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EDITORIAL ADVISERS SEC. SONNY B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office JOSE MARI M. OQUIÑENA Director General Philippine Information Agency

EXECUTIVE EDITOR EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western & Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI

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Cover Story

USEP’s new prexy blooms from an agriculturist into university head By Carina L. Cayon

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Gov’t continues support for roadsharing movement

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DAR Surigao Norte gears up for 2016 targets on support services By: Daryll M. Tumbaga

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Youth joins West Philippine Sea forum in Butuan City By: Venus L. Garcia

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GPH-MNLF peace process review ends, moves to implementation of peace mechanisms

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Bde holds security 33 101st meeting By Alfonso T. Ruda

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Mindanao by 2018 By: Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

SOCCSKSARGEN secretary inducts 21 TESDA MinTVET officer By: Danilo E.Doguiles

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mobile museum 36 First boxes travels to IIT By Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut 10 releases P1M 37 DOLE salary to MisOr SPES beneficiaries By: Dundee Daing


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USEP’s new prexy blooms from an agriculturist into university head

By Carina L. Cayon

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t was just a simple desire and joy of contributing for the improvement of the region’s agriculture sector through the academe and research works that pushed Lourdes CobalquitoGeneralao, then a simple temporary instructor, to persevere, strive hard and eventually excel in her field of work.

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Little did she know that her hard work, perseverance and dedication and her many accolades and credentials were molding and preparing her to run one of the biggest state universities in Mindanao, the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) touted to be top five in the Philippines and top five in Asia. Dr. Lourdes Cobalquito-Generalao is the new President of USeP after having been elected by USeP’s Board of Regents and sworn to office on November 11, 2015 in Quezon City. Dr. Generalao will be serving the university until November 11, 2019. Humble Beginnings

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her journey with pride and honor from being a temporary Instructor at USeP Tagum City Campus in 1980 up to obtaining the position as a University Professor in March 2015, which USeP’s website statement claimed as the first and only in said university. Dr. Generalao came from a family of farmers in the municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, tagged to be the “rice granary” of the province, where as young as five years old, the once young Lourdes Cobalquito learned to pull out rice stalks during harvest time. The family was awarded 10.6-hectare of land by the government. It was in her hometown which is basically an agriculture area, where she grew her interest into pursuing

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agriculture. Despite the hardships and hard work that her parents had to endure to raise and educate 11 children, Dr. Generalao was able to obtain a degree on BS Agriculture Major in Plant Pathology at the University of Southern Mindanao. With more perseverance and scholarship opportunities and support given by USeP, Dr. Generalao gained her Masters and PhD in Plant Pathology at UP Los Ba単os.

In between the period from being a Temporary Instructor up to becoming a University Professor, she held several designations in academic and administrative functions such as Program Head of the MS Agriculture, USeP Tagum Research Coordinator and Tissue Culture Laboratory InCharge.

She also served as Research Director of USeP for seven years and as Director of Southern Mindanao Agriculture and Resources Research and Her highest educational Development Consortium attainment was obtained from the (SMAARRDEC) for 12 years. University of California RiversideUSA as a Fulbright Senior Scholar It was in her administration in where she was a visiting scholar SMAARRDEC that the Consortium pursuing a six-month research ranked 2nd place and finalist in study on Nemotology or the study the 2008 and 2010 Search for of worms that attack plants. Most Outstanding Consortium in the country. SMAARRDEC Working with Passion also ranked 2nd among the 14 consortia in terms of performance Aside from perseverance, from 2006-2010. hardwork and dedication, Dr. Generalao also attributed her Dr. Generalao considered success to working with passion. one of her biggest achievements She said the passion and in heading the Consortium was enthusiasm inside her is driving her initiatives and strategies in her to improve and excel in all generating and sharing overall her efforts, from the beginning resources among consortium of her career up to this time with members and external sources no let up amidst challenges. which amounted to more than

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mobilize rehabilitation assistance and support to super typhoon As SMAARRDEC member, she Pablo-stricken areas in Baganga, said USeP got the large chunk of Cateel, Boston and Tarragona in PCAARRD’s regional investment Davao Oriental. amounting to more than P50 million poured for Research and Many research studies which Development programs such Dr. Generalao authored and coas on fusarium management, authored were published in technology transfer on integrated international, national and local Crop Management of Banana, journals. Mongo and many others. Programs Envisioned for USeP’s Growth It was also through her initiative through the When Dr. Generalao took oath SMAARRDEC that she was able to of office as the new President of January 29, 2016

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USeP, she said she was ready to face the challenge in leading and attaining the university’s goal on quality education. As part of the many programs, she said many projects have been aligned for Agriculture Engineering and other Engineering courses. For one, an Engineering laboratory building will be constructed. Additional courses are being proposed like College of Law which is subject to feasibility study and a Medical School proposed to be installed in Tagum City. She said the other infrastructure improvement projects which are already integrated in the Annual Investment Plan of the university include science laboratory facilities, repairs and maintenance of classrooms, offices and comfort rooms.

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USeP has four campuses: Obrero (main) and Mintal campuses in Davao City, and its Tagum-Mabini Campus which has two units (Tagum City and Mabini in Compostela Valley Province) and Bislig Campus in Surigao del Sur. “In the ASEAN integration, we have to be competitive. Our graduates have to be competitive. We have to strengthen our programs and improve our facilities. We have to be excellent in our faculties and facilities. Otherwise, we will be left behind,” Dr. Generalao emphasized. “I have to inspire people to have the same passion that I have.”

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am in a pedestal. I have a simple life. I have a very good people, good team,” the lady president said during an interview. During her investiture speech on December 14, 2015 at USeP Davao Campus Gym, she said “underneath all of her plans is one desire, and that is the pursuit of excellence — excellence in faculty and staff, excellence in fiscal management, excellence in information management, excellence in research, excellence in community service, excellence in resource management, excellence in partnership with the community, and more importantly, excellence in educational programming and learning environment to become excellent provider of quality education.”

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A USeP website statement said “with its new leadership, USeP will continue to reach greater heights and illustrate grander excellence in all of its services.” Dr. Generalao was preceded by Dr. Perfecto A. Alibin who served the university from September 2007 to August 2015. Dr. Generalao also gets strong support and inspiration from her family. Her husband, Dr. Irvin C. Generalao, is also the current President of the Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine School Technology (SPAMAST), a state college based in Digos City, Davao del Sur. Her children are Louvin (deceased), Irvin Jr., Iresha Lou and Andre Jose.

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PNoy thanks Emperor Akihito for maintaining close ties with PH

MANILA-- President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed gratitude to Japan’s Emperor Akihito recalling how the Philippines and Japan overcame challenges “during the dark episodes in the history of our nations.” “It is, however, upon this the Japanese imperial couple. history that we have built a far “Japan has been a consistent, more enduring relationship,” able, and trustworthy partner, Aquino said Wednesday during who has helped advance our the state banquet in honor of people’s progress.” January 29, 2016

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Aquino cited that in 2014, Japan was the Philippines’ top trading partner and was the top source of the country’s active Official Development Assistance and Investment Promotion Agency-approved foreign investments. Japan has likewise been “a vital partner in our peace process and the development of Mindanao”, as well as in the enhancement of the Philippines’ maritime and disaster management capabilities, Aquino said.

visits to Japan as President. “In all my encounters with Your Majesties, I have always admired the simplicity, sincerity, and grace you demonstrate,” he said.

The five-day state visit of Emperor Akihito and Empress “You have also been a Michiko comes at an auspicious staunch ally in advancing the time as the Philippines and rule of law in our region,” he Japan celebrate their 60th year of diplomatic relations. said. According to the President, it was his fourth time to meet Their Majesties, first when he accompanied his mother, the late president Corazon Aquino, on her visit to Japan in 1986, and the others were during his

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In a separate statement, Emperor Akihito praised Aquino’s “sagacious and distinguished” leadership resulting in the country’s steady development as an active member of the Asian community. (PCOO/PND)

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Gov’t continues support for road-sharing movement

QUEZON CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expressed its continued support for the movement that demands shared space to enable safe walking and cycling in roads all over the country “We fully support the road- Paje made the statement as sharing movement espoused by Malacañang will once again play noted environmentalist, Atty. host to the second “Bayanihan sa Antonio Oposa Jr., because it not Daan Awards,” which recognizes only pushes for equitable road “movers and shakers of walkable space but also helps mitigate the and bikeable communities” today. ill effects of the crisis of climate change, reduce air pollution The honorees come from and improve air quality,” said national government agencies, Environment Secretary Ramon local government units, media, J.P. Paje. the academe, civil society, private January 29, 2016

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groups and the transport sector. reserving the other half for an The awarding ceremony will be organized transport system. held at the historic Kalayaan Hall in Malacañan Palace. Oposa described the movement as a “unique Filipino “These are the people who approach to transport revolution, went out of their way to change urban sanity and climate crisis.” society’s behavior. They have to be recognized for their courage, “Bayanihan sa Daan” is boldness and their efforts in a cooperative undertaking by pushing for urban sanity,” Oposa the Share the Road Movement, said, referring to the awardees. DENR, Office of the Presidential Adviser for Environmental The road-sharing movement Protection (OPAEP), Department “Bayanihan sa Daan” seeks to of Transportation and set aside half of the road for Communications, Department of non-motorized transportation, Public Works and Highways, and safe and covered sidewalks and Climate Change Commission. all-weather bike lanes, while (DENR)

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GPH-MNLF peace process review ends, moves to implementation of peace mechanisms

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The Philippine government (GPH), the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) formally signed on Tuesday (January 26) the Joint Communique that marks the conclusion of the Tripartite Review Process (TRP) of the Implementation of the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement (FPA) that has run for more than eight years. “This is an important explained Secretary Teresita milestone we have reached as it Quintos Deles, Presidential sets the convergence of the two Adviser on the Peace Process Bangsamoro peace processes,� and head of the delegation of the January 29, 2016

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Philippine Government during Management of Strategic the two-day 5th Ministerial Level Minerals will be referred to the meeting of the TRP. Oversight Committee created by RA 9054 for the continuation of The Joint Communiqué of the its devolution process. conference stated that the TRP The participation of the MNLF ministerial meeting was held “to in the Bangsamoro Transition define a road map towards the Commission of the envisioned completion of the Review Process Bangsamoro Parliament; and, and identify ways and means of The creation of the Tripartite coordination and collaboration for Implementation Monitoring the implementation of what they Committee, a body that will agreed upon during the Review oversee the implementation of Process.” all points of consensus arrived at by the TRP. “What this means is that we have finally finished the The communiqué was signed eight-year long review of the by Undersecretary Jose Yusuf implementation of the FPA, and Iribani Lorena for the Philippine we can now move forward towards Government, and Atty. Randolph implementing the agreements Parcasio and Muslimin Sema on reached this time under the TRP,” behalf of the MNLF as principals, added OPAPP Undersecretary for along with OIC Secretary General Programs Yusuf Jose Lorena. Iyad bin Amin Madani for the 57-nation Islamic organization. Specifically, the Joint OPAPP Secretary Teresita Communique identified four key Quintos-Deles and Samsula Adju areas that the parties agreed to of the MNLF signed as witnesses. implement: (OPAPP) The establishment of the Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund that will be used for for socio-economic development projects for MNLF communities The agreement on the Co-

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Gensan cites business establishments for early permit renewal

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Jan 29— The city government here has awarded certificates of recognition to the first 50 establishments in the city that acquired their business permits for 2016. The awarding rites Monday (January 25) at the City Hall was an initiative of City Mayor Ronnel Rivera as a way of ap-

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city government to give such recognition to these early bird businesses which mostly belong to the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The establishments that received the award were those that have processed their business permits earlier and have finished within a couple of days. “We thank you for the profound recognition you have given to us. This will encourage our taxpayers to do their accountabilities, responsibilities, and liabilities to our local government unit,” Edgardo Grandeza, owner of Korean Martial Arts Gym, Inc., said after receiving the recognition. This will also correct the (attitude) of last day of processing. Let us remove the concept that the Pinoys are always late,” he added. The Korean Martial Arts Gym, Inc. ranked second in the awarding, following the Baby Kim Special Pork Chicaron of Elfa Digaynon. Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas Nograles and City Councilors Brix Tan, Arturo Cloma, and Rosalita Nuñez led the awarding rites. “Taxes are the lifeblood of the government. That’s why we in

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the Sangguniang Panlungsod are doing our best to make sure that all your taxes will be used rightfully,” Vice Mayor Nograles said. She even set the sanitary landfill as an example of these efforts. “The original contract price of the sanitary landfill is P325 million but we have lowered it to P219 million. The interest of 8% was also decreased to 4%,” Nograles pointed out. Councilor Nuñez also noted that the city government is also in pursuit for Gensan to have a healthier business climate. “What we want is to cut some of the bureaucratic processes so that we can hasten our business transactions,” Nuñez bared. “Of course, we are looking to our peace and order situation (on how we can improve it). But I think it is comparatively better than the previous years.” As of the moment, there are around 8,000 MSMEs in the city. They comprise 97% of the business population in Gensan. In 2005, there were only about 1,000 MSMEs in Gensan. (IJLagare-Gensan CPIO/DEDoguiles-PIA12)

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TESDA secretary inducts MinTVET officers By: Danilo E.Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Jan. 29 — TESDA DirectorGeneral Secretary Irene Isaac visited SOCCSKSARGEN Region recently to swear in the officers of the Mindanao Technical Vocational Education and Training (MinTVET) Association Sec. Isaac was the guest of honor of the induction ceremony held at the Green Leaf Hotel in General Santos City on January 25. MinTVET is an organization of private technical vocational institutions (TVIs) in Mindanao with the primary purpose of transforming private TVIs towards a quality-assured TVET for them to be more responsive, relevant and viable. Inducted into office were: Dr. Irene L. Floro (Chairman), Prof. Rey T. Albano (President), Mr. Miguel D. Soledad (Vice President – Internal), Dr. Inocencio J. Angeles Jr. (Vice President – External), Ms. Nicole Hao Bias (Secretary), Ms. Maria Carmen Echavez (Treasurer), Ms. Lourdes Mission (Asst. Secretary and Treasurer), Mr. Orlando dela Cruz (Auditor), and Ms. Monette Natividad and John Thomas Franco (Public Information Officers).

MinTVET President Rey Albano is school president of the Holy Trinity College. At the ceremony, Sec. Isaac said she was amazed at the cohesive spirit of the TVIs in Mindanao as they decided to bond together for the common goal of developing TVET in Mindanao based on the State Policy enunciated under Republic Act 7796 or the TESDA Act of 1994. “It is really heartening to know that, in this part of the country, many believe of what TVET can do to help the socio-economic well-being of the TVET sector,” she said. Her recent visit was Isaac’s second to SOCCSKSARGEN since assuming post as director general of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in November 2015. (DEDoguiles-PIA12 with report from RMPalencia-TESDA 12)

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Butuan hosts multi-sectoral forum on West PH Sea issue By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) held an information drive through a Multi-Sectoral Forum on West Philipppne Sea (WPS) Issue here on Tuesday.

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The more than 150 participants are composed of farmers and fisherfolks, heads and representatives from the national government agencies, academe, media, local government units, business and religious sectors. In his welcome message, PIA Caraga regional director Abner Caga stressed that the discussion on the West Phil. Sea is so important for Filipinos to protect their interest and rights when it comes to the maritime rights of the country. “So, as participants in this forum, you will serve a function as immediate multipliers by cascading the information to the communities by keeping them informed about the issue on West Philippine Sea and the interventions made by the government,” Caga said. Meanwhile, during a presentation of the rationale of the forum, PIA Caraga administrative officer and Surigao del Norte information center manager Venus Garcia also emphasized that the participation of the stakeholders plays a vital role in manifesting the same wave of patriotism. Garcia added that the WPS concern is not a battle resorting by force but a battle in claiming the Filipinos’ legitimate territorial rights. “Let

us rally together to support the government’s undertakings on this issue. It is incumbent upon each of us to do our share,” she said. As pointed out by guest speaker and DFA’s senior assistant of the undersecretary for policy Ma. Teresa Almojuela, “the country has legitimate right on the West Phil. Sea as enshrined in the International Law, and that China is claiming what is ours, thus, the Filipinos should defend what is rightfully ours.” Almojuela relayed that according to surveys, nine out of 10 Filipinos support the claim of the Philippine government on West Phil. Sea. “Our actions are based and are consistent with the rule of law. We hope for positive results and we are near to completion. Let’s keep talking about this and keep the stakeholders in engaging into this undertakings,” Almojuela added. “To secure peace and security, the government implements a whole of a nation approach, and our country projects a credible defense posture. The security clusters continuously engage on briefings and meetings to come up with better assessment and resolutions regarding the dispute,” explained Almojuela.

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Meanwhile, staff director of the PIA program management division Emelyn Libunao expressed that, “as a Filipino, each of us must engage and participate in delivering the message that we are determined to claim and defend what is legitimately ours by disseminating our acquired information especially on matters of the West Philippine Sea Issue.” Also, Libunao underscored during the open forum that the country is anchoring in the guiding principle of respect to the primacy of the rule of law. “Waging war is not our end option, we want to help our fellow Filipinos understand that we are

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determined to defend what is legitimately ours,” she remarked. Participants heard the message of Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma through an audio-visual presentation emphasizing the vital role of communicators in the different communities especially in upholding the Filipinos’ legitimate rights towards the West Philippine Sea. The multi-sectoral forum is one of the key activities of the information dissemination campaign targeting professionals down to the grassroot level.

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DAR Surigao Norte gears up for 2016 targets on support services By: Daryll M. Tumbaga

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte- The Technical Advisory Support Services (TASS) of the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN) conducted recently its 2016 target setting and planning workshop on January 18-19, 2016 at DAR-SDN Conference Room, this city. Several strategies and plans of life. were identified and laid out to Out of 18,528 ARBs, some accomplish the organizational 1,140 are targeted to become goals given to the division. members of the agrarian reform The provincial targets include beneficiaries organizations both the Surigao del Norte and (ARBOs) because only through Dinagat Islands provinces. these ARBOs that these ARBs can TASS is expected to access our government support reach 18,528 agrarian reform services. beneficiaries (ARBs) to undergo On the other hand, TASS different trainings to increase is also tasked to assess and their productivity and income and capacitate 150 of its assisted thus reach an improved quality ARBOs and provide them the January 29, 2016

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necessary support services to make their organizations grow and enhance the economic wellbeing of its members.

The activity was spearheaded and facilitated by Ma. Elizabeth L. De Guzman, the Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I.

Youth joins West Philippine Sea forum in Butuan City By: Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY - More than 200 students and campus youth leaders from different colleges and universities attended the Campus Forum on West Philippine Sea (WPS) Issue on Wednesday at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), this city. The forum, organized by the WPS issues and concerns and Philippine Information Agency elicit the desired attitude toward (PIA) Caraga and Department and support for the Philippine of Foreign Affairs (DFA), in position and initiatives in partnership with the civil military resolving the dispute. operations (CMO) battalion, 4th “Everybody knows that Infantry Division, Philippine Army China values its image in global (PA), aims to raise awareness arena to sustain its status in the among the youth regarding the region that’s why we are trying

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to engage with our other friend nations in order for us to attain our goal in advancing the country’s national interests in its territorial claims and exercise of its rights at its Exclusive Economic Zone,” enunciated Ma. Teresa Almojuela, guest speaker and DFA’s senior assistant of the undersecretary for policy. Almojuela discussed further that the web of relationship with other nations is important to have inclusive rules-based security level. And it encompasses arbitration as a way to resolve dispute. “The United States of America is helping the Philippines through enhanced defense cooperation agreement to strengthen alliance including disaster relief in a broader scope. We are clearly establishing a strong platform of engagement with the U.S.,” she added. As the forum seeks for youth involvement, Lt Col Arlino Sendaidiego, International Relations Officer, 4ID, PA also mentioned in his message that in upholding the national interest, which includes the economy, the young people of today must take part in protecting and defending the areas under our jurisdiction by supporting the Philippine government’s approach to

resolve the dispute. Sendaidiego also stressed, “now is the appropriate time to rekindle a dose of patriotism. Patriotism literally means an expression of love and pride for our native land, and for us Filipinos, it is also seen as an act of defending what is truly and legally ours - the West Philippine Sea.” “With your presence and involvement in today’s activity, you are actually taking a step ahead in participating to nation building as we aim to gain a strategic advantage in pursuit of resolving the West Philippine Sea dispute. Let us join hand-in-hand in facing a great deal of challenge in safeguarding our territorial integrity and sovereignty through a peaceful and diplomatic approach to settling the West Philippine Sea dispute rather than sit and be complacent about the issue,” emphasized Sendaidiego. Meanwhile, Lyndon Buque, director of Human Resource Management & Development of (FSUU ) also expressed that the institution is one with the Philippine government in its claim with its legitimate rights. FSUU provided the venue for the campus forum as a support to the WPS advocacy campaign.

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Parents’ support to NSDD noted in Pagadian City By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY (PIA) – The preparations made by health and education personnel for the conduct of the National School Deworming Day (NSDD) last Wednesday have paid off.

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Learning from the July 29, 2015 school deworming debacle that some 200 students from the different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula were rushed to the hospitals and health centers for dizziness and vomiting after taking the deworming tablets, the Department of Health (DOH) together with the Department of Education (DepEd) has ensured that proper information about deworming and its adverse reactions on children be properly disseminated to the parents and students. DOH-9 personnel also conducted a series of media forums on the NSDD in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay weeks before the scheduled deworming day. School Principal Jocelyn Perez of the Pagadian Pilot School said in an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) that the schools had also conducted parents’ orientation on the NSDD with emphasis on its benefits to their children. Perez also disclosed that the

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schools had required the schoolchildren to have a full breakfast to avoid any adverse reaction after taking the deworming tablet. “All schools started with a mass feeding before giving the children the deworming pills, Dr. Agnes Fernando, provincial head of the Zamboanga del Sur DOH office said. Fernando also encouraged the parents whose children have not yet been dewormed to visit the health centers to avail of free deworming tablets. “We would like to achieve 85 percent of our accomplishment [in the NSDD] or more than that,” Fernando maintained. For his part, Romeo Cirilo, president of Parents and Teachers Association at Tomas Sagun Elementary School in this city also expressed his gratitude to the DOH for spearheading a deworming program. NSDD is an annual deworming activity conducted by the DOH in all public schools for pupils from kinder to grade six every last Wednesday of January and July.

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101st Bde holds security meeting By Alfonso T. Ruda

PIÑAN, Zamboanga del Norte (PIA) – To ensure orderly and peaceful conduct of the May 9, 2016 national and local elections in its area of jurisdiction, the 101st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, based in Barangay Del Pilar in this municipality has called on Monday a joint security control meeting with personnel from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) from region 9 and 10 as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and military units from the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental. Municipal Election Officers from the different towns of Zamboanga del Norte also came to attend the said meeting. Atty. Wilfred Jay Balisado, COMELEC-9 regional director appealed to the public to respect the checkpoints established

along the national highways by the COMELEC. He also called on the candidates to campaign professionally, as he urged the voters to use their best judgement this coming election to elect the most credible and qualified person for the position.

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It was suggested in the meeting that certain activities would be undertaken to drum up support for peaceful and credible elections like forging a peace covenant between and among opposing candidates to be facilitated by any religious organizations and/ or any non-partisan organization. For his part, Col.Jesus Manangquil Jr., 101st brigade commander, assured the public of the availability and presence

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of the military units under his command to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of the May 9, 2016 balloting. Managquil said the said meeting was just one of the many meetings to be initiated by the brigade with the various stakeholders to keep the public abreast with the military’s efforts at making the national and ocal elections peaceful and credible.

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University holds lecture on covering elections By: XU Communications Office

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, January 26 – The US Embassy in Manila and the Development Communication Department of Xavier University will host a talk on “Covering Campaigns: Debates and Beyond” on January 27, at the XU American Corner, Old Library.

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Dr Alan Schroeder, a three-time Emmy Award winner for his work as producer at Boston’s WBZ-TV is their guest lecturer. Schroeder will address questions on how to cover the forthcoming local and presidential elections responsibly, and how to be better informed as voters. Schroeder is a professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, where he teaches primarily in the area of journalism. In 2012, he was named among “The Best 300 Professors” by The Princeton Review. Schroeder’s work in media and politics extends internationally. He has lectured about the global phenomenon of televised debates in Spain, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Colombia, and Peru, and has testified before the British Parliament about debate structure and sponsorship. He has also trained television reporters and producers in the South Pacific and addressed journalists from China, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and various countries in

Latin America. He has written about a variety of media-related topics for different outlets such as the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Politico, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and the Guardian. He has also authored several books, namely, Presidential Debates: 50 Years of High-Risk TV (Columbia University Press, 2008), Celebrity-inChief: How Show Business Took Over the White House (Westview Press, 2004) and Writing and Producing Television News: From Newsroom to Air (Oxford University Press, 2008), among others. His pre-academic career included stints as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat. He was also the associate producer and presenter of an internationally televised travel documentary titled America with the Top Down about a road trip through the central United States that began at the Canadian border and ended at the Mexican border.

First mobile museum boxes travels to IIT By: Michelle Jeanne C. Caracut

ILIGAN CITY – The Mobile Museum Boxes begins its tour at the Mindanap State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) at the College of Science and Mathematics lobby, opens 18-29 January 2016.

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This First Mobile Museum Boxes is a collaborative project of the Institute, the National Museum of the Philippines, and The University of Tokyo’s University Museum, supported by The Toyota Foundation. The traveling project focuses on Mindanao’s diverse natural history and is displaying 10 different specimens of four categories: terrestrial plants, terrestrial animals, aquatic animals, and geology of Mindanao at the lobby of the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). Project members are Dr. Ayumi Terada, assistant professor, University Museum, University of Tokyo); Dr. Luisito T. Evangelista, curator, Botany Division, National Museum of the Philippines); Emerito B. Batara, laboratory technician, Natural Science Museum, MSU-IIT; and Dr. Akira Matsuda, associate professor, Graduate School of Humanities and

Sociology, University of Tokyo. In an interview, Evangelista said that the project started from their dream to promote Mindanao and to erase the negative connotation it currently has. Terada added that the mobile museum boxes “can go anywhere without specific museum spaces [for] people to get opportunities to see exhibit more without [the] intention to visit a [real] museum.” She thought that “if people know the natural history of Mindanao, they will love their own natural heritage more.” The exhibit will be on display for two weeks until the 29th of January and will travel to Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City in February. The Mobile Museum Boxes was launched in December 2015 at the National Museum of the Philippines, Manila.

DOLE 10 releases P1M salary to MisOr SPES beneficiaries By: Dundee Daing

GINGOOG CITY, Misamis Oriental – The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X), through its Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (EMO PFO) released a total of P1,060,648.00, representing 40% salary of students of the different schools in the municipality of Magsaysay and Gingoog City last 5 January 2016 at the DOLE-X Satellite Office, Gingoog city. January 29, 2016

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The Local Government Unit (LGU) partners through their Public Employment Service Office Managers, supported the activity. DOLE-10 EMO PFO Officer-InCharge Alice Tinhay reported that the salary was paid in cash while some were directly paid to the schools for those students who still have balances on tuition fees and other miscellaneous charges. Tinhay further disclosed that the Special Program for the Employment of Students or SPES is a program of DOLE that provides temporary employment to poor but deserving students wherein the employer pays 60% of the salary and the DOLE

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subsidizing the remaining 40%. DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante has always emphasized that DOLE, in one of its advocacies, encourages the students to stay in school and finish their college degrees. This is also a training for them to become soon-to-be workers in the real world of work. Ms. Jessie Reyes, PESO Manager of Gingoog City, appreciated the efforts of DOLE-X during the release. She also commended the office and staff for the partnership in implementing the program. On behalf of Gingoog City Mayor Marie Guingona, Reyes expressed to continue their support in all the programs of DOLE.

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R-XI celebrates Wet Lands Day DAVAO CITY- The World Wet Lands Day will be celebrated by the different environmental agencies and offices in the region. The Provincial Environment and Natural Resouces Office (PENRO), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office ) CENRO under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI along with the CENRO (City Environment and Natural Resources Office) of the five cities in the region had their separate activities to celebrate the World and National Wet Lands Day this coming February 2. According to Marygelinne Arguillas, chief of the Protected Areas Management Biodiversity Conservation (PAMBC) of DENR -XI the local governments in the region are also commemorating the said event. Among the events and activities spearheaded by the provincial government of Davao del

Norte, Davao del sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley include community clean-up and mangrove planting in the coastal areas. The theme of the celebration is “Wetlands for our Future- Sustainable Livelihood.� Arguillas called on the public to protect the mangrove and trees planted in the coasts and river banks and to maintain the cleanliness of local wetlands. The Philippines is a signatory to the Ramsar Convention in 1999. It is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetland resources. The convention was signed in Ramsar, Iran on February 2, 1971, the date where the World Wetlands Day is celebrated. (PIA/ XI)

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Gov’t. targets 50-50 energy mix in Mindanao by 2018 DAVAO CITY- The government is hard-pressed in looking for available power sources that can be tapped altogether to address the shortfall in the electricity in Mindanao and eventually install long term capacities. Romeo Montenegro, com munications director of the Mindanao Development Authority said brownouts must be addressed on a long term. He said Mindanao must have a sus taining supply of electricity with the combination of mixed technology both renewable energy and fossil fuel like coal. San Miguel Corporation constructs currently a 600 megawatt-coal fired power plant in Davao del Sur. The 105 megawatt-coal fired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani might be operational also early this year. The first solar power plant in Barangay Centrala in Surallah, South Cotabato was inaugurated recently. “We are not just looking at addressing the brownouts. We want also to see whether these brownouts will not occur three to five years from now. So that if

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we project ten to 15 years, we will able to have reliable supply with a combination of mixed technologies,” Montenegro said. He said the current supply gap in Mindanao at 500 to 600 megawatts will be covered once the coal-fired power plants under construction go on line by June, 2016. Montenegro said the shortage might be covered already by this year. He said by 2017, Mindanao will eventually have regulating energy reserve. “The entry of all other plants in 2017 and 2018 will give comfort and confidence that our demand is being addressed more than adequately already with the supply of electricity available at that time,” he said. Montenegro stressed that over the long term, the government maintains an ideal diversified energy mix in Mindanao which is 50 percent fossil and 50 percent renewable energy. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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