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Cover Story

Town mayor is TOPS in Caraga

David Suyao

Caraga Region

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Today’s issue...

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

Vol. 1 No. 139


Across the Nation:




PhilPost, PLDT strengthen web connectivity

Regional News:

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“Sendong” left one injured, 567 families affected in Agusan del Sur David M. Suyao, Caraga Region

State Hospital in Surigao del Sur joins intensified campaign against firecracker Greg Tataro, Jr, Caraga Region

Zambo Sur police launches ‘no’indiscriminate firing during New Year

Gideon C. Corgue , Western Mindanao

58,000 more added as 4Ps beneficiaries in ZamPen Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

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PRO-10 heightens campaign on illegal fireworks this New Year fête


Iligan flood victims receive rice packs from Lanao Norte LGU, Turkish NGO

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PCI Regina E. Abanales, Northern Mindanao

Vincent N. Labial, Northern Mindanao

PRO 12 tapes service firearms of police personnel

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

P25-M na donasyon di rason para paboran ang mining firm -- vice gov DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

Cover Story

Town mayor is TOPS in Caraga by David Suyao


or her determination and hard work in uplifting the economic condition of her constituents, the Civil Service Commission awarded Esperanza town Mayor Leonida Manpatilan as this year’s The Outstanding Public Servant in the Caraga region. 4

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Manpatilan started, she continued focusing on the seven themes namely: Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation, Environmental Sustainability, Quality Social Services, Revenue Generation, Enhanced Legislation, Peace & Order and Public Safety, and Indigenous Peoples (IP) Empowerment. Manpatilan accessed funding from foreign and national governments to augment the municipality’s economy which is dependent on agriculture and Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA). Thus, the town availed of poverty reduction and economic activity stimuli programs under the Mindanao Rural Development Program in the form of construction of farm to market roads. These programs, according to the Tabulated Output of Community Based Management System 2010, resulted Following the structure in reduced poverty incidence of governance of her hus- from 70.1 percent in 2005 to band and former Mayor Deo 62.2 percent in 2009. Saturday, December 31, 2011


For revenue generation, the local government unit (LGU) has increased competency through automated real property tax assessment, billing and licensing system. And while there is a huge share from the IRA, the town also enjoyed an increase in financial resources from tax base collection. The Municipality’s Statement of Income reported that total local income had increased from about P89 million to about P158 million in 2010. Social services, on the hand, received further support through the formulation of the Executive and Legislative Agenda (ELA). According to Manpatilan, the creation of the ELA will provide focus in the implementation of programs and will be effective in building team-up and support with the legislative body and community. In addition, a Capacity Development Plan was also designed to prepare the skills of LGU staff in the implementation of ELA. 6

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Similarly, legislation in Esperanza was also enhanced through the installation of the first ever paperless session at the Sangguniang Bayan. This move allowed saving of approximately P40,000 worth of computer ink and paper supplies per year, according to the Estimated Cost Savings on Budgetary Proposal Submitted by the Sangguniang Bayan. Peace, order and public safety was also addressed through maintaining a good coordination with the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Army. The installation of municipal street lights also helped reduce crime rate in Poblacion proper. Going further in securing the constituents’ safety, the municipality was also the first in the province to craft the Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Plan Integrating Climate Change Adaptation Options. For environmental sustainability, the focus was Saturday, December 31, 2011


on Solid Waste Management. This was emphasized through the creation of the Solid Waste Management Task Force that will strictly enforce the “Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Ordinance.� Lastly, Manpantilan worked with the Department of Interior and Local Government and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for the representation of IP at the Local Sanggunian, pursuant to 8

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the provision of R.A. 8371. Also, the local government was able to craft the Ancestral Domain Sustainable and Protection Plan of the Higaonon Tribe, which comprises the majority population of IP in the municipality. At present, Manpatilan is continuously implementing other projects that her administration is undertaking that will contribute to the development and progress of the municipality of Esperanza.

