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Vol. 2 No. 92

Malacanang says President Aquino closely monitoring situtation in the Visayas hit by typhoon Quinta DTI warns South Cotabato consumers against swindlers Aida Agad , Central Mindanao

PhilHealth eases premium contribution hike in 2013 Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Pagasa: ‘Quinta’ weakens into a Tropical Depression Danilo S. Makiling, Caraga Region

30IB, Phil. Red Cross hold bloodletting activity Capt. Steve L. Mangabat, Caraga Region

RDC-9 holds 142nd meeting in Dipolog Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Panabo City inaugurates Food Centrum Southern Mindanao

Local Chief executive calls on residents to be vigilant of TS Quinta Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Improved Pagasa technology results in low typhoon casualty Tess Superioridad Baluyos, Northern Mindanao

Cover Story


Kauswagan Christmas Tree Festival takes center stage


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Lorry V. Gabule

Northern Mindanao

Kauswagan Christmas Tree Festival takes center stage by Lorry V. Gabule


hristmas in Lanao del Norte is not complete without its annual Christmas Tree Festival. This competition which started in 2010 paved the way for various tourists and neighbouring cities and provinces such as Iligan, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental to take a look and recognize its wonderful yuletide decorations and bright lights. Kauswagan can be considered a melting pot in the province of Lanao del Norte. As such, the presence of several ethnic groups is eminent considering the strategic location of the municipality to some neighboring provinces and cities in the country particularly Iligan City, the regional Industrial Hub of the South. Each night, viewers and visitors to the said festival could witness an aura with festive mood accompanied with vibrant sounds, a night coffee and colourful lights where there could be no excuse for everyone to pose for a souvenir. Each cluster shall be the sponsoring group from the day the festival has opened/lighted the Trees until its culmination ends. This achievement is proudly implemented with


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The combined efforts of all stakeholders, all sectors, government agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations, International Community, and the Assisi Development Foundation Inc. is the primary mover of this achievement. The 13 barangays this municipality, commit themselves and declare their respective barangays as a Convergence Zone of Peace and Development. While we are enjoying relatively peaceful atmosphere today, because there is no conflict, there are no arm attacks, we must remember that simply… the absence of war is not peace. Real peace is respect and acceptance of each other regardless of the race, color of the skin, religious belief and political affiliation. Thus expressed Mayor Rommel C. Arnado of the municipality of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. Knowing that peace and order is our priority, this administration has been able to build a bridge of unity among Muslims and Christians, efforts were initiated in connecting, communicating and listening to our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters alike that resulted to the creation of a Peace Commission, a multi sectoral committee under the Municipal Peace and Order Council, said the Mayor. “We have to enshrined the value of work and honesty, the value of sacrifice, the value of love of our community, because in so doing we have done our part in history,” he added. I believe and think that we achieved a milestone in a two-year governance, but we have to continue doing the best in us to achieve even greater than this with God leading our way. On its third year of competition this year, seventeen (17) sites of Christmas trees could be seen at the Kauswagan Municipal Plaza, through group clustering. Entries of Christmas trees shall be judged according to the following categories: Most Creative

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(Originality Using Indigenous Materials); Most Unique (Something Different and Distinct); Most Artistic (Combination of Lighting Effects); Most Significant (Conveying Deep Meaning); Bayanihan Award (Best in Cooperation); and Best Christmas Tree (Over-all Stand Out). It usually opens every 16th December and culminates on 31st of December. We have conducted regular dialogues and assemblies, and we participated in our Muslim brothers and sisters in their celebrations of New Year and Muslim Month of Ramadhan, thus, they too participate in this endeavour. Realizing and recognizing the potentials of each department and encouraging participatory approach, especially with the partners at the Legislative side, the strength of the barangays and acknowledging the roles of senior citizens, the women and more especially the youth sector. Each has its defined roles and responsibilities, thus, becoming an effective team player towards economic development. The Assisi Development Foundation, Inc. came and became partner in development. Peace Path activities have been initiated in almost all of the barangays, bringing the services of the government nearer to the people. This development builds strong confidence and camaraderie to all the people of Kauswagan (which means progressive).


