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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

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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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MBLT-12 rescued group of women believed victims of trafficking

Region IX

DCCII Facilitates carwash and vulcanizers’ organization in Dipolog City Region IX

Alfonso T. Ruda,

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RDC-X endorses Php1.838B proposal of R-10 eco-sector agencies for FY 2012

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City of Iligan inks MOA with PICE, TESDA, GK for joint construction of 300 houses

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TESDA eyes industry visits in Mindanao

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South Cotabato implements version of seal of housekeeping for barangays

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Melvin T. Anggot / Virgilio C. Garcia

Carina Cayon,

Region X

Cover Story Four queens, one best place to stay in Pagadian Gideon C. Corgue

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WESTERN MINDANAO

Region X

Region XI

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Pres. Aquino tells PIA Weather Watch, ‘good job’.....................................................

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Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

Region XII

DOLE Kabuhayan starter kit inspires visually impaired person

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LGU-Hinatuan moves closer to people

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DepEd observes 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women

Gemma S. Millan

Jennifer P. Gaitano

Region Caraga

Region Caraga

CENTRAL MINDANAO

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Cover Story Four queens, one best place to stay in Pagadian

by Gideon C. Corgue

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o provide guests a calm, modest, charm and cozy ambiance, a well-refurbished hotel was opened to serve its customers from remote places here.

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The Four queens resort is situated in barangay Bulatok, with 1,700 sq. meters area. It has two (2) elegant and fullyair conditioned function halls, swimming pool, green house (a garden wedding and reception venue), and a videoke bar. The hotel was named ‘four queens’ after the owner and her three daughters: Princess, Vanessa, and Paulline. It has superior, comfortable, elegant, clean and fully-air conditioned rooms with flat screen cable television and hot-and cold water shower rooms where some rooms have private balcony, with spectacular view of the pool area. All rooms are at affordable rates. To provide an ideal venue for conferences, training, seminars, and assessment meetings, the Empress hall equipped with an LCD projector, a state-of-the art audio visual equipment and Wi-fi internet access which can accommodate 100-200 persons, is ready to serve. It has also Duchess hall, an open air hall beside the pool fully equipped with audio-visual facili-

ties and wireless internet connection which can house comfortably 50-100 persons. Civil engineer Jocelyn P. Hinoguin, the owner said she did not expect that a resort will be constructed in the area saying that her original planned was to put up a building for the regional offices to rent but she opted to launched a profitable and long-term business -- a resort. Hinoguin said the existing building was converted into a hotel on July 2008 and completed on October this year. The facade and traditions of the building were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travellers the kind of comfort they’d expect . Hinoguin said renovation project costed about P20-M. “I did not spend so much more money because it was me who personally supervised the construction of engineering aspects of the building,” Hinoguin said who has been engaged in construction of buildings with his late husband and contractor Paul Hinoguin for more than a decade.

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Hinoguin said what is unique in the hotel is that they will offer and serve to all its hotel guests an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, one of the world’s great cuisines. “The food will be prepared by chef hired from Cebu City, who is an expert in preparing the cuisine,” Hinoguin added. “We offer an unforgettable experience to all our guests with the staff’s great hospitality,” Hinoguin said saying that it’s not only the delicious food that would attract the visitors but the Filipino’s warm hospitality that is deeply embedded by them. Another special features from the resort are the beauty of the lush

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garden and the beautiful and natural swimming pool for an outdoor wedding celebration which have never been conducted in any of the hotels in the city, Hinoguin proudly said. A wedding package of free hotel accommodation and bridal car will be offered to those who would plan to hold the wedding reception party at their resort. A free, safe, secure and convenient parking space will be offered also to their guests for the duration of their stay. Hinoguin said the existence of their establishment now has offered employment opportunities to the residents of the city, since it did not give competitive salaries and benefits yet to their employees because it operates for less than a month. At present, the resort has a total number of 26 employees some of whom are hotel and restaurant management graduates and graduates of 4-year courses. “The good quality of foods and excellent services are our trademarks that we can be proud of in attracting travelers and visitors who will visit the new tourism-related establishment in the city,” Hinoguin concluded.


Aquino to keynote 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will keynote the 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress that will take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila on Tuesday (November 29). Monday, November 28, 2011

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The Congress, which is being held under the auspices of the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), aims to promote multisectoral partnerships for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The UNCRPD requires participating countries to take effective and appropriate measures, including peer support, to

enable persons with disabilities to attain and maintain maximum independence, full physical, mental, social and vocational ability and full inclusion and participation in all aspects of life. The Philippines became the 23rd country to ratify the UNCRPD in 2008 and fully supports its prescribed policy through the CommunityBased Rehabilitation, the best strategy to address the needs and promote the rights of

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people with disabilities worldwide. This year’s Congress, which will run for three days until December 1, has a general theme “CBR: Building Communities for Everyone,” and a sub-theme “Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda.” Joining the President will be Social Welfare Secretary and NCDA Chairperson Corazon Soliman. (RCK)

Pres. Aquino tells PIA Weather Watch, ‘good job’ resident Benigno S. Aquino III commended the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) for the effective use of its ‘Weather Watch’ Facebook Fan Page in boosting government’s disaster preparedness and response.

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President Aquino was in Legazpi City, Albay over the weekend, to inaugurate the Climate Change Academy together with Governor Joey Salceda--the lead initiator of the academy, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje and Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma. “Congratulations on a good

job!”, Betty Lou Penera, PIA planning director, quoted President Aquino as saying after he viewed the PIA Weather Watch booth which was part of an exhibit inside the lobby of the academy based at the Bicol University campus. The FB Weather Watch site relies on the popularity of the social networking site to operate on

the framework of ‘Problem-Information-Action’ or another acronym for the PIA. It was conceived and launched by PIA Director General Jose Fabia at the height of Typhoon Juan in October, last year in coordination with the Central C o m muni ca-

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tions Desk of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). Earlier, Fabia said this other acronym for the agency signifies the free and continuous flow of timely and accurate disasterrelated information to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Managem e n t Council a n d 10

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as an internet and texting-based tool of the national government for early warning and response in times of natural disasters. In addition to reports monitored from private media on a 24-hour basis, Weather Watch also uses situation reports gath-


ered from the field by PIA staff from 16 regions and 58 provinces across the country. Likewise, the web page also informs the public, particularly those who have relatives and friends, about the weather situation in disaster-hit areas. “To put it simply, Weather watch uses new media as a tool in saving lives through disaster preparedness,” Penera said, as she described the page that provides not only real-time weather updates, but flooding situations, information on road conditions and even school and work suspensions related to bad weather. Penera said

that among the notable contributions of weather Watch was the immediate rescue of at least 9 families from a landslide that hit St. Bernard town in Southern Leyte on Jan. 2, 2011; the prompt rescue of about 50 passengers from possible drowning on Oct. 1, 2011 when their truck became stranded after the river in Brgy. Tuec in Camiling, Tarlac overflowed due to Typhoon Quiel; and the real-time updates and warning on evacuation efforts as well as observations in the country during the March 11, 2011 Japan tsunami incident. C u r r e n t l y, Weather Watch has gained a total of

13 million post views, 13,786 feedbacks and 4,570 online “likes.” Penera said FB users need only to “like” the Weather Watch page to have a reliable 24/7 source of Philippine weather updates. Penera was part of a PIA team led by Deputy Director General Virgilio DC Galvez and PIA Bicol Regional Director Ed de Leon which covered the presidential visit in Legazpi City.

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ZamboSur PNP chief extols everyone to respect human rights and promote peace by Gideon C. Corgue

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‘f everyone uphold the fundamental principle of human rights and promote the spirit of unity, respect, understanding and cooperation, peace will be finally achieved’. This said ZamboSur PNP provincial director P/Sr. Supt. Jose Bayani L. Gucela during the Mindanao Week of Peace press conference organized by the interfaith forum for solidarity and peace (IFFPS) held recently at the UCCP conference hall, here. Gucela said

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realistic peace in Mindanao. The provincial director said that the problem of peace

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that we are having is not the fight between the Christians and Muslims


but it is a fight between good and evil. The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, Gucela said are the primary agencies of the government that help maintain peace and order in our country. “We feel ourselves present wherever there are activities for peace like this,” Gucela said. Gucela lauded the IFPS for promoting peace and harmony between and among Christians, Muslims, and Lumads saying that it is only thru the group that would show to the world and explain to the people that we have no problem on faith and religion. The IFFPS is composed of religious and civil society groups based in Pagadian City created in 2005 which help promote peace, justice, and solidarity among the tri-people of our society. On the 1st day of MWP celebration, Gucela said there were no major incidence happened in the province, a manifestation that

the stakeholders are supporting the law enforcement operations of the PNP and AFP. Meanwhile, G7 chief Lt. Col. Samuel Leria said that the 1st Infantry Tabak division is strongly supporting the MWP celebration by conducting peacerelated activities in the area of responsibility of the division. Leria said the in the ‘ride for peace’, the opening salvo of the 2-week MWP celebration, no less than the 1st Infantry division commander MajGen. Noel Coballes has actively participated the event and led the bikers group of Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace members, KARANCHO Zamboanga del Sur Chapter, Philippine National Police-Police Provincial Office and 1st Infantry Tabak Division where he has also the guest speaker of the short program held at Plaza Luz. The 104th Infantry (Sultan) brigade and Task Force Basilan led by Col. Ricardo Visaya with the Magdilaab Fo-

dundation conducted a peace caravan in Basilan and the Task Force Makalintad led by Brigadier General Roland Amarille in partnership with the Makigdait Foundation in Iligan City have conducted similar activity in support to the MWP celebration, Leria explained. The G7 chief said the MWP is in anchored on the Internal Peace and Security Plan or IPSP Bayanihan, the new military anti-insurgency campaign under the Aquino administration which encouraged all stakeholders including the local chief executives to strongly support the anti-insurgency campaign. MWP steering committee chair Sultan Abdulmaguid Maruhom thanked the government agencies, civil society groups, media, and other stakeholders for actively supporting the activities that IFFPS is launching from November 28-December 10. Maruhom said the celebration is aimed

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strengthening the relationships between the Muslims, Christians, Lumads and build closer cooperation with the government agencies in promoting peace, harmony and solidarity. The line up activities for the celebration include: Nov.

25, civil society-government dialogue; Nov. 26, forum on women’s rights; Nov. 27, radio guesting at dxBZ and dxPR; Nov. 28, community-based dialogue between the PNP,AFP, civil society organizations, and community leaders on the promo-

tion and protection of human rights; Nov. 29, RH Bill symposium and forum on ecology and mining; December 9-10, ‘panaw alang sa kinabuhi’; Dec. 10, rally for life and press conference. (JPA/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

MBLT-12 rescued group of women believed victims of trafficking

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he Philippine Navy rescued a group of women, believed to be victims of human trafficking, attempting to illegally enter Malaysia through the backdoor in Palawan. The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP reported that the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (MBLT-12) rescued 14 persons at Brgy. Mangsee last November 22. The rescue took place as a result of information received that a group of women is in North Mangsee and waiting to be transported to Malaysia through the backdoor. 14

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At around 5 o’clock in the afternoon of November 22, 2011 and upon receiving the report, MBLT-12 personnel stationed at Mangsee together with barangay captain Pistoh Hamjah, verified the presence of unidentified women allegedly attempting to illegally enter Malaysia via the said barangay. The team was able to confirm the report

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and rescued the said persons. The 13 women were believed to be victims of human trafficking. They were brought to WESCOM hospital together with their guide today November 25 for medical examination and debriefing before they will be turned over to proper authorities. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)


DCCII Facilitates carwash and vulcanizers’ organization in Dipolog City by Alfonso T. Ruda

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he Dipolog City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., has recently facilitated the meeting of all carwash and vulcanizing operators in the city.

It was held at Octave Music Lounge and Sports Bar, Tomas Claudio St., Dipolog City on November 22, 2011. Mr. Michael Malacca, DCCII President said, the meeting aimed to discuss pertinent issues affecting the operation of carwash and vulcanizing services in the city. It was called to remind the carwash and vulcanizing shop operators of the requirements of the City Government. Malacca reminded the carwash and vulcanizing shop operators to comply the requirements set by the City Government to facilitate the issuance of their business permits. At present, Malacca admitted that most of the carwash and vulcanizing shop operators in the city have not com-

plied with the requirements, thus their operation is deemed illegal as they operate without business permit. Dipolog City Assistant City Planning Officer, Engr. Ervin Bael discussed the city zoning ordinance concerning the requirements for the operation of carwash and vulcanizing shops in the city. He assured that the City Government will issue the business permit once the requirements and standards set by the City Government is met. Meanwhile, Department of Trade and Industry Representative Ms. Maridel D.Palpagan also discussed the carwash and vulcanizing shop operators about Republic Act 9178 of 2002, otherwise known as the Barangay Micro Business

Enterprise (BMBE) Law and the benefits of the said law. In another development, during that meeting, the carwash and vulcanizing shop operators have initially organized themselves into a group called Dipolog Carwash Station and Vulcanizing Shops Association(DCSVSA). Mr. Boy Belarmino was elected as President; Ms. Lourdes Pialago, Vice President; Mr. Michael Malacca, Secretary; Yolanda Arcoy, Treasurer; and Ricky Loculan, Auditor. The group will again meet on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 to finalize its Constitution and By-laws and formulate plans for their operation. (JPA/ATR/ PIA9-Zambo Norte)

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DENR seizes total of P4.1-M forest products in North Mindanao

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total of P4.1 million worth of logs and lumber were confiscated here in Northern Mindanao from February up to the first half of this month.

Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) chief on forest protection Virgilio N. Batocail said of the total figure, lumber accounts to more than half of the total confiscation, followed by fitches with Php 1.3 million and logs amounting only to Php 670, 000.

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Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bukidnon. Batocail presented this development before the members of the Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC), on its regular monthly meeting, at the Philippine Ports Authority office in Macabalan. He clears that the antiillegal logging task force started only in February this year when Executive Order No.23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating


the anti-illegal task force was signed. Confiscated forest products were donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) to be utilized for construction of school chairs and other infrastructure facilities

of some/identified schools. With the approval from the DENR Secretary, other local government units (LGUs) and government office likewise benefited from the confiscated woods.

RDC-X endorses Php1.838B proposal of R-10 eco-sector agencies for FY 2012 by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – A budget of Php1.838 billion for fiscal year 2012 from the seven (7) economic sector regional offices in Northern Mindanao, had been endorsed by the Regional Development Council, region 10 (RDC-X), during its full council meeting, here, last June. Of this amount, PhpP736.6 million or 40.07 percent was budgeted for personnel services (PS), while Php855.66 million or 46.55 percent was budgeted for maintenance and other expenses (MOOE) and Php245.93 million or 13.37 percent for capital outlay (CO). Mandated to coordinate and set the direction of all economic and social development efforts in the region, RDC-X, through its secretariat, reviewed the agency budgets focusing on the proposed programs/projects based on the 2012 priorities supportive of Pres. Aquino’s Social Contract and its 16 areas of transformational leadership. These priorities are reflected in the national/regional development goals and targets, and strategies in the Medium Term Philippine Development

Plan (MTPDP) and Medium Term Regional Development Plan (MTRDP) for FYs 2011-2016. The agency programs/projects were reviewed within the context of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), the Organizational Performance Indicator Framework (OIPF) and the Zero-Based Budgeting (ZBB) approach. Meanwhile, of these agencies, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had the highest proposed budget of Php447.54 million. The amount, however, does not include the Pph2.4 million-worth of the Government of the Philippines (GOP) counterpart for the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project. The proposed budget of the other agencies were as follows: Monday, November 28, 2011

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of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Php591.88 million and Department of Agriculture (DA), Php534.217 million. Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Php114.914 million, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Php68.46 million and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Php67.776 million. Department of Tourism (DOT), Php14.12 million, excluding, programs and projects endorsed for the Tourism Industry Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA) and other funding sources in the amount of Php68.2 million. Two (2) of these agencies, DAR and DOT, however, did not

have proposals for capital outlay, Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority, region 10 (NEDA-X) said, Meanwhile, Dacanay said these proposed budgets were given due consideration for inclusion in their respective central office’s 2012 budgets. The accompanying RDC-X endorsement letters have been provided to the Department Secretaries and Undersecretaries for Finance and Administration of the concerned agencies for their action, Dacanay, who is also the Vice-Chairperson of RDC-X, said.

City of Iligan inks MOA with PICE, TESDA, GK for joint construction of 300 houses by Melvin T. Anggot / Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte – Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Gawad Kalinga (GK) for a joint cooperation in the construction of not less than 300 houses for the poor. This is in connection with the GK Bayani Challenge on April 2012 for the identified “poorest of the poor” beneficiaries. About 4,000 volunteers are expected to arrive here from the different technical and vocational schools of the country for the GK Bayani, a priority program of TESDA to provide TESDA scholars of 18

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the province of Lanao del Norte and Iligan city job opportunities. Secretary Joel Villanueva of TESDA, on the other hand, is the over-all Chairperson of GK Bayani Challenge of the nation. Meanwhile, Mayor Cruz has designated First Lady Gina Macapayag-Cruz to head the project in Iligan City.


Davao City to hold X’mas lights contest

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citywide Christmas lights contest along the façade of barangay halls, schools and business establishments will be one of the major events in Davao City’s multi-sectoral Pasko Fiesta (Christmas Festival) celebrations. According to Orly Escarilla, Pasko Fiesta spokesperson, the event dubbed as “Kahayag sa Pasko” (Light in Christmas) will be a contest for the best Christmas lighting display and is divided into two categories.

Barangay Halls and Schools category winners will receive a total of P140, 000 in cash prizes with the first placer getting a cash prize of P50,000. The Commercial and Business category will have two subcategories Large Category (a decorated façade sized more than 40ft x 40 ft in area) and Small category (decorated façade less than 40 ft x 40 ft in area.) Winners in this large category would stand to receive P500,000 in cash with the champion receiving P200,000 in cash while those in the small category would have a prize allocation of P275,000 with the champion set to receive P100,000 in cash prize. The criteria for the selection of winners are: Christ-centered concept/symbolism-30%; Clarity of message-25%; Complexity and creativity of design- 25%; Vi Monday, November 28, 2011

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sual appeal- 20%. These criteria will make up 70% of the entries’ grade. Online text voting will also be utilized to determine the winners. Online and text polls will constitute about 30% of the ratings. According to Escarilla those who would want to join the contest can fill-out an application form from the Pasko Fiesta secretariat at the City Hall. Participants are encouraged to have their lights ready by De-

cember 1 in time for the traditional Christmas lighting ceremony at the City hall an event dubbed as “Pailaw sa Pasko.” However for the contest proper, the entries are mandated to have their lights up on December 9, in time for the grand opening of Pasko Fiesta. The participants are also mandated to strictly adhere to safety measures and that their materials particularly the lights are qualitytested, safe and durable. (PIA/RG Alama)

TESDA eyes industry visits in Mindanao by Carina Cayon DAVAO CITY- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has mulled over visiting the industries in Mindanao next year in a bid to address the perennial concern on job mismatch.

Tesda regional director Gaspar Gayona said the visit would firm up job opportunities for the technical and vocational graduates with the private companies from all the industries in the island. “Many available job seats were not filled up because the graduates of educational and training institutions do not have the competencies required by the workplace,” Gayona admitted as he emphasized the need for the industry visits and researches. Gayona said part of the visit would identify the needs, and job

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standards and manpower requirements of the industries for the next five years. He said that this will “serve as inputs to policy and program development and alignment with the industry requirements.” The Tesda official said the output of this undertaking would be the basis of evaluating its curriculum, and for the Technical Vocational Institutions to be guided as to the required jobs of the industries. Gayona said the industry visit would be the subsequent endeavor after Tesda conducted the TVET Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) and Industry Forum on November 25 in Davao City. The forum gathered industry captains of the 11 industry clusters of Davao Region, human resource managers of key industries and


other national government agencies who engaged in focus group discussions and workshop that aimed at generating information on the industry-driven competencies. According to Gayona, the workshop will provide Tesda and the Private Technical Vocational Education users the information on the manpower requirements of the industries for the next five years.

The Department of Trade and Industry has identified the following 11 industry clusters in Davao Region such as the sectors of banana, coconut, mango, seaweeds, woods, construction, information and communications technology, livestock and poultry, machineries, tourism and mining industries.

Regional landmarks

Digos City Hall, Digos City, the capital of Davao del Sur province. A firstclass city with a population (2010 census) of 199,832 people.

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200 megawatt power plant groundbreaking MAASIM, Sarangani - Provincial officials headed by Governor Migs Dominguez, municipal officials headed by Mayor Jose Zamorro, barangay officials headed by Barangay Captain Dranreb Macagcalat and executives from Alcantara Group headed by their president and chairman Tomas Alcantara move ceremonial gravel at the groundbreaking ceremony for the 200 megawatt coal-fired power plant Friday, November 25, at its construction site in barangay Kamanga. (Cocoy Sexcion) 22

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Region 12’s largest irrigation project to resume construction

By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Construction of the Malitubog - Maridagao Irrigation Project (MMIP) could resume soon, according to the provincial government of North Cotaba to.

A press release from the Office of Gov. Emmylou “Lala” TaliñoMendoza announced that based on a presentation of the infrastructure committee of the Regional Development

Council 12, a budget of P305 million has been approved for the rehabilitation and completion of the Stage 1 of the MMIP. Of this amount, P169 million is allocated

next year and P136 million for 2013. TheNationalEconomic and Development Authority has also approved a proposal amounting to P6.1 billion for the MMIP Stage II, of

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which P405 million has already been released. MMIP is the largest irrigation project of the National Irrigation Administration-12 (NIA12). At completion of first stage of the project it is supposed to have provided enough water supply to 10,840 hectares of farmlands in across the North Cotabato and Maguindanao

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Provinces. Stage II will expand the irrigation system’s coverage to 16,957 hectares. In October, Gov. Taliùo-Mendoza asked the Commission on Audit to conduct a thorough investigation how the funds of Stage I was used because only 2,578 ha have been actually been irrigated.

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In ensure proper implementation and completion of the MMIP, RDC 12 passed Resolution No. 109, series of 2011 creating the implementation, monitoring and advisory group (IMAG for MalMar) under the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). IMAG for MalMar has suggested that the remaining works for the MMIP will be implemented in nine packages by contracts, and through aid of the provincial government of North Cotabato. IMAG has requested the National Irrigation Administration Central Office (NIA) for a P31-million budget to compensate the farmers whose areas have been submerged in Carmen, Cotabato brought about by the construction of the MMIP. A request has also been forwarded to His Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III to allocate funds for the improvement and completion of the Gocotan, Pikit portion of the irrigation project.


South Cotabato implements version of seal of housekeeping for barangays KORONADAL CITY -- Some 100 barangays in South Cotabato will be given seal of housekeeping in 2012 in line with the provincial government’s implementation of a local version of the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s program.

Josephine Leysa, interior and local government provincial director, said “one hundred out of the 199 barangays of South Cotabato will receive awards and cash prizes from the provincial government if they pass the standards set. Besides the seal of housekeeping, Leysa added “the top six barangays will be awarded cash prizes of

“The top six baranP500,000, P400,000,, P300,000,, P200,000, gays will be recognized P100,000, and during the Tnalak Festithe P75,000, respectively. val in July while Other barangays -- up to 94 in number -- that will qualify based on criteria set, will also receive P50,000 each. Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. launched the project during the Liga ng Mga Barangay celebration on October 7 and the evaluation will begin in the first quarter of 2012.

remaining 94 barangays that will pass the criteria for the seal of housekeeping will be named during the Liga Day next year.” Leysa explained that although the local seal of housekeeping was patterned after the national program, the the local version will be wider in

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scope. “Since we have been implementing barangay performance management system for eight years, our criteria

will not focus on organization and creation of bodies but will deal much on the functionality of theses bodies,” she said. Without giving details on the criteria for

evaluation, she said, “the local version of the

seal of housekeeping will give emphasis on total barangay g o v e r n a n c e .” ( Dani Doguiles)

DOLE Kabuhayan starter kit inspires visually impaired person GENERAL SANTOS CITY — DOLE’s kabuhayan starter kit has become an inspiration to Timoteo Labasa, 56, a visually impaired person caused by a vehicular accident few years ago, to go on earning a living despite his disability.

Before his encounter with the program, Labasa, thought that his future would remain dim because he was incapacitated to earn for his four children. His affliction did not last long. With an endorsement from the Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) of General Santos City, he received a DOLE kabuhayan starter kit for a mini- carenderia located at Silway Market, Dadiangas West, General Santos City. The project is DOLE administered and managed by the beneficiary 26

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and his family. The initiative was also in line with the “White Cane” program which promotes recognition and acceptance of white cane as a symbol of the need of the blind for specific assistance and reminds that it is the duty of every citizen to care for and accord due respect for visually impaired persons. With this program, DOLE aims to give identified visually impaired individuals equal footing with all others in the society, by achieving economic independence through modest

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financial assistance to their home-based livelihood. At present, Mr. Labasa plays an active role in his community as president of the General Santos City Federation of PWD Associations and as a purok chairman in Barangay Silway. To Mr. Labasa, the assistance provided by DOLE created a positive outlook: despite disability there is still a bright future waiting for him and his children. (PL Blanza/ TAlim/ DOLE SARGEN/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)


Green Summit to save Taguibo Watershed by Nora CL Molde set in Butuan

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artners and stakeholders in the protection and preservation of Mother Earth will convene in a one-day Save Taguibo Watershed: Green Summit on December 2, here.

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According to Rev. Fr. John Christian U. Young, lead convenor of the Save Taguibo Watershed Network (STWN), the summit aims to share and consolidate environmental programs/projects/ activities (PPAs) of the different agencies, organizations, and institutions and pooling of resources in relation to the protection and preservation of Taguibo River Watershed. Young also said the

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event is a venue for the stakeholders to share relevant stories and experiences in the implementation of PPAs related or similar to the Taguibo River Watershed for better appreciation and possible replication of good practices and strategies. The summit will also present the concept of the proposed pilot comprehensive project in the Taguibo River Watershed area and enjoin the stake-

holders to take part in its realization, he added. The one-day activity will be done at the minitheater of Fr. Saturnino Urios University Archbishop Carmelo Morelos Campus, Libertad at eight o’clock in the morning. The STWN was organized in 2009 to protect the Taguibo Watershed Forest Reserve from illegal logging and mining and to help rehabilitate the deforested areas.

LGU-Hinatuan moves closer to people

by Gemma S. Millan

esidents of barangays outside the poblacion of this municipality availed the services of the local government unit right straight at their area through the Serbisyong Ipaabot sa Barangay Program (SIBP).

Considered as first in the history of the municipality of Hinatuan, this reach-out program is an initiative of Mayor Candelario J. Viola Jr., to bring the government closer to the people and to en28

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sure that constituents are not deprived of basic services due to them. Health services, civil registration, solemnization, dental services, tax assessment and collection, agricultural and social welfare

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services, among others, are made available to the people at their own turf. Viola, who heads the SIBP Team, conducts mass wedding and direct consultations with residents in each


visit. “We recognize the additional expenses and inconvenience of barangay residents to travel to the poblacion proper for such purpose.” “Having the SIBP

would save time, money, and effort of our people, particularly, those from farfetched areas who have limited access

to government services,” said Viola. Under the SIBP, key LGU service departments hold simultaneous one-day offices in each barangay until all the barangays are visited. Along with making government services more accessible to the barangays, SIBP also aims to expose LGU

personnel to different realities in the barangays, in the process, enhancing their foresight and capacity to respond to people’s problems. Today, barangay officials and local residents request for more visits and for an expanded range of services by the municipal government.

DepEd observes 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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he Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and their Children (IACVAWC), is observing the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women with the theme “Unite: Stop VAW, Now!” from November 25 to December 12, 2011. Monday, November 28, 2011

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The campaign focuses on information dissemination on violence against women (VAW), especially the services of government agencies and non-government organizations to address the needs of VAW victims and survivors. It also highlights the worldwide call to unite and end VAW. 30

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With DepEd’s Memorandum No. 265, series 2011, the schools and offices are advised to hold the following activities for the campaign: 1) simultaneous blowing of whistle on VAW advocacy as a signal to halt VAW in DepEd offices and schools on December 12, 2011 at 8:00 a.m.; 2) conduct of

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the Anti-VAW Forum for awareness-building among students, teachers and personnel; and 3) posting of campaign streamers in front of schools and offices. DepEd, PCW and IACVAWC are optimistic that with this yearly observance/ campaign, more and more.


One Mindanao - November 28, 2011  

An electronice News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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