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Vol. 1 No. 190

Aquino vows to heighten fight against illegal logging Youth leaders enhance skills in peace movement Southern Mindanao

All systems go for Musikahan 2012 grand opening Southern Mindanao

Dolefil strengthens “Kapatiran” with small brothers Charmaine Ladot, Central Mindanao

“May Plano Ako, Kaya mo ring Magplano Part 2” inilunsad ng DOH-ARMM Moner Dayaan, Central Mindanao

Region 9 now rice sufficient; ahead of 2013 target

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Two ABC pupils, 9th National Science Quest Champions Western Mindanao

FREEDOM to facilitate certification of a coop in ComVal through CU Phl Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Butuan City agriculturist office disperses tilapia fingerlings

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Cover Story

Developing Davao’s upland rice

Caraga Region

Police holds six-day disaster preparedness confab Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga, Northern Mindanao

DENR supports implementation of EO 001

Rudolph Ian Alama Southern Mindanao

Juvy L. Canumay, Northern Mindanao

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Cover Story Developing Davao’s upland rice

by Rudolph Ian Alama

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very pleasant surprise greeted the City Agriculturist Office team when they conducted a validation study in the remote hinterlands of Davao City in 2010.

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The team had discovered a treasure trove of agrarian wealth drawn from generations of indigenous farming practices and technologies About 72 upland rice varieties previously unknown to the rest of the world were discovered in a single remote barangay in Davao City’s Marilog district populated by Matigsalog indigenous people. “We were shocked.” recounts City Agriculturist Leo Avila who said that they had found 72 new varieties of upland rice in the area, the team took in 43 samples during their return to the city and presented it to PhilRice (Philippine Rice Research Institute). According to Avila the Philrice were also amazed at the extent of the discovery. However according to Avila the Gumitan discovery is just a tip of the iceberg. “It’s just one barangay and yet we found 72 new varieties. There could be other barangays.” Another visitation in the barangay of Tapak in Paquibato district yielded 18 more varieties. Tapak is home to the Ata indigenous people.

much of the cultivation has been done by IP farmers for subsistence purposes only. Also upland rice is usually grown organically with a lesser farmer intervention. The source of seeds for planting is handed

What is upland rice In contrast to the popular and familiar lowland rice grown in irrigated rice paddies, upland rice is a rice variety known for being aromatic, tall and late maturing; it can be grown without a paddy and needs lesser water than lowland rice. It has lower yield as compared to lowland rice

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down by a generations, sort of a family heirloom. According to Avila, a single family can possess a unique upland rice variety hence the discovery of so much rice varieties during their visit. Seed banking is a role undertaken by the women of the family or the community. Among the already documented upland rice varieties endemic in Davao are: Magkidang; Perya (Red and white); Magpong-pong; Libo-libo; Ilaynon; Pinili; Remuletes (Red); Sinamao; Bangon; Mamintana; Manumbaay; Hinumay; Naylon; and Kabuong. City Government programs in indigenous upland rice Last year the City Government had finished

a seasonlong farming study which had the city agriculturist planting upland rice using indigenous practices and government’s agricultural technology. The farmers’ field school was situated in Tapak where upland rice farming is prevalently practiced by the IP farming community. According to Avila, the merged technology of the government and the indigenous people had resulted in improved harvests. “By February or March we would be releasing the results of the study.” Avila said. He said that the city government is seriously working on upland rice program for the farmers in the hinterlands. The City is identifying 11,000 hectares of potentials sites for upland rice production in the second and third districts of Davao City. Currently according to conservative estimates about 500 hectares are being devoted to the planting of upland rice in Davao City. Avila said that it is about time that upland rice farming be given due attention as it has been a neglected agricultural industry. With the discovery of these new varieties Avila hopes the city can tap and develop upland native rice into a viable industry that will bring progress into these remote hinterland areas. Fancy or native rice is a prime food commodity in the United States and fetches a price of US$5 to US$10 a kilo. Monday, February 20, 2012

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ACROSS THE NATION

Soldiers donate one-day salary for quake victims

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he men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines celebrated Valentine’s Day with a big heart as they chipped in their one-day pay to reach out to the victims of the recent earthquake in Negros Oriental.

