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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Bliz

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Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

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Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

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Aquino w immedia in quake

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OPAPP a N.Cotab

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Antipas of infra

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Surigao groundb

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City vet vaccinat

Zambo city to build Scienc Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

LTI, PBD usher a better life for rura Western Mindanao

OCD releases P1.4 million assistance to 141 Melvin T. Anggot and Virgilio C. Garcia, Northern Mindanao

Ozamiz CDC approves P5 annual investment plan fo Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Davao to benefit from D Radar installed in Tam RG Alama, Southern Mindanao


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wants safer structural design and ate reconstruction of vital infrastructure e-ravaged areas in Negros Oriental

Executive Editor ……......... EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI

allocates P10-M for Banisilan, bato; P132-M more set for 2012

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Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

s North Cot. gets P5.1-M worth projects

Norte gov leads training center breaking

to finalize sked for animal tion this year

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Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region

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Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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Editorial Advisers :

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Director-General Philippine Information Agency

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office

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ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA

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“Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malilinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya” Alma L. Tingcang Western Mindanao

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Cover Story “Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malilinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya� by Alma L. Tingcang

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s the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) celebrates the 8th National Dental Health Month (NDHM), activities here are placed in high gear with a series of Dental Outreach in various schools of the province.

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The NDHM is mandated by Presidential Decree 559 which declares the whole month of February of each year as National Dental Health Month Activities opened with a Dental Outreach at Libayog National High School, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur on February 1. A Holy Mass was held on February 2 followed by a Motorcade around Pagadian City with PDA members. Dr. Corazon Soriano-Punzalan, PDA President said the celebration is considered as one of the most important events from among the yearly activities of the PDA. ‘‘It highlights the importance of oral hygiene and dental health as an integral part and necessary component in the promotion of the overall physical well-being of our people,’’ Dr. Punzalan emphasized. She said, ‘‘through the celebration, dentists are reminded that they have a crucial role to play in the nationwide effort to promote and uplift the health

and wellness of Filipinos.” This year’s theme is “Ngiting Matatamis, Ngiping Malilinis, Dala ay Pag-asa, Tunay na Ligaya.” February, as Dental Health Month is also a time when teachers help students become more aware of good dental hygiene and tooth care. Dr. Domingo (Dodjie) B. Marasigan Jr. and Dr. Gina Lyn Mancio-Marasigan, owners of Marasigan Dental Clinic located in Gaisano Capital Mall are engaged in Orthodontics and Cosmetic dentistry. “Dentistry is an art, I love art so I preferred to take up dentistry. When you are artistic, you can apply your creativity in your patients,’’ the beautiful lady dentist explained. Dr. Dodjie, when asked why he chose Dental Medicine said, “when I was young, I’ve seen a lot of dental problems in the community. The trend was that if you have a toothache, you go to the dentist and have it extracted immediately. When I took up dentistry, I discovered a

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lot of things, such as preventive measures in the care of our teeth and other fields of specialization. Now that I am a dentist, I also educate my patients. As I have seen, patients nowadays are more aware of proper oral care and we teach them preventive measures.” Asked how often should we visit a dentist, Dr. Marasigan said, “twice a year, I always recommend that to our patients, to come here every six (6) months for their oral prophylaxis. Dental prophylaxis is performed not only to clean the teeth but also to evaluate the oral cavity for any other problems that might be present.” “My wife, Gina Lyn is an orthodontist. An orthodontist treats mouth, teeth and jaw problems using braces, retainers and other devices and helps straighten a person’s teeth as well as correct the way the jaws line up. Straight teeth and aligned jaws create nice smiles. On top of that, when your jaws and teeth are well aligned, it’s easier to chew food. It is a fact that orthodontic care can even help prevent snoring! Other scheduled Dental Outreach activities of the PDA are Napolan National High School – February 10; Aurora Regional Pilot School – February 16; Holy Child Academy – February 18; Commonwealth Central Elementary School – February 21; Midsalip National High School – February 24. On February 26-28, they will have

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the Adopt-a-Barangay Dental checkup at San Francisco District, this city and in Barangay Anonang, Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. The celebration will conclude on February 29 with a Dental Outreach at Ramos Dental Clinic for students of Southern Mindanao College. Earlier, on February 3, a Dental Outreach was also held at Lapuyan

National High School, Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur. Dr. Punzalan is grateful for the support and participation of the Department of Education and Department of Health dentists as well as private dental practitioners in ensuring the successful celebration of the 8th National Dental Health Month.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino cites Chinese-Filipino Business Club members as invaluable partners of government in nation building

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited the members of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, Incorporated (CFBCI) for being invaluable partners with government in nation building.

In his speech keynoting the CFBCI’s 7th Biennial Convention on Thursday at the Manilia Hotel, the President said

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the group’s unwavering compassion and continued engagement to help in government efforts to improve the lives of the people was key to the

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success of this endeavor. “Your organization (CFBCI) is among those who did not waver in their


resolve to help this country. Ever since your establishment in 1998, you have been doing what you can to support this nation,” the President said. He noted that the group’s aid was as farreaching and diverse as to help improve the Philippine National Police’s mandate to protect the people through the CFCBI’s donation of thirty motorcycles that will “help us strengthen our police force’s law enforcement capabilities” to providing services to the community that help in economic development. “The Chinese-Filipino Business Club, Inc., or the CFBCI, has also been very helpful on the economic front, supporting the government in its efforts to create jobs and strengthen the economy. You have actively undertaken trade missions and tax consciousness

campaigns, among other projects,” the President said. He thanked CFBCI for being “responsible corporatecitizens” in spearheading talks with government officials about p r o j e c t s such as drug consciousness campaigns, and book drives for the less fortunate. “For this, I extend my gratitude to all the members and the board of the CFBCI. Your members are some of the most successful businessmen in the country, and you could have simply focused your efforts on turning in even larger profit margins for your companies, but instead you’re here, intent on giving back to the community,” the

President said. “These initiatives of yours can only be good for your businesses. After all, a good community is vital to fostering a good business environment,” he added. (RCK)

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Aquino wants safer structural design and immediate reconstruction of vital infrastructure in quake-ravaged areas in Negros Oriental

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III, who visited quake-ravaged communities in Negros Oriental, said he wants new design and immediate reconstruction of vital infrastructure so that economic activity could start in disaster-affected areas.

At the same time, the Chief Executive said the peace and order must be maintained so that basic goods are transported to the needy with prices staying at normal levels. “When you start designing all of

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these road networks make sure that we do not have a situation na mawala yung connectivity. Paano ba natin ma-ma-maximize na ma-maintain yung road networks, for instance, to be able to bring in whatever has to be brought in?� the President said as he asked the officials of the

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Department of Public Works and Highways tasked to undertake the rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure. The President, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Wednesday, toured the disaster areas in Guihulngan City and La Libertad in Negros


Oriental and assessed the damaged of the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on Monday and oversaw ongoing relief and reconstruction efforts. The government will be doing an inventory of public and private infrastructure so that these structures meet the country’s building code, which according to law must withstand a 7.2 earthquake, the President said. With regards to the supply of basic goods, the President said he has talked with manufacturers and suppliers to access their products directly from factories in coordination with the National Food Authority (NFA)

to reduce prices. He said manufacturers and distributors are shipping by Thursday and could to be selling the goods by Friday. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was given an instruction by the President to ensure that prices of basic commodities remain at normal level. He added that according to law, he is authorized to impose price control once a state of calamity is declared. Because of reports of disorder in buying basic goods, the President said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will ensure order in calamity areas so that basic products reach the people. “The PNP and AFP also

will be assisting to ensure that we have peace and order habang dinadala yung mga relief supplies,” he said. According to the latest figure released by the provincial government of Negros riental, 26 persons died in the quake with 50 still missing. The quake also resulted to about P665 million worth of damage to infrastructure and affected economic activity in the province. A separate figure from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) says more than 12,000 families were affected by Monday’s earthquake. (AS)

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DA 12 warns farmers on new rice pest by Dani Doguiles and Lito Salvo KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Agriculture officials in Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region have warned local farmers of a new rice pest that has attacked some parts of the country.

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According to a report of the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) in Tacurong City submitted to the DA12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag – Datukan, this new rice pest has been observed in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Caraga regions. It was presented during the KASAKALIKASAN –BPI workshop on the Establishment and Operations of the Community-based Biological Control Agents, Bantay Peste Brigade and Updates on the Management of Insect on Corn, Cassava, Banana, and Coconut in Manila. On December 21 last year, Dr, Clarito M. Barron , director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, also released an advisory on the pest. RCPC-12 Officerin-Charge Ludivina S. Dumaya described that the rice grain or seed bug smaller than rice bug, moves quickly and easily in water and a crawling type of pest. Dumaya added that

this pest is similar to an ordinary rice bug (Leptocoriza oryzae) commonly called tiangaw which feeds on rice grains. This pest, she added differs from the ordinary bug because it has the ability to fall off to the ground when touched or disturbed. According to the advisory, the recently discovered pest attacks rice panicles from flowering stage to milking stage and results in unfilled or discolored grains that eventually reduces quality and subsequently yield. RCPC in Bicol Region reported 50 to 70 percent crop damage due to the same pest in estimated 100 hectares of rice in Camarines Sur. Although the pest has not yet been reported here, South Cotabato Provincial Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator Dave Nicolas urged local farmers to intensively monitor their farms. “Bantayan natin ang bagong tuklas na pesteng kulisap na ito nang hindi na dumami at makapaminsala sa ating mga palayan,”he said.

As immediate action, Dumaya said that RCPC will conduct massive information dissemination across Soccsksargen Region about the pest; they will also intensify coordination with IPM controllers in the region. Aside fom these, RCPC is also set to attend Municipal Agriculture Officer’s (MAOs) meetings to relay the information on this pest and to mobilize Bantay Peste Brigade. BPI - Manila has recommended the following measures and strategies to control the spread of this pest: 1) burning or plowing under of rice straw/ stubbles right after harvest to kill the bugs; b) ensuring sanitation and cleanliness of rice fields, including dikes; regularly monitoring of the field to determine early pest appearance. In case the pest is already present it is recommended that application of green label contact insecticides be done early morning or late afternoon. (with report from LMSalvo/ DA 12/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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OPAPP allocates P10-M for Banisilan, N.Cotabato; P132-M more set for 2012 KORONADAL CITY-- North Cotabato will soon get a P10-M stimulus fund from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) specifically for development projects in Banisilan town. Central Mindanao Area Manager Mr. Johnnie V. Rañeses, in a recent meeting with LGU officials at the provincial capitol in Amas, Kidapawan City disclosed that the P10-M fund is a stimulus fund under the Payapa at Masaganang P a m a y a n a n (PAMANA) Program. Rañeses said OPAPP will release the amount specifically for the rehabilitation of the municipality’s Tumbao Camalig Barangay Road and Capayangan Road, each worth P5 M.

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Also during the meeting, OPAPP Director Susan Marcaida announced that OPAPP has allocated P132M worth of various infrastructure and livelihood projects in peace and development communities in North Cotabato for 2012. She said the memorandum of agreement for the approved financial plan for said projects is already for signature by OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos–Deles. Present through the meeting were Cotabato

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Provincial Governor Emmylou TaliñoMendoza, Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Ali Abdullah, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator Officerin-Charge Ulysses C. Quinto, representative from the Department of Agrarian Reform Ms. Loida Blanco, and representatives from the different groups, municipalities and recipient barangays of PAMANA Project.(LAF/ IDC/DEDoguile)


Antipas North Cot. gets P5.1-M worth of infra projects KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- After years of waiting, residents of three remote barangays in Antipas, North Cotabato finally got their wishes: electricity, deep well with pump where they could get potable water and a multi-purpose court. Recently, Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. TaliñoMendoza and some provincial government officials turned over P5.1 M worth of projects to the barangays of Kiyaab, Malangag and Luhong. The projects comprised of P1.2 M electrification project at Sitio Tigmamanok in Kiyaab, P500,000-worth deep well and pump installed in Malangag, and the P3.4 M multipurpose covered court in Luhong. Antipas Mayor Van D. Cadungon said he is grateful that the long-

time dreams of the residents of the three recipient barangays have been realized through the projects given to them by the provincial government that truly cares for its people. Governor TaliñoMendoza assured them that the provincial leadership does not sit on their promises. “We plan and build for the fulfillment

of our ‘Serbisyong Totoo’ program to bring progress and development to the people of the province. And we will continue to do so to make dreams become reality,” she said. All three projects were funded under the 20 percent - Economic and Development Fund of the provincial LGU. (LAF/IDCD/ DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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PAEF announces Fulbright scholarship grants for Graduate student program by Robert E. Roperos

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he Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF) is calling all interested Filipino faculty members and professionals to apply for the scholarship of the 2013-2014 Fulbright graduate degree and non-degree study grants in the United States.

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According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED)Caraga website at www. chedcaraga.com, the program enables qualified Filipinos to pursue their graduate studies in their fields of interest in the United States and develop leaders who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the Philippines and the U.S. Applications are

accepted from faculty and staff of Philippine Universities and professionals from the private and government sectors. Grants under the Philippine Student Program are for a maximum of one academic year for nonacademic degree, one to two years for master’s and two years for doctoral degree studies. The grant provides for round-trip international travel, monthly maintenance

allowance, tuition and fees, book/supply allowance, as well as health and accident insurance. Among the fields of study includes the Study of the United States. This focuses on the study of American culture, life, and society through such fields as government, education, arts and humanities, law, economics, literature, history, the multidisciplinary field of American Studies or any other humanities social science field with significant study of the U.S. subject matter. For the field of global issue, study include environment, human rights, civic education, governance and public administration, peace studies/conflict transformation, international relations and transnational issues, international economics, international business, international law, and information and communications technology (ICT). Meanwhile for open grants, these are fields of study not covered by the first two fields categories with the exception of engineering, medicine, nursing, and other healthrelated disciplines, and applied sciences and mathematics.

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Applicants must be Philippine citizenship and proficient in English. They must also have College degree with major in field of specialization for which they obtained excellent undergraduate record. Also, applicants must have at least two years of professional work experience (after college) in their field of specialization. Further, applicants for the degree programs must be not older than 40 years of age at the time of application. However, this age requirement is waived for non-degree study. Furthermore, applicants must be in good health to p u r s u e graduate work in the US, and more importantly, applicants must return to

the Philippines immediately upon completion of study. N o n - d e g r e e applicants must meet the added requirements: a) Applicants for doctoral enrichment must be enrolled in a relevant study program in a Philippine university; b) Applicants for doctoral dissertation must show proof that materials required to pursue research are not available in the Philippines but are available in the United States. Individuals holding dual citizenship, are permanent residents and/ or are presently studying in the US are not eligible. Needed requirements are as follows: 1) Official or certified transcript of records from all colleges/ universities attended;

2) Certified true copy of diploma (not original); 3) Four letters of reference (forms are included with the application kit); 4) Completed seven (7)-page application form; and 5) NBI Clearance acquired in the past six (6) months. Application period is from December 12, 2011 to March 23, 2012. Printed copy of completed applications must be received at the PAEF office on or before March 23, 2012. Grantees are expected to begin their studies in the U.S. in late August or early September of 2013. For details, just log-on to http://www. fulbright.org.ph/ for which application forms can also be downloaded in the said website.

Surigao Norte gov leads training center groundbreaking by Fryan E. Abkilan SURIGAO CITY-- Governor Sol Matugas led on Friday the groundbreaking ceremony for the Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center inside the Provincial Sports Complex along the Surigao del Norte National High school road attended by local officials and officials from national line agencies.

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The lady governor was joined by Rep. Francisco Matugas, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Board Member Margarito Longos, League of Municipalities President Mayor Sheila May OrquinaCebedo, Dapa Mayor Peter “Boy” Ruaya, Placer Mayor Felimon Napule, Malimono Mayor Teodoro Senaca, Claver Mayor Rosemarie Gokiangkee, Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro II, Burgoz Mayor Rolito Nogaliza, Taganaan Mayor Cesar Diaz, San Francisco Mayor Simplicia Bacol, Gigaquit Mayor Carlos Egay, Sr. and Sison Mayor Leicester Fetalvero. Also attending were Prov’l. Engineer Alwin Puno, Prov’l. Manpower Training Officer Emilio Pantejo,

Prov’l. Attorney Primolito Plaza, Prov’l. Tourism Officer Yvonne Beltran, Prov’l. Budget Officer Gay Cotiangco, Prov’l. Treasurer Daisy Hubilla, Caraga Tri-Media President Roberto Parada, DepEd Superintendent Evelyn Fetalvero, Prov’l. Philhealth Officer Rodrigo Ariar and Ass’t. Prov’l Agriculturist Rebecca Bagnol. In her speech, Matugas said the establishment of the training center is part of the economic enterprise agenda to boost income generation for the provincial government. “We will only charge minimal fees to agencies that would like to conduct training-workshops and avail of the outstanding facilities of the training

center. This is our way of helping them in their austerity measures but avail of our quality service in the process,” Matugas said. Engr. Puno disclosed that P10 million from the DILG-Local Government Support Fund will be earmarked for Phase 1 construction of the 1,200-square meter twostorey training facility which will start next month. This will include the administration building, a library equipped with computers, a 150-person capacity air-conditioned seminar room, an 86-bed capacity air-conditioned dormitory, a kitchen, a prayer room and a spacious parking lot, the provincial engineer added. “Gov. Sol Matugas and Rep. Francisco Matugas have committed to allocate at least P5 million for Phase 2 construction of the training center. The amount will be used to purchase the necessary equipments and install additional features to the facility to make it competitive with other leading training hubs in Mindanao,” Puno said.

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City vet to finalize sked for animal vaccination this year

BUTUAN CITY -- The city veterinarian office here has yet to finalize schedule for animal vaccination this year in support to the program of the national government to provide health care to animals. According to Dr. Danilo Mancio Alegado, city veterinarian said this program is regularly undertaken by his office to ensure that people will be safe from any illnesses that these animals bring that will endanger health. Because of this, Alegado said regular vaccination is conducted against hog cholera, anemia, and rabies, among others. The official also said they are continuously impounding street dogs 20

that may cause the public harm. “Amo usab gipadayon ang pag impound sa mga iro nga naglatagaw sa atong mga kadalanan aron masiguro ang kaluwasan sa atong mga katawhan sa dakbayan,” Alegado said. (We also continued impounding street dogs to ensure that people here in the city will be safe). He added most of these dogs have high risk of having rabies that is dangerous to humans. “Kasagaran man

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gud ani nga mga klase nga iro taas kaayo ang risgo sa rabies nga mamahimong delikado sa mga panglawas sa katawhan,” Alegado said. (Most of these dogs have high risk of having rabies that may be dangerous to people’s health). With these developments, Alegado said during their recent meeting, schedules for this activity are set for finalization but the official assured that the activity will start as soon as possible. (Robert E. Roperos)


DILG mobilizes all barangays nationwide in fight against dengue

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ABKD is an inter-agency strategy and is the government’s response to intensify the fight against dengue outbreak in order to reduce dengue cases and control dengue transmission. DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said barangays should spearhead and intensify the conduct of a cleanup drive through the mobilization of volunteers involving residents, Barangay Health Teams and Barangay Tanods. “If we really want zero-dengue incidents, the clean-up activity should be made as a regular activity in all barangays that should be participated in by residents and other concerned sectors,” he said.

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Last year, a total of 25,533 dengue cases have been reported, which resulted to the death of 180 patients where most of the victims were children ages 1 to 15 years old. In his directive, Robredo enjoined city and municipal mayors to cause the enactment of an ordinance embodying measures on dengue prevention and control, as well as to allocate funds for dengue prevention and control subject to national and local rules and regulations. He also said that mayors should ensure that punong barangays under their supervision should carry out the following tasks, among others; conduct of information campaign relative to the OL-Trap system as a strategy to control and detect impending dengue outbreaks; assist in the identification of distribution centers or stores for OL-Trap Kits; mobilize the Barangay Health Teams as distribution agents of OLTrap products; and allocate funds


to sustain the continous supply of OL-Trap materials for free to their barangay constituents. In the same way, city or municipal health officers are expected to conduct massive information campaign relative to the OL-Trap system; monitor the health situation; provide data on dengue cases to partner agencies; extend technical assistance in the conduct of training and orientation relative to dengue prevention and control; devise a scheme of providing support fund to ensure sustainability of dengue prevention and control; and ensure that dengue patients are provided with timely and proper medical attention.

The Ovicidal/Larvicidal Trap System of OL-Trap System, a device consisting of a tumbler, strips of plywood and pellets, can detect Aedes mosquito population and acts as an early warning signal to pre-empt any impending dengue outbreaks. The DILG Secretary also directed all DILG Regional Directors and the ARMM Regional Governor to designate a regional focal person on dengue and monitor the actions undertaken by the city, municipal and barangay governments and require them to submit quarterly reports to the DILG Secretary. (JPA/DILG/PIA-9/CAL)

Zambo city to build Science Park by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Zamboangueños will soon see and experience a different kind of park, a park that will showcase science interactive exhibits as the city government proposes to establish a “Zamboanga Science Park” at the Jardin Maria Clara in Pasonanca.

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Vic Larato of the Public Information Office, City Hall, said the proposed Science park is an ideal venue for educational fieldtrip of students from all levels as the interactive displays in the park is expected to “enhance students’ learning of science concepts and processes which are effective tools in rediscovering science in its essence,” Larato shared. He said the interactive exhibit materials will be supplied by the Science Centrum Fabrication, Inc and will be developed by the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST). “Once established, Zamboanga City will be the third local government unit to operate a science Centrum,”

Larato quipped. To start working on the proposal, City Mayor Celso Lobregat met last week with the city architects and engineers and other concerned city division and departments to discuss about the said proposal, design of the building and the science exhibits to be featured. For curios and science-oriented individuals who wish to have a glimpse on the “works of art” of the Science Centrum (who will be the supplier of the exhibit materials in the proposed Science Park), you may visit Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School gymnasium where their “Sci-Fun Caravan Traveling Exhibit” is ongoing. (JPA/ PIA –ZBST)

LTI, PBD usher a better life for rural folks PAGADIAN CITY - Arsenio & Elsa Restauro , both Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in Santa Cruz Expanded Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) and active members of the Sta. Cruz Rural Water System & Sanitation Association (SACRUWASA) and the Sta. Cruz, Boniao, Kaangayan, Puguan (SBKP) Expanded Irrigators Association Inc. – all Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) assisted organizations in Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur have so much to be thankful for. 24

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With industry, ability, and empowerment through the trainings imbued to them by DAR, the gains of the lands awarded them through DAR’s Land Tenure Improvement (LTI) Program and Program Beneficiaries Development (PBD) indeed ushered them to a better and comfortable quality of life. In 1987, Arsenio Restauro acquired a Home lot of 776 sq. meters where their big, concrete and fully-furnished house now stands. With 2.2 hectares of rice fields upon which they started to farm, Arsenio and Elsa were able to fully pay their obligation in 1997, after a ten (10) year term-installment bases every after harvest through Direct Sale. “These landholdings are with Emancipation Patents and Titles registered under Presidential Decree No. 27 - Operation Land Transfer Scheme of the then Ministry of Agrarian Reform, now DAR”, informed OIC-Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Engr. Raymundo B. Bernardo. PARO Bernardo said Arsenio also became a recipient of DAR’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) or RA 6657Collective Land Ownership Award covering 2 hectares which he acquired in cash at P240-T in 2002 with a Deed of Absolute Sale. From the monetary gains of their DAR-awarded lands, they were able to acquire additional 4 hectares of rice fields which they have already fully paid. To ease their farming techniques, the family

who used to adopt conventional methods acquired modern farm implements and other up-to- date pre & post harvest facilities on 8.1 hectares of rice fields. Aside from this, they also cultivate and manage another 3.7 hectares mortgaged to them and use environment friendly – technologies like organic farming. As a result of their industry & with DAR interventions, the Restauros now earn a sizable income. They have also sent three (3) of their children to college who were able to finish their degrees. From humble beginnings, Arsenio and Elsa Restauro are now truly living progressive lives and gainfully making their lands productive, moving them up in the hierarchy of successful rural life. (MVBomes/LQValdez/PIA9/ ALT) Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Pag-IBIG to condone delinquent, unregistered employers but not recividists

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he Home Development Mutual Fund, otherwise known as the Pag-IBIG Fund, is condoning penalties of delinquent and unregistered employers from January 2 to June 30, 2012 under its penalty condonation program. The program covers unregistered and delinquent employers, as well as employers who have Pag-IBIG coverable employees but have not collected membership contributions from them, said Juliano S. Banghal, PagIBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro branch manager. He said employers who collected membership contributions and/or short-term loan amortizations from their employees but failed to remit the same to the Fund are disqualified from this condonation. Similarly, employers who have previously availed of any penalty condonation offered by the Fund are 26

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also excluded from the coverage. According to Banghal, the penalty condonation program seeks to protect the interest of Pag-IBIG members and provide employers practicable means to settle their membership contribution arrears. It also seeks to compel unregistered and delinquent employers to register their employees to the Fund and provide them access to the benefits they deserve.


Those who want to apply for the program are required to submit an application for penalty condonation; list of employees with unremitted contributions; affidavit of undertakings; photocopies of payroll; and certified true copy of applicable proof of business existence such as business permit/ mayor’s permit, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Certificate of Registration for sole proprietorship, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certificate of Partnership or Incorporation for partnership/ corporation/trade association, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Certificate of Cooperative for

cooperatives, and SSS certificate of membership. Employers with approved penalty condonation applications shall have penalties on their membership contribution arrears condoned. Said membership contribution arrears shall include employer counterpart contributions and dividends that should have been earned by these contributions. For details, visit the Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch located in J.R. Borja-Mortola Streets or call them at telephone numbers 726-348, 722-800, 856-1861 to 62 local 211, 218, and 219.

OCD releases P1.4 million death assistance to 141 claims by Melvin T. Anggot and Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Regional Office 10, released P1.4 million worth of death assistance to 141 families in Iligan affected by tropical storm Sendong. Anna Cañeda, OCD-10 said the assistance represents 141 families at P10,000 per death claimant. Presently, OCD is processing 78 claims after claimants have submitted the requisites composed of death certificate, barangay certificate, proof of their filial relationship like birth certificate or marriage contract. Cañeda is urging claimants to wait for the text message from OCD or through the Acting City Administrators Pacificador “Laddie” Lluch, Jr. that will let them know the release of the financial assistance. Thursday, February 9, 2012

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Ozamiz CDC approves P59.77-M annual investment plan for 2012 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental -The Ozamiz City Development Council (OCDC) has passed a resolution endorsing, for final approval, the program,projects, activities of the city’s 2012 Annual Investment Program (AIP) 20% Development Fund Component, in the amount of P59,770,743. Said resolution was passed during the first full council meeting of the OCDC, last January 17, held in the city. The full council passed CDC Resolution No. 001-2012, s. of 2012 after it deliberated the proposed programs/projects and activities and found them in line with the development thrusts and objectives of the city. The OCDC, pursuant to Article 182, Rule XXII of the Rules and Regulations Implementing the Local Government Code of 1991 serves as the main development advisory arm of the Local Executive and Sangguniang Panglungsod, to set the direction of economic and social development of the city. Meanwhile, Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez, Chairperson of OCDC, said Php57,670,743 or 96.49% of the amount in the AIP will be spent for the economic development activities, while Php2,100,000 or 3.51%will be for the social development activities of the city. Breakdown of the economic development activities and their respective allocation is as follows: Improvement of urban/rural 28

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road links, Php8.4M, all weather rural road maintenance, Php100,000, Bridge Finance Loan Amortization for farm to market road improvement of the Dimaluna-Balintawak-CavinteKinuman Norte Road, Php5.713M, and construction support facilities loan amortization, Php3.535M. Integrated Livelihood Programs, Php1.95M, agricultural livelihood sustainability, Php650,000, preferred development investment support projects, Php2.55M, and loan amortization for the improvement/ rehabilitation of Ozamiz City Public Market, Php14.65M. Environmental management, Pp200,000, Bio-diversity conservation and management, Php470,000, solid waste and ecological management program, Php730,000, debt servicing for acquisition of sanitary landfill heavy equipments and financial charges, Php15.49M and debt servicing for Kinuman Norte Sanitary Landfill Development, Php3.24M. The social development activities include the Barangay Comprehensive Social Development Projects, Php1.8M, city street lights projects, Php200,000, and rural water system repair/ rehabilitation, Php100,000.


Grab kits for disaster preparedness

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he Davao City Central 911 Emergency Response Center has urged Dabawenyos to have grab-kits in their homes and in their offices as part of disaster preparedness.

“Let us have grab kits ready in our homes and offices.” says 911 chief Ver Monsanto. According to Monsanto a grab kit is a bag which includes spare clothes, blankets, food and water. In case of disaster like flooding evacuating individuals can use these grab kits to sustain them until help arrives. Monsanto said that the flash floods in Iligan Cagayan de Oro and the recent earthquake which struck Negro Oriental saw rescue and relief help coming days after the disaster. Many of the victims evacuated without carrying provision and thus were left without food and water for days. “If you don’t have grab kit, what will happen to you?” Monsanto added. People can prepare grab kits by picking a bag and filling it with spare clothes, preferably which you have been using, non-perishable food items and most importantly water. They

can store it in their homes, offices, schools or places where they frequent Monsanto said. Meanwhile the 911 chief said that they are getting regular weather updates from the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration) and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) so that they can be sure of possible weather disturbances. He says the forecasts of the two weather forecasting bodies sometimes vary. This information are then relayed to the barangay officials and the media with the hope that weather advisories would be disseminated to the public. (PIA/RG Alama)

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Davao to benefit from Doppler Radar installed in Tampakan by Mai Gevera-Macapagat DAVAO CITY – Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) Davao chief Gerry Pedrico admitted limitations of the local office here in detecting water volume as vital component in forecasting weather systems.

However, the PAGASA office here is relying on the Doppler Radar being installed in Tampakan, South Cotabato province. In yesterday’s Club 888 Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel, Pedrico said Davao region is among the areas to benefit from the P200-million worth of weather facilities being built near the region: one in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur while the other doppler which is supposed to be installed in the Island Garden City of Samal was later transferred to Sarangani. “ These facilities can detect weather systems like typhoon and tropical convergence zone. It can also tell the water volume brought about by rain.” he said. Despite the absence of such facility in Davao region, Pedrico explained that the two Doppler Radars which can cover 400 kilometer radius are already enough to serve even this part of the region. The PAGASA Davao chief reminded the public that due to lack of personnel hired to man in

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the local office, the public should rather be proactive in checking the weather information or weather updates released by PAGASA every 8 in the morning as posted on their website and as disseminated in radio stations. Davao, although tagged typhoon-free in the country is expected to experience typhoon in the coming months. Pedrico said people in Mindanao should prepare for weather disturbances during first and last quarter of the year. “ It doesn’t mean that La Nina is about to peak off on March until May, that we should expect dry months. Climate change is now felt here and as we see the trend, we might experience more rain in the next quarter.” he said.



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