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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

EDITORIAL BOARD Executive Editor ……......... EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor …….........

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 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)

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA

Presidential Communications Operations Office

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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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Associate Editors ……....... NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

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

ABNER M. CAGA

DOH pushes

APIR for

injury-free

yuletide celebrations Dani Doguiles Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 132

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Across the Nation:

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Aquino leads Christmas gift giving event for street children at Don Bosco

Regional News:

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DOST-12 trains women on managing business Central Mindanao

Economic enterprise unit itatatag sa South Cotabato

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Ac Agad, Central Mindanao

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Michael E. Conte, Caraga Region

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DPWH distributes Christmas ‘Bundles of Joy’ to indigents Caraga reg’l health office provides public toy safety tips Nora CL Molde, Caraga Region

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DPWH IX celebrates 39th year of public service

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Zambo Lady Solon votes for Corona’s impeachment

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37% of water supply operations restored in Central Service area -- COWD

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City officials to spend Christmas in evacuation centers

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Western Mindanao

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Apipa Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

Jayson P. Leguiab, Northern Mindanao

Indayog Festival 2011 draws participation from dance enthusiasts in Mindanao

Southern Mindanao


Cover Story DOH pushes APIR for injury-free yuletide celebrations

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by Dani Doguiles

an we do a high five with only three or four fingers? Of course we can,� said Jennylyn Ellie Ventura, health education and promotion officer of DOH-12.

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“But it wouldn’t look good with a missing finger or two,” she quickly added. Ventura told members of the press in a recent conference arranged by the Philippine Information Agency - 12 in General Santos City that unlike in the past years, the DOH’s present strategy in the fight against indiscriminate and irresponsible use of fireworks is not anchored on fear appeal. There are no images of bloody, mangled hands dripping of crimson blood nor are there posters with pictures of lacerated wounds, blast injuries, and the like. Instead, DOH’s message is hitched on the popular Filipino greeting, “Apir,” our version of “high five” or “Give me five,” which is common to Americans, Ventura said. DOH’s “APIR” stands for Iwas Paputok Injury Reduction.

Ventura said, APIR’S campaign message is centered on five reminders or warnings to prevent injury from firecrackers and five simple tips on alternative ways to celebrate the holiday season. The five reminders are: mapanganib ang paggamit ng paputok, lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa bata, lumayo sa mga taong nagpapaputok, huwag mamulot ng di sumabog na paputok, magpagamot agad kapag naputukan. The five simple tips to celebrate the yuletide season are: Itaguyod at makilahok sa “Community Fireworks Display;” magdiwang ng ligtas kasama ang pamilya; lumikha ng ingay gamit ang ibang bagay tulad ng torotot, busina, musika, lata, atbp; makisaya sa ibang paraan tulad ng street party, concert, palaro, atbp; matuto sa mga aral ng nakaraan at magsimula nang maayos na buhay sa Bagong Taon. Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Dr. Adimelca Gangoso of DOH12 , explained that their strategy has shifted from fear tactics “into a more positive approach.” “Our campaign in the past three years has resulted in a reduction of the number of cases of injuries caused by firecrackers. We have been successful. What is necessary now is to sustain what we have achieved with a more positive message, that is, for them to be careful,” she said. The primary objective, however, is as determined as ever: to reduce the number injuries and deaths caused by fireworks or firecracker use, indiscriminate firing of guns, firecracker powder ingestion, and fireworks-related nonneonatal tetanus in relation to the celebration of the yuletide season. Dr. Leonora Lozana, regional 6

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non-communicable diseases coordinator of DOH-12 reported that in the previous Yuletide celebration, their sentinel hospitals monitored 66 cases of firecracker-related injuries. Thirty-seven cases happened in South Cotabato, 12 in General Santos City, 10 in Cotabato City, 4 in Sultan Kudarat, and three in North Cotabato. She added this year, monitoring of firecracker-related injuries started on December 21 and will last until January 5. During this period, all public hospitals are on Code White Alert, which means that hospitals are required to have adequate manpower, drugs and medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and equipment at all times on standby for emergencies.


Aquino considers bringing hope a major accomplishment for 2011

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said his biggest accomplishment for 2011 is changing the mindset of Filipinos that there is hope for the country and change is possible. Saturday, December 24, 2011

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In an exclusive interview by GMA television aired Friday night, the President said there is widespread desperation among Filipinos prior to his assumption to power believing reforms are impossible. “Ang unang binago natin… ang attitude ng taumbayan. Dati maski anong isyu sa propesyon n’yo nakikita n’yo para bang apathetic, para bang walang pakialam, wala na tayong magagawa, ‘wag na lang,” he said when asked about his major accomplishment for 8

this year. “Ngayon ang paniwala ko talagang nagbago ang opinion… na marami tayong magagawa, may dangal tayong Pilipino, puwede mong itaas ulit ang noo mo,” the President added. In a separate interview on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during the annual “Presidential Salubong,” he said he hopes that the country weathers the effects of the global economic slowdown as the country enters a

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new year. “Number one, we’re hoping that we will be able to weather the current economic storm; that we will do a lot better than what we did this year,” he said about his wish for 2012. The administration has experienced its learning curve and there is a government system in place that corrects bureaucratic issues with regards to fighting corruption. Resolutions are also in place for reforming the judiciary, he said. (AS)


Aquino leads Christmas gift giving event for street children at Don Bosco

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resident Benigno Aquino III joined his sisters in a gift giving activity for street children at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City on Saturday morning.

The President attended the “Alay ng Pangulo sa mga Batang Kalye ng Don Bosco� at the Joy Center Don Bos-

co Technical Institute in Makati City. The activity was spearheaded by the presidential sisters. Some of the chil-

dren read a wish list to the President during the event asking him bags, shoes, food as well as employment for their

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parents. As a response, the President said all the wishes would be granted and at the same time greeted them Merry Christmas. “Yung lahat ng mga wish kanina palagay ko lahat mami-meet yung tatay na permanenteng trabaho, kukuhanan natin yan ng trabaho na permanente,” the President said in a brief message to the children. He said his admin10

istration is doing everything to improve the living conditions in the country so that all Filipino families could be merrier in celebrating the Yuletide seasons in the future. “Huwag kayong mag-alala dahil pinipilit natin na ang mga susunod na Pasko ay lalo pa talagang tumingkad, lalong gumanda at para talagang mabuo ang inyong mga pamilya, na lahat ay magkaroon ng

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pagkakataon na talagang umangat ang kabuhayan,” he said. The President also vowed to fix the roof of the Pugad Don Bosco Center in Makati City which houses youth in conflict with the law, following the request of the center. Around 150 beneficiaries joined Saturday’s event coming from several organizations such as Ating Pamilya Center, Kuya Street Children Center, and Pugad Don Bosco Center. President Aquino was accompanied by his sisters Ballsy AquinoCruz, Viel Aquino-Dee, Pinky Aquino-Abellada and actress Kris Aquino, Don Bosco’s provincial rector, Fr. Noel Osial, was also present during the activity. (AS)


Sarangani Capitol flooded with donations for Sendong victims by Beverly Paoyon

ALABEL, Sarangani – Dump trucks full of donated goods have been continuously arriving in the Capitol gym from drop off points across Sarangani province and General Santos City. More donors rushed with hundreds of sacks their relief goods to the of used clothing and gym Wednesday eve- boxes of food. ning, filling the entrance “Thank you Socsar-

gen for all the donations,” said Governor Migs Dominguez. “Two trucks have left full of

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clothes. I’ve requested for more trucks from Fast Cargo. Keep it coming.” As of Thursday morning, donations were still flooding the gym. At least three more ten-wheeler trucks are needed to load the cargo for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, said Ben Solarte, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO). Solarte said the public’s response to Governor Migs Dominguez’ call for donations was “overwhelming”, that PDRRMO volunteers were being dwarfed by the stockpile of donated relief goods for Sendong victims. The pouring in of donations from cash, rice, canned goods to other basic needs for the refood

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lief operation started on Monday after the governor convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to respond to the calamity wrought by Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao. As of mid-day Wednesday, total donations reached to 251 sacks of rice, 150 gallons and 35 cases of mineral water, 166 cases sardines, 207 boxes infant milk, and a box of medicines. Other donations include used clothing, footwear, bags, kitchen ware, tooth paste, toothbrush, etc. The Fast Cargo transport corporation, which dispatched two cargo wing vans for the first trip, had also volunteered to transport the remaining goods.

Solarte said the goods are delivered to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office in Region 10 while other supplies will be delivered to Xavier University. On Tuesday (December 20), Solarte said Sarangani had also sent its medical team to assist in the conduct of the medical mission in Region 10. The Sarangani Quick Response Team (QRT) and medical team headed by Dr. Roel Cagape were in barangay Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City for a medical mission and feeding program especially for children. The Sarangani QRT and medical team have been serving Cagayan de Oro barangays beginning Wednesday.

DOST-12 trains women on managing business COTABATO CITY -- Some 46 women in North Cotabato recently underwent a seminar on good manufacturing practices, food safety management system, packaging and labeling, courtesy of the regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-12). 12

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The seminar is in line with DOST-12’s advocacy to boost the capacity of women entrepreneurs in the province. Participants were from the seven municipalities of the PALMA-PB Alliance, including the towns of Pikit, Aleosan, Libungan, Midsayap, Alamada, Pigkawayan and Banisilan. Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji Raof Laidan, DOST-12 director, said the seminar was in partnership with the PALMA-PB Alliance in line with the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) project. “In coordination with the various stakeholders, the activity was the first in the series of projects that our office will implement for the benefit of the women sector in the region,” she said. Laidan also vowed to integrate the Gender and Development (GAD) concepts in the agency’s regional activities to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of women in the area. GREAT Women is a

governance and capacity development project which aims to promote and support a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly, those in microenterprises.

cies tapped to implement the project in North Cotabato, one of the eight identified priority provinces of the PCW for piloting of the GREAT Women project. With women economic empowerment

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has partnered with 12 national government agencies, 8 pilot provincial governments and 35 municipalities, to implement the five-year project with technical and financial support from the Canadian International Development Agency. DOST is among the national partner agen-

as ultimate goal, the project hopes to raise the level of participation that will enable women to make decisions based on their own views and perspectives. The expected outcomes of the process of partnering together for women’s empowerment include the following situations: women obtain increased access to economic and/

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or enterprise-related programs and services, better support services for women’s economic and enterprise endeavors, less constraints on women as a result of gender responsive roles and expectations, and better incomes, expanded capabilities and life opportunities. GAD and women’s

economic empowerment become valueadding perspectives to the way national government agencies and local government units develop and implement policies and plans relative to the MSME development, and deliver programs and services to women in livelihoods and microenterprises. DOST, as mandated,

integrates GAD and women’s economic empowerment perspectives in the provision of technical assistance for the skills and capacity building trainings in the identified priority provinces, including the PALMA-PB in North Cotabato province. (BKTagitican/ NPPahm/DOST12/ DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

Economic enterprise unit itatatag sa South Cotabato KORONADAL CITY – Pinaghahandaan ng mga opisyales ng South Cotabato ang pagtatatag sa susunod na taon ng economic enterprise unit na isailalim sa Tanggapan ng Gobernador ng lalawigan. Ang nasabing tanggapan ayon kay Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Ervin Luntao, na siya ring chairman ng Ways and Means Committee, ang mangangasiwa sa ibang mga pasilidad ng pamahalaang lokal upang maging produktibo ito at mapagkakitaan.

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ductivity and Technology Center (Protech), South Cotabato Sports Complex at ang tanyag Zip Line sa bayan ng Lake Sebu. Ayon kay Luntao, ang mga nasabing pasilidad, kung maayos na mapapangasiwaan ay malaki ang potensiyal para sa dagdag na kita para sa Pamahalaang Panlalawigan. Batay umano sa mga pag-aaral ng committee na kanyang pinamumunuan, ang Lake

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Sebu Zipline at ang South Cotabato Sports Gymnasium and Cultural Centern ang kumikita, subalit ito ay hindi sapat, ayon kay Luntao.

Sa pamamagitan umano ng pagtatatag ng economic enterprise unit magiging isang opisina na lamang ang mamamahala sa pagpapatakbo ng apat na pasilidad na kasalukuyan ay pinamamahalaan ng iba’t-ibang opisina, paliwanang ni Luntao. (Ac Agad)


City officials urged Butuanons to help flashflood victims by Robert E. Roperos

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utuan City government, through Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun, called on Butuanons to help flashflood victims in Cagayan de Oro and in Iligan City.

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In a text message sent to PIACaraga Regional Director and concurrent Head of PIA Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Abner Caga, the officials reiterated their call to the constituents of Butuan City to extend assistance to the victims of the neighboring cities Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The officials said the city government will be collecting slightlyused clothings, food items, blankets, and 16

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anything of valuable use for the flashflood victims in the two cities in Northern Mindanao. They added the collection point will be at the Butuan City Hall starting Thursday, Dec. 22. “So please start bringing items so we can send them by Wednesday next week,” the officials said. Amante and Fortun also enjoined the private and public offices in Butuan City to do the same. The officials fur-

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ther stressed canned food items are better than those that are easily get spoiled. “Cash donations are also accepted,” they added. Meanwhile, Amante has deployed the Butuan Search and Rescue Team (BuSART) in Cagayan de Oro to help in the on-going search and retrieval operations. In a related development, four dumptrucks loaded with dry goods and used clothings were sent by the city government of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte. The local government unit through Vice Mayor Harris Glenn Puyot also handed-in cash donation to the city government in Cagayan de Oro.


DPWH distributes Christmas ‘Bundles of Joy’ to indigents by Michael E. Conte

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – As part of its Christmas celebration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Surigao del Norte 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-2ND DEO) has distributed “Bundles of Joy” to identified indigents of Brgy. 1, Dapa, this province. Around 20 indigents received pre-Christmas gifts donated by the DEO employees. “Nagpasalamat jud ko og dako sa taga highway na waya kami kalimti kuman na pasko (I am very much thankful

to the (DEO) that they did not forget us this Christmas),” said Mrs. Florencia C. Esparrago, an indigent, who was one of the recipients. “We do this every year for the needy in the spirit of Christmas,” said

Mrs. Alice T. Boncaros of the DEO Administrative Section. Engineer Demelyn M. Castrence spearheaded the house to house gift giving activity which was assisted by Brgy. Officials. (DPWH 2nd DEO)

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Caraga reg’l health office provides public toy safety tips by Nora CL Molde BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOHCHD) Caraga regional office warns the public on the health hazards that can be acquired on substandard and toxic toys.

Giving gifts especially toys to children this holiday season is already a practice by most Filipinos that is why the DOH is providing tips and warnings to the public in order to a have safe celebration and to avoid the bad effects to one’s health. The DOH suggested that in buying toys, buyers should check on the packaging and look for the following information: License to Operate (LTO) number; name and address of licensee; recommended age of child; and warning signs. Based on the DOH advisory, a good toy is 18

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also characterized by the following: suitable to the child’s physical capabilities, mental and social development; appealing and interesting to the child; and well constructed, durable and safe for the child’s age. Also, DOH-Caraga cites the Do’s and Don’ts in toy safety, like, checking the labels on the packaging and observe precautions appearing in the labels to ensure the safety of the child; ensure that the child will play with a toy suited for his/her age under adult supervision; dispose plastic packaging accordingly and keep it out

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of reach of children; for children under age three, do not buy the following toys: balls with a diameter of 1.75 inches or less so as to prevent chocking; that easily breaks into small parts of pieces like glass or brittle plastics. Furthermore, toys containing small detachable parts or pieces which could become lodged in the throat; with sharp points and edges; with electrical parts, unless supervised by an adult; with parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes or hair; with parts put together by straight pins, sharp wires or nails that are exposed.


Zambo fire victims get cash aid from city by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - 25 family-victims of fire incidents that occurred in October and November received their cash aid from the city Monday.

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“The city government released Monday the total amount of P90,500.00 in cash assistance to 25 families whose houses and other personal belongings had been razed by fires that broke out in the different barangays of this city in the months of October and November, this year,” said Vic Larato of the City Information Office. Larato said the cash incentives were personally handed to the victims by Mayor Celso Lobregat himself in a simple ceremony held at the City Hall conference room. Larato said the mayor distributed “cash assistance at P5,000 for each owner of totally damaged houses,

P3,000 for each owner of partially damaged houses, P3,000 for each house sharer and renter, and P1,500 for each boarder.” “Of the total recipients, 13 families received P5,000 each for a total of P65,000; 9 received P3,000 each for a total of P27,000 and 3 received P1,500 each for a total of P4,500,” Larato specified. It can be recalled, a fire broke out on October 18 in Barangay Tetuan (Lustre), leaving 5 families homeless. Two of them had their houses totally damaged, 1 partially damaged and 2 boarders. Larato narrated “on October 23, another fire incident was reported in

Camino Nuevo with three families affected. The following day, a house was gutted down by fire in Upper Calarian. And still a day later, Ocober. 25, a fire engulfed 11 closelyknit houses in Canelar: 6 totally damaged, 2 partially damaged with 3 boarders.” Larato further recounted, “On November 1 during the observance of All Saints’ Day, a fire broke out in Barangay Lunzuran, leaving a house totally damaged and another partially. On November 9, two fire incidents occurred; one in Tumaga that affected two houses, and the other in Pasonanca with one house totally damaged. (JPA/V.Larato/City Hall/ PIA 9-ZamBasulTa)

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With the collective efforts of the men and women, the DPWH IX ranked second (2) nationwide as far as implementation of infrastructure projects for CY 2011-2009 Current Year and Carry Over Projects, completing 330 as of November 30, 2011. Despite of the peace and order problem in some parts of the peninsula, Region IX achieved a physical accomplishment of 65.60% of the 432 programmed projects for the year. This sums up to Php 3, 752, 495.6B allocated amount for project implementation under the leadership

of DPWH IX Regional Director Jorge U. Sebastian, Jr. For CY 2011, DPWH IX completed 47 projects, with a total of Php 2, 512, 195B. Funds for the lump sum allocation and Various Infrastructure and Local Projects (VILP) allocation was released on the second week of November were the twenty (20) additional projects are on its pre-construction stage as of to date. With this, Region IX was rated no. 3 nationwide. These roads and bridges, school buildings, water system, multi-purpose buildings,

flood control and drainage systems constructed in various areas in the region are concrete evidence that the DPWH has carried out its mandate in ensuring the safety and quality of infrastructure facilities. RD Sebastian said this accomplishment is a result of Region IX employees’ commitment in focusing the Department’s Mission and Vision, and continuous support from the national and local officials and leaders in various communities for good governance. (JPA/MVC/ PIA9-ZBST/DPWH 9)

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Zambo Lady Solon votes for Corona’s impeachment by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Zamboanga City 1st District Representative Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar threw her hat in favor of impeaching embattled Supreme Court Justice Renato Corona.

The lady solon cited eight grounds that she believed is applicable to remove Corona from his post, adding that there are still others for discussion. “There were other points of impeachment which we weighed to decide”, Climaco-Salazar said. Salazar said these grounds include be22

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trayal of public trust; culpable violation of the Constitution; and graft and corruption to name a few. Under the Constitution, an impeachment complaint should gather at least a third of the lower house members’ vote for it to move. On Monday, the complaint, initiated by Iloilo Congressman Neil Tupas,

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gathered 188 supporters out of the 285 congressmen, more than the minimum signatures needed. Salazar explained that the eight articles of impeachment also specifically cites the “undue closeness” of Justice Corona to former President and now Pampanga 3rd District Representative Gloria MacapagalArroyo, who is facing charges of electoral sabotage. Salazar said the complaint was already forwarded to the Senate for further action. She added that by next year, they, the Senate and Congress, will convene as an impeachment court and give Justice Corona 10 days to answer all allegations against him. (JPA/MVC/PIA-ZBST)


4ID conducts relief, rehabilitation efforts

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he 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army is conducting relief and rehabilitation operations in all affected barangays by tropical storm Sendong here in Cagayan de Oro City.

The division will also conduct a medical mission though an AFP medical team, headed by Col. Jocelyn P. Turla, composed of 20 medical practitioners. Another medical team from Manila headed by 2Lt. Peter James Garcia also arrived here. Meanwhile, the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army from Bukidnon sent their engineering equipment to help remove the debris in several barangays here that were left by Sendong. The Army Engineers also cleared the roads that were blocked caused by said disaster.

MGen. Victor A. Felix, Commander, 4ID, ordered soldiers to help in the packing and distribution of relief goods to the typhoon victims. Candidate soldiers have also been mobilized to conduct clean-up operations in the city. The Philippine Air Force’ Tactical Operation Group-10 and the Philippine Navy assigned in the area of 4ID were also requested to continue helping the city. These two military units were very active in the rescue operations during the height of the typhoon’s slaughter. Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Many Kagay-anons were saved by the Air Force and Navy, especially those that were swept to the sea. They were also responsible in the retrieval of floating dead bodies off the coast of Jasaan, Balingoan, andBalingasag municipalities, even those around Camiguin Province. (4ID)

37% of water supply operations restored in Central Service area -- COWD by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - “We are starting to gradually restore partial operations of the system and we shall be working towards the stabilization of the water supply in some areas very soon,” an media advisory from the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) said. In its latest advisory, the COWD announced that Production Wells Numbers 2, 8, and 16, are already operational and that they have bypassed their Booster Pumping Station and these sources are being directly fed to their distribution system. “This means a recovery of about 37 percent of the supply lost in the Central

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Service area,” the COWD further said. With this development, the COWD shall be constrained to close exit points by strictly controlling access to the hydrants except those which have been designated as point sources. “This is necessary to build enough pressure in the system so distribution to the households can be readily facilitated,” the COWD added. According to the COWD, Rio Verde also has issued a formal notice that rehabilitation of their facilities is estimated be completed by 180 days, but, they are exerting their best efforts to resume delivery of treated water to COWD within 30 days from December 20, 2011. In the meantime, the water district


is advising residents of Nazareth and neighboring vicinities to check their connection for water flow which is expected to be of lower pressure than the usual. Water delivery is also continually being facilitated to the different areas in the city through the assigned fire trucks, tankers and trucks. The COWD is also appealing to the public to deal with the temporary water supply shortage with patience and sobriety citing the public’s cooperation would contribute a lot towards the

immediate restoration of normal water supply. The COWD made the appeal following reports that pipelines in their distribution system where water is available have been intentionally perforated and cut by some residents to source their water supply. “Cables, engine, motor parts and other appurtenances have also been looted from our production facilities making the current situation even worse,” the COWD said.

City officials to spend Christmas in evacuation centers by Jayson P. Leguiab

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY– Three days before Christmas, Cagayan De Oro City officials serving in the city government’s relief efforts may spend Christmas with evacuees in evacuation centers around the city. “The relief efforts will not stop during Christmas, as long as they (evacuees) are here, we will always be present to provide them their basic needs,” Office of the City Mayor Population Program Officer Ma. Lina T. Maagad said in Filipino during an interview. Maagad highlighted the importance of letting the evacuees feel that assistance is readily available when they need it due to the traumatic experience brought to them by the “Sendong” tragedy. “Masaya sila kapag may nakikita silang nakaantabay dito para tulungan sila kung kinakailangan,” (The evacuees feel happy when they physically see authorities in the area standing by in case they need assistance.) Maagad said.

There is no definite time as to the duration of the evacuees’ stay in the centers. At present, city officials’ focus remains on ensuring that they respond to the immediate needs of the victims housed in temporary shelters around the city.

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Davao Region unemployment rate hits 3-year low by Rudolph Ian Alama

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he unemployment rate in Davao Region has hit a 3-year low this according to figures from the Department of Labor and Employment.

According to DOLE-XI Regional Director Atty. Joffrey Suyao, an unemployment figure taken from January to July 2011 is pegged at 5.8%. This is lower compared to the 6.1% unemployment rate of 2010. The unemployment rate in 2009 registered 5.9%. The region has an employment rate of 94.2% as compared to national average of 92.9%. “Although the growth is small, but this is something we can build upon.” Suyao said, optimistic of rosier chances in the economy for the next year. Suyao credits the current construction boom with the building of hotels and malls, the entry of more investments as current drivers for employment growth. He added that peace and order continues to be the main attraction of the region particu26

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larly in Davao City. According to the National Statistics Coordination Board; the jobless rate in the country for 2011 (January to October year) hit at around 6.4%. This is the lowest jobless rate since 2007 when it unemployment rate registered 6.3%. The employment growth translated to 2.1 million jobs created from January to October of this year. According to Press Secretary Edwin Lacierda, the jobs growth is a manifestation of government’s efforts to create a conducive business and investment environment.


Indayog Festival 2011 draws participation from dance enthusiasts in Mindanao TAGUM CITY-Considered to be Mindanao’s largest gathering of dancing enthusiasts and the island’s biggest dance festival, Tagum City’s Indayog Festival ended December 18, 2011 with a bold celebration of dance development program as a catalyst for peace and harmony. Now on its fourth year, the fiveday festival featured competitions on different dance genres such as cheerleading competition, contemporary dance, dance sports, folk dance, hiphop dance showdown and indigenous dance. This year’s Indayog Festival also featured outreach performances in nearby municipalities as well as the Mindanao Dance Sports Educators Forum. Clinching the championship trophy for the Indigenous Dance Competition was the Madayaw Cultural Ensemble followed by the Bukidnon State University College as first runner up, Bahaghari Cultural Ensemble as second runner up and Indak Kabataan Dance Troupe as first honorable mention. In Traditional Folk Dance (National Open), the UM Kalumunan Theatrical Dance Group grabbed the championship trophy while the La Filipina National High School was declared

first runner up and the Bukidnon State University as second runner up. Christian Bernal and Ritcel Anne Limsan was declared as champion in juvenile category for the dance sports competition. Grabbing the top plum for the adult category for the same competition was Jack Tan Nery and Regel Lucero. The Bukidnon State University Hip Hoppers went home victorious as champion for the Hip Hop National Open followed by Infinity Davao and AYLA Attraction as first and second runners up, respectively. The group from BSU was also declared champion in the contemporary dance competition with the Arriesgado College Foundation trailing behinf as first runner up and Letran de Davao as second runner up. General Santos City’s Holy Trinity College left the crowd in awe in their mouth-dropping cheerleading performance enough for them to grab the championship trophy. Tagoloan Community College finished as first runner up followed by Holy Trinity High School and the Infinity Elite All Stars. All of the winners each received cash prizes ranging from 2000 pesos to as high as 30,000 pesos courtesy of the City Government of Tagum and the City of Tagum Tourism Council. Saturday, December 24, 2011

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regional gallery Contemporary Dancers from Bukidnon gracefully danced during the competition staged at the freedom park. This is one of the competitions in the 4th Indayog Festival in Tagum City. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum

A dancer tumbles in mid-air during the 4th Indayog Festival’s Hip Hop Dance Competition. Photo by Francis Abrenica of CIO Tagum

Hip-hop dancers groove it up during the Hip Hop Dance Competition last December 17 in front of the City Hall of Tagum. Photo by Francis Abrenica of CIO Tagum

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