Foreign aids continue to pour for ‘Sendong’ victims


oreign donations/pledges for the victims of tropical storm Sendong that devastated parts of Visayas and Mindanao last December 16 continue to pour in. Saturday, December 31, 2011


As of December 28, the foreign aids received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have reached more than $12 million, including those received from Philippine embassies, Filipinos abroad, and private individuals. The amount does not include donations/ pledges without equivalent monetary value, according to a news release from the DFA. The total donations/pledges consist of US$4,780,656.15 in cash, US$2,122,255.14 in kind and US$5,710,563 worth of pledges. Top donors include the United States (US$100,000 in cash and US$5.4 million in pledges), Australia (US$1,015,246.92 in cash and US$304,600.82 in kind), China (US$1.01 million in cash), Czech Republic (US$894,000 in cash), Republic of Korea (US$500,000 in kind and 10

US$110,000 in pledges), Indonesia (US$310,000 in cash and US$200,000 in kind) and New Zealand (US$500,000 in cash). Other foreign donors include Japan (US$320,163.09 in kind), Spain (US$261,470.66 in cash), Ireland (US$130,807.66 in kind), Malaysia (US$100,000 in cash), Singapore (US$38,714.37 in cash and US21,533.57 in kind), Chile (US$25,000 in cash), Thailand (US$100,000 in cash), Denmark (US 52,783.82 in cash), Belgium (US$130,562.58 worth of pledges), Italy (US$645,150 in kind), Switzerland (US$320,714.98 in cash) and Oman (US$2,909.65 in cash). Filipino communities around the world have also sent in their assistance. The Filipino community in the U.S. Northeast has sent in US$11,170 in cash coursed through the Phil-

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ippine Consulate General in New York, while other members of the Filipino in the U.S. collected US$8,287.80 in cash. The Filipino community in Guam donated US$3,956 in cash, while the Laguna Association of Guam gave US$500 in cash. Other donations

from the Filipino community include US$1,000 in cash from the Filipino community in Malaysia, US$3,921.45 in cash from the Filipino community in France, US$1,094.25 in cash from the Filipino community in Myanmar, US$2,275.30 in cash from the Filipino community in Xiamen and US$195.95 in cash from the Philippine

Consulate General in Barcelona. Private individuals and businesses have also donated to the cause. Russian businessmen gave US$20,000 in pledges, and the Dalai Lama Trust also provided US$50,000 in pledges. The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Guam

provided US$14,420 in cash, and the Philippine Consulate General in Guam collected money from various individuals, which totaled US$2,895. On December 22, the United Nations launched a consolidated flash appeal for humanitarian assistance with the humanitarian community and the Philippine Government for Sendong victims amounting to US$28,576,819. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has an initial appeal of US$50,000, and that their Philippine office has a team who conducted needs assessment in Mindanao and is providing relief support. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the fatalities Sendong rose to 1,257, while the estimated damage to property went up to P1.382 billion.

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PhilPost, PLDT strengthen web connectivity


he Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) recently partnered with telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to strengthen web connectivity in all postal offices nationwide.

PhilPost postmaster general Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz said the tie up with PLDT through its chairman Manny V. Pangilinan is vital in upgrading the postal service. “We see the vital role of IT in our business. We hope that through the help of chairman Pangilinan, we shall be able to connect all of our post offices in the country to better serve our customers,” said Dela 12

Cruz. According to PhilPost, under the partnership project, PLDT will provide PhilPost with laptops and internet connectivity to link the 188 post offices in the country. Likewise, the network will also be utilized in logistics business, money remittance, and other services offered by the PhilPost.

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The postmaster general assured that as PhilPost is gearing in developing new businesses, it is also upgrading its facilities and bringing in new technology in business operations. “Through this, we will ensure that our patrons will receive faster, more reliable, and trustworthy service from the PhilPost,” Dela Cruz added.

City dad grateful to state workers by Robert E. Roperos


fter receiving the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. acknowledged the city hall employees and those who are responsible in the implementation of internal reforms in his administration.



