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PIA REGIONAL OFFICES IN MINDANAO

An Electronic News Magazine of the Phliippine Information Agency Mindanao Clusters

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: r9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Region-IX

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

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

ABNER M. CAGA

Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

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

OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

Regional Desk Editors …...

Southern Mindanao (Davao Region)

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

Copy Editors ……………….. Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region Nora C. Lanuza Molde, PIA Caraga Region

2/F Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail: efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

Layout Artists ……………... Gerie Mae G. Coco, PIA Caraga Region Richard D. Atillo, PIA Caraga Region Editorial Advisers ……….... ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General Philippine Information Agency

Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA

Presidential Communications Operations Office

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Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

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PIA-Caraga’s Family Day


In This Issue...

National

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Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons forum set in Butuan Jerylle Anne O. Rivera,

Caraga Region

High-performance liquid chromatography found practical for fructooligosaccharides analysis of yacon Jund Rian A. Doringo,

Caraga Region

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Brgy. Sta Catalina gets P1.9M Fire sub station

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Cong Cerilles key notes 1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree

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Jocelyn P. Alvarez,

Coloma says Aquino government has sufficient funds for Christmas bonus of state workers.....................................................

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Singson orders DPWH officials, employees to disclose family members doing business with DPWH.........................................

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Cover Story PIA-Caraga’s Family Day: Work and adventure combined

Region IX David M. Suyao

CARAGA REGION

Region IX

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“Uyap” from Murcielagos Bay, Mis. Occ., still not safe to eat – BFAR Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob,

Region X

BIR urges public to demand receipts as Christmas shoppers surge Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

Region X

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DENR donates lumber for Davao City fire, calamity victims Bing Cordova,

Nilda S. Aninon,

Gov orders 24/7 monitoring of Digos-Cotabato highway project Dani Doguiles,

NORTHERN MINDANAO

Region XI

DavSur guv enjoins LGUs, NGAs for a green province

Region XI

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SOUTHERN MINDANAO page 32

Region XII

DSWD head vows continuous support to poverty alleviation projects

Region XII

CENTRAL MINDANAO page 35


Cover Story PIA-Caraga’s Family Day:

Work and adventure combined by David M. Suyao

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t was dim and damp outside. Thick rainclouds in the skies continue pouring heavy rains that can turn anything dull and idle. But that situation and threat of nature never discourage nor took away the eagerness and excitement of PIA Team Caraga from packing important personal things and equipment, load them to the waiting Toyota Revo, ready to go, and pursue the three-day activities set in Surigao City. It is the team’s “Family Day”. 4

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take their lunch, jokes and laughter began, forgetting the ordeal of the more than two hours travel. Then, exotic sea foods were served, filling every empty stomach with satisfying Surigao delicacies. It was the start The team left PIA Regional Office at 11:00 in the morning, of the exciting and challenging hoping that the rain would cease, combined-purpose trip. but it never. After an hour travThe Mabua Pebble Beach el, the dark surroundings along the way to Surigao City became brighter. The rain had stopped falling! Silver rays of the sun began to spread its glory and blessings to the travelling team, sending a promise of a fine and fruitful day ahead. Another hour later, the team endIn a distance that hued the journey at the Pope John Paul XXXIII Pastoral Dormitory man eyes can reach and see where the team will stay during are white, oblong and roundthe whole duration of the three- ed pebbles adorned along the day trip. seashore, stretching kilome It was almost 2:00 o’clock ters away, will amuse anybody in the afternoon when the team while wondering how these took lunch at a seafood restau- hard, shiny things in uniform rant at the heart of Surigao City. sizes were spread along the When the team settled down to Sunday, November 27, 2011

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shoreline of Barangay Mabua, a few kilomers away from the heart of Surigao City. While the silver rays of the afternoon sun reflects upon the bluish deepness of the sea, the team filled their eyes with that wonder of nature while asking each other and the people around how one can fully enjoy the whole place. “Beautiful, wonderful, but dangerous”. That was what we got. “Few meters away from the seashore, no amateur swimmer had ever measured the deepness of the sea, plus the strong current at the bottom that seems to pull anybody who gambles to invade its deepness,” said Mang Carillo, a resident of the

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place. But many, with full caution, still enjoy swimming and looking at that wonder of nature in Mabua Pebble beach. Birthday celebrations at the SEC swimming pool The sun has fully set when the team returned to the dormitory. Knowing the excitement that awaits us that evening, everybody looks alive, not minding


the body pains caused by long hours travel. After picking up the necessary things and equipment, the team headed to Surigao Education Center (SEC) Laboratory building where a standard-sized swimming pool lies. With soft, mellow music background, the team started to unpack, set up the computers, and change attires, from travelling to swimming. “Splasssshhh!” An inviting sound of the pool water that made all heads turn around! It was regional director Abner Caga who threw himself into the pool, full of energy and excitement. “Come on! The water is warm! It’s our family’s night! Let’s make every minute worthy!” shouted RD Abner.

Right after RD Abner’s yelling invitation, lighted fountains at the side of the pool begun to sprinkle up above, falling towards the center of the pool, spreading warm waters. At a wink of the eye, everybody dive into the pool, yelling and laughing with excitement. The exploited sound of pool waters and the laughter of PIA Caraga family filled the undisturbed silence of the place for 30 minutes. Going back to the tables after the 30 minutes swim, Robert, Gerie and Richard opened their computers to gather news articles from other regions and started the lay-out of the day’s issue of “One Mindanao”. The rest, opening their notes,

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started writing their news items to be included in the day’s publication. Silence again filled the air, and the merry atmosphere turns business. “Hey! The foods are ready. Let’s not wait that they become cold before we attack them!” It was again RD Abner laughingly inviting everybody for dinner! A roasted pig lay on the table surrounded by sea foods. Before anybody picks any of the food, a “Happy Birthday” song filled the air. It was Susil, Robert, Robes and Gerie’s joint birthday celebration. Then the eating tournament began. The night at the pool was spent with work, swim and dining, while jokes and laughter with video-k background made the atmosphere merrier. It was around 11:00 in the evening when Richard declares the “One Mindanao” was uploaded to other regions. It was time to rest and recharge for another day’s event. Second Day Adventure Moderate rainfall at 4:00 o’clock in the morning greets the team bound for Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte. Taking a van and the PIA Revo, it took the team an 8

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hour travel. It was still raining when the team arrived in Barangay Hayanggabon. Breakfast was served, while waiting for the pump boat that will navigate the team to the seven islets, known to be top tourist destinations. First target: the Sohoton Cove. Wonders of Sohoton Cove

While navigating towards the reception cottage to register before proceeding to Sohoton cave, the rain miraculously stopped. The rays of the morning sun took over, making the broken waves sparkle like silver. Jokes and laughter again filled the air. It was still cold when the team reached the Snorkling Cave. With everyone wearing life jackets, one by one, the team members drop into the crystal clear blue water around three to four meters deep. Looking from


the outside of the cave, it was so dark inside that anybody would think it is impossible to see anything inside. Slowly, while floating with the use of life jackets, the team entered the cave, and was surprised that it was not so dark at all inside. Sparkling fragments of stalactites above and at the sides of the cave plus the waterproof flashlights of the tour guides made it possible for everyone to see the beauty and the uniqueness of the cave. It is really a wonder that only nature can offer. Just a few meters away, the team had to stop for a dive. Here, before anybody will dive from the diving platform, seven meters above, he must crawl inside a cave in going up, where he can see different shapes of rocks, beautifully sculptured by nature. But because of the heavy challenge, only three courageously crawled to take the challenge, and appear at the platform above, waving their hands as a sign of triumph. Wow! They are Gerie, Dandy and Pauline, member of the swim team of Surigao City. The rule was reversed, because instead of “ladies first�, the two gentlemen jumped first before Pau. Lazy birds were stirred, flying without direction because of

the yelling and applauses of the whole PIA Caraga family members. After boarding, the journey continues. Destination: back to the tourism cottage to get the packed lunch. The Tiktikan Lagoon Boarding the bigger pump boat that brought the team to the tourism cottage earlier that morning, the team dropped by

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minutes swim to freshen up the hotness they feel that the burning sun brings. Again, jokes and laughter filled the air of the undisturbed paradise. It was almost 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon when the team docked at the small wharf to begin a few minutes hike to where the Lagoon Tiktikan lies. Taking the mountainous foot trail, we enjoyed looking at the Magkuno trees (iron wood trees) that only grow on surface and segments of rocks below and at the sides of the mountains. After few minutes hike, we were amazed to see a cottage, as if hanging above lagoon Tiktikan! The serenity of the place seems to take away the heat and the body pains that we feel. Hun-

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gry and tired, we spend no time anymore. With the delicious food set in front of us, silence took place when every mouth became busy. After a hefty meal, the excitement came back: The target: The crystal side by side with the bolitas (pebble) cave. The Bolitas Cave As we navigate along the way to the crystal and bolitas cave, we filled our eyes looking at the mysterious white walls of towering rocks that hold walingwaling and other ornamental plants hanging on the branches Magkuno trees. The trail to crystal and bolitas cave is narrow, with stairs made of rocks. The two caves have only one main entrance,


splitting below, into two. While at the mouth of crystal cave, one can see broken-like crystal walls, that when hit by the flashlight, they produce the color of the rainbow. Reaching the end, are solid crystals, pasted on walls of rocks will greet the visitors while giant stalactites at the sides and above us look like hanging statues. At the center of the cave stands a crystal statue, around six feet tall, shining delicately. Opposite the mouth of the crystal cave is the mouth of bolitas cave. It is so small that one must crawl all the way to see the small pebbles at the end, extravagantly scattered all over its rounded sala of about eight feet in diameter. Only seven of our team members ventured to enter, while bringing samples of the stones for us to see when

they return. Then the journey continues. This time, sight-seeing of the wonders of the sea and the wealth hidden by the forests along the way to different prestigious resorts scattered on the seven islets surrounded by white sand and crystal blue sea waters. Enjoying the non-toxic jelly fish

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While looking and touching the non-toxic jelly fishes below our pump boat in one of our stop over, we were surprised by the loud flapping of wings above us

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and when we look up, big bats were hovering, disturbed by our presence. Looking at the trees at the side and at the top of the rocky mountains, hundreds of bats are still hanging, waiting for the night to fall. We were all occupied with joy that we almost forget, it’s time to go back to Surigao City. After taking one last swim and bidding goodbye to the wonders of nature that we dated for a very short time, we proceeded to Hayanggabon wharf where our service vehicles are waiting. Without changing our wet swimsuits we boarded, and travelled back to the pastoral dormitory. It was already dark when we arrive at the dormitory. After


refreshing, many of us lay down on our beds, looking above while savouring the joy and we had for the day. But it did not end that way. After dinner, we again faced our computers and work for another publication of “One Mindanao”. Home sweet home! These

are the words that filled our minds that early morning after the excitement we spent the previous day. Looking back while on our way to Butuan City, I said to myself, “I have taken my share from that majestic and mysterious gift of nature. I wish someday, I can have them again.”

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Coloma leads ‘Pilipinas Natin’ Pampanga launch

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residential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. underscored the important role of cooperation between the national and local government as partners in nation-building as he led the Pilipinas Natin launch

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Speaking before a huge crowd of Kapampangans during the formal launching of the Pilipinas Natin program of the Aquino administration at the Dr. Emigio Bondoc Convention Center Saturday, Coloma stressed the need for teamwork and the participation of various sectors through volunteerism 16

in promoting reforms in the country. He said that such efforts are part of the Pilipinas Natin progam targeting all Filipinos from all the provinces in the country. “Ang layunin po natin dito ay pagtibayin ang pagkakaisa ng national at local government kasi iyan po ang magka-agapay sa pagtatatag ng ating bansa… simula nung sa Ultra nagdaos tayo sa Davao City, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Camarines Sur at ngayon naman dito sa San

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Luis, Pampanga,” Coloma said. “Mayrong common themes or elements, isa na diyan yung teamwork between national government and local government, pangalawa ang youth volunteerism… halos sa lahat ng lugar ang nangunguna talaga ang kabataan at pinapakita nila na yung bagong approach natin sa development, hindi na yung gobyerno lahat ang pinanggagalingan ng biyaya, ang mga tao na mismo ang nagkukusang loob na mag-kumpuni ng mga nasira at solusyonan ang kanilang mga problema,” he added. Coloma added that these positive traits, that are inherent among Filipinos, should be promoted through the said proj-


ect based on the Philippine Development Plan, the formula for national reforms. “Sa aking palagay iyan ang diwa na dapat nating palaganapin sa marami pang lugar sa ating bansa sa pamamagitan ng Pilipinas Natin… ang tema ng Philippine Development Plan na roadmap ng ating bansa sa economic, social and political development ay inclusive growth na ibig sabihin ay kasama ang karamihan,” Coloma said. “Iniaangat natin yung mga nasa ilalim na siyang pinakamahirap, 23 per cent Class C at 67 per cent na Class D, ang buhay nila ang pinabubuti natin,” he added. These are through the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino, Conditional Cash Transfer and jobs generation programs that

are focused on these classes in our society. Some 1,100 volunteers and 2,000students from Pampanga-based schools and communities from several cities and municipalities including San Fernando, Angeles, Macabebe and nearby provinces like Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Nueva Ecija and Metro Manila convened and showed their concern to the country through mobilization and efforts to repair and rehabilitate the typhoon-stricken public school buildings in the area. The two-day refurbishing activity exemplifies the values and mission of the Pilipinas Natin program. Also present during the event were San Luis Mayor Asyong Macapagal, PCOO Undersecretary for Op-

erations George Sylinagco and Ms. Maria Montelibano of the Edsa People Power Commission, among others. Apart from his encouraging messages, Coloma also led the “Panata sa Pilipinas Natin” followed by various performances from participating youthoriented groups and organizations. The event was organized in partnership with the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) for the “iTayo Na! School Rebuilding Challenge.” (JCL)

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Coloma says Aquino government has sufficient funds for Christmas bonus of state workers

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residential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma Jr. assured that the Aquino government has allotted sufficient funds for the Christmas bonus of all government employees especially now that the yuletide season has started.

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provide additional support to their needs this Christmas season. “Sa pagkaalam ko po ay mayroon namang nakalaan


na pondo para diyan, hindi naman po ipagkakait iyan… tiyak na sa takdang panahon ay ipagkakaloob sa kanila (government employees) ang mga biyayang nararapat lamang na matanggap nila lalong-lalo na sa kapaskuhan,” Coloma said. When asked when the bonus will be released, Coloma said the probability is within the second

week of December. “Kung ang pagbabatayan ay iyong nakaraang taon, siguro bago sumapit ang kalagitnaan ng buwan (December) matatanggap na yan,” Coloma noted. Prior to the interview, the PCOO chief led the launching of “Pilipinas Natin” a developmental nationwide program of the Aquino administration focusing on further enhancing the partnership between the national and local government in nation-building. The program promotes the spirit of volunteerism in

every Filipino especially the youth sector. Pilipinas Natin also aims to uplift the lives of the people, specifically the underprivileged comprising the classes C and D of the society. The Pilipinas Natin program, spearheaded by the PCOO is based on the Philippine Development Plan of the government, the formula for national reforms. (JCL)

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Singson orders DPWH officials, employees to disclose family members doing business with DPWH

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ublic Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson orders DPWH officials and employees to disclose family members doing business with DPWH within the last five (5)

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in public service as provided for under RA 6713. “This is also in compliance with the objectives of the Integrity Pledge or Commitment to

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Ethical Business Practices and Good Corporate Governance, where DPWH is a signatory,� Secretary Singson said. The disclosure


statement is duly sworn and shall be filed with the DPWH Central Records Management Division not later than April 30 of every year starting 2012. Secretary Singson added that his directive is one of the control efforts to reduce corruption in the department. The Integrity Pledge was launched in De-

cember 2010 and signed by chief executives of various companies in the country who believed that corruption has been one of the biggest impediments to economic growth and prosperity in the Philippines and has been eroding the moral fiber of this society. The management of DPWH up to Regional Directors and Bureau heads signed a similar Integrity Pledge at the recently held values formation workshop in Baguio City. Signatories to the Integrity Pledge acknowledged responsibility to lead by example in the fight against corruption and to op-

erate their businesses ethically and with integrity. They also vow participate in the creation of key measures and control activities intended to ensure transparency, integrity and ethical business practice. The integrity initiative is spearheaded by the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Asian Institute of management, Coalition Against Corruption, and the Management Association of the Philippines. (DPWH)

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Barangay Binicalan in San Luis to receive gifts from OPAPP by David M. Suyao

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he Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has declared a P4 Million approved budget for Barangay Binikalan, San Luis, Agusan del Sur and one of the projects is the construction of a tribal house during a project consultation forum held at the Provincial Training Center on Wednesday, November 23.

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According to Brgy. Binikalan Barangay Captain Nelson Pantadon, the tribal house will be utilized as the official meeting place of the tribal leaders coming from the different neighbouring barangays and sitios and will also serve as their resting place when they cannot return to their respective areas after the meeting. “The tribal house will become a landmark in Brgy. Binicalan, where we will settle our tribal disputes, with the intervention of the different government agencies who at stake, the army and the police, and the local government units. When it is impossible for our lumad brothers and sisters to go back to their areas, they will spend the night at the tribal house for them to have a good rest for another travel the following day back to their respective places,” Brgy. Captain Pantadon said. During the consultative meeting, the OPAPP, some 30 tribal leaders, youth and women’s representatives from Brgy. Binikalan, LGU San Luis and the provincial government representatives with different government agencies who are

stakeholders of the program also discussed the economic, social, asset reforms, security and infrastructure issues that are prevalent in the area. On economic issues, the unavailability of agriculture technology was given importance but was immediately addressed by the provincial and municipal agriculture office when they committed to send planting materials and agriculture technicians to attend to the needs of the local residents. The high illiteracy rate was recognized most in the discussion of the social development issue. The Department of Education has presented various programs of the DepEd that would address the issues but one major problem that was presented was the geographical location and the distance of some barangays from the center of Brgy. Binikalan. “Aside from the distance and the geographical location, almost all schools have only one or two classrooms where some use only anahaw leaves as the roof to protect the children from the heat of the sun and the rain,” Brgy. Captain Pantadon said.

Because of the prevailing situation, the interventions of the LGUs were tapped, with the help of the military, in order to address the issue. On security issue, recruitment by the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front (CNN) were also discussed but the discussion were left to the Municipal and the provincial Peace and Order Councils to address the issue. As usual, almost impassable roads were taken up, and were answered by the local government units, where programs for barangay roads for the coming years are in line for implementation. “This is only an initial intervention of the OPAPP. The President has already given much attention to the situations like Binicalan. Next year, our office will be focusing our programs to address the issue like that of Binicalan in order to solve the situation so that we can attain cooperation from our brothers and sisters in the hinterlands for lasting peace,” OPAPP Rep. Orly Binansilan said.

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Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons forum set in Butuan by Jerylle Anne O. Rivera

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he Regional Development Council-Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) will conduct a forum on “Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Persons� on December 2, 2011 at Luciana Convention Center, this city.

The forum, which forms part of the activities of the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) here will have Ms. Jean Enriquez, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking Women-AsiaPacific (CATWAP) as spokesperson. Enriquez is an advocate of the victims of depraved rape, rescued

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women from prostitution, and has had her team of social workers exposed abusers. She is also continuously confronting with some of the most terrible sexual crimes committed by suspects against women and children. The forum will be participated in by the different agencies who have direct role and

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participation in fighting violence against women and children. Among those include the Agusan del Norte Provincial Government, Parole and Probation Administration (PPA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the RDC-GADCC, FORWARD Inc.


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High-performance liquid chromatography found practical for fructooligosaccharides analysis of yacon by Jund Rian A. Doringo high-performance liquid chromatography, HPLC, is a chromatographic technique that can separate a mixture of compounds and is used to identify, quantify and purify the individual components of the mixture.

The Food and Nutri- have the highest con- ple food matrices for

tion Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (or FNRI-DOST) validated that the HPLC method is applicable to fructooligosaccharides (FOS) analysis. FOS’s are indigestible short-chain oligosaccharides, naturally occurring in plant foods that have been scientifically proven to stimulate the growth of health-enhancing colonic bacteria and reduce the risk factors of certain chronic diseases such as cancer, heart diseases and diabetes. Yacon, a native Andean plant cultivated for its tuber, was found to

centration of FOS among plants. HPLC was used to test for accuracy, precision, limit of detection, limit of quantization and linearity in yacon juice. Results showed that the values were generally acceptable for accuracy, precision and efficiency. When compared to the Japan Food Research Laboratories (JFRL), results met the acceptance criteria using the same method. The validation proved the method of FOS analysis to be accurate and precise. Method verification should be done on other sam-

best results, according to Rosemarie G. Garcia (MS Food Sci Tech), Senior Science Research Specialist. For more information on food and nutrition, please contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, Bicutan, Taguig City; trunkline: 837 2071 local 2296 or 2287; telephone/fax no.: 837 3164, email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or mar_v_c@yahoo.com; website: http://www. fnri.dost.gov.ph (FNRIDOST S & T Media Service)

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1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree kicks-off in Pagadian City by Claro Lanipa

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he First Mindanao Scouts Jamboree was formally opened on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 with a parade of participating contingents at the city’s main streets which was followed by the opening program at the Grand Arena, Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Government Center, Dao, this city. The Jamboree bears the theme: SCOUTS: “Building Tomorrow Today.” Sa kanyang mensahe sinabi ni Jose Rizal C. Pangilinan, Secretary General sa Boy Scouts of the Philippines, “Malaking kaganapan ang Jamboree na ito dito sa Western and Eastern Mindanao regions, lalong-lalo’t na sa bansang Pilipinas sapagkat ang aming paniniwala sa National office ito ay isang pagtitipon 26

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upang bigyan parangal ang ating mga kabataan na nakikiisa ngayon dito sa 1st Mindanao Jamborette.” “Sa inyong mga minamahal naming mga kabataan, tandaan ninyo na kayo ang aming pagasa bilang inyong mga lider kayo ang magiging gabay naming sa kinabukasan. Kayo ang magpapatuloy sa sinimulan naming pagkikibaka sa buhay umiikot hindi para sa kasalukuyan kundi para sa hinaharap. Ang

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hinaharap ay kayo mga minamahal naming mga kabataan. Ilan panahon pa ay kayo naman ang papalit sa kinalalagyan naming ngayon sapagkat para sa inyo ang kinabukasan,” Pangilinan said in tagalog. He disclosed that just recently, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia the World Organization of the scout movement launched its


project called “Messenger of Peace.” The project aimed at inviting scouts from all over the world to spread the meaning of Peace by putting it into practice so that every individual or every scout members will find happiness in themselves and in their respective communities. This Jamboree, being the first ever of its kind – that advocates

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peace shall be linked to that project to achieve its objectives. Let us be “ambassadors of peace” and spread the good meaning of peace is all about, Pangilinan stressed. “Hayaan ninyo sa pamamagitan sa Jamboree na ito, ay madagdagan ang inyong kaalaman upang kayo ay maging matuwid na mamamayan hindi lamang

sa hinaharap kundi sa darating na bukas,” sabi ni Pangilinan. “Scouting is not just for fun, scouting is education for life,” Pangilinan concluded his message. Some 10,000 boy and senior scouts from 29 Boy Scout Councils in Mindanao participated in the first ever Mindanaowide jamboree.

Brgy. Sta Catalina gets P1.9M Fire sub station by Jocelyn P. Alvarez uslim dominated Barangay Sta Catalina gets a newly constructed fire sub-station amounting to P1.9 Million from the city government, a new development in the area that will surely redound to the benefit of the community and neighboring barangays. City Mayor Celso Lobregat during the fire sub-station’s recent inauguration said “our administration does not only address peace and order problems but also public safety.” The barangay’s fire sub-station is e 14th fire station

facility in the city. The mayor revealed that more projects have been lined up for implementation in this area such as the construction of a P23Million twostorey classroom building; P500,000 shoreline protection

project and P1million road project . B a r a n gay Sta Catalina to date is a recipient of some P60.8 million total amount of various projects that the city government has implemented since 2007.

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Cong. Cerilles keynotes 1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree amboanga del Sur 2nd District Representative Aurora E. Cerilles was guest of honor and keynote speaker in yesterday’s opening program of the 1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree held at the Grand Arena, Provincial Government Complex, Dao, this City. Congresswoman Cerilles said this jamboree is a fitting tribute to both the young scouts and scouters who have been working and learning together all over the years in advancing Boy Scouts of the Philippines’ call of building strong and dependable leaders of tomorrow. She said, this jamboree affords remarkable and enriching opportunities for the development of knowledge, skills and sound values as well as meeting new friends and have fun and adventure with nature. Looking back at the foundation of scouting we see the tip of its mission instilling among the youth the love of God, country and fellowmen. In this troubled and conflict time, it is love that gives us the power to overcome and win over life’s many challenges. It is in recognizing that we have only one God 28

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regardless of race, beliefs and culture that we shall truly achieve unity and lasting peace, Cerilles exhorted. One of the best ways to combat today’s socio-economic challenge is in raising a ban of responsible, equip, law abiding and morally straight young generation who shall take the frontlines in effecting national transformation and who shall take vital roles in nation-building. We envisioned the scouting movement to be the breeding ground of topnotch and trustworthy young citizens of the country, Cerilles added. Congresswoman Cerilles hopes that this Mindanao Jamboree is the first and may be the beginning of closer unity and stronger collaborations among the cities, provinces and BSP councils in Mindanao. We look forward to succeeding jamborees as we

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continuously usher and guide the young generations of today towards the green pasture of life awaiting them, Cerilles concluded. Also present during the opening program were Congressmen Victor Yu and George Almonte, council chairmen of the different contingent represented by the respective governors, city and municipal mayors, members of the BSP executive board, provincial board members, scout executives and scouters and officials of the Department of Education. Meanwhile, Governor Antonio H. Cerilles, Camp Chief and Council Chairman of the Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian City BSP Council officially declared the 1st Mindanao Scouts Jamboree open. This was immediately followed by a 10minute fireworks display. (JPA/CAL/PIA(/ ZamboSur)


Army, PENRO join hands in promoting environmental protection in Lanao Sur

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ome 600 persons attended a short program on environmental awareness facilitated by the Philippine Army (PA), stationed, here.

Organized by the 64th Infantry Battalion (64IB), PA, the program anchored on the theme “Tree Planting for Sustainable Development” was held at the Pantar Central School, today. Col. Tatar Boriongan (Ret.), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Lanao del Sur, graced the ceremony which was highlighted with the conduct of tree-planting activity. At least 200 pieces of various nonfruit bearing trees were distributed to and planted by the participants. The activity was in line with the

observance of the Environmental Awareness Month this November. In support to the program, the soldiers also distributed at least 500 pieces of educational materials regarding care for the environment for the students. The municipal policemen of Pantar led by Police Inspector Salman M. Saad, also, joined the activity. Boriongan urged the people to keep on planting trees. “Mas malaki ang ating mapapakinabangan lalo na ang ating mga anak kapag marami tayo maitanim na punongkahoy,” he said. Sunday, November 27, 2011

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The Army represented by 1Lt. the Internal Peace and Security Plan Randolf Manding, likewise, vowed to (IPSP) Bayanihan program. (64IB) support the PENRO as mandated in

“Uyap” from Murcielagos Bay, Mis. Occ., still not safe to eat – BFAR by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – All types of shellfish and “alamang”” or minute shrimps, locally known as “uyap” or “uyabang,” gathered from Murcielagos Bay, located between Mis Occ. and Zamboanga del Norte, is still unsafe for human consumption. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in its Shellfish Bulletin No. 24, issued recently advised the public not to harvest, not to eat, not to sell and not to buy them. Visa Tan-Dimerin, Regional Director of BFAR, region 10, said the warning came out after the latest laboratory results conducted on the shellfish and “alamang” collected from the area have been found positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit. She said three other areas are also found positive of red tide, therefore, shellfish collected from the following areas are also unsafe to eat: Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and Matarinao Bay in Eastern Samar, Masinloc Bay in Zambales. Dimerin, however, said that fish, squids, shrimps and crabs, are safe to eat, provided they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before cooking. Meanwhile, BFAR said the following coastal waters have continued 30

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to be free from toxic red tide, and the shellfish gathered from these areas are safe to eat:Mindanao: Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin, Hinatuan, Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur and Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental. Visayas: Irong-irong, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Samar, Ormoc, San Pedro, Cancabato and Carigara Bays in Leyte, Biliran Waters in Biliran Province. Pilar, President Roxas, Pontevedra, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz and E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Villadolid, Talisay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victorias City, Bago City and San Enrique in Negros Occidental. Luzon: Cavite, Las Pinas, Paranaque, Navotas, Bulacan and Bataan in Manila Bay. Alaminos, Anda, Bani and Bolinao in Pangasinan, Milagros and Mandaon Bays in Masbate, Juag Lagoon in Matnog and Sorosogon Bay in Sorsogon.Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City, and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan.


BIR urges public to demand receipts as Christmas shoppers surge by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – In an effort to increase tax collections and generate more revenues, especially this holiday season, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Revenue District 99 (BIR-RD 99) here, urged the public to demand official receipts in every purchase made. BIR-RD 99 Revenue District Officer Myrna Bernardo reiterates the agency’s public appeal to always ask an official receipt (OR) in every purchase and services paid, so that the government could collect more taxes and prevent tax fraud. “Tax is everybody’s business and we should rapidly recognize that neither the government nor the BIR alone can do well without the collective support of our fellow citizens,” Bernardo said in an interview, during the agency’s forum on Withholding Tax Yearend Adjustment, here. In a separate interview, Mike Sanggacala, Assistant Revenue District Officer (ARDO), likewise, said that paying the right taxes is not just a legal obligation, but is also a moral obligation. “We appeal to the public to help the agency by declaring the true value of their assets and liabilities and to pay the right taxes,” he said. He added that the BIR’s Premyo sa Resibo (PSR) project helped the agency monitor professionals, commercial establishments and private businesses who evade to pay correct taxes. The PSR is a tax campaign

scheme, which encourages the public to ask for receipts for goods and services purchased and help the government collect more revenues. To join, just text PSR (space) TIN of official receipt of sales invoice (space) OR No. (space) Amount. Example: PSR 123456789101 5678 250. Send to 9777 for single entry or 9778 for multiple entries. Each entry costs P2.50. Every P100 in the receipt is equivalent to one entry. Amount is rounded up to the next hundred. Example: P250 is equivalent to three entries which cost P7.50. P520 is equivalent to six entries which cost P15. To seek more help from the buying public, the BIR intensifies its campaign on the PSR promo, where anybody can win big prizes in weekly draws and P1 million in the grand draw.

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Violence against women primers set to launch in Davao City

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everal primers, a report and a monograph on the Justice and Healing Program for Survivors of Gender-based violence are set to be launched in the city on December 1 (Thursday).

The Women’s Feature Service (WFS) will lead the launching at 4p.m. of said date at the Grand Men Seng Hotel, Magallanes Street, Davao City. To be launched are five primers and a baseline report on the “Experience of Multi-Stakeholder Groups with Violence Against Women (VAW) laws.” Also to be presented is the legal monograph on Article 36 of the Family Code entitled “Psychological incapac

ity and its implications on women’s human right to self-determination and integrity.” The report contains findings from focus group discussions with survivors and service providers, with lawyers and judges. The publications are jointly published by the WFS, Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) and Women’s Legal Education Advocacy and Defense Foundation, Inc. (WomenLEAD). The expected speakers in the launching are Teresa D. Balayon and Atty. Claire Angeline Luczon, executive directors of WCC and WomenLEAD, respectively. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DENR donates lumber for Davao City fire, calamity victims

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ment here for the construction of houses for fire and other calamity victims.

The donated lumber included Deptirocarp, Yakal and Guijo spe


cies that were salvaged from the demolished old building of the DENR regional office. Davao City marketing supervisor Francisco V. Vales Jr. received the donation on behalf of the local government unit through the office Vice-Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte. DENR-XI regional executive director Jim O. Sampulna said that LGU Davao City met the qualification standard to receive such donation in accordance to Section 2 of Malacanang Memorandum Order No. 162 Series of 1993 which was

issued by then Pres. Fidel V. Ramos on August 19, 1993. Sampulna explained one of the qualification standards set for the requesting party to become recipient is the nature of its functions that require wood materials in order to enhance their services to the general public. Upon completion of the project, LGU Davao City is required to submit pictures and detailed report of the use of the forest products to the DENR. (DENR-11/Bing Cordova)

DavSur guv enjoins LGUs, NGAs for a green province

Cagas issued Executive Order Number 37 dated November 22, 2011 institutionalizing the Run 2 Plant 4 Greenin Philippines in the province of Davao del Sur. The issuance was meant to intensify both awareness and massive campaign in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation among local government leaders putting commitment to action for a greener and healthier environment. DIGOS CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR In this endeavor, the governor Governor Douglas Cagas recently also urged the participation and coordination of the Provincial Environment enjoined all local government units to take part in the implemen- and Natural Resources Office, City Entation of the Run 2 Plant 4 Greenin vironment and Natural Resources Office, Municipal Environment and NatPhilippines as part of the provural Resources Office, Department of ince’s commitment to put action Education, and the public and private for a greener and healthier envischools. (PIO-DavSur/Nilda S. Anronment. inon) Sunday, November 27, 2011

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MunaTo Festival 2011 Street Dancing Showdown ALABEL, Sarangani – The best street dancers from Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato vie for the total cash prize of at least P237,000 in the MunaTo Festival street dancing showdown watched by thousands of spectators at the Capitol grounds Saturday, November 26. MunaTo Festival is a celebration honoring the first people and leaders of Sarangani. MunaTo was derived from the native vernacular meaning “unang tao” or “first people,” the early inhabitants of Sarangani who passed on a rich cultural heritage. MunaTo also refers to the makers of the 2000-year old anthropomorphic burial jars discovered in Maitum that are now in the National Museum. As a tribute to the pioneering leaders of the province, MunaTo is a celebration of their efforts to spur development in Sarangani which is sustained up to this day. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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Binay turns over P2M for senior citizens center in Sarangani By Beverly Paoyon

ALABEL, Sarangani – Vice President Jejomar Binay ceremonially turned over a P500,000 check each to Glan, Maitum, Malapatan, and Maasim yesterday (November 25) to fund for the construction of senior citizens center in these municipalities.

Binay graced the second day celebration of the 9th MunaTo Festival and 19th Founding Anniversary of Sarangani Province.

“Karamihan sa mga matatanda ay napapabayaan at nagmistulang walang silbi sa

ating lipunan,” Binay lamented. He also pointed out the reality where the elderly are left with no choice but to beg for alms to support their medication needs while others were totally abandoned by their own

families. “Kaya naman isa sa aming mga proyekto sa Tanggapan ng Pangalawang Pangulo ay pagpapatayo at pagpapakumpuni ng lahat ng mga senior citizens center sa buong bansa,” Binay said.

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“Ginagawa po namin ito upang isulong at itaguyod ang importansya ng nakakatanda sa pagtataguyod ng ating bansa,” he explained. Meanwhile, Binay noted the distress that the general populace of indigenous peoples in the country experience particularly in Sarangani Province where he disclosed his desire to provide assistance thru housing program. “Hangarin ko rin na lahat ng mga indige-

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nous peoples o ating mga katutubo sa bansa ay ating matulongan kasama na po ang Tboli, Manobo, Kalagan at Muslim dito sa lalawigan ng Sarangani. Tutulungan po natin sila,” Binay said. “Hangarin natin na matugunan ang kanilang mga pangangailangan lalong-lalo na sa pabahay. Kaya naman ho inilunsad natin ang indigenous peoples’s housing program na pakikinabangan ng katutu-

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bong Pilipino kasama sila sa mga naghihirap nating kababayan,” he also said. “Kaya po kami ay gumawa ng paraan para itong katutubong kababayan natin ay magkaroon ng kanilang sariling pamamahay,” Binay added. Sarangani is a home to diverse tribes with distinct culture they succeeded to preserve and are living in co-existence with one another peacefully.


Gov orders 24/7 monitoring of Digos-Cotabato highway project by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- North Cotabato governor Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza has ordered contractors of Digos-North Cotabato road Improvement project to monitor sections under construction 24 hours a day seven days a week.

In a recent meeting of the Provincial Project Monitoring and Advisory Group, Gov. Mendoza also emphasized the importance flag men to ensure constant flow of traffic, especially in critical areas such as in blind curves. She said having personnel to guide traffic is necessary even at night time to be able to immediately address that may occur. Local government officials also cited poorly constructed diversion section, lack of safety barriers and traffic signage, and absence of warning devices as among the

immediate concerns that the contractors should take care of. “With all the ongoing developments in our highways, we still have to bear in mind the convenience and most of all safety of the riding public,” Gov. Taliño-Mendoza told the contractors. She also ordered LGUs to account project-related road accidents and have them reported to the local police station and entered into the police blotter for proper investigation. The governor also asked contractors to shoulder hospitalization for any accident that may occur in their respective

jurisdiction. Contractors, on the other hand, said that complaints on signage and early warning devices have already addressed however, unidentified individuals removed and redirected them. They also assured the governor that other concerns raised during the meeting will be acted upon the soonest possible time. According to data from the Department of Public Works and Highways – 12 (DPWH) website the DigosNorth Cotabato road improvement project has a total budget of P277.97 million.

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DSWD head vows continuous support to poverty alleviation projects KORONADAL CITY -- Officials of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD 12) assured KALAHI-CIDSS partner-beneficiaries that the government is committed to continue with poverty alleviation interventions in Soccksksargen Region. Bai Zorahayda Taha also promised that the government will make sure that the P59 billion fund for the expansion of the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa KahirapanComprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) will be spent where they are intended and that no corrupt official will benefit from these funds. She explained that although the DSWD implements the poverty alleviation program, it is the communities that directly receive funds from DSWD Central Officer for the sub-projects they perceive would 38

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improve the delivery of social service in their area. Before these funds are downloaded, barangay residents and their councils undergo capability –building for the proper management of these projects, that include among others, classrooms, health center, day care centers, farm-to-market roads, bridges, flood control projects, electrification, ang water systems, Taha continued. With its major feature which focuses on community empowerment, KALAHI-CIDSS allows wider community participation among

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the target beneficiaries. Barangay councils of the partnerbeneficiary communities decide which projects should be implements. They also design and actually manage these projects and control the release of the project funds. Director Taha also reported that since the program started in 2003, P465-million worth of sub-projects have been implemented in Soccsksargen Region, which covers the provinces of Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, and North Cotabato. (Dani Doguiles)


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