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Philhealth benefits and services are now available to 85 percent of Filipinos, says Aquino Dipolog-LGU inks 2 MOAs with NIA,Irrigators Association Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro inmates get free health care Jeza Mae Sarah Sanchez, Northern Mindanao

Sendong survivors learn about health , nutrition Xyla Mercedita Gualberto, Northern Mindanao

Tagum Doctors Hospital adjudged center of safety Edna Parcon, Southern Mindanao

SSS to institute reforms to give better service to members

Hannah Silvano & Cathy Apelacio, Central Mindanao

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2012 in Region 12 kicks off Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

PWDs urge gov’t to fully implement Accessibility Law in Caraga Region Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Malnourished kids in Agusan Sur down Alexis Cabardo, Caraga Region

Cover Story Butuanon student snags silver award in New York’s Genius Olympiad page 4

Robert E. Roperos Caraga Region

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Cover Story Butuanon student snags silver award in New York’s Genius Olympiad by Robert E. Roperos


Butuanon high school student has won the silver medal in the Physical Science (Individual category) in this year’s Genius Olympiad at State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego, New York, U.S.A. Terence John C. Vesagas, fourth year high school student at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), won the award for his investigatory project entitled: “Ultrasonic Waves as Larvicide: An Alternative Way to Control Mosquito Populations.” The same study has won for him eight awards—an unusual feat among local science and technology researches in Butuan—since September 2, 2011 to June 29, 2012, including the prestigious Genius Olympiad. Genius Olympiad is an international high school science, art, creative writing, and architectural design competition devoted to projects on environmental issues. The competition aims to promote a global 4


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understanding of environmental issues and the achievement of sustainability through basic science, arts, creative writing, engineering, design, and policy development. In February 10-12, 2012, Terence’s study was featured in the 9th National Science Quest by the Association of Educators of the Philippines (ASEP) held in Baguio City.

Again, he was declared champion in the same category, which qualified him to the Genius Olympiad in New York, being the only representative of the Philippines. In this project, acoustics was explored to eradicate mosquitoes at their larval stage. The aim of the study was to look for an effective method of controlling mosquito populations. An ultrasonic device was constructed and tested for its larvicidal efficacy. Larval mortality rate was evident. It was observed that the larvae also suffered various physical damages such as ruptured internal organs, breathing tube breakages and

fragmentation that lead to its death. Results of the study c l e a r l y demonstrated that sound waves could be an alternative way of controlling mosquito populations at their larval stage. Terence is the son of Dr. Terence Anthony S. Vesagas, Hospital Director of M.J. Santos Hospital, a homegrown medical establishment of Butuan City, and Mrs. Janet C. Vesagas, a registered nurse. His project was recognized as first place in the local science fair of FSUU on September 2, 2011. Two weeks after (Sept. 16), he was declared regional science fair champion of Tuesday, July 24, 2012 ONE MINDANAO


the same category. A week after (Sept. 23), he was a runner-up at the Regional Inventions Contest and Exhibits and was proclaimed Health Research Best Paper. A week after (Sept. 30), his masterpiece won 1st place in the same category during the Division Science Fair. His recognition does not end there. On February 1-3, 2012, Terence participated in the National Children’s Science Congress 2012 held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan and sponsored by the Science Club Advisers Association of the Philippines (SCAAP) where he was again declared champion in the same category. The Genius Olympiad is co-



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organized by the State University of New York at Oswego and the Terra Science and Education Foundation. The competition takes place during the last week of June on the SUNY Oswego Campus. This year’s competition was participated in by 985 students. A total of 249 projects were accepted from the 657 projects submitted worldwide. During the selection process, only 51 countries were chosen to move on to the finals where Terence was among those who were given the opportunity to present his investigatory project to pool of international scientists-cumjudges/evaluators. Also, there were 35 states represented the United States of America.


Aquino pushes for modernization plan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines


resident Benigno S. Aquino III pushed for the modernization of the country’s armed forces to make it more capable in addressing modern-day challenges.

In his third State of the Nation Address on Monday before the Joint Session of the 15th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, the President said his administration was able to allocate P28 billion in less than two years for the Modernization Program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The amount allotted by the Aquino administration almost matched the

P30 billion allocated by the previous administrations in the last 15 years, the chief executive said. “Bumubuwelo pa lang po tayo sa lagay na ‘yan: kapag naipasa na ang panukala nating AFP modernization bill sa Kongreso, makakapaglaan tayo ng P75 bilyon para sa susunod na limang taon,” the President said. “Kasado na rin po ang tatlumpung Tuesday, July 24, 2012 ONE MINDANAO


m i l y o n g dolyar na pondong kaloob ng Estados Unidos para sa Defense Capability Upgrade and Sustainment of Equipment Program ng AFP. Bukod pa po ito sa tulong nila upang pahusayin pa ang pagmanman sa ating mga baybayin sa ilalim ng itatayong Coast Watch Center ng Pilipinas,” he added. The President also said the AFP has started shopping for modern equipment such as cannons, armored personnel carriers and frigates adding that a warship from the US would be arriving in January. The BRP Ramon Alcaraz, the country’s second Hamilton class cutter will arrive next year, he said. Last year, the Philippine Navy commissioned the BRP Gregorio del Pilar to guard the Philippine waters. Two C130 cargo aircraft will also augment airlift capabilities of the Philippine Air Force, the President said. This will help the single C-130 that has been operating for more than 30 years. The President said that next year, 21 refurbished UH-1H Helicopter will be delivered to the air force, in addition to four combat utility helicopters, radio and communication equipment, rifles, mortars, mobile diagnostic laboratories and bullet station assembly. While the government is providing equipment to soldiers and policemen, the administration is also working to make their lives better, President Aquino said.


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More than 22,000 homes were constructed by the government through the AFP-PNP housing program, he said. “Hindi po ito tungkol sa pakikipaggirian o pakikipagmatigasan. Hindi ito tungkol sa pagsisiga-sigaan. Tungkol ito sa pagkamit ng kapayapaan. Tungkol ito sa kakayahan nating ipagtanggol ang ating sarili— isang bagay na kay tagal nating inisip na imposible,” the President said. These government efforts are also about protecting the lives of soldiers and policemen to make their jobs safer for the benefit of their families, the President concluded. (AS)

Philhealth benefits and services are now available to 85 percent of Filipinos, says Aquino


resident Benigno S. Aquino III’s advocacy to provide healthcare to more and more Filipinos is slowly becoming a reality as coverage to the national health insurance program has reached 85 percent.

This, the President said in his third State of the Nation Address at the Joint Session of the 15th Congress at the Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday, was made possible through reforms implemented in the health sector and “not on being in the good graces of politicians.” “When we first took office, only 62 percent of Filipinos were enrolled in PhilHealth. Now, 85 percent of our citizens are members. This means that since we received our mandate, 23.31 million more Filipinos have access to PhilHealth’s array of

benefits and services,” the President said. He added that included in this increase are the 5.2 million poorest households identified by the Department of Social Welfare and its National Household Targeting System. Now, all members can now avail the services of Philhealth-accredited hospitals and medical practitioners free of charge through the Department of Health’s No Balance Billing Policy. “The process for our poorest PhilHealth members: Enter any government hospital. Show your PhilHealth card. Get treatment. Tuesday, July 24, 2012 ONE MINDANAO


And they return to their homes to areas that have been for so long l e f t without having to shell out a in the margins of society. We have sent single centavo,” the President our health professionals to 1,021 localities said. covered by the Pantawid Pamilya, and to To address the ratio mismatch of medical the 609 poorest cities and municipalities, practitioners to the number of Filipinos, the as identified by the National Anti-Poverty President said, 30,801 nurses and midwives Commission,” the President said. have been deployed to remote areas of “This new system addresses two issues: the country under the Registered Nurses thousands of nurses and midwives now for Health Enhancement and Local Service have jobs and an opportunity to gain (RNHEALS) program. valuable work experience; at the same “And today, because of efficient time, millions of our countrymen now have targeting, they (nurses and midwives) are increased access to quality health care,” he deployed to where they are most needed: added. (rck)


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Government continues to push for reforms in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to attain genuine peace


resident Benigno S. Aquino III said his administration has taken significant steps to improve the peace and order situation in the country by defeating over 1,700 outlaws and initiating reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

“Tagumpay pong maituturing ang dalawandaan at tatlong rebeldeng sumuko at nagbabalik-loob na sa lipunan, at ang 1,772 na bandidong nawakasan na ang karahasan. Halimbawa po ang kilabot na Tuesday, July 24, 2012

teroristang si Doctor Abu, na hindi na makakapaghasik ng kaniyang lagim,� President Aquino said in his third State of the Nation Address on Monday during the Joint Session of the 15th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa ONE MINDANAO


Complex in Quezon City. With the vigorous efforts of all law enforcement agencies, peace and order were restored in most places in the country. “Nagpupugay rin po tayo sa panunumbalik ng katahimikan sa mga lugar na matagal nang biningi ng putukan. Ang resulta nga po ng bayanihan: 365 na barangay ang naagaw sa kamay ng kaaway, 270 na gusali’t paaralan ang naipaayos, at 74 health centers ang naipagawa,” he said. The Chief Executive said the government continues to push for reforms in the ARMM in order to attain genuine peace and order in the region. “Kung kapayapaan na lang din po ang usapan, dumako naman tayo sa lugar na matagal naging mukha ng mga mithiing ‘di makamtan-kamtan. Bago po magsimula ang mga reporma natin sa ARMM, at alam naman po n’yo, may mga ghost students doon, na naglalakad sa isang ghost road, tungo sa isang ghost school, para magpaturo sa isang ghost teacher,” he said. “Iniimbestigahan na rin ang mga teacher na hindi lumilitaw ang pangalan sa talaan ng Professional Regulation Commission, gayundin ang mga tauhan ng gobyernong hindi nakalista sa plantilya. Limampu’t limang ghost entry ang tinanggal sa payroll. Ang dating paulit-ulit na pagsasaboy ng graba sa kalsada para lang pagkakitaan ng pera, bawal na,” he said. The President lauded Officer-InCharge Govenor Mujiv Hataman for


the reforms in the region, including the cleansing of the voters’ list. “Wala nang cash advance sa mga ahensya, para maiwasan ang pagsasamantala. Ang mga multo sa voters list, mapapatahimik na ang kaluluwa,” he said. “Ang pumalit po --- pabahay, tulay, at learning center para sa mga Badjao sa Basilan. Mga communitybased hatchery, lambat, materyales para maglinang ng seaweeds, at punlang napakinabangan ng 2,588 na mangingisda. Certified seeds, punla ng gabi, cassava, goma, at mga punong namumunga para sa 145,121 na magsasaka,” he said. The President said the government allocates more funds for the ARMM’s development. He said the government set aside P183 million for fire stations; P515 million for clean drinking water; P551.9 million for health-care equipment; P691.9 million for daycare centers; and P2.85 billion for the roads and bridges across the region. “Ilan lang po iyan sa patutunguhan ng kabuuang 8.59 billion pesos na ipinagkaloob ng pambansang gobyerno para isakatuparan ang mga reporma sa ARMM. Lilinawin ko rin po: hindi pa kasama rito ang taunang suportang natatanggap nila, na ngayong 2012 ay umabot sa 11.7 billion pesos,” he stressed. “Sa peace process naman po: hayag at lantaran ang usapan; nagpapamalas ang magkabilang panig ng tiwala sa isa’t isa. Maaaring minsan, magiging masalimuot ang proseso; signos lang po ito na malapit na nating makamit ang nag-iisa nating mithiin--- ang kapayapaan,” he said. (js) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PWDs join tree planting activity By Gideon C. Corgue


person’s disability is not a hindrance in the preservation and protection of the environment.

This was proven by 30 persons joined the tree planting activity with disabilities (PWDs) who actively organized by the city environment

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and natural resources office (CENRO) at barangay Balintawak recently. The activity is in line with the commemoration of the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) week on July 17-23, 2012 which carries the theme “Mainstreaming of Persons with Disabilities in Economic Development”. Zamboanga del Sur Federation of Differently-Abled Persons, Inc. (ZSFDAPI) president Benjamin Solivio said he was happy that a tree planting activity was included in this year’s celebration. “We are happy


that the government included the tree planting activity in this year’s celebration. Despite our physical limitations, we will perform our social obligation to the community by planting trees. We want to show to the world that we are productive members in the community and we can contribute not only to economic development but also in the protection and preservation of our environment,” Solivio said. “It is a joy to see PWDs with one hand, and one leg planting trees in the area,” Solivio said. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR)

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information officer Nenita Ascura said they conducted an information campaign on the National Greening Program (NGP) especially on the importance of planting trees before the activity was held. Ascura said the DENR involved the PWDs in the re-greening activities because they are potential and productive workers, notwithstanding their physical limitations. She observed that PWDs have shown their active support to the program throughout the entire activity. “We will not only teach them how to plant trees but also teach

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them how to take care of it making sure that the trees they planted are alive,” Ascura added. Ascura said the CENRO has identified the planting site, digged the holes, and supplied planting materials. “Around 30 mahogany seedlings were distributed to the PWDs,” she said. (ALT/GCC/PIA9)



Dipolog-LGU inks 2 MOAs with NIA, Irrigators Association By Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY -The National Irrigation Administration, Local Government of Dipolog City and the Irrigators Association recently inked two Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) aimed to improve the irrigation facilities in Zamboanga del Norte. In the first MOA signed between the City of Government of Dipolog, NIA, and the Irrigators Association, PhP30-million has been allocated for the repair and reconstruction of the Dipolog City Communal Irrigation system and Extension. Ms. Emilene Ballon, NIAZamboanga del Norte Institutional Information Officer said under the MOA, the City Government of Dipolog shoulders 30% of the project cost and implements the project. In another MOA between the Dipolog City LGU and the DipologPolanco Irrigators Association, PhP70-million was also appropriated for the construction and rehabilitation of the Gravity Irrigation Project/ System. The said irrigation project links the three barangays of Polanco (Poblacion, South Anastacio and Bandera) to Barangays Sinaman, Punta, Olingan, Galas, Gulayon, Sta. Felomina and Turno of Dipolog City. The project which involves concreting and rehabilitation of irrigation canals and other irrigation facilities in the area, is expected to benefit 1,078 farmer-members of the Irrigators Association tilling 850 hectares of rice-lands in the said


barangays. Once completed, the upgraded irrigation will enhance palay production in the province in line with rice self sufficiency being envisioned by the Aquino administration. The MOA signing was done after the local NIA office held its NIA-Irrigation Association Operation and Maintenance Conference and Quarterly Federation Meeting held at the Top Plaza Hotel last July 16, 2012, this city. The MOA was signed by NIA-9 Regional Manager Engr. Alejandro Alberca;Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy and Dipolog-Polanco Irrigators Association President Gumercindo T. Dimasuhid. The MOA signing was witnessed by Zamboanga del Norte Second District Representative Rosendo Labad-labad, Dipolog City Vice Mayor Senen Angeles and regional and provincial employees of NIA. After the MOA signing, DPIA President Dimasuhid expressed his appreciation to the support extended by NIA, the city government of Dipolog and the Second District Congressional office for the implementation of the said project. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zambo Norte) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

DOLE-OSHC to recognize champions of workers’ safety, health by Apipa P. Bagumbaran


he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) will be recognizing institutions and individuals for their exemplary contributions in responding to the safety and health needs of workers, workplaces, and community. OSHC Executive Director Ma. Teresita Cucueco said outstanding institutions and individuals who have implemented successful safety and

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health programs will be awarded the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK), a national award given to establishments and individuals with



best OSH practices and who can be models for others to emulate. Now on its eighth year, she said the GKK is a component of the Zero Accident Program (ZAP), one of the flagship programs of the DOLE. It aims to encourage institutions to implement their own safety, health and environment programs, and in the process achieve productivity and zero accident in the workplace. Cucueco, who visited Northern Mindanao last July 19 for the third stop of the information campaign on the GKK and the 13th National Occupational Safety and Health (NOSH) Congress, said the GKK is open to private and public establishments belonging to large and medium enterprises compliant to general labor standards, OSH standards, and other related government regulations, as well as to individuals with outstanding OSH contributions or innovations. She further said that microenterprises or the informal sector

who have low cost OSH innovations and practices implemented at workplaces resulting to increased productivity are likewise encouraged to join the prestigious award. The OSHC executive director said the complete GKK criteria and nomination forms may be downloaded from the OSHC website, www. Entries must be submitted on or before July 31, 2012 and qualified entries will be validated by the OSHC and DOLE regional offices. Accordingly, GKK winners will be awarded after the 13th NOSH Congress which will be held on October 24-25, this year, in Quezon City. Upon further evaluation, the GKK winners are likewise viable to receive the Tripartite Seal of Excellence under the Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP), an award given by DOLE to establishments which voluntarily comply with labor laws.

Cagayan de Oro inmates get free health care by Jeza Mae Sarah Sanchez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) provides inmates the necessary health care, which covers medical and dental services. Following the call of jail senior Superintendent Abraham Pil Lintao, BJMP-10 regional director, 49 doctors, nurses, and dentists from Cagayan de Oro City health office and barangay health center visited the Cagayan de Oro City jail in barangay Lumbia on July 12.


The team, headed by Dr. Jerie Calingasan, was there 7:30 a.m. and by noon, almost a thousand inmates have already availed themselves of free medical services. A total of 710 inmates had medical checkups and were given medicines and vitamins. Further, 235 more Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Meanwhile, 200 inmates of Iligan City Jail had free medical and dental services provided by the Seventh Day Adventist and Jamiatu Al-Islamiah Foundation College of Marawi City recently. “We are very grateful for the involvement of the community be they be local government unit, church or school organization in supporting BJMP’s undertaking in looking after the welfare of inmates temporarily incarcerated behind bars,” expressed Lintao. BJMP is on its 21st year as being one of the bureau of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) mandated with inmates underwent dental checkup, providing humane safekeeping and development to all inmates under which included tooth extraction. its guardianship. (BJMP)

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Sendong survivors learn about health , nutrition by Xyla Mercedita Gualberto CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Xavier University (XU) held a half-day symposium on health education titled “Mother’s Class” last July 19 in their resettlement community for tropical storm Sendong survivors, the Xavier Ecoville. XU Dr. Jose P. Rizal Medicine School collaborated with the XU College of Nursing to come up with the said activity bearing the theme, “Breastfeeding ay ugaliin upang si baby paglaki ay bigatin.” The session covered malnutrition, deficiencies of vitamins and minerals, benefits of breastfeeding, supplementary feeding for children, and the use of “go, grow and glow”


foods to combat malnutrition. The health cluster of Xavier Ecoville supported the activity that was done in time for the nutrition month celebration. Second-year nursing students under the community health nursing class organized the two- to six-yearold children and facilitated a children’s class on proper hand washing and tooth brushing. (XU)

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Sectoral leaders cite improvements of Pres. Aquino’s administration


ectoral leaders in Davao del Norte and in the nearby provinces, cited several improvements of the three-year administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

eight sectoral leaders who aired their views about the mid-term performance of President Aquino III. Acting Provincial Governor , Provincial Board Member Shirley Belen Aala said the President has done well The campaign versus graft and in going after government officials corruption stands well-noted by the involved in graft and corruption. Cooperative and civil society leader Norma Pereyras said the President does well in putting into effect changes in governance as he relentlessly pursues his campaign against graft and corruption. She also noted efforts of the national government to closely attend to the needs of the poor. Tagum City tourism and women council chairperson Alma Uy expressed the same observation, saying the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program is indeed helping the poor gain relief of their immediate needs. Parallel to efforts on poverty alleviation is the transparency in government auditing that Uy noted Tuesday, July 24, 2012



was implemented faster, citing the work of the Commission on Audit (COA) which now can release reports at earliest possible time. Meanwhile, Uy was glad about the focus that the Aquino administration is giving on tourism drummed up through the theme, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”, driving locales to explore their towns and cities, thereby propelling tourism businesses. As a businesswoman, Uy also noted well the extent of providing access to financial assistance even to small and micro businesses, saying the banks are opening windows through which businesses can easily borrow capital. Pantukan (Compostela Valley) Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Irene Ang said the business sector is willing to pay taxes as long as their money goes to development projects of the government, not to graft and corruption. Ang said the President’s campaign against graft and corruption serves as the bedrock on which the Philippine economy has favorably grown this year. On the other hand, banana growers might have been a little dismayed over the loss of their China market at the height of the “Scarborough Shoal” issue, but Central Tadeco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries MultiPurpose Cooperative (CTARBMPCO) chairperson Celso Cubio said he and his colleagues in the small banana industry were consoled through efforts


of President Aquino to find another market. Cubio also noted well the peaceful and diplomatic means that the Aquino administration exerted to address the quarantine restrictions that China had imposed on the Philippine export banana, without impinging on the national patrimony issue of the Scarborough Shoal. The President’s tough diplomacy approach in facing China’s persistent claim over the Scarborough Shoal that lies within the Philippine Economic Zone, appeals to the patriotic spirit of the youth, young Tagum City barangay council Cyril Muring said. Also the president of Palm City Toastmasters Club of Tagum City, Muring said the diplomatic stand of the President on Scarborough Shoal kindled the “love of country among the youth.” Muring also lauded the President’s campaign against graft and corruption, K to 12 education initiative and reforms in governance. For Muslim-Christian Solidarity for Peace chairpman Manolito Tidoy of Panabo City, the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona is a strong evidence of the President’s “honesty” in his campaign against graft and corruption. However, Tidoy was hoping the President would extend such relentless campaign to national government agencies saddled with graft and corruption practices. (PIA11/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tagum Doctors Hospital adjudged center of safety

TAGUM CITY - In the recently concluded Benchbook inspection, Philhealth Benchbook Inspection Head Dr. Marivic Malate pronounce Tagum Doctors Hospital (TDH) a Center of Safety with a 100% passing rate.

Dr. Malate was very much impressed on the result of the inspection after assessing the documents and physical facilities of Tagum Doctors Hospital. “You are the first hospital in Tagum City that has perfected at one time the 51 core and non-core requirements of Benchbook”, Dr. Malate said. TDH President and CEO Lemuel Roy Podador was inspired by the result of the Benchbook inspection and declared to Philhealth through Dr. Malate that TDHI will apply for Center of Quality in 2013. It is the aim of President Podador to achieve a Center of Excellence in the future. Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“I am very much confident that we can qualify for the Center of Quality,” Mr. Podador stated during his final statement in the Philhealth Benchbook Inspection exit conference. All the Department and Unit Heads were mandated to immediately take into action the preparation of the requirements for Center of Quality and evaluate all areas set down in the benchbook. As early as next week, the Management Committee and Benchbook Committee will decide a blueprint for Center of Quality. Benchbook is a tool applied by Philhealth in accrediting Health Facility to measure the standard of operation and evaluate the compliance of the 51 core areas and non-core areas to be able to determine the level of accreditation. There are three (3) levels of Philihealth accreditation : (1) Center of Safety , (2) Center of Quality, and (3) Center of Excellence. The Department of Health will also monitor the compliance of benchbook for renewal of Hospital License. TDH management commended the Medical Staff and Officers and employees of Tagum Doctors Hospital. A thanksgiving will be celebrated on July 24 in time for the 68th birthday of TDH President Lemuel R, Podador. (Edna Parcon, TDH) ONE MINDANAO


ARMM posts lowest infant mortality rate By Perlita Changco COTABATO CITY- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has registered the lowest infant mortality rate (IMR) in the country based on the 2011 Family Health Survey, according to the Department of Health in the autonomous region. During the ARMM Data Dissemination Forum held July 18 in Cotabato City, DOH-ARMM Regional Secretary Kadil “Jojo” Sinolinding, Jr. reported that ARMM’s infant mortality rate at 18 deaths for every 1,000 live births as the lowest not only in the Philippines but throughout the world. Sinolinding attributed the achievement to the intensified advocacy campaign on the importance and relevance of family planning among predominantly Muslim communities for the


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three years.

He cites improved maternal and child services, intensified interventions specially in the third stage of labor among pregnant women; post natal care, immunization and exclusive breastfeeding, improved access to health facilities like membership to PhilHealth; sustained support from international partners and foreign donors; local government units, efforts and support of Muslim religious leaders in the education and awareness campaign through Fatwah or religious endorsement of the family planning;

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and the regional government’s thrust of HELPS (health, education, livelihood, peace and synergy) program giving top most priority to health sector as the major factors that led to the successful campaign to reduce infant and maternal rate in the region. Sinolinding assured to sustain a vigorous campaign to attain a much lower rate of 15 by 2015 as he underscores the teamwork, perseverance and cooperation of health workers in achieving such feat to help attain the goals of the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) of which the

country is a signatory. The Millenium Development Goal has set an international standard of 19 deaths for every 1,000 live births by the end of 2015 while the national standard for this year is 22 which is significantly higher than ARMM,s performance. For his part, ARMM Executive Secretary Anwar Malang lauded officials and personnel of DOH-ARMM for their achievement as he expressed optimism of improved access to government’s healthcare programs and services under the Universal Health Care agenda. (pbchangco/ PIA/BPI-ARMM)



P1.28 M worth of forest products confiscated since January – DENR 12 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 60,142 board feet of illegal logs, lumber flitches and other forest products have been seized across Soccsksargen Region since January until May 4 this year, a report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- 12 said.


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The report was made public during DENR 12 Regional Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno’s meeting with members of the media in South Cotabato General Santos City area on July 20, the first since her installation as RED of DENR-12 on June 15. The same report, dated July 5, 2012 indicated that the confiscated items were valued at P1,283,793.50 . Of these, a total of 33,288 bd ft were seized in Sarangani Province; 9,141 bd ft in General Santos City; 8,847 bd ft in Sultan Kudarat province; 7, 723 bd ft in North Cotabato, and 1,143 bd ft in Cotabato City. The largest volume involved 1,286 pieces (20,316 bd ft) of lauan and yakal lumber and flitches estimated at P365,688 seized from Sitio Labudog, Upo in Maitum town, Saragani on May 4. Dr. Siapno, underscored, however, that illegal logging and cutting of trees in Soccsksargen is not as massive as in other regions in the country. Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nevertheless, she said, the department is addressing the problem of further degradation of the region’s forest cover through massive reforestation in partnership with community-based groups in accordance with the Aquino administration’s National Greening Program (NGP) Unlike in the traditional reforestation program, she explained, the NGP approach encourages people’s organizations to plant indigenous trees which they will manage and later use to earn income. This approach, she said, surely inspires a sense of ownership and volunteerism among communities that in turn could help curtail illegal cutting of trees since the POs themselves would keep guard of their own property. Apart from the massive reforestation of the forest lands, DENR 12 has also intensified monitoring of illegal transport of forest products in cooperation with other authorities.

DENR fields offices across the region have also been directed to conduct regular inspection of lumber yards, saw mills and dealers against entry of illegally cut lumber. Forfeited forest products are donated to offices that are in need of support for their construction works. In 2011, a total of 30,795.74 bd ft of seized lumber were donated by DENR 12 to several beneficiaries. Some 7,056 bd ft were given to DepEd 12 for the manufacture of desks, tables, door jams, window jalousies, and chairs. Some 17,832 were also donated to the local government unit of Kiamba in Sarangani Province for the construction of houses of displaced families. About 5,907 were given to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of South Cotabato as support to the construction of their office building. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12) ONE MINDANAO


SSS to institute reforms to give better service to members By Hannah Silvano & Cathy Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Social Security System (SSS) will institute reforms to improve the agency’s capability to give better service to its members for the long haul. The reform agenda will compose the six percent increase in the premiums; the increase in benefit structures; and the ten percent increase in the pension received by current pensioners. At a “Kapihan sa General Santos City” held Thursday (July 19) here, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros Jr., said they are bringing the Kapihan all over places in the country to primarily touchbase with employers and workers in the region. He also announced that SSS benefit disbursements to members in Southern Mindanao released from January to May this year has posted P2.22 billion, 8% higher than last year’s P2.05 billion. “Monthly pensions of about 112, 600 members in Southern Mindanao amounting to P1.61 billion comprised the 72% of


the disbursement. Apart from pensions, SSS also released about P609 million in lump sums and short-term benefits from January to May 2012,” De Quiros further explained. He added that from January to May 2012, the overall benefit releases was up by 8% from P34.10 billion, during the same period of 2011, to P35.74 billion. Meanwhile, the institution’s collection jumped 9% higher after it hit P38.95 billion compared to January to

May 2011’s collection of P35.86 billion. De Quiros explained that the nine-percent increase in collections from employees was even more boosted by other sectors’ remitted premiums such as the household helpers, voluntary members and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). He was also confident that if the 6% increase in members’ contribution which is the first component in the reform agenda, be approved,

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life span of SSS will be longer than the usual. The other component, which is the increase in benefit structures would mean a “monthly salary credit ceilings” of existing members that would provide them the opportunity later to receive higher monthly pensions once they retire as a result of increased contributions or premiums. The ten percent increase, on the other hand, would be added to the monetary benefit of members who are already receiving pensions. De Quiros also said the agency is undergoing systems upgrade to ensure “data integrity” of all members’ information so that their “contributions are posted correctly in our database.” He said “any premiums received by our branch will be posted accordingly

to our members” allaying fears of fraud and anomaly in the posting of contributions. As of July 2 this year, the agency was able to condone 59,000 delinquent borrowers which is equivalent to P748 million in collectible loan principals and interests. At present, the members are allowed only to receive a maximum loan of P24,000.00 regardless of contributions. But SSS commissioner Eliza Bettina Antonino said such amount is prescribed in the SSS charter explaining that only 10% of the reserve amount of the agency can actually be utilized as loan to members. “In fact we have already exceeded by 16% contrary to what the charter says,” she said corroborating De Quiros’s

statement earlier. Antonino also said SSS is pushing for the amendment in its charter so that vital provisions can be amended to enable members to have the opportunity and access toward a more improved benefits. SSS is also coming up with a nationwide implementation of “AlkanSSSya” program to help informal sectors in the country to regularly save portions from their daily earnings for contributions to the agency. De Quiros then urged members to communicate any concerns to SSS through its 16-hour call center which is available from 7:00A.M. to 11:00 P.M daily. (Hannah Silvano & Cathy Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City)

Search for Outstanding Volunteers 2012 in Region 12 kicks off By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY --The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-12) has launched the Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV) 2012 in Region 12. Tuesday, July 24, 2012



The search is open to all Filipinos who are rendering voluntary service and assistance to the Filipino nation. Information on the search provided by NEDA 12 to PIA said the SOV has two categories which are the National Outstanding Volunteer Award (NOVA) which is classified into Individual and Organization Categories and the Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award (VLAA). Under the Individual Category of NOVA, there are also two categories, the Youth and Adult. Qualifications for Individual category are the following: must be 15 to 30 years old for the Youth Category while at least 31 years of age for the Adult Category, must have rendered voluntary assistance consistently for at least 3 years for the youth and five years for the adult category and lastly, must be a member of a volunteer organization that is recognized by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) or the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency


(PNVSCA). The same with Individual Category, the Organization Category is also classified into two, the Non-Profit and the Corporate. Non-Profit pertains to non-governmental and non-stock organizations like schools and other academic institutions that offer humanitarian and civic activities, capability building and other volunteer assistance while Corporate relates to companies which have employees that volunteer to corporatesupported or affiliated foundations. Qualifications under Organization Category are the following: must have rendered volunteer assistance consistently for at least five years for the Non-Profit and 3 years for the Corporate and is duly recognized by SEC and PNVSCA. On the other hand, VLAA is open for Filipino volunteers or Filipino volunteer organizations that serve the Philippines. Qualifications under this award are the following: must have

offered volunteering activities for 25 years, must have national recognition in the field of volunteerism, have acquired national and international awards, promotes and supports volunteering activities and serves as model in showing that volunteerism is a development resource. Nominations for NOVA and VLAA are until August 17 and those that will be chosen for each category in Region 12 will represent the region in the national level. Certificates of recognition will be given to regional qualifiers while trophies and medals will be given to the national qualifiers which will take place on December in Manila. The aim of PNVSCA as well as the NEDA in giving these awards is to showcase the voluntary achievements and services of Filipino volunteers who are rendering voluntary assistance towards a progressive and developed nation. (SJDuerme-PIA12) Tuesday, July 24, 2012

“Biyaheng Kulambo” advocacy campaign arrives in Surigao del Sur by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan


iyaheng Kulambo” of the Department of Health (DOH) arrives in Surigao del Sur today. Tuesday, July 24, 2012



The travelling net or “Biyaheng Kulambo” symbolizes the advocacy campaign to heighten public awareness and prevent and eliminate malaria disease in support to the nationwide campaign for Malaria elimination by 2020. During the ceremonial program held at the provincial capitol lobby here, Provincial health officer Dr. Romeo de los Reyes said the province of Surigao del Sur has suffered malaria cases in the previous years, but these cases went down after the implementation of Global FundsMalaria Component Project.


“Our province suffered much of the malaria cases in the previous years but since the implementation of Global FundsMalaria Component Project in our province, cases of Malaria dramatically went down,” de los Reyes said. De los Reyes also said the activity will really strengthen the quest for a malaria-free Surigao del Sur in the future. In behalf of Governor Johnny Pimentel, Executive Assistant Tomasito Pareja said all programs of DOH are supported by the provincial government. Pareja further said health basic services/ project implementation is part of the flagship program of the present administration.

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PWDs urge gov’t to fully implement Accessibility Law in Caraga Region

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY-- Officials of several organizations of persons with disabilities (PWDs) urged government officials to fully implement Batas Pambansa (Republic Act) 344 or the Accessibility Act of the Philippines. Speaking before the local trimedia Friday, Marietta Jandayan, council member of the National AntiPoverty Commission-PWD Sector and Board of Governor of the Katipunan ng May Kapansanan sa Pilipinas said the law was not fully implemented in the region as establishments were not honoring the 20 percent discount intended for PWDs and newlyconstructed buildings did not have ramps. Jandayan explained many pharmacies here do not give discount to PWDs. This, according to her, is a clear manifestation that business Tuesday, July 24, 2012

establishments do not implement the provisions in the national law. She said section 1 of the law emphasizes that to promote the rights of disabled persons to participate in society development and to enjoy opportunities available to other citizens, no license or permit for construction, repair or renovation of public and private buildings shall be granted unless the owner will incorporate structural features that will enhance the mobility of PWDs such as sidewalks, ramps and railings. The official added if feasible, all existing buildings, institutions, ONE MINDANAO


already, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHWH) shall see to it that the same shall be provided with architectural facilities or structural features for disabled persons. With these developments, Jandayan is calling local chiefs executives and DPWH to look into this matter since this is already a requirement under the accessibility law. She added PWDs are not begging to fully implement the law, but rather to urge those officials to adhere what was stipulated in the law. This week’s episode of Caraga in Focus features the 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation establishments, Week celebration in Caraga Region or public utilities may be renovated or that will end today, July 23 with altered to enable disabled persons to the theme: “Mainstreaming the have access to them. Persons with Disabilities in Economic However, public buildings and Development.” roads that comply with the requirements of this law


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Malnourished kids in Agusan Sur down by Alexis Cabardo

AGUSAN DEL SUR -- The prevalence of malnutrition among children in this province has dropped. Laniebelle T. Angchangco, for the decrease, Angchangco said. provincial nutritionist, said malnutrition Angchangco also said the among children 10 years old and government’s two (2) percent target above has declined to 9.51 percent in reduction this year will be achieved. 2011, from 10 percent in 2010. She said they are constantly Angchangco said this can be conducting mass weighing and attributed to the local government’s height monitoring for the nutritional efforts to intensify poverty alleviation programs, as well as to implement assessment of school children in the strategies and assessment as part of province. Anchangco also encouraged the monitoring scheme. Feeding in different schools is parents to regularly serve vegetables to also considered one of the reasons their children to keep them healthy. Tuesday, July 24, 2012



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