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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Blitz

EDITORIAL BOARD Executive Editor ……......... EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor …….........

Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region

Copy Editors ……………….. Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region Nora C. Lanuza Molde, PIA Caraga Region Layout Artists ……………... Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA Caraga Region Richard D. Atillo, PIA Caraga Region Editorial Advisers ……….... ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General Philippine Information Agency

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN)

Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail: efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga)

Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

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Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

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DOST scholarship program: beating poverty, changing lives Franklin P. Gumapon

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Today’s issue...

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012

Vol. 1 No. 142

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Across the Nation:

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Economic managers set to discuss European Union, US crises this week

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Pag-IBIG borrowers may file insurance claims for properties affected by “Sendong” Northern Mindanao

World Vision aids most vulnerable victims of TS ‘Sendong’ in CdeO

Jean Marie Mendez, Northern Mindanao

Flashfloods bring P100M damage in Kapalong

Southern Mindanao

Tagum urges DENR to strengthen implementation of logging ban

Southern Mindanao

RTWPB-12 sets public consultation on wages

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

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Sarangani supports DOH birth spacing campaign

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PAO to distribute palay, corn seeds to Agusan del Norte farmers

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TESDA-Surigao del Sur offers free 3-months training in electronics

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Zambo City celebrates New Year peacefully; lesser firecracker victims

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CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

OCD launches civic welfare volunteers Western Mindanao

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Message What is so important in a new year? It is just the changing of a number. From 2011, it is now 2012. The coming of a new year is celebrated in all cultures and religions. It is the coming of a new age. It is also a reason to hope. Our countrymen, by overwhelming number look at 2012 with hope for a better life and a better Philippines, and rightly they expect so much from our leaders especially our President. 2010 and 2011 were the foundations of this great expectation. From a campaign promise of daang matuwid, the one year and a half of the Aquino Presidency has laid out the plans and programs of good governance. We saw the development and articulation of the Philippine Development Plan. We saw the systematic prosecution and bringing to justice of those who have violated the law. We saw the start of rebuilding and strengthening of the foundations of democracy and our institutions. We saw that public money was prudently spent and policies were cleverly crafted. We saw that this government is truthworthy and its President can be trusted. People saw that and they believe that they can deliver on the change that he promised. These are the reasons for the high hopes and expectations for 2012. As they say, new year is an opportunity for renewal. As we meet 2012 and embrace its promise of a new and better life for all Filipinos, let us look at 2011 and the years before that as foundations into the future. Let us take a stock of the good and trail-blazing projects that we had undertaken. Let us continue to innovate and improve on them and with hard work and with the grace of God Almighty, we will be able to do more. To all the officials and personnel of PIA and our partners, thank you for a fruitful 2011. Your work in improving and saving the lives of others through timely, accurate information has affected the lives of countless Filipinos. To those to whom much was given, much is expected. God has been so kind to us. Let us do more. We pray for wisdom. We pray for strength. We pray for guidance and protection as we perform our daily task with honor, dedication and joy. God bless our country and its people. God bless PIA and the Philippines.

ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General


Cover Story

DOST scholarship program: beating poverty, changing lives

by Franklin P. Gumapon

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n old adage which says “poverty is not a hindrance to success� holds true for this young professional from Lingasad, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte. Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Nestor G. Acala, now 26, never thought he could finish college since his parents were merely tenants of a small corn farm owned by a former employee of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). They barely earned enough to feed 11 children of whom Nestor is the sixth. Nestor’s parents may have failed to provide their children with adequate food, but the pangs of hunger had never toppled the lad’s cerebral powers one whit. He demonstrated ex6

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ceptional intelligence in his class more especially in Mathematics since elementary through college. However, he only ended up salutatorian in his elementary and high school, as he could hardly compete in the extracurricular activities and other projects which required some amount of money. Extra-curricular activities are given 30 percent weight in determining the ranks of honor students in elementary and high school levels. Nestor was found wanting in this aspect. He obtained his elementary education at Lingasad Elementary School and his secondary education from Polanco National High School, all in Polanco town. Nestor also admitted that he would often come to class without meals. “What difference would it be if I stayed home with an empty belly? At least, in school, my head gets filled with knowledge,” he declared. A life changing opportunity came to Nestor when he took and passed the DOST-SEI (Department of Science and Technolo-


gy-Science Education Institute) scholarship examinations under Republic Act (RA) 7687 otherwise known as the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994. This scholarship program is granted to less privileged students but with high aptitude in science and technology. As a DOST scholar, he enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City in 2003, enjoying free tuition fee, book and uniform al-

lowances and a monthly stipend of P2,200. Part of his monthly living allowance was sent to his parents to help provide for the school needs of his siblings. In March 2006, Nestor finished his degree in Mathematics as summa cum laude, the seventh summa cum laude graduate produced by the university. Right on his graduation day, he was asked to sign an employment contract with the university as Mathematics instructor. While teaching at MSU, he also pursued his Master’s degree in Mathematics there which he finished with the Best Thesis award in 2008. Presently, Nestor is enjoying a DOST scholarship for his doctorate degree in Mathematics at the University of Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. A part of his stipend also goes to the schooling of his two siblings and a nephew. DOST offers scholarship grants up to graduate school to deserving Filipino students with high aptitude in science and technology. Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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A recent DOST publication said of Nestor: “He is just one of the many financially burdened but deserving students that DOST, through SEI, has assisted. His story serves as an inspiration to many upcoming DOST scholars to keep on going and pursue their dreams despite all odds.� 8

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Aquino govt approves Anti-corruption Plan

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he Aquino administration approved Tuesday the Good Governance and Anti-corruption (GGAC) Plan for 2012-2016 aimed at simplifying and integrating government database to fight graft and corruption. Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Tuesday’s meeting in Malacanang is the second meeting of the Cabinet Cluster on Good Governance and Anti-corruption chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Budget Secretary Butch Abad presented the GGAC cluster plan to the Cabinet Tuesday and following a two-hour deliberation the proposal was approved without objection. According to Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda the components of the cluster plan address problems of graft and corruption by timely analysis and reporting of government data. “It also aims to harness a stable society as a partner in these efforts for better and detailed explanations,” Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday. Also during the same press briefing, Abad said the objective of the 10

good governance and anti-corruption cluster is to fight corruption and ensure that public services are given to the people. The government also expects the business and economic environment to improve once the measure is in place. The administration is pursuing three initiatives through the plan: transparency, accountability and citizen engagement, Abad explained. “Pursuing transparency, accountability and citizens engagements requires us to also look into the necessary legislation and policy that need to be reviewed and strengthened. And then promote the digitization and innovations in governments operations. And finally, undertake an aggressive advocacy and communication campaign,” he said. To ensure transparency in government transactions, the anti-

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corruption plan calls for mandatory disclosure of budget information of agencies and local government units (LGUs), Abad said. The government is also expanding the operations of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System to promote transparency, he said. At the same time, Abad said that as a punitive action, the government will work for speedy resolution of different cases particularly those about graft and corruption. It targets to improve the annual case resolution rate of the Department of Justice (DOJ) from its present level to about 85 percent. The Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) output will also be increased, Abad said adding the government is also strengthening its single portal for government information. (AS)


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Aquino III’s economic managers are meeting this week to map out a government plan in case economic developments in Europe and the United States worsen. In a press conference in Malacanang on Tuesday, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that the economic team will be discussing possible additional measures that the government can take as a response to the developments in Europe and the US. “There’s going to be an economic managers’ meeting this week. And one of them is really to look into the direction of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe, as well as the fiscal crisis in the US and possibly to what the extent

the recovery has happened in the supply chain in Japan,” Abad said when asked about the government action on the global economic situation. The Philippines will also consider opportunities available in Asia, Abad said. “In the emerging markets, there seems to be more activity that’s going on that creates potentials for investments and trade. So that’s really the general area that we will cover in the meeting.” Among these emerging markets in the Asian region

include India and Indonesia, he said. But at the same time, Abad said he believes the biggest opportunity will be the domestic expansion of both public and private consumption given the slack that needs to be filled. “So we will be focused more on the increased domestic consumption, but without overlooking the opportunities outside,” he said. (AS)

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Swiss Emergency Relief team completes its mission to assist the victims of TS ‘Sendong’

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he Swiss emergency team, which has assisted in the relief efforts in cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan in the wake of tropical storm ‘Sendong’ since December 22 will complete its mission on January 05.

The team, composed of six (6) members, supported the local officials in the re-establishment of the water supply for the city of Cagayan de Oro and for the evacuation centers in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. The total amount of assistance provided by the Swiss government amounted to Php15 Million. In the wake of the tragic devastation afflicted by TS

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‘Sendong’ (Washi) on Eastern and Northern Mindanao and Negros Oriental in mid-December, the Swiss Government, in support of the national and international relief efforts, immediately dispatched a team of four (4) water and sanitation experts and two (2) logistics experts from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit to the most affected areas in Northern Mindanao.


After two (2) weeks of targeted activities in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, the team will return to Switzerland on January 05, this year. “The Swiss emergency team has shown tremendous skills and dedication in its efforts to relieve the suffering of the afflicted population,� said Ambassador Ivo Sieber at a press briefing in Cagayan de Oro. Sieber said their contribution to provide clean water and to assure water supply in various evacuation centers will make a difference in the lives of many. He also commended the cooperation with and the support offered by the national and local Philippine authorities, the Philippine Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as well as that of NGOs and the

private sector, in particular HOLCOM and Nestle. Team leader Claudio Valsangiacomo confirmed that the delivery of materials and the provision of training will assure a continued supply of clean water to a large number of temporarily displaced and otherwise affected. The assistance provided by the Swiss emergency team comprises of: the installation of 12 water tanks in different evacuation centers both in Cagayan de Oro and in Iligan, as well as in the Provincial Hospital in Cagayan de Oro; The delivery of a complete facility for water analysis (laboratory) and the training of local professionals of the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD); The training of chlorination of

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water truck drivers of COWD and the Cagayan de Oro Fire Department; The assistance to the COWD during rehabilitation of production wells damaged by the flood; and The undertaking on January 3-4 of a cleaning exercise in lower Balulang (Angella) with the active involvement of the local community and in collaboration with HOLCIM. The assistance offered by the Swiss Government to the flood victims of Sendong as cash and in-kind technical contribution amounts to a total Swiss Francs 300,000 (approximately Php15 Million). Over the past 10 years, the Swiss

government has assisted the Philippines to respond to the effects of numerous natural disasters with a total support of more than Php90 million.

Pag-IBIG borrowers may file insurance claims for properties affected by “Sendong” CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is also Chairman of the Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees, declared in his recent visit to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan that Pag-IBIG housing loan borrowers whose mortgaged properties were structurally damaged or affected by typhoon “Sendong” may claim insurance on their properties.

Affected members are advised to file their claim for fire and allied perils insurance at the nearest PagIBIG Fund Branch office, according to Pag-IBIG CEO Darlene Berberabe. Pag IBIG will assist its members claim from the insurance companies that insured their property, Berberabe added. Insurance claims are subject to the terms and conditions of the insurance company and shall be processed upon the submission of all 14

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required documents. Requirements include: application of insurance, sworn statement of formal claim, non-waiver of agreement, cost of damages, bill of materials, and, in case of total loss of property, a statement signed by architect or engineer. The forms for the first three requirements may be requested from the branch or operating unit where the loan was made, or may be downloaded from the Pag-IBIG Fund website at


www.pagibigfund. gov.ph. The cost of damages and bill of materials may be prepared by a licensed engineer or architect. As part of the requirements, affected borrowers are advised to submit photographs of the housing units showing the portion with structural damages. In case of partial damage, net insurance proceeds amounting to less than or equal to P50,000 shall be subject to one-time release. Amounts in excess of P50,000 shall be subject to inspection and assessment of the Fund. For more information, borrowers may visit the Pag-IBIG Cagayan de

Oro Branch located at J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City or call telephone numbers (08822) 722800, 726348; (088)856-1860(61). Likewise, can coordinate with the Iligan Branch with office located at Gimeno Building IV, Tubod Highway, Iligan City. Pag-IBIG Iligan may be reached at (063) 2212263, 221-3199 or 221-0123.

World Vision aids most vulnerable victims of TS ‘Sendong’ in CdeO by Jean Marie Mendez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – World Vision Philippines conducted its first Child Friendly Space Intervention (CFS) in evacuations centers in Cagayan de Oro affected by tropical storm ‘Sendong.’ CFS, a five day activity helping children who were victims of Sendong to cope up their situation, offer children a safe place to play and the support they need to deal with grief and loss.

The centers are available to all children in a community, regardless of how they have been affected by the disaster or displacement. Child-Friendly Spaces provide things like: Fun activities such Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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as games, sports, singing, drama and puppet-making; Informal learning opportunities in reading, basic hygiene and life lessons; A chance for children to express their feelings of fear and loss through creative play, stories and group interactions; Distribution of things like lunch boxes, water bottles, books and drawing equipment to supplement the basic survival items World Vision distributes to families; Help to reunite separated children with their families; Protection and referrals for orphans, abused children or disabled children (children are referred to specialized services whenever possible); and A chance for parents to go about their daily activities without worrying about their children’s safety. After emergencies, children can be injured from playing in collapsed buildings and houses. Erber Fe S. Tirado, World Vision Philippines Program officer, cited World Vision protects and cares for the most vulnerable victims of 16

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disasters by establishing ChildFriendly Spaces in affected communities. The said activity in Cagayan de Oro gives at least 200 children the opportunity to interact with other children and play and provide them the venue to express their emotion through sketching. During its culmination activity held in the evacuation area at the Macasandig tennis court, World Vision featured two (2) of its Ambassadors for Children, Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos to lighten up the event and entertain the children. Sam Concepcion said he wants to give happiness and hope to the children despite their situation. He read a story to give joy and hope to these children. After which the World Vision team gives small gifts coming from the donation of different sectors. “Such a place can help them begin to return to a bit more of a normal life and start the process of recovering from what has happened to them� said Tirado.


Zero casualty in Davao’s New Year revelry

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by Carina Cayon avaoeños celebrated Christmas and welcomed the year 2012 peacefully, marking zero incidence of firecracker casualties in the city. However, the local government here reported the apprehensions of 91 violators of the firecracker ban that the city has been enforcing for nine years. Davao City Public Safety Command Center head Engr. Jaime Adalin said that 49 of the violators were minors. Adalin told the media here in today’s Kapihan sa Dabaw that most of the violators came from the areas of Sta. Ana, Talomo, Marfori Heights in Bajada, Toril and Sasa. He said though that the city government is awaiting the complete reports from the police. Davao City was the first in the country to impose the banning of firecrackers under its City Ordinance on Firecrackers or the City Ordinance No. 060-02, Series of

2002. The Ordinance bans the trade and transport, and exploding of firecrackers in the entire city. Other local government units have since replicated said regulation. Both City Mayor Sara Duterte and Vice-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte strongly warned the public to strictly follow the Ordinance, and put in place a reward system for those who can report incidence and violators to the authorities. Meanwhile, Adalin also reported a decline in the number of traffic violators in 2011, saying that drivers have become more disciplined. “Even without the traffic enforcers, drivers have learned to follow the traffic rules,” he said. He said around 13,000 drivers were apprehended last year for violating traffic regulations mostly involving cases on obstruction, illegal parking and swerving. He added that authorities recorded an average of 30 violators per day. Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Flashfloods bring P100M damage in Kapalong

KAPALONG, Davao del Norte – The heavy rainfall that hit this town on December 27 last year caused severe flashfloods and damaged over P10 million-worth of properties and agricultural products. Almost all the barangays in Kapalong including those not identified as flood-prone areas were partly flooded which caused destruction to properties, roads, 18

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communal facilities, crops, fish ponds and live stocks. Some 35 houses and a church were reportedly destroyed and washed out by the flood current. The total damage reached to P106,791,956. There were areas which never experienced such flooding but were swamped with water for the first time. The Local Disaster Risk


Reduction and Management Council headed by its chair, Mayor Edgardo L. Timbol immediately mobilized the Quick Response Team to carry out their respective tasks and responsibilities. Maniki Central Elementary School mini gym temporarily housed some 573 families mostly residing along the river banks of Barangay Maniki. The Maniki barangay council headed by captain Ma. Theresa R. Timbol and the municipal local government provided food assistance to the victims. Based on the barangay damage and needs assessment analysis, the body recommended to the Sangguniang Bayan thru Vice Mayor Romy C. Estrada for the declaration of state of calamity which was subsequently enacted on December 28 thru a special session. The declaration of the state of calamity would already allow the local government to use its calamity fund to address the needs of the victims and to rehabilitate the damaged government structures and roads. At 1:30 PM on December 28, the water level was already stable and the flooded barangay roads were already passable. The evacuees went back to their respective homes. The LDRRMC rehabilitation committee continued their relief operation in all the affected barangays.

“We are still thankful because not a single casualty happened,� Mayor Timbol said, extending gratitude to the PDRRMC thru Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario, the coastguards, 911 Davao, the Philippine Army 60 Infantry Brigade and 103 brigade. The mayor also thanked Army Reserve Command (ARESCOM), the Bureau of Fire and Protection, Philippine National Police and other functionaries for the monitoring and rescue operation. Amid the recent tragedy, Timbol was hoping that the flood victims living in the river banks would now realize the necessity of relocating themselves as the local government has already provided a resettlement site for them. Over 50 families have now settled at the Montegardo Village in Sitio Ilaboon of Brgy. Maniki. But, despite the calamity that struck the municipality, Mayor Timbol still took time to extend support to the flood victims in Cagayan de Oro City. On December 29, a forward truck loaded with sacks of rice, sardines and used clothings donated by the municipal employees was sent to the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Cagayan. Timbol said that same assistance will also be given to Iligan victims. (MIO-Kapalong/CJ)

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Tagum urges DENR to strengthen implementation of logging ban the DENR hierarchy to “clear their men” Uy expressing that while he is impressed by the efforts of the department to curb illegal logging, he is certain that there are few men from DENR who are involved in this illegal practice. Meanwhile, the delivered logs mostly of Lauan - will be utilized to fabricate school chairs which he hope could be distributed to all schools in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley Provinces, respectively. TAGUM City Davao del Norte As of press time, 14, 435 pieces Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy urged of school furniture were already disthe Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force tributed to different schools in Davao of the Department of Environment Region and some 4,000 pieces are and Natural Resources Office to already in place at the Tagum City strengthen the implementation of Motor Pool ready for distribution this January 2012. logging ban, following the deliv A total of 3,000 chairs can be ery of almost 200 logs to the City Government of Tagum confiscated produced out from the newly confiscated hot logs, according to Mayor Uy, in Loreto, Agusan del Sur last Deended. (Tagum CIO) cember 30, 2011. The local chief executive said this means there are still illegal loggers operating in the mountains, defying President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Executive Order No. 23 which orders a total log ban in the entire country. Mayor Uy further stressed that the teeth of law should be properly implemented both in the sources of the logs as well as providing personnel in the roads where hot logs are being transported. In a press conference last November 8, 2011, Mayor Uy challenged

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Dolefil Caravan of Hope visit northern Mindanao to give relief goods by Gwyn Ebol & CT Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Almost 5,000 families were given a ray of hope this holiday season by “Dolefil Caravan of Hope,” which visited both the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Valencia in Bukidnon.

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Dolefil’s Caravan of Hope left Dolefil Gym for the second wave of relief operations Friday (Dec 30), carrying with them all the hopes aspired by Dolefil employees for the victims of Tropical storm Sendong in northern part of Mindanao. During the first wave of relief operations, 45 volunteers consisted of members of the Dolefil Kaugnay, Dolefil Mountaineering Club, as well

Oro City. Soon after, three tenwheeler trucks followed suit, carrying a P4.5 million worth of relief goods. The trucks were loaded with Dole canned pineapple products, rice, noodles, other canned food items, plastic mats, blankets/quilts, and boxes of bottled water distributed to at least 3,120 family-beneficiaries. The volunteers them-

as the company’s partner cooperatives, left aboard three commuter vans en route to a tenhour trip to Cagayan de

selves distributed the relief goods to various evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City, bringing smiles to fami-

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lies left homeless by tropical storm Sendong. In Valencia City, aids amounting to P1.2 million were also extended by the company to families identified hard-hit by the storm. In a statement, Dolefil Human Resources division director Atty. Melquiades Hernandez III, said “it was heartwarming to note the outpouring of support from Dolefil employees, unions, cooperatives and other business partners who unselfishly shared their blessings for the benefit of the typhoon victims just in time for the Holidays.” According to Hernandez, Dolefil employees have collectively raised over P1 million, which was used to purchase basic necessities such as rice and water to benefit thousands of homeless families in the area. Hernandez said the act was not only part of Dolefil’s corporate social responsibility but as an individual act of kindness and in solidarity with the Filipino people “in this season of love and sharing.”


RTWPB-12 sets public consultation on wages by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Despite the absence of a petition for a review of wage rates, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-12) will again hold a public consultation on the possibility of a wage adjustment this year.

These public consultations will also discuss the new two-tiered wage system being pushed by the Department of Labor and Employment. DOLE 12 Regional Director Atty. Ma. Gloria Tango said, in the department’s last meeting in third week of December, has tentatively scheduled the public discussion on January 25 and 26 in General Santos City and Kidapawan City in North Cotabato. Invited to the consultation are representatives of the employees and management groups, as well as other sectors that have stakes on the issue. RTWPB 12 has already received the latest economic data from the National Economic De-

velopment Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics of the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Energy, Tango said. Tango said the board

needs to consult with the stakeholders on the necessity of revising the existing wage order. “After the public consultations the board will meet to determine whether a wage hike is already necessary,” she said. RTWPB-12 Secretary Jessie dela Cruz said the scheduled public consultation is subject to the availability of resource persons from the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) they invited to present the two-tiered wage system being pushed by DOLE. The two-tiered wage system consists of a mandatory regional wage floor and a productivity or performancebased wage scheme.

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The wage floor shall be the lowest wage in the region; this should be required of all employers in the private sector. The second part of the scheme, a pay scheme given to workers based on productivity, shall be implemented on voluntary basis. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz believes this new scheme will encourage workers to be more productive. Wage Order XII No. 16 that set the present wage rate in Soccsksar-

gen, which includes the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Kidapawan City and the cities of Cotabato, Kidapawan, Tacurong, Koronadal and General Santos, became effective on October 31, 2010. It provided for a P15 increase in the cost of living allowance (COLA) of employees in the private sector; the COLA was granted in two tranches: P10 on the date the order became effective and additional P5 starting April 1, 2011.

Daily wage in the region stands at P260 for non-agriculture workers, P240 for plantation workers, P235 for nonplantation agriculture workers, P240 for retail/ service establishments employing not more than 10 workers, and P234 for retail/service establishments employing less than 10 people. Wage Order XII No. 16’s prescriptive period expired last October 31, but dela Cruz said, they have not yet received any petition requesting for its review.

Sarangani supports DOH birth spacing campaign by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The local government of Sarangani supports the Department of Health (DOH) campaign on family planning which promotes proper birth spacing of three to five years. With a theme “3-5 Taong Agwat, Dapat!,” the campaign aims to educate parents about the importance of waiting for three to five years before having their next child. 24

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with the rural health units, conducted health events promoting healthy birth spacing to communities in the towns of Alabel and Kiamba recently. It was attended by


around 400 individuals, mothers and fathers, and are beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). “A mother is able to recover from the previous birth and gets more time to spend with her child. With time, attention, and proper care, the child’s development, especially in the crucial first five years of life, is closely monitored,” said Kiamba Sangguniang Bayan member and Committee on Health chair Florentino Aquino. “Children learn quickly when they feel loved and secure from birth and when they play and interact with family members and other people close to them. The more often mothers, fathers and other caregivers play with, talk to and respond to the child, the faster she or he learns,” Aquino added. World Health Organization (WHO) in global technical discussions cited numerous studies linking short birth spac-

ing with poor health outcomes like maternal and newborn morbidity and deaths, premature births, low birth weight, and child stunting. In a recent survey, the Social Weather Station (SWS) reported that 73 percent of respondents agreed that the government should provide information on all methods of modern family planning. In the Philippines, women on the average give birth a little over two years after a previous delivery. About 55 percent of women give birth too soon after a preceding birth.

“Relevant information is crucial to help couples make a decision for their family’s future,” Dr. Yasaña said. “The DOH is mandated to provide information about the benefits of birth spacing so that parents can make an informed, voluntary decision about how they will plan their family,” he explained. In Sarangani, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has been conducting health classes and health events in municipalities which highlight important messages on family planning, maternal and child health care, and nutrition. “We encourage local leaders and health service providers to step up the conduct of health events and classes to deliver important messages to more Filipino men and women,” Dr. Yasaña said. The PHO also underscored the important role of media in spreading the reach of health messages to a wider population particularly those in the geographically isolated areas.

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DSWD inaugurates 25 core shelter units in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte by Leah G. Quintana

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he Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga Office and the local government unit (LGU) of Magallanes, Agusan del Norte inaugurated 25 units of core shelter built in Barangay Caloc-an in December 2011.

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These core shelter units are built through DSWD’s Core Shelter Assistance Program or CSAP. The project aims to reduce the number of homeless families every year by providing a structurally strong indigenous shelter which can withstand approximately 180-220 kph wind velocity, earthquake of moderate intensity and other similar hazards. It also maximizes participation and draw commitment of the beneficiaries and the whole neighborhood to make the shelter unit livable and to maintain structurally strong housing standards. Further, the project develops and promotes the value of self-reliance among the beneficiaries and the community. The beneficiaries of CSAP are organized into

Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance (NASA), which promotes collective action in realizing the goals of the project. The association also addresses the vulnerabilities of the community while empowering beneficiaries to make the core shelter livable and more sustainable. Magallanes Mayor Demosthenes H. Arabaca enjoined the 25 family beneficiaries to take care of the new houses saying, “Since you deserve this core shelter project, you take care of these houses just as you take care of yourselves.” The 25 families who benefited the project come from low-lying areas in some barangays of Magallanes that are easily flooded. Each family beneficiary received

P 70,000.00 for the materials from DSWD while the local government of Magallanes provided the lot where the houses now stand. The LGU also provided for the labor cost. Bukas Neighborhood Association (BANASA) president Edwin Anida was all smiles while thanking the DSWD and LGU for this project. “Mapasalamaton kami sa nagpasiugda aning proyekto kay inyong kaming gihatagan og bag-ong kapuy-an,” Anida said. (We are thankful to the initiators of this project for giving us our new home). DSWD Regional Director Mercedita P. Jabagat graced the occasion together with Mrs. Angelita Amista, Chief, Operations Division of DSWD Caraga, the municipal legislators headed by Vice Mayor Margarito Auguis, Ms. Miriam Pagaran, representative of Congresswoman Ma. Angelica Rosedell AmanteMatba. Fr. Silverio Relova blessed the new shelter units. (DSWD-13)

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PAO to distribute palay, corn seeds to Agusan del Norte farmers by Robert E. Roperos BUTUAN CITY – Due to the low production of corn in 2011, the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) of Agusan del Norte is set to distribute hybrid palay and corn seeds to farmers in the province.

According to PAO chief Maria Abastillas, this move is to help the farmers in the province to increase their rice and corn production this year. Abastillas also said this will help the farmers increase their income, especially if the province will experience good weather compared to the previous year. The PAO chief said some 86 bags of hybrid 28

rice and 138 bags of corn seeds are set to be distributed to ensure that farmers will have an early harvest. In an earlier interview, the official said they were not able to achieve their target of planting 4,710 hectares of corn, and instead, they were only able to plant some 4,574.5 hectares due to the series of flooding experienced by the prov-

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ince in 2011. Abastillas also said that out of the 4,710 hectares planted, only 3,467.8 hectares of which were successfully harvested. The official said the distribution of the aid hybrid palay and corn seeds are part of the program of the provincial government on farming and agriculture development.


TESDA-Surigao del Sur offers free 3-months training in electronics by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) provincial office in Surigao del Sur is offering free three-months training in electronics.

According to TESDA Provincial Director Rey Cueva, the said training is in partnership with Tandag City Mayor Alexander “AYEC” Pimentel through the Access for Youth and Employment Center (AYEC) program. The undertaking is also supported by Surigao del Sur Governor

Johnny Pimentel with the Jobs through TechVoc Program (JTP), and the office of Congressman Philip Pichay. Meanwhile, Allan Millan, Supervising Technical Education and Skills Development Specialist said classes will start on January 12, 2012. Accordingly, quali-

fied enrollees are should be at least a high school graduate and must be 18 to 45 years old. Interested applicants may bring a high school diploma, birth certificate, 3 pcs. of 1 X 1 ID picture with white background, at TESDA Provincial Office, this city.

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WESCOM marks AFP anniversary with humanitarian mission

ISABELA CITY – As it marks the 76th founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Western Command (WESCOM) conducted a humanitarian mission at Sitio Tagkawayan, Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa City to further affirm its commitment not only as guardian of the people but as a strong partner in development as well. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP reported that WESCOM gave free basic health, social and other services to the residents of the said village, giving foremost attention to the needs of the Indigenous People (IP) of the community. Besides giving basic medical checkup and dental services, the humanitarian team of soldiers also offered free circumcision and haircut. A supplemental feeding program was also conducted to ensure that the patients waiting to avail the services offered in the community outreach project would be properly nourished. The 570th Composite Tactical Wing (CTW) sent a medical and a dental team while another dental team was provided by the Naval Forces West (NFW). Two other medical teams were provided by the Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital (CGARSH). At least 300 resi

dents of the village benefited from the medical and dental outreach program while a minor surgery has been performed free on one of the patients. The AFP celebrates its founding anniversary on December 21. The humanitarian mission, held to commemorate the founding anniversary of the military reflected the encompassing role that the armed forces play: from being safe-keepers of peace and security to active players in bringing government services to promote the general welfare of the public, especially since it has started implementing the Internal Peace and

Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan at the beginning of the year. With IPSP Bayanihan as the guideline for its action plans, the military has shifted its efforts in fighting insurgency and other internal security threats by addressing the root causes of these problems. It has tied-up with different government agencies, civil organizations and private groups to bring developmental projects and programs particularly to the far-flung and impoverished areas with the belief that peace and progress can be attained though the concerted efforts of all stakeholders. (6CRGAFP/ALT/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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Zambo City celebrates New Year peacefully; lesser firecracker victims by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city greeted 2012 in a good note, celebrating the New Year peacefully, City Police Chief Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo said. Col. De Ocampo said the security measures they implemented during the Christmas Holidays were effective, thus the successful New Year revelry. He said the deployment of police personnel in the different areas in the city prevented lawless elements from carrying out their plans. De Ocampo also lauded the city police force for adhering to the “No firing of guns” policy. “No one violated the “no firing of guns” policy during the revelry. All the taped gun muzzles were intact during the formation yesterday 32

at the Central Police Station”, De Ocampo said. However, police said a one-year old boy was hit by a stray bullet during New Year’s Eve. The victim was identified as Husain Ismael y Jaulana from Campo Islam, Barangay Rio Hondo. The incident happened at about 11:30 pm. The victim is now safe and is recuperating in a local hospital. In related news, the Zamboanga City Medical Center registered 30 injured persons due to firecracker and one stray bullet victim from December 21 to present, ZCMC Infection Control Nurse Dina

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Amazona sai The figure is lower than last year’s 39. However, their figure is based on those who went to the hospitals for treatment. She said there may be more victims. ZCMC will continue to monitor firecrackerrelated incidents until January 5. Amazona said they will also monitor tetanus infection cases until the 21st, taking into consideration those who might have been injured by firecrackers but refused to be treated in the hospitals. (ALT/MVC/ PIA9-ZBST)


OCD launches civic welfare volunteers ISABELA CITY – The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) launched its pilot program of the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC), a group of volunteers whose members may be tapped for civic welfare activities especially in times of calamities and disasters, in the city of Puerto Princesa and the province of Palawan. The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP reported that NSRC Chief BGEN Juanito W. Dalmas AFP visited Puerto Princesa City last month to organize the civic welfare groups in the communities and university chosen for the pilot launch of the program. The Palawan State University (PSU) was selected by the OCD as the first school-based NSRC group outside the National Capital Region (NCR) while Puerto Princesa City was chosen as the first urban community-based

group. The municipality of Narra was also picked as the first rural community-based group. The NSRC groups in the aforementioned communities were organized as proactive measures in disaster response as well as in disaster risk reduction and environmental protection. Under Section 11 of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2011, the creation of a National Service Reserve Corps was mandated to be composed of graduates of the non-Reserve Officer

Training Corps (ROTC) component of the NSTP. NSTP is a program aimed at enhancing civic consciousness and defense preparedness in the youth by developing the ethics of service and patriotism among them while undergoing training in any of its components (ROTC, Literacy Service Training and Civic Welfare Training Service) which are designed to enhance their active contribution to the general welfare of the community. (6CRGAFP/ALT/RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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