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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 Blitz

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

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail: efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

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

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

ABNER M. CAGA

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

Associate Editors ……....... NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

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

Copy Editors ……………….. Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region Nora C. Lanuza Molde, PIA Caraga Region Layout Artists ……………... Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA Caraga Region Richard D. Atillo, PIA Caraga Region Editorial Advisers :

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

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

Cover Story ShelterBox tents in Iligan up with Rotary International

Lorry V. Gabule

Northern Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Vol. 1 No. 150

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Across the Nation:

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Malacañang bares reactivation of Pantawid Pasada Program to cushion impact of increasing prices of petroleum products

DOLE: 1.2 million jobs for 2012

Regional News:

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Photo depicts youthful heroism in World War II Olivia Sudaria, Central Mindanao

Koronadal City ipinagdiwang ang ika-72 anibersaryo

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

Sec Gazmin leads groundbreaking of Surigao Norte provincial hospital here

FEAbkilan, Caraga Region

BFAR-Caraga to intensify seaweeds dispersal, production

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

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Task Force Ranao shuts down 7 sawmills in Lanao del Sur

Western Mindanao

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City gov’t turns over P17 M projects in two barangays

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Greening Tangub brings more income to the family – Mayor Tan

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Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Judith B. Tablan, Northern Mindanao

Ozamiz orders suspension of all activities that leads to destruction of environment Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

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NGCP announces power curtailment in Mindanao Mai Gevera-Macapagat, Southern Mindanao

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Cover Story ShelterBox tents in Iligan up with Rotary International by Lorry V. Gabule

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round 150 tents from ShelterBox were installed as emergency shelter for the families hardly hit by Typhoon Washi (Tropical Storm Sendong).

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ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by disaster worldwide. ShelterBox, in partnership with District 3870 of Rotary International, Zone 2 Iligan City, composed of nine (9) clubs, this city, has put up the commonly called Tent City at a onehectare land area situated beside Tambo Iligan Bus and Jeepney Terminal. In Iligan City, over 5,000 have lost their homes following the devastation wreaked by tropical storm Washi. Fresh floods brought misery forcing more people into evacuation centers. Severely affected areas were those in Upper Hinaplanon, Hinaplanon proper, San Roque and Bayug Island. Rotarian Jess Nicdao of ShelterBox Philippines, has been working with Rotarians in the area, the Philippine military and other aid agencies on the ground to get enough aid rapidly to the affected area, and supporting ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Volunteers headed by Abner Tayco to distribute emergency shelters in the region. “The evacuation site conditions are so unbearable, that children are the ones most affected,� said SRT volunteer Tayco. As to installation of the shelterboxes, the Army Artillery Regiment, Philippine Army, based in Camp Lucero, Carmen, North Cotabato, came all the way to Iligan to assist in the installation, with the city government of Iligan providing the filling materials for the ground preparation. Camp Coordinator Rotarian Nicolas dela Cruz of Rotary Iligan North said the Tent City has a centralized kitchen, water and lighting facilities, and toilets. Likewise, President Sarah Jane

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Matba of Rotary Iligan-Maria Cristina said the shelterbox can accommodate not less than 10 persons- to a family with at least four (4) children, having an extended family like grandparents or an aunt to share. Settlers can stay for six (6) months or a year in the Tent City, until relocation site be provided for a permanent shelter that they can call their own, Matba added. Typhoon Washi hit Mindanao on 16 to 18 December, devastating the cities of Cagayan do Oro and Iligan and killing over 1,200 people. ShelterBox responds instantly to disasters all around the world delivering aid as quickly as possible to the people who need it most.


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‘We will not ration oil’ – Lacierda

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residential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda allayed fears that a fuel supply shortage due to a disruption in the delivery of oil from Iran would result in fuel rationing, saying this was only one of the contingency plans of the government.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday, Lacierda said the Department of Energy continues to look for other solutions to the possible problem such as lowering the country’s consumption of fuel. “I spoke to Energy Secretary (Jose Rene) Almendras on that. Let me clarify: it is only a contingency plan. He does not believe, that the events in the Strait of Hormuz will worsen,” Lacierda said. 8

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The Strait of Hormuz is the only passage for ships carrying petroleum from major oil-exporting countries on the Arabian peninsula. Recently, Iran has raised tensions with the United States about access to said waterway thereby threatening the smooth delivery of fuel to and from the peninsula. Lacierda said the government is pushing its program to develop alternative sources of energy and will

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soon revitalize the Pantawid Pasada program, a fuel subsidy scheme for public utility drivers and operators. “What we are doing right now, is that we are going to, in light of increases in oil prices, activate the Pantawid Pasada as we still have funds of about P200million,” Lacierda said. “Let me clarify: we are not going to start rationing oil,” he added. (RCK)


Malaca単ang bares reactivation of Pantawid Pasada Program to cushion impact of increasing prices of petroleum products

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alacanang bared the reactivation of the Pantawid Pasada Program (PPP) of the Aquino government in efforts to curtail the negative effects of the increasing prices of petroleum products locally due to the irrepressible forces in the international market. Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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In his regular media briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Department of Energy (DOE) has set some P200 million to lessen the effects of the oil price hike under the PPP on the oilconsuming public, especially the transport sector. “In the light of the increases in oil prices, we are going to activate the Pantawid Pasada (Program)… we still have funds there for about P200 million, so that is what we are doing right now. Just to let you know, the Dubai (oil) prices increased by six dollars per barrel that is the reason why there was an increase in the prices of oil,” Lacier10

da said. Lacierda assured that the minor problems that were experienced by the concerned sector in the PPP’s first launch will surely be addressed in its reactivation. When asked on the specific date of PPP’s reactivation, Lacierda said that he will have to confirm first from DOE Secretary Jose Rene Almendras. “I will confirm with Secretary Almendras kung kailan ang umpisa ng Pantawid Pasada in so far as the glitches are concerned. I think based on experience maiaayos na natin ang Pantawid Pasada Program,” Lacierda noted. He added that it will

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definitely be reactivated with the 200 million pesos funding to be sourced out from the Department of Energy. “Sure na iyon, we will confirm anytime soon,” he said. Major and independent oil players has announced and implemented another oil price hike Wednesday, with petroleum products prices going up as much as P1.75 per liter. The increase was attributed to the ongoing tension in the Middle East, particularly in Iran, that may likely result to the closure of the Strait Hormuz which serves as a major passage way for oil tankers. The blockade on the strait alone by Iran has already caused major concerns in the world market and has been seen as the major cause of increase in pump prices during the first week of 2012. (JCL)


DOLE: 1.2 million jobs for 2012

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he Department of Labor and Employment targets to create 1.2 million jobs for the local employment this year. This was revealed by DOLE Spokesperson Nicon Fameronag during the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) forum held at PIA, Wednesday.

Fameronag said the department encourages local government units all over the country to institutionalize public employment as a mechanism to facilitate job placement in the countryside. In 2011, the DOLE spokesperson said, 2 million local jobs and 1 million overseas jobs were created. Moreover, he said that the year 2011 has been very

prolific, despite the first quarter Middle East and North African crisis. He said this could be attributed to their full blast implementation of reforms in the agency. To date, at least 177 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who came home from Middle East and North Africa availed of the projects offered in the National Reintegration Program. This program was allocated with

a P2 billion-fund to provide loans to OFWs which they could use as an initial capital in starting a business. Fameronag said the loan comes with a very low annual interest rate of 7 percent, collateral-free and without conduit. Fameronag is a guest in today’s CNEX Forum, aired live over Peoples Television Network (PTV4) and DZRB Radyo ng Bayan.

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DepEd XII ranks 3rd in Enhanced Basic Education Information System

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DepEd XII’s EBEIS -incharge explained that EBEIS is an ICT-enabled system designed to enhance data management to support planning, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation at the school, division, regional and national levels. The wide-scale implementation of the EBEIS, according to Lotilla, will operationalize the system primarily to improve the collection and reporting of school statistics to support the formulation

of budgetary plans. The web-based system, she said, aims to engage as many schools as possible in encoding their school statistics in the system, strengthen the validation of data submitted to improve its accuracy. Lotilla further said the rollout helps to generate reports to support budget and plan formulation and identify the necessary adjustments as well as institutional support requirements to enhance system effectiveness,

efficiency, relevance and sustainability. She added this innovation gives full accountability to the school head to encode their school data and statistics into the system. On the other hand, she continued, the updating of school record due to permanent or temporary closure , school’s curriculum and validation of school statistics are the responsibilities of the division planning officer. (OTSudaria/PIA 12/ KHL/DepEd 12)

Photo depicts youthful heroism in World War II by Olivia Sudaria KORONADAL CITY -- Visitors to the opening of the Photo Exhibit at the lobby of the Koronadal city hall on January 5 were all eyes at the photo of a 16-year old boy holding a carbine rifle. The photo exhibit which is a tribute to the veterans through the efforts of the Philippine Veterans Bank and the local government unit of Koronadal City paved the way for the people to appreciate the he-

roic exploits of Filipino fighters during World War II which include Jose Enrijo. Enrijo, who was then 16 years old is seen in the photo holding a carbine riffle issued by the Americans during the second world

war. He said he had to be armed then as everyone was called to defend the country against the aggressors. As a young teen he saw action in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. He is now 86 years old and

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residing at Barangay GPS, Koronadal City where he moved after the war. Enrijo was present during the opening of the exhibit. To the queries of curious visitors who asked him if he did not fear for his life and on the number of enemies he killed: “Hindi ako natakot kasi kailangan nating ipagtanggol ang ating buhay. Hindi ko mabilang ang mga napatay kong kalaban,� (I was not afraid because I

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have to defend myself. I lost count of the enemies I killed) Enrijo said. Philippine Veterans Bank director Percianita Racho thanked Mayor Peter Miguel for hosting the photo exhibit and stressed the importance of the undertaking in reliving the heroism of the war veterans who sacrificed their lives to protect the sovereignty of our nation. Dr. Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines related

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that South Cotabato has its heroic defenders mentioning among others Epang Garingo, a woman who was adamant to reveal the whereabout of her brother Pepe, an army lieutenant during world war II despite being subjected to tortures. The traveling exhibit is one of the more significant activities of the on going Hinugyaw festival of Koronadal City.


Koronadal City ipinagdiwang ang ika-72 anibersaryo KORONADAL CITY -- Ipinagdiriwang kahapon ng mga residente ng Koronadal ang ika-pitumpu’t pitong anibersaryo ng lungsod. Sinimulan ang huling araw ng selebrasyon sa pamamagitan ng isang civic parade kasama ang mga kawani ng lungsod, mga iba’t ibang sektor at mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan na nakabase lungsod. S i n u n dan ito ng isang drumline competition na ang kalahok ay galing sa iba’t ibang bayan sa buong South Cotabato at mga karatig lalawigan. Imbitado bilang panauhing pandangal si Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. Subalit dahil sa isyung panseguridad na kailangan tutukan kahapon sa Metro Manila, hindi ito nakarating sa pagdiriwang. Sa halip pinadala nito si Assistant Secretary Nari-

man Ambolodto upang basahin ang kanyang mensahe sa mga residente ng lungsod. Alas-singko ng hapon nangyari naman ang

damag na disco sa kalye sa buong gitna ng Gensan Drive, pinakamalawak na kalsada ng lungsod. May kasama pa itong foam party.

kauna-unahang Piyeste Korona sa Koronadal. Ang Piyesta Korona ay pinaghalong streetdancing at mardi gras kung saan pinakatampok sa storyline ang makukulay na korona. Sinundan ito ng mag-

Bilang hudyat sa pagtatapos ng 72nd Foundation Anniversary at 12th Hinugyaw Festival, isang engradeng fireworks display ang natunghayan alas diyes ng gabi. (DEDoguiles)

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Phil. Red Cross AgNor-Butuan City Chapter reports 2011 accomplishments; sets 2012 activities by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Agusan del Norte has presented its accomplishments for 2011 and set the activities for 2012 during the regular meeting held recently at the GR Banaag RCY Development Center here.

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Officers of the following committees also reported its accomplishments as of December 2011 in the following areas: Disaster Management Service; Blood Services; Safety Services;

Community Health and Nursing Service; Red Cross Youth; Social Services; and Fund Generation. The PRC had 264 blood donors in December. It also conducted a total of 56 blood ser-

vices activities within the month in partnership with other stakeholders. Administrator Cairo urged the public to donate more blood. He also stressed that blood donors should be within the age range of 16-65 years old. A 16-year old donor needs parental consent; while 65 years old person may be allowed to donate blood may he is a regular donor. The following activities will be conducted as part of the Red Cross’ fund generation: 1) Bingo for a Cause on May 5, 2012; 2) Dinner Date with Acoustics on August 24, 2012; and 3) Raffle Bonanza on December 19, 2012. Meanwhile, Dr. Virgilio Nery Jr, city councilor commends the efforts and active participation of the PRC in the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

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Sec Gazmin leads groundbreaking of Surigao Norte provincial hospital here by FEAbkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE – Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin led today the groundbreaking of the new provincial hospital at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Placer, this province.

The 50-bed medical facility has an initial funding of P50 million which is set to benefit thousands of people, especially those of low income living in the area. Gov. Sol Matugas,1st District Rep. Francisco Matugas, 2nd District Rep. Guiller18

mo Romarate and Placer Mayor Felimon Napuli will assist Sec. Gazmin and Department of Health officials during today’s groundbreaking rites at the two-hectare site. Matugas revealed that that project was finally realized after Sec.

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Gazmin recently approved the swapping of the two-hectare property owned by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Placer with the property of the provincial government located at Brgy. Magpayang, Mainit.


BFAR-Caraga to intensify seaweeds dispersal, production by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Caraga Region is intensifying seaweeds dispersal and production. According to Rizal- able for dispersing and (We have seaweeds inda Abing, seaweeds producing seaweeds. dryer to be used by our has been doing well in Abing said they beneficiaries to dry seathe market and with the have dryer to be used by weeds, and will be made production here in the these fisherfolk-benefi- into products for sale.) region, fisherfolks who ciaries to dry seaweeds, Aside from this, are beneficiaries of the and therefore produc- Abing stressed they have seaweeds dispersal and ing different seaweeds been providing technical production program will products. assistance to the bennow have the opportu- “Aduna kita’y sea- eficiaries particularly in nity to earn income. weeds dryer aron pa- conducting trainings and Because of this, gagamiton sa atong mga seminars for them to be the official said, BFAR is beneficiaries pagpa-uga given techniques and coordinating with local sa mga seaweeds, ug strategies on seaweeds officials in the coastal mahimo na’ng produkto dispersal and producprovinces of the region nga pwede na’ng ibali- tion. whose areas are suit- gya,” Abing said. Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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City gets P10.5M fund assistance from DILG for project-implementation by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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he city government of Zamboanga is set to receive a P10.5million fund from the national government through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to augment the city’s 2012 budget for the implementation of various projects. City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias in a press statement said “Zamboanga City is one of the local government units (LGU) in the country that passed the seal of good housekeeping and qualified

as recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).” Covarrubias explained “the P10.5M funding that will be released to the city government will be utilized for the implementation of various

projects in the city, like rural electrification projects, repair of school buildings constructed by the department of Education, river control and rip rap projects and several others.” Covarrubias said,

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DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo issued a memorandum regarding the utilization of the LGSF stating that the funds shall be utilized as capital expenditures and shall be used to augment the approved 2012 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of LGU-beneficiaries for implementation of projects to include among others

rural electrification, local roads connecting national roads, arterial farm to market roads and bridges, local economic enterprises and flood control and drainage and to support various priority projects of the national government such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction

and Management (PDRRM) Act if 2010 and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The lady IO informed, aside from Zamboanga City, other LGUs that will receive LGSF share in region 9 include Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga Del Norte, Dapitan City, Dipolog City and Pagadian City. (JPA / PIA ZBST)

Task Force Ranao shuts down 7 sawmills in Lanao del Sur ISABELA CITY – Elements of the newly reinforced Task Force Ranao had shut down seven sawmills in the municipality of Kapai in Lanao del Sur recently as it engages in an all-out offensive against illegal logging in the province pursuant to the total log ban directives of caretaker Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). According to Hataman, the task force has recommended the filing of appropriate legal charges against some barangay officials believed to be involved in logging operation in the municipality. The task force, headed by the Philippine Army’s 103rd infantry brigade under the command of Col. Daniel Lucero, has also appre-

hended around 25 truckloads of cut logs during the operation. The Bureau of Public Information said that ARMM OIC governor Hataman reiterated his earlier pronouncement of not sparing anyone found to have culpability in the widespread illegal logging in the province, which is blamed by some to have exacerbated the flood that wreaked

Iligan City. An initial report released by Task Force Sendong, a special task force created by the regional government to investigate the matter, points to VicMar Development Corp., a Makati City-based company, as the largest logging operator in the province since 1975. Unconfirmed reports suggests influential

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individuals to be behind the company, enabling it to proceed with its logging operation despite the imposition of a total log ban in the region by

the two past governors of the ARMM. In addition to a total log ban, Hataman also issued a moratorium on the issuance of pri-

vate land timber permit so as not to provide loggers room for evasion. (JPA/BPIARMM/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

City gov’t turns over P17 M projects in two barangays by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government, headed by Mayor Celso Lobregat, turned over 11 infrastructure projects amounting to P17.1M to two far-off barangays - Bunguiao and Dulian. Of the P17.1 M projects, Barangay Bunguiao received 6 projects worth P10.44 M which include two foot bridges, 3 road projects, and the rehabilitation of a twostorey 6 classroom building in Bunguiao Elementary School. Bernardito Francisco, the principal of the said school, thanked Mayor Lobregat for the project showing his concern to the more than 800 pupils there. It was learned that grades 4-6 pupils hold their classes under the shades of the trees and the project means a much condu

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cive learning place for them. Lobregat also committed a new 3-storey 20-classroom building for the school to the delight of the teachers, pupils, and community as a whole. After the turn over in Bunguiao, Mayor Lobregat and some key city officials proceeded to Dulian to turn over five road projects worth P6.75 M, benefitting the farmers. The projects interlink interior parts of the barangay making transport of produce much easier. Dulian Chairman Perfecto Dela Cruz has

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nothing but gratitude to the city government for the projects initiated by Mayor Lobregat. “It was during the term of Mayor Lobregat that we received so many needed projects”, Dela Cruz said. Aside from these projects, the Barangay Hall of Dulian is also set to be completed soon. Lobregat added that Dulian will be one of the first recipients of off-road vehicle that will be given to each barangay by the city government. (JPA/MVC/PIA9- ZBST)


Mahinog thanks Japan for flood control projects by Homer R. Jajalla

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own mayor Alex R. Jajalla expressed gratitude to the Japan government for the construction of P568-million worth of flood control projects at the inauguration ceremony here in barangay Pontod on Satuday.

“On behalf of the municipal government and the people of Mahinog, I wish to convey our endless gratitude to the Japanese government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) represented today by His Excellency Akio Isomata, Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, for extending its assistance in the completion of two Sabo dams and reconstruction of heavily damaged bridge that would help save lives and property

particularly in the Municipality of Mahinog,” the local chief executive said. It can be recalled that Camiguin was hit by massive flash flood triggered by typhoon “Nanang” in 2001 that left untold death and destruction in various parts of the island province. The hardest hit was barangay Hubangon in the municipality of Mahinog. Jajalla said with traumatic experiences after the flood, people were afraid every time it rains hard. “The mere thought of knowing Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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a tropical storm is coming, sends shivers down the spines of many people, especially in barangay Hubangon, the hardest hit during Nanang.” “We were too scared every moment it rains very hard. We felt insecure and nervous, fearing the worst flood was to hit again,” Jajalla said. He said after the project was in place, people can now sleep very well. “Now with the huge Sabo dam in place, people will now feel safe and assured of safety as we will no longer fear being hit by flood as we know this dam is designed to control flooding, or lessen flood damage in low lying areas,” the mayor added. Jajalla also acknowledged Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo and Congressman Pedro P. Romualdo for giving their best effort from conception to completion of this important project that will play a very important role in Camiguin’s economy and disaster risk reduction management campaign. “This project will not only provide the community for safer living

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condition; it will become an asset for greater economic productivity in this beautiful island of Camiguin,” Jajalla said. “The new bridge that we also unveil today is more than just a bridge that links the entire province. This is, indeed, a bridge to the highway of opportunity that would drive trade and commerce, trigger local economy and generate job creation in the entire province,” the mayor added. Jajalla stressed though this project is a major achievement to celebrate, much work still remains to ensure that people are safe and better lives are achieved. “After this project, more longterm and sustainable development approaches are still needed to be done,” he stressed. “The issue on climate change must be tackled urgently, with fresh perspective, in the light of rapid climate change that led to an increase in natural disasters that hit most parts of the country this year including the


massive flooding that hit Cagayan de Oro and Iligan recently.” “We will continue to lobby developed country governments like Japan to show more urgency in dealing with climate change and continue to provide additional grant aid projects related to climate change,” he said. The local chief executive expressed hope that JICA will return back to Camiguin for more development assistance projects that will improve the quality of life among Camiguingnons. “His Excellency Minister Isomata, with thankful hearts, kindly convey our endless gratitude to your government and your people for making these projects possible.” “In the meantime, the people of the municipality of Mahinog will look forward to welcoming you back soon,” Jajalla concluded. For his part, Isomata said that Japan will continue to help “in whatever way we can” to help Filipinos better prepare for natural disasters. “This project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disaster and we will continue to help Philippines in whatever way we can,” he said. However, he reminded the public not to become complacent with the project, but remain vigilant and prepared for disaster. “Disaster happens when everybody is just about to forget it,” he stressed. (PIO) Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Greening Tangub brings more income to the family – Mayor Tan by Judith B. Tablan

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – The local government unit, here, will continue its greening program to act as buffer to landslides and floodings in the highland barangays.

“We started the project in 1992, even when global warming and climate change was not the hot issue of the day and we intend to step up the project in the city, this year, also to add food on the table of the household beneficiaries,” City Mayor Philip Tan, said. He said the tall mahogany trees that now line up the barangay roads and the productive fruit farm in Barangay Kimat are the result 26

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of this project. For the second time of his incumbency, massive tree planting became one of the priority agenda of his administration, as he distributed high value fruit tree seedlings and forest trees to the different barangays. The Mayor dreams of making Tangub City as the fruit basket of Misamis Occidental and to make fruits available even to ordinary folks of the city, and for added income to the family. Even tourist would come to Tangub, not only for the Dalit Festival and the Christmas Symbols Festival, but also for the affordable and sweet fruits available in the city.


Since July 2010 up to October 2011, fruit tree seedlings distributed include rambutan, 2,631, durian2,790, lanzones, 1,369, pomelo, 1,885, and marang-1,187.

Forest trees include mahogany, 11,436, jasmine, 1,528, balite, 650, and Brazilian tree, 250, giant bamboo, 600, rubber, 4,300 and cacao, 4,100. (PIO)

Ozamiz orders suspension of all activities that leads to destruction of environment by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Mayor Nova Princes E. ParojinogEchavez has ordered all the Village Chiefs of the city’s 51 barangays to suspend all activities in their respective areas leading to the destruction of the environment. In her Executive Order No. 001, dated Jan. 10, 2012, the Mayor included the monitoring of unauthorized cutting of trees within the territorial jurisdiction of the city as preemptive measure for the public safety and welfare of all Ozamiznons. “Recent events and incidents shows massive destruction of life and property resulting from indiscriminate abuse of our natural rain forest,” she said. These events includes the indiscriminate excavation and mining resulting in the destruction of our mountain landscape, as well, as quarrying in lands within and along river banks resulting to floods and inundation of lands. “There is a need to regulate these activities to preempt and prevent the effect of massive destruction affecting the lives and property of our people,” the Mayor said.

These activities, if not regulated, would perpetuate the great substantive evil destruction of the ecosystem of our environment and the rest of our Mother Earth. Meanwhile, the Mayor also directed the following officials to coordinate with the barangay leaders in monitoring these activities and submit a report to enforce a moratorium and/ or suspension of quarry operations within and along the river banks of Ozamiz: The City Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP), City Engineer, City Planning and Development Officer, City Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO), and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO). Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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DOST-XI offers energy consumption audit in the workplace by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

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ith the looming power shortage that Mindanao is again facing, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region XI is all set to have its DREAM Team to audit energy consumption of business establishments and other sectors in the region. “If we can’t add power, then let us reduce power consumption,” said DOST-XI assistant regional director Elsie Solidum in today’s Club 888 at Marco Polo Hotel, this city. 28

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The DREAM Team or the Davao Region Energy Audit and Management Team composed mostly of experts, engineers, and even private individuals were given proper training, equipments, and instruments to capacitate them do energy audits in establishments that request for that particular service. DOST believes that an energy audit is a good starting step to earn more savings by way of ensuring efficient appliance and electronic uses in the workplace. This is found a necessity by most industries that wanted to reduce input cost by ensuring the use of highly efficient gadgets and appliances. DOST has started its auditing in its own workplace and it has replaced ordinary fluorescent lights to T5 lights. Experts claimed a thirty percent lighting consumption reduction the moment they did the replacement of lights.


The DREAM Team has also started doing energy audits in small and medium enterprises which hold the bulk of the business community in the region. DREAM Team is a multi-agency group with members from the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers (IIEE), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), the University of Mindanao (UM), and DOST XI. The team is now ready to provide energy audit services to all interested industries in the region. It will help industries in setting energy conservation goals, identify areas where energy wastes can oc-

cur, relate energy consumption to production, improve the process/ equipment efficiencies, and recommend energy saving opportunities. One of the members of the DREAM team suggested for the replacement of old appliances to a new but efficient one as this could result to a remarkable reduction of electric consumption. Experts could also measure the savings that the establishment can achieve after following the recommendations to be provided for by the team. The DREAM team now accepts requests to have this particular energy audit service in their establishment.

NGCP announces power curtailment in Mindanao DAVAO CITY – The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) announces the necessary curtailment of power supply that could result to scheduled brownouts in the entire Mindanao following the thin reserves and dispatchable power supply. NGCP spokesperson Cynthia P. Alabanza told the Davao media that power in Mindanao is very tenuous as reserve which is needed to maintain stability of power becomes very thin. “Ideally, we need to have a 24

percent reserve of the actual load. Also lately, we do not have dispatchable supply which led to the issuance of red alert status.” she said. At present Mindanao has a 150 megawatt deficiency in its peak period from 10 am to 5:30 pm and a 200 megawatt deficiency from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Alabanza explained some factors that cause power interruptions. One is when power supply cannot meet the demand, another factor is the scheduled maintenance of power plants which is usually set on days with low peak in demand. Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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With the scheduled maintenance of plants, NGCP recommends a schedule while the National Power Commission (Napocor) issues an official matrix that should be the basis for the curtailment schedule. The NGCP spokesperson cannot tell as to how long will Mindanao suffer brownout schedules brought about by the curtailment process. She explained that if NGCP is only to balance power supply based on scheduled maintenance of plants, then Mindanao wouldn’t need curtailment. But given that unscheduled maintenance of plants are so possible that might cause interruption and with the thin power reserves, thus, NGCP couldn’t tell as to how long these scheduled brownouts will last. The grid company hopes that the additional 100 megawatt that

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may be provided for by the Iligan Diesel Power Plant could be of help and mitigate the power shortage. NGCP continues to aim for a good mix of power sources as it also hopes to have the needed power plants. “But we realized that it is not easy to over build. Building plants which may turn out not needed in the long run may be unfair to the consumers as they will be paying the cost. Rather, we will optimize the system.” she added. By that, NGCP balances the need to build power plants and the need to interconnect the power link between Mindanao and Visayas. This way, potential investors may bite and invest in Mindanao power given that they are offered an alternative to sell power supply elsewhere if Mindanao has enough of it. (PIA/Mai Gevera-Macapagat)



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