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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

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

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) 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

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

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) 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

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

Associate Editors ……....... NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Regional Desk Editors …...

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

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) 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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Director-General Philippine Information Agency

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office

Cover Story

Babasa, an agent for change and development

Bernadine Astillero-Gabawan, Claro A. Lanipa

Western Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

Vol. 1 No. 144

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Aquino approves Palace draft of Freedom of Information Bill

Continue and step up anti-crime efforts, Ochoa exhorts PNP amid lower crime rate

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CDRRMO GenSan prefers pro-active measure CT Apelacio, Central Mindanao

PNP-12 wages war against human trafficking

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Central Mindanao

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Noel B. Najarro, Caraga Region

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Regional Police reports a “gun-free” yuletide

Peace and dev’t key to start for better Surigao Sur this year, prov’l official says

Greg Tataro, Jr., Caraga Region

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Mindanao journalists rally behind ARMM Gov’s drive vs. illegal logging

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GSIS paid Php50-B in Claims and Benefits in 2011

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NIA denies burst dam caused floods

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Socio-Economic Planning Secretary pushes for SAP after TS ‘Sendong’

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Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

Peleta B. Abejo, Northern Mindanao

Sta. Cruz DavSur on stand-by alert vs. Low Pressure Area Carina Cayon , Southern Mindanao


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 Babasa, an agent for change and development by Bernadine Astillero-Gabawan, Claro A. Lanipa

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ll of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.

-John Kenneth Galbraith

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Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa, Jr.’s life experiences as a banker and a manager have contributed to his success in leading the people of the Municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur. His heart for the people urged him to render his service and utilize his management and social skills to improve the Municipality and to realize its goals and dreams. He has served as an active member and officer in various civic and professional organizations, making him versatile in terms of leadership. He has shown dedication, professionalism and excellence in dealing with his responsibilities as the Municipal Mayor of Bayog. He has strong interpersonal relationship with his co-officials, subordinates and constituents, making him a good example for peace, unity, change and development. When ask about his favorite line he says, “When it rains, it pours.” On January 2, 2011, the first working day of this calendar year, he seems so enthusiastic that this year would be another good year for the Municipality of Bayog as he discloses his plans. If we will look back what is Bayog before, nothing much differs except for having a leader whose quality is exceptional. 6

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Governance Mayor Babasa’s style of governance is anchored on the principle of PTA (Participatory, Transparency and Accountability). It conducted department heads meeting every Monday in his office for instructions and to be updated with each department’s performance and also to promote morale, efficiency, integrity, responsiveness, and courtesy in the civil service thereby institutionalizing a harmonious working environment. R e cently, he declared every Wednesday as Employees’ Day wherein officials and employees will have an opportunity to personally air their personal or official requests, suggestions, comments, complaints, and grievances. In order to help the government in achieving the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the municipality of Bayog also rolled-out its own plan in achieving these goals by forming various MDG Teams and rolled-down to the Barangays by helping them formulate their respective MDG Plans and Programs. According to Mayor Babasa, a participative planning will be more attainable with the involvement of the people in the barangays because they know more on the utmost concerns in their respective places. To be more transparent, BaThursday, January 5, 2012

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basa maintains a website where monthly performance reports of the each department are posted. He also established ABANTE BAYOG! Newsletter, which comes out every month where you can read all events in the municipality. Recently, Bayog bags DILG’s “Seal of Good Housekeeping Award”. Mayor Babasa received it last December 20, 2011 in a simple ceremony held at the town’s seat of government from the DILG Regional Director Paizal O. Abutazil in behalf of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. The “SEAL OF GOOD HOUSEKEEPING” is an award for passing the standard of good governance set by the DILG, compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy, no adverse findings from the Commission on Audit, and how the municipal officials run the LGU in various aspects of governance. With this award, Bayog got P1million Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) which was handed over to Mayor Babasa during the same occasion. LGU- Bayog is slated to receive another P1M share from the Local Government Support Fund. These funds shall be used to repair/rehabilitate our evacuation center. 8

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Zuellig Family Foundation Award Meanwhile, LGU Bayog will receive from the Zuellig Family Foundation through Jollibee Foundation a feeding program for 200 malnourished children from 5 barangays which will run for three years. The foundation also pledge to equip our six (6) barangay health stations with various medical equipments and other health facilities in order to fully serve our constituents plus the construction of a halfway house which will cost about Php600,000 that will serve as a temporary shelter for expectant mothers and family waiting for delivery. These aids from the foundations will be a great help in attaining Mayor Babasa’s goals for the social services that he wishes to provide for his constituents. Makati Sisterhood On the other hand, Mayor Babasa joined Hon. Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr., Mayor of the City of Makati in signing an agreement marking the establishment of a twinning relationship between the Municipality of Bayog and the City of Makati last November 23, 2011 at the 22nd Floor, Makati City Hall, Makati City. Bayog is now a sister municipality of Makati City together with Thursday, January 5, 2012

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ten other municipalities from other provinces of the country, Bato, Catanduanes; Cuartero, Capiz; Hinunangan, Leyte; Gen. Nakar, Quezon; San Jorge, Samar; Sta. Cruz, Marinduque; Tadian, Mt. Province; Talisay, Camarines Norte; Tolosa, Leyte; and Virac, Catanduianes. These municipalities share the same objective with the City of Makati in creating an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened. They have the common desire to strengthen friendship, mutual understanding through exchanges in science and technology, culture and arts, tourism, planning and urban development, commerce/trade and industry, education, sports and environmental development.

Program held at the 3 clustered barangay areas. It is one way of bringing the health services nearer to the people, aside from free dental and medical consultations; people also availed free medicines and vitamins. In 2010, there were more or less 400 PhilHealth registered members in the municipality from a budget of Php300, 000. In 2011, the budget was increased to Php800, 000 for a membership of 2,611. Since Mayor Babasa’s goal is to widen the coverage of its membership so that poor/indigent families can avail the health services of the government with lesser burdens and become health conscious, this year, he set aside P1M for a membership target of 5,000 households including those subsidized by the Social and Health Services national government. Last year, there were three Last October, 2011, twenty major Medical and Dental Outreach six (26) local churches of Iglesia ni Cristo from the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay joined hands for a grand Tree Planting Activity. More than 1,000 INC members came to plant the six hectares span of the park with 3,000 seedlings of rubber trees planted. In the park, you will see the vermi production that produces organic fertilizer used to fertilize the plants so that the municipality will 10

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no longer buy in-organic fertilizers. There is also a function hall that is very conducive and appropriate venue for trainings and seminars. Plans for Implementation Mayor Babasa plans to construct 28 cottages in the park through the aid from the 28 barangays that will serve as their temporary house during seminars/ trainings. These cottages can also be used during Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Jamboree and other related activities. The park also serve as a show window of the projects of the barangays. Each barangay has their own place for production of cas-

sava, abaca, and other agricultural products. There will also be a cutflower production farm to be handled by the women organization as their alternative source of livelihood. There will be a production of organic fertilizers out of residual waste of the municipality since Bayog had already practice the proper waste management with the slogan: “BASURA ATRAS, BAYOG ABANTE SA SERBISYO OG ASENSO” (BABASA). “We will basically have zero waste”, Babasa said. “We are just waiting for the plastic shredder that is due for delivery from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to turn this plastic waste into raw Thursday, January 5, 2012

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materials in producing concrete pavers and other concrete products. Recyclable waste will be sold to the junk stores”, he further said. These are just some of the plans of the Mayor Babasa. He said, he is just waiting for the rain to pour down so as to enrich the municipality with more blessings under his governance with our Almighty to realize his goals and dreams for the benefit of his constituents. Agro-Tourism Park Another feature during Ba12

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basa’s term is the development of Glupa Gulian Agro-Tourism Park located at Sitio Quibranza, Barangay Kahayagan. It earns attraction from the local tourists where they never miss to visit the place once they come to Bayog. Several tree planting activities were held during 2011, with the goal to achieve Mayor Babasa’s Reforestation Program. He said, aside from keeping our environment as it is before, the municipality will also earn out of this rubber trees soon.


Palace defends economic achievements from criticisms

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alaca単ang expects to post significant growth in the agriculture sector given the increased budget allotted to the Department of Agriculture this year, which is expected to uplift the national economy as Thursday, January 5, 2012

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In a press conference on Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda fended off criticisms that say the country will not experience much economic growth this year due to weak government policies. Lacierda said the country posted increased agricultural production despite the storms and calamities that hit the Philippines last year. “Agricultural productivity is growth, is real and equitable growth. So many people would be benefited from increased agricultural productivity,” he said in response to comments claiming that the government hasn’t produced more jobs. “This is growth for the farmers; agricultural productivity will benefit a great

number of our people,” he stressed. With a bigger budget this year, the DA said it would vigorously pursue initiatives that will ensure sufficiency in major staples by 2013 that include rice, white corn, cassava, and other basic commodities. In his 2011 year-end report, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said a big chunk of the DA’s 2012 budget of P61.73 billion will be spent to implement the Food Staples Sufficiency Program (FSSP), which is the centerpiece program of the Aquino administration. The program intends to frontload investments, particularly on infrastructure such as irrigation, farm-to-market roads, and postharvest facili-

ties, Alcala said. With an allocation of P24.5 billion for 2012 for irrigation, Secretary Alcala said the DA will construct new irrigation systems, and restore and rehabilitate existing ones that service a total of 224,850 hectares of farm lands nationwide. For postharvest and other infrastructures, the DA has alloted P11.28 billion. This will be spent to construct drying, storage, and processing facilities, storage and milling equipment, including dairy equipment and machineries. The DA said it would also construct major agrifishery trading centers in many areas throughout the country. (AS)

Aquino approves Palace draft of Freedom of Information Bill

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III green lighted the Palace proposal on the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill pending in Congress, which calls for the mandatory disclosure of government information to ensure enhanced transparency in government transactions. 14

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The President met Wednesday morning with Secretaries Florencio Abad, Rene Almendras, Ricky Carandang, Edwin Lacierda and Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III to discuss the details of the Freedom of Information Bill. Quezon, who shepherded the FOI bill in the Executive branch, said in a press conference in Malacanang on Wednesday that they conducted discussions with various stakeholders for several months regarding the bill based on the instructions of the President. He said they presented the results of the consultations and studies to the President during Wednesday’s meeting. “And the President’s marching orders to us was

and this is his words: ‘to push ahead with the Freedom of Information,’” Quezon said. However, Quezon noted that the President asked for the removal of the proposed Information Commission from the draft because the Chief Executive felt that it would add another layer of bureaucracy. “The overall intention of this whole exercise, besides to make it as democratic and consultative as possible, was precisely because we were all working under the view that we have to make the constitutional injunction making information a right of the public a living reality,” Quezon said. Asked about how soon the Palace expects the passage of the bill, he said

it would depend on the leadership of both houses of Congress. But he said there is a consensus among lawmakers to make the bill a major achievement of the 15thCongress. Inputs to the present version, the Tanada bill, will be included through amendments on the proposal which is currently pending in Congress. While not all information can be released to the public, he said, the general rule is that information should always be available to the people as long as it doesn’t fall among those considered as restricted information. These legitimate exceptions include information that harm the ability of the state to protect peace and order, diplomatic relations with other countries, and those that would expose police and military operations. The President expressed his support to the FOI bill when he ran for President in the May 2010 presidential election. (AS)

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Continue and step up anti-crime efforts, Ochoa exhorts PNP amid lower crime rate

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xecutive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Wednesday lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for its efforts in bringing down the country’s crime rate last year while asking police officials to take more effective measures to improve the peace and order situation. “Although the reduction in crime is welcome, this should not be a cause for complacency. The PNP must continue to strive to reduce crime even further, ensure public safety, and maintain peace and order in the country,” Ochoa said in a statement.

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Ochoa was reacting to a report released by the PNP showing that crimes across the country fell by 23.36 percent in 2011 from the previous year. Official data from the PNP showed that crimes committed last year dropped significantly to 248,378 from 2010 fig-

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ures of 324,083. The PNP also noted that figures compiled last year represented only half of the 502,665 total recorded crimes in 2009. Ochoa, who chairs the Cabinet Cluster on Security, Justice, and Peace and the Presidential Anti-Organized


Crime Commission (PAOCC), commended the PNP for putting in place measures to curb crime, but enjoined the 140,000-strong police force to continue to pursue sustainable crime prevention and reduction strategies. “Despite these successes, our police should continue to step up its anti-crime efforts and must remain on alert against all sorts of crime,” Ochoa said. Ochoa added that law enforcers should be encouraged by the example of

President Benigno S. Aquino III, who has shown that under the present government, “no one is above the law, and those who violate our laws will be held accountable for their crimes.” Earlier, PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the declining crime rate can be credited to the “strict implementation of police integrated patrol system nationwide. Cruz said the presence of police supervisors in ba-

rangays (villages) “resulted in resolution of petty crimes and close cooperation of the public and local government units.” He also cited the PNP’s use of new technology like the “E-blotter and E-warrants, which resulted to more wanted persons jailed.” The average monthly index crime rate also showed a decreasing trend: 27.52 in 2009, 18.10 in 2010, and 13.62 in 2011, the report said.

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Gov prods use of internet to monitor weather situations by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) in Sarangani has found the internet useful in monitoring weather situations in the country.

PDRRM Officer Buenaventura Solarte said Gov. Migs Dominguez has told him often to use all available technology like the internet to monitor weather condition such as the low pressure area (LPA) monitored in neighboring General Santos City. He said LPA has affected the province but was happy to note that it is weakening by citing PAGASA’s weather bulletin. “It is all cloudy here (Sarangani) but no rain,” said Solarte. According to him, 18

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the province has been touching base with all the Municipal DRRMCs to ensure that all information and updates are properly coordinated at the barangay levels.

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“It’s the MDRRMCs that the province is closely coordinating with since they are our partners in the ground,” Solarte told PIA General Santos City.


He said PDRRMO has activated all information links with all sectors such as the media, the Philippine Information Agency based here, the municipal information officers, and the MDRRMCs at the seven municipalities. “We also advised people with no let up to be ready and opt for safety instead as well as warned fishermen to be cautious and not go fishing for the meantime,”

he said. Solarte acknowledged that people are wary about hearing weather forecast because of what happened recently to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities, which the provincial government assisted with some P500,000.00 worth of relief goods. LPA, though not a typhoon, is basically threatening as it brings moderate to heavy rains and may trigger flash-

floods and landslides in some vulnerable areas, he explained. But “it’s a welcome development and we are thankful that there is no rain in Sarangani despite the existence of LPA.” Solarte also hailed people in Sarangani for their continuous vigilance and high level of awareness on various situations around them.

CDRRMO GenSan prefers pro-active measure GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- It is better to evacuate people early than to conduct rescue, according to city Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, amid PAGASA’s forecast of low pressure area (LPA).

Early on, the mayor ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to take necessary action to ensure the public is well-informed and ready should LPA develop into something more. “Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao

will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains and thunderstorms over the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Eastern and Southern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” PAGASA said in its weather

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advisory. As initial action, CDRRM officer Ephraim Beliran said that as part of the mitigation strategy, he has spearheaded the conduct of massive information drives in all barangays here especially those identified “hazard areas.” He said the city government is doing its best to prevent any eventuality, citing that it has its own disaster preparedness plan laid out. Beliran added that although the city government has its own self-designed disaster preparedness plan, the resources are not enough to address it if it gets worse. “We need the national government intervention then,” he said. But Beliran said

based on PAGASA’s monitoring, LPA is now gradually disappearing. He also hailed community leaders for their all-out assistance. “One thing good also is that our barangays are organized with the help of their barangay captains and purok leaders,” Beliran said. According to him, since they have already mapped out ‘vulnerable areas,’ they can easily mobilize barangay and purok leaders to have their constituents evacuate at safer grounds as early as possible. “Most of the time, it is the people themselves who do voluntary evacuation before anything goes wrong any further,” Beliran said. In General Santos

City, barangays that are most vulnerable to flood are Labagal, Sinawal, City Heights, Bula (Gensanville), Calumpang (Putting Bato), Dadiangas West and South. The CDRRM officer said that when a situation gets worse, the city government makes an immediate temporary shelter for the affected families in identified evacuation centers such as the Oval Plaza covered court and the South Central Elementary School. He then urged GenSan residents to continuously observe alertness and vigilance of the weather system in the country by taking an active involvement of what is happening around them.

PNP-12 wages war against human trafficking GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 here has waged war against human trafficking in the light of reported increase in the number of victims in the Philippines. 20

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CSupt. Benjardi Mantele, PRO 12 regional director urged the public to help the government in the fight against trafficking stressing it is everyone’s responsibility. “Tayo ay magtulungan upang masugpo natin ang human trafficking dito sa ating rehiyon!” the Police Regional Public Information Office quoted Mantele as saying. According to Commission in Filipino Overseas, as of February 2011, there are 976 cases filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ); 930 involved trafficking for sexual exploitation, 1 for organ trafficking, and 45 for labor trafficking. Recently, PRO12 spearheaded the distribution of educational materials on Human Trafficking, Children In Conflict with the Law (CICL), and the Rights of Women. Mantele also

hailed the Women and Children Protection Desk (WCPD) officers for the job well done in handling cases involving women and children. He said the WCPD officers are very active in doing counseling, disseminating and even educating troubled women and children in its area of responsibility. According to Mantele, the police will continue to “conduct more information drive and lectures in schools, with

non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other institutions that need it. “We shall continue our efforts to raise awareness and prevent trafficking in persons. Let us further boost government’s drive against such criminal offenses,” he stressed. With no let up, the Philippine government thru the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has continuously doubled its efforts to combat human trafficking, drug courier and other illegal activities that violate the rights and dignity of women and children. Various laws have been enacted and implemented to support all advocacies for the protection and upholding of human rights especially in preventing all forms of domestic violence and abuses. (CTA/ PIA General Santos City)

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City gov’t grateful for the conversion of 3 neighboring municipalities to cityhood status, despite IRA drop by Robert E. Roperos

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lthough the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city government in Butuan will decrease starting this year, city officials are still grateful for the conversion of three neighboring municipalities of Caraga Region into cityhood status.

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Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Romeo Solis said the city government, through the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., is still thankful because the officials of the cities of Cabadbaran, Bayugan and Tandag have exerted much effort for their cityhood conversion. Solis stressed with the conversion of the 16 municipalities nationwide into cityhood status, some P20 million of the IRA of the city government will decrease annually. In spite of this, Solis said the city government is happy because residents of these 16 new cities will be given the opportunity to boost the economic

status of their locality that will lead to the development not only of the area but more importantly, to the residents. Meanwhile, during the press conference held early in December 2011, Mayor Amante emphasized that with the creation of the 16 new cities, Butuan City government should implement costcutting measures so that all their transactions and operations will still be carried out smoothly. However, Amante said because of the IRA’s drop, his administration is forced to lessen job order personnel in the city hall this year. He added job order personnel who are doing well in their job will

be retained based on the recommendations of their immediate superior. Those who will not be recommended will be subjected for contract termination. Amante also underscored the need for the city government to coordinate and build networks with other government agencies. He added they will tap the services of the national government agencies whenever necessary. With these developments, the city’s chief executive called on the city hall employees to implement cost-cutting measures to cope with the prevailing condition. “We can do nothing about this except to implement such strategy to cope with the prevailing situation,” Mayor Amante

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Regional Police reports a “gun-free” yuletide by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY – The regional police reported a “gun-free” yuletide as its records posted a “zero casualty” and “zero incident” of indiscriminate firing of guns in the region during the Christmas and New Year revelries. During the ceremonial unsealing of the taped muzzles of issued firearms, Police Senior Supt. David Y. Ombao said the Caraga Police has recorded no incident of indiscriminate firing of guns by its personnel during the 24

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Christmas and the New Year celebrations. He also said that it was very significant as it means that police personnel in the region had paved the way of using alternative ways of creating noise and merrymaking to

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celebrate Christmas and to cheer and welcome the New Year instead of firing of their guns. Acting on the instructions of Caraga PNP Chief CSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, Ombao conveyed the gratitude of the re-


gional director to other government agencies, the non-governmental organizations and the tri-media for the cooperation, which had led to the success of the PNP’s “IWAS PAPUTOK/IWAS DISGRASYA,” campaign. On the morning of December 27, Rafal led the sealing of the gun muzzles of the issued firearms of the PNP personnel at the front of the administration building. He gave a stern

instruction to police to strictly observe the guidelines set forth by the PNP organization regarding the non-use of firearms during the yuletide revelries. The violators, according to him, will be subjected to summary dismissal proceedings. In the case of firecracker and pyrotechnicsrelated injuries, the police reported only two victims in its regional report: a 46year old Joseph Dela Cer-

na of Bayugan City and a 15-year old female (name withheld being a minor) from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. One sustained a minor injury at the right hand and the other at the right finger. Both were discharged from the hospital immediately right after their treatment. Rafal attributed the success of the campaign to the massive information drive by the various sectors, the creation of ordinances by the local government unit and establishment of “firecrackers display area” and the “firecrackers zone.” Even the PNP in its enforcement effort confiscated firecrackers and pyrotechnics devices which violated RA 7183 and the special local law (SP Resolution No.769-99) amounting to P9, 500.

Peace and dev’t key to start for better Surigao Sur this year, prov’l official says

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In his message during the first flag ceremony program before the provincial government employees on Monday at the Capitol Lobby, Rivas stressed, in behalf of 26

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Gov. Johnny Pimentel, nothing will be fairly accomplished without the other pair, citing the Army’s renewed approach to put a halt on the four decade insurgency problem. He stressed that the new batch of army

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hierarchy has already started to put to use a “paradigm shift” through community organizing for peace and development (COPD) by pouring in funds in close coordination with the local government units (LGUs).


City turns over P16M infra projects to remote barangays by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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wo remote barangays of the city formally received yesterday various infrastructure projects totaling to P16.1 Million.

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City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday motored to barangays Sibulao and Mangusu, some 78 kilometers east of the city to unveil the various projects the city has initiated in the said barangays. “Lobregat first inaugurated the newly constructed covered court worth P2.4 Million in Barangay Mangusu,” Covarrubias said. “He later proceeded to Dr. Diaz Memorial Elementary School to unveil the school fence amounting to P499,000 and later the pathway and drainage system worth P129,00 and P203,000 respectively at the Mangusu Elementary School,” Covarrubias shared. The lady IO said

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the Mayor, after unveiling the various projects in Barangay Mangusu, together with Archbishop Romulo Valles, who led in the blessing of the projects along with some city councilors, proceeded to the interiors of Barangay Sibulao to unveil and turn over the P12.9 million five (5) road projects connecting Dabuy and Merloquet. “Despite the distance from the city proper, the city government displays its concern for the people in Sibulao and Mangusu through the implementation o f

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enormous projects in the area,” Covarrubias said. She said mayor Lobregat will be inaugurating more projects this year in the various barangays of the city. The active city IO said “the projects inaugurated yesterday are located in the interiors of the barangays. This goes to show that we are not only concentrating development in the center but also in the interiors.” Covarrubias said the 9 projects inaugurated yesterday was a show of consistency of the city’s commitment in bringing development to the barangays. (JPA /S.Covarrubias/ CIO/PIA ZBST)


Mindanao journalists rally behind ARMM Gov’s drive vs. illegal logging ISABELA CITY – Media practitioners covering the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has expressed their full support in exposing illegal logging activities but asks the new Regional Governor to pin those involved under the full force of the law. Local journalists in Cotabato city told Hataman in a media forum that they would help expose individuals or groups involved in the destruction of forest covers in Lanao del Sur, especially the endangered Lake Lanao watersheds. “We will end illegal logging despite the imminent risk from the people involved in it who are mostly influential…But we need to see you pinning down these people in harshest fashion,” a major daily correspondent told Hataman at a press conference recently. ARMM information chief Ali Macabalang disclosed that local journalists have expressed full backing of Presidential caretaker Muijv Hataman in his avowed campaign to stop unabated illegal log-

ging in Lanao del Sur and other parts the ARMM, even as they dared him to bring culprits behinds bars. Meanwhile, the task force formed by Hataman has revealed its initial report that the logs that killed scores of people at the height of the Dec. 17 floods in Iligan City were allegedly cut illegally in the forests of Lanao del Sur where a Makati City-

based logging firm has been operating since 1975. Moreover, Task Force Sendong said in its initial report that the logs were from the forests of Kapai and Tagoloan II towns in Lanao del Sur and allegedly belonging to VicMar Development Corp., a Makati-based logging and plywood company. Journalists repeatedly tried but failed to

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reach VicMar officials on the company’s published phone number. Hataman said he has not furnished VicMar with a copy of the report yet as it was only the initial finding of the task force. He also said he was not singling out the company. “We needed to get more documents and statements of three former DENR-ARMM secretaries,” he said. The task force also confirmed the existence of the so-called carabao logging in the area, a local yet most rampant scheme. Residents said some proceeds of the scheme were allegedly being sold to the Makati-based logging firm. The report said VicMar has been stockpiling timber in its log pond in the Kapai-Bayug river junction before processing these in its sawmill in Barangay Hi-

naplanon in Iligan City, which is along the Mandulog River. “So after the logs are being stocked at the log pond, these logs will be naturally drifted away to Iligan City through the Mandulog River,” the task force said. It said another logging company—Tagoloan Poblacion Farmer Multipurpose Cooperative— holds an Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA) in Tagoloan II but the report quoted DENRARMM as saying the firm has not started operating. “Only VicMar has been in operation in the area since 1975,” the task

force said. VicMar, the task force said, got a Timber License Agreement for 18,730 hectares of forests in Kapai and Tagoloan II on Nov. 27, 1975. It expired on June 30, 1997, but VicMar applied for an IFMA. The IFMA, issued March 25, 1996, reduced VicMar’s area of operations to 6,795 hectares. It was issued under e x ARMM Gov. Lininding Pangandaman and would expire on March 24, 2021. On Jan. 29, 2009, VicMar was exempted from the logging bans imposed by former ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan. Acting Governor Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong imposed a similar ban in 2010 but the firm also managed to secure exemption. (JPA/ AGM/RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

GSIS paid Php50-B in Claims and Benefits in 2011 by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY -The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has paid a total of Php50-billion in benefit and claims to its members and pensioners in 2011, 18.4 percent higher than the Php42.2 billion it had disbursed in 2010. 30

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The monthly pension benefit, which accounted for half of the total claims, reached Php24 billion, representing an increase of 12.8 percent over the Php21.3 billion level in 2010. The GSIS, which has more than 200,000 active old-age pensioners, disburses an average of Php1.7 billion in pension benefit every month. The pension fund has also released Php16 billion in retirement benefits in 2011, 46.7 percent higher compared to Php11 billion it had released last year. Life insurance amounted to Php4.5 billion, a 9.8 percent growth from Php4.1 billion in 2010. Total disability benefits released rose to 25.4 percent to Php142.9 million from

Php113.9million in the previous year while funeral benefits disbursed reached Php220.1million from Php215million last year. Similarly, the GSIS posted increased disbursements in optional, pre-need and Employees Compensation (EC) insurance benefits--- optional insurance benefits grew to Php718.1million from Php715.4 million; pre-need insurance went up to Php298.5 million from Php243.5 million; and Employees Compensation climbed to Php58.5 million from Php30.7 million. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara attributed the improved performance to massive efforts in updating members’ records, increased accessibility with the roll-out

of additional GWAPs Kiosks and renewed partnership with LANDBANK as an additional service bank. These initiatives resulted in a more accurate database and faster disbursement of claims and benefits. “Today,, claims can be filed in any of our offices. Besides, such benefits such as cash dividend for our members and pension cash gift for our pensioners are now conveniently withdrawn through GSIS eCard,” Vergara said. “We look forward to another year of breakthrough not only in terms of claims disbursements but more importantly, in terms of delivering responsive and convenient services to our stakeholders,” Vergara added. (JPA/ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte)

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EU diplomats inspect ECHO project in Oro by Jorie C. Valcorza

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uropian Union (EU) Head of Delegation Ambassador Guy Ledoux visited Cagayan de Oro city to personally see the implementation site of the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) project implemented by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). The ECHO project will run for three (3) months focusing on relief operations and hygiene promotion. Accompanied by other EU diplomats, the team took off for an early drive to the five-hectare 32

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property donated by the Xavier University in barangay Lumbia, where some 1,000 shelters will be put up within in the next six (6) months to house qualified families displaced by the recent tyhoon.


As of press time, the area is already clear and temporary shelters were likewise built. The tents were spacious and were made of cotton in order to adapt to the weather conditions, making it more comfortable to live in. Selected families will be provided for a while with food, as well as, construction materials needed to build their new houses in the resettlement area, costing around Php 70,000 to Php 80,000. After inspection, EU diplomats visited Sitio Cala-Cala in Barangay Macasandig and announced to the displaced family seeking shelter at the public covered court to apply for the ECHP project of which selection will be based on the most deserving and needy families. The team also distributed hygiene box containing five (5) towels, 12 laundry soaps, four (4) sanitary napkins, five (5) toothbrushes, two (2) toothpastes, four (4) shaves, and six (6) tissue rolls. Sets of drinking water containers, mats, blankets and mosquito nets were likewise handed. In a press conference at the Macasandig evacuation site, Ledoux noted that EU had a very efficient disaster reaction mechanism in place that allows assistance within few hours after the disaster. He said, they are the first to dispatch an assessment team in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities with three (3) humanitarian experts, two (2) days after the typhoon hit the region.

On the same day, the decision from the EU in Brussels to allocate three (3) euro or Php 180 million worth of emergency relief assistance to typhoon sending victims was also announced. “The purpose of our visit today is to express solidarity with the victims and to assess the progress of the relief activities implemented by our partner,” he added. Beyond relief assistance, the Ambassador pointed the continuing need to strengthen disaster preparedness mechanism, saying, disaster preparedness has to be made part of the community life by the community and for the community. Together with Ambassador Ledoux were PRC Chairman Richard Gordon; PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) country representative in the Philippines Selvaratnam Sinnadurai; Deputy Head of Mission of the Spanish Embassy, Maria Molina; Norberto Gomez de Liaño, Deputy Coordinator General, Office of Technical Cooperation (AECID); Jozef Naudts, Belgian Embassy First Secretary and Dr. Mario Tavolaj, consultant of the Italian Embassy. During the presscon PRC Chair Richard Gordon announced that Xavier University offered to add two (2) more hectares in the Lumbia relocation site giving additional homes to displaced families.

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NIA denies burst dam caused floods by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

VALENCIA CITY, Bukidnon — The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) belied reports that the latest flashflood that hit twelve (12) villages here was caused by the ruptured dam in barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City, Bukidnon. In a press statement, Engr. Felix M. Razo, Regional Manager, NIA-10, clarified that the Lumbayao Dam did not collapse contrary to rumors that spread through text messages, which caused panic to downstream residents. Engr. Razo said it is impossible for the dam to burst because it has no ‘impounding’ capacity, unlike the reservoir-type dam. “It is different from the Magat Dam in Isabela province, which impounds water up to more than 800 meters in height from the river bed, with a gatekeeper that controls release of water to main irrigation canals,” he said. Engr. Jimmy Apostol, Manager, Bukidnon Irrigation Management Office, likewise, explained that the dam in Lumbayao, Valencia could not easily be damaged because it is a gravity run-ofthe-river type with a height of only 2.80 meters from the riverbed. “It will automatically overflow once it reaches its elevation,” he said. Meanwhile, NIA reports showed that six (6) main irrigation structures and facilities estimated at over P52 million were in total wreck 34

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after heavy rains that resulted to the overflowing of Pulangui River (Bukidnon’s biggest river). The damage includes the grouted riprap at the bridge’s abutment, two (2) spur dikes along Pulangui River, the 60-meter irrigation canal that serves 950 hectares of rice fields in Nabag-o and San Isidro barangays, the embankment of the reuse dam in barangay Batangan, and the huge siphon that draws water off from the river for distribution to vast rice fields in several barangays here. The NIA and Valencia City LGU are now joining hands for the construction of diversion canal and procurement of additional water pumps to cater to the needs of thousands of farmers. (NIA Bukidnon)

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Socio-Economic Planning Secretary pushes for SAP after TS ‘Sendong’ by Peleta B. Abejo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr. met with Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano on January 3, here and informed the chief executives about the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is currently preparing for the rehabilitation and recovery of the affected areas in Northern Mindanao after Typhoon Sendong. This action plan shall focus on what is exactly going to happen in the next three (3) months. Emphasis was placed on the development and rehabilitation of the Cagayan de Oro and Iligan river basins. Both Governor Moreno and Mayor Emano responded positively to the NEDA initiative and expressed full support and commitment in assigning their respective focal persons to participate in the strategic action planning activities that shall be conducted soon. Sec. Paderanga, together with Director Susan Rachel G. Jose of the NEDA Regional Development Coordination Staff, also met with the NEDA regional office staff and NEDA Caraga Director Carmencita S. Cochingco to guide them on the major aspects that need to be considered and prioritized in the preparation of the SAP focusing on the development and rehabilitation of the Agusan, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan river basins

in partnership with the regional line agencies and local government units. “We should start looking at what needs to be rehabilitated. It is very important to ensure that the physical framework for Cagayan de Oro and Iligan are done right away as basis especially in the relocation of affected families,” Sec. Paderanga said. He added that proper documentation of the damages shall be ensured as it is very important in determining the needed interventions. NEDA-X Director and Regional Development Council (RDC) ViceChair Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. stressed on the need to make the RDC and the affected communities aware of the existing risks for them to decide which option they should take to avoid damages in the future. Sec. Paderanga ended his meeting with the staff with a note to “work wisely and smartly to make our work count.” (NEDA/RDC) Thursday, January 5, 2012

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Scores dead, injured in Pantukan landslide by Jeanevive Abangan nulfo Lantaya corrected what was reported earlier saying he was misinformed by his contact at the landslide site as that person was having a hard time in clearing data “because he was also taking charge of the retrieval operation.” As of 10:00 a.m. Dr. Lantaya pronounced 25 dead and 15 injured. Compostela Valley Provincial Gov. Arturo T. Uy aired the same data in his interview with nas of 12:00 o’clock noon, tional television networks. the Municipal Disaster Risk Meanwhile Provincial InformaReduction Management Council tion Officer Fe Maestre bared nine (MDRRMC) counted only 17 dead injured admitted at Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City as of 12 noon bodies and monitored 16 injured when landslide took place at 3:00 based on the information provided by a.m. (Jan. 05) at a small scale min- the Provincial liaison officer stationed ing site in Sitio Diat Uno, Barangay at DRH.

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Identified injured now being


admitted at DRH were: Jimboy Andao , 24 years old of Marapat, Monkayo; Melvin Cuadrado, 19 f San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Clark Casera, 22 of Durian, Monkayo, Comval; Ronald Rey Sanchez, 22 of Poblacion, New Corella, Davao del Norte; Edgardo Cacho of Mangga, Tagum City; Lencio Baclayon, 40, of Pob. Mawab, Comval; Moito Recana, 44, of General Santos City; Arnel Nicolas, 30, of Mangga Tagum City. One unconscious patient remains unidentified. Getting reports in a press conference this at 11:30 a.m., Maestre said 11 dead were being transported from the landslide site, three hours

away from Poblacion Pantukan. Retrieval operation is on-going with the assistance of the Philippine National Red Cross, the Provincial DRRMC Rescue Team, the 71st Infantry Battalion, groups of small scale miners and the Philippine National Police . Dr. Lantaya refused to confirm the number of missing persons pending a thorough data gathering. “We are still trying to locate the purok leader who knows exactly the number of households,” he said. There are still missing persons but Dr. Lantaya was sure the number could be lesser than what was reported earlier because many of the residents in the landslide area were able to move out as they noticed ground movement at about 12 midnight before the landslide took place at 3:00 a.m. Mayor Celso Sarenas this morning convened the MDRRMC which also gathered local line agencies of the Department of Interior and Local Government, environment and natural resources, and the military. He also reactivated the crisis management center set up at the town plaza.

Already warned

Dr. Lantaya said the municipal government had been warning residents in the landslide area through the barangay local government, to “take heed of the warning of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB)” which has declared Sitio Diat Uno and Diat Dos as high risk areas. “We have been warning them especially after the MGB informed Thursday, January 5, 2012

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us of its findings. There were even dialogues made,” he said in a phone interview. Dr. Lantaya bared Mayor Sarenas to have called for a meeting/dialogue with members of small scale miners associations on June 14, 2011, and that Sarenas sent out letters on Sept.

19, 2011 to barangay captain of Napnapan and other barangays of high risk areas, “reminding them of the MGB findings.” Aside from sitios Diat, other MGB identified landslide prone areas in Barangay Napnapan include puroks Litag, Boringot, Lantawan, Saro, Pulang Lupa, Puring Sayaw, Sapa, Tipga, Niliputan; Barangay Proper, Puroks 7, Caimito, puroks 2 and 5, sitios Binaaba and Saro. High risk to landslide Other high-risk to landslide areas in Pantukan are Puroks Sarayon and Alimyon, Purok Lanipao in Brgy. Araibo; in Sitios Arog and Til-asan; Barangay Proper, Puroks 1, 7, 8, Sitio 38

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Bukana in Brgy. P. Fuentes; puroks Pinanan A, Catarangan, Puntod, Maligaya, Pamarilan and Onor in Brgy. Tagugpo; in sitios Panangason and Gumayan; sitios Mauswagon, Mendoza and Lawaan in Brgy. Kingking; in puroks Kawagis, Tango, Ilwan and Talabugnugan in Brgy. Magnaga; Sitio Tapis and Purok 5 in Brgy. Tambongon; Based on MGB data, Davao Region has a total of 402 landslide prone areas. Compostela Valley has the most number with a total of 124; Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur, each has 104 landslide-prone areas while Davao del Norte has 40. The MGB data shows that of the 56 high risk to landslide areas in Compostela Valley, seven are in Pantukan; 12 in Monkayo where the gold-rush Mt. Diwata is located; 10 in Maragusan; seven in Maco; six in New Bataan; two each in Nabunturan, Mawab and Compostela towns. Compostela Valley also has the most number of flood-prone areas. Of the 468 MGB identified flood-prone areas in the Davao Region, 129 are found in Comval. Davao del Norte has 100 flood-prone areas; Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental, each has 64 flood-prone areas as identified by MGB. Compostela Valley Gov. Uy has already declared a no “habitation policy” in identified landslide high risk


areas, majority of which are small scale mining areas. He made this policy more pronounced after the landslide that hap-

pened in April this year in Sitio Panganason, Barangay Kingking also in Pantukan town. He said the municipal government even enforced forced evacuation of residents in high risk areas but he presumed that some might have gone back few months after they were forced out of their place. In a television interview, Gov. Uy said he intends to conduct an investigation to determine who can be held liable for not totally enforcing the no habitation policy. (PIA-11/jeanevive d. abangan, photos by the Philippine Army 10th ID)

Sta. Cruz DavSur on stand-by alert vs. Low Pressure Area by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY – The local government of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur has heightened preventive measures since Tuesday for possible landslides and flashfloods as likely effects of the Low Pressure Area spotted in General Santos City.

The LGU, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and barangay councils in Sta. Cruz have been on stand-by alert following a warning from the Office of the Civil Defense to landslides and flood-prone areas in the region. Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer Adelaida Badilla

said that Mayor Joel Ray Lopez has issued orders to the MDRRMC and all the 18 barangays to be on stand-by alert and be ready with the necessary equipments and volunteers. Badilla told the Philippine Information Agency that barangay captains, especially those in 11 coastal areas and other danger zones were advised to alert their respective constituents, and to pre-position equipment, transportation and communication system. The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (BDRRMC) were directed to identify Thursday, January 5, 2012

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and prepare evacuation centers, to ensure stockpiles of relief goods, and to inform the MDRRMC for assistance and updates. Badilla said that the BDRRMC was also ordered to make pre-emptive evacuation when the situation requires. The mayor specifically advised coastal residents on Wednesday to evacuate from their areas after one and a half to two hours of heavy rains which could possibly hit the municipality, Badilla said. Schools in the town were also asked to prepare to serve as evacuation centers when calamity strikes. Badilla was thankful though that no calamity has struck the municipality amid the weather forecast. As of noon today, the town has a sunny weather. PAG-ASA reported this morning that the LPA has dissipated. However, the OCD has issued warning to LGUs identified to have 40

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landslide and flashflood-prone areas to prepare for the possible effects of the LPA. Sta. Cruz along with the municipalities of Sta. Maria and Don Marcelino in Davao del Sur, was among the floodand landslide-prone areas that OCD has continuously and closely monitored. Badilla said that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau identified three landslide and flood-prone areas in Sta. Cruz, namely: Sinoron, Coronon and Zone 3. On January 17 last year, flash-

flood caused by heavy rains hit Brgy. Darong of Sta. Cruz and killed two kids and an adult. It affected more than 800 families and made 279 families homeless in five puroks of said barangay. Damage to properties, infrastructures and agricultural crops has reached to P850 million.


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