The program is having a new agenda for development, a cohesive, and compact, with a specific direction—the framework called the Sustainable Integrated Kauswagan Area Development and Peace Agenda (SIKAD PA). This agenda embraces all our aspirations of development thus promoting Economic viability, Environmental Management, Tourism Promotion, Provision of Basic Needs and Services, Reduction of Poverty Incidence, and above all… the sustainability of Peace and order under the convergence efforts of all sectors. Kauswagan Development and Peace Agenda or SIKAD PA, a local term, that means ‘to strive more.’ It was adopted as a municipal development policy by virtue of Sangguniang Bayan Resolution No. 148-2011. “I am appealing to my fellow public servants in the Municipal Government of Kauswagan to help in the achievement of these goals. This is our dream and our objective is common,” the mayor said. Let us work double time without reservations...Work and work until the time comes... We can look back of what we have walked in our pathways for peace, in our journey…. That indeed we have done something even in our own little way, said Mayor Arnado.

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ACROSS THE NATION Government expects communist rebels to observe holiday truce


he Philippine government made an assurance that it will observe the ceasefire agreed with the communist rebels for the celebration of Christmas and New Year and it expects the insurgents to do the same, a Palace official said on Wednesday. Thursday, December 27, 2012


Both the government and the Communist Party of the PhilippinesNew People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) have agreed to a bilateral ceasefire declaration for the holidays. With a bilateral ceasefire in effect, the government expects that the leadership of CPP-NPA-NDF will notify its troops on the ground, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang. With regards to the possible eruption of violence as the communists celebrate their 44th anniversary, Lacierda said the Armed forces will remain vigilant in the midst of possible threats from the rebels. Lacierda noted that there is a suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) reached by both sides in recent talks at The Netherlands that should prevent clashes in the field. “The AFP is vigilant. There is a SOMO as agreed upon by the joint panel abroad. So we received that press


release from, I think, the ambassador of Norway and Netherlands. But I just spoke to Colonel (Arnulfo) Burgos, kahit naman may SOMO vigilant sila,� he said. The communist rebels and Philippine government representatives held informal talks in The Netherlands last Monday, and agreed to keep the peace talks alive. At the same time they recommended a 27-day truce between guerrillas and soldiers. Both panels have agreed to a nationwide ceasefire from midnight of December 20 to midnight of January 15, 2013. Last year, the communist rebels and soldiers went into a truce from December 16, 2011 to January 2. The communist and government panels met on December 17 in The Hague and agreed to continue discussing important items such as the common declaration of national unity and just peace, democracy and human rights, agrarian reform, rural development and national industrialization. PND (as) Thursday, December 27, 2012

Malacanang says President Aquino closely monitoring situtation in the Visayas hit by typhoon Quinta


resident Benigno S. Aquino III is closely monitoring the situation in the Visayas which was hit by typhoon Quinta during the Christmas holidays, a Palace official said on Wednesday. Thursday, December 27, 2012


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang that the Chief Executive, who left on Tuesday night for a brief vacation, remains in contact with officials of concerned government agencies regarding the typhoon to ensure the safety of the people. “He is updated doon sa bagyo sa Visayas and on all other important matters of state, he is informed. But, again, this is an opportunity for the President to take a well-deserved rest. But it does not mean that the affairs of (the) state are not moving forward. He continuously receives information on the matters of the state,” Lacierda said. President Aquino wants to ensure that the coordination among concerned government agencies is taking place so that there is an effective response to the situation in the country, Lacierda noted. “He is taking his break. Nonetheless, we were told that if there’s anything


important, he is always a text away. And certainly communications are ongoing with him except that talagang we wanted to give the President more time to rest,” Lacieda said. PND (js)

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More villages in Mindanao to have access to livelihood funds


ore conflict-affected villages in Mindanao will have access to livelihood and basic services from the national government, an official from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Peace Process (OPAPP) said on Wednesday. Thursday, December 27, 2012


OPAPP Secretary Teresita Deles said that funds would be poured in 21 conflict-affected towns in Mindanao to help speed up reconstruction and provide jobs to unemployed residents to these areas. The assistance, Deles said, is made possible with the recent approval of a US$ 5.251 million additional grant for the Mindanao Trust Fund (MTF). The fund is designed to improve social and facilitate economic recovery in at least 65 villages in these conflicttorn communities. Deles explained that the additional financing for the MTF will help the country’s efforts to heal, rehabilitate and develop conflictaffected areas. “It will also strengthen the constituency for peace and citizen’s participation on the ground,” she said. The World Bank and other international 12

development partners established the MTF in 2006 as a mechanism for pooling funds and coordinating support for conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. So far, the MTF has completed 240 reconstruction and development projects in 154 conflict-affected communities in 75 municipalities across Mindanao. Under the program, residents of these communities choose and implement their own projects that enable them to recover from the conflict and improve their living conditions.

