Anniversary

Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Solon calls for watershed protection after “Sendong” devastation

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Zambo allocates P2M for CDO, Iligan “Sendong” victims Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

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DSWD distributes P992,530.16 worth of relief assistance to Sendong victims

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New wage hike to take effect by new year

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Lawmakers urged to enact law against OFWs who abandoned families

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DOH 12 calls for strong coalition to control of non-communicable diseases

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24 LGUs in ARMM to receive P1.5-M support fund

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COWD ‘doing everything’ to restore normal water supply operations Apipa Bagumbaran , Northern Mindanao

Mai Gevera Macapagat, Southern Mindanao Carina Cayon, Southern Mindanao

Olivia Sudaria, Central Mindanao

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao


Cover Story Sarangani earns Seal of Good Housekeeping Award by Beverly Paoyon

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arangani Province has earned the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award in recognition of its exemplary performance in governance, transparency, and accountability.

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The award also entitles Sarangani to avail of the Performance Challenge Fund in the amount of P10 million as a financial incentive to support the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). As explained in Memorandum Circular No. 201083, this award from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is a commitment “to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, par-

ticipation and performance into an institutionalized status.” Marife Tenorio of the DILG said the province will avail of the incentive in the form of project grant but she stressed the objectives of the projects should be aligned with the MDG. This, however, required Sarangani to counterpart in the form of MDG-related projects under the ongoing Annual Investment Programs (AIP) of the province. “Not necessarily that the province would shell out

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separate funding as their counterpart” but could instead identify from among the province’s AIP projects. Governor Migs Dominguez endorsed to the DILG Tuesday (December 13) a List of Project Proposal Profile for 2012 as administrative requirement under the Seal. The list includes the P3.465-million improvement/ rehabilitation or construction of 13 day-care centers across 6

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the province. Day-care centers boost the provincial government’s pursuit of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) as the foundation of its “Education Revolution!” campaign. At the same time, Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) workers armed with learning materials from UNICEF are being deployed in farflung villages, riding horses to reach their wards. Also listed are the P2.5million Kalinaw Fort Sarangani Landmark and P4 million for the completion of the Regional Trial Court building. Aside from the provincial government, three out of the seven municipalities of Sarangani also bagged the award with corresponding monetary incentive of P2M for Glan and P1M each for Maitum and Alabel. The award particularly aims to recognize local government units (LGUs) with good governance and practice the values of good planning, sound fiscal management,


transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring. Tenorio said “instead of penalizing LGUs that are not performing,� the DILG is giving incentives to performing LGUs to encourage others to follow. One of the requirements for the

award was the full disclosure of local budget and finances, and bids and public offerings. Tenorio said Sarangani complied with the mandate for the posting of budgets, expenditures, contracts and loans, and procurement plans in conspicuous places, website, and in print

media in December 2010. She said her office is still waiting for the notice for Governor Dominguez to receive the Seal of Good Housekeeping award in Manila soon. For more news and updates, please visit Sarangani website .

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Aquino orders DILG, PNP to keep people away from danger areas

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AGAYAN DE ORO CITY - President Benigno S. Aquino III instructed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to prevent affected residents from returning to the danger areas in the city following a deadly flashflood spawned by Typhoon Sendong that killed hundreds of people on Saturday. “Going back to danger areas should no longer be permitted. I want that very clear… (there

should be) no settlement in portions already described as extremely dangerous, …like Isla de

Oro, and neighboring barangays…,” the President said in a briefing with government officials in

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this city on Tuesday. The President arrived in Cagayan de Oro Tuesday morning to assess the damage of Typhoon Sendong and coordinate relief and assistance efforts by the government. Local officials raised their problems with the President during the briefing particularly on housing for the displaced residents, noting that people couldn’t be staying in the schools for long periods. Based on recent figures by the local government, there are 8,000 evacuees in Cagayan de Oro City. In his response, the President said there are 1,000 houses earmarked for Cagayan de Oro by the National Housing Authority (NHA) although he said there is still no estimate for money needed for building new houses. At the same time, 10

he said the government has a calamity fund that will cover building new houses. The plan is to permanently relocate people away from danger zones to prevent similar incidents but since it needs time, the government needs temporary shelters, local officials said. During the briefing, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it would provide funds through its core shelter program so that evacuees could permanently stay in new houses to be built for them. But in the mean time, the DSWD proposed to move the evacuees from schools to bigger grounds to ease the congestion. The DSWD added that it is working with the NHA for temporary shelters before evacuees are relocated to permanent resettle-

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ment area. Temporarily, the DSWD said it would erect tents in wide school grounds and in areas to be identified by the local government in the next two weeks. The long term goal is to remove them from the schools by January, it said. Local officials proposed that the Upper Balunan near the airport in the city could be used as new resettlement site for the evacuees. Also, an area in the 42-hectare Upper Gusa near Philstate could also be suitable for relocation, they said. The DILG identified six danger areas: Sitio Kala-Kala and Sitio Tambo both in Bgry. Makasandig, Isla de Oro in Bgry. 13, Isla Bugnaw in Brgy. Consolacion and Isla Kupa located in Bgry. Consolation. (AS)


Aquino assures victims of typhoon ‘Sendong’ in Mindanao of government assistance

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LIGAN CITY - President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the victims of typhoon “Sendong” that hit the southern island of Mindanao over the weekend that the national government has been attending to their needs, as he personally assessed the situation in the typhoon-ravaged areas. Speaking before the locals of Iligan at the Iligan City National High School Auditori-

um on Tuesday, President Aquino expressed his personal concern to the typhoon victims

prior to the distribution of financial assistance to the locals. The President

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visited the typhoon affected areas in Mindanao that include the provinces of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete. “Ngayon nandito po kami sampu ng ating Gabinete para maihatid ang mga pangunahing tulong ng national government. Kanina po pinag-usapan namin ang pangunahing problema ay iyong tirahan,” the President said. The President handed over at least P11.8 million to Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz as part of the government’s assistance under the Cash for Work Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). “Itong araw pong ito, may itutulong tayo na P11,870,000 at ito ay para sa may mga 5,521 beneficiaries, 12

cash for work program mula sa DSWD. Landbank na tseke po ito na ite-turnover natin kay Mayor Cruz,” President Aquino noted. Apart from the amount under the DSWD, President Aquino also turned over a Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) amounting to P60 million from the local government support fund which is intended to for future projects of the government in the area. “Ito naman ang tinatawag na notice of cash allocation na pang-pondo ng mga proyekto ng gobyerno. Nagkakahalaga po ito ng 60 million mula sa local government support fund, ite-turnover na rin natin kay Mayor,” the President said. He added that the government will continuously work with the

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local government, including Representative Vicente Belmonte, not only to end the illegal activities of some unscrupulous groups but also to expedite the rehabilitation and reconstruction process. “Para matigil na iyong naghahanap-buhay na nakapipinsala sa kapitbahay, makikipagugnayan po tayo, tuluytuloy kay Congressman Belmonte at kay Mayor


Lawrence para mapabilis iyong paglalagay sa inyo sa ayos,” President Aquino said. “Pipilitin natin na paghusayin pa iyong ginagawa ng inyong gobyernong nasyonal para hindi maulit iyong trahedyang tulad nito,” he added. The Chief Executive encouraged the people to cooperate with their local leaders to put a stop to

the problems that may have caused the devastation. “Aminado po tayo deka-dekadang problema po iyan, hindi naman natin malulutas ng ganoon-ganoon lang. Sa tulong po niyo mapapabilis natin ito. Sa maraming problemang kinakarga ng ating mayor at kinatawan, tulungan natin silang mapabilis ang paghanap sa solusyon,” the President said. President Aquino reiterated his personal sympathies to those who have lost their loved ones and properties. Also present during the President’s visit in Iligan were other government officials led by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Interior and Local Government Secretary

Jesse Robredo and DSWD Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, among others. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) accounted the number of fatalities to 684, the biggest number of which comes from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) initial estimates revealed that typhoon Sendong’s damage to farmlands in the Visayas and Mindanao has reached 8.1 million pesos. DA’s Central Action Center also reported that the storm damaged a total of 1,904 hectares of rice farms where 3.57 million pesos worth of seedlings in vegetative stages were planted. (JCL)

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Govt to declare typhoon hit areas in Visayas, Mindanao as state of national calamity

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AGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The government will declare a state of national calamity areas in the Visayas and Mindanao affected by Typhoon Sendong, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

