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Presidential Communications Operations Office

Cover Story

Tarsier conservation research in South Cotabato resumes Dani Doguiles Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 130

9 Across the Nation:

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Aquino launches P10-billion housing program for Metro Manila informal settlers Aquino to join Christmas celebration for street children at Cuneta Astrodome

Regional News:

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City health office provides health services to Sendong victims

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Del Rosario sends P1-M worth of aid for Sendong victims

Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

COWD ‘doing everything’ to restore normal water supply operations

Apipa Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

Noel Baguio, Southern Mindanao

Good Samaritans pour in for Sendong victims Mai Gevera-Macapagat, Southern Mindanao

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PRO 12 heightens security for “Simbang Gabi”


DAR hands-in CLOAS to Dinagat farmers

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Pops Gumana-Fruylan, Central Mindanao

MGB-12 isinusulong ng pagpapatayo ng mga “rain guage” sa matataas na lugar DEDoguiles , Central Mindanao

JICA to turnover P13.7M farm-to-market road project to Carrascal, Surigao del Sur Myra Q. Yu, Caraga Region

Joie L. Ceballos, Caraga Region

ZamboSur donates 100 caskets; conducts medical mission in Iligan City

Gideon C. Corgue, Western Mindanao

Adiong signs into law ARMM admin code

Western Mindanao

Cover Story Tarsier conservation research in South Cotabato resumes

R by Dani Doguiles

esearch and conservation project for the tarsiers in Barangay Linan, Tupi, South Cotabato has resumed with the recent arrival of an international research team.



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Tupi Mayor Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. announced that Dr. Pierre Fidenci, president and founder of the conservation group Endangered Species International (ESI) arrived in November to prepare the logistics for the arrival of researchers that would conduct and study the habitat of the primates inside the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL). Loiues Lechat, 27, a French ecotourism specialist, arrived in Tupi on December 10 and another was expected to follow soon. Lechat has been working for the conservation of critically endangered “gorilla” in the Republic of Congo in Central Africa. He will be in-charge in looking into the “tarsier sanctuary” eco-tourism development and the setting up necessary signages in the site. A Filipino biologist, Richelda Galapia, is also part of the ESI research team. The research team will be here, particularly in Brgy.

Linan, Tupi for two months. They will set up research in two sites within Linan: Sitio Bagong Silang and Sitio Fortuna. “The research is very important to ensure sustainable intervention [for the tarsiers in MMPL],” Fidenci said. Mayor Tamayo assured Fidenci of the local government’s full support because this would boost tourism and economic potential in the area. “We welcome this development, we have been waiting for this for so long, and

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to prevent the tarsiers from total extinction.” However, in May, Fidenci announced the suspension of the research and conservation project. Two of his researchers based in London were not given clearance to travel to Mindanao due to security reasons brought about by the killing we will be extending our full of international terrorist Osasupport to the ESI and to their ma bin Laden. project,” Tamayo said. On January 20, this year, DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual signed the Wildlife Gratuitous Permit allowing the Endangered Species International (ESI) to collect and study the tarsiers in the area of MMPL. Fidenci said, “the study aims to assess the tarsiers distribution, population size and density, habitat association, and status in Mt. Matutum.” “We also plan to establish a core conservation center at Sitio Bagong Silang in Linan, Tupi, South Cotabato to better protect their habitat and 6


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ESI is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. It is strongly committed in reversing the trend of human induced species extinction, saving endangered species, and preserving their vital ecosystems. Tarsier, scientifically

named Tarsius syrichta, is one of the smallest primates in the world, no larger than

an adult’s hand. It is nocturnal and lives on a diet of insects. Although a popular objective of tourists in the island of Bohol in the Visayas, tarsiers are reportedly found in the islands of Samar, Leyte and Mindanao. Bohol’s tourism website states: “Currently, the Philippine tarsier is categorized as a “lower risk, conservation dependent” species, which means that, although it is not yet categorized as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered, it could qualify for one of those categories within five years if the present protection programs are stopped.” Presence of tarsiers in Barangay Linan became a public in 2009 when a tarsier, along with a ground owl, was captured in the village’s Sitio Bagong Silang by B’laan villagers. The new information resulted in a frenzy of locals who came to Barangay Linan Thursday, December 22, 2011


to get a glimpse of the primates, which in turn encouraged locals to capture tarsiers for visitors to view. In May this year, in an effort to curtail the commercialization of the primates in the area, Mayor Tamano issued a restraining order which prohibits the community from capturing tarsiers from the wild to be presented to visitors. His order came after Dr. Fidenci requested the lo8


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cal government to secure and free the area from further disturbance. He said he was “alarmed with the reports that the locals are hunting the tarsiers and held it in captivity as showcase to visiting tourists.� Tupi LGU and the provincial government hope to develop the area as a sustainable eco-tourism destination with the tarsier, along with other scenic spots and adventure sites in the MMPL, as centerpiece.

Aquino cites Christmas wish for Filipino youth


resident Benigno S. Aquino III said that his Christmas wish this year is for the Filipino youth, especially the underprivileged, to emulate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and be good citizens of the country.

In his message to the participating children from various key cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the “Pasko ng Batang Pinoy”

Grand Christmas celebration at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, on Thursday, the President wished the youth a better celebration of Christ-

mas and for them to live their lives in love, care and concern for others towards a progressive and peaceful nation. “Ang wish ko po

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ngayon, maging mas ligtas, masaya at masigla hindi lamang ang inyong darating na Kapaskuhan, kundi pati na ang inyong pamumuhay sa mga susunod na taon,” the President said. “Pasko man o hindi, patuloy nating tularan at isabuhay ang mga aral ni Hesukristo. Panatilihin natin ang pagmamahalan, pagmamalasakit at pagbibigayan sa isa’t isa tungo sa isang masagana at payapang bansa,” he noted. The Chief Executive assured the younger generation of Filipinos that the Aquino government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman at the helm, will relentlessly pursue social programs to provide and ensure them the best for their future. 10

“Narito po kaming mga nakakatanda para isakatuparan ang wish na ito. Gumagawa kami ng mga paraan para bigyan kayo ng pagkakataon na maranasan din ang pinagdadaanan ng karaniwang mga bata --- pag-aaral sa eskuwela, pakikipaglaro sa mga kaibigan, at pag-aaruga ng mga maituturing ninyong pamilya… Nagtatrabaho kami para itaguyod ang inyong magandang kinabukasan,” the President said. With all these efforts, the President said that in return, the government is expecting a more responsible breed of Filipinos in the years to come as they mature into law-abiding and righteous members of society. “Ano naman ang inaasahan namin sa inyo? Simple lang: ang maging

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responsableng kabataan kayo; ang maging matinong Pilipino. Habang tinutupad ng pamahalaan ang mga paraan para mabigyan kayo ng edukasyon, mahandugan ang inyong mga magulang ng trabaho, mabigyan ang mga kapatid at kaibigan ninyo ng pagkain at gamot, sana naman ay tulungan din ninyo kami,” President Aquino said citing the numerous ways the administration is trying to

achieve its goal of creating a better nation. “Paano kayo makakatulong? Sundin ang batas, mag-aral nang mabuti, ilayo ang sarili sa bisyo at droga: sapat na iyon para makapag-ambag kayo sa pagtahak natin sa tuwid na daan. Itigil na ang pagiging pasaway; huwag nang pairalin ang katigasan ng ulo. Marami tayong magagawa kung gagawin lang natin ang tama,” he added.

“Wala na nga pong sasaya pa sa pagdiriwang ng Kapaskuhan basta’t tayo ay magkakasama at nagkakaisa…” the President continued. Also present during the celebration were DSWD Secretary Soliman, Pasay City Representative Imelda “Emi” Calixto-Rubiano, Pasay City mayor Antonio Calixto and Presidential sister Kris Aquino and her children Josh and Bimby, among others. The President, assisted by Kris and her children, distributed gifts to the children from each LGU in NCR following the cultural presentations by various groups from Pasig, Mandaluyong, Las Pinas and Manila. “Pasko ng Batang Pinoy” celebration was organized by the DSWD in partnership with the local government units

(LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) in NCR. The street children, who participated in the event, were reached out by the LGUs and NGOs from the streets and have been participating in various developmental activities identified with the DSWD’s Comprehensive Program for street children, street families and indigenous peoples, especially the Badjaos. This DSWD program targets zero street children, street families and Badjaos in ten priority areas in Metro Manila where there are large concentration of the said groups. Through the program, the homeless street families and Badjaos were provided with social preparation for possible permanent shelter as well as access

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to income-generating opportunities, livelihood assistance and opportunities for home-based families of street children through Self-Em12

ployment AssistanceKaunlaran (SEA-K); educational assistance for street children and alternative education to other members of the

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family; and health and nutrition services and other support interventions through LGUs and partner NGOs. (JCL)

Aquino launches P10-billion housing program for Metro Manila informal settlers

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III led Wednesday the groundbreaking of a housing project in Pasay City intended for the relocation of informal settlers residing in the city’s danger Thursday, December 22, 2011


The Pasay City housing project is part of the P10-billion housing program launched by the Aquino administration for the National Capital Region to give decent housing to poor urban dwellers. “Ang groundbreaking pong ito ay isang konkretong hakbang sa pagsusumikap nating maisakatuparan ang ating mga pangarap. Isa itong patunay na nasa tamang landas ang ating tinatahak. Alinsunod po sa ating shelter program para sa informal settler families, ito ay para sa mga housing units na ipatatayo sa Lungsod ng Pasay, Quezon at Maynila,� the President said. People will be moved from danger areas in the cities of Metro Manila and will be given in-city houses as well as the option to go back to the provinces under the government’s Balik14

Probinsya program. As the President led the event in Pasay City, similar events were being held in Manila and Quezon City to jumpstart the construction of the housing projects there. The President has recently organized an inter-agency technical working group on informal settlers with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as the lead agency. According to DILG, Pasay City, Manila and Quezon City were selected because of their ready shelter program and their willingness to undertake in-city housing projects. The DILG said more than 19,000 families living in danger zones in those three cities will benefit from the P10 million housing fund initially released by the budget depart-

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ment under President Aquino’s disbursement accelerated program. During the event, the President thanked Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto and the entire city government for working hard to achieve the housing projects for informal settlers of Pasay City. Pasay City has the third largest number of informal settlers in Metro Manila. Quezon City and Manila also have a big number of poor urban dwellers that’s why they were also prioritized for the launch of the housing project. Despite the gargantuan task to solve the problem of informal settlers, the President said his government will continue to work with its non-government organizations (NGO) partners to find solutions. “Oras po na matapos ang proyektong ito

at maipatayo ang mga gusali at bahay totoong bagong umaga na ang naghinihintay sa mga boss natin sa Quezon City, Maynila at dito po sa Pasay,” he said. The President also appealed to the people to strengthen the spirit of Bayanihan to help their fellowmen in need. “Alalahanin po natin na bilang mga Pilipino ay nasa ilalim lamang tayo ng iisang bubong. Patuloy nawa tayong magkapit-kamay at magtulong-tulong sa iisang direksyon kung saan naghihintay ang kinabukasang mas matiwasay at mas maunlad,” the President said. Aside from the initial P10 billion released this year, the government will be allocating P50 billion each year until 2016 for housing projects in Metro Manila, the DILG said. (AS)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Aquino to join Christmas celebration for street children at Cuneta Astrodome


resident Benigno S. Aquino III will spread the cheer and joy of the season with Filipino street children and indigenous peoples at the Pasko ng Batang Pinoy that will be held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on Thursday, December 22.

The President, who will be joined by Social Welfare and Development Secre16

tary Corazon Soliman, will address the 1,500 participants and their families who are ex-

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pected to attend the event. The Pasko ng Batang Pinoy Project

is organized by the Department of Social Welfare and Development in partnership with the local government units and NonGovernment Organizations (NGOs) of the National Capital Region. The program aims to provide home-

less street families with social preparation modules to prepare them for possible permanent shelter supported with access to income-generating opportunities; livelihood assistance and opportunities through the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran

(SEA-K) program; educational assistance for street children and alternative education to other members of the family; and health and nutrition services and other support interventions through LGUs and partner NGOs. The DSWD said, this will help in the agency’s advocacy of achieving “zero” street children, street families and Bajaws in 10 priority areas in Metro Manila. DSWD Ambassadress of Children’s Rights and Welfare, Ms. Venus Raj will facilitate the fun games while child stars will provide entertainment to the children. (RCK)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


Pres. Aquino orders LGUs to continue looking for missing persons


by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

oncerned over reports that many of the flashflood victims are still missing, President Benigno S. Aquino III has ordered his cabinet and the leaders of the local government units (LGU) to exhaust all possible and available means to look for them.

The President was in the city for an ocular inspection of the damage done by Typhoon Sendong that struck several barangays of the city, mostly located along the Cagayan de Oro River banks, last Dec. 16. He was briefed on the Cagayan de Oro situation by Undersecretary Benito Ramos, chairperson of the 18


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National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) at the Tactical Operations Group (TOG) Northern Mindanao, Philippine Air Force Headquarters, in Lumbia Airport, this city. It was the second visit of the President since he assumed office on June 30, last year. He first visited Cagayan de Oro

for an economic briefing last March 23, and broke ground for the region and the city’s first fly-over project in Barangay Puerto, which eased the traffic situation at the junction of the Cagayan de Oro-Butuan Road and Sayre Highway in Bukidnon. As of 6 a.m., today, the Regional DRRMC has reported 573 deaths due to tropical storm “Sendong” based on the body count in the funeral parlors in the city. Of these, 533 were identified. The briefing was attended by Senator Teopisto Guingona III, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Congressmen Benjamin Benaldo, First District, Cagayan de Oro, Rufus Rodriguez, Second District, Peter Unabia, First District, Misamis Oriental, Yefgenny Emano, Second District, Mis. Or. Governor Oscar S. Moreno, City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, and Vice Mayor Ian Acenas. Also present were Cabinet Secretaries Corazon Soliman of the Departement of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Rogelio Singson, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Jesse Robredo, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Maj. Gen.

Victor A. Felix, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army and Police/Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico, Regional Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP), among others. Meanwhile, the President, issued a verbal order to the P/Chief Supt. Adriatico to use police powers to prevent the residents from going back to their homes where their safety in not assured. He also ordered the concerned LGUs to relocate all the affected residents to areas where they will not be exposed to danger. “The tragedy of Isla de Oro, an island supposedly formed from silts in the middle of the Cagayan de Oro River--where a number of people lost their lives--should not be repeated because it is not only dangerous, but ‘very, very’ dangerous,” he said. The President was referring to a presentation of the geo-hazard map provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), showing 172 municipalities, nationwide, which are vulnerable to flashfloods and landslides. (RDA/ RCA/PIA-10)

City health office provides health services to Sendong victims by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - City health personnel have their hands full as barangay health centers and stations in the city respond to the health needs of Sendong victims. Thursday, December 22, 2011


Dr. Joselito Retuya, city epidemiologist and assistant city health officer said they have augmented their workforce to attend to the medical needs of the displaced families. Injured victims were given tetanus toxoid vaccines, which will protect them the disease for one year. Prophylaxis for leptospirosis were likewise administered and distributed along with the paracetamol and antibacterial medications. Aside from free medications, Retuya said the health team also dressed the wound of patients who got hurt during the storm. He added that the health responders prepare daily reports on their assigned stations. “I come here daily to get needed medical care for my wound,” Norman Luzano, a resident of Isla de Oro said. His residence lies on the mouth of the Cagayan de Oro river and is one of the hard hit areas hit by tropical storm “Sendong.” Luzano said his four children with ages 3, 6, 7, and 10 years old have gone missing for four days now. His wife survived but is now in a worse condition than he is. Luzano worked as a butcher while his wife also earns a meager income from private establishment within the city. “Dili nami mabalik didto, mobalhin na gyd mi, naanod hurot ang akong balay ug dili na naku ibutang pa sa kakuyaw ang among kinabuhi,” he said. “I will never reside in that place 20


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again, my house and belongings were all gone and I will never put our life at stake again,” he said. He noted that only three percent of the houses were not destroyed in Isla de Oro. Luzano’s tragedy is only one among 1,582 victims who were left homeless by the typhoon. Rescuers saved 432 people, but the said tropical storm left 957 people dead. There are 19 registered evacuation centers in the city, receiving aid from the government, non-government organizations and other private institutions. Meanwhile, President Benigno Aquino III visited today the evacuation site at the City Central School, and personally handed food packs to 1,550 families housed in the covered court. He appealed to the people not to go back to disaster prone areas and ordered the Regional Police Office 10 PCSupt. Jufel C. Adriatico to monitor and prevent their return. (RDA/JCV/ PIA 10)

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 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. Thursday, December 22, 2011


DOLE-XI implements amended rules on service contractors, subcontractors by Mai Gevera-Macapagat Department of Labor and Employment regional director Joffrey Suyao announced that the regional office started to implement last December 5 the amended implementing rules concerning service contractors and subcontractors. The Department Order No. 18-A known as “Rules Implementing Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as Amended clearly states some changes that were brought about the department’s effort of providing protection to the workers employed by service



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contractors. The said order clarifies that contracting and subcontracting arrangements are allowed by law and are subject to regulations for the promotion of employment and observance of workers to just and humane conditions. However, certain provisions in the new directive order shows how the DOLE tightens the requirement to ensure that only legitimate subcontractors can subcontract jobs or services. It also reiterates the prohibition on labor-only contracting and the test for legitimate engagement as set in the previous D.O. 18-02. Starting December 5, applicants need to pay P25,000 as payment for registration. Along with this amount is a long list of requirements that should be complied with by the applicant. The Certificate of Registration will be effective for three years

unless cancelled by due process. Applicants for registration renewal will also have to pay another P25,000 to the DOLE Regional Office. The application must be made thirty days before the expiration of the registration certificate. This is a requirement to remain in the roster of legitimate service contractors. It was also required that companies (a corporation, partnership, or cooperative) engaging in subcontract-

ing, must at least have a minimum fully paid up capital of P3 million, as a requirement. A single proprietorship on the other hand must have net worth of at least P3 million. The DOLE says that this directive is a result from a consensusbased approach from several years of tripartite consultations and separate sectoral and organizational sittings.

Del Rosario sends P1-M worth of aid for Sendong victims TAGUM CITY- Four relief-laden dump trucks of Davao del Norte Capitol set out on Tuesday afternoon to bring the much-needed assistance to the victims of flashfloods in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario sent the heavy motor vehicles carrying P1- million worth of donations, after the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, led by Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. approved the assistance for the survivors of Tropical Storm Sendong in Northern Mindanao. “This is our way of sharing our sympathy to the families of the victims of TS Sendong,” the governor said. Gov. Del Rosario, who is also the chair of the Confederation of all the Local Chief Executives in Mindanao (Confed), asked particularly all the governors and mayors of all the LGUs in the island to send their donations,

as well, to the victims of Sendong. “Being the Chair of the Confed, I am urging, especially all the local chief executives in Mindanao to share their bit in trying to alleviate the situation in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City,” he appealed. Reports said the death toll from one of the deadliest storms that ever hit the country has already reached 1,000. As he lamented the loss of many lives due to TS Sendong, the governor underscored the preparedness of all LGUs in order to reduce the vulnerability of communities, especially with the stark realities of climate change. “Let us take this as a lesson for us to be always prepared,” the governor said, as he asked the respective local disaster risk reduction management councils in the island to strengthen their disaster preparedness and Thursday, December 22, 2011


mitigation measures. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Action Officer Sonio Sanchez led the convoy of relief-laden trucks in transporting 200 sacks of rice, 180 boxes of 100-can sardines, 152 boxes of 72-pack noodles, and 10,000 bottles of 1.5-liter mineral water to Northern Mindanao. The caravan, which is escorted by a military vehicle of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade, is expected to arrive at their destination on Wednesday morning (December 21, 2011). The army truck also carries 20 sacks of rice courtesy of the Molave

Hotel and Heroben of Tagum City. Del Rosario further urged individuals and organizations in the province who wish to give their donations to the flood victims in Region 10 may drop their relief goods or assistance at the DRRM office at the Capitol Compound in Mankilam, Tagum City. Or better yet, they can also channel their contributions to the foundations of media giants ABS-CBN and GMA, among other charity institutions, or at the headquarters of the army’s 10th Infantry Division and its operational units. (Noel Baguio)

Good Samaritans pour in for Sendong victims DAVAO CITY – Local government units and various private organizations here in Region XI sent financial and other forms of donation to help the Tropical Storm Sendong victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. Starting Tuesday morning, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte sent off P3-million assistance; P2million of which was in the form of relief goods while the remaining P1 million was in cash as financial assistance to the victims. That same day, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario led the send-off of four dump trucks filled with P1 million worth of relief goods. As chair of the Con24


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federation of Local Chief Executives in Mindanao, he then asked all governors and mayors of all LGUS in the island to send donation to victims of Sendong. Seeing the needs of the flashflood victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City made the local government of Mati City , Davao Oriental through Mayor Michelle Rabat send P200,000 cash assistance for both Cagayan and Iligan calamity victims. Other initiatives from the private sector also surfaced after they’ve learned about the catastrophe that hit both cities. Professional photographers in the city like Jojie

Alcantara, Rene Lumawag, Rhonson Ng, Bob Mata, Paul Borromeo is organizing Shoot for Hope on December 30, a photography workshop aimed at raising funds for the victims of the typhoon Sendong.

fected by typhoon Sendong. Smart Money users can instantly transfer funds through their mobile phones to the official Baha Fund account number 5577 5130 6822 1104. Donors may also deposit cash to the same Smart Money account number

Private establishment like the Mail and More has become a drop off point for bottled waters, clothes, noodles, biscuits, coffee, canned goods, medicines, blankets, mats, mosquito nets. Donations will be sent directly to DSWD 10 which will be airlifted by Air 21. Other drop off points are LBC Express branch, Davao Peacebuilder Community located at the 2nd Flr. Coffee for Peace, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City (beside EastWest bank, across McDonalds), JCI Davao Region, Philippine Red Cross, ABS CBN Davao, Smart subscribers all over the country may send help to those af-

in any Banco De Oro branch nationwide or through Hapinoy and Cebuana Lhuillier outlets. Subscribers may donate to #Sendong victims via text. Just send RED to 4143. Valid donation amounts are 10, 25, 50, 100.� Globe Subscribers may also send donation through GCASH by texting DONATE and send to 2882. Also, the Cebu Pacific Airlines is offering free shipping of donations. The Mindanao Development Authority shares this directory information to guide the public who want to send in their cash or kind donations through these institutions. (Mai GeveraMacapagat) Thursday, December 22, 2011


Photo release

Capital town of Sarangani gets new firetrucks ALABEL, Sarangani – Governor Migs Dominguez and municipal planning officer Tomas Montefalcon (left) inspect one of the capital town’s two new firetrucks Tuesday, December 20. The firetrucks were procured through a counterparting scheme where the provincial government allotted P1.3 million and the municipal government P700,000. (Romina Rabina)



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US Embassy official applauds 7th Mindanao Media Summit in GenSan by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- A US Embassy official commended the 7th Mindanao Media Summit (MMS) and its organizers for bringing together media practitioners all over Mindanao to relevantly discuss environmental issues to the forefront. “We applaud your efforts and congratulate you on the successful implementation of the 7th Mindanao Media Summit,” US Embassy Press Attache Bettina

Malone said. In her message, she stressed that “gaining an understanding” of environmental issues may be daunting but because the “world is changing”

journalists must take on the task to inform and educate the public. Malone, however, noted that along with environmental issues, media are also faced with

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“multiple pressures and many competing priorities” that they are “often criticized for not doing enough to educate the public.” But “perhaps even journalists need to rethink their ways of researching, writing, and reporting on issues pertaining to the environment and to climate change,” she told the more than a hundred media practitioners attending the event at the Anchor Driving Range here on December 8 and 9. Malone also said that a “change in consciousness” among journalists maybe necessary at this time to “transform the way people perceive” for them “to become critically-thinking, globally-minded and earthconscious individuals, communities, and nations.” Meanwhile, Sec. Luwalhati Antonino, chairperson of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) presented the agency’s brainchild environment program dubbed as “MindaNOW: 28


Nurturing Our Waters.” Antonino said the program is government’s commitment “to take a more serious step in the protection, rehabilitation, and proper management of our natural resources in Mindanao.” According to her, the program is in support of the “social contract” of President Benigno S. Aquino Jr., with the Filipino people to responsibly harness the country’s natural resources. Sarangani Gov. Miguel Dominguez also spoke on Sarangani’s disaster experience wrought about by the ramming of a cargo ship in Sarangani Bay early this year. He said the incident resulted in the massive destruction of the Bay’s corals and other marine habitats. The governor also spoke on how the province was able to bring the issue to higher authorities to make the suspects accountable for the damage they caused to the Bay due to negligence. Dominguez also called for the devolution of environmental regulation

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of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the local government units (LGUs) and holding the local chief executive accountable for “any infraction or non implementation of environmental regulation.” But Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Teddy Casino, who presented House Bill 4315 otherwise known as the People’s Mining BilLdescribing the bill as rightbased and earth-based that would serve both the interests of people and the environment. Other speakers during the summit also included Philippine Misereor campaign project officer Atty. Mario Maderazo whose topic revolved on Why Not Mining? Jane Deita of the Alliance for Mindanao Offgrid Renewable Energy (AMORE) also discussed solar power as renewable source of energy in the Philippines while Hedcor manager Boy Jabonillo talked about “the Run of River” management. The summit, which

was formally opened by former Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, was made possible through the sup-

port of The Asia Foundation, the Voice of Mindanao, the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Aboitiz

Power, CocaCola, Canadian Embassy, the US Embassy in Manila, and the MindaNews as organizer.

PRO 12 heightens security for “Simbang Gabi” by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 recently deployed more personnel to different Catholic churches in the city to ensure the security of early church-goers who would complete the nine-day novena of the “Simbang Gabi.”

PSupt. Resty Damaso, public information officer (PIO) of PRO 12, revealed that police officers even attended the series of

dawn masses not only as a spiritual preparation for Christmas, but also to personally oversee the deployment of security forces especial-

ly in populated areas. “In fact, this is my fourth simbang gabi since I’ve started on December 16,” he disclosed.

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The Archdiocese of Manila described “Simbang Gabi or Mass at Dawn as a “nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother.” “The novena begins December 16 as early as 4 in the morning and culminates with the Misa de Gallo on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of our

Savior Jesus Christ.” Shortly after the mass, Filipino delicacies sold in stalls outside the church await the church goers like the traditional bibingka, puto bungbong, suman, palitaw sa latik (sweet rice dumplings in coconut milk), and a lot more. Damaso explained that PCSupt Benjardi

Mantele, the Regional Director of PRO 12, wanted to make sure that this kind of Filipino tradition will not be ruined by petty crimes. He said increased police visibility will not only lower the risk of victimization among public, but also expected to decrease their fear of crime.

MGB-12 isinusulong ng pagpapatayo ng mga “rain guage” sa matataas na lugar KORONADAL CITY -- Isinusulong ngayon ng Mines and Geosciences Bureau – 12 (MGB-12) ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources ang paglalagay ng mga “rain gauge” sa mga barangay sa bulubunduking bahagi ng Rehiyon.

Ayon kay MBG-12 Regional Director Constancio Paye Jr., inirerekomenda nila sa mga lokal na pamahalaan, kabilang ang mga barangay, munisipyo at mga lungsod ang pagpapalakas ng early warning system kabilang ang pagtatayo ng mga “rain gauge” na magagamit sa pagtaya sa volume na binubuhos na tubig-ulan. Sa pamamagitan ng ganitong hakbang, mas mapapadali aniya 30


ang pagbibigay ng babala sa mga residente na nakatira sa mas mababababang mga lugar kung may nakaambang peligro tulad ng malakas na baha at mabibigyan ng panahon ang mga residente na agad maghanda at makaiwas sa sakuna. Hinikayat din ni Paye ang bawat local government unit na bumuo at magpatupad ng disaster reduction program para mapaghandaan ang

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posibleng pagdating ng mga kalamidad dulot ng climate change. Pinaalalahanan naman nito ang mga residente sa buong Soccksargen Region na nakatira malapit sa mga sapa, ilog, baybayin at mga dahili na maging mapagmatyag at palaging maging alerto lalung lalo na sa panahon ng tag-ulan upang maiwasang mabiktima ng kalamidad. (DEDoguiles)

Butuan City Jail inmates to celebrate with family on Christmas, New Year’s Days by Robert E. Roperos


n time with Christmas and New Year’s Days, family members of the inmates are given the opportunity to celebrate with them inside their cells.



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This was learned from Jail Supt. Neil Avisado, jail warden of the city jail here, in an interview with a local radio station recently. According to Supt. Avisado, they have been regularly conducting this every year so that the inmates will be united with their families during the celebration of Christmas and New Year. Avisado added this is one way of allowing the inmates to personally communicate with their families and relatives dur32


ing this time of the year. The official further said from December 26 to January 1, legally-married couples and those who are living-in for quite some time are given the opportunity for an overnight stay for bonding. “After Christmas day, ang mga legal na asawa ng mga preso ay bibigyan ng pagkakataon na makapag-stay-in para maka-selebrar ng pasko,� Avisado said. (After Christmas day, legal spouses of the inmates are given

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the chance to stay inside the jail for them to celebrate Christmas.) Furthermore, the jail warden said this activity is conducted to boost the morale of the inmates who were separated from their families for serving the sentence imposed on them by the court for violating the law. However, Avisado assured that security measures will be more tightened during these days to avoid any untoward incidents to happen. This undertaking is a manifestation of good governance that is being implemented by the management of the city jail here which also supports the Human Development Agenda of the present administration as presented in the Philippine Development Plan.

JICA to turnover P13.7M farm-to-market road project to Carrascal, Surigao del Sur by Myra Q. Yu

SURIGAO DEL SUR – Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Benjamin Mataksil confirmed that the P13.7 million farm-to-market road project funded by Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP III) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in association with the Local Government Unit of Carrascal, is set to be given before the year ends at Barangay Adlay, Carrascal Surigao del Sur. Said project involved 1.702 kilometers rehabilitation/improvement of barangay Adlay

farm to market road with box culvert. The implementation started on June 23, 2011 and will

end by December 20, 2011 but it was completed ahead of the schedule on November 25, 2011.

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This accomplishment and comfort for the resi- their farm products to the is another milestone for the dents and the local farmers nearby barangays and muDepartment of Agrarian especially in the delivery of nicipalities. Reform (DAR) being the lead agency of this project, in partnership with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as the implementing agency. With this partnership the government was able to assist in the development of Adlay ARC (Agrarian Reform Community) that provided convenience

DAR hands-in CLOAS to Dinagat farmers by Joie L. Ceballos

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) handed over Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) composed of 95 hectares to some 94 farmers in the Province of Dinagat Islands recently. 34


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Of the 94 beneficiaries, 36 farmers are from Cagdianao, 29 from San Jose and another 29 from Dinagat. Provincial Administrator Ben Glen Ecleo, Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Jamil Amatonding, Jr. and Dinagat Vice Mayor Lilibeth Edradan led the distribution of the land titles.

In her message, Ecleo thanked DAR for its Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), which paved way for the distribution of these titles and many other development opportunities for the said province. He also challenged the beneficiaries to pay their taxes in order to augment the income of

the province, and make their lands as productive as possible. PARO Amatonding, on the other hand, said that more lands and opportunities are coming to the province. He also urged the farmers to continue uniting its efforts with the LGU to support CARP. (DAR13)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


City Hall’s rep delivers P2M assistance, P400K from private groups for “Sendong” victims by Jocelyn P. Alvarez


he P2 Million financial assistance from the city and some P400,000 from civic groups and private individuals for victims of Tropical Storm Sendong in Cagayan De Oro (CDO) and Iligan were personally delivered by City Hall’s Chief Executive Assistant (CEA) Mario Roca to LGUs of CDO and Iligan.





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City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said “Mayor Celso Lobregat on Wednesday tasked his CEA to fly to CDO via Manila and later to Iligan City to turn over the financial assistance for victims of the flashflood spawned by Sendong.” Covarrubias said Roca will hand over a P1million check each to Mayor Vicente Emano of CDO City and Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan City. “Each check is addressed to the local government units of CDO and Iligan and is intended to augment the relief operations in the areas concerned,” Covarrubias informed. Roca will also turn over P400,000 cash assistance donated by civic groups and a private individual from the city. Covarrubias said “these groups include the Progressive Mason Club-Zamboanga chapter, Amity ClubZamboanga chapter, Zamboanga ChineseFriendship Association and Lin Tick Kiong Temple, Zamboanga City GMA Fishing Corpora-

tion and Benny Yu . “Aside from the financial assistance, the city government has also joined efforts with Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), Tzu Chi Foundation and other non-government organizations in appealing for donations for clothing, blankets,

water, canned goods, ice and other relief goods,” Covarrubias added. The active lady IO said “all donations are being consolidated at the ADZU gym and will be brought to CDO and Iligan in bulk for distribution to flashflood victims.” (JPA/PIA-ZBST)

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ZamboSur donates 100 caskets; conducts medical mission in Iligan City by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – To show utmost concern to the victims of the flash floods spawned by typhoon Sendong on December 17, the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur donated 100 handmade caskets for victims who died in the worst calamity that hit Southern Philippines. Provincial information officer Leo Santillan said Governor Antonio H. Cerilles on Tuesday has ordered the provincial warden to immediately prepare caskets for the victims. Santillan said the caskets handcrafted by the 103 inmates of provincial jail were loaded in 5 dumptrucks delivered and turned-over this morning to a morgue n Iligan City. Santillan said the 38


caskets were intended for the victims in Iligan saying that it is nearer compared to Cagayan de Oro. Typhoon Sendong claimed hundreds of lives and severe destruction to properties. OIC-provincial warden Arnell Joe Arcoy was impressed with the carpentry skills of the inmates adding that they have successfully produced the number of caskets as ordered by the chief executive

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despite the short number of hours given to them. Arcoy closely supervised the inmates in making the caskets inside the Zamboanga del Sur reformatory center. “The efforts exerted is a show of unity between the government and civic organizations who manifested their great concern over the well-being of those who were victims of flashfloods,” Santillan said

quoting Cerilles. “Despite the vicissitudes and turbulence in life, we, Filipinos still have the courage to rise up,� Santillan added. Meanwhile, Governor Antonio Cerilles with his wife, 2nd district representative Aurora Cerilles visited the affected areas in Iligan City today where he sent 24 medical doctors from the province led by Dr. Maria Rovel Blancia. A medical check up and medicines were given to the affected families in Iligan Central Elementary School where the displaced families were temporarily housed. (JPA/ GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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Adiong signs into law ARMM admin code

ISABELA CITY – The Bureau of Public Information announced that the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has finally got its own administrative code after six long years of waiting, owing to the assertive operation of the current regional officials and the relentless backing of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Information chief Ali Macabalang disclosed that outgoing Acting ARMM Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong signed into law Thurs40


day Muslim Mindanao Act (MMA) No. 287, also known as the Administrative Code of the autonomous region, in fully-packed ceremonies at

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the huge Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex in Cotabato City. In his speech, Adiong expressed his pleasure that it is during his

of office that the term code was completed and signed into law to firm up and strengthen the ARMM bureaucracy towards bringing the autonomous region to development. “This is a milestone achievement as it goes beyond politics and personal interests,” he said. Adiong, who is serving on a holdover capacity alongside 23 other elected officials pending final decision of the Supreme Court on a law allowing the President to appoint caretakers, urged the ARMM workers “to perform and exercise powers, duties, responsibilities and functions within the parameters of the administrative code.” He also cited the Japanese government and its people who provided signifi-

cant support during the more than five years of protracted crafting the regional Administrative Code. “I convey my thanks to the Japanese government and its people through the JICA for being with us as we endeavored to craft policies, principles and provisions for an effective administrative code,” he said. He also lauded the technical working group and the Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA) for the drafting and subsequent passage of the law he described as “very vital” in the en-

hancement of the ARMM bureaucracy. Assemblyman Ziaur-Rahman AlontoAdiong, Regional Assembly Assistant Majority Floor Leader and MMA 287 principal author, expressed his confidence that the administrative code, formerly filed as RLA Bill No. 72, will institutionalize the much needed reforms in the ARMM. “This will strengthen our bureaucracy towards efficiency, effectiveness and transparency to be at par with national counterparts in terms of providing services to the people, by placing ahead the idea of comm o n g o o d ,” he said. “ T h e Admin Code is our answer to P-Noy’s call for ‘Daang

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Matuwid’,” he added. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo delved deeper into the significance of the MMA 287 by explaining to the employees and officials of ARMM the implications of the law to the ARMM bureaucracy. He said that the code would bring radical consequences on the current positions of employees of ARMM. “We should go beyond personalities, and we need to find a deeper meaning and reason to report to our duties in ARMM,” Sinarimbo said adding that every employee and officials of ARMM must reflect on the vision for ARMM as well as the steps by which this vision will be collectively pursued. “Let us ask ourselves what is the value proposition that we could offer to our constituents,” he added. He said that the administrative code will be the mechanism to pursue the vision for 42


ARMM and in effectively responding to the needs of its people. “The administrative code is a testament of our commitment to institute serious reforms in ARMM,” he said. Earlier, Sinarimbo said that the Administrative code will insulate the regional bureaucracy from the inescapable changes in its leadership which tends to disrupt the continuity and permanence of critical expertise and knowledge in its line agencies as appointments in key positions in the bureaucracy are prone to political patronage and influence. Administrative Director Lydia UdaundoMastura, head of the Technical Working Group in the Preparation of the Code Director, explained that the edict has been drafted since 2005 but was “overtaken by time.” According to her, it was included also in 2006 during the term of former ARMM Governor

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Zaldy Uy Ampatuan as a priority in his Regional Executive Agenda. In 2008, with the continued support of JICA, she said, they embarked again on writeshops and consultations with help from their legal consultant, Atty. Randolph Parcasio. They submitted the draft to Acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong on January 28, 2011 who in turn signed it as a priority bill for the Regional Assembly to pass. Mastura said that the code now sets the rules, mandates, systems, procedures of the ARMM agencies such as accountability and transparency and efficiency in responding to the needs of the agencies, local government units and other stakeholders. “I wish to congratulate all of us for this historic event and for those who will be ‘adversely’ affected by this code we extend our sincere apologies,” she said. (JPA/ BPI-ARMM/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

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