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DA 12 opens 16 BFTs in Soccsksargen By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- A total of 16 Barangay Food Terminals (BFT) in Soccsksargen were formally opened by the Department of Agriculture 12 through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD). The said BFTs were simultaneously opened this December. The newlyopened BFTs were Barangay Sulit, Polo and Klinan 6 in Polomolok, South Cotabato, B a r a n g a y Kabulakan in Matalam, B a r a n g a y Polayagan and Kitacubong in Alamada and Barangay Cuyapon and Dagupan in Kabacan, North Cotabato. Also, Barangay

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Poblacion 1 in Lebak, Barangay Poblacion in Kalamansig, Barangay Poblacion in Senator Ninoy Aquino, all in

the province of Sultan Kudarat, Barangay Cross and Calabanit in Glan and Barangay JP Laurel in Malungon, Sarangani 13

Province have opened their BFTs. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia J. Datukan said the project is purposely crafted to provide farmers a market alternative that could become a source of affordable food commodities for the locality. “Take good care of your barangay food terminal and try to do your best to maintain its good operation,� Datukan requested to the BFT operators. Meanwhile, Bai Dido T. Samama, AMAD chief committed that their staff will continuously provide technical support to the BFT operators in order to ensure the success of

the BFT project. The 16 BFTs were given certificate to operate from DA 12 during the grand launching on September 27, 2012 in Koronadal City. Both Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU)-operated and non-LGU-operated BFT received package worth P50,000 for NFA rice and P70, 000 for BFT building improvement. Also included in the package were BFT paraphernalia like freezer, digital weighing scale, and crates. Moreover, each BFT was also provided with BFT signage or billboard and ceremonial opening package like foods and tarpaulin.

The department has also spearheaded financial trainings, management seminars and agribusiness investment skills training for the operators. Barangay Food Terminal which serves as an alternative market for farmers where they could sell their farm produce is a project of the Department of Agriculture also becomes an income-generating site for the localities that are engaging in backyard gardening and livestock raising. Further, it offers fresh, safe and affordable agricultural products lower than the market price.

DTI warns South Cotabato consumers against swindlers

By Aida Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- South Cotabato trade and industry provincial director Flora Gabunales warned consumers against swindlers.

Gabunales said consumers should be extra careful when dealing with individual and group swindlers roaming around the province


in search of their victims especially this holiday season. She said consumers should watch out against sales promotion scams

offering freebies, such as movie or show tickets, rice cookers and other household utensils in exchange of buying something to get the Thursday, December 27, 2012

said giveaways. Gabunales also reminds consumers to keep in mind the tips shared by the DTI-Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection

(BTRCP), such as, a product is not a giveaway if consumers are required to buy something in return. Consumers should also compare prices of similar items used in

the sales promotions, the DTI warned. Gabunales also enjoined South Cota batenos to practice vigilance and be a well-informed consumer.

PhilHealth eases premium contribution hike in 2013 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Self-employed and voluntary members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) or PhilHealth won’t be paying the annual P2,400 premium scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2013.

Instead, each member will only be contributing P1,800 premium for the entire year. According to a notice from the office of Ramon Aristoza, PhilHealth assistant vice president, the partial deferment was mandated in PhilHealth Circular No. 57, series of 2012. Late last year, PhilHealth announced it will implement PhilHealth Board Resolution No. 1571 Thursday, December 27, 2012

which increases the premium contribution of self-employed and voluntary members from P1,200 to P2,400 per year.

Ensuing public clamor for reconsideration of the implementation of the premium contributions led the PhilHealth Board to pass Resolution No. 1677, series of 2012, the base for the issuance of Circular No. 57. Self-employed

m e m b e r s , according to Hanah Naanep, PhilHealth information officer, may pay their contributions, either quarterly, semiannually or annually at any PhilHealth office as well as through accredited collecting agents such as CIS Bayad Centers, MLhuillier, LBC Express Outlets, Philpost, banks. Some local government units like 15

Arakan and Banisilan towns in North Cotabato and Kiamba in Sarangani in Region 12 also accept premium payments. Naanep further explained that members under the Overseas Workers Program (OWP) will continue paying P 1,200 only per year through PhilHealth offices or via collecting banks abroad like


Development Bank of the Philippines and Philippine Veterans Bank remittance centers or their subsidiary branches in Asia, Europe, and United Kingdom. The Al Ansari Exchange in Dubai and International Banks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Hongkong, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, Macau, and other iremit branches and partners in Asia

