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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

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

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

Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

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

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Regional Desk Editors …...

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

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

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

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

ABNER M. CAGA

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA

Presidential Communications Operations Office

Cover Story

More than 500 volunteers run for a cause in Agusan del Sur David M. Suyao

Caraga Region

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Today’s issue...

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012

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Across the Nation:

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DA to train additional farmers as service providers

Regional News:

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DPWH-BCDEO to prioritize asphalt-overlaying of Butuan roads Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

10 of 11 barangays in Rosario, Agusan Sur flooded due to LPA

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Caraga Region

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Rene V. Carbayas, Western Mindanao

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Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

New ARMM Gov promises crackdown on corruption, vows reform

Dipolog bags ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ award

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DOH-CHD system donates various forms of assistance to ‘Sendong’ victims in NorMin Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Water distribution in evacuation centers will continue, as need arises – RDRRMC Northern Mindanao

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Konseho aprubado ang P578M 2012 budget ng Cotabato City DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

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Message What is so important in a new year? It is just the changing of a number. From 2011, it is now 2012. The coming of a new year is celebrated in all cultures and religions. It is the coming of a new age. It is also a reason to hope. Our countrymen, by overwhelming number look at 2012 with hope for a better life and a better Philippines, and rightly they expect so much from our leaders especially our President. 2010 and 2011 were the foundations of this great expectation. From a campaign promise of daang matuwid, the one year and a half of the Aquino Presidency has laid out the plans and programs of good governance. We saw the development and articulation of the Philippine Development Plan. We saw the systematic prosecution and bringing to justice of those who have violated the law. We saw the start of rebuilding and strengthening of the foundations of democracy and our institutions. We saw that public money was prudently spent and policies were cleverly crafted. We saw that this government is truthworthy and its President can be trusted. People saw that and they believe that they can deliver on the change that he promised. These are the reasons for the high hopes and expectations for 2012. As they say, new year is an opportunity for renewal. As we meet 2012 and embrace its promise of a new and better life for all Filipinos, let us look at 2011 and the years before that as foundations into the future. Let us take a stock of the good and trail-blazing projects that we had undertaken. Let us continue to innovate and improve on them and with hard work and with the grace of God Almighty, we will be able to do more. To all the officials and personnel of PIA and our partners, thank you for a fruitful 2011. Your work in improving and saving the lives of others through timely, accurate information has affected the lives of countless Filipinos. To those to whom much was given, much is expected. God has been so kind to us. Let us do more. We pray for wisdom. We pray for strength. We pray for guidance and protection as we perform our daily task with honor, dedication and joy. God bless our country and its people. God bless PIA and the Philippines.

ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General


Cover Story More than 500 volunteers run for a cause in Agusan del Sur by David M. Suyao

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ore than 500 volunteers who joined the “Million Volunteers Fun Run� had made it to the finish line during the five-kilometer run that started at the Naliyagan Plaza in Patin-ay, Prosperidad and ended up in San Francisco, this province. Sunday, January 1, 2012

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The fun run was organized by the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter. Christyll Basan, PRC Agusan del Sur administrator, said that Red Cross only expected 200 volunteers, but Agusan del Sur PRC chapter have registered 461 adult volunteers and another more or less 60 children volunteers, including the sponsors. “In order to cope up with the participation requirement, our Board of Directors headed by Rev. Solomon Bilaoen conducted personal solicitations to our friends here in Agusan del Sur for three consecutive Sun6

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days,” Basan said. Among the groups tapped were the business sector, local government units and individuals. “For the sponsors alone, we have listed 53 business establishment, people’s organizations, private and government offices and


generous individuals. All the municipal governments that our BOD visited have also given their share,” Basan said. The fun run showed

that people in Agusan del Sur are united in times of calamity and disaster, said provincial administrator

Jesusimo Roquillo. It also gave the message that “we are willing to give…to others without hesitation so that in times of calamity, everyone are equal, and can rely on his fellowmen for help.” The short program at the finish venue ended up with the drawing of the raffle. The Philippine Red Cross is known for its seven fundamental principles for humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Malacanang cites drop of firecracker-related injuries to government’s aggressive campaign against use of dangerous fireworks

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alacañang welcomed initial reports by health authorities that this year’s New Year celebration was “generally peaceful” with firecracker-related injuries dropping to 13 percent from last year’s record.

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Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr. and Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte attributed this outcome to the government’s aggressive campaign against the use of dangerous firecrackers and other paraphernalia in welcoming the New Year. “Tila nagbunga ang pagsisikap ng ating pamahalaan na ilayo sa mga paputok ang ating mga kababayan upang maiwasan ang panganib. Sana’y mapalitan na ang kaisipan natin ng isang higit na makabuluhang paraan ng pagdiriwang na ligtas at mas hindi nagdudulot ng pinsala at pagsisisi,” Coloma said in a text message sent on Sunday to Malacañang reporters.

Valte expressed a similar message adding that despite this positive news, there will be no letup in the government’s drive against the use of firecrackers. “While the New Year celebration was generally peaceful, we will continue the aggressive campaign for the reduction of fireworks-related injuries. Better to celebrate the New Year with hope than spending it in the hospital,” she said. No less than President Benigno S. Aquino III has actively supported the Department of Health’s (DOH) annual campaign against firecrackers which is the leading cause of injuries and deaths among the citizens especially on children

who are being exposed to these materials. “Huwag na po ninyong tangkilikin ang mga paputok na ito; ipag-alaman din sa kinauukulan ang mga makitang nagtitinda o may tangan ng mga ito,” the President said in his reminder to the Filipinos days before the New Year’s Eve, emphasizing that there are other ways to celebrate the occasion safe. The DOH this year ran its APIR or Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction campaign with the help of the Philippine National Police and other agencies in an effort to decrease the number of firecracker-related injuries and deaths while celebrating the New Year. (HDC)

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DA to train additional farmers as service providers

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andless, povertystricken farmers stand to benefit from the assistance being extended by the Department of Agriculture (DA), a statement from the agency said Sunday. This, after the DA committed to properly train these farmers in order to generate additional income for themselves, while at the same time, help boost food production in their areas. “They’ll be trained and organized into service provider groups,” Secretary Proceso Alcala emphasized. Alcala said that after the training, among the labor-intensive work the groups can contract include the building of paddy dikes, repairing of irrigation canal, desilting, plowing, replanting and harvesting. 10

DA is already jumpstarting the scheme’s implementation. “We started work on the service provider scheme for coconut replanting and fertilization as well as for repair and desilting of irrigation canals,” Alcala said. The replanting and fertilization work is among Philippine Coconut Authority’s interventions to boost the country’s coconut industry. Alcala is optimistic that DA assistance will help the groups bag farm-based work contracts backed by guarantee in terms of quality

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and competitive pricing. “Management and marketing will be important add-on components of the groups to enable these to solicit enough jobs,” he said. DA earlier tapped landless farmers to build in Northern Samar province paddy dikes about 650 meters long. Eight workers’ batches, each composed of 50 farmers, undertook the work using tools DA provided for this purpose. The farmers received DA training on paddy diking before commencing their work.


PIA-Caraga, NorMin on heightened alert for another LPA by Robert E. Roperos

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ith another low pressure area (LPA) threatening Central Mindanao Region, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) personnel in Caraga and Northern Mindanao Regions are directed to be on alert. In a text message sent to PIA personnel in the two regions, Northern and North-

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eastern Mindanao Information cluster head Abner Caga directed the personnel to be

“on-call� as the LPA is again threatening Mindanao. Caga emphasized

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the need for the PIA to provide communication support not only to stakeholders but more importantly, to the public. The official underscored the importance of “Text Blast or SMS” strategy for which PIA has been conducting as one of its information and communication dissemination strategies, making the agency more significant to the society. “It is through SMS or Text Blast that we could be able to provide communication and information support to 12

the public especially in times of calamities and disasters,” Caga said. RD Caga added the power of Text Blast has been proven for many times. He said that during the recent calamities in the country, lives and properties were saved because of this information dissemination strategy. “Thus, we need to embrace this communication technology to be of service to other people,” Caga added. In a related development, Caga said for those who want to be a recipient of the

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Text Blast, just email your name and mobile phone number to piacaraga@gmail.com. Also, Caga said information on Text Blast can also be accessed through FaceBook. “Just find and like the ‘PIA Caraga Updates’ Facebook account… You may also browse the PIA Caraga blog at http://piacaraga.blogspot.com... So, what are you waiting for?... Keep posted and be one of those who are not left behind… Be informed,” Caga said. As of 5:00 a.m. today, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that as of 2:00 a.m., an LPA was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 400 km East Southeast of General Santos City in Central Mindanao.


DPWH-BCDEO to prioritize asphalt-overlaying of Butuan roads

BUTUAN CITY -- Butuan City District Engineering Office (BCDEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is prioritizing the asphalt-overlaying of roads in this city.

According to Engr. Rey Canlas, BCDEO Project Engineer, DPWH will conduct asphalting of major road networks in the city, particularly the main highway going to Cagayan de Oro City by 2012. He said DPWH Regional Office was tasked to conduct such project as the said highway is a

national road. He said Butuanons should be thankful since the DPWH is developing infrastructure projects giving convenience to the riding public. Engr. Canlas added that aside from the national road, DPWH also plans to develop other major roads in the city through road repairs and

asphalt-overlaying. Infrastructure development forms part of the Caraga Regional Development Plan crafted by Regional Development Council (RDC) headed by Chair Dr. Sol F. Matugas who is also the Governor of the province of Surigao del Norte. (Robert

E. Roperos)

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10 of 11 barangays in Rosario, Agusan Sur flooded due to LPA BUTUAN CITY – Ten out of 11 barangays in Rosario, Agusan del Sur were engulfed with flood waters as flashflood occurred during the low pressure area (LPA) which struck 30 km west northwest of this city on Dec. 25, 2011.

Agusan del Sur Vice Governor Santiago Cane, in a recent phone-patch interview with a local broadcaster here, said the LPA brought continuous rains for five days resulting in causing floods in the said areas. Cane said residents of the Rosario town were badly hit by the flashflood and were now housed in an evacuation center in the said municipality. Cane, who led the team from the provincial government, was able to distribute some packs of re14

lief goods to the said barangays who were severely affected with the flashfloods. He added the area is not accessible already as flood waters have submerged houses of the residents. “There is one barangay in the area where only the board of the basketball ring is only visible as it is already submerged in flood water,” Cane said. To date, the provincial government of Agusan del Sur were able to distribute relief packs to some 2,826 family-victims of the flood.

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Each pack contains five kilos of rice, one liter mineral water, five cans sardines, five noodles, five sachets 3-in-1 coffee, five MILO sachets, two pcs. Odong, one pack powdered milk, and some medicines, it was learned. During the crisis situation, Governor Eddiebong Plaza immediately directed the authorities and concerned government agencies to conduct rescue and relief operations to the said affected barangays, said Cane.


Prime Movers’ Forum held in Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay

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wo Information Officers’ Fora were recently conducted by the Department of Agriculture-Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division (DA-RAFID) in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula, first in Zamboanga del Norte and second in Zamboanga Sibugay. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Dubbed as the “Prime Movers’ Forum: Advocating and Mobilizing Information Officers Towards Food Sufficiency, the activity aimed to update participants with the Agri-Pinoy Programs on Rice, Corn, High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP), Livestock and Special Projects; discuss the roles of information officers; Discuss various communication approaches, challenges, and harmonization of efforts in promoting agricultural plans, programs and projects; Enhance advocates’ knowledge on social mobilization process which starts with advocacy along with IEC; Refresh advocates’ knowledge in formulating operational plans; and Organize a network of agricultural information officers who are passionate in the pursuit of food sufficiency. To speed-up the dissemination of DA’s programs, a networking of provincial and municipal information of16

ficers is needed to ensure that agricultural plans, programs and projects of the national government harmonize with their efforts in agricultural information. Capability building followed after establishing a network with the LGUs. Topics discussed were: Updates on Advocacy and IEC Process and Strategies; The Role of Information Officers, Issues & Concerns and Networking; Social Mobilization and Communication Convergence; Production and Design of Advocacy and IEC Materials and Planning and Designing

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of Advocacy and IEC Campaigns. These were shared by Noel T. Provido, a multiawarded writer and chief of the Information, Advocacy, Communications and Education (InfoACE) Unit under the Program Support Office (PSO) of the DA’s Mindanao Rural Development Program,(DAMRDP), Sherwin B. Manual, Information and Advocacy Specialist, also from DA-MRDP and Maria Melba B. Wee, Chief of DA-RAFID. RED Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said “We assure our support to the local government units and I am


encouraging a harmonious teamwork between the DA regional office and the LGUs.” Dr. Aida P. Carino, Regional Technical Director for Planning, Policy and Research is hopeful that the pool of Information Officers regionwide would motivate the farmers and fisherfolks to be proud of their career as the nation’s pro-

vider of food. She said, “We should look at agriculture as an enterprise and that there is money in agriculture, thus the farmers/fisherfolk can stand tall and proudly say, I am a farmer.” She added “first, we have to develop and sustain agriculture before we shift to industrialization. Our strength is in agriculture. The farm-

ers/fisherfolk can be profitable businessmen and you are the best group to disseminate this message.” Meanwhile,the Prime Movers’ Forum for Zambonga del Sur participants is scheduled on the last week of January next year at Hotel Guillermo, Pagadian City. (ytavellaneda/ DA9/PIA9/alt)

New ARMM Gov promises crackdown on corruption, vows reform by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman promised reform and a new brand of leadership in the autonomous regional government as he highlighted his plan to launch a crackdown on corruption and introduce real transparency in the region. Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Hataman addressed for the first time the employees at ARMM’s regional seat in Cotabato City on Monday as he set down the tone of leadership he vowed to introduce. The Bureau of Public Information reveals that Hataman promised to lead as a public servant with the region’s constituents as his boss, follow-on to President Aquino’s catch phrase. He guaranteed that there will be changes on how official transactions are handled in the regional government to ensure transparency and accountability. Hataman was dauntless and said his administration will go after erring public officials in the region. “Walang palakasan, walang 18

pakiusapan,” (No influence peddling, no favors), he said in a short speech that was overwhelmingly applauded. He directed ordinary employees not to aid anyone especially their superiors in anomalous actions. “Huwag kayo pagamit,” (Don’t allow yourself to be used.), he told the employees, assuring them of his backing. To underscore his call, the OIC governor gave out his cellular phone number so that every employee will have a direct line to him. He urged them to report all forms of wrongdoings as well as suggested means to enhance governance in the ARMM. The present ARMM

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chief appealed to the region’s employees and bureaucrats to support the reform he wished introduced. “Hindi mag-

tatagumpay ang reporma kung wala kayo,” (The reform that we want will not materialize without your involvement.), he said. The former Anak Mindanao partylist congressman was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy) as the officerin-charge (OIC) governor of the ARMM along with Bainon Karon as the OIC vice-governor and officially assumed office on December 22. (BPIARMM/ALT/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)


Dipolog bags ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ award by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - Having adopted and practiced sound fiscal management as well as transparent and accountable governance, the city government here has recently been conferred the ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The city garnered the award after passing the standards of good governance set by the DILG such as compliance with the Full disclosure Policy (FDP), no adverse findings by the Commission on Audit (COA), and the strategies adopted by the city officials in running the local government in terms of the implementation of various programs and projects. Other areas which were looked into include local legislation, development planning, revenue generation, resource allocation and utilization, cus-

tomer service-civil applications, human resource management and development, participation, transparency and financial accountability of the Local Government Performance Management System (LGPMS). Active participation of civil society organizations in the city’s governance has also contributed to winning the award. The award is said to be a requirement for accessing to the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) from the Office of the President (OP), which is a P1 million grant to finance develop-

ment projects of the local governments. This means that the city will receive more assistance from the national government agencies (NGAs). It can be recalled that the city of Dipolog was also recognized by the DILG during the third quarter of this year as one of the top ten outstanding cities throughout the country for its good performance governance, sound fiscal management, participatory governance, and transparent financial accountability. (ALT/FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)

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AFP partners with DSWD in helping ‘Sendong’ survivors by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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Memorandum of Agreement was signed Thursday, December 29, between the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) formalizing the partnership of the two institutions in helping out families affected by Typhoon “Sendong.” The AFP also turned over a check worth P7.3 Million as the institution’s donation for the survivors of Typhoon “Sendong.” Both parties have agreed to 20

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join efforts in addressing the needs of the affected population by way of implementing early recovery and rehabilitation projects and programs such as construction of bunkhouses,


latrines and shelters among others. Since the DSWD sees the 52nd Engineering Brigades’ capability to undertake development projects, the agency has agreed to formulate a work and financial plan (WFP) with the armed forces and to release them funds based on the plan and in accordance with the “Commission on Audit Circular (COA) Number 94-013 dated 13 December 1994.” The AFP has also agreed likewise to submit physical and audited reports of disbursements and report checks issued in accordance to COA rules as well. The DSWD, with its consistent priority direction to maximize and sustain the impact of its poverty

reduction programs, continuously implement shelter assistance projects for areas affected by natural disasters such as the recent typhoon that hit the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. On the other hand, the 52nd Engineering Brigade of the AFP, which is organized under the Department of National Defense, is also mandated to undertake development projects to include development infrastructure works in support to local and national government agencies. Meanwhile, the DSWD is currently putting up the tent city in Barangay Calaanan in Cagayan de Oro City for the internally displaced families. (DSWD)

DOH-CHD system donates various forms of assistance to ‘Sendong’ victims in NorMin by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Various forms of assistance have been extended by the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) system to the Typhoon Sendong victims in Northern Mindanao. One such form was the turn-over of some Php2,026,923.08 worth of drugs, medicines and medical supplies to DOH-CHD, region 10, by Health Secretary Enrique Ona, when he visited the evacuation centers (EC’s) of Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Iligan City, recently. The said amount has brought to Php4.02 million the assistance that have been extended by DOH-CHD 10 to the ‘Sendong’ victims in the region.

The assistance from Secretary Ona was actually for augmentation of the Php1,152,235 that DOH Northern Mindanao has spent for the victims, immediately after the tragedy. Initial expenditure of DOH-CHD 10 was for the purchase of medicines, cadaver bags, water containers, water tankers and the conduct of coordination meetings with other government and non-government organizations (GO/ NGO) to address the health problems of the victims in the evacuation centers. Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Aside from DOH Central Office, the other DOH-CHD Regional Offices also sent donations for the needed augmentation for medicines and food supplies in the following amounts: CHD-Metro Manila, Php190,255, CHD-4B, Php103,541.63, CHD-8, Eastern Visayas, Php72,715.60, CHD-9, Zamboanga, Php37,000 and CHD-13, Caraga, Php436,000. Meanwhile, Dr. Dave Mendoza, Chief of the Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESDRU) of DOH-CHD-10 said donations by the other CHD’s also took the following forms: Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) from CHD-5, Bicol Region, Surveillance in Post Extreme

Emergencies in Disaster (SPEED) Teams from CHD- 11, Davao and Management of the Dead and Missing (MDM)Team from CHD- 7, Central Visayas. Augmentation of cadaver bags and of Psychological and Medical Teams from CHD-9, Zamboanga, three (3) drums of Salycilic Acid ointment and nine (9) boxes of relief goods by CHD 6, Ilo-ilo, and augmentation of SPEED teams, also by CHD-13, Caraga. Coordination with international organizations and local government units (LGU) such as, Pangantucan, Baungon and Libona, Bukidnon was also done relative to the augmentation of medicines, water containers, cadaver bags and medical mission and relief operation, Mendoza added.

Water distribution in evacuation centers will continue, as need arises – RDRRMC OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Water distribution in evacuation centers (EC’s) for Typhoon Sendong victims in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) will continue, as the need arises. This assurance came from Ana Caňeda, Chairperson of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) region 10, after water connections by the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) had been restored in some parts of the city, although with lesser pressure, as of yesterday, Dec. 30. Areas, already with water connection include Barangays Lapasan 22

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to Bugo and those of Canitoan, Calaanan, Carmen, Kauswagan, Bayabas and Bonbon, most parts of Nazareth, some parts of Macasandig, Biasong, Tibasak and Camaman-an. Meanwhile, a total of 113 bladder water tanks have been installed in at least 12 EC’s for the ‘Sendong’ victims in CDO, as of the period. These EC’s include the City Central School, West City Central


School, Consolacion, Macasandig and Tibasak Covered Courts, Kauswagan Barangay Hall, Bulao, Puntod and Macanhan Elementary Schools, Iponan Old Church, United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and Upper Balulang. Caňeda, who is the Regional Director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), also noted the services rendered by various government and non-government organizations to help solve the scarcity of water in the flood-affected areas. She also noted the following GO/NGO’s who helped in the water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) problems of the evacuation centers: Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), through their fire trucks and COWD delivered water to the EC’s, funeral parlors, hospitals and affected barangays by indentifying point sources and water hydrants. COWD provided the EC’s with waterine and water containers, while some NGO’s distributed hygiene kits, water containers and water disinfectant. Department of Health-Center of Health Development (DOHCHD) Region 11, FICCO-Davao and MalaybalayCity fire trucks with stainless tank delivered water to EC’s and augmented the water tankers for refilling of tanks at the EC’s. DOH-CHD-V, Bicol installed and stationed the water filtration unit at Waling-Waling St, Ilaya, Carmen, CDO, near the West City Central School. Manila Waterworks Services System (MWSS), Maynilad and the Local Waterworks Utility System

(LWUA) installed a water portable treatment plant for water sourced out from deep wells at Rodelza Circle, Marcos Bridge and Kauswagan-Puntod Bridge. HOLCIM Cement company installed water purifier with 30 gpm capacity at Tomas-Saco-16th St., Barangay Nazareth, under the supervision of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (MGB-DENR). Philippine Red Cross provided a portable chlorinator at the City Central and Kauswagan Elem Schools and the Swiss Government conducted water testing at different points within the COWD Service areas. Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Water Laboratory conducted random sampling of water at the EC of Macasandig, Tibasak and City Central Elementary Schools for testing of ecoli, the result of which show that water from faucets of COWD was free of ecoli, while water from the fire trucks indicated and/or was detected of coliforms. Kunsumateng Kagay-anon, Inc., through its President, Rene Michael Baňos, who sent out advisories that Aquavida and Rainsoft were giving out free drinking water in some points of the city and for people to just bring their water containers. A consumer group, Kunsumanteng Kagay-anon also included in their advisory, the location of the BFP and COWD hydrants which were opened for people to get their non-drinking water.(Rutchie CabahugAuhob) Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Mindanao biz leader hopeful of good export performance in 2012

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Mindanaoan business leader is confident of rosy prospects for Philippine exports in 2012. Vicente Lao, president of the Mindanao Business Council says that Philippine export products are considered as the commodities of the future. Among these products are metals, corn and bananas, goods which first world countries are interested in. Lao said that many export commodities of the country are enjoying good buying prices he hopes the country’s economy could build upon its benefits. Another factor for rosy export performance Lao said is the coun24

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try’s nearness to growth export markets of China, India and Japan. “Our nearness to them will play a big role in the benefits we would be getting.” Lao said citing the advantages of geography. Lao said that many of the high-growth export commodities are found in Davao particularly bananas. A worldwide slump has affected the country’s exports which are down 27.4 percent in the period of September 2011 as compared to figures in the previous year. This is brought about by slowdown of electronics exports. But despite the slump, exports in the Davao region have reached the $1-billion after three quarters in 2011. Added fourth quarter figures would breach the $1-billion export mark registered in 2010 this according to figures from the Department of Trade and Industry. Agricultural products such as bananas, rubber, desiccated coconuts and pineapples were the top export earners of the region. (RG Alama)


regional gallery

Comval provincial government officials led by Governor Arturo Uy (4th from left) and 2nd district Representative Maricar Apsay (rightmost) brings holiday cheers to constituents in Montevista town. City Veterinarian IV Miss Gia-Luvim Suan-Moring formally turned-over the 10 cows last December 26, 2011 to Busaon Barangay Captain Bienvenido Lagmay, Jr. as part of the City Government of Tagum’s Cow Dispersal Program. Also shown here are some of the recipients of the program. Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Sarangani Rep. Pacquiao pledges P1M for typhoon Sendong victims CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson donate P250,000 to the victims of typhoon “Sendong”. The Sarangani congressman also pledged P1M from his Priority Development Assistance Fund. (Congressional District Office) 26

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SP authorizes gov to sign MOA with mining firm by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. could formalize agreement with a mining firm regarding the latter’s donation to the provincial government’s hospital project.

This week, the provincial board granted Pingoy authority to enter into an agreement with the Daguma Agro Minerals, Inc. (DAMI). DAMI, a mining firm owned by San Miguel Corporation, has agreed to donate P25 million for the construction of the Upper Valley Community Hospital (UVCH) in Surallah town.

“Governor Pingoy can already sign a memorandum of agreement with officials of DAMI in January,” board member Dr. Ervin Luntao said. The donation shall form part of the P53million initial funding for the construction of the community hospital. The other P28 million will come from the

Department of Health (DOH) through the agency’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program. Surallah local government unit has already purchased the lot where the hospital will be built. According to the technical working group tasked to lay down the project

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Konseho aprubado ang P578M 2012 budget ng Cotabato City COTABATO CITY -- Ilang araw bago magtapos ang 2011, ipinasa at inaprubahan na ng Sangguniang Panlungsod ang budget ng lungsod ng Cotabato City para sa taong 2012 na nagkakahalaga ng P578 milyon, ayon kay Councilor at finance appropriations committee chair Atty. Froilan Melendrez.

Sa kanyang pahayag, binigyan-diin ng konsehal ang isinagawang masusing pagaaral at pagrepaso sa isinumiteng budget ng pamahalaang lungsod para sa susunod na taon para sa maayos at epektibong pagpapatupad ng iba’t ibang programa, proyekto at serbisyo ng lokal na pamahalaan. Binigyan-pansin ni Melendrez ang masigasig na kampanya at pangungolekta ng buwis ng pamahalaang lungsod na nagresulta sa pagtaas ng 2011 tax collection ng Cotabato City. Bunsod nito, ani Melendrez, umaabot sa P27 milyon ang idinagdag sa 2012 annu28

al budget ng lungsod kung ikukumpara sa P551 milyun budget sa taong ito. “Sa tuloy-tuloy na pinalakas na kampanya sa pangungolekta ng buwis at ibang source of revenue ay walang magiging problema sa budget kasi madadagdagan ang pera sa kaban ng pamahalaang lungsod kaya may P27 milyun na dagdag sa budget for 2012, kaya

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good news ito sa ating mga kababayan dito,� ayon kay Melendrez. Nanawagan si Melendrez sa mga tagalungsod na tumulong sa pagsisikap na pagsasakatuparan ng mga programa at proyektong lalong magpapaunlad sa ekonomiya at kaayusan ng lungsod sa pamamagitan ng pagbayad ng tamang buwis.


One Mindanao - January 1, 2012  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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