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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

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features the launching of

Mindanao Week of Peace celebration in Basilan City


National

Saturday,

Vol. 1 No. 111

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Palace confirms appointment of SBMA chairman as administrator in concurrent capacity.............................................................

Mahinog gets new trash bins from MCC Region X

Homer R. Jajalla,

CdeO approves proposed budget for employment of students Lorebeth C. Requiroso,

Region X

Zambo Norte still poorest province in region 9, says DSWD-IX chief Franklin P. Gumapon,

NGCP intensifies preparation for Christmas season Alfonso T. Ruda,

Cover Story Romancing the peace: Basilan’s quest to a roadmap to development Rene V. Carbayas

Carina Cayon,

NORTHERN MINDANAO

Region IX

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Region IX

Region XI

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Nestle Philippines balak magtayo ng buying station sa Sultan Kudarat Dani Doguile,

Dani Doguiles,

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Region XII

Programang pangkapayapaan ng AFP sa North Cotabato may positibong resulta Region XII

NSO Caraga to disseminate reg’l data on December 22

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CENTRAL MINDANAO

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Caraga Region

PDEA-Caraga intensifies campaign against illegal drugs Jerylle Anne O. Rivera

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WESTERN MINDANAO

Davao barangays enjoined to create VAWC desks

Nora CL Molde

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Cover Story

Romancing the peace:

Basilan’s quest to a roadmap to development by Rene V. Carbayas

“Blessed John Paul II on happy memory once said that the other name for peace is progress and development.” 4

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This was the opening statement of Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad at the launching of the 2011 Mindanao Week of Peace in Isabela City as he reflected on this year’s theme: “Common word between us and you: Love of God, Love of Neighbor.” The bishop exclaimed the conditions why Basilan continues to seek for peace and perhaps will forever remain as it is if these conditions continue to thrive in the island province. He enumerated that “as long as people are hungry, as long as people are selfless..., as long as children do not go to school…, as long as the aged and the elderly are on the streets as beggars and when they are sick, the government could not provide health care, no medicines, … as long as the people in the government are corrupt and no infrastructures like roads, health centers are delivered to the people,… as long as people have no home to shelter them from rain, as long as people has no bed to sleep…as long as criminals are

not punished and there is the reign of impunity…as long as politicians have goons to sow terror and fear…as long as the environment is destroyed…as long as farmers and fishermen are not given assistance…they only choose and the last in need are neglected… there will be no peace.” The bishop further urged the people to ask “our government elected officials to truly deliver the basic services and the basic needs of our people. If we can do it then there is hope—there will be progress and development.” “As long as good people do nothing at all, we’ll never attain peace,” Jumoad stressed. Hundreds of Basileños participated at the launching of the recently concluded Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 where several activities were lined up to accelerate awareness among the people to continue to hope for peace amidst this so called “love-hate relation-

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ship” with peace, which remains to tice, even though the government be elusive. seemed to be clueless as to who were the perpetrators and responWooing peace sible to the senseless killings of the soldiers in Al-Barka. The incident even drew several civil society groups, non-government organizations, alliances, and consortiums to express their piece on the tragic event and called for sobriety and called on people not to be engulfed with emotions but to be guided with reason. The incident also drew massive reactions from social network users. Recent events have once again Like a virus it amassed quickly that tarnished this “courtship dance” infected every user and expressed with peace with the October 2011 positions on the issue. A war beAl-Barka incident and the subse- tween “all-out-war” versus “all-outquent attacks in some parts of justice ensued online. Discussions southern Mindanao. became personal, in which animos All eyes once again turned to ity between Muslims and Christians Basilan as the news broke on the surfaced. With much ado about infamous “massacre” of 19 soldiers nothing, the common denominator in Al-Barka town on October 18, remains—all wanted peace. which also left some six BIAF-MILF dead, dozens wounded, and hun- History of violence, kidnappings dreds displaced civilians. Basilan has a long history of The incident outraged some violence, a stigma that has been atsectors, which divided the nation, tached to the name and place. One calling for an all-out war against could see facial expressions changthe rebels as what the Erap admin- es once people outside of Basilan istration did with the MILF; while and Mindanao would come to know the sector for all-out-justice sup- you come from Basilan. It is home porting the Aquino III administra- to the dreaded Abu Sayyaf group, tion’s formula expands. But what which has remained to be a threat do they mean? to peace and security in the prov The government said it will ince. Civilians, mostly Christians, continue to pursue the criminals businessmen, religious men and and bring them to the arms of jus- women, children, teachers, com6

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This is the name of the game—no complaint, no case. It is, indeed hard to build a case if victims decided to compromise and remain silent. This is a culture of silence drawn out of fear for life and security. Thus, most victims would opt to leave Basilan and for those who cannot remain silent and would just hope for the best. mon farmers, health workers, and women, among others fall victims of this group. Some killed, ambushed, others released with hundreds and millions of ransom money flowed in—in pesos and dollars. Civilians lost hope and confidence with their political leaders and judicial authorities as perpetrators continue to freely roam the island. However, there were reported arrests and court decisions against some members of the ASGs, but people are still unsatisfied. Authorities blame victims for not pursuing the cases against their kidnappers.

Piece of Peace They say the problems of Mindanao can only be solved by Mindanaoans. Achieving progress and development also depends on BasileĂąos. Although this is not entirely true as we welcome all the help that we could get out of humanitarian efforts and developmental initiatives from various sectors outside Basilan. Local peace initiatives thrive; many of them are not broadcasted nor picked up by the local and national media. But various organizations, schools, and local gov-

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ernment units had been supporting and initiating peace activities—impacting or not to the communities. All these pieces, however, are crucial to the attainment of a lasting peace in Basilan. Including the paradigm shifts in the military’s engagements in winning the peace in Mindanao, particularly in Basilan with the Bayanihan concept. Military authorities say that it is not anymore about winning the war but about winning the peace.

The Aquino III’s administration believes that winning the peace is the straight path (Daang Matuwid) to achieve progress and development in Basilan. With the Al-Barka incident, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III immediately deployed Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, and Peace Adviser Teresita Deles to Basilan to push for government’s formula to peace. Roadmap to development Robredo, Soliman, and Deles came to Basilan and co-presided the Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting with local chief executives and various stakeholders from the academe, religious sector, civil society, government agencies, women, business, youth, among others. Robredo said that if not with the Al-Barka incident, the PPOC meeting should have been about

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the P8.5 Billion roadmap for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. He said that the Aquino government has set aside the amount as a stimulus package to transform the ARMM and bring to its people the services they deserve from the national government that have long been denied of them. The government will implement its P8.5 billion roadmap and investment plan for the five provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) pending appeal against a Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of a law resetting the polls in the region and allowing the President to appoint an officer-in-

charge governor thereat. Robredo explained that the meeting intends to draw lessons out of the Al-Barka incident. And from these lessons, the government will maximize the use of existing mechanisms and institutions to address the peace problems besetting Basilan and thereby accelerate progress and development. The elusive peace Basilan’s love-hate affair with peace is challenged by the biases that every sector and individual is clinging on to. Needless to say, however, that these biases were recognized as fruits of violence experienced by these individuals. Saturday, December 3, 2011

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While peace is encompassing all aspects of life. The personal peace is crucial and basic. An individual who continues to nurture hatred in his/her heart, there will be no hope for peace. This may not be easy, but a mentor once said that unless people learns to forgive unconditionally—peace

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remains to be elusive. The government, however, insisted that no amount of infrastructure projects and services from national government are delivered to conflict-affected communities, can assure of a lasting peace unless elected local officials do their share of responsibility as mandated to them by the authority of the people. This, in turn, has to be complemented with every BasileĂąos share in pursuing for respect, understanding, cooperation, and more importantly, forgiveness. Otherwise, peace remains to be our elusive dream and be caught in a bad romance.


More public-private partnership projects to be bidded out next year

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alacanang said more public-private partnership (PPP) projects will be up for grabs next year as the government intensifies its spending, particularly on infrastructure development.

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“We’re going full blast by 2012 and we expect more PPP projects coming out… both from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC),” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in an interview over ANC Television on Saturday. He said the government is bidding out this year the Daang H a r i South Lu12

zon Expressway Road construction project and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) project. There are already interested bidders for the DaangHari project and it is expected to be awarded before year’s end. DepEd is also looking on PPP for the construction of more classrooms, he added. “The respective Cabinet will be announcing the forthcoming PPP projects,” he said. Also, Lacierda said, the government has instituted reforms so it can scrutinize projects in the pipe line while at the same time ensuring

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its speedy implementation. According to the government, projects that could still be included in the 2011 bidding list will be the P6.8-billion New Bohol (Panglao) airport project, the P8.85-billion LRT Line 2 East extension, the P83.25-billion LRT Line 1 South extension, the P4.14-billion Puerto Princesa airport development project, the P450- to P675-milliona-year Laguindingan Airport O&M contract, and the P6.88-billion New Legaspi airport development. (AS)


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Palace confirms appointment of SBMA chairman as administrator in concurrent capacity resident Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Villase単or Garcia as the concurrent administrator, a Palace official said on Friday. The Office of Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. confirmed the appointment of Garcia as the new SBMA administrator in concurrent capacity, according to Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday. Last April, President Aquino appointed Garcia as SBMA Chairman and Rafael Reyes as administrator and chief executive officer. The latter, however, reportedly never assumed his post. Garcia is a business executive and

entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing, food and leisure industries. He was the president and chief operating officer of Oriental and Motolite Corporation (OMC) when he retired in 2004. During his 34 years in the battery manufacturing industry, Garcia played a pivotal role in growing OMC into the largest battery manufacturer in ASEAN and one of the most technologically advanced companies in Asia. The company also became one of the most fully in-

tegrated battery manufacturers in the world. The SBMA is the operating and implementing arm of the Government of the Philippines for the development the 262 square mile (670 square kilometer) area of Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) in Subic Bay into a selfsustaining tourism, industrial, commercial, financial, and investment center to generate employment opportunities. (JS)

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Tangub celebrates Christmas Symbols Fest

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by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

he city dubbed “Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines” will be lighted from dusk until dawn, from Dec. 1, 2011 to Jan. 8, 2012. “I have been to all the openings of the festival which is now on its 19th year, but so far, last night was the best,” Judith Tablan, City Information Officer, said. She said the festival, on its first day alone, reached more than 50,000. “The City Tourism Office devised a way to take note of the number of viewers by designating a perimeter area where they could get inside to gain a vantage point and another where they could exit and not be double-counted,” she said. This figure, however, did not include the government employees and 14

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students who wore their identification cards (ID) and the children, who the parents brought along, to witness the fireworks display. Records at the CTO show that some 239,209 persons came to visit the city from Dec. 1, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011, of whom 12,752 were children and 251 were foreigners and Balikbayans. Meanwhile, Tablan said the festival’s merry-making involves the competition in the following: Category A, for the Christmas Symbols put up by the different government and


private groups at the City Plaza and Category B- for the Best Arches put by the barangays along the highways and interior barangays. Category C for the Best “Parol” (Lantern) at the St. Michael’s Parish Plaza and Category D 1 for the Market Section including the dried fish, vegetable, meat, fish, “tuba” (coconut wine), dry goods, fruit, “Painitan” and Tobacco Sections. Category D2 for the Private Business Establishments, Category E for the Most Lighted Barangay, and Category F for the Most Lighted House in the Barangay. Winners will be judged for their artistry or artistic combination and use of lights, 40 percent; uniqueness, 40 percent; and over-all impact, 20 percent. On the other hand, Vicenta B. Paller, Senior Tourism Operation Officer (STOO), said the festival will be interspersed with a cultural competition on the Philippine Folk Dances among the elementary, high school and college, as well, as kindergarten students of the private schools on Dec. 2, at the Function Hall

No. 1, Activity Center, and Sinanduloy Cultural Center (SCC), all in the city, respectively. A “Tigi sa Katarungan” (Contest on Debate), particularly, “Lantuging Ludabinhon (Lubas sa Dagang Binisaya” (Debate in Cebuano) among college students is also set on Dec. 3, at the SCC, during the Couples for Christ (CFC) Provincial Anniversary. On Dec. 4, a “Balak” (Poem) competition among high school students and the community have been set at Radyo ng Bayan- DXJT, while the Regional Development Council Day have been set on Dec. 8 at Function Hall No. 1. The first Tangub City Invitational Football Tournament has also been set on Dec. 18 at the Tangub City Sports Complex, while the “Pamaskong Handog,” characterized by Christmas Carols and Pop Songs, is set on Dec. 21 at the SCC. The festival will culminate on Jan. 8, 2012 with the proclamation of winners in the different categories and another fireworks display, Paller added.