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phoon Sendong on Saturday. The disaster left hundreds of people dead while scores remain missing. Thousands have been living in temporary shelters. Local Cagayan de Oro City officials raised their concerns with the President during a briefing held at the Philippine Air Force base in Lumbia airport. The chief executive assured them that there is enough

government funds for relief assistance and rehabilitation to help ease the flight of the victims. Aside from the fund that will come from the national government, the President said there are supports coming from foreign donors, some in the form of loans and others providing equipment and expertise. After meeting officials in Cagayan de Oro, the President

flew to Iligan City, to also assess the situation there. He is also scheduled to lead the distribution of relief goods in Iligan City which is also hardly hit by Typhoon Sendong. After visiting Iligan City, the President will go back to Cagayan de Oro to distribute assistance to the affected residents. By noon, the President departs from Cagayan de Oro to Dumaguete City, another devastated area. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), the death toll in Region 10 now reaches more than 800 people. With many still unaccounted for. (AS)

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Hinatuan launches “JYes Kontra Droga” by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

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he local government unit of Hinatuan under the leadership of Mayor Candelario Viola, Jr. recently launched the “JYes Kontra Droga” program in the municipal level.

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The replication of the program implementation supports the program of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Chaired by Gov. Johnny T. Pimentel in Surigao del Sur. Hinatuan is the first municipality to launch and replicate the “JYes Kontra Droga” program of Gov. Pimentel to strengthen its campaign aiming for a drug-free province in Cara-

ga thru the activation of the Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) into an operational and functional council, chaired by the Local Chief Executive Officer down to barangay level. Meanwhile, a mass oath-taking was officiated by PADAC Chair Gov. Pimentel to the members of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC), aimed to strengthen its implementa-

tion to the barangay level. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Reg’l Director Joel Plaza congratulated PADAC Chair for the successful launching of “JYES Kontra Droga” program that was conducted in September in Tandag City, and was awarded as Best PADAC in Caraga recently. “I congratulate Hon. Johnny Pimentel for the successful launching of the ‘JYes kontra Droga’ in Tandag last September graced by no less than, the Dir. General of PDEA,

Usec Jose Gutierrez, Jr. as the guest of honor and speaker. I also commented the good Governor for a job well done, a first of its kind in the whole Philippines,” Dir. Plaza said.

2012 Kahimunan Festival is only for Brgy. Libertad contingents, organizers say by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY – Organizers of the annual Kahimunan Festival here recently said only contingents from Barangay Libertad will be accepted in next year’s festival and other competitions to be staged in January 15 at the city’s sports complex. Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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In a radio interview,LibertadBarangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario said the barangay council doesn’t have big budget for this year’s celebration, which prompted them not to invite contingents from the neighboring cities, provinces and regions. Kahimunan Festival, which is the local version of Sinulog Fes18

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tival of Cebu City, is held annually every third Sunday of January, in honor of Barangay Libertad’s patron saint – Senior Sto. Niño. The festival is among the accredited festivals of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Caraga Region which promotes the culture and tradition not only of the people of Barangay Libertad

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but as well as the Butuanons, supporting the Tourism Development Agenda of the present administration as presented in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. Rosario said this year’s champion for the Grand Kahimunan Street Dancing Competition will receive P50,000; first runner-up – P30,000


and second runner-up – P20,000. All participating contingents will each receive P5,000 as consolation prize. Meanwhile, special awards will also be given to contingents

who will excel in the best in streetdancing, best in costume and best in musicality, and will receive P10,000 each. For the “Higanteng Sto. Niño” (Giant

Sto. Niño) competition, prizes are at stake are as follows: Champion – P15,000; 1st runner-up – P10,000 and; 2nd runner-up – P5,000. Non-winning entries will receive consolation prize of P3,000 each. In the Children’s Kahimunan, champion will receive Php15,000; 1st runner-up – P10,000 and; 2nd runner-up – Php5,000. Non-winning contingents will also receive consolation prize of P3,000 each. Rosario said the city government through Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. has given P200,000 while Agusan del Norte 1st District Congressman Jose Aquino II donated some P300,000 for the activity.

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City gov’t celebrates Butuan by the River’s 1st Anniversary by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – The city government here, led by City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr with other city officials ,celebrated the 1st year anniversary of ‘Butuan by the River’ Saturday in Barangay Leon Kilat.

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place is also being managed by the City Economic and Enterprise Development Office (CEEDO) through Manager Ma. Ruth Jugao.

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During the night’s program, Jugao proudly expressed her appreciation to the support of stall owners who continuously serve Butuan-


ons with their foods and services placed in the area. Also, Amante expressed his appreciation to the one-year functionality of the different recreational activities. “Several investors are now engaging business in Butuan which is a great

manifestation that the city’s economic status is really booming… We would further promote this place so tourists from the different regions will

discover themselves the beauty and scenic places here especially the ‘Butuan by the River’ and meet Butuanon people,” said Amante. Right after the short program, Amante led the releasing of sky lanterns being witnessed by an estimated crowd of 300. It was then followed by the salo-salo of all the participants and city officials. Further, Amante hopes that ‘Butuan by the River’ will continue to provide entertainment to Butuanons and invites tourists to visit the lounging area.

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Zambo Sur, JCI launch ‘Operation Tabang’ for flood victims in Iligan and CDO by Gideon C. Corgue

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o deeply sympathize the victims of typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities which were worst hit by the devastation on December 18 , the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur, and in coordination with the JCI Greater Pagadian, Inc., a civic organization, opened its doors to donations for families affected by floods thru its relief operations center dubbed “Operation Tabang” para sa Biktima ng Bagyong Sendong Relief Operations Center”.

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“The provincial government in coordination with the JCI, is now accepting donations (in cash or in kind) for victims of typhoon Sendong,” JCI president Troy Asugas said in an interview over dxBZ radyo bagting this morning. Asugas said the provincial gov’t and the JCI is running a donation drive to help the typhoon victims. “The ‘Operation Tabang” was immediately established in the lobby of the provincial capitol since Saturday, the day that typhoon Sendong hit the aforementioned

cities. Another relief operation center was put up by the JCI at Patricia gasoline station to accept donations from all sectors of society. On Monday, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles issued a memorandum circular No. 12-416 series of 2011 urging all employees of the provincial gov’t to extend help to the victims. “All employees are urged to give donations like bottled water, canned goods, used clothings and/or cash,” the memo stated. Government employee Susan Herrera,

assigned at the provincial governor’s office donated 2 big boxes of used clothings and bottled water to the center. “I am heartily donating my used clothings and bottled water to our brothers and sisters in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro city to help lessen their sufferings and who are in need of food and clothings,” Herrera said. JH Cerilles State College teacher Julieta Sobrero, with her husband brought with them 1 sack and 1 big box of used clothings and turned it over to the

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staff of Patricia Gasoline Station this morning. “Gibati ko ug dako kaayo nga kalooy sa mapait nga gidangatan sa atong mga igsoon nga nabiktima sa mapintas nga baha nga akong nakita sa telebisyon, busa angayan gayud nga sila atong tabangan(I felt pity to our brothers and sisters who were victims of devastating floods that I saw on television,

thus they are worthy to be helped by us), Sendong said who travelled from barangay Tiguma, 5-kilometer away from the city. Asugas said the bundles of donations including the cash were donated by the officials and employees, JCI local municipal chapters, Department of Social Welfare and Development, business sector, non-government orga-

nizations, and others. “The bundles of donations will be immediately brought to Iligan city this afternoon with Governor Cerilles to answer the needs of the victims,” Asugas added. Asugas said the relief center will continue accepting donations from generous donors to address the needs of flood victims. (JPA/ GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

Solon calls for watershed protection after “Sendong” devastation by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

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Fabian stressed this call after experts blamed the denudation of forests for the flooding in northern and some parts of western Mindanao. Earlier, Cong. Fabian authored House Bill no. 422 which seeks to establish the Pasonanca Watershed Forest Reserve as a protected area under the category of natural park, with its peripherals as buffer zone. He pointed that his bill is very relevant today with the effects of climate change

drastically being felt in the country. Fabian said enactment of the bill means the total protection of the Pasonanca forest reserve, one of the few remaining forests in the country. He added that if there is no proper protection and preservation of the area, encroachment and poaching will destroy the forest. House Bill no. 422 also provides for the augmentation of forest guards and establishment of an office that whose sole

mandate is to ensure protection of the watershed. The bill was already approved by Congress and is now being deliberated by the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources chaired by Sen. Chiz Escudero. Fabian said if watersheds and forests here are protected, the unfortunate incident that hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan will not be experienced by Zamboangue単os. (JPA/MVC/PIA9- ZBST)

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Zambo allocates P2M for CDO, Iligan “Sendong” victims by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The city has allocated P2 million as aid to victims of typhoon “Sendong” in Cagayan De Oro and Iligan, the hardest hit areas, City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said. The lady IO said, each local government unit of Cagayan and Iligan will get P1 million each which will be delivered by Lobregat’s representatives. “The mayor will task his represented to proceed to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City to personally hand over

Mayor Celso L. Lobregat “The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) approved this morning to allocate a total of P2 million as assistance to the thousands of victims of tropical storm Sendong that hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Sunday, Dec. 18. ,” Covarrubias in a statement said. 26

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the checks to Mayor Emano and Cruz, respectively,” Covarrubias elaborated. Covarrubias said that Mayor Lobregat has been in contact with Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Cruz since Sunday when the incident happened. The active IO said the P2Million aid to the “Sendong” victims will be taken from the city’s calamity funds. The financial assistance is on top of the relief assistance that the mayor has also committed to send in cooperation with the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and Tzu Chi FoundationZamboanga. (JPA/ PIA-ZBST)


Relief efforts for ‘Sendong’ victims pour in, says PNoy

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by Rey D. Abella

elief efforts for victims of tropical storm Sendong are coming in from government and private sectors, according to President Benigno S. Aquino III.

In his visit to typhoon evacuees at the City Central School here, the President also said that the Department of Social Work and Development has released Relief Supplies and Standby Funds amounting to P72.5 million. He added that the Tactical Operations Group of the Philippine Air Force continue to respond to the needs of typhoon victims. “Patuloy pong dumarating at

ipinamamahagi ang mga sako ng bigas, mga de lata, inuming tubig, at iba pang relief goods mula sa DSWD, dagdag pa sa mga kusang ibinibigay ng mga nagmamalasakit nating kababayan,” he said. (Sacks of rice, canned goods and other relief goods from the DSWD are pouring in, in addition to the donations of our concerned citizens.) As of 6 am today, 957 deaths Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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due to “Sendong” have been reported, while 49 persons were reported missing. Those injured numbered 1,582, while 432 people have been rescued. The President also said that, based on the latest report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council, 63,079 families have been affected by the said tropical storm. The President said that PhilHealth will provide assistance even to non-members, while the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will shoulder the medical costs of victims confined at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro. The Department of Public Works and Highways is repairing bridges to hasten the transport of relief goods to those in need. PNoy said that other agencies working with the DPWH are DSWD, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Coast Guard,

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Philippine National Police and local government units. Speaking in Filipino, the President said, “We are glad that the private sector voluntarily provided assistance in the form of cargo ships and airplanes.” Among these groups are Air 21, LBC, at Philippine Airlines. Other groups that apart from providing relief goods such as potable water, food, and clothes set up evacuation centers and organized their own relief operation such as Xavier University, ABS-CBN Foundation, GMA Kapuso Foundation, TV5, Smart, Globe, and more.


DSWD distributes P992,530.16 worth of relief assistance to Sendong victims CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The Department of Social Welfare and Development has distributed a total of P992,530 worth of relief assistance for 31,380 families (188,280 persons) affected by tropical storm ‘Sendong,’ that hit Northern Mindanao, as of December 18.

Donations from nongovernment organizations, private citizens and concerned citizens delivered to the department have already reached a total of P30,088 worth of food and used clothing. In Cagayan de Oro city, 19 evacuation centers were also set up to house 6,737 families (38,767 persons) coming from the city’s 29 barangays. Further, Iligan city has set up 13 evacuation centers for 5,521 affected families (33,126 evacuation centers for 970 families persons); and Manticao in the (5,820 persons). province of Misamis Oriental with 13

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COWD ‘doing everything’ to restore normal water supply operations by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) management assured the public that it is “doing everything ...to restore normal (water) supply operations at the soonest possible time.” In its advisory, the COWD management explained that their quality control laboratory in Pilot de Lara, Macasandig has been totally damaged rendering the agency incapable of monitoring the level of residual chlorine in its distribution lines. The COWD will also be undertaking the cleaning of collector wells; rehabilitation of 10 electric motors; testing and rehabilitation of six (6) transformers; rehabilitation of 11 motor controllers; disinfection of six (6)production wells; and testing and commissioning of facilities in the next 31 days. The COWD’s main booster pumping station and six (6) production wells have been completely damaged by Typhoon Sendong. Thus, public has been accessing water from the cluster of public faucets installed by COWD management beside their fire hydrants. Meanwhile, today, December 20, the following schedule of water rationing is implemented: every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from 12 midnight to 4:00 a.m., in Kauswagan, Bayabas and 30

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Bonbon; and every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 12 midnight to 4:00 a.m., from Elipe Park in Carmen to Apovel Subdivision. Daily rationing, on a 24-hour basis, for hydrants and faucets along Vamenta Boulevard in Carmen and public faucets outside City Hall and City Tennis Court, as well as, for hydrants and faucets from Lapasan to Bugo including Lapasan Plaza, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, across Capitol University Medical Center and entrance of Capistrano Complex. The management of the (COWD) urged the public to boil the water first before drinking for their own safety and protection.


DOST offers S&T interventions vs. Panama disease by Carina Cayon

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n the urgency to curb the dreaded Panama disease in the region, the Department of Science and Technology offered to banana industry stakeholders here its science-based interventions against the disease. DOST recently presented to various key players of the region’s banana industry its solutions and approaches in managing the Panama disease or the Fusarium Wilt. In its proposed action plan on Fusarium Wilt disease management in Davao Region, DOST recommend-

ed for an approach of preventing the further spread of the disease through early diagnosis, appropriate eradication techniques and quarantine. It was also cited that an effective irrigation and drainage system should be put up to prevent surface run-off. “We are looking at all possible solutions,” DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo told the local media here referring to the drive of helping the Department of Agriculture and the banana industry in dealing with the Panama disease that severely hit the region. For an immediate remedy, Montejo cited the use of three biological control agents such as Trichoderma harzianum,Vesicular arbuscular mychorrhiza (VAM) and Plant Growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). Montejo explained that the micro-organisms will help strengthen the banana roots to be able to resist the disease. He told the local media here Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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during a consultation meeting with the banana industry stakeholders on December 8 that the micro-organisms will be tested in fields by early part of next year. For the long term approach, DOST raised the use of Foc (Fusarium oxysporum f. Sp. Cubense)-resistant varieties such as GCTCV 119 and 218. Montejo said they are planning to immediately conduct on-site trials of the Foc-resistant varieties in the mostly hit areas in Davao Region. He said that DOST is also eyeing to request the assistance of the science community of Taiwan where the varieties were taken. A Banana Research Center which will initially focus on the Panama disease will also soon be put up in Davao City as part of the longterm strategy, the DOST Secretary disclosed. Further, DOST recommended for other mitigating measures such as cropping systems (e.g. crop rotation, annual cropping, etc.) and judi-

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cious use of effective fungicides. “We are committed in these endeavors with close coordination with private sectors and DA,” stated Montejo who hoped for a positive response from the stakeholders. Montejo expressed optimism in solving the problem within a oneyear period. DOST is pushing for its S&T interventions on Panama disease through its Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) in partnership with the Southern Mindanao Agricultural Resources Research and Development Consortium (SMARRDEC). The DA in the region has also taken steps in addressing the Panama disease that included the creation of Task Force f Fusarium in October this year. DA’s short term action plan also covered the drafting of quarantine ordinance, trainor’s training for municipal agriculturists, disease mapping, management scheme, eradication (burning the mat), use of Trichoderma and information campaign. DA reported that the disease has infected a total banana area of 634.70 hectares in the region with the highest incidence in Compostela Valley with an area of 425.30 hectares. Fusarium-infected areas in Davao City reached to 159 hectares, while 50.40 hectares were hit in Davao del Norte, DA said. (Carina L. Cayon)


New wage hike to take effect by new year by Mai Gevera Macapagat pay, after the wage order takes effect. By May 1, 2012, workers should expect a new minimum wage of P301 for the non-agri sector and P291 daily wage for the non-agri sector. Workers in establishment with more than 10 workers will get P301 daily while those with less than 10 workers will get P270 daily. Suyao also cited the wage order as to cover “all workers and employees in the private sector receiving the minimum wage regardless of position, designation, living allowance which P5 will be or status of employment and irregiven out starting January while spective of the method by which the P10 remaining balance will their wages are paid.” “ The only exemption was given be followed by May 2012. to household or domestic helpers, Suyao also explained that family drivers, persons employed based on Wage Order No. RB in the personal service of another XI-17, minimum wage earners and workers in registered Baranin the non-agriculture sector in gay Micro Business Enterprise. The DOLE tells the public that Davao Region will start to receive P291.00 daily wage by January, the wage order is a product of sewhile workers in the agriculture ries of deliberations, debates, and sector will receive a daily wage public hearings which have always involved representatives of the laof P281. bor sector, government, and em Workers in retail/service ployer sector. companies with more than 10 “ It was decided unanimously workers will receive P291.00 by all representatives of the board. daily pay, while those in estab- The granting of the wage hike is lishments with not more than 10 basically to help workers recover workers will get P260.00 in daily lost purchasing power.”, he said. DAVAO CITY – The wage hike granted for workers in Region 11 is set to take effect this January 1, 2012. Department of Labor and Employment regional director Joffrey Suyao bared in today’s Talking Points, a weekly radio program aired over DXRP- Radyo ng Bayan, explained that the wage order integrates into the basic wage the cost of living allowance or COLA of P15 as provided for under Wage Order RB XI-16. It provides for a P15 cost of

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Lawmakers urged to enact law against OFWs who abandoned families DAVAO CITY– A non-government organization catering to migrant workers here has urged legislators to enact a law against Overseas Filipino Workers who abandoned their families in the country. The Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions Inc. (MMCEAI) called on lawmakers to pass a legislation that would run after OFWs, and would ensure that OFWs would face charges in the country where they work for abandoning their families. The call was among the recommendations of MMCEAI based on its research findings in 2009 on the State of Abandoned Families of OFWs in Davao Region. MMCEAI executive director Inorisa Sialana-Elento raised the

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concern on the increasing cases of abandoned wives, husbands and children not only in the view of physical separation but also in the perspective of economic neglect. In Davao City, Elento told the local media here that MMCEAI has catered to 55 cases of abandoned families from the 65 cases documented by the city government’s Integrated Gender and Development Division (IGDD). She said only 12 cases were filed to court, mostly concerning charges on multiple marriages, economic abuse such as non-remittance of earnings and intermittent support, and child custody. The other forms of abandonment include non-communication, loss of care and eventual disappearance, she added. Elento said most of the cases handled involved abandoning parties who work as seafarers and domestic helpers in countries such as United States of America, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, among others. The abandoned members of the family, she said, are as young as two years old and the eldest in age is 50 years old. While MMCEAI has recognized


the government’s adoption of positive measures in assisting and protecting migrant workers, it brought up other proposals to address the distressing plight of the abandoned families of OFWs. MMCEAI urged for the review and amendment of Republic Act No. 8042 or Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995 that would provide favorable terms to abandoned families of OFWs. It urged the government to execute the processing of remittances to ensure that allowances will directly be sent to children and direct family. The Department of Foreign Affairs was also called to lead in the handling of cases against OFWs and to facilitate the tracking down of missing OFWs. MMCEAI also looked forward to the local government of Davao

City to enact a local ordinance that would ensure full assistance such as psychosocial interventions and medical needs and protection for families abandoned by OFWs. Elento raised the proposals from MMCEAI’s briefing paper on the state of abandoned families on Friday during a press conference as among the activities in observance of the International Day of Migrants on December 18. MMCEAI has been providing free counseling and psychosocial services for abandoned families and assisting returning migrants and their families as well as communities for livelihood opportunities. The NGO has also organized Anak OFWs groups in schools and communities. (Carina Cayon)

did you know... That Davao Region has one of the highest employment rates in the country posting a 94.2% employment rate as compared to the national average of 92.9%.

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Tuna producers optimistic on tuna industry’s potentials for growth by Olivia Sudaria GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- In terms of volume, the industry has potential to grow. For as long as there is growing demand for tuna in the world, there will be potential for growth.

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This was the statement of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (SocSKSarGen) Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc. (SFFAII) executive director Rossana Contreras who disclosed that in 2010 the total volume of tuna production was 387,101 metric tons. Out of this, she said, 271, 625 metric tons (70%) were produced by commercial fisheries while 115,476 metric tons (30% by marine municipal fisheries. Contreras said there are seven canneries in the Philippines, six are in General Santos City and one in Zamboanga City. She further said there are 12 fresh frozen processors and exporters in General Santos City constituting 80% of the country’s processors and supporting about 3,000 jobs. Most of its production is exported to US and European countries, she added. The SFFAII executive director revealed that there are 1,500 purse seine catchers, carriers and other support vessels who are

primarily fishing in fish aggregating devices (FADS). She said there are also 1,000 pump boats involved in tuna production. In addition, she said, there are workers in the ancillary industries - fish cars, ice plants, cold storage facilities, food business among others.

She said that SFFAII has been exhausting venues to open dialogues or discussions with the Indonesian government for the renewal of agreement on fishing access starting in September with the Governor of the North Sulawesi and in January, next year with the Minister of Fish

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eries through Manado’s Chamber of Commerce. Another discussion

which is being framed up by a technical group is with Palau which can be a start for the Phil-

ippines to get fishing access to other Pacific island countries, Contreras noted.

DOH 12 calls for strong coalition to control of non-communicable diseases GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Health - Center for Health Development, region XII (CHD-12) underscored the need to strengthening partnership within the health sector which will help in reaching out to other key players towards an inter sectoral action such as education on the underlying causes of non - communicable diseases.

DOH 12 non-communicable diseases cluster coordinator Dr. Leonora Lorenzana told participants to the workshop on the creation of a coalition for the prevention and control on non-communicable diseases in the region held here in the city that the call for promoting healthy lifestyle by reducing the risk factors remains a challenge. Lorenzana said noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease are now leading killers worldwide. She fur38

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physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and harmful use of alcohol. In the Philippines, according to Dr. Loren


zana, six of the ten top causes of mortality are due to non-communicable diseases, namely: diseases of the heart and vascular system, cancer, renal failure, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes mellitus. She

also disclosed that in region XII, the same NCDs are six of the top leading leading causes of death. The coalition led by DOH XII which will serve as a coordinating body of programs and activities in support to the pre-

vention and control of non-communicable diseases is expected to help in the reduction of mortality due to NCDs through the intensification of advocacy on healthy lifestyle.(Olivia Sudaria )

24 LGUs in ARMM to receive P1.5-M support fund by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY – Some 24 local government units in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are set to receive additional P1.5 million support under the ARMM- Social Support Fund Project (ASFP).

On Friday, the first 8 LGUs that will receive the additional funding were named. These are Upi and Datu Paglas in Maguindanao, Jolo and Indanan in Sulu, Bongao and Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi, Wao in Lanao del Sur, and Lamitan City in Basilan. Irene Fernandez, head of the Institutional Strengthening and Governance (ISG) component of the ASFP, added, a

total of 24 LGUs in the region will be granted P1.5-M fund through its municipal block grant (MBG) scheme. She said the LGUs were selected based on their performance on local governance, implementation of ASFP-supported projects, and fiscal handling. The local governments of these recipient towns are required to provide a specified counterpart, bringing

the total amount of the project that will be implemented to around P2-million, she said. ASFP Project Manager Nasser Sinarimbo said the MBG is ASFP’s way of “recognizing the support and performance of local government units (LGUs) especially in the implementation of ASFPsupported projects in their area.” He said the funding support is an incentive for local governments

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to undertake participatory and community-driven development projects. The MBG also scales up the impact of ASFP projects to the municipal level from individual communities, he said. ASFP has earmarked total of P36million for the MBG out of the rolled-out P1.4 billion additional financing it secured from the World Bank.

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According to Sinarimbo, funds for the remaining 16 municipalities are scheduled for release next year. ASFP handles the largest and only foreign loan assisted project that is being directly supervised by the ARMM government. It has been cited by the World Bank for its satisfactory performance, giving way to the approval of an additional financing.

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The additional loan would allow ASFP to cater to 596 more communities across ARMM that were not previously covered by the project. Close to a thousand communities in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi have already benefitted from life-enhancing projects introduced by ASFP in its seven-year run.


One Mindanao - December 20, 2011  

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