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Palace confident that Department of Agriculture could fix banana export row with China More than 2,500 hired on the spot in Labor Day job fair in CdO Apipa P.Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

LGU Calamba, Mis. Occ.’s 2011 annual budget reach P56.577M Northern Mindanao

ComVal continues to upgrade its jewelry products

JenMendoza, Southern Mindanao

Anti-drug planning in So. Cotabato a success

Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

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Koronadal City Mayor hangad na maging host ng 2015 Palarong Pambansa Ac Agad, Central Mindanao

DAR projects turned over to beneficiaries Genalin P. Luis, Caraga Region

Conversion of 3 Surigao del Norte state HEIs to a university, pushed Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

MisOcc school principals find Zambo beautiful, progressive Vic Larato, Western Mindanao

PPA bares major RORO routes Franklin P. Gumapon, Caraga Region

Cover Story

AgSur’s measures to stop schistosomiasis in Trento

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William U. Andres Caraga Region


Cover Story

AgSur’s measures to stop schistosomiasis in Trento by William U. Andres

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ocal residents are strictly forbidden to fetch water, wash clothes, or bathe at the irrigation canal in Barangay Manat, Trento, Agusan del Sur. Those who fail to do so will be penalized. Despite these warnings, residents admitted many of them violate the order because of lack of water supply for their daily use. This is the scenario and the statement of the local residents when the team of the National Broadcasting Network (NBN) visited the area after a report from a national television bared that local government units have done nothing to stop the spread of the dreaded schistosomiasis disease in the community. But this is not true, government had taken a number of steps regarding the problem. According to Barangay Captain Bienvenido Bagaipo, they have posted several billboards prohibiting contact with the irrigation canals traversing Barangay Manat going to the rice fields but this is not followed. Because of this, they have

also secured the area by putting up fences so that nobody could go near, but still many failed to follow. They have also referred the case to the Department of Health (DOH), and they were provided with medicines for schistosomiasis but many do not even take the medicines for their protection and treatment. “Very few of us here religiously abide by the barangay ordinances but

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sad to say, plenty are violating. If you look around, many residents living near the irrigation canals are even putting up a makeshift bridge going to the canal so that it will be easier for them to have access to the canal for their laundry and bath,” Evelyn Ferrer, a resident of Barangay Manat said. According to Barangay Kagawad Felipe Lepit and barangay health worker (BHW) Wilia Plaza-Otaza, every resident is required to visit the health center every month for a check up and if found to have been inflicted with the disease, they are provided with medicines for treatment. “But sad to note, many do not take the medicines and others even throw them away,” BHW Otaza said. Because of the situation, Barangay Captain Bagaipo says that the solution is to provide the residents with enough water for their daily needs. The first

solution that Bagaipo presented is the repair of the damaged water system - the Manat Rural Water Users Association Another is the putting up of a water reservoir that will store the spring water from a spring some eight kilometers from Barangay Manat. “I have presented these plans to Mayor Glenn Plaza and he promised to help us. We will also present these plans to Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza so that our problem can be addressed earliest possible time,” Barangay Capt. Bagaipo said.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino meets officials of Terumo Philippines in Malaca単ang

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III received Tuesday Terumo Philippines Corp. president and representative of director Yutaro Shintaka, who called on him in Malacanang.

Terumo Philippines Corp., which is under Terumo Medical Corp., has a facility in Laguna Technopark in Binan, Laguna. For more than 80 years, Terumo Medical Corp. has been manufacturing highquality and innovative medical devices Starting in 1921 as a manufacturer of clinical thermometers, Terumo Corp. has grown worldwide

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to a position of leadership in the following areas: hollowfiber technology, bloodmanagement systems, and endovascular therapy. The medical products manufactured by Terumo Corp. are used in more than 160 countries and generate over $3 billion in global annual sales. The company offers wide range of products through three business divisions, namely, Terumo

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Interventional Systems, Terumo Medical Products, and Terumo Transfusion Products. Also present during the courtesy call were Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Terumo Philippines President Maki Takizawa, Terumo Marketing Philippines President Marianito Dabalos and Terumo senior manager Corazon Ronidel. (AS)


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alacañang expressed optimism that a team from the Department of Agriculture could fix a trade problem with China over the country’s banana shipments.

“We are hopeful that the DA team will be able to communicate and will be able to thresh out the issues with their counterparts during their trip,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. The Palace spokesperson supported calls by various sectors to diversify the country’s exports, as previously echoed by President Benigno S. Aquino III. “Tinitingnan na po yang ibang merkado kung saan puwedeng dalhin yung ating mga exports,” she

said. Agriculture officials are scheduled to go to China this week to check on the stranded banana shipments in response to China’s claim that Philippine bananas shipped to China have pests. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala instructed the Bureau of Plant Industry officials to go to China to check the banana exports and verify the suspicion of contamination. Likewise, the Chinese quarantine officials have been invited to inspect plantations and ports in the country. The Philippines is one

of the world’s top banana exporters with much of the fruits being grown in Mindanao. Among its major markets include Japan, South Korea, China and New Zealand. In 2010, the total export earnings for fresh Cavendish banana amounted to $720 million. China is the country’s second biggest export market for bananas next to Japan. Records show that as of February 2012, the Philippine banana exports to China accounted for 19 percent of the total export during the first two months of this year. (AS)

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In’tl commission lifts fishing ban in Pacific high seas

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hilippine fishing vessels are now allowed to fish in the high seas after the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) 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”, said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson, during

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the Kapihan sa Diamond Hotel held here recently. Antonino who served as the country’s head of delegation during the gathering of WCPFC in Guam last month also said that the lifting of the fishing ban can greatly benefit the

country’s fishing industry especially in Mindanao. She added that while the country is granted with access, “efforts must also be exerted to prevent abuse”. It can be recalled that WCPFC banned commercial Wednesday, May 16, 2012


fishing in pockets 1 and 2 of the high seas with the issuance of Conservation and Management Measure (CMM) in 2008 to mitigate overfishing of big-eye and yellow-fin tuna and to limit the growth of fishing capacity in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. These tuna species are highly migratory and the CMM ensures through the implementation of compatible measures for the high seas that their stocks are maintained at levels capable of producing their maximum sustainable yield. 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. Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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”, said Mr. Asis Perez, BFAR director. He added that “we [Philippines] must satisfactorily comply with the provisions of the CMM if we want to continue fishing in pockets 1 and 2 beyond 2013”. With this new development, the SOCSKSARGEN 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”, she 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. MinDA ONE MINDANAO

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Bureau of Mines conducts geohazard assessment in Iligan by Melvin T. Anggot and Virgilio C. Garcia

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n eight-man team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) central office arrived in Iligan on May 3, to conduct a geohazard assessment of places that experienced massive flooding brought about by tropical storm Sendong. The team is headed by Salvio Laserna, supervising science research specialist, who also acts as team leader together with five senior science research specialists, and two geologic

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aides. The presence of the team is in response to the request of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz to conduct an assessment after MGB Region 10 Wednesday, May 16, 2012


failed to complete its assessment due to lack of geologists. MGB-10 was able to assess only Santiago, three puroks of barangays - Sta. Filomena, Hinaplanon, and Bayug Island; excluded were the more than 20 barangays affected by the calamity. The geohazard assessment will be conducted until May 12. It is hoped that the assessment will serve as the bases of the city of Iligan in determining and declaring certain places as ‘danger zone’ and ‘no build zone,’ said Mayor Cruz. (CIO)

More than 2,500 hired on the spot in Labor Day job fair in CdO by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -More than 2,500 job seekers were instantly hired during the Labor Day Job Fair of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held last May 1 at SM City here. Lawyer Johnson G. Cañete, director of DOLE Regional Office 10, said that 54.4 percent, or 2,583 of the 4,743 applicants referred and interviewed, were considered hired-on-the-spot. He said 1,220 of them were hired locally while 1,363 were for overseas employment. Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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by Touche Technical Institute, bed making by Internation Labor ForceSkills Mastery Institute, table skirting and flower arrangement by Pro-Link Educational & Training Specialist, Inc., massage therapy by Pilgrim Christian College, bartending by Flairtending/ Professional World Academy Misamis, Inc., and the 2D-3D animation by the Iligan Computer Institute. Moreover, national government agencies showed their support to the job fair by conducting one-stop-shop services. These agencies included the Department of Foreign Affairs for the application of passports of the overseas job seekers, Overseas

Workers Welfare Administration for overseas Filipino workers, and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency on the monitoring of the overseas recruitment agencies. Also present were Department of Science and Technology for recruiting scholars in line with courses in Science and Technology, National Statistics Office for acquiring of birth and marriage certificates, National Bureau of Investigation for pending cases, Pag-IBIG Fund for application of membership and other services, and Social Security System for membership applications. (With reports from Glenford Labial/ DOLE)

LGU Calamba, Mis. Occ.’s 2011 annual budget reach P56.577M CALAMBA, Misamis Occidental - Some P56.577 million from the total tax receipts and external sources has provided the funds for the annual budget of the local government unit, here, for 2011. This amount was actually higher by 4.20 percent compared to the annual budget of P54.279 million in 2010, Mayor Luisito B. Villanueva, Jr. said. Of these receipts, P2.092 million or 3.70 percent was derived from the local tax revenues, P11.909 million or 21.05 percent from the non-tax revenues and P42.557 million or 75.22 percent from external sources, particularly, the national government through the internal revenue allotment (IRA). Villanueva said the local tax revenues consisted of the amusement

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taxes worth P50,000, business taxes, P1.25 million, community taxes, P200,000, real property taxes, P365,000, sand and gravel taxes, P22,000 and fines and penalties, P205,000. He also said the non-tax revenues also consisted of the following: Fees on weights and measures, P40,000, permit fees, P500,000, registration fees, P150,000, clearance and certification fees, P300,000 and garbage fees, P170,000. Business income from cemetery, P55,000, from market services, P2.08 million, from slaughterhouse, P65,000, from Wednesday, May 16, 2012


water services, P7.5 million, parking/ terminal fees, P530,000, grants and donations, P150,000, and interest income, P267,700. Meanwhile, Mayor Villanueva said the budget was prepared after a thorough deliberation with all concerned offices/departments and interested citizens to make it an effective tool for allocating equitably the limited resources of the LGU to the different sectors, thus making the budget an instrument for the economic and social upliftment of the Calamba residents. “We had substantially committed funds for the programs, projects and activities needed for an efficient and effective delivery of the basic services enumerated in the Local Government Code,” he said. He also stressed that the preparation of the budget had been open to the public through private sector representation so as to make decisions more participative and

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democratic in keeping with the government’s thrust for transparency and accountability in the budgetmaking processes. It was also in full cognizance of the significant roles demonstrated by non-government organizations, other private sector associations and the general public in the planning and pre-budget preparation stage by way of their membership in the Local Development Council Executive Committee. In particular, they took active part in the review of the visions and goals in the Municipal Development Plan (MDP) and the prioritized projects in the Medium-Term Municipal Development Investment Program (MTMDIP) to address current needs and provide inputs to the formulation of the Annual Investment Program (AIP). This Budget integrates the MDP into the expenditure program by proposing only those projects which have been ranked as top priority in the LGU’s AIP, Villanueva said. (PIO)

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PNoy cites MRDP’s geo-tagging as tool of by Carina Cayon transparency

Geotagging technology, pioneered by the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) to promote good governance and transparency was cited by President Benigno Aquino III during the MRDP Peoples’ Organization Congress held yesterday (May 14) in Grand Regal Hotel Davao City. “Gamit ang “geo-tagging”— ulitin ko po: “geo tagging.” Ang ganda pakinggan, ano?—nababantayan

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at nasusuri ninyo ang pagsasakatuparan ng ating pong mga proyekto.” (Using geo-tagging, I repeat geotagging, sounds nice? You can monitor and review the implementation of our projects.) the President said in his speech. Geo-tagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as geotagged photos/videos, websites and short messaging system (SMS). Also called as geolocation, it comes as a basic digital Global Positioning System technology used as a tool to promote accountability and transparency on all MRDP subprojects and transactions. It helps prevents ghost projects as it provides concrete evidence for implemented projects which can be monitored on the program’s website Wednesday, May 16, 2012


(www.damrdp.net). Matutukoy dito ang mga overlapping road projects, at kung may hokus-pokus na nangyayari. Alam po n’yo, ang mga kalsadang sampung beses na ginawa, na wala pang nakakaraan, hindi na ho puwede ‘yan. May “geo-tagging” na nga. ( we can identify overlapping road projects and other hocus-pocus happening, like a road built 10 times and yet no one has still passed through it, that will no longer be allowed, there is already geo-tagging.) The President added. In an earlier interview Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, praised the effectiveness of the geo-tagging technology particularly in the implementation of infrastructure projects as it helps makes the DA’s program more transparent. “Geotagging would be of big help in

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project implementation which the World Bank suggests to be done in other projects too.” Alcala said. Aside from transparency other uses of Geotagging includes measuring distances, reading elevations, organization and preservation of photo documents and mapping out barangay profiles. Geotagging can also be used in the marketing and site development of eco-tourism areas and the establishment of geo-hazard maps, among its many uses. Also during the PO congress the President hailed the various infrastructure programs built by the MRDP. Kaliwa’t kanan pa ang mga kongkretong patunay ng tagumpay ng MRDP. Kasama sa mahabang listahan nito ang kilo-kilometrong farm-tomarket roads, mga tulay, patubig, at solar dryer. Idagdag pa rito ang pagpapagawa ng mga lansangan at agri-fishery infrastructure, na talaga naman pong nagpapaaliwalas at naghahatid ng oportunidad sa mga Mindanaoan. “ (Left and right there are concrete signs of MRDP’s success included in this long list are kilometres of farm-to-market roads, bridges, water works and solar dryers, add to this are the construction of roads and agri-fishery infrastructure that is sure to uplift and bring opportunity to many Mindanaoans.) The President said in his speech. (PIA/RG Alama) ONE MINDANAO

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ComVal continues to upgrade its jewelry products NABUNTURAN, COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE - The province of Compostela Valley continuously improves the craftsmanship and quality of its jewelry pieces in a bid to widen its market.

The province, which is the biggest producer of gold and silver in the region, is into jewelry production already to give additional value to the minerals that it produces. Started in 2002 but actual adoption and implementation was only done in 2007 when gold and silver jewelry was adopted as the provincial One Town One Product (OTOP). The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) cites Diwalwal, ComVal’s rich field, as containing gold from 25 up to 100 grams per ton, approximately 50 times more than the famous gold ore from the Witwatersrand Basin in the Republic of South Africa. ComVal’s major gold deposits are Mabini with 17 million metric tons, New Bataan with 15.6 million MT, Maco with 2.3 million MT, Monkayo with 670,000 MT, Pantukan with 500,000 MT, Nabunturan with 198,000 MT, and Compostela with 62,000 MT. Patrick Kim B. Evangelio, information/investment promotion officer of the Department of Trade and Industry-Compostela Valley Program Office (DTI-CV), said a jewelry-making training center

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was also established in 2007 in the municipality of Monkayo to address the need to produce highly-skilled artisans. Since its establishment, the center has already produced 100 jewelry makers who graduated from the basic and upgrading courses in jewelry-making. Evangelio said the direction right now of the industry is to entice businessmen who can help market the products. Evangelio added that it is easy to sell ComVal jewelry pieces as these boast of high quality. In fact, its silver jewelry line contains 99.5 percent of silver, higher than the silver content of the ones sold commercially which are only composed of 92.5 percent of silver. (DTI11/JenMendoza)

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Sarangani becoming a haven for sports tourism By Jun Ramos Photos by Cocoy Sexcion KIAMBA, Sarangani -- Sarangani is becoming a haven for sports tourism, a tourism official said, with the biggest national cycling stage race kicking off in Sarangani right after the Sarangani Bay Festival.

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SarBay Fest will be held in Gumasa where Singapore’s leading adventurer Khoo Swee Chiow with two of the Philippine’s finest kayakers Erwin “Buzzy” Budlong of Cebu and Arnel Gabutero of Davao City started on August 31, 2009 the first-ever attempt to kayak the entire length of the Philippines that ended 3,300 km away in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. “Just like the Sarangani Bay Fest which happens in May 18 to 19 and bringing about 800 sports enthusiasts to enjoy Sarangani Bay through Fun Run, the 15-kilometer Swim-Across-theBay, paragliding, jetski offshore adventure, bancarera and other beach sports,” Regional Tourism Council chair Michelle Solon said LBC Ronda Pilipinas is bringing in “96 athletes in 16 teams competing in different stages and venues in the Philippines.” “LBC Ronda Pilipinas, a national road biking competition, has chosen Sarangani as the starting point of its Mindanao Leg,” said Solon, who

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also chairs the Provincial Tourism Council. “LBC Ronda is going to do their time trial on May 23 at the Provincial Capitol and inviting even local road bikers of Sarangani to participate in the time trial,” said Solon. “On May 24, the real race happens starting from General Santos to

Kiamba and back with about 180 km on this leg of the race,” Solon added. Jaideep Chulani, project director of Ronda Pilipinas 2012, has informed Governor Migs Dominguez that “the race will start in Sarangani and reach General Santos City, Kiamba and Davao Wednesday, May 16, 2012


passing throughvarious town and municipalities of Sarangani Province.” Ronda Pilipinas 2012, the biggest national cycling stage race covering Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao “will feature at least 96 Filipino cyclists vying for cash prizes totaling almost P8 million, the biggest prize ever for local cycling,” said Chulani in a letter to the governor. “Together we can maximize the impact of this massive sports event upon your constituents and the public at large. Ronda Pilipinas 2012 will be an exciting sports event and tourist attraction that will encourage people to love our country and take up cycling which is

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an eco-friendly sport,” Chulani said. The organizers have mapped out a 2,077 km route, up from last year’s 1,650 km, that will take the riders from Mindanao to Northern Luzon and back to Manila in the 19day, 15-stage competition which starts with a 20km prologue - an individual time trial - in Sarangani on May 23 and ends with a 15-lap race on June 10. The organizers said riders will be ferried from all over the country to Sarangani starting May 20 in time for the prologue three days later. The 15 regular stages have an average distance of 138 km with 13 of them on flat roads, putting the

riders in a race against time right in the first stage, a 183.3 km ride from General Santos City to Kiamba, Sarangani and back to General Santos. The other stages and their distances are Stage 2, GenSan to Davao (143.2km), Stage 3, Tagum CityButuan City (225.7km), Stage 4, Butuan-Surigao (118.7km), Stage 5, Ormoc-Tacloban (146.6km), Stage 6, Ta c l o b a n - C a l b a y o g (170km), Stage 7, Legazpi-Naga (115km), Stage 8, Daet-Lucena (209.2km), Stage 9, Lucena-Antipolo (154.6km), Stage 10, San Fernando, Pampanga-Cabanatuan (119.4km), Cabanatuan to Lingayen (Stage 11), Lingayen to Baguio (Stage 12), another time trial in Baguio (Stage 13), San Fernando, La Union to Tarlac (Stage 14) and Valenzuela to Manila (Stage 15) on June 10, according to the organizers. (PIO Sarangani/PIA General Santos City) ONE MINDANAO

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Anti-drug planning in So. Cotabato a success By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The recent action planning workshop of police chiefs in South Cotabato was successful, said Eduardo Siason, permanent representative of the governor to the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC).

But Siason said the same planning workshop also highlighted the fact that not all local government units (LGUs) have complied with mandates to allocate funds for campaigns against illegal drugs and other substances. The planning workshop, held at Villa Princesita, this city on May 11, was attended by more than 65 participants, almost double than the expected 35 to 45 participants; the “overwhelming response” led the organizers to transfer to a larger conference room. Among the attendees were at least one investigator involved in drug cases or operation from each police station, agents of the Philippine Drug Enforce-

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ment Agency (PDEA) in South Cotabato, and senior officers of the police provincial office. “All 11 police chiefs presented their antidrug action plans from June 1 to December 31, 2012,” Siason said. The panel of reactors included deputy police director for administra-

tion Supt. Jose Calimutan, along with Supt. Joel Limson, Supt. Barney Condes, Supt. Jemuel Siason and provincial legal officer Atty. Romeo Sucaldito; they recommended improvements to the plans before these were finalized and submitted for approval by South Cotaba Wednesday, May 16, 2012


to Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr., SCPPO director P/ SSupt. Randolph Delfin, and PDEA-12 Regional Director Aileen Lovitos. Siason, however, did not disclose details of the plans “because these are confidential.” However, Siason said, the workshop has also underlined a common problem among the police stations regarding their implementation of anti-drug campaigns. “The main problem of the police stations regards funding from the local government unit,” he said. Siason explained several LGUs have not complied with Memorandum Circular No. 2009-09 of then interior and local government Secretary Ricardo Puno on January 19, 2009, mandating local chief executives to “provide support, financial or otherwise, to the local PNP that is necessary in its sustained operations against illegal drugs.” The same memorandum circular orders strict and faithful enforcement of Sections Wednesday, May 16, 2012

51 - 53 of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, which among others mandates LGUs to “appropriate a substantial portion of their respective annual budgets to assist in or enhance the enforcement of this Act giving priority to preventive or educational programs and the rehabilitation or treatment of drug dependents.” “Some LGUs only allotted P10,000 to P15,000 for this purpose in their yearly budget,” Siason said. He, however, congratulated several LGUs that have allocated budget specifically for unified action against drugs and other substances. Siason mentioned Sto. Niño town under Mayor Antonio Damandaman that allocated P150,000 as well as Banga town under Mayor Henry Ladot and Polomolok town under Mayor Isidro Lumayag that both set aside P100,000 for this purpose. Proposed plans of the police chiefs have set

P475,000 to P1.2 million budget, he noted, but inclusion of these would still depend on the decision of the local chiefs. With the action plans in place, Siason warned, illegal drug traffickers would have difficulty operating in South Cotabato. Siason also announced that the action plan will form part of the criteria for their search for the most outstanding local anti-drug council in the province that will be recognized during the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week celebration in November. Also, with the recent approval of P500,000 supplemental budget, he added, PADAC could intensify its anti-drug campaigns including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program as well as Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP),which they implement in cooperation with the Department of Education and several other programs and projects. (DEDPIA 12) ONE MINDANAO

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Koronadal City Mayor hangad na maging host ng 2015 Palarong Pambansa LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato-– Kasunod ng pagtapos noong Sabado ng 2012 Palarong Pambansa sa Lingayen, Pangasinan, inihayag na rin ni Koronadal City mayor Peter Miguel ang hangarin ng Pamahalaang Panglungsod na maging host ng 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

Ayon kay Mayor Miguel, kasama din sa plano ng lokal na pamahalaan ang pakikipagtulungan sa Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng South Cotabato na maging katuwang nito sa pagiging punong abala ng pambansang palaro sa pangatlong pagkakataon. Matatandaang naging host ang South Cotabato at Kor-

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onadal City ng 1996 at 2007 Palaro. Ayon kay mayor Miguel, malaki umano ang naitulong sa lungsod at sa lalawigan ng ginawang pagiging host nito ng mga nakaraang dalawang Palaro upang lalo pang makilala ang lugar sa buong kapuluan at maging sa buong mundo. Sakali umanong palaring maging

host ng 2015 Palaro, maaga umanong paghahandaan ng pamahalaang lokal ang pag-aayos ng mga paaralan sa Lungsod na gagamiting billeting quarters ng mga kalahok na delegasyon mula sa 17 rehiyon sa buong bansa. Dagdag pa ni Miguel, ang kanyang personal umano na pagpunta sa venue ng Palaro ngayong taon ay nakatulong din upang kanyang makita at maayos na mapag-aralan ang iba pang mga hakbang para sa maayos na pagpapatakbo ng palaro sa darating na 2015 Palarong Pambansa. (Ac Agad PIA12) Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Maguindanao holds infra development forum By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato–- Maguindanao province is gearing up for the Maguindanao Infrastructure Development Forum in Buluan town today, May 16. Information from the Mindanao Development Authority and the Growth for Equity in Mindanao (GEM)- USAID said that during the infra forum, ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman will present development priorities and stimulus program of Autonomous Region with emphasis on infrastructure improvement The forum will also showcase successful developments completed through leverage funds Senen Bacani, present the business from donor agencies president of La Frutera sector perspectives and other public-private Inc., the province’s on private business partnerships during the primary banana ventures in Maguindanao forum. producer, will also while the Institute Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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of Socio-Economic Development Initiatives of Ateneo de Davao University will discuss the economic impacts of USAID infrastructure investments. DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, who is also the national president of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) will talk on public-private partnership. The forum carries the theme, “Strengthening I n f ra s t r u c t u r e Governance for Peace and Development in Mindanao.” More than 500 participants including officials of MinDA and GEM-USAID, ARMM regional government, Maguindanao provincial and local governments as well as various nongovernment organizations and private groups operating in the area. Maguindanao has actively been involved in collaborative efforts to implement development projects such as infrastructure.

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Playing a vital role in the actualization of these plans is the technical and financial assistance of USAID through its GEM program in collaboration with MinDA as the oversight agency. A report from GEMUSAID said three of the road infrastructure projects under GEM worth Php 134 million have been completed. These are LadiaRaguisi-Pinaring Road Upgrading in Sultan Kudarat, Paglat Spur Road Upgrading in Paglat, and the 15-kilometer gravel-surfaced provincial road spanning Buluan, Pandag, Paglat, and Sultan Kudarat Pendatun. MinDA and USAIDGEM will lead the unveiling of the stainless steel plaque indicating the completion of the Buluan-Pandag-PaglatSalipada K. Pendatun Road Upgrading that will be formally turned over during the forum. “Completion of the road projects is part of our commitment to

the leadership of Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu to unlock governance and development opportunities for Maguindanao,” said MinDA Chair Sec. Luwalhati R. Antonino. The road upgrading was completed last month and has reduced travel time between SK Pendatun to Buluan to barely 20 from the usual one hour before the road project. Tomorrow afternoon, the boat landing facility in Barangay Tumbao, Mangudadatu will also be inaugurated. The stair-type boat landing solves the problem of the local fisherfolk who had been forced to dock directly on the riverbanks to unload their fish products, thereby contributing to the restriction of the waterways and transport services to neighboring barangays. The boat landing project costs P1.981 million to complete. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12) Wednesday, May 16, 2012


TESDA-Agusan del Norte continues to implement scholarship program

by Robert E. Roperos

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o assist poor but deserving students to obtain technical education, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-Agusan del Norte continues to implement scholarship program, offering the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP).

TESDA Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Dr. Florencio Sunico, Jr. said their office can only accommodate

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in the region. These are: agro-forestry, hotel management, construction, and electronics. Scholars must finish their chosen course on the specific period and must undergo assessment after finishing the course or training for free. According to TESDA, TWSP is a facility to provide the necessary supply to address the skills demand of the industries. Specifically, it aims to provide skills and competencies to job seekers through appropriate training programs that directly

connected to existing jobs for immediate employment. It also seeks to empower private education and training institutions to offer relevant training programs that meet job requirements. Aside from high school graduates, this is also open to those employed but ready for a career change, underemployed or unemployed, with or without experience and ready to undergo training in the selected priority sectors and other sectors with identified highly critical skills requirements. For 2012, Malacañang

proposed a P2.725-billion budget for the agency, which is about P93 million less than its 2011 appropriations. But TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva said that despite the reduced budget, they aimed to provide as many as 1.3 million individuals with various technical vocational training education and training-related services. TESDA’s two scholarship programs –TWSP and the Private Education Student Fund Assistance (PESFA) – gets P700 million and P200 million, respectively, TESDA said.

DAR projects turned over to beneficiaries by Genalin P. Luis

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase III (ARISP-III) had its formal turn-over of some two subprojects recently.

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The recipients were Dacutan Purok-5, Sta. Fe Farm to Market Road (FMR) and the Potable Water System (PWS) level II at Catmonon, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, with Brgy. Sta. Fe, Catmonon and Dacutan (SACADA) ARC. Projects are funded by the government of Japan through Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) with Yukihiro Kawahara as a consultant team leader vis-a-vis, the government of the Philippines and Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur. The Dakutan to Sta. Fe FMR has a total project cost of P36,272,163 million that covers 5.135-kilometer concrete road benefiting 5, 578 farmers, of whom 443 are agrarian reform beneficiaries of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). The project started last June 16, 2011. The potable water system level II (PWS), on the other hand, commenced its construction last July 11, 2011 which has a total project cost of P4,482,630 with 187 number of household served. Governor Adolph Edward G. Plaza and Cong. Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ma. Valentina G. Plaza from the province of Agusan del Sur assisted by Mayor Leonida P. Manpatilan of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the project sites. In his message, Plaza stressed that people in the barangays should join hands together to have a progressive community. “These projects were the result of unity and cooperation among the residents of SACADA-ARC. You should sustain these projects, maximize its use to produce high-valued crops,” he further said. Mayor Manpatilan gladly accepted the projects. “With these projects,

let us double our efforts to become the rice basket of Agusan del Sur. These projects are indeed very helpful in the lives of the farmers, ” she added. She expressed gratitude to the DAR management and the ARISP III for making the lives of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries better. Consultant team leader Yukihiro Kawahara of JICA by way of support also shared that they are ready to assist the government and the farmers in the best possible way they could. “This is just the beginning. What is important is how you utilize the projects and make your lands productive to gain a better quality of life,” he

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said in his message. “For twelve long years of waiting, finally the projects were realized. Let us be thankful to God above all for these blessings and to all our stakeholders and partner agencies that become instruments in making our dreams possible,” Cong. Plaza also shared.

With the said projects, the residents of SACADAARC can now transport their farm products to the market place without hassles. In the same reason, they need not walk few kilometers everyday just to fetch clean, safe drinking water. Waterborne diseases will also be minimized accordingly. Also present in the

aforementioned turn-over ceremony were ARDO Alejandro Otacan of DAR Regional Office, PARO II Paysal B. Tumog and PARO I Myrna R. Ferrer of DAR Provincial office, Ms. Imelda Lamboon of Central Project Management Office of ARISP, representatives from DPWH and other government officials.

Conversion of 3 Surigao del Norte state HEIs to a university, pushed by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY-- The Regional Development Council – Social Development Committee recently approved the endorsement of the proposed integration and conversion of the Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT) in Surigao City; Surigao National College of Science and Technology (SNSCT) in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte; and Surigao del Norte College of Agriculture and Technology (SNCAT) in Mainit, Surigao del Norte into a Surigao del Norte State University.

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The SSCT has already presented its proposal during the RDCSDC 1st Quarter Meeting on January 30, 2012 held at the Goat2geder Restaurant here. After the comments of the SDC were taken by the SSCT, the proposal was supposed to be presented during the SDC Special Meeting on February 21, 2012 but was deferred for presentation during the 2nd Quarter SDC Meeting. The proponent was required to undertake and incorporate the recommendation in their proposal before the body Wednesday, May 16, 2012

can finally endorse it to the RDC for appropriate action. The RDC recommended the following to the SSCT: 1) 10-year investment plan for research and extension, including details; 2) Result of consultation with other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) within the province regarding the proposal; 3) Result of the consultation with the state colleges that will be amalgamated with the SSCT; 4) Profile of the faculty and staff; 5) Investment per student/per capita

cost of production; 6) Core competencies per campus/niche of each campus; and 7) Full documentation of the proposal. The proponent has complied with the details and recommendations required by the body during the 2nd Quarter Meeting held Monday at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. Thus, the Social Development Committee approved the endorsement of said proposal to the Regional Development Council. SSCT President Dr. Gloria Gemparo reiterated that the main mission of their institution is to provide relevant, high quality and sustainable instruction, research, production and extension programs and services within a culture of credible institutional governance. With this development, the SSCT is hoping for the final approval of its proposal in the national level. ONE MINDANAO

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Bayog LGU grateful for public support in Palad-palad Festival By Gideon C. Corgue

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he local government of Bayog has thanked the people of its municipality for actively supporting its 45th founding anniversary highlighted by the “Palad-palad Festival.�

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In the grand finale’s opening program at the municipal government center, mayor Leonardo Babasa Jr. said he was deeply elated on the support shown by the municipal and barangay officials, teachers, students, parents, and employees for the successful conduct of the eight-day event from on May 1 to May 8. “Palad-Palad” is a Subanen term, which means “thanksgiving.” The festival is a gesture of thanks and gratitude to the Lord for the blessings and bountiful harvest. “The founding anniversary was centered on the festival because we would like to give back to God the blessings that He bestowed upon us every year and with the hope that the same blessings will be poured in the coming years,” Babasa said. The celebration was also held Wednesday, May 16, 2012

in honor of the past leaders who made significant contributions in the municipality. The festival showdown was participated in by seven colorful contingents from the 28 barangays, which were grouped into clusters. Babasa said he decided to launch the festival this year to provide entertainment to the visitors and public. Deporehan barangay chairman Basilio Promon said he was very happy to join the festival. “Dako kaayo akong kalipay nga nakaapil ko ani nga festival. Sa pagkatinuod, unang higayon nako nga nakaapil ug sayaw ug napakita ang among talento sa Subanen nga sayaw isip papagpakita sa mga dumuduong ang kaanindot ug kaadunahan sa atong kultura (I was very happy that I have joined ONE MINDANAO

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Champion –P20,000; 1st runnerup- 15,000; second runner-up – 10,000; and a consolation prize of 5,000 each. This year’s winners were: Champion – cluster 1 (barangays Deporehan, Canoayan, Bobuan, Liba and Bantal); 1st runner-up – cluster 7 (Poblacion); and 2nd runner-up – cluster 6 (Kahayagan). The municipal government with the participation and support of barangay officials organized the festival. (ALT/PIA9/GCC) this festival. In fact, this is my first time to perform and to show our talents in performing Subanen dance for our visitors to know the beauty and richness of our culture),” Promon said, who was dressed in native costume and performed the traditional Subanen dance and rituals. Bobuan barangay councilor Ruth Cadallo, also a participant like Promon, said it was also her first time to join the festival. “Ang festival sa pagkatinuod nakadasig kanamo nga magkahiusa uban sa pagpadayag ug pagpaambit sa among kultura. Nanghinaut ako nga kini ang ipadayon gayud pagpatuman sa among hepe ehekutibo matag-tuig. (The festival indeed has encouraged us to be united by showing and sharing our culture. I hope that this will continue to be implemented by our chief executive ever year),” Cadallo said. The festival committee has allocated P65,000 for the prizes. This year’s prizes were:

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MisOcc school principals find Zambo beautiful, progressive

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Twenty groups of school principals from Misamis Occidental recently visited the city for their three-day “Lakbay Aral” trip where they toured the city’s various attractions and noted the city’s best practices. “On our way to Zamboanga City, we had mixed feelings; some were excited to come for the first time, but most of us were anxious and a bit afraid because of some negative reports we heard about the city. But when we arrived, to our surprise, we found Zamboanga a very peaceful and progressive city,” said district supervisor of Lopez Jaena District of Misamis Occidental. Another principal commented that Zamboanga City has improved a lot since her first visit here. “Adunay daku’g kausaban (There is a big improvement),” Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Aviles said, adding that Zamboanga now has many beautiful places to go to and enjoy. “You now have Paseo del Mar with a dancing fountain, Plaza Pershing with multi-patterned fountain and many other attractions, which were not found many years ago,” she said. One school principal said this was her first time to be in Zamboanga, which she only saw in the postcard. “Dugay na nakong panganduy nga maka anhi diri, nia na jud ko ug akong nakita nga nindot ang ONE MINDANAO

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Zamboanga (It has long been my desire to come here, and finally I am here and I found Zamboanga a very beautiful city),� she said. Another school head said her first time in Zamboanga City was in 1986. She said, way back then, there were few people downtown and there was not vehicular traffic but now, but according to her, everything has changed and this

change is a sign that Zamboanga is very progressive. Zamboanga City is the 6th largest city in the country in terms of population, the third biggest city in terms of land area, the Sardines Capital of the Philippines, and now Asia’s Latin City on account of its Spanish-derivative language called Chabacano. (Vic Larato-CIO/JPA-PIA9)

PPA bares major RORO routes by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - There are now three major routes of the rollon, roll-off (RORO) nautical highway the traveling public may follow in traversing the archipelago, according to the Philippine Ports Authority. Atty. Roger V. Asprer, port manager of the Port Management Office in Dapitan City said the three major RORO routes from Mindanao to Visayas and Luzon were the western route, central route and eastern route. The western route starts at Dapitan City port and then to Dumaguete City, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Caticlan, Roxas City, Calapan, Batangas and Manila. The central route goes straight

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from Cagayan de Oro City to Balingoan, Mambajao, Jagna, Tagbilaran, Cebu, Bogo, Daang Bantayan and Manila. While the eastern route begins in Lipata, Surigao del Norte and passes through Naval, Mariripi, Masbate, Bulan and Manila. Asprer also disclosed that the number of travelers using RORO has tremendously increased since the RORO ports became operational. (NBE/FPG/PIA9) Wednesday, May 16, 2012


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