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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

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OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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Cover Story Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe: Ambassadors of Goodwill of Tangub City Judith B. Tablan

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Today’s issue...

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

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Across the Nation:

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Vol. 1 No. 151

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Aquino urges Filipinos to help promote use of renewable energy, cites importance of addressing massive problem of climate change

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NEDA to pursue 2012 economic growth target

Regional News:

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Illegal settlers inside government complex perimeter area to be removed

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Zambo Youth leaders qualify for U.S-funded exchange program

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David M. Suyao, Caraga Region

DENR inks greening agreement with ARMM

Eric Herzon F. Gallego, Caraga Region Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Much needed weather monitoring facility to rise in Zambo City

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

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Mindanao power congress takes up good governance

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

2 soldiers, 14 civilians receive combat award Northern Mindanao

City has relocation sites for dislocated settlers

RG Alama, Southern Mindanao

Uy creates body to look into Pantukan landslide

Jeanevive Abangan, Southern Mindanao

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Breastfeeding corners in buses in Region-12 eyed

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Mga magsasaka naging bahagi ng 12th Hinugyaw Festival ng Koronadal City

CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao Ac Agad, Central Mindanao

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Cover Story Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe:

Ambassadors of Goodwill of Tangub City by Judith B. Tablan

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ere’s one for the cultural history books of Northern Mindanao: The Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe, since its establishment in 1992, has helped shape the values, character and minds of the youth of Tangub City, through their songs, dances and performances. 4

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By winning awards in festivals and competitions all over the country, these young, talented and dedicated artists, together with their equally dedicated trainors and advisers, have placed Tangub City in the map. They are now the proud ambassadors of goodwill, not just in Tangub City, but also in Misamis Occidental and in the whole of Region 10, as well. Such was the vision of then former City Mayor Jennifer Wee-Tan and now First Lady when she pulled together the scanty resources that were available and launched a youth development oriented program aimed to advance the cultural life of Tangub City. Synonymous with the name of Tangub City, itself, the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe has four (4) components: The Sinanduloy All Star Band, the Sinanduloy Instrumentalists, the Sinanduloy Singers and the Sinanduloy Dancers. The Sinanduloy Instrumentalists was the Best In Musicality in the Sinulog 2005 & 2011 in Cebu City while the Sinanduloy All Star Band is recently the official representative of Region 10 for the Department of Tourism’s WOW Philippines held at Intramuros, Manila and are about to release their first Debut Album. The Sinanduloy Singers is the Regional Winner of the National Music

Competitions for Young Artists (NMCYA) and the First Honorable Mention in the National Level and the Grand Champion of the Philippine Travel Mart Choral Competition held at SM MegaTrade Hall, Mandaluyong Manila. A resident choral performer of the Philippine Travel Mart of the Department of Tourism, Region 10, the Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe was invited by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) to perform during the Kalahi Cultural Caregiving on Millennium Development Goals at the Rajah Suliman Theater in Intramuros, Manila. They were also one of the representatives of the Philippines to the First International Dance Exchange – Workshop and Festival participated in by the different dance troupes around the world like: The Hunan Normal University Dance Troupe of China, the Xiamen

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Xiao Pai Lu of China, the Big land, Dance Mode Studio of Company of Japan and Aswa pur, Malaysia. The Dance Academy Ku the Badan University Malaysia laysia, the Persadaku Seni D the Sri Lankan Dance Troupe Among the Sinanduloy feats are: They were the Gra Pas’ungko s’g Misamis Occide The Sinanduloy Dancer the Grand Champion of the F in the year 2000, 2001, 2002 2009, 2010 and 2011. 6

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g Dance Company of Eng- Best in Costume Sinulog sa Sugbo in the year f Hongkong, Senju Dance 2002 & 2003, Best In Street Dancing in 2002, 2003, ara Dancers of Kuala Lum- 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe was one of the uching of Kuching Malaysia nominees (top 6) for the Aliw Awards Best Cultural a Sarawak of Sarawak Ma- Group in the Philippines for two (2) consecutive years Dancers of Singapore and 2008 & 2009. e of Sri Lanka. Thus, we take pride that all members of the y Cultural Troupe’s other troupe are scholars of both colleges in Tangub City, the and Champion of the First Northwestern Mindanao State College (NMSC) with its ental Festival 2010. former President and now City Mayor Atty. Philip T. Tan rs with Instrumentalists is and the Governor Alfonso D. Tan College (GADTC) with Famous Sinulog Sa Sugbo its former College President and now a First Lady Jen2, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, nifer W. Tan. Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Aquino says no need to lobby against US bill targeting BPO operations

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said there is no need for the Philippines to lobby against an anti-outsourcing proposal in the US that may affect Philippine jobs considering it’s an election year in America.

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“I am made to understand that this was an issue that was brought up during the last elections in America. And from that time, which is four years ago, up to now, the situation hasn’t changed. Perhaps, there isn’t that much of a need yet,” the President said in response to a question about the US bill. Palace reporters interviewed the President in Pasay City following the inauguration of an expanded site of a New York-based outsourcing company operation in the Philippines. The President said he’s considering the election season in the US and it is not surprising that Ameri-

can politicians would resurrect such proposals to gain public support. “We have to take into account that this is an election year, perhaps those are election-related statements. At the end of the day, like any other country, America would want to make their companies more effective, competitive . . . and if outsourcing is one of the keys towards that, then I would

presume it will continue. Well, hopefully it will not change because it is one of our sunrise industries,” he said. Under US House Bill 3596 otherwise known as the Call Center and Consumers Protection bill, call center operators will be required to identify their location, giving US callers the option of choosing a US-based operator. The bill also seeks to punish companies that will employ call center agents located in other countries by making them ineligible for grants and guaranteed loans from the federal government. US call centers that would fail to report its relocation to an offshore location to the Labor Department within 60 days will be penalized. (AS)

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Aquino urges Filipinos to help promote use of renewable energy, cites importance of addressing massive problem of climate change

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III encouraged the major stakeholders in the energy sector to work hand in hand with the government in efforts to promote and implement the use of renewable energy as he stressed the importance of addressing the massive problem of climate change that is hounding not only the Philippines but also the rest of the world. 10

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In his speech during the “1st Philippine BioEnergy Conference at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park in Manila, Thursday, President Aquino said that the success of saving Mother Earth lies in the unity of the people from all sectors of society to ensure a better environment for the next generations to enjoy. “Working together, we can make the year brighter for many Filipinos, and for many people around the

world. With your help, we can have more houses capable of switching on lights to welcome each New Year. With more emphasis on Renewable Energy resources, we can even make our own small contribution to addressing the massive problem that is climate change,” the President said. “And if all of us—from different sectors and countries—can pull together and succeed, then we will indeed have brightened more than houses; we will

have lit a beacon of hope, that humanity may thrive in communion with the Earth for many more generations to come,” he added. The Chief Executive also noted that renewable energy has always been a key consideration towards achieving the vision of a greener and more vibrant Philippines. He expressed elation in seeing the sector’s stakeholders gathered and united in discussions to formulate more options that

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may lead to using renewable energy resources, like bioenergy that is beneficial to the environment and the people. At present, the President said, nearly 39 percent of the country’s energy requirements are being sourced out through renewable sources such as hydropower, geothermal, solar, wind, and biomass. The government projects that the biomass sector’s contribution will increase from 39 megawatts of energy in 2010 to more than 300 megawatts by 2015. The President said that this increase will also provide 89 thousand more jobs for the people apart from the stimulation of local economies that would 12

create even more economic opportunities. “Our projections also indicate that, in achieving this goal (biomass sector’s increase), around 89,000 more jobs will be generated for Filipinos. These of course have a multiplier effect, because citizens with sources of income become empowered consumers, who can stimulate local economies and create even more jobs,” President Aquino said. “The effects of advancing the biomass sector will also reach close to 577,000 farm families who can benefit, for example, by gaining additional income through the sale of agriwaste or forest residues that can be used in the development of biomass re-

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sources,” he added. Also present during the event apart from the major energy players were other government officials led by Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala. With the theme, “Green Investments, Providing Solutions towards Energy Sustainability”, the event envisions a vibrant and profitable agribusiness sector in the country, promoting more green industries such as agribusiness, biofuel feedstock production and processing as well as the production of high value commercial plantation crops. The two-day international convention aims to introduce the current status of the bioenergy industry and its latest developments, projects, and research initiatives currently undertaken, as well as its relevance to climate change and ecological balance as well as to the investment opportunities in the bioenergy sector to contribute in the economic growth of the country. (JCL)


NEDA to pursue 2012 economic growth target by Phres A. Evardone

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he Euro zone crisis may have hampered the country’s economic growth in 2011 but the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) remains optimistic about its growth targets for this year. NEDA Director-General Cayetano Paderanga, Jr. said that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is projected to expand between 5.0 to 6.0 percent in 2012. Growth target for 2011 was pegged at 4.5 to 5.5 percent. This growth will be led by accelerated fiscal spending that the government will pursue this year, after it has put in place processes consistent with principles of good governance and transparency in project implementation. Paderanga said the government has already laid out the system for the funding of various infrastructure

NEDA Director-General Cayetano Paderanga, Jr.

projects especially those under the Public-Private Partnership program. The government will also stimulate domestic demand by boosting domestic consumption, securing investments, and safeguarding price stability. The government is keen on aggressive job creation and financing small and medium enterprise to further boost consumer spending. Further, the government will also strengthen its economic relations with ASEAN economies and China. Paderanga said that the government recognizes the importance of strengthening our relationship with our

neighboring ASEAN coutries especially with China - now an economic superpower and the possible investment opportunities that we can establish with these countries. The country’s domestic and external trade will also be diversified to foster close integration with the fast-growing ASEAN economies. Paderanga was guest during the Communication and News Exchange forum on Wednesday. CNEX forum is a joint project of the Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Communication and Operations Office, People’s Television 4 and Radyo ng Bayan.

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Sen. Pimentel backs Malacañang’s move to run after those responsible over ComVal tragedy by Robert E. Roperos

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enator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III supports the move of President Benigno S. Aquino III to run after those people, officials and agencies that are responsible for the landslide in Sitio Diat, Pantukan, Compostela Valley on the dawn of Jan. 5, 2012.

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Sen. Pimentel, who was here in the city recently for an engagement in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, said that he is not blaming the local government unit for the incident but those who are responsible must answer what was accorded in the law. With this, Pimentel said it is not only the local government who must undergo investigation on the matter. He added that concerned government agencies like the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PA-

GASA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will also be invited for the said investigation. “Dili lang ang imbestigayson nga ipatawag nato maglangkob sa mga local officials, i-apil nato ang PAGASA, ang DENR, MGB. (We will not only invite the local officials for investigation, we will also include PAGASA, DENR and MGB.)” Pimentel said. The senator also said PAGASA should explain why the effects of signal number two is

devastating like what happened in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities. “Ang Sendong, signal number two pero 1,200 ang namatay. Dili kani normal kay ang signal number system nato, signal number 5 ang pinakakusog. Can you imagine that? Kinahanglan i-explain kana sa PAG-ASA. (Sendong is signal number two but around 1,200 died. This is not normal since in our signal number system, signal number 5 is the strongest. Can you imagine that? That’s why PAGASA should explain this.)” Pimentel said. Pimentel said local officials and the DENR should also explain because based on initial investigation, the incident was caused by rampant illegal logging and mining activities in the area.

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Illegal settlers inside government complex perimeter area to be removed by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR – The Committee on Provincial Government Complex Illegal Settlers (PGCIS) Task Force convened the other day to discuss the strategies on the removal of illegal settlers who have constructed their shanties inside the provincial capitol area, while engaging in small businesses like carinderia, snack counter and other businesses. The purpose of the removal is to give way for any improvements that the provincial government are set to implement for the government infrastructure and other development projects soonest. Josefina Bajade, chairperson of PGCIZ called on a meeting with the committee members on the committee’s plan and strategy on how to remove the settlers from the area harmoniously and peacefully. The meeting was attended by the representatives ofDPWH 1st District 16

Office, the Provincial Engineering Office, the Provincial Planning and Development Office, Provincial Informatio Office, Provincial Assessment Office, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the PNP and the 52nd Engineering Brigade. As the first move, the committee agreed that they send “notice to vacate” to those who will be affected and inform them that they are only given one month to prepare in order to leave the area. Among the areas that will affected are found in

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the gate of the Provincial Health Office, shanties and houses in front of dxDA radio station, those having their shanties occupying the area within the 52nd Engineering Brigade and those living around the area of the Provincial Jail, estimated to reached up to 64 illegal settlers. The provincial government of Agusan del Sur will extend financial assistance to those affected families who are just relying their daily income by having small businesses inside the government center area.


DENR inks greening agreement with ARMM by Eric Herzon F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao have joined hands in the reforestation of some 2,500 hectares of denuded and open forest lands in the region under the National Greening Program of President Benigno S. Aquino. “This collaboration sets a critical milestone in ecological governance for the region and bodes well for addressing the social and economic challenges which the region undoubtedly faces,” Paje

said following the signing of an agreement with ARMM Gov. Mujiv S. Hataman in a simple ceremony held at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City on Monday. “The NGP collabora-

tion between ARMM and the DENR was in compliance with President Aquino’s instruction to assist in the management of the region’s natural wealth, particularly its forest-based resources

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which he “considered as its foremost natural asset as yet,” Paje said. Secretary Paje committed some P49.6 million in financial assistance to enable the ARMM government to carry out a massive tree planting program within its five provinces, to include Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-tawi. Aside from financial assistance, the DENR shall also provide ARMM with technical assistance and ensure the timely provision of funds based on the approved work and financial program of ARMM. “The fuel that powers ARMM’s economic engine is resource-based and we in the national government will assist 18

our brothers and sisters in ARMM in the resource management of the region,” Paje said, adding that he plans to send his key senior officials there “for us to gain a front seat view of how resource management is undertaken there and how we can contribute in improving it.” For his part, ARMM Gov. Hataman said the MOA signing marks his first collaborative undertaking with the national government. “Typhoon Sendong struck exactly two days after I assumed office,” Hataman said, noting that NGP is now a major tool he can use in addressing illegal logging in ARMM since the program offers alternative livelihood to

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forest-based communities that are usually enticed to engage in illegal logging activities due to lack of livelihood opportunities in the uplands. Hataman said priority will be given to upstream areas inside ARMM where the NGP activities will be implemented with guidance from the DENRnational government. “Pipilitin naming maipatupad ang lahat ng expectations ni President Aquino for ARMM (We will implement all the expectations of President Aquino for ARMM),” Hataman stressed, noting that he already received “verbal commitments” from rebel groups involved in the peace negotiation to help in stopping illegal logging in ARMM and in the NGP implementation. Under the agreement, ARMM will implement the NGP according to the guidelines set by the DENR central office. It shall also allow DENR personnel that will be designated to monitor and evaluate ARMM’s implementation, including its financial management and utilization. (DENR-13)


ZamboSur has more than enough supply by Claro A. Lanipa of rice – rice coordinator

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amboanga del Sur rice production coordinator Jose Agad, Jr. of the office of the Provincial Agriculturist this week revealed , the province has produced more than enough supply of rice.

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Agad said, last year local farmers harvested some 288,724 metric tons of rice involving more than 68,426 hectares of riceland in the entire province. If only our people in the province will consume this bountiful harvest, it would be more than enough even if each person will eat at least 6 times in a day, Agad quipped. In the Zamboanga Peninsula region, Zamboanga del Sur has the widest land area of riceland covering some 34,514 hectares including rain-fed farmlands. With the full support of the provincial government headed by Governor Antonio C e r i l l e s farmers are encouraged to adopt the new technology using the organic

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agriculture which is now being spread out in the province also known as the organic farming, Agad said. Through this technology, farmers are also persuaded not to use anymore chemicals or in-organic fertilizers in their farm. He pointed out, that one of these is the so-called rice-duck farming system, which is successfully implemented and is being called “May Bigas Na, May Ulam Pa.� This method also contributes much to solving our problem on global warming, Agad added. Agad disclosed further that, majority of the farmers are now engaged in rice-duck farming because through this technology our produce will be chemical free

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and safe to eat and it also helps bring back the natural fertility of the soil. This year, he said, the Department of Agriculture is set to provide the province with 558 bags of registered seeds to be distributed and planted by the members of the irrigators association and farmers association, so as they themselves will produce their own seeds for the succeeding planting seasons. Agad said, these seeds will be given to farmers and for those who are interested to avail these registered seeds they may visit the nearest Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) in their locality and inquire about the program. (JPA/ RLG/PGO/CAL/PIA9)


Zambo Youth leaders qualify for US-funded exchange program by Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY Five youth leaders from this city will travel to the United States for a 5 week exchange program set on April 14 to May 17 2012 at the Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, USA. The 5 youngsters are among the 27 youth and adult leaders from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and surrounding provinces in the country who qualified for the Philippine Youth Leadership Program (PYLP). PYLP is a 5 week U.S .-based exchange program on responsible citizenship, community service, leadership and action plan development sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.

The PYLP aims to teach participants conflict resolution skills; realization on the importance of volunteerism in civil society; and introduce participants to the American institutions that promote tolerance and religious diversity. The program hopes to instill to the participants a sense of civic responsibility and commitment to community development among youth in Mindanao. The training also hopes to develop a cadre of communi-

ty activists who will share their knowledge and skills with their peers through positive action; to foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, religious and national groups and to promote mutual understanding between the United States and the people of other countries. At the end of the 5week program, participants are expected to cooperatively implement community service projects focusing on peace and leadership when they get back home.

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Much needed weather monitoring facility by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao to rise in Zambo City ZAMBOANGA CITY – A much needed weather monitoring facility that will help warn people of Western Mindanao during rainy season will soon be installed here, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-Zamboanga City Meteorological Officer Maribel Enriquez said.

4warnwxteam.com Enriquez said a Doppler Radar will be installed anytime this year in Hill 900, Barangay La Paz, west of the city. This project is an offshoot of the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between PAGASA and the city government in October, last year. Enriquez explained that the radar can track 22

typhoons and determine the volume of rainfall it carries. The facility will help PAGASA give more accurate data and forecast to the public and help local government units in the region prepare in case of a coming typhoon or weather disturbance. President Benigno Aquino last year, or-

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dered the modernization of weather monitoring/ forecasting equipments in the country to avoid loss of lives during rainy season. Around 20 typhoons enter the country’s area of responsibility every year, with 6 to 9 of these, making landfall. (JPA/MVC/PIA9- ZBST)


TESDA trains 5,328 constituents in Lanao del Sur by Apipa Bagumbaran

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he Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) here had extended skills trainings to some 5,328 individuals all over the province in 2011.

The skills trainings were made available to the recipients through our four training modalities namely centerbased, school-based, communitybased and enterprise-based, said Tarhata S. Mapandi, provincial director of TESDA-Lanao del Sur. She said most of the recipients were served under Community-Based Training (CBT) with 3,393 individuals

while the Community-Based Training and Enterprise Development (CBTED) has served 124 individuals. The Center-Based Training (CB) has also benefited 967 individuals while some 844 individuals have availed of our School-Based Training (SB), she further said. As to the number of beneficiaries per district, Mapandi said that 2,779 Thursday, January 12, 2012

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of the trained individuals came from the 1st District of the province while 2,549 were from the 2nd District. The 1st District covers 17 towns and the city of Marawi while the 2nd District covers 22 towns. The provincial director also said that 1,846 of the beneficiaries were out-of-school youth (OSY), 754 were in-school youth (ISY), 2,367 were unemployed, and five was employed. The trainings extended during the year included Commercial Cooking, Baking Dressmaking, Electrical Installation and Maintenance, Massage Therapy, Bamboo Furniture Making, Organic Fertilizer Making (foliar), Carpentry, Small Engine Servicing (motorcycle r e p a i r ) , Refrigeration Repair, Cellphone Repair, and T-shirt Printing (silkscreen), among others. 24

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Mindanao power congress takes up good governance by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Public discussions on good governance, knowledge product and finance and investment will set the tone for the Mindanao Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification and Development (MinCARED). To be held at Grand Caprice Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City on Jan. 25-27, the three-day congress sponsored by the Association of the Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) will be attended by some 300 stakeholders. Topics on “Transparency of Distribution Utilities” will be tackled on the first day by Zenaida G. Ducut, Chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Commission while “The Politics in the Electric Cooperatives” will be discussed by Congressman Lorenzo Tañada III, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives. Under knowledge products, “Research and Study Grants for the Mindanao Power Sector” will be tackled by USAID and “The Upcoming 84 Days A Year Brown Out” by Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo of the University of the Philippines National Engineering Center. “The Mindanao Power Institute: A Model Outfit for the Mindanao Power Sector” will be discussed by Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, President of the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) while “Climate Change and Power” will be discussed by Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, President of the Ateneo de Manila University. Likewise, under finance and

investment, the topic on “Resources on Renewable Energy” will be discussed by Dr. Ambrosio Cultura of MUST, “Aggregation: A Business Model for the Mindanao Electric Cooperatives” by Edgardo R. Masongsong, “Solar Generation Plants in the Distribution Units” by Engr. Dave Tauli and “Power Saving Innovation” by the Department of Energy. Discussion on the Role of the Civil Organizations will be handled by Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro while the guest speaker will include Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., Lualhati P. Antonio, Chairperson, Mindanao Development Authority and Congressman Arnulfo Go, Chairman, House Committee on Mindanao Affairs.

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2 soldiers, 14 civilians receive combat award CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - Two soldiers and 14 civilians of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU), received combat awards: the two military personnel received the “Gold Cross Medal” while the 14 were awarded the Military Merit Medal, January 10 The group gallantly repelled the attack of some 60 fully armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels under the group of aka Marsing (true name unknown), Manuel Anob aka Salem/ Masayod, and Adonis Maglasang aka Do/Dali of Guerilla Front 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee. The incident took place at around 4:30 a.m. of January 3 when communist insurgents tried to overrun the San Antonio Patrol Base, Brgy. San Antonio, Remedios T. Romualdez, Agusan del Norte. The fire fight lasted for almost five hours. After five hours of gun battle, the troops successfully defended the patrol base which resulted in the recovery of two enemy killed in action, one recovered by their comrades, one M203 grenade launcher, one M16 rifle, 29 magazines loaded with live ammunition for AK-47, one magazine plate for K3, one M16 magazine, one rifle grenade, two gallons of landmine with 500 meters detonating cord used for explosives devices, and assorted ammunition. The insurgents were forced 26

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to withdraw and fled in disarray towards unknown direction, dragging with them their wounded or killed comrades. it believe that more casualties as revealed by the residents in the area. On the government side, one militiaman was killed identified as Christopher Rara. Two others were wounded namely,Corporal Murphy Haiber, Assistant Detachment Commander; and Dionisio Calbo, barangay official. Major General Victor A. Felix, army’s 4th Infantry Division Commander, pinned the third highest military award in combat the “Gold Cross Medals” to Sgt. Sixto Duyan, Cpl. Murphy Haiber, and the Military Merit Medals to the 14 CAA members of San Antonio Patrol Base for successfully defended and repulsed the enemy attack. While the 4ID troops were preoccupied with relief management for the victims of tropical storm Sendong communist guerilla are keep on espousing violence by attacking civilians and detachments. (4CMO)


Davao City exceeds tax goals in 2011 by Mai Gevera Macapagat

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he city government of Davao exceeded its tax collection target of more than P200 million for the year 2011. In yesterday’s Club 888 at Marco Polo Hotel, City Treasurer Rodrigo Riola bared that since he was seated as Treasurer, this is the first time for the city to collect this much from the different collection departments in Davao. The actual tax collection reached P4.5 billion as it maintains

to have the bulk of the collection coming from business taxes. Business taxes collected for 2011 reached P766 million, a target accomplishment rate of 111 percent. “We hope to surpass or even duplicate this amount for 2012 because the city needs money to implement some projects.” he said. Meanwhile, Business Bureau head Atty. Tristan Dwight Domingo reported that the office has accommodated 16,553 applicants for business permit renewals as of yesterday. In the previous years, the said office received up to 22,000 applications in the given period. However, with the number of applicants that have renewed more than a week before the January 20 deadline, the official projects more than applicants this year that could even Thursday, January 12, 2012

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reach up to 25,000. “We are still halfway before the deadline, but we have already been receiving this plenty.”, he said. The Business Bureau continues to urge business owners to renew their permits as early as possible so as to avoid penalties and congestion of applicants in designated paying station. Applicants for business renewals may proceed to the Sangguniang Panlungsod Office from 8 to 5 pm and up to 12 midnight on the

last day of renewal. The office has also opened a one-stop-shop for this particular transaction at the NCCC Mall, Maa. Riola on the other hand, expressed desire to have the renewal process in the district level. “ This way, we could decongest traffic and also beneficial to business owners who need not travel far just to reach the Business Bureau office and pay the necessary renewal fee.

City has relocation sites for dislocated settlers DAVAO CITY- The city government of Davao has a sizable number of relocation sites intended for the resettlement of informal settlers living in danger zones and qualified informal settlers whose houses are set for demolition by the property owners. According to Roy Ryan Rigor of the Housing and Homesite Development Office, the city has about eight relocation sites situated in the city’s second and third districts where settlers will be given a chance to resettle. The biggest relocation area is in Los Amigos in Calinan with an area of 22 hectares. The current developed area is about 13 hectares which has

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about 700 lots about 400 lots are now being occupied. According to Rigor, these resettlement sites has roads, drainage, utility connections and community facilities like multi-purpose halls, day care centers, parks, playgrounds and basketball courts. Rigor said that if the 700 lots would


be filled up, then they would start developing the other portion of the Los Amigos resettlement area. The Los Amigos relocation area will be the resettlement area of informal settlers hit by the Matina Pangi flashflood tragedy which claimed the lives of more than 30 people last June 28. Vice-President Jejomar Binay through the National Housing Authority has inked a Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of 200 houses intended for the relocation of the Matina Pangi resettlers. Rigor said that the program will be a by-phased development. The initial batch would be 50 houses and the

city government is just waiting for the release of P5-million to jumpstart the project. Other relocation areas include Tigatto, Mintal, Marapangi, Panacan, Tibungco, Lasang and Bunawan. Rigor said that the size of these areas ranges from 3 hectares to about 20 hectares. The city government is regularly updating the inventory of the lots says Rigor as some of the resettlers have left the sites. For abandoned lots, the city would initiate due process mechanisms before they can take the lot back from the beneficiaries who abandoned the sites. (RG Alama)

Uy creates body to look into by Jeanevive Abangan Pantukan landslide COMPOSTELA VALLEY - Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo T. Uy yesterday announced the creation of an investigative body to look into the underlying reasons why the recent Pantukan landslide cost so many lives despite the implementation of an ordinance on “No Habitation” in small scale mining areas.

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Uy wanted the body to act independently “because i don’t want it to become bias.” The investigating body is chaired by the Compostela Valley Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Among its members are the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 11, Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) 11, Diocese of Tagum clergy to be appointed by Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz, Department of Education (DepEd) Compostela Valley Division, Nabunturan Integrated Mining Cooperative, Provincial Board member Atty. Peter Ruwell Gonzaga and Boad Member Moran B. Takasan. Uy assured the body will observe high level of objectivity in their

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investigation, and that it would not be finding faults on anyone. “But the purpose is to know why despite the No Habitation policy marami pa ring pamilya doon,” he told the media. Uy pushed for the creation of an ordinance prohibiting residences in high risk small scale mining areas after the landslide incident in Sitio Panganason, Brgy. Kingking of Pantukan, Compostela Valley in April last year. Authored by Provincial Board Member Takasan, Provincial Ordiance 09-2011 promulgating the “No Habitation Policy” was approved by the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Compostela Valley on June 22, 2011. The ordinance also incorporated “the mining safety guidelines in geologically hazardous mining areas within the territorial jurisdiction of the province of Compostela Valley.” In its exploratory notes, the ordinance has noted the “adamant” disregard of smallscale miners to the orders of higher authorities, bringing into tragic landslide incidents their families for establishing residential houses in mine sites. It also noted that small business structures in high risk mine sites “tend to add the carrying capacity of the sites.” “Thus, there is a strong probability that imminent danger is really inevitable in terms of landslide, erosion, cave-ins


and the like,” it stated. Citing the No Habitation ordinance, Uy believed that the recent landslide in Diat Uno, Brgy. Napnapan in Pantukan “could have been prevented if the ordinance was implemented. He told the media that the SP sent copies of the ordinance to all towns in the province and that a copy of which was received by the Sangguniang Bayan of Pantukan on August 8, 2011. In a phone interview over the phone with Pantukan Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) action officer Dr. Arnulfo Lantaya said the municipal government initiated a series of dialogues with small scale miners after the Panganason incident and even enforced a “forced evacuation” in Diat areas “but people went back to the place.” Meanwhile, Uy made it clear that investigating body will not be coming up with a recommendation as to who will be made to answer the recent landslide incident. “It is up for the secretary to look at all the angles and for him

to decide of any sanction,” he said referring to Secretary Robredo of DILG. Uy admitted that the provincial government somehow fell short in following up the implementation of the No Habitation ordinance at the ground level. Citing this, he expected to know from the investigating body the shortcomings of the provincial government “We might also learn some lessons that we might be able to strengthen the No Habitation policy,” he said. However, Uy bared the inclusion of reported involvement of some local government officials among the concerns that the investigating body will be looking into. He admitted of having received a number of text messages informing him of such case, and that some barangay officials (in Napnapan) were reportedly receiving tips so undocumented mining operations in the area could go on. “There are reports like that but we can’t confirm it,” he said.

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“because I don’t want it to become bias.” -Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy explaining the need for an independent body to look into cause of the high fatalities in the Pantukan landslide Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Robredo asks LGUs’ help in implementing national programs, projects by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Interior and local government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday asked for support from local government units in the implementation of the national government programs and projects. Although he was not able to come as guest of honor during the culmination program of the 72nd Foundation Anniversary and 12th Hinugyaw Festival of Koronadal City, Robredo asked Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Affairs and Special Concerns Nariman Ambolodto to read his message to thousands of residents gathered at the South Cotabato Sports Complex for the affair. “We all hope for genuine peace and development…but the national 32

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grassroots,” he said in his message. He said provincial, municipal and even the smallest barangays,


which described as “the real instruments of change” play major role in carrying out meaningful projects that benefit their respective communities. With this as guiding principal , he said, the department has made it a goal to strengthen the capabilities of local governments and “would like to give them more freedom and power” because LGUs “know and feel the needs of their constituents. “It is the local governments that know what programs and projects would benefit their communities,” he continued. Sec. Robredo also called on LGUs to adhere to the department’s full disclosure policy be-

cause along enormous powers provided to them comes transparency and accountability, which he said is the reason they have directed all government units to post all budget, procurements, bidding processes, and other information that the public would like to access. He reminded local officials that local governments that comply with the full disclosure policy are rewarded with Seal of Good Housekeeping which is a basis for providing the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) that LGUs can use in roll out local programs and projects. LGUs may also use the PCF for the preparations against disasters

and calamities such as earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and others. “PCF radically changes the decade-old practice that LGUs that manifest gaps in the delivery of basic services should be given priority assistance,” he said. Recently, Koronadal LGU received P25 million PCF, which Mayor Peter B. Miguel said will be allocated for the rehabilitation of farm-tomarket roads. Robredo also urged local governments to create inter-LGU partnership “where rich LGUs may extend helping hands to poor LGUs.” “At the same time, neighboring LGUs can also support one another to address common problems.” He also asked them to encourage participation of the private sector and civic society organizations in local governance not only to review where government funds are allocated but also to increase legitimacy of the local government through dialogs and consensus building.

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“May you continue to ty and teamwork as we us to progress and stasupport our government journey in the matuwid ble Philippines,” he conand strengthen our uni- na daan that will bring cluded.

Breastfeeding corners in buses in Region-12 eyed by CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Buses all over the region will soon have their own designated “breastfeeding corner” in recognition of the law that upholds the right of a mother and her child to provide and be fed anytime even in transit. This is in line with Republic Act 10028 otherwise known as the “Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009” which enjoins all private institutions, government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations to put up lactation stations. The law also provides tax incentives to all private establishments and even government agencies that provide lactation corners for working mothers. According to Department of Health (DOH), RA 10028 also mandates all health and non-health facilities, establishments or institutions to designate lactation stations 34

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ment Council (RDC) 12 has passed a resolution last year “requesting the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 12 to issue a directive requiring all bus operators in Region 12 to designate a breastfeeding seat/ corner inside buses.”


The RDC-12 Social Development Committee has recommended that bus operators reserve the “third seat by the window” of the bus as breastfeeding station. Recently, the LTFRB XII, in response to the resolution, issued a directive to bus operators in the region enjoining

their compliance. The directive orders bus operators to put a “signage” on designated seats as provided by the management so that they will be exclusively “occupied by the lactating mothers.” The RDC-12 believes the move will create a “mother-baby friendly ride,” that is favorable for

both as it provides “privacy” for breastfeeding mothers to nurture their babies properly. RA 10028 also apportions 40 minutes for every 8-hour working period for nursing employees to “express milk” in addition to the regular meal time-off.

Mga magsasaka naging bahagi ng 12th Hinugyaw Festival ng Koronadal City KORONADAL CITY–- Sa pagtatapos kahapon ng ika-12th Hinugyaw Festival ng Lungsod ng Koronadal, ipinagmalaki ng mga magsasaka ng lungsod na sila ay pinahalagahan ng lokal na pamahalaan.

Sa isinagawang Farmer’s Festival, ipinamalas ng mga magsasaka ang iba pa nilang galing maliban sa pagtatanim at pag-alaga ng kanilang mga sakahan. Nagpakitang-gilas ang mga magsasaka sa pag-indak ng mga katutubong sayaw gaya ng Tinikling, Pista sa Nayon at iba pa. Nagkaroon din sila ng iba’t ibang palaro na may kinalaman sa kanilang pagsasaka.

Nagkaroon din sila ng pagkakataong maipagbili ang kanilang produktong gulay, prutas at iba pa sa mga residente at mga bisita ng lungsod sa Hinugyaw Festival. Naipaabot rin ng mga magsasaka sa pamahalaang lokal ang kanilang suliranin hinggil sa malawakang land conversion sa lungsod na anila’y naging dahilan ng pagbaba ng irrigable land at pagkawala ng lupang sakahan ng iilan.

Ang ilang magsasaka umano ay ipinagbibili ang kanilang mga lupang sakahan para sa mataas na demand sa mga lupang gagamitin bilang commercial at industrial land at dahil na rin umano sa nagtataasang presyo ng mga gamit pansakahan. Nangako naman ang pamahalaang panglungsod na kanilang titingnan ang problema ng mga magsasaka. (Ac Agad)

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