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Gensan notes remarkable increase in revenue collection by Pops Gumana-Fruylan

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he city government here has noted a remarkable increase in the total collection of business taxes and fees for the first month of the year which now reached 54 percent of the entire 2011 revenue target.

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City administrator, Atty. Jose Constantino Gonzales attributed the positive result to the efficient tax collection efforts of all concerned government agencies by saying that the establishment of a “one stop shop” processing of business permits has greatly encouraged taxpayers to settle their obligations before the deadline. Gonzales said “one stop shop” is a service that seeks to facilitate and speed-up the processing of businessrelated permits and documents by gathering in one place all government agencies involved in the registration process. As of Thursday (January 26), the city treasurer’s office has recorded an amount of P89, 159, 757.24 collected taxes; almost P10 million higher than the P79, 652, 683.40 for the same period last year. City treasurer, Gloria Castellano said that out of the P164,730,183.99

total assessments for 2011, the agency has only collected P136,602,000 payments for additional, renewal, and new business taxes and fees for the entire year. Nevertheless, she expressed optimism that this year’s collection would surpass the 2011 accomplishment considering the P165, 278, 977.70 total assessments for the first 26 days of January alone. “This only shows that we are anticipating more collections this year because the total assessment for January alone already exceeded the total assessment for the whole 2011, Gonzales said. Meanwhile, the “one stop shop” business registration process has reaped positive feedbacks from clients. Ric, who owned an electronic shop in the city, said business processing is more organized now because it

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cuts-off the waiting time and speed-up transaction. “It’s convenient now because the place is more comfortable with the airconditioned room compared before when we were doing transactions inside the city gym,” he said. In 2010, General Santos City was proclaimed by the International Finance Corporation as the Philippines’ “Most Business-Friendly City” after a study of doing business in 25 cities in the country was conducted. To maintain the “business-friendly” atmosphere, Gonzales revealed that within the year the local government will be constructing the investment and business building inside the city hall compound to accommodate the “whole year round” transaction of business registration. He said representatives of all offices mandated to process the permits will be housed in the said building to ensure that appropriate agencies will

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respond to the need of the clientele. These offices include the Business Permits and Licenses Division (BPLD), City Treasurer’s Office, City Health Office, City Assessor’s Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Engineer’s Office, Department of Trade and Industry, Social Security System, Philhealth, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Barangays among others. Moreover, Gonzales expressed his gratitude to “businessmen” in the city for “cooperating and for showing concern through their payment of

taxes.” He said the increase in local revenue collection will translate to continuous delivery of basic services and enhance the city’s capability for business opportunity despite the cut in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) made by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) this year. “We assure them that we will continually give the best services that we can and we will be transparent where their taxes will be going,” he said.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino leads launching of Philippines Business Registry System

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III led the launching Friday of the Philippines Business Registry System (PBRS) in Makati City which is aimed at streamlining business registrations in the country and eliminating red tape. The PBRS is a webbased system that will serve as a onestop shop for entrepreneurs who want to transact or register their businesses. The computerized registration systems will link several agencies so that applicants can register businesses even without their presence. Inter-

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linked g o v e r n ment agenc i e s under t h e P B R s y s t e m (BIR), Home Develinclude the Department of opment MutuTrade and Industry al Fund (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue

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(Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), Social Security System (SSS) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Through the PBRS,

business names, generate or validate their tax identification number (TIN) and get employer registration numbers from the SSS, Philhealth and PagIBIG Fund. One of the local government units (LGU) connected with the system is Quezon City. Caloocan and M a n d a l u yo n g are expected to connect to the system in the coming months. The launching ceremony is the first phase of the PBR program. This year, more LGUs and other regulatory offices will connect to the system. The PBR is one of the govsole proprietors ernment’s priority can now reg- projects to streamister their line business registration process and

eliminate red tape. Through the PBRS, the Aquino administration hopes that the country will be more attractive to investors and will improve its ranking in the global business competitiveness. During the launching rites, the President had a briefing on the actual client applications. He also witnessed the awarding of citation certificates to the five heads participating agencies that include SEC chairperson Teresita Herbosa, Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Darlene Berberabe, BIR Deputy Commissioner Lilia Guillermo, SSS president and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and Trade Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya also joined the President during the event.

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Aquino keynotes Arangkada Philippines Forum

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III keynoted the Arangkada (accelerate) Philippines Forum held at the Grand Ballroom of the Mariott Hotel in Pasay City on Thursday.

Arangkada Philippines is a comprhensive advocacy paper that share recommendations leading to the creation of US$75 billion in new foreign investment, 10 million jobs and over

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P1-trillion in revenue for the Philippine economy within this decade. Conducted by the Joint Foreign Chambers, Arangkada Philippines estimates that, to achieve these results, the country must focus on more rapid de-

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velopment of the Seven Big Winner Sectors namely: agribusiness, business process outsourcing, creative industries, infrastructure, manufacturing and logistics,


mining and tourism. In his speech, the President said that although these seven sectors were part of his platform in the 2010 Presidential campaign, his government would focus on three – agribusiness, infrastructure and tourism – whose benefits would redound to the Filipino people. “The Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines (JFCP), acting in solidarity with our agenda of national transformation, has graciously conducted a study on how to accelerate investments and economic growth, and create jobs in the country,” the President said. “The Arangkada study mentioned seven promising sectors. Some in the audience may recall that these same seven sectors were part of my platform during the 2010 election campaign. They represent the global competitive advan-

tage of the Philippines. They are primary areas of growth that can create millions of jobs for our economy and potentially change the tragic paradigm of poverty afflicting too many of our citizens,” he stressed. The President pointed out that focusing on the development of the aforementioned three sectors was in line with his administration’s advocacy of “equitable progress and inclusive growth.” “The driving principle behind my government has always been equitable progress and inclusive growth, and we believe that the success of these three sectors-tourism, infrastructure, and agriculture-- redound to the benefit of the common Filipino,” the President said. “They offer immediate opportunities to those in the margins: those who live in poverty; who are in the rural areas; who, by a systemic neglect of

their dignity, have been disallowed more active participation in the national economy. These are the same people who are being targeted by our investments in social services such as education, health, and community development,” he added. The Chief Executive expressed optimism that through this development framework, the Filipinos would “reap the profits of our efforts and become skilled, healthy, empowered individuals.” “They will be the ones to spur the entire economy forward-- consumers who will allow businesses to thrive; experts who will fuel the growth of BPO companies; award-winners in our creative industries; not only production-line workers, but also engineers and managers,” the President concluded. (RCK)

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Mining students hopeful on industry future by Jeanevive Abangan

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he flagging spirits of Mining Engineering students of the University of Southeastern Philippines(USEP) were somehow revitalized when the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) assured them of their commitment to push further the Mining industry. They applauded the statements which explained the benefits and prospects of mining and cheered their classmate who told stories about improved lives of people in the neighborhood, 12

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due to presence of mining companies. Fourth year Mining Engineering student Danilo Dice yesterday expressed hope for his first year Mining Engineering classmates to come to grips of the importance of the course that they are taking, and how this would be of help in the society. A resident of Pulang Bato, Tampakan, South Cotabato, Dice shared his observation on the improvement of the way of life of some indigenous peoples (IPs), and even of settlers due to the assistance coming from a mining company which is doing exploration activities in his community. “Dili lang nakatsinelas na, naka Hi-lux pa. Daghang pud ming nakaeskwela. (They’re not only on slippers now, they’re even on Hi-lux. Many of us have also gone to school.)” he said in an interview during the Media Forum on Mineral Development Concerns held Thursday at USEP Social Hall in Bo. Obrero, Davao City. Rey Apolinares, also a 4th year Mining Engineering student, looked at mining as a vital component of


living saying “without mining, there is no life.” Minerals drawn out of mining are being used as elements in almost all materials used in daily living from households, construction, transportation, communication among others. The media forum was also attended by Geology students of USEP which USEP College of Engineering dean Dr. Rosello Lyndon H. Roble revealed to have been recognized as second among the top performing Philippine universities in the field of Geology. Apolinaris confessed that mining engineering students were worried about issues besetting the mining industry as some sectors would like to stop the operation of by large scale mining companies. In a statement, COMP committed to reach out “to our stakeholders to bridge the information gap and to correct misconceptions brough about by the concerted campaign against legitimate large-scale mining.” “We will sustain our advocacy for responsible minerals development as well as our efforts to operate within the parameters of Responsible Mining: Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, Social Equity and Good Governance,” Rocky Dimaculangan, COMP vice president for Communications said as he read the statement. Supportive of COMP, Mindanao Business Council (MBC) Chairperson Vicente Lao assured the students that the business council “will always be

looking after the interest of Mindanao,” and that he pointed out that Mindanao equally deserves the benefits of Mining. COMP Vice President for Legal and Policy Ronnie Recidoro revealed that the Philippine holds an estimated P47 trillion worth of mineral resources, and that the country globally ranks 3rd in Gold, 4th in Copper, 5th in Nickel and 6th in Chromite. He said the resources would not be of use if they “stay in the ground.” But he emphasized the need to observe responsible mining in doing activities to extract these minerals. Recidoro told Mining and Geology students that they are at “the right course, at a right location at the right time” as he bared Mindanao to have much of the mineral resources of the country specially gold which current prices are at high levels. He also said that the mining industry is generating substantial employment opportunities estimated at 230,000 direct employment based on industry statistics, and that such figure

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is expected to go high as more investments will be poured in the coming years. Meanwhile, former House Repr esentative Akbayan spokesperson Riza Hontiveros this morning expressed optimism that the campaign against large scale mining operation will gain support not only at the grassroots level but even in the government bureaucracy especially now that President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is open to discussions on pressing issues. Guesting at the Kapihan sa PIA, Hontiveros said the Mineral Resources

Bill that her group is advocating seeks a ban of large scale mining operation which, according to her, had done irreversible destruction to communities and environment, as documented. While banning large scale mining, the bill, she said allows mining in small proportion to provide the needed minerals enough for domestic consumption. Rather than depending on solely on mining, Hontiveros suggested to go for food security through agriculture upon which rural development be built on.

Ex-OFW comes up with mobile application for overseas pinoys

DAVAO CITY -A mobile internetbased application designed to watch over OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) has been developed by a former OFW turned technopreneur. 14

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Myrna Padilla a former domestic helper in Hongkong who is now a successful owner of an IT (information technology) outsourcing company in Davao City has developed the OFW Watch which is primarily catered to identify OFW at risks and deliver help when necessary. Padilla said that OFW Watch uses mobile applications, social networking and website technology to be able to monitor the 12 million OFWs spread all over the world. “It is a tool for OFWs to empower themselves and give them the capacity to help each other,� Padilla said during her guesting at the Club 888 media forum at Marco Polo Davao last January 25.


Padilla said that with the millions of OFWs scattered all over the world government agencies are overwhelmed in watching over them. OFW Watch application can help put tracked distressed OFWs using back-end servers. For example an OFW has been prevented from communicating with the outside world, the network can detect that the particular OFW has not logged in a for a considerable amount of time hence a red flag would be raised to alert and mobilize potential help. The network application also has a directory of government agencies all over the world which the OFWs can find useful. It also has a listing and rating system for the 3,400 recruitment

agencies listed in the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration along with the listing is the rating for each agency. “If hotels and restaurants in Europe are rated online we can also give ratings to these agencies. The good agencies will love us while the bad ones will strive to improve.” Padilla said. The application also has online translator services to help OFWs in communicating with their superiors particularly if the foreigners don’t or have little English language skills. Padilla said that the services offered by the OFW watch is free and serves as her legacy. Padilla says that her sacrifices as an OFW has inspired her to create this tool. (PIA/RG Alama)

regional gallery Emiliano Dakingking, Jr. of Tagum City’s Bantay Dagat Forces show the beach seine locally known as “baling” his team confiscated on the midnight of January 24, 2011 in Sitio Garinan in Barangay Madaum, Tagum City. This, along with a row boat and a pump boat (inset photos) are now impounded in the headquarters of Bantay Dagat in Barangay Liboganon, Tagum City. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum Friday, January 27, 2012

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DENR takes lead of Soccsksargen’s ecotourism committee

KORONADAL CITY -- Soccsksargen’s Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) beginning this year will be in the hands of the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12). 16

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In a ceremony on January 16, Department of Tourism -12 (DOT12) represented by OIC Regional Director Jose B. Cabulanan formally transferred the leadership of REC to DENR-12 represented by Dr. Noel V. Dungca pursuant to Executive Order 111 entitled “Establishing the Guidelines for Ecotourism Development in the Philippines.” Thus, for the next three years DENR-12 will lead efforts in review, evaluation, ap-

proval, and monitoring of ecotourism projects in their region; implement policies, guidelines, programs, projects and activities formulated by the Council; identification of network of ecotourism sites in the region; and recommendation of plans and programs for ecotourism; and, other activities as may be prescribed by the council. It shall also devise accreditation, including incentives mechanism, for ecotourism projects. Director Cabulanan

conveyed his appreciation to the DENR 12 leadership “for the proactive stance on ecotourism” in the region. For his part, Dr. Dungca thanked the DOT 12 for providing the direction and leading the implementation of ecotourism programs and projects in the Region. Also during the turnover ceremony, South Cotabato Provincial Governor Arthur Y. Pingoy, Jr. informed participants that South Cotabato is a beneficiary of the

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Canadian International Development Agency -funded Local Government Support Program to develop the Ecotourism Highway which includes North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani. South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu is Mindanao’s model site for Communitybased Ecotourism. It is also touted as home of the highest zipline in Southeast Asia at 180 meters high. The scheduled signing of memorandum of agreement (MOA) among members of the REC was

postponed indefinitely pending a requirement to be met by some local government units. Under E.O. 111, the REC assists the National Ecotourism Development Council in effectively implementing the programs and activities approved by the Council. The said committee also formulates policies, programs and guidelines relevant to the development and promotion of ecotourism in the Region and in devising an accreditation including incentives mechanism for ecotour-

ism projects. The REC is composed of the Regional Director of DOT, the Regional Executive Director of DENR, Regional Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service of the DENR, NEDA-Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD),non-government organization(s), including representatives of concerned local government units and private sector. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/ MCalungsod-Locsin/ DENR 12)

PNP 12 to adopt E-blotter by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Blotters in police stations in the entire Soccsksargen Region are going high tech soon with the launching of PNP Crime Incident Reporting System or e-Blotter here, according to report from the Police Regional Office-12 (PRO-12).

In preparation for this upcoming changes, PRO-12 last week held a two-day training on the use of eblotter where some 53 police personnel from the four provinces and five cities in Region 12 18

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were among the participants. PSupt. Resty Damaso, head of the PRO 12’s public information office, explained PNP’s e-blotter is designed as a stand-alone system

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which will be installed in all police stations as a means of reporting and monitoring all crime incidents that transpired within their areas of responsibilities. It can also report results and records of


the investigations. “The new and electronic system will assure accuracy in crime data documentation, reliability in storage for quick reference and hassle-free transmission of data to the end recipient of all police reports at the Philippine National Police,” he said. Damaso explained further that the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management and the PNP Information Technology Management Service have decided to pursue the development of an electronic blotter system for recording crime incidents across the country because

the old system using blotter books only provides voluminous reports that do not allow automatic cross-referencing of data. The electronic blotter would be most helpful in the process of making crime statistics because the program al-

low automatic input of statistics template. “The software will be installed into a desktop in every police station,” Damaso said “This new management tool will not only simplify the gathering and organization of crime information but also provide instant and accurate crime statistics that is tamper free.” Data collected through the e-blotter, Damaso said, will also be “vital in mapping out strategies for quick response and crime prevention.” This project is an offshoot of Executive Order No. 386 signed

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by former Pres. Corazon C. Aquino on December 19, 1989, “Establishing a National Crime Information System” maintained by the DIDM to help in the identification and apprehension of criminals, improve the efficiency of criminal justice agencies, and ultimately help reduce crimes through better planning and use of

manpower, equipment and government resources. While addressing participants, Deputy Regional Director for Administration P/SSupt Lester Camba told participants: “Sana po ay isapuso ninyo ang lahat ng natutunan sa seminar. Huwag abusuhin ang karunungan. Ilaan ito para sa katuparan ng layunin ng ating or-

ganisasyon na magsilbi at protektahan ang publiko.” “Huwag din nating kakalimutang alagaan ang mga kompyuters at iba pang gamit ng gobyerno. Itong mga gamit na ito at ang kaalaman at mabuting layunin ang daan para sa katuparan ng matagumpay na Eblotter system.”

Proyektong potable water system sisimulan sa Parang, Maguindanao COTABATO CITY -- Malaking ginhawa sa mga residente sa bayan ng Parang, Maguindanao ang pagkakaresolba ng problema sa kakulangan ng mapagkukunang ligtas na inuming tubig.

Sa tulong ng isang non-government organization (NGO), maisasakatuparan na rin sa pamamagitan ng partnership ang water system (WAS) program na matagal nang hinahanapan ng pangmatagalang solusyon ang suliranin sa kawalan ng ligtas na tubig. Lumagda noong Enero 24, 2012 sa 20

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isang Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) ang pamahalaang bayan ng Parang sa pangunguna ni Mayor Ibrahim Ibay at ang A Single Drop of Safe Water sa ilalim ng WAS program. Ayon kay Mayor Ibay, agad na sisimulan ang nasabing proyekto at inaasahang matatapos sa loob ng siyamnapung (90) araw kung

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saan anim sa mga barangay ang inisyal na makakabitan ng koneksiyon sa tubig. Sinabi ng Ibay na umaabot sa P30 milyun water bill collection ang makokolekta kada taon na siyang gagamitin sa pambayad sa ginastos sa proyekto gayundin sa pagmamantina dito. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)


Electrification program for remote communities

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ore households in far-flung communities are expected to benefit under the government’s Sitio Electrification Project (SEP) this year.

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In the remote villages of Agusan del Norte and Butuan City alone, at least 1,466 household beneficiaries are being targeted to benefit under the SEP program in 2012. The identified 36 sitios and puroks as household (connection) beneficiaries in Agusan del Norte and Butuan City as part of the P589.32 million SEP projects that will be part of the 833 sitios and puroks nationwide this year. “We have already submitted these identified sitio and puroks to the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for approval and implementation for the year 2012 up to 2015,” said Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (Aneco) general manager Archetic Horacio T. Santos. 22

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It was learned that the government had set aside P1.108 billion to hasten the implementation of two major electrification programs – the SEP and Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP). President Benigno Aquino III has ordered Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the release of the funds to the NEA to provide reliable electricity in the identified farflung villages. From the P1.1 billion fund, P518.92 million will be spent for the BLEP to improve electric services in 202 barangays (villages) nationwide, while P589.32 million will go to the SEP to connect 833 sitios to the nation’s power grid. In Mindanao alone, NEA

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Engineering Division Director Jose Seguban Jr. said that in Mindanao alone, at least P250,181,104.61 are set to be released before the end of this month or early next month for the BLEP project. Agusan del Sur has targeted 12 villages with funds amounting to P30,489,355.95 for the BLEP project. For the SEP project, at least P87,210,400.76 is being allocated in Northeastern Mindanao or the Caraga Region. The SEP and BLEP programs will allow the NEA to provide electricity to off-grid sitios and other un-electrified communities, as well as improve the delivery of basic services in the countryside so that power disruptions and other connection-related problems are prevented. The government seeks to provide electricity to 2,341 villages, and to light up 32,441 sitios by 2015. In the last quarter of 2011, upon supervision of NEA, various electric cooperatives energized at least 1, 154 sitios and puroks in Mindanao, and it is targeting another 376 sitios and puroks in 2012 in the southern island. Meanwhile, massive reforestation activities are in the offing in the five component provinces of the Autonomous


Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) committed a partial financial package amounting to P49.6 million for the purpose. DENR Secretary Ramon Paje signed an agreement with ARMM newly-installed caretaker governor Mujiv Hataman last January 9 concerning the implementation of national government-bankrolled reforestation project in the autonomous region. Hataman on Saturday said the P49.6 million fund

will be used to reforest “2,500 hectares of denuded and open forestland” in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Basilan. The DENR said the ARMM-shared sum is part a multi-billion-peso package for large-scale reforestation under the Aquino administration’s National Greening Program (NGP), which seeks to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of forestlands across the country by 2016. As this developed, former ARMM Executive Secretary Naguib Sinarimbo lauded

Paje for pursuing the earlier initiatives of the administration of ARMM acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong that “gave impetus to greening campaign” in the region. Sinarimbo said the Adiong government had put up last year a 300-hectare agroreforestation project in Upi, Maguindanao, using a local fund and tapping the free services of Army soldiers and food-for-work rice assis-tance from the United Nations’ World Food Programme. (MUC with a report from Ali G. Macabalang)

Economic boom in Caraga seen SURIGAO CITY -- Full economic activity is seen beginning this year in the Northeastern Mindanao as both foreign and domestic investors in agricultural, industrial, mining and tourism industries are already in place in the region’s five provinces and six cities. After signing a memorandum of understanding, a Japanese business group is already in close coordina-

tion with a local construction company in Butuan City for the establishment of multimillion-peso run-to-river mini-

hydro power plants. City officials, led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., have already given the green light for the

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project. Some Koreans and Chinese business groups including domestic businessmen have already started operating their agricultural plantation in the city of Butuan and the province of Agusan del Norte with close to 50,000 hectares open for co-management with the local government unit and business group or individual. One of the country’s three top companies also inked their memorandum of understanding with a mining company at Nonoc here for a major nickel mining operation. The company investment of some $2.5 billion is expected to generate 8,000 new jobs. The city govern24

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ment of Surigao led by Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas is already extending assistance for the commencement of the mining operation. The city government of Surigao also started their P500 million Surigao City “Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development Program” for 2012-2016 where an estimated 10,000 farmers will be benefited. This program is also open to different business groups, both foreign and domestic. Multi-billion dollars’ worth of mining investments of foreign and domestic business groups in Claver and other towns in Surigao del Norte and also in Surigao del Sur are in full swing this year,

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generating at least 20,000 new jobs and additional revenues for the local government units. Just recently, officials and technical men from the Korean government, assisted by Region XIII Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, per instruction of Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, started surveying in Agusan del Sur for the establishment of a multi-million-peso wood pellets plant in the economic zone area of that province. Aside from generating local employment and revenues, the establishment of this environment-friendly wood pellets plant is expected to bolster the solid waste management program and global warming and climate change mitigation programs of the government. The Koreans also intend to plant millions of agricultural tree seedlings in the wide areas in Agusan del Sur and neighboring areas. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao Sur Agriculture office keen on knowing cause for lean harvest by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- The Office of the Provincial Agriculturists (OPAG) in Surigao del Sur is keen on knowing the cause of drop in rice and corn production here last year. According to Quico, the comparative data on major agricultural performance for 2011 revealed that rice production had gone down to 114,030 metric tons from 139,001 metric tons in 2010. However, he stressed that the area planted and harvested

have also been reduced to 33,859 hectares from the previous 35,272 hectares. Quico said that the same has happened with corn production. Thus, for calendar year 2011, the province has only produced 6,860 metric tons of corn from

a previous harvest of 14,081 metric tons or a 48.70 percent change. In 2011, only 5,226 hectares had been planted with corn as compared to the previous year with 6,122 hectares. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/ PIA-Surigao del Sur)

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DOST-IX conferred the Philippine by Thelma Diego Quality Award

“Time and again, the world has witnessed demonstrations of the extraordinary skill and ability of Pinoys. Our steadfast pursuit of quality, combined with core competencies such as a strong work ethic, an ability to think outside the box, and a passion to excel in our respective crafts, distinguishes Filipinos in the global community as excellent workers.� This was the message of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III when he conferred the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) to four distinguished organizations in the country. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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The low-key yet accomplished Regional Office of the Department of Science and Technology in Western Mindanao (DOSTIX) emerged as one of the recipients in the 14th cycle of PQA. DOST-IX was recognized for having demonstrated serious commitment to improvement in order to achieve quality excellence. Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth- Manzano, together with DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and Undersecretary Carol M. Yorobe, received the symbol of the prestigious recognition at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace during the awarding ceremony last January 20, 2012. The PQA is the highest level of national recognition for exemplary organizational performance established through RA 9013. It is a national quality award comparable with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) of the United States of America. One of the objectives of PQA is to recognize organizations in both the private and public sector which excel in quality management and overall organizational performance thus providing Philippine industries with benchmarks and models to emulate. It also aims to

promote standards in organizational performance comparable to those of leading business abroad, pursuant to the country’s effort to be globally competitive. The PQA focuses on seven (7) criteria categories: (1) leadership; (2)strategic planning; (3)customer and public focus; (4)measurement, analysis, knowledge management; (5)workforce focus; (6)process management, and (7)results. Aside from DOST-IX, another recipient form the public sector was the DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) in Bicutan while two (2) private organizations - Automotive Airconditioning Technology Philippines Inc. (Laguna) and NYK-TDG EBusiness Corp. (Taguig City) were recipients of PQA’s Recognition for Proficiency in Quality Management. (NBE/PIA9/ Thelma Diego/DOST IX PRESS RELEASE) Friday, January 27, 2012

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ARMM OIC appoints new agriculture chief ISABELA CITY – ARMM Acting Governor Mujiv S. Hataman appointed on January 17 former Provincial Agricultural Officer of Tawi-Tawi, Professor Sangkula A. Tindick as Regional Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Bureau of Public Information reveals that the newly appointed secretary immediately held a meeting after taking his oath of office, with OIC Secretary Keise Tan Usman and other senior DAF officials where he was apprised of the status of the office including the preparations for the programs, projects and activities for the first 100 days of the Governor Hataman in office. The formal turnover was done the next day at the covered court to

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allow for the attendance of the whole DAF regional manpower as well as those from DAF Maguindanao. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Regional Director Usman bared the steps undertaken during his nearly one month caretaker stint such as facilitating measures for the release of program funds for rice, corn, livestock and high value crops which were not released by the Department of Agriculture Central Office to DAF ARMM since 2011.


The release of said funds would jumpstart projects to enhance agricultural productivity such as those identified for the first 100 days of the present regional leadership. Director Usman assured the full support of the fisheries bureau whose performance as top fisheries producer of the country was acknowledged by Tindick in his fatherly and jovial talk with the DAF family. Tindick bared his marching order from Governor Hataman to institute an array of necessary reforms to make the agriculture and fishery agency more responsive to the developmental needs of the people of ARMM. An accounting management Professor before becoming part of DAF, he intends to institute a system that

would enhance the efficiency of the office in delivering its mandate “to make agriculture and agri-based enterprises profitable and help spread the benefits of development to the poor, particularly in the rural areas”. The Regional Secretary emphasized the need for unity or teamwork by actually experiencing thru an exercise called “rocking the boat.” In the exercise, done after his acceptance remark, the Secretary proved that without teamwork, the whole agency capacity to deliver its mandate may be jeopardized. The “rocking the boat” showed the chaos, contradictions and danger that awaits an institution when there is poor communication, disunity and command breakdown. (JPA/ BPI-ARMM/RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

2005 Miss International bats for nutrition advocacy program DIPOLOG CITY - Promoting proper nutrition among schoolchildren in public schools, 2005 Miss International Precious Lara Quigaman has joined the Laki Sa Gatas (LSG) Nutrition Education Advocacy held this morning at Estaka Central School in this city. Speaking in a gathering of schoolchildren, parents, teachers and media practitioners, Miss Quigaman told the crowd that getting adequate nutrition made her attain her ambition in life – that is to become a Friday, January 27, 2012

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beauty queen. Quigaman shared with the audience her background as having come from a poor family and studied in a public school. Despite her condition in life, she did everything her parents taught her to attain her ambition in life backed up by studying hard and drinking milk each day. LSG program, which aims to promote proper nutrition among schoolchildren, has been spearheaded by Nestle Philippines in coordination with the Department of Education (DepED). It was learned that many children in public schools suffer malnutrition based on the 2006 poverty statistics. Official poverty statistics showed that two of 10 children aged 6-10 years old lack iron, two out of 10 children under 12 years old lack Vit. A, and one out of 10 children under 12 years old lack zinc. Underweight children are also prevalent among children coming from socioeconomic class D and E. LSG representative Jimson Milagrosa also told the local press that LSG Nutrition Education Advocacy is targeting to cover some 2,540 public elementary schools for 2012. (JPA/FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte) 30

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PNoy lauds Mayor Cruz for attending to the needs of the Sendong victims

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has lauded Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz of Iligan City for his efforts in helping needs of the tropical storm

“We had our communication lines open with your Mayor. ‘Kausap ko siya sa kasagsagan ni Sendong ‘(I talked to him during the onslaught of Sendong) and he aptly updated me of what was going on,” the President told the Sendong survivors at “Bayanihan” Village in Barangay Sta. Elena, this city. Particularly, the President thanked the Mayor for declaring Jan. 25, as a Day of Volunteerism in the city that

gathered some 2,000 volunteers, himself included, for a city clean-up drive and for the construction of the first 300 Gawad Kalinga (GK) houses in the area, the permanent relocation site of the Sendong victims. He said Jan. 25 is a day to remember, since it marks the 40th day of mourning for the unfortunate Sendong victims who perished in the city. Friday, January 27, 2012

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It was also the birth of his mother, Former President Corazon C. Aquino, whose ideals have been rooted deep in his heart. Meanwhile, he assured the Mayor of all the help that he needs in the plight of the Sendong victims. “Patuloy tayong maghanap nang sagot sa kanilang mga kailangan, gaya ng pantubig, eskwelahan, at iba pa ng ikabubuti nila” (We will continue to respond to their needs, such as water system, school building, etc. for their welfare), he said. Data gathered by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) show that a total of 20,249 families with 90,284 members were affected by Sendong in Iligan City. Of this number, 5,246 families had totally damaged houses and 14,874 others, partially damaged. About 1,635 families with 8,584 members are still housed inside 14 evacuation centers (EC’s) in the city, while 10,472 families have lived outside the EC’s, as of Jan. 24, this year. The highest number of 361 families now live inside the Sta. Filomena Gymnasium, while the other EC’s have accommodated the following number of families:

Ubaldo Laya Elementary School, 281 families, Luinab Elementary School, 226 families, Upper Hinaplanon Elementary Schoo, 189 families, Tent City, 126 families, Santiago Gym, 123, and Tambacan Elementary School, 82 families. Juan Actub Lluch Elementary School, 67 families, Laville Gym, 54 families, San Roque Tent City, 49 families amd Madrashah, 30 families. Villa Verde Gym, 28 families, Mandulog Barangay Hall, 11 families City Central Elementary Gym, 8 families. As to the profile of the family members inside the EC’s, the DSWD data shows the following figures: Males, 3,304, females, 3,112, children 0-2 years old, 487, children 3-5 years old, 647, children 6-14 years old, 1,057, youth, 15-18 years old, 865, adults 18 years old and above, 3,116 and older persons, 60 years old and above, 244. Meanwhile, data on the vulnerable sectors of the people inside the EC’s also show that there are 22 persons with disability (PWD), 287 lactating mothers, 247 single-headed families, 192 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and 30 beneficiaries of the DSWD Social Pension. (PIA-10)

CdeO is all set for February 5 PhilHeatlh Run: The Mindanao Run For Hope by Merlyn H. Ybañez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - PhilHealth Regional Office 10 is all set for the historic Mindanao wide simultaneous run for Kids with Cancer on February 5, 2012. 32

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After a full semester tedious preparation for a full blown Mindanao wide run, the Cagayan De Oro race venue along with all five (5) regional race of the PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope, are ready to make history and a statement as the first One Mindanao Run for the cause of increasing awareness on children’s cancer and the need for a Mindanao

wide collaboration to augment the resources of the only Pediatric Cancer Unit in Mindanao at the Southern Philippines Medical Center – Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit (SPMC-CCBDU) in Davao City. Led by a lone Pediatric Cancer Specialist, PhilHealth Mindanao hopes to support the needs of this silent sector of vulnerable children stricken with a much dreaded disease. The PhilHealth Mindanao Run for Hope is a run for the Kids of the House of Hope. A house built inside the compound of the SPMC to cater to family members and patients who are encouraged to stay in the shelter to guarantee their often neglected chemotherapy sessions once discharged from hospital admission. However, free lodging does not cover the expenses for succeeding treatment sessions thus the need for support from more benevolent sectors of society, an ambitious mission embraced by PhilHealth Mindanao led by its Area First Vice-President Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr. In Cagayan De Oro, race starts at 4:30AM in the Pelaez Sports Complex, Velez Street. To add hype to the event Filipino-British Celebrity Model Jon Hall has enlisted to run in the 10K category as part of his support to the Cause. The PhilHealth Run: Mindanao Run for Hope is co-presented by Smart Communications, RiteMed by Unilab, AllCard Plastics Philippines, KCCDF Inc., DOLE Philippines, Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, CIS Bayad Center and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company. Friday, January 27, 2012

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Locally, Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo of Lanao Del Norte leads the pack of major supporters along with Dunkin Donuts, Gaisano Malls and the Department of Health.

Petronas Energy Philippines, Gov. Alex Calingasan of Bukidnon and Land Bank of the Philippines are also among the staunch supporters of this much awaited event. (PhilHealth)

NYC to conduct youth fest for Sendong by Apipa P. Bagumbaran victims CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The National Youth Commission (NYC) will conduct a festival to instill hope to the youth who were displaced by Tropical Storm Sendong. The fest, dubbed as “Kabatanonan Paglaum Festival,” will be held tomorrow, January 27, at Liceo de Cagayan University, here, and on January 28 at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) in Iligan City. NYC Undersecretary Leon Flores III said the fest aims to inspire the youth and encourage them to embrace hope as they rebuild their lives after the devastating storm. He said psycho-social interventions and activities like peer counseling, photography class, acting/theatre workshop, and health information sessions will be provided to the displaced youth during the twoday festival. The peer counseling, he further said, will help in the processing of their experiences, sentiments and concerns while the acting/theatre workshop will allow them to get in touch with their emotions, helps release tension, and facilitates the sharing of their respective stories. 34

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On the other hand, Flores said the photography class will give the displaced youth tips on positive photography citing the need to replace the images of grief-stricken father, countless dead bodies, miles and miles of timber and floods, and other negative images into images of rebuilding, reconstruction and going back to normalcy. Meanwhile, the health info sessions will help the youth gain knowledge and awareness on how they should act while in a humanitarian setting. A ‘teen kit’ will also be provided to them courtesy of the United Nations Population Fund. They are exposed to or vulnerable to abuses and sexual harassment while they are in this setting thus the health info sessions will brief them of their rights so they can prevent cases of abuse, sexual harassment and the likes, he said. The festival is a joint undertaking of the NYC, Pilipinas Natin and EDSA People Power Commission. (PIA-10)


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