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Butuan by the River, Newest Attraction in the city


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Bureau of Immigration lists 6 undesirable aliens in NorMin

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Gov. urges key banana players to save industry from Fusarium wilt

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Malaria cases in South Cotabato down by 99.66% 23

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UNICEF horses ensure better early learning services in Sarangani

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Anti-illegal drugs symposium set in Bislig City

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Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

Region X

DENR-NorMin’s illegal-logging campaign pays off

Region X

Beverly Paoyon,

Nida Grace B. Tranquilan,

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Luzon investment conference slated on Nov. 24..........................................................

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Cover Story ‘Butuan by the River’, a place where Butuanons get together for fun and entertainment Jennifer P. Gaitano

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Noel Baguio,

Dani Doguiles,

Philippines adopts National Climate Change Action Plan ................................

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NORTHERN MINDANAO page 14

Region XII

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SOUTHERN MINDANAO page 18

CENTRAL MINDANAO

Caraga Region

2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011, all set for Nov. 26

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Zambo. Norte maritime cops seize unregistered motorized boats Franklin P. Gumapon,

Region IX

Gov’t hospi acquires high end P13.5M TB diagnostic machine Jocelyn P. Alvarez,

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WESTERN MINDANAO page 32


Cover Story ‘Butuan by the River’, a place where Butuanons get together for fun and entertainment by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he city government of Butuan led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. is putting up a venue where Butuanons will truly enjoy the provincial ambience while having fun with the things that will relief them from stress. 4

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This was also an answer to the city government’s problem on the cluttered sidewalk vendors. But this problem has long been forgotten ever since the Butuan by the River has been put in place. It was indeed a solution at the same time. Butuan by the River is a venue where Butuanons enjoy the trade fair; ukay-ukay; film showing; videoke; and in a dilemma of how to orother entertainment. ganize and where to relocate the cluttered sidewalk venCreation of Butuan by the dors around the city (Ukayan River from the Market Sidewalk, The conception of Butuan Otis Sidewalk, Barbequehan by the River came about when from Montilla Boulevard). the City Economic Enterpris- With this, CEED believed es Department (CEED) was that the ultimate answer to this problem is to relocate the sidewalk vendors to Freedom Park area. Since the area is idle, they thought it was a suitable and safe place for them to be relocated. Alongside is the goal to relive the trading industry in this area and to showcase the splendor of the Mighty Agusan River, as well as provide Butuanons a place where Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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cure), Hair Cut, Plant Vendors, Food Stalls and a Scheduled “Live Band” Performances every Friday Night. Butuan by the River was officially opened to the Public on December 1, 2010, in time of the opening of the Christmas festivities of the their families enjoy the bond ‘Light Up Butuan’ activity. together. Then on, hand in hand with the effort of Mayor Amante together with the head of CEED Ma. Ruth N. Jugao and staff, City Engineers Office Head and personnel, the construction of the pathways and the lounging area was established. They also conceptualized the “Freedom Park Night Market/Ukayan sa Dakbayan”, area covered from the Post Office towards the Coast Guard area that also covers barangays Leon Kilat and Humabon. The former Freedom Park is also the activity area (now Butuan By the River today known as The Butuan by the River) the assigned area for At present, Butuan by the Masseurs (Massage), Cosme- River is the home for different tologist (Manicure and Pedi- age brackets from youngsters 6

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and to those who are young at hearts. During daytime Butuan by the River is a place where family, barkadahan (Clicks) and children can gather together, lounge around and enjoy the scenic view of Agusan River. For those who loved the nature (experience the cool

children’s playground where children can play around safely. Butuan by the River is a WIFI Hotspot fit for those who are Internet Savvy. At night, Butuan by the River is place fit for those people who loves to Chill-out. Enjoy the crowd of Party-lovers, drinks and food and Live Band Performances at a very affordable rate. And for those who love “Ukay-Ukays” then the outside area of ‘By the River’ along G. Flores Avenue is the Night Market open from Friday Night ‘til Sunday Night. Meanwhile, Police Chief Supt Reynaldo S. Rafal, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 13, said police security in the area is roundthe-clock for the safety of tourists, both foreign and domestic as well as Agusanons and Butuanons.

breeze of the River and its Tranquility) suitable for Picnics and even for those who enjoy the fishing activity. This place also has the

Implementation of the ‘Clean Ground, Zero Waste’ Program With the full implementation of the ‘Clean Ground, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Zero Waste’ Program of the city government this month, the Butuan by the River and Butuan City in general is cleaner and reflects better atmosphere while Butuanons are also becoming more disciplined and productive by constant proper waste segregation. From the segregated wastes, Butuanons also learned to convert it into money by selling the recyclable materials to the shops, as well as converting wastes into organic fertilizers which has started to uplift the morale and the life of Butuanons. These small and great things which Butuanons now enjoy truly changed their lifestyle into a more progressive city.

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It can be recalled that the city government has launched said program last September 11, 2011 and had its full-blown implementation on November 11, 2011. With these developments, the city government is inviting tourists to visit Butuan by the River, not only to enjoy the historic scenic spots but also to enjoy the hospitability, courteousness, and generosity of Butuanons.


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Malacanang assures Congress of early disbursements of funds that will benefit Filipinos

alacanang assured Congress of early disbursements of government’s funds in programs that will directly benefit the people and empower them to become productive citizens, a Palace official said on Wednesday. “We can assure the legislature that we’ll be spending much, much earlier. Compared to this year when we started spending only in June, we will start spending come January,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said during a regular press briefing in Malacanang. The Aquino government, through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), allocates funds for next year’s pri-

ority programs to improve the business climate, develop infrastructure, accelerate agricultural infrastructure, and increase investments in health and education. Acknowledging the importance to disburse the 2012 budget as early as possible, Lacierda said the government came out with corrective measures to avoid delays in the implementation of programs next year.

“Basically last year was a period that was spent in assessing the infrastructure with respect to disbursements. As you know, for instance, in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) we’re looking at mechanisms by which we can correct the system. It was addressed by Secretary Rogelio Singson. We will have no problem spending as early as January,” Lacierda said. (JS)

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Philippines adopts National Climate Change Action Plan

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III convened the Climate Change Commission to adopt the National Climate Action Plan in compliance with the country’s international commitments especially to the United Nations Framework for Climate Change Convention.

President Aquino chairs the Climate Change Commission, an independent and autonomous body that has the similar status of a national government agency. Al bay Gov.

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Joey Salceda, who met President Aquino at the Palace Tuesday, said the plan is about adaptation to climate change and mitigating its impact particularly on the economy. The action plan will also become the basis of any assistance that will come

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from industrialized countries in Europe and the US, which are being blamed for global warming because of massive use of fossil fuels in their industries. “It’s a critical balance, but I think in the case of the Philippines, it is biased towards adaptation.


Adaptation being that you fight the impact of climate change. Mitigation, because you fight climate change itself,” Salceda said in a media briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday prior to his meeting with the President. Asked by reporters how prepared is the Philippines about changing weather patterns, Salceda said the country is one of the most well-prepared countries in the world putting in place legislations and guidelines that address climate change. “Isa tayo sa pinakahanda. Pero hanggang kailan tayo tatagal, iyon na lang po ang diperensya. Kasi kung tataun-taunin ka ba naman na 3 percent ang tatanggalin sa ekonomiya mo, iyong pinag-ipunan mo laging nawawaldas sa wala. You keep rebuilding, you need to earn the same amount of gross value added

in the economy, you have to keep investing on your gross domestic capital formation,” he said. On the average, Salceda said, the country is losing to climate change about 0.31 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). It may look insignificant but some provinces like Albay is hurt by the impact, he added. The national action plan will be presented to the climate change conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, and it will be the basis of compensatory measures that rich countries have committed to pay. “Ang national climate action plan is a requirement so that the EU and Japan, Australia will know just where— kung saan sila papasok para iyong kanilang kino-commit para po sa climate change ay puwedeng gamitin ng Pilipinas,” he said. Included in the

national plan are the guidelines and framework on how the country can use the assistance once it is approved in Durban. The Philippines will join other countries in pushing for financial assistance to fight climate change as the country’s negotiators leave late this month for Durban. Last December, negotiators agreed to create a green climate fund that could be accessed by vulnerable countries like the Philippines. They are expected to tackle in the Durban meeting the way to get the money once the fund is approved. (AS)

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Luzon investment conference slated on Nov. 24 by Phres A. Evardone

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o further boost investment opportunities in Luzon, the first ever Luzon Investment Conference (LICON) 2011 will be held on November 24, 2011 at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

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Regional Operations and Development Group (RODG), and the Board of Investments.

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The conference seeks to promote projects that are funding-ready and backed by potential


investors and appropriate markets, said DTI Undersecretary Merly Cruz. Cruz said 51 funding-ready projects open to investors will be showcased during the said conference. Twenty-eight (28) of these are listed as investment priority projects and 23 as private-public partnership (PPP) projects. The 51 projects were classified into ten industry sectors, to wit: agriculture, agri-business, energy, fishery, green projects, housing, infrastructure, industrial park, manu-

facturing and tourism. The tourism sector has the highest share with 17 projects identified by the DTI. Nine projects were listed under infrastructure sector, and six (6) projects each for agri-business and industrial park sectors. In a DTI press release, Region IV-A listed 13 projects. This was followed by Region V with nine projects, Region II listed eight projects, both Regions I and III has 7 projects, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has 4 projects, Region IV-B has two

projects and NCR listed one project. With the theme “Making it BIG (Business, Investments, and Growth)!” LICON 2011 the investment conference also aims to forge strategic alliances for investment cooperation among Luzon regions, industry organizations and the business sector. The Trade and Industry Department have organized similar conference in Mindanao in 2008 and a same conference will also be organized in the Visayas soon. Cruz was today’s guest at the Communication and News Exchange Forum (CNEX) sponsored by the Philippine Communication and Operations Office (PCOO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and aired People’s Television (PTV-4).

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Indigenous tribes, LGUs meet in Cagayan de Oro City by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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epresentatives from the four indigenous tribes and local government units (LGUs) in Abra, Romblon, Bukidnon, and Compostela Valley have gathered last Nov. 21 for a weeklong conference to mainstream the participation of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in local governance. Facilitated by the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), the conference which brings together the Maeng tribe in Buasao Watershed and 14

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Mt. Poswey in Abra; the Sibuyan Mangyan Tagabukid tribe in Sibuyan Island, Romblon; the BukidnonHigaonon tribe in Pulangi


Watershed, Bukidnon; and the Mansaka-Mandaya tribe in Mt. Kampalili-Putting Bato-Tangub Range in Compostela Valley; and LGUs representatives in their respective areas was held at the Gardens of Malasag, this city. Lawyer Marlon Manuel, ALG Coordinator, said the conference will provide awareness on the current situation of IPs in these four areas and enhance their knowledge on the relevant laws and policies which will help fulfill, protect and promote their rights. These include the implementation of the Mandatory Representation of IPs in PolicyMaking Bodies and Other Local Legislative Councils pursuant to Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 and with the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2010119. It will also help in crafting ordinances and programs that will integrate the provisions of the IPRA Law on the Local Government Code to mainstream IPs development agenda, he further said. Moreover, sample ordinances crafted and proven effective in other areas will be presented and some best practices will be shared for possible replication by other tribes, he added. The conference was

organized by the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) with the Philippine Association for Intercultural Development (PAFID) and funded by the European Union (EU) and Fundacion Desarollo Sostenido (FUNDESO) under the project “Mainstreaming Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Environmental Governance (MIPPEG).” MIPPEG project recognizes the threats against IPs communities and the need to mainstream their concerns as they are the frontliners in biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The four-year project aims to improve the IPs quality of life in selected ecologicallyimportant sites by upholding their rights to self-governance and self-determination, as well as addressing poverty by looking for sustainability mechanisms in terms of interventions and resource management. Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Bureau of Immigration lists 6 undesirable aliens in NorMin by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – At least six (6) foreign nationals have been included in the list of undesirable aliens of the Bureau of Immigration, region 10 (BI-10), as of Oct. 31, this year.

In his report to the Regional Law Enforcement a n d Coordinating Committee (RLECC), Florentino G. Diputado, Alien Control Officer of BI-10, said two (2) of these undesirable aliens are Swedish nationals Emil Andrea Solemo and Bo Stefan Sederholm, who were convicted for Qualified Trafficking in Persons under Republic Act No. 9208. Diputado said Judge Jeoffre W. Acebido of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 41, here, rendered a decision convicting, both Solemo and Sederholm, of the said crime together with five (5) other Filipinos and sentenced them to suffer the penalty of Life Imprisonment and to pay Php2.0 million pesos. Likewise, two (2) of the undesirable aliens are Chinese nationals, namely: Lin Junxiong, a.k.a. Peter Yu So and Li Yong Le, 16

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a.ka., Jack Dy Chua, who were accused of violating Sec. 89 and Sec. 5, Article II of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2006. Judge Arthur L. Abudiente of RTC Branch 25, Cagayan de Oro, convicted Li Yong Le for violation of RA 9165 and sentenced him to Life Imprisonment while he is made to pay the fine of Php10 million but acquited Peter Yu So. However, there is another case involving the same Chinese nationals pending before RTC Branch 44 in Initao, Misamis Oriental for the discovery of their drug laboratory in nearby Alubijid town, Diputado said. Again, two (2) American nationals, namely: James Edler and Robert Naquin were charged for violation of Sec. 10 and Sec. 15 of Article II of R.A. 7610, otherwise known as the Anti-Child Abuse Act, respectively. Diputado said warrants of arrest were already issued against the two (2).


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DENR-NorMin’s illegal-logging campaign pays off

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The intensified campaign on the implementation of the logging moratorium in natural and residual forests of Northern Mindanao, has paid off. This, as 424.59 cu. m. of illegally cut forest products were confiscated by the anti-illegal logging task force. Of this, about 172.36 cu. m. were donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the school repair and construction of tables, chairs and office fixtures. The DENR also donated confiscated forest products to the local government unit (LGU) of Gingoog City and Regional Trial Court in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Regional Executive Director (RED) Corazon B. Galinato said DENR-10 has been initiating moves to encourage people’s participation in environmental protection and natural resources conservation in the region. “We are thankful that various sectors of society have become more responsive to our call for partnership in our quest for sustainable development,” she said. The DENR 10 has established strong partnership with LGU’s and other sectors in the implementation of programs on mining, forest management, pollution control and prevention, land management, climate change mitigation and adaptation and solid waste management. Moreover, various sectors of society are involved in the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC), chaired by no less than Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ, DD with DENR 10 RED Galinato as cochairperson.

Organized last year, the council is gaining ground and is expected to go full blast in the protection and conservation of Cagayan de Oro River Basin which is considered the lifeline of Northern Mindanao. As for biodiversity conservation, Galinato disclosed that DENR 10 has deputized 271 Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO’s) composed of personnel from other government agencies, Philippine National Police (PNP), media and the LGU’s. Through intensified Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign local residents have been instrumental in the turn-over of wildlife consisting of 14 birds, four (4) mammals and 10 reptiles. Financial assistance on the conservation and management of Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park and Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park is provided by the Provincial Government of Bukidnon and concerned municipal governments. “We are hopeful that the positive rating given to DENR, as cited in the survey conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) will translate into a more sustained efforts in the conservation and management of our natural resources and protection of environment in region 10,” Galinato added. (DENR) Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Exporters told to target LOHAS market in Japan by Mai Gevera Macapagat

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xporters in the region are encouraged to tap the LOHAS market or the Lifestyles of Health And Sustainability market, composed of about 30 percent of the adult population in Japan. Speaking before Davao exporters and brokers, Organic Producers and Trade Association of the Philippines executive producer Girlie Sarmiento introduced this particular market for Filipino exporters to take advantage of in exporting products to Japan. The LOHAS market needs goods and services focused on health, environment, social justice, personal

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development and sustainable living. Sarmiento described this demand as a potential window for Philippine export since the country is rich in organic products. Japanese consumers prefer environment-friendly goods and services. The LOHAS market is categorized as personal development like zen and tea ceremony; alternative healthcare like aromatherapy and food education; health lifestyles like natural organic food; ecological lifestyle like energy saving products; and sustainable economy like renewable energy. Sarmiento said this is the characteristic of the Japan market that Filipino exporters should consider and focus on. She added that consumers are generally well educated and discriminating, thus, the need for intensive study and research for Filipino exporters before trying out the said market.


“The Japanese are also particular in the aspect of product quality. There may be many suppliers in the market both from abroad and from within the country but quality products command a good price,” she said. Japan has a total of US$ 693 billion total merchandise imports from the world making it the fourth larg-

est importer of goods in the world. Philippines holds a bilateral economic agreement with Japan through PJEPA. Considered the most comprehensive agreement of Japan with another country, this agreement covers trade and goods, services, investments, intellectual property and others.

TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte– Governor Rodolfo del Rosario asked key players of the banana sector to be resolute in protecting the top export of Davao del Norte from the onslaught of Fusarium wilt.

banana farms in the province are already infested with the blight. As there is no known cure yet for the Panama disease, del Rosario enjoined the plantations to set up strict quarantine measures and employ footbaths, while following other preventive actions recommended by authorities in order to stop the disease from spreading to other farms. He has also directed the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAGRO) to launch a massive early detection and prevention campaign, as the best way to fight the dreaded banana disease. PAGRO Chief Dominador Encarnacion Jr, said his office has already started conducting information and education campaign to let the public know more about the soil-borne fungal infestation that has begun to spread in banana plantations across the province. He specifically recommended five necessary steps that should be followed by banana farms and individuals in order to curb the spread of the Fusarium wilt fungi. These include: strict quarantine measures within the farms; burning of infected areas within 24 hours, preferably using rice hull burning method; and setting up footbaths in road networks going and inside the farms. The other two steps are preventing unauthorized persons and animals to loiter within the plantations, and enactment of laws and local ordinances to institutionalize ground rules and regulations on preventing the spread of the virulent banana plague. (PIO-DavNor/Noel Baguio )

Gov. urges key banana players to save industry from Fusarium wilt

As a pioneer of the industry, Gov. del Rosario appealed to banana growers and farmers to shield their plantations from Fusarium infection, which threatens to wipe out the number one source of revenue for the province. “It is important for us to protect our banana farms from the disease, as this will directly affect the economy of the province,” the governor told the stakeholders during the recent provincial forum on Cavendish banana, adding: “You cannot imagine if our banana industry in Davao del Norte will be wiped out.” Commonly known as Panama disease, Fusarium wilt infection has already affected more than 600 hectares of banana plantations in the Davao region, endangering the $720-M industry of Southern Mindanao , according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). As a leading producer of the export commodity, Davao del Norte devotes about 39,000 hectares for Cavendish bananas, or close to 50 percent of the total banana production area of Region XI. The DA reported that some 75 hectares of

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Senior citizens gather to show talents

by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- “Di ka ba nahahabag habang binabaybay niya ang daan tungo sa kanyang katandaan, kung minsa’y binubulyawan, nilalait, pinagtatawanan. Pakiwari ng iba siya’y laos na at wala nang silbi sa ating lipunan. Ngunit ako’y narito at aking pinabubulaanan, sariwang-sariwa pa rin ang aming mga katangian,” recited Jose Cabradilla, 69. 20

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Cabradilla’s poem entitled Nakatatanda Bayani Ka won first prize in the poem recitation contest at the 3rd Regional Senior Citizen Got Talent of the Samahang Nakatatanda sa Rehiyon Dose, a peoples organization formerly called Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FSCAP). Cabradilla, a retired assistant manager of the local electric cooperative, father of three and grandfather of five, wrote the poem himself. Despite his age, he recited the poem in perfect rhythm without missing a single word. “Kung minsan ako’y nanghihinayang sa taglay niyang dunong at malawak na karanasan, hindi nabibigyan ng sapat na pagkakataon,” his poem continues. Cabradilla was one of the more than 3,000 senior citizens from entire region gathered at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center along Alunan Avenue, this city for the contest.

Elda Grace Balaro, focal person for senior citizens of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-12, said besides the contests, the activity was also an opportunity for the elderlies to socialize and exchange experiences for the

development of their organizations. Other contests include Kundiman singing contest, folkdance, ballroom dancing, and Gandang Lola beauty pageant. Contestants came from nine contigents including senior citi-

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zens’ groups representing the cities of Kidapawan, Koronadal, Tacurong, Cotabato City and General Santos and the provinces of Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato. Isabelo Isla, president of the regional federation of senior citizens, although already on wheelchair, attended the activity. He capped the contest with a rendition of an impromptu poem. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr., who was guest of honor during the activity, said senior citizens are important part of the history of their communities. “What we have and enjoy in the present are part of what these people have toiled in the past,” Pingoy said. Pingoy also reiterated the commitment of his administration to the continued implementation of programs and projects for the benefit of the senior citizens and assured them that he will coordinate with 22

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the DSWD and the local government units for the proper implementation and monitoring of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act. “For the first time in South Cotabato, the provincial government has allocated P200,000 as

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assistance to the senior citizens organization in the province,” he said. Balaro said, Gov. Pingoy allowed the use of the provincial gymnasium and cultural center for the whole-day activity free of charge.


Malaria cases in South Cotabato down by 99.66% KORONADAL CITY -- Massive information drive and other control measures have resulted in 99.66 percent drop in malaria cases in South Cotabato, a local health official said.

Jose Barroquillo, malaria program coordinator of the Integrated Provincial Health Office of South Cotabato, said only two malaria cases were recorded this year,which is 99.66 percent lower than the reported cases in 2005. Cooperation of the local government units and increased knowledge of residents regarding the mosquito-borne disease, resulted in this achievement, he said. This, he said was a result of a widespread information drive aimed at controlling the disease and preventing the population that could be affected by the disease Some 743,500 residents of South Cotabato, according to Barroquillo, could be exposed to the disease considering that malaria has been reported in nine municipalities and one city in the province. Only the municipality of

the Sto., NiĂąo has so far been free of the disease. This population, he explained is their objective in the distribution of long lasting insecticide treated anti-malarial bed nets under the Global Fund to Fight Malaria in partnership with Pilipinas Shell. He said, they have already distributed a total of 124,421 anti-malarial mosquito nets. Among the areas where they have concentrated efforts in the distribution of nets and in their information and education cam-

paigns include the municipalities of Lake Sebu, T’boli, Polomolok, and Koronadal City. Barroquillo also reported that since 2007 South Cotabato has not recorded any death due to malaria. Data from IPHO showed that the province had one death due to malaria in 2004, four in 2005 and two in 2006. Data from the Department of Health-12 (DOH 12) show that Soccsksargen Region has a total of 124 malaria cases this year. Of this number 64 were

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reported from Sultan Kudarat province, which is adjacent to South Cotabato. For residents to be protected from malaria, DOH recommends use of insecticide-treated nets, immediate blood test especially when experiencing symptoms like fever, chilling and sweating, and complete treatment, which can be availed free from the nearest rural health unit. Residents who have not received anti-malarial nets may bring their mosquito nets to the rural health

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unit where they can have their bed nets treated with insecticide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via the bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Symptoms of malaria include fever, headache, and vomiting, and usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite.

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If not treated, malaria can quickly become lifethreatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. In many parts of the world, the parasites have developed resistance to a number of malaria medicines. Key interventions to control malaria include: prompt and effective treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies; use of insecticidal nets by people at risk; and indoor residual spraying with insecticide to control the vector mosquitoes. (Dani Doguiles)


UNICEF horses ensure better early learning services in Sarangani by Beverly Paoyon ALABEL, Sarangani - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has donated additional 13 horses to ease transport in holding home-based preschool education in the hinterlands of Sarangani.

This is the second batch after the distribution of 10 horses in February this year for the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program of the province. Home-based education for 3-5 year old

children is commonly patronized in Sarangani in relatively rural and upland communities where pre-school facilities are lacking because of geographical distance. The use of horses is a strategy in Sarangani

to increase the participation rate of children, from 63 percent in 2010 to the 70 percent target this year. Racquel Panal, assistant provincial social welfare and development officer, hoped this would also increase

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the number of children to benefit especially in remote communities “wherein services are very mean already at halos hindi na maabot ng ating mga service providers (barely reached by service providers).” Supervised Neighborhood Play (SNP) workers usually take a halfday walk just to reach these communities. Panal also lamented the minimal honorarium the SNP workers receive that could barely suffice for the daily fare. Mila Labuan would take a four-hour motorcycle ride everyday to reach the site of her assignment in sitio Amlitos, barangay Kihan in Mapalatan. With the horse given her now, she said it would be easier for her to reach the site and can attend whenever there would be meetings at the Poblacion. “Karon nga naa na ECCD materials, patuonon gyud nako ang mga bata kay naa na sila magamit (Now the kids have ECCD materials to learn from),” because before she would 26

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just make her own improvised learning materials for the 60 children she is teaching. “Some of our workers are already serving five years.” With the ECCD on horse, she said they would be able to deliver the “best services to the children in the communities.” The total 110 SNP sites established at farflung barangays in Sarangani cater to more than 4,000 disadvantaged children mostly from the indigenous people. The horses were turned-over with complete accessories like saddle, nylon rope and native horse backpacks where SNP workers would use to carry ECCD package for their classes like toys, reading and art materials, musical instruments, toothbrush, and utensils. Panal said all these learning materials are intended to hone these children “for their total development.” Board Member Hermie Galzote said this strategy (ECCD on horse) would be an effective

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motivation in providing “services to our children particularly to the lumads (IPs).” Daan Suyan barangay councilor Fatima Hidalgo said the horse is a big boost in educating the children being the future leaders of our nation. “Ang atong gobyerno naga tan-aw gyud diay sa kalisod sa atong lugar labi na sa mga bukid nga lugar. Dili nato ikalilong, kinahanglanon nato ni siya ilabi na sa atong mga bata nga gataas ang quality sa education karon (The local government is indeed sincere in poverty alleviation especially in the hinterlands. It cannot be denied that we need such programs for quality education),” she said. The horses that were turned-over on Monday (November 21) benefited barangays Paraiso and Pag-asa of Alabel, barangays Daan Suyan, Lun Padidu, Kihan, Kinam, and Libi of Malapatan, and barangay Panamin of Malungon. (Sarangani Information Office)


PIA-Caraga chief underscores media’s role to educate public on clean, green environment by Robert E. Roperos

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hilippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga Regional Director and Northeastern Mindanao Information Cluster Head Abner Caga emphasized the role of media in educating the public towards a clean and green environment.

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Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. stresses a point during the Media Forum and Orientation on “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” Program of the city government.

During Tuesday’s forum and orientation on Clean Ground, Zero Waste program of the city government, Caga said broadcast and print media’s role is very crucial in advocating people to be responsible in everything they do. “Your role plays very significantly in continuing community education on the program,” he said. Caga added that the global call for Climate Change adaptation and disaster risk reduction provided added impetus. With this, Caga said it is necessary that people must do their share in an effort 28

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to mitigate the impact of climate change. Furthermore, he stressed that this is the reason why the city government through the able leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. is pushing each and every Butuanon to take part in this cause. “This endeavor will benefit our children, and the next generations,” Caga said. The Clean Ground, Zero Waste program is initiated by the local government of this city. It was conceptualized due to the urgency to develop a set of alternative, complementary, comprehensive

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and systematic strategies and approaches to address the issues related to solid waste management to spare the city from the financial, social, economic and environmental impact of waste. The program was launched on September 11, 2011 at Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) gymnasium and as of November 11, the city government has fully implemented the program in a ceremony conducted in one of the local hotels in this city. The program aims to facilitate a social transformation process among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste as source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money.

It also aims to conduct massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (nonbiodegradables).


Anti-illegal drugs symposium set in by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan Bislig City

SURIGAO DEL SUR – The Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) will conduct a symposium on anti-illegal drugs on Wednesday, November 23 at Andres Soriano Institute, Mangagoy, Bislig City. In partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the activity primarily aims to disseminate an Information and Education Campaign (IEC) on the harmful effects of the dangerous drugs to human health. Said IEC is part of

the “JYes Kontra Droga” program implementation of the present administration. Accordingly, the symposium aims to make people aware of what such dangerous drugs can do. Meanwhile, the Provincial Government here is the first

province to create the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and was an awardee of the “Best Anti-Drug Abuse Council in Caraga” during the culmination of the PDEA-Drug Abuse Prevention & Control Week, held recently in Butuan City.

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2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011, all set for Nov. 26

BUTUAN CITY – After months of preparation, the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 is now set and ready.

The biggest social media gathering across the Visayas region will take place on Nov. 26 at Trade Hall 1 of SM City Cebu. On-site registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Participants can enter via Entrance 5 across Radisson Blu Hotel. For participants with cars, they can park near and enter via the Cinema B entrance. With the theme, 30

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“Blogging and Beyond”, the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit will feature reputable speakers in the field of social media. The event’s keynote speaker is Chris Ducker, founder of Live2Sell Group, a business process outsourcing firm working with clients around the world, as well as chief executive officer of Virtual StaffFinder. com. Other speakers include Janette Toral, au-

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thor of several books and research reports on social media and the Internet, who will talk about social media responsibility; Joanne Apat, director of Online Marketing & eBusiness Consulting at Gwion Limited Hong Kong and Globe’s Social Media Manager Coy Caballes, will share basic tips in using social media for business; and blogger s Vernon Joseph Go and Evanjohnn Mendoza will talk about personal


blogging. More than 250 bloggers from the Visayas are expected to attend the summit. Bloggers from Luzon and Mindanao are also invited to participate. The Visayas Blogging Summit, which was first organized by the

Iloilo Bloggers, is a gathering of bloggers in the Visayas to talk on issues and concerns related to blogging and discuss how to further make blogging an effective tool for community development. This year, the Visayas Blogging Summit will highlight the value of

blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging community participation. For more information on the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit, or to register, please visit www.vbs2011.cebubloggers.com. (CBSi)

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Capacity building training for parent leaders in Labangan and RM concluded by Gideon C. Corgue

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he 3-day capacity building training for parent leaders (PLs) of Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Labangan and Ramon Magsaysay was already completed over the weekend. Provincial link Envangeline Poquita said the training for the PLs of said munciplaities conducted on November 15-18 at pringland Resort, here. Poquita said the training was the last batch under set 4b municipalities. The training aimed at capacitating the PLs as partners of municipal links (MLs) in the implementation of the program in the municipal level, Poquita 32

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explained. The participants were equipped with the knowledge on the 3 systems, namely: the

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grievance, compliance and monitoring ,and update system,� Poquita admitted that with the large


numbers of 4Ps beneficiaries in the province, MLs had the difficulty of supervising and monitoring the compliance of the beneficiaries on the conditionalities of the program. “The role of the PLs, is indeed very vital in the successful implementation of the program,� Poquita added. However, the provincial link said there will be another set of training scheduled this year for those PLs who were absent saying that they immediately

replaced PLs who failed to attend said training. It has been the policy of the agency to train the untrained PLs for them to effectively assist MLs in the implementation of the

program, Poquita added. To date, the total number of trained PLs reached to 3,419 where 1,081 of whom from 1st district and 2,338 from the 2nd district. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian)

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Zambo. Norte maritime cops seize unregistered motorized boats

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by Franklin P. Gumapon

embers of the Maritime Mobile Unit (MMU) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga del Norte have confiscated three unregistered motorized boats in Dapitan City recently.

The arresting team led by SPO1 Maria Delilah Reluya reported that the owners of the seized fishing boats were identified as Diosdado Lacquio and Jonas Lacquio of Barangay San Vicente, and Ernie Jorolan Pon of Barangay Sto. NiĂąo all of Dapitan City. 34

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Their fishing boats have been turnedover to the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO) for appropriate action. Reluya also disclosed that the MMU would continue conducting sea patrol to monitor the fishing activities and to ward off sea pirates in the area. The lady cop has also urged all motorized boat owners to register their fishing boats with the Bureau

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of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) or with the CAO so that they could go fishing without fear of getting apprehended. The MMU is now intensifying its campaign against sea pirates and illegal fishing activities in the province to protect legitimate fishermen and ensure steady fish supply in the province. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zamboanga del Norte)


Gov’t hospital acquires high end P13.5M TB diagnostic machine by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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tate owned hospital-Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) now makes better if not best service when it comes to Tuberculosis (TB) detection and TB drug administration as it boasts of its newly acquired P13.5 Million TB diagnostic machine. The state of the art machine called GeneXpert MTB/RIF is capable of identifying bacteria causing Tuberculosis and can screen the sputum in just a matter of two hours and can give fast and accurate result. The high end machine has the capability to detect whether the bacteria is resistant to first line of anti-TB drugRifampicin. “Patients found to have Multi Drug Resis

tant (MDR) or those resistant to Rifampicin will immediately be given the second line of TB drugs,” explained Dr. Marcelino Medina, Head, Programmatic Management Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (PMDT), ZCMC. Medina shared, the machine was acquired through Global Fund and is worth P13.5 Million. It is the first and the only in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Medina also assured that aside from the “high tech” TB diagnostic machine, ZCMC has complete and enough anti TB drugs which is given for free to patients. Medina said the government spends so much money in the aid of TB patients and stressed that information dissemination, early detection and early treatment is needed to combat TB.(JPA/PIA-ZBST)

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