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Lake Apo

in Valencia City, Bukidnon


In This Issue...


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Mis. Occ. solons put up 30 college scholarship slots under SSGP

Aquino vows to be unrelenting and tireless in pursuit of justice........................... Region X

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

CES Farmers Field Day on its 10th Year Sonia V. Adecer,

Flooded towns spared of disease outbreak, PHO chief says Jeanevive Abangan

Region X

Cover Story Region XI

Lake Apo — An oasis in the city Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

DSWD solicits support from civil society on 4Ps

Mai Gevera Macapagat

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Pacquiao nais isalang sa House inquiry ang pagtapon ng patay na tuna sa Sarangani Bay

Dani Doguiles,

AC Agad,

Region XII

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PIA Central Visayas chief cites the need to communicate the Phl Dev’t Plan Robert E. Roperos


Caraga Region

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Caraga GADCC dialogues with survivors Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

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South Cotabato mulls creation of sports council

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No labor inspection during Christmas and New Year – Secretary Baldoz......................

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Caraga Region


Turkish business group opens first-ever satellite office in the city; aims to promote PHL as investment hub


Dipolog hits 94% conflict resolution rate


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Region IX

Franklin P. Gumapon,

Region IX


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Cover Story

Lake Apo — An oasis in the city by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy


urrounded with lush greeneries, myrtles, huge ferns and wildflowers, the mirror-like Lake Apo is one perfect place to go when the hassles of everyday life start to overwhelm.



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for retreat and reflection as it offers cool and peaceful space for renewing strength of mind and body. He added that for the past few years, he could rarely notice sightseers in the lake. It maybe T h e due to the lake’s unpaved and lake’s pristine waters allow you craggy trails. to relax and be alone in an ambiance of natural beauty and seren- Facilities and amenities ity. The lakeside towering trees beckon outdoor buffs to tramp and rest. Perched on a mountain floor in Barangay Guinoyoran, about 12 kilometers west of Valencia City, Lake Apo has been a legendary place of privacy and peace. This 18-hectare lake atop a mountain deck has a depth ranging from 17 to 26 meters. Dr. Almer Alfonso, a well respected leader of the locality, It is accessible through a mowho owns a scenic private vaca- torcycle-for-hire or a public utiltion house along the unspoiled ity vehicle at a reasonable price. shoreline, said Lake Apo is ideal As you get to the place, you don’t Monday, December 5, 2011


have to pay anything--such as entrance fees --except for a parking fee of five (5) pesos for motorcycle and ten (10) pesos for a car. If you want to cruise the lake, large bamboo raft cottages are available for rent at 200 pesos. Its proceeds serve as livelihood and additional source of income of the friendly lakeside dwellers and neighborhood. The raft cottages are anchored from one end of the lake to the other. It can be moved by pulling it to where you want to have a picnic. Some small cottages are also made to stay afloat on the water. Alfonso said, their facilities include kayak, canoe, pedal boat and Jet 6


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Ski, “but it’s not open to public,” he stressed. “Demand-driven, however, with the objective of preserving the lake and mountain heritage, I am planning to build classroom size conference hall, coffee shop and cottages for rent-which conform to the international housekeeping standards-- as well as renting out water fun facilities very soon, such as Jet Ski, pedal boat, kayak, canoe, banana boat and water trampoline,” he said. “Knowing the lake’s capacity of 15 persons at a given time, visitors could really maximize the pleasure and fun while in Lake Apo, therefore, no mess and overcrowding,” he confidently said.

The legend

“Apo,” which means elder or grandparent. Geologists, however, said the circular-shaped rift lake was formed due to the movement of the earth’s crust.

Clean and calm waters

Folklore tells that an elderly man living in the mountain committed earthly sin. He was punished by the mountain deities for his disrespectful act by flooding the area--forming the Lake Apo. The name of the lake comes from the Filipino term

The lake’s limnological profile showed that water coming from the springs near Lake Apo and from the middle portion of the lake is potable. It was graded Class AA that requires only disinfection treatment. Class A water requires complete treatment to meet National Standards for Drinking Water, while Class B water is for recreational purposes only.

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Research results show that Lake Apo waters were clean. But since it was ranked as an oligotrophic lake, which means “with little plant life but rich in dissolved oxygen,” only few species of fish flourish. Hence the lake is best for bathing, swimming and other recreational activities. 8


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“As the Department of Tourism (DOT) in region 10, identified Lake Apo as one of the eco-tourism destinations in Northern Mindanao, I think I can help boost tourism in the city, which is also in line with the government’s call for more public-private partnership (PPP) program,” Dr. Alfonso said.

Aquino underscores importance of improving PHL criminal justice system


resident Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the importance of improving the country’s criminal justice system to be up to date and in tune with the rigors and necessities of solving crime in this day and age. Monday, December 5, 2011


In his speech keynoting the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit on Monday at the Manila Hotel, the President said this gathering of stakeholders of the justice system was an opportune time to reexamine institutional criminal justice issues and forge strategies towards the enhanced delivery of justice. “Ang pagtitipon natin ngayong umaga ay isang pagkakataon

para higit na masuri ang lakas at kahinaan ng ating kasalukuyang criminal justice system, at makalikom ng mga makabago at napapanahong inisyatibang pangkatarungan,” the President said. The President cited the timeliness of holding the Summit as it brings to fore the important role clerks of court, lawyers and judges play in our democracy.

“Masasabi nating napapanahon ito: dahil sa mga araw-araw na headline sa diyaryo at telebisyon, nasasaksihan din ngayon ng buong bansa kung gaano kasalimuot ang trabaho ng mga clerk of court, abugado, at huwes. Walang duda sa halaga ng inyong trabaho: ang inyong mga desisyon at hakbang ay may makabuluhang implikasyon sa ating demokrasya,” the President said.(RCK)

Aquino vows to be unrelenting and tireless in pursuit of justice


aying the will of the people was behind him, President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to be unrelenting and tireless in his and his administration’s pursuit of justice, saying he had no intentions of backing off from his mandate to protect and uphold the Constitution.


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In his speech at the 1st National Criminal Justice Summit on Monday at the Manila Hotel, the President said it was his sworn duty as President of the Philippines to ensure that the injustices that occurred during the Martial Law years as well as the alleged corruption practiced by his predecessor are never repeated again. “Ngayon, bilang inyong Pangulo, may sinumpaan akong tungkulin—ang pangangalagaan at ipagtatanggol ang konstitusyon, ipatupad ang mga batas nito, maging makatarungan sa bawat tao, at italaga ang aking sarili sa paglilingkod sa bansa,” the President said. “At bahagi ng aking mandato ang tiyaking hindi na maulit ang mga kadilimang nangyari noong panahon ng Martial law, at kung may gumawa man nito, ang siguruhing

managot sila sa kanilang kasalanan,” he added. He reminded the participants that the power to govern was not a title bestowed on anyone but bestowed by the people and thus it was incumbent upon those who took office to serve in the interest of the people. “… ang nakasaad sa Artikulo 2, Seksyon 1 ng ating Saligang batas: ang ganap na kapangyarihan ay nasa sambayanan, at ang lahat ng kapangyarihang pampamahalaan ay nagmumula sa kanila,” the President said. “Kami pong mga nanumpa sa tungkulin ay iisa lamang ang pinagkakautangan ng loob—kayong mga Boss namin, ang sambayanang Pilipino. Narito kami para maglingkod sa ating bansa; at para may manilbihan nang buong katapatan at sigasig sa

mga Pilipino,” he stressed. The President enjoined all Filipinos to fight and end the decades-long problem of corruption. “Obligasyon ko, at obligasyon nating lahat na manatiling tumahak sa iisang direksyon, sa ilalim ng nagkakaisa nating adhikain: ang paglingkuran at pangalagaan ang interes ng sambayanan,” the President said. “Sa lahat ng nakikibalikat sa atin sa tuwid na daan, manalig kayo: Hangga’t nasa tama tayo, wala tayong laban na aatrasan. Hanggang nasa likod natin ang taumbayan, magtatagumpay tayo. Huwag natin silang b i b i g u i n ,” he said. (RCK)

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No labor inspection during Christmas and New Year – Secretary Baldoz


o ensure that labor inspectors will have no opportunity for bribery, gift solicitation, or other forms of graft and corruption, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has suspended all labor inspection activities during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The suspension is contained in Administrative Order No. 490, Series of 2011 which Baldoz issued on 17 November. “ W e have


to affirm the integrity of the DOLE’s labor inspection process under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, hence, this moratorium,” said Baldoz. The suspension willbe in full effect for

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a twomonth period starting 01 December 2011 and ending on 31 January 2012. The regular/routine inspection will commence on 01 February 2012. In her order, the labor and employment chief specifically di-

rected all DOLE regional directors to suspend all labor inspection activities in their respective regions, including the conduct of Training and Advisory Visits and Self-Assessment Activities. The order also suspends implementation of Project LEAP, or Labor Enforcement Action Program. However, Baldoz exempted the following activities from the suspension: (1) investigation of labor standards complaints which shall in all cases be speedily disposed of; (2) Technical Safety inspections (mechanical equipment and electrical wiring installation; and (3) urgent inspections/TAVs that may be called for because of compelling circumstances, “in which case, the regional office concerned shall seek the approval of the Secretary of Labor and Employment

