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features the

Enchanted River

of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Photo Credit: Jojie Alcantara


In This Issue...


Vol. 1 No. 104

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Elderly Filipino males at-risk of zinc deficiency Michael E. Seraficos,

Caraga Region

Proper breastfeeding and complementary foods help prevent anemia Dr. Imelda Angeles – Agdeppa,

Caraga Region


First call center in Zambo. Norte to rise in Dapitan


Provincial health summit set Dec. 1-2 in Dipolog


PRMF bids out Php131.66M worth of provincial roads projects in Mindanao


DTI bares how consumer complaints are handled


Davao City School Wins National Search for Eco-Friendly Schools

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P8-M allotted for poverty alleviation projects in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat

Public needs to help government in protecting coastal waters from illegal fishing.......................................................


PNP hiring 2,000 more personnel ................... .....................................................................................


Cover Story Hinatuan Enchanted River – The Song, the river and more Arleigh D. Bautista

Region IX

Franklin P. Gumapon,

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

Lorry V. Gabule

Bing S. Cordova,

Dani Doguiles,

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Region IX

Region X


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Region X

Region XI

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Region XII

KALAHI-CIDSS implements flood control project in Pres. Roxas, N. Cotabato

Region XII


Cover Story Hinatuan Enchanted River – The Song, the river and more by Arleigh D. Bautista

The Song


mere mention of Enchanted River, a future visitor would say; “hmmm, let’s see how enchanting it is”. But at the first wink of the visitor’s eye on the deep blue river basin, an expression of awe becomes almost automatic. 4


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Describing the Enchanted River is actually easy with the clue already on its name. The river is simply “Enchanting”! Yet, it isn’t just enough. By sheer romantic taste, the river was perfectly described in the Enchanted River song by its composers. The late Modesto Farolan, obviously possessed a romantic heart and a poetic skill to be able to come up with such illustrative lyrics of the song. As the song

goes, it was meant for a lady being persuaded to spend time with him, and in the process, describing the splendors of the Enchanted River as “comeon” to hopefully convince the lady to such proposed rendezvous. It is worthy to note that the descriptions spelled-out in the song such as; the crystalline stream, rocky brims, water tinted blue and even the silver moon alighting the river at night, are all in Saturday, November 26, 2011


The River

the river for one to see. Not to be outdone, Musician Francisco Rio crafted a similar descriptive melody to complement Farolan’s portrayal of the river’s exquisiteness. A fanfarelike intro, a cool flowing melody at the start until it reaches a pinnacle prior to a dramatic ending. The chords of the song were carefully and cleverly selected to make the song a total display of classic musical artistry. 6


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The wide array of natural beauties assembled in the Enchanted River are supposedly enough to make the river enchanting Yet, a closer look at all its features gives some more credence to its name, in more ways than one. The fathom of the river

has not been determined to date, despite some determined tries by expert Divers including those of the Hinatuan Enchanted River Exploration Project. The various types and sizes of fish that spring up from the depths of its blue water make the river a virtual aquarium of mystical fish swimming in optical illusion. Stories from local folks even claim that no one has ever caught any of the fish for reasons ranging from their being too illusive to their having disappearing acts so difficult for men to figure out. And oh, the water in the river’s main basin could vary from being fresh or sea water. Do you still want to ask for more? Hinatuan is indeed very blessed for permanently hosting this gem of a river within its area of responsibility. Though main cred-

it goes to “Nature” and its Creator, the Municipal Mayor, Hon. Candelario J. Viola, Jr. has been walking to and fro to enhance the condition of the Enchanted River premises while ensuring that its natural attributes are unharmed Saturday, November 26, 2011


by human’s wanton or inadvertent intervention. The Hinatuan Enchanted River has now been reaping recognition and admiration not only to the people of Hinatuan but to outside visitors as well. The volume and increase of visitors reflected in the Guests’ Book, and still counting, demonstrates that the place is now among the favorite tourist attractions of visitors from different parts of the country including 8


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“balikbayans” and foreign guests. To ensure that the Enchanted River is dressed to its full bloom, Mayor Viola has designated Engineer Josephine Lapeciros of the Municipal Engineering Office to manage and give extra focus on further development of the place so that the influx of visitors can be sustained, if not increased for the pride and honor of Hinatuan. (LGUHinatuan)

Aquino orders extensive review of major infrastructure projects of government


resident Benigno S. Aquino III said he has instructed concerned government agencies to review all the projects under the publicprivate partnership (PPP) before major infrastructure projects could be built.

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The president was asked on Friday by reporters about the government plans on constructing new airports and seaports under the PPP program. The chief executive is in Legazpi City for the inauguration of the Climate Change Academy of Albay. “Ang tinitingnan diyan ay ang Daraga, kung ito ang pinaka-feasible. Ang inutos lang natin i-review lahat ng mga projects lalo na doon sa PPP program. Meron p o 10

tayong mga batayan na dapat masunod,” he said when asked about the construction of Daraga airport in Albay. The president said he wants a review of the projects to ensure that the government is building the right project at the right price and right contractors. He also wants to make sure that projects to be built are constructed on the right time to ensure full benefit to the people. “Lahat nitong mga prinsipyong itong batayan ay kailangan matugunan para masabi natin na hindi tayo gumawa ng monumento lang, na may

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ginawa tayong may saysay sa pangangailangan ng sambayanan,” he said. The government also received offers from a foreign company to improve the rollon, roll-off (RO-RO) system from Luzon to Mindanao, drastically cutting travel time significantly, the President said. “Pero kailangan nating siyasatin, pag-aralan na mabuti iyong kanilang mungkahing plano para mabawasan ang gastos ng taumbayan at mapakinabangan sa lalong madaling panahon. Kasama na nga itong airport ng Daraga,” he said. (AS)


Public needs to help government in protecting coastal waters from illegal fishing

resident Benigno S. Aquino III said that his administration needs the help of the public in protecting the country’s coastal waters from illegal fishing activities.

President Aquino, who led the inauguration of the Climate Change Academy of Albay here in Legazpi City, made the statement during an interview with reporters here in Legazpi City, Albay province. “We have 36,000 nautical miles of coastline,” the President said. “We need the help of people in their respective constituencies to share their information with us, so we can apprehend people who are violating our laws.” The President noted that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has already deployed a vessel to

intensify its effort to curb illegal fishing in the country, and some 11 commercial fishing vessels have been apprehended by the said agency. He said that he will also task the Philippine Coast Guard to help the BFAR, as well as the Philippine National Police maritime to stop the illegal fishing activities in the country. Catholic bishops in Bicol have asked President Aquino to protect the region’s coastal waters from illegal fishing activities in the province. The President emphasized that the government needs the help of the public

to go after the perpetrators of the illegal fishing activities in the country, noting that the government has only few patrol vessels. “Kailangan natin ang tulong ng taumbayan para masabi nila sa atin kung saan sila may nakikitang mga ilegal na gawain, para mahabol, matukoy, maaresto at maparusahan ang mga may kasalanan sa ating mga batas,” he said.

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PNP hiring 2,000 more personnel by Lanie Bolina-Ronquillo

D of this year.

irector General Nicanor Bartolome of the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the hiring of additional 2,000 personnel to fill up its quota of 6,000 before the end

“Six thousand new police took oath last November 2, but we still have a quota (on the 12


number of police officers) to fill and we have available funds for this, so recruitment will be

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open until December 31,� Bartolome said. This batch will start training right away and will be

graduating after six months. In order to facilitate the hiring process, PNP had clustered the application areas in four regions. These areas are the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 3 for Luzon applicants, Region 7 for Visayas applicants, and Region 10 for Mindanao. Applicants who wish to be assigned to the Special Action Force may submit

their application at the PNP Camp in Bicutan. “We have put as priority the hiring of personnel for the Special Action Force, because we need them for maneuver units, and most of them will be assigned to areas where there is a peculiar situation,” Bartolome said. Bartolome clarified that those who filed their applications in said four regions, must not ex-

pect to be assigned to that area. Let’s say they applied in Region 3, after the oathtaking and training, the hired personnel may or may not be assigned to MIndanao, Bartolome said. Bartolome was guest at this morning’s anniversary presentation of the radio program “Talking Points” simultaneously aired over Radyo ng Bayan and NBN-4.

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Gov’t agencies to intensify Nat’l Greening by Jennifer P. Gaitano Program


he Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) are set to intensify the National Greening Program of the present administration.



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A one-day NGP Summit cum Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization (ACSM) Workshop was held recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, to discuss how the greening program could be implemented to the rural areas. Regional Executive Director (RED) Leonardo Sibbaluca of DENRCaraga expressed the need of strengthening the NGP from the national government down to the regional level, as well as to the rural communities. “NGP is not just planting trees at all but it is also giving hope and opportunities to our children in the next generation to enjoy the life with the things they see and feel in our environment and natural resources,” Sibbaluca said. RED Sibbaluca also said the Executive Order No. 26 describes the NGP as a program seeking to “plant some 1.5 billion trees covering about 1.5 million hectares for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016, in lands of the public domain.” These lands include forest lands, mangrove

and protected areas, ancestral domains, civil and military reservations, and urban areas. Also, Caraga Regional Development Council chairperson and Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas said that government officials should feel the responsibility to care for the environment and its people. She also bared that with the Caraga Regional Development Plan 2011-2016, it aims to significantly increase the region’s forest cover and have zero incidence of illegal logging activities. 2nd District Agusan del Norte Cong. Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba, represented by Ms. Miri-

am Pagaran emphasized the significant roles of the legislators and leaders in the country in ensuring a cleaner and greener environment for all through tight implementation of environmental laws (national and local). For. Maritess Ocampo, Planning Management Division Chief bared that the NGP targets from the year 2011-2016 is 100,000 hectares (ha) or 7% of the national target of the 1.5M hectares (year 1 – 100,000 ha with 100M seedlings; year 2 – 200,000 ha with 200M seedlings; year 3 – 300,000 ha with 300M seedlings; year 4 – 300,000 ha with

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300M seedlings; year 5 – 300,000 ha with 300M seedlings; and year 6 – 300,000 ha with 300M seedlings that would total to 1.5M hectares equivalent to 1.5B seedlings). When asked what difference can the NGP make, Ocampo explained that there are about 5 million poor upland families who earn an average annual income of Php22,995. These families already represent 1/3 of the entire Philippine population. “Built into the NGP

are cash incentives for families and communities that will be stewards of the plantations. There will also be benefits from processing/ marketing produce or crops,” Ocampo added. Meanwhile, the representatives from the government agencies, civil society organizations, academe, and other partner stakeholders together with Surigao del Norte Gov. Matugas and other officials expressed their commitment to plant 10 seedlings for the NGP over the next 6 years


from today and sustain and nurture these seedlings for the succeeding generation. During the workshop, participants finalized the ACSM Regional Roadmap and the formation of the ACSM Regional Task Force for NGP comprising multi-sectors intended for Caraga. The DENR also encourages the public to be a part of the NGP by registering online as a volunteer tree planter. Interested parties may visit this website: www.

Elderly Filipino males at-risk of zinc deficiency

by Michael E. Seraficos

ccording to the 2008 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), 3 out of 10 Filipino males, 60 years old and above suffer from zinc deficiency.



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Zinc deficiency is usually a result of inadequate intake of dietary zinc, but may also be caused by excessive intake of foods containing fiber and phytates in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, which inhibit the absorption of the mineral. Said deficiency can also be associated with malabsorption, diarrhea, diabetes, malignancy, and liver and renal diseases. Studies show that low levels of zinc increases the risk of prostate cancer and adversely affects sperm count and motility. Acute deficiency can cause thinning or hair loss, dermatitis, as

well as brittle nails and dry skin. In addition, studies suggest that people with low zinc blood levels are at greater risk of developing diseases or conditions related to the ageing process, like immune function impairment, cardiovascular disease, or cancer. Generally, zinc plays an important role in human defense mechanism, glucose metabolism, cellular replication and repair, and defense against free radical damage. Zinc also plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy bones, especially in males. Since zinc for men is of such importance, the male diet needs to contain adequate amounts of this mineral. Zinc is primarily found in proteinrich foods such as pork and beef, dairy products, shell fishes, nuts and beans and fortified breakfast cereals. The recommended nutrient intake for zinc, which is 4.5 milligrams

per day for males 50 years old and above, can be achieved by consuming about 85 grams of cooked beef or 3 medium-sized oysters or half a cup of dry roasted cashew nuts. Supplementation may help increase serum zinc levels, but safety and long-term effects are still unknown. It is recommended that elderly men and those who are on strict vegetarian diet or suffering from digestive problems seek the advice of a medical doctor for possible supplementation. For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; Trunkline: 837-2071 local 2296; Telephone/Fax No.: 837-3164; e-mail: or mar_v_c@yahoo. com; Website: http:// (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service)

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Proper breastfeeding and complementary foods help prevent anemia


by Dr. Imelda Angeles – Agdeppa

ron deficiency is the most common single cause of anemia worldwide and in the Philippines. This problem is very serious across population groups.

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Results of the 2008 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRIDOST) indicated that the highest prevalence of anemia is among infants and pregnant women, six out of 10 infants of 6-11 old infants and four out of 10 pregnant women are anemic. There are 20 to 30 percent prevalence rates of anemia among the other age 18


groups. Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the condition where there is less than the normal number of red blood cells or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. Once affected, IDA may increase maternal and fetal mortality and increase the risk of premature delivery and low birth weight. It may also cause learning disabilities and delayed psychomotor devel-

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opment, and reduced work capacity. Impaired immunity may also result from IDA which is tantamount to high risk of infection. Because infants are the most vulnerable age group that may be affected by anemia, exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding should be practiced. Breastfeeding should be exclusive for the first six months of infant life and according to the

World Health Organization (or WHO). After the initial period of exclusive breastfeeding, children should continue to be breastfed up to two years of age or beyond, while receiving nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods. Iron and zinc have relatively low concentrations in human milk but when the infant is exclusively breastfed, the percentage of absorption of these minerals is high. Low level of awareness of mothers on the right timing for introducing complementary foods to babies causes substantially-reduced absorption of iron from human milk, thus, resulting to anemia. IDA is a condition, that when taken for granted, may lead to death, especially for the children. Hence, complementary foods should be timely that all infants should start receiving foods in addition to breast milk after 6 months on-

wards (WHO) in order to prevent IDA. It is also important to give proper complementary foods like rice porridge, small amounts of protein foods like egg, chicken, and pork, minced vegetables like carrots, diced fruits like apple, which are equally healthy and nutritionally adequate for the babies’ being, coupled with quality time of maternal care. Until such time that the parents, especially the mothers, realize the significance of practicing exclusive breastfeeding and proper complementary feeding, the prevalence of not only

anemia but also other underlying causes of child mortality and morbidity will continue. For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mv c @ f n r i . d o s t . g ov. ph, mar_v_c@yahoo. com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri. (FNRIDOST S & T Media Service)

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Basilan celebrates 2011 Mindanao Week of Peace by Rene Carbayas undreds of peace-loving citizens of Basilan province participated in the launching program of the annual Mindanao Week of Peace (MWoP) 2011, highlighted by the civic parade involving multistakeholders.

In a series of meetings of key stakeholders for the 2011 celebration agreed to hold various activities at the duration of the week-long celebration and beyond. Aside from the launching program on the November 24, a peace 20


conference, a tri-people youth peace forum and workshop, an inter-faith dialogue activity, postermaking contests, and a Rosary rally for peace and life will also be held. The stakeholders who participated in these

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meetings agreed to organize themselves into the Basilan Alliance for Peace and Development as a movement to continue doing peace initiatives even after the MWoP observance. A pre-MWop event kicked off Tuesday in Isabela City with the holding of the poster-making contest at the Querexeta Formation Center where some 22 participating schools fielded their best artist to depict this year’s theme. Announcement and awarding of winners will be done also tomorrow. Miriam L. Suacito, Executive Director of the

Nagdilaab Foundation Inc, also acts as the Secretariat for the alliance said that the annual celebration is the venue for events highlighting the promotion of a culture of peace in Mindanao, a resource-rich island of the southern Philippines stricken with occasional armed conflicts. The Mindanao Week of Peace is a celebration that involves communities of inter-faith organizations, non-governmental organizations, peoples’ organizations, government agencies who are working and advocating and mainstreaming the Culture of Peace in the Southern Philippines through various peace activities. Initiated in Zamboanga in 1997 by Peace Advocates of Zamboanga (PAZ), this activity has become a Mindanao-wide event as adopted by the Bishops-Ulama Conference (BUC). Since then, it is being commemorated annually from the last Thursday of November to the first Wednesday of De-

cember, also perpetuated in observance through Presidential Proclamation No. 127, Series of 2001. For each year, a theme is developed by the BUC every month of May or June. This year’s theme is “Common word between us and you: Love of God,

liefs are called People of the Book, contents of which are believed to have been revealed by God/Allah Himself. “Because of this divine revelation, they have a common origin and a common destiny which they can only be achieved through a life based on “Love of God and Love of Neighbor”, a core commandment to know and to obey.” It further said that the conflicts, wars and animosities among and between Christians and Muslims in the global so-

Love of neighbor.” In a statement, the Bishop-Ulama Conference said that the theme is the title of the historic and significant Letter of 138 Muslim scholars of the world to Pope Benedict XVI and the religious

leaders of the Christian Churches worldwide sometime in 2007. The BUC said that Christian and Muslim be-

ciety today can be traced to the wrong understanding and/or violation of this commandment. For this reason, “we urgently appeal to all Christians and Muslims in this country, in Asia and in the world to renew their faith and life through a thorough study, reflection, and living out of this theme of the 2011 Mindanao Week of Peace”, the BUC stressed. (JPA/ RVC/PIA9-ZBST)

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First call center in Zambo. Norte to rise in Dapitan n American investor was here recently to break the news that he’s putting up a call center in this city.

At a press conference held recently, Mr. Robert Klayman, USbased businessman and CEO of Internet Media Direct (IMD), said the 100-seat call center in this city will be operational soon. The call center will be situated at the Gloria de Dapitan, a business complex owned by former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Romeo G. Jalosjos. 22


It was learned that the initial 100 seats would require 300 call center agents who will be working in three shifts. When asked why he chose to put up a call center business in the Philippines, Klayman said “Filipinos speak good English.” Klayman also clarified that anybody, regardless of age, who is computer literate and

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good in English can apply as call center agent. As soon as all shall have been finalized, Klayman will enter into a memorandum of agreement with Gloria de Dapitan proprietor Romeo Jalosjos to commence the call center operations in the city. It can be recalled that the facilities and equipment for the call the center at the Gloria de Dapitan have long been prepared by the former congressman. IMD Philippine representative Eillen C. Palma also disclosed that the company is targeting to put up 1,000 seats in Dapitan to employ 3,000 warm bodies. (JPA/FPG/PIAZambo. Norte)

Provincial health summit set Dec. 1-2 in Dipolog

by Franklin P. Gumapon


n keeping with President Benigno Simeon B. Aquino III’s health agenda, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Zamboanga del Norte is slated hold a provincial health summit here next week. Health leaders/ champions from both public and private sectors in the province have been invited to attend the said gathering with the theme: “Achieving Millennium Development Goals through Universal Health Care Approach.” Provincial Health

Officer Eduardo Luayon said Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona and former Health Secretary Jaime Galves Tan of the Health Futures Foundation will also be joining the activity to discuss the Aquino health agenda and health champions, respectively.

Other topics lined up for the summit include the national/provincial/local health situations, Philhealth updates and others. A press conference with Sec. Ona and former Sec. Tan shall also be held prior to the summit’s plenary sessions.

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Marawi supports Mindanao Week of Peace celebration by Apipa Bagumbaran


he city government has expressed an all out support for this year’s observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWoP).

“This is a chance for us to show to the world that we, here, are united against violence and other issues besetting our beautiful city,” said City Mayor Fahad “Pre” Salic during a recent meeting with the representatives from the army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade (Bde) to iron out plans and activities for the weeklong celebration. Spearheaded by the BishopsUlama Conference, this year’s MWoP celebration which will run from November 24 to 30 is anchored on the theme COMMON WORD between us and you: Love of God, Love of Neighbor.” Here in the city, the 103rd Bde, 24


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through the spirit of “Bayanihan,” is responsible for urging the local government to participate in this year’s celebration. A Peace Rally will highlight the celebration on November 30 to be participated in by the various stakeholders in the city, including nongovernment organizations. The youth sector will also be given the chance to voice their concerns regarding peace and security during the peace rally. More coordination meetings will be conducted for a smooth flow of events and for wider participation, said Major. Abdullah D. Mocsana, CMO Officer of the 103rd Bde. Meanwhile, the mayor expressed hope and confidence that the celebration will bring positive changes to the image of the city.

PRMF bids out Php131.66M worth of provincial roads projects in Mindanao by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – Some Php131.66 million worth of provincial road projects involving 84.48 km. have been bided out by the Provincial Roads Management Facility (PRMF) in the provinces of Misamis Occidental and Bukidnon, Region 10, as well, as in Agusan del Sur, Region 13.

To be funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the concerned Provincial Governments, the projects will involve earthworks, preparation of sub-base and surface/base courses, drainage and erosion works, and construction of concrete and miscellaneous structures. It also involves repair of the unpaved road surface of the carriageway and roadside shoulders, cleaning of drainage, vegetation control, and traffic maintenance following an area approach to road maintenance. Cipriano A. Ravenas, Jr., Chairperson of the PRMF Bidding and Awards Committee (BAC), said the Coffey International Development Pty Ltd, a consulting firm, has been engaged as Facility Managing Contractor (FMC) for the Philippines PRMF and is tasked to invite bidders for the projects.

Three (3) of the rehabilitation projects, which are targeted for completion from five (5) to nine (9) months, are located in Misamis Occidental, namely: Maular-Monterico Road, involving 2.26 km., with a budget of Php31,859,091.63, BunawanDapacan Bajo Road, involving 2.65 km., with a budget of Php10,172,772.54, and SapangDalaga Medallo Road, involving 4.06 km., with a budget of Php12,915,565.58. Likewise, nine (9) of the maintenance projects to be completed in 12 months or one (1) year are located in the following junctions of Bukidnon: Alae-Libona-Laturan-Pongol Road, involving 5.57 km., with a budget of Php610,909.97, Sayre-Damay-Kalabugao Road, 4.80 km. and Manolo FortichSankanan-Lindaban-Dahilayan Road, 10.96 km., with a budget of Php1,894,374.57. Saturday, November 26, 2011


Kuya-Dagumbaan Road, 5.80 km. and Jasaan-Sta RitaSinanglanan Road, 8.00 km., with a budget of Php1,725,689.77, Sayre Kibawe-Natulongan Road, 3.60 km., Sayre KibaweNatulongan Road, 8.00 km. and Pualas-Kasigkot Road, 13.66 km., Php3,024,099.82, and Salawagan-Linabo Road, 8.00 km., with a budget of Php1,170,293.10. Again, two (2) of the rehabilitation projects, both to be completed in six (6) months are in Agusan del Sur: San Jose-Aurora-Lucena Road, Aurora-Lucena Section, involving 4.66 km. with a budget of Php31,950,538.60 and the Pisaan-Del Monte Road, Tagapua Section, involving 2.46 km., with a budget of Php37,504,222.96. Bidding for the projects in Mis. Occ. have been scheduled on Nov. 23, those in Bukidnon on Nov. 24 and those in Agusan del Sur in December 6-7, this year. Ravanes said the bidding will be conducted in accordance with relevant procedures for open competitive bidding as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9184 (RA 9184), with some exceptions/amendments as stated in the Bidding Documents. One of the requirements is that the bidders should have 26


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completed, within 10 years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the project. Thew bidding is open to all bidders, whether local or foreign, subject to conditions for eligibility as contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly in the Instructions to Bidders (ITB). A complete set of Bidding Documents was purchased by the interested bidders upon payment of a non-refundable fee for Bidding Documents at Php5,000 for Agusan del Sur and Mis. Occ. Provincial Roads Rehabilitation projects, and Php1,000, for the Bukidnon Provincial Roads Maintenance projects. Ravanes said all Pre-Bid Conferences were held on the specified date and time above, and at the location indicated in the Bidding Documents and that the Pre-Bid Conferences were opened to interested parties who have purchased the Bidding Documents for the specific project. He also said the CID Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

DTI bares how consumer complaints are handled by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - The Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (DTI-BTRCP) explained to the consumers on how they handle complaints filed with the agency. U n d e r Article 100 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines, should the consumers find the product they bought defective, they could ask the commercial establishment to repair or replace the item or refund the money they paid. Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan, DTI Iligan City/Lanao del Norte Office, explained that the consumer could file a complaint with the DTI if the establishment fails to act on the matter. Under the Consumer Act, the warranty on products and services should not be less than 60 days, he said. However, the provision would not apply in cases where the customer simply changed his/her mind and would not want the item bought anymore, he added. Meanwhile, upon receipt of the complaint, DTI would send notices of mediation to parties involved.

He cited mediation aims to resolve the issue and save the complainant time and expense to be conducted within five days. If the parties fail to reach an agreement during the mediation stage, the case is submitted for arbitration. In this stage, both parties are required to submit their position paper after which, a decision is rendered by the arbiter. The whole process should ideally last only 20 days, said Paclipan.

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USEP, Australia gov’t school ink deal


ecognizing the value of scientific and educational collaboration between institutions, two state universities from two different continents entered into a memorandum of understanding. The Charles Darwin University,

Northern Territory in Australia represented by vice chancellor Barney Glover and the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City represented by president Perfecto Alibin formalized their understanding to facilitate the exchange of ideas, students, and scholars/staff. The MOU signing took place after a discussion on internationalization that covers international curriculum, 28


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student mobility, and staff exchanges made by Professor Glover on November 14 in the Board Room of the Office of the President at USeP. An open dialogue was participated by the USeP vice presidents, deans of colleges, directors of some units, president of the student council and editorin-chief of the student publication. Monica Turvey, director of International Strategy and Development and Maysie Procianos, manager of International Admissions, also went with the Vice Chancellor of CDU. Also present were Mark Flores, deputy facility director of PhilippinesAustralia Human Resource Organizational Development Facility (PAHRODF), and Ma. Julieta Torres, vice president of the University of Mindanao who represented Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., UM President and public information officer of the Association of Teacher Education Institutions in Mindanao (ATEIM). President Alibin, who also heads ATEIM, invited some officers of the association to be part of the event. (USeP PIO)

Davao City School wins National Search for Eco-Friendly Schools Davao City – Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Matina won 3rd prize during the recently concluded National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools. The school received a total of PhP 30,000 award during the awarding ceremony held at SM North Edsa. The First prize winner is Camarines Sur National High School in Naga City and the second prize winner is San Jose Recoletos High School, Cebu City. These were schools bested all the other 14 competing high schools all over the country. Likewise, Luna Elementary School in Kapalong, Davao del Norte is among those declared regional champions for elementary level while Davao Doctors College, Davao City is the regional champion for the college level. Sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communication Inc., the said nationwide competition aims to recognize educational

institutions from elementary to college levels with the best sustainable and environment-friendly programs and activities. It is the Philippines’ Initiative in support to the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (2008-2012) and the United Nations Decade of Education for sustainable Development (2005-2014). DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna congratulates the winners from Region XI. “I am very proud of this accomplishment of the schools here in the region. It only shows their current environmental programs, activities and efforts to help save Mother Earth. These schools are worthy of emulation and they should be considered as a challenge to other schools to further improve their environmental programs. Indeed, Region XI is always in the forefront in the pursuit for environmental management,” Sampulna added. Sampulna further said that DENR-XI will go from school to school to conduct advocacy campaign on the fight against climate change. (Bing S. Cordova, DENR-XI/PR)

facts and figures... 8,000

The total number of hectares planted to mangoes in the Island Garden City of Samal. Saturday, November 26, 2011


Photo Release

1st Congressman’s marker unveiled at Capitol ALABEL, Sarangani – Vice President Jejomar Binay (center) leads the unveiling of the late Rep. James L. Chiongbian’s (JLC) marker Friday, November 25, as the province names the Sarangani Capitol building after him. Together with Binay are former Governor Priscilla Chiongbian (2nd left), wife of the late Congressman Chiongbian, Governor Migs Dominguez (3rd left), Congressman Manny Pacquiao (2nd right) and Vice Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (right) at the JLC building lobby. (Sarangani Information Office / Bon-Bon Quiño) 30


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DOST-12 renews ISO 9001:2008 certification by Bai Tagitican

KORONADAL CITY – The Department of Science and Technology – 12’s (DOST-12) quality management system (QMS) recently received a confirmation that is has conformed to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008.

DOST-12 first ac-

quired the prestigious

certification three years ago. On November 10-11, the Certification International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI)

conducted an audit of the regional science and technology department and found it has consistently adhered to the rigid ISO 9001:2008 standards. Dr. Zenaida P. Hadji

Raof Laidan, DOST-12 regional director, said they are continually improving the regional office’s QMS, including the four Provincial Science and Technology Centers, to com-

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ply, if not surpass, the standards set by ISO 9001:2008. The CIPI reassessment covered DOST12’s business processes such as the 1) Provision of Technology Transfer Services, 2) S&T Promotion, 3) S&T Information Dissemination; and 4) S&T Scholarships. The audit also included the following areas: maintenance, procurement, competence training and awareness, internal audit, corrective/preventive actions, and management review validation. The ISO 9001:2008 specifies requirements for a QMS where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product and services that meet customer and applicable regulatory and statutory satisfaction. Moreover, it aims to continually improve client satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement. 32


The ISO Certification renewal is not an outright privilege; it requires an annual surveillance audit and a more thorough reassessment audit every three years. Engr. Joselito C. Soler, CIPI head of certification, led the team that conducted the reassessment. CIPI is one of the best ISO 9001:2008 standard certifiers, both in the country and abroad, duly accredited by the Philippine Accreditation Board (PAB) and the United Kingdom Accreditation System (UKAS). Dr. Laidan described the latest certification as a validation of DOST-12’s accomplishments in its continued implementation of the international QMS standard as an instrument to further enhance the office’s competitiveness and to meet the needs and expectations of the people. During the exit conference with the CIPI team, Director Laidan acknowledged the efforts of all the staff for their exemplary perfor-

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mances that led to the latest ISO 9001:2008 certification. She encouraged everybody to continually improve the effectiveness of the agency’s QMS to attain its objective of providing outstanding services at all times. “Let us continue doing our tasks and responsibilities better. We must go beyond the expectations of our clients in satisfying their needs. Teamwork is the key that will lead us towards the achievement of our objectives in contributing to the improvement of the socio-economic welfare not only in Region 12 but the country as a whole,” she said. (DOST 12)

P8-M allotted for poverty alleviation projects in Columbio, Sultan Kudarat by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY – Some P8 million have been allotted by the national government for poverty alleviation projects in the remote town of Columbio in Sultan Kudarat, an official of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – 12 (DSWD 12) recently announced.

DSWD 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda Taha said the fund is intended for community development projects to be implemented under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS). She added these projects include classroom buildings, water systems, health centers, day care centers, local electrification, and road rehabilitation and other development infrastructure that ensure delivery of social services in the communities. These projects will ensure that povertystricken communities

are given the opportunity to improve their lives with projects that they themselves decide, design, and manage, she added. An important component of the KALAHICIDSS is the collective decision of the community-based council regarding the specific project that should be constructed and implemented in their localities. The same council manages the disbursement of funds downloaded from DSWD Central Office and oversee the implementation of the project. Columbio first became a partner-beneficiary of the program in 2006.

Taha said at least P30 million have been spent by the national government for 32 subprojects implemented in the municipality. The local government has also spent about P8 million for the 30 percent LGU counterpart. Other municipalities in Soccsksargen region that are benefiting from KALAHI-CIDSS are: Lutayan and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat; Malapatan, Kiamba, Maasim, Maitum and Malungon in Sarangani;; Arakan, Magpet, President Roxas and Libungan in North Cotabato; and Tboli and LakeSebu in South Cotabato.

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KALAHI-CIDSS implements flood control project in Pres. Roxas, N. Cotabato KORONADAL CITY -- Thousands of residents in Barangay Cabangbangan in Pres. Roxas, North Cotabato will soon benefit from a flood control project under the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan - Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-12. Gemma Rivera, DSWD-12 assistant regional director and KALAHI-CIDSS program manager, said the project, which costs more than P500,000 , is part of the government’s commitment to provide for the priority needs of poverty-stricken communities. The flood control project includes a 4.6 meter box culvert that will solve the problem on flooding that residents in the said barangay regularly experience, especially during rainy seasons. Meanwhile, President Roxas Mayor Jaime Mahimpit reported that some 20 sub-projects, amounting to at least P12.5 M are being implemented in the municipality. These projects include classroom building, water systems, day care center, health centers, road 34


projects and bridges. He added these infrastructure projects have provided local residents with opportunities to improve their standards of living. Since 2006, a total of 52 sub-projects, amounting to at leat P33 million, have been implemented in Pres. Roxas. The local government has spent about P14 million as 30 percent counterpart fund for the project implementation. KALAHI-CIDSS, one of the three primary poverty alleviation program of the government, is a community-driven development project that aims to empower communities through their enhanced participation in community projects that reduce poverty. A major feature of the project implementation process is the strengthened participation of communities in local gov-

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ernance. Under the program, residents through their community councils decide what projects they are going to implement to ensure hastened delivery of social services in the community. They also design, implement and manage these projects. They also supervise the release of funds provided by DSWD Central Office for their project. Besides Pres. Roxas, KALAHI CIDSS is also being implemented in the municipalities of Arakan, Magpet, and Libungan in North Cotabato; Malapatan, Kiamba, Maasim, Maitum and Malungon in Sarangani; Lutayan, Columbio and Sen.Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat; and Tboli at Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. (DSWD-12/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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