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

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

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Biological Control: Trichogramma

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Cover Story Biological Control: Trichogramma

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ust recently, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture announced it intends to produce at least two million trichogramma cards or trichocards this year.

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These will be distributed to corn farmers in the entire Soccsksargen Region or the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat and the cities within these jurisdictions. Zaldy Boloron, DA-12’s corn coordinator, said these trichocards should be sufficient for the requirements of the 462,617 hectares of corn field -- Region 12’s target corn planting in 2012. Specifically, these trichocards are aimed at controlling corn borer, considered the most destructive pest of corn. According to the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research, Asian Corn Borer (ACB) damage could result in 20 to 80 percent yield loss, even total crop failure during severe infestation.

Why trichogramma? How can it be of help to farmers? Trichocards, as the term suggests, are cards where eggs of parasitoid Trichogramma spp are glued. These cards are being used as biocontrol agents and have been popular in organic farming systems. The Department of Agriculture in line with its Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP) and its direction toward promoting sustainable organic farming is pushing for use of more biological pest controls, including the use of trichogramma cards. Last year, according to the 2011 year-ender report that Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala submitted to Malacañang, DA distributed 357,772 trichocards in accordance to its measures to promote natural control

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against infestation. Lately, use of trichocards has increasingly achieved popularity among corn farmers. According to a report DA in Cagayan Valley Region about 60 to 70 percent of corn farmers in the region has used trichocards for corn borer control. Notably, use of trichocards and other biocons – unlike application of chemical-based control measures -- assure control of crop infestation without compromising food safety and environmental protection. Trichogramma refers to a number of tiny wasps of the family Trichogrammatidae. They are stout-bodied, minute -- approximately 1/50th of an inch -wasps. They are considered important biocontrol agent as they are egg parasitoids, primarily of lepidopteran insects such as moths and butterflies whose larvae (caterpillars) feed on plant stems and leaves. As such, they are

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effective control against over 200 pest moth species (armyworms, borers, cutworms, fruit worms, leaf worms, leaf worms, leaf rollers, loopers). During the 82nd anniversary of the Bureau of Plant Industries, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala directed bureau officials to also propagate more trichogramma for control of stem borers in palay and fruits and shoot borers in eggplants. Female trichogrammatic species parasitize pest by laying eggs inside eggs of lepidopteran insects. When the trichogramma hatch, they begin to eat the developing caterpillar inside the egg, thereby stopping life cycle before they become harmful worms. Parasitized eggs of corn borer turn blackish as the young wasps develop inside the egg. After 8 to ten days, the trichogramma emerges as an adult wasp, able to continue parasitizing other moth eggs.

A trichogramma lives in 5 to 14 days; within this life cycle it is able to parasitize up to

Using the Trichogramma cards Parasitoids are mass-reared in laboratories usually on eggs of grain moths. The resulting parasitized eggs are adhered to a card. These cards -trichocards -- are packed, distributed to farmers, and released to fields to control corn borer, tomato fruitworm, sugarcane borer, eggplant shoot/ fruit borer, cacao pod borer and other lepidopterous insect pests. According to information from DA12, the trichocards that they produce contain about 1,000 - 1,200 parasitizes eggs. Approximately 30 percent of these are female. A technology guide on the use of trichogramma against Asian Corn

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Borer (ACB) said, a hectare of corn requires about 50 to 70 trichocards “if you see three to four ACB masses per 100 plants.� Cards may be hanged on the corn stalk or inserted on a leaf base. It is important to release Trichogramma within 20 to 25 days after planting, the technoguide continues. In severe infestations, additional 70 to 100 trichocards may be distributed on the corn field. The field release of Trichogramma is economical, environment-friendly and can be established in the agro-ecosystem. This all-natural, none-genetically engineered pest control, reduces to about 30 percent production cost among farmers by eliminating the practice of spraying synthetic insecticides three to four times.

Where to get Trichocards?

Boloron said interested farmers may get trichocards free of charge from the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) located at Barrio 2 in Tacurong City Sultan Kudarat. These are also available at the DA Office in Barangay Lagao in General Santos City . Those living far from these sources may ask help from the agricultural technicians in their locality or from the nearest municipal or provincial agriculture office for possible access to this assistance. 8

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ACROSS THE NATION Malacanang remains committed to curb piracy

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alacanang vowed to curb the proliferation of intellectual piracy in the country saying that there will be no “sacred cows” among the officials of the Aquino government following the involvement of one of its cabinet members in the purchase of “pirated” digital video discs (DVDs), recently.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang, Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda stressed that the Aquino govern-

ment remains committed to efforts undertaken by the various concerned agencies that include the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Optical Media Board,

among others, in addressing the problem of “piracy.” “Our commitment, not only with respect to

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OMB but also with respect to DTI and the other agencies which are in the fore front of the fight against intellectual piracy… we remain firm in our fight against intellectual piracy in all its forms,” Lacierda said. “I think it is important, incumbent on us public officials to behave in accordance with law…to behave in support of our drive in whatever drive the government has launched and one of them is the

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drive against intellectual piracy,” he added. When asked if Presidential Political Adviser Secretary Ronald Llamas is indispensable, Lacierda made it clear that nobody is being given special treatment among the Aquino Cabinet officials. “No one is indispensable… I can tell you that, if you’re going to ask me for calls for resignation, that is a personal decision on the part of Secretary Llamas to do so,” Lacierda said.

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He added that the President has yet to discuss with Llamas what really transpired in the pirated DVD purchase issue. “I think gustong marinig ni Pangulong Aquino kung ano talaga ang nangyari doon… ang sinabi ni Pangulong Aquino hindi pa klaro so, siguro magandang ipaliwanag ni Secretary Llamas kay Pangulong Aquino,” Lacierda said. “None of us are untouchable… I just want to clarify,” Lacierda stressed. Reports revealed that Secretary Llamas was spotted allegedly buying pirated DVDs in a mall in Quezon City raising queries on such actions of conflict with the government’s drive against the purchase of the illegal merchandise. (JCL)


Ochoa enjoins public servants to support ‘Bayanihan ng Bayan’

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xecutive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. encouraged on Thursday government officials and employees to promote and participate in the “Bayanihan ng Bayan” project of the administration to help rebuild lives of typhoon victims in Mindanao.

Ochoa issued Memorandum Circular No. 26 enjoining all public servants to support the Bayanihan ng Bayan from January 25 to 28 in Iligan City after Tropical Storm

“Sendong” ravaged the area and Cagayan De Oro City over a month ago. “The event aims to illustrate the collective response and various ways the Filipinos can help victims of

the typhoon,” Ochoa stated in the memorandum. “It also intends to gather commitments from all over the country to rebuild devastated areas in

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Northern Mindanao.� On Wednesday, President Benigno S. Aquino III visited the relocation sites in Iligan City and Cagayan De Oro City, and launched the shelter program for typhoon victims. The Presi-

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ployees of all departments, bureaus and agencies of the national government, as well as government-owned and -controlled corporations to support and take part in the Bayanihan ng Bayan.


Stronger democracy improves country’s Press Freedom ranking, says Palace

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he Philippines has improved in the 2011 Press Freedom Index by the Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) or Reporters without Borders because of better democratic space in the country, a Palace official said on Thursday.

RSF, a Brussels-based organization, said the Philippines has improved slightly in its 2011 Press Freedom Index although it still reels from the stigma of the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre where at least 57

were killed including 32 media people. The Philippines ranked 140th in the 2011 Press Freedom Index, an annual rating index published by RSF that covers 178 countries worldwide. “I think the press is not subjected to the kind of intimidation that they

were in the previous administration. I think the people see that the violence being committed on media people is being addressed,” Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office

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(PCDSPO) Secretary Ramon Carandang said in an interview. “And look at the kind of debate that goes on in media, it’s very free. And if we have complaints from time to time you can see everybody is free to ask what they want. There is room for discourse,” he added. Asked if he believes the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill will improve the

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country’s ranking, Carandang said, he doesn’t know the impact of the bill on the press. But he added that even without the FOI bill reporters can still get the information they need through their ingenuity. He believes, however, that the FOI bill will definitely improve the democratic space in the country. The Philippines dropped to 156th place a year after the Maguindanao massacre, slipping

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from its former ranking at 122nd. Although there is improvement, the RSF still included the Philippines in its 2011 Press Freedom Index, together with Pakistan and Afghanistan “where violence and impunity persist.” The RSF said paramilitary groups and private militias continued to attack media workers in the Philippines. (AS)


Feature: Hope of owning a GK house gives this Sendong victim a new start

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ope runs high for Joan Valdez, whose three (3) children perished, during the onslaught of Typhoon Sendong, last Dec. 17. “Mr. President, I really thank you for your help. I am one of the Sendong victims whose house in Barangay Hinaplanon was washed out,” she told President Benigno S. Aquino III, in Cebuano. “Two (2) of my children drowned while one (1) is missing. After 40 days, however, I have accepted the fact that my 3rd child is also gone,”

she added. “Gihuboan mi ni Sendong sa tanan namong butang, lakip na ang among mga anak (We have been stripped of everything, including our children by Sendong). All that was left with me is my husband. And your project to give us a permanent Thursday, January 26, 2012

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home is very much welcome for us to have a new start,” she said. The President was in the city for the second time since the tragedy to honor the dead victims on the 40th day of mourning and for the Former President Corazon C. Aquino, his mother, whose birthday also falls on Jan. 25. This optimism that Joan shared with the other Sendong victims in today’s visit of the President to Iligan has rubbed down to the other beneficiaries of the “Bayanihan sa Bayan ng Iligan” Build Shelter Project in Barangay Sta. Elena, this city. A 15.9 hectare property of the National Steel Corp. (NSC), this portion of the “Steel Town” which is donated to the Iligan City Government may yet turn out to be the largest single relocation site for the Sendong victims in the region. Meanwhile, the President who attended the Jan. 25, Day of Volunteerism in Iligan City which aims to build the first 300 units of the 1,700 Gawad Kalinga (GK) houses in the relocation site, has actually participated in mixing cement and painting one of the GK houses in the area. With him were Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, Congressman Vicente Belmonte, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman and some other members of his cabinet. “Sa bawat paghahalo ng 16

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semento para magkumpuni ng bahay at sa pagpipintura nito, huwag tayong pabaya (Everytime we make we mix cement to make a house or when we paint it, we have to remember) to really take care of the environment,” he said. “Huwag na po tayong magmatigas ang ulo na hindi sumonod sa batas para hindi na po tayo masampulan ng Inang Kalikasan (Let’s not be hard-headed in following the law, so we can evade the wrath of Mother Nature),” the President added. As of Jan. 24, some 704 dead victims of Sendong have been noted in Iligan City while more than 500 are still missing, Mayor Cruz said. A total of 58,320 families with 316,860 members were affected by Sendong in Region 10, of which 20,249 families with 90,264 members were from Iligan City and 38,071 families with 228,576 members were from Cagayan de Oro City. Data gathered by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) show that a total of 11,047 houses in the region were totally damaged and 27,509 houses were partially damaged because of Sendong. Of those totally damaged, 5,246 were from Iligan City and 5,801 were from Cagayan de Oro City. Likewise, of those partially damaged, 14,874 were from Iligan City and 12,635 were from Cagayan de Oro City.


PNoy underscores ‘bayanihan’ among ‘Sendong’ victims by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - President Aquino, during his visit in Lumbia resettlement area, underscored the spirit of “bayanihan” among families displaced by tropical storm Sendong.

The President said that in the midst of crisis, everybody must work hand in hand to prepare for natural disasters. Aquino further noted that cooperation can hasten the recovery process. He added that success also relies on people’s cooperation. The Lumbia relocation site is a five-hectare property donated by Xavier University and is now holding some 150 tents provided by the European Union (EU) through Red

Cross. Other 12 transitional houses/ bunkhouses will be built along the tents. It has ten rooms and accommodates one family per room. T h e International Organization for Migration (IOM) will also build some 230 bunkhouses, one for every family and just today, some 40 families received the houses for the symbolic commemoration of the 40th day after the occurrence of typhoon Sendong. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has turned over more than P7-million fund to the 52’nd Brigade of the Armed Forces who will take charge of the construction in the site. Thursday, January 26, 2012

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PNoy reiterates government’s commitment to provide homes to ‘Sendong’ victims by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - President Benigno S. Aquino III reiterated today the commitment of the government to provide homes to those affected by Tropical Storm Sendong. The President made the statement during his visit to the shelter building activity at the Calaanan Resettlement Site in Barangay Canitoan, this city. The 12.4-hectare site is one of the permanent relocation areas in the city for the families left homeless by Sendong. It is a joint initiative of the city government of Cagayan de Oro, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, National Housing Authority, and the Habitat for Humanity Philippines that will be responsible in the construction of houses. President Aquino said the shelter build is one of the concrete steps

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undertaken by the government to help those displaced by Sendong to get back on their feet and live in normalcy the soonest possible time. He said the government has provided more than P200-million for the construction of shelters at Calaanan recognizing the victims’ need for decent homes. He further said that the government is also focusing on the repair and rehabilitation of the infrastructures devastated by Sendong. The President likewise expressed appreciation to all those who helped and immediately responded to the needs of the victims. He cited the national line agencies, local government units, non-government organizations, civil society organizations and the private sector. Similarly, he saluted all the volunteers who continuously provide support to the government in the rehabilitation process. After his visit to the Calaanan site, the President also inspected the Xavier Ecoville relocation site in Barangay Lumbia.


Davao City seeks speed cameras

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he Traffic Management Center of the local government of Davao City is eyeing the purchase of speed cameras to detect overspeeding vehicles in city streets and highways.

This according to Desiderio Cloribel TMC head, who said that the unit is exploring in acquiring one mobile camera which automatically detects the speed of vehicles, the camera unit would roam around Davao to check for overspeeding vehicles particularly Public Utility Jeepneys or PUJs which are mandated to follow a 30 kilometer per hour speed limit However Cloribel said that the

cameras are expensive and said that they are open to the possibility of just using manual camera capture, using regular video cams which are cheaper. But he says this will need an ordinance if the manual system will be adopted to catch speed violators. Cloribel says catching overspeeding vehicles without cameras is a difficult task, the pursuit vehicles would also resort to overspeeding just to catch the violator. Meanwhile according to figures released from the TMC, about 27,794 traffic violations have been apprehended by the center which is made up of elite Traffic Eagle Squad, Motorcycle units and field personnel. About 23, 838 driver’s licenses were confiscated, 1,395 license plates taken and 1,344 vehicles impounded. On violation of City Ordinance 52, or the prohibition of trisikads (makeshift tricycles) on city streets and highways about 1,806 trisikads were confiscated. Revenue generated thru fines amounted to P585,900.00. (PIA/RG Alama) Thursday, January 26, 2012

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‘Sayaw Pinoy’ 2012 goes to Davao by Carina Cayon

DAVAO CITY– “Sayaw Pinoy,” the longest running national dance tour featured in this year’s Philippine Arts Festival (PAF), will be staged in the city on February 3-4.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) brings in to Davao City the country’s top dance companies to perform in the dance tour that will showcase colorful tradition of dances and movements in the country. NCCA’s National Committee on Dance head Shirley Halili-Cruz said that the national dance groups together with three local dance troupes in the city will carry-out different dance forms such as classical ballet, folk dance, contemporary and modern dance like hip-hop. The back-to-back performances will be staged at the Philippine Nikkei-Jin Kai International School and University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) on February 3, and at

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SM City Davao and Abreeza Mall on February 4, Halili-Cruz said. She told the media during Wednesday’s Club 888 Forum that that dance tour “aims to reach the grassroots level to discover new talents as well as to connect to more Filipino dance artists.” “Sayaw Pinoy has provided a venue for interaction and collaboration among different dance troupes and companies, both professional and upcoming groups all over the country,” she stated. Aside from Davao City, Sayaw Pinoy will also be held in other parts of Mindanao such as in Bukidnon, Dapitan, Dipolog and Pagadian. The dance tour this year will also go to various venues in Luzon, Visayas and the National Capital Region. Halili-Cruz said that NCCA spearheads the national dance tour as one of its seven flagship projects of PAF


in the annual celebration of the National Arts Month every February. This year’s celebration carries the theme: “Tradisyon at Inobasyon (Tradition and Innovation)” which aims to “further advance local creativity in the arts.” Marichu Tellano, head of NCCA’s Planning, Policy, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division, said that PAF will open on January 29 at the Luneta Park in Manila.

Tellano said that eminent local and foreign artists will take part in the seven arts festivities to be held at various regions in the country. The seven arts festivities are: the literary arts festival called Taboan, the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music, the Tanghal dramatic arts, Philippine International Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience, CinemaRehiyon, Architecture, and the Sayaw Pinoy.

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Students of Manay National High School in the City of Panabo helped in carrying brand new school armchairs to their classroom. A total of 259 pieces of armchairs were given to their school last January 19, 2011 by the City Government of Tagum led by Mayor Rey T. Uy. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO- Tagum Thursday, January 26, 2012

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DENR-12 jumpstarts 2012 implementation of National Greening Program

KORONADAL CITY -- The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) here is consolidating efforts to immediately begin the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) this year. 22

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DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Alfredo S. Pascual on January 18 met with field officials and other program implementers to download 2012 targets to eight of the nine Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs), and additional targets funded out of 2011 savings from NGP. As agreed, each CENRO was assigned a target in terms of the number of hectares and corresponding number of seedlings to be planted. Per estimates, an hectare of land should be planted 500 trees. As part of the activities in project implementation, CENROs must also conduct surveys, mappings and planning to identify the exact location of each project. Late last year, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje instructed all Regional Executive Directors to direct all CENROs to prepare their Annual Procurement Plan for the required seedlings. To assist in the implementation of the NGP this year, DENR will be hiring

forestry and agriculture graduates as contractual extension officers who help ensure efficient execution of the project. DENR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Ernesto L. Lezada said, “We want to see tangible results of this program,� Director Lezada. On his part, RED Pascual encouraged all program implementers to stay focused on their work, visit planting sites, and replant, if necessary. He also told them that a composite team will discreetly monitor reported accomplishments and related activities of the program.

Another team from the Forest Management Bureau, a line bureau of the DENR, will validate this month additional NGP target area of 3,500 hectares with the corresponding seedling requirement, Pascual also announced. The National Greening Program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016 for poverty reduction, food security, livelihood development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Through the National Convergence Initiative, 16 government

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agencies have joined as volunteer planters, (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/ hands in the implemen- long-term plantation CGValdez/MCalungtation of the program stewards, or donors. sod-Locsin/DENR 12)

Police undergo training on responding to crime incidence by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Investigative and tactical capabilities of police force in the Soccsksargen Region are being enhanced with a training on responding to crime incidents. PSupt Resty Damaso, information officer of the Police Regional Office 12, said, some 43 police personnel from the provincial and city police offices in Region 12 are undergoing a ten-day Police First Responder Course at the US Naval Training Facility Bldg. in Tambler, General Santos City. “The primary objective of the training course is to further enhance and develop the knowledge and skills of First Responders in the administration of first aid and basic life support,” Damaso said. It seeks to enhance the investigative and tactical capability of the police force in responding to crime incidents 24

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form in aid of investigation.” The training also gives basic life support system to crime victims and other emergency situation. Damaso said, included in the modules that police trainers are expected to learn cover procedures on handling


specific incidents such as bombing and bomb threats, shooting incidents, robbery, and hold-up. They are also taught proper ways of moving and extricating the victims involved in different situations as well as tactical moves to protect the responders against hostile environment was being taught, he added. During the opening program on January 23, P/SSupt Norberto Batis-

laong, OIC of PRO-12’s Regional Directorate Staff, emphasized, “being a first responder is not only our duty as police officers, but also our duty as a citizen of this country. We don’t know as to when we will be confronted by accidents or events that need an immediate response, thus, it is our advantage that we know what should be done during such times.” “We are the frontliners

in terms of public safety, thus, people look upon us in every untoward incident. We cannot afford to appear incapable in their eyes, because we cannot afford to lose their trust. It is in their trust that we attain efficiency in our work, without their trust, our sworn duties and responsibilities to serve and protect the public would be futile,” he reminded them. The training course will end on February 3.

“No Smoking Zone” na ang buong Koronadal City Hall Complex KORONADAL CITY -- Idineklara na ni Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel na “No Smoking Zone” ang buong Koronadal City Hall Complex. Ito ayon sa punong-bayan ay upang magsilbing modelo at masimulan sa sariling bakuran ang pagpapatupad ng Republic Act 9211 at ng lokal na anti-smoking ordinance. Umaasa si Mayor Miguel na nawa’y magsilbi umanong modelo ang lokal na pamahalaan sa iba pang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno at mga pribadong institusyon na nasa sakop ng lungsod ang pagsunod sa mga ipinagbabawal na paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong lugar. Sinabi rin ni Miguel na kaniya umanong isusunod

ang pagbabawal ng paninigarilyo sa iba pang mga pasilidad at mga sangay ng Pamahalaang Panglungsod kasama na rito ang mga pamilihan ng lungsod. Nagtalaga na rin ng “smoking area” sa labas ng gusali ng bagong Koronadal City Hall bilang pagtalima Batas ng Anti-Smoking, subalit hinikayat pa rin ni Mayor

Miguel ang mga kawani na huminto sa paninigarilyo at sundin ang malusog na pamumuhay. Ang sinumang mahuhuli na naglalabag sa batas at lokal na ordinansa ay magbabayad ng P500 hanggang P1,000 para sa unang offense at maaaring itaas sa hanggang P10,000 sa mga susunod pang paglabag. (Ac Agad PIA12)

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Agusan del Sur blessed with support by David M. Suyao after calamities

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fter calamities affected Agusan del Sur, people began to look for resources in order to recover what was lost.

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Farmers rose and again prepared their fields for another agricultural challenge. The provincial government also did not waste time. Reports were submitted to concerned national government agencies seeking for assistance to recover. Thus, a year ago, on January 2011, Department of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala visited Agusan del Sur and handed over two farm tractors with an estimated cost of P4,800,000, four green houses worth P549,260, three computer with accessories worth P285,000, five pump engine sets worth P389,750, two open source pump worth P170,000, two power sprayers worth P80,000, 12

heads imported boer goats worth P936,000, 50 heads upgraded goats worth P400,000, 100 bags certified seeds worth P120,000, and 15 family drip irrigation worth P270,000. Alcala also considered more than P800,000 for the soil survey and classification and land use assessment study for the agri-investment project in Agusan del Sur. Said amount will be subject for consideration also of DA-13 regional director Reinerio Belarmino. The secretary also nodded when presented with the issue of funding support for the implementation of high value vegetables production worth P1 million. Another P6 million counterpart from DA for the estab-

lishment of liquid nitrogen plant was confirmed. Specifically, for March 16 – September 15 2011 cropping season, Agusan del Sur received a 8,590 bags of certified seeds from Rapid Seeds Supply Financing Project phase 3, which were distributed to 5,448 rice farmers. The seeds were provided at 50:50 scheme where farmers would pay only P600.00 for each bag of certified seeds. The project was financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development through the Department of Agriculture. On the other hand, the provincial government procured 3,740 bags of certified seeds purposely to rehabilitate damaged areas. The DA also funded another 3,740 bags as its counterpart for the rehabilitation program. A total of 7,480 bags were distributed to farmers. Aside from certified seeds, Agusan del Sur also received inputs assistance under the DA’s Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. Among them are Well Grow Foliar Fertilizer, Zinc Sulphate and organic micronutrients.

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Caraga police to promote 750 personnel by Noel B. Najarro BUTUAN CITY -- Police Regional Office 13 (Caraga) is set to promote 750 of its police commissioned, non-commissioned officers and personnel in a massive ceremonial pinning of ranks rites during the traditional flag retreat ceremonies at the regional headquarters parade grounds on Friday afternoon, a regional police spokesman said. Police Supt. Martin M. Gamba, chief public information officer of Police Regional Office said this is intended to be a morale booster to the police ranks. He said the police now implement its so-called “merit system� wherein those who are deserving appropriately receive their due, awards and promotions. While those who will be found to be misfits or rank scalawags will also be meted with appropriate sanctions, he said. This years promotion program, according to Gamba will include police officers and personnel coming from: the Regional Headquarters (43); Butuan City Police Office (100); Agusan del Norte 28

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PPO (82); Agusan del Sur PPO (104); Surigao del Norte PPO (133); Surigao del Sur PPO (158) ; Dinagat Island Province PPO (20) and from the Regional Public Safety Battalion (47) which will total to 687. A slot for 63 was also allotted to the National Support Units such as the Aviation Security Group, Maritime Police, CIDG, RIU, Crime Laboratory and other NSUs, he said. Based on ranks, Gamba said that two (2) will be promoted to become Police Superintendents (Lieutenant Colonels); eleven (11) Police Chief Inspectors (Major); sixty-three (63) Police Senior Inspectors (Cap-

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tains); thirteen (13) Senior Police Officers 4 (Master Sergeants); Senior Police Officers 3 (127); Senior Police Officers 2(39); Senior Police Officers 1(180); Police Officers 3(203) and Police Officers 2 (112). According to the official, the rise by a notch higher from their previous status to their present ranks may mean an upgrade of the salaries and benefits of those who will be promoted. However, this may also set off a higher degree of expectations as to the dispositions of their respective duties and responsibilities commensurate to their newly attained ranks from the community, Gamba said.


NYC urges youth to make their voices heard through the 9th Parliament of Youth Leaders

BUTUAN CITY -- “We need your voice! Join us usher in change,” said National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Gio Tingson Thursday, marking the opening of the applications to the 9th Parliament of Youth Leaders. With the theme “Revolutionizing Youth Development,” the parliament aims to formulate policy recommendations to address youth issues in the country. These rec-

ommendations are then lobbied to government leaders to be considered as proposed bills and administrative policies. It is important to note that during the event, partici-

pants also get to share ideas and gain valuable insights and networks to aid them in their youth development efforts. Tingson, who heads this year’s National Youth

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Parliament (NYP) National Organizing Committee, said that this gathering is the perfect platform for all Filipino youth to get proactive. “Ito na ang pagkakataon n’yo na makibahagi sa isa sa pinaka-importanteng proyektong pangkabataan ng pamahalaan kung saan ang boses natin ay maririnig sa paggawa ng mga policy recommendations para maging batas o polisiya. Ang Kabataang Filipino mula sa lahat ng rehiyon at sektor ay inaanyayahan ng NYC na sumali at makilahok (If you want change in the government – in our society – this is a great place to start. The Filipino youths of different religions and sector are enjoined to participate),” he said. The Commission is also revamping the conduct of the parliament, making it more inclusive and youth-friendly. “We’ll do away with cosmetics like formal clothing and focus on the substance. You can show up in your jeans and rock star shirt, as long as active partici30

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pation and involvement is there,” said Tingson. Started in 1996, the NYP is slated to be held on the 1st week of May 2012. An estimate of two hundred (200) youth leaders representing different sectors and regions are expected to participate in this event. Download the application forms at the NYC website (www.nyc.gov.ph) or get it from your nearest NYC area office. Following are the qualifications of NYP 9 applicants: ● Filipino citizen, aged 15 - 30 years old as of February 29, 2012; ● Residing at the place of representation for at least six (6) months at the time of submission;

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● Must be a member of an organization; ● Of good moral character; ● Can contribute to the objectives of the 9th National Youth Parliament. Deadline of sending of application is February 29, 2012. The NYC reminds that previous NYP delegates are no longer qualified to participate. Other details and requirements are posted on the NYP 9 application form, the NYC website and the NYC Facebook account. For more information, please e-mail nyp9@nyc.gov.ph or call (02) 416-2833, 416-3415, 413-5503 or 416-3570. (NYC/PIA-Caraga)


P18- M SPES budget to benefit 10,000 by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao youth in region 9

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ith the budget of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 9’s Special Program for the Employment Students doubled up to P18 million this year, 10,000 students and out of school youth in region 9 can now avail of the program, DOLE 9 Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom announced.

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Ligutom said with the budget increase, they are also doubling the number of beneficiaries from 5,000 last year to 10,000 this year. More important, SPES will now be a whole year program, unlike in the previous years where it’s only offered during summer vacation to help students with their tuition fees

and other needs. Under the program, students will be employed by private partners where 60% of the students’ salaries will be shouldered by the company and 40% by DOLE. Dir. Ligutom said around 40 private companies are expected to participate in this year’s SPES program which will start on February, including Saturdays and Sundays depending on their school schedules. DOLE is advising interested applicants to go to their office or any Public Employment Service Office (PESO). Applicants should be at least 15 to 25 years old, either student or out of school. Out of school applicants should enroll to school if accepted in the program.(JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

49 Zambo Norte illegal drug traffickers arrested in 2011 by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY -The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has arrested 49 individuals in Zamboanga del Norte for violation of Republic Act 9165 in 2011. In its 2011 Accomplishment made and various drug-related acReport, the PDEA has enumerated tivities conducted throughout the the operations and apprehensions province last year. 32

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According to Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Drug Enforcement Officer, Jury Rocamora, 49 individuals were apprehended in the 35 operations conducted in 2011. Of the 35 operations, 31 were executed thru buy-bust; 3 were conducted by virtue of search and warrants; one involving stop and frisk and one involving delivery. As of the result of these operations and apprehensions, 49 cases have been filed in various courts throughout the province. Thirtyone cases were filed in Violation of Section 5; 25 were in Violation of Section 11; 8 were in Violation of Section 12 and 2 cases were filed in

Violation of Section 16. The operations were conducted in coordination and cooperation with the police operatives in the different municipalities. The bulk of the operations were conducted in Dipolog City and Dapitan City with 12 and 11 operations respectively. Apart from operations and apprehensions, PDEA has also conducted wide information dissemination campaign in the different barangays and schools in the province and provide the public, particularly the youth of the ill-effects of illegal drugs in a human body. (JPA/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte)

DepEd-Pagadian conducts advocacy campaign on ERD by Gideon C. Corgue PAGADIAN CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd), Pagadian City division on Tuesday conducted an advocacy campaign on the ‘Early Registration Day’ (ERD) for SY 20122013.

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Education program supervisor Ma. Diosa Peralta, co-chair of the communication’s team in a regular weekly media forum hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) IX at New Roxan Hotel said the campaign aims to encourage most number of parents to register their children in the ‘ERD’ on January 28, 2012. Peralta said the DepEd secretary Armin Luistro on January 11 has issued DepEd order No. 4, series of 2012 declaring January 28, 2012 as the ‘Early Registration Day’ for school year 2012-2013 in all public elementary and secondary schools with the theme “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista Ngayong Enero” to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) and the objectives of ‘Education for All’ (EFA). Peralta said the one (1)-day early registration for incoming kindergarten, Grade 1 and first year high school in public schools will be conducted simultaneously in all regions nationwide. Peralta said that the team led by the city schools division superintendent Victorina Perez started the advocacy cam-

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paign by tapping the services of the Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City Press Club, Inc. (ZPPI) for widest information dissemination on the program and to promote greater parent involvement for the ERD. “This forum is very timely because we are in the phase of extensively campaigning for the scheduled ERD. With your incessant and active support, we believe that we can achieve our target,” Peralta said adding that the media is the powerful tool to help disseminate the programs of the agency. In the campaign, Peralta said we will be asking also the assistance of the local and barangay officials for the early registration of the out-ofschool children (OSC), and the outof-school-youth (OSY), including the children and the youth with difficulties, and the regular pupils and students. Education program supervisor Ruben Luzon, one of the panelists announced some of ERD’s objectives: the department seeks to reach out to all five (5) year-old and six (6) year-old children to endure


their enrollment for SY 2012-2013 in Kindergarten and Grade 1, respectively; it guarantees the enrollment of the OSC and OSY from the disadavantaged groups for the indigenous people’s (IPs) and street children ages 5-18 years old to their preferred education delivery system, either formal through aleternative delivery mode (ADM) or alternative learning system (ALS). The ERD, Luzon said hopes to establish census of the OSC and OSY with disabilities, ages 5-18 years old to provide them with appropriate education interventions. The ERD will further enable the central, regional, and division of the department to prepare the ‘3-year Catch Up Plan in Basic Education ’ from SY 2012-2013 to SY 2014-2015 in order to accommodate the registered learners. Luzon said the ERD also will support the schools in their efforts by providing education interventions to prevent pupils and students from

dropping out from school Meanwhile, public school district supervisor Cynthia Rose Cartojano said the agency in collaboration with DSWD and DOH issued policies and guidelines for the implementation of the Universal Kindergarten Education (UKE). “One of the guidelines is the enrollment requirements of the children”, she added. Cartojano said all children who are born in October 21, 2007 or earlier shall be eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten classes. During he registration, Cartojano said the parents will bring certificate of live birth issued by the Local Registry Office/Baptismal Certificate as the documentary basis. “If the document is not available during the registration, the same shall be submitted either on June or within the school year. The document is required for the children who have never been to school,” Cartojano added. (JPA/ GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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