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Sarangani’s PPP housing project opens doors to first occupants by Beverly Paoyon

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he first-ever PPP (Public-Private Partnership) initiated housing project in Sarangani finally opened its doors to the first batch of occupants Tuesday (January 24) in time for the awarding of certificates of occupancy to 11 beneficiaries.

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Called as “The Capitol Residences”, it is the housing project of the provincial government, in joint venture with Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and Sarangani Land and Development Corporation, which translates the commitment of provincial leaders to provide better shelter through medium grade but affordable housing facility for its employees. The local government unit (LGU) –led housing project was implemented pursuant to Section 8 of Republic Act (RA) 7279 otherwise known as Urban Development and Housing Act in conjunction with Section 17 of RA 7160 also known as the Local Government Code of 1991. HDMF Chief Executive Officer Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe said there have been a lot of negotiations ongoing nationwide for the PPP housing program for the LGUs but she pointed out Sarangani’s project was yet the first ceremonial turn-over she

witnessed. “Una ko po itong (The Capitol Residences) napuntahan na tunay naman na nakatayo na ang mga bahay, tapos na ang land development, at may take-out na na labing-isang bahay,” Berberabe disclosed. Berberabe said it was the first mandate of Vice President Jejomar Binay to Pag-IBIG, being the chairman of Pag-IBIG housing program, to conceptualize housing programs for LGUs which the latter supported with a campaign last year, but Berberabe said Sarangani implemented its own much ahead. For his part, Governor Migs Dominguez said it was the “first time that the local government unit engages the first private-public partnership project especially in housing in the whole of Mindanao and maybe the whole Philippines.” “A step towards providing innovations in utilizing partnership with

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the private sector to meet (our) developmental objectives finally today of abiding quality housing especially to our local government and national government employees,” Dominguez said. The governor emphasized also that he wanted to leave the housing project as his legacy where all the beneficiaries “build families, will build noble communities.” Dominguez, likewise, anticipated that The Capitol Residences could be a “template where other local government units or agencies of the government can follow as a progressive, innovative way of developing.” This, according to Dominguez, will also signal the start of investment development that would “provide formal, decent and the best housing project in Sarangani and also become a little imperative for the city residents to look at where you can experience fresh air, where you can see Mt. Matutum and get the fresh breeze coming

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from Sarangani Bay.” Dominguez, however, stressed that in this project it is not only the houses that will be made as the model of development but as well as the families that will grow there. Atty. Wendel Avisado, secretary general of Housing and Development of the Office of the Vice President, noted this initiative of the provincial government as effective in encouraging employees in return to be more productive civil servants. “Ang pagkakaroon ng kasiguruhan sa usaping pabahay ay mahalaga sa bawat pamilya,” Avisado said. He also pointed out “isa sa mga pangunahing karapatan ng bawat tao sa mundo ay magkaroon ng sariling lupa at bahay para sa kanyang pamilya. Also during the ceremonial turnover was the signing of memorandum of understanding between Sarangani and its partners where part of the

covenants agreed was the recoupment of the P6 million the provincial government spent in purchasing the 6-hectare housing area that would in turn earn the provincial government P33,334 per unit based on the one peso computation from the proceeds of the loan per take-out. From the total 180 housing units to mortgage with HDMF, 11 beneficiaries constituted the first batch in which HDMF ceremonially turned over to the provincial government its monetary cash equivalent of P4.7 million as its share. Per lot measures 210 square meters land area and 39.24 sq. meters floor area each unit, the advantage beneficiaries get compared to commercial housing units in cities which would range to an average of only 90 to 120 square meters.

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ACROSS THE NATION Government now working to prevent marine pollution

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he Aquino government has started implementing measures to address the problem of pollution threatening the country’s fish supplies, a Palace official said on Saturday. During an interview aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural R e -

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sources (DENR) are now working actively to prevent and eliminate marine pollution. “Nakikipag-coordinate po ‘ang Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource sa ilalim ni Attorney Asis Perez para ma-dismantle ng mga local government units ang mga illegal pens,” Valte

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said. In coordination with other concerned government agencies, the BFAR continues to intensify its efforts towards the complete elimination of the practice of dumping of pollutants that endanger the marine environment. Valte


assured the public that the Aquino government remains steadfast in its drive to prevent air, land and water pollution. Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje vowed to further enhance the country’s air quality management program in the wake of a report that air pollution remains one of the three major health issues confronting the na-

tion, according to Valte. “Pangalawa, conscious po ang DENR diyan. Kung naaalala niyo po ito ‘yung crackdown natin doon sa mga smoke emission testing centers na either walang lisensya or masyadong maraming certification na nilalabas na obvious namang hindi nila tine-test,” Valte said. “Dahil dito, bumaba naman ang pollution index natin. It is an issue that the

DENR is very aware of,” she said. News reports said the UN marine experts claimed that fish habitat is being destroyed by pollution and climate change. It is also urging all governments and business establishments to do something to prevent pollution. Vincent Sweeney, United Nations Environment Programme’s coordinator for the Global Program of Action to prevent marine environment degradation from land-based pollutants, said up to 90 percent of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated into rivers, lakes and oceans, posing one of the most serious threats to water resources. (JS)

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Puerto Princesa Underground River makes it to final list of New Seven Wonders of Nature

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alacanang expressed elation over reports that the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) was declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, a Palace official said on Saturday.

“Confirmation that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature is welcome news indeed. Throughout the competition, Filipinos from all walks of life have given time, e n e r g y, and

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resources to this campaign,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement issued on Saturday. Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is now confirmed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. It is reputed to be the longest navigable

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underground river in the World. “This effort has raised awareness not only overseas, but nationally as well: visits to the PPUR have increased tremendously. This is proof positive of


how effective a national effort of this sort can be --- to build awareness, express pride, and achieve results,” Lacierda said. In 2011, President Benigno S. Aquino III urged all Filipinos here and abroad to vote and support the country’s pride, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, as one of the finalists in the global search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. For his part, Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, congratulated the people of the Philippines for supporting their national finalist in the global campaign. “When your very own President Aquino came

out in support of the PPUR campaign, I knew that this country was taking the New7Wonders of Nature seriously,” Weber said. “Fans of PPUR all over the world responded to his call for action by voting in record numbers and today’s confirmation is the well-earned reward for this extraordinary display of enthusiasm,” he added. Puerto Princesa Underground River is located some 50km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, on Palawan Island in the Philippines. It consists of a limestone karst mountain landscape, several large chambers containing significant formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and an 8.2 km.

navigable underground river that winds through a cave before flowing directly into the West Philippine Sea. At the exit, a flawless lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. The provisional New7Wonders of Nature are, in alphabetical order: Amazon, Halong Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo, Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Table Mountain. Following Jeju Island, Puerto Princesa Underground River is the second to be confirmed on a preliminary basis, as New7Wonders has now completed the telephone voting validation in the Philippines. The remaining five provisional New7Wonders of Nature are currently undergoing the three steps of the verification process, namely the national voting validation, the global voting calculation confirmation by an independent audit firm, and the preparation and implementation of the Official Inauguration ceremonies. (JS)

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P1-B cash grant for Soccsksargen, some ARMM areas by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- The national government has spent P1,075,479,100 for conditional cash transfer to poorest of the poor families in the Soccsksargen Region (Region 12) and portions of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Department of Social Welfare and Development 12 Regional Director Zorahayda Taha said, this amount was used as cash grants for 148,660 householdbeneficiaries of the Philippine government’s premiere anti-poverty initiative, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). This funds were directly given to the beneficiaries, she said. “To date, we are covering 44 towns and six cities. Just recently, we expanded our coverage to 15 more in Region 12. The government is concern with the condition of our poor and fortunate people,” Taha said. Localities included in the recent expansion include Kidapawan City and the towns of Kabacan, Libungan, Makilala, Midsayap, and M’langin North Cotabato; Tacurong City and Isulan town in Sultan Kudarat Province; Koronadal City, Norala, Polomolok, Surallah, Tampakan, Tantangan,and Tupi in South Cotabato.

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DSWD 12 aims to enlist at least 96,695 households from these expansion areas, Taha said. Through the conditional cash transfers program, the national government provides subsidies to the poorest of the poor households in the country identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). These cash grants are subject to conditions, including requiring children to go to school regularly, mothers to visit their local health facilities, and attendance to meetings of community organizations. Under the CCT program each household-

beneficiary received a monthly allowance of P500 for basic food needs. Additional P300 is also given for every child (up to 14 years old) who goes to school; a maximum of three children can get the allowance. In his visit to the Philippines late last year, World Bank Group president Robert B. Zoellick has backed proposals to expand the government’s food subsidy program for the lowestincome Filipino households, saying that economic growth should benefit the poor. He described the government’s CCT as a prudent safety net for poor families, especially in these tough

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economic times. Around 40 other countries supported by the World Bank implement a conditional subsidy program for the poor. Just recently, Director Taha announced that

DSWD-12 has delisted 11,367 household –beneficiaries from 4Ps in line with their efforts to cleanse the list of beneficiaries with unqualified grant recipients. Among those removed

were government employees, teachers, barangay officials, even overseas Filipino workers who were included in the list because of errors in the encoding of NHTS-PR.

Flood-affected farmers get seed assistance for prov’l gov’t KORONADAL CITY-- Hundreds of farmers who were affected by floods in North Cotabato recently received seed assistance from their provincial government. As of January 25, the provincial government of North Cotabato led by Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza has already dispensed a total of 1,425 bags of corn

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seeds and certified rice seeds to farmers in three municipalities. Gov. Taliño-Mendoza began the distribution on January 12 to farmer beneficiaries of ten ba-

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rangays in M’lang town, including the villages of New Lawaan, Dugong, Dungguan, Buayan, Libo-o, New Antique, Inas, Lepaga, Lika, and Dalipe.


A total of 454 bags of certified rice seeds were handed to the recipients in a ceremony at Barangay Poblacion A. Gov. Taliño-Mendoza, during the turn-over ceremony, said that the program aims to help farmers recover from the loss brought about by the devastating flood. “Farmers are the ones most affected during times of calamities and this is our way helping them start over again,” she said. Office of the Provincial Agriculturist headed by

acting provincial agriculturist Eliseo Mangliwan, facilitated the distribution of the calamity assistance. For this specific activities the LGU gave a total of 606 bags of seeds of open-pollinated corn varieties and 367 bags of certified rice seeds. Aside from the local government unit, the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) also distributed 594 bags of certified rice seeds to farmers in four municipalities in the province.

Allocation per municipality were as follows: 300 for farmers in Carmen, 257 in Kabacan, 25 in Pikit and 12 in M’lang. DA-12 also turnedover zinc phosphite, a chemical used to control rat infestation. The turn-over ceremony was held at the Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CEMIARC) in Amas, Kidapawan City and was led by Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan. (Dani Doguiles)

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Glan restores curfew for minors GLAN, Sarangani -- Authorities have renewed a crackdown on youth offenders with the re-imposition of the curfew for minors. This, following an apparent resurgence in street crimes usually attributed to juvenile delinquents, such as thefts, burglaries and break-ins at the public market. The curfew for minors is contained in Ordinance 92-05, which was put on hold after the general peace and order condition had vastly improved following the assumption to office of the new administration in June

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2010. With the restriction temporarily back in effect, anyone under 18 must now be safely tucked in bed by 10:00 p.m. On Tuesday, police rounded up six youths aged 6 to 17 in subsequent operations. The youngsters were later turned over to their parents after the proper documentation. In Wednesday’s Man-

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agement Committee meeting, Mayor Victor James B. Yap, Sr. underscored the need for parents to keep track of their children, especially at night. “Parents of curfew violators can be held liable if their children are caught again for the same offense,” he said. “They can be charged with child abuse, among other violations.” (Glan Info & news service/ PIA Gen San)


Agusan del Sur information network expanded by David M. Suyao

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he Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) started to expand its information network with the conduct of a two-day training on basic communication skills with designated department information officers as participants in order toequip them with knowledge on how to communicate their respective programs and accomplishments to satisfy the need of the Agusanons to know what the provincial government is doing.

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According to Provincial Public Information Officer Alfredo Plaza, the two-day seminar workshop aims to improve the performance of the various offices through effective, credible and attainable information programs. It will also ensure to provide timely, relevant and adequate developmentoriented information to the media, local government units and the general public. “Aside from those I mentioned, we believe the training will enable our department information officers establish a good media relations through information related activities among 18

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practicing journalists. The training will also equip the participants promote the provincial government’s development thrust through tri-media facilities and assist in the facilitation of the creation of PGAS information linkages with various sectors and NGO’s in the community, while maintaining linkages with media, municipal government offices and national government agencies,” Plaza said. Not only data gathering as materials for information or news releases were taught to the participants. Demonstration on video production and camera handling were also introduced in

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order that the participants will have knowledge to produce raw materials to feed to NBN Agusan del Sur for television release. Together, basic news writing for radio, TV and print were also introduced in order to deliver comprehensive information to wider scope. While skills on basic media practices were introduced, communication planning on specific communication problems within the participants’ offices were demonstrated so that specific solutions and messages can be applied to address the communication problem. “This is just an initial move to expand the PGAS communication network. Following this will be almost the same training that we will conduct for the municipal and barangay information officers in order that we can maximize the delivery of information that our people are craving,” Plaza said.


115 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Surigao Sur to get capital assistance from DSWD by Greg Tataro, Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- Six Self-Employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran (SEA-K) associations consisting of 115 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Lingig town, this province are set to receive capital assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Region Field Office under Sustainable Livelihood Program/Self-employment Assistance sa Kaunlaran. To be spearheaded by DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat, the turn-over of check is scheduled on the first week of February at the municipal gymnasium. However,

Jabagat did not indicate the worth of the cheque. Also, Gov. Johnny Pimentel is expected to give his inspirational message on said event. Both 2nd District Cong.

Florencio Garay and Lingig Mayor Henry Dano, along with some local government officials are also expected to grace the occasion. (Radyo Ng Bayan-Tandag/ PIA Surigao del Sur)

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DPWH-Siargao pushes Osmeña-Dapa flood control completion by Michael O. Conte

DAPA, Surigao del Norte -- The Department of Public Works and HighwaysSiargao District Engineering Office (DPWH-SDEO) is pushing the completion of the 5.29-kilometer Osmeña-Dapa Flood Control project in Dapa, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte this year as part of the government’s effort to address flood prevention and disaster mitigation in the district. In a statement, Assistant District Engineer Rodulfo A. Libay said that “the government has already allotted P15 million for the completion of the facility.” DPWH has to construct the remaining 1.25-kilometer length of 20

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flood control to complete the project. “Not only the travelling public, residents of Barangays Osmeña and Consuleo will benefit this project but also the national agency offices like the NFA, new TESDASiargao Livelihood Train-

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ing Center, LTO, and DepEd,” said Libay. The project is aimed to prevent flooding during heavy rains along kilometer 2-7 in Dapa-General Luna road and the villages nearby. (DPWH-Siargao/PIASurigao del Norte)


CHO records slight increase of HIV/AIDS by Jocelyn P. Alvarez cases in Zambo

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he City Health Office (CHO) observed a slight increase in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases in the city with 13 cases recorded in 2011 as against 11 cases in 2010.

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Dr. Kibtiya Uddin, of CHO said, of the 13 cases registered, two are females and 11 are males with ages 19 to 42 years old. Uddin said that the most common method of transmission of the dreadful disease is the so called “male to male” sex, from which nine cases were traced to be its cause. Uddin clarified that the total number of cases recoded includes transients who come in and out of Zamboanga City. The city government is strict on its monitoring of workers like guest relations officers (GROs) and other “night workers” through regular medical checkup, Uddin informed. The city is also active in its advocacy campaign against HIV/AIDS and gives annual HIV education to the ladies (GROs) and AIDS examination. Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag recently expressed alarmed over an increase of HIV/

AIDS case reported in the month of December 2011 alone which has peaked to 268 as compared to 174 during the same period in 2010. Tayag said many of the reported cases are already in its advance stage and that 60 percent of the new cases were in 20-29 years old age bracket. (JPA/PIA -ZBST)

Dipolog establishment bags ‘Silver Bagwis Award’ DIPOLOG CITY - A business establishment here has recently bagged the “Silver Bagwis Award” of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). DTI-Zamboanga del Norte Pro- Vicente Araneta, City Information vincial Director Noel Bazan together Officer Roberto Pinsoy and Dipolog with “Bagwis Program” point person Chamber of Commerce and Industry 22

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(DCCI) director Michael Malacca personally handed the award to Engr. Roland Soliva, proprietormanager of Chevy Centre, a company that is engaged in car sales and repairs. Director Bazan said Chevy Centre was the only establishment in the city that had received the silver seal of excellence for 2011. DTI found the company to have been practicing fair and responsible business where consumers get value for money. Bagwis Program, formerly known as the DTI-Certified Establishment Program, upholds the rights and welfare of the consumers by enjoining the entrepreneurs to observe fair and honest business practices through voluntary self regulation and ensuring that quality and safe goods, products and services are available for consumers. In accepting the award, Engr. Soliva said “it marks a significant milestone in Chevy Centre’s history,” adding that his company started out as a small auto repair shop in 1975 at barangay Sta. Isabel this city. “Chevy Centre recognizes the importance of good customer relations and sound policies on human resources because we acknowledge the customers and employees as our primary stakeholders. As part of our business strategy, we also seek to incorporate the community as our stakeholders,” Soliva declared. (JPA/FPG/PIA-ZDN) Saturday, January 28, 2012

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DOE launches best E-Trike design contest nationwide by Claro A. Lanipa PAGADIAN CITY– The Department of Energy (DOE) in collaboration with Philippine Information Agency (PIA) launched a nationwide contest for the best E-Trike Design with the aim to generate 2D and 3D computer-aided drawings of the best aesthetic and functional design for the future Philippine E-Trike look (AutoCAD). The E-Trike must have a basic design that can accommodate a maximum of six (6) passengers excluding the driver and must be a threewheeled electric vehicle. Examples of three-wheeled electric vehicles can be viewed at DOE website, www.doe. gov.ph. These three-wheeled electric vehicles are now being deployed in some local government units (LGUs) and are shown to provide easy reference to the design contestants. However, all designs for the contest must be original, new and have not been used for commercial or demonstration purposes. The contest is open to all Filipino citizens of legal age (18 years old and above), whether individual or group residing in the Philippines. Interested participants must fillup completely the Official Registration Form that can be downloaded at DOE website or at PIA website www. pia.gov.ph. Produce 2D and 3D drawings of the E-Trike design using AutoCAD software with corresponding design description. Entries should be both in CD and hardcopy (A3 size) and en24

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close in a sealed envelope. Each participants is only entitled to submit one (1) entry. Participants should submit their entry personally or send by courier accompanied by completely filled-up Official Registration Form and duly notarized Oath of Ownership of the submitted design, not later than 4 pm of February 17, 2012, to: Nationwide E-Trike Design Contest, c/o Energy Utilization Management Bureau, Department of Energy, Merritt Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1631. Final judging will be on February 24, 2012 at the DOE Head Office. Criteria for judging are as follows: Aesthetics/Creativity – 50%; Originality/Innovation – 20%; Safety and Functionality – 20% and Ergonomics – 10%. Ten (10) awardees will be chosen. The top three (3) winners will receive P200,000 each and be acknowledged at the DOE official website. The design may be adopted in the E-Trike Project of the DOE. Seven (7) consolation prizes will also receive P50,000 each. The project bears the theme


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PAGASA warns Northern Mindanao residents of possible rise in coastal waters in the next 24 hrs. by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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ind convergence will be affecting Northern Mindanao while a diffused tail-end of a cold front will be affecting the Visayas and Southern Luzon in the next 24 hours.

According to the 24-Hr. Public Weather Forecast issued at 5:00 a.m., today, Jan. 28, 2012, by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and

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Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), these two (2) weather systems has the following forecast: The Northern and Eastern


sections of Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the Eastern sections of Mindanao and the Visayas. The same weather condition will also be experienced in the Visayas and Southern Luzon. The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies except for isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Visayas and Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be moderate coming from the East and

Northeast with moderate seas. Thus, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, has called on the local DRRMC to warn the residents in the coastal areas to continue their guard against possible rise in coastal waters. Likewise, fishing boats and other small sea crafts in the region are advised to take precautionary measures before going out into the sea. Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), region 10, who is also the Chairperson of RDRRMC-10, said the local DRRMC’s are reminded to take appropriate pro-active actions to aim for “zero” casualty focused on evacuation, rather than rescue.

Pag-IBIG Fund accepts calamity loan applications from members in Valencia City by Apipa Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – As part of its efforts to extend assistance to members who were affected by the recent calamities, the Home Development Mutual Fund or the Pag-IBIG Fund is offering calamity loan assistance to members in Valencia City, Bukidnon. In its latest advisory, the PagIBIG Fund announced that its Cagayan de Oro Branch and Malaybalay Extension Offices are now accepting calamity loan applications from member-victims residing in Valencia City. The city was declared under

the State of Calamity per Resolution 5892012 of the City Council of Valencia. Accordingly, an active member who is residing in the area declared as calamity-stricken, and has made at least 24 monthly contributions can avail up to 80 percent of his/her Saturday, January 28, 2012

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Total Accumulated Value. If the member has an outstanding multi-purpose loan, it shall be deducted from the proceeds of the calamity loan. Interested members who are eligible to borrow should submit a duly-accomplished calamity loan application form, two (2) valid identification cards, and Certificate of Net Take Home Pay to Pag-IBIG offices in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Malaybalay.

Ozamiz CSWD’s cash for training,cash for work program reach P5.62-M in 2011 OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - A total of Php5.62 million in rice subsidy was released for the Cash for Training/Cash for Work Program of 1,879 farmers/ fisherfolk beneficiaries in the city, last year. Of this amount, Php2.29 million or 40.75 percent was spent for the rice subsidy of 702 farmers who attended the first batch of a 4-day training on farming skills and on Disaster Management and other relevant topics, Ludie Salud A. Raras, City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Officer, said. Under the Rice Subsidy Program of CSWD, participants of the training were paid the minimum daily wage of Php257 for them to buy rice for the duration of the 4-day training, plus seven (7) days of “pahina” when they went back 28

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to their respective barangays. The “pahina” involved community activities like dredging, cleaning and widening of clogged canals, tree planting and installation of communal vegetable gardens, among others. Likewise, Php3.33 million or 59.25 percent of the amount was spent for the rice subsidy of a total of 1,177 farmers and fisherfolk who attended the second batch of the same kind of training for four (4) days, after which, they also went on a 7-day pahina in their respective barangays.


Arts festival to tender music therapy for Sendong victims by Carina Cayon

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nstead of bringing gongs and bamboo music fete in typhoon Sendong-stricken Cagayan de Oro City, the Philippine Arts Festival 2012 will be held in said city to provide music and dance therapy to the disaster survivors.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be staging the PAF this year in CDO as well as in Iligan City to tender the arts therapy in lieu of the First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Mu

sic activity which was earlier programmed. NCCA official Marichu Tellano told the media during the weekly Club 888 Forum that the music and dance therapy will be integrated during the debriefing and therapy sessions at some identified evacuation centers on the second week of February. “We’re going to provide the therapy utilizing creative forms of the arts,” stated Tellano, head of NCCA’s Planning, Policy, Policy Formulation, and Programming Division. She explained that the gongs and bamboo music festival is supposed to bring together local and foreign gongs and bamboo ensembles for performances and workshops in CDO on February 20-24. But the typhoon calamity that severely devastated the city in December last year has caused the transformation of the festival into aiding the healing process for the survivors through music and dance, Tellano said. Though the said festival will Saturday, January 28, 2012

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push through in Baguio and Iloilo on February 25-28, she added. The First Asian Festival of Gongs and Bamboo Music is one of PAF’s seven arts festivities featured in time for this year’s month-long celebration of the National Arts Month in February. PAF will open on January 29 at the Luneta Park in Manila. Aside from gongs and bamboo music fete, the other arts festivities to be held in various areas of the country are: the literary arts festival called Taboan, the Tanghal dramatic arts, Philippine International Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience, CinemaRehiyon, Architecture, and the Sayaw Pinoy. In Davao City, NCCA will bring

the “Sayaw Pinoy” festivity on February 3-4 at the Philippine Nikkei-Jin Kai International School, University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), SM City Davao and Abreeza Mall. “Sayaw Pinoy,” the longest running national dance tour featured in PAF, will bring in to the city the country’s top dance companies to perform back-to-back with local dance troupes to showcase colorful tradition of dances and movements in the country. This year’s celebration carries the theme: “Tradisyon at Inobasyon (Tradition and Innovation)” which aims to “further advance local creativity in the arts.”

2,000 nurses needed in Saudi DAVAO CITY – The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in need of 2,000 female nurses, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced.

POEA Regional Center for Mindanao chief Maria Carolina Agdamag said that the position offers a basic salary of 3,150 Saudi Riyal or about P36,000 based on the latest currency exchange rate. Qualified applicants must be graduates of Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Board License, and must not be more than 40 years old, Agdamag said.

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She added that applicants must also have at least three years hospital work experience and preferably with Prometric Exams. In POEA’s Recruitment Specification Form (RSF), the job hiring falls under the government classification with MOH-KSA as the requesting employer. The RSF also states that the nurses needed must have areas of specializations in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), cardiac, medical surgical, operating room, pedia and general ward. Agdamag advised interested individuals to register online at www. poea.gov.ph or www.eregister.poea. gov.ph and personally submit a detailed resume with job description

and school credentials at POEA office in Mandaluyong City. Other required documents are the following: employment certificates, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) credentials, valid NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) clearance, original and photocopy of the first page of the passport and six copies of 2x2 recent photos. Deadline of submission of the requirements is set on February 10, 2012. Agdamag further advised those who will register online will be asked to present original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the resume to the employer. (Carina L. Cayon)

regional gallery OIC ENRO Dante M. Ganir (right), PTFSH Chairperson and Board Member Justina B. Yu, SP Committee Chair on Housing, presided the Davao Oriental Provincial Task Force on Socialized Housing Meeting held at the Governor’s Mansion, Mati City, January 20, 2012. (Sarx Lanos/IPID News Service)

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