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OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Regional Desk Editors …...

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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ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General Philippine Information Agency

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

Cover Story Strengthening Community Resilience to Disaster

Apipa Bagumbaran

Northern Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012

Vol. 1 No. 149


Across the Nation:

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Safety of foreign tourists assured – Malacañang

The youth only need opportunity to serve, says NYC Chair

Regional News:

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Mati City still red tide free-BFAR

Mai Gevera-Macapagat, Southern Mindanao

DTI-Davao’s export program generates $53.92-M in 2011

Jen Mendoza, Southern Mindanao

PNP-12 remains on high alert

CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

ARMM maglalaan ng P1 bilyon para sa dagdag na paaralan

Moner C. Dayaan, Central Mindanao

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New police director assigned in Surigao del Sur

Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

DOST grants P1.2M to Butuan City for eco project Rio Connie Leah M. Flores, Caraga Region

Zambo Norte to construct additional bio-fertilizer mixing plants

Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Budget for SETUP increased by 100 %

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

DTI to further improve customer service through BOSS 2012

Alfonso T. Ruda, Northern Mindanao

“Alamang” from Murcielagos Bay, Mis. Occ. is still unsafe to eat - BFAR Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao


Cover Story Strengthening Community Resilience to Disaster by Apipa Bagumbaran


ith the recent calamities that had struck the country, it is of paramount importance to strengthen local disaster councils and re-orient its members on disaster risk reduction and management. 4


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Thus, the Office of Civil Defense in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (OCD-ARMM) in collaboration with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted a two-day orientation-seminar on Republic Act No. 10121 or the DRRM Act of 2010 to the members of the local disaster council to give them a better understanding on the new law and its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). PDRRM Officer retired Colonel Tatar Boriongan said there is a crucial need to re-orient PDRRMC members of their basic duties and responsibilities to make the council active in the performance of its duties. We have observed the onslaught of Tropical Storm Sendong bringing massive destruction to human lives, properties, infrastructure and agricultural crops including disturbances to people’s lives and livelihood, he noted. Based on the situation report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of January 9, around 419 barangays in 19 municipalities in the province were affected namely Balindong, Buadipuso Buntong, Bubong, Bumbaran, Ditsaan Ra-

main, Kapai, Lumba Bayabao, Maguing, Marantao, Masiu, Mulondo, Piagapo, Poona Bayabao, Saguiaran, Tagoloan, Tamparan, Taraka, Tugaya and Wao. Displaced families accounted to 27,432 or about 138,879 individuals while four (4) casualties were recorded and seven (7) were reportedly missing. Furthermore, Sendong also damaged some 207 houses in the province. Boriongan said disaster can strike anytime, but, with preparations and proper management its impact can be reduced. From disaster response

to disaster risk reduction

The seminar, according to OCDARMM Executive Director retired Brigadier General Loreto Rirao, was aimed at

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informing the PDRRMC members on the major changes and improvements on the disaster management system in the country, the shifting of the old law into the new DRRM Law, and its relevance in today’s situation. He said disaster management under the old law centered only around the hazard and the impacts of a disaster, assuming that disasters cannot be avoided. Most of the plans were on the provision of relief goods and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure. The new DRRM law, on the other hand, provides a responsive and proactive manner on addressing disasters through a framework that prioritizes on community-level DRRM focusing on the most vulnerable sector, strengthens capacities of local communities, ensures broad-based and greater participation from the civil society and addresses the root causes of disaster risks, he further 6


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said. Hence, RA 10121 transforms the country’s disaster management system from disaster relief and response to disaster risk reduction putting emphasis on strengthening the capacities of the local communities.

Capacity enhancement on DRRM

Rirao said the two-day seminar was the first leg of the series of events to enhance the capacities of local government units (LGUs) on DRRM. It has been over a year since RA 10121 was approved, but most of the LGUs in the province still have to organize and establish their respective local DRRMCs and DRR-

MOs, as well as, operations centers (OPCENs) as mandated for them by this new law, he noted. There is also a need to reinforce the PDRRMC and the PDRRMO in the formulation and development of a provincial DRRM Plan, he added. Further noting the proneness and vulnerability of the province to natural disasters and other incidents associated with weather disturbances and climate change, as well as, armed conflicts and all forms of terrorism, Rirao said the seminar will also help in organizing establishing, and institutionalizing systems and mechanisms for better disaster risk reduction and management in the province.

The next big step

To further intensify the LGUs capacities on DRRM, the OCD-ARMM will also conduct an executive forum for all the local chief executives in the province to fully inform them on the organization of DRRMCs and the establishment of DRRMOs and OPCENs in their respective localities. Rirao said the mayors will also be oriented on their roles and responsibilities as mandated by RA 10121 and its IRR, as well as, on the utilization and allocation of the local DRRM Fund and the interventions to be sought from the national and foreign sources. Moreover, another DRRM orientation will likewise be conducted for municipal DRRM officers to acquaint them on their functions and the roles of the Barangay DRRM Committee, the operational aspect of OPCEN, and procedures for monitoring and reporting disasterrelated information. Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Ochoa commends police, government agencies for safe celebration of Feast of the Black Nazarene


xecutive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. commended the police and military for ensuring the safety of the public during the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Monday.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Ochoa assured that the government will continue to work to ensure that the public is safe against any threats pose by the enemies of the 8


state. Ochoa’s statement follows in full: “I commend the Philippine National Police and the other government agencies involved in the prepara-

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tions undertaken to ensure the peaceful conduct of the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene. “From the onset, the President has directed our security forces to be vigilant

in the face of terror threats. The PNP, in particular, should be lauded for taking all the precautions necessary to secure the safety of the three million devotees who joined the procession that took the Black Nazarene through the

streets of Manila to Quiapo Church. “Let the peaceful Black Nazarene procession yesterday reassure our people that its government will continue to take all threats to their security seriously and will take

the steps necessary to address such threats to keep our citizens out of harm’s way and ensure that Filipinos everywhere can continue to practice their faith as well as perform their everyday activities.”

Safety of foreign tourists assured – Malacañang


alacañang on Tuesday sought to downplay the Australian government’s recent travel advisory to its citizens against traveling to the Philippines due to possible threats to their safety, saying the police and military were on top of the situation of upholding peace and order in the country. Tuesday, January 10, 2012


In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda assured the safety of Filipinos as well as those of foreign tourists. “We respect their travel advisory but again we assure the public, we assure the Australian tourists here as well as any tourist of their safe10

ty,” Lacierda said. “We are on top of the situation that is why we did what we did yesterday, and days before the Black Nazarene Fiesta,” he added. Last Sunday, President Benigno S. Aquino III bared the possibility that the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Mon-

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day (January 9) would be disrupted by unknown lawless elements. The President urged those planning to attend this year’s procession to exercise maximum vigilance as he ordered security forces in Manila to be put on high alert. (rck)

The youth only need opportunity to serve, says NYC Chair by Precie Catherine C. Cuarto


andito lang ang kabataan; hindi naman talaga silanawawala (The youth are here; they have not deserted us),� said National Youth Commission Chairperson Leon Flores in response to an editorial in a major newspaper that asked where the youth have gone. Tuesday, January 10, 2012


According to Flores, many young people gave up their Christmas vacation just to help the victims of tropical storm Sendong. Youth from as far as Manila, Cebu, and various provinces and municipalities did volunteer work during Sendong’s onslaught in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan city. “The youth are helping. They just have to be given 12


an opportunity to serve and to contribute,” said Flores. “It is okay for us (youth) to help, to carry loads, to clean creeks, build shelters in the communities; but we need more than that. You can give us these tasks, but it would be better if you could give us something we can really meaningfully participate. That’s what we want to do now,” Flores added.

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Flores further said many young professionals who top notched in nursing and medicine fields are now serving as role models by choosing to stay and practice their expertise in the country. “It’s something that really brings us hope that it’s true enough, ‘not all youth want to leave the country. A great number of youth today want to participate in governance and nation building,” said Flores. The NYC Chairperson who concurrently sits as member (representing the youth sector) of the Office of the President’s Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC), said he was pleased to see young people working with cabinet members, senators, and congressmen. Flores said the youth are now more encouraged to participate in government programs because of the administration direction towards “daang matuwid” or straight path in governance. Flores was guest in today’s episode of Talking Points radio program aired over People’s Television-4 and Radyo ng Bayan stations nationwide.

No large-scale mining on landslide site-MGB


here is no actual large-scale mining operations nearby in the landslide site of Sitio Diat, Uno Barangay Napnapan, Pantukan town Compostela Valley Province. Engineer Edilberto Ariza, regional director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-XI said that contrary to allegations of large-scale mining

activities in the area there are currently no large scale extractions in the site. However Ariza said that premining feasibility studies are being undertaken by large mining companies in the area. Ariza said that 3,000 hectares in Napnapan has been awarded as a Mineral Products Sharing Agreement (MPSA) area to Napnapan Mining Corporation for the possible extraction of copper and gold deposits and about 1,500 hectares in barangay Kingking have been awarded as MPSA to Nationwide Development Corporation (NADECOR). Nadecor has teamed up with St, Augustine Mining Corporation which Tuesday, January 10, 2012


in turn contracted Russell Mining Corporation to conduct preliminary study. He said that MGB will only approve the actual operation of largescale mining in the area if in the prefeasibility study the companies can address several issues such as landslides. Last January 5, a landslide struck a community made up of small-scale miners and their families in sitio Diat Uno which killed 32 people ( as of January 9 figures) with 38 still missing. The calamity was attributed to continuous heavy rainfall in the past few days prior to the rainfall. The MGB has classified it as a

danger zone, following the deadly landslide which occurred last year in the nearby hamlet of Panganason. Ariza said that the local governments were still in the process of information dissemination particularly on the identified geo-hazards in the area and has not actually implemented proper rules in hazard areas such as enforcing No Habitation policies. Ariza said that the “No Habitation policy” strictly prohibits the habitation of the miners and his families in geo-hazard areas. Only the miners are allowed in the area to work in the mines and are not allowed to live there. (RG Alama)

Mati City still red tide free-BFAR DAVAO CITY– In a latest shellfish bulletin released by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), the Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental continues to be free from toxic red tides despite isolated cases in some bays in the country where paralytic shellfish poison was found.

Other areas found safe to eat all types of shellfish are Cavite , Las Pinas, Navotas, Paranaque , Navotas and Bulacan in Manila Bay . It also includes Pangasinan, Masbate, Sorsogon, Puerto Princesa City , Panay, Roxas City , Capiz, Negros Occidental, Samar, Leyte, Surigao del Sur, and Camiguin Island . However, identified aeas posi14


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tive for paralytic shellfish poison are the Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murdelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Oriental, Masinloc Bay in Zambales, Bataan coastal waters, and Maturinao Bay in Eastern Samal. The BFAR stressed that all types of shellfish and Acetes gathered from these areas are not safe for human consumption. Some seafoods like fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking. (Mai Gevera-Macapagat with PR)

DTI-Davao’s export program generates $53.92-M in 2011 DAVAO CITY- The Export Pathways Program (EPP) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 generated US$53.92 million in export sales in 2011. Based on the preliminary annual report of DTI 11, the said export sales is 54 percent higher as compared to last year’s EPP performance. This is even higher by 67 percent of the agency’s annual target. The EPP is DTI’s banner program for export development, wherein entrepreneurs are being nurtured and given the appropriate and tailor-fit package of assistance for them to penetrate the international trading arena and sustain their export activities. This package of assistance includes export mentoring, product development consultancy, and market intelligence, among others. Since it started in 2006, the program has already served more than 300 exporters in the region. Top exports cited in the 2011 EPP report included banana, which contributed 52 percent of the total figure; coconut at 32 percent; construction materials of the Nakayama Technology Corporation in Digos City at nine percent; and other sectors (wood and furniture,

gifts, toys, and housewares, fresh and processed fruits, and processed food) at seven percent. EPP’s innovative and emerging products such as cacao/tablea, coco coir/peat, virgin coconut oil (VCO), coco syrup, granulated charcoal, and Cavendish banana from the small-scale producers generated much of the trade transactions. Apart from its export performance, the EPP also reaped other impressive accomplishments like generating P509.87 million worth of domestic sales, infusing P146.80 million of investments, and providing 3,210 jobs. DTI 11 Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that DTI 11 is determined to sustain these major accomplishments and will even implement some more innovative strategies in order to meet its goal of unleashing the region’s full economic potential. First pilot-tested in Davao, the EPP is now implemented in all exporting regions of the country. “It is our constant quest to continuously provide a conducive environment for business to keep on flourishing in the region and of course without sacrificing the welfare of consumers,” she said. (DTI 11/Jen Mendoza) Tuesday, January 10, 2012


ESI researcher lauds SoCot’s hospitality by Pops Gumana Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- Louis Lechat, a French eco-tourism specialist and one of the researchers of the Endangered Species International (ESI) recently expressed admiration to the scenic and peaceful province of South Cotabato as well as the hospitality of the residents in the area. Lechat, along with ESI president, Dr. Pierre Fidence, is in the province to study the “tarsier sanctuary” and eco-tourism development of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape in the Municipality of Tupi. “I love this place; the people are friendly and accommodating… My worries and negative impressions are gone,” the local government of Tupi quoted Lechat as saying. The young researcher has been working for the conservation of critically endangered “gorilla” in the Republic of Congo in Central Africa. 16


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He traveled all the way from France for a first time visit to the Philippines to form part of the research team tasked to do a twomonth study and exploration of the habitat of tarsiers in Barangay Linan which are now considered an endangered primate. “It’s my pleasure to be part of the team and I hope that I can help in developing this place to be one of the tourist destinations in the future” Lechat said. However, this did not stop local authorities from pushing through with the research as they assured the safety and security of foreign-

ers in the province. The Local Government of Tupi and the Provincial Government of South Cotabato have deployed some of their staff to form part of the research team and to complement with the manpower requirements. Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. also reiterated his full support to

the project as he guaranteed to provide a tight security to ensure the safety of researchers. ESI is an international conservation group that is committed on reversing human induced species extinction around the world. “The research is very important to ensure sustainable intervention” Fidenci said.

PNP-12 remains on high alert by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The police in Region 12 remains on high alert following the series of bomb threats in the region that started even before the New Year. Authorities here have successfully detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) at

2:00P.M. Sunday (Jan ed in Naranjita Street, 8) after a civilian re- this city. ported to the police a Police said the dispackage left unattend- covered IED is made of Tuesday, January 10, 2012


81mm mortar. Police are continuously investigating the incident checking if it has any similarity with the IED found Wednesday (Jan 4) in Tantangan, South Cotabato. Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operation (DIPO) in Western Mindanao appealed to the public to be keen and watchful of their surroundings for any suspicious-looking individuals in their neighborhood. In Sarangani, a number of people panicked on Thursday (Jan 5) after a report reached them that two IEDs were to be brought to one of the towns of the province. The IEDs were believed to be coming from Palimbang, Sultan

Kudarat. To avoid any untoward incident, the police have immediately tightened security in the province especially in Alabel town by increasing police visibility and deploying additional police to man the highway checkpoints and other parameters within the area. Governor Migs Dominguez has ordered

the provincial police to be vigilant and secure all possible entry and exit points in the province that may be served as gateway by the terrorists. He also urged the police to observe a “proactive measure” all the time and to keep monitoring the movement of possible criminal group that may be involved in terrorists’ activities.

ARMM maglalaan ng P1 bilyon para sa dagdag na paaralan COTABATO CITY– Maglalaan ng isang bilyong piso ang pamunuan ng Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) para sa pagpapagawa ng karagdagang mga paaralan sa susunod na taon. 18


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Ayon kay ARMM OIC-Governor Mujiv S. Hataman hiniling niya sa DepEd-ARMM na isumite sa kanyang tanggapan ng naturang ahensiya ang talaan ng mga lugar ng rehiyon na karapat-dapat na patayuan ng paaralan. Isang grupo o team ang binuo ng gobyerno upang pag-aralan ang sistema sa nasabing adhikain. Layunin ng nabanggit

na programa na maibsan ang kakulungan ng gusaling paaralan ng rehiyon na nagdudulot ng suliranin sa mga mag-aaral dahil sa bukod sa kakulangan ng silid-aralan ay nagsisiksikan pa ang mga ito sa maliliit na mga silid aralan. Layunin din ng pagpapatayo ng karagdagang paaralan sa ARMM na mapaganda ang pagtuturo ng mga guro

sa kanilang mga magaaral upang sa ganun ay matamo ang de-kalidad na edukasyon. Ayon kay Hataman hindi basta-basta lang gagawa ang kanyang administrasyon ng anumang uri ng proyekto sa rehiyon na hindi magbibigay ng pangmatagalang kabutihan sa mga taga ARMM. (Moner C. DayaanPIA Cotabato City)

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DA-Caraga intensifies “Gulayan sa Paaralan” project by Robert E. Roperos


he Department of Agriculture (DA)-Caraga Region strengthened the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” (Vegetable in School) program in all public elementary and high schools in the region.

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DA-Caraga Regional Information Officer Rebecca Atega said aside from providing the schools with different varieties of vegetable seeds, series of activities were conducted last month as an advocacy to the project. Atega added elections of officers were also conducted in every school to strengthen and sustain the activities being conducted in line with the project. Further, the regional information officer of the agriculture department in the region emphasized that teachers and parents are also involved in the activities as they guide the pupils and students in planting and taking care of the vegetables.

Prior to this, Atega said the parents together with the teachers and students are encouraged to participate seminars and trainings on how to plant and take care of vegetable plants. With this development, Atega said the DA will continue to distribute varieties of vegetable seeds to schools to ensure sustainability of the program. “Atong padayonon ang pagpang-apud-apod sa mga liso sa gulay sa mga eskuwelahan, ingon man usab ang mga tools and equipment sa gardening aron pagagamiton sa mga bata… ug duna pud kita’y pagabuhaton nga pagbansay-bansay kanila,” Atega said. (We will continue

to distribute vegetable seeds to schools and we will also provide them with tools and equipment on gardening for use by the schoolchildren… we will also conduct trainings for them.) The official also said the program will not only teach the schoolchildren how to plant and take care of vegetables but more importantly, they will be informed of the values of agriculture. The “Gulayan sa Paaralan” is a project initiated by the Department of Education (DepEd) and DA during the previous administration in support of the government’s hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation efforts.

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New police director assigned in Surigao del Sur by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – PSSupt Arthur M. Sanchez got the post as the new Police Provincial Director in Surigao del Sur after the outgoing officer PSSupt Julito Diray formally turned over the command of responsibility on Friday, Jan. 6 held at Camp Vicente Pimentel, Sr., Telaje this city.


gional Director for Administration PCSupt Isagani Genabe, Jr as honorary Guest of Speaker. Also, in behalf of the Gov. Johnny Pimentel, Provincial Administrator Efren Rivas and City Administrator Aldy Novo were there together with the representative from DILG, Col. The occasion was attended by Deputy Re- Henry Robinson of Phil. ONE MINDANAO

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Army, TESDA Dir. Rey M. Cueva and other agencies who witnessed the said event. Prior to his new assignment, PSSupt. Sanchez is the chief of the Police Community Rela-

tions Office of Philippine National Police (PNP)Caraga Region. Meanwhile, Supt. Diray served as Provincial Director for more than two years in this province.

It can be recalled that he was assigned here last September 2009, and as per request of Provincial Governor Johnny Pimentel, his assignment was extended until December 2011.

DOST grants P1.2M to Butuan City for eco project by Rio Connie Leah M. Flores

BUTUAN CITY – The start of 2012 proved to be bountiful for the city government here after receiving P1.2 million from the Regional Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The amount is intended for one bioreactor unit which will be used to convert biodegradable waste into fertilizer, in support of the city’s Clean Ground, Zero Waste Program (CGZW). DOST-Caraga Regional Director Lyndo



Villacorta personally handed over the cheque to City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and CGZW Program Coordinator Ruth Jugao recently. A bioreactor is a machine that grinds and converts biodegradable solid waste into compost, a good fertilizer

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for vegetable crops. Biodegradable waste includes spoiled or wilted vegetables, fruit peels, meat/fruit/ vegetable trimmings, food leftovers, fish entrails and trimmings, leaves and twigs and seeds. According to Jugao, the Langihan Public Market is one of the major sources of biodegradable waste daily. Currently, biodegradable wastes from the market are distributed to Barangays Ampayon and Bit-os for the vermiculture project. Dr. Villacorta further said he is glad that DOST was tapped to take part in strengthening the campaign on Solid Waste Management as part of the convergence efforts between the city government and Regional Line Agencies for a more efficient public service to the people of this city.

Regatta 2012 set Jan. 13-14

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Regatta committee chairman Khendar Y. Hadjirul in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) said the city is all set for the conduct of this exciting boat race competition . 2012 regatta committee chairman Khendar Y. Hadjirul. (PIA-9) Regatta is an annual event which features over hundreds of boats afloat, traditionally launched by the city government every year as part of its lined up activities for the annual fiesta celebration called “Pasalamat festival”. This year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Sto. Nino, kadasig sa pagtoo, kalauman sa kinaiyahan, kaluwasan sa katawhan(Sto. Nino, inspiration of faith, 26


hope for the environment, safety of the people) Hadjirul said the program and games are ready to be implemented during this 2-day event - January 13-14, at the port area here. Hadjirul enumerated the lined up activities for this year’s celebration Regatta as: search for Miss Regatta 2012, regatta games (invitational pump boat race, boat paddling, swimming relay (120 meters), and ball collection at sea. “These activities will be conducted on Friday with the participants not only coming from the coastal barangays but from the neighboring municipalities and cites,” Hadjirul reported. O n S a t u r d a y,

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Hadjirul said a procession, concelebrated mass, fluvial parade/ competition, and championship game for pump boat race and awarding prizes will also be done at the venue. Hadjirul said it’s always been exciting to see many people gathered in the port area adding that they give their valuable time in participating and witnessing the activities. He said regatta’s goal is to instill the true spirit of sportsmanship and foster better understanding and camaraderie among the participants. Hadjirul said he feels excited and honored to see people joining the activities. “This is not going to be a stressful event

rather this is enjoyable. No stress, no pressure at all,” he added. Meanwhile, Mayor Samuel Co in his fist press conference for 2012 on Monday evening at the city mayor’s office, he invited people to witness the activities for ‘Pasalamat’ festival especially on the fluvial parade and regatta. “I am inviting everyone to witness the fluvial parade and r e gatta activities at the port area. The activities that you will observe are very entertaining. You can watch people sailing

the boat accompanying the life-size patron saint Sr. Sto. Nino and playing various games at sea , and more, with fabulous cash prizes at stake,” Co announced. Co said the regatta committee has allotted prizes for all the activities. He specifically mentioned on the prizes for fluvial parade which has a bigger prizes, as follows: 1st, P20,000, 2nd, 15,000, and 3rd, 10,000. Hadjirul said the successful planning of the activities is attributed to the active partici-

pation of the committee members such as, the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Maritime Police, City Tourism Office, Philippine Red Cross, etc. Hadjirul also acknowledge the support of the organized radio assistance communication information services (ORACES) thru its president Michale Ganta for being the official communication group that will help monitor the conduct of regatta activities. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

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Zambo Norte to construct additional bio-fertilizer mixing plants by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPIOLOG CITY- Due to the increasing demand for organic fertilizer, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Norte (ZaNorte) has decided to construct additional biofertilizer mixing plant in the province. Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Budget Officer Mary Joy Abitona, said Governor Rolando E. Yebes has allotted Php10 million for the construction of additional bio-fertilizer mixing plant in the different municipalities in the province. Yebes ordered Provincial Agriculturist Maybel Bustalino the construction of additional bio-fertilizer mixing plants in the province to meet the increasing demand for organic fertilizer. During his recent visit in Zamboanga del 28


Norte, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala has expressed his appreciation of the Provincial Government’s HiGreen Communal farms in Punta, Dipolog City which adopted organic farming method. Piùan and Polanco are among the municipalities which have already adopted the said farming technology. The Governor also plan to buy animal wastes from the barangays to be used in bio-fertilizer production. Bustalino confirmed that farmers slowly opted to use organic fertil-

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izer as price of commercial fertilizer continues to increase in the local market. The price of commercial fertilizer (14-14-14) usually used for fruit-bearing vegetables costs Php1,320.00 while fertilizer(21-100) used for leafy vegetables costs P785.00 in the local market. According to the Provincial agriculturist, the Department of Agriculture has recognized that the organic fertilizer produced in the province as among the best locally-produced organic fertilizer in the country. (JPA/ATR/ PIA9/Zambo Norte)

Budget for SETUP increased by 100 % by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Science and Technology Department has increased its budget allocation for its Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading (SETUP) program by 100 percent for a wider and better assistance to its manufacturing and processing enterprises-beneficiries. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Director Brenda N a z a reth-Manzano said from a P 10.2 million budget, SETUP’s budget is now up to P20 million which translates to 40 projects as against the 20 projects in the previous budget. DOST helps the manufacturing and processing enterprises under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) through SETUP program, a nationwide strategy to assist the latter in adopting technological innovations to advance their operations. Result is: an improved productiv-

ity and competitiveness at par with the global market. “Our goal here is to improve productivity through technological interventions to produce more with less,” the active lady director said. Manzano said SETUP program helps the applicants acquire equipment needed to improve productivity back to back with trainings on how to use the newly acquired machine or equipment. Under SETUP, DOST will pay for the machine needed by the particular beneficiary/ applicant, as the latter will pay the office back

on a three year “rentto-own” scheme. Director Manzano encouraged MSMEs to apply for the program by submitting their project proposal. She said any company owned by a Filipino or any small and medium scale business under its priority sectors (food processing; furniture; gifts, decors, handicrafts; marine and aquatic resources; horticulture; and metal and engineering), or an individual firm willing to apply technological improvement to existing operations may apply for the program. (JPA /PIA ZBST)

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No fuel increase for CDO, Iligan - DOE by Jorie C. Valcorza


epartment of Energy (DOE) reiterated that prize freeze remains in effect for gasoline and other petroleum products here in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City until the national state of calamity is lifted. DOE Undersecretary Atty. Jose M. Layug, Jr. confirmed the commitment of the three leading industry players in the country, to follow the directive issued by DOE for price freeze on the said cities. Layug reminded retailers not to make any movement on their prices, following the reported Php 2 to 3 increases in liquefied petroleum gas here in the city. “Ibigay ninyo ang mga pangalan, kami po ang maninita,” he said. (Give 30


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us the names of these retailers, we will call their attention) He noted that on regular days however, adjustments on gas prices is observe on a Monday schedule, except, in cases of rollback where they would ask for price adjustment as early as Saturday. The Undersecretary called on the cooperation of the public to report increases in oil prices outside its Monday schedule. “We are following a formula to

arrive on the existing price adjustments and the oil deregulation on the other hand does not dictate the prevailing oil price,� he added. He explained further that difference in price from one place to

another is heavily dependent also on transportation cost, presence of small players and price matching. In his visit, here, in the city recently to meet with the different d o w n s t r e a m oil industry stakeholders, composed of the local executives, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the transport groups, he promised to have another meeting with them early this year and discuss extensively how they computed the weekly price adjustments.

DTI to further improve customer service through BOSS 2012 by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - Businesses could expect a better and more efficient services during the Business One-Stop Shop (BOSS) 2012. Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Lanao del Norte/ Iligan City Provincial Office, said they have conducted a two-day seminarworkshop on excellence in customer servicing last December 2011 at Crystal Inn, San Miguel, Iligan City. The seminar-workshop was

aimed to improve customer servicing especially on business permit and licensing operations of the city government. Around 40 participants representing the different departments of the city government who were trained to be the front-line employees are expected to engage in the BOSS Tuesday, January 10, 2012


operation- both new and renewal in coordination with the DTI and the transaction, in January this year. Chamber of Commerce and Industry The activity was spearheaded Foundation of Iligan, Incorporated. by the city local government unit,

“Alamang” from Murcielagos Bay, Mis. Occ. is still unsafe to eat - BFAR by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - All types of shellfish and “alamang”” or shrimp paste, commonly called “uyap” or “uyabang” gathered from Murcielagos Bay at the boundary of Misamis Occidental in region 10 and Zamboanga del Norte, region 9, are still unsafe for human consumption. This warning was noted in Shellfish Bulletin No. 1, series of 2012, of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), after the latest laboratory results showed that the shellfish collected in the area are positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. The public is advised “not to harvest, not to eat, not to sell and not to buy them,” Atty. Asis G. Perez, Director of BFAR, said. The same warning was issued by BFAR last November after shellfish gathered from the bay tested positive of the red tide toxin. However, fish, squids, shrimps and crabs gathered from the area are safe to eat provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking, Perez said. Also unsafe to eat are the shellfish collected in the following areas: Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar and Masinloc Bay in Zambales. 32


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Meanwhile, BFAR said the following coastal waters are free from toxic red tides thus, shellfish gathered from these areas are safe to eat: Mindanao: Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Island, Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental. Visayas: Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz, E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Villadolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City and San Enrique in Negros Occidental. Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar, Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte, Biliran Waters in Biliran Province. Luzon: Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan in Manila Bay, Bolinao, Alaminos and Bani in Pangasinan. Milagros and Mandaon Bays in Masbate, Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon, Honda and Puerto Bays and in Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan.

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One Mindanao - January 10, 2012  

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One Mindanao - January 10, 2012  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao