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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

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MunaTo 2011 launches “Sarangani, your adventure” brand

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Surigao del Norte to hold Women’s Summit

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Beverly C. Paoyon,

Region XII

GenSan legislative body launches website Region XII

Susil D. Ragas,

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Malacanang vows support for sports development programs for athletes .....................................................................

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FDA nagbabala tungkol sa mga pekeng gamot ........................................................

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Cover Story “Quality education is the best we can give to prepare our children for their future” – Gov. Plaza David M. Suyao

Be responsible, Mayor Amante told Butuan tri-media Robert E. Roperos,

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Caraga Region

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ARMM gov supports media benefit concert Region IX

CARAGA REGION

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NGCP assures stable power supply

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PDEA-10 nabs P20 million worth of shabu in Cagayan de Oro

Franklin P. Gumapon

Juliet Cagaanan,

Region IX

Region X

DIDP board eyes to adopt Davao Gulf Plan

TESDA program to develop techno entrepreneurs Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy,

WESTERN MINDANAO

Region X

Lanao del Norte to celebrate Mindanao Week of Peace 2011

Jeanevive Abangan,

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Region XI

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Cover Story “Quality education is the best we can give to prepare our children for their future” – Gov. Plaza by David M. Suyao

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reparing the future for the children may be difficult, but preparing the children for the future can be more practical, considering that in their capability, knowledge and sense of responsibility, lies the future of their being, the community and the country. 4

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This is the principle that Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza believed when his adminis-

tration implemented the “Pagtoon Alang sa Masanag nga Kaugmaon (Learning for a Brighter Future)” some eight years ago. Together with the program “Pagtuon” came the “books for the barrios”, where thousands of books from abroad were imported to Agusan del Sur and were distributed to all schools province-wide, giving priority to remote areas and the floating

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schools located in Agusan Marsh. At present, there are already 298 functional Pagtuon libraries in the province. Inspired by the program “pagtuon”, Gov. Plaza learned that students from the elementary and high school suffer from lack of facilities especially the classroom desks. Through his initiatives, Gov. Plaza entered into agreement with the DENR so that confiscated logs were donated

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to the provincial government, and were made into classroom desks and were distributed to elementary and high schools province-wide. To date, around 50,000 classroom desks were distributed. Making the “pagtoon” program more effective, Gov. Plaza launched the “model of excellence schools” program in order to inspire the school management to deliver quality education. The recognized


18 school of excellence to date enjoys 11 computer each, while another 100 computers are now on process for acquisition and distribution, according to Paul Salinas, one of the executive assistants of Gov. Plaza who handles the “Pagtuon” program. “According to Gov. Eddiebong Plaza, the purpose of all these encouragements practiced by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur is to heighten the morale of the young

people to excel more in their fields, so that someday, they become good and responsible Agusanons. Gov. Plaza also gives support funds for the students who are required to travel for enhancement of their knowledge and for those who represent the province in any competition. As result, those students that I mentioned, bring home the glory and honors for our province,” Exec. Assistant Paul Salinas said. Friday, November 25, 2011

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Gov. Plaza also signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of the Philippines Open University for the school year 2011-2012, where 27 government employees and youth enjoys the scholarship at present. To date, the scholars of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur already reached 234 whose courses ranges from teaching to medicine. The rest are

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taking their masteral and doctorate degree. “Not long from now, Agusan del Sur will be highlighted in the map, for having responsible and better citizens. We are looking forward that with all our efforts in preparing our children for the future, they will in return prepare their children for another better futre,� Gov. Plaza said.


Aquino inaugurates Climate Change Academy of Albay

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III inaugurated Friday the Climate Change Academy of Albay as part of the government thrust to combat climate change and its ill effects particularly on the economy.

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“Maituturing din po natin na makasaysayan ang araw na ito nang mapasinayaan natin ang kauna-unahang paraalan sa bansa na nakatutok sa climate change— ang Climate Change Academy of Albay,” the President said in his speech after the inauguration. “Sa pagkakaroon ng programang nakatuon sa climate change adaptation at disaster risk reduction and management, tiwala ako na ang gusaling ito ay hindi lamang magiging pugad ng karunungan ngunit magsisilbi ring silungan ng ating mga kababayan sa oras ng kalamidad.” The Climate Change A c a d e m y, built inside the campus 10

of the Bicol University in Legazpi City, is aimed at contributing to the national effort to fast track the development of climate adaptation capabilities of the country particularly local government units (LGUs). The academy empowers and trains LGUs for disaster risk management, evaluation of climate risk hazards and adaptive capabilities, planning, and programming. It is also expected to provide guidelines on experimental learning in the implementation of “disaster proofing” of local stakeholders. The academy’s strategic approach include raising awareness on disaster risks, progressive training on scenario building, climate and disaster risk assessment and management, and technical

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assistance for local management and planning. Recently, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda underscored the importance of institutionalizing the fight against climate change through the academy as well as raising public awareness with the help of media. “Ang Climate Change Academy is first of its kind in the world, wala pa pong ganyan sa buong mundo. It’s essentially a knowledge management institution,” Salceda said. Given the vulnerability of the Philippines, being the third most vulnerable country in the world, Salceda said battling or reducing the impacts of climate change is a paramount concern of the government. Countries that sent students to the Climate Change


Academy of Albay inclue those coming from Laos, Myanmar, Kenya, Nepal and many others, Salceda said. The provincial government of Albay worked with other government agencies and international organizations in putting up the Climate Change Academy. Among its partners include the Climate Change Commission, the United

Nations System in collaboration with the Philippine government, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR),Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of National Defense (DND),

Bicol University, University of the PhilippinesLos Banos (UPLB), International Center for Agroforestry (ICRAF), and University of Sunshine Coast, Q u e e n s l a n d , Australia. (ASL)

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Malacañang vows support for sports development programs for athletes

a l a c a n a n g assured its support to sports development programs for the Filipino athletes to further hone their innate athletic talents and ensure their sterling performance in various international games.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, during a media briefing in Malacanang on Thursday, commended the Filipino athletes for their performance in the recently concluded 26th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games saying that the Aquino government is bent on concentrating

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on programs that will further develop athletes in sporting events where they are most likely to excel. “We commend them for their performance in the Southeast Asian Games… we do not view that as poor performance, certainly there is always room for improvement but we congratulate our Philippine contingent for their noble performance in the

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Southeast Asian Games,” Lacierda said. Lacierda noted that by concentrating on these sports disciplines, the country has a better chance of improving its standings in the medal haul. “There are 52 sports associations right now, we believe that if we can concentrate on the sports that we have a strong chance of excelling and


pour our support on those sports that we believe we can perform much better… I think we will have a better return on our investment… the President would like to see that the performance of our athletes is supported by the government funding,” Lacierda said. “Yes, we will support the athletes,” he added.

The Philippines finished sixth place in the SEA Games held in Indonesia bagging 36 gold medals or 7.4 per cent of the total gold medals at stake which has a total of 483. Apart from the 36 gold, the Philippine team also brought home 55 silvers and 76 bronzes from the biennial

meet. The sports events where the Filipinos excelled include tennis, wushu, boxing, fin swimming, basketball, baseball and cycling, a m o n g others. (JCL)

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FDA nagbabala tungkol sa mga pekeng gamot ni Jerome Carlo R. Paunan

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apat mag-ingat ang publiko sa mga pekeng gamot, babala ng opisyal ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nitong Martes.

Sa programang CNEX Forum at Talking Points na ginanap sa Philippine Information Agency, sinabi ni FDA director Dr. Suzette Lazo na 14

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karaniwang pinepeke ang mga mamahaling gamot -gaya ng antibiotics, gamot para sa diabetes at hypertension, at mga gamot para sa puso, atay,

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at bato at iba pa. “Kailangan natin na maging mapanuri at protektahan ang ating mga sarili dahil sobra itong mapanganib,� ani Lazo, kasabay ng


sabing may bagong hotline number ang FDA na “165-FDA� (165-332) para sa lahat ng sumbong o katanungan hinggil sa biniling gamot. Dahil sa kulang, o kung minsan ay iba ang sangkap na taglay ng mga pinekeng gamot, ipinaliwanag ni Lazo na mapanganib ito

sa kalusugan ng tao na magdudulot ng mas malalang sakit o kamatayan sa mga iinom nito. Gayunpaman, tiniyak naman ng opisyal na patuloy sa pagmo-monitor ng administrasyong Aquino sa mga itinitindang gamot sa mga parmasiya at botika kasama

na ang regular na laboratory testing na isinasagawa ng FDA upang matiyak ang kalidad ng mga gamot na inilalabas ng P380 bilyong industriya ng parmasiyotika sa bansa. Nagbabala rin ang FDA na sa ilalim ng RA 8203 o Special Law on Counterfeit Drugs, ang mga mahuhuling nagbebenta ng pekeng gamot ay maaaring isara ang kanilang establisyemiento at magmulta nang hanggag P5 milyon. Paalala pa ni Lazo, bumili lamang ng gamot sa mga kilalang botika na lisensyado ng FDA, humingi ng resibo.

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MunaTo Festival kicks off with fun run, mangrove planting by Cocoy Sexcion ALABEL, Sarangani – The Munato Festival 2011 celebration opened Thursday (November 24) with a fun run and a series of environmental protection and rehabilitation activities. 16

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The 5.4-kilometer run started in front of the Provincial Capitol compound and finished at purok Fabricante in barangay Maribulan where each finisher was enjoined to plant a mangrove seedling and release bangus fries to Sarangani Bay. “Around 700 runners participated in the fun run, though only 611 officially registered,” said Aiza Platinos of the Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotions Center (STIPC). Platinos facilitated the registration. The “Run Against Global Warming” was organized by Alcantara Foundation and Sarangani provincial government through STIPC. This is also supported by Barangay Council of Maribulan, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Sarangani Energy Corporation, 73rd Infantry Battalion, Southern Philippines Power Corporation, Department of Education Sarangani division, Globe Telecom, SMART Communications, SUN Cellular and

PNP Sarangani. Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Allan Farnazo thanked the teachers who participated in the event. “Personally I would like to thank everyone from DepEd who responded to our invitation to join the fun run especially the aging and old for you have defied your age,” Farnazo joked. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel headed by Bong Tuballes also joined the event. ”We will support this activity for it will be a big help in the rehabilitation of our mangrove forests. I laud the organizers of this event,” Tuballes said.

“In the long run, these mangroves will be the spawning grounds of fishes. This will help our fishermen. So I hope this event will happen again next year.” The first to finish the run was Aljoy Banguis from Alabel National High School. The youngest runner is 7-year old Lady Mae Trya and the oldest is Board Member Virgilio Clark Tobias, 68. Tobias thanked the participants and hoped to have more fun runs and more plantings to come. He said that the event was one way of helping the community in preserving the environment. “Truly this event is extremely fun. What we are

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termine the future of the next generation. All of the entities we have this morning are proof that we are actually united in aiming for the betterment for our province,” said Pastor Francisco Horta, a first time fun runner. In an overview, Alcantara Foundation execu-

tive director Richlie Lyndon Magtulis said the two activities prepared after the fun run - the mangrove planting and fish restocking in Sarangani Bay – were part of the multi-year environmental program of Alcantara Foundation (AF). AF has a 50,000-hect-

are mangrove forests rehabilitation project within a three-year period around Sarangani Bay. The releasing of 100,000 bangus fries is part of a commitment to release a total of 50,000,000 fries for the next three years in the bay. (Sarangani Infomation office)

MunaTo 2011 launches “Sarangani, your adventure” brand by Beverly C. Paoyon ALABEL, Sarangani - MunaTo Festival opened yesterday the four-day festivity in a combined cultural and adventure concept to launch the trademark, “Sarangani, your adventure.”

Board Member Eleonor “Nene” Saguiguit said this is to promote the province being “the tourism hub” in this part of Mindanao. MunaTo Festival kicked-off today and culminates on November 27. “We want something that is grand, something that would surpass the 18

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previous festivals. And we decided that it will be a different event (this year) to launch the Sarangani brand,” Saguiguit said. “While we celebrate, gusto nating i-promote and ating turismo and opportunities for investments,” she added. She disclosed that “Sarangani as a tourism hub has already taken off,” as supported by acting Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotions Center (STIPC) coordinator Larry Asparin that tour-

ist arrivals have been increasing since 2005. An increase of tourist arrivals has been noted from the 16,080 in 2009 to 26,100 in 2010 as reported by the STIPC. The “Sarangani, your adventure” brand would create a name recall for Sarangani “as we wanted to make a mark in the tourism industry right now,” Asparin said. “We (Sarangani) have a combination of tourism resources like the world-class dive sites, white-sand beach

resorts, Manny Pacquiao, water tubing, and a lot more wherein others may only have two or three but they do not have this package of resources,” Asparin said. Asparin also pointed out tourism employment was rising as tourism activities in Sarangani were picking up too. “It encompasses basically all sectors, even fisherfolk and the transport sector, among others.” (Sarangani

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GenSan legislative body launches website GENERAL SANTOS CITY, -- The legislative department of the provincial government has launched a new website to serve its clientele effectively.

Vice Mayor Shirlyn Banas-Nograles said it is important for Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to have its own website where all the information on legislative activities, legislations and issuances such as resolutions and ordinances can be easily accessed by the public. Nograles headed the launching Tuesday at the SP Session Hall. “This is a necessary requirement in aspiring for a global city status,” 20

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she rationalized. The www.spgensantos.ph opens with a photo of the facade of the legislative building, and a slideshow of images depicting the city’s fishing industry, landmarks, festivals, scenic spots, among others. Nograles, who is also the SP presiding officer, described the website “to be most helpful to the general public” since informative data like directory of offices/employees, barangay pro-

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files and the schedules of committee hearing will be made public. Added features include the web search box and the real-time weather reports. Nograles also noted that “this website now becomes one of the main legacies of the 16th SP to the people of GenSan.” The Vice Mayor also initiated the GenSan Codification of Ordinances Project wherein over 2,000 ordinances created from 1948 to 2010 are being reviewed and classified for easy reference. The website, however, according to Banas is still undergoing enhancement especially on pages that will contain the profiles of the City Councilors from 1948 to present. (CSulit/CPIO/CTApelacio /PIAGeneral Santos City)


Lanuza surfing fest’s Php300T total prize awaits winners by Leo P. Gerona

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ome 101 surfers converged and compete for this year’s surfing competition in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur which will culminate Saturday, Nov. 26.

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According to Department of Tourism (DoT) Caraga, five of the participants came from Switzerland and Australia, the rest from Siargao, Lanuza, La Union, Ilocos Sur and from Catanduanes. At stake is the Php 200,000.00 prize for the 9th National Surfing Open for the Wahini, Men and Junior divisions. For

the 7th Long Board Invitational, a total prize of Php 100,000 is up for grabs. Part of the weeklong celebration is the holding of the 3rd AgriAqua Tourism Trade Fair and the 1st Beach Dancing Competition. The Lanuza Surfing Festival 2011 officially started the weeklong competition last Monday,

November 21, through a grand opening ceremony. Adding glitters to the opening salvo were the Beach Dancing Competition, Fireworks Display and the Cultural Show. Some guests in attendance were Director Letty Tan of DOT 13, Director Edna Mabeza of DA 13, Congressman Philip Pichay, Governor Johnny Pimentel and other local officials. The event is a collaboration of efforts by the municipal government of Lanuza, provincial government of Surigao del Sur, Congressman Philip Pichay, the Department of Tourism 13 and the Philippine Surfing Federation. (DOT-13)

Surigao del Norte to hold Women’s Summit by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY – The provincial government of Surigao del Norte will be spearheading the Women’s Summit today at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

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With the theme “Panginabuhi sa Kababainhan, Yawe sa Kalambuan” (Women’s livelihood, key to progress), the summit begins with a ribbon cutting of women’s livelihood exhibit, which will be facilitated by various women’s organizations and the Department of Labor and Employment

(DOLE). Following the ribbon cutting, DOLE Undersecretary Lourdes Transmonte will give her keynote speech while DOLE Caraga Regional Director Ofelia Domingo will discuss the agency’s Rationale of Livelihood Project/ Assistance. Other activities to highlight the event in-

clude the launching of E-Bamboo Livelihood Project and discussion on Entrepreneurship Development and Livelihood Opportunities. The summit will culminate with the Turn-over of Certificate of Availment of Livelihood Assistance to qualified beneficiaries of the province.

Be responsible, Mayor Amante told Butuan tri-media by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. appealed to the local tri-media of this city to exercise responsible broadcasting. Friday, November 25, 2011

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During the recent forum and orientation on the Clean Ground, Zero Waste program, the chief executive asked the local media here to disseminate developmental information that will help uplifting the morale of every Butuanon, especially the young generation who are the future leaders of the city. “May you uphold responsible broadcasting so that developmental news and information will reach to the people, thus, encouraging them to support the Clean Ground, 24

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Zero Waste Program,” Amante said. Mayor Amante further believed that the success of the program depends on the support of every stakeholder where the tri-media personalities in the city have very significant role in educating and promoting cleanliness. Amante said the media should serve as partners of development, “thus, I am asking for your support for the realization of the program… We should build good image for the city and not just broadcasting and writ-

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ing all negative reports that will destroy the image and reputation of the city,” he added. Through the Clean ground, Zero Waste Program which is initiated by the local government unit in this city, Amante said it is hoped that the city’s image will be uplifted after all Butuanons will adhere to the cleaning and greening program of the local government. The program was conceptualized after studies revealed that the volume of waste here is estimated at 95 tons per day. The highest percentage of this waste is biodegradable which is posted at 72 percent. With these developments, the city government was able to implement the project to solve the prevailing issues on waste management.


Barangay Justice for Peace Project cited for Crime Reduction by Alfonso T. Ruda

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arangay Justice Advocators played a major role in the successful implementation of the Barangay Justice for Peace Project in Dipolog City. This was learned during the Focus Group Discussion with the representatives of Gerry Roxas Foundation which was participated in by government agencies involve in the preservation of peace and order in the city, held after the Endline Survey was conducted in the selected barangays in Dipolog city The team from Davao City composed of Ms. Naila Alon, Ms. Noraida Salilaguia, Mr. Franco Calibo, and Rene Bahina and Social Advocacy on Neoteric Governance

for Social Ascendancy (SANGSA) Executive Director from Zamboanga City. The group believes recognizes the need to sustain the advocacy campaign on Barangay Justice for Peace Project after it was proven that the BJPP has been instrumental in reducing the number of petty crimes committed in the locality. Various issues have been raised during the discussion, including the expansion of the BJPP implementation in all barangays in the city,

strengthen its advocacy and the benefits that the concerned barangays get and the establishment of Barangay Justice Advocators to continuously campaign for peace in the area. The Focus Group Discussion was part of the Endline Survey initiated by the Gerry Roxas Foundation in cooperation with the City Government of Dipolog that assessed the over-all impact of the project in the barangays. (JPA/ATR/PIA9Zambo Norte)

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ARMM gov supports media benefit concert hile bracing for solemn commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of the infamous Nov. 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre, trauma-stricken local journalists enjoyed a rare chance with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Acting Governor Hooky A. Adiong joining them in singing for a cause last week. ARMM Information Chief Ali Macabalang disclosed that Adiong, a musical enthusiast, whose 20month reign in ARMM has developed a cordial rapport with various sectors including journalists, rendered four songs related to peace and amitybuilding at the “Media Sonata” sponsored by the local media last Nov 14 in conjunction with the 22nd foundation anniversary celebration of the autonomous region. Lasting from more than five hours at the lobby of the Shariff Kabunsuan 26

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Cultural Center inside the ARMM complex in Cotabato City, the musical event was sponsored by local members of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (UNJP) and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) to raise funds for handicapped fellow journalists and other charity works. DXMS Station Manager Edwin Fernandez and Philippine Star local reporter John Felix Unson, speaking for the KBP and NUJP, respectively, lauded Governor Adiong and his administration for being

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“very cordial with and supportive of” journalists’ plight especially amid a lingering trauma spawned by the Maguindanao massacre almost two years ago. The carnage, which left 57 people killed including 32 media practitioners, will be in its second year anniversary today (November 23) and both visiting and


resident-journalists will commemorate it right at its bloody site in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Fernandez said the benefit concert, which the Adiong administration cosponsored, was “long overdue” in a region that is still reeling from the adversities

of the massacre. The proceeds of dinner concert “would be used to help members of the media needing medical assistance,” said Jeffrey Mendez, news writer of the Catholic-run dxMS radio station and over-all coordinator of the event. ARMM cabinet officials and their

families alongside officials of foreign donor institutions joined Acting Governor Adiong in gracing the event, which also saw almost a dozen of print, broadcast and social media practitioners showcasing their singing and dancing talents. (AGM/RVCPIA9 ZBST)

NGCP assures stable power supply by Franklin P. Gumapon

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he National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is now busy preparing its power lines for the possible increase in the demand for energy supply this Christmas season. This was disclosed by NGCP spokesperson for Mindanao Bambi Capulong in a media interview held here recently. Capulong said the NGCP would at times resort to power curtailment or rationing especially when pow-

er needs get higher than the power generated and/or during the power generation plants undergo periodic maintenance. She also explained that the NGCP is just a distributor of whatever electricity is available from the

National Power Corp. (NPC). Capulong, however, assured the consuming public that she is ready to answer queries or help solve problems related to electric power generation. (JPA/FPG/ PIA-Zambo. Norte)

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3,000 Pantawid Pamilya in Lanao del Norte benefit from gov’t. services by Charmaine P. Tadlas

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ore than 3,000 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries coming from numerous towns, this province, availed of services from various government agencies that participated during the Convergence Caravan launched here on November 18.

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Hosted by Governor Mohammad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, the Caravan provided government services such as PhilHealth registration, skills and livelihood orientations, business counselling, medical mission, job fair, pre-processing of passports and skills


demonstrations. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Education (DepEd),

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) participated in the Caravan. (DSWD)

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PDEA-10 nabs P20 million worth of shabu in Cagayan de Oro by Juliet Cagaanan CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) here nabbed approximately P20 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride popularly known as shabu, Monday. Director Roberto S. Ope単a of PDEA- Northern Mindanao, said the operation headed by Misamis Oriental Provincial Special Enforcement Team Leader IA 1 Rodolfo Dela Cerna Jr led to the arrest of suspected drug pusher, Sammy Yusop y Mohamad, 38, residing at Muricay, Pagadian city. The said suspect was arrested after picking up a package containing suspected shabu weighing more or less 1.5 kilograms. It was placed inside two pieces large sealable transparent

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plastic cellophane which was concealed inside a 20 inches pensonic television. He carried it to his vehicle, Toyota Hiace (Gray) bearing plate No. KEE 331. Dir. Ope単a further said the successful operation were the result of intensive intelligence networking and the proper conduct of controlled delivery type of operation. The suspect is now temporarily detained at PDEA Regional Office 10 for booking and documentation while the seized drug evidence was brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory for qualitative and quantitative examination. Case for violation of Republic Act 9165 is now being readied for the filing of appropriate charges in court, said Ope単a. (PDEA)


Lanao del Norte to celebrate Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - An inter-agency Peace Caravan convergence meeting was recently concluded at the Sangguniang Panlungsod Session hall here to discuss the Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 celebration. Vice Governor Irma Ali who presided the meeting urged sectoral representatives to actively participate in the Mindanao Week of Peace 2011 celebration on Nov. 24-30. She expressed her elation for the peace initiatives of the Army units in Lanao del Norte for organizing the inter-agency convergence meeting. “I congratulate the military particularly the 35th Infantry (Makamandag) Battalion, Philippine Army, headed by Lt. Col. Ferdinand S. Razalan, commanding officer, for the peace building efforts in the province. The provincial government is very willing to extend support for the success of the activities lined up for the week,” said Vice Gov. Ali. The culminating activity, which is slated on Nov. 30, will be highlighted with a peace caravan and a rally. The participants for the peace caravan and rally will be composed mainly of the youth sector, particularly the Out-of-School Youth (OSY) and Young Professionals who were graduates of the series of batches of the KABATAAN Seminar (KAagapay ng BAyan sa PagkamiT ng KapayapAAN), a Youth Leadership Summit concept in the grassroots level, spearheaded

by the 35IB in close partnership with the different civil institutions. The peace caravan and rally aims to give emphasis and paramount importance on the role of the youth in nation building particularly the OSY and those in the grassroots through active involvement in various community activities alongside with the different sectors of the society, said Lt. Col. Razalan. Meanwhile, Colonel Aldred Limoso, brigade commander, 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade, Light Armor Division, Philippine Army, said the proposed activities will be in line with the Armed Forces of Philippines’ Internal Peace and Security Plan “Bayanihan,” where extensive convergence between and among all stakeholders is strongly encouraged for a common vision of achieving a lasting peace in the area. These groups of peace builders and advocates will showcase a strong and active involvement to call out for a lasting peace in support to the Presidential Proclamation No.127, celebrating the Mindanao Week of Peace. (35th IB/PIA-10 LDN) Friday, November 25, 2011

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TESDA eyes dev’t of BPO manpower

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he Technical Education Skills and Development Authority or TESDA is eyeing the development of manpower in the Business Process Outsourcing sector in the key cities across the country. According to TESDA Secretary

Joel Villanueva, the BPO sector is eyeing to decongest Metro Manila which hosts around 85 to 90% of BPO companies and relocating them to other cities like Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao City. Recently the government has released a P1.1 billion stimulus fund to 32

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the TESDA that would be used to develop qualified skilled sectors for different sectors. According to Villanueva, about P500-million of that funds will be for the BPO sector; the stimulus allocation is on top of the P2.68 billion TESDA budget. According to Villanueva they are looking to Davao since it has been declared as the Next Wave City in the country in 2010. Davao City was chosen in 2010 as the top Next Wave City among ten other cities according to the Business Process Outsourcing of the Philippines. Next Wave Cities are cities outside Metro Manila which are recommended as prime outsourcing investment destinations. Villanueva said the P500-million is to be used to develop manpower in the cities that could entice other investments in BPO to relocate to these locations. The TESDA Secretary said that BPO is not just about call centers the industry would include animation, health information management, software and gaming development. He said that BPO is slowly evolving


into Knowledge Process Outsourcing big thing, that is why the President which is a growing global industry. released the stimulus fund,” Villanue “We are looking at it as the next va said. (PIA/RG Alama)

DIDP board eyes to adopt Davao Gulf Plan by Jeanevive Abangan

DAVAO DEL NORTE- The Davao Integrated Development Program (DIDP) Board would first like to know the implementing mechanism before officially adopting the Davao Gulf Area Development Plan.

DIDP executive director Atty. Wendel Avisado, DIDP executive director revealed that the motion to adopt the Davao Gulf Area Development Plan which was raised during the Board Meeting last Nov. 23 was later withdrawn due to concerns on implementing arrangements. But Atty. Avisado expressed optimism that the Plan would eventually be adopted by the Board as Avisado had

noted that the Davao Gulf Area Development Plan “is an improvement of our existing masterplan.” “Much of it were culled from our existing masterplan adopted 10 or 11 years during the time of President (Joseph) Estrada carried over and adopted as well during President (Gloria) Macapagal-Arroyo and even up to the now through the Department of Agriculture,” Atty. Avisado said in an interview during the DIDP Board Meeting at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, Provincial Government Center, Mankilam, Tagum City. Avisado said that the DIDP Board had made known to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) which made the Davao Gulf plan, its desire for NEDA 11 to convene a core group whose members will be coming from NEDA 11 and the DIDP Project Management Office “to formulate and craft the implementing mechanism.” In presenting the Davao Gulf Area Development Plan, NEDA Assistant Regional Director Bonifacio Uy revealed that the Regional Development Council takes the responsibility to “oversee and manage the plan implementation.” But Atty. Avisado pointed out the need to determine the extent of RDC role in the actual implementation of projects “in terms of downloading of the funds, liquidation and (submission of the) progress, accomplishment report up to com Friday, November 25, 2011

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pletion.” “ That to us is not clear,” he said. Earlier in the meeting DIDP Board chair, Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario brought out the idea of adopting the Davao Gulf plan which he said was part of the DIDP master plan. Del Rosario said that DIDP “should be the proper organization to implement the plan” as he pointed out the crucial involvement of various local government executives in putting in place programs and projects in pursuit of the Davao Gulf Plan implementation. DIDP is a development strategy established since 1994 aimed at achieving effectively implementing development schemes in the Davao Region. It is “anchored on the concerted effort to pursue an integrated and effective development by mustering the various strengths and resources of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Davao Gulf area,” DIDP website says. Currently chaired by Gov del Rosa-

rio, DIDP has Davao City Mayor Zara Duterte as its vice chair of the Board. DIDP Board members include all the provincial governors of the Davao Region, all city mayors of the region and the regional directors of the departments of public works and highways, agriculture, interior and local government and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Avisado said that DIDP has attained the status as the longest existing LGU initiative, and that it has established with national government agencies especially DA and even with foreign funding institution such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Canadian Development Agency (CIDA). Though del Rosario had appealed LGU executives during the recent DIDP Board Meeting to fast-track completion of project implementations, Avisado said that the group performance of DIDP marks 97 percent.

TESDA program to develop techno entrepreneurs by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY,- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority launched today its TESDA Specialista Technopreneurship Program (TSTP) that aims to facilitate alternative job opportunities for technical and vocational graduates in Mindanao.

TESDA director general Emmanuel Joel Villanueva led the Mindanao TSTP launching in Davao City on November 25, saying that

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the program will develop TESDA certified graduates to become entrepreneurs based on their earned skills. Villanueva explained that one design of TSTP is to organize Samahang TESDA Specialistas to compose of community-based service aggrupations of trained and certified TESDA workers who will be synergized into various related skills. The groups will be provided of


appropriate tools and training program that would help and support the budding entrepreneurs to manage their businesses, he said. Villanueva said that TSTP will also involve trainings in the communities. TESDA regional director Gaspar Gayona said that Davao Region already has existing technopreneurs that need to be strengthened through the TSTP. Gayona cited the business of the 11 graduates of the Davao Merchant Marina Academy (DMMA) College in Davao City as a role model to the technopreneur program, saying that the graduates are into canteen operation of the same school. The graduates, he said, were hired by the maritime school to operate and manage its school canteen that caters to 400 students. Gayona explained that TESDA assisted the new entrepreneurs during the incubation period of

until sixth month, the time when the young entrepreneurs were ready to run on their own. “They (entrepreneurs) treat themselves as owners and workers. He said that their products are also being sold outside the canteen such as at convenience stores. Gayona disclosed that TESDA will organize two aggrupations for Davao Oriental and one each for Davao City and Davao del Sur, as an initial run of TSTP. He said that the list of aggrupations shall initially include building/house repair and maintenance services, beauty care and wellness services, appliance repair services and automotive/vehicle maintenance services. He added that the technopreneur program will take its full blast implementation in every province in Mindanao in 2012 when existing technopreneurs will be strengthened and new ones will be established.

did you know... that the orchid Waling-Waling (Euanthe sanderiana) considered as the Queen of Philippine Flowers is endemic in the regions of Davao and Cotabato. its habitat includes trunks of Dipterocarp trees in the rainforests. However due to overcollection finding wild species is now rare. It is considered as a cultural symbol of Davao City. Friday, November 25, 2011

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