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Cover Story

Christmas 2011 – The Agusan del Sur way David M. Suyao Caraga Region

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Today’s issue...

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 135

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Government to start building homes for flood victims in Iligan City

Bishop appeals to public: skip pricey fireworks, donate money to Sendong victims

Regional News:

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PAGIBIG mandates GSIS and SSS members to contribute Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

50 students undergo 4-day cinematography workshop

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Donations, volunteers up to help ‘Sendong’ victims Charmaine P. Tadlas, Northern Mindanao

NFA assures sufficient supply of rice Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

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Floods occur due to recent LPA in Northeastern Mindanao Jean Duron Abangan, Southern Mindanao

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Response for Sendong victims overwhelming

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Irrigators agree to co-manage irrigation facilities

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CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

Evelyn Bragasin & Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

1,244 displaced, 1 missing in Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands floods

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Butuan City issues flood advisory

Nora CL Molde, Caraga Region

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Cover Story Christmas 2011 – The Agusan del Sur way by David M. Suyao

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s early as 8:00 a.m, people started to gather at the Agusan del Sur Government Center in Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur to celebrate Chirstmas with the provincial government officials and

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As highlight of the Christmas celebration, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza, with Cong. Maria Valentina Plaza of District I and Cong. Evelyn Plaza-Mellana of District II have joined their resources in order to conduct a medical mission and Christmas celebration festivity dubbed as “Kapaskuhan sa Kapitolyo” for anybody who wish to spend their Christmas with the provincial government. Tables and single sized beds were arranged inside the reception area of the executive building while chairs were also arranged outside, covered by tents for those who will wait for their turns to come. After the Holy Mass, the

activities began. Gov. Adolph Edward “Eddiebong” Plaza, joined by his mother, former Gov. Valentina Plaza lead the reception in receiving the people who want to avail of the free medical and dental checkup and the distribution of free medicines. The first to form the line in order to enroll for the bloodletting are the members of the Philippine army and the police. They were examined by the doctors led by the Provincial Health Officer Joel Esparagoza and were taken samples of their blood by the medtechs from the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital and the Philippine Red

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Cross, Agusan del Sur Chapter. Outside, people also lined up to be listed in order to avail of the medical check-up and free medicines. On the second floor of the executive building, bags of groceries were piled, while the Governor’s staffs are busy dis-

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tributing the goods. Also while people happily come and go, smiles and laughter filled the atmosphere at the provincial capitol. Music filled the air from the national offices who are also celebrating their Christmas party. Children carrying balloons clinging on the arms of their parents wearing colourful new dresses are the happiest creatures that people can see while celebrating the Kapaskuhan sa Kapitolyo. The celebration will last until this evening with dinner in front of the provincial capitol with songs and dances and other merry making activities.


Aquino urges public to refrain from using firecrackers to prevent injuries and loss of lives on New Year’s day

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has appealed to the public to refrain from using firecrackers to prevent injuries and loss of lives during the New Year celebration. Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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“Humaharap po ako sa inyo ngayon upang makiusap: Samasama nating salubungin ang bagong taon, gamit ang ingay—hindi mula sa paputok—ngunit sa kolektibo nating sigaw sa isang masigla at mas ligtas na pagdiriwang,” the President said in his message on the use of fireworks this New Year. President Aquino made the appeal, citing the high number of victims of firecrackers during the last New Year’s revelry. “Napakarami po kasing nalalagay sa panganib dahil sa paputok. Umabot po sa isanlibo at dalawampu’t dalawa ang nadisgrasya noong nakaraang taon. Karamihan po rito ay dahil sa paggamit ng paputok; at ilan din ang napinsala ng ligaw na bala at pagkalason,” he said. The Chief Executive said he is fully sup8

porting the Department of Health (DOH) in its campaign dubbed as APIR - Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction. “Ang layunin po: bawasan ang mga nasasaktan at nasusunugan sa pagdiriwang ng bagong taon; ipakilala ang isang panibagong anyo ng selebrasyon,” he said. “Maaari po tayong magtipon sa kani-kaniya nating mga pasyalan at plaza upang panoorin ang mga fireworks display na isinasagawa ng ating munisipyo at ng pribadong sektor. Maaari ring mag-ingay sa ibang paraan—sa kalampag, sa torotot, o sa tugtugin. Ligtas na paraan po ang mga ito,” President Aquino said. The President, likewise, encouraged everyone to observe the APIR campaign for their own safety. “Ngayong paganda

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na nang paganda ang sitwasyon natin, tatangkilikin mo ba ang mga paputok na may pangalang Goodbye Philippines o Goodbye Universe? Hindi po ba’t mas mabuting salubungin ang taon nang Goodbye Kapahamakan, at Hello Pagbabago,? the President averred. He said the APIR campaign also aims to avoid or minimize the adverse effects of firecrackers to the environment. “Sa pagpapaputok, napapasama po ang kondisyon ng hangin na sama-sama naman nating nilalanghap. Samaktuwid, isinusugal natin, hindi lamang ang ating kalusugan at buhay— kundi maging ang kapakanan ng iba,” he said. The President likewise issued a directive to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to

strictly enforce the law on firecrackers and pyrotechnics and arrest not only the sellers but also the revelers using such merchandise. “Gayundin, humihingi po ako ng tulong sa inyo (public): Huwag na po ninyong tangkilikin ang mga paputok na ito; ipag-alaman din sa kinauukulan ang mga makitang nagtitinda o may tangan ng mga ito,” the President stressed. “Panahon na nga po ng bagong pag-iisip. Sama-sama nating salubungin ang bagong taon nang ligtas—nang may pagpapahalaga sa buhay at sa kapaligiran. Magdiwang tayo kipkip ang mga babala ng DOH at ng buong pamahalaan upang makaiwas sa disgrasya,” he said. (JS)

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Government to start building homes for flood victims in Iligan City

PCOO Sec. Coloma joins DSWD Sec. Dinky Soliman and Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz in announcing the turnover of PHP 242 million shelter building program with Gawad Kalinga and PHP 11.8 million for cash for work program to provide livelihood for people affected by typhoon Sendong.

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In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Health Secretary Enrique Ona and Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma are in Iligan City to oversee the reconstruction and relief efforts there. “Secretary Soliman handed a cheque in the amount of P241,130,000 to Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan City for their core shelter program and they have already identified a 10-hectare relocation site in Iligan City,” Lacierda said. “This money will go to the construction

of the core shelter—by core shelter we mean four walls, one toilet, and one room.” Lacierda said the project is expected to help 3,459 families in the city adding that Soliman and Cruz are expecting to build the project by the end of January to decongest the evacuations centers. Ona and Coloma are in Iligan City to monitor the government’s response for the rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the city, Lacierda said. At the same time, Ona will assess possible illnesses that may arise as a result of the flooding. Lacierda also made

an assurance that there are enough doctors as well as medicines for the affected residents. The government is also assessing the situation in other disaster areas to know the appropriate amount of money that could be released, Lacierda said. Soliman will be visiting Cagayan de Oro Tuesday afternoon to determine the necessary allocation needed by the city, he added. With regards to the reported flooding in other areas in Mindanao like Bukidnon, Lacierda said the government agencies concerned with disaster response were already mobilized to assist the affected communities. (AS)

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Bishop appeals to public: skip pricey fireworks, donate money to Sendong victims by Jell E. Guzman

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elebrating the holidays this year will neverbe the same again for the hundreds of families who were recently victims of massive flooding in Mindanao.

And there’s no better way to celebrate this season by sharing our blessings. In line with this, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez appealed to 12

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the public to skip the use pricey fireworks shows this coming Christmas and New Year. In a release by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

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(CBCP), Bishop Iñiguez said the funds intended for firework shows can be donated instead to help the flood victims, especially in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.


“I appeal to the sense of compassion of those planning to put upfirework shows to drop your plans and contribute the unspent funds to help the Sendong flood victims,” said Bishop Iñiguez. The prelate added that the merciful gesture is beneficial for the people and the environment, and will surely get heavenly rewards. During the 76th anniversary celebration of the Armed of the Philippines on Wednesday, December 21, the AFP canceled the use of fireworks as part of their celebration. This resulted to some P3 million savings which will be used for relief operations in affected areas in Mindanao. President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded and thanked the Armed Forces for this gesture. Earlier, CBPC’s National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace also appealed to its network members to immediately respond to

the emergency needs of the typhoon victims. NASSA chair and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, in a statement urged fellow bishops, social action directors, and the faithful to mobilize community support for Sendong victims. “We urgently solicit your support and contributions so we can help save lives and respond to the emergency needs of the calamity victims in eastern province of Agusan del Sur and northern Mindanao and in other dioceses as well,” said Bishop Pabillo. For those who would like to donate may send their check payable to CBCP Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Inc., and deposit to Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI), Account Number: 49510071-08. The CBCP added that donations may also be sent directly to the Diocesan Social Action Centers of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.

For the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro: Bank Acct: Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) - CDO Acct. Name: Roman Catholic Archbishop of CDO Inc. Acct. Number: 9330-001442 Contact Person: Fr. Nathan Lerio Mobile Phone Number: 09177195626 Email: adextra_ saccdo@yahoo.com. ph For the Diocese of Iligan: Bank: Philippine National Bank (PNB) Acct. Name: Social Action Center Acct. Number: 418290500013 Contact Person: Fr. Albert Mendez Mobile Phone Number: 0918-7194847 Email: socialactioncenter2007@yahoo.com.ph

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Hotel workers get bomb awareness training by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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ZAMBOANGA CITY - Hotel workers of one of the local hotels here get bomb awareness training/seminar after the hotel owner himself personally requested the conduct of the same to “arm” his hotel employees on the proper “attitude” in case of a suspicious looking items or persons in the hotel. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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“I requested our police to conduct this training so as to avoid being victim of terroristic act like bombing,” hotel owner Ritchie Laviña said referring to the recent bombing at the Atilano Pension house that killed three people and wounded 27 others. City Police Bomb

Squad led by Sr. Insp. Memoracion conducted the whole day bomb awareness seminar. The hotel workers during the training/ seminar were oriented on how to react in case they see or spot a suspicious baggage or item in the hotel vicinity. Tips on how to detect explosives were

also taught to the workers and security personnel of the said hotel. The bomb squad also discussed to the participants how bombers disguise the bombs for the latter to be available to be able to sneak in the bombs in target places.(JPA/PIA-ZamBaSulTa)

PAGIBIG mandates GSIS and SSS members to contribute by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY – PAGIBIG Fund will implement a mandatory membership of Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS) members starting January 1, 2012, PAGIBIG Zamboanga City Chief Amorpatri Bajarla said. Bajarla said there are still about 20,000 GSIS and SSS members region-wide who are not yet members of PAGIBIG. Bajarla said the mandatory membership is part of the enforce

ment of laws that employers should comply with. Those who fail to comply with the law will be penalized. “To all erring employers, we already gave you two years. Effective January 2012, we will be

enforcing the Pag-ibig mandatory law”, Bajarla warned them. He stressed that failure to comply will result into imprisonment and payment of fines. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

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50 students undergo 4-day cinematography workshop

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Around fifty students from the different colleges and universities here underwent a 4-day seminar-workshop on cinematography organized by the city government and the Film Development Council of the Philippines last December 1316, as part of the city’s Christmas celebration. The workshop aims to arm, develop, and enhance students’ basic skills and knowledge on film-making. FDCP people led by Briccio Santos, together with Nap Jamir came to the city to impart their expertise to help students start with their passion. FDC and the city government have been undertaking projects 16

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since last year to help promote Filipino-made movies and develop future local film-makers. Last year, FDC and the city government launched the first-ever film festival in the city dubbed “Sineng Pambansa”, which exhibited world-acclaimed Filipino movies, both mainstream and independently produced, from 1950’s to pres-

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ent. With this partnership, the city government is now planning to build theatre that will show original Filipino movies, free for the public. City Mayor Celso Lobregat, again, expressed his support to the project, even providing for the site of (JPA/ the project. MVC/PIA9-ZBST)


IFRC head delegate joins PHL Red Cross in relief distribution to Iligan’s storm-hit barangays

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by Lorry V. Gabule

ead Delegate Selva Sinnadurai of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) joined the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) team headed by National Chairman Richard Gordon in a site visit to barangays spawned by tropical storm Sendong. They personally distributed nonfood items to affected families at Sta Filomena evacuation center, this city, with the Red Cross team bringing packed items containing basin, bucket with lid, emergency household items like kitchen wares, tarpaulin, jerrycans, mosquito nets, towel with soap, mat and blanket.

All the four-truck loads delivered containing non-food items came from International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC), Davao City, and were packed by the youth volunteers for distribution. Bags of rice were also delivered earlier, said Genievive C. Amodia, administrator, Philippine Red Cross, Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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city’s Vice Mayor Henry C. Dy as the local board of director chair, for Iligan. Chairman Gordon, in his message, urged the local board to focus in organizing volunteers in every school, make the Red Cross felt, especially to the youth, the spirit of volunteerism. “This is a lesson to everybody, that in any eventuality, we must be ready, we will Iligan City Chapter. influence the society/community to Amodia said Chairman Gordon get involved,” said Gordon. met with the board of directors, Iligan City Chapter, with no less than the

Donations, volunteers up to help ‘Sendong’ victims by Charmaine P. Tadlas

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Help from all over the country and abroad keep coming in for families affected by tropical storm Sendong that hit Northern Mindanao last December 17, 2011. As of December 23, 2011, donations in food and non-food, which have been accounted with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, have reached worth P3,367,750.00 These donations from nongovernment organizations, private institutions, faith-based organizations, schools and concerned citizens, which compose of food, water, toiletries, beddings, tents, water containers, medicines, infant formulas, and 18

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have been delivered to families in and out of evacuation centers installed throughout the region. Moreover, volunteers are lining up at the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X to register themselves and help out in packing goods to be delivered to the victims. The volunteers can also be seen helping out in distributing the goods

to the victims in evacuation centers and profiling the families in evacuation centers. As of December 23, 2011, more than 276 volunteers have already registered with the DSWD and were assigned in all the evacuation centers. The DSWD, however, is still looking for more volunteers since numerous works are still being done by the Department. (DSWD)

NFA assures sufficient supply of rice by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - The National Food Authority here allayed fears that there is shortage of rice mainly due to the effects of tropical storm “Sendong” that hit some parts of Bukidnon, assuring the public that there is enough supply of rice in the province. Victoria Duray, NFA Provincial Manager, in an interview said there is no room for rice shortage because as of today, more than 190,000 bags of rice are available in NFA warehouses. “There are also commercial and household stocks of about 195,000 bags,” she said. Based on the data released by the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Bukidnon has a monthly rice consumption of more than 90,000 bags. “That volume of NFA rice reserve therefore is more than enough to meet the need of the province in a month,” Duray said. On the other hand, NFA Assistant Provincial Manager Gil Tabor said the province has now 150 Bigasan sa Barangay Outlet (BBO) and more

than 40 Institutionalized Bigasan sa Palengke (IBP) outlets. “The NFA well milled rice is sold at P28.00, while the regular milled rice at P27.00 in BBO and IBP outlets. These accredited NFA rice outlets are spread all over the province,” Tabor said. He further said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development decides where to establish said NFA rice outlets since it is directed to address needs in areas with high poverty rates. At present, market retail price of premium well-milled rice is P36.00 a kilo while the cheapest varieties range from P30.00 to P32.00 per kilogram, according to the data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics. Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Cancer Center in Mindanao to open soon by Carina Cayon

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he Tagum City-based Davao Regional Hospital will soon start operations of its Cancer Center in Mindanao that would provide state-of-the–art treatment facilities. DRH administrator Carlito Pillerin said that the first of a kind cancer center in the country will be inaugurated on January 08, 2012. From the initial budget of P200 million provided by the national government, P37 million was spent for the construction of the building which stands at a two-hectare area within DRH compound. Pillerin told the media here dur-

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ing Monday’s Kapihan sa Dabaw that the lot was donated by the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) through the help of Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy. He said that DRH was also able to acquire from the remaining of the funding a modern linear accelerator worth P134-million that will be used for the nuclear treatment of a cancer patient. During the center’s inauguration this January, Pillerin said that DRH has chosen a colon cancer patient to be the first to undergo treatment at the center to be provided for free. He stated that the treatment is valued at P250,000 for the 33-day session period. Pillerin raised the hospital management’s plan of studying the costing of the cancer therapy per patient. He said they are also looking at the possibility of negotiating with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to shoulder the treatment cost. “We are studying if pwede na ba


ang PhilHealth ang magbayad ng lahat ng fee,” Pillerin said referring to the 33-session therapy. “Anyone who needs our services is welcome at the cancer center,” he stated. The DRH official said that the center was conceptualized in 2000, and was approved in 2006.

Pillerin also disclosed the upgrading endeavors of DRH into a 500bed tertiary hospital, hoping that the proposal would be approved by the Congress in 2012. DRH is among the 66 Department of Health-retained hospitals in the country.

Floods occur due to recent LPA in Northeastern Mindanao by Jean Duron Abangan TAGUM CITY DAVAO DEL NORTE--- Floods struck this morning in some areas in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental due to intermittent rains brought about by the tailend of the cold front that passed yesterday through Davao provinces. Monitored flooded were parts of Asuncion and Kapalong in Davao del Norte, parts of Montevista in Compostela Valley; and portions of Mati City. The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) XI reported that Saug River traversing areas in the municipalities of Kapalong, Asuncion and New Corella swelled this morning affecting 23 families in barangay Maniki and 25 in Pag-asa, both in Kapalong, Davao del Norte. They were then immediately evacuated at Maniki Central Elemen-

tary School. It also received reports that the provincial road connecting Asuncion town and Tagum City particularly at Barangay Sagayen section, became impassable for light vehicles. Meanwhile, the Provincial Information Office of Compostela Valley relayed initial reports revealing some residents of Barangay Banagbanag, Montevista were rescued by the PDRMMC disaster team with the cooperation of barangay officials, as floodwaters reportedly reached at roof-level. The PDRRMC of Compostela Valley has yet to forward its official report to the OCD XI office as of presstime. On the other hand, acting provincial information officer Ferdinand Zuasola of Davao Oriental also relayed reports that 200 families in Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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Barangay Matiao of Mati were evacuated last night to higher grounds. Riverside areas in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Central, Mati City were also flooded but PDRMMC Davao Oriental was yet to receive reports on the number of affected families. Emerging from the emergency meeting with Provincial Governor Corazon Malanyaon of Davao Orien-

tal, Zuasola got from PDRMMC that several fishpens in Barangay Ilangay, Lupon town were damaged by strong winds. Zuasola also revealed that Gov. Malanyaon was on tour this afternoon to affected areas to further verify the extent of damage, and to assess the impact of the recent LPA occurrence to Davao Oriental areas .

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A farmer-recipient of the Cow Dispersal Program feeds one of the cows acquired by the Barangay Busaon from the Local Government of Tagum.

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ARMM Gov orders formation of task force to address illegal logging in Lanao del Sur COTABATO CITY -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman has ordered the immediate formation of an intensified Task Force Ranao and called on the help of civil society organizations (CSOs), Saturday, to tackle the problem on illegal logging in Lanao del Sur. The newly appointed mediately buckled down the reign of the region’s officer-in-charge gov- to work two days after leadership. ernor of the ARMM im- officially taking over Hataman was in Marawi City, Saturday, to hold a meeting with Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr., Col. Daniel Lucero, Brigade Commander of the Philippine Army’s 103rdInfantry Brigade, and some officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-ARMM primarily to discuss the case of rampant illegal logging in the province, which is believed to have contributed to the Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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massive flash flood that hit Illigan City when typhoon Sendong struck the country. The involvement of CSOs is intended to strengthen Task Force Ranao and allow it to enhance its involvement in tackling other illegal activities in the province, Hataman said. It is hoped that the intensified task force will help end illegal logging in the area. Moreover, the OICARMM governor ordered the region’s environment agency to come out with a transparent and complete report on the historical operations of logging in the province. He said individuals that will be found to be behind illegal logging operations in the province should be punished and held accountable regardless of their background and affiliation. The report would also allow the region to assess the extent of its responsibility on the scale of the flood that hit Iligan, he said. He also directed the agency to issue a moratorium on logging pend24

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ing a thorough inventory of areas with trees classified as ‘planted species’, which have been exempted from the total log ban imposed by the ARMM government and can be cut down. Hataman said the exemption provides a loophole for illegal logging that is made worse by lax law enforcement. The issue on illegal logging in the province was brought to national attention when thousands of logs, believed to be illegally cut, were washed out from Kapai River and ended in the flooded villages of Iligan City. The river traces its upstream in towns in Lanao del Sur that have been center of illegal and “carabao logging” for years. The newly installed ARMM leadership has vowed to put an end to this. In a security briefing, Lucero said law enforcement has been especially difficult in Lanao del

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Sur mainly due to the prevailing local culture in the province such as the case of rido (clan feud) and the often involvement of other powerful individuals. He said law enforcers are reluctant to implement the rule of law for fear of instigating a rido between their family and that of the erring individ-

ual. Lucero lauded the “no holds barred” directive issued by Hataman and said his brigade is glad to have the full backing of the ARMM government in its campaign against illegal logging and other forms of criminalities in the province.(BPIARMM/DED/PIA 12)


Response for Sendong victims overwhelming—OCD-12 by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Response for the hard-hit victims of Tropical storm Sendong in Northern Mindanao was overwhelming, according to the Office of Civil Defense Regional Center (OCD) 12. In the OCD’s report, it cited the assistance of the provincial government of Saranggani which donated more than P500,000.00 worth of 469 sacks of rice, 53 boxes of bottled water, 150 gallons of drinking water, 232 boxes of canned goods, 134 boxes of noodles, 207 boxes of infant milk, 861 sacks and 142 boxes of used clothing, 4 boxes of as-

sorted grocery items, 400 plastic mats, one box and two packs of kitchen utensils, two sacks of bags, one sack and three packs of assorted footwear and 15 funeral caskets. Along with the relief items was the P3,266.00 worth of financial assistance coming from individuals who opted to donate in cash. The relief items were delivered just before

Christmas day in three 10-wheeler trucks headed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) team. The province has also deployed a team of responders and volunteer nurses to northern Mindanao specifically in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City to conduct medical outreach activities.

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In its desire to help the victims, the provincial government has temporarily turned its provincial gymnasium to operations center for the collection, processing and dispatch of relief goods. The provincial government of South Cotabato also gave its share by approving the release of P1.5 million for relief and other forms of assistance including the 450 bags of rice and 20 funeral caskets. It also deployed its PDRRMO response team to help the victims in the area. The OCDRC XII said the city government of Cotabato also donated 10,000 bottles of water and assorted relief goods which were distributed by its own response team. Meanwhile, the city government of General Santos shelled out P500,000.00 cash assistance to each of the city government of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Aside from cash, the city government also turned over some relief items which were delivered Friday, Dec. 23, according to the City Pub26

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lic Information Office. The relief items were gathered through the collective efforts and assistance of different sectors and organizations here in the city, it said. Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio has

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also tasked its City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to send a team to assist in stress debriefing of the victims. In the report, OCD12 also acknowledged the assistance of the Department of Social


Welfare and Development (DSWD) XII for augmenting the supplies of DSWD Region X. These were 2,000 family food packs, 10,000 bottles of water, 1,500 clothing packs, 2,000 plastic mats, 2,000 mosquito nets, 1,629 bed sheets, 1,579 hand towels, 600 bath towels and sent off 15 social workers to assist

in the stress debriefing of victims in Iligan City. The Department of Health (DOH) XII has also ensured that 21 cadaver bags will be sent to DOH Region X. It said that it will send its own Mental Health Psycho Social Service Team this week to also assist in stress debriefing along with

DSWD personnel and local counterparts. Earlier, the Deparment of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) XII has issued a memorandum enjoining the local chief executives (LCEs) in Region XII to provide assistance to affected families in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City.

Irrigators agree to co-manage irrigation facilities by Evelyn Bragasin & Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Irrigators in North Cotabato recently had an agreement with the the National Irrigation Administration -12 (NIA12) for the operation and management of facilities of Libungan River Irrigation System in their area. Just recently, Saltum Irrigator’s Association Inc. (SALTUMIA Inc.) and LIBRIS Division 5 CHRISLAM Irrigators Association, Inc. signed a contract with NIA-12 Libungan River Irrigation System in line with the Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) program. Under the IMT contract, both irrigators’

associations agreed to operate and manage the irrigation facilities, including the lateral canals in covered by the association. They shall also take other duties, including water distribution and delivery and bills preparation and collection of irrigation service fee. The contract was signed

by Jerry Labrador as president the irrigator’s group SALTUMIA Inc., and Danilo Tacan president of the LIBRIS Division 5 CHRISLAM IA and Engr. C’zar M. Sulaik, division manager of Cotabato Provincial Irrigation Office for NIA. Engr. Edna C. Bantala, irrigation superintendent of Libungan River I r r i g a t i o n Sy s t e m ,

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said the contract signing is another milestone in the history of the office. The government is now putting more emphasis on the role of irrigators associations, making them the centerpiece of development initiatives. Bantala encouraged other irrigator groups who have not decided to enter into contract to make the move so that they could also avail of the services and benefits being enjoyed by the IAs which have already existing IMT contracts with the NIA. On the part of the irrigators, Labrador thanked the NIA administration for the effort the agency has been extending to the IAs particularly in irrigation-related activities. He also enjoined his co-IA officers to continue supporting the programs of the NIA especially the IMT program for the benefit of the farmer-irrigation users. NIA Region 12 Regional Manager Modesto Anderson M. Tolentino, Jr. said the IMT program is aimed at empowering irrigators’ associations by allowing them to accept the responsibility 28

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of managing the irrigation facilities covered by their association. Through this program, the IAs would feel a sense of ownership so they will take good care of the facilities and to strive to attain their goals as embodied in their contracts, Tolentino said. He also advised the IA officers present to be transparent to the members and to lay out to their members all transactions and activities they should decide on. He added, IAs are now being recognized by the Department of Agriculture thus they should not betray the trust given by the agency to them. He also encouraged the current IA officers to be lookout for potential leaders and train them so they will also have the chance to hold the reins of their IAs. Earlier this year, LIBRIS Division 6 IA and Settlers IA of Midsayap (SIAM) entered into contract under the IMT Model 2. With the contract, SALTUMIA Inc. is bound to operate and manage facilities in 139.30 hectares cov-

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ering Barangays Salunayan and Tumbras in Midsayap town in North Cotabato. It involves 96 farmer-irrigators, of whom 73 are members of SALTUMIA. On the other hand, LIBRIS Div 5 need to manage 817.075 hectares in Barangays Central Katingawan, Lagumbingan, San Isidro, Patindeguen and parts of Bagumba, all in Midsayap. The area serves at least 796 farmers, 766 of which are members of the irrigators’ association. Libungan River Irrigation System which has an Ogee-type dam in Barangay Barongis, Libungan Cotabato has a potential coverage area of 12,000 hectares. At present, it serves a firmed up area of 5,983.20 hectares in Midsayap, 1,453.34 hectares in Libungan, 1,098.05 hectares in Pigcawayan in North Cotabato and 721.35 hectares in Northern Kabuntalan in Maguindanao province. It was opened on September 15, 1962 by President Carlos P. Garcia. (NIA-12/ PIA-12)


14 brgys. evacuated due to LPA in Caraga Region

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by Robert E. Roperos

total of 14 barangays with 447 families or 1,896 persons were evacuated to different evacuation centers in Caraga Region due to Low Pressure Area (LPA) which caused flooding in some parts of the region.

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The figure was released by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in their situation report issued at 8:00 a.m. today. NDRRMC reported six barangays with 260 families and 1,144 persons in Surigao City were evacuated in Luna Brgy. Hall, St. Bernadette Chapel, Brgy. Washington Covered Court, Surigao City Gymnasium, Surigao Pilot Elem. School, Brgy. Taganito Gymnasium, Mabuhay Elem. School, Brgy. Cauilan Multi-purpose Hall, and Magsaysay Municipal Hall. Also, 20 families composed of 100 persons in Barangay San Antonio, Province of Dinagat Islands were evacuated to San Antonio, Libjo PBMA Sub-Chapter. Meanwhile, 63 families or 318 persons from Barangay Taglatawan in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur were 30

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also evacuated to Bayugan East Central Elem. School. Moreover, five barangays in the municipality of San Francisco were temporarily transferred to San Francisco Municipal Gym and in Mormons Church, composed of 104 families or an equivalent to 334 persons. The Regional DRRMC Operation Center continuously maintained 24/7 monitoring, disseminated NDRRMC advisories to the RDRRMC member-agencies, and coordinated with the local DRRMCs for situational update, the NDRRMC reported. Further, the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands had issued Alert Level 2 upon recommendation of PAGASA Surigao. MDRRMCs were activated to undertake precautionary measures and were

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alert for possible pre-emptive evacuation. Furthermore, the Active Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT) of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Search and Rescue Team (DISART) are on stand-by to closely monitor the situation on their respective AORs. In a related development, Provincial DRRMC of Agusan del Norte and City DRRMC of Butuan continuously monitoring the water level of Agusan River with response teams and rescue equipment ready for mobilization when necessary. The Quick Response Team (QART) of Surigao City was already deployed to flood-prone areas in the city especially in Brgy. San Juan for actual survey of the situation. DPWH Caraga, on the other hand, conducted monitoring of the conditions of major roads and bridges while Disaster Preparedness Teams and Equipment are on-stand by ready for deployment. Based on the Public Weather Forecast of PAGASA, at 2:00 a.m. today, LPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 120 km Southwest of Cotabato City (6.3oN, 123.3oE), while tail-end of a cold front is affecting the Visayas Region.


1,244 displaced, 1 missing in Surigao Norte, Dinagat Islands floods by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO CITY – Around 280 families involving 1,244 persons fled homes yesterday in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands amid rising floodwaters due to torrential rainfall brought about by a low pressure area in Mindanao. The Surigao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) said a 1 year and 7 month-old child identified as Roan Libres from Brgy. San Roque was reportedly missing since yesterday afternoon. It was reported that the child was accidentally swept by ravaging floodwaters. The city’s quick action response team is still conducting a search and retrieval op-

eration. Still in Surigao City, CDRRMC reported that some 167 families or 676 persons were evacuated at various evacuation centers in the city. In Brgy. Taganito, Claver, three families or 18 individuals were moved safely to a safe evacuation center, the Brgy. Taganito gymnasium. In Brgy. Mabuhay, Sison, 43 families or 215 persons were evacu-

ated at Mabuhay Elementary School. In Brgy. Cauilan, Tubod, 12 families consisting of 60 individuals were brought to their Brgy. Multi-Purpose Hall while 35 families or 175 families from Brgy. Magsaysay, Placer were evacuated at their municipal dome, according to a report from Surigao del Norte PDRRMC. Engr. Arnel Amalia, Municipal Planning and

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Development Coordinator of Malimono, informed PIA yesterday that the detour road near the unfinished steel bridge on Jubgan River in San Francisco town became impassable due to waist-deep floodwaters leaving several commuters stranded. In Dinagat Islands, only

one barangay in Libjo town was severely affected with 20 families or 100 persons from Brgy. San Antonio evacuated at San Antonio, Libjo PBMA chapter building, said a report from Dinagat Islands PDRRMC. Dinagat Islands Public Information Officer Rosario

Roxas, Jra. also said that a landslide occurred around 2 p.m. yesterday in Barangay Pantinople in Basilisa town along the national highway. Personnel from DPWH Dinagat Islands sub-district immediately conducted a clearing operation in the area.

Butuan City issues flood advisory by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY – Level of water at the Agusan river was recorded at 2.40 meters as of one o’clock this afternoon. Due to the continuous rising of water level in the Agusan River basin, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) has issued a flood advisory through acting mayor, Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun to the public. The rise of the water level in the river came from the flooded areas of Agusan del Sur which flows out to Butuan Bay due to the low pres32

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sure area (LPA) that is being experienced in the region. As per information from the city mayor’s office public information officer Jennifer Michele N. Divinagracia, alert level 1 is currently in effect in the city and now preparing for a possible flooding. Also, the local DRRMC has advised all residents in low-lying and riverside barangays to prepare for possible evacuation.

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The CDRRMC will continue to monitor the rising water level & prepare evacuation centers and emergency supplies like food, water and medical supplies. For emergencies, the public may call Ms. Grace Espere, CDRRC focal person at mobile number 094852278634 (Smart) of 09358943569 (Globe) of call telephone numbers (085) 3423074, (085) 3414160, or (085)3 455940.


One Mindanao - December 27, 2011  

An Electornic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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