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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Aquino says government exhausting efforts to address delays of country’s banana exports to People’s Republic of China Consumers warned vs. unscrupulous LPG regulator dealers Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

DTI ZDS to conduct Diskwento Fair/ Caravan Western Mindanao

Gov’t gives assistance to families with missing persons due to Sendong

Anggot and Garcia, Northern Mindanao

Solons confirm MOA with PPC for commemorative stamps

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OCD strengthens disaster response, rescue capabilities of LGUs in Soccksargen

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PRO 12 RD Mantele nakatakdang magretiro

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Binay extends financial assistance to families of Butuan fire victims

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DTI-Caraga launches “Diskwento Caravan”

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Central Mindanao

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Danilo S. Makiling, Caraga Region

Cover Story

TESDA, Cabadbaran LGU in tandem page 4 Gervacio Dauz, Jr. Caraga Region


Cover Story

TESDA, Cabadbaran LGU in tandem

TSTP launching ignites productive relationship for dev’t ventures by: Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

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here were no klieg lights nor fireworks to herald Mr. Reynaldo Sajolga, pioneering President of the Cabadbaran Small Construction Workers Association, but the thought that his group is already on the intervention radar of both TESDA and the local government unit was enough to perk him to rise up to the challenge and deliver a heart-felt message of thanks and gratitude “for the tools and equipment you have given us” just recently at the People’s Hall, Government Center here. His group, together with the Cabadbaran Small Iron Works, Welding and Metal Fabrication Services headed by Romeleo S. Gapol, were both recipients of manna of starter kits in view of their being organized under the umbrella of TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP), which aims to help the tech-voc graduates help themselves through evolving into self-employment or enterprise development ventures. All technopreneurs gladly received tools suited for their respective trade areas such as pliers, pull

push rule, claw hammer, multi-tester, welding machine, etc., which they can use to peddle their services. During the said launching program, Hon. Harris Glenn D. Puyot, Vice Mayor here, was ecstatic to note that “our tech-voc graduates will be given a chance to have their own employment.” He felt

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honored that Cabadbaran was chosen as one of the launching sites of TSTP. Florencio F. Sunico, Jr., Provincial Director of TESDA Agusan del Norte, seized the opportunity also by sharing that TSTP, most importantly, is designed to be an enterprise development model for communities with the mission to help TESDA certified graduates get into productive undertakings to help themselves and their communities. He added that TSTP goes further than just responding through mere skills training provision; the program is purposively designed to catalyze the creation of livelihood enterprises that shall be implemented by the certified graduates – immediately after training nurtured by local officials and supported by the community. No less than Secretary Hon. Joel Villanueva, Director General of TESDA, touted via an audio visual

presentation that tech-voc graduates through the TSTP have no longer excuses why they can’t be productive and succeed. The big-bang message of the occasion came of course from Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, Deputy Director General of TESDA for Field Operations, who keynoted the event with the excerpt found in the Bible: “God gave men the capacity to produce or generate wealth.” He argued by debunking the sickening idea that wealth is always bestowed by others, that the downtrodden are helpless to alleviate their conditions from the throes of poverty. Instead of looking outside in, he urged the audience to believe in themselves, because “ang kagalingan mo ay siyang puhunan at paraan mo para makaahon sa kahirapan.” “We have a chance to change,” he contended, “but it has to start first from within, by changing our

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mindsets through having a positive perspective and foresight of what we desire to happen for the future.” He counseled everyone to mount up with wings like eagles in order to hurdle the future. Hon. Dale Corvera, City Mayor here, rose up to the challenge for collaboration by pledging to lock arms with TESDA announcing loud and clear: “This event marks the beginning of a productive relationship with TESDA and the city government.” And, “I am proud and happy that you launch this event

in Cabadbaran.” He was supposed to fly out in the afternoon to attend a special engagement, he revealed, “but I have to remain because this launching program,” he felt, “is more important than the event in Manila.” His revelation elicited loud cheers and applause from the audience composed of TESDA and political honchos, including Technical Vocational Institution representatives and the technopreneurs themselves. Furthermore, he commented that “TESDA is a very important agency as it gives solution to job mismatch,” and that it is “doing well.” He summed up by saying that “President Aquino should be proud of TESDA.” For the technopreneurs, he counseled them to use the opportunity wisely “because TESDA has not only given you the necessary skills, but the tools to succeed as well for your own good and for the good of your

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family.” He urged them further “not to stop upgrading your skills, because the road to success is always under construction.” As a glimpse of positive picture for the near future, he announced that “by August of this year, we will already start the construction of a City Mall, including the legislative building. And considering that the construction is labor-intensive, I know now where to look for qualified and competent workers.” His positive remarks cheered the technoprenuers, including the other listeners, all the more. At the end, Mayor Corvera gave to DDG Pascua a basket made out of abaca, which is a symbolic token of transformative and engaging partnership between his LGU and TESDA. Mayor Corvera divulged that abaca is the one town one product here, that they have aggressively expanded the abaca plantation in

anticipation of the growing demand in the future. He requested TESDA through DDG Pascua to help improve their abaca industry via skills training on creative weaving.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino welcomes transport groups’ plan to lower fares

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the move of transport groups to voluntarily lower fares on public transportation following the oil companies’ biggest rollback on the price of fuel this year.

In his speech keynoting the National Transport Conference held at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center on Monday, the President said the group’s gesture was a symbol of their compassion to the plight of the common man.

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“Saludo ako sa ginawa ninyong rollback sa pasahe; sa pagbalik ninyo nito sa 8 pesos, mula sa 8.50,” the President said. He lauded the transport groups, headed by 1-United Transport Koalisyon (1UTAK) and its members for generously agreeing to

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bring down the fares. “Walang pilitan, walang tulakan, walang bangayan—nagbukal po ito sa pagkukusa, nagbukal ito sa malasakit ninyo sa kapwa Pilipino. Kabaligtaran nga po ng 1-UTAK ang utakalimango; nakatuon kayo sa kolektibong pag-angat


ng sambayanang Pilipino,” the President said. 1-UTAK and its members: the Federation of Jeepney Owners and Drivers Association of the Philippines, Alliance of Transport Operators and

Drivers Association of the Philippines, and Liga ng Transportasyon at Opereytor sa Pilipinas, Inc., presented a manifesto to President Aquino during the event symbolizing their agreement to lower fares immediately. The Land Transportation

Franchising and Regulatory Board on Monday said the minimum fare of P8 would take effect on Tuesday, May 15, after it signed an order for the automatic rollback in jeepney fares, which were raised to P8.50 last March. (RCK)

Aquino says government exhausting efforts to address delays of country’s banana exports to People’s Republic of China

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III said that the government has been exhausting efforts to address the mass delays of the country’s fruit exports specifically bananas to the People’s Republic of China saying that the administration is considering additional countries where the products could be exported to.

In an ambush interview following his attendance to the Mindanao Rural Development Program 2 (MRDP2) People’s Organizations Congress at the Grand Ballroom of

the Grand Regal Hotel, here on Monday, President Aquino stressed the need to diversify the exportation of the country’s fruits to provide more options for business people in the

sector. “Ang kailangan ngayon at ang instructions ko sa kanila (concerned government officials) from last year ay dagdagan ‘ang mga bansang

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pinapadalhan natin para hindi naman tayo natatali sa isang bansa lang (na) ‘pag may problema sila ay kaagad naapektuhan nang malaki ang ating industriya ng saging,” the President said. “Iyong napakaraming saging natin napupunta sa iilang bansa. So importante i-diversify din natin ‘yung pinag-e-exportan natin para naman hindi tayo nakatali sa desisyon ng iisang bansa (na) naaapektuhan nang husto ang industriya,” he explained. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, who is also present during the event, for his part said that talks are underway between the government and their Chinese counterparts to

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prove that the Philippine fruits are safe for consumption and free of any pests. “This week po mayroong isang team tayo na papupuntahin sa China at magdadala po sila ng credential para kaharap sila sa pagbubukas ng ating mga produkto sa exports. Pero, at the same time, kasama ang imbitasyon naman natin sa kanila para pumunta ang delegasyon dito at i-check po nila ‘yung protocol natin. Ang importante po dito maiprove natin na ang mga produktong iniluluwas hindi lang po sa China kundi sa ibang bansa man ay wala pong peste,” Alcala said. Government data showed that bananas are

the country’s second largest agricultural commodity export next to coconuts. The total shipment cost for last year was pegged at 470.96 million dollars. Reports revealed that Philippine fruit exports, including bananas, were rotting in ports in China after the Chinese government alleged that these products were contaminated with pests. These allegations prompted the Chinese government to impose stricter quarantine inspections on the said Philippine agricultural produce. The People’s Republic of China is the Philippines’ second-largest banana market after Japan. (JCL)

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Aquino keynotes Mindanao Rural Development Programs People’s Organization Congress in Lanang, Davao City

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III assured the Filipino people of the government’s continued efforts to implement reforms and empower them to participate in developmental endeavors that will uplift their standards of living and promote the country’s sustainable progress and development. In his speech during nation to the Filipino nakakarami, itinataboy natin the Mindanao Rural citizenry. ang kaisipang makasarili… Development Program “Paiigtingin pa natin sa halip na magpalakas 2 (MRDP2) People’s ang mga reporma dahil sa kapangyarihan, Organizations Congress at alam nating mayroon pa binibigyang-lakas natin ang the Grand Ballroom of the tayong ibubuga. Hindi mamamayan na makilahok Grand Regal Hotel, here puwede ang “puwede na,” sa pagpapaunlad ng on Monday, the President at hindi tama ang ugaling kalakhang lipunan,” the expressed his desire to “bahala na.” Sa halip na President said. leave a legacy of a renewed isantabi ang interes ng “Pangarap ko pong Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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magpamana ng isang bagong Pilipinas sa susunod na salinlahi. Buo ang loob kong tuparin ito dahil marami tayong kabalikat sa tuwid na daan. Kasama ang People’s Organizations, tuloy-tuloy na po tayo sa paghahatid ng liwanag ng pag-asa at masaganang bukas sa bawat sulok ng Pilipinas,” he added. The Chief Executive acknowledged the effects of the laudable projects such as the MRDP in realizing the government’s initiatives to provide sufficient food and augment the income of the people. “Sa pamamagitan naman ng MRDP, may kabalikat ang ating gobyerno sa pagkalinga sa kapakanan at pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Mindanao,” President Aquino said. “Hindi po biro ang laki at lawak ng tagumpay ng inyong samahan. Balita ko nga po, tumaas ang kita ng ating mga kababayan dito ng halos labimpitong porsyento buhat ng magsimula ang programa. Katumbas ito ng mahigit labing-isang libong piso na karagdagang kita kada taon,” he stressed. President Aquino also bared the use of advanced and latest technology in

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ensuring that public funds are spent in tangible projects that will serve the people. “Gamit ang “geotagging”, mababantayan at masusuri ninyo ang pagsasakatuparan ng ating mga proyekto. Matutukoy dito ang mga overlapping road projects, at kung may hokuspokus na nangyayari,” he said. “Bukod sa mga ito, kaliwa’t kanan pa ang mga kongkretong patunay sa tagumpay ng MRDP. Kasama sa mahabang listahan nito ang kilokilometrong farm-to-market roads, mga tulay, patubig, at solar dryer. Idagdag pa rito ang pagpapagawa ng mga lansangan at agrifishery infrastructure, na talaga naman pong nagpapaaliwalas at naghahatid ng oportunidad sa mga Mindanaoans,” he further noted. Present during the event were Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Mindanao Development Authority Luwalhati Antonino and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio as well as the local government officials from Mindanao and members of the House of Representatives.

President Aquino witnessed the awarding of plaques of recognition and certificates of award to the best performers under the program. The Mindanao Rural Development Program – Adaptable Program Loan Phase 2 continues to implement poverty reducing interventions in more poor communities across Mindanao. Now on its second phase, it covers 225 municipalities in all of Mindanao’s 26 provinces. The program implemented under the Department of Agriculture, MRDP1 accomplished various projects and provided significant learning experiences on which MRDP2 took off. Jointly funded by the World Bank, the National Government and the local government units (LGUs), MRDP2 seeks to improve further the incomes in rural areas and achieve food security through agrifisheries infrastructure, livelihood enterprise and bio-diversity conversation projects. (JCL) Tuesday, May 15, 2012


6th Bright Leaf Agri Journalism Awards extends to Zambo City By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY Bright Leaf Awards formally invited local tri-media personalities in the city to participate in the 6th Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism contest in a press briefing this morning. The contest’s aim is to search for the best write up, television program or segment, radio program, and photos focusing on the current agricultural issues and best farming practices on environmental care, safety, and crop sustainability.

COZOZ Incorporated’s Mr. David Isaac Buenaventura, Bright Leaf Agriculture Secretariat Project Manager, said the activity also aims to build awareness and support in agriculture thru information coming from the media.

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Launched in 2007, Buenaventura said they came here in the city to encourage more participation from Mindanao media men. “Knowing that your region, and the whole of Mindanao as an agricultural area, we are encouraging more media practitioners to participate in our activity. Usually, much of our entries came from Luzon. However, our last year’s winner came from Cagayan De Oro City”, Buenaventura said. The categories for Bright Leaf Awards include Agriculture Story of the Year, Tobacco Story of the Year, Best Television Program or Segment, Best Radio Program or Segment, Agriculture Photo of the Year, Tobacco Photo of the Year, Best Regional News story, Best National News Story, Best Regional Feature News Story, Best National Feature Story, and a special Oriental Leaf Awards, a category synonymous to a grand slam award. This award will

be given to those who won for three (3) consecutive years. The Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Award is organized by Philip Morris Philippines as part of its corporate social responsibility, in partnership with COZOZ, Inc. Submission of entries will start on May 21 until August 31, 2012. Participants can submit their entries to Bright Leaf Secretariat, c/o COZOZ Inc., 1102 P. Ocampo corner Conchu Streets, Malate, Manila. They can also be reached thru telephone numbers (02) 522-8782 or 5252525. Interested individuals can also visit them at their website at www. thebrightleafawards.com for more details, although this website will be officially launched on May 21st. Big prizes await the winners of the said contest from cash prizes, with international agricultural travels, to gadgets like iPad. (ALT/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)

Consumers warned vs. unscrupulous LPG regulator dealers By Franklin P. Gumapon DIPOLOG CITY - The consuming public is being warned against unscrupulous peddlers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) regulators who go house-tohouse plying their wares. An inter-agency group composed of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau

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of Internal Revenue (BIR), Dipolog city Licensing Office, Dipolog Consumers’ Watch Group and the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has issued this warning amid reports received by the DTI that there were cunning LPG regulator dealers deceitfully selling their products at a very high price. These dealers would go houseto-house, inspect the LPG tank and convince the house owner to really buy a new LPG regulator to secure his/her home from fire. The price of the LPG regulator ranges from P3,000 to 4,000 a piece. Upon verification from local stores, these LPG regulators are

actually priced between P300 to 500 a piece only. The DTI also advised the consumers to immediately report to the authorities whenever they meet such dealers. They may also ask them to show or produce their business permit issued by the city/ municipality licensing office and the so-called “home solicitation permit” issued by the DTI. The consumers are also reminded to always ask for official receipts for their purchased items. Those who became victims to these scheming dealers were also advised to file their formal complaint with the DTI. (ALT/FPG/PIA9)

DTI ZDS to conduct Diskwento Fair/Caravan PAGADIAN CITY - Consumers will surely get a respite from the continuous increase of prices of basic necessities and prime commodities as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) undertakes “Diskwento Fair/Caravan” nationwide in Pagadian City on May 24-25, 2012 at the DTI-Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Office premises. The DTI embarked on this activity to help ease the burden of the consumers who are daily confronted with skyrocketing increase in prices of consumer products. Local grocery owners have pledged their participation in this fair/caravan. They will bring and sell their goods at discounted prices at the fair grounds. The public is encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. (ALT/MEJ/DTI-PIA9) Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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OWWA honors institutional partners in Northern Mindanao by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Regional Office 10, gave recognition to its partner agencies in the region for their continued support to the programs of OWWA and their sustained commitment in helping promote the socioeconomic welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents. The awarding, held at the OWWA10 Office last May 8, was one of the highlights of the regional celebration of OWWA’s 30th year of delivering dedicated service to OFWs. The awardees from public institutions included Agricultural

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the Department of Education, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Philippine Information Agency. Other recognized OWWA partners from the private sector were the Banco de Oro, SM City, Globe Telecom, and the

Cooperative Bank of Misamis Oriental. Anchored on the theme “Tatlong Dekada ng Serbisyong Tapat at Nararapat,” the celebration was also attended by OFWs who are recipients of OWWA-10 livelihood, education, and social benefits’ assistance.

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Gov’t gives assistance to families with missing persons due to Sendong by Melvin T. Anggot and Virgilio C. Garcia ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Office of the Civil Defense in Northern Mindanao (OCD)-10 revealed it will give financial assistance to those injured and families with missing persons due to tropical storm Sendong. OCD-10 Regional Director Anna Cañeda said that P5 million assistance had been appropriated for the injured and P12 million for families with missing persons in the said calamity. Cañeda clarified that injured persons-claimants must have been confined in a hospital at least for three days and the confinement must be caused by flood-related brought by Sendong such as Leptospirosis. She said the agency will need the validated report of the local government units and endorsement from the mayor

of names of missing persons as bases in the release of financial assistance. Also needed is the validated police report that will certify that a person is really missing because of the flood and not hiding and pretend to be missing because of a crime. Cañeda confirmed that a special authority from their agency would follow the guidelines of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) that will issue a certification that a person is ‘presumed dead’ due to the calamity. (CIO)

Solons confirm MOA with PPC for commemorative stamps CAGAYAN DE ORO - The 16th City Council on Wednesday, May 3, confirmed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into by the city government and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC) for the issuance, circulation, and selling of commemorative stamps and other philatelic products promoting Cagayan de Oro. Pursuant to the MOA, the city shall provide the PPC with the designs to be depicted on the commemorative stamps. The PPC shall print and deliver to the city aside from the regular requirement of the office for local and

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foreign stamp collectors and dealers, the commemorative stamps and other philatelic products. These shall be made available for circulation and distribution by the PPC beginning on the exact date of issue which is June 15, 2012. (CDO) Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Pres. Aquino lauds rural development program in Mindanao by Carina Cayon

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resident Benigno C. Aquino III lauded today the achievements of the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) in alleviating the living condition of the rural and coastal folks in Mindanao.

“Sa tulong ng MRDP, itinataguyod natin ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na pagkain sa hapag ng bawat pamilya, ang pagkakaloob ng disenteng trabaho, at marangal na pamumuhay,” Pres. Aquino stated as he addressed to more than 1,200 participants in last Monday’s (May 14) MRDP’s People’s Organizations (POs) Congress at Grand Regal Hotel, this city. He said DA-MRDP has been a partner of the government in addressing the welfare and needs of the Mindanao people, and in fast-tracking development in Mindanao. MRDP is a poverty-alleviation initiative of DA with funding coming from the World Bank, and with equity shares from the national government and the 225 covered local governments in Mindanao. Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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The President hailed the program’s impact, citing the almost 17 percent increase in the rural folk’s annual income which is equivalent to more than P11,000 per year, since MRDP started providing assistance to farmers and fisherfolks in 2004. Aside from this, he enumerated several projects of MRDP such as farm-tomarket roads, bridges, solar dryer, as well as rural and agri-fishery infrastructures, saying “Na talaga naman pong nagpapaaliwalas at naghahatid ng oportunidad sa mga Mindanaoan.” With the tangible impact of the program in improving the lives of the community, Pres. Aquino said people have high complacency over MRDP projects. “Tunay pong kapag ang pondo ay matuwid na ginugugol, at nakakasabay sa pag-asenso ang Pilipino, ganado silang makilahok sa ating pong mga proyekto,” he said. He assured to strengthen more his reform agenda “dahil alam nating mayroon

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pa tayong ibubuga.” “Pagdating po sa kaunlaran, walang sinuman ang dapat maiwan—‘yan po ang bisyon natin,” the President emphasized saying that this could be attained through good governance and unity of the government and the people. He further stressed that his administration would continue to give focus on the “land of promise.” “Sa kabila ng mga good news na ito, hindi po tayo magbabakasyon sa pagtatrabaho,” he stated. Before the President rendered his speech, he handed over citations and awards to seven POs and local government units during the “Parangal sa mga Bosing ng Kanayunan” awarding ceremony. The awarding ceremony was the highlight of the PO’s Congress aiming to give recognition to outstanding and best performing POs and LGUs in the implementation of the DA-MRDP projects in their respective areas. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon) Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Photo gallery

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (left), Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and MinDA Secretary Luwalhati Antonino engages in a small discussion while wating for the President during the MRDP People’s Organization Congress held last Monday (May 14) at Grand Regal Hotel Davao and which was attended by President Benigno Aquino III.

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Philippine vessels allowed “limited access” to Pacific fishing grounds By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato– Philippine fishing vessels have been authorized to fishing in the the high seas of Pacific Ocean, the Mindanao Development Authority reported yesterday. In a report sent to MinDA chair Secretary said the Western and PIA 12 yesterday, Luwalhati Antonino Central Pacific Fisheries

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Commission (WCPFC) has lifted the fishing ban on pockets 1 and 2 of the Pacific Ocean. “Thirty-six Philippine fishing vessels are given limited access to fishing in pockets 1 and 2 of the high seas until February 2013”, Antonino said. Antonino, who was the head of the Philippine delegation to the 8th annual meeting of the WCPFC in Guam on March 26 – 30, said the lifting of the ban can greatly benefit the country’s fishing industry, especially in Mindanao. She, however, pointed out that while the country is granted access, “efforts must also be exerted to prevent abuse.” WCPFC banned commercial fishing in pockets 1 an 2 of the high seas with the issuance of Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) in 2008 to mitigate overfishing of big-eye and yellowfin tuna and to limit the growth of fishing capacity in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. Pocket 1 covers Palau, Micronesia, Papua New Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guinea and Indonesia, a r e a s c l o s e s t to the Philippines where local tuna fishing companies frequently operate. Pocket two is bounded by the countries of Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tuvalu, N a u r u , Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea and parts of Kiribati. These areas reportedly contribute 60 percent of the world’s tuna production. The two-year fishing ban took was effective January 1, 2010 until December 31, 2011. The Philippines is among the 25 member countries of WCPFC which regulates migratory fish stocks such as big-eye and yellow-fin tuna in the Pacific. Although the lifting of the ban is a huge success, the Bureau of

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) stressed that Filipino fishing vessels must adhere to the fishing standards being imposed by the international commission. “We must live up to the expectations of WCPFC,” BFAR Director Asis Perez said. He added that the Philippines “must satisfactorily comply with the provisions of the CMM if we want to continue fishing in pockets 1 and 2 beyond 2013”. ONE MINDANAO

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With this new development, the S O C S K S A R G E N Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries Incorporated (SFFAII) is optimistic that the tuna industry shall continue to contribute significant gains to Mindanao’s economy. Tuna remains as one of the top exports of Mindanao with a combined (fresh and frozen) Freight on Board (FOB) value amounting to US$311-million in 2010. During the same year, the total tuna industry is valued at Php23-billion. Moreover, the industry employs at least 100,000 people ranging from fishing to canning, processing and other

auxiliary services. The United States (US), European Union (EU) and Japan are among the top export destinations of tuna according to Antonino. “It is encouraging to note that despite the global economic challenges, Mindanao trade has remained bullish,” Antonino said. She added that the Aquino administration recognizes the challenges being faced by the fishing industry that is why MinDA shall continue to lobby for necessary measures and policy recommendations in order to spur and strengthen Mindanao’s economy and to generate jobs for Mindanawons.

“These [challenges] must not stall us from pursuing our vision of growth and expansion to serve the growing domestic and global demands. This calls for us to creatively find ways to boost the [tuna] industry,” said Antonino. Records indicated that with the fishing ban, tuna production last year dropped to 503,000 metric tons last year as compared to 575,000 MT in 2010. Director Perez, explained access of the Philippine fishing vessels will only be limited to traditional fresh and ice chilled fishing vessels operating as a group. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

OCD strengthens disaster response, rescue capabilities of LGUs in Soccksargen By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Efforts to improve the capacity of the local government units of Soccsksargen Region on disaster response and rescue systems are being intensified, an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) 12 said. Besides the on-going trainings of local disaster risk reduction and management offices

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across the region, OCD 12 and partner agencies in the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and

Management Council (RDRRMC) are also preparing for a regional summit on emergency Tuesday, May 15, 2012


response to landslides and flooding incidents. The gathering tagged, 2012 Search and Rescue Network 12 (SarNet 12) Summit will be held at CDC Family Resort in Bawing, General Santos City and will be attended by local disaster workers and volunteers, not only of the LGUs but also of other agencies and organizations like the Bureau of Fire, Department of Health, the Philippine Red Cross, and other groups. “This activity is an emergency response capacity development initiative intended to help disaster workers and volunteers identify, assess, and fill in gaps in coordination and constraints in resources in order to strengthen disaster preparedness and response capacities of search and rescue organizations in the region,” OCD 12 Regional Director Lita Enok said. The event, she said, also aims to “forge alliance of well-organized and coordinated search and organizations… that may be able to pool together necessary and available resources Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ahead of time, ready to be deployed anytime, anywhere.” Once these rescue and response teams are organized, she added, “lives could be saved, further human sufferings can be prevented, damage to properties can be minimized if not prevented.” Specific activities of SarNet 12 Summit include a refresher course on incident command system, swift water rescue/ river crossing, hailing, highline, CPR and other important operations during landslides and flooding incidents. There will also be lecture-demonstrations on vehicle extraction technique and collapsed structure rescue.

In addition to the refresher course and demonstration, the summit also features competitions between participating groups. “The competitions are geared toward determining the capabilities of our search and rescue teams in different parts of the region,” OCD 12 Assistant Regional Director Jerome Barranco said. These competing teams, according to the contest guidelines , will simulate search and rescue operations from the setting up a rescue operation to actual victim rescue and extraction, victim management, and victim transport. Barranco also reported that their technical ONE MINDANAO

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personnel have been very busy lately to accommodate requests from local government units requesting for training of their local DRRM teams. He said the most recent training was held in Sultan Kudarat for the second batch of the province’s DRRM. “We had also conducted similar training in Lambayong,

Sultan Kudarat and another one coming up in Esperanza town,” he said, adding that another training in M’lang, North Cotabato in the coming weeks. “Our local chief executives are very active their response teams,” he said. Director Enok, during the regional consultation on Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster

Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 here on April 18, reported that as of first quarter this year, 96 percent of the LGUs have already constituted emergency response, rescue and medical teams. Eighty-seven percent have setup disaster command and auxiliary centers and 83 percent already established their own local DRRM office. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

PRO 12 RD Mantele nakatakdang magretiro

COTABATO CITY, - Mismo si P/CSupt. Benjardi Mantele ang nag-anunsiyo ng kanyang pagreretiro sa serbisyo sa May 17, 2012 pagkalipas ng tatlumpung taong panunungkulan sa Philippine National Police (PNP). Ang kanyang nakatakdang pagreretiro ay ibinalita sa pasinaya noong May 10 ng gusali ng PNP Explosive and Ordinance Division (EOD) sa lalawigan ng North Cotabato na pinondohan ng PNP headquarters sa pangunguna ni Director-General Nicanor Bartolome. Ayon kay Mantele, umaabot sa halagang P500,000 ang ginugol sa pagtatayo ng gusali ng EOD alinsunod sa commitment ni PNP chief Bartolome sa

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pinalakas na kampanya kontra karahasan at kriminalidad partikular sa mga kaso ng pagpapasabog sa lalawigan at kalapit na mga lugar. Malaki ang tulong ang gusali at ng counter incident measures equipment na naunang ipinagkaloob ng Estados Unidos (US) kasama na ang training ng EOD team sa pagsasagawa ng post-blast investigation, pahayag ni Mantele. Sa kanyang nalalapit na pagreretiro, sinabi ni Mantele na naging

bahagi na ng kanyang gawain ang pagbisita sa iba’t ibang istasyon ng pulisya na kanyang nasasakupan upang tiyakin ang disiplina at maayos at tapat na serbisyo sa mamamayan at komunidad. Napabalitang si PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo na minsan ay nakapaggsilbi ding North Cotabato provincial director, ang susunod na regional director ng Police Regional Office XII sa pagretiro ni Mantele. (pbchangco/ PIA Cotabato City) Tuesday, May 15, 2012


ARMM Watch launched in Lanao del Sur by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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ivil society organizations (CSOs) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) launched the ARMM Watch in the province on May 3 at the Mindanao State University (MSU) this

At the same time, they also conducted the second leg of the provincial consultations to strengthen mechanisms for the ARMM Watch engagement. “The ARMM watch is a coalition of individuals and non-government organizations who want to be part Tuesday, May 15, 2012

of the reform program in Muslim Mindanao region,� said Guiamel Alim, ARMM Watch regional coordinator and chairperson of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society. He said the coalition aims to look into the implementation of the ONE MINDANAO

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reform program of every agency in the region including that of the regional government, national line agencies, and local government units (LGUs). According to him, identified priority agencies to be monitored by the coalition include the Department of Education, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Office of the Regional Governor, and LGUs, while attention will also be given to the implementation of specific government programs such as the Pantawid Pamilya and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan. He, however, emphasized that the monitoring intends to lay down the

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foundation for good governance. “ARMM Watch will not just watch but will also advocate for good governance. We will use the art of communication and dialogue to plant the seed for governance and reforms,� he added. During the launching, Governor Mujiv Hataman, Officer-in-Charge of the ARMM, expressed support to the coalition. He said the ARMM Watch was the result of the partnership and the social contract entered into by the regional government and the civil society in the monitoring of government operations in the ARMM, including the LGUs.

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He further said that among the directives of President Benigno S. Aquino to him was to make sure LGUs in the region are functional, adding that a functioning government is the key to peace and development. Meanwhile, Alim said the ARMM Watch will also have coordinators and executive committees in the five provinces in ARMM that will serve as the oversight body for all the activities to be conducted by the ARMM

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Wa t c h in their respective

provinces. “We will be launching the ARMM Watch in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi in the next few days and conduct the same provincial consultations in the island provinces,� he concluded.

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‘Panginabuhian sa Tagana-an’ Festival declared Sajaw Surigao champ

by Fryan E. Abkilan

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he ‘Panginabuhi-an sa Tagana-an’ Festival (Livelihood/source of living in Tagana-an town) outwit other eight contingents and walked away victorious in the first Sajaw Surigao Festival held Sunday, May 13 at the Provincial Sports Complex, this city. The event is one of of the 111th Founding May 15, showcasing the the highlights in celebration Anniversary of Surigao on unique culture, colorful

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history and convergence of festivals in the province of Surigao del Norte. Also named winner is the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival of Surigao City who placed second. The Kajawan Festival of the municipality of San Francisco was also named third place winner. Special awards for Best in Choreography and Musicality all went to the

municipality of Tagana-an while the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw contingent was awarded Best in Costume. Other participating contingents who received special awards were the Mabuyoc Festival of the municipality of Mainit, Ungguyan Festival of the municipality of Malimono, Sani Festival of the municipality of San Isidro, Kabibo Festival of the

municipality of Alegria, Jinawa Festival of the municipality of Gigaquit and Tinaga Festival of the municipality of Claver. Sison’s Kuradang Festival also performed as guest contingent. The festival was graced by Sen. Loren Legarda along with other local officials led by Gov. Sol Matugas and 1st District Rep. Francisco Matugas.

Binay extends financial assistance to families of Butuan fire victims by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – Vice President Jejomar Binay has extended financial assistance to families of fire victims here. Vice Presidential staff Ritch Rosario said the vice president gave an initial financial assistance Tuesday, May 15, 2012

to the families of the seven victims who are already identified by the Scene of the Crime Operatives

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was extended to the three survivors who are confined in private hospital here. The official stressed the vice president also extended his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families. With this, the official said families of the victims may get in touch with the local government unit to claim the said financial assistance. It cn be recalled that a fire razed early morning on Wednesday which gutted a commercial building along Montilla Boulevard, this city, killing

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at least 17 sales ladies and personnel of Novo Jeans and Shirts. Other establishments such as Smart Wireless, Saint Peter’s Office, Ayala Life Insurance, Digi-Life cell phone store, Western Union, and a badminton court were also torched down. As of press time, the local government has conducted investigation on the matter. Also, a separate investigation was conducted by the national government spearheaded by Dept. of the Interior and Local Government

(DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo. M e a n w h i l e , according to report, SOCO has finally identified all the 17 victims who are totally burned during the incident and on Saturday, DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo was here in the city to personally conduct an assessment on the incident. Sec. Robredo also brought a team from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Arson Investigation Section to conduct an independent investigation on the incident.

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DTI-Caraga launches “Diskwento Caravan” by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY–- With the upcoming town fiesta of Butuan on May 19, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga regional office, in partnership with the Consumers Friendly Business Establishments (CFBE) and the local government of this city, will launch “Diskwento Caravan.” The activity aims to help consumers cope with the rising cost of living by means of implementing nationwide “Diskwento Caravan,” a project where selected basic necessities and prime commodities Tuesday, May 15, 2012

are sold to consumers at discounted prices. The Diskwento Caravan includes various grocery items, school supplies and other locally manufactured products. Diskwento Caravan is scheduled on May 17-18,

2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Wing-On QuikMart Parking Lot, Satorre St., Langihan, Butuan City. With these developments, the public is hereby invited to this event. ONE MINDANAO

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