Mahinog gets new trash bins from MCC by Homer R. Jajalla

MAHINOG, Camiguin - More than 15 garbage containers have been received by this municipality from Mambajao Credit Cooperative (MCC) as part of its commitment to provide a greener, healthier, more costeffective waste management system for the province of Camiguin. The donation was also in support passed a resolution to express the of the Lex’s Clean Mahinog Program municipality’s appreciation and of this municipality. gratitude to MCC for such donation. The municipal council recently Saturday, December 3, 2011

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The donation does not only help produce a clean environment, it also establishes a sense of civic mindedness towards environment, Councilor Liberato E. Babanto, the resolution’s principal author, said. It also raises people’s awareness to keep our town clean and pleasant place to live in, the resolution added. The council said MCC definitely deserves commendation and appreciation for their concern to care for and protect our environment. (PIO)

CdeO approves proposed budget for employment of students by Lorebeth C. Requiroso

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The proposed budget for the implementation of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for 2012 amounting to P2.5 million was approved, in principle, by the City Council as a Committee of the Whole during budget deliberations recently. SPES is one of the auxiliary programs and services implemented by the office of City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Further, SPES is mandated

under Republic Act No. 7323 otherwise known as “An Act To Help Poor But Deserving Students Pursue Their Education By Encouraging Their Employment During Summer and/or Christmas Vacations.” This is also in line with the intention of the administration of 16

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Mayor Emano to uplift the lives of its poor constituents. Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Juvy Paza said some 900 students will be able to avail of the program next year. The city will be paying 60percent of their wages which will be based on prevailing minimum wage while the DOLE pays the balance of 40-percent. As part of its public employment assistance program, the amount of P300,000 was also proposed for the holding of job fairs in the city.


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CPO implements “kap Kap”; crime rate drops by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

larmed with the increasing number of shooting incidents in the city the past few weeks, the city government ordered the City Police Office (CPO) to strictly implement operation “kap kap .”

Operation “Kap kap” is one measure to strengthen police security in the city fallowing the series of shooting incidents here. “City Mayor Celso Lobregat issued an Executive Order for the continuous implementation of gun ban in Zamboanga to boost peace and security, and operation Kap kap is one measure” Sheila Covarrubias, City

Information Officer (IO) shared. “Oplan Kap kap is a mobile and stationery checkpoints to monitor the proliferation of unlicensed firearms through the establishment of mobile check points and on the spot inspection in all establishments, the lady IO explained. It can be recalled, Mayor Lobregat recently directed the City Police Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo to double its efforts in the implementation of the gun ban in the city. The chief executive stressed that the police together with the military’s Task Force Zam-

boanga should intensify the conduct of mobile and random checkpoints in a bid to thwart criminal incidents. Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office 9 confirmed that the number of crimes involving the use of firearms has reduced fallowing the implementation of “kap Kap.” Police Regional Information Officer Supt. Felixberto Candado said “operation Kap-Kap is very effective as several unlicensed firearms were confiscated and cases have been filled against these “illegal” gun holders.”

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Zambo Norte still poorest province in region 9, says DSWD-IX chief by Franklin P. Gumapon oor families still abound in Zamboanga del Norte, according to Regional Director R. Teodulo of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-IX. Romo reported during the 138th Regional Development Council (RDC) meeting held at Top Plaza Hotel here that Zamboanga del Norte has remained the poorest province in the region since 2003. Latest survey also revealed that more than 65 percent of the households in the province are poor. Zamboanga del Sur, on the other hand, has more than 63 percent poor families while the province of Zamboanga Sibugay has around 61 percent destitute households. Among the 25 towns of Zamboanga del Norte, Siayan registered the highest percentage of poor families at 88.7 percent, followed by Sibuco at 87.6 percent, Sirawai at 84.4 percent, Godod at 81.3 percent 18

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and Gutalac at 78.5 percent. It could be recalled that the 2003 survey of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) had revealed that Siayan was the poorest town in the country. Presently, Siayan is a recipient of a number of poverty alleviation programs of the national government agencies (NGAs) more particularly those implemented by DSWD such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P), KAPITBisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) and Self-Employment AssistanceKabuhayan (SEA-K). All other municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte including its two component cities of Dipolog and Dapitan are

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also beneficiaries of 4P, which is a poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education more particularly of children aged 0-14 years. The program provides beneficiaries with cash grants of P500 a month for health and nutrition expenses and P300 a month per child for educational expenses. A household with three qualified children could get P1,400 monthly. In a related development, the 2006 National Statistics Office (NSO) survey identified the top 20 poorest provinces in the country as Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga del Norte, Maguindanao, Apayao,


Surigao del Norte, Lanao Occidental, Agusan del Sur, rigao del Sur, Mt. Province, del Sur, Northern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Sarangani, Lanao del Norte Masbate, Abara, MIsamis Mindoro, Sulu, Kalinga, Su- and Negros Oriental.

NGCP intensifies preparation for Christmas season by Alfonso T. Ruda

“One step backward, two steps forward.“ This seems to be the message of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to the power utility providers of its commitment to provide them with sufficient power supply during the Yuletide season. NGCP is continuously checking their equipment and implement the necessary repair to ensure that power utility providers and electric cooperatives like Zamboanga del Norte Electric Cooperatives, Inc., are supplied with sufficient power for their member-consumers. For this reason, Avelino Dawis, NGCP’s Mindanao Operations and Maintenance, Division Head of District 1-Northwestern Mindanao Area has announced that Aurora sub-station based at Cabilinan, Aurora,

Zamboanga del Sur will implement implement a 4-hour power interruption on Sunday, December 4, 2011to effect the necessary repair. “This is due to the hot spot correction of the high voltage equipment terminals associated with our 100MVA Transformer at Aurora Sub-station, where these two (2) lines are connected,” Dawis said. Customers affected are those under ZAMSURECO I’s Switch and Sandal Sub-stations, ZANECO’s Polanco, Polo and Roxas Substations, Wilmar Edible Oil Phil. Inc., in Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte and the entire franchise areas of MOELCI I and MOELCI II. Dawis assured power consumers in the affected areas

that operation will return normal once the scheduled repair work will be completed and will no longer wait for 12 o’clock noon. Recently, in a press conference held in Dipolog City, NGCP Media Relations Officer Milfrance Capulong assured the members of the local media and member-consumers of ZANECO of uninterrupted power supply from NGCP during the Yuletide season, saying that their equipment are in A-I condition. If power interruptions will be will be experienced during week-ends, its because of the necessary repair and maintenance work that has to be be undertaken for the purpose,” Capulong said. (JPA/ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte)

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New hotels to up Davao’s tourist traffic in 2012-2013 by Mai Gevera Macapagat

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he Department of Tourism XI expects a vibrant tourism sector in the coming year with the entry of three new hotels that will bring in additional 600 room capacity to Davao’s existing 5,000 room capacity.

Tourism Regional Director Art Boncato announced that Kukun Hotel of the Ayala Hotels and Resorts Corporation is set to be built and opened next year. Kukun, as described by Boncato, is a boutique hotel is designed to provide visitors cozy and stylish setting. It is a nine-storey, 148-room project that will be designed by C.T. Onglao and Associates, and will highlight local flavor and efficient service. Another hotel opening in 2013 is the Park Inn Hotel which is only very common in Europe and the United States. This 8,800-square-meter hotel has 204 room capacity and is scheduled for completion in time for the opening of the SMX Convention Center.

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Similar to Kukun, Park Inn is designed to be “edgy, hip and trendy” that suits the preference of the young and tech-savvy travelers. Park Inn is a sister company of Radisson Hotels, a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based Carlson Hotels group. Investors have seen a huge potential in Davao City which made it the top choice to be the venue for the first Park Inn in the entire country. Finally, the third hotel which is


dubbed to have its opening by 2013 is the the 150-room Tune Hotels. It is a franchise investment made with the Red Planet Hotels Limited. Tune Hotels is a limited service hotel brand that provides “5-star beds at 1-star prices.” Boncato is optimistic that these new investments could further bolster the economic activities in the region. Data from the Regional Development Plan showed that tourist traffic inflow has been steady, av-

eraging a growth rate of 4.54 percent annually. RDP’s strategic framework under the Competitive Industry and Services Sectors included the upgrading of standards or services of tourism facilities. The strategy as stated in the RDP will also be synchronized with infrastructure development for the priority tourism destinations to generate more tourist traffic.

Davao barangays enjoined to create VAWC desks by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY- In support for the full implementation of laws protecting women and children against violence, the city government here enjoined all its 182 barangay units to create their respective VAWC desks. The local government through the Davao City Integrated Gender and Development Division has reiterated the directive in a series of orientations that on December 1 and 2, and another session on Dec. 5. The orientation provided inputs to gender and development focal persons of every barangay on the importance and the need of creating VAWC desks in their respective barangays. IGDD executive director Lorna Mandin said that the LGU is

strengthening its program in facilitating the full implementation of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women and Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004. Mandin told the Philippine Information Agency that both laws mandate each barangay to create its VAWC desk that will be established in the barangay hall to give appropriate assistance and referrals to abused women and children. “We really have to make sure that the mandates of the laws will be followed in the barangay level,” stated Mandin. Also integrated in the orientation sessions was the promotion of the reproductive health rights of women. Mandin said the barangays were also enjoined to adopt their Saturday, December 3, 2011

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reproductive health ordinance to reinforce the RH Ordinance of the city government. The orientation sessions were part of Davao City’s activities supporting the nationwide commemoration of the 18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women that started November 25. The campaign will culminate on December 12 coinciding with the observance of the International Day Against Trafficking in Persons. This day is the anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime including human trafficking in 2000 in Palermo, Italy. The city government of Davao has strongly supported and advocated on this campaign by issuing Proclamation No. 27 that declares November 25 starting this year, and every year thereafter as a day

for elimination of violence against women in the city. Mandin said that this year’s campaign centers on the widespread advocacy and more effective implementation of laws protecting women such as the Anti-VAWC, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act (RA 9208), Anti-Rape Law (RA 8353), Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877), and the Magna Carta of Women. The 18-day campaign is in response and support to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women’s (CEDAW) recommendation that the Philippine government “undertake measures to increase awareness of all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence, marital rape and incest, and the unacceptability of all such violence.”

did you know... That the name Montevista, a municipality in Compostela Valley Province was taken from a town in California which bears the same topography. The former name of the barangay was San Jose and was changed to MONTEVISTA or MOUNTAIN VIEW. The name-change was undertaken by a town elder Simplicio Montaño who also espoused in Congress the resolution in converting the former barrio into a regular municpality.

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Lighting of friendship torch ALABEL, Sarangani - Youth association chapter federation presidents light the torches for friendship at the opening of the two-day Provincial Youth Summit Thursday, December 1, at the Capitol gymnasium. One objective of the summit is to heighten the social awareness of the outof-school youth through development forum to identify emerging issues affecting them and their corresponding solutions. (Cocoy Sexcion/Saragani Information Office)

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South Cotabato gets P53-M pledges for new hospital by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Some P53 million have been pledged for the construction of a new government hospital in Surallah town, South Cotabato.

Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr, recently announced that the San Miguel Corporation has promised to P25 million fund for the construction of the hospital building and other facilities of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) Annex, which is previsioned to serve residents in the upper valley towns. 24

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Originally, SMC planned to give the provincial government P15 million for the project. On the other hand, health secretary Enrique Ona has also promised to give P28 million under the Department of Health’s (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program. Pingoy said, he has also asked SMC to un-

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dertake the construction of the hospital building using their pledged amount, instead of the provincial government doing the construction. Earlier, the municipal government of Surallah has donated a 4.8hectare lot worth P5.5 million as counterpart for the project. According to plan, the SCPH Annex will


require a total funding of P145 to complete. Since funding is not yet definite, construction will be done progressively, the governor said. He, however, hopes more donors will pour in financial assistance to the project. Pingoy said his administration is undertaking this project in line with his advocacy to provide necessary

health care to more people, especially the marginalized sectors in the province and nearby places. The provincial government also sees the project as a major solution to the perennial problem of congestion in the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital in Koronadal City, considering that more than

one-third of its patients come from the upper valley towns , which include Surallah, Banga, T’boli, Sto. Niño, and Lake Sebu. Start of construction of the SCPH Annex is expected in the first quarter of 2012; “soft” opening of the hospital is expected in December 2012.

Nestle Philippines balak magtayo ng buying station sa Sultan Kudarat KORONADAL CITY -- Hindi magtatagal, magkakaroon na ng buying station sa lalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat, ang Nestle Philippines, ang pinakamalaking processor ng kape sa bansa, , ayon sa Department of Trade and Industry.

Binigyang –diin ni Nelly Nita Dillera provincial director ng DTI sa Sultan Kudarat, na sa pamamagitan ng pagtatayo ng buying station sa kape sa lalawigan, hindi lang mapapalipat ang mga magsasaka ng kape sa bibili ng kanilang produkto, magagabayan pa sila sa angkop na teknolohiya sa produksyon ng dekalidad na kape mula Saturday, December 3, 2011

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pagtatanim hanggang sa post-harvest. Ani Dillera, siniguro sa kanila at sa mga magsasaka ng Sultan Kudarat ng mga kinatawan ng Nestle Philippines ang mas malaking produksyon at magandang presyo sa produktong kape ng mga magsasaka.

Ang plano ng Nestle ay inihayag kasabay ng 1st Region 12 Coffee Congress sa Isulan, Sultan Kudarat kamakailan na dinaluhan ng 400 na mga magsasaka ng kape, lokal na opisyal, may-ari ng mga cafĂŠ, mga negosyante at iba pang may taya sa industriya. Isa ang kape

sa pinakamahalagang produktong tinututukan ngayon ng DTI at iba pang ahensiya para sa pagsulong ng ekonomiya ng lalawigan at ng Soccsksargen Region. Ang Sultan Kudarat ang may pinakamalawak na taniman ng kape sa buong bansa. (DEDoguiles)

Programang pangkapayapaan ng AFP sa North Cotabato may positibong resulta KORONADAL CITY – May positibong resulta ang programang pangkapayapaan ng militar at ng pamahalaan sa isang bayan sa North Cotabato. Nitong nakalipas na Huwebes, ipinakilala nina Lt. Col. Marceliano Teofilo, commanding officer ng 68th Infantry Battalion at Col. Cesar Sedillo, commander ng 602nd Brigade kay Tulunan Mayor Lina Candolada ang aabot sa 60 gerilyang Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Paliwanag ni Teofilo, ang mga MILF members ay nagpasailalim sa re-integration program ng pamahalaan dahil nais na rin nilang mamuhay ng tahimik. 26

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Kasabay din nilang isinurender ang may 36 na armas. Sa isang hiwalay na panayam sinabi ni Col. Leopoldo Galon, tagapagsalita ng Eastern Mindanao Command, na ang mga sumukong MILF members pawang nagtatrabaho bilang mga manggagagawa sa mga pribadong sakahan sa lugar. Aniya, sa pagbalik-loob ng mga gerilya, maasahan ng mga ito ang tulong ng pamahalaan na muli silang makipamuhay na

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produktibo kasama ang iba pang mamamayan sa kanilang lugar. Humiling din siya sa iba pang sektor na makipagtulungan sa militar at pamahalaan para sa ikabubuti ng buhay ng mga sumukong MILF gerilya. Dagdag ni Col. Sedillo, mas paiigtingin pa nila ang programa sa paghihikayat sa mga rebelde na magbalik –loob sa pamahalaan at mamuhay na mapayapa at produktibo. (DEDoguiles)


Agusan del Sur, main source of carabeef in Caraga Region by Robert E. Roperos

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he province of Agusan del Sur is now the main source of carabeef (carabao meat) in Caraga Region, said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Joriz Elevazo.

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In an interview with a local radio station here, Dr. Elevazo said this could be attributed to the fact that most residents in the province do not eating

carabeef. Elevazo said, however, that more Agusanons are into carabao raising to supply carabeef to other provinces in the region as a

source of livelihood. The official said that the total number of carabao heads recorded by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Agusan del Sur reached more than 40,000 while other provinces only posted 10,000. Because of this, Elevazo said more local businessmen and entrepreneurs in all the provinces in the region are getting their carabeef supply from Agusan del Sur.

NSO Caraga to disseminate reg’l data on December 22 by Nora CL Molde BUTUAN CITY – The Caraga Regional Office of the National Statistics Office (NSO) will conduct the Regional Data Dissemination in one of the local convention centers here on December 22.

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According to NSO Caraga Regional Director Dr. Rosalinda C. Celeste, the Regional Data Dissemination forum will include the 2009 Annu-

al Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) and the 2009 Survey on Information and Communication (SICT). The forum aims to raise awareness of the stakeholders and data users on the importance and relevance of the survey, Celeste said. Also, the forum is a

venue where provincial and city planners, representatives from national government agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, the academe and owners of business establishments are enjoined to participate and take part of the agency’s undertaking, she added.

PDEA-Caraga intensifies campaign against illegal drugs by Jerylle Anne O. Rivera BUTUAN CITY – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga is intensifying its campaign against illegal drugs.

According to Mr. Joel Plaza, PDEA-Caraga OIC-Regional Director, they are now focusing on social networking sites used

by drug pushers and traffickers in transacting with their prospective customers and victims. Plaza said that

drug case posted this year has decreased as compared to the previous year, based on PDEA records.

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