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

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

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

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

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

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

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

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

Cover Story

Value adding the coco product in DavOr Mai Gevera-Macapagat

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Cover Story Value adding the coco product in DavOr by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

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he coconut capital of Mindanao , Davao Oriental, cannot just forever stay as a copra capital. Industry leaders and even farmers felt that there is more to coconut rather it being a copra product.

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Farmers were pushed to the wall and thought of alternatives after copra prices dropped to a record low of P5.00 per kilo in 2006. Coco by-product processing plants then started to crop up in the province. Farmers researched about coco coir and peat products as these had high demand in the export market. Resulting from the 1st National Coco Coir Summit in March 2011, coir processing plants started to operate all over the province where baled coir fibers are being produced and sold to institutional buyers and exporters in Davao and Manila. Davao Oriental Trade and Industry head Belenda Ambi said many family members of the coconut farmers have benefited from the value adding of the said crop. Processed coco coir fibers are made into twines and geonets that found market in China and

other countries abroad. One of the initiatives of DYI Davao Oriental was the Coco Coir Twining Project which served as a convergence of various services need to complete the entire process of coir processing. Acting as the consolidator of twine hanks is the Mati Cocofiber Technology (MCT). It then provides coir fibers to two twining communities in Maitom and Calamansi. These coco fibers or twine hanks are then bought by Regwill Industries Inc. Through the facilitation of DTI, the Regwill Industries provided the needed trainings on hanks twining and weaving to the farmers and their family members. Seeing the importance of convergence that is initiated by a government office, other communities have started embracing this new value adding livelihood. Data showed that there are already seven twining communities

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assisted by DTI in the said province. The office has also recorded about 169 coco twine weavers who have alleviated their income from twine weaving. DTI then reported $2.529 million sales in coco coir and peat production. this contributes as 85 percent of the total $2.975 million export sales for the year. There are five major industry players in the province that have contributed to the generated export sales of coco value added product. These companies are the Mati Cocofiber Technology, Mati Peat Top Corporation, Fiber Technology Expert, the Yiwu Husk Factory , and the Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprise Inc. “ We are not satisfied when we are tagged as the biggest coco producer in the country. Last year, we strengthened promotion to invite investors to go on value adding of coco.�, Ambi said. DTI revealed six more coco husk processing projects are set to start operation this year. These are the Althan Coco Fiber and Emerson Lim Coco Coir Processing Plant in Manay, a locally-owned coir and peat processing 6

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plant in Baganga, another processing plant in Governor Generoso, and two branches of Davao Oriental Coco Husk Social Enterprise Inc in Gov. Generoso and Cateel. All these new addition in the family of the coco industry are expected to contribute significant increases in the domestic and export sales of coco and its value-added products. These coco products, being the One-Town-One-Product of Davao Oriental, have found export market through participation in trade fairs. The DTI and the local government both see to it that after products get help in packaging and design development, they are assisted to get matched with buyers and investors. These products are often brought to national trade fairs and exhibits to find bigger opportunity for export market exposure. Data showed that the industry generated P2.46 million this year from trade fair sales which include cash and booked orders. Aside from joining trade fairs, the

industry members have also enjoyed market matching and linkage activities initiated by DTI. Last year, the province generated P49.369 million in its effort done through market matching. It also resulted to 25 new buyer-supplier linkages forged that benefitted 16 local MSMEs. They were linked with 21 institutional buyers from Davao , Cebu, and Manila. With the increasing number of coco processing plants coming in the province, industry players together with the local government are bent to go full blast in coco production this year. The provincial government poured in P4 million budget as its support to the coco industry. The money will be used in consolidated projects of other government agencies like the Philippine Coconut Authority and the Department of Labor and Employment that are aimed at uplifting the lives of the coco farmers.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino receives US senators in Malacanang

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ormer United States presidential aspirant Sen. John McCain, together with three other American senators, paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang Tuesday night.

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Other members of the US Senate who met with the President include Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Kelly Ayotte. McCain, Lieberman and Ayotte are all members of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. Last week, the President also met several members of the US Congress who arrived in the Philippines. In a press statement released Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the visiting US congressmen expressed their confidence in the reform agenda of the Aquino administration. Lacierda said the Aquino government will continue with its thrust to curb corruption, f i g h t

poverty, and promote good governance in the country. With the administration’s achievements in the past one and a half years, Lacierda said these indicate forthcoming changes that will continue in the coming years. McCain, a former prisoner of war, served as a naval aviator during the Vietnam War. He was first elected to the US House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and led the fight to eliminate wasteful government spending, and spearheaded the strengthening of the US armed forces. He currently serves on the following Senate Committees during the 112th Congress: Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee; Com-

mittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Committee on Indian Affairs. McCain lost his campaign against Barack Obama in the 2008 US presidential election. Lieberman, on the other hand, has been in the US Senate for more than 20 years championing environmental issues. Lieberman is best known for his Democratic vice presidential run in 2000. He is a strong advocate for investing in American public schools, empowering parents, and challenging all students to meet higher academic standards. Regardless of income, Lieberman helped students go to college and develop the skills they need to succeed in the global economy. He also works to expand quality and affordable healthcare to all Americans and to safeguard Medicare and Social Security for future generations of Americans. (AS)

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Judicial reform funds wasted – Lacierda

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residential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda believes Supreme Court Chief Justice “wasted” a loan given by the World Bank for judicial reforms, saying the funds were used for personal excesses. The World Bank said on Tuesday that it had issued an aide memoire detailing “ineligible expenditures” found in the disbursement of the $24.4-million loan to fund judiciary upgrades found in the Judicial Reform Support Project. Lacierda said the aide memoire was proof that the loan was misused. “While the Chief Justice and his spokesman plead ignorance, the document is the surest evidence that funds meant for judicial reforms were wasted: and in the process, basic rules of good g ove r-

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nance were ignored,” Lacierda said. “The findings are as scandalous as they are shocking. The Chief Justice used judicial reform funds as a personal piggybank to fund travel, gifts, dining, and recreation; the Court Administrator who reports directly to the Chief Justice violated basic government rules by being the proponent, approver, and head of bidding for his own proposed expenses and acquisitions,” he added. According to Lacierda, the purpose of the Judicial Reform Support Project (JRSP) is to support the develop-

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ment of a more effective and accessible judicial system that would foster public trust and confidence. “Specifically the project would strengthen the Philippine court system by making the judicial process more efficient, timely and predictable,” Lacierda said. “The Project would also contribute to the refinement of further reforms in the Philippine judicial system as a whole and deepen community and government support for such reforms,” he added. (RCK)


Malacanang says Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra’s official visit aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation

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he strengthening of bilateral cooperation in all aspects of mutual interest to both the Philippines and Thailand will be the main focus of the discussion when Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra meets President Benigno S. Aquino III during her official visit to the country on Thursday (January 19), a Palace official said on Wednesday. The visit of Prime Minister (PM) Shinawatra aims to further strengthen the Philippines’ deep and strong bilateral relations with Thailand, according to Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday. “There will be a bilateral discussion with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the topics to be discussed will be cooperation on energy, agriculture, defense,

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culture, education, combating drug trafficking, and disaster risk reduction and management, among others,” Lacierda said. President Aquino III will meet with the Thai prime minister and discuss ways to further strengthen the implementation of existing cooperation in the areas of energy, agriculture, defense, culture, education, combating drug trafficking, and disaster risk reduction and management, among others. They will share perspec-

tives on significant developments in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including the issue of the West Philippine Sea (WPS). The President will host a luncheon in honor of the visiting leader after the meeting in Malacanang. The visit is one of the highlights of the 63rd anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Thailand, which is being commemorated this year. (JS)

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OWWA-Caraga reports OFWs’ problems by Robert E. Roperos

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n official of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Caraga Region said the most common problem of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region is the non-remittance of salary to their family.

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According to Ms. Annette Lovete, OWWACaraga has already entertained number of cases of those OFWs who are not remitting or even abandoned their family here. She also said some of the family members who came to their office claimed that they were not able to contact and worst is they don’t know the whereabouts of their loved ones abroad. However, Lovete said whereabouts of these OFWs can still be traced because of the membership data system implemented by OWWA. With this, the official said family members must coordinate with OWWA for assistance on this mat-

ter. She added they must bring pertinent documents signifying the authenticity of the employment of the OFWs, as well as proofs that they are really relatives of the OFWs. Lovete also reported cases involving OFWs who are suffering from illness abroad where the family asked assistance from OWWA for the immediate medical treatment or even immediate repatriation here in the country. Same with OFWs who died abroad, OWWA finds way to repatriate the dead body by all means, Lovete said. It can be recalled that OWWA-Caraga has extended assistance to

a female OFW from Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur who died on August 15, 2011 in Kuwait, by repatriating her body until it was brought to her hometown for burial. Allegedly, she jumped on the sixth floor of the building where she was working as a receptionist. With this development, the official urged families of OFWs in the region to contact the OWWA-Caraga should they experience problems. The move of OWWA-Caraga signifies good governance and supports the Human Development program as highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan of the Aquino Administration.

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Cebu-Bislig-Cebu flight to start on February 20 by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BISLIG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- The Mid-Sea Express is set to start its regular Cebu-Bislig-Cebu flight on February 20. The said flight is scheduled every Monday and Thursday.

Bislig City Information Officer Carlito Abar recently said this development will put the city in limelight being one of the original cities in Caraga Region. Accordingly, the Cebu-Bislig flight on February 20 will leave Cebu at 6:30am, while the esti14

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mated time of arrival in Bislig City is 7:30 a.m. Estimated time of departure from Bislig is 8:00 a.m., and estimated time of arrival in Cebu is 8:50 a.m. Regular fare is P2,800 while round trip fare is only P4,800. The promo fare takes effect

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from February 1 to March 15, 2012 with its lowest fare at P2,200. For more information, contact the City Tourism Office at City Hall Building, Poblacion Bislig City or contact this landline numbers (086) 853-6282112.


DILG-Caraga to conduct Business Planning Workshop for LGUs by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY - The Regional Office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Caraga, in partnership with the Local Government Academy and Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo, will conduct a Business Planning Workshop on January 18-19, 2012 at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. Some 15 local government units are expected to participate in the said training, which will be attended by City/Municipal Economic Enterprises Development Officers, City/ Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, City/Municipal Accountants, Sangguniang Panlungsod Chairpersons of the Committee on Trade and Commerce and City / Municipal Local Government Operations Officers.

DILG Regional Director Atty. Rene K. Burdeos said that the workshop aims to assist the LGUs’ economic enterprises through the significant inputs to be given by speakers. This will help bridge gaps relative to management and development of their respective entrepreneurial activities. He also said that the workshop will stress the importance and purpose of a business plan and will be an eye opener for LGUs to

identify new business opportunities which will best suit them. Lowell C. Brillante, economic enterprise manager of Tagum City, will share the City’s Best Practice on LGU Eco Enterprise Practices to inspire LGUs of Caraga Region. At the end of the workshop, the participants are expected to craft and present action plans for the development of their economic activities.

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Helping kids with cancer thru Philhealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

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Such is the Philhealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope, the highlight of the agency’s 17th anniversary celebration, to be held on February 5, 5 am at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. The Run for Hope is aimed at helping ‘Kids of Hope’ or kids afflicted with cancer admitted in Davao Medical Center, the only tertiary hospital capable of multidisciplinary care for children with cancer. Although based in Davao, the program caters to all children from Mindanao and beyond, who, at their tender age, are beset with a very tough test. The need to extend help to these kids was magnified by data from Cancer Warrior Foundation Executive Director James Auste saying 2,500 out of the 3,500 children diagnosed with cancer die prematurely due to lack of money to buy their medical needs. Auste furthered that there is only a

20% survival rate here in the Philippines compared to 80% in developed countries due to expensive treatments and medicine, and the lack of pediatric cancer facilities in the country. Being the country’s health insurance institution, Philhealth plays a vital part in the battle against cancer but they admit that while it is true that they provide benefits for cancer patients, long term medication and actual cost of medicines, laboratory examinations and treatment procedures limit the support value it offers. Thus, Philhealth, in partnership with private and other government organizations, is conducting the Run for Hope to build awareness and raise funds for the Kids of Hope. This activity will bridge the provision of financial assistance to the kids, and to six other local beneficiaries across Mindanao. PhilHealth Run also aims to educate the public that childhood cancer is

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a curable disease while encouraging multi-sectoral cooperation among public and private individuals and institutions to improve, expand and equip the beneficiaries with better resources. Philhealth Run will be simultaneously conducted in other parts of Mindanao like Butuan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Koronadal City, Marawi City, and here. Philhealth IX is targeting 2,500 runners to participate in this run-fora-cause tapping all stakeholders and all sectors to join the activity. In support to this, Civil Service Commission IX Regional Director Macybel Alfaro-Sahi issued Regional Memorandum Circular no. 10, series of 2011, enjoining all government agencies to participate the event. As a concrete example of Pres. Benigno Aquino III’s Private-Public Partnership (PPP), several private and business groups teamed up with Philhealth to make sure that the activity will be a success here in the city, namely: A registration fee will be collected from all the participants with the proceeds to be given to the Kids of Hope and other beneficiaries. There will be four race categories for the event, the 3 kilometer run for kids and adults with P250 registration fee per runner, the 5 kilometer run (P300), 10 kilometer (P350), and the 17 kilometer run (P450). Participants will be receiving singlet, raffle ticket, and loot bags from partner-sponsors the KFI-Center for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCCDFI), ABS-CBN, Nature’s 18

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Spring, Smart, Ritemed, Dole Philippines, CIS Bayad Center, and All Card Plastics Philippines, Inc., together with local sponsors Metrografix, MEMPCO, Bygems Party Kingdom, Zamboanga Forum, Philippine Veterans Bank, and Vista de Lente. All interested participants can now go to Philhealth office for registration. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)


Pagadian bishop deeply moved by children’s generosity and kindness by Gideon C. Corgue

“Natandog ko pag-ayo sa akong nabasa nga Christmas message sa usa ka bata nga mibati ug dakong kalooy sa mga nabiktima sa bagyong Sendong sa mga dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro ug Iligan (I am deeply touched by the Christmas message that I’ve

read from a child who feels great compassion to the victims of typhoon Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Ilgan).”

Thus said Pagadian bishop Emmanuel Cabajar in his message on Saturday during the concelebrated mass at wharf area which marked the end of nine (9) day afternoon’s novena mass at Sto. Nino cathedral as part of the week-long

activities of the annual parochial fiesta of the city. Speaking before thousands of Sto. Nino devotees, Cabajar who used Cebuano language in his entire homily and who emphasized God’s love and compassion, said when he Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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visited redemptorist convent in Cebu City on December 22, his attention was invited on the Christmas card posted in a bulletin board from a 12 year old Leam, an elementary student. “Akong gipakopya ang maong card kay natandog ko kaayo sa akong pagbasa (I photo copied the card because I was deeply touched when I read it),” Cabajar said. “Mao kini ang unod sa card nga iyang gipadala(This is the content of the card that she sent),” Cabajar narrated. “Dear redemptorist fathers. Last Sunday our family attended the mass and we heard the priests appealing for help for the typhoon Sendong victims. In answer to the appeal, my brothers and I had a garage sale of all our precious things. From the garage sale, we earned P30,000 and we are giving this thru you for the typhoon victims in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. May God help them recover from the unfortunate event . Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I am Leam, 12 years old and my brothers are: Andrew and Niko,” the message said. Cabajar praised the letter sent by Leam. “Dili ba nindot kaayo ug makadasig kining sulat sa usa ka bata nga mibati ug gugma ug kalooy bisan wala niya mailhi ang mga biktima sa bagyong Sendong?( How beautiful and inspiring the letter sent by the child who feels love and compassion even she didn’t know who the victims of ‘Sendong’ are?),” Cabajar challenged. 20

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”Tataw kaayo alang kanako ang gugma ug kalooy sa Diyos nagpuyo sa kasing-kasing sa mga bata(It is very clear to me that the love and compassion from God dwelt in the hearts of these children),” Cabajar added. “Nasayud usab ako nga daghang mga tawo sa diocese sa Pagadian sama kang Leam ug iyang mga igsoon nga miila, mibati ug milihok usab isip mga igsoon alang sa mga nangihanglan ug tabang. Gani sila ang mitubag pinaagi sa ilang mga hinabang( I knew that many people in the diocese of Pagadian like Leam and her brothers, who felt sympathy and offered help as brothers for those who are needing help),” Cabajar stressed. The bishop urged the people to love and care for the environment. “Kung ang gugma sa Diyos anaa sa atong kasingkasing, atong tahuron ug mahalon ang kinaiyahan. Dili gayud kita moako pagdagmal, pagdaut ug pagtampalas niini tungod kay kini ang bililhong gasa nga gihatag sa Ginoo kanato(If the love of God is in our hearts, we will respect and love our environment. We won’t allow ourselves to destroy it because this is the precious gift from God to us), Cabajar appealed. The same call was done in the homily of the priests during 9-day novena mass at the Sto. Nino cathedral to make people aware that illegal logging and mining activities will cause great destruction of our environment and to our people. (GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)


Dipolog Mayor named to Zambo Norte anti-illegal logging task force DIPOLOG CITY - City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy and her executive secretary Edwin A. Bation were recently appointed as Presidential Anti-illegal Logging Task Force (PAILTF) coordinators in the province of Zamboanga del Norte effective Jan. 13. Task force executive director retired General Renato P. Miranda issued Task Force Order No. 32 naming Mayor Uy and Bation as coordinators of said group for Zamboanga del Norte to serve as partners in the implementation of PAILTF’s social fences program aimed at protecting the natural and residual forests in the area. The two were known for their no-nonsense campaign for strict implementation of environmental laws. As task force’s lead coordinator, Mayor Uy has been empowered to recruit members for the PAILTF through the constitution of a local task force for Zamboanga del Norte. This is to encourage citizens’ participation in the environmental protection program. Presently, 52 volunteer-applicants from the different municipalities have signified to join the task force.

PAILTF is composed of five government agencies, namely, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of National Defense (DND), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The task force was a sequel to the issuance of Executive Order No. 23 by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino on February 1, 2011, mandating it to take the lead in the antiillegal logging campaign and ensure the implementation of said order under the supervision of DENR. Mayor Uy and Bation were among the deputized environment and natural resources officers (DENROs) by the DENR secretary to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws. (JPA/FPG/CIO/PIA-ZDN) Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Lanao del Sur stakeholders join hands in the fight against illegal logging by Apipa Bagumbaran

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ajor stakeholders from the government, civil society groups, academe, religious, and the media, here, have joined forces to fight illegal logging in the province.

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Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government. During the workshop, situationers were provided by resource speakers that served as guidelines in the quest for solutions and strategies to completely put to a halt the illegal logging operations.


The situationers gave the participants an understanding of the environment and natural resources, how it is managed, what are the laws and regulations that governed its protection and preservation, and the symbiotic relationship between mankind and the environment. Dr. Asnawil G. Ronsing, Mindanao State University (MSU) Shariah Center Director, presented “Islamic and the Environment” which provided a strong and effective framework on environmental stewardship from an Islamic perspective while Forester Ben-Ali B. Decampong, Lanao del Norte PENR Officer, explained the various laws and regulations governing the protection and conservation of

forest resources. Further, ARMM Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Forester Cosain Abbas imparted clear understanding of what are forests and forestlands, the benefits that can be derived from the forests, and the effects of forest denudation. He also presented the state of the forests and forestlands in the province, as well as, the control and supervision over such forest and forestlands. Pipalawan Naga of the Save Lake Lanao Movement (SALLAM) presented the importance of Lake Lanao, and the enabling laws, development interventions and efforts to save to lake while Provincial Police Director Senior Superintendent Romeo Magsalos, shared the zero plastic bag and styrofoam campaign, a program initiated by the Marikina City Police Station as its modest contribution to help the country fight global warming. Magsalos was the former chief of police of Marikina City. Dr. Mary Joyce Guinto-Sali of the MSU – Institutional Research and Evaluation Office (IREO), likewise,

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effects on human health, agriculture, plants and animals. She said climate change action will require concerted effort of everyone citing that its adverse effects can be mitigated by controlling releases of greenhouse gases, protecting the remaining forest resources, and planting more trees. On the other hand, Samira AliGutoc, a member of the Philippine Army Multi-Sectoral Advisory Board shared insights on the communication, advocacy and mobilization against illegal logging. Gutoc, who represented ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman, also gave an update on the memorandum of agreement signed by the ARMM government and the DENR where a P49.6-million worth of assistance was granted by the DENR for the rehabilitation of some 2,500 hectares of forestland within the autonomous

region. Meanwhile, among the immediate solutions identified by group include reporting illegal logging activities to the task force, planting and growing of trees, and massive IEC campaign at the grassroots level through the help of tri-media and religious leaders. Other solutions involved strengthening of law enforcement; prosecuting illegal loggers, timber poachers, and possessors of illegal forest products; participation of local government units in the enforcement of laws; and the provision of alternative livelihood to carabao loggers. The participants also agreed to a create a lobby group that will study the possibility of drafting an Executive Order creating the Ranao Development Authority that ARMM Governor can endorse for the President to support.

ICWS installs 11 jetmatic pumps to places with no water caused by typhoon Sendong by Melvin T. Anggot, Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte The Iligan City Waterworks System (ICWS) has started its work on 11 jetmatic pumps in places where there is no water due to damaged Hinaplanon pumping stations caused by typhoon Sendong.

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Engr. Josephus Albao, head of the Construction Division of ICWS, said jetmatic pumps has been installed one unit each at Barinaut and Lambaguhon, all of Barangay San Roque, this city in compliance with the directive of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz to provide solution to the problem of water on places affected by the calamity. Three (3) units will be installed in Upper Hinaplanon, two (2) units at

Hinaplanon proper, 2 units at Luinab, and 1 unit each at Del Carmen and Palao. This was done as temporary solution to the needs for water in these places while repair work is going on at the Hinaplanon wells. Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has recently given authority to two (2) contractors for work and rehabilitation for damaged water source. (CIO)

AMRECO Congress aims for increased awareness for Mindanao’s energy future CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives will host the maiden edition of an annual congress which seeks to mainstream challenges and issues to Mindanao’s Energy Future. The one-day congress will focus on renewable energy, rural electrification and development at the Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City on January 26, 2012. Clint Django Pacana, executive director of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO), said some 300 participants from the group’s 33 member cooperatives have committed to join the “Congress of the Advocates for Renewable Energy, Rural Electrification and Development.” AMRECO’s 33 member cooperatives accounts for 1,941, 554

residential consumers in Mindanao. Twenty seven of the member coops are hooked up with the island’s transmission grid while another six (6) operate in the off-grid islands surrounding the main Mindanao island. “We are advocating rural electrification as the way to address Mindanao’s chronic power shortage,” Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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said Pacana in an interview with media. He added, “Towards this end, we have grouped presentations according to good governance, knowledge products, finance and investments, and the role of civic organizations in society for the duration of the congress.” Presentations on Good Governance kick off the working sessions with “Sitio Energization” by National Electrification Administration (NEA) Administrator Edita S. Bueno, Transparency of Distribution by Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) by Chairperson Zenaida G. Ducut and “Updates on the Privatization of the Agus and Pulangui Hydro Electric Plants” by Deputy House Speaker and JCPC Member Rep. Lorenzo R. Tanada III. Public discussions on Knowledge Products follow 26

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with “Research and Study Grants for the Mindanao Power Sector” by USAIDCENERGY; “Research on Mindanao Power Sector” by Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo of the UP-National Engineering Center; and “The Mindanao Power Institute” by Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, president of the Mindanao University of Science and Technology and PASSUC. Public discussions on Finance and Investment are next with “Aggregation – A Business Model for Mindanao Electric Cooperatives by Edgardo R. Masongsong; and “Development of Renewable Energy Power Plants by Electric Cooperatives” by Engr.David A. Tauli. The day’s session closes with a public discussion on the Role of Civil Society with Organizations by Herbie Gomez. (MinCARED)

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Comval overshoots investment target by Rudolph Ian Alama

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he Compostela Valley Province overshot its investment target for 2011 by a whopping 159%.

Faustino Diabordo, Officer-inCharge of Department of Trade and Industry Compostela Valley office bared that the province registered P516-million worth of investments in 2011. The DTI has pegged an investment target of P400-million. Diabordo said that investments came from the bananas, mining, palm oil and rubber. He said that though the banana industry posted more investments than mining, if the small-scale mining investments were counted in then mining would be tops in capital investments. Currently the agency is advocating responsible mining particularly during the aftermath of the January 5 landslide which killed more than 30 people in a small-scale mining area in Pantukan town of the province. Diabordo said that the Department is urging small-scale miners to follow strictly the no-habitation policy.

Meanwhile DTI Comval is focusing on the development of the silver jewelry industry, which is the provincial OTOP (One Town One Product). He cited that silver is plentiful in the province as it is widely ignored because of gold’s high prices. The DTI is currently honing local jewellers in Comval while silver-craft MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises) are joining in trade fairs. Also the office is urging the local government to assign people to their investment promotions office so as to assist prospective investors and businessmen. (RG Alama)

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After floods, Tagum City back to normal TAGUM CITY- The Province of Davao del Norte is now back to normal as thousands of residents who were affected by the flashfloods over the weekend have started to head home.

Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario said flood victims have returned to their everyday life as water started to subside in the submerged villages Monday morning. Some 5,731 families or over 12,000 individuals were affected by the recent disaster that hit the towns of Asuncion, Carmen, Kapalong, New Corella and Sto. Tomas, as well as, the city of Tagum. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division reported that 1,875 individuals were evacuated during the calamity, which claimed the life of 17-year

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old Bernardino Elle of San Miguel, Tagum City, as the lone casualty. The boy drowned when he attempted to gather floating coconuts along the Libuganon River. The PDRRMD is still assessing the impact of the recent flooding to infrastructures and crops. The province is still recovering from the flashfloods that occurred during the last week of 2011, which affected some 14,699 families and destroyed over P125-million worth of crops and more than P10-million worth of infrastructures. The province immediately distributed relief goods to affected communities. Gov. del Rosario vociferously praised the members of the disaster council for promptly responding to the recent calamity. The governor particularly mentioned the PDRRM for setting up a 24-hour command center to monitor the situation. “I would like to express my thanks and congratulations to the PDRRMC members, to our disaster action office, but also to all the volunteers who risked their lives and limbs to save the affected families,� he said at the Monday morning convocation program at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan. The governor honored the


courage and dedication of the RDRSMART rescue team, the in-house quick response team of the Capitol during the program. He noted that with the state of

readiness, courage and cooperation shown by the disaster action office and members of the disaster council, Davao del Norte is now ready to face any calamity. (PIO DAVNOR)

Linao HS in San Isidro town receive new armchairs Isidro in the Province of Davao del Norte to personally deliver the 286 pieces of yellow armchairs. Despite of the rain, students helped to carry the chairs from the Barangay Hall to their school which is about 500 meters in distance. Romeo P. Grancho, the president of the Supreme Student Government expressed his gratitude to the City Government of Tagum for giving brand new school furniture, tagging it as a tool for them to concentrate on their studies. TAGUM CITY- The latest One parent based in Tagum distribution of brand-new City and whose child is studying school chairs continued despite in the said school approached intermittent rains, eliciting Mayor Uy that she was among happiness and excitement among those who volunteered in the students, teachers and parents fabrication section of the mowith no less than Tagum City torpool. “I can’t believe that our Mayor Rey T. Uy leading in the hard work in sand papering and distribution of the said materials painting chairs can benefit the fabricated out from confiscated schoolmates of my child here in logs. Linao,” she said in vernacular. On January 13, the team of the On January 18, the team goes Mayor went to Linao National High to Mesaoy in New Corella, Davao School in the Municipality of San del Norte. (Tagum City CIO) Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Gov. Migs challenges Sarangani firemen ALABEL, Sarangani – “Kayo ang inaasahan namin to protect lives and properties” says Governor Migs Dominguez to Sarangani firemen during the turnover of two new firetrucks to Bureau of Fire Protection at municipal fire station Tuesday, January 17. The firetrucks were procured thru a counter parting scheme wherein the provincial government allotted P1.3 million and the municipal government P700,000. (Russell L. Delvo)

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DOST-12 eyes further strengthening of MSMEs in 2012 by Bai Tagitikan KORONADAL CITY - Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Soccsksargen Region or Region 12 can expect more opportunities and an enlivened industry this year. This as the regional office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST 12) has firmed up its 2012 activities with emphasis on the development of cutting-

edge local technologies to empower MSMEs. Dr. Zenaida P. Laidan, DOST-12 director, laid out the agency’s direction in the next 12 months during the stra-

tegic planning workshop held on January 5 and 6. She rallied the employees to achieve the agency’s objectives guided by the policy

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direction of Sustainability, Innovation, Good Governance and Excellence or SIGE platform. “We shall gear towards the strong implementation of projects or activities that strengthen development initiatives to address urgent and lingering problems,” Dr. Laidan said. She emphasized that the regional office will focus more on strengthening the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), the umbrella program of the DOST with a nationwide implementation to assist MSMEs become technologically competent through projects and activities. Among the DOST programs to help MSMEs are technology transfer and commercialization, provision of S&T services that include testing and calibration, packaging and labeling, consultancy services, and technology trainings. Priority areas cover food processing, furniture, fashion, gifts, decors and handicrafts, marine and aquatic resources, horticulture 32

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(cutflowers, fruits and high value crops) metals and engineering, halal, and information, communication technology (ICT). Dr. Laidan said they will also intensify the promotion of S & T by setting up and upgrading its library and information services, strengthening access to tri-media and the web, and conducting S&T fairs/exhibits and special events. Stronger bond between public and public sector players is also needed to assure delivery of best possible services or products provided by DOST-12, she said. Dr. Laidan, who was adjudged as one of Mindanao’s top women achievers by the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW) last year, vowed continued collaboration and assistance to state universities and colleges (SUCs). She was recognized by the MCW for her distinct contributions and significant work in advancing the status of women and rural communities in Mindanao thru S&T

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innovations and for her successful implementation of various sociotechnological programs and activities. She added, DOST-12 needs to double its efforts in strengthening industries through industry dialogues and linkages with stakeholders like the academe and the local government units. She encouraged the DOST-12 employees to go beyond what is expected of them by the clients. “We must continually improve our services to meet customer’s satisfaction through teamwork, determination, hardwork and willingness to work,” she said. With the DOST-12’s halal laboratory in Cotabato City and the soon to be completed Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Halal Science Center in Koronadal City in South Cotabato, DOST-12 will be playing a major role in the standardization of halal products for global competitiveness, she said. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/ DOST-12)


Provincial LGU distributes vehicles for better health services, police visibility by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY - In a bid to improve delivery of basic health services in remote barangays and increase police visibility along the national highway, the provincial government of North Cotabato recently distributed six vehicles and twelve refurbished motorcycles to several recipients.

The vehicles, all multicabs, were given on January 9 to barangays in the second district of the province, primarily for use in transport of indigent patients to nearest rural health unit or hospitals. Among the recipients were of Barangay Kadingilan in Pigcawayan, Poblacion in Libungan

and Simbuhay in Kabacan. These were received by their respective chairmen, namely: Kasamad Kamid, Cresencio Yu, and Abdullah Macaibel. “This is part of our one barangay, one project policy where each far-flung barangay in the province will be given one multicab

to facilitate medical needs especially of the indigent patients,” Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” TaliñoMendoza said. The other three vehicles were turned over to fisheries section of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, the Civil Security Unit of the province,

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and the Cotabato Task Force for use in line with their respective objectives and responsibilities. On the other hand, the motorcycles were handed over to the Provincial Police Office through P/SSupt Cornelio Salinas for the purpose of intensifying highway patrol operations and prevent street crimes in the entire province. During the turnover ceremony, Governor Taliño-Mendoza also disclosed that the Par-

tylist Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has added P 15M to the provincial government’s existing budget of P10M for its multicab project. “The assistance from the TUCP will enable us to purchase 75 units of multicabs. This means 75 more barangays will be assured of a more accessible health service,” she said. On the same occasion, Taliño-Mendoza expressed her gratitude to the partners of the provincial gov-

ernment including the department heads and employees who helped ensure that funds of the provincial government will be used judiciously. “This project is the result of our efforts of spending public funds prudently, I hope that we will all have the same commitment in the coming years for this will mean more projects and programs for the people of Cotabato,” she said. (PIA 12/OZG/IDCD-PGO North Cotabato)

Governor’s “political will” increases mining revenue to all time-high by Fruto Sumagaysay KORONADAL CITY - Armed with sheer “political will,” the provincial government of South Cotabato led by Governor Arthur “Dodo” Y. Pingoy Jr. was able to raise P 9,276,965.85 from mining and quarry taxes in 2011, about 41 percent higher compared to collection in 2010.

In 2010 revenues from mining and quarry taxes only amounted to P6,559,854.13. The significant increase in revenue, collected through the Provincial Environ34

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ment Management Office (PEMO) came with the compliance by mining operators to pay their mining applications before the deadline along with the issuance of Execu-

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tive Order 28, series of 2011 by Gov. Pingoy, ordering closure of about 300 tunnels engaged in small-scale mining operations in T’boli town. Pingoy ordered


closure of the mining tunnels for failure of the operators to secure mining permits. Gov. Pingoy, in a written report submitted by OIC-PEMO Siegfred Flaviano, announced during the yearend Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting that South Cotabato has substantially generated P3,518,287.00 from mining taxes and to P5,758, 637.85 from “sand & gravel”

or quarry taxes. In 2010, mining taxes collected amounted to only P406,834.05. “With this development, we expect to further increase our mining revenue between P20 – P30 million for 2012 as forecasted by our PEMO,” Pingoy assured PDC members. Engr. Seigfred Flaviano, acting PEMO head, said: “The full force or implementation of EO 28 will be the key to the mining revenue increase of the province for 2012.” Likewise, we will continuously conduct monitoring and apprehensions on illegal smallscale mining operations, specifically on “banlas” mining that is very de-

structive to our environment.” Flaviano disclosed that they have strictly enforced requiring mining and quarry permits and monitoring activities through establishment of checkpoints and installation of four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Poblacion, T’boli. The also disclosed that the number of mineral processing permits have also increased from 15 in 2010 to 40 in 2011. Flaviano earlier said that they were expecting more than 200 applications for permits to operate before their deadline last January 15. (DEDoguiles/PIA12/ PIO S.COTABATO)

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