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Cover Story

Rebokon’s BFT offers affordable and quality food products Gideon C. Corgue

Western Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Monday, Jan. 2, 2012

Vol. 1 No. 141

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Across the Nation:

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President Aquino will continue to focus on programs to uplift lives, improve economy in 2012

32nd World Universities Debating Championships kicks off today

Regional News:


DTI issues advisory to PCAB license holders and new applicant

Western Mindanao

Teachers, guidance counselors, students, get orientation on ‘‘Drop-Out-Reduction Program’’ Western Mindanao

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Northeast monsoon to affect Mindanao and Visayas - PAGASA

Cabahug-Aguhob , Northern Mindanao

Boil water before drinking ‘ Sendong’ victims told

Northern Mindanao



Floods test Comval’s emergency response unit


39 qualify for nursing jobs in Saudi Arabia


Gardener’s Club ng Lungsod ng Koronadal lumalago

RG Alama, Southern Mindanao

Olivia Sudaria, Central Mindanao

Ac Agad, Central Mindanao


PNP-Caraga records zero indiscriminate firing incident


SMWD opposes miners’ group petition to declare portion of Parang-parang watershed into ‘Minahan ng Bayan’

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

FEAbkilan, Caraga Region


Cover Story

Rebokon’s BFT offers affordable and quality food products by Gideon C. Corgue


armers and fisherfolks need not worry where to bring their products plus the added assurance of fair market price for their harvest because of the opening of the Rebokon Barangay Food Terminal (BFT) in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. 4

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DA/PAO Assistance The BFT is a barangay-based food depot which offers safe, affordable and quality food products to better serve the needs of the local folks. With the assistance of the Department of Agriculture (DA-9) and the provincial agriculturist office (PAO), a barangay food terminal (BFT) was established in Rebokon, a coastal barangay of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, endowed with abundant natural resources, picturesque sceneries and rich fishing grounds.

to alternative market for direct selling of their produce. “Ang mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda gikan sa mga kasilinganang dapit sama sa barangay San Agustin ug Tubo-pait mogasto ug dako sa ilang pamasahe pagbaligya sa ilang mga presko nga abot gikan sa uma padulong sa Pagadian City busa kami nakahunahuna nga ipalambo ang BFT (The farmers and fisherfolks from the neighboring barangays of San Agustin and Tubo-pait used to spend more for transport costs in delivering their fresh farm produce to Pagadian City thus, we decided to improve the BFT),” Arancajas reported. “Gawad Saka 2011” National Awardee With the continuous monitoring and assistance of DA personnel and the active support of Mayor Ace William E. Cerilles on the

Access to local market Barangay chairman Patrocinio M. Ancajas said during his first term of office and upon consultation with members of the barangay council, he took the lead of improving the BFT which was constructed by the previous administration, to respond to the demands of the farmers and fisherfolks because they lack access Monday, January 2, 2012


project, Ancajas said the council believed that the BFT has improved its services to the clientele, enough to catch the judges’ attention thereby making them win in the Search for ‘Gawad Saka’ 2011 as an Outstanding Barangay Food Terminal. Ancajas was one of the 22 winners who received cash awards and agri-fishery project grant rang-


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ing from P150,000 to 350,000, as well as a Presidential citation and Gawad Saka trophy. No less than President Benigno S. Aquino III led this year’s “Gawad Saka” awarding ceremonies and honored the country’s outstanding farmers and fisherfolks at the Rizal Hall, Malacanang Palace on December 13, 2011. Ancajas received the award together with Mayor Ace William Cerilles. Affordable and quality food products for the marginalized sector With the establishment of the BFT, Ancajas said quality food products such as fresh meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables at affordable prices were made available to the public specially the marginalized sector of our society.

Scholarship to poor but deserving students The BFT also sponsored a scholarship program to poor but deserving students in Rebokon National High School to help them finish their studies. “Nag-sponsor usab kami ug scholarship sa duha ka anak sa kabus nga among katagi-lungsod tungod kay buot namo nga “Kada semana mamaligya ta ug karneng baboy, mga utanon, isda ug uban pa aron nga ang mga kabataan nga nag-eskwela sa Day Care Center makakaon sa masustansya nga mga pagkaon (Every week, we will sell meat vegetables, fish, and other food items in order that the children at Day Care Center can eat healthy foods),” Ancajas said. Anchored on BFT’s objectives to create employment opportunities through its livelihood components, it has employed two (2) sales ladies to assist customers in buying goods. “Naka-hire ang BFT ug duha ka mga tindera aron nga makatabang pagbaligya. Sila makadawat ug 10% gikan sa halin sa pagpaninda ug kini makatabang usab pagdugang sa ilang abot. ( The BFT was able to hire two sales ladies to assist in selling goods. They receive 10% of sales and it helps augment their family income),” Ancajas explained. Monday, January 2, 2012


makatabang kanila aron nga makahupot sila sa tukma nga edukasyon ug maayo nga trabaho. Ang duha ka scholars anaa karon nagtungha sa Rebokon Agricultural and Vocational High School (We have also sponsored two scholars from our place, poor but deserving students who are enrolled at RAVHS because we want them to acquire proper education and a good job),” Ancajas said. With the prizes that the BFT has received, they are planning to put up a “buy and sell business”. “Sa premyo nga among nadawat, nagplano kami nga mohimo ug “buy and sell” business. Among paliton ang mga produkto sa uma ug pangisda sa mga mag-uuma ug mangingisda aron nga dili sila mo8

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gasto ug dako sa transportasyon ug aron ang mga paninda mapahimuslan sa among mga mulupyo ug silingan (With the prize that we received, we are planning to put up a buy-and-sell business. We will buy the farm and fishery products of our farmers and fisherfolks for them not to spend much on transportation and to make the goods available and accessible to our local residents and neigbors),” he said. Ancajas expressed his gratefulness to Mayor Cerilles for the active support he extended to the BFT saying that without the chief executive’s support, they would not have achieved the honor of being a “Gawad Saka” 2011 national awardee.

Malacañang ask Filipinos in Syria to heed the call for mandatory repatriation


alacañang reiterated its appeal to over 4,000 Filipinos who are still in Syria to heed the government’s call for mandatory repatriation in the wake of the reported escalating violence there, a Palace official said. Monday, January 2, 2012


During the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the appeal following reports that many Filipinos still refused to leave Syria. The Philippine Embassy in Damascus reported that the capital remains on high alert following the backto-back car bombings there on December 23, according to the Department of Foreign 10

Afffairs (DFA). “ W e would like ask the Filipinos in Syriawhether they a r e documented or undocumented to heed the appeal of the Philippine government. The DFA Secretery Albert F. del Rosario is there right now and we would like to ask them to cooperate for their own safety. We want to make sure that all Filipinos be accounted for,” Lacierda said. Lacierda said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Ro-

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sario flew to Syria to lead Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials to convince the Filipinos to have themselves repatriated to Manila at government’s expense. “It shows that this government is serious in making sure the safety of all Filipinos. All these are paramount in our agenda with respect to OFWs (Overseas Filipinos Workers) in Syria,” Lacierda said. The Philippines has so far repatriated 434 Filipinos back to Manila since the start of the political crisis in Syria in March. Of this number, 349 were repatriated after the Philippine government called for their voluntary repatriation in August. (JS)


President Aquino will continue to focus on programs to uplift lives, improve economy in 2012 alacañang assured the Filipino people that President Benigno S. Aquino III will continue to focus on programs that will not only uplift their lives but also further improve the country’s economy, stressing the government’s unwavering efforts to curb graft and corruption in the bureaucracy. During his first media briefing for the New Year 2012 in Malacanang, Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda reassured the President’s commitment to the people as previously stated in his yearend message issued last week. “The President is continuously focusing on improving the economy as he has stated in his yearend message, we will improve the economy, we will continue to provide service to the

poor, our advocacy against graft and corruption will still continue,” Lacierda said. On concerns that the impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona will affect the Chief Executive’s focus in the performance of his job, Lacierda assured that such Constitutional procedure will not, in any way, impinge on President Aquino’s efforts to serve the country and the people. “Primarily the impeachment has now been

diverted to the Senate… and the Senate will be the main focus of the impeachment trial,” Lacierda said. “The impeachment (proceedings) will not be a distraction for the President… not at all,” he added. On December 12, 2011, a total of 188 members of the House of Representatives signed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Corona, which was later transmitted to the Philippine Senate. (JCL)

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32nd World Universities Debating Championships kicks off today

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he 32nd World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) will commence today and will be held until January 4, 2012. Around 1,400 participants from 43 countries will converge in Manila to compete in this prestigious event dubbed as the “Olympics of

This was announced by Gabriel Pavico, DLSU Project Coordinator for


the 32nd World Uni- of “Talking Points.” versities Debating Pavico said the Championship, dur- brightest students ing today’s episode

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from 224 universities will undergo nine elimination rounds. From the 400 registered teams, only the top 32 teams will qualify for the octofinals round. There will be separate categories for Public Speaking, English as a Second Language, and English as a Foreign Language. Pavico added that the competition will be adapting the British Parliamentary format. The 66 judges coming from various

colleges and universities are headed by Cambridge alumnus debater Sam Block and DLSU alumna Lucinda Teresa David. The De La Salle University (DLSU), the host for the said competition, will treat the participants to nine nights of various social events which will include a Filipino Night to be hosted by the Department of Tourism (DOT). Moreover, the participants will also

be given the opportunity to attend daytours around Metro Manila and other tourist spots in the country. Pavico said the organizing committee have coordinated with various government agencies like the Philippine National Security (PNP) to ensure the safety of the foreign delegates. The World Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) is an annual gathering of the world’s best debaters and public speakers. “Talking Points” was aired over People’s Television (PTV-4) and Radyo ng Bayan nationwide.

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‘KALAHI’ embodies P-Noy’s ‘Kayo ang Boss’ ideal- Advocate former mayor and a staunch advocate of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) said that community-driven development is the perfect strategy to encompass the administration’s “Kayo ang Boss” ideal in governance. His primary reason for saying is that KC has been proven to work since its start in 2003. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310



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“From the start, P.Noy has stressed that the people are the bosses. In my personal experience, KC has demonstrated that this strategy works, especially in the poorest towns (even when people have very limited access to formal education),” said KALAHI CIDSS advocate and former Mulanay, Quezon mayor Prudencio Maxino. “People only have to see what the people, through KC has accomplished for them to agree.” Mr. Maxino was an invited guest during a KALAHI communications planning workshop held in Tagaytay City early this December. During the planning, he stressed that information about KC is not sufficiently mainstreamed. “The irony is that it is a very good and effective program, but not many people know it exists,” he said. He suggested that if government was serious about its stance of making ordinary Filipinos really its boss, then KC should aggressively be disseminated – “it is good news, that is enough reason for KC to be publicized,” said Mr. Maxino.

Since 2003, KC, implemented through the Department of Social Welfare and Development, has enabled thousands of community volunteers (many of whom did not even finish school) to identify, implement, realize and keep development projects such as water systems, roads, school buildings, health stations, and more. The most distinct feature is that the communities themselves decide which projects to prioritize with the limited government funds (through a highly democratic “election” of sub-projects), and subsequently, they themselves implement it. The role of government officials are to become co-facilitators of development – the people are the primary actors since they know what it is that is best for them. Because of the presence of thousands of these “people’s projects” (KALAHI sub-projects), communities have reaped numerous benefits that help pull them out of dire poverty. For example, because of water systems, children do not have to miss school to fetch water from an

unsafe source kilometres away. A community subproject that enables the production of organic fertilizer eases the burden of tenant-farmers in an agricultural community such as that in Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte. Purchasing expensive fertilizer from the Poblacion or even further away and spending money for transportation is a thing of the past. The farmers can use the money to increase crop production, among others. However, Mr. Maxino said that the KALAHI framework might startle some politicians since it implies that the money is managed by ordinary citizens, and not by government officials. “I felt the same way before. But I gave it a try. Now, volunteers have become as active as government officials. The best thing about it is that the ordinary people share a sense of accountability with the local officials. If the project is a success, and it’s almost always is, everyone shares the glory,” he said. (JPA/ DIS/DSWD 9 / PIA –ZBST)

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DTI issues advisory to PCAB license holders and new applicant PAGADIAN CITY - The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), is now requiring all PCAB license holders and new applicants to provide their electronic mail address (email ad) and current office/business address in all their applications submitted to the same. Applications with no email address will not be entertained and applications sent to previous business address will not be replaced and the contractor shall bear whatever maybe the consequence of the non-delivery of any communications from the Board. Ms. Ma. Socorro M. Atay, DTI Provincial Director said in case of change of electronic mail address and office/business address, the licensee should im-

mediately inform PCAB, not later than fifteen (15) days after the change of address. In addition, PCAB is extending the deadline of the filing of appli-

cation for license under the amnesty program for unlicensed contractors from December 31, 2011 to January 31, 2012. (DTI-MEJ/ PIA9/ALT)

Teachers, guidance counselors, students, get orientation on ‘‘ Drop-Out-Reduction Program’’ ZAMBOANGA CITY - Curriculum chairmen, curriculum guidance counselors, 30 newly hired teacher and a crowd of students of a public school get an orientation /seminar on “Drop-Out-Reduction Program (DORP) and Entrepreneurship,” a program in consonance with the “Education for All” (EFA) agenda of the national government. 16

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fullcroom.com The Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DPLMHS) conducted a whole day orientation on DORP to give participants a clear and wider knowledge on its content. DPLMHS Guidance Counselor Roserene Cabanero said “the DORP is one of the programs that will help the EFA rationale which makes the school system as a major source of continued education.” Cabanero said a high percentage of children who are not in school are most likely to eventually join the ranks of adult illiterates. Cabanero said the DORP orientation is essential as the “skills to implement the program and resolved commitment to reach out all

types of marginalized and disadvantaged children is contributory to the process of creating a child-friendly school.” T h e DORP is the Department of Education’s (DepEd) program formulated to respond to the needs of students who cannot report to class regularly because they are working either as part time of full time or for any other reason. DepEd Press statement reads “There are about five to six million Filipinos of school age who are out of school. Many are willing to finish high school but are constrained by family, individual, community and school concerns. Rightly so, the DORP focuses on these four risk factors that lead to the dropout problem. The press statement said The DORP has three major components namely the Effective Alternative Secondary Education or EASE, the Open High School or Dis-

tance Education Program (OHSP) and the School Initiated Interventions (SII). The same press statement explains; DORP was designed to address the problems faced by students which prevent them from completing their elementary and high school education. The students have a choice among the three modes in continuing their schooling. One mode is the modular system where teachers use learning modules which the student can bring home for their self study. The content of the modules are similar to the textbooks used by regular students. The statement further explains: The EASE plan is applied to shortterm and seasonal “student at risk of dropping out (SARDO) while the OHSP is recommended for SARDOs who permanently cannot attend regular classes. The SII is utilized based on the felt needs of the SARDO and to the existing available school resources. (JPA/PIAZBST)

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Evacuation centers in CdeO, Iligan down to 30 as IDPs start to go home by Charmaine P. Tadlas


he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported that only 30 more evacuation centers remain open in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities as displaced families who still have safe homes to go back to started returning home. DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman said that more families staying in schools in Cagayan de Oro are expected to be transferred to shelter boxes and tents temporarily set up in relocations sites within the week. The installation of the 408 tents donated by the United Kingdom that


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can house 816 families is ongoing in coordination with the Rotary International. One tent has ventilation and can withstand 120 kilometer per hour wind velocity. “We have sought the help of the Department of Health (DOH) in the provision of latrines and other basic facilities, to be built thru food-for-

work, in the temporary relocation sites. As soon as these are built we shall begin transferring evacuees. We hope to start moving them by January 3,” Secretary Soliman said. Moreover, DSWD, through the 502nd Engineering Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

(AFP), shall build bunk houses for 120 families in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro. The International Organization for Migration (IOM), meanwhile, has committed to build bunk houses for 230 families within the same site. (DSWD)

Northeast monsoon to affect Mindanao and Visayas - PAGASA by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - Mindanao will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, brought about by the Northeast monsoon. As such, Mindanao will experience becoming cloudy with widespread rains over Eastern and Southern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The same weather condition will be the experienced in Visayas while Eastern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with rains and the rest of the country, from partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies with light rains. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be moderate to occasionally strong coming from the Northereast to North with moderate to occasionally rough seas. This forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) was issued after another low

pressure area (LPA) was estimated at 100 km. East of Southern Mindanao, at 2:00 a.m., today. Thus, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), region 10, has called on all the local DRRMC’s to alert the people in the coastal areas and other lowlying places against possible rise in coastal waters, Regional Director Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense

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(OCD), region 10, said. Again, fishing boats and other small sea crafts in the region are advised to take precautionary measures before going out into the sea, while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves, Caňeda, who is also the Chairperson RDRRMC-

10, said. Likewise, people and the local DRRMC’s are reminded to take appropriate pro-active actions to aim for “zero” casualty focused on evacuation, rather than rescue, Caňeda added.

Boil water before drinking ‘ Sendong’ victims told OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Please boil the water before drinking! This advice came from the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) to everyone who will be using the water they provide under the Oplan Sendong Water Delivery (OSWD) Project. Through the OSWD, water tankers of various government/non-government organizations (GO/NGO’s), delivers water to the different flashflood-affected areas of Cagayan de Oro City, daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, from Dec. 20, 2011 to Jan. 20, 2012. The GO/NGO and the areas covered by the deliveries are as follows: Tanker 1, from the Valencia City Water District (VCWD) for Upper and Lower Balulang, Upper Carmen, Zayas, Basurahan, all subdivisions in Upper Carmen to Canitoan, Canitoan and Pagatpat. Tanker 2 from Negros Navigation for Bulua Barangay Hall, Zone 8, Bulua along Westbound Bus Terminal, road going to seashore of Barra, Barra, Igpit, Iponan, all subdivisions situated in Iponan and Opol Poblacion. Tanker 3 from Ariel Tan for all 20

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of Camaman-an along the main road, Ayesa Subdivision, Pinikitan, Camp Alaar and Agora Tabacco. Tanker 4 from COWD 312 for Cagayan de Oro City Poblacion, along Burgos, Capistrano, Velez and Corrales Streets and Barangay Consolacion. Tanker 5 from the Pagadian City Water District for Tambo, Biasong, Tibasak, Macasandig, Nazareth and Youngsville Pumping Station in Igpit. Tanker 6 from the COWD 322 for the Somo, St.Peter and Bollozos Funeral Homes and Barangays Bonbon and Kauswagan. Tanker 7 from COWD LMF 195 for the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), Licoan, Puntod and Macabalan. Tanker 8 from Asia Brewery for Camp Evangelista, 6th Division, Buenavista Village and Apolinar Velez Subdivisions, all in Barangay Patag. Red Cross Tanker for the West City Central School and City Central School. (Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob)

Davao City’s food for work program lessens floods, dengue cases by Carina Cayon


he decline of flood incidence and dengue cases in the city was part of the impact of the local government’s food for work program in 2011. City Mayor’s Office consultant on special concerns Danilo Dayanghirang reported that the program’s intensive clean-up drive in the communities has removed tons of wastes from canals and coastal areas. Dayanghirang said that since May last year the food for work pro-

gram salvaged 800 tons of debris in coastal areas and 2,186 cubic meters of wastes in canals. “The program has created a lot of outputs,” the former city councilor said citing the reduction of flood and dengue incidence. He estimated that dengue prevalence has dropped by seven out of ten cases. In rainy days, the floodwaters would immediately subside, he added. The city LGU has intensified its clean-up campaign in the communities especially in the urban areas through the food for work program to address flooding concern in 55 barangays of the city. Dayanghirang said volunteers who engaged in the clean-up activities were each provided food pack worth P150 in exchange for their labor. He attributed the successful outcome of the program to the cooperation of the barangays which he said have been empowered with Monday, January 2, 2012


political will to be efficient in implementing the food for work program. Dayanghirang was optimistic that the program would continue in 2012 as the office of the city mayor has considered allocating funding for the said project. As a possible undertaking this year, he recommended for a decentralized implementation of the program in the barangays for communities to take full responsibility in cleaning up their respective environment. He suggested for the realization of a “Harap ko, Linis ko” program. He added that volunteers could be reshuffled and designated to other

areas. Dayanghirang stated that barangay endeavors were also strengthened by the City Ordinance on waste segregation which the official said needed strict enforcement to bring positive effects on the environment. He disclosed that part of the provisions in the waste segregation program is the prohibition of the use of plastics in the city to be implemented three years after the program’s enforcement which will by end of this year. “Plastics will not anymore be used in Davao City by that time,” Dayanghirang stated.

NABUNTURAN- The spate of floodings which hit the Compostela Valley Province area has tested the capabilities of its newly-formed emergency response team. The Emergency Response Team which just completed its WASAR or Water Search and Rescue Training were deployed in the December 16 floodings in the municipality of Compostela. Using the provincial government’s rescue boats the team rescued about 100 families during flashfloods that inundated Purok 13 Centennial in Compostela town. Also last December 27, the

team rescued 33 families also in another flood that struck Compostela Town. Another 40 families were also rescued in Montevista. The ERT was formed by Governor Arturo T. Uy as a quick response mechanism during disasters and calamities particularly flashfloods and landslides which regularly occur in the province. The team is composed of selected emplpoyeers of the provincial capitol and are trained in Medical First Responder (MFR), WASAR and Mountain Search and Rescue. (PIA RG Alama/IDS Comval Gilbert Cabahug)

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Koronadal LGU pushes promotion of river trekking site by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Koronadal City’s local government unit is setting its eyes on turning what it calls a “hidden treasure” into a major tourist destination. But before opening this natural treasure -- Siok Extreme River Trekking Adventure site -- to the public, it wants to make sure the area is protected and sustained. Augustus Bretana, city environment and natural resources officer, said they are now considering establishing a comprehensive development plan for the river trekking site. He said before the site is opened to Monday, January 2, 2012


nature enthusiasts, adventure tourist and curious public, concrete plan for its development and protection as well as regulations should have been put in place. Social, environmental, peace and order as well as rehabilitation concerns should also be made clear. Other basic information that should be incorporated in the plan, Bretana said, include delineation of land

uses, local protected area, spring resources rehabilitation and protection, and inventory of the flora and fauna in the place. The river trekking adventure site is situated in Sitio Siok, Barangay Mabini, less than ten kilometers from the city center. It features a waterfall and several water cascades against a backdrop of verdant cover. The river’s crystal clear water come

from several natural springs. The location also offers several sites for camping. It was formally introduced to mountaineering and river trekking enthusiasts during the Hinugyaw Festival last year. Those who have experienced the trek described it as comparable to major river trekking sites in other parts of the country.

39 qualify for nursing jobs in Saudi Arabia by Olivia Sudaria COTABATO CITY -- The office Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) based in this city has disclosed that 39 applicants as nurses to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have passed the examination given by a POEA accredited manpower agency.

POEA-ARMM manpower registry officer Abas Paquittal said approximately 200 applied but many did not meet the minimum requirement of three-year experience in tertiary hospitals. Most of the applicants, according to Paquittal, were on 24

the job trainees, volunteers and workers in the rural health units. According to Paquital, on the second week of January, next year, the 39 nurse-applicants will undergo final interview and medical examination by a team

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from the King Fahad Specialist Hospital at Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The nursing applicants will be hired by the said hospital for its adult oncology, pediatric oncology, intensive care unit and operating room departments.

Gardener’s Club ng Lungsod ng Koronadal lumalago KORONADAL CITY – Nagiging maayos na ang takbo ng programang Gardener’s Club na ipinatupad ng pamahalaang panglungsod ng Koronadal base sa konseptong pagtatanim ng mga gulay sa bakuran na isinulong ni Mayor Peter B. Miguel.

Ang nasabing programa na pinangasiwaan ng City Nutrition ay umani ng suporta at magandang reaksiyon mula sa mga residente at ilang mga opisyal ng Department of Agriculture dahil sa kahalagahan ng mga produktong gulay na mula mismo sa mga bakuran ng mga residente. Ayon kay Mayor Miguel, kanyang ipinag-utos ang pagtatag ng Gardener’s Club, dahil isa itong mabuting pamamaraan na makamit ng lungsod ang sapat na dami ng mga gulay na kailangan sa nutrisyon lalo na ng mga kabataang mag-aaral. Layon din umano ng nasabing programa ang mabigyan ng solusyon

ang probema sa malnutrisyon lalo na ng mga pre-schoolers. Ang programa ay lalo pang pinalakas ng magpalabas ang punong ehekutibo ng lokal na pamahalaan ng executive order para sa 27 na mga punong barangay ng Lungsod para suportahan ito sa pamamagitan ng pagtatalaga ng

limang matataas na opisyal ng bawat barangay na mangunguna sa Gardener’s Club ng lungsod. Ang Koronadal City Gardener’s Club ay tumanggap din ng isang kumpletong set ng gardening tools at pinakbet seeds mula kay DA secretary Proceso Alcala. (Ac Agad )

Monday, January 2, 2012


New Year celebration in Caraga Region generally peaceful, PNP says by PSupt. Martin M. Gamba


he New Year celebration in Caraga Region is generally peaceful as Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 has recorded only two minor incidents, resulting to injuries to victims of firecrackers during the New Year’s eve celebration in the region.

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minor injuries on the right hand and on the right finger, respectively due to firecrackers. They were discharged from the hospital right after undergoing medical treatment. Meanwhile, the Office recorded zero incidents on stray bullet and indiscriminate firing. PNP-Caraga Regional Director PCSupt Reynaldo Rafal said this could be attributed to the massive information drive and campaign initiated by the different government agencies on the need to regulate or avoid the use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. CSupt Rafal added that the creation of or-

dinances regarding Firecrackers Display Area and the Firecrackers Zone by Local Government Units also contributed to the desired end result. “In fact, police authorities, in its enforcement effort, confiscated assorted firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices in violation of Republic Act 7183 and specific local law (SP Resolution 769-99) amounting to P9,500,� Rafal said. Also, playing an important role in the decrease of incidents involving indiscriminate firing is the simultaneous sealing and marking of firearm muzzles of PNP personnel of PRO 13 on December 27, 2011, personally supervised by

PCSupt Rafal, to ensure that no member will attempt to use his or her issued firearm as part of merry-making during New Year revelry. On this note, Gen. Rafal is thankful to all those who did their part in making Caraga peaceful during the celebration of New Year, especially the Local Government Units (LGU), the Religious Sectors, the Business Sectors, the Non-Government Organizations, the Community and the Tri-Media. He said their collective and individual efforts immensely contributed to lessen the incidents and injuries, as compared in 2011 New Year celebration. Moreover, Dir. Rafal is commending the entire police force in the region for a job well done, putting aside personal convenience and comfort in exchange for a peaceful, safe and injury-free New Year celebration. (PRO-13)

Monday, January 2, 2012


PNP-Caraga records zero indiscriminate firing incident by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga Regional Office today assured the public that no policeman in the region have fired his or her firearms during the celebration of New Year’s eve. PSSupt David Ombao, PNP-Caraga Directorial Staff and Chief of the Regional Intelligence Division confirmed this during the ceremonial removal of sealed gun muzzles of the PNP personnel held this morning at Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad this city. Supt. Ombao said all police stations in the region reported that no police officer has fired his or her issued firearms during New Year’s eve celebration. 28

This, according to Ombao is an indication that PNP’s campaign towards a peaceful celebration of New Year is successful and police officers region-wide adhered to the directives of PNP top officials. Ombao also said the entire police force is grateful because as of today, only two firecracker-related incidents were recorded and said victims have only incurred minor injuries.

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The official said the low incident rate due to firecrackers is the result of the massive campaigns of concerned government agencies like the PNP and Department of Health (DOH). With this development, Ombao lauded the joint efforts of the public and private stakeholders to make the New Year’s celebration in Caraga Region more peaceful and injury-free.

SMWD opposes miners’ group petition to declare portion of Parang-parang watershed into ‘Minahan ng Bayan’ by FEAbkilan SURIGAO CITY – The Surigao Metropolitan Water District (SMWD) Board of Directors issued recently a resolution opposing the petition of Nagkahiusang Gagmay’ng Minero United Small-Scale Miners (NAGAMI) to declare a mineral land covering an area of 20 hectares located at Barangays Mat-I and Mabini, all in the city into a People’s Small-Scale Mining Area or ‘Minahan ng Bayan.’ In a board resolution dated December 16, 2011, the SMWD, which operates and manages the water system and is tasked to provide efficient, reliable, safe and potable water supply to the entire city, vehemently opposes the petition which was filed by NAGAMI and was published in the local newspaper on December 5-11 for the reason that the proposed tunnel mining and the Parang-parang Watershed is so close and could easily be encroached by tunneling the area within the watershed boundary which contains high grade ore as evidenced in the previous illegal mining activities.

The Parang-parang Watershed, the main source of water supply of the city, has been declared a protected area by virtue of President Proclamation No. 635 signed in August 29, 1990 by former President Corazon C. Aquino. The resolution also stated that “the remaining forest cover of the watershed is endangered as cutting of trees to be used as timber support for tunnel mining, bunkhouses and other needs using wooden materials continues and could not be abated.” “That mining process involves chemicals and other hazardous substances

which will contaminate the environment and will surely affect the quality of our water,” it stated. The resolution further said that “all the effluence, run-off mine and mill waste carrying toxic material will eventually find its course to Surigao River – the future water source of the city.” The board also argued that the city has been experiencing water shortages for long in spite of several reforestation and protection projects implemented in the watershed; thus, they cannot betray their mandate to protect the source of the city’s potable drinking water.

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