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According to Mayor Amante, the latest recognition the city government has received from the DILG is a manifestation that all the efforts extended by everybody who supported his administration in implementing the internal reforms were recognized. Amante said all the sacrifices extended by the chiefs of offices in the city hall as well as the employees paid off. The city’s chief executive admitted that when they started implementing internal reforms, they really find difficult in doing such because of the resistance of some workers. “Maybe they are afraid to follow new instructions and directives because they did not under14

stand what will be the outcome of such reforms… but as we go on further, they realized that what we are doing is for the good of the people… and as we continue to exercise these reforms, we found out that those who resisted before are already supporting our cause,” Amante said. With the latest fete they received, Mayor Amante is encouraged to continue implementing such reforms as “this will lead to total transformation that will benefit not only the present generation but as well as the future leaders of this city and the future generations, in general.” Amante also extended his gratitude to the regional offices of the government

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based in this city for always inspiring his administration to move forward, following the “tuwid na daan” (straight path) which is also the battlecry of the Aquino administration. In a memorandum of DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo dated December 28, 2011, the department chief directed Caraga Regional Director Atty. Rene Burdeos to inform the city government of Butuan to submit a one-page project brief since they passed the Seal of Good Housekeeping and therefore, qualified as recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF), amounting to some P60 million.

“Sendong” left one injured, 567 families affected in Agusan del Sur by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR - At the height of strong winds brought about by tropical storm Sendong in Agusan, one person was injured, 597 families were affected, 48 houses were totally damaged and another 216 were partially damaged. Tammy Payot, 25 years old from Poblacion, San Francisco, was one of the Agusanons who were affected by the storm. Payot broke his right leg while he was helping others clear the road near the Adlayan Bridge along the national highway from Butuan City to Davao City. He was immediately brought to the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital where his injured leg was cut. Of the 13 municipali-

ties and one city in Agusan del Sur, only four of these have sent reports to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center (PDRRMC). In Prosperidad, 24 families or 160 persons were affected in seven barangays, while 37 families or 140 persons were also affected in seven barangays in the municipality of Rosario. In Loreto, 189 families or 1,134 persons were affected while 347 families or 2,083 persons

were also affected in only one barangay Sabang Adgawan in La Paz. Because of unexpected strong winds, families affected evacuated to their relatives’ and friends’ houses instead of the assigned evacuation centers. Almost 253 hectares of rice and cornfield with an estimated cost of P3 million were damaged. At the height of the strong winds, PDRRMC

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action officer Roberto Natividad immediately dispatched a search and rescue team to clear the block roads. Natividad asked LDRMMCs to be vigilant while advising people in identified disaster prone areas to go to safer areas or designated evacuation centers. Natividad also advised

the LDRRMCs to conduct assessment of damages in their respective areas and to submit report to PDRRMC. The provincial government also dispatched a team of Search and Rescue Agusan del Sur to Cagayan de Oro City to help in the retrieval operations.

The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, meanwhile, is currently distributing relief goods to most affected areas in Agusan del Sur while warnings and advisory continue as moderate rainfall continue province-wide.

State Hospital in Surigao del Sur joins intensified campaign against firecracker by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The Adela Serra-Ty Memorial Medical Center (ASTMMC) in Surigao del Sur has joined the DOH’s intensified campaign against the use of firecrackers and similar products for an injury-free holiday season.

Dr. Andres, Chief of Hospital here said, however, that they are always ready to give medical attention to whoever will be victims of firecracker-related incident especially until after New Year. Meanwhile, ASTMMC has already posted five (5) firecracker-related injuries caused by “Piccollo” alone since Code White Alert has been raised on December 20 under Aksiyon: Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR). Except for a 17 year16

old , most victims were children with ages ranging from five to 11 years old. The said report is a stark contrast of last year’s “clean slate” according to the hospital management. (Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag) Dr. Andres, Chief of Hospital here said, however, that they are always ready to give medical attention to whoever will be victims of firecracker-related incident especially until after New Year. Meanwhile, ASTMMC

