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Presidential Communications Operations Office

Cover Story

“Paskuhan Village” showcases Gensan’s best

Pops Gumana-Fruyla Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 131

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Across the Nation:



Aquino hopes to perform better in 2012; for govt to weather global economic crisis


Coop brings Pamaskong Handog to least-fortunate

Regional News: Jeanevive Duron Abangan, Southern Mindanao

BFAR-12, SUCs to co-implement aqua-silviculture, hatchery projects


Omar Sabal, Central Mindanao


DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao


Limang taong moratorium sa pagmimina pinag-iisipan ng SP ng South Cotabato New 402 Brigade commander asks brigade to help in PNoy’s effort for lasting peace David M. Suyao, Caraga Region

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DOH intensifies campaign against firecrackers


Military ups security after foiled kidnapping


ZRCO-9 announces conduct of Foreign Service Officer exams


NGCP extends assistance to flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas


Nora CL Molde, Caraga Region

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Northern Mindanao

Steag joins relief drive for CdO flood victims

Northern Mindanao

Cover Story “Paskuhan Village” showcases Gensan’s best


by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

ocal and foreign tourists flocked the City Government’s “Paskuhan Village” here which showcased culture, tourism and economic richness of the twenty-six barangays of the Tuna Capital.



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One can experience the similar excitement of a whole city tour by making a quick visit to the booths, adorned with flashing, colorful lights and recycled items creatively turned into interesting Christmas decors. Near the entrance of the village, a miniature General Santos City International Airport highlights the booth of Barangay Fatima which made attractive by toy cars occupying the streets and the parking lot, and the lighted air traffic control tower. “It was a tiny replica of the real airport,” exclaimed Jecelyn Joy Miparanum, a “balikbayan” nurse

from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Other attractions are the “Santa Nok” of Barangay Ligaya, and the giant egg of Barangay Baluan which depicted poultry farms as the main livelihood in the area. Santa Nok is a giant chicken made of corn husk and

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these barangays with fishing as the main source of income. Eco-friendly decors also spruced-up barangays Dadiangas West, Tambler, Dadiangas East, Apopong, and Upper Labay with Christmas ornaments pieced-together by recycled plastic, empty soft drink bottles, crumpled papers, used CDs, corn husk, and a lot more. “This is very interesting because with a little imagination it is possible to make

other organic materials. Coastal barangays like Bawing, Bula, Buayan, and Calumpang adorned their respective booths with a real “bangka” and fishnets. A giant shrimp made of luminous plastic in Bula, and the dried fish and squid for sale in Calumpang indicated the abundance of the sea in 6


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wonderful festive decorations while still being kind to the environment,� said Aiko, a student from Banga, South Cotabato. Barangays known for their agricultural products such as Olympog, Sinawal, Batomelong, Tinagacan, and San Jose also made a

giant replica of their products and displayed some of their harvest in stalls. The tourism potentials of Barangay Conel were also displayed in the Paskuhan Village with live Santa Claus entertaining visitors beside the mini-duplicate of the Amsikong Falls. Meanwhile, infrastructure developments and other facilities were showcased in the booths of five other barangays through their miniature models. The malls and hotels in Lagao, the City Public Terminal in Dadiangas North, the Public Market in Dadiangas South, high-end subdivisions and towers of the two biggest television networks in the country in San Isidro, and the buildings of vehicle

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companies in City Heights. This year’s Christmas celebration was anchored on the theme: “Kampeon ang Pasko sa Gensan” in reference to the personalities who have brought pride and honor to the city. Barangay Labangal, where the family of world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and other popular individuals reside, put-up a 8


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glove-shaped booth; while Barangay Katangawan has the life-sized photo of Ms. Universe 2011 third runner up, Shamcey Supsup. The “Paskuhan Village” displayed not only the rich economic potentials of Gensan, but also housed the creativity and talents of the generals who are worthy to be called “Champions.”

