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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Aquino highlights NEDA’s contribution to nation building A local crisis committee working to free rebel hostages Joey Sem G. Dalumpines, Southern Mindanao

Irrigation system closure in South Cotabato, not a threat to farmers -- agri officials Central Mindanao

200 farmers in N. Cotabato receive eyeglasses Oliver Ross V. Rivera, Central Mindanao

ARMM eyes agri-fishery as an investment potential Oliver Ross V. Rivera, ARMM

Flavor enhancers are good strategy to increase dietary intake of elderly, says FNRI Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

5 Zambo. Norte artists to join visual arts festival in Pagadian Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

DSWD slates launching of Nat’l Community-Driven Development Program Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Cyber hacking diverts money to hacker’s account Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat, Northern Mindanao

BJMP holds firing proficiency training for jail officers Iyren Ardines Dalipe, Northern Mindanao

Cover Story

Sanicolandia Weavers: Entwining Tradition with Art page 4

Vol. 2 No. 113

Judy M. Aclan Northern Mindanao

CoVer StoRy Sanicolandia Weavers: Entwining Tradition with Art ByJudy M. Aclan


anig is a veritable fixture in every traditional Filipino home. Historically, it occupies an important part in the Filipino consciousness, given to both function as a sleeping mat, and as art. Matweaving is derived from the Filipino’s creative and historical tradition; testament to this is the undying art of the Samal and Badjao mat of Sulu, the tausug pandan mat of Jolo ,sesed Maranao mat of Lanao, and the tikog mats of the Samar, to name a few. Somewhere in a community in the remotest, most rural or the most urbanized provinces in the Philippines, one is not hard-pressed to find a mat-weaving community keeping the tradition alive. Speaking from a standpoint of a community development worker, I have been around Misamis Oriental and have stood witness to a splattering of communities in the province still actively involved in mat weaving utilizing romblon, buli and tikog. Most of these weavers are women, old and wizened, relying heavily on banig-making as a supplemental income for the family. The artistry and craftsmanship may not be as dazzling and intricate as the other mat weaving cultures of Sulo and the Visayas, but the banig products are proud testament to their heritage as weavers. One particular community stands out in its 4

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mat weaving skills - the San Nicolandia Weavers Association of Brgy. San Nicolas, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. San Nicolas, Jasaan: The Cradle of Tikog Banig Weaving The quaint little village of San Nicolas is a story in itself. For a start, the road from Jasaan center snakes through the highland barangay of Natubo, passing through two cemeteries along the way and neat little houses dotting the tree-lined concrete road. On an elevated clearing, the road forks into two --- the right one leads farther up into the connecting road to Claveria; while the left one draws you in to a descent down a valley, down where the village of San Nicolas rests among mountains, bordered by nearby Claveria, laced by the mystic Kabulig River. Here the story of mat weaving begins. In the 1960s, a group of three women were idling away by the Kabulig river when one of them caught sight of thin grass reeds growing along the swampy areas of Kilumba, as it was called then. The lady remembered this to be the raw material used by her mother to weave into banig; as a Monday, January 28, 2013

child she recalled helping her mother make intricate designs on banig during the war in nearby Balingasag. She convinced her companions to harvest and dry the reeds, after which began the process of teaching the women the intricacies of mat weaving. First they used the natural color, then later utilized chemical dye to add color and design to their creation. Tikog mat weaving caught on among the several families living in the settlement, until eventually every household became involved in banig-making. Through the years, banig-making has played an important role in the socio-economic aspect of the community, where everyone, from a small child to an old person, is steeped in the art of tikog-weaving. Early Beginnings of Sannicolandia Weavers: In 2008, the Local Government Unit of Jasaan identified San Nicolas matweaving as its One Town, One Product (OTOP) in recognizance of its socioeconomic impact on the community as well as its potential for marketability in 5

the local and national market. Fifteen weavers in San Nicolas were organized and were christened San Nicolas Weavers Association. A year after its inception, the group was reorganized as Sannicolandia Weavers Association, comprised of 25 of the best weavers in the barangay. Interestingly, five of the members are men, and all masters of their craft. In fact, the president is male. He proudly stands tall at the helm of the organization, steering the growth of the organization from a small livelihood endeavor to a booming enterprise that draws in both the bucks and the fame. Intertwining Government Convergence Efforts : The DTI and LGU As the lead implementing agency of the One Town One Product (OTOP) program, the Department of Trade and Industry Provincial Office of Misamis Oriental invested on the skills of the people, conducting several trainings on skills development, dyeing and bleaching techniques and product development. In


partnership with the Local Government Unit of Jasaan, DTI brought in weaving experts from Basey, Samar in 2008 to teach them product conversion of tikog banig into boxes, trays, bags, book holders, cases, placemats, purses and the such. The embroidery technique as well, for which Samar is famous, was imparted to the Sannicolandia weavers. Understandably, the weavers rarely utilize this method because of its complexity, preferring instead to go back to their simple, yet beautiful patterns that nevertheless put a stamp on their work as uniquely their own. In 2010, DTI introduced another product line for the weaving community of San Nicolas. In line with DTI’s drive to promote Project Bayong as a means to combat poverty in rural communities around the Philippines, DTI-Misamis Oriental launched its bayong production enterprise in the barangay. Project Bayong-Misamis Oriental is patterned after the nation-wide Project Bayong of DTI, which aims to introduce green consciousness in response to the environment concern on the prolific use of plastic by the public. The program follows through basic skills trainings,

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product development and marketing, providing strategic interventions and mobilizing weavers to boost the mass production of quality bayong. In Misamis Oriental, the local weaving community of San Nicolas, Jasaan was revived by a series of trainings and product development activities implemented by the DTI Misamis Oriental Office. Dyeing techniques and product designs were provided to the weavers, resulting in an improved product line adapted to the contemporary trends in the market. True to form, the Sannicolandia weavers quickly took on the challenge to become the best bayong weavers in the province. A local designer, trained in handicraft under the PDDCP-RODG Designer’s Capability Program in 2010 was brought in to add innovative bayong designs to their collection. Their product portfolio now boasts of eight (8) bayong designs exclusively owned by the association. All are currently being produced to serve the local and Manila markets. The market burst open for tikog weavers in Jasaan, thus encouraging the local community to further improve their craft and make a viable enterprise out of their livelihood endeavors. In little over a year, weavers Monday, January 28, 2013

in San Nicolas have noted a significant change in their income and resurgence in the art of banig and bayong weaving. Marketing Strategies In September 2010, the Bureau of Domestic Trade (BDT) chose the Sannicolandia Weavers Association as one of the two enterprises of Region 10 subsidized by the agency to participate in the OTOP Mindanao Island Fair held at Cagayan de Oro’s largest mall, the Limketkai Center. Attended by over a hundred exhibitors, it was Sannicolandia’s first exposure to trade fairs. The bayong was highlighted as its main product line, with the trade fair serving as the venue for its launching to a wider market. For a first-timer, it was indeed a great feat to be able to catch the interest of a Manila buyer for its banig and bayong products. Landing third place in the over-all awarding of Best Booth wasn’t such a bad thing, either. Sannicolandia now displays its products at handicraft stores in Cagayan de Oro and neighboring municipalities. It has also served orders for packaging materials for a big handicraft enterprise 7

in Cagayan de Oro, and is now shipping bayongs to Manila on per-order basis. Though the weavers continue to weave banig to accommodate orders within and outside their municipality, most prefer to serve the orders for bayong as this commands a higher price. A weaver can produce two medium-sized bayong per day, while a double-sized banig takes up three to four days of a weaver’s time and will fetch the same selling price. Sannicolandia in 2013: Weaves the Tapestry of a Bright Future These days, the community of San Nicolas is abuzzed with visitors from nearby Cagayan de Oro and neighboring municipalities wanting to learn the tradition and art of banig and bayong making. Students, mostly on a business management assignment, furiously scribble on their notepads as they interview and observe the weavers scrunched over their work, carefully interlacing thin colorful reeds in a pattern that can only come from the imagination of the weaver. These patterns, one can tell, are entrenched deep in the mind of


each weaver, coming alive under their loving hands, raveled in a profusion of colors and lines. Sannicolandia Weavers profess to a faith in their craftsmanship. They are eager for a future that holds so much promise with the pledges of the local government unit, the line agencies and the private sector. The association has recently joined the Misamis Oriental Multi-fiber Cluster, Inc., an association composed of handicraft enterprises in the province. They realize that the project honored the long-time tradition of the art of banig-weaving, long-thought to be abandoned and forgotten in the face of fast-paced mass production of synthetic goods brought about by industrialization. The DTI, together with the LGU of Jasaan, believe in the artistry and craft of Sannicalandia, and are working hard at creating more development programs for them in 2013. A weaving center is envisioned for the group as well as a massive plantation of the tikog raw material. It is also DTI’s advocacy to pass on the tradition to the young, ensuring the longevity of the craft so that future generations can have an identifiable art uniquely their own.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino lauds UP College of Medicine-PGH Iloilo Alumni Foundation for efforts in improving health care in the country


resident Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the University of the Philippines College of Medicine - Philippine General Hospital (UPCM-PGH) for its contribution to provide comprehensive medical assistance for all citizens.

“The UPCM-PGH has produced exemplary physicians, whose dedication to improving health care in our country magnifies our efforts to provide comprehensive medical assistance for all our citizens,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the UPCM-PGH Iloilo Alumni Foundation Inc. on the occasion of its 20th UPCM Grand Scientific Monday, January 28, 2013

Symposium on Monday. President Aquino said the event serves as an opportunity for the alumni foundation to broaden its horizons and address today’s pressing medical concerns. “Your contributions to research, technology, and the expansion of knowledge in your field will accelerate


our collective development and inspire our doctors to work harder for the benefit of our communities,” the President said. He noted that a healthy and productive citizenry will guarantee the Filipino

society’s progress. “May this occasion strengthen your solidarity with the Filipino people as we secure our country’s revitalization,” he said. PND (js)

Aquino highlights NEDA’s contribution to nation building


resident Benigno S. Aquino III acknowledged the contributions of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in nation building as the agency celebrated Tuesday its 40th anniversary.


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The Philippine economy is growing, the President said in his message during the celebration held at NEDA’s head office in Pasig City. The chief executive said that while the economy grows, NEDA must strive hard to attain sustainable and broad-based growth for the benefit of the Filipinos. “We have much left to do, and NEDA will become an even more important partner in the years ahead. If we want to be sure that our efforts will yield the best results, our next moves must be calculated,” he said. “We are counting on you. Today, I am asking each one of you to strive for even better performance of your duties,” To sustain this growth, the government must continue its efforts to level the playing field, weed out corruption, and step up the country’s competitiveness in the global market. The government will also continue to invest in human capital through education, health, and social services, he said adding the administration also identified key sectors for growth and have put in place initiatives that will facilitate Monday, January 28, 2013

growth. The President said he’s glad NEDA is truly dedicated to fulfilling its mandate and serving the people not based on political convenience or self-aggrandizement. This is the reason why in 2010, NEDA translated the administration’s commitments in its Social Contract with the Filipino People into specific strategies and programs. NEDA formulated the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, which set the administration’s goals of achieving inclusive growth, creating employment opportunities, and reducing poverty, as well as the strategies it employs to realize important goals, the President said. The President also thanked former Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, and current Secretary Arsenio Balisacan for their dedication to make the NEDA event better. Also present during Tuesday’s event were Secretary Balisacan, former Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, and employees of the NEDA and its attached agencies. PND (as)


ARMM rolls out P1.9-M project


he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has rolled out on Monday P1.9 million project aimed to assist up to 400 seaweed farmers in the coastal town of Parang, Maguindanao.

ARMM-BFAR Director Janice Musali on Tuesday said the project is intended to provide fisher folks a more sustainable livelihood as well as boost the region’s seaweed production. Musali said it includes the provision of seaweed farm inputs to support from 200 to 400 farmers, which would expand the more 120 hectares of seaweed farm area off the coast of Parang municipality. Musali said the project is expected to open up an additional 50 hectares of farm area. ARMM ranks first in the country in terms of seaweed production with a bulk coming from the island provinces 12

of ARMM, especially the province of Tawi-Tawi. The BFAR estimated that ARMM still has around 20,017 hectares of potential seaweed farm area. BFAR-ARMM signed on Monday a contract with the Kilusang Magkaibigan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (KMMPC) for the procurement, supply and delivery of seaweed input materials after a bidding process. Monday, January 28, 2013

IELTS exam to be conducted in Tagum on Feb 2

TAGUM CITY- Tagum City is making history anew as it will become the newest testing center for the (IELTS) International English Language Test System come February 2, 2013—a first in the history of Tagum to become a venue for the worldwide English exam. Examinees, 43 of which are Monday, January 28, 2013

from Tagum, will come from the cities of Davao and Cagayan de Oro at Big 8 Corporate Hotel, National Highway and will hurdle the four sub-tests of the IELTS: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Aside from Tagum, the cities of Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and Manila are also designated as official testing centers for the said exam in the

Philippines. This developed as the British Council acknowledged the Local Government of Tagum’s efforts in promoting English proficiency among its skilled workers and thus has recorded high passing rate among Tagumeño examinees. 13

The local government through the City Literacy Coordinating Council headed by Mayor Rey T. Uy implemented the Skilled Workers English Enhancement Program as a springboard intervention for butchers enrolled in the LGU-led butcher training program to pass the IELTS exam, one of the crucial requirements to land a job abroad. Last October 11, 2012, the council met with Mayor Uy where they were able to discuss important details pertinent to the conduct of the exam. Sanctioned by the British Council which is United Kingdom’s

international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations created through a Royal Charter, the IELTS exam is recognized as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IELTS Australia and the Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 800 test centers and locations in over 130 countries. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)

A local crisis committee working to free rebel hostages

DAVAO CITY- The military has entrusted to the local government unit of Laak, Compostela Valley Province in negotiating with New Peoples Army rebels for the freedom of the abducted soldier and a policeman whom they have captured for the past 12 days.

Lt. Colonel Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division said Private First Class Jezreel Culango and PO1 Ruel Pasion remain in the hands of their captors after they were held in a check point manned by the rebels who disguised as soldiers in January


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17 at Barangay Imelda. He said that a local crisis committee has been formed to talk to the rebels and facilitate the release of the captives. “As far as the military is concerned, we will not negotiate and it is a policy of government not to negotiate with criminal elements,” Paniza said. He recalled that the soldier was about to visit his girlfriend in Barangay Mangloy, Laak while Pasion, a member of the San Isidro Police Station just happened to pass by in the area when they were accosted by the rebels. Paniza called the incident, a desperate move by the rebels to get public attention, after their

front organizations failed in their propaganda to hit government efforts in reaching out to areas hardest hit by typhoon Pablo. In a separate interview, Chief Superintendent Jaime Morente, director of the Police Regional Office XI also confirmed the initiative of the local government of Laak to negotiate the release of the captives. He also hoped that just like in previous abductions of government personnel, victims will be treated well and will be released unharmed. “Wish the captives will be freed soon to appease their respective families,” Morente said. (PIA XIJoey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Facts and Figures

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Target number of new IT-BPO workers in Davao City to be added to existing workforce with the influx of new locators and the expansion of existing companies


DENR to survey, map sites for greening program in Soccsksargen Region By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Soccsksargen Region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) will immediately survey and map as well as plan the National Greening Program (NGP) sites in the region.


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These activities, which are geared toward bolstering the region’s implementation of the NGP will be using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. This was disclosed during the January 1617 workshop of some 50 regional and field officials of DENR 12 together with program implementers and support staff. A total of 15,862 hectares of public lands region wide will be surveyed, mapped, and planned before March 31. The said figure coincides with the total area slated for Soccsksargen Region this

year where 7,931,000 seedlings of various tree species including agricultural crops will be planted. Soccsksargen Region covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, and Sarangani as well as the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. DENR 12 regional technical director for forestry Muripaga Umpar said the workshop was held to come up with a holistic approach to accomplish survey, mapping, and planning of NGP sites for 2013 until 2016. “Let us continue

working on our targets in order for us to surpass our past accomplishment,“ DENR regional executive director Datu Tungko Saikol said. The NGP is implemented in pursuit of sustainable development for poverty reduction, food security, biodiversity c o n s e r v a t i o n , e n v i r o n m e n t a l stability, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. It aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares all over the country. NGP started in 2011. (DED-PIA 12/ KB Benpolok/CG Valdez/MC Locsin-DENR 12)

Irrigation system closure in South Cotabato, not a threat to farmers -- agri officials By Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Farmers in South Cotabato who will be affected by the two-month closure of a major irrigation system in the province should take the shutdown as an opportunity, an agricultural official here said. “The closure of is no need to panic,” he tentatively scheduled irrigation system is not a added. to begin in April, which threat, but an opportunity Legaste was referring will affect at least for farmers, ” said to the scheduled 12,000 hectares of provincial agriculturist shutdown of the Allah rice production fields Reynaldo Legaste. “There River Irrigation System in South Cotabato and Monday, January 28, 2013


part of Sultan Kudarat provinces. The official explained that with the closure of the irrigation system and the earlier planting by rice farmers in the Upper Valley area would diffuse the peak season. “Without peak period of production, expectedly price of palay would not go down, which is favourable to farmers,” Legaste said. Engr. Ramon Bugacia, chief of National Irrigation Administration - South Cotabato, clarified further that closure of the dam and implementation of

the rehabilitation projects is timed with the followthrough period. Follow-through period, Bugacia explained, is the period in between croppings when production fields “should be allowed to rest to replenish depleted nutrients.” “Although the projects will be implemented during the follow-through period,” he added, “we still need to inform the farmers about this.” Bugacia explained further that once the rehabilitation projects are completed, Allah RIS’s

service area could be expanded by additional 3,000 hectares. Data from NIA – South Cotabato indicated that P125,973,000 worth of restoration and rehabilitation of irrigation facilities for this year. Some P9,093,000 have also been allocated for a multi-purpose pavement project in the same irrigation system. In 2012, NIA-South Cotabato implemented major repair of the Allah RIS’s gates and main canals worth P138,225,000.

200 farmers in N. Cotabato receive eyeglasses By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Some 209 farmers from North Cotabato received free eyeglasses under the Liwanag para sa Kapayapaan program. This, following the initial check-up and free eye screening conducted last January 10. The beneficiaries are members of Libungan River Irrigation System (LibRIS) Division 5 Irrigators’ Association who sought the assistance from the office of Congressman Jesus Sacdalan. LibRIS president Danilo


Tacan thanked Sacdalan’s office for its immediate response to their request. The Liwanag para sa Kapayapaan Program will visit other areas in the district to conduct additional medical outreach activities. On Friday, January 25, another screening for cataract and ptyregium operation and measurement

of eyeglasses was held in Brgy. Sinawingan in Libungan town. Liwanag para sa Kapayapaan Program’s distribution of free reading eyeglasses in the PPALMA area started 2011. PPALMA covers the municipalities of Pigcawayan, Pikit, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, and Aleosan. (ORVR-PIA12/RRBautista) Monday, January 28, 2013

ARMM sets up security plans for 2013 polls By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao intensifies its campaign for an orderly 2013 polls by discussing security preparations for the whole region.

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During the meeting, PNP-ARMM Regional Dir. P/CSupt. Gen. Noel Delos Reyes disclosed that based on their reports, lawless elements and the great number of loose firearms in the region continue to be a main security concern. Another security problem is the presence of rido or clan feud, which accounts for the most number of internal displacements in 2012, also poses serious security threat in some areas, he said. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) earlier issued separate resolutions setting guidelines on the imposition of gun ban

and the setting up of checkpoints ahead of the first-ever synchronized national, local and ARMM regional election. 6th Infantry Division, Commanding officer Maj. Gen. Caesar Ordoyo appealed to the general public to continue supporting and help ensure that Comelec guidelines, especially on gun ban, are being observed. Officials from both the region’s police and military forces also acknowledged the importance of supporting the developments in the on-going peace process to help reduce security incidence months before the elections.

Meanwhile, ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman who also sits as the chairperson of the council directed the body to intensify their collaborative effort in addressing these security concerns. “Everyone has to work together to resolve these issues, this is a shared responsibility, and all system must work to confront these challenges,” Hataman said. ARMM is composed of five provinces namely: Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. (ORVR-PIA12/ ARMMCommGroup)

ARMM eyes agri-fishery as an investment potential By Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao are positive that they can boost up the potentials of agriculture and fisheries in the region.

ARMM Cabinet Secretary Norkhalila Campong expressed her high hopes on the regions’ agriculture potentials placing 20

ARMM at rank, while rooting on primary crops of rice, corn, and cassava. The region’s agriculture and fisheries

Secretary Engr. Maritess Maguindra also extended her appreciation to partners who continuously provide Monday, January 28, 2013

the quality of the agri-fishery products and services. The secretary mentioned Japanese partners who gave them technical assistance while instituting t e c h n o l o g i c a l proficiency which targets to uplift socioeconomic condition in the region. “We express optimism confronting the challenges in agrifishery development in the region. The

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ARMM reform agenda is pegged on socioeconomic programs geared toward development which in this case embracing farmers’ satisfaction to alleviate living conditions even at the grassroots level,” said Maguindra. Late last year, OICGovernor Mujiv S. Hataman said that the regional government should also push for agribusiness development and

enumerated a number of investment meetings with local and international business groups. Earlier, Del Monte subsidiary Delinanas D e v e l o p m e n t Corporations had poured in P569 million worth of investments for a banana plantation in Maguindanao that targets to generate more than 800 jobs in the region. (ORVR-PIA12/ ARMMCommGroup)


Dipolog celebrates 17TH autism consciousness week By Mary May A. Abellon DIPOLOG CITY - The city government here has joined the entire nation in celebrating the 17th National Autism Consciousness Week last Jan. 20-27.

With the theme, “Autismo Alamin: Pagtanggap at Pagunawa Palaganapin,� the weeklong celebration sought to develop awareness of the problems of autistic persons and promote a

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supportive environment among communities to enable autistic persons to live with dignity and to function independently so they can contribute productively to society. Children with visual/hearing impairment as well as those with intellectual/ learning disabilities participated in the motorcade and opening program held at the Senior Citizens’ Covered Court at Barangay Sta. Isabel this city, marking the start of the weeklong celebration. In his message, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Nelson Z. Ladera has expressed his gratitude to the parents who solidly gave their love, care and support for their children with special needs and providing them with good quality education. “I am very grateful to our teachers who have special skills in giving education to our differently-abled children,� Ladera added. Other activities conducted in support of the said celebration were hydrotherapy, artwork, play group therapy and socialization, and family ougtings. Autism Consciousness Week is celebrated every third week of January each year pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 711 of 1996 by former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, with the end in view of addressing the growing incidence of autism among Filipinos. Monday, January 28, 2013


Flavor enhancers are good strategy to increase dietary intake of elderly, says FNRI By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

PAGADIAN CITY - Adding flavor enhancers to the dietary intake of elderly may be a good strategy in increasing the food intake of older persons to increase appetite and improve nutritional status, revealed Celina Ann Javier, Media Service, Food and Nutrition Research Institute Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in a press statement. Javier said FNRI-DOST conducted a study to Sixty seven (67) persons aged 60 years old and above of which one group was given 0.5 grams flavor enhancer while the other group was given 0.5 grams iodized salt. “These were added to lunch and supper of the subjects for two months. The subjects tolerated the addition of flavor enhancer and iodized salt,” the same press statement reads. Javier said results of the study “revealed that both interventions increased the energy and all the nutrient intake of the subjects, body weight and body mass index (BMI) also increased significantly with flavor enhancer use, but not with 24

iodized salt. “ She said that for the duration of the study, blood pressure of the subjects was also normal for both interventions and sodium in the blood of the subjects was also within the normal levels. “This study is a scientific proof that addition of said flavor enhancers will not increase the blood pressure of older persons as long as these are used in moderation,” Javier noted. Javier explained that older persons tend to eat less because their sense of taste and smell generally weaken as they reach the age of 60 and above. “With their weak senses, their appetite also depreciates which may result in malnutrition,” said Javier. Monday, January 28, 2013

5 Zambo. Norte artists to join visual arts festival in Pagadian By Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY - Five visual artists of Zamboanga del Norte are slated to participate in the Philippine Visual Arts Festival (PVAF) on Feb. 7-11 in Pagadian City, according to Emma Bengua-Prima, former president of Ta ‘Glibon Ini Lady Art Collective of this city. These artists are Meinardo Velasco, Don Gurrea, Emma BenguaPrima, Vicente Laput, Leo Marquiala and Desa Laput who will be bringing along their paintings for the artwork competitions. PVAF is a flagship project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) National Committee for Visual Arts in support of the National Arts Month this February. A press release issued by NCAA disclosed that the PVAF will be attended by the “different visual artist from all over the country” with their artworks. It also said “talks and lectures

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about the pressing issues that concern the artists of Mindanao will be tackled during the festival,” which is headed by visual artist Nemesio Miranda. Visual artists attending the festival shall also have a chance to interact and exchange ideas and talks among each other while joining other activities like art sale, tours, lectures, etc. PVAF was held last year in Angono, Rizal with National Artist for Visual Arts Carlos “Botong” Francisco and National Artist for Music Lucio San Pedro gracing the occasion.



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Nasipit Rescue Team Helps Victims Of ‘Pablo’ by JACorvera

AGUSAN DEL NORTE -- Rescuers and health team from the municipality of Nasipit conducted rescue operation to victims of typhoon ‘Pablo’ last December 3-4, 2012. Typhoon ‘Pablo’ (Bopha), the strongest tropical storm that hit the Philippines this year, slammed into some parts of Mindanao including Monday, January 28, 2013

Agusan del Norte which caused the destruction of homes, power cut-off and cancellation of flights and ferry services.

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Through PAG-ASA information, the local government of Nasipit did not waste time preparing and locating a possible evacuation center for the constituents badly affected by the said typhoon. 207 families or more or less 700 individuals have been recorded as affected mostly from Macasihi of

Barangay Camagong and coastal areas of Barangay Ata-atahon. Due to the quick response of the rescuers, the health team, MSWD and all local officials, no lives were lost.Treatments were given to those who have mild complains about their health.

DSWD slates launching of Nat’l Community-Driven Development Program by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch the National CommunityDriven Development Program (NCDDP) following the approval of President Benigno Aquino III of the P146-B worth of infrastructure projects during a meeting with the NEDA board last January 18. Of this amount, P81.9-B will its anti-poverty projects, Kapitbe allocated to DSWD for scaling Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – up the implementation of one of Comprehensive and Integrated 28

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Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), into a national poverty alleviation program. NCDDP will use the communitydriven development (CDD) approach in addressing poverty throughout the country. CDD has been proven to be an effective strategy in poverty alleviation through the ten-year experience of implementation of KalahiCIDSS. NCDDP will be launched in the second half of 2013. It will run for five years. In Caraga region, 42 municipalities will be implementing the program. DSWD-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Mita Lim said the ten-year track record of the CDD approach employed by KalahiCIDSS has continually proven that poverty can be alleviated by empowering ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. ARD Lim also said DSWD will be the lead implementing agency of the program. However, NCDDP will be a concerted effort among all national government agencies’ community-based projects. Monday, January 28, 2013

Participating agencies include the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). The DSWD is confident that this program will bring the development change needed by the most vulnerable and the disadvantaged sectors of society. The official further said this may be a fairly new strategy to the areas that DSWD is covering, “but we are very hopeful that with the knowledge and skills our workforce is equipped with, it will be implemented successfully in the region,” Lim said.


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DepEd says vacancies for school-based PCOS technicians open by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental-- Northern Mindanao needs 2,239 technicians who will form the Precinct Count Optical Scanning (PCOS) Machine Technical Support Personnel in the May 13 elections.

Lawyer Alberto T. Muyot, Undersecretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs of the Department of Education (DepEd), said these 32

number of technicians will be assigned to: Misamis Oriental, 587; Bukidnon, 568; Lanao del Norte, 529; Misamis Occidental, 496; and Camiguin, 59. Monday, January 28, 2013

Hence, Usec Muyot has requested the DepEd Regional Directors to nominate qualified interested schoolbased personnel, who may serve as PCOS technicians and supervisors to be submitted on or before January 31 for consolidation. Minimum qualifications for the PCOS technicians is that he/she is computer literate with knowledge on basic computer operations, willing to be trained and physically fit. The PCOS technicians must report any irregular condition of the PCOS machine before, during and after voting, and loss of equipment, parts of equipment, peripherals and inventory and sealing of the PCOS machines.

On the other hand, the PCOS supervisors are expected to have the same qualifications as the PCOS technicians, in addition to possessing at least one year of supervisory or managerial position. They are also tasked to monitor and supervise the PCOS technicians and report to the National Support Center (NSC) all concerns/problems that cannot be solved in their level. Meanwhile, the proposed honorarium for the PCOS Technicians/ Supervisors is still being discussed but they will receive an additional training allowance pegged at P1,600 for the three-day training with free food and accommodation, Usec Mugot added.

Cyber hacking diverts money to hacker’s account by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 is warning entrepreneurs of the ongoing and increasing cases of cyber hacking especially on the import and export transactions of Filipino importers and Chinese suppliers. Linda O. Boniao, officer-incharge of Department of Trade and Industry Region 10 said that these cases of cyber hacking usually divert Filipino importers’ payments to the hacker’s bank account. Further, she said, the Embassy’s

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economic team in Beijing has already met with the officials of China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) Criminal Investigation Department (ICD) particularly their cyber crime investigation officers to discuss on these reported cases. So far, there have been six cases reported to the Philippine Embassy in China by Filipino victims, Boniao revealed. According to the report, there are three variations of these instances. One involves a Filipino importer and a Chinese supplier with the former’s final transaction payment diverted to the hacker’s account in China. The second involves a Filipino importer and a Chinese supplier, with the former’s payment diverted to the hacker’s account outside China. And the third type involves a Filipino importer and a non-Chinese supplier, with the former’s payment ending up in the hacker’s bank account in China. Through investigation, Chinese officials have been able to trace the

perpetrators to Africans, specifically, Nigerians, said Boniao. Chinese findings are further confirmed by the National Bureau of Investigation here, she added. In a similar set-up between Filipino importer and Chinese supplier, they were able to trace the deceptive email directing the Filipino importer to deposit the payment in the hacker’s account, to Nigeria. Boniao explained that MPS authorities can easily freeze bank accounts in China, if they are subject to criminal complaint. However, this is not easy in other countries as it will require court order. She added that Chinese officials cannot assist if hacker’s bank account is outside China for lack of jurisdiction. In the end, Boniao said that the most effective means of preventing cyber hacking menace is for entrepreneurs to be vigilant about the occurrence of such crime.

BJMP holds firing proficiency training for jail officers by Iyren Ardines Dalipe

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Twenty-nine officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) recently went through a Firing Proficiency Training (FPT). S/Insp Guy Jason Reyes, Malaybalay City jail warden, who supervised the aptitude exercise, said this would hone the shooting skills of 34

the jail officers, as criminals are also becoming sophisticated nowadays. “We truly had hard times in our finances and groundwork Monday, January 28, 2013

for this FPT but with the support of Malaybalay city government, were able to rush through the activity before the Election gun ban takes effect�, Reyes said. He pointed out that the training is one of the urgent needs of the jail officers as this will help them in tackle crises situations such as breakouts or in dealing with inmates who are aggressive, dangerous, or

Defense Pistol Association (IDPA) scoring system, shooters were scored individually, where a participant is classified whether he is a sharpshooter, a marksman, or just a shooter. The rating will then serve as the evaluation. Those who ranked low in the training will be prioritized for the next FPT. After the training, the BJMP personnel were given five bullets each

threatening. The FPT was done in three phases. At first, both men and women were to fire 10 bullets each on a 10-meter distance. The second phase was the obstacle round with a minimum of 19 bullets each and the last stage, the team relay. Adopting the International

to fire the shotgun to familiarize with the firearms they use daily. BJMP personnel Ernesto Dipo said this is a good time to improve and sharpen their skills in shooting and review gun rules and safety so they could apply the techniques in times of difficult situations.

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One Mindanao - January 29, 2013  

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An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao