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Cover Story

Celebrating Christmas the LGU way

Dani Doguiles Central Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 133


Across the Nation:



U.S. gives $100,000 for ‘Sendong’ victims


SP GenSan to pass ordinance protecting integrity of crime scene


Regional News:

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Central Mindanao

DSWD 12 sumasangguni sa mga Civil Society Group, Business Sectors

CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

PCSO reg’l office to rise in Agusan Norte capitol compound

Jay Vincent V. Demain, Caraga Region

Police office appoints OIC Noel B. Najarro, Caraga Region

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Tawi-Tawi gets P1B of P8.5B ARMM stimulus fund

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Smokers urged to observe anti-smoking ordinance


UN and humanitarian partners appeal for US$28 million for immediate needs of flash flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in southern Philippines

Western Mindanao

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

DENR calls for collaborative efforts of all sectors, citizenry in regreening our environment L.Calvez, Northern Mindanao

Northern Mindanao


Bright hopes for mining industry

Jeanevive Abangan, Southern Mindanao

Cover Story Celebrating Christmas the LGU way by Dani Doguiles


his is a given: Filipinos celebrate Christmas longer than any nation in the entire world.

Christmas carols, greeting of “Merry Christmas” – even giving hints on what sorts of gift we want to receive from our friends ang loved ones -- start on the first day



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of September and lasts until past January 6. In roughly a decade, another trend has increasingly become popular: local government units spear-

heading Christmas festivities for their constituents. Soccsksargen Region is never one to be left out. Let’s consider some I personally believe are most notable Christmas celebrations this year. Magpet, North Cotabato: Christmas for the Environment This municipality, which sits within the slopes of the majestic Mt. Apo, the country’s tallest mountain, celebrates the yuletide season with utmost concern for the environment. Taking off as “Pasko sa Basura” four years ago, the celebration is now called 3K party: “Kinaiyahan Kasadya sa Kapaskuhan.” All decorations in the town’s plaza are made mostly of indigenous and recyclable materials. All other activities in the event, albeit just a day, are focused on underlining the importance of the protection of Mother Earth. In his message during the 3K party on December 16, Mayor Efren Piñol, challenged his constituents: “Let us unite to save our environment before it is too late.”

lights,” says Boyet Reyes, a resident of Kidapawan City who dropped by the town plaza on his way to General Santos City. “I am already late for an appointment, I couldn’t help but park my car and take pictures,” he said. Every pine tree within the town plaza is also filled with lights in red, orange green, blue and many other colors. The town plaza is perfect for friends to hang out until the wee hours or individuals who simply want to sit on one of the benches or the park’s lawn and listen to the Christmas song playing from the

For the first time in four years -reportedly also the first in the entire North Cotabato -- Magpet constituents released about 200 paper lanterns that turned the town’s skyline into a simpler version of a sky lantern scene in Disney movie, Tangled. Tupi, South Cotabato: Ablaze in Lights “It looks like the entire town hall is covered in a giant blanket of Sunday, December 25, 2011


LGU’s sound system. Tupi’s “Paskuhan ng Bayan” kicked off on December 17 with a torch parade participated by hundreds of residents. Highlights of the festivities include nightly band competition, , singing competition, gift-giving for children, amateur boxing competition, among others. Activities culminate on December 23. South Cotabato Provincial Government: December Fest Of all the LGU-based Christmas celebrations in the entire Soccsksargen Region, only South Cotabato has successfully mixed merriments, private-public partnership, and delivery of social services in one package. From December 9 until December 23, the province’s Productivity and Technology (Protech) Center becomes a venue of nightly live bands, singing contests, and shows from 6:00 pm until midnight. Each day, a partner of the provincial government -- to name a few: Sagittarius Mines, Inc., private and public schools, DepEd, Socoteco -sponsors presentation that showcase the province’s unique pool of talents in dancing, singing, stage play, etc. Unlike most Christmas celebrations, South Cotabato makes sure that amidst the jubilations of the 15-day celebration, residents gain more than festivities. The provincial government has partnered with DOLE for a jobs fair. This year, a total of 23 local and foreign em6


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ployers offered hundreds of jobs. The LGU and the DOST also conducted livelihood trainings and business seminars purposely to develop local entrepreneurs. The provincial government also sets a night wholly devoted to children. One December 22, hundreds of children came to the provincial capitol grounds for a night of party, food, gift-giving, and games. For the activity, the provincial government has partnered with the three malls in Koronadal City, a giant food chain (which provided party mascots), and other private partners. Yearly, the capitol compound turns into a Christmas village of lights and sounds perfect for pic-

ture-taking and get-together. Last year, a giant Santa Claus straddled the main building’s canopy; this year, a nativity scene, complete with life-size camels and sheep, takes center stage. General Santos City: Honoring its Champion’s Yearly, the city government of General Santos City in partnership with the barangay councils, transforms the city’s oval plaza into a “Paskuhan Village,” a showcase of culture, tourism and economic richness of the twenty-six barangays of the Tuna Capital. A tour in the Paskuhan Village is like a quick visit to the major attractions of the city’s 26 barangays.

