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Cover Story NIA implements P472.3-M irrigation rehabilitation in South Cotabato by Dani Doguiles

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n accordance with President Benigno Aquino III’s mandate for the country to achieve staple food sufficiency, the National Irrigation administration in South Cotabato announced that massive irrigation development projects are set to be implemented this year.

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Engr. Ramon Bugacia, South Cotabato irrigation managers disclosed they are scheduled to implement staggering P472,347,000 worth of irrigation projects from January to December 2012. This, he announced, is the so far he largest allocation NIASouth Cotabato has received for irrigation development. “In the previous years we only received allocations of P30 million to P40 million,� Bugacia noted. The largest portion, amounting to P138,225,000, is intended for massive repair and rehabilitation of the Ala River Irrigation System (RIS) , which is scheduled to begin in May.

Implementation of the Ala RIS project would mean shutdown of the entire operation of all its diversion dams and consequent loss of water supply for an estimated 12,000 hectares of farmlands in South Cotabato and neighboring province of Sultan Kudarat, Bugacia said. Sadly, Ala RIS may be out of operation until October, he added. But farmers who will be affected by the temporary shutdown need not worry, said Bugacia. Department of Agriculture-12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan has ordered provincial agriculture offices, NIA, and National Food

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Authority to plan out interventions to help affected farmers. Interventions being considered include temporary shift to alternate crops such as corn and vegetables as well as increasing NFA’s buffer stock to 90 days, instead of the regular 30 days. Besides Ala RIS, 23 other projects including repair and rehabilitation of existing irrigation systems, extension projects, and small irrigation projects are set for implementation in South Cotabato this year. These include P27.18 million for extension of Banga RIS and Marbel#1 RIS and P11.68 million rehabilitation works for Banga RIS and Marbel #1 and Marbel #2 RISs. Nine projects are also slated to be carried out this year in General Santos City area, Bugacia said.

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Biggest among these is the lined item for Buayan-Tinagakan RIS amounting to P85.8 million. Four expansion projects amounting to P16.98 million and another four repair projects amounting to P8.04 million will also be implemented in the area. Bugacia said, these irrigation development projects are in accordance with the national governments’ thrust toward rice self-sufficiency to “limit or discourage rice importation.” “Recently an initial P40 million fund have been downloaded

to NIA regional office,” he said, adding that these will be release after the necessary program of work have been submitted. Bugacia also appealed to farmers who may be affected by intermittent or even total loss supply of water for their farms while the projects are being implemented. “Anyway, after these projects are completed, efficiency of our irrigation systems will be restored and would mean better supply of water and better harvest for our farmers,” Bugacia said.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino breaks ground for new aviation school

President Noynoy Aquino, assisted by Cebu Pacific Air, Inc. President & CEO Lance Gokongwei, lowers the time capsule during the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training Incorporated Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Today, January 24, 2012.

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III led ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of a new aviation training center here on Tuesday.

The Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, Incorporated (PAAT) is a joint

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venture between Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and Canadian Aviation Electronics (CAE). Once completed

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by the third quarter of 2012, the $50-million PAAT will


have the capability to train over 2,500 pilots annually as well as other aviation professionals for CEB and third-party airlines in the region. In his speech, the President lauded the CAE and CEB joint venture saying the investment once again recognizes the talent, skill and hard work of Filipinos. “It is always good to see the hard work and creativity of Filipinos being recognized by companies from in and out of the country; and today is further proof of the confidence companies like Cebu Pacific and

CAE have in our people’s talent and potential,” the President said. “You are expressing your confidence not just in words, but in dollars and cents—to the tune of forty to fifty million dollars,” he added. The President said that once the facility is completed, Filipinos will be given a chance to hone their flying skills and further be recognized as one of the world’s best pilots. “Soon we will be able to train world-class pilots here; we will provide a whetstone that will hone yet another of our coun-

trymen’s many talents,” the President said. “They will come here and stand shoulder-toshoulder with students from all over the world— effectively cementing our position as a hub for aviation training in the AsiaPacific region,” he added. The President then went on to pitch for the new tourism campaign of the Philippines saying, “In the spirit of the campaign recently launched by our Department of Tourism— we will soon be able to say that even aviation training is more fun in the Philippines.” (RCK)

Aquino says construction of new aviation training school timely as country ramps up aviation reforms

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday that the construction of the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, Inc. (PAAT), a new aviation training center here, would help in the government’s quest to improve and reform the country’s aviation industry to be at par with world standards.

