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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)

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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

“Builders of peace,” Sagip Kapamilya help Sarangani village

Cocoy Sexcion Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 129

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Aquino creates task force to investigate deadly flashflood in Mindanao Aquino leads AFP Day in Quezon City

Regional News:

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WFP rush dispatch of high-energy biscuits for PHL’s TS Sendong victims

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President Aquino exhorts residents to heed evacuation warnings

Western Mindanao

More assistance for typhoon victims urged

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Apipa Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

WFP backs PH response to storm Washi Northern Mindanao

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ComVal public servants, individuals honored in Gawad Parangal

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Glan considers Baywalk construction to boost tourism

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Construction of P15-M ARMM housing project set

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PNP-Caraga deploys search, rescue & retrieval contingent to PRO-10

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11 Caraga studes qualify for 2012 Phil. Science High School scholarship

Grace Almedilla, Southern Mindanao CT Apelacio , Central Mindanao

Perlita Changco, Central Mindanao

PSUPT Martin M Gamba, Caraga Region Nora CL Molde, Caraga Region

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Cover Story “Builders of peace,� Sagip Kapamilya help Sarangani village by Cocoy Sexcion

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two-classroom school building was inaugurated and formally turned over recently to the community of Lamlifew, a Blaan village.

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It was also the launching of a 120-day feeding program for the pupils of Lamlifew Elementary School. The projects were carried out through the concerted effort of the Armed

Forces of the Philippines through the National Development Support Command (NADESCOM), ABSCBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapamilya “Gusto kong mag aral” program, Municipal Government of Malungon, Department of Education and the Provincial Government of Sarangani. The P800,000 school building for Lamlifew Elementary School and another school building in

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barangay San Jose in General Santos were part of the 12 school buildings completed nationwide by soldiers from NADESCOM, said Capt. William Rodriguez, public affairs officer of Sarangani-based 1002nd Brigade. The turnover was witnessed by Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of NADESCOM; Tina Monzon Palma, pro6

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gram director of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya; Governor Migs Dominguez, Mayor Reynaldo Constantino, Vice Governor Steve Solon, Congressman Manny Pacquiao’s chief of staff Bren Evangelio, and other stakeholders who contributed for the completion of the project. General Holganza thanked the community

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for the support given to the construction soldiers. “Without you, we will not be here. I hope we will be able to continue our relationships in this way. We are here to serve and we will continue to serve,” Holganza said. “From managers of wars, our soldiers now are builders of peace,” Holganza added. Vice Governor Solon lauded the efforts of the community for effectively managing the communitybased living museum.

“The governor put in assistance initially, and it was the community itself that is running the museum and the tourism aspect of the community,” Solon said. Sitio Lamlifew was officially declared as living museum of Blaans during its launch in November 2008. “In behalf of the province, maraming salamat to Sagip Kapamilya,” Governor Migs Dominguez told the crowd. “Ngayong araw na ito, meron isang makasaysayang nangyari sa inyong lugar. Nagkaroon ng isang dalawang classroom at ito ay itinayo ng mga taong nagmamahal sa inyo. (Today, a historic event happened. A two classroom building is constructed in Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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your place by people who loves you),� said Tina Monzon Palma. Palma said that part of the event is the launching of a 120-day feeding program for the pupils of Lamlifew Elementary School 8

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through the Bantay Bata 163. Palma also promised to give rewards to pupils who will gain weight of at least five kilograms after the feeding program.


World Bank, Asian Development Bank to extend loans for Mindanao rehabilitation

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ssistance from foreign countries are pouring in after the country was hit by devastating Typhoon Sendong with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank making pledges to lend additional money for the Philippines, President Aquino said on Tuesday. In his speech before the evacuees in Cagayan de Oro City during his visit on Tuesday, the President said the ADB committed $3-million loan for the Philippines that could be used for the rehabilitation of typhoonaffected areas.

He added that the World Bank also pledged to release a $500-million loan with low interest rate in case the government need more funds for disaster-response. The President said ADB’s loan is a previous offer after the Philippines

invested in the bank in the past. He said the payoff is for the country to avail of the money intended for natural disasters. Aside from this pool of funds that can be accessed by the government, President Aquino

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said the country still has a P1.17 billion calamity fund, as well as other funds that can still be tapped. But he said using the other sources of money will depend on the recommendation of his economic team. Besides monetary offers, there are assistance being offered by the US, Japan, China, Russia, Spain and many other countries, he said. “ Ta u s - p u s o n g pasasalamat po ang ipinararating natin sa mga

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kaibigan ng bansang Pilipinas at ng mga Pilipino. Wala pong duda babangon ang Cagayan de Oro at ang Iligan at ang iba pang tinamaan ni Sendong,� he said. With all the assistance being extended, the President noted that government will have to assess the recent initiatives to determine what is needed. The President visited Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City and Dumaguete City on Tuesday to over-

see the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts. He also led the distribution of relief assistance to evacuees in those areas. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) more than 900 people were killed in the flashfloods in Region 10 brought about by Typhoon Sendong. Scores of people were also missing, the agency said. (AS)

Aquino creates task force to investigate deadly flashflood in Mindanao

resident Benigno S. Aquino III said he created a task force that will investigate the devastating flashfloods that killed more than 800 people in Region 10 and identity those accountable and prevent it from happening again.

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“Nagbuo na tayo ng isang task force mula sa kinatawan ng Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of

Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), at pati nang Mindanao Development Authority,” the President said in a speech in Cagayan de Oro City when he visited the evacuees there on Tuesday. “Sila po ang magiimbestiga sa lahat, kasama ang pagbibigay ng lunas at tugon sa ating mga katanungan para

hindi na maulit ang trahedyang ito. Kailngang malaman kung saan nagkulang, kung sino ang may pagkukulang at kung paano ito dapat panagutan,” he added. At the same time, the President said he expects the newly appointed governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to curb illegal logging in the

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region that causes flashfloods and disasters. “Inaasahan ko rin na buong loob na ipatutupad ng bagong itinalagang ARMM OIC governor na si Mujib Hataman ang iniaatas kong total log ban on natural forests na ang ulat po sa akin ay walang habas na nilalabag ng mga illegal loggers sa kanya pong rehiyon,” he noted. The President said he wants the fact finding team to come up with a report soon so his administration can take action. 12

He told reporters that he would be displeased if the investigation takes more than three months. The investigation will focus on Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City and Dumaguete City, the President said, adding that other areas will likewise be included. Asked about the need to seriously look into illegal mining and illegal logging and amending the existing laws, the President said the rights of businesses must be respected.

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He said logging concessioners has the right to harvest the trees that they planted and the government can’t easily stop their operations. “Hindi natin puwedeng sabihin, bigla na lang ‘Oops, sa gobyerno yan, sa tao na yan.’ Parang inagaw mo yung kanilang ari-arian at hindi puwede yun. Ngayon ang natuklasan natin, dito sa Iligan at nakikita n’yo doon sa baybayingdagat nila, napakaraming troso at paniwala nga po nanggaling po ito sa Lanao,” he said. This is the reason why he instructed the new ARMM Governor Mujib Hataman to investigate illegal logging in the region, the President said adding that he wondered why it appeared that the total log ban wasn’t being implemented in the ARMM. (AS)


Aquino leads AFP Day in Quezon City

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the government’s unwavering support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) not only in terms of equipment modernization but also in providing their much-deserved benefits to buttress their efforts in defending the country and the Filipino people. Speaking before the officers and members of the 126,053-strong men and women of the AFP, led by their newly-installed Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Jes-

sie Dellosa during the celebration of the 76th AFP Day at the AFP General Headquarters Grandstand in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City

on Wednesday, President Aquino said that while there may be many trials along the way, the AFP is slowly but surely gaining grounds towards a bet-

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ter and more capable defense force anchored on righteousness and sincere service to the people. “Mulat po tayong ang isang pangkat na inatasang magtanggol ng ating bansa ay karapatdapat na bigyang suporta at pagkalooban ng sapat na kagamitan upang mas epektibo nilang matupad ang kanilang tungkulin. Hindi man natin ura-uradang mareresolba ang lahat ng problema, unti-unti na nating dinadagdagan at pinauunlad ang inyong mga kagamitan upang lalo pa ninyong maipama14

sa pabahay para sa inyong mag-anak; pursigido ang gobyernong arugain kayo at ang inyong pamilya,” he stressed. The Chief Executive expressed high hopes that the AFP will continue to focus on their duties and responsibilities to maintain peace and order in the country. “Sa darating pong kapaskuhan at pagsalubong natin sa bagong las at maipagmalaki ang taon, alam kong mananakahusayan at kagitingan tiling mapagmatyag at tung sundalong Pilipino,” the President said as he acknowledged the needs of every soldier that are being looked into by the government. “Maliban sa modernisasyon, puspusan din ang pagtutok ng ating administrasyon sa paghahatid ng inyong mga karapatdapat na benepisyo: Mula sa pagkalinga sa inyong kalusugan, hanggang sa paglinang sa inyong mga kasanayan; mula sa dekalidad na edukasyon ng inyong supling, hanggang

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tok sa serbisyo ang ating mga sundalo. Hindi man ganap na makakapagbakasyon ang ating mga kawal sa mga araw na ito, alam ko pong nagkakaisa tayo sa nais patunguhan ng ating mga sakripisyo; ito ang araw-araw na pagbabakasyon ng bansa mula sa kaguluhan, katiwalian at kahirapan,” he said. The President also assured that the government will remain adamant in effecting reforms in the

AFP to make sure that their funds will be used only in serving the needs of every Filipino soldier. “Isinasaayos na po natin ang sistema sa pamamalakad at transaksyon sa ating Sandatahang Lakas. Hindi na po natin papayagan ang pagpapakasasa ng iilan sa pondong dapat ay dumidiretso sa kapakanan ng mga sundalo. Sagrado ang pondong inilalaan ng ating mga kababayan, kung kaya’t hindi natin ito gagamitin sa maling paraan,” the President said. The President thanked the AFP personnel for their full support in the government’s programs aimed at uplifting and protecting the lives of the people as he cited the AFP’s important role in the search and rescue, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in times of calamities. “Nito nga pong mga nakalipas na araw, muli na naman pong pinatunayan

ng ating kasundaluhan ang kanilang dedikasyon at pananagutan sa katungkulan. Sa pagbisita natin sa Cagayan de Oro, Iligan at Dumaguete, saksi tayo sa kalunos-lunos na resulta ng biglaang dami at lakas ng buhos ng ulan sa Silangang Visayas at sa Mindanao,” President Aquino noted. “Katuwang ang ating Sandatahang Lakas, pinangunahan at patuloy nating isinasagawa ang mga operasyon at paghahatid ng tulong sa mga nasalantang lugar… kasama ang sambayanan, taos-puso po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyong wagas na pagsasakripisyo para sa kapwa-Pilipino,” he said. Also present during the event were former president Fidel Ramos, Defense Secretary Voltare Gazmin and other officials of the AFP’s major commands. Anchored on the theme: “Bayanihan, Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran,”

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this year’s AFP Day celebration was highlighted by the awarding of 14 of AFP’s deserving personnel who contributed to the advancement and promotion of the armed force’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’. Upon his arrival, President Aquino was given full military honors by the Philippine Military 16

Academy (PMA) cadets. The 14 awardees coming from both the military and civilian workforce were given AFP medals, they are Cpl Isagani Zamora (PN/Marines); BGen. Nestor Anonuevo; 1Lt Guy Ray Madrid (PA); Cpl Abraham Parreno (PA); MGen. Francisco Cruz Jr.; Col Oscar Lactao (PA); RAdm Edgardo Tamayo;

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Ret. Col Bradley Turner of the United States Marine Corps; Cafgu Active Auxillary Eddie Castro; SSg Jeffrey Feria (PAF); 1st Class Cadet LtCol Charles Anthony Catabras; 1st Class Cadet Col Jenith Brene Corpis; Raniel Sacramento, civilian employee from the PAF; and Nelson Canovas, civilian employee from the PN. (JCL)


Our Lady of Fatima church brings food and supplies to flood victims

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o bundles of joy this Christmas for the poor people in our parish, instead we will give it to the flood victims in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities.

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This was announced by Fely Esperante, Our Lady of Fatima Church parish worker in Tugas, Balangan District, who along with parish volunteers busy repacking donated goods quoting parish priest Archie Marane in his text message sent yesterday. Esperante said the he received text message from Marane ordering them to immediately repack the donated foods and supplies for them to distribute to the affected families in the said cities. Esperante said less than 400 parishioners in Balangasan who traditionally held their ‘bundles of joy’ project to the less fortunate people every Christmas will not be pushed thru this year saying that foods and supplies donated by their parishioners will go to the flood victims who suffered damage to their houses, and are experiencing food shortage, clean water, etc. due to the great devastation spawned by tropical typhoon Sendong on De

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cember 17. “We will be sending these items tomorrow in Cagayan and Iligan since it is painful for us to see them suffer needlessly,” said Esperante. Meanwhile, Sto, Niño cathedral church worker Nerlinda Loques said the church will be sending foods and supplies to the flood victims. “We are now busy repacking the donations coming from

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the Catholic faithfuls,” Loques said in an interview. Loques said the church has made an appeal to the faithfuls during the Holy mass offertory to donate cash or in kind for the flood victims. The items will be jointly sent to the affected areas on Wednesday morning where loading will be done in front of Sto. Niño cathedral. (JPA/GCC/PIA-Pagadian)


WFP rush dispatch of high-energy biscuits for PHL’s TS Sendong victims ISABELA CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has responded to a Philippine Government request for immediate food, non-food items and logistics support for Government’s relief effort to assist people affected by Tropical Storm Washi, which battered Northern Mindanao from 16 to 18 December 2011.

In coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Air Force, WFP immediately dispatched 3 tons of high-energy biscuits to the affected

areas to assist 7,800 of the most vulnerable people who cannot easily cook food. In addition, WFP has already mobilized and delivered key items needed for the relief operation, including

water tanks and a mobile storage tent. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and displacement as a result of the storm floods,” says and flash

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WFP Country Director and Representative Stephen L. Anderson. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Filipino people who have suffered from the floods, lost family members or friends.” The Government has specifically requested WFP emergency food and non-food items – such as blankets, water tanks, tarpaulins and tents – for over 74,000 people in the areas of Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador City and Kinoguitan of Misamis Oriental, and Iligan City,

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Lanao del Norte, as well as logistics support to help transport government relief items to affected communities in Northern Mindanao. Specific WFP support will be determined by the results of ongoing joint assessments with the government, UN and other humanitarian agencies. “WFP staff is working around the clock to support people in these communities – many who have lost everything” Anderson explains. “Our swift response to support the Government’s relief

effort has been helped by the fact that we have existing operations in Central Mindanao focusing on populations who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters.” Since 2006, WFP has had two offices with 70 staff in Cotabato City and Iligan City. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries. (WFP/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

More assistance for typhoon victims urged by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

amboanga City 1st District Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar is calling for more assistance for the victims of typhoon Sendong in the neighboring cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. In a statement released by her office, Climaco-Salazar said, “these cities are our neighbors and we see the devasta

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tion the typhoon left. Our coordination with city officials in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, together with their church

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leaders, call upon us, especially neighboring cities to help rebuild the lives of our brothers and sisters there”.


The lady solon has initiated measures to gather assistance for the victims, tapping the academe and some non-government organizations to hasten relief operations. “Through the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, we have mobilized organizations to gather all donations so we can send them to the cities concerned”, Climac0-Salazar said. Earlier, the city government approved the P2 M assistance to the typhoon-ravaged cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan per recommendation of Mayor Celso Lobregat. Climaco-Salazar also lauded employees of a canning factory here

for cancelling their Christmas party, and instead, donated some money, relief goods and blankets for the victims. She is appealing for others to show the same solidarity these employees manifested. “I appeal for more donations to be sent to Ateneo de Zamboanga University and our office. We do all possible means to extend our help to the victims of typhoon Sendong. Our help will truly make the season of giving more meaningful”, she said. In another development, City Mayor Celso asked Zamboanga City Water District to send a water tanker to Cagayan de Oro City to supply the victims with clean drink-

ing water. Lobregat talked to ZCWD Board Members and General Manager Chito Vasquez to approve his request as part of the city government’s assistance. The Board promised Lobregat to discuss and approve his request in today’s board meeting. If approved, ZCWD will be sending a water tanker, with some personnel to Cagayan de Oro to supervise the distribution of potable water to the affected areas. Cong. ClimacoSalazar said 80% of water supply in the city was contaminated and clean water is one of their immediate needs. (JPA/ MVC/PIA9- ZBST)

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PNoy forms task force to look into ‘root cause’ of tragedy

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said he has formed a task force to investigate the tragedy that befell victims of tropical storm “Sendong.”

“Wala po tayong hangad na magturo kung sino ang dapat sisihin sa ganitong panahon. Ngunit obligasyon nating tukuyin kung ano ang nangyari,” PNoy said in his speech. (We do not intend to lay blame on anyone at this time. But it is our obligation to get into the bottom of things.) The President said the PAGASA, the country’s weather bureau, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council have repeatedly warned residents of Isla de Oro that the area is prone to disaster, based 22

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on the geohazard map, which the said agencies have shared with the local government units. Further, he said that total log ban have been declared, even as the administration has launched its National Greening Program to promote planting of trees nationwide. “Bakit po may mga ulat ng mga trosong tinatangay ng ilog mula Lanao del Norte patungong Iligan”? he asked. “Bakit po ba may nagpipilit pa ring gumawa ng mali?”

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(Why are there reports of logs floating down the river from Lanao del Sur to Iligan? Why do people insist on doing the wrong thing?) In Isla de Oro alone, 1,260 families were affected (or 5,440 people); 12 deaths reported; 15 persons missing and 38 persons injured, according to data posted by the Department of Social Work and Development at the Cagayan de Oro City Central School, an evacuation center. Further, PNoy said that the tragedy should be investigated to prevent a repeat, as lives even of the rescuers were lost during rescue operations. “Para hindi maulit ang trahedyang

ito, kailangang malaman kung saan nagkulang, kung sino ang may pagkukulang, at kung paano ito dapat panagutan,� PNoy said. (So as not to experience the tragedy again, we must know what we lack, who has the defect, and how we should respond.) The task force is made up of representatives from government agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Mindanao Development Authority. Meanwhile, PNoy is keen on the implementation of the total log ban in the ARMM region and instructed newly appointed ARMM OIC-Governor Muriv Hataman to strictly put it into operation. (rda/jpl/PIA-GHQ)

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President Aquino exhorts residents to heed evacuation warnings by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - President Benigno Simeon Aquino III has called on residents here to heed evacuation warnings in order to prevent the loss of many lives in times of disaster. affected in the area with 12 dead, 15 missing, and 38 injured. Meanwhile, the President has assured the residents that the government is doing all efforts to rehabilitate their homes. According to him, jobs and livelihood will also be afforded to them. He, however, asked them to learn from their mistakes and urged them not to return to During his visit to typhoon victims their places if such were housed at City Central School here, identified as disaster-prone areas. the President said ignoring warnings (RDA/APB/PIA-10) will not only put the community in danger but also the rescuer who is willing to put his life at risk to help others. The President was also baffled why there are still residents in Isla de Oro, one of the severely hit areas in the city, when it was identified as a danger zone based on the country’s geohazard map. Data from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) disclosed that about 5,440 persons were 24

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WFP backs PH response to storm Washi

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he United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to a Philippine Government request for immediate food, nonfood items and logistics support for Government’s relief effort to assist people affected by Tropical Storm Washi, which battered Northern Mindanao from 16 to 18 December 2011. In coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Philippine Air Force, WFP immediately dispatched 3 tons of high-energy biscuits to the affected areas to assist 7,800 of the most vulnerable people who cannot easily cook food. In addition, WFP has already mobilized and delivered key items needed for the relief operation, including water tanks and a mobile storage tent. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and displacement as a result of the storm and flash floods,” says WFP Country Director and Representative Stephen L. Anderson. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Filipino people who

have suffered from the floods, lost family members or friends.” The Government has specifically requested WFP emergency food and non-food items – such as blankets, water tanks, tarpaulins and tents – for over 74,000 people in the areas of Cagayan de Oro City, El Salvador City and Kinoguitan of Misamis Oriental, and Iligan City,Lanao del Norte, as well as logistics support to help transport government relief items to affected communities in Northern Mindanao. Specific WFP support will be determined by the results of ongoing joint assessments with the government, UN and other humanitarian agencies. “WFP staff is working around the clock to support people in these communities – many who have lost everything” Anderson explains. “Our swift response to support the Government’s relief effort has been helped by the fact that we have existing operations in Central Mindanao focusing on populations who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters.” Since 2006, WFP has had two (2) offices with 70 staff in Cotabato City and Iligan City. Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Mamangan residents receive social services as Christmas treat by Noel Baguio

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leepy residents of the farflung village of Mamangan in San Isidro, Davao del Norte were not intimidated nor frightened when the roaring sound of military trucks and police cars, along with other public vehicles, awakened them.

free community health and social services being held under the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development program. It was the eight stop of the convergence initiative, which has already benefitted over 10,000 indigents since it was started four months ago by the Provincial Government, led by Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario. The residents did not mind the light drizzle on that golden morning of December 15,

2011. Yet, they were not quite aware that a plethora of health and social services is going to rain down on their remote, mountainous village, over 50 kilometers away from the Capital City of Tagum. Thirty-nine-year old Merlita Torado could not believe her eyes when The local folks knew the armed she joined hundreds of others to line units were deployed to assist in the up for the free medical check-ups. 26

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“Dako kaayo ang akong pasalamat ug nalipay jud ko nga nahitabo ni diri sa among dapit (I am quite thankful and overjoyed that this happened in our place),” the mother of nine beamed. About a thousand residents, to include those coming from neighboring barangays, availed of the generous social and health services that day. The services include medical and dental services, minor surgery and circumcision, urinalysis, blood typing, hemoglobin count, nutrition services, sanitary toilet bowls distribution, malaria control, mass blood survey, pregnancy package kit, among other services.

Doctors, nurses and health workers from the Provincial Health Office, were joined by military doctors in attending to patients. Agriculture and veterinary services were also provided, such as vegetable seeds and seedlings distribution, anti-rabies vaccine and animal care services. While the children were given toothbrushes, toothpastes and slippers, as well. Hairstylists from the Progressive Gays and Lesbians of Davao del Norte (PROGLAD) offered their solidarity too by providing free haircut services. The spirit of Christmas was very much alive when Gov. del Rosario led the distribution of used clothing and other gifts to residents, including overflowing candies to the children, courtesy of the chiefs of offices of the Capitol. “We want them to be happy this Christmas,” he said. A military band, top billed by an Army Santa, with all his magic tricks and antics, further lent more color to the activity. Buoyed up by the overwhelming success of the convergence program initially in eight barangays this year, the governor resolved to sustain the project by holding at least two outreaches per month in 2012. The Governor said he was so happy the people accepted the program wholeheartedly, judging from the tremendous turnout and good feedbacks he received. Mayor Rosebella Abelita-Nana Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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was all praises to the governor and to all the major stakeholders who helped make the activity happen. “Thank you very much for caring for my people,” she said. Two episodes of the outreach programs were held in the distant municipality, which is being tagged as the “Sikwate” (black chocolate) Capital of the province. Indeed, it would be Christmas yet all time next year, especially to those barangays that are already on deck as next beneficiaries of the convergence program in 2012.

regional gallery Social workers help children choose the right slippers during the social and health services outreach in Mamangan, San Isidro town, under the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development program. (Noel Baguio/ DavNor PIO) Workers put some finishing touches to sanitary toilet bowls which will be distributed to households during the social and health services outreach in Mamangan, San Isidro town, under the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development program. (Noel Baguio/DavNor PIO) 28

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ComVal public servants, individuals honored in Gawad Parangal NABUNTURAN, Compostela Valley — A hundred Comvalenyos were recently honored in the Gawad Parangal for their exemplary performance in their respective fields and in promoting good governance. Government employees and oth-

er individuals as well as the local government units and organizations were given due citations during the annual Gawad Parangal held on December 8 at the Capitol. Governor Arturo T. Uy and Congresswoman Maricar Z. Apsay handed plaques of recognitions to the awardees which include Municipal Mayors, Barangay Captains, employees of the local governments and national line agencies, schools, and pri-

vate individuals. The Gawad Parangal, a program initiated by Uy, was part of the Provincial Thanksgiving Day Celebration of the province. Uy emphasized that the program would make his constituents aware that the governor is not alone in working for the province’s success and development. He said the awardees will show that there are many hardworking, skilled and talented people behind the triumphs of Compostela Valley. In closing the program, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Ruwel Peter S. Gonzaga said that they are hoping many more Comvalenyos will come on stage by 2012 to receive recognitions. (IDS-Comval/Grace Almedilla)

did you know... That Tagum City’s giant christmas tree measuring 106.8 feet tall used to be the tallest christmas tree in the country. The present record is now claimed by Puerto Princesa City in Palawan whose christmas tree measures about 150-feet tall.

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Photo by Jun Ramos/Sarangani PIO

Soccsksargen LGUs extend help to Sendong victims by Dani Doguiles

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Among those who have responded to calls for assistance are South Cotabato, General Santos City, and Sarangani Province. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. during the Christmas party of the provincial press corps on Monday, said the Sangguniang

dents living in evacuation centers. SP is meeting this afternoon to discuss the matter. He also called on members of the media, the Sangguniang Kabataan, and other residents of Koronadal and nearby places to participate in the re-

Panlalawigan has “approved in principle” his request for a P1.5 million fund for the victims of the calamity in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City. Pingoy said the assistance will be in the form of rice that will be given to the LGUs for distribution to the resi-

packing of more than 1,000 sacks of rice at the provincial capitol. Pingoy expects to be able to send a team from the provincial government to Northern Mindanao on Wednesday to bring the assistance and relief goods intended for the flood victims.

The team will also bring some caskets that the LGU originally intended for residents. Pingoy said , the disaster in Northern Mindanao “should be an eye-opener” for all local government units to be always prepared of calamitous events. “This is the very reason that we have strengthened our Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO); the province have to be prepared with possible calamities that could affect us,” he said. “We have also coordinated with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau [of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources] to identify high risk areas to flash floods and landslide,” he added. MGB has already prepared geohazard maps for provinces in Soccksargen region and have informed city, municipal, and barangay officials of specific areas at risk of calamities. Yesterday, Sarangani provincial governmen led by

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Gov. Migs Dominguez has sent 300 sacks of rice, along with other food items and relief goods to the affected areas. He has also called for doctors, nurses, and other volunteers to join a team from the provincial government unit who will serve as additional workers to take care of the flood victims. General Santos City

Mayor Darlene Magnolia Antonino-Custodio on Monday met the CDRRMC for an emergency meeting; the council decided the city government will extend P500,000 for Iligan and another P500,000 for Cagayan de Oro. Custodio also pleaded for donations of used clothing, cooking utensils, food and other relief items that

could be distributed to the victims. As of 6:00 am December 20, report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said TS Sendong has left 957 deaths and 1,582 injured. Some 49 persons are still missing. A total of 10,345 houses have been damaged; of this, 3,127 were totally damaged.

Glan considers Baywalk construction to boost tourism by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY --The municipal government of Glan is seriously considering constructing a baywalk using Dipolog Baywalk as its model following an “Exposure Trip on Tourism Development” undertaken by its municipal officials in the area.

Back after a successful trip, Mayor Victor James Yap Sr., described Dipolog to be similar with Glan’s water fronts, which he believed would be suitable for a baywalk development. “Dipolog and Glan have almost similar water fronts, and it might be a good idea to 32

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have our own baywalk patterned after that of Dipolog’s as an added come-on to our beautiful white sand beaches in Gumasa and our other local tourist attractions,” he said in a press release issued to PIA General Santos City. Mayor Yap and his team visited the cities of Dapitan and Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte on December 7-9. The 55-member delegation composed of “five municipal councilors, 25 of the town’s 31 barangay captains, three department heads and several municipal and national employees” returned home on December 10. The delegates believed the trip was vital to help municipal councilors pass the needed legislations, regulations or policies on tourism. Tapon Barangay Captain Redempto Abiso, who is exofficio Sanggunian member, said the experience from the trip has opened the

gateway for them to “broaden their knowledge and perspective through travel and interaction with other localities.” He said the team gained a “relevant, valuable knowledge which would have otherwise been unavailing if we were just to sit around at our respective offices.”

Upon arrival, the group paid Zamboanga Governor Rolando Yebes a courtesy call at the provincial capitol after a warm welcome from Vice Governor Francis Olvis. Mayor Yap accounted that aside from Dipolog, the group also “motored all the way to Sinunok, Sinacuban, Misamis Occiden-

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tal upon the invitation of Sinacuban Mayor Dello Lood” where they enjoyed the lush Sinunok Aquamarine Park, which features a dolphin cage and exotic mangrove cottages. The park is touted to be frequented by local and foreign tour-

ists. Yap said the visit to the eight-kilometer seaside promenade Dipolog Baywalk, which was already half-way done, was the main reason of the exposure trip. It was also learned that Mayor Yap has already instructed the

Office of the Municipal Engineer to prepare a project design “using the Sinacuban Aquamarine Park as prototype for its possible replication in Glan, particularly at the century-old mangrove sanctuary in Barangay Kapatan.”

Construction of P15-M ARMM housing project set by Perlita Changco COTABATO CITY -- After several years of delay, construction of the housing project for employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is finally set to start. A ground breaking ceremony led by ARMM executive secretary Naguib Sinarimbo was held Friday, Dec 16 to signal the start of the housing project in 2.35 hectare land purchased by the regional government in the amount of P11 million at Datu Odin Sinsuat town in Maguindanao. Sinarimbo said, P15 million has been allocation by the ARMM regional government for the initial 10 housing units and installation of light and water lines, 34

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drainage system, fence and other preparations Qualified to avail of the affordable housing program are regular employees since monthly amortization would be done through salary deduction. ARMM regular employees who are interested to avail of the program may accomplish and submit their application form and other requirements , he said adding that a total of 95 housing units would be constructed under Phase I.

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Meanwhile, in reaction to the appointment of Mujiv Hataman as OICGovernor of the ARMM caretaker government, Sinarimbo said, the transition committee is prepared and ready for the turn-over of leadership to the incoming OICgovernor. “So far, we have not received official communication except for some text messages about this, but we are ready for the turnover anytime,” Sinarimbo said.


Iligan City flashflood caused partly by illegal logging, says PNoy by Robert E. Roperos

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday said illegal logging activities partly caused the recent flashflood in Iligan City, which left at least 283 people dead and 406 missing according to a report from the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD).

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In his speech during the ceremonial distribution of relief goods at the Iligan City National High School (ICNHS) auditorium, Pres. Aquino said il36

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legal activities must be stopped so that the disaster will not happen again. He also directed the officials in Mindanao to take action against illegal log-

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ging activities in Iligan and nearby areas. The President and his party arrived at ICNHS grounds at around 11 a.m. to distribute relief goods to flood victims. He was also briefed by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Undersecretary Benito Ramos. After the engagement, the Presidential party went back to Cagayan de Oro and visited the flashflood victims housed in the evacuation center at Cagayan de Oro City Central School. The group then headed to Dumaguete City to assess the damages and extend financial assistance to


the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong.” In a related development, the Iligan City information office revealed that some 330 relief packs comprising blankets, mats, 3 kilos rice, noodles, coffees, sardines, and corned beefs from the Office of the President were distributed at the

school’s auditorium. Meanwhile, data from the CSWD showed that as of December 19, 2011, 28 barangays were affected by the disaster. Families affected already reached 11,396 while houses totally damaged were 2,780 and 2,745 houses were partially damaged. Also, the estimated cost of damage

is P195,833,856. Rain started to pour in at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Heavy rains coupled with strong winds occurred at 10:00 p.m. of the same day, and on or about 1:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, Mandulog River overflowed which caused massive flashfloods.

PNP-Caraga deploys search, rescue & retrieval contingent to PRO-10 by PSUPT Martin M Gamba

BUTUAN CITY – Police Regional Office 13 Regional Director Police Chief Supt Reynaldo S Rafal, CEO VI, PhD, recently sent one hundred fifty (150) personnel composed of four (4) Platoons of 13th RPSB, a team from Regional Health Service 13 and Regional Crime Laboratory Office 13 headed by PSSUPT Eugenio Paguirigan, Provincial Director of Agusan de Norte. Police Provincial Office to PRO-10, Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City around 5:00 O ‘clock

in the afternoon of December 18, 2011 to augment the said PRO for the Search, Rescue and

Retrieval Operations in the area stricken by Typhoon Sendong. It can be recalled

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that on the evening of December 16, 2011, Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City were simultaneously hit by flashfloods claiming numerous lives and damaged infrastruc-

tures. The residents were caught unaware and in dire need of potable water supply and other non food items. Police Chief Supt RAFAL said that the

PNP personnel from this region will help in the rescue operation. Dir. Rafal also extended an initial amount P50,000 cash donation. (PNP-13)

11 Caraga studes qualify for 2012 Phil. Science High School scholarship by Nora CL Molde

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he Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga Regional Office here announced that 11 students from the region passed the Philippine Science High School System (PSHSS) scholarship.

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According to Norma Alli, senior science research specialist of DOST Caraga, of the 571 graduating elementary pupils from the region who took the PSHS scholarship qualifying test, only 11 passed. Of the 11 successful qualifiers, eight came from the Butuan City Special Education to include: Arlyn Jave Bongo Adlawon, Lora Noreen Saubon Domingo, Pauline Shean Lim Garcia, Jon Edilpert Jamero Arano, Pia Juneea Cerna Nebrada, Pamela Ann Unabia Ngo, Junifer Rosales Sombilon Jr., and Faith Daplin Villahermosa; one from Butuan Central Elementary School – John Alfred Limas Lugo; one from Bayugan Central Elementary School, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur – Eljay Salon Rugas; and one from Father Saturnino Urios University, Bu-

tuan City – Maria Angeli R. Baygan. T h e qualifiers are entitled to scholarship privileges such as free tuition fee, free loan of text books, monthly stipend, uniform, transportation and living allowances for low income groups. Meanwhile, DOST Secretary and Chair of the PSHSS Board of Trustees Mario G. Montejo announced that 1,096 out of 19,925 examinees successfully hurdled the nationwide one-step screening on PSHSS Search for Scholars for the year 2012 administered on September 10, 2011. The qualifiers have to immediately contact the Registrar or the Campus Director of the PSHSS Campus where

they are qualified to enroll in, or visit the following w e b s i t e s : w w w. p s h s . edu.ph or www.dost. gov.ph, for more information on early enrolment. Last day for preenrolment of principal qualifiers is on February 10, 2012. Specific schedule of other enrolment activities shall be announced by the respective campuses. The PSHS System is an attached agency of the DOST. The highest policy making body of the PSHS System is the Board of Trustees with the DOST Secretary as Chairman.

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