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has already posted five (5) firecracker-related injuries caused by “Piccollo” alone since Code White Alert has been raised on December 20 under Aksiyon: Paputok Injury Reduction (APIR). Except for a 17 yearold , most victims were children with ages ranging from five to 11 years old. The said report is a stark contrast of last year’s “clean slate” according to the hospital management. (Radyo ng BayanTandag)

Camaraderie and resilience: the core of a Filipino

by Noemi Bernardino-Edaga


o most families, the month of December is the most awaited month of the year. December simply means some work-break. It is a time for family reunion. Grannies look up to seeing new family members. It is also a time for friends and former classmates with their families to bond. To those on work duty, December is a time to party and enjoy the fruit of the year’s labor. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310



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Merriest Season Streets, trees, houses, buildings aglow with Christmas lights and lanterns. Fireworks light the skies. Christmas-themed decors and competitions abound. Streets and malls are heavy with traffic. Day and night, people are busy everywhere. Outing, malling, gigs, simbang gabi, gift–buying and exchanging and parties top the list of people’s activities. Happy faces of both old and young are common sights. Nature’s Fury Like an angel of death… a thief in the night, Sendong visited Northern Mindanao on the night of December 18 and claimed over a

thousand lives in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City. It also took lives and damaged properties in Dumaguete and Dipolog cities. Hundreds of chil-

dren were orphaned and thousands of families lost lovedones. Vibrant communities were wrecked and desolated as houses, villages and properties were reduced to crumbles. Sendong’s aftermath scored deaths, missing persons, homelessness; wounded, sick and hungry people; wailing children in crowded evacuation centers. Camaraderie Outpour of support in cash and in kind streamed from a wellspring in everyone’s heart. The Regional Development Council-IX (RDC-IX) through its


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that Christ is the reason for the season, and that a celebration for life is apt despite their desolate situation. This is the core of Filipino resilience.

Chairperson, Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy, initially donated P100,000 and appealed for RDC-IX members to help. Dipolog, a sister city of Iligan, immediately sent a truckload of rice, bottled water and used clothing. Leaders from the entire Zamboanga Peninsula made a united call to help Sendong victims. Millions of cash, food, water, and sacks of used clothing, coffin and all sorts of stuff were gathered by ZamPen Representatives, Governors, and Mayors.

Civic and religious organizations, establishments, military, students, teachers and people from all walks of life in the region responded to the call of local officials to alleviate the condition of our brothers and sisters in Region-10. Christmas in Evacuation Centers As Jesus was born in a manger, Sendong victims spent Christmas Day in evacuation centers. As Jesus received gifts from the three Kings, evacuees received noche Buena packs from sympathizers from all over the globe. It is noteworthy that despite nothingness, calamity and trauma; most victims know

Disaster Preparedness More than giving aid to victims is the realization Sendong taught us: the need to take care of mother earth to avert more disasters to come in the country. Fingers were raised and pointed between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the local chief executives of Northern Mindanao. Least it be realized that each one is the first respondent to any disaster and that adaptation to climate change is everybody’s serious concern. Aid to Sendong’s victims has been immeasurable. Thanks to angel-sent donors and kind-hearted souls. Somehow, may the lessons of Sendong teach each one of us to be pro-active in our efforts to take care of mother earth so that it will also take care of us in return.

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Zambo Sur police launches ‘no’ indiscriminate firing during New Year by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – Over 100 police officers of Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) on Tuesday attended a ceremonial sealing of firearms during their muster inspection at its headquarters, Camp Abelon, Tuburan district here. Parovincial director Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani Gucela led this morning the ZSPPO officials and personnel in sealing the muzzles of their firearms to ensure that their guns will not be used as part of Christmas and New Year revelry. During the ceremony, Gucela was the first to put masking tape on the muzzle in one of his men and he was followed by the headquarters key officials who signed their initials on the sealed portion of their guns. Gucela said the ceremony is in compliance with the directive of PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome ordering all police officers in the country to 20

have the their firearms’ muzzles be taped and inspected o ensure the residents here that his men will not use their firearms for revelry during the holiday season. Gucela said it has been the traditional practice of the PNP to do the ceremonial sealing of firearms on Christmas and New Year’ day. “This is also our manifestation that we follow the headquarters’ directive as well as set ourselves as an example. We would like to show the public our sincerity of not using our firearms for r,evelry” Gucela assured. Asked if the law enforces can used their firearms in emergency

