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Cover Story Raising Dependents:
The Philippines’ “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) Rene V. Carbayas
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012
Vol. 1 No. 147
Across the Nation:
Red Cross all set for Black Nazarene feast; gives safety tips to devotees
OPA provides major contribution in the economic development of the province Claro A.Lanipa, Western Mindanao
Far flung barangay gets P1M drainage system
Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao
Charmaine P. Tadlas, Northern Mindanao
Schools in CDO continue to relocate evacuees as classes begin
No IDP will be left behind for permanent relocation - DWSD
“We will clear our ranks” – DENR XI
Bing Cordova, Southern Mindanao
ARMM Gov pushes use of ATM
Electric coop hiniling sa SP ang mas mababang bayarin sa RP
Perlita B. Changco, Central Mindanao
DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao
Brgy. Mararag cited for best sanitation practices in Caraga
Nida Grace B. Tranquilan , Caraga Region
Agusan Norte prov’l gov’t to intensify infra rehab projects Robert E. Roperos , Caraga Region
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 Raising Dependents: The Philippines’ “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) by Rene V. Carbayas
overnments and societies all over the globe have one in common—i.e., desperately seeking effective measures to alleviate the poor in their own country.
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The perennial problem of poverty in society drew many nations to come together to combat this form of social menace that inevitably mushroomed through the years that eventually requires global solution. Each nation tried to pacify this social condition through various means from dole-out to livelihood programs and projects, from providing job opportunities to conditional cash grants, among others. In the Philippines, perhaps just like in any parts of the world, the complexity of the root cause of poverty has become incomprehensible because of several factors that must be considered to zero-in to a culprit and thereby address the problem. But it seems impossible. Some Philippine sectors would point to corruption as the culprit— considered even to be a cancer of the society, seemingly incurable. In this case, like any deadly modern medical diseases, the quest for a cure remains an ongoing search. Others would blame the elites for owning much of the wealth of the country which left only about 30% that must be shared by some 70% of the population where most of them are poor in the Philippines. When Benigno “Noynoy” Simeon Aquino III became president in 2010, he promised to curb corruption hoping to improve the lives of 6
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most Filipino’s poor. His administration, moreover, has adopted the previous administration’s poverty alleviation program, particularly the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or referred to as the 4Ps. This was the flagship anti-poverty program of the former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her dwindling years as president with Corazon “Dinky” Soliman as Social Welfare Secretary. Early on, critics grew wary over 4Ps’ viability and capacity to alleviate many Filipinos’ poor. Some tagged the program as dole-out, thereby providing little, temporary,
Social exchange: dependency and sustainability
and short-lived impact in alleviating the poor. DSWD officials, however, say it’s not a dole-out because of certain conditions that beneficiaries must undertake in exchange for the assistance given. Thus, questions lurk, is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of the Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) the answer to government’s long desire to alleviate the poor in the Philippines? That is, will the program encourage the poor to be more self-reliant or further become dependent? What are the gains and possibilities of the program towards poverty reduction in the Philippines?
Humans by nature are social beings. We learn out of our interactions with fellow human beings and the environment where we belong. It is supposed to be a dynamic interaction between persons, complementing each other’s needs, more particularly in terms of material needs, like food, clothing, shelter, etc., with specific sectors producing such needs. This is a natural interdependency involving economics that man lives by to affect stability and survival. “No man is an island” indeed. We buy and sell goods and services. There is a continuous exchange of activities. According to social psychological and sociological perspective the social exchange theory explains social change and stability as a process of negotiated exchanges between parties. Social exchange theory posits that all human relationships are formed by the use of a subjective cost-benefit analysis and the comparison of alternatives. The theory has roots in economics, psychology and sociology. This is the very same principle that the Philippines 4Ps is anchored on. It is based on reciprocity—“I give, but you also give.”
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The “Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino” is a social development and poverty reduction strategy of the Philippine national government that provides conditional cash grants to poor and to extremely poor households in order to improve their health, nutrition and education. Conceptualized in 2006, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) with technical assistance from the World Bank started implementing the National Sector Support for Social Welfare Development Project (NSS-SWDP) and eventually changing the name to its present title to broaden its scope, components and perspectives. According to the DSWD, the sole government agency that has oversight on the program, it has dual objectives, which are social assistance and social development. Social assistance would mean providing cash assistance to the poor in order to alleviate their immediate need or in other words, providing a short-term poverty alleviation system, while social development is a process of breaking the intergenerational poverty cycle through investments in human capital . Also, the program is said to help in fulfilling the country’s commitments in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In a study conducted by the United Nations (UN), the overall probability of attaining the targets remain 8
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high but dependent largely on the “interaction” of several factors such as leveling-up of current efforts on all target areas, efficient use of allocated and limited resources, additional resources, strong advocacy and the capability to implement the MDGs at the local level.
Cost, benefit, outcome
The social exchange theory, also called the communication theory of social exchange, suggests that human beings make social decisions based on perceived costs and benefits. This hypothesis asserts that people evaluate all social relationships to determine the ben-
efits they will get out of them. This is the comparison level where individuals assess the gains in maintaining such social relationship. It also suggests that someone will typically leave a relationship if he or she perceives that the effort, or cost, of it outweighs any perceived advantages. In the 4Ps, however, the implementers do make or break the relationship. The 4Ps has been implemented since January 2008. It has become nationwide after going through a piloted program mode between June to December 2007. In 2010 it is estimated that around 300,000 households were targeted under
the program, which aims to provide money to extreme poor households in order to allow the family members to meet certain human development goals set by the government. In the Philippines, studies have found a strong correlation between low schooling and high malnutrition and poverty. In its conception until the re-running of the program, the main objectives of the 4Pâ€™s remains the same, they are to increase enrollment/attendance of children at the elementary level and reducing poverty. According to the program, the poorest households with children 6â€“14 years of age would qualify for the education cash grants, provided that the children are enrolled in schools and regularly attend classes. The minimum rate of school attendance is 85% and schools are supposed to report the attendance rate of program beneficiaries to the respective municipal governments (in cooperation with the Department of Education â€“ Division of City Schools) The monthly benefit is 300 pesos per child attending school for 10 months, up to a maximum of three children per household. As of 19 July 2011, Pantawid Pamilya has registered a total of 2,212,055 household beneficiaries (see Table 1). The total number of registered households increased by 38.57% or 615,735 households from the 1,596,320 households registered as of the first quarter. Sunday, January 8, 2012
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Almost half of the total registered household beneficiaries or around 48% are from Mindanao while 30% and 22% are from Luzon and Visayas, respectively. Moreover, cash transfers are generally entrusted to the most responsible adult person in the household (normally the mothers or parents), and are credited to the cash card facility of the Land Bank of the Philippines. In the experience of the Bolsa Escola (now Bolsa Familia) in Brazil, the presence of banking facilities such as cash cards greatly facilitates the monitoring of the whole program. Aside from the education component, the program also has a health component. Under the said component, the selected households are given cash grants provided that: 1) pregnant women must get prenatal care starting from the first trimester and get postnatal care thereafter; 2) child birth is attended by a skilled/trained professional (such as midwives); 3) par10
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ents/guardians must attend family planning sessions, parent effectiveness service, and other services; and lastly 5) children under 5 years old must get regular preventive health check-ups and vaccination. The health package provides a beneficiary household P6000 per year.
Comparison level, satisfaction, dependence
A study noted that one heavy criticism of the CCT program is the perception that it is created for vote buying especially the poor voting population. This allegation was based on the fact that local government officials, particularly those in the barangays participated in the identification of the poor in his area, especially during the enumeration stage of the program through the proxy mean test (PMT) of the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS). No doubt, the CCT program will help any incumbent politician (from President
down to barangay officials) to secure votes to win if he/she would run for re-election. In the case of Brazil, President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, after assuming office in 2003, expanded the countryâ€™s CCT program to become a social safety net program. Da Silva was re-elected largely because of the Bolsa Familia Program, apparently his flagship poverty alleviation program. If given the chance and without term limits perhaps, former President Gloria Arroyo could have won, too. Maybe Aquino IIIâ€™s term could also be extended. But setting political apprehensions aside, the study further posed a question whether conditional cash transfer programs really and ef-
fectively help the poor break away from the so-called cycle of poverty/ intergenerational poverty? The study further noted yet another recurring criticism of the Sunday, January 8, 2012
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program that it discourages the search for employment and eventually would encourage laziness among the poor people. Under this premise, many people would give up trying to find a job, content to live on the program, which, in the experience of the Bolsa Familia, is called the cesta esmola (almsbasket). The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (NCBB), a powerful arm of the Catholic Church, maintains that “the program is addictive,” and leads its beneficiaries to an “eternal accommodation.” This is what the Philippines hopes not to happen. That is why the DSWD continuous to evaluate the program and conducts consultations to various sectors to effecAccording to the Katipunan ng tively implement the program and achieve its goal of reducing poverty Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), an urban poor group, the 4Ps is a in the Philippines. “deceitful program” since our government even has to borrow $400 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund the program. As the government is already burdened with paying its current debt, acquiring additional debts will be more harmful to the country in the long run. Also, besides failing to address the real causes of poverty, the 4Ps as presently construed is sorely insufficient. The study also pointed out that compared with CCT experience of Brazil and Mexico which have one-fourth (1/4) and onefifth (1/5) of their households 12
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For Dean, well-being is preferred to ‘welfare’ ‘because well-being is about how well people are, not how well they do (which strictly speaking is what welfare means)’. The notion of well-being is a good place to start because, as Dean suggests, social policies are indeed not only about material goods and services, be these forms of income support, health services or education. They are also about how these goods and services contribute to the quality of life experienced by individuals and families and how ‘quality of life’ and other concepts such as ‘need’, ‘want’, ‘equality’ and so on are understood both across time and in different economic, social, cultural and political contexts. under their respective CCT pro- In this way, ‘social policy’ is grams, the 4Ps covers only a mere both about quality of life and huone million (although now it claims man security (including feelings of to have two million) out of 18 million households. It said that even if the DSWD achieves its 2.3 million target household by 2011, it still represents about one-eighth (1/8) of total households. Its impact is very minimal and will not make a dent in poverty.
Raising dependents towards social development
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happiness and well-being) and the ideological and philosophical issues that these concepts inevitably address, as well as being concerned with how the goods and services that contribute to that quality of life are organized and delivered by governments, private and voluntary agencies, and informal care givers in different welfare systems. The DSWD stressed that the 4Ps is a stimulus package for the poor intended as social investment rather than plain cash assistance, i.e. dole-out. As mentioned earlier, cash assistance is given to qualified families provided that the family complies primarily with the gay observed some social changes conditions set for health and edu- among the beneficiaries. The poor cation. began to value and appreciate the use of technology with ATM cards Therefore, the 4Ps is not seen as the where moneys are disbursed and sole solution to poverty reduction, withdrawn. This, aside from feeling but the program should be seen on the impact of the program into their its ability to bring back poor chil- lives with some degree of economdren to get better education and a ic gains, understandably because healthy life to gain dignity and pre- of the cash grants given; the poor pare them for their future. slowly value the need to comply Barely three years since it start- with the conditions set. ed in 2008, perhaps is it too early Program implementers agree to conclude whether the program that there was a bit of deception is impacting the Filipinosâ€™ poor to at the first stages of implementaraise them from being dependent to tion, saying that some beneficiabecoming more and more self-sup- ries would tend to resort to short porting. Early implementers would cuts, such as cheating on the true attest some significant changes in attendance of their children in the social well-being of most poor school or occasionally make alibis beneficiaries. Program implement- for failing to attend to meetings ers of the 4Ps in Zamboanga Sibu- and training. Some would even 14
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ask school principals to sign papers even if their kids do not regularly attend school. The social exchange theory uses economic terms such as benefit, gain, cost, and payment to describe social situations. According to this supposition, people consciously and unconsciously evaluate every social situation in terms of what they will have to put into it, and relate this to the benefits they think they may get out of it. The greater the potential benefit, the greater the personal investment an individual may make in a relationship. In the case of Filipino beneficiaries, however, monetary ben-
efits were rarely put in question, as long as the family gets a share of the countryâ€™s coffer through the program. The poor would be satisfied. Even those who are earning enough would even try to fit themselves into the program to benefit and get additional monetary assistance for free without much hard work, to the detriment of those deserving to be included. This type of social exchange is considered by many psychologists to be highly individualistic, which means that it assumes that the individual assesses all human social interactions based on his or her personal gain. This supposition denies the existence of true altruism. According to social exchange theory, people make these decisions based on their individual satisfaction level within the relationship. Individuals typically have a high level of happiness if they perceive that they are receiving more than they are giving to a relationship. If, on the other hand, individuals feel that they are giving more than they are receiving, they may decide that the connection is not fulfilling their needs. However, under the 4Ps this rarely happens. Beneficiaries would tend to make do on what was given. On the part of the DSWD, however, the agency is removing those who were discovered not qualified in the program. Sunday, January 8, 2012
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According to the social exchange theory, people will only be generous if they expect some personal benefit to come to them because of it; thus, the conditions set for 4Ps beneficiaries. Examples of personal gain from self-sacrifice can include a show of gratitude from the recipient or the approval of the donor’s peer group. This idea emphasizes the anticipated return for such good deeds, also called reciprocity, as expressed in the phrase, I’ll scratch your back, and you’ll scratch mine. This is precisely why there is a reason to believe that the 4Ps could still be used by politicians for their political gains. The Aquino III’s administration, however, promised to
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be different—to journey on towards the right and straight path (Matuwid na Landas). The Philippines’ 4Ps Conditional Cash Transfer has potentials that may uplift the poor in the long run. But it requires political will, vigilance, and full participation and cooperation of stakeholders, especially the beneficiaries. The beneficiaries are themselves the key result indicator of the success of the program. As they say, it is always depending on dependents. “Nasa pagsisikap pa rin ang ginhawang matatamasa sa buhay” (Prosperity in life can only be achieved through dedication and hard work).
Growing reactions to new tourism slogan proves DOT campaign works – Palace
he growing number of reactions to the new slogan of the Department of Tourism, whether online or in print media, is proof that the campaign to attract more visitors to the Philippines is working, a Palace official said on Sunday.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said more and more Filipinos are getting “on board” and joining the govern-
ment’s move to present the country as the best place to visit in 2012. The DOT recently launched the “It’s more fun
in the Philippines” campaign as part of its intensive efforts to promote the country as a premiere tourist destination.
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Valte said that the debates and intrigues triggered by this new slogan “attest that it is more fun in the Philippines.” “If you check the reactions on line, everybody is getting on board, everyone is having fun with the slogan,” Valte said. “Ang dami nang lumalabas so it seems the peo-
ple are on board and are staunchly behind the DOT if we look at the reactions online, she added saying, “it is being widely accepted by our people.” She expressed confidence that this new campaign of the DOT will succeed to bring in the volume of tourist arrivals this year. “The measure of how
effective the slogan is will be, in the numbers, in the figures, in the number of tourist arrivals that the country will have,” Valte said. “We will be able to measure by the number of tourist arrivals na madadala nitong “Its more fun in the Philippines” campaign,” she added. (RCK)
Red Cross all set for Black Nazarene feast; gives safety tips to devotees s millions of devotees and onlookers will surely flock the grand celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene Monday, January 9, the Philippine Red Cross is all set to provide necessary medical assistance.
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PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said more than 350 personnel from 10 Red Cross chapters will be deployed to different areas along the procession route to ensure the safety of the public. Red Cross personnel will render services such as first aid, foot patrol first aiders, ambulance service, water rescue, and put up welfare desks. Pang added that Red Cross personnel will be stationed in the following areas: Quirino Grand Stand; Luneta; Roxas Blvd. Cor. T.M. Kalaw; Round Table; P. Burgos Cor. Taft Ave.; Mc Arthur Garden; PhilThrust Bank; Lacson Plaza; Sta. Cruz; Legarda Cor. Arlegui, Bilibid Viejo St. infront of San Sebastian Church; Gonzalo Puyat Cor. Quezon Blvd.; Medical Station Quiapo Church near 7-11 Store; and below Mc Arthur Bidge â€“ Muelle Del Rio Street. Likewise, 11 first aid health stations will be set up in different areas and
more than 50 ambulances will be deployed during the entire procession. PRC will also mobilize four rubber boats and other rescue vehicles. Meanwhile, Red Cross also gives the following safety tips for devotees and spectators to avoid any untoward incident: 1. Advise your family. Ensure that your house is properly secured before you leave. All electrical devices must be unplugged. 2. Be physically prepared. Children, elderly, pregnant and persons who are sick should avoid crowded places; thus, they are advised to stay at home and rest. 3. Be sure to have identification card, medical information and emergency contact numbers with you. 4. Wear proper clothing. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, and bringing expensive electronic devices. 5. Avoid alcoholic
drinks. 6. Bring candies, crackers and bottled water. Drink a lot of fluid to prevent heat exhaustion. 7. Beware of all possible hazards around you during the procession (e.g. motor vehicles, falling debris, etc.). 8. Know where you are at all times. Should you come in groups, assign a designated meeting point in case someone gets lost. 9. Maintain proper distance to avoid unnecessary injuries. Plan a safe exit path from the crowd. 10. Know the location and means of access towards the medical stations, police stations and other available authorities within the area. The annual event is one of the most-sought festivals in the Philippines with millions of devotees from different parts of the country gather together to give thanks and praise to the Black Nazarene.
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â€˜Paskuhanâ€™ festival not over, to provide entertainment until Jan. 13 by Gideon C. Corgue
hristmas season is past but the celebration is not yet over in this city. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email
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The city government’s 8th ”Paskuhan” festival which is traditionally held every 8th of December at Plaza Luz, the Christmas village of the city, continue to provide total entertainment of the people thru the lighting of giant Christmas tree, display of lighted Christmas decors, dancing fountain, nightly variety show, and boxing at the park
until the 15th day of January this year. ”Paskuhan” steering committee chairman Hon. Bienvenido Culve said the spirit of Christmas continues to shine brightly in our city with the colorful lighted Christmas decors from the 14 participants coming from govenment agencies and private offices. ”The joy of Christmas seems to last long enough as the people
continue to savor the meaning of Christmas by visiting the village nightly,” Culve said. This years’ participants composed of the following: Best Emporium, Cherry Mobile , Department of Agriculture (DA) 9, DepEd (Elementary), DepEd (Secondary), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 9, Deparment of Public Works and Highways, Gaisano Capital Mall, Globe Telecom, Land Transportation Office (LTO) 9, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) 9, Tecnical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) 9, Suncellular, and Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO-1). Culve said even if the Christmas and
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New Year were successfully celebrated by the residents here but still many families from the nieghboring municipalities, cites and provinces kept on visiting the place and enjoyed watching the twinkling Christmas lights display at Plaza Luz, as one of the wonders of holidays. ”Some of them are having a family picnic while watching the different entertainment shows,” Culve added. The people, Culve
said will be fully entertained because aside from the lighted Christmas decors, variety show from the schools and colleges, and boxing at the park, they will be watching also the spectacular display of world-class dancing fountain. The dancing fountain which used to display every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm, it started to display daily and twice a night which runs every half-
hour at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, respectively, Culve explained. Cuilve said on January 13, the third and final judging for the lighted christmas decor contest will also be held which will mark the culmination the month-long festival. Judges of the contest, Culve said are all regional directors of the national goverment agencies. (JPA/GCC-PIA9, ZamboSur)
OPA provides major contribution in the economic development of the province by Claro A.Lanipa
Pagadian City – Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Agriculturist Mahlyn Bersales this week disclosed that her office has provided major contribution in the economic development of the province. Bersales said last year, farm produce has increased in the various projects implemented by OPA in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and in 22
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collaboration with other line agencies of the government. The lady agriculturist expressed her gratitude to Governor Antonio Cerilles in the later’s efforts to provide sufficient livelihood to the farmers, which encouraged and inspired them to do their task. She also thanks the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor John Regala who unwillingly supported their re-
quest, same with the two Congressmen Victor Yu of the First District and Aurora Cerilles of the Second Congressional District of the province. She said, the provincial officials gave their all out support to the program for the sake of development and provide proper livelihood to our farmers. The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist is task to handle the major agricultural programs of the province such as
rice, corn, cassava and fishery production. Each program is being handled by competent coordinators- Yolanda Labiaga- Enriquez, on corn production; Lynn Dagahoy, cassava production; Jun Agad, for rice production and Dr. Leah Charito Tambolero, fisheries production and at the same time head of the fisheries division of the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist. (JPA/RLG/CAL/PIA9)
Far flung barangay gets P1M drainage system by Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY - Local folks of far-off barangay Cawit will now have the comfort of a proper drainage system as it accepted yesterday a 150 meter drainage system project amounting to P1million from House Deputy Speaker Beng Climaco. According to a press statement from the office of Climaco, the project is part of her commitment to help improve the plight of the constituents and complement the programs of the local government. Cawit barangay Chairman Rey Modillas who accepted the project during a
simple turnover rite said, the project was one of the priority projects identified by the Cawit folks themselves. “Projects like this serve as our guiding point to continue our consultations with the barangay as to the things they need,” Climaco said in a press statement. The drainage system
is intended to direct water coming from the highlands to prevent flooding downstream. Funding for this project was taken from the Cong. Climaco’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). (JPA /M. Segura / PIA ZBST)
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Basic necessities help Philippine family cope with loss by Jennifer Hardy
here are many stories of flood victims weaving through evacuation centers and temporary relocation sites after flashfloods triggered by tropical storm Washi (the storm is called “Sendong” in the Philippines) swept through low-lying areas of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. Stories of the youngest casualties stand out. Glejen Ting, 20, and her mother Nida Go, 40, sit on a gently sloping hillside, resting in the shade and breezes that were scarce in their first evacuation site after tropical storm Washi. Their faces reflect the long days 24
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and noisy, restless nights after their home was washed out to sea. They’re relieved to be in a new, more open site, but as each hot day passes, the reality of their loss becomes a heavier burden. They are grieving the death
of Glejen’s first baby and Nida’s first grandchild, Jharrly Jean. The bright eyed 14-month-old girl delighted her parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Now the whole family waits to see if they will have a chance to properly say their goodbyes. Nida described her family’s scramble for high ground as the flashflood took her neighborhood by surprise. “When we heard the neighbors’ shouting about the flood, we climbed on a roof. When the water moved higher, we thought the tree near our home would be best. But there were too many people in the tree, and it broke beneath us.” She brushed her hair away from the sweat beading on her forehead with each pause for translation in her story. Glejen was silent as her mother spoke, but her lowered head didn’t
hide her reddening eyes and trembling chin. “The only place we could reach was our neighbor’s home. We were so afraid. The water rushed inside. And then – crash! A big truck was swept against the house. The walls collapsed. The roof fell. It killed my grandchild Jharrly instantly, but I didn’t have time to cry. We all swam up and out of the smashed house. I still held Jharrly. I wouldn’t let her go. I hit many things in the water but I held on to her. Then I slammed into a bridge so hard I couldn’t hold on any longer. My head was spinning, but my arms looked for her. She was already gone.” In the midst of their grief, Jharrly’s family is trying to pick up the pieces of their life. For now, their only shelter is a tent. But Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is providing water to Nida and Glejen’s family and to their neighbors. Clean water is such a simple thing compared to the enormity of the family’s loss. But safe water and hygiene training are helping Sunday, January 8, 2012
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grapple with the tragedy brought by the storm. When asked how she was coping with the loss of her granddaughter, Nida sighed softly. “I’m thankful to God that the rest of my family is alive. Otherwise, I try to face each day with the new morning. And only God can give me that strength.” (CRS)
keep them healthy. They don’t have to make a choice between purchasing bottled water and risking sickness with each sip or meal. And being able to bathe, even with buckets and ladles, brings relief from the heat for a time. Staying healthy means staying physically strong, allowing them to cook, care for neighbors, and plan how they will rebuild a home as they
Schools in CDO continue to relocate evacuees as classes begin by Jorie C. Valcorza
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Hundreds of families seeking shelter in Macasandig, West and City Central Schools are now relocated and provided with better temporary shelters as children reports back to school, this week. Congressman Rufus Rodriguez of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City lauded the Department of Education (DepEd) courage and sincerity in pursuing the early opening of classes 26
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despite the presence of many evacuees inside its school campuses. As early as January 1, DepEd together with its partner companies, agencies and the different international
humanitarian organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, Plan International and Disaster Aid who provided for the tents and other relief assistance, began deploying displaced families in Macasandig Elementary School to other nearby public schools in Agusan which now houses some 38 families sharing in 20 tents, the other 76 families were brought to Mandumol plaza in Macasandig with 30 tents, another 23 in Buena Oro, 20 families in Camaman-an Mt. Fatima Church and continue to transfer another 40 families the following day. For the City Central School, Congressman Rodriguez together with DepEd Regional Director Luz S. Almeda, identified the Regional Science High School covered court to best absorb some 50 families and free about 8 to 10 classrooms, while Cugman Elementary School can also house 40 families. Other school identified includes Puerto and Bugo Elementary School. Deployment continues with some 30
remaining tents from Plan International and other 95 tents donated by the Disaster Aid. Rodriguez noted in a media forum, held today at the Regional Educational Learning Center (RELC) that it is better this way since the camp is easier to manage with less people around, and with better access to facilities. HOLCIM has likewise provided cement for the construction of about 4 to 8 permanent comfort rooms on the said schools. The lawmaker bares that a village is also set aside for priority families in Barangays Indahag and Gusa amounting to Php200,000 house and lot. “This is not all free, they are still required to pay a very minimal monthly amortization of Php200 for the first five (5) years with a 30 years loan term, to allow more fund for the government in its future disaster/recovery operations,” the Congressman said.
No IDP will be left behind for permanent relocation - DWSD by Charmaine P. Tadlas
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman assured survivors of typhoon “Sendong” in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan permanent relocation sites are being prepared for all of them. “Relocation sites are being worked government and non-government out by the local government and the agencies involved in shelter,” Soliman DSWD in coordination with other said. Sunday, January 8, 2012
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In Cagayan de Oro, DSWD is now working with the City Social Welfare and Development Office to finalize the list of potential beneficiaries for the shelter assistance. According to Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD 10, they have set criteria and priorities to be considered in identifying the beneficiaries of the Program. Solamillo said that the eligible beneficiaries of the Program must be: internally displaced persons (IDPs)/ families whose houses are located in officially declared â€œno-build zonesâ€? (Sitio Calacala, Isla de Oro, Isla Delta, Copa, Tambo, Isla Bugnao, Isla Baksan); families whose houses are totally damaged; and monthly income of a family of six (6) should be below the food threshold that is P10,936 in urban areas and P9,767 in rural areas (based on NSCB report). Solamillo also said that based on Administrative Order No. 17 or the Omnibus Guideline on Shelter Assistance, the following should also be considered as priorities for the shelter assistance: families with small children; families with pregnant and lactating mothers; surrogate parents of orphaned children living in evacuation centers who are equally situated with totally damaged shelters units; families with damaged houses whose head of household died or were incapacitated as a result of the disaster; and families with seriously ill members or persons with disabilities or with special needs. As of press time, there are 356 shelter boxes installed by the 28
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Rotary International in Calaanan Tent City which has a land area of 3.5 hectares. A total of 261 families have already transferred in the area. Several partners of DSWD such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), OXFAM and the Department of Health (DOH) are already installing basic facilities such as latrines, portalets, water connection and multi-purpose huts for the use of the occupants there. Having seen the immediate need to accommodate more families however, the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro has added another three (3) hectares for temporary relocation in the same area so that more tents may be put up. Another nine (9) hectares is also reserved as a permanent relocation site in Calaanan. Xavier University also provided five (5) hectares in Barangay Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City for the internally displaced families as a transitory relocation while a permanent site of another five (5) hectares is under site development. Currently, the XU is crafting its Master Plan for the said area with the considerations of DSWD and IOMâ€™s projects of constructing 120 and 230 bunkhouses units respectively which can accommodate at total of 350 families. Soliman lauds the effort of local and international organizations that have been helping the government in ensuring that IDPs are provided the services they need and facilitate their return to normalcy. (DSWD)
30,000 Davaoeños to run for education by Carina Cayon
ome 30,000 runners in the city and from other parts of the region are expected to join on January 22 a nationwide unity run dubbed as “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” in a bid to gather help and support for education.
The runners from the Davao Re-
gion will be part of the 300,000 who are projected to participate in the one-day unity run which will be held simultaneously on said date at seven
key cities in the country. The “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” unity run was launched yesterday in Davao City being one of the identified event sites in Mindanao. The starting point of the fun run in the city will be at SM City Mall of Davao. The UNTV television network in partnership with event organizer Avant Garde Creatives, Inc. initiated this first synchronized fun run in their advocacy to aid the government in providing the best education for the Filipino children. Avant Garde chief operating officer Ryan Ramos said that the proceeds of the event are intended for computer classrooms packaged with high-end computer and aircondition units for public schools from all over the country. Ramos said that the Department of Education through its Adopt-A-School Program will recommend its priority schools that are in dire need of computer facilities. Sunday, January 8, 2012
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The city government of Davao and DepEd Region XI responded positively to the unity run advocacy for education, and expressed support to the event on January 22. Vice-mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support through a message delivered by Councilor April Dayap, saying that the highest priority of the city government include the infrastructure needs of public schools in Davao City. The participating runners in each key point will get a chance of winning in three categories such as the threekilometer, five-kilometer and ten-kilometer run. The three top winners for female and another three top champs for male will each be awarded with a medal and cash prizes ranging from P15,000 to P35,000. Those who will finish the ceremonial run and the race will also be entitled to a raffle draw after the race, with prizes to include brand new car, motorcycle laptops and cellphones for Metro Manila. For all other locations, finishers will have the chance to win from the raffle draw motorcycle, laptops and cellphones. The first 20,000 registrants will be provided with free official unity run singlet and canvass bag. The registration period ends on January 16, 2012, with registration fee of P200 (3K), P250 (5K) and P330 (10K) for Davao City. The registration hubs in the city include Chris Sports at Abreeza Mall, Reebok at Gaisano Mall of Davao and 30
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Holiday Fitness Gym and Spa. Aside from Davao City and Metro Manila, the other five key cities for the unity run are Butuan, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Bacolod. Ramos said that holding the unity run took inspiration from the first fun run dubbed as â€œTakbo Para sa Libreng Kolehiyoâ€? which gathered more than 50,000 runners in Manila. The said event collected about P20 million proceeds that were made to put up the free college the La Verdad Christian School in Caloocan City, he told the local media here in a press conference during the launching at the Davao City Recreation Center. He said that the school has opened doors to 200 scholars who were provided with free tuition fees, free books, uniforms and including free meals. Aside from this, the collected funding was also able to build a complete two-storey computer classrooms for Apalit National High School in Pampanga, said UNTV Mindanao bureau chief Dino Hilario. Hilario disclosed that Vicente Hizon Elementary School in Davao City was also a recipient of ten computer units and one aircondition unit, while a school in Taguig was provided a speech laboratory. Ramos said the run for education advocacy was initiated by broadcast journalist Daniel Razon, chair and chief executive officer of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, Inc. (BMPI) that operates and manages UNTV.
“We will clear our ranks” – DENR XI
DAVAO CITY – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) regional executive director Jim O. Sampulna vowed to personally look into the alleged report about some corrupt employees and officials under him. “I openly take the challenge made upon me to clear and dismiss corrupt DENR-XI employees. We are presently undergoing a very thorough investigation about this and have identified two personalities allegedly involved on this act in the region,” Sampulna said. As far as the implementation of Executive Order no. 23, Sampulna pointed out that for 2011, DENR-XI was able to confiscate a total of 4,319 cu.m. of illegally cut or transported forest products with an estimated market value of P19,652,264.97. Part of these confiscations was donated to the Department of Education (DepED-XI) for manufacturing
of school armchairs, desks, teachers’ table and other school fixtures. To date, DENR has already donated a total of 2,788.67 cu.m. of confiscated logs to DepEd. Since DepEd-XI has no capacity to mill, the processing or fabrication of these logs into desks, chairs, tables, among others for use in the schools was coursed through the Carpentry Shop of the Local Government of Tagum City under Mayor Rey T. Uy. DepED, DENR and LGU Tagum City forged a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for this arrangement. The MOA also cited that the LGU is tasked to turn over the finish products to DepEd, while the DepEd will submit report to the DENR on the number of school fixtures turned-over by the LGUs to them. Per report submitted by the Office of Mayor Uy to the DENR-XI, there were already 11,995 school chairs and desks manufactured out of the confiscations donated to DepEd. Further, there were 117 double deck beds donated to the Philippine Army and the PNP as well as 52 hospital beds donated to Provincial of Compostela Valley Province. Moreover, DENR has also donated a total of 62.23 cu.m. of confiscated Sunday, January 8, 2012
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logs to the LGU of Davao Oriental. Out of these, the LGU through the initiative of Congresswoman Thelma Z. Almario was able to turn-over to DepED 685 armchairs and 427 desks. A total of 138.31 cu.m. of confiscated logs donated to the AFP/PNP and 350.94 cu.m. to the different Local Government Units. “I believe that DENR-XI is not remiss in its function to protect the forests. My men in coordination with the LGUs, PNP, Philippine Army and the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force have risked their lives and work long hours on field to make these confiscations,” Sampulna said. Under Executive Order No. 23 or the “Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natu-
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ral and Residual Forests and Creating The Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force” signed by President Benigno S. Aquino, III on February 1, 2011, Section 2 Article 2.7 stated that “The Department of Education shall be given priority in the use of all confiscated logs”. EO 23 also mandates all concerned municipality/city mayors through their respective Barangay Captains to conduct periodic upland monitoring to ensure that no illegal logging, kaingin and other forms of forest destruction occur in their areas of jurisdiction and in case of occurrence , report same to the Regional Anti-illegal logging task force through the provincial governor/or DILG Regional Director. (Bing Cordova/ DENR XI PR)
Sarangani capitol women employees receive HPV vaccine dose by CT Apelacio ALABEL, Sarangani-- Every woman is a potential risk of getting cervical cancer.
Thus, 510 provincial capitol women employees here have received a vaccine on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to protect them from contracting the dreadful disease. The total number of clients, said Jermine Allan Parre単o, population project officer of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), also included members of Sarangani Provincial Gender and Development Council (PGADC) and all members of the technical working group. Sunday, January 8, 2012
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PGADC sponsored the massive provincial capitol vaccination as part of the GAD program year-end activity for 2011. The female employees received their first dose on December 5 last year. The second dose started Thursday and ended Friday (Jan 6). The third dose will be given on July 6. According to Glaxo Smith Kline, in the Philippines, cervical cancer is the second leading killer cancer for women. Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every 2 minutes. “That’s why women need the vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer. A study pointed out that eight of 10 women get HPV, which is the main cause of cervical cancer,” Parreño stressed adding 12 of Filipino women die everyday from the disease. He described the virus as common that can be acquired from a public toilet or elsewhere “so you see the infection is not neces34
sarily sexual.” According to Glaxo, HPV can easily be transmitted and may be acquired through a skin-to-skin genital contact even stressing that “condom usage” alone cannot give maximum protection from being exposed to HPV. Meanwhile, Josefina Velasco, PGAD focal person said the undertaking was very relevant as GAD program is all about protection and upholding the rights of women. One way to contribute to that upholding of women’s rights is to ensure that our active working women here in the provincial capitol are protected from cervical cancer. “Pwede naman i-
prevent kaya gawin na natin hanggang maaga sa pamamagitan ng programang ito at pagbibigay ng bakuna,” Velasco told PIA General Santos City. HPV has at least 30 types, 15 of which are cancer-causing, how-
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ever, it is HPV types 16 and 18 that “account for more than 70 percent of cervical cancer cases” worldwide. When asked of the importance of the vaccine, Parreño said HPV vaccine targets the two most common cancercausing types (16 and 18) that infect Filipino women every minute. Since, it is common HPV infection can happen at any given time and age, he said. Sexually active women are the most vulnerable sector as the risk may be present all their lifetime. The risk even gets higher as women get older. So women 26 years and older have a lot to gain from the vaccination, he added. Parreño also said women can still avail of the vaccine even if they have already acquired HPV but the vaccine can not offer any curative benefit and will not change an existing cervical condition.
ARMM Gov pushes use of ATM by Perlita B. Changco COTABATO CITY -- Starting February this year, salaries and wages of officials and employees of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be deposited to individual Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards. ARMM OIC-regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman is pushing the use of ATM for all officials and employees under his watch in withdrawing their salaries and wages starting next month. The move, he said, is one of major steps to curb graft and corruption in consonance with the thrust of instituting necessary changes and reforms towards good governance. Hataman said they would be able to draw
and track the lists of regular and contractual employees in the ARMM, through use of ATM, citing reports of ghost teachers and workers. â€œHindi ko sinasabi na meron niyan noong sinundan natin, ang sa akin gumagawa tayo ng hakbang upang hindi magkakaroon ng pagkakataon o chance na makalusot ang ganitong masamang gawain para maseguro na ang pera dapat ginagamit sa mga programa at serbisyo
na pakikinabangan ng mga tao at komunidad (I am not saying that there were incidents like that before us. For me, we are making a step to disallow any chances to do any wrongdoings to ensure that the money is used on programs and services that will benefit the community), â€? Hataman said. He added that employees in the island provinces expressed objection to the move, citing the distance of nearest location of banks to their workplace such as Basilan, Sulu and TawiTawi; which the governor dismisses as shallow and an act of resentment. This does not deter the resolve of the present leadership to introduce much needed reforms but rather serves as a challenge to push for changes in the ARMM, Hataman said.
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He said he is bent on implementing the use of ATM among ARMM officials and employees come February.
Hataman also dis- resolve the problem of closed to have set a ghost teachers within meeting with educa- 100 days. tion and school officials in the ARMM in a bid to
Electric coop hiniling sa SP ang mas mababang bayarin sa RPT KORONADAL CITY -- Hinihiling ngayon ng South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO 1) sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan ang mas mababang bayarin sa Real Property Tax (RPT).
Ayon kay SOCOTECO 1 General Manager Santiago Tudio, nakikipagkasundo sila sa SP na P41 milyon na lang ang kanilang babayaran sa pamahalaang panlalawigan sa halip na P67 milyon, kasama na ang penalidad. Kung tatanggalin ang mga surcharge at penalty sa kanilang obligadyon, handa aniya silang bayaran ng minsanan ang naturang bayarin. Nakatakdang muling haharap si Tudio sa SP sa susunod nitong regular session. Paliwananag ni Tudio, ang malaking 36
utang sa RPT ay hindi resulta ng pagsasawalang bahali sa kanilang obligasyon dahil dati nang hindi pinapatawan ng RPT tax ang mga kooperatiba subalit binaliktad ito ng korte. Dahil walang koleksyon para rito
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ang kooperatiba, nakahanda umano silang mangutang para mabayaran ito ng buo at minsanan. Aminado si Tudio na ipapasa nila ang obligasyon sa mga konsumidor. (DEDoguiles)
City govâ€™t to use P60 million Seal of Good Housekeeping cash incentive for priority projects by Robert E. Roperos
epartment of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) City Director Romeo Solis recently said the city government in Butuan will use the P60 million cash incentive they received for the implementation of priority projects.
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This, after the cityâ€™s flagship program on transparency and accountability governance was awarded by the DILG with Seal of Good Housekeeping, making the city government qualified as recipient of the Local Government Support Fund (LGSF), amounting to P60 million. Solis said the cash incentives must be spent in the construction of infrastructure projects to attract businessmen and investors that will boost the economic condition of the city. The official said through investments, revenue of the city government will increase. Solis added this is needed, since the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of the city has decreased P20 million annually. 38
Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo said the fund shall be utilized as capital expenditures and shall be used to augment their approved 2012 Annual Investment Plan for implementation of any or combination of the following projects, namely: 1) rural electrification; 2) local roads connecting national roads; 3) arterial farm-to-market roads and bridges; 4) local economic enterprises and; 5) flood control and drainage. Also, the DILG chief said the fund will be used to support the priority projects of the national government such as the 1) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); 2) Philippine Disaster Risk
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Reduction and Management Act of 2010; and 3) Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. According to DILG, the Seal of Good Housekeeping for LGUs is in line with the Departmentâ€™s commitment to aggressively scale up interventions to elevate the practice of governance that values transparency, accountability, participation and performance into an institutionalized status, which aims to recognize LGUs with good governance performance in internal housekeeping particularly on four areas, namely 1) Good Planning; 2) Sound Fiscal Management; 3) Transparency and Accountability; and 4) Valuing of Performance Monitoring. The DILG also said LGUs with the Seal of Good Housekeeping will be qualified for the Performance Challenge Fund for Local Government Units being handled by the Bureau of Local Government Development.
Brgy. Mararag cited for best sanitation practices in Caraga by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur â€“ Barangay Mararag in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur under the leadership of Mayor Leo Navarro was cited for having the best sanitation practices at the barangay level in Caraga for 2011.
The recognition came with a P150,000 cash award given by the Department of Health (DOH) in a ceremony held on December 21, 2010 in Butuan City. Marihatag Mayor Leo Navarro, together with the municipal health officer, Sanitary Inspector Officer and Brgy Captain Rebecca Polinar
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councils was a major factor that pushed people in the community to exert effort to support the good governance in the area. Meanwhile, the
community in Mararag supported the “Clean and Green Program” of the Provincial Government, headed by Governor Johnny Pimentel. The annual evalua-
tion and assessment of 19 LGUs was conducted thru the “Gawad Probinsiya sa Kapaligiran” (GPK) Program aimed at saving the environment.
Agusan Norte prov’l gov’t to intensify infra rehab projects BUTUAN CITY - In support to the Regional Development Plan of Caraga, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte will intensify the rehabilitation of the province’s infrastructure.
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province to attract local and foreign investors. Cabaltera said the provincial planning team has already conducted assessment to all municipalities of the province to identify and prioritize the infrastructure of each barangay that needs to be developed and rehabilitated. “We have already conducted some sort of
assessment to all barangays in the municipalities of the province to identify the needs of developing the infrastructure,” Cabaltera said in the vernacular. The official further said municipalities that are in need of farm-tomarket roads are those that will be prioritized. “With farm-to-market roads, products of the farmers in the province
will be brought easily to their respective markets for selling… Thus, this ensures improvement of the farmers’ income,” Cabaltera said. Furthermore, Cabaltera said the project also aims to provide assistance to each local government unit in every municipality, especially in times of calamities and disasters. (Robert E. Roperos)
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