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OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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President Aquino receives UN official in Malacañang 200 public schools grade one teachers to undergo K+12 training Perlita Changco, Central Mindanao

Brigada Eskwela sa North Cotabato, sinimulan na Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

DBM releases P318.5M for ARMM hospital upgrade

Marie Angelie Villapando, Armm

Butuan Rotary Club launch ‘Adopt-a-Village’ project Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

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CSC-Caraga region announces penology officers’ exam Danilo S. Makiling, Caraga Region

Dipolog supports greening program Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

P750-T EAAB projects unveiled Vic Larato, Western Mindanao

DILG-10 aids in poverty alleviation of NorMin towns Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

DTI monitors P1.14-B investments in Mis. Occ. in 2011 Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

DavNor opens 50 slots for tech-voc scholarship Southern Mindanao

Cover Story

TESDA, PRO 13 team up to capacitate 30 policewomen in page 4 driving skills Gervacio Dauz, Jr. Caraga Region


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TESDA, PRO 13 team up to capacitate 30 policewomen in driving skills

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by Gervacio Dauz, Jr.

or Senior Police Officer 1 Jean A. Virtudazo, 32, of the Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office, the “red alert” message seems already a regular routine. But her husband Junie, who works daytime at the Department of Science and Technology - Surigao del Norte, could still feel off at times for being tugged away from his sound sleep to drive her to the place of action or the scene of the crime. This situation motivated her more to learn the ropes of basic driving, after the Community Relations Division (CRD) of the Police Regional Office 13 ordered her to proceed to Camp Rodriguez and undergo a four-day short course dubbed Basic Driving Skills Training (BDST) for

Policewomen. Prior to the training, she dreamed that she will be more effective in response to her duty once she acquires driving skills. The training program, participated by 30 policewomen, was conducted from April 24 to 27. “The acquisition of driving skills is a must for response and rescue purposes, and even for personal convenience, particularly for those who owns or would like to buy a car,” Police Senior Inspector and training particent Charity S. Galvez said. James Calinga, a professor at Caraga State University and a Friday, May 18, 2012

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competent and qualified trainer cum assessor for driving, shared with the participants theoretical fundamentals of coordinating and manipulating the brake, clutch and accelerator, including shifting the lever and steering the wheel. Aside from this, he also lectured about basic traffic rules and regulations as mandated under R.A. 4136 or Land Transportation and Traffic Code. Sr. Police Officer 3 Cristina F. Bayeta, PRO 13’s focal person for the training program, revealed that the objective so far for the first batch was achieved with flying c o l o r s

and that she expects that the succeeding four more batches would be as stirring. T E S D A Provincial D i r e c t o r F l o r e n c i o F. Sunico, Jr. desires that more policewomen would become proficient drivers so that they can easily respond to the call of service. He desires further that PNP will incorporate proficiency in driving as a must for all their officials, uniformed and non-uniformed personnel, because in this world of fast lane, the one who got the knack is way ahead of the pack.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino assures education remains top priority of his administration

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resident Benigno S. Aquino said that education and the institutionalization of educational reforms remains his administration’s top priority in order to ensure that Philippine education becomes at par with world standards and so that Filipino students will have a fighting chance to land a job of their choice after graduation.

In his speech keynoting the 18th Founding Anniversary of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at its main office in Quezon City Thursday, the President assured that the government

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would continue to pour the much needed funds so that these reforms, such as the improvement of a school’s infrastructure, equipment, facilities and wages may be implemented.

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He noted that among the moves that the government was making to improve education was the yearly increases his government was putting intto the budget on education since


he assumed office: P175billion in 2010, 207.3-billion in 2011 and for 2012, a hefty 36.5 percent increase to P238.8-billion. He added that this year marked the implementation of the Department of Education’s K to 12 basic education program that required all students to undergo a year of kindergarten and two additional years of secondary education in order to better prepare them for the world. “Ang gusto natin, makapalag ang ating mga graduate sa pandaigdig na merkado—at hindi ito mangyayari kung pipiliting isiksik ang mga kaalaman sa loob ng sampung taon ng basic education,” the President said. The President also announced that a supplemental budget of P4.2-

billion has been allocated for State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) for their use to improve their delivery of education to students. “At heto na nga po ang good news para sa inyong sektor: karagdagang P4.2 billion po ang inilaan natin para sa ating mga SUCs. Sa tulong ng mga katuwang na ahensya, gagamitin ang pondong ito sa pagpapaunlad ng mga pasilidad at imprastraktura, sa pagtataguyod ng mataas na kalidad ng pagtuturo, at pagkakaloob ng mga scholarships,” the President said. “Ang gusto natin: mapakarpintero man, mananahi, mekaniko, doktor, guro, inhinyero, o abugado— anumang pangarap ng ating kabataan—nabibigyan sila ng kakayahan upang panghawakan ang sariling

tadhana,” he added. The President then implored the help of CHED and its employees to join government efforts to improve further the educational system in the country so that the benefits of these reforms will redound to all. “Napipitas na nga po natin ang mga bunga ng pagtahak sa tuwid na landas. Nakita naman po ninyo kung paano nagbubuhos ng suporta ang inyong pamahalaan sa sektor ng edukasyon; ang tangi po nating hinihiling ay ang inyong pakikiisa sa tuwid na landas, at pagsiguro na ginagampanan ninyo nang husto ang inyong mga tungkulin,” the President said. “Gumigising at bumabangon na ang Pilipino. Kasama po natin sila: Itinitindig natin ang isang makatarungan at maunlad na Pilipinas. Ito ang ating ipapamana sa mga susunod na salinlahi: Isang lipunan kung saan ang mga pangarap ay abotkamay, isang sistema kung saan walang naiiwan, at isang bayan kung saan panlahat ang kasaganahan,” he added. (RCK)

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President Aquino receives UN official in Malacañang

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r. Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacanang on Thursday to convey his support to the government’s population management program.

Dr. Osotimehin is visiting the country May 17-19 to meet with stakeholders to mobilize support for the country to achieve its targets for the Millennium Development Goal 5 with three years left to the 2015 deadline. During his meeting with the President, Dr. Osotimehin expressed the continued support of

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UNFPA to the Philippine government’s goal of improving the lives of Filipinos through a population management strategy that includes responsible parenthood and informed choices. The UNFPA head is also scheduled to meet with ambassadors from the UN donor countries and international development

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agencies to secure their commitment for the attainment of MDG 5, which is least likely to be achieved by the Philippines by 2015. He will also meet key members of the Cabinet, civil society organizations, youth leaders and legislators, and visit the survivors of Sendong who remain in tent cities in


Cagayan de Oro. Dr. Osotimehin’s visit coincides with UNFPA’s celebration of its 40year presence in the country, supporting the government in its efforts to enable Filipinos to exercise their right to reproductive health. UNFPA has been in the Philippines since 1969 with the first UNFPA Country Programme of Assistance starting in 1972. From 1972 to 2011, UNFPA has invested some P6.2 billion to support government’s poverty

reduction programs that include family planning, safe motherhood, gender equality, and population and development. For the current 7th Country Programme which started this year and ending in 2016, around P1.2 billion has been raised, with the possibility of more funds to be mobilized. Aside from the Philippines, Dr. Osotimehin is also visiting South Korea, Thailand and China as part of his Asian tour. With Dr. Osotimehin

were UNFPA Representative to the Philippines Ugochi Florence Daniels, and UNFPA chief of staff Delia Barcelona. Cabinet officials who joined the President include Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Presidential Assistant for Muslim Concerns Undersecretary Yasmin Busran-Lao. (AS)

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LGUs, Mindanao fishers receive P13M aid

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resident Benigno C. Aquino III led the awarding of citations and handing over of P13 million worth of rural assistance for the best performing local government units and one people’s organization (PO)

in implementing the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) projects.

Aquino bestowed the awards and assistance during the “Parangal sa mga Bosing ng Kanayunan” awarding ceremony at MRDP’s People’s Organization (POs) Congress held on Monday at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The President was assisted by Secretary Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture that spearheads the implementation of MRDP

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in 26 provinces covering 225 municipalities and 1,920 barangays in Mindanao. In his message after the awarding rites, Aquino thanked DA and all other key stakeholders of MRDP including the POs for being partners of the government in fast-tracking progress in Mindanao. “Kasama ang Pe o p l e ’s O rg a n i z a t i o n s ,

tuloy-tuloy na po tayo sa paghahatid ng liwanag ng pag-asa at masaganang bukas sa bawat sulok ng Pilipinas (Together with people’s organizations, we continue to shed light and hope towards a prosperous future for the Philippines),” he told about 1,200 participants of MRDP POs Congress. The President handed over the Best Performing Friday, May 18, 2012


PO award to Doyos Eastern Coast Fishermen Consumers Cooperative (DECFISCOCO) of the municipality of Carrascal, Surigao del Sur, Region 8, for successfully implementing MRDP Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) project. DECFISCOCO Chair Tito T. Garcia received on the coop’s behalf, P1 million worth of post-harvest facilities. DA said that from the P200,000 grant from DA-MRDP, the cooperative comprising of fisher folk members has learned to maximize meager financial resource through efficient and transparent procurement system. The coop now owns 11 pump boats as fishing vessels which have increased their catch from barely five kilograms a day to at least 50 kilos daily. Among the recognized LGU was the municipality of Salay in Misamis Oriental of Region 10, for its good construction and management of all the farmto-market road projects under MRDP Rural Infrastructure project. Salay LGU represented by Mayor Romeo L. Gue, Sr. also received P5 millionworth of rural infrastructure assistance. The LGU of Mati City, Friday, May 18, 2012

Davao Oriental in Region 11 was conferred of the Best Performing LGU award for its outstanding implementation of MRDP Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD). The LGU was able to cause an increase of its farmers’ income through the cattle and goat production projects. Aside from the award, Mati City LGU received through Mayor Michelle Marie Denise N. Rabat, P2.5 million worth of rural infrastructure projects. Another LGU awardee was the municipality of Nasipit, Agusan del Norte of Region XIII for implementing MRDP’s Natural Resources Management (NRM)-Agro Forestry Management project that provided alternative income to its beneficiaries. The project has brought about the organization of the Jamiguitan Farmers’ Cooperative to implement the Community-Based Agroforestry Project to protect and conserve the Jamiguitan watershed. For these achievements, the Nasipit LGU was given the award and the P1.5 million worth of Natural Resources Management Sub-project which were accepted by Mayor Roscoe Democrito B. Plaza. The President also

handed over the Best LGU award to Mayor Rolando P. Garcia of the municipality of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat of Region 12 for implementing the MRDP NRMMangrove Rehabilitation and Management project. Garcia accepted the P1.5 million worth of NRM sub-project. In Region 9, the Best Performing LGU was accorded to the municipality of Roseller T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay, for implementing the MRDP-NRM Fish Sanctuary Management. R.T. Lim Mayor Michel Arnada Pioneda received P1.5 million worth of NRM sub-projects for the said town which was also bestowed of a special citation for its rural infrastructure project implementation under MRDP. Another special citation was conferred to the LGU of Libungan, North Cotabato in Region XII for its exemplary performance and overall sustainable management of CFAD. Libungan Mayor Manuel dela Serna represented the municipality in the awarding rites. DA said more than 3,500 POs have been organized under MRDP through its CFAD and NRM components, benefiting around 124,866 households from CFAD alone. ONE MINDANAO

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ARMM governor lauds Madaris program in Sarangani By Cocoy Sexcion

ALABEL, Sarangani -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor on Tuesday commended Sarangani Gov. Migs Dominguez for his Madaris program in Sarangani.

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In his speech as guest speaker at the opening program of the 3rd Provincial Musabaqah or Madaris intramurals in Sarangani at the Capitol gymnasium, Governor Mujiv Hataman acknowledged the efforts of Gov. Dominguez to foster education among his Muslim constituents. “Alam ninyo, napaka swerte niyo. Inikot ko na ang buong ARMM at halos buong Mindanao. Hindi pa ako nakatuklas ng isang gobernador na hindi Muslim pero nagsusumikap na higit pa ang ginawa ng isang Muslim (You know, you are very lucky. I already visited the entire ARMM and even almost the whole of Mindanao but

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I never met a governor who is a non-Muslim but works hard for Muslims or even better than a Muslim),” Governor Hataman said. ARMM is composed of predominantly Muslim provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Marawi City, the region’s lone city. “Though sa ARMM meron kaming Musabaqah pero ang pinagkaiba ay naiirelate niyo sa issue ng kapayapaan at issue ng development. (Though we also have Musabaqah in ARMM, the difference is you are able relate it with issues of peace and development),” Hataman added.

The provincial Musabaqah is an intramurals of Madaris students represented by delegates from each municipality held every summer and with this year’s theme “Paligsahan para sa Kapayapaan.” Around 3,000 Madaris students participated in this year’s intramurals organized by the office of the governor through its Kalinaw Sarangani Unit (KSU), with 110 facilitators looking over the participants. KSU is responsible for the expansion of peace and development communities in the countryside. “Kailangan natin ang bagong henerasyon ng mga Muslim. Henerasyon na mawala na ang perception na tayong mga Muslim ay mga terorista. (What we need is a new generation of Muslims. A generation that would help in eradicating the perception that Muslims are terrorists),” Hataman told the participants. (Cocoy Sexcion/ PIO Sarangani/PIA General Santos City) ONE MINDANAO

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200 public schools grade one teachers to undergo K+12 training By Perlita Changco Cotabato City -- With classes set to start on June 4, more than 200 grade one teachers under the Cotabato City Schools Division (CCSD) will undergo a two-day training on K+12 program slated May 21-22 here. According to CCSD administrative officer Johnny Balawag, the training of grade one teachers in various public

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elementary schools in the city will focus on the curriculum that includes additional subjects under DepEd’s K+12.

Balawag said, it aims to reinforce the ability and capacity of teachers in implementing K+12 that ensures that learning, comprehension, and retention capabilities of education of grade one pupils is improved and strengthened as envisioned under the program. “Training is necessary for our Grade I teachers to ensure that they are prepared and well-versed with grade one curriculum because there are additional subject areas that would help achieve the objective K+12 program based on DepEd secretary Armin Luistro’s d i r e c t i v e s ,” Balawag said. Friday, May 18, 2012


With the opening of classes, Balawag said, preparations and coordination are also underway to undertake “Brigada Balik Eskwela” in different public schools starting May 21 urging public support in the spirit of “bayanihan.” Balawag reiterated

that DepEd’s strict no-collection policy of unauthorized payments and other fees is still in forced and he assured of speedy action on any complaints and other issues and concern that are reported to their office. He also urged

parents to enroll their children early. As this developed, Balawag expects an estimated 5 percent increase in the number of students in the elementary level in Cotabato City this school year. (pbchangcoPIA Cotabato City)

Brigada Eskwela sa North Cotabato, sinimulan na ni Shahana Joy Duerme LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL, South Cotabato, Mayo 18 -- Nagsimula na ang isang linggong Brigada Eskwela sa mga paaralan sa probinysa ng North Cotabato.

Layunin ng programang ito na maihanda ang lahat ng mga paaralan sa nalalapit na pasukan at upang mabigyan ng magandang kapaligiran at kagamitan ang mga estudyante na angkop sa pag-aaral. Ang ganitong programa ng DepEd ay tulong sa mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagiwas sa malalaking gastos para ilaan sa mga pagkukumpuni, Friday, May 18, 2012

paglilinis, at pagpapaganda sa mga paaralan Kaugnay rito, hinikayat naman ni Magpet, North Cotabato Municipal Mayor Efren Piñol ang lahat na mga magulang na patuloy na suportahan ang programa para masigurong magkaroon ng malinis at kaayaayang kapaligiran ang kanilang mga anak. Sa kabilang banda,

lubos naman na nagpapasalamat si North Cotabato DepEd Supervisor Alfred Sagucam sa suporta ng mga magulang, mga mag-aaral, at maging ng mga guro sa Brigada Eskwela na siyang malaking tulong upang magkaroon ng magandang pagbubukas ang mga paaralan sa simula ng klase. (SJD-PIA 12) ONE MINDANAO

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Youth leaders gain Lanao del Sur guv’s support by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he Network of Meranaw Youth Leaders and Professional (NMYLP) got the support and commitment of Gov. Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. to further promote youth development in the province.

The provincial governor expressed his support by forging a partnership with the network during the Provincial Youth Summit held in Achiever Convention Hall, last week,

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said Abulkhair Alibasa, chairman of the NMYLP. Under the agreement, the provincial government will work closely with the NMYLP and will provide for the operating expenses in carrying out youth programs and activities. NMYLP, on the other hand, will Friday, May 18, 2012


establishment of Ranaw Youth Day, youth exposure through educational tour, and conduct of youth sports fest, art war, photo exhibit, among others. The NMYLP is a non-government organization composed of Maranao youth leaders and professionals working towards promotion of youth in Lanao del Sur.

propose and facilitate youth programs and activities that are in line with the youth agenda the governor has approved during the youth summit. Alibasa said the youth agenda includes the creation of Provincial Youth and Sports Office, institutionalization of annual youth fellowship program,

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DBM releases P318.5M for ARMM hospital upgrade by Marie Angelie Villapando

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he Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released P318.5 million to the Department of Health (DOH) for the second phase of the rehabilitation of health facilities and procurement of health equipment for ARMM. This is part of the Aquino administration’s continuing initiative to improve socioeconomic conditions in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), according to a press release by DBM. The amount comprises the remaining balance from the P756 million under the ARMM Transition and Investment Support Plan, which will be charged against continuing appropriations from the Disbursement Acceleration Plan (DAP), launched by the Administration in October 2011. The DBM previously released the first installment of the P756-million fund in November 2011. As with the recent P318.5-million release, the initial fund release of P437.5 million was used to enhance hospital facilities in the ARMM. “Our ability to ensure better public health care for ARMM communities is crucial to the region’s overall socioeconomic growth. We’re actively improving facilities and conditions in the region’s public hospitals, many of which still do not have the means or equipment to respond to their patients’ medical needs. The medical staff are often talented, but without the right facilities, they can do little,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said.

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Of the total amount released, P188 million will go to the construction and rehabilitation of hospitals, rural health units and barangay health stations in Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Marawi City, and Lamitan City. The remaining P130.5 million will be used to purchase new hospital equipment and other health care materials for hospitals identified in the region. “The President is committed to improving the situation for ARMM communities compromised by armed conflict and security issues. As we continue to push for quality healthcare in the region and the physical well-being of ARMM residents, we can reasonably expect them to become more productive members of their communities and more effective agents of change for the entire region,” Abad said.(DBM) Friday, May 18, 2012


PIA-Caraga personnel conducts echo cum briefing on incident command system by Robert E. Roperos

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ersonnel of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) - Caraga Region conducted today echo cum briefing on the agency’s role in the incident command system, a systematic tool used for the command, control, and coordination of emergency response.

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Jennifer Gaitano, PIACaraga monitoring officer and the agency’s assistant focal person to the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), emphasized that the establishment of the incident command system is to provide a systematic and orderly response in time of emergencies and disasters. She added that during disasters, all agencies under the council have their respective responsibilities. For the part of PIA, Gaitano said communication support must at all times be provided during the actual disaster. “Thus, PIA personnel must be present on the site where the disaster happened,” she said. Also, Gaitano added PIA is in-charge of controlling the communication flow from the source of the information to the recipients through the use of communication channels such as the local tri-media. Moreover, she said under the incident command system, PIA is responsible to disseminate whatever information will be made by the incident command team under the regional level. “Personnel from PIA will serve as official spokesperson of the team in the regional level subject

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for the approval of the local chief executives in the area where the disaster happened,” Gaitano added. In the case where the local chief executives choose their local public information officers to serve as spokespersons, then PIA will give way. Gaitano attended the Basic/Intermediate Course on Incident Command System held at Lipata, Surigao City on May 7 to 11,

2012. The incident command system was introduced in the Philippines through the ASEAN-US Cooperation on Disaster Management. The Phase 1 was held on 20042006 and Phase 2 was conducted on 2009-2012. The system was made possible through the US Department of Agriculture – Forest Service (US DA-FS) as implementing agency and USAID as funding agency.

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Butuan Rotary Club launch ‘Adopt-a-Village’ project

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he Rotary Club of Metro Butuan (RCMB) has recently launched the “Adopt-a-Village Project” in Barangay Tagabaca, a replication of its project accomplished in Barangay Nongnong, here During the launch, Rotarian project partners from Sebastopol, California in the United States of America graced the activity and promote sustainable partnership with the local rotary clubs in Butuan. Rotarian Frank Mayhew, past president of RC Sebastopol said that they welcome the opportunity to help improve the lives of the Butuanons by providing support through livelihood projects and schools in the marginalized communities. “We see the needs of the countryside and work hard to address it with Friday, May 18, 2012

the help of our partner Rotarians from other parts of the world. We also give emphasis on the importance of education as well as livelihood to sustain the needs of the community,” stressed Mayhew. Also, Rotarian Barbara Beedon of RC Sebastopol commended the efforts of the RCMB for doing its best in extending great volunteerism to the unfortunate ones. RCMB president Arfie Bermudez also expressed his gratitude to the partner Rotarians from Sabastopol for their continued support

and participation. Bermudez further reiterated that this is the second time that their project partners abroad are willing to support them after the success of their first holistic project in Brgy. Nongnong, which transformed the school to what it is now. It also gave better opportunities to children and families. It was also learned that RCMB has its ongoing similar project in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte in a small scale addressing key issues on education and livelihood specifically on Cattle dispersal. ONE MINDANAO

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CSC-Caraga region announces penology officers’ exam by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY -– The Civil Service Commission (CSC) - Caraga regional office announced the conduct of the Penology Officer Examination on August 12.

According to CSC-Caraga Regional Director Adams D. Torres, the passers will be qualified to the position of second level ranks in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The official further said the passers of the said examination will be called Penology Officer Eligibility and considered appropriate to the second level ranks in the jail

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management and penology, and will also fit to the qualification of the other functionally related services, except for ranks under the Philippine National Police (PNP). The following are the requirements for the application of the examination: 1.) Fully accomplished Application form (CS Form No. 100, Revised 2012), 2.) Four (4) copies of identical I.D

pictures, 3.) Original and photocopy of any valid I.D containing applicant’s clear picture, date of birth, signature and the signature of the authorized head of the issuing agency, 4.) Examination fee of Seven Hundred Pesos (Php 700.00). For interested applicants, Dir. Torres said application forms are available at any CSC Regional and field Friday, May 18, 2012


offices or they can download it from the CSC website at www. csc.gov.ph. T o r r e s further reminded the applicants to accomplish the a p p l i c a tion requirements thoroughly. The scope of the examination is focused on General Ability (25%) which is Verbal, Analytical, and Numerical and Friday, May 18, 2012

the on the Specialized Area are: A) Jail Management Concepts and Applications of the following: 1.) Commitment and Classification of Inmates/Prisoners’/ Detainees (5%), 2.) Reception Procedures, Classification and Disciplinary Boards, and Punishable Acts of Inmates (20%), 3.) Treatment of the Inmates with Special Needs (5%), with

a total of 30%, B) Custodial Concepts and Applications (45%), C) Inmates Welfare and Development (IWD) Programs (15%), D) BJMP Administrative Matters (10%). Deadline for the filing of the application is on June 28, 2012. To be able to pass the examination, Dir. Torres said the examinees should obtain the passing rate of at least 80.00. ONE MINDANAO

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DOST train teachers on disaster management

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By Gideon C. Corgue

lose to 50 Math and Science teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in Pagadian have undergone a one (1) week training on disaster risk reduction and management dubbed “Strengthening the capacity of Science and Math teachers on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management� at Bay Plaza Hotel on May 6-11. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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of disaster preparation. The teachers were given intensive training that enhanced their knowledge about disasters like typhoon, earthquake, tsunami and volcanic eruptions and how to effectively implement a

The training is offered free of charge by the Department of Science and TechnologyScience Education Institute (DOST-SEI) and in partnership with the DOST’s regional office 9. 10, 11, and 12. Senior science research specialist Cynthia Gayya said it is the mandate of DOST-SEI to conduct training to teachers on how to deal with natural disasters using calamity learning modules to instruct students on the importance Friday, May 18, 2012

disaster management plan. Gayya said the participants were exclusive for Math and Science teachers only because they have basic concepts in Science and it ONE MINDANAO

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be easy for them to grasp ideas and understand technical terms that will be imparted by the lecturers. “We have chosen Math and Science teachers as our participants because they are good channel in propagating information to their students and to their respective families, Gayya explained. “This is a very enriching training,” Gayya said. “At the end of this training, they are expected to be informed and capacitated, and would know how to formulate disaster risk reduction action plan in their respective schools,” she added. Gayya said last year the same training was conducted in Luzon and Visayas and for this year we are doing it in Mindanao because nobody is spared from disasters. It was the 4th time that the training was held in Mindanao. “On April, we have conducted training in the cities of Koronadal, Cagayan de Oro , and Davao, and this week we are conducting in Pagadian,” she said. “We are hoping that this training will be our regular activity and eventually will be expanded to disaster prone areas.” PAG-ASA-DOST assistant weather services chief Vincent Palcon Jr. said the activity is part of the agency’s information and education campaign for the public to be more cautious and vigilant whenever natural disaster occurs. Meanwhile, Sta. Lucia High School Biology teacher Lilian Guinea said the training is nice and worthwhile experience saying that

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the knowledge she gained during the training will enable her to implement in their school. “Our school is near the shoreline and prone to disaster, and with the knowledge that I’ve learned can be applied in our school, home, or the community in order to minimize, if not eliminate the destruction to lives and properties,” she added. Otto Lingue National High School mathematics and chemistry teacher Elmar Ancog said the training is very informative and indispensable. It is very useful and essential to our school because we know then how to make mitigation measures or to take protective measures. “Our school is landslide and flood prone area and our students are passing through big rivers during school days thus we need to undertake necessary measures by providing safety of our students,” Ancog said. “We could also extend the information to our barangay officials because they are our stakeholders who will help us establish an emergency pan in case of disaster,” Ancog added. The participants were taught also on how to conduct actual earthquake drill. Topics discussed were climate variability and climate change, meteorological and other weatherrelated hazards, flood forecasting and warning services, earthquake and earthquake hazards, volcano and volcanic hazards, rain-induced landslides and DRR measures. (PIA9/JPA/GCC/ZamboSur) Friday, May 18, 2012


Dipolog supports greening program by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - In keeping with the National Greening Program (NGP) pursued by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the city government here has now embarked on massive tree planting activities to help mitigate climate change. Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has directed all her department heads to lead tree planting activities in support of the program. She also ordered that nurseries be established to supply the seedlings during tree planting activities. It can be recalled that President Aquino had issued Executive Order No. 26 urging all government agencies from national agencies down to the local government units as well as private organizations to actively participate in the national greening program which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the lead agency. (NBE/FPG/PIA9)

P750-T EAAB projects unveiled by Vic Larato

ZAMBOANGA CITY - the Philippine Air Force (PAF) yesterday received from the city government a P750,803.46 road concreting and open canal projects constructed inside the PAF’s - Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB) in Barangay Sta. Maria, this city. Friday, May 18, 2012

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The inauguration was led by Mayor Celso Lobregat together with the Philippine Air Force officials. The concreting of 123-linear meter road amounting to P593,162.93 and the construction of an open canal measuring 110 linear meters in the amount of P157,640.53 brought to a total of P7.6 million worth of various infrastructure projects implemented by the city government at EAAB since 2008. The projects included the construction of a multi-purpose building amounting to P1.4 million in 2011, road concreting in the amount of P1.4 million, drainage system costing P457,500 in 2010, road and drainage systems totaling P2.4 million in 2009 and rehabilitation of two-storey six-classroom school building at EAAB Elementary School, among others. “These projects prove that the relationship among city officials and EAAB officers is strong and excellent,” Lobregat said, adding that another

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projects for EAAB are up for bidding. These are the shower room for the PAF reservists and a terminal for civilians boarding the C130. He also took the opportunity to thank the 3rd Air Division headed by its commander Maj. Gen. Jose Tony E. Villarete and the 530th Wing under Maj. Gen. Emeraldo Magnaye for always supporting the activities of the city government, especially allowing the use of helicopters for flower-drop and aerial surveys of Zamboanga’s important spots. Present during the inauguration program were residents of Blocks 6 & 7 of Airmen’s Village, who are direct beneficiaries of the road and drainage projects, the airmen headed by Gen. Villarete and Gen. Magnaye, City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo and Sta. Maria Barangay Chairman Justo Lacandalo together with Rev. Fr. Guilbert Erick Qui-Qui, who blessed the projects. (JPA/VL/CIO/PIA9) Friday, May 18, 2012


MinDA launches Mindanao 2020 document

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by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

he Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) formally launched today the Mindanao Peace and Development Framework Plan for 2011-2030, also known as the Mindanao 2020.

The unveiling of the Mindanao 2020 Document was spearheaded by MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati R. Antonino and Australian Agency for International Aid (AusAID) Philippines Governance Adviser Sam Chittick during the opening preliminaries of the Mindanao Economic Policy Forum held at N Hotel, this city. Secretary Antonino said the Mindanao 2020 is a holistic, integrative, and multi-dimensional Friday, May 18, 2012

plan that hopes to transform Mindanao into a peaceful, integrated, cohesive, and dynamic island-economy that will be at the forefront of the country’s sustainable development within the next 20 years. She said the 20-year peace and development roadmap for Mindanao addresses various challenges and opportunities in the islandregion not only within the context of securing peace amid a history ONE MINDANAO

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of conflict but also in terms of harnessing its inherently rich economic potentials for the benefit primarily of Mindanawons. MinDA created Mindanao 2020 through a process that took two years in the making. It has engaged the participation g o v e r n m e n t , private sector, non-government organizations, civil society, academe, interfaith groups, women, and youth in the formulation of the plan.

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DILG-10 aids in poverty alleviation of NorMin towns CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 underlined programs and special projects this year directed towards eradicating poverty, specifically the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG), Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project-Millennium Development Goals (MBUSSP-MDG), and Local Government Support Fund (LGSF). Atty. Rene Burdeos, DILG10 Regional Director, said the SALINTUBIG is designed to provide water supply systems for waterless towns and enhance the capacity of the local government units (LGUs)/water service providers in the planning, implementation, and operation of water supply facilities. In Region 10, there are 16 LGU beneficiaries for this program and most of them are presently working on their respective detailed engineering design. Said LGUs are hopeful that these water projects will improve the water services in their towns and reduce the incidence of water-borne and sanitation related diseases. DILG will be responsible for the capacity development requirements of the LGUs and the water service providers in the planning, development, and operations/ Friday, May 18, 2012

management of the water services funded thru the SALINTUBIG. Another water project is slated for Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental as a beneficiary of the MBUSS Project and MDG. The PCF is an incentive fund given to eligible LGUs to be used for its priority projects that will hopefully bring progress in their community. One PCF project that falls under poverty reduction is the water system of Damulog, Bukidnon, which is already operational, while 12 various projects of same target from the nine LGU beneficiaries in the Region are working towards completion. Another cash incentive is the LGSF, which is meant to support the implementation of the priority projects of the national government. Out of 77 LGU beneficiaries in Region 10, 28 of them or 36% have ONE MINDANAO

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enrolled such projects as health centers, provincial hospital, water system, farm-to-market roads, among others. On the other hand, 30% of them are hoping to build

public market, multi-purpose drying pavement, slaughterhouse, roads and bridges in their towns in order to provide income to the community. (DILG)

DTI monitors P1.14-B investments in Mis. Occ. in 2011 by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - A total investment of P1.14 billion, mostly on services, had been monitored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Misamis Occidental last year. These investments were actually higher by 18.05 percent compared to the P965.32 million of investments in the province, during the previous year, Regional Director Linda O. Boniao of DTI-Region 10, said. In terms of share in the total regional investments, however, Misamis Occidental contributed a share of 11.4 percent. Meanwhile, Boniao said a total of P9.97 billion have been monitored by DTI in Region 10, during the year, of which P4.17 billion or 41.8 percent was poured in Misamis Oriental, mostly in the infrastructure and services sectors.

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These investments included the construction and expansion of tourism-related facilities like hotels, pension houses, dormitories, restaurants and recreation facilities, like the Ayala Center, Primavera Residences, and Paseo de Rio Hotel. Also included were the construction of an air separation plant by a leading gas manufacturing/ distributor company and of a foodbased manufacturing plant which are both located inside the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate. On the other hand, investments in the province of Bukidnon amounted to P3.09 billion contributing a share of 31 percent to the total regional Friday, May 18, 2012


Store and Pillsbury Flour Mills, Co. were recorded the previous year. Likewise, investments in Camiguin amounted to P252.29 million or 2.5 percent for the construction and expansion of investments. Most of these were in tourism-related facilities and display agri-based investments including center, sports complex, and outdoor the expansion of plantation areas, adventure facilities, Boniao added. building improvement, and acquisition of machinery for pineapple, banana, and poultry production. Investments from Lanao del Norte also amounted to P1.32 billion or 13.2 percent, which were mostly on news registrations and infrastructure projects after the rehabilitation projects of HOLCIM Phil., a cement plant, and additional construction for the expansion of Gaisano Friday, May 18, 2012

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DTI-Davao to gather banana stakeholders to address banana issues

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stringent import regulations on the Cavendish bananas owing to the pest allegedly found in the said export product and as a result, and have demanded for an intensified quarantine procedures while holding a good number of container vans in the major ports of the said country for the past several days. This situation has severely affected the region’s exports performance and caused substantial losses on the part of the local banana exporters. “We also gathered that local growers have now excess bananas which they could not send anymore to China. With such volume surplus of Cavendish bananas, there is a need to define courses of action so as to find other opportunities for the local growers and minimize further losses thru domestic consumption advocacy, increasing banana trading with other regions and putting more value-adding to said commodity,” Loreto said. Bureau of Customs (BOC) records

he Department of Trade and Industry in Davao Region (DTIDavao Region) will convene on May 18 (Friday) the local banana industry stakeholders in the region to discuss the industry’s present revealed that in 2011, fresh banana situation. DTI-Davao Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said the region being the country’s top banana exporter must always be proactive in dealing with issues related to the attainment of the industry’s full economic potential. Chinese authorities have imposed

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(Cavendish) was the region’s top export product hitting US$786,727,625, a three percent leap from 2010’s US$760,254,837. It can also be noted that China is the second largest export market, following Japan. “The proposed gathering of local Friday, May 18, 2012


industry stakeholders, namely banana growers, processors, industry sector representatives, government agencies, and local government unit representatives is meant to discuss measures and local interventions to address the banana surplus while alternative export markets are being explored,” Loreto added. Loreto said that “as the national government is seriously dealing with the quarantine issues with Chinese authorities

and the trade department deliberately identifying more alternative markets, local stakeholders must also do its share by crafting effective and feasible initiatives to address the supply surplus.” With such dialogue, action plan

that will define the immediate steps and necessary interventions to be carried out by appropriate authorities and sectors is expected to be formulated. (DTI-11/ JenMendoza)

DavNor opens 50 slots for tech-voc scholarship TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario has approved the conduct of screening for the 50 slots in the Technical-Vocational scholarship of the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte.

The governor beefed up the techvoc grant in order to give poor but deserving students wider access and better opportunities to acquire gainful employment in the future. The new slots are included in the P6.9-million scholarship program of the province this year, which also funds the continuing scholarship of over 200 youth in various colleges and tech-voc centers, including the grant for 130 indigenous students from the uplands. Recognizing tech-voc’s potential in reducing unemployment rate and in sustaining the economy, Gov. del Rosario emphasized the importance of investing in the youth’s education, particularly in technical areas.

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“By investing in technical and vocational education, we hope to greatly reduce unemployment rate by giving our people useful, rewarding skills,” he said. He added he is pushing for technical courses in order to prepare the labor force of the province to the projected inflow of investments, particularly once the TalaingodBukidnon Road and the Kapalong– Agusan del Sur is opened, among other vital road links. The distribution of the new scholarship grant per local government unit covers three scholars each for the three component cities, six slots for Talaingod, as well as, five scholars for the rest of the municipalities of the province. Livelihood and Manpower Development Division Chief Gloria Pamugas bared her office has wrapped up the screening of the successful applicants, as they are set to conduct orientation on May 18, 2012. (PIODavNor/Noel Baguio) ONE MINDANAO

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