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cases, Gucela said their firearms can only be used during the performance of their official duties and in “extreme cases where the utilization of such firearms in accordance with the Revised Police Operational Procedure of the PNP.” The police chief said similar activities were also held simultaneously in the different municipal police stations in the province to reiterate a message that violators, especially men in uniform will be charged appropriately for such an infraction, Gucela said. (NBE/GCC/ZDS)

58,000 more added as 4Ps beneficiaries in ZamPen by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) IX identified 58,801 new beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) for the Zamboanga Peninsula region, Ms. Aida Magracia, DSWD IX Division Chief, said. Magracia revealed that the additional beneficiaries will come from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay. She further explained the expansion of the program in the region saying, “Region 9 is one of the top 10 poorest regions in the country”. According to Magracia, DSWD IX will be

spending P107 M a month for the new beneficiaries alone. At present, there are about 200,000 4Ps beneficiaries in the region with the bulk of it coming from Zamboanga del Norte. In Zamboanga City, there are more or less 20,000 beneficiaries covering 52 out of the 98 barangays. Most of these barangays are in the city’s outskirts. DSWD is now pro-

cessing all necessary documents to be submitted to Land Bank where the beneficiaries will withdraw the assistance thru automated teller machine (ATM) cards. Magracia pointed that the first payment for the new beneficiaries will start on February next year. (ALT /MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

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4ID soldiers celebrate New Year serving Cagay-anons


oldiers of 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division continue to serve the residents of Cagayan de Oro City even during the New Year’s eve.

With the guidance coming from MGen. Victor A. Felix, Commander, 4ID, Diamond troopers will not cease from providing relief and rehabilitation efforts even when people around the world celebrate the coming of Year 2012. From the time that Tropical Storm ‘Sendong’ wrought havoc to the lives of Cagay-anons until today, soldiers together with other line government agencies, NGOs and 22

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kind-hearted individuals, have been in the forefront to help alleviate the plight of typhoon survivors. It started from rescue operations, then retrieval and recovery efforts, and now relief and rehabilitation activities. For the relief and rehabilitation activities, soldiers conduct relief goods and water distribution, medical missions, clean-up drive, construction of temporary shelters and latrines, clearing of roads and

other humanitarian assistance. These activities have been replicated in most of the city’s villages in a daily basis. And since potable water is one of the most important need of the locals, the 4ID thru the National Development Support Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), elicited the support of the United States Marine Corps Forces Pacific Experimentation Center to put up the latter’s water purifying machine here in Cagayan de Oro City. Two types of machines run by electricity are now established and working, the Aspen 2000 which can purify 2,000 gallons of untreated water or 1,800 gallons of saltwater and the

Aspen 5500 which is capable of purifying 5,000 gallons of water daily. These machines are being used under a joint agreement of AFPNADESCOM and USMCFPEC. For better accessibility, said water purifiers are situated in sitio Tibasak, Brgy. Macasandig and Brgy. Patag, all of Cagayan de Oro City. The water being produced is given free to the people. Residents may fetch water anytime of the day since the whole water system is operational 24-hours daily. MGen. Felix said, “By serving our people first before anything else is the only time we can truly feel the real essence of this Holiday Season.” (4CMO/4ID)

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PRO-10 heightens campaign on illegal fireworks this New Year fête by PCI Regina E. Abanales

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao together with Range Officers and shooting club members conducted taping/sealing of the muzzle of their firearms at Camp Alagar Parade Ground.

This is the PNP’s proactive measure to prevent its members from illegally discharging their firearms during the celebration of the New Year. PCSupt. Jufel C. Adriatico, Regional Director of Police Regional Office (PRO)-10 said he will dismiss from the service PNP personnel who will illegally discharge their firearms. Adriatico reiterated the instructions to all PNP unit commanders to intensify the crackdown against the illegal 24

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manufacture, sale, distribution and use of prohibited firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices. The PNP fully supports the ‘Iwas Paputok’ campaign of the national government that aims to minimize firecrackerrelated deaths and injuries the holiday season,

said Adriatico. He further said the PNP will be uncompromising in enforcing the law against dangerous firecrackers and pyrotechnics, much more with illegal discharge of firearms in the New Year’s Eve celebration. Meanwhile, Dr. Dave Mendoza, Chief of the Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance Unit (RESU), Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Northern Mindanao, said to assure the public of government

services, in case of firecracker injuries, all the DOH hospitals in the region have been placed on ‘Code White Alert’ on December 24, 25, 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012. (PRO)

Iligan flood victims receive rice packs from Lanao Norte LGU, Turkish NGO by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - More than 5,000 families who were displaced by the deadliest typhoon to hit the country this year received rice packs from the provincial LGU of Lanao del Norte and Integrated Center for Alternative Developments (ICAD) Foundation of Turkey. Each pack contained three kilos of commercial rice and was given to the head of every family in the evacuation centers of Iligan City. The food assistance is the third wave of calamity aid that the provincial government has extended to the flood victims of Iligan. Last December December 18, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) delivered 100 sacks of rice, 10 boxes of sardines and 10 boxes

of noodles to the Iligan Disaster Operation Center. On December 21, Governor Khalid Dimaporo also sent sixdoctors from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to Iligan City for a medical mission in Brgy. Upper Hinaplanon. “This shows that Iligan City and Lanao del Norte are one and united. Whatever pain and suffering that the people of Iligan are experiencing, we also feel it in Lanao del Norte,” former Saturday, December 31, 2011


congressman Abdullah Dimaporo said. Also leading the rice distribution team is Rep. Imelda QuibranzaDimaporo, who visited the various evacuation centers of Iligan to personally deliver the needed food aid and assess the living conditions of the victims. “It is heartbreaking to see these people suffering like this especially now that it’s Christmas season. We hope that through this humble assistance we have made their lives a little better after what they have gone though,” Rep. Dimaporo expressed. A total of 10,000 rice packs have been prepared for distribution, however, some of the roads leading to the interior barangays remain impassable to motorized traffic. “We will continue our rice distribution effort as soon as we can have access to these far-flung barangays that were also hit by the flashflood,” Information Officer Lyndon Calica said. A m o n g the evacuation centers visited by the team were MSUIIT, Tambacan 26

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Elementary School, Mangga Elementary School, Iligan City Central School, JAL Elementary School, Ubaldo Laya Memorial School, Echavez Elementary School, and Saint Michael’s College-Tibanga Campus. “We are thankful to our Turkish brothers and sisters for their steadfast support to these flood victims. We are doing our best to give as much help as we can to all those affected by this great tragedy,” ICAD President Ferhat Kazkondu expressed. Also present to accept the rice assistance for Iligan City and witnessing the actual rice distribution in the identified evacuation centers were Iligan Rep. Vicente Belmonte and Mayor Lawrence Cruz.

2012 to usher more projects for ComVal


here will be more projects next year says Governor Arturo T. Uy who said that the province receives Forty Three Million Pesos (P43.0 M) worth of infrastructure projects from the national government. P3.0 million was received by the province as a Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) when Governor Uy was awarded with the Provincial Gawad Pamana Ng Lahi Award of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for his exemplary performance in local

governance. A million pesos each is allocated for the construction of 2 classrooms in Magsaysay High School Annex of Magsaysay, Nabunturan, 2 classrooms in Magnaga National High School of Magnaga, Pantukan, and another 2 classrooms for San Antonio Elementary School of San Antonio, Laak. An amount of Fifteen Million Pesos (P15.0M) which is a Local Government Support Fund (LGSF) is also obtained and is intended for the concreting of Compostela-Tubo-Tubo/ Union Monkayo Provincial Road (Union, Monkayo)- P5.0M and the concreting of Poblacion MawabElizalde-Cambagang Provincial Road (Poblacion Mawab-Andili Section)- P10.0M. Another national funding assistance received for the province’s implementation of its priority programs and projects is an amount of Twenty Million Pesos (P20.0M) for the construction of Pantukan Gymnasium- P8.0M,

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implementation of Water System Projects -P5.0M, rehabilitation/ improvement of school facilitiesP3.0M, construction of multi-purpose hall at Magnaga National High School in Pantukan-P1.0M, construction of multi-purpose hall at Naboc Elementary School in Monkayo-P1.0M, construction of multipurpose hall at Don Vicente Romualdez National High School in Laak-P1.0M, construction of Day Care Center of Brgy. Prosperidad, Montevista-P500,000, and construction of Day Care Center of Brgy. Mahayahay, Maragusan-P500,000. The other Five Million Pesos (P5.0M) will be allotted for the concreting of Pindasan-Tagbalaobao Road Section in the Municipality of Mabini.

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Ofelia Sumoob, a newly registered Barangay Health Worker of Mankilam immediately inspected the content of the medicine kit she received during the Tagum City BHW Accreditation ceremony and Christmas party at the Tagum Trade and Cultural Center last December 26, 2011, as handed to her by the Registration and Accreditation Committee of the Local Health Board of Tagum City. 28

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Very much thankful for the support of the national government, Governor Uy told the provincial government employees to get ready since 2012 would be a very busy year in implementing those various projects, and with the province’s continuous programs like the Kalinga sa Kabataan, Bayanihan sa Paaralan- a program of building classroom-buildings the Gawad Kalinga (GK) way. The province will also host the GK National Build by April 2012 wherein many foreign volunteerbuilders will come to join the Bayani Challenge of building houses for the poorest of the poor residents in ComVal. (grace almedilla)

DOH 12 reports 19 firecracker-related incidents as of December 29 by Olivia Sudaria COTABATO CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) - Center for Health Development, region XII revealed that 19 cases related to firecrackers were gathered by the DOH from the different hospitals in region XII as of December 29. This was learned from DOH XII director Abdullah Dumama during an inter

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view by PIA XII director Olivia T. Sudaria in the radio program, “Kalinga Kutawato” over DXMS-Cotabato City, DXND-Kidapawan City and DXOM-Koronadal City who called on the public to adhere to the appeal for cooperation to the DOH campaign, APIR - Aksiyon: Paputok Injury Reduction. With Director Dumama during the radio program was Dr. Leonora Lozana, DOH XII noncommunicable diseases cluster head who disclosed that among the 19 cases was the ingestion of a sparkler by a

one-year old baby girl in General Santos City who is now confined in a city hospital. Lozana said South Cotabato leads in the number of firecracker cases with 12, followed by Cotabato City - 3; General Santos City - 2; and one each from Kidapawan City and Sultan Kudarat. Of the 19, according to Lozana, sixteen (16) were males while three (3) were females. On the other hand, she continued, 17 directly lighted the firecrackers while two (2) were passive observers. The DOH XII medi-

cal officer said in the 19 cases, piccolo was widely used, followed by kwitis, then by plapla, whistle bomb, five-star and sparkler. Director Dumama urged the people to enjoy the New Year safely by veering away from the danger of using firecrackers as prescribed by the APIR campaign. For those who insist and ultimately become firecracker victims, the government hospitals are prepared for the admission of injured persons, Dumama added.

PRO 12 tapes service firearms of police personnel by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Service firearms of police personnel in Soccsksargen Region have been taped in preparation for the New Year celebration. The simultaneous ceremonial muzzle taping of the service firearms of policemen in all police provincial, city and municipal offices on Tues30

day was spearheaded by the officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 (PRO12) at its headquarters in Barangay Tambler,

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General Santos City. PRO 12 spokesperson Police Superintendent Resty Damaso, said “the activity was primarily designed in

accordance to Letter of Instruction 42 s 2011, which pertains to the implementation of proactive measures against indiscriminate firing of guns during the yuletide season to further prevent injuries and deaths brought by

illegal and indiscriminate firing of guns.” During the ceremonial muzzle taping, Police Chief Superintendent Lester Camba, deputy regional director for administration said, “guns are made to protect the oppressed and not to

cause violence and mischief.” Camba explained, the order from higher headquarters to seal service firearms is a measure to prevent men in uniform from firing their guns especially during the New Year celebration. “In the past, there have been several accidents involving stray bullets. To prevent these accidents from happening, higher PNP officials have decided to seal the firearms of all police personnel,” he said. Even with sealed firearms, police personnel should continue with their duties in securing public places with heightened police visibility. “Always be vigilant and alert especially this coming New Year,” he reminded them. “I hope you continue with securing peace and order of the entire region. The activity, according to PSupt. Damaso, was also an opportunity to account police personnel and properly turn over the security of the PRO-12 camp to the

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incoming duty guards while some personnel are spending time with their loved ones and families welcoming the New Year. In South Cotabato Police Senior Superintendent Randolf Delfin

led the muzzle taping ceremonies at the provincial command office. He reminded his troops not to break the order. Her said those proven to have violated the order may be punished, which could in-

clude dismissal from service. Delfin, however, clarified that police officers could still break their service firearm’s seal during emergency and to response to an impending crime.

P25-M na donasyon di rason para paboran ang mining firm -- vice gov KORONADAL CITY -- Siniguro ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ng South Cotabato na walang sukling pabor ang pagbibigay ng donasyon na P25 milyon ng Daguma Agro Minerals Inc (DAMI) lalung lalo na kung pangangalaga sa kapaligiran ang pag-uusapan. Kasabay ng pagbibigay pahintulot ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan kay Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr., na pumirma ng kasunduan sa DAMI hinggil sa tulong ng huli sa pagpapatayo ng pampublikong ospital sa bayan ng Surallah, binigyang-diin ni Vice Gov. Elmo Tolosa na mananatili ang kanilang matibay na paninindigan para sa kapakanan ng kapaligiran. Kabilang na rito ang pagpapatupad ng South Cotabato Environment Code na nagbabawal ng open-pit na paraan ng pagmimina saan mang parte ng lalawigan. Ang DAMI na pag-aari ng San Miguel Corporation 32

ay kasalukuyang nagsasagawa ng exploration kaugnay sa kanilang balak na pagmimina ng coal sa Barangay Ned sa Lake Sebu na maaaring magsisimula sa 2015 o 2016. Ayon kay Vice Gov. Tolosa, naglatag sila ng whereas clause sa pakikipagsundo sa DAMI at SMC kung saan nakasaad na walang epekto ang donasyon ng kompanya sa magiging desisyon ng pamahalaang panlalawigan sa hinaharap. Naniniwala rin si Tolosa na nararapat lang ang tulong ng DAMI sa pamahalaan at sa mamamayan ng South Cotabato dahil kasama ito sa corporate

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social responsibility nito. Ang P25 milyon na donasyon ng DAMI, kasama ang P28 milyon na pondong manggagaling sa Department of Health ang paunang pondo para sa pagtatayo ng Upper Valley Community Hospital sa Surallah, South Cotabato. Kaugnay rito, nagpasalamat ang bise gobernador sa lahat ng nagbibigay ng tulong para matuloy ang proyekto. Maliban sa DAMI at DOH, nagbigay rin ng lupang pagtatayuan ng naturang ospital ang pamahalaang bayan ng Surallah. (DEDoguiles)

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One Mindanao - December 31, 2011  

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An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao