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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

Executive Editor …….. EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI

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Managing Editor …….. ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telefax No. (08822) 72-66-83 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com

Associate Editors …… NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Regional Desk Editors

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

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Aquino receives Sun Life Financial officials in MalacaĂąang PRC to set office at state U in No. Cotabato on June 2 - 3 Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

LTO 12 opens hotlines for complaints Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

5th Eco-Sports Festival set in Tandag City Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

DILG Caraga holds training on ARTA Report Card Survey

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Teachers undergo training for K to 12 program in Dipolog Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

City, DBM forge pact for Zambo sub-depot

Sheila Covarrubias, Western Mindanao

DepEd to post list of authorized private schools Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Young Sendong survivors volunteers for other children Northern Mindanao

Team effort for Philippine bananas RG Alama, Southern Mindanao

Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, Caraga Region

Cover Story ILIGAN RECOVERY & CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT:

Crafting a sustainable environmental plan for the generations to come page 4 Lorry V. Gabule Northern Mindanao


Cover Story

ILIGAN RECOVERY & CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT: Crafting a sustainable environmental plan for the generations to come

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by Lorry V. Gabule

round 400 participants responded to the two-day event aimed to craft or formulate a sustainable environmental plan for the City of Iligan. Thus confirmed Atty. Manny Salibay, president, Iligan Disaster Rehabilitation Coordination Center (IDRCC) – a multi-sectoral nongovernment organization compose of professionals, non-government organizations, People’s Organizations, church organizations, civic groups and service-oriented individuals. IDRCC initiated the conduct of the Iligan Recovery and Climate Change Summit recently at the Maria Cristina Hotel, Iligan City. Salibay said, the overwhelming attendance came from the city’s 44 punong barangays along with their barangay councilor who chairs the Committee on Environment at the barangay

level, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional director with community environmental officers-city and provincial wide, the tri-media, nongovernment organizations, church organization, women’s group, the youth, national government line agencies, and the city government officials. With the support of House Representative Vicente Belmonte of the Lone District of Iligan and City Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan, the event was successful all throughout especially with the presence of Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Keynote Speaker Secretary Elisea G. Gozon, Presidential Adviser for Climate Change, who said that addressing the impacts of Climate Change involves the greatest economic and societal transformation. While Secretary Dr. Nereus O. Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, addressed and presented to the different cluster groups before they crafted their plans through a workshop with the Challenges and Responses for Climate Change in IliganSalibay on the other hand explained, IDRCC has come up with four compelling reasons why we need to develop an environmental plan for our communities and the City of Iligan. First, because of the challenges of climate change. The human-induced global warming that has impact to the climatic changes is threatening the global communities with more intense storms, sea level rise, drastic changes in rainfall patterns and increasing temperatures. The Philippines, being an archipelagic country with over 90 million people is not spared from the impact of climate change. Although our country is not among the major

contributors of greenhouse gases, we are however, among the most vulnerable of the impacts of climate change. The second reason why we are here? There are legal mandates for us to address Climate Change. Republic Act 9729 also known as the Climate Change Act of 2009, mandates the local government, specifically in Section 14 thereof, to be the frontline in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas. Barangays are also mandated to directly involve with city governments in

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prioritizing Climate Change issues and in identifying and implementing best practices and other solutions. City government shall consider Climate Change adaptation, as one of their regular functions. Section 16 of Climate Change Act of 2009 mandates that there shall be coordination with the nongovernment organizations (NGOs), civic organizations, academe, people’s organizations, the private and corporate sectors and other concerned stakeholders in the development and implementation of the local action plans. The same law mandates the local chief executive to formulate and implement local action plan. It also expressly authorizes the Local Government Unit (LGU) to appropriate and use the amount from its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) necessary to implement said local plan effectively. There is also Republic Act 10121, a law strengthening the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System and institutionalizing the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan. This law complements RA 9729 in ensuring a program for climate-risk reduction and resiliency by building the adaptive

capacities of the communities and the ecosystems to climate change impacts. Third, because we have moral obligation of environmental stewardship. God created the different species of plants and animals, blessed them, protected them and made a covenant with them. We need to see what we should do to the key climate-sensitive areas like the Food and Agriculture, Water, Health and Communities, Ecosystems, Infrastructure and Sustainable Power and Energy. We also need to plan on how to inform and educate the public about climate change. This would be done in the two-day gathering. Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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We need to see if there would be an independent, multisectoral monitoring body to include representatives of civil society organizations, upland and lowland communities, church leaders and the academe to periodically examine the actual state of mining and logging activities in the watershed areas of Iligan City. We need to know if there is a need to call for a comprehensive scientific study of the river basin and watersheds of Iligan City and adjoining tributaries. In particular we need an impact assessment of mining and logging, including large-scale upland plantations, on environmentally fragile areas within a proximate radius from the city center, the implications of a ridge-riverreef approach in conserving our waterways, and how extractive activities impact on an island ecology Lastly, through the planning activities, we seek to integrate economic, social and environmental outcomes to deliver the best for people and nature. Consistent with the vision of the National

Framework on Climate Change Action Plan, we would envision a climate risk-resilient Iligan with healthy, safe, prosperous and selfreliant communities, and thriving and productive ecosystems. Our goal is to build the adaptive capacities of men and women in their respective communities, increase the resilience of vulnerable sectors and natural ecosystems to climate change, and to optimize mitigation opportunities towards gender-responsive and rights-based sustainable development. Hence, this SUMMIT hopes to craft a proposed climate change action plan and we are going to submit this proposal to the barangays and the local government for them to consider as inputs to their respective plans.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino joins Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan Youth Summit 2012

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III joined thousands of Filipino youth members of the Kristiyanong Kabataan para sa Bayan (KKB) who held the Youth Summit 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Tuesday. A smiling President Aquino, dressed in his trademark yellow polo shirt and dark-colored slacks, vigorously waved to the crowd, mostly composed of teen-age boys and girls, who welcomed him with thunderous applause and cheers. In his speech, the

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President thanked the KKB, the youth arm of the Jesus is Lord (JIL) movement, for being given the opportunity to join their congregation in celebrating the youth, whom he said not only have a strong foundation in the Lord but a genuine love for country. “Taos-puso po akong

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nagpapasalamat sa Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide, at sa Kristiyanong Kabataan Para sa Bayan (KKB), sa paanyaya ninyong makasalo ko kayo ngayong umaga. Nagagalak po akong makaharap ang isang grupo ng mga kabataang Pinoy— na bukod sa matibay na pundasyon sa mga aral ng


Panginoon—ay taglay din ang wagas na pagmamahal sa ating Inang Bayan,” the President said. He also lauded the KKB for their programs and projects, such as the School Outreach Ministry, youth camps and leadership trainings and conferences, that help lead youngsters towards the straight path and help them understand the ways of life. “Hindi po matatawaran ang naging partisipasyon at kontribusyon ng KKB Movement sa lipunan sa loob ng mahigit dalawang dekada. Sa pamamagitan ng inyong School Outreach Ministry sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa, naipapalaganap ninyo ang salita ng Diyos— ang halaga ng Kanyang mga aral sa kasalukuyang panahon. Sa inyong youth camps, leadership trainings at conferences, nabibigyan ninyo ng pagkakataon ang kabataang Pinoy upang higit nilang maintindihan ang mga usaping nakakaapekto sa kanilang hanay. Ito rin ang nagsisilbing tulay upang sila mismo ay makilahok sa paghahatid ng makabuluhang pagbabago sa kalakhang lipunan, at sa mga kapwa nila—mali ho

pala ito—kapwa “nating” kabataan,” the President said. He appealed to the participants to never forget the teachings learned during this two-day event as he challenged them to inculcate into their lives the lessons of doing good. “Sa mga panahong pong ito, huwag sana kayong magpapalinlang, huwag sana kayong bibitiw sa liwanag ng kabutihang naikintal sa inyo ng inyong simbahan, huwag kayong maliligaw sa tuwid na daan,” the President said. “Patuloy po nating patunayan sa buong mundo na sa kapit-kamay nating pagtahak sa tuwid na landas, walang balakid ang sa atin ay magpapahinto—

mananatiling nagniningas ang apoy ng pag-asang sinindihan natin noong simula; hindi magmamaliw ang tiwala at sigasig nating makamit ang liwanag ng pagbabago sa atin pong bansa. Katuwang ang buong puwersa ng kabataang Pilipino, sama-sama nating abutin ang Pilipinas na matagal na nating pinapangarap,” he added. The KKB movement was founded in 1989 as the youth arm of the JIL movement, the largest independent born-again evangelical church in the Philippines. At present, KKB has 185 central chapters, 932 national chapters, and 17 Christian Youth for Nation (international chapters). (RCK)

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Aquino receives Sun Life Financial officials in Malaca単ang

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III met newly appointed Sun Life Financial president and chief executive officer Dean Connor in a courtesy call in Malacanang on Tuesday.

During his meeting with the President, Connor was accompanied by Sun Life Financial executive vice president Thomas Bogart, Sun Life Asia

president Kevin Strain and Sun Life Financial Philippines president and CEO Rizalina Mantaring. Sun Life Financial Philippines, one of the

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largest insurers in the country, offers a wide spectrum of products that include life insurance, accidental insurance, pension plans, education


plans and mutual funds. It has almost half a million policy holders to date. Sun Life Financial Philippines is represented in the country by its life insurance arm, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. (SLOCPI); its mutual fund manager, Sun Life Asset Management Co. Inc. (SLAMC); and its preneed business distributor, Sun Life Financial Plans Inc (SLFPI). SLOCPI pioneered

life insurance in the Philippines in 1895. Sun Life Philippines is part of the Sun Life Financial (SLF) group of companies. Sun Life Financial Inc. is an international leader in protection and wealth management with key operations in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Bermuda, and the Philippines. Connor said his

company has major investments in infrastructure in North America such as roads, bridges, hospitals and other projects. The company considers Asia as one of major pillars of its operations in the future, he said. Joining President Aquino during the courtesy call were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo. (AS)

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One-stop shop dev’t center launched for Mindanao cacao farmers

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one-stop shop and development center to help cacao farmers and stakeholders in Mindanao was recently launched in the city which aims to boost the quality of cacao products which have high demand in the global market.

The Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao Inc. (CIDAMI) established the Cacao Development Center at Tulip Drive, Ecoland, Davao City which had

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a soft opening on May 23 this year. CIDAMI Executive Director Valente D. Turtur said the center would serve as a venue for cacao farmers and other stakehold-

ers to avail of various services such as training and seminar programs, farming techniques, good agricultural practices, integrated pest management, marketWednesday, May 30, 2012


ing and technology transfer. Turtur told the Philippine Information Agency-XI that the center’s services would address the need of improving the quality as well as meeting the quantity requirement of cacao products in the local and international market. “We can’t demand for a good price if we don’t have the volume needed in the market,” he stated. He bared that 30,000-35,000 metric tons of cacao beans are required annually by the local market which imports Wednesday, May 30, 2012

raw cacao produce to address the demand. He lamented that the country only produces about 20% of the local market demand alone, noting that the annual yields would only reach up to 7,000 metric tons by which 6,000 MT come from Mindanao, and the 1,000 MT are obtained from the rest of the country. With the establishment of the center, CIDAMI envisions for Mindanao to yield 100,000 MT of cacao by 2020, Turtur intimated. However, he said the assistance and

services at the center would not be provided for free, saying that interested stakeholders would have to pay reasonable fees to defray expenses. He said CIDAMI also aims to establish data base of the cacao industry through the center which entails data gathering on the number of farmers, areas planted to cacao and how much are the yields monthly and yearly. CIDAMI is a newly-created organization of cacao industry players involved in whole value added chain of the cacao products from seeds to bars. The Davao Citybased association comprises of groups and individual members of farmers’ cooperatives and organizations, nursery operators, processors and traders from all over Mindanao. ONE MINDANAO

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Photo release

DA delivers rubber seedlings to Maitum MAITUM, Sarangani - Residents of barangay Kalaong unload 6,000 rubber seedlings from the Department of Agriculture as one of its regular projects under High Value Crop Development Program (HVCDP) for barangay recipients, Kalaong and Upo. The HVCDP promotes the production, processing, marketing and distribution of high-valued crops, providing funds therefore, and for other purposes. Strategically, HVCDP helps to increase income, create livelihood opportunity, and contribute to national agricultural development of the Philippines. (Joylyn Ty/ Maitum IO)

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DOLE 12 to release livelihood assistance to 21 beneficiaries By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Twenty-one beneficiaries in Sarangani and South Cotabato are set to receive assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment in Soccsksargen Region for their entrepreneurial projects.

D O L E - 1 2 ’ s Regional Project Monitoring Team (RPMT) approved on May 24 livelihood assistance for 20

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informal sector workers earlier enrolled by the Sarangani-General Santos City Field Office and an incomegenerating project

for a transport group based in Koronadal City amounting to a total of P311,242. Information from DOLE 12 said, scheduled for

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immediate release in Sargen area are DOLEKabuhayan Starter Kits to 18 recipients in Malapatan town, Sarangani and NegoKart projects to two other beneficiaries. These projects amounted to P90,137. DK-Starter Kits to be awarded include complete packages to initiate business in fried banana vending, balut vending, dressmaking, tinagtag making, waffle making, T-shirt printing, Mini Carinderia and manicure-pedicure servicing. A m b u l a n t workers, identified as certain Samsodin Karim and Leomel Rasonable will receive vending carts with equipment for “kwek-kwek – juice business and fishballfriedpeanut-juice business, respectively. DOLE Assistant Regional Director Yahya A. Centi, who also serves as RPMT chairman, challenged the beneficiaries to take care of the projects that will be awarded to them.

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“They must work hard in order to make their respective livelihood projects prosper,” Centi said. “They should not waste time in improving their situation.” Besides equipping them with the initial entrepreneurial equipment, recipients of livelihood assistance are also assured of capital for procurement marketable goods and services as well as trainings on production skills, entrepreneurship and business management and assistance in securing business permits. For South Cotabato area, the RPMT also approved a project worth P221,105 for the Koronadalbased Unified Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (UTODA). At least 57 tricycle operators and drivers could benefit from their proposed business venture including motorcycle repair, vulcanizing, welding and retail of motorcycle parts.

The project’s total cost was estimated at P305, 868.00 with the proponent group bearing 27 percent of the approved amount. Approval of the project was facilitated by Koronadal City PESO Manager Judith Marmonejo and recommended by the DOLE-South Cotabato Field Office, headed by Engr. Edwin Morales, after the proposed project was found very feasible and viable. The RPMT recommended for UTODA management to identify cheaper source of spare parts without compromising the quality and to establish network with merchandisers for possible discounts and competitive c o m m e r c i a l advantage over other similar business establishments. Centi said, the livelihood assistance to UTODA was released under DOLE’s PRE-SEED Program (DEDoguiles/PIA 12) Wednesday, May 30, 2012


PRC to set office at state U in No. Cotabato on June 2 - 3 By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato --Representatives from the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) mobile team are expected to visit the staterun University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Kabacan, North Cotabato where it will hold office on June 2-3. According to the university’s faculty association president and USM Review Center manager Dr. Anita Tacardon, this appointment is intended for fresh graduates who are going to take board examinations in line with their chosen career. She said that this

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step is very helpful for examinees to save money instead of going to the office of PRC in Davao City to file their papers for the board exam. PRC manages the regulation and licensing of different professions and occupations. It helps in giving trustworthy

and progressive professionals to serve the nation. It is arranged that on morning of June 2, aside from the re-takers, PRC will cater those reviewers from USM while nonUSM graduates will be entertained on the afternoon. USM Review Center

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is one of the leading review centers in North Cotabato which offers board reviews for future veterinarians, teachers, agriculturists and other professions.

On the other hand, Tacardon advises all those who are going to take a board exam to file as soon as possible and to prepare all needed requirements

like Transcript of Records (TOR), birth certificate, examination fee and other pertinent documents. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ RBeñez-DXVL Radyo ng Bayan)

LTO 12 opens hotlines for complaints By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Anybody who has gripes over drivers and operators of public utility vehicles (PUVs) can now text their complaints directly to Land Transportation Office (LTO)-12. LTO-12 Regional Director Arlan Mangelen announced that they have begun posting “I-Report sa LTO-12” stickers in PUVs, which encourages commuters and motorists to report any violation by those involved in public transport service. They have decided to establish SMS hotlines, Mangelen explained, after receiving so many complaints such as smoking while driving, extremely loud sound systems, shaded license plates, and many others. “This is in response to the clamor of several commuters,” he said. “Public utility vehicles need to be compliant

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not only regarding government standards but also on keeping our streets and travel orderly,” he added. He also urged the public to respond by participating by sending reports to LTO 12. To submit a report, according to the direction on the stricter,

a complainant needs to text his or her full name, plate number of the vehicle, and the nature of violation and send this to 0915 298 8092 or 0905 196 4660. All reports are deemed confidential , the official added. (DEDoguiles/ PIA 12)

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ARMM to enact own version of FOI

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he Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is contemplating on enacting its own version of Freedom of Information (FOI) law, through its Regional Legislative Assembly (RLA). Lanao del Sur Assemblywoman Samira Gutoc-Tomawis said the ARMM FOI is in the pipeline of the RLA legislative agenda. Gutoc-Tomawis, herself a journalist by profession, said she would file the regional FOI bill as an “essential element of the principles of open governance that is now in place in the new ARMM for the welfare of its constituents.” She said first in the list of a “must disclosure” in the bill would be public officials’ statements of assets liabilities and net-worth (SALN). She further said an FOI act in the ARMM would complement the reform programs that are being pushed by the administration of Officer-InCharge Governor Mujiv Hataman, who also believes that it is possible ARMM to come up with a regional FOI Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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the national government, in support to the regional government legal framework of open government. On March 1, 2012, Hataman issued ARMM Executive Order No. 7, which serves as the region’s charter of open governance. He also opened last April 16, 2012 a big online touch-screen portal at the ground floor of the ARMM Executive Building, which had been installed for unconditional public disclosure of information pertaining to the ARMM, and its officials as well as conduct of financial transactions. So far, only basic information on the regional government’s background and its officials’ profiles, have been uploaded for free-access public viewing. (BPI-ARMM) ONE MINDANAO

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DTI monitors prices of school supplies in Caraga by Robert E. Roperos

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he Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga fielded their personnel to monitor the prices of school supplies as the opening of classes nears.

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Aside from monitoring, DTI-Caraga Consumer Welfare Chief Billy General said the agency also released guidelines dubbed “Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies (Guidelines in Buying School Supplies),” aimed at informing the consuming public on the things to remember when buying school supplies. The official explained that these guidelines were given to different establishments for posting, visible to the

consuming public. The DTI has released Gabay sa Pamimili ng School Supplies nationwide since May 5, 2012. General further said DTI has recommended the suggested retail price (SRP) for the school supplies to guide consumer. However, she said not all school supplies were given SRPs, only the basic ones, such as notebooks, paper, pencils, ballpens, crayons, envelopes, rulers, and among others. The department,

through the regional and provincial offices, is regularly monitoring the prices not only school supplies but basic commodities as well, the official said. DTI also informed the public to call or visit the regional and provincial offices should they have complaints on the quality and/or prices of school supplies. They may also call DTI Direct Hotline number 751-3330.

5th Eco-Sports Festival set in Tandag City by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur -- The 5th eco-sports festival in this city is all set with this year’s three-day series of activities. Started in 2008, government, through in cooperation with the the annual activity is the City Tourism Council Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) spearheaded by the city led by Roxanne Pimentel City Federation Office, San Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Miguel Beer and Philippine Councilors League President Christopher Pimentel. Florence Abis, City Tourism Officer said this year’s eco-sports festival will be held on May 31 to June 2 at Parola, Mabua Beach here. Anchored on the theme: “Buhay Dagat,

Buhay Natin,” series of events to be conducted are as follows: IEC on Tourism and Environment Concerns; Tandag Urban adventure Race; Beach Volleyball exhibition/Contest; Skim boarding Competition; Frisbee Exhibition/Contest; Sand Castle Sculpture; &

Pinoy Games. On the other hand, the 3rd Tandag Summer Kite Festival is also set on the afternoon of June 1 to be followed by the staging of this year’s “Body Shots” at night, a beauty, body and personality search which is held annually here.

DILG Caraga holds training on ARTA Report Card Survey by Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY -- In pursuing excellence in local governance, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region XIII recently concluded the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Report Card Survey (RCS) Roll-out on May 24-25 at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city.

The Report Card Survey (RCS) is a participatory survey that provides quantitative feedback

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on user perceptions on the quality, adequacy, and efficiency of public services, particularly in the delivery of frontline

services, which exacts public accountability. The conduct of RCS is in adherence to Republic Act 9485, Wednesday, May 30, 2012


otherwise known as the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, Section 10, which provides: “All offices and agencies providing frontline services shall be subjected to a Report Card Survey (RCS)… to obtain feedback on how provisions in the Citizens Charter are being followed and how the agency is performing.” The survey will also obtain a feedback on the existence and effectiveness of local government units (LGUs) of their compliance to Citizen’s Charter. All the provincial and city directors, program and outcome managers, City and Municipal Local Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Government Operations Officers (C/MLGOOs) and the technical personnel assigned in the Regional, Provincial and City Offices were trained to serve as ARTA – RCS Researchers for data collection in the Report Card Survey. A simulation exercise was made

in answering the Inspection Checklist and the Survey Questionnaires to provide the trainees with the mechanisms on the conduct of the field survey. M o r e o v e r, a workshop was conducted by LGOO V Mary Ann S. Tomate on the use of the Encoding Tool where data is stored after the data collection. This was done on an individual hands-on exercise by the participants to ensure that every ARTA – RCS Researcher is knowledgeable and capacitated to perform the survey as well as

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the data encoding RCS software. Data collection will be administered in all cities and municipalities of this region through a cross-posting scheme of deployment for reliability and validity of the results by the DILG Field Personnel within the month of June, 2012. The Report Card Survey will specifically focus on the following areas of assessment, to wit: (1) Posting of the Citizen’s Charter, (2) Existence of an Anti-fixer Campaign, (3) Wearing of Identification Cards, (4) Establishment of a

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Public Assistance and Complaints Desk (PACD), (5) Adherence to the “No Lunch Break” Policy, (6) Personal disposition of an employee directly involved in a frontline service, (7) Quality of the frontline service, and the (8) Physical working condition in the frontline service area. “We should walk the extra mile and think out of the box. We need to be change agents,” remarked DILG OIC-Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion. She said the ARTA implementation is part of the upscale of the Seal of Good Housekeeping

(SGH) so that LGUs will qualify for the Silver SGH. For this reason, Famacion calls to action the DILG personnel to monitor, assist and equip LGUs to be recipients of the Silver Seal of Good Housekeeping, which will open the access to obtain funds as incentive for good performance in local governance. Part of the conduct of the training was the presentation on Continuing Legal Education of Atty. Anthony P. Vitor, Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) 2012 of LGOO V Lolita Savaria, Gawad Pamana ng Lahi, Scaled-up Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) and Seal of Disaster Preparedness (SDP) of LGMED Chief LGOO V Ray Gregory Jaranilla. This is in line with the Department’s advocacy to popularize the projects implemented by the DILG. Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Gbelai di Dlepuyan 2012 to highlight celebration of 4Ps Day By Alma L. Tingcang

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n celebration of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) Program Day, a total of 2,561 indigent households of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur, together with the local government unit and various stakeholders gathered together on May 29-30 at the AVASMCES Gym for various activities that have been planned for the occasion. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Mayor Daylinda Sulong said 4Ps, now on its third year of implementation has paved the way towards strengthening and educating the families/beneficiaries as well as contributed much to their economic upliftment. Mayor Sulong said activities include a Medical Mission, Agri-Fair and Cheer Dance Competition on May 29 with the participation of 3 clusters of Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, a Family Development Session capped the day’s activity to support the claim of beneficiaries who wish to be recognized as legitimate couples, to ensure stronger family foundation and to avail of the programs and services offered by various stakeholders. Thus, today, May 30, 384 couples will participate in a mass wedding dubbed as “Gbelai di Dlepuyan 2012” to highlight the

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celebration after which a banquet hosted by the municipal government will ensue. The Multi-Stakeholders Caravan will be participated by different national government agencies such as: the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, National Commission on Indigenous People, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, PhilHealth, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd), National Statistics Office, National Anti-Poverty Commission, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Science and Technology, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (ALT-PIA9) Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Teachers undergo training for K to 12 program in Dipolog By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte The Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Office 9 recently conducted a training among Grade 1 teachers of the Dipolog City Schools Division in preparation for the formal implementation of K to12 program this school year 20122013. The five-day regional training was conducted at Top Plaza, Dipolog City from May 14 to 18, 2012. Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, who was the guest speaker during the opening of the five-day training urged the teachers to heartily implement DepEd’s new program starting this school year. The mayor believed that the teachers will find no problem adopting the new program as they Wednesday, May 30, 2012

have already proven in the past, their flexibility to adopt any reforms initiated by its central office. Uy said the implementation of K to12 program is a good development since it would help the City Government’s desire to implement its program on Performance Governance System which give an inspiration to achieve its vision of making Dipolog City just like Singapore by the year 2030. ONE MINDANAO

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The K to 12 Program aims to upgrade the Basic Education Curriculum to ensure the students get the needed knowledge and skills that would make them productive members of the society. Under the program, students will be taught skills development courses and special interest subjects

that would fit into their personality and career direction. The Kto 12 program starts with two years in Kindergarten, six years in elementary, four years in junior high school and two years in senior high school. (JPA/ATR-PIA9 Zambo Norte)

City, DBM forge pact for Zambo sub-depot By Sheila Covarrubias

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the city government of Zamboanga formally entered into an agreement for the operation of the Zamboanga sub-depot. Zamboanga city government and DBM’s Procurement Service will jointly operate the sub-depot which will offer cheaper but good quality office supplies for local government units (LGU) in Zamboanga Peninsula and nearby areas. Budget secretary Florencio Abad and Mayor Celso Lobregat were the principal signatories in the memorandum of agreement while Procurement Service (PS) executive director Estanislao Granados, Jr. and DBM regional director Nilda Cemine witnessed the event. The formal signing was done on Friday, May 25, coinciding with the launch of the Zamboanga sub-depot at the City Coliseum. Based on the agreement, the city government through the City Budget Office under Virginia Gara will manage the operation of the subdepot with the PS and DBM regional office.

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The City Coliseum, now called Mayor Vitaliano Agan Coliseum in Tetuan will be temporarily used as warehouse until such time that the city government will be able to find a permanent site for the facility. The city government will designate a city staff and employees to handle depot operations with manpower of at least eight people. Lobregat said the Zamboanga Sub-depot will cater to the commonuse supplies and other equipment needs of LGUs and national government agencies within the region and nearby areas. The establishment of sub-depots in the country is intended to raise compliance to the new procurement law. Lobregat welcomed the guests while Granados gave the inspirational message. City Budget officer Virginia Gara introduced the guest of honor. The Procurement Service Wednesday, May 30, 2012


will provide stocks door-to-door in accordance with the supply requirements of the province, its component LGUs, national agencies within the province, national and local agencies in neighboring provinces. The DBM on the other hand, will provide marketing support and supervision over the sub-depot and the regional director shall act as the regional supervisor for all subdepots in the region. The establishment of subdepots in the country is provided under section 6D of Administrative Order No. 17 dated July 28, 2011 which encourages LGUs to establish depots in their locality as part of their economic enterprise activity. The sub-depot will be a storehouse of common-use supplies, neighboring regions, including materials and equipment, for the government corporations and LGUs. requirements of the national and (JPA/SC/CIO-PIA9 ZBST) local agencies within Region 9 and Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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Pantawid Pamilya grantees in Northern Mindanao join Brigada Eskwela by Oliver Badel Inodeo

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lmost all of the 230,834 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao have joined the Brigada Eskwela 2012 which kickedoff on Monday, May 21.

Launched by the Department of Education (DepED), “Brigada Eskwela� includes series of cleaning, repairing and repainting of public elementary and secondary schools to prepare them for the opening of classes on June 4. Delmerah Unos, Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link for Lanao del Norte, said almost 98 percent of

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the more than 63,000 beneficiaries in the province have joined the operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), officials and workers of the local government units (LGUs) and some civil society organizations in preparing the schools for the opening of classes. For Misamis Oriental, 92 percent of the more than 60,000 grantees of Wednesday, May 30, 2012


the province have helped public school teachers and other members of the local school board in the preparation of the schools, reported Provincial Link Lois Marie Murillo. Likewise, Misamis Occidental posted a 97 percent participation of the more than 34,000 active Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in the province within the first two days of Brigada Eskwela activities, according to Provincial Link Bernard Villegas. Christopher Capinpin, Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link for Bukidnon, also reported that 90 percent of its more than 60,000 active beneficiaries have participated in the cleaning and repairing school facilities in the province for the first two days of implementation of the program. All of the 4,900 beneficiaries in the province of Camiguin, on the other hand, have rendered their services to the different public schools for the program as reported by Gilmar

Yamba, Social Welfare Officer III of the province. Meanwhile, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Northern Mindanao, expressed her appreciation to the beneficiaries for taking part in the nationwide activity that is directed towards making the schools conducive for learning. She is also optimistic that all the Pantawid Pamilya grantees will continue to render free services to the DepEd until the culmination of Brigada Eskwela 2012 on May 28. “Through this activity, grantees have demonstrated cooperation and solidarity with the education department,” she added. She also said that the spirit of Bayanihan have pushed parents, teachers, students, civic groups, nongovernment organizations, soldiers, and community residents to take part on DepEd’s project. (DSWD-10)

DepEd to post list of authorized private by Rutchie C. Aguhob schools OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - In preparation for the 2012 Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE), the Department of Education (DepEd) has required the regional offices to list down the names and addresses of private schools with permits to operate, recognition and accreditation within their area of responsibility (AOR). Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, in DepEd Order No. 38, issued last May 11, has directed the said list to be submitted to the Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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to be posted at the DepEd Regional Offices (RO) and Division Offices (DO), Municipal Halls and other conspicuous places for the public to read. Meanwhile, Secretary Luistro has advised the ROs and Dos to encourage parents to check whether or not the private schools where they intend to enroll their children is duly permitted, recognized or accredited by DepEd. The pupils and students who finished an alleged grade/year level in a school without the required permit are advised to take the Philippine Validating Test (PVT), prior to admission in another school in order to validate the required learning gains. The PVT is administered by the National Education Testing and Research Center (NETRC) located at the Deped Central Office, 2nd Floor, Mabini Building, DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City, with tel. no. (02) 631-2589. This year’s OBE is activated from May 28-June 8, to address the problems commonly encountered

during this period and give the assurance that students are properly enrolled and able to attend school in the first day of classes on June 4. In DepEd Memo No. 83, s. of 2012, Secretary Luistro has directed the Regional Directors and schools division/city superintendents to form the Local Information and Action Center (LIAC) to serve as information and complaints processing and routing mechanism for the duration of the project. Among others, the LIAC is tasked to oversee the regional/division and local concerns, set up hotlines to receive calls, text messages, fax messages and emails on complaints, requests and suggestions from parents, students and other concerned citizens and set-up help desks to accommodate walk-in concerns.

Young Sendong survivors volunteers for other children CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Six months since tropical storm Sendong ripped through Northern Mindanao, youth and parent volunteers continue to volunteer at Child-Centered Spaces, normalizing activities designed to help children overcome trauma of calamity, and the irregularity of living in relocation camps.

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One hundred eighty-two youth and parent volunteers trained with ChildFund, first to process their own trauma, and then to help other kids overcome theirs. Support from government and non-profit aid agencies poured into Cagayan de Oro and Iligan throughout December and January, bringing immediate food and non-food aid to populations displaced by the flooding. Many also invested in extending psychosocial support to families, particularly to the children. Long after most organizations concluded their work, however, ChildCentered Spaces continued, thanks to ChildFund’s partner Kaabag sa Kalambuan pinaagi sa Kabtangan sa Katilingban (KKKK), and the parent and youth volunteers, who gave hours of their day, everyday, conducting normalizing activities for young survivors. All the ChildFund ChildCentered Space (CCS) youth volunteers, however, are themselves survivors of Sendong. These youth hailed from Isla de Oro, hardest-hit during the tropical storm. They all lost their homes, belongings, and many relatives and friends in the flood. The Wednesday, May 30, 2012

youth and parent volunteers joined workshops conducted by ChildFund and KKKK, to help them process their own experiences, and to equip them to do the same for others. Even more remarkable is how the CCS Team – youth volunteers, their parent counterparts, ChildFund and KKKK staff - sustained CCS activities for 6 months now. Where many organizations called it “mission accomplished” after just five days, the CCS team kept it going for half a year. Even now, management and continuation of the activities are being handed over to relocation camp management. ChildFund National Director Katherine Manik, will recognize these young heroes on May 26, at the Xavier University’s Southeast Asia Rural Social Leadership Institute in Cagayan de Oro. UNICEF, a major contributor in support of sustained CCS operation, and Globe Telecoms, which provided material support to the operation,

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Hedcor to add 54 MW in Mindanao with planned hydroplants The energy crisis Mindanao is currently facing encouraged Hedcor to build five (5) more plants with a total capacity of 54 MW to help address the situation. The Tudaya project, an expansion of the 42.5 MW Sibulan Hydropower Plant in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur Hedcor, will soon start its construction after the Renewable Energy contract of Department of Energy will be given. In the province of Bukidnon, necessary permits are presently applied for by the company for the 28.2 MW Sita-Simod project. The project will harness the Sita and Simod rivers. The two host barangays and edcor, a subsidiary of Aboitiz- the Municipality of Kitaotao already Power, is now on its 34th endorsed the proposed project year of generating clean energy through its run-of-river hydropow- after signing the memorandum of agreement with Hedcor officials. er systems in Davao, Benguet and Another project is in Davao City Ilocos Sur. with 12 megawatts. In Davao, it currently generates “We feel very strongly that we 47 megawatts (MW).

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are part of the solution to Mindanao’s power woes rather than the problem,” said AboitizPower President and CEO Erramon I. Aboitiz. Hedcor is the largest developer of run-of-river hydropower in the country, owns and operates 19 hydropower plants in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao with a total capacity of 154 megawatts. AboitizPower is the holding company for the Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, retail and power

services. It is a major producer of Cleanergy, its brand for clean and renewable energy in the Philippines with several hydroelectric and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio, and also has non-renewable power plants located across the country. The company owns distribution utilities that operate in high-growth areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (For more details, please visit: www. aboitizpower.com and www.cleanergy. com.ph) (Hedcor)

Team effort for Philippine bananas by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- The Department of Agriculture, the Department of Trade and Industry alongside the Department of Foreign Affairs is joining hands to create a package of presentation for banana growers affected by China’s imposition of strict quarantine requirements.

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team effort, DA Assistant Secretary Salvador Salacop said that among this package of presentation will be shown to President Benigno Aquino III. The three departments would work on developing new markets, monitoring good agricultural practices and upgrading of export facilities. Among the identified markets is Russia particularly the port of Vladivostok which has expressed interests in bananas from Mindanao. Wednesday, May 30, 2012

As for the distance of the country which can be a factor for the viability of the market Salacop said that Vladivostok is just two hours away from China. Another potential market being identified is Iran which is being explored. Although Iran is facing sanctions, food products like bananas are exempted from foreign sanctions. He also added that they are studying a counter-trade proposal in which bananas can be exchanged for oil as foreign currencies particularly US dollars are scarce in Iran due to the embargo. A trade mission is being planned to Iran in June according to Salacop and among those to be discussed is the export of bananas. Aside from finding export ONE MINDANAO

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markets, the DA is looking to the upgrading of export facilities for small growers, they are also looking for ways to show that Filipino farmers are practicing good agricultural practices. Salacop said that despite China’s crackdown on Philippine bananas they cannot just ignore the large market. He added that the country is a net importer of agricultural produce from China. The country exports annually $180-million to China of which $70-million are from bananas. While the country imports $350-million worth of agricultural commodities. The DA assistant secretary said

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that most of the banana exports to China are “Class B� bananas and cannot just be sold to other foreign markets which are used to receiving Class A bananas. Meanwhile DTI-XI Regional Director Marizon Loreto in an earlier interview said they are looking into developing markets for different banana products like banana chips, banana flour, banana ketchup and banana fiber. Loreto cited that banana fiber which is made into a fashion accessory has a potential demand in the Japanese market as banana fiber is made into fashionable shawls worn by Japanese women. (PIA/RG Alama) Wednesday, May 30, 2012



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