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Davao-based technopreneurs get ready for Silicon Valley Mai Gevera-Macapagat

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Cover Story Davao-based techno-preneurs get ready for Silicon Valley by Mai Gevera-Macapagat

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avao-based makers of a photo blogging site, PicLyf, found their break recently as they bagged one of the three slots who will be sent to Silicon Valley for a three-month immersion where they could sign business deals with venture capitalists.

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PicLyf maker Eric Su described the platform as a site where people could share detailed pictures of their life. “ It’s a fun-to-update life blog, personal catalog and scrapbook rolled into one.” Many would question how different PicLyf from the popular Facebook and Google social networking sites. Su immediately answered, “ We do not have intention of taking the place of FB or Google. Rather, we focus on our edge which is the photo.” The site enables the user to delightfully remember life through the photo portfolio. It took the PicLyf team about two years before setting to formal work. This Davao-based team traversed the hard road until they called it all set for the international market. “ I remember a Singaporean company approached us and offered a considerable amount of money to partner with us in this project. But we

declined realizing that their terms are not that favorable.”, Su said. Through their innovative ideas, the platform now enables users to annotate photos, tag friends, zoom in on big pictures, react to them in one tap, and keep track of people they follow. The PicLyf team joined the ON3 Pitching Competition last year wherein they were given three minutes to explain their business venture and convince the judges how efficient and significant their product or project is in the field of information technology. Announced early this month, PicLyf learned that it is one of the three final winners in the said competition and they are scheduled to be exposed and be immersed in Silicon Valley. Su shared how challenging the competition was for them especially with the three-minute time limit given to them.

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“ We presented a big product and so it was difficult to sculpt it in a brief presentation. But we did it until the core became obsvious.”, he said. Over all the other entries from other parts of the country, Su believed that PicLyf’s edge was on risk management and possible returns that the product could provides, as these are important considerations taken by any investor. The team hopes to sign deals in the 3-month exposure and immersion in Silicon Valley. They do not have a particular target investment amount to bring home from California, however, they are determined to continue upgrading the platform. PicLyf is set to place advertisements on the side by February and will seek the help of bloggers to spread the word about this photo diary site.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino receives more than a billion US dollars government shares from Malampaya Gas-to-Power Project

President Noynoy Aquino receives the Malampaya Deepwater Gas-to-Power’s revenue contribution mock cheque amounting to U.S. Dollar One Billion, One Hundred Thirty Four Million, Six Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand and One Hundred Fifty Seven (U.S. $1,134,669,157.00) to be remitted to the National Treasury during the Symbolic Hand-Over ceremony at the Music Room, Malacañan Palace, Today, January 20, 2012.

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III received more than a billion US dollar on behalf of the Philippine government from its shares in the Malampaya Gas-to-Power project, which is considered as one of the largest and most significant industrial endeavors in the country’s history.

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During the symbolic handover of the Malampaya Deepwater Gas-toPower project’s revenue contribution to the National Government for the year 2011, President Aquino accepted a mock check containing the exact amount of One Billion One Hundred Thirty Four Million Six Hundred Sixty Nine Thousand and One Hundred Fifty Seven US Dollars ($1,134,669,157) from Edgar Chua, Shell Philippines Country Manager. Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, who witnessed the turnover event said that the amount was part of the government’ssharefrom the Malampaya project, a joint venture by the government headed by his department and the private sector. He added that the share is given annually from the total earnings of the project. “Joint venture po kasi ang project so may share po ang gobyerno and it is given every year. Yung 1.1 billion dollars

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is the total for 2011,” Almendras said adding that the amount will go directly to the Malampaya fund that is being managed by the Department of Finance (DoF). “That goes to the Malampaya fund po… iba po ang accounting nun, iba po ang treatment dun ng Bureau of Treasury,” Almendras noted. He expressed high hopes that the government will be receiving the same amount in the coming years if the price and quantity of produce will be stabilized. Almendras added that the government’s shares will decrease if it will reinvest in Phases 2 and 3 of the project. “Hopefully, the supply will continue so that’s the same amount of shares and if the price stays as it is that should be the quantity that we should be getting,” Almendras said. “The only time that it will go down is when we reinvest, kasi di ba we have to invest for the Malampaya Phase 2 and Phase 3…. This is still the original contract

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and not the extension yet, there’s a Phase 2 and 3 which will require us to invest so that we can get more gas and prolong the supply of gas because we need gas as much as we can,” he added. Also present during the event were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Philippine National Oil Company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gemiliano Lopez, Shell Philippines managing director Sebastian Quinones Jr. and Shell Philippines assistant manager Sabino Santos. The Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power project is a joint undertaking of the Philippine national government and the private sector. The project is spearheaded by the Department of Energy, developed and operated by Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) on behalf of joint venture partners Chevron Malampaya LLC and the PNOC Exploration Corporation. (JCL)


Philippine-Thai leaders recommit to building ASEAN community

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he Philippines and Thailand have recommitted their respective country’s efforts towards achieving an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Community by 2015.

The two leaders echoed their recommitment in a joint press conference at the sidelines of their Expanded Bilateral Meeting during Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Official Visit to the Philippines o n

Thursday. The President underscored the country’s commitment to building an ASEAN Community that is founded “on the bedrock principle of compassion and respect for the rights and welfare of its peoples.” “I also informed the

Prime Minister of the Philippines’ major advocacies in the ASEAN, which includes connectivity, maritime security, food security, migrant workers’ protection, disaster management and biodiversity,”

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the President said. “I was pleased to learn about Thailand’s own priorities, and to note synergy and congruence in our countries’ thrusts,” he added. Shinawatra stressed the importance of maintaining a reliable and secure connectivity program between ASEANmember countries to ensure that the building of an ASEAN Community

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would be a success. “Both our two countries reaffirm our commitment to Asean communities in 2015 and to promote connectivity in the regions. Together, we hope to create an ASEAN community that is people-centered to the regional architecture and plays an important role in global affairs,” Shinawatra said. The establishment of a borderless ASEAN Community by 2015 was signed during the

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14th ASEAN Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, in 2009. The creation of the ASEAN Community will be similar to that of the European Union (EU). The ASEAN is composed of 10-member countries namely: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (RCK)


US vows wider access for Philippine bananas

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merican officials assured the Philippine government of more banana imports following the ongoing sanctions against Iran which drastically affected Filipino banana farmers, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday. In an interview in Malacanang on Friday, the President told reporters that among his discussions with visiting US legislators were the impact of the recent Iran sanction to the Philippine banana industry. The President said 30 percent of the country’s total banana exports go to Iran. “Pag nagkaroon ng mga financial

transactions na pinahirapan ang Iran apektado kaagad tayo. So ipinarating natin itong view point na ito sa American congressional delegation at pinangakuan tayong tutulungan tayo doon para may access na dagdag raw sa Amerika para hindi mahirapan ang ating mga kapatid na nasa pagtatanim ng saging,” the President said. The President met ear-

lier this week with US Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kelly Ayotte in Malacanang. McCain, Lieberman and Ayotte are all members of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. Aside from banana imports, the US and the Philippines also agreed for a stronger military cooperation following the

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visit of the four American senators. In a media briefing also this week, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the American senators told Filipino officials about the increased American military involvement in the Asia-Pacific region. This will also mean more military exercises with the American allies in Asia-Pacific

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area including the Philippines. Lacierda clarified, however, that the US is not establishing any bases in the Philippines. Lacierda said the Philippines also asked for a second Hamilton class cutter, a request that the US senators vowed to support. The first Hamilton class cutter arrived in the Philippines last August. It is now com-

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missioned by the Philippine Navy to protect the country’s waters. Prior to the visit of McCain’s group this week, President Aquino also met with several members of the US House of Representatives who also arrived in the country. The visiting US congressmen commended the reform agenda of the Aquino government. (AS)


CDO orders gasoline dealers to freeze prices of gasoline, diesel

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he city council here directed an explanation from gasoline dealers for non-compliance of standing order of the state of national calamity in view of the disaster brought by tropical storm ‘Sendong.’ The Office of the President, on Dec. 20, 2012, issued Proclamation No. 303 putting the entire city under the state of national calamity, following the killer flashfloods that devastated the city on December 17. In a recent forum held in the city, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Undersecretary Jose Layug said that the department has a standing order excluding the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan from the coverage of rounds of increases in the prices of petroleum products in view of the disaster brought by ‘Sendong,’ until after the lifting of the declaration.

Yet, days after Undersecretary Layug made the announcement, local gasoline dealers implemented oil price hikes to the dismay of the public, especially the motorists. Hence, the order demanding an explanation from local gasoline dealers for their utter disregard of the DOE standing order. Friday, January 20, 2012

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January 25: Declared as Iligan Day of Volunteerism and Solidarity by Melvin T. Anggot

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - To signal the start of a multi-sectoral cooperation in rebuilding Iligan particularly building houses for the flood survivors, the local government declared January 25, 2012 as a “Day of Volunteerism and solidarity.”

In the tradition of the Bayanihan spirit the “January 25 build” is open to all volunteers and groups who would like to help flood survivors build their house units in a 15.9 hectare relocation site at Barangay Sta. Elena that will house at least 1,600 families. The City of Iligan spearheads this multi-sectoral activity, which enjoins the cooperation between government agencies and non14

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government organizations (NGOs) like the National Housing Authority, DPWH, UN-Habitat and GawadKalinga (GK), among others. Tent Cities, on the other hand, are being set up in various locations to temporarily shelter flood survivors particularly those who lost their homes, while other remain in evacuation centers awaiting resettlement and relocation. (CIO)


House donors for TS Sendong victims in Iligan pouring in ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - Responding to the call for help, several groups pledged to give housing units to Iligan flood survivors caused by tropical storm Sendong. Foremost is the San Miguel Corporation which pledged to donate 2,500 house units valuing at P500 million. The organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) also committed to give 500 house units. Another 200 houses was earlier pledged by GMA Network, and another 30 units has been committed by the Phil. Economic Zone Authority. The Development Bank of Philippines (DBP), on the other hand, also pledged to donate Seven (7) houses.

This is on top of the 1,600 units to be constructed at the relocation site at Barangay Sta. Elena, this city. Unprecedented in the long history of Iligan, typhoon ‘Sendong’ sent a devastating deluge in the city on December 17, claiming hundreds of lives and wasted properties, infrastructure and agriculture to the tune of more than P600 million. Iligan is no longer drowned by flood, but by tears and troubles of recovering back to normalcy, said city Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz. (Melvin T. Anggot)

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POEA-XI beefs up campaign vs. illegal recruitment by Carina Cayon

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he Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in the region is beefing up its campaign against illegal recruitment in a bid to further prevent Filipinos from being victimized by such act.

POEA Regional Center for Mindanao chief Maria Carolina Agdamag said that information campaign on anti-illegal recruitment will be intensified this year up to the grassroots level. “We will keep on campaigning and giving-out information,” Agdamag

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said during yesterday’s (Jan. 17) Davao Talking Points forum over Radyo ng Bayan. She said the information drive will be in coordination with the national government agencies, local government units and the academe. Agdamag raised the need of collaborating with the other agencies, especially with the LGUs which could help POEA reach out to the vulnerable sectors. “Mahirap mag reach-out sa grassroots because these are people who are willing to go out kahit alam nilang illegal ang pagka recruit sa kanila,” she stated. Agdamag said that the campaign is part of the agency’s program anchored on the mandate to implement Republic Act No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995. The Act provides for the institution of “policies of overseas employment and establish a higher


standard of protection and promotion of the welfare of migrant workers, their families and overseas Filipinos in distress, and for other purposes.” Provisions on illegal recruitment fall under Section 6 of RA 8042, which defines illegal recruitment as an “act of canvassing any act of canvassing, enlisting, contracting, transporting, utilizing, hiring, procuring workers and includes referring, contact services, promising or advertising for employment abroad, whether for profit or not, when undertaken by a nonlicense or non-holder of authority..” In avoiding illegal recruitment, Agdamag advised aspiring migrant workers not to apply at recruitment agencies not licensed by POEA. “They must check with POEA as to the ve-

racity of the agency,” she said. In POEA’s website, among the pointers given to prevent illegal recruitment are: not to deal with licensed agencies without job orders; and not to deal with any person who is not an authorized representative of a licensed agency. It is also advised not to pay more than the allowed placement fee which should be equivalent to one month salary, exclusive of documentation and processing costs. A valid employment contract and an official receipt must also be present when paying placement fee. Agdamag also disclosed to step up POEA’s program in providing PreEmployment Orientation Seminar for would-be Overseas Filipino Workers.

ComVal MSMEs create niche in local market by Jeanevive Duron Abangan NABUNTURAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY – Micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) in Compostela Valley province created a niche in the domestic market last year as they participated in various trade fairs, exhibits and market matching sessions. In a report, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Compostela Valley Project Management Office said that the DTI-assisted MSMEs were able to generate substantial sales as they ventured in various business

activities during which they clinched deals. Some of the trade fairs, during which DTI made arrangement for local MSMEs to participate, were the Musikahan Festival, Bulawan Festival, National Trade Fair, IFEX, Regional Trade and Tourism Fair, National OTOP Fair, Mindanao Culinary Festival, Presyo Diskwento and National Coco-Coir Fair. From trade fairs at the local, regional and national levels, MSMEs in Compostela Valley raked in P9.72 million sales. Friday, January 20, 2012

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The biggest sale they made was during the three-day 4th Bulawan Festival during which participating MSMEs generated a total of P963,676 sales out of their jewelry displays, food and beverages and handicraft exhibits. The Cocolife Cooperative of Compostela town was also able to raise a negotiated sale amounting to P300,000 during the International Food Expo( IFEX) at the SM Mall of Asia in May last year. During the National OTOP (OneTown One-Product) Exhibit in September last year in Manila, Comvalbased MSMEs particularly King Real Soap Manufacturing, Cocolife Cooperative, H&W Ventures and Jovir’s Jewelry Shop generated a total of sales of P269,425. The same MSMEs also made it big during the Mindanao Trade Exhibit (MTE), Mindanao Culinary Festival and Davao Agriculture and Trade Expo (DATE) during which they got total cash sales of P217,515. In its participation to the National Trade Fair in the Mall of Asia, Manila in March last year, King Real Soap Manufacturing raised a sale in of P100,000 from its Virgin Coconut Oil-based insect repellant and VCO perfume. In a market-matching, the Cooperative Handicraft Industry of Nabunturan (CHaIN) inked a deal with Davao Oriental-based handicraft outlet “Oriental Touch”, resulting to the purchase of 10,000 piece of mats 18

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and other handicrafts amounting to more than P500,000. CHaIN sold P36,000 more of additional abaca-made items to Oriental touch for its Pasalubong Center in Pintatagan, Davao Oriental. Among the biggest direct sales was generated by agri-based MSME, YK Technology which last year made a P100,000 sale of its Pangasius. CHaIN also generated a direct sale amounting to P20,000 as it sold some of its native and handicraft products to a souvenir-item buyer, while Cocolife Cooperative also raised P55,000 direct sales of its coco-based products to walk-in clients and local exporters. While it went on pitching MSME products during trade fairs and exhibits, DTI-Comval also conducted competitiveness enhancement seminars and enrolled some MSMEs in its Export Pathways Program (EPP) to push MSMEs to venture the export market. DTI-ComVal report listed 15 MSMEs enrolled last year to the EPP. Nine of the EPP-enrolled MSMEs were from the Municipality of Monkayo; three from Nabunturan, one each from the municipalities of Compostela, Mawab and Pantukan. DTI-ComVal also enabled MSMEs to make use of electronic ways of marketing through inviting them to the “Enhancing Competitiveness of MSMEs on E-Marketing” training during which nine ComValbased MSMEs joined.


Davao del Norte Provincial Board urged to declare State of Calamity for province by Jeanevive Duron Abangan

TAGUM CITY -The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Davao del Norte is recommending the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to declare the province under the State of Calamity . Presiding over the PDRRMC meeting this morning, Provincial Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario saw the need for rehabilitation of damages to agricultural areas and to infrastructure, and for provision of assistance to affected families during the two successive massive flood incidents, occurring in late December last year and in early January this year. Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services

Administration (PAGASA) moved for the declaration of the State of Calamity that was finally carried when Assistant Regional Director Rebecca Lopez explained the criteria for calamity area declaration. Based on a guidelines provided by the National DRRMC, calamity-stricken local government units can declare a state of calamity when at least 20 percent of the population is affected and in need of assistance; a great number or at least 40 percent of the means of livelihood are destroyed; major roads and bridges are destroyed and impassable for at least a week, thus disrupting the flow of transport and commerce; widespread destruction of fishponds, crops, poultry and livestock, and other agricultural products; and disruptions of lifelines such as electricity, potable water system, transport, communication and other related systems. Basing on reports of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Division (PDRRMD) and noting Friday, January 20, 2012

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that the province experienced close succession of floods, Lopez said the situation merited a declaration of a state of calamity. Del Rosario however saw the need to terminate the declaration of the previous state of calamity status pronounced on January 10, 2011, prompting the PDRRMC to adopt a resolution not only recommending the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to declare a State of Calamity but also to end the previous declaration. He emphasized such recommendation of PDRRMC as “subject to the approval of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan” which will be on its regular session on Monday. In his report, PDRRMD action officer Sonio Sanchez reported that the flooding incident from Dec. 26 to Dec. 29, 2011 took a toll on crops amounting to P124,441,177. The four-day flooding also brought damages to various infrastructure in a total estimated value of P9,456,250. The flood soaked some portions in the towns of Asuncion , B.E. Dujali, Carmen, Kapalong, New Corella, Sto. Tomas and the city of Tagum , affecting 14,689 families in 73 barangays. Just about two weeks after, the

six towns including some portions of Tagum City were again inundated due to continuous rains that poured from January 13 to January 15, due to the tail-end of the coldfront. Sanchez reported the latest flooding incident brought an estimated crop damages of P6,548,717 and P680,000 damages to infrastructure. Though only 12,241 families were affected, the recent flood took the life of one Bernardino Elle, 17 years old of Brgy San Miguel in Tagum City . Gov. del Rosario lauded the Reduce D’ Risk Rescue Team of the provincial capitol along with its allied rescue units for its success in quickly addressing requests for rescue operation. Citing the casualty, he said, that could have been prevented if intensive education were done so residents in flood hazard-prone areas would have a mindset of securing themselves first instead of risking their lives. Sonio suggested that evacuated areas should be tightly guarded and be cordoned so no one would be able to enter during the height of flooding.

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Dubai market for processed pork products eyed by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY - Processed pork products from Socssksargen Region or Region 12 could soon be exported to United Arab Emirates where the same products can also be sold to other countries, an official of the Department of Agriculture said.

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the large population of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there . Residents of the city also include other nationalities such as Indians who also include pork meat in their diet. She explained, as an open city, Dubai allows entry of pork products. On January 3, DA12 organized a meeting between local hog raisers and the country’s agriculture attaché to Dubai City, along with DA’s national director for agribusiness and marketing, to inform the local hog industry of “this major potential.” Jaruda did not name both officials of DA. “This month, we will start sending samples of processed meat

to Dubai,” she said, to determine if local products pass the requirements of the market partner in Dubai. This partner, she said, could also facilitate marketing of the products to other countries. “This means that demand for our processed meat products is really large,” she said . She, however, confirmed that initial volume of pork-in-abox to be exported has not been set. Jaruda added that they have already accredited several hog farms in General Santos City, Koronadal City and other parts of South Cotabato, which may provide the initial products for export. “We are also looking into linking this op-

portunity with our backyard hog raisers,” she said. DA and the Bureau of Animal Industry will work together in assuring that the local livestock industry are able to cope with the market demands and market standards, she said. Jaruda also said that the meat products that will be exported to Dubai will come from surplus production. If the agreement pushes through, Soccsksargen Region will be the first to export processed pork meat to Dubai. Local market of pork products from Soccsksargen Region include Davao City, Davao Oriental, Caraga, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, and Manila.

‘It’s more fun in Magandang Gensan’ – GenSan’s new tourism slogan by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY-- “It’s more fun in Magandang GenSan” is the city’s local version of the Department of Tourism (DOT) campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines.” 22

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Egay Cadiente, assistant department head of the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO) said the DOT’s new campaign is a refreshing development which describes perfectly the kind of ambience the Philippines can offer to tourists and balikbayans alike. In recognition and appreciation of the new tourism campaign, Cadiente said the city government has then come up its own version dubbed, “It’s more fun in Magandang GenSan.” “There’s more to the

city than just the tuna industry,” he told a local TV station here Friday. Cadiente said it’s about time the city government takes on a whole new campaign on promoting General Santos City’s tourism and other development potentials to other countries. The city, according to him is already established in terms of being a “tuna capital of the Philippines” so it won’t be difficult to promote GenSan in another perspective . Cadiente described GenSan’s local version of the national tourism

campaign as an expression of confidence that people both locally and internationally will appreciate it. He said in the new one, CEMCDO makes use of the social media to spread the “fun side” of the city. The promotional campaign showcases photos that depict the tourism aspects of GenSan like the tuna industry, various soft and hard sports that the city already do and host, different facets of entertainment and places to hang around with family and friends along with the slogan itself.

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According to DOT, “It’s more fun in the Philippines” has been wellreceived by international audience when it was presented at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Manado, Indonesia held on January 10-15 this year. The country’s newest slogan takes on the hospitality and genial

character of the Filipinos, who are famous for their warm and happy mood wherever they go and whatever situation they are experiencing. Cadiente, however said, that before the local version can fully take off, the city government needs to do some prep up activities for the people here for them to un-

derstand and appreciate the tag line “Magandang GenSan” a lot better. He said Magandang GenSan is not only a mere “slogan or a greeting” but something which capsulizes the natural bounty and endowment of the city, thus, it must be said and remembered by heart. (PIA GenSan)

LGU, pribadong ospital nagkasundo sa pangangalaga ng riparian zone sa Banga KORONADAL CITY- Pumirma ng kasunduan kamakailan ang pamahalaang panlalawigan ng South Cotabato sa pamamagitan ng Allah Valley Landscape Development Authority (AVLADA) at ang pamunuan ng South Cotabato Medical Cooperative Medical Center (SOCOMEDICS) para sa pangangalaga sa isang kilometrong riparian zone sa bahagi ng Banga River sa Barangay El Nonok sa bayan ng Banga, South Cotabato.

Sa pamamagitan ng naturang kasunduan nangangako ang SOCOMEDICS na isang pribadong ospital na nakabase sa lungsod ng Koronadal na kupkupin ang lugar at pamahalaan ang pagmimintina, rehabilitasyon, at proteksyon ng tabingilog. Kabilang sa gawain ng cooperative hospital sa riparian zone and pagtatanim ng kawayan, mga bungang kahoy , ‘forest trees’, at ‘Vetiver grass’ na parehong tumulong na 24

mabawasan ang epekto ng pagbabaha at pagkabagbag ng gilid ng ilog. Sa pirmahan ng memorandum of agreement, nagpasalamat si Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. kay Dr. Amelia Pajaro, president ng SOCOMEDICS at sa pribadong sektor sa kanilang tulong sa lokal na gobyerno sa mga hakbanging sisiguro sa pangangalaga ng kapaligiran at pagpigil ng mga sakuna na maaring idulot ng baha at pagguho ng lupa.

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Umaasa si Gov. Pingoy na mas marami pang mga organisasyon, negosyo, at iba pang grupo sa pribadong sektor ang makikipagtulungan sa lokal na pamahalaan sa kaparehong ugnayan. Sinaksihan ang MOA signing nina El Nonok Chairman magno Reyes Jr., Banga MENRO Elmer Tira, DENR-Banga CENRO Shalimar Disomangcop, AVLADA Manager Silverio Tandog, at OIC PEMO Seigfred Flaviano. (DE Doguiles)


DENR donates P4.6 million of confiscated logs by Eric. F. Gallego

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This represents a total of 1,294 cubic meters of logs and 58,317.73 bd.ft of lumber and flitches products. Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said the DepEd/ Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) were given about 967.18 cubic meters of logs and 58,317.73 board feet of lumber and flitches which it manufactured into arm chairs. Several officials of public schools have also requested from the DENR for the confiscated lumber products for the construction of classrooms 26

last year. These public schools are the Isla Heneral Integrated School in Carrascal, Surigao del Sur which requested 21 pieces (1,00.50 bd.ft) of toog species lumber, the Ayoki Elementary School also of Carascal, Surigao del Sur which asked for 181 pieces ( 2,890.50 bd.ft.) of lumber, the Cahian Elementary School in Barangay Kapatungan, Trento, Agusan del Sur which requested 444.32 bd.ft of lumber and 17.83 cubic meter of logs worth P 115,905.40 , and the Antongalon Elementary School in Barangay Antongalon,Butuan City

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requested 500 board ft of lumber. The officials of the Manobo Tribal School Development Center in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur was also granted by the DENR with their request of 4,859.89 bd. ft. of lumber products and 17.83 cu.m. of logs which they used for the construction of a classroom building. The DENR has also donated 12,608 bd. ft of confiscated lumber products and 123.16 cu.m of logs to the provincial government of Agusan del Sur which it used for the construction of display booth for Naligayan Festival and to the Municipal Government of Lanuza in Surigao del Sur. The DENR likewise donated a total of 191.48 cu.m of illegal logs and 2,643 bd.ft of lumber to the Philippine National Police and the military.


Provincial Blood Coordinating Council exceeds blood requirement target by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR - The Provincial Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Agusan del Sur Chapter (PRC-AdS) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Sur has coped with the blood requirements, exceeding its target for the year 2011 by 133 bags, with the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) giving its full support by shouldering the financial requirements for the purchase of the re-agents used for blood examination.

For the year 2011, the PBCC team has collected a total of 2,633 bags of 450 ml. fresh blood thru field donation, replacement, walk-in clients and patient directed with a very little difference of 60 bags compared to last year with 2,693 bags. The blood collection mostly came from field donation where a team of medical technologists from the D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital (DOPMH),

led by Napoleon Montejo, Provincial Blood Coordinator and PRC Agusan del Sur Chapter, led by medical technologist Julie Lapides regularly conducted monthly blood collection by municipality. On record, field donation reached 2,538 bags, while replacement reached 38 bags, walk-in donors with 27 and patients directed to produce the needed blood, 30 bags.

Not only patients from the province of Agusan del Sur were served with the blood collected in Agusan del Sur, but also patients from as far as Kidapawan City, where two bags were sent for emergency use. The DOPMH, noted for its facilities and good doctors, has patients also coming from neighbouring province, making it the number one consumer of blood with 2,008 bags

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consumed as of December 2011. Second is the Bunawan District Hospital with 146 bags. The rest went to hospitals in Butuan City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao City and Surigao del Norte. According to records by the PBCC, male donors are dominant than female. Many were also found

positive of Hepa B with 145 samples, Syphilis with 28, Hepa C- 13 and even HIV case with four. Sixty two bags expired, while six are spoiled chylous. The provincial government set aside P1.5 million budget for the re-agents but because of the increase in its prices, supplementary budget amounting to P1.6

million was released on the fourth quarter of 2011. The 13 municipal government and the lone city of Bayugan also share P50,000 every year for the fuel and oil and other travelling expenses of the team that travel to all the municipalities during the conduct of the mobile blood donation activities.

Feature: Moving on in Sendong’s aftermath by Danilo Escabarte

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uddied books, broken chairs and damaged classrooms greeted Jasmin Pagador, 5, and her classmates as they trooped back to Cabili Village Elementary School in Iligan City. Teachers and students tried to salvage whatever they could in the campus, which was hardly hit by tropical storm Sendong’s fury last December. 28

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Jasmin went to see their room and found its floor still submerged in floodwater while the walls were badly damaged. “Is that your room,” Rafael Lopa asked Jasmin in Filipino. Jasmin didn’t reply; she just stared at what was once her classroom. “Gusto mo ipagawa natin yan (Do you want that we will rebuild it)?” he asked again. Jasmin replied with a nod. The Tsunami-like flashflood affected nineteen classrooms at Cabili Village Elementary School, damaged 475 arm chairs, 10 teachers tables and 5 water sani-

tation facilities. Textbooks and other reading materials were buried in mud. Sendong’s wrath may have destroyed school buildings and other vital infrastructures in its path, but has not broken Jasmin’s will to continue her schooling. Her simple wish is “Maka-eskwela balik (To go back to school).” Rafael Lopa heads the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a non-governmental organization which is conducting relief and rehabilitation efforts in identified schools damaged by Sendong in Iligan and Cagayan de

Oro city. Cabili Village Elementary School has been one of PBSP’s recipient and partner school in implementing education-focused projects. Latest among them was a remedial reading program for students with difficulties in reading and comprehension. Jasmin’s wish can come true. With government and non-government organizations pooling resources together to rebuild what was damaged by Sendong; going back to school and moving on is not impossible for Jasmin and the rest of the students who survived Sendong’s fury.

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DOLE-9 hold reorientation on expanded SPES by Rene V. Carbayas in Isabela City

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he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zamboanga Peninsula held, Monday, a re-orientation cum pledging session to institutions and employers in Isabela City on government’s students’ employment program implementation.

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source of the country. It is common knowledge, however, that many of our young people are not in school because of poverty. Thus, the gov ernment sets up SPES,” he said. He underscored the important role of public and private institu tions in the success of the program as they are encouraged to employ students and commit to shell out 60% of the student’s minimum wage. When asked about the dearth DOLE officer-in-charge in Isa- of would-be employers because of bela City Wesley Tan said the de- the difficulty to produce the counpartment is implementing the terpart, Ligutom replied quoting year-round Special Program for that “no one is so rich that does not Employment of Students (SPES) need, and no one is so poor that for 2012, pursuant to Republic Act can’t give.” 9547, an act strengthening and ex- Moreover, he said that the inpanding the coverage of SPES. centive must come from within the Outgoing DOLE-9 Regional Di- person or values of the employer rector Ponciano Ligutom said the and not from any monetary reward program aims to help poor but de- or benefits that the government can serving students pursue their edu- offer. He appealed to employers to cation by encouraging their em- think more of what they can do to ployment during summer and or help the youth than for their perChristmas vacations for secondary sonal or institutional gains. level and year-round for tertiary The new SPES hopes to impleand vocational or technical levels, ment its new feature in releasing thereby providing income to fi- government’s share of 40% to bennance, augment, or subsidize their eficiaries through the use of a cash studies. card. He said that releasing the “This is the new feature of our money through checks have caused program, where students can work some problems in the old SPES sysyear-round provided that this will tem. He did not elaborate. not affect their studies,” Ligutom DOLE has allocated some P19stressed. million for Zamboanga Peninsula He clarified, however, that the for the implementation of SPES this assistance is given to poor students year. Isabela City gets some 3% “not because they do deserve it but share of that or an equivalent of that no one deserves to be poor.” Php572,640.00 allocation. “Human resource is the best re- (JPA/RVC-PIA9 ZBST) Friday, January 20, 2012

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DOST-IX bares highlights of 2011 accomplishments

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he Department of Science & Technology Region IX (DOST IX) bared their accomplishments for 2011 declaring that it was a very productive and dynamic year. Despite the many challenges and demands of their tasks, the department achieved and even surpassed its targets for 2011 through the best practices that DOST-IX incessantly demonstrated over the years. Its tough organizational Core Values such as Excellence, Commitment, Customer-Priority, Innovation, Integrity, and Teamwork (ExCITe) led to the enormous success of the office’s organizational goals. Some of the remarkable accomplishments in 2011 were: The Field Operation Services provided 155 technology interventions to MSMEs in the region thru the flagship program Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), which is 19% over the target of 130 interventions. Through its local Grants-in-aid program (GIA), DOSTIX implemented 21 communitybased projects and funded eight (8) Research & Development Projects. The regional office successfully installed a total of ten (10) units of Automated Weather Stations (AWS) and Automated Rain Gauge (ARG) throughout the region. The AWS are 32

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monitoring stations equipped with different sensors capable of measuring wind speed and direction, air temperature, air humidity, air pressure, and rain amount, duration and intensity, while ARG system uses a tipping bucket that measures the amount of precipitation or rain that has fallen. It gathers and records the amount of rainfall over a set period of time and automatically sends the data to a central-based station on a pre-determined interval basis. In the 3-day Intellectual Property and Patent drafting Workshop, DOST-IX has facilitated 4 patent


applications with the Intellectual Property Office. The Year 2011 marked the intensification of DOST-IX’s commitment to increase its scholars through the DOST-SEI scholarship. There were at least 698 senior high school students from as far as Jolo, Sulu who sought to hurdle the said scholarship examinations. Moreover, a TRACER has been initiated aiming to track DOST’s scholar-graduates. The DOST-Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory or RSTL served some 1,111 customers in 2011. Out of the 2,311 samples received for analyses, a total of 4,366 tests were conducted. The RSTL offers physical, chemical, microbiological and metrology testing. The laboratories generated / collected testing fees amounting to P2M. The DOST-IX has successfully renewed its ISO 9001:2008 Certification. The certification (CIP/4068/07/12/552), dated 03 February 2011, and is valid until 02 February 2014, was issued by the Certification International Philippines, Incorporated (CIPI), an internationally renowned ISO certifying body. Meanwhile, RSTL – Chemical and Microbiological Laboratories also effectively renewed its 3-year accreditation to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 version and is valid until 2013. ISO/ IEC 17025 is the global quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories. Another accomplishment of the DOST Regional Office IX in 2011 was

the accreditation from the Philippine Accreditation Office (PAO) - Department of Trade and Industry for being the 1st ISO 17025 Accredited Metrology Lab in the Regions. DOST IX was evaluated and has been found to conform with the PNS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 requirements and the PAO condition for laboratory accreditation in the field of calibration. The lead government Science & Technology agency spearheaded the launching of the DOST-STII’S Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations better known as STARBOOKS project. A first of its kind to be implemented in various rural public schools in the entire Philippines, a total of 8 public schools were selected as recipients. STARBOOKS is a stand-alone information kiosk, which provides thousands of digitized S&T resources in various formats without the need for an internet connection. This innovation is said to introduce digitized library materials in the fingertips of the Filipinos in the rural communities. DOST-IX maintained its strong linkages with various stakeholders considered as partners. his year, DOST-IX relentlessly commits itself to deliver quality major products and services consisting of Technology Transfer and Commercialization; Analytical Testing and Calibration Services; and S&T Promotion, Information, Dissemination and S&T Scholarships right in every community’s frontier. (DOST-IX/ PIA9/alt) Friday, January 20, 2012

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Dipolog supports ‘Barkada Kontra Droga’ by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY In support to the “Barkada Kontra Droga” (BKD) program of President Benigno S. Aquino, III’s administration, the city government here led by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy is now organizing BKD in every barangay of the city. BKD is a national anti-drug program aimed at curbing drug abuse in all parts of the country through the active participation of the public. It also seeks to complement the efforts of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in their campaign against illegal drugs. The City Information Office (CIO) reported that BKD seminars are now being held in the barangays in coordination with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Department of Education (DepED), Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), officers of student 34

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organizations, students, teachers and parents. The seminar tackles the three major issues in the government’s anti-drug campaign program such as the government’s response to the drug problem, effects of drug abuse and the laws on prohibited drugs. BKD was launched in this city in July 2010 with barangay officials, school principals, non-government organizations (NGOs), personnel from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the PNP, with other stakeholders in attendance. (ALT/FPG/PIA- Zamboanga del Norte)


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