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EDITORIAL BOARD Executive Editor …….. EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor …….. ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X Associate Editors …… NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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

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President Aquino leads commemoration of the 114th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs SSS disburses P2.22-B for benefits in Southern Mindanao Central Mindanao

NSO 12 reveals Family Health Survey data Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

Region 13 police undergo gun proficiency test SPO1 Philip Amer P Mazo, Caraga Region

PhilHealth moves forward with universal health care Caraga Region

Pag-IBIG to require the use of MID numbers in all transactions starting Sept.1 Felipo David G. Malcampo, Western Mindanao

Gov’t targets 45.5-M foreign, domestic tourists by 2016 Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

City to conduct free late registration of birth Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia, Northern Mindanao

Davao Region lacks volcanologists, seismologists RG Alama, Southern Mindanao

Cover Story Riding the dragon in Butuan City page 4

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Erwin Mascarinas Caraga Region

Cover Story

Riding the dragon in Butuan City by Erwin Mascariñas INTERAKSYON TV5


uring the pre-colonial times, Chinese merchants paddled long boats, more commonly known as dragon boats. This been one of Asia’s best kept traditions and has been around for thousands of years tracing its roots back to ancient southern China. What started as Chinese villagers’ ancient folk ritual has evolved to influence the rest of the world. In recent years, the Philippines relished its share of golden moments in international dragon boat competitions, making its name as a top contender in the event. Late it might be for Mindanao to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of holding its own dragon boat competition, Butuan City has just recently started, shall we say, its own dragons rowing. Bringing the tradition to the place known for its ancient Balanghai boats was something else. Butuan 4


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City neither had dragon boats floating in the mighty Agusan River before nor were there any discovered in the historic digging sites. I haven’t seen yet an actual dragon boat race and have only seen such competitions on television so it was a thrill for me to witness the newly formed dragon boat teams in training for the first ever competition in Butuan in August. Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) vice president Rev. Fr. Chito Butardo initially came up with the idea and spearheaded the campaign to raise people’s support in promoting awareness on the preservation of

Agusan River, the country’s third largest water basin. FSUU then convinced other schools and the city and the local government units to be part of the effort and come up with their own boats and teams for the higher purpose of saving the river and its fragile eco-system. Thucyoides C. Sadiasa, Agusan Colleges (AC) chairman of the board and Dr. Candy Estacio, Butuan Doctors College (BDC) assistant administrative officer, with their respective student dragon boat trainees, joined in the training. Both said that the promotion of awareness in saving the river and their environmental advocacy is not just for the school but also for the rest of the city. With the activity, they hope to put life back into the river, creating awareness not just amongst their group but also for other institutions to step in to help save the river. For two weeks, beginning July 17, students and school staff from the three schools underwent intensive training from experienced racers

of the Philippine National Police (PNP) national dragon boat team, the Patriots. The schools hoped that the training would give enough

experience, knowledge, and skills for the novice boat racers to carry on the tradition especially after their PNP trainers are done with their program. The enthusiasm and excitement in the eyes of the students were contagious. With the help of the Butuan City Search and Rescue Team or B U S A RT

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said they just want to enjoy the moment and participate in a different type of sports activity. For whatever reasons they all we might have, I envy their youth and the pride each and every one carried with them while they were on the river. Soon, the Butuan City government, which just received its boat, will also join in the training. Its team will consist of volunteers from the different agencies within the LGU. Hopefully, the

joined the teams in the river though we rode in a fiberglass speedboat. The boat might be a different ride but being in the same waters as the teams were while taking photographs was just as exhilarating. You can feel the excitement and dedication of the students to learn and

forthcoming first dragon boat race in Northern Mindanao promises to be a fun, vibrant, and worthwhile sports event. be part of something different. When interviewed, most of them said that it was the experience and the bragging rights to be called Mindanao’s first dragon boat racers that pushed them to join their respective teams. Others 6


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Aquino orders Abad and Brillantes to go over the budgetary requirements of COMELEC


resident Benigno S. Aquino III has directed Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes to discuss further the budgetary requirements of the COMELEC to ensure that next year’s midterm elections push through without a hitch. In a press conference after the 2013 General Appropriations Act spearheading the celebration of the could be settled by holding discussions 114th Founding Anniversary of the with Abad. Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay “Palagay ko kailangan nating pagCity on Thursday, the President said the usapin muli ang ating kalihim ng Budget howl raised by Brillantes over budget and Management at si chairman Brillantes cuts the Comelec would go through in para magkatugma ‘yung ating mga Friday, July 27, 2012



pangangailangan at ‘yung pantustos doon sa pangangailangan na ‘yan,” the President said. “Mukhang kulang ng konting diyalogo. E ako naman e, sanay naman akong nagre-referee, e kakausapin natin ‘yung dalawa,” he added. The President pointed out that as long as the COMELEC can justify the need for additional funds, the State will

do everything in its power to provide for its need. “…obligasyon natin na magkaroon ng mapayapa at credible na election sa susunod na taon. Bigyan natin ng tamang kasangkapan ang mga nangangailangan,” the President said. “Kung maide-demonstrate na meron talagang deficiency, obligasyon nating maghanap ng pampuno nito,” he added. (rck)

President Aquino leads commemoration of the 114th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs


resident Benigno S. Aquino III joined officials and employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs in commemorating the 114th Founding Anniversary of the agency held at its main headquarters in Pasay City on Thursday.


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The celebration coincided with the 148th birth anniversary of Apolinario Mabini, the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Administration of former President Emilio Aguinaldo. To properly honor Mabini, the President led the awarding ceremonies for the Gawad Mabini, which is conferred upon personnel of the DFA and Filipinos who have steadfastly rendered distinguished service and have promoted the interests of the Republic of the Philippines at home and overseas. The Gawad Mabini, which is divided into three categories: Rank of Dakilang Kamanong (Grand Cross), Rank of Dakilang Kasugo (Commander) and Rank of Kasugo (Member), was conferred to 18 personnel of the DFA this year. Those accorded the Rank of Dakilang Kamanong are: Marlyn Alarilla-Ambassador to Turkey; Rodolfo ArizalaFormer Ambassador (retired); Claro CristobalAmb. to Egypt; Laura del Rosario-Undersecretary for International and Economic Relations; Linglingay Lacancale, former Ambassador to

Thailand, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Slovakia, and Consul General to New York; Jaime Victor Ledda-Assistant Secretary, Office of Consular Affairs; Ma. Cleofe Natividad-Amb. to Germany; Cristina Ortega-Amb. to France; and Renato Villapando-Consul General to Macau. Those awarded the Rank of Dakilang Kasugo are: Elmer Cato-Special Assistant, Office of the Undersecretary for Administration; Andre Peter EstanislaoActing Director, Office of Consular AffairsPassport Division; Marlowe Miranda-First Secretary and Consul General, Philippine Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq; and Roussel Reyes-Second Secretary and Consul, Philippine Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The recipients of the Rank of Kasugo are:

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Edwin Juan BattallonesConsular Assistant, Philippine Embassy, Beirut, Lebanon; Amerah Dianalan-TahirConsular Assistant, Philippine Consulate General, Dubai, UAE; Yolanda Ofiana-Administrative Officer and Attache, Philippine Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam; Arturo Romua-Officer-in-Charge, Regional Consular Office, Pampanga; and Ebrahim Zailon-Assitant/Translator, Philppine Embassy, Riyadh, UAE. In his speech, the President thanked the awardees and the DFA for emulating Mabini whose good governance, advocacy for freedom and pride for the Philippines has been the backbone of every Filipino’s dream for greatness. “Mabuting pamamahala, pananagutan sa tinatamasang kalayaan, at pagpapahayag sa mundo na isa tayong ganap at malayang estado. Ito ang mga prinsipyong itinaguyod ni Mabini nang italaga siya ni Pangulong Aguinaldo bilang kauna-unahang Kalihim ng Ugnayang Panlabas. At ganitong antas ng pamumuno ang nais nating maisabuhay ng mga kasalukuyang kawani ng Department of Foreign Affairs,” the President said.


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“Kaya naman kinikilala natin sa araw na ito ang mga katangi-tanging embahador, kawani ng DFA, at mga Pilipinong nagambag nang malaki sa pagsusulong ng interes ng bansa saan mang panig sila ng daigdig naroon,” he added. “Congratulations po sa ating awardees sa taong ito; maraming salamat sa malaki ninyong kontribusyon sa pagtataguyod ng pambansang seguridad, pagsusulong ng diplomasyang pang-ekonomiko at sa pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan sa ibayong dagat,” the President said. The DFA was established on June 23, 1898 under President Emilio Aguinaldo;s administration. The DFA Foundation Day is traditionally celebrated every 23rd of June, following Presidential Proclamation No. 1717 dated February 24, 1978. However, to ensure that more officials and employees join the founding anniversary celebration, the DFA Day is celebrated on July 26 this year. (rck)

Observers from embassies to attend 21st MinBizCon


bservers from the Embassies of Japan, China, South Korea and the United States of America will attend the 21st Mindanao Business Conference to be held in Butuan City, Caraga region’s capital on August 2-4. Butuan City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc (BCCIFI) Vice President for External Affairs and Executive Director Dr. Virginia L. Rosales told PNA that the ambassadors they invited begged- off from attending Friday, July 27, 2012

the Mindanao-wide business meet. “They will be sending instead representatives from their respective embassies” Rosales said. Months ago, BCCIFI being host of the 21st MinBizCon sent official ONE MINDANAO


invitations to Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Liu Jianchao, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Hye-Min Lee and US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas. Last year’s 20th MinBizCon was held in Pagadian City on September 7-9, 2011. This year’s gathering of some 500 businessmen from 38 different chambers of commerce and industry from all over Mindanao has for its theme, “Invest in Mindanao: Towards a More Inclusive, Progressive and Greener Future.” “We’re expecting a total of 700 participants and guests to the August 2-4 event which is actually very timely for the August 2 Adlaw Hong Butuan celebration commemorating Butuan’s charter day or the day Butuan was converted into a city 62 years ago had passed,” Butuan City Mayor Dr. Ferdinand Amante, Jr. said. Alfredo Baluyut Jr., BCCIFI past president, said the annual MinBizCon serves as the official business conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) for Mindanao area. Baluyut said MinBizCon is an opportunity for broad range of stakeholders to speak with one voice


on the region’s most pressing economic policy concerns where the highlight of the event is the formal presentation of the Mindanao Business Policy Agenda to the President. Friday, July 27, 2012

DENR eyes fuel wood plantations to curb illegal cutting of trees for charcoal making By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Socssksargen Region’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-12) is pushing for establishment of fuel wood plantations which will later become sources for production of charcoal.

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Dr. Adeluisa G. Siapno , regional executive director of DENR 12, said the move is aimed at controlling further degradation of forest lands due to illegal cutting of trees to supply increasing demand for wood charcoal brought about by the rising prices of liquefied petroleum gas and electricity. “We have received instructions from the DENR central office for the establishment of fuel wood plantations to support the need for fuel woods,” Dr. Siapno said. To implement the project, she added, DENR 12 will commission people’s organizations for the planting of ipilipil (Leucaena glauca) and kakawate or madre de cacao (Gliricidia sepium) through Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM). These POs can later harvest the trees for income-generating charcoal production. She explained, “ipilipil and kakawate coppice or grow sprouts when cut. They are also invasive growers and cannot easily be eradicated,”


making these ideal for sustainable charcoal production, which could curtail the need to cut naturally-grown trees. From July to December this year at least six POs across Soccsksargen Region are joining the project for the establishment of initial 20 hectares for fuel wood production within their CBFM area. Among these are Zion Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (MPC) in Maitum and Kapanal T’boli MPC in Kiamba, both in Sarangani province; Limatong Dalumangkom Bual Farmers Association in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato; Hinalaan MPC and Tinulok MPC

in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat; and Bayanihan Tree Farmers Association of South Cotabato in Tantangan, South Cotabato. These POs have a total coverage of 16,988.44 ha for their CBFM. At least P300,000 has been allotted for each of the 20-ha fuel wood plantations. The amount defrays cost for production of planting materials, site preparation and planting, and project management and supervision. M e a n w h i l e , Geronimo Sequito, DENR 12’s regional technical director for Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Friday, July 27, 2012

Management Service (PAWCZMS) clarified the department does not prohibit the production of charcoal because this is a source of livelihood in communities. He, however, emphasized cutting of trees for charcoal making should be within lawful limits. “Cutting of trees is only allowed in titled properties and timberland granted with certificate of contract,”

he explained, citing as examples those covered by tree planting activities in the 1980s under the Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran (KKK) Land Resource Management Program and National Integrated Social Forestry (NISF) Program. “What is illegal is the cutting of naturallygrown trees,” he added. Regarding use of fuel wood plantations as

source for materials in charcoal production, he said, “what is needed is to train the POs on systems of selective harvesting that would limit their cutting of the planted trees and allow other parts of the plantation to recover for future utilization.” In the entire country, 100 CBFM agreement areas are being targeted for fuel wood production. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

SSS disburses P2.22-B for benefits in Southern Mindanao KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Social Security System (SSS) has disbursed a total of P2.22 billion as benefits to members in Southern Mindanao, including Soccsksargen Region, in the first five months of this year, which was eight percent higher than the P2.05 billion released in the same period in 2011.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr., who recently visited nearby General Santos City along with senior officials to touch base with employers and workers in the region, said the increase in benefit payouts in was higher than the percent. Southern Mindanao national average of five “Monthly Friday, July 27, 2012




of about 112,600 members in Southern Mindanao amounting to P1.61 billion comprised 72 percent of the disbursements. Apart from pensions, SSS also released about P609 million in lumpsum and short-term benefits from January to May 2012 in the area,” he said. Lump-sum payments included P228.98 million for retirement, P114.73 million for death and P22.23 million for disability. Other benefit payouts in Southern Mindanao were P104.21 million for funeral grants and P138.94 million for maternity, sickness and medical services. The SSS provides benefits that help members cope with contingencies such as old age, death, sickness, disability and maternity. Benefits for retirement, death and disability are paid out as monthly pensions or in lump sum, depending on the member’s number of


contributions. De Quiros said overall benefit releases from January to May 2012 hit P35.74 billion, up by five percent from P34.10 billion during the first five months of 2011. Maternity benefits of P1.77 billion posted the highest rate of increase of 11 percent from P1.60 billion last year. Retirement claims, which made up half of total releases, rose six percent to P18.08 billion while P12.59 billion in death claims made up 35 percent. The SSS also paid P1.45 billion for disability, P1.11 billion for funeral grants and P740 million for sickness and medical claims. Enhancements to the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP) program, which took effect this year, resulted in savings for the pension fund of P18.63 million annually due to the cancellation of 584 accounts of pensioners who have died, re-

married, recovered from disability or reentered employment. “As for Southern Mindanao, the enhanced ACOP brought in savings of nearly P155,000 per month from 60 cancelled pensions in the area. Over half of the amount involved accounts of 29 pensioners who were discovered to have passed away, thanks to the ACOP,” de Quiros noted. The headquarters of SSS operations in Southern Mindanao is located at its division office in Davao City, which oversees the agency’s network of branches in Bislig,Surigao del Sur; Digos City, Davao del Sur; Kidapawan City , North Cotabato; Mati, Davao Oriental; Tagum City, Davao del Norte; Toril, Davao City; General Santos City; Cotabaton City; Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat. (DED-PIA 12/SSSCotabato City) Friday, July 27, 2012

NSO 12 reveals Family Health Survey data By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY -- The National Statistics Office (NSO 12) conducted the Regional Data Dissemination Forum on Tuesday, July 24 in Koronadal City where the 2011 Family Health Survey (FHS) results were presented to audiences composed of health workers, media practitioners, academicians, NSO employees as well as other government employees.

The said forum focused on the status of the health services that are being offered, the implications of family planning, mortality and pregnancy rates and other health-related issues in Region 12. NSO 12 Regional Director Maqtahar Manulon said the forum is very important because it is an opportunity where they can show the results of the survey to concerned individuals and that they can formulate steps to improve or further enhancethehealthstatus in SOCCSKSARGEN region. “The FHS is an initiative of the Aquino administration in determining the health condition of the Filipinos in order to formulate Friday, July 27, 2012

proper actions. The administration promotes development in the country and everyone should share the fruits of this development� Manulon. Based on the results of the 2011 FHS presented, Region 12 has 13.6% teenagers ages 15-19 who have experienced teenage pregnancy, has a total fertility rate of 3.3% of persons ages 25-29 who are residing in rural areas and has 44.1 % of families practicing family planning. The results also showed that SOCCSKSARGEN region ranked number 3 with 40.3% of mothers who are breastfeeding their children from 6-35 months. Also, it revealed that the most-used

contraceptive is the pill with 22.6% while rhythm or periodic abstinence with 3.3% topped the list among traditional methods mostly used. With these results, Commission on Population (POPCOM 12) Regional Director Edwin Mateo Quijano said there is a need to upgrade the health education of the people especially the youth. The Regional Data Dissemination Forum was also attended by NSO heads in the provinces of the region where they shared their opinions about the results. The mentioned forum aims to present true and valid results about the health status in the region. (SJDuermePIA12) ONE MINDANAO


DOLE provides livelihood assistance to child-laborers’ parents byJennifer P. Gaitano


he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave 13 carabaos to the parents of children known as “Batang Kalabaw” in Barangay Baleguian, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Five carabaos came from DOLECaraga, three from Congresswoman Angelica Amante-Matba, and five from Governor Erlpe John Amante.


“Batang Kalabaw” is a description of a child who pulls a cut log to a designated place where it is hauled or loaded to a truck.

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Batang Kalabaw is found to have thrived in Bagang, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Friday, July 27, 2012

DOLE-Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo said the DOLE’s Child Labor-Free Barangay Campaign is central to the direction of the Philippine Program Against Child Labor, which aims to prevent and progressively eliminate child labor incidence in the country. It is also part of the government’s initiative to contribute to the “Batang Malaya Campaign: A child labor-free Philippines by 2016.” “DOLE intends to liberate the Batang Kalabaw from hauling logs for a fee of P50 or less, considered as a worst form of child labor; provide livelihood to parents of child laborers through provision of 13 carabaos; to bring back the child-laborers in school; to ensure that child laborers will remain in school through provision of school supplies and source of income in the long term to the parents; and to achieve a child labor-free brgy in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte,” said Domingo. Mayor Glicerio Monton of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte also said the distribution of carabaos, bags with school supplies and educational assistance from DOLE will also serve as an eye-opener for other government agencies and stakeholders for them to attend ONE MINDANAO


to and do something for the child-laborers in the province. He also urged parents to send their children to school and make use of the carabaos for their livelihood, transportation, and farming activities. Domingo, together with Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Chita Cilindro, Undersecretary Lourdes Transmonte of DOLE, International Labor Organization Country Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Mayor Glicerio Monton of Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, and some regional directors of government line agencies handed over the carabaos, bags with school supplies, and educational assistance to the 30 children and parents in the said barangay. “Datu Biong,” one of the parent-beneficiaries expressed his happiness, saying, “Dako ang among kalipay nga mga ginikanan nga kami nahatagan sa DOLE niini nga kahigayonan nga makabaton ug trese ka kabaw para magamit namo sa among panginabuhian ug aron mapa-eskwela namo ang among mga anak na dili na usab sila kinahanglan pa nga maghago pa send (We are very happy that DOLE has our children to schools and they provided us 13 carabaos for us to use need not work for us),” he said. in our livelihood and with this, we can Pastor Emmanuel Ansihagan,


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a community worker of said barangay, will guide and oversee the beneficiaries in their livelihood activities. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Caraga will enroll the parent-beneficiaries to the department’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) so they will also take responsibility in ensuring basic educational attainment of their children while they will also receive the conditional cash transfer. Transmonte asked the help of the local tri-media to promote its programs and services for the marginalized sector in the community and to raise awareness to the people in eliminating child labor in Caraga region.

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Region 13 police undergo gun proficiency test

by SPO1 Philip Amer P Mazo

BUTUAN CITY -- - Police officers of Region 13 have undergone a hand gun proficiency test to maintain their ability to shoot and hit specific targets with speed and accuracy. PCSupt. Reynaldo Serrano of Police Regional Office in Region 13 (PRO-13) led the opening of Philippine National Police (PNP) Standard Hand Gun Qualification Marksmanship Test on July 21 at the Philippine Practical Shooting Association (PPSA) Firing Range in Bancasi, Libertad in Butuan City. Shooters went through three stages of marksmanship tests as part of the skills enhancement program. The first stage comprises free style shooting, strong hand shooting and weak hand Shooting. Stage two includes shooting on the move where the shooters shoots targets while walking and the kneeling position shooting. Stage three is precision with reload shooting where the shooter uses two magazines shooting, three targets with mandatory reload and


repeat shooting the targets in reverse. PNP personnel of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands are currently under the same training in their respective places. Personnel of the Regional Headquarters, Butuan City Police Office, 13 Regional Public Safety Battalion and Agusan del Norte just finished the said test last week. The test of marksmanship among the personnel is not only limited to males even female police officers were also tested on their ability to fire a gun. PCSupt. Reynaldo S. Rafal, regional director of PRO-13 said he wanted every police officer in Caraga be more aware and responsible in gun handling and be more proficient with their firearms and perform responsibilities assigned to them. Friday, July 27, 2012

PhilHealth moves forward with universal health care BUTUAN CITY -- PhilHealth is rapidly expanding its program in support of universal health care by providing heath insurance coverage for all national government-paid 5.2 million poor families and an additional over five million families paid for by local government units. As of May 2012, PhilHealth has paid out over P16 billion of benefits and expects to further expand benefit payments to over a billion pesos weekly starting July 2012. It has improved its hospitalization benefits for members with case payments and the deployment of 530 nurses (PhilHealth Cares) in hospitals all over the country. It has implemented several new benefits to address the heath needs of its members including primary care benefits and the Z benefits for catastrophic illnesses. Enhanced benefits are now being enjoyed by its members. With over a hundred billion pesos of reserves, PhilHealth is committed to ensure true financial risk protection for its members particularly the poor. With regards to its alleged delayed claims payments, PhilHealth has been addressing this issue since late last year. In 2011, the average number of claims was around 340,000 a month. During this period, the average claims turn around time (TAT) was more than 60 days. Thirty eight percent of submitted claims were paid beyond 60 days.

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By the end of June 2012, despite an increase in the number of claims to 450,000 a month, the TAT even decreased to 48 days. The TAT for claims paid by case rates is even lower at 46 days. As to the percentage of claims paid beyond 60 days, this has been reduced to 26 percent for all claims, and 23 percent for claims paid by case rates. As to allegations of old unpaid claims, PhilHealth has been working with hospitals to reconcile these claims with PhilHealth and they have harmoniously conducted the reconciliations since last year. Still, the Corporation recognizes that they need to do more. A shift to all case rates and electronic claims processing are key to attain claims efficiency that everyone will be happy with. Thus by September 1, PhilHealth will start to pay hospitals electronically provided that they have LandBank account. By October 1 , PhiliHealth will start to receive electronic submission of claims. By the end of the year, all claims by case rates are expected to be paid. ONE MINDANAO


Disaster preparedness forum held in Polanco town by Franklin P. Gumapon


OLANCO, Zamboanga del Norte - Around 300 high school students participated in the disaster preparedness forum and drill held recently at the Polanco National High School (PNHS) in this town.


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The forum speakers were composed of Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 Regional Director Adriano Fuego, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA)-9 Chief Meteorological Officer Maribel “Hasanah� Enriquez, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)9 Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga and Dr. Victor Bernido of OCD-9. Director Fuego tackled the different kinds of disasters that pose danger to life and properties. He also presented the areas/places in the country that are prone to natural disasters like flooding, mudslides, tsunamis and others. Friday, July 27, 2012

Enriquez, on the other hand, discussed climate change and its adverse effects on the environment. For her part, Director Edaga challenged the participants to always apply and remember what they have learned from the activity in order to protect their lives in case natural disaster comes. PNHS School Principal Arnulfo G. Subebe also expressed his gratitude to OCD, PAG-ASA and PIA for holding such a forum in his school knowing that Polanco is one of the flood-prone areas in Zamboanga del Norte. It has two big rivers that meet near the poblacion area. When these rivers swell, floodwaters would inundate the town proper and other low-lying barangays in the municipality. A big flood occurred here last year leaving a sizeable damage to crops and livestock. (ALT/FPG/PIA9) ONE MINDANAO


Pag-IBIG to require the use of MID numbers in all transactions starting Sept.1 By Felipo David G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund Zamboanga announces that starting September 1, 2012, all its fund members shall transact with the Pag-IBIG fund using their Membership Identification numbers. “Starting September 1, 2012, all Pag-IBIG Fund members are required to have Membership Identification (MID) Numbers for all transactions,” said Corazon Mamauag, Chief, Marketing and Enforcement Division-Pag-IBIG. Mamauag explains that this move is “part of Pag-IBIG Fund’s transition to an enhanced system that will make our services even faster and more efficient for the member employees and employers.” With this development, the active marketing chief advises all employers to indicate the names and MID numbers of their employees on the remittance form in every remittance of contributions and loan payments. Failure to do so may mean delay in the processing of their


contributions or payments. Mamauag also advises memberemployees without MID to register and secure a Registration Tracking Number (RTN) with their office or via online registration at www. “The RTN can be used in place of the MID,” “The RTN can be used in place of the MID,” Mamauag said. For faster posting of Pag-IBIG contributions and loan payments, member-employees are also advised to submit a softcopy (computer file) of the remittance schedules with the fund. “They can secure our easyto-use softcopy format at all PagIBIG Branches or online at www.,” Mamauag informed. (JPA/FDM/PIA9) Friday, July 27, 2012

BFAR latest shellfish bulletin retained MisOcc among unsafe areas


by Jorie C. Valcorza

isamis Occidental is still included among areas that are positive of the paralytic shellfish poison. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) released its latest laboratory result last July 17, and have declared the following areas positive of red tide toxins: Dumanguillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar; Balite Bay; Mati Davao Oriental; and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate. BFAR 10 Regional Director Visa Tan-Dimerin said all types of shellfishes from these areas should not be eaten.

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Dimerin said advised the public that fish caught in these areas should be thoroughly cleaned and its internal organs such as gills and intestines removed before cooking. She also noted that Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Camiguin continue to return good results from their regular monitoring and is declared among other provinces to be free from the toxic red tides. ONE MINDANAO


Other areas declared by BFAR to be free from toxic red tides includes coastal waters of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balangan, Orani, Abucay and Samai) in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao, Anda, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; Coastal waters of Mandaon in Masbate; Juag Lagoon in Matnog, and Sorsogon Bay Bay in Sorsogon; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan.

Shellfishe along the coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victoris City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occidental; Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar; Ormoc, Sab Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte; Biliran water in Biliran Province; Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur were also declared as clean and safe for consumption.

Gov’t targets 45.5-M foreign, domestic tourists by 2016 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental The government has set a target of 10 million foreign tourists and 35.5 million domestic travelers by 2016. This aims to generate P1.9 trillion in tourism receipts and 6.8 million jobs, President Benigno S. Aquino III said in his third State-ofthe-Nation Address (SONA) delivered before the joint session of the House of Congress and Senate last July 23. Towards this goal, he said the government has strengthened the


tourism sector by launching the tourism brand campaign “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” which highlights the Philippines’ attractiveness as a tourism, trade, and investment destination. Likewise, the government has Friday, July 27, 2012

improved the road access to tourist destinations, allocating P4.4 billion for the road projects through the Department of Public Works and Highways. Particularly, it has allocated P1.4 billion in 2011 and P3 billion in 2012 in its budget to provide road access leading to tourism areas, enhancing mobility of tourists and opening up jobs and livelihood opportunities for people in the countryside, the President said. The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Northern Mindanao has adopted a new statistical system in generating data for tourism-related concerns. Based on the new system, the total visitor arrivals are classified as Philippine residents (PR), or domestic arrivals that include Filipinos and nonFilipinos or foreigners who are legally residing in the Philippines, and nonPhilippine residents (NPR) or foreign arrivals, and another category that Friday, July 27, 2012

includes overseas Filipinos (OF). Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III of DOT-10 said the tourism clusters for the region are now categorized by province except for Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, which are clustered separately, as they are considered as highly urbanized cities in the region. A total of 274,418 tourists visited Northern Mindanao during the first quarter of the year, of whom 257,600 or 94 percent were PR tourists, 12,294 or 4.5 percent were NPR tourists and 4,524 or 1.65 percent were OF’s Filipino Balikbayans. The most number of the NPR tourists by continent came from Asia, 4,237 or 34.46 percent, followed by America, 1,919 or 15.61 percent, Europe, 2,147 or 17.46 percent and Australia/Pacific, 503 or 4.09 percent and from unspecified origins, 3,488 or 28.37 percent, Chan added.



City to conduct free late registration of birth by Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The city government of Iligan city launched the Mobile Birthright Project during the flag-raising program, Monday. Gina Mascariñas, assistant city civil registrar and also the project team leader, said Mobile Birthright aims in giving opportunity for free registration to those who have not registered their births. Securing of birth certificate is also free for people affected by tropical storm Sendong last year whose documents have been destroyed by the massive flood. Mascariñas also said that the Office of the City Civil Registrar (CCR) will facilitate the giving of copies of birth certificates for people who were born in other places. She said that their priority are residents of Iligan particularly Sendong survivors as they are highly affected. The Mobile Birthright Project is funded by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with a more than P3.5 million funding. The project is also sponsored


by the city of Iligan through the CCR, National Statistics Office, City Prosecutor’s Office, barangay council, Department of Education, City Health Office, barangay health centers, National Commission on Indigenous People, and by Imams, Tribal Datus/ Sultans. The project will formally start on August 1 at Barangays Rogongon, Panorogana,n and Kalilangan in Iligan City. (CIO)

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ISAWAD marks 25 years with bigger, better, and bolder services by Rene V. Carbayas


he Isabela Water District (ISAWAD) in Basilan marks its 25 years of bringing quality and safe water services to Isabela単os with a testimonial luncheon last July 5, 2012, showcasing what it called bigger, better, and bolder services. Friday, July 27, 2012



Looking back at the significant achievements of ISAWAD, General Manager Aleli C. Almodovar thanked all institutions who have supported the agency for several years now who are “always ready to lend a hand and assistance, our beacon of hope, in our most trying times.” “It was tough at the beginning, even tougher along the way but the wisdom, guidance, support, and inspiration of our colleagues in many government agencies and partners from financial and nongovernmental organizations, as well as the generosity of individual and corporate benefactors drove us to


surmount all obstacles, to defy the odds, and to rise beyond expectations,” Almodovar noted. She cited the role of the people of Isabela for making the “road to success” more rewarding, saying that without the concessionaires’ loyalty and respect, “the resurgence of the agency from its doomed failure would not have been as farreaching and highly regarded in the industry.” ISAWAD Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Francisco C. Pioquinto said the agency stands out as one of the most successful agencies in the water industry, but admits that its route to the pinnacle of success has


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rather been a difficult struggle. “During its infancy, the fight for survival of its existence in the future was uncertain and beset by all sorts of problems. Nevertheless, with the strong resolve of the management, the cooperation of a dynamic board of directors, the employees’ support and hard work, the help and guidance from government agencies as well as from many non-governmental organizations, individual and corporate benefactors, with the Divine Providence, ISAWAD emerges bigger, better, and bolder now,� he said. Pioquinto also announced that a commemorative coffee table book is presented, which chronicles the 25 years that features the testimonies from the people and captures the memories of those who have been part of the significant events of ISAWAD. The document reveals that the water system of Isabela was originally established in 1948 through the initiatives of the City Government of Basilan. Its source facilities located in Barangay Menzi were initially developed to serve the Isabela Poblacion. With the rapid increase of population, a 380 cu.m. ground reservoir was constructed at Barangay Menzi in

1954 as additional water from the excess of the two springs of the Menzi Agricultural Plantation was tapped. During this period, a pumping system was operated to bring water from the intake boxes to the reservoir for distribution to the system by gravity. In 1965, the National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority took over the management of the water system and implemented subsequent expansion and improvement programs. Upon the conversion of Basilan City into a province, the municipal government of Isabela then took over the operation and maintenance of the water system in 1973 as the Municipal Waterworks System. On September 28, 1978, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree 198,

declaring a national policy favoring local operation and control of water systems, authorizing the Friday, July 27, 2012



the Local Water Utilities Administration. Subsequently, Lamitan Water District was formed in 1986 and Isabela Water District in 1987 during the administration of then Isabela Municipal Mayor Herminio Montebon. of local water districts and providing for the government and administration of such districts, among other purposes. With the difficulty of water supply after the pumping operations ceased operation in 1978 due to high operational costs, the municipal government constructed an additional 100 cu.m. ground reservoir in 1984 located beside the existing 50 cu.m. reservoir constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways in 1973. At the same time, a grant from the Catholic Relief Services through the late Bishop Jose Ma. Querexeta, CMF enabled the installation of the 100 mm PVC transmission pipelines from the Menzi Reservoir to Barangay Sunrise. A caucus with Provincial Government of Basilan headed by Officer-in-Charge Governor Louie W. Alano together with other stakeholders resulted in plans for the formation of the Metro Basilan Water District or water districts in all the seven municipalities of Basilan through the assistance of


The birth of ISAWAD On June 4, 1987, the Sangguniang Bayan of Isabela passed Resolution No. 1109 creating the Isabela Water District, which also paved the way for filing the said resolution with the Secretary of the Local Water Utilities Administration that duly formed the water district on July 5, 1987. Since then, ISAWAD embarked on various projects in upgrading its system and facilities to serve the concessionaires. But the bolder Friday, July 27, 2012

step came when LWUA took over the management of the water district in 2002 and appointed Aleli C. Almodovar as Interim General Manager. Under the new management, a dramatic change and facelift was undertaken without let-up that paved the way for the completion of the La Paz Water Supply Pumping System, established with the financial assistance from the Prelature of Isabela; the implementation of a full-scale metering program in 2002; and the apprehension of illegal connections and tampered meters in 2003. Also in 2003, the water source development at the Aguada RiverBucol Falls was undertaken with the installation of 2km. transmission pipelines, and construction of the rapid sand filtration plant at Menzi, completed in partnership with the Isabela City Government and the United Workers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (UWARBMPC). In 2006, ISAWAD received the LWUA Special Award for Innovation as the lone water district with a resort facility, which it developed in 2004 initially for exclusive use of its employees and their families but was later opened to the public as an affordable leisure facility for the IsabelaĂąos.

2005 as the new General Manager. Her effective management skills has encouraged the people under her wings to propel better and worked as a team in providing better services to the public. More significant projects were implemented. A P25.7 million loan from Kreditanstalt feur Wiederaufbau (KfW) in Germany with local counterpart from Isabela City Government completed the source development at Kapatagan Grande River, installed the 5 kms. of transmission pipelines and filtomat for the Menzi Filtration Plant, construction of sedimentation basin and rapid sand filtration plant at Balanban, and the rehabilitation of distribution pipelines within Isabela City poblacion. ISAWAD also invested in rubber farming in 2007 as an incomegenerating measure in addition to coconut farming to subsidize future water supply improvements as well as institutional and organizational advancement. In the same year, it also developed and completed the Balanban campsite that envisioned becoming the first eco-tourism adventure park in the city. Almodovar’s unparalleled management and leadership skills were not left unnoticed. In 2007, the Civil Service Commission Region IX named her the 2007 Regional Outstanding Lady Executive (ROLEX) Bigger, better, bolder for her consistent, dedicated, and outstanding performance in the field With her display of of public service and governance. She unprecedented leadership, also received national recognition in Almodovar was formally installed in 2008 for her competent Friday, July 27, 2012




management and entrepreneurial drive that reversed the fortunes of a flagging public utility facility in winning as one of the CSC Pagasa Awardees for Individual Category. The monumental evidence of Almodovar’s leadership and ISAWAD’s achievements was the completion of a P10 million, three-storey office and laboratory building in 2011, dedicated to the furtherance of the well-being of the people of Isabela City and to contribute to the development of the entire nation through excellent performance and admirable service. Almodovar said savings generated from the Non-LWUA Initiated Fund-DOH loan-grant was used for the office building improvement for laboratory at the third floor of the said building. Former LWUA Administrator Daniel Landingin said that building is indicative of the progress and growth that is currently being felt in this part of the country. “Most important of all, this three-storey structure shall now be a symbol of hope for all the people in Isabela who deserve adequate and safe water supply. This shall always reassure them that there is an institution called ISAWAD, which shall take care of their needs,” he said. Since its formation in 1987, ISAWAD has indeed come a long way to becoming a bigger government corporation providing services that is better than ever and taking bolder initiatives to respond to an even higher call for public service for twenty-five years. (RVC/PIA9-ZBST) Friday, July 27, 2012

NCCA to roll out P95 million for arts, culture projects


he National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is making available a P95 million fund for various arts and culture projects that will be rolled out under the NCCA Grants Program. It is calling on cultural and arts groups, academic institutions, local government units, government agencies, local arts organizations, non-government organizations and private Individuals involved in arts and culture to submit their project proposals until August 30, 2012. Renee T alavera, head of NCCA Cultural Communities and Friday, July 27, 2012

Traditional Arts Section said that NCCA allots P5 million to each of the 19 NCCA committees to fund the project proposals that best suit their respective concerns. Under NCCA’s Sub-commission on the Arts are the committees on Architecture and Allied Arts, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music and Visual Arts. The Sub-commission on Cultural Dissemination includes the committees on Language and Translation, Communication and Cultural Education. NCCA’s Sub-commission on Cultural Heritage handles six committees on Archives, Art Gallerie, Historical Research, Libraries and Information Services, Monuments and Sites, and Museums, and the Sub-commission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts oversees three committees on Central Cultural Communities, Northern Cultural Communities ONE MINDANAO


Southern Cultural Communities. Priority projects of the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts are production and development of multi-media interactive CD Rom, monograph and audio-visual materials, exhibition, lecture series and research. The National Committee on Cinema is looking for project proposals on screenplay development, post-production, workshops, film festival for nongovernment organizations, film festival for LGUs/ state universities and colleges/ national government agencies, publication or archiving. The National Committee on Dance prioritizes proposals on dance workshop for teachers in special programs for the arts, dance production grant, LGU cultural assistance program, dance competitions and dance curriculum design. The National Commission on Dramatic arts would like to have

proposals on regional network building, theater craft development and capability building, production grant, traditional theatre Program. The National Commission on Literary Arts is looking for proposals on creative writing workshops, training workshop for translation, training workshop for criticism, literary competitions, publication of anthologies with translation, writing of literary biographies and literary performances/reading programs. The National Committee on Music prefers proposals on applied music training/workshop, annotated performance, music creation while the National Committee on Visual Arts prioritizes proposals on research and dissemination on creative industries, visual arts residency, visual arts competitions, visual arts workshops, publication of catalogues, arts in public spaces, urban landscape design competition. (PIA/JMDA)

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The number of volcanologists assigned in Davao Region

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Davao Region lacks volcanologists, seismologists

DAVAO CITY- The Davao Region needs volcanologists and seismologists to monitor tectonic and volcanic activity in the region.

Desiderio Cabanlit, seismologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said that there are less than 300 volcanologists and seismologists in the country. About three seismologists are assigned in the Davao field office, there is currently no volcanologist assigned in the region. Cabanlit guesting at the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agenc)y held at the Abreeza Mall Davao today (July 27) said that the region needs a resident volcanologist since they would still have to call on the central office to verify a volcanic activity in the region. Davao has one active volcano the Leonard Kniazeff in Maco, Compostela Valley Province- its caldera lake is commonly called Lake Leonard. There is one inactive volcano, the country’s tallest peak Mt. Apo. We need experts in volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, said Cabanlit noting that Davao Region is also prone to tsunami activity. He said that five earthquakes in negligible intensities are recorded in the region daily, all are tectonic in origin. There Friday, July 27, 2012

is a manned Seismic Monitoring Station located in Mintal established in 1993 to monitor ground activity in the region. Cabanlit said that the seismic monitoring equipment has been upgraded twice; an unmanned seismic station in Don Marcelino has also been set-up. There is an active fault which runs from Surigao City to Davao Oriental, termed as the Mindanao segment of the active Philippine Fault Zone. The highly-populated urban area of Davao City currently has no active fault Though Cabanlit said that any movement in the Mindanao segment would also be felt in Davao City, for example an intensity 8 earthquake in the fault could be intensity 7 in Davao City because of its proximity. There is also a possibility of a tsunami in the Davao coasts, During the Japan Earthquake in 2011, The tsunamis which devastated the Japanese coasts also reached Davao Oriental though at negligible levels, Phivolcs recorded their size at just 40 centimeters. “Though small, it showed that our coasts have tsunami threat.” Cabanlit said. Currently there is no tsunami alert system in Mindanao with Phivolcs relying on tsunami alert centers spread in the Pacific. Cabanlit said that with existing volcanic, seismic and tsunami threats there are need for more experts in the region. One problem he says in getting additional personnel is the unavailability of seismology and volcanology courses in the country’s universities and colleges. The nearest country where one can take a course is in Japan. Seismology/Volcanology is a one-year specialization course usually taken by those who finished a geology course in college. (PIA/RG Alama) ONE MINDANAO


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