Barangay Fatima’s booth has a replica of the international airport. That of the Barangay Ligaya, known for it’s poultry industry has a “Santa Nok” (a santa chicken) with a giant egg. Booths of 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 these barangays with fishing as the main source of income. This year, Gensan’s Christmas celebration, tagged “Kampeon ang Pasko sa Gensan” pays tribute the personalities who have made a name for themselves and the city. World boxing champion hails from Barangay Labangal while Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup comes from Barangay Katangawan. Other personalities that have achieved stardom include actor Gerard Anderson, actress-comedienne Melai Cantiveros, boxer Nonito Donaire, and dance group XB-Gensan. These are only four of the several LGUs I have visited these year. In fact, wherever one may visit in the four provinces and five cities of Soccsksargen Region and the barangays plazas are adorned with lights and decorations that remind us that the last quarter of each year, is a Merry Christmas. Sunday, December 25, 2011




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Task force created to unify and strengthen performance monitoring of national government agencies


resident Benigno S. Aquino III has created an inter-agency task force that will simplify, harmonize and further boost the monitoring and reporting systems of the performance of national government agencies. Sunday, December 25, 2011


Administrative Order No. 25, signed by the President on December 21, seeks the development of a collaborative instrument that will warrant “a unified and integrated” Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) across all department and agencies in government. “In line with the President’s commitment to streamline processes and systems in the bureaucracy, as well as his administration’s commitment to transparency, accountability, participatory and effective governance, our office initiated efforts to bring into line and integrate government performance monitoring systems,” said Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Sunday. “We conducted several meetings on this with NEDA, Presidential Management Staff (PMS), DBM, CSC and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), and 10

it was the consensus that there is a need for a cost-effective and integrated framework to simplify existing reporting mechanisms used by the oversight agencies and ensure that the data requirements are met by the reports submitted by the government agencies,” he added. According to Ochoa, various oversight agencies currently employ different performance monitoring and reporting systems within the Executive Branch that have resulted in redundant data, reports in different formats, delay in submissions, inaccurate results and inefficiencies in performance monitoring evaluation and reporting. To date, oversight agencies such as the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) uses Results Matrix (RM); the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Organizational Perfor-

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mance Indicators Framework (OPIF); the Civil Service Commission, Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS); and Career Executive Service Board (CESB), the Career Executive Service Performance Evaluation System (CESPES). But with the creation of the inter-agency task force, Ochoa said a Common Set Performance Scorecard and Government Executive Information System shall be de-

veloped and designed, among others, towards addressing deficiencies and duplication in the present performance monitoring systems and processes. Ochoa said the RM and OPIF shall be the underlying framework for the proposed RBPMS, which will be used by all government agencies mandated to exercise broad oversight over the performance of all agencies. The harmonized RBPMS, he added, shall also be used for de-

termining entitlement to performance-based allowances, incentives, or compensation of government personnel. “In order to attain Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact status, the Philippine government had previously committed three Policy Improvement Processes (PIPs) to further improve good governance. One of them is the introduction and institutionalization of a balanced scorecard framework,” Ochoa noted. “So, there is a need for this unification of the efforts of government agencies mandated to exercise broad oversight of government agencies’ performance relative to our commitments and targets, as well as the National Leadership’s Agenda and Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.” The Executive Secretary added this effort also strengthens public institu-

tions in order to regain the trust and confidence of the public in government. “This measure is one big step toward the specific goal of strengthening the capacity of government institutions to link their respective budgets with performance outcomes and enabling citizens and civil society to monitor and evaluate these.” Under AO 25, the inter-agency task force shall compose of the DBM, as chair with the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) as co-chair. Members of the task force include the NEDA, PMS and the Department of Finance (DOF). Other government oversight offices like the CSC and the CESB shall also be involved in the inter-agency task force in order to align the SPMS and CESPES to the proposed RBPMS. The Commission on Audit and the Office of the Ombudsman may also be invited by the task force to provide in-

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sights on the harmonization process. The private sector will likewise be involved in the task force through the National Competitiveness Council for the purpose of providing inputs and aligning other performance management systems with the proposed unified RBPMS. The DAP, meanwhile, shall serve as the Secretariat of the inter-agency

task force as well as its technical resource institution, according to the President’s directive. President Aquino also directed the task force to submit to him within six months its recommendation on the RBPMS through the Executive Secretary. Funding for the task force shall be provided for by the DBM.

U.S. gives $100,000 for ‘Sendong’ victims

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he United States has given $ 100,000 (P4.3 million) to support the Philippine government’s rehabilitation efforts for victims of tropical storm “Sendong” in Central Visayas and Northern Sunday, December 25, 2011

Delivering on a pledge by United States President Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. announced the aid after President Benigno S. Aquino III officially declared a state of national calamity in the Philippines while visiting devastated barangays of Northern Mindanao earlier in the week. Thomas announced his government’s assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID)

Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), which will partner with U.S.based non-governmental organization Catholic Relief Services. USAID and OFDA teams visited the floodstricken areas in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Their assessments will determine whether additional U.S. funding might be needed, according to the U.S. embassy. “On behalf of the U.S. government and the American people, I extend

my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to those who have suffered the tragic loss of loved ones, homes, and livelihoods due to floods caused by Tropical Storm Sendong,” Thomas said “From our discussions with the Philippine authorities, it appears that among the immediate needs of flood-affected communities are non-food emergency supplies, including water purification tablets, hygiene kits, and containers for potable water, so the United States’ initial contribution in this instance will be used to provide these types of items to the most-affected individuals in Mindanao,” Thomas added. “As a good friend and long-standing development partner, the United States will continue our work with the Philippine government and remain committed to help Filipinos overcome this great tragedy,” the U.S. Ambassador also said.

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PNP 12’s OPLAN Yuletide Season in place by Olive Sudaria GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Philippine National Police, region XII has set operational guidelines and procedures for the security coverage and other public safety measures during the yuletide season.



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In his directive to the provincial and city directors of PNP XII, director Police Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele ordered the strict enforcement of fire cracker zone, police presence at all churches and intensified inspections of firecracker/pyrotechic warehouses and manufacturing sites. Mantele also ordered the strict enforcement of police checkpoint operations to prevent proliferation of loose firearms and implement intensified intelligence operations. The PNP, he said, will implement appropriate measures to prevent police personnel and other gun holders from illegally discharging their firearms during the yuletide season. The PNP XII director

said the PNP will deploy Route Safety Marshals for motorists and establish assistance hubs for the general public, handicapped, disabled and elderly during the season, particularly at the different places of convergence. Mantele disclosed the intensified drive for security and public safety in view of the traditional Yuletide Season which starts with a nine-day novena, “Simbang Gabi� in Catholic Churches all over the country and extends up to the first week of January. During this period, he continued, economic activities and influx of people particularly in urban centers are expected to increase which may trigger

the increase of street crimes, traffic congestion and traffic accidents. Mantele said the situation might also be taken advantaged of by terrorists and other criminal elements in carrying out their nefarious activities. Likewise, the PNP official pointed out, the traditional way of using firecrackers and other pyrotechnics to celebrate Christmas and New Year may result to accidents causing loss of lives and damage to properties. OPLAN Yuletide Season is a coordinative efforts of the Department of Health, the local government units and other government and non-government agencies, Mantele added.

SP GenSan to pass ordinance protecting integrity of crime scene by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government here is set to formulate an ordinance to ensure the integrity of crime scenes.

The Sangguniang mittee on Public Order to initiate soon the passPanlungsod (SP) Com- and Safety is expected ing of the ordinance for Sunday, December 25, 2011


the smooth conduct of the collection of physical evidence in crime scenes. This is to protect the integrity of evidence at any given crime scene, City councilor Dante Vicente, chair of the SP Committee on Public Order and Safety, said. Dante has earlier called for a committee hearing to “purposely hear the side of cops in the 8 police precincts” here. The Scene of the Crime Operative or SOCO as primary responsible entity in collecting physical evidence in crime



scenes was also invited to the discussion. Usually, police put a yellow line to cordon crime scenes in order to preserve pieces of evidence so it will not be accessed by anyone other than the investigators, Dante explained. The SOCO office based here said investigators must “protect and preserve” traces and pieces of evidence in its entirety as they are vital to the investigation to be able to solve any crime. A SOCO official here also said processing a crime scene entails a keen and imagi-

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native mind to carefully collect physical evidence that is accurate and helpful to the case being investigated. Dante said the proposed ordinance will prevent bystanders or any “unauthorized persons to go inside the police line or yellow line.” The measure shall “identify the persons allowed inside the police line,” Dante said. Violators of the would-be ordinance will be punished with a fine of P5,000 or an imprisonment of 15 days or both.

DSWD 12 sumasangguni sa mga Civil Society Group, Business Sectors KORONADAL CITY —Kasalukuyang pinapalakas ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Region 12 ang tatlong pangunahing programa nito laban sa kahirapan sa tulong ng matatag na partisipasyon ng civil society groups at pribadong sector sa paglaban sa kahirapan. Ayon kay Gemma Rivera, assistant regional director ng DSWD-12, ang partisipasyon ng mga civil society organization o CSO bilang gabay, bantay, kaagapay at tulay ay upang palakasin palakasin ang pagpuksa sa kahirapan sa rehiyon. Gayunpaman, patuloy ang paghikayat ng ahensya sa boluntaryong partisipasyon ng business sector at iba pang non-government organization. Ang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive at Integrated Delivery ng Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) at Self-Employment AssistanceKaunlaran (Sea-K) ay tatlong pangunahing programa ng DSWD na saklaw ng DSWD convergence

framework. Kabilang sa mga CSO na handang mabigay ng aktibong paglahok sa DSWD Convergence Framework ay ang Kadtuntaya Foundation Inc., United Youth of the Philippines o UNYPHIL, PASALI Gen Santos, Mahintana Foundation, ChildFund, World Vision, Hauman Foundation, Don Bosco Foundation B’laan Self-help Inc., Tribal Leaders Development Foundation, , at iba pa. Ang mga sektor na nabangit ay boluntary-

ong lalahok batay sa kanilang interes, bilang Bantay sa pamamagitan ng pagsagawa ng anticorruption campaign, Gabay sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng technical assistance, Kaagapay sa pamamagitan ng pagpatupad ng povertyreduction projects, o bilang Tulay sa pamamagitan ng pagpatupad ng feedback at pagmamanman sa mekanismo ng mga tatlong programa. Ayon kay Rivera, ang mekasnimong ito ng pamahalaan ay magbibigay ng pagkakataon sa mga partner nito ng rekomendasyon para lalo pang maiangat nito ang ang kampanyang transparency, accountability at participatory ng mga programa ng DSWD. (DSWD-12/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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Brgy. Kauswagan residents in CdO thanked Butuanons, Agusanons by Robert E. Roperos


esidents of Barangay Kauswagan in Cagayan de Oro City thanked the people of Butuan and the Agusanons for the relief extended to them after typhoon “Sendong� devastated the area last week.

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The relief operations, spearheaded by Bombo Radyo in Butuan, have gain positive response from people of Butuan and the neighboring municipalities and provinces of Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur, and were able to collect used clothings and other relief goods such as noodles, canned goods, rice, etc. The distribution was made in Barangay Kauswagan on Friday morning with two of Bombo Radyo anchormen/reporters leading the event: Bom-

bo Roniel Cinco and Bombo Steb Paican, in cooperation with their sister-station Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro through Assistant Station Manager Mark Alvarez. With this development, the management of Bombo Radyo Butuan and Cagayan de Oro also extended their heartfelt thanks to those who responded to the call of their stations to help the flashflood victims in the area. In a related development, the city government here is also conducting relief

operations as Mayor Amante and Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun are appealing to all Butuanons to extend help to the people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities by donating relief goods, items and other things that can still be used. The officials further reiterated that they are still accepting donations from all sectors of society. Furthermore, the officials said those who wish to donate may bring their donations to the city hall here, as this will be brought to the affected areas as soon as possible. Also, it was learned that local government units in Caraga Region are conducting relief operations in their areas of responsibilities to help the victims.

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PCSO reg’l office to rise in Agusan Norte capitol compound by Jay Vincent V. Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE – A regional Office of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will soon be built inside the capitol compound. This, after the provincial government here gave its go signal by virtue of a resolution. Through Sanggunian Resolution No. 2902011, it allowed PCSO to occupy 728 square-meter lot adjacent to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan office which will be used for the construction of its regional branch to serve as its Provincial District Office here in the prov20


ince. According to PCSO officials, the agency chose the provincial capitol for its strategic location, accessibility to human traffic and cost-efficient in terms of lease found most advantageous to the government. Under the terms of a memorandum of agreement between PCSO and the provincial government, the agency will

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lease the lot for a period of 50 years, renewable for another 25 years. Upon the expiration of the agreement, the building and its improvements shall become the property of the province. Building construction will start six months after the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. (Agusan del Norte PIO)

Police office appoints OIC by Noel B. Najarro BUTUAN CITY – A new officer-incharge assumed the reins of the Butuan City Police Office as City Director Police Senior Supt. Jose V. Carillo is moving up to his new designation as a staff member of the aviation security group (AVSEG) national office.

