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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Blitz

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Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region

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Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

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2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail: efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

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Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

ABNER M. CAGA

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA

Presidential Communications Operations Office

Cover Story

“Diamond”

women learn new skills

Gervacio Dauz, Jr. Caraga Region

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Today’s issue...

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 137

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Across the Nation:

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Aquino to groom successor who’ll sustain reforms in government

Revenue collection up by 12 percent this year

Regional News:

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Davao Catholic Herald goes online Southern Mindanao

Army denies violating SOMO

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Muzzle taping sa mga baril ng mga pulis isinagawa kahapon

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Hydropower plants up in Butuan Mike. Crismundo, Caraga Region

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DA-Caraga calls on livestock producers to export products to other countries

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“CCTV will be of great help in solving crimes” – PNP 9 Chief

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Police Office receives handheld radio sets

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Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Donations to ‘Sendong’ victims in NorMin reach P37.84-M

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Irish Aid relief supplies reach flood survivors in Mindanao – Plan Philippines

Northern Mindanao


Cover Story

“Diamond” women learn new skills

by Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

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t’s never too late to learn a new skill, and earn from it, too.

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At age 72, Arnolfa C . Donaldo learned how to debone a bangus and to make pickles. She is no stranger to preparing food, though, as she had run her own restaurant for 40 years. Last December 8, she—together with 16 women and a man—attended a skills training seminar sponsored by TESDA Agusan del Norte and the barangay council of Tandang Sora in Butuan City. The women were mostly members of the Diamond Star Women’s Association (DSWA). Ophelia P. Labiano, President of the DSWA and also a training participant, said that the group wanted to learn

new skills that they can use to put up a livelihood project. She said that with the support of TESDA and the barangay council of Tandang Sora, they see a brighter future for the elderly. The training which was held as part of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, was for the participants, more than an activity to promote gender and development agenda. “This might be a just another activity for us in the Brgy.

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Council,” Kagawad Ubaldo P. Pino, Jr said, “but this surely significant in the eyes of our women.” Indeed, “helping others help themselves” is the only way to go in overcoming poverty in the country. And for these women, a newly acquired skill could lead to productive lives 6

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in their twilight years. Thus, Arnolfa Donaldo, offered to train DSWA members in making tocino, ham, carne norte, and other processed foods. She also may soon join DSWA even as she is already an active member of the senior citizen’s group.


Coloma defends emergency text alert system from criticisms

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Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio "Sonny" B. Coloma Jr. (right) stresses a point during a briefing on the aftermath of typhoon "Sendong" at the Iligan City National High School, Monday. Also in photo are Philippine Broadcasting Service Director Tito Cruz (left) and Brig. Gen. Roland Amarille, deputy commander of the Army's 1st Infantry Division (2nd from right). (NIB photo / Bert Canilang)

residential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma fended off allegations that the government didn’t use existing emergency text alert system to warn the residents of the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan that resulted to massive loss of lives. Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Coloma explained that the text alert system, which was set to caution communities during bad weather conditions, wasn’t used in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities because the typhoon signal during the time of flashfloods was not at the required threshold alert level for issuing such warning. The threshold alert level is storm signal number three. Coloma issued the statement in view of a report published in a major broadsheet that the text alert system has not been used. He said in the cabinet meeting held last December 19, the President and members of the cabinet agreed to set up a dual-alert system that will include both a typhoon signal and a rainfall-flood alert. The Department of

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Science and TechnologyPhilippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) has been authorized to procure monitoring equipment to track water levels in the country’s 18 river basins all throughout the year. “The emergency text alert system using the number 1456 was used to warn Bulacan residents of rising flood waters caused by typhoon Pedring last September,” Coloma said with regards to the massive flooding in Bulacan last September. Coloma said that as agreed upon with the telecommunications companies last June, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will send the text alert message to the National Telecommunications

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Commission (NTC) that will in turn pass on the directive to the telcos. The Philippine Information Agency (PIA), an attached agency of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), composed the message and passed this on to Undersecretary Benito Ramos, the NDRRMC executive director. Region 3 DRRMC chair and OCD Director Josefina Timoteo commended the PIA “for its essential role” during typhoons Pedring and Quiel, noting that “the timely information given by the PIA saved thousands of lives.” Flash floods triggered by Sendong killed more than 1,200 people, mostly in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in Northern Mindanao. Authorities said hundreds are still missing. (AS)


Aquino to groom successor who’ll sustain reforms in government

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said he wants a successor who will sustain the momentum he has set in government when he steps down in 2016.

During an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) on Tuesday evening,

the President said it is important that the reforms he has initiated in the bureaucracy are

sustained in the future so that the country doesn’t go back to its previous state.

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He also said that maintaining these gains needs collective efforts of the people and the public shouldn’t solely rely on their leader to realize it. “The point is if we are able to really transform the country, sulit. So siyempre yun ang target, that we will be successful in training our successor and the successor is an inheritor of something that is so good that people are so used to that system that there’s no possibility of backsliding,” the President said when asked about how he views retirement in 2016. Expressing his views over anointing a successor, the President said he always encounters question 10

from some community leaders asking him how these reforms are continued after his stint as President. “I responded in this manner: ‘Kako kung iaasa ninyo sa akin lahat, ‘di wala naman talagang mangyayari sa atin. Mangyari na ang mangyayari, maski gaano ako kahealth conscious, tatawagin tayo ni Lord at some point in time. So it has to be a collective effort,’” he said. The President mentioned some allies he wants to be in the legislature as the country gears up for the mid-term election in 2013. Having more allies in Congress means speedier implementation of the administration’s economic and

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political agenda, he said. Some of the names mentioned by the President include former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, Customs chief Ruffy Biazon, Sen. Antonio Trillanes and former general Danilo Lim. “I said four and that’s a third of the whole slate who is supposed to foster the interest of the nation as a whole. We have such a broad coalition. We’d like to say that they’re all equal partners,” he said. The President’s interview Tuesday focused on his views for the coming year and his accomplishments in 2011. (AS)


Revenue collection up by 12 percent this year by Phres A. Evardone

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he Bureau of Internal Revenue reported a 12 percent increase in its tax collection this year. This was announced Wednesday by Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe during the Communication and News Exchange Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Aspe said the collection from January to February this year was P854.5 billion which is around P101 billion higher than the collection for the same period in 2010. “Even though this 11 month tax collection is P5 billion short of our collection target for 2011, still, this increase is more than satisfactory considering

thatour gross domestic product (GDP) did not increase by 12 percent” Aspe added. As for the yearround collection target of P940 billion, Aspe said the internal revenue office is still beefing up its efforts to collect the remaining balance of its 2011 target. Aspe further said that the operations group of BIR is currently

discussing various strategies to reach the P1.66 trillion revenue collection target for 2012. Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX) is sponsored by the Philippine Communication Operations Office (PCOO) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). The program is aired over People’s Television (PTV-4) and Radyo ng Bayan nationwide.

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Integrated river watch system mulled by Rudolph Ian G. Alama

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n integrated river monitoring system is being planned based on an earlier prototype river sensor system developed by a team of engineering students from Ateneo de Davao.

During the weekly Club 888 media forum at Marco Polo Davao Hotel, Bert Barriga, executive-vice president of the ICT-Davao, an umbrella group of Information Communication Technology (ICT) stakeholders in the city said that they wanted to create 12

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a proactive solution in the disaster risk reduction. He said the project entails a river monitoring system placed in the upstream areas of major rivers in Davao City; these are equipped with sensors fitted with Global Positioning System and GSM for message relay. Once the sensors detect an increase in river level, it will send out an SMS message to warn of the impending danger. Under the concept affected residents are warned an hour before a river flashflood could strike their community. The current river monitoring system was developed by engineering students in Ateneo de Davao in 2010 which was funded by Smart Communications Incorporated as part of its Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP). The river sensors were placed in various upstream portions of the Davao River.


However Barriga said the sensors were stolen or looted with only one sensor left untouched. The group said plans to reinstall the systems and upgrade it on an integrated communications platform. Barriga says that the sensors do not have precious metals which are of value to thieves. He urged the community to protect the equipment. Among the plans is using an online portal developed by Mynd Consulting, an IT firm based in Davao City. An existing portal called the OFW watch which allows the wide dissemination of messages coming from river sensor data through mobile phones or through social networking sites such as Facebook. Barriga said they will be customizing the Mynd’s platform. Under the scheme, any ordinary citizen who has a cellular phone can receive the

data coming from the river sensors. Having an android phone is much better as the river sensors can transmit more data and parameters like on-site real time videos or pictures. Barriga said that data from river sensors can be directly received by the concerned citizens, barangay officials, the City Hall and the Central 911. According to Barriga they will be presenting the plan to the City Mayor who has expressed interest in the river watch system. The plan through earlier forewarning aims to prevent a repeat of the disastrous June 28 Matina Pangi River tragedy where more than 30 persons were killed after the Matina Pangi River overflowed and the recent Tropical Storm Sendong calamity which struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

Davao Catholic Herald goes online

DAVAO CITY – December 29, 2011 will mark a historic event in the Archdiocese of Davao.

Aside from the ordination into priesthood of six deacons at San Pedro Cathedral, the Verbum Dei Media Foundation headed by Archbishop Fernando Capalla is set to launch the Davao Catholic Herald’s website at 1:30 PM on Thursday. The ordination and launching will be witnessed by the DC Herald’s board members themselves and the whole congregation of supporters. It took several meetings Thursday, December 29, 2011

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before the board has finally decided to jump into the world wide web as Pope Benedict XVI also opened its Vatican website on June 29 this year. Judge Jesus Quitain, one of DC Herald’s columnists, who is also a board member suggested to tap Catholic School Presidents, religious congregations and lay people (ACCLAIM) to integrate their updates in the online news. Msgr. Julius Rodulfa, also a board member, declared that the main domain be named to Davao Catholic Herald itself and that possible subscription to some on-line sources be explored. Moreover, Dr. Iris Melliza took on the challenge to launch the said communication channel with partners from Davao media and the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for them to know more about church’s news. As DC Herald expands its readership abroad, Philippine Information Agency regional director Efren Elbanbuena has been tasked to disseminate the information via press releases, radio and TV broadcasts, and on-line networks such as PIA’s electronic magazine ‘One Mind-

anao’ where five million Overseas Filipino Workers can have access to the paper. The year-end social communication activity is part of the foundation’s plan to develop more the church evangelization tools such as in marketing Asia’s longest-running Catholic newspaper, re-opening of DXGN 89.9 FM, and embarking on communication research to guide every decision-maker to sustain the two. Social Communications director Fr. Ritsche Gamaya is happy to note this as the Board is working hard to improve the communication systems in the Archdiocese. Aside from the Herald of the Good News Facebook Account which has been opened November this year, the website is an additional promotional instrument where each can read and support the paper financially, and soon the radio at one click. Roman Catholic Pontiff Pope Benedict XVI has launched Vatican’s new website on June 29 this year. He announced the said opening through a tweeter account.

facts and figures...

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total export receipts of the Davao Region for the first three quarters of 2011.

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Coco sugar “Sweet Peace” gaining global market attention by Aida C. Agad KORONADAL CITY – “We witnessed how “Sweet Peace” had its simple beginnings,” recalled Flora Gabunales, provincial director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – South Cotabato. What started to be a small focus-discussiongroup of former members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-turned Peace

and Development Advocates (PDAs) in South Central Mindanao is now making names in the international market with their coco sugar prod-

uct, relates Gabunales, a member of the project advisory group. In 2010, the former rebels formed the Mindanawan Coco Sugar

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Corporation (MCSC) and ventured on coco sugar production making use of raw materials that abound in their community. The group chose Mr. Johnny Akbar to led them as the President of the corporation. MCSC also sought the assistance of a project advisory group led by the DTI-South Cotabato. Initial support also came in during this time from the United Nations Development Programme-ACT for Peace Programme especially in developing their product and in capacitating their organization in business development. Massive market exposure and business

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development services were also provided to the MCSC by DTI-Rural Micro-enterprise Promotion Programme (RuMEPP). These Gabunales recalled had resulted to an increased demand of their product. Its participation to the International Food Expo on May 2011 resulted to a P 2.6 million worth of sales, that’s why MCSC officers now agree that “Peace is sweeter with coco sugar.” Mindanawan Coco Sugar Corporation is designed as big brother Micro-enterprise (Level 3) of about 43 coco sap producers (Level 1 MEs) at the community level. Using this approach

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RuMEPP South Cotabato provided entrepreneurial training, quality coco sap production, GMP, hygiene and sanitation to coco sap producers. On the other hand, using firm level needs assistance, MCSC is also being capacitated on corporate management, marketing skills, and exposures to different types of market. RuMEPP is a DTI arm which seeks to reduce rural poverty through increased economic development, job creation, and better incomes for poor rural households by promoting profitable and sustainable micro enterprises (MEs).


Army denies violating SOMO by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- The Philippine Army has not violated its declaration of the suspension of military operation (SOMO) against the New Peoples Army, an army official said. “Let me clear that out. We have not conducted any offensive operation against the NPA,” Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo, commanding officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion, based in Tupi South Cotabato told the Philippine Information Agency-12 in a telephone interview this morning. He pointed out that they are only on the defensive mode. Bravo’s statement came after Ka Efren, spokesperson of NPACentral Mindanao as reported by local radio station in North Cotabato criticized the Armed Forces of the Philippines’s (AFP) ceasefire declaration by continuing its Oplan Bayanihan specifically around mining giant Sagittarius Mines Incorporated’s (SMI) copper-gold project in Tampakan town.

He explained, “The declaration of the suspension of military operations (SOMO) with the NPA does not mean that we also have to stop our responsibility of securing the peace and order in our area of responsibility.” What is suspended is only active offensive operation against NPA rebels, he explained further. There is also no reason for them to stop

with their peace and development activities in communities in need of their assistance while the SOMO is in effect, he added. Bravo, however, clarified that their troops have maintained patrols in the tri-boundary of the municipalities of Tampakan in South Cotabato, Kiblawan in Davao del Sur, and Columbio in Sultan Kudarat following “persistent and consistent” reports that

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the NPA is consolidating troops in the area. At least 40 persons have been monitored in the tri-boundary in the recent weeks, which he said is unusual because in the past they could only monitor less than 10 troops there. “Columbio Mayor Amirh Musali sent me a letter requesting for us

to patrol the area because he is worried that this gathering of NPA troops could result in atrocities in their communities,� he said. Bravo added, they have also received text messages claiming that from December 24 until January 1 NPA troops could harass army detachment in retaliation of

the death of a member of bandit Daguil Capion’s group. Capion has allegedly allied with the NPA after he was declared wanted for murder. This, he said, is another reason why they have to beef up their defensive security preparations .

Muzzle taping sa mga baril ng mga pulis isinagawa kahapon KORONADAL CITY -- Muli na namang binalot ng masking tape ang buka ng mga baril ng lahat ng pulis sa South Cotabato Provincial Police Office noong Martes. Ito ayon kay South huwag paputukin ang lin ang masking tape

Cotabato

Police Provincial Office Director P/SSupt. Randolf Delfin ay kaugnay na rin sa pagbabawal ng mga miyembro ng kapulisan na magpaputok ng baril kasabay ng pagsalubong ng Bagong Taon. Umaasa si P/SSupt. Delfin na tatalima ang lahat ng kanyang tauhan sa kautusan na 18

kanilang mga service firearms. Paalala ni Delfin, papatawan ng kaparusahan at maaring matiwalag sa serbisyo ang sinumang pulis na mapapatanuyang lumabag sa naturang kautusan. Sa ngayon, hinihintay pa nila ang direktiba hinggil sa petsa kung kailan tatangga-

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na nakabalot sa buka ng mga baril. Paliwanag ni Delfin, maari pa rin namang magamit ng mga pulis ang kanilang mga service firearm sa panahon ng emerhensiya o mga insidente kung saan kailangan na magamit ng pulis ang kanilang baril. (DEDoguiles)


Butuan City gov’t awarded Seal of Good by Robert E. Roperos Housekeeping

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he city government here has been awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government, and qualified as recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).

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In a memorandum issued by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to Caraga Regional Director Atty. Rene Burdeos, the region’s DILG chief was directed to inform the city government of Butuan to submit a one-page project brief based on the corresponding amount of LGSF share that may be released to them. As LGSF recipient, the city government will receive some P60 million, Sec. Robredo said in a memorandum. Robredo further said the fund shall be utilized as capital expenditures and used to augment their approved 2012 Annual Investment Plan for implementation of 20

any or combination of the following projects, namely: 1) rural electrification; 2) local roads connecting national roads; 3) arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges; 4) local economic enterprises and; 5) flood control and drainage. Also, the DILG chief said the fund will also be used to support the priority projects of the national government such as the 1) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); 2) Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010; 3) Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 However, DILG emphasized that the release of the LGSF shall be subject to the evaluation or approval of the project by the concerned DILGRegional Office, based on the above-stated requirements. Once the con-

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cerned DILG Regional Office has determined the soundness of the project, it shall then be endorsed to its counterpart regional office of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for fund processing. This development shows that the internal reforms which were implemented in the city government here through the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. were recognized by the national government. The city government of Butuan is among the local government units of the region that complied and adhered to the flagship program of President Benigno S. Aquino III on transparency and accountability governance as highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan for20112016.


Hydropower plants up in Butuan by Mike U. Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – The effort of the city government here and the local business group on public-private-partnership finally bared fruit when a Japanese firm and three local business firms recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct run-to-river mini-hydropower plants in this region’s frontier and capital city in the Caraga Region. The setting up of multi-million-peso run-toriver hydropower plants in this city will be a big boost to the national government’s Mindanao power generation program for 2012 and beyond, business analysts here said. The signing of MoU at a hotel and convention cen-

ter was witnessed by city officials led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. and Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun; Yuji Munehiro, general manager of business planning division/business promotion group Toe (traffic operations engineer) of the CHODAI, Co., Ltd.; Satoshi Kato, manager, business

planning and development division; Motohide Takano, vice-president of the Twinpeak Hydro Resources Corporation (THRC); Hendrick R. Menegdeg, president of the Hydro Resources Management and Consultancy, Inc.; and other local business leaders. Signatories of the

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MOU include Ronnie Vicente C. Lagnada, chief operating officer of the Equi-Parco Construction (EPC) Company, and Director Akinori Ido P.E. Jp. of CHODAI, Co. Ltd., a “Kabushiki Kaisha” group based in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Under the MoU, the EPC, CHODAI, and THRC agreed to initially establish run-to-river mini hydropower plants in the Taguibo and Asiga rivers here. The Japanese and local partners also agreed to help one another to establish two power plants producing 2.4 megawatts and 2.6 megawatts in Taguibo River, and another eight megawatts in Asiga River. Under the MoU, the parties agreed for the grant 22

of an exclusive right to explore, develop, operate, manage, and utilize hydro power resources in the said rivers. “This power project in Butuan is a big help to Butuanons, and also a plus factor to the growing industries in this part of Mindanao. This is also a big support to our national government’s power generation in Mindanao,” said businessman Ronnie Vic Lagnada. “We are looking forward for the realization of these projects here in the Philippines,” also said Ido, along with his interpreter, during the signing of the agreement. Last month, the EPC and CHODAI already en-

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tered into certain non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for the realization of the said project. Also, the public-private-partnership (PPP) projects with the Japanese group was strengthened after city officials led by Amante presented more than 10,000 hectares of investment possibilities for co-management project here during the Tokyo business and investment forum last month, where the Research Center for PPP Toyo University also presented PPP possibilities for the future of this city. “The signing of this hydro power projects in Butuan City is a big breakthrough where the Japanese group responded to our business opportunities here and we are expecting more foreign investors with PPP projects in the coming years,” stressed Amante. He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Lagnada group for initiating the PPP program between the governments of Japan and Butuan.


DA-Caraga calls on livestock producers to export products to other countries by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – With the declaration that the Philippines is now a “Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)-free country,” the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga Region is calling all livestock producers to export their products to other countries. According to Dr. Isidro Lagumbay, DA-Caraga Chief Quarantine Officer and Regulatory Division Chief, livestock producers may now export their products especially to countries which are not yet free from the FMD. Lagumbay said because the advisory was already lifted, livestock products such as pork, beef, carabeef and other forms of animal meats may now be

exported, since this is one of the requirements set by the World Trade Organization (WTO) for countries exporting such products. Lagumbay added this is already an opportunity for every Caraganon to earn for a living, thus, people from the region should take this opportunity. “We now have freedom to export livestock products to other countries

because we are now an FMD-free country. Since this is an opportunity for us here in Caraga Region to earn, we have to take this opportunity,” Lagumbay said. On June 2, 2011, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the World Organization for Animal Health has certified the Philippines to be free from FMD at a regular press briefing in Malacañang Palace.

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BFP implements “Oplan Paalaala” to public by Gideon C. Corgue

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ith barely three more days before the New Year celebration, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here continue to implement “Oplan Paalaala”, a regular program of the agency which reminds the public of their safety by encouraging them to use horns (torotot) rather than pyrotechnics and firecrackers.

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City fire marshall Sr. Inspector Rheno Cimafranca on Monday said the activity is being conducted nightly around the city.

“We are doing ‘recorida’ every night in the urban barangays to encourage the public to use horns

in this holiday season instead of pyrotechnics and firecrackers saying that horns are good alternatives for firecrackers,” Cimafranca said. Cimafranca said the information campaign started on December 16 and will end on the 31st of this month. “We were grateful that on Christmas Eve, no fire incidents and fireworks-related injuries were recorded by our office and the city police station. This is because many people took heed of our campaign,” Cimafranca reported.

In the ‘recorida’, Cimafranca said the ‘Oplan Paalaala’ team stressed the danger of lighting firecrackers not only to public safety but also to public health. They also cause injuries and even deaths aside from destruction to property due to fire caused by firecrackers. The fire chief is optimistic the public will continue to heed the government’s repeated calls since every year, more people are getting injured from firecrackers and pyrotechnics. (NBE/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

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“CCTV will be of great help in solving crimes” – PNP 9 Chief by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Philippine National Police 9 Chief P/C Supt. Elpidio De Asis strongly supports the installation of CCTV cameras in strategic places in the city stressing its importance in crime-solving. “I fully support the eras to help hasten the Pilar, and the city’s fasetting up of surveil- investigations. vorite family destina-

lance cameras in the city because this will really help in the investigation of crime incidents”, De Asis said during a press conference yesterday. The recent strings of shooting in the city have again elicited calls from some sectors for the city government to install surveillance cam26

The putting up of CCTV cameras within the city proper has long been proposed but Mayor Celso Lobregat rejected the idea. However, Lobregat recently ordered the installation of CCTV cameras in the City Hall premises, the newly constructed Plaza del

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tion, Paseo del Mar. Lobregat said funds were already allocated for the said gadgets. Gen. De Asis lauded Lobregat for the move as this would help safeguard hundreds, if not, thousands of people flocking at Paseo del Mar every night. (JPA/ MVC/PIA9-ZBST)


Police Office receives handheld radio sets by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY Police Office (ZCPO) gets 28 handheld radio sets from the city government as the latter’s continuing support to the police. Vic Larato of the City Information Office said “Mayor Celso Lobregat personally turned over the 28 handheld radio sets worth 250,000 to the ZCPO through its Officer In Charge Sr. Supt. Edwin Soledad.” According to Larato, the radio sets will be distributed to the different police units to strengthen their communication capability in the performance of their functions. According to Larato, Mayor Lobregat during the simple turn over held at the City Hall Conference room said, “This is part of our con

tinuing effort to support the local police as we have been and continuously constructing police stations, community police assistance centers in the barangays and other administrative support like office equipment.” Larato also said that the Community Police Assistance Center (COMPAC) was inaugurated on Monday, December 26 including

the barangay hall in Rio Hondo, a Muslim-dominated community. “Last week, the mayor turned over to the police the city government’s donation of four personal computers with complete accessories amounting to P121,000 in an effort to make the local police efficient in their administrative functions,” Larato said in conclusion. ( J P A / PIA-ZBST)

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Italian government provides relief aid to “Sendong� victims by Apipa Bagumbaran

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government provided humanitarian aid to the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong, here, by donating 40 tons of relief goods comprising of materials for emergency shelters, tents, water filters and containers. A ceremonial turnover of the relief goods worth 500,000 euros was conducted yesterday at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Field Office 10, in Upper Carmen, this city. Representing the Italian 28

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Government was Mr. Alfonso Tagliaferri, First Secretary-Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy in Manila, who formally turned-over the relief goods to DSWD10 Regional Director to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo. The relief goods consisted of


3,100 tarpaulins (woven plastic/4x6m), 580 tarpaulins, 286 pieces tents (collapsible/25sq.m), 6,000 Jerry can (collapsible/10Lt) and 8 units of Water Purifier (4cu.m/hour). Tagliaferri said the donation is a way of showing their solidarity to the Filipino people citing the huge Filipino community in Italy as the most hardworking people in Italy. He also underscored the cooperation of the DSWD who will be heading the distribution to the greatly affected barangays stressing that the agency has been very efficient, prompt and fast in coordinating with them. Some volunteers from the Sant’Egidio, an Italian NGO, will also be collaborating with the DSWD in the distribution of goods, he added.

Solamillo, on the other hand, said the DSWD is deeply honored and grateful for the support and assistance of the Italian Government. “Rest assured that we will use these items for the benefit of our people who are in dire need of the assistance,� she said. She also cited that they will prioritize the putting-up of the tents so that evacuees in the schools could immediately transfer since classes will resume on January 3. Meanwhile, Tagliaferri disclosed that beginning next year, the Italian government will start the huge operation of development programs in Mindanao which are aimed at improving the conditions of rural families in Southern Philippines.

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Donations to ‘Sendong’ victims in NorMin reach P37.84-M by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - Around Php37.84 million worth of assistance was extended to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao, as of Dec. 28.

Of this amount, Php32.24 million came from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Php1.94 million from the local government units (LGU) and Php3.66 million from other government offices and non-government organizations. Data at the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, show that as of the period, Typhoon Sendong has affected a total of 63,799 families with 358,924 members from 179 barangays of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. One-hundred six (106) of the affected barangays are in Misamis 30

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Oriental, broken down as follows: Cagayan de Oro City, 41, Opol, 19, Manticao, 13, Lugait, 10, El Salvador, 9, Tagoloan, 7, Naawan, 6, and Kinoguitan, 1. Iligan City in Lanao del Norte had 28 affected barangays, while Bukidnon had 45 barangays: Baungon, 16, Libona, 14, Valencia City, 10 and Malitbog, Cabanglasan, Manolo Fortich, Talakag and Impasug-ong, one (1) barangay, each. At least 22 evacuation centers (EC’s) have been established for the ‘Sendong’ victims in Cagayan de Oro City and 20 others for the victims in Iligan City. The RDRRMC data also show ‘Sendong’ injured 839 persons. It also killed 1,119 individuals in the three (3) provinces, of which only 339 have been properly identified, as of press time. Again, of those who died, 676 came from Cagayan de Oro City, 398 from Iligan City and 45, from


Bukidnon, Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, said. Meanwhile, Caňeda said that as of Dec. 27, donations from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), through DSWD-10, amounted to Php 5.46 million. This assistance from the Spanish AECID came in the form of relief goods, such as, instant coffee, corned beef, sardines, instant noodles and bottled drinking water, Regional Director Ana Caňeda of OCD-10 said. Relatedly, Caňeda said the Department of Agriculture (DA) also donated/distributed the following food items to the ‘Sendong’ victims

in Barangays Kauswagan, Bulua, Iponan, and Canitoan, all of Cagayan de Oro City: Used clothing, 32 sacks/7 boxes, sardines and instant noodles, 18 boxes, each, sugar, four (4) bags, vegetables, two (2) sacks, and packed goods, 38 packs.

Irish Aid relief supplies reach flood survivors in Mindanao – Plan Philippines

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s the number of fatalities increase to about 1,500 people with more than a thousand others missing, survivors of Typhoon Sendong (international name: Washi) in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan face uncertainties in the months to come. More than 70,000 families have been displaced by the storm, of which 62,000 families live outside evacuation centers. Shelter has become a growing problem as evacuees need to transfer to tent

cities before classes open on Jan 3. Cagayan de Oro has already identified a potential relocation site but residents can’t move in just yet as the local government Thursday, December 29, 2011

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claims there is still a lot of work to do. Iligan, meanwhile, has not yet identified a relocation site. This means survivors – most of them not only lost their homes and belongings, but also lost family members – have to stay in tent cities until a permanent shelter is given to them. “We know that in times like this, people need to have a semblance of normalcy in their life. Having a place to stay in which their privacy is protected and respected lessens their stress. This is especially true for mothers and their children,” said Carin van der Hor, Plan’s country director in the Philippines. “Plan, therefore, will distribute about 400 tents of about 25-sq meter each to families in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Some of these tents will also be used as temporary classrooms that we plan to put up in tent cities,” she added. The tent is part of Irish Aid’s US$265,000-donation (P14.6M) sent through Plan International. Plan is a children’s organization that has been working in the Philippines for the past 50 years.

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Apart from the tents, the donations also include 15,000 blankets and 15,000 bar soaps. These will augment Plan’s first tranche of support to Mindanao which included 10,000 hygiene kits, 10,000 hyposols (for purifying water) and 2,000 water containers worth US$75,000 (P3.2M). “These tents will not only provide physical shelter from the scorching heat during the day and chilly air during the night, but hopefully contribute to the psychosocial well-being of the displaced people as well. With some of the tents to be used as temporary classrooms, children in emergency situation will be able to gain a sense of normalcy and can slowly start processing what happened to them and their communities. Bringing children back in a safe and secure environment amongst their peers is of utmost important in emergency situations” van der Hor noted. “This is why Plan International is lobbying for a greater investment in the education sector after disasters,” she said. (PII)



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