Aquino welcomes arriving OFWs during annual ‘Presidential Salubong’


resident Benigno S. Aquino III personally greeted Thursday returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 for the Christmas holiday. Friday, December 23, 2011


The annual “Presidential Salubong 2011” is in recognition of the sacrifices of Filipino migrant workers leaving abroad for their families and country. This year’s Salubong event has a theme: “Paskong Puno ng Pag-asa para sa Bayan at Pamilya.” Asked by reporters how he felt about personally greeting arriving OFWs, the President said: “Siyempre yung galak na nakabalik sa sariling bayan damangdama mo sa kanila -- pagod, mahaba yung mga biyahe, pero nasasabik na makita yung mga pamilya. Meron tayong nararamdaman doon sa kaligayahan nila.” The President also said it is a reminder for the government to work harder to create better opportunities here at home so that Filipinos need not leave their families to find greener pastures abroad. 10

The traditional Presidential Salubong, which is being done for the past 18 years, is part of the annual program of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) “Pamaskong Handog sa OFWs.” OFWs who won prizes from the DOLE and OWWA received cash as well as other prizes. The three winners announced by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) were Edward Tezon, Menchie Eliseo and Carol Pangasian. Tezon, 44, is from Leyte who now resides in Pasig City. He has worked as a consultant in the United Arab Emirates for 14 years. Eliseo, 28, has been working in Kuwait for a few years. Forty-two year old Pangasian also works in Kuwait and arrived in the country for the Christmas break.

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The winners, who arrived on three separate flights, received prizes from the government. Each of them got a cash prize of P200,000, a gift certificate worth $1,500, and another gift certificate worth P25,000 as well as a cellular phone. Organizations helping DOLE and OWWA to carry out the program include Duty Free Philippines, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, Banco de Oro, SM Supermalls, Landbank of the Philippines and Microsoft. Government officials who joined President Aquino Thursday were Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Administrator Carmelita Dimzon, and airport General Manager Jose Angel Honrado. (AS)

Aquino hopes to perform better in 2012; for govt to weather global economic crisis


resident Benigno Aquino III said he hopes that the country emerges successful in mitigating the effects of the global economic slowdown as the Philippines enters a new year.

Asked by re- the New Year, he porters Thursday said: “Number one, about his expecta- we’re hoping that tions and wish for we will be able to

weather the current economic storm; that we will do a lot better than what we

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did this year. “Tapos na yung learning curve, nailagay na natin ang maraming systems in place that should correct the issue with regards to making sure that corruption is being combated and more resolutions on faster reforms in the judiciary. A lot of our problems had to deal with various courts this past year.” President Aquino was in Ninoy Aquino International Airport Thursday afternoon to personally greet returning overseas Filipino workers during the annual “Presidential Salubong.” 12

The chief executive also said he might not have a vacation this weekend due to heavy rains in the Bicol Region and Southern Tagalog which may result to disasters. He said he will closely monitor the bad weather condition to avert catastrophe. According to the President he has received a weather report saying the cold front is bringing heavy rains in four provinces in the Bicol Region---Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes and Albay and this must be watched. Similar condition is also reported in

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Quezon province, he said. As he closely watches these areas, he said he is also continuously monitoring relief operations and the rehabilitation of Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, which were devastated by flashfloods last weekend. The government is also looking closely at Negros Oriental and Isabela, he said. “Bottom line, unless sure tayo na hindi magkakaroon ng pinsala mukhang on hold muna yung vacation, better luck next year na lang siguro,” he said. (AS)

Employers told to give bonus before Dec. 24 by Mai Gevera-Macapagat


he Department of Labor and Employment XI (DOLE) reminds all employers on their obligation of providing their employees a 13th Month Pay on or before December 24 of every year.

DOLE said the office has suspended its inspection program this month thus it has not monitored any establishment on their compliance with the 13th month pay of the workers. However, Section 8 of the Presidential Decree No. 851 required employers to submit a report of compliance to the nearest Regional Office not later than January 15 of each year. The report must contain the name of establishment, total employment, total number of workers benefited, amount granted per employee, and total amount of benefits granted. Regional Director of DOLE XI Joffrey Suyao urged to employees who haven’t received this 13th month pay benefit to immediately report their case to any DOLE office and file a complaint. Friday, December 23, 2011


Coop brings Pamaskong Handog to least-fortunate by Jeanevive Duron Abangan TAGUM CITY ---- More than 200 least fortunate individuals benefited from the Pamaskong Handog that the Tagum Cooperative rolled out as pre-Christmas outreach project. Tagum Cooperative Vice Chairperson Nenita Malbas, chair of Education Committee said Tagum Cooperative has been into this kind of activity as part of its community involvement. “Three percent of the net surplus goes to community involvement and this is part of that,” Malbas said. Tuesday, Dec. 20, Tagum Cooperative went its way to Home for the Aged and distributed gifts to more than 50 wards. After a brief program during which some elderly rendered songs, Malbas turned over to center head Annie Rosalinda P12,000 worth of toiletries, rice and noodles. Rosalinda said the center wards feel happy whenever they are being visited. Run by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Home for the Aged receives elderly who are duly referred by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) with 14


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medical certificate that “they don’t have communicable disease,” Rosalinda said. “They must also be 60 years of age and above, abandoned,” she added. Meanwhile, Tagum Cooperative reached out Wednesday to 25 abandoned children of Sagop Palad Foundation in Mabini, Compostela Valley Province . A total of 132 working children in Tagum City Public Market also got their share of gifts from Tagum Cooperative. They got T-shirts, a set of toiletries and snacks. Most of these working children are students of the Palengskwelahan which the city government of Tagum City has put up so they won’t miss their studies while earning a living. Palengeskwelahan instructional manager Julia Molina said children working at the public market attend Saturday classes which make use of Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules designed by the Department of Education (DepEd). Molina was hopeful that Tagum Cooperative would also extend saving consciousness among the working children after the holiday season.

regional gallery

Soldiers load relief goods to a waiting military truck at the Philippine Information Agency Regional Office XI. The relief drive for the victims of tropical storm Sendong is spearheaded by a group of young lawyers with the support of the PIAXI and the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command.

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NFA cancels party in favor of Sendong victims by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Employees of the National Food Authority in Soccsksargen Region have canceled their Christmas party in favor of the flood victims in Northern Mindanao.



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Instead, they decided to donate the amount for the evacuees from Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro, and other areas affected by typhoon Sendong. NFA South Cotabato assistant manager Angelina Lucena said they have saved about P8,000 for the assistance. They have also agreed to contribute used clothing, food items, and other materials to the relief operations. Other NFA field offices in the entire region have also decided not to hold Christmas parties. “NFA-South Cotabato will not allocate rice for

the relief operation because we are not authorized to donate,” Lucena clarified. “All rice donations that will be included will come from personal contributions of employees.” Meanwhile, the employees of the Department of Labor and Employment in the region are also gathering relief items. DOLE-12 regional director Ma. Gloria Tango said they are consolidating donations from DOLE employees until Friday. She added, they have not allocated any amount from their official funds,

instead, agreed to shell out some amount from the bonuses they received recently. Koronadal City and South Cotabato LGUs are also collecting donations. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council situational report 15 released 6:00 a.m. yesterday, Sendong has affected 92,964 families across seven regions, namely: Regions, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, Caraga, and ARMM. Number of deaths has been placed at 1,010.

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BFAR-12, SUCs to co-implement aqua-silviculture, hatchery projects by Omar Sabal GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Top executives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 12 (BFAR 12) and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) Soccsksargen Region recenty signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which binds stakeholders in cooperation for the implementation of aquasilviculture projects and multi-species hatchery in some coastal areas in the Region.

Signatories of the agreement were BFAR 12 Regional Director Sani D. Macabalang together with Chancellor Atty. Abdurrahman Canacan of Mindanao State University- General Santos Campus and Dr. Teresita L. Cambel of Sultan Kudarat State University. Aqua-silviculture is a system of rearing and growing fish and other aquatic organisms in enclosed sections within mangrove areas. Director Macabalang said, the project intends “to maximize use of the mangroves in addition to the benefits we get from them as natural buffers against incoming strong waves, breeding 18


grounds and shelter for fish and other aquatic organisms, and source of food and other necessities of human beings.” He said that the project is programmed to rehabilitate denuded mangrove forests while promoting Aqua-silviculture technology as

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supplemental source of income for the fisherfolk. “Aqua-silviculture is known to be an effective means to reverse unproductive, underutilized and abandoned fishpond areas into its former pristine condition,” Macabalang said.

Funds are now ready for allocation for the identified areas including ten hectares of mangrove in General Santos City, 30 ha in Maasim, Sarangani Province, and 340 ha in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. Meanwhile, a total of P1.2 M will also be obligated for a multi-species

hatchery which forms part of the whole package and will be identified soon in the target areas. The community and local governments are enjoined to actively participate in all these undertakings to ensure effective and sustainable implementation of the

project. In the process, fisherfolk are empowered to plan for themselves and get involved in more productive activities for social development. Replication of similar intervention is now being considered especially in some potential areas in the Region.(BFAR-12/ DEDoguiles)

Limang taong moratorium sa pagmimina pinag-iisipan ng SP ng South Cotabato KORONADAL CITY -- Kasunod ng trahedyang nangyari sa Iligan City at Cagayan de Oro City at iba pang bahagi ng Northern Mindanao, pinag-iisipan ngayon ng mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng South Cotabato ang pagdedeklara ng limang taong moratorium sa pagmimina sa buong lalawigan.

Kinumpirma ito ni Board Member Agustin Demaala sa isang panayam sa isang istasyon ng radyo sa Koronadal. Aniya sa pamamagitan nito ipagbabawal ang pagmimina, pati na ang logging at pamumutol ng kahoy sa alinmang bahagi ng lalawigan na tinutukoy na dahilan ng ilang kalamidad tulad ng tradhedyang nagyari sa

Northern Mindanao. Paliwanag pa ni Demaala alinsunod ito ng kautusan ni Pangulong Benigno III na total

log ban na naglalayong maprotektahan ang natitirang kagubatan sa buong bansa. Sa ganitong paraan, maililigtas ang mamamayan sa probinsiya na mga sakuna tulad ng flash flood at landslide. Mababawasan din nito ang epekto ng climate change, ayon kay Demaala. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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PIA-6 employees extend financial aid to PIA-10 employees flashflood victims by Robert E. Roperos


mployees from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region VI through Regional Director, Atty. Janet Mesa extended financial assistance to employees of PIA Region X who are among the victims of flashflood that recently hit Northern Mindanao due to typhoon “Sendong”. 20


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According to Dir. Abner M. Caga, Northeastern Mindanao Information Cluster Head and concurrent Regional Director of PIA-Caraga and Northern Mindanao, Mesa called and informed him that employees of PIA-VI unanimously decided to give financial assistance to affected employees of PIA Northern Mindanao who were victims of flashflood, whose houses were now covered by mud. Caga added the

move of PIA VI employees is commendable considering that they feel the burden experienced by victims of the deadly and destructive flashflood in Northern Mindanao. “What the employees of PIA Region VI did showed that they have that golden hearts who feel for the victims of the flashflood,� Caga said. On Wednesday evening, the financial assistance was officially handed to

the victims at the Regional Office of PIA Northern Mindanao, this city, witnessed by PIA Central Office personnel headed by Staff Director Nilo Mamaclay of the Regional Operations Division and employees of PIA Caraga who were deployed here to augment the personnel complement of PIA Northern Mindanao in time with the visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III here and in Iligan City on Tuesday.

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New 402 Brigade commander asks brigade to help in PNoy’s effort for lasting peace by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR – The new 402nd Infantry Brigade Commander, Col. Ronald Abano, formally sworn office following the turn over ceremony at the 402 Brigade headquarters in New Leyte, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur. Abano replaced Col. James Jacob, who was temporarily assigned after rebels raided Taganito Mining in Claver, Surigao del Norte recently. According to 4th Infantry Division Assistant Commander and former 402nd brigade commander Gen. Emeliano Gupana, the turn over ceremony marks a significant, more responsive occasion in the army to become attuned to the ever changing times of the operational con22


dition of Caraga Region in particular. As response, Albano said he will follow all orders of the higher command, especially the Commander-inChief. “As a good soldier standing before you, I am here to pursue our goal with determination in this new area of responsibility. I therefore ask the men and women of 402nd Brigade that we move in unison to achieve our mission to make the area

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peaceful and productive. Let us be one in helping our Commander-in-Chief, Pres. Aquino for his efforts for a lasting peace. With this, I am accepting the challenge with new hope to answer the new call of duty as a professional soldier,” Albano said. Albano is not new to Caraga Region. He was once a battalion commander of the 30th Infantry Battalion based in Surigao del Norte, and he said he is familiar with Caraga Region.

DOH intensifies campaign against firecrackers by Nora CL Molde

The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga is intensifying its campaign to reduce and eliminate firecracker-related injuries during the holiday season.

DOH-CHD Caraga through its regional director Dr. Leonita P. Gorgolon called for the support of the public to strengthen their campaign for this year, entitled ‘APIR!’ According to Gorgolon, their office will

adopt ‘APIR’ which stands for “Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction,” a campaign strategy to prevent injuries from firecrackers by advocating precautionary measures to prevent using it and adopt alternative ways in celebrating a

joyful holiday season. The word APIR was coined from “up here” part of “high-five” or “give me five” greeting used in the US. The campaign uses healthy hands as a symbol, in contrast to a mangled or injured

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hand. The campaign advocates five reminders to prevent injury from firecrackers and five simple alternative tips and ways to spend the New Year’s Eve, DOH added. The five reminders include: mapanganib ang paggamit ng 24


paputok (firecrackers are dangerous), lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa bata (firecrackers are not intended for kids), lumayo sa mga taong nagpapaputok (go far from a person using a firecracker/s), huwag mamulot ng di sumabog na paputok

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(don’t pick up unexploded firecracker/s), and magpagamot agad kapag naputukan (seek immediate medication once injured with a firecracker/s). The five simple alternative tips and ways are: itaguyod at makilahok sa Community Fireworks Display (pursue and join Community Fireworks Display), magdiwang ng ligtas kasama ang pamilya (celebrate with family safely), lumikha ng ingay gamit ang ibang bagay tulad ng torotot, busina, musika, lata, at iba pa (create noise using other things), makisaya sa ibang paraan tulad ng street party, concert, palaro, at iba pa (enjoy the celebration by attending parties, concerts, etc.), and matuto sa mga aral ng nakaraan at magsimula nang maayos na buhay sa Bagong Taon (learn from previous experiences and start a good life this New Year).

City government sets up relief operations center; transport sector to give donations to flood victims by Gideon C. Corgue


reatest concerns for the flood victims in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan has been felt by various organizations and individuals here by putting up relief assistance centers.

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On Saturday, the day when one of the country’s most destructive typhoon Sendong struck the two major cities in Northern Mindanao – Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the provincial government of Zamboanga del Sur quickly setting up relief operation’s center dubbed “Operation Tabang’” ng mga Biktima sa Bagyong Sendong at the lobby of the capitol and another relief center of Our Lady of Fatima church in barangay Balangasan was also put up. On Wednesday, Mayor Samuel Co has ordered the city social welfare and development office to set up disaster operation’s center at the lobby of the executive function hall



whose sole purpose is to help the flood victims. Social welfare officer IV June Gayapa said the chief executive has set up disaster center to facilitate donations from people who want to help and support the flood victims in this time of need. During the launching of the center, 3 big boxes of used clothings were donated by Luna Tejano of Lumbia district, Gayapa said who personally manned the center. Gayapa is appealing to the generous people especially the employees, barangay officials, businessmen, and etc. to give heartily for flood victims. ”The city government is appealing to

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everyone to give donations and help ease the suffering of the people ,” Gayapad said. Gayapa suggested the donors to donate instant noodles, canned foods, bottled water, mats, blankets as the priority needs of the flood-striken vcitims. Meanhile, city councilor Arnold Gavenia, chairman of the committee on motorized tricylce franchising and regulatory board (MTFRB) of the Sannguniang Panlungsod has called a meeting to the 23 presidents of the tricylce associations in his office and discussed the tranport sectors’ move for helping the flood victims. Gavenia said the tricycle association

presidents unanimously agreed to extend financal help and to give usable clothes for each driver. ”If we can collect the used clothings from the 2,850 drivers, we will immediatley send it to the affected families in various evacuation centes,” Gavenia added. Gavenia requested

the drivers to send their donation in his office at the Legislative Building. Pag-IBIG Fund manager Ibrahim Lajarato with his team on Wednesday made a visit with their branch office in Cagayan de Oro and turned-over their goods and supplies. Today, the team proceeded to Iligan City and turned-over anoth-

er goods and supplies to branch manager Ferdinand Saniel Lajarato said their office has set aside an amount from the fund they cntributed during their Christmas party and bought goods and supplies for the flood victims in the said cities. (JPA/GCC/PIA9Pagadian)

Military ups security after foiled kidnapping by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) intensified its security in far-flung schools in the city after the foiled kidnapping of three teachers of Limaong Elementary School, east of the city, last week. Task Force Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual said they have added more troops to prevent another kidnapping attempt on teachers assigned in the city’s outskirts and island barangays. Pascual revealed that it was the second attempt to kidnap teachers of the said school. Friday, December 23, 2011


“Actually, it was the second attempt on the teachers of that school”, he said, adding that the first attempt was just three months ago. “Last September 15, alert CAFGU and CVO members seized the suspects pump boats but they were able to escape using another boat”, Pascual furthered. Earlier, Zamboanga City Division Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad suspended classes in the said school until securi28


ty measures are put in place. Col. Pascual immediately met with Natividad and informed him of the actions taken to ensure the safety of the teachers. Task Force Zamboanga is still investigating the incident to pinpoint the suspects. Pascual, however, believes the suspects may be from the area. “We are still trying to investigate and identify who are these abductors. I believe they are residents of the area as they cover their

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faces with bonnets to avoid being identified”, Pascual pointed. Col. Pascual also informed Superintendent Natividad of the intensified security measures in the islands of Pangapuyan, Sacol and Manalipa, all vulnerable to kidnappers and bandits. “We are adding more troops, CAFGUs, and CVOs in the island barangays and outlying communities to secure the teachers and the residents as well”, Pascual said. (JPA/MVC/ PIA-ZBST)

ZRCO-9 announces conduct of Foreign Service Officer exams by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - The Zamboanga Regional Consular Office (ZRCO) of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) based in Zamboanga City is now inviting all interested applicants for the 2012 Foreign Service Officer (FSO) examinations.

ZRCO officer incharge Judith Nohay-de Fiesta said the FSO examinations consist of a qualifying test, preliminary interview, written test, psychological test, and oral test. The qualifying test, which covers English grammar and correct usage, reading comprehension, logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning/ data interpretation and leadership/knowledge of management concepts,

is slated to be held on February 19, 2012 in the following testing centers, namely: Baguio City, Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, Davao, City, Iloilo City, General Santos City, Legazpi City, Lucena City, Metro Manila, San Fernando City, Pampanga, Tacloban City and Zamboanga City. Candidates must obtain a passing grade of at least 80% in the qualifying test in order to qualify for the prelimi-

nary interview which is scheduled on March 31, 2012. Graduates of any degree programs are qualified to apply for the FSO examinations provided they are Filipino citizens and should not be more than 35 years old on February 19, 2012. Application forms can be downloaded from DFA website, www.dfa. (JPA/FPG/PIAZamboanga del Norte)

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Pres. Aquino orders DTI to impose price freeze on basic commodities in calamity areas


by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

nscrupulous businessmen had better think twice before increasing the prices of the products they sell or they may face criminal or administrative charges for violating the price freeze on basic commodities. This, as President Benigno S. Aquino III, declared a national state of calamity making mandatory the imposition of price ceiling on basic necessities, which is among the provisions of Republic Act No. 10121 otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. In Northern Mindanao, two (2) of its nine (9) cities, were badly hit by ‘Sendong,’ namely Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental and 30


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Iligan City in Lanao del Norte. When the President was in the city, the other day, for his personal assessment of ther devastations, he took note of reports that some basic necessities, like bottled drinking

water and canned goods are no longer available in the stalls. As reported by Secretary Dinky Soliman, who was the President at that time, they had already mobilized Region 11, Davao and Region 13, Caraga for procurement of such items and already on their way to the city by land. “Dagdag ho yun sa pinadala na naming mga (Those are augmentation) for the food and non-food items, which we sent through the C130 cargo plane of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), last Dec. 18,” Soliman said. Meanwhile, Atty. Fel Lester Brillantes, Legal Officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Misamis Oriental, said the declaration of a state of calamity makes mandatory the immediate undertaking of the following remedial measures by the concerned price council member-agencies as defined in RA 10121: Imposition of price ceiling on basic necessities and prime commodities by the President upon the recommendation of the implementing agency as provided for under Republic Act No. 7581, otherwise known as the “Price Act”, or the National Price Coordinating Council. Monitoring, prevention and control by the Local Price Coordination Council of overpricing/ profiteering and hoarding of prime commodities, medicines and

petroleum products. Programming/reprogramming of funds for the repair and safety upgrading of public infrastructures and facilities. Granting of no-interest loans by government financing or lending institutions to the most affected section of the population through their cooperatives or people’s organizations. As to effects, Brillantes said the President’s declaration may warrant international humanitarian assistance as deemed necessary. It also sets the Price Coordinating Council, both national and local, to convene immediately, to impose an automatic price control or freezing of prices of basic necessities listed under R.A. 7581 or the Price Act. The freeze will remain effective for the duration of the condition that brought it for about but not more than 60 days. Paragraph 1, Sec. 6 of the said law states that “Unless otherwise declared by the President, prices of basic necessities in the area shall automatically be frozen at their prevailing prices in places under automatic price control, whenever that area is proclaimed or declared disaster area or under state of calamity. And any person who shall violate the price control mandated by law may face criminal or administrative charges, Brillantes added. Friday, December 23, 2011


NGCP extends assistance to flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Water and electricity are the two (2) basic utilities that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is providing the victims of the flash floods which hit Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday.

Complementing its efforts to provide power transmission services across the country, NGCP has made possible the immediate commissioning of a water pump at its Cagayan de Oro Substation to provide clean and safe water supply to the residents of Barangay Carmen and nearby areas. With the help of First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO), NGCP also hauled a generator set from its Maramag Substation to Macasanding, Cagayan de Oro. Said genset was used by a private entity to generate 32


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water from a deepwell which was made available to the public free of charge. Spending more time and resources to relief operations, NGCP also cancelled its Christmas parties at its District 3 (Northcentral M i n d a n a o ) and District 6 (Southwestern Mindanao) offices to use funds in purchasing relief goods and donations to the flood victims. Operation and Maintenance Mindanao regional head Emmanuel D. Abellanosa and district head Jesselito P. Abamonga are spearheading the efforts of NGCP on the field to offer help to affected communities. In a related development, NGCP has also allowed its hangar space in Cagayan de Oro to be used by local authorities who are administering forensic examinations on the deceased. In the spirit of giving and

sharing this season, employees based at the Head Office in Quezon City have collected voluntary cash contributions amounting to Php178,980.00 in addition to fortyfive (45) boxes of relief goods and clothes (as of December 22, 2011). These donations from employees were immediately forwarded to NGCP’s Mindanao Regional Office in Iligan City for distribution.

NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating and maintaining the country’s electric power grid. As a responsible corporation, NGCP not only provides reliable electricity transmission services, but also assists communities hosting its lines and substations especially during times of emergencies.

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Steag joins relief drive for CdO flood victims CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Energy firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) joins the on-going relief efforts for the thousands of families affected by the flash flood that hit Cagayan de Oro City over the weekend. SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich said he is deeply sad by the tragedy as he conveys his deepest condolences especially to families who have lost their loved ones. “We’re deeply saddened by this calamity and we’d like to express our sympathy especially for those who have lost their loved ones” Dr. Goerlich said. SPI has mobilized its corporate volunteers and equipment to ease the burden of those that were affected. For several days now, SPI’s firetruck has been deployed to various evacuation centers for the much needed water supply. In-kind donations were also mobilized from SPI personnel to provide immediate relief to the victims. The company has released PhP 1 million for the procurement of blankets, slippers, sleeping mats and medicines for distribution to the affected families. “We are now working closely with the Social Action Center of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and the City Social Welfare Office for the distribution of these relief items” Steag spokesperson Jerome Soldevilla said 34


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in a statement. Together with Xavier University’s Sustainable Sanitation Center, SPI is also putting up waterless toilets and urinals to address the looming sanitation problem in the major evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City. The facility uses the Urine Dehydration Technology (developed in Germany) and is designed to address sanitation problems in water less communities. “The UDDT toilets would certainly provide the solution to the looming sanitation problem especially at the West City Central School in Carmen where 2,500 families are currently evacuated” says Fr. Nathan Lerio of the Archdiocesan Social Action Center.

One Mindanao - December 23, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - December 23, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao