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Tangub City,

Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines.


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60 MILF members avail of re-integration program Region XII

Perlita Changco,

Kakulangan sa suplay ng kuryente sa Sarangani, Gensan nagpapatuloy DEDoguiles,

Region XII

DOH gives P50M for upgrade of Surigao Norte prov’l hospital Eugene Lira, Jr.,

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Aquino fetes 2011 TOYM awardees in Malacañang.................................................

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Cover Story Welcome to Tangub City, the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines

Caraga Region

DAR-Surigao Sur Legal Division hits more than 100% accomplishment for 2011 Myra Quijada-Yu,

Aquino receives peace award from ‘Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel’ ...............

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CENTRAL MINDANAO

Caraga Region

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CHO intensifies “A-B-C-D-E” against AIDS Region IX

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao,

Sindangan town to host 2011 prov’l meet Franklin P. Gumapon,

Region IX

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RDC-X endorses Php178.25M budget of DILG and DOLE in NorMin

Peace stakeholders in Lanao del Sur declare unified commitment for peace in Mindanao Apipa Bagumbaran,. Region X Davao barangays enjoined to create VAWC desks Carina Cayon.

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Region XI

RDR orders readiness for disaster Jeanevive Abangan,

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Michael Vincent D. Cajulao,

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Cover Story Welcome to Tangub City, the Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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time of the year. Wednesday, December 7, 2011


This expression is not only found in a song but in the hearts of everyone, here, in the “City of the Christmas Symbols of the Philippines,” who, for 19 years now, have made the Christmas season the best days of the year, not only for themselves but for everybody else who celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The Tangubanons have always looked forward to their Christmas Symbols Festival that starts on the first Day of December, every year and ends on the second Sunday of January, the following year.

showcased Christmas Symbols in the City Plaza, Christmas Arches and giant Christmas ‘parols’ (lanterns) in the urban barangays. In the late 1990’s Tangub City became the “Christmas Symbols Capital of the Philippines” that draws thousands of tourists during the yuletide season.

How it began Per data published by the Tangub City Historical Commission (TCHC), the first ever Christmas tree in the city plaza was lighted in 1992. This was through the idea of First Lady Jennifer W. Tan. Since then, Tangub City annually

Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) at Work “This is the time when the ‘Bayanihan’ spirit and the publicprivate- partnership (PPP) of all sectors is really at work,” Mayor Philip T. Tan, said. “Aron sa pagpadayon sa nahuptang dungog sa siyudad sa Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Tangub isip destinasyon sa mga turista sa panahon sa pasko sa ikatulong milenyo� (To continue with what Tangub has been known for, as the destination for tourists during Christmas in the 3rd millennium), the Tangubanons have endeavored 6

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t o spruce up the activities of the festival, with some contests: Category A: Christmas Symbols at the Public Plaza. Participated in by all local and national government offices/ agencies, the structures are put up by the employees themselves who contribute to their physical and material needs. Category B: Most Lighted Arches. Welcome arches usually located at the entrance to enhance the façade of the barangays.


Category C: Lantern Contest for those barangays without entries in Category B. Lighting of the lanterns starts at 5:30 p.m. up to 12:00 midnight. Category D1: Most Lighted Market Section and Category D2: Most Lighted Private Business Establishments. Included in the contest are the dried fish section, meat and fish section, “Tuba” (coconut wine) and Video-K Section, dry goods and fruit section, “Painitan” (Snacks/food)

section and Tobacco section and all the other private business establishments in the city. Category E: Most Lighted Barangays with installation of lights artistically designed and placed neatly to enhance the sidewalks of the highway. Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Category F: Most Lighted House in the Barangay. This is open to all households in the highway and interior barangays which have entries in Category B, with each barangay having a minimum of seven (7) entries. Judit B. Tablan, City Information Officer and General Secretary of TCHC, said all the contests will be judged according to their artistic combination and the use of lights, 40%, their uniqueness, 40% and their over-all impact, 20% or a total of 100%. Meanwhile, the City Tourism Office (CTO) hopes the festival, this year, will again draw thousands of tourists. Data at the CTO shows that 239,209 persons who visited the city, last year, were walkin guests during the Christmas Symbols Festival. This number represented almost 50 percent of 502,116, the total number of persons who visited the city and availed of their public and private facilities for the year, Vicenta B. Paller, Senior Tourism Operations Officer (STOO), said. 8

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Aquino: High popularity ratings come from optimism of the people

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said he has been enjoying continuing support from the people despite several challenges because he represents their dreams and aspirations. Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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During the Bulong Pulungan media group Christmas party and awarding ceremony in Sofitel Hotel Tuesday, the president said his high popularity emanates from the people, being their agent for change and reform in the country. Bulong Pulungan honored the President’s peace efforts in Mindanao. “Parati ko pong sinasabi, ayon sa ating Saligang Batas, ang talagang kinikilala kong boss ay ang taumbayan,” the President said when he was asked about his high popularity. “Ang boss natin ang nagsasabi kung ano ang direksyon natin. So yung approval and trust ratings

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come from the fact that I am speaking for... and really trying to realize the dreams of the vast majority of our populace,” he added. The President said the public knows the problems and challenges that the country faces noting that he always tries to be honest with the people, telling them the bad as well as the good news. The public expectations are realistic, he said. While the chief executive said that the country can’t solve all the problems of the Philippines at once, he said working to find solutions is a good starting point for the nation. The President still enjoys high approval ratings until now despite his shaky relationship with the judiciary, the political drama stirred by

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charges against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the peace and order situation in Mindanao. Also during the Sofitel event, the President said he has no plans to reshuffle his Cabinet as the country enters a new year, noting he’s satisfied with his Cabinet’s performance. “I’m very happy with the Cabinet. But, at the same time, all of us are humans. We are all imperfect beings and there is always room for improvement,” he said. “And if the day comes that any member of my Cabinet—and myself included—says ‘we’re so perfect, we know it all, and there’s no improvement’, then I think that’s the time we should all be resigning because we’ll be dangerous to the people by then.” (AS)


Aquino receives peace award from ‘Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel’

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives the Peace Award from the officials and founding members of Bulong Pulungan Deedee Siytangco and Joanne Ramirez during the Bulong Pulungan Annual Christmas Party and Recognition Day for Outstanding Public Servants and Private Individuals at the Luzon Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on Tuesday (December 06). The Bulong Pulungan media forum was founded in 1986 by a group of journalists from different publications in the photo is Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. (Photo by: Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau).

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ulong Pulungan sa Sofitel media forum honored President Benigno S. Aquino III with a peace award on Tuesday for his continuing efforts to attain peace in Mindanao as well as to carry out reforms in government. Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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The Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel media group conferred the award on the President during its Christmas party and recognition day for outstanding public servants and private individuals at Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City. In his message, the Chief Executive thanked Bulong Pulungan for giving him the award saying the honor will be an inspiration for him to perform better as a public servant. The President said Bulong Pulungan’s weekly forum opens the minds of the public, give the people the necessary information so that they can join constructive public discourse. “Sa mga ling12

guhang talakayan sa napapanahong usapin, iminumulat ninyo ang sambayanan sa mga isyung dapat lamang nilang malaman, lahukan at tugunan,” he said. “Napakalaki po ng potensyal ninyong makatulong sa patuloy na pag-usad natin sa tuwid na daan. Sa bawat sulat ninyo, sa bawat ulat ninyo nagiiwan kayo ng marka sa publiko.” As a Christmas gift, the President asked the press to help his administration disseminate the good news about the government’s performance. “Kapag may good news po tayo huwag lang po sana natin itong ipagbulungan, huwag lang po sana natin itong iimbak sa ating mga tanggapan, huwag po tayong mag-atubiling ipagmalaki ang ito at ipagsigawan nang malakas,” he said.

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The government has accomplished a lot and the media can report so many good things happening in the country, he stressed. The President thanked the media for strengthening and protecting the country’s democracy even as he enjoined them to voice their stand on major issues and express the truth. He also asked the press to support his administration as it marches towards reform and change, saying that all the changes and reform that the country wants can’t be achieved without the help of other sectors of society. The weekly Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel forum is being held at Sofitel Hotel featuring interesting and sometimes controversial figures to talk and discuss about a wide range of issues. (AS)


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Aquino fetes 2011 TOYM awardees in Malacañang

resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies honoring this year’s The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) in Malacañang on Monday.

In his speech keynoting the event organized by the Junior Chamber International Philippines, the TOYM Foundation and the Gerry Roxas Foundation, the President said he was “honored” to personally confer the awards to the winners. “Every year, we recognize ten out-

standing young Filipinos, who have not only gone on to fruitful careers in their chosen fields, but who have also committed themselves to effect meaningful change in our society,” the President said. “You represent the best of your generation, and it is a privilege to be able

to personally confer this honor on all of you,” he added. This year’s TOYM awardees are: Ma. Antonia Arroyo – Biotechnology Adocacy; Raul Destura – Medical Science; Sherw i n

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Gatchalian – Public Service; Paulino Salvador Leachon – Government and Public Service; Edgar Sia II – Business Entrepreneurship; Gerard Salonga – Arts and Music; and, Antonio Tiu – Agribusiness. The President called on the awardees to continue being examples and 14

inspirations to the Filipino people of what they could become through dedication and hard work. “To our awardees: you are living symbols of the energy, excellence, and dedication that we Filipinos are capable of when we put our minds to it. I hope that in calling attention to those of us Filipinos who excel, I can help restore confidence in ourselves

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not just as individuals, but more importantly, as a people,” the President said. “I therefore call on you today to continue to pursue meaningful endeavors. As our new generation of leaders, you carry on your shoulders the hopes of our countrymen. Your future actions will either validate or disappoint the potential we recognize today,” he said.(RCK)


DOLE reports 78% wage compliance rate in Region 12 by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, -- After the suspension of labor inspections on December 1, the Soccsksargen office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-12) reported that about 22 percent of the companies in Region 12 have not complied with the ordered minimum wage order. DOLE 12 Assistant Regional Director Joel Gonzales told a local radio station here that they were have completed 743 companies in the entire region but clarified that they come a little short of target number of companies. “Based on data we gathered, compliance rate on minimum wage in Region 12 is about 78 percent,� he said. He explained further that Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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those who have been remiss in the compliance of labor standards -- including minimum wage as mandated in Wage Order RB XII - 16 – were immediately informed of their violations and were given seven days to comply. “If these companies still refuse to comply with the labor standards after seven days, we send them compliance order,” he said. Gonzales added that once the routine labor inspections are resumed next year they will give prioritize business establishments that they have not visited this year. In a previous interview, DOLE 12 Regional Director Atty. Ma. Gloria Tango explained that suspension of routine inspections would not mean that they will cease entertaining complaints and hearing labor disputes. She said, employees who have complaints regarding violations of the rights as laborers can still go to the nearest field offices for 16

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immediate resolution of their problem. Based on Wage Order XII – 16 passed by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity- 12 (RTWPB-12) on October 31 last year, minimum wage rates in the region stands at P260 for nonagriculture workers, P240 for plantation workers,

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P235 for non-plantation workers, P240 for retail/ service establishments employing not more than 10 workers and P234 for retail/service establishments employing less than 10 people. These rates should be followed by establishments in the private sector in the provinces of


Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, and Cotabato. Labor Secretary Ro-

salinda Baldoz, through Administrative Order 490 Series of 2011, suspended the conduct of routine inspections from Dec. 1, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012. The order also

suspends conduct of the Training and Advisory Visits and Self-Assessment Activities and implementation of the Labor Enforcement Action Program.

60 MILF members avail of re-integration program by Perlita Changco COTABATO CITY, - Some 60 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) based in the town of Tulunan, North Cotabato have decided to return to the folds of the law and surrendered to the local officials.

Tulunan Mayor Lani Candolada said, the 60 MILF members voluntarily surrendered before local officials led by the town mayor on December 1. Candolada said, town officials are aware of the presence of the said group in the area who are engaged in farming while others are banana plantation workers for quite a while and have been monitored and observed struggling to survive.

“We are aware of their presence but we have maintained respect their rights and have treated them equally just like the other residents struggling to survive,� the mayor said. During the process of screening and interview, Candolada said, the group expressed their desire to grab the opportunity being extended by the government for them to lead a normal and peaceful life. While authorities

undertake necessary preparations for the social integration of the returnees into the mainstream of the society, Mayor Candolada said, as a start the local government unit extended initial livelihood assistance. Mayor Candolada further said that they are coordinating with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) for support and assistance in the social integration process.

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Kakulangan sa suplay ng kuryente sa Sarangani, Gensan nagpapatuloy KORONADAL CITY -- Nagpapatuloy na nakakaranas ng isang oras na brownout ang lungsod ng Heneral Santos, lalawigan ng Sarangani at ilang bahagi ng South Cotabato dahil sa kakulangan ng suplay ng kuryente. Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni Engr. Bong Sotello ng technical services department ng South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO II), may kakulangan na 12 megawatts ang kasalukuyang suplay ng kuryente ng kooperatiba. Ito at matapos kinaltasan ng National Power Corporation at Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Manage-

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ment (PSALM) Corporation ang ibinibigay na kuryente sa SOCOTECO II ng 30 megawatts. Paliwanag ni Engr. Sotello, mas matagal na power curtailment pa sana ang mararanasan ng coverage area nila kung hindi nakapag-kontrata ang Socoteco II sa Therma Marine Inc. ng AboitizPower. Subalit 18 megawatts lang ang kanilang nabibiling suplay na kuryente mula

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sa power barge kung kaya’t umaabot sa 12 megawatt ang kakulangan sa suplay ng kuryente na nagreresulta sa isang oras na brownout. Ang binibiling kuryente sa Therma Marine din aniya ang dahilan kung bakit nagmahal ng bayarin ng mga kunsumidor ng humigitkumulang 30 sentimos bawat kilowatt hour. (DEDoguiles)


PNP-Butuan all set for Christmas, new year’s eves’ celebs by Robert E. Roperos

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utuan City Police Director PSSupt. Jose Carillo said the entire police force here is already prepared as the city readies for the coming of Christmas and New Year’s eves’ celebrations.

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According to the PNP chief of this city, he has already directed all the police officers here to tighten the security, especially in strategic areas where people usually go like in the major supermarkets and churches. With the celebration of the Nightly Mass or “Simbang Gabi” that will start on the dawn of December 16, Carillo said police officers were already deployed in different churches to ensure that the public is secured during the nine-day novena masses. “We have already 20

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issued directives to all police officers in the city and that deployment was already made to all churches in the city to ensure that the Butuanons can celebrate the activity peacefully and secured,” Carillo said in Tagalog. Meanwhile, the city police director here warned the public to take extra precautionary measures against crimes such as robbery and holdup which are among the most common crimes happening in time with the “Simbang Gabi.” “We need to be careful with these

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criminals because it is true to the fact that when there are flocks of people, more criminals are also enticed to do such criminal acts,” Carillo said. The official also said the people should stay away from dark places as crimes always happened in these areas. He added the public should also coordinate with the local police officers should they happen to meet people with suspicious acts. “In this way, they can be sure that they will be safe and protected,” Carillo said.


DOH gives P50M for upgrade of Surigao Norte prov’l hospital by Eugene Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – Health Secretary Enrique Ona awarded a check amounting to Php50-million as cash assistance for the upgrading of facilities of the Provincial Hospital located in Bad-as, Placer, this province.

The check was received by Gov. Sol Matugas during the convention of barangay health workers held recently at the provincial convention center, attended by more than 2,500 delegates from the 21

towns and lone city of the province. Ona revealed that the P50 million was only an initial assistance from the DOH and another P50 million will be given next year to complete the upgrading of facilities

in the said hospital. “Your provincial hospital must be equipped with complete facilities so that it will attract doctors and can provide competent service to the community it serves,” he said.

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DAR-Surigao Sur Legal Division hits more than 100% accomplishment for 2011 by Myra Quijada-Yu TANDAG CITY – In less than a year, the legal division of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur has reached more than 100 percent in terms of accomplishment, acting chief Roselyn Y. Rendon announced on Monday convocation. One of the major components of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) is the delivery of agrarian justice or legal assistance to the farmer beneficiaries in the province of Surigao del Sur. According to Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Benjamin Mataksil, the office has provided and conducted several services such as mediation, 22

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consultation, hearings, preparation of resolution and petitions to the different cases handled involving the agrarian reform beneficiaries. With the joint efforts of the legal officers, they were able to hit the benchmark target ahead of time. Based on the report as of November 25, 2011 all indicators were more than 100 in percentage. For judicial, the accomplish-

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ment rate of the office reached to 166.6 percent; Quasi – 248 percent; Ali – 110.35 percent; and Mediation – 102.70 percent. With this, PARO Mataksil is grateful for the cooperation and efforts of the staff of the Legal Division for the early accomplishment of their targets and hoping for the same level of performance next year and for the coming years.


Pag-Ibig Fund Pagadian branch celebrates 31st anniversary

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he Home Development Mutual (Pag-IBIG) Fund here has started celebrating the agency’s 31st founding anniversary from December 1-19 with the theme “Makabuluhan, Matatag at Maasahan ang Pag-Ibig fund.” Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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Pag-IBIG fund department manager Ibrahim Lajarato said activities were lined up for the celebration on the following schedules: Dec. 1, kick-off ceremony; 3, outreach program; 10, walk-for-a cause; 13, press conference; 14, thanksgiving mass, ‘salo-salo’ and fund coordinator’s club (FCC) meeting; and 19, culmination program. Lajarato said during the outreach program, a feeding and distribution of slippers to poor children were done by the Pag-Ibig fund employees in co-

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ordination with the barangay officials of Tuburan. “We have distributed 450 packed lunch and 300 pairs of slippers to underprivileged children to share the agency’s blessing and to let children feel the spirit of Christmas,” Lajarato said. Lajarato said it is the agency’s corporate social responsibility of doing an outreach program annually during its founding anniversary. “Last year, the inmates of provincial jail were the recipients of the program,” Lajarato humbly added. Lajarato said the walk-for-a-cause will be participated by all employees of the agency. “The event is a fund raising of the agency where all employees

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will give P100 as their registration fee, and all the money that will be raised will go to the HDMF ‘Damayan’ fund initiated by the new chief executive officer,’ he added. The ‘Damayan’ fund, is a project of chief executive officer Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe where funds will be used for calamity loan purposes. The partcipant, Lajarato said will start the walk at 5:30 am at Plaza Luz to rotunda hills (vice versa). Meanwhile, the Pag-Ibig chief will inform the public on the agency’s accomplishments by conducting a presscon with members of the Zambanga del Sur- Pagadian Press Club, Inc.. A thanks giving


mass and salo-salo’ will also be held at their office FCC members from the provinces of Zamboana del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Misamis Occidental will attend the 1-day meeting for

them to be updated on the new policies, as well as their accomplishments of the agency, Lajarato said. In the culmination day, Lajarato said HMDF managers will attend the Gabi ng

Parangal’ at the head office in Manila where an outstanding or performing units of the agency will be awarded with cash prizes and plaque of recognition. (JPA/GCC/PIA-Pagadian)

CHO intensifies “A-B-C-D-E” against AIDS by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – If you think memorizing alphabets is for little kids only, think again. Memorizing the first five letters of the alphabet may just save adults from the dreaded Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The City Health Office is again aggressively putting all efforts in its battle against HIV/AIDS with the use of the first five letters of the alphabet; A for Abstinence, B for Be Faithful, C for (the use of) Condom, D for Don’t share needles, and E, Educate oneself about HIV. This, as CHO noted an increase in the number of HIV/AIDS posi-

tive in the city from last year to present. CHO Reproductive Health and Wellness Center Head Dr. Kibtiya Uddin revealed 22 new cases of the HIV/AIDS in the city, 11 from last year, and another 11 this year bringing the total registered HIV/AIDS cases to 39. “22 of the total 39 total patients were discovered only in the

last two years”, Uddin said. However, City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos remained calm with the recent statistics saying these new patients may have acquired the virus abroad and were only detected here. Agbulos said his office is having success in detecting HIV positive persons because of the active

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role of the Local AIDS Council together with the office of Dr. Uddin. Uddin made a clarification on the trend of infection among patients saying most of the patients acquired the virus through homosexual intercourse, particularly man-toman sex. “More than 20 of the 39 total patients since 1995 have acquired the illness through male, having sex with male”, Uddin explained.

To intensify their campaign against the spread of HIV/ AIDS, CHO has lined up various activities this coming Saturday, December 10, which will be participated by national government agencies, non-government organizations, the AIDS Council, and various entertainment establishments in the city, in support to the World AIDS Day Celebration with the theme “Getting to Zero”. (JPA/MVC/PIA9ZBST w/ news from uth.tumblr.com Jimmy Villaflores)

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Sindangan town to host 2011 prov’l meet by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - All is set for this year’s provincial athletic meet to be held in Sindangan town Dec. 10-16.

Athletic delegations from elementary and secondary schools of the different municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte shall converge in said municipality for the provincial level elimination of players/ athletes. Dr. Elsa Cruz, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga del Norte Schools Division, said all athletic/sports events

shall be held in the , Sindangan National Agricultural School (SNAS) and Sindangan National High School (SNHS). It was learned that there will be seven high school teams competing in the different games during the provincial meet. These are the first congressional district, second congressional district, third congressional district,

the coastal schools, Liloy team, Sindangan team and Polanco team. Winning players and athletes in the provincial meet will represent the province in the regional athletic competitions. DepED-IX officials, however, have yet to finalize the venue for this school year’s regional athletic meet. (JPA/FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

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LDN employs new road construction technology by Vincent N. Labial and Lovely A. Rosario

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he Engineer’s Office, this province, is now in the testing phase of its newly acquired road stabilization equipment, SAKAI’s new PM550 road stabilizer in a stretch of road along barangay Panolo-on in the interior town of Sapad. Amounting to more than P60 million, this latest technology from Japan provides soil stabilization and full-depth reclamation to repair failed hot mix asphalt (HMA) pavements “quickly and cost effectively”, a SAKAI representative said. The PM550 is said to be a wise alternative for low-volume roads and low-budget programs, “saving up to 40% on cold in-place reclamation projects with shorter construction times and lower project cost for the 28

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provincial government.” It leaves a stabilized road base, ready for HMA overlay. Officials from the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO) said using this new technology would translate to “savings of up to 40 percent from the total project costs not to mention faster completion rate and fewer manpower involved. The machine features a hightorque, two-speed, 100rpm (1.7Hz) and 130rpm (2.2Hz) rotor with lateral


shift capabilities like the company’s new ER552F road planer. This enables the operator to avoid street iron while working up close to obstacles with superb visibility of the cutting and mixing operation, said the company. “Four-wheel drive keeps the entire

system moving consistently and positively across the site, regardless of conditions, at a top working speed of 57 feet per minute (17.7m/min),” said SAKAI. A one-kilometer provincial road project in the municipality of Kapatagan will be the first to employ this latest construction

technology. Present during the actual testing of the equipment were Governor Khalid Dimaporo, former congressman Abdullah Dimaporo, Kapatagan Mayor Benjie Baguio, Sapad Mayor Paruk Asis, and Sapad Vice-Mayor Hipolito Sienes.

RDC-X endorses Php178.25M budget of DILG and DOLE in NorMin by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – A combined budget of Php178.25 million for fiscal year (FY) 2012 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Northern Mindanao have been endorsed by the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X). Of this amount, Php109.91 million has been proposed by DILG, of which Php95.22 million was allocated for personnel services (PS) and Php14.70 million for maintenance, operations and other expenses (MOOE), while

Php68.35 million was proposed by DOLE, of which Php33.73 million was allocated for PS and Php34.62 million for MOOE. The endorsement is contained in Executive Committee Resolution Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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No. 1, s. 2011 of RDC-X, which was presented to the members, during its 89th full council meeting, here. Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority, (NEDA), region 10, said RDC-X found the plans and projects of both agencies supportive to the Macro and Development Administration Sectors’ strategic framework on strengthening local government unit (LGU) capacities to improve local governance on promoting gainful employment opportunities as contained in the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP), for calendar years 2011-2016. Dacanay, who is also the RDC-X Vice Chairperson, said a technical review of both agencies’ proposed programs/projects was conducted based on the 2012 priorities of

President Aquino’s Social Contract with the Filipino People and its 16 areas of transformational leadership. These, as reflected in the national/regional development goals and targets and strategies of the MTRDP and Medium Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP) for CY 2011-2016, he said. The agency programs were reviewed taking into consideration the accomplishment of the Aquino Administration’s more important goals not be sidetracked by resource constraints. The FY 2012 budget will prioritize sectors/purposes/expenditures within the context of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), the Organizational Performance Indicator Framework (OPIF) and the Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) approach, Dacanay added.

Peace stakeholders in Lanao del Sur declare unified commitment for peace in Mindanao by Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Sharing the common concern for reconciliation and understanding, peace stakeholders in this province vowed to support all peace and development initiatives in Mindanao. They made a commitment to suppress all and every negative actions which hinder the attainment of peace in Mindanao at the same time conveyed appreciation to individuals, organizations and international institutions in their various efforts towards the realization of lasting peace in this part of the country. 30

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The signing of the unified declaration of commitment for peace highlighted the provincial culmination program of the Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 held recently at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall, here. Professor Salipada Tamano, co-convenor of the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC) expressed hope the


activity will tremendously contribute in the ultimate realization of the common aspiration of making Mindanao a land of peace, harmony, development and prosperity. He also reiterated the appeal of the BUC to all Christians and Muslims in the country to renew their faith by thorough study and reflection and living a life based on the Love of God and Love of Neighbor, a core commitment to know and to obey. The conflicts, wars and animosities among and between Christians and Muslims today can be traced to the wrong understanding and/or violation of this commandment, he further reiterated. Likewise, BGen. Guima Marash of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) has called on both Christians and Muslims to live in peace without discrimination. Marash also gave assurance that the IMT will work hard to monitor peace not only in the two Lanao provinces but throughout Mindanao. We will work for peace and, together, we will make it happen, he further assured. Jointly sponsored by the provincial government and the Ulama League of the Philippines (ULP), the MWOP culminating program was attended by religious and traditional leaders, members of the Task Force Makalintad, 103rd Infantry Brigade,

provincial police, academe, youth and media, as well as representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and IMT. This was conducted in pursuant to Presidential Decree 127 enjoining all concerned government agencies and all instrumentalities including government-owned and controlled corporations, as well as, members of the private sector and civil society organizations based in Mindanao to engage in relevant and meaningful activities and undertakings in observance of the MWOP.

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Eastmincom chief concurs to Yuletide ceasefire by Mai Gevera Macapagat

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astern Mindanao Command Major General Arthur Tabaquero is open to have a ceasefire especially during the yuletide season.

In yesterday’s Talking Points, a joint radio program of DXRP Radyo ng Bayan and the Philippine Information Agency, Tabaquero expressed the troupe’s desire for a ceasefire. The official also assured the public that the military forces are ready to provide security especially when everyone is about to enjoy different holiday activi

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ties this month. To allow some soldiers go home for the season, Tabaquero said that the command has implemented a grouping scheme where the AFP personnel have their schedule to visit home for at least five days to one week. “But we assure you that the entire force is intact not to do offensive but rather security operations,” he stressed. Meanwhile, the Eastmincom welcomed the recent call of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to the communist New People’s Army to surrender following the November 29 landmine explosion that killed three soldiers in Paquibato District. “Hearing that as a directive from a higher local official like Mayor Duterte is very significant. It is the thing that we want to hear from an LGU,” he said. Mayor Duterte’s appeal was rather taken by the NPA as a “stupid call” while Duterte fought back calling them “rabid and vile”.


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 (IGDD) has reiterated the directive in a series of orientations 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 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 Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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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 Com-

mittee 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.”

RDR orders readiness for disaster by Jeanevive Abangan

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario is hoisting an order of readiness to respond to disaster and calamity. “My order is for them to be ready all the time, for any eventuality and calamity,” he said referring to all branches of the provincial government. On top of organizing a quick response team called Reactive Disaster Responders Search, Mobilize and Rescue Team (RDR SMART), Del Rosario has created the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division to give a much focused attention on disaster concerns. Del Rosario noted the readiness of RDR SMART during the recent flooding incident in the municipalities of Carmen and in Braulio E. Dujali but he wanted the group to be further trained while securing for them needed facilities for disaster response and rescue. To build a much strong disaster response network, he revealed of hav34

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ing tapped the Philippine Army reservist group in Davao del Norte, and having worked with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC). He expects PNRC to push through with its objective of organizing “1 + 43” volunteer group to serve as the first line of defense whenever calamities strike at the barangay level. The PNRC crusade to organize 1 + 43 is aimed at training 43 volunteers and one leader in every barangay. PNRC organized last Dec. 4 the nationwide volunteer run to raise funds which it would use to train volunteers under its 1+43 project. Davao del Norte is away from typhoon belt but del Rosario admitted that the province is prone to flooding due to continuous raining. Citing the situation, he saw the need to improve creek and river dikes from especially in low-lying areas such as Carmen, B.E. Dujali and parts of Panabo City. “If necessary we may even have to concrete the dike, by riff-raffing concrete,” he said as he noted


that present dikes are of soil-compact which usually softens during continuous raining. Meanwhile, Del Rosario was pleased with Republic Act 10121 or the “Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010”

which allows the local government to use 75 percent of the five percent calamity fund for disaster mitigating measures. “Ang maganda nyan, we now have preventive (measure) fund,” he said.

regional landmark...

The famed Malipano Villas in Malipano island part of the Triple A class Pearl Farm Resort in the Island Garden City of Samal. The villas designed by renowned architect Francisco Bobby Mañosa is a fusion of Maranao and Samal indigenous design.

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