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Malacanang assures government working towards bringing Amalilio back to the Philippines to face charges Iodine deficiency may cause pregnancy complications - NNC Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

Camiguin pilots on dairy farming Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

Women-friendly space to be replicated in other typhoon-hit areas Carina L. Cayon, Southern Mindanao

MGB completes detailed geo-hazard mapping of 17 LGUs in Soccksargen Danilo E. Doguiles, Central Mindanao

IBP-Cotabato Chapter bags 3 awards at 14th National Lawyers Convention Oliver Ross V. Rivera, Central Mindanao

Peace center opens in Sulu to localize nat’l action plan for women, children Rene V. Carbayas, ARMM

DA leads National Year of Rice celebration Claro A. Lanipa, Western Mindanao

Caraga Peace & Order Council forms Internally Displaced Persons committee Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Cover Story

Newest nature tripping destination is in Sugbongcogon page 4

Vol. 2 No. 112

Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat Northern Mindanao


CoVer StoRy Newest nature tripping destination is in Sugbongcogon By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

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ho would have thought that there is a place in Misamis Oriental where people can enjoy sightseeing of the natural wonders as well as witness different kinds of animal species? Anyone would be happy to learn Although the name suggests of a traditional belief of a dark Filipino folklore, the place is completely the opposite. Tourists will be astonished by the collection of more than 500 types of birds varying local to foreign from parrots, pigeons, lovebirds, seagulls, peacocks and many others. Varieties of other animals are present as well such as the crocodile, monkeys, snakes, reptiles and the newest edition the four Bengal tigers. This park was officially opened to public in 2007, inviting everyone from local residents, to students and educational institutions to visit the park. The word of this new park was slowly but surely getting the attention of residents in the area, neighboring municipalities and other tourists and nature lovers. Children and even adults are enthralled by the countless collection of bird species and other animals in the area. It is perfect for school field trips and even family or group adventures. In the beginning, the local government LGU of Sugbongcogon and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) partnered in the project Adopt a Tree. This was massively participated by the Sugbongcogon National High School and its Central 4

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School where every student was mandated to plant a tree as requirement before graduation. These students tend their planted trees until they get out of school. Thus, such program paved the way of creating the Mantianak Park. In 1998, then Mayor Benedict Lagbas partnered with Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFOLOGOFIND) in a project to implement the sanitation facilities and perimeter lighting and fencing of the park. Governor Oscar Moreno also assisted by funding the equity of the project. Consequently, the Philippine Tourism Authority granted funds to put up structures and cages for the birds and animals. Now, Mayor Jerome Lagbas continues to maintain this park. As an Eco-Tourism site, the place is pure nature-friendly. Enclosed by huge wood panels and surrounded by big trees, heat from the sun is hardly ever felt. Organized for public viewing, animals in the park are lined up and visitors are led to specific walkways to witness and scrutinize each creature. They are also labeled with names, typically their scientific name and corresponding common name. And of course, anyone can take out their cameras to take photos or videos of the magnificent location and unique animals. According to the park manager Samson J. Sabuero, the park has already gained Php1.2M as income from January to October this year, a sign that tourists indeed flock in the place. Now, even international tourists are curious and are spending time with family in the Monday, January 28, 2013

park too. Aside from the leisure it provides, tourists don’t have to worry about where to stay. The park has amenities and can accommodate anyone who wishes to stay longer. They have travelers’ inn, zipline and botanical garden for everyone to take advantage. Snacks are also available for purchase anytime while in the vicinity. Parking spaces are also spacious if you intend to bring your personal vehicle. It is open all week long from 8am to 5pm. At present, the entrance fee is Php100 for adults and Php50 for kids. If you love nature and want to relax and see different kinds of animals, then this is the perfect place for you. Located just along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion, it is accessible by any vehicle. A visible sign of the park can be seen just on the side of the road. If you come from Cagayan de Oro, you just allot one and a half hour to get here. You can also make this as a side trip if you wish to go to Camiguin or Duka Bay in Medina. The park is worth the travel. Sugbongcogon is a 5th class municipality of Misamis Oriental, Region 10. As of May 2010, it has a total of 8, 164 inhabitants as reported by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). 5


ACROSS THE NATION Malacanang urges mall operators to review security measures to ensure safety of patrons

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alacanang urges mall operators to review security measures to ensure safety of patrons

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the appeal in light of the recent robbing of a jewelry store at the ground floor of the SM Megamall Department store in Mandaluyong City last Saturday. Speaking to reporters during his regular press conference in Malacanang, Lacierda said mall operators should

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conduct this strict review in close coordination with the Philippine National Police to “reassure the public that patronizing their malls is a safe weekend venture to go to.� “In that regard, we would like to appeal to the mall operators to study their security measures and make sure that the security equipment that they Monday, January 28, 2013


have installed in their premises does in fact detect the presence of firearms,” Lacierda said. “What they have to study (is) their security features again and try to see (if) there was a failure of security measures undertaken by the mall operators, in the hope that they can reassure the public that patronizing their malls is a safe weekend venture to go to,” he added. Lacierda said it was important to

maintain the safety within malls and other centers of recreation as “there’s an emphasis on gathering in malls in spite of the fact that these are... These malls have assumed a quasi-public character where, despite being owned privately, people do patronize malls and spend their weekends in malls whether they’re buying (something) or not..” PND (rck)

Malacanang assures government working towards bringing Amalilio back to the Philippines to face charges

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alacanang said on Monday that the failed attempt by National Bureau of Investigation agents to repatriate Aman Futures, Inc. owner Manuel Amalilio back to the Philippines was just a “temporary setback” that the government is working on in order to facilitate his immediate return. Monday, January 28, 2013

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In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda expressed confidence that Amalilio, who is facing charges for duping thousands of residents of Pagadian and other cities in Mindanao and the Visayas to invest their money in his firm, with a promise that it would earn huge profits within a short period of time, would eventually be brought back to the Philippines to face charges. “Yes, we can (assure them). Ito pong pagkabinbin lang sa pagpapabalik kay Ginoong Amalilio ay, sinasabi nga ni Secretary Leila de Lima, temporary lang. We are confident that, with the coordination of our Malaysian counterparts, we will be able to bring back Mr. Amalilio,” Lacierda said. “What happened last Friday was a mere temporary setback. We are in the process of bringing Mr. Amalilio back into the Philippines. So rest assured

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that we are taking all efforts to ensure the repatriation of Mr. Amalilio to the Philippines,” he added. Escorted by NBI agents, Amalilio was about to board a flight from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for the Philippines last Friday when Malaysian officials prevented his leaving due to issues regarding his citizenship. PND (rck)

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Mindanao reaping the dividends of peace

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ith a peace treaty in place in Mindanao the dividends of peace by way of millions of pesos in development aid are beginning to pour into the southern provinces. The latest bit of international largesse Office of the Presidential Adviser on the comes in the form of 65 villages in 21 Peace Process (OPAPP) stated that the conflict-affected towns of Mindanao additional financing for the MTF will help having access to funds for livelihood and the country’s efforts to heal, rehabilitate small-scale infrastructure to help speed and develop conflict-affected areas. It up reconstruction and create small will also strengthen the constituency for businesses and jobs in these former peace and citizen’s participation on the war-torn communities. ground, she said. This is assistance made possible with “We welcome the additional support the recent approval of a $5.251 million that adds to the government’s efforts additional grant for the Mindanao Trust to empower conflict-vulnerable Fund (MTF) that is designed to help communities in their quest for a peaceful improve social and economic recovery and progressive life. We hope that this in Southern Philippines. mechanism will continue to bridge Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles of the goodwill and trust not just between the Monday, January 28, 2013

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parties on the peace table, but also with the communities on the ground that we serve,” added Secretary Deles. The World Bank and other international development partners established the MTF in 2006 as a mechanism for pooling funds and coordinating support for conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. So far, the MTF has completed 240 reconstruction and development projects, including classrooms, health stations, access roads, water supply systems, core shelters and community centers in 154 conflict-affected communities in 75 municipalities across Mindanao. Under the program, residents of these communities choose and implement their own projects that enable them to recover from the travails of conflict and improve their living conditions. Besides funding projects identified by communities, part of the grant will be channeled through the International Labour Organization to support livelihood activities. It will also provide skills training to help people secure steady employment. World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi noted that the additional financing comes at a critical juncture in the country’s history. The recently signed Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro, he pointed out underscores the importance of intensifying socio-economic assistance to communities that have suffered from decades-old conflict. “This additional funding means that while the Government and the MILF flesh out the details of the Framework 10

Agreement on the negotiating table, the program will continue to deliver much needed services to conflict-affected communities,”, Konishi said. The World Bank is joined by several development partners which support the MTF, including the European Union, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the United States Agency for International Development, the Australian Agency for International Development, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Canadian International Development Agency. The program works through the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), whose mandate is to determine, lead and manage relief, rehabilitation and development projects in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. “The MTF serves an important confidence-building role in bringing the government and the MILF together on development issues affecting the Bangsamoro,” said Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, Chairman, Bangsamoro Development Agency. “The additional financing will boost our efforts to build the capacity of the BDA so that the MILF will have a core of technical experts in development on whom to draw following a peace agreement with the government.” The BDA is supported by Community and Family Services International, the Mindanao Land Foundation and the International Labor Organization. Monday, January 28, 2013


XCCA holds CINEMAGIS 5th Digital Short Film Fest by Recthie T. Paculba

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Xavier University Center for Culture and the Arts in partnership with Xavier Science Foundation, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and XU (National Service Training Program (NSTP) holds the CINEMAGIS 5th Digital Short Film Festival in Northern Mindanao at the XU Little Theater and SM Cinema 2 on January 24 to 26, 2013. Hobart P. Savior, Director of XCCA and CINEMAGIS, said the event celebrates the film making potentials of Northern Mindanao and to pick the best representatives to CINEMA REHIYONFilms form the Region. This is a national film festival organized by the National Committee on Cinema. Among the activities conducted by the organization was the presentation of nominees, press presentation and featured film showing, Qiyamah by Teng Mangansakan at XU Little Theatre. On its fifth year, CINEMAGIS has been able to sustain participation both from the students and professionals. XCCA is also aiming to cover a wider reach of audience through partnerships with other universities and institutions Monday, January 28, 2013

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the community. The regular film screening will be held at SM Cinema 2, Cagayan de Oro City on January 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests and viewers only need to bring P15-20 worth of goods such

as toothpaste, napkin and bath soap to be able to watch the screening. Goods will be donated to survivors of Typhoon Pablo last December 2012. CINEMAGIS 5th Digital Short Film Festival Award Night will be held at SM Atrium on January 26, 4 p.m.

Iodine deficiency may cause pregnancy complications - NNC by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Women with iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) will likely face some issues on fertility, pregnancy complications. and repeated miscarriage.

fails to meet the necessary iodine requirement which may also lead to goiter, over hypothyroidism, physical defects, and mental retardation. Tondares further noted that children born to mothers with IDD have low birth weights, decreased survival rate, or may acquire cretinism - a decreased thyroid hormone production in a newborn. As such, she reminded the public, especially mothers, to opt for iodine rich food like salt-water fish, crabs, shrimps, squid, Region 10 program coordinator and seaweeds. Zenaida T. Tondares explained that This week, we are also the body cannot function fully when it celebrating the 7th Goiter Awareness 12

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Week (GAW), with the theme “Goiter Sugpuin, Isip Patalinuhin, Iodized Salt Gamitin,� to enhance awareness on goiter and iodine deficiency disorders among Filipinos.

As member of the Philippine Thyroid Council (PTC), NNC has likewise ensured the participation and support of its network in drumming up the campaign.

Camiguin pilots on dairy farming by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN - Camiguin is set to receive some 25 heads of dairy herds from the National Dairy Administration (NDA), this March. Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo said this will provide for the establishment of the Camiguin Pilot Dairy Production Farm. The dispersal of the dairy cow to the province is under the animal distribution program of NDA dubbed Dairy Multiplier Farm (DMF), a standard payment-in kind scheme where NDA lends imported mature, female dairy animals payable within an eight-year period. Through this, the government targets to meet both livelihood and nutritional needs of the people. The farm will serve as the area for propagation of dairy animals thru crossbreeding and upgrading, as well as, promotes dairy animal trading among stakeholders of the local dairy industry. Romualdo said that elementary students are the first beneficiaries of dairy farm produce which will be utilized for the school feeding program. For now the provincial government is undertaking the Monday, January 28, 2013

necessary preparations for the access road, farm infrastructure, land/ pasture development and fencing. Meanwhile, the province has long been operating its own artificial breeding center for livestock animals in Mahinog town. Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) report shows more than 600 farmers served under its artificial insemination program and the provision of livestock animals to some 115 farmer-beneficiaries through the dispersal and re-dispersal scheme, wherein recipients are required to give the first offspring for re-dispersal.

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National artists to stage concert caravan for Typhoon Pablo survivors (DSWD-XI), bared that the concert caravan will be held on February 4, 5 and 6 in the municipalities of New Bataan, Compostela and Monkayo in Compostela Valley, and in Boston and Cateel, Davao Ori ental. She said the free concert aims to lift-up the spirits of the survivors of the recent typhoon that claimed the life of more than a thousand residents and severely brought damage to the livelihood and properties in the badly-hit provinces including Davao del Norte. “The concert is also part of the DAVAO CITY – Singers Leah Napsychosocial process wherein the varro and Danny Javier will lead typhoon victims are entertained other national artists in staging a and could savor the joy of music, concert caravan set first week of and forget for the time being what February in Typhoon Pablo-devthey have gone through (during the astated areas in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Ori- disaster),” Razon told the media during DSWD Partners’ Forum held ental. Priscilla Razon, regional on January 23-24 in Davao City. In the forum attended by the director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development media and the information officers 14

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of the local government units, DSWD-XI said the psychosocial interventions are continuously provided for the internally-displaced persons in the typhoon-stricken areas in the region. DSWD-XI Policy and Plans Division chief Raquel Nuñez said volunteers from the academe, religious groups and civil society organizations who are social workers and guidance counselors trained to conduct psychosocial support, have been a big help to the agency. Nuñez urged for more volunteers especially debriefers and

social workers who are accredited to administer psychosocial interventions. She said DSWD social workers have been deployed to communities to reach out to typhoon survivors who are not able to go to the camp sites. Nuñez said Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) is set to provide refresher course for the social workers as part of strengthening the psychosocial support. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)

DAVAO CITY – The women survivors of Typhoon Pablo in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province will be served more of their particular needs as a Women Friendly Space will soon be put up in the town’s evacuation centers. Department of Social Welfare and Development regional director Priscilla Razon said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will replicate the WFS program not only to Monkayo but also to other typhoon-hit areas in the region. The WFS was piloted by UNFPA in New Bataan, Compostela Valley right after the onslaught of typhoon Pablo in December last year, aiming to cater to the special needs of

the internally displaced women especially the pregnant mothers, nursing mothers, senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs). Razon said the WFS is set up in the evacuation center where a big tent is installed to accommodate the women who are provided with lectures such as on nutrition, good grooming, migration and trafficking in persons, among others. This space for women also tenders a comfort zone for mothers to breastfeed their babies, the DSWD-XI official told the media during a two-day DSWD Partners’ Forum held last week at Apo View Hotel in Davao City. Health kits to include

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such as bath and laundry soaps, and sanitary napkins are given out to the women as part of the services in the WFS, she added. The space is also providing the women basins, blankets and malong, a tube skirt garment which Razon said could give protection to women in various personal activities such in breastfeeding and in dressing up. The WFS in Cabinuangan Central Elementary School in New Bataan also serves as a venue for

the psycho-social activities for the IDP women. UNFPA takes DSWD, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the local government units as partners in operating the WFS. According to DSWD, the UNFPA has introduced the idea of opening the women-friendly space to the DSWD during the ‘Sendong’ devastation in Cagayan de Oro City. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)

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Koronadal police gets motorbikes from city LGU By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The local government here handed over to the City Police Station two motor bikes worth over P500,000 in a bid to boost police mobility for prompt response to call of duty.

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Mayor Peter Miguel turned over the two brand new Kawasaki Ninja EX250J motorcycles to PNP Koronadal’s supply and finance officer SPO1 Bernie M. Geroche at the City Hall Grounds on Monday. The red bikes are 4-stroke motorcycles, complete with standard accessories as well as blinker, a helmet with bluetooth, and a leatherette jacket. Each motorcycle costs P279,634. In his message, the local chief executive expressed hopes that the bikes strengthen PNP

Koronadal’s campaign for peace and order, provide mobilization for PNP operatives. Meanwhile, police inspector Joseph Carlos Madrid, chief investigator and public information of PNP – Koronadal said the bikes would definitely give boost to police capability, particularly in responding to criminal activities. These may also be used for other official purposes such as lead vehicle to control traffic in public parades and motorcades. Acting city general services officer Benito

Quirao told local reporters that the units were specifically requested by the city police station from the city government. In as much as these remain as property of the city LGU, Quirao appealed to the PNP Koronadal management to take care of the motorbikes. In 2011, the city government also donated a 4×2 Isuzu D-Max pickup truck to the local police force. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/ CMariano -Koronadal City Information Office)

MGB completes detailed geo-hazard mapping of 17 LGUs in Soccksargen By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Detailed mapping of 17 locations considered as critical areas in Soccksargen Region have already been completed, according to an official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) -12. MGB 12 regional director Constancio Paye Jr., said these new geo-hazard maps were prepared at scale of 1:10,000, much larger 18

than the initial maps of the entire Soccsksargen Region that the agency has completed two years ago. Completed detailed

geo-hazard maps were that of the cities of General Santos and Koronadal as well as the municipalities of Tampakan, Banga, Monday, January 28, 2013


T’boli, Tupi, and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato; Malungon, Alabel, Maasim, Maitum Kiamba, Glan, and Malapatan in Sarangani province; and, Bagumbayan, Columbio, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat province Director Paye explained the project, which started in 2011 is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to boost disaster preparedness especially among local government units down to village level as well as in the implementation of various mitigation measures against disasters and calamities that may occur in their area. DENR earlier allocated P354 million for assessment and densification of geohazard maps, particularly in disaster-prone areas. Besides the detailed features of specific locations, the project would also identify permanent and safe relocation sites for families living in most critical areas. Detailed geo-hazard maps of all critical areas to flooding and landslides in the entire country Monday, January 28, 2013

should be completed by 2014. Each year, Paye explained further, MGB 12 targets at least eight locations for detailed geohazard mapping. Detailed mapping of Surallah town in South Cotabato and President Roxas in North Cotabato have been scheduled early this year, he told reporters in a press conference last week. In an earlier interview, the official disclosed that MGB 12 has only one geologist to do the job but added that he is confident they would be able to completed detailed geohazard mapping of identified critical areas. “To fast track the generation of geohazard maps in the region, we have requested the assistance of mining firms in the region for their geologists to generate 1:10,000 maps in their exploration area,” he said. “In this way, our geologist can concentrate in other critical areas outside of the areas covered by mining firms.” Director Paye,

however, emphasized that even without the 1:10,000 geo-hazard map, barangays in Soccsksargen Region have been provided with 1:50,000 maps that identify floodprone and landslideprone areas that local disaster risk reduction and management councils could use in the preparation of their disaster plans. In August last year, MGB 12 completed sending via registered mail geo-hazard maps to the 1,194 barangays in the region. Lately, however, few of the maps, particularly those from remote barangays of Surallah and President Roxas towns were returned to sender. “Our technical people who will conduct mapping in these areas will bring the maps and hand them over to the intended recipients village chairs,” he assured. These 1:10,000 geohazard maps may also be accessed online through the websites of the DENR, MGB and Philippine Information Agency. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12) 19


IBP-Cotabato Chapter bags 3 awards at 14th National Lawyers Convention By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Integrated Bar of the PhilippinesCotabato Chapter brought home three awards during the 14th National Lawyers Convention and 40th Founding Anniversary of IBP. IBP Cotabato was awarded as Most Outstanding Legal Aid Committee (Category B) for its exemplary and inspiring performance in rendering legal aid through its dedicated members and handling both traditional and developmental legal aid cases, projects, and activities of national impact. A special citation was also given to IBPCotabato for its Karapatan Alamin e-Paabot Mo: A Cyber Free Legal Assistance Program which was hailed as the Outstanding Legal Aid Project. The innovative project is the first ever social media-based free legal aid service in the country launched last year. The cyber program renders free legal 20

service via its Facebook account by way of private messaging so as to safeguard, on the other hand, the rule on confidentiality in its highest degree. IBP-Cotabato Chapter President Atty. Noel A. Ben was given recognition as the Most Outstanding Legal Aid Lawyer 2011-2013. Atty. Ben was chosen among members of the IBP because of his tireless effort and unwavering dedication in rendering legal aid service to the less fortunate sectors of the community. Guided with their 2011-2013 principle, “Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the star for all eternity”, the

IBP Cotabato Chapter was inspired to make themselves readily available to those who have less in life that they be given more in law. IBP-Cotabato Chapter President Atty. Noel A. Ben said the awards that they received are humble manifestations of their intelligent awareness of the needs of others. “It is truly an honor that we have allowed ourselves to become instruments of great service to the people in the field of legal relations; hence, our prayers that we remain as such.” Atty. Ben added. The activity was attended by thousands of lawyers all over the country and held at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City last January 16-18. (ORVRPIA12) Monday, January 28, 2013


AFP, PNP, MILF, IMT hold joint convention to help Al-Barka, Basilan By Rene V. Carbayas ISABELA CITY, Basilan – A joint convention of the military, police, the Moro Islamic liberation Front (MILF), and the International Monitoring Team (IMT) was conducted recently at the “conflict-prone” town of Al-Barka in Basilan to help rebuild itself. In a report, Basilan police chief PSSupt Mario M. Dapilloza said that the convention had tackled the project proposal offered and funded by the International Monitoring Team with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The proposals discussed include the construction of school buildings in the municipality that would address its primordial need of educating its children and youth to build a better Al-Barka in the near future. The police chief said that the convention held last Dec. 5 with the MILF commanders, together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Monday, January 28, 2013

and the IMT was a manifestation of government’s sincerity to complete the peace process and the on-going talks with the MILF in implementing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). Dapilloza said that the Aquino administration is committed to the completion of the FAB, with the military and the police providing the needed support on the ground. The efforts, he added, include the 21


from local and international institutions to advocate for the full realization of the peace framework of the government with the MILF. “Everything is towards the common goal of peace and development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,� he stressed. He said the police is working closely with the military and other agencies as part of its advocacy to promote collaborative efforts in attaining peace and development for the Bangsamoro. With the election period at hand, the Basilan Provincial Police Office (BPPO) also

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introduced at the convention its Safe and Secure Elections (SAFE) 2013 program and some issue and concerns related to the elections. The police hope that the MILF could help in maintaining peace and order during the forthcoming national and local elections. The police chief and the military’s 104th Brigade Commander Col. Carlito V. Galvez have conveyed their appeal to the convention participants of the need to work together, especially on the significant role that each individual could contribute to attain a safe, free, and peaceful elections. Monday, January 28, 2013


Peace center opens in Sulu to localize nat’l action plan for women, children By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – A peace center recently opened in Sulu in line with the government’s program on Localizing the National Action (LNAP) on Women, Peace and Security in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In a press release, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) reported that the center was part of the local, regional, and national government’s continuing joint efforts to reach out to marginalized and conflict-affected communities in the south. The report said that OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles graced the inauguration of the Sulu Provincial Women and Children’s Monday, January 28, 2013

Center as a special guest of honor last Jan. 20, in a ceremony led by Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan, Jolo Mayor Hussein Amin, and Sulu Provincial Women’s Council (SPWC) chairperson Nurunisah Tan. In her message, Deles said that the National Action Plan (NAP) covers the Philippine government’s implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1325 and 1820. 23


“UNSCR 1325, in particular, is a landmark resolution that acknowledges women’s capacity to make decisions on women, peace and security issues,” she said. “This Center is a way to help improve your lives here so that you’ll have the strength and capacity to take part in the peace process, especially in relation to good governance and development,” Deles said during the program, addressing an audience consisting mostly of women, including women leaders in the province. Deles also challenged the women not to be left behind when it comes to the peace process, saying that women shouldn’t always be the victims. “It is in your power to shape the minds of the future generation, and teach them to lead a life of honor and peace,” she stressed. OPAPP and the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) both co-chair the National Steering Committee on Women, Peace and Security that is mandated to oversee the implementation of the NAP. The NAP aims to protect women’s rights and prevent violations to it; empower women for their active and meaningful participation; promote and mainstream gender perspective in all aspects; and institutionalize a system to monitor, evaluate and report on its implementation. As part of localizing the NAP, OPAPP, PCW and the ARMM Regional Steering Committee chaired by Vice Governor Hadja Bainon Karon, conducted last year a series of training 24

workshops in Basilan, Sulu, TawiTawi, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao to help representatives of provincial planning units, military and policy in planning gender-sensitive projects in their respective areas. Sulu Provincial Women’s Council (SPWC) chairperson Nurunisah Tan spoke of the experiences of women in Sulu. She shared that the many wars and clashes which swept the province left scars upon the lives of many and created a generation of widows and orphans giving roots to social problems. “This center will serve as a half-way house for those who felt transgressed, traumatized and violated, and will provide counseling and advice on the options open to them,” she said. Haja Nurunihar Muhammad, commissioner for the Sulu sector of the Regional Council for Bangsamoro Women (RCBW), said the Center is a big statement for the women in Sulu. “This shows how women will be empowered here, and how the government will support our rights and freedom.” The Sulu Provincial Women and Children’s Center consists of a big, air-conditioned hall where women of Sulu can hold their meetings, and an office for a fiscal officer to attend to the needs and issues of women. One room is allotted for counselors and social workers and another for livelihood trainings. The construction of the Center and its grounds was funded by the Sulu Provincial Government, and counterpart funding and other Monday, January 28, 2013


support services will be provided by the other government agencies, such as OPAPP, Department of Social Welfare and Development and the ARMM to cover other aspects of the Center’s provision of services to women and children in Sulu. During her visit in Sulu, Deles also led the inauguration of various projects in Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) under PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities), including the multipurpose covered court in the municipality of Maimbung, and a multipurpose community peace center in Indanan. She also visited the newly-rehabilitated classroom building in Patikul Elementary School in Kawmpang, Bangkal, where she interacted with grade-school Monday, January 28, 2013

students who welcomed her visit. “Coming here in Sulu and personally seeing the progress we are making in this region is indeed a good way to start the year in the peace process,” Deles said. Other completed projects in Sulu PDCs for 2012 included a public market in Bangas; day care centers in Tubig Sallang and Pisak-pisak; farm to market roads in Minapan, Timbangan, and Kamaunggi; and a coconut dryer in Alu Layag to sustain livelihood projects, among others. “The peace process should not be done solely on the negotiating table, it should be felt by people on the ground,” said Deles. “It’s time for people to feel the peace dividends so that they will further support and push for peace.” 25


P4.4M water system, P2.2-M health center constructed in Bo. Patalon By Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY - “When it rains, it pours,” this saying holds true to barangay Patalon as blessings came in bundle with the joint inauguration of the barangay’s P4.4million water system and the P2.2million newly constructed health center. 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 water system paves the way to potable water for Patalon population who were overjoyed with this new development in their barangay. Vic Larato, City Information Office, in a press statement said, “The Patalon water system, which is tapped from the spring at Campo Uno in Labuan, is another joint venture of the city government and

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the Zamboanga City Water District ZCWD.” The city also inaugurated Patalon’s newly constructed health center emphasizing that health is one of its top concerns. The inauguration was lead by Mayor Celso Lobregat and ZCWD officials headed by Board Chairwoman Nelida Atilano.

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DA leads National Year of Rice celebration By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – With the primary goal of attaining riceself-sufficiency this year, President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 494 declaring the year 2013 as the National Year of Rice and mandated the Department of Agriculture (DA) to lead the celebration. In a recent press conference held at Hotel Guillermo this city, DA-9 Regional Information Officer Melba Wee said part of the strategies to attain rice-selfsufficiency is the conduct of intensified information campaign and social marketing to enjoin producers, consumers and policy makers to help achieve the said goal. Through these strategies, Wee said, by the end of 2013 fifty percent of the rice 28

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consuming public by the end of 2013 will commit to become responsible rice consumers by eating just right amount of rice, not wasting rice, and eating other sources of carbohydrates. “As to rice producers, 50 percent of them shall adopt a more efficient and new production technologies, and for policy makers to come up with policy statements or ordinances in support of the NYR goal,” Wee added. “Filipinos are eating too much rice. We are eating more rice than other food groups, when rice and other grains should only be one fourth of our meal plate,” Wee stressed. ”On the other hand, every Monday, January 28, 2013

Filipino wastes about two tablespoons of cooked rice or nine grams of uncooked rice daily,” Wee recounted. DA report stated that in 2010, wasted rice was equivalent to 13% of the total rice imports of the year, which was also equivalent to P6.2 billion or the consumption of nearly 2.6 million Filipinos a year. With this, Wee encouraged the rice-consuming public to eat just the right amount of rice, try to take alternative food staples (such as banana, potato, cassava, corn and gabi), and eat brown rice for better health and avoid food wastage. 29


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NSO-Surigao Sur urges public to participate in the CAF 2012 by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- Provincial Statistics Officer Ruel Dres of the National Statistics Office (NSO) in Surigao del Sur urged the public to participate in the upcoming nationwide 2012 Census in Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) soon to implement on

Said launching was participated media practitioners from first district by the Community Development of this province composed of 13 Information Officers (CDIO) from municipalities and city of Tandag. the local government units and local

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In his presentation, Dres said that the 2012 CAF is the sixth in the series of decennial census and aims to: determine the structural characteristics of agriculture and fishery sectors; provide sampling frame for the conduct of census supplementary modules on irrigation and cropping pattern, livestock and poultry, aquaculture and Fisheries , and other statistical undertakings; provide basic data for the use in national as well as sub-national development planning; and provide

data on agriculture, aquacultural, and fishery facilities and services in the barangay. Dres explained that the data gathered from the census can be utilize as essential for the government planning in national as well as in subnational levels to cater the needs in Agriculture and Fisheries. Dres also said the NSO is mandated under Commonwealth Act No. 591 and Executive Order (EO) No. 121 to conduct a census every 10 years.

Caraga Peace & Order Council forms Internally Displaced Persons committee by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Caraga Regional Peace and Order Council has formed a committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). The IDP committee will 1) oversee displacement matters in Caraga region; 2) maintain database on IDP incidents in the region; 3) monitor the 32

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monitor and mitigate human rights violations and ensure protection and welfare of the IDPs. The IDP will be composed of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Commission on Human Rights, Department of Social Welfare and Development, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Education, Department of Health, National Economic and Development Authority, local non-government organization (NGO) and NGOs for women. Also discussed during the meeting were 1) Preparations for the 2013 National and Local Elections; 2) Strengthening RPOC Program for Caraga; 3) Selection of RPOC Representative to the Regional Appellate Board; and 4) RPOC Committee Report on Drugs Problem. NCIP-Caraga Regional Director Dominador Gomez also presented the joint Resolution of the Higaonon, Banwaon, Manobo, Mandaya and Mamanwa Tribal Coalition of Caraga region concerning the Peace and Order Situation in the region and in the adjacent provinces. Also, the RPOC members commended former DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat for the immediate response and her efforts during the relief operations when recent typhoon Pablo hit the province of Agusan del Sur. Monday, January 28, 2013

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr, relayed that in acceptance to the Regional Development Council Resolution No. 17 series 2012, the RPOC shall take the lead in the Oversight Committee on Drug Problems in Caraga region. Amante added that the committee’s first meeting was held on January 16 in Butuan City. The committee is also set to conduct a One-day Workshop on Anti-Drug Abuse Program in February with implementers and strategic partners such as the Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and Philippine Information Agency. Meanwhile, PNP-Caraga stressed that in addition of election duties to their regular functions, the PNP will stretch its personnel and resources to the limits and will respond accordingly to ensure safe elections on May 13, 2013. Based on PNP-Caraga report, they are continuously conducting combat operations to negate movements of communist insurgents who might collect permit-to-campaign fees from the candidates; intensified ‘Oplan Kapkap’ and ‘Oplan Bakal’; and conduct of combined checkpoint and “chokepoint” system which provides the security containment ring against criminality; insurgency and violations of election laws and regulations particularly the total gun ban.

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