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OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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LGU have prerogative to suspend classes during inclement wether -- Malacañang DavNor capitol holds disaster comm planning for info officers Noel Baguio, Southern Mindanao

Owners urged to register businesses, assured of hassle-free process Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Irrigators in North Cotabato to hold tree-planting activity Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

NFA, City Agriculturists Office brief farmers on organic farming Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

DA chief to grace farmers’ forum in Dinagat Islands Rosario Roxas, Caraga Region

Parents, LGUs laud DepEd for issuing DepEd Order no. 43 Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Pantawid Pamilya capacitates parents in NorMin Oliver Badel Inodeo, Northern Mindanao

DepEd Sec. Luistro tells teachers not to collect fees on opening of classes Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

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raditionally army camps just like any military bases are critical facilities, highly restricted to authorized personnel. but in Mindanao some army camps are being opened to tourists and visitors, there is Fort Sarangani in Malungon, Sarangani Province (headquarters of the 73rd Infantry Battalion) then we have Camp Manuel Yan in Mawab Compostela Valley Province.

Camp Manuel Yan is the headquarters of the 10th Infantry Division along with several units like the 72nd infantry battalion. It is considered as the nerve center of the Philippine Army in Southern Mindanao. The camp was named after Manuel Tecson Yan, the youngest Armed Forces Chief of Staff during the 1960s, who after retirement in the military service became a diplomat and peace negotiator (for those more keen towards showbusiness, General Manuel Yan is the grandfather of the late matinee actor Rico Yan).

The camp during the 1980s was the regional headquarters and training ground for the Communist New Peoples Army before it was captured by the Army in 1986. An army battalion occupied the former rebel stronghold until it became a base for an Army Brigade (the 602nd Infantry Brigade It was in 2011 when the 10th Infantry Division under Major General Jorge Segovia transferred to the camp from its main base in Camp Panacan, Davao City. The provincial government of Compostela Valley wanted the army to build a permanent Monday, June 4, 2012

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structure in the province and offered the site which is predominantly a farming area settled by some 30 families. The 100.8 hectare camp is currently being developed into a major eco-tourism destination in partnership with the Army, the provincial government and the local municipal government. According to Provincial Tourism Office Christine Dompor, a 1.5 kilometer zipline is currently being developed which if completed would be Asia’s longest Zipline. The zip would start at the uphill portion of the camp descending towards Hijo River located in the valley below. Aside from Ziplines, the camp is the site of two untouched caves. Mahayahay Caves is being

developed into a spelunking destination in the province, it has two caves, the first cave (Cave A) is fit for novice trekkers while the second cave (Cave B) is more technical geared for experienced spelunkers. Lt. Colonel Lyndon Paniza, commander of the 72nd Infantry Battalion one of the tenant units in the camp said that these caves once served as hide-outs for the New Peoples Army rebels during military operations in the area. He said that the Army and the local government have enacted strict rules to preserve the caves, even army personnel cannot enter the caves without getting permission from the provincial and municipal tourism office. Monday, June 4, 2012

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Aside from the caves, a 3-kilometer trekking trail is being developed, the Army is also constructing a heroes park, a deer sanctuary has been started and it now has six heads of Philippine Deer, there are plans to construct an indigenous peoples (IP) village which would serve as a transient areas for IPs. Tree Parks are also being established as the army wants to reforest the hills which once teemed with Lauan trees. For visitors going to the area you can coordinate with the provincial tourism office in Nabunturan town or in the municipal tourism office in Mawab. If you are lucky you can catch army trainees

during their jungle warfare course or some armored personnel carriers (APCs) performing their manuevers. Friendly army personnel are there for some chitchats or they can act as guides particularly along military facilities like the Army Training Unit area which according to Lt. Col. Paniza was originally a training area for NPA cadres during its years as a guerilla stronghold. The camp is located two kilometers away from the national highway, the roads to the camp ranges from paved to rough roads. With added tourism development the roads could be improved and be made accessible to more tourists.

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ACROSS THE NATION PHL to benefit from UK investment boom, say Ambassador Manalo

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he Philippines stands to benefit the most from the expected investment boom President Benigno S. Aquino III’s forthcoming official visit to the United Kingdom will generate, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs said recently. Philippine Ambassador to the UK Enrique Manalo said the President’s visit from June 4 to 6 will “further cement and invigorate” bilateral ties between the two countries and further boost investor confidence in the country. He said UK businesses and investors have been

looking at the Philippines as an “emerging power in Asia,” noting the country’s resiliency to withstand economic downturns in other countries like the United States but most especially, its positive growth for three consecutive years. “His (President

Aquino’s) coming here (UK) will further cement and, I hope, invigorate the bilateral ties between the Philippines and the UK… and when he comes here, one of the topics of his agenda will be to promote business and commercial relations with the UK for investments and trade…

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and we feel that his coming here will also pave the way for more high level companies to invest in the Philippines,” Manalo said. “As you know, our country has experienced for the past three years positive growth rates despite the economic downturn in the US. This is an area where there are many economic opportunities (and) I think the UK business investors will try to take advantage

of that. We should see how we can offer incentives and (more) opportunities for them,” he added. Among President Aquino’s activities in UK will be a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street where the two leaders are expected to discuss Philippine-UK political and economic cooperation, the UK’s participation in the international contact group (ICG), regional and international issues, and anti-corruption and good governance practices of

both governments. The President will also meet with several British investors, take part in the Philippine fun tourism campaign of the Department of Tourism and meet with the Filipino community in the UK, the largest in Europe. The Philippines and the UK have a long standing diplomatic relations, with ties starting in 1946. The UK is the country’s top European investors, the 23rd trading partner, the biggest tourism market in Europe and host to the biggest number of Filipinos in Europe. (RCK)

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alacañang said on Sunday that it was up to affected local government units to declare any suspension of classes in their area of jurisdiction during inclement weather.

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D e p u t y Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing aired over g o ve r n m e n t radio dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that the Department of Education had issued a Department Order giving LGUs the discretion to suspend classes even without any typhoon signal warning from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. She said any affected LGU could immediately assess the extent of rains and floods affecting their community and expeditiously effect the cancellation of classes to prevent any untoward incident. “… ang mga local government units na po ang in charge sa pagsususpindi ng klase sa kanilang mga lokalidad kapag walang

typhoon signal from PAGASA,” Valte said. “Kasi dati po ang ginagawa magre-report (ang PAGASA) sa DepEd, kukuha po ang DepEd ng report sa LGU, tapos ibabalik po sa DepEd who will in turn declare the cancellation of classes in certain areas. Ngayon po hindi na po ganoon, ‘yung local government units na po natin (will make the assessment and declaration of the cancellation of classes in

their area),” she added. On when to declare the cancellation of classes based on typhoon signals, Valte said these ground rules should be followed: Signal No. 1 – no classes in private and public pre-school and kindergarten classes; Signal No. 2 - no classes in private and public preschool, kindergarten, elementary and secondary classes; Signal No. 3 – No classes in all levels. (RCK)

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Mindanao envi-econ summit slated

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Mindanao-wide summit of government, private and civil society and non-government organizations is set here to come up with integrated and harmonized efforts to manage the island-region’s watersheds and river basins.

The Mindanao Economy and Environment Summit slated on June 4-5 will serve as a venue for Mindanao stakeholders to discuss key steps to protect ecological integrity and strike a balance with

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sustainable economic development. The Summit is part of the roll out activities of the MindaNOW: Nurturing Our Waters, a flagship program of Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) that aims

to achieve an islandwide convergent approach to watershed and river basin management. Among the Summit highlights is the presentation of workshop outputs from the delegaMonday, June 4, 2012


tion grouped according to the river basin they belong, identifying and streamlining strategies and initiatives in the production, settlement, and protected areas. “We need to work together to address environmental concerns that confront Mindanao as it affects us in several other aspects including the island-region’s power

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supply,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, MinDA Chairperson. Antonino stressed that one of the strategic ways to ensure sustainability of hydro power generation in Mindanao is the restoration and better management of major watersheds and river basins where. She added that the proposed Mindanao Power C o r p o ra t i o n shall allocate P200 million from its annual budget for watershed restoration. The Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan or Mindanao 2020 adopts an ecosystembased approach in achieving

sustainable economic development in Mindanao, highlighting food security and environmental integrity. “Economic development and responsible stewardship of environment are mutually reinforcing objectives. One without the other is shortsighted and of limited benefit,” Antonino said. The Summit will also be highlighted with the signing of agreements of participating agencies and organizations on MindaNOW Program, launching of the MindaNOW website and portal and launching of Mindanao Environment Experts Forum. The two-day event is also slated in cognizance of the global celebration of the World Environment Day on June 5, and June as Philippine Environment Month. ONE MINDANAO

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Tagum’s OSYs, adults find hope in ALS 2012 during the 9th ALS graduation exercise of Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Tagum City. Roldan stopped going to school after her unexpected pregnancy that confined her at home nursing her baby. But when her son reached 4 years old and an ample time for studying, she was already too old for formal secondary school. “I’m thankful for the Tears are held back, still in a state ALS that we were able to finish of disbelief but with firm hopeour schooling,” quipped Roldan ful stance, a 24 years old Chessa inspiring other out of school Roldan, Alternative Learning youths and adults in the city to System (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E) top-notch- value education for it’s the only er for Tagum City and rank 7th for thing that cannot be taken away Region XI, led the way as she and from them and a hard-earned treasure they would proudly show other 533 graduates marched at to their children. the Atrium of the New City Hall Roldan belonged to the in Barangay Apokon last May 25, Madaum Learning Center which

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is also honored as the top ALS learning center in Tagum City this year. While the most graduates and the highest number of passers with 112 is from BPOSA Tagum City National High School. The ALS DepEd Division of Tagum set a record of 534 A&E passers this year, the highest in its 9 years of conducting the nonformal education to the out-ofschool youths and adults, with 86 passers in the elementary level and 448 passers in secondary level. ALS is a free education initiated by DepEd under the Bureau of Alternative Learning System in partnership of the Local Government of Tagum City that brings the schools to the community. With this, there seems to be no reason why education cannot be accessed and afforded. Age does not even matter to Gregoria Soliven, 63, in reaching her dream of getting her diploma in secondary education. She is among the top ALS A&E passers and was accompanied by her granddaughter in her very own graduation. Soliven planned of proceeding to college taking up Business Management course in the opening of classes this June. In her keynote speech during the graduation ceremony, DepEd XI Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, challenged the Monday, June 4, 2012

graduates to not sit of their laurels and instead continue on striving to finish studying until college and be productive members of the society. Unique to the implementation of the ALS in the city is delivering further the program to the underprivileged through the strong partnership of DepEd and the Local Government. The Tagum City Jail in Brgy. Canocotan is producing graduates through the ALS Balik Eskwela sa Selda (BASE) program. Also, the children in the public market where the lure of quick money over education is evident were helped set their priority first to finishing elementary or secondary level through the Palengkeskwelahan program. The effective implementation of these programs and the big turnout of passers each year have been recognized nationally through awards and accolades. One of which is last year’s Liberal Project Award accorded by the Friedrich Naufman Foundation, a German foundation and an affiliate of the Liberal Party. Even DepEd bestowed ALS of Tagum City the top prize when it conducted early this year its maiden search for the Most Efficient City Division in the implementation of the Alternative Learning System. (Leo Timogan/Edwin of CIO TAGUM) ONE MINDANAO

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DavNor capitol holds disaster comm planning for info officers

TAGUM CITY – Information officers from the various local government units of the province honed their skills in preparing a disaster communication plan at a seminar/ workshop held today at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan in Tagum City.

The province conducted the activity as part of preparedness and mitigation measures, recognizing that proper communication is one of the most critical requirements of disaster management. OIC-Provincial Information Officer Romulo Tagalo said the workshop is in response to Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario’s call for the members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council to intensify

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their preparedness campaign, especially during normal times. Susan Madrid, Civil Defense Officer III of the OCD-XI hailed the effort of the province to orient the community information officers in formulating their disaster communication plan given their important role as harbingers of truth and relevant information in the communities. “Effective and accurate communication can save lives and properties,” she said. Nelson Casiano, former head of the Human Resource Management and Development Office of the Enterprise Bank, Inc. introduced the IOs to the fundamentals of preparing their own disaster plans. He said it is crucial for the IOs to be able to give clear, timely, consistent and accurate information in order to adequately prepare for and reduce the impact of calamities that may happen in their respective communities. (Noel Baguio) Monday, June 4, 2012


DA 12 honors outstanding farmers, fisherfolk By Dani Doguiles & Lito Salvo KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The regional field office of the Department of Agriculture in Soccsksargen Region (DA 12) yesterday recognized the exemplary contributions of farmers, fisherfolk and organizations proclaimed winners of the annual Gawad Saka Search.

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Awarding of the regional winners, who will represent the region to the national search, was held at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center in this city. Of the 19 winners, 12 are from North Cotabato 4 from South Cotabato, 2 from Sultan Kudarat and 1 from Sarangani. Awardees from North Cotabato include the following: Arakan MAFC chaired by Mr. Jogen Pedroso as outstanding municipal agriculture and fisheries council; NagKASAMMA CARD-PC of General Luna, Carmen for small farmer/fisher organization; Bios Dynamis Multipurpose Cooperative of M’lang for agrientreprenuer (Medium Sub-Category); Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development, Inc. in Makilala for organic farmer/organization; Barangay Pangao-an for oustanstanding food terminal – LGU category and

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Poblacion of Magpet as outstanding barangay food Terminal - nonLGU category. Individual awardees from North Cotabato were Robert B. Montaño of Antipas (outstanding young farmer); Roger Rosareal of Antipas (outstanding agrientreprenuer, small sub-category); Mr. Jaime P. Sillador of Carmen (outstanding sugarcane farmer) ; Vicente V. Doletin of Midsayap (outstanding small animal raiser); Tomas A. Hiponia of Kidapawan City (outstanding fisherfolk - fish culture) and Gregorio Saljay of Pigcawayan (outstanding high value crops farmer). The four winners from South Cotabato were Purok Upper Matina-ao, Silway-8, Polomolok (outstanding Rural Improvement Club), Engr. Daniel Apostol and family of Koronadal City (outstanding farm family); Victoria Motril of Tupi (outstanding agri-entrepreneur micro sub-category);

and Resly M. Buca of Tupi (outstanding corn farmer). Xerxex D. Besana of Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat province was adjudged outstanding hybrid rice farmer. Alberto G. Panghulan of nearby Esperanza town was outstanding coconut farmer. At the ceremony, DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan the farmers, fisherfolk, and farmer groups and cooperatives for their overwhelming response to DA’s call for nominees. “Out of this number, I hope we will produce more winners in the national search considering that Region 12 has the best farmers and fisherfolk in the country,” said Dir. Datukan. Earlier, Dir Datukan has ordered the Gawad Saka evaluation team to back staff the regional winners in the preparation and finalization of their documents to be submitted to the Monday, June 4, 2012


National Screening Evaluation. Besides plaques of recognition, the regional winners received P30,000.00 worth of cash prizes. Agricultural technicians

of the regional winners also got P5,000.00 as cash incentives. Gawad Saka is an annual undertaking of the Department of Agriculture that honors the huge

contributions of the farmers and fisherfolk in the agricultural and economic growth of the country. (DEDoguilesPIA 12/ Lito Salvo – DA12)

Owners urged to register businesses, assured of hassle-free process By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Business owners should acquire legal status for their investments by registering with their respective local government units and the Department of Trade and Industry, an official said. DTI-Sultan Kudarat Provincial Director Nelly Nita Dillera also assured businesspersons of a speedy processing especially through a simplified and computerized Business Permit and Licensing S y s t e m (BPLS) the department is now implementing with LGUs across the region. “DTI has a two-pronged function, to help those who would like to Monday, June 4, 2012

venture into enterprises and to help them attain legal identity for their businesses,” Dillera said during the DTI 12 sponsored “Unlad Pinoy” radio program over the

weekend. “We want them to legalize their businesses so we encourage them to acquire business permits from their LGUs and register their business

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names with the DTI,” she added. BPLS, which she said is being pushed by the national government to advance the competitiveness of Philippine businesses, addresses several problems and concerns including among others lengthy processing period and red-tape. Dillera explained that many investors were discouraged to legitimize their businesses by a number of factors including various steps in the procedure, several persons and offices involved in the process, separate inspections that needed to be complied with, and different charges, depending on the LGU. “In the past, release of a business permit could take at least a month,” she pointed out, “but now (through the BPLS) our target is for applicants to receive their business permits within one day.” She added, “At DTI, depending on the speed of (internet) connection, 15 minutes would be the longest time one should spend to get their business name

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registration.” With the BPLS either in LGUs or DTI offices, applicants need not wait for the approving officials for them to physically affix their signatures because documents will be signed using the e-signature feature of the system. This particular feature, she said, also resolves the traditional practices of waiting for officials to sign their documents where illegal under-thetable transactions used to happen if one wants to hasten the process. The system also keeps the fees uniform. “At DTI, applicants only need to pay P200 plus P15 for documentary stamps for barangaybased businesses and P500 plus P15 documentary stamps for business name registration for national businesses,” Dillera said. “This is renewable every five years.” In the same manner, she added, the computerized system also fixes the fees that should be collected from business permit applicants. The issue on the requirements for several

and separate reviews by fire, sanitary, and other inspectors are also being addressed, the official said. Since LGUs hold onestop shops for renewal of business permits during the first quarter, joint inspection teams of each LGU are directed to inspect as early as November all businesses scheduled for renewal in January to March of the following year. Dillera cited improvements in the business names registration in Sultan Kudarat Province with the implementation of the new ystem, the BPLS. “The number of business names registered in Sultan Kudarat increased by 84 percent in 2011 as compared to 2010 data,” she said. Besides services regarding legitimization of businesses , DTI 12 also offers several services intended to expand opportunities of emerging and established enterprises through regular trade fairs, seminars, market matching and many others. (DED-PIA 12) Monday, June 4, 2012


Irrigators in North Cotabato to hold tree-planting activity by Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY-- Farmer-irrigators in North Cotabato will hold a treeplanting activity in Alamada town, where a target of 500 seedlings will be added to more than 7,000 seedlings that were planted earlier.

The activity scheduled on June 7 and 8 will also be participated by different government agencies in the area. In line with this, the Department of Agriculture (DA12) has distributed 8,000 arabica coffee seedlings, which will also be planted in Alamada as one of the climate change mitigation initiatives of the national government. The distribution of arabaca coffee seedlings was coursed through the office of North Cotabato First District Rep. Jesus Sacdalan. According to Midsayap-PigcawayanLibungan-Northern Kabuntalan Federation of Irrigators Association Monday, June 4, 2012

President Dante Cudal, they are encouraging their fellow farmers to save the mountains in North Cotabato by planting more trees. He also added that this activity is in support to the National Greening Program of government. The main objective of the tree growing activity is to save the AlamadaLibungan watershed and to prevent flashfloods, which

affects the lower part of the municipalities of Libungan, Midsayap, and Pigcawayan in North Cotabato. Planting more trees in these areas is very helpful most especially during rainy season since most of the time, ricefields here serve as catch basin of the Libungan River. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ RBe単ez-DXVLRadyo ng bayan)

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New Basilan Army Chief promises to uphold human rights By Rene V. Carbayas

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he new 104th Brigade Commander has promised to uphold human rights in its campaign to win the peace in the province of Basilan.

During the change of command ceremony on May 28 at the army headquarters in Tabiawan, Isabela City in Basilan, newly-installed 104th Brigade Commander Col. Arthur P.

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Ang explained that he will be guided by the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan principle of winning the peace in Basilan. He cited two strategic Monday, June 4, 2012


such as the whole nation approach and human security approach in explaining his point. “First, by the whole nation approach, which means I’ll be enlisting the support of all sectors, of all stakeholders—an admission that through military alone, we will not be able to win the peace in this part of the country,” he said. He told stakeholders present, who were from government, nongovernment, private and local government sectors to expect that he will be meeting with them including civilian sectors for help in order to attain the very elusive peace and development in Basilan.

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The other approach, he said is human security approach, “a broad concept that encompasses a wide spectrum that includes freedom, security from health diseases, food security, and including freedom of movement, protection of the people in performing their culture, and others.” “With that, we will respect human rights. We will be the number one advocate of human rights. We will win the peace here in Basilan without necessarily violating human rights, that, I will promise you,” he stressed. Ang recalled that in the past, the military had the kind of stigma, “we were demonized, and tagged as number one human rights violators. That is not true, and I am here to prove to you that we are the number one advocate of human rights.” With these two strategic concepts, the new Brigade Commander shared that he will do this by supporting the ongoing peace talks first. “In the early 80’s I was here in Zamboanga and Basilan and ONE MINDANAO

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now am back here with the same mission of winning the peace. So we are already tired of fighting. This is the high time that we forget the animosities we have among our brothers here in Basilan who opted to use arms in achieving their political goals. I guess it is high time that we talk about peace and development and forget arm struggle. The use of force will be at the back corner, to be used only when necessary to threat groups who use arms to attain their goals,” he said. Col. Ang had swapped places with Col. Ricardo Visaya who will be assigned as 901st Brigade Commander in Daraga, Albay. Ang said that he felt no stranger in coming to Basilan because of the warm welcome afforded to him by Col. Visaya and his troops that made him feel a member of the 104th

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Brigade. In his farewell speech, Col. Visaya recalled that the 104th Brigade found its home in Basilan after the Al-Barka incident in October last year. Since that time, he said “almost every day we always think of what we can do here in Basilan. Often when we take our meals, we also discuss our plans because we always want to be part of making Basilan a very peaceful place to live in.” “As good soldiers, we have to accept without question the order from higher headquarters,” he said, as he bid goodbye and thanked the governor, mayors, civilian friends, and the media for the privilege to have served them. “Till we meet again my friends,” he concluded. (RVC/JPA-PIA9) Monday, June 4, 2012


Butuan police on alert for today’s opening of classes by Robert E. Roperos

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he police force of Butuan had been directed to be on heightened alert as classes open today.

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Police had been deployed to different areas of assignments to ensure that peace and security as classes in the public schools will open today, according to Butuan City Police Director PSSupt. Pedro Obaldo. As early as 6:45 a.m. today, all police officers were directed to be at their respective posts not only to insure peace and security, but also to help pupils, students, and parents in whatever problems they may have. Also, in an earlier report with the Department of Education (DepEd), the department’s top officials said all schools were also directed to install information action centers

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that will help parents and students alike who need assistance, especially that volume of students are coming in their schools, as the implementation of the K to 12 program commences this school year. Most of the heads and principals of public schools here said that so far, they have not encountered any problem yet in the implementation of the said program because they are all prepared for its implementation this year. Dr. Aida Abad, principal of the Butuan City School of Arts and Trades (BCSAT) said their school facilities are already prepared for today’s opening of classes. She added all classrooms

were already in place because of the conduct of Brigada Eskwela held two weeks ago. However, Abad said they might need additional teachers to accommodate students in the K to 12 program. She added they are still finalizing the number of students officially enrolled so that the division office here can take action on the shortage of teachers and classrooms. Also, Ricky Collado, school principal of Butuan Central Elementary School (BCES) shared the same sentiments with Abad. He said the school has a previous enrollment of some 5,000 students. To date, Collado said an increase of some five percent was noted this school year. “With this, there is really a need to have additional classrooms and teachers in order to decongest the number of students we have in every classroom,” Collado said. Meanwhile, Police Regional Office (PRO-13) Regional Director PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal has also enforced all police officers in the region to uphold peace and security in the region. Monday, June 4, 2012


NFA, City Agriculturists Office brief farmers on organic farming by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he National Food Authority (NFA) with the City Agriculturists Office here briefed the farmers in the different barangays on the benefits of organic farming.

This was held during the distribution of “Nitro-fix” organic bio-fertilizers to rice farmerbeneficiaries spearheaded by the NFA through Administrator Lito Banayo. According to Mr. Ernesto Abao of the City Agriculturists Office, organic farming will help improve the quality of rice that farmers produce and they will no longer have to spend much for the synthetic fertilizers. “There is really a need for us to Monday, June 4, 2012

go for organic farming considering the fact that there is a continuous increased in the prices of synthetic fertilizers. With that, decreasing farm income and declining of soil fertility is also observed. Synthetic fertilizers also causes ground water contamination and affects the health of our consuming public,” stressed Abao. Abao also bared that their office is continuously conducting bottom to top system of consultation, planning and implementation of ONE MINDANAO

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farming,� said Abao. Abao further said that the city government led by Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. is also supporting the organic farming program of the agency. With this development, NFA and the City Agriculturists Office are calling on the farmers in Caraga region to do organic farming. Purok, Barangay Level Irrigation Projects. “To create harmonious relationship with the farmers, we regularly take their issues and concerns so that whatever problem will immediately be addressed by the concerned agency. We also upgrade their skills with the new technologies they can apply in

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DA chief to grace farmers’ forum in Dinagat Islands

by Rosario Roxas

SAN JOSE, Dinagat Islands-- Department of Agriculture (DA) Sec. Proceso Alcala will meet and listen to the problems of local farmers and fisher folks and, at the same time, distribute various projects that his agency to the people of Dinagat Islands.

The secretary will arrive today in the capital town of San Jose after his two-day visit to the provinces of Biliran and Eastern Samar to grace the Farmers and Monday, June 4, 2012

Fisherfolks’ Forum at Aurelio Gym. During the forum, Alcala and his party will be briefed in some issues and concerns of the Dinagatnons farmers.

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Lapuyan mayor officiates mass wedding of 395 couples By Gideon C. Corgue

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y virtue of the powers vested in me by law, I now declare you husband and wife.

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So declared Lapuyan Mayor Daylinda Sulong during the mass wedding ceremony held on Wednesday at Antonio V. Apostol Sr. Memorial Central Elementary School gym, barangay Poblacion. Sulong, dressed in Subanen attire, officiated the mass wedding involving 395 couples, during the 3rd anniversary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) on May 30. Sulong said the couples, composing of Muslims, Subanens, and Christians had been living together for years without the benefit of marriage. They were wed free of charge which was initiated by the local government unit through the Office Civil Registrar and MSWDO. “You have now the marriage certificate. These documents are your proofs that you are legally married. You can also use these as requirement in enrolling your children in school, claim your benefits in 4Ps, and etc.,� the local chief executive announced amidst thunderous applause of appreciation from the newly weds and guests.. The mass wedding, Sulong said, are usually intended for indigent couples who would want to avail matrimony but cannot afford the costs it entails. Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD9) regional director Teodulo Romo, the guest of honor and who stood as one of the principal sponsors, enjoined them to respect and love each other and not to let their marriage go to waste. Romo said upon seeing the couples happily walking ionthe red Monday, June 4, 2012

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carpet, he could only compare his experience when he got married 33 years ago with only very few people witnessing the event. “But in this ceremony, the whole community is gathered together to witness the milestone event,” he added. ”Akong gidayeg ang inyong mayor sa suporta nga iyang gihatag sa mga katawhan nga nakahatag ug dakong kalampusan sa 4Ps dinhi sa inyong lungsod. Iseguro nako kaninyo nga akong ipahibalo kang Secretary Soliman nga lig-on ug buhi kaayo ang pangtimbayayong sa mga buhatan sa nasudnong kagamhanan ug sa kagamhanang lokal dinhi sa inyong dapit( I praise your mayor for the support she has given to the people because which it contributed to the great success of 4Ps in your municipality. Rest assured, I will inform Sec. Soliman that the partnership of the national government and local government unit is very strong and alive),” Romo said in Visayan language who spoke the language all throughout his speech.

Meanwhile, Muslim couple Dahab Luwag, 70, and wife Mohaya, 40, of barangay Tingalay, who lived together for more than a decade with only a son said they were very happy to avail the program saying that they can now enjoy all the legal rights of marriage. Christian couple Gary Duhalylungsod, 50, and wife Marcelina, 40, of barangay Malipayon shared the same observation. The couple who are blessed with six children, said they took the opportunity of joining the program saying that they could not afford to spend money for a church wedding and besides their children are already teenagers. The processes and documents are given for free to the said couples who benefit from the mass weddings. Among those who witnessed the event and standing also as principal sponsors were vice mayor Joel Sulong, Sangguniang Bayan officials, and chiefs of offices. (JPA/GCC-PIA 9, Zambosur)

Parents, LGUs laud DepEd for issuing DepEd Order no. 43 By Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY - Local government officials and parents of school children in Zamboanga del Norte lauded the Department of Education’s issuance of DepEd Order no. 43 giving the Local Government Units the discretion to decide whether to suspend or cancel classes during calamities and inclement weather, even without any typhoon signal warning issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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DepEd issued Order No. 43 to guide its regional offices and school officials on the action to be undertaken in times of calamities. The said DepEd Order was issued as an offshoot of President Benigno Aquino III’s issuance of Executive Order No. 66 on January 9, 2012 concerning the cancellation and suspension of classes during inclement weather. Based on the EO, LGUs are expected to announce the cancellation of classes not later than 4:30 in the morning for the whole day cancellation and 11 o’clock in the morning for the afternoon class suspension. Ms. Edith P. Tomong, former President of the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club, Inc. who is a provincial government employee and also a mother said this is a very laudable move of DepEd since any calamity that may happen will not only affect the local residents of the area but also the financial condition of the LGU, for they are the first to address the needs of the people who will be affected by the calamity. Under DepEd Order No. 43, local chief executives, being the Chairperson of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council are given the authority to take appropriate action to minimize the damage that maybe brought about by any calamity and prevent the possible loss of lives. Tomong pointed out that the local chief executives are in a better position than anybody to assess the real situation in their respective Monday, June 4, 2012

areas and take appropriate action to lessen the impact of the calamity to local populace. Before, the PAGASA will report on the weather condition to DepEd, then DepEd will get report from the LGU, and back to DepEd who will in turn declare the cancellation of classes. But now, the LGUs will assess the situation in their area and declare the cancellation of classes if the situation warrants. Under DepEd Order No. 43, the cancellation of classes is based on the following ground rules which must be strictly followed : When Signal No. 1 is raised– no classes in private and public pre-school and kindergarten levels; Signal No. 2 no classes in private and public preschool, kindergarten, elementary and secondary levels and when Signal No. 3 is raised, classes in all levels including work of DepEd officials are also cancelled. (ALT/ATR/PIA9) ONE MINDANAO

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Xavier Ecoville temporary site completes transfer of 500 households by Xyla Mercedita Gualberto

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round 500 households who are tropical storm Sendong survivors have been transferred from evacuation centers and no-build zones to the Xavier University-led resettlement site, Xavier Ecoville, in barangay Lumbia. The ninth batch consisted of 116 households and the 10th batch, 57 households, rounding up the total number of households residing at Xavier Ecoville temporary shelters to 523. This concludes the transfer of households.

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The beneficiaries are now sheltered in wooden bunkhouses complete with basic facilities and some amenities. The ground blessing and padugo ritual of the permanent site was held on June 2. Monday, June 4, 2012


Pantawid Pamilya capacitates parents in NorMin by Oliver Badel Inodeo CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Hundreds of parent-leaders of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program are now ready to facilitate their fellow grantees for barangay-based sessions after undergoing empowerment as community volunteer leaders in Northern Mindanao. Belonging to the Program’s Set 5 areas, the volunteer parent-leaders from the towns of Maramag and Manolo Fortich an the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia, all of Bukidnon province; Jasaan, Villanueva, Tagoloan, and Opol municipalities of Misamis Oriental; Mambajao, Guinsiliban, and Catarman of Camiguin province; and Tangub City in Misamis Occidental underwent series of trainings using Modular Session Guide for Family Development Session (MSG-FDS), a modular tool designed to empower frontline development workers and community volunteer leaders. The separate and simultaneous

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trainings aim to enhance parental skills of the parent-beneficiaries in improving their family life. Arnold Jarn Ford Buhisan, training specialist of Pantawid Pamilya, disclosed that the capacity building and empowerment of the parent-beneficiaries are essential elements of the program to ensure its effectiveness, cost efficiency, relevance and sustainability. Buhisan added the volunteers will plan and facilitate discussions on personal matters, family and community issues along with effective parenting, home management, gender and development, children’s rights and protection, and relevant community matters. For her part, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, regional director of DSWD 10, said the training and the program per se is one way of upholding the total family development, an important factor in improving human capital towards the fulfillment of Pantawid Pamilya objectives. As the family is the most basic support systems of its member, she explained that the trainings are geared towards an improved delivery of health and education services to the children in order to attain social ONE MINDANAO

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and economic development. Studies show that people in strong families are healthier, happier, better adjusted and more productive members of the society.

Aside from the parent–leaders, the Municipal Links, LGU Links, and selected Municipal Inter-Agency Partners also attended the seminars. (DSWD-10)

DepEd Sec. Luistro tells teachers not to collect fees on opening of classes by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – To minimize, if not eliminate, financial constraints among parents/guardians, during the opening of classes, no fees shall be collected from school children in kindergarten up to Grade 4 anytime, during School Year (SY) 2012-2013. Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro issued this reminder in the Department of Education (DepEd) Order No. 41 issued last May 24, on the implementing policies in the collection of voluntary school contributions (VSC) to be strictly observed by all public elementary and secondary schools, nationwide. He said DepEd Order No. 41 is pursuant to the constitutional mandate to provide all Filipino learners with free basic education and to achieve the country’s targets for the Millennium Development Goal on universal primary education and DedEd’s objective of Education for All in 2015. Luistro, however, said starting August 2012, until the end of SY 20122013, the following may be collected only on voluntary basis: Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) - P50/learner, Girls Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) - P50/learner, Philippine National Red

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Cross (PNRC) - P35/learner and AntiTB Fund Drive - P5/learner. Meanwhile, reasonable ParentTeacher’s Association (PTA) fees are to be determined by the PTA General Monday, June 4, 2012


Assembly, school publication fee of P60 for every elementary pupil and P90 for every high school and membership in pupil/student organization are to be based on existing policies. The PTA may collect contributions starting August 2012 only after presenting to the members and to the school head/principal a report on the utilization of the previous school year’s collections and the SY 20122013 proposed budget with Program of Activities taking into consideration the amount of contributions to the PTA shall be agreed upon during the General Assembly pursuant to the DepEd Memo No. 54, s. of 2009 to be concurred by the school head. Secretary Luistro clarified that the concurrence of the school head/principal of the amount of voluntary school contributions shall not be interpreted to mean that the contributions are mandatory. Meanwhile, Misamis Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Jonathan S. Dela Peňa, who issued a Division Memorandum to this effect to all 16 districts under him, said the PTA

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are enjoined to refrain from setting exorbitant amounts of voluntary contributions. In consideration of the many expenses that parents incur in sending their children to school, the PTA’s are encouraged to minimize the amount of contributions for graduation ceremonies and extra-curricular activities, as well as, minimize requests for contributions “in-kind.” Also, the contributions to the PTA shall be on a per member basis, regardless of the number of children that the member has enrolled in the school. In support of Secretary Luistro’s order, Dela Peňa said the publication of the school paper, although not mandatory, is strongly encouraged in line with the promotion of the campus journalism program of the elementary and secondary levels. The school publication fee shall be set at the school level but elementary pupils shall not pay more than P60 and high school students, P90, Dela Peňa added.

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