The AFP handed out some relief goods containing mineral water, water container, noodles, and some biscuits to earthquake victims in the province.

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, during the turnover ceremony, lauded the AFP for continuously

supporting the province. Before the recent 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the province, Negros Oriental was also lashed by tropical storm ‘Sendong’ in December

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2011. Degamo was joined by Mayors Nestor Reyes of Guihulngan City, Lawrence Limkaichong of La Libertad, Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Minda Morante, and other officials from the AFP.

The local chief executive also appealed to the people and local politicians to unite and work together to help others in need and also to fast track the rehabilitation of affected communities. Meanwhile, Philippine Army’s 301st Commanding Officer Colonel Francisco Patrimonio acknowledged the support of the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force and Army Engineers who immediately responded to the incident. “It was indeed a rare display of Filipino spirit of bayanihan that united us into one common goal of helping the people,” Patrimonio added.

Aquino vows to heighten fight against illegal logging

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said the government needs to step up the fight against illegal logging activities particularly after the murder of a Department of Environment and Natural Resources forest personnel in Cagayan.

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“Ang focus natin doon… may forestry guard na kakapatay doon sa mismong opisina niya. So ito ho ang pino-point out ng Secretary ng ating DENR na kailangan na talagang matugunan, ang illegal logging,” the President said in an interview during the inauguration of the Aurora Memorial Hospital here. “Nagkakaroon na ng karahasan laban sa ating mga nagbabantay ng kagubatan at yun ang huhulihin natin sa lalong madaling panahon at dadalhin sa korte. Pero, other than that, i-improve pa natin ang proseso,” he added. The government has to augment the resources for the government’s task force against illegal logging to finally stop illegal logging

activities in the Sierra Madre mountain range, the President said when he was asked by local reporters. Last week, Melania Dirain, 46, the DENR forest specialist in Sanchez Mira, was attacked in her office. She died of five gunshot wounds in the chest. A forest specialist is the second highest-ranking officer in a community environment and natural resources office (Cenro). Her main task is enforcement of forest protection laws. The President was in Aurora province Sunday to attend the 33rd foundation anniversary of the province. He also inaugurated the Aurora Memorial Hospital here in Baler. (AS)

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Info drive, community awareness vs. illegal drugs intensified in DavSur by Carina Cayon

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he provincial Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here has beefed-up its community awareness and information drive against illegal drugs, though noting a manageable level of drug situation in the province.

PDEA provincial officer Bryan Ponferrada said that they have doubled their efforts in providing information and raising the awareness level of people in the communities, particularly on Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Ponferrada told the Philippine

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Information Agency that though drug situation is manageable in Davao del Sur, PDEA is intensifying its campaign against illegal drugs in an aim for a drug-free province. He said they have been conducting forum, meetings and lectures in communities such as in barangays and in secondary and college schools. He added that most of PDEA’s undertakings are in collaboration with the Philippine Army and the police enforcers in the province. Ponferrada said that the information campaign has brought about the heightened apprehensions of drug users in Davao del Sur. Based on monitoring, intelligence reports and information from the communities, he said that about four drug users aged 25 to 32 years old are apprehended in a month. From the apprehensions conducted, he disclosed that the most abused drug is shabu. The PDEA provincial official assured that no illegal drug laboratory nor drug syndicate is operating in the


province, saying that most of the illegal drugs are coming from Cotabato City and Marawi. He also assured that all intelligence reports and information from the communities go through verifications before undertaking the

apprehension operations. However, he raised that the budget cut has somehow affected their operations, saying that extensive surveillance of illegal drugs reports are no longer done. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

Youth leaders enhance skills in peace movement DAVAO CITY – Youth leaders from Davao Region and the Socksargen areas kept abreast with the knowledge and skills honing their leadership capability as advocates for peace.

The regional officers of the Youth for Peace Movement (YFPM) of Region XI and the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (Socksargen) participated in a three-day (Feb. 1719) Capability Enhancement and Planning Workshop in Davao City. The workshop provided the youth the opportunity to sharpen their skills as responsible leaders in advocating for peace and valuing nationalism. Aside from the leadership inputs, the young leaders also learned insights in environmental awareness, youth development, local governance, stakeholder’s participation, development communication and social responsibilities. The workshop was a joint project of the Davao Region-based 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine

Army and the Association of Regional Executives of the National Agencies (ARENA) XI. Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-XI) said that the YFPM serves as a potent vehicle to develop the youth’s sense of responsibility and inculcate (in them) the love for the country. The workshop was sponsored by civic organizations and other stakeholders to include the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA), Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Central Davao, Kiwanis Golden Tagum Save Earth Project. Other offices who extended support by providing speakers and inputs, were the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) XI, NEDA-XI, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XI, National Youth Commission (NYCDavao), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) XI, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) XI and Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Monday, February 20, 2012

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All systems go for Musikahan 2012 grand opening

TAGUM CITY- All is set for the grand kick-off of the 11th installment of the Musikahan sa Tagum Festival, transforming this city who prides itself as the “Music Capital of the South” to a majestic musical venue with the participation of thousands of musical revelers from the different parts of the country and from the Asia Pacific. Considered to be Davao Region’s opening festival salvo, the said festival runs from February 2126, 2012 and will feature the region’s best solo players and musical ensembles such as marching brass bands, choral groups, rondalla artists, drum-and-bugle-lyre corps players, young musicians specializing wind, percussion and string instruments, among others. The City Government of Tagum under the leadership of Mayor Rey T. Uy and the City of Tagum Tourism Council with Mrs. Alma L. Uy sitting 12

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as its president assured that this year’s Musikahan will be grander and a must-see, following a decade of successful annual staging. This year’s Musikahan banners the theme “Harvest of Creativity, Celebrating Global Harmony.” Festival Artistic Director Nestor Horfilla disclosed that events in this year’s festival were “reinvented, reinvigorated and reintroduced” as to elicit excitement among tourists and from the Tagumeños as well. Adding spice to the sixday event is the holding of the Musikahan @ I.T. which shall explore the multi-faceted usage of information technology and the new media in creative industry and knowledge production. Tourists and local folks who don’t have enough time to attend to all events during the festival need not to worry as an online live streaming shall be available on the internet, considered to be the biggest innovation of the festival this year, organizers said. The city’s iconic New City Hall— the main venue of the festival—is boosting its wireless capability with the installment of two wi-fi zones with a T1 line which provides extremely fast internet connection that will ensure the event’s I.T. component.(Tagum CIO)


Tupi in South Cotabato intensifies anti-smoking drive By Pops Gumana-Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The local government of Tupi, South Cotabato recently deputized 56 anti-smoking enforcers for a no-nonsense campaign against violators. The deputized the health department, of Fire Protection enforcers are composed Philippine National (BFP), market workers, of representatives from Police (PNP), Bureau purok officials, traffic enforcers, students, reservists, among others who underwent series of trainings and seminars prior to their deputation. Report from the local government’s information center disclosed that the Municipal Council approved last year the town’s anti-smoking ordinance, but it was only implemented late last month after a thorough review by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of South Cotabato. Monday, February 20, 2012

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Municipal Ordinance No. 663 “An Ordinance promoting a Comprehensive AntiSmoking Environment Policy” prohibits smoking and selling of cigarettes within 100 meters from school, inside food establishments, during affairs and programs in municipal gym and plaza, and smoking in public conveyances. Councilor Glenn Hatulan, Committee on Health chairman, authored the said ordinance to combat the ill effects of smoking to humans’ health. “I fought for it because I believed that this is for the welfare of everybody,” he said. Hatulan led the massive information campaign in all 15 barangays of the municipality to educate residents on the significance of the ordinance as well as the dangers of smoking and exposure to second hand smoke which is one of the main causes of diseases like cancer. “We visited even the far flung barangays along with rural health nurses to let the people 14

know that we are serious about this campaign,” he pointed out. Meanwhile, Hatulan explained that the deputized enforcers were given authority to issue citation tickets to every violator they apprehend. He said for first offense the violator will either pay the fine of five hundred pesos to the Municipal Treasurer’s Office or serve the three hours community service; and one thousand pesos fine for second offense or four hours of community service. “However, for third time offenders they will pay the amount of two thousand pesos or five hours of community service while at the same time serve the

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imprisonment of 6 months to 1 year,” he clarified. Hatulan bared that the anti-smoking campaign will be implemented through a “ladderized, holistic approach.” “We cannot expect the people to do away with smoking right away so we start the campaign in public places first, and when fully implemented that’s the time that we go to the next level,” he explained. He added that the Municipal Health Department has also provided a program to give free counseling and assistance to those who wanted to quit smoking. (PGFruylan/PIAGensan with reports from LGU Tupi)


Dolefil strengthens “Kapatiran” with small brothers By Charmaine Ladot POLOMOLOK South Cotabato – Pineapple processing giant Dole Philippines, Inc. (Dolefil) has embarked on a mission to help its small brothers -- emerging companies and small and medium enterprises. Under the auspices of the concept of big brother helping small brothers developed by the Department of Labor and Employment, Dolefil has recently signed a memorandum of undertaking with its small bothers under the KAPATIRAN-WISETAV. Along this line, Department of Labor

and Employment South Cotabato Field Office (DOLE XII-SCFO) on February 7, conducted an action planning headed by SCFO OIC Chief Edwin Morales together with Mr. Romerico Carrasco at Dolefil’s Employees Development Center. The action planning laid out the needed trainings and orientations that

the small brothers requested for them to be able to comply with labor standards. In addition, they scheduled an actual site visits for all the contractors joining the Kapatiran for them to check and correct any practices that are not compliant with labor standards. Among the activities

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are the KAPATIRANWISE-TAV orientation, general labor standards orientation , occupational safety and health orientation, and the orientation on the new Department Order 18A. K A PAT I R A N -W I S E TAV is a flagship

program of DOLE which encourages the big companies to coach the small companies under their contract to be compliant with labor standards and OSH standards. The program is anchored on the International Labor

Organization’s (ILOs) Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (Wise), whose actionoriented approach has long proven to link Productivity and Product Quality to safer and better workplace conditions. (DOLE 12/ DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

“May Plano Ako, Kaya mo ring Magplano Part 2” inilunsad ng DOH-ARMM COTABATO CITY-- Inilunsad kahapon ng Department of Health-ARMM ang ikalawang yugto ng “May Plano Ako Kaya Mo Ring Magplano.” Sa nasabing programa hinikayat ng DOH-ARMM ang mga mag-asawa na gawing tatlo hanggang limang taon ang agwat ng panganganak. Ayon kay DOH-ARMM Regional Secretary Kadil Sinolinding Jr, ito kasi ng tamang agwat ng panganganak upang mapangalagaan and kalusugan ng ina, maliban sa mabigyan pa ang pamilya ng iba pang kalamangan. Nilalaman din ng programa na mabigyan ng sapat at wastong kaalaman ang ating mga kababayan hinggil sa tamang pagpaplano ng pamilya. 16

Sinabi ni DOH-ARMM regional secretary Dr. Kadil “Jojo” Sinolinding Jr. na naging matagumpay naman ang paglunsad ng naturang programa noong nakaraang taon. Pahayag ni Sinolinding, maganda naman ang naging pagtanggap ng mga residente ng ARMM sa unang yugto ng programa batay sa tumaas na bilang ng mga mag-asawang gumagamit ng tamang pamamaraan ng pagpaplano ng pamilya. Hinihikayat ni Sinolinding ang mga mamamayan ng ARMM na magplano ng kanilang pamilya

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upang sa ganun ay maibigay sa kanilang mga anak ang tamang pangangailangan, tulad ng edukasyon. Ayon kay Sinolinding, handa ang kanilang tanggapan na tumanggap ng magasawang nais malaman ang mga pamamaraan ng pagplano ng pamilya. Hinihikayat din ng DOH-ARMM ang publiko na lupamit sa pinakamalapit na health center sa kanilang lugar upang makakuha ng sapat at wastong impormasyon hinggil sa family planning. (Moner Dayaan/PIA Cotabato City)


Feature: SPES – a dream come true for poor but deserving students By Alma L. Tingcang

‘‘We feel so happy because we will now be able to pay our school obligations. Ma-fully paid na among tuition ug dili na mi mag promise-promise kung kanus-a mi makabayad.” (We will be able to pay our tuition fee in full and we won’t have to promise when we will be able to pay.) Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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These were the words of Josephine Tanguilig, one of the 85 grantees of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) from St. Columban College (SCC) during the turnover of SPES checks amounting to P216,750.00 on February 14, 2012. Berna Etoquilla, another SPES grantee said, “Thankful kaayo ko nga naay ingon ani nga programa ang DOLE kay dako kini siya ug ikatabang alang kanamo, especially makabayad na mi sa among tuition kay walay kuwarta among ginikanan. Parehas karon, naghimo mi ug thesis busa dili na mi maglisod pagpangita ug kuwarta alang sa uban pa namong kinahanglanon sa eskwelahan.” (I’m so thankful that DOLE offers this program because this is a big help to us in paying our tuition since our parents have no money. Like now, we are making our thesis, so it will be easy for us to buy our school needs.) “The SPES is a dream come true for the grantees,’’ said Ms. Mary Jane B. Omandam, Saint Columban 18

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College (SCC) PESO Manager and President of the Guidance Counselors Network (GCNet) for Pagadian City and Zamboanga del Sur as she related how the grantees work so hard, studying and working at the same time but still manage to get good grades. DOLE Assistant Regional Director Virginia L. Bonbon said, “Today, we not only give love but we give cash, in the form of check. And SPES is now on a year-round basis. It’s no longer summer job or during Christmas only but all throughout the year , starting 2011.” ARD Bonbon said, “SPES is not for everybody but only for poor but deserving students. Two


of our SPES babies in WMSU-ESU, Molave graduated cum laude, and are now employed in WMSU and in Molave LGU. Being a cum laude, you automatically become a civil service eligible.” Newly-installed DOLE Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano was supposed to turn-over the checks to Rev. Fr. Gilbert M. Hingone, SCC President but he was in Zamboanga City to attend the 1st Regional Peace and Order Council meeting. In his response message, Fr. Hingone said , “SCC has a commitment to the poor and we help them to reach their goals in life. The offer of DOLE is a gift from heaven. If you work hard, poverty will not be a hindrance to your good future. I’m very grateful to DOLE for partnering with us

in this endeavor of helping the poor. I hope this partnership will continue.” Aside from the checks released to SCC, the local government of Molave, Kumalarang, Margosatubig, Dimataling, Bayog, Ramon Magsaysay, Tigbao, Sominot, and Lapuyan also received their SPES checks including Lucan Central College, Emcotech, Sam’s Fast Food, Zamsureco I and ZSMIT amounting to P828,826.00. To date, DOLE has released the total amount of P1,045,576.00 for 485 SPES grantees in Zamboanga del Sur. “For this year, the province of Zamboanga del Sur has an allocation of more than P5 million for SPES,” ARD Bonbon said. (JPA/ALT/PIA -Zambo Sur)

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Region 9 now rice sufficient; ahead of 2013 target by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY – Many were surprised when they heard Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala confidently told President Benigno Aquino III that the Philippines will be rice sufficient by 2013.

That was more than a year ago, when the department was into all sorts of scandals, so many said the timing to make such pronouncement was awfully off. “But slowly, with all the necessary support being extended by the national government, what was once seemingly impossible has become possible with Region 9 now rice sufficient,’’ according to DA 9 Regional Director Eduardo Holoyohoy. In an interview by local media here, Holoyohoy said they achieved the target set by the new administration. What’s remarkable is that it was achieved a year ahead of time. Holoyohoy said the region has an average of 16-18% excess rice 20

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production. “Region 9 is now rice sufficient. But then, we have to share our excess production to other regions”, he said. With this to consider, Holoyohoy said they target to increase rice production excess by 30%. Region 9 ships rice produce to Regions 7 and 10, and in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Holoyohoy said they will concentrate on giving post harvest facilities to farmers in the region to attain their increased target saying good harvest does not only rely on fertilizers. “Most important is support for post harvest facilities as many rice grains go to waste due to lack of facilities”, he pointed.


The official also stressed that they will also concentrate on irrigated areas covered by irrigation associations to help boost rice production. With the target now achieved in the region, Dir. Holoyohoy fervently

hopes that all other regions can also achieve rice sufficiency to achieve DA’s goal by next year. “Hopefully, ma-attain natin yung rice sufficiency sa buong Pilipinas”, he concluded. (ALT/MVC/PIA9ZBST)

Two ABC pupils, 9th National Science Quest Champions

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - Andres Bonifacio College continues to give Dipolognons something to be proud of. This after two of its contestants from the Elementary Department emerged as champions in the recentlyconcluded 9th National Science Quest held in Baguio City. Maedy “Gingging” R. Tepacia received gold medal in the Science Quiz-Grade VI category while Adcil Vic. B. Tagulo also received the gold medal in the Sci-Dama (Water Polo)-Grade IV Category. Both Tepacia and Tagulo received the distinction of being the National Champions in their respective categories. Aside from Tepacia and Tagulo, three other members of the ABC delegation also made it to the top ten. The other medalists were Anne Margarette A Cabalida, second runner-up in Science Quiz-Grade IV Category); Kei N. Matinong and Wilma

Mae J. Villagracia who placed 5th runners-up in the Science Quiz-Grade III Category and Science Quiz-Grade VI Category respectively. Rothel Laranjo and Mrs. Lucille B. Tagulo, both members of ABC’s Elementary Department supervised and served as the winning formula for the winning team. Andres Bonifacio College garnered 13 medals in the Regional Science Competition held last January 6-8, 2012 in Zamboanga City, and thus, became the official representative of Region IX to the National Science Quest. The 9th National Science Quest was held at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City last February 10-12, 2012.(ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte) Monday, February 20, 2012

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2012 Women’s Month celeb highlights disaster risk reduction as everyone’s responsibility by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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his year’s celebration of the women’s month in March with the theme “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Everyone’s Responsibility,” underscores the role of women as powerful agents of change in relation to disaster risk reduction (DRR), according to Gender and Development Coordinating Committee chairperson Atty. Marylin Pintor.

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“The theme is also in consonance with the continuing national and local efforts to advocate for the implementation of the Magna Carta of Women and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which started in last year’s Women’s Month celebration. For this year, the focus is on MDG7 on

ensuring environmental sustainability,” Pintor added. The general objective of said celebration is to help build gender-responsiveness resilient communities that are responsible and accountable, and prepared for any disaster that may come their way.

Pintor further said that this year’s celebration is also to generate commitment of local government units for the preparation and implementation of their gender-responsive DRR and climate change adaptation plans; and encourage women’s participation in government programs geared towards disaster preparedness and building resilient communities using government’s budget. The celebration will kickoff on March 1, 2012 with the Women’s Concert and a Sky Lantern Lightup at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Covered Court, this city. Other government agencies and partner stakeholders are also encouraged to initiate their own activities for the month-long celebration. With this, GADCC hopes for the full support and participation of the public in the various activities for this celebration especially all the women in the region.

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FREEDOM to facilitate certification of a coop in ComVal through CU Phl by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY -- Foundation for Rural Enterprise and Ecology Development of Mindanao (FREEDOM) will facilitate the certification of Kapatagan Banana Growers Cooperative in Compostella Valley province through the Control Union Philippines. In an interview with PIA, FREEDOM Exec. Dir. Antonio Peralta emphasized the need for every cooperative or organization to be certified by a certifying body to obtain quality products. Peralta said by obtaining quality products, this would mean development in the economic aspect of the organization as more consumers will patronize the product. “In this way, the income of the people working in the company will also improve… more income from the company will also give workers high earnings… and if people have good income, then economic boom is seen in the area,” Peralta said. 24

The official also said the process of development in every cooperative always starts with the crafting of a good business plan. He added it is through this that direction-setting will be properly established that will result to successful undertakings. With this, Peralta said the organization will really strive for excellence if its products are already certified by a credible certifying body, as products must pass with the standards set by a certifying organization such as the Control Union (CU) Philippines. Peralta added, by facilitating the certification process, this means that FREEDOM Inc. will bring the representatives of CU

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Philippines to the area for assessment and evaluation. “All the cooperative will have to do is just to follow the requirements set by the certifying organization, in order to comply with the required standards,” Peralta said. Control Union Philippines is a subsidiary of CU, one of the oldest companies in the world that provides product certification for commodities, including agricultural products, minerals and chemicals as well as the upstream oil and gas industry. CU is a logistics, quality, certification and risk management specialist with a global presence in over 60 countries.


Butuan City agriculturist office disperses tilapia fingerlings

BUTUAN CITY -- The city agriculturist office here has dispersed hundreds of tilapia fingerlings to fishpond operators and fisherfolks. City Agriculturist Engr. Bert Boca said around 500 tilapia fingerlings have been distributed to fishpond operators and fisherfolks aimed to sustain the livelihood program of the people here, in line with the aquaculture projects implemented by the city government. The official further said the program was also implemented to give Butuanons alternative

livelihood opportunities. Boca added the activity is in coordination with the provincial office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Agusan del Norte. The said activity will be continued this year, as it was observed that the conduct of the program was made successful. According to BFAR, tilapia is the second most important fish cultured

in the Philippines next to milkfish. In 2006, of the total fisheries production (4,408,472 metric tons), tilapia contributed 202,040.56MT or 22 percent. Increased tilapia production is eminent over the last five years. The continuous study on the development of tilapia species and the use of a number of different culture technologies contributed to this steady increase in.(Robert E. Roperos)

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PhilHealth-X celebrates 17th anniversary with indigent patients by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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ersonnel from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in Northern Mindanao commemorated the institution’s 17th anniversary with indigent patients confined in the pediatric wards of selected government hospitals in the entire region. Merlyn Ybañez, PhilHealth-10 Public Relations Officer, said the hospital visit and gift-giving were conducted simultaneously by 26

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their service offices in the cities of Bukidnon, Iligan, Ozamiz, and Cagayan de Oro, yesterday. Ybañez said they visited the City


Hospital, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, (NMMC) and the German Doctors Hospital and gave away more than 200 gift packs to indigent children confined in these hospitals. Apart from the hospital visits, Ybañez disclosed that a blood-letting activity was also held today at the PhilHealth Conference Room where a total of 6,750 cc of blood was collected. She said the blood-letting was conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Red Cross. “The hospital visitation and blood donation were among the many activities we have lined-up for our month-long anniversary celebration,” she added. PhilHealth also spearheads this year’s National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) Month celebration, which recognizes the important role that the NHIP plays in every Filipino’s life.

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Police holds six-day disaster preparedness confab by Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Following the devastation brought about by tropical storm Sendong affecting two major cities in Northern Mindanao, Police Regional Office (PRO)-10 conducted a training of rescue teams.

Participants consisted of police officers from the different provinces in Northern Mindanao and the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. On the other hand, Members of the selected barangay peace action teams (BPAT) from the two abovenamed cities and the province of Bukidnon were among those who completed the Trainors Training held at PRO-10 Multipurpose Hall, Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City. 28

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Six police officers from the national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City facilitated the conduct of the six-day training. PSupt. Niño D. Rabaya, a training facilitator, said there were a total of 94 participants, of which 21 are from the BPAT. “They are now ready and qualified to re-echo their acquired skills to their respective units and barangays,” he said. (PRO)


DENR supports implementation of EO 001 EO 001: Suspension of quarry operations and ban of cutting of trees in Ozamiz by Juvy L. Canumay

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has thanked the city government of Ozamiz for implementing Executive Order 001, Series of 2012, of Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez. The said EO suspended the quarry operations along the river systems and banned the cutting of trees within the city. Forester Mercy Uy of the City Environment and Natural Resources said the implementation of EO 001 is a great help in their daily tasks since it has been the practice of some sawmill operators in the province of Misamis Occidental to resort to name dropping using the name of former Mayor Aldong Parojinog in their illegal trade. Per EO 001 of Mayor ParojinogEchavez, transport of logs and other tree products along the streets of the city is declared illegal since no permit to cut trees has been renewed by the city.

“This is a pro-active measure so that damage to property and loss of lives due to flashfloods and landslides can be prevented unlike what happened to the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro because of Typhoon Sendong,� the Mayor said. Meanwhile, Ozamiz City Police Office Police Supt. Jonas Amparo said he will strictly enforce EO 001 and bring to justice those who will oppose it. For her part, Forester Uy suggested that sawmill operators who will be caught red-handed will have their sawmills dismantled and their equipment confiscated and will be returned only after their permits will be renewed. (CIO)

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