In a well-attended turnover rites held at the newly inaugurated multi-purpose hall and mini-library of the BCPO headquarters held recently, Senior Supt. Carillo ended his ten-month stint as director of the city police force in a novel manner – he delivered his relinquishment message through a poem entitled “Ang Una at Huling Paalam.” Taking over his post as an officer-in-charge, pursuant to Section 2 of the same order in his concurrent capacity as the acting chief of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division of PRO 13 is Police Supt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Jr. Attending the turn-over rites were top city officials led by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., the guest of honor and speaker of the occasion, Hon. Ryan Anthony Culima, chair of the city council Com-

mittee on Police Matters, Public Safety and Order and former City Councilor Salvador “Benjie” Calo top regional and city police officials led by CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal and the counterpart from the Philippine Army led by Lt. Col. Ferdinand Napuli, of the Philippine Army Special Forces. Carillo in his relinquishment “poem” consisting of 13stanzas started with its general introduction or preliminaries. Supt. Obaldo in his message of acceptance mentioned that assuming as BCPO chief was least expected by him after his relief as city chief of San Fernando City, La Union also of December 15, last year after a 2-year and three months tour of duty. He admitted that the present task assigned to him is a tough and challenging one. Among the guidelines he will issue are:discipline, the strict implementation of the “tamang-

bihis” program, enhancement of the police-community relations and intensified crime prevention and resolution. Mayor Amante in his brief message pointed out that the changing of the guards was done in commitment to the maintenance of peace and order. He described the occasion as both exciting and nostalgic. Meanwhile, he also outlined his expectations for the incoming police chief such as: a strong leadership among his subordinates, strict implementation of discipline among the ranks, must be active and visible on the field, should not compromise his position with offers from gambling lords and illegal drug traffickers, pro-active in crime prevention and in the maintenance of peace and order, be innovative in his ways, an advocate for antiillegal logging, mining and drug trafficking, and must be honest.

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Dipolog earmarks P43.89-M for infra projects by Franklin P. Gumapon



he city government here has allocated some P43.89 million for the implementation of its infrastructure projects programmed for this year.





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A report released by the City Engineering Office (CEO) disclosed that the said amount was used in the construction of new school buildings, water supply, drainage canals, farm dikes, cold storage condenser pad at the Dipolog fish port, improvement of the city memorial garden, expansion of the city jail dormitory, repair of school buildings, and many others. Mayor Evelyn TangUy said these infrastructure projects had been implemented to provide the people with the needed infrastructures and to help facilitate the delivery of social services to the public. In a related development, the city government has also in-



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tensified its campaign against illegal drugs and all forms of criminality to keep the city peaceful and orderly. It can be recalled that a number of drug pushers have been arrested in drug buy bust

operations jointly conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Team David from January to December this year. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zambo. Norte)

Tawi-Tawi gets P1B of P8.5B ARMM stimulus fund ISABELA CITY – Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali hailed the Aquino administration for allotting to his province P1billion out of the P8.5-billion stimulus fund it programmed to hasten development in the 22-year old Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Sunday, December 25, 2011



“We are very grateful to President Aquino’s administration for providing our province a share of P1billion from the P8.5billion stimulus fund for ARMM. The amount will propel our efforts in bringing our province to greater heights,” Gov. Sahali said after learning from officials of the Aquino government about his province’s share. Sahali said the P8.5 billion stimulus fund allotted for the autonomous region under the “ARMM Transition and Investment Support Plan” is derived from the P72billion saved by the current national leadership from cancelling project contracts under the past regime. The saving is now termed as a national stimulus package of the Aquino administration, he said.



“Thank you, Mr. President, for your concern and kindness to us. The provincial government and the people of Tawi-Tawi is so grateful for the P1 billion allotted to improve our province’s socio-economic condition,” Sahali said. He said that all the projects lined-up under the P1 billion stimulus package are geared towards poverty alleviation and improvement of the socio-economic condition of the province, which is known to be the country’s poorest zone. According to him, the provincial offices of DPWH in Tawi-Tawi got P240 million; Department of Health, P140-M; Department of Agriculture, P91-M; Department of Science and Technology, P3.6-M; Department of Interior and Local Government, P80-M;

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Department of Transportation and Communications, P30-M; Department of Energy, P200-M and their Electric Cooperative, P200-M. Sahali said the projects funded out of P1-billion will greatly help his province and its people, adding that implementation of the development programs will also provide additional employment to his constituents. He said his province’s share from the stimulus fund also includes welfare projects like cash-for-work programs, construction of additional daycare centers and core shelters, supplemental feedings, and various infrastructure projects like irrigations and farm-to-market roads. (JPA/BPI-ARMM/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

Smokers urged to observe anti-smoking ordinance DIPOLOG CITY - Smokers beware while in the city. To avoid penalty and/or getting detained for violating the city’s anti-smoking ordinance, the smokers have been reminded not to smoke inside the public buses/jeepneys, restaurants, malls, marketplaces and other public places within the city. Reports from the City Information Office (CIO) disclosed

that most smokers apprehended last month were coming from the neighboring towns. Many of these violators were caught smoking in “enclosed public places” such as night clubs, said the CIO. With this, the city government through the City Health Office

(CHO) is appealing to the public to always follow the law. It can be recalled that the city government came up with the anti-smoking ordinance in support of the Department of Health’s (DOH) campaign against smoking, which has already taken toll on the health of millions of people worldwide. The DOH has conferred on the city government the pink orchid awards in recognition of its full support to the anti-smoking drive. (JPA/FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

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PNP steps-up Sendong rescue, recovery, retrieval operations by Elaine O. Ratunil


he Philippine National Police (PNP) has stepped-up its operation in helping Sendongstricken Northern Mindanao. PNP Chief Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome, in his visit, Thursday, to cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, said he has ordered the deployment of additional police elements in the region for the continuing rescue, recovery and retrieval operations. As of yesterday, the PNP has already deployed at least 300 police officers coming from regional offices of Region 11, Caraga and Special Action 26


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Force (SAF), Bartolome revealed. He further said all other regional offices of the PNP are on alert status should there be a need for additional augmentation in regard to the operation. Police Chief Inspector Regina Abanales, chief, Regional Public Information Office (RPIO)-Police Regional Office (PRO)-10, on the other

Oro. Abanales, however, said they did not include those houses that were not yet occupied back by the homeowners. Meanwhile, PNP Crime Laboratory dispatched 10-man team to conduct dead victim identification (DVI) in Cagayan de Oro City. PDG Bartolome visited Iligan and Cagayan de Oro to oversee the continuing rescue, hand, said 150 elements from the Caraga region are assigned in Iligan recovery and retrieval operations of city and started to clear the streets the PNP. Bartolome also headed the of Orchids Subdivision from rubble, logs, mud and damaged vehicles and distribution of relief goods in selected helped the residents recover their evacuation centers in the two (2) belongings as well as assisting them cities amounting to P1 Million each in clearing mud and debris from their city containing a pail, pair of slipper, houses. The other 96 personnel from bottled water and food packs. During his visit to Macasandig Region 11 are assigned in Cagayan de evacuation center in Cagayan de Oro,

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he revealed to the affected families that more relief goods are coming and these are just the initial batch of relief goods being distributed. Pregnant women were given priority to receive the relief goods during the visit. PNP band also played Christmas carols during the distribution. He also visited the wake of SPO1 Chalon Edrote who was killed when he was swept away by the flash flood. He also visited other police officers who were affected by Sendong. Meantime, he reiterated the order of President Benigno S. Aquino III to prevent affected residents from returning to the danger areas in the city following the flash flood caused by Sendong that killed hundreds of people, December 17.

Bartolome said those residents should remain and stay in the evacuation center while the government is still looking for relocation sites and the PNP will always be ready to assist them. Asked on the capability of the PNP in responding disaster, Bartolome said it is included in their module to train personnel among its ranks on disaster response like this the moment any aspirants join the force. Abanales added the PNP needs equipment to be used for disaster response. It is difficult to respond such disaster if there is no equipment to be used, Abanales clarified.

DENR calls for collaborative efforts of all sectors, citizenry in regreening our environment CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources urged for a unified effort in conserving the country’s natural resources in the aftermath of the killer flash flood spawned by tropical storm Sendong in some parts of Northern Mindanao. “It’s high time for us to fortify our collaborative efforts in protecting and conserving of our natural resources and environment”, DENR Regional Executive Director Corazon B. Galinato made this call after flash floods hit Cagayan de Oro City and other areas of Northern Mindanao. Director Galinato said that each individual must do his/her share 28


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for our Mother Earth. She said the DENR is reaching out to concerned stakeholders for partnerships in the implementation of DENR programs and projects. She noted that more volunteers have lend a hand in the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP). “We seek the commitment of stakeholders to pursue the tree


growing campaign as we need to reforest degraded areas in the region”, Director Galinato said. She is thankful that the military, police and other government agencies have been actively supporting the campaign to protect our forests. The DENR seeks the support of local government units in enforcing forestry rules and regulations. The DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) is vigorously pursuing technical assistance in the solid waste management campaign of local government units and other stakeholders. Meanwhile, Director Galinato has asked DENR 10 employees to cooperate in alleviating the plight of employees

who were affected of the flashflood in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas of the region. “We are grateful to Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje for making extending assistance to the affected DENR 10 employees,” Director Galinato added. She instructed regional bureau directors and technical regional directors to extend assistance to the affected DENR employees. She said the DENR 10 also lost a comrade and more than 104 employees have been affected by the flash flood. The Operations Center of DENR 10 is overseeing the donations of cash and used clothing to be distributed to DENR employees and other residents of the city. She assured the public of the continuous delivery of DENR services by the regional, provincial and community offices including line bureaus. (L.Calvez/denr10)


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UN and humanitarian partners appeal for US$28 million for immediate needs of flash flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in southern Philippines MANILA/GENEVA/NEW YORK - The United Nations and humanitarian partners called for US$28.6 million to support the Government of the Philippines to respond to the serious humanitarian needs caused by the devastating Tropical Storm Sendong (international code name “Washi”) in Northern Mindanao. The Emergency Revision of the Philippines (Mindanao) Humanitarian Action Plan 2012 aims to provide clean water for drinking and bathing, food, emergency shelter, and essential household items to 471,000 worstaffected people in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities for three months. Debris clearing to reduce health risks and logistics services that ensure uninterrupted delivery of life-saving programmes are also a priority. Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, who returned yesterday from a two-day visit to the two cities, was shocked by the scale of destruction that he saw firsthand. “It was as if the cities were hit by an inland tsunami,” he said. “Entire areas were completely flattened; only a few sturdy buildings remain standing, and these had sustained a 30


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lot of damage. Debris from houses, buildings and other structures that had been destroyed by the storm was all swept out to the sea, leaving huge areas devoid of all traces of habitation.” To date, more than 1,060 people are dead or missing and 28,030 homes have been damaged or destroyed, according to the Government. More than 43,600 people are taking shelter in 51 evacuation centers and another 266,000 people are staying with relatives or in makeshift structures. These figures are expected to rise as more information becomes available. In Iligan city, where two thirds of the 44 barangays have been affected, a third of water sources are reported as damaged, and there is a city-wide lack of potable water. “The overflowing generosity of the Filipino people is saving lives,”

said Dr. Soe, adding that “the United Nations and humanitarian partners are working very hard to support Governmentled efforts. The needs are however overwhelming.” The Government declared a state of national calamity in the hardest hit areas, and accepted the international support offered by the United Nations and the Philippine Humanitarian Country Team. The Emergency Revision outlines the Humanitarian Country Team’s strategy to complement national and local efforts. The humanitarian response plan for Tropical Storm Washi will be revised within six (6) weeks to reflect ongoing sectoral assessments and evolving humanitarian needs.

Shelter requirements for those whose houses have been destroyed or those who will be unable to return to their neighbourhoods categorized as hazardous and high risk areas will likely feature in the revision. Livelihood support to help people rebuild their lives will also be key. For more information: http://unocha. org/cap/ (UN PR)

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Bright hopes for mining industry by Jeanevive Abangan


orests get bald. Mountains either blasted or burrowed. Streams turn murky with silts. Thousands have died, and many have been injured. These are among the adverse effects of mining, tagged as the most “environmentally destructive” industry on earth.

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“For me the mining industry is the last frontier, the last natural resource to propel us from a developing country into a newly industrialized country,” Sarangani Gov. Miguel Dominguez told media practitioners in an interview during the recently held Mindanao Media Summit that bannered the theme, “Environment Watch: Mindanao.” Citing the fast-depleting agriculture and fishery-based resources, Dominguez pondered at how jobs would be generated in the next 20

years for children of the next generation. He sighed as he said “Oh my!” when he thought of again driving them to go abroad in seach of much better-paying jobs. He found it “foolish” for some politicians to assure youths of jobs either at the municipal hall or at the capitol amidst failure of the country’s economy to provide sufficient jobs for new graduates. “I’m looking for jobs for my grade 1 (children) today, so in the next 20 years I will no longer send them abroad,” he said. Though mining is still fiercely meet with opposition, Dominguez revealed to have been preparing his people through “sending them to college so that once the industry is opened our people will become the most competent to be hired.” So much minerals The Philippines has more than US$840 billion worth of untapped minerals deposits. Environment Sec-

retary Ramon Paje revealed such huge volume of minerals in the country during the Mindanao Mining Summit held in August this year. Mindanao alone has so much minerals to mine. Philippine Chamber of Mines Chairman Artemio F. Disini in the same summit said that Mindanao treasures the country’s biggest volume of gold, nickel and copper as revealed by Using a data from the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB), Disini showed that 44 percent or 2.968 billion metric tons (MT) of the country’s 6.757 billion MT total copper mineral resources, can be mined in Mindanao. In terms of gold resources, Mindanao holds 3.057 billion MT or 76 percent of the country’s 4.018 billion MT total gold deposits , and that it treasures 954 million MT nickel or 57 percent of the 1.665 billion MT total nickel deposits. Consequently, Mindanao is raking in the huge bulk of investments on

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mining projects which are set to start operating within 2013 to 2017. Dissini further revealed that Mindanao corners US$8.2 billion or 78 percent of the US$10.5 billion total copper project investments nationwide. More than half, specifically US$203 million of the US$353 million

total investments for gold projects , go to Mindanao where five mining companies are in the pipeline to start their operation within the next six years. Mindanao also gets US$2.5 billion or 51 percent of the country’s US$ 4.9 billion total investments for nickel mining projects. Citing the 2010 Mining Industry Statistics, Dissini projected the new investments in the minerals industry 34


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to bring along employment benefits to 1.75 million more Filipinos, in addition to the 8.5 million Filipinos who are currently benefiting directly from such industry. Answer to poverty alleviation Meanwhile, Mindanao Business Council Chairperson Vicente Lao looks at mining industry as the solution to the country’s long-been fight against poverty. During the Plan Caravan organized by the National Development Authority (NEDA) in November this year, Lao said the revenues and other earnings from the mining industry can spell great difference to the poverty situation in the country. However, the mineral resources have to be extracted from the ground to fully maximize their benefits specially to the lives of the poor. Lao envisioned the mining industry to further bring down the poverty incidence to a much lower level of 8 percent from the current 15 percent in 2016 as targeted by NEDA when the mining industry would be given the chance to fully take its course. “Are we going to deny the people the benefits of a much improved, (much) better life?,” he raised the question in the open forum during the one-day Plan Caravan which featured the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). “(The) Mining industry is not really that bad,” he added. Lao had understood the strong opposition hoisted against mining saying, “the industry is paying the sins of the past.” Citing such, Lao urged

the need to ensure that “safeguards tion. “Huwag nating uubusin,” he should be delivered as promised.” said. The bill also guarantees free People’s Mining and prior informed consent (FPIC) More than environment safe- as it upholds rights-based pringuards, Bayan Muna Party-List ciples balanced with food security Representative Teddy Casino wants and environment protection. a shift in the mining policy of the While Gov. Dominguez, during country from resource utilization to the media summit, pushed for the preservation, from foreign inves- devolution of environment protectors’ preference to prioritizing the tion policy enforcement to local welfare of the Filipino people. government units, Casino pre Speaking during the 7th Min- fers the creation of multi-sectoral danao Media Summit, Casino said mineral council to “approve, disapthe mining policy should not only prove and monitor the conduct of consider “how much money we are mining.” going to make but who is going to benefit.” “These are the things that The Mining Act we should balance,” he said. While the People’s Mining Law In discussing House Bill is still a work in progress, the na4315 or “The People’s Mining Act of tional government has at hand the 2011” to the private media practi- Philippine Mining Act of 1995 to tioners, Casino raised no absolute provide environmental safeguards opposition against mining as he and to ensure social benefits and recognized the indispensable day- people’s participation in the mining to-day necessities that mining pro- industry . These, aside from the vides. economic gains it can draw from However, he pointed out the mining. need to preserve the mineral re- The Philippine Mining Act sets sources for Filipino people and to the social parameter which replace the “strategic value of mining quires mining investors to recogon the progress of the country.” nize the rights and participation of “Kung may makikinabang man communities and indigenous peosa mina, di dapat ang taga ibang ples (IPs) in mining operations and bansa. It is our mineral wealth, in decision-making processes. It dapat tayo ang makikinabang,” he also provides paramaters to adsaid. equately protect the environment The bill also seeks not an “all- before, during and after the minout” mining but the preservation ing operation. of minerals for the future generaSunday, December 25, 2011


Profile for PIA- Mindanao

One Mindanao - December 25, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - December 25, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao