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Diversified banana farm rakes in millions for Kapalong farmers’ coop Carina L. Cayon

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Cover Story Diversified banana farm rakes in millions for Kapalong farmers’ coop by Carina L. Cayon

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XPORTING bananas is a lucrative business by itself. Yet, the AMS Employees Fresh Fruits Producers Cooperative or AMSEFFPCO does not just settle for this one venture.

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AMSEFFPCO has found ways at diversifying benefits from its banana plantation other than exporting, making it at present one of the biggest farmer cooperatives in Davao Region with over P25 million worth of current assets as reported in the coop’s financial statement for 2010. Located in Barangay Sampao, Kapalong town, the cooperative took off from its members who were once plantation workers, to the current status as members of the cooperatives and co-owners of the land they are tilling, awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. From getting its main income from export receipts, the cooperative ventured into the production of flour from banana, and the use of their manufactured organic fertilizers. Four years ago, the coop has put up its own Banana Flour Livelihood Center where its food grade banana

flour is being processed and packed with high quality and safety, best for cakes and pastries. AMSEFFPCO has also developed the bio-organic fertilizer from the wastes of the banana flour production that collects an average volume of three tons of banana peelings and stalks per day.

Banana production

Since the Department of Agrarian Reform in the region awarded the plantation to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in 2002, AMSEFFPCO has been growing exportable bananas as its main business, continuing their work when they were then workers for the corporate farm owner. Its first production reached 1,416 boxes and sold to AMS Farming Corporation at $2.15 per box. It earned them a gross income of P136,118.24.

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For the first three years, the coop collectively managed the operations of the banana plantation with the coop members as workers who were each paid a minimum daily wage. The banana production for this period was said to be sufficient, but the high cost of farm inputs and labor have brought low income for the coop. Noting the slow returns of investments, the coop adopted in 2005 the individual farming system wherein ARBs are provided an equal share of 0.73-hectare farm for them to work on. The ARBs grow and tend their own bananas in their respective farm and sell their products to the coop. The coop expanded its coverage by developing nearby farms with an aggregate area of 50 hectares in Barangay Sampao. The new area involves 25 farmer growers who are now registered as associate members of the coop. At present, AMSEFFPCO supplies for Dole Philippines at $2.94 per box, by which $0.15 share per box goes to the coop.

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Banana flour production Instead of throwing away Class “C” fresh bananas, considered reject and unqualified for export due to failure to meet standard calibration, AMSEFFPCO turned it into valuable and money-spinning enterprise, making flour out of it. The Department of Trade and Industry helped the coop test the product suitability for a baking ingredient. The flour has been tested in bakeries, and is confirmed to be 100 per cent flour, a good substitute for rice flour. AMSEFFPCO’s Musa Banana Flour has penetrated the local market, and has been adapted as Kapalong’s One Town One Product (OTOP). Presently, the coop produces five tons of the food grade banana flour and 15 tons of feed grade per month, and supplies Butuan and Manila catsup processing corporations. At a plant gate price of P15 per kilo, the food grade flour generated more than P1.5 million gross income for the coop last year. The amount also covered the income from the feed/industrial grade flour at P8 per kilo. AMSEFFPCO has put up the business through the P1 million funding under the Poverty Zone Program the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-11). The money was used to acquire its processing equipment in

2007 for feed mill. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-11) also extended technical support for the analysis and upgrading of the quality of the product. The Department of Agriculture provided funding of P1 million for upgrading technology on Banana Flour production. Barangay and municipal local governments, private firms and nongovernment organizations have also reached out to help the coop manage and operate the flour enterprise. The banana flour production livelihood has provided employment to 38 men and women including indigenous peoples’ families in the community. The workers are called peelers who remove banana peelings.

Bio-organic fertilizer

The usefulness of the banana rejects does not end from the meat being dried and powderized into banana flour. AMSEFFPCO also developed the bio-organic fertilizer from the wastes of the banana flour. According to the coop, the processing of bio-organic fertilizer and vermi composting is made up of 50% banana stalks and peels, 40% hog manure, 10% carbonized rice hulls, organic composter and enzymes as enhancer for early decomposting. Monday, January 16, 2012

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The coop produces 175 bags per heap bio-organic fertilizer at 50 kilos per bag, with three heaping per week. The bio-organic fertilizer addresses the pressing needs of the cooperative members for farm inputs in their banana plantation that requires 40 bags of fertilizer per hectare at two applications per year. The total organic fertilizer requirement per quarter reaches to 7,480 bags, and a total of almost 30,000 bags per year. AMSEFFPCO has also come up with the development of the bio-organic fertilizer in support to the government’s advocacy on wastes recycling and utilization.

Other livelihood projects The varied enterprises of the coop are not only based on its banana products, but also in consumer, oil palm trees and cassava productions, pharmacy and shop business, and a bio-organic

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vegetable production. In its oil palm production, the coop provides financial assistance to farmers with lands not suitable for banana, but viable for oil palm trees. The coop has forged a marketing tie-up with the Agusan Mill of Agusan del Sur and Kapalong Cooperative for financial assistance for this project that will involve a 50-hectare area. As of now, about 50 hectares have been developed and planted to oil palm in Sitio Marquez, Barangay Sampao and Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Mamacao. AMSEFFPCO’s bio-organic vegetable production is located at a 3,000-square meter area where flowers and vegetables grow. According to the coop’s financial statement in 2010, over P 4.4 million earning was obtained from the rice production, while about P5.6 million was gained from the agriculture supplies and materials. The cassava production earnings reached to P204,271 last year.


With its best practices and innovations the coop has become one of the agri-industrial tourism destinations in Kapalong, where visitors and business groups drop by to get a brief lecture on its business and achievement.

Effective management The coop was first managed by Rizalie Calma who is now a barangay kagawad in Barangay Sampao. At present, AMSEFFPCO is operating under manager. Sincere Casimina and chair Anselma Ronquillo with seven female and six male office staff who are all members of the cooperative. Calma has once raised the importance of consulting with the proper agencies that are knowledgeable in the agriculture and business aspects. She said that “hard-work and patience are also keys to success in every endeavor we will take.” This millionaire coop comprises of

97 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) collectively awarded with 72 hectares of agricultural land fully planted with exportable Cavendish bananas in the municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte. The land was formerly owned by the AMS Farming Corporation. The diversified business undertakings of AMSEFFPCO are a unique practice that brings in constant progress and prosperity for a farmers’ cooperative in Davao Region. The coop’s exemplary and laudable achievements in farming, entrepreneurship and ecological contributions have earned it several recognitions and awards from government agencies and private sectors. The citations include Most Outstanding Small Farmers Organization in Kapalong; Gawad Saka Award as Outstanding Small Farmers Organization of Davao del Norte; and Most Outstanding One Town One Product (OTOP), among many others.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino thanks Luen Thai CEO for ‘commitment’ to the Filipino people

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Willie Tan for his “commitment” to the Filipino people through the investments put up by his company, Luen Thai Enterprises (LTE) and Tan Holdings Corporation, in the

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In his speech keynoting the formal inauguration of D’Luxe Bags Philippines on Monday here, the President said he was “pleased” whenever discussion turned to LTE and Tan because “it was always good news.” D’Luxe Bags Philippines is part of the Luen Thai Group, one of the world’s premier apparel manufacturing companies, and manufactures and exports leather goods under the brand “Coach.” As of December 2011, D’Luxe employs 1,200 employees capable of producing 90,000 to 100,000

pieces of Coach bags a month. LTE hopes to increase production exports to US$130-million by increasing its production to five million pieces of bags a year by 2014. “Obviously before we spend some money we have to earn the money, and it is through efforts of people like Mr. Willie Tan who, I really am very glad that I met just barely two years ago, has already contributed so much to our country. He has so much commitment to the Filipino people,” the President said. He further thanked Tan for planning to expand his company’s businesses in the

Philippines in the following years such as employing “something like eventually 35,000 workers in the country” and by “expanding so much besides garments and bags… specifically in the tourism sector. As, I understand their companies are also engaged in the tourism sector. And we need all of the help that we can get,” the President continued. “There are people who are helping us achieve the production of more and more opportunities for our people. It really is imperative on us to ensure that when they leave at the end of the day, or before they sleep, that they really made the right decision in providing us these opportunities. And with that, we will proceed from success to success. We will have inclusive growth and we will be able to achieve the dreams that we all aspire to,” he added. (RCK)

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Aquino vows to get the bottom of alleged land grabbing incidents in Tarlac-PangasinanLa Union Expressway project

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III vowed on Monday to get to the bottom of the alleged land grabbing incidents concerning farmers and land owners affected by the construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway project.

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In an interview after inaugurating the D’Luxe Bags Philippines manufacturing plant here, the President said he would soon be meeting with the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Public Works and Highways as well as Justice to tell them to immediately conduct investigations on the matter. “…may meeting ako sa DAR at nakausap ko na rin ang DPWH at iba pang mga sangay ng

pamahalaan para bigyan ako ng report at nang mapa-imbestigahan natin ang alegasyon na ‘yan,” the President said. “Ang dulo po nito siguro, ang maipapangako ko, na may conclusion ‘yung imbestigasyon; may sasabihing: mayroon bang nagkamali rito? Sino ang nagkamali? Sino ba ang may ginawang mali? Kailangan mabigyan natin siguro ng kaukulang dead-

line,” he added. “So after ‘nung pagpulong ko sa DAR at DPWH, baka DOJ rin, ay mabibigyan nila ako ng idea kung kailan natin mako-conclude ang imbestigasyon na ‘yan,” the President said. TPLEX, an 88.15 kilometer, fourlane travel way, is a build-operatetransfer (BOT) project awarded thru bidding to the Private Infrastructure Development Corporation (PIDC), a consortium led by San Miguel Corp. and DMCI Holdings, Construction. When complete, it will pass through the municipalities of Victoria, Gerona, Paniqui, Moncada and San Manuel in Tarlac; Carmen, Urdaneta, Binalonan, Pozzorubio and Sison in Pangasinan; and Rosario in La Union. (RCK)

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Aquino deputizes law enforcement agencies to assist COMELEC in 2nd District of Zambales special elections

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has deputized the law enforcement agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), to assist the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in ensuring the free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible conduct of February 4, 2012 special elections for the 2nd District of Zambales following the death of 2nd District Representative Antonio Magsaysay Diaz last year.

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By virtue of Memorandum Order No. 29 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on January 9, 2012, President Aquino concurred with COMELEC Resolution No. 9312. The election body, through its Resolu-

tion No. 9312 (s. 2011), resolved to request the concurrence of the President in the deputation of law enforcement agencies and other instrumentalities of the government in connection with the February 4, 2012 special elections in Zambales. The Chief Executive, likewise, directed the law enforcement agencies and other concerned agencies to coordinate and cooperate with the COMELEC in the performance of their duties and functions. The MO

shall take effect immediately. The Comelec has set the second district congressional special elections on February 4, 2012 to fill up the vacant position left by 2nd District Rep. Diaz who died on August 3, 2011. The late congressman was a nephew of former President Ramon Magsaysay. The election body announced the enforcement of gun ban in Olongapo City and 13 other towns in Zambales for the start of the special elections in the second district of the province. The COMELEC guidelines said any private individual, incumbent officials or political candidates are prohibited to carry firearms or hire armed personnel during the congressional election. Campaign period is set on January 19 to February 2 of this year. (JS)

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Gov RDR sees need of risk awareness in communities by Jeanevive Abangan

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rovincial Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario sees the need for more training and dialogue with people in communities to prevent “unnecessary incident” from happening. Speaking in this morning’s Monday Convocation, Del Rosario was referring to the circumstances leading to the death of one Bernardino Elle, 17 years old of Purok 7, San Miguel, Tagum City during the flashflood which occured last Sunday (Jan. 15). Reading the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Division (PDRMMD), del Rosario

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said Elle got drowned while trying to get some floating coconuts that went with the current of floodwaters. In a separate interview, Tagum City DRRMC action officer Albert Angco explained that Elle intentionally went to the river dike in Purok 8 (Brgy. San Miguel) identified as a flood-prone area to gather floating coconuts along with two other friends. Through the barangay captain of San Miguel, Angco had already enforced pre-emptive evacuation, on Saturday morning, asking all residents of puroks 8, 9, 10 to move out because huge volume of floodwaters coming from upstream Saug and Libogonan rivers was expected to flow down. Angco said residents were already evacuated to from Purok when Elle along with his friends ventured along the river dike in the area while floodwaters were rampaging through. Citing that incident, Angco is asking residents especially in identified hazard-prone areas to seriously take heed of calls of barangays captains


with home local disaster risk reduction management offices are coordinating with. “Kung unsa unta ang advisory, maoy sundon. Para man na sa kaayuhan nato.” (We should follow advisory because that is for our own good.) he said in a phone interview. Despite the incident Angco said DRMMC of Tagum City made successes in its disaster preparation saying his team rescued only 17 individuals in the recent flood incident compared with 168 in late December last year. He said the pre-emptive evacuation orders imposed down to the barangay levels made a difference. Davao del Norte PDRRMC action officer Sonio Sanchez looked at the incident as isolated saying action officers did pre-emptive evacuation. Citing the incident, Sonio was looking at the possibility of taking on a policy of condoning off evacuated hazard-prone areas to prevent anyone from entering such place and risk their lives. Sonio also consider the need for communities to fully understand global warming and climate change and how these weather conditions are bringing hazards to their lives they’ve not expected to come before. “Tudluan nato sila nga kung may simptoma na sa baha, dapat pre-emptive evacuation na.” (Let’s teach them whenever they notice symptoms of flood, they should do

pre-emptive evacuation.) he said. Sonio is also thinking of integrating disaster consciousness among families in training barangay to handle incident command system. He deems it important for families to have a grab kit, containing essential needs, that they can grab immediately when disaster strikes. Meanwhile, PDRRMC advises motorists to Davao City to take the Maharlika Bridge because the Miranda Bridge in Brgy. Bincungan, Tagum City has been closed. As of 1:20 p.m. report of PDRRMC said that roads going to Busaon and Libuganon areas in Tagum City “are no longer passable to vehicles as floodwaters rise up to eight feet,” but the situation is being closely monitored by rescue teams of Tagum City. Other flooded bridges were Pagsabangan and San Miguel, preventing light vehicles going to Asuncion town from passing through, while roads going to B.E. Dujali and Sto. Toma via San Miguel Bridge in Tagum City currently get submerged in floodwater. Davao del Norte PDRRMC reported 5,731 families are being affected in the recent rush of floodwaters in the 29 barangays of Kapalong, Asuncion, Carmen, New Corella, and Sto. Tomas towns and in the city Tagum. Monday, January 16, 2012

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2 Davao Start-ups goes to Silicon Valley by Mai Gevera Macapagat

DAVAO CITY – Davao City ’s entries for the ON3 Pitching Competition, Piclyf and Radgreen Solutions won as the two of the three Grand Prize winners who will be brought to Silicon Valley for a three-month exposure, immersion, and funding mission.

ICT Davao President Bert Barriga announced this earlier today as both entries landed at the top spot and bested all the other startup companies from other parts of the country. The competition was aimed to look for potential ideas generated from the in-

novative minds of Filipinos that can be developed for introduction to the global markets. The ON3 Pitching is organized by the Science and Technology Advisory Council of Silicon Valley (STAC-SV). Piclyf, created by Eric Su, is a new social network site wherein you use pictures to chronicle your life, or in short, a picture diary. It is fully loaded with the features such as earning badges, following your friends, tagging, and a whole lot more. Radgreen Solutions, represented by Ricky Dayot, introduces a new technology to help alleviate climate change: The Pyroclave. It is a no-burn waste processor for infectious and hazardous wastes. The Pyroclave technology utilizes the “Hydroburn” procedure, which enables production of intense amounts of heat at a lower cost, thus making it economical and environment-friendly. Both Piclyf and Radgreen Solutions were the semi-finalists in the Mindanao Leg and were subsidized by the DOST XI to the ON3 Pitching Competition Finals at the SMX Convention Center in Manila last July 30, 2011.

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A job-seeker is all smiles during the interview done during the Job Fair, one of the components of the 3-in-1 Public Service Year 4 in time of the 27th birthday of Tagum City Councilor De Carlo “Oyo” L. Uy last January 12, 2012 held at Tagum Cultural and Trade Center Pavilion. 18

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Photo Release

Sarangani town’s leaders vow to maintain peace and order MAASIM, Sarangani - Former Board Member Art Lawa (center) and Mayor Jose Zamorro (in blue shirt) appear before the public after a meeting Wednesday, January 11. A day earlier, Lawa, who is contesting the post of Zamorro, arrived in Maasim to follow up his several motions for execution at the local Commission on Elections (Comelec) office. Lawa and Zamorro vowed to maintain the peace and order as they agreed to wait for the Comelec’s official written order. (/Abner Arzaga) Monday, January 16, 2012

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MinDA calls to strengthen Mindanao LGU’s risk management capacities GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Local Government Units (LGUs) in Mindanao need to scale up its disaster risk management capacities in light of occurrence of series of natural calamities that struck the island’s danger prone areas.

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) recently convened recently concerned agencies to come up with programs to strengthen the capacities of Mindanao LGUs in disaster

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preparedness and response to avoid a repeat of loss of lives resulting from the recent spate of natural disasters that hit Mindanao. MinDA chair Luwalhati R. Antonino initiated dis-

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cussions on the current capability of Mindanao’s local government units to interpret information, anticipate needs, and prepare against natural disasters and manage risks.


“What I’d like to see is for us to map out a program of what needs t be done and coordinate to help the LGU’s in their efforts of prevention, mitigation, and adaptation,” Antonino said. She stressed that some local officials may lack technical expertise in interpreting weather data and warnings. “There is a need to ‘wake up’ local chief executives, but we have to assist them. It’s not just preparedness, but also looking into the causes and what we can do now.” Director Ronald Flores, executive officer of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) pointed out that more than response, rehabilitation, and recovery, the LGU risk management focus must now be more inclined to prevention, preparedness, and mitigation, such as in foreign countries like Japan. Flores said that while LGU’s have their contingency plan, some of them are wanting in the aspect of implementation. Thus, there is a

need to take stock of the level of preparedness of the LGU’s being the primary disaster managers. Dr. Marquiesa Reyes, also of OCD central office, noted that geohazard mapping is just the first step, stressing the importance of identifying current areas of vulnerability and the adverse effects of tropical storms. She further noted that more important in the planning is to focus on increasing resilience of settlements and the people against effects of natural calamities. The inter-agency body agreed on building and sharing accurate and updated data, particularly 3-D maps using LIDAR technology, including a protocol of analysis of data, for circulation to all local government units. Antonino emphasized the need for a more intensive information and education campaign among the LGU’s on interpretation of storm signals and information on what authorities need

to do to prepare against such calamities. She cited the existing program of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as a basis and called on the involvement of more agencies. The coordination meeting was also held as part of the validation of activities under the “MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters” program of MinDA, a river-basin and watershed management program that also seeks to institutionalize the LGUs capacity building and strengthen their planning capabilities on environmental sustainability. Among the agencies involved include OCD, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). (DED/PIA12/MinDA)

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Anti Trafficking Task Force extends help for reintegration of trafficked persons by Olive Sudaria KORONADAL CITY – The Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Trafficking (RIACAT) in Region 12 extended a total of P298,000 assistance to trafficked in persons (TIPs) in 2011 through the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 12. DSWD 12 Social Technology Unit head Amina Dataya said aside from the psychosocial services extended to all the 109 TIP victims-survivors, P200,000 out of the P298,000 aid was given to 20 recipients for livelihood/employment assistance; P90,000 to 12 recipients for skills training assistance and P24,000 or P8,000 financial aid

to each of the three victims. In addition to the RIACAT’s efforts, Dataya continued, the local government units have their own anti-human trafficking initiatives like Tacurong City which rescued eight TIPs and General Santos City which saved 30 TIPs. Dataya said RIACAT conducted various activi-

ties to strengthen its anti-human trafficking drive such as advocacy campaigns, training on psychosocial recovery, case managements, adopting the national referral system for the recovery and reintegration of trafficked persons, management of information system, shelter for trafficked persons and the establishment of helpline.

Thousands of Cotabato children benefit from “Handog Tsinelas” by Pops Gumana-Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY -– Thousands of children from the different municipalities of Cotabato province received pairs of slippers from the “Handog Tsinelas” program of Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza. 22

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On Wednesday, more than two thousand elementary pupils in Poblacion, Carmen accepted their late Christmas presents through brand new pairs of colorful slippers. “Handog Tsinelas” has given away a total of 2,191 pairs of slippers to 798 pupils from Northwest Elementary School (NES) and 1,393 pupils from Carmen Central Elementary School (CCES), according to a report from the provincial government of Cotabato. The program is a late Christmas gift-giving from the provincial government with a purpose of not only handing out foot wears to children, but to cheer and give joy to the residents as well. In the municipality of Antipas, 261 slippers were given away to children of Barangay Canaan while 258 senior citizens and other barangay residents were given goods such as rice and medicines. Late last month, the governor personally handed presents to more

than 500 children in Barangay Sibsib in Tulunan Municipality. Each child was able to bring home a gift pack and a pair of slippers as a Christmas gift. In barangay New Panay, Pigcawayan, more than 300 kids also received wrapped gifts and slippers from the provincial government; while bags of rice, variety of medicines, caps and calendars were also given to adult residents including senior citizens. Meanwhile, the governor also led the distribution of gifts and

75% of residents who were in attendance were entertained by the exciting activities lined-up by the provincial government. “This is just part of our commitment in pursuing a sound program for children where every child is treated equal,” the Local Government of Cotabato province quoted the governor as saying Thousands more slippers, donated by the provincial government and partners from the private sector, are expected to be given away to children in the next

handed rice, medicines, slippers, calendars and hats to children and adults in Libo-o, Mlang More than 300 children ages 3-12 years old, and an estimated

visit of the governor to other barangays in the province. (PGFruylan/ PIA-Gensan with reports from LGU Cotabato province)

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OWWA-Caraga offers reintegration program to OFWs by Robert E. Roperos

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he Regional Office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Caraga Region continuous to offer reintegration program to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region.

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In a radio interview this morning, Ms. Annette Lovete of OWWA-Caraga pointed out that OFWs who are members of OWWA can avail of a loan assistance to be used for investing business. Lovete added the livelihood loan program is open for both active OFWs and those who were former OFWs but has been active members of OWWA. She said if they have at least one membership with OWWA, they can already avail of the program. The program allows the qualified OFW applicants to a minimum of P300,000 an maximum of P2 million. “Thus, with this amount, they (OFW) can really start their business or livelihood,” Lovete said. The official further said the interest rate is only 7.5 percent per annum.

“This is lower compared to other finance institutions offering same program,” Lovete added. Lovete stressed applicants should undergo Enterprise Development Training (EDT) and after the training, OWWA endorsed the applicants to its partner state banks: Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development bank of the Philippines (DBP) to ensure that the money borrowed will be used as what it is intended. “The three-day EDT gives inputs to the applicants on values reintegration, financial literacy and how to handle business before the application will be granted,” she said. Lovete also said OWWA will conduct constant monitoring of the business activities undertaken by the grantees to know whether or not the livelihood has helped them improved their lives, and to ensure that they can pay the money they borrowed plus the interest through their improved income. The OWWA official explained further that the approving bank will really

have to scrutinize the selection process to ensure that the grantee will succeed in whatever business or livelihood they will establish. She said one of the requirements of the applicants is to submit a project proposal. With this proposal, the OWWA and the approving banks will conduct meticulous process before they will approve the application. With this, Lovete said there is no reason why the grantees cannot pay the money they borrowed as well as the interest because the approving authorities should see to it that the project proposal submitted will be feasible, aside from assuring that the applicant is ready and has the capacity to pay his financial obligations. To date, the official said since the program is being newly-introduced here, OFWs in the region are just starting to avail of the program. She said as per information from LBP, an application from an OFW of this city has just approved and will be granted some P2 million for the establishment of sand and gravel business.

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PNP entrance, promotional exams go online by Nora CL Molde

BUTUAN CITY – Online application will soon be available for those who are already in the police service (promotional) and for those aspiring to enter the Philippine National Police (PNP) entrance examinations. National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) regional director Atty. Remeneo Valenzuela said their agency has adopted and will implement changes in the procedures of the entrance examinations application this year. According to Valenzuela, 26

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their agency will no longer issue application forms to interested individuals instead they are directed to visit their website at www.napolcom.gov.ph and fill-up the application form online. The applicants will then receive a letter reply and said document will then be

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presented to the NAPOLCOM office personally for proper verification and evaluation. Once said documents are verified and evaluated and applicants are found qualified, the commission will then approve their application. Online scheduling will


be available on February 1 up to 13 and the examination schedule will be on the month of April, this year. Meanwhile, PNP Caraga regional office is now open for attrition quota for

Police Officer I (PO1) for CY 2012 in addition to their regular recruitment program for this year. All interested applicants may call at (085) 8153325; 815-1668; 342-4570

or visit their Public Information Office and/or look for SPO3 Nilo Dela Calzada of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (R1) for more details.

CBMEG helps ensure DA-MRDP Projects sustainable by Aurell P. Arais

BUTUAN CITY – “Monitoring is vital for the sustainability of a project.”

Mayor Leo Navarro of Marihatag, Surigao del Sur said this during the Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation Group Training of the Department of Agriculture -Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) held recently in the said town. He said that in the past, numerous proj-

ects from the government, after it has been transferred to the recipients just die down due to different contributing factors. “Daghan mga proyekto nga dili mulahutay, lain-lain ang mga rason pero kung atong iksamenon ug maayo, kulang sa monitoring ang nag-unang rason

(Various projects will not sustain due to different reasons but if we look at it closer, lack of monitoring is the very first reason),” he said. Navarro lauded MRDP in coming up with a scheme that gives monitoring and evaluation a priority. To ensure sustainability, the Natural

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Resource Management; Monitoring and Evaluation and Info-Ace components of MRDP from Program Support Office in Davao City and Regional Program Coordinating Office (RPCO) based in the Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture in Butuan City jointly conducted the CBMEG training. Participants of the training were the chairmen and members of different peoples’ organizations and their respective barangay officials and counterparts 28

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from Marihatag LGU. CBMEG is a body to be created through a barangay ordinance and has been tasked to monitor and evaluate MRDP projects within its community and submit monitoring and evaluation reports to the municipal level for proper action if deemed necessary in case of eventualities on the projects. Marihatag is a recipient of Global Equity Fund (GEF) with particular subprojects called On the Ground Investments (OGI) such as

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river bank stabilization, agroforestry and its livelihood component called Sustainable Income Generating Activities (SIGA). It is also a recipient of Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) and Rural Infrastructure (RI). RPCO focal person Eliseo Tila revealed that Marihatag is one of most active MRDP-LGUs enrolled in terms of project implementation performance. (RAFID DA-Caraga)


DOLE-IX earmarks P19M SPES fund for 2012 by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-IX disclosed this week that P19,088,000 has been earmarked for Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) for calendar year 2012. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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This fund will be used to pay the 40 percent subsidy for the wages of students who are hired by establishments, local government units (LGUs) and other agencies that serve as DOLE’s partners in the implementation of said program. The fund allocation for each DOLE field office is as fol

lows: Isabela City – P572,640; Zamboanga City – P3,244,960; Zamboanga del Norte – P5,344,640; Zamboanga del Sur – 5,344,640; and Zamboanga Sibugay – P4,681,120. SPES provides employment opportunities to poor students to enable them to raise money to support their studies.

Under this program 60 percent of the student’s salary shall be paid by his employer and the remaining 40 percent will be subsidized by DOLE. Each student is entitled to work for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 52 days. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

Bayog peace and order council convenes, tackles IPSP by Bernadine A. Gabawan

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – As the new year starts and to give emphasis on its peace and order situation, Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) of Bayog, this province convened on Wednesday, January 11 at Glupa Gulian Agro-Tourism Park, Sitio Quibranza, Barangay Kahayagan, this municipality. Mayor Leonardo Babasa, Jr. gave his welcome message to some 73 participants composed of the council’s regular members, local government employees and some invited local residents. Also present are Col. Gerardo Barrientos, Brigade Commander, 53rd IB, Philippine Army and Lt.Col. Nasser Pendatun, Battalion Commander 53rd IB,PA and men.

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Using a power point presentation, Lt.Col Pendatun presented the Armed Forces of the Philippines Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) code name “Bayanihan.” After his presentation, he urged the participants to work hand in hand to attain real peace in the local-

ity and in our country as well. During the meeting, the most significant concern brought out to the council members is the reported citings of New People’s Army (NPA) in some barangays of the municipality. The barangay chairmen concern expressed fears of infiltration by

these elements in their respective areas. The army official assured the barangay chairmen that they will check and verify their complaint and act on it as soon as possible, infact after the meeting army personnel immediately visited the affected areas. (NBE/ BAG/CAL/PIA9)

Muslim village receives P5-M projects

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ZAMBOANGA CITY Coastal and Muslim inhabited village Taluksangay of the city’s east coast received this week various infrastructure projects totaling to P5.7 million. City Information Officer Sheila Covarrubias said Taluksangay barangay council along with education officials formally received the 2-storey 6 classroom building constructed at the Taluksangay Elementary School and the day care center and fence facility at the Taluksangay baramgay hall during an inauguration ceremony held over

the weekdays. Mayor Celso Lobregat lead the unveiling of the said projects. “The projects that were inaugurated form part of Mayor Lobregat’s strong resolve to accelerate the delivery of services in the barangays by infusing funds for various infrastructure projects,” Covarrubias said. Taluksangay barangay chairman and Coun-

cilor Abdurahman Nuño said the infrastructure projects will sure benefit not only the people in the area but its neighboring barangays as well. Nuño also cited the architectural design of both the school building and the day care center as sensitive enough to show its intent of preserving the Muslim culture of the barangay. (JPA / PIA ZBST)

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Families affected by Sendong to be given housing assistance by Jumalyn J. Picato

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ome 29,536 families who were displaced/affected by tropical storm ‘Sendong’ in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro will benefit from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council - National Housing Authority (HUDCC-NHA) permanent housing assistance. Froilan R. Kampitan, assistant Shelter Cluster Summit held in Grand general manager, HUDCC-NHA, Caprice, Limketkai Center, recently. revealed this during the National Vice President Jejomar Binay 32

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said not only families whose houses that have been totally damaged will be relocated but also residents residing in danger zone areas. Through the use of market segmentation, the HUDCC-NHA, in collaboration with the DSWD, will finalize the segmentation of beneficiaries, where a total number of formal and informal sectors will be identified if they are currently living in dangerous or non-dangerous areas. Victims that will be included in the list of informal sectors are those temporarily residing in evacuation centers (ECs) where the DSWD has data and those living outside the ECs but still are affected by Sendong. On the other hand, formal sectors will be recognized by HUDCC-NHA with the help of the

Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and the Social Security System, Secretary Dinky Soliman of DSWD said. Soliman added that the DSWD will also be putting up grievance (Reklamo) desk in all evacuation centers which will be made up of multi-sectoral groups, non-government organizations (NGOs), peoples organizations (POs), and assisted by the local government unit. The permanent housing project of sustainable communities comprises of health center, school building, police outpost, wet market, multi-purpose covered court, and material recovery facilities. Meanwhile, in an assessment report gathered by Secretary Robredo, DILG has identified some six nonlivable areas in Cagayan de Oro City and another 16 in Iligan City.

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Lanao del Norte lass bags Sinulog Queen 4th Runner-up crown by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – Reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte Angel Lou Pates was declared 4th Runner-up in the recently concluded Search for Sinulog Festival Queen The well-attended competition was held at the Abellana National School in Cebu City yesterday, January 13. The 20-year old lead dancer from the capital town of Tubod impressed the judges with her graceful dance moves and poise under pressure despite being a firsttimer in the festival pageant. The Lanao del Norte candidate performed flawlessly with dancers from the Land of Beauty and Bounty during a three-minute Sinulog dance routine. The Festival Queen candidates were also required to do a one-minute solo performance during the competition donning on her festival costume. “I was really overwhelmed with the kind of support that I got from the other members of the contingent and from the officials of our province especially Gov. Khalid Dimaporo. I will never forget this experience”, Pates expressed. The search of Festival Queen 2012 is one of the highlights of the annual 34

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celebration of Cebu’s Sinulog Festival. A pre-pageant activity happened earlier at SM City North Wing which included a fashion show of the 14 contestants from the Visayas and Mindanao in their ornate festival costumes. The Lanao del Norte representative is a student of MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology taking up B.S. Biology. Other winners were Apriel Smith crowned as this year’s Festival Queen, Nerissa Modesto (1st runner- up) of Tanauan, Leyte; Conchitina Cleofe Yu (2nd runner-up) of Alang-alang, Leyte; and Shekina Rose Lasola (3rd runner-up) of Dumaguete City. (PIO-LDN)


NPA leader, two other rebels surrender by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Three more New People’s Army (NPA) rebels surrendered to the government on January 6 at around 10:30 a.m., thru the army’s 8th Infantry Battalion (8th IB) under Lt. Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, Commanding Officer, based in Maramag, Bukidnon. Lt. Jeorge Jallorina, 8th IB Spokesperson, said the three who belong to the ‘Sangay sa Partido Pampropaganda 3, Guerilla Front 6 (SPP3, GF6) operating in San Fernando, Bukidnon, were Nelio Padao alias ‘Raymond,’ Judy Padao alias ‘Renan’, and Tenoy Sabuan a.k.a ‘Basag’. Two of them have reportedly served the organization for several years, while Judy Padao served for three months only. In a press statement, Nelio Padao, 27, identified as Squad Leader under Ernesto ‘Boyboy’ Roa Command of the Communist Party of the Philippines/ New People’s Army/National Democratic Front-GF6 (CPP/NPA/NDF-GF6), said they decided to lay down their arms and go back to the mainstream of society because of the hardships they experienced in the mountains and disappointments with the cause. They brought with them three high-powered firearms and ammunition. Hon. Florencio Flores, Jr., Bukidnon 2nd District Representative and Governor Alex Calingasan, meanwhile, held a brief welcome ceremony at the provincial governor’s office. It can be recalled that on November 15, 2011, eighty (80) Communist Terrorists (CTs) and Militia ng Bayan (MBs), led by

Bejamin Salusad alias “Nonong”, also surrendered to 8th Infantry Battalion bringing along with them 25 assorted high-powered firearms. The governor also expressed hope that with this development, the rebel returnees could help identify other NPA members or even convince the same to surrender, too. The rebel returnees will receive financial and livelihood assistance from the province through its local integration program, while other benefits and privileges will still be determined by the Joint Validation and Authentication Committee (JVAC). Col. Romeo Gapuz, the Army’s 403rd Brigade Commander, here, welcomed the three NPA rebels who recently surrendered, citing that sociopolitical disparities can be achieved through peaceful means.

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