before any such inspection/TAV activity may be conducted.” During the suspension, the labor chief emphasized the period of suspension will be utilized for the disposition of all pending labor standards (LS) cases and the preparation of the Labor Standards Enforcement Program (LSEP) for CY 2012, which shall primarily ensure the effective continuation of the Department’s LS compliance monitoring program. The LSEP shall include the following information necessary in determining the Department’s projected 2012 inspection targets: (1) total number of establishments targeted for regular/routine inspection; (2) total number of orientation courses to be conducted under TAV, with target par-

ticipants/establishments; (3) total number of establishments for SelfAssessment; (4) targets for Technical Safety Inspection (TSI), including number of establishments/units to be inspected; (5) names of labor inspectors, hearing officers, provincial/ district heads and SEAD (Single Entry Approach Desk) officers, including their plantilla position, designation, and their areas of assignment; and (6) master list of establishments for the three approaches. (DOLE)

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BFAR 10, RFTC equip FTDs on post harvest techniques


by Noel M. Saldajeno

he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Regional Fisheries Training Center (RFTC) conducted a five (5)-day training on post harvest techniques to Fisheries Technician Designates (FTDs). The training program is designed to upgrade FTDs and coordinators in the provincial and municipal levels in enhancing their capabilities on sustainable fisheries technology, said Remerio de Gracia, Fisheries Extension and Communications Division (FexCD) of BFAR in Northern Mindanao. Dr. Andrew Ventura, RFTC Director, disclosed on his opening remarks, that 25 to 30% losses are attributed to poor post harvest practices. With proper fish handling, transportation and post harvest and value-adding methods, the loss may be lowered to 10%. Module I focused on lectures on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), 14


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Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Sanitary Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), principle of spoilage, preservation of the catch, packaging and labeling; hands-on demonstration; field trip to Mariculture Park. Dr. Lorna Pimentel, Post Harvest Division Chief of BFAR Central Office, on the other hand, discussed the common preservation methods and their products and types of packaging materials for a quality and safe processed products. On personal hygiene, Pimentel stressed that the workers are the

biggest possible contributors of contaminants in food. Good personal hygiene can be practiced through daily baths, keeping nails clean and trimmed and wearing of proper clean working clothes. Seaweeds can also be processed into crispy crackers and nutritious noodles, said Charmaine Buitre of BFAR Central Office. For demonstration purposes, Buitre presented the materials and procedures of processing seaweeds yema and seaweeds crackers. Likewise, Aundio Clarito of BFAR Central Office, demonstrated techniques on bangus deboning and smoking of bangus and tilapia. Alicia delos Santos spearheaded the demonstration on processing of minched bangus for siomai, lumpia, quekiam, embutido, fish nuggets and kroepeck. On marketing and economic analysis, Lea Lastima-Bucog of BFAR10 Processing Section shared the

computations on costing and pricing of products. “It is important to know the direct and indirect costs of each recipe in order to come up with right mark up percentage,” she said. More than just providing the FTDs with this technology, BFAR also considers their capacity to transfer the technology to other interested fisherfolk. “We believe that these 24 trainers will transfer the technology to their respective areas of course to practice fully at home until technology is mastered,” said Judito Baidiango, RFTC-Panabo City and Regional Coordinator for Region 10. After this training, Module II will follow wherein FTDs and coordinators will facilitate all fisheries livelihood technology request in the local level to empower the LGU to provide direct extension services to fisherfolk, farmers and other stakeholders in order to enhance their profitability. (BFAR-10)

Mis. Occ. solons put up 30 college scholarship slots under SSGP by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Some 30 scholarship slots, under the Special Study Grant Program (SSGP) of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), were put up by the two (2) congressional districts of the province, during the School Year 2010-2011. Of this number, 15 slots each, were sourced from the Priority Development Assistance Funds (PDAF) of Congressmen Jorge T. Almonte and Leo Loretos S. Ocampos of

Mis. Occ.’s 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, respectively. These new slots bring to 160, the total number of SSGP scholarships of the province, as the Monday, December 5, 2011


former Congresswomen Marina P. Clarete of the 1st District had put up 85 slots and Herminia M. Ramiro of the 2nd District, 45 slots, during their incumbency. “Every congressional district has allocated SSGP slots since 1999 and SSGP scholarship grantees are assured of their grants for four (4) years, even if their Congressman/ woman who endorsed them are no longer holding office, as such,� said Zenaida G. Gersana, Ph.D, Regional Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), region 10. Meanwhile, Gersana said CHED10 took charge of the administration of a total of 3,577 slots of the SSGP scholarships for the school year. Of these,150 slots are new, while 2,427 slots were put up by the former congressmen of their districts. The highest number of these scholarships were from the 1st and 2nd Districts of Bukidnon, 750 slots, from Congressmen Jesus Emmanuel M. Paras and Florencio T. Flores, Jr., and former Congressmen Candido P. Pancrudo, Jr., and Teofisto Guingona III, respectively. 16


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This was followed by 2nd District of Misamis Oriental, 696 slots, from Congressman Yevgeny B. Emano, and the Lone District of Camiguin, 200 slots, from Congressman Pedro P. Romualdo. The other congressional districts and their number of SSGP slots are as follows: 3rd District of Bukidnon, 115 slots, from the PDAF of former Congressmen Juan Miguel Zubiri and Jose Maria Zubiri III. 1st District of Cagayan de Oro, 106 slots, from Congressman Jose Benjamin A. Benaldo and former Congressman Rolando A. Uy, and 2nd District, 85 slots from Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez. 2nd District of Lanao del Norte, 100 slots from Congresswoman Fatima Aliah Q. Dimaporo and former Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, Lone District of Lanao del Norte, 100 slots, from Congressman Vicente F. Belmonte, Jr. 1st District of Misamis Oriental, 45 slots, from the late Congressman Danilo Lagbas. Aside from the congressional districts of Northern Mindanao, CHED10, also takes charge of the SSGP grantees of Lanao del Sur, which is a province under the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Gersana said. The 2st District of Lanao del Sur has 100 slots from the PDAF of Congressman Pangalian M. Balindong and the 1stDistrict, 45 slots, from Congresswoman Faysah Dumarpa.

CES Farmers Field Day on its 10th Year by Sonia V. Adecer

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - With the theme ”Haum nga Teknolohiya Kalambuan sa Pagpanguma,“ the Claveria Experiment Station (CES) held its 10th farmers field day and techno forum. Now named as Agribusiness Development Station, CES is responsible in conducting research and development activities with major emphasis on technology commercialization of various commodities. The field day is one of the strategies in disseminating mature technologies for upland/hilly land farmers and likewise strengthens partnership with the Local government units (LGUs), state colleges and universities (SCUs), private companies and other agriculture-related institution in implementing various agricultural programs. The event is an annual activity with rounds of field tours showcasing 15 technologies which will help farmers carry on with the challenges of time. Farmers, local government units and other stakeholders alike witnessed the technologies showcased in the field that include studies on upland rice, corn, coffee, sweet potatoes, adaptability trials on various Japanese crops and other value adding crops. In his message, Claveria Municipal Mayor Redentor N. Salvaleon said the technologies and knowledge gained will encourage the farmers to be more responsive in producing the crops to help uplift their means of living.

“If we are together in small and big things and work as a team with commitment, transparency and honesty we will surely attain our aspirations,” said Salvaleon. Regional Executive Director Lealyn A. Ramos of the Department of Agriculture, region 10, on the other hand, emphasized that the main purpose of the field day is to show to the farmers new technologies in agriculture. She hopes that farmers go home with a basket-full of technologies that can be shared and replicated by other farmers. With this technologies at hand, production of crops is expected to increase that will sustain the needed food requirements and ensure food security. The one day field day was also graced by Laguindingan Mayor Oliver Ubaub, Villanueva Vice Mayor Windelindo Nalagon, MOSCAT Vice President Dr. Eleazar Elmundo, Mr. Edmundo Pacamalan, Chief of Staff of the Office of Congressman Emano. Other guests are DA station managers, Mis. Or. PAFC Chair Mario Jamis, MAOs, ATs, LGU officials and employees and farmers from the different municipalities of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. (DA-10) Monday, December 5, 2011


DILG warns public against fake INTERPOL by Jeanevive Abangan


he Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on the public against applying for membership to the socalled International Police Commission (INTERPOLCOM) which is a scam. In an interview, DILG Provincial Director Alex Roldan called on the public to “immediately call the attention of government authorities” in case anyone would be recruited to



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join INTERPOL which Roldan said is operating nationwide. “Bogus siya, wala siya labot sa police (It is bogus; it has nothing to do with the police) or any attached agency of the national government,” he said. Roldan released a copy of the memorandum circular (MC) No. 2011169 signed on Nov. 15, 2011 by DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo , setting the guidelines to “address the illegal activities of the International Police Commission.” In giving a brief background, Robredo revealed that INTERPOL submitted sometime in 1987 a request to then Executive Secretary Catalino Macaraig for the Office of the President to recognize the organization. INTERPOL also requested an authority to be given to “two of its members to negotiate with the United Nations for any possible financial assistance or budgetary assistance.”

Such letter of request of INTERPOL was referred to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) which conducted an investigation , and it found out that INTERPOL “is recruiting members from various sectors of the society enticing them with salaries and benefits and privileges such as free transportation rides, issuance of badges, identification cards and a grant of military rank upon payment of P500.00 as membership fee.” Based on the memorandum, DILG reveals that INTERPOL is a non-stock, non-profit organization allegedly “engaged in organized illegal activities under disguise and with a scheme of assisting the duly constituted authorities in the attainment of peace and order and enforcement of law.” According to DILG, Napolcom has also found out that INTERPOL has been “sending letters and other correspondence to different organizations which impress upon the minds of their recruits and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that INTERPOL is accredited by the Philippine government and the United Nations. Robredo enjoined all heads of line bureaus to inform their respective divisions, units or offices and personnel of the presence of INTERPOL and its “illegal activities.” He also directed the chief of the Philippine National Police to issue an order to its regional offices to conduct

a “thorough investigation against the illegal activity of this organization in their respective regions” and submit a report to DILG. In line with his memo, Robredo enjoined all line bureaus of DILG to refrain from accrediting or endorsing any “force-multiplier or organization to assist in gathering of intelligence information without the proper recommendation of the Department of National Defense.” Meanwhile, Roldan had yet to receive reports regarding the presence and operation of INTERPOL in Davao del Norte but members of such group were already arrested in Cebu on Sept. 07, 2011. Sec. Robredo revealed that six alleged members of INTERPOL were apprehended by the composite team from the Philippine Center for Transnational Crime Visayas Field Office, Military Intelligence Group 7, Airport Police and Regional Intelligence Unit 7 at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The group allegedly attempted to apply for temporary pass at the airport allegedly to assist airport authorities in gathering of intelligence information. DILG revealed that the arresting team confiscated five caliber .45 pistols with magazines and ammunitions with fictitious documents to support their carrying of firearms. Monday, December 5, 2011


Flooded towns spared of disease outbreak, PHO chief says

DAVAO DEL NORTE- Despite the recurring flood, Davao del Norte Provincial Health chief Dr. Agapito Hornido has observed no unusual rise in the cases of water-borne illnesses nor noted emerging diseases . In an interview, Dr. Hornido, however, said that pneumonia and gastroenteritis are common diseases that usually occur after flooding but he has not received reports regarding the sudden rise in cases of such. He has not even received reports on prevalence of leptospirosis in any of the areas which recently suffered from flooding. Dr. Hornido attributed the effective control in spread of disease to quick response rendered by munici20


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pal governments through their Rural Health Units (RHUs) “Ang Rural Health Units abtik kaayo. Aduna usay mga mitigating measures nga gihimo ang local governments ug dali ang pagtan-aw sa mga apektado, kininaka prevent sa pagdagsang sa sakit. (The Rural Health Units were quick. There were mitigating measures done by the local government units and that there was quick response given to those affected. These have prevented the spread of disease.),� he said. Dr. Hornido also noted that the immediate evacuation of affected families and quick provision of relief assistance, not only in terms of food but also of shelter, had also done well in suppressing the rise in number of individuals getting seriously sick. The consolidated data collected from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, showed that Carmen had 7,462 flood-affected families in 14 barangays while B.E. Dujali had 1,148 in three barangays. PDRRMD reported a total infrastructure damages of P6, 450,000 all monitored in Carmen where the floodwaters have destroyed dikes, drainage and roads. PDRRMD had not monitored infra damage in B.E. Dujali. The recent flood occurrence in

Carmen also took a toll on agriculture, incurring a damage to rice, banana and fisheries worth P1.3 million. In a separate interview, Carmen Municipal Mayor Marcelino Perandos confirmed the observation of Dr. Hornido while also saying that he immediately mobilized the Municipal Health Office (MHO) to affected areas. Perandos revealed that he brought to flood-affected areas the “Klinika sa Purok”, a convergence of services of municipal government offices. “We invited residents to avail of the services. We gave them medicine

and offered free medical consultation and check up,” he said. Since its launching early November after the occurrence of massive flooding in Carmen, the Klinika sa Purok has visited eight flood-affected barangays. Perandos said the Klinika sa Purok will resume its rounds to other less affected barangays in January next year. “So far, we have not received reports of large numbers of persons who are getting sick,” he said. (jean duron-abangan)

DSWD solicits support from civil society on by Mai Gevera Macapagat 4Ps DAVAO CITY- Civil Society Organization (CSOs) are currently being heard in a consultation forum held at the Waterfront Hotel as their recommendations are found vital in the continuation of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) or the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT). The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) solicits the support and CSOs to improve the policies to be followed in the implementation of the project. Partnership with the CSOs is one aspect highlighted by the department as the CCT Program is by nature a public-private partnership. DSWD currently partners with

about 275 CSOs which assist the office in the entire operation of the program. During the forum, resource persons shared information and insights to the participants on various topics about CCT implementation. Incite Gov executive director Tanya Hamada discussed how CSOs can help in the empowerment of the CCTs target population. Former DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral discussed the design of the CCT Program and the possible roles and potential areas of involvement of the CSOs. Earlier, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad also spoke with the CSOs and informed them on the reforms of the national budget to Monday, December 5, 2011


make way for an expanded CCT. Secretary of the National AntiPoverty Commission Joel Rocamora also discussed the framework for improving the voice, effectiveness and pro-activeness of the CCT target population. The consultation being held here is but one of the series of consultations

undertaken by the DSWD as it prepares for the expansion of the CCT in the year 2012. The 4Ps or CCT Program has already benefited 2.3 million households nationwide and it further targets to cover more than 700,000 households to reach the 3 million target households by the end of 2012.

did you know...

That last 2010 Davao City was named as the country’s Next Wave City by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), together with the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Being the top Next Wave City means that Davao is among the most attractive sites for BPO and other IT related induststries. The City currently hosts 20 outsourcing companies with 6,500 workers. Davao ranked the highest for availability of graduates and talented workers and also had good scores in terms infrastructure and cost.



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Photo release

Wheelchairs from Vice Pres. Binay MAASIM, Sarangani Liza Lintang (2nd left) and Cherry May Palihan, 15, with her mother (center) are both recipients of wheelchairs from Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered Thursday, on December 1, by Vice Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (left seated) . Liza was diagnosed with schizophrenia and hypokalemia while Cherry May has congenital hyperthyroidism. Based on Cherry May’s social case study, she was born normal and healthy. When she was 6 months old her mother noticed that she was not growing, thus, prompted them to consult a physician and was given medication but the family cannot afford to sustain her medicines. (Dennis Plecerda) Monday, December 5, 2011


Koronadal grants P1.15 -M assistance to coops by Caroline Mariano KORONADAL CITY – Three cooperatives recently received P1.15 million financial assistance from the city government of Koronadal under the LGU’s Cooperative Loan Assistance Program.

Far East Hybrid Cooperative and DECS South Cotabato MultiPurpose Cooperative received P500,000 each for continuous production of glutinous white corn and additional capitalization, respectively. Topland Farmers Cooperative was also granted P150,000, for its loan program for its members. These cooperatives comprised the fourth



batch that were granted financial assistance since the program’s launching by former city mayor Fernando Q. Miguel in 2008. The assistance is a soft loan that bears an annual interest rate of 4 percent payable in two years. During the awarding of grants, Mayor Peter B. Miguel, son of the former mayor, challenged all cooperatives to propagate and improve

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their livelihood activities. He assured them that the city government supports the expansion of the number of legitimate and active cooperatives in the city. “Our programs for cooperatives are very strong and it would not be that productive without our financial support,” he said He emphasized that this is a challenging venture and it wouldn’t be sustainable if there is no sense of cooperation among the cooperatives, its members and the local government. On their part, representatives of the cooperative beneficiaries thanked the city LGU for the financial assistance granted and promised to make use of the funds for livelihood activities in

their intended purposes. Four cooperatives were granted a total of P650,000 loan in January to April 2008. In

November and December of the same year, three more cooperatives availed of P1.15 million loans.

In 2009, the city government released P830,000 financial assistance to four cooperatives.

South Cotabato mulls creation of sports council by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- South Cotabato is considering the creation of a council that will oversee the development of sports in the province, an official of the local government unit said. Provincial sports coordinator Florentino Perez Jr. said he has already received advise from Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. to convene multi-sectoral representatives for the creation

of the South Cotabato physical fitness and sports development council. Among those he plans to invite to the meeting are representatives from the De-

partment of Education, local government unit, Sangguniang Kabataan, private sector, athletes, and coaches purposely to organize the council. Once organized, one of the primary concerns of the council, besides setting the direction of the province’s sports development, is the establishment of a pool of athletes who represent the province in sports events. “We have champion athletes from Department of Education and the LGUs but the provincial government

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does not have a pool of athletes which can be tapped when there are invitations for national games,” he explained. Perez believes creation of a sports development council could also address the province’s perennial problem of excellent athletes leaving the province for scholarship grants as varsity players being offered by universities in Metro Manila. “We can solve this problem if we can get sponsors and linkages from the private sector to give them sup-



port as in equipment, uniforms,” he said. “The provincial government could give them educational assistance and training program.” “Most probably, these athletes would not leave the province if we can technical persons who could provide them with equipment and training as competitive players.” Among the sports events that the provincial government plans to develop athletes for include arnis, swimming, basketball, table tennis, softball, athletics, soccer, chess, and

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volleyball. Perez added, one of the very first order of business of the physical fitness and sports development council is to plot South Cotabato’s short-term and long-term development plan. Gov. Pingoy, while serving as representative of the 2nd District of South Cotabato, authored House Bill 6516, which was instrumental in the passage in December 2009 of Republic Act 9850 declaring arnis as national martial art and sport.

Pacquiao nais isalang sa House inquiry ang pagtapon ng patay na tuna sa Sarangani Bay KORONADAL CITY – Dadalhin ni Sarangani Representative Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao sa Kamara ang pag-imbestiga sa ginawang pagtapon ng mga tone-toneladang patay na isdang “tuna” sa Sarangani Bay. Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni Pacquiao na kanyang ipipresenta sa mga miyembro ng House Committee on Fisheries ang resulta ng ginagawang imbestigasyon ng mga lokal na pamahalaan ng Maasim at Sarangani hinggil sa insidente. Ani Pacquiao, ang

ginawang pagtapon ng mga patay na tuna ay isang seryosong isyu na makakaapekto sa industriya ng palaisdaan lalo na ng tuna industry, kung ito ay patuloy na ipagsawalang-bahala. Bilang vice chairman ng Fisheries Committee sa Kamara, nais ni Pacquiao na magpasa

ng panukala na tutulong sa problema ng local tuna industry sa Sarangani. Hiniling din ni Pacquiao sa mga lokal na opisyales ng bayan ng Maitum na lalo pang paigtingin ang kanilang coastal monitoring o ang Bantay Dagat Operation. (AC Agad)

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Butuanons join “Million Volunteer Run” by Jennifer P. Gaitano


he Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter spearheaded today’s Million Volunteer Run with the theme “Run for Humanity.” Students, government employees and partner stakeholders assembled at the Agusan del Norte Covered Court around 5:30 a.m. for a short program.

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Some 350 participants from different sectors joined in the Million Volunteer Run. The route followed during the run was Agusan del Norte Covered Court-City Hall-Ochoa AvenueGuingona Street-Capitol Covered Court. Participants received certificates of appreciation. PRC Agusan del Norte-Butuan City Chapter Administrator Mr. Teddy Cairo said that the formula to alleviate human suffering in the buffet of disasters is the mobilization of millions of

Red cross volunteers supported by robust technological capabilities. “With this, the Philippine Red Cross has organized the Red Cross 143 Program wherein 44 volunteers (1 leader and 443 members) in each of the 42,000 barangays

of the archipelago are highly trained to cope with and reduce the risks of disasters, enabling them to respond accordingly to any catastrophic event that will strike the Philippines,” Cairo said. Cairo further said that PRC’s vision is to increase number of first aiders, blood donors, and health and welfare volunteers in every home, school, business and community in every corner of the Philippines. “Thus, today will mark a culture of volunteerism that defines the Filipino nation before the whole world,” he added.

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PIA Central Visayas chief cites the need to communicate the Phl Dev’t Plan by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Central Visayas Regional Director Minerva Newman emphasized the need to popularize the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), country’s blueprint for progress and poverty alleviation, during a workshop early this week on communicating PDP, held at the University Hotel of the University of the Philippines in Diliman.

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She added the audience is better to retain the information being disseminated in easy-to-comprehend style. Newman said

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“technical” stories tend to turn people off. Thus, the need to popularize the PDP to enhance audience comprehension, enjoyment and interest in the material.

Foremost in the mind of the communicators, she said, it the audience being addressed by an article or message about PDP. Further, Newman said that the most important quality of message presentation is accuracy. “Thus, it is important to have manuscripts verified for technical accuracy before finalizing the presentation,” Newman said. To make the mes-

sage more understandable, a communicator may use practical or “down-to-earth” examples, she added. The Philippine Development Plan 20112016 was formulated in accordance with the Constitutional provision of Section 9, Article VII, directing the Government’s economic and planning agency to “implement a continuing integrated and coordinated programs

and policies for national development.” Upon the assumption of President Benigno S. Aquino III of the country’s leadership, he embarked on his program of government that is based on his “Social Contract with the Filipino People” wherein he articulated a commitment to transformational leadership, institutional reform, economic stability and inclusive growth.

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Caraga GADCC dialogues with survivors by Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

AGUSAN DEL NORTE – A government official here said that it is ready to provide support to survivors of violence against women and children.

Atty. Marylin M. Pintor, regional director of the Commission of Human Rights for Caraga and chair of the Regional Development Council’s the Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (GADCC), led a dialogue with the Sisters of Jesus’ Disciples in the Eucharist (SJDE) at Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. The members of the GADCC also dialogued with the survivors, including seven 32


girls who are under the care of the religious order. Pintor said that the dialogue aimed to hear first-hand from the survivors and the Sisters the situation of the survivors, and how government can help. “We want to hear from you,” she said, “in order for us in government to improve and tailor-fit our services for you.” She also assured the Sisters and the seven survivors of sus-

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tained partnership. The GADCC’s initiative is part of its annual observance of the “18-day Campaign to End Violence Against Women” on November 18 up to December 12. This year’s theme is “Unite: Stop Violence Against Women, Now.” The GADCC offers the following services to its clients such as skills training, legal services, planning, and even agricultural support.

AFP lauds peace advocates for successful torch parade


he Philippine military is elated over the massive support that the people of Zamboanga has given to the culmination of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2011.

The military’s 4th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines lauds the different peace advocates for a successful conduct of torch parade which was one of the highlights of Mindanao Week of Peace held last December.

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The military’s 4th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines lauds the different peace advocates for a successful conduct of torch parade which was one of the highlights of Mindanao Week of Peace held last December 1Lt. Colonel Gamal S Hayudini PAF, Commander of the 4th CRG, CRSAFP said that the participation of the different stakeholders during the activity that was initiated by the Peace Advocate of Zamboanga and Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace were indications that the Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan” is fully complemented. IPSP Bayanihan is the current thrust of the government that entails



collaborative efforts of the different sectors of the society since they play vital roles to finally win the peace. “The support shown by the participants during the parade was also a strong call for oneness and cooperation to the entire populace of Zamboanga Peninsula and other nearby provinces to achieve lasting peace especially here in Mindanao,” says Hayudini. Meanwhile, thousands of assorted posters and pamphlets on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan were also distributed during the torch parade to further create awareness and pre-empt the same occurrence of bombing which took place in a lodging house in Zamboanga.

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Among the organizations that supported the week of peace are the following: Fatimah Islamic Mission; Madrasatu Ahlil-Bayt (A.S); National Samabadjao Movement; Ahlul-Bayt (A.S) Philippine Islamic Assembly, Inc.; Commission on Human Rights; 3rd Air Wing Division; Columbus Seafoods Corporation; Western Mindanao State university; ZABIDA; Department of Agriculture Regional Field Unit – IX; Philippine National Red Cross; ZION Youth Peace Corporation; DOLE; National Irrigation Administration Region IX; Zamboanga East Central School; and Western Mindanao Command. (JPA/6CRGAFP/RV)

Turkish business group opens first-ever satellite office in the city; aims to promote PHL as investment hub


he city now hosts the first-ever satellite office of the Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (TCCP) all over the country with its inauguration today.

TCCP President Irfan Karabulut pointed that their aim is to foster closer relations, understanding and cooperation between and among Turkish and Filipino businessmen and entities, and promote investment in the Philippines through partnerships. The Zamboanga City Satellite Office will be manned by Executive Director Coskun Urfan, with FilipinoTurkish Tolerance High School Administrator Mehmet Cetin as hon

orary president. The TCCP is the offischool is located at the cial representative of city’s west coast in Ba- the Confederation of rangay Maasin. According TCCP officials, the Zamboanga City office will provide beneficial information and assistance to local businessmen in the region, and Mindanao as a whole. This will also Businessmen and Industrialists of Turkey (TUSKON) in the Philippines. It was founded just three years ago in 2008 by a group of Turkish and Filipino http://www.tccp.com.ph help establish local and businessmen in Manila international business with their headquarters opportunities for Min- based in Greenhills, San danao businessmen. Juan City. Their satellite The Chamber will also office here is located at have close contact with Suterville, west of the the Turkish embassy in city. (JPA/MVC/PR) the country. Monday, December 5, 2011


Dipolog hits 94% conflict resolution rate by Franklin P. Gumapon


ith the implementation of the Barangay Justice for Peace Project (BJPP) here, the city has now achieved a 94 percent resolution rate of the cases brought before the barangay courts.

Mr. Arvin L. Bonbon, who represented Mayor Evelyn T. Uy during the BJPP-End of Project Congress (EPC) held in Davao City last week, disclosed that the 21 barangays of the city had attained an overall conflict resolution rate of 94 percent. Bonbon attributed such a feat to the Gerry Roxas Foundation’s (GRF) Justice and Peace Program, which mobilizes and trains citizen volunteers called Barangay Justice Advocates (BJAs) on mediation, peace counseling and various aspects of the 36


law. With a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the GRF’s justice and peace program promotes governance and rule of law through community participation and citizen empowerment at the local level. It was learned that the BJPP had been implemented in six provinces, two cities and a municipality of Mindanao. These are the provinces of Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Tawi-Tawi, Saranggani, Zamboanga Sibugay and Maguindanao, the cities of Dipolog and

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Pagadian, and the municipality of Pagalungan in Maguindanao. Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, who served as the keynote speaker at the BJPP-EPC in Davao City, has encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to find ways for a just and speedy resolution of conflicts at the local level. “It is the responsibility of each LGU to handle, settle and resolve conflicts between and among barangay folks especially petty conflicts,” he stressed. (JPA/FPG)

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One Mindanao - December 5, 2011  

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One Mindanao - December 5, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao