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Government to implement performance-based system of giving bonuses to workers – DBM Secretary Abad Voters’ registration in Lanao Sur normal - COMELEC Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Armm

PhilHealth benefit package launched in Bislig City Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

DA chief to visit Surigao Norte anew Fryan E. Abkilan, Caraga Region

38th Nutrition Month Celebration focuses on vegetable consumption Felipo David G. Malcampo, Western Mindanao

PMA to hold entrance exam in CdO on Aug. 26 Northern Mindanao

DepEd to prioritize planting of bamboo trees Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Dan Hill holds concert for Tagum’s chairs program Louie Lapat, Southern Mindanao

8 Koronadal villages considered dengue hotspots Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

City gov’t to distribute 385 computers to public schools in Gensan Pops Gumana -Fruylan, Central Mindanao

Cover Story

Davao City’s Black taxis, among PH most modern page 4

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Rudolph Alama Southern Mindanao


Cover Story

Davao City’s Black taxis, among PH most modern by Rudolph Alama

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hey are sleek and elegant connoting class and style, Davao City’s Black Taxis are becoming the rave in the city nowadays owing to its mixture of riding comfort and digital technology. A 25- unit fleet operated by the Davao City-based Mabuhay Taxi, the units are individually equipped with satellite Global Positioning System and a Point-of-Sale (POS) system which enables each taxi passenger to pay their fares using their debit or ATM cards and in the works is a system that can also process credit card transactions. This feature puts Mabuhay Black Taxis ahead of its counterpart not just in the city but also in the rest of the country as well. Pierre Ryan Tan says his inspiration for their Debit/ATM processing taxis was the ultimate riding convenience. “There was one passenger who asked 4

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the cab driver to go to the nearest ATM machine so she can pay the fare.” Tan recalls. It is for passengers who don’t have enough cash-on-hand to pay for their fares, they’ll just use their ATM or debit card for payments. The cards must be Bancnet or Megalink cards for it to be processed. Tan said that they don’t issue service charge or have no fixed minimum charges. “Even if your fare is just one peso, you can swipe it with your card.” Tan added. Other problems which will be solved by the cashless feature will


include the driver not worrying about having the exact amount of change particularly if the passenger pays up with bills of large denomination. It’s a Win-Win solution for the passenger and the taxi driver, says Tan about the POS feature which is partnership between the Mabuhay Taxi Company and China Banking Corporation (China Bank). Currently there are about an average of 10 ATM/Debit card taxi fare transactions being monitored by the company daily. Another feature aside from the POS equipped taxis is their Global Positioning System. GPS-equipped taxis provide unrivalled safety and convenience for passengers. In this set-up a prospective passenger calls the central call center which is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week even during holidays. The call center monitors the locations of the taxis thru the GPS and messages the nearest taxi unit, the driver then receives the address of the passenger

to be picked up. Unlike Davao City’s GPS equipped police patrol cars, Tan said that Black Taxis GPS system have real-time messaging features to relay to the drivers the exact addresses of waiting passengers. The device can relay messages, relay advisory and provide efficient dispatch. Another advantage for GPS is when a passenger accidentally leaves his or her belongings in the cab. Provided the passenger remembers the taxi number the GPS can expeditiously locate the taxi and relay a message of the passenger’s left item. Tourism Feature Black Taxis Tan said were patterned after black-colored luxury car taxis found in other developed countries. We want our black taxis to be set apart from the rest; the black color denotes elegance and

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that they can ride the Black Taxis.

formality Tan said. But unlike other black luxury taxis abroad where there is much higher flag-down and tariff rates, Davao City Black Taxis have the same rates as regular taxis. Tan said that Black Taxis provide comfort, convenience and safety to passengers. Black Taxi Drivers have stricter dress code, being mandated to wear black pants (no jeans, faded pants) and black leather shoes (no colored rubber shoes) they also undergo training to handle the taxis unique high-tech features. On the works is a partnership between the Department of Tourism and the Mabuhay Taxi Company to feature It’s More Fun in The Philippines ads similar to the Black Taxis in London England. It is hoped to be finalized and featured during the Kadayawan Festival in August. Tan said that he has received reports that passengers prefer to ride the Black Taxis. He cites a taxi line where waiting passengers would let other passengers board other taxis so 6

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History Pierre Ryan Tan was then a 14year old teenager when he dreamt of a owning a taxi fleet. Together with the combined savings of his sister they were able to purchase a single unit of taxi. Their father, Manuel Tan M.D. bought more units and in 1994 Mabuhay Taxi was born. “I was a teenager then so it was my father who managed the business.” Tan said. Through the years their business grew to become one of the biggest taxi companies in the city. At 34, Pierre is overseeing the growth of his new taxi baby. He says by next month he will be seeing Black Taxis to be a 40-strong fleet. Tan says he is working on introducing new innovations for his taxi fleet, which he declines to elaborate classifying it as trade secrets but he says will be using ultra-modern digital technology to bring unrivalled luxury and convenience to Davao’s taxi riding public.


ACROSS THE NATION

Department of Budget and Management announces proposed 2013 budget

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he Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has announced the completion in terms of preparation of the proposed P2.006trillion ‘Empowerment Budget’ under the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for fiscal year 2013 to support the Aquino government’s unyielding efforts to fulfill its commitment to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable economic development.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday, Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad said that the proposed 2013 national budget was

crafted in consideration of five key principles to ensure that the Aquino administration’s priority program targets will be attained. Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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“This budget was crafted guided by five principles, the first one is the President’s Greater and Deeper commitment to the Aquino Social Contract, the second is Accelerated Completion of Priority Program Targets, third Stronger Government Accountability to Perform, fourth is Transparency for Faster Budget Execution and Clearer Results, and last but not the least is Greater Stakeholder Participation in Preparation and Execution,” Abad said. “We want this budget to accelerate the completion of priority program target so, towards this end we have designated the Department of Public Works and Highways as the principal infrastructure agency, meaning all construction activities will now be undertaken… the design, costing, the procurement or the bidding as well as the supervision by the DPWH so that the other agencies can concentrate on their core mandates,” he added. The proposed 2013 NEP, Abad further noted, will be anchored on the theme “Atas ng Bayan” which aims to deliver what the people, especially the underprivileged sector, has been asking for.

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“I will present to you the budget that we will submit on July 24 to Congress… the day after the President delivers his SONA, ang tema po ng budget for next year [ay] ‘Atas ng Bayan’. Last year our definition of ‘Paggugol ng Matuwid’ was spending that had direct, immediate and substantial impact to the people,” Abad said. “This year we define ‘Paggugol ng Matuwid as something that the people, especially the poor had been asking for or in short ‘Atas ng Taumbayan’.. we’ll be calling it an empowerment budget because every government peso that is spent in this


budget is meant to benefit the people especially the poor and in that way we feel that we are empowering them,” he stressed. In a separate statement, the DBM chief underscored the people’s instructions to President Benigno S. Aquino III. “Malinaw po ang Atas ng Taumbayan kay Pangulong Aquino: Igugol nang matuwid and bawat piso sa kaban ng bayan nang may direktang pakinabang

sa kanila”, Abad noted. “With this, the Aquino administration designed the 2013 expenditure plan as an Empowerment Budget: a budget that seeks to unshackle the poor from poverty and invest in their capabilities to participate meaningfully in the economy. It is also a Budget that deepens reform by enabling citizens to participate in governance and to hold government accountable to them,” he said. (JCL)

Government to implement performancebased system of giving bonuses to workers – DBM Secretary Abad

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n order to prod government workers and institutions to perform their respective mandates above par, the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III will implement a performancebased system of bonuses that will be included in the 2013 General Appropriations Act, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said on Tuesday.

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In a press briefing at Malacañang, Abad said this “innovation” of awarding bonuses to deserving employees and institutions is in line with President Aquino’s directive to harmonize all performance-based management systems in government. “…we hope to strengthen also the accountability of public institutions and public servants to perform their mandates and, therefore, we continue to deepen performance

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budgeting and harmonize all performance-based management systems in government,” Abad said. He added that the additional bonus is different from the usual productivity enhancement incentive given to government workers and institutions every year. “But one innovation that we are going to introduce next year is a system of performancebased bonuses which can range from 5,000 to 35,000 pesos per employee on top of the productivity enhancement incentive of about 5,000 that they will be receiving,” Abad said. He said that more details on the incentive program will be given at a later date. (rck)


Deles says ‘time for peace is now’; cites P-Noy’s efforts and ‘whole-of-government’ approach for peace in Mindanao

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he time for peace is now,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles declared, emphasizing the ‘whole-of -government’ approach of the P-Noy administration in pushing for peace.

In her speech during the Moro Leaders’ Assembly held over the weekend in Camp Darapanan, Secretary Deles cited the clear directives from President Aquino to all departments and agencies to contribute to ongoing efforts to fast-track peace and development in Mindanao. Wednesday, July 11, 2012

In what was probably the most emotional and inspiring moment of peace advances in southern Philippines, thousands of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members with their families and other Moro leaders repeatedly chanted in unison their “takbirs” of “Allahu Akbar!” (God is the ONE MINDANAO

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Greatest), as Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles defined government’s efforts in its relentless quest for lasting peace in the south. “Patuloy ang pagsisikap ng ating Pangulo para itulak ang paguusap sa lamesa (‘Our President is continuously persistent in moving the peace talks forward’),” she stated. The peace adviser mentioned how the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have been carrying out their functions in support of the peace process. She also said that the GPH Panel has been diligently consulting all government agencies and departments on the agenda of power and wealth-sharing, and governance which are being discussed with the MILF on the peace table. “The Panel does not bring empty or false promises to Kuala Lumpur. Following the President’s instructions, the Panel ensures that the appropriate departments and agencies have been properly consulted and have come on board. The Panel goes to KL for every meeting with a fresh mandate from the President,” she stated. Further, she emphasized that regular consultations are being done with Congress and Senate. “I tell you the feedback has been positive from the leadership of both Houses of Congress,” she said adding that dialogues with retired Supreme

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Court justices and members of the 1987 Constitutional Commission are set to be conducted. Consultations with local government units and civil society organizations, as well as business sector and the academe are also continuing in line with P-Noy’s directive for transparency in the negotiations. Deles stressed President Aquino’s tuwid na daan (straight path) principle, which is also upheld by the Islamic principle alsirat al mustaquim and his hands-on leadership in securing permanent peace in Mindanao within his term. “Sa tuwid na daan, ang salita ay sagrado. Sa ilalim ni P-Noy, siya mismo ang diretsong namumuno, gamit ang buong kakayanan at resources ng gobyerno, pati na ang kaniyang sarili, para sa paghanap ng kapayapaan para sa buong bansa.” She recalled the President’s move to personally meet Murad in August 2011 in Japan where they agreed to fast track the peace negotiations and the stand he made against the outcry for an all-out-war in October of last year, which he silenced with his call for “all-out-justice.” “P-Noy has been tried and tested in the search for peace. Nasubok na po si P-Noy at siya ay tapat na nanindigan. He has passed the test,” she said. Deles graced the kick-off of the Moro assembly which ended yesterday with other key government Wednesday, July 11, 2012


officials, chief negotiator Marvic Leonen; peace panel members Miriam Ferrer, Yasmin Busran-Lao, Senen Bacani and Hamid Barra, 6th Infantry Division’s Major Gen. Rey Ardo, Government of the Philippines (GPH) ceasefire chief BGen. Gilberto Jose Roa, senior military adviser BGen. Leo Cresente Ferrer and senior police adviser SSupt. Noel Delos Reyes. Also in attendance were Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) representative Tahir Akmad Saif, Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato’ Ghafar Tengku bin Mohamed, members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), foreign dignitaries and local government executives and representatives.

to gather support from and ensure the participation of the Bangsamoro for the ongoing peace talks.”) “Saludo po kami sa inyong (We salute your) show of unarmed force in support of the peace process,” she added conveying the national government’s recognition and appreciation to the MILF leadership’s initiative to hold the public assembly. Deles also took note of the successful collaboration of government security forces and the MILF in ensuring the safety and security of the participants to the four-day Bangsamoro Leaders’ Assembly.

New leadership spells the Joint security efforts for a difference historic and peaceful assembly She related that it was not her first The peace adviser’s compelling time to be in Camp Darapanan. She message reinforced the MILF Chair attended the Bangsamoro People’s Murad Ebrahim’s declaration that Consultative Assembly here back he “sees a flickering light at the in 2005 barely a month and a week end of the long tunnel,” referring before she resigned as Presidential to a possible breakthrough in the Adviser on the Peace Process during GPH-MILF peace process. the Arroyo administration. “Kami ay narito dala ang pagkilala at pagpupugay ng national “In 2005, together with Secretary government sa inyong tuwirang Silvestre “Yongyong” Afable, I pagsisikap na buuin at patingkarin brought the message of hope, ang suporta at pakikilahok ng solidarity, and persistence in pursuit Bangsamoro para sa nangyayaring of peace,” she recalled, adding usaping pangkapayapaan sa that she brings the same, but at pagitan ng gobyerno at MILF,” the same time, different message. Deles said. (“Our presence here “The difference is the change of signifies the national government’s leadership under P.Noy. Ngayon recognition of your sincere efforts dala ko ang mensahe na sinsero si Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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P.Noy, seryoso si P.Noy, sa kaniyang paghangad at pagsisikap para sa kapayapaan at kaunlaran dito sa Mindanao.” The peace adviser told of reliving the heights of energy, hope and commitment for peace that she experienced. “Now I have returned, filled with joy and hope once more as I sense how strong your drive is to attain peace.” she said. The peace adviser concluded with an expression of new hope and commitment from the government. “I have dared to return to government and I face you again today with new hope and commitment because under our current President, under P.Noy – sa daang matuwid – al sirat al mustaquim – we can dare to hope again. With you we say – the time for peace is now.” Goal is for signing of peace pact this year Chief government negotiator Dean Marvic Leonen conveyed the same sincerity and commitment from the government. He also underlined the urgency that a peace pact with the MILF should be signed soon. “Our final agreement should be simple but meaningful and it should be signed within this year so that there is an opportunity to

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implement and assess and learn some more,” Leonen explained that by signing it this year both parties will have ample time to adjust the agreements. “We know that our national government, who we represent at the negotiating table is poised and ready to invest technically, politically, and financially to achieve all these,” he added. Leonen also pointed out the importance of building trust in the negotiations. “As the President reminded me time and again: It is not the complexity of the agreement that will ensure its implementation or the achievement of its aims—it is the trust that is built in the process of negotiation and in the process of assessing its implementation. At the end of the day, we build on each other’s sincerity and we do this while we are implementing programs and projects than just simply talking for that perfect peace agreement at the negotiating table,” he said. “We negotiate for more than peace. We negotiate that we can live in a society that not only aspires for justice but also painstakingly tries to achieve it,” he stressed. Leonen also lauded the MILF peace panel for being able, patient and wise in the peace negotiations. “To negotiate with your panel and your leaders is indeed a lifetime honor that we will cherish,” he told the participants. Wednesday, July 11, 2012


ARMM holds general registration caravan by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he regional government conducted a general registration caravan last July 8, a day before the start of the general registration of voters in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Carrying the slogan “Isang Tao, Isang Rehistro, Isang Boto,” the caravan kicked-off early morning in the Office of the Regional Governor in Cotabato City, passing through some towns in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces, and ended at the Provincial Capitol Gym here where a simple program was held. Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ARMM Executive Secretary Anwar Malang, who represented ARMM Acting Governor Mujiv Hataman, said the caravan, which calls on voters to register only once, aims to push for honest and clean registration. “We wanted to erase the notion that ARMM is the cheating capital of ONE MINDANAO

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the country,� he said. According to Malang, a clean registration is the first step towards real reforms in the region. Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong called on the civil society organizations and members of the media in the entire region, specifically in the province to take an active part in ensuring the conduct of clean and honest registration. cleansing the region through this He also urged everybody to unite and help in electoral reform. Provincial Election Supervisor Nasib Yasin advised that complaints should be filed at his office or at the designated areas of the four monitoring teams organized just for this registration.

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Voters’ registration in Lanao Sur normal - COMELEC by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he first day of the general voters’ registration in the province was normal except for isolated problems on clustering and locations of the registration centers, according to Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Armando Velasco in a press conference held on July 9 in Marawi City. He said a number of the parties were not satisfied with the present location of the registration centers. The reasons are mostly attributable to “rido” (family feud) and political rivalry, Velasco said. According to Velasco, some claims that before they could go to designated registration centers they had to pass through the territory of political rivals while others could not go to the centers because of family feud. The commissioner, however, assured that they are trying their best to lessen the questions on clustering, emphasizing that aside from the convenience of registrants, they also consider its security aspect. As per Comelec report, there are 253 registration centers and 309 voters registration machines in the province. The other problem encountered Wednesday, July 11, 2012

were glitches in the voters registration machines in some areas but these had already been addressed by the Comelec. Velasco also said that the four regional directors of the Comelec assigned here moved around the province conducting ocular inspections and observing the conduct of the registration. Col. Daniel Lucero, commanding officer of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said almost 99 percent of the ONE MINDANAO

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forces are now deployed except for a contingent going to Upper Tagoloan as they are still waiting for the availability of the chopper that will ferry them from Cagayan de Oro City to the area. “There is also a high possibility of violence in the municipalities of Tugaya and Kapai, however, appropriate actions have been taken to prevent or avert such incidences there and that CCTV cameras were installed in the areas,� he further said. Lucero added that forces designated to secure Butig arrived in the municipality at around 8:30 a.m. and no violent incident was reported in the area.

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No other registration-related violence was also reported in other areas during the first day of registration.

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DOH intensifies anti-dengue campaign thru info strategies by Robert E. Roperos

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he Department of Health (DOH) is intensifying its campaign against dengue by tapping the communication support of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the government’s information arm.

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This was developed after the consultative workshop conducted in Metro Manila regarding the implementation of DOH’s nationwide anti-dengue campaign where the latter requested PIA to help its campaign by using of the agency’s two electronic communication channels - the inbox news and text blast operation. PIA Director General Jose A. Fabia, in a memorandum sent to PIA regional offices nationwide, directed the regional directors and officers-in-charge of the 16 regions to add and/or complete the directory of PIA inbox news and text blast recipients. Fabia reiterated that in order to be successful in this campaign, all barangay dengue warriors and barangay health workers in the country must be included as recipients. The PIA chief also directed concerned officials of the agency to group their database per barangay or community for easier and more convenient text blasting of information to concerned areas during the implementation of antidengue communication activities in their respective areas of responsibilities. Fabia said the text blasting per barangay is being pilot-tested in Regions 3 and in the National Capital Region (NCR) for two weeks, after which an assessment of the text blast activity will be done to identify gaps before it will be implemented in regions and provinces in the country. Inbox news are electronic news magazines produced by four major clusters of the agency such as the iStar

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of the Southern Luzon Cluster, One Luzon of the Northern Luzon Cluster, One Visayas for the Visayas Cluster, and the pioneering e-news magazine of the agency, One Mindanao. Among the recipients sectors regularly receiving news from the agency are the local tri-media, local government units, national government agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations, government financing institutions, military, police, religious, academe, judiciaries, business, labor, agri-workers, non-government organizations, and civic organizations.

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PhilHealth benefit package launched in Bislig City by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – To upgrade the health care benefits of members, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Thursday launched its Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB1) Package at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur. An estimated crowd of 500 convened at the Bislig City Gymnasium and witnessed the event with the presence of Bislig City Mayor Librado Navarro, other officials and guests. In her speech, Local Health Insurance Office Chief Ms. Juliet Golez of PhilHealth Bislig City said that Bisliganons are lucky enough that PhilHealth has chosen this city, where said program is first launched in Caraga region. “Bisliganons especially the marginalized should be ready, informed Wednesday, July 11, 2012

and empowered right before any sickness hit them, and PhilHealth will be there to assist them,” emphasized Golez. “Health program should be one of the most priority programs of all the local government units in the country because with good health, we can all enjoy life and perform our jobs well, along also with a quality education” Navarro said. Navarro added that one of his priorities is to have all Bisliganons registered and be members of the ONE MINDANAO

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PhilHealth. He also congratulated the City Health Office for the well implementation of the Health Care programs. Based on PhilHealth records, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur has 40,208 total members registered to PhilHealth. Also, Dr. Leizel Lagrada, Primary Care Benefit 1 Team Leader of PhilHealth briefed the Bisliganons on the ‘Primary Care Benefit 1 Package’. She said that this is one of the priority programs of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III which is aimed to achieve universal health care to all Filipino people who are members of PhilHealth. “PCB 1 Package is the new set of benefits entitles members to basic, quality health care services through accredited public health care providers nationwide. It allows primary health care providers greater flexibility in the range

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of services they can offer to their enlisted PhilHealth clients,� said Lagrada. Included in the PCB 1 Package are primary benefits such as consultations, regular blood pressure monitoring and helath promotion like education on breastfeeding, counseling on lifestyle modification and smoking cessation. Medicines for common diseases like asthma and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) with no or mild dehydration, upper respiratory tract infection/pneumonia and urinary tract infection are also included and expected to be provided by the providers of this package.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Banzon with Regl Vice Pres. Sychua and other PhilHealth officials handed over the PhilHealth Capitation Fund Checks to gocal government units of Bislig City and Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Bislig City received the amount of P915,600.00 for the 4th quarter of 2011 to fund its health services while Lingig received P927,600.00. A ceremonial performance commitment & memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing between PhilHealth and the institutional health care providers in Bislig City, and nearby municipalities in Surigao del Sur was also held. ONE MINDANAO

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DA chief to visit Surigao Norte anew by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO DEL NORTE -- Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala arrives Today, July 11 in Surigao City for a three-day visit in the province. Provincial agriculturist Gromyko Geraldino said upon arrival at the Surigao City Airport, Alcala along with his undersecretaries and all regional directors will proceed to Siargao Island for an executive committee meeting. Geraldino said they will be expecting around 120 guests from DA together with heads of its attached agencies, such as Philippine Coconut Authority, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Agricultural Training Institute, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, among others, to proceed to Siargao Island. Alcala will also see the status of some identified agri-fishery projects in the island and meet the agriculture and fishery stakeholders to respond and act on the issues

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and concerns that they may raise. “Right after their executive meeting on July 12, Sec. Alcala will grace the Farmers-Fisherfolks Forum at Gen. Luna. At 3 p.m., the secretary will then visit our demonstration farm at Brgy. Cancohoy in Del Carmen to lead the launching and groundbreaking ceremony of our organic agriculture, demo farm and warehouse,” Geraldino added. The last day of the secretary’s visit will be capped with a press conference in Surigao City. It was learned that Alcala’s visit will be his second time in the province. His first visit was in January last year where he met with farmers, local chief executives, NGOs/POs and the local media. Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Consumer assembly held in Dipolog By Franklin P. Gumapon

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s a sequel to the consumer assembly held here last June 8, representatives from the different business establishments and utilities have turned up to answer the issues raised by the consuming public in a gathering yesterday. The activity, which was spearheaded by the provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Dipolog Consumers’ Watch Group, Inc., sought to thresh out some issues raised by the consumers against

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certain business establishments and utilities in the city. One of the issues tackled in the consumer assembly was on the tap water supplied by the Dipolog City Water District (DCWD) which is allegedly dirty, rusty and with

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too much chlorine. In his answer to this concern, DCWD manager Pablito Paluca admitted that some of DCWD’s deep wells draw off water with high iron content thus discoloring the water. He, however, explained that the water distributed to the subscribers is safe. Paluca also disclosed that the DCWD is now using chlorine dioxide, a healthier chemical, in treating its water. “This chemical has no smell,” he said. Another issue raised in said gathering was on the poor signal

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experienced by subscribers of SMART Communications these days. The SMART representative told the participants that the company is now in the process of upgrading its equipment to provide better signal and services to its subscribers. In a related development, the assembly has also elicited a common sentiment among drugstore owners involving the granting of 20 percent discount on medicines purchased by senior citizens. Dipolog Pharmacists Association President Evelyn Atillo said that the law granting the senior citizens 20 percent off when buying their drugs must be reviewed by our lawmakers as this has adversely affected small drugstores.

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“Our markup price on drugs is only three percent. If a senior citizen buys medicines worth P2 thousand, he/she would have a discount amounting to P400 as provided for by law. Now, the profit from the P2 thousand worth of drugs is only P60. What will happen to our capital? This is why even the drugstores operated by certain groups of senior citizens have closed shop,” Atillo explained. Yesterday’s consumer assembly was attended by representatives from the water districts of Dipolog and Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Electric Cooperative (ZANECO), SMART Communications, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pharmacists Association, major business establishments in the city, media practitioners, barangay officials, consumers group and other stakeholders. Dipolog Consumers’ Watch Group President Michael Malacca said the gathering has provided objective responses from the concerned establishments and agencies to the issues and concerns raised by the consumers. (FPG/PIA9)

38th Nutrition Month Celebration focuses on vegetable consumption By Felipo David G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY The country is celebrating Nutrition Month (July) putting focus on encouraging the Filipino people to increase vegetable consumption and to make vegetable a regular item in every meal of the family. National Nutrition Council Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator-Ma. Del Pilar Pamela Tarroza during the kick off activity held recently said “the 38th year of celebration of Nutrition Month Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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increasing awareness on the benefits of eating vegetables; to promote vegetable consumption as part of a healthy diet to address micronutrient deficiencies and non-communicable diseases; promote vegetable gardening as a source of additional food and income; and increase demand for vegetables to help local vegetable farmers. Tarroza explained “eating vegetables is very essential to our health because vegetables are packed with nutrients and dietary fibers,” she said. “Green leafy and yellow vegetables such as malunggay, saluyot, kangkong and kamote tops are particularly rich in beta-carotene which are converted to Vitamin A in the intestinal wall and liver though requiring dietary fat for better conversion and utilization,” Tarroza explained. “Moreover, fresh and lightly cooked leafy greens are good sources of Vitamin C as well as iron, calcium, folic acid, vitamin E and other phytochemicals while the non-leafy vegetables such as eggplant, string beans, sayote, upo, and ampalaya not only contribute dietary fiber and variety to our meals but also provide additional iron and B complex

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vitamins,” She further shared. Based on the results of the Food Consumption Survey, Filipinos on average are eating less and less vegetables per day in the last three decades. “The World Health Organization recommends consumption of 400grams of fruits and vegetables every day, but from 1998 survey the average Filipino consumption is only 145 grams and in 2008 this is even down to 110 grams,” Tarroza informed. The Nutrition Officer encouraged the public specially the parents to make vegetable consumption a part of their daily lives because eating veggies can help prevent major noncommunicable diseases and can help prevent micronutrient deficiencies. She also called on the public to grow vegetables or have a vegetable garden in their homes, in schools and offices. “Having vegetable gardens in the households can increase supply and availability of vegetables for families,” Tarroza said. Nutrition Month is being celebrated by virtue of Presidential Decree 491 the Nutrition Act of the Philippines of 1974 by the late President Marcos. (JPA/FDM/PIA-ZBST)

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Senior citizens get a day treat around Camiguin

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ore than 4,000 senior citizens joined the “Suroy sa Camiguin (Stroll around Camiguin)� activity initiated by Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo as a treat to the said

Set in a three-month schedule that started last April to June, the trips this year were grouped by barangays, depending on the number of elderly on each locality.

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Provincial Senior Citizen Affairs focal person Zenaida M. Cainglet said it aimed on giving senior citizens opportunity to see the province major tourist attractions.

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“Most of our elderly here have not actually seen the island’s prided attractions. The activity likewise orients senior citizens on some added infrastructure improvements around the province as most of them barely go out in the comfort of their homes,� she said. Cainglet said food and transportation are provided for by the provincial government, and that the governor has specially allotted P1 million fund for this activity alone.

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PMA to hold entrance exam in CdO on Aug. 26 CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City - The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Office of the Cadet Admission will be conducting an entrance examination at 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, Philippine Army Gymnasium, Camp Evangelista, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on August 26. It requires all applicants to be set on specific qualifications: he or she must be a natural born Filipino Citizen, physically fit, single and never been married; must be at least 17 years old but not a day older than 22 years on April 1 of the year following the date of examination; a high school graduate with a general grade average of 85 percent or higher; and, a minimum of 5 feet 4 inches tall for male and 5 feet 2 inches tall for female. The PMA Cadetship Application form will be distributed nationwide and it can be downloaded from the PMA official website, http://www. pma.ph. All interested and qualified applicants must complete the

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information in the application form with other requirements. The form filled shall be mailed back with data to the Office of Cadet Admission, Philippine Military Academy, Fort del

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Pilar 2602, Baguio City, not later than two weeks before the scheduled examination date. The entrance examination covers algebra and geometry, grammar and composition, reading comprehension, verbal and numerical reasoning and pattern analysis. Examination permits are sent through mail to the address reflected by the applicants in their application forms and also can be verified at the venue during the examination. All cadets of PMA are granted full scholarships receiving salary and allowances while studying for four years, earning a degree of Bachelor of Science and a chance to study abroad after graduation. Also after graduation from the academy, cadets are directly commissioned as regular officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, joining any of the three branches of service of their choice, the Army, the Navy or the Air Force. “We encourage you, especially those coming from the island of Mindanao to take advantage of this opportunity and eventually become a cadet of PMA who will be receiving not only full scholarship but also assured

of stable job upon graduation,� MGen. Victor A. Felix, Commander, 4ID said. For more information and clarifications you may contact the Office of the Cadet Admission or the Public Information Office, Philippine Military Academy, Fort del Pilar, Baguio City, and PMA Liaison Office, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. (4ID)

DepEd to prioritize planting of bamboo trees by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - Regional directors and division/city schools superintendents of the Department of Education (DepEd) have been directed to prioritize planting bamboo trees during tree-planting activities in their areas of responsibility.

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Education Secretary Armin Luistro, in DepEd Memorandum No. 102 issued June 18, made as basis for such issuance the Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 30, s. 2012, from the Office of the President, a copy of which has been enclosed in the DepEd memo. Described to be selfexplanatory by Secretary Luistro, MC 30, entitled “Directing the Full Implementation of the Philippine Bamboo Industry Development (PBID) Program,� was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. May 30. MC 30 enjoins all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the national government, state universities and colleges, governmentowned and controlled corporations, and local government units to support the full implementation of the PBID Program. DTI has intensified the campaign to plant bamboo trees as a way to adapt to climate change and because of the benefits it brings to the environment, as these cannot be easily uprooted and carried away by the flashfloods because the roots are deeply anchored to the ground. In Misamis Occidental, DTI and DepEd has signed an agreement for a bamboo-planting program, wherein DepEd will encourage school pupils to plant bamboo Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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and DTI to process bamboos in the production of school furniture and fixtures, such as cabinets, school desks, tables, book shelves, and many more. These furniture and fixtures will be used by DepEd.

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National, Foreign support key to DavNor’s growth stands for People empowerment, Education, O p t i m u m health and social services, P u b l i c - p r i va t e partnership, Link to the world, and, Employment and livelihood opportunities. Transparency, reforms and the availability of counterpart funding from the provincial ccelerated growth and reforms have spurred Davao del Norte’s government has ensured the smooth and trouble-free implementation appeal to national and foreign fundings. As the province keeps up of ODA projects that have been pivotal in enhancing the human with the break-neck pace of mod- capital and productive capacities ernization, official development of the province in supporting assistance (ODA) resources help education, health, livelihood, and fuel the progressive drive of Govinfrastructure development. The flurry of external resources ernor Rodolfo del Rosario’s devel- was made possible through the opment agenda P.E.O.P.L.E. The governor’s strategy efforts of Gov. del Rosario, who

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prominent positions, especially as President of the Confederation of Local Chief Executives in Mindanao (CONFED), and Executive Vice President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) for Mindanao, among others. World Bank-funded MRDP

ten percent equity required from the LGUs for projects under the MRDP. Gov. del Rosario is now hoping the World Bank will pour in additional P6 billion for the expansion of the MRDP in order to help attain lasting peace by improving the incomes of poor communities in Mindanao.

Dairy Development Project The province was able to secure fromUDA a total of P273 million through the Mindanao Rural Development Seeing its promising program on Program (MRDP) of the World Bank animal health and propagation, and the Department of Agriculture. the US-based NGO Land O’lakes This is for the 27 rural infrastructure (LOL) chose Davao del Norte to be projects, such as farm-to-market its partner in developing its P23roads, bridges and water systems million dairy project in New Corella jointly undertaken by the Provincial town. This has become and City/Municipal LGUs, as well a testament to the public-private as the 132 community livelihood partnership thrust of the governor. projects undertaken by registered The US Department of AgriculturePeople’s Organizations in the funded project aims to improve province. the income of rural farmers while With the adjustment of LGU providing poor communities access counterpart funding scheme, the to nutritious fresh milk. Some 157 provincial government put up the dairy cows were given to initial 76 farmers from the barangays of Carcor, New Cortez, New Bohol, and San Jose. More cows are coming as Gov. del Rosario is very much hopeful that New Corella town will quality to become dairy zone. The National Dairy Authority requires 300 heads of milk cows for a certain area to be Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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recognized as such.
LOL Country Manager Qazi Yawar Naeem said the dairy project will not only benefit the present recipients but the potential future farmers who will be joining the loan scheme of repaying the cow loans.
The cows were given as loans to the farmers, who need to return a pregnant cow as payment in certain number of years. But, Naeem clarified the repayment cows will not be taken anywhere but will be given to the next set of farmer-beneficiaries.
 With the newly-completed P3.6-million dairy processing plant put up as counterpart by the Provincial Government, the project will soon handle the over a thousand liters of milk produced by the farmers daily. Improvement of Roads by AusAID

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The Dabaonons will soon enjoy the benefits of upgraded provincial roads that will significantly cut transportation costs and increase access of the poor to basic services, with the implementation of the Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF). After fully achieving its incentive targets for the program, the province is set to receive more than P40 million as initial grant from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The program primarily funds road rehabilitation and maintenance in the province. However, a substantial sum is

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allocated for local governance reforms to improve the quality and efficiency of public service delivery to the communities. The five-year, Php 4.3 billion (A$100 million) - PRMF program, which helps provincial governments upgrade and then maintain their core road network earlier started in seven partner provinces to include Bohol, Guimaras, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental. After showing early results, Australia decided to extend the program to another three provinces, to include Davao del Norte, Lanao del Norte and Aklan. The province also availed funding from the Philippine-Australia Human Resource and Organizational Development Facility (HRODF) to strengthen resource development and management, administration competencies and organizational capacities of the province. The facility has sent six scholars from the province to various universities in Australia in order to enhance the effectiveness of specific program areas. Availing these ODA funds reflects the healthy aid absorptive capacity of the province. The provincial government resolves to act on its commitment, kindled by its sense of ownership of the aid projects, as it speeds up a new era of inclusive growth that focuses on human development.(Noel Baguio-PGO Info DavNor) Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Dan Hill holds concert for Tagum’s chairs program

TAGUM CITY- Thousands of Tagumeño fans trooped to this city’s new city hall atrium to witness the one-night concert-for-acause of Grammy Award-winning International Artist and Composer Dan Hill last July 6, 2012 which benefited the Local Government of Tagum’s “Care for School Chairs” (CFSC) Program.

Saying that he was humbled and inspired the 58-year old Canadian singer expressed admiration of the program initiated by Mayor Rey T. Uy whom he paid a courtesy call at the Fabrication Section of the Tagum City Motorpool in the morning of the day of his concert. “The future for all of us around the world is the children’s generation and their education and anything that we can do to facilitate their education helps all of us,” stressed Hill in an

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exclusive interview with the Tagum City Information Office. “The biggest message is love, connection and to always think of other people, that your greatest happiness, as the mayor has so brilliantly demonstrated, your greatest sense of fulfillment and happiness is in helping other people.” During the courtesy call, the singer joined Mayor Uy and the volunteers in painting chairs which he described as “incredibly

fun. During the concert, the singer elicited cheers and applause from the audience when he sang his hit songs “Sometimes When We Touch,” “In Your Eyes,” “Why Do We Always Hurt the Ones We Love,” “Never Thought” and “I Do.” The said concert was organized by the City Government of Tagum and the Rotary Club of Tagum Golden L.A.C.E.S. The CFSC is a brainchild of Mayor Uy that makes use of confiscated logs by fabricating it into school chairs which are later distributed to schools not only in Tagum but also to schools in Davao Region and other areas in Luzon and in Visayas. As of June 30, 2012, the CFSC was able to distribute 51,893 pieces of school furniture since August 2011. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum) ONE MINDANAO

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CARAT 2012 exchange of plaques GENERAL SANTOS CITY, July 11 - Philippine Navy Commander Lued Lincuna and US Navy Commander David Welch exchange plaques at the closing ceremony of CARAT Exercise 2012 (Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training) Tuesday, July 10, at SAFII compound. Looking on are (from left) Capt. Robert Empedrad, deputy commander of Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM); Commodore Marfenio Tan (Res.); Commodore Philip Cacayan, commander of NFEM; and Capt. George Ursabia, commander of Coast Guard District South Eastern Mindanao. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE).

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Koronadal City co-ops cited for their contribution to local economy By Aida Agad KORONADAL CITY -- Cooperatives in this city are considered development players that propelled the local economy.

In his state of the city address (SOCA) July 9, Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel underscored the contributions of the 70 cooperatives

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accredited by the city cooperative office to the city’s economy. Miguel said the city government has also extended support to these cooperatives in

the form of trainings and seminars, technical assistance, as well as loan assistance. The mayor also commended the cooperatives for paying

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their loans extended by the city through the Cooperative Support Fund for Quality Massive Economic Development. Eleven accredited cooperatives have availed itself of a loan assistance in 2011

and have already fully paid their loan, Miguel reported. The city cooperative office also reported an increase of 54 percent in loan assistance fund, from P830,000 in the previous year to P1.8 million as of the 1st

semester of 2012. The office was accredited last year as cooperative training provider and became a nominee for the nationwide “Gawad Parangal CDA.” (DED/ ACA-PIA 12)

8 Koronadal villages considered dengue hotspots By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY-- Eight of the 27 barangays here have been considered dengue hotspots, an official of the City Health Office here said.

City health officer Dr. Jean Genevieve Aturdido said identified these barangays as General Paulino Santos (GPS) , Zones 2, 3, and 4, Sta. Cruz, Sto. Nino, Morales and Carpenter Hill, where they have concentrated intensified anti-dengue campaigns. “These barangays are now actively involved in regular cleanup of possible mosquito breeding places as well as in house-to-house campaign to remind

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villagers of the dangers of dengue as well as means to prevent its spread,” she said. Last week, two children succumbed to the mosquito-borne

disease, the city health office reported. Clustering or presence of three or more cases in four consecutive weeks has been reported in

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barangay GPS. Aturdido warned parents to monitor their children’s conditions and to seek medical attention if their children have fever that lasts more than one day. She added that with almost daily rain, the number of dengue cases could rise further. “During the last week of June we monitored 69 cases; this week the number could reach 80,” she said, adding that they are closely monitoring dengue admissions in hospitals here. Report from the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health (DOH) 12 said cases in Soccsksargen Region as of July 7 has already reached 1,907, an increase of 24 percent as compared to 1,532 cases in the 27th week last year. Most dengue cases were reported from North Cotabato with 940, followed by Wednesday, July 11, 2012

South Cotabato (314), Cotabato City (243), General Santos City (204), Sarangani (114), and Sultan Kudarat (94). Sharp increases were reported in Cotabato City at 109 percent and North Cotabato at 94 percent. Same RESU-DOH 12 report indicated that 15 persons have already died from dengue this year: five each in General Santos City and North Cotabato, three in South Cotabato , and two in Sarangani. However, the two deaths in Koronadal City have not yet been included in the DOH 12 report since these were only confirmed over the weekend, thus, increasing the number of deaths in South Cotabato to five and the entire Soccsksargen Region to 17. South Cotabato Provincial Health Officer Dr. Rogelio Aturdido noted that although the total number of dengue cases in the

province this year has remained 16 percent lower than the figures at the same time last year, the number of deaths has more than doubled from two in the 27th week last year to five as of this weekend. “There seems to be slackening in the public’s compliance with the second reminder of the 4S approach, which is to seek early consultation,” he observed. DOH’s 4S Kontra Dengue strategy consists of Search and Destroy, Seek early consultation, Selfprotective measures and Say no to indiscriminate fogging. He also reminded the public to re-activate the 4 o’clock habit of cleaning mosquito breeding areas such as gutters, tires, drums, vases, flower pots and other places with stagnant water. Other measures being implemented include intensification of “bayanihan” at village level, ONE MINDANAO

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information campaign especially in schools and distribution of chemically-treated nets. This week, the South Cotabato Schools

Division has started organizing Little Dengue Brigade (LDB) in public elementary schools. Led by classroom officers in Grades

5 and 6, the LDBs conduct activities that would ensure that their school environs are kept free of dengue carrying mosquitoes. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

City gov’t to distribute 385 computers to public schools in Gensan By Pops Gumana -Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The local government here announced last week the distribution of 385 more computers to public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Report from office of the SHEEP-Computer Literacy Program (CLP) disclosed that Mayor Darlene AntoninoCustodio recently approved the budget to purchase additional brand new computers to complete the computerization of all 96 public schools in Gensan. “Two hundred fiftyfive more computers will be given to the remaining 27 elementary schools in the city while 130 units will be distributed to

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12 secondary schools,” said SHEEP-CLP head Percival Pasuelo. Mayor Custodio earlier disclosed that the computerization of all public schools in Gensan through the SHEEP-CLP is one of her administration’s programs to improve the quality of education in public schools of the city to make them globally competitive. She said the goal of the program was to make sure that public school students here will not be left out in terms of

information technology in preparation for their future local and global engagements. Selected public secondary schools in Gensan conducted last week a simultaneous test run of all brand new computers donated by the city government from April to June this year. Exhibits on caricature, robotics and business English proficiency were also showcased during the event. (PGFruylan/ PIA12-Gensan) Wednesday, July 11, 2012



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