Pacific and Europe also accept the same contribution from OFWs. Same circular also announced that the new premium rate of 3 percent total deductions from basic salary of employed sector is also partially deferred. As such the 2.5 percent premium rate remains in effect on the first day of next year. Thus, members receiving P7,000 to P7,999.99 salary will be paying P175 total monthly contribution, comprising P87.50 personal share and P87.50 employer share. Meanwhile, those receiving salaries of P35,000 or more will be paying a total monthly contribution of P875.00 or P437.50 personal share and P437.50 employer share. Thursday, December 27, 2012

Agusan del Sur guv appeals for donation to typhoon Pablo victims by David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur -- Agusan

del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza has appealed to Agusan residents for donation to typhoon Pablo victims citing the extent of damages and the magnitude of the unmet needs of the victims and their families. “The provincial government is appealing to those who are lucky enough not being affected by the recent typhoon by requesting for assistance in providing potable water, rice and other foodstuffs, medicines, usable clothes, G.I. sheets, nails and tents for temporary relief from sun and rain of families whose houses

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were damaged by typhoon Pablo,” Plaza said. Plaza said the victims’ needs for them to return to normal life remain unmet, even as the provincial government has provided relief and rehabilitation efforts. Typhoon Pablo has destroyed


thousands of houses, injured and claimed lives of many, displaced a large number of the population and damaged properties, livestock, agriculture and infrastructure in almost all areas of the province. As of December 14 report by the PDRRMC, a total of 19 persons were declared dead while 28 others were injured. Some 39,000 families or a total of 188,752 persons were affected while total 0f 9,604 houses were totally

damaged and another 20,580 were partially damaged, with an estimated cost of more than P321 million. To date, relief operations by the provincial and municipal government, NGOs and other organizations are still on going while residents of affected areas are doing their best to construct even temporary shelter in order to return back to normal life.

Pagasa: ‘Quinta’ weakens into a Tropical Depression by Danilo S. Makiling


Tropical Storm “Quinta” has weakened into Tropical Depression as it continues to move across Western Visayas. In its 10 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) said Quinta is moving West of Visayas at 24 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph, with its center located in the vicinity of Roxas City, Capiz. Signal No. 1 is up in Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Marinduque, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Ilolo, Negros Provinces and Guimaras. 18

Public storm warning signal elsewhere have been lowered. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 350 km diameter of the depression. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) alert status is still raised in the affected areas, especially West Visayas. Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and northern seaboard of Mindanao. The public and the disaster

coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the bulletins by Pagasa (http://

30IB, Phil. Red Cross hold bloodletting activity by Capt. Steve L. Mangabat

SURIGAO CITY -- The 30th Infantry “Python” Battalion, 4th

Infantry Division, Philippine Army in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross, has conducted a bloodletting activity at the 30IB Headquarters, Sta. Cruz, Placer, Surigao del Norte.

The bloodletting activity is in line with this year’s celebration of the 77th Founding Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on December 21, 2012 with the theme, “Bayanihan at kahandaan: Tuwid na daan tungo sa kapayapaan.” Thursday, December 27, 2012

A total of 12,600 cc of different blood type have collective from 28 blood donors. Prsonnel of the 1503rd Community Defense Center, 15RCDG, Phil. Army 23rd Infantry Batallion and CAFGUs participated in the event. 19

Zanorte-PDRRMC and Dipolog CDRRMC 2012 Regional Kalasag Awardees By Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY - The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils of Zamboanga del Norte and Dipolog City were recently adjudged as the best disaster councils in the Zamboanga Peninsula region for 2012. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email


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Mr. Victor Bernedo, Civil Defense Officer, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 9 and Zamboanga del Norte Coordinator said the “Kalasag Award” was given to Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (ZN-PDRRMC) and Dipolog City Risk Reduction and Management Council(DC-DRMMC) in an awarding ceremony held in Pagadian City last December 20. The two LGUs received plaque and cash prize of 30,000 each from OCD-9 Regional Director Adriano Fuego. Bernedo said the “Kalasag Award” is given to the Local Government Units based on their

disaster preparedness capability to respond to the needs of their constituents during emergency situation or in times of calamity. As OCD coordinator for Zamboanga del Norte and Dipolog City, Bernedo said he felt so happy that his sacrifices paid-off. “The award is just a manifestation of the LGU’s support to the government’s effort to minimize casualties and damage to properties in times of calamity,” he said. Being this year’s regional Kalasag Awardees, Zamboanga del Norte and Dipolog City will represent the region in the national level competition.

RDC-9 holds 142nd meeting in Dipolog By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY – Members of the Regional Development Council-IX (RDC-IX) have converged here recently for their 142nd regular meeting, tackling various development projects to be implemented throughout the region. Chaired by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, the RDC members also looked into the status and responses by concerned agencies to the resolutions passed by the council in previous meetings. Right after the meeting, a Christmas party followed featuring some parlor games and gift-giving among the participants. The Christmas party was organized by the city government of Thursday, December 27, 2012

Dipolog. RDX-IX is composed of public and private sector representatives coming from the national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs), people’s organizations and non-government organizations (NGOs). This 142nd meeting of RDC-IX was its last gathering for the year 2012. 21

AFP, US Navy inaugurate another school facilities in Bacungan By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – The Armed Forces of the Philippines through Western Command and the United States Navy through US Naval Construction Battalion - 74 (USNCB-74) RECENTLY inaugurated another school projects in Bacungan National High School, Palawan. 22

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In a press release, the WESCOM’s Public Affairs Office disclosed that these projects included the renovation of one unit threedoor classroom, construction of one comfort room, and installation of water system. WESCOM Commander LtGen Juancho M. Sabban said that the ceremony is a reminder of the immense advantage that unity of efforts brings forth, which reflects the evolution of military’s heightened function as catalysts and partners of development. Sabban stressed that the turnover is the result of the successful collaboration among the Armed Forces, local government units,

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school officials, other stakeholders, and the populace. “We are especially thankful to our US counterparts for their generous assistance and diligence,” he expressed, adding that with the dedication, the military is not only addressing illiteracy problem, but also ensures that children can learn in the best environment possible. “Students are more likely to prosper when school facilities are encouraging to learning,” he said. DepEd Assistant Division Superintendent Domingo Padul assured that they will take care of the school facilities and will use them as intended for in learning.


DOH XI stress need for proper use of hyposol TAGUM CITY-Typhoon-affected residents of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental do not only need Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) but they also need proper information on how to maximize these resources.

“A lot of people think that Hyposol is sprayed on the mouth just like Listerine which is a wrong notion,” Department Of Health XI WASH Coordinator Engr. Rex Labadia said yesterday during the regular meeting of the WASH Cluster consisting of the DOH and various international organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, CRS and the Human Response Consortium (HRC) among others DOH records show that a total of 11,414 water kits containing jerry cans and Hyposol have been distributed in the various municipalities in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley by DOH and the different organizations as of December 26, 2012. They have also distributed 3,296 Hyposol and 24

88,579 Aquatabs. Labadia said each water kits contain a 20-Liter jerry can and Hyposol, a chlorine solution that can kill bacteria in water. The small bottle of Hyposol that comes with the water kits, he said, can disinfect up to 28 jerry cans. “Users should put the Hyposol in the jerry can and then allow 30 minutes before drinking the water,” he said. At an estimated daily consumption of five liters of water, he added, one jerry can provide a daily water supply for up to four people exclusively for drinking. He said the water kits being distributed by the different organizations are already good for almost a month’s supply. The aquatabs are also effective in ridding water of bacteria, he added. HRC information management officer Eula Ganir said WASH is only one of the various interventions of HRC. The various organizations are also involved in the WASH intervention Thursday, December 27, 2012

being conducted by the different organizations . “In a calamity such as this, the people are faced with destroyed water facilities and hygiene problems,” she said. HRC has also distributed hygiene kits to 3,761 families in the typhoonaffected areas. The kits contain 12 bath soaps, four wash soap, 6 toothbrush, two toothpaste, toenail cutter, malong, sanitary napkin, considering that it is the first phase plastic pain and dipper.(LAC) of the disaster response efforts

Panabo City inaugurates Food Centrum PANABO CITY- Local grill chicken, pork and other local delicacies are now located in the city’s newest attraction,with the completion of the P30-million Food Centrum inaugurated last December 19, 2012 at Barangay New Pandan, the edifice will be officially opened to the public early next year. The said Centrum, located besides the Association of Barangay Council building, was constructed to accommodate the food vendors who now sell their products in a location which is being eyed by the city government as the venue for the Market Complex. Vendors, who are occupying almost 70 stalls, affected in the construction of the planned P100-million Market Complex, are to be relocated to the Thursday, December 27, 2012

Food Centrum so as not to deprive them of their livelihood. The majority of the budget for the Food Centrum is financed by the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) which has given the city P25 million as part of its Seal of Good Housekeeping Award. The Food Centrum, which is part of the Annual Investment Plan of the city the city government for 2013. The Food Centrum, has 48 stalls with a minimum area of 12 square meters and a maximum are of 18 square meters. Existing bone fide stallholders/awardees presently conducting business in the central market will be prioritized as qualified applicants in the food centrum. 25

Soldiers, Youth Santa bring gifts, joy to kids in Northern Mindanao by 4CMO/4ID

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- The 4th Infantry “Diamond� Division, in partnership with a youth organization named Pointy or Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through our Youth Inc. gave gifts in selected barangays within 4ID area. The activity was conducted by the Pointy members together with the soldiers to make the children in remote barangays experience the Christmas spirit. This is also a way of inspiring these children that there is more in 26

life and that their dreams should not be hampered by their environment. The gift giving areas were in barangays Bang-bang in Medina, Misamis Oriental and Dalwangan in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Similar Thursday, December 27, 2012

event is also conducted at Odiong in Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, Magluyong in San Miguel, Surigao del Sur, and Bangayan in Kitcharao, Surigao del Norte. Major General Nestor A Añonuevo

AFP, commander, 4ID said the spirit of Christmas can best be seen on the faces of children and it has been their practice to bring them cheer through gift giving.

Local Chief executive calls on residents to be vigilant of TS Quinta by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - Mayor Nova Princess E. ParojinogEchavez has called on the residents in the low-lying areas, coastal barangays and in the mountain slopes and river banks of the city not to lower their guard in the wake of Tropical Depression “Quinta.” The Mayor sounded the call as soon as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) started to issue the weather updates relative to Quinta, a few days before Christmas. The call was also followed up by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) which reminded the respective Barangay DRRMC’s to implement pre-emptive evacuation, if needed, as was done during Typhoon Pablo that occurred early, this month. Meanwhile, some P2.01 million of damage to property has been noted in about 18 of the city’s 51 barangays during Typhoon Pablo, in the first week of this month, Mark Vincent C. Israel, Officeer-in-Charge of the Emergency Operations Center, LDRRMC, said. Israel said 2,810 families with 10,774 members were displaced, but nobody died and no one was injured,

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probably because of the preemptive evacuation done by the LDRRMC before the typhoon hit city, last Dec. 4. A total of 101 houses were damaged, 78, partially and 23 others, totally, and the evacuees were temporarily housed in about 20 evacuation centers set-up by the city. On the other hand, TY Pablo also damaged completely 32 lateral electric lines and one (1) unit each of a sarisari store and a trisikad, including the following: Sanitary landfill bunk house and fence, particularly, of the City Veterirarian’s Office, bio-reactor, one (1) unit of service vehicle and public mall, all worth P380,000. Partial damage to 14.5 hectares of corn estimated at P200,000, and10 units of fish pens or “Bungsod” at P30,000 and 10 units of non-motorized


banca at P70,000. Total damage to 16 units of Bungsods at P880,000, and six (6) units of New Look fish pens at P450,000.

Also lost were livestock that included 23 chickens, 14 baby stags, fivew (5) fighting cocks, two (2) cattles and one (1) carabao, Israel added.

Improved Pagasa technology results in low typhoon casualty by Tess Superioridad Baluyos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -Improved disaster preparedness, timely and understandable weather forecasts and warnings from the DOST-Pagasa, strong public and private-partnership and people’s resilience resulted ino only one casualty and very minimal damage and loss during typhoon Pablo (international name, Bopha) in Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. Technology interventions, support from the stakeholders and close coordination with the local government units made a big difference in times of disasters, DOST 10 regional director Alfonso Alamban said. He said DOST Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) greatly improved the agency’s forecasting and warning systems as it swiftly alerted people at risk and the subsequent rise in water level. Through the NOAH website, noah., real-time forecasting and weather information were widely disseminated through the internet and other media, to alert people of possible risks. The data generated


in the website are taken from the Doppler radar and several water level sensors installed in major river basins throughout the country. With a maximum sustained winds that reached 185kph, typhoon Pablo was the strongest storm to hit Mindanao in two decades, according to Pagasa. While it brought heavy rains and strong winds in the region, timely forecasting and voluntary evacuation spared the lives of people in the affected areas. It, however, adversely hit Davao Oriental, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless. It also devastated its banana industry with billions in losses and damages to infrastructures and properties.

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