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In his speech keynoting the ground breaking ceremony for PAAT, the President said the Philippine aviation reforms include regaining Category 1 status under the United States Federal Aviation Administration and liberalization of aviation rules in order to boost domestic and international air traffic and, in turn, the economy. “Today’s groundbreaking comes at a time of transformation, as we ramp up our efforts to reform aviation in the country. Right now, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines is focused on regaining Category 1 status under the US Federal Aviation Administra-

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tion. A positive outcome will result in the expansion of our airlines’ capacities, which will redound to a healthier aviation industry, more mobility for our people, and ultimately, a more robust and equitably progressive economy,” the President said. “We have also been working on liberalizing aviation here. In the last year we have seen our liberalization programs translate into very robust growth in both domestic and international air traffic. Likewise, the Department of Tourism has hit the ground running in the implementation of our Pocket Open Skies policy,” he added. The President said that these

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positive results would directly benefit the tourism sector which, he said, “is one of the low-lying fruits of our economic agenda.” “We are aware of how gifted our country is—from our natural wonders to the inherently welcoming attitude of our people. Make no mistake about it: we plan on capitalizing on these competitive advantages. Each new job in the tourism industry takes on a multiplier effect, empowering our citizens’ financial capacity, allowing local businesses to thrive, and creating even more jobs for the rest of our countrymen,” the President said. (RCK)


Aquino cites strides achieved in aviation history

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited the giant strides achieved by the human race in perfecting its quest of piloting an aircraft, saying this determination is “enduring and undeniable proof that if we set our minds to it, and if we’re willing to work hard each and every day, then we can certainly achieve anything we set out to do.”

The President said that after only 75 years after the first Filipino pilots flew from Manila to Spain in 1936, we are now ready to train other Filipinos and peoples

of the world to become pilots. “It is exciting to envision how, in a few months, this facility will be completed—already teaching eager pilots how to properly operate aircrafts,” the President said

in his speech at the ground breaking ceremonies for the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training, Inc. (PAAT) here. “In three generations, we

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have gone from the pioneering flights of Filipino aviators, such as the first flight of Antonio Arnaiz and Juan Calvo from Manila to Spain in 1936—and the setting up of our first international air terminal in Nielson Field just one year later—to our now possessing the technology, the know-how, and the skills to train thousands of pilots, who will eventually be flying travelers across continents every single day,” he added. “But seeing how much progress we have made in such a short

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time—from celebrating our first flight a little more than 75 years ago to where we find ourselves now—we see how far hard work and commitment can take us in fulfilling our shared dreams,” the President said. The President pointed out that he wanted the progress achieved by the aviation industry to be reciprocated in our country. “What we want to do can be stated simply: we want to change the way this country works; we want to improve the lives of our people; and we want to put an

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end to corruption, so that we could put an end to poverty,” the President said. “We are aware that the path to fulfilling these goals will be difficult. I will need not just our effort, but the effort of each and every Filipino. And we must also aspire to soar. We must dare to dream that we have a winning team,” he added. He stressed that this dream can be achieved as long as we focus and do more than what is asked of us. “If we all focus, if we do the things we can and need to do, no matter how small; if we always strive for excellence, and if we do not lose sight of the dreams we share for this country, then surely, we can soar higher than we already have,” the President said. (RCK)


Eco-friendly nickel plant to rise in Surigao by Eugenio Lira, Jr.

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n eco-friendly USD 2.5 billion nickel processing plant will soon rise in Nonoc Island after rehabilitation works of the mothballed nickel refinery will be completed following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between two giant corporations witnessed by local executives recently.

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“The old nickel refinery owned by Philnico Mining Corporation will be rehabilitated by San Miguel Corporation, within this year, which committed to replace it with a modern nickel plant using the electro-magnetic processing technology in extracting nickel ores. It’s eco-friendly for it does not use chemicals unlike decades ago,” City Mayor Ernesto Matugas said. He said that on January 4, San Miguel Corporation, represented by Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang, entered an MOU with Philnico President Evaristo Narvaez where it promised to undertake payment of USD 300 million in back taxes which the latter had owed to the Philippine government. The same was 14

reached following an earlier buy out agreement for the nickel plant with the approval of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, he added. Matugas disclosed Surigao City will soon become one of the top earning local government units with an estimated USD 25 million in annual realty taxes, or approximately P1.075-billion, derived from one percent of the USD 2.5 billion refinery cost. The processing plant would operate on a 106-hectare property owned by the city government, he said. “Once fully operational, the nickel refinery will employ about 6,000 skilled and non-skilled workers where not less than 2,000 of

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which will be Surigaonons. Businesses in food, transportation and the like will definitely sprout in Nonoc Island and will also add employment opportunities for our people,” Matugas said. The mayor said Ang committed to give USD 1.162-million, or approximately P50-million, for the construction of an additional 800-meter runway at the Surigao City Airport to accommodate large airplanes and the same will be deductible from the company’s tax obligation with the city government. Aside from Ang and Narvaez, the MOU signing was also attended by Mayor Matugas and Rep. Francisco Matugas of Surigao del Norte’s 1st District.


OWWA-Caraga intensifies scholarship program to OFW dependents by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY-- Citing the value of education for human transformation, Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA)Caraga is strengthening its scholarship program for dependents of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region. OWWA-Caraga Labor Relation Officer Ritchel Molero said that OWWACaraga Regional Director Dr. Marietta Lumawag is in Manila to get updates to improve the implementation of the program. Molero also said that aside from the scholarship program, dependents of OFWs in the region, including their spouses and direct relatives may also participate in computer literacy training. The said training is regularly conducted in OWWA-Caraga Regional Office

through the Project Tulay of the Blas F. Ople Foundation. “So far, kung unsa ang atong mga programa before, ato guihapon kining gipadayon sa pagkakaron ug mapadayunon usab kitang gitunol sa mga katawhan ang maong mga programa sama sa pagpang apud-apod og mga scholarship program sa kabataan sa atong OFWs dinhi sa Caraga,” Molero said. (So far, we continue the programs that were implemented before and we

also continue to give this to the people, like the scholarship program where children of the OFWs here in Caraga have benefitted.) This project aims provide OFW dependents knowledge on basic computer operation, specifically in the utilization of Internet, said Lumawag, in a previous interview. “Through this, they can communicate with their loved ones abroad, thus maintaining close family ties even they are distance away,” Lumawag said.

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DA-Caraga urges parents to enroll children in agriculture courses BUTUAN CITY-– Citing the need to sustain good agricultural production in the region, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Caraga is calling the parents to enroll their children in agriculture courses.

OWWA-Caraga Labor Relation Officer Ritchel Molero said that OWWA-Caraga Regional Director Dr. Marietta Lumawag is in Manila to get updates to improve the implementation of the program. Molero also said that aside from the scholarship program, dependents of OFWs in the region, including their spouses and direct relatives may also participate in computer literacy training. The said training is regularly conducted in OWWACaraga Regional Office 16

through the Project Tulay of the Blas F. Ople Foundation. “So far, kung unsa ang atong mga programa before, ato guihapon kining gipadayon sa pagkakaron ug mapadayunon usab kitang gitunol sa mga katawhan ang maong mga programa sama sa pagpang apud-apod og mga scholarship program sa kabataan sa atong OFWs dinhi sa Caraga,” Molero said. (So far, we continue the programs that were implemented before and we also continue to give

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this to the people, like the scholarship program where children of the OFWs here in Caraga have benefitted.) This project aims provide OFW dependents knowledge on basic computer operation, specifically in the utilization of Internet, said Lumawag, in a previous interview. “Through this, they can communicate with their loved ones abroad, thus maintaining close family ties even they are distance away,” Lumawag said. (Robert E. Roperos)


ZamboSur dad extols city govt for celebrating Chinese New Year for 8 consecutive years by Gideon C. Corgue

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he government acknowledged the great contribution of Chinese culture to our country.

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Thus declared Zamboanga del Sur governor Antonio H. Cerilles in his message during the opening program of Chinese New Year celebration on Friday at the Taclobo stage here. Speaking in front of a large crowd, Cerilles the guest of honor of the activity said the Chinese culture, one of the oldest civilizations of the world has a unique place among cultures in Asia, and in our country. Cerilles said Philippines who is very rich in history and in culture used to celebrate New Year for the Chinese, Christians and Muslims alike. “Philippines used to celebrate 3 most important New Year celebrations—the Chinese New Year, the Christian New year, and the Muslim New Year,” Cerilles added. Cerilles said we are very lucky that we have diverse cultures in our country. “These cultures were already included in our religious or traditional practice and even in our laws,” he added. The governor lauded the city government for celebrating the Chinese New Year every year hoping 18

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that the festivity will be replicated in other cities and neighboring municipalities in Mindanao to prove to the world that Philippines is very rich in culture. “We are very happy that Pagadian thru Mayor Co and the rest of city officials are the only people that celebrate Chinese New Year in Mindanao for eight consecutive years ,” Cerilles added. In a related development, Mayor Samuel Co, who is FilipinoChinese blooded official said the celebration revitalizes the “bonds of friendship, harmony and cooperation” among our people. Co said in the 2-day celebration, the city government and the Pagadian Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCCII) have prepared several activities such as: field demonstration, Chinese cultural show, gift-giving, Chinese food festival, fireworks display and dancing fountain show, which did not only make people happy but to express “our thanksgiving to the Almighty for the abundant blessings that our city has received”. The chief executive particularly mentioned the establishment of more hotels, department stores, restaurants, and the undergoing construction of new commercial buildings

which showcased the best potential of the city and the good business and investment opportunities. Co said the great success of the Chinese New Year celebration was attributed to the active support of the City Tourism council, PCCCII headed by its President Felix Hao, Filipino Chinese community, and the DepEd family for their time, efforts and financial support as it welcomed the year of the water dragon. Co also recognized the contribution of Filipino-Chinese community in the sustained progress of the city. (JPA/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian) Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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ROTC officers, cadets lead clean up drive ZAMBOANGA CITY At least 150 persons participated in cleaning the coastal stretch of R.T. Lim Boulevard on January 22, 2012 spearheaded by the 905th Community Defense Center of the Ninth Army Reserve Command (ARRESCOM) headed by Maj. Samad R. Gayac, represented by Lt. Dominic Soriano. Lt. Soriano said the clean-up drive was part of the order by ARRESCOM for Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) units to conduct such activities. “The order is for ROTC units to conduct coastal training, bloodletting and tree planting activities, throughout the Philippines,” Soriano said. At least 100 ROTC officers and cadets from Universidad de Zamboanga (UZ) participated in the activity, with representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO), Task Force Zamboanga, Coast Guard and the city government who also joined the clean-up drive. Task Force Zamboanga (TFZ) Civil Military Officer Maj. Jaran Abdula said these are programs that 20

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they help promote to bring back the spirit of “Bayanihan” to the people as ordered by TFZ Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual. “We would like to be involved in such activities to reach out to the communities and help them in any way we can as part of our Internal Peace Security Plan - BAYANIHAN”, Abdula said prior to the activity. Lt. Soriano thanked all partners who helped in the realization of the activity. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa LGU ng Zamboanga, Coast Guard, CENRO at iba pa nating mga kasama, kung di dahil sa kanila hindi magiging successful ito. (We thank the local government of Zamboanga, Coast Guard, CENRO and all our partners for their support. Without them, this activity will not be successful.)” Soriano said.(ALT/MVC/ PIA9-ZBST)


DSWD to administer social welfare indicator to 4Ps beneficiaries

by Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY - To assess the present situation and determine the level of well-being of the Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the province in terms of survival, subsistence and self sufficiency, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will administer a social welfare indicator (SWI) to all 4Ps beneficiaries this month. Zamboanga del Sur 4Ps Provincial Link Evangeline Poquita said the conduct of SWI will cover 11 municipalities under the fourth set composed of Pitogo, Dimataling, Margosatubig, Guipos, Tukuran, Mahayag Labangan, Ramon Magsaysay, Josefina, Aurora and Molave to include the fifth set covering the towns of Bayog, Dumalinao Tambulig and Pagadian City. Poquita said, “Using the data gathered during the SWI, we can identify as to what area or category either on social or economic aspects the beneficiaries are not doing well or dysfunctional. We were only given up to March of this year to administer the house-to-house assessment and interview with the beneficiaries and thru this process we can clearly assess their present living conditions.� Meanwhile, based on the National Housing Targeting System

(NHTS) survey conducted years back, Pagadian City has 12,147 potential Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries, but after DSWD conducted an eligibility check routine (ECR), 1,692 of them were disqualified for various reasons, making the number now at 10,455 beneficiaries. Poquita explained that of the 1,692 beneficiaries who were disqualified, 721 of them are with unknown reasons followed by transfer of residence with 345, while with no 0-14 years old children (253), multiple entry (226), waived (103) and inclusion error (44). Moreover, Zamboanga del Sur is now 100 percent covered under the poverty reduction and social development strategy of the national government that provides conditional cash grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly children aged 0-14. (ALT/CAL-Zambo Sur/PIA9) Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Mis. Occ. infra damages due to Sendong reaches P192.825 M by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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total of P192.825 million worth of damages to infrastructure, mostly roads and flood control projects, was recorded in the province of Misamis Occidental due to Typhoon Sendong.

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The PDRRMC said on midnight of Dec. 16, minor landslides/road slips with the shouldering materials in some sections washed out were noted in the Oroquieta-Plaridel-CalambaSapang-Dalaga (OPCSD) Road with damages estimated at P300,000, and the Oroquieta City-Calamba Mountain (OC-CM) Road worth P350,000. Photo Credits: http://www.keywordspeak.com


By 6:00 am, the next day, Dec. 17, the following roads had the same nature of damages: Ozamiz City-Oroquieta City (OCOC) Road, P200,000; left side of OPCSD Road, P350,000; OC-CM Road, P500,000; Calamba-Baliangao Road, P500,000; and four sections of the OC-CM Road for soil erosion resulting in clogged canal, P240,000. Meanwhile, the 97-meter provincial bridge in Sitio Barra, Northern Poblacion going to Barangays Kauswagan and Usokan in Plaridel town incurred a damage of P119,650,000, and was closed since Dec. 17. Early morning of Dec. 18, in Sapang Dalaga town, a landslide occurred in the spillway of Barangays Disoy and San Agustin, rendering the facility half-way passable. Due to heavy rain and flood debris, Baga Falls in Barangay Poblacion which was developed as a tourist attraction with 3 units of makeshift

layered bridge made of bamboo and native rope was destroyed including the shower pipe, chairs and plants worth P500,000. In Clarin town, the hanging bridge in Barangay Masabud, as well, as the spillway, roads and flood control project from Barangays Panay to Dolores were totally washed out incurring a damage of P67.5 million. In Tudela town, the damages include the following: River flood control-riprap in Barangay Taguima, P650,000; barangay roads and water pipes in Barangay Pan-ay Diot, P1.5 million; sub-marine bridge in Barangay Yahong, P25,000. Barangay roads and bridge in Silongon, P45,000; Maribojok P25,000; Duangguican, P100,000; Napurog, P100,000; Gala, P45,000; Tonggo, P150,000; Buenavista, P45,000; and Cahayag, P50,000. (PIA-10 Mis. Occ.)

Tudela NCHS students attend symposium on health issues and perspective by Pat Nano

TUDELA, Misamis Occidental – Graduating students of the Tudela National Comprehensive High School (NCHS), here, attended the Adolescent Health Issues and Perspective Symposium, recently. Sponsored by the local government unit (LGU) and the Uniter States Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Pro, the activity was aimed at disseminating information and ideas on how the students can arrive at good decisions

for their future , after they finish high school. “The conduct of the symposium was a great help to our students for them to see the realities of life,” Ione Canonigo, TNCHS Principal said. She said the students should Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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be made to see how hitching the marriage wagon at an early age can be very destructive to their lives, just like what happened to the previous graduates of the school. “We hope that the symposium

would give our graduating students ideas with what to do with their lives and serve as eye-opener for them to have a brighter future,” Canonigo added. (PIO)

Gov. Ramiro to give alternative livelihood to fishermen affected by Typhoon Sendong OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Governor Herminia Ramiro has called all the fishermen of the province affected by Typhoon Sendong to a meeting to talk about the alternative livelihood project that the provincial government has planned for them. This is a positive measure that the provincial government has resorted to by the Governor to solve the problem of the fishermen after the recent flashfloods brought about Sendong in the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. Such tragedy resulted in huge amount of damages, not only to infrastructure and agriculture but also to other properties, like houses and schools and the loss of lives of many people. whose dead decomposing bodies were brought ashore in the coastal areas of Mis. Occ. Because of what happened, the livelihood of fishermen in the province was affected since people no longer buy their fish catch and other sea foods for fear that they feasted on the dead bodies of the Sendong victims before they were caught. This dilemma has prompted the fisherfolk to ask the provincial and local government units (LGU’s) for 24

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assistance through an alternative livelihood while people still refuse to buy their fish catch. In answer to their request for assistance, the Governor has planned to give them the alternative livelihood that they asked and be able to help in solving their problem. ( Pat Nano)


Mindanao film festivals pitches in for Cinemarehiyon

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egional film festivals in Mindanao have chipped in their share of films for the forthcoming Cinema Rehiyon 2012 National Film Festival to be held in Bacolod City this February 8 to 12. Among those to be showcased in the annual film festival of regional movies will be Zamboanga City’s

“Placebo,” Cagayan de Oro’s “Carmen” and Davao’s “Atong Amigo.” Placebo won the best film in the last year’s Mindanao Film Festival while Carmen was the runaway winner for best short film in the recently held Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival in Cagayan de Oro City. The Davao City based Mindanao Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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Film Festival is touted as the longest running independent film festival in the country. Tracing its roots from a film workshop festival nine years ago, it has blossomed into an avenue from filmmakers across different parts of Mindanao to show their stories. Davao City was chosen to host the third Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival, the first time the event was held outside the confines of Metro Manila. “It was a recognition of our efforts, our sustained initiatives and our experience in continuously advocating regional filmmaking for nearly a decade. “ says Kenth Bajo festival director of the MFF. “It’s not easy running a film festival much less going at it for eight straight years, we hope Dabawenyos will take pride on our film festival and also the films which have brought honors not just for the city but also for the country.” In 2010, the short film “Latus” an MFF entry and directed by a local TV reporter JP Seniel bagged the Best International Short Film award in the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. The awarding was held in Cannes, France in time for the Cannes Film Fest. While Cagayan de Oro’s Cinemagis is now on its fourth year and despite the onslaught of tropical storm

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Sendong , the film festival has managed to push through. Instead of movie tickets, patrons are encouraged to bring paper and pencils which would be given to Cagayan de Oro school children affected by the flood. “After going down there is no other way but to go up.” Says Cinemagis festival director Hobart Savior, the film festival he says is indicative of Kagayanon’s resiliency. Savior who is a flood victim himself bucked doubts to go on with a highly successful film festival which culminated in an awards night held at SM Cagayan de Oro last January 20. The 2012 staging of Cinema Rehiyon will also be held in Bacolod where an active regional filmmaking scene is thriving. It will also coincide with an annual Bacolod film festival dubbed as Bacollywood. Cinema Rehiyon is a non-competition film festival is a project of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Committee on Cinema in celebration of this year’s National Arts Month. The Bacolod staging of the Cinemarehiyon is in conduit with Crossing Negros Cultural Foundation Inc. and produced by Produksyon Tramontina Inc. (PIA/ RG Alama)

load curtailment undertaken by the National Grid Corporations of the Philippines for the Mindanao Grid in view of current generation deficiency


Army recovers improvised landmines and high powered firearms MATI CITY, Davao Oriental – The Army here recovered two improvised explosives and a high powered firearm with M203 grenade launcher during an encounter with the Organized Crime Group (OCG) yesterday (Jan. 21) in Lupon, this province. The 30-minute firefight ensued between members of the 10th Infantry Division and the OCG at 10:35 in morning of Saturday at Sitio Barobo, Brgy San Isidro, Lupon, Davao Oriental. Accordingly, one section under 1Lt Rodel Daguio encountered about 20 fully armed members of the OCG, while the latter was heading towards the next outreach program under the 10th ID’s Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP). No casualty was reported on the government side, while an undetermined number of casualties was noted on the OCG side due to bloodstain seen in its direction of withdrawal. Brigadier General Leonido Bongcawil, commander of the 701st Infantry Brigade in his statement mentioned that several reports revealed that the involved OCG has been setting up an assault with continuous use of IED unmindful

of the safety of the civilians. Last week, the organized crime group attacked Sumifru Plantation based in Mawab, Compostela Valley, but was foiled by members of the 10th ID that resulted to six dead OCG members and the recovery of six high powered firearms and amunitions. “The 10th ID will continue to thwart terror attacks such as land mining in order to perform its mandate to serve and protect the people,” Bongcawil said. In Davao Oriental, the Philippine Army also encountered said crime group at least three times last year in the municipality of Lupon such as at Brgy. Tagugpo on June 26, at Brgy Maragatas on June 27, and at Sitio Kinawasan, Brgy. San Isidro on November 8. “The presence of this orga-

nized crime group will not hamper us from pursuing the desire of the government for a lasting peace for the people of Lupon,” said Ltc. Leopoldo Imbang Jr., commander of the 28IB stationed at Lupon. “And we are calling for the people to be watchful especially on the abuses conducted by this crime groups,” Imbang added. (10th ID/PR) Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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BIR-Soccsksargen exceeds 2011 collection by 6.1% by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY-- Soccsksargen Region’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) , Revenue Region No. 18 based here, reported that it collected P 4,420,940,992 from January to December 2011. Describing the collection a “splendid performance”, BIR Regional Director Rozil R. Lozares said the amount is P254.09 M or 6.1 percent higher than their annual target of P4,166,853,000. Lozares credited the achievement to the utmost effort of the five revenue districts in the entire region 12. 28

Soccsksargen Region covers the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and North Cotabato and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal, and General Santos. However, Maguindanao Province, which is under the Automous Region in Muslim Mindanao is also covered by BIR RR. No. 18 as

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part of the district office in Cotabato City. Of the five revenue districts in the region, Sultan Kudarat and Sultan Kudarat Province (RR No. 109) led in the biggest percentage increase in collection against target. It collected P664,690,794.03, which is P122,145,794.03 or 22.51% higher than


the P542,545,000 for 2011. Despite experiencing major flooding this year, Cotabato City and Maguindanao province contributed one of the biggest tax collections: P1,174,804,351.04 against goal of P 1,065,476,000.00 (an excess of 10.26%). Although Koronadal City and South Cotabato (RD No. 111) came out short by P45,171,428.53 of its December 2011 target,

it still managed a surplus of P35,496,943.99 (4.415) as compared to its annual target of P840,008,943.99. Kidapawan City and North Cotabato (RD No. 108) amassed P522,768,870.18 against its goal of P504,942,000.00, an excess of P17,826,870.18 (3.53%) Of the five revenue districts in the region, only General Santos City and Sarangani

Province (RD No. 110) fell short of the annual goal. It only collected P1,218,668,032.76; its 2011 target was P1,249,378,000.00, which was a deficit of P30,709,967.24 (2.46%) Director Lozares also noted that the total collection in Soccsksargen Region in 2011 was P646,901,771.80 (17.14%) higher compared to the 2010 tax collection. Despite excess in collection this year, Director Lozares has reminded revenue collectors to double the efforts to collect taxes for the government this year. He believes they will be able to meet this year’s target collection of P5,126,213,000.

DA-12 chief wants to win back trust of farmers, public KORONADAL CITY -- “We want to win back farmers; and public trust to the Department of Agriculture,” Regional Executive Director Amalia JayagDatukan of the Department of Agricultur e (DA)-12 told a group of farmers in North Cotabato. Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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In a recent dialogue with farmers at DA12 facility at Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CMIARC) in Amas, Kidapawan City,Datukan admitted the DA’s image was tarnished by several anomalous transactions in the past such as the fertilizer scam and many other issue of corruption. She, assured the participants that DA-12 has been working hard to regain the trust of the Filipinos, especially the farmers. Nelly Escote-Ylanan, head of the Regional Agriculture and Information Division, said

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that after assuming office in February last year, Director Datukan introduced drastic institutional reforms in DA12 including re-composition of the bids and awards committee and by closely monitoring projects, making sure that no ghost projects are allowed. She also made sure that only quality materials and services are delivered to their clients. “The changes felt inside and out of the DA organization now is an answer to her battlecry, not to fail the people who entrusted her the responsibility to lead change and development in the agriculture

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sector of Soccsksargen Region. The quest for reform in DA in all parts of the country now brings back hope and confidence,” Ylanan said. “We are now proud to be identified with DA, and confident to face people” Datukan told the dialogue participants, citing that latest in social network survey revealed that DA is no longer included in the top corrupt agencies of the government. Also during the dialogue, Datukan reported that DA was able to perform well in the food staple production which resulted in the decrease of the


country’s rice importation from 2 million metric tons in the previous in 2010 to 860,000 metric tons in 2011. Region XII contributed 7.44 percent of

the annual national production last year, she said. Lesser import our country, means an advantage to the farmers, she added. “Farmers will never

be successful if people in DA, including other key players in agriculture sector are not sincere in the implementation of all the programs and projects,� she said.

Feeding program sa mga pre-schoolers pinalawig ng SoCot Provincial Nutrition Office KORONADAL CITY -- Muli pang pinalawig ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng South Cotabato ang feeding program nito para sa mga batang mahihirap.

Ito ay matapos aprubahan ni Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. ang hiling ng Provincial Nutrition Office para sa isa pang buwan na pagbibigay ng food packages para sa mga underweight na mga pre-schoolers ng lalawigan. Ayon kay provincial nutrition officer Ana Uy, kaagad umano ipatupad ang nasabing programa sa katapusan nitong buwan para sa mahigit 915 na piniling mahihirap na pamilya sa buong lalawigan. Ang food package ay

naglalaman ng limang kilong bigas, tig-kalahating kilo ng monggo, whole milk, brown sugar at gamot gaya ng ferrous sulfate at multivitamins. Layon ng food assistance program ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang mapababa ang antas ng malnutrisyon lalo na sa mga malalayong komunidad, ayon kay Uy. Maliban sa pamamahagi ng mga food packs, bahagi ng patakaran ng programa ng lalawigan ay ang pagtatanim ng gulay ng

mga benepisyaryo sa kanilang bakuran, at pagdalo sa mga nutrition and health classes ng komunidad. Sila ay inaasahan ding magsagawa ng mga wastong paglilinis at pag-aayos sa kanilang mga tahanan, ayon sa provincial nutrition officer. Idinagdag din ni Uy na kanilang dinodokumento ang mga mga magagandang gawain at paraan sa pagsasagawa ng programa upang ito ay gawing modelo para sa ibang lokal na pamahalaan. (Ac Agad)

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